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  •   Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has said that his administration in the last four years delivered on its campaign mantra to restore the values of Ekiti people He said his administration had also laid the foundation for sustainable development Fayemi stated this in Ikere Ekiti on Tuesday during his Thank You tour of the Ekiti South Senatorial District as part of the activities marking the end of his tenure The governor while enumerating some of the achievements recorded by his administration especially in the district said that the legacies would be sustained by the incoming administration He maintained that his administration performed well in the areas of education human capital development health social security social amenities and infrastructural development in all the senatorial districts of the state It is easy to forget that when we embarked upon this journey four years ago Ekiti was still in the dungeon We had a lot of challenges and we promised to restore the value of our people and reclaim the land for progress and development I believe that four years down the line we have discharged that duty to the best of our ability I think we can thick the box in all of the areas in which we pledged to make life better for our people whether in education human capital development he said Fayemi said his administration upgraded the College of Education to the University of Education Science and Technology and named it after Elder Bamidele Olumilua He said the upgrade was to complement the state federal and private universities in Ekiti The governor described the airport project as extensive and said the Knowledge Zone linked to it would in future constitute an Airport City This is because of a lot of development that will happen there will be to the benefit of the state Fayemi while thanking the people of the state for their support noted that the privilege to serve as governor gave him the chance to become the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF and President Forum of Regions of Africa FRAS Gratitude to our people in Ekiti State particularly to the people of Southern Senatorial District The people of the South Senatorial District have been good and gracious to us as a government and they have been good to us as a party If we checked the result of the last election you will see that our governor elect received overwhelming support from the southern part of the state Mr Sunday Filani a representative from Ikere Local Government Area in his goodwill message thanked the governor for the achievements of his administration He listed the upgrading of the College of Education Ikere to a degree awarding university and the construction of Adelogun Bridge as some of the unprecedented achievements in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the other council areas also took time to enumerate the administration s achievements in their domains The event was attended by the wife of the governor Mrs Bisi Fayemi Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi The Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly Mr Funminiyi Afuye and the Ekiti Govenor Elect Biodun Oyebanji and his wife Dr Olayemi Oyebanji The Deputy Governor Elect Mrs Monisade Afuye and the Ekiti Chairman of the All Progressives Congress party APC Mr Paul Omotosho were in attendance Others were Olowuro of Orun Ekiti Oba Aderounmu Adewumi Olukere of Ikere Ekiti Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin and other government officials and party members NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ve delivered on our campaign promises to Ekiti people – Fayemi
      Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has said that his administration in the last four years delivered on its campaign mantra to restore the values of Ekiti people He said his administration had also laid the foundation for sustainable development Fayemi stated this in Ikere Ekiti on Tuesday during his Thank You tour of the Ekiti South Senatorial District as part of the activities marking the end of his tenure The governor while enumerating some of the achievements recorded by his administration especially in the district said that the legacies would be sustained by the incoming administration He maintained that his administration performed well in the areas of education human capital development health social security social amenities and infrastructural development in all the senatorial districts of the state It is easy to forget that when we embarked upon this journey four years ago Ekiti was still in the dungeon We had a lot of challenges and we promised to restore the value of our people and reclaim the land for progress and development I believe that four years down the line we have discharged that duty to the best of our ability I think we can thick the box in all of the areas in which we pledged to make life better for our people whether in education human capital development he said Fayemi said his administration upgraded the College of Education to the University of Education Science and Technology and named it after Elder Bamidele Olumilua He said the upgrade was to complement the state federal and private universities in Ekiti The governor described the airport project as extensive and said the Knowledge Zone linked to it would in future constitute an Airport City This is because of a lot of development that will happen there will be to the benefit of the state Fayemi while thanking the people of the state for their support noted that the privilege to serve as governor gave him the chance to become the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF and President Forum of Regions of Africa FRAS Gratitude to our people in Ekiti State particularly to the people of Southern Senatorial District The people of the South Senatorial District have been good and gracious to us as a government and they have been good to us as a party If we checked the result of the last election you will see that our governor elect received overwhelming support from the southern part of the state Mr Sunday Filani a representative from Ikere Local Government Area in his goodwill message thanked the governor for the achievements of his administration He listed the upgrading of the College of Education Ikere to a degree awarding university and the construction of Adelogun Bridge as some of the unprecedented achievements in the area The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the other council areas also took time to enumerate the administration s achievements in their domains The event was attended by the wife of the governor Mrs Bisi Fayemi Deputy Governor Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi The Speaker Ekiti State House of Assembly Mr Funminiyi Afuye and the Ekiti Govenor Elect Biodun Oyebanji and his wife Dr Olayemi Oyebanji The Deputy Governor Elect Mrs Monisade Afuye and the Ekiti Chairman of the All Progressives Congress party APC Mr Paul Omotosho were in attendance Others were Olowuro of Orun Ekiti Oba Aderounmu Adewumi Olukere of Ikere Ekiti Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin and other government officials and party members NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’ve delivered on our campaign promises to Ekiti people – Fayemi
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    We’ve delivered on our campaign promises to Ekiti people – Fayemi

     Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti has said that his administration in the last four years delivered on its campaign mantra to restore the values of Ekiti people.

    He said his administration had also laid the foundation for sustainable development.

    Fayemi stated this in Ikere-Ekiti on Tuesday during his “Thank You” tour of the Ekiti-South Senatorial District, as part of the activities marking the end of his tenure.

    The governor, while enumerating some of the achievements recorded by his administration especially in the district, said that the legacies would be sustained by the incoming administration.

    He maintained that his administration performed well in the areas of education, human capital development, health, social security, social amenities and infrastructural development in all the senatorial districts of the state.

    “It is easy to forget that when we embarked upon this journey four years ago, Ekiti was still in the dungeon.

    “We had a lot of challenges and we promised to restore the value of our people and reclaim the land for progress and development.

    “I believe that four years down the line we have discharged that duty to the best of our ability.

    “I think we can thick the box in all of the areas in which we pledged to make life better for our people whether in education, human capital development,“ he said.

    Fayemi said his administration upgraded the College of Education to the University of Education, Science and Technology and named it after Elder Bamidele Olumilua.

    He said the upgrade was to complement the state, federal and private universities in Ekiti.

    The governor described the airport project as extensive and said the “Knowledge Zone“ linked to it would in future constitute an Airport City. “This is because of a lot of development that will happen there will be to the benefit of the state.

    Fayemi, while thanking the people of the state for their support, noted that the privilege to serve as governor  gave him the chance to become the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and President, Forum of Regions of Africa (FRAS).

    “Gratitude to our people in Ekiti State, particularly to the people of Southern Senatorial District.

    “The people of the South Senatorial District have been good and gracious to us as a government and they have been good to us as a party.

    “If we checked the result of the last election, you will see that our governor-elect received overwhelming support from the southern part of the state.

    Mr Sunday Filani, a representative from Ikere Local Government Area, in his goodwill message, thanked the governor for the achievements of his administration.

    He listed the upgrading of the College of Education, Ikere, to a degree-awarding university and the construction of Adelogun Bridge as some of the unprecedented achievements in the area.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the other council areas also took time to enumerate the administration’s achievements in their domains.

    The event was attended by the wife of the governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi,  Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye and the Ekiti Govenor-Elect, Biodun Oyebanji and his wife, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji.

    The Deputy Governor-Elect, Mrs Monisade Afuye and the Ekiti Chairman of the All Progressives Congress party (APC), Mr Paul Omotosho, were in attendance.

    Others were Olowuro of Orun-Ekiti, Oba Aderounmu Adewumi; Olukere of Ikere-Ekiti Oba Ganiyu Obasoyin and other government officials and party members.


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  •  The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has announced Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo spokesman of the NGF disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday Bello Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council NEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors Bello Barkindo said He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support Yes we may be occasionally troublesome coming from the forum of governors and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation Fayemi said The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them In his response Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail because he was meant to on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation not just in words but in deeds as well Osinbajo said The vice president prayed that Fayemi s services both nationally and globally to development and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct 16 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman
     The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has announced Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman Mr Abdulrazaque Bello Barkindo spokesman of the NGF disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday Bello Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council NEC meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors Bello Barkindo said He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support Yes we may be occasionally troublesome coming from the forum of governors and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation Fayemi said The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them In his response Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail because he was meant to on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation not just in words but in deeds as well Osinbajo said The vice president prayed that Fayemi s services both nationally and globally to development and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct 16 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman
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    NGF announces Tambuwal as interim chairman

    The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has announced Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state as its interim Chairman.  

    Mr Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, spokesman of the NGF, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.  

    Bello-Barkindo disclosed that the forum Chairman Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State transferred power of the NGF to Tambuwal at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa Abuja.  

