Kano Govt Seeks Partnership With Germany For Economic Development

Ganduje Speaks About Rift With Kwankwaso
Governor Abdullahi-Ganduje


The Kano State Government is looking to partner with Germany to boost its most important economic sectors.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje spoke about the need for the partnership when the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Dietmar Kreusel, visited him at the state government house on Tuesday.

According to the governor, the need for the state to partner with developed Europeans countries such as Germany to further strengthen commercial agriculture in the state cannot be overemphasised as Kano State is the commercial hub of the region.

“I have been looking forward to seeing the German Ambassador paying a courtesy call here in Kano,” he said stressing that Germany, one of the strongest economies in the world, would benefit from investments in the state because investing in Kano “is like investing in West Africa”.

The governor praised the German government for its assistance in improving not only the agricultural sector but also the state’s education sector and their help towards the preservation of Kano city walls and gates as well as other historical monuments of the state.

On his part, the German Ambassador to Nigeria agreed that Kano is very central to the survival of Nigeria’s economy and that Germany is fully aware of Nigeria’s economic challenges and is willing to support the country’s developmental efforts.

He added, “The kind of engagement in Kano sometimes makes politics more dramatic and I have seen that you have really improved in the areas of infrastructure. Therefore, Germany is more interested in helping Kano in areas of politics, agriculture, and education and this is why we are trying to provide more industries in northern Nigeria.”

Trump Seeks Increase In U.S. Military’s Budget

Trump Seeks Increase In U.S. Military's BudgetU.S. President, Donald Trump, on Monday announced a 9% increase in defence spending in his proposed budget planning for 2018.

The blueprint also calls for deep cuts elsewhere, including foreign assistance and environmental budgets.

President Trump’s plan, however, leaves large welfare programmes such as social security and Medicare untouched, despite republicans’ call for reform.

He is expected to release his final budget proposal in mid-March.

The President, who vowed to increase military spending and preserve welfare programmes during his campaign, said the budget would focus on “military, safety and economic development”.

Tackling Unemployment: kwara Govt. Promises 20,000 Jobs In Agriculture

Unemployment, kwara, 20,000 Jobs, AgricultureThe Kwara state government has restated its commitment towards addressing youth unemployment with the resolve to create 20,000 jobs in the agriculture sector.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Adegoke Bamidele, made this known while addressing journalists in Ilorin, the state capital.

He revealed that the government has concluded plans to create the jobs for youths who are interested in agriculture adding that they would be selected across the 16 local government areas of the state.

“There are no criteria for selecting the youths in agricultural business as it is the only alternative source of revenue for government to generate revenue.

“If 20,000 youths are empowered in agricultural business, it will boost the Gross Domestic Products of the state and also enhance its economic development.

“The youths will be trained on farming, piggery, animal husbandry and fishery among others.

“Private organizations are sacking workers on daily basis but the only secured job is skilled jobs and the idea is to make the youths not to depend on government jobs alone but also be self employed,” Mr Bamidele added.

Economic Development: Wike Canvasses More Public Private Partnerships

Economic Development, wike, Public Private PartnershipsWith the current economic realities in Nigeria, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has canvassed for more public private partnerships to boost economic development.

The situation of dwindling crude oil prices and the consequent economic recession in the country, has made it expedient for states to explore ways to achieve development through such partnerships.

This was the view of Governor Wike, who played host to participants of senior course 39, Armed forces Command and Staff College Jaji, as they visited the state government house in Port Harcourt.

He also noted that the improved security situation in Rivers has continued to attract private partnership investments to the state.

The leader of the delegation and Director of Department of Joint Studies, Armed forces and Staff College, Brigadier General Johnson Irefin, said the theme of this year’s tour is “economic development through public private partnership”.

He explained that the “armed forces command studies tour is an environmental study tour to selected states in the country, in which participants are given the opportunity to analyse some critical socio-economic factors of the state that affect the country at large.

