Sunday, 26 June 2011

realstyles: A LIST of 37 nominees was on Friday sent to the La...

realstyles: A LIST of 37 nominees was on Friday sent to the La...: "A LIST of 37 nominees was on Friday sent to the Lagos State House of Assembly by Governor Babatunde Fashola for screening and approval as co..."
A LIST of 37 nominees was on Friday sent to the Lagos State House of Assembly by Governor Babatunde Fashola for screening and approval as commissioners and special advisers.
Six women are among the nominees while four commissioners who served in the immediate past administration made the list, which also include the Managing Director of the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA), Mr Tunji Bello.
Bello was the Commissioner for the Environment between 2003 and 2007.
The list also has four former special advisers who served under the Fashola administration between 2007 and May 29.
The women nominees are: Mrs Adebule Oluranti, Mrs Adesina Yewande, Mrs Disu Aderinola, Oguntuase Florence, Mrs Oladunjoye Olayinka and Mrs Oworu Senakpon.
Former Budget and Economic Planning Commissioner Benjamin Akabueze, his counterparts in the Health and Science & Technology Ministries, Dr Jide Idris and Dr Obafemi Hamzat, as well as Prince Adesegun Oniru, formerly of the Housing Ministry, are those who had served and being renominated for fresh appointments.
The former advisers are: Oyinlomo Danmole, Jimoh Ajao, Ade Ipaye, Ganiyu Johnson, Kayode Opeifa, while the fresh nominees include: Adetokunbo Abiru, Wale Ahmed, Olutoyin Ayinde, Dolapo Badru, Oladiran Folami and Ayo Gbeleyi.
Ahmed was spokesman for the rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until he joined the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), shortly before the general elections.
Others are: Oladisun Holloway, Babatunde Hunpe, Aderemi Ibirogba, Bosun Jeje, Gbolahan Lawal, Adebiyi Mabadeje, Cornelius Ojelabi, Seye Oladejo, Fatai Olukoga, Enitan Oshodi, Lateef Raji, Adebayo Salvador, Abimbola Sodipo and Taofik Tijani.
According to the memo attached to the list of 37 names sent to Speaker Adeyemi Ikofonji for consideration as members of the State Executive Council, are 21 commissioner-nominees, while the remaining 16 are to be made special advisers.
Some names published  in some newspapers yesterday as nominees are not in the list forwarded by the governor at the weekend.
A source said many of them are being considered for other appointments as chairman of boards and government agencies.
The governor urged the lawmakers to expeditiously screen the nominees, who he said would assist him in steering the ship of governance.
According to him, he arrived at the names after given due consideration to contending interests in the Centre of Excellence.

Boko Haram sect stormed drinking joint in Maiduguri

It was another day of tragedy yesterday as members of the Boko Haram sect stormed a drinking joint in the Maiduguri metropolis killing no fewer than 30 people even as fears heightened in Bauchi over rumour of fresh attack.

A source told Daily Sun that the members numbering about 10 had arrived at a popular drinking joint at Dala Kwamti around the Dala Alanderi area of the Borno State capital at about 6 pm in a convoy of two cars and started shooting sporadically. 

Another source also claimed the men rode to the area on motorcycles from different direction, to beat the heavy security in the city.
“I don’t think they came in a convoy of cars as suggested. They might have ridden on motorcycles from different directions to beat the soldiers and police at a junction close to the area. They started firing shots from different directions into the joint and there were many people there at that time because it was not dark yet,” a resident of the area told Daily Sun on telephone.

It was also gathered that the Vice Chairman of Ngala Local Government, Alhaji Baba Kamfut and two others were shot and killed on Saturday night. Details of the killing of Kamfut were sketchy as at Press time, but sources said he was killed in his residence within the metropolis.
Unconfirmed report claimed the second victim was killed on Sunday while sympathisers were at the deceased local government boss house to condole with his family. Gunmen were said to have stormed the place again and shot two; one of whom died on Sunday, the source claimed. 

Efforts to get official confirmation from the police as at Press time yielded no results. The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Abdullahi Lawal, could not be reached as his mobile line was unavailable.
Meanwhile, palpable fears yesterday gripped the residents of Bauchi metropolis over a rumour of fresh attack by Boko Haram. The fears were heightened as unconfirmed reports claimed yesterday that the group plans to attack parts of the Bauchi State capital.

Residents in Yelwa told Daily Sun that the Rafin Zurfi was one of the places slated for attack.
A resident, who opted for anonymity, said as a result of the news, the men in the area formed themselves into groups patrolling at night in order not to be taken unaware. Daily Sun learnt that the insecurity was believed to have been heightened by rumours that there had been a bomb explosion at Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area.

It turned out that there was no bomb explosion in the volatile Tafawa Balewa council headquatres, but a fire, which gutted the treasury department.“Bauchi is one of the states where Boko Haram had a running battle with the law enforcement agencies.“Such onslaught had led to the killing of many of the Boko Haram members and policemen. For instance, on July 26, 2099, the group had an all-night attack on Dutse Tanshi police station. Several members of the sect and two policemen were killed.

“On September 7, 2010, the group stormed Federal Prison in Bauchi and freed about 700 of their detained members facing trial. Innocent people had also been killed when the group carried out a spate of bomb attacks at Mammy Market in the 33 Artillery Brigade headquatres, Bauchi.“The group has also threatened more attacks and Bauchi is one of the states the Boko Haram wants Sharia law to be implemented as conditions for peace.”

Many people were considering the option of leaving the state en masse as a result of the insecurity if the situation does not improve. A week ago, a student of the Bauchi State-owned Polytechnic, Abba Abdullahi, was murdered on campus, prompting the students to protest against insecurity. However, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Barua, said the police were investigating the murder and assured the public that it would ensure protection of lives and property of citizens.

Barau could, however, not be reached to react to the news of the plan to attack some places as at Press time.
“There is actually, a threat to security that is why we must all be vigilant and secure yourself and property. It is only God that can save us for now,” another resident who said he was among those patrolling all night in Yelwa said.

Thursday, 16 June 2011