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LINATV NEWS: INSECURITY WILL SOON FIZZLE OUT- SAYS AIR FORCE COMMANDER

LINATV NEWS: INSECURITY WILL SOON FIZZLE OUT- SAYS AIR FORCE COMMANDER

Nigerian Air Force has assured Nigerians especially communities in Niger state affected by activities of the insurgents that it will soon be a thing of the past.

The Commander 013 Quick Response Force, Niger State, Air Commodore Solomon Lazarus made the disclosure when he played host to management of LinaTV who were on familiarization visit to the Force in Minna.

According to him “the security agencies are doing their best and soonest the issue of in security will eventually fizzle out.

He further call on the people to report any suspicious persons to the right authorities.

Earlier, the CEO/MD Eliza Media Limited, Celine Moses Alkali assured the Commander of better working relationship in the area of information dissemination.

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LINATV NEWS: THUNDER STRIKE KILLS CATHOLIC PRIEST IN BENUE

LINATV NEWS: THUNDER STRIKE KILLS CATHOLIC PRIEST IN BENUE

A Catholic Priest, in charge of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church Jootar in Ukum local government area of Benue State, Rev. Father Faustinus Ukenongo Gundu was on Thursday struck to death by thunder.

Confirming the death on Friday, the Catholic Diocese of Katsina-Ala, expressed shock over the tragic demise of the priest whom many called albino.

Lina TV gathered that as the rain continued, the late priest reportedly rushed outside to pick a towel he spread outside in his residence when he was caught up by the lightning and became speechless in the rain when he fell down until he was discovered by his servants who rushed him to a nearby hospital where doctors confirmed him dead.

Chancellor of the Diocese, Rev. Father Akumbul, Phelle Fidelis, in a statement, said the death occurred around 3:25pm at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

Worshippers at the church and residents are still astonished over the incident.

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LINATV NEWS CBN LIFTS BAN ON IMPORTATION OF CLOTHES, RICE, POULTRY, CEMENT 39 OTHER ITEMS

LINATV NEWS CBN LIFTS BAN ON IMPORTATION OF CLOTHES, RICE, POULTRY, CEMENT 39 OTHER ITEMS

As part of its responsibility to ensure price stability, the CBN will boost liquidity in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market by interventions from time to time, The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has on Thursday announced that it has restored the 43 items prohibited from access to the foreign exchange (FX) window in 2015.

The CBN reiterates that the prevailing Foreign Exchange rates should be referenced from platforms such as the CBN website, FMDQ, and other recognised or appointed trading systems to promote price discovery, transparency, and credibility in the FX rates.

According to a statement signed by the CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Isa AbdulMumin, “as part of its responsibility to ensure price stability, the CBN will boost liquidity in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market by interventions from time to time. As market liquidity improves, these CBN interventions will gradually decrease.

“Importers of all the 43 items previously restricted by the 2015 Circular referenced TED/FEM/FPC/GEN/01/010 and its addendums are now allowed to purchase foreign exchange in the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market.

“The CBN is committed to accelerating efforts to clear the FX backlog with existing participants and will continue dialogue with stakeholders to address the issue.

“The CBN has set as one of its goals the attainment of a single FX market. Consultation is ongoing with market participants to achieve this goal. Participants and the general public are to be guided by the above.”

In June 2015, the Central Bank announced that some 41 items were “Not Valid for Foreign Exchange” because they could easily be produced in Nigeria rather than being imported into the country.

Some of the affected items include rice, cement, margarine, palm kernel, palm oil products, vegetable oils, meat and processed meat products, vegetables and processed vegetable products, poultry, tomatoes/tomato paste, soap and cosmetics, and clothes.

Other items include private aeroplanes/jets, Indian incense, tinned fish in sauce, cold rolled steel sheets, galvanized steel sheets, roofing sheets, wheelbarrows, head pans, metal boxes/containers, enamelware, steel drums and pipes, wire mesh, steel nails, wood particle boards, and panels.

Equally affected were security and razor wire, wood particle and fibre boards and panels, wooden doors, furniture, toothpicks, glass/glassware, kitchen utensils, tableware, tiles (vitrified, ceramics), textiles, wooden fabrics, plastic/rubber products, polypropylene granules, and cellophane wrappers.

