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Donald Duke UrgesThe Government To Compel Banks To Reduce Interest Rate

Past Governor s of Cross River State

Mr Donald Duke , the previous of governor of Cross River State, has urged  the Federal Government to compel banks to reduce to reduce the interest rate to the barest minimum to make credit available and affordable for small businesses .

According to Duke , the Nigerian banking industry is a major obstacle to sustainable economic development because of about 25 per cent interest being charged on loans to customers

“ If you want to grow an economy, you will have to ensure that credit is available and affordable .

“ In Nigeria , credit is neither available nor affordable for the average Nigerian to start- up business because of the high - interest rate .

“ Banks should be compelled to reduce their interest rates to the barest minimum to encourage entrepreneurship in a country where the population is growing at 3 . 5 per cent while the economy is growing under 2 per cent .

“ As long as our population is growing faster than the economy is growing , we will remain in perpetual recession, ” he further said.

Duke made all these declarations call at the 5th anniversary of Political Forum G50, with the theme: “ Blueprint For Sustainable Economic Development” held on Saturday in Lagos State .

NLC Prepares for Indefinite Strike

NLC Prepares for Indefinite Strike

Sequel to #30, 000 minimum wage, the  NLC ( Nigeria Labour Congress) has written a letter to state councils of the union to prepare for an indefinite strike if the Federal Government fails to accept its demands on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a result of the new minimum wage by October 16, 2019.

The NLC is demanding 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17 while the FG had presented a proposal of 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to 14 and 6 .5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17.

Sequel , NLC has written a letter to state councils of the union to prepare for an indefinite strike if the Federal Government fails to accept its demands on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a result of the new minimum wage by October 16, 2019.

After the first phase of negotiations collapsed due to percentage differences between the two parties, the Federal Government negotiating team and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, which is representing labour unions in the negotiation for the total implementation of the new minimum wage , will meet again on Tuesday , October 15, 2019.

The letter stated, “ You will recall that a joint communiqué was issued by the leadership of the NLC , Trade Union Congress and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council stating that after two weeks from the date of the said communiqué , industrial harmony could not be guaranteed in the country should an agreement not be reached with the Federal Government on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30, 000 .

“ You are hereby directed to coordinate preparations with TUC and JPSNC in your state for necessary industrial action should the time expire without an agreement as contained in the communiqué .”

Nigeria at 59 , " Let’s live in peace, fear of God " Olukoya Says

Let’s live in peace, fear of God Olukoya Said

The cleric popularly called DKO [ Dr . Daniel Kolawole Olukoya ] who is the General Overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (Worldwide ),  gave the advice in a message issued on Tuesday and signed by his spokesperson, Collins Edomaruse, to mark the 59th Independence anniversary of Nigeria. He  has urged Nigerians to live in peace and love one another in obedience to the command of God.

According to him , this was the time for Nigerians to shun strife and bickering of all kinds .

Olukoya said, “ This is the time for all Nigerians to do away with all our individual strife , differences, and prejudice in order to move the country forward in fulfillment of God ’s plan and purpose for the nation.

“ For us to have a new Nigeria that is free of crime , evil and corruption , we need to be lovers of God, be our brothers’ keepers and lovers of one another.”

The clergyman also advised Nigerians to embrace honesty, prayer and hard work which , he said, will help redirect and revamp the economy.

He also urged Nigerians to be patriotic at all times as “ patriotism goes a long way in building the image of a country ” .

South Africa May Ban Evacuated Nigerians For A Period Of Ten Years.

There are reports that if they capture your biometrics and you leave, you won’ t be allowed into South Africa again or you may be barred from visiting for at least 10 years. “ So, some Nigerians who planned to come to Nigeria to relax for some time and then go back eventually decided to stay back for fear of being barred from visiting South Africa, where they have investments and families.”

The representative of Geoffrey Onyema, the Minister of Foreign Affairs , was barred from accessing the cargo wing of the OR Tambo International Airport by security officials .

