Osinbajo Decries High Port Charges

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has decried the imposition of arbitrary high charges by shipping lines in West and Central African countries.

He also urged the Union of African Shippers Council to adopt common political and diplomatic strategies to check the operations of shipping lines servicing the ports in the sub-region.

Prof Osinbajo who spoke yesterday in Abuja while declaring open the sub-regional summit on unfair shipping surcharges and high local shipping charges at the ports of West African sub-region, said some of the charges were unnecessary.

He listed the charges to include bunker adjustment factor, currency adjustment factor, war risk surcharge, confession sub charges, peak season surcharges, extra risk insurance sub charge, freight rate surcharge, and port operation recovery surcharge.

He said the surcharges amounted to huge sums of illegal capital flight from the countries of the sub-region and has been depleting the countries foreign reserves. He also said data obtained from the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) showed that about N2billion is repatriated by multi-national shipping firms from reasonable of demurrage charges for Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in each quarter of the year.

Attributing the poor transport infrastructure development to one of the reasons for the high port charges, he urged AU member-states to prioritise the development of transport infrastructure for the work-ability of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA).

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, also condemned the unilateral manner in which service providers introduce and increase freight rates in the sub-region through various surcharges.

He said the Federal Government, through its partnership with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), has started checking claims of terrorism, piracy, armed attacks on ships and other negative activities in the Gulf of Guinea to increase charges and introduce more surcharges in Nigeria

The Nation

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No Local Government Under Boko Haram Control – Borno Indigenes

The National Coalition of Borno indigenes (NCBI) has discarded the report alleging that some Local Governments in Borno State have been captured by Boko Haram terrorist group.

The group was reacting to the report, which got the attention of many Nigerians, that Boko Haram has seized and held control of Gubio and other Local Governments in Borno State, without immediate push back from the military.

In a statement from it’s headquarters in Abuja signed by it’s Chairman, Jashilagari Chinda, the group gave clarification to the issue. “We have reached out to our branch in Borno State and base on the update we got, we can assure the public that Boko Haram has no hold on any part of the state.

“We admit that there was an attack coordinated by insurgents, but it was repelled by the army and peace has since been restored in the communities.
“It is disheartening that some people derive pleasure in circulating self-concocted, fabricated stories to give the impression that the Nigerian troops are losing the war against insurgency in the North-East.”

The group noted that the Nigerian Army also disclosed that “the troops successfully repelled the attacks after engaging the insurgents in fierce battle”

NCBI therefore urged the citizenry to disregard the misleading news circulated by uninformed few about the real situation on ground.
It also added that our troops are dedicated to protecting our beloved country with many paying the ultimate price of death.  The least we can do is to support and encourage them instead of spreading misguided news that could demoralise them.

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On The Roles Of Chief Of Staff And SGF

Recent media and social media reports on the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff to the President have suggested that the role has changed. This is not the case.

Today, under the Buhari II administration the role of Chief of Staff remains the same as it was under Buhari I.

It is worth stressing that the role and responsibilities of the Chief of Staff and the method of communication and arranging scheduling between Cabinet members and the President are, in Nigeria, based on the US model, where the same system operates – and has done for decades – in precisely the same way.

That role is to act as the head of the presidential administration at Aso Rock; to be an adviser to the President on any and all matters; to be the line manager for all staff at Aso Rock; and to manage appointments and scheduling for the President.

In the traditional presidential system, it is a primary function of a Chief of Staff, which may vary according to the needs and desires of each President, to supervise key State House Staff, control access to the office and the person of the President, manage communications and information flow and this includes that which binds the relationship with the two other arms of government.

During the President’s first term those were the responsibilities of the Chief of Staff, and they remain the same responsibilities today. There is no change.

When President Buhari explained to ministers that they would be expected to communicate with him and arrange scheduling to meet with him primarily via the Chief of Staff, he did so as many of the Buhari II Cabinet ministerial appointments are new appointments and cannot therefore be expected to know how matters of liaising with the President operate.

