By Dipo Olowookere
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has stressed that he will not bow to pressure from his political godfather’s camp to step down for his anointed candidate for the governorship primaries slated for Monday, October 1, 2018.
Former governor of the state, Mr Bola Tinubu, who is regarded as the political godfather of Lagos State, had reportedly backed Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to replace Mr Ambode in 2019.
But at a world press conference held in Alausa, Ikeja on Sunday, September 30, 2018, the Governor said he will not step down for Mr Sanwo-Olu.
Mr Ambode said he will participate in Monday’s primaries to pick the sole candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 poll.
“I am going nowhere. We want to consolidate on what we have done in the last three years,” the Governor emphatically told newsmen.
According to him, “The aspirant put up against me is not a fit and proper person. He spent fake American Dollars at a night club in America.”
He further said, “We cannot allow our esteemed members not have an opportunity to participate in the direct primaries,” adding that, “We must allow our people to come out and vote for their candidate in the direct primaries, that is the essence of democracy.”
Mr Ambode expressed confidence that he would emerge victory at tomorrow’s exercise, which has been shifted for about three times now.
Also, he hopes the process would be free and fair, but urged that no card carrying member of the APC in Lagos State is disenfranchised.
Lagos Guber: Group Alleges Plot to Disqualify Mustapha
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
There is a plot to disqualify a former permanent secretary in the Lagos civil service, Mr Olorunfemi Mustapha by the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state, a support group known as Mustapha4Lagos Agenda has alleged.
The body, which is working for the actualisation of the gubernatorial ambition of the gubernatorial aspirant, claimed that the reason for the plan to disqualify Mustapha is to give the incumbent Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, an easy ride to the government house next year.
Mr Sanwo-Olu wants to serve the state for another term of four years when his current tenure expires on May 20, 2023, but Mr Mustapha also wants the position. However, he must get the party’s ticket to unseat the Governor or go to another party to contest against him.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the head of Mustapha4Lagos Agenda, Bukola Ogundipe, claimed that the strategy is to screen out Mr Mustapha today as he is regarded as one of the biggest threats to Mr Sanwo-Olu.
The group revealed that the politician’s legal team is meeting with the national body of the party to quash the plot.
“We have uncovered a plot to disqualify our aspirant from the race; they know that the only way they can stop Mustapha from getting the party ticket is to make sure he doesn’t participate in the primary.
“Let us forget about the noise they are making, he is the man to beat. We are very certain that their plot will not see the light of the day because Mustapha is clean and meets all the criteria required by the constitution of our party and the guidelines for the elections,” Ogundipe said.
“As we speak, our lawyers have met with the leadership of our party in Abuja to make sure that this evil plot does not see the light of the day. The national body must step up and quash this evil plan.
“Sanwo-Olu has been throwing money around, spending billions to buy people but this is about the future of our state and the leadership of our party in Lagos knows that we can’t continue with the abysmal performance of the incumbent,” Ogundipe added.
80% of Buhari’s Ministers, Appointees Grossly Incompetent—CNPP
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has claimed that 80 per cent of the Ministers and appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari are grossly incompetent.
The group, which made this claim in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Mr Willy Ezugwu, on Tuesday, called for an overhaul of the cabinet and an injection of fresh hands.
“It is about time President Muhammadu Buhari overhauled his cabinet and injected fresh hands with new ideas into the federal cabinet to redeem his image within the remaining one year of his administration.
“By our several assessments, at least, 80 per cent of President Buhari’s ministers and appointees have proved to be grossly incompetent in the last seven years.
“Worse still, many of the appointees swim in unprecedented corruption that was unimaginable even in the years of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governments.
“President Buhari as a former Head of State could not afford about N53 million presidential nomination forms seven years ago and the ease with which virtually all his ministers bought the exorbitant presidential and governorship forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should be the clearest signal that most of the presidential appointees have been corruptly enriching themselves.
