Tag: Governor

A Governor Who Cannot Pay Salaries Shouldn’t Move in Private Jet – Onyeagocha Blasts Okorocha, Resigns

By Chibuike Nwabuko Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Member representing Obinze Ward, Owerri West in the State Development Council (SDC), Uche Onyeagucha Esq,  has taken Governor Rochas Okorocha to the cleaners, accusing him of despotism and using the SDC as a ploy to foist his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu as the governor of Imo State come 2019. Onyeagucha who disclosed this while  resigning his appointment, wondered why Okorocha that is incapable of paying her pensioners and workers should be moving around in private jet. The former SDC staff said Okorocha is planning to extort Imo pensioners of 50% of their pension rights ... Read more

We Will Address Power Problem In Akwa Ibom Soon – Gov Emmanuel

Akwa Ibom  –   Following the epileptic power supply experienced in Akwa Ibom State, the governor, Udom Emmanuel has assured the state of improved adequate power supply. Speaking with journalists at the Akwa Ibom International Airport, Emmanuel admitted that he still has a lot to do in addressing the issues in the state’s power sector. He noted that the success recorded in the power infrastructural development of the state was part of his blueprint to develop the sector, in line with his campaign promises. Referring to the on-going power sub-station project in Ekim, Mkpat Enin local government area being undertaken by ... Read more

Amosun, Abike Dabiri’s Children To Wed Saturday

Ogun State    –   Governor, Ibikunle Amosun and Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs, will soon become in-laws. Their children, Ayomide Amosun and Oladipo Dabiri will be getting married on Saturday, July 8 in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and state governors are expected to attend the traditional wedding ceremony. The white wedding, it was gathered will take place in the United States at a later date. Juju music maestro, King Sunny Ade and Fuji music icon, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall, will entertain guests at the ceremony. Ayomide is the ... Read more

Lawmaker As Porn Star?

By Louis Odion So, a decade after bequeathing Sharia to Yobe and a quarter century political career during which he served thrice as Governor, Bukar Abba Ibrahim would end up the new face of pornography in Nigeria. What makes this feat quite extra-ordinary is not just that it was performed by a presumably vigorous sexagenarian in a threesome; more startling, if not ominous, is its timing. One, at a time when the nation is convulsing under a separatist storm, when his native Yobe State remains prostrate under the Boko Haram yoke, it is something of a grave concern that all ... Read more

Kogi Has No Bill On Grazing Reserve, says Bello

LOKOJA (Sundiata Post) – The reconstitution of the Kogi State grazing reserve management committ­ee was in the inter­est of all and not intended to harm anyo­ne or group, Kogi St­ate Governor, Yahaya Bello, said on Wednesday. The governor, who ass­ured all its citizens, especially those from the Eastern Sen­atorial Zone that no bill has been sent to Kogi State House of Assembly in that regard, specifically said the decision was in line with the 1965 Northern Nigeria Government Grazing Reserve Law and mod­ified by the 1978 Land Use Decree of the Federal Government of Nige­ria. A statement by the State ... Read more

EFCC Provides More Evidence In Trial Of Kalu

By Sandra Umeh Lagos  –  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday called its fifth witness before a Federal High Court, Lagos, in the ongoing trial of a former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. The  EFCC had on Oct. 31, 2016, preferred a 34-count charge bordering on N3.2 billion fraud against Kalu and his former commissioner for Finance, Ude Udeogo. Also charged is a company, Slok Nig. Ltd. The accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges. When trial resumed on Wednesday, the prosecutor, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), called his fifth witness, Mrs Toyosi Ekorhi, into the ... Read more

Biafra: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Youths Who Gave Igbo Three Months To Leave North

Kaduna State   –   Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the arrest of people behind the three-month quit notice given to Igbos to leave the North. In a statement signed by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai strongly condemned, “the inciting, hate speech delivered by some self-appointed ‘northern youths.” El-Rufai said, ”the Kaduna State Government has directed that its Ministry of Justice should prepare charges and prosecute the signatories and anyone complicit in arranging this egregious assault on the rights of fellow citizens.” The Governor condemned the action of the groups, and assured every resident of the state that, “nobody can tamper with ... Read more

