Buhari Approves New Board For NTA, Others

Buhari at his office The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has a new board led by a former Newspaper Editor and former Presidential Spokesman, Mr Duro Onabule.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday approved the new board which consists of six other Executive Directors.

They are: Dr. Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

Some other appointments were also announced in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.

“Under the Ministry of Information and Culture, the following agencies have new appointees: Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr. Chika Maduekwe, General Manager; National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria, Comrade Tar Ukoh, Artistic Director; National Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General; National Film and Video Censors Board, Folorunsho Coker, Director-General,” the statement read.

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will also serve as the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), while Mr Mustapha Maihaja is to serve as the agency’s Director-General.

According to the statement, other members of the NEMA Board are: “The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr David Babachir Lawal; Captain Talba Alkali, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation; Ambassador Rabiu Dagari, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr. Ngozi Azadoh, Ministry of Health; Mr Muhammadu Maccido, Ministry of Interior; Mr Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye; Ministry of Water Resources, Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, Nigerian Armed Forces; and AIG Salisu Fagge Abdullahi, Nigerian Police Force”.

The President’s spokesman said the appointments are to take immediate effect.

Buhari Condoles With General Gowon On Sister’s Death

President Muhammadu Buhari is celebrating a Prince of Sokoto and former Nigeria's High Commissioner to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami, on his 79th birthday.Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), over the passing away of his younger sister, Kande Martha Audu.

The President, who called from London, extended his deepest condolences to General Gowon and his family, urging them to take solace in the fact that Mrs Audu lived a worthy and exemplary life.

“Death is an inevitable end that must come to all mortals, and we must keep praying and working to ensure that we live a life that pleases our Creator and benefits humanity,” Buhari said.

He also prayed that God would comfort the grieving family and grant rest to the soul of Mrs Audu.

General Gowon, who thanked President Buhari for the commiserations, assured him that he would not relent in praying for the unity and progress of the country, adding that Nigerians are also praying for the President’s quick recovery.

This was revealed in a statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

President Buhari Appoints Akabueze DG Budget Office

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of his Special Adviser on Planning, Mr Ben Akabueze, as the new Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation.

The appointment was made public on Thursday in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“Mr Akabueze takes over from Mr Tijani Mohammed Abdullahi who will now serve as Special Adviser to the President on Planning and will continue to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning,” the statement read.

Both Mr Akabueze and Mr Abdullahi joined the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in February this year.

“Their redeployment is part of an ongoing exercise aimed at further re-positioning the Ministry to effectively deliver on its core mandate,” the statement read.

Buhari In UK For London Anti-Corruption Summit

Muhammadu Buhari in London Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived in London for the Anti-Corruption Summit which will begin at the Lancaster house on Thursday.

President Buhari’s jet touched the Heathrow airport at 5:10pm, local time and he was received by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, the National Security Adviser, Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom (UK).

In an interview with reporters on arrival in London, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mister Femi Adesina, said the fact that the President was invited to speak at the summit laid credence to President Buhari’s commitment to the fight against corruption.

President Muhammadu Buhari hopes to push for faster repatriation of stolen funds

President Buhari is attending the Summit amidst comments by the British Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron that described his nation as ‘fantastically corrupt’.

Mr Cameron was caught on camera telling Queen Elizabeth that UK would host some ‘fantastically corrupt’ countries on Thursday, mentioning Nigeria and Afghanistan as part of that category.

The Nigerian government had responded to that comment, saying it did not reflect the current administration’s efforts in the fight against corruption.

Anti-Corruption Summit: Buhari’s Advance Party Leaves Sunday Night

south sudanPresident Muhammadu Buhari’s advance party is expected to leave Nigeria on Sunday, May 8, to the United Kingdom ahead of the President’s arrival on Tuesday, May 10.

The summit is holding in the British capital on Thursday, May 12.

A pre-summit conference of development partners, the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Transparency International and other civil society groups will also hold on Wednesday, May 11.

At the pre-summit conference, President Buhari is billed to deliver a keynote address titled: “Why We Must Tackle Corruption Together”.

The theme of the Anti-Corruption Summit is ‘Exposing Corruption, Tackling Corruption and Driving Out Corruption’.