    “Tambuwal has served meritoriously and harmoniously as Vice Chairman of the Forum under Dr Fayemi in the last four years.  

    “ Fayemi who was only a few weeks ago elected as the President of the Forum of Regional and State Governments in Saidia in the state of Casablanca in Morrocco attended the NEC virtually from New York City, where he is currently attending the United Nations General Assembly meeting.  

    “The Sokoto State Governor will be holding fort until May 2023 when a proper election is conducted among the governors,” Bello-Barkindo said.  

    He quoted Fayemi before making the announcement as acknowledging the result driven output of the NEC and thanked his colleagues and other members of the council for their support.  

    “Yes, we may be occasionally troublesome, coming from the forum of governors, and we do test your patience but you have never really expressed any frustration with all our truculent questions and the insistence that the federation must be a true federation,” Fayemi said.  

    The new President of the FORAF also did not forget to thank the Secretariat of the NEC and through the NEC thanked the President and Commander in Chief of the Country for taking the resolutions of the NEC seriously by implementing them.  

    In his response, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the NGF chairman had taken the wind out of their sail, because he was “meant to, on behalf of the NEC commend Fayemi’s informed and patriotic services to the council in the last four years.  

    The service according to Osinbajo was enhanced by Fayemi chairmanship of the NGF.  

    “The NGF has ensured that we move to a true federation, not just in words but in deeds as well,” Osinbajo said.  

    The vice president prayed that Fayemi’s services both nationally and globally to development, and to all of the good which the nation deserves and the global community deserves would continue.  

    Fayemi is expected to formally hands over the Chairmanship of the NGF to Tambuwal on Oct. 16.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Kayode Fayemi the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council NEC Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said Fayemi who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members he could affirm that Osinbajo s leadership had been outstanding He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time In fact I should say over the last seven years but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years And I have been part of all the NEC s proceedings before your time but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy the focus the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council he said In his remarks the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting More so at the meeting NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high
     Gov Kayode Fayemi the outgoing Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF has applauded Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council NEC Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said Fayemi who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members he could affirm that Osinbajo s leadership had been outstanding He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time In fact I should say over the last seven years but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years And I have been part of all the NEC s proceedings before your time but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy the focus the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council he said In his remarks the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting More so at the meeting NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high
    Economy1 week ago

    Outgoing NGF chairman rates Osinbajo’s leadership of NEC high

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi, the outgoing  Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), has applauded  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his sterling leadership quality of the National Economic Council (NEC).

    Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said Fayemi, who is the outgoing Governor of Ekiti State, spoke at a virtual meeting presided over by the vice president on Thursday.

    Fayemi said that Osinbajo in steering the council, had done a lot to ensure that the country was a true federation.

    He also expressed his appreciation to the entire council and President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Fayemi said that having served in previous NEC and longer than most current members, he could affirm that Osinbajo’s leadership had been outstanding.

    He added that the council had never had the kind of leadership that Osinbajo had provided.

    The governor said he hoped that such leadership of NEC would be maintained going forward.

    “I want to particularly express my own gratitude to you for your leadership over the last four years that has reenergised this council in a manner that we have not seen in a long time.

    “In fact, I should say over the last seven  years, but I have been privileged to be part of it in the last four years.

    “And I have been part of all the NEC’s proceedings before your time, but I can say without any shadow of a doubt that the energy, the focus, the results over the last four years are due to no other reason than your extraordinary leadership of this council,” he said.

    In his remarks, the vice president commended Fayemi who was attending his last NEC meeting.

    More so, at the meeting, NEC received briefings on the need for states to adopt strategies to step up service delivery in the grassroots and also on how to mitigate flood.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The 36 states of the federation grew their combined Internally Generated Revenue IGR by N360 billion in two years They grew the IGR from N1 31 trillion in 2019 to N1 67 trillion in 2021 Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti made the declaration in Abuja on Monday at the 8th IGR Peer Learning Event and launch of the NGF public finance database He said the share of IGR in total recurrent revenue of the states also rose from 31 per cent in 2019 to 35 per cent in 2021 Fayemi attributed the improvement to the conscious reforms in tax administration in the states Consensus reforms were focused on ending multiple taxation professionalising and modernising our revenue services embracing a tax payer centric culture that eases compliance and strengthens the existing social contract What we need to do better is to foster an enabling tax environment and administration that allows us to optimise our revenue potential as sub nationals Our pursuit to do things differently has benefitted from the relentless efforts of our state officials technical assistance programmes within our Secretariat and from partners support he said Fayemi added that collaborations and support had ensured that states stayed on the course of implementation delivering far reaching reforms which yielded the results He said however that state governments must occasionally respond to the fast changing tax environment if they must stay ahead of evasion and avoidance tactics He added that attention must be paid to the emerging dynamics surrounding private income He listed the dynamics to include devaluation effect of rising inflation rate structural transition in employment business dealings and investments driven by the evolution of technology Fayemi advised his governor colleagues to examine ways of expanding their tax nets and improve the tax payer database He argued that this would require ending the proliferation of tax payers identification numbers and databases It is pertinent that we harmonise leveraging a unique identification number as it is the global best practice For us to achieve this information sharing between jurisdictions must be seamless not only between the tiers of government but also inter and intra state he stressed The chairman called on the Joint Tax Board to find solution to the problem of inadequate information sharing between states to improve on transparency in tax revenues and also in the entire treasury He stated that the database which was launched at the occasion would allow users to easily filter and analyse states fiscal data and information We understand the need to build greater accountability especially showing citizens the linkage between their taxes and service delivery We are working with our revenue services and with Ministries Departments and Agencies to expand our tax for service initiatives in rewarding compliance while ensuring that citizens knew where we expend their taxes annually he added Fayemi expressed the hope that the governors successors would continue the reforms The Director General of the NGF Asishana Okauru assured that the Forum would continue to play an active role in mainstreaming tax programmes through advocacy He said the tax database portal would host comparable annual data on government spending revenues and financing in all states of the federation This will feature hundreds of performance indicators that measure the quality of public spending and the intersection of public financial management and service delivery he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    36 states grow IGR by N360b in 2 years
     The 36 states of the federation grew their combined Internally Generated Revenue IGR by N360 billion in two years They grew the IGR from N1 31 trillion in 2019 to N1 67 trillion in 2021 Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti made the declaration in Abuja on Monday at the 8th IGR Peer Learning Event and launch of the NGF public finance database He said the share of IGR in total recurrent revenue of the states also rose from 31 per cent in 2019 to 35 per cent in 2021 Fayemi attributed the improvement to the conscious reforms in tax administration in the states Consensus reforms were focused on ending multiple taxation professionalising and modernising our revenue services embracing a tax payer centric culture that eases compliance and strengthens the existing social contract What we need to do better is to foster an enabling tax environment and administration that allows us to optimise our revenue potential as sub nationals Our pursuit to do things differently has benefitted from the relentless efforts of our state officials technical assistance programmes within our Secretariat and from partners support he said Fayemi added that collaborations and support had ensured that states stayed on the course of implementation delivering far reaching reforms which yielded the results He said however that state governments must occasionally respond to the fast changing tax environment if they must stay ahead of evasion and avoidance tactics He added that attention must be paid to the emerging dynamics surrounding private income He listed the dynamics to include devaluation effect of rising inflation rate structural transition in employment business dealings and investments driven by the evolution of technology Fayemi advised his governor colleagues to examine ways of expanding their tax nets and improve the tax payer database He argued that this would require ending the proliferation of tax payers identification numbers and databases It is pertinent that we harmonise leveraging a unique identification number as it is the global best practice For us to achieve this information sharing between jurisdictions must be seamless not only between the tiers of government but also inter and intra state he stressed The chairman called on the Joint Tax Board to find solution to the problem of inadequate information sharing between states to improve on transparency in tax revenues and also in the entire treasury He stated that the database which was launched at the occasion would allow users to easily filter and analyse states fiscal data and information We understand the need to build greater accountability especially showing citizens the linkage between their taxes and service delivery We are working with our revenue services and with Ministries Departments and Agencies to expand our tax for service initiatives in rewarding compliance while ensuring that citizens knew where we expend their taxes annually he added Fayemi expressed the hope that the governors successors would continue the reforms The Director General of the NGF Asishana Okauru assured that the Forum would continue to play an active role in mainstreaming tax programmes through advocacy He said the tax database portal would host comparable annual data on government spending revenues and financing in all states of the federation This will feature hundreds of performance indicators that measure the quality of public spending and the intersection of public financial management and service delivery he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    36 states grow IGR by N360b in 2 years
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    36 states grow IGR by N360b in 2 years

    The 36 states of the federation grew their combined Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by N360 billion in two years.

