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  •   Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
      Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
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    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption

    Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country's public and private sectors.

    They made the commitment during a special session on "Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption" organized by the Innovation Center (PIC), an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

    Ms. Olubukola Balogun, board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption .

    “Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order.

    “There are sanctions, system studies, but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions, you have your system, it is society that is going to make the tools work.

    “That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners. The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy,” she said.

    According to her, the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values, which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption.

    “We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders, youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states.

    “We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society.

    “All behaviors that are illegal let them out. It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right,” he said.

    L-R: Waziri Adio, Founder/CEO, Agora Policy; Olubukola Balogun, Honorary Board Member, Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices (ICPC); Philip Mshelbila, Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria LNG Limited; Kole Shettima, country director, MacArthur Foundation; Osasuyi Dirisu, Deputy Director, Policy Innovation Center (PIC); Akinwumi Akinola, Senior Analyst, PIC; Friday Odeh, Country Director, Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on 'Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption' held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

    Also speaking, Dr. Osasiyi Dirisu, Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices. corrupt.

    Dirisu said the three-year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria.

    “We meet with government CSOs, NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency.

    “We came together to co-create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four-sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs.

    “We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do.

    “The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re-implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions.

    “We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria,” he said.

    reports that Nigeria's National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2021) recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption.

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  •   The Cooperative Ficing Agency of Nigeria CFAN has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to include housing as part of its official listing strategy CFAN Executive Secretary and Executive Director Mr Emmanuel Atama made the appeal at the sixth CFAN summit in Abuja on Tuesday Atama said that including housing in the CBN s official inclusion campaign would help CFAN members in rural areas to have better access to housing and be officially included He said that the summit was aimed at accessing how the products of official inclusion could create jobs and wealth for a more secure life among the cooperative movement in the country The executive secretary listed the official inclusion products of the CBN to include savings credit pension insurance and capital markets The summit will stop at three major issues of housing agriculture and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MIPYMES The CBN should include housing in its official inclusion campaign The way in which money is allocated to MSMEs they should also consider housing he said CFAN Chairman Alhaji Sadeeq Abubakar said the summit was aimed at analyzing the cooperative business environment with a view to addressing the challenges and prospect of opportunities abounding in the economy Abubakar said that the official listing products and momentum of CBN had had a positive impact on CFAN members Dr Paul Oluikpe Head of Official Inclusion for CBN said that stakeholder collaboration was key to improving official inclusion in the country Oluikpe Okafor s representative from the bank said the importance attached to cooperative development as a key pillar in driving the formal inclusion of Nigerian adults cannot be overstated Mr Madu Hamman Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN said the bank s Cooperative Housing Development Loan CHDL provided construction funds for cooperatives registered with the National Housing Fund NHF Hamman represented assistant Mr Dominic Agabi said the bank had extended its cooperative lending window to the informal sector He said the extension was to allow all citizens equal access to both building and selling The managing director said the loan was disbursed to cooperative societies at an interest rate of 9 5 percent Hamman who corroborated CFAN s call for housing to be included as one of the official inclusion strategies said it would help more aid workers access housing loans The two day summit attracted cooperative societies and members from different states Edited eniola williams Source Credit NAN
    CFAN wants CBN to include housing in ficial inclusion products
      The Cooperative Ficing Agency of Nigeria CFAN has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to include housing as part of its official listing strategy CFAN Executive Secretary and Executive Director Mr Emmanuel Atama made the appeal at the sixth CFAN summit in Abuja on Tuesday Atama said that including housing in the CBN s official inclusion campaign would help CFAN members in rural areas to have better access to housing and be officially included He said that the summit was aimed at accessing how the products of official inclusion could create jobs and wealth for a more secure life among the cooperative movement in the country The executive secretary listed the official inclusion products of the CBN to include savings credit pension insurance and capital markets The summit will stop at three major issues of housing agriculture and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MIPYMES The CBN should include housing in its official inclusion campaign The way in which money is allocated to MSMEs they should also consider housing he said CFAN Chairman Alhaji Sadeeq Abubakar said the summit was aimed at analyzing the cooperative business environment with a view to addressing the challenges and prospect of opportunities abounding in the economy Abubakar said that the official listing products and momentum of CBN had had a positive impact on CFAN members Dr Paul Oluikpe Head of Official Inclusion for CBN said that stakeholder collaboration was key to improving official inclusion in the country Oluikpe Okafor s representative from the bank said the importance attached to cooperative development as a key pillar in driving the formal inclusion of Nigerian adults cannot be overstated Mr Madu Hamman Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN said the bank s Cooperative Housing Development Loan CHDL provided construction funds for cooperatives registered with the National Housing Fund NHF Hamman represented assistant Mr Dominic Agabi said the bank had extended its cooperative lending window to the informal sector He said the extension was to allow all citizens equal access to both building and selling The managing director said the loan was disbursed to cooperative societies at an interest rate of 9 5 percent Hamman who corroborated CFAN s call for housing to be included as one of the official inclusion strategies said it would help more aid workers access housing loans The two day summit attracted cooperative societies and members from different states Edited eniola williams Source Credit NAN
    CFAN wants CBN to include housing in ficial inclusion products
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    CFAN wants CBN to include housing in ficial inclusion products

    The Cooperative Ficing Agency of Nigeria (CFAN) has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to include housing as part of its official listing strategy.

    CFAN Executive Secretary and Executive Director Mr. Emmanuel Atama made the appeal at the sixth CFAN summit in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Atama said that including housing in the CBN's official inclusion campaign would help CFAN members in rural areas to have better access to housing and be officially included.

    He said that the summit was aimed at accessing how the products of official inclusion could create jobs and wealth for a more secure life among the cooperative movement in the country.

    The executive secretary listed the official inclusion products of the CBN to include savings, credit, pension, insurance and capital markets.

    “The summit will stop at three major issues of housing, agriculture and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MIPYMES).

    “The CBN should include housing in its official inclusion campaign.

    “The way in which money is allocated to MSMEs, they should also consider housing,” he said.

    CFAN Chairman Alhaji Sadeeq Abubakar said the summit was aimed at analyzing the cooperative business environment with a view to addressing the challenges and prospect of opportunities abounding in the economy.

    Abubakar said that the official listing products and momentum of CBN had had a positive impact on CFAN members.

    Dr. Paul Oluikpe, Head of Official Inclusion for CBN, said that stakeholder collaboration was key to improving official inclusion in the country.

    Oluikpe, Okafor's representative from the bank, said the importance attached to cooperative development as a key pillar in driving the formal inclusion of Nigerian adults cannot be overstated.

    Mr. Madu Hamman, Managing Director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), said the bank's Cooperative Housing Development Loan (CHDL) provided construction funds for cooperatives registered with the National Housing Fund (NHF).

    Hamman, represented assistant Mr. Dominic Agabi, said the bank had extended its cooperative lending window to the informal sector.

    He said the extension was to allow all citizens equal access to both building and selling.

    The managing director said the loan was disbursed to cooperative societies at an interest rate of 9.5 percent.

    Hamman, who corroborated CFAN's call for housing to be included as one of the official inclusion strategies, said it would help more aid workers access housing loans.

    The two-day summit attracted cooperative societies and members from different states.

