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33.7m yet to access telecoms services in Nigeria


Although current statistics from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) showed that Nigeria has crossed the 100 per cent teledensity mark having nicked 106 per cent, a fresh advice has, however, emerged that some 33.7 million individuals were still either unserved or function with telecommunications services in the country.

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos at the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)-organised ‘Focused Industry Stakeholders’ Newsgroup and Hackathon Award’ with the theme "Universal Access: Eliminating The Inclusion Barriers."

The EVC said efforts were being made to bridge the difference.

To the NCC manager, the USPF will be playing with important role in reaching four of the eight-point program of the commission towards repositioning the telecommunications sector.

The EVC said would play critical part in facilitating broadband penetration, improving quality of service; enriching strategic collaborations and partnerships as well as encouraging ICT innovations and investment opportunities.

He stressed the fact that stakeholders must work together to iron out thorny problems bedevilling the growth of the sector. According to Danbatta, who said the nation’s parlous state of infrastructure had restricted its development, nevertheless, noted that Nigeria rated 134 of the 144 countries with readied infrastructure for growth, including "therefore all hands must be on deck to improve on the state of our infrastructure if we must compete favourably well."

The EVC appealed to the Government to review its fiscal and monetary policies, notably as it relates to foreign exchange acquisition.

According to him, operators were finding it hard to obtain foreign exchange due to their operations. In his comment, USPF Secretary, Ayuba Shuaibu, said the initiative was borne from the conviction to promote widespread availability of telecommunications services across the federation.




Senate endeavors NSCDC on unity among Nigerians

Chairman, ‎Senate Committee on Federal Character, Senator Tijjani Kaura, has called on the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC), to concentrate on ensuring unity among Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional obligations.

Kaura disclosed this at the weekend in Abuja‎ when the committee paid a visit to the headquarters of the NSCDC included in its planned supervision function of some government agencies.

According to him, given Nigeria’s diversity as a society that is heterogeneous, it really is imperative for NSCDC to ensure equivalent treatment of Nigerians regardless of what area they come from.



The lawmaker urged NSCDC to consistently conform to deployment of staff and the federal character principle in recruitment exercises, stressing that the dependence on it should be done with due consideration and equity.

Kaura said: "The unity of the country is paramount, the way this nation was amalgamated, and the diversity in culture and inhabitants makes it critical for all Nigerians to be united and handled equally.

We decided to supervision the Commission to ensure that it lives through equity and justice with the federal character principle.

This is just not an organisation where national cake is spread for eating, instead it is one where the national cake is baked by ensuring fairness and equality.

Replying, the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, told members of the committee that sequel to his appointment, attempts were made to balance the number of officers ‎spread across the states of the federation.

On the problem of deployment, Senator Kaura called on NSCDC to "ensure that each state is fairly given its obligation and share in contributing towards the promotion of the nation."He charged the Commandant-General to work assiduously towards making the NSCDC greater than it's now.

Muhammadu said the move became critical so as to ensure that the amount of officers in the various states represents and fulfills the demand of the federal character principle as provided by the 1999 Constitution as amended.


Forex deficiency bringing best out of Nigerians, says CBN

The current lack of foreign exchange facing the state has been referred to as a good development for the Nigerian market as local production of various goods that were vital is being given top priority with positive consequences.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who reiterated the declaration during the assessment tour of the farmlands cultivated under its core borrowers programme in Kebbi State at the weekend, said that agriculture is the bedrock of genuine economic growth of any country and that Nigeria could not be an exception.



While admitting the pivotal parts of the CBN and the state government in supply of fertilisers, irrigation equipment and loans, he said the farmers now enjoy a bumper harvest.

Emefiele, who commended farmers and the Kebbi State government for their dedication and dedication in the scheme, noted that with the degree of success achieved in the pilot project in the state, as well as the advancement at Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Niger, it truly is now a reality the country can produce enough to feed itself and even export in no distant future.

Besides, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in his appraisal of the programme in the rural areas seen by the team, said with Kebbi State alone targeting one million tonnes of rice out of the proposed seven million tonnes required by the entire country, self sufficiency in rice production is very much at sight by the time other 12 states identified as rice creating belts pick their produce.

For reinventing agricultural practice into profitable business venture while commending the efforts of the CBN, the minister said that rural areas remain the driver for sustainable economic development.




Nigerians support authorities’s want for a realistic budget


Maimala who stated this on Sunday in an interview with latest news naija Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, said Nigerians understood the desire of government to have a workable document which implementation would improve their lives.

"It's clear that there's trust in authorities and, Nigeria’s image has significantly improved with an increased interest by foreign investors to invest in the state, before the international community.

"Every nation is getting excited about doing business because we now have a president who is incorruptible, devoted, transparent and trusted and the entire international community" he said.

The party scribe said Nigerian’s belief in the APC authorities was further illustrated by the large turnout of voters in the Saturday by- election in Yobe.

"The large turnout in APC’s triumph and yesterday’s election at the polls, has consolidated the individuals’s faith in President Buhari and the party to enhance their lives.

"In spite of the hardships suffered by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), they came out massively to elect APC because of their strong beliefs in the party and the leaders," he said.

The secretary commended President Buhari for supporting the security forces in the fight against insurgency, and that the security scenario in the North East had improved substantially.


Saraki: Nigerians split over calls for his resignation

Several attempts by the Senate President to block the trial and legal brick walls have encountered with as more allegations of massive corruption continue to emerge.

Encouraging Saraki to dig in and fight to the last are two former senators, Nosike Ikpo and Francis Spanner Okpozo.

Ikpo, a two-time senator in the Second Republic (Bendel East, now Delta North), said Saraki’s ordeal is the fallout of persecution by the All Progressives Congress (APC), which did’t desire him to be Senate President and is therefore seeking means to bring him down.

On his part, Francis Okpozo (Delta South) additionally encouraged Saraki to "stay until the result of the case." He described as premature calls for the Senate leader’s resignation when he has not been found guilty. "There is no way and we shouldn't preempt the court’s judgement," he included.

But former national chairman of Justice Party (JP), Chief Ralph Obioha, noted the case against the Senate President is an indictment, thus "the honourable thing for him to do is step aside, pending the decision of his trial."

He said: "Saraki cannot be sitting as head of the legislature, presiding over activities one way or the other, have similar cases. Morally speaking, there isn't any justification for him to continue to hang on to power.

"A precedence has been set in this type of circumstance. Evans Enwerem was Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo was Senate President, as well as Adolphus Wabara; they'd distinct cases that touched on morality while their trial continued and they all quit their positions. He can always recover his position when his trial is successfully gone through by him. I usually do not see it as a do or die thing. I consider it is even in his interest he doesn't impact the process of the trial using his position."

Warning that APC’s grouse with the Senate President has the capacity to destroy the party, Ikpo said I will not ask him to bow to the wishes of those who desire to persecute him. I will tell him to keep fighting. He's not been found guilty. Some of his partners said that he's got a very good case as regards what they are accusing him of. When he starts his defence we should watch and see.

"The CCT should not correct Tinubu’s mistake with Saraki. The CCT declared blunders were made by it. Should you now correct it with Saraki, in case a mistake was made in the case of Senator Bola Tinubu? It isn't correct. They should have continued with exactly the same blunder. APC is ruining itself by toying with the wonderful opportunity it has. Things are not going well for them. Things are not good in the nation for everybody. Nobody will vote for them." if you have an election today

Former Chief Whip of the Senate and PDP chieftain, Roland Owie , also opposed calls for Saraki’s resignation, saying the Senate President’s ordeal is a clear case of persecution.



He said: "Saraki was governor from 2003 to 2011, elected to the Senate in 2011, and re elected in 2015. What Nigerians have to request the CCT is: was the CCT in detention between 2003 and June 2015, when Saraki became the Senate President?



For public issues analyst in Ogun State, Mr. Ola Roberts, the APC "should have thrown him out. He should have resigned and even resign from the political party or be pressured to resign from the place by the party. I don't believe I can find better words for what the senators are doing by following him to the trial, than say it is a display of shame."

From Ilorin, home of APC chieftains, the Senate President, Ishola Balogun Fulani, Chief Wole Oke, and Yusuf Maja encouraged Saraki to continue in office, mentioning his innocence until convicted.

But Chief Iyiola Oyedepo, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state and two human rights lawyers, Abeny Mohammed and Salman Jawondo, advised the leader to resign on moral grounds and preserve the integrity of the Senate.

This is a clear case of persecution. Period! A Benin parable says, ‘a child who says his mum WOn't sleep wo’t sleep either’. Since those fighting Saraki are simply miserable that he's Senate President, he mustn't resign until this case runs its full cycle.

"Agents of darkness did it to Senator Adolphus Wabara and late Senator Chuba Okadigbo. And at the end of the day, when they got success it was not too early to return as Senate Presidents. Saraki do’t resign until after the Supreme Court ruling!"

Until the matter is sorted out "In advanced societies, he should have cease. But as it's, now, I will say continue to remain in office or the onus lies on him to resign. This can be because you will find specific interests that want to ensure he leaves office at all cost. Look at the outburst in the court, which can be an obvious sign that it's an interest it really is protecting.

"I consider it's a trial on our democracy and whatever is good if we must safeguard it should be done to make it work for us. I would like to say that the matter is being seen by many as a contentious one. And that is why you cannot expressly ask the Senate President to step down and confront his trial, Obasi was said by ".

Additionally backing calls for Saraki’s resignation is human rights activist, constitutional attorney and APC chieftain in Cross River State, Chief Utum Eteng, who asserted: "There have now been too many controversies in his Senate Presidency, and in the face of all these, the most suitable choice is throw in the towel."

On moral reasons, leading lawyer, also in Cross River State, Mr. Etim Inyang, believes Saraki should step aside, as he's the burden of going to the tribunal day-to-day. He, however, added that there isn't any legal premise to warrant a resignation because the accused is still presumed innocent. "It is only when the court makes a pronouncement, and not even a pronouncement in the tribunal. There must be a final decision in court before he's said to be guilty or not," Inyang noted.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, described calls as ill conceived for Saraki’s resignation, stressing the leader continues to be not guilty.

