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  •  Some Nigerians in Sokoto Kebbi and Katsina States have attributed the increase in smuggling activities at the borders to corruption and other factors Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria they insisted that because of the lucrative nature of the trade whoever had the opportunity to be part of it would hardly resist They attributed the rush for Nigerian products especially petroleum to their affordable nature because of the subsidy placed on the products to ease the effects of inflation on the populace NAN Correspondent who visited Illela Sokoto state a town sharing border with Kwanni Niger Republic said Nigerian products had flooded Niger Republic due to their cheaper rates compared with prices in Niger Republic The NAN Correspondent who visited the border reports that most of the Nigerian commodities were being smuggled through porous border Inhabitants of the two Local Government Areas Illela and Kwanni share common social and economic activities A Petroleum product hawker in Kwanni Malam Abdulmumini Nahabu told NAN that he along with other hawkers obtained products from Nigeria on daily bases Nahabu said the business was highly lucrative previously when the Nigerian Naira was appreciably high in exchange with France money and he used to obtain between five to 10 pieces of 20 litres jerrican daily He said suppliers mostly Nigerians used different routes to transport the products Mustafa Maiyadi another petroleum hawker in Kwanni explained that they relied on Nigerian products due the subsidy that reduced prices making them cheaper and affordable Maiyadi said availability of the products facilitated smooth running of their business activities stressing that many people especially youths in Niger Republic depended on such activity to earn a living In Illela Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim a Transporter told NAN that besides transporting subsidised petroleum products to Niger Republic some Nigerians transported fertiliser which also enjoyed subsidy compared to what obtained in Niger Republic Ibrahim said there were two types of businessmen at the border those ready to follow the laid down regulations by government and those bent on cutting corners to sabotage the government According to him for smugglers whose modus operandi remains an open secret affair it is business as usual However the closure of the border some months ago was a mixed fortune for the smugglers as they had to settle heavily to continue their stock in trade Malam Musa Isyaku a resident of Illela who confessed that the only trade he knew was smuggling said life was rough and tough for him and residents of the town when the border was closed He said as all business activities that depended on free movement of goods and persons across the border were completely grounded Isyaku said people smuggled rice vegetable oil soap drugs and other items into Nigeria which is still illegal He added that legitimate business owners also transport items that are legal through agents crossing the border checks on daily bases Illela is a home for all and like every border town where brisk business thrives the town with countless porous routes has maintained its status as the centre of smuggling activities It is also a lucrative route for immigrants to Europe through North Africa the Illela International Cattle Market is a melting pot for animal traders from as far as Chad and Mali and also enjoys patronage from every part of Nigeria However with the current exchange rate of the Nara to the CFA business is is becoming less unattractive Isyaku said The Customs Area Controller in charge of Command Abdulhamid Ma aji said the guidelines on border operations remained in force The earlier closure was because of abuse of protocols what is now expected is adherence to rules and guidelines All items that are tagged as contraband still remain banned items like rice groundnut oil and drugs among others still remain banned and will not be allowed to enter the country Ma aji said He solicited the cooperation of residents of both Illela and Kwanni to ensure total compliance with Federal Government s directives I want to assure everyone that the Nigeria Customs Service and its sister agencies are ready to be professional in discharging our duties he added Meanwhile Kebbi State Commissinner for Agriculture Alhaji Maigari Dakingari has warned against the smuggling of fertiser meant for poor farmers Issuing the warning while briefing journalists Dakingari said Government would view seriously any act of diverting subsidised product to neighbouring countries The Commissioner said the warning became imperative in view of the fact that it had become a tradition for some unpatriotic citizens to smuggle commodities meant for peasant farmers to unknown destinations for selfish reasons Also speaking Alhaji Muhammad Aliero Kebbi State Commissioner for Education lamented how neighbouring countries took advantage of Nigeria sneaked and pretended to be Nigerians and get educated I could recall that during the COVID 19 pandemic when Kano State Commissioner for Education brought about five buses full of children from Kano that saying they are from our state Over 100 of them were in Dandi Local Government so I said let me go and see what s happening I risked my life and entered the COVID 19 bus to Dandi met the Council Chairman the District Heads and all other stakeholders of Dandi I was wondering who are the parents of these young children but at the end of the day only one person was from Nigeria all others were from villages such as Gaya Tungar Jado Malboru Chiyalbabba and other neighbouring towns close to Dandi but outside Nigeria he lamented On their part a cross section of residents of some border communities expressed concern over the diversion of petroleum product meant to serve Nigerians Malam Aliyu Ahmed a resident of Kamba lamented that subsidised Nigerian petrol was being smuggled by some insane Nigerians on daily basis making dirty money beyond the thinking of sane compatriots This kind of business is not only illegal but cripples our economy because Government injects huge amount of money only for few individuals to divert such subsidised items at the expense of ordinary Nigerian he noted Malam Yahaya Abubakar also a resident stressed the need for Government to form a special taskforce that would comprise patriotic and trustworthy Nigerians to minimise the lingering illicit business For Alhaji Ibrahim Jibia a Transporter in Katsina State Federal Government had the muscle to check the menace When you go along Nigeria Niger Republic road through Jibia you will be surprised to see motorcyclists carrying petrol inside bags or gallons taking them to Niger Republic And to your utmost consternation such an illegality is being perpetuated with the connivance of some of our security personnels he fumed He however paid glowing tribute to the few security agents who had turned down entreaties from smugglers saying the blessings they received from Nigerians is even much more valuable than Federal Government s recognition Meanwhile Katsina Area Controller of Nigeria Customs Service Alhaji Wada Chedi said the guidelines on the reopening of borders will strictly be observed by the Service NAN recalls that the Federal Government reopened some borders in the country to boost commerce and trade NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Corruption, price difference, responsible for smuggling in Northwest – Residents
