Dangote Promises To Assist FG Out Of Economic Recession

Dangote Group has pledged to support the Federal Government and Kano State in exploring key sectors of the economy to cushion the effect of the recession among Nigerians.

The Group said in a statement on Monday in Abuja, that it would explore opportunities opening up in agriculture, mining and infrastructure, through partnership with the levels of government.

An Executive Director of the Group, Hajiya Halima Dangote, made the pledge at Dangote Special Day ceremony at the Kano International Trade Fair in Kano.

The executive director, who was special guest at the event, represented the President of the group, Aliko Dangote. Dangote said challenges of the recession rather presented opportunities to explore areas of development and bring back the lost glory of Nigeria’s economy.

He said it was such determination that informed re-opening of Dangote Flour Mill in Kano as well as the Tomato factory processing project in Kadawa area of the state. Dangote said the project would have been fully operational but for the hitches caused by Tomato disease in the country and some technicalities.

He reiterated efforts by the group to ensure sustainability in rice production through extensive out-grower programme in Jigawa.

“It is our intention to establish a large scale rice mill of 250,000 tonnes per annum capacity in Kano, to process production in three states,’’ Dangote He re-emphasised that DANGOTE Fertilisers project, with capacity of 2.8 million tonnes per annum, the largest plant in sub-saharan Africa, would be inaugurated by the end of 2017.

Dangote commended the Kano Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, and the government for their commitment to the business community “as demonstrated by the fair which attracted wide range of businesses from far and near’’.

He assured the chamber of the Group’s willingness to continue partnership and scale up its presence in the years ahead.

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Fashola Promises Uninterrupted Power Supply

Former governor of Lagos State and minister of power, housing and infrastructure, Babatunde Raji Fashola has said the problem of Nigeria’s power sector is man-made and that he is determined to make sure the sector works, promising to deliver on uninterrupted power supply.

Fashola, who is one of the speakers at the maiden edition of Made in Nigeria Festival taking place at Eko Atlantic, Lagos, presented a 3-phase blue-print of power-generation, steady supply of power and uninterrupted power supply.

Speaking on the challenges, Fashola said ‘”we had an issue some time ago during an electrification project; we got to this expanse of land and we were told that the land where we need to lay electricity cable belongs to ‘spirits’. The indigenes of that area scared the contractors away by invoking a curse on the project. I was briefed about this and we entered negotiations with them. You won’t believe this, but by the time we finished the negotiation, the ‘spirits’ collected money and we were able to continue with our project.

“Another instance was where we had a telecommunication mast obstructing electrification of a village. The former regime and the telecommunication company were exchanging letters; all I did was call Otunba Mike Adenuga and the mast was removed in a week.

‘The power challenges are not impossible [to fix], most of them are man-made. I am determined to ensure we get to the point where Nigeria has uninterrupted power supply.”

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FG Promises To Retain Aero Workers

The federal government has promised to restructure the embattled Aero Contractor airline, which on Wednesday announced that it had stopped schedule flights and suspended the services of its 1,100 workers, due to lack of funds.

The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika made this known when he addressed workers of the airline who occupied its headquarters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Friday.

Sirika told the workers that the federal government would make sure that the problems plaguing the airline were solved, noting that it was the responsibility of government to create jobs and therefore would not allow any business concern to die under its watch.

The Minister, who identified some of the challenges facing the airline, said he would meet with Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the management of Aero Contractors and would get back to the workers on Monday.
“I landed from Riyadh to Lagos and before I left Riyadh I was informed by the people in charge in Aero that things were getting worse and that they had only one airplane operational at the moment and, since I have time before my connecting flight to Abuja, I decided to come and see Aero and probably discuss a few issues with the managers, and possibly see the staff. But unfortunately, I came here and saw that there is a protest going on, so I had to stop by, listened, discussed and came to an agreement.

“The primary purpose of government, especially this APC government is to help to promote, nurse, sustain, develop, keep businesses so that they can continue to provide services and employ our people. So, it is not the government of the APC that will kill jobs and close down shops; our intent is to promote jobs and promote businesses in Nigeria so that businesses will be growing,” the Minister said.

Sirika said the workers had the right to protest the loss of their jobs and assured them that the government would resolve the issues concerning the airline to bring it back on track.

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Buhari Appeals For Patience, Promises Real Change

Following the grim economic data released on Wednesday by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirming Nigeria’s slide into recession, rising inflation, unemployment and plummeting foreign capital importation, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with his administration, assuring them that the pains they are currently going through would soon give way to development.