If you say he should step down, what if he eventually wins the case at the CCT?

I believe that everybody understands what played out, right from your very moment the National Assembly was inaugurated, and especially the way the APC attempted Nigerian to take the interest of everybody into account. In a twist of fate, it seemed some individuals allowed their own private interest to supersede that of the party. That's really put the party in danger. We still feel bitter the inordinate ambition of the present Senate President has set lots of stumbling block on the path of the Presidency and the party," he said.

Based on Mohammed I am not saying he's guilty, but as a senator, but as the Senate President, he should not step down with quasi-criminal charges against him. I have seen sycophants at the office. Because what they think they're getting in the disaster, they are not telling the truth to him of. It is morally unsound for the Amount Three citizen of the country to be devote the dock regular."

Obende, who represented Edo North between 2012 and 2015, said The issue is already in court. The attorneys will need to look at it.‎ I am of the view that the party is supreme in everything, but they must sit down together, the leaders of the party and the parties, and let there be serious discussions. And if there is going to be a soft landing, allow it to be. But whatever the party decides, that is what will take preeminence."
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Ahead of the December 1 expected presentation of the 2017 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has guaranteed that problems of budget padding would be addressed. Receiving in audience 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 has once again crept into the nation’s political landscape and advocated a fast solution to it.

The President’s observation on the budget was to the controversies generated by the alleged padding of the 2016 budget resulting in 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 poll, on Saturday lamented the malfunctioning of some smart card readers deployed for the exercise.

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

In accordance with the President, "The distortions that occurred to Budget 2016, in which series of amounts and rogue endeavors were injected to the financial file won’t occur to next year’s budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed. "I am waiting for the 2017 Budget to be brought in Council to us.

Any hint of padding anyplace, it will be removed by me." Buhari reiterated that he'd experienced government since 1975, variously as governor, petroleum 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 assured that such would never occur again under his watch. The President said the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of animating the economy, guaranteeing the nation, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some people are deliberately turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the nation.

They don’t want to reflect on the situation where we're, economically. They need to live the same manner; they just want business as usual he said. On violence that attend rerun elections in the country, President Buhari stated: "I agonize within the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

We ought to have passed the period by which people killed because of who inhabits particular offices, and are beheaded. Then we don't have any business being around, if we can’t ensure decent elections. Edo State election was not bad, and that I anticipate Ondo State election to be better." Speaking on the anti-corruption cases before the courts, the President said he considered the cleanse currently going on "will bring about an improved judiciary. Nigerians will believe that we're serious." when people are sentenced

They can’t buy every one of the grains harvested this season, although Buhari equally told his guests that the progress being produced in agriculture and exploitation of solid minerals "gives a lot of expectation," including: "Our grains go as much as Central African Republic, to Burkina Faso. And next season should not be even worse. We'll concentrate on other products like cocoa, palm oil, and palm kernel, along with the grains. We can begin exporting rice in 18 months, and we are getting pesticides and fertilizers in preparation for next year."

Talking on behalf of members of GSG, Nwajiuba said the authorities had succeeded to a big extent on the security and anti-corruption fronts, adding that the group was positive the economy would soon experience a turn around, "as the government is working quite hard in that focus." The group said the biggest constituency of the President was the poor and lowly, and consequently recommended what it calls "a societal re armament of the poor."

He explained reports had suggested that a number of the apparatus were malfunctioning.

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

The www.naija 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 desired 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.

"I have telephoned the Head of Department of ICT to get smart cards for places with smart card challenges and quite soon they'll them.

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

No fewer than 1,280,580 voters with Permanent Voter Cards were expected to vote in the election out of the 28 contestants.

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

Minister Adamu Adamu said the Government would transform practical and science education to fast track the nation for technological development.

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

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

Polytechnics charged to breed the necessary professionals required in the country to accellarate development in science and technology.

He explained that the polytechnics must also serve as centers for instruction that was entreprenural, to prepare the youths for self reliance.

The minister commended the polytechnic for the provision of critical infrastructure which will place the institution in a vantage poistion to serve the country better.

Adamu warned students against indulging in dilemmas inimical for their future, including cultism, exam malpractice along with other deviant forms.

In his remarks, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi proposed the graduates to embrace agriculture in the place of waiting for white collar jobs.

He used the occasion to advocate the Academic Staff Union of Universities to amicably resolve all problems it has with government.

Bagudu assured the state government would continue to settle the enrollment and tuition fees of indigent students in the state studying in tertiary institutions.

Before, Mr Sani Zuru, the Rector of the polytechnic said 6, 351 pupils graduated, out of which 238 had differentiations, 1, 338 454 obtained pass mark.

He recorded some of the challenges confronting the polytechnic to include insufficient manpower and capital, 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 accreditation and voting 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 spoke.

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

Jegede, nonetheless, urged INEC to handle the challenge of defective smart card readers in polling units.

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

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

After he previously voted at his Igbo Ward III Polling Unit 005 Oke said this within an interview with newsmen.

It's embarrassing as a candidate that the card reader couldn't easily get my hand,’’ he said, although "I 'm not easily frustrated.

Oke noted that the electoral process in the nation was not a perfect one.

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

The AD candidate, nevertheless, said he was impressed with the turnout of voters in Ilaje council region.

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

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

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

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

Jegede, nevertheless, advocated INEC to undertake the challenge of defective smart card readers in polling units.

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

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 am not easily frustrated, but it's embarrassing as a candidate the card reader could not easily get my hand,’’ he said.

Oke noted that the electoral process in the state wasn't an ideal one.

The bella naija entertainment news Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Oke voted at 9.17 a.m.

The AD candidate, nevertheless, said he was impressed together with the turnout of voters in Ilaje council place.

Four persons were killed when unknown gunmen attacked Mile One Village in Tafan District, Kaduna State on Friday while several houses including the house of the village head were combusted.

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

The Interim Chairman of Jema’a local Government Region, Dr Bege Katuka, affirmed the incident via telephone.

He said: "I simply left on the affected village barely 30 minutes ago, I was there to gauge the extent of damage.’’

However, reports say the residents of the neighbouring hamlets of Ungwuan Kagoro, Ungwuan Ninzo and Gidan Waya have fled for anxiety about potential attacks.

NAN reports that the hamlets, along with Kaduna State College of Education, happen to be turned to ghost towns.

NAN also recalls that Pasakori Village which share boundaries came under similar attack on Thursday.

At last, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has verified that one of the helicopters recently inherited in 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 from the Presidential fleet.

It was widely reported on Thursday that among the helicopters crashed while on a mission to give logistics. All attempts to get official reply Ayodele Famuyiwa, from the NAF spokesman, proved abortive, as he answered calls to lines nor returned same.

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Online security platform, PRNigeria, additionally reflected in their own statement that even though its team worked tirelessly to get timely answer to be issued by the NAF on the crash, this belated rejoinder may still be beneficial to clear latest naija news.com the air.

The release reads in part: "Contrary to the crash report, it is relevant to convey the mishap occurred while the chopper was taxing following a fruitful mission.

"The event occurred last week at 33 on the tarmac Makurdi, Logistics Group 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 could be conveyed to people.
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My Beloved Naija Youths,

For some people, water don pass garri. For many of us, we're stuck in this wilderness without spot to go, no hope for tomorrow. Me, AreaFada, I understand what we all are going through right now. Eyes dey see Reddish. The question many are asking is Where's the change promised us? Really, my men, these are crazy times, and many of us are about to snap. I dey feel una expire. Una cup don full.

How many people dey look for occupations wey no dey? See how consistent frustration and stagnation dey destroy many people! What about the ones that have trashed all the goodness they understand dwells in them to become what they themselves dont know because it is now a lethal rat race and guy must live? I signify you all in this Naija wilds, filled with this much wickedness. I must confess, I have had periods of lengthy self-pity, sometimes I've felt tricked by this state, some other times I've wished I was still at the prime of my youth so that I could take out some of those who've sold our future. Na God go punish dem.

I see how so many of us have lost faith in this nation, with many more certain that there can be no chance of a turnaround, because they see Naija as a lost case. The ones that have power and are in power are far too comfortable to detect the pain of those who endure, and those that suffer have no power to speak the truth to power. On one hand are those corrupted by power, and on the other are those corrupted by weakness and absurd anxiety. Oh Naija! Which way?

Yet critical our situation is, it is time for the exceptional Nigerian youth to rescue us, as no nation ever develops without www.naija breaking news today far from the clutches of sycophants, mediocrity and narrowminded mindsets.

Stand tall even when you've got no reason to stand.

However awful things are, I still see rays of light, with the stories of youngsters like Akeem Adeyemo who went on to graduate with finest overall consequence after falling upon multitudes of challenges academically, socially and fiscally, Ade I hail.

View Adeyemos complete story and pictures here.

Another example is Susan Asakpa, who after studying Accounting in the University, combed the roads in search of gainful employment but when there was none, decided to create one by becoming a cabbie.
See her full story and images here

These are pointers to the fact, that regardless of how awful things are, staying focused, tenacious, and consistent will get us closer to our dreams.

It is good, weather dem like am or not.

A new music reality TV show is set to reward accurate abilities in Nigeria.

Based on the organiser Emeka Godfrey, the reasons for the music reality TV show is to provide a platform for young, aspiring entertainers to use their potentials. In the light of this, some players in the music business have come together to create the new music competition/ reality TV show titled the Naija Hall of Fame Africa.
The show promises a mix of entertainment and imagination while supplying fresh music notions, contents, and street sense flavoured with fashion, dance steps, beats and a lot more. www naija latest news The idea behind this is to discover and develop new African gifts.
In the coming days, star guests and judges for the show are anticipated to be officially announced.

The Lagos state government on Tuesday closed down a fresh lotto business, Naija Lottery, for running without an operating license and legal licenses from the state.

