Governor Inuwa Yahaya Recalibrates Gombe 10-Year Development Agenda with “Budget of Consolidation”

By Ismaila Uba Misilli Traditionally and historically, presentation of budgets evolved from the premise of having to allow scrutiny of the resources raised by government and the uses to which these will be put. The publication or public presentation of a budget thus performs the role of generating accountability for the actions of government at various levels.  A budget presentation therefore should not be seen as a mere governmental annual ritual but rather as an avenue by the governed to have an insightful participation into the art of governance. A…

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“My Govt has ‘re-engineered’ Nigeria’s economy” — President Buhari

…Says Africa will redouble its trade in 10 years President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Durban, South Africa, has painted a rosy picture of Nigeria’s economy saying the economy was being re-engineered and re-positioned to be globally more competitive to drive growth and development. President Buhari, who stated this during the opening ceremony of the second ‘Intra-African Trade Fair 2021′, stressed that the Nigerian economy under his administration had witnessed a re-engineering, assuring the participants that his delegation is attending with ‘full force’ to maximise the advantage of the gathering. President…

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Niger: Boko Haram seizes 5 communities in Shiroro, Rafi LGAs

Boko Haram terrorists have taken over five communities in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas of Niger State, an official of the State has said. Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen yesterday. He explained that the Boko Haram insurgents are fully in charge in Hanawanka , Madaka, in Rafi LGA and Kurebe, Gussau, Farina Kuka, in Shiroro LGA, forcing the rural dwellers to migrate to safer grounds. He explained that the terrorists move freely in the effected areas, wielding sophisticated and menacing…

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Yuletide: FG working to crash food prices – Agric Minister assures

The Federal Government says it is working tirelessly to crash the prices of food naturally between now and yuletide. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, stated this yesterday, in Abuja, during a working visit to the Agricultural Council of Nigeria, (ARCN). Abubakar assured that the Federal Government would not sit idly by watching food prices skyrocket. He further explained that the Government was also working with international organisations for the agricultural sector to be improved, to increase production that will be sufficient for Nigeria’s teeming population. He…

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‘It’s cheaper to transport a container from China to Lagos than from Lagos to Kano’ – BUA Chairman, AbdulSamad laments

Chairman and CEO of BUA Group, Abdul-Samad Rabiu, has said it is cheaper to transport a container from China to Lagos than from Lagos to Kano. He said this in Paris, France, while commenting on the enormous opportunities in the Nigerian transportation system, particularly the rail sector. Rabiu commended the Buhari administration’s investment in rail infrastructure across the country. He, however, urged global financiers and private investors to invest in the rail sector. He said with large arable land in Nigeria, there are opportunities in commercial agriculture as well as…

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Educating herdsmen only way to curb insecurity in Nigeria – Sheikh Gumi

Renowned Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr. Abubakar Ahmad Gumi, has opined that with the provision of education opportunities to Fulani herdsmen at the grassroots, the raging insecurity in the country could be checked. Sheikh Gumi, who on an inspection visit of the Sheikh Uthman Bin Fodio Centre, at Kagarko Grazing Reserve, Kohoto village, in Kagarko LGA of Kaduna State, donated by Sultan Bello Mosque Foundation, stated that education is the best approach to help widen the knowledge of the Fulani herdsmen against involving themselves in the insecurity situation. Gumi further…

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“There may be constitutional crisis if Nigeria fails to restructure before 2023 polls” — Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain, Nwodo warns

The immediate-past President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has warned that Nigeria might run into a constitutional crisis if it fails to restructure before the 2023 general election as some sections of the country might boycott the polls as a result of the growing dissatisfaction in the land. Nwodo, who spoke while delivering a pre-convocation lecture marking the 27th/28th convocation of the Abia State University, Uturu, said that only restructuring could guarantee Nigeria’s continued unity. The former Information Minister insisted that ”Nigeria must restructure to give its component…

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‘Electricity meter, gas price hike capable of pushing Nigerians to the wall’ ― Gani Adams

Activist, politician, and the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, yesterday, decried the 54% price hike of electricity meters as well as that of gas, saying the sudden increase was capable of pushing Nigerians to the wall as they would be worst hit by the development. Recall that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), had last week announced a 32.8% and 21.7% increase in the cost of electricity meters, translating to an increase in the price of a single-phase meter from the current cost of N44, 896.17 to…

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CPJ urges release of Kaduna journalist, Luka Binniyat

The Committee to Protect Journalists, yesterday appealed to the Nigerian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release freelance journalist, Luka Binniyat, and drop all charges against him. Recall that on November 4, Police officers in Barnawa, Kaduna State, arrested Binniyat, a journalist who contributes to the U.S.-based news outlet The Epoch Times, according to an Epoch Times report and Jonathan Asake, president of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU), a local rights group, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview. Binniyat, who also works as a spokesperson for SOKAPU, was…

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