     Some Nigerians in Sokoto Kebbi and Katsina States have attributed the increase in smuggling activities at the borders to corruption and other factors Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria they insisted that because of the lucrative nature of the trade whoever had the opportunity to be part of it would hardly resist They attributed the rush for Nigerian products especially petroleum to their affordable nature because of the subsidy placed on the products to ease the effects of inflation on the populace NAN Correspondent who visited Illela Sokoto state a town sharing border with Kwanni Niger Republic said Nigerian products had flooded Niger Republic due to their cheaper rates compared with prices in Niger Republic The NAN Correspondent who visited the border reports that most of the Nigerian commodities were being smuggled through porous border Inhabitants of the two Local Government Areas Illela and Kwanni share common social and economic activities A Petroleum product hawker in Kwanni Malam Abdulmumini Nahabu told NAN that he along with other hawkers obtained products from Nigeria on daily bases Nahabu said the business was highly lucrative previously when the Nigerian Naira was appreciably high in exchange with France money and he used to obtain between five to 10 pieces of 20 litres jerrican daily He said suppliers mostly Nigerians used different routes to transport the products Mustafa Maiyadi another petroleum hawker in Kwanni explained that they relied on Nigerian products due the subsidy that reduced prices making them cheaper and affordable Maiyadi said availability of the products facilitated smooth running of their business activities stressing that many people especially youths in Niger Republic depended on such activity to earn a living In Illela Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim a Transporter told NAN that besides transporting subsidised petroleum products to Niger Republic some Nigerians transported fertiliser which also enjoyed subsidy compared to what obtained in Niger Republic Ibrahim said there were two types of businessmen at the border those ready to follow the laid down regulations by government and those bent on cutting corners to sabotage the government According to him for smugglers whose modus operandi remains an open secret affair it is business as usual However the closure of the border some months ago was a mixed fortune for the smugglers as they had to settle heavily to continue their stock in trade Malam Musa Isyaku a resident of Illela who confessed that the only trade he knew was smuggling said life was rough and tough for him and residents of the town when the border was closed He said as all business activities that depended on free movement of goods and persons across the border were completely grounded Isyaku said people smuggled rice vegetable oil soap drugs and other items into Nigeria which is still illegal He added that legitimate business owners also transport items that are legal through agents crossing the border checks on daily bases Illela is a home for all and like every border town where brisk business thrives the town with countless porous routes has maintained its status as the centre of smuggling activities It is also a lucrative route for immigrants to Europe through North Africa the Illela International Cattle Market is a melting pot for animal traders from as far as Chad and Mali and also enjoys patronage from every part of Nigeria However with the current exchange rate of the Nara to the CFA business is is becoming less unattractive Isyaku said The Customs Area Controller in charge of Command Abdulhamid Ma aji said the guidelines on border operations remained in force The earlier closure was because of abuse of protocols what is now expected is adherence to rules and guidelines All items that are tagged as contraband still remain banned items like rice groundnut oil and drugs among others still remain banned and will not be allowed to enter the country Ma aji said He solicited the cooperation of residents of both Illela and Kwanni to ensure total compliance with Federal Government s directives I want to assure everyone that the Nigeria Customs Service and its sister agencies are ready to be professional in discharging our duties he added Meanwhile Kebbi State Commissinner for Agriculture Alhaji Maigari Dakingari has warned against the smuggling of fertiser meant for poor farmers Issuing the warning while briefing journalists Dakingari said Government would view seriously any act of diverting subsidised product to neighbouring countries The Commissioner said the warning became imperative in view of the fact that it had become a tradition for some unpatriotic citizens to smuggle commodities meant for peasant farmers to unknown destinations for selfish reasons Also speaking Alhaji Muhammad Aliero Kebbi State Commissioner for Education lamented how neighbouring countries took advantage of Nigeria sneaked and pretended to be Nigerians and get educated I could recall that during the COVID 19 pandemic when Kano State Commissioner for Education brought about five buses full of children from Kano that saying they are from our state Over 100 of them were in Dandi Local Government so I said let me go and see what s happening I risked my life and entered the COVID 19 bus to Dandi met the Council Chairman the District Heads and all other stakeholders of Dandi I was wondering who are the parents of these young children but at the end of the day only one person was from Nigeria all others were from villages such as Gaya Tungar Jado Malboru Chiyalbabba and other neighbouring towns close to Dandi but outside Nigeria he lamented On their part a cross section of residents of some border communities expressed concern over the diversion of petroleum product meant to serve Nigerians Malam Aliyu Ahmed a resident of Kamba lamented that subsidised Nigerian petrol was being smuggled by some insane Nigerians on daily basis making dirty money beyond the thinking of sane compatriots This kind of business is not only illegal but cripples our economy because Government injects huge amount of money only for few individuals to divert such subsidised items at the expense of ordinary Nigerian he noted Malam Yahaya Abubakar also a resident stressed the need for Government to form a special taskforce that would comprise patriotic and trustworthy Nigerians to minimise the lingering illicit business For Alhaji Ibrahim Jibia a Transporter in Katsina State Federal Government had the muscle to check the menace When you go along Nigeria Niger Republic road through Jibia you will be surprised to see motorcyclists carrying petrol inside bags or gallons taking them to Niger Republic And to your utmost consternation such an illegality is being perpetuated with the connivance of some of our security personnels he fumed He however paid glowing tribute to the few security agents who had turned down entreaties from smugglers saying the blessings they received from Nigerians is even much more valuable than Federal Government s recognition Meanwhile Katsina Area Controller of Nigeria Customs Service Alhaji Wada Chedi said the guidelines on the reopening of borders will strictly be observed by the Service NAN recalls that the Federal Government reopened some borders in the country to boost commerce and trade NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Corruption, price difference, responsible for smuggling in Northwest – Residents
    General news2 months ago