The combined team arrived at the Naija Lottery office found in Jibowu place of Lagos state and proceeded to seal up the business which, they maintained, was operating illegally in Lagos state.
Initially the law enforcers faced a bit of opposition from the security guards and an officer of the company who attempted to stop them from gaining use of the premises.
Eventually, another staff member of the business intervened, and the LSBS team was permitted to conduct their enforcement duty.

Meanwhile a senior staff of Naija Lottery, only identified as George, claimed that the company was duly running under the law of Nigeria and had procured a permit in the National Lottery Regulatory Commission which, he said, guarantees their services and lotto tasks in any part of Nigeria.
Umaren countered the claims, saying that the company had failed to create a permit in the Lagos states regulatory board, which he said is the requirement of the law of the state before the commencement of a lotto business or any venture that's game-connected.
He added that anything contrary to the gratification of such requirement is a breach of the law and illegal.

Kenyan girls love foreign men. That is an open secret. The additional a guy is from Kenya, the better.

Tanzania and Uganda isn't foreign. Nigeria and everywhere in West Africa is.



But foreign guys think Kenyan girls are cheapskates. They dont mind dropping their feminism guns when a Naija bro comes knocking.

Take this example.

Shiro, the dancing queen, was dropping it like its hot, shaking what her mama gave her to the enjoyment of her guy who couldnt conceal his delight.

Turn, Shiro, turn! Oga shouted in the typical Nigerian accent that made the word turn, sound like short ton, as he motivated the passionate dancer to let loose in the four-minute clip, which he assured to delete after the show.

Remember the controversial Nairobi-based Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu?

Before he was deported in 2013, he was quoted as saying, We are doing Kenya a favour by marrying their girls. I've never heard of a Kenyan guy marrying a Nigerian...

This caused a disagreement pegged on why Kenyan women fall head-over-heels for Nigerian guys.

This writer spent a day or two in Nigeria which gave her an opportunity to observe the Naija brodas, some of whom pointedly held that its cheaper to keep a Kenyan woman when compared to a Naija one.

But are Kenyan girls extremely cheap in the eyes of foreign guys? Possibly, if you ask those Nigerian brodas our sisters adore to bits. And this is why they are affordable according to the Ogas:

They're easy processors funga

For most Nigerian men, wooing their women is a ceremony. Damilola Sonji spent four years in Kenya and thinks wooing a Kenyan woman is much simpler and more economical than a Nigerian, since its tough getting as many one-night stands from them as he got in Kenya.

You see, a Kenyan girl is completely different. You'll be able to meet in a cabaret and end up with her in your house without any expectations. Naija girls, on the other hand, expect you to bring down paradises for them. You might even end up purchasing a house for her before you are able to take her to bed, promised Damilola.

Distressed for cheap beer

While Kenyan girls easily drown bottles of stouts (without combining with pop), a Nigerian will just swill stout drinks at her local. The instant a Nigerian mother saunters into a club, there's man already ordering drinks for her. And its that dark and bitter engine oil.

Diana Bada, a Russia-created Nigerian musician, who was in Kenya for a month concurs that Kenyan girls are, indeed, different.

In Nigeria, its nearly clear that women dont spend girls in a nightclub. Our men take care of us and thats their obligation. It doesn't necessarily mean you will go home and sleep with him. Its only our culture, said the musician who performed at Ole Sereni in Nairobi, in Kilifi and in Mombasa.

Diana says that she was shocked to see her pal panic when one of their Nigerian friends offered to drop them home.



We went to eat at a Nigerian restaurant and it turned out that the owners knew my buddy. They consequently offered us a car to drop us dwelling and save us taxi cash. We were even given clothes by the individuals who also own a fashion house. My friend almost had a heart attack believing the guy needed more.

Sponsor attitude

Socialites have singlehandedly convinced young girls that there's good life in Nigeria. Actually, nowadays most local girls are posing nude online, revealing their behinds expecting someone in Lagos will take note and fly them out.

Nigerian musician, General Pipe, asserts its not always as rosy as it appears in Nigeria, but is shocked at the lengths Kenyan women go just to bag a Nigerian man.

She nearly slept on the roads, but was saved by a fellow Kenyan. She spent the rest of her days cosying up with any guy with a nice footwear. Naija smashers can make you pay for his or her flight to your nation and never show up because they'll somehow find a method to sell the ticket! said the musician who lived in Kenya in 2012.

They adore to chop, chop around

Kenyan girls think its a badge of honour to sleep with a foreigner after understanding their surname.

Folorunsho Agbede, a Nigerian teacher who was in the state for just a week, says she was shocked at the actions that went on in the hotel she was staying.

It was a convention for Nigerian and Kenyan teachers and we were staying at a high end hotel near Valley Road in Nairobi. I noticed that our Kenyan female counterparts were sharing rooms with our Nigerian male co-workers merely two days after we met. I know some of those men are married back at home, so this actually came as a shocker. Im not saying that we're perfect, perhaps we have been just difficult, said Folorunsho.

They have low self esteem

Kenyan women aren't as assured as their Naija counterparts. Kenyan lasses are also more reserved. Olamide Ojuon, a Nairobi-based physical education instructor, says he would date a Kenyan girl, but never wed one. I simply believe that Kenyan girls are not confident. I wish I could show you the messages I get from girls I've broken up with and how they react.

They always ask where they 2day naija news went wrong. If a girl is confident, she should know that she is amazing and a man who leaves her is the loser. I'd like an aggressive woman. I need to pursue someone so once I get them, I wont want to lose them. Perhaps I will just discover that back home, he said.

They've been willing breadwinners

A never-do-well Nigerian man can find an area lass who can take care of his statements, but for Nigerian women, that is a no-no. A man should provide for you, your family and friends if possible, reasons Chike Adobi. Thats his obligation. For a Naija babe to get with a guy, he must be willing to chop money. Isnt that the same in Kenya? she inquired, but things usually are not the same here for some girls who are willing breadwinners.

Kenyan girls marry anyone

Apart from a few instances of influential families, Kenyan girls readily get married to whoever they fancy and her family just get to understand when she has three children who are about to register as voters! a

But when a Naija girl shows interest in a guy, her family begins studying his background.

Union in Nigeria is a really big deal and thats why girls and guys dont rush into it. When a girl shows interest in a guy, the household begins snooping merely to learn his background. Thats why Naija girls are very choosy, Nigerian musician Flavor told The Nairobian in an earlier interview to clarify why he was still single.

The Minister of State for Industry, Commerce and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, on Friday in Abuja said that the ministry would soon launch a national to encourage Nigerians to patronise made-in Nigieria products.
The campaign is labeled, Patronise Naija Products.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Aminu Bisala, the minister lauded the partnership deal directed at fostering local production of leathers and other footwear products.

This venture is really commendable and there's no reason why it cannot be supported.

Already, the ministry is furthering the campaign for made-in-Nigeria products, for us in Nigeria to use up what we create and produce what we consume, as well as go beyond that to export.

We've the people, we've the brain, we have the resources, and so there's nothing stopping us. As a country we are proud of our commodities, we're proud of our products.

It's for the producers to ensure quality. The average Nigerian wants value for money and that is why perhaps in the past you find them patronising even substandard foreign goods with the thinking they are getting quality.

So, this can be a laudable venture, and along with the Patronise Naija Products campaign, which we are going to launch very soon; we are going to support all similar initiatives not only in shoe production, but in all areas of SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

And I assure you the government is doing all it can to further that cause. That's the nature of the government, we're going to ensure the patronage of made in Nigeria products with all the patriotism of Nigerians that it deserves.

So, I commend you, and the foreign partner, it is a really welcome development. So, we expect in no distant future, we will not only be supplying the national market but also the West African marketplace and even to South Africa.

Okonkwo listed the economic benefits for the country to contain job opportunities for Nigerians and local work force development in mechanised shoe creation.

He expressed his readiness to associate with interested state governments in establishing shoe factories in their domain names and training their indigenes in the art for economical development.

Chief Executive Officer of Labora, Mr Desmond Chunderlal, said that Nigerians were deprived of affordable locally made quality footwear because of the lack of a organized footwear sector in the country.

Chunderlal, however, said that with the partnership, the situation would soon be reversed for the general development of the nations economy.

Every cloud has a silver lining, as they say in these climes. The naira naija news is not likely to recover in the mortal wounds inflicted the pound sterling, by the pugilistically First class American dollar, the Euro and also the Chinese Yuan. Way too many Reverses for one young money. Super minister Raji Fashola has more problems on his hands compared to rashes on his pubescent kidss butt as electricity dipped to zero but may Just be scaling. Naija businesses understand that necessity is the mother of invention; they generate their own electricity Staying clear of the national grid that's black.

In Naija, we do t complain by what could be helped, we innovate. We may not be doing our surroundings any great as images from the UTC Shopping Complex in Abuja testifies, but we were in the front row at the last Climate Change summit in Paris. Give! A thinking State would have mustered the store owners install solar panels for the complex or to purchase one big power set, but thinking is a tough job that pays little dividends.

Early in the year when the Uncommon foreign exchange was booked by Sai Baba some industrialists complained might shut down, as they wouldn't Handle to source for the raw materials at black market rate. It was an empty threat - They are living by just improvising. Without worrying the Central Bank parents, including state governments training students abroad have found inventive ways of meeting school fees. Such resilience reminds you of the tagline - cat kill the beetle.
Authorities houses would starve workers or run without commissioners than reduce their governors convoy. To their workers, most governors appealed on May Day to be calm and considerate. They dressed down for a couple of hours and brazed the scorching sun to take solidarity salute. It is one of the sacrifices they make for his or her self-preservation. State assemblies have exhibited come-raid understanding.

Try Venezuela for size if you believe Naija is toast. Why did I recall that? Well, one beautiful October morning the late Dora Akunyili, in 2010 appealed with Naija refineries to Venezuela for help. Diplomatic caution threw to the winds and took Naija to the cleaners. He gloated about how its oil resources have been Managed by Venezuela by Enhancing societal infrastructure and investing in free education, Well being. Years after, Hugo Chavez its president perished seeking help from Cuban physicians. It turned out; Arundeli was being economical with the truth, which Simply is not unusual in diplomacy.
While Naija NLC officials were singing songs in churches, their clock one hour transferred forward to save on power. Obviously, Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelas new president blames his states energy crisis on drought. Apparently schools, which now run four days per week have been additionally impacted by the drought. It Impacted malls now mandated to open for half their normal hours and to create their own electricity. Seemingly in Venezuela, Critical commodities has also affected as citizens spend seven hours to buy soaps, milk and toilet paper - blame the drought, blame America.
For all the problem of Naija, here is a blunt reason why both Kemi Adeosun and Ndoma Udo Udoma should send a message to their own pastors to Order a service which is thanksgiving. Raji Fashola should speak with his Imam to follow suit. The Naija economy is not great, but at least we haven't reduced the number of Vehicles in the presidents convoy nor do we have strategies to sell airplanes in the presidential air fleet.

Some states might not have paid their workers wages but not Edo. Lately, Edo procured a $75 million development loan from your World Bank to pilot development, create employment and generate sales. I 'm not gloomy to Inform although Edolites might not Get the approach where the magic works that it is generating dividends. As he approaches the eve of his come-raid departure, Oshio Baba has declared an Eldorado for Edo workers - a N25,000 minimum wage. The way things are going, Oshiomole can offer Maduro on turning stagnated Marketplaces approximately some advice.
Edo Merely isn't alone, since paying wages is a monumental Achievement in Naija; some governors have found Smart manners of meeting that yearning. He organized to make sure they got the alarm for their May wages, while observing May Day together. This may be the first Indicator that Cross Rivers would be paying wages in advance. That is another exportable commodity that can benefit Caracas. Next time you see Ambassador Arundeli, tell him - better Naijas hell that is Genuine than Venezuelas fictional paradise! In case he'st been paid his wages, he should Take his pride and conversation to Kemi Adeosun!
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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 outlook and orientation for the state to make progress even as the state is passing through challenging times.

Dogara said if nigeria breaking news naija.com would be to see significant progress in quality of leadership and governing, 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 an associate 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 should also understand that leaders are recruited from among them.

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

There is certainly consistently expectations from citizens for leaders to show a higher standard of behaviour. Clearly, it is good that people who call themselves leaders should aspire to maintain higher standards.

But what exactly is wrong with the narrative, particularly in breaking naija news live, is that in many cases, citizens anticipate that only leaders must live above board. This nation can only just make progress if all the citizens and leaders conclude that in their day-to-day endeavors, they will preserve the greatest of standards.

Because if you anticipate just leaders to do the right thing, the direction recruiting process is such that leaders constantly emerge in the people.

Dogara admonished politicians to place their trust in God because power comes from God, success comes from God, no one, regardless of how strong he or she is, can give you power.

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 character and never political party association, saying that he's 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 Naijas currency swap deal with China

Separated 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 largest economy, President Muhammadu Buhari struck a naira and yuan swap deal, scripted to facilitate trade transactions between both states, devoid of current exchange challenges with the United State dollar.

Moreover, the deal, based on Presidency sources, has the potenrial of shoring up the value of the nations money, in the forex market, through a concomitant emergent bidding scheme, with tactical reduced need for dollar and other major currencies, apart from the yuan.

The currency swap deal is composed of an agreement between two central banks, at least one of which must be an international money issuer, to swap their monies. The central banks party to the swap trade can lend 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 that 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 impact 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 that the currency swap scheme would address , on a short-term basis, the current liquidity challenge in the countries foreign exchange market.

He said: I believe that Nigerias overriding aim for the currency swap would be to address short-term foreign currency liquidity challenges which has led to CBNs inability to meet foreign currency demands. With the currency swap, based on the value, an important part of Nigerias import invoices from China would now be denominated and settled in yuan, therefore reducing the interest in dollar by Nigerias importers.

Nonetheless, he pointed out that 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 contracted exchange rate, will definitely support importation and stifle local production of goods.

I suggest that the Government should try and incorporate a strategy just like that of the cement sector policy, which would require some of the imports from China to be made locally after a defined timeline, particularly if Nigeria has relative manufacturing advantage for such products. Examples that can readily come to mind include textiles, plastics, ceramics, among others.

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

That action was taken at a time when the U.S. economy was especially vulnerable due to the weakness of their market after the global 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 raising pressure on the U.S. dollar, which has gone haywire in the foreign exchange market.

In accordance with Olatujoye , the determination has the capability 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 in regard 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 deterred American and Western investors in the Nigerian market.

The NPPAN president allayed any concern that the determination could bring about the higher importation of Chinese goods into Naija, citing the economic rivalry or currency war between China and America.

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

The Chairman, Mobile Applications Alternative, Chris Uwaje, considered the naira to yuan swap arrangement should reduce the pressure on the naira if properly implemented.

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

Uwaje continued: We dont should 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 urged Buharis economical team to see the way the state can indeed leverage on the technology prowess of China for naija news latest to achieve a sustainable economy.

According to Gbade Buraimoh, a Lagos-based financial expert, the pursuit for dollar through banks will undoubtedly reduce, as all trades between Naija and China will take yuan in place of dollar.

He noticed that oil sales from Nigeria to China would be settled in Chinese money, stressing that accessibility to yuan would also be easier.

The swap will remove challenges originating from transactions with the dollar and promote company flexibility between Nigerian and Chinese, Buraimoh described.

The Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf agreed the swap deal would smoothen the payment system in the bilateral trade between both countries but stressed that it might not really fortify the naira in the foreign exchange marketplace, as the nation would have to enhance its productive base to achieve that.

An Abuja-based international affairs and diplomacy expert, Kadiri Abdulrahman, viewed the currency swap deal as a confident 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 kind of arrangement with. The Asian power station 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 deals were intended not only to stabilise the international financial market, but also to ease bilateral trade and investment.

Meanwhile, the good thing about the currency swap deal and other agreements reached in Beijing during Buharis excursion to the Far East Asia country has rubbed off on the air travel sector, as a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace announced that it would shortly commence scheduled flight to China from Enugu.

Chairman of Air Peace, Allen Onyema shown at the Enugu Economic Summit that the airline has been made Nigerias official flag carrier for the route.

The government and the flying people created a yearning opening, all the arrangements in this nation 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 is a lot of quality, so they decided 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 in Guangzhou, China said his administration would take urgent steps to restructure Nigeria’s economy by supporting new investments in production, agriculture and mining.

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



"This time we'll be more purposeful. Companies and the government will be involved," Buhari said.

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

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

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

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

According to 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.

Other deals declared and signed during the visit, based on 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 additionally signed an agreement valued at 200million dollars for the construction of two 500MT/day float gas facilities.

It further stated that an agreement, valued at downstream industrial park in Kogi State and $363 million for the establishment of an extensive farm was also declared at the Nigeria-China business forum.

In addition, agreements getting discussions include a $500 million project for the supply of television broadcast equipment and a $25 million facility for production of pre-paid smart meters between Mojec International Limited and Microstar Company Limited.

In accordance with the statement, about 100 Nigerian businesses and 300 Chinese companies participated in the Nigeria-China business forum, which took place a day after his v isit was begun by Buhari to China.
ICPC charges Nigerians on need to fight with corruption

Mr Ekpo Nta, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has said that Nigerians must conclude to reduce corruption to the barest minimum by eschewing and acting against it.

He stated this on Friday while speaking to participants of 21st session of Policy, Strategy and Leadership lessons of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studeis (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, at the commission's headquarters in Abuja.

Talking on "The Part of ICPC in the War Against Corruption: Mandate, Strategies and Challenges’’, Nta said that corruption was a huge challenge that attested at all levels and confronted the country.

The class that was started eight years ago by NIPSS is directed at creating a crucial means of getting technocrats involved with policy making for national growth.

He said that the threat was a worldwide phenomenon which wasn't limited to Nigeria.

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

He said that though public understanding was the commission was just participated in prosecuting corrupt government officials due to the sentiments it was focusing on other corrupt practices.

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

Nta said the commission was at present investigation a state where public funds were transferred into three different bank accounts, adding the details would be made public in due time.

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

He said that the measure followed reported instances of student harassment in some universities in the state.

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

He stressed that it was regrettable that it still continued, as the legislations seemed not to be helping the issues.

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

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

The news on naija Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the course participants were drawn from the military, the Police and other government agencies.

The 21st session of the course focused on corruption in the country and the indices driving it.
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My Dear naija news sites Youths,

For some people, water don pass garri. For many of us, we're stuck in this wilderness without place to go, no hope for tomorrow. Me, AreaFada, I understand what we all are going through right now. Eyes dey see Red. The question many are asking is Where is the change assured us? Really, my guys, these are crazy times, and most folks are about to snap. I dey feel una die. Una cup don total.

How many folks dey look for jobs wey no dey? See how consistent frustration and stagnation dey destroy many of us! What about the ones who have panned all the goodness they know dwells in them to become what they themselves dont know because it is now a lethal rat race and guy must endure? I signify you all in this Naija wilds, filled with so much wickedness. I must admit, I 've had periods of lengthy self pity, occasionally I 've felt tricked by this nation, some other times I've wished I was still at the prime of my youth so that I could take out some of those individuals who have sold our future. Na God go penalize dem.

I see how so many people have lost faith in this state, with many more certain that there can be no chance of a reversal, because they see Naija as a lost case. Those who have power and are in power are far too comfortable to see the pain of those who endure, and people who suffer have no power to speak the truth to power. On one hand are those corrupted by power, and latest news on naija.com the other are those corrupted by weakness and irrational anxiety. Oh Naija! Which way?

