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  •  The Management of the Police Service Commission PSC has nominated Justice Clara Ogunbiyi rtd as the acting chairman of the commission following the resignation of former Chairman Alhaji Musiliu Smith Mr Ikechukwu Ani the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja Ani said Ogunbiyi s nomination was pending the appointment of a new substantive chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari He said Ogunbiyi was until her nomination the Commissioner 1 in the Commission and next in hierarchy to the former chairman Ani said the acting chairman had expressed appreciation to the management of PSC for the confidence reposed on her and pledged to run an inclusive administration in line with rule of law The Commission deserves the best and we will do everything possible to give the staff a commission they will be proud of We will do our best by the grace of God and I believe our best will be good enough she said Ani said the Joint Union Congress of the Commission had suspended its strike to allow the new management to look into their demands The PSC spokesman said Smith s resignation was in pursuant to Schedule 2 4 sub section 2 2 of the Police Service Commission Establishment Act He said the resignation which was with immediate effect had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari Ani said the resignation of the former Chairman was on health grounds NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police Commission nominates Ogunbiyi as Acting Chairman
     The Management of the Police Service Commission PSC has nominated Justice Clara Ogunbiyi rtd as the acting chairman of the commission following the resignation of former Chairman Alhaji Musiliu Smith Mr Ikechukwu Ani the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja Ani said Ogunbiyi s nomination was pending the appointment of a new substantive chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari He said Ogunbiyi was until her nomination the Commissioner 1 in the Commission and next in hierarchy to the former chairman Ani said the acting chairman had expressed appreciation to the management of PSC for the confidence reposed on her and pledged to run an inclusive administration in line with rule of law The Commission deserves the best and we will do everything possible to give the staff a commission they will be proud of We will do our best by the grace of God and I believe our best will be good enough she said Ani said the Joint Union Congress of the Commission had suspended its strike to allow the new management to look into their demands The PSC spokesman said Smith s resignation was in pursuant to Schedule 2 4 sub section 2 2 of the Police Service Commission Establishment Act He said the resignation which was with immediate effect had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari Ani said the resignation of the former Chairman was on health grounds NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police Commission nominates Ogunbiyi as Acting Chairman
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    Police Commission nominates Ogunbiyi as Acting Chairman

    The Management of the Police Service Commission (PSC) has nominated Justice Clara Ogunbiyi (rtd), as the acting chairman of the commission following the resignation of former Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith.  

    Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

    Ani said Ogunbiyi’s nomination was  pending the appointment of a new substantive chairman by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    He said Ogunbiyi was until her nomination, the Commissioner 1 in the Commission and next in hierarchy to the former chairman.

    Ani said the acting chairman  had expressed appreciation to the management of PSC for the confidence reposed on her and pledged to run an inclusive administration in line with rule of law.

    “The Commission deserves the best and we will do everything possible to give the staff, a commission they will be proud of.

    “We will do our best by the grace of God and I believe our best will be good enough,” she said.

    Ani said the Joint Union Congress of the Commission had suspended its strike to allow the new management to look into their demands.  

    The PSC spokesman said Smith’s resignation was in pursuant to Schedule 2(4) sub-section 2(2) of the Police Service Commission Establishment Act.   He said the resignation, which was with immediate effect, had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Ani said the resignation of the former Chairman was on health grounds.


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  •  The Association of Private Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria APPSN Oyo State branch has advised Nigerians to join hands with the association to stem the rising cases of quackery in the profession Mr Ademola Oguntade state Chairman Nigerian Institution of Surveyor gave the advice on Thursday at the 2022 Annual General Meeting Handing Over and Celebration of Elder in surveying profession in Ibadan Theme of the 2022 annual event was Surveyors in The Entrepreneurial World Oguntade said that the association had been running series of programmes both on Radio and other media to sensitise the public on how to recognise qualified surveyors He said that the real surveyors were those licenced by the Surveyors Council of Nigeria to practice surveying in the country According to him quackery has been causing great damage to the image of the surveying profession in the country Oguntade advised public to first request for professional practicing registration number given by the Surveyor Council of Nigeria before giving any job to a surveyor We are calling on the public to always request for state membership identity card from the state branch of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and practicing number by Surveyor Council of Nigeria before they enter into a business with any surveyor The association will not relent in its efforts to sanction any erring member found committing professional misconduct under the law that guide the profession he said Earlier the Guest Speaker Mr Siyanbola Adegoke an entrepreneur and organisation management consultant said that surveying profession provides practisioners the opportunities to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in urban suburban and rural areas Adegoke in his lecture entitled The Entrepreneur Surveyor said that entrepreneurship was about value addition He said surveyors could be successful in the business aspect of the profession by understanding the concept of Who What When Why Where and How of Life The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured presentation of awards to elders in the profession lectures swearing in of new executives and presentation of gifts among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association urges Nigerians to join hands to stem rising cases of quackery
     The Association of Private Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria APPSN Oyo State branch has advised Nigerians to join hands with the association to stem the rising cases of quackery in the profession Mr Ademola Oguntade state Chairman Nigerian Institution of Surveyor gave the advice on Thursday at the 2022 Annual General Meeting Handing Over and Celebration of Elder in surveying profession in Ibadan Theme of the 2022 annual event was Surveyors in The Entrepreneurial World Oguntade said that the association had been running series of programmes both on Radio and other media to sensitise the public on how to recognise qualified surveyors He said that the real surveyors were those licenced by the Surveyors Council of Nigeria to practice surveying in the country According to him quackery has been causing great damage to the image of the surveying profession in the country Oguntade advised public to first request for professional practicing registration number given by the Surveyor Council of Nigeria before giving any job to a surveyor We are calling on the public to always request for state membership identity card from the state branch of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and practicing number by Surveyor Council of Nigeria before they enter into a business with any surveyor The association will not relent in its efforts to sanction any erring member found committing professional misconduct under the law that guide the profession he said Earlier the Guest Speaker Mr Siyanbola Adegoke an entrepreneur and organisation management consultant said that surveying profession provides practisioners the opportunities to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in urban suburban and rural areas Adegoke in his lecture entitled The Entrepreneur Surveyor said that entrepreneurship was about value addition He said surveyors could be successful in the business aspect of the profession by understanding the concept of Who What When Why Where and How of Life The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured presentation of awards to elders in the profession lectures swearing in of new executives and presentation of gifts among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Association urges Nigerians to join hands to stem rising cases of quackery
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Association urges Nigerians to join hands to stem rising cases of quackery

    The Association of Private Practicing Surveyors of Nigeria (APPSN), Oyo State branch, has advised Nigerians to join hands with the association to stem the rising cases of quackery in the profession.

    Mr Ademola Oguntade, state Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Surveyor, gave the advice on Thursday at the 2022 Annual General Meeting, Handing Over and Celebration of Elder in surveying profession in Ibadan.

    Theme of the 2022 annual event was: “Surveyors in The Entrepreneurial World”.

