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By Adedapo Adesanya
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 17 swore in the newly appointed Chairman of the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), Mr Mohammed Bello Shehu.
The new RMAFC chairman was administered an oath in the council chamber of the State House in Abuja just before the president presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Speaking with journalists after the swearing-in, Mr Shehu explained that although the task ahead of him is daunting, he is certain that the commission will assist the Buhari-led administration to block leakages.
He also noted that he will assist the appropriate bodies to generate more revenue for the Federation and implement its constitutional responsibility.
As one of the 14 constitutional Commissions, the RMAFC chairman maintained that he will ensure that the commission’s independence is upheld as enshrined within the Constitution.
Alongside the president, others physically in attendance at the FEC meeting included the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Ibrahim Gambari; and National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mungonu (rtd).
Others were Ministers of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, and Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, Niger Delta, Mr Umana Umana; Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Sports, Mr Sunday Dare; Water Resources, Mr Suliaman Adamu, Science and Technology, Mr Olorunibe Mamora.
Also in attendance were the Ministers of Water Resources, Federal Capital Territory, Mr Mohammed Bello, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, Agriculture, Mohammed Abubakar, Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, Mines and Steel Development, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite and Minister of State Education, Mr Goodluck Opia.
The Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo joined virtually as well as the Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Folashade Yemi-Esan and other ministers.
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Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.
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The Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations in Lagos State, Mr Paul Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, has been redeployed to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
This followed a minor reshuffling of the cabinet by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Idris Salako, a few days ago.
He tendered his resignation after a seven-storey building under construction in the Victoria Island area of the metropolis collapsed, killing about six people.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotosho, said the new Physical Planning Commissioner is an astute Civil Engineer with over 33 years of professional experience as a public servant.
He has served the Lagos State Government in various capacities, such as Area/Resident Engineer, Director of Planning and Design, General Manager of the Lagos State Ferry Services, Executive Secretary and Vice Chairman of the Lagos State Roads, Bridges and Highway Infrastructure Private Sector Participation (PSP) Board.
He rose through the public service ranks to become a Permanent Secretary in 2005. He headed at different times, the Ministry of Rural Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing and Ministry of Works and Infrastructure from where he retired in 2015.
After retirement, he engaged himself in various consultancy services and project development until 2018 when he joined BOS/KOH Team as a member of the Strategic Economy Committee and then later a member of the Transition Committee during which he was Team Lead for the Transport and Traffic Management Subcommittee.
Mr Bamgbose-Martins was born on June 3, 1957, in Lagos and had his primary education at St. Mary’s Private School, Lagos in 1969. He attended St. Gregory’s College, Lagos for his secondary education, which he completed in 1974. He obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and a Master of Science Degree (MSc.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos, majoring in Highways/Transportation.
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Mr Paris Anatolitis has been appointed as the new chief executive of Moja Group, a leading African digital expert and consultancy service.
The appointee will be expected to help spearhead the company’s progressive strategic objectives as it positions itself as one of the most prominent in this high-potential region thanks to an unrivalled understanding of the local dynamics of each individual market.
Prior to this appointment, Mr Anatolitis was the Commercial Director for Entain and played a leading role in growing the organisation’s gaming business, while also enhancing digital performance, exploring and expanding into new territories and identifying M&A opportunities.
He has over 14 years of digital gambling experience working in several influential iGaming roles, including senior positions as Entain Casino Marketing Director, Head of Product Marketing and Country Manager for Sportingbet in Greece.
“Moja Group’s market dominance within Africa and the vast opportunities that still exist in the region, and beyond, made the role incredibly enticing. I cannot wait to take the helm as we embark on a very interesting period for the business.
“A core driver of our vision will be investing in talent and skills, helping us launch products and services that existing and future customers of our markets will enjoy responsibly,” Mr Anatolitis said.
“We’re very fortunate to have Paris join the business and be able to leverage his experience and prowess to keep pushing the company forward. His commitment to creating a working environment that nurtures existing partners and employees as well as attracting external talent was a major appeal,” the co-founder of Moja Group, Mr Marc Saba commented.
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The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development in Lagos State, Mr Idris Salako, has resigned his appointment, a statement from the state government has revealed.
Mr Salako resigned from office 24 hours after a seven-storey building collapsed in the Victoria Island area of the state.
In the statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, on Monday, it was disclosed that the resignation has been accepted by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has accepted the resignation of the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako.
“This is a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry and its agencies.
“Governor Sanwo-Olu thanks the Commissioner for his services to the state and wishes him success in his future endeavours.
“The Governor warns all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement said.
Lagos State has recently witnessed the collapse of buildings, especially under construction and these have raised concerns over the ability of the government to regulate the sector.
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