Church Of England Appoints Nigerian As First Black Bishop In 20 years

The Church of England has appointed its first black bishop for 20 years in a move that significantly increases its handful of minority ethnic clergy in senior leadership positions, reports the guardian.

The church announced that Woyin Karowei Dorgu is to be the 13th bishop of Woolwich, and will be consecrated at Southwark Cathedral on 17 March.

Dorgu was born and brought up in Nigeria, and ordained in the UK. Woolwich, in south-east London, has a significant Nigerian population, many of whom worship in black-majority Pentecostal churches rather than the C of E.

At a press conference at Southwark Cathedral, Dorgu said one of his priorities as bishop would be to celebrate the racial diversity of the Woolwich area. He said he intended to “encourage BAME [black and minority ethnic] vocations and more participation in ministry”.

“I will celebrate the diversity in race, ability, gender, sexuality and class … Celebrating our differences is a gift,” he added.

The only other black bishop in the Church of England is John Sentamu, now archbishop of York – second in the church hierarchy – who was consecrated as bishop of Stepney 20 years ago. There are three BAME archdeacons and one dean.

Dorgu told the Guardian his appointment was “a small step in the right direction”, adding: “Quite a lot of Nigerian Christians [in the Woolwich area] are from an Anglican background. I hope my appointment will be a model. Seeing someone from a similar background could be a catalyst for dialogue between the C of E and black majority churches and Nigerians looking for a spiritual home.”

Although he and Sentamu were the only black bishops, Dorgu said: “I would not describe the position as lonely. There is a lot of support and friendship.”

On the issue of sexuality, which has divided the Church of England and the global Anglican communion for two decades, Dorgu said he stood firmly behind the church’s official position. The church refuses to conduct same-sex church weddings on the traditional biblical grounds that marriage is between a man and a woman, and its insistence that gay clergy must be celibate.

Dorgu – known to some of his congregation as Brother K – trained as a medical doctor in Lagos before being ordained. He was brought up in a Christian family but said as a teenager he rebelled against the gospel and left the church.

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Donald Trump Appoints Ondo State Born Nigerian In His Economic Advisory Team

President-Elect Donald Trump has appointed some of the best and brightest brains in the world to be on his Economic Advisory team to “Make America Great again”.

He appointed a multibillionaire and the CEO’s of fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Walmart, JP Morgan Chase amongst others.
Of the over dozen Presidential appointments, Ondo state born Nigerian businessman Bayo Ogunlesi an Oxford and Harvard graduate who is the CEO and Founder of a multibillion dollar company Global Infrastructure Partners made the list.

He is also the only black man on the Advisory Committee, whose father was the first Professor of Medicine in Nigeria. According to Bloomberg he is worth an estimated $900 million dollars.
See the the list of President-elect Donald Trump’s economic advisory team:

  • Stephen Schwarzman (forum chairman), chairman, CEO, and cofounder of Blackstone
  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mary Barra, chairwoman and CEO, General Motors
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
  • Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO of Boeing
  • Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Ginni Rometty, chairwoman, president, and CEO of IBM
  • Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in economics at the Hoover Institute, former\
  • member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY
  • Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize winner, vice chairman of IHS Markit


Dankwambo Appoints 229 Aides

The governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, has approved the appointment of 229 people as his Special Assistants (SAs).
A letter by the Acting Secretary to the State Government, Mr. James Pisagih, said the appointment of the new special assistants took effect from the day they resumed duty.

The new SAs, who are categorized into SA I, II, III and IV, were announced without any specific portfolio or assignment.
Investigation revealed that people who served as SA I during the governor’s first tenure collected N80,000 as monthly salary, while SA II got N56,000 every month.
Monthly salaries of SA III and SA IV are pegged at N43,000 and N33,000 respectively.
Reliable sources told our correspondent that hundreds of people would also be appointed very soon as personal assistants to the governor.
The appointment of the SAs is coming at a time when about 3,000 teachers are yet to receive salaries for about five months over allegation of being ghost workers.
Political observers, however, see the appointment of SAs as a political calculation to compensate people who worked for the governor’s victory during the 2015 polls.

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FG Appoints 2 New Directors For FAAN

The Federal Government has appointed two new Directors for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in a statement on Tuesday, gave the names of the new appointees as Mrs Nike Aboderin and Mr Sadiku Rafindadi.

