Buhari Orders Investigation Of Benue Violence

The federal government of Nigeria has ordered an immediate investigation into the latest killings in Agatu, Benue State by suspected Fulani cattle rearers.

A statement on Sunday by Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, said President Buhari expressed deep shock at the latest incidents during the past week, which had led to hundreds of deaths in four communities in Agatu, Benue State.

He ordered security agencies to get to the root causes of the problem.

“We will act immediately. We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened. The only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts,” he said.

President Buhari stressed that all Nigerians must learn to live together as one, in peace and unity.

He said, “We are all one nation and one people. There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together.”

The President further expressed condolences to the government and people of Benue State, particularly the people of the Agatu communities, assuring them that the government would do everything possible to ensure that no such incident ever occurred in their midst again.

Full Acceptance Remarks of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu On Receiving Honorary Award At University Of Abuja Convocation Ceremony

The life of a nation is determined by the education it affords its youth. From its universities and schools, a nation derives its leaders and those who shape its society, for good or for bad.

Our nation faces many challenges, some imposed on us by forces beyond our control, some self-inflicted due to the errant ways of past leadership and governance.

Nigeria stands at the threshold of sober decisions. The ways in which we have grown accustomed to running this nation suddenly no longer suffices. If we are to continue as we have done over the years, that malpractice will deliver us into the vise grip of national failure. That which we used to do and laugh at ourselves for in our errant ways is no longer a joking matter. It is now fatal.

We must reform and do so quickly and with alertness to the severity of the circumstances mounting about us.

I am here today because I believe in the achievements that can be wrought by good education when properly applied. If I thought our cause was lost, I would have absented myself from this noble event; yet, I could not because this event symbolises the hope and potential of our collective purpose and effort.

This convocation represents more than just an academic rite of passage. It represents the dedication of a gathering of reformers, creative thinkers, builders and achievers to a purpose greater than each person’s individual pursuits. You represent a community of ability and learning, the whole of which is greater than the sum of its parts. You represent the path way to a better, more prosperous land. That path must be taken for we can’t go back because the falsely comforting ways of the past have now turned to dross before our very eyes.

As such, you must match love of nation with personal excellence. Education without patriotism degenerates into selfish pursuit; it promotes a cunning that serves the individual but undermines society. And patriotism without education and wisdom writes the tale of fatal mistakes committed with the best of intentions.

Today, I stand here on behalf of all awardees asking you to make history. We ask because we know you can do it. I also ask because I know it must be done.

That we dedicate ourselves to this task on this day in this place is most appropriate, for Abuja is our capital city. It is the place that best symbolises our unity and epitomises our collective desire to build a strong and reliable nation. We must turn that shining symbol into an even more brilliant reality. The University of Abuja is integral to this process.

As such, this institution must realise its important position in the educational salvation of our youth and the rejuvenation of our nation.

I therefore congratulate the Vice Chancellor and his team for how far they have built this institution of learning. I urge a continuous commitment to quality and excellence. This University, numbered among the new generation universities, must strive in the tradition of groundbreaking scholarship and research. Inspite of the challenges of infrastructure and funding, this university must not compromise its academic standard. It must seek to pursue initiatives that will make it overcome the ever present and common limitations. Our nation, like other nations,need developed minds and a high level of intellectually curious minds that can think through our problems and offer solutions before night falls.

Having said this, let me thank the University, the Vice Chancellor and Faculty for the honour bestowed on me and these even more distinguished Nigerians than myself, such as Chief Dr. Alex Ekwueme, former Vice President of Nigeria; Justice Idris Kutigi, former Chief Justice of Nigeria; and Justice Maryam Aloma Muktar, former Chief Justice of Nigeria.

I am doubly honoured to be asked to speak on their behalf, for these very eminent Nigerians awardees, I express the utmost thanks and gratitude to the university. On behalf of all Nigerians, I want to thank these other awardees for the great service and sacrifice done our nation. You have done well and we are proud of you all.

We accept these awards with humility. The awards are like tonic to our souls and will drive us unto greater sacrifice and service. On their behalf and with their permission, let me lend our voices to the tasks of nation building still before us.

Nigeria stands in the corridor between greatness and failure, between progress and collapse, between hope and despair. Our fate depends on whether we summon the courage to take the bold steps ahead and move in the direction of progress. We must turn our present challenges into opportunities for the re-engineering of our nation’s economic challenges. The University and our educational system have a role to play in these.

