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Naija perpetrated to climate change, cyber-security, says SGF

The Federal Government yesterday declared that it puts worldwide problems such as climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and crisis telecommunications at higher level of priority in its change program, strategies and work programmes.

Secretary to Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal stated this yesterday at Invention Africa Digital Summit 2016 (IAD) naija . com news in Abuja.

He observed that in this era of e-government and digital inclusion, the current administration is working towards a more associated authorities and a digital Nigerian society

The SGF pointed out that the international pursuit for ICT for growth is enormous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are critical to the success of enriching national growth in a globalised era.

In this respect, authorities are focused on creating opportunities for citizenship engagement in ICT training, knowledge and skills acquisition, and general application and usage of ICT tools to solve problems, promote their wellbeing and enhance national growth.

Lawal noted that with the dwindling revenue from the gas and oil sector, the Federal Government has realized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the main drivers for the social and economic development of Naija and playan essential role in improving accessibility to basic services in all sectors of our national life.

He found that with a considerable percentage of the Naijas public having access to mobile cellular services, the rising and continual increase in Internet usage and broadband deployment, the authorities through the Ministry of Communications and its various INTELLIGENT initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive market.

He said, I'm aware that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, created in 2006 as a Government owned company and charged to provide connectivity and other Information and Communication Technology infrastructure to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government currently has up to 350MDAs joined to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationally making it the largest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa.
How Naija can develop homegrown technology, by Nwoko



Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between both countries, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the need for Naija to develop homegrown technology predicated on its todays news naija culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, within an exclusive interview at his Idumuje nation house in Delta State, cautioned the deal with China could open the countrys entire economy to Chinese products, thereby stunting creativity and local generation efforts.

The octogenarian, who's also an architect, said Nigerias politics and leadership weren't moving in the right way, as there was no protection for the few local producers who are braving the odds to excel.

According to him, Its a mixture of the great and the bad. It reveals that our politics isn't mature, and our leaders, not proceeding in a way that would benefit the individuals

He noted that under standard setting, outsiders protect their own culture, in such a way that individuals dont intrude to soil it. He stressed that the best way to grow is to develop technology, along the line of ones comparative edge.

The architect said progress couldnt be attained by duplicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Following the infrastructure decay in the state to our attitude to growth, Nwoko gave the example of local furniture makers all over the country, who were shutting down companies, as a result of inferior Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.

He attributed policymakers for a badly conceived educational philosophy that doesn't take into account Nigerias varied cultures for the present malaise.

Nwoko said he has been making doors locally, before the intrusion of Chinese doors into the marketplaces; a situation that restricts our own economic development in door building.

There were folks who were building doors in Lagos and everywhere, who have all closed down, because American and Chinese furniture and doors took over the markets.

The Paris-trained architect recalled how he was refused the chance to to design and build the National Theatre, Lagos, lamenting the disaster the cultural edifice has become ever since.

He recalled that he had proposed multi-places or theaters in parts of Lagos, as against a single edifice, so as to open up different neighbourhoods to the entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 provided.

He repented that that political conclusions negated against the fruition of that powerful plan, noting that it'd have resulted in ripple effects on the nations ethnic creations ever since.

According to him, You cannot have an audience of 5,000; in the manner the theatre was built. In reality, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, besides the primary bowl being 5,000, they attached the theater halls, which were not properly designed for those activities.

He added that even the master plan he had for FESTAC, had not been allowed to work, due to jaundiced government policies. Nwoko clarified that by his proposal, there would have already been at least five theaters or places in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each place having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 men.



Boko Haram assaults Naija soldiers: army, soldier, chief

Boko Haram fighters assaulted Nigerian troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.

Army spokesman Sani Usman said in a simple e-mailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists attack troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

A soldier with the regiment told AFP the troops were ordered to town of Damasak near the border with Niger and took up position in Kareto, some 38 kilometres (24 miles) away.

The troops have been battling the insurgents since the early hours of today.

Today at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), two suicide bombers approached us and we shot at them and they exploded, he said.

As soon as the explosives went off, there were barrages of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.

We lost some guys, I dont understand how many, and many others were injured. Some of us fled in disarray. We realised that we were outnumbered and outgunned.

We took up position in our trenches and fired back but they kept firing RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), which we didnt have.

The troops pulled away to Jeyimolo village and a fighter jet was deployed to Kareto while a search was launched for the dead and missing, he added.

A local leader confirmed the attack but said additional details were still sketchy.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in December the Islamist militants was weakened to the extent they could no longer mount conventional attacks against the military.

But the latest strike again underlines the consistent menace presented by the Islamic State group affiliate, particularly in difficult-to-reach rural areas.
Naija, Korea to reinforce marine relationships

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the agency would fortify partnership between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea to improve the marine business.

The Head, Public Relations Department in NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said this in a statement in Lagos, a copy which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The statement said that the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, stressed the need to enhance the marine business, while receiving the Korean Consul General to Nigeria, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.

According to him, both states stand to derive mutual benefits from such association.

Peterside recognised the strategic position of Korea as a great ship building country.

He guided the Consul General on the requirement for capable Nigerian seafarers to be placed on-board Korean boats working in Nigerian marine domain.

The NIMASA chief said that Nigeria had a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent marine staff, who could satisfactorily serve the international maritime industry.

Peterside said the bureau was committed toward handling the threat of piracy and other sorts of crimes at sea.

Naija is poised to handle the menace of piracy and we've recorded great successes before three months.

Our vision is to have a safe and bonded ocean with zero piracy in another one year, the director-general said.

Younghoan, commended NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy on the countries waterways.

The consul general appealed for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the nations waterways.

He guaranteed the director general of the readiness of the Korean Government to support Nigeria in the region of maritime safety and protection.

NAN reports that Peterside, at a recent forum, expressed the want of the agency to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other connected Crimes at Sea into law.
IMF, World Bank laud Nigerias economic recovery plan, Adeosun affirms

Naija seeks budget support

CBN says forex limitation policy already paying off

From Washington, the headquarters of the Breton Woods multilateral associations the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in America came compliments for Nigerias economic recovery programme, according to the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

The commendation is even as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said yesterday that the countrys foreign exchange limitation policy has begun to pay off with some producers of some imported goods indicating interest to begin manufacturing in Naija instead of foreign activities because of the high price of imported products occasioned by the policy.

The two key government officials made the revelations in Washington DC, United States (U.S.) at a press briefing as part of activities of this years Spring Assembly.

The minister spoke on the gains of this years Spring Meeting and the several bilateral meetings held between Nigeria and her associates.

Her words: The gains are various and significant for the naija news breaking government. At least, we were able to network with our co-workers, other ministers of finance of the G 7 nations and the G 24 countries and compared notes and their expertises. I believe this strengthens the validation that the class we have decided to restructure Nigeria is the appropriate one.

We got many sanctions and the direction by which we seek to take the Naija market. Particularly, we held bilateral meetings with particular bilateral agencies, including the Islamic Development Bank where we've agreed to work collectively on a micro-finance system for girls; the Japanese development agency where we have agreed to work collectively on electricity projects and they've agreed to make considerable investments in the place of power which I believe will be really beneficial for Naija and the IFC. Likewise, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again discussing investment in power and a few of our banks to shore up their places and likewise the ADfB on arrangements for investments in agriculture and collaborations in a variety of initiatives that would help us to diversify the market.

Likewise, we had conversations with the World Bank around our budget support request and we happen to be able to have very productive meetings to comprehend what the next steps are in the procedure and we are quite favorable of a good result.

In his comments, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke on the various monetary policy measures of the government to boost productivity at all levels of the economy, including that both in the medium and long terms, the various policies, such as the currency policy regime, are bound to stimulate the economy.

According to him, in furtherance of its statutory mandate, the apex bank is also concentrating more to expand lending to key sectors such as agriculture, mining and production, including that some of the immediate increases of the fiscal and monetary policies are the increasing foreign investments in the economy.
UK backs Naijas anti-corruption fight



The United Kingdom is entirely behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the continuing efforts by his administration to rid Naija of corruption, its Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has assured.

Hurd told the naijaland news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that fighting corruption was critical to transforming the countrys future.

We now have been quite active in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign against corruption in Naija and we think it's essential to transform the future of the country.

We entirely support precedence that the President has given to tackling corruption in Nigeria.

We feel that corruption is certainly the right priority and we want to support him in that, he added.

The minister encouraged the Federal Government to focus on public sector reforms aimed at making corruption unattractive to workers and the public.

Meanwhile, the son of former prime minister of old Western Region and erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Niyi Adegbenro, has backed the foreign excursions embarked upon by the President, saying such international involvement was needed to reposition the countries economy.

Adegbenro, who has now cease partisan politics, told reporters at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State that ongoing moves by Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to renovate the nations economy need wholesale support.

He described as unwarranted the criticisms against the travels, recalling that former President Olusegun Obasanjo embarked on similar excursions in the early period of his government which resulted in the successful debt relief for the nation.

Adegbenro said the Presidents international engagement was in Nigerias best interest, including that he was confident that it would shortly give positive outcomes.

Let's give Buhari the opportunity as far as I am concerned. I am not saying he's a messiah, but he's a redeemer.
Nigeria’s economical challenge is surmountable – Adeosun

The Minister for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, says Nigeria will overcome its economic challenges without taking loan facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

In a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, Adeosun made the observation at the ongoing Spring Meetings of the IMF-World Bank to the government has refused to apply for IMF loans.

The statement quoted the minister as saying that Nigeria was adjusting to its new realities by implementing fiscal policies to direct the country back on course for steady growth with a diversified market.



Adeosun insisted that what the state was passing through was surmountable because government was already employing a "cocktail of measures to address the dilemma.

"Nigeria is just not ill. The actual vulnerability in the Nigerian market is over-dependence on one source of earnings; oil.

"we've resolved to build resilience into the state’s economy to hedge against future oil shocks. The reason being reliance on oil brings about laziness and vulnerability.

"So, we're doing a blend of stuff to diversify our economy, with sales mobilisation to empower sufficient investment in developing the non-oil sectors.

" we've amazing chances to reset the Nigerian market and ensure that as we go forward, increase will be in a sustainable manner so that we wo’t be vulnerable to oil price fluctuations.’’

The compelling business case in Nigeria is that the basics remain quite strong, youthful growing population, a teaming, rich in resources and with a government determined to eventually get it right.