    They grew the IGR from N1.31 trillion in 2019 to N1.67 trillion in 2021. Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti made the declaration in Abuja on Monday at the 8th IGR Peer Learning Event and launch of the NGF public finance database.

    He said the share of IGR in total recurrent revenue of the states also rose from 31 per cent in 2019 to 35 per cent in 2021. Fayemi attributed the improvement to the conscious reforms in tax administration in the states.

    “Consensus reforms were focused on ending multiple taxation; professionalising and modernising our revenue services; embracing a tax payer-centric culture that eases compliance and strengthens the existing social contract.

    “What we need to do better is to foster an enabling tax environment and administration that allows us to optimise our revenue potential as sub-nationals.

    “Our pursuit to do things differently has benefitted from the relentless efforts of our state officials, technical assistance programmes within our Secretariat and from partners’ support,’’ he said.

    Fayemi added that collaborations and support had ensured that states stayed on the course of implementation, delivering far reaching reforms, which yielded the results.

    He said, however, that state governments must occasionally respond to the fast-changing tax environment if they must stay ahead of evasion and avoidance tactics.

    He added that attention must be paid to the emerging dynamics surrounding private income.

    He listed the dynamics to include devaluation effect of rising inflation rate, structural transition in employment, business dealings and investments driven by the evolution of technology.

    Fayemi advised his governor colleagues to examine ways of expanding their tax nets and improve the tax payer database.

    He argued that this would require ending the proliferation of tax payers’ identification numbers and databases.

    “It is pertinent that we harmonise; leveraging a unique identification number as it is the global best practice.

    “For us to achieve this, information sharing between jurisdictions must be seamless, not only between the tiers of government, but also inter and intra-state,’’ he stressed.

    The chairman called on the Joint Tax Board to find solution to the problem of inadequate information sharing between states to improve on transparency in tax revenues and also in the entire treasury.

    He stated that the database, which was launched at the occasion, would allow users to easily filter and analyse states’ fiscal data and information.

    “We understand the need to build greater accountability, especially showing citizens the linkage between their taxes and service delivery.

    “We are working with our revenue services and with Ministries, Departments and Agencies to expand our tax-for-service initiatives in rewarding compliance, while ensuring that citizens knew where we expend their taxes annually,’’ he added Fayemi expressed the hope that the governors’ successors would continue the reforms.

    The Director-General of the NGF, Asishana Okauru, assured that the Forum would continue to play an active role in mainstreaming tax programmes through advocacy.

    He said the tax database portal would host comparable annual data on government spending, revenues, and financing in all states of the federation.

    “This will feature hundreds of performance indicators that measure the quality of public spending and the intersection of public financial management and service delivery,’’ he said.


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  •  Olusegun Runsewe President Nigeria Golf Federation NGF has promised more support and funding for the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria LGAN to ensure more successful outings in international tournaments Runsewe made the remarks while receiving a delegation from LGAN who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Wednesday The delegation led by Juliet Monyei Inyere the LGAN President also had Ekanem Ekwueme the LGAN Past President and the newly elected AACT Trustee for West and Central Africa Others are Amina Wilfred and Evelyn Oyome who represented Team Nigeria at the just concluded All Africa Challenge Trophy AACT 2022 in Dar es Salaam Tanzania The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Team Nigeria finished seventh position out of 20 countries that participated at the prestigious African event held from Sept 3 to Sept 11 Runsewe expressed delight at the performance of the team adding that they had indeed achieved a great feat in the history of golf in Nigeria and also made the country proud I am very happy first and foremost I want to give all praises to the Almighty God for granting Team Nigeria a safe trip to Tanzania and for making Nigeria proud In other countries of the world these trophies won by the team will be retrieved from them to be taken to an archive For me I am very happy that out of the 20 countries you came seventh The reason why this game has not been popular is because we don t really celebrate our achievements and successes Tomorrow a young lady will see Team Nigeria as icons and want to be like them So Team Nigeria I want to thank you for going to make Nigeria proud and for me out of 20 countries for us to come seventh is a big celebration he said The NGF President also congratulated Ekwueme who he recalled was not only just the first Nigerian ever to occupy her new position as the West and Central trustee of the AACT He noted that she is also the only certified female World Handicap System WHS Course rater in Nigeria NAN reports that Ekwueme was unanimously voted into the board of the AACT as the Trustee in charge of the West and Central Africa region during the association s Annual General Meeting AGM in Dar es Salaam I recalled that when I was elected president of NGF the first thing I said was if the only thing I can achieve is the WHS then I will go for it We would have ended up spending over 200 000 pounds to bring a certified consultant from R amp A including hotel accommodation flight ticket and security But we got all these free of charge at home and that was why I quickly brought Ekwueme in and keyed into the WHS Because of Ekwueme s involvement Nigeria has been on the expressway to getting into WHS as all the delays we would have encountered have been taken care of and we are almost there now Ekwueme is therefore the only available qualified and tested person we have who is trusted by R amp A he said Runsewe assured the LGAN President of his unflinching support for the association adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the game of golf was developed Earlier Monyei Inyere appreciated the NGF president for his support which enabled the team achieve the great feat On behalf of LGAN and 4E Sports Ltd I will like to sincerely thank you for your support towards the successful representation of Team Nigeria at the AACT Tanzania 2022 in Dar es Salaam We are proud to say that Nigeria took the 7th position out of the 20 countries that took part in the African Championship Nigeria was also the best country from West and Central Africa and our best performance yet in the competition since its inception in 1992 she said She appealed to the Minister of Youth and Sports through the NGF to support LGAN s upcoming 2022 Nigeria Ladies Open This would be the first time the association would be hosting not just the West and Central Africa Lady Golfers but Africa as a whole she said Ekwueme thanked the NGF President for the warm reception accorded to the LGAN team adding that it was the first of its kind as it has never happened before She said that aside her election the headquarters of AACT West and Central Africa was moved to Abuja with 14 countries registered under the West and Central region Ekwueme used the opportunity to reiterate the association s plea for the support of the upcoming Nigeria Ladies Open She said they were expecting alot of internationals coming for the Open as it was a counting event for the World Amateur Golf Ranking NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe promises more support, funding for ladies golf association
     Olusegun Runsewe President Nigeria Golf Federation NGF has promised more support and funding for the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria LGAN to ensure more successful outings in international tournaments Runsewe made the remarks while receiving a delegation from LGAN who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Wednesday The delegation led by Juliet Monyei Inyere the LGAN President also had Ekanem Ekwueme the LGAN Past President and the newly elected AACT Trustee for West and Central Africa Others are Amina Wilfred and Evelyn Oyome who represented Team Nigeria at the just concluded All Africa Challenge Trophy AACT 2022 in Dar es Salaam Tanzania The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Team Nigeria finished seventh position out of 20 countries that participated at the prestigious African event held from Sept 3 to Sept 11 Runsewe expressed delight at the performance of the team adding that they had indeed achieved a great feat in the history of golf in Nigeria and also made the country proud I am very happy first and foremost I want to give all praises to the Almighty God for granting Team Nigeria a safe trip to Tanzania and for making Nigeria proud In other countries of the world these trophies won by the team will be retrieved from them to be taken to an archive For me I am very happy that out of the 20 countries you came seventh The reason why this game has not been popular is because we don t really celebrate our achievements and successes Tomorrow a young lady will see Team Nigeria as icons and want to be like them So Team Nigeria I want to thank you for going to make Nigeria proud and for me out of 20 countries for us to come seventh is a big celebration he said The NGF President also congratulated Ekwueme who he recalled was not only just the first Nigerian ever to occupy her new position as the West and Central trustee of the AACT He noted that she is also the only certified female World Handicap System WHS Course rater in Nigeria NAN reports that Ekwueme was unanimously voted into the board of the AACT as the Trustee in charge of the West and Central Africa region during the association s Annual General Meeting AGM in Dar es Salaam I recalled that when I was elected president of NGF the first thing I said was if the only thing I can achieve is the WHS then I will go for it We would have ended up spending over 200 000 pounds to bring a certified consultant from R amp A including hotel accommodation flight ticket and security But we got all these free of charge at home and that was why I quickly brought Ekwueme in and keyed into the WHS Because of Ekwueme s involvement Nigeria has been on the expressway to getting into WHS as all the delays we would have encountered have been taken care of and we are almost there now Ekwueme is therefore the only available qualified and tested person we have who is trusted by R amp A he said Runsewe assured the LGAN President of his unflinching support for the association adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the game of golf was developed Earlier Monyei Inyere appreciated the NGF president for his support which enabled the team achieve the great feat On behalf of LGAN and 4E Sports Ltd I will like to sincerely thank you for your support towards the successful representation of Team Nigeria at the AACT Tanzania 2022 in Dar es Salaam We are proud to say that Nigeria took the 7th position out of the 20 countries that took part in the African Championship Nigeria was also the best country from West and Central Africa and our best performance yet in the competition since its inception in 1992 she said She appealed to the Minister of Youth and Sports through the NGF to support LGAN s upcoming 2022 Nigeria Ladies Open This would be the first time the association would be hosting not just the West and Central Africa Lady Golfers but Africa as a whole she said Ekwueme thanked the NGF President for the warm reception accorded to the LGAN team adding that it was the first of its kind as it has never happened before She said that aside her election the headquarters of AACT West and Central Africa was moved to Abuja with 14 countries registered under the West and Central region Ekwueme used the opportunity to reiterate the association s plea for the support of the upcoming Nigeria Ladies Open She said they were expecting alot of internationals coming for the Open as it was a counting event for the World Amateur Golf Ranking NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Runsewe promises more support, funding for ladies golf association
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    Runsewe promises more support, funding for ladies golf association

    Olusegun Runsewe,  President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) has promised more support and funding for the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN), to ensure more successful outings in international tournaments.

