The Governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, says his government will respect the principles of separation of power by ensuring the duties of the executive arm of government do not hamper that of the legislature and Judiciary.
He said this at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Secretary to the Government of the state, Uche Onyeagocha and the Chief of Staff, Chris Okewulonu at the Government House Owerri the Imo State capital.
The governor stressed that his administration will adhere strictly to the Rule of Law and follow due process in order to restore sanity to the state.
Consequently, he advised the newly sworn-in government appointees to discharge their duties diligently, while calling for the support of Imo indigenes as he promised to run an all-inclusive government.
The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has announced the immediate appointment of Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem as Secretary to State Government.
This appointment is part of a continuous effort to rejig the governance structure of state which started with the swearing-in of 2 new commissioners less than two months ago.
Dr. Ekuwem; who replaces Sir Etekemba Umoren, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics, Masters Degree in Physics, Masters Degree in Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Microcomputer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering) and a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Computer-based Instrumentation and Control Engineering).
In a statement by Ministry of Information & Strategy, Charles Udoh, it says, until his appointment, Dr. Ekuwem was the Founder and CEO of Teledom Group, a former National President of the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) and a former President of Nigeria Internet Group (NIG). He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority ( NEPZA ).
He hails from Ofi Uda in Mbo Local Government.
The newly appointed Secretary to State Government will be sworn-in at 2pm on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the Government House Banquet Hall, Uyo.
The Government of Akwa Ibom State thanks the erstwhile Secretary to State Government Sir Etekemba Umoren for his services to the state and wishes him well in his future endeavours.
The Edo state 2016 governorship election tribunal sitting in Benin City, the state capital has again adjourned till December 12, to commence pre-trial.
The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and his party, challenged the election of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Mr Ize-Iyamu had rejected the results declared by the electoral umpire, as he alleged that voters were induced and that the state government collaborated with INEC to doctor the results in favour of the APC.
Meanwhile, the tribunal had ordered the petitioners to file their application and serve the respondents by December 3, while the respondents were also expected to respond by December 5.
Before adjourning the case however, the tribunal insisted that its earlier order regarding the inspection of materials used for the election must be obeyed.
Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), had announced Godwin Obaseki as winner of the Edo state governorship election.
The APC supporters took to the major streets of Benin City, to celebrate their party’s victory, after what they described as free, fair and credible polls.
Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has sworn in Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the Edo State Government.
The State Governor who performed the swearing in ceremony on Monday morning at the Edo state government house also appointed Taiwo Akerele as the Chief of Staff and John Mayaki as the Chief Press Secretary.
The Governor said that he would work with those appointed and the Permanent Secretaries for the next six weeks before considering further appointments due to paucity of funds.
While addressing the new SSG, Governor Obaseki restated his commitment to cutting cost of governance but promised not to sack civil servants.
“Let us put in place the governance structure so that our political structure can survive.
“So for the next six weeks’ minimum, we are going to be working with the permanent secretaries to understand the governance structure, redefine the structures of government so that we can begin to make governance more efficient and reduce the cost of governance because we cannot afford to continue with the high cost currently run today”.
In his response, the new Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, pledged his loyalty and commitment to the government.
“I do know the task ahead of us and I will do all in my power to make sure that your dreams for the state comes to fruition.”
It was the first day of the new governor of Edo state Mr Godwin Obaseki in office.
At the other wing of the government house, the Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shuabu, also assumed office, promising to work with the Governor to fulfill their electoral promises to the people of Edo state.
“The vision of this government is making the youths employed, turning Edo state to an industrial state, making unemployment history in Edo state and creating wealth for our people and our state.
“So my task is to key into that vision and to assist the Governor to actualize it.”
A three-man committee has been constituted by the Security Council headed by the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG) to look into the military invasion of some communities in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.
This comes after the military in Niger State invaded Lunko, Kopa and environ villages in Bosso Local Government Area of the state at about 1:00am local time on Thursday.
The Government has requested for feedback on the incident within 24 hours.