    ============Edited. eniola williams

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   L R Sadiq Usman Director Nigeria Flour Mill Rushman Murtaza Deputy Representative United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Sola Afolayan National Coordinator Multidimensional Poverty Index Semiu Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation Yosola Akinbi National Coordinator Core Task Force on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on Multidimensional Poverty hosted by the SDG Forum on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in Abuja Stakeholders have advised incoming governments after the 2023 general elections to align and sustain national development plans and interventions to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs They made the call during the special session of the High Level Forum on the SDGs at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit NES 28 on the theme Multidimensional Poverty organized by the Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja Mr Adeyemi Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation and Executive Director of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS said that discussions are taking place with political parties to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the programmes Adeniran added that the National Poverty Index NPI will guide national planning to align with projects and programs The government is making plans through the national assembly legislative arms in sync with Nigeria s action plan 2021 2025 The legacies that the current regime will leave for the incoming government in this medium term National Development Plan as well as in the 2050 National Action Plan There are discussions between the government and all the political parties that whoever enters assumes the priority of the government s National Development Plan he said He added that the NPI will also help the government unify MDAs to work to address the rate of gender inequality unemployment and underemployment improve access to healthcare and education There are so many programs aimed at addressing the issue of multidimensional poverty The government is looking at both the federal and state levels in terms of health nutrition productivity young Nigerians in general Putting them together and looking at the Nigerian National Development Programmes 2021 2025 where the government has indicated passion to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025 All of these are aimed at eradicating multidimensional poverty by the government he said He added that the NBS would release the 2022 NPI results and poverty situation room lab with full details and data on poverty on Thursday In addition Rush Murtaza UNICEF Deputy Representative said that the evidence and data would help rethink and make investment plans to address the challenges affecting children in Nigeria Martaza emphasized the need to use the available data to plan and invest in policies and interventions that address the challenges that affect children especially in regards to health education and nutrition UINCEF is an integral part of generating this data we have invested heavily and have been looking at overlapping multidimensional child poverty That we use another methodology but now with the NPI we have introduced and invested in a chapter to see what happens to a child within the home Children whether they have access to education health care and other deprivations they face It s a critical path but it will give us an understanding of what s happening in the states of children s situation then we can make the investment accordingly he said According to her the NPI will also allow interested parties to know specific areas to channel resources and interventions towards poverty alleviation For his part Mr Sadiq Usman Director of Flour Mills Nigeria linked multidimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia Ukraine war which he said affected the global market and commodities and resulted in food insecurity He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through creating economic resources for people through skills and taking a private center approach to creating job opportunities Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders task incoming governments to sustain interventions on poverty alleviation
      L R Sadiq Usman Director Nigeria Flour Mill Rushman Murtaza Deputy Representative United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Sola Afolayan National Coordinator Multidimensional Poverty Index Semiu Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation Yosola Akinbi National Coordinator Core Task Force on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on Multidimensional Poverty hosted by the SDG Forum on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in Abuja Stakeholders have advised incoming governments after the 2023 general elections to align and sustain national development plans and interventions to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs They made the call during the special session of the High Level Forum on the SDGs at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit NES 28 on the theme Multidimensional Poverty organized by the Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja Mr Adeyemi Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation and Executive Director of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS said that discussions are taking place with political parties to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the programmes Adeniran added that the National Poverty Index NPI will guide national planning to align with projects and programs The government is making plans through the national assembly legislative arms in sync with Nigeria s action plan 2021 2025 The legacies that the current regime will leave for the incoming government in this medium term National Development Plan as well as in the 2050 National Action Plan There are discussions between the government and all the political parties that whoever enters assumes the priority of the government s National Development Plan he said He added that the NPI will also help the government unify MDAs to work to address the rate of gender inequality unemployment and underemployment improve access to healthcare and education There are so many programs aimed at addressing the issue of multidimensional poverty The government is looking at both the federal and state levels in terms of health nutrition productivity young Nigerians in general Putting them together and looking at the Nigerian National Development Programmes 2021 2025 where the government has indicated passion to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025 All of these are aimed at eradicating multidimensional poverty by the government he said He added that the NBS would release the 2022 NPI results and poverty situation room lab with full details and data on poverty on Thursday In addition Rush Murtaza UNICEF Deputy Representative said that the evidence and data would help rethink and make investment plans to address the challenges affecting children in Nigeria Martaza emphasized the need to use the available data to plan and invest in policies and interventions that address the challenges that affect children especially in regards to health education and nutrition UINCEF is an integral part of generating this data we have invested heavily and have been looking at overlapping multidimensional child poverty That we use another methodology but now with the NPI we have introduced and invested in a chapter to see what happens to a child within the home Children whether they have access to education health care and other deprivations they face It s a critical path but it will give us an understanding of what s happening in the states of children s situation then we can make the investment accordingly he said According to her the NPI will also allow interested parties to know specific areas to channel resources and interventions towards poverty alleviation For his part Mr Sadiq Usman Director of Flour Mills Nigeria linked multidimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia Ukraine war which he said affected the global market and commodities and resulted in food insecurity He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through creating economic resources for people through skills and taking a private center approach to creating job opportunities Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders task incoming governments to sustain interventions on poverty alleviation
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    Stakeholders task incoming governments to sustain interventions on poverty alleviation

    L-R: Sadiq Usman, Director, Nigeria Flour Mill; Rushman Murtaza, Deputy Representative, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); Sola Afolayan, National Coordinator, Multidimensional Poverty Index; Semiu Adeniran, General Statistician of the Federation; Yosola Akinbi, National Coordinator, Core Task Force on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on 'Multidimensional Poverty' hosted by the SDG Forum on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

    Stakeholders have advised incoming governments after the 2023 general elections to align and sustain national development plans and interventions to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    They made the call during the special session of the High Level Forum on the SDGs at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES 28) on the theme "Multidimensional Poverty", organized by the Economic Summit Group (NESG) in Abuja.

    Mr. Adeyemi Adeniran, General Statistician of the Federation and Executive Director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said that discussions are taking place with political parties to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the programmes.

    Adeniran added that the National Poverty Index (NPI) will guide national planning to align with projects and programs.

    “The government is making plans through the national assembly, legislative arms in sync with Nigeria's action plan 2021-2025.

    “The legacies that the current regime will leave for the incoming government in this medium-term National Development Plan, as well as in the 2050 National Action Plan.

    "There are discussions between the government and all the political parties that whoever enters assumes the priority of the government's National Development Plan," he said.

    He added that the NPI will also help the government unify MDAs to work to address the rate of gender inequality, unemployment and underemployment, improve access to healthcare and education.

    “There are so many programs aimed at addressing the issue of multidimensional poverty.

    “The government is looking at both the federal and state levels in terms of health, nutrition, productivity, young Nigerians in general.

    “Putting them together and looking at the Nigerian National Development Programmes, 2021-2025, where the government has indicated passion to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025.

    “All of these are aimed at eradicating multidimensional poverty by the government,” he said.

    He added that the NBS would release the 2022 NPI results and poverty situation room/lab with full details and data on poverty on Thursday.

    In addition, Rush Murtaza, UNICEF Deputy Representative, said that the evidence and data would help rethink and make investment plans to address the challenges affecting children in Nigeria.