Oyo 2019 Guber: Ajimobi Backs Oke-Ogun Agitation

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has expressed support for the agitation by the people of Oke-Ogun zone to produce the next governor of the state. He, however, counselled that the people must seek the support of the other zones of the state for the dream to be actualized, noting that Ibadan alone constitutes 52 per cent of the entire population of the state. The governor spoke in Okeho, the headquarters of Kajola Local Government Area of the state, at the fidau prayers for a stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Salami Oloola, on Sunday. Addressing the ... Read more

What Patience Jonathan Told Me About Her Husband’s Govt – Tambuwal

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has revealed that former First Lady, Patience Jonathan harassed and accused him of plotting to remove her husband from power in 2012. Tambuwal, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives disclosed that the former First Lady accused him of nursing an agenda against the then Jonathan’s government. In chapter two of the book written by the Chairman ThisDay Board of Editors, Olusegun Adeniyi, the author recalled how Tambuwal was harassed by Patience in April 2012. Adeniyi said: “The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was at the wheel of ... Read more

Gov. Gaidam Swears-in New Head Of Service

By Mohammed Mamman Damaturu  –   Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has challenged the newly appointed Head of Service, Sale Abubakar, to reposition the state civil service to be more proactive and value driven for efficient service delivery. Gaidam gave the challenge on Wednesday in Damaturu while swearing into office the new Head of Service. “The civil service should be proactive and value driven organ that is always expected to deliver timely and quality service to the people of the state in line with the vision of our administration” he said. The governor said Abubakar was appointed based on his impressive record of  service since joining ... Read more

2019: Why I May Vote Against Presidential Candidate Of My Party, PDP – Governor Umahi

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Tuesday hinted that he may not vote for the presidential candidate of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, come 2019. Umahi, who is the Chairman of the South East Governors’ forum, said the state would vote for a presidential candidate that would help develop the it irrespective of the person or his political affiliation. Speaking during a meeting with traditional rulers and town union Presidents in Abakaliki, the state capital, Umahi insisted that the state will not play politics of sentiments in the 2019 presidential election. According to Umahi, “When it comes ... Read more

El-Rufai Bombs Dogara, Says “I have no security vote, don’t share money like NASS”

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said no security vote is appropriated to him by his government. El-Rufai made the disclosure while reacting to a statement by spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namadas, that what El-Rufai published was the security budget of Kaduna and not his security votes. El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, on Thursday said the state’s budget specified what was voted to security agencies and nothing was given to the governor. Aruwan noted that the Kaduna’s security funding is not operated like the national assembly where everything is “opaque”. He said, “The Kaduna state government has presented ... Read more

Gov. Ganduje Urges Consistent Agric Policies To Boost Food Production

By Muntari Tukur Kano  –   Reliable and unswerving agricultural policies can improve the country’s food production and ensure development of the sector, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said. Ganduje told journalists in Kano on Friday that the bane of agriculture in Nigeria over the years, had been inconsistent agricultural policies. “Consistent policy on agriculture will improve food production and ensure the development of the sector,” he said. He said the state government would continue to give priority to the sector considering that majority of the people of the state are farmers. He said his administration had spent more ... Read more

Fashola’s Works Ministry Frustrating My Lagos Project – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said his administration’s plan to carry out a total reconstruction of the International Airport Road from Oshodi was being frustrated by the Federal Ministry of Works. The current Minister of Works is Babatunde Fashola, Mr. Ambode’s predecessor as Lagos governor. Mr. Ambode, who spoke to Government House Correspondents at the Lagos House, shortly after carrying out an extensive inspection of some critical projects in the state, said the present state of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport Road was a national disgrace and required immediate attention to salvage the nation’s image. He said ... Read more

Governor Says Buhari, Jonathan Not Responsible For Nigeria’s Problems

Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has advised Nigerians to stop blaming President Muhammad Buhari or any of the nation’s past leaders for the economic recession in the country. Gov Ahmed gave the advice on Wednesday in Ilorin while receiving members of the Kwara State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA). He said that rather than blaming anybody for the country’s economic woes, Nigerians should collectively think outside of the box for an enduring solution. According to the Governor, there is nowhere in the world where a nation runs a mono-economy like Nigeria without running into economic recession. ... Read more

