Buhari, Osinbajo Have Been Earning Half Salaries – Adesina

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have been receiving half of their monthly salaries before the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this during an interview on Politics Today.

“Already, the President and the Vice President are earning 50 per cent of their salaries, they are not earning 100 per cent,” he stated on Tuesday during the Channels Television political programme.

Adesina explained that both leaders opted to be paid half of their salaries since the inception of the present administration in 2015.

Although he did not disclose what purpose the unpaid halves were used for over the years, he believes both leaders have done well and will be making donations to tackle coronavirus at their own will.

Asked whether the President and his vice were donating their salaries just like the members of the Senate and House of Representatives chambers of the National Assembly, he said, “I can’t say for sure; the members of the federal cabinet are donating 50 per cent of their March salaries.”

“Already, the Vice President and the President are earning 50 per cent. Right from the beginning of the administration (the first term), they had elected to earn half of the salaries they should earn … to ask them to do more will be a voluntary thing,” the presidential aide added.

VP Osinbajo Tests Negative For Coronavirus

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has tested negative to coronavirus, according to his media aide, Laolu Akande. 

According to him, an official statement about the development will be issued by the Vice President’s Office soon.

On Tuesday, Laolu had tweeted that his principal was in self-isolation after the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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“VP Osinbajo yesterday at the office conducted his meetings via video conferencing, while observing social distancing,” Laolu had tweeted.

“Today, he continues his work from the home office, as he is in self-isolation in accordance with NCDC protocols.”

 

Coronavirus: Vice President Osinbajo In Self-Quarantine

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right) wears a mask during a meeting. Photo: Tolani Alli
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (right) wears a mask during a meeting. Photo: Tolani Alli

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently in self-quarantine amid the spread of the new coronavirus in the country, according to his spokesman Laolu Akande.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Akande said the Vice President has been “conducting his meetings via video conferencing while observing social distance.”

 

Mr Akande’s tweet comes after it emerged that the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr Kyari is believed to have been infected during his recent trip to Germany where he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.

The Chief of Staff was said to have returned on March 14 and, apparently, did not show any symptoms of being infected with the virus at the time.

It is yet unclear whether Mr Osinbajo’s self-quarantine is related to news of Mr Kyari’s positive case.

The Ministry of Health and Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), the two bodies at the forefront of the country’s response against the virus, have repeatedly advised Nigerians to self-quarantine, especially if they just returned from a foreign trip.

On Monday, NCDC chief, Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the nation’s major coronavirus threat comes from those coming in from outside its borders.

Earlier this month, Mr Osinbajo was forced to cancel his trip from Abuja to Lagos after his motorcade was involved in an accident that led to the death of one of his escorts.

 

Osinbajo Visits Late Inspector’s Family, Pays Condolences

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has paid a visit to the family of the late inspector Ali Gomina, the outrider in the Vice Presidents’ convoy who was killed in the line of duty.

Speaking after the visit, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, noted that all will be done to ensure that the family is well cared for in the light of the unfortunate circumstances.

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Gomina died on Friday in a road accident while on his way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport with the Vice President who was scheduled for a trip.

Osinbajo described him as “a diligent, hardworking and serious-minded officer who will be greatly missed by the team”.

Gomina is survived by his wife, children, and relatives.

Police Officer Dies In Osinbajo Convoy Accident

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

 

A police escort rider attached to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has died in a road accident, a government spokesman confirmed on Friday.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, the accident occurred on the road to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as Prof Osinbajo was on his way to a scheduled trip.

He noted that Prof Osinbajo is saddened by the death of Inspector Ali Gomina, 45, and has aborted the scheduled trip.

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Describing Inspector Gomina, VP Osinbajo was quoted saying the officer was “a diligent, hardworking and serious-minded officer who will be greatly missed by the team.

“He is survived by his wife, children, and relatives.”

FG To Develop Strategies In Curbing Arms Proliferation Soon, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks at the meeting of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Abuja on March 2, 2020.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has given an assurance that the Federal Government would soon develop a clear-cut set of strategies to curb and curtail the proliferation of small and light weapons in the country.