We look up to institutions such as yours to provide workable solutions to our problems and also provide us with individuals with vision, strength of character and capacity to reshape our national life.

While confronting multiple major challenges. I believe this government has the chance and the mission to better our society and forge a new model for our political economy. We have demonstrated the courage and determination to change a non-performing government through a democratic election. This electoral success has brought new challenges. These challenges are numerous and we must brace up and confront them.

We dare not rest on the satisfaction of electoral victory alone. We must continue our strive towards democratic governance that can usher in a progressive era of broad prosperity, development, democracy and human dignity for our people. This is our preoccupation. Our desire.

If you asked me to describe the state of the nation, I would say it is a difficult but encouraging one: we are emerging from a period of great moral uncertainty in which vice and virtue were too often indistinguishable and too often confused, one for the other.

We must ask – are we hopeless due to the sordid nature of the past 16 years? No. Are the challenges left behind too much to surmount? No.

Even though the nation, before, stood half in the light of progress and half in the darkness of injustice, there is much hope because we now have a government committed to a new era of discipline and prosperity. The journey we have embarked upon will not be easy. It requires us all to make sacrifices and persevere until we achieve. Nigeria needs some fundamental restructuring, both politically and economically. Not the constant tinkering and patching we often resort to. We must therefore begin with fundamentally restructuring the economy if we are to rid ourselves of joblessness.

Agriculture remains a key pillar in our development. We must return to the days when Nigeria had surplus food and exported. Now we import too much food for our own good and security.

Our small farmers sink under the reality of rising costs and too little income from the crops they raise. Moreover, we annually lose arable land to desert encroachment. I believe the current administration under President Buhari has set its priorities right in this regard. Our farmers will once be proud again. We believe farmers need to earn a sufficient enough income that will bring prosperity back to their families. They must be encouraged and supported.

A vibrant agriculture sector will produce enough food for domestic consumption and for export, thus earning foreign exchange as it did decades ago. It will also create and maintain jobs.

We must also create jobs for our growing urban populations. We must create production to meet the rapidly expanding population. This means changing the oil export model upon which our economy has for too long been based. This means shifting to were human labour and ingenuity now feature as the catalyst of economic development and wealth creation. This means the creation of industries. This means government must embark on fiscal policies and programmes that encourage industrial development and employment to create the openings and opportunities that shall employ many.

As a progressive government, we have as one of our top priorities the lifting of 20 percent of Nigerians out of poverty within the first four years of our administration.

To happen, the state must be a catalyst for job creation and economic development that touches all the people and not just a narrow growth that benefits a small number.

We shall do this by implementing a national industrial policy linked to a national infrastructural plan and a national employment strategy.

Before our children can dream of a university education, they must first enjoy the foundational education of primary school. Our position is that we make a special effort to draw all children to school, particularly the poor. We cannot afford to allow poverty to keep children out of the classroom. If so, we are suborning a life of ignorance and poverty for millions of our young ones.

This progressive government is committed to providing all school-age children one free meal daily. This seems a simple thing. But it is also wise and prudent. A hungry student does not learn. If the child is too hungry too often, he stops attending school altogether. By this programme, students will more eagerly attend because their stomachs, as well as their minds, shall be fed. Parents will encourage children to attend because this will take the children off the streets while also alleviating pressure on the family to feed the children.

This current leadership will anchor its efforts to re-build Nigeria on massive industrialisation and the re-structuring of the economy to allow for growth. Then will hope be rekindled for millions of our people and a country of great potentials and possibilities will emerge.

The future starts today for all our graduates. As I congratulate them, I also counsel them to anneal themselves for the future that lies ahead of them. It is a challenging and hardy one. Things will not be handed to you on a silver platter or on any platter for that matter. However, it is also a hopeful one for those willing to work at it. You shall be the architects of a new political economy that will lead to a better Nigeria. The opportunity to be part of building a new country beckons.

I urge you all to assume your proper role in this just mission that years from now many of you shall be on a stage as these distinguished Nigerians are today, and that your names and your deeds will be forever written in the book about how this nation changed itself for the better and for the good of all its people.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu is National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nigeria Must Turn Challenges Into Opportunities- Tinubu

National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday challenged Nigerians to turn the country’s present socio-economic condition into opportunities for a desirable re-engineering of the economy.