This is to stress that access to the President is open to ministers. It is not true that this is denied them in the Second Term.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on the other hand is responsible for ensuring the effective coordination and monitoring of the implementation of government policies and programmes. All cabinet matters must go through him.

Under this dispensation, a performance evaluation of ministers and Permanent Secretary will be maintained by the SGF. Two weeks after assuming office, they are expected to sign mandate acceptance documents.

It is time to end the unnecessary controversy, for the key appointees of the President to carry out their jobs.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 24, 2019

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Okorocha Blasts Imo PDP Over Petition To IGP Against Him

The immediate past governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has tackled the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a petition against him by the party to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), accusing him of making inciting comments against Governor Emeka Ihedioha’s administration.

The petition, which was signed by the state secretary of the party, Nze Ray Emeana, and made available to journalists yesterday, urged the IGP to look into Okorocha’s comments while addressing his supporters during his return to the state last Tuesday and call him to order.

But in his reaction, Okorocha described the letter as “deceitful and an afterthought”, urging the IGP to disregard the petition.

A statement signed by Okorocha’s Special Adviser, Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, said: “Governor Emeka Ihedioha-led PDP government in Imo State has sent a letter to the IGP to call the beloved former governor of the State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to order, because according to them, he was inciting his supporters to cause trouble.

“Governor Ihedioha was also quoted to have said that his predecessor, Owelle Okorocha “stole” not N200 billion again but N1 trillion from the state.

“We want to appeal to the IGP to disregard the letter because it was by all standard, very deceitful and an afterthought. The fact is that Ihedioha and his party have gotten maggot-infected firewoods and by so doing, have invited Agama Lizard to breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“This is a government that swore openly to step on the toes of his predecessor, Owelle Okorocha, throwing caution to the wind. The PDP government in the state led by Ihedioha also declared war against Imo people perhaps for rejecting them at the poll in 2011, 2015 and even 2019 because in 2019, INEC declared them winner with more than half of Ihedioha’s votes coming from only three Local Governments of Aboh Mbaise, Ahiazu Mbaise and Ezinihitte Mbaise where he comes from, out of the 27 LGAs.

“They have set up, as we write, 21 Panels and Committees all aimed at creating undue tension and preparing the ground to dispose of people of their legitimate possessions; and to also blackmail. There is also an uncountable number of task forces, beating our people especially motorists on a daily basis and forcing them to pay all kinds of levies and loyalties. What we have in Imo at the moment is an Emperor who loves power and money. “

Okorocha alleged that crimes and criminality had resurfaced in the state since the assumption of the present administration, which should have been given attention.

“They failed to tell the IGP in their letter that today, kidnapping, ritual killings, armed robbery, raping, cultism, etc have become the orders of the day and totally opposite of what was obtainable for the eight years Okorocha governed the state. No Imo man or woman was harassed or beaten under Okorocha, but today the reverse is entirely the case.

With all these, Imo people, not Okorocha, are angry. Okorocha only advised the government to exercise caution and appealed to the people to remain calm. And their worry or concern is the mammoth crowd that received Okorocha on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, when he returned to the state with the atmosphere being clement and he was able to address them for hours,” he said.

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President Buhari Attends TICAD7 In Japan

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Sunday for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama, August 28-30, 2019.

President Buhari’s participation will be his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.

With the theme, “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” the Opening Session of TICAD7 will be performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe.

President Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s Statement during Plenary Session Three in which he will appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6. He will attend a State Banquet and also honour the invitation of Emperor Naruhito to a Tea Reception at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian President will also attend some side-events and meet chief executive officers of some Japanese companies with huge investments in Nigeria.

Formed in 1993, the now triennial TICAD, which has been convened alternately in Japan and Africa since TICAD6, according to the organisers, is the largest international conference held in Japan which “provides an open forum that generates innovative discussion among various stakeholders on African development.” Participants are drawn not only from African countries, but also international organisations, private companies and civil society organisations involved in development.

