Saturday, February 24, 2024

Expectations high as governors take Oath of Office across states

Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq and Kayode Alabi have been sworn-in as Governor and Deputy Governor of Kwara State, for a second term in office.

The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Ayodele Abiodun Adebara, administered the oath of office and allegiance, at a brief inauguration and swearing in ceremony, held at the Council Chamber of the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin.

In his inaugural message, Governor AbdulRazaq thanked the people of Kwara for their support, which returned him for a second term in office.

He assured that the next four years will see the consolidation of ongoing and new developmental infrastructure and socio economic development across the state.

The governor also said his administration will form partnerships with private partners to further bring development to the Kwara South and Kwara Senatorial districts of the state district.

A few minutes after his inauguration, AbdulRazaq re-appointed Mallam Rafiu Ajakaye as his Chief Press Secretary.

The re-appointment was confirmed in a statement by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to the Head of Service, Susan Oluwole.

The statement read in part, “The Executive Governor of Kwara State, H.E. Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has approved the reappointment of Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye as the Chief Press Secretary.

“While congratulating Ajakaye for his reappointment, the HOS admonished him to rededicate himself to his responsibility as the Governor’s spokesperson.”

In Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also took the oath of office for his second term as governor.

The Oath of Office, which was administered by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, signaled the beginning of the governor’s second term of four years.

The governor was sworn in at 11:38 am.

Earlier, the deputy governor of the state, Obafemi Hamzat, took the Oath of Office as Deputy Governor for his second term in office.

Thousands of people also witnessed the swearing in of Uba Sani as the democratically elected governor of Kaduna State.

The oath of office was administered by the Chief Judge of Kaduna State, Justice Tukur Muhammad Muazu.

Uba Sani is the sixth elected governor of Kaduna State from the resumption of democratic dispensation from 1999 to date.

While delivering his first speech as the governor of Kaduna State, Sani thanked former governor Nasiru El-Rufai for building a legacy that he would easily key into to ensure that the progress of the state continues.

Governor Sani explained that his administration would undertake programmes and policies that would encourage creativity and harness the rich diversity of the cosmopolitan nature of the state.

The new Governor of Kano State, Abba Gida has also been sworn in as the 19th Governor of the state.

The colorful ceremony took place at the Sani Abacha Stadium Kano.

The governor said that his administration would not relent in ensuring that the quality and standard of education is being uplifted in the state with the aim of having a bright future.

Unconfirmed report said there was mild tension at the swearing-in ceremony, as the stage collapsed.

The ceremony was graced by the five first class emirs of the state, former governor of Kano Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, thousands of the party supporters, dignitaries from within and outside of the country.

Meanwhile, the newly sworn-in Kano governor has ordered the sacking of all government appointees from former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s administration.

The governor, in a statement he personally signed on Monday, the day he was sworn in, gave the executive order that “all political appointees heading government MDAs and companies are hereby relieved of their appointment with immediate effect.”

Abba Gida also directed all security agencies to take over all public properties that Ganduje’s administration had sold with immediate effect. He added that the security agencies, including Hisbah police, should take over the properties until his government took a final decision on them.

“I am announcing, today, that all these public places and assets that were immorally plundered and sold by the Ganduje administration should be taken over by law enforcement agencies, led by the Police, the DSS, Civil Defense, and Hisbah pending the final decision of the government.”

The governor further clarified that the properties he was referring to included graveyards and green areas, lands in and around schools, along the city wall of Kano, and religious and cultural sites, hospitals, and clinics.

He added that other assets and landed properties of the state government within and outside Kano that have been sold to the ex-governor’s cronies and agents must be recovered.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde equally took his oath of office and has been sworn in for a second term.

The oath and swearing-in was administered by the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Iyabo Yerima.

Meanwhile, Makinde, on Monday, reappointed his Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi and replaced his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa with Sulaimon Olarenwaju.

Olarenwaju until this appointment was the Group Business Editor, Nigerian Tribune newspaper.