Umahi Seeks FG’s Intervention In Ebonyi, Cross River Boundary Clashes

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has asked the Federal Government to intervene in the ongoing communal clashes between two boundary communities in Ebonyi and Cross River states. The people of Azuofia Idda in the Abakiliki Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and their neighbours in Ohene in Cross River State have been engaged in a lingering boundary dispute, which has resulted in the loss of several lives and destruction of property. It was gathered that several persons were feared dead in the latest encounter between the neighbouring communities on Saturday. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the ... Read more

Governor Okowa Tasks‎ Uvwie Council Chair Against Collection Of Illegal Market Revenue

The Delta State Governor, Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa has charged the Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council, Hon. Stella Dabona ‎to end illegal collection of money from traders at the Effurun Market. He gave the directive as a measure to stop the turning of access roads leading to the market to shops. Governor Okowa, who was represented by the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ovwigho Monday Igbuya made the appeal in a remark he presented at the commissioning of newly built lock-up stores in Effurun market. “Mr. Chairman, you are not going to be the one ... Read more

Ex-Governor, Orji Reacts To Allegation Of ‘Taking Credit For Buhari’s Projects’

Fomer Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, has debunked allegation that he was taking credit for President Muhammad Buhari’s works in the state. Orji, representing Abia Central at the Senate, said this in a statement yesterday by his media adviser, Norman Obinna. He said such verbal criticisms were misdirected and a distortion of facts from people who could not sponsor any single bill nor attract any project during their time at the National Assembly. He said, “It is comical for former Rep Stanley Ohajuruka to hide under politics to attack the former governor and speak about the very constituency he stagnated ... Read more

Al-Makura Appoints New SSG, HoS

Nassarawa Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has appointed a new Secretary to the State Government (SSG) – Mohammed Abdullahi, and a new Head of Service (HoS) for the state – Mr. Thomas Ari-Ogiri. Al-Makura disclosed this in a statement by the outgoing SSG, Mr Umaru Azores. He said that their appointments were due to their excellent track records, years of experience and commitment to duty which they had shown over the years. He added that “with these two key appointments, the engine room of the state’s public service has been infused with new blood to face the challenges ahead.” The new ... Read more

Gov Umahi Constructs 12 Bungalows For Leprosy Patients

Ebonyi State   –  The Ebonyi State commissioner for health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike on Tuesday said that the state governor, Chief David Umahi as part of his determination to restore the dignity of treated leprosy patients in the state and create empowerment opportunity for them has since assumption of office constructed, equipped and handed over 12 bungalows to the patient and empowerment facilities to enable them have roof over their heads and a source of livelihood. Briefing journalists in Abakaliki to mark this Year’s World Leprosy Day, Dr. Umezurike disclosed that between 2015 and 2016, the State recorded a total of ... Read more

Alleged $10m diversion: Ignore Okowa’s denial, probe him now – APC tells EFCC

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for probe of the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, over allegations that he diverted $10 million bailout funds. A statement yesterday by acting spokesman of the APC in Delta State, Leonard Obi, also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate the alleged missing N48.6 billion Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission fund. APC asked EFCC to dismiss denial by Okowa and thoroughly scrutinize the state’s finances. The statement reads in parts: “We hope that it is not true that the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa is the ... Read more

Nigeria’s Bank Chief Defends Policies

By Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja In what appeared to be a defence of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has declared that the Apex Bank’s policies are designed to serve the best interest of the majority of Nigerians. There have been insinuations in some qauters that government’s policies are meant for the few in the West African nation. But rising in defence of the the government he serves, Emefiele while responding to concerns raised by a panelist at the annual Media Trust Dialogue in Abuja, maintained that CBN’s policies are to help Nigeria in hard times. “The apex ... Read more

Dickson Charges Commission To Sanitise LG Administration

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has charged an eight-member Local Government Service Commission to among other duties, sanitise the administration of the third tier of government in the State. Governor Seriake Dickson, who performed the swearing-in ceremony in the Government House, Yenagoa, particularly stressed the need for the Commission to tackle the issue of payroll fraud and instill discipline in the local government system. According to him, no local government in the state is viable as a result of the activities of payroll fraudsters, which have made payment of salaries and other financial obligations difficult. Dickson reiterated that the local ... Read more

