Promises, Appointments as Governors Resume Duties

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, yesterday resumed office in Lagos. They toured the State Secretariat at Alausa. They were welcomed by excited civil servants.
The civil servants sang songs in Yoruba praising the governor, saying “this dispensation shall be good for us”.

The tour commenced at the Ministry of the Environment/Lands wing of the secretariat and terminated at the main secretariat premises.
Addressing the civil servants, the governor promised to address challenges, such as minimum wage, inadequate office space, chairs and tables, transportation and electricity.
He promised that his administration will take care of them, “because I know when we take care of you, you will take care of the teeming 22 million Lagosians out there”.
Sanwo-Olu went on: “I know there is not enough office space, electricity, chairs and tables, staff buses, cramped up offices and others, I know because I have been there before; but let us begin to think and invent how we are going to bake a bigger cake, let us begin to think out of the box, a bigger cake that will be enough for all of us.
“We are going to use our case here as a case study for Lagosians to know that we are serious about transportation, it is a message we are passing across to Lagosians that we are going to tackle and solve the transportation problems and we are starting with you; this includes taking care of potholes and bad roads as well.
“The issues of governance has started, I want all of you to support our team and I promise that as long as we appreciate what our roles are I will not forget you.”
He urged them to rededicate themselves to work, adding: “Whatever work you are doing be the best in it and we are all must be monitoring ourselves because I have promised I will give you all the implements that you require to do your job and do it well, let people begin to have a new and better experience when they come to Alausa.”
The governor also said: “Let us turn a new leaf and let us now be that change that we are asking for and I can assure you if we do that our lives will never be the same again”, the governor assured the workers.”
Sanwo-Olu later yesterday declared a state of emergency on the environment as he signed an executive order on refuse management, traffic management and public works.
He also held meetings with service chiefs in the state and Permanent Secretaries. The events took place in the governor’s office, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.
The state of emergency, Sanwo-Olu said, will start the process of restoring. Tagged ‘Enforcement of law and order in respect of Traffic and sanitation matters’, it reads: “Henceforth, there shall be zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse, construction on drainage points and setbacks.
“All LASTMA officials shall effectively carry out their functions by ensuring strict enforcement and compliance with all extant traffic rules and regulations while LASTMA officials will immediately begin work on a shift basis, in which road and traffic management operations will be on till 11 pm on a daily basis.
“On its part, Lagos State Public Works Corporation will immediately commence the identification and repairs of all potholes and bad roads within the state.”
Abiodun to declare a state of emergency in education
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun yesterday assumed duty at the Oke-Mosan  Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, and disclosed that he may “declare a state of emergency in the education sector” to arrest its declining fortune and students’ poor performance.
Abiodun, who resumed work by 9:30 am, along with his Deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, was received by the Head of Service, Lanre Bisiriyu, and Permanent Secretaries of the State’s ministries after inspecting five-man Guard of Honour mounted for him by the Nigerian Police.
The governor later toured  the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and that of the Civil Service Commissions – the three strategic units, where most of the last minute decisions of the out – gone Governor Ibikunle Amosun touched –  such as the installation of 75 coronet Obas,  employment 1000 people into the state  workforce and funds disbursements.
He also held meetings with the Permanent Secretaries and Head of Service, Service Chiefs of security agencies – Police, Army, Department of State Security(DSS), Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS), Nigeria Prisons Service(NPS) Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC).
Speaking with reporters after emerging from the security meeting, he said he has started the business of governance and was settling down, stressing that the new administration would focus more on primary and tertiary education.
Abiodun lamented that the performance of students in primary and tertiary schools was not encouraging, pledging to bring the state’s education sector up to the desired standard.
He also pledged to “make good governance his priority,” expressing the optimism that the state’s workforce has keyed into the vision and agenda of the new administration as explained to the workers in a meeting them.
‘I’m encouraged by the financial records in Nasarawa’
Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has said he is impressed by the financial records he inherited from the past administration of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Sule spoke yesterday at a dinner organised in his honour by the Nasarawa North Senatorial Zone.
He said: “The first thing I wanted to see when I was sworn in was to go to the office and look at our financials, I wanted to see what we have in every bank, and believe me from Lafia to this place; I have seen it already, I have seen all our balances, because that is the first thing, as a manager, that I wanted to do.
