President Buhari Arrives In China

Muhammadu-Buhari-Arrives-ChinaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in the People’s Republic of China for a state visit.

According to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari was welcomed at the Beijing Capital International Airport by China’s Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Cheng Guoping, alongside other senior Chinese government officials.

Also at the airport were the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam.

Other Nigerian government’s functionaries at the airport were the Minister of Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, and Minister of Defence, Dan Monsur Ali.

The President left Abuja on Sunday for a working visit to China aimed at securing greater support from Beijing for the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure, especially in the power, roads, railways, aviation, water supply and housing sectors.

Considering Chinese Panda Bond

It is expected that in the course of the visit, several new agreements and memorandums of understanding to boost trade and economic relations between Nigeria and China would be concluded and signed.

The agreements include a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the National Development and Reform Commission of the Peoples’ Republic of China to boost industrial activities and infrastructural development in Nigeria.

Others are a Framework Agreement between the Federal Ministry of Communications and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, and a Memorandum of Understanding between Nigeria and China on Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

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Minister of finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, said Nigeria was also considering Japanese bond

Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, had told reporters after a meeting with the business and investment community early on Saturday in Lagos, that the government was considering the possibility of issuing Chinese panda bond to make up for the deficit in the 2016 budget.

She said that the government’s objective was to borrow the cheapest possible money.

The breakfast meeting focused on the imperatives for fiscal discipline, investment and diversification of the domestic economy in the face of strong local and international headwinds such as the steady decline in oil prices and weak global economic growth.

Gov. Gaidam Welcomes New Army Commander To Yobe

ArmyThe Governor of Yobe State has tasked the new Commander of the 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Damaturu on exemplary record of committed fight against the Boko Haram sect.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam gave the charge on Monday while receiving the new Army Commander, Brigadier General C.A. Apere, at the Government House in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, northeast Nigeria.

He asked the Army boss to build on the record that his predecessor, Colonel Dahiru Bako, had built while serving as the Army Commander in the state.

The Governor described Colonel Bako as a professional and committed officer who worked assiduously fighting insurgents in Yobe State and the northeast in general.

Observing that the Islamist group was on the path of defeat, he attributed the successes recorded so far to the hard work of officers and men of the Nigerian Army deployed to the state.

“Across Yobe State, people are very excited with the work that Colonel Bako has done. Many people here associate the successes recorded against Boko Haram to the hard work of Colonel Bako and other army commanders.

“I am confident you will build and expand on this excellent record that Colonel Bako has achieved so that together, we will bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end,” Governor Gaidam said.

He assured the new Commander of his determination to continue to support the military and other security agencies to ensure the complete restoration of peace and security in the state.

In his response, Brigadier General Apere expressed appreciation for the warm reception he received since he reported in Yobe State.

He assured the Governor that under his command, the 27 Task Force Brigade would consolidate on the successes recorded by his predecessor.

The Commander said that Yobe was second home to him because he began his military career in the state at Nguru back in 1991.

He expressed gratitude to the Yobe State Government for the frequent support often given to the Army and expressed optimism that the spirit of support and partnership would continue.

Yobe Governor Condemns Attack On Sunday Market

Damaturu-BombingThe Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, has condemned the bomb attack on a Sunday market in Damaturu, describing it as ‘callous, barbaric and unjustifiable’.

The statement is coming after a female suicide bomber of about 10 years detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the main entrance of the market in Yobe State’s capital in Nigeria’s volatile north-east.

Governor Gaidam’s solemnity was revealed in a statement issued by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego.

“It has been another sad day in our State in which innocent people were again the target of blood-thirsty terrorists,” he said.

The Governor also commiserated with families of the victims of the horrific bomb attack, which left at least 15 dead and scores injured.

According the statement, his “thoughts and prayers are with the families of victims and those who sustained injuries”.

Governor Gaidam further called on “security agencies in the State to step up surveillance and the people to remain very vigilant about happenings in their areas and report any suspicious persons or movements to the nearest security point or jurisdiction”.

He directed hospital authorities at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu, where the injured have been taken for medical attention, to provide immediate and free medical services to victims.

The Governor then urged the people to pray that peace and security would be restored in Yobe State and the country at large.

Yobe Governor Reshuffles Cabinet, Splits Education Ministry

Despite being in a state of emergency, with the military calling the shots in the state, the Governor of Yobe state, Ibrahim Gaidam, on Thursday reshuffled his cabinet with the splitting of Ministry of Education, into Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher education.

This is coming three days after the Governor also declared a state of emergency in the state’s education and the health sectors.

The Governor of Yobe state, Ibrahim Gaidam

A statement issued by the secretary to the state government, Babagoni Machina revealed that “with the split of Ministry of Education into two, Aji Yerima Bularafa who is the former Commissioner of Youth and social development is to head the Higher Education Ministry while Mohammed Lamin of Transport and Energy, is to take charge of the Ministry of Education.”

The aim of the change according to the statement is to enable them perform in the delivery of education services at all levels.

The incumbent Commissioner of Education, Mala Musti, the statement said has been deployed to the Ministry of Land and Survey, while the former Commissioner, Yusuf Bala Haladu, becomes the new Commissioner for Transport and Energy.

The former Commissioner of Special Duties, Musa Dumbiri, according to the statement, is the Commissioner of Youths and Social Development.

The cabinet reshuffle and deployment takes immediate effect, as it was done to reinvigorate the state civil service, the statement concluded.