19 SEPTEMBER 2015
KANO FAAN ends hajj operation at Kano Airport
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Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunona, has expressed delight at the successful airlift of the 2015 Hajj pilgrims at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. A statement issued by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati, yesterday in Abuja, said Dunoma supervised the conclusion of the airlifting of Hajj pilgrims to Makkah from the airport on Thursday. It said the FAAN’s managing director expressed satisfaction with the level of safety and security measures put in place to ensure that 2015 Hajj operation was hitch-free. “He gave the assurance that all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure successful arrival of all the pilgrims,” it stated.
ENUGU ILORIN Police arrest two robbery suspects Ahmed appoints four Enugu State Police Command has arrested two new special advisers suspected notorious bandits out of a gang that specialised in robbing victims at gunpoints. The two robbery kingpins were identified as Chinonso Ogbodo alias Cobra and Ifeanyi Ani from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state. They were nabbed by the operatives of the Nkanu West Division of the Police while a manhunt on one of the fleeing members of the gang has been intensified. The suspects were nabbed by the operatives following a report of alleged robbery operations by the suspects who allegedly blocked their victim at gunpoint along Akpati junction Agbani in Enugu. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, said the police operatives swung into action, arrested suspects and recovered from them during search one double barrel locally made pistol with one live cartridge and two daggers.
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has appointed four new Special Advisers to strengthen his administration for high performance and to reflect his sensitivity to gender representation in governance. A statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold, said the new appointees are Mrs. Felicia Dupe Faremi (Special Duties); Hajia Ejide A. Balogun (Electoral Matters); Mr. Olayinka Olaoye (Infrastructure and Project Monitoring) and Alhaji Mahmud Saraki (Road Maintenance and Rural Roads).
Allow Buhari choose his ministers, Ogbemudia tells Nigerians Cajetan Mmuta BENIN
ormer Governor of old Midwestern region and Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, yesterday urged Nigerians to allow President Muhammadu Buhari make the best choice of those that would help rebuild and reposition the nation in his yet-to-beannounced cabinet. Ogbemudia said President Buhari as a thorough bred leader who had passed through thick and thin while in military was determined to give his best towards the growth and general wellbeing of the country and her citizenry. Besides, he advised the citizens to get themselves prepared by making “concrete” sacrifices in the pro-
cess of nation-building and good governance since the President was poised to get the country out of the woods. Speaking in an interview with Saturday Telegraph in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Ogbemudia said: “The man (Buhari) passed through a course in the army called planning and preparation followed by execution. So, that is precisely what he is doing, he has planned; he is now executing his plans and one of the things to do is to carefully, mind my word, carefully select those who will help him bear the cross. “What they need to do is to give the man a little time. Let him on his new drawing board; he spoke about change, you cannot change a society without preparing for it.”
Alleged ‘missing’ Bauchi aircraft lands in Nigeria
T L-R Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Dr. Stephen Baba; Ogun State acting Governor, Chief Yetunde Onanuga; Secretary to Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, during the funeral service held in honour of the late Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, at the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina, Lagos… yesterday.
