Hackers Failed In Attempt To Gain Access Into Osinbajo’s Twitter Account – Aide


The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, has said that there were attempts by hackers to gain access into Professor Yemi Osinbajo’s (VP) Twitter account.

Mr Akande disclosed this on Saturday through his Twitter handle.

He said, “Yesterday, there were failed external attempts to gain unauthorized access to the Vice President’s Twitter Account.

“Since, we have been in contact with Twitter, securing the account, and forestalling a re-occurrence.

“The VP will continue to actively communicate with our citizens”.

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U-20 Women World Cup: Osinbajo Assures FIFA Of FG’s Support

File Photo: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo


The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has assured FIFA of the Federal Government’s support in hosting the next U-20 Women World Cup 2020 in Nigeria.

Osinbajo stated this on Thursday while receiving a delegation of FIFA Inspection Team at the Presidential Villa, adding that the government is actively supporting the bid of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, to host the female soccer competition.

“Going round this country you will have noticed that practically every Nigerian is a football fan. We are excited about the prospect of hosting the competition,” the VP told the FIFA delegation, while also noting that Nigeria has indeed participated in all FIFA’s female competition and that the country has the number to effectively host the sporting event next year.

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According to the Vice President, “the Federal Government is backing Nigeria’s bid fully and we are prepared to do all that is required for the adequate comfort of our guests and fans.”

Prof. Osinbajo added that the Federal Government is not just interested in the business of hosting the sporting event satisfying the needs of the people who have over the years, demonstrated uncommon love for football.

“Nigeria’s love for football is a mark of well-being, and it is also culturally important to us. It is a unifying force for the people… We politicians don’t even compete with footballers, they are far more famous than us,” the Vice President stated.

Speaking earlier, the head of the FIFA Inspection team, Mr Kaj Heyral observed that the team was impressed with the facilities they have seen and expressed appreciation for the hospitality shown by Nigeria during their two-week stay.

A decision on Nigeria’s bid to host the event will be taken next month.

Mr Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, who noted that hosting the competition will further boost Nigeria’s positive image, said the FIFA team inspected six stadia, 13 training sites, nine hospitals and about 10 hotels in the country.

He added that Nigeria’s hosting of the sporting event “is about the future of Nigerian football; it is about the future of our youths; it is about the future of our female players.”

UK Lauds Osinbajo’s Role In Ease Of Doing Business


The United Kingdom has commended Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, for his role in driving the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria.

Newly appointed United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Alok Sharma, made the commendation on Thursday when he visited the Vice President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He also commended the Federal Government for its efforts in ensuring that the country moved up  24 places in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Ranking.

The Vice President while appreciating the kind gesture, stated that Nigeria can benefit from the United Kingdom in its ongoing reform of the business environment by learning from how the British resolved similar challenges.

According to Prof Osinbajo, “one of the critical issues with the ease of doing business is with respect to the registration of property and how the process is long drawn.”

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The Vice President noted that while States like Lagos and Kano have done well with issues around land registration, there are still some outstanding issues. He said this is an area where the UK and Nigeria can collaborate.

“I think one of the ways by which we could get some help is in the whole land registry concept”, the Vice President noted. He recalled that Lagos State actually had such collaboration when he was serving there. According to him, the UK “gave us quite a bit of help in establishing what was used in Lagos State land registry years ago.

“Every state has its own peculiar issues and challenges. How to document across the various states is what poses the challenge,” Osinbajo added.

Osinbajo also explained the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, stating that the Federal Government and States decided on ranching as an option for livestock breeding.

“States determine the implementation methods in their respective States, while both the Federal Government and the States will share the costs”.

On the specific issue of land registry, he noted how the process was simplified in the UK using technology.

Both the Vice President and the UK Secretary, among other issues, also discussed the rehabilitation of the Northeast region and how the British could support the process going forward.

Olakunrin’s Murder: FG To Deploy Troops On Highways, Says Osinbajo


The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has said that the Federal Government will deploy troops on the highways to reduce the increased rate of kidnappings and killings.

Prof. Osinbajo disclosed this on Sunday when he visited the leader of the Pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural Organisation, Afenifere, Pa, Reuben Fasorantin, to condole with the family over the death of his daughter Funke Olakunrin.

“We are engaging the Army so that there will be a bit more military presence, especially along the roads.