However critical our situation is, it's time for the extraordinary Nigerian youth to save us, as no nation ever develops without breaking far from the clutches of sycophants, mediocrity and narrow-minded mindsets.

The exceptional youth is the one who in-spite of the gory story, woes and disappointments from all nook and cranny, understands that quitting or giving up on him/herself just isn't a choice. Stand tall even when you've got no reason to stand.

However awful things are, I still see rays of light, with the stories of children like Akeem Adeyemo who went to graduate with greatest overall effect after encountering myriads of challenges academically, socially and fiscally, Ade I hail.

See Adeyemos full story and images here.

Another example is Susan Asakpa, who after studying Accounting in the University, combed the streets in search of gainful employment but when there was none, determined to create one by becoming a cabbie.
See her complete story and graphics here

These are pointers to the fact, that regardless of how bad things are, staying focused, tenacious, and consistent will get us closer to our dreams.

It really is good, weather dem like am or not.

A brand new music reality TV show is set to reward true talents in Nigeria.

Tagged Naija Hall of Fame Africa (NHFA), the reality show packaged by Fixit Entertainment will kick off this month, March 2016 with the purpose of changing the face of music in Nigeria.

Based on the organiser Emeka Godfrey, the reasons for the music reality TV show will be to supply a platform for young, aspiring entertainers to utilize their potentials. In the light of this, some players in the music industry have come together to create the new music competition/ reality TV show titled the Naija Hall of Fame Africa.
The show promises a combination of amusement and imagination while supplying new music concepts, contents, and road sense flavoured with fashion, dance steps, beats and a lot more. The notion behind this is to detect and develop new African talents.
In the coming days, celeb guests and judges for the show are anticipated to be officially announced.

The Lagos state government on Tuesday closed down a new lotto company, Naija Lottery, for running without an operating permit and legal permits in the state.

The combined team arrived at the lastest naija news Lottery office located in Jibowu area of Lagos state and went to seal up the business which, they asserted, was operating illegally in Lagos state.
Initially the law enforcers confronted a little opposition from the security guards and an officer of the firm who tried to stop them from gaining access to the premises.
Eventually, another staff member of the business interceded, and the LSBS team was permitted to conduct their enforcement obligation.

Meanwhile a senior staff of Naija Lottery, merely identified as George, promised that the company was duly managing under the law of Nigeria and had procured a license from the National Lottery Regulatory Commission which, he said, guarantees their services and lotto activities in any part of Nigeria.
He added that anything contrary to the gratification of such requirement is a breach of the law and prohibited.

Kenyan women love foreign men. That is an open secret. The additional a man is from Kenya, the better.

Tanzania and Uganda is not foreign. Nigeria and anywhere in West Africa is.



But foreign guys think Kenyan girls are cheapskates. They dont mind dropping their feminism guns when a Naija bro comes knocking.

Consider this example. A month ago, a video featuring a half-naked Kenyan girl dancing seductively for a man with a heavy Nigerian emphasis (who could only be heard in the background) went viral.

Shiro, the dancing queen, was dropping it like its hot, trembling what her mama gave her to the happiness of her guy who couldnt hide his delight.



Trust me, if the man in question was a Kasyoki, Kamande or Ondiek, Kenyan women would have taken to the streets to protest.

Remember the contentious Nairobi-based Nigerian businessman Anthony Chinedu?

I've never heard of a Kenyan man marrying a Nigerian...

This led to a discourse pegged on why Kenyan girls fall head over heels for Nigerian men.

This writer spent a day or two in Nigeria which gave her an opportunity to discover the Naija brodas, some of whom pointedly declared that its more economical to maintain a Kenyan woman when compared to a Naija one.

But are Kenyan women really cheap in the eyes of foreign guys? Maybe, if you ask those Nigerian brodas our sisters love to bits. And this is why they're low-cost according to the Ogas:

They're simple chips funga

For most Nigerian men, wooing their women is a ceremony. Damilola Sonji spent four years in Kenya and believes wooing a Kenyan woman is much simpler and more affordable when compared to a Nigerian, since its tough getting as many one-night stands from them as he got in Kenya.

You see, a Kenyan woman is completely different. You'll be able to meet in a club and find yourself with her in your house without the expectations. Naija girls, on the other hand, expect you to bring down paradises for them. You might even wind up purchasing a house for her before you are able to take her to bed, promised Damilola.

Desperate for affordable beer

While Kenyan girls readily drown bottles of stouts (without mixing with pop), a Nigerian will just swill stout drinks at her local. The second a Nigerian mama saunters into a nightclub, there's man already ordering drinks for her.

Diana Bada, a Russia-created Nigerian musician, who was in Kenya for a month concurs that Kenyan girls are, indeed, distinct.

In Nigeria, its almost apparent that girls dont spend women in a cabaret. Our men take care of us and thats their responsibility. It doesn't automatically mean you will go home and sleep with him. Its just our culture, said the musician who performed at Ole Sereni in Nairobi, in Kilifi and in Mombasa.

Diana says that she was shocked to see her pal panic when one of their Nigerian friends volunteered to drop them home.



They so offered us a car to drop us home and save us cab cash. We were even given clothing by the people who also own a fashion house. My friend almost had a heart attack believing the guy desired more.

Patron attitude

Socialites have single handedly convinced young girls that there is good life in Nigeria. Actually, nowadays most local girls are posing nude online, displaying their behinds hoping someone in Lagos will take note and fly them out.

Nigerian musician, General Pipe, maintains its not always as rosy as it appears in Nigeria, but is shocked at the lengths Kenyan women go just to bag a Nigerian man.

She nearly slept on the streets, but was saved by a fellow Kenyan. She spent the remainder of her days cosying up with any guy with a nice footwear. Naija smashers can make you pay for his or her flight to your own state and never show up because they will somehow find a method to sell the ticket! said the musician who lived in Kenya in 2012.

They love to chop, chop about

Kenyan girls think its a badge of honour to sleep with a foreigner after knowing their surname.

I know a few of these men are wed back at home, so this actually came as a shocker. Im not saying that we are perfect, perhaps we're only hard, said Folorunsho.

They will have low self esteem

Kenyan girls aren't confident as their Naija counterparts. Kenyan lasses are also more booked. Olamide Ojuon, a Nairobi-based physical education teacher, says he'd date a Kenyan girl, but never marry one. I just feel that Kenyan girls aren't confident. I wish I could demonstrate the messages I get from girls I 've broken up with and how they respond.

They constantly ask where they went wrong. If your girl is confident, she should know that she is delightful and a man who leaves her is the loser. I want an aggressive woman. I want to chase someone so once I get them, I wont want to lose them. Perhaps I will only find that back home, he said.

They're willing breadwinners

A never-do-well Nigerian man can locate a nearby lass who may take care of his bills, but for Nigerian women, that is a no-no. A guy should provide for you, your friends and family if possible, reasons Chike Adobi. Thats his obligation. For a Naija smasher to get with a guy, he must be willing to chop cash. Isnt that the same in Kenya? No romance without finance, right? she asked, but things aren't the same here for some women who are willing breadwinners.

Kenyan girls wed anyone

Apart from several instances of influential families, Kenyan girls readily get married to whoever they fantasy and her family only get to know when she's three kids who are about to register as voters! a

However, when a Naija girl shows interest in a man, her family begins researching his background.

Union in Nigeria is an incredibly big deal and thats why women and guys dont run into it. When a girl shows interest in a guy, the household starts snooping just to discover his background. Thats why Naija girls are very choosy, Nigerian musician Flavor told The Nairobian in an earlier interview to explain why he was still single.

The Minister of State for Industry, Commerce and Investment, Hajia Aisha Abubakar, on Friday in Abuja said that the ministry would shortly establish a national to encourage Nigerians to patronise made-in Nigieria merchandises.
Abubakar said this at the signing of a footwear production deal between Global Smartfit Nigeria Ltd and Labora Shoes Ltd of South Africa in her office.

The effort is labeled, Patronise Naija Products.

This endeavor is really commendable and there is absolutely no reason why it cannot be supported.

Already, the ministry is furthering the effort for made-in-Nigeria products, for us in Nigeria to use up what we produce and create what we consume, and also go beyond that to export.

We have the folks, we have the brain, we have the resources, and so there's nothing stopping us. As a nation we are proud of our commodities, we're happy with our products.

It really is for the producers to ensure quality. The average Nigerian desires value for money and that's why maybe in the past you find them patronising even substandard foreign goods with the thinking they are getting quality.

So, this can be a laudable endeavor, and along with the Patronise Naija Products campaign, which we are going to launch very shortly; we are going to support all similar initiatives not only in shoe production, but in every area of SMEs (small and medium enterprises).

That is certainly the nature of the government, we are going to be sure the patronage of made in Nigeria products with all the patriotism of Nigerians that it deserves.

Thus, I commend you, and the foreign partner, it really is an extremely welcome development. So, we hope in no distant future, we will not only be providing the national market but also the West African marketplace and also to South Africa.

Mr Ogonna Okonkwo, the Managing Director of Global Smartfit, an indigenous footwear manufacturing company, said that the partnership would result in the establishment of shoe factories in different areas of the nation.

Okonkwo listed the economical advantages for the state to contain job opportunities for Nigerians and local manpower development in mechanised shoe creation.

He expressed his readiness to partner with interested state governments in establishing shoe factories in their own domain names and training their indigenes in the artwork for economic development.

Chief Executive Officer of Labora, Mr Desmond Chunderlal, said that Nigerians were deprived of affordable locally made quality footwear due to the absence of a organized footwear industry in the state.

Chunderlal, nevertheless, said that with the partnership, the situation would soon be rescinded for the general development of the nations market.

Every cloud has a silver lining, as they say in these climes. The Naira is improbable to recuperate in the mortal wounds inflicted by the pugilistically exceptional American dollar, the pound sterling, the Euro and additionally the Chinese Yuan. Lots of setbacks for one youthful money. Superb minister Raji Fashola has more troubles on his hands as opposed to rashes on his pubescent kidss behind as electricity dipped to zero but may soon be scaling.

