Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Nigerian Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch as Children and Families’ minister, as part of his government reshuffle.
The British-Nigerian 39-year-old Badenoch is a British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament (MP) for Saffron Walden.
Badenoch tannounced her new appointment on Monday, July 29. She tweeted:
The junior minister’s responsibilities include early years policy, including inspection and regulation. Her portfolio includes delivery of 30 hours free childcare offer, special educational needs including high needs funding, safeguarding in schools and disadvantaged pupils – including pupil premium and pupil premium plus.
Badenoch who spent her childhood Lagos, Nigeria, and the United States of America was born in Wimbledon, London to Nigerian parents who are medical doctor and a physiology professor. She later relocated to the United Kingdom at 16. She has been the MP for Saffron Walden since 2017 after replacing Nadhim Zawahi.
She is software and IT engineer. She studied systems engineering at Sussex University and also has a law degree. She has worked in the banking sector for Coutts and RBS.
The mother of two once shared with MPs on the floor of the parliament her own experiences of poverty and how she used to do her homework by candlelight.
Legit.ng had reported that the girlfriend of newly appointed British prime minister, Boris Johnson, has an intimidating profile.
Carrie Symonds, 31, was a former Tory spin doctor. She was the communications and PR executive and once worked with Conservative Campaign Headquarters in 2018. She is said to be the brains behind his visual rebrand in months preceding the election.
The Lagos State Police Command has launched a manhunt for the kidnappers of a businesswoman, Gbemisola Alabi, who was reportedly abducted while jogging on the Monastery Road in the Sangotedo area of the state.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the 35-year-old, who left her house around 6am on Sunday to keep fit, was accosted by some gunmen.
Gbemisola’s husband, Olamide, told our correspondent that he became worried when efforts to contact her proved abortive, adding that she had planned to visit his mother on the fateful day.
The engineer said,
“I work in Port Harcourt but my family is in Lagos. My wife had planned to visit my mother on Sunday and because I knew that she normally jogged in the morning, I called her around 10am to find out her preparations for the visit. I knew she didn’t go jogging with her phone when my daughter picked the call and said her mum was not back.
“When I called again around 11am, my wife did not pick; it was the same around noon and 1pm. I became worried and called our family members and neighbours to help me search for her around the area where she normally jogged.”
During the search, one of the neighbours, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people in the area told them that gunmen abducted a woman earlier in the day, adding that personnel of the Ogombo Police Station were following up the lead.
The neighbour said,
“When we found out that she was not back from jogging, we mobilised and started searching for her along her usual route. But, while searching, some people told us that some guys, who came in a tricycle, shot into the air and whisked away a woman.
“We have informed her family and also reported at the Ogombo Police Station and their officers are following up the lead.”
Gbemisola’s brother, Adewale, while lamenting the disappearance of the Osun State indigene, urged the police to investigate the matter, rescue the victim and arrest the perpetrators.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said personnel of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the command had been deployed with a view to rescuing the woman.
“We are investigating the case; we have deployed our specialists from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit to rescue the woman. At first, it was a case of a missing person, but we have now established that she was kidnapped. We have launched a manhunt for those involved in the crime,” Elkana said.
Following the completion of the screening and clearing of 43 ministerial nominees forwarded by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate, work has now commenced to assign portfolio to them.
Buhari, last week, forwarded the names of 43 ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation as ministers.
The senators had grilled the nominees based on their professions, working experiences/previous positions held, among others, without knowledge of what portfolios each of them will be assigned.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement commended the Senate for its swift and efficient process of screening and confirmation of the ministers.
Shehu, who did not disclosed the exact date the cabinet will be inaugurated, said, “specific portfolios shall be assigned with the inauguration of the cabinet.”
“The Presidency praises the diligence of the Senate in confirming the ministerial nominees, whilst also ensuring a swift and efficient process.
“The people of Nigeria want results, and with this list of ministers, we are confident they shall be delivered.”
Shehu expresses confidence that this crop of ministers will deliver on the “next level” promises of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led administration.
