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  •  The Nigeria Immigration Service NIS has warned the general public and eligible applicants not to pay anyone to get recruitment into the service NIS in a statement said the recruitment process is free and selection is based on merit Immigration recently opened its portal for the 2023 recruitment of interested applicants across the country into the civil defence correctional fire and immigration services board departments The government agency said that it does not take part in any form of cash transaction during the recruitment process NIS urged the public and applicants to report any of its personnel caught collecting money to the police or any relevant anti corruption agency Anyone officers or otherwise requesting monies be paid cash or transfer to him her them with assurance that slots have been provided to him her them guarteenting employment into the services should be immediately reported to the police or any relevant anti corruption agency Recruitment into the services is purely based on merit Meanwhile the application for recruitment into Immigration to fill vacancies began on Monday January 16 2023 and will end on Monday January 30 two weeks after The positions are Superintendent Of Immigration SI CONPASS 11 Medical Doctors Deputy Superintendent Of Immigration DSI CONPASS 10 Pharmacists Assistant Superintendent Of Immigration II ASI II CONPASS 08 Others are Inspector Of Immigration II CONPASS 07 Nursing Assistant Inspector Of Immigration All General Duty CONPASS 06 The rest include Immigration Assistant III IA III CONPASS 03 General Duty Immigration Assistant III IA III CONPASS 03 Artisans Motor Driver Mechanic NIS said pplicants must be Nigerians by birth have National Identity Number NIN have requisite qualifications and certificates be fit and present certificates of medical fitness from government recognized hospitals The applicants must be of good character and must not have been convicted of any criminal offence they will be required to undergo drug test and the applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years with the exception of Doctors and Pharmacists who must not be more than 35 Years Height must not be less than 1 65m for male and 1 60m for female Applicants chest measurement must not be less than 0 87 for men Computer literacy is an added advantage Any certificate or qualification not declared and accepted during documentation will not be accepted after the recruitment The recruitment exam mode shall be Computer Based Test CBT for shortlisted candidates and appropriate time and date shall be communicated by the NIS Source Credit https editor guardian ng news immigration recruitment is free based on merit says nis
    Immigration recruitment is free, based on merit, says NIS
     The Nigeria Immigration Service NIS has warned the general public and eligible applicants not to pay anyone to get recruitment into the service NIS in a statement said the recruitment process is free and selection is based on merit Immigration recently opened its portal for the 2023 recruitment of interested applicants across the country into the civil defence correctional fire and immigration services board departments The government agency said that it does not take part in any form of cash transaction during the recruitment process NIS urged the public and applicants to report any of its personnel caught collecting money to the police or any relevant anti corruption agency Anyone officers or otherwise requesting monies be paid cash or transfer to him her them with assurance that slots have been provided to him her them guarteenting employment into the services should be immediately reported to the police or any relevant anti corruption agency Recruitment into the services is purely based on merit Meanwhile the application for recruitment into Immigration to fill vacancies began on Monday January 16 2023 and will end on Monday January 30 two weeks after The positions are Superintendent Of Immigration SI CONPASS 11 Medical Doctors Deputy Superintendent Of Immigration DSI CONPASS 10 Pharmacists Assistant Superintendent Of Immigration II ASI II CONPASS 08 Others are Inspector Of Immigration II CONPASS 07 Nursing Assistant Inspector Of Immigration All General Duty CONPASS 06 The rest include Immigration Assistant III IA III CONPASS 03 General Duty Immigration Assistant III IA III CONPASS 03 Artisans Motor Driver Mechanic NIS said pplicants must be Nigerians by birth have National Identity Number NIN have requisite qualifications and certificates be fit and present certificates of medical fitness from government recognized hospitals The applicants must be of good character and must not have been convicted of any criminal offence they will be required to undergo drug test and the applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years with the exception of Doctors and Pharmacists who must not be more than 35 Years Height must not be less than 1 65m for male and 1 60m for female Applicants chest measurement must not be less than 0 87 for men Computer literacy is an added advantage Any certificate or qualification not declared and accepted during documentation will not be accepted after the recruitment The recruitment exam mode shall be Computer Based Test CBT for shortlisted candidates and appropriate time and date shall be communicated by the NIS Source Credit https editor guardian ng news immigration recruitment is free based on merit says nis
    Immigration recruitment is free, based on merit, says NIS
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    Immigration recruitment is free, based on merit, says NIS

    The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has warned the general public and eligible applicants not to pay anyone to get recruitment into the service.

    NIS in a statement said the recruitment process is free and selection is based on merit.

    Immigration recently opened its portal for the 2023 recruitment of interested applicants across the country into the civil defence, correctional, fire, and immigration services board departments.

    The government agency said that it does not take part in any form of cash transaction during the recruitment process.

    NIS urged the public and applicants to report any of its personnel caught collecting money to the police or any relevant anti-corruption agency.

    “Anyone, officers or otherwise, requesting monies be paid – cash or transfer, to him/her/them, with assurance that slots have been provided to him/her/them guarteenting employment into the services should be immediately reported to the police or any relevant anti-corruption agency. Recruitment into the services is purely based on merit.

    Meanwhile, the application for recruitment into Immigration to fill vacancies began on Monday, January 16, 2023, and will end on Monday, January 30, two weeks after.

    The positions are Superintendent Of Immigration (SI) CONPASS 11 (Medical Doctors), Deputy Superintendent Of Immigration (DSI) CONPASS 10 (Pharmacists), Assistant Superintendent Of Immigration II (ASI II) CONPASS 08.

    Others are Inspector Of Immigration (II) CONPASS 07 (Nursing), Assistant Inspector Of Immigration (All), General Duty, CONPASS 06.

    The rest include Immigration Assistant III (IA III) CONPASS 03 General Duty, Immigration Assistant III (IA III) CONPASS 03 Artisans (Motor Driver, Mechanic).

    NIS said pplicants must be Nigerians by birth; have National Identity Number (NIN); have requisite qualifications and certificates; be fit and present certificates of medical fitness from government-recognized hospitals.

    The applicants must be of good character and must not have been convicted of any criminal offence; they will be required to undergo drug test and the applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years with the exception of Doctors and Pharmacists, who must not be more than 35 Years; Height must not be less than 1.65m for male and 1.60m for female.

    Applicants’ chest measurement must not be less than 0.87 for men; Computer literacy is an added advantage; Any certificate or qualification not declared and accepted during documentation will not be accepted after the recruitment.

    The recruitment exam mode shall be Computer Based Test (CBT) for shortlisted candidates and appropriate time and date shall be communicated by the NIS.

    Source Credit: https://editor.guardian.ng/news/immigration-recruitment-is-free-based-on-merit-says-nis/

  •  A password will be e mailed to you Voice of Nigeria The authentic choiceThe 36 State Governors in Nigeria have invited the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr Godwin Emiefele for a virtual meeting on Thursday over issues related to the new naira notes introduced by the apex bank The Head Media and Public Affairs Nigeria Governors Forum NFG Secretariat Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo made this known in a statement on Tuesday Bello Barkindo said that the meeting according to the invitation issued to Emiefele by the Chairman of NGF Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State would commence at 9 pm local time Issuing the invitation the Nigeria Governors Forum Director General Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru said the agenda is on the recent CBN policy of redesigning the Naira Notes Bello Barkindo said The CBN announced the initial decision of the Apex Bank to redesign the Naira note on October 26 2022 while it also set January 31 2023 as the deadline for the old note to serve as legal tender Bello Barkindo said that the virtual meeting agenda is titled The Economic and Security implications of naira redesign and withdrawal policy The discussion promises to foster participation and dialogue between various stakeholders including governments and civil society organisations to come out with a solution to the lingering issue he added Benue State Assembly Approves Governor s Loan Requests Directorate Disburses N85m Empowerment Facility To Beneficiaries Lagos Airport Customs Command generates N69bn in 2022 Nigerian equities rebound with 0 8 on key index FEATURED NEWS President Identifies Education As Means To Religious Harmony In Nigeria Nigerian Defence Urges Media For More Professionalism BBHS Anniversary VP Osinbajo Calls For Ethical Revolution VP Osinbajo Urges African Youths To Learn From History Latest News Oyo Governor Promises To Bequeath Legacy Of Good Ethiopia s Supreme Court leader resigns President Identifies Education As Means To Religious A password will be e mailed to you Source Credit https von gov ng governors invite cbn governor over new naira notes
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     A password will be e mailed to you Voice of Nigeria The authentic choiceThe 36 State Governors in Nigeria have invited the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN Mr Godwin Emiefele for a virtual meeting on Thursday over issues related to the new naira notes introduced by the apex bank The Head Media and Public Affairs Nigeria Governors Forum NFG Secretariat Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo made this known in a statement on Tuesday Bello Barkindo said that the meeting according to the invitation issued to Emiefele by the Chairman of NGF Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State would commence at 9 pm local time Issuing the invitation the Nigeria Governors Forum Director General Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru said the agenda is on the recent CBN policy of redesigning the Naira Notes Bello Barkindo said The CBN announced the initial decision of the Apex Bank to redesign the Naira note on October 26 2022 while it also set January 31 2023 as the deadline for the old note to serve as legal tender Bello Barkindo said that the virtual meeting agenda is titled The Economic and Security implications of naira redesign and withdrawal policy The discussion promises to foster participation and dialogue between various stakeholders including governments and civil society organisations to come out with a solution to the lingering issue he added Benue State Assembly Approves Governor s Loan Requests Directorate Disburses N85m Empowerment Facility To Beneficiaries Lagos Airport Customs Command generates N69bn in 2022 Nigerian equities rebound with 0 8 on key index FEATURED NEWS President Identifies Education As Means To Religious Harmony In Nigeria Nigerian Defence Urges Media For More Professionalism BBHS Anniversary VP Osinbajo Calls For Ethical Revolution VP Osinbajo Urges African Youths To Learn From History Latest News Oyo Governor Promises To Bequeath Legacy Of Good Ethiopia s Supreme Court leader resigns President Identifies Education As Means To Religious A password will be e mailed to you Source Credit https von gov ng governors invite cbn governor over new naira notes
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    The 36 State Governors in Nigeria have invited the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr Godwin Emiefele, for a virtual meeting on Thursday over issues related to the new naira notes introduced by the apex bank.

    The Head, Media and Public Affairs, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NFG Secretariat, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, made this known in a statement on Tuesday.

    Bello-Barkindo said that the meeting, according to the invitation issued to Emiefele by the Chairman of NGF, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, would commence at 9 pm local time.

