NOTES FROM MINISTERIAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW RETREAT

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” posits management thinker, Peter Drucker. And that was one of the reasons that got the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to embark on a 2-day Performance Review Retreat for its Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, and other top functionaries. The event held Monday and Tuesday this week at the State House Conference Centre, Aso Villa, Abuja. One hallmark of the President is his ability to sit through long meetings and conferences, listening patiently and taking notes. When we younger people, on the pretext of using the…

Arrest of Anti-Fuel, Electricity Tariffs Hike Protesters Highest Level of Buhari Administration’s Insensitivity – CNPP

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has described as the highest display of insensitivity to the plight of suffering citizens the reports of arrest of Nigerians protesting recent hike in price of patrol and increment in electricity tariffs in parts of the country. Reacting to news reports that some citizens, including journalists, were being hounded into detention by the police, the CNPP in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Chief Willy Ezugwu advised President Muhammadu Buhari to “allow citizens to freely express their displeasure over government policies. That…

Niger Govt to kick-start accelerated agricultural development scheme  …..commences gold exploration

Niger State Government said it has accessed the sum of N1.5 billion from the Central Bank of Nigeria to kick start the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS) in the state. Commissioner for Livestock and Fishery, Alhaji Haruna Dukku stated this during the post State Executive Council briefing with journalists in Government House, Minna. Alhaji Dukku said the scheme which is targeted at empowering 10,000 women and youths between 18-35 years, is also aimed at improving the Agricultural value-chain particularly in the 3 main crops produced in the state (rice, soya…

N’Assembly will prioritize allocation of resources for youth development – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Thursday said that the National Assembly will prioritize the allocation of resources for youth development despite the present economic challenges faced by the country owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawan stated this in his remarks which was virtually delivered to flag-off the training of 1000 youths in GSM phone repair, hardware, software and entrepreneurship development in Yobe State. According to the Senate President, youth development initiatives serve as one of the ways of empowering and uplifting the wellbeing of the…

NIDCOM Chair lauds Nigeria-born US resident for returning $4000 USD

Hon.Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has applauded the honesty gesture of Ms.Chioma Odidika, a Nigerian resident in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, for returning $4,000 USD from possible scammers. In a statement by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, stated that ” it is a thing of joy that another Nigerian Diaspora has made Nigerians proud with her conduct. “It is gratifying to note that the uncommon act of honesty of Ms Chioma Odidika has earned her  Integrity Award from the Sheriff of Richland County. Dabiri-Erewa said…

Making of Ooni Ogunwusi: The Facts! By Olawale Olaleye

Some folks had challenged me earlier today to put out my facts as far as the emergence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II is concerned and I’m doing just that now. From a few of the responses on the thread of my previous posts, it’s evident that the truth had been lost in the mix, either by design or default. But I’ll see to it now and set it straight. In a concise form, I’d try as much as possible to reveal some of the…

COVID-19 :Kwara Govt flags off free distribution of 50,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers

Kwara State Deputy Governor and Chairman Kwara State Cocoa Development Committee, Mr Kayode Alabi today flagged off the distribution of cocoa seedlings to farmers for the year 2020 planting season as palliatives. Delivering his keynote address, the Deputy Governor emphasised the importance of cocoa to the nation’s economy, stressing that cocoa industry is the second largest foreign exchange earner after crude and generates over two million jobs directly or indirectly along its value chain. Alabi, who noted that Kwara state is known as one of the Cocoa producing states in…

EDO GUBER POLL: NYSC DG visits Oba of Benin, seeks protection for corps members on election duty 

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has appealed to all Stakeholders in the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Edo State to provide adequate security for the Corps Members that would participate in the election as electoral officers. He said Corps Members are National assets that are contributing their quota towards national development which should be given public support. General Ibrahim stated this during a courtesy visit to the Oba of Benin Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Omo N’Oba N’ Edo Uku Akpolokpolo Ewuare II Ogidigan in his palace. The NYSC boss, who…

AbdulRazaq meets Timipre Silva over Ibadan-Ilorin-Jebba gas pipeline, other projects

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday visited the Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Sylva in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, to discuss various areas of collaboration between the state and the ministry. “Chief among the issues the Governor discussed with the Honourable Minister is the ongoing preparation for seismic data acquisition in Edu and Pategi parts of Kwara State, which is an extension of similar preparatory works in the neighbouring Niger State,” Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Rafiu Ajakaye said in a statement on Thursday. AbdulRazaq also…

I’m Ready To Testify Against Magu, Malami Tells Ayo Salami-Led Panel

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said he will testify before the Justice Ayo Salami-led Presidential panel if he is summoned. He said this during an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday which was monitored by our correspondent. Malami was reacting to a letter by the suspended acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, calling on Salami to summon the AGF. The AGF said he had nothing to hide and would not hesitate to give the Salami-led panel his…