    Runsewe made the remarks while receiving a delegation from LGAN who paid him  a courtesy visit  in Abuja on Wednesday.

    The delegation led  by Juliet Monyei-Inyere, the LGAN President also had Ekanem Ekwueme, the LGAN Past President and the newly elected AACT Trustee for West and Central Africa.

    Others are Amina Wilfred and Evelyn Oyome who represented Team Nigeria at the just concluded All Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Team Nigeria finished seventh position out of 20 countries that participated at the prestigious African event  held from Sept. 3 to Sept. 11. Runsewe expressed delight at the performance of the team, adding that they had indeed achieved a great feat in the history of golf in Nigeria and also made the country proud.

    “I am very happy,  first and foremost I want to give all praises to the Almighty God for granting Team Nigeria a safe trip to Tanzania and for making Nigeria proud.

    “In other countries of the world, these trophies (won by the team) will be retrieved from them to be taken to an archive.

    “For me I am very happy that out of the 20 countries you came seventh.

    “The reason why this game has not been popular is because we don’t really celebrate our achievements and successes.

    Tomorrow a young lady will see Team Nigeria as icons and want to be like them.

    “So, Team Nigeria I want to thank you for going to make Nigeria proud and for me, out of 20 countries, for us to come seventh is a big celebration.

    ,” he said.

    The NGF President also congratulated Ekwueme, who he recalled was not only just the first Nigerian ever to occupy her new position as the West and Central trustee of the AACT.

    He noted that she is also the only certified female World Handicap System (WHS) Course rater in Nigeria.

    NAN reports that Ekwueme was unanimously voted into the board of the AACT as the Trustee in charge of the West and Central Africa region during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dar es Salaam.

    “I recalled that when I was elected president of NGF, the first thing I said was, if the only thing I can achieve is the WHS, then I will go for it.

    “We would have ended up spending over 200, 000 pounds to bring a certified consultant from R & A, including hotel accommodation, flight ticket and security.

    “But we got all these free of charge at home and that was why I quickly brought Ekwueme in and keyed into the WHS.

    “Because of Ekwueme’s involvement, Nigeria has been on the expressway to getting into WHS as all the delays we would have encountered have been taken care of and we are almost there now.

    “Ekwueme is therefore the only available, qualified, and tested person we have who is trusted by R & A,” he said.

    Runsewe assured the LGAN President of his unflinching support for the association, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the game of golf was developed.

    Earlier, Monyei-Inyere appreciated the NGF president for his support which enabled the team achieve the great feat.

    “On behalf of LGAN and 4E Sports Ltd., I will like to sincerely thank you for your support towards the successful representation of Team Nigeria at the AACT Tanzania 2022 in Dar es Salaam.

    “We are proud to say that Nigeria took the 7th position out of the 20 countries that took part in the African Championship.

    “Nigeria was also the best country from West and Central Africa and our best performance yet in the competition since its inception in 1992,” she said.

    She  appealed to the Minister of Youth and Sports through the  NGF to support LGAN’s upcoming 2022 Nigeria Ladies Open. “This would be the first time the association would be hosting not just the West and Central Africa Lady Golfers but Africa as a whole,”she said.

    Ekwueme thanked the NGF President for the warm reception accorded to the LGAN team, adding that it was the first of its kind as it has never happened before.

    She said  that aside her election, the headquarters of AACT West and Central Africa was moved to Abuja, with 14 countries registered under the West and Central region.

    Ekwueme  used the opportunity to reiterate the association’s plea for the support of the upcoming Nigeria Ladies Open. She said they were expecting alot of internationals coming for the Open as it was a counting event for the World Amateur Golf Ranking.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti who emerged President of the Forum of Regions of Africa FORAF in his capacity as Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum NGF The election was held after a conference in Casablanca region Morocco at the weekend Receiving a delegation made up of Fayemi Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa and Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State at State House on Monday the president said In spite of the security challenges we have it is good to see that other countries still believe in our potentialities Congratulations for doing justice to Nigeria We thank you Buhari also thanked all other countries that queued behind Nigeria to emerge FORAF president noting that it was a good show of brotherhood and solidarity Sule said the conference was well attended by governors and participants from about 22 African countries where regional issues were discussed He said memorandum of understanding MOUs were also signed on different areas like agriculture mining education scholarships and many others He added that while Nigeria from West Africa clinched the presidency Vice Presidents emerged from South Africa for Southern Africa Kenya East Africa Morocco Northern Africa and Cameroon for Central Africa Fayemi who relinquished the presidency to the next NGF president at the expiration of his tenure in office said the idea of FORAF was for sub nationals to become engines of growth and reduce pressure on central governments He added that FORAF was a unifying force for states called Regions Counties or Provinces in other countries to create a globally respected continent The governor maintained that Nigeria s election was a testimony to the huge respect President Buhari enjoys in Africa Other countries simply withdrew their bids once they saw that Nigeria was interested in the position NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari congratulates Fayemi on election as FORAF President
     President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti who emerged President of the Forum of Regions of Africa FORAF in his capacity as Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum NGF The election was held after a conference in Casablanca region Morocco at the weekend Receiving a delegation made up of Fayemi Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa and Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State at State House on Monday the president said In spite of the security challenges we have it is good to see that other countries still believe in our potentialities Congratulations for doing justice to Nigeria We thank you Buhari also thanked all other countries that queued behind Nigeria to emerge FORAF president noting that it was a good show of brotherhood and solidarity Sule said the conference was well attended by governors and participants from about 22 African countries where regional issues were discussed He said memorandum of understanding MOUs were also signed on different areas like agriculture mining education scholarships and many others He added that while Nigeria from West Africa clinched the presidency Vice Presidents emerged from South Africa for Southern Africa Kenya East Africa Morocco Northern Africa and Cameroon for Central Africa Fayemi who relinquished the presidency to the next NGF president at the expiration of his tenure in office said the idea of FORAF was for sub nationals to become engines of growth and reduce pressure on central governments He added that FORAF was a unifying force for states called Regions Counties or Provinces in other countries to create a globally respected continent The governor maintained that Nigeria s election was a testimony to the huge respect President Buhari enjoys in Africa Other countries simply withdrew their bids once they saw that Nigeria was interested in the position NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari congratulates Fayemi on election as FORAF President
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    Buhari congratulates Fayemi on election as FORAF President

    President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who emerged President of the Forum of Regions of Africa (FORAF), in his capacity as Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).

    The election was held after a conference in Casablanca region, Morocco, at the weekend.

    Receiving a delegation made up of Fayemi, Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, and Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State at State House on Monday, the president said: “In spite of the security challenges we have, it is good to see that other countries still believe in our potentialities.

    Congratulations for doing justice to Nigeria.

    We thank you.

    ” Buhari also thanked all other countries that queued behind Nigeria to emerge FORAF president, noting that it was a good show of brotherhood and solidarity.

    Sule said the conference was well attended by governors and participants from about 22 African countries, where regional issues were discussed.

    He said memorandum of understanding (MOUs) were also signed on different areas like agriculture, mining, education, scholarships, and many others.

    He added that while Nigeria, from West Africa, clinched the presidency, Vice Presidents emerged from South Africa, for Southern Africa; Kenya, East Africa; Morocco, Northern Africa; and Cameroon for Central Africa.

    Fayemi, who relinquished the presidency to the next NGF president at the expiration of his tenure in office, said the idea of FORAF was for sub-nationals to become engines of growth, “and reduce pressure on central governments.

    ” He added that FORAF was a unifying force for states (called Regions, Counties, or Provinces in other countries) “to create a globally respected continent”.

    The governor maintained that Nigeria’s election was a testimony to ”the huge respect President Buhari enjoys in Africa.