    Corruption, price difference, responsible for smuggling in Northwest – Residents

    Some Nigerians in Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina States have attributed the increase in smuggling activities at the borders, to corruption and other factors.Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria , they insisted that because of the ‘lucrative’ nature of the ‘ trade’,whoever had the opportunity to be part of it, would hardly resist.They attributed the rush for Nigerian products, especially petroleum, to their affordable nature because of the subsidy placed on the products to ease the effects of inflation on the populace NAN Correspondent who visited Illela, Sokoto state, a town sharing border with Kwanni, Niger Republic, said Nigerian products had flooded Niger Republic due to their cheaper rates compared with prices in Niger Republic.The NAN Correspondent who visited the border, reports that most of the Nigerian commodities were being smuggled through porous border.Inhabitants of the two Local Government Areas (Illela and Kwanni) share common social and economic activities.A Petroleum product hawker in Kwanni, Malam Abdulmumini Nahabu, told NAN that he, along with other hawkers, obtained products from Nigeria on daily bases.Nahabu said the business was highly lucrative previously when the Nigerian Naira was appreciably high in exchange with France money, and he used to obtain between five to 10 pieces of 20-litres jerrican daily.He said suppliers, mostly Nigerians, used different routes to transport the products.Mustafa Maiyadi, another petroleum hawker in Kwanni, explained that they relied on Nigerian products due the subsidy that reduced prices, making them cheaper and affordable.Maiyadi said availability of the products facilitated smooth running of their business activities, stressing that many people, especially youths in Niger Republic, depended on such activity to earn a living.In Illela, Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, a Transporter, told NAN that besides transporting subsidised petroleum products to Niger Republic, some Nigerians transported fertiliser, which also enjoyed subsidy, compared to what obtained in Niger Republic.Ibrahim said there were two types of businessmen at the border; those ready to follow the laid down regulations by government and those bent on cutting corners to sabotage the government.According to him, for smugglers whose modus-operandi remains an open-secret affair; it is business as usual.However, the closure of the border some months ago was a mixed fortune for the smugglers as they had to ‘settle heavily’ to continue their stock in trade.Malam Musa Isyaku, a resident of Illela, who confessed that the only trade he knew was smuggling, said life was rough and tough for him and residents of the town when the border was closed.He said as all business activities that depended on free movement of goods and persons across the border, were completely grounded.Isyaku said people smuggled rice, vegetable oil, soap, drugs and other items into Nigeria, which is still illegal.He added that legitimate business owners also transport items that are legal, through agents crossing the border checks on daily bases.” Illela is a home for all, and like every border town, where brisk business thrives; the town, with countless porous routes, has maintained its status as the centre of smuggling activities.” It is also a lucrative route for immigrants to Europe, through North Africa; the Illela International Cattle Market is a melting pot for animal traders from as far as Chad and Mali, and also enjoys patronage from every part of Nigeria.“ However, with the current exchange rate of the Nara to the CFA, business is is becoming less unattractive”, Isyaku said.The Customs Area Controller in charge of Command, Abdulhamid Ma’aji ,said the guidelines on border operations remained in force.“The earlier closure was because of abuse of protocols; what is now expected is adherence to rules and guidelines.“All items that are tagged as contraband still remain banned; items like rice, groundnut oil and drugs, among others, still remain banned and will not be allowed to enter the country ” Ma’aji said.He solicited the cooperation of residents of both Illela and Kwanni to ensure total compliance with Federal Government’s directives.” I want to assure everyone that the Nigeria Customs Service and its sister agencies are ready to be professional in discharging our duties,” he added.Meanwhile, Kebbi State Commissinner for Agriculture, Alhaji Maigari Dakingari has warned against the smuggling of fertiser meant for poor farmers.Issuing the warning while briefing journalists, Dakingari, said Government would view seriously, any act of diverting subsidised product to neighbouring countries The Commissioner said the warning became imperative in view of the fact that it had become a tradition for some unpatriotic citizens to smuggle commodities meant for peasant farmers, to unknown destinations for selfish reasons.Also speaking, Alhaji Muhammad Aliero, Kebbi State Commissioner for Education, lamented how neighbouring countries took advantage of Nigeria, sneaked and pretended to be Nigerians, and get educated.“I could recall that during the COVID-19 pandemic when Kano State Commissioner for Education brought about five buses full of children from Kano that, saying they are from our state.“Over 100 of them were in Dandi Local Government, so, I said let me go and see what’s happening.“I risked my life and entered the COVID-19 bus to Dandi, met the Council Chairman, the District Heads, and all other stakeholders of Dandi.“I was wondering who are the parents of these young children but at the end of the day,only one person was from Nigeria; all others were from villages such as Gaya, Tungar Jado, Malboru, Chiyalbabba and other neighbouring towns close to Dandi, but outside Nigeria”, he lamented.On their part, a cross section of residents of some border communities expressed concern over the diversion of petroleum product meant to serve Nigerians Malam Aliyu Ahmed, a resident of Kamba, lamented that subsidised Nigerian petrol was being smuggled by some insane Nigerians on daily basis, making dirty money beyond the thinking of sane compatriots .“This kind of business is not only illegal, but cripples our economy because Government injects huge amount of money, only for few individuals to divert such subsidised items at the expense of ordinary Nigerian,” he noted.Malam Yahaya Abubakar, also a resident, stressed the need for Government to form a special taskforce that would comprise patriotic and trustworthy Nigerians to minimise the lingering illicit business.For Alhaji Ibrahim Jibia, a Transporter in Katsina State, Federal Government had the muscle to check the menace.“When you go along Nigeria-Niger Republic road, through Jibia, you will be surprised to see motorcyclists carrying petrol inside bags or gallons, taking them to Niger Republic.“And to your utmost consternation, such an illegality is being perpetuated with the connivance of some of our security personnels”, he fumed.He however paid glowing tribute to the few security agents who had turned down entreaties from smugglers, saying the blessings they received from Nigerians is even much more “valuable” than ‘‘Federal Government’s” recognition’ Meanwhile, Katsina Area Controller of Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Wada Chedi, said the guidelines on the reopening of borders will strictly be observed by the Service.NAN recalls that the Federal Government reopened some borders in the country to boost commerce and trade.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Sen Haliru Jika emerged the Bauchi State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People s Party NNPP on Thursday through a voice vote Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim who was initially elected as the candidate of the party at its primary election The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 630 delegates unanimously adopted Jika in the voice vote Chairman of the election committee Malam Yusuf Kofar Mata said it was sent by the party s national headquarters to conduct the election following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal by Ibrahim Since Sen Jika is now the only aspirant in the race I hereby affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Jika as gubernatorial candidate I want to appreciate INEC officials for their presence to observe all that we have done here today he said Speaking after his affirmation Jika a former Member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly expressed gratitude to the delegates He also appreciated the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party s flag at the 2023 governorship election He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the process What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today it is a revolution a generational change agitation for youths and women that is about to take place You will agree with me that youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty bound to support them and mobilise them so that we can have good governance Jika said He said also that he had put youths in Bauchi State into perspective and would soon announce a blueprint that would address their plights NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Haliru Jika is NNPP’s new gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi State
     Sen Haliru Jika emerged the Bauchi State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People s Party NNPP on Thursday through a voice vote Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim who was initially elected as the candidate of the party at its primary election The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 630 delegates unanimously adopted Jika in the voice vote Chairman of the election committee Malam Yusuf Kofar Mata said it was sent by the party s national headquarters to conduct the election following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal by Ibrahim Since Sen Jika is now the only aspirant in the race I hereby affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Jika as gubernatorial candidate I want to appreciate INEC officials for their presence to observe all that we have done here today he said Speaking after his affirmation Jika a former Member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly expressed gratitude to the delegates He also appreciated the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party s flag at the 2023 governorship election He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the process What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today it is a revolution a generational change agitation for youths and women that is about to take place You will agree with me that youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty bound to support them and mobilise them so that we can have good governance Jika said He said also that he had put youths in Bauchi State into perspective and would soon announce a blueprint that would address their plights NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Haliru Jika is NNPP’s new gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi State
    General news2 months ago

    Haliru Jika is NNPP’s new gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi State

    Sen. Haliru Jika emerged the Bauchi State gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Thursday through a voice vote.

    Jika emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim, who was initially elected as the candidate of the party at its primary election.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 630 delegates unanimously adopted Jika in the voice vote.

    Chairman of the election committee, Malam Yusuf Kofar-Mata, said it was sent by the party’s national headquarters to conduct the election following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal by Ibrahim.

    “Since Sen. Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby, affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State.

    “We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Jika as gubernatorial candidate.

    “I want to appreciate INEC officials for their presence to observe all that we have done here today,’’ he said.

    Speaking after his affirmation, Jika, a former Member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to the delegates.

    He also appreciated the NNPP for the honour done to him by giving him the opportunity to fly the party’s flag at the 2023 governorship election.

    He expressed appreciation to the INEC officials for witnessing the process.

    “What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today; it is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for youths and women that is about to take place.

    “You will agree with me that youths and women are the backbone of any society and we are duty-bound to support them and mobilise them so that we can have good governance,’’ Jika said.

    He said also that he had put youths in Bauchi State into perspective and would soon announce a blueprint that would address their plights.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim on Tuesday emerged the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP in Bauchi State Ibrahim who is the sole gubernatorial aspirant of the party emerged the candidate through a voice affirmation by all the delegates of the party Announcing the result of the affirmation the Returning Officer Alhaji Ahmed Balewa said all the 680 delegates of the party across the 20 local government areas of the state affirmed that Ibrahim should be the flag bearer of the party without any acrimony In his acceptance speech Ibrahim appreciated all his supporters and the party for giving him the mandate calling on them to go into the nooks and crannies of the state to rally support for NNPP to triumph at the polls in 2023 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim is a business man as well as a politician who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to NNPP to pick up the gubernatorial ticket NAN
    Ibrahim emerges NNPP guber candidate in Bauchi
     Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim on Tuesday emerged the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP in Bauchi State Ibrahim who is the sole gubernatorial aspirant of the party emerged the candidate through a voice affirmation by all the delegates of the party Announcing the result of the affirmation the Returning Officer Alhaji Ahmed Balewa said all the 680 delegates of the party across the 20 local government areas of the state affirmed that Ibrahim should be the flag bearer of the party without any acrimony In his acceptance speech Ibrahim appreciated all his supporters and the party for giving him the mandate calling on them to go into the nooks and crannies of the state to rally support for NNPP to triumph at the polls in 2023 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim is a business man as well as a politician who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to NNPP to pick up the gubernatorial ticket NAN
    Ibrahim emerges NNPP guber candidate in Bauchi
    General news4 months ago

    Ibrahim emerges NNPP guber candidate in Bauchi

    Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim on Tuesday emerged the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Bauchi State.Ibrahim, who is the sole gubernatorial aspirant of the party emerged the candidate through a voice affirmation by all the delegates of the party.Announcing the result of the affirmation, the Returning Officer, Alhaji Ahmed Balewa, said all the 680 delegates of the party across the 20 local government areas of the state affirmed that Ibrahim should be the flag bearer of the party without any acrimony.In his acceptance speech, Ibrahim appreciated all his supporters and the party for giving him the mandate, calling on them to go into the nooks and crannies of the state to rally support for NNPP to triumph at the polls in 2023.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim is a business man as well as a politician who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to NNPP to pick up the gubernatorial ticket.  ((NAN)

