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  •   The federal government on Friday inaugurated a committee in Abuja to assess the websites of ministries departments and agencies MDAs in the area of dissemination of information on government activities The committee was inaugurated General Office of Public Reforms Mr Dasuki Arabi He said the jury for the federal government s 2021 2022 ranking of MDA websites would determine whether the information released satisfied citizens curiosity and aspirations for government activities According to him the MDAs hosted and NITDA websites were meant to weed out fake news and minimize fraudulent internet activity in government offices Arabi said the federal government is passionate about informing and engaging citizens in the government process to strengthen national unity and development This he added required centralized websites to ensure accuracy and the use of new media to enforce freedom of information and create a one stop shop towards an inclusive governance process and better delivery of information public services I note with great satisfaction that the healthy competition that reigns among MDAs as a result of ranking has produced a number of standardized government websites that offer citizens the option of going online to register businesses They are also able to obtain tax clearance driving licenses national identity number NIN birth death certificate international passport vehicle information license plate number People can also see doctors and receive medical care pursue academic activities These are some of the dramatic transformations the scorecard has made in the delivery of public goods and services he said Arabi noted that in the new normal COVID 19 has driven the need for a strong and efficient public service using emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and the digitization of government records and processes The director general added that government websites which were seen as national assets now promote improved governance and development in the country He explained that the ranking of websites was essential and paramount for the implementation of the government s agenda It is an inevitable exercise that we all as government entities must collectively carry out to meet Mr President s aspirations to have well informed citizens who are loyal and active participants in the governance process I have to say that it has been five years of dedication commitment hard work and sacrifice for the Office working with an interdepartmental working team made up of key government agencies civil society organizations and non governmental organizations Development partners and private multinational companies to lay the foundation that feeds this initiative of what we are all witnessing here today It is worth stating that the worry and yearning shared on state government websites when the dashboard was originally designed is starting to have the envisioned positive impact he said declared Arabi advised all MDAs to get involved in the initiative and partner with the Bureau for long term ownership and commitment including training programs He told committee members that with their mission comes a great demand for integrity experience impartiality and the ability to resist social pressure Arabi expressed his gratitude to the Chairman of the Steering Committee on Reforms and Secretary of the Federation Government SGF Mr Boss Mustapha for his continued support to the Bureau The president of the jury Mrs Mary Uduma promised that the members would be objective transparent and impartial in the execution of the mission She said they would ensure that MDAs meet requirements to ensure the public has easy access to information We will research the content relevance functionality intransigence connectivity accessibility availability capacity building and level of security of the MDA website she said In her address SGF representative of the Secretary of the Office of Ecological Projects Ms Habiba Lawal urged the committee to ensure that MDAs comply with best practice standards Mustapha noted that the public has the right to all necessary information and answers to all questions about government activities He stressed that improving ICTs would promote transparency in governance and urged MDAs to embrace digital technology to develop the country s digital economy In today s world the best means of doing business was technology and Nigeria is developing rapidly in the use of ICT and the current administration encourages the development of human capacities in the field of ICTs TIC he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that contributory remarks on the need to embrace global trends in ICT use were made by Federal Minister of Fice Secretary Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed and Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy Isa Pantami Other people who spoke at the event were Galaxy Backbone Managing Director Muhammed Abubakar and NIRA President Muhammed Rudman who praised the federal government for promoting good governance through ICTs The others were Professor Mohammed Ajiya President of the Digital Bridge Institute and NITDA Managing Director Inuwa Abdullahi also reports that the jury members were drawn from some government institutions CSOs NGOs Microsoft and Google The 2021 2022 assessment is the third since its inception In the first edition the Federal Ministry of Information led the ranking while NIMC took the lead in the second edition Source NAN
    FG inaugurates committee for ranking of MDAs on access to information
      The federal government on Friday inaugurated a committee in Abuja to assess the websites of ministries departments and agencies MDAs in the area of dissemination of information on government activities The committee was inaugurated General Office of Public Reforms Mr Dasuki Arabi He said the jury for the federal government s 2021 2022 ranking of MDA websites would determine whether the information released satisfied citizens curiosity and aspirations for government activities According to him the MDAs hosted and NITDA websites were meant to weed out fake news and minimize fraudulent internet activity in government offices Arabi said the federal government is passionate about informing and engaging citizens in the government process to strengthen national unity and development This he added required centralized websites to ensure accuracy and the use of new media to enforce freedom of information and create a one stop shop towards an inclusive governance process and better delivery of information public services I note with great satisfaction that the healthy competition that reigns among MDAs as a result of ranking has produced a number of standardized government websites that offer citizens the option of going online to register businesses They are also able to obtain tax clearance driving licenses national identity number NIN birth death certificate international passport vehicle information license plate number People can also see doctors and receive medical care pursue academic activities These are some of the dramatic transformations the scorecard has made in the delivery of public goods and services he said Arabi noted that in the new normal COVID 19 has driven the need for a strong and efficient public service using emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and the digitization of government records and processes The director general added that government websites which were seen as national assets now promote improved governance and development in the country He explained that the ranking of websites was essential and paramount for the implementation of the government s agenda It is an inevitable exercise that we all as government entities must collectively carry out to meet Mr President s aspirations to have well informed citizens who are loyal and active participants in the governance process I have to say that it has been five years of dedication commitment hard work and sacrifice for the Office working with an interdepartmental working team made up of key government agencies civil society organizations and non governmental organizations Development partners and private multinational companies to lay the foundation that feeds this initiative of what we are all witnessing here today It is worth stating that the worry and yearning shared on state government websites when the dashboard was originally designed is starting to have the envisioned positive impact he said declared Arabi advised all MDAs to get involved in the initiative and partner with the Bureau for long term ownership and commitment including training programs He told committee members that with their mission comes a great demand for integrity experience impartiality and the ability to resist social pressure Arabi expressed his gratitude to the Chairman of the Steering Committee on Reforms and Secretary of the Federation Government SGF Mr Boss Mustapha for his continued support to the Bureau The president of the jury Mrs Mary Uduma promised that the members would be objective transparent and impartial in the execution of the mission She said they would ensure that MDAs meet requirements to ensure the public has easy access to information We will research the content relevance functionality intransigence connectivity accessibility availability capacity building and level of security of the MDA website she said In her address SGF representative of the Secretary of the Office of Ecological Projects Ms Habiba Lawal urged the committee to ensure that MDAs comply with best practice standards Mustapha noted that the public has the right to all necessary information and answers to all questions about government activities He stressed that improving ICTs would promote transparency in governance and urged MDAs to embrace digital technology to develop the country s digital economy In today s world the best means of doing business was technology and Nigeria is developing rapidly in the use of ICT and the current administration encourages the development of human capacities in the field of ICTs TIC he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that contributory remarks on the need to embrace global trends in ICT use were made by Federal Minister of Fice Secretary Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed and Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy Isa Pantami Other people who spoke at the event were Galaxy Backbone Managing Director Muhammed Abubakar and NIRA President Muhammed Rudman who praised the federal government for promoting good governance through ICTs The others were Professor Mohammed Ajiya President of the Digital Bridge Institute and NITDA Managing Director Inuwa Abdullahi also reports that the jury members were drawn from some government institutions CSOs NGOs Microsoft and Google The 2021 2022 assessment is the third since its inception In the first edition the Federal Ministry of Information led the ranking while NIMC took the lead in the second edition Source NAN
    FG inaugurates committee for ranking of MDAs on access to information
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    FG inaugurates committee for ranking of MDAs on access to information

    The federal government on Friday inaugurated a committee in Abuja to assess the websites of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the area of ​​dissemination of information on government activities.

    The committee was inaugurated General, Office of Public Reforms, Mr. Dasuki Arabi.

    He said the jury for the federal government's 2021/2022 ranking of MDA websites would determine whether the information released satisfied citizens' curiosity and aspirations for government activities.

    According to him, the MDAs, hosted and NITDA websites were meant to weed out fake news and minimize fraudulent internet activity in government offices.

    Arabi said the federal government is passionate about informing and engaging citizens in the government process to strengthen national unity and development.

    This, he added, required centralized websites to ensure accuracy and the use of new media to enforce freedom of information and create a one-stop-shop towards an inclusive governance process and better delivery of information. public services.

    “I note with great satisfaction that the healthy competition that reigns among MDAs as a result of ranking has produced a number of standardized government websites that offer citizens the option of going online to register businesses.

    “They are also able to obtain tax clearance, driving licenses, national identity number (NIN), birth / death certificate, international passport, vehicle information / license plate number.

    “People can also see doctors and receive medical care, pursue academic activities.

    “These are some of the dramatic transformations the scorecard has made in the delivery of public goods and services,” he said.

    Arabi noted that in the new normal, COVID-19 has driven the need for a strong and efficient public service, using emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and the digitization of government records and processes.

    The director general added that government websites, which were seen as national assets, now promote improved governance and development in the country.

    He explained that the ranking of websites was essential and paramount for the implementation of the government's agenda.

    “It is an inevitable exercise that we all, as government entities, must collectively carry out to meet Mr. President's aspirations to have well-informed citizens who are loyal and active participants in the governance process.

    “I have to say that it has been five years of dedication, commitment, hard work and sacrifice for the Office, working with an interdepartmental working team made up of key government agencies, civil society organizations and 'non-governmental organizations.

    “Development partners and private / multinational companies, to lay the foundation that feeds this initiative of what we are all witnessing here today.