“The Inspector General of Police has already committed to ensuring that there is full coverage of police even helicopter, first in the search for these killers and also to ensure that there is an adequate presence to deter this kind of terrible situation from reoccurring”.

The Vice President expressed concerns over the repeated killings and kidnappings, he said, “We have seen it replicated here and there, the kidnappings death, killings.

“As you know the President has recently met with the Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police.

“The IGP has laid out a new policy on community policing.”

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Osinbajo Visits Pa Fasoranti

“One of the most important things is intelligence gathering and that is why we have the community police in the system where policemen will be trained in their own local government and will remain there.

“This is as close as we can get to the community police instructors that we expect to have.

“We are looking at the whole security architecture and trying to ensure we upscale it by and ensure that we are able to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians,” Osinbajo said.

The Vice President also recognised that security is a big challenge in the country, and has sought support from governors to ensure that the lives of Nigerians and their properties are safe.

“Security in a big country such as ours is obviously as challenges so we have to consistently ensure that we meet each challenge as they appear.

“I think we can be very hopeful that we will see peace and calm as some of the steps we are taking are coming into fusion.

“We have met with the governors, governors in the southwest and those in other zones and everybody is coming together to look at what to do to ensure that security is adequate and that everyone feels safe and secure.

Olakunrin was said to have been shot dead while she was travelling along the Benin-Ore Expressway at about 2:00 pm on Friday.

Federal Government Suspends Planned Ruga Programme


The Federal Government has suspended the planned Ruga Programme.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) on the farmers-herders crisis has confirmed the suspension of the program by the President.

According to the committee, the suspension is owing to lack of consistency with the NEC and FG approved national livestock transformation plan which has programs of rehabilitation of displaced IDPs resulting from the crisis and development of ranching in any willing state.

The NEC says it is not compulsory and any state interested is required to draw up a development plan towards the implementation in line with the NEC program based on the challenges inherent it.

Those at the meeting are governors of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, Plateau, Simon Lalong and Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu.

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The Ruga initiative has for some time been generating heated debates in various quarters with some arguing that it is a scheme by the government of the day to reposition the Fulani tribe.

However, the presidency has defended the controversial Ruga settlements programme saying that the initiative is for the benefit of all.

According to a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, the presidency said the programme is not a scheme to reposition the Fulani people, adding that no state has been forced to partake of the initiative.

The presidency’s statement partially reads: “The Presidency wishes to draw attention to recent unhelpful comments regarding the plan to stop roaming of cattle herders with the attendant clashes with farmers.

“Ruga Settlement” that seeks to settle migrant pastoral families simply means rural settlement in which animal farmers, not just cattle herders, will be settled in an organized place with provision of necessary and adequate basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, road networks, vet clinics, markets and manufacturing entities that will process and add value to meats and animal products.

Beneficiaries will include all persons in animal husbandry, not only Fulani herders.”

Apapa Gridlock: There’s Considerable Improvement On Decongestion Of Trucks, Says Osinbajo


The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has said that there is a considerable improvement on the decongestion of trucks and trailers along the Apapa area of Lagos State.

He stated this on Saturday when he visited the area to inspected the area.

“There are several aspects of the task that has to be done in decongesting the port.

“There have been a lot of infrastructure projects around the Lagos ports initiated by the Federal Government. Some of these projects have been completed; a lot are still ongoing.

“Clearing the roads of trailers and oil tankers is the major issue that is of concern to the people. The good news is, there is a considerable improvement in this regard.

Osinbajo’s visit to Apapa is a pointer to the readiness of the Federal Government to work with the Lagos government in finding a lasting solution to the gridlock that has become an eyesore along with the nation’s busiest ports.

The Vice President who is also the Executive Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on the Apapa Traffic Gridlock, said the decongestion of the Apapa port and its environ remained the focus of the Federal Government, noting that the visit to the port was prompted by the need to assess the level of work being done towards solving the quagmire.

He said, “The Mile 2 end of the Apapa axis is where there is some difficulty, but I assure you that in the next couple of days, it will be resolved, given the operation of Tin Can Island Trailer Park and the palliative work going on all the way down to Mile 2. We can all see that the entry to the ports is essentially clear.

“There are short term, mid and long term measures we are putting in place. One of our long-term measures is to decongest the cargo traffic coming in and out of the ports. Apapa port is meant to take 34 million metric tons, but it is currently doing over 80 million metric tons today. There is certainly a need to find an alternative and to expand.”