    Martaza emphasized the need to use the available data to plan and invest in policies and interventions that address the challenges that affect children, especially in regards to health, education, and nutrition.

    “UINCEF is an integral part of generating this data, we have invested heavily and have been looking at overlapping multidimensional child poverty.

    “That we use another methodology but now with the NPI, we have introduced and invested in a chapter to see what happens to a child within the home.

    “Children, whether they have access to education, health care and other deprivations they face.

    “It's a critical path, but it will give us an understanding of what's happening in the states of children's situation, then we can make the investment accordingly,” he said.

    According to her, the NPI will also allow interested parties to know specific areas to channel resources and interventions towards poverty alleviation.

    For his part, Mr. Sadiq Usman, Director of Flour Mills, Nigeria, linked multidimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia-Ukraine war, which he said affected the global market and commodities and resulted in food insecurity. .

    He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through creating economic resources for people through skills and taking a private center approach to creating job opportunities.

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  •   The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI says it has not hired staff without due process He said in Abuja that the media report to that effect is false uninformed misleading and lacking a fair hearing Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji Executive Secretary NEITI made this clarification at the induction training for his new staff We are disappointed that the story authors never bothered to consult with NEITI for our feedback on fairness and balance However let me reassure all Nigerians the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative EITI and our global partners that NEITI is certainly aware of and quite sensitive to our public ethics and commitments to the EITI principles he said He said that the induction training had been designed to introduce staff to the world of transparency accountability in the management of the oil gas and mining sector through the instruments of NEITI EITI You join our organization at a time when issues of poor governance lack of transparency and accountability in the extractive industry are national and global concerns especially in Nigeria This induction program is one of the crucial steps we have taken to prepare you for the task ahead and embed you into NEITI s culture and principles of transparency integrity and accountability The key message here is that there is a void in NEITI that they have been recruited to come in and fill he said He said that to start the recruitment the Human Resources Committee of the National Stakeholders Working Group NSWG that conducted the exercise reviewed more than 2 000 Curriculum Vitaes in the NEITI database of applicants under the NEITI policy Leave the request back This is a policy implemented over the years to preserve and provide hope for applicants seeking a career with the organization he said He said the waiver granted to the NEITI Commission FCC was informed to the applications the agency received in the course of the contracting exercise Of this large number of applications according to him 166 candidates are shortlisted and invited for interviews He said that of these numbers 145 people attended 18 people were absent and three were disqualified due to integrity issues that included the lack of proof from NYSC and differences in age statements These were followed by 23 candidates who scored 75 percent or higher and entered the national merit list while another 36 who scored between 70 and 74 percent made the general merit list 82 candidates reached the minimum score of 65 percent Four candidates who scored the minimum score of 65 percent were strictly considered to address fairness in the representation of the federal character he said However he said that in the course of recruiting NEITI also took into account the gender equity and diversity issues of the Nigerian state In a keynote address Mr Olusegun Adekunle Chairman of NEITI NSWG said that upon its inauguration in July 2021 he started a program for strengthening the secretariat and expanding the agency to other geopolitical areas He said this was because policy direction was required for the successful implementation of NEITI s five year Strategic Plan 2022 2026 developed and approved to drive the workforce growth plan developed The workforce plan specifically identified the urgency for NEITI to inject young graduates with the workforce and creative skills needed to help drive the recently developed five year strategic and growth plan The Petroleum Industry Act PIA has set new standards for reform and NEITI as a member of the Presidential Steering Committee on PIA implementation has an obligation to respond appropriately with adequate manpower and resources explained He said the process that produced this class of 2022 had been rigorous based on merit and in compliance with all procedures set forth by the Federal Government Edited Source Credit NAN
    NEITI states position on alleged staff hiring without due process
      The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI says it has not hired staff without due process He said in Abuja that the media report to that effect is false uninformed misleading and lacking a fair hearing Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji Executive Secretary NEITI made this clarification at the induction training for his new staff We are disappointed that the story authors never bothered to consult with NEITI for our feedback on fairness and balance However let me reassure all Nigerians the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative EITI and our global partners that NEITI is certainly aware of and quite sensitive to our public ethics and commitments to the EITI principles he said He said that the induction training had been designed to introduce staff to the world of transparency accountability in the management of the oil gas and mining sector through the instruments of NEITI EITI You join our organization at a time when issues of poor governance lack of transparency and accountability in the extractive industry are national and global concerns especially in Nigeria This induction program is one of the crucial steps we have taken to prepare you for the task ahead and embed you into NEITI s culture and principles of transparency integrity and accountability The key message here is that there is a void in NEITI that they have been recruited to come in and fill he said He said that to start the recruitment the Human Resources Committee of the National Stakeholders Working Group NSWG that conducted the exercise reviewed more than 2 000 Curriculum Vitaes in the NEITI database of applicants under the NEITI policy Leave the request back This is a policy implemented over the years to preserve and provide hope for applicants seeking a career with the organization he said He said the waiver granted to the NEITI Commission FCC was informed to the applications the agency received in the course of the contracting exercise Of this large number of applications according to him 166 candidates are shortlisted and invited for interviews He said that of these numbers 145 people attended 18 people were absent and three were disqualified due to integrity issues that included the lack of proof from NYSC and differences in age statements These were followed by 23 candidates who scored 75 percent or higher and entered the national merit list while another 36 who scored between 70 and 74 percent made the general merit list 82 candidates reached the minimum score of 65 percent Four candidates who scored the minimum score of 65 percent were strictly considered to address fairness in the representation of the federal character he said However he said that in the course of recruiting NEITI also took into account the gender equity and diversity issues of the Nigerian state In a keynote address Mr Olusegun Adekunle Chairman of NEITI NSWG said that upon its inauguration in July 2021 he started a program for strengthening the secretariat and expanding the agency to other geopolitical areas He said this was because policy direction was required for the successful implementation of NEITI s five year Strategic Plan 2022 2026 developed and approved to drive the workforce growth plan developed The workforce plan specifically identified the urgency for NEITI to inject young graduates with the workforce and creative skills needed to help drive the recently developed five year strategic and growth plan The Petroleum Industry Act PIA has set new standards for reform and NEITI as a member of the Presidential Steering Committee on PIA implementation has an obligation to respond appropriately with adequate manpower and resources explained He said the process that produced this class of 2022 had been rigorous based on merit and in compliance with all procedures set forth by the Federal Government Edited Source Credit NAN
    NEITI states position on alleged staff hiring without due process
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    NEITI states position on alleged staff hiring without due process

    The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says it has not hired staff without due process.

    He said in Abuja that the media report to that effect "is false, uninformed, misleading and lacking a fair hearing."

    Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, Executive Secretary, NEITI made this clarification at the induction training for his new staff.

    “We are disappointed that the story authors never bothered to consult with NEITI for our feedback on fairness and balance.

    “However, let me reassure all Nigerians, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and our global partners that NEITI is certainly aware of and quite sensitive to our public ethics and commitments to the EITI principles,” he said.

    He said that the induction/training had been designed to introduce staff to the world of transparency accountability in the management of the oil, gas and mining sector through the instruments of NEITI/EITI.

    “You join our organization at a time when issues of poor governance, lack of transparency and accountability in the extractive industry are national and global concerns, especially in Nigeria.

