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AMAECHI IS A GREAT ACHIEVER – SOUTH-SOUTH LEADERS


Prominent leaders in the South-South geo-political zone on Saturday hailed the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, for demonstrating rare leadership qualities and changing the status of the country’s transportation sector for the better.
‘’Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has delivered the dividends of democracy to Nigerians. Posterity will place him in the right place and judge him well’’.
They also praised the former Rivers State governor for building bridges of unity across the country and putting in place the necessary machinery for the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country.
The leaders, cut across ethnic cleavages in the South-South geo-political zone, gave Amaechi kudos for conceiving and articulating policies that stood the test of time.
‘’Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi belongs to a rare breed of high achievers. It is either the best or nothing’’ the leaders stated.
In a statement signed by APC chieftain and chairperson of Progressive Volunteers Group (PVG), Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua in Port Harcourt, the leaders thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for giving the mission-driven former governor of Rivers State, whose drive and grasp of development issues have made him a significant voice in the country’s quest for socio-economic development, the opportunity to work for unity, stability and overall development of the country.
The statement emphasized Amaechi’s character, inner strength and sterner stuff.
The leaders commended Amaechi for doing his best to improve the lives of Nigerians.
‘’Things are simply getting better in Nigeria’’ the leaders under the auspices of Progressive Volunteers Group, led by Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua, said.
They eulogized the virtues of Amaechi, listing the commissioning of freight services on Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail Line as a major feat he was able to achieve in the country.
‘’Amaechi, a team builder, true Christian and bright-shining icon, is one of the few turn around managers in the country’’.
The leaders urged the people of the South-South geo-political zone and Nigerians in general to cooperate with the Muhammadu Buhari led APC government.
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF WORKS AND HOUSING
Office of the Special Adviser on Communications
Headquarter, Mabushi P.M.B. 111, Garki – Abuja, Nigeria
PRESS RELEASE