According to him, this visit therefore will afford participants the opportunity to have an ‘on-the-spot’ assessment of the process of economic growth, through public private partnerships”.

The governor in response, emphasized that security is key to attracting private partnership investments.

“I want to tell you that for you to have private investors, you have to create a conducive environment, and by a conducive environment, I mean security.

“When there is security it gives private investors confidence to partner with government. As a policy of this government, of course we have laws that govern public private partnerships in the state.

“We have a lot of projects that are under this arrangement. And so far we have a lot of investors that have come to partner with us in this regard.

“With the assistance of security agencies, we have been able to reduce the insecurity in the state, before now, you will agree with me that there were crisis here and there, militancy, cultism and that really affected us.

“But now with the level of security we have achieved through the help of the security agencies, investors have been trooping in everyday to find ways of partnering with government.

“Government can not do it alone, government cannot embark on all projects because of finances. ” Wike stressed.

Sports Key To Economic Development – Gbenga Daniel

Gbenga-Daniel, SWAN, SportsFormer Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has described sports as a veritable tool for economic development, just as he called on financially-muscled Nigerians to invest in sports.

Mr Daniel made the remarks in Sagamu while playing host to members of the National Executive Committee of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) who were at his residence to pay him a courtesy visit.

He noted that sports can create employment, empowerment and above all, develop the society economically.

“I want to use this opportunity to call on well-meaning Nigerians who have the financial muscle, people like Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr. Mike Adenuga and host of others to try as much as possible to invest in sports.

“I heard in the news some time ago that Alhaji Aliko Dangote wants to buy Arsenal Football Club. Well, he is a businessman, he must have seen the potential of making profit by acquiring the club but I want him to look inwards and consider having a Dangote Football Club in Nigeria.

“By doing this, there will be employment for some set of people and those depending on them for their daily needs will also benefit indirectly.

Profitable Ventures

“It is also funny when I hear people say that sports does not bring any kind of profit when invested in. I remember when we hosted the Gateway Games in 2006, I think we recorded about 92 million Naira profit after the competition.

“Therefore, it is important to note here that sports as much as I know is one of the most profitable ventures. Aside the economic value attached to sports, it also reduces social vices in the society because whenever any sporting event is taking place, the environment becomes friendly and devoid of any form of criminality,” he said.

In his address, SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, stated that the former governor’s tremendous achievements in the sports sector while in office prompted the council to visit him.

“We are here today (Friday) to let you know that all what you did to develop sports in Ogun State and Nigeria at large when you were serving as governor did not go unnoticed. And that is the reason we are here tell you that you are recognised and highly appreciated for your efforts.”

Sirawoo went on to announce Mr Daniel as the association’s national patron.

He, however, hinted that the formal investiture would be held at a later date and at the convenience of the recipient.

Osun Govt. Introduces Development Levy

Osun, Economic developmentTo increase the state’s revenue, the Osun state government has introduced the Economic Development Levy programme (EDL), which ensures business owners pay an approved revenue tariff into government’s coffers.

The new policy was introduced at Osogbo, the state capital, in a gathering of stakeholders who appeared to not be in tune with the policy.

In attendance were market women, artisans,‎ leaders of the road transport unions, motorcyclists as well as officials of the Osun State Inland Revenue Service and representatives of the World Bank.Osun, Economic development

Majority of the stakeholders consider the development levy as burdensome as they currently pay to their various associations.

They argued that the EDL would mostly affect low income earners and there is a need for more dialogue between themselves and the government.

Affordable levies

In response to this, the General Manager of the Osun State Internal Revenue Service, Dayo Oyebanji, explained that the levy would enhance the furtherance of the economic and infrastructural development of the state.

He insists that the payment would not amount to additional burden on the people.

Osun, Economic developmentAccording to Mr Oyebanji, the state government was lenient as to make the levy rates affordable while also stating that it would vary based on the individual level of each business.

He asserted that the over-dependence on oil revenues has encouraged the avoidance of tax and other levies and this in turn has inhibited the development of other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Mr Oyebanji therefore stressed the need for the residents of the state to live up to their civic responsibility.

