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I have not yet compiled ministerial nominees….Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Abuja dismissed the speculations that he was in the United Kingdom to compile the names of those who may be appointed as ministers during his second tenure of office.

The president stated this when he reacted to a question from a correspondent of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), shortly after returning to Abuja after 10-day private visit to London.

The president stated that he did not discuss the issue of the appointment of new cabinet ministers with anybody.

The president said: “I didn’t discuss with anybody. So, I don’t know how they knew about it. I didn’t discuss it with anybody.’’

On possibility of introducing fresh approach in the fight against insurgency and banditry, the president acknowledged that the acting Inspector-General of Police was doing his best to curtail the menace.

“I have just seen the IG, I think he is losing weight; I think he is working very hard,’’ he said.

The president also declined comment on the kind of people that would constitute his next cabinet.

President Buhari had on Sunday evening returned to Abuja after a 10-day private visit to the UK.

Source: NAN

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OGUN FEDERAL LAWMAKER DONATES 500KVA TRANSFORMER

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The Federal Lawmaker representing Yewa North/Imeko-Afon constituency, Hon. Jimoh Olaifa has donated 500KVA transformer to supply electricity to the residents of Oke-Ola, Oke-Oyinbo, part of Idofoi, as well as, part of Idagba quarters, all in Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government.

Speaking during the presentation, Hon. Olaifa, who noted that the gesture would boost power supply and socio-economic activities of the people, added that it was a way of giving back to the society and a replacement to the transformer which got burnt 11 months ago, encouraging beneficiaries to guard the transformer from vandals and ensure regular maintenance.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Oke-Ola Community Development Association (CDA), Mr. Joseph Akinyemi expressed appreciation on behalf of the communities, saying the gesture would go a long way in improving electricity supply and also reduce rural-urban drift among youths of the area.

Akinyemi added that, the presentation “was the best thing that has happened to the communities in recent time”, pledging support to the government and assured the safety of the transformer.

In a separate interview, some residents including the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Tailor (NUT), Imosokan, Ayetoro, Mr. Akeem Idowu, an Iron Bender, Mr. Jamiu Adegbenro, as well a former Councillor, Hon. Joseph Makinde, thanked the Lawmaker for attending to their request, charging other representatives to emulate the gesture.

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LAGOS EXPLOSION: GOVERNORS PAY CONDOLENCE VISIT TO SANWO-OLU, DONATE N200M TO ABULE ADO RELIEF FUND

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Representatives of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on Saturday visited the Abule Ado explosion site in Lagos for an on-the-spot assessment of the devastating effects of recent gas explosions that claimed many lives and destroyed several properties worth billions of naira.

Led by the NGF chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the three-man team comprised the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and were received Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Fayemi expressed shock at the magnitude of devastation in comparison to the casualty figures. He thanked God that the number casualties did not exceed what was recorded, saying with what they met on ground, more lives would have been lost.

The NGF chairman praised the Lagos State Governor for his prompt response to the disaster and for setting up a relief fund that would help mitigate the hardship of the victims.

He also commended the Lagos State government for the decision to take immediate action and ensure that the issue of building on pipelines corridors are averted.

The NGF chairman however blamed the incessant explosions on the disagreement between States and Federal Government on ownership of land.

While commending the Lagos State Government for the attention given to the place, he promised that such issues would be addressed going forward.

While announcing a donation for the sum of N200 million on behalf of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Fayemi expressed satisfaction that a more decent and modern community will evolve from the misfortune.

The Governors sympathised and commiserated with those who lost loved ones and properties destroyed by the unfortunate incident and expressed hope that it never occurs again.

Earlier, Governor Sanwo-Olu took the visiting Governors round the explosion site, explaining in details what led to the disaster and how the State Government plans to avert a re-occurrence in the future.

Also in the delegation were the Director General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru and NGF’s Head, Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo.

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COVID-19: NIGER STATE GOVERNMENT CLOSES PUBLIC, PRIVATE SCHOOLS, TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS

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The Niger State Government has directed the closure of Public and Private Schools as well as Tertiary Institutions across the State from Monday, 23rd March, 2020.
A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane further stated that all public gatherings are hereby suspended by the State Government.
Ahmed Matane disclosed that the closure of the Public, Private Schools and Tertiary Institutions which is for the period of thirty days and the suspension of all Public gathering is with immediate effect.
The SSG revealed that the measure to shut down the Schools for thirty days and suspend public gatherings is part of Government deliberate efforts to contain the global spread of Coronavirus Pandemic.
Ahmed Matane called on the people of the State to always uphold the highest degree of personal hygiene, remain calm and adhere strictly to all safety measures earlier announced by the State Ministry of Health.
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