Tanker Explosion: Buhari Mourns Onitsha Victims, Demands Actions To Stop Road Disasters

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed sadness over the death of a mother and her child as a result of an oil tanker explosion in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Reacting to the incident, President Buhari in a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said: “I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy.”

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“I also extend my sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap.”

The President, however, called for urgent precautionary measures to be applied to steam the tide of frequent road tragedies.

“While I express sadness over this tragedy, I must at the same time call for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.

“Safety precautions and routine maintenance are taken for granted by vehicle owners.

“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country, with a view to stemming the embarrassing frequency of these tragedies.”

‘I Pledge To Carry Everyone Along’, Buhari Tells Ex-Ministers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to carry everyone along on his last lap as a democratically elected leader.

He made the statement on Wednesday when he received some of the Ministers who served with him as military head of state between January 1984 and August 1985.

In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari recalled how things were done during the military administration.

A delegation led by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who served as Minister of External Affairs, had other former ministers including Major General Muhammed Magoro (Internal Affairs), Dr. Emmanuel Nsan (Health), Alhaji Ibrahim Yakima Abdullah (Education) and Brig-Gen Ahmed Abdullahi (Communications).

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President Buhari thanked the former Ministers “for being consistently in touch” and particularly lauded the military for building Abuja as new Federal capital for the country.

In response, Professor Gambari said the team came to congratulate the President on his achievements in security, foreign affairs, anti-corruption, education, and many others.

“We were appointed 35 years and nine months ago. Eighteen of us were sworn in. Your leadership was firm, but you also gave us a free hand to operate. You knew what each person was doing. We will never forget the opportunity you gave us. We remain patriots,” Professor Gambari said.

He commended the President on the newly constituted Economic Advisory Council, adding that the same should be considered for security and foreign affairs.

Buhari Orders Stoppage Of Salary For Workers Not Captured In IPPIS Platform

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Workers yet to be captured under the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform risk not being paid by the end of October 2019.

This was revealed by President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2020 budget presentation to the joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday.

President Buhari stated that a directive has been issued to stop the salary of any Federal Government in a bid to manage personnel cost.

“We shall also sustain our efforts in managing personnel costs.

“Accordingly, I have directed the stoppage of the salary of any Federal Government staff that is not captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform by the end of October 2019.”

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He added that strict compliance has been issued to all government agencies as regards fresh recruitment and severe sanctions will be issued to erring agencies.

“All agencies must obtain the necessary approvals before embarking on any fresh recruitment and any contraventions of these directives shall attract severe sanctions.”

Hope For Workers As Buhari Reflects New Minimum Wage In 2020 Budget

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has captured the new N30,000 minimum wage in the 2020 appropriation bill presented before a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.

This comes as a sigh of relief for workers and labour unions in the country, who had threatened to go on an industrial strike over delay in the implementation of the new wage.

President Buhari stated at the budget presentation, that the increase of N620.28 billion in non-debt recurrent expenditure is a reflection of the new minimum wage.

“The non-debt recurrent expenditure includes N3.6 trillion for personnel and pension costs, an increase of N620.28 billion over 2019.

“This increase reflects the new minimum wage as well as our proposals to improve remuneration and welfare of our Police and Armed Forces.”

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In a reaction, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed that the Federal Government plans to reconstitute a new committee to begin fresh negotiations for the full implementation new national minimum wage.

Senator Ngige, however, warned that the delay in agreement for the full implementation of the new minimum wage may put the Federal and State governments in a difficult position to pay because of the backlog that would arise.

NASS To Pass 2020 Budget ‘Before End Of This Year’, Says Lawan

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has stated that the 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari will be passed before the end of 2019.

Lawan, while addressing President Buhari at a joint session of the National Assembly, explained that the aim is to ensure that Nigeria’s budget cycle is returned to the January-December calendar year.

“The public, as well as the private sector, need a reliable budget cycle that is predictable and reliable for planning and execution of their financial policies and programmes.

“It is, therefore, necessary that the present cycle is changed to a January to December cycle. In this regard, the National Assembly and the Executive must work together to ensure the realisation of this important objective.

“In this regard, our committees will be expected to conclude their work on budget defence within October this year, the subsequent necessary legislative work will be carried out in November and December, leading to the eventual passage before the end of this year,” he added.