    “This induction program is one of the crucial steps we have taken to prepare you for the task ahead and embed you into NEITI's culture and principles of transparency, integrity and accountability.

    “The key message here is that there is a void in NEITI that they have been recruited to come in and fill,” he said.

    He said that to start the recruitment, the Human Resources Committee of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) that conducted the exercise, reviewed more than 2,000 Curriculum Vitaes in the NEITI database of applicants under the NEITI policy "Leave the request back".

    “This is a policy implemented over the years to preserve and provide hope for applicants seeking a career with the organization,” he said.

    He said the waiver granted to the NEITI Commission (FCC) was informed to the applications the agency received in the course of the contracting exercise.

    Of this large number of applications, according to him, 166 candidates are shortlisted and invited for interviews.

    He said that of these numbers, 145 people attended, 18 people were absent, and three were disqualified due to integrity issues that included the lack of proof from NYSC and differences in age statements.

    “These were followed by 23 candidates who scored 75 percent or higher and entered the national merit list, while another 36 who scored between 70 and 74 percent made the general merit list. 82 candidates reached the minimum score of 65 percent.

    “Four candidates who scored the minimum score of 65 percent were strictly considered to address fairness in the representation of the federal character,” he said.

    However, he said that in the course of recruiting, NEITI also took into account the gender equity and diversity issues of the Nigerian state.

    In a keynote address, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle, Chairman of NEITI NSWG, said that upon its inauguration in July 2021, he started a program for strengthening the secretariat and expanding the agency to other geopolitical areas.

    He said this was because policy direction was required for the successful implementation of NEITI's five-year Strategic Plan (2022-2026) developed and approved to drive the workforce growth plan developed.

    “The workforce plan specifically identified the urgency for NEITI to inject young graduates with the workforce and creative skills needed to help drive the recently developed five-year strategic and growth plan.

    “The Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) has set new standards for reform and NEITI, as a member of the Presidential Steering Committee on PIA implementation, has an obligation to respond appropriately with adequate manpower and resources,” explained.

    He said the process that produced this class of 2022 had been rigorous, based on merit, and in compliance with all procedures set forth by the Federal Government.

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  •   All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu has said he will build on President Muhammadu Buhari s achievements over the past seven years Tinubu said this Tuesday in Jos at the APC presidential campaign flag launch for the 2023 general election The APC presidential candidate said Buhari performed well in the areas of infrastructure and laid a solid foundation for the development of agriculture and other sectors We were insecure we turned to retired General Muhammadu Buhari and he embarked on the rehabilitation recovery and redemption of Nigeria It started the flags of the terrorists in a systematic tactical and frontal way and today there are no flags of strange military colors in any of our local governments in Nigeria Nigeria was sinking but Buhari pulled us out and said Nigeria will not sink in his time or APC time he said He said Buhari oversaw a fairer and more credible primary election that produced him as a standard bearer Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to good governance and the fruits it will bring to the people The presidential candidate affirmed that the 2023 general elections is a fight not to leave the country in the hands of looters We will never give in to them to stop efforts to clean up the rot in which they left us We will bring together the best team to reverse the decline We are determined to ensure that no one goes to bed without food in their stomachs Buhari cares and so do we instead of being distracted we will stay on our right track and make sure we keep up the good work Tinubu said that if he is elected his administration will continue to explore for oil on all frontiers of the basin and develop commercial oil found in the Gombe state and Lake Chad basin edited Source Credit NAN
    We will build on Buhari’s achievements – Tinubu
      All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu has said he will build on President Muhammadu Buhari s achievements over the past seven years Tinubu said this Tuesday in Jos at the APC presidential campaign flag launch for the 2023 general election The APC presidential candidate said Buhari performed well in the areas of infrastructure and laid a solid foundation for the development of agriculture and other sectors We were insecure we turned to retired General Muhammadu Buhari and he embarked on the rehabilitation recovery and redemption of Nigeria It started the flags of the terrorists in a systematic tactical and frontal way and today there are no flags of strange military colors in any of our local governments in Nigeria Nigeria was sinking but Buhari pulled us out and said Nigeria will not sink in his time or APC time he said He said Buhari oversaw a fairer and more credible primary election that produced him as a standard bearer Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to good governance and the fruits it will bring to the people The presidential candidate affirmed that the 2023 general elections is a fight not to leave the country in the hands of looters We will never give in to them to stop efforts to clean up the rot in which they left us We will bring together the best team to reverse the decline We are determined to ensure that no one goes to bed without food in their stomachs Buhari cares and so do we instead of being distracted we will stay on our right track and make sure we keep up the good work Tinubu said that if he is elected his administration will continue to explore for oil on all frontiers of the basin and develop commercial oil found in the Gombe state and Lake Chad basin edited Source Credit NAN
    We will build on Buhari’s achievements – Tinubu
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    We will build on Buhari’s achievements – Tinubu

    All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu has said he will build on President Muhammadu Buhari's achievements over the past seven years.

    Tinubu said this Tuesday in Jos at the APC presidential campaign flag launch for the 2023 general election.

    The APC presidential candidate said Buhari performed well in the areas of infrastructure and laid a solid foundation for the development of agriculture and other sectors.

    “We were insecure, we turned to retired General Muhammadu Buhari and he embarked on the rehabilitation, recovery and redemption of Nigeria.

    “It started the flags of the terrorists in a systematic, tactical and frontal way, and today there are no flags of strange military colors in any of our local governments in Nigeria.

    “Nigeria was sinking but Buhari pulled us out and said Nigeria will not sink in his time or APC time,” he said.

    He said Buhari oversaw a fairer and more credible primary election that produced him as a standard-bearer.

    Tinubu reaffirmed his commitment to good governance and the fruits it will bring to the people.

    The presidential candidate affirmed that the 2023 general elections “is a fight not to leave the country in the hands of looters.

    “We will never give in to them to stop efforts to clean up the rot in which they left us.

    “We will bring together the best team to reverse the decline. We are determined to ensure that no one goes to bed without food in their stomachs.

    “Buhari cares and so do we, instead of being distracted we will stay on our right track and make sure we keep up the good work.” Tinubu said that if he is elected, his administration will continue to explore for oil on all frontiers of the basin and develop commercial oil found in the Gombe state and Lake Chad basin.

