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Kemi Nelson Denies Lobbying For Position Under Sanwoolu’s Government

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Contrary to a news report currently trending on the social media, the South West Zonal Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson has denied lobbying for a position in the government of the incoming Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu.

The report is entitled; “2019:Sanwo-Olu in Trouble As Ex-Tinubu, Fashola’s Aides Lobby For Appointments.”

It was alleged in the report that, Kemi Nelson, a former Commissioner for Establishment,Training and job creation and later for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation during the administration of former governor Bola Tinubu, was spotted at Sanwo-Olu’s Ikoyi office, and that the visit “might not be unconnected with a position in the in-coming administration.”

However, a source close to Mrs. Kemi Nelson revealed that there was no iota of truth in the report and urged members of the public to disregard the allegation.

The source stated that Kemi Nelson is currently an Executive Director of a federal parastatal, a ranking member of the APC, a NEC member of the party, and a member of the Governors Advisory council in Lagos State, which is the highest decision making body in the government of the state. 

According to the source, the report, especially where the name of Kemi Nelson was mentioned, was a figment of the imagination of the writer.

“it is common these days for people to write reports and imagine that certain things must have happened and feed members of the public with half truth and even blatant lies.

“It is surprising that people could insinuate that someone of the caliber of Kemi Nelson would lobby the incoming government for appointment,” said the source, adding that the report is very laughable.

The source stressed that Kemi Nelson is an accomplished politician, who has continued to soar higher in her duty of serving her state and fatherland to the best of her ability.

On why Kemi Nelson’s name was included in such a report, the source said that it was the handiwork of some “mischief makers, who are envious of the humble and enviable achievements of Mrs. Kemi Nelson over the years,” adding that the report would not deter the “reverred politician” from contributing her quota to the development of Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole.

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One missing as boat capsize in Lagos

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One person has been declared missing after a speed boat conveying roofing materials capsized at the Ibasa waterfront in Lagos yesterday June 15th.

A statement from the Lagos state police command says at about 12.00noon, a speed Boat with inscription ‘OMOMUMMY MARINE’ mounted with 70HP Yamaha engine, operated by one Muri Jimoh, with two passengers on board, capsized  at Ibasa waterfront due to heavy wave, while conveying roofing materials from Ijegun to Ibasa.

Consequently, the victims overboarded and got drowned.

However, two of the victims were rescued alive by a team of Marine Policemen patrolling the waterways.

One of the victims, a 32-year-old man identified as Rasaki is still missing. Search and rescue operation is still ongoing to rescue him alive. 

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Sanwo-Olu did not buy N187m car, aide replies PDP

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The Lagos State Government has denied a claim by the Peoples Democratic Party that the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, acquired a N187m official vehicle.

The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile, in a statement, on Sunday, said the vehicle used by Sanwo-Olu, which he said was “certainly not N187m,” was purchased over a year ago.

According to Akosile, the Lagos chapter of the PDP had started exhibiting signs of “long-term depression” by joining the “infamous league of fake news promoters.”

He said, “As a major political party, one will expect the PDP to be more circumspect in its criticism of the state governor, especially along the lines of progress and development for the state and not reducing itself to purveyor of fake news.

“For the avoidance of doubt, His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, did not buy a N187m SUV as his official vehicle. In fact, the governor has not procured any vehicle for official use.

“The vehicle the governor uses, if that’s what the PDP is referring to, was purchased almost a year ago and it certainly is not N187m. The PDP needs to check well before coming out with fallacious claims next time.”

Akosile, speaking on the PDP’s demand for Sanwo-Olu’s assets declaration, said it was clear that the party and its members are delusional.

He said, “While it’s not legally mandatory for Governor Sanwo-Olu to make his assets declaration public, he is certainly not perturbed about the request. The PDP should know by now that it’s a choice.

“However, Governor Sanwo-Olu will not be dragged into matters that have no direct positive impact on the lives of the people of Lagos State.

“Therefore the PDP should keep its unsolicited advice and concentrate on putting its already collapsed house in order if it hopes to be relevant in the political firmament of Lagos State now or in the future.”

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Sanwo-Olu swears in six newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sworn in the six newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries just as he announced the redeployment of some serving ones.

A statement by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hakeem Muri- Okunola said that the action was to reinvigorate the State’s policy implementation apparatus, adding that the appointment of new Permanent Secretaries took effect from June 1, 2019.  

The newly appointed Permanent Secretaries and their portfolios are: Dr. Ademuyiwa Benjamin Eniayewun, Health Service Commission; Mr. Olumide Olufolami Erinle, Education District IV; Mrs. Okelola Oludara, Education District VI and Mr. Wasiu Adedamola Akewusola, Ministry of Housing.

Others are: Mrs. Yewande Abiodun Falugba – Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Mr. Mustapha Abiodun Osi-Efa, Local Government Establishment and Pensions Office.  

The redeployed serving Permanent Secretaries are Mr. Timothy Olukayode Ogunnubi, Local Government Service Commission; Mrs. Samiat Olatokunboh Adeleye, Ministry of Education; Arc. Foluso Adebayo Dipe, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mrs. Maryrose Omotola Akinsanya, Parastatals Monitoring Office.    

Other redeployed ones are: Mrs. Adebunmi  Elizabeth Adekanye, Ministry of Home Affairs; Mr. Segun Olufemi Adeniji, Ministry of Science and Technology; Mrs. Toyin Idowu Awoseyi, Teaching Service Commission. They also include Mr. Abdul-Ahmed Olorunfemi Mustapha, Office of Civic Engagement; Mrs. Boladale Aderemi Dapo-Thomas, Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment; Mrs. Omobolanle Modinat Ogunmola, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives; Mrs. Ganiat Raji, Audit Service Commission; Mrs. Adetutu Abiola Liadi, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget; and Mrs. Sinatu Bandele Fadipe to Civil Service Pension Office.  

The Governor tasked the new Permanent Secretaries to discharge their duties diligently and see their appointments as service to humanity.

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