Nigeria, according to him, has long stood in the corridor between greatness and failure, between progress and calamity and must now “summon the courage to take the bold steps and move in the direction.”

“We must reform and do so quickly and with alertness to the severity of the circumstances mounting around us,” Tinubu said in a prepared speech he delivered at the 15 – 20th Convocation ceremony of the University of Abuja where he awarded the honorary doctorate degree in Business Administration (DBA, Honoris Causa).

Tracing the country’s woes to past leadership, he said: “The ways in which we have grown accustomed to running this nation no longer suffice.

“If we are to continue as we have done over the years our malpractice will deliver us into the vice grip of national failure.

“That which we used to do then laugh at ourselves for our errant ways is no longer a joking matter. It is now fatal.”

He spoke of the plan of the ruling APC to lift 20 per cent of Nigerians out of poverty within four years.

For this to happen, he said, the state must be a fulcrum for job creation and economic development that touches all Nigerians not just a narrow growth that benefits few people.

“Although confronted by multiple challenges, I believe this government has the chance and the mission to better our society and forge a new model for our national governance,” he said.

“We have demonstrated the courage and determination to change a non-performing government through a democratic election. This electoral success has brought new challenges. These challenges are numerous and we must confront them with an even greater courage than that which saw us through the election.

“We shall do this by implementing a national industrial policy linked to a national infrastructural plan and a national employment strategy.

“Before our children can dream of a university education they must first enjoy the foundational education of primary school.

“Our position is that we make a special effort to draw all children to school, particularly the poor. We cannot afford to allow poverty to keep children out of the classroom. If so we are suborning a life of ignorance and poverty for millions of our young ones.

“This progressive government is committed to providing all school-age children one free meal daily. This seems a simple thing. But it is also wise and prudent. A hungry student does not learn. If the child is too hungry too often, he stops attending school altogether.

“By this programme, students will more eagerly attend because their stomachs as well as their minds shall be fed. Parents will encourage children to attend because this will take the children off the streets while also alleviating pressure on the family to feed the children.

“This current leadership will anchor its efforts to re-build Nigeria on massive industrialization and the re-structuring of the economy to allow for growth. Then, will hope be rekindled for millions of our people and a country of great potentials and possibilities will emerge.”

Second Republic Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme, was one of those conferred with honorary degrees.

His Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) was received on his behalf by his daughter.

Others who bagged awards at the ceremony were: former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, Doctor of Laws (LLD) and Justice Maryam Aloma Muktar, Doctor of Letters (Dlitt) – both (?Honoris Causa) as well as Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who got PhD in Law and Senator Buhari, PhD Social Sciences.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a message on the occasion said that government alone could not meet the needs of higher education.

Represented by Director, Tertiary Education, Ministry of Education, Hajia Abdullahi Hindatu, the president encouraged private sector to invest more in research and development in the universities.

He said:”It is pertinent to emphasize on the quality of teaching and research in our universities.

“Research should not be relegated to the background in our universities. I therefore urge Nigerian universities to ensure that the quality of the graduates produced compares with products from other universities globally,” the president said.

Twenty-five thousand, eight hundred and seventy-eight students received their degrees at the ceremony.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Michael Adikwu said 20, 461 received first degree in various fields while 1697 received postgraduate diploma.

Eight students bagged first class between 2008 – 2015 sessions.

The breakdown showed that 2,324 were awarded with Second Class, Upper Division; 11,180 were awarded Second Class Degrees, Lower Division.

Adikwu said that Nigeria’s road to sustainable economic development lied in the creative ability of citizens to turn adversities into opportunities.

He urged the graduating students ?to use personal initiatives to seize the opportunities that still abounded in the country for them to be self employed.

Present at the ceremony were former interim Head of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan; a former interim chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande; state governors; Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; House of Representatives Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila;, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, a former Niger State governor, Dr. Mu’azu Aliyu; and Rep. James Faleke among others.

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GEJ and Yaradua Did Not Build A Single New Road In The Country- Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said that the federal government did not build “a single new road” in the last 10 years. The late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former President Goodluck Jonathan presided over the country within that period.

