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Wike Sacks 21 Heads of FCT Agencies

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, has approved the immediate termination of the appointments of 21 heads of parastatals, agencies, and government companies under the FCT Administration (FCTA).

In a statement by the Director of Press, FCTA, Anthony Ogunleye, on Wednesday, the affected heads of agencies and companies include the Group MD/CEO, Abuja Investment Company Ltd, the CEO/MD, Abuja Markets Management Ltd, the MD/CEO, Abuja Urban Mass Transport Company, the CEO/MD, Abuja Property Development Company, the CEO/MD of Abuja Technology Village Free Trade Zone Company.

Others are the CEO/MD Abuja Film Village International, the CEO/MD Powernoth AICL Equipment Leasing Company Ltd, the MD Abuja Broadcasting Corporation, the MD, Abuja Enterprise Agency, the GM, FCT Water Board, the DG, FCT Emergency Management Agency.

Also, the Executive Secretary, the FCT Primary Healthcare Board, the Director General, Hospital Management Board, the Director of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, the Director of FCT Scholarship Board, and the Director, FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board.

The rest are the Director of Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, the Coordinator of the Abuja Infrastructure Investment Center, the Director of FCT Health Insurance Scheme, the Coordinator, Satellite Towns Development Department, and the Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council.

The minister ordered the affected heads of agencies and companies to hand over the affairs of their offices to the most senior officers in rank.

He stated that new appointments into the offices will be made in due course.

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway

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Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.

 

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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis

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Rivers State Governor
– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”

 

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