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  •   Patronage Osogbo Jan 1 2020 Mr Timothy Owoeye the Speaker Osun House of Assembly has called on Nigerians to focus more on locally made products for the sustainability of the country s economy in 2020 Owoeye in a new year message released by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Kunle Alabi on Wednesday also called on them to look inward and patronise indigenous manufacturers Owoeye also enjoined Nigerians to always strive for the good of the land saying the much publicised next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress APC must begin with every Nigerian to ensure a more prosperous country He reminded Nigerians of the need to cut down their dependence on foreign goods especially food stuff to increase local production and enhance entrepreneurship The speaker stated that patronising Nigerian grown food and other products would help save the local currency which currently he noted carried too much pressure He expressed concern that despite the huge potential in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing Nigeria needed more efforts in making use of these opportunities Owoeye who commended the Federal Government for closing the land borders said the effort had been yielding good fruits with the increment in the patronage of locally grown rice and other cereals He said The recent border closure has yielded so much results in terms of local production We should sustain it and Nigerians should do more to patronise local content by so doing we will be strengthening our economy and reduce unemployment in the country He also urged the people of Osun to pray for the state and the administration of Gov Gboyega Oyetola so that development peace and security would continue to reign The Speaker noted that the benefits of the recently concluded Economic summit in the State could only come into fruition with the prayers of all Edited by Abiodun Esan Dada Ahmed NAN
    2020: Osun Speaker urges Nigerians to patronise local products
      Patronage Osogbo Jan 1 2020 Mr Timothy Owoeye the Speaker Osun House of Assembly has called on Nigerians to focus more on locally made products for the sustainability of the country s economy in 2020 Owoeye in a new year message released by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Kunle Alabi on Wednesday also called on them to look inward and patronise indigenous manufacturers Owoeye also enjoined Nigerians to always strive for the good of the land saying the much publicised next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress APC must begin with every Nigerian to ensure a more prosperous country He reminded Nigerians of the need to cut down their dependence on foreign goods especially food stuff to increase local production and enhance entrepreneurship The speaker stated that patronising Nigerian grown food and other products would help save the local currency which currently he noted carried too much pressure He expressed concern that despite the huge potential in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing Nigeria needed more efforts in making use of these opportunities Owoeye who commended the Federal Government for closing the land borders said the effort had been yielding good fruits with the increment in the patronage of locally grown rice and other cereals He said The recent border closure has yielded so much results in terms of local production We should sustain it and Nigerians should do more to patronise local content by so doing we will be strengthening our economy and reduce unemployment in the country He also urged the people of Osun to pray for the state and the administration of Gov Gboyega Oyetola so that development peace and security would continue to reign The Speaker noted that the benefits of the recently concluded Economic summit in the State could only come into fruition with the prayers of all Edited by Abiodun Esan Dada Ahmed NAN
    2020: Osun Speaker urges Nigerians to patronise local products
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    2020: Osun Speaker urges Nigerians to patronise local products

     

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    Osogbo, Jan. 1 , 2020 Mr Timothy Owoeye, the Speaker , Osun House of Assembly has called on Nigerians to focus more on locally made products for the sustainability of the country’s economy in 2020.

    Owoeye, in a new year message released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Alabi on Wednesday, also called on them to look inward and patronise indigenous manufacturers.

    Owoeye also enjoined Nigerians to always strive for the good of the land, saying the much publicised next level agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC), must begin with every Nigerian to ensure a more prosperous country.

    He reminded Nigerians of the need to cut down their dependence on foreign goods, especially food stuff to increase local production and enhance entrepreneurship.

    The speaker stated that patronising Nigerian grown food and other products would help save the local currency which currently he noted carried too much pressure.

    He expressed concern that despite the huge potential in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing,Nigeria needed more efforts in making use of these opportunities.

    Owoeye, who commended the Federal Government for closing the land borders, said the effort had been yielding good fruits with the increment in the patronage of locally grown rice and other cereals.

    He said: “The recent border closure has yielded so much results in terms of local production.

    “We should sustain it and Nigerians should do more to patronise local content, by so doing, we will be strengthening our economy and reduce unemployment in the country.”

    He  also urged the people of Osun to pray for the state and the administration of Gov. Gboyega Oyetola so that development, peace and security would continue to reign.

    The Speaker noted that the benefits of the recently concluded Economic summit in the State could only come into fruition with the prayers of all

    Edited by: Abiodun Esan/ Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

     

     

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  •   Former Gov Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on Nigerians to keep hope alive and support President Muhammadu Buhari led administration and the All Progressives Congress APC Ajimobi made the call in his New Year message issued by his spokesman Mr Bolaji Tunji on Wednesday in Ibadan The former governor urged Nigerians to continue to place their trust in the Buhari administration and his team assuring them that they were capable of ensuring remarkable economic turn around Nigerians as envisaged Ajimobi noted that the administration had set the tone for the revamping of the socio economic situation in the country through policies and projects embarked upon at the inception of the administration I want to assure all Nigerians that the love of the nation burns brightly in the heart of the President and he is determined to ensure that legacies that would stand the test of time are in place in the country We have seen some of the giant strides of the administration in areas of infrastructure especially transportation and power Roads are being constructed rail lines also being laid across the country These are ways of further opening up the economy The administration needs our support A great leader takes people to where they ought to be and not where they want to be It may look difficult now but we shall all smile at the end of the day he said The former governor thanked APC members at the state level for their patience and support Our reconciliation is still ongoing and positive steps have been made We should eschew the bitterness of the past and forgive Ajimobi reiterated his commitment and support for the party noting that as humans we are bound to offend one another Some people offended me and I offended some people too But in the spirit of true reconciliation we should forgive one another and allow the past to end with 2019 Let us chart a new course of love and reconciliation for ourselves and the party in 2020 All our actions and activities should be geared toward strengthening our party Edited by Shittu Obassa Dada Ahmed NAN
    New Year: Ajimobi rallies support for Buhari, APC
      Former Gov Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on Nigerians to keep hope alive and support President Muhammadu Buhari led administration and the All Progressives Congress APC Ajimobi made the call in his New Year message issued by his spokesman Mr Bolaji Tunji on Wednesday in Ibadan The former governor urged Nigerians to continue to place their trust in the Buhari administration and his team assuring them that they were capable of ensuring remarkable economic turn around Nigerians as envisaged Ajimobi noted that the administration had set the tone for the revamping of the socio economic situation in the country through policies and projects embarked upon at the inception of the administration I want to assure all Nigerians that the love of the nation burns brightly in the heart of the President and he is determined to ensure that legacies that would stand the test of time are in place in the country We have seen some of the giant strides of the administration in areas of infrastructure especially transportation and power Roads are being constructed rail lines also being laid across the country These are ways of further opening up the economy The administration needs our support A great leader takes people to where they ought to be and not where they want to be It may look difficult now but we shall all smile at the end of the day he said The former governor thanked APC members at the state level for their patience and support Our reconciliation is still ongoing and positive steps have been made We should eschew the bitterness of the past and forgive Ajimobi reiterated his commitment and support for the party noting that as humans we are bound to offend one another Some people offended me and I offended some people too But in the spirit of true reconciliation we should forgive one another and allow the past to end with 2019 Let us chart a new course of love and reconciliation for ourselves and the party in 2020 All our actions and activities should be geared toward strengthening our party Edited by Shittu Obassa Dada Ahmed NAN
    New Year: Ajimobi rallies support for Buhari, APC
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    New Year: Ajimobi rallies support for Buhari, APC

    Former Gov.Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on Nigerians to keep hope alive and support President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

