In Uncategorized on October 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

Chime Still In The Cold?

The National leadership of organised labour has directed striking
civil servants in Enugu State to commence work immediately, just as it
gave Governor Sullivan Chime a 21-day ultimatum to implement the N18,
000.00 minimum wage.

Announcing the suspension of the strike and the ultimatum at the NLC
secretariat in Enugu, the National vice Chairman of NLC, Emma Ajoku,
explained that the decision to suspend the indefinite strike was to
enable labour negotiate with the state government.

He added that the decision to suspend the strike for the time being
was in line with the industrial court ruling in Abuja. Ajoku assured
that no worker would be victimised in any way because of his or her
involvement in the strike, stressing that to do so would incur the
wrath of the organised labour against the government.

Govt House Under Prostitutes Siege

SECURITY personnel at the Borno Government House, Mai-duguri, are
worried over the influx of women hovering around government officials.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that the daily influx of these women to the
Government House, since the inception of this administration on May
29, had constituted serious headache for security operatives manning
the gates.

Unlike in the past, when security men on duty at the gate had to
contend with male political thugs, who always insisted they had right
to the office of the governor, the men in uniform now had nightmares
controlling the prostitutes who flooded the gate daily.

A visitor to Government House in the recent weeks likely encounter the
scene in which angry security operatives guarding the gates were
exchanging words with women, who flaunt their assets at will.

In most cases, the women were at the Government House to seek hajj
slots from the state government and were normally granted entry after
a phone call with some of the government officials.

This development was worrisome for the security details, who were
instructed to keep an eagle eye on every person seeking to enter the
house, because of the level of security threat in the state.

The development, it was learnt, had stirred anger and bitterness among
the male political thugs, who see themselves as core political foot
soldiers, saying that they were being denied access to the governor.

Let’s Organise Rather Than Agonise– Fashola

As Nigeria marks her 51st Independence Anniversary, Lagos State
Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Saturday restated that it will
require the common efforts of every citizen deployed in a peaceful
atmosphere to build the collectively desired country.

Governor Fashola who spoke at the Police College, Ikeja venue of the
march past and parade ceremony which involved the Police, voluntary
organizations, school children and para military agencies added that
“nobody will do it except ourselves”.

“We can of course continue to agonize without organizing, and in that
sense betray the responsibility of our generation. Conversely, we can
resolve from today to be part of the solution rather than the
problem”, he explained.

He recalled that during his 50th Anniversary address, he had cause to
assert that Nigeria’s good days are ahead of her and not behind her,
stating that: “Today, inspite of the challenges that we face, my
belief is unshaken; that our better days lie ahead of us, but it is
more important to also say that we must earn it by working hard,
probably harder than we have ever done before”.

“We must earn it by promoting our common humanity and embracing peace,
probably more than we have ever done before. We must aspire to those
better days which lie ahead of us by exercising the greatest restrain
that we can muster when things are not going the way we expect”.

The Governor who explained that he should not be misunderstood to be
suggesting that Nigerians must remain docile in the face of want,
hunger, poverty and insecurity noted that options and choices must be
considered to redress those wrongs without aggravating its already
difficult situation.

Governor Fashola emphasized that the nation cannot solve the problem
of poverty, unemployment and hunger by continuous resort to strikes or
the pursuit of violence.

The N200B—Loan State

THE Rivers State government has said it has, so far, accessed about
N40 billion out of the N200 billion loan approved by the State House
of Assembly two months ago.

Governor Rotimi Ama-echi made the disclosure at a three-day retreat
tagged, “Effective Governance: The Role of the Legislature,” organised
by the state assembly for its members, at Tinapa Resort, Calabar,
Cross River State, on Tuesday.

He noted that the government had earlier hesitated to take the loan
but observed that so far, it had fast track  the execution of some
ongoing projects, adding that “if you didn’t approve that loan by now,
we would have been struggling with the federal allocation to execute
our projects.”

The governor, therefore, assured the state legislature that the loan
would be utilised effectively, as the sum of N5 billion had been paid
to service the facility, while promising that his administration would
not leave any debt for the next administration.

Also from the loan, Governor Amaechi said he would direct the
disbursement of N10 billion for the completion of some of the model
schools, adding that so far, about 476 had been completed out of the
750 billed to be built across the state.

He challenged the assembly on promoting good economic governance in
the lawmaking process.

Later in his remarks, Cross River State governor, Senator Liyel Imoke,
commended the assembly for choosing the state as venue for the
retreat, as he expressed hope that the cordial relationship between
the states would be maintained.

Tit For Tat

Special Adviser to Abia State Governor on Electronic Media Ugochukwu
Emezue has advised Imo State government to absorb their indigenes
being transferred back to their State, rather than chasing shadows.

Mr. Emezue was reacting to the recent comment by Imo State
Commissioner for Information, Dr. Obinna Duruji, where he described
Abia State government action as irrational, reprehensible and

The Governors media aide hinted that Imo State was the first to sack
Abia indigenes few years back without recourse to the Governor of Abia

According to Emezue, it was this action of Imo State that forced other
neigbouring States to off load Abia indigenes, who were subsequently
absorbed by Abia State government.
It is on record also that in the twilight of Chief Ikedi Ohakems
administration, files of Abia pensioners were sent back to the State,
Emezue added.

Speaking further, Mr Emezue Stated that Governor T.A.Orji on his part
took time to discuss with his Colleagues before taking this action
which is a mark of respect for the Governors involved.

“It is rather unbecoming of a State Commissioner of Information to go
on the pages of newspapers to cast aspersion on the person of Governor
T.A. Orji”

Akpabio Pledges Road Projects Completion

The Akwa Ibom state government has pledged to complete the roads under
construction in Abak Local Government Area at the end of this year.