PETITION OVER IFE-IFEWARA ROAD: RCCG APOLOGIZES TO WORKS AND HOUSING MINISTRY
• As Fashola says no payments were made in respect of rehabilitation of the road between 2016 and 2019
• “The Ministry of Works and Housing deserves apology and I tender it unreservedly” – Petitioner
• Minister explains that amount paid to contractor in 2011 was four years before Buhari’s administration
• Says there is move to sanction recalcitrant contractors
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Thursday in Abuja tendered an “unreserved apology” to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing over its allegation of “false claims on the rehabilitation of Ife-Afewara Road in Osun State” saying it was based on a false premise.
The RCCG, in a petition to the Senate, had claimed that it had good reason to believe that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had paid N151.51 million to Messrs. Cartill Construzioni Nigeria Limited for the rehabilitation of Ife-Ifewara Road, a work which, according to the petitioner, was indeed carried out by the Church.
In the petition dated 24th March, 2021, Secretary to the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Niyi Adebanjo, claimed that the Church, after carrying out the rehabilitation of the road, learnt that the aforementioned company, which was awarded the contract since 2010 and had abandoned the work for over six years, had been paid by the Ministry for the work praying that the Money be retrieved from the company.
But responding to the allegation at a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, said there was no proof to support the position of the petitioner that an unjust claim was made by Contractor or paid by the Ministry between 2016 and 2019.
Fashola, who explained that the road in question was a State Road, added that the contract for its rehabilitation was awarded by the Federal Government in 2010 as a Parliamentary Constituency Project and domiciled in the budget of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, hence the intervention by the Ministry.
Clarifying that both the award of the contract and payment of the said contract sum were made between 2010 and 2011, four years before the Buhari Administration came to being, the Minister explained further that the contract was awarded on December 21, 2010 to the contractor in the sum of N662, 760,771.75 with a commencement date of March 7, 2011 and completion date of November 7, 2011.
On the sum of N151.51 million paid to the Contractor, he explained that the payment made in two tranches, was statutorily made adding that while the first payment of N99,414,115.76, made on March 31, 2011, represented 15 percent of contract sum, the second payment of N52,094,785., made on December 29, 2011, was based on submission of an Interim Statement.
Fashola said the contractor achieved only 26.21 percent project completion before abandoning the project adding that the contract was as a result recommended for termination “for breach of contract” after warning letters were served on the Contractor first on March 5, 2014 and final warning on June 15, 2015.
Noting that before any payment was made to any contractor, there has to be actual work done, measured and certified and recommended for consideration for approval for payment, Fashola, however, added that since the contract awarded to Messrs. Cartill had not been formally terminated, there has been budgetary provision for the road since 2010, except in years when it had zero budgeting, but the budgeted sum has never been processed since 2011 following the dismal performance of the Contractor.
The Minister, who hinted on plans by the Ministry to sanction recalcitrant contractors by opening a “black book” for them based on appropriate legal advice, declared, “It is clear that contrary to the claims of RCCG, the Contractor, Cartill Nigeria Limited, did not make a claim for a refund for the cost expended on the rehabilitation of the road between 2016 and 2019”, adding that the Ministry also did not make any such payment to the Contractor.
“The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing did not certify any work done on the road by the Contractor between 2016 and 2019”, he said reiterating that the two payments made to the Contractor were made in March and December 2011 respectively, “four years before the commencement of this Administration in 2014”.
Maintaining that the Ministry did not consider or grant approval for anyone to intervene on the road, Fashola, who said the RCCG did not seek or obtain such approval further declared, “the federal Ministry of Works and Housing is not liable to make any refund to anyone in respect of the Road which is the statutory responsibility of the Osun State Government”.
The Minister explained further that although the RCCG could be commended for the work done, there are procedures and processes for such interventions be they on Federal or State Roads, adding that the Petitioner could have sought clarification either from the Ministry of any other relevant agencies of government instead of petitioning the Senate.
The Petitioner, Pastor Adebanjo, in his response expressed deep regrets for taking the matter to the Senate saying it was not, however, meant to embarrass the Minister or his Ministry but in the spirit of fighting corruption by ensuring that the money paid to the contractor was retrieved and paid to the federal Government coffers.
However, on realizing that the claims he made in his petition had no factual proof and as noted by one of the Senate Committee members who advised that he should do the needful on account of available evidence, Adebanjo said, “For the fact that the Ministry of Works deserves an apology and because the whole world is listening to us, I tender that apology unreservedly before this Senate Committee”.
In his submissions, the Chairman of the Committee commended the Minister for coming personally, “as always when we invite you” to respond to the petition and throwing more light on the whole issue adding that other officials of Government should borrow a leaf from him.
Other members of the Committee, who spoke, also commended the Minister for his diligence and commitment to every assignment pertaining to his responsibilities. They also noted with satisfaction that there was move by the Ministry to bring recalcitrant contractors to book.
Also accompanying the Minister to the hearing were some Directors, Special Advisers and other top officials of the Ministry.
HAKEEM BELLO
SPECIAL ADVISER,
COMMUNICATIONS
TO THE HON. MINISTER
16TH APRIL, 2021

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Pay judges more, cut Buhari, govs, lawmakers’ jumbo allowances, SERAP tells RMAFC

Pay judges more, cut Buhari, govs, lawmakers’ jumbo allowances, SERAP tells RMAFC

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Engr. Elias Mbam, Chairman, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to “urgently review upward the remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service for Nigerian judges, and to review downward the remuneration and allowances of high-ranking political office-holders in order to address the persistent poor treatment of judges, and to improve access of victims of corruption to justice.”

SERAP also urged him “to send your review and recommendations to the National Assembly for appropriate remedial and legislative action, as provided for by the Nigerian Constitution 1999 [as amended].”

The letter followed the nationwide industrial action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to press home their demand for financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government, and the federal government’s silence on the judiciary workers’ strike that has grounded courts across the country.

In the letter dated 10 April 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “Judges should get all to which they are reasonably entitled, and it is unfair, illegal, unconstitutional, and discriminatory to continue to treat judges as ‘second-class people’ while high-ranking political office-holders enjoy lavish salaries and allowances.”

