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  •  Asiwaju Bola Tinubu All Progressives Congress APC 2023 presidential candidate has appointed Gov Aminu Masari of Kastina State as Campaign Senior Adviser on Administration and Government The former two term Lagos State governor also appointed former governor of Sokoto State Sen Aliyu Wamakko as Senior Adviser Special Duties According to the letters of appointment made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja and signed by Tinubu both men are to serve in the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC The letters said both Masari and Wamakko s impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership demonstrated as governor and Senator respectively in their states and as party members qualified them for the responsibility The letter to Gov Masari read By way of this letter we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Special Adviser on Administration and Government of the Presidential Campaign Council This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team we know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility Tinubu in the letter expressed hope that Masari would help the party conduct an effective message driven campaign leading to victory in the 2023 presidential election He said with unity not only would the council ensure victory for the party in the February 2023 general elections but would help it move Nigeria along the path of national greatness This he said they would do by building on the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians Tinubu said the appointments were fitting and appropriate given the impressive political achievement and exemplary leadership both men demonstrated in different capacities and as a party members He prayed for guidance for the new appointees NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 campaign: Tinubu appoints Gov. Masari, Wamako as campaign Senior Advisers
     Asiwaju Bola Tinubu All Progressives Congress APC 2023 presidential candidate has appointed Gov Aminu Masari of Kastina State as Campaign Senior Adviser on Administration and Government The former two term Lagos State governor also appointed former governor of Sokoto State Sen Aliyu Wamakko as Senior Adviser Special Duties According to the letters of appointment made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja and signed by Tinubu both men are to serve in the APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC The letters said both Masari and Wamakko s impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership demonstrated as governor and Senator respectively in their states and as party members qualified them for the responsibility The letter to Gov Masari read By way of this letter we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Special Adviser on Administration and Government of the Presidential Campaign Council This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team we know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility Tinubu in the letter expressed hope that Masari would help the party conduct an effective message driven campaign leading to victory in the 2023 presidential election He said with unity not only would the council ensure victory for the party in the February 2023 general elections but would help it move Nigeria along the path of national greatness This he said they would do by building on the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians Tinubu said the appointments were fitting and appropriate given the impressive political achievement and exemplary leadership both men demonstrated in different capacities and as a party members He prayed for guidance for the new appointees NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 campaign: Tinubu appoints Gov. Masari, Wamako as campaign Senior Advisers
    General news9 hours ago

    2023 campaign: Tinubu appoints Gov. Masari, Wamako as campaign Senior Advisers

    Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress(APC) 2023 presidential candidate has appointed Gov. Aminu Masari of Kastina State as Campaign Senior Adviser on Administration and Government.

    The former two-term Lagos State governor, also appointed former governor of Sokoto State, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko as Senior Adviser Special Duties.

    According to the letters of appointment made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja and signed by Tinubu, both men are to serve in the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

    The letters said both Masari and Wamakko’s impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership demonstrated as governor and Senator, respectively in their states and as party members qualified them for the responsibility.

    The letter to Gov. Masari read: “By way of this letter we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Special Adviser on Administration and Government of the Presidential Campaign Council.

    “This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

    “We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team, we know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility,” Tinubu in the letter, expressed hope that Masari would help the party conduct an effective message-driven campaign leading to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

    He said with unity, not only would the council ensure victory for the party in the February 2023 general elections, but would help it move Nigeria along the path of national greatness.

    This, he said they would do by building on the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.

    Tinubu said the appointments were fitting and appropriate given the impressive political achievement and exemplary leadership both men demonstrated in different capacities and as a party members.

    He prayed for guidance for the new appointees.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Dr Nasiru Idris the All Progressives Congress APC gubernatorial candidate in Kebbi State has urged state governments to improve their Internally Generated Revenue IGR to complement dwindling federal oil revenue source Idris made this call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi by Mr Ahmed Idris his media aide on Sunday He observed that evolving new strategy in revenue generation would not only help the state governments but would also reduce over dependence on federal allocation Idris congratulated Nigerians in general and Kebbi people in particular for attaining 62 years of nationhood and prayed for many more years of celebration ahead While commending President Muhammadu Buhari led administration s policy and programmes in diversifying the nation s economy through agriculture Idris also commended the present administration in the state for promoting democracy and uniting the people He said that APC had changed the fortunes of the country through different programmes aimed at empowering youths women and vulnarable as well as fighting insecurity and corruption The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State deserve commendation for doing a lot of good to the people They both have done well in agriculture infrastructure health and education We are celebrating Nigeria 62 with heavy and great achievements in the state and Nigeria at large he noted Idris also congratulated the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT for celebrating Nigeria 62 assuring that his administration will do more for teachers if elected He however appealed to the Nigerians to be patient and intensify prayers for the country to overcome challenges bedevelling the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Independence: APC guber candidate harps on improved IGR by states
     Dr Nasiru Idris the All Progressives Congress APC gubernatorial candidate in Kebbi State has urged state governments to improve their Internally Generated Revenue IGR to complement dwindling federal oil revenue source Idris made this call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi by Mr Ahmed Idris his media aide on Sunday He observed that evolving new strategy in revenue generation would not only help the state governments but would also reduce over dependence on federal allocation Idris congratulated Nigerians in general and Kebbi people in particular for attaining 62 years of nationhood and prayed for many more years of celebration ahead While commending President Muhammadu Buhari led administration s policy and programmes in diversifying the nation s economy through agriculture Idris also commended the present administration in the state for promoting democracy and uniting the people He said that APC had changed the fortunes of the country through different programmes aimed at empowering youths women and vulnarable as well as fighting insecurity and corruption The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State deserve commendation for doing a lot of good to the people They both have done well in agriculture infrastructure health and education We are celebrating Nigeria 62 with heavy and great achievements in the state and Nigeria at large he noted Idris also congratulated the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT for celebrating Nigeria 62 assuring that his administration will do more for teachers if elected He however appealed to the Nigerians to be patient and intensify prayers for the country to overcome challenges bedevelling the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Independence: APC guber candidate harps on improved IGR by states
    General news9 hours ago

    Independence: APC guber candidate harps on improved IGR by states

    Dr Nasiru Idris, the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Kebbi State, has urged state governments to improve their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to complement dwindling federal oil revenue source.

    Idris made this call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi by Mr Ahmed Idris, his media aide, on Sunday.

    He observed that evolving new strategy in revenue generation would not only help the state governments but would also reduce over dependence on federal allocation.

    Idris congratulated Nigerians in general and Kebbi people in particular for attaining 62 years of nationhood and prayed for many more years of celebration ahead.

    While commending President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s policy and programmes in diversifying the nation’s economy through agriculture, Idris also commended the present administration in the state for promoting democracy and uniting the people.

    He said that APC had changed the fortunes of the country through different programmes aimed at empowering youths, women and vulnarable as well as fighting insecurity and corruption.

    “The present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State deserve commendation for doing a lot of good to the people.

    “They both have done well in agriculture, infrastructure, health and education.

    “We are celebrating Nigeria @ 62 with heavy and great achievements in the state and Nigeria at large,” he noted.

    Idris also congratulated the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) for celebrating Nigeria @ 62, assuring that his administration will do more for teachers, if elected.

