The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reshuffle his cabinet, saying time is running out and most Nigerians are yet to experience the change promised by the administration.
Wabba who spoke exclusively to Leadership Sunday at the weekend said after two years in the saddle, most ministers have not lived up to expectation, stressing that there was need for the president to bring in fresh minds with new ideas.
The NLC president who did not specify which of the ministers to be removed also said President Buhari’s absence has slowed down the implementation of the new minimum wage.
He said now that Buhari is back from his medical vacation, Nigerian workers are expecting a speedy process of implementing the new minimum wage.
He said, “We join other Nigerians in welcoming President Buhari back from the over 100 days medical vacation abroad. There are a lot of expectations from Nigerians and that is why the anxiety is high when he was actually billed to return.
“This arose from the fact that the process has not been fast as expected. Most of the processes have been very slow. This I think was due to the fact that consultation has to go on. Even the then Acting President at a point needed to consult, especially when looking at the challenges in the economy and also considering that as workers, we have lots of expectation.
“You are aware that the issue of minimum wage is very topical while there was a pronouncement to constitute the committee, they have requested for our list which we have sent. Therefore, the committee needs to be inaugurated so that the process can go on.
On the need to reshuffle the cabinet, Wahab said, “I think also there is high expectation in how to rejuvenate the machinery of government, especially looking at the performance of the ministers and some political appointees. I think usually in the life of any administration, halfway down the line will be enough time to assess their performance and then assess the impact that they put into the system.
“Most Nigerians expect that there is the need to add impetus to governance and looking at key sectors and ministries. There are some that have done well, but some have not done well so there is expectation that the cabinet be reshuffle and be able to inject new ideas”.
Makinde appoints Owoseni, former Lagos, Benue Commissioner of Police, Special Adviser.
Former Commissioner of Police in Lagos and Benue States, Mr. Fatai Owoseni has been appointed by the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, as his Special Adviser on Security Matters.
The Governor, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, approved the appointment, which took effect from August 1.
The statement indicated that Owoseni’s appointment falls in line with the recognition of security as one of the four pillars of the Makinde administration in Oyo State.
Governor Makinde had also promised to unveil a new security architecture for the state before his first 100 days in office.
The Governor, in the letter of appointment, wished Mr. Owoseni, who has been working as a security consultant since his retirement from the police after 35 years of meritorious service, success in his new assignment.
Governor Makinde also urged Owoseni to discharge his duties with absolute loyalty and dedication.
The retired Commissioner of Police was born on August 17, 1962. He retired from the Nigeria Police with the enviable rank of Commissioner of Police earlier this year.
Owoseni, a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and a Diploma in Police Management (DPM) from the University of Jos, as well as several certificates in police and professional courses at the local and international levels, began his police career in the early 80s.
He rose through the ranks as an Inspector of Police and became the Commissioner of Police in charge of General Investigations at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Abuja.
He also served as the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, the commercial capital/nerve centre of Nigeria, which has a Police strength of over 30,000 personnel, the highest in the country.
He was reputed to have served more than two years on the Lagos hot seat, ranking among the five longest-serving (out of about 35) Commissioners of Police, who had served in the State.
While on his tour of duty in Lagos, he effectively harnessed and utilised the available human and material resources to ensure the safety of lives and properties as well as providing the enabling environment for the social and economic development of the former Nigerian Federal Capital city.
He was subsequently deployed to Benue State at the height of the Herdsmen and Farmers clashes and he was reputed to have recorded remarkable achievements towards quelling the spate of violence in the food basket state.
He equally served as Commissioner of Police (Administration), at the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, where he made immense contributions especially by ensuring the success of the collaborations between the UNDP and the Police towards the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.
It is also on record that Owoseni contributed immensely to the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2015 general elections particularly in the areas of personnel training and writing/production of “Handbook on guidelines for Police Officers deployed on election duties,” (the first time ever in the Police).
The retired Commissioner of Police also served as an Expert on Mission and Seconded Staff (at managerial level -P5 position) to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), while he made significant input (UN Police Component) into the United Nations Security Council Resolution on UNAMID, including the different levels of support programmes offered to the African Union by the United Nations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN-DPKO).
The statement indicated that the newly-appointed Special Adviser on Security Matters is expected to bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades through many local and international assignments to bear on the security situation in the Pacesetter State.
Sanwo-Olu to Inaugurate Cabinet Tuesday
Lagos State Executive Council will be fully inaugurated on Tuesday, according to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Governor said he would not delay the swearing-in of Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates already cleared by the State House of Assembly. He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of retired top civil servants under the aegis of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS).
Sanwo-Olu assured that the wheel of governance would be in full gear before the end of the coming week, in fulfillment of his campaign promise to inaugurate his cabinet within 90 days. He added that new Permanent Secretaries would also be sworn in on Monday to complement the activities of Commissioners and Special Advisers.
“Next week, by God’s grace, we are swearing in all other complements of cabinet and also Permanent Secretaries to have the engine of governance on full swing. At that point, we believe that all the campaign promises we made can come to reality and Lagosians can benefit more from the choice they made at the last election”, he added.
The cabinet members are expected to be allocated their individual ministries during the inauguration ceremony, scheduled to start at 9am.
The Governor described the body of retired civil servants as “valuable assets” to the state, noting that their actions while in service contributed to the “enviable height” Lagos attained among states in the nation.
See Names Of New Oyo Commissioners And Their Portfolios
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has assigned portfolios for the 14 commissioners screened and cleared by the Oyo State House of Assembly recently.
The inauguration of the commissioner was held on Thursday, at the Exco Chambers of the Governor’s office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, the state capital.
Find below the Commissioners’ names and portfolios:
1. Hon Barrister Adeniyi John Farinto – Commissioner for Budget & Planning
2. Mr Adeniyi Adebisi – Commissioner for Commerce
3. Hon Muyiwa Jacob Ojekunle – Commissioner for Agriculture
4. Prof Oyelowo Oyewo – Commissioner for Justice
5. Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye – Commissioner for Establishment
6. Barrister Seun Asamu – Commissioner for Energy
7. Mr Rahman Abiodun AbdulRaheem – Commissioner for Land
8. Chief Bayo Lawal – Commissioner for Special Duties
9. Hon Funmilayo Orisadeyi – Commissioner for Local Government & Chieftancy Matters
10. Dr Bashir Bello – Commissioner for Health
11. Hon Wasiu Olatunbosun – Commissioner for Information
12. Prof Daud kehinde Sangodoyin – Commissioner for Education
13. Mr Akinola Ojo – Commissioner for Finance
14. Rt Hon Kehinde Ayoola – Commissioner for Environment.
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