    “Issuing the invitation, the Nigeria Governors Forum Director General, Mr Asishana Bayo Okauru, said the agenda is on the recent CBN policy of redesigning the Naira Notes,” Bello-Barkindo said.

    The CBN announced the initial decision of the Apex Bank to redesign the Naira note on October 26, 2022, while it also set January 31, 2023, as the deadline for the old note to serve as legal tender.

    Bello-Barkindo said that the virtual meeting agenda is titled “ The Economic and Security implications of naira redesign and withdrawal policy.

    “The discussion promises to foster participation and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments and civil society organisations to come out with a solution to the lingering issue,” he added.

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  •  Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to captain a Saudi All Star XI with Al Nassr and Al Hilal players as he makes his debut in the Middle East Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to make his debut for Al Nassr due to a two match ban he received while playing for Manchester United The Portuguese forward received the ban after an investigation concluded into a video where Ronaldo was filmed knocking a phone out of the hand of a young fan last season Due to FIFA rules this ban carried over to his new club However even though Ronaldo has not made his debut for Al Nassr or played in the Saudi Pro League yet he will be bestowed an honour this week Lionel Messi s Paris Saint Germain side are on a mid season tour of Saudi Arabia this month as the team looks to get fit again during the winter break They will face a Saudi Arabia All Star side on Thursday 19th and Ronaldo will captain the side despite only just arriving in the country Of course the forward s name precedes him and it shows that Saudi Arabia want to position the player as the face of the league The match will be shown on the beIN Sports network However those who are not subscribed or not able to will be able to watch it on social media as PSG will stream the fixture there as well as on their own video platform PSG TV The rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo is legendary with their clash in El Classicos drawing hoards of viewers from around the world during the late 2000s and the early 2010s However this will the first time that Messi and Ronaldo have faced each other since Juventus played Barcelona in the Champions League group stages in December 2020 Juventus came out 3 0 victors on the night with Ronaldo scoring two penalties Ronaldo will be hoping for a repeat result on Thursday The 37 year old will be joined by Salem Al Dawsari who scored the winning goal in Saudi Arabia s 2 1 victory over Argentina in the World Cup becoming the only team to beat the eventual World Champions Source Credit https www manchestereveningnews co uk sport football football news al nassr psg messi ronaldo 25997014
    PSG vs Saudi All-Star XI details for Ronaldo vs Messi reunion match
     Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to captain a Saudi All Star XI with Al Nassr and Al Hilal players as he makes his debut in the Middle East Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to make his debut for Al Nassr due to a two match ban he received while playing for Manchester United The Portuguese forward received the ban after an investigation concluded into a video where Ronaldo was filmed knocking a phone out of the hand of a young fan last season Due to FIFA rules this ban carried over to his new club However even though Ronaldo has not made his debut for Al Nassr or played in the Saudi Pro League yet he will be bestowed an honour this week Lionel Messi s Paris Saint Germain side are on a mid season tour of Saudi Arabia this month as the team looks to get fit again during the winter break They will face a Saudi Arabia All Star side on Thursday 19th and Ronaldo will captain the side despite only just arriving in the country Of course the forward s name precedes him and it shows that Saudi Arabia want to position the player as the face of the league The match will be shown on the beIN Sports network However those who are not subscribed or not able to will be able to watch it on social media as PSG will stream the fixture there as well as on their own video platform PSG TV The rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo is legendary with their clash in El Classicos drawing hoards of viewers from around the world during the late 2000s and the early 2010s However this will the first time that Messi and Ronaldo have faced each other since Juventus played Barcelona in the Champions League group stages in December 2020 Juventus came out 3 0 victors on the night with Ronaldo scoring two penalties Ronaldo will be hoping for a repeat result on Thursday The 37 year old will be joined by Salem Al Dawsari who scored the winning goal in Saudi Arabia s 2 1 victory over Argentina in the World Cup becoming the only team to beat the eventual World Champions Source Credit https www manchestereveningnews co uk sport football football news al nassr psg messi ronaldo 25997014
    PSG vs Saudi All-Star XI details for Ronaldo vs Messi reunion match
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    PSG vs Saudi All-Star XI details for Ronaldo vs Messi reunion match

    Former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to captain a Saudi All-Star XI with Al Nassr and Al Hilal players as he makes his debut in the Middle East.

    Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to make his debut for Al-Nassr due to a two-match ban he received while playing for Manchester United.

    The Portuguese forward received the ban after an investigation concluded into a video where Ronaldo was filmed knocking a phone out of the hand of a young fan last season. Due to FIFA rules, this ban carried over to his new club.

    However even though Ronaldo has not made his debut for Al-Nassr or played in the Saudi Pro League yet, he will be bestowed an honour this week.

    Lionel Messi's Paris Saint-Germain side are on a mid-season tour of Saudi Arabia this month as the team looks to get fit again during the winter break.

    They will face a Saudi Arabia All-Star side on Thursday 19th and Ronaldo will captain the side, despite only just arriving in the country. Of course, the forward's name precedes him and it shows that Saudi Arabia want to position the player as the face of the league.

    The match will be shown on the beIN Sports network. However those who are not subscribed or not able to will be able to watch it on social media, as PSG will stream the fixture there as well as on their own video platform, PSG TV.

    The rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo is legendary, with their clash in El Classicos drawing hoards of viewers from around the world during the late 2000s and the early 2010s.

    However, this will the first time that Messi and Ronaldo have faced each other since Juventus played Barcelona in the Champions League group stages in December 2020. Juventus came out 3-0 victors on the night with Ronaldo scoring two penalties.

    Ronaldo will be hoping for a repeat result on Thursday. The 37-year-old will be joined by Salem Al-Dawsari, who scored the winning goal in Saudi Arabia's 2-1 victory over Argentina in the World Cup, becoming the only team to beat the eventual World Champions.

    Source Credit: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/al-nassr-psg-messi-ronaldo-25997014

  •  Paul Ibe media adviser to Atiku Abubakar standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has tackled Oby Ezekwesili former minister of education over her comment on social media In a tweet on Monday Abubakar said as the head of the economic management team during his tenure as vice president he played a key role in developing strategies to revive the private sector Abubakar was vice president between 1999 and 2007 As head of the economic management team while I was Vice President I was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and advocated for the opening of the economy for private sector investments in several sectors And we made tremendous progress the tweet reads Commenting on the tweet Ezekwesili cautioned Abubakar against misleading the public saying the former vice president was not the head of the economic management team Dear former Vice President Atiku please ask the handlers of your Twitter account to stop misleading the public You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team the tweet reads This absurd Lie do you no good at all Please ask your Team to stop it Happy New Year Wish you well Dear former Vice President Atiku please ask the handlers of your Twitter account to stop misleading the public You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team But reacting to the comment Ibe said Abubakar was chairperson of the national economic council and head of the economic management team Dear Oby Ezekwesili I know it s political season and people resort to all sorts of antics in support of their preferred candidates But some things should be considered too low he wrote It is established history that Atiku Abubakar as Chairman National Economic Council headed the nation s Economic Management Team between 1999 2007 during which Nigeria had some of her best economic growth This matter is a constitutional provision and you will do well either to bury your ignorance or advertise your apparent mischief Enjoy the rest of your day but not in a bliss of ignorance madam The Economic Management Team EMT is a group of professionals who oversee a nation s finances resources income and expenditure as well as provide the president with economic policy advice Currently Nigeria s EMT is being chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with ministers of finance national planning industry trade and investment agriculture information and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN among others as members The 1999 constitution stipulates that the vice president shall chair the national economic council which has state governors and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as members According to the constitution the council has the power to advise the president about the economic affairs of the federation and measures necessary for the coordination of the economic planning efforts or economic programmes of the various governments of the federation From what has been explained above it can be concluded that the national economic council and economic management team are not the same based on their composition Checks by TheCable shows that Ngozi Okonjo Iweala the current director general of the World Trade Organisation WTO was the head of the economic management team during the Olusegun Obasanjo s administration when Abubakar was vice president Commenting on the matter Oluseun Onigbinde founder and lead director BudgIT said while the vice president chairs the national economic council he also leads other institutions The VP chairs the National Economic Council a constitutional role He She also leads other institutions Just putting out the information It is the captive power at the states where institutions are weak that has made Governors more powerful than they should be he wrote The VP chairs the National Economic Council a constitutional role He She also leads other institutions Just putting out the information It is the captive power at the states where institutions are weak that has made Governors more powerful than they should be Also speaking on the development Tope Fasua an economist said Ezekwesili may have made the comment based on her knowledge as a member of the then administration I think what Dr Ezekwesili is exploring is whether President Obasanjo gave full leeway for his Vice Atiku to act I believe that Atiku played his role at least in the first half of their administration before their relationship soured he told TheCable He may not have controlled the central bank or ministry of finance but commanded some respect in economic circles and must have called a few meetings of the committee that he heads constitutionally The second four years was a total shift as their rift deepened and Obasanjo removed most of the duties Source Credit https www thecable ng absurd lie pettiness ezekwesili paul ibe clash over atikus tweet on heading economic team
    ‘Absurd lie’
     Paul Ibe media adviser to Atiku Abubakar standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has tackled Oby Ezekwesili former minister of education over her comment on social media In a tweet on Monday Abubakar said as the head of the economic management team during his tenure as vice president he played a key role in developing strategies to revive the private sector Abubakar was vice president between 1999 and 2007 As head of the economic management team while I was Vice President I was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and advocated for the opening of the economy for private sector investments in several sectors And we made tremendous progress the tweet reads Commenting on the tweet Ezekwesili cautioned Abubakar against misleading the public saying the former vice president was not the head of the economic management team Dear former Vice President Atiku please ask the handlers of your Twitter account to stop misleading the public You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team the tweet reads This absurd Lie do you no good at all Please ask your Team to stop it Happy New Year Wish you well Dear former Vice President Atiku please ask the handlers of your Twitter account to stop misleading the public You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team But reacting to the comment Ibe said Abubakar was chairperson of the national economic council and head of the economic management team Dear Oby Ezekwesili I know it s political season and people resort to all sorts of antics in support of their preferred candidates But some things should be considered too low he wrote It is established history that Atiku Abubakar as Chairman National Economic Council headed the nation s Economic Management Team between 1999 2007 during which Nigeria had some of her best economic growth This matter is a constitutional provision and you will do well either to bury your ignorance or advertise your apparent mischief Enjoy the rest of your day but not in a bliss of ignorance madam The Economic Management Team EMT is a group of professionals who oversee a nation s finances resources income and expenditure as well as provide the president with economic policy advice Currently Nigeria s EMT is being chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with ministers of finance national planning industry trade and investment agriculture information and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN among others as members The 1999 constitution stipulates that the vice president shall chair the national economic council which has state governors and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as members According to the constitution the council has the power to advise the president about the economic affairs of the federation and measures necessary for the coordination of the economic planning efforts or economic programmes of the various governments of the federation From what has been explained above it can be concluded that the national economic council and economic management team are not the same based on their composition Checks by TheCable shows that Ngozi Okonjo Iweala the current director general of the World Trade Organisation WTO was the head of the economic management team during the Olusegun Obasanjo s administration when Abubakar was vice president Commenting on the matter Oluseun Onigbinde founder and lead director BudgIT said while the vice president chairs the national economic council he also leads other institutions The VP chairs the National Economic Council a constitutional role He She also leads other institutions Just putting out the information It is the captive power at the states where institutions are weak that has made Governors more powerful than they should be he wrote The VP chairs the National Economic Council a constitutional role He She also leads other institutions Just putting out the information It is the captive power at the states where institutions are weak that has made Governors more powerful than they should be Also speaking on the development Tope Fasua an economist said Ezekwesili may have made the comment based on her knowledge as a member of the then administration I think what Dr Ezekwesili is exploring is whether President Obasanjo gave full leeway for his Vice Atiku to act I believe that Atiku played his role at least in the first half of their administration before their relationship soured he told TheCable He may not have controlled the central bank or ministry of finance but commanded some respect in economic circles and must have called a few meetings of the committee that he heads constitutionally The second four years was a total shift as their rift deepened and Obasanjo removed most of the duties Source Credit https www thecable ng absurd lie pettiness ezekwesili paul ibe clash over atikus tweet on heading economic team
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    Paul Ibe, media adviser to Atiku Abubakar, standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has tackled Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, over her comment on social media.

