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Ahead of the December 1 anticipated demo of the 2017 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that problems of budget padding would be seriously addressed. Receiving in crowd Nigerian members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), directed by Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at State House, Abuja yesterday, the President also lamented the culture of electoral violence that's once again crept into the nation’s political landscape and advocated a speedy remedy to it.

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

As stated by the President, "The distortions that occurred to Budget 2016, by which chain of rogue endeavors and figures were injected to the document that was financial won’t happen 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 indication of padding anyplace, it will be removed by me." Buhari re-iterated 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 guaranteed that such would never occur again under his watch. The President said the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of animating the economy securing the nation, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some folks are intentionally turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the country.

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

We have to have passed the phase where people killed because of who occupies particular offices, and are beheaded. If we can’t guarantee adequate elections we don't have any business being. Edo State election was not bad, and that I expect Ondo State election to be better." Speaking on the anti-corruption cases before the courts, the President said he believed the cleansing currently going on "will result in a better judiciary. When individuals are sentenced, Nigerians will consider that we're serious."

They can’t purchase each of the grains harvested this season, although Buhari told his guests that the improvement being manufactured in agriculture and exploitation of solid minerals "gives lots of expectation," including: "Our grains go around Central African Republic, to Burkina Faso. And next season should not be even worse. We will focus on different products like palm kernel, along with the grains, palm oil, and cocoa. We can begin exporting rice in 18 months, and we are getting pesticides and fertilizers in readiness for next year."

Speaking on behalf of members of GSG, Nwajiuba said the authorities had succeeded to a sizeable extent on the security and anti-corruption fronts, adding the group was favorable that the economy would soon experience a turn around, "as the government is working really hard in that direction." The group said the biggest constituency of the President was lowly and the poor, and thus urged what it calls "a social rearmament of the poor."

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

After casting his vote, Akeredolu, who spoke at his Owo dwelling, also said INEC ought to have test run the devices before election day.

He said reports had indicated that a number of the devices were malfunctioning.

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

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

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

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

"I have called the Head of Department of ICT to get smart cards for areas with card challenges that were smart and quite shortly they'll them.

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

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

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

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said the Government would transform science and technical instruction to track the united states for technological development.

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

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

Polytechnics charged to breed the crucial professionals required in the nation to accellarate development in technology and science.

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

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

Students were warned by Adamu against indulging in issues inimical for their future, including cultism examination malpractice and other deviant forms.

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

He used the occasion to urge the Academic Staff Union of Universities to amicably solve all issues it's with authorities.

Bagudu promised that the state government would continue to pay the tuition and enrollment fees of indigent students in the state.

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

He listed some of the challenges facing the polytechnic to include insufficient manpower and funding, and called for support from private organisations.(NAN)

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

He also called on the electorate to vote for the candidate 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 process, saying it was orderly and peaceful.

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

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

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

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

It is embarrassing as a nominee that the card reader could not readily get my hand,’’ he said, although "I am not easily frustrated.

Oke noted that the electoral procedure in the country was not a perfect one.

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

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

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 candidate of their choice.

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

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

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

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

Additionally the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, discussing, 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 in an interview with newsmen.

It's embarrassing as a candidate that the card reader could not readily capture my hand he said, although "I 'm not easily frustrated.

Oke noted that the electoral procedure in the country wasn't a perfect one yet.

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

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

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

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

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

He explained: "I just left on the affected village hardly 30 minutes ago, I was there to assess the extent of damage.’’

However, reports say the residents of the neighbouring villages of Gidan Waya, Ungwuan Ninzo and Ungwuan Kagoro have fled for fear of attacks that are potential.

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

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

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

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

It was widely reported on Thursday that while crashed on a mission to deliver logistics. All efforts to get official response from the NAF spokesman, Ayodele Famuyiwa, proved abortive, as he answered calls nor returned same.

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PRNigeria, online security platform, also reflected in their statement that even though its team worked yesterday to get timely response to be issued by the NAF on the crash, this belated rejoinder may be useful to clear the air.

The release reads in part: "Contrary to the crash report, it's relevant to state while the helicopter was taxing after an effective mission that the mishap occurred.

"The event occurred at 33 on the tarmac Logistics Group, Makurdi." Hence, as it is customary in situation 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 factors behind the event. As soon as the Board concludes its assignment, the statement said details of the investigation would be communicated to people.
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Egyptian, Filipino kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

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

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

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

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

Steffen, the director of marine security at Risk Intelligence, indicated the pirates were aiming at kidnapping rather than hijacking tankers due to their fuel freight and said the goal was not common.

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

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


Nigeria loses N577b yearly 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 market.

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

According to the report which was presented to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, ‘’Corporate tax incentives which are reductions in tax offered by governments to bring investment contain reduced corporate income tax rates and tax holidays for given periods, generally supplied to firms operating in special economic zones. Despite serious questions about their usefulness and their large revenue losses, the usage of tax incentives has become common practice.’’

The report states that tax incentives are given to firms 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, instead, the increased investment could result from the presence of natural resources, especially oil.
‘’ Neither have substantial numbers of occupations been created by the foreign investments, despite generous tax incentives given by the government since most of them haven't been in sectors like manufacturing that create the most occupations’’.

The report urges that the Nigerian government and other authorities in ECOWAS need to review the incentives they have been granting with a view to ensuring that those remaining are targeted at achieving specific social and economic aims, abolishing unproductive incentives and reducing them.

It similarly calls on the ECOWAS members and the authorities to bring their incentive regimes under the management of an individual entity with resourced and powerful supervision mechanisms to ensure accountability and transparency of public spending.

Addressing journalists on behalf of the coalition in Abuja, the Deputy- Ifeoma Charles, State Director, ActionAid Nigeria -Monwuba said: ‘’The study has provided evidence for that yearly, Nigeria forfeits as much as N577 billion as an effect of tax break allowed companies. This amount could go towards addressing infrastructural deficit in Nigeria’’.


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

The Federal 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.

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

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

He also revealed that he was not unaware of the eight case files opened against Nigeria by the ICC, which the prosecutor intends to investigate in her next stage of appraisal of Nigerian scenario.

The minister insisted that Nigeria has the prerogative rights in handling the alleged crimes referred to, in the prosecutor’s 2015 Report of actions in the country.

"Let me reiterate that Nigeria retains the sovereign ability punish and to investigate the alleged offenses will therefore continue efforts that are current in the preceding direction, and referred to in the report.’’

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

The minister nevertheless gave indicator of the management’s resolution to ensure respect for human rights by all, while remaining unshaken and resolute in fighting terrorism.

Malami consequently solicited the support and understanding of ICC and the international community, especially in regard to the actions naijabreakingnews of the affairs of the Nigerian Armed Forces that has helped the world to deal with the scourge of terrorism in the continent and restoring normalcy to the traumatized communities in the Northeast region.

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

He disclosed that most cases were the ones host countries are not able to resolve through internal mechanism.

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


Amnesty International accuses of covering Zaria killings up Nigerian military

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

Let them bring it out for all to see, If they will have proper evidence. We cannot face law abiding citizens."

"Whoever we confronted must happen to be a criminal and enemy of the state.

In its report published yesterday on its website, AI said evidence assembled 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 on the nights of December 15 and December 14.

The group’s assistants had refused to clear the road the Hussainiyya, near their headquarters to pass.

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

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

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

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


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


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Talking at the seminar/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 improvement and unity of the nation.

Also 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 of the Islamic Movement naija entertainment news in Nigeria (IMN), otherwise known as Shiites, constitute a hazard to Nigeria’s security.

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

But Sani said the group had represented serious menace to the country by employing primitive weapons in their operations and organising military training.

The GOC, who was honoured with a Public Service Award, called on media professionals to sensitise the people on faith and ethnic problems -religious harmony across the country.
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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Guangzhou, China said his administration would take urgent steps to restructure Nigeria’s market by supporting new investments in agriculture, mining and manufacturing.

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

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

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

It further stated an arrangement, 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 company forum.

In addition, arrangements undergoing discussions include a $500 million project for a $25 million facility for creation and the provision of television transmission equipment of pre paid smart meters between Mojec International Limited and Microstar Company Limited.

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

"This time we are going to be more deliberate. The authorities and businesses will be entailed," Buhari said.

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

The naija news 24 Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Shehu as saying the naija news 2day President has expressed satisfaction with the result of his working visit to China, which he said afforded additional investments to Nigeria exceeding $6billion.

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

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

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

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



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


Brewer said that the enterprise was a franchise of a, and made the disclosure at the launching of a fitness centre possessed by the company at Zone E, Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja

She said "Curve Fitness Centre in Abuja creates the opportunity to bolster a new fitness franchise business in Nigeria and to encourage wellness" and female fitness

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

Based on the envoy, the fitness centre created by the company has 7,000 factory outlets in 94 countries of the world.

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

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

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

Before, Operations Manager Mrs Peace Elimimian, of the centre, had expressed confidence that the centre would influence on the lives of women.

According to the cleric, it’s time for Nigerians to think of what they are able to package for the world’s market rather what they could get from it.

She advocated women, irrespective of age, to tap into the huge health benefits of the center.


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

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



He said that the menace was a worldwide phenomenon which had not been confined to Nigeria.

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

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

The ICPC boss, therefore, called on the legislature to review corruption laws in the nation to ensure greater operation, efficacy and deterrence.

He said that though public awareness was the commission was simply engaged in prosecuting corrupt government officials because 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 now investigation a state where public funds have been transferred into three distinct 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 cash and forfeited assets, stressing that it was additionally running systemic study 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 state’s primary health care system in collaboration to address its decay over the years.

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

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

The latest naija news updates Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the class participants were drawn from the military, the Authorities and other government agencies.

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


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



The statement quoted the minister as saying by executing fiscal policies to steer the nation back on course for steady growth with a diversified market that Nigeria was adapting to its new realities.

Adeosun insisted because authorities was already using a "cocktail of measures to address the problem that what the state was passing through was not insurmountable.

"Nigeria is just not sick. The real susceptibility in the Nigerian market is over-dependence on a single supply of sales; oil.

"We have concluded to develop resilience into the country’s economy to hedge against future oil shocks. This is because reliance on oil brings about laziness and vulnerability.

"So, we're doing a mix of things to diversify our market, with earnings mobilisation to enable adequate investment in developing the non-petroleum sectors.

Adeosun said with a really diversified market the government would have enabled opportunities for wealth creation that would have flown down to every Nigerian.

"The convincing business case in Nigeria is that the fundamentals remain quite strong, a teaming, young growing population, rich in resources and with a government decided to finally get it right.

"The great thing is that long term investors understand the difference between short term and long term issues and recognise this and the case for Nigeria gets one to plan for the longer term opportunities,’’ the statement quoted her as saying.


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


The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has written to the Chinese government seeking the stoppage of the $2 billion loan being sought by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to China this week was to discuss the development of the nation’s infrastructure.

But Fayose said in his letter to President Xi Jinping of China: "The government of China should be aware of the fact that Nigerians, irrespective of their political and religious associations, are totally opposed to increment of the country’s debt burden, which can be already being serviced with 25 per cent of the Federal Government annual budget."

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

"This $2 billion loan is part of the N1.84 trillion the Federal Government of Nigeria has proposed to borrow to fund the 2016 budget, which can be not yet been signed by the President, Muhammadu Buhari, owing to unending controversies between the Executive and Legislative arms of government."
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Nigeria perpetrated to climate change, cybersecurity, says SGF

The Government yesterday declared that it puts world-wide problems like climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and emergency telecommunications at higher level of priority in its change program, strategies and work programmes.

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

He observed that in this era of e-government and digital inclusion, the present management is working towards a more connected government and a digital Nigerian society

Lawal noted that with the dwindling revenue in the gas and oil sector, the Government has recognized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the primary drivers for the social and economic development of Nigeria and playan essential part in enhancing access to basic services in all sectors of our national life.

He discovered that with a substantial percent of the Naijas public having access to mobile cellular services, the growing and sustained growth in Internet usage and broadband deployment, the authorities through the Ministry of Communications and its various INTELLIGENT initiatives are focused on leveraging on ICTs to create an inclusive economy.

The SGF pointed out that the international quest for ICT for development is tremendous to both developed and developing countries because ICT skills are essential to the success of enhancing national development in a globalised age.

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

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



Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between both countries, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the importance of Naija to develop homegrown technology according to its culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, within an exclusive interview at his Idumuje state house in Delta State, warned that the deal with China could open the countrys entire market to Chinese products, thereby stunting creativity and local production efforts.

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

According to him, Its a blend of the great and the bad. It demonstrates that our politics just isn't mature, and our leaders, not going in a way that would benefit the individuals

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

The architect said progress couldnt be attained by replicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Tracing the infrastructure decay in the country to our approach to increase, Nwoko gave the instance of local furniture makers throughout the country, who were shutting down companies, as an effect of poor Chinese and American products that have flooded the local markets.

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

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

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

The Paris-trained architect recalled how he was denied the opportunity to design and construct the National Theatre, Lagos, lamenting the catastrophe that the cultural edifice is now ever since.

He recalled that he'd proposed multi-venues or theatres in parts of Lagos, as against just one edifice, so as to open up different neighbourhoods to the entertainment offerings that FESTAC 77 provided.

He repented that that political conclusions negated against the fruition of that solid plan, noting that it'd have resulted in ripple effects on the countries cultural productions ever since.

According to him, You can not have an audience of 5,000; in the way the theater was assembled. Actually, that building is a sports hall imported from Bulgaria. So, aside from the main bowl being 5,000, they attached the cinema halls, which were not correctly designed for those actions.

He added that even the master plan he'd for FESTAC, was not enabled to work, because of jaundiced government policies. Nwoko explained that by his proposition, there would happen to be at least five theaters or venues in Lagos, Apapa, Isolo, Yaba, Victoria Island, etc, with each venue having the capacity of 1,000 1,500 persons.



Boko Haram attacks Nigerian soldiers: army, soldier, chief

Boko Haram combatants attacked naija newspapers update troops early on Monday, the army said, after two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead near military positions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An area chief confirmed the strike but said further details were still sketchy.

President Muhammadu Buhari said in December the Islamist militants had been weakened to the extent they could not mount conventional strikes against the military.

But the latest naijanews strike again underlines the constant menace presented by the Islamic State group affiliate, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas.
Nigeria, Korea to strengthen maritime relationships

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the bureau would fortify venture between Naija and the Republic of Korea to enrich the marine sector.

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

Peterside said the agency was committed toward tackling the menace of piracy and other types of crimes at sea.

Naija is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and we now have recorded great successes in the past three months.

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

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

Peterside recognised the tactical position of Korea as an important ship building nation.

He guided the Consul General on the requirement for competent Nigerian seafarers to be set on-board Korean vessels operating in Nigerian marine domain.

The NIMASA chief said that Naija had a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent marine personnel, who could adequately serve the international marine business.

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

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

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

NAN reports that Peterside, at a recent forum, expressed the desire of the agency to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other associated Crimes at Sea into law.

He assured the director general of the preparation of the Korean Government to support Nigeria in the region of marine safety and protection.
IMF, World Bank laud Naijas economic recovery strategy, Adeosun affirms

Naija seeks budget support

CBN says forex limitation policy already paying off

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

The commendation is even as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said yesterday that the countrys foreign exchange limitation policy has started to pay off with some makers of some imported goods suggesting interest to start production in Nigeria instead of overseas tasks due to the high cost of imported products occasioned by the policy.

Both crucial government officials made the disclosures in Washington DC, United States (U.S.) at a press briefing as part of tasks of this years Spring Meeting.

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

Her words: The gains are various and significant for the Naija authorities. At least, we could network with our colleagues, other ministers of finance of the G7 countries and the G 24 countries and compared notes and their experiences. I believe this strengthens the validation that the lessons we have chosen to restructure Naija is the correct one.

We got many sanctions and the direction by which we seek to take the Nigerian market. Especially, we held bilateral meetings with special bilateral agencies, like the Islamic Development Bank where we've agreed to work together on a micro-finance scheme for girls; the Japanese development bureau where we have agreed to work collectively on electricity projects and they've consented to make substantial investments in the region of power which I believe will be quite favorable for Nigeria and the IFC. Similarly, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again speaking about investment in power and some of our banks to shore up their locations and similarly the ADfB on arrangements for investments in agriculture and cooperation in a variety of initiatives that would help us to diversify the economy.

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

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

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



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

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

We have been very active in supporting President Muhammadu Buhari's effort against corruption in Nigeria and we believe it's essential to transform the future of the country.

We fully support priorities the President has given to tackling corruption in naija. news now

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

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

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

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

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

Adegbenro said the Presidents international involvement was in Nigerias best interest, including that he was optimistic that it would shortly yield positive effects.

Let us give Buhari the chance as far as I 'm concerned. I'm not saying he's a messiah, but he is a redeemer.
Nigeria’s economic challenge is surmountable – Adeosun

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

The statement quoted the minister as saying by implementing fiscal policies to steer the nation back on track for steady growth with a diversified economy that Nigeria was adapting to its new realities.



Adeosun insisted that what the state was passing through was not insurmountable because government was already employing a "cocktail of measures to address the dilemma.

"Nigeria isn't sick. The real susceptibility in the Nigerian market is over-reliance on a single supply of earnings; petroleum.

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

"So, we are doing a blend of things to diversify our economy, with earnings mobilisation to enable sufficient investment in developing the non-oil sectors.

" We have amazing opportunities to reset the Nigerian economy and ensure that as we go forward, growth will be in a sustainable manner so that we wo’t be vulnerable to oil cost fluctuations.’’

"The convincing business case in Nigeria is that the fundamentals remain quite strong, a teaming, growing population that is young, rich in resources and with a government decided to eventually get it right.

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

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

Speaking with The Guardian, Yadudu claimed that although the National Assembly has the power to appropriate cash in the budget, it was incumbent on it to take cognizance of the interest of the executive.

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

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

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

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

"The National Assembly does’t need to feel that because they will have the power they can appropriate anyway." Yadudu, who was legal adviser to former military Head of State, the late Gen. Sani Abacha, noted that non-passage of the budget could send the wrong signal to Nigerians, who've been at the receiving end of economic crisis in recent times.

He stated: "It's difficult to say thus if the issue of padding needs to do with pursuance of self-centered program of the National Assembly members."

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

There needs to be a concerted effort between both arms of government."

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

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

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

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

I was recently for instance, and what I saw was astonishing. You name it, the indomie noodles, sugar,salt, plastics,even pharmaceuticals products that are made here in Nigeria were on sale everywhere in their markets."
U.S. firm targets 2, 000 jobs for Nigerian women

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

She said that the center which began in Lagos in 2014 would be targeting to open about 200 added centers across todays naijanews. com the country.

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

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

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

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

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

Before, Operations Supervisor Mrs Peace Elimimian, of the center, had expressed confidence the centre would affect meaningfully on the lives of women.



She advocated women, irrespective of age, to tap into the enormous health benefits of the centre.
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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 specialist affirmed Thursday, in the naija latest news. high seas strike in the Gulf of Guinea.

The CMA CGM Turquoise, handled by Dioryx Maritime Corp. in Greece, was stormed late on Monday as it travelled between Nigeria’s commercial heart Lagos and Douala in Cameroon.

It was the second strike in one day: early Monday pirates kidnapped six crew members of a Turkish cargo ship, the M/T Puli, in accordance with the Nigerian Navy.

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

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

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

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

The Gulf of Guinea is becoming a piracy hotspot and Risk Intelligence has recorded 32 offshore assaults for Nigeria alone in 2013.

It also represented a tendency of a decline in offshore piracy and abductions in the region around elections. A year ago Nigeria held presidential and parliamentary polls.


Nigeria loses N577b yearly as tax incentives to businesses

The report which focused on Senegal and Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire shows that allowing tax incentives to investors, notably foreign firms, is depriving authorities of cash to pay for essential public services like infrastructure, education and health.

Based on the report which was presented to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, ‘’Corporate tax incentives which are decreases in tax offered by governments to attract investment comprise reduced corporate income tax rates and tax holidays for stated periods, generally provided to businesses operating in special economic zones. Despite serious questions about their usefulness and the usage of tax incentives, their substantial revenue losses has become common practice.’’

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

The report urges the Nigerian authorities and other governments in ECOWAS desire to review the incentives they have been granting with a view to reducing them, abolishing unproductive motivators and ensuring that those remaining are targeted at achieving particular social and economic goals.

It similarly calls on the ECOWAS members and the authorities to bring their incentive regimes under the management of an individual thing naija news with celebrity gossip oversight mechanisms that are powerful and resourced to ensure transparency and accountability of public spending.

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


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

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

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

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

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

Let me reiterate that Nigeria retains the sovereign ability penalize and to investigate the alleged crimes will consequently continue present efforts in the above direction, and referred to in the report.’’

He further added that government is dedicated to ensuring that their rules of engagement guide troops, promising that any infractions will be seriously dealt with.

The minister however gave in battling terrorism indication of the administration’s resolve to ensure respect for human rights by all, while staying unshaken and resolute.

Malami consequently solicited the support and understanding of ICC and the international community, especially in regard to the conduct of the affairs of the Nigerian Armed Forces that's helped the world to deal with the scourge of terrorism in the continent and restoring normalcy to the traumatized communities in the Northeast area.

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

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

Muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeria.jpg" style="max-width:400px;float:right;padding:10px 0px 10px 10px;border:0px;">The prosecutor, through the delegation expressed support and willingness to work with Nigeria, in addressing criminality against humanity and all identified offenses, but informed that he was optimistic in continuing with their involvement.


Amnesty International accuses of covering Zaria killings up Nigerian military

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

Let them bring it out for all to see, If they will have appropriate evidence. We cannot face law-abiding citizens."

"Whoever we confronted must happen to be a criminal and enemy of the state," he told AFP.

In its report published on its site, AI said evidence collected on the ground dumped casualties’ bodies in mass graves, razed buildings and revealed the military burnt people living.

This tends to corroborate the April 10 evidence www naija news 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 battle in Zaria between December 12 and 14 a year ago, including the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, in which a lot of people were said to have perished, culminating in the continuous detention of the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and other members since then.

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

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

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

The report, titled Unlawful killings and naija gossip news now mass cover-up in Zaria, comprehensive eyewitness testimony of alleged large-scale killings by the military and exposes effort by the authorities conceal and to destroy evidence.

"Our research, based on witness testimonies and analysis of satellite images, has found one potential mass grave. It really is time naija news now latest for the military to come clean and admit where it covertly buried numerous bodies."

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


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


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

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

But Sani said the group had represented serious danger to the country by using weapons that were primitive in their operations and organising military training.

The GOC, who was honoured with a Public Service Award, called on media practitioners to sensitise the people on religion and ethnic problems -religious harmony across the country.
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Dogara charges Nigerians on attitudinal change



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

Dogara said if Naija is to observe major improvement in quality of leadership and governance, the citizens must alter their ways of life as leaders are recruited from among them.

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

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

There's always expectations from citizens for leaders to show a higher standard of conduct. Clearly, it really is great that those that call themselves leaders should always aspire to keep higher standards.

But what's wrong with the narrative, notably in Naija, is that in many instances, citizens expect that only leaders must live above board. This nation can only make progress if all the citizens and leaders resolve that in their daily undertakings, they'll keep the finest of standards.

Because if you anticipate only leaders to do the right thing, the leadership recruiting procedure is such that leaders consistently emerge in the people.

Dogara admonished politicians to put their confidence in God because power comes from God, success comes from God, no one, no matter how strong he or she's, can give you power.

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

He said the electorate should instead 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 humankind to live a life of gratitude, service, praise and worship.
Increases, pitfalls of Naijas currency swap deal with China

Separated stakeholders say policy may facilitate business, stifle local companies

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

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

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

The currency swap deal is composed of an agreement between two central banks, one or more of which must be an international currency issuer, to swap their monies. The central banks party to the swap trade can lend the proceeds of the swap, against collaterals they deem sufficient, to the commercial banks within their authority, to give them temporary liquidity in a foreign currency.

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

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

He said: I believe that Nigerias overriding objective 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, determined by the worth, an important part of Nigerias import invoices from China would now be denominated and settled in yuan, therefore reducing the demand for dollar by Nigerias importers.

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

I recommend the Government should try to integrate a strategy much like that of the cement business policy, which would necessitate some of the imports from China to be made locally after a defined timeline, particularly if Nigeria has relative making edge for such products. Examples that can easily come to mind include textiles, plastics, ceramics, among others.

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

That action was taken at a time when the U.S. market 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 an incredible measure that would significantly reduce the increasing pressure on the U.S. dollar, which has gone haywire in the foreign exchange marketplace.

In accordance with Olatujoye , the conclusion has the capability of bringing double investment to the nation 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'd 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 invest in the Nigerian economy again.

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

The NPPAN president allayed any fear the conclusion can lead to the higher importation of Chinese goods into Naija, citing the economic rivalry or currency war between China and America.

He, however, expressed the fear that European countries may not be well disposed to it because it is with the capacity of adversely affecting their trade balance with Naija, warning that their stakeholders could frustrate the move.

The Chairman, Mobile Applications Option, Chris Uwaje, believed the naira to yuan swap deal should reduce the pressure on the naira if properly implemented.

According to him, the arrangement if it becomes a reality, means that the de facto currency, dollar , will no longer hold on the import and export deals between Nigeria and China.

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

Uwaje advocated Buharis economic team to see how the country can really leverage on the technology prowess of China for Nigeria to achieve a sustainable economy.

Based on Gbade Buraimoh, a Lagos-based financial expert, the pursuit for dollar through banks will definitely reduce, as all trades between Naija and China will maintain yuan instead of dollar.

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

The swap will eliminate challenges 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 that the swap deal would smoothen the payment system in the bilateral trade between the two countries but stressed that it might not necessarily fortify the naira in the foreign exchange market, as the country would have to accentuate its productive base to attain that.

An Abuja-based international affairs and diplomacy specialist, Kadiri Abdulrahman, seen the currency swap deal as a positive move towards enhancing the value of the naira, thus improving access 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 comprised in the foreign exchange reserves of Nigeria.

Nigeria is not the first state that China would enter into this 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 arrangements were intended not only to stabilise the international financial market, but also to ease bilateral trade and investment.

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

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

The authorities and the flying people created a yearning gap, all the deals in this nation are tipped 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 implemented 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 market by encouraging new investments in mining, agriculture and manufacturing.

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

Other agreements signed and declared during the visit, according to 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 stated that an arrangement, valued at downstream industrial park in Kogi State and $363 million for the establishment of a comprehensive farm was also announced at the Nigeria-China company forum.

Moreover, arrangements experiencing dialogues include a $500 million project for the provision of television broadcast equipment and a $25 million facility for generation of prepaid smart meters between Mojec International Limited and Microstar Company Limited.

"This time we are going to be more purposeful. Businesses and the government will be involved," Buhari said. In his comments, the Secretary of the Communist Party, who's also the Governor of the Guangdong Province, Mr. Hu Chinhua, pledged that the area would support the execution of all the bilateral agreements reached with the Chinese government during Buhari’s visit.

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

The www.naija.com/latest news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Shehu as saying the President has expressed satisfaction with the results of his working visit to China, which he said given additional investments to Nigeria exceeding $6billion.

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

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

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



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

The course that was started eight years ago by NIPSS is geared toward creating a crucial means of getting technocrats involved with policy making for national development.



He said the threat was a world-wide phenomenon which had not been confined to Nigeria.

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

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

The ICPC chief, therefore, called on the legislature to review corruption laws in the nation to ensure efficiency, greater operation and deterrence.

He said that though public awareness was that the commission was only engaged in prosecuting corrupt government officials because of the thoughts attached to it, it was focusing on other corrupt practices.

These, he said, comprised land management in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the monitoring and execution of particular government policies.

Nta said the commission was at present investigation a state where public resources had been transferred into three distinct bank accounts, adding that the details would be made public in due time.

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

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

Nta added that ICPC was also reviewing the state’s primary health care procedure in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency to address its decay through the years.

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

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

The 21st session of the class focused on corruption in the state and the indices driving it.
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Naija seeks budget support

CBN says forex restriction policy already paying off

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

The commendation is even as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said yesterday that the countrys foreign exchange limitation policy has begun to pay off with some makers of some imported goods signifying interest to start manufacturing in Naija instead of abroad actions due to the high cost of imported products occasioned by the policy.

We got many endorsements and the direction by which we seek to take the Naija economy. Especially, we held bilateral meetings with special bilateral agencies, including the Islamic Development Bank where we have agreed to work collectively on a micro-finance scheme for girls; the Japanese development agency where we've agreed to work together on power projects and they have agreed to make substantial investments in the region of power which I believe will be very favorable for Naija and the IFC. Similarly, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again talking about investment in power and some of our banks to shore up their locations and likewise the ADfB on agreements for investments in agriculture and collaborations in a variety of initiatives that would help us to diversify the economy.

Similarly, we had discussions with the World Bank around our budget support request and we have been able to have quite productive meetings to comprehend what the next steps are in the procedure and we are quite positive of a great outcome.

In his remarks, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke on the various naija news com today monetary policy measures of the authorities to boost productivity at all levels of the economy, including that both in the medium and long terms, the various policies, such as the foreign currency policy regime, are bound to arouse the market.

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

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

Her words: The gains are various and important for the Naija government. At least, we were able to network with our colleagues, other ministers of finance of the G 7 countries and the G24 countries and compared notes and their experiences. I think this reinforces the validation the class we've decided to restructure Nigeria is the appropriate one.

According to him, in furtherance of its statutory mandate, the apex bank can also be focusing more to expand giving to vital sectors such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing, including that some of the immediate increases of the fiscal and monetary policies are the increasing foreign investments in the economy.


Divided stakeholders say policy may facilitate company, stifle local businesses

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

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

Furthermore, the deal, according to Presidency sources, has the potenrial of shoring up the worth of the states money, in the forex market, through a concomitant emergent bid scheme, with tactical decreased need for dollar and other major currencies, aside from the yuan.

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

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

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

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

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

It is suggested the Government should try to integrate a strategy just like that of the cement business policy, which would demand some of the imports from China to be made locally after a defined timeline, particularly if Nigeria has comparative making advantage for such products. Examples that can readily come to mind include textiles, plastics, ceramics, among others.

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

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

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

According to Olatujoye , the determination has the capacity of bringing double investment to the country from China on one hand and from the U.S. on the other.

According to him, with the expected ease on the pressure on the dollar, it'd bring down the value of the dollar in regard to the naira, which he said would now allow it to be possible for American investors to put money into the Nigerian market again.

In his view, the present 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 the determination could result in the higher importation of Chinese goods into Nigeria, citing the economic rivalry or money war between China and America.

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

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

According to him, the agreement if it becomes a reality, means the de facto currency, dollar , will no longer hold on the import and export deals between Nigeria and China.

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

Uwaje urged Buharis economical team to see how a state can really leverage on the technology prowess of China for Naija to achieve a sustainable economy.

In accordance with Gbade Buraimoh, a Lagos-based financial expert, the quest for dollar through banks will definitely reduce, as all transactions between Naija and China will be in yuan rather than dollar.

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

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

The Director-General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Muda Yusuf concurred that the swap deal would smoothen the payment system in the bilateral trade between both nations but stressed that it might not necessarily strengthen the naira in the foreign exchange marketplace, as the country would have to accentuate its productive base to realize that.

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

The Director- General of the African Affairs Department of Chinas Foreign Ministry, Lin Songtian told reporters in Beijing after the deal 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 comprised in the foreign exchange reserves of Nigeria.

Nigeria is not the first country that China would enter into such an agreement 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.

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

Meanwhile, the advantage of the currency swap deal and other agreements reached in Beijing during Buharis trip to the Far East Asia nation has rubbed off on the aviation sector, as a Nigerian carrier, Air Peace declared 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 public created a yearning opening, all the arrangements in this country are tilted to one side, the foreign airlines, but this government of Muhammadu Buhari has started to do things otherwise recognising the local airlines and seeing that in Air Peace there will be a lot of quality, in order that they decided to give us when we employed it didnt take time before they gave it to us, said Onyema.


The United Kingdom is totally behind President Muhammadu Buhari in the on-going efforts by his government to rid Nigeria of corruption, its Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has ensured.

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

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

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

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

The minister encouraged the Federal Government to give attention to public sector reforms aimed at making corruption unattractive to workers and people.

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

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

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

Adegbenro said the Presidents international participation was in Nigerias best interest, including that he was confident that it would soon give favorable results.

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


Talking with The Guardian, Yadudu contended that although the National Assembly has the power to appropriate monies in the budget, it was incumbent on it to take cognizance of the interest of the executive.

According to him: "There's no doubt about the fact the National Assembly has the power to appropriate. And when they appropriate, naturally, they must get it done in collaboration.

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

He added: "They do have the power to modify it, but once they do it, they need the comprehension of the President." It is not they only shift it anyhow they wish and just that something was brought by him; the President is entitled to propose a budget, which should not be tampered with."

"But the important thing is that if you can find matters they would like to propose in the budget, they must get the understanding of the Executive arm.

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

He stated: "It's hard to say so if the issue of padding has to do with pursuance of self-centered program of the National Assembly members."

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

There must be a combined effort between both arms of authorities."

"Non- passage of the budget can send a wrong sign, but that is not initially the budget has gone up without passage to the month of May or April. If they pass it it sends the correct signal and everything would follow what's contained in the Appropriation Act."


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

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

Attesting to the dominance of made -in-Nigerian family commodities in nearby West African nations and in Central African Republic, Wali said vast bulk of essential and home commodities sold in those regions are made in Nigeria. He said: "If you go to most states in the West African area, even up you may be amazed to learn that a good number of manufactured products sold in their own marketplaces are products made in Nigeria.

I was lately for instance in Congo, and what I saw was surprising. More than 80 per cent of the merchandise on sale there were made in Nigeria. You name it, the noodles that are indomie, sugar,salt, plastics,even pharmaceuticals products that are made here in Nigeria were on sale everywhere in their markets."
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Reckit Benckiser (RB) has established a fresh product, Dettol Multi-Surface Cleaner and new effort tagged Dettol Clean Naija.

The new product which was unveiled at the premises of Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH with a public awareness campaign labeled Dettol Clean Naija according to the Marketing Director RB West Africa, Oguzhan Silivrili is the first of its sort in the surface-cleaning brand category.

He said the new merchandise supply 10 times better cleaning and germ kill versus detergents and bleach while providing all day freshness,

Silivrili said the campaign Dettol Clean Naija also is naija entertainment news latest a public awareness effort to draw the interest of consumers to the need of promoting greatest hygiene practices across different platforms.

This campaign does not only introduce the new product but also making a difference on the grass root level via actively cleaning places like the Emergency and Accident Unit at LUTH where a germ free environment is of utmost priority to be able to break the chain of contagious diseases, he said.

This campaign brings like minded institutions like LUTH and other health aware institutions across Nigeria to promote collectively greatest hygiene practices, including private and surface hygiene. The Clean Naija initiative team will travel from city to city and Nigerians will determine which puts to clean through voting on the social media programs, he added.

On a trial basis, at least, Liverpool will be doubling down on that Naija blood by giving an opportunity to impress over the next two weeks to Jacob Njoku and teenaged attackers Chidera Ejike.

Their representative Babawo Mohammed, who has been more or less the sole source of Guidance on this move since the Rumor broke, affirmed that the Children are on their Manner, after rumblings ago that the pair have been Nigerian given a Reds trial.

"We just received the visas now," he said,"Njoku and Ejike are prepared for the trials, they've been training and both are 100 per cent fit.

" We will travel on Saturday to great britain, their trials with Liverpool will continue for two weeks."

The first thing to notice here is that Ejike and Njoku would qualify for a work permit, and the visa referenced by Mohammed is most likely a short-term Group to allow for the two week excursion.

The first rumblings are that Liverpool, if all goes well with the trial, would look to follow the Allan development course for these two, loaning them to Juliper League side Sint-Truidense VV. If it comes to it a little team in a little league, allowing the yutes to get acclimated to life is absolutely the appropriate call.

The second thing to notice is that Liverpool are eventually getting their African contingent Collectively on the roll! About African Monopoly Night at Uncle Kolo's digs? The possibilities are endless!

Entrance.jpg" style="max-width:440px;float:left;padding:10px 10px 10px 0px;border:0px;">And, moreover, as those who've spent will tell you, that is going to go down swimmingly for Liverpool's immense African fanbase. Here 's Anticipating Jacob and Chidera impress Herr Kloppo and the Ageless One enough to stick around in Ruby for a short time.

GOtv has introduced a brand new audio channel, Naija FM 102.7, on its platform.

The Lagos-based Pidgin English sound station, which Began 14 April is accessible on station 301 to all subscribers.

Naija FM Lagos is the second audio station to establish on GOtv in Nigeria.

John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, said local programming will be additionally boosted by the channel inclusion on the GOtv platform.

We consistently evaluate relevance and the quality of our content to ensure that it caters to Distinct tastes and preferences of our subscribers. Our understanding drives the Launch of Naija FM Lagos on GOtv that local content is Quite significant to our subscribers, he said.

Additionally talking on the development, Chris Ubosi, Managing Director of Megalectrics Ltd, owners of Naija FM, said: we're pleased to partner with MultiChoice Nigeria on the launch of Naija FM 102.7, Lagos, on GOtv. The venture is Crucial as it creates one more medium for us to reach our audience.

Weekdays, listeners can follow the dialog hosted by OSAM, Naija FMs OTB, the mouth of the Niger Delta, and tallest guy.

DJ Atte will get listeners partying every Saturday from 10pm till morning, while Sabina aka NaijaPastor will serve up religious soul-food, praise and worship music on the Sunday Best Show.

A coalition of civil society organizations has established a campaign to amplify Nigerian citizens save the health system by Funding the 2014 National Health Act and by allocating 15% of the national budget to health and demands the authorities fulfill its guarantees.

Anti-poverty organization ONE and its associates, including Nigeria Health Watch, the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria, Africa-Dev, the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre and the Centre for the Right to Health are calling for improved accessibility to lifesaving health services for all Nigerians.

15 years ago all African authorities made a dedication in Abuja to Increase health spending to 15% of their national budget. The coalition today established a fresh public health effort, calling on the Nigerian authorities to keep the guarantee to raise Funding for medical care to address the health Tragedies Nigeria is facing.

Successive authorities have failed to deliver on the Abuja Duty and Nigerians kids and Particularly women continue to expire from preventable and treatable diseases.

The historical Abuja statement has never been met by Nigerian policy makers Merely 4.37% is allocated to health in the 2016 Appropriation Bill and the recent National Health Act Has not yet been financed nor Utterly Do.

We are hopeful for change, says Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu of NHW. But as responsible citizens, we must learn the best means to hold our governments accountable for the change which is guaranteed.

Executing the Abuja guarantee will make a difference for millions of Nigerians who die needlessly from insufficient Availability to fundamental health care.

I 'm requesting all Nigerians to join us in calling the execution of these life saving strategies and assures, beginning with the 2017 budget. This Is not beyond Nigeria, I Comprehend it actually is doable and we have to support government in rolling out those strategies.

Despite being Africas biggest market, Nigeria spends comparatively little on the health of its citizens and is facing both a well-being and a nutrition crisis, as girls and children continue to die from treatable and preventable ailments.

Nigerias wellbeing expense gets it in the bottom third of the position of States in sub Saharan Africa. Out of 49 lower-middle income nations, Only seven nation authorities spend less per capita than Nigeria does on health. At $55 per person this amount stood in 2014 $31 dollars short of the minimum expense needed to ensure proper health services

If completely Do, the National Health Act could save the lives of newborns, over 3 million moms and kids under-5 by 2022.

Nigeria has a sizeable population which is rural and several folks are impoverished. The Nigerian authorities owes welfare in the area of health care delivery services notably to her citizens, says Dr Nkem Onyejizu, ONE Champion working in Kano state.

It can also be not news naija update there are also wide regional differences in child wellness indicators in the North West and North East geopolitical zones of the state which have the worst child survival indices, included Dr Onyejizu.

By consenting to pursue the new Sustainable Development Targets President Buhari and the Minister of Health last year reaffirmed their dedication to prioritizing health care. These Objectives current an chance for authorities to translate their commitment into time-bound and measurable results to dramatically cut on avoidable deaths of children, mothers and the marginalized. Now could be the time for increased execution of these significant obligations.

We impulse President Buhari to keep his promise to increase the amount and quality of funds to implement the National Health Act, and ensure all Nigerias kids not only endure, but prosper, says Mwambu Wanendeya, Africa Executive Director of the ONE Campaign.

Things would be better if we all accept our place in the scheme of things and cease struggling to be what we weren't intended to be. A guy delivered with the aid of a traditional birth attendant and the one produced in the amenity ward of a personal hospital do not share a common destiny. That's why Naija comics make a strong distinction between an ajebota and an ajepako. One was raised on the fat of cows and the other was increased on akamu, corn pap - straightforward. Okay, the one raised on akamu contends that s/he's more solid bones, but what is essence of carrying robust bones when you dont have to throw a fist? The ajebo is chauffeured to school by a motorist who is the son of an ajepako. Generally, they do not attend the same school. The ajepako must visit school each day and hawk at night buying into his parents dream that schooling is the emulsion that whitewashes destiny.
Naturally injuries do happen even with progeny but its result remains an aberration, never a transformation. The problem with most of us is that we have read or listened to a lot of destiny-changing sermons from motivational speakers that we live our lives hoping for the ideal instead of settling with reality. Reality is that the system is a caste construction. Most of us are hooked on the hallucinogen of hope.


Virtually 100 blueblooded employees were coronated with exceptional exception. The sound of mischief makers is that these privileged ones weren't subjected to due process, an unforgiveable sin in the prologue of change. They desire Godwin Emefiele axed from his job. It wont happen.
The banks tepid reaction shows the case has been entombed. In Sai Babas Animal Farm as in the classic, all animals are equal, but some are more equal compared to the others. Those sniffing the hallucinogen of hope believing that it is otherwise would soon return to their own shrine to give thanks that President Jones did not succeed in bottling oxygen on the market as fresh air.
There are just several means to making it in this land of ours. You could collide with destiny like Olajumoke Orisaguna or be joyful that you're enabled to keep hawking without event until your time on earth is spent. If you dream your destiny would change like Olajumoke, remember that there were prettier girls hawking on the day fate selected her to move up. Trust, as someone bravely admitted is a slender diet.
This shindig did not start with Emefiele. It's consistently been part of the survival strategy of the destroying group to create avenues where their kids can carry on the family privilege. Because there is a business need to license private ones? How did hospitals transform from just adviser into rotten morgues - because government does not have any business in looking after the children of those accused of genital recklessness. It's legalised in army recruitings ultimately causing tactical manoeuvres in the face of the enemy. In the police, it's responsive for lopsided promotions. In the Customs, it's accountable for favoured transports.
Nepotism is the foundation of inefficiency in the bad service. It is the building block of most promotional assessments in which those who didn't sit pass while those who burnt the midnight oil are failed and systemically stagnated. For, even in publicized recruitments, those who passed screening are never employed on their own merits - no, they've been asked to go and bring a note from their sinnator before recruiting. I bet in a free flowing exercise, none, and I mean none of the backdoor employees would pass a standard recruiting procedure. This is because straightforward, while others were reading to make something out of life, they were learning the latest dance steps or hosting lavish parties.
Assess the amount of times they sign in and the amount of times they fly away. Assess their input signal after recruitment and you have the answer to why Naija is the way it is. How could we drive change using the exact same old wheel?
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33.7m yet to access telecoms services in Nigeria


Although current data from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) revealed that Nigeria has crossed the 100 per cent teledensity mark having nicked 106 per cent, a brand new information has, however, emerged that some 33.7 million individuals were still either unserved or underserved 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 Business Stakeholders’ Newsgroup and Hackathon Award’ with the theme "Universal Access: Eliminating The Inclusion Obstacles."

The EVC said attempts were being made to bridge the gap. According to him, the function population in Nigeria continues to be reduced from 36.8 million (24.5 per cent) in 2013 to 33.7 million (22.5 per cent) in 2015 based on the Accessibility Gap study, using the 150 million residents benchmark."With effective partnerships, we can attain more in the forthcoming years," Danbatta stressed.

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

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

He stressed the fact that stakeholders must work together to iron out thorny issues bedevilling the growth of the sector. Based on Danbatta, who said the nation’s parlous state of infrastructure had limited its development, however, noted that Nigeria ranked 134 of the 144 nations with readied infrastructure for growth, adding "therefore all hands must be on deck to improve on the state of our infrastructure if we must compete favourably nicely."

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

According to him, operators were finding it difficult to obtain foreign exchange for his or her operations. In his comment, USPF Secretary, Ayuba Shuaibu, said the initiative was borne from the conviction to promote widespread access to telecommunications services.




Senate tasks 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 concentrate on ensuring unity among Nigerians in the discharge of its constitutional duties.

