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Delta Governor Okowa swears in 5 new Permanent Secretaries

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Monday sworn in five new Permanent Secretaries in the state’s public service, charging them to lead by example.

Okowa, at the swearing-in ceremony in Asaba, urged the Permanent Secretaries to uphold commitment, accountability, fairness and versatility in the discharge of their duties.

The new permanent secretaries are: Mr Daniel Momah, Mr Emmanuel Aghedo, Dr Moses Bragiwa, Mr Bennett Agamah and Mr Maxwell Awuse.

He urged them to see their elevation as a call to higher responsibility and challenge that should lead to maximum productivity in the state civil service.

Okowa advised them to be acquainted with the “Stronger Delta” policies and programmes of his administration and pledged to continue to create an enabling environment for the civil service to thrive.

He, however, reminded the permanent secretaries on the need to cut waste and eliminate inefficiency in the service, and enforce discipline and due process in the rank and file, so as to engender a new paradigm shift in the civil service.

“This is the third batch of permanent secretaries that this administration has appointed since 2015; the swearing-in of these five distinguished gentlemen brings the total number of permanent secretaries appointed by this administration to 25.

“We need them to fill existing vacancies created by the exit of those who have retired.

“It is imperative that we fill these vacancies for a strong and stable civil service, necessary for the implementation of government policies and programmes.

“The new permanent secretaries are persons with a broad-range of knowledge, experience and exposure that qualify them for the office.

“As veteran civil servants and accounting officers of your various ministries, you are expected to lead by example. You must show the way in terms of punctuality, prudence, accountability, fairness and commitment.

“Your conduct and performance – or lack of it – impact directly on the directive principles of state policies and government business,” he said.

In line with the World Bank transparency initiative, Okowa also inaugurated a seven-member Public Procurement Council for the state.

He noted that the Council, to be Chaired by a former PS, Sir Okey Ofili, whose duty was to ensure that all extant laws such as sign-off limits and other standardised regulations were complied with by the state.

He said that the Council, as an independent body, was a creation of Delta State Public Procurement Law 2020.

He disclosed that the council establishment would help to achieve the state fiscal transparency, accountability and sustainability initiative of the World Bank.

He said the council would have an oversight function over the state’s Public Procurement Commission, saying that it was the requirement of the World Bank that all transactions of government should be credible and overseen by an independent body such as the Council.

“The Delta State Public Procurement Council is an independent body with oversight functions over the State Public Procurement Commission. There is no conflict here.

“While the Commission operationalises the provisions of the procurement law, it is the responsibility of the Council to ascertain that all extant laws such as sign-off limits and other standardised regulations are complied with by the Commission,” he said.

The governor congratulated the permanent secretaries and Chairman and members of the Public Procurement Council on their appointments, and urged them not to compromise the confidence reposed in them by the state government.

Momah, who responded on behalf of the new permanent secretaries and Ofili for members of the Council, assured the governor that they would do their best in their assignments and make meaningful input in building a “Stronger Delta”.

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2023: Primate Ayodele makes fresh prophecies, issues warnings

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Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, on Tuesday, released prophetic warnings concerning the forthcoming national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), People Democratic Party (PDP) and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Osho Oluwatosin, Primate Ayodele revealed that the convention of the APC will lead to another crisis in the party if care isn’t taken.

He warned the leadership of the party to handle it well to avoid more issues coming up within the party as a result of the convention.

”APC must be careful of their convention, if not handled well, it will cause more crisis in the party.”

On the PDP, the man of God warned the leaders to be careful so they won’t break the party themselves.

He revealed that a third force may spring up from the opposition party due to the activities of the leaders.

”PDP must be careful with what they are doing, they will break the party; and if care isn’t taken, third force might surface from that end.”

He also warned Wike to be careful so he won’t make the party miss their chances in 2023.

“Governor Wike must also be careful so he won’t break the PDP. He may make PDP miss their chances in 2023 if he continues to bring setbacks in the party.

“The BOT of PDP should look into the matter, if not, they will miss it.”

Still speaking on Wike, Primate Ayodele noted that he foresees PDP governors fighting him while the EFCC will also go after his government.

“I also see PDP governors fighting Nyesom Wike. EFCC will also go after his government.”

He further warned him not to start a project he can’t finish, while advising him not to run for presidency because he won’t win.

“Wike should not start a project he can’t finish in PDP. He won’t become president in case he has an ambition.”

Continuing, Primate Ayodele spoke on the future of Iyochia Ayu, the national chairman of PDP, making it known that his duty will be hijacked and that he will be driven out of the party unceremoniously.

“In PDP, the duty of the national chairman will be hijacked. Ayu will be driven out of the party unceremoniously.”

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Don’t hijack APC primary– Group warns Fayemi ahead of Ekiti Guber

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The Ekiti State chapter of the Grassroots Movement for Change (GMC), has cautioned Governor Kayode Fayemi against using state apparatus to favour his “choice candidate”.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary will be held on Thursday ahead of the June 18 election.

A statement on Monday by the GMC, noted that any attempt to subvert the wish of the people will be resisted.

The Secretary, Ademola Ogunrombi, said Fayemi has enjoyed a relatively peaceful tenure and should not be involved in any act that might cause violence in the state.

The scribe demanded that the people be allowed to vote their choice candidate without any fear of manipulation.

“This election seeks to present a fresh candidate for the first time in a long time in our electoral history.

“For those who seek to enslave us by collecting money to mortgage our future, be warned that Ekiti is not like every other state.”

The group urged stakeholders to rise and ensure that the state does not drift into anarchy “due to the selfish interest of a microscopic few”.

The statement advised the APC national caretaker committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Buni to be fair and transparent during the primary.

Earlier, Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Femi Ojudu, advised the party to ensure a credible exercise in order to produce a formidable flagbearer.

Ojudu said he decided not to endorse any aspirant because he wants to be an unbiased umpire and a rallying point to settle differences that would emerge after the primary.

Meanwhile, a House of Representatives member and aspirant, Femi Bamisile, has warned that the APC will collapse if the party picks its candidate outside Ekiti South Senatorial District.

Bamisile commended the adoption of direct primary, saying it would remove the financial burden on contestants and tame manipulation of process.

The lawmaker stressed that the people of the South can no longer tolerate the “conspiracy” that has ostracised them from the political equation since 1999.

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Osinbajo reveals type of leaders Nigeria need

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo argues that building a nation requires leaders from all layers of society to put aside personal interests in order to reach a consensus that ensures a win-win situation for all.

He gave a speech in Abuja over the weekend to commemorate the UFUK Dialogue Foundation’s tenth anniversary.

“A sustained and productive nationhood gives access to diverse multi-ethnic strengths and provide opportunities to gain more from being together than otherwise.

“It’s true that in the last two decades, we face severe threats to our mutual coexistence. Violent extremism in the North-East has resulted in the destruction and unfortunate loss of lives of many, banditry and kidnappings has traumatised families,” Osinbajo said.

Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure will end by 2023.

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