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Today’s Headlines: Gov. Fintiri Appoints New COS, SSG; Governors Back Tinubu On Fuel Subsidy Removal

Gov. Fintiri appoints new COS, SSG

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri has appointed Auwal D Tukur and Edgar Amos as his new Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Chief of Staff (COS) respectively.

He announced the appointments in a statement released on Wednesday.

“Today, I am happy to announce the appointment of Auwal D Tukur as the new Secretary to the State Government of Adamawa!

“With his impeccable leadership skills and extensive experience, I am confident that he will excel in this role, bringing fresh ideas and a strong commitment to our great state.

“Additionally, I am delighted to introduce Edgar Amos as my new Chief of Staff. His exceptional organizational prowess and strategic thinking make him an invaluable asset to our administration. With Edgar’s guidance, I am certain we will overcome challenges and achieve remarkable progress.

Governors back Tinubu on fuel subsidy removal

State governors on Wednesday expressed strong support for President Bola Tinubu‘s decision to end fuel subsidy payments in the country and other early policy initiatives of the administration.

The governors, who took turns to speak when Mr Tinubu hosted members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), led by its chairman, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, at the State House, expressed happiness with the president’s subsidy-removal decision, all-inclusive leadership and statesmanship.

They congratulated the president for tackling the fuel subsidy behemoth, promising to work with him to ameliorate the short-term impact of the decision.

Mr Tinubu had earlier called on the governors to collaborate with the federal government in tackling the menace of poverty in the country, saying the level of impoverishment was unacceptable.

The president advised the political leaders to downplay their differences and jointly focus on alleviating the sufferings and pains of the people.

Benue PDP slams Gov Alia over sack of civil servants

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the sacking of certain category of Benue civil servants by Governor Hyacinth Alia describing it as unlawful, insensitive and callous.

Recall that the Governor in a statement on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Tersoo Kula had among others directed and ordered the nullication of all employment made by the outgone administration since May 2022 as well as the reversal of promotions to the rank of Permanent Secretary made from January 2023 by that administration.

Briefing the media on the development in Makurdi, the acting State Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Isaac Mffo who noted that the action of the Governor was unacceptable as the affected civil servants were lawfully employed, called for a reversal of the directive.

According to the acting Chairman, “the affected civil servants were given lawful appointments into the state civil service having fulfilled all statutory requirements and until this directive were entitled to all the rights, privileges and protections guaranteed them under the labour laws of the state.

Catholic bishop asks Irabor to update Nigerians on suspects arrested over Owo attack

Felix Ajakaye, Catholic bishop of Ekiti, has asked Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, to give an update on the suspects arrested over the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state.

On June 5, 2022, gunmen attacked the Catholic church leaving 40 people dead and many injured.

In August, Irabor said the gunmen behind the attack had been arrested.

In a statement, Ajakaye noted that it is a year since the attack and Nigerians are still waiting for answers.

He said the defence chief is yet to update Nigerians on what has become of the suspects.