Anambra appoints 100 Justices of Peace

By Agency Report, 

Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Anambra State, Anali Chude, on Thursday inaugurated 100 new members of Justice of Peace Corps in the state.

The ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Bernadette Nwadike made the disclosure in a statement issued in Awka on Thursday.

Chude said that the appointments as Justice of Peace Corps were reserved for people with unquestionable character and integrity.

Chude, who spoke at the swearing-in event said that those appointed should seek to promote and protect the rights of the masses within their jurisdiction, while outlining the duties of Justice of Peace to include issuance of warrant, bail, witnessing, affidavit swearing, certifying documents, statutory declaration and visits to police stations.

He admonished the candidates to uphold the confidence the government reposed on them and promote peace in order to move the state forward.

The Anambra State Chief Judge, Justice Peter Umeadi who conducted the swearing-in ceremony, commended the state government for painstakingly selecting the candidates, urging the candidates to be `Peace Officers’ in their respective communities.

Umeadi announced that another batch of the 2017/2018 would be inaugurated in March.

Lagos Tin-Can port new customs controller assumes office, hits ground running

By Abdulwaheed Usamah,

As part of efforts toward ensuring that sea ports are not hindered by over burden of human factors and other issues, the Customs Area  Controller (CAC), Muhammed Musa, newly deployed to Lagos Tin-Can Port, has hit ground running immediately after assuming office, with assurance to build legacies on his predecessor, Bashar Yusuf, achievements.

As gathered,development came on heels of recent re-deployment of senior officers by Nigerian Customs Service, aimed at re-jigging the service for a sustained functionality.

It was learnt that Musa took over the office on Thursday from Yusuf who was to begin another duty as Comptroller Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) Ruling Centre.

Through a statement released from the office,the controller was said to have promised to build on legacies of his predecessor in all ramifications and called for the support of all critical stakeholders in the task ahead.

According to the statement, Musa is a highly disciplined officer and gentleman, and  knowledgeable in customs modernization procedures and therefore posses requisite competence to deliver on his mandate.

” Musa was born in 1964 and enlisted into the Nigeria Customs Service as Cadet Officer in 1990 and has served in various capacities which includes but not limited to Zone ‘A’ Headquarters in 2005 – 2006, Tariff and Trade headquarter’s department from 2011 to 2017, Post Clearance Audit (PCA) where he was in-charge of System Audit.


Ambode adjusts cabinet, appoints new commissioner for information, others

By Adewunmi Abodunrin,

As an indication that governments at all levels are prepared to fast-track development of citizens across Nigeria, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has reshuffled his cabinet with appointment of new executive members including Commissioner for Information and Strategy.

Aside appointment of the governor’s former Special Adviser, Communities and Communication, Kehinde Bamigbetan, as commissioner for Information and Strategy, that of other member of the state’s executive, Ambode also laid off three commissioners who were believed to have under performed in their areas of specialties. 

Through a statement issued on Thursday by Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, the governor listed three affected cabinet members who were Commissioner for Ministry of Physical Planning Urban Development, Anifowoshe Abiola; Commissioner for Ministry of Science and Technology, Femi Odubiyi and Commissioner for Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture, Adebimpe Akinsola.

From the governor’s list, after appointment of Bamigbetan, Segun Banjo was appointed as Special Adviser for Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget,  Olayinka Oladunjoye to be in charge of Ministry of Commerce and Industry; while Hakeem Fahm would serve at Ministry of Science Technology; and Ladi Lawanson, for Ministry of Transportation;.

On same development, the state governor also deployed Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development;  Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development; Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture; Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment.

Others included: “Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

“Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser, Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

According to the statement, Special Adviser Sports, Deji Tinubu, has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Anofiu Elegushi moved from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

“The new commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.

“The new appointments and redeployment are geared towards creating a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Governor Ambode administration”, it stated.

Lagos appoints new Public service staff centre boss

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

The Lagos State Government has confirms appointment of Senukon Ajose-Harrison as substantive Director-General of the Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), in Magodo.

Ajose-Harrison became Acting Director-General in May following retirement of the immediate past Director-General, Olubunmi Fabamwo.

Prior to her appointment, she was director, Planning and Research, a post she occupied after her 20 years service at the centre.