Speaking at the pastors and leaders retreat of the Fountain of Life Church in Ilupeju, Lagos, Osinbajo said corruption in the country was not caused by a few individuals, but that the entire system was built around lack of integrity. He expressed confidence that the country would be great again but noted that the foundation for the greatness had to be laid with a lot of pains.

“Unless we tackle graft, we may not be able to achieve something,” he said. “The federal government in the past 10 years could not build a single new road, not repairing existing ones alone. “Now we have a president who will not steal money and who will not allow anybody to steal money.”

Commenting on the N6 billion that the last administration spent on a new residence for the vice-president, he said Aguda House, the current official residence, is up to standard with enough space. He said the present administration would complete it but consider putting it to other use. “There is no need for a new vice-president’s house; it is a kind of waste; we are now in a situation where we cannot abandon it; it has to be completed and used for a different thing,” he said.

Osinbajo also spoke on the controversy surrounding the State House Medical Centre, which he said was not only for workers at the state house. He said it is a general hospital with a lot of facilities that serves all Nigerians, adding that he would prefer that it be further equipped to provide higher medical services to those in need.

Osinbajo debunked insinuation of lack of data in the country, saying that the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics had enormous which had been rated highly by the World Bank and other international agencies. He said the intention of government was to aggregate the scattered data in INEC, CBN, National Population Census Commission into one by the National Identity Card Management Commission.

Osinbajo also said the education sector lacked not only standards but adequacy of institutions, which has forced Nigerians into sponsoring their children abroad for tertiary education. He explained that while 1.8 million Nigerians sat for university entrance examination yearly, only about 300,000 were offered admission due to a dearth of universities.

The vice-president revealed plans of the government to convert many of the existing universities into centres of excellence and support the private sector in the running of universities to enable more Nigerians to have access to tertiary education.

Before responding to questions, Osinbajo said that what the country needs is truth and integrity, which the church should spearhead. “The church is where the truth is; the church has the answer to the nation’s problems; one of the problems of our society is integrity,” he said. “Nigeria lacks the capacity to get things done, which is difficult to understand, but with God on our side, our country will set the pace for Africa”. “Our people are ready to do it and they can do it but they are waiting for the right kind of leadership. I know why you are praying for us, and it is because you know that this is a good opportunity to get it right and we don’t want to miss this chance.”

Taiwo Odukoya, senior pastor of the church, asked Christians to continue to pray for the administration as Nigeria has a great future.

EFCC Not Investigating Ooni Ogunwusi – Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade

We were shocked to read a statement on an online medium by one Sulaiman Alimi Adeniyi who claimed to be representing a group he referred to as Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice in which he lied to have been invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to defend a petition earlier sent by his group to the anti-graft body against His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) that the authority of the anti-graft body in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) has begun the investigation of the revered monarch and his company named Metropole Interproject Limited over an alleged N400 million forgery which involved the immediate past Ooni if Ife, late Oba Okunade Sijuwade(Olubuse ll) business empire Sijuwade Holdings Ltd.

We view this statement as an attempt by some enemies of progress to cause an unwarranted disharmony not only between the two royal families of Sijuwade and Ogunwusi but also to disrupt the peace that Ile-Ife has enjoyed. We urge the public to ignore this sponsored campaign of calumny and advise the promoter of this sacrilegious statement to desist from such an attempt only capable of embarrassing a well respected royalty and causing needless acrimony between two royal families which may take the generations unborn to resolve.

The relationship between the late Great personalities Ooni Okunade Sijuwade and the Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi then a prince was a father and son relationship which translated to a business relationship through their companies.

It is pertinent to say that the cordiality that existed between the late Ooni Okunade sijuwade (Olubuse II) and Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) has rather gone better subsequent to Ooni Ogunwusi’s coronation as Kabiyesi almost on daily basis communicates with members of Sijuwade family led by Prince Tokunbo, who is in charge of the business empire left behind by the late Ooni Sijuwade. The family head of the entire Sijuwades Prince Adekunle Sijuwade, two weeks ago, led other members of the royal family including Prince Tokunbo and Prince Aderemi on a homage to Kabiyesi Ogunwusi where they pledged their loyalty and readiness to actively key into his agenda of progress for Ile-Ife.

His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi(Ojaja II) has always prior to and after his coronation been law-abiding fine gentleman of clean and unquestionable character who has been involved in any fraudulent transactions and he has never been invited or quizzed any anti-graft agency.