The apex bank subsequently added fertilizer and maize/corn to the list of banned items.

The CBN’s decision to lift the ban on the 43 items signifies a major step in resolving the country’s forex crisis.

It should be recalled that, over the past four months, the naira has depreciated by over 50 per cent at both the authorized and unauthorized market segments, after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced in June that it had collapsed all forex windows into the Investors and exporters (I&E) window.

The move, according to the apex bank, is part of the Nigerian government’s efforts to improve liquidity and stability in the market and attract foreign investors into the Nigerian economy.

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BREAKING: President Tinubu to Appoint New EFCC chairman

BREAKING: President Tinubu to Appoint New EFCC chairman

President Bola Tinubu is set to appoint Olanipekun Olukoyede as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Olukoyede, a lawyer, served as secretary of the EFCC for two years under former acting chairman Ibrahim Magu.

He was suspended from office along with Magu in 2020 and has not been recalled.

Before his role as secretary, Olukoyede was Magu’s chief of staff.

His appointment, which requires Senate confirmation, is expected to be announced “very soon,” according to sources familiar with the development.

Olukoyede’s nomination is said to be controversial because he has no experience in law enforcement or investigation. He is also seen as being too close to Magu, who was himself a controversial figure.

However, Olukoyede’s supporters say he is a qualified lawyer with experience in compliance management, corporate intelligence, and fraud management, Premium Times reports. He is also said to be a certified fraud examiner.

If the Senate confirms his nomination, Olukoyede will be the first Nigerian from the South to lead the EFCC.

However, there are concerns that Mr Olukoyede may not be qualified for the job. There are statutory requirements for the appointment of the EFCC boss which Mr Olukoyede may not meet.

Section 2(3) of the EFCC Act, 2005, stipulates that a chairman of the commission “must be a serving or retired member of any government security or law enforcement agency not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police or equivalent; possess not less than 15 years experience.”

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NIGER GOV’T REMINDS PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS OF THEIR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HOST COMMUNITIES

NIGER GOV’T REMINDS PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS OF THEIR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO HOST COMMUNITIES.

By Bala Yahaya.Minna.

Niger State government has reminded private organizations in the state of their corporate social responsibilities to their host communities.

The Commissioner Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Ahmed Baba Suleiman Yumu made the suggestion when he led the management of the Ministry on an advocacy visit to the North-South Power Company, Shiroro Hydro Dam.

The statement issued by the Director of Media and Strategy of the Ministry, Habibu Wushushi said that the Commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Barrister Mairo Mohammed Mann noted that the visit was aimed at building synergy between the ministry and the company.

The statement added that Ahmed Yumu enumerated some of the areas that are begging for intervention, construction, renovation, furnishing of schools, building of permanent IDP camps, provision of portable drinking water, as well as healthcare facilities among others.

The Commissioner reiterated that the administration of Governor Umar Mohammed Bago will not take lightly any company that shies away from its corporate responsibilities.

According to the Commissioner, “Nigerlites have accorded hospitality to all corporate organisations in the state, therefore, it is expected that your organizations reciprocate the gestures by empowering youths in the host communities on vocational skills training, sponsoring them on local and international studies, provide farmers with agricultural types of machinery, seedlings, insecticides, herbicides, and special breeds of cows”.Suleiman said.

He also enjoined the private companies to always make needs assessment studies of what the people require before extending assistance to them, noting that the hardship faced by victims of natural and man-made disasters is attributed to the activities of some organizations such as North-South company, Shiroro Hydro Dam.

“We advise you to package a media action plan in collaboration with the Ministry of Humanitarian to sensitise riverine communities using local languages to avert flooding and submerging of farmlands as a result of spillage of water from the dam”.

“If we refuse to allow the poor to sleep, the rich will also not sleep” the Commissioner emphasised.

Earlier, the Chief Operating Officer of the company, Ugochukwu Chiweke appreciated the presentation made by the Permanent Secretary, while assuring her that the company shall henceforth work directly with the Ministry on all issues of humanitarian services for the benefit of the entire state.

He explained that he was confident in the capacity and expertise of the management of the ministry, promising that the distribution of any humanitarian aides would reach its target.

The officials of the ministry were later conducted around all the sections of the 600-megawatt hydro dam comprising the turbines, control rooms, and administration.

