President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo and his family on the passing of their beloved mother, Mrs Grace Akeredolu.
The president made his feelings known in a condolence message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja.
He urged members of the Akeredolu family to draw strength from the life lessons taught by mama, the values of care and compassion she inculcated in them and the sacrifices she made for her children to succeed in life.
Buhari prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed, and urged the family to hold fast to their faith and trust in God to guide them through this difficult period.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says a lot of countries including Jamaica, United Kingdom and Kenya want to beat Nigeria in the fields of Athletics, following the country’s good outing at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Dare stated this when he addressed State House correspondents at the weekly Ministerial Media Briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team led by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, a lot of foreign athletes are looking forward to future sports competitions, including France 2024 to beat Nigerian athletes.
He said: ”So for sports, as the focus is now that’s where we are, we are preparing for France 2024. ”Already we have a big fill in from Oregon, we have a big fill in from Commonwealth, we are all aware that right now a lot of people want to beat us.
The Jamaicans are not happy with us.
The Britons are not happy with us.
”The Kenyans are not happy with us because of what happened.
So we know that we really need to keep at it.
So that won’t get to France 2024, the standard we have set, we’ll try to go above it.
”And I’m sure that our athletes can do it.
” On youth development, the minister disclosed that his ministry had so far received N10 billion out of the N25 billion earmarked for National Youth Investment Fund. He revealed that over 31,000 youths had benefitted from the fund, saying between N250,000 and N3 million were given as loan to the affected beneficiaries.
The minister said: ”Our youth development, of course, I can tell you off the cuff that we’ve only received N10 billion out of the N25 billion for the first year, for the National Youth Investment Fund. ”We’ve been able to disburse to over 31,000 youths.
Normally there’s a process, we send out an email, you have to reply us to say thank you I accept.
”Once we don’t get a feedback, we keep your name so over 45,000 have been approved for that loan, only about 31,000 have responded.
”And the funds have gone to them between N250,000 to N3 million, whatever you get is based on the idea of the business that you put forward.
” Dare stated that the ministry had also embarked on digital training of youths on cybersecurity to qualify them as cybersecurity experts.
He said: ”Beyond that, trainings are going on digital training.
I think the most important is the research we did as a ministry.
”We looked at the problem of skills mismatch.
There are jobs out there for our youths, but the degrees they have cannot fit in for those jobs.
”We found out that the jobs available in cybersecurity in Africa alone is 1.5 million jobs.
”In this country alone, more than 350,000, that is the organisations looking for a cybersecurity expert certified.
”So, the ministry last month partner with Halogen and when we put out the call, after three days, 61,000 youths applied for cybersecurity training to be certified.
”As we speak, we’ve trained about 6,000, they have graduated, they will get their certification, we can train this 61,000 because there’s a cost implication, but we’ll take them in batches.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu as Interim Administrator of the Amnesty Programme.
Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, confirmed this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
The appointee hails from Odoni in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, and was admitted to the Nigerian Defence Academy as part of 29th Regular Combatant Course.
He was commissioned 2nd Lt. in 1983. He held several command and staff appointments in the course of his successful military career.
He retired in December 2017. Ndiomu also trained as a lawyer, and is alumnus of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, Badagry, Harvard Kennedy School, and George C Marshall Centre for European Security Studies, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Alhaji Najeem Jimoh, Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, as he turns 70 Sept.14.
Buhari stated this in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday in Abuja.
He saluted a sterling career which had spanned over four decades, beginning from the days of the WNTV and WNBS.
Buhari urged Jimoh to continue sharing knowledge and skill with the younger generation of journalists, so they can value ethics and professionalism, like him.
Jimoh was the Vice Chairman,The Point Newspapers and Executive Vice Chairman of Citizen FM 93.7, Abuja.
He later moved to the Daily Times and later the Punch Newspapers, which he
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with astute financial services expert and credit risk management specialist, Mrs Mosun Belo-Olusoga as she turned 65, Sept. 13.
The President in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Tuesday in Abuja, extolled ”the woman of many firsts, who has blazed the trail in different areas of endeavor.
” He wished her and her loved ones a joyous celebration, longer life in good health, and further service to God and humanity.
According to him, the professional and career path of Belo-Olusoga should inspire the younger generation, male and female alike.
He said these included strides like the first female Executive Director of GT Bank, first female Chairman of Access Bank, first female Director, First Premium Trust Pensions Ltd, acting Managing Director of Africa GTB.
Belo-Olusoga was also the immediate past Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, among others.