The state government, in a statement made available on Wednesday through its social media, stated that Ajose-Harrison, a seasoned human resources management professional and consummate capacity building expert, would pilot affairs

Ajose-Harrison is an alumnus of the Universities of Ibadan and Lagos where he obtained both the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Sociology and a Masters in Industrial and Labour Relations (MILR) respectively.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), a Chartered Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), a member of the Nigerian Industrial Relations Association (NIRA), and the Nigerian Institute for Training and Development (NITAD).

Edo Governor appoints seven Special Advisers

By Newsdesk

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has appointed seven Special Advisers, to strengthen governance in the state.

Obaseki listed the appointees as Prof. Julius Ihonvbere as Chairman, Strategic Planning Team, Governor’s Office, Osaro Idah as Special Adviser on Political and Community Matters and Crusoe Osagie as Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy.

Others were Joe Okojie as Special Adviser, Agriculture and Food Security Programme, Joseph Eboigbe as Special Adviser on Economic and Development Planning, Gowon Yakubu, Special Adviser on Special Duties and Dr. Joan Oviawe, Special Adviser on Basic Education.

The Governor in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie on Wednesday, described that their appointment as call to duty.

He argued that the appointments were in line with promise made during his interview with newsmen after the Appeal Court judgement in Edo State, announcing major political appointments in his administration.

Additionally, the statement divulged that the appointments were a call to duty, sacrifice and leadership for the new Special Advisers. The inauguration ceremony, the statement disclosed, would hold at the EXCO chambers of the Edo State Government House on Friday, June 23.

Enugu Governor decorates former CSO with ACP rank

By Emeka Ibemere

The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has decorated his former Chief Security Officer (CSO), and elevated him to rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police.

Fidelis Ogarebe, was promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police by the hierarchy of the Nigerian Police Force and was posted to Enugu State Police Command as the new ACP in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Governor Ugwuanyi, who performed the function with the assistance of heads of security agencies in the state, congratulated ACP Ogarebe on his promotion, adding that it was done on merit; given the creditable services that he has rendered to the Force and to the nation. The governor noted that the promotion did not only come as an encouragement but also a call to greater dedication, responsibility and commitment in the performance of his duties, for the benefit of the society.

While thanking ACP Ogarebe for the worthy services that he has rendered to Enugu State, especially in his period of service as his Chief Security Officer, the governor wished him success in his new assignment as well as more promotions as he continues to serve the nation with dignity and integrity.

ACP Ogarebe appreciated God for the elevation and thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for giving him the opportunity to serve Enugu State as his Chief Security Officer. APC Ogarebe who noted that Ugwuanyi was the first governor to decorate an Assistant Commissioner of Police, stated that the promotion was on merit, adding that it gives him joy to attain the new status in his career after a period of about ten years on one rank.

He promised to discharge the responsibilities of his assignment diligently to the best of his ability to ensure that Enugu State remains one of the safest states in the country.

OPEC appoints Nigerian board Chairman

By Newsdesk

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) on Friday, announced the appointment of Olusegun Adekunle as the Alternate Chairman of the Economic Commission Board.

Adekunle was before this appointment Nigeria’s representative to the organisation.

The Commission is saddled with the responsibility of writing reports and making recommendations to the Conference of OPEC Oil Ministers on oil prices and other economic issues. Aside this, It also assists OPEC in promoting stability in international oil prices at equitable levels

OPEC made the announcement in a statement released in Abuja on Friday by Idang Alibi, Director Press Ministry of Petroleum Resources

“In a welcome development, OPEC announced the appointment of Nigeria’s Mr Olusegun Adekunle as the Alternate Chairman of the 127th OPEC Economic Commission Board. Dr Ibe Kachikwu expressed delight at the development while congratulating Adekunle and urging him to continue to work hard to justify the appointment and make Nigeria proud,’’ Alibi said in the statement.

Pope Francis appoints Nigerian priest head catholic diplomatic mission to Ireland

By Newsdesk

A Nigerian priest, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, has been appointed by Pope Francis as apostolic nuncio to Ireland for the first time.

A papal nuncio or Apostolic nuncio is a permanent diplomatic representative (head of diplomatic mission) of the Church to a state or to an international intergovernmental organizations

Archbishop Okolo was born in 1956 and ordained a priest in 1983 who is now in his 60s is due to take up the role during the summer after relocating from Kano, Nigeria.

The priest, who holds a doctorate in canon law, speaks Igbo, English, French, Italian, Czech, Spanish and German. And his first assignment in the Diplomatic Service of the Church  was in Sri Lanka.

He then went on to become a pontifical representative in Hati, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Australia and the Antillean Islands.

Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, who disclosed the appointment of the archbishop said: “I warmly welcome the appointment by His Holiness Pope Francis of Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland and I wish him many blessings in his new role.”

Martin explained that Okolo’s experience in priest diplomatic services should be brought to bear in his new mission.

“Archbishop Okolo’s rich experience in the diplomatic service of the Holy See means that he brings many gifts to bear on his new mission in Ireland. I pray that his time among us as the representative of the Holy Father will be blessed and fruitful,” he said.

The outgoing papal nuncio to Ireland Charles Brown will move to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post.

Buhari nominates Prof. Momoh as NERC chairman

By Wasiu Junaid

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. James Momoh to Senate for confirmation as Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The nominee, Momoh, is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; and Director of Energy Services and Controls at Howard University, United States of America.

Buhari strongly believes that Prof Momoh has the technical knowledge, capacity and integrity to lead the Commission’s effort to bring about the much needed change in Nigeria’s power sector.

Momoh, who has over three decades of teaching and research experience in power system, smart grid, optimisation and power communications, is also a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Fellow of the Nigeria Society of Engineers.

The 1987 recipient of the National Science Foundation-US White House Presidential Young Investigator Award is a widely published scholar and has held several professional leadership positions in the academia.

Prof Momoh has a Doctorate degree in electrical engineering from Howard University; Master’s degrees in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania; and electrical engineering from Carnegie University.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from Howard University.

End of career for Fox’s decades, top host after sexual harassment allegation intensifies

By NewsDesk, with Agency report

Career of a seasoned decades top US star cable news company, Twenty-First Century Fox, host, Bill O’Reilly, came to an end as the media organization parted ways with the aced journalist following allegations of sexual harassment,

The cable news company announced on Thursday that after a thorough and careful review of  allegations, the organization and O’Reilly agreed that ousted former host would not be returning to the Fox News Channel.

It was gathered that the decision, had took place after advertisers begun to flee his show, and that it ended a more than 20-year career at Fox News for O’Reilly, a best-selling author as well as one of the most popular commentators on U.S. television.

In an internal memo to star cable News employees seen by newsmen, the Executive Chairman, Twenty-First Century Fox, Rupert Murdoch, described O’Reilly as one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news.”

Murdoch also wrote that the company is committed to fostering a work environment built on  values of trust and respect.

O’Reilly, who has been off the air on vacation since April 11, said in a written statement he was proud of the unprecedented success at Fox.

“It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” O’Reilly said in the statement, which was emailed by crisis communications expert Mark Fabiani.

The Fox management said that the ace journalist would be replaced in his prime-time lineup by Fox host Tucker Carlson.

His replacement show had been moved earlier in 2017 to replace program of an host, Megyn Kelly, another Fox News star who left for NBC in January.

Recently, media reported that Fox and O’Reilly paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims and the people who received settlements either worked for O’Reilly or appeared as guests on his program.

O’Reilly said in a statement at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from the controversy.

O’Reilly’s show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” is the top-rated show on Fox News.

According to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media, it brought in $147.13 million in advertising revenue in 2016. By comparison, Twenty-First Century Fox’s last fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2016, brought in a total of $7.65 billion in advertising revenue.

“The O’Reilly Factor” has been the most watched program on Fox News and was coming off the highest-rated first quarter in its history, averaging 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

But after the New York Times report, advertisers including BMW of North America, Allstate Corp, French pharmaceuticals maker Sanofi SA and T. Rowe Price, pulled their advertising from O’Reilly’s show.

O’Reilly’s exit, which was first reported by New York magazine, follows that of former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was forced to resign in July after being accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women, including former anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Kelly was also one of the accusers and detailed Ailes’ behavior in her best-selling book, “Settle for More.” Ailes has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing..

Twenty-First Century Fox had tapped the law firm Paul, Weiss Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, which also looked into the allegations against Ailes, to investigate O’Reilly’s conduct.

Investors seemed to take the news in stride. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended Wednesday’s trading on the Nasdaq down less than 1 percent at $30.39 and analysts said the network’s viewers would likely remain loyal.

O’Reilly’s departure will not affect Twenty-First Century Fox’s overall profitability, said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research.

“They could literally go dark during the time his program airs and they would still be profitable,” said Wieser.

A bigger issue for investors is what the Murdochs will do to prevent the company being in the headlines again just a few months from now, Wieser said. “That’s bigger than O’Reilly,” he said. “The cultural issue is a big issue.”