NAN reports that the government had recently sacked some of FAAN’s directors as part of efforts to restructure the agency.

Yakubu said that Aboderin was appointed Director of Finance and Accounts, while Rafindadi was appointed as Director of Commercial & Business Development.

She said: “Aboderin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB). She holds an M.Sc degree in Banking and Finance of the University of Lagos.

“Her over 23years experience in the financial services industry exposed her to both public and private exploits at different institutions including multinationals.

“She is an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) graduate of Lagos Business School and also holds a post graduate certificate in Global Strategic Management (GSM) of the Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.”

According to Yakubu, Aboderin is married and blessed with children.

She said that Rafindadi is a 1985 graduate of Economics of the University of Pittsburgh and also holds an MBA in Finance of Clark Atlanta University, USA.

“He attended Kaduna Polytechnic, where he obtained Certificates in Management Studies.

“Rafindadi is a seasoned amiable Manager who started his career as a young officer and rose to the pinnacle through diligence and commitment.

“Until his current appointment, he has worked in several Management capacities in different institutions, including, Phoenix Investment Services and British Petroleum.

“At the early stage of his career, he had a stint at the Ministry of Finance, Kaduna state, “she said.

According to the FAAN spokesperson, Ranfidadi is married and blessed with children.

Yakubu said the management and staff of FAAN looked forward to a good working relationship with the new appointees that would add value to the system.

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BREAKING: Amid raid on judges, Buhari appoints new Supreme Court Justices.

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to consider and confirm the nominations of two judges as Justices of the Supreme Court.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the letter conveying the request after the Senate returned from closed-door session on Tuesday.

The nominated judges are Sidi Bage, Nasarawa State, North Central; and Paul Jauro, Taraba State, North East.

In the letter read by Mr. Saraki, Mr. Buhari said his request followed Section 231(2) of the Constitution of Nigeria, as amended.

The President sought expeditious attention of the Senate, Mr. Saraki read.

Mr. Jauro, who was born on June 26, 1954, became judge of the High Court in 1998. Ten years afterwards, he was appointed Justice of the Court Appeal.

Mr. Bage, born on June 22, 1956, became Federal High Court Judge in 1992 before his appointment as Justice of the Court of Appeal in 2000.

The two Judges had been recommended for appointment as Justices of the Supreme Court by the National Judicial Council.

FG Appoints NAMA’s Director Of Safety, Engineering Services

The federal Government yesterday appointed Alhaji Farouk Ahmed Umar as Acting Director, Safety Electronics and Engineering Services (DSEES) of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

Umar, a 1988 graduate and was until his appointment the General Manager, Special Project Unit, Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).

He had served at top management level in various capacities as Airspace Manager, Minna Airport.

He was also General Manager, Procurement at NAMA Headquarters in Lagos.

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Buhari Appoints NCC Commissioners

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested the Senate to confirm nominees into positions of Chairman, Executive Commissioner, and Non-Executive Commissioners of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

In a letter dated August 2, 2016, sent to President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Mr. Buhari nominated Olabiyi Durojaiye as chairman of the commission.

Mr. Durojaiye, a former senator, is to represent the South West.

The president also nominated Sunday Dare as the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management.

Mr. Dare will also represent the south west. He is an aide to a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

Those nominated as Non-Executive Commissioners are: Aliyu Sa’idu Abubakar (North East), Clement Omeiza Baiye (North Central), Okoi Ofem Obono Obla (South South), Ezekiel Yissa (North Central) and Ifeanyi Ararume (South East).

“The nominations are in accordance with Section 8(1) of the Nigerian Communications Commission Act 2003,” a statement by the president’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said on Tuesday.

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Buhari Appoints Five Heads Of Health Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved with immediate effect the appoint¬ments of five heads of strategic health institutions.
The Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, said in a statement.
The health agencies are, Centre for Disease Control, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Nigerian Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), and National Health Insurance Scheme, (NHIS).
According to the statement, Babatunde Sa¬lami has been appointed to replace Innocent Ujah at the NIMR as Director General, Sani Aliyu replaces, John Idoko as DG NACA, Usman Yusuf takes over from Abimbola Alale as DG NHIS, Echezona Ezeanolue takes over from Ado Muhammad as Executive Secretary, while Chikwe Andreas Ihekwazu takes over the helm of CDC.
Salami was the Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan before his new appointment while Aliyu was until his appointment a consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University, UK. Yusuf, was until his appointment a professor of Paediatrics at St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, while Ezeanolue was a professor of Paediatrics and Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA.