    He however appealed to the Nigerians to be patient and intensify prayers for the country to overcome challenges bedevelling the nation.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders in the nation s economy have expressed divergent views on the state of economy in the last 62 years of the country s independence They spoke separately in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan and Abeokuta on Saturday on the nation s independence anniversary Commenting Mr Sola Famakinwa a Financial Expert said Nigeria at 62 from an economic point of view is still far from where it was supposed to be Our nation has been characterised by economic depression due to inflation More than half of the population still live below the poverty line despite all the resources that we are endowed with Corruption on the part of our leaders has made our economy worse Lack of good policies and injustice There is no respect for Rules of Law Lack of security has not allowed the environment for small businesses to thrive Over reliance on crude oil as the only source of revenue for our government is inhibiting our progress because other areas like agriculture industry commerce science and technology and tourism are neglected These other areas would have helped our nation to develop like other Western nations Meanwhile there s still hope for us if our future leaders will look into these directions Famakinwa said Another financial expert Mrs Lolade Adesola who works with L A Consult said that Nigeria s economic growth had been very disappointing adding over the years we have had bad managers managing our economy We have so many sad stories of inequalities unemployment currency devaluation and a host of others that caused heartbreak But the solution to this is for the government to have sincerity of heart You can t say you are going to curb corruption and then when corruption bites back you are surprised What we really need is managers of the economy that are there to curb the excesses Adesola said She decried the high cost of governance in Nigeria urging government to ensure that excesses and wastage of resources were eradicated because of its impact on the economy Adesola called for diversification of the Nigerian economy urging the government to take it serious Managing mineral resources and all other things that can generate income for the country and we can work on improving revenue Also we need to manage the debt profile of the country because as it is now it is ridiculous Though they say it is not as high as the benchmark we don t have the revenue as debt servicing is taking more than the revenue generated Let s say you generated N100 and the interest on your loan is N120 and you are still saying that the percentage of your loan is very low that is a deceitful way of handling statistics because you do not have the revenue to repay Debt servicing alone is more than your whole revenue and so we must really look at the monster of debt burden and find the solution by increasing the revenue sources she said Adesola said that increase in Value Added Tax VAT would surely drive inflation because VAT is paid by the end users Anybody who produces will just add it on top of the price and that will increase the cost of the end product she said Another Financial Consultant Mr Tunji Adepeju said that money should be more in circulation in 2022 adding it is a prelude to the election year But one wonders where the money is kept considering the amount of money that exchanged hands during the parties primaries We learnt some gave out dollars some naira and all the rest but where do they put the money they got from their delegates because it has not really had any effect on the people Ordinarily one would have thought that the society would be awashed with some of those funds he said Adepeju said that there was scarcity of funds in the country which was vividly manifested during the last Sallah celebration He said Nigerians were experiencing hard times hoping that the nation s economic situation would improve if the country could stop importation of refined petroleum products and two of the nation s refineries were put to work plus the one being built by Dangote This may put less pressure on the naira against the dollar because it is having an effect on the cost of production and this will keep driving up the prices of goods and services And if we minimise the pressure of dollars on naira and we put away subsidies on petroleum products a lot of things will change But it will take the joint resolve of each and everyone of us to do the needful Adepeju said In her views the Iyaloja of Kuto Market in Abeokuta Alhaja Samirat Ibrahim expressed concern that at 62 the nation could still not feed itself Ibrahim noted that the country had continued to be a consuming nation while paying less attention to productivity She explained that the situation had resulted in high prices of goods in various markets while many market men and women had been forced out of business We have not enjoyed the dividends of democracy that they promised us so I don t see the need for us to celebrate Rather government should look for ways to ease the pains of the common man on the streets The way prices of commodities skyrocket on a daily basis is sickening and needs urgent attention local manufacturers should be given a chance to thrive Ibrahim said Also Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde the Secretary General of Ogun State Muslim Council OMC described Nigeria s journey through independence as a tale of mixed feelings Akintunde said over the years Nigeria had experienced the good and the ugly adding that the former outweighed the later According to him it is not a gain saying that the country has generally increased in terms of infrastructure and social amenities for its citizens In all sectors be it education health aviation agriculture communication tourism sports and others there has been astronomical increase in the number of facilities The country now has more Airports schools hospitals stadia while Mobile communication network has enhanced interpersonal communication and corporate engagement The country has not fared bad in food production though much is still to be achieved Moreover our democracy has grown from being nascent to fast growing democracy However Nigerians quest for materialism which has resulted in grid or graft has remained the bane of our development The insecurity in the country has continued to undermine good governance that should enhanced our development Energy provision is still a mirage in Nigerian and worsening and has affected all facets of the economy Akintunde said that since in every problem lies the seed of its solution the three tiers of government must be alive to their responsibilities by being committed to improving people s life The war against corruption must be fought and won to help in advancing the provision of infrastructure and social amenities for the people Nigerians themselves must stop cutting corners and be law abiding in order to enjoy the dividends of democracy In his reactions Mr Olusegun Dasaolu the Deputy National President All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN stressed the need for Nigerians to appreciate God for the height that the nation had attained Dasaolu said though Nigeria had not yet to actualise its potential it had nevertheless surmounted many challenges including the civil war that were capable of destroying its existence He said that mismanagement of natural and human resources had slowed Nigeria down in its quest to develop over the years Dasaolu called for a national rebirth to return to the golden days of the nation The problem of the country is not about leadership alone all of us must renew our senses of belonging in this country and own our challenges while we collectively strive to address them All that we need is for us to re appraise ourselves We need to think deep so as to ensure that every citizen has a sense of belonging while nobody feels inferior in this country Nigeria should secure her future by investing in its youths in the areas of education and capacity building which will enhance their creative ingenuity and employability Our agriculture should be put in its rightful place as we adopt modern technology in production We cannot afford to continue with rainfall agricultural system Due to climate change rain is no longer regular Therefore we need to adopt another system in securing food on a regular basis to enable farmers to be busy throughout the year We also need to block all loopholes and leakages in our system through which our Commonwealth is being siphoned to enable us to actualise our potential he said Commenting the Speaker Ogun House of Assembly Olakunle Oluomo commended President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for its re building agenda Oluomo a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC said that the Federal Government has been doing a lot in the areas of security and the economy He said that efforts were being made daily to address the challenges of the nation which had developed over the years No government is idle Every government needs to continue to put in its best The best may not be enough for now but it is not that nothing is being done We are making efforts everyday to improve the living situation of our people just as we make conscious efforts on the security of lives and property of our people he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders express divergent views on state of nation’s economy
     Stakeholders in the nation s economy have expressed divergent views on the state of economy in the last 62 years of the country s independence They spoke separately in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan and Abeokuta on Saturday on the nation s independence anniversary Commenting Mr Sola Famakinwa a Financial Expert said Nigeria at 62 from an economic point of view is still far from where it was supposed to be Our nation has been characterised by economic depression due to inflation More than half of the population still live below the poverty line despite all the resources that we are endowed with Corruption on the part of our leaders has made our economy worse Lack of good policies and injustice There is no respect for Rules of Law Lack of security has not allowed the environment for small businesses to thrive Over reliance on crude oil as the only source of revenue for our government is inhibiting our progress because other areas like agriculture industry commerce science and technology and tourism are neglected These other areas would have helped our nation to develop like other Western nations Meanwhile there s still hope for us if our future leaders will look into these directions Famakinwa said Another financial expert Mrs Lolade Adesola who works with L A Consult said that Nigeria s economic growth had been very disappointing adding over the years we have had bad managers managing our economy We have so many sad stories of inequalities unemployment currency devaluation and a host of others that caused heartbreak But the solution to this is for the government to have sincerity of heart You can t say you are going to curb corruption and then when corruption bites back you are surprised What we really need is managers of the economy that are there to curb the excesses Adesola said She decried the high cost of governance in Nigeria urging government to ensure that excesses and wastage of resources were eradicated because of its impact on the economy Adesola called for diversification of the Nigerian economy urging the government to take it serious Managing mineral resources and all other things that can generate income for the country and we can work on improving revenue Also we need to manage the debt profile of the country because as it is now it is ridiculous Though they say it is not as high as the benchmark we don t have the revenue as debt servicing is taking more than the revenue generated Let s say you generated N100 and the interest on your loan is N120 and you are still saying that the percentage of your loan is very low that is a deceitful way of handling statistics because you do not have the revenue to repay Debt servicing alone is more than your whole revenue and so we must really look at the monster of debt burden and find the solution by increasing the revenue sources she said Adesola said that increase in Value Added Tax VAT would surely drive inflation because VAT is paid by the end users Anybody who produces will just add it on top of the price and that will increase the cost of the end product she said Another Financial Consultant Mr Tunji Adepeju said that money should be more in circulation in 2022 adding it is a prelude to the election year But one wonders where the money is kept considering the amount of money that exchanged hands during the parties primaries We learnt some gave out dollars some naira and all the rest but where do they put the money they got from their delegates because it has not really had any effect on the people Ordinarily one would have thought that the society would be awashed with some of those funds he said Adepeju said that there was scarcity of funds in the country which was vividly manifested during the last Sallah celebration He said Nigerians were experiencing hard times hoping that the nation s economic situation would improve if the country could stop importation of refined petroleum products and two of the nation s refineries were put to work plus the one being built by Dangote This may put less pressure on the naira against the dollar because it is having an effect on the cost of production and this will keep driving up the prices of goods and services And if we minimise the pressure of dollars on naira and we put away subsidies on petroleum products a lot of things will change But it will take the joint resolve of each and everyone of us to do the needful Adepeju said In her views the Iyaloja of Kuto Market in Abeokuta Alhaja Samirat Ibrahim expressed concern that at 62 the nation could still not feed itself Ibrahim noted that the country had continued to be a consuming nation while paying less attention to productivity She explained that the situation had resulted in high prices of goods in various markets while many market men and women had been forced out of business We have not enjoyed the dividends of democracy that they promised us so I don t see the need for us to celebrate Rather government should look for ways to ease the pains of the common man on the streets The way prices of commodities skyrocket on a daily basis is sickening and needs urgent attention local manufacturers should be given a chance to thrive Ibrahim said Also Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde the Secretary General of Ogun State Muslim Council OMC described Nigeria s journey through independence as a tale of mixed feelings Akintunde said over the years Nigeria had experienced the good and the ugly adding that the former outweighed the later According to him it is not a gain saying that the country has generally increased in terms of infrastructure and social amenities for its citizens In all sectors be it education health aviation agriculture communication tourism sports and others there has been astronomical increase in the number of facilities The country now has more Airports schools hospitals stadia while Mobile communication network has enhanced interpersonal communication and corporate engagement The country has not fared bad in food production though much is still to be achieved Moreover our democracy has grown from being nascent to fast growing democracy However Nigerians quest for materialism which has resulted in grid or graft has remained the bane of our development The insecurity in the country has continued to undermine good governance that should enhanced our development Energy provision is still a mirage in Nigerian and worsening and has affected all facets of the economy Akintunde said that since in every problem lies the seed of its solution the three tiers of government must be alive to their responsibilities by being committed to improving people s life The war against corruption must be fought and won to help in advancing the provision of infrastructure and social amenities for the people Nigerians themselves must stop cutting corners and be law abiding in order to enjoy the dividends of democracy In his reactions Mr Olusegun Dasaolu the Deputy National President All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN stressed the need for Nigerians to appreciate God for the height that the nation had attained Dasaolu said though Nigeria had not yet to actualise its potential it had nevertheless surmounted many challenges including the civil war that were capable of destroying its existence He said that mismanagement of natural and human resources had slowed Nigeria down in its quest to develop over the years Dasaolu called for a national rebirth to return to the golden days of the nation The problem of the country is not about leadership alone all of us must renew our senses of belonging in this country and own our challenges while we collectively strive to address them All that we need is for us to re appraise ourselves We need to think deep so as to ensure that every citizen has a sense of belonging while nobody feels inferior in this country Nigeria should secure her future by investing in its youths in the areas of education and capacity building which will enhance their creative ingenuity and employability Our agriculture should be put in its rightful place as we adopt modern technology in production We cannot afford to continue with rainfall agricultural system Due to climate change rain is no longer regular Therefore we need to adopt another system in securing food on a regular basis to enable farmers to be busy throughout the year We also need to block all loopholes and leakages in our system through which our Commonwealth is being siphoned to enable us to actualise our potential he said Commenting the Speaker Ogun House of Assembly Olakunle Oluomo commended President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for its re building agenda Oluomo a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress APC said that the Federal Government has been doing a lot in the areas of security and the economy He said that efforts were being made daily to address the challenges of the nation which had developed over the years No government is idle Every government needs to continue to put in its best The best may not be enough for now but it is not that nothing is being done We are making efforts everyday to improve the living situation of our people just as we make conscious efforts on the security of lives and property of our people he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders express divergent views on state of nation’s economy
    Economy1 day ago