The great thing is that long term investors recognise this and comprehend the difference between short term and long term issues and the case for Nigeria persuades one to plan for the longer term chances,’’ the statement.
Non- passage of budget sends wrong signal to Nigerians, says Yadudu

Bayero University Kano (BUK) law teacher, Professor Auwalu Yadudu, has said the passage of the budget needs the collaboration between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.

He included: "They do have the power to change it, but once they do it, they want the understanding of the President." It is not only that he brought something and they just change it anyhow they wish; the President has the right to propose a budget, which shouldn't be tampered with."

"But the most important thing is that if you can find things they want to propose in the budget, they must get the comprehension of the Executive arm.

"The National Assembly does’t need to believe that because they have the power to appropriate, they can appropriate anyhow."

He said: "It's not easy to say thus if the issue of padding needs to do with pursuance of self-centered program of the National Assembly members."

"All I know is it is a collaborative effort between the Legislature and the Executive arms and that they have the power to proper, but the initiative is that of the Executive.

"So, there must be a concerted effort between both arms of authorities."

"There is no uncertainty about the fact the National Assembly has the power. And when they appropriate, naturally, they have to do it in collaboration with the Executive arm.

"Whatever they proper will have to maintain the form of the Appropriation Act. So when an Act of the National Assembly, it needs the assent of the President for this to become law. "So, it really is a collaborative effort between the Executive and the Legislative arms."

"Non- passage of the budget can send a sign that is wrong, but this really is not the very first time the budget has gone up without passage to the month of April or May. If they pass it it sends the right sign and everything would follow what is contained in the Appropriation Act."
Made-in-Nigeria goods reign neighbouring nations, says NEXIM bank boss

Managing Director of Nigeria Export Import Bank (NEXIM Bank), Bashir Wali, has said that local manufacture of essential commodities in Nigeria has the potential to reflate the economy.

Wali, who made this known while speaking only with The Guardian in Abuja, said that more Nigerians must adopt the production sector of the market. "Nigeria’s production sector has great potentials to contribute to increased earnings for the nation, particularly if commerce is facilitated with good transportation system. Nigerians should embrace this sector he said.

Attesting to the dominance of made -in-Nigerian home commodities in nearby West African nations and in Central African Republic, Wali said vast bulk of vital and household commodities sold in those regions are made in Nigeria. According to him, the variety of products made in Nigeria but enjoying huge patronage in other African countries comprise cement, toiletries, noodles,beauty products,dairy products,textiles,pharmaceuticals,foot wears, plastic seats, among many others made locally in the nation. He said: you will be amazed to discover a good variety of manufactured products sold in their marketplaces are products made in Nigeria "If you go to most countries in the West African region, even up to Central Africa.

The bank leader stressed that manufacturing of distribution, sale or goods in the nation and within the sub-region prevents capital flight. He added that it also promotes regional commerce and offer employment opportunities to various levels of unskilled and skilled workers.

I was recently in Congo for instance, and what I saw was astonishing. More than 80 per cent of the merchandise on sale there were made in Nigeria. You name it, the indomie noodles, sugar,salt, plastics,even pharmaceuticals products that are made here in Nigeria were on sale everywhere in their markets."
U.S. company targets 2, 000 jobs for Nigerian girls

Maria Brewer, Deputy Chief of Mission, United State embassy in Nigeria, on Friday said Curve International, an U.S. business, was targeting 2, 000 jobs for Nigerian girls in the next five years.

Brewer said the venture was a franchise of a, and made the disclosure at the opening of a fitness centre possessed by the firm at Zone E, Abuja, Apo Legislative Quarters

She said "Curve Fitness Centre in Abuja creates a chance to strengthen a brand new fitness franchise business in Nigeria and to encourage wellness" and female fitness

She said that the centre which started in 2014 in Lagos would be targeting to start about 200 added centres across the country.

According to the envoy, the fitness centre established by the firm has 7,000 factory outlets in 94 nations of the world.

She identified great healthy lifestyle, personal hygiene and balanced diet for longevity of life as panacea.

Guest Speaker Pastor Tunde Bakare, at the event, lauded the initiative of the company for setting such centre in Abuja.

He urged Nigerians to be more creative about what they could increase the world’s economy and think, apart from population.

In accordance with the cleric, it’s time for Nigerians to think of what they could package for the world’s market rather what they can get from it.

Earlier, Operations Manager Mrs Peace Elimimian, of the center, had expressed confidence the center would affect on the lives of women.
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Dogara charges Nigerians on attitudinal change



Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has called on Nigerians to have a change in attitude and orientation for the country to make progress even as the state is passing through challenging times.

Dogara said if Nigeria would be to witness significant progress in quality of leadership and governance, the citizens must alter their ways of life as leaders are recruited from among them.

The Speaker, who made the call at the weekend during a thanksgiving service organised by a member of the parliament, Jagaba Adams Jagaba at ECWA Church, Chigwa, Kaduna State, based on a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, said that while Nigerians expect leaders to live higher standards of life as role models, the followers must also understand that leaders are recruited from among them.

He, therefore, charged Nigerians to, as a matter of necessity, demonstrate higher standards of runs even as they anticipate same from their leaders.

There exists always expectations from citizens for leaders to demonstrate a higher standard of behaviour. Clearly, it's good that those that call themselves leaders must always aspire to keep higher standards.

But what exactly is wrong with the narrative, notably in naija news update mobile, is that in the majority of cases, citizens anticipate that only leaders must live above board. This state can only just make progress if all the citizens and leaders resolve that in their daily undertakings, they are going to maintain the best of standards.

Because if you anticipate just leaders to do the right thing, the direction recruitment procedure is such that leaders consistently emerge from the people.

Dogara admonished politicians to put their confidence in God because power comes from God, victory comes from God, no one, regardless of how powerful he or she's, can give you power.

But in his testimony, Jagaba urged Nigerians to eschew religious and ethnic sentiments, which he said, have split the country for decades.

He said the electorate should rather lay emphasis on individual nature rather than political party affiliation, saying that he has forgiven all those who plotted evil against him in the 2015 general elections.

In his sermon, ECWA President, Revd (Dr.) Jeremiah Gado, said by design, God created and saved humanity to live a life of gratitude, service, praise and worship.
Gains, pitfalls of Nigerias currency swap deal with China

Separated stakeholders say policy may ease company, stifle local businesses

For diverse stakeholders in the economy, the Federal Governments recent currency swap deal with China holds both bright prospects and grave implications for Nigeria even as the naira inched up against the dollar at the weekend at the parallel market.

During his official trip to the worlds second largest economy, President Muhammadu Buhari struck a naira and yuan swap deal, scripted to facilitate trade transactions between both states, devoid of present exchange challenges with the United State dollar.

Moreover, the deal, based on Presidency sources, has the potenrial of shoring up the value of the countries currency, in the foreign exchange market, through a concomitant emergent command scheme, with tactical decreased demand for dollar and other major currencies, besides the yuan.

The currency swap deal includes an arrangement between two central banks, a minumum of one of which must be an international money issuer, to swap their currencies. The central banks party to the swap trade can lend the proceeds of the swap, against collaterals they deem sufficient, to the commercial banks within their jurisdiction, to give them temporary liquidity in a foreign currency.

But pessimists pointed out the swap deal wasn't consummated between both states apex banks but between Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Chinas ICBC- the worlds biggest lender by total assets and market capitalisation. While this may not influence the goals of the swap deal in any way, it raises some essential sovereign issues, based on an analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Cowrie Investment Limited, Johnson Chukwu clarified the currency swap scheme would address , on a short-term basis, the present liquidity challenge in the nations foreign exchange market.

He said: I think that Nigerias overriding objective for the currency swap is to address short-term foreign currency liquidity challenges which has led to CBNs inability to match foreign currency demands. With the currency swap, depending on the value, an important portion of Nigerias import invoices from China would now be denominated and settled in yuan, thereby reducing the demand for dollar by Nigerias importers.

Nonetheless, he pointed out the major draw back to the currency swap policy is an unrestricted access to yuan, at an overvalued naira exchange rate, if the N30/RMB is the predetermined exchange rate, will definitely encourage importation and stifle local production of goods.

I recommend that the Federal Government should try to integrate a strategy similar to that of the cement business policy, which would require some of the imports from China to be produced locally after a defined timeline, particularly if Nigeria has relative making advantage for such products. Examples that can readily come to mind include textiles, plastics, ceramics, among others.

He explained the increase of inclusion of Chinese Yuan within Nigerian reserve currency was done about five years ago by the immediate past CBN governor, mainly to diversify the reservation and reduce the currency risk associated with the U.S. dollar.

That action was taken at a period when the U.S. market was especially vulnerable due to the weakness of their economy after the international financial disasters triggered by sub-prime mortgage.

In his reaction, the National President, National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria (NPPAN), Henry Olatujoye, welcomed the currency swap deal, describing it as a fantastic measure that would significantly reduce the increasing pressure on the U.S. dollar, which has gone haywire in the foreign exchange marketplace.

Based on Olatujoye , the conclusion has the capability of bringing double investment to the country from China on one hand and from the U.S. on the other.

According to him, with the anticipated ease on the pressure on the dollar, it would bring down the value of the dollar with regards to the naira, which he said would now help it become possible for American investors to put money into the Nigerian economy again.

In his perspective, the current high rate of the dollar in Nigeria had in recent months discouraged American and Western investors in the Nigerian economy.

The NPPAN president allayed any concern that the determination could cause the higher importation of Chinese goods into my naija news, mentioning the economic competition or money war between China and America.

He, however, expressed the fear that European nations may not be well disposed to it because it's effective at adversely impacting their trade balance with Nigeria, warning which their stakeholders could frustrate the move.

The Chairman, Mobile Software Alternative, Chris Uwaje, believed that the naira to yuan swap agreement should reduce the pressure on the naira if correctly executed.

According to him, the agreement if it becomes a reality, means that the de facto currency, dollar , will not hold on the import and export deals between Nigeria and China.

Uwaje continued: We dont need to use dollar to pay because its going to be more expensive, we pay with yuan. By so doing we avoid every type of round tripping.

Uwaje urged Buharis economic team to see the way the nation can truly leverage on the technology prowess of China for Naija to attain a sustainable economy.

In accordance with Gbade Buraimoh, a Lagos-based financial expert, the quest for dollar through banks will undoubtedly reduce, as all transactions between Nigeria and China will take yuan instead of dollar.