We thus remain unruffled as the flaccid hoax of 400million naira fraud is incapable of bringing the much valuable hard-earned name to a targeted disrepute before the general public by the so-called Comrade Alimi Sulaiman known to have been hobnobing with a politician in the town who has refused to accept the unchangeable reality of the destined enthronement of Ooni Ogunwusi against his unpopular choice.

The relationship between the two Ife royal families remains unshakeable and unbreakable as they are together in the train of peace and progress.

Signed;
Prince Adetokunbo Sijuwade For:Sijuwade family

Prince Adesina Ogunwusi,
For: Ogunwusi family.

Appeal To Your Members, Not Buhari – Osun Government Tells NMA

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday described as misplaced the call made by the Nigerian Medical Association to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the abandonment of duty posts embarked upon by some of its Osun State branch members.

NMA had on Thursday issued a statement appealing to President Buhari and APC to call Aregbesola to order to succumb to the doctors’ demands.

Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said the NMA’s appeal should rather go to its members in Osun, who have abandoned their duty posts for about 11 months now.

He said that the striking doctors initially created the problem themselves by going against the accepted modulated salary regulation applying to over 40, 000 workforce of the state and so, it is normal that they should also be the ones to extricate themselves from the logjam.

The Governor disclosed that his administration had exhausted all avenues to solve the problems through dialogues and negotiations.

He stated that all moves to resolve the problem amicably were turned down by the doctors, who incidentally were being paid their monthly salaries without working up until September 2015.

The Governor noted that the NMA appeal is better directed to its Osun State Chapter members rather than President Buhari or the APC.

According to the Governor, it amounts to pure hypocrisy on the part of the doctors to demand what is outside the capacity of government, judging from the present economic realities.

“The appeal to President Buhari and APC is, to all intents and purposes, misplaced, misdirected and improper in that respect.

“One would have expected the NMA to properly address the situation by forwarding its appeal to the respected quarters it should go – the Osun striking doctors.

“Since the beginning of the strike nine months ago, government has opened its door for consultations, dialogues and meetings to resolve the matter but all these were frustrated by the doctor, who were still drawing their salaries despite having abandoned their duty,” the statement said.

The government stated that the NMA should remind their colleagues the need to uphold the Hippocratic oaths they swore to, which in essence is to protect live and not endanger it.

Whenever the striking doctors tow the path of dignity, sincerity and understanding like other workers in the state, the statement noted, the government is ready to cooperate with them.

NFF Wanted Oliseh Out, Offered Job To Renard, Babangida Reveals

Tijjani Babangida, former Super Eagles star and special adviser to ex-Super Eagles chief coach, Sunday Oliseh, has opened up with more information on why Sunday Oliseh resigned his appointment, saying the coach was “reliably informed” that his job had already been offered to Herve Renard, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia in 2012 and Cote d’Ivoire in 2015.

According to Babangida, Oliseh’s resignation was not a surprise at all, as the coach was surprised to see that the NFF promised to pay renard $100,00 a month when his own salary of N5million a month could not even be paid. “We saw this coming. Nothing is hidden. Oliseh was reliably informed that NFF went to talk to Herve Renard to take over the job as Super Eagles coach. This is one of the things that violated the contract he signed when he became coach,” Babangida said.

“He believes his employers are not supporting him to succeed; rather, they are planning for him to fail. Especially, with the crucial game coming up in a month’s time against Egypt for the AFCON qualifier. He feels if he is the problem, why will he be a stumbling block? Hence, his resignation.

“He resigned so that NFF can do what they want to do. With match bonuses owed, salaries not paid, camping allowances too. The house NFF promised him has not even been secured for him. So, where will he stay when he comes to Abuja? Hotel? ” So, many violations of his contract. No one can work like that. NFF cannot pay Oliseh N5million but they went promising Renard $100,000. This is sad. Why won’t he resign?”

Breaking News: Super Eagles Coach Sunday Oliseh Resigns

Head Coach of the Nigerian football national team, the Super Eagles, Mr. Sunday Oliseh has announced his resignation from the team.

Sunday Oliseh who announced his resignation via his official twitter handle just over seven months after he was appointed stated several reasons why he was making the decision.

In the tweets seen by Osun Defender, Oliseh said “Due to contract violations, lack of support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players, assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super Eagles Chief Coach,” he tweeted.