When asked if the SA officials informed their Nigerian counterparts about the rationale for the biometrics of the returnees, another official said, “ There was no formal announcement to this effect, but there were reports that anyone who left may be barred from visiting South Africa for life or for at least 10 years.  

More so,  facts have emerged on the bottlenecks which nearly frustrated the evacuation of 313 Nigerians from South Africa by the Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft on Wednesday. The flight which was scheduled for 9 am did not depart the OR Tambo International Airport until 4 pm, following various obstacles reportedly imposed by the South African airport and immigration officials.

The plane eventually arrived in Nigeria with 178 persons at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja , Lagos at 9. 34 pm. Pretoria was not happy over the evacuation operation which senior Foreign Affairs Ministry officials described as “ a yellow card to Nigeria -South Africa relations. ”

This, it was gathered, was seen by SA authorities as a thumbs down, hence the decision to mount impediments to frustrate the evacuation exercise. On Friday that 84 Nigerians had boarded the aircraft at the Johannesburg airport, whe officials announced that they must carry out a biometric capture of all returning individuals.

It was learnt that all the people on board were deplaned for the biometric exercise with the immigration officials spending about 10 minutes to capture each person. Officials who participated in the clearance process at the airport explained that the immigration service cancelled valid South African visas possessed by Nigerians during the biometric exercise .

It was learnt that the biometrics was a smokescreen to blacklist Nigerians leaving the country over xenophobic attacks which Pretoria has strenuously denied. An official said, “ When you are evacuating your citizens from a country , it is like sending a strong message to that country about your relations with them . No country would be happy with the evacuation of foreign nationals from its territory .

“South Africans were very strategic. We arrived at Joburg by 6.15 am . The intention was to leave by 9 am , but after clearing about 85 out of the 313 who were scheduled for airlifting, they insisted they should do biometric capture for those who were willing to leave. “ So, they had to come down from the plane and start the clearance process afresh.

Some women who wished to leave with their children were asked to present letters of consent from their husbands. Many of them who could not provide the letters were also said to have gone back home after spending several hours at the airport .

A ministry official said those who had elected to stay back following the new conditions imposed by the SA immigration were about 135 .He stated, “ The immigration asked those who were travelling with children to present letters of consent from their spouses. If they didn ’t have the consent letter , they would not allow the children to leave with the mother.

“ Initially , it was 313 persons who were billed to come back with the flight, but 135 went back . They included those who were travelling with children without letters of consent and those who did not want to do the biometrics so that they wouldn ’t be barred from returning to South Africa again .”

“The credibility of the report was strengthened when the immigration officials were cancelling valid visas , as they were clearing those with valid travel documents. “ Even if you have one or two years visa , it was cancelled, and this means you have to apply afresh and it may be difficult for you to get the visa again. Nigerian officials were frustrated .

The Minister of Foreign Affairs sent an official to represent him at the airport , but the person was not allowed access to the cargo wing for a long time. Findings also showed that the Nigerian Consulate contributed to the rowdy situation at the airport as they did not give the emergency travel documents to those with expired passports until they got to the airport .

The MFA officials explained that the Mission had been advised to distribute the travel certificates to the next batch of returnees who needed them at the consulate ahead of time to ease the departure process at the airport .The next batch was expected to be airlifted on Saturday or Sunday from Joburg to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos .

Giving an update on the operation , the Chairman, Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri - Erewa, said the Consul- General of Nigerian Mission in Johannesburg was already addressing the issues with the SA government.

Dabiri - Erewa added , “ Because of the serious hurdles put in place by the SA authorities on this first evacuation , we will have to wait for an update from the consulate as they resolve some issues with the SA authorities . The next flight may be Saturday or Sunday. “ However, Chairman Air Peace , says the airline is on standby and ready for more evacuations anytime.” The returnees would also get a soft loan from the Bank of Industry to support those interested in trade.

