The Governor-elect of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, says appointments into his government will be based strictly on merit.
He made this known Wednesday while receiving his certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission in Kaduna.
The diminutive ex-FCT minister noted that the criteria for those that would form his cabinet after being sworn into office on May 29, 2015 would be based on integrity, competence and transparency.
He said, “Appointments and nominations into the incoming cabinet and government will be primarily on the basis of integrity and determined strictly by competence, capacity and capability”.
According to the governor-elect, his administration takes seriously the rebuilding of the state plagued with heavy debt, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the desired change are effected without delay in the state.
El-Rufai also noted that the incoming All Progressives Congress government in the state was committed to building a harmonious society where all would live in peace.
This is just as he vowed that electoral offenders at the just concluded general elections in the state would not go unpunished.
He said this would serve as a deterrent to electoral offenders in the future.
The governor-elect said, “The APC takes seriously its responsibility to build a harmonious society in Kaduna State. We are committed to fostering a secure and peaceful environment that gives confidence to all the residents of the state to make the most of their talents.
“We are all equal partners and stakeholders in this state. There will be no discrimination in Kaduna State on the basis of gender, ethnicity or religion”.
El-Rufai also pledged to run what he described as “a listening government”, adding that “we shall be decisive in implementing our agreed agenda for change”.
He added that the APC government would hit the ground running in reforming education, health care, local government and public service sectors.
Paying tribute to those that sacrificed their lives during, before and after the elections, the governor-elect said that those that engaged in electoral offences would be made to face the full weight of the law, no matter how highly placed.
Other recently elected officials that collected their certificates of return aside Mr. El-Rufai were senators-elect, Danjuma Laah (Kaduna South senatorial zone); Shehu Sani (Kaduna-Central senatorial zone) and Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna North senatorial disrict and a House of Representatives member-elect, Mohammed Soba (Makarfi/Kudan federal constituency).
The INEC National Commissioner in charge of Niger, Kaduna, Kwara states and the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Chris Iyimoga, presented the certificates of return to the winners of the just concluded elections at the INEC headquarters in Kaduna.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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