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Buhari Appoints New Chief Of Defence Intelligence

President Mohammadu Buhari has appointed Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Mohammad Usman as the new Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), he takes over from acting Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Sardauna Davies.

AVM Usman who took over the mantle of leadership at the Headquarters of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) during a ceremony yesterday in Abuja, said intelligence gathering is the only way to handle insecurity in the country.

He noted that all forms of security challenges need some form of intelligence for security forces to overcome, whilst challenging the intelligence community to think outside the box in other to deliver its mandate.

He pointed out that in the race to add value to society, there is no finishing line.

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Buhari Appoints New Police IG

Ibrahim Idris may have been named the Acting new Inspector General of Police, IGP. He replaced Solomon Arase whose tenure officially elapsed on Monday 20th June,2016.

Both had just left President Mohammadu Buhari’s office at the Villa, where a brief meeting held. Official statement is being awaited as to replacement.

Until his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, Idris served as Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of federal operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja. He understandably hails from Niger State.

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FG Appoints New Prisons’ Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Ahmed Ja’afaru as the new Controller-General of the Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS).

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Bassey Akpanyung, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

Until his appointment, Ja’afaru was an Assistant Controller General of Prisons and was serving at the Prisons Headquarters in Abuja.

NAN reports that Ja’afaru replaces Dr Peter Ekpendu who retired from service on May 17, 2016 after the mandatory 35 years in service.

The statement said that Ja’afaru’s appointment took effect from May 17, 2016, the day Ekpendu retired from service.

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Buhari Appoints New DG Of SMEDAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has ?appoint?ed Dikko Radda as director-general of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN.

A statement from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawan, said the appointment is for a period of five years.

Mr. Radda graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, in 1996.

He obtained two Master’s Degrees in Agricultural Extension and in International Affairs and Diplomacy; and also doctor of philosophy in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, all from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, between 1998 and 2015.

A former teacher, banker and local government chairman, Mr. Radda was until his new appointment, the chief of staff to the governor of Katsina State.

The appointment takes immediate effect.

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NNPC Appoints New Unit Heads (See Full List)

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced new appointments, redeployment and secondments into key positions of the organisation.

In a press statement by the management of the Corporation, these appointments take effect immediately. The new unit heads are expected to resume fully by April 1 2016”.

The appointments are part of the recent reorganization by the management of the corporation.

They are as follows:

Appointed GEDs/COOs
Upstream – Bello Rabiu
Downstream – Henry Ikem–Obih
Refineries – Anibor Kragha
Gas and Power – Saidu Mohammed
Ventures – Babatunde Adeniran
Finance & Accounts – Isiaka Abdulrazaq
Corporate Services – Isa Inuwa

GGMs Strategy & Execution (Supporting the GEDs/COOs)
Downstream – Surajdeen Afolabi
Refineries – Ugochukwu Afamefuna Vitalis
Gas and Power – Yusuf Matashi
Ventures – Ladipo Fagbola
Finance and Accounts – Ahmadu Sambo
Corporate Services – Modupe Bammake
Strategic Business Unit Heads
Upstream MD IDSL – Roland Ewubare

Downstream MD Retail – Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue
MD Nigeria Petroleum Marketing – Ahmed Farouk
GGM Marine Logistics – Dalhatu Makama

Refineries MD PHRC – Bafred Enjugu
MD WRPC – Adewale Ladenegan
MD KRPC – Idi Mukhtar

Gas & Power MD Gas & Power Investments – Samuel Ndukwe
MD NGMC – Mazadu Bako
MD NGPTC – Babatunde Bakare

Ventures MD Properties – Danny Sokari George
MD Shipping – Saidu Abdulkadir
MD NETCO – Aliyu Sikiru
MD NOFS – Lawrencia Ndupu
GGM RED/Frontier Exploration Services – Rabiu Suleiman
GGM Medicals – Oyetunde Olubunmi Oyekan

GMD’s Office MD Trading – Inuwa Waya
GGM COMD – Mele Kyari

Corporate Services Unit Heads
Finance & Accounts Financial Controller – Mike Balami
GGM Treasury – Dapo Segun
GGM Liabilities Management – Godwin Okonkwo
NNPC Capital – Aliyu Zubair Sambo
MD Pensions – Danbello Naadiyalle
GM Insurance – Mrs. Izilen Okosun

