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CHRISTIAN YOUTHS COMMEND GOV BAGO FOR APPOINTING FORMER CPS AS SPECIAL ADVISER

CHRISTIAN YOUTHS COMMEND GOV BAGO FOR APPOINTING FORMER CPS AS SPECIAL ADVISER

Youths under the auspices of All Progressives Congress (APC) Christian Youths of Niger state have commended Governor Umar Bago for appointing former Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel Berje as Special Adviser.

While congratulating the newly appointed Special Adviser on women and Affirmative Action, the group urged her to continuously work towards a brighter future for women in the state.

In a congratulatory message, Secretary General APC Christian Youths, Joseph Gbanban Tsado stated the association is convinced that the appointee’s wisdom, vision and passion will greatly contribute to the advancement of women’s right and equality in the state.

According to Tsado, “Mary Noel Berje’s appointment is not just in recognition of her dedication and capabilities but an evidence of her commitments to positive changes and empowerment of women in the state.”

Aisha Gambo Danazumi

 

 

 

 

 

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Niger Governor Appoints 26 New Special Advisers

Niger Governor Appoints 26 New Special Advisers

Niger State Governor, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago has called on the newly appointed special advisers to give in their best and bring to bear their wealth of experience for the growth and development of the state.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, the governor while congratulating them, said their appointments were based on their track records of achievements.

The special advisers, 26 in number are Alh. Mohammed Nma Kolo; Political Matters, Hon. Mohammed Bello Mariga; Legislative Matters, Barr. Manko Bagudu; Legal Matters/Government House Counsel, Alh. Mohammed Nda; Economic Matters, Mall. Isah Audu; Public Service Matters, Comrade Adams Mohammed Erena: Labour Matters, Dr. Isah Adamu; Governance and Reform, Hon. Abdulmalik Usman Dakachi; Traditional Institutions.

Others are Hon. Kabiru Abbas; Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Umar Sanda Abubakar; Policy and Strategy, Yusuf Kolo (Rtd. C.P); Heinous Crime and Substance Abuse, Alqassim Abdulkhadir; Inter-Governmental and Development Partners, Hauwa Bako Mohammed; Social Investment Programme, Ndajiya Abdullahi Nma (Phd); Solid Mineral/Bida Basin, Hon. Habila Daniel; Ecological Matters.

Also on the list are Mary Noel-Berje; Women and Affirmative Action, Hon. Ibrahim Mohammed Panti; Ward Development Programme, Mr. Goerge Dike; Inter-Tribal Matters, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu; Girl Education Initiative, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa; Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), Alh. Baba Ndama; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The rest are; Mohammed Tijjani Wakili; Security Matters, Abdullahi Suleiman; Sports Development, Dr. Mahmud Mamman; Planning and Statistics, Tsalha Mohammed Buhari; Sanitation Matters, and Remi Makun; Corporate Social Responsibility.

This brings the number of Special Advisers to thirty under the present administration.

COV… Harajana Umar Ragada
08/08/2023.

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Niger Assembly Health committee promises to make case for improved budget line for PHC

Niger Assembly Health committee promises to make case for improved budget line for PHC

…Targets Abuja 15% commitment

… As Commissioner designate assures of sustainability

Niger State House Committee on Health and Primary Health Care has assured that, it will do its best to actualize the Abuja 15 percent commitment.

This it should be noted is its resolve to focus on improving domestic funding and other policies to Child and Family Health.

Chairman, House Committee on Health and Primary Health Care, Hon. Umar Nasiru said over the weekend that the committee would liaise with the State Accountant General and Ministry of Finance to ensure the increase and timeline release of funds.

Other states in the north that are ranked to have fulfilled their commitment in their 2023 budgets; Jigawa (16.14%), Sokoto (15.72%) and Kano (15.37%) and also neighbouring Kaduna (14.71%) which is nearing the benchmark.

Speaking when he played host to the Niger State PAS Partners and the dRPC under the PACFaH@ Scale project at the State House of Assembly Complex, Hon. Nasiru said the Committee will meet with the House and ensure they convince members to ensure quick approval.

According to Nasiru, “we will see to the allocation of budget line to Child and family Health Issue areas; Family Planning (FP), Routine Immunization (RI) and Childhood Killer Diseases and also improve on the funding.

Also, when the team visited the Executive Director, Niger State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) who is also a Commissioner Nominee, Dr. Ibrahim Dangana he assured that, he will sustain the effort.

According to Dr. Dangana “I will do my best to see that the agenda is at the front burner. One of the things that we need to do is to strengthen the Concept of MoU agreement with partners.

“Develop sustainable strategic plan for the continuation of the just concluded Four year PHC-MOU signed between Niger State and the Bill and Mallinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and other Partners that supported the State to strengthen integrated PHCs system. As the MOU finished last year 2022, there is urgent need to come up with plans for sustainability.”

