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Ex-IGP, Arase, resigns as chairman of Edo Property Task Force



Former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase has resigned as the pioneer Chairman of the Edo State Private Properties Protection Task Force (PPPTF).

Dr Arase made his decision known in a letter sent to the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki on the 1st of August. He said his decision was borne out of his many international engagements and possibility of not giving his very best to the cause.

Arase who said he was stepping down as chairman because of his national and international engagements also said he was convinced that a solid foundation has been laid to restore citizens’ and investors’ confidence in the system.

He wrote, “I write to renew my warm courtesy and to once again, put on record my deep appreciation of Your Excellency’s leadership and demonstrated passion for the development of Edo State. I also appreciate Your Excellency for appointing me as the inaugural Chairman of the Edo State Private Properties Protection Task Force (PPPTF) after emplacing a legal framework for the Task Force following the proscription of the Community Development Associations by Our Most Revered Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Omo n’Oba Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II.

“Your Excellency will appreciate that following its inauguration in May 2017, the PPPTF under my chairmanship has emplaced sustainable and functional systems and structures which have been effective in halting the state of lawlessness that preceded the establishment of the Committee. In spite of apparent administrative and operational challenges, members worked assiduously towards ensuring that the objectives of Your Excellency in establishing the Committee and restoring citizens’ and investors’ confidence in the system were achieved.

“While I still remain passionate about the initiative, I, am, unfortunately, increasingly weighed down by other national and international engagements which may impact on my optimal and full-time functioning as the Chairman of the Committee as I would have wished. I am, therefore, constrained to inform Your Excellency of my decision to step aside from the Chairmanship and membership of the Committee at this time, having been convinced that a solid foundation has been laid under my short but fulfilling Chairmanship, for the advancement of the initiative by other equally committed members or other great minds of Edo State.

“In taking this decision, I deeply appreciate the support and confidence reposed in me by Your Excellency, the Benin Traditional Council, and the entire people of Edo State. It is, indeed, for this reason, that I accepted to take up the Chairmanship of the Task Force when it was conceptualised. It is also, for this reason, that I offered to selflessly serve the State as the Chairman of the Task Force without any form of remuneration or allowances all through my tenure as Chairman. As I step aside, however, I wish to encourage Your Excellency to enhance his commitment to the Committee with a view to strengthening its operations.

“While assuring Your Excellency of my consistent support for his government and commitment to offering requisite pieces of advice when called upon, it remains my fervent prayer that God continues to grant you wisdom and means needed to guide our beloved state to the path of greatness which Your Excellency envisions.

“Accept, Your Excellency, my deep appreciation and the honour of my highest and esteemed regards, please.”

Arase is one of Nigeria’s most highly rated security experts and one that has many years of experience in several leadership positions and capacities.

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Sylva assumes duty as minister of state for petroleum …As NNPC, others welcome him



The newly appointed Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has assumed duties with a pledge to reposition and chart a way forward for the Nigerian petroleum sector.

A press release Wednesday by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said Chief Sylva pledged to work with the experts at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the other departments and agencies under the Ministry to move the sector forward.

In a welcome ceremony for Chief Sylva at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, the new Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who was accompanied by his wife, Alanyingi Sylva, stated that with the calibre of workforce in the Ministry, he was sure that the nation’s oil and gas sector would move to the next level.

Chief Sylva, who is a former Governor of Bayelsa State brings on the job several years of cognate experience in the petroleum sector.

The new Minister of State contributed profoundly to the institution of the Amnesty programme in the Niger Delta region which, over time, has led to restoration of peace in the oil producing areas of Nigeria.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, reassured Chief Sylva of the readiness of all members of staff in the Ministry to support him to succeed in the onerous task of transforming the Nigerian oil and gas sector for the good of all stakeholders.

On hand to welcome the Minister at the brief ceremony were the Group Managing director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari; Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Training Development Fund (PTDF), Dr. Bello Aliyu Gusau; and the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Equalisation Fund (PEF), Alhaji Ahmed Bobboi, amongst others.

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Police re-arrest suspected Taraba kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume



The Police have re-arrested a kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Wadume, two weeks after he escaped from the custody of the Intelligence Response Team.

The IRT operatives they came under attack from soldiers attached to Battalion 93, Takum, Taraba State, as they conveyed Wadume from the scene of his arrest.

Three policemen and two civilians were killed during the incident, while five other Police officers were injured.

The Force spokesman, Frank Mba, in a statement confirmed that  Wadume was re-arrested in the late hours of Monday at his hideout at Layin Mai Allo Hotoro area of Kano State.

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Lagos governor, Sanwo-Olu, swears in cabinet members, warns against corruption



Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday sworn-in 35 members of his cabinet that will assist him in piloting the affairs of the state in the net four years, urging them to embrace transparency and accountability.

The event held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, was witnessed by thousands of well wishers and dignitaries.

Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu said in his inaugural address on 29th May, he declared that his ultimate goal would be to ensure that Lagos State remained one of the top destinations on the African continent to live, work and invest in, saying that this was not just his goal, it was what the people expected from his government and “we cannot afford to disappoint them.”

“Fortunately for us, we have a foundation from which to build from. The Blueprint for a new Lagos and the Development Plan (2012 to 2025) are still relevant as strategic reference materials for a systematic implementation of medium and long-term policies in line with the overall vision for our State.

“However, in this administration, our task must be to accelerate the trajectory of growth and development of Lagos State embarked upon by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and built upon by successive administrations. Today, providence has entrusted us with the great responsibility of ensuring that the vision of the blueprint and the Development Plan comes to pass wholly and completely.


Below is the list of the commissioners, special advisers and their portfolios:


Commissioner for Finance -Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo

Commissioner for Education -Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo

Commissioner for Health -Prof. Akin Abayomi

Commissioner for Fiscal Planning and Urban Development -Dr. Idris Salako

Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment -Mr. Tunji Bello

Commissioner for Information and Strategy -Mr. Gbenga Omotoso

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA -Mrs. Bolaji Dada

Commissioner Energy and Natural Resources -Mr. Lere Odusote

Commissioner for Transportation -Dr. Frederic Oladeinde

Commissioner for Agriculture -Mr. Gbolahan Lawal

Commissioner for Housing -Moruf Akinderu Fatai

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice -Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)

Commissioner for Science and Technology -Mr. Hakeem Fahm

Commissioner for Ministry Establishment, Training and Pension -Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure -Engr. Aramide Adeyoye

Commissioner for Youth and Social Development -Mr. Segun Dawodu

Commissioner for Home Affairs -Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs -Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke

Commissioner for Commerce and Industry -Mrs. Lola Akande

Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture -Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu

Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget -Mr. Sam Egube

Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations -Dr. Wale Ahmed


Special Adviser for Agriculture -Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya

Special Adviser, Office of Civic Engagement -Princess Aderemi Adebowale

Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs -Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo

Special Adviser for Housing -Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka

Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources -Joe Igbokwe

Special Adviser for Innovation and Technology -Mr. Tubosun Alake

Special Adviser for Urban Development -Architect Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi

Special Adviser for Central Business Districts, CDB -Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi

Special Adviser for Arts and Culture -Bonu Solomon Saanu

Special Adviser for Transportation -Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka

Special Adviser for Commerce and Industry -Oladele Ajayi

Special Adviser for Education -Mr. Tokunbo Wahab

Special Adviser for Sustainable Development Goals and Lagos Global -Mrs. Solape Hammond

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