    Stakeholders express divergent views on state of nation’s economy

    Stakeholders in the nation’s economy have expressed divergent views on the state of economy in the last 62 years of the country’s independence.

    They spoke separately in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan and Abeokuta on Saturday on the nation’s independence anniversary.

    Commenting, Mr Sola Famakinwa, a Financial Expert, said Nigeria at 62, from an economic point of view, is still far from where it was supposed to be.

    “Our nation has been characterised by economic depression due to inflation.

    “More than half of the population still live below the poverty line, despite all the resources that we are endowed with.

    “Corruption on the part of our leaders has made our economy worse.

    Lack of good policies and injustice.

    “There is no respect for Rules of Law. Lack of security has not allowed the environment for small businesses to thrive.

    “Over reliance on crude oil as the only source of revenue for our government is inhibiting our progress, because other areas like agriculture, industry, commerce, science and technology and tourism are neglected.

    “These other areas would have helped our nation to develop like other Western nations.

    Meanwhile, there’s still hope for us, if our future leaders will look into these directions,” Famakinwa said.

    Another financial expert, Mrs Lolade Adesola, who works with L.

    A Consult, said that Nigeria’s economic growth had been very disappointing, adding, “over the years, we have had bad managers managing our economy”.

    “We have so many sad stories of inequalities, unemployment, currency devaluation and a host of others that caused heartbreak.

    “But, the solution to this is for the government to have sincerity of heart.

    “You can’t say you are going to curb corruption and then, when corruption bites back, you are surprised.

    “What we really need is managers of the economy that are there to curb the excesses,” Adesola said.

    She decried the high cost of governance in Nigeria, urging government to ensure that excesses and wastage of resources were eradicated because of its impact on the economy.

    Adesola called for diversification of the Nigerian economy, urging the government to take it serious.

    “Managing mineral resources and all other things that can generate income for the country and we can work on improving revenue.

    “Also, we need to manage the debt profile of the country, because, as it is now, it is ridiculous.

    “Though, they say it is not as high as the benchmark, we don’t have the revenue, as debt servicing is taking more than the revenue generated.

    “Let’s say you generated N100 and the interest on your loan is N120 and you are still saying that the percentage of your loan is very low, that is a deceitful way of handling statistics, because you do not have the revenue to repay.

    “Debt servicing alone is more than your whole revenue and so we must really look at the monster of debt burden and find the solution by increasing the revenue sources,” she said.

    Adesola said that increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) would surely drive inflation, because “VAT is paid by the end users.

    “Anybody, who produces, will just add it on top of the price and that will increase the cost of the end product,” she said.

    Another Financial Consultant, Mr Tunji Adepeju, said that money should be more in circulation in 2022, adding it is a prelude to the election year.

    “But, one wonders where the money is kept, considering the amount of money that exchanged hands during the parties’ primaries.

    “We learnt some gave out dollars, some naira and all the rest, but where do they put the money they got from their delegates, because it has not really had any effect on the people.

    “Ordinarily, one would have thought that the society would be awashed with some of those funds,” he said.

    Adepeju said that there was scarcity of funds in the country, which was vividly manifested during the last Sallah celebration.

    He said Nigerians were experiencing hard times, hoping that the nation’s economic situation would improve, if the country could stop importation of refined petroleum products and two of the nation’s refineries were put to work plus the one being built by Dangote.

    “This may put less pressure on the naira against the dollar, because it is having an effect on the cost of production and this will keep driving up the prices of goods and services.

    “And, if we minimise the pressure of dollars on naira and we put away subsidies on petroleum products, a lot of things will change.

    “But, it will take the joint resolve of each and everyone of us to do the needful,” Adepeju said.

    In her views, the Iyaloja of Kuto Market in Abeokuta, Alhaja Samirat Ibrahim, expressed concern that at 62, the nation could still not feed itself.

    Ibrahim noted that the country had continued to be a consuming nation, while paying less attention to productivity.

    She explained that the situation had resulted in high prices of goods in various markets, while many market men and women had been forced out of business.

    “We have not enjoyed the dividends of democracy that they promised us; so, I don’t see the need for us to celebrate.

    “Rather, government should look for ways to ease the pains of the common man on the streets.

    “The way prices of commodities skyrocket on a daily basis is sickening and needs urgent attention; local manufacturers should be given a chance to thrive,” Ibrahim said.

    Also, Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, the Secretary- General of Ogun State Muslim Council (OMC), described Nigeria’s journey through independence as “a tale of mixed feelings”.

    Akintunde said over the years, Nigeria had experienced the good and the ugly, adding that the former outweighed the later.

    According to him, it is not a gain saying that the country has generally increased in terms of infrastructure and social amenities for its citizens.

    “In all sectors, be it education, health, aviation, agriculture, communication, tourism, sports and others, there has been astronomical increase in the number of facilities.

    “The country now has more Airports, schools, hospitals, stadia, while Mobile communication network has enhanced interpersonal communication and corporate engagement.

    “The country has not fared bad in food production, though, much is still to be achieved.

    “Moreover, our democracy has grown from being nascent to fast growing democracy.

    “However, Nigerians quest for materialism, which has resulted in grid or graft has remained the bane of our development.

    “The insecurity in the country has continued to undermine good governance that should enhanced our development.

    “Energy provision is still a mirage in Nigerian and worsening and has affected all facets of the economy.

    ” Akintunde said that since in every problem lies the seed of its solution, the three tiers of government must be alive to their responsibilities by being committed to improving people’s life.

    “The war against corruption must be fought and won to help in advancing the provision of infrastructure and social amenities for the people.

