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South-West governors, ministers visit Sanwo-Olu, say Lagos attacks to weaken region’s economy

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South-West governors, accompanied by three ministers, on Sunday paid a visit to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu over the looting and burning of public property and institutions last week by suspected hoodlums.

The South-West governors led by its chairman, Rotimi Akeredolu, as well as the ministers commiserated with families of those that lost their lives and properties in the coordinated attacks.

They expressed shock at the extent of the destruction of public assets and private property by hoodlums in Lagos State, noting that the coordinated attacks on the state were an attempt to weaken the economy of the South-West region for some political reasons.

Sanwo-Olu took the governors and ministers round on an inspection of some vandalised areas, including Igbosere High Court, City Hall, DNA and forensic centre.

Akeredolu, who spoke at a joint press conference after the tour, likened the Lagos attack to a war zone, given the monumental destruction.

He said, “The regression into savagery exposed South-West’s vulnerability to manipulation by divisive elements bent on annihilating the region’s economic prosperity and destroying its common heritage.

“We are deeply concerned with the ease with which public buildings, utilities, police stations and investment of our people have been burnt despite the proximity of security agencies in those areas. The development leaves us with no other option than to believe that there may be other reasons for continued protests, well-coordinated and funded.

“We are particularly worried that 48 hours after the unfortunate incident at the Lekki tollgate by persons adorning military outfit, there has been no definitive statement from the military authorities on the incident. Our anxiety becomes heightened by the categorical denial of the Governor of Lagos State concerning the military deployment. No governor has powers to authorise deployment of military personnel in Nigeria.”

Apart from Akeredolu, other governors on the visit are Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo), accompanied by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; the Minister of State for Health, Olorunnimbe Mamowora; the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Industry, Trade and Development, Niyi Adebayo; Minister for Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare; Minister of State for Niger Delta, Omotayo Alasoadura, and Minister for Mines and Steel Development,  Olamilekan Adegbite.

Minister Fashola also said the visit was at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that words were not enough to describe the extent of the destruction wreaked by the arsonists.

He hailed Sanwo-Olu for his “untiring effort” to restore peace in the state, cautioning those posting inflammatory comments on the social media to desist from the act.

The minister called on all Lagos residents to unite and collectively address the cause of the violence.

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FG names Nwabuoku to oversee Accountant General Office  

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The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Mr Anamekwe Chukwunyere Nwabuoku to oversee the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF).

This follows the ongoing investigation of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) over N80 billion fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aliyu Ahmed, Permanent Secretary (Finance), Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying this in a letter dated May 20, 2022.

The appointment will be pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a statement by Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi, Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The statement also read in part, “Mr Anamekwe is expected to carry out his duty in strict compliance with extant rules and observe the highest sense of professionalism expected of an officer working at his level.

“Currently, he is director, Inspectorate Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, and presently he is overseeing the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.”

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56 people eating Nigeria like termites — Al Mustapha alleges

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Former Chief Security Officer to late military Head of State General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al Mustapha

…Says Nigerian soldiers have turned into a police

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Buhari appoints Semiu Adeniran new stastician general

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Semiu Adeniran as the Statistician General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics.

The appointment follows the demise of the former statistician general, Dr Simon Harry, on April 13, 2022, eight months into his five-year tenure.
A statement by Sufuyan Ojeifo, Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said, “Adeniran is a professional statistician of repute with bias for Demography and Social Statistics. He has over three decades of statistical hands-on experience garnered from various local and international institutions.”

“Until his appointment, Mr Semiu was the Director of Demographic and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics.”

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