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Ebonyi Governor Umahi to lay off over 1,000 aides of their operations August 1

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi on Monday announced that he would disengage from service some categories of aides, numbering more than 1,000, on Aug. 1 due to non-performance in their duties.

Umahi made the announcement in Abakaliki during a virtual swearing-in of some Special Assistants and Caretaker Chairmen of Local Governments, among others.

He noted that governance of the state was no longer “business as usual”.

The governor listed the affected categories of aides to include: Technical Assistants (TAs), Senior Technical Assistants (STAs) and Executive Assistants (EAs).

”We have over 1,000 of you, over 350 LGA liaison officers and several Development Centres management committee members, yet myself and my deputy threw ourselves ‘in the ring’ on the COVID-19 issue.

”I don’t know where else you will get a position, where you will just sleep and wait for bank alert,” he said.

The governor noted that the affected aides who wished to re-apply for the positions must be endorsed by a State Government’s ministry or department.

”We will hold such ministry or department responsible on you and you must have and show us your farm, if you wish to re-apply.

”People who were never in these categories of aides should not apply because I will not expand such offices. But if we don’t fill all the positions, we will then call for nominations,” he said.

Umahi, who used the occasion to sign the revised state 2020 budget, thanked God for the conclusion of its process, describing it as stringent, citizens- based and highly Information Communication Technology-compliant.

”The budget, which was reduced from N178 billion to N132 billion, was occasioned by the realities of the times as some sectors such as heath and education were reviewed upwards.

”I am categorically declaring that schools in the state will not re-open presently and we have commenced the process of using the communities to clear the primary and secondary schools surroundings.

”We shall send medical teams to inspect and do sample testing of teachers, while directing that the syllabus of primary and secondary schools be reviewed,” he said.

Chief Francis Nwifuru, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, commended the executive arm of government for its support in ensuring the speedy, even though painstaking, review of the budget.

He also commended members of the House for their patience and diligence during the review, noting that the House effectively engaged relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for an effective process.

Mr Orlando Nweze, Commissioner for Finance, said that the budget would be effectively implemented in spite of the uncertainties of the times, noting that it followed laid-down World Bank stipulations.

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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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