Earlier, Dr. Aliyu Yabagi Shehu called on the Chairman of the Committee to encourage the State Government to fulfill the 2001 Abuja Commitment with priority allocation to PHC as contained in the declaration, by earmarking 15% of its total State budget to health sector in the budget of 2024.

According to him “this will put the state in the league of other states in the north that are ranked to have fulfilled their commitment in their 2023 budgets; Jigawa (16.14%), Sokoto (15.72%) and Kano (15.37%) and also neighbouring Kaduna (14.71%) which is nearing the bench mark.

“Support the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA) to relate with relevant stakeholders in the Local Government Areas for the fulfilment of the 15% allocation from LGA revenues to SPHCDA to further strengthen the Primary Healthcare Under One Roof (PHCUOR) Policy Implementation and improve primary health care services in Niger State”.

Furthermore, Dr. Yabagi called on the Commissioner nominee to lend his voice and advice Niger State Government as an expected potential member of the State Executive council to consider and include the agenda projected by PAS in the health sector Agenda.

While congratulating him on his nomination as commissioner in the cabinet of the new administration, Dr. Yabagi charged him to impress on the Government to address some of the issues confronting effective health care service delivery in the State which according to him “are ultimately Inadequate funding allocation and releases to the health sector which are seen as hindrances to the actualization of the Universal Health Coverage in Niger State.”

The team leader added that “if those agenda are adopted and considered by this administration, it will go a long way to addressing some of the issues/challenges around health sector, hence enhance the achievement of the desired Universal Health Coverage in Niger State.”

Daniel Atori

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Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago was at the 12th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Abuja.

APC NEC MEETING

Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago was at the 12th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Abuja.

The meeting which was also attended by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President, Kashim Shetima, APC Governors and Law makers as well as other top officials, ratified the former governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and former spokesperson of the Senate, Sen. Ajibola Basiru as the National Chairman and National Secretary of the APC respectively.

The ratification followed the recommendation of the duo by the National Caucus of the party after the recent resignation of the erstwhile National Chairman, Sen. Adamu Andullahi and National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore.

The new National Chairman pledged to reposition the party for greater heights.

Bologi Ibrahim
Chief Press Secretary
to the Governor of Niger State.

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MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM THE SCREENING OF NIGER STATE MINISTERIAL NOMINEE, ALHAJI MOHAMMED IDRIS (MALAGI)

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS FROM THE SCREENING OF NIGER STATE MINISTERIAL NOMINEE, ALHAJI MOHAMMED IDRIS (MALAGI)

In a recent Senate screening session, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi, the nominee from Niger State, outlined his vision for a digital Nigeria, highlighting key points aimed at propelling the nation into the forefront of the digital age. With a background as the Publisher of Blueprint Newspaper and CEO of WeFM, coupled with being a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Malagi’s insights carry weight and potential for significant impact.

1. Investment in Digital Assets: Malagi stressed the urgent need for more substantial investment in Nigeria’s digital assets to meet international standards. Recognizing the importance of technological advancement, he emphasized that this investment would play a pivotal role in catapulting Nigeria to a prominent position on the global stage.

2. Training and Retraining Media Workers: The nominee highlighted the significance of adequately training and retraining media workers to maximize the potential of digital equipment. By ensuring the workforce is well-equipped with the necessary skills, Nigeria can leverage its human capital to drive progress in the digital sphere.

3. Enabling Environment for Private Sector-Driven Economy: Malagi advocated for creating an enabling environment that encourages a private sector-driven economy. He believes that such an environment will foster increased engagement and opportunities for young people, ultimately curbing unemployment and taking more individuals off the streets.

4. Collaboration between Government and Private Sector: The nominee emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts between the government and the private sector. Malagi sees this as a crucial step in achieving sustainable growth and development, encouraging private sector participation in the nation’s economic advancement.

5. Focus on Transparency and Accountability: Malagi stressed the significance of providing credible information to the public, underscoring its role in promoting transparency and accountability in resource management. He pledged to prioritize communication and ensure that Nigerians are well-informed.

6. Combating Fake News: Recognizing the challenges posed by the proliferation of fake news, the nominee expressed his commitment to leveraging Nigeria’s digital assets to counter misinformation and ensure accurate and reliable information dissemination.

7. Embracing Digital Media for Campaigns: Drawing from his experience as Tinubu’s Director of Strategic Communication during the campaigns, Malagi highlighted the need to utilize digital media effectively to promote campaign manifestos and engage with the electorate.

8. Advancing Broadcasting Technologies: While praising the efforts of institutions such as FRCN and NTA, Malagi urged a focus on adopting advanced technologies to enhance the quality of broadcasting, particularly improving picture quality for better viewer experience.

