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Buhari Bars Arrival of Forex for Food, Compost Imports

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President Muhammadu Buhari thursday coordinated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to deliver “a kobo” from the nation’s stores for the importation of food things and manures.

He said at the National Food Security Council meeting yesterday at the State House, Abuja, that he would before long convey the mandate, which he had recently given orally to the CBN, recorded as a hard copy to the zenith bank that “no one bringing in food ought to be given cash.”

He additionally said the government turned away food emergency notwithstanding the flare-up of COVID-19, which upset the worldwide economy, including the farming worth chain, through its proactive strategy.

An announcement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, cited the president as saying that as opposed to delivering store from the unfamiliar stores for compost importation, the legislature would prefer to engage nearby makers of the item.

“From just three working in the nation, we have 33 compost mixing plants presently working. We won’t pay a kobo of our unfamiliar stores to import manure. We will enable nearby makers,” he said.

Buhari guided blenders of manure to pass on the thing straightforwardly to state governments so as to beat the cartel of carriers disappointing endeavors to effectively convey the items to end-clients at sensible expenses.

The president reprimanded private organizations keen on bringing in food things to source their unfamiliar trade freely, saying they should utilize their “cash to contend with our ranchers.”

As indicated by him, such business interests should get themselves straightened out as opposed to utilizing Nigeria’s unfamiliar stores to import traded off food things to subvert the endeavors of ranchers.

He included that the administration would prefer to help youthful Nigerians burning to participate in horticulture just as existing ranchers.

“We have a great deal of healthy youngsters ready to work and agribusiness is the appropriate response. We have a ton to do to help our ranchers,” he expressed.

The gathering was led by the president and went to by certain individuals from the board who advised him on the overarching food security circumstance in the nation.

It recorded such individuals from the chamber in participation as its bad habit executive and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu; the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and legislative leaders of Jigawa, Plateau, Taraba, Ebonyi, Lagos and Kebbi States whom it said spoke to their geo-political zones and made introductions to the chamber.

THISDAY accumulated that others at the gathering incorporated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Manager Mustapha; National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd.) and a few priests.

The announcement said the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, in her own introduction, featured estimates set up by the national government to handle difficulties emerging from COVID-19 pandemic as contained in the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP).

It expressed: “Among others, the clergyman featured that the legislature will encourage the development of 20,000 to 100,000 hectares of new farmland in each state and backing off-take of agro-preparing to make a great many immediate and aberrant openings for work.

“She likewise recorded the making of 774,000 direct positions for at least 1,000 youthful Nigerians in every nearby government, the development of 300,000 homes each year to give a lift to occupations through the development business, just as the association of 25 million new clients of power with the establishment of Solar Home System (SHS) focusing on 5 million family units.

“Dr. Ahmed additionally informed on the joint venture with the World Bank to give intercession store to states to improve wellbeing foundation. She said to ease existing monetary difficulties among the individuals, the legislature is additionally concocting low-intrigue credits for mechanics, tailors, craftsmans, insignificant brokers and other casual business administrators.

“The clergyman included that the central government will similarly offer help to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to assist them with keeping their workers and lift neighborhood fabricating.

“Dr. Ahmed clarified that from the as of late endorsed N2.3 trillion improvement suggested by the NESP, there will be development of broadband network to support openings for work in the computerized economy, an arranged extension of the National Social Investment Programs, remembering an expansion for the quantity of recipients, for example, the money move recipients, N-Power Volunteers, the Market Moni and Trader Moni plans.”

As per the announcement, the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, told the committee that Nigeria was expecting a guard reap notwithstanding the ongoing flooding in the North and dry season in the South.

The clergyman cited the most recent market reviews which he said underscored the way that the ongoing climb in the costs of products was being turned around.

The announcement said the SGF and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Manager Mustapha, portrayed the negative effect of the pandemic on the lives and job of residents.

Likewise, the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), communicated confidence that halfway shut fringes would open soon taking into account progress made with neighboring states.