    “Nigerians themselves must stop cutting corners and be law abiding in order to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

    In his reactions, Mr Olusegun Dasaolu, the Deputy National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), stressed the need for Nigerians to appreciate God for the height that the nation had attained.

    Dasaolu, said though, Nigeria had not yet to actualise its potential, it had, nevertheless, surmounted many challenges, including the civil war that were capable of destroying its existence.

    He said that mismanagement of natural and human resources had slowed Nigeria down in its quest to develop over the years.

    Dasaolu called for a national rebirth to return to the golden days of the nation.

    “The problem of the country is not about leadership alone, all of us must renew our senses of belonging in this country and own our challenges, while we collectively strive to address them.

    “All that we need is for us to re-appraise ourselves.

    We need to think deep so as to ensure that every citizen has a sense of belonging, while nobody feels inferior in this country.

    “Nigeria should secure her future by investing in its youths in the areas of education and capacity building, which will enhance their creative ingenuity and employability.

    “Our agriculture should be put in its rightful place, as we adopt modern technology in production.

    “We cannot afford to continue with rainfall agricultural system.

    Due to climate change, rain is no longer regular.

    “Therefore, we need to adopt another system in securing food on a regular basis to enable farmers to be busy throughout the year.

    “We also need to block all loopholes and leakages in our system through which our Commonwealth is being siphoned to enable us to actualise our potential,” he said.

    Commenting, the Speaker, Ogun House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo, commended President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for its re-building agenda.

    Oluomo, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said that the Federal Government has been doing a lot in the areas of security and the economy.

    He said that efforts were being made daily to address the challenges of the nation which had developed over the years.

    “No government is idle.

    Every government needs to continue to put in its best.

    The best may not be enough for now, but it is not that nothing is being done.

    “We are making efforts everyday to improve the living situation of our people, just as we make conscious efforts on the security of lives and property of our people,” he added.


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  •  The Federal Government has begun the disbursement of grants under the National Social Investment Programme NSIP to vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom Sadiya Farouq Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development said in Uyo on Tuesday that the programne targets to remove 100 million people out of poverty Represented by the Permanent Secretary Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo Farouq said the disbursement was to part of the Federal Government s commitment to support the vulnerable population She said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration was committed to reducing poverty and improving the wellbeing of the citizenry Farouq said that the NSIP scheme which commenced in 2016 had impacted positively on the lives of many Nigerians especially the poor and vulnerable She said that the scheme s essence was to give out soft loans to low income Nigerians involved in small scale businesses but lacked access to credit facilities This is part of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 2 0 being implemented by the current administration The programme is designed to give priority attention to the most vulnerable such as widows youths physically challenged and displaced persons GEEP has three unique products such as TraderMoni MarketMoni and FaermereMoni she said The minister said that MarketMoni with a loan portfolio of N50 000 had a total of 14 326 registered beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom Out of 10 197 that were captured 888 were verified and 694 have been enumerated for disbursement she said Farouq said that TraderMoni had 13 691 registered beneficiaries in the state with 351 persons already enumerated for disbursement She said that many families would benefit from the NSIP scheme in the state if other stakeholders complemented the efforts of the Federal Government The minister commended the Gov Udom Emmanuel led government for its contributions and partnership toward the effective implementation of the NSIP scheme in the state In her remarks Dr Ini Adiakpan Akwa Ibom Commisioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare commended the Federal Government for initiating the NSIP scheme Adiakpan said that the loan being given to small scale traders and farmers under the scheme was an effective way to fight poverty The loans are given without collateral the loan will help to expand their businesses I urge the beneficiaries to make the best use of the money to improve their businesses and wellbeing she said Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries Mrs Janet Otoyo thanked the Federal Government for the grant Otoyo expressed the commitment of the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG begins NSIP grants disbursement to vulnerable groups in A’Ibom
     The Federal Government has begun the disbursement of grants under the National Social Investment Programme NSIP to vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom Sadiya Farouq Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development said in Uyo on Tuesday that the programne targets to remove 100 million people out of poverty Represented by the Permanent Secretary Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo Farouq said the disbursement was to part of the Federal Government s commitment to support the vulnerable population She said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration was committed to reducing poverty and improving the wellbeing of the citizenry Farouq said that the NSIP scheme which commenced in 2016 had impacted positively on the lives of many Nigerians especially the poor and vulnerable She said that the scheme s essence was to give out soft loans to low income Nigerians involved in small scale businesses but lacked access to credit facilities This is part of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 2 0 being implemented by the current administration The programme is designed to give priority attention to the most vulnerable such as widows youths physically challenged and displaced persons GEEP has three unique products such as TraderMoni MarketMoni and FaermereMoni she said The minister said that MarketMoni with a loan portfolio of N50 000 had a total of 14 326 registered beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom Out of 10 197 that were captured 888 were verified and 694 have been enumerated for disbursement she said Farouq said that TraderMoni had 13 691 registered beneficiaries in the state with 351 persons already enumerated for disbursement She said that many families would benefit from the NSIP scheme in the state if other stakeholders complemented the efforts of the Federal Government The minister commended the Gov Udom Emmanuel led government for its contributions and partnership toward the effective implementation of the NSIP scheme in the state In her remarks Dr Ini Adiakpan Akwa Ibom Commisioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare commended the Federal Government for initiating the NSIP scheme Adiakpan said that the loan being given to small scale traders and farmers under the scheme was an effective way to fight poverty The loans are given without collateral the loan will help to expand their businesses I urge the beneficiaries to make the best use of the money to improve their businesses and wellbeing she said Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries Mrs Janet Otoyo thanked the Federal Government for the grant Otoyo expressed the commitment of the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG begins NSIP grants disbursement to vulnerable groups in A’Ibom
    Economy5 days ago

    FG begins NSIP grants disbursement to vulnerable groups in A’Ibom

    The Federal Government has begun the disbursement of grants under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) to vulnerable groups in Akwa Ibom. Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said in Uyo on Tuesday that the programne targets to remove 100 million people out of poverty.

    Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, Farouq said the disbursement was to part of the Federal Government’s commitment to support the vulnerable population.

    She said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was committed to reducing poverty and improving the wellbeing of the citizenry.

    Farouq said that the NSIP scheme which commenced in 2016 had impacted positively on the lives of many Nigerians, especially the poor and vulnerable.

    She said that the scheme’s essence was to give out soft loans to low income Nigerians involved in small scale businesses but lacked access to credit facilities.

    ”This is part of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP 2.0) being implemented by the current administration.

    ”The programme is designed to give priority attention to the most vulnerable, such as widows, youths, physically challenged and displaced persons.

    ”GEEP has three unique products such as TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FaermereMoni,” she said.

    The minister said that MarketMoni with a loan portfolio of N50,000, had a total of 14,326 registered beneficiaries in Akwa Ibom. “Out of 10,197 that were captured, 888 were verified and 694 have been enumerated for disbursement,” she said.

    Farouq said that TraderMoni had 13,691 registered beneficiaries in the state with 351 persons already enumerated for disbursement.

    She said that many families would benefit from the NSIP scheme in the state if other stakeholders complemented the efforts of the Federal Government.

    The minister commended the Gov. Udom Emmanuel-led government for its contributions and partnership toward the effective implementation of the NSIP scheme in the state.

    In her remarks, Dr Ini Adiakpan, Akwa Ibom Commisioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, commended the Federal Government for initiating the NSIP scheme.

    Adiakpan said that the loan being given to small scale traders and farmers under the scheme was an effective way to fight poverty.

    ”The loans are given without collateral, the loan will help to expand their businesses.

    ”I urge the beneficiaries to make the best use of the money to improve their businesses and wellbeing,” she said.

    Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Janet Otoyo, thanked the Federal Government for the grant.

    Otoyo expressed the commitment of the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money.


