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Updated: Kwara gov names 24-year-old lady adviser, sends eight nominees to assembly

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, on Tuesday forwarded names of eight nominees to the state House of Assembly for screening as his special advisers.

The list includes 24-year-old Adeyi Kaosarah as his Senior Special Assistant on Youth Engagement.

The Speaker, Yakubu Danladi, announced this to the House at the plenary.

Other nominees are Aliyu Kora-Sabi from Baruten Local Government area; Raji Razaq, Ekiti; Fatima Ariola-Lawal, Ilorin East and Saadah Maddibbo Kawu, Ilorin South.

Aliyu Muhammad-Saifudeen, Kaiama; Sulaiman Rotimi Iliasu, Moro and Wahab Femi Agbaje from Offa complete the list.

The governor said the selection of the nominees was in compliance with relevant sections of the Nigerian Constitution.

The speaker directed the nominees to submit 35 copies of their credentials to the office of the Clerk of the House before close of work on Wednesday and fixed the screening for Thursday.

A statement on Tuesday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, said Kaosarah would serve as Senior Special Assistant on Youth Engagement, if confirmed.

The governor, it added, nominated Hajia Fatima Jummai Audu as Special Adviser on Women Affairs.

Kaosarah, an author who is renowned for her extensive reach within the youth constituency, is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where she is mentor for the varsity’s empowerment beneficiaries.

A youth entrepreneur, her roles entail sharing practical examples with mentees; giving mentorship on entrepreneurship, and advising on how to manage school activities with their business goal-setting, planning and implementation.

The millennial is from Ojuekun Sarumi Ward of Ilorin West Local Government, according to the statement.

Kaosarah is the member representing Kwara State on Northern States Governors’ Forum Committee on Youth Engagements, Priorities and Inclusion in Governance.

She was also a member of the Kwara State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on EndSARS Protest (2020).

She was Vice President of the Faculty of Agriculture Students (UNILORIN, 2018) and Vice President of Nigerian Society for Environmental Conservation.

Jummai Audu, born in 1954, holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relation (MILR) and Bachelor of Arts in Education, both from the University of Ilorin.

She was state president of the National Council of Women Society; national secretary of the society; a member of the Federal Government’s Implementation Committee of N50bn Agric Loan Scheme; executive member of the All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria; and Director of Ajikobi Microfinance Bank Nigeria Limited.

She was at various times director of personnel management (DPM) in Edu, Ilorin East, Oke Ero and Isin local government areas.

Jummai, a retired teacher and one-time senatorial aspirant, is from Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State.

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JUST IN: Old naira: IMF asks FG, CBN to extend February 10 deadline

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called for the extension of the February 10 deadline to phase out the old naira notes.

The International monetary body made the call just after the Supreme Court had restrained the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) from enforcing the deadline.

The IMF, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by Laraba Bonet, said the plea was on the hardship Nigerians were exposed to over the issue.

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It said: “in light of hardships caused by disruptions to trade and payments due to the shortage of new bank notes available to the public, in spite of measures introduced by the CBN to mitigate the challenges in the banknote swap process, the IMF encourages the CBN to consider extending the deadline should problems persist  in the next few days leading up to the February 10, 2023 deadline”.

The IMF is the first international financial organisation to openly call for extension of the deadline for the deposit of old Naira notes.

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Cash crunch: Protesters defy police in Abeokuta, make bonfires on major roads

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Residents of Abeokuta, Ogun State, took to the streets on Tuesday protesting the scarcity of cash and the attendant pains.

Major streets affected by the protests are Aladesanmi, Fajol and Somorin in Obantoko area of Abeokuta as the protesters made bonfires and chanted anti-CBN songs
The Sapon branch of First Bank was also vandalised and the protesters tried to set it ablaze.
Ogun Police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the protest, saying police officers were on the ground to monitor the situation and prevent the destruction of property and loss of lives.
He said some group of boys were involved in the crisis.
The police later came to disperse the protesters but they regrouped as soon as the operatives withdrew from the scene.
The situation affected vehicular movement as motorists and pedestrians ran in different directions to avert being caught up in the chaotic situation.

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Court frees Diezani associate Omokore of $1.6bn fraud

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An Abuja federal high court on Tuesday discharged and acquitted Jide Omokore, chairman of Atlantic Energy Drilling Concepts Nigeria Limited, of $1.6bn fraud allegations.

Omokore, an associate of former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with Victor Briggs, Abiye Membere, and David Mbanefo on a 15-count charge on July 4, 2016.

They were accused of fraudulently diverting the $1.6bn said to be part of proceeds of sales of petroleum products belonging to the Federal Government.

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