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Ortom Inaugurates 15 Commissioners in Benue

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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

Fifteen new Commissioners have taken oath of office as members of the Benue State Executive Council (EXCO). 

Swearing – in the cabinet members at the Benue People’s House in Makurdi on Monday, the state  Governor, Samuel Ortom warned the new appointees not to divert public funds meant for the execution of public projects into private pockets.

 

He urged the new Commissioners to comply strictly with the core values of his Administration which he listed as “transparency, accountability and fairness” among others for seamless implementation of the programmes, saying he will not hesitate to drop anyone found wanting.

 

“I wish to emphasise that all public servants under this Administration should not dare to convert funds meant for the execution of public projects for the people’s welfare and wellbeing into private pockets. 

“This is unacceptable and contrary to public fiscal responsibility and we shall not hesitate to use the big stick against such conduct,” the governor noted. 

He emphasized that his administration has embarked on aggressive internal revenue generation with a view to meeting campaign promises. 

According to him, the situation was why his adminstration is currently re-organizing the machinery of Government in some sectors for effective service delivery.

“Let me stress that every appointee must perform satisfactorily in order to continue to be part of our team. 

“You are therefore requested to acquaint yourselves with Administrative Guidelines, Financial Regulations and Office Procedure to enable you discharge your duties effectively,” he added. 

He said though the new Commissioners were coming when government was facing some challenges, they must strive to deploy their experience to bear on the collective determination to respond to the challenges and expectations. 

“These include the imperative to meet our obligations as Government as well as enhance our capacity to respond effectively even with lean budgetary expenditures,” he added.

The  Commissioner include Michael Gusa Esq, Justice; Hon. David Olofu – Finance; Prof. Dennis Ityavyar, Education; Unenge Aondoaver Bernard, Lands and Survey; Chief Dennis Ekpe Ogbu, Housing and Urban Development; M-erga Kachina, Industry, Trade and Investments; Mrs. Laadi Ajene Isegbe, Youth and Sports; Rt. Hon. Ngunan Addingi, Information, Culture and Tourism.

Others are Dr. Ongbabo Elaigwu Sunday, Health; Engr. Alexander Shaapera, Works; Dr. Timothy Aondona Ijir, Agriculture; Engr. Joshua Dondo Ahire, Water Resources; Dr Oyiwona Godwin Emmanuei, Energy, Science and Technology;Mrs Igirgi Nyiazungwe, Women Affairs and Victor Dzungwe Ukaha, Rural Development.

Speaking on behalf of the appointees, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mike Gusa pledged total commitment of members of the EXCO to the success of the Ortom administration.


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Rivers Assembly Screens, Confirms Eight Commissioner Designates

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The Victor Oko-Jumbo-led faction of the Rivers State House of Assembly, on Tuesday screened and confirmed eight nominees for possible appointment as commissioners in the state.

Reports says that the screening took place at the temporary legislative chambers located within the state Government House.

The Oko-Jumbo-led three-member legislature is loyal to the state Governor, Siminalayi Fubara.

The commissioner designates are to fill some of the vacancies created by the recent resignation of nine commissioners loyal to the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Chief Nyesom Wike.

During the sitting, Oko-Jumbo read the correspondence from the governor, requesting the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

He expressed the assembly’s commitment towards supporting the governor to provide democracy dividends to Rivers people.

The factional speaker said that the screening was part of the assembly’s responsibility in the governance of the state

Responding, the House Leader, Mr Sokari Good-boy and Deputy Speaker, Adolphus Timothy, unanimously adopted the request.

They said that most of the nominees had previously served the state at various capacities without blemish.

The commissioner designates include, Mr Charles Bakee, Mr Collins Onunwo, Dr Peter Medee and Mr Elloka Amadi,

Others are, Mr Basoene Benibo, Mr Sydney Gbara, Dr Ovy Chukwuma and Mr Solomon Eke.(NAN)

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Police Arrest Suspect for Allegedly Defrauding Thai Citizen of $216,000, N30m

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Police in Lagos State have arrested a suspect, Chimereze Chinedu, for allegedly defrauding a citizen of Thailand of $216,000 (₦317,725,271) and N30 million.

Police spokesman in the state, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a post he shared on his X (formerly Twitter) handle @benHundeyin on Tuesday.

He said that the suspect was arrested by detectives of the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID).

“Chinedu defrauded his victim under the pretense of selling 37 tricycles to her.

“He further expanded his fraudulent activity by forging letters of SCID, Lagos, showing that the tricycles were seized by the police and further extorted N30 million from the victim to purportedly secure the release of the tricycles,” he said.

The image maker said that the suspect was arrested on May 10 in Enugu State following weeks of diligent investigation and technical support from the International Criminal Police Organization, (INTERPOL)

The spokesman said that the suspect was currently in detention, as investigations continued to uncover details towards identifying and apprehending his accomplices.

According to Hundeyin, the Lagos State Command remains steadfast in its commitment to combating internet fraud and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice. (NAN)

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Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers not Proven Effective, Says UNODC

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has said that the move by the Nigerian Senate to impose death penalty for drug trafficking offenders would not yield the desired result.

UNODC Country Representative, Oliver Stolpe, said this at a two-day Media Personnel Training organised in collaboration with NDLEA and other partners on Tuesday in Abuja.

Reports says that the training is centered on Anti -Corruption, Police Accountability, Wildlife Crime and Sensitisation on Drugs Prevention, Treatment and Care, (DPTC).

“Our stance as UN is clear on the death penalty we are principally and categorically against it. And from a very practical viewpoint, I have to say, it doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Stolpe maintained that the UN had always advocated for clear distinction between crimes of drug trafficking as opposed to the issue of drug use.

He said that it was always considered primarily to be a health issue saying that it should be dealt with as such.

According to him, addiction is a health condition, it is not a choice.”

On the need for an updated drug data for Nigerians, Stolpe observed that the current national drug survey for Nigeria was last done six years ago, (2018), and therefore does not reflect the current situation for Nigeria.

He said “the drug use survey of 2018 remains as far as I can tell the most cited study in the media.

“This data is outdated and I think a very critical question that media could ask at that point is really well, how can we still refer to 2018 data to describe today’s levels of drug use?

Stolpe enjoined the media to keep the good work while ensuring that information were disseminated efficiently and effectively. NAN)

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