In Naija, we do Around what could be helped, we innovate t whine. As graphics in the UTC Shopping Complex in Abuja testifies we may not be doing our Environment any Excellent, but we were in the front row at the last Climate Change conference in Paris. Give thanks! A thinking Nation would have mustered the store owners install solar panels for the complex or to purchase one Enormous power set, but Considering is a tough occupation that pays little dividends.

Early in the year when Sai Baba booked the Uncommon foreign exchange for his foreign junkets, some industrialists whined might shut down, as they Would not manage to source for the raw materials at market speed that was black. It was an empty threat - they're Bearing by only improvising. Without disturbing the Central Bank parents, including state governments training pupils abroad have found inventive ways of matching school fees.
Authorities houses run without commissioners or would starve workers than reduce their governors convoy. Most governors appealed to their workers to be composure and considerate. They dressed down for a few hours and brazed the scorching sun to take solidarity salute. It is among the sacrifices they make for his or her self preservation. State assemblies have exhibited come-raid comprehension.

If you believe Naija is pledge, attempt Venezuela for size. Why did I remember that? Well, one beautiful October morning in 2010, the late Dora Akunyili appealed with Naija refineries to Venezuela for help. The ambassador, Enrique Fernando Arundeli threw diplomatic caution to the winds and took Naija to the cleaners. He gloated about how its oil resources have been handled by Venezuela by investing in free education, well-being and improving Social infrastructure. Years after, Hugo Chavez its president expired seeking help from Cuban doctors. It turned out; Arundeli was being economical with the truth, which Merely is not unusual in diplomacy.
Of course, Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelas new president blames drought for his states energy crisis. Seemingly schools, which run four days per week have been also changed by the drought. It affected malls mandated to open for half their Average hours and to create their own electricity. Seemingly in Venezuela, the drought has also changed commodities that were Critical as citizens now spend seven hours to purchase milk, soaps and toilet paper - blame the drought, blame America.
For all the trouble of Naija, here is a frank reason why both Kemi Adeosun and Ndoma Udo Udoma should send a message to their own pastors to Order a thanksgiving service. Raji Fashola should communicate with his Imam. The Naija Marketplace is not great, but we Have not reduced the number of autos in the presidents convoy nor do we have plans to sell planes in the presidential air fleet.

Some states might not have paid their workers wages but not Edo. Not long past, Edo secured a $75 million development loan from your World Bank to pilot development, Yield earnings and create employment. I'm not gloomy to advise that it's Creating dividends although Edolites mightn't comprehend the manner the magic works.
Since paying wages is now a monumental achievement in Naija, Edo Merely is not alone; some governors have found Creative ways of fulfilling that yearning. He Arranged to be confident they got the alarm for their May salary while celebrating May Day with them. This may be the first signal that Cross Rivers would be paying wages in advance. This can be another exportable commodity that can gain Caracas. Next time you see Ambassador Arundeli, tell him - better real hell is sed by Naija than Venezuelas fanciful Heaven! In case he hast been paid his salary, he should Take his pride and discuss to Kemi Adeosun!
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Senate moves to amend DSS Act, Congressmen summon AGF, Daura


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

The Senate yesterday condemned what it called "the draconian mode" in which the DSS invaded the dwellings of the judges last Saturday and arrested them.

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 would be to give an opportunity to defend the actions to the AGF and the DSS.

Contemplating 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 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, asserting that based on the principle of separation of powers, the security agency is 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 matter, it was subjected by Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara to voice vote, in which those who favoured the thought carried the day.

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

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

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

Gowon said: "It is a serious matter that judges could be detained. By law, you cannot merely detain anybody outside regulations, there should have been an appropriate way of doing it."

Adopting a motion raised via matter of pressing national significance by Joshua Ledani (PDP, Gombe State), the Senate advocated President Muhammadu Buhari to call all security agencies to order to observe the rule of law in the discharge of the obligations.

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

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

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

Meanwhile, 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 economic downturn bills will be passed by end of 2016, says Saraki


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday said that the 8th Senate would work to satisfy a 2016 deadline for the passage of all the 11 economical-priority Bills that it has scheduled to undertake 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 recommended by the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), an initiative at which Nigerian Economic Summit Group is a significant associate.

The Senate President also said that one of the strategies the Senate must ensure the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in this administration, is always to break the Bill into different sections for easier passage. 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 outcomes, rather than procedures, "The Nigerian Senate continues to be able to pass 20 Bills for Final Reading in two weeks."

Speaking on the the organisers were lauded by the Senate President for keying into the Senate’s plan for generating more revenue from homegrown companies.

"Before this year, when in the Senate the ‘Made in Nigeria’ campaign was began by us, we knew how significant it was, but we didn't foresee how much it would go," he said. "To promote the patronage of our national companies, the Senate has gone as far as amending the procurement act to encourage government ministries, departments and agencies to key into this initiative."

"It is our hope that Nigerian companies can start to benefit from the finished N2 trillion naira in government expenditure 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 its sales generating systems were improved by Nigeria.

"What we need to do will be to enhance our corporate taxation system he said, "The Senate will be analyzing the different alternatives for achieving this in the 2017 budget cycle in order that we can strengthen the tax value chain. We'll also review other areas 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 event occurred at Sabon Kura hamlet in Ningi Local Government Region of the state.

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

One cutlass, three Dane guns, three handsets, some quantity of hard drugs, and local appeals were recovered from them.

Why fixed telephony services are dropping in Nigeria


Restoring fixed telephony services in the nation remains hard going by the present challenges in the sub-sector. The fixed telephony services market comprises institutions supplying voice services through physical media including wire or fibre optic cable instead of wireless transmission. These services may also be referred to as landline or dedicated line services.

Worried about the continued decline of fixed line subscription in the country, 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 mobile telephony.

Danbatta blamed the ongoing decline of fixed line telephony on total negligence by the telecoms operators and subscribers. He noted that before the advent 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's unexpectedly been neglected for cellular digital telephony.

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

Danbatta alleged that operators had been invited by the commission, many times, particularly those currently offering the service on how it can be improved in the country for a meeting, but none of them showed up. "We have encouraged the providers to discuss how we can renovate 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 get fixed line penetration rate at 0.01 per cent in Nigeria, whereas other states have better and deeper penetration. He clarified that when the digital technology came, their analogue technology never dropped, 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 early for Nigeria to renovate the sub-sector. This is an invitation to potential investors that set telephony has viable chances of booming in Nigeria. We've got the market. So as numerous investors which can be ready, the NCC is open for conversation and partnership."

But one of the operators, who spoke to The Guardian anonymously, said they didn't receive any letter of invitation from NCC for discussion on reviving fixed telephony in the state.

"The landline may not really flourish again, even with new policies because of several bureaucratic bottlenecks, notably from state governments, as it pertains to getting the right of way approval. They see telecoms operators as ‘cash cow’, so they where is the money now and are ready to charge us anyway?"

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

"Telecoms operators will stay the primary investors in fiber networks to expand high-speed rigid broadband services to business customers and suburban neighbourhoods and wealthy urban ," he said.

Really, fixed telephony services in Nigeria in the last 10 years have sustained a down profile, going as at August 2016. active from about five million to 349,185 with only 161,742 lines staying

However, while there are challenges, particularly with the dominance of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communication, The Guardian investigations have demonstrated that four telecommunications businesses are now keeping the operations alive, though on a low key.

But efforts 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 nation. 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) reveal that 21st Century has the greatest market share with 83 per cent penetration. One 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.

The Guardian findings showed that in other parts of Africa, for example Kenya and South Africa, where adoptions have been between high and low speeds, one another is engaging to animate it while Nigeria fights to stay afloat.

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Egyptian, Filipino kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

Pirates attacked a cargo vessel off the coast of Nigeria and kidnapped two crew members, a marine pro affirmed in the most recent high-seas strike in the Gulf of Guinea.

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

The crew gathered in the citadel after the ship had been boarded by the attackers, but two crew members — the Filipino 2nd officer and the Egyptian electrician — didn't make it there and were seized 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 shoreline of the oil-rich Niger delta region.

Steffen, the director of marine security at Risk Intelligence, said the goal was unusual and indicated the pirates were aiming at kidnapping rather than hijacking tankers because of their fuel freight.

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

Steffen linked the increase to the winding down of an amnesty scheme to former Niger Delta militants, who demanded a fairer share of oil revenue in the 2000s through sabotage and kidnapping.

Additionally, it revealed a trend of a decline in offshore piracy and abductions in the area around elections. Nigeria held presidential and parliamentary polls a year ago.


Nigeria loses N577b annual as tax incentives to companies

A fresh report by Actionaid and Tax Justice Network Africa has demonstrated that Nigeria is losing about $2.9 billion (N577.2 billion) sales yearly to corporate organizations as tax incentives with a view to attracting foreign investments into her economy.

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

Despite serious questions about their utility and their substantial earnings losses, using tax incentives has become common practice.’’

The report says that tax incentives are given to businesses in the hope that foreign investors will bring in capital to support economic development and create local employment, nevertheless, there's little evidence that tax incentives have increased investments, rather, the increased investment could result from the existence of natural resources, particularly petroleum.
‘’ since most of them haven't been in sectors like manufacturing that create the most occupations’’ Neither have substantial numbers of occupations been created by the foreign investments, despite generous tax incentives given by the government.

The report recommends that all other authorities in ECOWAS and the Nigerian government need to review the incentives they are 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 just one thing with resourced and effective supervision mechanisms to ensure accountability and transparency of public spending.

Addressing journalists on behalf of the coalition in Abuja, the Deputy- State Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ifeoma Charles -Monwuba said: ‘’The study has shown that yearly, Nigeria forfeits as much as N577 billion as a result of tax break granted businesses. This amount could go towards addressing infrastructural deficit.


AGF restates Nigeria’s dedication to rights standards that are global

The Government has expressed dedication to the highest standards of adherence in the conduct of all her international affairs, including counter insurgency operations against Boko Haram in the country.

