The National Assembly has commended the concerted efforts of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and Otunba Runsewe (Director-General) National Council for Arts and Culture for ensuring the protection of public utilities.
Members of the House Committee on Culture and Tourism led by the chairman, Hon. Ogbeide Ihama denounced a situation where private individuals convert government property for personal use extolling the IGP and Runsewe for securing the permanent site of NCAC located in Abuja.
Hon. Ihama said both men have remained unwavering in their commitment to protecting government properties citing the Art and Crafts Village belonging to NCAC as an example.
According to the members who visited the premises as part of an inspection visit, the NASS was pleased with efforts made so far by Runsewe to refurbish the Art and Crafts village expected to generate thousands of jobs when completed.
The honourable members further harped on the need to secure and maintain such places as the NCAC cultural site which was almost taken over by some self-serving individuals for selfish gains until Runsewe, upon assuming office decided the party was over.
They expressed full support of the federal government as the council seeks to reopen the village for the benefit of Nigerians.
Runsewe led the honourable members along with members of his management around the village explaining that no stone will be left unturned in a bid to rebuild the place to meet with international standards.
Ekiti Submits Interest Bid to Host NAFEST 2021
The Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has expressed the interest of his state to host the 2021 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
Receiving the bid document from Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism Prof. Tunde Bakare on Monday, the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended Governor Fayemi for early indication of interest to host the cultural fiesta.
Runsewe described Governor Fayemi as a proactive leader who is committed to giving the best to his state at all times.
Stating that the early submission of the bid document by Ekiti State Government was a sign of early preparation towards putting in place the necessary logistics and infrastructure for a successful event, he added that the Council expects bids from more states in respect of NAFEST 2021.
Runsewe commended the amiable wife of Governor Fayemi and First Lady of Ekiti State, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi for declaring that if given the hosting right, Ekiti State would stage “the mother of all NAFEST”.
The DG added that the statement by Her Excellency was an indication of the determination and political will of Ekiti State Government to make NAFEST 2021 the best in the history of the festival.
It will be recalled that the Plateau State Government was given the hosting right for NAFEST 2020 at the closing ceremony of 2019 Edo NAFEST at Benin City, on October 26, 2019.
Arrangements are already on top gear for the hosting of the 2020 edition of the festival in Jos, Plateau State, in October.
Amaechi’s CSO Dies in Kaduna ‘Hotel Room’
The chief security officer to Rotimi Amaechi has died in Kaduna, PREMIUM TIMES learnt from security and official sources.
The officer, who was described as a senior intelligence personnel, died on Monday morning while on a trip with the transport minister.
Peter Afunanya, chief spokesperson for the SSS, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday morning that the officer was electrocuted at his hotel room.
“He died at his hotel during an electric accident,” Mr Afunanya said.
PREMIUM TIMES has withheld the officer’s identity to allow the official notification of his family.
His death occurred hours after reports said Mr Amaechi’s convoy was attacked in Kaduna while leaving from a train station to the city centre.
Mr Amaechi pushed back against the report on Twitter Sunday night, saying it was fake news as no attack on his convoy occurred.
A source close to Mr Amaechi also said the officer died at a hotel in a case of electrocution, dismissing strongly any insinuation that it was from an attack.
The source could not speak openly because he was not authorised by Mr Amaechi to speak on a matter that is being handled as sensitive.
Mr Afunanya did not disclose the name of the hotel in Kaduna where the attack happened.
But sources who first informed PREMIUM TIMES of the officer’s death said it was from injuries he sustained from the attack.
Some of the sources include colleagues of the departed officer, although PREMIUM TIMES has not been able to independently corroborate the official or private version of how the orderly died.
Source: Premium Times
Assailants Kill Aso Rock Director, Set Body on Fire
An Assistant Director attached to the State House, Abuja, Laetitia Dagan, has been killed by yet-to-be identified assailants.
Dagan was said to have been killed in her apartment in Galadimawa, Abuja, on Monday shortly after she returned from work.
The 47-year-old Plateau State indigene was said to have left her office in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, around 8pm while the incident happened around 11pm.
She was said to be a participant in an ongoing training for civil servants holding at the Manhattan Event Centre, Uke, Nasarawa State.
Some of her colleagues who spoke to The PUNCH on Tuesday said the assailants set Dagan’s apartment on fire probably after killing her.
“The assailants were so cruel. They tied her and set her with her mattress on fire.
“She was just promoted to the position of assistant director last year. She was always full of smile,” one of her colleagues said.
The PUNCH learnt that in investigating the case, the police are working on a clue on an item suspected to have been mistakenly left behind by one of the assailants.
A State House statement by the Deputy Director, Information, Mr Attah Esa, confirmed the development, quoting the Permanent Secretary, Jalal Arabi, as mourning the deceased.
Arabi said, “She was a dedicated, hard-working officer, and we all feel pained by her dastardly and untimely death.”
Arabi and some personnel of the State House had already visited her family members to condole with them.
Meanwhile, friends and family members of the deceased have taken to the social media to mourn her.
One of them, Comfort Sajoh Gaiya, posted what appeared to be the deceased’s last photograph said to have been taken at about 4pm on Monday, a few hours before she was killed.
“This photo was taken yesterday (Monday) at about 4pm at the Manhattan Event Centre, Uke, Nasarawa State. She was full of life, as you can see. She was Dagan Laetitia Naankang, Assistant Director (TSW) State House. She was murdered by unknown gunmen in her residence last night,” Gaiya wrote on Facebook.