    Oguntade said that the association had been running series of programmes, both on Radio and other media, to sensitise the public on how to recognise qualified surveyors.

    He said that the real surveyors were those licenced by the Surveyors Council of Nigeria to practice surveying in the country.

    According to him, quackery has been causing great damage to the image of the surveying profession in the country.

    Oguntade advised public to first request for professional practicing registration number given by the Surveyor Council of Nigeria before giving any job to a surveyor.

    “We are calling on the public to always request for state membership identity card from the state branch of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors and practicing number by Surveyor Council of Nigeria before they enter into a business with any surveyor.

    “The association will not relent in its efforts to sanction any erring member found committing professional misconduct under the law that guide the profession,” he said.

    Earlier, the Guest Speaker, Mr Siyanbola Adegoke, an entrepreneur and organisation management consultant, said that surveying profession provides practisioners the opportunities to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in urban, suburban and rural areas.

    Adegoke, in his lecture entitled: “The Entrepreneur Surveyor” said that entrepreneurship was about value addition.

    He said surveyors could be successful in the business aspect of the profession by understanding the concept of Who, What, When, Why, Where and How of Life. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event featured presentation of awards to elders in the profession, lectures, swearing in of new executives and presentation of gifts, among others.


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  •  The National Pension Commission PenCom said the Federal Government was yet to pay only six months of pending accrued rights of retirees under the Defined Benefit Scheme DBS Director General of PenCom Aisha Dahir Umar disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the interactive session on 2022 2025 MTEF and FSP organised by Senate Committee on Finance Dahir Umar was responding to the questions from Senators on alleged delayed payment of pension benefits to retirees possibility of investing pension fund for benefit of the economy and alleged malpractice by Pension Fund Adminstrators PFAs She said delayed payment of accrued rights would soon be a thing of the past as government was making frantic effort to clear the backlog of accrued rights According to her government had in the last 17 years consistently paid accrued rights saying that it only owed six months of accrued rights She said that government was paying N49 billion monthly accrued rights in the last 17 years adding that Federal Government via Debt Management Office DMO was on the verge of paying off the balance of accrued rights According to her issue of accrued rights will soon be a thing of the past On investing the N14 trillion pension fund she said PenCom was glad to invest the funds on attractive and viable instruments with the full involvement of government and the Federal Ministry of Finance because a lot of guarantees were required She said PenCom had invested 63 per cent of pension fund adding that N9 5 trillion was invested on Federal Government securities N1 2 trillion on equity while 35 per cent was invested in money market She said the funds were not idle but earning more funds for the contributors She explained that employees due for retirement who didn t appear for documentation and enrollment risked not getting paid their entitlements on time Chairman of the Committee Sen Solomon Adeola said the Senate was interested in the activities of PenCom He urged the commission to generate and pay more fund to the coffers of Federal Government saying that Senate was considering adoption of cost of collection for MDAs to generate more funds for government NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG only owes 6 months pension accrued rights- PenCom
     The National Pension Commission PenCom said the Federal Government was yet to pay only six months of pending accrued rights of retirees under the Defined Benefit Scheme DBS Director General of PenCom Aisha Dahir Umar disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the interactive session on 2022 2025 MTEF and FSP organised by Senate Committee on Finance Dahir Umar was responding to the questions from Senators on alleged delayed payment of pension benefits to retirees possibility of investing pension fund for benefit of the economy and alleged malpractice by Pension Fund Adminstrators PFAs She said delayed payment of accrued rights would soon be a thing of the past as government was making frantic effort to clear the backlog of accrued rights According to her government had in the last 17 years consistently paid accrued rights saying that it only owed six months of accrued rights She said that government was paying N49 billion monthly accrued rights in the last 17 years adding that Federal Government via Debt Management Office DMO was on the verge of paying off the balance of accrued rights According to her issue of accrued rights will soon be a thing of the past On investing the N14 trillion pension fund she said PenCom was glad to invest the funds on attractive and viable instruments with the full involvement of government and the Federal Ministry of Finance because a lot of guarantees were required She said PenCom had invested 63 per cent of pension fund adding that N9 5 trillion was invested on Federal Government securities N1 2 trillion on equity while 35 per cent was invested in money market She said the funds were not idle but earning more funds for the contributors She explained that employees due for retirement who didn t appear for documentation and enrollment risked not getting paid their entitlements on time Chairman of the Committee Sen Solomon Adeola said the Senate was interested in the activities of PenCom He urged the commission to generate and pay more fund to the coffers of Federal Government saying that Senate was considering adoption of cost of collection for MDAs to generate more funds for government NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG only owes 6 months pension accrued rights- PenCom
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    FG only owes 6 months pension accrued rights- PenCom

    The National Pension Commission (PenCom) said the Federal Government was yet to pay only six months of pending accrued rights of retirees, under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS).

    Director-General of PenCom, Aisha Dahir-Umar, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the interactive session on 2022-2025 MTEF and FSP, organised by Senate Committee on Finance.

    Dahir-Umar was responding to the questions from Senators on alleged delayed payment of pension benefits to retirees, possibility of investing pension fund for benefit of the economy, and alleged malpractice by Pension Fund Adminstrators (PFAs).

    She said delayed payment of accrued rights would soon be a thing of the past as government was making frantic effort to clear the backlog of accrued rights.

    According to her, government had in the last 17 years, consistently paid accrued rights, saying that it only owed six months of accrued rights.

    She said that government was paying N49 billion monthly accrued rights in the last 17 years, adding that Federal Government via Debt Management Office (DMO), was on the verge of paying off the balance of accrued rights.

    According to her, issue of accrued rights will soon be a thing of the past.

    On investing the N14 trillion pension fund, she said PenCom was glad to invest the funds on attractive and viable instruments with the full involvement of government and the Federal Ministry of Finance because a lot of guarantees were required.

    She said PenCom had invested 63 per cent of pension fund, adding that N9.5 trillion was invested on Federal Government securities, N1.2 trillion on equity, while 35 per cent was invested in money market.

    She said the funds were not idle, but earning more funds for the contributors.

    She explained that employees due for retirement, who didn’t appear for documentation and enrollment risked not getting paid their entitlements on time.

    Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Solomon Adeola, said the Senate was interested in the activities of PenCom. He urged the commission to generate and pay more fund to the coffers of Federal Government, saying that Senate was considering adoption of cost of collection for MDAs to generate more funds for government.