“For us, the recent corruption case involving the country’s Accountant-General is one of the least among the appointees. And if a financial gatekeeper like the Accountant-General of the Federation can be involved in such a monumental fraud, then President Buhari’s administration has a lot of image redemption activities to carry out before 2023.
“This can be best achieved by the immediate replacement of most of the current ministers and appointees who have obviously not delivered meaningful democratic dividend since their appointment,” the CNPP stated.
Meanwhile, the group has applauded the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, for withdrawing a suit he filed against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, over his alleged 2023 presidential ambition.
The central banker had approached the court to argue that the electoral body and the nation’s chief law officer do not have the right to stop him from becoming the president of Nigeria next year while still being in office as CBN governor.
After he could not submit his presidential forms procured for him from the APC, Mr Emefiele withdrew the suit from the court.
This action sweetened CNPP, which described it as “a step in the right direction,” commending the banker “for being a good listener and respecter of public opinion.”
In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Mr Willy Ezugwu, on Tuesday, the group also appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to sack “incompetent and corrupt Ministers” in his cabinet.
Facility Managers in Nigeria Empower 25 Technical School Students
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
It was a day of joy for facility managers in Nigeria as they rolled out drums to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nigerian chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).
The celebrants converged on MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Thursday, May 12, 2022, to mark the day, which coincided with World Facility Management Day.
At the event themed Leading a Sustainable Future, aimed at strengthening goals to achieve an improved facility maintenance culture in Nigeria, five students each from five Government Technical Colleges in Lagos, including Government Technical College, Ikotun; Government Technical College, Ikorodu; Government Technical College, Epe; Government Technical College Agidingbi, were equipped with toolboxes, safety jackets and safety helmets as their discipline of learning falls within facility management. The 25 students were promised employment upon completion of their education by some industry operators in attendance.
In his welcome address, the President of IFMA, Nigeria Chapter, Mr Segun Adebayo, applauded the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing under Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, for a commendable job in ensuring the assent of Executive Order 11 on National Public Buildings Maintenance.
“The effort of the Ministry of Works & Housing on this laudable achievement has indeed renewed our hope of providing professional attention to the country’s numerous facilities and her growing infrastructure. In fact with this feat, I am delighted to say that maintenance culture has fully resurrected in our nation,” the President of IFMA Nigeria said.
While speaking on the future goals of the association, Mr Adebayo revealed their readiness to continue to provide leadership and direction in the built environment through innovative initiatives, use of technology, specialized trainings and strategic collaboration that translate to the actualization of a transformative future in the built environment.
According to him, the theme of the event clearly validates the leadership of the association in the industry and also confirms them as a forward-thinking association, noting that, “This you can see in our endless advocacy and strategic collaborations with credible public and private institutions.”
He urged everyone present to be steadfast in the practice of facility management in order to lead a sustainable future.
In his keynote address, Mr Fashola reiterated the relevance of facility management, saying, “It is important to mention that facility management is a very expansive area of human activity that involves a diversity of skills whose impact will remain with us for a long time.”
He admonished the private sector to take ownership and responsibility for facility management because, according to him, the private sector accounts for the majority of buildings and infrastructure in Nigeria.
Present at the event were professionals across the construction industry, real estate and facility management professionals including Ms Nike Adekanbi, the General Manager, Lagos State Infrastructure and Asset Management Agency; Engr Femi Akintunde, Group Managing Director/CEO, Alpha Mead Group; Professor Modupe Omirin, Dean of Faculty of Environmental Sciences, University of Lagos; Arc. Tina Onokwai, Director of Federal Public asset Maintenance in the Ministry of Works & Housing and other members of the association.
IFMA Nigeria was founded in 1995 by a special group of professionals drawn across the industries within the built environment including Architects, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Builders, amongst others who had a burning desire to provide Nigeria with the opportunity of developing a maintenance culture that will shape the future of the country.
The association, in collaboration with the University of Lagos, has pioneered a professional master’s degree programme in Facility Management.
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