Capture of Sambisa Forest, Buhari’s valuable Christmas and New Year gift to Borno – Gov Shettima

Maiduguri  –  Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Sunday described the fall of Sambisa Forest which served as the headquarters of ‘Boko Haram’ insurgents as a “Christmas and New Year gift” to the people of the State from President Muhammadu Buhari. Shettima made the description at the official re-opening of Major roads leading to Northern part of the state in Maiduguri. The roads include Maiduguri to Gubio to Kareto to Damasak road and Maiduguri to Monguno to Baga. “I would want to start by declaring that since I became the Governor of Borno State in over five years, this is ... Read more

Anxiety in Yola as residents await Supreme Court judgement on Nyako’s tenure

Yola  –   There is growing anxiety in Yola, the Adamawa State Capital as residents awaits Friday’s Supreme Court judgement on the case filed by former governor, Murtala Nyako, seeking re-instatement. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nyako whose impeachment of 2014 was declared “null , void and of no effect” by the Court of Appeal in Yola, had gone to Supreme Court seeking re-instatement to complete his tenure. The development has pitched his supporters against those of serving Gov. Muhammadu Bindow. The groups are now engaged in debates as they prepare to role out the drums to ... Read more

Jakarta’s Christian governor goes on trial in blasphemy case

Jakarta  –   The Christian Governor of the Indonesian capital went on trial on Tuesday to face charges of blasphemy over remarks perceived as insulting to Muslims. The trial of the Governor, Basuki Purnama, followed a wave of protests by conservative Muslims demanding his prosecution. According to the indictment read out by prosecutors, Purnama is accused of “publicly expressing hostility to, abusing and disparaging’’ a religion, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Security was tight for the trial at the North Jakarta district court and hundreds of conservative Muslims dressed in white gathered outside to demand Purnama be jailed. Purnama ... Read more

Gov. Ugwuanyi assures of support for NPFL Super4 in Enugu

By Dorcas Jonah Abuja – The League Management Company (LMC) says the Enugu State Government has assured it and football fans of a successful hosting of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super4 tournament. LMC’s Head of Special Projects, Harry Iwuala, said in a statement on Friday that the assurances were conveyed to the LMC through the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Charles Ndukwe. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tournament will hold at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11. “Ndukwe disclosed that the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, described the ... Read more

Why Rivers APC is not campaigning for the rerun election – Wike

PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged that Rivers State chapter of the All Peoples Congress (APC) has refused to  campaign for the National Assembly rerun elections slated for December 10 because of the assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies that the elections would be  manipulated in their favour. He stated that the plot to rig would come to nought because the people of Rivers State were vigilant and would not be intimidated  by  the illegal  use of security  agents to aid INEC  to rig. He spoke at Emohua  ... Read more

Party differences should not affect development – Wike

PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has  declared  that issues of development  must always receive  priority attention  despite political differences. This  is as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige  described Wike  as an action governor who should lead the way in the implementation of the Employment Compensation Act being implemented by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). Speaking  at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday when he received the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the governor said placing development  above partisanship would enhance the partnership between  the federal ... Read more

Nigeria should promote SMEs to enhance economic growth, food security—Ganduje

By Temitope Ponle Abuja –  Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has called for the promotion of  Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to enhance economic growth and ensure food sustainability in the country. Ganduje said this at the third edition of the Nigeria Entrepreneurs Award in Abuja on Friday night. The governor said that the SMEs needed more attention than they were currently getting to promote the efforts of the Federal Government to diversify the economy. “In order to feed ourselves, produce and export, we have to look at the SMEs,” he said. He said the state was  investing in ... Read more

Wife of CBN Governor Emefiele Kidnapped

ABUJA – Mrs. Margaret Emefiele, wife of Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been kidnapped. The incident took place along the Benin-Agbor road. A source at CBN has confirmed the development but pleaded for anonymity because he is not authorised to speak. Another source Emefiele said that Mrs. Emefiele was kidnapped by heavily armed men, who have made contact with the CBN governor demanding a huge sum of money as ransom. However, there has been no official statement from the CBN or from Mr. Emefiele.