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  •  The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council says with the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party PDP the latest bid by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to become Nigeria s president in 2023 has hit the rocks Mr Bayo Onanuga Director Media and Publicity of the council said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja He said by the development Atiku deserved to be pitied as his yet another bid for the country s presidency was slipping away This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC blows the whistle for electioneering campaign his party the PDP is in disarray The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri especially with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls Onanuga said This he said was after Atiku s party s code for power rotation between the North and South was violated and after he grabbed the PDP presidential ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about national ethos According to Onanuga Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition adding that the PDP has imploded in a battle of attrition the result of which is predictable He said that the ongoing fraticidal war where a faction of the party led by Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers was engaging Atiku in a fight to finish has undermined any momentum he had hoped to build This Onanuga said was with further loss of confidence in the PDP by its own members who could not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party It is crystal clear that Atiku s latest bid for Nigeria s top job has hit the rocks a pillar of Atiku s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist That bogus claim has now been discredited even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop he has rebuffed them pleading that he could not grant their request for justice Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members who cannot forge an entente among them cannot be expected to unify our country Onanuga said He added that instead of being a unifier Atiku has became a divider in chief He said his campaign on this score was heading for a still birth just as some of his programmes had been found to be nothing new This he said was especially as they were already being implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration He said the former Vice President created the crisis for himself by pushing the fallacy that only a Northern candidate could win the presidency for his party Onanuga said that this was in spite of the open record that Nigerians of Southern extraction when they network with their Northern compatriots could also win the election Former leaders Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999 2003 and 2011 As a campaign we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self inflicted injury he invited unto himself Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill fated presidential bid goodbye Onanuga said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku’s 2023 bid dead, with PDP crisis: APC Council 
     The All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council says with the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party PDP the latest bid by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to become Nigeria s president in 2023 has hit the rocks Mr Bayo Onanuga Director Media and Publicity of the council said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja He said by the development Atiku deserved to be pitied as his yet another bid for the country s presidency was slipping away This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC blows the whistle for electioneering campaign his party the PDP is in disarray The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri especially with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls Onanuga said This he said was after Atiku s party s code for power rotation between the North and South was violated and after he grabbed the PDP presidential ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about national ethos According to Onanuga Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition adding that the PDP has imploded in a battle of attrition the result of which is predictable He said that the ongoing fraticidal war where a faction of the party led by Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers was engaging Atiku in a fight to finish has undermined any momentum he had hoped to build This Onanuga said was with further loss of confidence in the PDP by its own members who could not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party It is crystal clear that Atiku s latest bid for Nigeria s top job has hit the rocks a pillar of Atiku s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist That bogus claim has now been discredited even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop he has rebuffed them pleading that he could not grant their request for justice Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members who cannot forge an entente among them cannot be expected to unify our country Onanuga said He added that instead of being a unifier Atiku has became a divider in chief He said his campaign on this score was heading for a still birth just as some of his programmes had been found to be nothing new This he said was especially as they were already being implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration He said the former Vice President created the crisis for himself by pushing the fallacy that only a Northern candidate could win the presidency for his party Onanuga said that this was in spite of the open record that Nigerians of Southern extraction when they network with their Northern compatriots could also win the election Former leaders Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999 2003 and 2011 As a campaign we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self inflicted injury he invited unto himself Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill fated presidential bid goodbye Onanuga said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku’s 2023 bid dead, with PDP crisis: APC Council 
    General news1 week ago

    Atiku’s 2023 bid dead, with PDP crisis: APC Council 

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council says with the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the latest bid by former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to become Nigeria’s president in 2023 has hit the rocks.

    Mr Bayo Onanuga Director, Media and Publicity of the council said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

    He said by the development, Atiku deserved to be pitied as his yet another bid for the country’s presidency was slipping away.

    “This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign, his party, the PDP is in disarray.

    “The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri, especially with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls,” Onanuga said.

    This, he said, was after Atiku’s party’s code for power rotation between the North and South was violated and after he grabbed the PDP presidential ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about national ethos.

    According to Onanuga, Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition, adding that the PDP has imploded in a battle of attrition, the result of which is predictable.

    He said that the ongoing fraticidal war where a faction of the party led by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, was engaging Atiku in a fight to finish, has undermined any momentum he had hoped to build.

    This, Onanuga said, was with further loss of confidence in the PDP by its own members who could not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party.

    “It is crystal clear that Atiku’s latest bid for Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks, a pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist.

    “That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party, as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.

    “Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop, he has rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.

    “Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country,”Onanuga said.

    He added that instead of being a unifier, Atiku has became a divider-in-chief.

    He said his campaign on this score, was heading for a still birth, just as some of his programmes had been found to be nothing new.

    This, he said, was especially as they were already being implemented by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration.

    He said the former Vice-President created the crisis for himself, by pushing the fallacy that only a Northern candidate could win the presidency for his party.

    Onanuga said that this was in spite of the open record that Nigerians of Southern extraction, when they network with their Northern compatriots could also win the election.

    “Former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999, 2003 and 2011. “As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice-President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself.

    “Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye,” Onanuga said.


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  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasannoye raised the alarm at a two day capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti Corruption He frowned at the diversion of public funds both in revenue receipts and expenditure while condemning illicit financial flow misapplication of funds and budget padding He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption it would further impact negatively on the country Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy According to him the CBN the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are all anti corruption gate keepers He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti corruption roles Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance stressing that funds appropriated on paper were never used for the purpose for which they were meant In his remarks Rep Shehu Garba Chairman of the House Committee on Anti Corruption noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development adding that it was heart warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks He said that the fight against corruption remained multi dimensional involving all institutions adding that there would be no success without collaboration The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption In his contribution Prof Abubakar Suleiman Director General National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity This he said had reflected in the 9th assembly especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts He noted that there had been allegations of non payment of allowances of security operatives which according to him undermines the fight against insecurity Corruption undermines security and human capacity development he stressed Marija Peran the Resident Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political foundation decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security Peran said the German foundation s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasannoye raised the alarm at a two day capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti Corruption He frowned at the diversion of public funds both in revenue receipts and expenditure while condemning illicit financial flow misapplication of funds and budget padding He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption it would further impact negatively on the country Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy According to him the CBN the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are all anti corruption gate keepers He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti corruption roles Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance stressing that funds appropriated on paper were never used for the purpose for which they were meant In his remarks Rep Shehu Garba Chairman of the House Committee on Anti Corruption noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development adding that it was heart warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks He said that the fight against corruption remained multi dimensional involving all institutions adding that there would be no success without collaboration The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption In his contribution Prof Abubakar Suleiman Director General National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity This he said had reflected in the 9th assembly especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts He noted that there had been allegations of non payment of allowances of security operatives which according to him undermines the fight against insecurity Corruption undermines security and human capacity development he stressed Marija Peran the Resident Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political foundation decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security Peran said the German foundation s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 
    General news1 week ago

    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds.

    ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasannoye, raised the alarm at a two-day capacity-building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption.

    He frowned at the diversion of public funds, both in revenue receipts and expenditure, while condemning illicit financial flow, misapplication of funds and budget padding.

    He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong, adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant.

    He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption, it would further impact negatively on the country.

    Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti-corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity.

    He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy.

    According to him, the CBN, the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, are all anti-corruption gate keepers.

    He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti-corruption roles.

    Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance, stressing that funds appropriated on paper, were never used for the purpose for which they were meant.

    In his remarks, Rep. Shehu Garba, Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-Corruption, noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue.

    He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented, adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences.

    Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development, adding that it was heart-warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks.

    He said that the fight against corruption remained multi-dimensional; involving all institutions, adding that there would be no success without collaboration.

    The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption.

    In his contribution, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, Director-General, National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity.

    This, he said, had reflected in the 9th assembly, especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously.

    He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down.

    Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts.

    He noted that there had been allegations of non-payment of allowances of security operatives, which according to him, undermines the fight against insecurity.

    “Corruption undermines security and human capacity development,’’ he stressed.

    Marija Peran, the Resident Representative, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German political foundation, decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector.

    She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact, both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security.