Buhari, who reminded Nigerians that his administration’s “change” mantra was aimed at restoring the nation on the path of integrity and prosperity, said this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, during the inauguration of the Osogbo Government High School built by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The president urged Nigerians to be patient and persevere for a while, promising that the pains would soon give way to development.
He said his administration was working hard to avoid the mistakes of the last administration in tackling insecurity and corruption and to revamp the economy, which has been badly affected by the drop in the price of oil, reported the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Buhari said: “We promised Nigerian people positive and progressive change during our campaign. We are not and shall not be deterred from that noble undertaking.
“But as we have learnt from history, change has never been attained by any nation on a bed of roses, but rather through patience, perseverance and steadfastness.

“We are quite aware of the pains and inconveniences that have been the lot of the citizenry in the past one year as we strive to faithfully implement our programmes in fulfilment of our change agenda.
“We are however comforted by the real change and progress we have made in fighting corruption and restoring integrity to government; providing security for lives and property; and positioning the government for effectiveness and especially deregulating the oil sector.

“We must also not forget the fiscal discipline that has now characterised government business at all levels. This indeed is how it should be and we are determined to introduce and implement actions and measures that will entrench the change mantra in our individual lives, just as we are doing in curtailing excessive waste and rent seeking in governance.

“We are determined to remain on track as we strive to deliver to rescue the country from past mistakes in fulfilment of our promise of improving the conditions of our people and making Nigeria a prosperous country.”
Also rising in defence of the administration, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said yesterday that the country’s economy under Buhari could not be equated to the reckless fiscal policies that were the vogue when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was in office.

Reacting to the call by the PDP for Buhari to resign on account of the dire economic situation, APC blamed the present state of affairs on the reckless policies of the previous administration.
APC assured Nigerians that the Buhari-led administration was solidly committed to resuscitating the economy in the quickest possible time and in the best interest of the people.

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New President Promises To Heal Brazil

Brazil’s new leader Michel Temer began his presidency in earnest Thursday vowing to heal the crisis-stricken Latin American giant after senators fired his defiant rival Dilma Rousseff in an emotional impeachment trial.

Temer, 75, was sworn in shortly after a majority of senators voted Wednesday in a highly charged session to remove the leftist Rousseff, 68, on grounds that she illegally manipulated the state budget.

Rousseff’s successor shrugged off her claims that he had led a “coup” to seize power from her Workers’ Party government, which has ruled Brazil for 13 years.

Sworn in to serve out the remainder of Rousseff’s four-year presidential term up to the end of 2018, Temer vowed to create jobs in the recession-stricken country and guarantee “political stability” to lure investors.

“My only interest is in handing over to my successor a country that is reconciled, pacified and growing economically,” he said in a pre-recorded television address, aired as he headed off to China for a G20 summit.

Rousseff told supporters at the Alvorada presidential palace on the outskirts of the capital Brasilia that she had committed no crime.

“They have convicted an innocent person and carried out a parliamentary coup,” she said, defiantly vowing that she’d “be back.”

In the day’s surprise twist, a separate vote to bar Rousseff from holding any public office for eight years failed to pass, meaning she could in theory re-enter political life.

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Lai Mohammed Promises To Engage Artistes

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday said that the ministry would engage indigenous artists in promoting the nation’s culture and creativity.

The minister said this during a meeting he had with representatives of the Artistes’ Village within the National Theatre complex in Lagos.

He said that everything about life revolves around creativity and that the village, being a home of culture and creativity, could not be neglected.

“The importance of culture and welfare of artistes has been in the forefront of the ministry.

“That is why I had to pay four visits to the village in seven months to brainstorm with stakeholders there and chart the way forward for the sector.

“The ministry is very passionate about the arts industry because it is important to change the old perception of being a fall-back for unserious persons.

“The artistes should not be seen as social misfits, “ he said.

The minister promised to tackle the lingering crises among the artistes without prejudice or bias, a situation he said he inherited from past administrations.

“We will see how we can fast track this settlement; we will find something positive to engage artistes from the artistes’ village here and outside this settlement,’’ he said.

He also promised to facilitate effective communication between the ministry and the stakeholders in the artistes’ village to guard against rumour peddling.

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It Is Regrettable That APC Didn’t Keep To Their Promises – Agbaje

Former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for Lagos state in the 2015 election, Mr Jimi Agbaje has promised that he will lead the party back to winning ways if elected chairman of the party at the Portharcourt Convention.

