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Akpabio, Ngige, Adamu Adamu Listed as Buhari Releases Ministerial List



President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan
 By Jude Opara, Abuja

Former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswin Akpabio, former Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige of Anambra State as well as the immediate past Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, representing Bauchi State were among the list of ministers nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday.

Also former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Amaechi and former governor of Bayelsa state, Timipre Silver equally made the list as read by Senate President, Ahmed Lawan at plenary.

A total number of 43 nominees were sent to the red chambers by the President.

The Full Ministerial List is as follows:

  1. Dr. Ikechukwu Ogah (Abia State)
  2. Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa State) reappointed
  3. Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom State)
  4. Chris Ngige (Anambra State) reappointment
  5. Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra State)
  6. Adamu Adamu (Bauchi State) reappointment
  7. Ambassador Maryam Katagun (Bauchi State)
  8. Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa State)
  9. George Akume (Benue State)
  10. Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno State) reappointment
  11. Goddy Jedy Agba (Cross River State)
  12. Festus Keyamo (Delta State)
  13. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State)reappointment
  14. Osagie Ehanire (Edo State) reappointment
  15. Clement Ike (Edo State)
  16. Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti State)
  17. Geoffrey Onyeama (Enugu State) reappointment
  18. Ali Isa Pantami (Gombe State)
  19. Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo State)
  20. Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa State)
  21. Zainab Ahamed (Kaduna State) reappointment
  22. Muhammad Mahmood (Kaduna State)
  23. Sabo Nanono (Kano State)
  24. Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano State)
  25. Hadi Sirika (Katsina State) reappointment
  26. Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State) reappointment
  27. Ramatu Tijjani (Kogi State)
  28. Lai Mohammed (Kwara State)
  29. Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara State)
  30. Babatunde Fashola (Lagos State) reappointment
  31. Adeleke Mamora (Lagos State)
  32. Mohammed H. Abdullahi (Nasarawa State)
  33. Zubair Dada (Niger State)
  34. Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun State)
  35. Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo State)
  36. Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State)
  37. Sunday Dare (Oyo State)
  38. Paulen Talen (Plateau State)
  39. Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State)
  40. Maigarai Dingyadi (Sokoto State)
  41. Sale Mamman (Taraba State)
  42. Abubakar D. Aliyu (Yobe State)
  43. Sadiya Umar Faruk (Zamfara State)

Lawan while speaking on the development said the Senate will begin the screening of the nominees beginning from today Wednesday 23rd July, 2019.


Emirship: Kano Police Command Assures Adequate Security



The Police Command in Kano State on Monday assured the people of Kano State of adequate security in the face of the tussle over the Emirship seat.

Its Commissioner, Mr Usaini Gumel, gave the assurance during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

“We are battle ready to deal with any person or group of people tampering with the peaceful atmosphere our state is known for.

“We have the ability and capacity to provide required security measures in our areas of supervision, ’’ he told NAN.

He warned individuals, who intend to bring thugs into Kano from other parts of the country, to have a rethink, saying that the command would deal decisively with the situation.

He reminded the public that the Constitution of Nigeria was clear about the responsibility of the police in providing internal security for Nigerians.

“The police will not condone any act that can lead to chaos or violence in Kano State.

“Adequate security personnel have been deployed to arrest anyone who attempts to disrupt the peace or break the law in the state,’’ Gumel said.

He reminded the residents of the state that no one was permitted to carry dangerous weapons around the Emir’s palace and Nasarawa, the Emir’s residence.

“Rigorous stop-and-search and patrols are being conducted across all parts of the dissolved five Emirates,’’ he said.

He urged residents to provide credible information to assist the police to respond swiftly to any situation that could breach peace in the state. (NAN)

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UniAbuja Internal Council Voices Concern Over VC’s Election Plans




The University of Abuja’s internal governing council has expressed concern over an alleged plan by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rasheed Na’Allah to conduct an election of the council against the University laws.

The council therefore, said it has taken a legal action against the Vice Chancellor to get clarification.

It would be recalled that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had in June 2023 dissolved all the governing councils in federal universities in the country.

However, the federal government, few days ago announced the constitution of council members of Federal tertiary institutions.

Following the announcement, the University of Abuja’s Internal Governing Council has intensified its stance, asserting that the planned election of new internal members violates established laws of the University.

The University, unlike other Federal Universities in Nigeria operates under a governance framework comprising both external and internal governing council members. 

While the external council members typically consist of individuals appointed by the federal government, the internal governing council members are typically drawn from within the university community, including faculty members, administrative staff, and student representatives through an election.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Abuja, a member of the internal Council of the University, Pof. Edmund J.C Nwana blamed the vice Chancellor for planning an election while their tenure has not expired 

“We were elected 12th of July 2022, there was a contest in senate and we emerged winners. We were subsequently inaugurated on the 15th of July 2021 for a four year term.

“When the new administration came on board, we were about council assignments until we got information that Council was suspended.

“So, we waited thinking it will be resolved in may be another week, but it has lingered for now almost going into a year. 

“As we were watching and listening to know what next government wants to do, the rumours started flying and they are quite serious that our administration here, lead by the Vice Chancellor was planning to call for another election on his own understanding that Council has gone.

“So, we got wind of it and decided that, we don’t have time for any physical engagement or argument so we decided to seek the interpretation of the law, because it is in the art of the University of Abuja.

“So, we sought a legal explanation through the Federal High Court in Abuja a few days ago. So that’s where we are today, he has been served notice of a case that is pending,” he added.

According to him, other federal universities where tenures are not ended for internal council members, the Institutions are not going about hitting up the polity, but the members are going to return and complete their tenures.

Also speaking, Barrister Maxwell Opara, a council to the members urged the VC not to hand himself out as somebody who doesn’t obey the rule of law. 

“So, we are calling on the Minister of education, executive secretary of NUC, the Anthoney General of the Federation and the president to call the VC to order. 

Contributing, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Abuja branch, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh said it is fully behind the council members for the right thing to be done.

“Our internal council members here in university of Abuja got the wind that the University administration led by the Vice Chancellor are planning seriously to conduct another council election, which we know is not in accordance with the law.

“Internal council members were elected for a tenure of four years and they have not exhausted the four years and because of what the University administration is doing, the members went to court to seek interpretation and ASUU being a union of intellectuals, we come to be in solidarity with our members because we respect the rule of law and want them to pursue it.”

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FG Postpones Inauguration of Vasities’ Governing Council 




The Federal Governmanet has  announced the postponement of the inauguration and retreat for Pro-Chancellors, Chairmen and Members of Governing Councils of federal tertiary institutions.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Monday by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry  of Education, Mrs Folasade Boriowo.

Reports says that the federal government had earlier announced the constitution of the governing councils while their inauguration was also scheduled for Thursday and  Friday.

Boriowo said the postponement was as a result of the Presidential directive, as conveyed by the State House Press Release dated May 23, for a comprehensive review of the membership of the governing councils.

“We regret any inconveniences this may cause. Further updates will be communicated in due course,” she said. (NAN)

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