    Ajimobi made the call  in his New Year message issued by his spokesman, Mr Bolaji Tunji, on Wednesday in Ibadan.The former governor urged Nigerians to continue to place their trust in the Buhari administration and his team, assuring them that they were capable of ensuring remarkable economic turn-around Nigerians as envisaged.Ajimobi noted that the administration had set the tone for the revamping of the socio-economic situation in the country through policies and projects embarked upon at the inception of the administration.“I want to assure all Nigerians that the love of the nation burns brightly in the heart of the President and he is determined to ensure that legacies that would stand the test of time are in place in the country.“We have seen some of the giant strides of the administration in areas of infrastructure, especially  transportation and power.“Roads are being constructed, rail lines also being laid across the country.“These are ways of further opening up the economy. The administration needs our support. “A great leader takes people to where they ought to be and not where they want to be. It may look difficult now but we shall all smile at the end of the day,” he said.The former governor thanked APC members at the state level for their patience and support.” Our reconciliation is still ongoing and positive steps have been made. We should eschew the bitterness of the past and forgive.”Ajimobi reiterated his commitment and support for the party, noting that ” as humans, we are bound to offend one another.”“Some people offended me and I offended some people too. But in the spirit of true reconciliation, we should forgive one another and  allow the past to end with 2019.“Let us chart a new course of love and reconciliation for ourselves and the party in 2020.”“All our actions and activities should be geared toward strengthening our party.”Edited by: Shittu Obassa/ Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •   The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Bayelsa state chapter has lauded the efforts of the three tiers of government at ensuring rice sufficiency across states of the federation The Chairman of the chapter Mr Ezekiel Ogbianko made the commendation in an interview the Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa on Monday Ogbianko who stressed the importance of farming to economy development also commended the support of the federal government to its members on promotion of rice cultivation especially in Bayelsa He described the Anchor Borrower Programme ABP as one of the best platforms that had lifted its members including those in the rural areas above limits The Federal government President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has done well to our members and other farmers across states in the country the issue of loan and inputs supply cannot be left out I am happy for our members in Bayelsa because we are gradually coming up as one of the rice producing states Only in 2019 we cleared and cultivated rice in over 5 000 hectares of land Over 950 young farmers across the eight local government areas of Bayelsa have been engaged in mechanise farming in 2019 Ogbianko said The Chairman also congratulated the Bayelsa Governor elect Chief David Lyon and his Deputy Sen Biobarakumo Degi Eremienyo on their victory at the Nov 16 governorship election The victory is for all the good people of Bayelsa The manner in which the election was conducted shows that our democracy is becoming mature The Governor elect has to follow the initiative of President Mohammadu Buhari on agriculture development to make rice cassava and other farm produce more surplus for the people he said Edited by Isaac Ukpoju Dada Ahmed NAN
    Association hails FG support to rice farmers
      The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN Bayelsa state chapter has lauded the efforts of the three tiers of government at ensuring rice sufficiency across states of the federation The Chairman of the chapter Mr Ezekiel Ogbianko made the commendation in an interview the Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa on Monday Ogbianko who stressed the importance of farming to economy development also commended the support of the federal government to its members on promotion of rice cultivation especially in Bayelsa He described the Anchor Borrower Programme ABP as one of the best platforms that had lifted its members including those in the rural areas above limits The Federal government President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has done well to our members and other farmers across states in the country the issue of loan and inputs supply cannot be left out I am happy for our members in Bayelsa because we are gradually coming up as one of the rice producing states Only in 2019 we cleared and cultivated rice in over 5 000 hectares of land Over 950 young farmers across the eight local government areas of Bayelsa have been engaged in mechanise farming in 2019 Ogbianko said The Chairman also congratulated the Bayelsa Governor elect Chief David Lyon and his Deputy Sen Biobarakumo Degi Eremienyo on their victory at the Nov 16 governorship election The victory is for all the good people of Bayelsa The manner in which the election was conducted shows that our democracy is becoming mature The Governor elect has to follow the initiative of President Mohammadu Buhari on agriculture development to make rice cassava and other farm produce more surplus for the people he said Edited by Isaac Ukpoju Dada Ahmed NAN
    Association hails FG support to rice farmers
    Agriculture3 years ago

    Association hails FG support to rice farmers

    The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Bayelsa state chapter has lauded the efforts of the three tiers of government at ensuring rice sufficiency across states of the federation.

    The Chairman of the chapter , Mr Ezekiel Ogbianko, made the commendation in an interview the Nigeria News Agency in Yenagoa on Monday.

     

    Ogbianko, who stressed the importance of farming to economy development, also commended the support of the federal government to its members on promotion of rice cultivation, especially in Bayelsa.

    He described the Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) as one of the best platforms that had lifted its members, including those in the rural areas, above limits.

    “The Federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has done well to our members and other farmers across states in the country; the issue of loan and inputs supply cannot be left out.

    “I am happy for our members in Bayelsa because we are gradually coming up as one of the rice-producing states.

    “Only in 2019, we cleared and cultivated rice in over 5, 000 hectares of land.

    “Over 950 young farmers across the eight local government areas of Bayelsa have been engaged in mechanise farming in 2019,” Ogbianko said.

    The Chairman also congratulated the Bayelsa Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon and his Deputy, Sen. Biobarakumo Degi-Eremienyo, on their victory at the Nov. 16 governorship election.

    “The victory is for all the good people of Bayelsa. The manner in which the election was conducted shows that our democracy is becoming mature.

    “The Governor-elect has to follow the initiative of President Mohammadu Buhari on agriculture development to make rice, cassava and other farm produce more surplus for the people,” he said.

    Edited by: Isaac Ukpoju/Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •   The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Ali Pantami has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation s economy to a digital economy He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency NITDA at the University of Portharcourt UNIPORT Pantami said the facility known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building would be used to develop ideas to end the nation s dependence on crude oil The minister said This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas Presently the world is moving from natural resources based economy to knowledge based economy and so federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket Pantami who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge based economy said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy He said that many countries including the United States China and European no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired Recently China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country Earlier Prof Ndowa Lale Vice Chancellor University of Port Harcourt commended Federal government for citing the South South IT centre in the institution He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication On his part the Director General of NITDA Kashifu Abdullahi said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved Ease of Doing Business He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development According on him digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere adding that Nigeria should not be left behind Edited by Saidu Adamu Dada Ahmed NAN
    FG resolves to ditilise economy- Pantami
      The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Ali Pantami has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation s economy to a digital economy He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency NITDA at the University of Portharcourt UNIPORT Pantami said the facility known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building would be used to develop ideas to end the nation s dependence on crude oil The minister said This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas Presently the world is moving from natural resources based economy to knowledge based economy and so federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket Pantami who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge based economy said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy He said that many countries including the United States China and European no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired Recently China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country Earlier Prof Ndowa Lale Vice Chancellor University of Port Harcourt commended Federal government for citing the South South IT centre in the institution He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication On his part the Director General of NITDA Kashifu Abdullahi said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved Ease of Doing Business He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development According on him digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere adding that Nigeria should not be left behind Edited by Saidu Adamu Dada Ahmed NAN
    FG resolves to ditilise economy- Pantami
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    FG resolves to ditilise economy- Pantami

    The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami, has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation’s economy to a digital economy.

    He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at the University of Portharcourt (UNIPORT).

    Pantami  said the facility, known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building, would be used to develop ideas to end the nation’s dependence on crude oil.

    The minister said: “This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country.

    “The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas.

    “Presently, the world is moving from natural-resources based economy to knowledge –based economy and so, federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket.

    Pantami, who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge-based economy, said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy.

    He said that many countries, including the United States, China and European, no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired.

    “Recently, China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres.

    “Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry.

    “We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries.”

    The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government’s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country.

    Earlier, Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, commended Federal government for citing the South-South IT centre in the institution.

    He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre, that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication.

    On his part, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved-Ease of Doing Business.

    He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development.

    According on him, digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere, adding that Nigeria should not be left behind.

