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Buhari writes Senate, seeks confirmation of Prof. Omotayo as NIPSS D-G
The Senate has received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm Professor Ayo C. Omotayo as Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies.
According to a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, a spokesperson to the Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the request was contained in a letter read on Tuesday during plenary by Mr Lawan, moments after the chamber resumed plenary from its eighteen working days recess.
Mr Buhari in the letter sought the confirmation of Professor Ayo Omotayo as Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in accordance with the Section 5(2) of the NIPSS Act 2004.
The Senate had adjourned plenary on October 13, 2020, to enable Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government to defend their respective budget estimates.
Gov. Sule appoints overseers for 18 development areas
Governor Abdullahi Sule has submitted names of nominees of the overseers of the 18 development areas in Nasarawa Sate to the State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced this after the House leader, Umar Tanko Tunga, presented the governor’s request.
Balarabe-Abdullahi said the overseers if approved, were to steer the affairs of their development areas for speedy growth of the grassroots.
Those nominated were Sadiq Akiri- Azara, Yunusa Amwe, Bello Akoza, Haruna Mohammed, Yahuza Ahmadu Na’ allah, Mohammed Baba Abdullahi, Dauda Danladi Agbo and Luka Ayele.
Other include Yusuf Ibrahim Auta, Moses Anvah, Shaibu Umar Loko, Salihu Adamu, Ibrahim Arafat, Rabo Dakare, Yusuf Samson, liyasu Miryam, Adamu- Omale Agye and Solomon Bande.
NDA Attack: Controversy Over Alleged Arrest of Nigerian Air Force Officer
There has been controversy over the alleged arrest of a Nigerian Air Force officer, Sergeant Torsabo Solomon, over an alleged connection with the attack on the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, where two officers were killed and another one abducted.
According to reports, the suspect Solomon, who is currently attached to the Air Force Comprehensive School, Yola, was arrested on Monday in the Adamawa State capital.
An eyewitness told newsmen that Sergeant Solomon was arrested on the order of the Base Commander as requested by the NDA Commander for an offence connected with the recent bandits’ attack on NDA, Kaduna.
However, the NDA has denied the arrest of Sergeant Torsabo Solomon over his involvement on the security breach at the academy, refuting claim that he was in the its custody.
In a statement issued by the NDA spokesman, Major Bashir Muhammad Jajira on Tuesday said the arrested sergeant has no connection with Academy’s attack.
It further advised the general public to disregard the information trending on social media, saying, the perpetrators of the security breach at the academy will definitely be apprehended.
Gunmen Kill Retired Vice Marshal In Kaduna
A retired Airforce officer, Air Vice Marshal Muhammed Maisaka has been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Rigasa area of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The retired military officer, who is also the Chief Medical Director of MSK hospital in Rigasa, was murdered on Monday night in his residence alongside his grandson.
Although the identity of his killers is not yet clear, residents said the attack could be a clear case of assassination.
According to Saleh Bala, an eyewitness and in-law to the deceased, the bandits first went to the boys’ quarters where they picked his physiotherapist and forced him to lead them into the main house.
Bala added that the attackers left the house without stealing anything or threatening anyone further.
The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige who confirmed the incident, said the attack occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.
States, FCT IGR hit N849b in H1 2021
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Tuesday disclosed that in the first half (H1) of 2021, the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded a total of Eight hundred and forty-nine-point one-two-three billion naira internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collection.
This was contained in the Internally Generated Revenue at State Level for the first half 2021),
It said Lagos State has the highest Internally Generated Revenue with two hundred and sixty-seven point two billion naira followed by Federal Capital Territory with sixty-nine billion naira and Rivers state with fifty-seven point three billion naira
According to the report, in the period under review, Yobe State recorded the least IGR with four billion naira.
The report further revealed that the internally generated revenue was three hundred and ninety-eight point two-five billion naira, while in the second quarter it amounted to four hundred and fifty point eighty-six billion naira.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
ECOWAS resolves to maintain sanctions against Mali, Guinea
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has resolved to maintain the sanctions it imposed on Guinea while imposing similar ones against the Transitional Government in Mali.
The resolution was part of the outcomes of the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government held on Sunday, in Accra, Ghana.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, said the summit was convened to review the political situations in Guinea and Mali.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the summit, Osinbajo noted that African countries had gone beyond military coups as a means of changing political actors, describing coups as unacceptable.
He said that ECOWAS Heads of State and Government would continue to prevail on the military juntas in Guinea and Mali to return their countries to democratic rule.
Rio Ferdinand says it is time for Solskjaer to leave Man United
Rio Ferdinand has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to hand over the Manchester United manager’s “baton” after a string of damaging results left the club well off the pace in the Premier League.
The Norwegian boss is under intense pressure after a 5-0 home thumping by Liverpool and a one-sided 2-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on Saturday.
Ferdinand has been one of many ex-United players to voice support for his former team-mate, who led the club to a second-place finish in the league last season.
The ex-England defender said fans started the season full of hope after the high-profile signings of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Ferdinand said United had made steady progress during Solskjaer’s nearly three years at the helm but now he felt there is a need for a change.