According to him, “this is a fine, capable and committed group of individuals. Working together, they shall help achieve what we all want and labour toward: a secure, prosperous, corruption-free nation in which nobody is left behind, and talents can flourish.
“The executive approaches this 9th National Assembly with a renewed spirit of openness and enthusiasm. Where once we sometimes found impasse, we welcome collaboration; where once suspicion took hold, together, we shall demonstrate mutual trust.
“Scrutiny should never mean deadlock but proper governance. “And with a new swathe of national legislators and ministers, we are confident the executive and the legislature can – in partnership – unleash the change Nigerians deserve.”
Meanwhile, there are indications President Buhari may likely reassign those in the first cabinet who were renominated to their former positions.
Sources say that former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, is likely to be reappointed to the same ministry, just as ex-minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama. Also, Mallam Adamu Adamu may return to the Ministry of Education; Hajia Sirika to Ministry of Aviation, just also as Abubakar Malami looks good for the Ministry of Justice.
It was learnt that the post of Minister of Nigeria Delta may be between former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva and Senator Godswill Akpabio.
For the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Mr. Sunday Dare and Mr. Festus Keyamo are in contention, while Osagie Enahire and Hajia Zainab Ahmed may return to Ministries of Health and Finance respectively.
Sources revealed that a member of the House of Representatives and nominee from Imo State, Emeka Nwajuba, is being considered as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
With the increase in the number of ministers from 37, it was gathered that President Buhari would increase the ministries. Towards the end, the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing may likely be split into two (Ministry of Power and Ministry of Works & Housing) or three, with former minister heading ministry of Works or Ministry of Works & Housing, depending on how many ministries would evolve.
Actress and singer Lady Gaga was photographed kissing and enjoying an intimate brunch with audio engineer Dan Horton on Sunday – and fans are crushed that the “Bad Romance” singer’s apparent new boyfriend isn’t her “A Star Is Born” costar Bradley Cooper.
After People magazine shared photos of Gaga with Horton at a Los Angeles restaurant on Tuesday, fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment that Gaga and Cooper hadn’t started a relationship.
what was the POINT of bradley cooper breaking up for lady gaga to go and do that
— rosie (@paintedmegclden) July 30, 2019
WHERE IS BRADLEY
— 💖Clean 💖 (@joaogurgelx) July 30, 2019
Ew that’s not Bradley
— 𝙅𝙪𝙡𝙞𝙖 (@fentyxrih) July 30, 2019
Bradley didn’t break up with Irina for this! pic.twitter.com/08AfVwPS4p
— | ₣ ₮ | (@MauditRebelle) July 30, 2019
THIS AINT BRADLEY COOPER @ladygaga
— 🥰 (@iSpeakAsshoIe) July 30, 2019
What about bradley he left irina for her
— Sarah (@sararaza2003) July 30, 2019
we wanted Gaga and Bradley pic.twitter.com/HS6fpnt7Fa
— notsookieee (@notsookieee) July 30, 2019
Some felt that the PDA was a PR stunt.
Others threatened to boycott Cooper and Gaga’s hit single “Shallow” because of the news.
if lady gaga and bradley cooper don’t
get together by the end of this year
I’m never listening to shallow ever again
— Midnight Diary (@wrotethisformee) July 30, 2019
So no Bradley cooper no more shallow 🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/38k2wOL9Gl
— Maxmud ✨ (@IamMoone94) July 30, 2019
Speculation that Gaga and Cooper were secretly in a relationship started soon after their film “A Star Is Born” premiered last October.
And following their emotional, intimate performance at the 2019 Oscars, most fans of the film felt that Gaga and Cooper had to be in love. Gaga and Cooper’s splits from their respective exes in the months following their sensual performance only added fuel to the fire.
Gaga has said in past interviews that she and Coooper had an “instant connection” and “instant understanding of one another.”
Cooper, for his part, has said he “fell in love with [Gaga’s] face and eyes” while casting her for “A Star Is Born,” which he also directed.
Representatives for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.