    Edited by: Saidu Adamu/Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

     

     

  •   ITPort Harcourt Dec 18 2019 The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Ali Pantami has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation s economy to a digital economy He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency NITDA at the University of Portharcourt UNIPORT Pantami said the facility known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building would be used to develop ideas to end the nation s dependence on crude oil The minister said This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas Presently the world is moving from natural resources based economy to knowledge based economy and so federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket Pantami who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge based economy said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy He said that many countries including the United States China and European no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired Recently China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country Earlier Prof Ndowa Lale Vice Chancellor University of Port Harcourt commended Federal government for citing the South South IT centre in the institution He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication On his part the Director General of NITDA Kashifu Abdullahi said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved Ease of Doing Business He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development According on him digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere adding that Nigeria should not be left behind DES Edited By Saidu Adamu Dada Ahmed
    FG resolves to digitalise economy- Pantami
      ITPort Harcourt Dec 18 2019 The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Ali Pantami has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation s economy to a digital economy He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency NITDA at the University of Portharcourt UNIPORT Pantami said the facility known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building would be used to develop ideas to end the nation s dependence on crude oil The minister said This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas Presently the world is moving from natural resources based economy to knowledge based economy and so federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket Pantami who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge based economy said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy He said that many countries including the United States China and European no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired Recently China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country Earlier Prof Ndowa Lale Vice Chancellor University of Port Harcourt commended Federal government for citing the South South IT centre in the institution He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication On his part the Director General of NITDA Kashifu Abdullahi said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved Ease of Doing Business He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development According on him digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere adding that Nigeria should not be left behind DES Edited By Saidu Adamu Dada Ahmed
    FG resolves to digitalise economy- Pantami
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    FG resolves to digitalise economy- Pantami

     

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    Port Harcourt, Dec. 18, 2019 The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Ali Pantami, has expressed the resolve of the Federal government to move the nation’s economy to a digital economy.

    He stated this during the launching of an Information Technology and Innovation Centre by the National Informational Technology Development Agency (NITDA) at the University of Portharcourt (UNIPORT).

    Pantami  said the facility, known as Information Technology Innovation and Incubation Park building, would be used to develop ideas to end the nation’s dependence on crude oil.

    The minister said: “This policy was derived after we came up with idea of establishing IT skills centres all over the country.

    “The Federal Government is establishing these centres across the country as part of its drive diversify the economy away from oil and gas.

    “Presently, the world is moving from natural-resources based economy to knowledge –based economy and so, federal government is following suit in order not to put all eggs in one basket.

    Pantami, who noted that digital economy occupied a central position in a knowledge-based economy, said Nigeria was on track to having a digitised economy.

    He said that many countries, including the United States, China and European, no longer employ people based only on degrees but skills acquired.

    “Recently, China shut down 600 universities and converted them to skill acquisition centres.

    “Nigeria needs to bridge the gap between the academy and industry.

    “We need to change the current system where theories are only thought in the universities and skills acquired in the industries.”

    The minister urged states and local governments to key into the federal government’s digital economy policy to promote entrepreneurship in the country.

    Earlier, Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, commended Federal government for citing the South-South IT centre in the institution.

    He said the university was delighted to host such prestigious IT and innovation centre, that would be used to recruit and train specialised skills on telecommunication.

    On his part, the Director-General of NITDA, Kashifu Abdullahi, said that the World Bank had rated Nigeria as one of the countries with improved-Ease of Doing Business.

    He expressed delight that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had identified Information and Communication Technology as an enabler for development.

    According on him, digital economy is reshaping economies and social lives of many societies in the western hemisphere, adding that Nigeria should not be left behind.

    DES/


    Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Dada Ahmed

     

     

  •   The Buhari Media Organisation BMO says Nigeria has recorded steady growth in its economy due to the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Monday BMO said the country had recorded a number of positives on the economic front We have seen how Nigeria has within a few days recorded some landmark strides on several fronts relating to the economy One of them is the N5 2 billion trading surplus recorded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC for the month of August It is gratifying that the figure is a 22 per cent increase on the N4 26 billion surplus posted in July and this we believe is a clear indication that the national oil company can indeed operate profitably It also reflects the transparency that the Buhari administration is bringing into governance when one considers that an NNPC which operations had in the past been opaque is now issuing regular updates on its finances and operational expenditures We also acknowledge that the value of Nigeria s total trade in third quarter of 2019 stands at N9 187 6billion representing a 6 77 per cent increase over the value recorded in second quarter 2019 and a 1 33 per cent increase on third quarter 2018 And although there was a slight decline in import figure the increase in export led to a positive trade balance of N1 389 3billion during the period under review he said Akinsiju drew attention to an announcement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN of an increase in power transmission capacity to 10 000 megawatts by July 2020 We recognise that this is a consequence of the installation of 68 transformers nationwide between 2017 and October 2019 through the implementation of the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme There is no doubt that this will further improve electricity supply and also create a ripple effect in the formal and non formal sectors in terms of job creation It is a massive milestone in a country where previous administrations are on record to have spent billions of dollars over 20 years with little improvement in the country s power generation and transmission capacity he said BMO chairman also identified the launch of a digital register of beneficial owners of mining and extractive licences by the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative NEITI as a great step to clean up the industry and prepare it for additional domestic and foreign investments Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye Kayode Olaitan NAN
    BMO attributes economic growth to Buhari’s political will
      The Buhari Media Organisation BMO says Nigeria has recorded steady growth in its economy due to the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Monday BMO said the country had recorded a number of positives on the economic front We have seen how Nigeria has within a few days recorded some landmark strides on several fronts relating to the economy One of them is the N5 2 billion trading surplus recorded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC for the month of August It is gratifying that the figure is a 22 per cent increase on the N4 26 billion surplus posted in July and this we believe is a clear indication that the national oil company can indeed operate profitably It also reflects the transparency that the Buhari administration is bringing into governance when one considers that an NNPC which operations had in the past been opaque is now issuing regular updates on its finances and operational expenditures We also acknowledge that the value of Nigeria s total trade in third quarter of 2019 stands at N9 187 6billion representing a 6 77 per cent increase over the value recorded in second quarter 2019 and a 1 33 per cent increase on third quarter 2018 And although there was a slight decline in import figure the increase in export led to a positive trade balance of N1 389 3billion during the period under review he said Akinsiju drew attention to an announcement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN of an increase in power transmission capacity to 10 000 megawatts by July 2020 We recognise that this is a consequence of the installation of 68 transformers nationwide between 2017 and October 2019 through the implementation of the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme There is no doubt that this will further improve electricity supply and also create a ripple effect in the formal and non formal sectors in terms of job creation It is a massive milestone in a country where previous administrations are on record to have spent billions of dollars over 20 years with little improvement in the country s power generation and transmission capacity he said BMO chairman also identified the launch of a digital register of beneficial owners of mining and extractive licences by the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative NEITI as a great step to clean up the industry and prepare it for additional domestic and foreign investments Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye Kayode Olaitan NAN
    BMO attributes economic growth to Buhari’s political will
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    BMO attributes economic growth to Buhari’s political will

    The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says Nigeria has recorded steady growth in its economy due to the political will of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

    In a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Monday,  BMO said the country had recorded a number of positives on the economic front.

    “We have seen how Nigeria has within a few days recorded some landmark strides on several fronts relating to the economy.

    “One of them is the N5.2 billion trading surplus recorded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the month of August.

    “It is gratifying that the figure is a 22 per cent increase on the N4.26 billion surplus posted in July and this, we believe, is a clear indication that the national oil company can indeed operate profitably.

    “It also reflects the transparency that the Buhari administration is bringing into governance when one considers that an NNPC which operations had in the past been opaque is now issuing regular updates on its finances and operational expenditures.

