Oyo State To Improve Agric Sector Through Foreign Investment

AjimobiThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has said investors in the agricultural sector must bring a lot of value capable of truly transforming agric to a major income earner which can be sustained in a diversified economy.

Governor Ajimobi made this remark in his office when a group of South African investors paid him a visit to forge new partnership, especially in the agricultural sector.

The leader of the team, Mr Tommie Snyman, in his presentation, said they are in the state to bring expertise, experience and funds to promote agric and all allied sectors, as they have done in many African countries.

The governor expressed his delight for the group’s interest in the state, adding that Oyo remains largely agrarian, with very interesting offers for interested investors.

Ajimobi further maintained that any investor coming to the state must bring lots of value addition to the table, and will be reciprocated by economy friendly incentives.

The leaders of the South African team also explained that some of their manufactured products already control almost 80 per cent of the African market.

The facilitator of the meeting, Bar. Dipo Ilara explained that the parley was aimed at bringing foreign direct investment and lots of employment opportunities for residents of Oyo and neighboring states.

Meanwhile, a committee of experts from both the side of government and AFGRI will draft modalities of an effective working relationship in coming weeks.

FG Will Effectively Support Military To Defeat Boko Haram – Buhari

militaryNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has implored the nation’s military officers to be mindful of their actions by taking into cognizance, the religious and ethnic sensitiveness of the country in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast, and other criminal elements across the country.

He made this call to officers of Senior Course 37 during their graduation ceremony on Friday at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

President Buhari, who was represented by his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said that the Federal Government under his leadership, will do everything possible to equip the military and other security forces to effectively dislodge the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

The President also gave an assurance that his administration will use all legitimate means at its disposal to end the menace of deadly attacks by the terrorist group in the region.

A total of 174 students comprising of 70 Army officers, 43 Navy, 31 Air Force officers, 21 allied officers from some West African countries and 9 paramilitary personnel, enrolled for the course on July 30 2014.

According to Commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John-Chris Ifemeje, the high number of international students that have enrolled in the college strengthens the idea of African brotherliness and regional cooperation which were necessary for the security of the continent.

The Vice President lauded men of the Armed Forces for the bold and courageous steps taken so far in the ongoing war against terror.

Osinbajo also reminded the officers to make good use of the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the college, as most of them would be deployed in crisis-prone areas within or outside the country.

He urged them to remain apolitical and neutral while discharging their constitutional roles at all times.

The AFCSC was established to offer increased capacity for academic and professional training of military officers and other ranks of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Since its inception in 1976, the college has graduated a total of 3,060 officers, including officers drawn from 28 African countries and other paramilitary agencies.

Get Boko Haram Sponsors And deal With Them, Lawyer Urges Military

vlcsnap-2014-03-04-09h13m24s128A Legal Practitioner, Jiti Ogunye, has advised the military in Nigeria to approach their fight against insurgency in the country by focusing on blocking the sources of the insurgents’ funding.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Ogunye stated that  “there are people sponsoring these people” adding that part of the duty of the military is to “get the sponsors behind these terrorists and deal with them”.

He mentioned  other African countries, that have experienced similar problems, such as Kenya, Mali amongst others, insisting that military should improve their strategies in order to get to the root of the matter, because Nigerians are impatient for solutions.

Speaking on border issues, he challenged the Federal Government to go to Chad, Cameroon and question them about the allegations that they are harboring these terrorists, noting that closure of border will not help to reduce insurgency but approaching the neighboring countries and informing them of the terrorists that come from their country into Nigeria to cause this mayhem.

He further insisted that Nigeria needs a better strategy to cure these menace and the strategy can come from Nigerians having a rethink and coming out with an accurate solution. He said despite the State of Emergency that had been declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013, there has been increase in attacks and secondary schools in the North are now the major target.

He insisted that Nigeria must come out with better strategies if its fight against terrorism would be won.

Ihejirika Blames Terrorism On Neighbouring African Countries

The immediate past Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant-General Onyeabor Ihejirika, has blamed the increasing cases of terrorism in Nigeria on regional threats and militia activities in neighbouring African countries.