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  •   An economics expert Dr Afolabi Olowookere said oil revenues in terms of contribution to the federation account fell from 46 9 in 2017 to 7 4 in the first half of 2022 Olowookere the managing director of Analysts Data Services and Resources Ltd made this known Tuesday in a statement titled Federation Distribution Performance Budgeted vs Actual He said that overall the federation account s share of total distribution had dropped from 81 4 in 2017 to 66 1 in 2022 Olowookere added that the group s share of Value Added Tax VAT rose steadily from 18 6 percent to 33 9 percent during the period According to him the share of oil has been falling and is expected to continue to fall while VAT has been gaining its share Gas flaring penalty revenue increased from N3 8 billion in 2017 to N98 6 billion in 2021 while contributing N39 2 billion in the first half of 2022 Overall the revenue projection has been much higher than the amount realized on the various components of oil revenue he said However Olowookere said that gross profit from crude oil and gas sales performed well above projections except for 2020 and 2019 with negative variations of 38 1 percent and 62 1 percent respectively He said that apart from 2020 actual oil revenues had been more than 50 percent lower than their budgeted values Olowookere added that in terms of contribution oil and gas gross profit has decreased over time PPT and gas revenue as well as oil and gas royalties have increased their share On the Petroleum Industry Act PIA and its implication on federation account revenue he said that the PIA had the primary objective of restructuring and transforming Nigeria s oil and gas industry He listed the key pillars of the PIA as a national grid system for acreage management oil mining leasing exploration and prospecting licenses frontier exploration and host community development funds Others included them as a midstream and downstream gas infrastructure fund tax on hydrocarbons tax on company profits royalties fines and sanctions He said the implications of the PIA on federation account revenue could be examined through a few channels including the establishment of regulatory agencies multiple agencies and the cost of collection He listed other channels such as NNPC Limited and its business operations Remittances to the Federation Account Allocation Committee FAAC vs Consolidated Revenue Fund CRF Newly Created Funds in PIA and FAAC PIA and New Taxes and PIA on Subsidy made out of fuel If deregulated properly the elimination of the payment of subsidies implies a higher FAAC and more revenue for the government to provide basic services Despite these provisions the government still continues to pay subsidies for certain reasons While section 31 d of the PIA may suggest the removal of subsidies it is not impossible that the process of providing a price and tariff framework and advice on trade matters will lead to some price controls or reintroduction of subsidies Sections 32 e 32 f and 64 m can be used to justify the continued payment of the subsidy it said He stressed that it was imperative to have the courage to remove the subsidy but it should be done in a way that did not add further burden to citizens who were already stressed due to harsh economic realities Edited Source Credit NAN
    Oil revenue falls from 46.9% to 7.4% in 5 years – Expert
      An economics expert Dr Afolabi Olowookere said oil revenues in terms of contribution to the federation account fell from 46 9 in 2017 to 7 4 in the first half of 2022 Olowookere the managing director of Analysts Data Services and Resources Ltd made this known Tuesday in a statement titled Federation Distribution Performance Budgeted vs Actual He said that overall the federation account s share of total distribution had dropped from 81 4 in 2017 to 66 1 in 2022 Olowookere added that the group s share of Value Added Tax VAT rose steadily from 18 6 percent to 33 9 percent during the period According to him the share of oil has been falling and is expected to continue to fall while VAT has been gaining its share Gas flaring penalty revenue increased from N3 8 billion in 2017 to N98 6 billion in 2021 while contributing N39 2 billion in the first half of 2022 Overall the revenue projection has been much higher than the amount realized on the various components of oil revenue he said However Olowookere said that gross profit from crude oil and gas sales performed well above projections except for 2020 and 2019 with negative variations of 38 1 percent and 62 1 percent respectively He said that apart from 2020 actual oil revenues had been more than 50 percent lower than their budgeted values Olowookere added that in terms of contribution oil and gas gross profit has decreased over time PPT and gas revenue as well as oil and gas royalties have increased their share On the Petroleum Industry Act PIA and its implication on federation account revenue he said that the PIA had the primary objective of restructuring and transforming Nigeria s oil and gas industry He listed the key pillars of the PIA as a national grid system for acreage management oil mining leasing exploration and prospecting licenses frontier exploration and host community development funds Others included them as a midstream and downstream gas infrastructure fund tax on hydrocarbons tax on company profits royalties fines and sanctions He said the implications of the PIA on federation account revenue could be examined through a few channels including the establishment of regulatory agencies multiple agencies and the cost of collection He listed other channels such as NNPC Limited and its business operations Remittances to the Federation Account Allocation Committee FAAC vs Consolidated Revenue Fund CRF Newly Created Funds in PIA and FAAC PIA and New Taxes and PIA on Subsidy made out of fuel If deregulated properly the elimination of the payment of subsidies implies a higher FAAC and more revenue for the government to provide basic services Despite these provisions the government still continues to pay subsidies for certain reasons While section 31 d of the PIA may suggest the removal of subsidies it is not impossible that the process of providing a price and tariff framework and advice on trade matters will lead to some price controls or reintroduction of subsidies Sections 32 e 32 f and 64 m can be used to justify the continued payment of the subsidy it said He stressed that it was imperative to have the courage to remove the subsidy but it should be done in a way that did not add further burden to citizens who were already stressed due to harsh economic realities Edited Source Credit NAN
    Oil revenue falls from 46.9% to 7.4% in 5 years – Expert
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    Oil revenue falls from 46.9% to 7.4% in 5 years – Expert

    An economics expert, Dr. Afolabi Olowookere, said oil revenues, in terms of contribution to the federation account, fell from 46.9% in 2017 to 7.4% in the first half of 2022.

    Olowookere, the managing director of Analysts Data Services and Resources Ltd., made this known Tuesday in a statement titled "Federation Distribution Performance, Budgeted vs. Actual."

    He said that overall, the federation account's share of total distribution had dropped from 81.4% in 2017 to 66.1% in 2022.

    Olowookere added that the group's share of Value Added Tax (VAT) rose steadily from 18.6 percent to 33.9 percent during the period.

    According to him, the share of oil has been falling and is expected to continue to fall, while VAT has been gaining its share.

    “Gas flaring penalty revenue increased from N3.8 billion in 2017 to N98.6 billion in 2021, while contributing N39.2 billion in the first half of 2022.

    “Overall, the revenue projection has been much higher than the amount realized on the various components of oil revenue,” he said.

    However, Olowookere said that gross profit from crude oil and gas sales performed well above projections, except for 2020 and 2019, with negative variations of 38.1 percent and 62.1 percent, respectively.

    He said that apart from 2020, actual oil revenues had been more than 50 percent lower than their budgeted values.

    Olowookere added that in terms of contribution, oil and gas gross profit has decreased over time, PPT and gas revenue as well as oil and gas royalties have increased their share.

    On the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) and its implication on federation account revenue, he said that the PIA had the primary objective of restructuring and transforming Nigeria's oil and gas industry.

    He listed the key pillars of the PIA as a national grid system for acreage management, oil mining leasing, exploration and prospecting licenses, frontier exploration, and host community development funds.

    Others included them as a midstream and downstream gas infrastructure fund, tax on hydrocarbons, tax on company profits, royalties, fines and sanctions.

    He said the implications of the PIA on federation account revenue could be examined through a few channels including the establishment of regulatory agencies, multiple agencies and the cost of collection.

    He listed other channels such as NNPC Limited and its business operations, Remittances to the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) vs. Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF), Newly Created Funds in PIA and FAAC, PIA and New Taxes and PIA on Subsidy made out of fuel.

    “If deregulated properly, the elimination of the payment of subsidies implies a higher FAAC and more revenue for the government to provide basic services.

    “Despite these provisions, the government still continues to pay subsidies for certain reasons.

    “While section 31(d) of the PIA may suggest the removal of subsidies, it is not impossible that the process of providing a price and tariff framework and advice on trade matters will lead to some price controls or reintroduction of subsidies. .

    “Sections 32(e), 32(f) and 64(m) can be used to justify the continued payment of the subsidy,” it said.

    He stressed that it was imperative to have the courage to remove the subsidy, but it should be done in a way that did not add further burden to citizens who were already stressed due to harsh economic realities.