    “We also acknowledge that the value of Nigeria’s total trade in third quarter of 2019 stands at N9,187.6billion, representing a 6.77 per cent  increase over the value recorded in second quarter,2019 and a 1.33 per cent increase on third quarter, 2018.

    “And although there was a slight decline in import figure, the increase in export-led to a positive trade balance of N1,389.3billion during the period under review,” he said.

    Akinsiju drew attention to an announcement by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) of an increase in power transmission capacity to 10,000 megawatts by July 2020.

    “We recognise that this is a consequence of the installation of 68 transformers nationwide between 2017 and October 2019 through the implementation of the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme.

    “There is no doubt that this will further improve electricity supply and also create a ripple effect in the formal and non-formal sectors in terms of job creation.

    “It is a massive milestone in a country where previous administrations are on record to have spent billions of dollars over 20 years with little improvement in the country’s power generation and transmission capacity,” he said.

    BMO chairman also identified the launch of a digital register of beneficial owners of mining and extractive licences by the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) as a great step to clean up the industry and prepare it for additional domestic and foreign investments.

    Edited by: Emmanuel Nwoye/Kayode Olaitan

    (NAN)

  •  Smuggling Abuja Aug 7 2018 The Benin Republic Ambassador to Nigeria Mrs Paulette Yekpe has said that the proposed tripartite meeting by Nigeria Niger and her country will establish a framework to address rice smuggling Yekpe said this while briefing Journalists on Monday in Abuja on sideline of activities marking the 58th Independence anniversary of the country She said that the smuggling of rice and other products posed a threat to the relationship between both countries The ambassador said that although ECOWAS protocol paved way for the free movement of citizens within the sub region more needed to be done through regional integration to tackle rice smuggling According to her Nigeria and Benin have always worked together to beef up border security in the past She therefore expressed the determination to strengthen the collaboration between the two countries to curb illegal rice smuggling into Nigeria Nigeria and Benin have historical ties with over 800 km of land borders no matter the number of custom officers we put to man the place our borders will always be porous Benin Nigeria and Niger have decided to meet based on what is happening these days when talking about rice smuggling When people come into our country because of ECOWAS we cannot reject them we have no right to we have been fined for stopping them before for bringing rice in ECOWAS had fined us what such people say is we are travelling to Niger and once they are somewhere in Bardi they go to Kebbi Kano and that is what it is So we have decided to have a tripartite meeting with Niger Nigeria and Benin to discuss and find a way to address rice smuggling She said although the date for the tripartite meeting had not been fixed plans were underway to organise it to bring the issue of rice smuggling to the barest minimum She however urged the governments of the three countries to sensitise their citizens more about the dangers of smuggling to keep people away from such acts In separate interview Sen Ita Enang Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senate said that Nigeria s relationship with Benin needed to be deeper to tackle smuggling We have been having problem in illegal trade in rice and other imported goods from Benin Republic I think it has been well conducted in a manner that does not dare us to say what will Nigeria do It is rather caused by a few of our businessmen The government of Benin Republic has been interested in making sure that the kind of trade that goes on between the two countries is very great because we are the best of neigbours He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration would do all within ambit of the law to tackle smuggling cross border and transnational crimes He said that the porosity of borders between the two countries contributed to transnational crimes He assured Benin of the Federal Government s support in terms of security to tackle smuggling Edited by Nkechi okoronkwo NAN
    Benin, Nigeria and Niger meeting will end smuggling of rice – envoy
     Smuggling Abuja Aug 7 2018 The Benin Republic Ambassador to Nigeria Mrs Paulette Yekpe has said that the proposed tripartite meeting by Nigeria Niger and her country will establish a framework to address rice smuggling Yekpe said this while briefing Journalists on Monday in Abuja on sideline of activities marking the 58th Independence anniversary of the country She said that the smuggling of rice and other products posed a threat to the relationship between both countries The ambassador said that although ECOWAS protocol paved way for the free movement of citizens within the sub region more needed to be done through regional integration to tackle rice smuggling According to her Nigeria and Benin have always worked together to beef up border security in the past She therefore expressed the determination to strengthen the collaboration between the two countries to curb illegal rice smuggling into Nigeria Nigeria and Benin have historical ties with over 800 km of land borders no matter the number of custom officers we put to man the place our borders will always be porous Benin Nigeria and Niger have decided to meet based on what is happening these days when talking about rice smuggling When people come into our country because of ECOWAS we cannot reject them we have no right to we have been fined for stopping them before for bringing rice in ECOWAS had fined us what such people say is we are travelling to Niger and once they are somewhere in Bardi they go to Kebbi Kano and that is what it is So we have decided to have a tripartite meeting with Niger Nigeria and Benin to discuss and find a way to address rice smuggling She said although the date for the tripartite meeting had not been fixed plans were underway to organise it to bring the issue of rice smuggling to the barest minimum She however urged the governments of the three countries to sensitise their citizens more about the dangers of smuggling to keep people away from such acts In separate interview Sen Ita Enang Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Senate said that Nigeria s relationship with Benin needed to be deeper to tackle smuggling We have been having problem in illegal trade in rice and other imported goods from Benin Republic I think it has been well conducted in a manner that does not dare us to say what will Nigeria do It is rather caused by a few of our businessmen The government of Benin Republic has been interested in making sure that the kind of trade that goes on between the two countries is very great because we are the best of neigbours He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration would do all within ambit of the law to tackle smuggling cross border and transnational crimes He said that the porosity of borders between the two countries contributed to transnational crimes He assured Benin of the Federal Government s support in terms of security to tackle smuggling Edited by Nkechi okoronkwo NAN
    Benin, Nigeria and Niger meeting will end smuggling of rice – envoy
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    Benin, Nigeria and Niger meeting will end smuggling of rice – envoy

    Smuggling

    Abuja, Aug. 7, 2018 The Benin Republic Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Paulette Yekpe, has said that the proposed tripartite meeting by Nigeria, Niger and her country, will establish a framework to address rice smuggling.

    Yekpe said this while briefing Journalists on Monday in Abuja on sideline of activities marking the 58th Independence anniversary of the country.

    She said that the smuggling of rice and other products posed a threat to the relationship between both countries.

    The ambassador said that although ECOWAS protocol paved way for the free movement of citizens within the sub-region, more needed to be done through regional integration to tackle rice smuggling.

    According to her, Nigeria and Benin have always worked together to beef up border security in the past.

    She, therefore, expressed the determination to strengthen the collaboration between the two countries, to curb illegal rice smuggling into Nigeria.

    ‘‘Nigeria and Benin have historical ties with over 800 km of land borders; no matter the number of custom officers we put to man the place, our borders will always be porous.

    ‘‘Benin, Nigeria and Niger have decided to meet, based on what is happening these days when talking about rice smuggling.

    ‘‘When people come into our country because of ECOWAS, we cannot reject them; we have no right to; we have been fined for stopping them before for bringing rice in.

    ‘‘ECOWAS had fined us; what such people say is we are travelling to Niger and once they are somewhere in Bardi, they go to Kebbi, Kano and that is what it is.

    ‘‘So, we have decided to have a tripartite meeting with Niger, Nigeria and Benin to discuss and find a way to address rice smuggling.’’

    She said although the date for the tripartite meeting had not been fixed, plans were underway to organise it to bring the issue of rice smuggling to the barest minimum.

    She, however, urged the governments of the three countries to sensitise their citizens more about the dangers of smuggling, to keep people away from such acts.

    In separate interview, Sen. Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), said that Nigeria’s relationship with Benin needed to be deeper to tackle smuggling.

    “We have been having problem in illegal trade in rice and other imported goods from Benin Republic.

    ‘‘I think it has been well conducted in a manner that does not dare us to say what will Nigeria do? It is rather caused by a few of our businessmen.

    ‘‘The government of Benin Republic has been interested in making sure that the kind of trade that goes on between the two countries is very great, because we are the best of neigbours.’’

