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Wike Orders Local Government Chairmen To Expose Illegal Refineries

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Wike Orders Local Government Chairmen To Expose Illegal Refineries

Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike has ordered local government chairmen to provide a comprehensive list of illegal refineries and their operators within their jurisdiction.

During a meeting with the council chairmen and heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Police, the Directorate of State Service (DSS), and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Wike issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the 23 local government chairmen in the state to obey the order.

While challenging the council chairmen to prove they were not complicit in the noxious business that had continued to threaten the health of Rivers people and the national economy, the governor maintained that as a responsible government, it would be unwise for them to fold their hands and do nothing to safeguard residents of the state from the death forced upon them by criminally-minded operators of artisanal refineries.

Now, every council chairman must go and identify where illegal refineries are taking place. If you identify one, you get N2 million. So, go and identify as many as you can.

I will pay N2 million for each one. And I am going to fight against this. Our people are dying and we owe our people the responsibility to protect them, to save them from death they never caused.

So, you must, and you’re given 48 hours to go and identify all illegal refineries sites, and those who are in charge of them,” Wike was quoted as saying.

The governor, however, advised that any of the council chairmen who were afraid to join in the fight against the criminals operating the illegal refineries should be ready to resign.

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Zulum Appoints Mshelia As New Head Of Healthcare Agency, Others

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Zulum Appoints Mshelia As New Head Of Healthcare Agency, Others

The Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum has appointed Dr. Lawu Auta Mshelia as the new head of the state’s Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA).

He revealed this appointment in a statement, made public via his social media, also appointing Abba Kyari as Borno State Rural Electrification Board’s General Manager.

The statement read;

“Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved the appointments of Dr. Lawu Auta Mshelia as Acting Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) and Engr Abba Kyari, as General Manager of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB).

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“The appointments were announced by the Governor’s Spokesman, Malam Isa Gusau, in a statement issued on Thursday from Maiduguri.

“Engr Kyari is moving from being director of electrical engineering at the Ministry of Housing and Energy to becoming GM of REB, following the retirement of the former GM, Engr Jacob Taru Katambi in February 2022.

“On his part, Dr. Mshelia will be replacing Dr. Goni Abba at the Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“The Agency’s outgoing E.D, Dr. Goni Abba, is to assume a new office as Director of Public Health at the Borno State Ministry of Health, which is the office Dr. Mshelia is leaving, Gusau explained in the statement.

“Governor Zulum, the statement noted, deeply appreciates the services of the outgoing ED and urges him to deploy his experience, especially the one gained from the SPHCDA to the State Ministry of Health towards enhanced public health services to for the well-being of Borno’s people.

On Mshelia:

“Dr. Lawi Auta Mshelia, a 60-year-old public health specialist hails from Hawul Local Government Area in Borno State.

“He holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Royal Tropical Institute, KIT in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“He holds MBBS from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria, after attending Federal Government College Odogbolu in Ogun State.

“An author of research publications on some infectious diseases and other aspects of public health, Dr. Mshelia has attended courses with certificates on different aspects of public health in countries in Europe, East Africa, West Africa, and South-Central Africa.

“He also attended numerous public health courses across Nigeria.

“Dr. Mshelia has in addition to his routine responsibilities at the Ministry of Health, chaired and served as a member of several committees which bothered public health care over the years.

On Engr Kyari:

“58-year-old Kyari hails from Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

“A member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr Kyari holds a bachelor’s Degree (B.Eng) in Electrical Electronics from the University of Maiduguri and a National Diploma in Electrical Electronics from Ramat Polytechnic. He attended Government Day Secondary School, Monguno, and Monguno Central Primary School.

“The new GM has gained substantial experience from over 30 years of services from his earliest position as Assistant Technical Officer and later Chief Technical Officer at the former Ministry of Works and Housing from 1990 to 2007 before he became director of electrical engineering services at the Ministry of Housing and Energy in 2007.

“Engr Kyari has attended courses related to electrical engineering within Nigeria.

