Odeworitshe OkaforJanuary 7, 2017

Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye remains the General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a statement by the church said on Saturday evening.
The statement, signed by Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son and Personal Assistant, said the clarification is coming on the heels of misrepresentation of Pastor Adeboye’s announcement at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving held at the Redemption Camp on Saturday that the Church Nigeria is now to be led by Pastor Joseph Obayemi. 

The statement clarified that the latest development is sequel to the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council guiding all registered churches, mosques and Civil Society Organisations.

The regulation stipulates that heads of non profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of 20 years to lead their organizations, while in retirement they are not permitted to hand over to their families.

Leke Adeboye reiterated that Pastor Funsho Odesola will now serve as the new Church Secretary, while Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu is the new Treasurer.‎

He advised all members of RCCG to understand this new structure and go about their service to God and humanity in holiness and soul winning.

He also appealed to members to educate people around them and not spread inaccurate information, stressing that Pastor Adeboye remains the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 21, 2016

The Federal Government has released the posting of its career ambassadors.

The Ambassadors were recently screened and cleared by the Senate.

Below is the full list:

Abia: Obinna Agbugba (Togo),

Adamawa: Salisu Umaru (Senegal)

Paragalda Audu (Turkey)

Akwa Ibom: Inyan Udo-Inyang (Gabon)

Anambra: Okeke Nwunaku (Spain)

Nonye Udo (Austria)

Bauchi: Liman Munir (Congo)

Benue: Ndem Ada (Sweden)

Demenongu A. Agev (Equatorial Guinea)

Borno: Mohammed Hassan (Kenya)

Toko Gongulong (Sao Tome & Principe)

Lawan Gashagar (Mali)

Cross River: Martin Cobham (Thailand)

Odeka Bisong (Zimbabwe)

Delta: Janet Olisa (Jamaica)

Edo: Itegboje S.Sunday (Permanent Mission in New York)

Queen I. Worlu (Cuba).

Ekiti: Olatunde Adesesan (Angola)

Emmanuel Kayode Oguntause (Benin)

Enugu: Lilian Onoh (Namibia).

FCT: Adamu Shuaibu (Rwanda)

Gombe: Manaja Isah (Israel)

Habu Gwani Ibrahim (Zambia)

Imo: Ngozi Ukaeje (Portugal)

Kenneth C. Nwachukwu (Cameroon)

Jigawa: Bello Kazaure Huessini (North Korea)

Kaduna: Enoch Pear Duchi (Ireland)

Kano: Garba Baba (Poland)

Rabiu Akawu (Algeria)

Katsina: Usman Aliyu (China)

Ibrahim Hamza (Iran)

Kebbi: Umar Salisu (Botswana)

Kogi: Momoh Omeiza (Liberia)

Kwara: Kadiri Ayinla Audu (Permanent Mission, Geneva)

Olufemi Abikoye (Ghana).

Lagos: Balogun Hakeem (Indonesia)

Nasarawa: Inusa Ahmed (Ethiopia)

Niger: Ibrahim Isah (Australia)

Ogun: Bankole Adegboyega Adeoye (Belgium)

Sonaike Adekunbi Abibat (Philipines).

Osun: Ibidapo-Obe Oluwasegun (Port of Spain T&T)

Oyo: Ogundero Sakirat (Washington)

River: Eric A. Bell-Gam (Argentina)

Sokoto: Attahiru Halliru (Niger)

Taraba: Rahmatu A. Dunama (Burkina Faso),

Yobe: Musa Saban Mamman (South Sudan) 

Zamfara: Kabiru Bala (Mozambique).

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 21, 2016

Former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, has regained his freedom.

Ibori has been in a London prison over allegations of money laundering.

His media aide, Tony Elumenor, confirmed the development.

So also did several sources in the Delta State Government House confirm the development to The Eagle Online.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 20, 2016

The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, on Tuesday effected minor changes in his cabinet.

The cabinet reshuffle affected the Commissioner for Land and Housing as well his counterparts in Agriculture and Rural Development and that of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. 

The governor in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, said at the last State Executive Council meeting for the year 2016 that there will be more changes in 2017. According to the statement, Governor Bello while thanking the Commissioners and all Council members for their cooperation and contributions, expressed dissatisfaction with their performances, saying he can only give a pass mark of 60 per cent.

He said: “I commend everyone of you but you must all sit up because 2017 will be a year of fulfilled promises. I can give you a pass mark of 60% but much is expected of you by next year. Everybody must sit up because we must deliver the dividends of democracy to the electorates.”