    In a tweet on Monday, Abubakar said as the head of the economic management team during his tenure as vice-president, he played a key role in developing strategies to revive the private sector.

    Abubakar was vice-president between 1999 and 2007.

    “As head of the economic management team, while I was Vice President, I was instrumental in designing a private sector revival strategy and advocated for the opening of the economy for private sector investments in several sectors. And we made tremendous progress,” the tweet reads.

    Commenting on the tweet, Ezekwesili cautioned Abubakar against “misleading” the public, saying the former vice-president was not the head of the economic management team.

    “Dear former Vice President Atiku, please ask the handlers of your Twitter account to stop misleading the public. You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team,” the tweet reads.

    “This absurd Lie do you no good at all. Please ask your Team to stop it.  Happy New Year. Wish you well.

    Dear former Vice President Atiku, please ask the handlers of your @Twitter account to stop misleading the public. You were never the Head of the Economic Management Team.

    But reacting to the comment, Ibe said Abubakar was chairperson of the national economic council and head of the economic management team.

    “Dear Oby Ezekwesili, I know it’s political season and people resort to all sorts of antics in support of their preferred candidates. But some things should be considered too low,” he wrote.

    “It is established history that Atiku Abubakar as Chairman, National Economic Council, headed the nation’s Economic Management Team between 1999-2007, during which Nigeria had some of her best economic growth.

    “This matter is a constitutional provision and you will do well either to bury your ignorance or advertise your apparent mischief. Enjoy the rest of your day but not in a bliss of ignorance, madam.

    The Economic Management Team (EMT) is a group of professionals who oversee a nation’s finances, resources, income, and expenditure as well as provide the president with economic policy advice.

    Currently, Nigeria’s EMT is being chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo with ministers of finance, national planning, industry, trade and investment, agriculture, information, and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), among others, as members.

    The 1999 constitution stipulates that the vice-president shall chair the national economic council which has state governors and the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as members.

    According to the constitution, the council has the power to advise the president about the economic affairs of the federation and measures necessary for the coordination of the economic planning efforts or economic programmes of the various governments of the federation.

    From what has been explained above, it can be concluded that the national economic council and economic management team are not the same based on their composition.

    Checks by TheCable shows that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the current director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), was the head of the economic management team during the Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration when Abubakar was vice-president.

    Commenting on the matter, Oluseun Onigbinde, founder and lead director, BudgIT, said while the vice-president chairs the national economic council, he also leads other institutions.

    “The VP chairs the National Economic Council, a constitutional role. He/She also leads other institutions. Just putting out the information. It is the captive power at the states where institutions are weak that has made Governors more powerful than they should be,” he wrote.

    The VP chairs the National Economic Council, a constitutional role. He/She also leads other institutions. Just putting out the information.

    It is the captive power at the states where institutions are weak that has made Governors more powerful than they should be.

    Also speaking on the development, Tope Fasua, an economist, said Ezekwesili may have made the comment based on her knowledge as a member of the then administration.

    “I think what Dr Ezekwesili is exploring is whether President Obasanjo gave full leeway for his Vice, Atiku, to act. I believe that Atiku played his role at least in the first half of their administration before their relationship soured,” he told TheCable.

    “He may not have controlled the central bank or ministry of finance, but commanded some respect in economic circles and must have called a few meetings of the committee that he heads constitutionally.

    “The second four years was a total shift as their rift deepened and Obasanjo removed most of the duties.

    Source Credit: https://www.thecable.ng/absurd-lie-pettiness-ezekwesili-paul-ibe-clash-over-atikus-tweet-on-heading-economic-team

  •  Iggy Azalea might ve lied about never joining OnlyFans but she says she s keeping it all the way real when it comes to the numbers her surprise subscription is putting up The Fancy rapper debunked some widespread reports her new OF account earned 307 000 Tuesday after its first 24 hours in existence Iggy says the staggering figures were pulled from thin air but she s still hyping the new account which she calls the start of her slut era promising hotter than hell content leaving the door open for her music career Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media We spoke to Tory shortly before his trial for shooting Megan Thee Stallion which as you know he eventually lost but he was genuinely excited about working with Iggy claiming to have been working on a new classic like her famed IG handle Source Credit https www tmz com 2023 01 17 iggy azalea onlyfans earnings hotter content tory lanez new album
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     Iggy Azalea might ve lied about never joining OnlyFans but she says she s keeping it all the way real when it comes to the numbers her surprise subscription is putting up The Fancy rapper debunked some widespread reports her new OF account earned 307 000 Tuesday after its first 24 hours in existence Iggy says the staggering figures were pulled from thin air but she s still hyping the new account which she calls the start of her slut era promising hotter than hell content leaving the door open for her music career Waiting for your permission to load the Instagram Media We spoke to Tory shortly before his trial for shooting Megan Thee Stallion which as you know he eventually lost but he was genuinely excited about working with Iggy claiming to have been working on a new classic like her famed IG handle Source Credit https www tmz com 2023 01 17 iggy azalea onlyfans earnings hotter content tory lanez new album
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    Iggy Azalea Says First Day OnlyFans Numbers Report is False

    Iggy Azalea might've lied about never joining OnlyFans, but she says she's keeping it all the way real when it comes to the numbers her surprise subscription is putting up.

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  •  Arsenal are unlikely to sign France winger Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen this transfer window sources have told 90min The Gunners are looking to add another forward to their ranks this window though have already missed out on the signing of top target Mykhaylo Mudryk to London rivals Chelsea They have recently been linked with a move for Diaby though 90min understands that such a transfer is currently unlikely While sources close to Arsenal insist the club were first approached by the 23 year old s representatives the player s camp believe the opposite to be true Nevertheless both parties do not believe that a deal will be thrashed out this window Another major stumbling block is that Bayer Leverkusen s asking price for Diaby is thought to be higher than the 100m total package which Chelsea paid for Mudryk Bayer Leverkusen are also desperate to rise up the Bundesliga table in the second half of the season and qualify for the Champions League once again they re currently nine points adrift but went into the winter break off the back of three straight wins Xabi Alonso s side are too gearing up for the knockout stages of the Europa League beginning with a two legged play off tie against Monaco 90min understands that Diaby remains a long term target of Newcastle United who have more recently identified Chelsea s Hakim Ziyech as a potential forward option Mykhaylo Mudryk is undergoing a medical ahead of his 100m move to Chelsea Chelsea have confirmed that they are nearing the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has insisted that it was an outside visual impression that Mykhaylo Mudryk was close to joining Arsenal prior to signing for Chelsea Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been asked about the club s failed pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk for the first time Source Credit https www 90min com posts why arsenal are unlikely to sign moussa diaby
    Why Arsenal are unlikely to sign Moussa Diaby
     Arsenal are unlikely to sign France winger Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen this transfer window sources have told 90min The Gunners are looking to add another forward to their ranks this window though have already missed out on the signing of top target Mykhaylo Mudryk to London rivals Chelsea They have recently been linked with a move for Diaby though 90min understands that such a transfer is currently unlikely While sources close to Arsenal insist the club were first approached by the 23 year old s representatives the player s camp believe the opposite to be true Nevertheless both parties do not believe that a deal will be thrashed out this window Another major stumbling block is that Bayer Leverkusen s asking price for Diaby is thought to be higher than the 100m total package which Chelsea paid for Mudryk Bayer Leverkusen are also desperate to rise up the Bundesliga table in the second half of the season and qualify for the Champions League once again they re currently nine points adrift but went into the winter break off the back of three straight wins Xabi Alonso s side are too gearing up for the knockout stages of the Europa League beginning with a two legged play off tie against Monaco 90min understands that Diaby remains a long term target of Newcastle United who have more recently identified Chelsea s Hakim Ziyech as a potential forward option Mykhaylo Mudryk is undergoing a medical ahead of his 100m move to Chelsea Chelsea have confirmed that they are nearing the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has insisted that it was an outside visual impression that Mykhaylo Mudryk was close to joining Arsenal prior to signing for Chelsea Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been asked about the club s failed pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk for the first time Source Credit https www 90min com posts why arsenal are unlikely to sign moussa diaby
    Why Arsenal are unlikely to sign Moussa Diaby
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    Why Arsenal are unlikely to sign Moussa Diaby

    Arsenal are unlikely to sign France winger Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen this transfer window, sources have told 90min.

    The Gunners are looking to add another forward to their ranks this window, though have already missed out on the signing of top target Mykhaylo Mudryk to London rivals Chelsea.

    They have recently been linked with a move for Diaby, though 90min understands that such a transfer is currently unlikely.

    While sources close to Arsenal insist the club were first approached by the 23-year-old's representatives, the player's camp believe the opposite to be true. Nevertheless, both parties do not believe that a deal will be thrashed out this window.

    Another major stumbling block is that Bayer Leverkusen's asking price for Diaby is thought to be higher than the €100m total package which Chelsea paid for Mudryk.