GMD’s Office GGM NAPIMS – Dafe Sejebor
GGM Govt. and Labour Relations – Ndu Aghumadu
GM Efficiency Unit – Bala Wunti
GGM CSLD – Chidi Momah
GGM CSR – Ohi Alegbe

Corporate Services GGM ITD – Inuwa Danladi
GGM HR – Adekemi Akitoye
GGM GPAD – Mohammed Deen Garba
GGM ETD – Farouk G. Sa’id
GM SCM – Sophia Mbakwe
GM Group Security – Sam Otoboeze
GM HSE – Maduebo Mbakwe
GM Group Admin Services – Eziaha Uchendu

GGM NNPC Leadership Academy – Ayatode Oyinlola

E& P Dr M Baru– Technical Adviser Gas (Ministry of Petroleum Resources)
Abubakar Mai-Bornu Sadeeq (formerly MD NPDC to DMD NLNG)
R& T Engr. Nnamdi Ajulu – Consultant Refinery & Infrastructure (Ministry of Petroleum Resources)

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Buhari Appoints New Senior Special Assistant

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire as his Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire served as Deputy-Governor of Lagos State in the last administration and was an accomplished politician with many years of experience in public service.

She has also served as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State.

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PDP Chairman, Sheriff, Appoints Aides

The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ali Sheriff, has appointed Inusa Mohammed as his Principal Secretary.

A statement by the national secretary of the party, Adewale Oladipo, on Wednesday also said the party’s leadership had approved the appointment of Uche Nnaji as the Political Adviser to Mr. Sheriff, while an ex-Senator, Saidu Kumo, was appointed as the Special Adviser on National Assembly Relations.

The statement added that another former Senator, Ighoyota Amori, was appointed as the Special Adviser, Reconciliation and Conflict Management.

 “The appointments take immediate effect,” the statement said.

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Buhari Appoints Visually Impaired Man As Special Assistant

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a visually impaired man, Dr. Samuel Ankeli, as his Senior Special Assistant with responsibility for his dealings with persons living with disability.

Dr. Ankeli headed the Directorate of Persons with Disability at the Buhari/Osinbajo APC presidential campaign headquarters, the first of any such department in a political party in Nigeria.

He led a team that successfully mobilised a large number from the more than 24 million disabled persons in the country to support the All Progressives Congress candidate and his running mate during the 2015 presidential election campaign.

Dr. Ankeli, who hails from Benue State, went to school in Giwa, near Zaria and Kaduna, afterwards headed to the Ahmadu Bello University to study veterinary medicine.

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Buhari Appoints Ooni As UNN Chancellor

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the Ooni of Ife, Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja ll, as the Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

A statement by the Director of Media, Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare, said the president made the appointment on Thursday.

“This appointment would develop further and enable the monarch to build more bridges of friendship most especially across the Niger,” he said.

Mr. Olafare commended President Buhari for recognising the Ooni’s efforts in promoting peace, unity among Nigerians.

He noted that Ogunwusi was ready to bring to bear his influence and connections to promote unity and harmonious working relationships in the university.

He further admonished Nigerians to promote issues that could foster unity to ensure speedy development rather than playing up their differences.

” It is incontrovertible today that Ooni Ogunwusi is a bridge builder and being the youngest chancellor appointed for the only university bearing ‘Nigeria’ is worth the celebration,” he said.

“His appointment as chancellor, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka is considered as a positive sign that can further enhance peaceful coexistence of our dear nation.”

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Buhari Appoints Tolu Ogunlesi Head Of New Media

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Tolu Ogunlesi, as his Special Assistant on Digital and New Media.

Mr Ogunlesi’s appointment was announced on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Ogunlesi, a renowned blogger and journalist, graduated from the University of Ibadan in 2004, and obtained an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Before his appointment, Ogunlesi had worked as a Features Editor and Editorial Board member of NEXT Newspaper.

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President Buhari Appoints New DG (Budget), Special Adviser (Planning)

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Tijjani Mohammed Abdullahi as the Director-General (Budget).


Notice of the appointment is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the president.


It stated that Abdullahi, a fellow of the Certified National Accountants of Nigeria and a banker with experience in managing public finance, would replace the current Director-General (Budget), Yahaya Gusau.


According to the statement, the new Director-General (Budget) is expected to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning to efficiently deliver on the mandates of the Budget Office of the Federation.