President Buhari is once again expected to urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

The President’s delegation to the Summit will include the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami and the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina , said the President was one of the world leaders scheduled to speak at the opening session of the Anti-Corruption Summit with others, including Prime Minister Cameron and the President of World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

“As an internationally recognised leader in the global fight against corruption, President Buhari will play a prominent part in the summit which will be hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain with many other Heads of State and Government in attendance.

“In his address to the summit and interactions with other participating leaders, President Buhari will urge the international community to move faster on the dismantling of safe havens for the proceeds of corruption and the return of stolen funds and assets to their countries of origin.

“The President will also reaffirm his administration’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption and the Federal Government’s readiness to partner with international agencies and other countries to identify, apprehend and punish corrupt public officials,” the statement read.

Before returning to Abuja on Friday, May 13, the President is expected to have a separate meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss ongoing Nigeria-Britain collaboration in the war against corruption and terrorism, as well as other issues, including trade and economic relations between both countries.

Buhari To Reaffirm Nigeria’s Right To Use Nuclear Energy For Development

Muhammadu Buhari On Nuclear Energy President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja for Washington DC on Wednesday, to reaffirm Nigeria’s right to use nuclear energy for development.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said in a statement on Tuesday that the Commander-in-Chief would join President Barack Obama and about 60 other world leaders and heads of international organisations at the 4th Nuclear Security Summit which opens at the United States’ capital on Thursday.

At plenary sessions of the summit which is dedicated to reinforcing international commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, President Buhari would insist that while Nigeria continues to sustain that commitment, world powers must respect the right of other countries to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for development purposes.

The President would also reaffirm Nigeria’s stance that international efforts to ensure greater security of nuclear materials should maintain a balance between nuclear non-proliferation obligations and the indisputable right of Nigeria and other countries to harness nuclear energy and technology for socio-economic development.

“It will be recalled that at a meeting with him in Abuja earlier this month, President Buhari told the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr Yukiya Amano, that the Federal Government will welcome greater support from the agency for Nigeria’s aspiration to begin the generation of electricity with nuclear energy.

“While in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, the President and his delegation which includes Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd.) and the Director-General of Nigeria’s Nuclear Regulatory Agency, Professor Lawrence Anikwe Dim, will also hold bilateral meetings with other participating Heads of Government and high-ranking United States Government officials,” the statement read.

President Buhari would depart Washington DC for Abuja on Sunday.

Woman Donates Pension To Buhari’s War Against Corruption

BuhariA pensioner, Mrs Rose Julius, has donated her entire monthly pension of 10,000 Naira to support the Buhari administration’s war against corruption.

Mrs Julius, who retired as a cleaner from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, also promised to contribute 1,000 Naira monthly out of her pension towards the rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons.

She said that she was making the donation because she was convinced that the President is a tested man of integrity, who can be trusted to restore the lost glory of Nigeria and drastically curb corruption in the country.

The pensioner also commended President Buhari’s efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency and rehabilitate displaced persons.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, who received the donation on behalf of the President, thanked Mrs Julius for her faith in the Buhari administration.

“We have a pact with Nigerians to change things for the better and we are on the right track. President Buhari and his team are working tirelessly to revamp the economy, combat terrorism and curb corruption,” the President’s aide said.

We Will Urgently Develop Agriculture, Buhari Tells Saudi Businessmen

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said that his administration was fully committed to increasing the productivity of Nigeria’s agriculture and solid minerals sectors.

This, he said will save the nation from the harsh effects of the lower crude oil prices.

Speaking at a meeting with leading members of the Council of Saudi Arabia’s Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, President Buhari revealed that with declining revenues from crude oil exports, Nigeria’s hopes of economic resurgence now lie in the rapid development of its immense agricultural and solid mineral resources.

Inviting Saudi Arabian businessmen to invest in both sectors, the President said  his administration will welcome greater foreign investments in support of its efforts to rapidly diversify the Nigerian economy.

According to a statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said that Nigeria had regrettably depended too much on crude oil exports to the neglect of other resources and was now paying a harsh price for failing to diversify its economy early enough.

“With the downturn in the global prices of oil, we now have to protect our solid minerals. We have to return to agriculture.