    Bayer Leverkusen are also desperate to rise up the Bundesliga table in the second half of the season and qualify for the Champions League once again - they're currently nine points adrift but went into the winter break off the back of three straight wins. Xabi Alonso's side are too gearing up for the knockout stages of the Europa League, beginning with a two-legged play-off tie against Monaco.

    90min understands that Diaby remains a long-term target of Newcastle United, who have more recently identified Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech as a potential forward option.

    Mykhaylo Mudryk is undergoing a medical ahead of his €100m move to Chelsea.

    Chelsea have confirmed that they are nearing the signing of Mykhaylo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin has insisted that it was an 'outside visual impression' that Mykhaylo Mudryk was close to joining Arsenal prior to signing for Chelsea.

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been asked about the club's failed pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk for the first time.

    Source Credit: https://www.90min.com/posts/why-arsenal-are-unlikely-to-sign-moussa-diaby

  •  News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media news education and information services Manchester United will look to continue their incredible form when they travel to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website click HERE for the live stream You can also listen via the talkSPORT app on DAB digital radio through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM New signing Weghorst believes he has some unfinished business in the Premier League For me it was not done he said It was not finished It didn t work out the first time as I hoped and I m really hungry to show myself to help the team I ll try to be a part of the successful way we are going Source Credit https talksport com football 1305374 crystal palace vs manchester united live commentary stream kick off time team news premier league rashford weghorst
    Crystal Palace vs Man United LIVE: In-form Rashford aims to close in on record
     News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media news education and information services Manchester United will look to continue their incredible form when they travel to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website click HERE for the live stream You can also listen via the talkSPORT app on DAB digital radio through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM New signing Weghorst believes he has some unfinished business in the Premier League For me it was not done he said It was not finished It didn t work out the first time as I hoped and I m really hungry to show myself to help the team I ll try to be a part of the successful way we are going Source Credit https talksport com football 1305374 crystal palace vs manchester united live commentary stream kick off time team news premier league rashford weghorst
    Crystal Palace vs Man United LIVE: In-form Rashford aims to close in on record
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    Crystal Palace vs Man United LIVE: In-form Rashford aims to close in on record

    News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

    Manchester United will look to continue their incredible form when they travel to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

    You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    New signing Weghorst believes he has some unfinished business in the Premier League.

    “For me, it was not done,” he said. “It was not finished. It didn’t work out the first time as I hoped and I’m really hungry to show myself, to help the team.

    “I’ll try to be a part of the successful way we are going.

    Source Credit: https://talksport.com/football/1305374/crystal-palace-vs-manchester-united-live-commentary-stream-kick-off-time-team-news-premier-league-rashford-weghorst/

  •  Manchester United will look to continue their outstanding run of form when they face Crystal Palace in the Premier League Erik ten Hag s side came from behind to beat Manchester City on Saturday and now find themselves going for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions The Red Devils will go second in the table if they can find a way to win in south London Palace come into it in completely different form Patrick Vieira has seen his side lose five of their last six games in all competitions as well exiting the Carabao Cup on penalties after drawing with Newcastle They are not in immediate danger of relegation but will be if this form continues Joachim Andersen is nursing a calf injury after coming off against Chelsea and is a doubt leaving James Tomkins to potentially come in as a stand in James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are making progress but are still not ready to return Crystal Palace predicted lineup 4 2 3 1 Guaita Clyne Tomkins Guehi MItchell Doucoure Schlupp Olise Eze Zaha Ayew New signing Wout Weghorst has been training with his teammates since Sunday and could be involved at somt point potentially even as a starter if Anthony Martial has any ongoing issues after being forced off at half time at the weekend Marcus Rahsford is not expected to have any lasting trouble from a knock in the Manchester derby but Diogo Dalot missed that one and remains a doubt The biggest thing that Erik ten Hag has changed for Manchester United is going into what would be considered more favourable games like this and getting the job done without too much trouble United teams over the last 10 years have always been capable of unexpectedly pulling it out of the bag against the like of Manchester City and Liverpool but been let down otherwise This Palace side isn t in the kind of form that makes them likely to cause a shock Man Utd s predicted lineup to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park Erik ten Hag dismisses ridiculous talk of Man Utd winning the Premier League title Erik ten Hag reveals reason he joined Manchester United Source Credit https www 90min com posts crystal palace vs man utd premier league tv channel team news lineups prediction 18 01 22
    Crystal Palace vs Man Utd
     Manchester United will look to continue their outstanding run of form when they face Crystal Palace in the Premier League Erik ten Hag s side came from behind to beat Manchester City on Saturday and now find themselves going for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions The Red Devils will go second in the table if they can find a way to win in south London Palace come into it in completely different form Patrick Vieira has seen his side lose five of their last six games in all competitions as well exiting the Carabao Cup on penalties after drawing with Newcastle They are not in immediate danger of relegation but will be if this form continues Joachim Andersen is nursing a calf injury after coming off against Chelsea and is a doubt leaving James Tomkins to potentially come in as a stand in James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are making progress but are still not ready to return Crystal Palace predicted lineup 4 2 3 1 Guaita Clyne Tomkins Guehi MItchell Doucoure Schlupp Olise Eze Zaha Ayew New signing Wout Weghorst has been training with his teammates since Sunday and could be involved at somt point potentially even as a starter if Anthony Martial has any ongoing issues after being forced off at half time at the weekend Marcus Rahsford is not expected to have any lasting trouble from a knock in the Manchester derby but Diogo Dalot missed that one and remains a doubt The biggest thing that Erik ten Hag has changed for Manchester United is going into what would be considered more favourable games like this and getting the job done without too much trouble United teams over the last 10 years have always been capable of unexpectedly pulling it out of the bag against the like of Manchester City and Liverpool but been let down otherwise This Palace side isn t in the kind of form that makes them likely to cause a shock Man Utd s predicted lineup to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park Erik ten Hag dismisses ridiculous talk of Man Utd winning the Premier League title Erik ten Hag reveals reason he joined Manchester United Source Credit https www 90min com posts crystal palace vs man utd premier league tv channel team news lineups prediction 18 01 22
    Crystal Palace vs Man Utd
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    Crystal Palace vs Man Utd

    Manchester United will look to continue their outstanding run of form when they face Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

    Erik ten Hag's side came from behind to beat Manchester City on Saturday and now find themselves going for a 10th consecutive win in all competitions. The Red Devils will go second in the table if they can find a way to win in south London.

    Palace come into it in completely different form. Patrick Vieira has seen his side lose five of their last six games in all competitions, as well exiting the Carabao Cup on penalties after drawing with Newcastle. They are not in immediate danger of relegation but will be if this form continues.

    Joachim Andersen is nursing a calf injury after coming off against Chelsea and is a doubt, leaving James Tomkins to potentially come in as a stand-in.

    James McArthur and Nathan Ferguson are making progress but are still not ready to return.

    Crystal Palace predicted lineup (4-2-3-1): Guaita; Clyne, Tomkins, Guehi, MItchell; Doucoure, Schlupp; Olise, Eze, Zaha; Ayew.

    New signing Wout Weghorst has been training with his teammates since Sunday and could be involved at somt point, potentially even as a starter if Anthony Martial has any ongoing issues after being forced off at half-time at the weekend.

    Marcus Rahsford is not expected to have any lasting trouble from a knock in the Manchester derby, but Diogo Dalot missed that one and remains a doubt.

    The biggest thing that Erik ten Hag has changed for Manchester United is going into what would be considered more favourable games like this and getting the job done without too much trouble.

    United teams over the last 10 years have always been capable of unexpectedly pulling it out of the bag against the like of Manchester City and Liverpool, but been let down otherwise.

    This Palace side isn't in the kind of form that makes them likely to cause a shock.

    Man Utd's predicted lineup to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park.

    Erik ten Hag dismisses 'ridiculous' talk of Man Utd winning the Premier League title.

    Erik ten Hag reveals reason he joined Manchester United.

    Source Credit: https://www.90min.com/posts/crystal-palace-vs-man-utd-premier-league-tv-channel-team-news-lineups-prediction-18-01-22