Kaura revealed 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 heterogeneous society, it's imperative for NSCDC to ensure equal treatment of Nigerians regardless of what region they come from.



The lawmaker encouraged NSCDC to always conform to the federal character principle in recruitment exercises and deployment of staff, stressing the significance of it should be done with due consideration and fairness.

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

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

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



On the issue of deployment, Senator Kaura called on NSCDC to "ensure that each state is fairly given its responsibility and share in giving towards the promotion of the nation."He charged the Commandant-General to work assiduously towards making the NSCDC greater than it is currently.

Muhammadu said the move became imperative to ensure that the number of policemen in the various states represents and meets the demand of the federal character principle as provided by the 1999 Constitution as amended.


Forex shortage bringing best out of Nigerians, says CBN

The present scarcity of foreign exchange confronting the nation was referred to as a good development for the Nigerian market as local production of various goods that were essential is being given top priority with favorable outcomes.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who reiterated the affirmation 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 genuine economic growth of any country and that Nigeria couldn't be an exception.



He said the farmers anticipate a bumper crop while admitting the pivotal roles of the CBN and the state government in supply of fertilisers, irrigation equipment and loans.

Emefiele, who commended farmers and the Kebbi State authorities because of their determination and commitment in the scheme, noted that with the degree of success attained in the pilot project in the state, in addition to the advancement at Sunti Golden Sugar Estate in Niger, it really is now a reality that the country can produce enough to feed itself and even export in no distant future.

Furthermore, 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 out of the projected seven million tonnes needed by the entire nation, self sufficiency in rice production is very much at vision by the time other 12 states identified as rice producing belts pick their produce.

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




Nigerians support authorities’s desire for a realistic budget


"It's evident that there is trust in government now and, Nigeria’s persona has greatly improved with an elevated interest by foreign investors to put money into the nation, before the international community.

Every state is getting excited about doing business because we have a president who's incorruptible, dedicated, transparent and trusted and the whole international community" he said.

The party scribe said Nigerian’s belief in the APC authorities was further demonstrated by the big 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 beliefs 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 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 that the protection scenario in the North East had improved appreciably President Buhari,.


Saraki: Nigerians split over calls for his resignation

With no signs of subsiding, arguments for and against the resignation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, are growing louder, with more Nigerians coming out to take sides on the issue that is contentious.

Several efforts by the Senate President to stop the trial and legal brick walls have encountered with , even as more allegations of massive corruption continue to emerge.

Warning that APC’s grouse with the Senate President has the ability to ruin the party, Ikpo said: " I will not ask him to submit to the wishes of individuals who need to persecute him. I 'll tell him to keep fighting. He's innocent. Some of his partners said that he has a good case as regards what they're accusing him of. We should view and see when he begins his defence.

Tinubu’s error should not be corrected by "The CCT with Saraki. The CCT acknowledged it made blunders. If your mistake was made in the case of Senator Bola Tinubu, should at this point you correct it with Saraki? It isn't appropriate. They should have continued with the same blunder. APC is ruining itself by toying with the excellent chance it's. Things are not going well for them. Things are bad in the nation for everybody. When there is an election today, nobody will vote for them."

On his part, Francis Okpozo (Delta South) also advocated Saraki to "stay until the outcome of the case." When he has innocent he described as early calls for the Senate leader’s resignation. "There is no way he can be forced out, and we shouldn't pre empt the court’s decision," he included.

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's no reason for him to continue to hang on to power.

"A precedence continues to be set in this kind of situation. Evans Enwerem was Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo was Senate President, along with Adolphus Wabara; they had www.naijalatest news.com different cases that touched on morality while their trial lasted and they all quit their positions. When his trial is successfully gone through by him he can always reclaim his standing. I usually do not see it as a do or die thing. I believe it really is even in his interest that he doesn't influence the process of the trial using his position."

Former Chief Whip of the Senate and PDP chieftain, Roland Owie 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 in 2011 to the Senate, and re elected in 2015. What Nigerians have to ask the CCT is: was the CCT in June 2015, when Saraki became the Senate President and detention between 2003?



He should have resigned and even resign from the political party or be forced to step down from the position by the party. I don't think I can find words that are better for what the senators are doing by following him to the trial, than say it really is a show of shame."

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

Period! A Benin parable says, ‘a kid who says his mom WOn't sleep wo’t sleep either’. He mustn't step down until its full cycle runs to the Supreme Court since those fighting Saraki are not just happy that he's Senate President.

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

Concurring that the better option could have now been resignation, the Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Jerry Obasi, thinks this is no longer tenable because according to him, the court has behaved like an interested party, going by alleged improper remarks by the trial judge.

Until the issue is sorted out In sophisticated societies, he should have stop. But as it is, now, I will say continue to remain in office or the onus lies on him to step down. That is because you'll find specific interests that need to ensure he leaves office at all cost. Take a look at the outburst from the court, which will be a clear indicator that it has an interest it really is protecting.

"I consider whatever is great, if we must safeguard it and it is a trial on our democracy should be done to make it work for us. I'd like to say that the issue is being seen by already many as a controversial one. And that is why you cannot expressly request the Senate President to step down and face his trial, Obasi was said by ".

On moral reasons, notable attorney, also in Cross River State, Mr. Etim Inyang, believes Saraki should step aside, as he has the weight of going to the tribunal day-to-day. He, however, included that there isn't any legal assumption to justify a resignation because the accused is presumed innocent. "It is only when the court makes a pronouncement from the tribunal, rather than even a pronouncement.

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’Abba, described calls as ill conceived, stressing that the leader continues to be innocent.

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

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

"I am sure that everybody understands what played out, right from the very moment the National Assembly was inaugurated, and especially the way the APC attempted to take the interest of everybody. But in a twist of fate, it seemed some men let their own personal interest to supersede that of the party. That's really put the party in risk. We still feel bitter the inordinate ambition of today's Senate President has set a lot of stumbling block on the path of the Presidency and the party," he said.

Based on Mohammed I 'm not saying he is not innocent, but as a senator, but as the Senate President, he shouldn't step down with quasi-criminal charges against him. I've seen sycophants at the office. Because of what they think they are getting from the catastrophe, they are not telling him the truth. It is not morally sound for the Amount Three citizen of this country to be put in the pier regular."

Former senator, Domingo Obende (APC), nevertheless, called for caution on the part of the party’s leaders and President Buhari.

Obende, who represented Edo North between 2015 and 2012, said The dilemma is already in court. The attorneys will have to look at it.‎ I 'm of the view 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 will be a soft landing, let it www.naija news..com be. But whatever the party decides, that is what's going to take pre-eminence."
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