    ”Other countries simply withdrew their bids, once they saw that Nigeria was interested in the position.

    ” 
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  •  The National Senior Citizen Centre NSCC says its working with WHO National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and Nigerian Governors Forum NGF to provide integrated health care to older persons across the country The Director General NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the collaboration involved training of community health extension workers Omokaro spoke at the sideline of the debriefing meeting by Dr Claudia Mahler UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons in Abuja We are able to form cluster relationships because aging is inter sectoral and multi sectoral So we are working on social security and protection with government Ministries Departments and Agencies We have mainstream older persons into the Grants for Vulnerable Groups we now have stakeholders engagement which has traditional fathers faith based organisations and experts We have signed an agreement with NPHCDA the Secretariat of NGF and WHO We are working together to ensure that integrated primary health care is taken to the older persons And by extension to the community through training for community extension workers Omokaro said On Mahler s visit she said it was to strengthen efforts in the protection of human rights of older persons in the country She explained that the UN expert would make recommendations on gaps for proper care of older persons so as to boost Nigeria s global age watch index We have an excellent policy framework In fact we are on top in the area of engagement mechanism she said The official thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of HumanitarianAffairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq for their support Omakaro said Mahlers interacted virtually with stakeholders in Benue Lagos Oyo and others across the country and was appraised of government s extensive commitment to build capacity in terms of human resources and structure Similarly Ms Moradeke Adelakan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigerian Government has done a lot regarding issues of older persons I am very happy to report to my superiors and we will take all the information we have at the various UN engagements to tell the Nigerian story We appreciate our older persons and we are willing to learn and support we would also like to emulate the good effort both at the government and primary level Adelakan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSCC partners NGF, WHO to provide integrated health care to older persons
     The National Senior Citizen Centre NSCC says its working with WHO National Primary Health Care Development Agency NPHCDA and Nigerian Governors Forum NGF to provide integrated health care to older persons across the country The Director General NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the collaboration involved training of community health extension workers Omokaro spoke at the sideline of the debriefing meeting by Dr Claudia Mahler UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons in Abuja We are able to form cluster relationships because aging is inter sectoral and multi sectoral So we are working on social security and protection with government Ministries Departments and Agencies We have mainstream older persons into the Grants for Vulnerable Groups we now have stakeholders engagement which has traditional fathers faith based organisations and experts We have signed an agreement with NPHCDA the Secretariat of NGF and WHO We are working together to ensure that integrated primary health care is taken to the older persons And by extension to the community through training for community extension workers Omokaro said On Mahler s visit she said it was to strengthen efforts in the protection of human rights of older persons in the country She explained that the UN expert would make recommendations on gaps for proper care of older persons so as to boost Nigeria s global age watch index We have an excellent policy framework In fact we are on top in the area of engagement mechanism she said The official thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of HumanitarianAffairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq for their support Omakaro said Mahlers interacted virtually with stakeholders in Benue Lagos Oyo and others across the country and was appraised of government s extensive commitment to build capacity in terms of human resources and structure Similarly Ms Moradeke Adelakan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Nigerian Government has done a lot regarding issues of older persons I am very happy to report to my superiors and we will take all the information we have at the various UN engagements to tell the Nigerian story We appreciate our older persons and we are willing to learn and support we would also like to emulate the good effort both at the government and primary level Adelakan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSCC partners NGF, WHO to provide integrated health care to older persons
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    NSCC partners NGF, WHO to provide integrated health care to older persons

    The National Senior Citizen Centre (NSCC) says its working with WHO, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) to provide integrated health care to older persons across the country.

    The Director-General, NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria that the collaboration involved training of community health extension workers.

    Omokaro spoke at the sideline of the debriefing meeting by Dr Claudia Mahler, UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons in Abuja.

    “We are able to form cluster relationships because aging is inter-sectoral and multi-sectoral.

    “So we are working on social security and protection with government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

    “We have mainstream older persons into the Grants for Vulnerable Groups, we now have stakeholders engagement which has traditional fathers, faith based-organisations and experts.

    “We have signed an agreement with NPHCDA, the Secretariat of NGF and WHO.

    We are working together to ensure that integrated primary health care is taken to the older persons.

    “And by extension to the community through training for community extension workers,” Omokaro said.

    On Mahler’s visit, she said it was to strengthen efforts in the protection of human rights of older persons in the country.

    She explained that the UN expert would make recommendations on gaps for proper care of older persons, so as to boost Nigeria’s global age watch index.

    “We have an excellent policy framework.

    In fact, we are on top in the area of engagement mechanism,” she said.

    The official thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of HumanitarianAffairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, for their support.  

    Omakaro said Mahlers interacted virtually with stakeholders in Benue, Lagos, Oyo and others across the country, and was appraised of government’s extensive commitment to build capacity in terms of human resources and structure.

    Similarly, Ms Moradeke Adelakan, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Nigerian Government has done a lot regarding issues of older persons.

    “I am very happy to report to my superiors and we will take all the information we have at the various UN engagements to tell the Nigerian story.

    “We appreciate our older persons and we are willing to learn and support, we would also like to emulate the good effort both at the government and primary level,” Adelakan said.    