    “It is worth stating that the worry and yearning shared on state government websites when the dashboard was originally designed is starting to have the envisioned positive impact,” he said. declared.

    Arabi advised all MDAs to get involved in the initiative and partner with the Bureau for long-term ownership and commitment, including training programs.

    He told committee members that "with their mission comes a great demand for integrity, experience, impartiality and the ability to resist social pressure."

    Arabi expressed his gratitude to the Chairman of the Steering Committee on Reforms and Secretary of the Federation Government (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, for his continued support to the Bureau.

    The president of the jury, Mrs. Mary Uduma promised that the members would be objective, transparent and impartial in the execution of the mission.

    She said they would ensure that MDAs meet requirements to ensure the public has easy access to information.

    “We will research the content, relevance, functionality, intransigence, connectivity, accessibility, availability, capacity building and level of security of the MDA website,” she said.

    In her address, SGF, representative of the Secretary of the Office of Ecological Projects, Ms. Habiba Lawal urged the committee to ensure that MDAs comply with best practice standards.

    Mustapha noted that the public has the right to all necessary information and answers to all questions about government activities.

    He stressed that improving ICTs would promote transparency in governance and urged MDAs to embrace digital technology to develop the country's digital economy.

    “In today's world, the best means of doing business was technology, and Nigeria is developing rapidly in the use of ICT, and the current administration encourages the development of human capacities in the field of ICTs. TIC, ”he said.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that contributory remarks on the need to embrace global trends in ICT use were made by Federal Minister of Fice Secretary Alhaji Aliyu Ahmed and Minister of Communication and the Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.

    Other people who spoke at the event were Galaxy Backbone Managing Director Muhammed Abubakar and NIRA President Muhammed Rudman, who praised the federal government for promoting good governance through ICTs.

    The others were Professor Mohammed Ajiya, President of the Digital Bridge Institute and NITDA Managing Director Inuwa Abdullahi.

    also reports that the jury members were drawn from some government institutions, CSOs, NGOs, Microsoft and Google.

    The 2021/2022 assessment is the third since its inception.

    In the first edition, the Federal Ministry of Information led the ranking, while NIMC took the lead in the second edition.

    Source: NAN

  •   Construction sector expert Temitope Runsewe praised the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN for its N15 trillion infrastructure fund project saying it was essential for job creation and economic growth Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday Runsewe said the opportunity to use private sector funds to support infrastructure investments in critical sectors of the economy has enormous benefits He recalled that in July the Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha had alluded to the fact that the country s infrastructure deficit would require billions of dollars per year to be corrected He also pointed to a report by a credit rating agency Moody in a 2020 report where he predicted that Nigeria would need around three trillion dollars over the next 30 years to resolve its financial problems infrastructure In this context Mr Runsewe praised Apex Bank for its bold proposal adding that examples abounded around the world of private sector funds being used for investment projects The effects of an unstable power supply dilapidated public infrastructure and inadequate social amenities are a reality most Nigerians are familiar with While the government has recently scaled up infrastructure projects such as railways and roads across Nigeria studies show that Nigeria s low GDP figures are closely linked to inadequate infrastructure provision Our biggest challenge with economic growth in Nigeria is the glaring infrastructure deficit which government alone cannot correct There is an urgent need to involve private sector capital in the mix to ensure that the country s economic potential is enhanced by providing the roads electricity and other public facilities needed in a growing economy he said he declares NAN reports that Nigeria s N15 trillion infrastructure fund InfraCorp to be launched in October is expected to address the challenge of the country s infrastructure deficit The fund which is backed by the African Finance Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority seeks to use private sector capital to support infrastructure investments according to Apex Bank Speaking on the impact the fund would have on the Nigerian economy Mr Runsewe Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd said that as an expert in the construction industry he understood the need for funds to infrastructure development Working in the construction industry over the years I have seen first hand the challenges that national and subnational governments face in meeting the infrastructure needs of citizens What InfraCorp provides is not only the funding needed to help the government close the infrastructure gap it also opens up opportunities to create more jobs in the construction industry and improve skill levels professionals Anyone can attest that the level of excellence demanded by the private sector is much higher than that obtained in the public sector This means we will minimize waste and optimize service delivery We could end up saving up to N2trn each year by opening up the provision of public infrastructure to global best practices he said Mr Runsewe added that with such professionalism more resources will be available for the government to improve education and health care delivery among others NOPE
    CBN’s N15trn Infrastructure Fund key to Nigeria’s economic growth – Expert
      Construction sector expert Temitope Runsewe praised the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN for its N15 trillion infrastructure fund project saying it was essential for job creation and economic growth Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday Runsewe said the opportunity to use private sector funds to support infrastructure investments in critical sectors of the economy has enormous benefits He recalled that in July the Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha had alluded to the fact that the country s infrastructure deficit would require billions of dollars per year to be corrected He also pointed to a report by a credit rating agency Moody in a 2020 report where he predicted that Nigeria would need around three trillion dollars over the next 30 years to resolve its financial problems infrastructure In this context Mr Runsewe praised Apex Bank for its bold proposal adding that examples abounded around the world of private sector funds being used for investment projects The effects of an unstable power supply dilapidated public infrastructure and inadequate social amenities are a reality most Nigerians are familiar with While the government has recently scaled up infrastructure projects such as railways and roads across Nigeria studies show that Nigeria s low GDP figures are closely linked to inadequate infrastructure provision Our biggest challenge with economic growth in Nigeria is the glaring infrastructure deficit which government alone cannot correct There is an urgent need to involve private sector capital in the mix to ensure that the country s economic potential is enhanced by providing the roads electricity and other public facilities needed in a growing economy he said he declares NAN reports that Nigeria s N15 trillion infrastructure fund InfraCorp to be launched in October is expected to address the challenge of the country s infrastructure deficit The fund which is backed by the African Finance Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority seeks to use private sector capital to support infrastructure investments according to Apex Bank Speaking on the impact the fund would have on the Nigerian economy Mr Runsewe Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd said that as an expert in the construction industry he understood the need for funds to infrastructure development Working in the construction industry over the years I have seen first hand the challenges that national and subnational governments face in meeting the infrastructure needs of citizens What InfraCorp provides is not only the funding needed to help the government close the infrastructure gap it also opens up opportunities to create more jobs in the construction industry and improve skill levels professionals Anyone can attest that the level of excellence demanded by the private sector is much higher than that obtained in the public sector This means we will minimize waste and optimize service delivery We could end up saving up to N2trn each year by opening up the provision of public infrastructure to global best practices he said Mr Runsewe added that with such professionalism more resources will be available for the government to improve education and health care delivery among others NOPE
    CBN’s N15trn Infrastructure Fund key to Nigeria’s economic growth – Expert
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    CBN’s N15trn Infrastructure Fund key to Nigeria’s economic growth – Expert

    Construction sector expert Temitope Runsewe praised the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for its N15 trillion infrastructure fund project, saying it was essential for job creation and economic growth.

    Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, Runsewe said the opportunity to use private sector funds to support infrastructure investments in critical sectors of the economy has enormous benefits.

    He recalled that in July, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, had alluded to the fact that the country's infrastructure deficit would require billions of dollars per year to be corrected.

    He also pointed to a report by a credit rating agency - "Moody" in a 2020 report where he predicted that Nigeria would need around three trillion dollars over the next 30 years to resolve its financial problems. 'infrastructure.

    In this context, Mr Runsewe praised Apex Bank for its bold proposal, adding that examples abounded around the world of private sector funds being used for investment projects.

    “The effects of an unstable power supply, dilapidated public infrastructure and inadequate social amenities are a reality most Nigerians are familiar with.

    “While the government has recently scaled up infrastructure projects such as railways and roads across Nigeria, studies show that Nigeria's low GDP figures are closely linked to inadequate infrastructure provision.

    “Our biggest challenge with economic growth in Nigeria is the glaring infrastructure deficit, which government alone cannot correct.

    "There is an urgent need to involve private sector capital in the mix to ensure that the country's economic potential is enhanced by providing the roads, electricity and other public facilities needed in a growing economy," he said. -he declares.

    NAN reports that Nigeria's N15 trillion infrastructure fund (InfraCorp), to be launched in October, is expected to address the challenge of the country's infrastructure deficit.

    The fund, which is backed by the African Finance Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, seeks to use private sector capital to support infrastructure investments, according to Apex Bank.

    Speaking on the impact the fund would have on the Nigerian economy, Mr Runsewe, Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd, said that as an expert in the construction industry, he understood the need for funds to infrastructure development.

    “Working in the construction industry over the years, I have seen first-hand the challenges that national and subnational governments face in meeting the infrastructure needs of citizens.

    “What InfraCorp provides is not only the funding needed to help the government close the infrastructure gap, it also opens up opportunities to create more jobs in the construction industry and improve skill levels. professionals.

    “Anyone can attest that the level of excellence demanded by the private sector is much higher than that obtained in the public sector.

    “This means we will minimize waste and optimize service delivery.

    We could end up saving up to N2trn each year by opening up the provision of public infrastructure to global best practices, ”he said.

    Mr Runsewe added that with such professionalism, more resources will be available for the government to improve education and health care delivery, among others.