Ali, the announcement included, said the neighboring states occupied with joint watches with Nigeria as per key conditions turned out by the nation for returning of the outskirts.

Food Crisis Averted in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, Says Buhari

Buhari told the chamber that the central government had the option to turn away food emergency notwithstanding the episode of COVID-19, which upset the worldwide economy, including the horticulture esteem chain.

As per him, the pandemic uncovered the degree of the country’s readiness to the stuns of food security.

He said the central government’s promise to the advancement of independence throughout the years helped in deflecting a food emergency in the pandemic time.

The president peddled the need to apply more endeavors to build food creation and achieve independence.

An announcement by the president’s media counselor, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari promised the national government’s nonstop advancement of great strategies to support interests in the horticultural division.

Buhari stated: “The Covid pandemic has outlined more than any occasion in ongoing history how nations must endeavor harder to secure food frameworks. It has likewise uncovered the restrictions of reliance on different nations.

“Over the most recent five years, we have recorded eminent accomplishments. Regardless of the decrease in GDP by 6.1 percent in Q2 of 2020 as an immediate consequence of Covid, the rural segment kept on developing in light of government focused on approaches,” he said.

The president complimented ranchers for their commitment to the strength in food security, saying many should investigate the ideal stormy seasons and take up cultivating as an occupation.

“I am satisfied to take note of that most Nigerians are making the most of the open doors in the farming and agri-business area. I need to guarantee you that this administration will keep on supporting these activities and a lot more to come,” he expressed.

He included that endeavors would be escalated to advance developments in cultivating that will ensure greatest yield.

“To ensure agrarian speculations and lift certainty to our ranchers we have conveyed a huge number of agro-officers and incorporated provincial networks to the conventional economy by stretching out admittance to credit and contributions to country ranchers and building feeder streets.

“We have put resources into building our key grain saves as of late, which we as of late delivered critical amounts to pad the unfriendly effect of the COVID-19 pandemic to weak family units and enterprises,” the president included.

He felt for ranchers and families that lost their friends and family to ongoing flooding in the nation, guaranteeing them that the legislature would uphold the people in question.”

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Obadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is deadObadiah Mailafia, former CBN Deputy Gov is dead

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Obadiah Mailafia, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is dead.

Mailafia, the 64-year-old reportedly passed away on Sunday morning at the National Hospital Abuja.

Recall that Obadiah Mailafia stirred controversy after he granted an interview accusing most top government officials of sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria.

Confirming his death, Fani-Kayode on his Twitter page wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend & brother Mr. Obadiah Mailafiya who was one of the most powerful and progressive voices in our country. I was informed that he passed on this morning. He was a great nationalist, a believer in Nigeria, a kind and gentle soul.”

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APGA disowns Jude Njoku as Party National Chairman, insists on Oye

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The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has refuted viral claims of a court pronouncement affirming Chief Edozie Njoku as the party’s national chairman.

The All Progressive Grand Alliance is currently battling a leadership crisis that has led to the emergence of several factions, coupled with court litigations among each of the factions claiming to be the authentic elected national working committee (NWC) of the party.

A party chieftain, Edozie Njoku had approached the federal high court and sought among other reliefs, a declaration of the court in his favour as the National Chairman of APGA.

He also prayed the court to mandate Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise him as the National Chairman of APGA and to stop recognizing Victor Ike Oye as the National Chairman of the party.

However, APGA, in a statement by its Chairman in Imo State, John Iwuala, while clarifying the outcome of court proceedings in the matter between Oye and Njoku held Friday, said Njoku breached part rules by appearing in court with a new lawyer.

“Trouble started in the court when he, (Edozie Njoku) in his usual way brought a lawyer for APGA as against the National legal adviser of the party, Sly Ezenwoke Esq. The question now is: who is to represent APGA as lawyer among the duo? he asked.