  •  Most fuel stations in Kaduna are still clogged with vehicles and long queues as petrol scarcity looms following the strike warning by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN It will be recalled that IPMAN on Monday threatened to embark on strike over N500 billion unpaid bridging claims The association however urged the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA to pay its members warning that failure to pay outstanding claims could lead to disruption in fuel distribution A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the situation in Kaduna on Wednesday reports that long queues were noticeable at fuel stations in the capital city Fuel stations belonging to major and independent marketers had long queues while others were closed as they run out of stock of the products The few available stations were dispensing fuel between N180 and N195 above the N165 approved pump price Some of the motorists who spoke to NAN in separate interviews said the situation exposed them to difficulties Mr Ismail Dauda a commercial tricycle operator said he observed long queues in fuel stations on Monday and urged the Federal Government and IPMAN to resolve their differences Few days ago fuel was available you can get without stress but we have started experiencing scarcity as some of the fuel stations closed Petrol is being sold above approved pump price in some stations the trend is not encouraging I prefer to wait on the queue and pay N165 per liter he said Mr Haroon Nasir a motorists said he spent many hours on the queue to fill hiz tank adding that there were panick buying of the product in the area Fuel is essential to the economic development of the country and as such should be taken seriously the government should arrest the situation before the scarcity heightens The marketers should also consider the plight of Nigerians and the economic situation in the country they should be moderate in their demands to enable the government to meet their demands quickly he said Also Mr Yusuf Ibrahim an artesan said that persistent scacity negatively affected his businesses and forced him to spend much on fuel to run his power generator He said that people had considered the warning by IPMAN seriously and began panick buying of petrol a trend which compounded the situation The solution is sincerity between the two parties as something is wrong somewhere interms of fuel subsidy It is desirable for the government to rehabilitate upgrade existing refineries and encourage establishment of new ones to address the situation he said Reacting an official of IPMAN in Kaduna State who preferred anonymity said the strike was the last option of the association to demand for the payment of N500 billion unpaid bridging claims by the relevant authorities The situation he said affected the capacity of the marketers to purchase petroleum products to ensure adequate distribution of the product across the country We sympathise with the masses over the situation but we can t do otherwise he said NAN
    Fuel queues resurface in Kaduna as IPMAN threatens strike
     Most fuel stations in Kaduna are still clogged with vehicles and long queues as petrol scarcity looms following the strike warning by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria IPMAN It will be recalled that IPMAN on Monday threatened to embark on strike over N500 billion unpaid bridging claims The association however urged the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA to pay its members warning that failure to pay outstanding claims could lead to disruption in fuel distribution A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the situation in Kaduna on Wednesday reports that long queues were noticeable at fuel stations in the capital city Fuel stations belonging to major and independent marketers had long queues while others were closed as they run out of stock of the products The few available stations were dispensing fuel between N180 and N195 above the N165 approved pump price Some of the motorists who spoke to NAN in separate interviews said the situation exposed them to difficulties Mr Ismail Dauda a commercial tricycle operator said he observed long queues in fuel stations on Monday and urged the Federal Government and IPMAN to resolve their differences Few days ago fuel was available you can get without stress but we have started experiencing scarcity as some of the fuel stations closed Petrol is being sold above approved pump price in some stations the trend is not encouraging I prefer to wait on the queue and pay N165 per liter he said Mr Haroon Nasir a motorists said he spent many hours on the queue to fill hiz tank adding that there were panick buying of the product in the area Fuel is essential to the economic development of the country and as such should be taken seriously the government should arrest the situation before the scarcity heightens The marketers should also consider the plight of Nigerians and the economic situation in the country they should be moderate in their demands to enable the government to meet their demands quickly he said Also Mr Yusuf Ibrahim an artesan said that persistent scacity negatively affected his businesses and forced him to spend much on fuel to run his power generator He said that people had considered the warning by IPMAN seriously and began panick buying of petrol a trend which compounded the situation The solution is sincerity between the two parties as something is wrong somewhere interms of fuel subsidy It is desirable for the government to rehabilitate upgrade existing refineries and encourage establishment of new ones to address the situation he said Reacting an official of IPMAN in Kaduna State who preferred anonymity said the strike was the last option of the association to demand for the payment of N500 billion unpaid bridging claims by the relevant authorities The situation he said affected the capacity of the marketers to purchase petroleum products to ensure adequate distribution of the product across the country We sympathise with the masses over the situation but we can t do otherwise he said NAN
    Fuel queues resurface in Kaduna as IPMAN threatens strike
    General news5 months ago

    Fuel queues resurface in Kaduna as IPMAN threatens strike

    Most fuel stations in Kaduna are still clogged with vehicles and long queues, as petrol scarcity looms following the strike warning by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN).

    It will be recalled that IPMAN on Monday threatened to embark on strike over N500 billion unpaid bridging claims.

    The association, however, urged the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), to pay its members, warning that failure to pay outstanding claims could lead to disruption in fuel distribution.

    A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria who monitored the situation in Kaduna on Wednesday, reports that long queues were noticeable at fuel stations in the capital city.

    Fuel stations belonging to major and independent marketers had long queues while others were closed as they run out of stock of the products.

    The few available stations were dispensing fuel between N180 and N195 above the N165 approved pump price.

    Some of the motorists who spoke to NAN in separate interviews, said the situation exposed them to difficulties.

    Mr Ismail Dauda, a commercial tricycle operator, said he observed long queues in fuel stations on Monday, and urged the Federal Government and IPMAN to resolve their differences.

    “Few days ago fuel was available, you can get without stress but we have started experiencing scarcity as some of the fuel stations closed.

    “Petrol is being sold above approved pump price in some stations, the trend is not encouraging. I prefer to wait on the queue and pay N165 per liter,” he said.

    Mr Haroon Nasir, a motorists, said he spent many hours on the queue to fill hiz tank, adding that there were panick buying of the product in the area.

    “Fuel is essential to the economic development of the country and as such should be taken seriously, the government should arrest the situation before the scarcity heightens.

    “The marketers should also consider the plight of Nigerians and the economic situation in the country, they should be moderate in their demands to enable the government to meet their demands quickly ” he said.

    Also, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, an artesan, said that persistent scacity negatively affected his businesses and forced him to spend much on fuel to run his power generator.

    He said that people had considered the warning by IPMAN seriously and began panick buying of petrol, a trend which compounded the situation.

    “The solution is sincerity between the two parties as something is wrong somewhere interms of fuel subsidy.

    “It is desirable for the government to rehabilitate, upgrade existing refineries and encourage establishment of new ones to address the situation,” he said.

    Reacting, an official of IPMAN in Kaduna State, who preferred anonymity, said the strike was the last option of the association to demand for the payment of N500 billion unpaid bridging claims by the relevant authorities.

    The situation, he said, affected the capacity of the marketers to purchase petroleum products to ensure adequate distribution of the product across the country.

    “We sympathise with the masses over the situation but we can’t do otherwise,” ,he said.