Osinbajo disclosed that there was an ongoing dredging of the Warri port in Delta State, as part of the efforts to decongest cargo traffic in Lagos ports. He added that standard gauge currently being constructed by the government from Lagos to Kano would be useful in the decongestion efforts in Lagos ports.

“We should be able to get cargos out of the Apapa port, using the rail. The NPA is using barges at the moment. This is a very busy port and congestion is caused largely by constraint of space. In sustaining the effort, we are improving the capacity of other ports across the country and then improve the infrastructure around these ports,” the Vice President said.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu expressed satisfaction with the Federal Government’s effort to solve the traffic congestion around Apapa occasioned by influx of cargo and heavy-duty vehicles.

He said his administration would be ever ready to complement any effort by the Federal Government to ensure decongestion of the area in order to ease the pains of residents and businesses.

Also in the Federal Government’s team during the visit to Apapa included the Managing Director, Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Mrs Hadiza Bala Usman, Executive Vice Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on the Apapa Traffic Gridlock, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, Director General of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Adedamola Kuti, and members of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, among others.

Some of the projects inspected by the Vice President and Gov. Sanwo-Olu included the rehabilitation of Creek and Coconut Roads, cargo terminals, and Tin Can Trailer Park recently built by the Federal Government, among others.

Government Cannot Fund All Public Infrastructure – Osinbajo


Encouraging Public Private Partnership and private capital investment, especially in commercially viable public infrastructure remains a major policy thrust of the Buhari administration, according to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Prof. Osinbajo, who stated this at the commissioning of the Port Harcourt Dockyard Liquid Waste Treatment Plant in Rivers State, said a “a successful public private partnership, private leadership in major aspects of the economy and encouraging private capital investment is more strategic and important.”

Noting that “government cannot fund all public infrastructure,” the Vice President stated that the Ease of Doing Business initiative of the Buhari administration was to encourage public-private investment and make the country more attractive to investors.

“You are all aware of our Ease of Doing Business agenda, with the goal of making Nigeria one of the easiest and most attractive places to trade and invest in the shortest possible time. We are well on our way there,” he said.

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The Vice President Osinbajo commended African Circle Pollution Management Limited, the company that built the Liquid Waste Treatment Plant, for being wholly indigenous, while referring to its growth over the years.

Continuing, the VP said, “I am told that the company has invested more than $8 million in this fully automated liquid waste treatment plant; in fact, that all its investment so far here in Nigeria is somewhere in the area of $37 million. The construction of this modern waste treatment plant is in fulfillment of the provisions of the agreement the company signed with the Federal Government through the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

“In line with that Built, Operate and Transfer agreement, the African Circle Limited agreed to build this facility in accordance also with the IMO MARPOL 73/78 convention: to provide facilities for liquid and solid waste created on both vessels for the navigation districts of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri, Calabar and Onne. The agreement, I’m told, is for a period of 20 years, and with the expiration of that period the facilities would be handed over to the NPA.”

The VP noted that the Plant complements the Federal Government’s remediation efforts in Niger Delta.

He said, “While this is a facility to treat waste generated on vessels, it is also a wonderful complement to the more general work on the environment which we are currently doing expressly regarding the clean-up of Ogoniland and the innovative connective solutions to ending gas flaring as developed by the NNPC.

“We would no longer be a country defined by the size of pollution challenges, but instead by the wholeness of our remediation response and, even more importantly, our preventive action.”

While reiterating the Federal Government’s commitment to a sustainable development agenda, the VP added, “barely two years ago, we demonstrated our commitment to supporting environmentally friendly projects by the launching of a first sovereign green bond in Africa and the fourth in the world.

“The proceeds of the bond is to finance environmentally friendly projects in afforestation, renewable energy and the formation of green energy, enabling Nigeria to reduce its CO3 emission by 40 per cent by the year 2030.”

The Vice President was welcomed the by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike; and accompanied by Gen. Abdusalam Abubakar, Chairman of African Circle Pollution Management Limited.

Business Leaders, Other Dignitaries Attend Buhari, Osinbajo’s Inauguration

Dignitaries at the inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV


Dignitaries including business leaders, political leaders, and foreign envoys on Wednesday attended the inauguration ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The President and Vice-President were sworn-in at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

Business leaders including Femi Otedola, Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia were at the event.