    He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would do all within ambit of the law to tackle smuggling, cross-border and transnational crimes.

    He said that the porosity of borders between the two countries contributed to transnational crimes.

    He assured Benin of the Federal Government’s support in terms of security, to tackle smuggling.

    Edited by: Nkechi okoronkwo
    (NAN)

  •  The Federal Government has slammed critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for distorting facts and whittling the achievements of the administration Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made the remarks when he spoke with newsmen in New York after a tour of major media houses and think tank in the U S Mohammed visited the CNN New York Times Voice of America Washington Post Washington Times Al Jazeera Reuters Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic Council and the Foreign Relations Council This trip became important because of the distortion that has been the major past time of a lot of critics and this distortion has sought to whittle the administration s strive in fighting against insecurity in revamping the economy and in fighting corruption And it became very important to give this information to the foreign media so that in their editorials in their comments and when they are writing stories they would be doing so from the context of the actualities on ground I m happy to say that many of them have been quite impressed about the achievements of the administration The think tanks were very attentive and they took on board a lot of interest and comments According to him when the Federal Government says it has actually defeated Boko Haram that is true because it is from the context of what it was and what it is The important thing is that we made them understand that the unfortunate incident of kidnap of the Dapchi schoolgirls and the recent suicide bombings are not reflective of actually the success of the government in fighting Boko Harm When the government says Boko Haram is defeated it is from the context of what it was when it came in and what we are today People have forgotten that less than three or four years ago people in Abuja the Capital City of Nigeria could not sleep with their two eyes closed That four years ago the insurgents used to stroll into Abuja at will and no building was sacred to them I mean they were so bold they attacked the Force Headquarters They attacked the UN headquarters they attacked newspapers head office Nyanya Motor Park was attacked twice and states and towns like Suleja Kano Sokoto Kogi Borno were game for them He recalled that up till 2015 20 out of the 27 Local Governments in Borno state were under the effective occupation of Boko Haram When we entered Bama in 2015 it was as if we were either in Cairo Algeria or any of these Arab countries because all the road signs were in Arabic So when we say we have defeated Boko Haram it is precisely what we mean Today night life has returned to Maiduguri weekly football leagues are being played in Maiduguri schools have been reopened roads have been reopened It was a far cry from when we went in 2015 because between Bama and Maiduguri where we went to there was no singular vehicle on the road On economy Mohammed said within two quarters Nigeria came out of recession and ever since the growth had been phenomenal in terms of foreign exchange which doubled from 23 billion dollars to 47 billion dollars We feed 7 5 million people every day and in the process creating jobs across the value chain thousands of cooks in 24 states have been employed Again our N Power programme they ve never seen this kind of thing in Nigeria before where in one fell sweep you employed 200 000 university unemployed graduate and another 200 000 have been screened and waiting to start work Our government enterprise and empowerment programme has given out loans to about 200 000 cooperatives and individuals and our conditional cash transfer today has fed over 200 000 families So these are the kinds of things we have done at a time when the price of crude oil was not as high as it was in 2011 So we have come to tell the world and I m glad that they ve been very well received We were able to give the correct perspective of what the administration has been able to achieve
    FG cautions critics over distortion of Buhari’s achievements
     The Federal Government has slammed critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for distorting facts and whittling the achievements of the administration Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made the remarks when he spoke with newsmen in New York after a tour of major media houses and think tank in the U S Mohammed visited the CNN New York Times Voice of America Washington Post Washington Times Al Jazeera Reuters Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic Council and the Foreign Relations Council This trip became important because of the distortion that has been the major past time of a lot of critics and this distortion has sought to whittle the administration s strive in fighting against insecurity in revamping the economy and in fighting corruption And it became very important to give this information to the foreign media so that in their editorials in their comments and when they are writing stories they would be doing so from the context of the actualities on ground I m happy to say that many of them have been quite impressed about the achievements of the administration The think tanks were very attentive and they took on board a lot of interest and comments According to him when the Federal Government says it has actually defeated Boko Haram that is true because it is from the context of what it was and what it is The important thing is that we made them understand that the unfortunate incident of kidnap of the Dapchi schoolgirls and the recent suicide bombings are not reflective of actually the success of the government in fighting Boko Harm When the government says Boko Haram is defeated it is from the context of what it was when it came in and what we are today People have forgotten that less than three or four years ago people in Abuja the Capital City of Nigeria could not sleep with their two eyes closed That four years ago the insurgents used to stroll into Abuja at will and no building was sacred to them I mean they were so bold they attacked the Force Headquarters They attacked the UN headquarters they attacked newspapers head office Nyanya Motor Park was attacked twice and states and towns like Suleja Kano Sokoto Kogi Borno were game for them He recalled that up till 2015 20 out of the 27 Local Governments in Borno state were under the effective occupation of Boko Haram When we entered Bama in 2015 it was as if we were either in Cairo Algeria or any of these Arab countries because all the road signs were in Arabic So when we say we have defeated Boko Haram it is precisely what we mean Today night life has returned to Maiduguri weekly football leagues are being played in Maiduguri schools have been reopened roads have been reopened It was a far cry from when we went in 2015 because between Bama and Maiduguri where we went to there was no singular vehicle on the road On economy Mohammed said within two quarters Nigeria came out of recession and ever since the growth had been phenomenal in terms of foreign exchange which doubled from 23 billion dollars to 47 billion dollars We feed 7 5 million people every day and in the process creating jobs across the value chain thousands of cooks in 24 states have been employed Again our N Power programme they ve never seen this kind of thing in Nigeria before where in one fell sweep you employed 200 000 university unemployed graduate and another 200 000 have been screened and waiting to start work Our government enterprise and empowerment programme has given out loans to about 200 000 cooperatives and individuals and our conditional cash transfer today has fed over 200 000 families So these are the kinds of things we have done at a time when the price of crude oil was not as high as it was in 2011 So we have come to tell the world and I m glad that they ve been very well received We were able to give the correct perspective of what the administration has been able to achieve
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    FG cautions critics over distortion of Buhari’s achievements

    The Federal Government has slammed critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for distorting facts and whittling the achievements of the administration.

    Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed made the remarks when he spoke with newsmen in New York after a tour of major media houses and think-tank in the U.S.

    Mohammed visited the CNN, New York Times, Voice of America, Washington Post, Washington Times; Al Jazeera, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Council and the Foreign Relations Council.

    “This trip became important because of the distortion that has been the major past time of a lot of  critics and this distortion has sought to whittle the administration’s strive in fighting against insecurity, in revamping the economy and in fighting corruption.

    “And it became very important to give this information to the foreign media so that in their editorials, in their comments and when they are writing stories, they would be doing so from the context of the actualities on ground.

    “I’m happy to say that many of them have been quite impressed about the achievements of the administration. The think-tanks were very attentive and they took on board a lot of interest and comments”.

    According to him, when the Federal Government says it has actually defeated Boko Haram, that is true because it is from the context of what it was and what it is.

    “The important thing is that we made them understand that the unfortunate incident of kidnap of the Dapchi schoolgirls and the recent suicide bombings are not reflective of actually the success of the government in fighting Boko Harm.

    “When the government says Boko Haram is defeated, it is from the context of what it was when it came in and what we are today.

    “People have forgotten that less than three or four years ago, people in Abuja, the Capital City of Nigeria,  could not sleep with their two eyes closed.

    “That four years ago, the insurgents used to stroll into Abuja at will and no building was sacred to them. I mean they were so bold they attacked the Force Headquarters.

    “They attacked the UN headquarters, they attacked newspapers head office, Nyanya Motor Park, was attacked twice and states and towns like Suleja, Kano, Sokoto, Kogi, Borno, were game for them”.

    He recalled that up till 2015, 20 out of the 27 Local Governments in Borno state  were under the effective occupation of Boko Haram.