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The Senate President urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to appear before the committees for the defence of their budget estimate within October 2019.

“The National Assembly, after the receipt of the budget estimate today will swing into swift action to start work, both chambers have constituted their committees we are therefore ready to start processing the budget estimate.

“In order for timely passage, all MDAs are expected to appear before the committees for the defence of their budget estimate within the month of October. We have earmarked the month of October to be the sole window for all budget defence activities in this year by all MDAs.

“Clearly, this effort is to enable the FG provides those laudable objectives of physical infrastructure and socio-economic services to our citizens,” he said.

President Buhari on Tuesday presented the 2020 appropriation bill termed as a budget of Fiscal Consolidation to strengthen Nigeria’s macroeconomic environment.

National Assembly Set For 2020 Budget Presentation

An image of the National Assembly premises on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. The lawmakers await the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2020 budget presentation. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

All is set at the National Assembly for President Muhammadu Buhari to present the year 2020 appropriation bill.

The President is set to present the appropriation bill before a joint session of the National Assembly.

Security is beefed up at the National Assembly Complex in anticipation of the President’s arrival with journalists, and workers at the complex screened before entry into the premises.

The budget presentation is set for 2:00 pm and will be done in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

Senators are expected to move into the green chamber for the joint session.

President Buhari and members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had earlier held an extraordinary meeting at the State House in Abuja on Monday.

Members of the council at the meeting put touches on the fiscal document to tighten loose ends before the final presentation to the lawmakers.

This will be the first time the new leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly, Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, will host the president in the parliament.

Lawan and Gbajabiamila were, in June, elected Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

Buhari, 10 Governors And Ministers Depart Abuja For South Africa

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja for South Africa on a 3-day official visit. 

The three-day trip which comes against the background of recent xenophobic attacks will see both leaders discuss the welfare of Nigerians in the country, and find common grounds for building harmonious relations with their hosts.

While in South Africa, President Buhari will also hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in the country, with a view to sharing in their experiences and reassuring them of the government’s commitment to protecting their lives and property and promoting peaceful co-existence.

He will also preside over the South Africa/Nigeria Bi-National Commission along with his host, during which a progress report will be presented.

At the end of the meeting, both leaders will sign a joint communiqué.

The President and his delegation including Nigerian business representatives will also participate at a South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum with their host counterparts.

Buhari In New York For 74th UNGA

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in New York for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The president who departed Abuja on Sunday morning arrived in Manhattan at about 8:30 pm.

He will be the 5th on the list of presidents to address the assembly.

According to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffery Onyeama, President Buhari will use the opportunity to articulate the priorities of the Nigerian government to the world.

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He also noted that Nigeria is hoping to partake in engagements that will help the country have seats in several organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation, the World Heritage Committee, and the International Civil Aviation Council.

Nigeria will also be pushing for the UN’s support in the war on terror, the humane treatment of migrants, as well as Nigeria’s quest to recharge lake Chad.

 

 

Buhari To Attend UN General Assembly In New York

President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to New York, United States to participate in the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74).

President Buhari will depart Abuja for New York on Sunday to attend the conference which will be declared open on Tuesday, September 17.

This was disclosed on Wednesday in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina.

The President’s participation at this year’s gathering of world leaders coincides with Nigeria’s Presidency of UNGA.

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande was on June 4, 2019, elected as the President of UNGA74.

This marks the second time Nigeria would be occupying the position following late Major-General Joseph Nanven Garba’s election during UNGA44 in 1989.

The theme for UNGA74 is, “Galvanizing Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Action and Inclusion.”

Adesina in the statement added that President Buhari is scheduled as Number Five Speaker on the first day of the debates.

“The President is expected to underscore his administration’s commitment to building on the achievements of its three-point agenda following the renewal of his electoral mandate by the majority of Nigerians. He will also reaffirm Nigeria’s position on salient global issues.”

