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4 ex-commissioners, 14 others make cabinet list in Kwara



Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Four former commissioners and 14 others have been listed as commissioner-nominees in a list sent to Kwara State House of Assembly by Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

This is contained in a letter from the governor and addressed to the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Danladi-Salihu which was read during Monday’s special plenary.

Reading the letter to his colleagues, the speaker said that AbdulRazaq complied with the Section 14, Sub-section 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Section 192, Sub-section 125 of the constitution.

The ex-commissioners who made the list are: Saadat Modibbo-Kawu- (Ilorin South), Senior Suleiman (Ilorin West), Olaitan Buraimo (Oyun) and Aliyu Sabi (Baruten).
Others on the list include: Abdulganiyu Abdulazeez, (Asa), Sheu Ndanusa (Edu), Afolasade Kemi (Ekiti) and Dr Segun Ogunsola (Ifelodun).

The list also include Abdulqowiy Olododo (Ilorin East), Hauwa Nuru (Ilorin West), Damilola Yusuf (Isin), Oloruntosin Thomas (Isin) and Bola Olukoju (Irepodun).
Abubakar Abdullahi (Kaiama), John Bello (Moro), Dr Amina Al-Imam (Offa), Dr Mary Ayinde (Oke-Ero) and Usman Yinusa (Patigi) also made the list.

The speaker directed all the nominees to submit 35 copies of their curriculum vitae to the Office of the Clerk before the close of work on Tuesday Aug. 15 for the screening to commence on Aug. 16.

The assembly also approved the governor’s request for the appointment of 10 Special Advisers following a letter it received on Monday.

AbdulRazaq while noting that the action is in accordance with Section 196 Sub-section 1 of the Constitution said that the appointment of loyal and committed individuals with right experience to serve will facilitate smooth and hitch-free governance.

The governor said this was desirable for distribution of dividends of democracy across the the state.

Also, the house urged the governor to direct the State Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to liaise with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), to urgently embark on a state-wide vaccination of livestock with Anthrax Spore Vaccines.

The call was sequel to a motion on notice titled: “Need for Urgent Control of Community Spread of Anthrax Pandemic in Kwara State ” sponsored by Razaq Owolabi, (APC/ Share/Oke-Ode).

The house implored the state government to direct the Ministry of Communication to embark on massive public awareness and sensitisation of the citizens on information about Anthrax epidemic.

They said the citizens need to be sensitised on how to practise and maintain personal and environmental hygiene as well as proper disposal of dead animals to present outbreak of Anthrax disease in the state.

The lawmakers also stressed the need for both ministries to improve surveillance on activities of cattle rearers and butchers by ensuring that quarantine officers of federal, state and local governments are alive to their responsibilities.

In their various contributions, the legislators who took turn to speak on the symptoms, infection and treatment of Anthrax called for concerted efforts to prevent its outbreak in Kwara.


Tribunal upholds Gov. Alia’s election



Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

The Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Makurdi on Saturday upheld the victory of Gov. Hyacinth Alia of the APC in the March 18 Governorship Election.

Delivering the judgment, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Ibrahim Karaye, held that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain pre election issues raised by the petitioners, Titus Uba and PDP.

Karaye, who read the unanimous judgment, stated that only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain issues bordering on pre-election matters.

He further said the petitioners’ case was also an abuse of court processes because the same case was filed by the petitioners before the Federal High Court Abuja Division and its judgment was not challenged by the petitioners.

He said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of the 2nd and 3rd respondents by the 4th respondent since they were not members of the 4th respondent.

Justice Karaye further said that the petitioners failed to prove their allegations of forgery against the 3rd respondent before the tribunal.

He said the 2nd and 3rd respondents were qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election and therefore, dismissed the case.

The petitioners, Titus Uba and the PDP, had dragged the respondents, INEC, Hyacinth Alia, Dr Sam Ode, and the APC before the tribunal, challenging their declaration by the INEC.

The petitioners argued that the 2nd and 3rd respondents, Gov Alia and Dr Ode, were at the time of contesting the election, not qualified to contest the March 18 Governorship Election.

They averred that the 4th respondent – the APC – did not follow the provisions of the law in the nomination of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates.

They also alleged that the 3rd respondent had presented a forged certificate to the 1st respondent, INEC, therefore, should be disqualified.

They, therefore, prayed among other things, for the nullification of their election and declare the petitioners as winners of the election, having scored second highest lawful votes.

The also contended that having not qualified to contest the election, their votes should be declared invalid and certificates earlier issued to them by INEC be withdrawn.

NAN reports that the petitioners in the suit did not challenge the result of the March 18 Benue Governorship Election but qualifications of the candidates.

However, the respondents in their counter arguments, urged the tribunal to dismiss the suit in its entirety as it was an abuse of court processes.

The respondents stated that the Federal High Court Abuja Division, had before the election, delivered judgment on the same matter which was filed by the petitioners but they did not appeal the judgment till date.

They also said that the issues raised were all pre election matter and only the Federal High Court had the exclusive jurisdiction to entertain same.

The 2nd and 3rd respondents clearly stated that since the prayers sought by the petitioners were all pre-election matters, the petitioners case was status bar and should be struck out.

They said the petitioners lacked locus standi to challenge the nomination of candidates of other political parties as they were mere meddlesome interlopers.

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LASTMA, others combat Ilupeju industrial fire outbreak



The operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and other emergency responders at early hour on Saturday combated an industrial fire outbreak at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass.

Mr Taofiq Adebayo, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, made the disclosure in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.

Adebayo stated that the industrial fire outbreak took place at Mega Plastics Company at No.4, Ilupeju Bypass beside Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ilupeju area of Lagos.

“The Traffic Officer of LASTMA, Mr Ayo Olaosebikan (Falcon) of Zone 21, confirmed that LASTMA rescue team arrived at the scene of the industrial fire outbreak around at 6:30a.m. before other emergency responders were contacted by LASTMA.

“Immediately we arrived at the scene of the industrial fire, we quickly informed other emergency responders particularly the Lagos State Fire, Rescue Services and the Nigerian Police.

“The causes of industrial fire could not be immediately ascertained, he said.
Olaosebikan noted that preliminary investigation revealed that the storage and factory section of the petrochemical company were seriously affected by the fire outbreak.

According to him, emergency responders on ground include Federal and State Fire Services, policemen and LASTMA Response Unit.

Olaosebikan said that neither injury nor death had been recorded.

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