    ( NAN)
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  •  Profit taking continued on Thursday as the market capitalisation of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd NGX lost N19 billion to close at N26 721 trillion as against N26 740 trillion the previous day The All Share Index ASI also decreased by 35 45 points or 0 07 per cent to close at 49 540 48 compared with 49 575 93 on Wednesday The downturn was impacted by losses recorded by Guaranty Trust Holding Company GTCO First Bank of Nigeria Holding FBNH and Access Holding leading to the market s overall poor performance The year to date YTD return slipped to 15 98 per cent market breadth closed negative as 17 stocks declined while eight gained Sovereign Trust lnsurance recorded the highest price gain of 3 85 per cent to close at 27k per share Cadbury Nigeria followed with a gain of 2 69 per cent to close at N13 35 while Courteville Business Solutions appreciated by 2 08 per cent to close at 49k per share Zenith Bank rode by 0 77 per cent to close at N19 65 while UBA appreciated by 0 68 per cent to close at N7 45 per share On the other hand UACN Property Development Company led the losers chart by 6 82 per cent to close at N10 25 per share Vitafoam and UPCredit followed with a decline of 5 88 per cent each to close at N20 and N3 20 per share respectively UPDCO lost five per cent to close at 95k while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance shed 0 84 per cent to close at 59k per share Also the total volume traded declined by 57 03 per cent to 167 61 million units valued at N1 27 billion exchanged in 3 458 deals Transactions in the shares of Courteville Business Solutions topped the activity chart with 38 81 million shares valued at N18 25 million Access Holdings followed with 28 47 million shares worth N249 36 million while Fidelity Bank traded 10 82 million shares valued at N36 91 million Transcorp traded 10 69 million shares valued at N11 27 million while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance transacted 9 22 million shares worth N52 96 million NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Selloffs persist as equity market drops N19bn
     Profit taking continued on Thursday as the market capitalisation of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd NGX lost N19 billion to close at N26 721 trillion as against N26 740 trillion the previous day The All Share Index ASI also decreased by 35 45 points or 0 07 per cent to close at 49 540 48 compared with 49 575 93 on Wednesday The downturn was impacted by losses recorded by Guaranty Trust Holding Company GTCO First Bank of Nigeria Holding FBNH and Access Holding leading to the market s overall poor performance The year to date YTD return slipped to 15 98 per cent market breadth closed negative as 17 stocks declined while eight gained Sovereign Trust lnsurance recorded the highest price gain of 3 85 per cent to close at 27k per share Cadbury Nigeria followed with a gain of 2 69 per cent to close at N13 35 while Courteville Business Solutions appreciated by 2 08 per cent to close at 49k per share Zenith Bank rode by 0 77 per cent to close at N19 65 while UBA appreciated by 0 68 per cent to close at N7 45 per share On the other hand UACN Property Development Company led the losers chart by 6 82 per cent to close at N10 25 per share Vitafoam and UPCredit followed with a decline of 5 88 per cent each to close at N20 and N3 20 per share respectively UPDCO lost five per cent to close at 95k while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance shed 0 84 per cent to close at 59k per share Also the total volume traded declined by 57 03 per cent to 167 61 million units valued at N1 27 billion exchanged in 3 458 deals Transactions in the shares of Courteville Business Solutions topped the activity chart with 38 81 million shares valued at N18 25 million Access Holdings followed with 28 47 million shares worth N249 36 million while Fidelity Bank traded 10 82 million shares valued at N36 91 million Transcorp traded 10 69 million shares valued at N11 27 million while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance transacted 9 22 million shares worth N52 96 million NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Selloffs persist as equity market drops N19bn
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Selloffs persist as equity market drops N19bn

    Profit-taking continued on Thursday as the market capitalisation of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) lost N19 billion to close at N26.721 trillion as against N26.740 trillion the previous day.

    The All Share Index (ASI) also decreased by 35.45 points or 0.07 per cent to close at 49,540.48 compared with 49,575.93 on Wednesday.

    The downturn was impacted by losses recorded by Guaranty Trust Holding Company (GTCO), First Bank of Nigeria Holding (FBNH) and Access Holding, leading to the market’s overall poor performance.

    The year-to-date (YTD) return slipped to 15.98 per cent; market breadth closed negative as 17 stocks declined, while eight gained.

    Sovereign Trust lnsurance recorded the highest price gain of 3.85 per cent to close at 27k per share.

    Cadbury Nigeria followed with a gain of 2.69 per cent to close at N13.35, while Courteville Business Solutions appreciated by 2.08 per cent to close at 49k, per share.

    Zenith Bank rode by 0.77 per cent to close at N19.65, while UBA  appreciated by 0.68 per cent to close at N7.45 per share.

    On the other hand, UACN Property Development Company led the losers’ chart by 6.82 per cent to close at N10.25 per share.

    Vitafoam and UPCredit followed with a decline of 5.88 per cent each to close at N20 and N3.20 per share, respectively.

    UPDCO lost five per cent to close at 95k, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance shed 0.84 per cent to close at 59k per share.

    Also, the total volume traded declined by 57.03 per cent to 167.61 million units, valued at N1.27 billion exchanged in 3,458 deals.

    Transactions in the shares of Courteville Business Solutions topped the activity chart with 38.81 million shares valued at N18.25 million.

    Access Holdings followed with 28.47 million shares worth N249.36 million, while Fidelity Bank traded 10.82 million shares valued at N36.91 million.

    Transcorp traded 10.69 million shares valued at N11.27 million, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance transacted 9.22 million shares worth N52.96 million.


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  • Taraba casava, rice farmers sign MoU with 3 produce marketing firms
    Taraba casava, rice farmers sign MoU with 3 produce marketing firms
    General news2 weeks ago

    Taraba casava, rice farmers sign MoU with 3 produce marketing firms

  •  Mr Sunday Oduntan the Executive Director Research and Advocacy Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors ANED has urged communities to cooperate and collaboration with service providers to enhance electricity supply Oduntan made the plea on Thursday at the IBEDC Information Session Meeting organised by ANED a Macarthur Foundation Project in Ibadan The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was geared toward building customers awareness and strengthening the customers service capacity of electricity distribution companies The ANED executive director said though electricity supply had improved in recent weeks all over the country more still needed to be done to ensure the industry catered for the teeming Nigerians The way forward is more cooperation and collaboration among service providers and the communities From what I saw at the information session meeting here in Ibadan most times there is a disconnect in terms of awareness We need to let our customers know what we are doing and what and what we need to do We are not there yet where we are supposed to be There is need for more improvement There s a bit of complaint about customers care we need to also step up I am going to take all of that up with the management I assure you that IBEDC will step up and things will get better with IBEDC he said Oduntan said he was there at the point of privatisation adding I can say that IBEDC today is better than the one I left in 2014 According to him the impact of energy theft and vandalism are huge on the industry The amount of energy that is stolen in this country is so much that it has impacted our ability to deliver services Communities need to guard their transformers People need to secure their transformers to ensure that the industry is able to provide the services that we need Also Mr Olumide Akinmusire IBEDC Regional Head Ibadan who spoke on the company s efforts at improving service delivery and new initiative said IBEDC had improved its customers service relations Akinmusire said that IBEDC had shortened the time it takes to resolve issues affecting efficiency and effectiveness He urged electricity consumers to play their parts by paying for the electricity they used adding that electricity was not a social service Government is doing a lot to improve electricity and we have various avenues for customers services including whistle blowing If you see something say something so as to reduce energy theft and vandalism he said Commenting Mr Gboyega Agunlejika said lack of investment in the power sector in the 80s and 90s caused the present disequilibrium in the industry in which there was no capacity to serve the growing population of Nigerians Agunlejika said the present service reflective cost tariff was arrived at to ensure sustainability in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Distributors task communities collaboration with service providers for improved electricity
     Mr Sunday Oduntan the Executive Director Research and Advocacy Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors ANED has urged communities to cooperate and collaboration with service providers to enhance electricity supply Oduntan made the plea on Thursday at the IBEDC Information Session Meeting organised by ANED a Macarthur Foundation Project in Ibadan The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was geared toward building customers awareness and strengthening the customers service capacity of electricity distribution companies The ANED executive director said though electricity supply had improved in recent weeks all over the country more still needed to be done to ensure the industry catered for the teeming Nigerians The way forward is more cooperation and collaboration among service providers and the communities From what I saw at the information session meeting here in Ibadan most times there is a disconnect in terms of awareness We need to let our customers know what we are doing and what and what we need to do We are not there yet where we are supposed to be There is need for more improvement There s a bit of complaint about customers care we need to also step up I am going to take all of that up with the management I assure you that IBEDC will step up and things will get better with IBEDC he said Oduntan said he was there at the point of privatisation adding I can say that IBEDC today is better than the one I left in 2014 According to him the impact of energy theft and vandalism are huge on the industry The amount of energy that is stolen in this country is so much that it has impacted our ability to deliver services Communities need to guard their transformers People need to secure their transformers to ensure that the industry is able to provide the services that we need Also Mr Olumide Akinmusire IBEDC Regional Head Ibadan who spoke on the company s efforts at improving service delivery and new initiative said IBEDC had improved its customers service relations Akinmusire said that IBEDC had shortened the time it takes to resolve issues affecting efficiency and effectiveness He urged electricity consumers to play their parts by paying for the electricity they used adding that electricity was not a social service Government is doing a lot to improve electricity and we have various avenues for customers services including whistle blowing If you see something say something so as to reduce energy theft and vandalism he said Commenting Mr Gboyega Agunlejika said lack of investment in the power sector in the 80s and 90s caused the present disequilibrium in the industry in which there was no capacity to serve the growing population of Nigerians Agunlejika said the present service reflective cost tariff was arrived at to ensure sustainability in the industry NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Distributors task communities collaboration with service providers for improved electricity
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Distributors task communities collaboration with service providers for improved electricity

    Mr Sunday Oduntan, the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), has urged communities to cooperate and collaboration with service providers to enhance electricity supply.

    Oduntan made the plea on Thursday at the IBEDC Information Session Meeting organised by ANED, a Macarthur Foundation  Project, in Ibadan.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was geared toward building customers awareness and strengthening the customers service capacity of electricity distribution companies.

    The ANED executive director said though, electricity supply had improved in recent weeks all over the country, more still needed to be done to ensure the industry catered for the teeming Nigerians.

    “The way forward is more cooperation and collaboration among service providers and the communities.

    “From what I saw at the information session meeting here in Ibadan, most times, there is a disconnect in terms of awareness.

    “We need to let our customers know what we are doing and what and what we need to do.

    We are not there yet, where we are supposed to be.

    “There is need for more improvement.

    There’s a bit of complaint about customers care, we need to also step up.

    “I am going to take all of that up with the management.

    I assure you that IBEDC will step up and things will get better with IBEDC,” he said.

    Oduntan said he was there at the point of privatisation, adding, “I can say that IBEDC today is better than the one I left in 2014.” According to him, the impact of energy theft and vandalism are huge on the industry.

    “The amount of energy that is stolen in this country is so much that it has impacted our ability to deliver services.

    “Communities need to guard their transformers.

    People need to secure their transformers to ensure that the industry is able to provide the services that we need.

    ” Also, Mr Olumide Akinmusire, IBEDC, Regional Head, Ibadan who spoke on the company’s efforts at improving service delivery and new initiative, said IBEDC had improved its customers service relations.

    Akinmusire said that IBEDC had shortened the time it takes to resolve issues affecting efficiency and effectiveness.

    He urged electricity consumers to play their parts by paying for the electricity they used, adding that electricity was not a social service.

    “Government is doing a lot to improve electricity and we have various avenues for customers services, including whistle blowing.

    “If you see something, say something so as to reduce energy theft and vandalism,” he said.

    Commenting, Mr Gboyega Agunlejika, said lack of investment in the power sector in the 80s and 90s caused the present disequilibrium in the industry in which there was no capacity to serve the growing population of Nigerians.

    Agunlejika said the present service reflective cost tariff was arrived at to ensure sustainability in the industry. 


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  •  The Niger Government has called on the state owned Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna to justify government investment on the team by topping the 20222023 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL to secure continental ticket Alhaji Mammam Musa the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development made the call on Thursday in Minna while unveiling 15 new players for the 20222023 NPFL season I want to commend you for finishing 12th in the just concluded 20212022 season of the NPFL It is not too bad and it is not too good I want to commend you and also urge you to improve on the position to justify government investment on you We want you to improve by topping the league and secure a continental ticket he said Musa who was represented by Alhaji Baba Sheshi Director of Sports in the state Ministry of Sports and Youth Development assured the new players that government was committed to their welfare packages hence the need to put up good performance I want to reassure you that we have enough budgetary provision that will take care of your salaries allowances and other entitlements As I speak now we have paid Niger Tornadoes players their salaries up to last month go and verify he said He called on the players to demonstrate commitment loyalty and discipline to enable them to succeed in the task ahead You know that without this three qualities you can not be a successful player he said The Commissioner told the new players that the club was one of the precious jewels of the state hence the people held it in high esteem Therefore for you to have been chosen to represent over four million people in the state you should count yourself very fortunate he said He expressed concern over the inability of the state government to upgrade the existing Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium to enable the club play home matches in Minna I want to assure you that the state government is doing everything possible to ensure that Niger Tornadoes play their home matches in Minna by next year he said Musa urged the management of the club to be committed to welfare of players and staff to get the desired result Similarly Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf the state Football Association FA Chairman promised that the body would support the club to succeed Earlier Coach Bala Abubakar the club s Technical Adviser who promised to work hard to secure a continental ticket appealed to government to give the team the needed financial support On behalf of the technical crew and players I am appealing to the state government and management for financial support to top the league and win a continental ticket he said Abubakar said that the club was working to set a standard for other clubs in the NPFL to follow by making the welfare package of players public We want to set the pace by making the contractual agreement of our players public for other clubs to emulate he said He explained that in the 20212022 league season the club registered 40 players and later dropped 10 while five left the club for greener pastures hence the recruitment of 15 new players to beef up the team The Coach used the opportunity to dispell the rumour making rounds in the state that he was recruiting players and negotiating their entitlements I want the public to know that there is a technical negotiation committee for Niger Tornadoes The Team Manager is the Chairman of the committee the Secretary of the management committee is the secretary of the committee while I am just a member he said Also Babatunde Solomon a new player contracted from Offa United in Kwara assured that the players would work as a team to top the 20222023 NPFL to get continental ticket The morale is high I like what I met on ground he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPFL: Govt. urges Niger Tornadoes FC to secure continental ticket 
     The Niger Government has called on the state owned Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna to justify government investment on the team by topping the 20222023 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL to secure continental ticket Alhaji Mammam Musa the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development made the call on Thursday in Minna while unveiling 15 new players for the 20222023 NPFL season I want to commend you for finishing 12th in the just concluded 20212022 season of the NPFL It is not too bad and it is not too good I want to commend you and also urge you to improve on the position to justify government investment on you We want you to improve by topping the league and secure a continental ticket he said Musa who was represented by Alhaji Baba Sheshi Director of Sports in the state Ministry of Sports and Youth Development assured the new players that government was committed to their welfare packages hence the need to put up good performance I want to reassure you that we have enough budgetary provision that will take care of your salaries allowances and other entitlements As I speak now we have paid Niger Tornadoes players their salaries up to last month go and verify he said He called on the players to demonstrate commitment loyalty and discipline to enable them to succeed in the task ahead You know that without this three qualities you can not be a successful player he said The Commissioner told the new players that the club was one of the precious jewels of the state hence the people held it in high esteem Therefore for you to have been chosen to represent over four million people in the state you should count yourself very fortunate he said He expressed concern over the inability of the state government to upgrade the existing Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium to enable the club play home matches in Minna I want to assure you that the state government is doing everything possible to ensure that Niger Tornadoes play their home matches in Minna by next year he said Musa urged the management of the club to be committed to welfare of players and staff to get the desired result Similarly Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf the state Football Association FA Chairman promised that the body would support the club to succeed Earlier Coach Bala Abubakar the club s Technical Adviser who promised to work hard to secure a continental ticket appealed to government to give the team the needed financial support On behalf of the technical crew and players I am appealing to the state government and management for financial support to top the league and win a continental ticket he said Abubakar said that the club was working to set a standard for other clubs in the NPFL to follow by making the welfare package of players public We want to set the pace by making the contractual agreement of our players public for other clubs to emulate he said He explained that in the 20212022 league season the club registered 40 players and later dropped 10 while five left the club for greener pastures hence the recruitment of 15 new players to beef up the team The Coach used the opportunity to dispell the rumour making rounds in the state that he was recruiting players and negotiating their entitlements I want the public to know that there is a technical negotiation committee for Niger Tornadoes The Team Manager is the Chairman of the committee the Secretary of the management committee is the secretary of the committee while I am just a member he said Also Babatunde Solomon a new player contracted from Offa United in Kwara assured that the players would work as a team to top the 20222023 NPFL to get continental ticket The morale is high I like what I met on ground he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPFL: Govt. urges Niger Tornadoes FC to secure continental ticket 
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    NPFL: Govt. urges Niger Tornadoes FC to secure continental ticket 

    The Niger Government has called on the state-owned  Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna to justify government investment on the team by topping the 20222023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to secure continental ticket.

    Alhaji Mammam Musa, the state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, made the call on Thursday in Minna, while unveiling 15 new players for the 20222023 NPFL season.

    “I want to commend you for finishing 12th in the just concluded 20212022 season of the NPFL.

    “It is not too bad and it is not too good.

    I want to commend you and also urge you to improve on the position to justify government investment on you.

    “We want you to improve by topping the league and secure a continental ticket,” he said.

    Musa who was represented by Alhaji Baba Sheshi, Director of Sports in the state Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, assured the new players that government was committed to their welfare packages, hence the need to put up good performance.

    “I want to reassure you that we have enough budgetary provision that will take care of your salaries, allowances and other entitlements.

    “As I speak now, we have paid Niger Tornadoes players their salaries up to last month, go and verify,” he said.

    He called on the players to demonstrate commitment, loyalty and discipline to enable them to succeed in the task ahead.

    “You know that without this three qualities you can not be a successful player,” he said.

    The Commissioner told the new players that the club was one of the precious jewels of the state, hence the people held it in high esteem.

    “Therefore for you to have been chosen to represent over four million  people in the state, you should count yourself very fortunate,” he said.

    He expressed concern over the inability of the state government to upgrade the existing Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium, to enable the club play home matches in Minna.

    “I want to assure you that the state government is doing everything possible to ensure that Niger Tornadoes play their home matches in Minna by next year,” he said.

    Musa urged the management of the club to be committed to welfare of players and staff, to get the desired result.

    Similarly, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf, the state Football Association (FA) Chairman, promised that the body would support the club to succeed.

    Earlier, Coach Bala Abubakar, the club’s Technical Adviser who promised to work hard to secure a continental ticket, appealed to government to give the team the needed financial support.

    “On behalf of the technical crew and players, I am appealing to the state government and management for financial support to top the league and win a continental ticket,” he said.

    Abubakar said that the club was working to set a standard for other clubs in the NPFL to follow by making the welfare package of players public.

    “We want to set the pace by making the contractual agreement of our players public for other clubs to emulate,” he said.

    He explained that in the 20212022 league season, the club registered 40 players and later dropped 10, while five left the club for greener pastures, hence the recruitment of 15 new players to beef up the team.

    The Coach used the opportunity to dispell the rumour making rounds in the state that he was recruiting players and negotiating their entitlements.

    “I want the public to know that there is a technical negotiation committee for Niger Tornadoes.

    “The Team Manager is the Chairman of the committee, the Secretary of the management committee is the secretary of the committee, while I am just a member,” he said.

    Also, Babatunde Solomon, a new player contracted from Offa United in Kwara, assured that the players would work as a team to top the 20222023 NPFL to get continental ticket.

    “The morale is high, I like what I met on ground,” he said.