  •  POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AT THE HEART OF THE 2023 ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA In agreement to the primacy of gratitude among human virtues please allow me to begin today with words of gratitude I am most grateful to Chatham House Dr Alex Vines and his team for the global impact of their mission and commitment to engagement with Nation building in Nigeria In providing this global platform to interrogate the vision of those seeking to lead Nigeria at this time when clear existential threats as I will discuss shortly are pervasive across our dear country this Chatham House event challenges us to new thinking We have alarming insecurity that has led to loss of many lives and properties significant decline in food and economic output immense trauma that has compromised the mental health of communities and in some cases irredentist pressures and disaffection with the Nigerian project The economy is in crisis with a troubling debt profile worsened by oil theft of proportion once hard to even imagine two economic recessions in six years and a lamentable power sector that significantly constrains manufacturing and social life The Nigerian state is captive to an elite gang up and a rentier political economy that has concentrated political power in the hands of those who came to power and influence mainly through their own contrivances and not through the affirmation of the people and therefore do not have the incentive to serve the people s interest Even after exploiting ethnic and religious cleavages and sentiments to ascend to political power the very people on whose sentiments they grabbed power often become the primary victims of such political fraud that has rendered Nigeria a failing state with a worsening leadership crisis Consequently Nigeria s Democracy has been on the wane evident in the Afrobarometer longitudinal tracking which reveals low voter turnout and apathy in the current Republic But this seems to have turned around dramatically last year allowing Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to register over 12 million new voters with many more complaining they wished to register but were unable to make INEC deadlines What prompted this turn around The reasons for these very high stakes are lurking in facts of demographics with our dominant population the youths frustrated and unhappy with the status quo and the diminished opportunities in Nigeria in an age of globalization when the Internet easily reveals to them the prosperous homes of those who live in better led and governed countries How did we Nigeria plunge into such economic decline that we have overtaken India as home to the biggest pool of the absolute poor in the world While the poverty rate in India is about 16 that of Nigeria is about 63 with about 133 million Nigerians classified as multidimensionally poor This is unacceptable and needs to change What Nigeria needs is a Great Escape as the 2015 Noble prize winner in Economics Angus Deaton of Princeton University elucidated that what separates poor amp rich is attributable to Health amp Education But what provides Quality Health and Educational Systems for a society Committed and Focused Leadership that can Build and Sustain Public Wealth as I was told by Professor Donald Jacobs of The Kellogg School of Management The answer lies in an understanding of Leadership Institutions and Demographics The good news is that demography is driving the change we are seeing in Africa with election after election in the last year in Africa in which the establishment parties are being upturned by new or small parties It is for this change that my vision of policy change and institutional development is rooted in the push for a broadened scope of SOCIAL MOBILITY AND FREEDOM for Nigerians particularly our children and youth Like Former British Prime Minister Harold McMillan said at the start of the Independence decade a wind of change is blowing through Africa Today a new wind of change sees the ballot box as being instrumental to changing of bad leadership Senator Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed my running mate and I are committed to a new politics that starts with the ethics of servant leaders and anchored on the marriage of clean hearts and skillful hands We know that unless we change our politics by changing our political leadership we are stuck with this terrible state of underdevelopment and misery We will patriotically reform our institutions particularly ones directly responsible for implementing Government policies to make them fit for purpose It is not to be doubted at the global scene that Nigeria is blessed with some of the most entrepreneurial youths in the world in science in business in art and entertainment We believe that what remains is to change the leadership class from predators to creators of value from those whose wealth and power derive from the destitution of the nation and its peoples to those who have demonstrated the competence character and capacity to invest in human development create prosperity and instill the right values and ethical conduct deserving of servant leaders Nigeria today is at a critical juncture and the people led by the youths brutalized by bad leadership are awake and leading the movement to transform Nigerian politics and restart the engine of economic growth and social stability We count ourselves honoured to be trusted especially by the youths to lead this democratic revolution and we deeply pledge to do so with sincerity accountability and unquenchable love and desire for a better Nigeria We are simply the symbol of the Nigerian youths struggles to reverse the ugly trend that keeps driving them into social anomie despair and rejection of their beloved country We are determined to do everything that needs to be done to rescue and lead our beloved country to prosperity freedom security and peace We will use merit to assemble competent Nigerians from all sections of Nigeria to form an effective Government of National Unity At the heart of my goal here today is to look at our Labour Party s key policy planks and how they will drive up the quality of life of the average Nigerian dramatically reduce poverty and return Nigeria to a place of strategic relevance in a world that needs a thriving and well governed Nigeria stabilizing the continent of Africa making it a high value add for a planet imperilled by environmental challenges terrorism and inequity I also plan here to speak on institutions and how the leadership we offer can facilitate the evolution of stronger institutions with the rule of law a key anchor of Nation building in Nigeria I have no doubt that the policy choices we favour and the strong institutions Labour Party will facilitate will move Nigeria from a country of rent seekers sharing Oil receipts and consuming conspicuously to one that produces based on vast factor endowments whose value chains can move us towards a high employment economy We will turn our youth bulge to a demographic dividend rather than today s harvest of a time bomb of violence and insecurity from the uneducated unemployed and marginalized This forms the first and most important thrust of my governance priorities without which the rest may not be achieved To secure Nigeria end banditry and insurgency and unite our dear nation to manage our diversity such that no one is left behind The growing insecurity in Nigeria is not because the enemy is formidable it is rather because of lack of focused leadership ineffective security governance structure and poor coordination from the centre All these need to be addressed by first projecting strong leadership signals that allow both state and non state actors to be mobilised around a single vision Then by pursuing a robust reform of the security governance structure with a strong coordinating mechanism that assures that all levels of government federal state and local with 3 level policing structure are aligned with strong collaboration with partners from both the private sector and development groups to provide the required services and deliver results for every Nigerian Once this is done it is also important to have a single clear coherent and consistent communication system to keep the government accountable citizens engaged and involved in the development process It is important for institutions to be able to provide strong leadership coordination capability partner and engage collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders in an environment that mutually reinforces values The second plank of my policy thrust is to Shift emphasis from consumption to production by running a production centered economy that is driven by an agrarian revolution and export oriented industrialization With about 70 million hectares of arable land we will pursue an agricultural revolution through proper segmentation of Nigeria to activate and harness the factor endowments of different parts of the country for both rapid and mechanized agricultural development and as a pillar for Nigeria s other sectoral development and industrialization We will incentivise and invest in agro cluster and industrial cluster development across our geo resource zones to take advantage of agglomeration and scale effects particularly in North West North East and North Central regions of Nigeria We will dredge both Rivers Niger and Benue build dams and massively support the planting of economic trees across the country for local usage poverty elimination export and revenue generation A key task is to sequentially but decisively dismantle the inefficient and anti market distortionary structures restraining the Nigerian economy from creating the preconditions for a dynamic pro market economy We will employ entrepreneurial governance to dismantle impediments to free trade and ease of doing business and implement radical economic policies that will drastically reduce our debt service a major drain on government revenue today Our Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs will be robustly supported Further borrowing will be strictly for productive purposes While we will aggressively pursue the activation of all opportunities in the oil and gas value chain we will use targeted incentive schemes that will be professionally administered to diversify our non oil export portfolio with proper consideration and management of climate change risks and opportunities The third pillar of our governance priorities is to Restructure the polity through effective legal and institutional reforms to entrench the rule of law aggressively fight corruption reduce cost of governance and establish an honest and efficient civil service Reducing the cost of governance in Nigeria is an effective way to fight institutional corruption In addition to reducing cost of governance and streamlining government operations for efficiency and effectiveness we will ensure that reforms are pursued in a way that protects the livelihood of our hardworking and efficient civil servants Critical to fighting corruption we shall install a new budgeting system founded on the cardinal principles of public accountability objective setting and program implementation This is against the extant budgetary principles of revenue mobilization expenditure allocation borrowing without emphasis on monitoring evaluation and feedback We will enforce the principle of performance auditing and institutionalize monitoring and evaluation process of the entire public service delivery as the primary means of actualizing our vision of a new Nigeria This reform will institutionalize the personal involvement of the President in setting budgetary objectives of MDAs and monitoring and evaluating the implementation process through the Office of Regulatory Review in the Office of the President Budget monitoring and evaluation capacity will be strengthened within the Presidency We will embark on effective macro economic and fiscal restructuring to quickly restore fiscal viability by discontinuing unaffordable subsidies which have left a black hole in government finances Fiscal and monetary policy will be properly coordinated with each deploying conventional tools transparently instead of distorting markets to favour a few privileged persons For the avoidance of doubt we will collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the transparent liberalization of the foreign exchange market and the dismantling of the opaque multiple exchange rate regime which effectively subsidizes a few privileged persons We will also seek to boost the supply side rather than continuing to concentrate exclusively on demand management of the foreign exchange market When unaffordable subsidies are removed some carefully calibrated transfers will be used to cushion any adverse impact on the economically weak If the competitiveness of a sector is to be enhanced then that will be done via the enactment of transparent and specially targeted fiscal and trade policies designed to stimulate investment and growth Revenue shortfalls and leakages such as oil theft will be dealt with decisively by holding persons in positions of authority fully accountable The fourth plank of our governance priorities is to Leapfrog Nigeria into the 4th Industrial Revolution through the application of scientific and technological innovations to create a digital economy Building on the gains of the agriculture led manufacturing and export we will pursue the development of knowledge and skills to leverage on the emerging disruptive digital technologies automation Internet of Things IoT artificial intelligence robotics virtual reality block chain technology biotechnology and data science all of which are at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution The fifth plank of our governance priorities is to Build expansive infrastructure for efficient power supply rail road and air transportation and pipeline network through integrated public private partnerships and entrepreneurial public sector governance Our solution to the perennial power problem in Nigeria is a comprehensive one that covers transmission distribution generation and financing as detailed in our Manifesto However we will immediately complete the 2 3b Nigeria Siemens network improvement deal to achieve 7 000 MW stable capacity by the end of this year 2023 11 000 megawatts by 2024 and 25 000 megawatts by 2025 We will support local manufacturing capacity of power technologies and encourage and expand local R amp D in universities training centres and workshops through which many jobs will be created Our 6th priority programme is to Enhance the human capital of Nigerian youths for productivity and global competitiveness through investment in education and research quality healthcare and entrepreneurship education The World Bank s Human Capital Development Index ranks Nigeria 168 out of 173 countries To move Nigeria right to the top bracket of the index we will pursue a Marshall plan type programme on education that incorporates compulsory technical and vocational skills sports entrepreneurship programming and digital skills from the primary to the secondary level In line with this commitment to transform our educational sector we will prioritize the funding of this critical sector Our tertiary institutions will be remodelled to serve as hubs or centres for research development and commercialisation of ideas for the quick industrialization of Nigeria Finally our 7th priority is to Conduct an afro centric diplomacy that protects the rights of Nigerian citizens abroad and advances the economic interests of Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in a changing world In concluding let me say that the problem with Nigeria is at once complex and simple It rests on leadership As our erudite Professor Chinua Achebe stated The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership In Achebe s view there is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility to the challenge of leading in the front by example which is the hallmarks of true leadership When people of competence character commitment and compassion take over leadership and pursue their mission and task with the seriousness required a New Nigeria characterised by peace unity prosperity inclusiveness will be achieved and sustained That is what is driving Datti Baba Ahmed and I to join and offer to lead this desire and crusade of Nigerians particularly our youths for an inclusive and sustainable Nigeria that works for all In line with my upbringing especially my Mother s counsel my promise is that Nigeria s resources will be most prudently used and as the Commander in Chief I Peter Obi sincerely pledge that Our Pact with Nigeria will be diligently pursued to create a new Nigeria characterised by sustainable inclusive growth and development Source Credit https www premiumtimesng com news headlines 576226 for 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    Speech by Peter Obi at Chatham House
     POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AT THE HEART OF THE 2023 ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA In agreement to the primacy of gratitude among human virtues please allow me to begin today with words of gratitude I am most grateful to Chatham House Dr Alex Vines and his team for the global impact of their mission and commitment to engagement with Nation building in Nigeria In providing this global platform to interrogate the vision of those seeking to lead Nigeria at this time when clear existential threats as I will discuss shortly are pervasive across our dear country this Chatham House event challenges us to new thinking We have alarming insecurity that has led to loss of many lives and properties significant decline in food and economic output immense trauma that has compromised the mental health of communities and in some cases irredentist pressures and disaffection with the Nigerian project The economy is in crisis with a troubling debt profile worsened by oil theft of proportion once hard to even imagine two economic recessions in six years and a lamentable power sector that significantly constrains manufacturing and social life The Nigerian state is captive to an elite gang up and a rentier political economy that has concentrated political power in the hands of those who came to power and influence mainly through their own contrivances and not through the affirmation of the people and therefore do not have the incentive to serve the people s interest Even after exploiting ethnic and religious cleavages and sentiments to ascend to political power the very people on whose sentiments they grabbed power often become the primary victims of such political fraud that has rendered Nigeria a failing state with a worsening leadership crisis Consequently Nigeria s Democracy has been on the wane evident in the Afrobarometer longitudinal tracking which reveals low voter turnout and apathy in the current Republic But this seems to have turned around dramatically last year allowing Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to register over 12 million new voters with many more complaining they wished to register but were unable to make INEC deadlines What prompted this turn around The reasons for these very high stakes are lurking in facts of demographics with our dominant population the youths frustrated and unhappy with the status quo and the diminished opportunities in Nigeria in an age of globalization when the Internet easily reveals to them the prosperous homes of those who live in better led and governed countries How did we Nigeria plunge into such economic decline that we have overtaken India as home to the biggest pool of the absolute poor in the world While the poverty rate in India is about 16 that of Nigeria is about 63 with about 133 million Nigerians classified as multidimensionally poor This is unacceptable and needs to change What Nigeria needs is a Great Escape as the 2015 Noble prize winner in Economics Angus Deaton of Princeton University elucidated that what separates poor amp rich is attributable to Health amp Education But what provides Quality Health and Educational Systems for a society Committed and Focused Leadership that can Build and Sustain Public Wealth as I was told by Professor Donald Jacobs of The Kellogg School of Management The answer lies in an understanding of Leadership Institutions and Demographics The good news is that demography is driving the change we are seeing in Africa with election after election in the last year in Africa in which the establishment parties are being upturned by new or small parties It is for this change that my vision of policy change and institutional development is rooted in the push for a broadened scope of SOCIAL MOBILITY AND FREEDOM for Nigerians particularly our children and youth Like Former British Prime Minister Harold McMillan said at the start of the Independence decade a wind of change is blowing through Africa Today a new wind of change sees the ballot box as being instrumental to changing of bad leadership Senator Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed my running mate and I are committed to a new politics that starts with the ethics of servant leaders and anchored on the marriage of clean hearts and skillful hands We know that unless we change our politics by changing our political leadership we are stuck with this terrible state of underdevelopment and misery We will patriotically reform our institutions particularly ones directly responsible for implementing Government policies to make them fit for purpose It is not to be doubted at the global scene that Nigeria is blessed with some of the most entrepreneurial youths in the world in science in business in art and entertainment We believe that what remains is to change the leadership class from predators to creators of value from those whose wealth and power derive from the destitution of the nation and its peoples to those who have demonstrated the competence character and capacity to invest in human development create prosperity and instill the right values and ethical conduct deserving of servant leaders Nigeria today is at a critical juncture and the people led by the youths brutalized by bad leadership are awake and leading the movement to transform Nigerian politics and restart the engine of economic growth and social stability We count ourselves honoured to be trusted especially by the youths to lead this democratic revolution and we deeply pledge to do so with sincerity accountability and unquenchable love and desire for a better Nigeria We are simply the symbol of the Nigerian youths struggles to reverse the ugly trend that keeps driving them into social anomie despair and rejection of their beloved country We are determined to do everything that needs to be done to rescue and lead our beloved country to prosperity freedom security and peace We will use merit to assemble competent Nigerians from all sections of Nigeria to form an effective Government of National Unity At the heart of my goal here today is to look at our Labour Party s key policy planks and how they will drive up the quality of life of the average Nigerian dramatically reduce poverty and return Nigeria to a place of strategic relevance in a world that needs a thriving and well governed Nigeria stabilizing the continent of Africa making it a high value add for a planet imperilled by environmental challenges terrorism and inequity I also plan here to speak on institutions and how the leadership we offer can facilitate the evolution of stronger institutions with the rule of law a key anchor of Nation building in Nigeria I have no doubt that the policy choices we favour and the strong institutions Labour Party will facilitate will move Nigeria from a country of rent seekers sharing Oil receipts and consuming conspicuously to one that produces based on vast factor endowments whose value chains can move us towards a high employment economy We will turn our youth bulge to a demographic dividend rather than today s harvest of a time bomb of violence and insecurity from the uneducated unemployed and marginalized This forms the first and most important thrust of my governance priorities without which the rest may not be achieved To secure Nigeria end banditry and insurgency and unite our dear nation to manage our diversity such that no one is left behind The growing insecurity in Nigeria is not because the enemy is formidable it is rather because of lack of focused leadership ineffective security governance structure and poor coordination from the centre All these need to be addressed by first projecting strong leadership signals that allow both state and non state actors to be mobilised around a single vision Then by pursuing a robust reform of the security governance structure with a strong coordinating mechanism that assures that all levels of government federal state and local with 3 level policing structure are aligned with strong collaboration with partners from both the private sector and development groups to provide the required services and deliver results for every Nigerian Once this is done it is also important to have a single clear coherent and consistent communication system to keep the government accountable citizens engaged and involved in the development process It is important for institutions to be able to provide strong leadership coordination capability partner and engage collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders in an environment that mutually reinforces values The second plank of my policy