    Peran said the German foundation’s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law, adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate
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  •  Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade Potato Station in Kuru to a full fledged Potato Research Institute Lalong made the appeal on Thursday at the opening of 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development NCARD holding in Jos Lalong said that the institute was necessary because of increased incidences of devastation of potato farms by potato blight disease The governor stated that the blight almost wiped out the existing low yielding and degenerated seeds The Potato Research Institute will enable the breaking of new frontiers in varieties research seed production introduction of blight tolerant and disease resistant varieties It will also help in farmer education linkages with other local and international institutions among others Already we have conducted research which indicates that potato usually produced within the central and northern senatorial districts can now be grown in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state Plateau as at today produces about 90 per cent of the potatoes consumed in the country and I think establishing a research institute was imperative he said Lalong stated that as a government his administration had in the last seven years given enormous attention to agriculture He said that the Plateau government had ensured the provision of farm inputs such as tractors fertilisers chemicals as well as improved seedlings towards ensuring that the people benefitted from the natural endowments of the state The governor said that farmers have been empowered through cooperative societies and farmer associations in the production of many crops and assorted vegetables unique to Plateau environment Under our partnership with the African Development Bank potato farming has been escalated from a subsistence activity to a large scale activity aimed at supplying the domestic market and export We have completed a Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu as well as built processing centres and warehouses in various local governments Similarly we have built market stalls in various centres to make the marketing of the product very easy and cost effective he said Lalong commended the Federal Government especially the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for patronising Plateau He stated that aside hosting the NCARD Plateau last year flagged off wheat production and was declared as a centre of excellence for wheat production in the country He added that Plateau also received attention and support in the process of implementing the National Livestock Transformation Programme NLTP The Gbong Gwom Jos Jacob Gyang Buba in his remarks said that economic security was critical for physical security to be achieved The traditional ruler lauded the Northern Governors Forum for approving state police for the area He said that with adequate security farmers would return to their farms and increase food production He appealed to the Federal Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD to come up with programmes in collaboration with states in order address their peculiarities According to him some agricultural programmes failed because they were not compatible to the states peculiarities Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama represented by Mr Janet Olisa a Director said that the ministry would continue to support FMARD to achieve its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lalong makes case for Potato Research Institute
     Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade Potato Station in Kuru to a full fledged Potato Research Institute Lalong made the appeal on Thursday at the opening of 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development NCARD holding in Jos Lalong said that the institute was necessary because of increased incidences of devastation of potato farms by potato blight disease The governor stated that the blight almost wiped out the existing low yielding and degenerated seeds The Potato Research Institute will enable the breaking of new frontiers in varieties research seed production introduction of blight tolerant and disease resistant varieties It will also help in farmer education linkages with other local and international institutions among others Already we have conducted research which indicates that potato usually produced within the central and northern senatorial districts can now be grown in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state Plateau as at today produces about 90 per cent of the potatoes consumed in the country and I think establishing a research institute was imperative he said Lalong stated that as a government his administration had in the last seven years given enormous attention to agriculture He said that the Plateau government had ensured the provision of farm inputs such as tractors fertilisers chemicals as well as improved seedlings towards ensuring that the people benefitted from the natural endowments of the state The governor said that farmers have been empowered through cooperative societies and farmer associations in the production of many crops and assorted vegetables unique to Plateau environment Under our partnership with the African Development Bank potato farming has been escalated from a subsistence activity to a large scale activity aimed at supplying the domestic market and export We have completed a Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu as well as built processing centres and warehouses in various local governments Similarly we have built market stalls in various centres to make the marketing of the product very easy and cost effective he said Lalong commended the Federal Government especially the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for patronising Plateau He stated that aside hosting the NCARD Plateau last year flagged off wheat production and was declared as a centre of excellence for wheat production in the country He added that Plateau also received attention and support in the process of implementing the National Livestock Transformation Programme NLTP The Gbong Gwom Jos Jacob Gyang Buba in his remarks said that economic security was critical for physical security to be achieved The traditional ruler lauded the Northern Governors Forum for approving state police for the area He said that with adequate security farmers would return to their farms and increase food production He appealed to the Federal Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development FMARD to come up with programmes in collaboration with states in order address their peculiarities According to him some agricultural programmes failed because they were not compatible to the states peculiarities Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama represented by Mr Janet Olisa a Director said that the ministry would continue to support FMARD to achieve its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lalong makes case for Potato Research Institute
    General news2 weeks ago

    Lalong makes case for Potato Research Institute

    Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade Potato Station in Kuru to a full fledged Potato Research Institute.

    Lalong made the appeal on Thursday at the opening of 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) holding in Jos.Lalong said that the institute was necessary because of increased incidences of devastation of potato farms by potato blight disease.

    The governor stated that the blight almost wiped out the existing low yielding and degenerated seeds.

    “The Potato Research Institute will enable the breaking of new frontiers in varieties research, seed production, introduction of blight tolerant and disease resistant varieties.

    “It will also help in farmer education, linkages with other local and international institutions among others.

    “Already, we have conducted research which indicates that potato usually  produced within the central and northern senatorial districts can now be grown in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.

    “Plateau, as at today, produces about 90 per cent of the potatoes consumed in the country and I think establishing a research institute was imperative,” he said.

    Lalong stated that as a government, his administration had in the last seven years given enormous attention to agriculture.

    He said that the  Plateau government had ensured the provision of farm inputs, such as tractors, fertilisers, chemicals as well as  improved seedlings towards ensuring that the people benefitted from the natural endowments of the state.

    The governor said that farmers have been empowered through cooperative societies and farmer associations in the production of many crops and assorted vegetables unique to Plateau environment.

    “Under our partnership with the African Development Bank, potato farming has been escalated from a subsistence activity to a large scale activity aimed at supplying the domestic market and export.

    “We have completed a Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu as well as built processing centres and warehouses in various local governments.

    “Similarly, we have built market stalls in various centres to make the marketing of the product very easy and cost-effective,” he said.

    Lalong commended the Federal Government especially the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for patronising Plateau.

    He stated that aside hosting the NCARD, Plateau last year flagged  off wheat production and was declared as a centre of excellence for wheat production in the country.

    He added that Plateau also received attention and support in the process of implementing the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).

    The Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba, in his remarks, said that economic security was critical for  physical security to be achieved.

    The traditional ruler lauded the Northern Governors Forum for approving state police  for the area.

    He said that with adequate security, farmers would return to their farms and increase food  production.

    He appealed to the Federal Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to come up with programmes in collaboration with states in order address their peculiarities.

    According to him, some agricultural programmes failed because they were not compatible to the states peculiarities.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, represented by Mr Janet Olisa, a Director, said that the ministry would continue to support FMARD to achieve its mandate.


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  •  The Federal Government is committed to advancing the course of human rights in Nigeria The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN said this in Abuja when the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC visited him Malami described the visit as a quest towards advancing the course of human rights in the country Nigeria has recorded tremendous successes with regard to human rights consideration The country has put in place both legislative and institutional frameworks to promote and protect human rights The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has advanced the services functions and responsibilities of the NHRC which has risen from the position of barking to biting he said According to the minister the compensation paid to victims of Apo killing is a testimonial of government s commitment to human rights in this country He added that the government would support the approval of the National Action Plan NAP for the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria Also the National policy for the protection of civilians from harm during conflicts this is a consolidation of what we have been doing in the area of promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria The Commission should collaborate with relevant stakeholders with a bid to come up with memos on pertinent issues of human right concerns for the approval of the Federal Executive Council FEC he said Earlier the Chairperson of the NHRC Governing Council Dr Salamatu Sulaiman said the aim of the visit is to among other things seek collaboration of the ministry The National Action Plan NAP for the promotion and protection of Human Rights in Nigeria is a roadmap and guiding policy which specifies how the promotion and protection of human rights in the country should be A draft was earlier presented to the President when we newly came on board and we got his keen support for the document We urge you to throw your weight behind the NAP document preparatory to presentation to the President being a promoter of human rights yourself we are optimistic of your support she said She said the NHRC Council also seeks the support of the minister to facilitate the presentation and approval by FEC of the National Policy for the protection of civilians during conflict Suleiman pointed out that the NHRC and the Ministry of Justice have both worked on the document which seeks to protect civilians during conflict situations The Council is also using the opportunity of the visit to urge the federal government to create direct access to the African court on Human and People s Rights by individuals and NGOs This can be done by making a declaration pursuant to Article 34 6 of the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People s Rights This gesture will widen the scope of access to protection of Human Rights across the continent she said According to her the Council is also urging the government to ratify the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People s rights on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa She added as well as signing and ratifying the protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of persons with Disabilities in Africa There is the need for the support of the Ministry for the presidential assent of the NHRC Amendment Act The Act seeks to provide for the resourcing of the human rights funds through minimal contribution from stakeholders and companies to ease governments burden of solely funding human rights promotion and protection in the country Suleiman said Speaking also the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the Federation Ms Beatrice Jeddy Agba said the Justice Ministry will continue to engage with the Commission on issues relating to the promotion and protection of human rights She said to strengthen the National Committee against Torture the Executive Secretary of the Commission Tony Ojukwu SAN was made the alternate Chairman of the Committee with the secretariat domiciled in the NHRC NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG committed to human rights course in Nigeria, says Malami
     The Federal Government is committed to advancing the course of human rights in Nigeria The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN said this in Abuja when the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission NHRC visited him Malami described the visit as a quest towards advancing the course of human rights in the country Nigeria has recorded tremendous successes with regard to human rights consideration The country has put in place both legislative and institutional frameworks to promote and protect human rights The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has advanced the services functions and responsibilities of the NHRC which has risen from the position of barking to biting he said According to the minister the compensation paid to victims of Apo killing is a testimonial of government s commitment to human rights in this country He added that the government would support the approval of the National Action Plan NAP for the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria Also the National policy for the protection of civilians from harm during conflicts this is a consolidation of what we have been doing in the area of promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria The Commission should collaborate with relevant stakeholders with a bid to come up with memos on pertinent issues of human right concerns for the approval of the Federal Executive Council FEC he said Earlier the Chairperson of the NHRC Governing Council Dr Salamatu Sulaiman said the aim of the visit is to among other things seek collaboration of the ministry The National Action Plan NAP for the promotion and protection of Human Rights in Nigeria is a roadmap and guiding policy which specifies how the promotion and protection of human rights in the country should be A draft was earlier presented to the President when we newly came on board and we got his keen support for the document We urge you to throw your weight behind the NAP document preparatory to presentation to the President being a promoter of human rights yourself we are optimistic of your support she said She said the NHRC Council also seeks the support of the minister to facilitate the presentation and approval by FEC of the National Policy for the protection of civilians during conflict Suleiman pointed out that the NHRC and the Ministry of Justice have both worked on the document which seeks to protect civilians during conflict situations The Council is also using the opportunity of the visit to urge the federal government to create direct access to the African court on Human and People s Rights by individuals and NGOs This can be done by making a declaration pursuant to Article 34 6 of the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People s Rights This gesture will widen the scope of access to protection of Human Rights across the continent she said According to her the Council is also urging the government to ratify the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People s rights on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa She added as well as signing and ratifying the protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of persons with Disabilities in Africa There is the need for the support of the Ministry for the presidential assent of the NHRC Amendment Act The Act seeks to provide for the resourcing of the human rights funds through minimal contribution from stakeholders and companies to ease governments burden of solely funding human rights promotion and protection in the country Suleiman said Speaking also the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the Federation Ms Beatrice Jeddy Agba said the Justice Ministry will continue to engage with the Commission on issues relating to the promotion and protection of human rights She said to strengthen the National Committee against Torture the Executive Secretary of the Commission Tony Ojukwu SAN was made the alternate Chairman of the Committee with the secretariat domiciled in the NHRC NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG committed to human rights course in Nigeria, says Malami
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    FG committed to human rights course in Nigeria, says Malami

