The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has called on the newly appointed service chiefs to allow for constructive criticisms and work with civilians in the North-East in order to defeat Boko Haram.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor, led the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Zubairu Gambo, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Oladayo Amao, to a strategic meeting with top military hierarchy in Borno State before leading them on courtesy visit to Borno State Governor and the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai El-Kanemi. Zulum, while addressing them at the Borno State Government House Chamber, said there was need for aggressive collaboration with armed forces in neighboring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic to smoke out Boko Haram terrorist group from the country.
The Presidency says the appointment of service chiefs is not by ethnicity but by their ability to secure lives and property in the country. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who stated this on Monday, was reacting to calls by interest groups in the country for an Inspector General of Police of South-Eastern extraction. Shehu who said that the President would rather have an Inspector General of Police, who would protect lives and property than one who is more pronounced by his tribal marks, added that the President would decide on the fate of Adamu when he returns back from Daura, Katsina State later this week.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is set to participate in a public-private sector dialogue on the causes of Lagos perennial traffic, its costs to individuals, businesses and government and sustainable solutions. The Transport and Traffic Conference, whose first edition is to hold virtually Thursday, this week, is hosted by Danne institute for Research, a Lagos-based research institute in partnership with Business Day newspaper. The proposed discussion titled, Connectivity and Productivity in Lagos Megacity, according to the Institute, is aimed at catalysing discussions around the opportunities and risks facing Lagos perennial traffic problems.
The National President of the Host Community of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas, Benjamin Tamaranebi, on Sunday insisted that the 2.5 per cent, proposed in the Petroleum Industry Bill, being supported by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, was not acceptable.
The public hearing on the PIB ended at both chambers of the National Assembly last week with the Federal Government and the leadership of the host communities unable to agree on the percentage of operational cost that oil firms would pay them on annual basis. He said that for the PIB to see the light of the day in a way that it will guarantee safety for the operational companies in all the affected communities, and give the communities themselves equity participation, and the required sense of belonging, the 10 per cent equity share must be honoured. Zenith Bank Plc has again emerged as the Most Valuable Banking Brand in Nigeria for the fourth consecutive year, with a brand value of $275 million.
The ranking was published in the Banker Magazine Financial Times Group Top 500 Banking Brands February 2021 edition, in conjunction with London-based Brand Finance. The Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, said that the ranking is a further affirmation of the bank’s resilience, given the very challenging macro-economic environment brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic