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Edo: NIS issues 6,097 international passports in 2019

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The Edo Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) said it issued 6,097 international passports to applicants in the first quarter of 2019.

The Comptroller of NIS in the state, Mr Kayode Eniolorunda, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Saturday.

Eniolorunda added that the command also issued 275 ECOWAS Travel Certificates and 12 Combined Expatriate Resident Permit and Alien Card (CERPAC) within the period.

According to the comptroller, the command recorded one Regularisation of Stay and Regularisation of Migration with four arrivals and four departures in the quarter.

He told NAN that the command had continued to witness tremendous growth and improvement in its responsibilities with direct bearing on the citizens of the state.

He stated that at the moment, it takes only 48 hours to process and produce international passports.

According to him, this has led to a significant improvement in passport application.

Eniolorunda added that the fight against Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants (SoM) had excelled due to the effective collaboration of the command’s irregular migration section and other stakeholders.

He said that the command had observed the presence of unskilled artisans in some strategic areas within the state capital, especially around the various by-passes leading in and out of the state capital.

He explained that the command was currently working closely with the Edo Government to redress the situation before it became a menace.

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Kaduna: Governor scraps three ministries, replace with new ones

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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai, has created three new ministries and scrapped three others.

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A statement by spokesperson to el-Rufai, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said the restructuring did not increase the number of ministries beyond the 14 that existed in the first-term, as the governor only signed an Executive Order creating three new ministries, while abolishing three ministries and amending the mandates of three others.

The statement read: “In a major rejig of the governance structure, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has signed an Executive Order to create and restructure ministries in Kaduna State.
The order abolishes the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism, the Ministry of Rural & Community Development and the Ministry of Water Resources. It amends the mandates of the ministries responsible for local government, women and social development, works and sports.

“The newly created ministries are Business, Innovation and Technology; Housing & Urban Development and Internal Security and Home Affairs.

“Ministries with amended or expanded mandates include: Human Services and Social Development; Public Works and Infrastructure and Sports Development.”

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Bauchi: Three APC members vying for the post of Speaker

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Three members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are vying for the speaker’s seat, ahead of the inauguration of the 9th Bauchi State House of Assembly on Monday.

However, there is conflict of interest over which senatorial zone should produce the Speaker.

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – led government might play a key role in determining who would become the next Speaker.

According to The Nation, PDP doesn’t have the numerical strength to produce the Speaker in the state. It has just eight members in the Assembly while the APC has the majority of 22, leaving the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) with just a member.

The PDP is however throwing its weight behind one of the top contenders, Abubakar Suleiman, a new member representing Ningi Constituency in Bauchi Central Zone. The other two contenders are former Speaker Kawuwa Shehu Damina, representing Darazzo Constituency. He is said to be optimistic of being returned.

But there is also the Majority Leader, Hon. Tijanni Muhammad Aliyu, representing Azare / Mangala Constituency.

A source familiar with the power- sharing formula for the emergence of a Speaker said the PDP is not comfortable with the former Speaker returning due to his antecedents in the immediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar.

The source who spoke in confidence said: “Since the Governor Bala Mohammed is from Bauchi South, his Deputy Sule Audu Katagum is from Bauchi North, the Speaker’s seat has been zoned to Bauchi Central Senatorial Zone.

“The outgoing Speaker is from Darazo Local Government Area in Bauchi Central, the Majority Leader, Hon. Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu, is from Bauchi North, and Abubakar Suleiman is from Ningi Constituency.

“Though the former Speaker is from Bauchi Central, the governor is not comfortable with him due to his antecedents in the immediate past administration of Mohammed Abubakar, so the governor is throwing is full weight behind the man from Ningi.”

The source however clarified with the power- sharing formula; someone from Bauchi Emirate will not emerge as Speaker since the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Muhammad Sabiu Baba and the Governor are both from Bauchi Emirate in Bauchi Central.

He said further with the power- sharing formula, the choice of speaker remains in Bauchi Central but must definitely be from another local government, which is not part of Bauchi Emirate.

“The outgoing speaker is from Darazzo local government in Bauchi Central and Darazzo is also part of Bauchi Emirate.That is why PDP don’t want him.

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Ibadan traditional rulers at loggerhead

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Ibadan Obas have faulted the insistence of the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji that this year’s masquerade festival must be according to his directive instead of following the tradition of the ancient city. According to the Ibadan Obas, comprising the members of Olubadan-in-Council, who were promoted from high chiefs and the promoted Baales, “there’s no tradition restricting the masqueraders to specific places as stated by the Olubadan”.

In a statement signed by the Personal Assistant/Director of Media and Publicity to the Olubadan, Mr. Adeola Oloko, Oba Adetunji had on Sunday directed that “only the Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and the Olubadan of Ibadanland would be entertained by the masqueraders”.

But, the Otun Olubadan, who is next in rank to the first class monarch, Oba Lekan Balogun, said the directive by Oba Adetunji was against the tradition.
He stressed that the senior members of the Olubadan-in-Council must be entertained by the masqueraders in line with the tradition of the annual festival.

Oba Balogun, in a statement he issued on behalf of other Obas yesterday, maintained that the Ibadan Obas had the assurances of the custodians of the masquerade festival that they would not defy the tradition to please the Olubadan, who ordinarily should be the prime custodian of the festival.
Subsequently, the Otun Olubadan said he would receive the masqueraders in his Aliiwo family house tomorrow by virtue of his position as the next in rank to the Olubadan, who was supposed to be entertained by the masqueraders in his Popoyemoja Palace yesterday to kick-start the annual festival.

Equally, the Balogun of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin, would play host to the masqueraders on Saturday, according to Oba Balogun, who said at each of the visits by the masqueraders, all other Obas, as well as the recognized Mogajis of Ibadanland, would be on the seat.

The Ibadan Obas, however, aligned themselves with the charge on the masqueraders and their supporters by Oba Adetunji to eschew violence.

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Lagos: Babajide Sanwo-Olu says he is losing weight, barely a week as governor

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Barely a week after resuming as Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the experience in office has caused him to lose weight.

Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, on Friday, he predicted that he would lose more weight because of the amount of challenges he has ahead of him.

Asked to describe his experience after a week in office, he said: “Well, the experience is real, it got to show that the challenges are real, they are there, it’s not a tea party. You don’t sleep and wake up and the traffic has gone down. You don’t sleep and wake up and there is no rain and that you’ve resolved Apapa gridlock, it’s real.

“So, it’s something that has psychologically prepared one. So, the best thing to do is to ensure that you are not about looking for what the other person did but it’s for Lagosians to seeing you do what you said you are going to do for them.

“You don’t do it from the office, you have to do it from the road, you have to do it so that people will see and truly know that you mean business.

“I dare say that I have lost weight and probably I will loose a little bit more but I think it’s worth the job entails and is to also ensure that you have the right team of people that would also support you.

“So, when as a leader, you show that leadership support, then the message itself will trickle down and trickle down very well and that is why we have to take that very bold idea and you’re going to see a lot.”

The governor, who had earlier in the day participated in a security meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said averred that state chief executives have the responsibility to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.

He added: “Security is everybody’s businesses but as a governor we also have a major responsibility to ensure that as number one security officer of the state, security of lives and properties is also paramount as the chief executive officer of a state.

“But beyond the fact that everybody has some responsibilities or the other, just as a father has his kids, a wife has to her children as managing director has to his staff, so the state Governor also has to the entire state.

“So, It’s a work in progress for us as a state and for me in particular, it’s something that I take very seriously. We are not just to be mouthing it but we make sure that we put resources in place and strategies.

“We’ve been talking about domesticating and pushing part of the initiatives around security trust fund that we’ve done. We will continue to engage, and continue to identify what are the sources, what are the underlining issues that is bringing about it. Are they economic? Is it more than that? So that we will also attack the root cause.

“It is something that for us as a government that is looking for investors, we certainly must continue to be in a position where we can give confidence to all our investors that it’s a safe haven to come and invest.

“So, for me it’s important, it’s paramount and I thank Mr President for calling us to have this conversation.”

On kidnapping and banditry in the south west and governors quest for cooperation with the federal government to curtail the menace, Sanwo-Olu affirmed that the process was ongoing.

“It’s still work in progress and we have a south west leader who I am sure has also addressed the press on the matter. I don’t want to be at the risk of preempting what that body will do. Let us wait for them to come up with a proper action plan at the regional level and let’s see what solution it will come with,” he said.

Also speaking on the nagging Apapa gridlock, the Lagos state government assured that something was being done about it.

According to him, “It’s a work in progress. If you go to Lagos now, you will see that they have started clearing it. So for us, it’s not just to do it but to ensure that we sustain it. So, sustainability is critical.

“It’s to build a model where it’s sustainable and we are also involving the big players we are also discussing with them – the shippers council, the shipping lines, NPA, NIMASA and all of them that are stakeholders in the conversations around port utility. We are settling it. We will continue to engage ourselves and come up with a sustained resolution not just a one off.”

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