    The Federal Government is committed to advancing the course of human rights in Nigeria.

    The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN said this in Abuja when the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) visited him.

    Malami described the visit as a quest towards advancing the course of human rights in the country.

    “Nigeria has recorded tremendous successes with regard to human rights consideration.

    “The country has put in place both legislative and institutional frameworks to promote and protect human rights.

    “The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has advanced the services, functions and responsibilities of the NHRC which has risen from the position of barking to biting,” he said.

    According to the minister, the compensation paid to victims of Apo killing is a testimonial of government’s commitment to human rights in this country.

    He added that the government would support the approval of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria.

    “Also, the National policy for the protection of civilians from harm during conflicts, this is a consolidation of what we have been doing in the area of promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria.

    “The Commission should collaborate with relevant stakeholders with a bid to come up with memos on pertinent issues of human right concerns for the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC)” he said.

    Earlier, the Chairperson of the NHRC Governing Council, Dr Salamatu Sulaiman said the aim of the visit is to among other things; seek collaboration of the ministry.

    “The National Action Plan (NAP) for the promotion and protection of Human Rights in Nigeria is a roadmap and guiding policy which specifies how the promotion and protection of human rights in the country should be.

    “A draft was earlier presented to the President when we newly came on board and we got his keen support for the document.

    “We urge you to throw your weight behind the NAP document, preparatory to presentation to the President, being a promoter of human rights yourself, we are optimistic of your support,” she said.

    She said the NHRC Council also seeks the support of the minister to facilitate the presentation and approval, by FEC of the National Policy for the protection of civilians during conflict.

    Suleiman pointed out that the NHRC and the Ministry of Justice have both worked on the document which seeks to protect civilians during conflict situations.

    “The Council is also using the opportunity of the visit to urge the federal government to create direct access to the African court on Human and People’s Rights by individuals and NGOs. ” This can be done by making a declaration pursuant to Article 34 (6) of the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

    “This gesture will widen the scope of access to protection of Human Rights across the continent,” she said.

    According to her, the Council is also urging the government to ratify the protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s rights on the Rights of Older Persons in Africa.

    She added, as well as signing and ratifying the protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of persons with Disabilities in Africa.

    “There is the need for the support of the Ministry for the presidential assent of the NHRC Amendment Act. “The Act seeks to provide for the resourcing of the human rights funds through minimal contribution from stakeholders and companies to ease governments’ burden of solely funding human rights promotion and protection in the country,” Suleiman said.

    Speaking also, the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the Federation, Ms Beatrice Jeddy Agba, said the Justice Ministry will continue to engage with the Commission on issues relating to the promotion and protection of human rights.

    She said to strengthen the National Committee against Torture, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu, SAN was made the alternate Chairman of the Committee with the secretariat domiciled in the NHRC.


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  •  Sen Oluremi Tinubu wife of All Progressives Congress APC 2023 presidential candidate says she will give voice to the voiceless if she becomes the country s next first lady in 2023 She said this on Saturday in Abuja when she visited Karon Majigi Ward of Gwarimpa and Yar Goje Community of Abuja Municipal Area Council to meet with widows Internally Displaced Persons IDPs and people with special needs She however explained that the visit was not to campaign but to familiarise and give support to the less privileged and to let them know that she felt their pains I am here today because of the work ahead of us you don t just jump into the waters without learning how to swim This is like a familiarisation tour to every part of Abuja to know the people who have special needs and to see how we can ameliorate their sufferings Because in a situation like this they are more like voiceless so we are here to see and assure them that they are not alone and that we feel their pains So at least if God happens to get us to that exhaulted position we don t just go there blindly without really understanding what is in our communities and environs Tinubu said She said she would embark on more of such visits to other communities ahead of 2023 general elections to have a first hand information of what was going on in local communities This she added was to enable her know how she could meet the needs of the people She noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government had done so well in spite of obvious challenges She added that if elected the Tinubu Shettima presidency would leverage on Buhari s achievements to ensure a better living for all Nigerians and the development of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in her entourage was Nana Shettima wife of Sen Kashim Shettima APC Vice Presidential candidate and the party s National Women Leader among other dignitaries Tinubu who currently represents Lagos Central in the Senate distributed food items including rice maize beans cartons of Indomie noddles vegetable oil and condiments to the less privileged in the communities visited She also presented a cash gift to members of the communities to share NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Tinubu promises support for IDPs, others
     Sen Oluremi Tinubu wife of All Progressives Congress APC 2023 presidential candidate says she will give voice to the voiceless if she becomes the country s next first lady in 2023 She said this on Saturday in Abuja when she visited Karon Majigi Ward of Gwarimpa and Yar Goje Community of Abuja Municipal Area Council to meet with widows Internally Displaced Persons IDPs and people with special needs She however explained that the visit was not to campaign but to familiarise and give support to the less privileged and to let them know that she felt their pains I am here today because of the work ahead of us you don t just jump into the waters without learning how to swim This is like a familiarisation tour to every part of Abuja to know the people who have special needs and to see how we can ameliorate their sufferings Because in a situation like this they are more like voiceless so we are here to see and assure them that they are not alone and that we feel their pains So at least if God happens to get us to that exhaulted position we don t just go there blindly without really understanding what is in our communities and environs Tinubu said She said she would embark on more of such visits to other communities ahead of 2023 general elections to have a first hand information of what was going on in local communities This she added was to enable her know how she could meet the needs of the people She noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government had done so well in spite of obvious challenges She added that if elected the Tinubu Shettima presidency would leverage on Buhari s achievements to ensure a better living for all Nigerians and the development of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in her entourage was Nana Shettima wife of Sen Kashim Shettima APC Vice Presidential candidate and the party s National Women Leader among other dignitaries Tinubu who currently represents Lagos Central in the Senate distributed food items including rice maize beans cartons of Indomie noddles vegetable oil and condiments to the less privileged in the communities visited She also presented a cash gift to members of the communities to share NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Tinubu promises support for IDPs, others
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    2023: Tinubu promises support for IDPs, others

    Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, wife of All Progressives Congress (APC) 2023 presidential candidate says she will give voice to the voiceless if she becomes the country’s next first lady in 2023. She said this on Saturday in Abuja when she visited Karon-Majigi Ward of Gwarimpa and Yar Goje Community of Abuja Municipal Area Council to meet with widows, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and people with special needs.

    She, however, explained that the visit was not to campaign, but to familiarise and give support to the less privileged and to let them know that she felt their pains.

    “I am here today because of the work ahead of us, you don’t just jump into the waters without learning how to swim.