He also said that PDP gave ‘way so that Nigerians can test what other parties have in stock. But it is regrettable that party has failed to provide the change promised.

Every youth in Nigeria will like to see PDP reformed, and the reformation has started.”

Speaking with Journalists shortly after he picked the nomination forms for the chairmanship position of the party in Abuja, Mr Agbaje said as a candidate who does not belong to any of the factions in the party, he stands a better chance to unite all the contending forces in the party.

Buhari Promises Justice Will Be Done In Killing Of Woman In Kano

President Muhammadu Buhari has described as sad and regrettable the developments that led to the killing of Mrs Bridget Agbahime, an Igbo market woman in Kano.
A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari condoled with the husband of the deceased, Pastor Mike Agbahime, the family and relations, praying that God would give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

He also commended the law enforcement agents for apprehending the prime suspect behind the killing, as well as the Kano State government which summoned a meeting of Christian and Islamic leaders, widower of the deceased, and security agencies, as soon as the sad event occurred.

Adesina said Buhari promised that justice would be done in the matter, and urged the people not to take the law into their hands.

He equally charged those who might want to use the development to fan the embers of religious or ethnic hatred to remember that two wrongs never make a right, and that when law and order break down, the victims are never distinguished on the basis of religion or ethnicity.

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Buhari Losing Track Of Promises To Rescue Chibok Girls- BBOG

Conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group have accused President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of losing sight of promises it made to rescue over 219 Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram’s captivity.

In a press statement co-signed by Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu over the weekend, they said it is unfortunate that the Chibok Girls, their parents and communities, Nigeria and the rest of the world are still awaiting a successful rescue mission 762 days after the Chibok abduction.

According to them, recent developments seem to suggest that officials of the present administration may have lost track of many promises of the government.

“With the disgraceful and unpalatable shoddiness that characterized the handling of the abduction and counter-insurgency war by the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration still fresh in mind, President Buhari’s team cannot afford to drop the ball again,” the statement read in part.

The group urged the Federal Government to initiate a fresh investigation into the abduction as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It also called for the release of the Sabo report, which is expected to hold the keys to unlocking the mystery of the abduction.

The converners also want the Presidency to strengthen the office of the Special Adviser on Social Investments to cover humanitarian interventions and development programs in the Northeast and the country at large.

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Youths Attack Lawmaker Over Failed Promises

The member of the All Progressives Congress representing Awe-South state constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Mr. Yahaya Rilwanu, has been attacked by some youths who alleged that he did not deliver the dividends of democracy to them.

The youths were said to be APC members from Ribi town.

It was gathered that a fight broke out between the supporters of the lawmaker and the angry youths who demanded the dividends of democracy from the lawmaker.

The crisis allegedly followed an altercation between one of the youths on the entourage of Rilwanu and one of the Ribi youths. Rilwanu, who confirmed the attack, however, said the youths were merely expressing their grievance.

He said, “What happened was not really an attack. It was one of my political rivals who want to contest in 2019 that went and induced some youths in the area to attack me.”

One of the youths on the entourage of the lawmaker sustained an injury on the head even as it took the intervention of some elders of Ribi to stop the fight from escalating.

The angry mob accused Rilwanu, who is popularly known as Equity, of not providing them with the dividends of democracy which he promised during his electioneering.

“No single borehole, school or any structure put in place by Rilwanu in any of the wards of his constituency. We regret voting him into office,” one of the youths lamented.

It was learnt that a similar attempt to attack him in Azara where he hails from was stalled by the intervention of some elders in the town.

A member of the APC from Azara, Mr. Adamu Abubakar, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that a meeting was held between some selected elders of the community and Rilwanu – with a view to making him live up to his electoral promises.

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ASUU Blasts Buhari’s Govt For ‘Unfulfilled Electoral Promises’

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Monday accused the Nigerian government of dashing the hopes of the people after promising them “change”.

The president of ASUU, Nasir Isa, made the union’s position known while presenting a “State of the Nation Address” to journalists in Abuja.

The union called on Nigerians to rise up and reclaim the country from an inept ruling class and their foreign collaborators, saying the tools to confront the system are both structural and instrumental.

The union also advocated the establishment of a genuine party which is organised to meet the challenges of building a nation where groups and individuals live in freedom and happiness.

“Structurally, there is need to adopt a development model that will make majority of Nigerians the key subjects and objects of the development process in the face of aggressive intervention from a genuine worker’s party, organised to meet the challenges of forging Nigeria where nations and individuals live in freedom and happiness,” ASUU stated.

