Flood victims in Kano state
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Adamawa
SOUTH-WEST:LAGOS STATE: CIVIL RESTRUCTURING
The Lagos State Government has said its plan to restructure the public service in the state within the first 100 days of the administration was geared towards improving the service and enhancing service delivery.
Governor Akinwumi Ambode revealed this while inaugurating a forum of retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries in the state.
He further said the forum was aimed at assisting the state to continue to tap from wealth of experience, knowledge and institutional memory, noting that the forum could further add value to good governance and efficiency in the public service delivery.
The Governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, commended members of the new forum for their selfless contributions to good governance, noting that they had, through hard work, laid the solid foundation for excellent public service upon which successive administrations in the state have erected super structures.
He described the forum as a blessing in disguise for the new administration’s thrust to move the state forward.
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SOUTH SOUTH:EDO STATE GOVERNOR ADAM OSHIOMOLE ON BUHARI’S APPOINTMENT
As controversies continue to trail the recent President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments, Edo state governor Adams Oshiomole has charged Nigerians to support the President, who, he said, is ready to confront the problems affecting the Nation by appointing people based on merit and not ethnicity.
The governor in a statement by his media aide, Peter Okhiria, said, for Buhari to address the decay in the land, there was need to “employ unusual methods to solve an unusual problem”. It adds that “ the level of decay in the country at present requires very seasoned hands and incorruptible Nigerians that will help translate the APC agenda of change for the benefit of Nigerians”.
Buhari’s leadership style and the method of appointments has for a while been a topic of debate, sparking off so much controversy ever experienced in the history of the country. Some people have gone ahead to say that the President is still a dictator and a tribalist out to promote the Northern agenda.
How will President Buhari survive this barrage of attacks?
School children in Borno State
NORTH EAST: NEMA TO THE RESCUE
Succor is on the way for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Adamawa state as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has begun the process to assist the IDPs in the state to move back into communities liberated from Boko Haram insurgents.
Some of the liberated communities include Mubi North, Mubi South, Hong, Gombi, Maiha, Ganye and Michika local government areas.
Mohammed Sani Sidi, Director-General of the agency said on Wednesday that the agency has set up a committee to carry out assessments and determine the immediate needs of the IDPs in an effort to assist the returnees in rebuilding their lives.
The returnee residents expressed appreciation for the restoration of peace in their communities and urged government to ensure sustainable security in the areas.
Leader of the committee, Musa Zakari said NEMA has already deployed trucks of relief materials to the communities. He said more supports are on the way from the Federal Government to assist the returnees recover from the losses. He urged the returned residents to call their relatives that are yet to return, to come back to their homes.
NORTH WEST:KANO STATE DONATES N15.8 MILLION TO FLOOD VICTIMS
As succor to alleviate the sufferings of flood victims of Hunguand Faragai villages in Albasu Local Government Area, the Kano state government has donated N15.8 million worth of cement and roofing sheets to them.
Executive Secretary, State Emergency Relief and RehabilitationAgency (SERERA), Ali Bashir, made the disclosure in an interview with Newsmen.
Bashir explained the gesture was part of the government’s effort to support the victims rebuild their houses and alleviate their sufferings.
The Executive Secretary said the agency was currently on tour of the 13 flood ravaged local governments, and would submit a comprehensive report to the state government for immediate assistance.
He promised similar report would also be sent to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for possible assistance to the victims.
FORMER NSA, SAMBO DASUKI GRANTED BAIL
Sambo Dasuki, ex-National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, standing trial for illegal possession of firearms has been granted bail by Justice Adeniyi Ademola on self recognition.
Sambo Dasuki made his first appearance in Abuja Federal High Court on Tuesday morning to defend himself against charges of the illegal possession of firearms.
Dasuki who arrived at the court a few minutes past nine, appeared calm and pleaded not guilty to the charge which was said to violate provision of 27(c) (a)(i) of the firearms Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
While granting Dasuki bail, Justice Ademola ordered that the former NSA should give his diplomatic passport and other travelling documents to the Deputy Registrar, litigation, of the court, as the only condition for the bail.
The Judge also demanded that Dasuki’s travelling documents which might now be in the custody of any government agency, should be saved and deposited with the court.
President Buhari and Gov. Oshiomole
Burnt down school by the insurgents
UPDATE: CAR CRASH: AKPABIO FLOWN TO LONDON Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio
has been flown to London to receive proper medical treatment as a result of injuries he sustained following the car accident he was involved in.
Akpabio, current Minority Leader, Senate, was moving in a convoy of vehicles towards the City Gate in Abuja when his vehicle ran into another car on Monday, 31st August.
e-governancetoday.com investigation revealed that contrary to some insinuations that the former Governor’s convoy disobeyed traffic lights, the cause of the accident was the non functioning of the traffic lights.
An eye witness account said that the Senator’s car was hit by the US embassy vehicle, as a result of which the Senator sustained injury on his hand and chest.
Our source confirmed that it was decided that the former Governor be moved to London because of long waiting list at the national hospital.
Meanwhile the US embassy office in Abuja has confirmed the involment of one of its vehicles in the accident that almost claimed Akpabio’s life on Monday.
A Senior information officer in the embassy, Sani Mohammed revealed that the embassy was already cooperating with relevant agencies of government in the country in investigating the incident.
NORTH CENTRAL: KOGI ELECTION
The emergence of Abubakar Audu as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Kogi state is receiving knucles from a human right activist, Emmanuel Adejoh who submitted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption stance will be affected.
Adejoh stated that it was unfortunate that the APC by its action, helped Audu, who is standing trial for corruption, emerge as its candidate for the incoming elections.
He said, the essence of the APC screening of candidates for the election was supposed to ensure that only credible people are allowed to contest the governorship poll but it failed to do that.
Adejoh who said he is not a politician but as a citizen of Kogi state, he was waiting for the day President will stand on the podium to lift the hand of Audu who is being accused by the EFCC of corrupt practices. He added that Audu though not convicted yet, many people in the state are already insinuating that Audu is desperate about the governorship position in order to shield himself from justice.
Audu who has vied for the governorship position of the state since the creation of the state, contested in 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. He was arraigned by the EFCC shortly after the expiration of his governorship tenure in 2003. His trial is reportedly still ongoing.
Please recall that schools in Borno State were closed over a year ago due to Boko Haram insurgency. The government has now raised a 13-member panel that will put in effective machinery for the reopening of schools.
As we speak, some of the closed schools have been converted to accommodate some 200,000 Internally Displaced Persons IDPs. The conversion was effected by the state’s Emergency Management Agency, SEMA.
The Secretary to the State government, Usman Shuwa
said the schools are to be reopened at the beginning of
the next academic session when the students might have
lost two academic years.
e-governancetoday.com still want to know, however, where
the government is taking the IDPs to.
NORTH WEST:SOKOTO STATE
Sokoto State is enjoying peace but Governor Aminu Tabuwal is not resting on his oars as he is calling on all residents to be relentless in their cooperation with security agencies and be security conscious.
This executive message came on the heels of his order that, starting from 2016, only guests with valid identity would be allowed to lodge in Sokoto Hotels. Tambuwal added that the new policy, which he said was a standard procedure in all parts of the world, would affect both Nigerians and foreigners.
AFRICA: SOMALIA ATTACKS
Al-Shabab terrorist group linked to Al-Qaeda has launched an offensive against African Union Military base in Southern Somalia 90 km South-East of the Capital Mugadishu killing about 70 soldiers and capturing the base. Read more..
A NEMA official