thrust is to Shift emphasis from consumption to production by running a production centered economy that is driven by an agrarian revolution and export oriented industrialization With about 70 million hectares of arable land we will pursue an agricultural revolution through proper segmentation of Nigeria to activate and harness the factor endowments of different parts of the country for both rapid and mechanized agricultural development and as a pillar for Nigeria s other sectoral development and industrialization We will incentivise and invest in agro cluster and industrial cluster development across our geo resource zones to take advantage of agglomeration and scale effects particularly in North West North East and North Central regions of Nigeria We will dredge both Rivers Niger and Benue build dams and massively support the planting of economic trees across the country for local usage poverty elimination export and revenue generation A key task is to sequentially but decisively dismantle the inefficient and anti market distortionary structures restraining the Nigerian economy from creating the preconditions for a dynamic pro market economy We will employ entrepreneurial governance to dismantle impediments to free trade and ease of doing business and implement radical economic policies that will drastically reduce our debt service a major drain on government revenue today Our Micro Small and Medium Scale Enterprises MSMEs will be robustly supported Further borrowing will be strictly for productive purposes While we will aggressively pursue the activation of all opportunities in the oil and gas value chain we will use targeted incentive schemes that will be professionally administered to diversify our non oil export portfolio with proper consideration and management of climate change risks and opportunities The third pillar of our governance priorities is to Restructure the polity through effective legal and institutional reforms to entrench the rule of law aggressively fight corruption reduce cost of governance and establish an honest and efficient civil service Reducing the cost of governance in Nigeria is an effective way to fight institutional corruption In addition to reducing cost of governance and streamlining government operations for efficiency and effectiveness we will ensure that reforms are pursued in a way that protects the livelihood of our hardworking and efficient civil servants Critical to fighting corruption we shall install a new budgeting system founded on the cardinal principles of public accountability objective setting and program implementation This is against the extant budgetary principles of revenue mobilization expenditure allocation borrowing without emphasis on monitoring evaluation and feedback We will enforce the principle of performance auditing and institutionalize monitoring and evaluation process of the entire public service delivery as the primary means of actualizing our vision of a new Nigeria This reform will institutionalize the personal involvement of the President in setting budgetary objectives of MDAs and monitoring and evaluating the implementation process through the Office of Regulatory Review in the Office of the President Budget monitoring and evaluation capacity will be strengthened within the Presidency We will embark on effective macro economic and fiscal restructuring to quickly restore fiscal viability by discontinuing unaffordable subsidies which have left a black hole in government finances Fiscal and monetary policy will be properly coordinated with each deploying conventional tools transparently instead of distorting markets to favour a few privileged persons For the avoidance of doubt we will collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the transparent liberalization of the foreign exchange market and the dismantling of the opaque multiple exchange rate regime which effectively subsidizes a few privileged persons We will also seek to boost the supply side rather than continuing to concentrate exclusively on demand management of the foreign exchange market When unaffordable subsidies are removed some carefully calibrated transfers will be used to cushion any adverse impact on the economically weak If the competitiveness of a sector is to be enhanced then that will be done via the enactment of transparent and specially targeted fiscal and trade policies designed to stimulate investment and growth Revenue shortfalls and leakages such as oil theft will be dealt with decisively by holding persons in positions of authority fully accountable The fourth plank of our governance priorities is to Leapfrog Nigeria into the 4th Industrial Revolution through the application of scientific and technological innovations to create a digital economy Building on the gains of the agriculture led manufacturing and export we will pursue the development of knowledge and skills to leverage on the emerging disruptive digital technologies automation Internet of Things IoT artificial intelligence robotics virtual reality block chain technology biotechnology and data science all of which are at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution The fifth plank of our governance priorities is to Build expansive infrastructure for efficient power supply rail road and air transportation and pipeline network through integrated public private partnerships and entrepreneurial public sector governance Our solution to the perennial power problem in Nigeria is a comprehensive one that covers transmission distribution generation and financing as detailed in our Manifesto However we will immediately complete the 2 3b Nigeria Siemens network improvement deal to achieve 7 000 MW stable capacity by the end of this year 2023 11 000 megawatts by 2024 and 25 000 megawatts by 2025 We will support local manufacturing capacity of power technologies and encourage and expand local R amp D in universities training centres and workshops through which many jobs will be created Our 6th priority programme is to Enhance the human capital of Nigerian youths for productivity and global competitiveness through investment in education and research quality healthcare and entrepreneurship education The World Bank s Human Capital Development Index ranks Nigeria 168 out of 173 countries To move Nigeria right to the top bracket of the index we will pursue a Marshall plan type programme on education that incorporates compulsory technical and vocational skills sports entrepreneurship programming and digital skills from the primary to the secondary level In line with this commitment to transform our educational sector we will prioritize the funding of this critical sector Our tertiary institutions will be remodelled to serve as hubs or centres for research development and commercialisation of ideas for the quick industrialization of Nigeria Finally our 7th priority is to Conduct an afro centric diplomacy that protects the rights of Nigerian citizens abroad and advances the economic interests of Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in a changing world In concluding let me say that the problem with Nigeria is at once complex and simple It rests on leadership As our erudite Professor Chinua Achebe stated The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership In Achebe s view there is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility to the challenge of leading in the front by example which is the hallmarks of true leadership When people of competence character commitment and compassion take over leadership and pursue their mission and task with the seriousness required a New Nigeria characterised by peace unity prosperity inclusiveness will be achieved and sustained That is what is driving Datti Baba Ahmed and I to join and offer to lead this desire and crusade of Nigerians particularly our youths for an inclusive and sustainable Nigeria that works for all In line with my upbringing especially my Mother s counsel my promise is that Nigeria s resources will be most prudently used and as the Commander in Chief I Peter Obi sincerely pledge that Our Pact with Nigeria will be diligently pursued to create a new Nigeria characterised by sustainable inclusive growth and development Source Credit https www premiumtimesng com news headlines 576226 for 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    POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AT THE HEART OF THE 2023 ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA. In agreement to the primacy of gratitude among human virtues, please allow me to begin today with words of gratitude. I am most grateful to Chatham House, Dr. Alex Vines and his team for the global impact of their mission and commitment to engagement with Nation building in Nigeria. In providing this global platform to interrogate the vision of those seeking to lead Nigeria, at this time when clear existential threats as I will discuss shortly are pervasive across our dear country, this Chatham House event challenges us to new thinking. We have alarming insecurity that has led to loss of many lives and properties, significant decline in food and economic output, immense trauma that has compromised the mental health of communities, and in some cases, irredentist pressures and disaffection with the Nigerian project. The economy is in crisis with a troubling debt profile worsened by oil theft of proportion once hard to even imagine, two economic recessions in six years and a lamentable power sector that significantly constrains manufacturing and social life. The Nigerian state is captive to an elite gang-up and a rentier political economy that has concentrated political power in the hands of those who came to power and influence mainly through their own contrivances and not through the affirmation of the people, and therefore, do not have the incentive to serve the people’s interest. Even after exploiting ethnic and religious cleavages and sentiments to ascend to political power, the very people on whose sentiments they grabbed power often become the primary victims of such political fraud that has rendered Nigeria a failing state with a worsening leadership crisis. Consequently, Nigeria’s Democracy has been on the wane, evident in the Afrobarometer longitudinal tracking which reveals low voter turnout and apathy in the current Republic. But this seems to have turned around dramatically last year, allowing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register over 12 million new voters, with many more complaining they wished to register but were unable to make INEC deadlines. What prompted this turn-around? The reasons for these very high stakes are lurking in facts of demographics, with our dominant population (the youths) frustrated and unhappy with the status quo and the diminished opportunities in Nigeria in an age of globalization when the Internet easily reveals to them the prosperous homes of those who live in better-led and governed countries. How did we (Nigeria) plunge into such economic decline that we have overtaken India as home to the biggest pool of the absolute poor in the world? While the poverty rate in India is about 16%, that of Nigeria is about 63% with about 133 million Nigerians classified as multidimensionally poor! This is unacceptable and needs to change! What Nigeria needs is a Great Escape as the 2015 Noble prize winner in Economics Angus Deaton of Princeton University elucidated, that what separates poor & rich is attributable to Health & Education. But what provides Quality Health and Educational Systems for a society? Committed and Focused Leadership that can Build and Sustain Public Wealth as I was told by Professor Donald Jacobs of The Kellogg School of Management. The answer lies in an understanding of Leadership, Institutions and Demographics. The good news is that demography is driving the change we are seeing in Africa with election after election in the last year in Africa, in which the establishment parties are being upturned by new or small parties. It is for this change that my vision of policy change and institutional development is rooted in the push for a broadened scope of SOCIAL MOBILITY AND FREEDOM for Nigerians, particularly our children and youth. Like Former British Prime Minister Harold McMillan said at the start of the Independence decade, a wind of change is blowing through Africa. Today a new wind of change sees the ballot box as being instrumental to changing of bad leadership. Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, my running mate, and I are committed to a new politics that starts with the ethics of servant-leaders and anchored on the marriage of clean hearts and skillful hands. We know that unless we change our politics by changing our political leadership, we are stuck with this terrible state of underdevelopment and misery. We will patriotically reform our institutions particularly ones directly responsible for implementing Government policies to make them fit for purpose. It is not to be doubted at the global scene that Nigeria is blessed with some of the most entrepreneurial youths in the world, in science, in business, in art and entertainment. We believe that what remains is to change the leadership class from predators to creators of value; from those whose wealth and power derive from the destitution of the nation and its peoples to those who have demonstrated the competence, character and capacity to invest in human development, create prosperity, and instill the right values and ethical conduct deserving of servant leaders. Nigeria today is at a critical juncture and the people, led by the youths brutalized by bad leadership, are awake and leading the movement to transform Nigerian politics and restart the engine of economic growth and social stability. We count ourselves honoured to be trusted especially by the youths, to lead this democratic revolution and we deeply pledge to do so with sincerity, accountability and unquenchable love and desire for a better Nigeria. We are simply, the symbol of the Nigerian youths’ struggles to reverse the ugly trend that keeps driving them into social anomie, despair and rejection of their beloved country. We are determined to do everything that needs to be done to rescue and lead our beloved country to prosperity, freedom, security and peace. We will use merit to assemble competent Nigerians from all sections of Nigeria to form an effective Government of National Unity. At the heart of my goal here today is to look at our Labour Party’s key policy planks and how they will drive up the quality of life of the average Nigerian, dramatically reduce poverty and return Nigeria to a place of strategic relevance in a world that needs a thriving and well governed Nigeria stabilizing the continent of Africa, making it a high value add for a planet imperilled by environmental challenges, terrorism and inequity. I also plan here to speak on institutions and how the leadership we offer can facilitate the evolution of stronger institutions, with the rule of law a key anchor of Nation building in Nigeria. I have no doubt that the policy choices we favour, and the strong institutions Labour Party will facilitate, will move Nigeria from a country of rent seekers sharing Oil receipts and consuming conspicuously, to one that produces, based on vast factor endowments whose value chains can move us towards a high employment economy. We will turn our youth bulge to a demographic dividend, rather than today’s harvest of a time bomb of violence and insecurity from the uneducated, unemployed and marginalized. This forms the first and most important thrust of my governance priorities without which the rest may not be achieved: “To secure Nigeria, end banditry and insurgency, and unite our dear nation to manage our diversity, such that no one is left behind”. The growing insecurity in Nigeria is not because the enemy is formidable, it is rather because of lack of focused leadership, ineffective security governance structure and poor coordination from the centre. All these need to be addressed by first, projecting strong leadership signals that allow both state and non-state actors to be mobilised around a single vision. Then, by pursuing a robust reform of the security governance structure with a strong coordinating mechanism that assures that all levels of government – federal, state, and local (with 3-level policing structure) – are aligned with strong collaboration with partners from both the private sector and development groups to provide the required services and deliver results for every Nigerian. Once this is done, it is also important to have a single, clear, coherent, and consistent communication system to keep the government accountable, citizens engaged and involved in the development process. It is important for institutions to be able to provide strong leadership, coordination capability, partner and engage collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders in an environment that mutually reinforces values. The second plank of my policy thrust is to “Shift emphasis from consumption to production by running a production-centered economy that is driven by an agrarian revolution and export-oriented industrialization”. With about 70 million hectares of arable land, we will pursue an agricultural revolution through proper segmentation of Nigeria to activate and harness the factor endowments of different parts of the country for both rapid and mechanized agricultural development and as a pillar for Nigeria’s other sectoral development and industrialization. We will incentivise and invest in agro-cluster and industrial cluster development across our geo-resource zones to take advantage of agglomeration and scale effects particularly in North-West, North-East and North-Central regions of Nigeria. We will dredge both Rivers Niger and Benue, build dams and massively support the planting of economic trees across the country for local usage, poverty elimination, export and revenue generation. A key task is to sequentially but decisively, dismantle the inefficient and anti-market distortionary structures restraining the Nigerian economy from creating the preconditions for a dynamic pro-market economy. We will employ entrepreneurial governance to dismantle impediments to free trade and ease of doing business and implement radical economic policies that will drastically reduce our debt service – a major drain on government revenue today. Our Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) will be robustly supported. Further borrowing will be strictly for productive purposes. While we will aggressively pursue the activation of all opportunities in the oil and gas value chain, we will use targeted incentive schemes that will be professionally administered to diversify our non-oil export portfolio with proper consideration and management of climate change risks and opportunities. The third pillar of our governance priorities is to “Restructure the polity through effective legal and institutional reforms to entrench the rule of law, aggressively fight corruption, reduce cost of governance, and establish an honest and efficient civil service”. Reducing the cost of governance in Nigeria is an effective way to fight institutional corruption. In addition to reducing cost of governance and streamlining government operations for efficiency and effectiveness, we will ensure that reforms are pursued in a way that protects the livelihood of our hardworking and efficient civil servants. Critical to fighting corruption, we shall install a new budgeting system founded on the cardinal principles of public accountability, objective setting, and program implementation. This is against the extant budgetary principles of revenue mobilization, expenditure allocation, borrowing without emphasis on monitoring, evaluation, and feedback. We will enforce the principle of performance auditing and institutionalize monitoring and evaluation process of the entire public service delivery as the primary means of actualizing our vision of a new Nigeria. This reform will institutionalize the personal involvement of the President in setting budgetary objectives of MDAs, and monitoring and evaluating the implementation process through the Office of Regulatory Review in the Office of the President. Budget monitoring and evaluation capacity will be strengthened within the Presidency. We will embark on effective macro-economic and fiscal restructuring to quickly restore fiscal viability by discontinuing unaffordable subsidies which have left a black-hole in government finances. Fiscal and monetary policy will be properly coordinated, with each deploying conventional tools transparently instead of distorting markets to favour a few privileged persons. For the avoidance of doubt, we will collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria for the transparent liberalization of the foreign exchange market and the dismantling of the opaque multiple exchange rate regime which effectively subsidizes a few privileged persons. We will also seek to boost the supply side, rather than continuing to concentrate exclusively on demand management of the foreign exchange market. When unaffordable subsidies are removed, some carefully calibrated transfers will be used to cushion any adverse impact on the economically weak. If the competitiveness of a sector is to be enhanced, then that will be done via the enactment of transparent and specially targeted fiscal and trade policies designed to stimulate investment and growth. Revenue shortfalls and leakages such as oil theft will be dealt with decisively by holding persons in positions of authority fully accountable. The fourth plank of our governance priorities is to “Leapfrog Nigeria into the 4th Industrial Revolution through the application of scientific and technological innovations to create a digital economy”. Building on the gains of the agriculture-led manufacturing and export, we will pursue the development of knowledge and skills to leverage on the emerging disruptive digital technologies, automation, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, block chain technology, biotechnology and data science – all of which are at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. The fifth plank of our governance priorities is to “Build expansive infrastructure for efficient power supply, rail, road and air transportation, and pipeline network, through integrated public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurial public sector governance”. Our solution to the perennial power problem in Nigeria is a comprehensive one that covers transmission, distribution, generation and financing as detailed in our Manifesto. However, we will immediately complete the $2.3b Nigeria-Siemens network improvement deal to achieve 7,000 MW stable capacity by the end of this year (2023), 11,000 megawatts by 2024, and 25,000 megawatts by 2025. We will support local manufacturing capacity of power technologies and encourage and expand local R&D in universities, training centres, and workshops through which many jobs will be created. Our 6th priority programme is to “Enhance the human capital of Nigerian youths for productivity and global competitiveness through investment in education and research, quality healthcare, and entrepreneurship education”. The World Bank’s Human Capital Development Index ranks Nigeria 168 out of 173 countries. To move Nigeria right to the top bracket of the index, we will pursue a Marshall plan-type programme on education that incorporates compulsory technical and vocational skills, sports, entrepreneurship, programming, and digital skills from the primary to the secondary level. In line with this commitment to transform our educational sector, we will prioritize the funding of this critical sector. Our tertiary institutions will be remodelled to serve as hubs or centres for research, development, and commercialisation of ideas for the quick industrialization of Nigeria. Finally, our 7th priority is to “Conduct an afro-centric diplomacy that protects the rights of Nigerian citizens abroad and advances the economic interests of Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in a changing world”. In concluding, let me say that the problem with Nigeria is at once complex and simple. It rests on leadership. As our erudite Professor Chinua Achebe stated, ‘’ The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership’’. In Achebe’s view, there is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian character. ‘’The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of leading in the front by example which is the hallmarks of true leadership’’. When people of competence, character, commitment, and compassion take over leadership and pursue their mission and task with the seriousness required, a New Nigeria characterised by peace, unity, prosperity, inclusiveness will be achieved and sustained. That is what is driving Datti Baba-Ahmed and I to join and offer to lead this desire and crusade of Nigerians, particularly our youths, for an inclusive and sustainable Nigeria that works for all. In line with my upbringing, especially my Mother’s counsel, my promise is that Nigeria’s resources will be most prudently used and as the Commander in Chief, I Peter Obi sincerely pledge that Our Pact with Nigeria will be diligently pursued to create a new Nigeria characterised by sustainable/inclusive growth and development. Source Credit: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/576226-for-the-record-peter-obis-speech-at-chatham-house.html

