Updates in the political world of war

Commissioners and Special Advisers appointed by Gov Sanwo-Olu (FULL LIST)

COMMISSIONERS:

Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo (Finance)

Mr. Tunji Bello (Water Resources and Environment)

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo (Education)

Prof. Akin Abayomi (Health)

Dr. Idris Salako (Physical Planning and Urban Development)

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso (Information and Strategy)

Mrs. Bolaji Dada (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation)

Mr. Lere Odusote (Energy and Natural Resources)

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde (Transportation)

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal (Agriculture)

Moruf Akinderu Fatai (Housing)

Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN) (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice)

Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Science and Technology)

Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle (Establishment, Training and Pension)

Engr. Aramide Adeyoye (Works and Infrastructure)

Mr. Segun Dawodu (Youth and Social Development)

Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf (Home Affairs)

Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke (Local Government and Community Affairs)

Mrs. Lola Akande (Commerce and Industry)

Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu (Tourism Arts and Culture)

Mr. Sam Egube (Economy Planning and Budget)

Dr. Wale Ahmed (Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations)

SPECIAL ADVISERS:

Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya  (Special Adviser on Agriculture)

Princess Aderemi Adebowale (Special Adviser on Civic Engagement)

Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo (Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs)

Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka (Special Adviser on Housing)

Joe Igbokwe (Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources)

Olatunbosun Alake (Special Adviser for Innovation and Technology)

Arc. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi (Special Adviser on Urban Development)

Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi (Special Adviser on Central Business Districts)

Bonu Solomon Saanu (Special Adviser on Arts and Culture)

Oluwatoyin Fayinka (Special Adviser on Transportation)

Oladele Ajayi (Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry)

Tokunbo Wahab (Special Adviser on Education)

Solape Hammond (Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals)

BREAKING: EFCC hits Ambode’s residence

Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday stormed the residence of the former Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode.

According to TheCable, it  was reported that the officers are currently raiding his residence. When contacted, Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, confirmed the news.

Recall that the commission had last three weeks ago froze three bank accounts containing the total sum of N9.9bn linked to the immediate past Governor of Lagos State.

More details to follow soon…

Senate releases 69 standing committees chairmen

The Nigerian Senate has released the list of 69 standing committees’ chairmen and their deputies.

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, announced this at the plenary today, Tuesday, July 30.

List of Committee Chairmen

1. Agriculture – Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi.

2. Airforce – Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Michael Nnachi.

3. Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes – Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko.

4. Appropriation – Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah.

5. Army – Ali Ndume, Abba Moro.

6. Aviation – Dino Melaye, Bala Na’Allah.

7. Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions – Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu.

8. Capital Market – Ibikunle Amosun, Binos Yero.

9. Communications – Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai.

10. Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD – Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf.

11. Culture and Tourism – Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn.

12. Customs, Excise and Tarrifs – Francis Alimekhena, Francis Fardausi.

13. Defence – Aliyu Wamakko, Istifanus Gyang.

14. Diaspora and NGOs – Bashiru Ajibola, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

15. Downstream Petroleum Sector – Sabo Mohammed, Philip Aduda.

16.Drugs and Narcotics – Hezekaiah Dimka, Chimaroke Nnamani.

17. Ecology Climate Change – Mohammad Gusau, Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

18. Education (Basic and Secondary) – Ibrahim Geidam, Akon Eyakenyi.

19. Employment, Labour and Productivity – Ben Umajumogwu, Kabiru Barkiya.

20. Environment – Ike Ekweremadu, Ibrahim Hadejia.

21. Establishment and Public Service – Ibrahim Shekarau, Barinadas Mpigi.

22. Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions – Patrick Akinyelure, Ahmed Babba-Kaita.

23. FCT – Abubakar Kyari, Tolu Odebiyi.

24.Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs – Danjuma Laah, Yahaya Gumau.

