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Agbakoba Urges FG to Reduce Cost of Governance

Agbakoba Urges FG to Reduce Cost of Governance

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Senior Partner OAL and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba has reiterated the urgent need for the federal government to embrace fiscal responsibility by reducing its cost of governance. He also advised the government to sell off some of its assets that have not been generated revenue for the country. Agbakoba, gave the advice at a forum organised by the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in Lagos, recently, where he deliberated on the 2021 Appropriation Bill and the economy.
Device Ways Of Reducing Poverty By cutting Down Cost Of Governance, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Device Ways Of Reducing Poverty By cutting Down Cost Of Governance, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Emeka Onwudiwe Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, insisted on Sunday that solving the current economic crisis was more important than political permutations geared towards 2023. He made the remark during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics monitored by Overtnews. According to Obi, who was the Peoples Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate in 2019, the 2023 elections have no impact on people’s current livelihoods, which has been put in dire circumstances by the coronavirus pandemic. He also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing the country for the impact of the pandemic. “Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty,” he said. “So what we should do n...
We must exit recession with precision – Atiku

We must exit recession with precision – Atiku

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Johnson Emilade Former Vice President, Alh Atiku Abubakar has called on President Muhammadu Buhari's led administration to tackle the recession by cutting the cost of governance and readjusting the proposed 2021 budget to focusing on budgetary proposals for essential items and social services.Atiku who made this assertion via his official Twitter account decry the state of the Nigerian economy that has slid into recession for the second time in five years.He opined that for Nigeria to move out of recession quickly, the federal government must stimulate the economy by investing in human development, and increasing the purchasing power of the most vulnerable section of the population.He said: "We must invest in those most likely to be impacted by the effects of the recession, the poo...
Recession: Time To Cut Cost Of Governance  – SERAP

Recession: Time To Cut Cost Of Governance – SERAP

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John Madaki Human Rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) say it has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to cut the cost of governance and implement bold transparency and accountability measures in response to Nigeria’s second recession in five years. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare. “Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to put the country’s resources at the service of human rights, and to support the less well-off to enjoy an adequate standing of living through cutting the cost of governance and implementing bold transparency and accountability measures in your government...
EU, Nigeria Commit to Integrated Approach in Fight against Terrorism

EU, Nigeria Commit to Integrated Approach in Fight against Terrorism

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Ibrahim Musa The European Union and Nigeria have resolved to adopt an integrated approach to tackle terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin region. They also committed themselves to increase military pressure on terrorists in the region and increased collaboration to halt violence in the North-west and the Middle-Belt. The collaboration between the EU and Nigeria to rout terrorism came barely a week after a global alliance, championed by the United States, committed itself to assist Nigeria and other West African countries to combat insurgency. The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS resolved to apply lessons learnt from the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria to defeat Boko Haram and other terror groups in West Africa.
Emergency National Security Meeting Was Responsible For FG Delegation’s Absence At South-South Govs’ Meeting  – Presidency

Emergency National Security Meeting Was Responsible For FG Delegation’s Absence At South-South Govs’ Meeting – Presidency

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Aisha Mohammed The Presidency on Wednesday explained that the absence of its representatives from a meeting of South-South stakeholders fixed for Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was not out of disrespect. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The statement was titled “South-South Assembly disrupted by emergency security meeting -Presidency.” Shehu explained that the Federal Government delegation was absent at the meeting because of an emergency meeting of the National Security Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on the same day. He said a new date for the meeting would be fixed after dues consultations. Find the full statement below… SOUTH-SOUTH ASSE...
We Are Committed To Improving The Health Sector Hence Increament In The Allocation, Says Gbajabiamila

We Are Committed To Improving The Health Sector Hence Increament In The Allocation, Says Gbajabiamila

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Lawal Ogunsanya The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the House is committed to increasing the allocation to the health sector with a view to improving the well-being of Nigerians. Speaking at a 2-day training organised for health workers by his office in Lagos State, the Speaker said the programme was to improve their capacity to be able to handle the Covid-19 situation better. Declaring the training open on Sunday in Lagos, the Speaker said it was “part of efforts to ensure that health care professionals have the skills they need to continue to do the incredible work they have done so far.” The Speaker, who paid glowing tributes to all health workers across the country for the way they have handled the Covid-19 situation so far...
Ondo bans vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses, commercial okada

Ondo bans vehicles with unauthorized tinted glasses, commercial okada

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Adenkule LawsonWorried by the high rate of criminalities, the Ondo state government has banned vehicles with unauthorized use of tinted glasses and commercial motorcycles operators popularly known as Okada. The spike in crime rate such as kidnappings, killings and robberies across the state have been giving the people sleepless nights in recent times. A statement by his information and Orientation commissioner Donald Ojogo in Akure said the directives became imperative as the state experienced an unimaginable upsurge in robbery, kidnapping and murder case a few days ago. Ojogo said that commercial motorcycle operators are to operate within the hours of 6 am and 6 pm noting that any operators found culpable shall have his motorcycle impounded.He also added that vehicles with t...
FG is determined to deliver uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians ― Minister

FG is determined to deliver uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians ― Minister

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Hassan Idris Minister of Power, Engineer Sale Mamman on Thursday said the Federal Government is working round the clock to improve the electricity voltage and deliver uninterrupted power supply for Nigerians across the country. Mamman stated this during the official commissioning of a New 150MVA power transformer at the Transmission Company of Nigeria Kumbotso substation Kano. He said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was working assiduously in ensuring that Nigerians enjoys uninterrupted power supply aimed at boosting the economic growth of the Nation. Engineer Sale Mamman maintained that the new installed 150MVA power transformer would enhance power supply in Kano, Jigawa and other neighbouring states. The Minister added that the Kumbotso substation was...
FEC To Spend N62.7bn On Dawakin Tofa Road In Kano

FEC To Spend N62.7bn On Dawakin Tofa Road In Kano

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khadija Usman The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N62.7 billion for the construction of the Dawakin Tofa road in Kano State. The council approved the funds on Wednesday, noting that the project is expected to last a duration of 24 months. Meanwhile, FEC also approved the ratification of Nigeria’s membership of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area from the Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment. “The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, presented a memo today asking the Chief Executive Council to ratify the membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area,” the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said. “You will remember that on the 7th of July 2019, Nigeria signed the AFCTA agreement in Niamey during the 12th extraordinary sess...