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  •   President Muhamadu Buhari says he will work with All Progressives Congress APC stakeholders for the election of Senator Ahmed Tinubu as his successor in 2023 Buhari said this in his short speech at the APC presidential campaign flag launch on Tuesday in Jos The party has taken a stand and we are going to support him and campaign for him to be elected president of Nigeria I am not going to read a long speech I am here to hand you the flag of our party he said Senator Abdullahi de Adamu APC s national chairman said in his speech that the party was honored that the president personally attended the campaign launch Adamu said Buhari s presence showed his commitment to the party and all its candidates The president claimed that Buhari s achievements surpassed those of his predecessors in terms of infrastructure and other areas I ask everyone to stand up and applaud Buhari for a job well done Our party has performed creditably well we promise change and we deliver change he said He noted that the party flag given to the candidate was a symbol of authority to lead the party to the 2023 general election According to him the flag is the banner of the party and must remain clean at all times We must not do anything that stains the banner It will stain when we stop being good ambassadors and faithful servants of the party We stain the flag when we do things that deny free fair and credible elections he emphasized He said that it would do them no good if APC members did not strive for the success of the party Adamu further said that he understood that hard work and unity of purpose would produce the desired results for the party The president urged APC members not to give in saying it s not over until it s over until the trophy of victory is in our bag we won t rest Furthermore he urged party members to vote for all APC candidates in the elections Adamu added that the party was in the race to win at all levels Senate President Ahmed Lawan assured Buhari and Tinubu that all members of the National Assembly were fully committed to supporting the presidential candidate and his running mate Lawan said the APC worked hard to elect more than 75 percent of its members to the National Assembly so that the next president enjoys a strong relationship with the legislature edited Source Credit NAN
    Buhari pledges to work for Tinubu’s election
      President Muhamadu Buhari says he will work with All Progressives Congress APC stakeholders for the election of Senator Ahmed Tinubu as his successor in 2023 Buhari said this in his short speech at the APC presidential campaign flag launch on Tuesday in Jos The party has taken a stand and we are going to support him and campaign for him to be elected president of Nigeria I am not going to read a long speech I am here to hand you the flag of our party he said Senator Abdullahi de Adamu APC s national chairman said in his speech that the party was honored that the president personally attended the campaign launch Adamu said Buhari s presence showed his commitment to the party and all its candidates The president claimed that Buhari s achievements surpassed those of his predecessors in terms of infrastructure and other areas I ask everyone to stand up and applaud Buhari for a job well done Our party has performed creditably well we promise change and we deliver change he said He noted that the party flag given to the candidate was a symbol of authority to lead the party to the 2023 general election According to him the flag is the banner of the party and must remain clean at all times We must not do anything that stains the banner It will stain when we stop being good ambassadors and faithful servants of the party We stain the flag when we do things that deny free fair and credible elections he emphasized He said that it would do them no good if APC members did not strive for the success of the party Adamu further said that he understood that hard work and unity of purpose would produce the desired results for the party The president urged APC members not to give in saying it s not over until it s over until the trophy of victory is in our bag we won t rest Furthermore he urged party members to vote for all APC candidates in the elections Adamu added that the party was in the race to win at all levels Senate President Ahmed Lawan assured Buhari and Tinubu that all members of the National Assembly were fully committed to supporting the presidential candidate and his running mate Lawan said the APC worked hard to elect more than 75 percent of its members to the National Assembly so that the next president enjoys a strong relationship with the legislature edited Source Credit NAN
    Buhari pledges to work for Tinubu’s election
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    Buhari pledges to work for Tinubu’s election

    President Muhamadu Buhari says he will work with All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders for the election of Senator Ahmed Tinubu as his successor in 2023.

    Buhari said this in his short speech at the APC presidential campaign flag launch on Tuesday in Jos.

    “The party has taken a stand and we are going to support him and campaign for him to be elected president of Nigeria.

    "I am not going to read a long speech, I am here to hand you the flag of our party," he said.

    Senator Abdullahi de Adamu, APC's national chairman, said in his speech that the party was honored that the president personally attended the campaign launch.

    Adamu said Buhari's presence showed his commitment to the party and all its candidates.

    The president claimed that Buhari's achievements surpassed those of his predecessors in terms of infrastructure and other areas.

    “I ask everyone to stand up and applaud Buhari for a job well done.

    “Our party has performed creditably well, we promise change and we deliver change,” he said.

    He noted that the party flag given to the candidate was a symbol of authority to lead the party to the 2023 general election.

    According to him, the flag is the banner of the party and must remain clean at all times.

    “We must not do anything that stains the banner. It will stain when we stop being good ambassadors and faithful servants of the party.

    “We stain the flag when we do things that deny free, fair and credible elections,” he emphasized.

    He said that it would do them no good if APC members did not strive for the success of the party.

    Adamu further said that he understood that hard work and unity of purpose would produce the desired results for the party.

    The president urged APC members not to give in, saying "it's not over until it's over, until the trophy of victory is in our bag, we won't rest."

    Furthermore, he urged party members to vote for all APC candidates in the elections.

    Adamu added that the party was in the race to win at all levels.

    Senate President Ahmed Lawan assured Buhari and Tinubu that all members of the National Assembly were fully committed to supporting the presidential candidate and his running mate.

    Lawan said the APC worked hard to elect more than 75 percent of its members to the National Assembly so that the next president enjoys a strong relationship with the legislature.

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  •   All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu has vowed to create opportunities for young people to reach their potential if they are elected president in 2023 Tinubu said this at the APC presidential campaign flag launch on Tuesday in Jos The presidential candidate said he is aware of the challenges facing young people but that they will be a thing of the past when he assumes the presidency We make a promise to young people that today can be difficult but we will not let them down because they are our children and brothers I m not a happy man until I free you from the slavery of neglect and give you the skills because I know you can do it he said He urged them to get their Permanent CVter Cards PVC be determined resilient and committed to electing him and the APC candidates Tinubu thanked APC National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu for his shrewdness in reviving the party According to him many thought that APC was dead but Adamu redirected the ship in the right direction To the rulers of our great party I thank you for your solidarity and support at the beginning of this path Many doubted you at the beginning of the journey but you have proven them wrong with your commitment To my hard working CEO Simon Lalong who is one of you I love your confidence and told him that no matter how short a man is he will always see the sky he added Lalong in his remarks said that the candidates who started their campaigns in Jos ended up winning the elections Mr President Jos has produced Chief MKO Abiola and it was in Jos that we produced Chief Olusegun Obasnajo It is not a coincidence that you have chosen Jos to mark this campaign Mr President you are going to produce a successor and that successor will produce another successor We are going to have two thirds of senators two thirds of the House of Representatives and members of the Houses of Assembly he added The CEO assured Tinubu that all members of the campaign council would strongly support him for election edited Source Credit NAN
    Tinubu promises to create opportunities for youths
      All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu has vowed to create opportunities for young people to reach their potential if they are elected president in 2023 Tinubu said this at the APC presidential campaign flag launch on Tuesday in Jos The presidential candidate said he is aware of the challenges facing young people but that they will be a thing of the past when he assumes the presidency We make a promise to young people that today can be difficult but we will not let them down because they are our children and brothers I m not a happy man until I free you from the slavery of neglect and give you the skills because I know you can do it he said He urged them to get their Permanent CVter Cards PVC be determined resilient and committed to electing him and the APC candidates Tinubu thanked APC National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu for his shrewdness in reviving the party According to him many thought that APC was dead but Adamu redirected the ship in the right direction To the rulers of our great party I thank you for your solidarity and support at the beginning of this path Many doubted you at the beginning of the journey but you have proven them wrong with your commitment To my hard working CEO Simon Lalong who is one of you I love your confidence and told him that no matter how short a man is he will always see the sky he added Lalong in his remarks said that the candidates who started their campaigns in Jos ended up winning the elections Mr President Jos has produced Chief MKO Abiola and it was in Jos that we produced Chief Olusegun Obasnajo It is not a coincidence that you have chosen Jos to mark this campaign Mr President you are going to produce a successor and that successor will produce another successor We are going to have two thirds of senators two thirds of the House of Representatives and members of the Houses of Assembly he added The CEO assured Tinubu that all members of the campaign council would strongly support him for election edited Source Credit NAN
    Tinubu promises to create opportunities for youths
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    Tinubu promises to create opportunities for youths