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INT’L DAY OF GIRL CHILD:NGO URGES GOVT TO ADVANCE RIGHTS OF GIRL CHILD IN NIGER

INTL DAY OF GIRL CHILD:NGO URGES GOVT TO ADVANCE RIGHTS OF GIRL CHILD IN NIGER.

By Bala Yahaya.Minna.

A non-governmental organization (NGO), Esteemed Hub Foundation has stressed the need for governments at all levels to advance the rights, opportunities and well-being of girl children, by investing in girl education, promoting gender equality and fostering a supportive environment.

The Executive Director, of Esteemed Hub Foundation, Princess Duoosugh Agbadu made the plea during an awareness campaign to Mariam Babangida Girls Science College Minna, as part of activities to mark the 2023 International Day of Girl Child, with the theme, “Investing in Girls Right, our leadership, our well being”.

Princess Agbadu noted that the campaign was aimed at creating awareness of the importance of the day, especially for the girls on the need for them to always remove anything that would cause low safe esteem on them.

Princess Duoosugh represented by the Admin Officer of the foundation, Dominic Eigbegbea stated that the girls were reminded to always be bold and take charge and ensure that nobody marginalizes them.

“Our message to the girls in the street who don’t have parents to send them to school is that, they should not give up, continue to be hardworking, don’t be lazy, and believe that as long as you are living, one day, somebody will send you to school and get the basic education that would enable her to express herself in the society”.Duo said.

The Executive Director had earlier unveiled Africa Activits for Climate Justice club in the school.

According to her, “We will run the club for three months, from October to December, adding that every week, our team will come round to educate the girls on the importance of tree planting, preservation of the environment, global warming as well as climate justice”.

The Esteemed Hub Foundation is in partnership with Education as a Vaccine(EVA), with support from the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

Earlier in his remarks, the Vice-Principal Admin, Mariam Babangida Girls Science College, Mr. Steven Tajero described the awareness campaign by the Esteemed Hub Foundation as an added advantage to the girls in the process of their learning.

Mr Tajero explained that the foundation has impressed the school management and the students, pointing out that the awareness had also impacted positively on the life’s of the students.

“We are excited because our students have learned new things and it will reflect in their academic performance”.Steven added.

Highlights of the campaign were the distribution of learning materials to students.

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LINATV NEWS FINAL STRAW: PRESIDENT TINUBU WANTS APEX COURT TO DISMISS FORMER VP, ATIKU’S ELECTION APPEAL

LINATV NEWS FINAL STRAW: PRESIDENT TINUBU WANTS APEX COURT TO DISMISS FORMER VP, ATIKU’S ELECTION APPEAL

Nigeria’s President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has called on the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal filed by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election, submitting that the tribunal was correct in arriving at its verdict and affirming his election.

President Tinubu, in a response filed over the weekend, described the appeal as “abusive in nature” and prayed for its dismissal.

The president insisted that the appellants failed to prove all their allegations and submissions at the tribunal.

He added that “neither the appellants have demonstrated any reason why this honorable court should disturb any of the findings of the lower court, which, with all modesty are rooted in law and perfect demonstration of scholarship.

“We accordingly urge this honourable court to affirm the decision of the lower court, while dismissing this appeal in its entirety, as same is lacking in merit and bona fide.

“Everything put together or summarized, this appeal is a further demonstration of the abusive nature to which the appellants have subjected court processes. The supreme court is urged to dismiss it.”

Tinubu’s appeal to the Apex court comes after Abubakar and the PDP filed a 35-ground notice of appeal, alleging that the tribunal’s findings were done with “grave errors and gross misrepresentation”, which resulted in a miscarriage of justice.

The appellants are praying the Supreme Court to set aside the entire findings and conclusions of the tribunal.

Recall that the Tribunal, on September 6, dismissed the petition brought to it by Atiku and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Peter Obi

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LINATV NEWS: MINISTER OF INFORMATION & ORIENTATION TASKS FEDERAL MEDIA HOUSES TO EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY

LINATV NEWS: MINISTER OF INFORMATION & ORIENTATION TASKS FEDERAL MEDIA HOUSES TO EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris Malawi, has charged federal media organizations to take advantage of technology and use their vast reach across the nation towards re-orienting citizens for peace, unity, and development.