“I am challenged by what I have seen and I am not discouraged, I strongly believe that we can take it from here and build Nasarawa State, but I can’t do it alone, I need every one of you to be able to do that.”
The governor, who promised to carry everyone along, however, said he would not forget those who worked to ensure his victory at the polls.
“So, it doesn’t matter who voted for me or who supported me, at the end of the day everyone in Nasarawa State today is my responsibility.”
Kwara governor holds maiden security meeting
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday held Security Council meeting to receive briefings from all the heads of security agencies in the state.
The meeting was attended by all the members of the council, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, Emir of Ilorin Dr Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and Police Commissioner Kayode Egbetokun, among others.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Egbetokun said: “We met the governor who shows a deep understanding of security as the Chairman of the State’s Security Council. He understands that without security, no meaningful development can be achieved.
“The service chiefs (then) took turns to brief His Excellency about the security situation in the state. All the issues raised were discussed and decisions were made.”
AbdulRazaq also met with the Kwara State Council of Chiefs. The meeting was attended by 16 of the 19 members of the council, whose chairman is the Emir of Ilorin.
He also inspected the Government House and Governor’s Lodge.
AbdulRazaq told civil servants that he would not witch-hunt anyone for their political beliefs.
“We would not label anyone. We will carry everybody along and will promote a culture of transparency and independence. We want Kwara to regain its rightful place particularly in the North where it used to be the number one in terms of education and so on,” AbdulRazaq said.
The governor promised to ensure prompt payment of salaries, adding that Kwara would also pay the minimum wage after due consultations with the civil servants and proper assessment of the financial situation of the state.
“We’ll pay (May) salary almost immediately. We want to get a place where there is no backlog of salary and pensions.
“We’ll discuss the minimum wage. The intention is to pay but we need to sit down and resolve a few issues. There has been so much plundering of the state resources but we will rise above all that. We’ll ride on your back to get things done while your welfare is taken care of.”
The governor spoke extensively on his agenda for the state such as plugging loopholes, reducing overhead costs through prudent management of resources, addressing the infrastructure deficits in the state and creating wealth through private enterprise.
AbdulRazaq also held a meeting with Kwara leaders of thoughts during which he called on them to support his administration to rebuild Kwara from the scratch.
AbdulRazaq said the report of the Transition Committee, which is still being studied, revealed so much decadence and abuse of public trust so much that all hands must be on deck to pull Kwara out of the woods.
AbdulRazaq promised to be as inclusive and equitable as possible in the running of the state, especially in his appointments and spread of government projects.
He said his administration would always consult with the people, especially thoughts leaders from all backgrounds, through open fora with a view to putting the government in constant check.

Insecurity: Makinde summons emergency security meeting
Following reports of threats of violence across different parts of the capital city, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde yesterday summoned an emergency security meeting.
The meeting is the first between the governor and the security chiefs since his assumption of office.
The governor said he received a report of clashes between rival groups of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in areas, such as Beere, Ring Road and others.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner of Police Shina Olukolu, the General Officer Commanding, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Okwudili Azinta, State Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr John Oyedokun and the Nigerian Immigration Service boss.
Bauchi governor unveils Economic Blueprint
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed yesterday unveiled his plans to create employment opportunities for youths.
The governor spoke while receiving the economic report for the state from the Chairman of the Economic Advisory Committee, Prof. Usman Bugaje at the Bauchi Government House.
The Committee was set up by the governor before his declaration. He said he would work with technocrats to implement the economic blueprint in collaboration with the private sector to create employment opportunities for the teeming population.
“I cherish so much the privilege given to me to lead Bauchi State at this material time, and I promise that I will do this job with all seriousness. I will bring in technocrats to implement this economic blueprint in collaboration with the private sector because there’s a need for partnership to open new frontiers guided by global best practice.
“We have consulted some of the best technocrats in the country to show us the way. And, we will continue to do so, even though sometimes we will consider political expediency. Bauchi is geographically and strategically placed to feed the nation and people in other parts of the world,” he said.
Bugaje advised the governor to use the state’s comparative advantage in agriculture to boost revenue and create employment opportunities for the people of Bauchi.
The governor also made his first appointments. Mohammed approved the appointment of Alhaji Mohammed Sabi’ U. Baba as the Secretary to the State Government
He also approved the appointment of Alhaji Abubakar Kari as the Chief of Staff.
