The social media account manager handling the official Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has apologized for an error he made when he used the Ministry’s Twitter account to share a personal tweet that was considered inappropriate.
A Twitter user had shared a tweet about sports and @FMoCDENigeria’s Twitter handle gave a heated response that ended with: “Indaboski Bahose will sure visit you soon.”
It was apparent that the social media handler had forgotten to switch over to his personal account before sharing the tweet.
Unfortunately, the error was noticed by Twitter users and they called out the Ministry.
The social media handler took responsibility for the error and he switched to his personal Twitter account to reveal himself and apologize.
He tweeted: ” I want to apologise to @FMoCDENigeria and Nigerians for the oversight at my end to have reply a tweet with the official Handle. I was given privileged to review and check tweets. It was an expensive error from me. I sincerely apologise. Blame is on me.”
The official Twitter handle of the @FMoCDENigeria also apologized, writing: “We sincerely apologize to Nigerians, this was a mistake by one of the handlers of this account who thought he was tweeting with his personal account. We are a responsive handle and would not get involved with such.”
Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has died.
A statement from Paulinus Nsirim, the state Commissioner for Information, confirmed that Simeon died today Sunday May 17 at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH) where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
The statement quoted the governor as describing Nwakaudu as “loyal and dedicated professional”. Read the statement below
“Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed shock over the sudden death of his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.
He described late Nwakaudu as a loyal and dedicated professional who contributed immensely to the implementation of the Rivers vision.
The governor on behalf of his family, the government and good people of the state condoled with the bereaved family.
He prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the great loss.”
Governor Yahaya Bello has revealed why many people thought Abba Kyari was a cabal member in Buhari’s Presidency.
The Kogi Governor made the disclosure during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’. He described Abba Kyari as President Buhari’s loyal and dedicated aide who left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill over time both within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Nigeria in general.
He added that the late CoS was a great politician who never sought for any elective position and a great diplomat who was never an ambassador during his sojourn here on earth.
“We look at him as a patriot, a great diplomat but he was never an ambassador, a great politician but he never sought for any elective position, a great technocrat and a great lawyer.
“Somebody who was very passionate about this country. He has done his own part, he has made his own contribution and left a very big shoe.
“I hope and pray that Mr President will get somebody who can fill in this vacuum. We wish him an eternal rest”
Commenting on the alleged cabal in Buhari’s Presidency, Bello admitted that Kyari was an influential member of the cabinet who must have stepped on toes while discharging his duties in the interest of President Buhari and the country.
He averred that the late CoS took a lot of bullets, lots of responsibility and there is no regret or apology to that effect.
The Kogi Governor added;
“Like you know and those of us in authority, loyalty is number one. Secondly, your ability and character to discharge the duties and responsibilities discharged on you is one other thing. Mallam Abba Kyari was very loyal to Mr President, very diligent, a professional per excellence and he is very passionate about the progress and development of Nigeria, not only to our party the APC but Nigeria in general.
“So such a person, if he is carrying out his duties and responsibilities, surely there is no way you will not step on toes one way or the other to ensure that the job is done. So if he stepped on toes in one way or the other, it is just to ensure that he serves Mr President diligently, that he did very well.
“He took a lot of bullets and took a lot of responsibility for that. So there is no regret and there is no apology to that effect. In due course, we are going to miss this great Nigerian who sacrificed it all to ensure that we have the much modest achievement that we have today. So if you say cabal, in one way or the other yes.
“You will have one or two persons that are loyal to you who is ready to dare the devil and ensure that the job is done. So if you call it a cabal, it depends on the angle you are looking at it from.”
The Abia atate Ministry of Health has declared one Vincent Prosper, a suspected COVID-19 patient, wanted.
A statement signed and released by John Okiyi-Kalu, the state Commissioner for Information today April 17th, said that Prosper sneaked into Abia State from a-yet-to-be mentioned neighboring state recently. According to the release, the suspected COVID-19 patient was last seen around 153, Azikiwe Road, Aba.
The state government has asked anyone with useful information on Prosper’s whereabouts and those who have had contacts with him to call 0700 2242 362 or contact the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Osuji immediately.
The Nasarawa State governor has reportedly bought 24 Toyota Hilux vehicles for state lawmakers, estimated at nearly N500 million. This is despite the fact that the state does not have a single ventilator.
According to Daily Trust, the Speaker of Nasarawa House of Assembly, Ibrahim Abdullahi stated that Abdullahi gave the 24 Toyota Hilux to the lawmakers as official vehicles. At an average cost of N21m per car, they are worth a combined total of N504m.