I won’t divert bailout fund, says Fayose Adesina Wahab and Dennis Agbo
kiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has distanced himself from the allegation that some state governors are planning to divert the bailout funds being given to some states to offset arrears of unpaid salaries and pensions. The governor said as a lover of workers and firm believer in the Biblical injunction that a labourer is worth his wages, he will never contemplate punishing workers. However, following the Federal Government’s directive on Treasury Single Account (TSA), the Debt Management Office (DMO) yesterday advised governments at all levels not to prioritise borrowings, noting that it affects the economy negatively. Speaking at a lecture organised as part of activities marking this year’s Civil Service Week, the governor in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the funds would be judiciously used for the purposes intended. Fayose, who explained
l DMO advises states, LGs against borrowings to workers that the government had met all requirements for the fund, stated that he had yet to receive the fund; adding that the workers would be paid immediately the funds hit the government account. He said he would not purse developmental projects at the detriment of the growth of workers’ “stomach infrastructure.” “At the last meeting I held with all of you in this hall, you asked me to go ahead and get the bailout fund. I have gone ahead, I have signed. I am waiting for the money and as soon as the money comes, I will pay. I am not going to be among the governors that will divert the bailout. I want the stomach infrastructure inside you to grow,” Fayose said. The governor said the various borrowings obtained by the previous administrations and the bailout fund would have impact on the income of the state when the deductions were made. Delivering a lecture titled “Work ethics and improved productivity in the civil service”, Prof. Femi Omotoso of Ekiti State Uni-
versity, Ado-Ekiti, said civil servants were important to the service delivery function of government. Omotoso said public servants should conform to ethical standards while discharging their duties; saying effective public service would bring about effective governance structure in the country. Meanwhile, the DirectorGeneral of the DMO, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, in Enugu, said efficient and effective utilisation of revenue by governments would lessen huge borrowing and empower them to stay afloat in times of financial crisis. Nwankwo, who addressed journalists at the end of a one-day enlightenment workshop for civil society organisations (CSOs), said when revenue was well managed and the amount borrowed covers only things government's revenue could not sufficiently cover, all levels of government would have the capacity to withstand financial crisis. “As debt managers we are very much concerned with the effectiveness and efficiency of the use of resources because one of the ways to ensure that you do not bor-
row much is to ensure that whatever you have collected as revenue is well utilised. “If you maximise whatever you collected as revenue, the gap left for you to borrow will be less. So, for us as at the DMO, we are concerned and we are keen in making sure that resources, whether borrowed or not, are transparently, efficiently and effectively managed so that waste and linkages are greatly reduced,” he said. He also identified the diversification of the economy as a sure way to reduce the vulnerability of both federal and state governments in the face of dwindling oil revenue. The Director-General of DMO said when the economy was diversified by way of investing in critical infrastructure and other valuable sectors, alternative sources of revenue would be open to the government, thereby, making it financially stable and stronger. He advised governments to only borrow when they want to use the borrowed money to fund projects that would have an impact on the growth and development of the economy.
he allegedly missing Bauchi State-owned aircraft has landed in Nigeria from Morocco where the state government claimed it was found. The Embraer ERJ 145 touched down on the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi at about 10 am yesterday. Its whereabouts had been a subject of controversy as the new government suggested the aircraft was stolen by its predecessor and hidden in Morocco. In an address two weeks ago, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, announced the airplane had been found in the North African country. Abubakar said the state’s public Property Recovery Committee traced the plane. “I wish to announce the fruitful efforts in locating
the state owned "Embraer 145 aircraft in Morocco and soon it will land at the Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa International Airport in a matter of days,” the governor said. In response, former Governor Isa Yuguda, told journalists the plane was on lease to Overland Airways. Yuguda said he had provided full details about the plane, which was bought by former Governor Adamu Mu’azu, in his handover notes. The state’s deputy governor, Nuhu Gidado, who acknowledged the arrival of the aircraft, said: "We have been longing to see our aircraft is back and we are glad that the aircraft is back we will be meeting with the crew to see what next and how to move forward."
Encomium as Adefuye is buried
he remains of the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, were buried yesterday at the Ikoyi Vault and Gardens, Lagos amid encomium and tributes from family members, relatives and associates. The late diplomat who died on August 27 at the Suburban hospital, Washington DC, United States, remains had arrived Nigeria on September 11 to kick-start a three-day burial rites after it had departed Dulles, Washington airport the previous day. Dignitaries at the event include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Dr. Stephen Baba; Ogun State
acting Governor, Chief Yetunde Onanuga; Secretary to Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello among others. Prior to his burial yesterday, a Christian service of songs for the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, was held on Thursday at the Harbour Point, Victoria Island in Lagos. In attendance were family, friends, colleagues and other sympathisers, who all gathered to mourn the late envoy fondly called Ade. Paying tributes, ViceChancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahman Bello, described the deceased as “a great Nigerian, a friend, colleague, mentor and research leader”.
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