25. FERMA – Gershom Bassey, Kabir Barkiya.

26. Finance – Adeola Olamilekan, Isa Jibrin.

27. Foreign Affairs – Mohammed Bulkachuwa, Ignatius Longjohn.

28. Gas Resources – James Manager, Biobaraku Wangagra.

29. Health (Secondary and Tertiary) – Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Betty Apiafi.

30. Housing – Sam Egwu, Lola Ashiru.

31. ICT and Cybercrime – Yakubu Useni, Abdulfatai Buhari.

32. INEC – Kabiru Gaya, Sahabi Ya’u.

33. Industries – Adebayo Osinowo.

34. Information and National Communication – Danladi Sankara, Aishatu Ahmed.

35. Interior -Kashim Shettima, Diri Douye.

36. Interparliamentary Affairs – Godiya Akwashiki, Abba Moro.

37. Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters – Michael Bamidele, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

38. Land Transport – Abdulfatai Buhari, Nicholas Tofowomo.

39. Legislative Compliance – Oriolowo Adeyemi, Sabi Abdullahi.

40. Local Content – Teslim Folarin, Sabi Abdullahi.

41. Local and Foreign Debts – Clifford Ordia, Bima Enagi.

42. Marine Transport – Danjuma Goje, Adebayo Osinowo.

43. Media and Public Affairs – Adedayo Adeyeye, Akwashiki Godiya.

44. National Identity and National Population – Sa’idu Alkali, Suleiman Kwari.

45. National Planning – Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

46. National Security and Intelligence – Abdullahi Gobir, Chukwuka Utazi.

47. Navy – George Sekibo, Elisha Abbo.

48. Niger Delta – Peter Nwabaoshi, Bulus Amos.

49. Petroleum Upstream – Albert Akpan, Ifeanyi Ubah.

50. Police affairs – Dauda Jika, Abubakar Tambuwal.

51. Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Program – Lawal Gumau, Michael Nnachi.

52. Power -Gabriel Suswam, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

53. Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases – Chuwkuka Utazi, Sadiq Umar.

54. Privatisation – Theodore Orji, Oriolowo Adeyemi.

55. Public Accounts – Mathew Urghohide, Ibrahim Hassan.

56. Public Procurement – Shuaibu Lau, Lola Ashiru.

57. Rules and business – Sadiq Umar, Yahaya Abdullahi.

58. Science and Technology – Uche Ekwunife, Robert Boroffice.

59. Senate Services – Sani Musa, Lawal Hassan.

60. Solid Minerals, Mine, Steel Development and Metallurgy – Tanko Almakura, Oriolowo Adeyeye.

61. Sports and Social Development – Joseph Garba.

62. State and Local Government – Lekan Mustapha, Francis Onyewuchi.

63. Special duties – Yusuf Yusuf, Biobaraku Wangagra.

64. SDGs – Aisha Dahiru, Lekan Mustapha.

65. Tertiary Institution and TETFUND – Ahmed Baba Kaita, Sandy Onor.

66. Trade and Investment – Rose Oko
Francis Fadahunsi.

67. Water Resources – Bello Mandiya, Christopher Ekpeyong.

68. Women Affairs and Youth Development – Betty Apiafi, Aishatu Dahiru.

69. Works – Adamu Aliero, Emmanuel Bwach.

Ministerial Screening: Today’s Senate is “a crass display of comic relief” – FFK

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has described the Nigerian Senate as nothing but a joke.

The former minister shared this after watching the Ministerial Screening of the 9th Assembly.

Fani-Kayode compared the screening in 2006 to the present-day 2019 screening led by SP Ahmad Lawan, is more of a show and nothing near screening.

He furthered stating how he was screened for “no less than two hours and thirty gruelling and very difficult minutes”.

He tweeted:

“When I was nominated to be a Minister by OBJ 13 years ago in 2006 I was screened by the Senate for no less than two hours and thirty gruelling and very difficult minutes on live television. There is no question that they did not ask me and there is none that I did not answer.”

FFK added that the Senate of the past had “great and powerful intellectuals” men, and today’s Senate is full of comic actors.

In today’s Ministerial Screening, all you do is “Smile, show your teeth, bow and go”.

“In those days days the Senate had great men and powerful intellectuals in its ranks.What we see today in the name of Ministerial screening is a pitiful joke. “Smile,show your teeth,bow and go” is NOT screening: it is a crass display of comic relief which is far below the Senate,” FFK shared.