He noticed that petroleum sales from Nigeria to China would be settled in Chinese currency, stressing that access to yuan would also be easier.

The swap will eliminate challenges arising from transactions with the dollar and encourage business flexibility between Nigerian and Chinese, Buraimoh clarified.

The Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf concurred that the swap deal would smoothen the payment system in the bilateral trade between the two countries but stressed that it might not really reinforce the naira in the forex marketplace, as the nation would have to enhance its productive base to reach that.

An Abuja-based international affairs and diplomacy pro, Kadiri Abdulrahman, viewed the currency swap deal as an optimistic move towards enhancing the value of the naira, therefore improving accessibility to cheaper foreign exchange, in favour of members of the business community.

The Director- General of the African Affairs Department of Chinas Foreign Ministry, Lin Songtian told reporters in Beijing after the agreement was signed by the Governors of Nigerias Central bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC) that the Renminbi (yuan) is free to flow among different banks in Nigeria and has been included in the foreign exchange reserves of Nigeria.

Nigeria isn't the first nation that China would enter into this agreement with. The Asian powerhouse has multiple year currency swap agreements of the Renminbi with Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Malaysia,Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

In accordance with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), those swap agreements were intended not only to stabilise the international financial market, but also to ease bilateral trade and investment.

Meanwhile, the benefit of the currency swap deal and other understandings reached in Beijing during Buharis excursion to the Far East Asia nation has rubbed off on the air travel sector, as a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace announced that it would soon commence scheduled flight to China from Enugu.

Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema revealed at the Enugu Economical Summit that the airline has been made Nigerias official flag carrier for the course.

The government and the flying public created a yearning opening, all the agreements in this country are leaned to one side, the foreign airlines, but this government of Muhammadu Buhari has started to do things otherwise recognising the local airlines and seeing that in Air Peace there is a lot of quality, so that they determined to give us when we employed it didnt take time before they gave it to us, said Onyema.
Diversification of Nigeria’s market urgent, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Guangzhou, China said his government would take urgent steps to restructure Nigeria’s market by encouraging new investments in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.

The President, who stated this at a reception in his honour said Nigeria would welcome the support of foreign investors, the Chinese government and local companies for efforts to diversify the state’s market.

A statement issued in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying the diversification of the Nigerian economy was long overdue, as ongoing reliance on crude oil exports had consistently made the economy vulnerable to shocks.

"This time we will be more purposeful. Businesses and the government will be entailed," Buhari said.

The statement added that Buhari also visited with the Sino-Singapore Knowledge City in Guangzhou, "which showcases advancements by China in technological and medical, science inventions."

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Shehu as saying the President has expressed satisfaction with the results of his working visit to China, which he said given added investments to Nigeria exceeding $6billion.

Buhari said the several agreements concluded with the Chinese would have a tremendous and positive impact on key sectors of the Nigerian economy, including home, solid minerals, agriculture, power and rail transportation.

"In the electricity sector, North South Power Company Limited and Sinohydro Corporation Limited signed an agreement valued at $478,657,941.28 million for the construction of 300 megawatts solar power in Shiriro, Niger State."

In the solid minerals sector, Marble and Granite Nigeria Limited and Shanghai Shibang signed an agreement valued at 55 million dollars for the construction and equipping of granite mining plant in Nigeria."

Based on the statement, a total of $1billion would be to be invested in the development of a greenfield expressway for Abuja-Ibadan-Lagos under an arrangement reached by the Infrastructure Bank and Sinohydro Corporation Limited.

It further said that both companies also sealed a $250 million deal to develop an ultra modern 27-storey high rise complex and a $2.5 billion agreement for the development of the Lagos Metro Rail Transit Red Line project.

Other arrangements signed and announced during the visit, in accordance with the statement, comprise a $1billion facility for the establishment of a Hi tech industrial park in Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone in Igbesa, Ogun State.

The statement said that the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone and CNG (Nigeria) Investment Limited also signed an agreement valued at 200million dollars for the building of two 500MT/day float petrol facilities.

It further stated an agreement, valued at $363 million for the establishment of a comprehensive farm and downstream industrial park in Kogi State was also announced at the Nigeria-China company forum.

Additionally, agreements getting negotiations comprise a $500 million project for the supply of television broadcast equipment and a $25 million facility for creation of pre-paid smart meters between Mojec International Limited and Microstar Company Limited.

Based on the statement, about 100 Nigerian companies and 300 Chinese firms participated in the Nigeria-China business forum, which took place a day after Buhari started his v isit .
ICPC charges Nigerians to fight with corruption

The class which was initiated eight years ago by NIPSS is targeted at creating a vital means of getting technocrats involved with policy making for national development.



He said the threat was a global phenomenon which was not confined to Nigeria.

According to him, corruption is more common where there is poor value orientation, bad governance and systemic failure.

He stressed that it was regrettable as the legislations seemed not to be helping the problems that in spite of the various legislations against corruption in the state, it still persisted.

The ICPC leader, consequently, called to review corruption laws in the state to ensure efficiency, greater operation and deterrence.

He said that though public perception was that the commission was simply participated in prosecuting corrupt government officials because of the thoughts it was focusing on other corrupt practices.

These, he said, included land administration in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the observation and implementation of particular government policies.

He said that ICPC was collaborating with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in some of the assignments.

Nta said that the commission was now investigation a state where public resources have been transferred into three distinct bank accounts, adding that the details would be made public.

He further said the commission had so far regained billions of naira in cash and forfeited assets, stressing that it was also running systemic study in some conditions in some universities.

He said that the measure followed reported instances of pupil harassment in some universities in the nation.

Nta included that ICPC was also reviewing the state’s primary health care system in collaboration to address its decay through the years.

He also said that inadequate protection of risks and whistleblowers to officials were some other challenges facing the commission.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the class participants were drawn from the military, the Authorities and other government agencies.

The 21st session of the class focused on corruption in the state and the indices driving it.
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Senate moves to amend DSS Act, Reps summon AGF, Daura


As more criticisms trail the arrest of some judges, the Senate has resolved to amend the laws that establish some security outfits in the state, like the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Senate yesterday condemned what it called "the draconian style" in which the DSS invaded the residences of the judges last Saturday and detained them,.

Enacting a motion raised via issue of pressing national importance by Joshua Ledani (PDP, Gombe State), the Senate encouraged President Muhammadu Buhari to call all security agencies to order to observe the rule of law in the discharge of these obligations.

The Senate says that the DSS went beyond its limit when it supposedly usurped the powers of the National Judicial naija news 24 Council (NJC) which has the statutory powers of managing matters of misconduct and indiscipline against judicial officers.

The upper chamber noted the action of naija news breaking at nighttime naija 247 news into the residences of judicial officers with chisel and hammer has worsened the picture of Nigeria. It pointed out that turning the law down to fight corruption is an action of corruption alone.

Opinion on the prayers of the motion, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, said The National Assembly has been playing its part to support the government. We must ensure that this fight is within the rule of law, any action of anti-corruption that goes against the rule of law doesn't help the corruption fight. That's why this activity is condemned by the Senate and was seen in this style. All agencies of authorities must ensure that they act within the rule of law."

In the House of Representatives yesterday, the lawmakers agreed to invite the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Director General of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura over the arrest of the judges. The summons will be to give the DSS and the AGF an opportunity to defend the actions.

Considering a matter of urgent national significance increased by Kingsley Chinda, the lawmakers also resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate all cases of invasion of property and arrest of individuals for reasons outside the general duties of the DSS as prescribed by the National Securities Act, since May 29, 2013 and report back to members within six weeks.

But from acting on the matter, claiming that based on the principle of separation of powers, the security agency is at liberty to interrogate anyone accused of corrupt practices Alabi Mojeed Olujinmi fought in vain to prevent his co-workers.

Amid protests by some members against the consideration and adoption of the topic, Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara subjected it to voice vote, in which those who favoured the consideration carried.

Also yesterday, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon expressed concern over the arrest of the allegedly corrupt judges and urged the government to give directives to the operatives not to go outside the laws of the land.

Gowon warned the scenario, if mishandled, could be a threat to democracy. He advised government to do something to make sure it doesn't do further harm.

The opinion was made by the elder statesman while briefing journalists on the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the Nigeria Prays billed at the National Christian Centre, Abuja for October 15, 2016.

Gowon said: "It's a serious thing that judges could be detained. Legally, you cannot merely detain anybody outside the law, there should have been a suitable method of doing it."

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of Justices Sidi Dauda Bage from Nasarawa State and Paul Adamu Galinje as justices of the Supreme Court from Taraba State to the Senate for confirmation.

11 economical recession bills will be passed by end of 2016, says Saraki


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that the 8th Senate would work to meet a 2016 deadline for the passage of all the 11 economical-priority Bills that it has scheduled to handle the economic recession.

A press statement issued from the media office of the Senate President stated that at a dialogue at the 22nd Edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Saraki said since first of the year, the Senate has worked to fast-track the over 40 precedence bills advocated by the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), an initiative where the Nigerian Economic Summit Group is a significant partner.

The Senate President also said that among the strategies that the Senate has to ensure the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in this government, would be to break the Bill into distinct sections for easier passing. The Senate President emphasised that with the passage of the PIB, Nigeria would generate more sales from petroleum — setting it on course to come out of the economic recession.

" " Saraki said By focusing more out consequences, rather than processes, "The Nigerian Senate has not been unable to pass 20 Bills for Final Reading in two weeks."

Speaking on the the Senate President lauded the organisers for keying into the Senate’s strategy for producing more revenue from homegrown businesses.

"Earlier this season, when in the Senate we started the ‘Made in Nigeria’ campaign, we understood how important it was, but we failed to foresee how much it would go he said. "To boost the patronage of our national companies, the Senate has gone as far as amending the procurement act to advocate departments, government ministries and bureaus to key into this initiative."

"It's our hope that Nigerian companies can start to reap the benefits of the finished N2 trillion naira in government expense in the 2016 budget, " he continued , that we can reduce the demand on foreign exchange while simultaneously boosting our IGR."

At a question and answer segment of the dialouge, Saraki also guaranteed that the Senate would analyze Nigeria’s multiple taxation laws of companies, when it considers the 2017 Appropriation Bill — stating that it was time that Nigeria enhanced its sales producing systems.

"What we have to do is to improve our corporate taxation system," he said, "The Senate will be examining the different options in order that we can strengthen the tax value chain for achieving this in the 2017 budget cycle. We'll also review other places like the customs duties."

