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Gov Emmanuel swears-in 5 new Perm. Sects. sues for probity, diligence

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Governor Udom Emmanuel has sworn in five new Permanent Secretaries into the Akwa Ibom State Civil Service with a charge on them to take their elevation to the highest level in the civil service by showing diligence and a high sense of probity in carrying out their responsibilities.

Administering the Oath of Office on them at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, Uyo, on Friday, the Governor reminded the new permanent secretaries that they were chief operating officers in any ministry.
“The people are the barracks and all of us are the soldiers. We (soldiers) go, we (soldiers) come, the barracks (people) remain until we are retired. Jesus said ‘I send you in the midst of wolves, be as harmless as the dove and as wise as the serpent.’ You must be as harmless as possible, and then wisdom is what you need to apply where you are working as civil servants.”

Gov Emmanuel also charged the technocrats on the need to be tolerant, and cited that Solomon, in 1st Kings 4:29, was given wisdom, knowledge, and a large heart as much as the sand of sea.
“So you must have a large heart for you to be a leader. People will abuse you, say all kinds of things that you don’t even know about. They won’t see what you are seeing neither will they reason the way you reason. They will lie against you, but you must have a large heart to accommodate them all.”

The Governor, who also identified greed and indiscipline as some of causes of people’s failure, noted that people don’t want to go to work while others don’t believe they can go to work on time.
“Going to work and keeping to time is part of discipline. As a leader, let people have something to copy from you. Determination is victory. Determine to succeed, make impact and make things change.”

Governor Emmanuel also urged the Permanent Secretaries to always collaborate with commissioners of their respective ministries in the implementation of government policies, and warned them to eschew all forms of nepotism and work for the progress of the state, adding that he is not creating permanent secretaries to fight with commissioners but to work together towards the same goal.

While congratulating the Permanent Secretaries on their merited elevation, he stated that there was vacancy for four but he had to appoint five because he was impressed with the five people, saying that the position of Permanent Secretary is an appointment, not a promotion. It is a career programme.

“This exercise is as transparent as possible. I’m not sure any of them has my phone number let alone talk to me. Their qualification is purely on merit, and it will continue that way so that people don’t get stakeholders to talk on their behalf, but will also have opportunity to become permanent secretaries on merit.

“I’m one human being that had never sat where somebody’s right is denied. So irrespective of your honour or anything, once you are qualified, you become a Permanent Secretary but you must pass my interview.

The State Governor used the opportunity to warn people not to send leaders to lobby him for Permanent Secretary or any appointment except they want to be disqualified
“Once you lobby me, you’ll be disqualified. I don’t need to know your face. I try as much as practically possible to balance it across the 31 local government areas. You could see someone who could have been a Permanent Secretary being a Director. It won’t be nice for all permanent secretaries coming from one local government area.”

“So in getting that appointment done, I tried to make sure that I spread it across. But where nobody is qualified, nobody is qualified. I can’t raise somebody from the university overnight and make the person a director. Someone is at level 14 had the audacity to walk up to me that he is supposed to be a permanent secretary. How would you become a boss overnight over those at levels ahead of you?

“It’s not my duty to assign permanent secretaries. I don’t tamper with professional issues. These are pure career paths. I’m not a career civil servant but I have the Head of Civil Service as adviser who knows much better than I do,” the Governor warned.

Admonishing them further, Gov Emmanuel said “I do not hesitate to sanction people who do not live to up to date. You will be my best friend if you work according to the rules, but you will be my worst enemy if you don’t leave something behind for generations to also copy. Be a mentor to people working with you and copy some traits that can actually help them to succeed.

“As you take oath of office today, every single key decision you take should be in the interest of an average Akwa Ibom person. Know that if you save certain money for me in WAEC fees, I will use that money to buy chairs for them to sit and write WAEC. That money will never be misused. So whatever money you save for me in your ministries would redeployed to other uses.”

He thanked the older permanent secretaries for their contributions over the years and urged them to offer their wisdom, experience, knowledge and wise counsel to the newly appointed permanent secretaries.

The new Permanent Secretaries are Engr. Richard Bassey, Mrs Helen Ante, Mrs Margaret Edem, Mr Mbuk Inyang and Mrs Nsudoh Samuel.

By Umoh-Obong Kingsley

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Five best friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings are all now state senators

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Five longtime female friends who were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings have each won their state Senate races in this year’s midterm elections in the United States.

The women who are all Democratic candidates — Tammy Story, Faith Winter, Jessie Danielson, Brittany Pettersen and Kerry Donovan — all swept their state Senate in Colorado, People reported Wednesday.

The women, who call themselves “The Fab Five,” helped flip the state Senate to a Democratic majority for the first time in five years, the publication noted.

Danielson, who currently serves as member of the Colorado House of Representatives, told the magazine:

We were all in it together.

Each of the women said they helped the others face negative criticism and slander during their campaigns.

Winter said:

Through the campaign, the five of us were very supportive of each other. We had several text chains where we would check in with one another and see how we were doing.

If a particularly bad ad or piece of mail came out, we would reassure each other on the text chain, ‘Have you seen the mail? It’s so awful, how are you doing?’

The friends are among the more than 2,000 women who are gearing up to take office in state legislatures nationwide next year.

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2019: COSON rejects President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar’s party manifestos

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The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has rejected the presidential manifestos made public by the presidential candidates of both the All Progressive Congress, President Buhari and that of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
COSON said that after reading both the #NextLevelNG manifesto of the APC and #TheAtikuPlan manifesto of the PDP, it is shocked that none of the candidates appears to have a plan to grow or develop the immense talent that exist in the Nigerian creative industry such as music, movies, theatre, fashion, content etc an area in which the Nigerian nation has significant comparative advantage and the youth have tremendous flair for.

 

COSON has said that the lack of strong policy positions in this area is evidence of the disconnect between the leadership and the followership in Nigeria. This is not withstanding the significant contribution said to have been made by the Nigerian creative industry when the Nigerian economy was rebased a few years ago under the Jonathan administration.
COSON has announced that the organization is inviting serious politicians to the COSON Arena to come and educate stakeholders in the creative industry on the concrete plans that they have to deploy the assets that the country has in this creative direction. It is the interaction of the industry with the politicians that will determine whom the thousands of members of COSON will endorse, support and campaign for and recommend to their fans to vote for.
Speaking on the decision, COSON Chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji said, “we are no longer going to stand on the sidelines. This is the era of the knowledge and creative economy and we will do whatever is necessary to make sure that our country is not just an onlooker in this new world but a key partaker and serious player, starting from 2019. We mean business”

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”Don’t hand over Nigeria to hooligans and thieves” – Obasanjo tells Nigerians

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised Nigerians not to hand over the nation and democracy to people he described as ‘thieves and hooligans’. The former president said this when he spoke at the launch of Goodluck Jonathan’s book in Abuja, on Tuesday November 20th. Speaking at the event, Obasanjo said

“There is still no substitute for democracy when all is said and done. It fosters peace. It builds and does not destroy. It unifies, rather than divides. But all these can only happen if democracy is in the hands of democrats. If it is in the hands of thieves and hooligans, they can use it as a weapon. We should ensure hooligans don’t get it.”

The former president has since asked Nigerians to vote out the Buhari-led administration in 2019 and has openly declared his support for Atiku Abubakar, who is running as the PDP presidential candidate in next year’s election.

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