Tell Buhari We Are Very Hungry, Youths To Ministers

Some ministers on Tuesday in Abuja appealed to Nigerians to exercise more patience, saying President Muhammadu Buhari was aware of hunger in the country.

They said the President and the Federal Government were working hard to alleviate their suffering.

The ministers spoke at the Special Edition of a Town Hall Meeting series dedicated to the youths.

The event was held at the Presidential Villa.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hosted the event.

Also at the  programme were the  Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola(SAN);  Mrs. Kemi Adeosun (Finance) ; Chief Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture); Labour and Employment, (Dr. Chris Ngige);  Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and the Minister of Youths and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung.

The ministers were responding to complaints by some members of the audience, who accused them (the ministers) of change in their lifestyles since they assumed office.

The youths insisted that the ministers must carry their message of hunger to the President.

Clapping as the questions were being thrown at the ministers, the youths said President Buhari and members of his cabinet must work to lift the country out of  the woods.

One of the youths from Kuje Area Council, said he would have preferred to send the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, to his principal about the level of hunger in the nation.

He, however, asked the ministers to take the message to the President.

He also asked them to know that the youths were waiting for the President and his team in 2019 when another election would be due.

The youth from Kuje asked, “I don’t know if the S.A on Media to the President is here. I would have loved to send him to the President. But honourable ministers, help us tell the President that we are hungry. Nigerians are very hungry.

“ If he has changed from his promises during the campaign, we are also waiting for him in 2019.”

While asking each of the ministers to answer questions directed at them, Mohammed said he was not going to come to the aid of any of them.

“Every minister would bear his own cross. I don’t have to repeat the questions,” the minister said.

But he said the present government was not responsible for the hunger in the country.

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Suspend Ban On Vehicle Imports Through Land Borders, Reps Tell FG

The House of Representatives, yesterday, asked the Federal Government to suspend the ban on importation of vehicles through land borders in Nigeria.

Consequently, the lawmakers, at plenary, mandated the Committees on Governmental Affairs and Customs and Excise to ensure implementation and report back to the House within six weeks for further legislative input.

This development was based on a motion, entitled ‘’Need to suspend The Ban On Importation of Vehicles Through Land Borders, promoted by Abdulahi Salame, APC, Sokoto. Meantime, stakeholders in the maritime industry were divided on the issue, yesterday.

While some supported the ban, others kicked against it. Salame, in his presentation, argued that those making these policies have failed to patronise made-in-Nigeria goods, especially Nigerian assembled vehicles, which are, in any case unaffordable for 80 percent of Nigerians.

He said: “The percentage of Nigerians who can afford cars has declined drastically, following the decline in the value of the Naira, rising inflation, unemployment and high cost of living that have bedeviled Nigeria where over 80 per cent of Nigerians live below $2 a day. “The Federal Government has powers under Section 18 of the Customs and Excise Management Act to restrict the movement of goods into and out of Nigeria by land or inland waters and to appoint customs stations.

‘’However, similar exercise of such powers on rice importation through the land borders in April 2016, has occasioned untold hardship on Nigerians, as a bag of rice now sells for between N20,000 and N23,000, against N8,000 a few months ago.

“As it is now, the government has not put in place alternative measures to ensure that Nigerians will have access to cars since it is cheaper to buy cars from neighbouring countries and still generate revenue by ensuring that our borders are secured to prevent smuggling, and also that there will be no job losses.’’
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We Are Dying, Airline Operators Tell Senate

Airline operators in Nigeria have told the Senate Committee on Aviation that unless the federal government promptly pumped intervention funds into the aviation sector, all domestic airlines operating in the country will die.

The operators stated this wednesday during an emergency interactive session convened by the Senate Committee on Aviation.

Speaking on behalf of Airline Operators’ Association of Nigeria, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arik Airline, Mr. Chris Ndule, said the economic state of the aviation industry had largely deteriorated. “The economic situation as it is today, is suffocating us out of operation,” he said.

Ndule said some other airlines besides Aero Contractors would collapse unless the federal government promptly intervened in the aviation sector.
He listed high interest rate of 24 per cent on bank loans, worsening exchange rate and multiple charges from various regulatory agencies as the factors militating against sustenance of aviation business in Nigeria.

“There are a lot of economic indicators that have made business more difficult which are now manifesting in the inability of the airlines to continue to operate,” he said, explaining that the airlines were operating in an industry that had very little (profit) margin.

According to him, “If you have to borrow money and you have to pay 24 per cent, and you don’t make a margin of 24 per cent, it means that you will find it very difficult to pay back the debt. And there is a limit to what you can do in terms of being able to manage the debt. These fundamentals are the things we need to address.

“The last time we were here (the Senate), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was here (too) and it was the CBN that made it clear to everybody that the intervention fund earlier granted, was not for the airlines. In effect, what this meant was that the loans we took from some banks were transferred to the Bank of Industry and there was a reduction in the interest rate. To that extent, there was a little trickle down effect on the airlines.

“But, there hasn’t been a bailout targeted at salvaging the airlines or addressing the finances of the airlines. I think that is where the committee could assist us by interfacing on our behalf with the federal government. The airlines did not get as much as they wanted in the first place, even for that little reduction in the interest rate. But now, the economic situation has moved from being bad to worse. I think the intervention needs to take place to avoid total collapse of the industry. Two airlines have closed shop; there could be more airlines if the trend continues.”

He advised the committee to collaborate with the federal government and bring Aero Contractors back to operation, noting that the extinction of the airline would send a wrong signal to other airlines, bearing in mind that the airline had operated in Nigeria for 59 years.
However, the Director General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr. Muktar Usman, assured the committee that the federal government was already taking steps aimed at salvaging the sector.

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8 Ways To Tell If Your Relationship Is Going To Last

1. You love your partner

This is one of the easiest ways to spot if you’re in the right relationship. You know that you truly love your partner.

2. You’re willing to risk heartbreak

You’ve put your heart on the line for this person. You express your true self and you’re vulnerable. You know you’re putting your heart at risk — and you’re OK with it.

3. You can tell them anything

If something is bothering you, you can tell your partner without fear of possible repercussions. Additionally, no topic is off-limits for the both of you because you want to be open and honest with each other about everything. Secrets can damage relationships, and you recognize that.

4. Your partner supports you in all of your endeavors

No matter how silly your dreams may be, your significant other will stand by and support you no matter what. You also give your partner the same courtesy and encouragement with his or her dreams and aspirations.

5. You argue

This seems negative, but it is in fact a sign that you’re on the right track in your relationship — as long as you’re not having the same arguments over and over again. A study on married couples, conducted in India, found that 44% of pairs believe that fighting “helps keep the lines of communication open,” as reported in the Daily Mail.

The study, which was conducted by the relationship site and market research agency IMRB, discovered that these findings echoed those from Western countries, pointing out that fighting and addressing problems constructively through arguing gives way to a more stress-free relationship.

6. You don’t lose yourself

Sometimes, when people enter into a relationship they tend to become so enthralled by their partner that they lose sight of themselves and cut themselves off from friends and family. It’s not on purpose, but their lives become all about their partner, which is not healthy. You should be able to maintain a sense of self with your partner and not lose track of the people and things that are important to you outside your relationship.

7. You feel like a different person

You feel like a better human being. Your partner makes you want to be a better person, and you bring out the best in each other. You’re proud to be with your significant other, and you feel confident about the relationship overall.

8. You respect the people she’s close to and vice versa

You want to meet your partner’s family, friends, and whoever else is important to him or her. You don’t feel threatened by those relationships, and you are happy to embrace these people with open arms.

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