Ensure Spiritual Growth Of Masses – Agbaje Tells Catholics

Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has urged members of the Catholic Church to nurture the spiritual growth of Nigerians so that they can be closer to God.

Agbaje made the call at the tree planting exercise of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Anthony Village, Lagos yesterday.

According to him: “Planting a seed is also a spiritual exercise. A seed that you plant can also touch lives. Catholics are guilty of something, we don’t plant seed, and maybe we feel we don’t want to evangelise, or we don’t need to preach the message.”

Delivering a keynote address, Dr. Newton Jibunoh, said there is the need to replenish the earth as man’s activities have reduced the number of trees, which is a major factor in climate change.

Meanwhile, the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has called for genuine spirituality among Nigerians as exemplified by Mother Theresa.

Obi stated this yesterday at the Vatican City after the canonisation of Mother Theresa.

He said the life of St. Theresa of Calcutta was an illumination of service to God through service to the people.

FG’s Transportation Policy Geared Towards Industry’s Growth – El-Rufai

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday said the Federal Government’s transportation policy was geared towards the growth of the industry and job creation.


El-Rufai made the assertion when he paid a courtesy visit to the corporate office of Arik Air in Lagos.


“Transportation is important. The Federal Government is aware of that and we need to all advocate for the creation of appropriate policy environment for the growth of the transportation industry.

“Aviation is a key part of that inter-modal system of transportation. The government is aware and it will do the right thing,’’ he said.


According to him, the purpose of the visit is to find out how the Kaduna State Government can partner with Arik Air, which is the largest indigenous airline operator in Nigeria.


The governor therefore, called for the resumption of Arik Air’s overnight flight to Kaduna which was stopped in September 2015 and also increased frequency in its flight operations to the state.


“We are trying as a state government to improve our economic environment by eliminating multiple-taxation by appointing a single agency to collect taxes on behalf of the state.

“We are focused on how many jobs we can encourage or create everyday.

Our visit is to further reassure you that we will continue to create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive,’’ El-Rufai added.


Responding, the Deputy Managing Director, Arik Air, Capt. Ado Sanusi, said aviation was the catalyst for economic growth of any state, adding that it was a key factor in transportation.


Sanusi assured the governor that Arik Air would soon resume its overnight flight and also increase its flight frequency to the state.


“Kaduna is an important market to Arik. It is one of the routes we started immediately the airline was formed,’’ he said.

According to him, the airline will continue to partner the government in various ways that will be mutually beneficial to both parties.


He, however, appealed to El-Rufai to prevail on the Federal Government to create policies that would support indigenous carriers and also address the infrastructure decay in most airports in the country.




CBN Concerned About Growth As Nation Awaits Cabinet

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will retain foreign currency controls because of concerns about slowing growth, a senior bank official said on Wednesday as the nation awaited a new cabinet.

President Muhammadu Buhari submitted the list of his nominees for cabinet posts to the Senate for approval on Wednesday, but the names were not immediately made public.

Foreign investors had criticized Buhari for failing to appoint ministers since he took office on May 29, leaving the central bank to deal alone with a hammering of the oil-dependent economy.

Buhari will address the nation on Thursday, the presidency said, without giving details.

According to Reuters, since his inauguration, a fall in vital oil revenues has eroded public finances, weakening the national currency and driving up the cost of food imports.

Growth was 2.35 per cent in the second quarter year on year, compared with 6.54 in the same quarter of 2014.

“We are concerned that we are having declining growth,” the central bank’s monetary policy director, Moses Tule, told reporters.

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UN Laments Slow Internet Growth

The United Nations Broadband Commission, an arm of the United Nations has said that growth in the number of people with access to the Internet is slowing, and that more than half the world’s population is still offline.

According to UN, Internet access in rich economies is reaching saturation levels but 90 per cent of people in the 48 poorest countries have none.

The body said the access growth rate is expected to slow to 8.1 per cent this year, down from 8.6 per cent in 2014. Until 2012, growth rates had been in double digits for years.“We have reached a transition point in the growth of the Internet,” the UN report said.

The commission, set up in 2010 by the International Telecommunication Union and UNESCO, the U.N. scientific and cultural agency, said the milestone of four billion Internet users was unlikely to be passed before 2020.

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Zuma Blames Apartheid For Weak Economic Growth

South African President Jacob Zuma blamed the country’s tepid economic growth on apartheid Tuesday, describing it as “colonialism of a special type”.

Addressing reporters in Pretoria, Zuma said South Africa suffers from “complex historic problems” that are unique on the continent.

“Other countries in Africa never had a racially based economy,” said Zuma at a briefing where he took stock of reforms implemented by the government since the beginning of the year.

“We are trying to address the legacy of apartheid, and it’s going to be with us a long time,” said Zuma.

“At the same time it (South Africa) must be competing with countries that never had such a challenge.”

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