    (NAN)

  •  A Gwagwalada Magistrates Court on Tuesday ordered Adeoye Olayemi 38 to be remanded in a correctional centre over alleged stealing of a Toyota Camry Olayemi who resides in Odolu village near Kabba in Kogi is facing a charge bothering on theft The Prosecution Counsel Mr Dabo Yakubu told the court that one Mr Yohanna Godswill who resides at No 7 Onyemadu St Kutunku in Gwagwalada reported the matter to the police in July Yakubu said that sometime in May Olayemi stole a Toyota Camry with registration No GWA133 AS belonging to Godswill He said that the defendant used a master key to unlock the car which was parked in front of a micro finance bank in Gwagwalada Market Inside the car were 50 literature books valued N150 000 22 copies of Youngi Cho small group manual valued N22 000 one car cover valued N5 000 There were also two original land documents valued N22 million one HP laptop computer valued N240 000 one HP printer valued N52 000 two Terbite hard drives valued N18 000 one land phone valued N25 000 among others he said The prosecutor said that Olayemi had confessed to the crime in the course of investigation but said he threw away all the items found in the car Yakubu said that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty of the charge The Magistrate Mr Yusuf Ibrahim thereafter adjourned the case until Oct 21 for hearing Edited By Azubuike Okeh Peter Dada Source NAN
    Court remands man, 38, over alleged car theft 
     A Gwagwalada Magistrates Court on Tuesday ordered Adeoye Olayemi 38 to be remanded in a correctional centre over alleged stealing of a Toyota Camry Olayemi who resides in Odolu village near Kabba in Kogi is facing a charge bothering on theft The Prosecution Counsel Mr Dabo Yakubu told the court that one Mr Yohanna Godswill who resides at No 7 Onyemadu St Kutunku in Gwagwalada reported the matter to the police in July Yakubu said that sometime in May Olayemi stole a Toyota Camry with registration No GWA133 AS belonging to Godswill He said that the defendant used a master key to unlock the car which was parked in front of a micro finance bank in Gwagwalada Market Inside the car were 50 literature books valued N150 000 22 copies of Youngi Cho small group manual valued N22 000 one car cover valued N5 000 There were also two original land documents valued N22 million one HP laptop computer valued N240 000 one HP printer valued N52 000 two Terbite hard drives valued N18 000 one land phone valued N25 000 among others he said The prosecutor said that Olayemi had confessed to the crime in the course of investigation but said he threw away all the items found in the car Yakubu said that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty of the charge The Magistrate Mr Yusuf Ibrahim thereafter adjourned the case until Oct 21 for hearing Edited By Azubuike Okeh Peter Dada Source NAN
    Court remands man, 38, over alleged car theft 
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Court remands man, 38, over alleged car theft 

    A Gwagwalada Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday ordered Adeoye Olayemi, 38, to be remanded in a correctional centre over alleged stealing of a Toyota Camry.

    Olayemi, who resides in Odolu village near  Kabba in  Kogi , is facing a  charge bothering on theft.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Dabo Yakubu,  told the court that one  Mr Yohanna Godswill who resides at No. 7, Onyemadu St.,  Kutunku in  Gwagwalada,  reported the matter to the police in July.

    Yakubu said that sometime in May, Olayemi stole a Toyota Camry  with registration No. GWA133 AS belonging to Godswill.

    He said that the defendant used a master key to unlock the car which was parked in front of  a micro finance bank in Gwagwalada Market.

    “Inside the car were: 50 literature books valued  N150,000; 22 copies of Youngi Cho small group manual valued  N22,000; one car cover valued N5,000.

    “There were also: two original land documents valued  N22 million; one HP laptop computer valued N240,000; one HP printer valued  N52,000;  two Terbite hard drives valued N18,000; one land phone valued N25,000 among others,” he said.

    The prosecutor said that Olayemi had confessed to the crime in the course of investigation but said he threw away all the items found in the car.

    Yakubu said that  the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.

    The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty of the charge.

    The Magistrate, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, thereafter,  adjourned the case until Oct. 21 for hearing.


    Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Peter Dada
    Source: NAN

  •  An Ilorin based legal practitioner Mr Yusuf Ibrahim has advocated for the need for more protection for the physically challenged in the country Ibrahim made the call in Ilorin on Thursday as spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Nigeri s 60th Independence Anniversary He said the physically challenged deserved more protection from social ill perpetrators as they were always victims The lawyer called on government at all levels and non governmental organisations to ensure strict measures were put in place to protect them from being victims Some physically challenged in the country don t have shelter They just lay by the roadside and are exposed to kidnapping rape and other evils They sleep and wake up under terrible conditions and nobody cares to look after or protect them They are not safe Many of them have been victims of rape or kidnappings in the past The government must do something to help protect them They are part of us and members of the society Landlords neighbours must stop maltreating them and treat them specially Even parents must stop discriminating against the physically challenged persons Let us show love protect them and make them feel comfortable he said He however urged governments to continue with their support toward the physically challenged by building a skill acquisition centre for them They are not a waste product Government must invest in them and reshape their future by adding more value to their God given talent and abilities Ibrahim said Edited By Abigael Joshua Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    Lawyer advocates protection for physically challenged
     An Ilorin based legal practitioner Mr Yusuf Ibrahim has advocated for the need for more protection for the physically challenged in the country Ibrahim made the call in Ilorin on Thursday as spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Nigeri s 60th Independence Anniversary He said the physically challenged deserved more protection from social ill perpetrators as they were always victims The lawyer called on government at all levels and non governmental organisations to ensure strict measures were put in place to protect them from being victims Some physically challenged in the country don t have shelter They just lay by the roadside and are exposed to kidnapping rape and other evils They sleep and wake up under terrible conditions and nobody cares to look after or protect them They are not safe Many of them have been victims of rape or kidnappings in the past The government must do something to help protect them They are part of us and members of the society Landlords neighbours must stop maltreating them and treat them specially Even parents must stop discriminating against the physically challenged persons Let us show love protect them and make them feel comfortable he said He however urged governments to continue with their support toward the physically challenged by building a skill acquisition centre for them They are not a waste product Government must invest in them and reshape their future by adding more value to their God given talent and abilities Ibrahim said Edited By Abigael Joshua Peter Ejiofor Source NAN
    Lawyer advocates protection for physically challenged
    General news2 years ago

    Lawyer advocates protection for physically challenged

    An Ilorin-based legal practitioner, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, has advocated for the need for more protection for the physically challenged in the country.

    Ibrahim made the call in Ilorin on Thursday as spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Nigeri’s 60th Independence Anniversary.

    He said the physically challenged deserved more protection from social ill perpetrators as they were always victims.

    The lawyer called on government at all levels and non-governmental organisations to ensure strict measures were put in place to protect them from being victims.

    “Some physically challenged in the country don’t have shelter. They just lay by the roadside and are exposed to kidnapping, rape and other evils.

    “They sleep and wake up under terrible conditions and nobody cares to look after or protect them.

    “They are not safe. Many of them have been victims of rape or kidnappings in the past. The government must do something to help protect them. They are part of us and members of the society.

    “Landlords, neighbours must stop maltreating them and treat them specially. Even parents must stop discriminating against the physically challenged persons.

    “Let us show love, protect them and make them feel comfortable,’’ he said.

    He, however, urged governments to continue with their support toward the physically challenged by building a skill acquisition centre for them.

    “They are not a waste product. Government must invest in them and reshape their future by adding more value to their God-given talent and abilities,’’ Ibrahim said.

