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COVID-19 advert: Kogi group blasts SSG, Ayoade over reckless spending of State funds



Kogi Patriotic Group, KPG has carpeted Secretary to the State government, Dr Folashade Arike Ayoade for allowing herself to be used by the administration in Kogi state, rather than offering out wise couns that will move the State forward.

The group’s head of Media and Publicity, Abdullahi Mallam in a statement he.sent to CAPITAL POST on Friday, said the SSG had been at the forefront of needless spendings for a State that cannot provide the least social services to the people.

The group says drawing a battle line between a Federal government agency charged with combating the globally recognised ailment of COVID-19, is needless and unbecoming of State with good and robust advisers.

He says the PTF is carrying out its assignment based on available statistics, data and information and not mere heresay, like the SSG and the State government are acting on.

This development was similar to the same format adopted by the State government to silence hapless and shortchanged Kogi workers, through needless Newspaper advertisement covering over 40 pages.

“This waste of scarce government resources in Kogi state, must stop henceforth, if the SSG as the administrative head of the goverrment cannot advise properly.’

“The present administration has turned Kogi State to a laughing stock in the comity of states, not for anything good, but rolling out kindergarten decision against the people of the State.

“This is the state where the governor has abandoned governance to inordinate ambition, even when ban on political campaigns is still in force.

“A state where there is decadence in all social services including hospitals, good roads, light and drinkable water, yet tax payers monies are been wasted on non priority advertisement to counter the PTF position.

‘A state where many people are dying of hunger, strange related disease with no response from other arms of government, fell short of the SSG,as an academic in the corridor of power to fall prey of this anti people decision of kogi state government’
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“This is the same State where State sponsored thugs locked down Federal Medical Centre for months, after attack on the staff and patients, yet the SSG deem it fit to endorse an advertisement against the Federal government agency.

“It is baffling to see what is happening in Kogi State today, while other states are battling to attract Federal presence, ours is being destroyed by the unreasonable leaders that does not take advice.

The group wondered whether the Kogi SSG is really a product of an ivory tower, saying her actions and decisions fell short of expectations of an occupant of such a revered office of the SSG Kogi state.
(Capital Post)

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open



Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume



The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.


It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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