Sabinews Evening Update for May 29, 2015
I won’t take Lagosians for granted, says Ambode
The new Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, says he will never take the people of the state for granted.
The governor explained that such is one of the lessons he learnt during the general elections. Ambode spoke on Friday shortly after he was sworn in as the 14th governor of the state at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Lagos Island. Read more
Bomb threat at FIFA congress
The FIFA congress resumed on Friday after the all-clear was given following a bomb alert at the venue where world football’s governing body will vote on whether to retain Sepp Blatter as president.
Zurich police spokeswoman Brigitte Vogt confirmed to AFP that a bomb alert had been received at Zurich’s Hallen Stadium. Read more
El-Rufai condemns attack on inauguration guests
Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack on guests at his inauguration as the 22nd Governor of the state on Friday in Kaduna.
The former minister of the FCT condemned the unruly behaviour, exhibited by some youths against the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, during the inauguration. Read more
Yuguda left empty treasury, destroyed Bauchi – Gov
The new Governor of Bauchi State, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, said the former Governor of the state, Mallam Isa Yuguda, left an empty treasury in the state.
Bauchi State civil servants have not been paid March, April and May salaries while state and local government pensioners are being owed about N12bn pension arrears by the Yuguda-led government. Read more
Why we withdrew from Kashamu’s house – NDLEA
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said it pulled out its operatives from the house of Senator-elect, Mr. Buruji Kashamu, in compliance with a court order. NDLEA said it withdrew from the Lekki, Lagos home of the Peoples Democratic Party stalwart “when it officially received a copy of the order from the court on Thursday, May 28, 2015.”
In a statement by NDLEA’s Head, Public Affairs, Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju, on Friday, the agency added that Kashamu’s counsel had signed an undertaking to produce him in court for hearing. The anti-narcotic agency stated, “This is not the end of the case as the NDLEA has filed a formal extradition process at the Federal High Court. The Agency is following the due process of law and will ensure that national interest is balanced against the constitutional rights of Mr. Kashamu. Read more
Ambode names SSG, spokesman, others
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has announced the appointment of key officials of his government.
In a statement on Friday, Ambode named Mr. Tunji Bello as Secretary to the State Government and Mr. Samuel Ojo as the Chief of Staff.
The statement added that Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye would be the Principal Private Secretary, and named Mr. Habib Aruna as the Chief Press Secretary. Read more
There are challenges in Delta, but I’ll be focused – Okowa
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State was until today the senator representing Delta North Senatorial District and was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. In this interview, he speaks on his plans, politics and prospects as governor of the state. –
Immediately after being sworn in as Kaduna State 22nd Goovernor, by the Chief Justice of Kaduna state, Justice Tanimu Zailani by 10:15am Friday, Mallam Nasir El Rufai addressed the state and said he was contributing 50% of his salary and allowances to Kaduna as a mark of his sacrifice. He said that his deputy, Arc. Balla Barnabas Bantex had also agreed to make the same sacrifice. He however warned that it was a gesture he would also expect from citizens of the state when called upon to do so. Read more
Inauguration: Military command will relocate to Maiduguri – Buhari
For him, it is first things first and so, Mohammadu Buhari immediately after he was sworn in as the President and Commander- in- Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Friday at the Eagles Square in Abuja directed the relocation of the Nigeria Military Command to Maiduguri, Borno State to fight Boko Haram.
Maiduguri and indeed, the northern eastern part of country had been under the siege of Boko Haram insurgents for years with records of many deaths. Read more
Safe School Programme Enrolls 2000 Pupils In Adamawa IDP Camps
The Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) says no fewer than 2,000 school-aged children of Internally Displaced Persons, have enrolled into the Safe School programme in the state.
The Executive Secretry of the agency, Mr Haruna Furo, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola, said the initiative was part of the Federal Government’s special education package for the children of IDPs nationwide. Read more
Buhari’s Speech Gives Hope – Lawyers, Labour Leaders
Some prominent lawyers in Lagos on Friday hailed the inaugural speech of President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as encompassing and inspiring. The lawyers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the speech had given hope to Nigerians that the country’s challenges were surmountable. Read more
Insurgency: IDPs, Stakeholders, Advocate Establishment Of NEDC To Handle Recontruction Of North
Some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and stakeholders in states affected by the activities of insurgents, have called for the establishment of North East Development Commission (NEDC), to address the damages suffered by the North-East sub-region, as a result of insurgency.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the level of devastation was enormous that a permanent arrangement needed to be put in place for any meaningful reconstruction and rehabilitation to be achieved when peace finally returned to the area. Read more
Kano,Zamfara,Others, Close IDP Camps As Inmates Re-Unite With Relations
The various camps established for Internally Displaced Persons in Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara States, have been closed down following the reunion of the inmates with their families.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that more than 2,000 IDPs affected by Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, were in the various camps at different times. Read more
Akwa Ibom: Udom presents 12 point agenda
The newly sworn-in governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) has promised to work with the All Progressive Congress (APC) controlled Federal Government in order to attract Federal assistants to the.
Udom who presented his 12 point development plans to the state after taking his oath of office administered by Acting Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Stephen Okon appealed to opponents in the April 11 governorship election to “let partisan spirits yield to patriotism” for the sake of building a great state. Read more
Gaidam sworn in amidst tight security
Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam and his Deputy, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, were on Friday inaugurated for a second term in office tight security. The state’s Chief Judge, Justice Garba Musa Nabaruma, administered the oath of office on the deputy governor at exactly 11:02am, while Gaidam took his turn at about 11:08am.
In his inaugural speech, Gaidam thanked the people of the state for voting for the All Progressive Congress in the last elections. Read more
Ex-governor Aliyu booed in Niger
Armed military men saved former Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, from what would have been an embarrassing situation during Friday’s inauguration of the new governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello.
The military men released several gun shots and tear gas and ferried Aliyu out of Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium venue of the inauguration when the crowd showed their displeasure with his appearance at the swearing in ceremony. Read more
INEC workers contribute to redeeming our image, says Jega
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega has attributed the success of the 2015 general elections to the contributions of his members of staff. Jega, who spoke in Abuja, said the workers contributed immensely in salvaging the image of the commission.
He said most of the workers were honest and decent. Read more
Ambode, at inauguration, creates job, foreign investment ministries
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State hit the ground running on Friday with the creation three offices to project his development plan for the state.
The governor, during his inaugural speech at Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, announced the creation of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment and Office of Civic Engagement. Read more
I’ll handover to an APC governor in 2019 – Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said he will hand over to another governor of the state, who will emerge from the All Progressives Congress, at the end of his second term in office, in 2019.
He said this shortly after his inauguration for the second term in office on Friday at the M.K.O. Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State. Read more
I’ll invest more energy in job creation – Shettima
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Friday promised to invest more energies in job creation, lamenting that the current level of unemployment has turned many energetic youths into “political trekkers.”
The governor gave this promise in his inaugural speech shortly after he took the oaths of office and allegiance alongside his deputy, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha at the Ramat Square in Maiduguri. Read more
Ugwuanyi asks Enugu people to tighten belts
The new governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in his inaugural address on Friday urged the people of the state to tighten their belts in the face of declining allocations from the federation account. Ugwuanyi took over from the former governor, Sullivan Chime, at an elaborate ceremony at the Okpara Square in Enugu.
The new governor, who described his government as one of “seamless continuity and consolidation,” said he would continue and consolidate the “good works” of his predecessor and former administrations in the state. Read more
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