Troops kill suspected kidnappers


Troops of 33 Brigade Forward Operations Base, Burra in Bauchi State killed four suspected kidnappers on Monday.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman in Abuja on Tuesday, the troops killed the defendants after they put ambush for them following a tip off.

The kidnappers were said to be on their way to Diwwa village for kidnapping. They were engaged by troops and after exchange of gunfire, four kidnappers were confirmed dead.

The event happened at Sabon Kura village in Ningi naija local news Government Region of the state.

Three handsets, one cutlass, three Dane firearms, some quantity of hard drugs, and local allure were recovered from them.

Why fixed telephony services are falling in Nigeria


Restoring fixed telephony services in the state remains not easy going by the present challenges in the sub-sector. The fixed telephony services marketplace comprises institutions providing voice services through physical media such as wire or fibre optic cable in the place of wireless transmission. These services may also be known as landline or dedicated line services.

Indeed, fixed telephony services in Nigeria in the last 10 years have kept up a profile that was downward, going from about five million to 349,185 with just 161,742 lines remaining active as at

But while there are challenges, especially with the dominance of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communicating, The Guardian investigations have shown that four telecommunications companies are currently keeping the operations living, though on a low key.

But attempts by the operators, which include MTN, Globacom, IpNX and 21st Century, have only managed to put fixed telephony penetration at 0.1 per cent in the country. The GSM technology has 99.5 per cent, while the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operation has 0.4 per cent.

Statistics in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) show that 21st Century has the largest market share with 83 per cent penetration. Another three operators are in a far space, with Globacom in the second position having nine per cent market share, followed by MTN with six per cent and ipNX services with two per cent.

Worried about the continued decline of fixed line subscription in the state, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stressed the need for the nation to revitalise the service, saying that it should be a complementary telecommunication service to cellular telephony.

Danbatta attributed the continuing decline of fixed line telephony on complete negligence by the telecoms operators and subscribers. He observed that before the arrival of digital technology in 2001, which ushered in GSM, Nigerians were using fixed line telephony, whose operator was majorly the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), but "it has suddenly been disregarded for cellular digital telephony.

In developed countries of the world, side runs by side with fixed line telephony and I see no motive Nigerians had to dump fixed line for cellular telephony."

Danbatta alleged that many times, the commission had invited operators, especially those now offering the service on how it can be enhanced in the country for a meeting, but none of them showed up. "We have invited the companies to NCC to discuss how we can animate the sub-sector, but that invitation is still waiting to be honoured by them," he said.

According to him, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development get fixed line penetration rate at 0.01 per cent in Nigeria, whereas other nations have better and deeper penetration. He explained that when the digital technology came, most states never dropped their analogue technology, but made both to run side by side. "But we found that it was a different ball game in Nigeria."

iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SLlvgJ6N6PE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen style="float:right;padding:10px 0px 10px 10px;border:0px;">According to him, it is early for Nigeria to revive the sub-sector. This is an invitation to potential investors that set telephony still has viable possibilities of thriving in Nigeria. We now have the market. So as numerous investors which can be ready, the NCC is open for conversation and partnership."

But among the operators, who talked to The Guardian said they failed to receive any letter of invitation from NCC for talk on reviving fixed telephony in the country.

The landline may not really boom again, even with new policies because of bureaucratic bottlenecks that are www.naija news com several, especially from state governments, in regards to getting the right of way acceptance. They see telecoms operators as ‘cash cow’, so they where's the money now and are ready to charge us anyway?"

Buttressing the need to keep fixed lines afloat in the country, Lanre Kolade, the Managing Director of Vodacom, said the development of broadband infrastructure that was fixed stayed significant, despite the predominance of its cellular counterpart.

"Telecoms operators will remain the chief investors in fiber networks to expand high speed rigid broadband services to business customers and suburban neighbourhoods and affluent urban ," he said.

The Guardian findings demonstrated that in other parts of Africa, such as for instance Kenya and South Africa, where adoptions have already been between high and low rates, one another is engaging to animate it while Nigeria struggles to remain afloat.

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Naija seeks budget support

CBN says forex limitation policy already paying off

From Washington, the headquarters of the Breton Woods multilateral institutions the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank in America came praises for Nigerias economic recovery programme, according to the Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.

The commendation is even as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said yesterday that the countrys foreign exchange limitation policy has started to pay off with some producers of some imported goods signifying interest to begin manufacturing in Naija instead of overseas activities because of the high price of imported products occasioned by the policy.

We got many endorsements and the direction by which we seek to take the Nigerian market. Specifically, we held bilateral meetings with particular bilateral agencies, including the Islamic Development Bank where we have agreed to work collectively on a micro-finance scheme for girls; the Japanese development bureau where we have agreed to work together on power projects and they've consented to make substantial investments in the region of power which I think will be really valuable for Nigeria and the IFC. Likewise, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again discussing investment in power plus some of our banks to shore up their locations and similarly the ADfB on agreements for investments in agriculture and collaborations in a range of initiatives that would help us to diversify the economy.

Likewise, we had conversations with the World Bank around our budget support request and we have been able to have quite productive meetings to understand what the next steps are in the process and we're quite favorable of a great result.

In his opinions, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke on the various monetary policy measures of the authorities to boost productivity at all levels of the economy, including that both in the medium and long terms, the various policies, like the foreign exchange policy regime, are bound to spark the economy.

The two essential government officials made the disclosures in Washington DC, United States (U.S.) at a press briefing as part of tasks of this years Spring Assembly.

The minister spoke on the gains of this years Spring Assembly and the several bilateral meetings held between Naija and her partners.

Her words: The gains are various and significant for the Naija government. At least, we were able to network with our co-workers, other ministers of finance of the G7 nations and the G 24 countries and compared notes and their expertises. I think this strengthens the validation that the naijanews com course we've decided to restructure Naija is the right one.

According to him, in furtherance of its statutory mandate, the apex bank is also concentrating more to expand lending to key sectors such as agriculture, mining and production, including that some of the immediate gains of the fiscal and monetary policies are the increasing foreign investments in the economy.


Divided stakeholders say policy may ease company, stifle local firms

For varied stakeholders in the economy, the Federal Governments recent currency swap deal with China holds both glowing prospects and serious consequences for Nigeria even as the naira inched up against the dollar at the weekend at the parallel market.

During his official trip to the worlds second biggest market, President Muhammadu Buhari reached a naira and yuan swap deal, scripted to facilitate trade transactions between both states, devoid of present exchange challenges with the United State dollar.

Moreover, the deal, according to Presidency sources, has the potenrial of shoring up the worth of the nations currency, in the forex market, through a concomitant emergent bid scheme, with tactical decreased demand for dollar and other major currencies, apart from the yuan.

The currency swap deal includes an arrangement between two central banks, a minumum of one of which must be an international currency issuer, to swap their monies. The central banks party to the swap transaction can loan the proceeds of the swap, against collaterals they deem adequate, to the commercial banks within their jurisdiction, to provide them with temporary liquidity in a foreign currency.

But pessimists pointed out the swap deal was not consummated between both states apex banks but between Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Chinas ICBC- the worlds biggest lender by total assets and market capitalisation. While this may not change the aims of the swap deal at all, it raises some essential sovereign dilemmas, according to an analyst who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Cowrie Investment Limited, Johnson Chukwu described the currency swap scheme would address , on a short-term basis, the current liquidity challenge in the countries foreign exchange market.

He said: I think that Nigerias overriding aim for the currency swap will be to address short-term foreign currency liquidity challenges which has led to CBNs inability to match foreign currency demands. With the currency swap, determined by the worth, a significant part of Nigerias import bills from China would now be denominated and settled in yuan, thus reducing the need for dollar by Nigerias importers.

Nonetheless, he pointed out the major draw back to the currency swap policy is that an unrestricted access to yuan, at an overvalued naira exchange rate, if the N30/RMB is the predetermined exchange rate, will surely support importation and stifle local production of goods.

I suggest the Federal Government should try to integrate a strategy just like that of the cement sector policy, which would need some of the imports from China to be produced locally after a defined timeline, especially if Nigeria has comparative fabricating advantage for such products. Examples that can readily come to mind include fabrics, plastics, ceramics, among others.

He described that the gain of inclusion of Chinese Yuan within Nigerian reserve currency was done about five years ago by the immediate past CBN governor, principally to diversify the reservation and reduce the currency risk related to the U.S. dollar.

That action was taken at a period when the U.S. economy was particularly vulnerable due to the weakness of their economy after the international financial crises activated by sub-prime mortgage.

In his reaction, the National President, National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria (NPPAN), Henry Olatujoye, welcomed the currency swap deal, describing it as an excellent measure that would significantly reduce the increasing pressure on the U.S. dollar, which has gone haywire in the foreign exchange market.

Based on Olatujoye , the conclusion has the capacity of bringing double investment to the state from China on one hand and from the U.S. on the other.

According to him, with the anticipated ease on the pressure on the dollar, it would bring down the value of the dollar with regards to the naira, which he said would now help it become possible for American investors to invest in the Nigerian market again.

In his perspective, the present high rate of the dollar in Nigeria had in recent months deterred American and Western investors in the Nigerian economy.

The NPPAN president allayed any fear the decision could lead to the higher importation of Chinese goods into Naija, mentioning the economic rivalry or money war between China and America.

He, nevertheless, expressed the concern that European states may not be well disposed to it because it is effective at adversely impacting their trade balance with Naija, warning that their stakeholders could frustrate the move.

The Chairman, Mobile Applications Solution, Chris Uwaje, believed the naira to yuan swap arrangement should reduce the pressure on the naira if correctly executed.

According to him, the arrangement if it becomes a reality, means that the de facto currency, dollar , will not hold on the import and export deals between Nigeria and China.

Uwaje continued: We dont need to use dollar to pay because its going to be costlier, we pay with yuan. By so doing we prevent every type of round tripping.

Uwaje advocated Buharis economic team to see how a state can truly leverage on the technology prowess of China for Nigeria to achieve a sustainable market.

Based on Gbade Buraimoh, a Lagos-based financial expert, the quest for dollar through banks will definitely reduce, as all trades between Nigeria and China will be in yuan rather than dollar.

He found that petroleum sales from Nigeria to China would be settled in Chinese currency, stressing that accessibility to yuan would also be easier.

The swap will eliminate challenges arising from transactions with the dollar and encourage company flexibility between Nigerian and Chinese, Buraimoh described.

The Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf concurred that the swap deal would smoothen the payment system in the bilateral trade between both countries but stressed that it might not necessarily fortify the naira in the forex market, as the nation would have to accentuate its productive base to attain that.

An Abuja-based international affairs and diplomacy pro, Kadiri Abdulrahman, viewed the currency swap deal as a confident move towards enriching the value of the naira, therefore improving accessibility to cheaper foreign exchange, in favour of members of the business community.

The Director- General of the African Affairs Department of Chinas Foreign Ministry, Lin Songtian told reporters in Beijing after the agreement was signed by the Governors of Nigerias Central bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC) that the Renminbi (yuan) is free to flow among different banks in nigeria news naija.com and has been contained in the foreign exchange reserves of Nigeria.

Nigeria is not the first state that China would enter into this kind of arrangement with. The Asian powerhouse has multiple year currency swap agreements of the Renminbi with Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Malaysia,Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

According to the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), those swap arrangements were intended not only to stabilise the international financial market, but also to facilitate bilateral trade and investment.

Meanwhile, the benefit of the currency swap deal and other agreements reached in Beijing during Buharis excursion to the Far East Asia nation has rubbed off on the air travel sector, as a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace declared that it would soon commence scheduled flight to China from Enugu.

Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema shown at the Enugu Economic Summit the airline was made Nigerias official flag carrier for the course.

The government and the flying people created a yearning gap, all the agreements in this country are tilted to one side, the foreign airlines, but this government of Muhammadu Buhari has started to do things otherwise recognising the local airlines and seeing that in Air Peace there will be a lot of quality, so they really decided to give us when we used it didnt take time before they gave it to us, said Onyema.


The Uk is fully behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the on-going efforts by his administration to rid Naija of corruption, its Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has assured.

Hurd told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday that fighting corruption was essential to transforming the countrys future.

We've been very active in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari's campaign against corruption in Nigeria and we believe it really is essential to transform the future of the state.

We fully support precedence the President has given to tackling corruption in Naija.

We feel that corruption is definitely the right priority and you want to support him in that, he added.

The minister urged the Federal Government to focus on public sector reforms aimed at making corruption unattractive to workers and people.

Meanwhile, the son of former prime minister of old Western Region and erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Niyi Adegbenro, has backed the foreign excursions embarked upon by the President, saying such international involvement was needed to reposition the countries market.

Adegbenro, who has now cease partisan politics, told reporters at the weekend in Abeokuta, Ogun State that continuing moves by Buhari and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to animate the countries economy need wholesale support.

He described as unwarranted the criticisms against the travels, remembering that former President Olusegun Obasanjo embarked on similar excursions in the early stage of his administration which led to the successful debt relief for the state.

Adegbenro said the Presidents international engagement was in Naijas best interest, including that he was confident that it would shortly yield favorable outcomes.

Let us give Buhari the opportunity as far as I am concerned. I am not saying he is a messiah, but he's a redeemer.


He included: "They do have the power to change it, but once they do it, they desire the comprehension of the President." "It is not they merely alter it anyway they want and just that something was brought by him; the President has the right to propose a budget, which should not be tampered with."

"But the most significant idea is that if there are things they want to propose in the budget, they must get the understanding of the Executive arm.

"The National Assembly does’t have to feel that because they have the power they can appropriate anyhow."

He stated: "It's not easy to say so if the issue of padding has to do with pursuit of self-centered agenda of the National Assembly members."

The initiative is that of the Executive, although "All I understand is they have the power to proper and it is a collaborative effort between the Legislature and the Executive arms.

"To be honest with you, I do’t know what is the problem now, but I understand that the National Assembly has the power to appropriate and when they submit the budget for the assent of the President, he is entitled to veto it or to approve it. "So, there must be a combined effort between the two arms of authorities."

"There is no uncertainty about the fact the National Assembly has the power to appropriate. And when they appropriate, obviously, they have to do it in collaboration with the Executive arm.

"Whatever they suitable will need to maintain the form of the Appropriation Act. So when an Act of the National Assembly, it requires the assent of the President for this to become law. "So, it is a collaborative effort between the Executive and the Legislative arms."

"Non- passage of the budget can send a wrong signal, but this is not the first time the budget has gone up without passage to the month of April or May. If they pass it early enough, it sends the right signal and everything would follow what exactly is contained in the Appropriation Act."


Wali, who made this known while speaking only with The Guardian in Abuja, said that more Nigerians should adopt the production sector of the market. "Nigeria’s production sector has great potentials to lead to increased earnings for the state, particularly if commerce is eased with good transportation system. Nigerians have to embrace this sector he said.

The bank leader stressed that manufacturing of goods, sale or distribution in the state and within the sub-region prevents capital flight. He added that it also boosts regional trade and offer employment opportunities to various amounts of unskilled and skilled workers.

Attesting to the dominance of made -in-Nigerian household commodities in nearby West African countries and in Central African Republic, Wali said vast majority of essential and home commodities sold in those areas are made in Nigeria. He said: you are going to be amazed to find out that a good number of manufactured products sold in their markets are products made in Nigeria "If you go to most states in the West African area, even up to Central Africa.

"I was recently for instance, and what I saw was so surprising. More than 80 per cent of the goods on sale there were made in Nigeria. You name it, the noodles that are indomie, sugar,salt, plastics pharmaceuticals products which are made here in Nigeria were on sale everywhere in their marketplaces."
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Senate moves to amend DSS Act, Daura, Representatives summon AGF


As more www.naija news.com/ criticisms trail the arrest of some judges, the Senate has resolved to amend the laws that establish some security outfits in the country, such as the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Senate yesterday condemned what it called "the draconian fashion" in latest news in naija today which the DSS invaded the dwellings of the judges and arrested them.

Enacting a motion raised via issue of urgent national importance by Joshua Ledani (PDP, Gombe State), the Senate encouraged President Muhammadu Buhari to call all security agencies to order to observe the rule of law in the discharge of their responsibilities.

The Senate says that the DSS went beyond its bounds when it purportedly usurped the powers of the National Judicial Council (NJC) which has the statutory powers of managing issues of misconduct and indiscipline against judicial officers.

The upper chamber noted that the act of breaking into the homes of judicial officers at night with chisel and hammer has worsened the image of Nigeria among the comity of nations. It pointed out that turning the law down to fight with corruption is an action of corruption by itself.

Ruling on the prayers of the motion, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senate President, said The National Assembly is playing its part to support the government. We must ensure that this fight is within the rule of law, any act of anti-corruption that goes against the rule of law will not help the corruption fight. For this reason this activity has been seen in this mode and is condemned by the Senate. All agencies of government must ensure that they act within the rule of law."

In the House of Representatives yesterday, the lawmakers agreed to invite the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Director General of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura over the arrest of the judges. The summons is to give an opportunity to defend the action to the AGF and the DSS.

Considering a matter of pressing national significance raised by Kingsley Chinda, the lawmakers also concluded to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate all cases of invasion of property and arrest of individuals for reasons outside the general obligations of the DSS as prescribed by the National Securities Act, since May 29, 2013 and report back to members within six weeks.

But Alabi Mojeed Olujinmi fought to prevent his colleagues from acting on the matter, arguing that based on the principle of separation of powers, the security agency is to interrogate anyone.

Amid protests by some members against the consideration and adoption of the issue, it was subjected by Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara to voice vote, in which those who favoured the consideration carried.

Also yesterday, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon expressed concern over the arrest of the supposedly corrupt judges and encouraged the authorities to give directives to the operatives not to go outside the laws of the land.

Gowon warned the scenario, if mishandled, could be a danger to democracy. He advised government to take action to make sure that it doesn't do further damage.

The comment was made by the elder statesman in Abuja while briefing journalists on the approaching 20th anniversary of the Nigeria Prays billed at the National Christian Centre, Abuja for October 15, 2016.

Gowon said: "It is a serious matter that judges could be arrested. Legally, you CAn't just detain anybody outside regulations, there should have now been an appropriate method of doing it."

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of Justices Sidi Dauda Bage from Nasarawa State and Paul Adamu Galinje as justices of the Supreme Court from Taraba State to the Senate for confirmation.

11 economical recession bills will be passed by end of 2016, says Saraki


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that the 8th Senate would work to satisfy a 2016 deadline for the passage of all the 11 economic-precedence Bills that it has scheduled to undertake the economic recession.

A press statement issued from your media office of the Senate President stated that at a dialogue at the 22nd Edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Saraki said since the beginning of the year, the Senate has worked to fast track the over 40 priority bills recommended by the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), an initiative when the Nigerian Economic Summit Group is a major partner.

The Senate President also said that among the strategies the Senate must ensure the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in this administration, is to break the Bill into distinct sections for easier passage. The Senate President emphasised that Nigeria would generate more earnings from petroleum — setting it on course to come out of the economical downturn.

" " Saraki said By focusing more out outcomes, rather than processes, "The Nigerian Senate has not been unable to pass 20 Bills for Final Reading in two weeks."

Talking on the ‘Made in Nigeria’ topic of the summit, the organisers were lauded by the Senate President for keying into the Senate’s plan for producing more sales from home-grown companies.

"Before this season, when in the Senate we began the ‘Made in Nigeria’ effort, we knew how significant it was, but even we failed to foresee how much it would go," he said. "To encourage the patronage of our domestic businesses, the Senate has gone as far as amending the act that was procurement to urge departments, government ministries and agencies to key into this initiative."

"It is our expectation that Nigerian companies can begin to benefit from the finished N2 trillion naira in government cost in the 2016 budget, " he continued , "So that we can reduce the demand while simultaneously fostering our IGR."

At a question and answer section of the dialouge, Saraki also promised the Senate would analyze Nigeria’s multiple taxation laws of businesses, when it considers the 2017 Appropriation Bill — stating that it was time that Nigeria improved its revenue producing systems.

"What we need to do is to improve our corporate taxation system," he said, "The Senate will be examining the different options so that we can reinforce the tax value chain for achieving this in the 2017 budget cycle. We'll also review other places like the customs duties."

Troops kill suspected kidnappers


Troops of 33 Brigade Forward Operations Base, Burra in Bauchi State killed four suspected kidnappers on Monday.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman in Abuja on Tuesday, the troops killed the defendants after they laid ambush for them following a tip off.

The kidnappers were said to be on their way. Them engaged and after exchange of gunfire, four kidnappers were confirmed dead.

The event happened at Sabon Kura hamlet in Ningi Local Government Region of the state.