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made the pledge when he received a delegation from Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Madame Fatou Bensouda, in Abuja.

Salihu Othman Isah, in a press statement issued by his Special Adviser, Media and Marketing, the AGF assured the delegation that Nigeria will unequivocally continue to fulfill its obligations to the court, and has high value because of its relationships with the ICC.

Malami also revealed the Nigeria Army has conducted its operations in a highly professional way in the Northeast area, imbibing the best practices in the areas of international human rights and humanitarian law.

He also revealed that he was aware of the eight case files opened against Nigeria by the ICC, which the prosecutor intends to inquire in her next phase of assessment 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.

"Let me reiterate that Nigeria retains the sovereign capacity penalize and to investigate the alleged crimes will so continue efforts that are present in the preceding direction, and referred to in the report.’’

He further added that government is committed to ensuring that troops are guided by their rules of participation, assuring that any infractions will be severely dealt with.

The minister nonetheless gave naija news..com in fighting terrorism sign of this government’s resolve to ensure respect for human rights by all naija news today, while remaining unshaken and resolute.

Responding, the leader of delegation, Phakiso Mocho Choko said the prosecutor doesn't intend to endanger the sovereign rights of Nigeria in investigating crimes and meting out punishment.

He disclosed that most cases referred to the ICC were the ones host nations cannot resolve through internal mechanism.

The prosecutor, through the delegation expressed support and willingness to work in addressing all identified offenses and criminality against humankind, but advised he was in continuing with their engagement optimistic.


Amnesty International accuses of covering Zaria killings up Nigerian military

Amnesty International (AI), the international watchdog of human right abuses, has accused the Nigerian military of "mass slaughter of countless men, women and kids" in Zaria and trying to cover-up the event, which it said attests an "total contempt for human life and responsibility."

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

"If they will have signs that is proper, let them bring it out for all to see. We cannot confront law-abiding citizens."

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

In its report published on its website, AI said evidence collected on the earth razed buildings, revealed the military burnt people living and dumped victims’ bodies.

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

This tends to corroborate the April 10 evidence of a top official of the Kaduna State government when he appeared before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government, following the Shiites-military clash in Zaria between December 12 and 14 a year ago, including the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, where a large number of folks were said to have died, culminating in the continuous detention of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and other members since then.

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

The military had maintained that IMN assistants attacked the convoy in a effort to assassinate Buratai, which IMN members refused.

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

Our research, based on evaluation and witness testimonies of satellite images, has located one mass grave that was possible. It really is time now for the military to come clean and confess where it secretly buried countless bodies."

" of what occurred in Zaria over those two days The genuine horror is only naija news now 24/7 coming to light. Bodies were left littered in the streets and stacked outside the mortuary. Some of the wounded were burned alive," said Netsanet Belay, AI’s Research and Advocacy Director for Africa.


Army, religious leaders -religious harmony among Nigerians


The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna, Maj-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, and religious leaders in the north have called on Nigerians, irrespective of religious inclination, to join hands and move the state forward and also boost cordial relationship as obtainable in other parts of the
world.

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 state.

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

But Sani said the group had made up serious threat to the country by organising military training and applying information naija news crude weapons in their operations.

The GOC, who was honoured with a Public Service Award, called on media practitioners to sensitise the people on religion breaking news naija and ethnic issues -religious harmony across the country.
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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Guangzhou, China said his administration would take urgent measures to restructure Nigeria’s economy by encouraging new investments in mining, agriculture and manufacturing.

The President, who stated this at a reception in his honour said Nigeria would welcome the support of the Chinese government, foreign investors and local businesses for attempts to diversify the country’s economy.

Other agreements signed and declared during the visit, based on the statement, include 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 the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone and CNG (Nigeria) Investment Limited also signed an agreement valued at 200million dollars for the construction of two 500MT/day float gasoline facilities.

It further said that the agreement, valued at downstream industrial park in Kogi State and $363 million for the establishment of a comprehensive farm was also declared at the Nigeria-China business forum.

Additionally, agreements undergoing discussions include a $500 million project for the provision of television transmission equipment and a $25 million facility for creation of prepaid smart meters between Mojec International Limited and Microstar Company Limited.

"This time we will be more deliberate. The government and businesses will be involved," Buhari said.

The statement included that Buhari also visited the Sino-Singapore Knowledge City in Guangzhou, "which showcases progress by China in medical, science and technological innovations."

The naija news update today Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Shehu as saying the President has expressed satisfaction with the result of his working visit to China, which he said given added investments to Nigeria surpassing $6billion.

Buhari said the several arrangements concluded with the Chinese would have a positive and tremendous impact on vital sectors of the Nigerian economy, including housing, 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, Shanghai Shibang and Marble and Granite Nigeria Limited signed an agreement valued at 55 million dollars for the building and equipping of granite mining plant in Nigeria."

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

It further said that both firms additionally 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 endeavor.

Based on the statement, 300 Chinese firms and about 100 Nigerian companies participated in the Nigeria-China business forum, which took place after Buhari began his v isit .


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

Brewer said the venture was a franchise of a, and made the disclosure at the launch of a fitness centre owned by the company at Zone E, Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja

She said "Curve Fitness Centre in Abuja creates an opportunity to strengthen a brand new fitness franchise industry in Nigeria and to boost wellness" and female fitness

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

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

She identified good wholesome lifestyle, personal hygiene and balanced diet as panacea.

Guest Speaker at the occasion, Pastor Tunde Bakare, lauded the initiative of the business for setting such center in Abuja.

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



Earlier, Operations Supervisor of the centre, Mrs Peace Elimimian, had expressed confidence the centre would influence on the lives of women.

She encouraged girls, irrespective of age, to tap into the enormous health benefits of the center.


Mr Ekpo Nta, Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has said that Nigerians must resolve to reduce corruption to the barest minimum by eschewing and acting against it.



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

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

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

He said that though public perception was the commission was merely engaged in prosecuting corrupt government officials on account of the sentiments it was focusing on other corrupt practices.

These, he said, contained land management in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the observation and implementation of specific government policies.

Nta said the commission was currently investigation a state where public capital have been transferred into three distinct bank accounts, including the details would be made public in due time.

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

He said the measure followed reported cases of pupil harassment in some universities in the country.

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

He stressed that it was regrettable as the legislations appeared to not be helping the dilemmas, that in spite of the various legislations against corruption in the country, it remained.

The ICPC leader, hence, called on the legislature to review corruption laws in the nation to ensure greater naija news update operation, efficiency and deterrence.

He listed tolerance, societal principles, political and socio economic policies, weak government institutions and limitation of ICPC prosecution to State High Courts as some of the challenges confronting the commission.

He also said that insufficient protection of threats and whistleblowers to officials were some other challenges confronting the commission.

The latest news on naija.com Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the course participants were drawn from the military, the Police and other government agencies.

The 21st session of the course focused on corruption in the indices and the nation driving it.


In a statement issued on Saturday, the observation was made by Adeosun at the continuing Spring Meetings of the IMF-World Bank in Washington DC in response to why 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 economy.



Adeosun insisted because government was already using a "cocktail of measures to address the problem that what the country was passing through was surmountable.

"Nigeria isn't sick. The real susceptibility in the Nigerian market is over-reliance on one source of sales; petroleum.

"We have resolved to build resilience into the country’s economy to hedge against future oil shocks. The reason being reliance on oil brings about laziness and susceptibility.

"So, we are doing a mix of things to diversify our economy, with sales mobilisation to empower adequate investment in developing the non-oil sectors.

" We have excellent opportunities to reset the Nigerian economy and ensure that as we go forward, increase will be in a sustainable manner so that we wo’t be exposed to petroleum cost changes.’’

The persuasive business case in Nigeria is that the fundamentals remain very strong, youthful growing people, a teaming, rich in resources and with a government decided to finally get it right.

The amazing thing is that this is recognised by long term investors and understand the difference between short term and long term problems and the case for Nigeria convinces one to plan for the longer term opportunities,’’ the statement.


Fayose urges China to not grant $2b loan to Nigeria’s


The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written to the Chinese government seeking the stoppage of the $2 billion loan.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to China this week was to discuss the development of the country’s infrastructure, including a $2 billion loan for railway undertakings.

The letter reads in part: "I write as among the major stakeholders in the project Nigeria, and a governor of certainly one of the federating units making up Nigeria, to www.naija news update draw your attention to report that the Federal Government of Nigeria is on the verge of getting a $2 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China.

"This $2 billion loan a part of the N1.84 trillion the Federal Government of Nigeria has proposed to borrow to finance the 2016 budget, which is not yet been signed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, owing to unending controversies between the Executive and Legislative arms of authorities."
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Although present statistics in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that Nigeria has crossed the 100 per cent teledensity mark having nicked 106 per cent, a new advice has, however, appeared that some 33.7 million individuals were still either unserved or underserved with telecommunications services in the state.

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure yesterday in Lagos at the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF)-organised ‘Focused Business Stakeholders’ Newsgroup and Hackathon Award’ with the motif "Universal Access: Removing The Inclusion Obstacles."

The EVC said attempts were conscientiously being made to bridge the difference.

To the NCC boss, the USPF will be playing with significant part in attaining four of the eight-point plan towards repositioning the telecommunications industry of the commission.

The EVC said would play important role in easing broadband penetration, improving quality of service; promoting investment opportunities and ICT innovations in addition to enriching partnerships and strategic cooperation.

He stressed the fact that stakeholders must work together to iron out thorny problems bedevilling the increase of the sector. According to Danbatta, who said the nation’s parlous state of infrastructure had restricted its development, nevertheless, noted that Nigeria ranked 134 of the 144 countries with readied infrastructure for growth, including "so all hands must be on deck to improve on the state of our infrastructure if we must compete favourably well."

The EVC appealed to the Federal Government to review its fiscal and monetary policies, especially as it relates to foreign exchange acquisition.

