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The Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider and rescind his directive on the removal of Dr. Nasiru Ladan Mohammed Argungu as the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment in the overriding national public interest.

The Upper Chamber also urged the President to direct an investigation into the causes of the frosty relationship between Dr. Nasiru Ladan Argungu and his supervisory Minister, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment and the impact of such frosty relationship on the implementation of the FG’s Special Works Programme.

The resolutions came following the consideration of a motion during plenary urging the Senate to appeal for the reversal or suspension of the presidential directive on the removal of Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu as the Director-General of the National Directorate of Employment. 
Recall that there was a shouting match between the senate committee on labour and Employment and the minister for Stae Labour Festus Keyamo which led to the senate ordering the public work project to be discontinued.
The supremacy battle was alleged to have continued like a cold war that may have resulted in the recent sack of the NDE boss.

Earlier, sponsor of the motion, Senator Hassan Hadejia (APC – Jigawa North East), while coming under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Standing Order, “notes with concern, reports on the removal of Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan Argungu as the DG, NDE attributed to a press statement of 8th December, 2020 issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu which indicates that the presidential directive on the removal of Dr Argungu as the DG, NDE on Friday, December 4th, 2020 took effect from Monday, December 7th, 2020;

He also observed further yhat there have controversies surrounding the removal of Dr Ladan Argungu as the Director-General, National Directorate of Employment (NDE) since the news of his removal began trending in the print and electronic media.
He insicated that while it is within the powers of the President as the custodian of executives powers of the Federal Government to a point and remove such caliber of appointees, the presidential directive on the removal of Dr. Argungu as the DG, NDE gave room for speculations in many quarters that some unpatriotic people are scheming to undermine and disrupt the implementation of the laudable Federal Government’s Special Works Programme.

“This is also capable of creating needless and avoidable leadership crisis at the NDE at this critical time that the Federal Government intends to leverage on the NDE to address the issues of unemployment and youth empowerment in the country

Hadejia observesed further that it is in the overriding public interest to reconsider and rescind the said presidential directive on the removal of Dr. Ladan Argungu as the DG, NDE to ensure leadership stability at the NDE.
He said, “It is expedient for smooth implementation of job creation. skill acquisition and the FG Special Works Programme aimed at benefitting the youths, many of whom are unemployed and remain restless in the streets, nationwide.”

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan in his remarks said that the National Assembly will continue to support the Social Intervention Programmes of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. 
According to Lawan, the various intervention programmes by the federal government seeks to reduce unemployment figures across the country. 

“My understanding of this motion is essentially to make the point that the Senate and, indeed the National Assembly, is in full support of the Social Public Works Programme. 

“The recruitment of 1000 people in each local government, which comes to 774,000 slots across the country, is one that we are in total support of, and will continue to do so. 

“We relate with people all the time and we know the need and imperative of such a Programme, and this administration is doing well with so many social intervention programmes and, therefore, we will continue to support such programmes.

“I think the problem is the dislocation, if I may use the word, that the sacking of the DG would cause.

“The NDE successfully implemented a pilot Programme in six states under the leadership of the DG, and if there are rifts between the DG and his Ministers, I think we should look at the benefits of getting this Programme implemented and resolve the issues that may characterize the relationship,” he said. 

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

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Major shakeup in Army as it redeploys 1,546 officers

In a major shake up in the Nigerian Army heirhachy the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has redeployed a total of 1,546 officers.
Those affected includes 210 generals, 450 Colonels, 309 Majors, 251 Captains and 322 Lieutenants.
This is coming against the backdrop of the agitation by Nigerians including the National Assembly for President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the service Chiefs, who have exceeded their stay in office.
According to the statement signed by Major-General GAT Ochigbano, all affected officers must take over from the effective dates.
“It is the responsibility of all formation/unit commanders whose officers are affected by this posting to implement accordingly,” the statement read.
“Officers must take over on the effective dates indicated. Formation/unit commanders are to take immediate administration action on any officer who fails to report on effective date of posting.
“Commanders will also be held for lapses in the implementation of the directives contained therein. Please acknowledge.”
Also affected in the redeployment is Major-General PI Eze, who was appointed Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Land Component Commander in the North East region.

According to the new postings, Maj.-Gen. FO Agugo, from the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps, Apapa, Lagos, has been moved to Defence Headquarters, as Chief of Defence Communications.
Similarly, Maj.-Gen. M. Mohammed was moved from the Nigerian Army Resource Center, Abuja, to Pronto Tech Nigeria Limited as Managing Director, while Maj.-Gen. AR Owolabi was moved from Defence Headquarters, Department of Communications, to Headquarters, Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander.
Major General Aminu Bande, was appointed substantive General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 Division Sokoto, while Maj.-Gen. IM Jallo was also confirmed as the GOC 6 Division, Port Harcourt.
Other appointments, according to the statement, included the redeployment of Maj.-Gen. E Akerejola to the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin, as Commandant, while Maj-Gen. UM Mohammed, remained in the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Special Adviser Nigerian Army University, Biu, and Vice Chairman, Nigerian Army Property Limited.
Maj.-Gen. Hussein Ahmed was confirmed as Provost Marshal and Maj.-Gen. AbdulKhalifa Ibrahim, as substantive GOC 7 Division/Commander, Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri.
All the postings and appointments are to take effect from January 18.

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Disability commission honors senator Izunaso with award of excellence

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The Executive Secretary/ Board Members of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities have conferred an award of excellence on senator Osita Izunaso, CEO Kpakpando foundation.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Public relations officer of the commission Dooshima Pius Ikerave.
The award the statement said is in recognition of his advocacy in the struggle for the passage and establishment of National Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

“On behalf of the Entire Disability Community we present this award of Excellence to distinguished senator Osita to appreciate his unrelenting, unending spirit of support towards the Disability Community at large.

“His commitment, passion and love for the community of persons with disabilities is never in doubt, as such it is our desire to improve on our existing partnership in serving persons with disabilities in Nigeria.”

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