According to a statement by the State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, the government, after an emergency State Security Council meeting on Friday, directed an extensive investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the unfortunate incident, with the aim of having a permanent solution and forestalling future occurrence of such act.
The council also directed that residents of the affected villages, community leaders, party chieftains, religious leaders and political office holders in the area should embrace peace and assist the committee by proffering suggestions that would bring lasting solution and guarantee an enduring peace in the area and the state at large.
The council, while commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives, appealed to the military to ensure strict adherence to rules of engagement while assuring them of government’s resolve to recover the missing arms during the unfortunate incident.
As normalcy returns to the affected area, the council appealed to members of the public to go after their lawful duties, avoid engaging in any act capable of breaching peace of the state and report any suspicious person or movement to appropriate authorities.
The armed soldiers drawn from the 31 Artillery Brigade in Minna and the Air Force base in Bosso, allegedly stormed the villages in a brutal commando style, waking the sleeping villagers, causing distress and inflicting pains on them.
The Oyo State government says the labour union leaders in the state have directed members to return to work after several weeks of strike.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Olalekan Ali, made the announcement on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, southwest Nigeria.
He spoke after a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed by the state Government and the labour union to call off the strike which began on June 6 in the state.
Mr Ali disclosed that the state government has agreed to disburse the sum of 3.4 billion Naira, representing 100% of its June allocation which is 2.1 billion Naira and the total sum of 1.39 billion Naira of the Budget Support Fund received from the Federal Government as an intervention loan for the payment of January salary, while the February salary is expected to be paid in the next two weeks.
He said the agreement would enhance the Internally Generated Revenue, stressing that the revenue collection agency has been restructured to emerge as an efficient and target driven body.
The SSG further hinted that the government had received required apologies and undertaken from Principals of the affected secondary schools and the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools, regarding the participation of some schools in the violent protest of June 6, 2016.
The Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake-Adeyemo, on his part assured the citizens of the state that necessary mechanism would be put in place with the collaboration of the Nigeria Labour Congress and affiliate unions.
Mr Alake-Adeyemo noted that the 14-man committee that brokered peace between the state government and labour would not be dissolved until a permanent solution is found to the issue of delay in salary payment.
He added that the union in the state has also given its assurance to work with the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration, to further expand the revenue set for the state government.
The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, has asked the people of Pandogori in Rafi Local government Area of Niger State to exercise restrain over the crisis that erupted in the community.
This call was contained in a statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace.
The Governor advised residents of the community, the state and indeed the country to abstain from giving the incidence a religious or tribal coloration.
“It will be a disservice and an attempt to overheat the polity if the incidence in Pandogari is given religious or tribal colouration. We must exercise restraint in our actions as well as comments on traditional and online media. It is neither a religious or tribal crisis,” he stressed.
The Governor also expressed displeasure over the outcome of the incident, insisting that it was always better for various stakeholders to pursue the path of dialogue, consultation and peaceful resolution of any conflict, than resulting to violence.
“Pursuing the path of peace, dialogue is cheaper and safer than violence. Violence is a distraction and costly path in any society. That is why I always sue for peace in our communities across the state,” he stated.
Mr Bello emphasised that the State was known for peace and that the incidence in Pandogari was an isolated case of breakdown of law and order which security agencies had been directed to maintain law and order and to ensure protection of lives and property in line with their constitutional role.
“I have directed the security agencies to ensure that law and order is maintained within Pandogari and its environs. Any one person or group of persons found to be involved in any act capable of causing further crisis will be dealt with according to law,” he told reporters.
He said that the Niger State government had set up an investigative panel to establish immediate and remote causes of the crisis.
The Governor also directed top government officials to visit Pandogari for on the spot assessment of the crisis.
“I have directed Deputy Governor, Mr Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, Secretary to State Government, SSG, Alhaji Umar Shehu Danyaya, Commissioner of Finance, Mr Ibrahim Balarabe, Commissioner for Local Government, Mr Kabir Abbas, member , Niger State House of Assembly, representing the area, Danlami Bako to visit Pandogari today (Wednesday).
