#EndSARS Crisis: Overhaul your govt machinery to make it more responsive to expectations of Nigerians, PGF DG urges Buhari

By Godwin Amunde Director General (DG) of the Progressive Governors Forum, (PGF), the umbrella body of Nigerian governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Moh. Lukman said the crisis produced by the EndSARs protest has highlighted the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently take steps to overhaul the machinery of his government if the nation’s democracy and the government are to meet the expectations of Nigerians. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Salihu Moh.Lukman while noting that the federal…

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Nigeria will deploy its entire energy to ensure that you become WTO DG, Buhari assures Okonjo-Iweala

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that the country will explore every opportunity and deploy its entire energy to ensure that she becomes the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO). This assurance was given by President Buhari when the former Managing Director of the World Bank paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa on Monday. Mrs Okonjo-Iweala made it to the final two for the job along with South Korea’s Minister for Trade, Mrs Yoo Myung-hee and the candidacy…

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Buhari approves contract for Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line

President Buhari has approved the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail line. Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this while briefing the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Amaechi revealed that FEC also approved the construction of a new deep seaport in Bonny, under PPP and the construction of a railway Industrial park in Port Harcourt. The Minister who disclosed that the railway line will be at the cost of $3,020,279,549, added that the industrial park, being executed under a…

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We just have to borrow to fund infrastructure – Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration’s borrowing to fund infrastructure was in order. He said the government took loans in the interest of the country to solve the dire shortfall in infrastructure. Buhari, who spoke on Tuesday at a virtual meeting with members of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) at the State House, in Abuja, said the country must fix its roads to save lives from soaring road accidents. “We have so many challenges with infrastructure. We just have to take loans to do roads, rail and…

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Go on the ‘offensive’ when trumpeting our successes, Buhari charges ministers

  President Muhammadu Buhari has charged his aides, ministers and top officials to vigorously defend his government. Buhari said they should defend his government against those he described as irresponsible and politically-motivated activists spreading falsehoods about his government. The president charged his appointees to make public the achievements of his administration. Buhari, speaking at the end of the First Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat organized for Ministjers, Permanent Secretaries and top government functionaries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, said he has directed that essential coordination delivery unit in…

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Kebbi floods will affect Nigeria’s food production, Buhari laments

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over the heavy floods which destroyed lives, submerged thousands of hectares of farmlands and houses in Kebbi State. The flood, according to presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, also destroyed farm produce and personal belongings in the affected communities. He quoted the president as saying, “I am particularly sad over this incident because it’s a setback to our efforts to boost local rice production as part of measures to stop food importation. “Kebbi State is the focal point of our policy to produce rice locally…

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Appointment of versatile civilian NSA the panacea to insecurity, CSOs tell Buhari

The African Centre for Good Governance, Social Justice and Regional Security Initiative and People United for Peace, Security and Democracy in Nigeria have called for the appointment of sound and versatile civilian National Security Adviser (NSA) against the background of insecurity ravaging the nation. While the African Centre for Good Governance, Social Justice and Regional Security Initiative commended the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to national security as a reference on the continent, the People United for Peace, Security and Democracy in Nigeria appealed to the President to appoint an…

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Ex-Super Eagles striker, Amokachi, becomes President Buhari’s Special Assistant on sports

Former Super Eagles striker, Daniel Amokachi, has gotten a new appointment from President Muhammadu Buhari. Amokachi is now the Special Assistant on Sports to the president. The Media Office of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development announced this on Thursday. The statement released by the ministry was titled, ‘PMB appoints Amokachi Special Assistant, Sports.’ The statement noted that Amokachi’s letter of appointment was issued on August 17, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha. The statement quoted the appointment letter as reading,…

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Blame Service Chiefs for banditry, not Buhari – Masari

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Saturday blamed Service Chiefs for the perpetuation of banditry in the state. According to Masari, President Muhammadu Buhari has done all it takes to ensure security in the region. He made the remarks while presenting a N10 million economic empowerment cheque to 1,000 women and N7 million scholarship support cheque to 701 students in the Rimi Local Government Area of the state. The Governor said he couldn’t understand why they haven’t done more to help the region since they (the Service Chiefs) were all…

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State of the Nation: Again, Buhari meets Governors, Security Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari and State Governors Tuesday ended their meeting on the state of the nation’s security with calls for a joint strategy to bring various conflicts to an end within time limits, while field commanders would take measures to protect civilian communities as a confidence-building mechanism between the military and those communities. During the meeting, the governors “urged the President to consider a ‘bail out’ for security for the States in view of the enormity of the resources they now expend in support of the military and the police,”…

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