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  •   Stakeholders at the just concluded Nigeria Golf Federation NGF Summit say it is a new dawn for the game of golf in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the maiden three day NGF Summit for Captains which began on Wednesday ended on Friday in Abuja with no fewer than 70 golf clubs in the country taking part A cross section of stakeholders who spoke to NAN at the end of the summit said the event would usher in a new wave of development in the game of golf in Nigeria Ekanem Ekwueme the only certified female World Handicap System WHS Course rater in Nigeria said it was a new phase adding that the WHS concept would change the perception of golf in Nigeria It s a new dawn in golf in Nigeria I can assure you that golf is wearing a new face in the country We just have to thank God for the president we have now in the NGF in the person of Olusegun Runsewe We couldn t have had it any better seriously speaking because it takes serious passion to execute what he is doing in the golf federation right now I am speaking as someone who also has a passion for golf I can tell you that he is doing a very good job and I don t think we ve ever had so many captains in one place like this before This alone is a big feat and I must commend our president for putting this all important summit together she said Bello Suleiman the North East Zonal representative on the NGF Board said the summit was indeed a good thing which has happened to the development of golf in the country I think this is a good thing that has happened to golf development in Nigeria I was in the former NGF Board as the vice president and we did our best but weren t able to achieve much in terms of what we are seeing today You see all our captains as well as other stakeholders coming together to cross fertilise ideas and chart a new course for the sport Indeed so many things were discussed and there are lots to take home he said Tony Philmore the Executive Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria said the summit was a new dawn and has helped to make things easier for a professional body such as the PGA of Nigeria This is a wonderful development and has really gone a long way to make it easier for professional bodies like ours to scout and source for tournaments You will agree with me that in recent times it has been very difficult for us even though we had launched the Naija Tour which is the commercial wing of the PGA of Nigeria he said He said that the WHS was a welcome idea which would help in the unification of all handicaps in the country You find out that from club to club the characteristics of the course differ and so people tend to carry different handicaps but with this development there will be a unified handicap system he said Juliet Monyei Inyere the President Ladies Golfers Association of Nigeria LGAN praised the organisers of the summit adding that it has helped her to network and acquaint herself with the process of the WHS concept The summit has been a success and I want to congratulate the NGF for putting this together because we have learnt a lot of things in this summit especially with regards to the WHS It has also afforded me the opportunity of getting to know other club captains and at this summit I have been able to appeal to them to support the lady section which is a body of LGAN For those of them who do not have LGAN at their various clubs we have also urged them to encourage the ladies who play in their club to be part of LGAN she said M B Bello the Grand Patron of Parkland Golf Resort Club Abuja said that the summit was a fantastic outing and a really good development of golfing in Nigeria The summit has laid the foundation for sustainable development and we as stakeholders hope to key into that The introduction of the WHS concept is also quite commendable because what it means is that everything about golfing in the country will now be done professionally well I think this is a much needed change for us he said Ogechi Osuagwu Captain of Arsenal Golf and Country Club said the summit would help golf s growth in Nigeria I think this is quite a very good one having all captains come together to share ideas and to look at all the challenges they have and see how they can resolve and proffer solutions to them I want to say that this will indeed help the growth of golf in the country and we also believe that as we leave here we will get back to our respective clubs and pass the message to our members We want to see how we can key into the new WHS concept once it takes full effect in Nigeria and move the game of golf forward in the country he said Ahmed Sabo the Captain of Calabar Golf Club said the summit was a commendable development which has gone a long way to show that NGF was really interested in coordinating the affairs of golf in Nigeria Honestly it is a wonderful development and worth commending The NGF and the president have done marvelously well You can imagine the turnout we recorded especially this being the first of its kind in the history of golf in Nigeria The massive participation of the various club captains was proof that the NGF enjoys the full support of all stakeholders and will have no problem in coordinating the affairs of golf in the country he said He noted that the WHS was also a welcome development adding that it would harmonise all the players handicap in the country and eliminate a lot of discrepancies in the game Anthony Oboh Golf Captain Ikoyi Club 1938 Lagos said It s the synergy we are looking at as one tree cannot make a forest Yes we are numero uno because our proximity age and membership strength But coming here has indeed shown me that there are other golf clubs beyond us I am surprised that we are up to 70 golf captains that came here Although some other golf clubs are not as big as we are but the idea is for us to come together as one synergise and move the game of golf in the country forward However it is not for only golfers but for the rest of the country because golf is a game for everybody and not for the elite alone he said Shija Abellegah from Sappers Golf Club Makurdi noted that attendance at the event was very impressive The content of the summit was very impressive and I will score it over 90 per cent success This is indeed just the beginning and I think it will get a lot better I give kudos to the President of the NGF and his entire team Also to golfers for taking this strategic step forward towards taking golf to the next level in the country he said Jacob Tsado the Captain of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru Jos said the summit was an epochal event in the history of golf in Nigeria Bringing together the various clubs across the different geo political zones to review the state of golf in the country and to plot the way forward is an excellent idea It will go a long way in improving the game of golf in Nigeria and the president as well as his executives must be commended for this he said Babatunde Salami the Captain of Tiger Golf Club Ibadan said the summit was unique and quite apt It is a unique one and good that it is coming now From the turn of events it is very obvious that it is going to be a new dawn in golf It will usher in new and serious development as far as golf is concerned We are very happy and I must tell you that there is no captain present here that you will ask about this summit who won t be pleased about what has transpired in Abuja he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF Summit: It’s a new dawn for golf in Nigeria, stakeholders say
      Stakeholders at the just concluded Nigeria Golf Federation NGF Summit say it is a new dawn for the game of golf in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the maiden three day NGF Summit for Captains which began on Wednesday ended on Friday in Abuja with no fewer than 70 golf clubs in the country taking part A cross section of stakeholders who spoke to NAN at the end of the summit said the event would usher in a new wave of development in the game of golf in Nigeria Ekanem Ekwueme the only certified female World Handicap System WHS Course rater in Nigeria said it was a new phase adding that the WHS concept would change the perception of golf in Nigeria It s a new dawn in golf in Nigeria I can assure you that golf is wearing a new face in the country We just have to thank God for the president we have now in the NGF in the person of Olusegun Runsewe We couldn t have had it any better seriously speaking because it takes serious passion to execute what he is doing in the golf federation right now I am speaking as someone who also has a passion for golf I can tell you that he is doing a very good job and I don t think we ve ever had so many captains in one place like this before This alone is a big feat and I must commend our president for putting this all important summit together she said Bello Suleiman the North East Zonal representative on the NGF Board said the summit was indeed a good thing which has happened to the development of golf in the country I think this is a good thing that has happened to golf development in Nigeria I was in the former NGF Board as the vice president and we did our best but weren t able to achieve much in terms of what we are seeing today You see all our captains as well as other stakeholders coming together to cross fertilise ideas and chart a new course for the sport Indeed so many things were discussed and there are lots to take home he said Tony Philmore the Executive Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria said the summit was a new dawn and has helped to make things easier for a professional body such as the PGA of Nigeria This is a wonderful development and has really gone a long way to make it easier for professional bodies like ours to scout and source for tournaments You will agree with me that in recent times it has been very difficult for us even though we had launched the Naija Tour which is the commercial wing of the PGA of Nigeria he said He said that the WHS was a welcome idea which would help in the unification of all handicaps in the country You find out that from club to club the characteristics of the course differ and so people tend to carry different handicaps but with this development there will be a unified handicap system he said Juliet Monyei Inyere the President Ladies Golfers Association of Nigeria LGAN praised the organisers of the summit adding that it has helped her to network and acquaint herself with the process of the WHS concept The summit has been a success and I want to congratulate the NGF for putting this together because we have learnt a lot of things in this summit especially with regards to the WHS It has also afforded me the opportunity of getting to know other club captains and at this summit I have been able to appeal to them to support the lady section which is a body of LGAN For those of them who do not have LGAN at their various clubs we have also urged them to encourage the ladies who play in their club to be part of LGAN she said M B Bello the Grand Patron of Parkland Golf Resort Club Abuja said that the summit was a fantastic outing and a really good development of golfing in Nigeria The summit has laid the foundation for sustainable development and we as stakeholders hope to key into that The introduction of the WHS concept is also quite commendable because what it means is that everything about golfing in the country will now be done professionally well I think this is a much needed change for us he said Ogechi Osuagwu Captain of Arsenal Golf and Country Club said the summit would help golf s growth in Nigeria I think this is quite a very good one having all captains come together to share ideas and to look at all the challenges they have and see how they can resolve and proffer solutions to them I want to say that this will indeed help the growth of golf in the country and we also believe that as we leave here we will get back to our respective clubs and pass the message to our members We want to see how we can key into the new WHS concept once it takes full effect in Nigeria and move the game of golf forward in the country he said Ahmed Sabo the Captain of Calabar Golf Club said the summit was a commendable development which has gone a long way to show that NGF was really interested in coordinating the affairs of golf in Nigeria Honestly it is a wonderful development and worth commending The NGF and the president have done marvelously well You can imagine the turnout we recorded especially this being the first of its kind in the history of golf in Nigeria The massive participation of the various club captains was proof that the NGF enjoys the full support of all stakeholders and will have no problem in coordinating the affairs of golf in the country he said He noted that the WHS was also a welcome development adding that it would harmonise all the players handicap in the country and eliminate a lot of discrepancies in the game Anthony Oboh Golf Captain Ikoyi Club 1938 Lagos said It s the synergy we are looking at as one tree cannot make a forest Yes we are numero uno because our proximity age and membership strength But coming here has indeed shown me that there are other golf clubs beyond us I am surprised that we are up to 70 golf captains that came here Although some other golf clubs are not as big as we are but the idea is for us to come together as one synergise and move the game of golf in the country forward However it is not for only golfers but for the rest of the country because golf is a game for everybody and not for the elite alone he said Shija Abellegah from Sappers Golf Club Makurdi noted that attendance at the event was very impressive The content of the summit was very impressive and I will score it over 90 per cent success This is indeed just the beginning and I think it will get a lot better I give kudos to the President of the NGF and his entire team Also to golfers for taking this strategic step forward towards taking golf to the next level in the country he said Jacob Tsado the Captain of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru Jos said the summit was an epochal event in the history of golf in Nigeria Bringing together the various clubs across the different geo political zones to review the state of golf in the country and to plot the way forward is an excellent idea It will go a long way in improving the game of golf in Nigeria and the president as well as his executives must be commended for this he said Babatunde Salami the Captain of Tiger Golf Club Ibadan said the summit was unique and quite apt It is a unique one and good that it is coming now From the turn of events it is very obvious that it is going to be a new dawn in golf It will usher in new and serious development as far as golf is concerned We are very happy and I must tell you that there is no captain present here that you will ask about this summit who won t be pleased about what has transpired in Abuja he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGF Summit: It’s a new dawn for golf in Nigeria, stakeholders say
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    NGF Summit: It’s a new dawn for golf in Nigeria, stakeholders say

     Stakeholders at the just concluded Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) Summit say it is a new dawn for the game of golf in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the maiden three-day NGF Summit for Captains, which began on Wednesday, ended on Friday in Abuja with no fewer than 70 golf clubs in the country taking part.

    A cross section of stakeholders, who spoke to NAN at the end of the summit, said the event would usher in a new wave of development in the game of golf in Nigeria.

    Ekanem Ekwueme, the only certified female World Handicap System (WHS) Course rater in Nigeria, said it was a new phase, adding that the WHS concept would change the perception of golf in Nigeria.

    “It’s a new dawn in golf in Nigeria.

    I can assure you that golf is wearing a new face in the country.

    “We just have to thank God for the president we have now in the NGF in the person of Olusegun Runsewe.

    “We couldn’t have had it any better, seriously speaking, because it takes serious passion to execute what he is doing in the golf federation right now.

    “I am speaking as someone who also has a passion for golf. 

    I can tell you that he is doing a very good job and I don’t think we’ve ever had so many captains in one place like this before.

    “This alone is a big feat and I must commend our president for putting this all-important summit together,” she said.

    Bello Suleiman, the North East Zonal representative on the NGF Board, said the summit was indeed a good thing which has happened to the development of golf in the country.

    “I think this is a good thing that has happened to golf development in Nigeria.