“I uprooted him”, I am smarter than Saraki – Oshiomhole boasts

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, says he deserves some commendation from the State House press correspondents for “uprooting” former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Oshiomhole, who was at the State House on Monday, July 29, for a meeting with President Muhamamdu Buhari, was faced by newsmen with several questions.

The Chairman was very happy saying one of his greatest achievements is Saraki’s eviction from senate and government.

He boasted that under his leadership, he successfully uprooted the former Senate President and his cronies, in Kwara.

“Remember I was saying that Saraki must be removed, people would say how would I do it? I said okay if he resists removal then we would uproot.

“We went to Kwara, we did OTOGE(Enough is Enough), we uprooted Saraki and you cannot commend me for this? You know who Saraki is? If you are talking of the smartest political player, seasoned smart guy, he is,” he said.

The former Edo state governor added:

“As a senate president, we uprooted him as senator, we uprooted his nominee for governor and senators, we put our own.

“Today, he doesn’t have one senator in Kwara, he doesn’t have one House of Representatives in Kwara. Everything in Kwara is APC.”

Therefore, he declared himself smarter than Saraki politically, for achieving that.

“But for every smartness he has, I have a superior smartness. At the end of the day who won?” he declared.

Oshiomhole went ahead to praise himself describing himself as a lizard, who appreciate his self-act.

“And you can’t commend me for that, If you don’t, then I will be like lizard, I will praise myself if you State House correspondents don’t praise me,” he concluded.

Withdraw Fashola’s nomination, CACOL tells Buhari

Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, has called upon President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw Babatunde Fashola’s nomination.

According to the addressed to the President, CACOL Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, said Fashola failed in Power and Housing sectors while he was appointed minister.

The former Governor of Lagos State, was said to have failed to ensure good roads with Lagos and Ogun State.

Fashola, has in many obvious ways served Nigeria. He was a former Governor of Lagos for two terms (2007-2015).

He was appointed as Minister of Power, Works and Housing (2015-2019) by President Buhari.

BRF’s name was also included among the Ministerial nominees list sent to the senate for screening.

Adamu Adamu

For five years, I worked as Buhari’s speechwriter – Ministerial nominee says

A ministerial nominee, Adamu Adamu, says he worked for President Muhammadu Buhari between 1994 and 1999 as a speechwriter.

The former minister of education revealed this while responding to questions from members of the senate during the ministerial nominees screening on Wednesday.

Adamu is one of the 13 re-appointed ministers by Buhari.

“I started working as a speech writer to President Buhari in 1994 up till 1999. I later became his unofficial speechwriter until he became president. Now that he is president, I think it is a collective responsibility and it doesn’t affect my job,” he said.

Furthermore, he said while he was the minister of education, he did everything possible to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the nation.

He added that the state governments need to do more in advancing the reduction of out-of-school children.

MINISTERIAL LIST: Full list of ministerial nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally forwarded the ministerial list nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

With report gathered, there are over 40 nominees in the list by the President.

Those on the list announced by Senate President Ahmed Lawan include former ministers Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, The Nation reported.

See full list of nominated ministers below…

Ikechukwu Oga (Abia)

Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa)

Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom)

Chris Ngige (Anambra)

Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra)

Adamu Adamu (Bauchi)

Maryam Katagum (Bauchi)

Timi Sylva (Bayelsa)

George Akume (Benue)

Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno)

Goddy Agba (Cross Rivers)

Festus Keyamo (Delta)

Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi)

Osagie Enakhire (Edo)

Clement Agba (Edo)

Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti

Geofrey Onyeama (Enugu)

Ali Issa Fantami (Gombe)

Emeka Nwajiuba (Imo)

Suleiman Adamu (Jigawa)

Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna)

Mohammed Mahmoud (Kaduna)

Sabo Nanunu (Kano)

Bashir Salihi Magashi (Kano)

Hadi Sirika (Katsina)

Abubakar Malami (Kebbi)

Ahmadu Tijani (Kogi)

Lai Mohammed (Kwara)

Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara)

Raji Fashola (Lagos)

Nimbe Momora (Lagos)

Muhammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa)

Zubeira Dada (Niger)

Olamilekan Adegbite (Ogun)

Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo)

Rauf Aregbesola (Osun)

Sunday Dare (Oyo)

Pauline Tallen (Plateau)

Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)

Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi (Sokoto)

Saleh Mohammed (Taraba)

Abubakar Aliyu (Yobe)

Sadiya Umar Farouk (Zamfara)

Professionals in diaspora will help make Lagos great – Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Government has vowed to bring in Nigerians in diaspora to help build the state.