“The prompt payment of taxes and other constitutional obligations, would also contribute to Nigeria’s efforts to overcoming the recession,” he added.

Obiano Recognises Exemplary Service Of Civil Servants In Anambra

Obiano, civil servant, AnambraIn commemoration of the 2016 African Public Service Day, Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano has recognised 35 civil servants for their exemplary service.

The event which drew workers from various departments of the Anambra State Civil Service, took place at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat in Awka, Anambra State Capital on Friday, September 30.

The venue reverberated with excitement as the selected workers were one after the other, called up to receive their certificates of recognition and a handshake from the governor.

Gov. Obiano urged them however, not to relent on their hard work, while assuring all workers of full salary payment before Christmas.

The occasion was one that clearly portrayed the relationship between government and workers.

An award recipient, Nwabufo Nwankwo was among workers who expressed excitement over the government’s deeds as well as the cordial relationship that exists between them and the civil servants.

Commencement of 1000-Unit Housing Scheme

In separate speeches, Chairman of the Occasion, Professor Joe Ogbuagu and the Head of Service of Anambra state, Mr. Harry Udu, both pointed out the achievements of the governor towards improving the welfare of workers.

This according to them is especially in the area of prompt payment of salaries, provision of transportation for workers and the recent commencement of a 1000 unit housing scheme, to resolve the accommodation challenges facing the state civil servants.

Addressing the massive gathering of workers, the governor, Willie Obiano, commended their diligence, and also the support they have given him to drive the economic development of the state.

He emphasised the “full payment of their December remuneration and allowances before Christmas, as well as ensuring the promotion of workers next year”.

In a vote of thanks from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication Strategy, Mr. Benjamin Umerah, he noted that “Anambra workers have been marching forward since governor Willie Obiano’s assumption of office”.

He therefore urged them to “keep supporting him for better life and prosperous service”.

Celebration Of Public Servants

The Public Service Day is set aside by the African Union to draw attention to the central and unique roles which the public servants play in the governance process of member nations.

While it is usually observed at Continental and National levels on June 23rd of every year, each sub-national government is allowed to mark its own on any day and month taking into view circumstances peculiar to it.

For Anambra state, it is a time of re-appraisal, stock taking and period of rewarding deserving civil servants.

FG Seeks Support Of IDB On Economic Development

Islamic Development Bank, IDB, Economic DevelopmentNigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has appealed for support of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) towards the attainment of financial inclusion and economic diversification.

She also asked for contributions from the bank towards the rebuilding of the northeast region that had been devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The Minister expressed hope that this would enhance the provision of infrastructure for the Nigerian populace, as well as speed up economic development in Nigeria.

She made the appeal on Monday at a meeting with officials of the IDB in Abuja, to flag off the business activities of the bank in Nigeria.

The President of the bank, Mr Ahmad Al-Madani, explained the relationship between Nigeria and the IDB and added that the bank looked forward to a prosperous future together through the provision of basic infrastructure for Nigerians.

The meeting was later followed by the official opening of the IDB office in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government has said it is making efforts to cushion the effect of harsh economic times on Nigerians by ‘pumping money’ into the economy that the Central Bank said was near recession.

On Friday, The Minister of Finance told reporters that the government would allocate 60 billion Naira ($180 million) more spending on capital projects, as part of the 2016 budget.

Mrs Adeosun said that the allocation was an addition to earlier releases, aimed at boosting the economy.

Mrs Adeosun said that so far, the government had spent over 400 billion Naira on capital.

Solid Minerals Minister Solicits Synergy Among States

Solid Minerals, Kayode FayemiThe Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged state governments to work together to extract minerals to enhance development of the sector.

Dr. Fayemi made the appeal at the 10th annual business law conference of the Nigeria Bar Association on Friday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Giving a speech on ‘Law Reform and Economic Development’, he said such synergy among states would save time, resources, infrastructure and cost of tapping common resources.