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  •  Officers from the Nigeria Police Force NPF on Thursday sealed off the office of the League Management Company LMC in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 10 police officers arrived at the entrance of the LMC office early in the day to seal up the premises They took up places to bar workers and visitors from entering the office located at 20 Osun Crescent in the Maitama District after arriving with a van and two patrol cars The officer leading the team of policemen after refusing to reveal his identity told NAN they were instructed from the Force Headquarters to seal off the LMC office He also said they were given orders not to allow newsmen take pictures of the scene Anyone who wished to do so will have to get a permit from the Force Public Relations Officer FPRO before he or she could be granted access the officer added NAN reports that the order to seal off the LMC office may not be unconnected with the directive on Friday by the Federal Government The directive passed through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had advised the Nigeria Football Federation NFF to immediately withdraw LMC s operating licence The LMC had since 2012 been the sole operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL The directive in a statement signed by Ismaila Abubakar the ministry s Permanent Secretary had said government was constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC This it said was in view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the country s professional football league The NFF was also directed to set up an Interim Management Committee IMC to run the league pending the time the clubs would run it themselves NAN reports that NFF as at Thursday was yet to react to the directive as well as the sealing off of the LMC office NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police seal off LMC office in Abuja 
     Officers from the Nigeria Police Force NPF on Thursday sealed off the office of the League Management Company LMC in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 10 police officers arrived at the entrance of the LMC office early in the day to seal up the premises They took up places to bar workers and visitors from entering the office located at 20 Osun Crescent in the Maitama District after arriving with a van and two patrol cars The officer leading the team of policemen after refusing to reveal his identity told NAN they were instructed from the Force Headquarters to seal off the LMC office He also said they were given orders not to allow newsmen take pictures of the scene Anyone who wished to do so will have to get a permit from the Force Public Relations Officer FPRO before he or she could be granted access the officer added NAN reports that the order to seal off the LMC office may not be unconnected with the directive on Friday by the Federal Government The directive passed through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had advised the Nigeria Football Federation NFF to immediately withdraw LMC s operating licence The LMC had since 2012 been the sole operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL The directive in a statement signed by Ismaila Abubakar the ministry s Permanent Secretary had said government was constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC This it said was in view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the country s professional football league The NFF was also directed to set up an Interim Management Committee IMC to run the league pending the time the clubs would run it themselves NAN reports that NFF as at Thursday was yet to react to the directive as well as the sealing off of the LMC office NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police seal off LMC office in Abuja 
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    Police seal off LMC office in Abuja 

    Officers from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) on Thursday sealed off the office of the League Management Company (LMC) in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 10 police officers arrived at the entrance of the LMC office early in the day to seal up the premises.

    They took up places to bar workers and visitors from entering the office located at 20, Osun Crescent in the Maitama District, after arriving with a van and two patrol cars.

    The officer leading the team of policemen, after refusing to reveal his identity, told NAN they were instructed from the Force Headquarters to seal off the LMC office.

    He also said they were given orders not to allow newsmen take pictures of the scene.

    ”Anyone who wished to do so will have to get a permit from the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) before he or she could be granted access,” the officer added.

    NAN reports that the order to seal off the LMC office may not be unconnected with the directive on Friday by the Federal Government.

    The directive, passed through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, had advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to immediately withdraw LMC’s operating licence.

    The LMC had since 2012 been the sole operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

    The directive, in a statement signed by Ismaila Abubakar, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, had said government was constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC.

    This, it said, was in view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the country’s professional football league.

    The NFF was also directed to set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run the league pending the time the clubs would run it themselves.

    NAN reports that NFF, as at Thursday, was yet to react to the directive as well as the sealing off of the LMC office.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA has suspended the Air Transport Licence ATL of Azman Air for failure to remit N1 2 billion Ticket Sales Charge TSC from passengers The Director General of NCAA Capt Musa Nuhu made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday Nuhu explained that the airline was suspended for failure to also submit security clearance for the renewal of its ATL which expired in April 2021 Nuhu said the N1 2 billion debt was the revenue accrued from the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge TSC and Cargo sales Charge CSC collected from the air travelers by the airline The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the is shared among five aviation agencies NCAA and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA Others are the Accident Investigation Bureau AIB Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMET and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT Zaria NCAA gets 58 per cent from the total 5 per cent of and it is the major revenue earning for the agency while the other four agencies share the remaining 42 per cent Nuhu decried that the regulatory agency had made efforts to recover the debt from the airline over the years but the carrier was recalcitrant in paying back the sum despite collecting it from the passengers Azman commenced scheduled operations in 2014 However the withdrawal of the airline s ATL rendered its Air Operator Certificate AOC invalid Nuhu told aviation journalists that its management had held series of meetings with Azman Air leadership on how to pay back the debt but both parties failed to reach an agreement He said that the airline s management had promised to pay back the sum of N10 million monthly as part of the N1 2 billion debt but said the regulatory body insisted on N50million monthly Besides the D G said that the airline could not provide its security clearance which was one of the prerequisites for renewal of ATL He said We didn t suspend Azman Air s Airline Operator certificate but suspended their ATL which had earlier expired The ATL earlier expired in April 2021 but we gave the airline extension because of the disruption to aviation activities by the COVID 19 pandemic This was what we did for other airlines too However we wrote a reminder letter to the airline six months to the new expiring date which is statutory Later the airline requested for another extension of 90 days but we only granted it 60 days At the expiration of the 60 days we also gave it 30 days reminder which elapsed on Wednesday night yet nothing was done by the airline Nuhu said tha the airline owed us N1 2 billion as adding we invited them and set up a committee for that purpose Azman said they would pay the sum of N10 million monthly out of the debt which we refused They later came up to N20 million but we insisted on N50 million monthly If we had agreed to the N10 million monthly it means it will take them about 12 years to repay back the money it had already collected and by then the money would have lost Nuhu further threatened that the ATL or AOC of any other airline that owed the agency s five per cent would not be renewed He appealed to other carriers to pay up the backlog of debts NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAA suspends Azman Air over failure to remit N1.2bn Ticket Sales Charge
     The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA has suspended the Air Transport Licence ATL of Azman Air for failure to remit N1 2 billion Ticket Sales Charge TSC from passengers The Director General of NCAA Capt Musa Nuhu made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday Nuhu explained that the airline was suspended for failure to also submit security clearance for the renewal of its ATL which expired in April 2021 Nuhu said the N1 2 billion debt was the revenue accrued from the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge TSC and Cargo sales Charge CSC collected from the air travelers by the airline The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the is shared among five aviation agencies NCAA and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA Others are the Accident Investigation Bureau AIB Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMET and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT Zaria NCAA gets 58 per cent from the total 5 per cent of and it is the major revenue earning for the agency while the other four agencies share the remaining 42 per cent Nuhu decried that the regulatory agency had made efforts to recover the debt from the airline over the years but the carrier was recalcitrant in paying back the sum despite collecting it from the passengers Azman commenced scheduled operations in 2014 However the withdrawal of the airline s ATL rendered its Air Operator Certificate AOC invalid Nuhu told aviation journalists that its management had held series of meetings with Azman Air leadership on how to pay back the debt but both parties failed to reach an agreement He said that the airline s management had promised to pay back the sum of N10 million monthly as part of the N1 2 billion debt but said the regulatory body insisted on N50million monthly Besides the D G said that the airline could not provide its security clearance which was one of the prerequisites for renewal of ATL He said We didn t suspend Azman Air s Airline Operator certificate but suspended their ATL which had earlier expired The ATL earlier expired in April 2021 but we gave the airline extension because of the disruption to aviation activities by the COVID 19 pandemic This was what we did for other airlines too However we wrote a reminder letter to the airline six months to the new expiring date which is statutory Later the airline requested for another extension of 90 days but we only granted it 60 days At the expiration of the 60 days we also gave it 30 days reminder which elapsed on Wednesday night yet nothing was done by the airline Nuhu said tha the airline owed us N1 2 billion as adding we invited them and set up a committee for that purpose Azman said they would pay the sum of N10 million monthly out of the debt which we refused They later came up to N20 million but we insisted on N50 million monthly If we had agreed to the N10 million monthly it means it will take them about 12 years to repay back the money it had already collected and by then the money would have lost Nuhu further threatened that the ATL or AOC of any other airline that owed the agency s five per cent would not be renewed He appealed to other carriers to pay up the backlog of debts NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NCAA suspends Azman Air over failure to remit N1.2bn Ticket Sales Charge
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    NCAA suspends Azman Air over failure to remit N1.2bn Ticket Sales Charge

    The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has suspended the Air Transport Licence (ATL) of Azman Air for failure to remit N1.2 billion Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) from passengers.