TCAD7 is expected to focus on Africa’s “economic transformation and improvements in business environment and institution through private investment and innovation; promotion of resilient and sustainable African society for human security; and peace and stability in support of Africa’s domestic proactive efforts.”

Nigeria has gained tremendously since her participation in TICAD6 at the highest level, during which Japan pledged $30 billion investment “for the future of Africa combined with the private sector;” $10 billion infrastructure investment, and $500 million for vocational training of 50,000 Africans.

Since the Nairobi Conference, Japanese government and companies have been very active in supporting Nigeria’s agriculture, healthcare, electricity and youth empowerment.

President Buhari and his delegation are expected in Yokohama to push for broader Japanese assistance in the areas of science and technology, innovation, human resource development, education, agriculture, power, health and disaster risk reduction, among others.

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Babagana Zulum, AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Borno, Kwara and Lagos States respectively; ministers and other top government officials.

The President is expected back in Nigeria on Saturday, August 31.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 23, 2019

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There’s A Lot Of Work Ahead Of Us, In Spite Of What We’ve Done Before, Says Fashola

The new Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, has called for readiness among the staff of the Ministry in order to achieve the mandate of the Federal Government for economic growth and development as well as job creation in the country expressing his resolve to provide the needed leadership.

Fashola who was the immediate past Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said the need to achieve the mandate was in line with the clear mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari who in his speech, while swearing in the Ministers earlier, had made it clear that he wanted the Ministers to further grow and stabilize the nation’s economy.

Addressing the senior management staff of the Ministry at the Conference Room in Mabushi soon after the inauguration at the State House, Fashola expressed joy that the staff had remained faithful to some of the works left behind by his team during the last administration but warned that that there was still work to be done to consolidate on the foundation so far laid.

The Minister declared, “I am happy to see that some of the works we left you have remained faithful and that is in the spirit of continuity and development which is what the nation needs”. He added, however, “There is still a lot of work ahead of us in spite of what we have done before and I offer myself ready and willing to do my part by providing leadership and I trust that all of you are ready as well”.

“The mandate of Mr. President is very clear and it derives from his mandate to the people of Nigeria. And if you watched the Swearing-in ceremony today and listened to his speech, he wants us to be his eyes and ears and his agents to serve all the people of Nigeria and that is what we must set out to achieve”, Fashola said pointing out that the President was unequivocal on the urgent need to stabilize the economy.

According to the Minister, the President was clear about the need to sustain the growth already experienced in the economy, adding, “The economy has grown from recession and out of recession and it has grown for consecutive eight quarters. But we need to double that growth and even multiply it , but that will depend on how we work this time. The central purpose is to create prosperity and to create jobs and I think this is possible”.

Fashola, who said the immediate need was to work out a budget for the Ministry in the next two weeks, urged all the agencies and departments of the Ministry to work closely with the Permanent Secretary to achieve the feat adding that the budget remained the article of faith between the government and the governed.

He declared, “One of the first things we have to do is to quickly work out the budget for the Ministry of Works and Housing and we have to do that in the next two weeks”, adding that because the budget was the article of faith in governance, all agencies and departments of the Ministry must work together to produce a budget worthy of note by the Ministry.

Pointing out that the leadership of the National Assembly has expressed commitment to conduct all the budget defenses in the month of October, Fashola said in order to ensure that this was achieved and all documents were made ready for the defense, all leaves, travels and other less compelling engagements must be put aside for now.

He stressed the need for the nation’s professionals to be more committed and dedicated to the service of the country pointing out that the fortunes of every nation was determined by how their professionals engage in national service. He said the central purpose of public service was to create prosperity and deliver better life to the people.

Welcoming the new Minister of State, Engineer Aliyu Abubakar, Fashola, who expressed joy that he is reuniting with the new Minister , “in the service of our fatherland” after many years, disclosed that aside working with him at the level of Governors’ Forum they also worked together in the formative years of the All Progressives Congress.