Three handsets, one cutlass, three Dane guns, some quantity of hard drugs, and local allure were recovered from them.

Why set telephony services are dropping in Nigeria


Restoring fixed telephony services in the state stays hard going by the present challenges in the sub-sector. The fixed telephony services marketplace comprises institutions supplying voice services through physical media including wire or fibre optic cable rather than wireless transmission. These services will also be referred to as landline or dedicated line services.

Worried about the continued decline of fixed line subscription in the nation, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stressed the need for the country to revitalise the service, saying that it should be a complementary telecommunication service to mobile telephony.

Danbatta attributed the continuing decline of fixed line telephony on absolute neglect by the telecoms operators and subscribers. He noted that before the arrival of digital technology in 2001, which ushered in GSM, Nigerians were using fixed line telephony, whose operator was majorly the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), but "it has abruptly been discounted for cellular digital telephony.

In developed nations of the world, cellular telephony runs side by side with fixed line telephony and I see no reason Nigerians had to dump fixed line for cellular telephony."

Danbatta alleged that operators had been invited by the commission, many times, notably those currently offering the service on how it can be enhanced in the country for a meeting, but none of them showed up. "We have invited the service providers to discuss how we can animate the sub-sector, but that invitation continues to be waiting to be honoured by them," he said.

According to him, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development put fixed line penetration rate at 0.01 per cent in Nigeria, whereas other states have better and deeper penetration. He explained that when the digital technology arrived, most nations never dropped their analogue technology, but made both to run side by side. "But we discovered that it was a different ball game in Nigeria."

According to him, it is not late for Nigeria to revive the sub-sector. "This is an invitation to potential investors that fixed telephony has workable possibilities of flourishing in Nigeria. We have the market. So as many investors which are prepared, the NCC is open for dialogue and partnership."

But one of the operators, who spoke to The Guardian anonymously, said they failed to receive any letter of invitation for talk on restoring fixed telephony in the nation.

The landline may not necessarily prosper even with new policies because of several bureaucratic bottlenecks, especially from state governments, as it pertains to getting the right of way approval. They see telecoms operators as ‘cash cow’, so they're prepared to charge us anyway and where's the money now?"

Buttressing the demand to keep fixed lines afloat in the nation, Lanre Kolade, the Managing Director of Vodacom, said the development of broadband infrastructure that was fixed stayed significant, despite the predominance of its cellular counterpart.

"Telecoms operators will remain the principal investors in fiber networks to extend high speed rigid broadband services to business customers and wealthy urban and suburban neighbourhoods ," he said.

Truly, fixed telephony services in Nigeria in the last 10 years have kept up a profile that was down, moving as at August 2016. active from about five million to 349,185 with just 161,742 lines staying

But while there are challenges, especially with the dominance of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communicating, The Guardian investigations show that four telecommunications firms are now keeping the operations alive, though on a low key.

But efforts by the operators, including MTN, Globacom, IpNX and 21st Century, have only managed to set fixed telephony penetration at 0.1 per cent in the country. The GSM technology has 99.5 per cent, while the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operation has 0.4 per cent.

Figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) show that 21st Century has the biggest market share with 83 per cent penetration. The other three operators are in a far distance, with Globacom in the second position having nine per cent market share, followed by MTN with six per cent and ipNX services with two per cent.

While Nigeria struggles to remain afloat, The Guardian findings demonstrated that in other parts of Africa, such as for instance South Africa and Kenya, where adoptions have already been between low and high speeds, both government and private players are engaging one another to animate it.

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Nigerians going through very hard times, Osinbajo acknowledges

Osinbajo also said that the campaign promise to supply 000 succour to 25 million poorest of the poor can not naijanewspapers.com be fulfilled with the present state of the economy, N5, but said a million Nigerians would be given N5000.

Expressing optimism, he said: "You can be sure this is just not going to be the end of the story, but that of abundance."

The vice president implored Nigerians never to lose hope of the change mantra, noting that Nigerians should be rest assured that there is a determination to alter the direction of the nation favorably, as he and President Muhammadu Buhari are committed to solving the nation’s problems.

Osinbajo maintained since according to him, the change they canvassed for isn't a motto, as Nigeria cannot endure going the direction it was before now, the question of the country experiencing change is irrevocable.

"Today, we now have a leader who is honest, which can be the most significant thing," he reasoned, adding that Nigeria has the best opportunity now.

Responding to the twenty questions requested by participants meeting, the number two citizen harped on attempts being made by the administration that is present to provide alternatives to some of the challenges facing the state.


Herdsmen, Boko Haram endanger Nigeria, say Ohanaeze, Soyinka

Nigeria is heading towards the precipice if insecurity, represented in the actions of Boko Haram and herdsmen, isn't caged, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, South East senators and some important groups in the country warned yesterday.

According to the Nobel laureate, the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the economy through tourism and culture is endangered by insecurity.

The literary giant talked yesterday in Abuja at the National Summit on Tourism and Culture as the chairman of the first plenary session with Nigerian a presentation entitled, ‘‘The killing culture of the neo-nomadic.’’

He noted that "culture is intertwined with tourism – the latter is, frequently driven by the former, actually," stressing that "the destination uppermost in the minds of the majority of tourists we understand is – Culture." Soyinka insisted that both share – enemies and buddies.

Of the primary enemies, seeing that we locate ourselves within the precincts of governance, I intend to engage your attention in this brief address to only one. That inability of any vacationist to let go entirely, relax, submit oneself entirely to the offerings of a new surroundings – the noises, sights, scents, textures and taste. Of or from the touristic intent and Culture itself, in, there is no ambiguity in the mind of its enemies. They make no bones about their detestation – call them Isis or Taliban, Daesh, al Shabbab or Boko Haram. Their hatred is pathological and impassioned to a degree that goes beyond madness, beyond the light and unfortunately beyond remedy. The obligation of governing towards such retrogressive outbreaks stays unambiguous."

Finding a link between the heinous offenses which Boko Haram has perpetrated against Nigerians and Nigeria and incessant assaults Soyinka said: " After Boko Haram, what next? Actually, at this moment, Boko Haram has no ‘ since it's by no means ended after’, no matter what technical expressions for example ‘militarily degraded’ mean.

"But let's assume indeed that we're in the past of Boko Haram. It's clear that the sequence is already decided, the ‘vacated space that was ’ is already conceded, and that the new territorial aspirants are already positioned. The whole country seems to be theirs without a challenge, and the continuity of an established Nigerian necropolis north to south and east to west will be consolidated.

"Some necropoles are truly fascinating. They entice visitors from distant locations, but those are works of veneration, artistry and commitment. They're visual feasts, among whose constructions the visitors really picnic, leave flowers and gifts that are emblematic to hovering ancestors. Latin America is full of them.

When I read a short while ago, the Presidential assurance to the country the current homicidal escalation between the cattle prowlers and farming communities would soon be over ", I felt mortified.

The apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation condemned the strike by suspected herdsmen on some communities in Enugu State and advocated the Federal Government to urgently address the issue to avoid a situation where ethnic militias will emerge to ensure security within their surroundings.

The organization also discounted the proposed Grazing Bill as anti- unconstitutional and federalism.

Igariwey, noted in Abuja the incessant assault on communities by heavily armed herdsmen around Nigeria endangered national unity and peaceful co-existence as they can destablise the country by a synchronised activity if they so decide.

He stressed: "Why is it that the herdsmen are so heavily armed, who's equipping them and where are they from? It's time so that they'll be monitored to have appropriate identification of herdsmen. The security challenge is tremendous, when it isn't Boko Haram spillovers from their bases that are dislodged because the fashion of assault in some of these communities is the exact same style of attack by Boko Haram and how is it possible for US to now know when it is herdsmen? They sack villages and remove. The Federal Government should pay attention to these actions. Authorities should investigate in order to find out those behind these killings and bring them to publication."

But the Arewa leaders have asked Nigerians to resist crediting ethnic and religious connotations to the various disasters.

They condemned the assault by some herdsmen on the Ukpabi Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, as ill-fated and barbaric."

Show understanding with one another and aCF called on Nigerians " to be patient, particularly since President Buhari is determined and committed to the war on insurgency and corruption ".

"he'd the option, he said. The state was ensured by him eighteen months. I consider his Minister of Agriculture echoed that afterwards, but with a less dispiriting time schema. Regardless, the external tourists have less perilous choices."

Soyinka also decried "

His words: "However there is certainly also internal tourism, to be considered a premium asset – both economically and in spirit of personal edification and nation building. This is an exercise I indulged in in the early sixties as by product of other engagements, like research. A lot nonetheless was simply under curiosity. I can modestly claim to be among the top twenty-five percent traveled Nigerians, acquainted with feels, the odors and flavors of the habitation that is geographic. Now, however, would the young adventuresome set out to visit the mystery caves of Anambra and its alleged curative pools from only interest? They would think twice about it."

The social activist decried the inability of authorities to articulate a coherent policy to tackle the menace, saying It is not only arbitrary violence that reigns across the nation but , impunity that was undisputed that was absolute.

"Impunity evolves and becomes incorporated in conduct when crime happens and no moral, logical and legal response is offered. I've yet to hear this government articulate a company policy of non-tolerance for the serial massacres have grown to be the nation’s id postage.

I have not discovered an order given that any cattle herders caught with innovative firearms be immediately disarmed, arrested, put on trial, and his cows confiscated. The nation is treated to an eighteen-month positive strategy which, to make matters worse, smacks of encouragement and abject appeasement of violence on innocents.

He remembered effort made "to utilize the Open Forum platform of the Centre for Oshogbo, Culture and International Understanding, to launch a national discussion on the issue – ‘Sacred Cows or Holy Rights. ’ The signs were clear and the rampage of impunity was manifesting a cultic intensity of alarming proportions. For reasons which are not too mouth-watering to go into here, the forum didn't take place.

Although That challenge remains open, but should now call for this gathering, which certainly includes tourist and educational agencies. It's a gauntlet thrown down to be picked up, and desperately, by the affected or distressed sectors of society, or really any concerned and capable party at this seminar.

During his hunting expeditions, Soyinka laced his remarks with private meetings with herdsmen as a hunter of note.

He said: "I 'd noticed a change of quality with cows herdsmen through the years in forest meetings.

At enough time, we believed that they were Boko Haram, infiltrating under guise of cattle. That has been then, not to mention that surmise hasn't been firmly demonstrated or disproved.