The Minister in a statement by Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, Suleiman Haruna made the remarks on the second day of the familiarization tour of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), the Voice of Nigeria (VON) and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) under his Ministry.

While saying the media organizations are the nation’s ace broadcast media organization, and a widely known and respected brands in households across the country, the Minister said they are the nation’s news vendor and conveyor belt for the good news coming out of Nigeria to the world.

He added that they have made immeasurable contributions towards informing and enlightening Nigerians, building bridges of cooperation across the country’s diversity, and contributing to democracy and national development.

As veritable platforms, the minister charged the media platforms to promote the ideals of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as well as the successes being recorded under the Renewed Hope Agenda to audiences across Nigeria and beyond.

He disclosed that technology has always been a game-changer, and even more so in the 21st century, noting that for media organizations to compete in a crowded field, technology must be a priority.

Furthermore, he acknowledged their efforts in engaging with global audiences and providing a platform for international discourse through eight important languages, which are crucial for Nigeria’s image and diplomatic endeavours.

Idris also noted that remarkable innovations have been made by VON to expand its reach through the deployment of a massive Rotatable Transmitter.

He encouraged them to use cutting-edge technology to increase their presence, especially online, to ensure that Nigeria’s voice is heard and understood across the globe.

The Director General, FRCN, Dr. Mansur Liman, Director General, VON, Osita Okechukwu, as well as Acting Managing Director, NAN, Mr. Abduhadi Khalil, received the Minister in their various organizations and conducted him around their facilities.

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NIGER ASSEMBLY PASSES N230,300 BILLION SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET

NIGER ASSEMBLY PASSES N230,300 BILLION SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET

Niger State House of Assembly has expressly passed into law a supplementary budget of N230,300 billion for the 2023 appropriation bill.

The Speaker, Barrister Abdulmalik Sarkin Daji while passing the bill said the supplementary budget is to enable the government to fund critical projects that will stimulate growth and development of the entire economy.

He stated that the supplementary budget was necessitated by expected additional inflow from UBA of one hundred and eighty-seven billion naira, Federal Government infrastructural grant of forty-two billion naira and NCNI series three bonds of one point three billion.

According to him, the capital expenditure comprised over N211 billion while the recurrent expenditure is over N19 billion.

Barrister Sarkin Daji said the budget affected personnel, overhead and capital expenditure adding that all the capital projects are viable and are in line with the priority of the government.

Earlier, the speaker announced an emergency sitting of the house on Tuesday which was recalled back from recess in which the house unanimously agreed to refer the bill to the committee on appropriation for further scrutiny.

The passage of the supplement budget is coming barely after about one month of releasing 25% to many contractors worth billions of naira in Niger state.

Report by Daniel Atori

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Federal Government to Commence Partial Commercialization of River Basins across the Country

Federal Government to Commence Partial Commercialization of River Basins across the Country.

As part of efforts to enhance Food Production and to boost Economic Development of Nigeria, the Federal Government said it will commence the partial commercialization of River Basins across the Country.

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Joseph Utsev disclosed this when he paid a visit to the Tiga Dam built by the Former Governor of Kano State and Police Commissioner, Audu Baki, some 50 years ago.

It should be noted that the over 50 year old Dam which has Canals and small Dams linked up to Lake Chad trough Kamadugu River Basin in Yobe State, was constructed on 1.4 Billion cubic Water Capacity, and was done on some 5 Million combined Kano/Jigawa Population then.

The Minister expressed serious concerns about the illegal tapping of the Dams by some irrigation Farmers across the multiple Canals of the Tiga Dam.

According to him, “We cannot neglect these set of Farmers because we have to fully document and bring them into the partial Commercialization of the River Basin so that there would be full irrigation Farming.

“The main purpose of constructing the Dam is for Irrigation Farming, flood control and energy generation, and yet 50 years later, the Dam was not fully utilized which calls for the needed Commercialization.

“The government is ever ready to partner commercial farmers who are interested in boosting food production for us to have full Food security in the Country and even allow exportation of the Products.

“They should come and register with us, and we will allow them to tap water from the Dam.”

He however lamented that, farmers are tapping water illegally from the canals and this according to him will have negative impact.