The Minister noted that development in the extractive sector would only be successful if the states were turned into economic resource corridors with the realisation that minerals are not defined by boundaries.

He stressed that beyond the major challenge of getting investors to see Nigeria as a mining destination was the need for them to work together.

Dr. Fayemi also believes the approaches will shorten and fast track work, as well as bring tangible results in the short term, in line with the present economic diversification plans of the Federal Government.

The Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Heineken Lokpobiri, on his part promised that a fund of 750 billion Naira with six per cent interest rate would be unveiled soon.

However, he said that the government might be discouraged from giving cash to farmers.

FG To Invest In Research For Economic Development

Economic DevelopmentThe federal government is set to revamp science and technology as well as invest in research to boost the economy.

This is according to the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, during his visit to the Raw Materials Research and Development Council of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology in the state secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

According to him, the present administration would in the coming days explore the potential in science and technology to drive growth in other sectors of the economy, such as agriculture and solid minerals.

Etsu Nupe Charges Nigerians To Be Security Conscious

Etsu-NupeThe Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to be security conscious at any moment, to ensure security of lives and property in the nation.

Abubakar made this disclosure in his Wadata Palace at Bida, during an interview with Channels Television, after the flag off of Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed’s disbursement of trade capital to over 370 widows.

He said that people should be watchful of strangers in their domain in order to easily fish out those causing mayhem.

Etsu Nupe further charged Nigerians to give their maximum support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s efforts in fighting corruption and insurgency in the country by participating in the crusade.

He maintained that the President Buhari’s government will only embarked on policies and programs that will have direct impact on the people of Nigeria and should be supported in all ramifications.

Alhaji Abubakar, who presented the cash to the beneficiaries, applauded Senator Mohammed’s initiative which he described as laudable. He urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money to the benefit of their families, as this will go a long way in cushioning the effect of poverty.

Senator Mohammed said that the disbursement of trade capital for widows in his constituency was part of fulfilment of his campaign promise aimed at empowering widows who constitute a group of vulnerable, and assisting them in starting or enhancing those already involved in their businesses.

“Women empowerment, especially widows is a major area of interest to me as I represent our Senatorial District in the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Economic development hinged on industrialization, employment, infrastructural provision and youth development constitute my priority, ” he said

Speaking on behalf of the lawmaker, Mallam Mohammed Usman disclosed that over 3.5 million Naira was expended on the programme with three persons from each of the 88 wards that constituted the constituency.

APC To Hold “Extraordinary” National Convention, Adopt 2015 Manifesto

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday disclosed plans to hold an “extraordinary national convention” on Wednesday, 29th Oct. 2014 in Abuja, where the Party will approve amendments to its constitution and also adopt its manifesto for the 2015 general elections.

In a statement issued by APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the proposed amendments when approved at the national convention will align the party’s constitution better with the Electoral Act and also allow the APC to function more efficiently.

The Party noted that the convention would adopt the six-point manifesto that has been extracted from the one submitted to the electoral umpire, INEC earlier for the purpose of the 2015 general elections.

”The manifesto to be adopted at the extraordinary convention of our party is specifically for the 2015 general elections. Because of shifting priorities, we do not believe that a party manifesto should be one for all time but a document that will adjust to the changing needs of the people.

”In this regard, we have conducted a survey to find out what Nigerians urgently need at the moment to raise their standard of living and ensure their security and welfare, which is the raison d’etre of any government. Based on the outcome of the survey, we have come up with a six-point manifesto, which we extracted from the one we submitted to INEC earlier.

”The six broad priority areas for the APC ahead of the 2015 general elections are National Security, Good Governance, Human Capital Development, Economic Development, Land and Natural Resources as well as Foreign Policy. The issue of job creation, fight against corruption, infrastructural development, health, qualitative education, regular power supply, etc are subsumed under these broad priority areas,” APC said.

According to Mohammed, the adopted manifesto “will be made massively available to all Nigerians, complete with the full details, in many languages”.