SERAP expressed concern that: “The remuneration and allowances of judges have fallen substantially behind the average salaries and allowances of political office-holders such as President, Vice-President, governors and their deputies, as well as members of the National Assembly.”

SERAP said: “Nigerian judges are among the least paid in the world. The poor treatment of judges is neither fair to them nor to the Nigerian people. Judges deserve remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service commensurate with their judicial powers and responsibilities.”

According to SERAP, “While the remuneration and allowances of judges are grossly insufficient to enable them to maintain themselves and their families in reasonable comfort, high-ranking political office-holders continue to enjoy lavish allowances, including life pensions, and access to security votes, which they have powers to spend as they wish.”

The letter, read in part: “According to our information, the last review of the remuneration, allowances, and conditions of service for political, public and judicial office holders carried out by RMAFC in 2009 shows the huge disparity between the remuneration and allowances of judges and those of political office-holders.”

“Judges’ work is very considerable but they cannot give their entire time to their judicial duties without the RMAFC reviewing upward their remuneration and allowances, and closing the gap and disparity between the salaries of judges and those of political office-holders such as the President, Vice-President, governors and their deputies, as well as lawmakers.”

“Although one of the three coordinate branches of the government, the judiciary is treated with contempt, and considered so unimportant by the pollical class that authorities over the years have refused to pay them reasonable remuneration and allowances.”

“We would therefore be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 14 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, the Incorporated Trustees of SERAP shall take all appropriate legal actions to compel the RMAFC to comply with our requests.”

“Despite their important roles and responsibilities, Nigerian judges are poorly treated when their remuneration, salaries, allowances, and conditions of service are compared with political office-holders.”

“Judges should not have to endure the most poignant financial worries. The increase in the cost of living and the injustice of inadequate salaries bears heavily on judges, as it undermines their ability to effectively perform their judicial functions.”

“The roles and functions performed by judges across the country are second to none in their importance including in facilitating access of victims of corruption and human rights violations to justice and effective remedies.”

“Far-reaching questions of constitutional law depend upon them for solution. Judges are also required to determine issues, which profoundly affect the rights and well-being of the people.”

“The meaning and effect of anti-corruption legislation and treaties such as the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission Act, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] Act, the UN Convention against Corruption, and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption depend upon their learning, wisdom and judgment.”

“The stability of the country’s system of government, a government of laws rather than of men, depending as it does to so great an extent upon the confidence and respect of the people for those who, as judges, hold the scales of justice in their hands, depends upon the character and the wisdom of these men and women.”

“The RMAFC has the powers under paragraph n, Third Schedule, Part 1 of the Nigerian Constitution to determine the remuneration, salaries and allowances appropriate for judges and political office holders, consistent with sections 84 and 124 of the Constitution.”

“SERAP notes that Nigerian authorities between May 1999 and March 2011 reviewed upward the salaries and allowances of political office holders at least on four occasions. However, the salaries and allowances of judicial officers were only reviewed twice during the same period.”

“Nigerian government and the RMAFC have the duty to provide adequate resources to enable the judiciary to properly perform its functions.”

“As a safeguard of judicial independence, the courts’ budget ought to be prepared in collaboration with the judiciary having regard to the needs and requirements of judicial administration. Furthermore, the remuneration and pensions of judges must be secured by law at an adequate level that is consistent with their status and is sufficient to safeguard against conflict of interest and corruption.”

“Nigerians would continue to be denied access to justice, to a better judiciary and a better administration of justice until judges across the country are paid what they deserve.”

“SERAP urges you and the RMAFC to separate the review of remuneration and salaries for judges from that of political office-holders. This would ensure fairness, and that judges receive the justice they so conscientiously dispense to others.”

The letter is copied to Dr Ahmad Lawan, Senate President; Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives; Mr Ekpo Nta, Chairman, National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC); and the National Judicial Council.