Gov Wike Approves State Advisory Committee on Prerogative Mercy

… Recalls 4 Commissioners, 2 others   PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has approved the constitution of the State Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy as follows: Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, in a statement made available on Friday, said the committee is headed by Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice as Chairman. Members of the committee include Professor Israel N. E. Worugji; Dr. Bob Yellow; Venerable Alex Usifo Dr Mrs.  Ngozi Ordu; Professor John Ikimalo; Honourable Glory Chukwu and Barrister  Alu Long-John, while  Director of Public Prosecutions, Rivers State  is ... Read more

Ganduje appoints new Accountant-General

Kano- Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje has approved the appointment of Mrs Aisha Bello as the new Accountant-General of the state with immediate effect. The Commissioner of Information,Youths and Sports, Malam Muhammad Garba, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday. Garba said before her appointment, Mrs Bello was the Commissioner of Planning and Budget in the state. A graduate of Financial Management and Accounting, Mrs Bello held several managerial positions in the defunct Habib Nigeria Bank and First Bank of Nigeria. Mrs Bello was born in 1965 and is married with children. According to the statement, ... Read more

Abia crisis: It’s treasonable to sack Ikpeazu – Iwuanyanwu

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – A member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has described as treasonable, the attempt by some politicians to remove the Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, using a high court. There were reports of alleged plot to remove the governor using officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agents and some judicial officers. While calling on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to probe the ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the FCT High Court in Abuja, Iwuanyanwu, also said that those involved in the plot should be tried ... Read more

Ambode swears-in five new Perm Secs

Lagos State  – Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore-in five new Permanent Secretaries into the State Civil Service, charging them to add value to governance with innovative ideas that would deepen the impact of his administration’s policies and programmes on the people. Governor Ambode who spoke at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Exco Chambers, Lagos House, Ikeja, admonished the new appointees to see their appointment as a call to duty with greater sense of commitment and high premium performance in the service of all Lagosians, irrespective of their status and creed. He said, “Given the top management positions ... Read more

Ambode And The Street Traders Of Lagos

By Reuben Abati I am writing this piece after holding a series of conversations with Lagos street traders and hawkers who seem not be aware of or are just indifferent to, or may be they are intrigued by, the fact that the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has declared on television that the state government is prepared to enforce an existing law banning street hawking. The relevant law, the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law, 2003 prescribes a punishment of N90, 000 or a six-month jail term, for both the buyer and the seller of any goods or ... Read more

Rivers: Wike leads security agencies to demolish cultists’ hideouts in Obio/Akpor

PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Determined  to  rid Rivers State of cultists and kidnappers, Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  directed  the immediate demolition  of property  acquired through crimes in line with the  state anti-kidnapping and cultism law. ‎The governor reiterated  his offer of amnesty to cultists and kidnappers who submit  their arms to the state security  agencies and commit themselves  to honest living. On Tuesday,  Wike  in company  of soldiers and policemen supervised the demolition  of the home and hideout  of Obio/Akpor  Local Government Area notorious suspected cultist and kidnapper, Munachim Ihunwo in Rumuolumini community. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike (m); Rivers State PDP ... Read more

Sustained Development in Rivers State: Benefits of Fresh Partnerships

By Simeon Nwakaudu Following Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s superlative first year performance, the governor has started working towards a more glorious second year in office with the strategic development of critical infrastructure and partnerships that will further galvanise the economy of the state for the good of the people. As a pragmatic leader, the governor has gone back to the field monitoring and evaluating the progress of work at different project sites across the state ensuring that the people of the state get value for the money invested in these projects. This technique which led to the successes recorded in ... Read more

Bayelsa: Dickson approves full payment of January, 50% May salaries to teachers

YENAGOA (Sundiata Post) – Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has approved full payment of January and 50% of May salaries to post primary school teachers in the State. The aim is to bring them at equilibrium with other civil servants in the state. The affected teachers had on Friday embarked on a peaceful protest, demanding for the full payment of their January salary, arguing that while other civil servants had since been paid their January, they are yet to be paid. Aligning themselves with the position of the Joint labour on the payment of 50% monthly salaries to the ... Read more