President Muhammadu Buhari has been pictured in a face mask in Mali for the first time since Nigeria recorded its first index case of COVID-19 on February 27, 2020. The Nigeria …
Katsina State Government will source more than N48 billion foreign and domestic loans to fund its 2023 budget. Permanent Secretary in the state’s Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Abdullahi Abubakar, …
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has dismissed online ratings that put Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party ahead of Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress …
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is currently meeting behind closed-doors with a former President of the country, Goodluck Jonathan. The meeting is holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Goodluck Jonathan arrived at …
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is currently meeting behind closed-doors with a former President of the country, Goodluck Jonathan.
The meeting is holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Goodluck Jonathan arrived at Aso Rock about 11 am and proceeded straight to President Buhari’s office.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding a closed door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting might be related to the current …
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding a closed door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting might be related to the current security situation in the country.
The security situation in the country is deteriorating.
No fewer than 17 people, including a Police officer, were feared dead after gunmen attacked two communities and the Kaura Divisional Police Headquarters in Kaduna’s Kaura Local Government Area on Sunday night.
According to reliable sources, Kukum Daji and Manyii Kurum communities in Sabon Gari Manchok were attacked by gunmen leaving no fewer than 17 people killed and many others with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.
On Saturday morning, armed bandits allegedly killed 16 soldiers and injured 30 in an ambush around Shimfida in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina.
Few days ago in Kaduna, kidnappers allegedly abducted six persons, including a police woman.
President Buhari had, on June 18 this year, warned heads of the security agencies against any further escalation of the security situation in the country, telling them that their “best is not good enough”.
The President, who said that he would not accept any further escalation of the current situation as no one among them was forced on him, added that it was left for the heads of security agencies to live up to expectations.
He also underscored the need for them to take into consideration the “wider implication of the gradual decent of the security of the country” and called for “immediate reversal of the current trend” and “misfortunes in all their dimensions”.
The National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, who briefed State House reporters on the outcome of the meeting last month, disclosed that President Buhari was “unhappy and concerned” over the current security situation, said the President also told heads of the security agencies that his administration came to power on the promise to tackle the security challenge, revive the economy, and deal with the scourge of corruption.
He said the pursuit of economic growth and the war on corruption would be an “exercise in futility” without security.
The NSA said he submitted that the current effort to tackle security challenge would not take the country to promised land unless the government put an end to the unrestrained acquisition of unregistered SIM cards.
He said the President had directed him to work with the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, to tackle the issue.
He sought the assistance of heads of security agencies, especially the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS) to address the challenge posed by unregistered SIM cards.
Munguno, who said the President was also disturbed by lack of synergy among the security agencies, called the Governors of North West and Niger State for a meeting on the current security challenge.
President Muhammadu Buhari is in control of his administration, despite revelations of corruption, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said on Sunday. Shehu said the fact …
President Muhammadu Buhari is in control of his administration, despite revelations of corruption, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said on Sunday.
Shehu said the fact that the President did not cover up any of the alleged acts of graft showed the anti-graft war was on course.
The presidential aide was reponding to comments and an editorial criticising the President over increasing allegations of corruption in his administration.
“As many detractors have done lately, these ‘influencers’, ‘celebrated columnists’ and ‘editorial comments’ do no more than endorse the opposition’s utterly wrong and fallacious position that the President is not in charge of his government.
“Sometimes, we are forced to wonder whether some writers are mindful of the implication of words for the strategic and territorial interests of the nation.
The fact that these baseless and appallingly mischievous attacks can freely be aired is itself evidence of the right to freedom of expression prevailing in the country today,” he said.
Shehu said while Nigerians were bound to hold divergent opinions on corruption in agencies, such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), many of the comments were disguised as objective criticisms but “are merely speaking the language of the opposition – the people who ruined the country during their 16 years of corruption on an industrial scale”.
He added: “The government was the first to point out the obvious embarrassment that potential acts of wrongdoing by the EFCC leadership would cause the administration.
“The question to ask is: did they expect the President to draw a curtain over these suspected scandals by not ordering audits and investigations? And for them to turn around to accuse him of a cover-up?
“To cover up and not order audits and investigations as the President did would amount to a historic betrayal of the mandate and the faith placed in him by Nigerians.
“President Buhari’s integrity, uprightness and probity are intact and well known. Let us remind these so-called editorial writers that ECOWAS, Africa Union and the international community at large recognised President Buhari as Champion of the Anti-Corruption Fight in Africa.