In the statement, the Governor redeployed the Commissioner for Land and Housing, Haliru Zakari Jikantoro, to Local Government Affairs; the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi, is to take over from him; while the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kabiru Abbas Musa, is to take over from the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. 

Others are the Permanent Secretaries of Ministry of Health, Dr. Umar Ibrahim Tiffin; that of Justice, Barrister Ndagi Wali; and the Director, Hospital Management Board, Dr. Makunsidi, are to report to the Head of Service for new redeployment, while the Director, Planning and Statistics in the Ministry of Health is to resume at the Hospital Management Board. 

Furthermore, while wishing all members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance, Governor Bello charged them to show more commitment in carrying out their functions in accordance with his mandate adding that “more changes will come with the new year”.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 15, 2016

The Senate on Thursday said it will not confirm the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The Presidency had six months ago sent Magus’s name to the Senate for confirmation as the substantive Chairman of the EFCC.

But the spokesman of the Senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi, told newsmen that Magu will not be confirmed.

Sabi said his nomination had been returned to the Presidency.

He said there were security reports that led to the decision.

Sabi announced the position of the Senate while Magu was still in the closed door session where the senators screened him.

This was unlike past practices where nominees are screened in the open and some times screened live on television.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 15, 2016

The screening of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, by the Senate is taking place behind closed door.

This is against the norm where nominees are screened in the open chamber.

Magu, who was recommended to the Senate by the Presidency for confirmation about six months ago, has had the screening delayed and then postponed twice.

Just on Thursday morning, the Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, and Senator Dino Melaye came close to trading punches over the issue.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 15, 2016

The Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, and Senator Dino Melaye on Thursday came close to exchanging punches.

This followed an argument between Ndume and Melaye over the confirmation of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

The senators had their altercation in the office of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, but it spilled over to the entrance of the Senate chamber.

While Ndume is in support of the confirmation of Magu, Melaye is vehemently opposing it.

Ndume and Magu are both from Borno State.

Meanwhile, the Senate has gone into a closed door session on the issue.

Magu, who has since arrived at the National Assembly, is said to be in the office of the Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate) to the President, Senator Ita Enang.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 8, 2016

Contrary to the information given on Wednesday, the Senate on Thursday failed to screen the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.

Magu was due for screening for the confirmation of his appointment as the substantive chairman of the EFCC.

A letter to that effect was forwarded by the Presidency to the Senate six months ago.

However on Thursday despite the presence of Magu in the Senate, he was not screened.

The Eagle Online learnt that his screening was not on the Order Paper for the day.

As at preas time, Magu had left the National Assembly.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 6, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari is to present the 2017 Budget to the National Assembly on December 14, 2016.

The date was announced at the Senate plenary on Tuesday.

This was sequel to a letter sent by President Buhari to the National Assembly.

There has been altercation between the Executive and the Legislature over the presentation of the Budget.

Both arms have been blaming each other over the delay in the presentation of the Budget.

The Budget is usually presented to the Joint Session of the National Assembly.

Odeworitshe OkaforDecember 5, 2016

The Federal government has banned the importation of vehicles into Nigeria through the land borders.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Customs Service, Wale Adeniyi, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Lagos.

According to the statement, the prohibition order covers all new and used vehicles.

The statement said: “The ban is sequel to a Presidential directive restricting all vehicle imports to Nigerian seaports only.

“The order takes effect from January 1, 2017.

“The restriction on importation of vehicles follows that of rice, whose imports have been banned through the land borders since April 2016.

“Importers of vehicles through the land borders are requested to utilise the grace period up till December 31, 2016 to clear their vehicle imports landed in neighbouring ports.”

Odeworitshe OkaforNovember 30, 2016

Senators electrd on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday staged a walk out of plenary.

This followed the defection of one of them, Senator Yele Omogunwa, to the All Progressives Congress.

Omogunwa is representing Ondo South Senatorial District.

He had before the Ondo State governorship election, won by the APC’s candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, defected to the party.

Wednesday’s announcement in the Senate was to formally inform his collleagues.

Odeworitshe OkaforNovember 27, 2016

The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Ondo State election, Rotimi Akeredolu, as the governor-elect.

Akeredolu was pronounced the winner of the election by the INEC Returning Officer for the poll, Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Ambali.

Ambali, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, said he made the declaration with Akeredolu having satisfied the requirements of the law for the election.

Akeredolu dusted his closest rivals, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy, when he polled 244,842 votes.

Jegede had 150,380 votes, while Oke scored 126,889 votes.

Akeredolu won in 14 of the 18 local government areas of the state, while Oke and Jegede won in two local government areas each.

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