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Victoire Tomégah Dogbé Is Elected Togo’s First Female Prime Minister

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After Komi Selom Klassau resigned as the prime minister of Togo, President of Togo Faure Gnassingbe has appointed a new the first-ever female Prime Minister, Victoire Tomégah Dogbé.

She has been the minister of Grassroots Development, Handicrafts, Youth and Youth Employment since 2008, as well as director of the cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic since 2009. Dogbe-Tomegah will disclose a new administration and present her policy statement to the National Assembly.

This historic appointment follows that of Gabon which in July 2020 appointed it’s first-ever female Prime Minister, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. Also, in 2018, Ethiopia appointed its first-ever female president, Sahle-Work Zewde.

The appointment of the women not only sets the standard for the future but also normalises women as decision-makers in public life.

Here are 5 facts about Victoire Tomégah Dogbé:

  • In 1978, she joined the Faculty of Economics and Management (FASEG) of the University of Lomé, Togo, from which she graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics and Management in 1982.
  • She obtained a diploma in marketing, specializing in general management finance at the Jutland Technology Institute AARHUS in 1988 in Denmark then an Orchestrating Winning Performance at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1996.
  • Victoire Sidémého Dogbé Tomegah began her career at the Togolese Plastics Industry (ITP) where she was promoted from 1986 to 1988, the first head of personnel then head of the supply department. Then, she was called to take the administrative and financial direction at ITP from 1988 to 1992.
  • She became an Assistant Resident Representative in charge of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) operations in TOGO from 1999 to 2002, Assistant Resident Representative in charge of UNDP operations in Congo-Brazzaville from 2002 to 2004, Deputy Resident Representative in charge of UNDP operations in Burkina Faso of 2004 to 2007, and Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Benin, from 2007 to 2008.
  • In 2008, while she was at the UNDP in Benin, the President of the Republic Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe and the Prime Minister Gilbert Houngbo called on Victoire Dogbé Tomégah to occupy the portfolio of Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of development at the base which had just been created in Togo.
  • Congratulations. We wish you all the best!

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Igboho promises a protest if his accounts are not released

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Self-acclaimed political dissident, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise called Sunday Igboho, on Tuesday, blamed the Federal Government for freezing his financial assets, following his assault on the fulani herdsmen in Oyo State.

Igboho, who addressed Vanguard, affirmed that all his financial asset have been frozen by the Federal Government since certain individuals were gathering donations.

Nonetheless, Igboho said he had no hands in the said donations, cautioning that his records should be released to dodge protest by young people across the South-West area.

His words: “They have frozen my bank accounts because I am fighting a just course.

I know Yoruba people are behind me.“I will not relent. I must achieve my aims by putting an end to criminalities in Yorubaland.

“If they refuse to release my accounts, there will be serious protests across the South-West.

“Yes, the Yoruba are living in fear. They are afraid that the killer-herdsmen might attack them.

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IGP adamu retires

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Adamu enrolled in the Police Force on February 2, 1986.

The IGP who will turn 60 on September 17, was appointed IGP in January 2019. He has gone through two years in office.

Three Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) and 10 Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs) are additionally due for retirement with him today.

It is accepted that there is a mission to broaden Adamu’s residency.

However, some have contended against such expansion, since it would negate the arrangements of the Police Act 2020 that fixes the retirement of cops at 60 years old or 35 years of administration.

Section 18(8) of the new Act states: “Every police officer shall, on recruitment or appointment, serve in the Nigeria Police Force for 35 years or until the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier.”

The Act provides for a tenure of four years for the Inspector General of Police.

Section 7, subsection 2 of the Act provides that: “The person to be appointed as Inspector General of Police shall be a senior police officer not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police with the requisite academic qualification of not less than a first degree or its equivalent, in addition to professional or management experience.”

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Ortom tests positive for Covid-19

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has tested positive for the feared COVID-19.

The declaration was made on Wednesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase.

Review that a significant number of the governor’s aides which includes his personal physician, aide de camp, orderly, permanent secretaries among others recently tested positive for the virus.

Akase in an articulation made accessible to writers in Makurdi said that “the most recent result of the governor’s COVID-19 test has brought positive back.

This follows the test results of most of the Governor’s close aides who also returned positive in the last few weeks.

“Though the Governor has not shown any symptoms of the disease, he has already commenced treatment as prescribed by medical personnel.

The assertion added that the governor exhorted the individuals who have interacted with him over the most recent few days to go for test.

“The Governor says it is equally important that those who came in contact with other persons who have tested positive for the virus should go for a test to ascertain their COVID-19 status.

Akase said that Governor Ortom encouraged Benue individuals to keep on noticing the safety measures for the avoidance of the infection, for example, wearing of face masks, utilization of sanitisers, ordinary hand washing and physical distancing.

He urges the individuals not to fear going for COVID-19 test as doing so would help in containing the spread of the illness.

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