Describing him as a very strong Party Man, Fashola, who said the speech rendered by the Minister of State was the longest he ever heard him give, added, “What is instructive about it is that he has laid himself bare to those of you who don`t know him. This was plain in all he has said.”

The Minister said in terms of professional qualifications, the new Minister of State was bringing a lot of experience that would be beneficial to the Ministry, adding, “I heard a very rousing applause when he said he is a civil engineer and also when he included his water engineering background. And so, of course, he brings a lot of experience that is beneficial to the Ministry.”

The inaugural meeting with management staff of the Ministry was attended by the Permanent Secretary Works, Directors, heads of departments and agencies of the Ministry as well as Special Advisers and other top government functionaries.

HAKEEM BELLO

SPECIAL ADVISER,

COMMUNICATIONS

TO THE HON. MINISTER

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Access To President Through Chief Of Staff Is Standard Global Practice – BMO

The office of the Chief of Staff (CoS) to the President is not only the hub of most issues that require the President’s attention but also of paramount importance for the smooth running of the administration.

According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to his Ministers to channel their submission to him through his Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyeri, is quite in order. It is in fact standard practice globally.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group said critics of the directive are either uninformed or are hoodwinkers. “For the avoidance of doubt, no new power has been conferred on the office of the Chief of Staff except that the President has chosen to run an administration that is better organized.

“We also wish to remind critics of this directive that in developed societies, especially the United States of America from where we copied our presidential system of government, the office of the Chief of Staff is key to driving the successful delivery of good governance to the citizens, and Nigeria’s case cannot be different. 


“Additionally, the President, in his wisdom, is desirous of avoiding the staccato arrangement of the past that was disorderly and uncoordinated, even as it hampered the smooth running of government activities.”

BMO noted that President Buhari runs a more organised and streamlined system, aimed at ensuring a seamless operation of government activities, without unnecessary delays or hasty decision-making.


“We, therefore, implore Nigerians not to be taken in by the antics of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a few disgruntled elements who never see anything good in an administration that is not only people-oriented but is focused at fighting corruption, improving the economy and combating the insurgency. The PDP should not equate its profligate era with the Buhari administration that is focused on rebuilding the country.”

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FG To License Online Radio, TV Stations

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved wide ranging reforms in the
broadcasting industry, including the licensing of online radio and
television stations.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who
disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he received members of the
Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) on a courtesy visit, was
responding to a request made by BON for the review of the
Broadcasting Code.

“I just want to use this opportunity to inform you that Mr. President
has actually already approved a review of the Broadcast Code that is
going to take care of many of the issues you have already raised here.

“In particular, the President has approved that WebTVs and radio stations,
including foreign broadcasters beaming signals into Nigeria, will be
licensed because we must bring sanity into this industry. Mr.
President has also approved a wide range of reforms in the industry
which, at the appropriate platform, I will let you know,” he said.

The Minister, who promised to carry along members of BON in the review
of the Broadcasting Code, restated the commitment of the present
administration to free media.

“I have said it on many platforms that this administration is not
about to gag the press. No! But we will appeal to the press to please
self-regulate for the sake of this country and also for the sake of
the industry itself,” he said.

Alhaji Mohammed also appealed to BON to partner with the government in
the promotion of peaceful co-existence and cohesion in order to
engender progress and national development.

“Today, if anybody listens to what is being said on some radio or
television stations, you will think that this country is at war or that
Christians actually cannot live with Muslims or that there is a
dichotomy between the North and the South. I think we need to appeal
to you to use your platforms for the unity and cohesion of the
country,” he said.

In his remarks, the Acting Chairman of BON, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa,
said the re-appointment of the Minister was deserving because he
brought life and great innovation to the broadcast industry during the
first tenure of the administration.

He pledged the readiness of BON to key into the government’s agenda,
especially the fight against fake news.

