The Federal Executive Council (FEC), has wished the Vice-President, Prof.
Yemi Osinbajo quick recovery, after a successful operation on account of a fracture of his right femur (thigh bone).
FEC conveyed its goodwill message in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Sunday in Abuja.
Mustapha said the surgical operation, possibly related to a long standing injury associated with the game of squash, was performed by a team of specialist doctors in Lagos.
He added that the operation had been reported to be successful.
Osinbajo recuperates from the surgical operation, FEC wishes him quick recovery so as to continue to give the needed support for the overall growth and stability of the country, ” Mustapha said.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday graduated no fewer than 20 Junior Course One students at its Command and Staff College, Udi, Enugu State.
The three months intensive course, which involved courses in education, drill, operational communication and command administration, among others, was crowned by major study tours in Awka Ibom and Enugu States.
In an address, FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, lauded the students for being exceptional during the course, adding that “I did not receive any single complaint of any misbehaviour“.
Oyeyemi said: “The Superintendent Route Commanders (SRCs) for this course were chosen from all the geo-political zones of the country and cut across all departments within the corps.
“The graduating students today have done exceptionally well and we expect that you share what you have learnt and experience with other personnel in your departments, units and commands so that they gain from it also.”
The corps marshal noted that the corps had continued to expand and by the Course 3; it would be taking students from other African countries, especially the Anglophone countries.
“By the grace of God, the academy will be hosting its first matriculation at the Academy as it turns to a full-fledged academy and having its first JAMB admission.
“We have expanded to the 774 local government areas, apart from our Zebra, Outpost, Unit and Command offices scattered all over the country and our number is growing to ensure we deliver on our mandate to ensure that Nigerians are safe on the roads.
“I must appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, for supporting the corps tremendously,” he said.
In a goodwill message, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, praised the FRSC for producing the high level manpower needs of the corps, which is meant to ensure safety of all Nigerians.
“Enugu State will continue to partner and participate actively in FRSC activities in its academy and support the state’s FRSC Command to ensure safety of lives on our roads,” said Ugwuanyi, represented by Prof. Uchenna Eze, the Commissioner for Education.
Speaking, the Commandant of the college, Mr Chidiebere Nkwonta, said students of the course had been thoroughly tested both in character and learning, adding that they had performed exceptionally well during the course.
Nkwonta, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said: “They have been thoroughly accessed and found worthy to be graduated.
“I will also use this time to thank the lecturing and directing staff of the college, as well as Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the GOC of 82 Division, Nigerian Army, for his continuous assistance during the course.”
The best graduating student, SRC Jamila Iliyasu, thanked the corps marshal and other authorities of FRSC for making the training possible and “ensuring we got the necessary exposure”.
Highlights of the event included the commissioning of the Boboye Oyeyemi Drive within the FRSC Academy, Udi as well as the inauguration of FRSC Museum and Archives.
Other activities included the conferment of pass on the graduands, presentation of certificates and awards, as well as a group photograph. (
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the joyous occasion of this year’s Eid-el-kabir celebration.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
Mustapha said executive council members had advised Muslim faithful to use the opportunity to continue to reflect on love, obedience, sacrifice and compassion among others.
“FEC urges the adherents to use this opportunity to continue to reflect on its lessons which include love, obedience , sacrifice and compassion among others.
” FEC therefore, implores believers to continue to promote national unity, peaceful co-existence for stability in order to enhance growth and development in all sectors of the nation’s economy.
According to him, the Federal Executive, therefore, wishes Nigerians a happy and successful Eid-el-kabir celebration.
The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja, inaugurated the White Paper Committee on review of new parastatals, agencies and commissions created since 2014 till date.
The committee is to come up with the white paper reports of the committees inaugurated by the Federal Government in November 2021.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Federal Government had in 2021 constituted two committees; one of the committees chaired by Mr Goni Bukar Aji, a retired Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, was to review the Steve Orosanye report and the White Paper.
And the second committee chaired by Ms Amal Pepple, a retired Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, was to review new agencies created from 2014 to date.
Performing the inauguration, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha explained that it was the inability to implement the Oronsaye reports that the Federal Government came up with another two committees.
Mustapha said the committee was constituted to review new parastatals, agencies and commissions created since 2014 after the submission of the report on restructuring.