“Nigerians are convinced that he is honest. They voted for him as President against the background of corruption, public policy paralysis and growing menace of terrorists threatening to take over a sizable portion of the nation’s territory.
“In his five years in office, there is not a single charge of corruption against his person.
“As the leader of the country, President Buhari fully understands and bears the full weight of the solemn oaths he swore to defend the nation’s constitution, its citizens and territory.
“Disinformation is not a viable option for opposition. The Buhari government has done nothing to warrant these criticisms.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of the Railway Complex in Agbor – the operational hub of the Itakpe-Warri line – after former President Goodluck Jonathan. Presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi …
President Muhammadu Buhari has voiced concern that Nigeria lost close to $3b from 2012 – 2018 due to illegal smuggling of gold. President Buhari spoke on Thursday during the official presentation …
President Muhammadu Buhari has voiced concern that Nigeria lost close to $3b from 2012 – 2018 due to illegal smuggling of gold.
President Buhari spoke on Thursday during the official presentation of locally mined gold bars by the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMDI) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President, who renewed the determination of his administration to combat illegal mining activities, said improved gold mining operations in the country would generate no fewer than 250,000 jobs and over $500m annually in royalties and taxes to the Federal Government.
He said this laudable initiative would support efforts at creating jobs for Nigerians, diversifying the revenue base, and improving foreign exchange reserves.
President Buhari noted that in addition to the potential revenue gains that will occur from mining operations, efforts are being made to enable the setting up of gold refineries in Nigeria.
“With the implementation of the PAGDMI scheme which will result in the set-up of accredited gold buying centres across key mining areas, artisanal miners and SMEs engaged in mining will be able to capture the value of their work.
“These operations will help in diversifying our revenue base. The sale of gold by artisanal miners and SMEs at accredited centers will help the government in realizing royalties and taxes from the sale of these assets.
“These developments will also help in improving our foreign reserves by enabling the Central Bank of Nigeria to increase the amount of gold in its reserves.
“These gold assets which will be purchased in Naira, will not only help to bolster our international reserves, it will also provide a hedge against inflation and other economic volatilities associated with foreign currencies that are held in our reserves,” the President said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.
He also voiced optimism that these measures would lead to the creation of additional job opportunities across the gold value chain and also help the nation capture the additional value created from the gold refining process.
Buhari, while speaking on environmental degradation, promised that government would pay close attention to safety and environmental measures to protect workers and the environment.
He lauded all stakeholders involved in the PAGMI for their painstaking efforts in developing a programme aimed at improved sourcing and refining of high-quality gold bars, derived from minefields in Nigeria.
The President recalled that the PAGMI, which was launched in 2019, was well timed, considering the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy and indeed on the Nigerian economy.
He said the impact of COVID-19 and the containment measures designed to slow the spread of the virus had led to a slowdown in global growth, which is projected to decline into negative territory for the first time since the Great Depression.
“It has also led to a 40 percent drop in crude oil prices. In Nigeria, the drop in crude oil prices has had a significant impact on government revenue, as well as on our foreign exchange earnings.
“In responding to this challenge, it is therefore paramount that we strengthen our efforts at implementing policies and programs that will enable greater diversification of the Nigerian economy.
“Enabling investment in the Solid Mineral sector, is a key part of the government’s economic diversification program.
“Given our current estimated gold reserves of over 200m ounces, most of which have not been exploited, developing sustainable programmes that will catalyse increased investment in the extraction and refining of gold sourced from mines in Nigeria, is indeed vital,”he said.
The President while stressing the benefits of the PAGMDI, explained that it will support job creation efforts particularly for artisanal miners, by providing them with a guaranteed off-take by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
He said efforts are also being made to support artisanal miners in improving the standard of the gold that will be sold to the apex bank in order to ensure that they meet international benchmarks.
According to him, the initiative will enable the deployment of financing schemes that will help miners improve on the quality of their mining operations.
“The gold buying program by the Central Bank will ensure that artisanal miners are no longer subjected to the volatility in gold prices that occurs in the absence of credible off-takers, which has often led to a significant loss in the value of gold sold by miners, as well as in encouraging illegal smuggling,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), by re-appointing five members and appointing two new members of the board. The …
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the constitution of the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA), by re-appointing five members and appointing two new members of the board.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs (FMSDIGA), Engr. Festus Daudu, said this on Wednesday in a circular dated 16 July 2020.
According to him, the governing board members whose tenure were renewed are Prof. (Engr.) Shekarau Yakubu Aku, Chairman (North West); Prof. Sheikh Abdallah (North Central), Prof. Jinadu Adele (South West), Prof. Mohammed Hassan (North East) and Prof. J. J. Andy (South South).