The union said the nation was facing a serious socioeconomic crisis and listed the symptoms of the crisis as rising poverty level, increasing unemployment and heightened expectation leading to frustration due to failure to realise improved living standard.

Other symptoms the union listed are higher food prices, poor healthcare delivery, insecurity of life and property and suffering.

Despite drastic fall in the price of crude oil, ASUU said Nigeria has enough revenue sources to lift its people out of poverty and develop the nation’s economy.

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Air Force Acquires More Aircrafts, Promises Better Welfare

The Nigerian Air Force says it has recorded 100% increase of serviceable aircraft to address the current national security threat in Nigeria.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said this during the commissioning ceremony of staff accommodation in Kano’s Air Force base.

He said that Government is determined to reposition the Nigerian Air Force into a highly professional service through capacity building.

Accompanied by top ranking officers, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said that the Nigerian Air Force must continue to remain vibrant towards the nation’s air defence.

He added that in order to achieve that, officers and men of the service also need to have a robust welfare package that will make them comfortable in confronting any kind of security threat.

Officers and men of the service had lacked adequate accommodation for mostly their family, a problem Sadique said is capable of dividing their attention in executing their duties.

To him, accommodation, healthcare facilities, capacity building among others should come first in any security institution across the country.

Meanwhile, the Air Chief has said that accommodation package for the personnel would continue across all Air Force bases across the country.

He added that with better welfare and equipment, there would be no hiding place for criminals.

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Zuma Promises To Return Confiscated Funds To Nigeria

South African President, Jacob Zuma, says his government will do everything possible to ensure that the monies confiscated by South Africa during Goodluck Jonathan’s regime are returned to Nigeria.

Mr Zuma made the promise while addressing reporters after bilateral talks with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the Nigerian and South African governments were working on the matter and that the relevant structures were already recovering some of the loots.

Th South African leader also told reporters that investigations were ongoing to ensure that anything that was illegally taken to South Africa would be returned.

On the issue of xenophobia, the South African President described it as unfortunate, promising to address it ones and for all.

“Africans should realise that they are the same and should avoid conflicts and attacks on each other,” he stressed.

The Nigerian leader also addressed reporters, touching different issues.

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Indonesia Promises To Assist Nigeria In War On Terror

The Indonesian government says it is ready to provide assistance to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

The Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, made the promise at a meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

At the meeting held at the Minister’s office on Thursday, both countries had the opportunity to explore areas of mutual benefit.

In their talks, Mrs Ibrahim also sought an agreement on prisoner swap between the two countries, in an attempt to bring some Nigerians serving different jail terms in Indonesia back home.

Earlier, the Minister asked for the assistance of the Indonesian government in Nigeria’s fight against insurgency in the northeast.

Responding to the request, the Indonesian Ambassador said his government had also had to deal with the issue terrorism and would welcome an opportunity to assist Nigeria.

Mr Purwanto further stated that his country would also wish to explore the possibility of buying crude oil from Nigeria.

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Minister Of Defence Promises Increased Funding For Military

 The Nigerian government has promised to provide the critical needs for the military to carry out its constitutional duties.

The Minister of Defence, Mr Mansur Dan-Ali, made the pledge on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Dan-Ali explained that besides infrastructures, the government was poised to invest in the much needed operational platforms, hardware and equipment, human capital development and professional military education.

The Minister made the promise at the commissioning of the permanent site of the National Defence College.

The event threw up issues of the importance, with focus on a better financed military.

The Minister of Defence further commended the National Defence College for the giant strides and reemphasised that the government would provide more funding for the military under the present administration.

He also promised to ensure that the permanent site of the Defence College would be completed in the shortest possible time.

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Buhari Promises To Sanitize Defence Procurement Processes

President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday in Abuja that his administration was taking urgent and appropriate actions to restore order, due process and probity to the procurement processes of the nation’s Armed Forces.

Speaking at a meeting with the British Secretary of State for Defence, Mr Michael Fallon, the Nigerian President lamented that the procurement of equipment for the country’s Armed Forces which followed due process in the past, had become open to corruption and shady deals under the last administration.

“They just put foreign exchange in a briefcase and travelled to procure equipment for the military. That is why we have found ourselves in the crisis we are now facing,” the President said.

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December Salaries To Come Before Christmas, FG Promises

The office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) says it is upgrading the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) to ensure payment of December salary before Christmas.

