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President Tinubu sacks another government official

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President Bola Tinubu has sacked the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Mamman Ahmadu.

In a proclamation signed by the presidential spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale on Saturday, Tinubu selected Ayodeji Ariyo Gbeleyi as substitution.

“Mr. Gbeleyi is a renowned financial expert and award-winning chartered accountant.

“He is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

“This is part of a larger reorganization effort in the public procurement system to reposition the agency for greater efficiency and transparency.

“The President thanks Mr. Ahmadu for his services and wishes him success in his future endeavours.

“The President expects the new Director-General to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role to strengthen the agency as the national resource centre for capacity building and sustenance of reforms through the promotion of a competitive private sector-driven economy, ensuring social accountability and efficient deployment of public resources, as well as advancing effective corporate governance and fiduciary discipline in the public and private sectors”, the statement read.

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Emirship Tussle: What I’ll do if I’m dethroned again – Sanusi

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The sixteenth Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido has uncovered that he will just continue on and not be stressed assuming another governor chooses to dethrone him.

The previous Central Bank of Nigeria governor was dethroned as Kano Emir in 2020 by the then governor, Abdullahi Ganduje for disrespecting the office of the governor.

In any case, he was reinstated by Governor Abba Yusuf following the nullifying of the five Emirates Council.

Talking with Saturday Sun, Sanusi said just God knows how long he will remain on the high position.

He said: “For me, even now that I am here, only God knows how long I will be here. I can die tomorrow. Another governor can come tomorrow and say that he has removed me, it doesn’t matter.

“But I am happy if he does not touch the emirate. I am happy that I will not leave a history that it was during my time that these 1000 years of history was destroyed.

“So, I am grateful to this government, grateful to this Assembly that they have corrected that, that we have the emirate restored to what it was and Insha’Allah that when I die or when I leave, the person who inherits will inherit what we had. It’s about the system, not about me or about any individual.”

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Anambra government sacks 228 workers

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The Anambra State Local Government Service Commission has sacked six directors and 222 other staff individuals.

Executive of the Commission, Mr Vincent Ezeaka revealed the embarrassments to newsmen at the Commission’s office in Awka on Thursday.

Along these lines, two previous staff individuals, one of whom was viewed as working with the state claimed Nwafor-Orizu College of Education at Nsugbe, and one more with Nnamdi Azikiwe College, UNIZIK, Awka, who were said to gather salaries for four years have been coordinated to refund the unlawful salaries they got to the commission.

Ezeaka said that the miserable developments were found in the continuous check and staff biometrics identification exercise being directed by a four-man panel headed by a resigned Permanent Secretary, Dr. (Mrs.) Ndidi Onuigbo.

He added that the activity is important for Governor Chukwuma Soludo-drove administration’s plan purposely started to disinfect the local government workforce.

Ezeaka further explained that among January and April 2024, a sum of 222 ghost workers have been found and removed of the local government service commission.

He said from the verification exercise the bonafide staff individuals from the commission as of now is around 4, 300, adding that they are the workers in the payroll of the commission pending when the verification committee would finish up it’s task.

He expressed that the state government is making serious strides towards guaranteeing that communities and local government areas are cleaned for things to improve.

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LGA Chairmen Join Call for Governor Fubara’s impeachment over witheld funds

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Rivers State ALGON has accused Governor Siminalayi Fubara of holding on to Local Government funds meant for grassroots development, caling for his impeachment.

LGA Directors under the sponsorship of the Rivers State chapter of the Association of Local Government Areas of Nigeria have upheld the order for prosecution of Governor Siminalayi Fubara over alleged witheld funds.

The directors spread the word about this at a press briefing drove by State ALGON Chairman and Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Allwell Ihunda in Port Harcourt on Wednesday as they said the Governor was obstructing work in the 23 LGAs.

They tossed weight behind the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Tony Okocha’s require the State House of Assembly to begin impeachment proceedings against the Governor.

Ihunda said:

“It has come to the notice of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Rivers State chapter, that the Rivers State Government, under the leadership of His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has neglected, failed, and deliberately refused to hold the statutory Joint Account Allocation Committee Meeting which is the prerequisite for the release and disbursement of funds due to the local government in the State Joint Local Government Accounts.

“And has continued to withhold the statutory allocations due to the 23 local government councils of Rivers State since April 2024.

“And in the case of Emuoha LGA since March 2024 till date for no just course, thereby starving the third tier of the government of the funds required to discharge its statutory functions in the administration of the local government areas.”

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