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You goofed, Nigerians tell Akin Alabi over tweet on powers of CoS and vice president

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A member of the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi, and some social media users have disagreed over the powers of the Chief of Staff to the President in a democratic government.

Alabi, who represents Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency, had taken to his verified Twitter handle to comment on the controversy sparked by a photo of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to London to give the president a bill to sign.

Social media users have criticised Kyari, accusing him of usurping the powers of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

Some also justified their argument with the refusal of Buhari to hand over to Osinbajo while he was leaving the country on a three-week ‘private visit’ to London.

Twitter users labelled Kyari the Vice President on Administration while they also tagged Osinbajo as Vice President Academics, an appellation given to him by a media aide to Kano State Governor, Salihu Tanko Yanakasai aka Dawisu.

In his reaction discarding the argument of Kyari’s critics, Alabi tweeted:

“Whether you like it or not, in a presidential system of government (eg, US, Nigeria), the post of the Chief of Staff is more “powerful” than that of the Vice President. He is the assistant President. The Vice President is a stand in for the president.

“It is NOT the duty of the Vice President to take a bill to the president. It’s the job of an assistant. Like the Chief of Staff. The Vice President has been excellent performing his constitutional duties and the ones assigned to him.

“If the President decides NOT to see Vice President Osinbajo as a PA, which I don’t think he should, then I’m 100% in support of that. I understand the political agenda of the noisemakers but anyone ready to learn should learn.

“I don’t know whether there are problems between the Chief of Staff and the Vice President. Maybe there is. It’s politics and it happens everywhere. But with this bill signing issue, there is nothing out of the ordinary for the Chief of staff to bring a document for the president.”

Some staunch supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other social media users took exception to Alabi’s tweet, describing it as a false narrative.

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Demola Olanrewaju wrote:

“This is ridiculous by every known standard of democracy and worse coming from a national legislator. The Chief of Staff’s closeness to the person of the President cannot make him more powerful than the office of the Vice-President. This is 100% false in a presidential system.”

The federal lawmaker responded:

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A UK-based PDP supporter, Adetutu Balogun, also criticised the lawmaker over his comment.

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She tweeted:

A former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Odinkalu tweeted:

 

Some social media users also reacted to Akin Alabi’s stance on the issue.

 

 

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Police Service Commission dismisses 10 officers, demotes eight others

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The Police Service Commission (PSC) has dismissed 10 senior police officers and demoted eight others over cases of misconduct.

The Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Ani said the decision for the dismissal was reached during the three-week deliberations at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the commission that ended on July 1.

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He said those dismissed were one Superintendent of Police (SP), five Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP), and four Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP).

Those demoted were a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP),  a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), four Superintendents of Police (SP), one Deputy Superintendent of Police, and an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

“The commission also approved giving of severe reprimand for 16 officers and reprimand for 13 officers as well as issuing of letters of warning to four others.

“Two officers are to receive letters of advice while 11 others were exonerated.

“The commission in plenary looked into 83 disciplinary cases which included eighteen appeals and petitions,” he said.

The Newsmen reports that the commission also approved the promotion of 6,618 senior officers.

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Vodacom Nigeria gets new MD

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The board of Vodacom Business Africa (Nigeria) Limited has appointed Mr. Valentine Chime, as the new Managing Director for its operations.

The Newsmen reports that Vodacom Business Nigeria is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodacom Group.

A statement signed on Monday by Mrs. Onyinye Ago, Senior Account Executive, said Chime joins the Company from Aruwa Capital, a private equity company investing across West Africa.

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Ago stated that Chime would drive the Company’s vision of becoming Africa’s leading cloud and digital service provider.

She quoted Chime in the statement as saying “Vodacom Business Africa (Nigeria) Limited is well-known and very respected in the industry, and I look forward to taking up this mission.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and we are perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and technologies to our clients.

“We are about simpler, seamless solutions; I look forward to building on this and growing the business.”

Ago said that Chime had earlier held various C-suite positions in a number of portfolio companies in different sectors.

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JUST IN: WASSCE to commence August 4

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The Federal Government on Monday announced the date for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

At a briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba said the examination will hold from August 4th to September 5th 2020.

Nwajiuba added;

“From the 4th of August to the 5th of September. Parents please take note.”

Details shortly…

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