The two fresh appointees are Prof. Sam C. Ohaegbulam (South East) and Prof. Williams B. Qurix (North West); while the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Festus Yesufu Naira Daudu is representing the ministry.
“The board members are selected from the six geo-political zones of the country. Their tenure which takes effect from 1st May, 2020 is for a period of three years.
“The NNMA, an agency under the FMSDIGA, has the primary responsibility to confer on deserving Nigerians the prestigious Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) Award for outstanding contributions to national development in the areas of Science, Medicine, Engineering/Technology, Humanities including Arts and Culture among other fields of human endeavour,” Daudu said.
He said the FMSDIGA, Senator George Akume, congratulated the appointees and that as soon as arrangements are concluded, the date of the inauguration of the new Governing Board will be announced in due course.
COVID-19 records deaths approaching 600,000 deaths, infections 13,300,000, with around 34,000 recognised cases in Nigeria. Stay safe!! President Buhari, open schools for WAEC please – A Covid-19 wartime leadership decision! Ministry …
COVID-19 records deaths approaching 600,000 deaths, infections 13,300,000, with around 34,000 recognised cases in Nigeria. Stay safe!!
President Buhari, open schools for WAEC please – A Covid-19 wartime leadership decision! Ministry of Education is to protect children in school. Worldwide class sizes are Covid-19 compliant.
As a doctor I say: Covid-19 is dangerous but cancelling WAEC is disastrous – throwing the baby out with the bathwater leading to childhood depression and suicide. All schools meet Covid-19 Safe Distance now by dividing final year students into empty classrooms.
Only WAEC children are in school. One student/desk, 20-30 per class, with variations of ‘single seat five-six rows of four-six columns’, practical maths.
Provide water. Masks from home. Teachers: Practice less contact. No exchanged homework. No rough games. All teachers to cover extra classrooms opened.
President Buhari, open schools please. PS. Could/should WAEC postpone by one month?
Why does everyone hate Nigerians. Hatred is stealing $48m, pension funds, bridges funds, education budgets for children’s classrooms and libraries, sports budgets for youth sports, training, travel and competitive activities.
Hatred is stealing money from children, women and men needing immunisation, health education, health centres and hospital equipment.
Hatred is stealing money from potholed roads, unbuilt roads and bridges in new directions.
The colonialists ran roughshod over the citizens. We thought they hated us because we are black, but they hated the Irish, Gypsies and Jews and many hated dogs. Selective racialism.
Then the civil servant run roughshod over us. We thought because we are less educated, but they also hated each other.
Then the military ran roughshod over us. We thought because we are ‘bloody’ civilians. But they hated and killed each other in coup after coup.
Most politicians have run roughshod over us. We thought because we are not party members. But they cross from party to party and back again and do they not unleash thugs and steal with pathological consumption and criminal pride?
Certainly, they hinder contractors and contracts and approve for themselves unjustifiably exorbitant Salaries and Perks -SAPping Nigeria dry. Cut by 75% please.
Throughout our history, contractors have run roughshod over us ruining dreams of finished roads, bridges and other contracts and nightmare travel stories on rubbish roads characterised by eternal journeys on roads plagued with a leprous rash of malignant and lethal potholes.
We thought they hated us because they had connections and could ignore us. But roads to their own houses are rubbish too.
We thought the leadership hated us because even in 2020 the president ‘mono-ethnicised’ key positions even ‘permanentizing’ service chiefs as Boko Haram’s death certificates were fake.
The Aso Rock troubles, the ‘Toxic Cabal Effect’ depressing citizens, presidential inaccessibility even before Covid-19 are an APC strategic and PR disaster (e.g. too few photos of president with young citizens) and presidential allocations to Daura development perhaps to spite IBB, Abdusalam and OBJ?
Some say it is to be a future Nigerian capital, post-federalisation, opposite Lagos, to rebalance Nigeria from first Lagos and now Abuja and raise new edifices related to Daura-development with complete dismissal of the national ‘righteous resentment’.
He may not be greedy but a Daura devotee. The other 340 ethnic/tribal groups remind the ruling party APC that it is multi-ethnic and is riding roughshod over its manifesto commitment to the jaded ‘War and Peace’ lament of ‘Where is true federalism and federal character’?
Millions feel discriminated against, barred, ministers are denied direct ‘president/ministerial 20-30 minutes monthly’ meetings with loss of presidential personal-touch moral, personal (NB: in Nigeria, name at the table even nominal name-without power- announces ethnicity), physical, political and representational at the centre.