Also, some leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) were present. Those in attendance include the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu were also at the event.

Some of President Buhari’s children were also present, including his daughter, Zainab who was spotted with her husband Ahmed Indimi.

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Federal Government Has Been Generous To All States – Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Buhari-led Government has been generous to all 36 states within the Federation. 

Osinbajo said this in Imo State on Thursday, while addressing a crowd at the commissioning of Mother and Child Hospital located in the State‘s capital, Owerri.

At the commissioning exercise where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo noted that the series of projects executed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, are laudable but it won’t be out of place to point out that the Federal Government has been good to Imo and every other state in the country.

“The Federal Government has been extremely generous not just in Imo State but all other states,” the Vice President said.

Osinbajo thanked the First Lady of the state for being the inspiration for the Mother and Child Project which would be of great benefit to expectant mothers and children.

He also said that the hospital project encapsulates the passion of Governor Okorocha for people of the state especially those who cannot afford many of the services and things that will make them comfortable.

The Vice President commended the project and the many initiatives of Okorocha, noting that if governors are sincere to themselves, they will be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to their people.

“The Federal Government and indeed the APC family are proud of you. By what you have achieved, it is possible for governors to develop their respective states without looking for assistance from the Federal Government.”

On his part, Governor Okorocha thanked Professor Yemi Osinbajo who had earlier visited the state to commission other projects.

Okorocha said there are more projects to be commissioned and hoped that when called upon the Presidency would as always show support.

Some of the recent projects commissioned in Imo State include the Sam Mbakwe Airport, New Police Headquarters and Mother and Child Hospital, all located in the state capital, Owerri.

Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.

The session resumed at 10:00 am and had in attendance the Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno and some ministers.

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The FEC meeting may be the last before the valedictory session for the current members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

President Buhari is expected to dissolve the cabinet to end his first term in office ahead of the May 29, 2019 swearing-in ceremony.

Last week, there was an extraordinary session of the council meeting on Thursday which was presided over by the vice-president.

President Buhari is currently in Saudi Arabia for the lesser hajj.

Before his departure, the president presided over the council meeting on Wednesday, which lasted several hours.

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Osinbajo Receives Imo Merit Award



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been conferred the award of Grande Chancellor of Imo State.

Professor Osinbajo was conferred the honour at the Imo Merit Award ceremony which held in the state on Friday, May 17.

At the ceremony, Governor Rochas Okorocha who was the chief host, said the Vice President was being honored for his selfless services to the Nigerian people.

He urged young Nigerians to study and follow the footsteps of the Vice President who he described as a humble man with numerous achievements beneath his belt.

In his appreciation speech, Vice President Osinbajo said the award which came too him as a surprise, was a pleasant one.

Osinbajo said it is a great privilege and an honour to have been conferred with the “Unique recognition”.

“I must confess that I am most pleasantly surprised by this conferment,” Osinbajo said.

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He thanked the governor, the government and people of Imo State for the award and dedicated the honour to all Nigerians who are giving back selflessly to the society.

Osinabjo urged Nigerians to be more patriotic and give back to the nation.

“Having said all these, let me say that our nation, this nation which we all call ours deserve the very best that each and every one of us can give it….

“Wherever we find ourselves, it is important for us to recognise that true greatness, true significance, true contribution to our country does not require us to be Governors, Presidents or Vice Presidents, it only requires us to be concerned about the other person, to be concerned about how other people live, to be concerned about the down trodden  and those who cannot help themselves; and to be concerned about selfless service.”

Osinbajo’s award comes on the heels of the official commissioning of the Imo International Exhibition Centre in Owerri the state capital.

Osinbajo who was chief guest at the commissioning exercise commended the Imo State governor.

He said Okorocha’s legacy projects will be remembered for many years to come.

Osinbajo Visits Bauchi To Inaugurate Electrical Projects, Others

Osinbajo visits Bauchi State


Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has arrived Bauchi to inaugurate some electrical projects in the state.

Prof. Osinbajo who arrived on Saturday at the Tafawa Balewa International was received by the Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, members of the State Executive Council and party supporters.

The Vice President has however left in a chopper for Burra, Ningi Local Government Area, where he will inaugurate a rural electrification project and a shared facility for MSMEs and health schemes initiated by the state government.

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