    The Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, made this known in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday.

    Nuhu explained that the airline was suspended for failure to also submit security clearance for the renewal of its ATL, which expired in April 2021. Nuhu said the N1.2 billion debt was the revenue accrued from the five per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) and Cargo sales Charge (CSC) collected from the air travelers by the airline.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the is shared among five aviation agencies; NCAA and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

    Others are the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria.

    NCAA gets 58 per cent from the total 5 per cent of and it is the major revenue earning for the agency, while the other four agencies share the remaining 42 per cent.

    Nuhu decried that the regulatory agency had made efforts to recover the debt from the airline over the years, but ”the carrier was recalcitrant in paying back the sum despite collecting it from the passengers.

    ” Azman commenced scheduled operations in 2014. However, the withdrawal of the airline’s ATL rendered its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) invalid.

    Nuhu told aviation journalists that its management had held series of meetings with Azman Air leadership on how to pay back the debt, but both parties failed to reach an agreement.

    He said that the airline’s management had promised to pay back the sum of N10 million monthly as part of the N1.2 billion debt, but said the regulatory body insisted on N50million monthly.

    Besides, the D-G said that the airline could not provide its security clearance, which was one of the prerequisites for renewal of ATL.

    He said: “We didn’t suspend Azman Air’s Airline Operator certificate, but suspended their ATL, which had earlier expired.

    ”The ATL earlier expired in April 2021, but we gave the airline extension because of the disruption to aviation activities by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “This was what we did for other airlines, too.

    However, we wrote a reminder letter to the airline six months to the new expiring date, which is statutory.

    “Later, the airline requested for another extension of 90 days, but we only granted it 60 days.

    ”At the expiration of the 60 days, we also gave it 30 days reminder, which elapsed on Wednesday night, yet nothing was done by the airline.

    ” Nuhu said tha the airline owed us N1.2 billion as , adding, ”we invited them and set up a committee for that purpose.

    ”Azman said they would pay the sum of N10 million monthly out of the debt, which we refused.

    “They later came up to N20 million, but we insisted on N50 million monthly.

    ”If we had agreed to the N10 million monthly, it means it will take them about 12 years to repay back the money it had already collected and by then, the money would have lost.

    ” Nuhu further threatened that the ATL or AOC of any other airline that owed the agency’s five per cent would not be renewed.

    He appealed to other carriers to pay up the backlog of debts.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja conferred Nigerian citizenship to 286 foreigners including 86 Lebanese 14 Britons and four Americans The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected foreign nationals were conferred with the status of Nigerian citizenship by President Muhammadu Buhari following an approval by the Federal Executive Council FEC NAN reports that the deserving persons who signed to be Nigerians 208 were conferred citizenship status by naturalization The remaining 78 were conferred with the same status by registration after they officially recited the oath of allegiance and the Nigerian national pledge Speaking at the event Buhari directed the Nigerian Immigration Service NIS to immediately issue the new Nigerians with certificates as appropriate This he said was to enable them to begin to enjoy the status conferred on them wherever they reside in the country Buhari urged them to endeavour to make positive contributions to the different communities they reside and abide by the ideals of the nation He said that the ceremony was a constitutional requirement aimed at removing the tag of statelessness on every bonafide citizen of the country Buhari admonished them to be good ambassadors of the country while reciprocating the love and acceptance from the Nigerian people According to the Nigerian leader as they have become bonafide citizens of Nigeria the nation s history will become their own history He said that only deserving persons were accorded with the right to citizenship after a painstaking assessment from the Nigerian government Earlier Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola revealed that the foreigners had gone through a series of thorough checks by the nation s security agencies before being considered qualified and deserving Nigerian citizenship He said the Federal government was determined to encourage high net worth individuals as well as give recognition to other qualified foreigners in the country The minister said that this was in the bid to make Nigeria a destination of choice for investment opportunities The minister urged the new Nigerian citizens to guard their privileged status jealously He said that citizenship of Nigeria also conferred on them corresponding responsibilities to contribute their quotas to facilitate the development of Nigeria generally He said Today s ceremony is a reminder of our common human ancestry These people came from near and distant lands from different races religion ethnicity and other social affiliations and identities However irrespective of the circumstances of our birth what we share in common is our humanity and we can always have the basis for deeper and more meaningful interaction and togetherness if we work at it What we are celebrating today therefore is the oneness of the human race One of the objectives of our administration the mandate given to us by Mr President is to lay a solid socio economic and political foundation that will thrust Nigeria into one of the 20 great economies of the world According to him to achieve this lofty vision the government is determined to encourage and attract foreign investors high net worth individuals highly skilled individuals and people of talents into the country We shall therefore continue to encourage foreigners who meet the conditions stipulated for becoming Nigerians by laying a seamless path to citizenship before them That we have so many people striving to become Nigerians is an indication that the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government to make Nigeria a destination for investment and peaceful coexistence is yielding good fruits It is also an elixir of hope to all Nigerians that a great secure prosperous and peaceful horizon is ahead of us Let us all therefore play our role in the scheme of things to accelerate the arrival of that beautiful era we all long for I must remind our new citizens that the acquisition of the Nigerian citizenship is a great privilege since not everyone that applies becomes successful he said Aregbesola urged them to guard jealously their new status by being Nigerian in deed and truth adding obeying the laws of the land work hard and love your neighbour Nigerians work hard and live life to the fullest irrespective of their earthly estate It will be my pleasure to see you dissolve into this wonderful blend within the shortest possible time Citizenship carries its own duty Just as there are privileges there are also responsibilities he said According to the minister Nigeria like other nations of the world has its own challenges but these are not insurmountable Citizens have a role to play You all have talents and human endowments he said The conferment ceremony was the first to take place since 2018 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG confers Nigerian citizenship on 286 foreigners
     The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja conferred Nigerian citizenship to 286 foreigners including 86 Lebanese 14 Britons and four Americans The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected foreign nationals were conferred with the status of Nigerian citizenship by President Muhammadu Buhari following an approval by the Federal Executive Council FEC NAN reports that the deserving persons who signed to be Nigerians 208 were conferred citizenship status by naturalization The remaining 78 were conferred with the same status by registration after they officially recited the oath of allegiance and the Nigerian national pledge Speaking at the event Buhari directed the Nigerian Immigration Service NIS to immediately issue the new Nigerians with certificates as appropriate This he said was to enable them to begin to enjoy the status conferred on them wherever they reside in the country Buhari urged them to endeavour to make positive contributions to the different communities they reside and abide by the ideals of the nation He said that the ceremony was a constitutional requirement aimed at removing the tag of statelessness on every bonafide citizen of the country Buhari admonished them to be good ambassadors of the country while reciprocating the love and acceptance from the Nigerian people According to the Nigerian leader as they have become bonafide citizens of Nigeria the nation s history will become their own history He said that only deserving persons were accorded with the right to citizenship after a painstaking assessment from the Nigerian government Earlier Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola revealed that the foreigners had gone through a series of thorough checks by the nation s security agencies before being considered qualified and deserving Nigerian citizenship He said the Federal government was determined to encourage high net worth individuals as well as give recognition to other qualified foreigners in the country The minister said that this was in the bid to make Nigeria a destination of choice for investment opportunities The minister urged the new Nigerian citizens to guard their privileged status jealously He said that citizenship of Nigeria also conferred on them corresponding responsibilities to contribute their quotas to facilitate the development of Nigeria generally He said Today s ceremony is a reminder of our common human ancestry These people came from near and distant lands from different races religion ethnicity and other social affiliations and identities However irrespective of the circumstances of our birth what we share in common is our humanity and we can always have the basis for deeper and more meaningful interaction and togetherness if we work at it What we are celebrating today therefore is the oneness of the human race One of the objectives of our administration the mandate given to us by Mr President is to lay a solid socio economic and political foundation that will thrust Nigeria into one of the 20 great economies of the world According to him to achieve this lofty vision the government is determined to encourage and attract foreign investors high net worth individuals highly skilled individuals and people of talents into the country We shall therefore continue to encourage foreigners who meet the conditions stipulated for becoming Nigerians by laying a seamless path to citizenship before them That we have so many people striving to become Nigerians is an indication that the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government to make Nigeria a destination for investment and peaceful coexistence is yielding good fruits It is also an elixir of hope to all Nigerians that a great secure prosperous and peaceful horizon is ahead of us Let us all therefore play our role in the scheme of things to accelerate the arrival of that beautiful era we all long for I must remind our new citizens that the acquisition of the Nigerian citizenship is a great privilege since not everyone that applies becomes successful he said Aregbesola urged them to guard jealously their new status by being Nigerian in deed and truth adding obeying the laws of the land work hard and love your neighbour Nigerians work hard and live life to the fullest irrespective of their earthly estate It will be my pleasure to see you dissolve into this wonderful blend within the shortest possible time Citizenship carries its own duty Just as there are privileges there are also responsibilities he said According to the minister Nigeria like other nations of the world has its own challenges but these are not insurmountable Citizens have a role to play You all have talents and human endowments he said The conferment ceremony was the first to take place since 2018 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG confers Nigerian citizenship on 286 foreigners
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    FG confers Nigerian citizenship on 286 foreigners