    NOPE

  •   By Ifeanyi Nwoko Construction industry expert Mr Temitope Runsewe praised the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN for its N15 trillion infrastructure fund project saying it was essential for the establishment of jobs and economic growth Speaking to Nigeria s news agency in Abuja on Tuesday Runsewe said the possibility of using private sector funds to support infrastructure investments in critical sectors of the economy presented enormous advantages He recalled that in July the Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha had alluded to the fact that the country s infrastructure deficit would require billions of dollars per year to be corrected He also pointed to a report by a credit rating agency Moody in a 2020 report where he predicted that Nigeria would need around three trillion dollars over the next 30 years to resolve its financial problems infrastructure In this context Runsewe praised Apex Bank for its bold proposal adding that examples abounded around the world of private sector funds being used for investment projects The effects of an unstable power supply dilapidated public infrastructure and inadequate social amenities are a reality most Nigerians are familiar with While the government has recently scaled up infrastructure projects such as railways and roads across Nigeria studies show that Nigeria s low GDP figures are closely linked to inadequate infrastructure provision Our biggest challenge with economic growth in Nigeria is the glaring infrastructure deficit which government alone cannot correct There is an urgent need to involve private sector capital in the mix to ensure that the country s economic potential is enhanced by providing the roads electricity and other public facilities needed in a growing economy he said he declares Nigeria s N15 trillion infrastructure fund InfraCorp which will be launched in October is expected to address the challenge of the country s infrastructure deficit reports The fund which is backed by the African Fice Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority seeks to use private sector capital to support infrastructure investments according to Apex Bank Speaking on the impact the fund would have on the Nigerian economy Runsewe Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd said that as an expert in the construction industry he understood the need for funds for development infrastructures Working in the construction industry over the years I have seen first hand the challenges that national and subnational governments face in meeting the infrastructure needs of citizens What InfraCorp provides is not only the funding needed to help the government close the infrastructure gap it also opens up opportunities to create more jobs in the construction industry and improve skill levels professionals Anyone can attest that the level of excellence demanded by the private sector is much higher than that obtained in the public sector This means we will minimize waste and optimize service delivery We could end up saving up to N2trn each year by opening up the provision of public infrastructure to global best practices he said Runsewe added that with such professionalism more resources will be available for the government to improve education and health care delivery among others Source NAN
    CBN’s N15trn Infrastructure Fund key to Nigeria’s economic growth – Expert
      By Ifeanyi Nwoko Construction industry expert Mr Temitope Runsewe praised the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN for its N15 trillion infrastructure fund project saying it was essential for the establishment of jobs and economic growth Speaking to Nigeria s news agency in Abuja on Tuesday Runsewe said the possibility of using private sector funds to support infrastructure investments in critical sectors of the economy presented enormous advantages He recalled that in July the Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha had alluded to the fact that the country s infrastructure deficit would require billions of dollars per year to be corrected He also pointed to a report by a credit rating agency Moody in a 2020 report where he predicted that Nigeria would need around three trillion dollars over the next 30 years to resolve its financial problems infrastructure In this context Runsewe praised Apex Bank for its bold proposal adding that examples abounded around the world of private sector funds being used for investment projects The effects of an unstable power supply dilapidated public infrastructure and inadequate social amenities are a reality most Nigerians are familiar with While the government has recently scaled up infrastructure projects such as railways and roads across Nigeria studies show that Nigeria s low GDP figures are closely linked to inadequate infrastructure provision Our biggest challenge with economic growth in Nigeria is the glaring infrastructure deficit which government alone cannot correct There is an urgent need to involve private sector capital in the mix to ensure that the country s economic potential is enhanced by providing the roads electricity and other public facilities needed in a growing economy he said he declares Nigeria s N15 trillion infrastructure fund InfraCorp which will be launched in October is expected to address the challenge of the country s infrastructure deficit reports The fund which is backed by the African Fice Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority seeks to use private sector capital to support infrastructure investments according to Apex Bank Speaking on the impact the fund would have on the Nigerian economy Runsewe Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd said that as an expert in the construction industry he understood the need for funds for development infrastructures Working in the construction industry over the years I have seen first hand the challenges that national and subnational governments face in meeting the infrastructure needs of citizens What InfraCorp provides is not only the funding needed to help the government close the infrastructure gap it also opens up opportunities to create more jobs in the construction industry and improve skill levels professionals Anyone can attest that the level of excellence demanded by the private sector is much higher than that obtained in the public sector This means we will minimize waste and optimize service delivery We could end up saving up to N2trn each year by opening up the provision of public infrastructure to global best practices he said Runsewe added that with such professionalism more resources will be available for the government to improve education and health care delivery among others Source NAN
    CBN’s N15trn Infrastructure Fund key to Nigeria’s economic growth – Expert
    Economy1 year ago

    CBN’s N15trn Infrastructure Fund key to Nigeria’s economic growth – Expert

    By Ifeanyi Nwoko

    Construction industry expert Mr. Temitope Runsewe praised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for its N15 trillion infrastructure fund project, saying it was essential for the establishment of jobs and economic growth.

    Speaking to Nigeria's news agency in Abuja on Tuesday, Runsewe said the possibility of using private sector funds to support infrastructure investments in critical sectors of the economy presented enormous advantages.

    He recalled that in July, the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, had alluded to the fact that the country's infrastructure deficit would require billions of dollars per year to be corrected.

    He also pointed to a report by a credit rating agency - "Moody" in a 2020 report where he predicted that Nigeria would need around three trillion dollars over the next 30 years to resolve its financial problems. 'infrastructure.

    In this context, Runsewe praised Apex Bank for its bold proposal, adding that examples abounded around the world of private sector funds being used for investment projects.

    “The effects of an unstable power supply, dilapidated public infrastructure and inadequate social amenities are a reality most Nigerians are familiar with.

    “While the government has recently scaled up infrastructure projects such as railways and roads across Nigeria, studies show that Nigeria's low GDP figures are closely linked to inadequate infrastructure provision.

    “Our biggest challenge with economic growth in Nigeria is the glaring infrastructure deficit, which government alone cannot correct.

    "There is an urgent need to involve private sector capital in the mix to ensure that the country's economic potential is enhanced by providing the roads, electricity and other public facilities needed in a growing economy," he said. -he declares.

    Nigeria's N15 trillion infrastructure fund (InfraCorp), which will be launched in October, is expected to address the challenge of the country's infrastructure deficit, reports.

    The fund, which is backed by the African Fice Corporation and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, seeks to use private sector capital to support infrastructure investments, according to Apex Bank.

    Speaking on the impact the fund would have on the Nigerian economy, Runsewe, Managing Director of Dutum Company Ltd, said that as an expert in the construction industry, he understood the need for funds for development. infrastructures.

    “Working in the construction industry over the years, I have seen first-hand the challenges that national and subnational governments face in meeting the infrastructure needs of citizens.

    “What InfraCorp provides is not only the funding needed to help the government close the infrastructure gap, it also opens up opportunities to create more jobs in the construction industry and improve skill levels. professionals.

    “Anyone can attest that the level of excellence demanded by the private sector is much higher than that obtained in the public sector.

    “This means we will minimize waste and optimize service delivery.

    We could end up saving up to N2trn each year by opening up the provision of public infrastructure to global best practices, ”he said.