Kolawole Oluwadare

SERAP Deputy Director

11/4/2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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PRESIDENT BUHARI EXPRESSES THE NATION’S CONDOLENCES OVER THE DEMISE OF PRINCE PHILIP

PRESIDENT BUHARI EXPRESSES THE NATION’S CONDOLENCES OVER THE DEMISE OF PRINCE PHILIP

President Muhammadu Buhari extends his condolences to Her Majesty the Queen over the death of her husband Prince Philip who passed on peacefully at the age of 99.

Reacting to the death of the longest serving Queen’s consort, President Buhari said:

“The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is the end of an era. Prince Philip was one of the greatest and publicly recognisable international figures whose contributions to the Commonwealth will be remembered for generations to come.”

According to the President, “Prince Philip was a great man in his own right who made enormous contributions to philanthropic activities and charities especially for wildlife conservation and youth development programmes in more than 130 countries.”

President Buhari pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh as “a remarkable husband who had been happily married to the Queen since 1947,” saying “this is an impressive record for any marriage at any level.”

The President also commiserates with the Government of the United Kingdom, the members of the Commonwealth “for the sad loss of this royal and indeed global icon.”

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
April 9, 2021

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Gani Adams is obstructing justice – Yoruba Women


South-West women on Monday accused the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, of threatening peace and security, obstructing justice, distorting facts and embarking on a campaign of blackmail.
‘’We will not fold our arms and allow Gani Adams to rubbish the good name and excellent track record Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko has built over the years’’ the descendants of Oduduwa said.
They also tongue-lashed Adams for his apparent disregard for law.
‘’ Gani Adams and his co-travellers are behaving like a pack of juveniles. They don’t mean well for this country’’
In a statement in Osogbo, the women praised Onadeko for her extraordinary courage and absolute understanding of security issues in Oyo State.
They accused Adams of pushing the real issues aside and employing sentiments and blackmail to explain the security situation in Oyo State.
The notable South-West women expressed delight and satisfaction with the high degree of determination so far exhibited by Onadeko to address the security challenges in Oyo State.
Signed by the Chairperson of Yoruba Women in Government (YWIG), Chief Fumilayo Adesanwo, the women commended the courage and patriotism of Onadeko to rid Oyo State of kidnappers, arsonists and other criminal elements.
The women underscored the shameful show of power, uncivilized tactics and the rights of citizens.
They condemned the uncouth language, arrogant demeanor and use of brute force by Gani Adams and members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).
‘’Gani Adams did not put on his thinking garb before calling for the redeployment of the police commissioner. He is misinforming the people’’
Specifically, they took a swipe at the action of the OPC members in Kajola community, Ibarapa North Local Government, describing it as unacceptable.
‘’The solution does not lie in the use of blackmail or force’’
The women further praised Governor Seyi Makinde for protecting the lives and property of the people of Oyo State
They also urged the Inspector General of Police and the Police Service Commission to ignore Gani Adams.
‘’The South-West people are solidly behind Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko. We are very proud of her. She has given good account of herself in Oyo State’’ the statement added

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SPCC Old Boys Association lists achievements

SPCC Old Boys Association lists achievements

· Announces New Date for 70TH anniversary celebration

‘’The 70th Anniversary Celebration of St Peter Claver’s College, Aghalokpe, Delta State will begin on Friday, October 2021’’ the Old Boys Association said Saturday.

At an emergency meeting in Aghalokpe, the National Executive Committee announced Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, 2021 as the new date of the 70th anniversary celebration.

‘’The decision was taken to safeguard the well-being of all’’ a statement issued in Aghalokpe, Okpe Local Government by the chairman of the 70th Anniversary Organizing Committee, Chief Kingsley Omokri, said.

‘’A comprehensive programme for the event will be released by the Anniversary Committee’’ the statement said.

The statement listed the building of a college gate and modern gate house, interlocking of the college roads, rehabilitation of all the college laboratories, senior staff quarters, the principal’s quarters and construction of a brand new IT Centre as ongoing projects of the SPCC Old Boys Association.