When contacted last night about the ordeal faced by Nigerians at the airport , the acting SA High Commissioner to Nigeria , Amb. Bobby Moroe , simply said, “ I am currently in Abuja and not privy to what transpired in South Africa during the transfer of Nigerian nationals from South Africa to Nigeria. “ You may wish to contact the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ascertain the facts around this matter .”

The MFA spokesman , Ferdinand Nwonye , could not be reached for comment on what the FG would do about the reported travel ban imposed on Nigerians by SA , as he was said to be outside the country. A text message sent to the minister, Onyeama, on the issue had yet to elicit a response as of the time of filing this report.

President of Nigeria Receives Envoy To South Africa

The President of Nigeria, President M. Buhari

The President of Nigeria, President M. Buhari has received envoy to South Africa,  and has ordered the evacuation of 640 Nigerians. The special envoy conveyed the assurance of President Buhari that the Nigerian government was ready and willing to collaborate with the South African government to find a lasting solution to the involvement of few Nigerians in criminal activities , and to protect the lives and property of the larger groups of other law - abiding Nigerians and indeed Africans in general , against all forms of attacks including xenophobia. President Buhari further assured that the Nigerian government will guarantee the safety of lives, property and business interests of South Africans in Nigeria .

Two aircraft to bring 640 Nigerians from South Africa – Presidency. Also on Monday , the Presidency said the number of Nigerians in South Africa, who had shown interest in returning home had risen from 400 to 640. The Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Diaspora Commission , Abike Dabiri - Erewa, stated this when she appeared before the Senate Committee on Diaspora .

To monitor the measures the South African government would take to end the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians by further engaging the “ appropriate authorities.” The President also gave clear instructions that Nigerians willing to return home should be evacuated from South Africa immediately .

The President took the decisions when he received the report of the special envoy he sent last week to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa , to register Nigeria ’s concerns over the attacks. The Presidency, in a statement on Monday in Abuja , said the special envoy, who is the Director -General, National Intelligence Agency , Ahmed Rufai - Abubakar, returned to Nigeria after the assignment and had submitted his report to the President.

It said Rufai - Ababukar was in Pretoria from Thursday to Saturday. While in Pretoria , the envoy conveyed the following to Ramaphosa , “ The deep concern of President Buhari and Nigerians about intermittent violence against Nigerians and their property /business interests in South Africa.

The statement , which was signed by the President’ s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Mr Femi Adesina , also gave details of Ramaphosa ’s responses.

It added , “ On his part , President Ramaphosa agrees that the violence is most disconcerting and embarrassing, adding that his government completely rejects such acts , which undermine not only the country ’ s image, but also its relations with brotherly African countries.

“ President Ramaphosa reaffirmed his stand against criminality and that he was committed to doing everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country .”

Upon receiving the report, Buhari said he had taken note of it and directed Onyeama “ to continue to engage with appropriate authorities on the concrete measure the South African government is expected to take . ”

He also gave “ instructions for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home. ”The Presidency added that the envoy also met with his South African counterpart “ where they reviewed the situation of foreign emigrants in general and Nigerians in particular .”It said the two “ agreed to work together to find a permanent solution to the root causes of the recurring attacks on Nigerians and their property . ”
Dabiri - Erewa, who addressed journalists in company with the Chairman of the Senate panel, Ajibola Basiru, said emergency travel documents were being issued to Nigerians whose papers had expired .

She added that two aircraft had landed on the South African soil to bring the first batch of Nigerians .She said eight South African policemen were already being prosecuted over various xenophobic cases against Nigerians .

She said the documentation process for those with expired papers had started to ensure their easy entry into Nigeria .She said, “ As I speak with you now, we have 640 Nigerians voluntarily registered to come home and they will be home in a couple of days.“ We believe that more will still be coming to register. Two planes will convey them . The envoy will be briefing the President . When we receive the first two batches , we will know how many more will come .She said eight policemen had been charged for their involvement in killing of Nigerians in South Africa and four more had been arrested.