Then add underuse of a loyal VP¸ pre-governorship election calumny, ignoring APC governor achievements, make us question APC’s leadership morality as it is a laughing stock, or better a ‘crying-stock’.
Is it that the governors spent money on development/ citizens’ welfare instead of on party members welfare packages? Political top-notchers hate not only the people but each other also!!
All these equal a very low Happiness Factor, a UN Index. Why does everyone hate us, the citizens? We are not docile. We work diligently at family, socials and work.
Apart from our heroic armed forces and police members fallen in defence of Nigeria and society, many fellow Nigerians have also struggled and fought and died in coal and poll and justice riots, Abiola and other boycotts, elections and against human rights and labour abuses and on repeated sometimes corruption-driven verification death queues for unpaid parental salary and unpaid pensions.
We protest foul play and corrupt practices. Thousands of Nigerians have been in the trenches, courts and gulags, been tortured and killed illegally-legally even by security. We have many like George Floyd and his killer cop. Are we in slavery to experience such savagery?
Can we mould a nation out of this moral and financial calamity called a country, which does not love itself and which raises alarm if billions are stolen?
Is not this same Honourable Justice Salami they said was too old to run EFCC or ICPC?? Welcome Sir. We hope they don’t use and dump you again. Who accuse Magu of magomago??? The answers will help cleanse the Nigerian Aegean stable.
Why do we haggle to the last naira for a yam tuber with a hungry child hawker from the bullet proof window of air-conditioned Jeep. Shame!!! Give her school fees jo!!!
The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will not be deterred by baseless criticism in the fight against corruption. Speaking to State House correspondents on issues raised by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) …
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar El-Yakub, has explained the factors that led to an increase in the amended 2020 budget. El-Yakub, …
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Umar El-Yakub, has explained the factors that led to an increase in the amended 2020 budget.
El-Yakub, while speaking with State House reporters after the signing of the amended budget at the weekend, said some money had been realized while others were projected to be raised to finance prioritised matters under the Appropriation Act.
He said the budget was increased to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians and execute prioritised infrastructure projects.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday signed into law the revised N10.81 trillion budget for the year 2020 passed by the National Assembly in June.
President Buhari, while speaking on the Appropriation (Repeal and Amendment) Act, 2020, signed into law, said it represented an increase of N216 billion over the level of expenditure initially proposed in the 2020 Appropriation Act.
President Buhari had in December 2019 assented to N10.59tn 2020 budget.
The National Assembly had passed the budget at $57 per barrel oil benchmark price.
However, the federal government had to review the budget because of the current drop in the price of crude oil due to the coronavirus pandemic.
El-Yakub, while speaking on the increase in the amended budget, said: “Some parameters were looked at. In any event, the 2020 budget was benchmarked at $25 per barrel of crude oil, while the new amended budget is at $28 per barrel. So, because of that, you can see there is a bit of an increase in revenue. The initial benchmark was at 53. There has been a leap recently in the price of oil and even though the production benchmark was reduced from 1.9 million barrels to 1.8 million barrels per day.
“But certainly, the increment in projections as far as the cost of oil is concerned, some monies were realized and projected to be realized. In addition to that, one needs to understand the whole essence of the review is to prioritize government projects to the extent that projects that will certainly address infrastructure and ginger the economy more as well as address health issues and concerns because of the pandemic.
“Investments are made in those regards and certainly you know that there are palliatives that have been initiated by the federal government in the phases of implementation.
“All those necessitated this new look at the budget so as to free certain amounts of money hitherto appropriated for certain projects which in the circumstances are not as expedient to prioritize. We looked at other infrastructure that need prioritization so as to address the pandemic and the difficulties that it has brought to the lives of Nigerians. So, to address those issues, that was why the budget was looked at and amended.”
The presidential aide, who attributed the secret of the new relationship between the National Assembly and the executive arm of government under President Buhari to the commitment to serve the Nigerian people, said it’s a relationship that is based on mutual understanding, respect and partnership for nation-building.
He dismissed the allegation that the National Assembly was a mere rubber-stamp to the executive, saying the issue of the passage of the budget looked seamless because the lawmakers were engaged in the initial process in terms of their considerations of government initiatives.
“This is something that hasn’t been going on with other assemblies. Perhaps, that is why Nigerians thought they are just approving, passing bills or screening nominees. But the reality is that they are carried along in the whole process,” El-Yakub added.