Why Gov. Lalong Has Not Received Any Salary Since May 29

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State says he has not received a salary as the governor since he assumed office on May 29.

Speaking with journalists on Sunday, the governor explained that he decided not take any salary because his focus was to first settle the backlog of salaries owed civil servants incurred before he assumed the leadership of the state.

“We want to take care of the salaries of civil servants first before we look at ourselves,” he said. “We are yet to constitute the cabinet because we inherited a very huge debt. As soon as the debts are reduced we will constitute the cabinet.”


Missing $20bn: Many Will Go To Jail After May 29… Sen. Adeyeye- Report

As the Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, engage in war of words over the alleged unaccounted $20 billion accrued to the Excess Crude Account, ECA, while the NGF was in crisis, Senator Olusola Adeyeye has said that many Nigerians will go to jail after May 29, when the new administration would have taken over power.
Meantime, Senator Adeyeye has ruled out the possibility of the serving Senate President, Senator David Mark emerging as the President of the Senate in the 8th senate when the All Progressives Congress, APC, has the majority of Senators with 60 Senators against the 49 of the PDP.
Speaking to Vanguard in Abuja yesterday, Senator Adeyeye, APC, Osun Central said that Nigerians are being giving different figures by those who manage the economy and that even the alleged unremitted $20 billion by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, will be accounted for after May 29.
He said, “To me and to most observant Nigerians, what we have heard over the years is an endless renditions of ‘abracadabra’ when it comes to the management of the limited resources of Nigeria.  It is the case of, ’the more you look, the less you see.
“When you ask different people who ought to know about the magnitude of the revenue that had accrued to the federation, always, you get conflicting figures. The figures from the Minister of Finance are never the same as those of the Accountant – General of the Federation; they are never the same as those of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“They are never the same as those of the Budget management office; they are never the same as those of the Nigerian National petroleum corporation. So, you keep hearing figures and you don’t know who to believe but I have good news, by the grace of God, on the 29th of May, a new government would be inaugurated in Nigeria.
“Nigerians overwhelmingly expect that new government to diligently, look at the books not with an eye to persecute anyone but to ensure that the resources of Nigeria are properly accounted for.  I am confident that it will not be long before we begin to unravel this knotty issue of the revenues of Nigeria.
“The action that the new government should take on the controversial money should be exactly those which are already prescribed by the laws of the land. The constitution does not give room for retroactive legislation.
“There are good laws in Nigeria; there are laws against murder, kidnapping, and embezzlement. If funds have been embezzled, I pray to God that the law will take its proper course and people would be brought to book. That, there should be no sacred cow anywhere.”
Reacting to the comment by the former acting National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, that the party was not going to zone positions of National Assembly presiding officers, he said that the former APC boss may have spoken the minds of the party’s leaders.Adeyeye said, “Chief Bisi Akande is a former Acting Chairman of our great party.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees and a revered elder of our party. Whatever he said is correct and I believe because Akande is not a man who speaks frivolously, I believe that he is speaking the minds of the leadership of the APC.
“If our party says offices will not be zoned, so be it, it means those who are interested will throw their hats into the field. Even when there is no zoning, people are going to be sensitive to be ethnocentric dimension of Nigerian politics and the geopolitical configuration of our land.
“I don’t expect for example, that somebody from the North West would vie for the position of the Senate President when someone from the zone is already the President. I pray that a day will come when there will be that level of trust in each other and we won’t have to worry about the part of the country that a political office holder comes from.
“The rules of the National Assembly allows for a member of any political party to emerge into the office of the two top posts in the National Assembly. All other posts are assigned to the majority and the minority caucus. If the majority party conducts itself in such a way that a member of the minority party emerges as either the top or second positions in any of the chambers, so be it.”Also commenting on the issue of ranking in the consideration of Senate leadership, the Osun State born Professor turn politician said, “Honesty, I don’t believe in strict ranking which says if you are the oldest member,  then you must be this, there must be other factors, you must look at the temperament of these persons who are ranked.
“You must look at the intellectual withal of these persons, you must look at the antecedents of these persons, you must look at the ability of these persons to build consensus and to transcend primordial interest.
“That said, again my prayer is that a day will come when our first question will be, who is the best person who can occupy this position. When Rick Sanctorum became the Whip of the US Senate, he was not what we call a ranking member of the Senate, he had spent two terms of three years each in the House of Representatives, he contested election to become senator and he won.
“Because people knew his ideological thrust, they felt he was best suited to maintain party position and cohesiveness in their caucus, hence, they elected him, as their whip. He was a first timer. If the senate presidency is solely based on ranking, someone like Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia or Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts would have become the senate president because they are the most senior in the US senate.”
Senator Adeyeye further explained that there was nothing wrong in the APC trying to be involved in who become the principal officers of the National Assembly, even though, he reasoned that it had to be done in consultations with serving party members.According to him, “Politics is not a one man game, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria currently does not allow for independent candidature.    Everybody who got elected into the National Assembly was elected on the platform of a party.
“That party therefore cannot said to be a miss when it shows interest on those who were running its affairs within the chambers of the National Assembly what we are hoping will happen is that our leaders who are outside would consult with us, will respect our wishes but in the end, none of them would vote, it’s the members who would vote.
“Let no member blame any leader for whatever became the outcome of the election but we can’t blame them for showing interest.”