    Runsewe added that with such professionalism, more resources will be available for the government to improve education and health care delivery, among others.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Ibironke Ariyo Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC on Thursday unveiled body cameras an operations monitoring and control platform to improve the Corps field operations at across the country At the official inauguration in Abuja Oyeyemi said the platform will improve transparency and accountability in the Corps activities nationwide He added that it was designed with the needs of the public in mind as the Corps strives to make the FRSC more responsive in operations Oyeyemi also said it was a testament to fostered innovation in meeting the challenges of patrol operations and his strong commitment to overcoming all obstacles in carrying out his mandate According to him the platform was important because of its multiplying values for the body and by extension national security This platform will embrace the ethical imperatives of eliminating malpractice from both operators and motorists This will greatly reduce the incentive to break traffic laws and regulations due to perceived low enforcement and the likelihood of evading arrest Likewise it will help to improve the management of road safety in general with a better disposition of the personnel among others he said The FRSC boss said the Corps recorded the highest number of assaults on its staff in 2019 but had not recorded any assaults since testing of the platform began in parts of the country Oyeyemi added that its implementation will be phased as the corps had targeted three years for all patrol teams to use body cameras across the country This is the first phase which is at FCT Abuja Cameras will also be deployed in Lagos and Asaba for year end patrol operations It will also help control the behavior of officers and the conduct of the public he said Federation Government Secretary SGF Mr Boss Mustapha represented by Permanent Secretary General Services Office Dr Nnamdi Mbaeri congratulated the corps for the commendable achievement He added that the development would help strengthen better road safety management in the country urging the body to ensure it is extended to all regions of the country Mustapha reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment to providing transport infrastructure a key to determining the performance of the sector He encouraged other federal government agencies to develop similar innovative ways to improve their work processes in the most cost effective way So I hope that today the inauguration of the operations monitoring and control platform and the deployment of body cameras will improve the quality of the road safety management approach in Nigeria he said he declares CTF Minister Muhammad Bello said the deployment of technology for traffic law enforcement has become inevitable Represented by CTF Permanent Secretary Olusade Adesola the minister said the application of body cameras has been used to great advantage by law enforcement in other climates I congratulate the FRSC for this innovation which will bring great added value to road safety management practices in Nigeria and to the FCT in particular The FCTA will continue to support these collaborative activities with the FRSC as we strive to build a world class transportation infrastructure worthy of our nation s capital he said Other sister agencies present such as the police DSS NSA among others pledged their continued support and synergy with the FRSC Nigeria News Agency reports that the platform hosts 15 surveillance and monitoring functions with real time video recording still images voice recording infrared SOS Push 2 conversation The accompanying body camera uses 4G technology via Globacom and a backend supported by the Galaxy backbone via an Internet Protocol IP address for network configuration Source NAN
    FRSC unveils body cameras for patrol operations
      By Ibironke Ariyo Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC on Thursday unveiled body cameras an operations monitoring and control platform to improve the Corps field operations at across the country At the official inauguration in Abuja Oyeyemi said the platform will improve transparency and accountability in the Corps activities nationwide He added that it was designed with the needs of the public in mind as the Corps strives to make the FRSC more responsive in operations Oyeyemi also said it was a testament to fostered innovation in meeting the challenges of patrol operations and his strong commitment to overcoming all obstacles in carrying out his mandate According to him the platform was important because of its multiplying values for the body and by extension national security This platform will embrace the ethical imperatives of eliminating malpractice from both operators and motorists This will greatly reduce the incentive to break traffic laws and regulations due to perceived low enforcement and the likelihood of evading arrest Likewise it will help to improve the management of road safety in general with a better disposition of the personnel among others he said The FRSC boss said the Corps recorded the highest number of assaults on its staff in 2019 but had not recorded any assaults since testing of the platform began in parts of the country Oyeyemi added that its implementation will be phased as the corps had targeted three years for all patrol teams to use body cameras across the country This is the first phase which is at FCT Abuja Cameras will also be deployed in Lagos and Asaba for year end patrol operations It will also help control the behavior of officers and the conduct of the public he said Federation Government Secretary SGF Mr Boss Mustapha represented by Permanent Secretary General Services Office Dr Nnamdi Mbaeri congratulated the corps for the commendable achievement He added that the development would help strengthen better road safety management in the country urging the body to ensure it is extended to all regions of the country Mustapha reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment to providing transport infrastructure a key to determining the performance of the sector He encouraged other federal government agencies to develop similar innovative ways to improve their work processes in the most cost effective way So I hope that today the inauguration of the operations monitoring and control platform and the deployment of body cameras will improve the quality of the road safety management approach in Nigeria he said he declares CTF Minister Muhammad Bello said the deployment of technology for traffic law enforcement has become inevitable Represented by CTF Permanent Secretary Olusade Adesola the minister said the application of body cameras has been used to great advantage by law enforcement in other climates I congratulate the FRSC for this innovation which will bring great added value to road safety management practices in Nigeria and to the FCT in particular The FCTA will continue to support these collaborative activities with the FRSC as we strive to build a world class transportation infrastructure worthy of our nation s capital he said Other sister agencies present such as the police DSS NSA among others pledged their continued support and synergy with the FRSC Nigeria News Agency reports that the platform hosts 15 surveillance and monitoring functions with real time video recording still images voice recording infrared SOS Push 2 conversation The accompanying body camera uses 4G technology via Globacom and a backend supported by the Galaxy backbone via an Internet Protocol IP address for network configuration Source NAN
    FRSC unveils body cameras for patrol operations
    Defence/Security1 year ago

    FRSC unveils body cameras for patrol operations

    By Ibironke Ariyo

    Corps Marshal Dr.Boboye Oyeyemi of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday unveiled body cameras, an operations monitoring and control platform, to improve the Corps' field operations at across the country.

    At the official inauguration in Abuja, Oyeyemi said the platform will improve transparency and accountability in the Corps' activities nationwide.

    He added that it was designed with the needs of the public in mind, as the Corps strives to make the FRSC more responsive in operations.

    Oyeyemi also said it was a testament to fostered innovation in meeting the challenges of patrol operations and his strong commitment to overcoming all obstacles in carrying out his mandate.

    According to him, the platform was important, because of its multiplying values ​​for the body and by extension, national security.

    “This platform will embrace the ethical imperatives of eliminating malpractice from both operators and motorists.

    “This will greatly reduce the incentive to break traffic laws and regulations due to perceived low enforcement and the likelihood of evading arrest.

    Likewise, "it will help to improve the management of road safety in general with a better disposition of the personnel, among others," he said.

    The FRSC boss said the Corps recorded the highest number of assaults on its staff in 2019, but had not recorded any assaults since testing of the platform began in parts of the country.

    Oyeyemi added that its implementation will be phased, as the corps had targeted three years for all patrol teams to use body cameras across the country.

    ”This is the first phase which is at FCT, Abuja. Cameras will also be deployed in Lagos and Asaba for year-end patrol operations. It will also help control the behavior of officers and the conduct of the public, ”he said.

    Federation Government Secretary (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha, represented by Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Dr. Nnamdi Mbaeri, congratulated the corps for the commendable achievement.

    He added that the development would help strengthen better road safety management in the country, urging the body to ensure it is extended to all regions of the country.

    Mustapha reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to providing transport infrastructure, a key to determining the performance of the sector.

    He encouraged other federal government agencies to develop similar innovative ways to improve their work processes in the most cost-effective way.

    “So I hope that today the inauguration of the operations monitoring and control platform and the deployment of body cameras will improve the quality of the road safety management approach in Nigeria,” he said. -he declares.

    CTF Minister Muhammad Bello said the deployment of technology for traffic law enforcement has become inevitable.

    Represented by CTF Permanent Secretary Olusade Adesola, the minister said the application of body cameras has been used to great advantage by law enforcement in other climates.

    “I congratulate the FRSC for this innovation which will bring great added value to road safety management practices in Nigeria and to the FCT in particular.

    “The FCTA will continue to support these collaborative activities with the FRSC as we strive to build a world-class transportation infrastructure worthy of our nation's capital,” he said.

    Other sister agencies present, such as the police, DSS, NSA, among others, pledged their continued support and synergy with the FRSC.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the platform hosts 15 surveillance and monitoring functions with real-time video recording, still images, voice recording, infrared, SOS, Push-2 conversation.

    The accompanying body camera uses 4G technology via Globacom and a backend supported by the Galaxy backbone via an Internet Protocol (IP) address for network configuration.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Okon Okon The Federal Character Commission FCC is set to begin a nationwide infrastructure audit for all ongoing and abandoned projects across the country Dr Muheeba Dankaka its executive chairman said it was a question of determining as well as verifying the significance of these projects and their different levels of completion She revealed this during the opening of a two day workshop on Public awareness and information on socio economic equipment and infrastructure which was held in Abuja on Wednesday Dankaka said The objective of the workshop is to integrate a strategic partnership with key stakeholders and advocate for balanced development in the country She said that the commission had devoted most of its existence to the institutionalization and domestication of federal principles in the operations of the Nigerian civil service in the fulfillment of its mandate Interactions with ministries departments and agencies MDAs over the years have registered a considerable level of acceptance and compliance with the principles of the federal character With this level of MDA compliance the commission decided to begin the implementation of its second mandate which aimed to ensure a fair distribution of socio economic equipment and infrastructure at the national level Since the political orientation of this government aims to achieve an integrated and balanced development of the country It has become evident that the dual mandates of the commission can provide a real platform for its actualization Dankaka explained She said the FCC s task was crucial requiring the participation of all stakeholders to brainstorm issues that could serve as solutions as well as answers to citizens questions It is according to her to ensure a strong virile and indivisible nation founded on impartiality equity and justice in order to promote national loyalty and foster a sense of belonging among all Nigerians In his commentary Senator Danjuma La ah commended management for organizing the workshop which brings together critical stakeholders on board for strategic partnership and awareness raising on FCC s core mandates La ah who is also chairman of the Senate Committee on FCC and Intergovernmental Affairs noted that the FCC s action is aimed at educating the public regarding the growth and socio economic development of different groups and segments from the country The workshop was declared open by Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mustapha who was represented by Dr Maurice Mbaeri Permanent Secretary of General Services observed that the objective of the workshop was one of the cardinal principles of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari No nation can develop without putting in place the necessary infrastructure to stimulate economic growth and ensure self sufficiency The workshop should therefore result in concrete resolutions to guide the federal government This is to ensure greater equity in the distribution of infrastructure and social equipment in the country added Mustapha Source NAN
    FCC to commence nationwide infrastructure audit of Govt. projects – Chairman
      By Okon Okon The Federal Character Commission FCC is set to begin a nationwide infrastructure audit for all ongoing and abandoned projects across the country Dr Muheeba Dankaka its executive chairman said it was a question of determining as well as verifying the significance of these projects and their different levels of completion She revealed this during the opening of a two day workshop on Public awareness and information on socio economic equipment and infrastructure which was held in Abuja on Wednesday Dankaka said The objective of the workshop is to integrate a strategic partnership with key stakeholders and advocate for balanced development in the country She said that the commission had devoted most of its existence to the institutionalization and domestication of federal principles in the operations of the Nigerian civil service in the fulfillment of its mandate Interactions with ministries departments and agencies MDAs over the years have registered a considerable level of acceptance and compliance with the principles of the federal character With this level of MDA compliance the commission decided to begin the implementation of its second mandate which aimed to ensure a fair distribution of socio economic equipment and infrastructure at the national level Since the political orientation of this government aims to achieve an integrated and balanced development of the country It has become evident that the dual mandates of the commission can provide a real platform for its actualization Dankaka explained She said the FCC s task was crucial requiring the participation of all stakeholders to brainstorm issues that could serve as solutions as well as answers to citizens questions It is according to her to ensure a strong virile and indivisible nation founded on impartiality equity and justice in order to promote national loyalty and foster a sense of belonging among all Nigerians In his commentary Senator Danjuma La ah commended management for organizing the workshop which brings together critical stakeholders on board for strategic partnership and awareness raising on FCC s core mandates La ah who is also chairman of the Senate Committee on FCC and Intergovernmental Affairs noted that the FCC s action is aimed at educating the public regarding the growth and socio economic development of different groups and segments from the country The workshop was declared open by Mr Boss Mustapha Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mustapha who was represented by Dr Maurice Mbaeri Permanent Secretary of General Services observed that the objective of the workshop was one of the cardinal principles of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari No nation can develop without putting in place the necessary infrastructure to stimulate economic growth and ensure self sufficiency The workshop should therefore result in concrete resolutions to guide the federal government This is to ensure greater equity in the distribution of infrastructure and social equipment in the country added Mustapha Source NAN
    FCC to commence nationwide infrastructure audit of Govt. projects – Chairman
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    FCC to commence nationwide infrastructure audit of Govt. projects – Chairman

    By Okon Okon

    The Federal Character Commission (FCC) is set to begin a nationwide infrastructure audit for all ongoing and abandoned projects across the country.