Segun Adeyemi
SA To Hon. Minister of Information and Culture

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Nigeria, US Partnership Vital For Development – Osinbajo

The partnership between Nigeria and the United States is one that would continue to produce mutually desirable results for both countries, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received the Administrator of the US Agency on International Development (USAID), Mr Mark Green who is currently on a visit to Nigeria.

Noting that the US is one of Nigeria’s most dependable development partners, the Vice President said the Nigerian government was grateful for the interventions in the areas of health, humanitarian issues and education.

While stating the commitment of the Buhari administration to improve the country’s education sector, and the President’s resolve to enforce free and compulsory basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age; Prof. Osinbajo noted that a lot more can be done with cooperation between both countries.

He said, “This is an area where Mr. President particularly has a personal commitment. On June 20th, in a meeting with State Governors, he made the point that we are going to enforce a nine-year free and compulsory basic education for children. He felt that this was not just a moral obligation, but, of course, to educate and develop future generations, especially female children.

The Vice President said there could be more cooperation in the area of teacher training, skills development, child education, especially girl-child education, among other interventions in the education sector.

Prof. Osinbajo also highlighted the need for more development partnerships in the areas of improving the country’s power sector and security, noting that the Federal Government has been putting a significant amount of work in developing renewable energy and providing solar power in rural areas and other parts of the country.

According to him, “In the power sector, we find that renewable energy is an area we want to do more in. And in many parts of the country, we find that solar power would be advantageous for us, and we’re trying to do a lot in that area. The Power grid itself has had various challenges. We think the fastest growth, especially in rural areas is solar power. In that respect, we’ve done a fair amount of work.”

While acknowledging US military assistance, the VP noted that the Federal Government would also welcome more cooperation in tackling humanitarian challenges in the North East of the country.

In his remarks, Green; who was accompanied by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, said the US and Nigeria have a deep friendship based on shared values and shared priorities. He described as admirable President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal commitment to ensuring compulsory free education for Nigerian children, stating the US looks forward to working with the Nigerian government on developing its education sector, tackling security challenges and improving economic indices.

He said, “We have particular interest in continuing our very strong partnership in providing humanitarian assistance, particularly in areas in the North; working together on economic opportunities, particularly in rural areas; creating strong sustainable futures for farmers and herders; and looking for ways to tackle some of the challenges that we both see in building lives and communities.”

Earlier in the day, the Vice President also received a delegation from the Andrew J. Young Foundation, led by civil rights activist and former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew J. Young.

The Vice President described Young as one of the major icons in the US civil rights movement.
The VP noted that Young has played “very important roles in the life of our nation and influencing positively many of our leaders.”

In his remarks, Young commended the Buhari administration for “being able to hold this country together in spite of the differences” and ensuring democracy prevailed.

Young, who worked with the late Martin Luther King Jnr., was accompanied by Ambassador Howard Jeter, Sir Emeka Offor and Senator Ken Nnamani.


Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President
23rd August, 2019

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‘We Will Blaze The Trail In Niger Delta Development’ – Akpabio

The newly appointed Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON, and his counterpart, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, have resumed work at the Ministry with the promise to leave huge footprints in the development of the Niger Delta region.

At the reception organized by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, mni, and management staff on Wednesday, 21st of August, 2019, in Abuja, the Ministers expressed their readiness to urgently address the developmental needs of the Niger Delta region.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, said that being from the Niger Delta region, it behoves on him to take the developmental challenges more seriously, hence, the issues of capacity building, inadequate infrastructure, poverty alleviation, youth restiveness, entrepreneurship, environmental degradation, amongst others, will be tackled head-on as he was not unaware of how these challenges negatively affected people of the region.  

Akpabio pledged to work harmoniously with his counterpart to ensure that they lived up to the expectations of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Akpabio added that he loved leaving marks anywhere he worked and called on staff and management of the Ministry to ‘put all hands on deck to ensure that our developmental efforts yield fruits’.

In his remarks, the Minister of State, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, thanked staff of the Ministry for the warm reception accorded them and pledged to give his best in boosting the confidence imposed in him through their appointment. He expressed his eagerness to get to work.