He gave the assurance on Monday at a meeting with top security chiefs and members of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Abuja.

According to a statement by his media aide, Laolu Akande, Professor Osinbajo chaired the inaugural meeting of the committee in line with the directive of the President.

He called for the development of a clear-cut, specific line of action to address the serious problems of small arms and light weapons.

The vice president decried that this fuelled the insurgency in the North East and other security challenges in the country.

He noted that the seriousness of the matter had necessitated the setting up of the review committee.

“The problem we have at hand is really enormous,” said Osinbajo who stated that was why the President was keen on effective and prompt solutions.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and members of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons at a meeting in Abuja on March 2, 2020.

 

 

Members of the committee present at the meeting included the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama.

Others were the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd); the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu; and the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Colonel Hameed Ali (rtd).

Also in attendance were the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Usman; and the Chairman of PRESCOM, Ambassador Emmanuel Imohe.

The representatives of the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Ministry of Defence were also present.

At the last National Security Council meeting, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the vice president to chair a committee to review the report of the Presidential Committee on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PRESCOM).

PRESCOM was set up in April 2013 by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

PEBEC, ICPC Collaborate To Prosecute Corrupt Public Officials

 

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has partnered with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate and prosecute public officials and civil servants accused of corrupt practices.

This was disclosed by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, who presided over the meeting of PEBEC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Prof Osinbajo said the direct connection between the agencies will help in achieving the Federal Government’s reform agenda, especially regarding all government MDAs regulating business environment responsibilities.

“There is a lot of talk about high-level corruption and some public officials stealing money, etc; but I think for average Nigerians, the point of contact is really this sort of approvals for ID cards, for passports, customs, officials, police, and so on.”

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He stressed that complaints from Nigerians regarding activities and practices in Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) bordering on suspected corruption and deliberate stalling of reform efforts submitted on the REPORTGOV.NG portal of PEBEC will be investigated by the ICPC.

“I think that if this collaboration is robust enough, we will be able to kill two birds with one stone; first is improving our Ease of Doing Business, second is our anti-corruption ranking internationally because some of the rankings is a perception index. So, people are simply asked, what is your perception about corruption in Nigeria?

“So, if we work on these issues, we can really do a lot in terms of improving the image of the country, not just in the Ease of Doing Business rankings, but also in terms of the perception of corruption”.

The meeting had in attendance, top government officials including the Ministers of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; the Ag. Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Yemi-Esan.

Others include Comptroller-General, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd); Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede; and other senior government officials.

PHOTOS: Osinbajo, Ex-Presidents, Governors Attend Burial Of Gov. Emmanuel’s Father

L-R: Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; and former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, at the burial of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s father – late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang – in Akwa Ibom State on February 15, 2020.

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as well as former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, were among the leaders who stormed Akwa Ibom State.

The leaders visited the state on Saturday to attend the burial of late Elder Gabriel Emmanuel Nkanang, the father of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.

The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has lost his father, Elder Gabriel Nkanang.

Nkanang died on December 1, 2019, at the age of 90.

His burial brought together prominent leaders who shunned their political differences to pay their last respect to the governor’s father.

They included the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; as well as the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and a host of governors and lawmakers.

The governors present were Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), and Ben Ayade (Cross River), among others.

Some of the senators in attendance included Senator Bassey Akpan, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Obinna Ogba, Senator Gabriel Suswam, and Senator Olalekan Adeola.

The Akwa Ibom State Deputy Governor, Moses Ekpo, and former first lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, were also in attendance.

Highlights of the event are captured in the photos below:

Our People Can Solve A Lot Of Our Problems – Osinbajo

A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
A file photo of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said he believes Nigerians can provide solutions to most of the problems confronting the nation.

Osinbajo made the remark when he received a delegation from the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) in his office, according to a statement signed by his media aide, Laolu Akande and forwarded to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to the statement, Osinbajo spoke after listening to a brief on the achievements of the WACS. 

