Former National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has joined the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) to build a political career.
According to a statement signed by the PRP National Publicity Secretary , Abdul Gombe, Professor Jega is to chair the Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threat (SWOT) analysis committee of the party in order to reposition it for a more nationalistic outlook ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The statement added that the SWOT analysis committee will critically examine the strength of PRP, looking at its weaknesses and the opportunities available to the party as well as threats to its existence and well-being.
“The PRP at its 62nd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held on June 22nd in Kaduna decided to set up three (3) committees to review the performance of the party in the 2019 general election with with a view to repositioning the Party for better performance in facing the new challenges of Nigerian politics.
“On the basis of a critical analysis of these, the committee made up of some of the best intellectuals in Nigeria will recommend to the party , strategies to adopt for its survival and growth.
“The three Committee are; The SWOT Analysis Committee ; Mobilisation Committee , Finance and Funding Committee Membership and mobilisation committee is to be chaired by a person who has been in the PRP for 4 years, as to examine and advise the party on how best to grow its membership using the best Ava methods bearing in current voters demography in Nigeria”, It concluded.
Other persons that made up the three committees include, publisher and chairman of the Trust newspapers, Malam Kabiru A. Yusuf, Prof. Momodu Kashim Momodu, Dr. George Kwanashie, Comrade Ayo Sando, Dr. Obi Osisiogwu, and Prof. Nathaniel Abraham.
Kogi Assembly Moves To Impeach Deputy Gov, Asks Chief Judge To Set Up Panel
The Kogi State House of Assembly on Tuesday directed the Chief Judge in the state, Justice Nasir Ajanah, to set up a seven-man committee to proceed with the impeachment of the deputy governor, Mr Simon Achuba.
The State House of Assembly gave the directive during its plenary in the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.
This followed a motion raised by the Majority Leader of the House, Abdullahi Bello, the lawmaker representing Ajaokuta state constituency.
The lawmaker cited Section 188 (4) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution, as amended to support his motion.
Bello further explained that he raised the motion following the allegation of gross misconduct levelled against the deputy governor by the House.
He maintained that the failure of Mr Achuba to respond to the allegation within the 14 days given by law warranted no further debates, but for the next step to be taken.
The Deputy Speaker of the House, Ahmed Muhammed, from Ankpa State Constituency I, also seconded the motion.
Thereafter, the Speaker called for the voting of members in support and against the motion.
Nineteen out of the 25 members of the House voted in support of the motion.
The Speaker, thereby, directed the clerk of the House to communicate the directive of the lawmakers to the judicial arm of government in the state.
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.
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