He said the committee was also to review the rationalisation of Federal Government parastatals, agencies and commissions.
According to him, the white paper was issued in March, 2014 followed by an implementation committee that was inaugurated in May 2014.
The SGF, however, said the white paper rejected most of the recommendations and merely noted an equally greater number, adding that even those accepted were not implemented.
“It is a great honour and privilege for me to inaugurate the White Paper Committee on the review of new Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions created since 2014 after the submission of the report on restructuring.
“And rationalisation of Federal Government parastatals, agencies and commissions.
“As you are aware, the Federal Government has been concerned with the increasing cost of governance, especially with revenue challenges in the country which led to a number of efforts to address the situation.
“One of such efforts was the constitution of the committee on the restructuring and rationalisation of Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies on Aug. 18, 2011 chaired by the former Head of Service, Mr Steve Orosanye, ” he said.
Mustapha said committee submitted its report on April 16, 2012 with various recommendations such as abolition, reduction, merger and reversion of some of the agencies to departments in ministries.
He said after the submission of the Amal Pepple – chaired committee report, there was the need to constitute a ‘White Paper Committee, to consider its recommendations by the Government.
He listed the committee members as follows; Ebele Okeke – Chairman, Mrs Ibukun Odusote – member, Mustapha Sulaiman – member, Dr Ernest Umakhihe, – member, Mr Mahmuda Mamman – member, Hassan Musa – member.
Others are Dr (Mrs) Ifeoma Anyawutaku – member and Mr Dasuki Arabi Director- General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) .
In her response Dr Ebele Okeke, a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation and who is also the Chairman of the committee, appreciated the Federal Government for the honour of selecting them for the task.
Okeke, who pledged to work to ensure the implementation of the reports, pointed out that most of the recommendations of the Oronssye white paper reports were rejected, adding that even some that were recommended were yet to be implemented.
“And since then, more and more agencies, commissions, parastatals are being set up and it is actually defeating the purpose for which government set up the Oronsaye report.
“And that is why now government wants us to take a good look and make sure that we finish, and review the report on the new parastatals and agencies and come up with a good white paper for government so that it can be implemented, ” she said.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, has urged government at all levels to create an enabling environment that will promote diversification of the economy.
Mustapha said this on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the 11th Nigeria International Trade with the theme: “Diversification as Catalyst to our National Development’’.
Represented by Mr Okokon Etoabasi, Acting Director, Public Affairs and Bilateral Department, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mustapha emphasised the need to de-emphasise mono-economy system.
He said that more attention should be paid to heterogeneous economy.
“It is a known fact across the globe that for a country to attain growth and development, its economy has to be diversified.
“Diversification does not occur in a vacuum. Mono-economy needs to give way to the productive development of various sectors of the economy,’’ he said.
Mustapha emphasised that Nigerians must look inwards and be proud of what they produce.
According to him, the event provides a synergy between the Federal Government and the private sector in diversifying the economy.
“Over the years, dependence on oil has made us a mono economy, hence making us a consuming economy rather than a productive economy.
“For us to develop economically, we must embrace diversification of our products,’’ he said.
Also speaking, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, hailed Nigerians for their ingenuity
Represented by Mrs Tilda Mmegwa, the Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Ngige reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring an enabling environment for improved creativity.
He noted that indigenous manufacturing remained the foundation for the industrial revolution, critical in boosting the country’s economy.
According to him, this is essential considering the role it plays in boosting export and foreign reserves and in creating employment.
While identifying the trade fair as a splendid avenue that showcased the ingenuity of Nigerians, Ngige noted that more could be achieved with the right incentives.
The organiser, Ambassador Israel Edward, Chairman Paradise Productions Limited, said that the event was designed to showcase non-oil products, organic and natural products, foods, indigenous arts, cultural heritage, agricultural and agro-allied industries.
Edward said that Nigeria must increase productivity to improve value of the Naira.
He expressed concern that dependence on oil distracted Nigerians from exploring other avenues to grow the economy.
“We need to go back to when we had rice pyramids and cocoa houses, whereby agriculture was our main stay,’’ Edward said.
Similarly, Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed urged the Federal Government to ensure that the right infrastructure was in place to promote the activities of local manufacturers.