  •   SportsUnfold Sports News and BiographyOn March 4 2022 the other teams competed against one another At the Estadio de Mendizorroza in Vitoria Gasteiz it was an exciting match The draw that occurred during their previous meeting will be tried by both teams to settle A match with a lot of action is to be expected Sevilla FC is expected to dominate this upcoming match as they have won the majority of their previous three encounters with Deportivo Alaves In terms of goals Sevilla FC is the favorite because they have scored three in their last three games while Deportivo Alaves has only scored two The teams will have to keep an eye on themselves because the day will be cold only reaching 3 C Due to the high likelihood of precipitation precipitation could also be a challenge Alaves is losing ground having lost five of six Segunda matches The likelihood of entering La Liga has been severely harmed by this However the team is not too far behind the leader and has fallen to fifth place The King s Cup has not yet been missed by her Additionally the team s 1 0 victory over Valladolid and Merida will undoubtedly be reflected in the Alaves prediction for the upcoming match At the end of the season very few people think Sevilla will leave La Liga However she missed another opportunity to leave the day before because she is still in the departure zone As a result the team quickly created an account during the fight with Girona However not only was the adversary able to recover but they also managed to score the game winning goal in the end The guys have not yet missed the King s Cup though However they were unlucky opponents so two defeats totaling 8 0 are hardly indicative when predicting Sevilla s performance in the upcoming match After taking all of the preceding into consideration it s time to move on to the prediction for Alaves vs Sevilla The guest team is favored at the upcoming meeting She must score her ball because she is better than her opponent in class However Sevilla s poor defense makes it hard to believe it won As a result the option in which both teams score will be our choice Celaya vs Raya2 Preview 1 18 23 Prediction Head To Head Tlaxcala vs Mineros de Zacatecas Preview 1 18 23 Meetings between the two teams will help improve the prediction for Alaves vs Sevilla Therefore the away team has the advantage in 12 of 23 matches with seven draws and four losses The opponents drew twice last season Additionally no goals were visible to the spectators on the Alaves field Sevilla FC loses all of their away games when they are down 1 0 In their most recent match neither team won Their previous meeting ended in a tie In the 11 previous home meetings between Sevilla FC and Deportivo Alaves Sevilla FC has won three times while Deportivo Alaves has won four times Deportivo Alaves has a goal differential of 8 7 Latest Sports News Celaya vs Raya2 Preview 1 18 23 Prediction Head To Head top 5 highest paid players in IPL 2023 Tlaxcala vs Mineros de Zacatecas Preview 1 18 23 IPL highest paid player in rupees 2023 Mirassol vs Internacional de Limeira Preview 1 18 23 S o Bento vs Santo Andr Prediction Head To Head Live Fluminense vs Nova Igua u Preview 1 18 23 Prediction Dundee vs Dunfermline Athletic Prediction Head To Head PSL auction 2023 players price list Auto Draft Dominic Thiem regrets his injury but is pleased with his Source Credit https www sportsunfold com alaves vs sevilla prediction head to head live stream time date team news lineups odds stats tips and betting trends where to watch live spanish copa del rey 2023 today who will win match det
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      SportsUnfold Sports News and BiographyOn March 4 2022 the other teams competed against one another At the Estadio de Mendizorroza in Vitoria Gasteiz it was an exciting match The draw that occurred during their previous meeting will be tried by both teams to settle A match with a lot of action is to be expected Sevilla FC is expected to dominate this upcoming match as they have won the majority of their previous three encounters with Deportivo Alaves In terms of goals Sevilla FC is the favorite because they have scored three in their last three games while Deportivo Alaves has only scored two The teams will have to keep an eye on themselves because the day will be cold only reaching 3 C Due to the high likelihood of precipitation precipitation could also be a challenge Alaves is losing ground having lost five of six Segunda matches The likelihood of entering La Liga has been severely harmed by this However the team is not too far behind the leader and has fallen to fifth place The King s Cup has not yet been missed by her Additionally the team s 1 0 victory over Valladolid and Merida will undoubtedly be reflected in the Alaves prediction for the upcoming match At the end of the season very few people think Sevilla will leave La Liga However she missed another opportunity to leave the day before because she is still in the departure zone As a result the team quickly created an account during the fight with Girona However not only was the adversary able to recover but they also managed to score the game winning goal in the end The guys have not yet missed the King s Cup though However they were unlucky opponents so two defeats totaling 8 0 are hardly indicative when predicting Sevilla s performance in the upcoming match After taking all of the preceding into consideration it s time to move on to the prediction for Alaves vs Sevilla The guest team is favored at the upcoming meeting She must score her ball because she is better than her opponent in class However Sevilla s poor defense makes it hard to believe it won As a result the option in which both teams score will be our choice Celaya vs Raya2 Preview 1 18 23 Prediction Head To Head Tlaxcala vs Mineros de Zacatecas Preview 1 18 23 Meetings between the two teams will help improve the prediction for Alaves vs Sevilla Therefore the away team has the advantage in 12 of 23 matches with seven draws and four losses The opponents drew twice last season Additionally no goals were visible to the spectators on the Alaves field Sevilla FC loses all of their away games when they are down 1 0 In their most recent match neither team won Their previous meeting ended in a tie In the 11 previous home meetings between Sevilla FC and Deportivo Alaves Sevilla FC has won three times while Deportivo Alaves has won four times Deportivo Alaves has a goal differential of 8 7 Latest Sports News Celaya vs Raya2 Preview 1 18 23 Prediction Head To Head top 5 highest paid players in IPL 2023 Tlaxcala vs Mineros de Zacatecas Preview 1 18 23 IPL highest paid player in rupees 2023 Mirassol vs Internacional de Limeira Preview 1 18 23 S o Bento vs Santo Andr Prediction Head To Head Live Fluminense vs Nova Igua u Preview 1 18 23 Prediction Dundee vs Dunfermline Athletic Prediction Head To Head PSL auction 2023 players price list Auto Draft Dominic Thiem regrets his injury but is pleased with his Source Credit https www sportsunfold com alaves vs sevilla prediction head to head live stream time date team news lineups odds stats tips and betting trends where to watch live spanish copa del rey 2023 today who will win match det
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    On March 4, 2022, the other teams competed against one another. At the Estadio de Mendizorroza in Vitoria-Gasteiz, it was an exciting match. The draw that occurred during their previous meeting will be tried by both teams to settle; A match with a lot of action is to be expected.