    The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja conferred Nigerian citizenship to 286 foreigners including 86 Lebanese, 14 Britons, and four Americans.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the affected foreign nationals were conferred with the status of Nigerian citizenship by President Muhammadu Buhari following an approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

    NAN reports that the deserving persons who signed to be Nigerians, 208 were conferred citizenship status by naturalization.

    The remaining 78 were conferred with the same status by registration after they officially recited the oath of allegiance and the Nigerian national pledge.

    Speaking at the event, Buhari directed the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to immediately issue the new Nigerians with certificates as appropriate.

    This, he said, was to enable them to begin to enjoy the status conferred on them wherever they reside in the country.

    Buhari urged them to endeavour to make positive contributions to the different communities they reside, and abide by the ideals of the nation.

    He said that the ceremony was a constitutional requirement aimed at removing the tag of “statelessness” on every bonafide citizen of the country.

    Buhari admonished them to be good ambassadors of the country while reciprocating the love and acceptance from the Nigerian people.

    According to the Nigerian leader, as they have become bonafide citizens of Nigeria, the nation’s history will become their own history.

    He said that only deserving persons were accorded with the right to citizenship after a painstaking assessment from the Nigerian government.

    Earlier, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, revealed that the foreigners had gone through a series of thorough checks by the nation’s security agencies before being considered qualified and deserving Nigerian citizenship.

    He said the Federal government was determined to encourage high net-worth individuals as well as give recognition to other qualified foreigners in the country.

    The minister said that this was in the bid to make Nigeria a destination of choice for investment opportunities.

    The minister urged the new Nigerian citizens to guard their privileged status jealously.

    He said that citizenship of  Nigeria also conferred on them corresponding responsibilities to contribute their quotas to facilitate the development of Nigeria generally.

    He said: ”Today’s ceremony is a reminder of our common human ancestry.

    ”These people came from near and distant lands, from different races, religion, ethnicity and other social affiliations and identities.

    ”However, irrespective of the circumstances of our birth, what we share in common is our humanity and we can always have the basis for deeper and more meaningful interaction and togetherness, if we work at it.

    ”What we are celebrating today therefore is the oneness of the human race.

    “One of the objectives of our administration, the mandate given to us by Mr President, is to lay a solid socio-economic and political foundation that will thrust Nigeria into one of the 20 great economies of the world.

    ” According to him, to achieve this lofty vision, the government is determined to encourage and attract foreign investors, high net-worth individuals, highly skilled individuals and people of talents, into the country.

    “We shall therefore continue to encourage foreigners who meet the conditions stipulated for becoming Nigerians, by laying a seamless path to citizenship before them.

    ”That we have so many people striving to become Nigerians is an indication that the ongoing efforts of the Federal Government to make Nigeria a destination for investment and peaceful coexistence is yielding good fruits.

    ”It is also an elixir of hope to all Nigerians that a great, secure, prosperous and peaceful horizon is ahead of us.

    ”Let us all therefore play our role in the scheme of things to accelerate the arrival of that beautiful era we all long for.

    ”I must remind our new citizens that the acquisition of the Nigerian citizenship is a great privilege since not everyone that applies becomes successful,”he said.

    Aregbesola urged them to guard jealously their new status by being Nigerian in deed and truth, adding,”obeying the laws of the land, work hard and love your neighbour.

    ”Nigerians work hard and live life to the fullest, irrespective of their earthly estate.

    ”It will be my pleasure to see you dissolve into this wonderful blend within the shortest possible time.

    “Citizenship carries its own duty.

    Just as there are privileges, there are also responsibilities,” he said.

    According to the minister, Nigeria, like other nations of the world, has its own challenges, but these are not insurmountable.

    ”Citizens have a role to play.

    You all have talents and human endowments,” he said.

    The conferment ceremony was the first to take place since 2018.
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