FAMILY OF SLAIN PERMANENT SECRETARY RECEIVED 17M FROM OSUN STATE GOVERNMENT

Osun–The State of Osun Government has given the families of the slain permanent secretary, Bureau of General Service, Mrs Oluwakemi Kolawole and her driver the sum of 17million.    


Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye made this known through a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo.

The statement read, “The Forum of Head of Service, Permanent Secretaries and equivalent positions, wishes to express our profound gratitude to all those who commiserated with and stood by us before, during and after the burial programme for the late Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Mrs Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole.

“The plethora of condolence messages and multifarious visits from sympathisers following the sudden and irreparable loss of our amiable colleague was overwhelming and had, indeed, truly shown that in adversity, we know our genuine friends.

“Our profound appreciation particularly goes to the State Government of Osun, under the benevolent leadership of the Governor, Raul Aregbesola, for prompt positive official steps taken to mitigate the trauma of the sad episode by releasing a total sum of N17,526, 307.76k to cover such sundry critical matters as burial assistance to the Family (N3m), medical treatment of the deceased’s driver and cost of retrieval of her official car (N930,000); her arrears of salaries and allowances from July, 2015 to the point of death (N4.42m) and her Group Life Insurance entitlements (N9.1m).

“The money that is released are to provide succour to the family of the deceased, especially the desire of the Government to ensure that the education of the children is not hampered. Government has also approved the sum of N8.8m for her up-to-date Contributory Pension Scheme remittances to be cash-backed by the Office of Accountant-General to facilitate prompt processing and delivery of her Bond Certificate by her Pension Fund Administrator to her Estate’s Administrator.”




Recall that Mrs Kolawole was murdered around Okene, in Kogi State, on her way to Abuja on Thursday, July 13 to felicitate with her friend, who is the Solicitor General in the state on her confirmation as a judge before he was accosted and shot by unknown assailants.





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We Now Monitor Social Media For Anti-Government And Anti-Military Information – Military


Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, told Channels Television that it became necessary in the light of troubling activities and misinformation capable of jeopardizing the unity of the country.

He made this comment less than 48 hours after President Buhari made his national broadcast that some of the discussions on social media in his absence crossed the line and left him distressed.
 Major General Enenche is of the opinion that social media has always been a challenge all over the world and for the military, it is no different.

“It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it,” he said when he appeared on Channels Television’s News At 10, hours after President Buhari met with service chiefs and ordered them to strengthen their operations.
“Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated, in order to do what? To derail the people. 
If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know.  So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.”

Having observed the possibility that the social media can be misused, the military has taken steps to address that. One of such steps is the establishment of strategic media centres.

“What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security.

We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country,” he said.

SAUDI ARABIAN GOVERNMENT APOLOGISES TO NIGERIA GOVERNMENT

The Saudi Arabian government has apologized to the government and people of Nigeria over the brutalization of two Nasarawa State Pilgrims by Customs officials at Prince Muhammad Bn Abdulaziz Airport in Madinah on Wednesday. 
Audu Muhammad and Ibrahim Godi were said to have been brutalized by two customs officers shortly after their arrival from Abuja. 

According to the Secretary of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Bello Tambuwal, the two pilgrims were called aside by the Customs officers “after they had passed through all the necessary checks earlier and they became apprehensive and refused to follow the officials which led to their being brutalized”. 

Dr. Tambuwal said after they were mistreated, he personally took the two pilgrims to two different hospitals, one run by Nigeria’s National Medical Team and the other by the Saudi government. 

“The Saudi’s also offered to foot the medical bill of the two pilgrims,” he said. The Deputy Governor of Madinah, Wahid Asahin, on Monday visited the pilgrims’ Hotel, Riyad Al Zahra, in the Markaziya area of Madinah to personally convey the apologies of the Saudi Arabian authorities over the matter. 
Mr. Asahin described the incident as regrettable. Speaking through the Deputy Minister for Hajj Affairs, Mohammed Abdulrahman Al Bijawi, the deputy governor assured Nigerian officials that “such incidence will not occur again” adding that disciplinary measures were already being taken against two officials involved in the incident. 

The deputy governor visited the pilgrims in their hotel rooms and presented some gifts to them.

UPDATE: ASUU GIVES GOVERNMENT 14-DAYS ULTIMATUM