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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 Edition)

Dr Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State

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Matawalle sacks commissioners, SSG, chief of staff, others

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect. He has also sacked the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Bala Bello Maru, and the Chief of Staff, Colonel Bala Mande (rtd). Also affected are all chairmen and members of the state commissions and boards of various agencies.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication, Alhaji Zailani Baffa. The dissolution did not affect commissions provided for by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The statement directed all the commissioners to hand over the affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries. “The Ministry of Security and Home Affairs would be overseen by Rtd DIG Mohammed Ibrahim Tsafe. The Governor also directed the Chairmen of Commissions and Boards to hand over to their most senior directors. The Head of Service will oversee the office of the Secretary to the State Government,” the statement read.

Sanwo-Olu begs FG to fund Lagos-Badagry Expressway

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged the Federal Government to provide adequate funding for the construction of the Lagos-Badagry Express way, saying it serves as a trans-West African route.

Sanwo-Olu said this on Monday while receiving the House of Representatives Committee on Works, led by its Chairman, Abubakar Kabir Abubakar, during a courtesy visit to the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that urgent action should be taken on the Otedola Bridge area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to prevent regular accidents, added that the Lagos-Badagry Expressway was not fully fixed in spite of being an international gateway into five neighbouring countries.

Wike, ex-commissioner exchange hot words on TV programme

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and his former Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, John Bazia, traded words on Monday over the recent defections between the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in the state.

Both Wike and Bazia featured on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television, on Monday. The ex-commissioner had not only left Wike’s cabinet, but also dumped the PDP for the APC. The programme ended on a dramatic note when Bazia described the governor as a thug.

The ex-commissioner said, “The governor, Wike, I must tell you (that) all those who are with him, they know what they are going through. But you have been seeing him on TV and the way he has been behaving in Nigeria. Sometimes, you will be baffled if that is an enlightened and educated mind; the way he carries himself. He forgets that he holds the exalted position, the office of the governor. He behaves like a thug…”

Oil export revenue dropped by 98% in April –NNPC

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has said crude oil export proceeds plunged by 98 per cent in April, compared to March.

The NNPC said in a report that the total revenue from crude oil exports in April fell to N723m from the N35.72bn generated in March.

“No remittance to Federation Account in April for May 2021 FAAC due to recorded value shortfall resulting from difference between the landing cost and ex-coastal price of Premium Motor Spirit recorded in March 2021,” it said.

Obaseki: Oshiomhole says conflict unfortunate, Ize-Iyamu pleads for 14 lawmakers

The immediate past National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, and the APC candidate in the September 19, 2020, Edo State Governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki, to be magnanimous in victory.

They appealed to Obaseki to consider a political solution to the case involving members-elect of the State Assembly who failed to present themselves for inauguration.

In his letter to Obaseki, which was made public by Oshiomhole’s media aide, Victor Oshioke, in Benin, on Monday, the former APC national chairman urged the governor to put the past behind.

On his part, Ize-Iyamu, who dwelt on the issue of the 14 lawmakers-elect and some Local Government Council Chairmen in a separate letter, said, “Though the matter is in court, you are in a vantage position to consider an out-of-court settlement of the issue, in the overall interest of our state.”

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