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Wamakko Pledges To Inaugurate Water Projects Before May 29

The Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko, on Wednesday pledged to complete and inaugurate the N5.6 billion ongoing water expansion project in Sokoto before handing over on May 29.

Wamakko made the pledge when he inspected the water expansion projects at Gagi, Mana, More, Tamaje, old Airport and Rinjin Sambo areas, Sokoto.

The governor expressed satisfaction with the level of work at the water expansion projects in Sokoto township, costing the state government over N5.6 billion. He disclosed that the projects would produce 40 million gallons of water daily and would be inaugurated before May 29.

Wamakko said the state government was committed to providing potable water for both human and animal consumption.

He said water tankers and boreholes would be provided to complement the existing water supply in the state capital and other local government areas in order to alleviate the suffering of the people.

Wamakko called on the people, especially people in the state capital, to promptly report any water pipe breakage or leakage to the Water Board for prompt repair. He also warned the people to desist from building on pipelines.

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Jonathan Visits Adeboye, Oyedepo Ahead Of May 29

President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday held separate meetings with two top Nigerian pastors based in Ogun State.

He met with the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; and the Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, otherwise known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo.

Oyedepo’s church is located in Ota, Ogun State while that of Adeboye is located at Mowe along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

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NLC Asks Governors To Pay Salaries Before May 29

The Nigeria Labour Congress, has asked the state governors to pay outstanding salaries before the May 29 handover date. Factional Deputy President of the NLC, Peters Adeyemi, said this at the ninth National Delegates Conference of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria in Abuja.

Adeyemi said workers had commenced the campaign to prevail on the outgoing governors to pay outstanding salaries before they leave on May 29.

The National Administrative Council of the NLC had on March 19, 2015 set up a committee saddled with the responsibility of compelling state governments to pay over eight months salary arrears owed workers.

Last week, the Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole, himself a former President of the NLC, had urged labour to unite and compel state governors owing workers’ salaries to pay before the May 29 handover date. The congress had on December 31, 2014, said 11 states owed workers their salaries.

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Sokoto To Sell Off Govt. Houses Before May 29- Wamakko

Sokoto State governor Aliyu Wamakko has said that all is now set for the formal disposal of all government quarters across the state before May 29.

The governor, who spoke yesterday through his commissioner for land and housing, Mr Nasiru Aliyu Dantsoho, also assured that the government will ensure equity and transparency in the process. “Nobody will be given more than a house in the course of the sale to allow for fairness and equity”, Wamakko assured.

Among the government quarters to be sold, according to Wamakko, are those in Ya’uri flat, Baddo Quarters, University Temporary Site, UBA Quarters, Arkila Low Cost, Parliamentary Quarters, City Campus as well those in Aliyu Atiku and Abdullahi Fodiyo road within the state metropolis.

He said that the housing units at Kalambiana area of Wamakko local government would also be among those to be sold, adding that the sale will be done on the basis of 70% for the general public, 25% for the state civil servants and 5% for the state federal civil servants.

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Jonathan Urged To Hand Over Power May 29

Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power on May 29, 2015. Huhuri made the call during interview, in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said, “the May 28 handover proposal has generated arguments with a lot of suspicions and interpreted negatively. “So, Mr President should complete the 24- hour difference and hand over power to the president-elect on May 29 to sustain the statesmanship he demonstrated during the election.

“President Jonathan has earned himself international respect when he conceded defeat and congratulated Gen. Buhari. He should sustain this for the remaining period of his administration and beyond.

“Handing over power on May 29 will erase every suspicion, fear of creating vacuum and the judicial interpretation to the difference between May 28 and May 29.’’

According to Kukuri, Nigerians are united towards peaceful transition after the peaceful elections, so, the traditional handover date of May 29 should be respected’’, he said.

He urged the two transition committees of the outgoing and incoming governments to give priority to national interest.

The chairman called on all stakeholders to support a smooth transition from Goodluck to Buhari to consolidate the achievements recorded in the just- concluded election. “The security agencies should also support a successful transition, every Nigerian has a role to play in ensuring a peaceful and successful transition for Nigeria’s democracy to become a role model in Africa.’’

He expressed optimism that the issue will be resolved easily. “l do not see this as a problem, but it seems to be generating serious arguments, l am sure it will be resolved amicably’’, he said.


Buhari’s Cabinet Emerges A Week After May 29

Names of Ministers who will serve under the new administration of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari would be unveiled within one week after the administration is inaugurated on May 29. The cabinet is likely to be a lean one.

Buhari, who stated this while unveiling his economic policies at a Lagos Business School breakfast meeting on Tuesday, noted that he would cut down the number of ministers to be appointed. He maintained that individuals with any whiff of corruption or any kind of taint will not be in the cabinet.

Represented by former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayem, Buhari stated that there would be very little action from his administration until October, partly due to the fact that  President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration prepared the currently existing 2015 budget.

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