The car purchase comes amid a protest by Medical and Health Workers in the state. The health workers on Thursday, April 16, protested non-payment of their March salary by Doma local government. They threatened to embark on industrial action from Friday, if they are not paid.
Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) threatened to embark on strike over non payment of their March salary by Doma local council.
Mr Adamu Musa, the Secretary of Ekye branch of the union in Doma Local Government, made this know on Thursday in Lafia when they appeared to defend their petition before the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, (NSHA) Committee on Public Complaints, Petitions and Security chaired by Hon Danladi Jatau.
Musa said, ” We petitioned the Chairman of Doma Local Government, Alhaji Rabo Sani over non payment of our March salary to health workers and we are set to commence strike by Friday 17th, 2020, if nothing is done”.
People have condemned the purchase of the cars for lawmakers, stating that the money could have been put to better use.
An activist, Omar Nurudeen, said the presentation of new Toyota Hilux cars to the 24 lawmakers was unnecessary, according to Daily Trust. The publication added that Omar lamented that the cars were presented at a time most states have cut down their spending to meet the economic challenges brought on in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
Omar noted that each car which allegedly cost N21m could pay for at least three ventilators, which would have improved the health system of the state.
Though Nasawara has not reported any confirmed case of COVID-19, the state shares boundaries with other states such as Abuja that have confirmed Coronavirus patients.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami has reacted to the controversy 5G network has ignited on Nigeria’s social media space in the last few days.
In an interview on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Sunday April 5, the Minister said he is yet to see any research linking 5G network with Coronavirus amid the discussion on the safety of the network.
Pantami dismissed speculations about the network and its safety, and further stated that the government does not take decisions based on online speculations.
“Firstly, it is not what is said online that government will work with. We are always taking decisions based on the opinions of experts, based on research.
“When it comes to health, we have (the) World Health Organisation and many health bodies.
“I just want you to bring out any research which they have conducted and (in which they) made their position about 5G’s relationship with COVID-19. I am yet to see anyone from the World Health Organisation.
“This is a body that accommodates our experts in health globally. We have ITU, the International Telecommunication Union.
“I just challenge you to let me know one expert or ITU as a body or any other professional body that conducted research and also made it public that this is the position.”
The Minister who revealed that the trial of the 5G network was conducted in Nigeria in November 2019 after it was stalled for about two months, said the government is expecting the recommendations from the stakeholders before deciding whether or not to deploy the 5G network.
“There is no approval for any operator to deploy 5G; this decision will be taken after research and we are taking our time. Many countries deployed 5g – the US, UK, Germany, South Korea, India, and many more.
“We are not in any way rushing; we are more interested in doing an extensive investigation so that we will be able to come out with something tangible.”
The lockdown ordered by the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari on during his public address to the nation which will took effect in some states in Nigeria is actually the first of its kind in this recent time following the spread of the novel Corona Virus in the country.
After some cases of the Corona Virus code-named COVID-19 were recorded in some states in the country, the federal and state governments came up with strategies on how to prevent the spread of the deadly virus so as to save more lives. Since more case of the virus were recorded in Lagos State, The Federal Capital Territory- Abuja and the need to protect its spread to Ogun State which is very close to Lagos; the federal government therefore declared lockdown in those states.
Although, a few cases have been recorded in Ekiti State, Akwa Ibom State, Ondo State and a few others, there is the more pressing need to start the containment process from the most affected ones which are Lagos, Abuja, and Ogun. Apart from the lockdown, the federal and state governments also encourage the citizens to practice social distancing, good hygiene, wash their hands always with soap and use sanitizers to clean their hands always a ways of staying safe.
The 14 days lockdown in has lasted for barely five days, but many residents of the affected states and Abuja are lamenting that it has taken a serious toll on them since their means of livelihood are affected. Even their ways of life are also affected as they do not live life as before. Most importantly, most of them are already begging the federal government to end the lockdown so that they can go about their businesses to fend for themselves and their families and live life as before.
However, the federal government has warned of consequences if people do not comply with the lockdown and other directives given to them to abide by in order to contain further spread of the virus. The federal government assured that the lockdown would be ended soon if the people behave themselves well and do what they were directed to do as well as observe the lockdown order.
Speaking on what Nigerians should do for the government to end the lockdown, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who is also a member of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 advised the people to obey government’s directives on social distancing, practise good hygiene and avoid gatherings. Mohammed assured that if Nigerians do these and obey other directives of the federal government aimed containing the spread of the virus, then after the two weeks, Nigerians would resume their normal life.