    Dr Muheeba Dankaka, its executive chairman, said it was a question of determining, as well as verifying the significance of these projects and their different levels of completion.

    She revealed this during the opening of a two-day workshop on “Public awareness and information on socio-economic equipment and infrastructure”, which was held in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Dankaka said: “The objective of the workshop is to integrate a strategic partnership with key stakeholders and advocate for balanced development in the country”.

    She said that the commission had devoted most of its existence to the institutionalization and domestication of federal principles in the operations of the Nigerian civil service, in the fulfillment of its mandate.

    “Interactions with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) over the years have registered a considerable level of acceptance and compliance with the principles of the federal character.

    “With this level of MDA compliance, the commission decided to begin the implementation of its second mandate, which aimed to ensure a fair distribution of socio-economic equipment and infrastructure at the national level.

    “Since the political orientation of this government aims to achieve an integrated and balanced development of the country.

    “It has become evident that the dual mandates of the commission can provide a real platform for its actualization,” Dankaka explained.

    She said the FCC's task was crucial, requiring the participation of all stakeholders to brainstorm issues that could serve as solutions, as well as answers to citizens' questions.

    It is, according to her, to ensure a strong, virile and indivisible nation, founded on impartiality, equity and justice in order to promote national loyalty and foster a sense of belonging among all Nigerians. .

    In his commentary, Senator Danjuma La`ah, commended management for organizing the workshop which brings together critical stakeholders on board for strategic partnership and awareness raising on FCC's core mandates.

    La`ah, who is also chairman of the Senate Committee on FCC and Intergovernmental Affairs, noted that the FCC's action is aimed at educating the public regarding the growth and socio-economic development of different groups and segments. from the country.

    The workshop was declared open by Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF).

    Mustapha, who was represented by Dr Maurice Mbaeri, Permanent Secretary of General Services, observed that the objective of the workshop was one of the cardinal principles of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “No nation can develop without putting in place the necessary infrastructure to stimulate economic growth and ensure self-sufficiency. The workshop should therefore result in concrete resolutions to guide the federal government.

    "This is to ensure greater equity in the distribution of infrastructure and social equipment in the country," added Mustapha.

    Source: NAN

  •   The Permanent Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs of the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Andrew Adejo has said that a divided Nigeria cannot survive and prosper Adejo who is also the secretary of the Inter Ministerial Committee on Awards Nigeria at 60 said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Saturday while receiving an award on behalf of Mr Boss Mustapha the SGF reports that the prize was presented to the boss Mustapha as well as to the permanent secretary by the group Say It Loud organizers of the initiative of the prize The permanent secretary said the clamor for the division in Nigeria is unrealistic He said The division of Nigeria is not viable Look across the country there are mixed marriages our cultures are the same because we are one Unity involves both the government and the people The government needs to do more to convince people that it has their best interests at heart by reducing the unemployment rate and putting money in people s pockets through social investment programs Nigerians are very enterprising Let people have opportunities to get involved If you are engaged you will not listen to advise you to go and fight He urged the government to continue providing social services to people while encouraging private investors to provide the necessary support The private sector should not depend on the government because the private sector is the engine of growth and the government should also strengthen public private partnerships he said In the same vein the director Mr Fasina Olakunle director of public and bilateral relations of the OSGF stressed that the 60 years of the independence of Nigeria deserve to be celebrated It has been 60 years of development 60 years of growth 60 years of learning to come together and the theme of the program Nigeria s Independence at 60 was Together The fact that we are still together despite all the clamors of a breakup is a sign of development It is very important and that is why the government emphasizes it at every opportunity he said The director urged the government to take action to discourage Nigerians who are trying to derail the government on the path to growth and development He added that there is a need to improve the education sector as well as job creation Job creation is another critical area that the government needs to address We have an army of unemployed graduates and that is a potential risk for any country There are brilliant people who have been trained and tutored but who have developed skills in the negative sense It is a potential time bomb for any country The government should therefore look into this he advised In response the group s managing director Say It Loud Mr Femi Oyelade congratulated the winners SGF and the permanent secretary for their advice and support He said the special awards were in recognition of their contributions to the Nigerian 60 project He said the organization of the awards was difficult but rewarding and promised a better awards ceremony afterwards I will take the advice of the permanent secretary to go back and be innovative and create different works for achievement and recognition awards to push people and also encourage Nigerians he said reports that on September 30 the Nigeria 60 Prize was held and awards were given to 60 notable Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor Source NAN
    Divided Nigeria will not survive – FG
      The Permanent Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs of the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Andrew Adejo has said that a divided Nigeria cannot survive and prosper Adejo who is also the secretary of the Inter Ministerial Committee on Awards Nigeria at 60 said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Saturday while receiving an award on behalf of Mr Boss Mustapha the SGF reports that the prize was presented to the boss Mustapha as well as to the permanent secretary by the group Say It Loud organizers of the initiative of the prize The permanent secretary said the clamor for the division in Nigeria is unrealistic He said The division of Nigeria is not viable Look across the country there are mixed marriages our cultures are the same because we are one Unity involves both the government and the people The government needs to do more to convince people that it has their best interests at heart by reducing the unemployment rate and putting money in people s pockets through social investment programs Nigerians are very enterprising Let people have opportunities to get involved If you are engaged you will not listen to advise you to go and fight He urged the government to continue providing social services to people while encouraging private investors to provide the necessary support The private sector should not depend on the government because the private sector is the engine of growth and the government should also strengthen public private partnerships he said In the same vein the director Mr Fasina Olakunle director of public and bilateral relations of the OSGF stressed that the 60 years of the independence of Nigeria deserve to be celebrated It has been 60 years of development 60 years of growth 60 years of learning to come together and the theme of the program Nigeria s Independence at 60 was Together The fact that we are still together despite all the clamors of a breakup is a sign of development It is very important and that is why the government emphasizes it at every opportunity he said The director urged the government to take action to discourage Nigerians who are trying to derail the government on the path to growth and development He added that there is a need to improve the education sector as well as job creation Job creation is another critical area that the government needs to address We have an army of unemployed graduates and that is a potential risk for any country There are brilliant people who have been trained and tutored but who have developed skills in the negative sense It is a potential time bomb for any country The government should therefore look into this he advised In response the group s managing director Say It Loud Mr Femi Oyelade congratulated the winners SGF and the permanent secretary for their advice and support He said the special awards were in recognition of their contributions to the Nigerian 60 project He said the organization of the awards was difficult but rewarding and promised a better awards ceremony afterwards I will take the advice of the permanent secretary to go back and be innovative and create different works for achievement and recognition awards to push people and also encourage Nigerians he said reports that on September 30 the Nigeria 60 Prize was held and awards were given to 60 notable Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor Source NAN
    Divided Nigeria will not survive – FG
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    Divided Nigeria will not survive – FG

    The Permanent Secretary for Political and Economic Affairs of the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Andrew Adejo, has said that a divided Nigeria cannot survive and prosper.

    Adejo, who is also the secretary of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Awards "Nigeria at 60", said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Saturday, while receiving an award on behalf of Mr. Boss Mustapha, the SGF.

    reports that the prize was presented to the boss Mustapha as well as to the permanent secretary by the group “Say It Loud”, organizers of the initiative of the prize.

    The permanent secretary said the clamor for the division in Nigeria is unrealistic.

    He said: “The division of Nigeria is not viable. Look across the country, there are mixed marriages, our cultures are the same because we are one. Unity involves both the government and the people.

    “The government needs to do more to convince people that it has their best interests at heart by reducing the unemployment rate and putting money in people's pockets through social investment programs.

    “Nigerians are very enterprising. Let people have opportunities to get involved. If you are engaged, you will not listen to advise you to go and fight.

    He urged the government to continue providing social services to people, while encouraging private investors to provide the necessary support.

    “The private sector should not depend on the government because the private sector is the engine of growth, and the government should also strengthen public-private partnerships,” he said.

    In the same vein, the director, Mr. Fasina Olakunle, director of public and bilateral relations of the OSGF, stressed that the 60 years of the independence of Nigeria deserve to be celebrated.

    “It has been 60 years of development, 60 years of growth, 60 years of learning to come together and the theme of the program, 'Nigeria's Independence at 60', was 'Together'.