Dabiri - Erewa said the Federal Government was still expecting the report of the investigation into the death of the Deputy Director - General of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria , Mrs Elizabeth Chukwu, who was murdered in South Africa. She said , “ They promised us to get the result . Also, there must be consequences for actions. If policemen or your people go out killing people and nothing happens to them , it will continue to happen.”

Nigeria ’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, had told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja , that Air Peace had offered to airlift those willing to return home .Nigerians shouldn ’t be second -class citizens anywhere – Presidency

“ If we have the kind of country we want , why would we go and become second and third class citizens anywhere else ? We should get the kind of country we want . I would like to stress that for us to get that country , we must love our country .

The UNICEF Country Representative , Peter Hawkins, said Nigeria youths deserved an education system with “ good learning outcomes, where a child of nine years f basic education can read, write and have excellent numeracy skills. ”Also, the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the 2019 election, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, and leaders of the Nigerian community in Cape Town, called on Ramaphosa to apologise to countries whose citizens were attacked .

They made the demand at a meeting held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town.Members of the delegation that met with Ezekwesili included the representative of Yoruba community in Cape Town, Chief T .A Odutayo; Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo (Western Cape ), Chief Vincent Nzekwe and Secretary, Simon Odumegwu .

Ezekwesili and the Nigerian community in South Africa, according a communique issued after the meeting and obtained in Abuja on Monday, described the attacks as Afrophobia .While demanding an apology from Ramaphosa , they called on South African government to trigger series of actions necessary to de - escalate the brewing conflict to ensure that bilateral trade agreements between the countries would not be affected .

The Nigeria Labour Congress , Ekiti State chapter Chairman, Kolapo Olatunde , on Monday appealed to Nigerians not to destroy the property and businesses of South African nationals .Olatunde, who said failure of the government to provide employment for citizens forced Nigerians to seek greener pastures in other better countries, thereby subjecting them to attacks as being witnessed in South Africa.

The NLC boss said in a telephone chat with journalists in Ado Ekiti that “ the killing and the destruction of Nigerians and their property in South Africa confirmed failure of governance . The solution to xenophobia is for Nigerian government to provide reliable jobs for its citizens.”

Meanwhile, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has said it will take “ appropriate actions, ” in response to the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Nigerian advocacy group , Socio- Economic Rights and Accountability Project , had on Sunday called upon the commission to sue South Africa and demand $ 10bn damages for Nigerian victims of xenophobia.SERAP ’s Deputy Director , Kolawole Oludare , said in a statement on Monday that justice might be on the way for xenophobia victims as the African Commission had promised to take up the issue .

Oludare ’s statement quoted the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Ms Soyata Maiga, as acknowledging SERAP ’s letter and promising that necessary actions would be taken. “ Thank you for your open letter requesting our commission to take action to the court. I have just shared the letter with Ms Jamesina Essie King, the Chair of the Working Group on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights , for follow- up and appropriate action, ” Maiga was said to have written in a reply mail to SERAP .

Commending Maiga’ s quick response , Oludare said it signified the commitment of the African Commission “ to stand up for the human rights of Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa, and to become more responsive to rights holders and victims . ” “ This will put massive pressure on the South African authorities and political leaders to uphold the highest standards in the protection of human rights of Nigerians and end their political rhetoric and incitement to hatred, violence and discrimination, ” the SERAP Deputy Director said.

On his part , Senator Benjamin Uwajimogu said the Federal Government should change strategies to tackle the spate of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa.He said the advice became necessary following the failure of previous efforts to engage the South African government on the killings .Uwajimogu, representing Imo North senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress , stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

He said, “ Enough is enough ! This is wicked and shameless. The Federal Government has my full support and that of the Senate is taking every measure necessary to tackle the rising xenophobic attacks in South Africa, “ Since previous efforts to engage the South African government on these unabated attacks have yielded no gain , the onus is now on the Federal Government of Nigeria to change tactics and strategies , and make a profound statement .”  He described South Africans as intolerant and spiteful of Nigeria which was “ a country that gave its all for their freedom from apartheid .”