The Director of Funds in the office, Mr Mohammed Dikwa, stated this in an interview on Wednesday in Abuja on the sideline of a one-day workshop on the Treasury Single Account and e-payment/collection.

Dikwa said that the system would be shut down over the weekend for the upgrade.

“The essence of the shut down is for maintenance. Some people complained that they couldn’t have access over the last few weeks because of the queue management challenge.

“We want to upgrade the infrastructure that we have over the weekend so that by Monday next week all payments will go on smoothly.

“If you look at the trend, people find it difficult to have access easily because the infrastructure was not strong enough to effectively handle the queue management.

“But with the new improvement, the system will be easily accessed, there will be seamless transactions, and people will get their money before Christmas particularly salaries and other financial commitments of government.

“I want to assure all Federal civil servants that, God willing, they will get their salaries before Christmas because we will try as much as possible to pay the salaries before that time.

“We hope to have the Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting much more earlier and that will give us the room to have more money into the consolidated revenue of the federal government that will be used for the purpose of paying salaries and other commitments of government as far as this financial year is concerned.’’

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FG Promises To Implement Niger Delta Master Plan

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing the Niger Delta Master Plan to drive the development of the region.

Professor Osinbajo gave the assurance on Monday at the inaugural meeting of Partners for Sustainable Development Forum.

At the meeting organised by the Niger Delta Development Commission, in Port Harcourt, the Vice President said that President Muhammadu Buhari had also expressed concern with current degradation of the environment with a view to addressing challenges faced by the region.

“Niger Delta remains a priority of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government with a view to attending to current devastation and environmental degradation in the region.

“The Federal Government will give NDDC all necessary assistance and support to achieve its mandate of ensuring rapid and sustainable development of the region.

“For meaningful and sustainable development to take place in the region, citizens and stakeholders must be peaceful while curbing militancy and eliminating terrorism,” the Punch quoted the Vice President as saying.

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Buhari Woos Indian CEOs With Economic Stability Promises

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of Indian companies with interests in Nigeria, promising his administration’s commitment to maintaining macro-economic stability and improving investors’ confidence in Nigeria.

At the meeting held on Wednesday in New Delhi, President Buhari said that the fall in oil prices would not deter his government from creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

President Buhari expressed the belief that with its abundance of human and material resources, “the Nigerian economy does not have to suffer unduly from low oil prices, despite its severe impact on government revenues”.

“What is required of us, to which we are strongly committed, is the implementation of tight expenditure controls, effective fiscal and monetary policies, including the husbandry of scarce resources which our introduction of the Single Treasury Account has begun to address.

“We are aware some of these measures may hurt operations of some businesses in the short term, but we believe they are right for a sustainable economy,” the President said.

Noting that India has been a dependable ally and friend of Nigeria, President Buhari urged the Chief Executives to expand their companies’ investments in Nigeria “so that we can, together, turn our engagements into a win-win situation for our two countries”.

“We can increase and diversify the current volume of our bilateral trade beyond US$16.36 billion, and diversify to other critical sectors such as agriculture; green technologies in power generation; infrastructure; information and communications technologies; the services sector; education; industry, especially textiles and solid minerals among others”.

President Buhari also urged the Indian CEOs to accept the changes in policy being introduced by his administration and observe all extant Nigerian laws in running their business in the country.

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El-Rufai Visits Flooded Areas, Promises Govt. Support For Victims

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has visited some of the communities that were submerged by a heavy flood to ascertain the level of devastation.

The Governor who was accompanied by his Deputy, Bala Bantex, and other top government functionaries, visited some parts of Tudun Wada, Gonin-Gora, Romi, Sabon Tasha, Kabala West, among others.

El-Rufai described the flood as very devastating and the highest to happen in the state.

He gave the assurance of government’s support to the victims of the flood, saying that those displaced from their homes would be provided with temporary shelter until the floods are over.

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Aregbesola Promises To Pay Outstanding Wages Before September End

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday assured civil servants that they will be paid their outstanding salary arrears before the end of the month.

?Aregbesola made the disclosure while speaking at the National flag off ceremony for the distribution of FGN/UBEC plastic chairs and tables to all the states in the country, in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

He explained that his administration is committed to the welfare of its workers, and reassured that the eight months salaries owed them will be settled before the end of September.

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APC Will Deliver Its Promises To Nigerian Youths- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja commended Nigerian youth for the role they played in making the 2015 general election a success.
Buhari, who spoke on the occasion of the 2015 International Youth Day, commended Nigerian youths for the significant role they played in making the 2015 elections “a model for democratic governance in Africa.”