    “The fact that we are still together despite all the clamors of a breakup is a sign of development. It is very important and that is why the government emphasizes it at every opportunity, ”he said.

    The director urged the government to take action to discourage Nigerians who are trying to derail the government on the path to growth and development.

    He added that there is a need to improve the education sector as well as job creation.

    “Job creation is another critical area that the government needs to address. We have an army of unemployed graduates and that is a potential risk for any country.

    “There are brilliant people who have been trained and tutored, but who have developed skills in the negative sense. It is a potential time bomb for any country. The government should therefore look into this, ”he advised.

    In response, the group's managing director, “Say It Loud”, Mr. Femi Oyelade, congratulated the winners - SGF and the permanent secretary - for their advice and support.

    He said the special awards were in recognition of their contributions to the Nigerian @ 60 project.

    He said the organization of the awards was difficult but rewarding and promised a better awards ceremony afterwards.

    “I will take the advice of the permanent secretary to go back and be innovative and create different works for achievement and recognition awards to push people and also encourage Nigerians,” he said.

    reports that on September 30, the Nigeria @ 60 Prize was held and awards were given to 60 notable Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavor.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Abujah Racheal The Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID 19 has issued a revised international travel protocol to Nigeria stipulating that all travelers arriving in Nigeria whether vaccinated or not must present a negative COVID 19 test taken in plus 72 hours before boarding He indicated that the protocol is effective from Monday October 25 2021 The President of the PSC on COVID 19 and Secretary of the Federation Government Mr Boss Mustapha said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja Under the new arrangement unvaccinated and partially vaccinated arriving passengers will also be required to observe a mandatory 7 day self isolation in addition to a COVID 19 PCR test on days 2 and 7 after the arrival Fully vaccinated arriving passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory 7 day self isolation but will have to take a COVID 19 PCR test on day 2 of their arrival People arriving on business or on official duty staying less than seven days in Nigeria must be fully vaccinated and produce a negative COVID 19 PCR result 72 hours before boarding and perform a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival explained Mustapha quoted Mustapha as saying during the national briefing that a revised travel protocol would be issued He noted that the review of the protocol will be based on science national experience and global developments Source NAN
    COVID-19: PSC issues revised international travel protocol into Nigeria
      By Abujah Racheal The Presidential Steering Committee PSC on COVID 19 has issued a revised international travel protocol to Nigeria stipulating that all travelers arriving in Nigeria whether vaccinated or not must present a negative COVID 19 test taken in plus 72 hours before boarding He indicated that the protocol is effective from Monday October 25 2021 The President of the PSC on COVID 19 and Secretary of the Federation Government Mr Boss Mustapha said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja Under the new arrangement unvaccinated and partially vaccinated arriving passengers will also be required to observe a mandatory 7 day self isolation in addition to a COVID 19 PCR test on days 2 and 7 after the arrival Fully vaccinated arriving passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory 7 day self isolation but will have to take a COVID 19 PCR test on day 2 of their arrival People arriving on business or on official duty staying less than seven days in Nigeria must be fully vaccinated and produce a negative COVID 19 PCR result 72 hours before boarding and perform a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival explained Mustapha quoted Mustapha as saying during the national briefing that a revised travel protocol would be issued He noted that the review of the protocol will be based on science national experience and global developments Source NAN
    COVID-19: PSC issues revised international travel protocol into Nigeria
    General news1 year ago

    COVID-19: PSC issues revised international travel protocol into Nigeria

    By Abujah Racheal

    The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has issued a revised international travel protocol to Nigeria, stipulating that all travelers arriving in Nigeria, whether vaccinated or not, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken in plus 72 hours before boarding.

    He indicated that the protocol is effective from Monday, October 25, 2021.

    The President of the PSC on COVID-19 and Secretary of the Federation Government, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said this in a statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

    Under the new arrangement, "unvaccinated and partially vaccinated arriving passengers will also be required to observe a mandatory 7-day self-isolation in addition to a COVID-19 PCR test on days 2 and 7 after the arrival,

    “Fully vaccinated arriving passengers will not be required to observe the mandatory 7-day self-isolation, but will have to take a COVID-19 PCR test on day 2 of their arrival.

    “People arriving on business or on official duty staying less than seven days in Nigeria must be fully vaccinated and produce a negative COVID-19 PCR result 72 hours before boarding; and perform a PCR test on day 2 of their arrival, ”explained Mustapha.

    quoted Mustapha as saying during the national briefing that a revised travel protocol would be issued.

    He noted that the review of the protocol will be based on science, national experience and global developments.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Abujah Racheal The Presidential Steering Committee PSC said on Wednesday that officials will present from Dec 1 evidence of vaccination or negative polymerase chain reaction PCR tests carried out within 72 hours to gain access to the offices The president of the PSC on COVID 19 Mr Boss Mustapha revealed it during the presidential press conference on COVID 19 in Abuja Mustapha who is also the secretary of the Federation government said the move was aimed at boosting vaccination rates across the country According to him as of December 1 2021 federal government employees will have to present proof of COVID 19 vaccination or present a negative result to the COVID 19 PCR test carried out within 72 hours He said this was to access their offices in all locations in Nigeria and at the missions adding that an appropriate department wide notice circular would be issued to guide the process He also advised Nigerians to be extra vigilant during the holiday season The PSC would like to warn Nigerians that two major religious festivities Salah and Christmas are approaching and that we will see an increase in passenger traffic in and out of the country Likewise events of large gatherings are likely to take place As the PSC prepares to step up surveillance and other monitoring activities we urge states and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take steps to moderate activities he added Mustapha said Statistics generated over the past four weeks on testing have shown that the infection trend is downward in some states while in others the trajectory is up The combined total for PCR and RDT testing now stands at around 3 141 795 people The aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussions are still ongoing with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to resolve the impasse Mustapha however said the decision to remove South Africa Turkey and Brazil from the restriction list has been made The Nigeria News Agency reports that the PSC had imposed a restriction on Turkey Brazil and South Africa due to the surge in the number of COVID 19 cases According to him over several months four countries were subject to high level restrictions on travelers from those countries The PSC has after reviewing developments in these countries decided to remove South Africa Turkey and Brazil from the shortlist The Honorable Minister of Aviation today presented the position of African countries on the vaccine passport that some economic blocs and countries wish to impose for travel purposes This is because African countries have struggled to access vaccines for their citizens in sufficient numbers Mustapha said that the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK as of October 11 Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC will continue to review Nigeria s protocols on the basis of global developments science and national experience A revised protocol will be published within the next 24 hours he said Source NAN
    COVID-19: Civil servants to present proof of vaccination, negative PCR tests from December 1— PSC
      By Abujah Racheal The Presidential Steering Committee PSC said on Wednesday that officials will present from Dec 1 evidence of vaccination or negative polymerase chain reaction PCR tests carried out within 72 hours to gain access to the offices The president of the PSC on COVID 19 Mr Boss Mustapha revealed it during the presidential press conference on COVID 19 in Abuja Mustapha who is also the secretary of the Federation government said the move was aimed at boosting vaccination rates across the country According to him as of December 1 2021 federal government employees will have to present proof of COVID 19 vaccination or present a negative result to the COVID 19 PCR test carried out within 72 hours He said this was to access their offices in all locations in Nigeria and at the missions adding that an appropriate department wide notice circular would be issued to guide the process He also advised Nigerians to be extra vigilant during the holiday season The PSC would like to warn Nigerians that two major religious festivities Salah and Christmas are approaching and that we will see an increase in passenger traffic in and out of the country Likewise events of large gatherings are likely to take place As the PSC prepares to step up surveillance and other monitoring activities we urge states and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take steps to moderate activities he added Mustapha said Statistics generated over the past four weeks on testing have shown that the infection trend is downward in some states while in others the trajectory is up The combined total for PCR and RDT testing now stands at around 3 141 795 people The aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussions are still ongoing with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to resolve the impasse Mustapha however said the decision to remove South Africa Turkey and Brazil from the restriction list has been made The Nigeria News Agency reports that the PSC had imposed a restriction on Turkey Brazil and South Africa due to the surge in the number of COVID 19 cases According to him over several months four countries were subject to high level restrictions on travelers from those countries The PSC has after reviewing developments in these countries decided to remove South Africa Turkey and Brazil from the shortlist The Honorable Minister of Aviation today presented the position of African countries on the vaccine passport that some economic blocs and countries wish to impose for travel purposes This is because African countries have struggled to access vaccines for their citizens in sufficient numbers Mustapha said that the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK as of October 11 Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC will continue to review Nigeria s protocols on the basis of global developments science and national experience A revised protocol will be published within the next 24 hours he said Source NAN
    COVID-19: Civil servants to present proof of vaccination, negative PCR tests from December 1— PSC
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    COVID-19: Civil servants to present proof of vaccination, negative PCR tests from December 1— PSC

    By Abujah Racheal

    The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) said on Wednesday that officials will present from Dec. 1 evidence of vaccination or negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR), tests carried out within 72 hours to gain access to the offices.

    The president of the PSC on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, revealed it during the presidential press conference on COVID-19 in Abuja.

    Mustapha, who is also the secretary of the Federation government, said the move was aimed at boosting vaccination rates across the country.

    According to him, as of December 1, 2021, federal government employees will have to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative result to the COVID-19 PCR test carried out within 72 hours.

    He said this was to access their offices in all locations in Nigeria and at the missions, adding that an appropriate department-wide notice / circular would be issued to guide the process.