The President had also approved the appointment of Mr Ben Ifeanyi Akabueze as Special Adviser on Planning to the Minister of Budget and National Planning.


Akabueze, the immediate past Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos State, had worked in senior management positions in Citi Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, NAL Merchant Bank, Sterling Bank and BIA Consulting Limited, among others.


He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers; Fellow, Institute of Credit Administrators and Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Bankers.




PDP Govs Sack Secondus, Appoints New Leader

The crisis  rocking the national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has taken a new twist as governors elected on the platform of the party have asked the Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to handover the leadership to the National Secretary, Prof Adewale Oladipo.

The governors also disowned former Special Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, who stormed the secretariat with his supporters and made himself national chairman.

Acting under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum, PDPGF, the governors said the national secretary would oversee the affairs of the party for now in line with its constitution.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the PDPGF meeting, late Wednesday night in Abuja, the governors frowned at the refusal of the acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, to honour the judgment of an FCT High Court which last December ordered him to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone.

Reading the communiqué, Chairman of the forum and governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, said: “We take cognizance of the judgment by the court in Abuja which ordered the acting chairman to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria.

“Our party’s constitution has enough provisions for that and the necessary process has been put in motion. In recognizance of the judgment the court gave, we call on the national secretary to take over the leadership of the party immediately and that is in line with the provisions of the PDP constitution.

“The decision of the governors came barely some hours after the former Political Adviser to past President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, stormed the secretariat with his supporters and made himself the national chairman of the party.”

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Buhari Appoints New NDLEA Boss

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Muhammad Abdallah as the new the new Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, made the announcement on Monday through a statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, Director of Press, SGF Office.

According to the statement, the appointment which takes effect from January 11 will be for a first tenure of five years.

Mr. Abdallah, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Nigeria Army, has a Certificate of Education from Nigeria Defence Academy in 1977, a Bachelor’s Degree in American Politics and Government from Sam Houston State University, Huntville, Texas, USA in 1989, an M. A. Public Administration, LLB and LLM Degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria 2005 and 2011 respectively and Bachelor of Law from the Nigeria Law School in 2006.

The statement noted that Mr. Abdallah is a Professional Security Officer whose public service career spanned over 30 years during which he served in various capacities and strategic positions in the military.

Born on November 13, 1954, the new NDLEA boss is from Hong, Adamawa State.

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Nigerian Military Appoints New Commander To Lead War Against Boko Haram

The Defence Headquarters has restructured the Operation Lafiya Dole in the North East to reposition it for more efficiency, effectiveness and combat readiness in the discharge of its assigned tasks of crushing the remnant of terrorists.

Consequently, a new Theatre Commander has been appointed, the military’s Director of Defence Information, Rabe Abubakar, has said. He is Hassan Umoru.

Until his appointment, Mr. Umoru, a Major General, was the General Officer Commanding, 3 Division Nigerian Army.

Mr. Umoru is succeeding Yusha’u Mahmood Abubakar, a Major General, who was appointed four months ago. The Defence Headquarters did not say why he was removed.

Also appointed is the Deputy Theatre Commander who is Major General Lucky Irabor.

According to Mr. Abubakar, a Brigadier General, “The changes are part of the reorganisation by the Defence Headquarters in line with the force restructuring of its operations to attain the overall objectives of the Chief of Defence Staff.

“The aim of this new development is to restrategise and inject new tactics to the existing operational procedures with the aim of finally knocking out the terrorists who now devised means of hitting soft targets through suicide bombings and isolated attacks on remote villages.

“Operation Lafiya Dole will continue to be responsive until all elements of terrorists are finally crushed.”

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Buhari Appoints SGF, Chief Of Staff, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments:
Engr. Babachir David Lawal – Secretary to the Government of the Federation
Alhaji Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff to the President
Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service
Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service
Senator Ita S.J. Enang – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)
Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)
The appointments are with effect from today, August 27, 2015.

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Ekiti Appoints 13 Executive Secretaries

Ekiti State Gov­ernment has approved the appointment of 13 Ex­ecutive Secretaries in the State public ser­vice. They are among the 105 substantive Directors that par­ticipated in the ex­amination and inter­view organized by the state government last month.

