After exiting NPA, Hadiza goes back to activism
After she was unceremoniously eased out from the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, may have gone back to activism.
Hadiza, in her verified Twitter handle, decried the worsening security situation in the country, stressing its grave consequences on Nigerians.
She condemned the situation and demanded swift actions from the government to secure release of victims kidnapped by bandits.
Hadiza spoke in the context of the commemoration of eight years after the Chibok girls were abducted in Borno State by Boko Haram terrorists.
“It is 8 years today since 276 girls were abducted in Chibok Secondary School, 109 still remain in captivity.
“Many more girls, boys and indeed citizens of all ages have been abducted from schools, communities and while enroute on journeys”, she noted on her Twitter handle.
It could be recalled that Usman was the Co- founder and Coordinator of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, which came to life on the heels of the Chibok abduction before she was appointed as the first female Managing Director of the NPA.
She had been very active in the movement’s activities until she left to head the agency.
While she was in the NPA, Hadiza was silent on issues around activism or matters critical of the government.
She was suspended after falling out with her principal, Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, who accused her of financial impropriety, an allegation that was later found unsubstantiated.
She was eventual eased out from the NPA in the most controversial manner and replaced by Bello-Koko, who was the Executive Director of Finance under Hadiza.
House of Reps gives NIMASA green light to disburse CVFF –appoints audit firm to coordinate, monitor disbursement
“Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Legor Idagbo – Chairman ii. Hon. Henry Nwawuba – Member iii. | Mrs. Kehinde Bolade Olaiya – Committee Clerk.
President Tinubu appoints Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff
An authoritative source in the Presidency confirmed the development on Thursday.
The source said the president finally made the decision after wide consultations on the contending candidates.
Gbajabiamila has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2012 and has just been re-elected to the House in the last elections.
The choice of Gbajabiamila by the president is not a surprise to many political pundits as he has been a very close ally to the president.
They are part of the brains behind the formation of the All-Progressives Party (APC).
He will now have to forgo his seat in the House of Representatives if he accepts the appointment.
Olufemi Hakeem Gbajabiamila CFR, is a Nigerian lawyer and foundation member of the APC.
He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2019.
Gbajabiamila was born in Lagos in 1962 and attended Igbobi College for his secondary education and the University of Lagos as part of his education.
He is married to Salamatu Gbajabiamila.
Maritime media, NUJ mourn as Ray Ugochukwu passes on to glory
“The death of Ray came as a big shock to the union.
“We are going to miss his courageous attributes and mentorship.
“He was also one of the pillars of the Lagos Council of NUJ and served the union meritoriously in his capacities as the Chairman of, the Seminar Committee; and as a Member, the Committee on Milestone Recognition of Media Icons In Nigeria.
“He spent most of his life in ensuring the advancement of Maritime Reporting as well as the welfare of Journalists.
“He worked in several media houses.
“Among his giant strides, he was a former President of the Maritime Reporters’ Association of Nigeria (MARAN); President, Maritime Journalists Association of Nigeria (MAJAN); and a former Chairman of the Daily Times Chapel of NUJ.
“The legacies of Ray are indelible and will exist forever.
“May God grant his soul eternal rest” the Lagos NUJ said in a statement signed by Leye Ajayi, the Council Chairman and Tunde Olalere, the Council Secretary.
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