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JUST IN: Ebonyi governor reshuffles cabinet


David Umahi

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has effected a major reshuffle of his cabinet.

Secretary to the state government, Kenneth Ugbala stated this in a statement in Abakaliki on Monday night.

No reason was given for the changes which affected over 20 appointees of the government.

According to the statement, the Chief of staff, Emmanuel Offor Okorie has been redeployed to the Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service to serve as Chaian of the Governing Board.

The governor named former Accountant-General and Permanent Secretary UBEB Queen Elizabeth Agwu as Acting Chief of Staff.

Also the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Chinwe Okah is now to serve as Commissioner in charge of Market Development and Management.

Prof Ogbonnaya Chukwu is to be deployed from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to Commerce and Industry.

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Moses Oshibe the Commissioner in charge of Ministry of Lands and Survey is to head the Ministry of Rice mills Development.

Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji who was doubling as the Commissioner for Information and state Orientation as well as Acting Commissioner in charge of Human Capital Development and

Monitoring is now to be in charge of Information and State Orientation only.

Also the Commissioner for Environment, Emmanual Uguru is to take over as Commissioner for Lands and Survey.

Jonah Egba who hitherto was in charge of Ministry of Solid Mineral Development Communities is now the Commissioner for Environment

Chief Donatus Njoku, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry is now Commissioner for Solid Mineral Development.

The governor also reshuffled some other principal officers of government.

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These include: Mrs. Mojibade Ekuma Special SA- Finance now Acting Accountant General: Mr. Emeka C. Nwankwo – SA-ICT now SA-Finance and ICT; Mrs Chinyere Udoka – SA-Women Affairs (Central) now SA-Capital City; Princess Francisca Okeke – SA-Women Affairs (South) now SA – Market Lot 1; Emeka Kenan Ofoke –SA-Market now SA-Market Lot 2; Chukwuma S. Ofoke – SA-Housing now SA-Market Lot 3.

Others are Philip Eworo – SA-Purvalization Plant now SA-Market Lot 4; Mrs Nwakaego Nworie – Executive Assistant now SA-Market Lot 5;

The reshuffling also affected some permanent secretaries with Mrs Christaina O. Ukwuta, Accountant General now named the Permanent Secretary UBEB and Internal Revenue Services.

Also Mr Moses O. Agama, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and Economic Development is now the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in-charge of Admin, Accounts, Salaries, Pensions and Returns.

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Mrs Patricia Okorie – Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and Planning now Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance and Economic Development in-charge of Budget, Audit, Debt Management Office (DMO) and SFTAS.

The governor also appointed Mrs Patience Offor Okorie as SA Welfare, Wife of the Governor’s Office.

Dr Chinyere Elom – SSA – Special Education / King David Academy now SSA – Special Project.

Hon. Valentine Okike – SSA Housing now SSA – Shopping Mall Management.

The reshuffle/redeployment and appointment according to Mr Ugbala takes effect from 1st July 2020.

The statement directed that all handing over and taking-over are to be completed on or before 1st July 2020.


Ex-Oyo commissioner, Fatai Abimbola dies in car accident



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A former Commissioner in Oyo State, Honorable Fatai Abimbola is dead, Daily Post reports.

It was gathered on Saturday that Abimbola, a native of Ibadan, the state capital died in a road accident on Friday.

Abimbola who is fondly known as Abogun served as a commissioner under the government of the immediate past Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

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A source said that Abimbola died in a road accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Friday.

A former Special Assistant (Students Matters) to Ajimobi, Mr Afeez Mobolaji, confirmed the death of the former Commissioner in a post on his Facebook page Friday night.

Mobolaji said, “Rest in peace, Mogaji Abogun.”

Another aide of the immediate past Governor, Mr Wale Sadeeq also confirmed the death of the former Commissioner.

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Donald Trump wears mask in public for first time



Donald Trump

President of the United States of America, Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time during a visit to a military hospital a short helicopter ride from the White House on Saturday evening.

The president’s decision to wear a mask came as cases of coronavirus surged to record levels in the US and after aides and experts urged Trump to follow his own government’s guidelines on face coverings.

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Trump flew to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington DC to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for Covid-19 patients.

Donald Trump was wearing a black mask as he walked down the entryway of Walter Reed medical centre accompanied by hospital staff, marking the first time he has been seen wearing a protective face-covering in public.

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The president did not stop to take questions from the White House pool before turning down a hallway.

His meeting with injured troops and staff is closed to the press.

The only other time Trump was spotted wearing a mask was behind the scenes during a tour of a Ford plant in Michigan back in May.

“I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump said before boarding Marine One en route to the hospital. “I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place.”

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Buhari finally speaks on Magu’s probe, suspension



President, Major General (retd.) Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on the ongoing investigation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

In a statement by Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Mr Buhari also explained why he approved the suspension of the anti-corruption fighter from office.

Read the full press statement below:


A series of documented allegations were made against the Ag. Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Following a preliminary review of the allegations levelled against the Ag. Chairman and several other members of his staff, there were grounds for a detailed investigation to be conducted.

Hence, an investigative panel was constituted in compliance with the extant laws governing the convening of such a body.

As is the proper procedure, when allegations are made against the Chief Executive of an institution, and in this case an institution that ought to be seen as beyond reproach, the Chief Executive has to step down from his post and allow for a transparent and unhindered investigation.

The EFCC does not revolve around the personality of an individual, and as such cannot be seen through the prism of any individual.

Therefore, the suspension of Mr Ibrahim Magu, allows the institution to continue carrying out its mandate without the cloud of investigation hanging over its head.

The EFCC has many good, hardworking men and women who are committed to its ideal and ensuring that the wealth of our country isn’t plundered and wherein there is an act of misappropriation such person(s) are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, Mr. Magu is being availed the opportunity to defend himself and answer the allegations against him. This is how it should be, as is the fact that under the Laws of Nigeria every citizen is presumed and remains innocent until proven guilty.

We must realize that the fight against corruption is not a static event, but a dynamic and ever evolving process, in which the EFCC is just one actor; and as we continue to work towards improving our democratic process so shall every institution of ours also embark on that journey of evolution.

What is however important is that there must be accountability and transparency and our people must realize that they would be held to account. This is the building block in the fight against corruption, the establishment of the concept of Accountability and the recognition of the Rule of Law.

Those who see Mr. Magu’s investigation, as a signal that the fight against corruption is failing, have unfortunately, missed the boat.

EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu
There is no better indication that the fight is real and active than the will to investigate allegations in an open and transparent manner against those who have been charged to be custodians of this very system.

Under this President and Government, this is our mantra and guiding principle. There are no sacred cows, and for those who think they have a halo over their heads, their days are also numbered.

Mr. Magu was not immune – and regardless of the obvious embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by him, given the office he held, may appear for the government.

No other administration in the history of Nigeria would have moved to bring into the light and public domain such an allegation.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
July 11, 2020

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