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Day: April 24, 2019

The Board of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has approved the elevation of four Assistant Corps Marshals (ACM) to the rank of Deputy Corps Marshals (DCM).

It also approved the promotion of 14 Corps Commanders (CC) to Assistant Corps Marshals (ACM) and 16 Deputy Corps Commanders (DCC) to the rank of Corps Commanders (CC).

A statement by Corps Public Education Officer, Mr Bisi Kazeem, in Abuja on Tuesday said this was in furtherance to the corps’ determination for greater performance and optimal productivity.

He gave the list of the officers promoted to the rank of Deputy Corps Marshals as; Julius Asom who is the present Special Assistant to the Corps Marshal, Kenneth Nwaegbe Commandant FRSC Academy Udi.

Others are Umar Aliyu , Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 7 Abuja and Shehu Zaki , Zonal Commanding Officer RS 12 Bauchi.

Kazeem also gave the names of officers promoted to the rank of Assistant Corps Marshals as, Oluwasusi Familoni, Head of National Vehicle Identification Scheme, Gwagalada, Edward Zamber, Sector Commander, Rivers State Sector Command.

“Angus Ibezim Sector Commander, Jigawa, Ann Marjah, Sector Commander, Taraba, Aliyu Datsama, Commandant , Training school, Jos, Umar Ibrahim, Sector Commander, Kaduna.

“Also, Jonah Etuk, Zonal Head of Operations, Zone RS4, Jos , Christopher Ademoluti, Head of section , Policy, Yusuf Garba, Sector Commander, Kano State, Godwin Ngueku, Sector Commander, Katsina State.

“Gojara, Head of section, Special duties and Partnership, Joseph Aremu, Sector Commander, Imo, Fumibi Olawoyin, Head of Special Marshal and Pat Emordi, Sector Commander, Plateau.”

Furthermore, officers promoted to the rank of Corps Commanders include; Roland Onamusi, Ali Tanimu, Hafiz Mohammed, Aliyu Baba, Abiodun Akinlade, Emmanuel Dung among others.

With this promotion, Kazeem, quoted the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, as saying that the Board Chairman, Mallam Bukhari Bello, had urged the newly promoted officers to be dedicated to duty.(NAN)

Frankly speaking, Lawan is APC’s choice for Senate President. This is what the party is trying to make clear to the other candidates seeking to occupy the Red chamber’s Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari may hold a “frank” meeting with two of the three aspirants for Senate President – Sen. Danjuma Goje and Sen. Ali Ndume — on the adoption of Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan for the office.

The All Progressives Congress(APC) is working towards a lone candidate for the job.

Lawan yesterday intensified lobbying of senators-elect from the opposition, especially those from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

The main issue between the APC team and the PDP senators-elect has been the mode of voting during the inauguration of the Senate in June.

There are indications that a block vote by PDP senators may not be possible.

According to sources, the President decided to intervene in the race for Senate president to avoid APC going into the battle as a divided house.

A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The President will meet with Goje and Ndume to explain to them the rationale behind the adoption of Lawan as the party’s candidate for Senate president.

“Some of the aspirants have claimed that Buhari has not stated where he stands on the matter. In order not to take things for granted, the President has decided to hold a frank session with Goje and Ndume.

“ The meeting will hold at or before the weekend. But after the dialogue, the President and the party may then draw the battle line if the two aspirants do not want to respect the supremacy of APC.

“We hope reason will prevail and these aspirants will leave the party united.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The Presidency and the APC are working towards the emergence of one candidate for the Office of the President of the Senate. This is the maximum Buhari and other leaders may tolerate.”

A member of Lawan’s campaign team said after the meeting with more senators-elect from the opposition, especially the PDP, the Senate Leader was trying to consolidate the gains made “by building confidence and trust”.

“There are some prejudices and fears we have succeeded in addressing to allay misgivings by our colleagues,” he said, pleading not to be named because he is not permitted to talk on the issue.

The source spoke on the mode of voting during the inauguration of the National Assembly on June 6.

“Those in APC are adamant on open voting and some senators-elect in the opposition have stuck to secret ballot system. We are confident that we shall all be on the same page before the inauguration,” he said.

PDP senators-elect are not likely to vote same way.

One said: “I think because of certain interests peculiar to some of us, block voting might be difficult for PDP. We do not have the number to dominate the Senate and if Lawan wins, those opposed to him might not get befiting committees.

“So, in casting votes for any candidate, you have to align the interest of the party with the overriding interest of your constituents who are demanding the dividends of democracy. Some of us are not going to the Senate to be bench warmers.”

Also yesterday, a Joint Consultative Forum of Northern Youth Groups dismissed the insinuations that Lawan would be remote-controlled by unseen hands if elected as Senate president.

It described the allegation as ”false and cheap blackmail”.

The forum hailed the senator as “a man of integrity, whose consistency in vying for Senate president is in line with his belief in the independence of legislature”.

In a communiqué jointly signed by the forum’s Director of Media and Publication and Chairperson of the communiqué Committee, Isah Imam Muhammed and Zainab Aliyu Sabon-Birni, the forum said among all the contending senators, only Lawan possesses leadership trait which can help Nigeria.

The forum said: “It is pertinent to state that Senator Lawan cannot be anybody’s stooge as a Senate President.”

“We appeal to other aspirants to see reason and rally round Lawan who has the capacity to lead the 9th Senate for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“ Lawan enjoys a lot of respect from the Executive arm of government, which is a good signal of a harmonious working relationship between the two arms of government in the next dispensation. ”As youths of Nigeria who are critical stakeholders in the Nigerian project, our support for Senator Lawan is predicated on our belief that he will serve as a bridge that will unite the Senate, irrespective of party leaning.

”We believe he will deploy his experience and goodwill to bring about harmonious working relationship within and among all arms of government in the next dispensation in the interest of national unity, peace and development.”

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