He noted the high employment rate among the youth but said his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), would deliver on its promises to the youth.
He said: ”Change for us is not a mere political slogan, but the beginning of a new era desired by the majority of Nigerians.”

However, the president said he was very concerned that economic growth in Nigeria did not translate into “commensurate and improved social outcomes, especially for our 60 million young people who make up the majority of the population.”

Buhari noted: “Although educational attainment by Nigerian youth has increased significantly in the last decade, the relevance of curricula, quality of education and skills required to meet the demands of the job market still remains a challenge for the country.”

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Buhari Promises Reforms, New Policies To Boost Oil, Gas Income

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday restated his administration’s promise to initiate appropriate reforms and implement policies to boost income from the oil and gas industry.

Speaking at separate meetings with delegations from ExxonMobil and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company, President Buhari listed the removal of bureaucratic bottlenecks created by multiple government agencies that currently impede the operations of companies in the oil and gas sector as one of the reforms to be undertaken by his administration.

The President said that his government would also give priority attention to the security of oil and gas installations as well as maritime security in its bid to boost national earnings from the sector.

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Buhari Promises Improved Power Supply

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday promised that his administration would give the highest possible priority to the rapid improvement of power supply across the country.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while granting audience to officials of CGGC, the Chinese construction company working on the Mambilla Power Project.

Adesina quoted the President as saying that it was quite regrettable that power generation in the country had failed to keep pace with national needs over the years.

To salvage the situation, Buhari said his administration would ensure that the Mambilla project and other unfinished hydro-power projects in the country were completed expeditiously in order to boost electricity supply in the country.

He was quoted as saying, “I am very much interested in Mambilla and other hydro-power projects, not only for the improvement of power, but also for irrigation, as both power and irrigation projects will help to improve the lives of Nigerians.

“I am going to ask for details of the Mambilla hydro-power project and others. Very soon, we will get together and redefine the project agreements for faster results.”

The Managing Director, CGGC, Mr. Zhang Heng, who led his company’s delegation, was also reported to have told the President that work on the Mambilla project was being delayed by the failure of previous administrations to provide the counterpart funding specified in the agreement with the Chinese government.

The CGGC delegation was accompanied to the Presidential Villa by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State.


Lamido Slams APC Over Campaign Promises

Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido has criticised the incoming administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for already giving excuses for inability to implement its campaign promises when it had not even taken over power.

Speaking at his last public function before leaving office, Lamido commissioned the N302 million Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission. (JSIEC) office in Dutse.

“We heard them asking Nigerians for patience on their inability to implement their electoral promises even before assuming office. They also said that they can’t achieve everything overnight and that everything should be done gradually. Which gradually? Is it now that they know that everything should be gradual?

“As Nigerians too we are not going anywhere; we will keep tracking the government’s failures as there will be no tolerance and we must shout at them and they must work for Nigerians. Our government turned Nigeria into a new world; Jigawa State in particular but because of selfish interests they kept sabotaging, blackmailing and intimidating our government,” the governor lamented.

However, he said that he had no regrets leaving office after two terms. He asked the people of the state to thank God for giving them a trustworthy and honest leader who had transformed the state to the envy of all.

He stressed that he was not afraid of being probed by the incoming administration, adding that posterity would judge his good deeds aright.

PDP Will Bounce Back, Jonathan Promises To Rebuild Party

President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to stay in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to help rebuild  the party.

Addressing the party’s National Working Committee in Abuja after meeting with them on Wednesday, Jonathan said he would return stronger to help rebuild the party after taking a short break outside the country with his family.

He urged the party members and supporters to put behind them the defeat the party suffered during the March 28 presidential election.

He cautioned party members against apportioning blames for the party’s loss in the election.

He begged party members not to allow the party disintegrate because of the general elections, noting that the party would bounce back .

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Lagos Promises Continuous Payment Of WASSCE Fee For Students

The Lagos State Government has vowed continuous payment of fee for all SS3 students sitting for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in public schools in the state.

The Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, on Monday at a press briefing in Lagos, stated that the government had already paid over N535 million to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) as examination and administrative fees for 42,995 SS3 students, who were currently sitting for the May/June 2015 examination in the state.

She said government was determined to ensure academic excellence through relevant and high quality learning at all levels by organising daily ‘after school coaching programme’ for JS3 and SS3 students as well as ‘Saturday coaching’ in core subjects of English and Mathematics for SS3 students.

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