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Minna Tech. university appoints new registrar

By NewsDesk, 

The Federal University of Technology in Minna, has announced appointment of its Deputy Registrar and Secretary, Postgraduate School, Amos Kolo,  as new Registrar of the institution,  with directive to take charge of office by June.

The authorities announced the appointment in a statement signed by the university’s Public Relations Officer, Lydia Legbu, on Saturday in Minna.

According to statement, the appointment is with effect from June 12, 2018 and for a period of five years.

“This was conveyed in a letter signed by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, following Council’s approval at its 130th Special meeting held at the Main Campus of the University.

Kolo, who is presently a Deputy Registrar and Secretary, Postgraduate School, will be the 6th substantive registrar of the institution as he succeeds Mrs Victoria Kolo whose tenure ends on June 11, 2018.

NNPC announces senior staff appointment by OPEC

By NewsDesk,

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced appointment of its Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division, Mallam Kyari, as Nigeria’s National Representative to Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Through a statement released on Sunday by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, it disclosed that the appointment was made by Nigeria’s Head of Delegation to the OPEC Conference and Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu.

It noted that the position required Kyari to lead Nigeria’s team to the OPEC Economic Commission Board which precedes the bi-annual meetings of the OPEC Ministerial conference.

It indicated that the Board has the task of reviewing the global oil markets and make input from the perspectives of the individual member countries.

The statement explained that Kyari may also be required to provide support to Kachikwu and the OPEC Governor in the performance of Nigeria’s roles and participation in OPEC matters.

Kyari, a Geologist, has prerequisite certification in petroleum economics and crude oil and gas trading and within the last 26 years, he has traversed the entire value chain of the petroleum industry posting resounding performance in all his assignments and duty posts.

Under his watch, the Crude Oil Marketing Division has recorded noticeable transformation in the management and sales of the various Nigeria’s crude oil grades via an infusion of transparency and automation.

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.