The Federal Government has announced the postponement of the 2019 Abuja Carnival tagged “Culture for Peace”
The announcement was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Ministry of Information and Culture .
“The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has announced the postponement of the 2019 Abuja Carnival.
“The Ministry apologized to all invited guests for any inconvenience the postponement might have caused.
“A new date will be announced for the Carnival in due course,” the statement signed by Mr Joseph Mutah, a Chief Press Secretary in the ministry read.
The Abuja carnival is an annual event, with the objective of preserving the rich cultural heritage of the country and enhancing national unity.
It is a yearly programme that holds in Abuja featuring road shows, musics, cultural dances, masquerades, durbar and lots more with participation from all the states in Nigeria.
edited by Sadiya Hamzahttps://nnn.ng/fg-postpones-2019-abuja-carnival/
Nigeria @60: FG lauds Nigerians for active participation on anniversary branding challenge
Nigeria @60: FG lauds Nigerians for active participation in anniversary branding challenge
Abuja, Sept. 17, The Federal Government has hailed Nigerians who actively participated in the creative submittion of ideas for the Diamond Jubilee anniversary branding challenge.
Dr Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, made this known in a statement, on Thursday in Abuja.
Pantami said that as part of the government’s initiative of having an inclusive Diamond Jubilee Celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday launched and unveiled the anniversary logo that was earlier presented to the public virtually.
“It may be recalled that a Press Statement was released by the Diamond/Innovation/Change Challenge Sub-Committee of the Nigeria @60 Inter-Ministerial Committee, on Friday Sept. 4.
“It Called for the active participation of Nigerians in voting for the preferred logo as well as the design of the creative aspects of the event.
“We are pleased to note that many Nigerians contributed to the Challenge. Four Logos were made available to the public, on the Challenge Portal – https://nigeriaAt60.gov.ng.
“Analysis of the results revealed that the winning logo attracted 44.9 per cent of the total votes cast. The first runner up received 23.2 per cent of the votes, while the second runner up attracted 22 per cent of the votes,” he said.
Pantami added:“The Diamond Jubilee Logo, to be found on the Challenge Portal, depicts our togetherness, a country of approximately 200 million people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter together like the precious diamond that we are.
“It is a clear illustration of the saying “we are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
He noted that Buhari, while unveiling the Anniversary Logo, appreciated Nigerians for their active participation and also reiterated government’s commitment in ensuring that citizens were actively involved in the development and implementation of its policies, programmes and projects.
“We want to also inform the general public, especially those who participated in the Challenge by submitting their entries for the Anniversary Slogan, Poem and Photograph, that selection process for these aspects of the Challenge is still ongoing.
“Results will be announced as soon as the process is completed. We thank Nigerians for making it possible to realise the goal of the Challenge.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
FAAC: FG, States, others share N3.88trn in 6 months – Report
The Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) shared N3.879 trillion to the Federal Government, states, local government areas and other statutory recipients in the first half of 2020.
This was contained in the latest edition of the quarterly report on the review of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) released in Abuja, on Tuesday.
A breakdown of the disbursements showed that N1.53 trillion went to the Federal Government, while the states got N1.29 trillion and the 774 local government areas received N771.34 billion
The N1.53 trillion received by the FG in H1 2020 was 4.28 per cent lower than the N1.599 trillion it got in the first half of 2019 and 7.36 per cent lower than the N1.652 trillion it received in the first half of 2018.
“For states, a total of N1.29 trillion was disbursed in the first half of 2020.
“This was 2.8 per cent lower than the N1.35 trillion disbursed in the first half of 2019, and 5.6 per cent lower than the N1.37 trillion disbursed in the first half of 2020,” the report stated in part.
For local government areas, the 2020 first half disbursements were 2.64 and 3.04 per cent lower than the corresponding disbursements for 2019 and 2018, respectively.
However, disbursements in second quarter(Q2) 2020 were 1.09 per cent higher than total disbursements in Q2 2019 and 3.66 per cent lower than the one for Q2 2018.
“FAAC disbursements in the second quarter of 2020 stood at N1.934 trillion.
“This was made up of N739.2 billion to the Federal Government, N629.3 billion to state governments, and N375.4 billion to the 774 local government areas.”
According to the report, the total FAAC disbursements in the second quarter of 2020 was slightly lower than the N1.945 trillion disbursed in the first quarter of 2020.
The report attributed the 0.55 per cent decrease in Q2 2020 to a couple of factors, including rebound in oil prices in the second quarter as a result of ease of lockdowns by countries across the world.
The other was the adjustment of the official exchange rate by the CBN from N307 to a dollar to N360 to a dollar in March resulting in higher naira disbursements.
FAAC disbursements in the first quarter and second quarter of 2020 were very volatile, with the difference in total disbursements between months ranging between N58.9 billion and N199.3 billion.
“During this period, the disbursements were very volatile in the first half of 2020, compared to 2018 and 2019.
“Unlike 2018 and 2019 where aggregate disbursements increased and decreased in successive months, in 2020 they fell for two straight months, increased in one month, and then decreased for two straight months.”
In the months under consideration in 2020, aggregate disbursements fluctuated by large amounts, compared to 2018 and 2019.
“Aggregate disbursements were N716.3 billion in January and this fell to N647.4 billion in February.
“Thereafter, disbursements fell to N581.6 billion in March, before increasing to N780.9 billion in April.
“Disbursements then fell to N606.2 billion in May and to N547.3 billion in June.
“These figures indicate differences of N68.9 billion between January and February, N65.7 billion between February and March, N199.3 billion between March and April, N174.7 billion between April and May, and N58.9 billion between May and June.