A statement from the Office of the State Head of Service, Dr Olugbenga Faseluka, listed them to include Mr Ale James Agbelu­si, Mrs Owoeye Mope­lola, Mr Jeje Abiodun, Mr Akinola James, Mr Longe Abayomi, Mr Olatilu Olubunmi, Mr Akinbolawa Tai­wo, and Engr. Adeola Johnson. Others are Pharmacist Adewole Abike Olutope, Mrs Boluwatife Juliet, Mr Alokan Tokunbo, Mrs Wale-Awe Bolanle and Dr Adeniyi Ilesanmi.

The new Executive Secretaries would be in charge of the activi­ties of Bureau of Chief­taincy; Fiscal Respon­sibility Commission; Education Endowment Fund; Pension Com­mission; Bureau of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture; Boundary Com­mission; and Office of the Public Defender.

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Buhari Appoints Again

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr William Babatunde Fowler as the executive chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

A statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, stated that “Fowler is to serve as the acting executive chairman of the FIRS until his appointment is confirmed by the Senate.”

Fowler is replacing a former coordinating director at the agency, Samuel Odugbesan, who was appointed to the position by the former president, Goodluck Jonathan, in March this year.

He was the chief executive officer/executive chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue from 2005 to 2014.

The presidential spokesman also announced that President Buhari has appointed Mr Aliyu Yahaya Gusau as director-general, Budget Office of the Federation.

“Gusau’s appointment is with effect from August 18, 2015, and is for a term of four years, renewable for another four years unless he attains the retirement age of 60 years or completes 35 years of pensionable service,” Adesina stated.

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Buhari Appoints New DG

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday removed the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Bright Okogu, from office.

In his place, Aliyu Yahaya Gusau, has been appointed his successor. Until his appointment, Gusau was the Director, Fiscal Policy, Budget Monitoring and Evaluation.

His appointment takes effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015, a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Finance, Marshall Gundu, said.

Gusau holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Economics from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.


Zahra Buhari Resurfaces As Charity Ambassador (PHOTOS)

Zahra Buhari, who once sparked Nigerian social media with alluring photos now becomes new ACE charity ambassador.

Meet our new ACE charity Ambassador At Large-@zmbuhari Who is just as eager to make measurable sustainable impacts.
— ACE Charity (@Acecharity) August 9, 2015

The mission of the organization is to re-define the meaning of charity in Africa while providing education, literacy skills and training to African children and youths.


Zahra, a medical microbiology student of the University of Surrey in England, is one of Buhari’s eight living children.

President Buhari Appoints New Official

Prof. Attahiru Jega on Tuesday bowed out of office as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission. Consequently, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari, as the acting chairman of INEC.

Zakari, the first female to occupy the position albeit in an acting capacity, was until Tuesday, a National Electoral Commissioner at INEC.

A statement issued by the Director Communications in the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Haruna Imrana, on behalf of the HoS, Mr. Danladi Kifasi, confirmed the appointment.

Kifasi said Zakari’s appointment was with immediate effect and would subsist from June 30, 2015 until the appointment of a substantive chairman.

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President Buhari Appoints New Accountant General

President Buhari has appointed a serving director in the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Ahmed Idris, as the new Accountant General of the Federation.

The appointment was made known by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, through a statement by his Director of Communications, Haruna Imrana, June 25th.

The statement in part reads “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Idris as the Accountant General of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect from 25th of June 2015.

Idris who hails from Kano State, was born on Nov. 25, 1960, and was until his appointment, the Director of Finance and Accounts, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development.

The position of AGF became vacant after the former Accountant General, Jonah Otunla, resigned on June 12.

The Office of the Head of Service later conducted examinations for prospective candidates for the position which was attended by all Directors of Finance and Accounts and some in the Audit department, from all the Ministries.


Dogara Appoints Ex-PDP Rep As Chief Of Staff

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has appointed Jerry Manwe as his Chief of Staff.

A letter of appointment with reference No. NASS/SPK/MGT/VOL.I/002 dated 15th June, 2015, addressed to the Clerk National Assembly and signed by the Speaker, conveyed Mr.  Manwe’s appointment as his chief of staff.

Mr. Manwe, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for years, made a surprise defection to the Social Democratic Party in January.

He blamed his decision on alleged manipulation of the last primaries of the PDP in his home state of Taraba.
Born on June 26, 1958 in Karim Lamido, Taraba State, Mr. Manwe was first elected as member of the House of Representatives in 1991, and later in 2007 and 2011.

