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

The Federal Government yesterday declared that it places world-wide problems such as climate change, digital divide, cyber-insecurity and crisis telecommunications at high level of precedence in its change plan, strategies and work programmes.

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

He noted that in this age of e-government and digital inclusion, the present management is working towards a more affiliated authorities and a digital Nigerian society

Lawal noted that with the dwindling revenue from the gas and oil sector, the Government has realized more than ever before that telecoms and the ICT sectors are amongst the primary drivers for the social and economic development of Nigeria and play a vital role in enhancing accessibility to basic services in all sectors of our national life.

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

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

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

He said, I 'm aware that Galaxy Backbone Ltd, established 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 connected to its 1-GOV.Net in over 4000 office locations nationally making it the biggest single network ever developed in the public sector in Africa.
How Nigeria can develop homegrown technology, by Nwoko



Against the backdrop of President Muhamadu Buharis recent trip to China, and the $6 billion deal struck between the two nations, an octogenarian, Demas Nwoko, has stressed the requirement for Naija to develop homegrown technology predicated on its culture.

Nwoko, who made the demand, within an exclusive interview at his Idumuje country home in Delta State, warned that the deal with China could open the countrys total market to Chinese products, thus stunting creativity and local creation attempts.

The octogenarian, who's also an architect, said Nigerias politics and leadership were not going in the right direction, as there was no protection for the few local companies who are enduring the chances to excel.

According to him, Its a blend of the good and the poor. It shows our politics is not mature, and our leadership, not moving in a way that would benefit the people

He noted that under ordinary setting, outsiders shield their own culture, in such a style that folks dont intrude to soil it. He stressed the greatest way to grow is to develop technology, along the line of ones comparative advantage.

The architect said progress couldnt be reached by duplicating others culture or technology, as the case may be. Following the infrastructure decay in the country to our attitude to increase, Nwoko gave the example of local furniture makers throughout the state, 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 philosophy that does not take into account Naijas varied cultures for the present malaise.

Nwoko said he has been making doors locally, before the intrusion of Chinese doors into the markets; 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 markets.

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

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

He repented that that political decisions negated against the fruition of that robust plan, noting that it would have resulted in ripple effects on the nations cultural generations ever since.

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

He added that even the master plan he had for FESTAC, had not been permitted to work, because of jaundiced government policies. Nwoko explained that by his suggestion, there would happen to be 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 persons.



Boko Haram strikes Naija soldiers: army, soldier, chief

Boko Haram fighters attacked 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 emailed statement: Boko Haram terrorists assault troops of 113 Battalion at Kareto, northern Borno state.

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

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.

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 batteries of heavy artillery fired by Boko Haram, who came in large numbers with heavy weapons.

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

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

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

A local chief supported the strike but said further details were still sketchy.

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

But the latest strike again underlines the consistent danger presented by the Islamic State group affiliate, particularly in difficult-to-reach rural areas.
Nigeria, Korea to strengthen marine relations

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said on Monday that the agency would fortify partnership between Naija and the Republic of Korea to accentuate the maritime industry.

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

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

Naija is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and we 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 enrich the marine industry, while receiving the Korean Consul-General to naija news.com.ng, Mr Lee Younghoan, at the agencys headquarters.

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

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

He advised the Consul-General on the need for qualified Nigerian seafarers to be placed on-board Korean boats working in Nigerian maritime realm.

The NIMASA leader said that Naija had a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent maritime employees, who could satisfactorily serve the international maritime industry.

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

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

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

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

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.
IMF, World Bank laud Nigerias 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 naija news updates 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 producers of some imported goods suggesting interest to start production in Nigeria instead of international tasks because of the high cost of imported products occasioned by the policy.

We got many sanctions and the direction in which we seek to take the Naija economy. Specifically, we held bilateral meetings with special bilateral agencies, like the Islamic Development Bank where we have agreed to work together on a micro-finance scheme for women; the Japanese development bureau where we have agreed to work together on power projects and they've agreed to make sizeable investments in the place of power which I think will be quite valuable for Naija and the IFC. Likewise, we had a meeting with them this morning (yesterday), again speaking about investment in power plus some 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.

Similarly, we'd conversations 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 have been very positive of a great outcome.

In his remarks, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, spoke on the various monetary policy measures of the government to improve productivity at all levels of the economy, adding that both in the medium and long terms, the various policies, including 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 activities of this years Spring Meeting.

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

Her words: The gains are various and important for the Naija authorities. At least, we could network with our colleagues, other ministers of finance of the G 7 nations and the G-24 states and compared notes and their experiences. I think this augments the validation the course we have decided to restructure Nigeria is the correct one.

According to him, in furtherance of its statutory mandate, the apex bank can also be focusing more to expand lending to vital sectors such as agriculture, mining and manufacturing, adding that some of the immediate gains of the fiscal and monetary policies are the increasing foreign investments in the market.
UK backs Naijas anti-corruption fight



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

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

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

We completely support precedence that 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 urged the Government to give attention to 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 nations market.

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

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

Adegbenro said the Presidents international involvement was in Naijas best interest, adding that he was confident that it would soon yield favorable outcomes.

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

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

Signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister on Media, Mr. Festus Akanbi, the statement said naijanewsnow.com the minister expressed confidence that sound fiscal policies and investments would foster Nigeria’s economy by 2017.

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

Adeosun insisted that what the state was passing through was surmountable because authorities was already implementing a "cocktail of measures to address the problem.

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

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

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

" We have great opportunities 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 petroleum cost fluctuations.’’

Adeosun said with a truly diversified market the authorities would have enabled chances for wealth creation that would have flown down to every Nigerian.

The powerful business case in Nigeria is that the fundamentals remain very powerful, a teaming, growing people that is young, rich in resources and with a government determined to finally get it right.

The amazing thing is that long term investors recognise this and understand the difference between short term and long term problems and the case for Nigeria gets 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 the passage of the budget requires the collaboration between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.

Talking with The Guardian, Yadudu contended 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.

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

"But the 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 feel that because they will have the power they can appropriate anyway."

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

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

"So, there has to be a cooperative effort between both arms of government."

According to him: "There's no uncertainty about the fact that the National Assembly has the power. And when they appropriate, obviously, they must take action in collaboration.

"Whatever they appropriate will have to be in the form of the Appropriation Act. So when 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."

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

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

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

Attesting to the dominance of -in-Nigerian family commodities in neighboring West African nations 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 range of products made in Nigeria but loving huge patronage in other African states contain cement, toiletries, noodles,beauty products,dairy products,textiles,pharmaceuticals,foot wears, plastic seats, among many others made locally in the state. He said: "If you go to most nations in the West African region, even up you will be amazed to discover a good variety of manufactured products sold in their marketplaces are products.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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