The governor made the first two appointments at the presentation of the transition report, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan.

The newly elected Governor of Kebbi State, Nasiru Idris and his Deputy, Umar Abubakar, took Oath of office with a promise for an all inclusive government irrespective of political party.

The governor, shortly after the oath of office administered by the state Acting Chief Judge, Justice Umar Abubakar said, his government would strived to achieve an agenda of redirection, reconstruction, realignment and restoration which require sacrifices and commitment from all and sundry.

Governor Idris promised to give priority to the education sector and improve the welfare for teachers and students.

The Niger State Governor, Muhammed Umar Bago has taken his oath of office in Minna the Niger State Capital.

Chief justice of the state, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik administered the oath to Governor Bago and his Deputy.

Addressing the crowd after the swearing in, Governor Bago appreciated the people of the state for their support during his campaign and the election.

“I am extremely humbled and grateful to ALLAH (SWT) for making today possible; this is a day that will resonate in my mind as the beginning of a new chapter in the history of a New Niger State.

“Let me begin by assuring all Nigerlites that your overwhelming support and admiration of our Party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) throughout the campaigns and your votes during the 2023 general elections will not be taken for granted, as we are here to serve you, and I will be a governor for all the citizens of Niger State, irrespective of religious, ethnic, socio-economic backgrounds and political affiliations,” he said.

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and his Deputy, Emmanuel Akabe have been sworn-in for another term of four years in office.

Sule renewed his mandate with the people of the state after taking his oath of office during a colourful ceremony at the Lafia Square, in Lafia the state capital.

While highlighting the achievements of his administration in the past four years, the Governor assured of his resolve to sustain accelerated growth, increase economic opportunities and prosperity, social inclusion and improve the quality of lives of the citizenry.

He emphasized that during the next four years, the goal of his administration will be to sustain an increase in productivity by leveraging on competitive advantages of the state, towards achieving inclusive economic growth and socio-economic transformation, which would continue to translate into substantial improvements in the quality of lives.

Sule commended the people of the state for their steadfastness, especially during the electioneering campaign, in the face of efforts by detractors to disrupt their collective sense of mission and cohesion.

“This is why I commend your steadfastness in shunning and standing against all the provocations intended to divide our people for selfish political gains.

“I urge you all to remain steadfast and to be on your guards. We cannot afford to do otherwise, because the prize of liberty is eternal vigilance,” he stated.

He however extended his hands of fellowship to all those that contested under other political parties, to join hands with his administration in its determination to move Nasarawa State forward.

“The election has come and gone, the task ahead of us now is the supremacy of the security and welfare of our people,” the Governor added.

Sule used the opportunity of the event to show appreciation to the immediate past president of the country, Muhammadu Buhari, for his services to the nation and particular love and affection for Nasarawa State.

“In this connection, we profoundly appreciate the expansion and dualization of Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi highway; the completion and commissioning of the Loko-Oweto bridge; the commencement of Farin-Ruwa Hydro Power Project and take-over of Lafia Cargo Airport among several others,” he said.

In the same vein, the Governor welcomed the inauguration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, describing the former Lagos State governor as a tested leader and patriot whose commitment to the overall development of Nigeria is outstanding.

“We have no doubt that his antecedents and past achievements in the development of Nigeria will be brought to bear in his present leadership for the benefit of all Nigerians. As we assure Mr. President of our loyalty and support at all times, may the Almighty Allah grant him more wisdom and the capacity to lead Nigeria to greater heights,” he stated.

He congratulated his deputy, Emmanuel Akabe, for making history as the first Deputy Governor of the state to be sworn-in twice, describing him as a loyal team mate.

The Governor also appreciated members of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, as well as the state judiciary without whose support his administration could not have recorded by his administration.

In Delta State, Sheriff Oborevwori has been sworn in as the fifth democratically elected Governor of the state, and also Monday Onyeme as the deputy Governor.

They took the oath of office and allegiance administered to them by the Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Diai at the 23,000 seat capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba amidst heavy security presence.