"Lately nonetheless, I returned from a trip outside the country about to discover that my home ground had been invaded, and a brand-new "Appian way" sliced through my refuge. The hoofed invaders made that ‘motorable’ trail. Curious journalists are encouraged to visit, although both exit and the improvised entry are now blocked. In over two decades of living in that ecological preserve, no such intrusion had happened. I haven't any idea whether they were Fulani or Futa Jalon herdsmen but, they were cattle herders, and a swathe that is rough had cut through my private reasons. Enquiries were made by me and sent alerts around, including through the Baale of our neighborhood hamlet. There is no repeat, and hopefully it's going to stay the first and last of such invasion. What it portends nevertheless is for all believing citizens to reflect upon, and take concerted measures against."

Describing herdsmen as mankind’s first known tourists, Soyinka included: "They must be instructed yet that there is certainly a culture of settlement, and learn to seek lodging with hosts that were settled seen.

The direction of any society cannot stand idly and offer solutions that implicitly deem the massacres of innocents just events on the way to that learning school. For every crime, there's a punishment, for every infraction, there must be restitution. The nomads of the world cannot put themselves above the law of humanity that is settled. "


How Nigeria can use culture, tourism to encourage peaceful coexistence, by Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has said that culture and tourism could play a critical role in integrating communities, encouraging peace and harmonious co-existence among the diverse cultures in Nigeria.

Talking at the ongoing national summit on culture and tourism in Abuja, the President noted that tourism brings people and human communities into contact through cultures and civilisation, including that tourism has the capability to assist the world inhabitants to live better together and therefore bring to peaceful coexistence between peoples and cultures.

President Buhari, who stressed the need to use culture and tourism as instruments of social mobilisation for national revival, said his administration would provide the essential enabling environment for arts, culture and tourism to flourish and develop through the substantial upgrading of infrastructure and the supply of security.

While advocating participants at the summit to develop proper policies and perfect attitudes toward attaining the desired aims, Buhari said that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has a crucial role to play in leveraging on the diverse cultures in Nigeria to inculcate the tenets of the nation’s cultural principles of integrity, truthfulness, truthfulness and God consciousness in the citizens.

In his address, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said his ministry in the past six months had taken a bold step to convert the nation’s tremendous ethnic and tourism potentials into vast opportunities for job development and revenue generation.


A new report said that other emerging economies and Nigeria are facing as much as 10 per cent losses in working hours because of deteriorating thermal conditions in the workplace because of climate change.

The estimated losses imply undesirable consequences of an identical scale to economic output, or GDP, for a wide variety of developing countries, including Indonesia, India and Nigeria, as emphasized by the report.
In accordance with the report, "when it is too hot, people work less efficiently out-of-doors, in factories, the office or on the move because of diminished skill for physical exertion and for finishing mental endeavors.

International organizations and "Governments have long put in place standards on thermal conditions on the job. But climate change has already changed thermal states, " and " additional heating is a serious challenge for any company or worker reliant on outdoor or non - air " Levels of heat are already " " that was very high even for acclimatized inhabitants, it noted.


According to General Secretary of UNI Global Union, Philip Jennings "workers who are being exposed to extreme heat need to have access to enough time for rest breaks and a cooling surroundings, shade, water, protective clothes. That is particularly true for those who do physical work out in factories, mines and the fields. Authorities, and employers have to take this naija gossip news update issue of the cauldron of a warming planet and develop some powerful policy responses and practical measures to protect workers. We understand the challenges and we know what has to be done to help it become happen."

For Maria Luisa Silva, UNDP Geneva Manager "We embarked on this particular report to start the conversation on the best way to react and cope with this, and to give recognition to the unique and serious concern. The challenges have to be addressed by authorities, companies, workers and other applicable international organizations if we desire to be able to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030."

The release marked International Workers’ Memorial Day, with the report calling excessive workplace heat a well known productivity danger and occupational health behind growing risks of death that is ", heat exhaustion, heat stroke and, "in extreme cases.


Says universal health coverage, right of every Nigerian

President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Kayode Obembe, yesterday said in Abuja that universal health coverage is the right of every Nigerian, which they must seek to apply.

Obembe explained that this right is ensured in the Constitution, where it is clearly stipulated that it was the duty of authorities to take care of the well-being needs of citizens at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

According to him, rather than using the provisions to better the lots of Nigerians with regards to health, government has insisted that health is on making states, the concurrent legislative list and local governments to enact laws besides the national.

The NMA president, who made the disclosure to the naija.com news update Agency of Nigeria, noted this clause has typically been used to the detriment of Nigerian citizens. He restated that every citizen has the right to enroll and have any payment made by authorities to subsidise NHIS services.

Furthermore, Obembe said that patients have the right to prescription, examination, identification, investigation, consultation, history taking and direction.

Obembe reiterated "If a physician treats a patient, it really is the right of that patient, if she or he has medical report, to be obliged details of what he has done, the best way to continue management of such ailment, but it's not right to give the patient their case note," he said.

He clarified that "Case note belongs to the hospital and is assumed to be kept there, but if you want your record it summarised, could be typed and handed over to you."
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Forward of the December 1 anticipated presentation of the 2017 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has guaranteed that problems of budget padding would be addressed. Receiving in crowd members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), directed by Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at State House, Abuja yesterday, the President also lamented the culture of electoral violence that's once again crept into the nation’s political landscape and urged a quick alternative to it.

The President’s observation on the budget was to the controversies created by the assumed padding of the 2016 budget leading to the removal and subsequent suspension of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmuminu Jibrin.

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC governorship candidate in Saturday’s survey, on Saturday lamented the malfunctioning of some smart card readers installed for the exercise.

After casting his vote, Akeredolu, who spoke at his Owo home, also said INEC ought to have the devices are run by evaluation before election day.

As stated by the President, "The distortions that happened to Budget 2016, by which chain of rogue projects and amounts were injected to the financial document won’t occur to next year’s budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed. "I am waiting to be brought in Council to us.

Any sign of padding everywhere, it will be removed by me." Buhari reiterated that he'd been in government since 1975, variously as governor, oil minister, head of state, and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), "and never did I hear the word ‘padding’ till the 2016 Budget." He promised that such would never happen again under his watch. The President said the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of fighting corruption, animating the market, and guaranteeing the nation, but lamented that some folks are deliberately turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the country.

"They don’t need to reflect naija news latest update on the problem by which we are, economically. They desire to live the same manner; they just need business as usual he said. On violence that attend rerun elections in the nation, President Buhari stated: "I agonize within the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

We must have passed the stage in which people are beheaded, and killed because of who occupies certain offices. Then we have no business being around, if we can’t guarantee decent elections. Edo State election was not bad, and I anticipate Ondo State election to not be worse." Speaking on the anti-corruption cases before the courts, the President said he considered the cleansing now going on "will result in an improved judiciary. Nigerians will believe that we have been serious." when people are sentenced

They can’t buy all the grains harvested this year, although Buhari equally told his guests that the improvement being manufactured in agriculture and exploitation of solid minerals "gives a lot of hope," including: "Our grains go around Central African Republic, to Burkina Faso. And next season must be even better. We'll concentrate on other products like palm kernel, together with the grains, palm oil, and cocoa. We can start exporting rice in 18 months, and we are getting pesticides and fertilizers in preparation for next year."

Speaking on behalf of members of GSG, Nwajiuba said the authorities had succeeded to a sizable extent www.naija news.comm on the security and anti-corruption fronts, adding that the group was positive that the economy would soon experience a reversion, "as the government is working quite hard in that direction." The group said the largest constituency of the President was lowly and the poor, and therefore advocated what it calls "a social rearmament of the poor."

He explained reports had indicated that a few of the devices were malfunctioning.

The APC candidate, nevertheless, said that his major concern was the commission ensuring credible, free and honest election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PDP flagbearer, Eyitayo Jegede and his Alliance for Democracy counterpart, Wole Oke, had also complained concerning the malfunctioning card readers.

The card reader had also rejected Gov. Olusegun Mimiko’s thumbprint when he needed to vote at his Ward 7, Unit 20 Polling Unit in Ondo West Local Government Area.

But INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner Mr Segun Agbaje, in the state, said the commission has more than 250 spare smart card readers to replace those malfunctioning.

"I 've telephoned the Head of Department of ICT to get smart cards for areas with smart card challenges and very shortly they will them.

Since it can be addressed within 10 to 20 minutes, " Card reader just isn't a major challenge; we have over 250 smart card readers for exchange in case of malfunction,’’ Agbaje had said.

With voters no fewer than 1,280,580 Long-Lasting Voter Cards were expected to vote in the election out of the 28 contestants.

Although were voters 1,659,186 registered for the election, only 378,606 gathered their PVCs.

Minister Adamu Adamu said the Government would transform science and technical instruction to track technological development in the united states.

Adamu said this in a message to the 12th combined convocation of Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi.

The minister, who was represented by Dr Mas’ud Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, said the authorities would likewise support researches for breakthroughs in most sectors of human endeavour.

Adamu warned students against indulging in problems inimical to their future, including cultism, examination malpractice and other deviant forms.

In his comments, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi proposed the graduates to adopt agriculture rather than waiting for white collar jobs.

He used the occasion to encourage the Academic Staff Union of Universities to amicably resolve all issues it's with government.

Bagudu guaranteed the state government would continue to settle the enrollment and tuition fees of indigent students from your state.

Previously, 6, 351 students graduated, out of which 238 had differentiations, 1, 338 had 1, 1, 754 credits that were lower and upper credits, 454 obtained pass grades was said by Mr Sani Zuru, the Rector of the polytechnic.

Adamu charged polytechnics to breed the essential professionals required in the nation to accellarate development in science and technology.

He explained that the polytechnics must also function as centers for entreprenural instruction, to ready the youths.

The minister commended the polytechnic for the supply of critical infrastructure which will place the association in a vantage poistion to serve the state better.

He recorded some of the challenges confronting the polytechnic to include inadequate manpower and funds, and called for support from private organisations.(NAN)

The PDP candidate in Saturday’s governorship election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has expressed satisfaction with all the voting and certification procedure.

He also called on the electorate to vote for the nominee of their choice.

While voting at his Unit 9 Ward 2, Gbogi/Isikan, Sacred Heart Primary School 1 in Akure South Local Government Area Jegede discussed.

He expressed satisfaction with all the voting procedure, saying it was orderly and peaceful.

Jegede, however, urged INEC to tackle the challenge of flawed smart card readers in polling units.