He went on to warn of the consequences of Nigerians not obeying the order of the government to stay at home and observe the preventives measures given to them. According to him, the federal government could extend the 14 days lockdown if Nigerians living in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja do not obey the directives. He warned them not to take it for a joke but to treat it with all the seriousness it deserves.
President Buhari on the evening of Sunday 29th March, 2020 ordered the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Abuja. Apart from Ogun that did not start on Monday 30th March after getting approval for extension till Friday, the lockdown has entered day 5 in Lagos and Abuja. So, if the residents comply, then in 9 days from today, the lockdown will end and life will go normal except if there is compelling need to extend it again or if the residents refuse to fully comply with the directives.
As at Friday night, there were a total of 210 cases in Nigeria and four deaths. The cooperation of Nigerians is needed to contain the spread of the deadly virus. So, they need to obey the government directives to stay safe and save more lives.
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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has ordered the immediate suspension of the state Commissioner for Water Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga, who has been accused of rape.
Recall that Elizabeth Oyeniyi, a resident of the state, has accused Danga of physically and sexually assaulting her over a facebook post she made about him on her page on March 29th.
Oyeniyi had published a post asking the Commissioner to be generous to his immediate family as he is with members of the public. She said this infuriated the Commissioner who she alleged arranged some men to pick her up, bring her to his apartment where he flogged her and then raped her.
Sources within the state house say the governor ordered that Danga be suspended and also ordered the police to accelerate its investigation into the matter.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Wednesday April 1st, met with the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman and the management of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, over the viral video by Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh, in which she complained bitterly about lack of power supply in most Nigerian homes, during the ongoing lockdown in major parts of the country.
With the Speaker at the meeting was the Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu; and Deputy Minority Whip, Rep. Adesegun Adekoya. While NERC was represented by its Commissioner on Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, those that joined the meeting via virtual connection were Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed; Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele; and the Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr. Mele Kyari.
At the meeting, the Speaker expressed dismay over the number of calls and messages from many Nigerians through his social media account, reacting to the protest video and called for prompt action.
“It has become imperative that I urgently call for this meeting to find a solution to the poor supply of electricity during this lockdown period. If we ask people to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, at least we have to make their homes comfortable for them to stay.
The complaints have just been too much in the last 24 hours. There are people also in the hospital now without electricity; we need to brainstorm over an urgent solution,” he said
On his part, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, highlighted the challenges encountered by power generating compaies (GENCOs) and the possible intervention of the leadership of the House of Representatives.
“We are aware of the challenges faced by Nigerians, so we have started talking to GENCOs, because they have been complaining that Discos are not paying and only about 20% of their dues are remitted.
So, the GENCOs are facing technical and revenue shortfall. Consequently, they can’t as well meet their financial obligations to gas companies. The Discos also pay less of their generated revenue to GENCOs, because they complain about power theft by consumers, high technical costs, etc.
“The sum of N130 billion is what the government gives GENCOs to augment the shortfall of payments not fulfilled by Discos. We still have about N1.2 trillion payment shortfall in all. I have been begging the gas suppliers to please, in the interest of Nigerians, release gas to the GENCOs. The shortfalls are accruals from the problem of estimated billing, non-payment of bills by estimated customers, etc.
“What the NASS can do is to plead with CBN to help with funds to enable the Federal Government to augment the revenue shortfall to enable government pay gas companies and thereafter bring all the critical stakeholders to a table,”, the power minister said.
In his contribution, the NERC Commissioner on Compliance, Mr. Akpaneye, assured the Speaker and the leadership of the House that the commission is committing the Discos to a new guideline that shows empathy with Nigerians during this COVID-19 lockdown.
“All NERC Commissioners are in the Situation Room in our office monitoring GENCOs and Discos activities. We know the demand for this power during this lockdown is for residential, since most industries are on lockdown, so we are going to release a new guideline and sanction electricity companies that can’t show empathy during this period.” he said
Also speaking, the GMD of NNPC, Kyari hinted that the problem with the Trans Vocados gas line was resolved Wednesday morning and gave assurance of supply of gas to enable GENCOs to generate power.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, in their various contributions, gave accounts of complications arising from the non-fulfilment of financial obligations by the electricity stakeholders but assured of interventions in the interest of Nigerians who are observing the lockdown order.
At the end of the meeting, all the critical stakeholders assured the Speaker and the leadership of the House of their commitment to ensuring power supply. They, however, agreed to reconvene in the next few days to find lasting solutions to the challenges in the sector beyond the lockdown period.