Governor Sheriff Oborevwori who was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly gave an assurance that his administration would build on the legacies of the immediate past administration of Ifeanyi Okowa.

Governor Oborevwori has also made his very first appointment after his inauguration on Monday.

Governor Oborevwori announced veteran journalist, Festus Ahon as his Chief Press Secretary, shortly after taking the oath of office.

Ahon was, until his appointment, Vanguard Newspaper Correspondent in Asaba, the State capital.

Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State has taken his oath of office as Governor of the State with a pledge to run a transparent government that will serve the people of the state with the fear of God.

The Governor was sworn-in alongside his Deputy, Faruk Jobe, by the Chief Judge of Katsina State, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.

He promised to hit the ground running with the implementation of a strategic development policy which seeks to transform all sectors of the state’s economy, in education, healthcare, agriculture, land administration and revenue generation and youth empowerment.

Dauda Lawal Dare and Malam Mani Masaman Mudi have been sworn in as new Governor and Deputy Governor of Zamfara State by the state Chief Judge, Justice Kulu Aliyu.

The ceremony took place at the state trade Fair complex by pass Gusau.

Dare assured to govern an open door policy for all inclusive government irrespective of political party in order to move the state forward.

Businessman and politician, Umo Eno has also been sworn in as the fifth elected governor of Akwa Ibom having won the governorship candidate on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party held on March 18.

Umo Eno was sworn into office by the Chief Judge of the state, Ekaette Obot at the Godswill Akpabio international stadium in Uyo, the state capital.

The ceremony was watched by a capacity crowd which included the outgone governor, Udom Emmanuel and former deputy governor, Moses Ekpo as well as other top politicians.

Umo Eno, who hails from Nsit Ubium Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom North East senatorial district of the state, was until his election, a member of the state executive council as commissioner for Lands and Water Resources.

Shortly before Umo Eno’s inauguration, the former governor Udom Emmanuel commissioned the official residence of the state chief Judge located within the highbrow area of Uyo, the state capital.

Siminialayi Fubara, on Monday, took over from mentor and predecessor, Nyesom Wike, as governor of Rivers State.

Fubara, fondly called Sim, in his inaugural speech following his swearing in by Chief Judge of the State, Justice Simeon Amadi at the Elekahia Stadium Port Harcourt, told the people he is overwhelmed by the spotlight as “Governor for all Rivers people.”

Sim said aside consolidating on the legacy of infrastructures revolution by his predecessor, he would address corruption and inefficiency in Rivers health sector, promptly pay salaries, pensions and gratuities to Rivers workers having been one of them, work harmoniously with other arms of government, encourage investments and small and medium scale businesses and with firm political will crush Rivers insecurity and whoever is involved.

“We will provide strong, determined, focused, purposeful and responsible leadership. Though enormous, we are equal to the task of the responsibility head. My Deputy and I were born, raised and educated in this dear state. We are Christians and believe in the core values of prayer, hard work, service and sacrifice.

“We worked in the civil service for decades, practically serving every government since 1999. Our knowledge is extremely enriched by our life long interactions, connections and service to the state and our people’s public and private capacity.

“We know Rivers as well as anyone. We know your hopes, expectations, the terrain, and development challenges. We see our progress and what more to do to take us higher”, Sim told the capacity crowd at the inauguration ground.

In a handover note moment, Wike, the former governor in an apparent shortest public speech he has ever made, had addressed Sim, “Your Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, I hereby hand over the flag of Rivers and official handover documents to you. Thank you and God bless.”

The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun has equally been sworn in for a second term in office.

Abiodun and his deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele were sworn in by the Chief Justice of Ogun state, Mosunmola Dipeolu, on Monday, at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.

The governor won his second term bid after defeating the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Ladi Adebutu, in the March 18 governorship election in the state.

However, Adebutu has filed a suit challenging the victory of Abiodun and the All Progressives Congress at the election tribunal.

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