Uwajimogu said, “ My heart bled when I heard the news of the unfortunate incident , where hundreds of Nigerians in South Africa have been mobbed, harrassed, some maimed and killed, and their property looted and vandalised . “ Some are subjected to all forms of indignities , all in the name of envy, hate and prejudice , while the security agencies in that country were either complicit or they watched helplessly .” President Buhari stressed the need for South African government to take visible measures to stop violence against citizens of brotherly African nations. President Buhari is worried that the recurring issue of xenophobia could negatively affect the image and standing of South Africa as one of the leading countries on the continent , if nothing is done to stop it .

The statement , which was signed by the President’ s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity , Mr Femi Adesina , also gave details of Ramaphosa ’s responses. It added , “ On his part , President Ramaphosa agrees that the violence is most disconcerting and embarrassing, adding that his government completely rejects such acts , which undermine not only the country ’ s image, but also its relations with brotherly African countries.

In a related development, the Presidency on Monday reiterated its condemnation of the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, saying if Nigerians had the kind of country they wanted , they would not go and become second - class citizens elsewhere .
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity , Adesina stated this in Abuja on Monday, adding that although there might be many faults with Nigeria , citizens must strive to love the country and work for its progress .

Adesina spoke at the Naija Youth Talk organised by the United Nations Children ’s Fund to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day. The President ’s spokesman said, “ Youths have a right to want a country because they are stakeholders . They have a right to ask for the country they want , a country where there will be no xenophobia and nobody will tell us; go back to your country .

President Ramaphosa reaffirmed his stand against criminality and that he was committed to doing everything possible to protect the rights of every Nigerian and other foreign nationals in the country .

Election Petitions Tribunal In Umuahia, Disqualifies The Election Of Senate Chief Whip

The National and State Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State , has disqualified the election of Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu.

The National and State Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State , has disqualified the election of Senate Chief Whip Orji Kalu.

The Independent National Electoral Commission as hereby ordered the conduct of a supplementary election within 90 days in eight wards in Arochukwu Local Government Area and several polling units in Ohafia and Isukwuato LGAs where votes were cancelled during senatorial election in Abia North senatorial district .

The three- man tribunal led by Justice Cornelius Akintayo ordered the supplementary election while giving judgment in a petition brought before it by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the election, Mao Ohuabunwa , who had challenged the victory of the Senate Chief Whip , Orji Kalu, in the Senatorial election .

But the three- man tribunal led by Justice Cornelius Akintayo , in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, ruled that the petitioner had failed to prove his allegation of exclusion by INEC.The tribunal also held that Anaga did not have anything to prove that he was a candidate in the election and therefore had no locus standi to challenge the election .

Kalu was declared winner of the election by the returning officer, Doctor  Charles Anumudu , which Ohuabunwa described as “ excess electoral fraud and broad daylight robbery .”He , therefore, approached the tribunal to seek justice. Until the annulment , Kalu was the Senator representing Abia North at the National Assembly .

The tribunal also ordered a rerun election for the Abia North Senatorial District. Kalu was elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress and was inaugurated as federal lawmaker for the 9 th National Assembly.

The election tribunal therefore scolded the petitioner’ s lawyer for bringing the case to the court in the first place without ascertaining that his client was a candidate of AGA for the election .

Last Thursday, the tribunal had dismissed a petition brought before it by another individual — candidate of the All Grassroots Alliance, Anagha Anagha, challenging Kalu’s victory in the Abia North senatorial zone election. Anagha had challenged Kalu’s victory on the ground that he (Anagha) was excluded from contesting the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission .

Senator Dino Malaye Denies that He Never Dated TBoss

Senator Dino Malaye Pictures

The Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Malaye has denied that he had never dated TBoss and was not the father of the baby. He has denied being the father of former Big Brother Naija housemate , TBoss’ baby. He made the denial on his official Twitter handle .

Senator Dino Malaye Tweet on twitter

Melaye said , “ I naturally should ignore lies making the rounds that I’ m the father of Tboss ’s child .

Every child is a blessing from heaven to every new mother and I congratulate TBoss on the new bundle of joy. As for the father, it ’s not me. I never dated TBOSS. Olodos take note accordingly.”

There have been speculations about the paternity of TBoss ’ baby and attention had shifted to Melaye , even though, she had denied having an affair with him in the past.

German Government Deports Nigerians In The Next 48 Hours After Senator Ike Attack

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German government has deported Nigerians in the next 48 hours after Senator Ike Ekweremadu’s attack. The Former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, was on Saturday disgraced by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany.

It would be recalled Last month two batches of Nigerians were sent back home from the European country. Osa added, “When their asylum application is already expired, they are obligated to leave the country.

“For those who don’t leave voluntarily, they will be given a what is I can translate in English to mean toleration status. This status is not a resident title; it is to show that the person is still there because the deportation is hindered because of one reason or the other.

“These people are picked up early in the morning without expecting the police.

“Some would be picked up from work also. When the police arrive in their rooms, they would be allowed to pack things not more than say 64 kilos. The police will be standing to make sure the person does not escape.”

“The flight will be from Frankfurt on Monday. For those who have been given the information, the plane will take off by 8 a.m. and arrive in Nigeria between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

According to reports, the migrants have already left Frankfurt Airport at 8 a.m., and were expected to land in Nigeria’s Murtala Mohammed International Airport between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The number of migrants deported was not ascertained as at the time of this report, it was however, gathered that they were picked randomly from different accommodation centres.

“Those who will be deported will be picked randomly from their different accommodation centres from 3 a.m. till 5 a.m. in different regions and conveyed to a central place and finally to Frankfurt Airport,” the Co-ordination Activist for Network Refugees 4Refugees, a political platform for refugees and migrant self-organisation based in Stuttgart, Germany, Rex Osa, uttered.

New Miinisters with their Portfolios for Buhari’s Second Term

Nigeria Flag with coat of arms

The following are the current federal ministers for President Muhammadu Buhari second term tenure which will lapse in the next four years. These ministers are forty three in total. They are;

1) Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah – Abia, Mines and Steel Development, State
2) Muhammed Musa Bello – Adamawa, FCT
3) Sen. Godswill Obot Akpabio – Akwa Ibom, Niger Delta
4) Chris Ngige – Anambra, Labour & Employment
5) Sharon Ikeazor – Anambra, Environment, State
6) Adamu Adamu – Bauchi, Education
7) Amb Maryam Katagum – Bauchi, Industry, Trade and Investment, State

8) Timipre Silva – Bayelsa, Petroleum, State
9) Sen. George Akume – Benue, Special Duties
10) Mustapha Baba Shehuri – Borno, Agriculture, State
11) Godwin Jedi-Agba – Cross River, Power, State
12) Festus Keyamo – Delta, Niger Delta, State
13) Ogbonnaya Onu - Ebonyi, Science and Technology
14) Dr. Osagie Ehanire – Edo, Health
15) Clement Ikanade Agba – Edo, Budget and National Planning, State

16) Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo – Ekiti, Industry, Trade and Investment
17) Geoffrey Onyeama – Enugu, Foreign Affairs
18) Dr. Ali Isa Pantami – Gombe, Communication
19) Emeka Nwajuba - Imo, Education, State
20) Suleiman Adamu – Jigawa, Water Resources
21) Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Kaduna, Finance, Budget and National Planning
22) Dr. Mohammad Mahmoud – Kaduna, Environment