Speaking in Abuja at a farewell ceremony to pull him out of the Nigerian Army, General Ihejirika said that the menace of terrorism and insurgency can however be resolved quickly if people volunteer information and appreciate the sacrifices being made by the nation’s security agencies.

The ceremony which attracted top serving and retired military officers later saw General Ihejirika being pulled out of the Nigerian Army by Brigadiers-General and other senior officers.

 

 

Eagles Have Overcome Biggest Obstacle Says Keshi

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has promised that his team will not rest on their oars as attention is now focused on the team.

Keshi believes that his team has overcome the biggest obstacle in the competition.

Analysts say Nigeria has now emerged as the new title favourite, after the elimination of Cote d’Ivoire which had been largely tipped to win the tournament.

Football fans across the country have also described the Super Eagles’ victory over the tournament favourites as a good omen and a sign of better things to come

Nigeria is due to meet Mali in the first semi-final on Wednesday in Durban, while Ghana will take on Burkina Faso in Mbombela in the second semi-final on the same day.

Adebayor Blames Coach For Togo’s Exit

In the aftermath last night’s 1-0 extra-time quarter final defeat to Burkina Faso, Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor has blamed manager Didier six for the team’s ouster from the nations cup.

Adebayor criticised the Frenchman’s style of management pointing out flaws in his approach to the game.

His sentiments were shared by goal keeper Koffi Agasa who had no kind words for the manager.

However the coach choose to take positives from the performance of the hawks  than to join issues with his players citing the teams’ progress to the quarter final for the first time as an achievement.

Transparency Int’l ranks Nigeria 35th most corrupt country

Contrary to the Federal Government’s position on winning the fight against corruption, Nigeria has been ranked the 35th most corrupt country in the world, according to the 2012 report by Transparency International on global corruption.

In the report released today, Nigeria scored 27 out of a maximum 100 marks to clinch the 139th position out of the 176 countries surveyed for the report. It shared that position with Azerbaijan, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan while Countries such as Togo, Mali, Niger and Benin fared better than Nigeria.

Last year’s report placed Nigeria 143rd, making it the 37th most corrupt country. However, when compared with this year’s result, it is difficult to say whether Nigeria has recorded any significant improvement.

According to the report, this year’s index ranks 176 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and surveys of business people.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is the leading indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of the corruption problem by ranking countries from all over the globe.

The organization has urged governments to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making and prioritize better rules on political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable.

 

African countries should focus on global exports — Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged African countries to become globally competitive and begin exporting finished products to the outside world.

President Jonathan said this while speaking to the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Christopher Onyango Aparr, in the Presidential Villa.

President Jonathan said economic growth was necessary for political stability and added that Nigeria was focused on building and strengthening mutually beneficial economic relations with Uganda and Africa.

The President commended Mr. Aparr for sustaining the warm brotherly relations between Nigeria and Uganda, and wished him well in his next post.

Earlier, the outgoing Ugandan High Commissioner thanked President Jonathan for Nigeria’s assistance through the Technical Aid Corps, as well as the strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the two countries.

At a different audience, President Jonathan commended Turkey for assisting Nigeria in developing human capacity through the establishment of schools in the country.

The President was speaking to the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Ali Rifat Koksal.

 

 

Egypt beats Nigeria in friendly

A last minute strike by Ahmed Hassan Mekky ensured victory for the Pharaohs of Egypt against a locally assembled Super Eagles of Nigeria in a friendly played in the United Arab Emirates capital, Dubai.

Nigeria opened scoring in the 13th minute through Sunday Mba who converted from close range a pass from strike partner Uche Kalu. Twelve minutes later, a deflected shot by Ahmed Temsah found its way to the back of the net and pegged the game at 1-1.

Former African footballer of the year (Home based), Mohammed Aboutrika converted a penalty to put North Africans ahead but their joy was short lived as a back heeled close range strike by Kalu Uche drew Nigeria level.

The Egyptians were however sent into a delirium when Mekky struck deep in injury time to secure a welcomed win for the Pharaohs ahead of their preparation for the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.