Government focusing on capacity building for development of its teachers and other areas for youth development and empowerment.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Jermaine Sanwo-Olu said this while declaring open a 2-day teachers training program for teachers in Surulere.

The program by Association of Nigerian Academics in UK was organized for teachers in Surulere and supported by councils and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.

The idea was to use the experience, knowledge and exposure from the developed world for development in the state.

SSA Sanwo-Olu said: “I believe that the diaspora is what will hasten the development of Lagos state through the wind of change; so in moving forward we are going to be bringing in more people, doctors, nurses, teachers and others from around the world to come and impact the state voluntarily.

“This is the season of change, we are bringing the world to Lagos so that we can have world best practices.

“We believe that the diaspora is the wheel of progress for Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole; nations like Israel, India even China utilises the power of the diaspora to bring about changes in their respective nations. So we see this UK group coming to impart knowledge and build capacity of the teachers who are custodians of knowledge and trainers of the future leaders”.

He said confidently that the Sanwo-Olu’s administration will make a greater Lagos with their knowledge and team work.

According to the SSA, education and technology is at the heart of the governor’s ‘theme’ programme:

“You can’t have education without being digitalised in technology information.

“Information is power, but information is maximised when it is utilised, maximise the information you receive here by utilising it, use it, and with what is going on now you can not be analogue teachers any more.

“You need to digitalise, leverage on the power of technology to make your work better, more efficient, be IT and computer savvy, use the newest technology so that you can appeal to the various learning styles of young people.”

President of Academics in UK, Adedamola Aminu said this idea is to work together with professionals in Nigeria.

“We really want to work with the governments both at the federal, state and local levels in terms of how we can be of assistance and how we can give each other the needed support”, he said.

£38 million UK mobile development programme to benefit Lagos State

Owing to its socio-economic and political significance as the commercial nerve centre of the country and sixth largest economy in Africa, Lagos State Government is to benefit from the United Kingdom £38m extended programme on mobile for development in Nigeria.

This was disclosed today by the United Kingdom Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign Commonwealth Office who also doubles as Minister of State for Department for International Development, Harriett Baldwin during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat in his Alausa Office.

According to the Minister, the Mobile for development programme is to enable a lot of people access financial services through their mobile phones and buy things like solar system for their homes and businesses.

She added that owing to the significant impact of the programme on the people, the UK government is extending the programme to further affect positively the lives of other twenty-seven million people around world including many in Lagos noting that the programme was exactly designed to absolutely impact the grassroot.

In addition, she said, the programme would enable women in the market to use the financial services in investing in solar fridges, solar freezers and something that will really help them in their homes in areas where they dont have access to reliable electricity.

It will also help everyone with the ambition to ensure that they are able buy health insurance and mobile financial services is the future, emphasizing that Lagos is very often at the cutting edge of some of this investment in technology which is why the UK Government is basing our science and technology centre in Lagos.

Describing Lagos as amazing and vibrant city, Baldwin noted that the UK government is willing to learn from some of the state’s innovation and share some of theirs.

Responding, the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat assured the United kingdom team that Lagos State Government is set to collaborate with their government in any area that will be of immense benefit to the good people of the state.

While emphasizing that the programme is an extension, Dr. Hamzat stated that the state government will embark on sensitizing her citizens to understand the benefits of the programme and take advantage of it.

He added: “With the population advantage of Lagos, any developmental programme embarked upon would be of great benefits to the residents by empowering them. This would also be of imminence benefits to every Nigerian and foreigners based in the state’’, said Hamzat who expressed gratitude to the visiting team.