Gates, the Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said the implementation of the ERGP is at odds with the needs of Nigerians. The ERGP, which was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017, is a medium-term plan for 2017-2020, that sets out an ambitious roadmap to achieve a seven percent growth rate for the country by 2020. It is aimed at restoring economic growth while leveraging the ingenuity and resilience of Nigerians. But Gates, while delivering a speech at the special and expanded National Economic Council on Investment in Human Capital in Abuja, suggested the plan got part of its priorities wrong. “The Nigerian government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan identifies investing in our people as one of three strategic executives, but the execution
The President made this known on Thursday during an official visit to Zamfara State, where he held an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of criminal attacks in the state. In a statement through his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President said, “As far as I am concerned, our security agencies have recorded some successes, but they need to do much more. “They are not to oppress anyone, but they have to gather and send intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen,’’ he said. The President commended the security agencies for eliminating a dreadful criminal, “Buhari general’’, who had for many years initiated killings and destruction of properties. “Before “Buharin-daji”, who calls himself a general, there was a crimi
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered four ministers to proceed to Dapchi in Yobe for update on the release of the female students abducted in February. The Ministers include Mansur Dan-Ali, Defence; Abdulrahman Danbazau, Interior; Lai Mohammed, Information; and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijat Abba-Ibrahim. NAN reports that the four ministers left the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for the trip to Dapchi. Before their departure, Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali attributed the early release of the girls to “the effort of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces for the support he has been giving us and the output is showing now. On the negotiations, the minister said that while it was being pla
For bringing untold economic hardship and unprecedented level of insecurity upon Nigerians, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has charged Nigerians who voted for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 general election to specially beg God for forgiveness. Mr. Fayose who said reports from Transparency International indicated that corruption has taken a surge under the Buhari administration warned Nigerians to vote out the APC in 2019 for the hardship that will befall the country if Buhari is re-elected is better imagined than experienced. The governor made these assertions at the government house pavilion, Ado-Ekiti on Monday while addressing representatives of teachers, local government workers and private sector operators who had gathered enmass under the Oshoko Mass Movement(O...
The youth wing of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South West region has urged former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, to run in the September governorship election in Osun State. The youths under the aegis of PDP Progressive Forum, said the former Minister had the potential to lead the state to the promised land. According to them, the dreams of the founding fathers would be brought to life if Fani-Kayode became the state governor. The group’s Co-ordinator, Kayode Olaiya, who spoke with Daily Sun in Akure, the Ondo State capital, stressed that the state needed an experienced and faithful politician like him to attain a lofty height. He said the “misdeeds of the current administration under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, can be corrected if a man li
The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has kicked against the planned conduct of local government elections in Imo State. The governor had scheduled June this year to conduct local government elections in the state. However, the union reminded Governor Rochas Okorocha that it still had a pending appeal at the Supreme Court over the 2011 dissolution of elected local government administrators in the state. The Imo state chapter of NULGE made their position known yesterday in a statement signed by Chief Emmanuel Odor and Aguronye Bede for Owerri Zone, Messrs Ezekiel Basil and E. E Amaefule, Okigwe Zone and Ezekiel Chukwukere for Orlu Zone. The local government employees said despite the fact that their challenge of the dissolution of elected local government ...
President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, has said that if Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state does not want his principal to visit, “it’s left to him and the federal government to decide the next step”. Adesina in an interview with State House reporters, explained that Buhari planned to visit Rivers because of the recent killing of some persons in parts of the state. According to him, Governor Nyesom Wike was faulting the proposed visit based on wrong premise. He also said the president wants to condole with the families of those affected by various killings in the state. “If he (Wike) doesn’t understand, the rest of the country understands. We understand, other Nigerians understand. Even people in Rivers state understand because on New Year Day, a min
This is part of effots to provide more security for students and the community at large, following the abduction of over 100 girls from the Government Girls Science Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Yobe state, about a month ago. The Commandant General of the NSCDC Mohammadu Abdullahi, on Saturday, commenced the tour with Adamawa state. On arriving at the Government Girls Secondary School Gombi in Gombi local government area, the Commandant General expressed shock that the school which has been in existence since 1976, had no fence. He also visited the Government Secondary School Hong in Hong local government area of the state, where he interacted with the students and pricipals and noted some of their complaints. “My call to the state government is to intervene especial
Buhari is a crying shame. But what is more pathetic is that most of his supporters have deliberately avoided the glaring evidences of incompetence of their demi-god. Those who are astonished by the way and manner people are making excuses for Buhari should understand that in Zimbabwe, there were people who still supported Robert Mugabe even when a common commodity like bread was not available. History has shown that incompetent, corrupt and despotic leaders have always enjoyed their fair share of support from a section of a complicit and docile populace. Some people will rather die suffering than fight to live in dignity. People are still suffering and smiling. When we supported the change slogan in 2015, some of us did so based on principle, not blind loyalty to Buhari as a person. ...
He commended President Xi, Jinping for his wisdom and vision. The President through his spokesman, Femi Adesina, said, “On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I congratulate you most sincerely on your re-election as the President of the Peoples Republic of China. “Your re-election is an indication of the trust and confidence reposed in you by the people of China on your ability to bring your vision and wisdom to bear in the conduct of national and global affairs,” he said. The President also noted that he is looking forward to an increased cooperation between China and Nigeria on one hand and China and Africa on the other hand. “It is my firm belief that your re-election will also bolster the existing mutually benefiting partnership betwe