    “When we entered Bama in 2015, it was as if we were either in Cairo, Algeria or any of these Arab countries because all the road signs were in Arabic.

    “So when we say we have defeated Boko Haram, it is precisely what we mean. Today, night life has returned to Maiduguri, weekly football leagues are being played in Maiduguri, schools have been reopened, roads have been reopened.

    “It was a far cry from when we went in 2015 because between Bama and Maiduguri where we went to, there was no singular vehicle on the road.”

    On economy, Mohammed said within two quarters, Nigeria came out of recession and ever since, the growth had been phenomenal in terms of foreign exchange which doubled from 23 billion dollars to 47 billion dollars.

    “We feed 7.5 million people every day and in the process, creating jobs across the value chain – thousands of cooks in 24 states have been employed.

    “Again, our N-Power programme, they’ve never seen this kind of thing in Nigeria before where in one fell sweep, you employed 200,000 university unemployed graduate and another 200,000 have been screened and waiting to start work.

    “Our government enterprise and empowerment programme has given out loans to about 200,000 cooperatives and individuals and our conditional cash transfer, today, has fed over 200,000 families.

    “So these are the kinds of things we have done at a time when the price of crude oil was not as high as it was in 2011.

    “So we have come to tell the world and I’m glad that they’ve been very well received. We were able to give the correct perspective of what the administration has been able to achieve.”

  •  Nigeria has moved forward under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in spite of the huge challenges it inherited Amb Samson Itegboje Permanent Representative to the UN said Itegboje made thos known during a Town Hall forum organised by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC and the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation NIDO U S The theme of the forum is The strength and voice of the Nigerian Diaspora The Envoys however said that the Buhari s administration had been shy in publicising some of its achievements for the citizens to be properly informed We are witnesses to the fact that prior to the coming of the government of President Buhari the economy was almost grinding to a halt In fact President Muhamadu inherited a recessed economy waiting to happen Boko Haram was running riots in the country and has even held sway in 14 local governments in Borno Corruption had almost become normal and our infrastructure had decayed among others But this government went to work and I must confess that the government appears to be publicity shy Itegboje said He reeled out some of the successes achieved so far in less than three years of the current administration saying they are subject to verification It takes three years for a country to exit recession but it took this government less than one years and a half to exit recession Foreign reserves have peaked at about 43 billion dollars the highest level in about four years and up from 24 billion dollars just a year ago He said the implementation of the Treasury Single Account TSA had stopped the haemorrhaging of the Treasury adding that N108 billion had been saved from the removal of maintenance fees payable to banks pre TSA Nigeria rose 24 places on the World Bank s Ease of Doing Business Ranking and earned a place on the list of 10 top performers in the world According to third quarter 2017 figure agriculture export is up year on year by 25 per cent while solid minerals export is up year on year by 78 per cent Raw materials export is up 70 per cent year on year and manufactured goods export is up 22 per cent year on year while our non crude oil earning amount to 40 per cent in foreign reserves the Envoy said According to him government agencies like the Nigeria Customs Service and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB were reporting highest ever revenue collection He recalled that JAMB recently remitted N7 8 billion naira compared to a paltry N51 million between 2010 and 2016 Six million rice farmers in 2015 have grown to over 12 million farmers leading to a reduction in rice importation from Thailand Nigeria is the second largest producer of sorghum after the U S the third in millet after India and leads the world in yam and cassava production Overall the government s ambition is that agriculture should rise from 25 per cent to 40 per cent of GDP so that we can banish poverty and overcome our economic anxiety He said power generation is at an all time high of 7 000 megawatts while the Lagos Kano Lagos Ibadan and Kano Kaduna rails would be operational by 2019 Similarly 25 major highways are being rehabilitated while coastal rail from Lagos to Calabar is being negotiated According to Otegboje while the positive indices may not have immediately impacted positively on Nigerians the citizens will definitely get a new lease of life soon Mr Pierro Tozzi Staff Director U S Congress on Foreign Affairs commended the giant strides of Nigerians in the U S Tozzi however lamented about some of the challenges in their homeland A CROSS SECTION OF NIGERIANS AT A WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY THE NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ORGANISATION FOR THE NIGERIANS RESIDENT IN THE U S AT THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY WASHINGTON DC He said the U S had continued to contribute to various sectors of Nigeria s economy adding however that the U S Congress was concerned about the herdsmen attacks in the North Central geo political zone Mr Samuel Adewusi Member Board of Directors of NIDO USA said the Diaspora Commission Act would coordinate Nigerians in the Diaspora to contribute human capital and material resources including their expertise for the development of Nigeria Adewusi said the Act provides a database of Nigerians in various fields and potentialities as the resource base for Nigeria to draw from as well as protect the interest of all Nigerians Many participants at the event condemned the system of government and the leaders for their political failure and challenged the leaders to be more accountable and responsible to the citizens They however pledged to continue to contribute their expertise to the development of Nigeria adding we have criticised ourselves enough The event which drew Nigerians from across the U S also addressed issues of immigration and consular activities at Nigerian missions among others Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Nigeria has moved forward under Buhari – Itegboje
     Nigeria has moved forward under the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in spite of the huge challenges it inherited Amb Samson Itegboje Permanent Representative to the UN said Itegboje made thos known during a Town Hall forum organised by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC and the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation NIDO U S The theme of the forum is The strength and voice of the Nigerian Diaspora The Envoys however said that the Buhari s administration had been shy in publicising some of its achievements for the citizens to be properly informed We are witnesses to the fact that prior to the coming of the government of President Buhari the economy was almost grinding to a halt In fact President Muhamadu inherited a recessed economy waiting to happen Boko Haram was running riots in the country and has even held sway in 14 local governments in Borno Corruption had almost become normal and our infrastructure had decayed among others But this government went to work and I must confess that the government appears to be publicity shy Itegboje said He reeled out some of the successes achieved so far in less than three years of the current administration saying they are subject to verification It takes three years for a country to exit recession but it took this government less than one years and a half to exit recession Foreign reserves have peaked at about 43 billion dollars the highest level in about four years and up from 24 billion dollars just a year ago He said the implementation of the Treasury Single Account TSA had stopped the haemorrhaging of the Treasury adding that N108 billion had been saved from the removal of maintenance fees payable to banks pre TSA Nigeria rose 24 places on the World Bank s Ease of Doing Business Ranking and earned a place on the list of 10 top performers in the world According to third quarter 2017 figure agriculture export is up year on year by 25 per cent while solid minerals export is up year on year by 78 per cent Raw materials export is up 70 per cent year on year and manufactured goods export is up 22 per cent year on year while our non crude oil earning amount to 40 per cent in foreign reserves the Envoy said According to him government agencies like the Nigeria Customs Service and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB were reporting highest ever revenue collection He recalled that JAMB recently remitted N7 8 billion naira compared to a paltry N51 million between 2010 and 2016 Six million rice farmers in 2015 have grown to over 12 million farmers leading to a reduction in rice importation from Thailand Nigeria is the second largest producer of sorghum after the U S the third in millet after India and leads the world in yam and cassava production Overall the government s ambition is that agriculture should rise from 25 per cent to 40 per cent of GDP so that we can banish poverty and overcome our economic anxiety He said power generation is at an all time high of 7 000 megawatts while the Lagos Kano Lagos Ibadan and Kano Kaduna rails would be operational by 2019 Similarly 25 major highways are being rehabilitated while coastal rail from Lagos to Calabar is being negotiated According to Otegboje while the positive indices may not have immediately impacted positively on Nigerians the citizens will definitely get a new lease of life soon Mr Pierro Tozzi Staff Director U S Congress on Foreign Affairs commended the giant strides of Nigerians in the U S Tozzi however lamented about some of the challenges in their homeland A CROSS SECTION OF NIGERIANS AT A WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY THE NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ORGANISATION FOR THE NIGERIANS RESIDENT IN THE U S AT THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY WASHINGTON DC He said the U S had continued to contribute to various sectors of Nigeria s economy adding however that the U S Congress was concerned about the herdsmen attacks in the North Central geo political zone Mr Samuel Adewusi Member Board of Directors of NIDO USA said the Diaspora Commission Act would coordinate Nigerians in the Diaspora to contribute human capital and material resources including their expertise for the development of Nigeria Adewusi said the Act provides a database of Nigerians in various fields and potentialities as the resource base for Nigeria to draw from as well as protect the interest of all Nigerians Many participants at the event condemned the system of government and the leaders for their political failure and challenged the leaders to be more accountable and responsible to the citizens They however pledged to continue to contribute their expertise to the development of Nigeria adding we have criticised ourselves enough The event which drew Nigerians from across the U S also addressed issues of immigration and consular activities at Nigerian missions among others Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Nigeria has moved forward under Buhari – Itegboje
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    Nigeria has moved forward under Buhari – Itegboje

