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Gov Yari downsizes number of ministries

From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara state yesterday has announced approval for restructuring of the state number of ministries from 25 to 16 as well as the functional parastatals and other agencies to run the affairs of the state.

In a press conference by the State Secretary to the State (SSG), Professor Abdullahi Muhammad Shinkafi in Gusau, the state capital said, the decision for the reduction of the number of ministries and parastatals was sequel to the current hard economic situation across the nation which was witnessed by low revenue accruing to states.

Shinkafi informed that, the state government had constituted a 5-man committee presided over by the state Head of Service, Muhammad Bello Umar, to advise the government on how effectively the MDA’s could be restructured in order to achieve effective implementation of developmental programmes.

He announced that, the executive decision has only approved 10 Directorates out of 22 while 13 against 14 Commissions and 6 out of 8 Agencies respectively, stresses further that, the government would still maintain the existing extra ministerial departments and six higher institutions in the state.

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IGP redeploys 19 AIGs, 49 CPs

By Ahmed Abubakar

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase has approved the redeployment of 19 Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and 49 Commissioners of Police.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Abayomi Shogunle on Friday in Abuja.

Among those redeployed were AIG Joseph Mbu, who was posted as Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos, Adenrele Shinaba as Commandant, Nigeria Police Academy, Kano, and Patrick Dokumor AIG Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The posting also affected all the 12 zonal commands of the police.

The affected officers include: Tambari Mohammed; AIG zone 1 Kano, Bala Hassan; AIG zone 2 Lagos, Mohammed Abubakar; AIG zone 3 Yola, and Yahaya Ardo, AIG zone 4 Makurdi.

Others were, Musa Daura; AIG zone 5 Benin, Adisa Bolanta; AIG zone 6 Calabar, Ballah Nasarawa; AIG zone 7, Abuja, Lawal Tanko; AIG zone 8 Lokoja, Usman Gwary; AIG zone 9, Umuahia.

The rest were, Mohammed Gana; AIG zone 10 Sokoto, Helen Adeyemi, AIG

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Groups endorse Meyanga for Kogi governorship

From Hamza Imman, Lokoja

The governorship election in Kogi State on the platform of All Progressive Congress, APC, can be achieved positively through the candidature of Alhaji Idris Meyanga, groups have said.

This was made known through groups under the aegis of concerned citizens of Kogi State with non-governmental organisation at a press briefing in Lokoja, yesterday.

The event which attracted Peoples Democratic Party integrity group, All Progressive Party stakeholders, organised private sector, said they can no longer afford to remain in the minority after 16 years of unreasonable development, noting that the man who got the consent of President Mammahadu Buhari who co-odinated the election in Kogi State should be given the mandate.

Spokesperson of the groups, David Baba said they were motivated by the leadership quality of Alhaji Idris Meyanga through his numerous human development stride, pointing out that many people have benefitted from his agriculture development scheme, enhancing soft loans to farmers and effective leadership to over 10, 000 Central bank union members accross the country.

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Kogi PDP not in opposition, says deputy governor

By Ahmed Abubakar

The Kogi State Deputy Governor Mr. Yomi Awoniyi has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not at all in the opposition and is not in contention against any other political party.

The deputy governor stated this at the party’s national secretariat yesterday when he came to submit Captain Idris Wada’s nomination form for the governorship of the state.

The deputy governor said, “let me tell you in all sincerity, And I will not want to deceive myself, the PDP is a party to beat in Kogi state. We are not in opposition in Kogi State. We are a party that has delivered credible diidends of Democracy to the good people of Kogi State and they know it.”

The deputy governor explained that, “the majority of the people of Kogi state appreciate what the governor has done and I can assure you that at the end of the day, they would require that we continue delivering this dividend for four more years”.

Explaining further that, “We are absolutely committed to a free and fair process in Kogi State and at the end of the day the will of the people will prevail”.

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APC locomotive train steaming for smooth take-off - Akpabio

Mr. Mmek-Obasi Akpabio is a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress APC in Akwa Ibom State and a strong believer that APC won the April 11 governorship elections in Akwa Ibom State. In this interview with Patrick Andrew in Abuja, he bares his mind on some national

Your boss is at the tribunal contesting the outcome of the April 11 elections for what he described as electoral fraud, what is your take on this?

I think where we are now is the most logical place to be. You know when INEC declares results you are only obliged to go to the tribunal to ventilate your views.

Our position is that there was no election in Akwa-Ibom, as the governor unleashed his private army and personnel of the security agencies in the state whom he could compromise to unleash terror on the people of Akwa-Ibom State. I won’t say more than that because the matter is in the Tribunal.

When you say there was no elections in Akwa-Ibom in spite of the pictures that came from the state on the process, do you not think it defies logic to accept your position?

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