He said that the availability of infrastructure such as electricity and production machines were crucial in boosting the activities of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, has urged intending Christian Pilgrims to Israel and Jordan to shun all vices capable of bringing disrepute to the image of the country while in the Holy Land.
Mustapha, represented by Dr Maurice Mbaeri, Permanent Secretary, General Services, Office of the SGF, gave the advice during the dedication service for intending pilgrims to Israel and Jordan.
The SGF counselled the pilgrims to pray for the sustenance of peace and unity in the country, portraying the image of Nigeria positively and resolve to be good ambassadors of the country.
He said: “Distinguished guests, permit me to reiterate that pilgrimage is a spiritual exercise.As you pray and meditate on your Christian journey, kindly remember to pray for our dear country Nigeria.
“For God to uphold our leaders and the governed so that Nigeria can take its rightful place in the committee of nations.
“You are expected to conduct yourselves in the best behaviour worthy of emulation.
“We expect all pilgrims back by the special grace of God, meaning that no one should abscond. You must be good ambassadors of Nigeria wherever you go.”
Mustapha also reminded the intending pilgrims of the need to adhere to all health instructions.
“Let me again remind you that COVID-19 is real and still causing havoc in some parts of the world.
“There are currently variances of concern that are very contagious and deadly.
“I urge every pilgrim to adhere to all the known pharmaceutical measures to protect themselves and their loved ones from this dreaded virus.
“On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I officially flag off the 2022 Christian pilgrimage to the glory of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
“I wish you all intending pilgrims a very rewarding pilgrimage,” he said.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam, advised the pilgrims to embark on the pilgrimage with the intention of achieving spiritual rebirth by focusing on the spiritual aspect of the exercise.
“This is the first time Christians are embarking on pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan combined together.
“We have given this pilgrimage a theme, ‘Pilgrimage for Sustainable National Development’. Our country presently needs peace which is usually the antecedent of development.
“I will urge all pilgrims to pray for peace so that we can have development in Nigeria, ‘’ Pam said.
Similarly, the Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, His Grace Ignatius Kaigama, advised the pilgrims to desist from all acts that could make their journey to Israel and Jordan a wasted effort.
“When you are in the Holy Land or wherever you find yourselves, obey their laws. Don’t do anything that will bring shame to our country,” Kaigama said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that officers from Customs, Immigration, representatives of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), House Committee on Pilgrimage, the FCT Minister of State and other religious bodies advised the pilgrims to display exemplary conduct.
Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), says the hands of God are never too short to deliver Nigeria from whatever challenges it may be going through.
He made the assertion at the 2022 Democracy Day interdenominational church service, held at the Abuja Christian Centre on Sunday, where he represented Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
“We assure ourselves that the hands of God are never too short to deliver, and that his grace would always prevail for our good.
“Equally important is that we also assure ourselves that no matter how challenging the situation or moment might be, there is always enough God-given strength within us as a people to surmount them.
“Nigerians have always risen to the occasion; when it mattered most, we rose to the occasion when colonial powers subjugated our people and lorded over our resources.
“We rose to the occasion, following the ravages of a civil war to rebuild a united country, no matter how imperfect, we rose to the occasion,” he said.
The SGF added that the country also rose when military dictatorships pushed us to the age of extinction and negotiated our way into a democratic government.
This, he said, provided a platform for us to build a country we could all be proud of, adding that we had come this far because of the collaboration of all.
He extended President Muhammadu Buhari”s gratitude to the body of Christ for its stabilising role in the growth of the county’s democracy.
“I believe an interdenominational gathering of this sort is an important way to mark this special anniversary of our nation’s democracy.
“Largely because the values of justice, equality, fairness and inclusion, which underpin democratic governance are also at the heart of our Christian faith.
“A day like this set aside to commemorate Nigeria’s transition from military rule to democratic governance gives us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a people. It invites sobriety and gratitude,” he said.
Mustapha said that the day allowed Nigerians to remember the decades characterised by lack of freedom, suspicion, and uncertainty and calls to mind the prayers, faith as well as the courageous actions.
He urged people to therefore see the day as a day for gratitude and hope, and a day to remind ourselves that what was once thought impossible of Nigeria had been made possible.
The SGF expressed optimism that with unity, all hands being on deck, there would be light at the end of the tunnel, in spite of the country’s challenges.