The President urged the celebrant to shine the light continuously, so that the younger generation could be inspired, and find the way.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Government and people of Adamawa over the passing of an illustrious son, Chief Timawus Mathias, aged 73.
Late Mathias served the country as a broadcaster, writer and media consultant for more than fifty years.
In a condolence message signed by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina on Friday in Abuja, Buhari said he shared the pain of loss with family members, particularly his wife of close to five decades, Betty, the Haman Bachama and the Bachama Traditional Council.
The president extolled Mathias for dedicating his life to service of the country, starting out at a young age with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, before moving to the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA and hitting the limelight with Verdict’83 in 1983. Buhari believed the multi-talented journalist, whose versatility stretched into music, contributed to the vibrancy and dynamism of Nigerian media.
He saluted Mathias for remaining relevant in writing columns for newspapers and treads on social media, while providing expert guidance on communication to many public and private institutions.
The president affirmed that the veteran journalist, who had two media stations in Yola, NTA and AIT named after him, would always be remembered for the value he added to the lives of many, home and abroad.
President Buhari prayed that almighty God would accept the soul of Mathias and comfort his family.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Emir of Zazzau-Suleja, Alhaji Awwal Ibrahim on his 81st birthday.
The president, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Wednesday in Abuja joined the Suleja Emirate Council and Niger State Traditional Council to celebrate with the royal father.
Buhari said that the Emir had influenced the nation’s development in many ways.
The president felicitated family, friends and associates of the Emir, extolling the traditional ruler for always accepting responsibilities to serve the nation and his community.
He said that the traditional ruler had worked variously as a lecturer and permanent secretary, before he was was elected Governor of Niger State in 1979. The president noted the visionary leadership provided by the Emir in his domain and extension of his experience in contributing to the growth of the nation, particularly in the area of education, administration and governance.
Buhari prayed for the well-being of the Emir and his family.
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Liz Truss as she assumes office as the new Prime Minister of Britain.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday in Abuja, the president rejoiced with the former Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom.
Buhari expressed the hope that the prime minister’s antecedents in government, politics and diplomacy would further shape and strengthen relations with Nigeria and other nations.
According to him, the shared ties between Nigeria and Britain remain strong, positive and mutually beneficial, and will work with the Prime Minister to deepen that relationship in the interest of both countries.
The president appreciated the warmth and friendliness of the immediate past Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wishing him the best in his future endeavours.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday rejoiced with Prof. Godini Darah on the conferment of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) on him by Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Agbara-Otor, Delta.
The conferment holds on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in recognition of Darah’s contributions to advancement of knowledge within and outside Nigeria.
Darah also has the honour to deliver the keynote address at the 4th Convocation of the university and 6th Michael Ibru Memorial Lecture on Tuesday.
In a congratulatory message issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja, the president joined family, friends and professional associates to felicitate with the respected scholar.
He joined the academia to celebrate with “the folklorist, journalist and administrator whose lectures, writings and publications of many years continue to enlighten and motivate’’, Adesina stated.
He added that Buhari noted Darah’s revolutionary approach to folklore and to oral literature, and his ingenious treatment of national and international issues.
He noted also that Darah simplified complex cultural, socio-economic and political issues, and puts them into relatable contexts making him a highly sought-after scholar.
President Buhari wished Darah the best in future endeavours.
Darah had taught variously at the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Northeastern University, Boston, U.
S.A., Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun, University of Africa, Toru-Orua and Delta State University, Abraka.
He was also at a time, Chairman, Editorial Board of The Guardian Newspapers.
President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted veteran broadcaster and former Director General of National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Malam Danladi Bako, on his 65th birthday.
In a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja, Buhari felicitated the journalist who contributed to ”the dynamism of media in Nigeria, especially on development.
” The president rejoiced with Bako for a rewarding and memorable time as broadcaster, scholar, administrator and public servant.
He lauded him for deploying his talent to create programmes that inspire and integrate, like the Morning Ride on NTA, which gave opportunity for many to advocate, counsel and ventilate.
Buhari also commended Bako for guiding many to see journalism as a career for continuous mind renewal, an adventure into unraveling the unknown, and telling the truth that encourages peace and harmony.
The president noted the discipline, diligence and focus of the broadcaster, and his penchant for research and rigorous study.
He equally commended Bako’s large- heartedness and ability to discover many talents as a scriptwriter, director and producer, with many of his prodigies playing leading roles in the movie industry, Nollywood.
Buhari prayed for good health, strength and more wisdom for Bako, who is also an expert in development communication, and his family to keep serving the country.