The statement pointed out that the Old Boys Association in recent past rehabilitated the college hall, junior staff quarters, chapel and the college administrative building (principal’s office, staff room and library),

The 70th anniversary will be attended by top government functionaries, religious leaders, traditional rulers and members of the organized private sector.

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PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS AFENIFERE SPOKESMAN, YINKA ODUMAKIN

PRESIDENT BUHARI MOURNS AFENIFERE SPOKESMAN, YINKA ODUMAKIN

President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with the family, friends and acquaintances of Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere.

Odumakin was also spokesman to the then Gen Buhari in 2011, when he ran for President on the platform of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), now defunct.

The President recalls Odumakin as dutiful, and a person of conviction, expressing sorrow at his demise, when he had a lot more to contribute to society and the nation at large.

President Buhari prays God to grant repose to the soul of the departed activist, and comfort all those who mourn him.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
April 3, 2021

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PDP Mourns Yinka Odumakin

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PDP Mourns Yinka Odumakin

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) expresses shock over the death of right activist, social crusader and National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin.

The PDP describes the death of Odumakin as a huge loss to the nation and particularly, the PDP, given his erudite contributions to national dialogue and relentless commitment towards the development of democratic ethos in our country.

Odumakin was consistently focused in fighting for a nation in which the principles of equity, fairness and justice will thrive in every sphere of our national life.

He dedicated his life as a journalist, human right activist and social crusader for improvement in every phase of the live in our country.

Indeed, if Yinka Odumakin had the last pint of blood in his vein and there was a need to drop same for democracy to be strengthened in our country, he would have readily made it available

Our party commiserates with his dear wife, Joe, who has also remained steadfast in fighting for human right, good governance, credible elections as well as justice, especially for the downtrodden.

The PDP also condoles with the larger Odumakin family, the Afeniferi fold as well as the civil society community while offering prayers to God to grant our nation the fortitude to bear this huge loss.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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Niger Delta Leaders Urge Buhari to Ignore Mischief – Makers

South-South governors are pursuing selfish agenda – Niger Delta Stakeholders

· Urge Buhari to Ignore Mischief-Makers

· Praise Edwin Clark for holding NDDC Sole Administrator in high regard

· Thank Monarchs, NASS, Others for Supporting Akpabio

The Niger Delta people are now beginning to witness genuine and practical intervention in their lives and environment as opposed to mere linguistic, lackadaisical and chaotic involvement of past management team, Niger Delta Stakeholders said on Sunday in Uyo.

They also praised the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, for confronting the challenges of the development of the Niger Delta region and bringing a positive difference in the lives of the people of the oil rich region and their environment.

At a meeting to address key issues in the region, the stakeholders praised former federal Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, for holding NDDC Sole Administrator, Mr. Effiong Akwa, in high regard.

The stakeholders did discuss the challenge posed by the South-South People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governors.

They said the position of the South-South governors had sinister import and was meant to distract the Federal Government.

‘’The South-South geo-political zone can no longer be held hostage by a few people whose sole aim is to work against the plans of the Federal Government’’ the key stakeholders said.

The stakeholders urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to play into the hands of those contributing towards the underdevelopment of the South-South geo-political zone.

‘’Mr. President, we urge you not to be distracted by the antics of those who are jealous of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio and are afraid that the progress so far made by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in the region may affect their 2023 political ambition’’.

Specifically, the key stakeholders praised Akpabio for addressing the needs of the oil producing areas and attending to such priority projects as roads, bridges, electricity, water supply, foreshore walls, jetties and land reclamation.

‘’The views of the South-South governors are really borne out of crass ignorance and mischief. The Niger Delta Commission is working. Things are really happening in the region. The Commission is embarking on people-oriented projects. There are development projects going on in the region. The South-South governors did not talk from facts at least concerning the current efforts of the Commission to develop the region’’

The stakeholders, under the aegis of Niger Delta Stakeholders Forum (NDSF) praised the Commission for the dualisation and extension of the East-West Road, youth employment and empowerment as well as other agricultural and developmental programmes in the region.

