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I’m not threatened about being re-elected as governor- Abdullahi Sule

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I have never been threatened about my second term as a governor- Abdullahi Sule

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that he is not threatened about being re-elected in 2023.

To mark his first anniversary in office, the governor said he was grateful to God for giving him a four-year mandate; a period he deems long enough for him to contribute his quota to the development of the state, The Nation reports.

The governor, who was responding to a question on the speculation around the state that the people might not be ready to re-elect him in 2023, said he was ready to return to the US or Saudi Arabia to enjoy his life after his four-year mandate.

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According to him;

“one thing I have never been threatened about in life is my second term as governor. Let me tell you, in 1998, while working in the US, I felt I was bored. I took my early retirement package from an oil company, I went and set up our small company and we were running our business.

“I thought that was it. I never knew I was going to return to Nigeria as a whole, not to talk of coming to Nigeria to set up a company and become MD African Petroleum and later become GMD in Dangote company.

“That was even when I started enjoying life; not today.

“So I went through all these as extra to me in life; things I never thought would happen, but because God has blessed me that it will happen and it actually happened.

“Then out of the blues, from nowhere, I’m now a governor, and somebody is saying one term, and then I will cry, sleep and die? To hell with him!

“One term, yes, it’s fine. That is how I look at it. One term is good enough.

“Almighty Allah, I thank you very much for giving me one term.

“So it has never shaken me, it has never scared me, and it will never do. I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

“If I do one term, walahi talahi, walahi talahi, I will go and retire either in America or in Saudi Arabia and live my life peacefully. And I know that no EFCC will call me, because I am not stealing government’s money.

“So one term, then so what? To hell with one term!

“Let me tell you, I’m happy to take it, so I will never have sleeping problem because somebody says one term.

“I never and I think I will never have a problem,” he said.

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FG inaugurates governing boards for 13 varsities

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The Federal Government on Monday inaugurated governing boards for the 13 newly created federal universities in the country.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the governing councils, charged them to go on revenue drive.

He charged the governing councils to initiate policies that would lead to the generation of revenue outside government funds.

This, according to him, will enable the improvement of facilities and infrastructure of their respective universities.

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He said revenue generation was a critical aspect in need of urgent attention in universities, in view of the challenge of inadequate funding which has continued to limit development in tertiary institutions.

“Inadequate funding, as well as prudent and judicious management of limited funds, remains a major challenge in the sector.

“You should come up with ideas that will improve revenue generation through creative, innovative and productive ventures as well as endowments,” he said

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, appealed to the Governing Councils to support government’s collective efforts in repositioning the university system in its quest to lead the country in an equitable transition to a knowledge-based economy.

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Among the newly appointed Council Chairmen is Prof. Nimmi Briggs to Chair the governing council of Ndufo Alike University in Ebonyi.

The universities with new Governing Council Members are Federal University, Lokoja; Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State; Federal University Kashere, Gombe; and Federal University, Wukari, Taraba.

Others are Federal University, Dutsinma, Katsina State; Federal University, Jigawa; Ndufo Alike University, Ebonyi; Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State; and Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa.

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The rest are Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara; Federal University, Gashua, Yobe; and Federal University of Health Sciences.

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My cabinet was void of nepotism- Obasanjo

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has said everything he did while in office was in the best interest of the country rather than for his personal gains.

He also claimed that during his time as president, his cabinet was void of nepotism.

The former head of state said he is worried that despite Nigeria’s potential for greatness, steps were not being taken to translate that potential into reality.

Obasanjo said these in an interview with The Point Newspaper, published in the tabloid’s Monday edition.

Obasanjo said,

“People who worked with me, it doesn’t matter where they come from, they remember what we did together. There is no question of favouritism, there is no question of, yes, this is my kith and kin. There is no question of this is my personal interest. I never say that we didn’t make a mistake or we are perfect, but whatever mistake we made was a genuine mistake. It wasn’t a mistake we made as a result of selfishness.”

Reacting to the claim that he neglected the Yoruba while in office, Obasanjo said,

“Some Yoruba have come to me and said you didn’t do enough for the Yoruba. I said, ‘Yes, did I do for Nigeria?’ They said, ‘You did?’ I asked, is Yoruba not part of Nigeria? If I did as I could for Nigeria and Yoruba are part of Nigeria, then I have done for the Yoruba as well as I have done for Igbo, Hausa and so on. I think that must guide us.

“The point you must bear in mind is that this country can be a great country. We have everything to make this country great. And that is what always worries me. When you see what we can do, how to do it, and we are not doing it. That is really unfortunate.

“Can we get there? I believe we can.  All we need is one generation of consistency in leadership, we will be there.  That is what we need. We need one generation of right leadership consistently.”

Obasanjo advised the current leadership of the country to be inquisitive about what is going on around them, instead of shutting their doors.

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CBN bans Forex for maize importation

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has directed all banks to stop processing Forms M for the importation of maize with immediate effect.

The directive was issued by the Central Bank on Monday, July 13.

According to the apex bank, the decision to ban forex for maize importation was made to increase local production, stimulate a rapid economic recovery and safeguard rural livelihoods.

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The apex bank further stated that the decision will increase jobs which have been lost as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement partly read;

“Authorised dealers are hereby directed to discontinue the processing of Forms M for the importation of maize/corn with immediate effect. 

“Accordingly, all authorised dealers are hereby requested to submit the list of Forms M already registered for the importation of maize/corn on or before the close of business on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.”

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