“Mining and agriculture are our hopes now. We will welcome investments in these areas. We will appreciate an in-flow of more resources and expertise to help us achieve our objective of economic diversification,” the President said.

The Chairman of the Council of the Saudi Arabian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Dr Abdulrahman Al Zamil, said that agriculture was a very important area of investment for its members, adding that they were already in Brazil, the United States of America and Sudan, “where we have huge farms.”

Declaring that they were willing to invest in Nigeria, Dr Abdulrahman Al Zamil said that the Saudis were the leading investors in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Part of the President’s delegations are the governors of Osun, Ogun, Katsina, Borno, and Zamfara States who took turns to address the Saudi Arabian businessmen on investment possibilities in their states, with the assurance of good returns.

President Buhari Appoints Tolu Ogunlesi Head Of New Media

Tolu-OgunlesiPresident Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Tolu Ogunlesi, as his Special Assistant on Digital and New Media.

Mr Ogunlesi’s appointment was announced on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

Ogunlesi, a renowned blogger and journalist, graduated from the University of Ibadan in 2004, and obtained an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom in 2011.

Before his appointment, Ogunlesi had worked as a Features Editor and Editorial Board member of NEXT Newspaper.

He also worked as a West Africa Editor for the Africa Report magazine from 2014 to 2015.

Ogunlesi is a two-time winner of the CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards, and a 2015 New Media Fellow of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP).

He would be assisted by Bashir Ahmad, who is a Personal Assistant to the President on New Media.

Buhari Condoles With Victims Of Kano Market Fire

FEC-BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with victims of the fire outbreak in the popular Singa Market in Kano.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari was deeply saddened by the destruction of very valuable goods and property in the inferno.

The statement further stressed that the President shared in the pain and anguish of all hardworking Nigerians who lost their wares and belongings in the unfortunate fire incident.

He assures those who suffered losses from the fire incident that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to support the efforts of the Kano State government to ameliorate their plight.

Property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in the incident.

Although there were no loss of life or injury, eyewitnesses, who spoke to Channels Television off camera, said the fire started from a local tea seller and later spread to other parts of the market.

Buhari To Participate In Africa 2016 Business Forum In Egypt

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will depart Nigeria on Friday for Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to take part in the Business for Africa, Egypt and the World Forum.

A statement on Thursday by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said the forum would open in the Egyptian resort town on Saturday, February 18.

It is being organised by the Egyptian government under the auspices of the African Union Commission.

The forum’s objective is to accelerate private sector engagement and investment within Africa and promote the development of African ties and partnerships.

President Buhari, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt and the Presidents of Togo, Sudan, Kenya, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, as well as the Prime Minister of Ethiopia are among confirmed speakers at the forum.

Other confirmed speakers include the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina and the President/CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote.

President Buhari would be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, alongside the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelama.

The President is expected to return to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital at the conclusion of the forum.

Buhari Congratulates Nigeria’s World Scrabble Champion

LaKE CHAD-BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated Wellington Jighere, a Nigerian who has emerged World Scrabble Champion in Perth, Australia.

President Buhari made the call on Sunday evening to felicitate with the Nigerian, who is the first ever from Africa.

Wellington Jighere (36) defeated Lewis Mackay of Cambridge, England, by 448 points to 426 to win the Championship which was competed for by 450 players from around the world.

Indomitable Nigerian Spirit

According to a statement from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President congratulated the entire team on their success.

“I called to rejoice with you over your performance. You have done the country proud, and we are very happy. Please, pass my congratulations to other members of Team Nigeria,” President Buhari told Jighere.

The new Champion Jighere was delighted at the phone call from the President, and pledged to bring more glory to the nation.

Five other Nigerian representatives finished in the top 50 scrabble players in the world bracket.

President Buhari also congratulated Nigeria’s U-20 female football team, Falconets, for their success, qualifying for the U-20 Women World Cup.

He said: “This is a clear case of the indomitable Nigerian spirit. Such will soon be evident in all aspects of our national life”.

The Falconets had walked a tight rope after scraping just a 2-1 win over South Africa in Nigeria two weeks ago. With the away goal counting double rule, all that South Africa needed today was a single goal, but the Nigerian girls turned the table.

He said “This is a clear case of the indomitable Nigerian spirit. Such will soon be evident in all aspects of our national life”.