    Nigeria has moved forward under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, in spite of the huge challenges it inherited, Amb. Samson Itegboje, Permanent Representative to the UN, said .

    Itegboje made thos known during a Town Hall forum organised by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, DC and the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) U.S.

    The theme of the forum is “The strength and voice of the Nigerian Diaspora’’.

    The Envoys, however, said that the Buhari’s administration had been shy in publicising some of its achievements for the citizens to be properly informed.

    “We are witnesses to the fact that prior to the coming of the government of President Buhari, the economy was almost grinding to a halt.

    “In fact, President Muhamadu inherited a recessed economy waiting to happen.

    “Boko Haram was running riots in the country and has even held sway in 14 local governments in Borno.

    “Corruption had almost become normal and our infrastructure had decayed among others.

    “But this government went to work and I must confess that the government appears to be publicity shy,’’ Itegboje said.

    He reeled out some of the successes achieved so far in less than three years of the current administration, saying they are subject to verification.

    “It takes three years for a country to exit recession but it took this government less than one years and a half to exit recession.

    “Foreign reserves have peaked at about 43 billion dollars, the highest level in about four years and up from 24 billion dollars just a year ago.’’

    He said the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) had stopped the haemorrhaging of the Treasury, adding that N108 billion had been saved from the removal of maintenance fees payable to banks pre-TSA.

    “Nigeria rose 24 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Ranking and earned a place on the list of 10 top performers in the world.

    “According to third quarter 2017 figure, agriculture export is up year-on-year by 25 per cent while solid minerals export is up year-on-year by 78 per cent.

    “Raw materials export is up 70 per cent year-on-year and manufactured goods export is up 22 per cent year-on-year while our non-crude oil earning amount to 40 per cent in foreign reserves,’’ the Envoy said.

    According to him, government agencies like the Nigeria Customs Service and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) were reporting highest ever revenue collection.

    He recalled that JAMB recently remitted N7.8 billion naira compared to a paltry N51 million between 2010 and 2016.

    “Six million rice farmers in 2015 have grown to over 12 million farmers, leading to a reduction in rice importation from Thailand.

    “Nigeria is the second largest producer of sorghum after the U.S., the third in millet after India and leads the world in yam and cassava production.

    “Overall, the government’s ambition is that agriculture should rise from 25 per cent to 40 per cent of GDP so that we can banish poverty and overcome our economic anxiety’’.

    He said power generation is at an all-time high of 7,000 megawatts while the Lagos-Kano, Lagos-Ibadan and Kano-Kaduna rails would be operational by 2019.

    Similarly, 25 major highways are being rehabilitated while coastal rail from Lagos to Calabar is being negotiated.

    According to Otegboje, while the positive indices may not have immediately impacted positively on Nigerians, the citizens will definitely get a new lease of life soon.

    Mr Pierro Tozzi, Staff Director, U.S. Congress on Foreign Affairs, commended the giant strides of Nigerians in the U.S.

    Tozzi, however, lamented about some of the challenges in their homeland.

     

    A CROSS-SECTION OF NIGERIANS AT A WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY THE NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ORGANISATION FOR THE NIGERIANS RESIDENT IN THE U.S. AT THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY, WASHINGTON, DC

    He said the U.S. had continued to contribute to various sectors of Nigeria’s economy adding, however, that the U.S. Congress was concerned about the herdsmen attacks in the North-Central geo-political zone.

    Mr Samuel Adewusi, Member, Board of Directors of NIDO USA, said the Diaspora Commission Act would coordinate Nigerians in the Diaspora to contribute human capital and material resources, including their expertise, for the development of Nigeria.

    Adewusi said the Act provides a database of Nigerians in various fields and potentialities as the resource base for Nigeria to draw from, as well as protect the interest of all Nigerians.

    Many participants at the event, condemned the system of government and the leaders for their political failure and challenged the leaders to be more accountable and responsible to the citizens.

    They, however, pledged to continue to contribute their expertise to the development of Nigeria, adding “we have criticised ourselves enough’’.

    The event, which drew Nigerians from across the U.S., also addressed issues of immigration and consular activities at Nigerian missions among others.

