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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boko Haram assaults Naija soldiers: army, soldier, chief

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naija seeks budget support

CBN says forex limitation policy already paying off

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Earlier, Operations Manager Mrs Peace Elimimian, of the center, had expressed confidence the center would affect on the lives of women.


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