Dr Salihu Ladan, the spokesperson to the governor, made the announcement in a statement.
Others appointees are Alhaji Bashir Yau as Deputy Chief of Staff to Deputy Governor Baba Tella.
Mukhari Mohammed Giddo is appointed as the Senior Special Assistant Media (SSA) and Alhaji Umaruji Hassan is the Chief of Protocol to the Governor.
Niger governor dissolves boards of Parastatals, agencies
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has dissolved all Board’s of Parastatals and government agencies in the state.
In a statement by Permanent Secretary, Economic Affairs overseeing Political Affairs, Yahaya Baba Wachiko, 16 commission’s and agencies are exempted from the dissolution.
The commissions and agencies not affected by dissolution include Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, Law Reform Commission, Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Niger State Judiciary Service Commission, House of Assembly Service Commission and State Independent Electoral Service Commission.
Others are the Niger State Universal Basic Education, Pension Board, Niger State Transport Authority, Niger State Environmental Protection Agency, Niger State Bureau of Religious Affairs, Niger State Investment Promotion Agency, Small and Medium Microfinance, Niger State Commodity and Export Promotion Agency and Chairman and Board Members of Niger State College of Education, Minna.
The Permanent Secretary added that handing over notes and all government properties in the possession of Chairmen and Members of the dissolved Boards and Agencies should be submitted to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs on or before today.
All former Commissioners, Special Advisers and Directors-General were directed to submit copies of their hand over notes to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Political Affairs on or before noon today.
Kebbi to witness more industrialisation, says Bagudu
Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu has reaffirmed his commitment to industrialise the state.
The governor spoke with reporters at the Government House Birnin-Kebbi.
Bagudu thanked the people of the state, especially women and youth for giving him another mandate to serve.
The governor expressed happiness about the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature, which, he said, facilitated significant development in all facets of human endeavour.
He expressed gratitude to all the civil servants and public office holders in the state for their support to the administration and requested them to maintain the tempo.
He pledged to continue to attract investors to the state for economic progress, employment generation and wealth creation among the people, saying since 2015 Kebbi has witnessed the establishment of industries while others were still in process.
The governor said Kebbi is into partnership with a Garman company for energy renewal.
Wike promises to intensify projects delivery
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that he will work with the speed of light in his second term because he believes that four years will elapse in no time.
Speaking after inspecting the Mother and Child Hospital under construction and the Government Craft Development Centre being rehabilitated in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Wike said the process of projects delivery would be intensified for the good of Rivers people.
On the Mother and Child Hospital, Wike informed that his administration has commenced re-modelling the facility because the former contractor failed to meet the required standard.
At the Government Craft Development Centre, Wike directed the immediate demolition of shanties around the school.
Borno governor orders payment of salary areas, pension and gratuities
Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum yesterday ordered the immediate settlement of all outstanding salaries and pension arrears of all civil servants in the state.
According to the governor, the order should be carried out before Eid-El- Fitr Sallah celebration.
Zulum spoke when the State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Bulama Abiso, visited him at the Government House, Maiduguri.
He directed all Permanent Secretaries in the ministries and heads of Parastatals/Boards/Agencies to immediately compile a list of their affected staff/pensioners and forward it directly to his table on or before Monday 3rd June 2019 for approval and payment before the forthcoming Sallah.
His words: “As a government, we cannot allow some of our civil servants affected by the biometric data to continue to suffer without paying their entitlement for the past three years when the exercise was introduced.
“For now, I am not interested in anything called Bio-Metric Data, but to see that even if it is a table payment, all those affected in the exercise should be paid pending when they are found to be guilty or collecting different salaries in the name of ghost workers.
“Although, we will not tolerate ghost worker syndrome in the state, because anyone found guilty of such will definitely face the full wrath of the law. So, I directed that all Permanent Secretaries in the ministries and heads of Government Parastatals/Boards/Agencies to immediately compile a list of their respective affected staff/pensioners, bring it on my table on or before Monday 3rd June 2019 for approval and payment before the forthcoming Sallah.
“As a government, we cannot allow some of our civil servants affected by the biometric data to continue to suffer without paying their entitlement. These affected civil servants/pensioners have families to carter for, and we cannot allow this to continue as posterity will judge all of us.
“Civil servants are the engine room of good governance, and so, with or without biometric data, all those affected must be paid with immediate effect.”

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