    “I was in the former NGF Board as the vice-president and we did our best but weren’t able to achieve much in terms of what we are seeing today.

    “You see all our captains, as well as other stakeholders, coming together to cross fertilise ideas and chart a new course for the sport.

    “Indeed, so many things were discussed and there are lots to take home,” he said.

    Tony Philmore, the Executive Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria, said the summit was a new dawn and has helped to make things easier for a professional body such as the PGA of Nigeria.

    “This is a wonderful development and has really gone a long way to make it easier for professional bodies like ours to scout and source for tournaments.

    “You will agree with me that in recent times it has been very difficult for us, even though we had launched the Naija Tour which is the commercial wing of the PGA of Nigeria,” he said.

    He said that the WHS was a welcome idea which would help in the unification of all handicaps in the country.

    `You find out that from club to club, the characteristics of the course differ and so people tend to carry different handicaps, but with this development there will be a unified handicap system,” he said.

    Juliet Monyei-Inyere, the President, Ladies Golfers Association of Nigeria (LGAN), praised the organisers of the summit, adding that it has helped her to network and acquaint herself with the process of the WHS concept.

    “The summit has been a success and I want to congratulate the NGF for putting this together because we have learnt a lot of things in this summit, especially with regards to the WHS “It has also afforded me the opportunity of getting to know other club captains and at this summit.

    I have been able to appeal to them to support the lady section which is a body of LGAN.

    “For those of them who do not have LGAN at their various clubs, we have also urged them to encourage the ladies who play in their club to be part of LGAN,” she said.

    M.

    B Bello, the Grand Patron of Parkland Golf Resort Club, Abuja, said that the summit was a fantastic outing and a really good development of golfing in Nigeria.

    “The summit has laid the foundation for sustainable development and we as stakeholders hope to key into that.

    `The introduction of the WHS concept is also quite commendable because what it means is that everything about golfing in the country will now be done professionally well.

    “I think this is a much needed change for us, ” he said.

    Ogechi Osuagwu, Captain of Arsenal Golf and Country Club, said the summit would help golf’s growth in Nigeria.

    “I think this is quite a very good one, having all captains come together to share ideas and to look at all the challenges they have and see how they can resolve and proffer solutions to them.

    “I want to say that this will indeed help the growth of golf in the country and we also believe that as we leave here, we will get back to our respective clubs and pass the message to our members.

    “We want to see how we can key into the new WHS concept once it takes full effect in Nigeria and move the game of golf forward in the country,” he said.

    Ahmed Sabo, the Captain of Calabar Golf Club, said the summit was a commendable development which has gone a long way to show that NGF was really interested in coordinating the affairs of golf in Nigeria.

    “Honestly, it is a wonderful development and worth commending.

    “The NGF and the president have done marvelously well.

    You can imagine the turnout we recorded, especially this being the first-of-its-kind in the history of golf in Nigeria.

    “The massive participation of the various club captains was proof that the NGF enjoys the full support of all stakeholders and will have no problem in coordinating the affairs of golf in the country,” he said.

    He noted that the WHS was also a welcome development, adding that it would harmonise all the players handicap in the country and eliminate a lot of discrepancies in the game.

    Anthony Oboh, Golf Captain, Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos said: “It’s the synergy we are looking at as one tree cannot make a forest.

    Yes, we are numero uno because our proximity, age and membership strength.

    “But coming here has indeed shown me that there are other golf clubs beyond us.

    I am surprised that we are up to 70 golf captains that came here.

    “Although some other golf clubs are not as big as we are, but the idea is for us to come together as one, synergise and move the game of golf in the country forward.

    “However,  it is not for only golfers but for the rest of the country because golf is a game for everybody and not for the elite alone,” he said.

    Shija Abellegah from Sappers Golf Club, Makurdi, noted that attendance at the event was very impressive.

    “The content of the summit was very impressive and I will score it over 90 per cent success.

    “This is indeed just the beginning and I think it will get a lot better.

    I give kudos to the President of the NGF and his entire team.

    “Also to golfers for taking this strategic step forward towards taking golf to the next level in the country,” he said.

    Jacob Tsado, the Captain of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, Jos, said the summit was an epochal event in the history of golf in Nigeria.

    “Bringing together the various clubs across the different geo-political zones to review the state of golf in the country and to plot the way forward is an excellent idea.

    “It will go a long way in improving the game of golf in Nigeria and the president, as well as his executives must be commended for this,” he said.

    Babatunde Salami, the Captain of Tiger Golf Club, Ibadan, said the summit was unique and quite apt.

    “It is a unique one and good that it is coming now.

    From the turn of events it is very obvious that it is going to be a new dawn in golf.

    “It will usher in new and serious development as far as golf is concerned.

    “We are very happy and I must tell you that there is no captain present here that you will ask about this summit who won’t be pleased about what has transpired in Abuja,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Olusegun Runsewe the President of the Nigeria Golf Federation NGF has promised to rejuvenate the game of golf in the country Runsewe spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the 1st Nigeria Golf Federation Summit for Captains with delegates from over 70 clubs across the country The three day summit which was declared open by Simon Lalong the Governor of Plateau also had as Guest of honour Sunday Dare the Minister of Youth and Sports Development The NGF president told NAN that he was working assiduously to ensure that the game of golf wears a new look in the country Let me first and foremost thank the two great personalities for honoring our invitation to come for this very important summit Both of them being here today is a very big statement and most especially their commitment to give us the much needed support which will take our Federation to the top is a moral booster Golf indeed is a great game but most people have not come to understand fully what it is all about So today is a testament of the fact that golf has the support and followership of both the government and private sector as well the good people of Nigeria For me I feel fulfilled and extremely happy that this summit has gone so well and look forward to Nigeria building on it he said He noted that the game of golf was a big business adding that other countries made a lot of money from it but it was unfortunate that it was being looked at as leisure in Nigeria He added that one of the purposes of the summit was to create an opportunity for golfers in the country to network and acquaint themselves with the process of the World Handicap System WHS He explained that the WHS is a universal ranking software which could be accessed by players globally NAN also reports that the WHS is initiated by the Runsewe led Board in partnership with the Royal and Ancient R amp A and when it is finalised is expected to ease the development of golf in the country Golf is beyond leisure It s a big business Do you know that if they don t play golf in Dubai for three days it will affect their economy Over 260 pros live on training which is what I am trying to introduce here Academic golf getting the youth immediately now because you can t start playing golf at an old age The WHS which we are also trying to introduce of course is going to be a huge success for Nigeria We will key into the WHS which we are almost there and we will also build golf academies in all the state of the federation he said He expressed joy that alot of sponsors had already started to indicate interest in the development of the game in the country adding that the summit would be sustained and organized yearly He stressed that the NGF would utilise the event in galvernising the support base of the golf clubs Captains to be optimally involved in grassroots development of the sport Anything I do I usually don t do it small I do it big and when I start by the grace of God with his divine intervention I will sustain it because the sincerity of purpose is there You can see that al of sponsors are now asking how they can key in You cannot blame the sponsors because they are not sure of what you have on the table But now the sponsors can see a serious and genuine project and to cap it up the minister of sports and the governor of Plateau State are all here to endorse it he said He also thanked all the captains from over 70 clubs across the country participating in the summit stressing that the event would chart a new direction for the development of golf in the country They the all came in good spirit and ready for us to change the narrative and the history of golf in Nigeria You can see the competitive spirit between them which is the beauty of the game and by the grace of God next year will even be much bigger than this I promise you that the game of golf is going to wear a new look going forward in the country starting from today he said The maiden summit which began on Wednesday is expected to end on Friday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports: NGF President promises to rejuvenate golf in Nigeria
     Olusegun Runsewe the President of the Nigeria Golf Federation NGF has promised to rejuvenate the game of golf in the country Runsewe spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the 1st Nigeria Golf Federation Summit for Captains with delegates from over 70 clubs across the country The three day summit which was declared open by Simon Lalong the Governor of Plateau also had as Guest of honour Sunday Dare the Minister of Youth and Sports Development The NGF president told NAN that he was working assiduously to ensure that the game of golf wears a new look in the country Let me first and foremost thank the two great personalities for honoring our invitation to come for this very important summit Both of them being here today is a very big statement and most especially their commitment to give us the much needed support which will take our Federation to the top is a moral booster Golf indeed is a great game but most people have not come to understand fully what it is all about So today is a testament of the fact that golf has the support and followership of both the government and private sector as well the good people of Nigeria For me I feel fulfilled and extremely happy that this summit has gone so well and look forward to Nigeria building on it he said He noted that the game of golf was a big business adding that other countries made a lot of money from it but it was unfortunate that it was being looked at as leisure in Nigeria He added that one of the purposes of the summit was to create an opportunity for golfers in the country to network and acquaint themselves with the process of the World Handicap System WHS He explained that the WHS is a universal ranking software which could be accessed by players globally NAN also reports that the WHS is initiated by the Runsewe led Board in partnership with the Royal and Ancient R amp A and when it is finalised is expected to ease the development of golf in the country Golf is beyond leisure It s a big business Do you know that if they don t play golf in Dubai for three days it will affect their economy Over 260 pros live on training which is what I am trying to introduce here Academic golf getting the youth immediately now because you can t start playing golf at an old age The WHS which we are also trying to introduce of course is going to be a huge success for Nigeria We will key into the WHS which we are almost there and we will also build golf academies in all the state of the federation he said He expressed joy that alot of sponsors had already started to indicate interest in the development of the game in the country adding that the summit would be sustained and organized yearly He stressed that the NGF would utilise the event in galvernising the support base of the golf clubs Captains to be optimally involved in grassroots development of the sport Anything I do I usually don t do it small I do it big and when I start by the grace of God with his divine intervention I will sustain it because the sincerity of purpose is there You can see that al of sponsors are now asking how they can key in You cannot blame the sponsors because they are not sure of what you have on the table But now the sponsors can see a serious and genuine project and to cap it up the minister of sports and the governor of Plateau State are all here to endorse it he said He also thanked all the captains from over 70 clubs across the country participating in the summit stressing that the event would chart a new direction for the development of golf in the country They the all came in good spirit and ready for us to change the narrative and the history of golf in Nigeria You can see the competitive spirit between them which is the beauty of the game and by the grace of God next year will even be much bigger than this I promise you that the game of golf is going to wear a new look going forward in the country starting from today he said The maiden summit which began on Wednesday is expected to end on Friday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sports: NGF President promises to rejuvenate golf in Nigeria
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    Sports: NGF President promises to rejuvenate golf in Nigeria