    Edited by: Abdulfatah Babatunde/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has urged youth to rise above all limitations and confront the 2019 general elections with optimism Dalung in an interview with the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in New York advised the youth to seek elective positions in 2019 rather than remain mere electorate According to him however Nigerian youth must first locate their bearing in the historical evolution of the contribution of youth in the country s leadership Mr Nicholas Ella Head of Economy and Investment Nigerian Consulate New York Mr Akinremi Bolaji Minister Spokesperson Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Solomon Dalung Minister of Youth and Sports Development Amb Samson Itegboje Nigeria s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and other officials of the Permanent Mission and Consulate at New York He said The Nigerian Youth Movement was set up by a young person Herbert Macaulay Our founding fathers when they were agitating for independence they were young people Considerably after independence and during the military rule we had young people who led this country and their impact was felt Now if the Nigerian youth place themselves within this background they must also be prepared to confront 2019 with optimism Their participation should not only be limited to voting but they should be seen to be involved in declaring interest in offices that are within the reach and the size of their pocket He noted however that politics in Nigeria was a capital intensive project adding if young people are seen to be active in it definitely it is going to send a signal that they are prepared ready and willing to occupy the political space And to our leaders I want to urge them that we must create political space to accommodate youth leadership We need them they have the strength they have the energy they have the innovations to be able to drive this country to greatness he said Mr Akinremi Bolaji Minister Spokesperson Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Nicholas Ella Head of Economy and Investment Nigerian Consulate Mr Solomon Dalung Minister of Youth and Sports Development and Amb Samson Itegboje Nigeria s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN when Dalung visted the Nigeria House in New York According to him a combination of the resourcefulness of young people and their energy with the experience and wisdom of elders would build a very strong and perfect society Dalung urged the youth to resist the temptation of being used whether as political mercenaries or in facilitating electoral fraud Rather they must insist that credible leadership which they have voted for see the light of the day he added He said 2019 is going to be a political breakthrough for Nigeria It is a milestone because it s going to end an era of a prolonged leadership of the advanced generation And it will open a new page of engagement for young people So youth in Nigeria should not allow 2019 to pass them by The youth and sports minister however said a Nigerian youth President in 2019 may be relatively difficult because of the political system we have in place He argued that the 1999 constitutional democracy bestowed on Nigeria by the military appeared to be shrouded with a lot of booby traps that seemed not to project a very good vision of the younger generation Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung in a chat with Mr Akinremi Bolaji Minister Spokesperson Permanent Mission of Nigeria of Nigeria while Amb Samson Itegboje Ambassador Deputy Permanent Representative Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN looks on when Dalung paid a courtsy call on the Nigeria House New York Therefore in 2019 we would still need to have the sustenance of this foundation laying leadership for the young people to take over because our foundation had been basically fractured Infrastructure in Nigeria is in dilapidated form our economy is just picking up the national security is gradually coming out of prolonged insurgency We need to consolidate on these in 2019 for a stable leadership Dalung admitted that the victory of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration was driven by the young people of Nigeria but that the administration did not have a good percentage of the young people involved at the level of policy making and implementation To correct this he said The APC Government in 2019 after consolidating on its victory must now begin a process of incorporating its vision in the younger generation This is so that it can lay a solid foundation and secure the future of this country for the youth So the prospect I see in 2019 is more of involvement of young people at different levels of policy making and implementation Edited by Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Prepare for 2019 with optimism, Dalung tells Nigerian youth
     Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has urged youth to rise above all limitations and confront the 2019 general elections with optimism Dalung in an interview with the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in New York advised the youth to seek elective positions in 2019 rather than remain mere electorate According to him however Nigerian youth must first locate their bearing in the historical evolution of the contribution of youth in the country s leadership Mr Nicholas Ella Head of Economy and Investment Nigerian Consulate New York Mr Akinremi Bolaji Minister Spokesperson Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Solomon Dalung Minister of Youth and Sports Development Amb Samson Itegboje Nigeria s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and other officials of the Permanent Mission and Consulate at New York He said The Nigerian Youth Movement was set up by a young person Herbert Macaulay Our founding fathers when they were agitating for independence they were young people Considerably after independence and during the military rule we had young people who led this country and their impact was felt Now if the Nigerian youth place themselves within this background they must also be prepared to confront 2019 with optimism Their participation should not only be limited to voting but they should be seen to be involved in declaring interest in offices that are within the reach and the size of their pocket He noted however that politics in Nigeria was a capital intensive project adding if young people are seen to be active in it definitely it is going to send a signal that they are prepared ready and willing to occupy the political space And to our leaders I want to urge them that we must create political space to accommodate youth leadership We need them they have the strength they have the energy they have the innovations to be able to drive this country to greatness he said Mr Akinremi Bolaji Minister Spokesperson Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Nicholas Ella Head of Economy and Investment Nigerian Consulate Mr Solomon Dalung Minister of Youth and Sports Development and Amb Samson Itegboje Nigeria s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN when Dalung visted the Nigeria House in New York According to him a combination of the resourcefulness of young people and their energy with the experience and wisdom of elders would build a very strong and perfect society Dalung urged the youth to resist the temptation of being used whether as political mercenaries or in facilitating electoral fraud Rather they must insist that credible leadership which they have voted for see the light of the day he added He said 2019 is going to be a political breakthrough for Nigeria It is a milestone because it s going to end an era of a prolonged leadership of the advanced generation And it will open a new page of engagement for young people So youth in Nigeria should not allow 2019 to pass them by The youth and sports minister however said a Nigerian youth President in 2019 may be relatively difficult because of the political system we have in place He argued that the 1999 constitutional democracy bestowed on Nigeria by the military appeared to be shrouded with a lot of booby traps that seemed not to project a very good vision of the younger generation Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung in a chat with Mr Akinremi Bolaji Minister Spokesperson Permanent Mission of Nigeria of Nigeria while Amb Samson Itegboje Ambassador Deputy Permanent Representative Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN looks on when Dalung paid a courtsy call on the Nigeria House New York Therefore in 2019 we would still need to have the sustenance of this foundation laying leadership for the young people to take over because our foundation had been basically fractured Infrastructure in Nigeria is in dilapidated form our economy is just picking up the national security is gradually coming out of prolonged insurgency We need to consolidate on these in 2019 for a stable leadership Dalung admitted that the victory of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration was driven by the young people of Nigeria but that the administration did not have a good percentage of the young people involved at the level of policy making and implementation To correct this he said The APC Government in 2019 after consolidating on its victory must now begin a process of incorporating its vision in the younger generation This is so that it can lay a solid foundation and secure the future of this country for the youth So the prospect I see in 2019 is more of involvement of young people at different levels of policy making and implementation Edited by Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    Prepare for 2019 with optimism, Dalung tells Nigerian youth
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    Prepare for 2019 with optimism, Dalung tells Nigerian youth

    Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung has urged youth to rise above all limitations and confront the 2019 general elections with optimism.

    Dalung, in an interview with the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in New York, advised the youth to seek elective positions in 2019 rather than remain mere electorate.

    According to him, however, Nigerian youth must first locate their bearing in the historical evolution of the contribution of youth in the country’s leadership.

    Mr Nicholas Ella, Head of Economy and Investment, Nigerian Consulate, New York; Mr Akinremi Bolaji, Minister/Spokesperson, Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN; Mr Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports Development; Amb. Samson Itegboje, Nigeria’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and other officials of the Permanent Mission and Consulate at New York

    He said: “The Nigerian Youth Movement was set up by a young person – Herbert Macaulay. Our founding fathers, when they were agitating for independence, they were young people.

    “Considerably, after independence and during the military rule, we had young people who led this country and their impact was felt.

    “Now if the Nigerian youth place themselves within this background, they must also be prepared to confront 2019 with optimism.

    “Their participation should not only be limited to voting but they should be seen to be involved in declaring interest in offices that are within the reach and the size of their pocket”.

    He noted, however, that politics in Nigeria was a capital-intensive project adding, if young people are seen to be active in it, definitely it is going to send a signal that they are “prepared, ready and willing” to occupy the political space.

    “And to our leaders, I want to urge them that we must create political space to accommodate youth leadership.

    “We need them, they have the strength, they have the energy, they have the innovations to be able to drive this country to greatness,” he said.

    Mr Akinremi Bolaji, Minister/Spokesperson, Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN; Mr Nicholas Ella, Head of Economy and Investment, Nigerian Consulate; Mr Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports Development and Amb. Samson Itegboje, Nigeria’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN when Dalung visted the Nigeria House in New York

    According to him, a combination of the resourcefulness of young people and their energy with the experience and wisdom of elders would build a very strong and perfect society.

    Dalung urged the youth to resist the temptation of being used, whether as political mercenaries or in facilitating electoral fraud.

    Rather, they must insist that credible leadership, which they have voted for, see the light of the day, he added.

    He said: “2019 is going to be a political breakthrough for Nigeria. It is a milestone because it’s going to end an era of a prolonged leadership of the advanced generation.

    “And it will open a new page of engagement for young people. So youth in Nigeria should not allow 2019 to pass them by”.

    The youth and sports minister, however, said a Nigerian youth President in 2019 may be relatively difficult because of the political system we have in place.

    He argued that the 1999-constitutional democracy bestowed on Nigeria by the military appeared to be shrouded with a lot of booby traps that seemed not to project a very good vision of the younger generation.

    Minister of Youth and Sports Development Solomon Dalung in a chat with Mr Akinremi Bolaji, Minister/Spokesperson, Permanent Mission of Nigeria of Nigeria while Amb. Samson Itegboje, Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative, Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN looks on when Dalung paid a courtsy call on the Nigeria House, New York.

    “Therefore, in 2019, we would still need to have the sustenance of this foundation-laying leadership for the young people to take over because our foundation had been basically fractured.

    “Infrastructure in Nigeria is in dilapidated form, our economy is just picking up, the national security is gradually coming out of prolonged insurgency. We need to consolidate on these in 2019 for a stable leadership.”

    Dalung admitted that the victory of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was driven by the young people of Nigeria but that the administration did not have a good percentage of the young people involved at the level of policy making and implementation.

    To correct this, he said: “The APC Government in 2019, after consolidating on its victory, must now begin a process of incorporating its vision in the younger generation.

    “This is so that it can lay a solid foundation and secure the future of this country for the youth. So the prospect I see in 2019 is more of involvement of young people at different levels of policy making and implementation”.

    Edited by: Maharazu Ahmed
    (NAN)

     

     

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