The state governor, His Excellency Chief Godswill Akpabio, gave the
assurance at an award ceremony in his honour by the Anglican Diocese
of Uyo.

Governor Akpabio who was honoured with the Joshua award at the diocese
in recognition of his contribution to the development of the church
appreciated the church for their prayers for his success in the last
general election, He also advised Christians to show love and
compassion for one another irrespective of tribe.

The service which marked the dedication and inauguration of Saint
Peters Anglican church Abak in Abak Missionary Archdeaconry also
witnessed the conferment of ITI EKA on the wife of the governor.

According to the bishop, diocese of Uyo Anglican Communion, The Rt Rvd
Isaac Orama, Governor Akpabio has tried to attain the destiny designed
for him by God to be the governor; he called on all to support him to
further develop the state rather than strive to distract the progress
of the administration.

He reasoned that the more people struggle for positions of leadership,
the more the devil will seek to destroy the destiny already designed
for the state.

The N400M House of Assembly

The Jigawa state government has awarded contract worth about four
hundred million Naira for the construction of offices and a conference
hall at the state House of Assembly premises.

Speaking while signing the contract on behalf of the government, the
chairman of Dutse Capital Development Authority (DCDA) Alhaji Bashir
Aminu said the award of the contract worth N382, 608,330.67 followed
the approval of the state executive council and was for the building
of offices and a conference hall within the premises of the
legislature in order to provide a conducive working atmosphere for the
Honourable members and improving the standard of the legislative House
for effective discharge of duties.

The Chairman added that, the completion period of the project is nine
months and urged the constructing firm Rollsman Tech Ltd to work
towards completing the project as scheduled, assuring that Government
will on its part not fail in meeting its obligations.

Fayemi Sets Up Trust Fund

The Ekiti state government has established the Education Trust Fund to
reposition the education sector.

The Body which is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring all
projects funded from the Education Trust Fund is also to oversee the
remittance of the Trust Fund from Local Governments, Ministries,
Parastatals and mobilize the people to donate to the fund.

The Chairman of the Board, Rt. Honourable Friday Aderemi who disclosed
this at its inaugural meeting held in ado, said the State government
is determined to revamp the education sector through protective and
pragmatic measures.

Honourable Aderemi called on indigenes of the state at home and abroad
as well as corporate organizations based in the State to contribute to
the fund.

He lauded the State Government for the reduction in tuition fees in
the State higher institutions of learning and provision of free
Education from Primary to Secondary School level.

Earlier, Secretary of the Board, Mr. Bolu Ogundare had acquainted the
members with the law establishing the education Trust fund.

Other members in attendance were Chief Oyeniran Osuolale, Chief
Ogundeji Olukayode, Hon. Omotayo Nelson, Hon. Oyeyemi Sunday, Dr.
Bello Saka and Dr. Awopetu Olayinka.

Aregbesola Gives Farmers 72, 000 Bags of Fertilizers

Determined to achieve the target of bumper harvest during the late
planting season, Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has
ordered immediate distribution of 72,000 bags of fertilizers to
farmers across the state.

This was disclosed at the weekend during the inauguration of a ten-man
Fertilizers Distribution and Monitoring Committee headed by the
Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Wale Adedoyin
who explained that the fertilizers were procured from the Federal
Government to aid the food security target of the state.

Performing the inauguration on behalf of the governor in Osogbo, the
commissioner, Prince Wale Adedoyin, explained that the governor, in
his wisdom, ordered the fertilizers distribution so as to eradicate
past sharp practices associated with fertilizers distribution in the

The distribution is to take place at the headquarters of the Osun
State Agricultural Development Programme (OSSADEP), Iwo and other
designated points so as to reach farmers in their localities. Adedoyin
frowned at how some greedy individuals, selfish politicians and fake
farmers collected fertilizers from government at subsidised rates in
the past which they go to hoard and returned to sell to the right
farmers at exorbitant prices.

This development had been posing difficulties to farmers across the
state, stated the commissioner who promised that the problems
associated with fertilizer distribution would be tackled and resolved
without fail.

Two frontline scientists, Professors Olu Odeyemi and Olasupo Oladipo
who are also members of the 10-man committee commended Governor
Aregbesola for having the good initiative to make fertilizers
available to farmers.

First Female Chief Judge Sworn in

The governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has sworn in the
first female Chief Judge of the State, Honourable Justice Olatokunbo
Oduyinka Olopade, charging her “to provide the right kind of
leadership for the State Judiciary and come up with innovative ways of
improving the delivery and administration of justice in the State.”

While commending the sterling qualities of the new Chief Judge,
Senator Amosun reminded her that “as the very first female Chief Judge
of Ogun State, she has become a pioneer and an ambassador to a segment
of our population that she cannot afford to disappoint.” He said Hon.
Justice Olopade had inherited from other renowned legal practitioners
and jurists a tradition of eminence which she must sustain. He
commended the meritorious service of the former Chief Judge, Hon.
Justice Oluremi Jacobs, to the state and promised to strengthen the
independence of the third arm of the government in the interest of the

Governor Amosun expressed concern over the recent happenings in the
Judiciary at the highest level, saying that they had had “far-reaching
implications on the confidence of the average Nigerian in our
judiciary.” He called on members of the Bar, journalists, Civil
Society Organizations, religious bodies and other stakeholders to
“rise in the defence of a strong and virile judiciary that will stand
the test of time.”

Senator Amosun used the opportunity of the inauguration to clarify the
position of the government on the mission schools and alleged tax rise
in the state. He reiterated that he had no intention to take over any
school but to ensure that every child in the state had access to


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