"I 've discussed with the REC Ondo State on the problems with card readers at most polling units,’’ he added.

Also the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, discussing, lamented the malfunctioning of the card readers.

Oke said this in an interview with newsmen after he'd voted at his Igbo Ward III Polling Unit 005.

It's embarrassing as a candidate that my hand could not be easily captured by the card reader ,’’ he said, although "I am not easily frustrated.

Oke noted that the electoral process in the country was not an ideal one.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Oke voted at 9.17 a.m.

The AD nominee, however, said he was impressed with all the turnout of voters in Ilaje council place.

The PDP candidate in Saturday’s governorship election, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, has expressed satisfaction with the voting and certification procedure.

He also called on the electorate to vote for the candidate of their choice.

Jegede discussed while Gbogi/Isikan, voting at his Unit 9 Ward 2, Sacred Heart Primary School 1 in Akure South Local Government Area.

He expressed satisfaction with all the voting process, saying it was peaceful and orderly.

Jegede, nonetheless, advocated INEC to tackle the challenge of faulty smart card readers in polling units.

"I have discussed with the REC Ondo State on the problems with card readers at most polling components,’’ he added.

Additionally the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, discussing, lamented the malfunctioning of the card readers deployed by INEC.

Oke said this in an interview with newsmen after he'd voted at his Igbo Ward III Polling Unit 005.

"I 'm not easily frustrated, naija news.net but it's embarrassing as a candidate the card reader could not readily capture my hand he said.

Oke noted that the electoral process in the nation was not an ideal one yet.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Oke voted at 9.17 a.m.

The AD nominee, however, said he was impressed with all the turnout of voters in Ilaje council region.

Four individuals were killed while several houses including the home of the village head were burnt, when unknown gunmen assaulted Mile One Village in Tafan District, Kaduna State.

A resident, who preferred anonymity, told the www.naija.com latest news today Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kafanchan the hoodlums started an assault against the residents between 2 p.m. and 10p.m on Friday.

Dr Bege Katuka, the Interim Chairman of Jema’a local Government Region, confirmed the incident via phone.

He explained: "I only left the affected village barely 30 minutes past, I was there to assess the extent of damage.’’

Nevertheless, reports say the residents of the neighbouring villages of Ungwuan Kagoro, Ungwuan Ninzo and Gidan Waya have fled for fear of possible attacks.

NAN reports the hamlets, in addition to Kaduna State College of Education, happen to be turned to ghost towns.

NAN also remembers that Pasakori Village which share borders with Mile One Village came under similar attack.

At last, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has verified that one of the helicopters lately inherited from the Presidency had a mishap after a mission in Makurdi.

President Muhammadu Buhari had through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) handed over two (2) Agusta 101 Westland Helicopters to the NAF in the Presidential fleet.

It was widely reported on Thursday that among the choppers crashed on a mission to give logistics while in Makurdi. All attempts to get official answer Ayodele Famuyiwa, from your NAF spokesman, proved abortive, as he neither answered calls to lines nor returned same.

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PRNigeria, online security platform, also revealed inside their statement that even though its team worked tirelessly yesterday to get the NAF to issue timely answer on the crash, this belated rejoinder may be beneficial to clear the air.

The release reads in part: "Contrary to the crash report, it truly is relevant to convey the mishap happened while the helicopter was taxing after a successful mission.

"The episode happened on the tarmac at 33 Logistics Group, Makurdi Therefore, as it's not unusual in circumstances as this, a seven-man board of officers, headed by Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, has been set up to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the episode. As soon as the Board concludes its duty, the statement said, details of the investigation would be conveyed to the public.
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Egyptian, Filipino kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

Pirates assaulted a cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two crew members, a marine specialist supported in the latest high-seas strike in the Gulf of Guinea.

"This attack — like most others off the Niger Delta — was completed at night and carried an element of surprise," Dirk Steffen, from the Denmark-based Risk Intelligence company, told AFP, referring to the assault that was later.

The crew gathered in the citadel after the boat had boarded, but two crew members — the Egyptian electrician and the Filipino 2nd officer — did not make it there and were captured by the attackers", he said within an email.

The Liberian-flagged boat, chartered by French shipping company CMA CGM, was assaulted at 8:56 pm (1956 GMT), 28 nautical miles from the coastline of the oil-rich Niger delta region.

Steffen, the director of marine security at Risk Intelligence, indicated the pirates were aiming at kidnapping as opposed to hijacking tankers because of their fuel cargo and said the objective was not common.

The Gulf of Guinea is becoming a piracy hotspot and Risk Intelligence has recorded 32 offshore attacks for Nigeria this season.

It also revealed a tendency of a decrease in abductions and offshore piracy in the area around elections. Parliamentary and presidential polls were held by Nigeria last year.


Nigeria loses N577b annual as tax incentives naija news to day firms

The report which focused on Senegal and Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire shows that allowing tax incentives to investors foreign companies, is depriving governments of money to buy essential public services like infrastructure, education and health.

According to the report that was presented to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, ‘’Corporate tax incentives which are reductions in tax offered by governments to attract investment comprise reduced corporate income tax rates and tax holidays for specified periods, commonly provided to businesses operating in special economic zones. Despite the utilization of tax incentives, their big revenue losses has become common practice and serious questions about their utility.’’

‘’ Neither have substantial numbers of occupations been created by the foreign investments, despite generous tax incentives given by the government since most of them have not been in sectors like production that create the most occupations’’.

The report advocates the Nigerian authorities and all other authorities in ECOWAS want to review the incentives they may be granting with a view to ensuring that those remaining are targeted at achieving particular social and economic objectives, abolishing incentives that are unproductive and reducing them.

It likewise calls on the ECOWAS members and the government to bring their incentive regimes under the control of one thing with supervision mechanisms that are resourced and effective to ensure transparency and accountability of public spending.

Addressing journalists for the coalition in Abuja, the Deputy- Ifeoma Charles, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria -Monwuba said: ‘’The study has shown that per annum, Nigeria forfeits as much as N577 billion as an effect of tax break allowed businesses. This sum could go towards addressing infrastructural deficit.


AGF restates Nigeria’s commitment to rights standards that are international

The Government has expressed commitment to the highest standards of adherence in the actions of all about naija news her international affairs, including counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the country.

In a press statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Marketing, Salihu Othman Isah, the AGF promised the delegation that Nigeria will continue to meet its duties to the court, and has high value for its relationships with the ICC.

Malami also divulged the Nigeria Army has conducted its operations in a very professional manner in the Northeast region, imbibing the best practices in the areas of international human rights and humanitarian law.

He also revealed he was aware of the eight case files opened against Nigeria by the ICC, which the prosecutor intends to inquire in her next period of appraisal of Nigerian situation.

According to him, Boko Haram sect committed six of the alleged cases, while the remaining two were by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Lagos-state.png" style="max-width:420px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;">"Let me reiterate that Nigeria keeps the sovereign ability penalize and to investigate the alleged offenses will so continue efforts that are current in the above direction, and referred to in the report.’’

He further added that government is committed to ensuring that their rules of participation guide troops, guaranteeing that any infractions will be seriously dealt with.

The minister nonetheless gave indication of the government’s resolution to ensure respect for human rights by naija all news, while remaining unshaken and resolute in battling terrorism.

Responding, the leader of delegation, Phakiso Mocho Choko said the prosecutor will not mean to endanger the sovereign rights of Nigeria in investigating crimes and meting out punishment.

He revealed that most cases were the ones sponsor countries cannot resolve through internal mechanism.

The prosecutor, through the delegation expressed support and openness to work with Nigeria, in addressing all identified offenses and criminality against mankind, but informed that he was affirmative in continuing with their engagement.


Amnesty naija entertainment news today International accuses Nigerian military of covering up Zaria killings

Amnesty International (AI), the global watchdog of human right abuses, has accused the Nigerian military of "mass slaughter of hundreds of men, girls and kids" in Zaria and attempting to cover up the incident, which it said demonstrates an "total disrespect for human life and liability."

But Defence spokesman, Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, described the report as "partial," saying the military hadn't been consulted before its publication.

Make them bring it out for all to see "If they will have evidence that is appropriate. We cannot confront law-abiding citizens."

"Whoever we confronted must have already been a criminal and enemy of the state.

In its report published on its site, AI said evidence gathered on the ground razed buildings, shown how the military burnt people alive and dumped victims’ bodies.



The official told the commission that the bodies of 347 IMN were accumulated in the hospital mortuary and an Army depot in Zaria and buried in secret in a mass grave near Mando on the nights of December 14 and December 15.

The group’s assistants, armed with batons, knives, and machetes, had refused to clear the road the Hussainiyya, near their headquarters to pass.

The military had promised that IMN supporters attacked the convoy in an attempt to assassinate Buratai, which IMN members refused.

The report, titled Unlawful killings and mass cover up in Zaria, comprehensive eyewitness testimony of alleged large-scale killings by the military and exposes attempt by the authorities to destroy and hide evidence.

"Our research, predicated on evaluation and witness testimonies of satellite images, has found one mass grave that was potential. It's time now for the military to come clean and admit where it secretly buried numerous bodies."

" of what happened over those two days in Zaria The true horror is only now coming to light. Bodies were left littered in the streets and piled outside the mortuary. Some of the injured were burned alive," said Netsanet Belay, AI’s Research and Advocacy Manager for Africa.


Army, religious leaders harp on ethno -religious harmony among Nigerians


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Talking at the conference/award ceremony of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State chapter, Oyebade recalled the good old days when spiritual differences never caused disharmony among Nigerians, as they saw themselves as one united people working for the progress and unity of the nation.

Also in Kaduna, an university lecturer, Dahiru Yahya, and the state Director of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS), Mr. Mustapha Sani, expressed divergent views on whether members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, constitute a menace to Nigeria’s protection.

At the sitting of the judicial commission set up by the state government to investigate the conflict between the Army and the Shiites in Zaria a year ago, Yahya, who's a professor of Diplomatic History at the Bayero University (BUK), Kano blamed President Muhammadu Buhari, the Army and the state government for inability to bring to book, perpetrators of the alleged killing of several Shiites by soldiers.

But Sani said the group had represented serious danger to the nation by organising military training and employing weapons that were primitive inside their operations.

The GOC, who was honoured with a Public Service Award, called today news on naija media professionals to sensitise the people on religion and ethnic problems to ensure sustainable ethno -religious harmony across the country.
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