    (
    Edited By: Abigael Joshua/Peter Ejiofor)
    Source: NAN

  •  A driver Yunusa Mohammed 35 on Tuesday appeared in a Gwagwalada Magistrates Court FCT for allegedly swindling a businessman of N400 000 The police charged Mohammed of Bako village extension Kwali Area Council Abuja with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating The Prosecution Counsel Emeka Ihekoronye told the court that in October 2019 the defendant collected the CofO for plot No 442 located at Paiko Kure village valued N400 000 belonged to Yahaya Sule of opposite Diamond bank Gwagwalada Abuja He said that the defendant sold the land and converted the money for his own use The offences he said contravened the provisions of sections 317 and 322 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty The defendant told the court that he did not sell the land but used it as a collateral to borrow money to pay his son s schools fees The Magistrate Mr Yusuf Ibrahim admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 000 with two reasonable sureties in like sum He ordered the sureties must reside within the court s jurisdiction Ibrahim adjourned the case until Oct 14 for hearing Edited By Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    Driver in court for allegedly swindling businessman of N400,000
     A driver Yunusa Mohammed 35 on Tuesday appeared in a Gwagwalada Magistrates Court FCT for allegedly swindling a businessman of N400 000 The police charged Mohammed of Bako village extension Kwali Area Council Abuja with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating The Prosecution Counsel Emeka Ihekoronye told the court that in October 2019 the defendant collected the CofO for plot No 442 located at Paiko Kure village valued N400 000 belonged to Yahaya Sule of opposite Diamond bank Gwagwalada Abuja He said that the defendant sold the land and converted the money for his own use The offences he said contravened the provisions of sections 317 and 322 of the Penal Code The defendant however pleaded not guilty The defendant told the court that he did not sell the land but used it as a collateral to borrow money to pay his son s schools fees The Magistrate Mr Yusuf Ibrahim admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100 000 with two reasonable sureties in like sum He ordered the sureties must reside within the court s jurisdiction Ibrahim adjourned the case until Oct 14 for hearing Edited By Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    Driver in court for allegedly swindling businessman of N400,000
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Driver in court for allegedly swindling businessman of N400,000

    A driver, Yunusa Mohammed, 35, on Tuesday appeared in a Gwagwalada Magistrates’ Court, FCT, for allegedly swindling a businessman of N400,000.

    The police charged Mohammed of Bako village extension, Kwali Area Council, Abuja with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

    The Prosecution Counsel, Emeka Ihekoronye told the court that in October 2019 the defendant collected the CofO for plot No 442 located at Paiko Kure village valued N400,000 belonged to  Yahaya Sule of opposite Diamond bank, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

    He said that the defendant sold the land and converted the money for his own use.

    The offences, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 317 and 322 of the Penal Code.

    The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.

    The defendant told the court that he did not sell the land but used it as a collateral to borrow money to pay his son’s schools fees.

    The Magistrate, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two reasonable sureties in like sum.

    He ordered the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

    Ibrahim adjourned the case until Oct. 14 for hearing.


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
    Source: NAN

  •  The Ansar ud Deen Society of Nigeria has joined other faith based organisations in supporting the Federal Government in the fight against COVID 19 by donating some food items to the Presidential Task Force PTF The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items were received on behalf of the Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha by the National Coordinator Sani Aliyu on Wednesday in Abuja Mustapha thanked Ansar ud Deen Society for coming to the aid of the PTF by making such donation in the aid of the poor and vulnerable in the country The SGF commeded the high compliance level of members of the society to the ban on mass gathering in form of worship in mosques and adherence to the social physical distancing policy on COVID 19 He said that faith based organisations had continued to lend their support to the activities of PTF adding that such support was what was required to curtail the pandemic He urged other organisations to follow the worthy example of the Ansar ud Deen Society Mustapha said that organisations like the Ansar ud Deen Society had continued to provide platforms for a strong united common voice in the struggle to curtail COVID 19 in the country Earlier the Deputy National Chairman of Ansar ud Deen Society of Nigeria Dr Yusuf Ibrahim commended the efforts of the Federal Government in establishing the PTF to combat COVID 19 in Nigeria Ibrahim assured the PTF of the solidarity of his society and its support and efforts aimed at protecting lives and property in the country by working hard to overcome the rampaging COVID 19 He pledged to continue to support the government in its activities which were citizen centred and thus provide platform for advocacy compliance and feedback for Muslims in Nigeria NAN reports that the Food items donated to the PTF included cartons of noodles and some bags of rice worth millions of naira Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Tajudeen Atitebi NAN
    COVID-19: Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria supports PTF
     The Ansar ud Deen Society of Nigeria has joined other faith based organisations in supporting the Federal Government in the fight against COVID 19 by donating some food items to the Presidential Task Force PTF The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items were received on behalf of the Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha by the National Coordinator Sani Aliyu on Wednesday in Abuja Mustapha thanked Ansar ud Deen Society for coming to the aid of the PTF by making such donation in the aid of the poor and vulnerable in the country The SGF commeded the high compliance level of members of the society to the ban on mass gathering in form of worship in mosques and adherence to the social physical distancing policy on COVID 19 He said that faith based organisations had continued to lend their support to the activities of PTF adding that such support was what was required to curtail the pandemic He urged other organisations to follow the worthy example of the Ansar ud Deen Society Mustapha said that organisations like the Ansar ud Deen Society had continued to provide platforms for a strong united common voice in the struggle to curtail COVID 19 in the country Earlier the Deputy National Chairman of Ansar ud Deen Society of Nigeria Dr Yusuf Ibrahim commended the efforts of the Federal Government in establishing the PTF to combat COVID 19 in Nigeria Ibrahim assured the PTF of the solidarity of his society and its support and efforts aimed at protecting lives and property in the country by working hard to overcome the rampaging COVID 19 He pledged to continue to support the government in its activities which were citizen centred and thus provide platform for advocacy compliance and feedback for Muslims in Nigeria NAN reports that the Food items donated to the PTF included cartons of noodles and some bags of rice worth millions of naira Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Tajudeen Atitebi NAN
    COVID-19: Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria supports PTF
    Health2 years ago

    COVID-19: Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria supports PTF

    The Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria has joined other faith-based organisations in supporting the Federal Government in the fight against COVID-19 by donating some food items to the Presidential Task Force (PTF).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items were received on behalf of the Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, by the National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Mustapha thanked Ansar-ud-Deen Society for coming to the aid of the PTF by making such donation in the aid of the poor and vulnerable in the country.

    The SGF commeded the high compliance level of members of the society to the ban on mass gathering in form of worship in mosques and  adherence to the social/ physical distancing policy on COVID-19.

    He said that faith-based organisations had  continued to lend their support to the activities of  PTF, adding that such support was what was required to curtail the pandemic.

    He urged other organisations to follow the worthy example of the Ansar-ud-Deen Society.

    Mustapha said that organisations like the Ansar-ud-Deen Society had continued to provide platforms for a strong united common voice in the struggle to curtail COVID-19 in the country.

    Earlier, the Deputy National Chairman of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Dr Yusuf Ibrahim, commended the efforts of the Federal Government in establishing the PTF to combat COVID-19 in Nigeria.

    Ibrahim assured the PTF of the solidarity of his society and its support  and efforts aimed at protecting lives and property in the country by working hard to overcome the rampaging COVID-19

    He pledged to continue to support the government in its activities which were citizen-centred and thus provide platform for advocacy, compliance and feedback for Muslims in Nigeria.

    NAN reports that the Food items donated to the PTF included cartons of noodles and some bags of rice worth millions of naira.