” For comparison, the highest inter-month difference in the first half of 2018 was N62.9 billion, while the corresponding figure for 2019 was N63.5 billion.
“Thus, there have been very wide fluctuations in aggregate disbursements so far in 2020,” the report also stated in part.
NEITI in the report also disclosed that from January to May 2020, actual government revenue was N1.62 trillion, representing 62 per cent of the expected pro-rata revenue of N2.62 trillion from the revised budget.
This, the NEITI said explained a shortfall of 38 per cent in government revenue for the first five months of the year.
As oil prices continue to rise, and with the increased pace of economic activities, it projected that Government revenue will perform better in the second half of 2020, with the possibility of shortfalls in revenue compared to budgeted figures.
On total net FAAC disbursements and deductions for states for the first half of 2020, the report observed wide disparities.
Osun State had the lowest net disbursement of N13.13 billion, while Delta State had the highest net disbursement of N100.81 billion.
“This implies that Delta State received seven times the disbursement that Osun State received.
“Total net disbursements received by Delta State (N100.81 billion) was higher than the combined total net disbursements of N99.47 billion received by six states – Osun, Cross River, Plateau, Ogun, Gombe and Ekiti.
“Also, the combined total net disbursements of N321.29 billion received by the four highest receiving states of Delta, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, and Bayelsa were higher than the combined total net disbursements of N314.08 billion received by 16 states.
The States are Osun, Cross River, Plateau, Ogun, Gombe, Ekiti, Zamfara, Kwara, Nassarawa, Ebonyi, Taraba, Benue, Adamawa, Ondo, Bauchi, and Abia.
“While Lagos State had the highest deductions, Yobe State had the lowest.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Bayo Sekoni
Insurance firm to pay farmers affected by flood in Sokoto
Mr Kenneth Egbaran, the Managing Director of Veritas Kapital Assurance has assured farmers affected by the 2020 flood in Sokoto State of prompt settlement of their insurance premium to defray their losses.
Egbaran made the assurance on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen after he inspected farms affected by flood in Sokoto, Goronyo, Kware, Wamakko and other areas in Sokoto state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the farmers comprised members of Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) and National Cotton Farmers Association of Nigeria (NACOFAN).
He said the company is a solid leading agricultural insurance company targeted at providing good disaster cover to farming communities in the country.
” We are committed to ensure that farmers losses were restored, to facilitate increased investments in agricultural value chain.
” We build the capacity of farmers, promote expertise in agric business and ensure partnership with other stakeholders in agricultural sector.
” Veritas Kapital Assurance is committed to actualise federal government’s vision on agricultural development and liase with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other partners to promote all category of farming toward enduring food security and empowerment. ” Egbaran said.
He said the present exercise was tagged ”Area Yield Index Insurance (AYII) which covers all forms of disasters that might affect harvests.
Egbaran said his team has inspected all the affected farmlands to ensure that farmers benefit maximally with the insurance covers agreed according to the modalities.
According to him, consultants and supervisors were also deployed to capture benefiting farmers and observe the correct situations on ground, stressing that some teams were deployed to Kebbi.
He added that farmers groups provided list of their members and partnered with them in the assessment.
The Managing Director explained that farmer premium payments depends on farm sizes, adding that CBN intervened to facilitate success of FG social intervention programmes.
They explained that thousands of their members suffered losses due to increased rainfall experienced this year and appealed for prompt intervention in order to provide succor to them.
The leaders noted that the insurance payment would motivate farmers and encourage them to invest more in agriculture.
Edited By: Benson
Source: NAN Iziama/Maharazu Ahmed
FAO holds workshop on food, land use restoration
The titles of the workshop is, “Promoting Integrated Landscape Management and Sustainable Food systems in the Niger Delta Region in Nigeria”.
The FAO Representative in Nigeria, Mr Fred Kafeero said the programme was necessary as part of government commitment to promote sustainable cocoa and oil palm production.
Kafeero said that the geographical focus of the proposed project lies in a landscape area where over 50 per cent of the remaining tropical rain forest were domiciled such as cross River and Ondo states.
According to him, the project will take into consideration the inherent potential of the Nigeria rain forest and the country’s need for cultivation of diverse agricultural commodities like oil palm, cocoa and cassava in a sustainable manner.
He said the project would also contribute in curbing expansion of agricultural activities in high conservation value forests and to protect biodiversity within target states.
He noted that deforestation was at 3.7 per cent in Nigeria due to the impact of agricultural activities causing environmental degradation such as deforestation, declining soil fertility, biodiversity loss and reduction of ecosystem services.
The FAO Representative however applauded the policies and strategies adopted by the government to ensure sustainable management of forest and ecosystems.
He said it would improve food security as well as aimed at 20 per cent reduction in emission by 2030 as contained in Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and Agriculture Promotion Plan (APP).
He said FAO was committed to deepen partnership with the FG in sustainable management of natural resources in addressing impact of climate change and the reduction of the Green House Gas Emission arising from agricultural activities.
The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar in his remarks said the program would be set to address issues on livelihood and repositioning environment for sustainability of continuous existence.
He said there has been progress made in remedying the devastated environment and promised to do more by partnering with the ministry and other development partners.
He said the success of the project would be toward a sustained and nurtured environment at all levels.
The Director in charge of environment, Dr Bolatito Obisesan in her address said the environment has been under intense pressure and immediate action must be taken to survive the magnitude of degradation by human activities and natural alteration.
She said the programme was expected to focus on eliminating the risk of further expansion of farmlands into natural biodiversity habitats and forests, erosion of genetic diversity of land and water resources.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the proposed programme is for four years with two states Cross River and Ondo. .https://nnn.ng/fao-holds-workshop-on-food-land-use-restoration/