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DPR Calls Bashir Ahmad’s Appointment Letter Fake

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Bashir Ahmad

By Ahmed Rahma

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Tuesday disowned the letter of appointment purportedly issued to one of the media aides of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Bashir Ahmad.

On Monday, an online news platform, The Peoples Gazette, published a report that Mr Ahmad was secretly appointed as a Manager by the oil regulatory agency with the assistance of the presidency.

Mr Ahmad had refuted the report, saying, “A friend sent me a link to a concocted story from an online news blog that the President has quietly appointed me as a manager of the DPR, a department of Ministry of Petroleum Resources, for those who want to know the truth, the story is 100% FALSE. I am not a staff of the DPR.”

A day after, the news organisation, in an effort to back up its story, released a letter it claimed was issued by the DPR for the appointment of the presidential aide.

The purported employment letter indicated that Mr Ahmad was appointed on January 19, 2021, and given three months to either accept or reject it.

In the said letter, Mr Ahmad, a graduate of Mass Communications, was placed on Grade Level 5 Step 1, far lower than the Grade 8 university graduates are placed at entry-level.

Reacting to the issue on Tuesday afternoon, the DPR in a statement signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Mr Paul Osu, disowned the letter and called it fake.

“The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) attention has been drawn to a fake letter of appointment circulating on social media purportedly issued to one Bashir Ahmad.

“This is the handiwork of some mischief makers hiding behind the veil of social media to spread fake news and mislead the public.

“We hereby advise members of the public to disregard the purported letter in its entirety as it is not from DPR .

“We wish to reiterate that employment into the Department is carried out in accordance with extant rules guiding such exercises in the Nigerian Public Service in line with due process,” the statement said.

DPR is one of the lucrative agencies of the federal government and it has been alleged that slots are given to powerful people in the country to fill vacant posts there.

President Buhari and top officials of his government have mostly been accused of putting their persons in these plumb agencies, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), amongst others.

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Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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University of Ibadan Elects Prof Adebowale as 13th VC

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Professor Kayode Adebowale has emerged as the 13th Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, Oyo State.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, on Thursday at the Senate Chambers in Ibadan.

He said the Joint Council-Senate Selection Board interviewed the eight candidates shortlisted and the Professor of Chemistry, who until his appointment was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), was preferred to head the 73-year-old university.

Mr Odigie-Oyegun said: “Two representatives of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) and the representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education were in attendance.

“At the end of the very thorough, transparent and highly competitive exercise, Prof. Kayode Oyebode Adebowale emerged as the best candidate for the position of Vice-Chancellor.

“The Governing Council, at its just-concluded meeting today considered the report of the Selection Board and approved the recommendation of the Board to appoint Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale as the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.”

Mr Odigie-Oyegun further said that the position of the VC became vacant on December 1, 2020.

In his acceptance speech, Prof Adebowale said that though, he was not the best among all the candidates, he was happy to have been appointed to the institution’s apex position and called for support from the entire university community for his administration.

The selection came almost a year after the process for the appointment of the 13th substantive vice-chancellor at the University of Ibadan was halted. Sixteen candidates had applied to lead the university.

However, the withdrawal of a former Dean, Faculty of Arts of the same institution, Professor Remi Raji-Oyelade, had reduced the number to 15.

Following a screening exercise by the Governing Council of the university, the number of contestants was pruned to eight on Wednesday.

Those who scaled through the screening on Wednesday included the Acting VC, Professor Adebola Ekanola, Professors Yinka Aderinto; Adebowale; Ademowo and Babatunde Salako.

The process of appointing the 13th vice-chancellor of the university began afresh under the newly appointed Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council.

This was due to various allegations of malpractices by various factions within the university community under the former VC, Professor Idowu Olayinka.

The new race, which commenced in the second week of July 2021, came after the decision on the cancellation of the initial process of the VC race by the new Governing Council of the University.

The initial UI VC race, which started in May 2020, ended on November 23 with the directive from the Federal Ministry of Education, through the Nigerian Universities Commission (NCC), due to various crises that marred the election of members of the Senate representatives.

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Senate Confirms Justice Baba-Yusuf as FCT Chief Judge

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By Sodeinde Temidayo David

The Nigerian Senate has confirmed the nomination of Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf as the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

President Muhammadu Buhari had last week transmitted a letter to the upper chamber of the National Assembly for the confirmation of Justice Baba-Yusuf for the position.

Mr Buhari had explained in the letter that the nomination of the respected legal practitioner was in accordance with the provision of Section 256(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian 1999, as amended.

At the Senate, the nomination of the judge was considered and approved following the recommendations of its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters headed by Mr Opeyemi Bamidele.

While presenting his report on Tuesday, Mr Bamidele said the judge met all the requirements expected of him.

Mr Baba-Yusuf has been holding the position in an acting capacity since August and is now recognized as the chief judge following the approval.

The development followed the resignation of Mr Salisu Garba as the chief judge of the FCT high court.

The Chief Judge is the highest judicial officer in the state and acts as a chief administrative officer as well as a spokesperson for the judicial branch.

The Chief Judge presides over oral arguments before the court and also has significant agenda-setting power over the court’s meetings.

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FG to Deepen Job Creation in Green Economy

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

The Federal Government of Nigeria has drawn attention to the vast provision of job opportunities in the green economy of the country.

It considered the sector’s provision of creating environmentally-friendly jobs in areas such as construction, renewable energy, afforestation, and waste management, which includes e-waste.

The Minister for Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, who mentioned this at the opening of the 6th Meeting of the National Employment Council, noted that the opportunities presented, especially to youths, in this sector have not been explored enough.

Speaking on the theme Creating Environmental Friendly (Green) Jobs, the Minister, represented by the Director, Employment and Wages, Mr John Nyamale, noted that the government was committed to the large-scale installation of mini-grids and solar home systems.

He said this will be effective in a minimum of five million households not currently on the grid as part of the government’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery plan titled Bouncing Back.

The Minister, in a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mr Charles Akpan, said that the council will discuss extensively the activities of the federal ministries of Power and Environment, in evolving strategies and innovative ideas to create decent jobs in the green economy.

“This council has the responsibility of following up on the implementation of this plan and making useful recommendations that can deepen job creation in the green economy,” he explained, urging participants to be aware of the presentations from the critical ministries.

Mr Ngige also disclosed that the council would be informed on the implementation of the afforestation program and Nigeria’s Sovereign Green Bonds by the Federal Ministry of Environment.

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