    Olusegun Runsewe, the President of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) has promised to rejuvenate the game of golf in the country.  

    Runsewe spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the 1st Nigeria Golf Federation Summit for Captains with delegates from over 70 clubs across the country.  

    The three-day summit, which was declared open by Simon Lalong, the Governor of Plateau, also had as Guest of honour, Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.  

    The NGF president told NAN that he was working  assiduously to ensure that the game of golf wears a new look in the country.  

    “Let me first and foremost thank the two great personalities for honoring our invitation to come for this very important summit.  

    “Both of them being here today is a very big statement and most especially their commitment to give us the much needed support which will take our Federation to the top is a moral booster.  

    “Golf indeed is a great game but most people have not come to understand fully what it is all about.  

    “So, today is a testament of the fact that golf has the support and followership of both the government and private sector as well the good people of Nigeria.  

    “For me, I feel fulfilled and extremely happy that this summit has gone so well and look forward to Nigeria building on it,” he said.  

    He noted that the game of golf was a big business, adding that other countries made a lot of money from it but it was unfortunate that it was being looked at as leisure in Nigeria.  

    He added that one of the purposes of the summit was to create an opportunity for golfers in the country to network and acquaint themselves with the process of the World Handicap System (WHS).  

    He explained that the WHS is a universal ranking software which could be accessed by players globally.  

    NAN also reports that the WHS is initiated by the Runsewe led Board in partnership with the Royal and Ancient (R&A) and when it is finalised, is expected to ease the development of golf in the country.  

    “Golf is beyond leisure.

    It’s a big business.  

    “Do you know that if they don’t play golf in Dubai for three days, it will affect their economy?  

    “Over 260 pros live on training, which is what I am trying to introduce here.

    Academic golf, getting the youth immediately now because you can’t start playing golf at an old age.  

    “The WHS which we are also trying to introduce, of course, is going to be a huge success for Nigeria.  

    “We will key into the WHS, which we are almost there and we will also build golf academies in all the state of the federation,” he said.  

    He expressed joy that alot of sponsors had already started to indicate interest in the development of the game in the country, adding that the summit would be sustained and organized yearly.  

    He stressed that the NGF would utilise the event in galvernising the support base of the golf clubs’ Captains to be optimally involved in grassroots development of the sport.    

    “Anything I do, I usually don’t do it small.

    I do it big and when I start by the grace of God with his divine intervention, I will sustain it because the sincerity of purpose is there.  

    “You can see that al of sponsors are now asking how they can key in.  

    “You cannot blame the sponsors because they are not sure of what you have on the table.  

    “But now the sponsors can see a serious and genuine project and to cap it up, the minister of sports and the governor of Plateau State are all here to endorse it,” he said.  

    He also thanked all the captains from over 70 clubs across the country participating in the summit, stressing that the event would chart a new direction for the development of golf in the country.  

    “They (the ) all came in good spirit and ready for us to change the narrative and the history of golf in Nigeria.  

    “You can see the competitive spirit between them, which is the beauty of the game and by the grace of God next year will even be much bigger than this.  

    “I promise you that the game of golf is going to wear a new look going forward in the country, starting from today,” he said.  

    The maiden summit, which began on Wednesday, is expected to end on Friday.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC has lauded the National Economic Council NEC for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER programme This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC in Abuja According to her the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme 2022 2025 which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries departments and agencies MDAs at federal and state level across the country The SABER programme is a three year performance based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning FMFBNP Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Secretariat It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business EoDB mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan NDP aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Oduwole said The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators These Oduwole said covered improving land administration and land investment process improving business enabling infrastructure increasing sustainable large scale investments and enabling firm operations All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52 5 million dollars during the three year period In addition to the already existing PEBEC NEC subnational intervention the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives such as using results based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report due to be released in October 2022 are also expected to be considered The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16 2022 chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas 730 million dollars Programme for Results PforR and 20 million dollars Technical Assistance The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of 0m World Bank supported programme
     The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC has lauded the National Economic Council NEC for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER programme This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC in Abuja According to her the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme 2022 2025 which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries departments and agencies MDAs at federal and state level across the country The SABER programme is a three year performance based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning FMFBNP Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF Secretariat It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business EoDB mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan NDP aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 Oduwole said The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators These Oduwole said covered improving land administration and land investment process improving business enabling infrastructure increasing sustainable large scale investments and enabling firm operations All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52 5 million dollars during the three year period In addition to the already existing PEBEC NEC subnational intervention the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives such as using results based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report due to be released in October 2022 are also expected to be considered The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16 2022 chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas 730 million dollars Programme for Results PforR and 20 million dollars Technical Assistance The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of 0m World Bank supported programme
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    PEBEC lauds NEC’s endorsement of $750m World Bank supported programme

    The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has lauded the National Economic Council (NEC) for endorsing the 750million dollars World Bank-backed State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) programme.

    This was made known in a statement by Dr Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and Secretary PEBEC, in Abuja.

    According to her, the 750million dollars financing amounts to 36 per cent of the two billion dollars Government SABER programme (2022 – 2025), which represents the aggregate recurrent expenditure of key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) at federal and state level across the country.

    “The SABER programme is a three-year performance-based intervention jointly designed by the World Bank Technical team and the PEBEC Secretariat with support from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP).

    “Home Finance Department and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Secretariat.

    It further gives expression to the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) mandate articulated in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

    ” The programme was subsequently retained in the National Development Plan (NDP), aimed at generating 21 million full-time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025,” Oduwole said.

    The PEBEC secretary further explained that the programme was designed to deliver concrete results across four reform areas with eight Disbursement Link Indicators.

    These, Oduwole said, covered improving land administration and land investment process; improving business enabling infrastructure; increasing sustainable large-scale investments; and enabling firm operations.

    “All participating states and the FCT could potentially receive a maximum of 52.5 million dollars during the three-year period.

    “In addition to the already-existing PEBEC-NEC subnational intervention, the SABER programme seeks to provide additional incentives, such as using results-based financing targeted at improving the business environment and facilitating crowding in of private sector investments at scale.

    “The eligibility criteria for the programme include developing an annual action plan with private sector collaborators to be approved by the State Executive Council and published online.

    “Recommendations from the 2nd Subnational EoDB Report, due to be released in October 2022, are also expected to be considered.

    “The PEBEC had earlier presented the SABER programme at an expanded PEBEC meeting held on August 16, 2022, chaired by the Vice President with the chairpersons of the EoDB Councils from various states across the country in attendance.

    ” She said Oduwole added that the council had been collaborating with the World Bank since November 2019 to develop the SABER programme.

    She explained that the SABER programme consists of two main areas: 730 million dollars Programme-for-Results (PforR) and 20 million  dollars Technical Assistance.

    The News Agency of Nigeria teports that it was established in July 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari to remove critical bottlenecks and bureaucratic constraints to doing business in Nigeria.


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