“Governor Zulum congratulates the new General Manager of Borno State Rural Electrification Board (REB) and Acting Executive Director, Borno State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), and urges them to give their very best to the service of Borno people, Gusau concluded in the statement.

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Ebonyi South Senatorial Primaries: Umahi Vows To Contest, Dismisses Eze’s Claim

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Ebonyi South Senatorial Primaries: Umahi Vows To Contest, Dismisses Eze's Claim

The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi has assured his participation in fresh Ebonyi South senatorial primaries while dismissing Ann Agom-Eze’s claim.

Disclosing this in a statement, the Governor’s media aide, Chooks Okoh stated that the runner-up is trying to garner cheap sympathy for her loss.

“The attention of Ebonyi state Governor has once again been drawn to the bizarre antics of Mrs. Ann Agom Eze in her quest to keep deceiving the public and gain unmerited sympathy in a bogus attempt to fly the APC flag as the candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial zone. The statement read.

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“While the society was still grappling with her perjury tantrums to a revered court of law, she is again employing primitive tactics and resorting to crude self-help in a bid to clinch a mandate she has no claim to, anyhow.

“In a most provocative and highly contemptuous letter addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Mrs. Agom Eze went hallucinating about an imaginary court procedure and how it will end, raising disparaging insinuations against the governor in the process.

“The Governor would have ignored the letter and its puerile contents but for the fact that silence is thought to mean consent in our society.

“The general public is enjoined to disregard these deliberate concoctions and misleading rants from a woman who had sought to represent a people got rejected but is now bent on showing them the rough edges they would have gotten from her.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Umahi is ready for the Ebonyi South Senatorial APC rerun elections set for Sunday, 31st July 2022 where he hopes to receive the nod of his party to stand in the 2023 elections as their candidate in that senatorial zone.

“The general public, and the judiciary, in particular, are enjoined to disregard and totally ignore the veiled blackmail and an attempt to be a senatorial candidate by hook or crook instead of through known standards.”

On the 28th of May, The All Progressive Congress(APC) held primaries for the Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

David Umahi’s brother, Austine, won the primaries, with Mrs. finishing second as she appealed to the High Court, as a judgment of fresh primaries was passed.

Umahi was declared winner, unopposed in the second primary after his younger brother, Austine withdrew as the candidate of the party.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, had last Friday, disqualified Governor Umahi and averred that Agom-Eze, who was the second runner-up in the May 28, 2022 primaries, be allowed to contest the 2023 senatorial election.

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ASUU: El-Rufai Promises To Sack All Striking Lecturers

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ASUU: El-Rufai Promises To Sack All Striking Lecturers

As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike continues, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna has promised to sack all lecturers that are part of the demonstration in the state.

Newsrand understands that ASUU has been on strike since February, a development that had since suspended academic operations in public universities across the country.

Addressing issues on the strike, El-Rufai warned all lecturers to return to classes, saying failure to do so, they are risking to be sacked.

According to the governor, Kaduna State University (KASU) lecturers had no reason to embark on strike, adding that it was the Federal Government they had an issue with and not the state government.

His words: “The Acting Vice Chancellor has assured me that they will resume, but I have asked them to find out if they actually resumed work because I initially instructed that their salary be stopped. But I was later told they didn’t join the strike, so I asked that it should be investigated and those that who collected their salary and joined the strike will be asked to refund the salary.

This is because Nigeria’s law says ‘no work, no pay’. This is the law. So whoever joined the strike will not be paid a salary. We have been telling the KASU lecturers that they have no problem with the State government. ASUU’s problem is with the Federal government. Therefore, why will our staff who have no problems with us join the strike?

If this continues, I will wake up one day to sack them all, I swear to God. We will sack them all and declare their positions vacant on the pages of newspapers. They once did the same thing and we gave them warning, now they repeated it. I’m only waiting to receive the report from the commissioner for education. I swear to God, we will sack all those that joined the strike if they refuse to resume work.”

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