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FG bans cash payments in NIPOST offices

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The Federal government, Thursday has directed that all cash payments in postal services across the country should stop.

This directive was affirmed by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy and made available to TIMELY POST in a statement by the minister’s spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman.

It was further explained that the development was meant to stop corruption in the sector.

But the minister said all payments across NIPOST offices in Nigeria should be made through Point of Sales (POS) machines or bank teller.

It has come to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) FNCS, FBCS, FIIM that some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), to engage in corrupt practices.

In line with the anti corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Honourable Minister hereby The Post Master General, is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately.

The general public and all customers of NIPOST, are hereby encouraged to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with NIPOST. This directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, as we are currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge.

In the same vein, Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers. The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Honourable Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls.

The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch.

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Buhari mourns David West

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expresses deep sorrow over the death of his ally and friend, a man he usually called “the indomitable Tam David-West.”

Professor Tamunoemi Sokari David-West, 83, was a consultant virologist of national and international standing.

He served as Commissioner of Education in the old Rivers State, Minister of Petroleum and Energy under the Muhammadu Buhari military regime, and Minister of Mines, Power and Steel under Gen. Ibrahim Babangida regime.

Reacting to his death, Buhari commiserated with the David-West family, the people of Buguma, Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, the academia, and all those who loved “the forthright Tam David-West.”

A statement signed by his Media Aide, Femi Adesina to TIMELY POST quoted the President as saying: “He had an indomitable spirit, stood resolutely by whatever he believed in, and was in a class of his own.”

Buhari prayed that God will rest the soul of the committed nationalist, urging all those who believed in the ideals he espoused to approximate same, for the betterment of Nigeria, and humanity in general.

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Kogi guber: Threats of violence won’t deter overrunning Bello, APC – PDP

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Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has vowed to “overrun” the state Governor, Yahaya Bello.

PDP said no threats of violence will deter it from ‘overrunning’ Bello and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in all the senatorial zones of the state on Saturday.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP also condemned the violent attack on the state secretariat of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) by thugs.

The statement reads: “As a party, we have on a good authority how Governor Bello and his agents have been threatening the lives of PDP leaders in Kogi Central, all in their failed bid to instill fear on the people and frustrate our campaigns in the area.

“However, the PDP cautions Yahaya Bello and his party to note that nothing will stop our party and the peoples’ candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, from campaigning and consolidating our support in Kogi Central and across the state.

“The people of Kogi state are on the move with the PDP in their readiness to confront and dismantle the machinations of Yahaya Bello and no amount of violence and death threat can change this resolve.

“The PDP calls on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the military hierarchy to note how Gov Bello is turning Kogi state into a theatre of war and making life unsafe in the state.

“Our party draws the attention of security agencies to reports that APC and agents of Governor Yahaya Bello have a training ground for thugs in Kogi Central District, who would be later armed with dangerous weapons to perpetrate violence during the election.

“There are also reports that the APC and agents of Yahaya Bello are sewing fake military, police and Civil Defence uniforms to be used by their thugs to cause mayhem during the election.

“The PDP, therefore, charges the Inspector General of Police and the military hierarchy to immediately call Yahaya Bello and the APC to order as well as take urgent steps to ensure adequate security to safeguard lives and property in the electioneering time frame of the November 16 election in the state.”

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Alleged power usurpation: I won’t share my powers with anyone – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday warned that he would not share the powers at the Presidential Villa with anyone.

In a statement to TIMELY POST on Friday through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari warned that there cannot be anyone too powerful for him to control.

There have been reports of power tussle at the Presidential Villa with claims that the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari was forced to stay out of Aso Rock for over three months allegedly by some cabal.

Although Aisha refuted the reports, saying that she had stayed away in the UK for so long because she was ill.

During the week, Abba Kyari was reported to have sacked about 35 Personal Assistants to the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo without the consent of the VP and Buhari, his boss.

However, Buhari has declared that nothing happens in the seat of power without his knowledge and that no one is more powerful than him at the Presidential Villa.

He said the media must stop attributing ‘non-existing powers to some people.

The statement added, “The President is in absolute control of his government. The media should stop attributing non-existent powers to some people. There cannot be anyone too powerful for President Buhari to control.”

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