President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a substantive Director General for the National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The new Director General is Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, a retired career Foreign Service officer, who till his appointment served as Senior Special Assistant to the President (SSAP) on Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
Abubakar had extensive experience working with the United Nations in peace support operations, mediation-process, preventive diplomacy and good offices, as well as the promotion of good governance and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
He also briefly served as Senior Adviser at the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), with headquarters in Ndjamena, Chad, before his appointment as SSAP.
Abubakar holds a B.A degree in French Language and Literature, and an M.A degree in Francophone Maghrebian Literature, both from Bayero University, Kano. He is also fluent in English and Arabic.
The appointment takes immediate effect.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
January 10, 2018
Dapo Abiodun Announces Economic Transition Committee
Ogun State Governor-Elect, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun, has announced
the Economic Transition Committee that will further articulate his
campaign manifesto, ensure robust engagement with
stakeholders and develop a Roadmap to guide its implementation.
In a Press Statement issued on Friday, 12th April, 2019 by his spokesperson, Remmy Hazzan, the Governor-Elect was quoted as saying “Ogun State is blessed with an abundance of human resources in all fields of
endeavor and this is reflected in the array of distinguished sons and daughters who have volunteered their
skills, rich and diverse experience and vast network to work on this important assignment. Furthermore, our commitment to provide an inclusive Government is expressed in the composition of the committee.”
The 23-man team is chaired by Mr. Tunde Lemo, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Other members are:
- Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, Secretary
- H.E. Senator Gbenga Kaka
- H.E. Alhaja Salimot Badru
- Mr. Foluso Phillips
- Prof. Konyin Ajayi, SAN
- Mr. Kunle Elebute
- Mr. Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka
- Mr. Rotimi Paseda
- Dr. Reuben Abati
- Mr. Mutiu Sunmonu, CON
- Mr. Olajide Odewale
- Chief Kayode Sofola SAN
- Prof. Sidi Osho
- Prof. Semiu Musa Olomu
- Engr Bayo Adeola, FNSE
- Mr. Tola Mobolurin
- Mr. Lekan Asuni
- Dr. Tunji Oredipe
- Otunba Bimbo Ashiru
- Arc. Dunni Opayemi
- Mr. Bola Ogunsola
- Chief Bode Mustapha
“To ensure an effective and efficient discharge of its assignment, the Economic Transition Committee will
be assisted by Work Groups, each of which will focus on its assigned thematic area such as Education, Youth and Sports, Health and Social Services, Government Processes, Agriculture and Food Security,
Transformational Initiatives, among others.
The names of the members of the Work Groups will be
released in due course. While the Economic Transition Committee will focus on developing the Roadmap, another committee has been set up to interface with the incumbent government to ensure a smooth and orderly change of Administration in the State.”
The statement concluded.
Rt. Hon. Remmy Hazzan, FCIArb
Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR.
Ogun State Gov-Elect.
Governor Ajimobi and The Music House
On October 2012, the government of Oyo State under Governor Abiola Ajimobi had threatened to demolish the expansive music House Complex owned by the Music merchant, Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON to allow for the expansion of the road into a dual carriage way but the idea was later shelved.
Speaking as a guest on a radio programme inside the same Music House Complex located at Challenge area of the ancient city four years after, Ajimobi said he was happy that he didn’t listen to those who wanted the property demolished.
“Thank God we didn’t heed the advice to demolish this building, I thank God I didn’t demolish this building”, Ajimobi said on Fresh 105.9fm, a radio station owned by Ayefele.
Fast forward to 2018, a Demolition Notice dated Monday, 13th August, 2018 was served on the management of the Music House with a three-day demolition notice.
The Demolition Notice which was signed by unnamed personnel for the Chairman, Task Force quoted sections 30, 31 & 32 of Oyo State physical Planning & Urban Development Law, 2012.
The management of music House, on Monday received the news of the demolition Notice with mixed feelings. Although, we are not really shocked because series of letters coming from State government to both management of the building and Fresh Fm, the tenant of the building have already pointed to an obvious fact that the state government is really up to something evil.
In the last six weeks, we have received series of letters from Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Personal lawyer of the state governor and several other government agencies.
What are these letters for? Have we contravened the Oyo State building plan code? What have we really done to deserve a demolition Notice?
Earlier, we have received a letter requesting to inspect the building which we obliged the state agency even when we knew the motive was wrong and not in good fate. The agency came up with 10 fictitious report stating among others that the Radio Tower (Mast) erected within the compound was not covered with the approved building plan whereas, we got the NCC and NBC approval before erecting the mast, one wonders when it becomes the job of Physical Planning to approve the erection of Radio mast.
The agency also raised the issue of spiral staircase which was introduced for easy access to the basement, the wall fence, structures such as general store, Power House, Canteen among others as not duly in the approved plan and recommended that “since the developer has deviated from the approved building plan it automatically means that the building is not covered with any approval any longer”, the report stated.
We have few questions to ask the Oyo State government and its agencies. If truly we contravened the government town planning law(s), what does the law says concerning contravention? What does the law says about Demolition order and Quit Notice respectively? Is the building in anyway defect? Is the building harbouring criminals?
Why is the Music House Complex singled out for this exercise among other buildings on the same axis?
We view this as a selective justice by the state government especially when the Governor had earlier said during his visit to the Music House that some politicians actually advised him to demolish the building on the allegation that Ayefele is not supporting them. Is the govt planning to expand the road again? Of what political gain will the demolition add to the achievement of the state government? When is the state agency going to demolish Cocoa House for housing some radio stations?
The Music House Complex was duly approved as Business and Commercial Building and all approval was legally done according to the laws of the land.
This is a business complex that accommodated almost 150 workers from where they draw their daily income and feed their families.
If the state government feels the only way to pay a hardworking man on the wheel chair is to demolish his property which has not in any way affect, obstruct or cause disturbance in the state, then we leave everything to God but then, this may be the last straw that will break the Camel’s back.
Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON
Yinka Ayefele Ltd
(Owners of Fresh 105.9 FM Ibadan and Fresh 107.9 FM Abeokuta)
GT Bank vs Innoson: False Reporting Of Court Proceedings Concerning GT Bank
The attention of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (“the Bank”) has been drawn to false, mischievous and malicious statements circulating in the news and social media in respect of a purported directive by the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the Bank to make payments to one of its debtor Customers.
The Bank’s Customers and the General Public are hereby kindly urged to disregard these false statements as nothing could be further from the truth. There was no directive or Order issued by the Supreme Court of Nigeria to the Bank to make any payment to any of its debtor Customers.
The Bank as a highly responsible corporate citizen will in accordance with its culture and tradition refrain from making comments about on-going litigation matters and will continue to focus on using legal means to recover its bad debts. It must be emphasised that the Bank remains undeterred in its recovery drive against recalcitrant debtors.
We again reiterate that there is no iota of truth in the falsehood being peddled by desperate and mischievous elements and the General Public should disregard same in its entirety.
The Bank remains committed to providing best-in-class customer experience to all its valued Customers.
We thank you for your continued support and patronage.
For: GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC
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