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Umahi demotes Chief Of Staff in cabinet reshuffle

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Chief of Staff to Ebonyi State government, Dr Emmanuel Offor Okorie has been demoted to the position of Chairman, Ebonyi State Broadcasting Commission (EBBC) by Governor David Umahi.

The Secretary to the state government and coordinating Commissioner, Dr Kenneth Ugbala, disclosed on Monday night in a statement.

According to Ugbala, the redeployed cabinets are expected to handover on or before July 1.

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The statement reads:

“His Excellency, the Governor of Ebonyi State Engr. Dr David Nweze Umahi FNSE, FNATE has approved a cabinet reshuffle and redeployment as follows:

1. Chief Dr Emmanuel Offor Okorie – Chief of Staff now Chairman EBBC Board.

2. Chief Mrs Chinwe Okah – Commissioner for Budget and Planning now Commissioner for Market Development and Management.

3. Prof. Ogbonnaya Chukwu – Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development now Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.

4. Chief Moses Oshibe – Commissioner for Lands and Survey now Commissioner for Ricemils Development.

5. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji – Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Ag. Commissioner for Human Capital Dev. And Monitoring now Commissioner for Information and State Orientation only.

6. Chief Emmanuel Uguru – Commissioner for Environment now Commissioner for Lands and Survey.

7. Comr. Jonah Egba – Commissioner for Solid Mineral Development now Commissioner for Environment.

8. Chief Donatus Njoku – Commissioner for Commerce and Industry now Commissioner for Solid Mineral Development…” 

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Gov. Sule condoles Maku’s family over the killing of nephew, niece

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Gov. Abdullahi of Nasarawa on Thursday commiserated with the family of the former Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, over the killing of his nephew and niece by unknown gunmen.
Sule, who was in Gudi, Akwanga Local Government area, to condole with the family on Thursday, vowed that his administration would spare no effort in tackling violent crimes in the state.
He said that the meeting of no fewer than 70 graded traditional rulers, heads of security agencies, and community leaders held on Wednesday in Lafia was a critical step toward checking violent crimes.
He prayed to God to grant the souls of the deceased officer and his sister rest.
Maku, a former minister of Information, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked the governor for the visit.
He called for sustained efforts to rid the state of criminal elements.
The Newsmen reports that unknown gunmen on Tuesday stormed the Gudi village residence of Mr. Usman Salisu-Maku, elder brother to the former minister, killed his son and daughter, Salisu Usman, and Sa’datu Usman.
Ramhan Nansel, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, who confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the slain  Salisu was a Superintendent in the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) serving in Nasarawa State, while Sa’datu was a pharmacist.
Nansel said that the gunmen also took away Mrs. Asma’u Usman, the wife of the deceased officer during the operation.
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FG moves to fund indigenous inventions

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to take a full inventory of all indigenous inventions and innovations for possible financial assistance.

Maryam Zakari, Press Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology made the disclosure in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement said Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi,  Minister of State for Science and Technology, disclosed this when he received a young Nigerian Inventor, Mr. Usman Dalhatu, in his office on Thursday, in Abuja.

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According to the statement, the president is also the Chairman of the Presidential Standing Committee on Inventions and Innovation (PSCII).

”President Buhari had also directed the Committee to identify credible research products with potentials to impact all areas of national life.

“Usman Dalhatu came to display to the Minister his inventions- medical ventilators and the sweeping machine,’’ the statement read.

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Abdullahi assured the young innovator of the support of the ministry and directed the agencies to broker a partnership with the young inventor so as to make his products globally competitive for exportation.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Usman Dalatu, said his inventions were environmentally friendly, cost-effective, elastic, and could be powered by solar energy.

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“ The ventilators can also be used in ambulances, armored tanks,’’ he said.

Dalatu had called on the Federal Government to assist in patronizing and promoting his products.

He said the products had gone through clinical trials for one week in Gombe, he added.

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NASS Commission clerk queried for rejecting retirement

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The National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) has queried the Clerk to the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani-Omolori for rejecting retirement by issuing a conflicting press release on Wednesday.

The query which was signed by the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi pointed out breaches of the public service rules occasioned by the press release.

The Clerk was given 24 hours to explain why disciplinary action would not be taken against him.

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Part of the query reads:

“The attention of the National Assembly Service Commission was drawn to a Press Release titled: “Retirement age for staff of the National Assembly Service is 40 years of Service or 65 years of age, whichever comes first” dated 15th July 2020 and signed by M.A Sani-Omolori, Clerk to the National Assembly.

“As you are very much aware, the Clerk to the National Assembly is an employee of the National Assembly Service Commission, vide Section 6(1)b of the National Assembly Service Act, 2014 (As amended).

“The Clerk to the National Assembly has no authority whatsoever to dictate anything to the Commission.

“Your press release is considered by the Commission as a gross insubordination to a constituted authority.

“You are, by this letter requested to explain to the Commission within twenty-four (24) hours as to why disciplinary action will not be taken against you as per the provision of Section 6(2)b of the National Assembly Service Act, 2014 (As Amended) for this gross insubordination.”

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