President Buhari and members of his delegation are expected to participate in the Climate Action Summit with the theme, “A Race We Can Win. A Race We Must Win,” convened by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres; the High-Level meeting organized by the President of UNGA74 on Universal Health Coverage with the theme, “Moving Together to Build a Healthier World”; UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development; High-Level Dialogue on Financial Development as well as High-Level Meeting to Commemorate and Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

In addition to the above meetings, the Nigerian delegation is expected to participate at the Side-Events organized by the country’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“These include: SDGs Integration – Bridging the Policy Planning – Budget Gap for the Achievement of SDGs, organized by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals; Promotion of International Cooperation to Combat Illicit Financial Flows and Strengthen Good Practices on Assets Recovery and Return to Foster Sustainable Development, organized by the Office of the National Coordinator/CEO, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development/African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) in collaboration with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption bodies.”

Adesina added that the meeting will further boost the profile of President Buhari as the African Union anti-corruption champion.

“The Federal Ministry of Water Resources is also organizing a side-event on Sanitation and Hygiene Campaign for a Clean Nigeria: Sharing Lessons and Key Insights.

“This is crucial for Nigeria as donor nations and organisations are willing to support the country’s target to end open defecation by 2025,” he said.

The Nigerian leader is also billed to hold bilateral meetings with some leaders of other delegations; chief executive officers of big companies keen to invest in the country; Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates on sustaining the polio-free campaign as well as issues on human capital projects and development.

Before returning to Abuja at the conclusion of his engagements, President Buhari will meet with a select group of top America-based Nigerian businessmen and potential investors.

The President will be accompanied to New York by Governors Abdullahi Sule, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Adegboyega Oyetola of Nasarawa, Kebbi and Osun States respectively; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmoud; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Also on the President’s delegation are: Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sa’adiya Farouk; Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; National Coordinator/CEO, NEPAD, Princess Gloria Akobundu; and Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.

Economic Council Team Competent, I Hope Buhari Listens To Them – Moghalu

A former Deputy Governor of the Central of Nigeria (CBN) Kingsley Moghalu on Tuesday said the members of the newly inaugurated Economic Management Team (EMT) are competent and he hopes President Muhammadu Buhari’s will listen to them.

Moghalu disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“This Council will advise the President but we hope that the President will listen to their advice. The team as composed in this Council is a competent team, there is no question about it.

“But we want to see that he will listen to their advice. When the Council advises the President, if the President agrees with their advice, he should now direct the ministers to execute these economic agendas,” he said.

Moghalu, who is also the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), explained that the ministers will not be part of the EMT because they are burdened with the responsibility of managing the nation’s economy.

The former Deputy Governor of the Central of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Kingsley Moghalu says the members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Management Team are competent.

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He also called on the Federal Government to effectively engage with and consult the private sector, adding that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo should be carried along with key economic decisions of the Council.

When asked of his views on President Buhari’s efforts to lift over 100 million Nigerians from poverty, Professor Moghalu noted that was a good initiative.

He concluded that for the feat to be made, the Federal Government must put in place the needed blueprint that will be a work in progress, adding that “a foundational economic philosophy for the Nigerian state” must be created.

Buhari Meets With IGP, Police Service Commission Leaders

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu.

Police Service Commission which is led by its chairman, Musiliu Smith is also at the meeting.

The leaders are at the presidential villa to present the Police Commissions annual report for 2018.

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The Inspector-General of Police is meeting with President Buhari barely few hours after he said unequivocally that the Federal Capital Territory is safe, secure and not under any form of siege.

Adamu noted that a comprehensive analysis of crime statistics on major cities across the world would reveal that Abuja has one of the lowest crime rates and remains indisputably one of the safest capital cities in the world.

Buhari Mourns Okonjo-Iweala’s Father

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President Muhammadu Buhari has described the passing to glory of Professor Obi Chukuka Okonjo, father of former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as a great loss to the nation.

Prof Okonjo, until his death, was a professor of mathematics, university administrator, international consultant and traditional ruler.

President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that the traditional ruler contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development with his uncommon wisdom of pursuing knowledge.

“The President believes that the wise and fatherly counsels, intellectual depth, and valuable insights of the scholar will be sorely missed by the family and entire nation, assuring that his place in Nigeria’s history is guaranteed.”

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He condoled with the late patriarch’s family and encouraged them to follow the same path.

“President Buhari affirms that the traditional ruler contributed immensely to Nigeria’s development with his uncommon wisdom of pursuing knowledge, encouraging his wife and children to follow the same path and sponsoring other people’s children to acquire quality education.

“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the elder statesman eternal rest and comfort his family.”