“Also to be part of the visit are Special Adviser Security, Brigadier General Imam rtd, Director General Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, Mr Ibrahim Inga, Chairman Rafi Local government, Mr Gambo Abubakar Bojo, representative of Emir of Kagara, Galadima Kagara, Mr Abubakar Katako, representative of Brigade Commander, representative of Police Commissioner and other security agencies.
Governor Bello then assured Niger residents of his determination to ensure peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.
The Kaduna State Government says no fewer than 347 dead bodies were given a mass burial after the violence clash between members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army which occurred in Zaria on December 12, 2015.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Lawal, gave the testimony when he appeared before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the State government to investigate the cause of the incident.
Although members of the group have maintained that corpses of the victims were secretly buried at an unidentified cemetery by the Army, this is the first time the state government is giving an information about how the remains of the killed Shiites were disposed.
Members of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating the December 2015 bloody clash held their session at the General Usman Katsina House, with submissions made by witnesses to the incident.
The commission has so far received submissions from the Nigerian Army, but Tuesday session featured some officials of the Kaduna State government led by the SSG.
While making his submission, Mr Lawal said that 191 corpses were taken from the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, and were later buried at Mando area in the outskirt of the state capital.
He further told the commission that another 156 corpses were also conveyed from the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, to the same Mando cemetery for mass burial.
The State government said the corpses were committed into a single grave at Mando and jointly supervised by the State government officials and about 40 men of the Nigerian Army.
The SSG informed the panel that 189 suspects were being prosecuted for alleged involvement in the Zaria clash while one of them died in custody.
On the alleged demolition of buildings and structures of the IMN leader, Sheik El-Zakzaky and other members, the SSG explained that the buildings were demolished because they did not meet up government’s approved building safety standards.
Counsels to the commission, JNI and Nigerian Army cross examined the SSG on the submission.
Another witness and Director-General, Kaduna State Interfaith Agency, Namadi Musa, who claimed he supervised the burial, said the corpses were buried on December 14 and 15 respectively, and that the mass burial was authorised through a warrant of burial obtained from a Chief Magistrates Court in the state capital,
Another witness, a representative of the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Professor Adamu Ahmed, who is the Deputy Chief Medical Director, narrated how armed soldiers invaded the hospital, prevented the workers from discharging their duties and also carted away corpses from the hospital’s mortuary.
The Justice Muhammed Lawal-Garba’s panel also received submissions from the Izala Islamic group and the Gyellesu Community in Zaria.
Shiites Funded By Iranian Government
The elder brother of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, Muhammad Sani Yaqoob, in his submission, commended the actions taken by the Nigerian Army in the December clash between soldiers and the Shiites in Zaria which he said was caused by the group who blocked the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff.
Speaking in Hausa language, he alleged that the movement got funding from the Iranian government, and had been harassing and intimidating residents of Zaria and Kaduna state over the years.
Although members of the Islamic movement in Nigeria and their lawyers have withdrawn further appearance before the panel, a statement issued by their spokesman after the proceedings, said the recent revelations made by Kaduna State government through the SSG had clearly vindicated them from any wrong doing.
The public hearing will continue for the next three weeks and members of the public are anxiously awaiting the outcome and recommendations that would be made by the commission.
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sacked the Secretary to the Imo State Government, Mr Jude Ejiogu.
This decision was made known in a letter made available to the Imo State broadcast outfit signed by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Pascal Obi.
Governor Okorocha thanked the former SSG for his contributions to the development of the state as an appointee under the Okorocha-led administration. He also prayed for success and God’s guidance in all his future endeavours.
As at the time of filing this report, no reason has been given by the state government for the action.
Before his appointment as the Secretary to the Government of Imo State in 2015, Mr Jude Ejiogu had taken positions as Chief of Staff to the Imo State Governor, Special Adviser to the Governor on IGR, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission and Commissioner for Special Duties.