Thursday, August 20, 2015

Buhari Orders IG To Reduce Policemen Attached To Dignitaries

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to prune down the number of policemen attached to dignitaries across the country.

He also directed the police boss to redeploy all policemen withdrawn from that role to regular police duties.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, quoted the President as speaking during a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Adesina also said the President warned that that he would not tolerate any irregularities or extortion of money from unemployed Nigerians in the coming recruitment into the police.

He said applicants having to pay bribes before being accepted into the police in the past was totally unacceptable.

The President told the officials that those in charge of recruitment and training in the Police must be above board and eschew every form of extortion and underhand dealing.

Wike Lied, I Left Billions In Cash, Assets – Amaechi

The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has denied claims by his successor, Chief Nyesom Wike, that he (Amaechi) left an empty treasury before leaving office.

Amaechi described, in a statement from his media officer via electronic mail, as “a lie,” the claim of empty treasury by Wike, adding that he left billions of Naira in cash and assets before leaving office as governor.

Tunde Fowler Set To Be Named FIRS chairman

Babatunde Fowler, the Executive Chairman Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue and Chief Executive Officer Lagos State Internal Revenue Service is set to be named the Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

A source close to the Presidency told PM News that the giant strides of Fowler in Lagos state has landed him the top job under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The source said the announcement of Fowler will be made in the next few days, adding that, “it should be made public latest next week”.

Buhari Sacks FIRS Chairman Appoints Babantunde Fowler As Replacement

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed William Babatunde Fowler as the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, has said.

Mr. Buhari, according to the statement, also appointed Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as Director-General , Budget Office of the Federation.
Mr. Fowler, the new FIRS boss, was the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue from 2005 to 2014.

Saraki, Dogara Take Committee's Selection To London

Intense lobby for juicy committees by lawmakers has forced Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to leave the country for the United Kingdom.

PHOTOS: Gov Idris Wada Picks Up Nomination Form

It was fanfare and celebration as Capt. Idris Wada, the Executive Governor of Kogi State picked his expression of interest and Nomination Forms to contest the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election at the state's party headquarters. The election in Kogi is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2015...

Buhari Meets Dikko Abdullahi, Outgoing Customs Boss After Resignation (Photos)

The outgoing Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Dikko Abdullahi, who resigned on Monday (yesterday) after six years on the seat met with being greeted by president Buhari during a farewell visit at the presidential villa on Tuesday...The president thanked him for his years of service.... Mr. Abdullahi’s bowed out amidst rousing farewell at the agency's headquarters on Tuesday just after he witnessed the commissioning of a Customs hospital by governor Nasir El Rufai in Karu, Abuja.

A Call To Change "My Children Will Not Suffer What I Suffered" Syndrome

LETTER TO NIGERIAN PARENTS written by Adeyinka Temitope

I wish to start by adding the benefit of my time as a student and then resident in the UK. Living in Abuja now.

The first thing that I discovered about UK-born, white, English undergraduates was that all of them did holiday or weekend job to support themselves – including the children of millionaires amongst them. It is the norm over there – regardless of how wealthy their parents are. And I soon discovered that virtually all other foreign students did the same – except status – conscious Nigerians.

I Fear President Buhari May Be Murdered – APC Chieftain

Hajiya Najatu Mohammed, a prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) politician from Kano state and close political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, in an interview granted to Newsdiaryonline, has expressed her fears that some forces are seeking to scuttle the commendable anti-corruption moves of the president.

Why APC Can’t Be Ashamed Of Aregbesola – Lai Mohammed

Against the background of the stretching arrears of salaries owed public workers in Osun State, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the spokesman of the All Progressives Congress, APC , during an interactive session with the Editorial Board of Vanguard gave reasons why the state has found itself in dire straits asserting that the party cannot in any way be ashamed of the governor , Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, or his record of performance. Excerpts:

UNIPORT Disowns Lawmaker, Say He Did Not Graduate -

UMUAHIA — THE National and State Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has been told that Mr. Emeka Nnamani representing Aba North State Constituency allegedly forged University of Port Harcourt certificate with which he filled his INEC forms for the April 2015 elections.

Nnamani was also alleged to still be a member of the PDP in his home State, Enugu while he contested the election on the platform of APGA in Abia State where he resides.

Senate To Suspend Two Senators Sworn In for Niger South

The two persons that were sworn in for the Niger South Senatorial District are going to be suspended, our correspondent has gathered. The crisis trailing the seat was compounded last Wednesday when Senate President Bukola Saraki swore in the second person for same seat. General Mohammed A. Garba was sworn in on June 9 and Malam Mustapha Sani Mohammed was sworn in last week.

Wike Sacks VC, Rosamund Osahagulu, Week After Abduction, Release

Professor Rosamund Osahagulu, the Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University, Port Harcourt who was kidnapped on June 20 and released by her abductors on June 26 has been sacked by Governor Nyesom Wike with immediate effect.

Her sack may not be unconnected to the saga concerning her alleged abduction that has been under police investigation.

Aliyu Yahaya-Gusau Appointed As DG Budget Office

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as director-general Budget Office of the Federation. Until his appointment, Gusau was the director, fiscal policy, budget monitoring and evaluation and acting director- general, Budget Office of the Federation at the exit of the former Director-General, Dr Bright Okogu. The appointment takes effect from Tuesday, 18 August, 2015; with a term of four years renewable for anothwer four years, a statement by the director of press and public relations, federal ministry of finance, Marshall Gundu, said. The new budget office chief hails from Zamfara State. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

FG Writes India Over Nigerian ISIS Suspects

The Nigerian embassy in Delhi, India, has written to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see the two Nigerians that were arrested in Punjab recently while on their way to Pakistan, allegedly to join the Islamic State terrorist group.

Kano State Starts The Conversion Of Waste To Wealth

The Kano State Refuse Management and Sanitation Board on Thursday said it was ready to begin the conversion of wastes to wealth before the end of 2015.

The Managing Director of the board, Retired Group Capt. Mohammed Kura, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kano that investors from England and India had sent proposals to start converting scrap tiles into powder, fabrics and wares.

Oyo State Stops Payment Of WAEC Fees

OYO State government has stopped further payment of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) registration fees of students in public schools in the state, commencing from the 2015/2016 academic session in September.

The government alluded the poor financial status of the state government and lackadaisical attitude of parents and students to promotion of quality education as reason for the decision.

PHOTOS: VP Osinbajo Presides Over Ongoing National Economic Council Meeting At The Villa

Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo presided over National Economic Council (NEC) meeting which is currently ongoing at the State House Villa....Here are some photos from the session...

Police Uncovers Goat Thieves In Delta, Recovers Arms (photo)

The Police authorities in Delta state last Monday bursted a criminal syndicate that specialized in stealing goats from the communities and selling them to restaurants and hotel operators in the big cities.

The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Celestina Kalu said in a statement Wednesday in Asaba, that three members of the syndicate fled and abandoned their loot during a stop and search operation by the police recently.

Imo Assembly Workers Lock-out Lawmakers Over Unpaid Salaries

Staff of the Imo State House of Assembly, who had on Wednesday, shut down power supply in the Assembly complex, switching off electrical appliances while lawmakers were in plenary, continued their protest Thursday.

Prof Olakunle Odumosu Appointed As NISER DG

A new Acting Director-General has been appointed by the National Planning Commission (NPC) for the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan. He is Professor Olakunle Odumosu, a United States of America-trained research expert. He succeeds Professor Olufemi Taiwo, who in his last days in office battled workers who were averse to his style of leadership especially on workers' welfare.