He is the immediate past chairman of House of Representatives committee on Electoral Matters and had chaired House Committees on Finance and Economic Planning, Interior and Communications.

The new chief of staff was also a Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development in Taraba State between 1999-2001, member Christians Pilgrim Board 2001-2003, Chairman, National Commission for Colleges of Education, 2005-2007.

He holds Certificate in Accounting, Higher National Diploma in Business Management and Bachelor of Technology (in view).

He attended Lau Primary School between 1966-1973, Government Secondary School Jalingo 1974-1979, Federal Polytechnic Mubi, 1984-1986 and Federal University of Technology Yola.

He started his working career as an Accountant with Mubi Burnt Bricks from 1985-1989.

The appointment is with immediate effect.


Lalong Appoints Ex-Commissioner Under Jang As Chairman Taskforce On Refuse Dump Evacuation

The Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon Simon Bako Lalong has constituted an Ad-hoc committee (TASK FORCE) to immediately identify and evacuate all refuse dumps within Jos – Bukuru Metropolis.

The allegation of bad leadership trails the names of some commissioners who appeared on Simon Lalong committee on evacuation of refused dump.

As part quick of intervention to the environmental and health challenge posed by the heaps of refuse in the Jos and Bukuru metropolis, Barr. Nankin Bagudu   is appointed as Chairman, others are Bashir Musa Sati,  Santos Ayuba Larab , Engr. Apollos Samci  as members.

Other members are the General Manager Plateau State Road Maintenance Agency Dr. Steven Hirse, Representative of Nigerian Civil Defence Corp – Representative of the Ministry of Health   , Permanent Secretary,Ministry of Environment Secretary

This was content in a press statement sign by Samuel Emmanuel Nanle Director, Press & Public Affairs. The Task Force is mandated to liaise with all statutory Agencies of government to ensure the successful execution of the assignment.

Although the biggest challenge over the list of the people involved were those who contributed to the problem of Jang administration and also served as commissioner.


Plateau State’s Lalong Appoints SSG, Chief Of Staff, Others

Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, Monday, announced the appointment of Mr. Rufus Bature as the Secretary to the State Government, SSG. Mr. Bature was a former Minority Leader of the Plateau State House of Assembly.

The appointment was announced in a statement signed by Mr. Izam Azi, the Permanent Secretary, Policy and General Services, in the state civil service.

Also appointed were Mr. John Dafa’an as Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr. Yusuf Hawaja, Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House while Mr Silas Vem is to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff, Deputy Governor’s Office.

The statement also named Mr Emmanuel Nanle as Director of Press Affairs, Prof. John Wade, the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University, Bokkos, as the new Director-General in charge of Research, Mr Cyril Tsenyil as the state Accountant-General while Mr Cletus Kangkum, former Director, Administration, Jos University Teaching Hospital, was named Principal Private Secretary to the Governor.


Jonathan Appoints New Chancellors For Federal Universities (SEE LIST)

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of new Chancellors for all the 38 Federal Universities in the country.

In a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau,

According to the new list, Oni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is the new Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), while Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakarand Igwe Chikezie Agubuzu head the University of Ibadan (UI) and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) respectively.

Shekarau asked the Vice chancellors of the respective institutions to contact their new Chancellors to arrange for their appropriate inauguration.

Below is the full list of all the new Chancellors, their states of origin and the institutions they head:

1. Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar (Sokoto)

University of Ibadan

2. Emir of Kano Alh. Muhammadu Sanusi II (Kano)

University of Benin

3. Obot Akara, Umo Adiaka (Akwa-Ibom)

Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola

4. Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe (Anambra)

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

5. Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu (Bauchi)

Federal University of Technology, Akure

6. Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha (Adamawa)

Federal University of Technology, Owerri

8. Tor Tiv, Akawe Torkula (Benue)

University of Calabar

9. Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar (Niger)

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

10. Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar (Gombe)

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State

11. Asagba of Asaba, Chike Edozien (Delta)

Federal University, Gashua

12. Isuoha 1 of Ohaisu, Afikpo, Ezeogu Engr. Ewa Elechi (Ebonyi)

Federal University, Gusau

13. Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Michael Adejugbe (Ekiti)

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi

14. Igwe Chikezie Agubuzu (Enugu)

National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos

15. Obong of Calabar, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V (Cross-River)

University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

16. Obi of Obinugwu, Orju, Eze Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya (Imo)

Federal University, Birnin Kebbi

17. Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Maje (Jigawa)