“After series of deliberations, the court later asked both lawyers to file briefs and decided to pronounce the authentic lawyer at the end of the matter on judgement. This decision did not go down well with Dr Oye and APGA, hence they approached the court of Appeal.

“On Friday, 17 Sept. 202, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division directed that the matter be sent back to the Federal High Court for continuation. There is nothing beyond this.

“The court of Appeal has every right to invoke the authorities of Order 47 of the court of Appeal Act to assume jurisdiction as the court of first instance but didn’t want to do so as the substance of the case has already been dealt with by three appeal court judgements via Kano, Awka and Enugu respectively.

“It baffled the leadership of APGA Imo State Chapter how these fake news peddlers behave in a myopic way of feeding the public with fake news. This calls for a cry of reasoning and ecology of reasonableness.

“It must be recalled that this matter emanated from Bauchi State, where the plaintiff and his co-travellers went for “forum shopping’ to deceive the judge who on sighting danger that both plaintiff and defendant are same persons, sponsored by the same person, just trying to mislead the court, washed his hands off from it, the case was transferred to Abuja and Dr Victor Ike Oye was notified of the ongoing matter. What they specialize in is to sue, bring their lawyer and bring a lawyer for the defendant without the knowledge of the defendant until judgement is secured. That was what they did in Jigawa. Though the court of Appeal Kano division has set it aside and declared *Dr Oye as the duly elected and authentic National Chairman of APGA in a well organized and INEC monitored National Convention held on 31st May 2019.

“With the return of this matter to the High Court yesterday (Friday) from the court of Appeal Abuja, the matter is as good as dead as the High court lacks jurisdiction to hear any matter of which substance has already been heard and finally determined by the Court of Appeal. This one, three appeal court judgements in favour of Dr Oye including the award of N10m against Edozie Njoku for disturbing APGA and the courts of the land.

“I am seeing another N10m award against him soon. I wish with this, the reading public, especially our Anambra indigenes resident here in Imo State can remain calm and unperturbed over the fake news.

“We all know the pains you pass through when this fake, fabricated and malicious news came up as it has to do with the emergence of Prof Chukwuma Soludo as the next Governor of Anambra State, come November 2021”.

APGA accused political jobbers of peddling the fake viral news to mislead the reading public as part of their failed strategies to truncate the party’s chances for the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra state.

 

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Nigerian health workers issue fresh strike notice, lists demands

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The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA) have issued a fresh notice of industrial action.

The notice confirms negotiations with the government is still ongoing as the recent strike notice expired the night of September 17.

JOHESU Acting General Secretary, Matthew Ajorutu, said an Expanded National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting of the unions was held on Friday.

In attendance were the Presidents and General Secretaries of affiliate unions and professional associations, NEC members of affiliate unions and JOHESU Chairmen and Secretaries at the state and branch levels.

The session appraised the reports of JOHESU negotiation and conciliation meetings with the federal government since the declaration of the trade dispute through the 15 days strike notice issued on September 2.

Ajorutu noted that NEC discussed the appeal by President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to show understanding with his administration and the pledge to pay any debt owed to health workers.

The scribe disclosed NEC received and examined reports of congresses held at various health facilities across the country on the mobilisation for the fresh strike notice starting September 18.

Ajorutu asked the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure speedy circularisation of all establishment and welfare matters as agreed during negotiation meetings.

The unions urged that the computation of the adjusted Consolidated Health Salary Structure (CONHESS) for JOHESU members be completed and submitted to FG’s High-Level Body (HLB) not later than September 22, as agreed.

”NEC-in-session urges the Federal Government to ensure that the High-Level Body (HLB) completes and submits the computation of the adjusted CONHESS for inclusion in the 2022 budget within the Sept. 30th, submission window.

”NEC urges the Federal Government to reciprocate the patriotic humanitarian gesture of JOHESU in the interest of the larger Nigerian masses to expeditiously resolve all the demands within the fifteen days window”, the joint statement added.

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