23) Mohammed Sabo Nanono – Kano, Agriculture
24) Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) - Kano, Defence
25) Hadi Sirika – Katsina, Aviation
26) Abubakar Malami – Kebbi, HAGF and Minister of Justice
27) Ramatu Tijani Aliyu – Kogi, FCT, State
28) Lai Mohammed – Kwara, Information and Culture
29) Gbemisola Saraki – Kwara, Transportation, State
30) Babatunde Raji Fashola – Lagos, Works and Housing
31) Adeleke Mamora – Lagos, Health, State
32) Mohammed A. Abdullahi – Nasarawa, Science & Tech, State

33) Amb. Zubairu Dada – Niger, Foreign Affairs, State
34) Olamilekan Adegbite – Ogun, Mines & Steel Devpt
35) Sen. Omotayo Alasuadura - Ondo, Labour, State
36) Rauf Aregbesola – Osun, Interior
37) Sunday Dare – Oyo, Youth and Sports
38) Dame Pauline Tallen – Plateau, Women Affairs
39) Rotimi Amaechi – Rivers, Transportation
40) Mohammed Maigari Dangyadi – Sokoto, Police Affairs
41) Engr. Sale Mamman – Taraba, Power
42) Abubakar D. Aliyu – Yobe, Works and Housing, State
43) Sadiya Umar Faruk – Zamfara, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

Benue State Government Suspends Two 3rd Class Chiefs

In the regard to Katsina-Ala unrest the Benue State Government has suspended Two 3rd Class Chiefs from Katsina-Ala, Chief Tivlumun Ubugh, Mue Ter Chongo and Chief Ayoleve Ornguga, Mue Ter Ipusu as well as the District Head of Mbacher, Chief Luke Atomigba over their roles in the prolonged crisis between Shitile and Ikyurav.

Governor Samuel Ortom read the Council’s resolutions during a marathon meeting with stakeholders from the local government area also held yesterday at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

According to the Governor, the Council also directed that all the District Heads from the area who declined invitation to attend a security meeting with Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa would be queried to explain why disciplinary actions should not be taken against them.

The Governor noted that the traditional rulers had instead, resorted to fuelling the crisis based on vested interests, thereby contravening the code of conduct enshrined in the Local Government and Chieftaincy Law of the State.

The suspension of the chiefs followed recommendation of the Benue State Security Council after its emergency meeting in Makurdi yesterday.

The Governor further stated that the traditional rulers had neglected their duties and exhibited nonchalance towards efforts aimed at resolving the crisis.

The affected traditional rulers are to face a panel to be constituted by the Tor Tiv to investigate them and determine appropriate sanctions.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Announces The Abduction Five RCCG Pastors

The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, announced the abduction five RCCG pastors on Friday at the Redeemed Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Adeboye, while charging the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees, said the abduction took place on Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis.

He was quoted as saying, “As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?”

Consequently, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has reacted to the abduction of five ministers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), who were on their way to attend the church’s Ministers’ Conference in Lagos on Thursday.

He also condemned the murder of Catholic Parish Priest of St. James, the Greater Parish, Ugbawka, in Enugu State, Rev FR Paul Offu.

Also, the Catholic Parish Priest of St. James, the Greater Parish, Ugbawka, in Enugu State, Rev FR Paul Offu was reportedly shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday evening.

Reacting, Apostle Suleiman expresses sadness and disbelief over the recent development.

The outspoken cleric called on God to ‘frustrate the agenda of the wicked men in Nigeria’ over recent abduction. On his verified Twitter page, Apostle Suleman wrote: “Just got into the country and hearing strange news of 5 RCCG pastors kidnapped, Catholic priest killed, soldiers buried secretly?

“Are these true? I don’t want to believe it. “Father in the name of Jesus, we ask you release all those in hands of captors after the order of Acts 12.frustrate the agenda of wicked men in Nigeria. (Isaiah 7v7,isaiah 8v10,psalms 68v1). “Let ceaseless flow of blood come to an end in Jesus name.