“It is possible for joy to overcome sorrow, it is possible for peace to prevail, it is possible for us to be re-united, irrespective of our cultural, linguistic, religious or even ideological differences.
“Jesus said to the crowd in Luke, Chapter 12, verse 54, when you see a cloud rising in the West, immediately you will say it’s going to rain.
“And it does and of course we have seen the rain coming over Nigeria, reign of peace and prosperity, one which like the goodness of God touches everyone, no matter who or where they are.
“Today, let us be rest assured in the promise and possibilities of Nigeria, we have the talent and the resources to be a beacon of hope and standard bearer for the rest of Africa and the block grace,” he said.
Mustapha said that as a country, we had been progressively moving, proving that we had what it took to run an open, honest and transparent government that guarantees the rule of law.
He added that the Federal Government had showed that it could lift 100 million people out of poverty and guarantee equal access to education and opportunities for our women.
He said the government had also brought into fruition the most comprehensive social welfare programme for the poor and vulnerable in our society.
“We know the challenges, we live with them, but we also know and we have seen in the worlds of hold apostle that in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
“And of course, our nation will continue its long but steady march toward the fulfillment of his goal.
“I believe you are as persuaded as I am, because we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose,” he said.
Mustapha assured that the government was working towards the emergence of a stronger, united, peaceful and economically prosperous Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that from 1999, Nigeria had consistently celebrated Democracy Day.
The day is used to mark the end of military rule, and the return of power and control to the hands of those freely elected by the people to represent them in government.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Buhari-led federal government in 2018, moved Democracy Day from May 29 to June 12, the day the election that launched Nigeria into democracy took place.
The June 12, 1993, general election was acclaimed the freest election in the country’s political history, though the presumed winner, Chief Moshood Abiola, and Nigerians were denied their rights and choice of leadership.
This was because the election was consequently annulled on June 24, same year, by the Gen. Ibrahim Babangida military administration.
The service was attended by members of the diplomatic communities and heads of government agencies, among others.
The Registrar of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Prof. Adisa Bello, has described integrity in professional practice as a strong tool for development the nation and its economy. Bello said this at a retirement party organised in Abuja, for Mr David Ozigi, an engineer and a former director at the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN). The COREN registrar, who spoke on a topic “Character and Integrity in Professional Practice’’ said that strong adherence to it is both beneficiary to individuals and the nation a a whole Bello described professional integrity as the practice of maintaining ethical behaviour, strong adherence to moral and ethical principles and values such as honesty, honour, dependability and trustworthiness. He further outlined the importance of integrity in the work place to be beneficial to both the individual and the organisation. The registrar stated that the individual gains respect, trust and confidence of his peers and bosses, thus integrity in the workplace ultimately guarantees overall success. According to him, some of the characteristics of a man of character and integrity include valuing other people’s time, giving credit to where credit is due. “They are always honest and never take advantage of others. They give most people the benefit of doubt; they believe in others and trust others. Bello, therefore, described the retiring SMEDAN director as an epitome of character and integrity. He went down memory to 1985 when he had his first contact as an engineering student with Ozigi who was his lecturer at ATBU Bauchi, where he taught the course with the title Strength of Materials. He described Ozigi as a gentle man a lot of youths still look up to and need to emulate his character and integrity. Ozigi, according to him, has impacted positively on many people’s lives and he maintains his composure in virtually everywhere he is. In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Tasiu Sa’ad-Wudil, said that the celebrator was a lecturer at ATBU Bauchi in the 80’s, and noted for hard work and strictness. Wudil also stated that as the Chief Examiner for the recruitment of new members into NSE Maitama chapter, he was very delighted to find out that the celebrator is a member of the chapter. Wudil prayed that God Almighty reward him abundantly for the positive virtues he had impacted on the lives of some of his former students. Pastor Joseph Seyi-Malomo, Chaplain of the Aso Chapel in his sermon titled “God does not believe in retirement but in completion of life call” drew his texts from Exodus 7:7; Deuteronomy 34:7 and 2 Timothy 1:9. “We gather to celebrate Mr Ozigi who has had a successful 35 years career as a civil servant. We should however, note that God does not believe in retirement. The Scripture says in 2 Timothy 1:9 that God saved us and called us to a Holy Calling. The Holy Calling is the totality of God’s Assignments in the life of a person. “Since Life is in phases and men