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    Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

  •  The U S Agency for International Development USAID has earmaked 60 million dollars in co investment grant funds for trade and investment hub activity to promote the Nigerian economy Mary Leonard U S Ambassador to Nigeria disclosed this at the official launch of the West African Trade and Hub on Tuesday in Abuja She said that the activity which would last over the next five years would help to attract private sector investment of an estimated 300 million dollars The envoy said that this would bring about improved business operations and capacity of private firms to tap into export markets strengthen and create linkages between West African business U S and international companies According to her the U S supported trade hubs in Africa have successfully spearheaded private sector development For every dollar of public money spent in trade programmes in Africa we estimate the hubs leverage of nine dollar investment For over 360 million West Africans the immense potential of their countries economies have been hindered by roadblocks to investment Forces that should be creating the future have been hobbled by the lack of established business networks and the challenges faced by entrepreneur she said Leonard said that the new trade and investment hub would work across the region to overcome these obstacles through a market based approach that would catalyse economic growth and raise household incomes She said that the hub would attract private finance and investment forge links among businesses strengthen the agricultural and trade sectors The diplomat added that the hub would focus on West African nations including Senegal C te d Ivoire Ghana and Nigeria while Nigeria would serve as the hub s centre She said that the activities of the hub would amplify the commitment to strong private sector partnerships to promote market driven approaches These partnerships support Nigeria s efforts to expand its economy through a focus on non oil based sectors with high growth potential notably the agriculture sector Nigeria is uniquely positioned to rapidly transform its economy by expanding the agricultural sector and increasing both the productivity and the profit of small holder farmers she said She explained that the trade hub would create 40 000 new jobs in agriculture apparel and other industries with at least 50 per cent dedicated to women The ambassador said that the trade hub would also work to unlock potentials and generate growth by advocating a more business friendly regulatory environment especially in the agriculture sector Also speaking the Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen promised that the ministry would work closely with USAID to ensure that many women and children benefited from the hub Tallen said that every investment that engages women has a multiplier effect adding that investing in women was investing in the country and the world at large The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Mohammed Nanono said that greater investments in agriculture would lead to diversification of the Nigerian economy Nanono was represented by the Director Special Duties Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development Mrs Uyisola Omisore He said that agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth poverty reduction and environmental sustainability The minister said that investment in agriculture would lead many Nigerian youths out of poverty and create more jobs The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities offered by igeria to achieve their dreams Adebayo who was represented by the Director Trade Mr Yusuf Ibrahim said that the ministry was committed to providing the right policies enabling environment for trade and investment to thrive in the country Edited By Joseph Edeh Felix Ajide
    USAID launches m for West Africa trade, investment hub
     The U S Agency for International Development USAID has earmaked 60 million dollars in co investment grant funds for trade and investment hub activity to promote the Nigerian economy Mary Leonard U S Ambassador to Nigeria disclosed this at the official launch of the West African Trade and Hub on Tuesday in Abuja She said that the activity which would last over the next five years would help to attract private sector investment of an estimated 300 million dollars The envoy said that this would bring about improved business operations and capacity of private firms to tap into export markets strengthen and create linkages between West African business U S and international companies According to her the U S supported trade hubs in Africa have successfully spearheaded private sector development For every dollar of public money spent in trade programmes in Africa we estimate the hubs leverage of nine dollar investment For over 360 million West Africans the immense potential of their countries economies have been hindered by roadblocks to investment Forces that should be creating the future have been hobbled by the lack of established business networks and the challenges faced by entrepreneur she said Leonard said that the new trade and investment hub would work across the region to overcome these obstacles through a market based approach that would catalyse economic growth and raise household incomes She said that the hub would attract private finance and investment forge links among businesses strengthen the agricultural and trade sectors The diplomat added that the hub would focus on West African nations including Senegal C te d Ivoire Ghana and Nigeria while Nigeria would serve as the hub s centre She said that the activities of the hub would amplify the commitment to strong private sector partnerships to promote market driven approaches These partnerships support Nigeria s efforts to expand its economy through a focus on non oil based sectors with high growth potential notably the agriculture sector Nigeria is uniquely positioned to rapidly transform its economy by expanding the agricultural sector and increasing both the productivity and the profit of small holder farmers she said She explained that the trade hub would create 40 000 new jobs in agriculture apparel and other industries with at least 50 per cent dedicated to women The ambassador said that the trade hub would also work to unlock potentials and generate growth by advocating a more business friendly regulatory environment especially in the agriculture sector Also speaking the Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen promised that the ministry would work closely with USAID to ensure that many women and children benefited from the hub Tallen said that every investment that engages women has a multiplier effect adding that investing in women was investing in the country and the world at large The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Mohammed Nanono said that greater investments in agriculture would lead to diversification of the Nigerian economy Nanono was represented by the Director Special Duties Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development Mrs Uyisola Omisore He said that agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth poverty reduction and environmental sustainability The minister said that investment in agriculture would lead many Nigerian youths out of poverty and create more jobs The Minister of Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities offered by igeria to achieve their dreams Adebayo who was represented by the Director Trade Mr Yusuf Ibrahim said that the ministry was committed to providing the right policies enabling environment for trade and investment to thrive in the country Edited By Joseph Edeh Felix Ajide
    USAID launches m for West Africa trade, investment hub
    Foreign3 years ago

    USAID launches $60m for West Africa trade, investment hub

    The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has earmaked 60 million dollars in co-investment grant funds for trade and investment hub activity to promote the Nigerian economy.

    Mary Leonard, U.S Ambassador to Nigeria disclosed this at the official launch of the West African Trade and Hub on Tuesday in Abuja.

    She said that the activity, which would last over the next five years, would help to attract private sector investment of an estimated 300 million dollars.

    The envoy said that this would bring about improved business operations and capacity of private firms to tap into export markets, strengthen and create linkages between West African business, U.S. and international companies.

    According to her, the U.S. supported trade hubs in Africa have successfully spearheaded private sector development.

    “For every dollar of public money spent in trade programmes in Africa, we estimate the hubs leverage of nine dollar investment.

    ” For over 360 million West Africans, the immense potential of their countries` economies have been hindered by roadblocks to investment.

    “Forces that should be creating the future have been hobbled by the lack of established business networks and the challenges faced by entrepreneur,“she said.

    Leonard said that the new trade and investment hub would work across the region to overcome these obstacles through a market-based approach that would catalyse economic growth and raise household incomes.

    She said that the hub would attract private finance and investment, forge links among businesses, strengthen the agricultural and trade sectors.

    The diplomat added that the hub would focus on West African nations including Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, while Nigeria would serve as the hub’s centre.

    She said that the activities of the hub would amplify the commitment to strong private sector partnerships to promote market driven approaches.

    “These partnerships support Nigeria’s efforts to expand its economy through a focus on non-oil based sectors with high growth potential, notably the agriculture sector.

    ” Nigeria is uniquely positioned to rapidly transform its economy by expanding the agricultural sector and increasing both the productivity and the profit of small holder farmers,” she said.

    She explained that the trade hub would create 40,000 new jobs in agriculture, apparel and other industries with at least 50 per cent dedicated to women.

    The ambassador said that the trade hub would also work to unlock potentials and generate growth by advocating a more business-friendly regulatory environment, especially in the agriculture sector.

    Also speaking, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, promised that the ministry would work closely with USAID to ensure that many women and children benefited from the hub.

    Tallen said that every investment that engages women has a multiplier effect, adding that investing in women was investing in the country and the world at large.

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mohammed Nanono, said that greater investments in agriculture would lead to diversification of the Nigerian economy.

    Nanono was represented by the Director Special Duties, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development, Mrs Uyisola Omisore.

    He said that agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.

    The minister said that investment in agriculture would lead many Nigerian youths out of poverty and create more jobs.

    The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the opportunities offered by igeria to achieve their dreams.

    Adebayo, who was represented by the Director, Trade, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, said that the ministry was committed to providing the right policies, enabling environment for trade and investment to thrive in the country.


    Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Felix Ajide

  •   Motorists in the Federal Capital Territory FCT have urged the Federal Government to look into the poor state of roads within the country Nigeria News Agency reports in Abuja The motorists in separate interviews told NAN on Monday that poor state of roads was the major reason for the increase in the cost of transportation to some parts of the country during the festivities According to them there is an increase in the number of travelers and cars plying the roads during the festive period which leads to heavy traffic They added that when they have to spend more time on the road more fuel is consumed which leads to the increase in transport fare Mr Mokaila Abdulaziz a driver at the Jabi Park said he has been on the highway as a driver since 1976 and currently takes passengers to Ilorin The roads are too bad in this our country especially in the south From Ogbaja to Ilorin the roads are so bad I urge the government to try and fix the roads for us because it has become so bad The roads have become so bad that it spoils our vehicles and even the passengers do not enjoy their ride he said Mr Yusuf Ibrahim a driver conveying passengers to Zamfara from Utako Park said the cost of transportation was N3 000 and had not changed in spite of the season He added that the cost of transportation to other Northern parts of the country has also remained the same Mr Isaac Abu another driver at the Utako Park said there is no plan of increasing cost of transportation since there was availability of fuel in the country Abu however decried low number of passengers during this period compared to the last Christmas celebration when there was high influx of passengers He said the passengers are not as many as they used to be during this period because Nigerians are crying that they do not have money to travel I pray God intervenes for us in this country so that we can all have means to feed our families Passengers travelling to Ida and Asaba however decried increased cost of transportation fare to their destinations Mr Philip Asogwa a passenger said he was travelling to Ida with his wife and two children and had to pay N4 000 per person for his family as against the fare that used to be around N2 500 per person Asogwa said There is no money in the country some of us who are even travelling are doing so because we want to spend time at home with our loved ones It is very unfair for the cost of transportation to be inflated this much Even though there is availability of fuel the drivers blame the poor state of roads I pray the government does something about the roads fast and save us from this exploitation Meanwhile Alhaji Adamu Madalla Branch 1 Chairman National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Jabi Park said the union was doing everything possible to ensure safety of passengers during the period According to Madalla the union has also ensured stable cost of transportation during the festive period We have high influx of passengers and we are very happy about it We have met with our members and have advised them to abstain from all forms of Alcohol and drug while driving We make sure that every driver who comes in from a journey rest well and check his vehicle to ensure it is in order before embarking on another trip We have laws that every member must abide with and anyone who goes against it is penalized We have not increased cost of transport in this park because there is no scarcity of fuel and we thank the government for this Our problem however is the roads We are appealing to the Federal Government to help us and repair the roads Madalla said Edited by Zainab Garba Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Yuletide: Motorists urge FG intervention on poor roads
      Motorists in the Federal Capital Territory FCT have urged the Federal Government to look into the poor state of roads within the country Nigeria News Agency reports in Abuja The motorists in separate interviews told NAN on Monday that poor state of roads was the major reason for the increase in the cost of transportation to some parts of the country during the festivities According to them there is an increase in the number of travelers and cars plying the roads during the festive period which leads to heavy traffic They added that when they have to spend more time on the road more fuel is consumed which leads to the increase in transport fare Mr Mokaila Abdulaziz a driver at the Jabi Park said he has been on the highway as a driver since 1976 and currently takes passengers to Ilorin The roads are too bad in this our country especially in the south From Ogbaja to Ilorin the roads are so bad I urge the government to try and fix the roads for us because it has become so bad The roads have become so bad that it spoils our vehicles and even the passengers do not enjoy their ride he said Mr Yusuf Ibrahim a driver conveying passengers to Zamfara from Utako Park said the cost of transportation was N3 000 and had not changed in spite of the season He added that the cost of transportation to other Northern parts of the country has also remained the same Mr Isaac Abu another driver at the Utako Park said there is no plan of increasing cost of transportation since there was availability of fuel in the country Abu however decried low number of passengers during this period compared to the last Christmas celebration when there was high influx of passengers He said the passengers are not as many as they used to be during this period because Nigerians are crying that they do not have money to travel I pray God intervenes for us in this country so that we can all have means to feed our families Passengers travelling to Ida and Asaba however decried increased cost of transportation fare to their destinations Mr Philip Asogwa a passenger said he was travelling to Ida with his wife and two children and had to pay N4 000 per person for his family as against the fare that used to be around N2 500 per person Asogwa said There is no money in the country some of us who are even travelling are doing so because we want to spend time at home with our loved ones It is very unfair for the cost of transportation to be inflated this much Even though there is availability of fuel the drivers blame the poor state of roads I pray the government does something about the roads fast and save us from this exploitation Meanwhile Alhaji Adamu Madalla Branch 1 Chairman National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW Jabi Park said the union was doing everything possible to ensure safety of passengers during the period According to Madalla the union has also ensured stable cost of transportation during the festive period We have high influx of passengers and we are very happy about it We have met with our members and have advised them to abstain from all forms of Alcohol and drug while driving We make sure that every driver who comes in from a journey rest well and check his vehicle to ensure it is in order before embarking on another trip We have laws that every member must abide with and anyone who goes against it is penalized We have not increased cost of transport in this park because there is no scarcity of fuel and we thank the government for this Our problem however is the roads We are appealing to the Federal Government to help us and repair the roads Madalla said Edited by Zainab Garba Ismail Abdulaziz NAN
    Yuletide: Motorists urge FG intervention on poor roads
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    Yuletide: Motorists urge FG intervention on poor roads

    Motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have urged the Federal Government to look into the poor state of roads within the country, Nigeria News Agency reports in Abuja.

    The motorists in separate interviews told NAN on Monday that poor state of roads was the major reason for the increase in the cost of transportation to some parts of the country during the festivities.

    According to them, there is an increase in the number of travelers and cars plying the roads during the festive period which leads to heavy traffic.

    They added that when they have to spend more time on the road, more fuel is consumed which leads to the increase in transport fare.

    Mr Mokaila Abdulaziz, a driver at the Jabi Park said he has been on the highway as a driver since 1976 and currently takes passengers to Ilorin.

    “The roads are too bad in this our country especially in the south. From Ogbaja to Ilorin the roads are so bad. I urge the government to try and fix the roads for us because it has become so bad.

    “The roads have become so bad that it spoils our vehicles and even the passengers do not enjoy their ride,” he said.

    Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, a driver conveying passengers to Zamfara from Utako Park, said the cost of transportation was N3,000 and had not changed in spite of the season.

    He added that the cost of transportation to other Northern parts of the country has also remained the same.

    Mr Isaac Abu, another driver at the Utako Park, said there is no plan of increasing cost of transportation since there was availability of fuel in the country.

    Abu, however, decried low number of passengers during this period compared to the last Christmas celebration when there was high influx of passengers.

    He said: “the passengers are not as many as they used to be during this period because Nigerians are crying that they do not have money to travel. I pray God intervenes for us in this country so that we can all have means to feed our families.”

    Passengers travelling to Ida and Asaba, however, decried increased cost of transportation fare to their destinations.

    Mr Philip Asogwa, a passenger, said he was travelling to Ida with his wife and two children and had to pay N4,000 per person for his family as against the fare that used to be around N2,500 per person.

    Asogwa said: “There is no money in the country; some of us who are even travelling are doing so because we want to spend time at home with our loved ones.

    “It is very unfair for the cost of transportation to be inflated this much. Even though there is availability of fuel, the drivers blame the poor state of roads.

    “I pray the government does something about the roads fast and save us from this exploitation.”

    Meanwhile, Alhaji Adamu Madalla, Branch 1 Chairman, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Jabi Park, said the union was doing everything possible to ensure safety of passengers during the period.

    According to Madalla, the union has also ensured stable cost of transportation during the festive period.

    “We have high influx of passengers and we are very happy about it. We have met with our members and have advised them to abstain from all forms of Alcohol and drug while driving.

    “We make sure that every driver who comes in from a journey rest well and check his vehicle to ensure it is in order before embarking on another trip. We have laws that every member must abide with and anyone who goes against it, is penalized.

    “We have not increased cost of transport in this park because there is no scarcity of fuel and we thank the government for this. Our problem however is the roads. We are appealing to the Federal Government to help us and repair the roads,” Madalla said.

    Edited by: Zainab Garba/Ismail Abdulaziz
    (NAN)