‘’NDDC and state governments as developmental agencies are not in any way comparable. The six South-South governors, individually and collectively, have little to show for the billions collected as Federal Allocation and Internal Generated Revenue (IGR)’’

Briefing news men of the outcome of the meeting, Chairman of NDSF and South-South Front (SSF), Chief John Harry, said the stakeholders commended NDDC and its managers for taking concrete steps to ensure quality service delivery.

‘’The NDDC is one of the few government agencies that insists on due process in the award of its contracts. All communities in the region expect so much from the Commission’’

The members of the Forum are drawn from the nine states, civil society and oil producing companies.

‘’We know Chief Godswill Akpabio is outshining the South-South governors but that is not enough for the governors to create problems in the region’’ the Niger Delta stakeholders said.

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Youths restate Niger Delta support for Buhari, Akpabio


Youths in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday endorsed the current drive by the Federal Government to eradicate corruption in the country.

They also said the Federal Government had started well in the Niger Delta region by approving auditors for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

‘’It requires time to complete the forensic audit’’ the youths said.

At a meeting of the Niger Delta Youth Forum (NDYF) in Calabar, the youths praised President Muhammadu Buhari for opting to entrust the affairs of the Niger Delta Ministry on Chief Godswill Akpabio.

‘’We are grateful to Mr. President for the perspicacious judgement’’

Particularly, the youths praised the Federal Government for giving the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) new and strategic direction aimed at achieving viable development in the oil rich region.

‘’President Muhammadu Buhari and Chief Godswill Akpabio deserve our commendation for the changes so far in the oil rich Niger Delta region’’ the youths said.

The youths in a statement signed by NDYF Chairperson, Dr. Roseline Umoh, defended the administration’s role in appointing a sole administrator for the interventionist agency.

The youths explained that the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs had a minister who is committed to doing things right.

They underscored Akpabio’s long trail of legacies in Akwa Ibom State, his inspiring leadership in the Senate and the effort he was making to develop the oil rich region.

The youths enjoined South-South governors to cooperate with the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and give him the needed support for success.

They advised the governors to be patient with the Federal Government.

The youths also called for greater understanding amongst all stakeholders in the region.

‘’We must not set roadblocks before ourselves. We must unite. The harmony which has now been achieved between the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the National Assembly is here to stay’’

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PRESIDENT BUHARI’S CHIEF OF STAFF, SENIOR AIDES RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE AT STATE HOUSE CLINIC

PRESIDENT BUHARI’S CHIEF OF STAFF, SENIOR AIDES RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINE AT STATE HOUSE CLINIC

Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, on Monday in Abuja received his first dose of the Covid-19 Astrazeneca vaccine at the State House Clinic.

The first phase of the national vaccination drive, targeting frontline health workers, their supporting staff and strategic leaders, was rolled out on Friday at the National hospital Abuja.

Speaking after receiving the jab at the State House Clinic, the Chief of Staff described his experience as painless, urging eligible Nigerians to come forward and take the vaccine.

Gambari said: ‘‘I want to thank the Permanent Secretary, State House and the frontline healthcare workers in the Clinic for organizing and ensuring this vaccination exercise.

‘‘My experience in receiving this was almost painless and I am just following the footstep of my leader, his Excellency , President Muhammadu Buhari who has demonstrated leadership at the highest level by receiving the vaccine, followed by his Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

‘‘I want to encourage eligible Nigerians to take the vaccine. It is safe, painless and the benefits are immense.

‘‘It is not just for the individual but the more Nigerians are vaccinated the more we develop the herd immunity which will keep our country safe and our people healthy.’’

Several Presidential aides, as well as frontline State House medical staff were administered with the first shots of the vaccine after the Chief of Staff.

It is expected that senior government officials including the Head of Service, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of paramilitary agencies will also take their shots at the State House Clinic in the coming days.

Abiodun Oladunjoye
Deputy Director (Information)
State House
March 08, 2021