    Sevilla FC is expected to dominate this upcoming match as they have won the majority of their previous three encounters with Deportivo Alaves. In terms of goals, Sevilla FC is the favorite because they have scored three in their last three games, while Deportivo Alaves has only scored two.

    The teams will have to keep an eye on themselves because the day will be cold, only reaching 3°C. Due to the high likelihood of precipitation, precipitation could also be a challenge.

    Alaves is losing ground, having lost five of six Segunda matches. The likelihood of entering La Liga has been severely harmed by this. However, the team is not too far behind the leader and has fallen to fifth place. The King’s Cup has not yet been missed by her. Additionally, the team’s 1-0 victory over Valladolid and Merida will undoubtedly be reflected in the Alaves prediction for the upcoming match.

    At the end of the season, very few people think Sevilla will leave La Liga. However, she missed another opportunity to leave the day before because she is still in the departure zone. As a result, the team quickly created an account during the fight with Girona.

    However, not only was the adversary able to recover, but they also managed to score the game-winning goal in the end. The guys have not yet missed the King’s Cup, though. However, they were unlucky opponents, so two defeats totaling 8:0 are hardly indicative when predicting Sevilla’s performance in the upcoming match.

    After taking all of the preceding into consideration, it’s time to move on to the prediction for Alaves vs. Sevilla. The guest team is favored at the upcoming meeting. She must score her ball because she is better than her opponent in class. However, Sevilla’s poor defense makes it hard to believe it won. As a result, the option in which both teams score will be our choice.

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    Meetings between the two teams will help improve the prediction for Alaves vs. Sevilla. Therefore, the away team has the advantage in 12 of 23 matches, with seven draws and four losses. The opponents drew twice last season. Additionally, no goals were visible to the spectators on the Alaves field.

    • Sevilla FC loses all of their away games when they are down 1-0.

    • In their most recent match, neither team won.

    • Their previous meeting ended in a tie.

    • In the 11 previous home meetings between Sevilla FC and Deportivo Alaves, Sevilla FC has won three times while Deportivo Alaves has won four times. Deportivo Alaves has a goal differential of 8-7.

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