    He also advised Nigerians to be extra vigilant during the holiday season.

    “The PSC would like to warn Nigerians that two major religious festivities (Salah and Christmas) are approaching and that we will see an increase in passenger traffic in and out of the country.

    “Likewise, events of large gatherings are likely to take place. As the PSC prepares to step up surveillance and other monitoring activities, we urge states and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take steps to moderate activities, ”he added.

    Mustapha said, “Statistics generated over the past four weeks on testing have shown that the infection trend is downward in some states while in others the trajectory is up.

    The combined total for PCR and RDT testing now stands at around 3,141,795 people.

    “The aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; discussions are still ongoing with the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to resolve the impasse.

    Mustapha, however, said the decision to remove South Africa, Turkey and Brazil from the restriction list has been made.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the PSC had imposed a restriction on Turkey, Brazil and South Africa due to the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases.

    According to him, over several months, four countries were subject to high-level restrictions on travelers from those countries.

    The PSC has, after reviewing developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey and Brazil from the shortlist.

    The Honorable Minister of Aviation today presented the position of African countries on the vaccine passport that some economic blocs and countries wish to impose for travel purposes.

    "This is because African countries have struggled to access vaccines for their citizens in sufficient numbers."

    Mustapha said that “the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK as of October 11.

    Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC will continue to review Nigeria's protocols on the basis of global developments, science and national experience.

    “A revised protocol will be published within the next 24 hours,” he said.

    Source: NAN

  •   By a Moussa The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to restore payments to retirees to its priority list as well as to clear the backlog of arrears inherited from previous administrations under contributory and defined benefit pension plans Mr Boss Mustapha secretary of the Federation government revealed this during a two day awareness raising summit on eradicating pension fraud in Nigeria The program was organized by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC in collaboration with the National Pensions Commission PenCom and other industry stakeholders Mustapha said the theme of the workshop was about the sacred responsibility of safeguarding the well being of older people who had worked I am pleased to know that the EFCC is extending its specialist coverage to the pension sector in Nigeria in order to secure pension funds and protect unsuspecting retirees and contributors from the activities of fraudsters The government is aware of its responsibilities with respect to payment to eligible public sector retirees for this reason we are determined to fight against the criminal act of pension fraud its manifestation and those resulting from the human interface It is unfair that such crimes are perpetrated against innocent retirees by depriving them of the legitimate income they have worked so hard to save for their retirement he said Mustapha praised President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment and success in retirement especially his attention to the salaries of 9 216 NITEL retirees after more than a decade of neglect He also said other issues were the recovered cash and non cash assets totaling N16 billion trapped in various insurance companies In addition the subscribers manage the pension funds of federal parastatals and universities through the Directorate of Transitional Arrangements for Pensions The release of 54 billion naira to settle the 33 percent arrears which dated back to 2010 when the minimum wage was raised to 18 000 naira placed 3 542 retirees from the Delta Steel company liquidated in 2005 among many other achievements he said noted EFCC Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa said the summit initiative was important to take stock of measures put in place to improve and clean up pension administration in the country Bawa said We cannot say exactly how much is lost in financial terms to pension fraud bearing in mind that most cases go unreported or underreported but we have investigated and documented hundreds billions of naira lost in the pension sector He said the EFCC had a mandate to coordinate the enforcement of all economic and financial crime laws in the country which made the commission aware of the rotting pension system I am extremely optimistic that the reforms of pension administration and fraud prevention which will be the natural outcome of this summit will be implemented urgently by all stakeholders for the instant and lasting benefit of all did he declare Hajiya Aisha Dahir Umar Managing Director of PenCom said they were happy to partner with the EFCC in the outreach initiative which focused on examining the implications of fraud and ways to eradicate it threat proactively Dahir Umar represented by the Commissioner Inspection Mr Clement Akintola said the event would create the necessary synergy to stimulate the efforts of the two organizations in fulfilling their respective statutory mandates in relation to the theme of Mountain peak As you may recall the problems of fraud and mismanagement in the pension sector are among the reasons that necessitated the 2004 pension reforms by the federal government the Pension Reform Act PRA 2004 which was subsequently revised and enacted in 2014 These legal and institutional frameworks aim to fight against the decay that characterized the administration of pensions in the pre reform era The Pensions Transitional Arrangements Directorate was also created by PRA 2014 to transparently administer the Defined Benefit Scheme DBS for retirees exempt from the contributory pension scheme said Dahir Umar She said these measures had significantly restored credibility and confidence in Nigerian pension systems noting that the 2014 PRA also strengthened Nigerian pension institutions in contributory DBS and empowered them to overcome emerging challenges The CEO of PenCom added that the continued collaboration with the EFCC would certainly serve as a catalyst to minimize the threat of fraud in the pension sector Source NAN
    FG remains committed to pension matters in the public sector– SGF
      By a Moussa The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to restore payments to retirees to its priority list as well as to clear the backlog of arrears inherited from previous administrations under contributory and defined benefit pension plans Mr Boss Mustapha secretary of the Federation government revealed this during a two day awareness raising summit on eradicating pension fraud in Nigeria The program was organized by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC in collaboration with the National Pensions Commission PenCom and other industry stakeholders Mustapha said the theme of the workshop was about the sacred responsibility of safeguarding the well being of older people who had worked I am pleased to know that the EFCC is extending its specialist coverage to the pension sector in Nigeria in order to secure pension funds and protect unsuspecting retirees and contributors from the activities of fraudsters The government is aware of its responsibilities with respect to payment to eligible public sector retirees for this reason we are determined to fight against the criminal act of pension fraud its manifestation and those resulting from the human interface It is unfair that such crimes are perpetrated against innocent retirees by depriving them of the legitimate income they have worked so hard to save for their retirement he said Mustapha praised President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment and success in retirement especially his attention to the salaries of 9 216 NITEL retirees after more than a decade of neglect He also said other issues were the recovered cash and non cash assets totaling N16 billion trapped in various insurance companies In addition the subscribers manage the pension funds of federal parastatals and universities through the Directorate of Transitional Arrangements for Pensions The release of 54 billion naira to settle the 33 percent arrears which dated back to 2010 when the minimum wage was raised to 18 000 naira placed 3 542 retirees from the Delta Steel company liquidated in 2005 among many other achievements he said noted EFCC Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa said the summit initiative was important to take stock of measures put in place to improve and clean up pension administration in the country Bawa said We cannot say exactly how much is lost in financial terms to pension fraud bearing in mind that most cases go unreported or underreported but we have investigated and documented hundreds billions of naira lost in the pension sector He said the EFCC had a mandate to coordinate the enforcement of all economic and financial crime laws in the country which made the commission aware of the rotting pension system I am extremely optimistic that the reforms of pension administration and fraud prevention which will be the natural outcome of this summit will be implemented urgently by all stakeholders for the instant and lasting benefit of all did he declare Hajiya Aisha Dahir Umar Managing Director of PenCom said they were happy to partner with the EFCC in the outreach initiative which focused on examining the implications of fraud and ways to eradicate it threat proactively Dahir Umar represented by the Commissioner Inspection Mr Clement Akintola said the event would create the necessary synergy to stimulate the efforts of the two organizations in fulfilling their respective statutory mandates in relation to the theme of Mountain peak As you may recall the problems of fraud and mismanagement in the pension sector are among the reasons that necessitated the 2004 pension reforms by the federal government the Pension Reform Act PRA 2004 which was subsequently revised and enacted in 2014 These legal and institutional frameworks aim to fight against the decay that characterized the administration of pensions in the pre reform era The Pensions Transitional Arrangements Directorate was also created by PRA 2014 to transparently administer the Defined Benefit Scheme DBS for retirees exempt from the contributory pension scheme said Dahir Umar She said these measures had significantly restored credibility and confidence in Nigerian pension systems noting that the 2014 PRA also strengthened Nigerian pension institutions in contributory DBS and empowered them to overcome emerging challenges The CEO of PenCom added that the continued collaboration with the EFCC would certainly serve as a catalyst to minimize the threat of fraud in the pension sector Source NAN
    FG remains committed to pension matters in the public sector– SGF
    Economy1 year ago

    FG remains committed to pension matters in the public sector– SGF

    By a Moussa

    The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to restore payments to retirees to its priority list as well as to clear the backlog of arrears inherited from previous administrations, under contributory and defined benefit pension plans.

    Mr. Boss Mustapha, secretary of the Federation government, revealed this during a two-day awareness-raising summit on “eradicating pension fraud” in Nigeria.

    The program was organized by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), in collaboration with the National Pensions Commission (PenCom) and other industry stakeholders.

    Mustapha said the theme of the workshop was about the sacred responsibility of safeguarding the well-being of older people who had worked.

    “I am pleased to know that the EFCC is extending its specialist coverage to the pension sector in Nigeria, in order to secure pension funds and protect unsuspecting retirees and contributors from the activities of fraudsters.

    “The government is aware of its responsibilities with respect to payment to eligible public sector retirees; for this reason, we are determined to fight against the criminal act of pension fraud, its manifestation and those resulting from the human interface.

    "It is unfair that such crimes are perpetrated against innocent retirees by depriving them of the legitimate income they have worked so hard to save for their retirement," he said.

    Mustapha praised President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment and success in retirement, especially his attention to the salaries of 9,216 NITEL retirees, after more than a decade of neglect.

    He also said other issues were the recovered cash and non-cash assets totaling N16 billion trapped in various insurance companies.