    All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Senator Ahmed Tinubu has vowed to create opportunities for young people to reach their potential if they are elected president in 2023.

    Tinubu said this at the APC presidential campaign flag launch on Tuesday in Jos.

    The presidential candidate said he is aware of the challenges facing young people, but that they will be a thing of the past when he assumes the presidency.

    “We make a promise to young people that today can be difficult but we will not let them down because they are our children and brothers.

    "I'm not a happy man, until I free you from the slavery of neglect and give you the skills, because I know you can do it," he said.

    He urged them to get their Permanent CVter Cards (PVC), be determined, resilient and committed to electing him and the APC candidates.

    Tinubu thanked APC National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu for his shrewdness in reviving the party.

    According to him, many thought that APC was dead, but Adamu redirected the ship in the right direction.

    “To the rulers of our great party, I thank you for your solidarity and support at the beginning of this path.

    “Many doubted you at the beginning of the journey, but you have proven them wrong with your commitment.

    "To my hard-working CEO Simon Lalong, who is one of you, I love your confidence and told him that no matter how short a man is, he will always see the sky," he added.

    Lalong in his remarks, said that the candidates who started their campaigns in Jos ended up winning the elections.

    “Mr. President, Jos has produced Chief MKO Abiola and it was in Jos that we produced Chief Olusegun Obasnajo.

    “It is not a coincidence that you have chosen Jos to mark this campaign.

    “Mr. President, you are going to produce a successor, and that successor will produce another successor.

    “We are going to have two thirds of senators, two thirds of the House of Representatives and members of the Houses of Assembly,” he added.

    The CEO assured Tinubu that all members of the campaign council would strongly support him for election.

    edited

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  •   The All Progressives Congress APC says it is confident of winning Benue s gubernatorial election with the acceptance of its candidate Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia across the state The Director General of the Alia Ode Campaign Organization Rev Frederick Ikyaan expressed his confidence in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Tuesday in Abuja According to him Alia has the competence and ability to provide solutions to the myriad of problems in the state He added that the party had addressed the factors that caused it to lose the 2019 gubernatorial election Ikyaan said that Alia would ensure a balance between the spiritual and physical elevation of the people when she is elected in 2023 As a cleric Alia used to address the church primarily about the spiritual concerns of humanity but now she will have the opportunity to provide balance so to speak by looking at the physical component of humanity It is not enough to have spiritual well being it is also necessary that we look at our physical well being We look forward to our opportunity to further prioritize the well being and well being of people he said Ikyaan said Alia s aspiration to be governor was not driven by agenda but by the physical and spiritual betterment of the Benue people regardless of creed or tribe He assured the people that the party was well prepared for the electoral campaigns and very confident of victory Edited Maharazu Ahmed Source Credit NAN
    APC confident of winning Benue governorship seat – Campaign D-G
      The All Progressives Congress APC says it is confident of winning Benue s gubernatorial election with the acceptance of its candidate Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia across the state The Director General of the Alia Ode Campaign Organization Rev Frederick Ikyaan expressed his confidence in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Tuesday in Abuja According to him Alia has the competence and ability to provide solutions to the myriad of problems in the state He added that the party had addressed the factors that caused it to lose the 2019 gubernatorial election Ikyaan said that Alia would ensure a balance between the spiritual and physical elevation of the people when she is elected in 2023 As a cleric Alia used to address the church primarily about the spiritual concerns of humanity but now she will have the opportunity to provide balance so to speak by looking at the physical component of humanity It is not enough to have spiritual well being it is also necessary that we look at our physical well being We look forward to our opportunity to further prioritize the well being and well being of people he said Ikyaan said Alia s aspiration to be governor was not driven by agenda but by the physical and spiritual betterment of the Benue people regardless of creed or tribe He assured the people that the party was well prepared for the electoral campaigns and very confident of victory Edited Maharazu Ahmed Source Credit NAN
    APC confident of winning Benue governorship seat – Campaign D-G
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    APC confident of winning Benue governorship seat – Campaign D-G

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is confident of winning Benue's gubernatorial election with the acceptance of its candidate, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia across the state.

    The Director General of the Alia/Ode Campaign Organization, Rev. Frederick Ikyaan, expressed his confidence in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to him, Alia has the competence and ability to provide solutions to the myriad of problems in the state.

    He added that the party had addressed the factors that caused it to lose the 2019 gubernatorial election.

    Ikyaan said that Alia would ensure a balance between the spiritual and physical elevation of the people, when she is elected in 2023.

    “As a cleric, Alia used to address the church primarily about the spiritual concerns of humanity, but now she will have the opportunity to provide balance, so to speak, by looking at the physical component of humanity.

    “It is not enough to have spiritual well-being, it is also necessary that we look at our physical well-being.

    “We look forward to our opportunity to further prioritize the well-being and well-being of people,” he said.

    Ikyaan said Alia's aspiration to be governor was not driven by agenda, but by the physical and spiritual betterment of the Benue people, regardless of creed or tribe.

    He assured the people that the party was well prepared for the electoral campaigns and very confident of victory.