    “This is like a familiarisation tour to every part of Abuja, to know the people who have special needs and to see how we can ameliorate their sufferings.

    “Because in a situation like this, they are more like voiceless, so we are here to see and assure them that they are not alone, and that we feel their pains.

    “So at least, if God happens to get us to that exhaulted position, we don’t just go there blindly without really understanding what is in our communities and environs,” Tinubu said.

    She said she would embark on more of such visits to other communities ahead of 2023 general elections to have a first hand information of what was going on in local communities.

    This, she added, was to enable her know how she could meet the needs of the people.

    She noted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government had done so well in spite of obvious challenges.

    She added that if elected, the Tinubu-Shettima presidency would leverage on Buhari’s achievements to ensure a better living for all Nigerians and the development of the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in her entourage was Nana Shettima, wife of Sen. Kashim Shettima, APC Vice-Presidential candidate and the party’s National Women Leader among other dignitaries.

    Tinubu who currently represents Lagos Central in the Senate, distributed food items, including rice, maize, beans, cartons of Indomie noddles, vegetable oil, and condiments to the less privileged in the communities visited.

    She also presented a cash gift to members of the communities to share.


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  •  In a bid to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians the Federal Government has expressed determination to revitalise Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in every ward across the country Dr Faisal Shuaibu the Executive Executive Officer National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA made this known to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shuaib was in Ibadan on an inspection visit to few PHCs in Oyo State Shuaibu said that Federal Government has renovated over four thousand PHCs in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration adding that government would revitalise the PHCs He said government would also ensure that health workers embark on periodic training so as to have capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians Federal Government has renovated over four thousand PHCs in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration We will revitalise the PHCs We will ensure that health workers embark on periodic training so as to have capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians We are doing better than how it was few years ago our ambition is to have at least one functional PHC per political ward across the country Shuaibu said He said no matter the huge amount expended on buildings in the health sector it could not be enough except revitalising the PHCs Shuaibu said that the PHCs would be revitalised by recruiting well trained health workers better pay for workers security and putting in place infrastructure He said healthcare of Nigerians was the priority adding that their effort was to ensure Nigerians were well treated with dignity and compassion whenever they access the facilities Shuaibu said that Nigerians must be respected given medication and managed well to recover from their illness He decried shortage of health workers in PHCs across the nation urging state governors to increase numbers of health workers in PHCs for adequate primary healthcare delivery system Shuaibu said that there was need for adequate human resources to have well trained and respectful personnel to attend to people at various health centres He said they needed to improve the quality of healthcare in the PHCs adding that this was the reason why they were working with the state governors commissioners and traditional rulers Shuaibu commended the efforts of the state government particularly the executive secretary of Oyo State Primary Health Care Development Board and others in the health ministry for providing adequate immunisation Looking at the data Oyo State is one of the best performing state when it comes to the stage 3 0 roll out of the integrated COVID 19 campaign which was launched in Abuja three weeks ago We are very proud of the work going on here We shouldn t only look at what is not working we should also look at what is working well We are here today to encourage them and commend them for the outstanding work they have been doing as well as tell them that Nigerians appreciate them he said Also Dr Bode Ladipo the state Commissioner for Health described the visitation as an attestation to the efforts of the state government toward affordable healthcare delivery Ladipo said that the state government was currently working on the renovation of over 351 PHCs across the state The commissioner said that all the PHCs shall become fully operational by the end of the present administration He said that people have been enjoying easy access to affordable healthcare services now at their door steps NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG ‘ll revitalise PHCs in Nigeria- NPHCDA chief
     In a bid to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians the Federal Government has expressed determination to revitalise Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in every ward across the country Dr Faisal Shuaibu the Executive Executive Officer National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA made this known to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shuaib was in Ibadan on an inspection visit to few PHCs in Oyo State Shuaibu said that Federal Government has renovated over four thousand PHCs in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration adding that government would revitalise the PHCs He said government would also ensure that health workers embark on periodic training so as to have capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians Federal Government has renovated over four thousand PHCs in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari led administration We will revitalise the PHCs We will ensure that health workers embark on periodic training so as to have capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians We are doing better than how it was few years ago our ambition is to have at least one functional PHC per political ward across the country Shuaibu said He said no matter the huge amount expended on buildings in the health sector it could not be enough except revitalising the PHCs Shuaibu said that the PHCs would be revitalised by recruiting well trained health workers better pay for workers security and putting in place infrastructure He said healthcare of Nigerians was the priority adding that their effort was to ensure Nigerians were well treated with dignity and compassion whenever they access the facilities Shuaibu said that Nigerians must be respected given medication and managed well to recover from their illness He decried shortage of health workers in PHCs across the nation urging state governors to increase numbers of health workers in PHCs for adequate primary healthcare delivery system Shuaibu said that there was need for adequate human resources to have well trained and respectful personnel to attend to people at various health centres He said they needed to improve the quality of healthcare in the PHCs adding that this was the reason why they were working with the state governors commissioners and traditional rulers Shuaibu commended the efforts of the state government particularly the executive secretary of Oyo State Primary Health Care Development Board and others in the health ministry for providing adequate immunisation Looking at the data Oyo State is one of the best performing state when it comes to the stage 3 0 roll out of the integrated COVID 19 campaign which was launched in Abuja three weeks ago We are very proud of the work going on here We shouldn t only look at what is not working we should also look at what is working well We are here today to encourage them and commend them for the outstanding work they have been doing as well as tell them that Nigerians appreciate them he said Also Dr Bode Ladipo the state Commissioner for Health described the visitation as an attestation to the efforts of the state government toward affordable healthcare delivery Ladipo said that the state government was currently working on the renovation of over 351 PHCs across the state The commissioner said that all the PHCs shall become fully operational by the end of the present administration He said that people have been enjoying easy access to affordable healthcare services now at their door steps NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG ‘ll revitalise PHCs in Nigeria- NPHCDA chief
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    FG ‘ll revitalise PHCs in Nigeria- NPHCDA chief

    In a bid to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians, the Federal Government has expressed determination to revitalise Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in every ward across the country.

    Dr Faisal Shuaibu, the Executive Executive Officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) made this known to newsmen on Monday in Ibadan.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Shuaib was in Ibadan on an inspection visit to few PHCs in Oyo State.

    Shuaibu said that Federal Government has renovated over four thousand PHCs in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, adding that government would revitalise the PHCs. He said government would also ensure that health workers embark on periodic training so as to have capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians.

    “Federal Government has renovated over four thousand PHCs in the last four years of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

    We will revitalise the PHCs. “We will ensure that health workers embark on periodic training so as to have capacity to deliver quality healthcare services to Nigerians.

    “We are doing better than how it was few years ago; our ambition is to have at least one functional PHC per political ward across the country,” Shuaibu said.

    He said no matter the huge amount expended on buildings in the health sector, it could not be enough, except revitalising the PHCs. Shuaibu said that the PHCs would be revitalised by recruiting well trained health workers, better pay for workers, security and putting in place infrastructure.

    He said healthcare of Nigerians was the priority, adding that their effort was to ensure Nigerians were well treated with dignity and compassion whenever they access the facilities.

    Shuaibu said that Nigerians must be respected, given medication and managed well to recover from their illness.

    ” He decried shortage of health workers in PHCs across the nation, urging state governors to increase numbers of health workers in PHCs for adequate primary healthcare delivery system.

    Shuaibu said that there was need for adequate human resources to have well trained and respectful personnel to attend to people at various health centres.

    He said they needed to improve the quality of healthcare in the PHCs, adding that this was the reason why they were working with the state governors, commissioners and traditional rulers.

    Shuaibu commended the efforts of the state government, particularly the executive secretary of Oyo State Primary Health Care Development Board and others in the health ministry for providing adequate immunisation.

    “Looking at the data, Oyo State is one of the best performing state when it comes to the stage 3.0 roll out of the integrated COVID-19 campaign, which was launched in Abuja three weeks ago.

    “We are very proud of the work going on here.

    We shouldn’t only look at what is not working, we should also look at what is working well.

    “We are here today to encourage them and commend them for the outstanding work they have been doing as well as tell them that Nigerians appreciate them,” he said.

    Also, Dr Bode Ladipo, the state Commissioner for Health, described the visitation as an attestation to the efforts of the state government toward affordable healthcare delivery.

    Ladipo said that the state government was currently working on the renovation of over 351 PHCs across the state.

    The commissioner said that all the PHCs shall become fully operational by the end of the present administration.

    He said that people have been enjoying easy access to affordable healthcare services now at their door steps.


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