 “I am glad to hear the good things that have been done by the college through the years,” he said.

“I believe that a lot of our problems, some of the aids that we need, can be provided by ourselves. We have the resources including human capacity to do it.” 

He then thanked the delegation for the visit, assuring the College of the Federal Government’s continued support.

The delegation, led by Prof. Ibrahim Yakasai, was at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa to brief the Vice President about the activities of the College including its planned 60th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference scheduled for Abuja. 

FG, Google Partner To Educate 56 Million Out-Of-School Children

 

The Federal Government has expressed readiness to partner with Google global services to reach out to and educate 56 million out-of-school children in Nigeria.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this on Thursday when he received on a courtesy visit to the Presidential Villa, a delegation from Google Global Services in the United States.

According to him, building a partnership with Google will help use technology to make it easier for girls, in particular, to go to school; adding that the mandate of the Buhari-led government on education remains crucial.

“So, the question really is how we can use technology to make it easier for girls, in particular, to go to school, because if we somehow bring education to their doorsteps, it might take care of some of the problems around taking them out of their home environment.

“For us, our education mandate is so crucial,” he added.

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Prof. Osinbajo added that the Federal Government is partnering with different stakeholders with the aim of addressing the out-of-school children and the girl child education issues.

“It is an interesting partnership – business, government and civil society working together. We are already looking forward to a lot of the great work that will be done.”

Speaking on behalf of the Google delegation, Mr Doron Avni, the firm’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Director described Prof. Osinbajo as an excellent partner whose support had enabled the organization record remarkable success in Nigeria.

According to him, “Obviously, we have an excellent partner here who has been doing God’s work, it is thanks to leading partners like him that we are able to be helpful in communities in which we operate.

“We had made a pledge to train 10 million people in Africa by 2022, I am happy to report to you that so far we have trained more than 5 million people.  Most important is the fact that out of those 5 million, 3 million are Nigerians.

“With the collaboration that we have with the Ministry of Education, we have now integrated some of Google’s curriculum on online safety into the school’s curriculum. So, we will be reaching 56 million students in Nigeria this year.”

He then added that the company’s target of training up to 10 million people in Africa by 2022 was possible.

Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

At the commencement of the meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, drew the attention of the Council to the recent killing of over 20 Nigerians by terrorists.

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Also, members of the Council remembered Nigeria’s former Chief of Naval Staff and Minister of Health, Mr Patrick Koshoni, who died on January 25 after a brief illness.

A moment of silence was held in their honour.

Details later…

Why Former Kenyan President Arap Moi Would Be Remembered – Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday joined other world leaders in mourning the late former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi.

Professor Osinbajo who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral for the late president, described Moi as one of the foremost leaders of decolonization of Africa and a founding father of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), while delivering his tribute.

According to him, “many in Africa will remember him in particular for the pioneering work that he did especially with respect to regional cooperation.”

“He was, as we have heard, very instrumental in the resuscitation of the East African Community along with President Museveni and others. He was also very instrumental in COMESA and even the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD,” Osinbajo said – IGAD is the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country trade bloc in the Continent, composed of countries on the Horn of Africa and the Nile Valley, including Kenya.

The Vice President further stated: “these are the precursors of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement arrangements we are making today and to which almost every African country has subscribed. And it will define the future of trade and relations in Africa.”

 

 

Thanking God for the life of former President Moi, Prof. Osinbajo added: “we believe that the Almighty God whom he served through his life has already received him even now.”

Host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, in his remarks regarded the former President Moi as a peacebuilder, an educationist and nationalist.
He said Moi worked with his father, Jomo Kenyatta, to ensure the socio-political and economic development of Kenya.

Other leaders who paid glowing tributes to the late former President, included Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, among others.

Late Daniel Arap Moi was the second and longest-serving President of Kenya, from 1978 to 2002. He died on the 4th of February, 2020 at the age of 95.