are in sizes, this holy calling may take you through different vocations and service in your life. “The completion of one service may be called your retirement by the law and policy governing the career, but it is not retirement from the “holy calling” in the eyes of God”. He said that Moses at 120 years still served God diligently in spite of his old age. “Even at 120 years, the Bible says he wanted to do more particularly because his natural strength was not weak neither were his eyes dim. “So, God’s promise to Engr Ozigi and everyone here at this retirement in service is that once He has more assignment for you, your retirement from the current service is not the conclusion,” Malomo added. The occasion was chaired by retired Gen. Chris Garuba. Other dignitaries at the event included the Mother of the day, Dr Dere Awosika; Chairman Access Bank Plc represented by Mrs Ibukun Odusote, retired Federal Permanent Secretary. Others were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, represented by Mr Gulani Musa, Director, General Services and the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment Amb. Mariam Katagum represented by Dr Ahmed Bashar. Also at occasion were a representative of the Kogi State Government, Mr Moses Okezie – Okafor, Director-General Energy Commission of Nigeria Prof. Eli Bala represented by Mr Nathaniel Omale and .ng)
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support which led to his election into the Senate in 2007.
Mohammed stated this during the inauguration of the Upgraded Bauchi Urban Water Scheme, on Thursday in Bauchi.
Mohammed said the gesture led to his political glory which he is enjoying now.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mohammed was elected senator representing Bauchi-Central on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) 2007.
Mohammed was also elected governor of the state in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“I wish to state that no state out of the 36 states of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, loves you more than Bauchi State.
“Your precedence and pedigree as a man of high moral standing, incorruptibility and compassionate disposition towards the common man stand you out as a colossus and phenomenon.
“I for one will never forget the support you gave me which saw my election as a senator in 2007. This marked the beginning of my political ascension, prominence and glory.
“For this reason, I hold you and former President Goodluck Jonathan in the highest esteem, and I will never aspire to any political position in which any of you has interest.
“While I remain eternally grateful to you, I want to assure you that I will always remember you and protect your integrity and your family in whatever I may find myself in life,” he said.
He also lauded the federal government’s effort towards uplifting the living standard of the people of the state.
The governor said that the water project would not have been possible without the sovereign guarantee and selection of Bauchi state as a beneficiary by the federal government.
Mohammed further commended President Buhari for his concern on matters affecting the state, adding that the state government had accessed N12 billion housing facility initiated by the federal government.
“I want to assure you that on completion of construction work, the houses will be allocated to beneficiaries across political party lines. We will continue to be supportive and loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
Buhari, who was represented by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said he was glad to be in Bauchi state, which he described as his second home.
He said his experience and association with the people and rich culture of Bauchi has been cherished one.
According to him, the federal government will continue to support the government through execution of viable projects for sustainable social and economic development of the state. ()
Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Boss Mustapha, inaugurated a N23.5 billion township water supply scheme in Bauchi on Thursday on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The scheme was executed by the Federal Government under the World Bank Third National Urban Sector Reform Project (NUWSRP3).
Mustapha said at the inauguration that the Federal Government accorded priority to projects that would accelerate economic development through the harnessing of natural resources such as water.
He explained that the project aimed at addressing water scarcity in the urban area of the Bauchi State capital.
Mustapha also commended the Bauchi State government for providing the counterpart funding of 10 per cent on the project in which the World Bank gave 90 per cent of the contract sum.
“Bauchi is home to me as I always enjoy your popular support,
“I urge the good people of this state to reciprocate the gesture by helping in the maintenance of the scheme,’’ Mustapha said in a message sent by the president.
In his remarks, Gov. Bala Mohammed appreciated the Federal Government for its concern for the state and appealed for more federal presence through the provision of additional infrastructure.
Also speaking at the inauguration, Mr Shubham Chaudhuri, the Country Director of the World Bank in Nigeria, assured that it would continue to support states and nations desirous to promote water and sanitation.
He noted that the Bauchi State and the bank succeeded in executing the project in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The upgraded water scheme is expected to supply 75 million litres of water to the more than one million residents of Bauchi metropolis and its environs daily. (www.nanews.ng)