University of Uyo

18. Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris (Kaduna)

Federal University of Technology, Minna

19. Oni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade (Osun)

University of Nigeria, Nsukka

20. Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Muhammadu Kabir Usman (Katsina)

University of Ilorin

21. Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Iliyasu Bashar (Kebbi)

University of Port-Harcourt

22. Attah of Igala, Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II (Kogi)

Federal University, Oye-Ekiti

23. Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari (Kwara)

University of Agriculture, Makurdi

24. Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu (Lagos)

University of Sokoto

25. Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai (Nasarawa)

Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State

26. Shehu of Borno, Mustapha Umar El-Kanemi (Borno)

University of Lagos

27. Amanayabo of Twon Brass, King Alfred Papa Prieye Diette Spiff (Bayelsa)

Bayero University, Kano

28. The Ibedaowei of Bomo Clan, King Joshua Igbugburu (Bayelsa)

Federal University, Lafia

29. Olowo of Owo, Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru-Olagbegi III (Ondo)

University of Jos

30. Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III (Oyo)

University of Maiduguri

31. Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba (Plateau)

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka

32. Amanayabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas, JEKI V (Rivers)

Federal University, Dutsin-Ma

33. Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Masa-Ibi II (Taraba)

Federal University, Dutse

34. Ona of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Yunusa (FCT)

Federal University, Wukari, Taraba State

35. Emir of Anka, Mohammed Attahiru Ahmed (Zamfara)

Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun

36. Ochidoma IV, Elias Ikoyi Obekpa (Benue)

Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State

37. Emir of Fika, Dr. Muhammadu Abali Ibn Idrisa (Yobe)

Federal University, Lokoja

38. Eze Eberechi M. Dick (Abia)  University of Abuja

Alake of Egba, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III (Ogun)

Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State

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Jonathan Fires Petroleum Fund Boss, Appoints Replacement

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Asabe Asmau Ahmed as Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF).

Mrs. Ahmed, who is currently the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, takes over from Sharon Adefunke Kasali who has been Executive Secretary of PEF since 2007.

The new PEF Executive Secretary hails from Niger State and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, respectively.

She is expected to put her years of experience in public service to good use in re-engineering, repositioning and re-invigorating PEF for present and future challenges.

President Jonathan has similarly approved the appointment of Denzil Amagbe Kentebe as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Management Development Board (NCDMB).

Mr. Kentebe, an architect with years of experience in strategic planning and policy management, takes over from Ernest Nwapa who has been Executive Secretary of the NCDMB since April 2010.


APC Appoints Impeached Ondo Deputy Governor As BOT Member

A week after he was impeached by the Ondo State House of Assembly, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has appointed the former Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi as a member of the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT).

The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in a letter signed by its Secretary, Hon. Mai Bala Buni said Olanusi’s is expected to serve in the position for four years.

Olanusi who defected from People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to APC in the eve of March 28 presidential election was last week impeached as the Deputy Governor of the state by 23 members of the State House of Assembly over alleged corrupt practices, absenteeism and gross misconduct.

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Jonathan Appoints Bassey Akpanyung As NPC Secretary

President Goodluck Jonathan, has appointed Mr Bassey Okon Akpanyung, as the secretary to the National Planning Commission (NPC).

A statement by Salisu Haiba, Head of Information, NPC, noted that the appointment letter, dated 27th April, 2015 and signed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, took effect from 14th April, 2015. According to the letter, the appointment is for a first tenure of five (5) years in accordance with Sections 6 (1) and 8 (1) of the National Planning Commission Act, 1993.

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Saudi King Appoints Nephew As Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has named his powerful interior minister as heir in a major reshuffle that also saw the world’s longest-serving foreign minister replaced.

A royal decree removed Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz bin Saud as next in line to the throne and replaced him with Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, who headed a crackdown on al-Qaeda in the country a decade ago. “We have decided to respond to his highness and what he had expressed about his desire to be relieved from the position of crown prince,” said a statement from the royal court, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The decree named “Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as crown prince” as well as deputy prime minister and said he would continue in his position of interior minister and head of the political and security council, a coordinating body.

Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Vall, reporting from Jizan in the country’s south, said the moves represented a major change in Saudi Arabia. “This is the first time that a grandson of the founder of the country [King Abdulaziz], rather than a son, is appointed crown prince,” our correspondent said.