    Edited / Maharazu Ahmed

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  •   Stakeholders in the agricultural sector seek solutions and collaborations of all to solve the challenges of food insecurity and micronutrient deficiency through best practices and biofortified foods They spoke in Ibadan on Tuesday at the Agribusiness Innovation Clinic organized by the Alliance for Improved Nutrition GAIN Commenting Prof Ibiyemi Olayiwola Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta said the event was timely due to the food insecurity and nutrition situation in the country Olayiwola said the country needs to expand because insecurity is causing poor food intake and nutritional insecurity is causing poor quality of life According to her people are not living very well and the labor force is affected women are affected and babies are not growing as they should Less than 20 percent of children in Nigeria do not have an adequate diet because mothers cannot diversify from five food groups and the child is not being given adequate micronutrient food he said However Olayiwola called for collaborative efforts to address the looming challenge of food and nutrition insecurity as it has ripple effects in all aspects of life In his remarks Mr Niyi Adebisi Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development said that a nation that cannot make nutritious food available accessible and affordable to its citizens throughout the year could be spending more in care management than could be avoided Adebisi said That money can be invested in another profitable company It is a source of joy for me to note that GAIN trained more than 500 farmers processors and aggregators and trained them such as cassava cuttings with vitamin A OFSP orange flesh sweet potato vines organic and foliar fertilizers Herbicides to 110 farmers in the four selected local government areas Afijio Ido Oyo West and Iseyin in Oyo State in the last two months to strengthen nutrition in priority staple foods This will increase the consumption of nutritious foods their families and the entire population and also the use of nutritious varieties of target staple foods in processed foods Also Ms Mercy Olorunfemi Project Manager under the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Commodities SNIPS Project told Nigerian News Agency on the sidelines that the rationale behind the event was to look at the agriculture through the lens of nutrition Micronutrient deficiency is a problem Many people did not have the proper nutrient to function as they should Women lactating mothers and children are at risk of this deficiency and that is why we are implementing this project because we are strengthening nutrition in the priority stable foods that we consume said Olorunfemi In addition Mr Isaac Faniyi from the Agriculture Bank said that the event was to let all stakeholders know that food and nutrition security issues were a joint responsibility Faniyi said It must be a bottom up approach as everyone must be involved government private sector and individuals Also Ms Atinuke Lebile CEO of Cato Foods said that from home the emphasis should be on nutritious food Lebile stressed the need to educate parents and farmers on the best ways to farm because excess herbicides and pesticides would also affect what is grown The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition GAIN is implementing the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Commodities SNIPS Project in Nigeria in partnership with GIZ and the Green Innovation Center for the Agricultural and Food Sector in Nigeria edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek solutions to food insecurity, micronutrient deficiency
      Stakeholders in the agricultural sector seek solutions and collaborations of all to solve the challenges of food insecurity and micronutrient deficiency through best practices and biofortified foods They spoke in Ibadan on Tuesday at the Agribusiness Innovation Clinic organized by the Alliance for Improved Nutrition GAIN Commenting Prof Ibiyemi Olayiwola Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta said the event was timely due to the food insecurity and nutrition situation in the country Olayiwola said the country needs to expand because insecurity is causing poor food intake and nutritional insecurity is causing poor quality of life According to her people are not living very well and the labor force is affected women are affected and babies are not growing as they should Less than 20 percent of children in Nigeria do not have an adequate diet because mothers cannot diversify from five food groups and the child is not being given adequate micronutrient food he said However Olayiwola called for collaborative efforts to address the looming challenge of food and nutrition insecurity as it has ripple effects in all aspects of life In his remarks Mr Niyi Adebisi Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development said that a nation that cannot make nutritious food available accessible and affordable to its citizens throughout the year could be spending more in care management than could be avoided Adebisi said That money can be invested in another profitable company It is a source of joy for me to note that GAIN trained more than 500 farmers processors and aggregators and trained them such as cassava cuttings with vitamin A OFSP orange flesh sweet potato vines organic and foliar fertilizers Herbicides to 110 farmers in the four selected local government areas Afijio Ido Oyo West and Iseyin in Oyo State in the last two months to strengthen nutrition in priority staple foods This will increase the consumption of nutritious foods their families and the entire population and also the use of nutritious varieties of target staple foods in processed foods Also Ms Mercy Olorunfemi Project Manager under the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Commodities SNIPS Project told Nigerian News Agency on the sidelines that the rationale behind the event was to look at the agriculture through the lens of nutrition Micronutrient deficiency is a problem Many people did not have the proper nutrient to function as they should Women lactating mothers and children are at risk of this deficiency and that is why we are implementing this project because we are strengthening nutrition in the priority stable foods that we consume said Olorunfemi In addition Mr Isaac Faniyi from the Agriculture Bank said that the event was to let all stakeholders know that food and nutrition security issues were a joint responsibility Faniyi said It must be a bottom up approach as everyone must be involved government private sector and individuals Also Ms Atinuke Lebile CEO of Cato Foods said that from home the emphasis should be on nutritious food Lebile stressed the need to educate parents and farmers on the best ways to farm because excess herbicides and pesticides would also affect what is grown The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition GAIN is implementing the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Commodities SNIPS Project in Nigeria in partnership with GIZ and the Green Innovation Center for the Agricultural and Food Sector in Nigeria edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek solutions to food insecurity, micronutrient deficiency
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    Stakeholders seek solutions to food insecurity, micronutrient deficiency

    Stakeholders in the agricultural sector seek solutions and collaborations of all to solve the challenges of food insecurity and micronutrient deficiency through best practices and biofortified foods.

    They spoke in Ibadan on Tuesday at the Agribusiness Innovation Clinic organized by the Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

    Commenting, Prof. Ibiyemi Olayiwola, Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, said the event was timely due to the food insecurity and nutrition situation in the country.

    Olayiwola said the country needs to expand because "insecurity is causing poor food intake and nutritional insecurity is causing poor quality of life."

    According to her, people are not living very well and the labor force is affected; women are affected and babies are not growing as they should.

    “Less than 20 percent of children in Nigeria do not have an adequate diet, because mothers cannot diversify from five food groups and the child is not being given adequate micronutrient food,” he said.

    However, Olayiwola called for collaborative efforts to address the looming challenge of food and nutrition insecurity, as it has ripple effects in all aspects of life.

    In his remarks, Mr. Niyi Adebisi, Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said that a nation that cannot make nutritious food available, accessible and affordable to its citizens throughout the year, could be spending more in care management than could be avoided. .

    Adebisi said: “That money can be invested in another profitable company.

    “It is a source of joy for me to note that GAIN trained more than 500 (farmers, processors and aggregators) and trained them, such as cassava cuttings with vitamin A, OFSP (orange flesh sweet potato) vines, organic and foliar fertilizers.

    “Herbicides to 110 farmers in the four selected local government areas: Afijio, Ido, Oyo West and Iseyin in Oyo State in the last two months to strengthen nutrition in priority staple foods.

    “This will increase the consumption of nutritious foods, their families and the entire population and also the use of nutritious varieties of target staple foods in processed foods.”

    Also, Ms. Mercy Olorunfemi, Project Manager, under the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Commodities (SNIPS) Project, told Nigerian News Agency on the sidelines that the rationale behind the event was to look at the agriculture through the lens of nutrition.

    “Micronutrient deficiency is a problem. Many people did not have the proper nutrient to function as they should.

    “Women, lactating mothers and children are at risk of this deficiency and that is why we are implementing this project, because we are strengthening nutrition in the priority stable foods that we consume,” said Olorunfemi.

    In addition, Mr. Isaac Faniyi from the Agriculture Bank, said that the event was to let all stakeholders know that food and nutrition security issues were a joint responsibility.

    Faniyi said: “It must be a bottom-up approach as everyone must be involved; government, private sector and individuals.

    Also, Ms. Atinuke Lebile, CEO of Cato Foods, said that from home, the emphasis should be on nutritious food.

    Lebile stressed the need to educate parents and farmers on the best ways to farm, because excess herbicides and pesticides would also affect what is grown.

    The Nigerian News Agency, reports that the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is implementing the Strengthening Nutrition in Priority Commodities (SNIPS) Project in Nigeria in partnership with GIZ and the Green Innovation Center for the Agricultural and Food Sector in Nigeria.

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    Source Credit: NAN

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