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Ambode’s cabinet list out this week

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Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, may announce members of his cabinet this week.

It was gathered that 15 names have been pencilled to head some of the 20 ministries in the state. The state Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, will head the education ministry.

Adebule, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Islamic Studies (1992), also has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies (1997), both from the Lagos State University.

Ambode, soon after his inauguration on May 29, had announced Mr. Tunji Bello as Secretary to the State Government; Mr. Samuel Ojo as the Chief of Staff; Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye as his Principal Private Secretary; and Mr. Habib Aruna as his Chief Press Secretary.

A source close to Ambode, who spoke on condition of anonymity, noted that barring last minute changes, a former representative of Ikorodu Constituency II at the state House of Assembly between 2011 and 2015, Mrs. Modupe Akinsola, may step in as Commissioner for Tourism.

Also, erstwhile Special Adviser on Central Business District to former Governor Babatunde Fashola, Folarin Coker, has been purportedly named to serve as Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development.

Similarly, another former Special Adviser (Rural Development) to Fashola, Paul Kalejaiye, is said to have been named as the incoming Commissioner for Agriculture. Kalejaiye, a two-time House of Representatives aspirant, was a prominent member of Ambode’s campaign team.

In the same vein, Mrs. Lola Akande, is said to have been named as the would-be Commissioner of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Akande, who gave up her ambition for House of Representatives membership, served as Deputy Majority Leader in the Lagos House of Assembly, where she represented Ikeja Constituency II from 2007 to 2015.

The Managing Director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, is believed to be the incoming Commissioner for Transportation.

The source also revealed that a former Senior Special Assistant to Fashola, Mr. Mohammed Kabiru, would be among the new commissioners.

Others said to be on the appointees’ list include two-time Special Adviser to Fashola on Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ganiyu John (Ministry of Works and Infrastructure); former Senior Special Assistant to Fashola on Public Affairs, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku (Ministry of Information and Strategy); former aide-de-camp to APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Gbolahan Lawal (Ministry of Environment); and a former Special Adviser to Fashola on Political and Legislative Powers from 2007 to 2011, Mr. Abdullateef Abdulkareem (Ministry of Home Affairs).

The Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Mr. Sulaimon Oriyomi, also known as Oris, was also said to have been named as the Commissioner of Local Government and Community Affairs.

It was further learnt that a member of Ambode’s governorship transition committee, Prof. Ademola Abass, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees at King’s College, London, would head the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.

Others said to have been considered to head ministries include a former representative of Amuwo-Odofin Constituency II (2011-2015), Ms. Ramotallahi Akinola-Hassan; erstwhile Deputy Director-General of Ambode’s campaign organisation, Mr. Kazeem Adeniyi; and a former Special Adviser to Fashola on Parastatals Monitoring, Mr. Adekunle Salvador.

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Deborah Samuel: Gov Tambuwal relaxes curfew

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew he imposed on the state capital following violent protest over the arrest of some youths allegedly involved in the killing Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Isah Bajini, said the revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township.

The statement noted that “Sequel to the briefing by the security heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”

Recall that following the lynching of the 200-level student for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed, the State’s police command arrested some persons linked to the incident.

However, a large number of Muslim boys who were angered by the arrest, stormed the streets in the State on Saturday, demanding the release of the suspects.

The development, which triggered tension in several parts of the State, made the Governor to impose the curfew.

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Arsonists burn down LG secretariat, Magistrate Court in Anambra

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Suspected arsonists have burnt down Idemili North Local Government secretariat in Ogidi and a Magistrate Court in the area.

Sources said the arsonists entered the premises on Sunday night to perpetuate the act, burning down all files, properties in the secretariat, including the secretariat building.

Videos and pictures circulating online showed that the entire buildings were reduced to rubbles, while vehicles parked inside the Local Government secretariat were also burnt to ashes.

The State Police Command has also confirmed the development, attributing it to unidentified arsonists.

DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the spokesperson of the State Police Command said: “Yes, the incident was confirmed, and our men were there to restore normalcy.

“Right now, the fire has been put off, and calm has been restored to the area,” Ikenga said.

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National Assembly transmits amended Electoral Act to Buhari

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The National Assembly has transmitted the amended Electoral Act 2022 to the Presiden Muhammadu Buhari for assent.

The bill was transmitted to the Presidency on Friday.

Sources in the Presidency and the National Assembly confirmed the transmission.

A source in the Presidency, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he had not been authorised to announce the development officially, said, “Yes, it has been transmitted. But wait till Monday when it may be announced when the President will sign it.”

Another source in the National Assembly said, “It was transmitted on Friday. I needed to confirm it before saying anything.”

It was further learnt that Buhari would sign the amendment ahead of primaries of political parties beginning next week.

The Senate and the House of Representatives had last week passed an amendment to the Act to recognise statutory delegates at primaries, congresses, and conventions of political parties.

The lawmakers particularly amended Section 84(8) of the Act to provide automatic or statutory delegates, ahead of the forthcoming party primaries, from where candidates would emerge for the 2023 general elections.
In March, the National Assembly had passed the bill for the Act while the President signed it into law.

While political parties are close to conducting primaries to elect candidates for the 2023 general elections, the Act did not allow members elected into public offices and executives of the parties, known as statutory delegates, to participate and vote in the conventions, congresses, or meetings of parties.

The chambers had described the omission as “a fundamental error.”

Without the provision by the law, Buhari; the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); members of the National Assembly, governors and their deputies, members of the State Houses of Assembly, chairmen of local government areas, councillors, executives of political parties, amongst others, would have been disenfranchised.

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