In her remarks, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, mni, expressed confidence that the appointment of the new Ministers would change the narrative of the Niger Delta region. She also pledged the commitment of management and staff to the actualization of the vision of the present administration as well as the formulation and execution of policies, projects   and programmes geared towards addressing the challenges of the region.

The Permanent Secretary added that to achieve the vision and goals of the Ministry, there was the need for it to solicit for financial, material and human resources, through partnerships, leverage on Corporate Social Responsibility as well as Public -Private Partnerships.

She also suggested that the Ministry worked with Federal, States and Local Governments, the private sector, development partners, Non-Governmental Organisations, (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations, amongst others. To ensure the Ministers succeeded, she urged management and staff to work as a team.

Walson – Jack also expressed hope that the Ministers would not just pass through the Ministry but leave indelible marks and ‘a legacy of uncommon development in the Niger Delta region.’

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Cabinet: Buhari Has Chosen A Stellar Team To Deliver Excellence – BMO

President Buhari has chosen for his second term a stellar team that would deliver optimal results in the last half of his two-term tenure.

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) believes that, going by the backgrounds, qualifications and impeachable records of the crop of Ministers in this cabinet, President Buhari did his home-work very well, and the nation will be better for it.

In a statement signed by Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, its Chairman and Secretary respectively, BMO noted that the President has made very sound and deliberate choices in these men and women who have very inspiring backgrounds and records.

“The team of Ministers just sworn in are an exceptional crew. A quick look at their records in their private and public service would excite any observer. They are men and women of capacity, who have etched their names in the history books as trailblazers and achievers. They have stood out as the best in their fields of endeavours and are capable and fit for the job ahead. 

“These are the very best, and we are sure that they would bring in their best to the execution of their duties while in service to the nation as Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“These achievers were not just picked at random. The President was deliberate, conscious and perspicacious in the selection of these Ministers. Each brings to the table something that stands him or her out. President Buhari has consequently assigned to each of them a role that he wants them to play, given their unique talents, records and past achievements.”

BMO noted that the newly sworn-in Ministers would play a pivotal role in the President’s strive to deliver on the promises he made to the Nigerian people.

“President Buhari had campaigned in 2015 and 2019 on the delivery of three key promises to Nigerians: securing the nation, rejuvenating the economy and fighting corruption. He has achieved a great deal in each of this. And, there is a general unanimity among Nigerians about this.

“The new Ministers would play key roles in building on the foundation that had been laid by the President and his team in the first tenure. These Ministers would consequently continue the good work that has been started.”

The group further noted that the Ministers were not just a good crop of highly skilled technocrats, but also of grassroots politicians who understand the party’s manifesto and mandate and are loyal to its cause.

BMO said further that the President was elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and so he has chosen strategic members of the party to build up his cabinet, knowing that he will need people who have the same thinking, ideology and philosophy as he to deliver on his promises.

“Observers may note that these Ministers are mostly technocratic politicians, they are right. The President needs not just skilled workers to assist him to deliver on his mandate, he also needs politicians who understand his political mandate and the ideology for which he was elected. He has thus picked a team that fits the balance: exceptional technocrats and consummate politicians.”

BMO also called on the Ministers to remain focused and loyal to the cause, noting that they had been given assignments that would further write their names in the good books of history, as they are going to be instrument of change that would take Nigeria to a level of unprecedented greatness.

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BMO Hails Adesina, Shehu On Their Reappointment

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has hailed the reappointment of Presidential spokespersons, Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu as Special Adviser and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity respectively.


In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group acknowledged that the reappointment is in recognition of the duo’s commitment to the arduous task of nation-building and the confidence the President reposed in them.


BMO expressed confidence that the reappointment will afford them the opportunity to help drive the ‘’Change Agenda’’ of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to the ‘’Next Level’’.


It also congratulated other members of the presidential media team Mr. Laolu Akande, Lauretta Onochie and Bashir Ahmad, and wished them a successful second tenure

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