    “In addition, the subscribers manage the pension funds of federal parastatals and universities, through the Directorate of Transitional Arrangements for Pensions.

    "The release of 54 billion naira to settle the 33 percent arrears, which dated back to 2010 when the minimum wage was raised to 18,000 naira, placed 3,542 retirees from the Delta Steel company liquidated in 2005, among many other achievements, "he said. noted.

    EFCC Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa said the summit initiative was important to take stock of measures put in place to improve and clean up pension administration in the country.

    Bawa said: "We cannot say exactly how much is lost in financial terms to pension fraud, bearing in mind that most cases go unreported or underreported, but we have investigated and documented hundreds. billions of naira lost in the pension sector ”.

    He said the EFCC had a mandate to coordinate the enforcement of all economic and financial crime laws in the country, which made the commission aware of the rotting pension system.

    "I am extremely optimistic that the reforms of pension administration and fraud prevention which will be the natural outcome of this summit will be implemented urgently by all stakeholders for the instant and lasting benefit of all. ", did he declare.

    Hajiya Aisha Dahir-Umar, Managing Director of PenCom, said they were happy to partner with the EFCC in the outreach initiative, which focused on examining the implications of fraud and ways to eradicate it. threat proactively.

    Dahir-Umar, represented by the Commissioner, Inspection, Mr. Clement Akintola, said the event would create the necessary synergy to stimulate the efforts of the two organizations in fulfilling their respective statutory mandates in relation to the theme of Mountain peak.

    “As you may recall, the problems of fraud and mismanagement in the pension sector are among the reasons that necessitated the 2004 pension reforms by the federal government, the Pension Reform Act (PRA ) 2004, which was subsequently revised and enacted in 2014.

    “These legal and institutional frameworks aim to fight against the decay that characterized the administration of pensions in the pre-reform era.

    “The Pensions Transitional Arrangements Directorate was also created by PRA 2014 to transparently administer the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) for retirees exempt from the contributory pension scheme,” said Dahir-Umar.

    She said these measures had significantly restored credibility and confidence in Nigerian pension systems, noting that the 2014 PRA also strengthened Nigerian pension institutions in contributory DBS and empowered them to overcome emerging challenges.

    The CEO of PenCom added that the continued collaboration with the EFCC would certainly serve as a catalyst to minimize the threat of fraud in the pension sector.

    Source: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says in spite of the challenging times the country has gone through over the years its resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the Nigeria 60 year long photo exhibition The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event with the theme 60 Years of our Togetherness was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Folashade Yemi Esan Mohammed said the theme of the photo exhibition was carefully couched to reflect on the unity of the country in the past 60 years despite its diverse cultures traditions practices languages and challenges This Photo Exhibition is organised to serve as a poigt reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country ensured peaceful coexistence patriotism and determination culminating in our greatness and development For those who did not witness Nigeria s Independence in 1960 particularly the students they can at least look at the photos of pre independent Nigeria the independence proper post independence era They will also look at leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then These have given hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time we will surmount them and have a strong united peaceful and prosperous country he said The minister said the exhibition which will be opened to the public till Sept 23 captured six decades of Nigeria s independence footprints of Nigeria s political leaders and 60 years of the labour of past heroes in ensuring the country s unity and peace He said the exhibition also presented Nigeria s 60 year story in pictorial form delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria s icons In addition you will view programmes for national integration such as the National Youth Service Corps programme photos of intertribal marriages and creation of the Federal Capital Territory You will also view Abuja popular artists both old and new that are well known across the nation and internationally our collective achievements in the area of sport which as you are all aware has acted as a strong unifying force ancient and modern fashion attires hairstyles Nigerian cuisine that we love to eat irrespective of what tribe you belong to tourist attractions and festivals as well as Nigerians in Diaspora and their achievements just to mention a few he said Mohammed enjoined Nigerians especially the youth to spend time to view and savour the photo exhibition to get acquainted with the nation s political socio cultural and historical legacies He said arrangement had been made for students within the FCT to view the exhibition within the period Mustapha who declared the event opened said Nigeria had summounted its myriad of challenges through its rich and dynamic culture and resilient spirit He said the exhibition would help to correct the biasses and incorrect revelations about the past which many youths had been fed with On her part Yemi Esan said the country had weathered the storm of adversity and many challenges to remain a united nation She said the exhibition presented the opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to a greater future The event was attended by students National Youths Service Corp members Heads of parastatal agencies in the ministry of information and culture including Managing Director Mr Buki Ponle Source NAN
    Nigeria’s unity unshakeable – FG
     The Federal Government says in spite of the challenging times the country has gone through over the years its resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the Nigeria 60 year long photo exhibition The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event with the theme 60 Years of our Togetherness was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation Folashade Yemi Esan Mohammed said the theme of the photo exhibition was carefully couched to reflect on the unity of the country in the past 60 years despite its diverse cultures traditions practices languages and challenges This Photo Exhibition is organised to serve as a poigt reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country ensured peaceful coexistence patriotism and determination culminating in our greatness and development For those who did not witness Nigeria s Independence in 1960 particularly the students they can at least look at the photos of pre independent Nigeria the independence proper post independence era They will also look at leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then These have given hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time we will surmount them and have a strong united peaceful and prosperous country he said The minister said the exhibition which will be opened to the public till Sept 23 captured six decades of Nigeria s independence footprints of Nigeria s political leaders and 60 years of the labour of past heroes in ensuring the country s unity and peace He said the exhibition also presented Nigeria s 60 year story in pictorial form delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria s icons In addition you will view programmes for national integration such as the National Youth Service Corps programme photos of intertribal marriages and creation of the Federal Capital Territory You will also view Abuja popular artists both old and new that are well known across the nation and internationally our collective achievements in the area of sport which as you are all aware has acted as a strong unifying force ancient and modern fashion attires hairstyles Nigerian cuisine that we love to eat irrespective of what tribe you belong to tourist attractions and festivals as well as Nigerians in Diaspora and their achievements just to mention a few he said Mohammed enjoined Nigerians especially the youth to spend time to view and savour the photo exhibition to get acquainted with the nation s political socio cultural and historical legacies He said arrangement had been made for students within the FCT to view the exhibition within the period Mustapha who declared the event opened said Nigeria had summounted its myriad of challenges through its rich and dynamic culture and resilient spirit He said the exhibition would help to correct the biasses and incorrect revelations about the past which many youths had been fed with On her part Yemi Esan said the country had weathered the storm of adversity and many challenges to remain a united nation She said the exhibition presented the opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to a greater future The event was attended by students National Youths Service Corp members Heads of parastatal agencies in the ministry of information and culture including Managing Director Mr Buki Ponle Source NAN
    Nigeria’s unity unshakeable – FG
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    Nigeria’s unity unshakeable – FG

    The Federal Government says in spite of the challenging times the country has gone through over the years, its resolve to remain as one indivisible entity has remained unshaken. 

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this on Monday in Abuja at the opening of the [email protected] year long photo exhibition.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event, with the theme “60 Years of our Togetherness”, was attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan.

    Mohammed said the theme of the photo exhibition was carefully couched to reflect on the unity of the country in the past 60 years, despite its diverse cultures, traditions, practices, languages and challenges.

    “This Photo Exhibition is organised to serve as a poigt reminder of significant events in the annals of this great country and how they have shaped the country, ensured peaceful coexistence, patriotism and determination, culminating in our greatness and development.

    “For those who did not witness Nigeria’s Independence in 1960, particularly the students, they can at least look at the photos of pre-independent Nigeria; the independence proper; post-independence era.

    “They will also look at leaders who fought for our independence and have an idea of the struggle for freedom from colonialism and a mental picture of how the situation was then.

    “These have given hope that whatever challenges we may be facing even at this time, we will surmount them and have a strong, united, peaceful and prosperous country,” he said.

    The minister said the exhibition, which will be opened to the public till Sept. 23, captured six decades of Nigeria’s independence; footprints of Nigeria’s political leaders and 60 years of the labour of past heroes in ensuring the country’s unity and peace.

    He said the exhibition also presented Nigeria’s 60-year story in pictorial form, delivering a photographic presentation of Nigeria’s icons.

    “In addition, you will view programmes for national integration, such as the National Youth Service Corps programme, photos of intertribal marriages and creation of the Federal Capital Territory.

    “You will also view Abuja; popular artists, both old and new; that are well known across the nation and internationally; our collective achievements in the area of sport which, as you are all aware, has acted as a strong unifying force; ancient and modern fashion/attires/hairstyles;

    “Nigerian cuisine that we love to eat irrespective of what tribe you belong to; tourist attractions and festivals; as well as Nigerians in Diaspora and their achievements, just to mention a few,” he said.

    Mohammed enjoined Nigerians, especially the youth, to spend time to view and savour the photo exhibition, to get acquainted with the nation’s political, socio-cultural and historical legacies.

    He said arrangement had been made for students within the FCT to view the exhibition within the period.

    Mustapha, who declared the event opened, said Nigeria had summounted its myriad of challenges through its rich and dynamic culture and resilient spirit.

    He said the exhibition would help to correct the biasses and incorrect revelations about the past which many youths had been fed with.

    On her part, Yemi-Esan said the country had weathered the storm of adversity and many challenges to remain a united nation.

    She said the exhibition presented the opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to a greater future.

    The event was attended by students, National Youths Service Corp members, Heads of parastatal agencies in the ministry of information and culture including Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle.

    Source: NAN

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