According to him, operators were finding it difficult to obtain foreign exchange because of their operations. In his comment, Ayuba Shuaibu, USPF Secretary, said the initiative was borne out of the conviction to encourage widespread access to telecommunications services.




Senate undertakings NSCDC on unity among Nigerians

Chairman, ‎Senate Committee on National Character, Senator Tijjani Kaura, has called on the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC), to focus on ensuring unity among Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.

According to him, given Nigeria’s diversity as a heterogeneous society, it truly is imperative for NSCDC to ensure equal treatment of Nigerians regardless of what area they come from.



The lawmaker urged NSCDC to consistently conform to the federal character principle in recruitment exercises and deployment of employees, stressing the need for it should be done with equity and due consideration.

Kaura said: "The unity of this nation is paramount, the way this nation was amalgamated, and the diversity in people and culture makes it critical for all Nigerians to be united and handled equally.

"We decided to oversight the Commission to ensure that it lives with the national character principle through justice and equity.

This isn't an organisation for eating where national cake is spread, instead it is one where the national cake is baked by ensuring equality and fairness.

On www.naija news.net the problem of deployment, Senator Kaura called on NSCDC to "ensure that each state is fairly given its responsibility and share in giving towards the advancement of the nation."He charged the Commandant General to work assiduously towards making the NSCDC greater than it's currently.

Answering, the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, told members of the committee that sequel to his appointment, efforts had been made to balance the amount of officers ‎disperse across the states of the federation.

Muhammadu said the move became imperative so as to ensure that the number of officers in the various states reflects and fulfills the demand of the federal character principle as supplied by the 1999 Constitution as amended.


Forex scarcity bringing best out of Nigerians, says CBN

The present scarcity of foreign exchange confronting the state has been called a good development for the Nigerian market as local production of various crucial goods is being given top priority with favorable consequences.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who reiterated the declaration during the assessment tour of the farmlands cultivated under its anchor borrowers programme in Kebbi State at the weekend, said that agriculture is the bedrock of actual economic growth of any state and that Nigeria couldn't be an exclusion.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, who stated that farmers in the state had been adequately mobilised towards attainment of the one million tonnes of paddy rice by supplying them with vital input signal as and when due, said with the guarantee of availability of market for the produce, farmers in the state happen to be getting excited about the repayment of the loan facility extended to them at the start of the farming season.

While acknowledging the pivotal parts of both the CBN and the state government in supply of fertilisers, irrigation equipment and loans, he said the farmers now look forward to a bumper harvest.

Emefiele, who commended farmers and the Kebbi State government for his or her determination and dedication in the scheme, noted that with the degree of success achieved in the pilot project in the state, in addition to the progress at Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Niger, it is now a reality that the nation can produce enough to feed itself and even export in no distant future.

Moreover, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in his evaluation of the programme in the rural areas seen by the team, said with Kebbi State alone targeting one million tonnes of rice from the projected seven million tonnes demanded by the whole state, self sufficiency in rice production is very much at sight by the time other 12 states identified as rice creating belts pick their produce.

While commending the efforts of the CBN for reinventing agricultural practice into profitable business venture, the minister said that rural areas remain the catalyst for sustainable economic development.

The CBN governor noted that with 78,581 farmers mobilised in Kebbi State under the anchorman borrowers programme and the disbursement of N4.9 billion as loans to the farmers, about 570,000 direct jobs have been created, while 70,871 of the rural farmers now own and manage bank accounts.


Nigerians support authorities’s desire for a budget that is realistic


Alhaji Maimala Buni, National Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), said the support Nigerians were giving President Muhammadu Buhari in his pursuit to have a realistic budget, reflected the individuals’s religion in the naija current breaking news administration.

Maimala who stated this on Sunday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, said Nigerians comprehended the desire of government to have a workable file which execution would improve their lives.

"It is clear that there is trust in authorities now and, Nigeria’s image has substantially enhanced with an elevated interest by foreign investors to put money into the state, before the international community.

Every country is getting excited about doing business with Nigeria because we have a president who is clear, devoted, incorruptible and trusted and the entire international community" he said.

The party scribe said Nigerian’s belief in the APC authorities was further demonstrated by the large turnout of voters in the Saturday by- election in Yobe.

"The substantial turnout in yesterday’s election and APC’s triumph at the polls, has consolidated the folks’s religion in the party and President Buhari to enhance their lives.

"In spite of the hardships endured by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), they came out massively to elect APC as a result of their strong beliefs in the party and the leadership," he said.

The secretary commended for supporting the security forces in the battle against insurgency, and the protection situation in the North East had improved considerably President Buhari.


Saraki: Nigerians broken up over calls for his resignation

Saraki is undergoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja, for alleged false declaration of assets. Several attempts by the Senate President to block the trial have met legal brick walls , even as more allegations of massive corruption continue to emerge.

On his part, Francis Okpozo (Delta South) additionally urged Saraki to "stay until the results of the case." When he has innocent he described as premature calls for the Senate leader’s resignation. "There's no way he can be forced out, and we shouldn't pre-empt the court’s determination," he added.

But former national chairman of Justice Party (JP), Chief Ralph Obioha, noted the case against the Senate President is an indictment, thus "the honourable thing for him to do is step aside, pending the conclusion of his trial."

He said: Morally speaking, there is no justification for him to continue to hang to power.

"A precedence has been set in this type of circumstance. Evans Enwerem was Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo was Adolphus Wabara, as well as Senate President; they'd different cases that touched on morality and they all leave their positions while their trial continued. When his trial is successfully gone through by him he can always reclaim his position. I don't see it as a do or die thing. I consider it's even in his interest he does not impact the process of the trial using his position."

Warning that APC’s grouse with the Senate President has the capability to destroy the party, Ikpo said: " I WOn't request him to submit to the wishes of those who need to persecute him. I'll tell him to keep fighting. He has not been found guilty. Some of his mates even said that he's a very good case as regards what they're accusing him of. We should view and see when he starts his defence.

"The CCT must not correct Tinubu’s mistake with Saraki. The CCT admitted it made blunders. If your mistake was made in the instance of of Senator Bola Tinubu, should you now correct it? It isn't correct. They should have continued with exactly the same mistake. By toying with the excellent opportunity it's aPC is destroying itself. Things are not going well for them. Things are not good in the state for everybody. Nobody will vote for them if there is an election today

Roland Owie, former Chief Whip of the Senate and PDP chieftain opposed calls for Saraki’s resignation, saying the Senate President’s ordeal is a clear case of persecution.



He said: "Saraki was governor from 2003 to 2011, elected to the Senate in 2011, and re-elected in 2015. What Nigerians have to request the CCT is: was the CCT in detention between 2003 and June 2015, when Saraki became the Senate President?

The National Organising Secretary of Action for Democracy (AD), Abdallah Ibrahim, noted: "Saraki should come to terms with reality, resign and face his case."

He should have resigned and even step down from your political party or be compelled to resign from the place by the party. I don't believe I could find better words by following him to the trial for what the senators are doing, than say it's a show of shame."

From Ilorin, residence of the Senate President, APC chieftains, Ishola Balogun Fulani, Chief Wole Oke, and Yusuf Maja encouraged Saraki to continue mentioning his innocence until convicted.

Span! A Benin parable says, ‘a child who says his mum WOn't sleep wo’t sleep either’. He must not resign until its complete cycle runs to the Supreme Court since those fighting Saraki are only unhappy that he is Senate President.

"Agents of darkness did it to Senator Adolphus Wabara and late Senator Chuba Okadigbo. They stepped aside. And at the end of the day, when they got success it was too late to return as Senate Presidents. Saraki do’t step down until after the Supreme Court ruling!"

Until the matter is sorted out "In advanced societies, he should have quit. But as it is, now, I can say the onus lies on him to resign or continue to remain in office. That is because you can find particular interests that need to ensure office is left by him at all cost. Take a look at the outburst from the court, which can be an obvious indicator that it has an interest it truly is protecting.

"I consider it's a trial on our democracy and whatever is great if we must safeguard it should be done to make it work for us. I'd like to say that many are seeing the matter as a controversial one. And that's why you cannot expressly ask the Senate President to resign and confront his trial, Obasi was said by ".

On moral reasons, dominant attorney, also in Cross River State, Mr. Etim Inyang, considers Saraki should step aside, as he has the weight of going to the tribunal daily. He, nevertheless, included that there is no legal assumption to justify a resignation because the accused is presumed innocent. "It is only when the court makes a pronouncement, and not even a pronouncement from your tribunal. There must be a final decision in court before he is considered guilty or not," Inyang noted.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, described calls as ill conceived for Saraki’s resignation, stressing that the leader remains not guilty.

According to him, "those calling for his resignation are just exercising their constitutional rights. If you say he should resign, what if he finally wins the case at the CCT?

For Rivers State APC spokesman, Mr. Chris Finebone, nevertheless, the fall of the Senate President is merely a matter of time, and his ordeal is self-inflicted.

"I believe that everybody understands what played out, right in the very minute the National Assembly was inaugurated, and particularly the way the APC tried to take the interest of everybody into account. But in a twist of fate, it seemed some persons let their own private interest to supersede that of the party. That has truly get the party in jeopardy. We still feel bitter the inordinate ambition of the current Senate President has set a lot of stumbling block on the path of the party and the Presidency," he said.

Based on Mohammed I am not saying he's guilty, but with quasi-criminal charges against him, he should not step down as a senator, but as the Senate President. Sycophants have been seen by me at the office. Because of what they think they are getting in the crisis, they're not telling him the truth. It is not sound for the Number Three citizen of this nation to be place in the dock everyday."

Obende, who represented Edo North between 2012 and 2015, said The problem is already in court. The lawyers will need to look at it.‎ I 'm of the view that the party is supreme in everything, but they must sit down together, the leadership of the party and the parties, and let there be serious discussions. And if there is going to be a soft landing, allow it to be. But whatever the party determines, that is exactly what will take pre-eminence."
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