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16 Days To Handover: President Buhari,Aides Move Out Belongings From The Villa

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President Muhammad Buhari during a recent Parade

With 17 days to the end of his regime, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has moved out of his official residence inside the Aso Rock Presidential Villa to the Glass House, a temporary structure that has served as the abode of outgoing presidents since 1991.

The move is to allow for maintenance works on the residence in preparation for its next occupant, President-elect Bola Tinubu.

Reports indicate that most of Buhari’s aides have also been moving their personal belongings out of the seat of power in order to create room for Tinubu’s personal aides and key Presidency officials.

On the nature of renovations in the main residence, a senior State House source said that the 32-year-old edifice was being coated with white paint, while some of its sections were being cleaned and fumigated.

However, the renovation, which largely entails finishing and fittings, will not include the provision of new sets of furniture as the incoming President will determine whether to change the existing ones or not.

You know that most of the structure is white. So, the renovation will involve repainting of the stained sections and replacing fittings that have gone weak or bad. The furniture may not be changed. But that will depend on the new President,” the source said.

According to a two-minute video clip earlier published on her Instagram handle, the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, revealed that the Glass House had since been the new residence of the first family.

Aisha was seen showing the incoming First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, around the State House official residence, adding that the Glass House should remain in use as the transition base for outgoing presidents and their spouses.

She said, “I have taken the incoming First Lady, Senator Remi Tinubu, around. She has seen the main house; we are now at the popular Glass House. The Glass House is a transitional home for outgoing presidents.

“I’m advising that the Glass House should maintain its tradition of being a transition home for outgoing presidents. As I am talking to you now, I am residing here with my husband.

“Only two of us here, I think it should remain so as a norm of the institution and of the house

It was reported last week that the State House Management had begun renovating and refurbishing sections of the Presidential Villa.

The concrete perimeter fence encompassing the President’s office, official residence, the Council Chamber, press gallery, as well as other administrative offices were being overlaid with new white and green paints.

Our correspondent also observed the delivery of a new set of furniture to the green room adjoining the Council Chamber. Months earlier, the management had carried out a routine upgrade of card readers and installed barricades in areas, which were once freeways.

Meanwhile, the Villa Clinic located at the administrative section of the State House has been relocated to the N21bn VIP wing of the State House Clinic, now a medical centre.

In March 2023, Buhari approved the re-designation of the State House Clinic as the State House Medical Centre.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, had disclosed after a pre-inauguration inspection of the new presidential VIP wing of the State House Medical Centre by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, accompanied by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba.

It was observed that the President’s aides started packing their personal belongings out of the Villa earlier this month in order to avoid last minute focus on them by “overzealous security officials,” who might be taking pictures to give the impression that the aides were engaging in last-minute looting of the residential apartments.

Another aide of the President, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the issue, said, “Since we all know that the tenure of the present administration ends on May 29, which is about 17 days’ time, why will we wait until the new appointees start to resume before we move out?

“Already, the President and his family have also moved from the main building to a smaller one within the Villa, and I am sure that the first family will soon start moving their belongings out of the Presidential Villa.

“The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has taken the incoming First Lady round the residential areas and buildings in preparation for the handover. So, what are we going to be waiting for? The outgoing First Lady did that because she knows the incoming First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.

However, we are not sure who will occupy our offices now. So, the idea of waiting for them or taking them around is not feasible. That is why we will have to move out of the official quarters.

We know how Nigerians begin to crucify an outgoing government and vilify its officials as soon as the handover is completed. We are not immune to that. We are expecting the same, but we won’t wait until we are disgraced before moving our personal effects out of the villa.

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Enugu State Journalists Mourn the Loss of AIT Reporter, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong

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Late Jimmy Edeabasi

Enugu State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has announced the death of the State reporter of the African Independent Television, AIT, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong.

Before his death, Jimmy who moved from Ebonyi State to Enugu was attached to the Enugu Government House.

A message posted on the Enugu NUJ platform reads:

It is with heavy heart the NUJ Enugu State Council announce the sudden demise of our member, Jimmy Edeabasi Abaekong of AIT whose sad event occurred on the 29th of September 2023 during a brief illness.

Jimmy was of the Private Broadcast Chapel and hailed from Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

“The peaceful government house reporter would be greatly missed by all.

“Good night Jimmy! “

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Independence :Plateau State Governor Pardons 4 Inmates

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Governor Caleb Muftwang of Plateau State

 

By Asile Abel, Jos

Governor Caleb Mutfwang of Plateau State has granted the prerogative of mercy to four inmates who were previously condemned to death, while others have been granted pardons to serve life sentences.

The statement was included in a statewide broadcast by the governor on Sunday, as part of the activities to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day.

“On this remarkable day, it is my pleasure to exercise my Prerogative of Mercy as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Having reviewed the recommendations of the Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, I hereby approve the following.”

The beneficiaries among the prisoners include Danladi Musa, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for culpable homicide and has served 17 years; he is granted an absolute pardon.

Tali Zingtim, who was also sentenced to death by hanging for criminal conspiracy and armed robbery, will now serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Similarly, one Ponzing Nanshep, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide, will serve 21 years of imprisonment.

Also, Dauda Joshua, who was sentenced to death by hanging for culpable homicide, will serve a life sentence.

Governor Mutfwang used the opportunity to express his appreciation to the citizens of Plateau for their support of his administration so far.

“I wish to thank every citizen for the immense support we have enjoyed since assuming office. I encourage you to maintain faith in us and remain positive that we will fulfill our promises.”

The Governor of Plateau State congratulated Nigerians on 63 years of being an independent country.

“I wish you a happy and hope-inspiring Independence celebration and rest assured that we are committed to the peace and prosperity of our land.

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Dala Inland Dry Port Appoints Barrister Hassan Bello as Non-Executive Director

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Barrister Hassan Bello

 

The governing Board of Dala Inland Dry Port Zawaciki Kano has appointed Barrister Hassan Bello (OON) as its non executive Director.

Announcing the development shortly after its meeting held on Tuesday 26th September 2023 at Abuja, the Board’s chairman Alh Abubakar Sahabo Bawuro said the appointment of Barrister Hassan Bello, an experienced legal practitioner and astute administrative guru in the shipping industry in Nigeria, is with immediate effect.

HASSAN Bello was a graduate of the prestigious ABU Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982.

He later held various positions as state counsel – ministry of justice, Sokoto, Legal Adviser/Company Secretary Secretary – Sokoto Investments company Ltd..

Hassan Bello was also the Head of Legal Dept, Nigerian shippers’ Council and later on as Executive Secretary/ CEO of the council..

Barrister Hassan Bello has been accredited with formulation, executing, interfacing and implementation of strategies that transformed the shippers’Council as the economic regulator of the Nigerian Ports industry.

In a statement signed by Head ,corporate communications Ahmad Rufai Bello said until his emergence as Director to the Board, Bello Esq had been a consultant to the Board.

Barrister Hassan Bello was conferred with the prestigious National Honour Award of the OFFICER of the ORDER of the NIGER (OON) by the former president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari in May this year.

 

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