WTO: Buhari reassures Okonjo-Iweala of support

President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of the country’s determination to ensure that she becomes the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee advanced to the final round in the race to lead the Geneva-based trade body. Malam Garba Shehu, President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement, said Buhari gave the assurance when he received the former Managing Director (Operations) of the World Bank at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday. He said…

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Ondo Election: Be magnanimous in victory, Buhari tells Akeredolu

…Accept defeat, YIAGA Africa urges Jegede, others President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, on his re-election as Governor of Ondo State He urged Gov Akeredolu to be humble and magnanimous in victory, and serve the people of Ondo State even better than how he did in the first term. Akeredolu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC won in 15 of the 18 local government areas of the state while his rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP won the remaining three. He polled a…

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Nigeria greatly in need of cohesion, peace, says Buhari

…Visits, condoles with Yar’adua family President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday admitted that Nigeria was passing through a time of great need for cohesion, peace and unity. He made the statement at the Combined Passing Out Parade of the Cadets of 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46 (Army) at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna State.  While commending “the resilience and steadfastness of personnel in the Armed Forces for their professionalism and bravery in tackling the menace of terrorism, insurgency and armed banditry in the North East and North…

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#EndSARS: Protests turn violent, Buhari appeals for calm, orders IGP to reform squad

·  Lagos Assembly calls for proscription of police unit There was violence in Osun and Abuja on Friday as youths protest against police brutality and extortion. Hundreds of youths poured out into the streets in some states across the country for a second day to get their voices heard as part of the ongoing protest to demand the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force after a video of a man allegedly being killed by police went viral. Hundreds of youths gathered in Ikeja in central…

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Textile industry, critical in addressing nation’s unemployment – President

The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN) says textile industry remained critical in addressing the nation’s current unemployment challenge. Its National President, John Adaji, made the disclosure at a news conference on Friday in Lagos. Adaji said the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to create 100 million jobs was realisable, if the nation’s textile industry was fully revived. “The Nigerian Cotton Textile and Garment sector alone has the capacity to create more than five million jobs. “Also, it will improve internally generated revenue; reduce over…

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Farmers will reap benefits of our policies – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerian farmers stand to reap the benefits of his government’s reforms as he continues to accord the highest priority to agriculture. Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said Buhari stated this at a meeting with Katsina State Elders Forum in Abuja.  The president, who described agriculture as the country’s largest employer of labour and engine of growth, said his administration would continue to take steps to enhance output and productivity.…

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Scrap redundant federal agencies – Senate tells Buhari

The Nigerian Senate has urged the Federal Government to reduce the number of its agencies in order to reduce cost of governance. The recommendation was contained in a report on the 2021-2023 medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP) approved by the senate. The report was presented by Solomon Adeola, chairman of the senate committee on finance. Speaking after the lawmakers approved the report via a voice vote, Senate President Ahmad Lawan said many government agencies are conduit pipes where funds are appropriated to every year without…

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I’m very proud of the work Obasanjo and I did for Nigeria, Atiku replies Buhari on performance

…You presided over the near destruction of Nigeria, says Buhari …Only the opposition is averse to what Buhari has done for Nigeria – Arewa Youth Coalition Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari blaming past leaders for Nigeria’s present woes. Buhari had in his Independence Day anniversary nationwide address singled out Peoples Democratic Party administrations beginning from Obasanjo’s in 1999 up to that of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, of presiding over the near destruction of Nigeria. According to the president, none of…

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Mali crisis: Jonathan, Buhari meet, suggests next action

Heads of State and Governments of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), at the behest of their Chairman, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, may confer again to discuss outstanding grey areas in the Mali political situation, President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated. The President spoke after receiving a briefing at the State House, Abuja on Monday, from the ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan. Mali has appointed a civilian as Interim President, who will stay in office for 18 months, and lead the country…

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CAMA law will help the fight against corruption – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that the recently passed Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2020 (CAMA) in Nigeria will enhance transparency and corporate accountability in the fight against corruption. President Buhari spoke in a video message presented at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) 2020 Virtual Leaders’ Summit on the sidelines of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the United States. The Nigerian president signed the controversial act into law on August 7. Under the law, religious bodies and charity organisations will also be strictly…

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