He thanked Nigerians for the opportunity of serving as the coach of the team in a preceding tweet before announcing his resignation. “I feel fortunate, blessed and eternally grateful for having the honour to play, captain and coach this great nation of ours, Nigeria.”

We would bring you more details as they emerge.

Nigerians Should Show More Anger Towards Corruption – Lai Mohammed

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says he is surprised that Nigerians are not angry enough about corruption.

Mohammed, who said this when he visited Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, denied that the President Muhammadu Buhari, in the fighting corruption, witch hunts certain people.

“We are not witch-hunting any person. We are not out to vilify any person. What bothers us is that Nigerians are not angry enough,” he said. “Last Sunday, it was reported that N381 million was recovered from the account of the wife of a former service chief. It is surprising that Nigerians have shown no anger about it.

Mohammed expressed the determination of the current administration to stop corruption and appealed to Nigerians to help the government achieve its aim. “In other climes, you will see people talking about it (corruption) or doing something about it. We must understand that until we kill corruption, we are not going to make any headway.”

He explained that by explaining how resources were allegedly mismanaged in the past, government intends to inform the people the extent of havoc created by past leaders and the cost of corruption. “The government wants Nigerians to know what we are suffering. When we had a news conference in January and disclosed that 55 people stole N1.343 trillion between 2006 and 2013, what we wanted to emphasise was what one-third of the money would have done to Nigeria,” he said. “We said the money would be able to redevelop Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It will be able to give us one ultra-modern hospital in each state of the federation. “In addition, that money would have given 20,000 units of two-bedroom flat. The remaining will still sponsor 3,954 students from primary schools to tertiary level. In addition, it will build 183 state-of-the-art schools.”

Mohammed said corruption prevents development in Nigeria. “We lose 40% of our infants before they are five years old. It is because of corruption. It is because of corruption we are in darkness all the time. It is because of corruption we needlessly lose lives to road accidents today,” he said.

Aisha Buhari Unveils NLNG Vessel

Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled a new vessel of the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas company billed to add to the fleet of the organization .

While performing the “naming ceremony “in Seoul South Korea on Thursday ,Mrs Buhari said the acquisition of the new vessel, named LNG ABUJA 11, was an additional impetus to the growth of export related businesses that will improve revenue generation for Nigeria .

“For example ,more than $10 million dollars was generated from the export of quality Nigerian materials to Korean shipyards ”

According to her ,among other recorded achievements ,the relationship of the two countries was quite in line with the goals of the present administration of furthering the development of human capital and job creation .

She expressed confidence that despite challenges in the global energy sector, Nigeria and South Korea will continue to occupy important positions with respect to international energy security and development .

Although Nigeria is undergoing a process of transformation for improved quality of life of the people , she said it became absolutely necessary to provide avenues for businesses to achieve their full potentials to compete grow and deliver long term value.

“I stand by this principle because that is how great countries like South Korea were built”.

The wife of the President commended the NLNG for the new stride and noted that nothing makes her proud than the knowledge that Nigerians and Nigerian companies actively participated and benefited directly from the construction of the new (ship) vessel .

While noting that the ship has Nigeria written all over it, she expressed hope that participating companies in the sector will continue to export to shipyards across the world and make Nigeria to shine in every shore for increased economic development .

The vessel, named LNG ABUJA 11 is billed for the fleet of the NLNG and specifically for BONNY GAS COMPANY ,a subsidiary of the NLNG Ltd .It was built by SAMSUNG AND HYNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES South Korea .

Nigeria produces 22 million tonnes of LNG per annum sold to North America and Europe by the ships.

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Osun Govt Suspends Collection Of BVN By Public Officers

The State Government of Osun has directed that collection of Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) from banks should be put on hold in the interim.

This  directive was given today in Osogbo in a government circular issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs Adebimpe Ogunlumade,mni.

According to the circular, it has been brought to the notice of the State Government the difficulties being encountered by most public officers in the state in collecting the required Bank Verification Number printouts from their banks.

The Permanent Secretary stressed that while  the Bank Verification Number(BVN) is part of the process to sanitise and streamline the payroll, the Government has no intention of unduly inconveniencing its loyal and supportive workforce .

She therefore pointed out that putting on hold in the interim the collection of BVN from banks is to allow the State Government to review the process and come up with a better arrangement to achieve this end.