Overall, Alhaji Mohammed Idris Malagi’s vision for a digital Nigeria encompasses several critical aspects essential for the nation’s growth in the digital era. His emphasis on investment, skills development, private sector involvement, and effective communication makes him a promising candidate for the ministerial position. As the screening process continues, stakeholders are hopeful that the Senate recognizes the value of his vision for a prosperous and technologically advanced Nigeria.

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Hon. Andrew Doma Advocates Government’s Support for Enhanced Security in Shiroro LGA, Enabling Contractors to Resume Ereña Road Construction

Hon. Andrew Doma Advocates Government’s Support for Enhanced Security in Shiroro LGA, Enabling Contractors to Resume Ereña Road Construction

The Niger State House of Assembly has passed a motion presented by Hon. Andrew Doma JP, urging the executive arm of the state government to request adequate security measures from the federal government.

The motion calls for increased security in Shiroro Local Government Area, enabling contractors to resume work on the long-abandoned Erena Road construction project.

Hon. Andrew Doma, who represents the people of Shiroro constituency, has shown his dedication towards the welfare of his constituents. He has demonstrated that he is committed to serving the best interests of the people, who have been neglected for far too long.

In a remarkable display of dedication to his constituents, Hon. Andrew Doma JP, the elected representative for Shiroro constituency, has affirmed his commitment to their well-being. Recognizing the long-standing neglect faced by the people, Hon. Doma has emerged as a beacon of hope and a voice for positive change.

As effects of Hon. Doma’s actions continue to echo, he humbly requests the support and prayers of the people of Shiroro LGA. Recognizing the value of collective effort, Hon. Doma believes that together, their collective voice and unwavering support can bring about substantial positive change.

 

COV… Harajana Umar Ragada.

1st August, 2023.

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GOVERNOR UMARU BAGO JOINS EMINENT NIGERIANS AS MUAWIYYA BABANGIDA ALIYU SON OF FORMER GOVERNOR DR. MU’AZU BABANGIDA ALIYU AND ZAINAB SHEHU TIE THE KNOT

GOVERNOR UMARU BAGO JOINS EMINENT NIGERIANS AS MUAWIYYA BABANGIDA ALIYU SON OF FORMER GOVERNOR DR. MU’AZU BABANGIDA ALIYU AND ZAINAB SHEHU TIE THE KNOT

 

Niger State Governor, Rt. Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago was among the eminent Nigerians that attended the Wedding Fatiha of Muawiyya Babangida Aliyu, the son of the former governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and Zainab Shehu.

 

The wedding Fatiha took place at Al-Noor Mosque, Ibrahim Babangida Way, Wuse 2, Abuja.

 

The Islamic Scholar, Professor Isah Ali Ibrahim Pantami who conducted the marital rites enjoined the couple to maintain a healthy marriage in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and Hadith.

 

Speaking to journalists after the wedding Fatiha, Governor Umaru Bago encouraged the new couple to be patient in their marriage life as it is one of the ingredients to a successful marriage life .

 

He also prayed that God will bless their union and make it a successful one.

 

“I encourage them to be patient. Marriage is all about being patient and persevering. I pray for them to have a blissful marriage and for Allah to bless them”, he said.

 

Father of the groom, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, advised the couple not to allow third party in their union.

 

“Don’t get other people involved in your marriage. The moment you are married, no more parental reporting”, he advised.

 

The immediate past governor of Niger State and Senator representing Niger North, Sen. Abubakar Sani Bello also wished the couple “a happy married life and healthy children”.

 

Other dignitaries at the wedding Fatiha were some former State governors, former Ministers, lawmaker representing Niger East, Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa, former Deputy Governors of Niger state, Niger State government officials, APC stalwarts and traditional rulers among others.

 

Bologi Ibrahim

Chief Press Secretary

  1. to the governor of Niger State

28/07/2023.

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TEXT OF THE NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU TO NIGERIANS ON CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

TEXT OF THE NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU TO NIGERIANS ON CURRENT ECONOMIC CHALLENGES.

AFTER DARKNESS COMES THE GLORIOUS DAWN

My fellow citizens,

I want to talk to you about our economy. It is important that you understand the reasons for the policy measures I have taken to combat the serious economic challenges this nation has long faced.

2. I am not going to talk in difficult terms by dwelling on economic jargon and concepts. I will speak in plain, clear language so that you know where I stand. More importantly, so that you see and hopefully will share my vision regarding the journey to a better, more productive economy for our beloved country.

3. For several years, I have consistently maintained the position that the fuel subsidy had to go. This once beneficial measure had outlived its usefulness. The subsidy cost us trillions of Naira yearly. Such a vast sum of money would have been better spent on public transportation, healthcare, schools, housing and even national security. Instead, it was being funneled into the deep pockets and lavish bank accounts of a select group of individuals.

4. This group had amassed so much wealth and power that they became a serious threat to the fairness of our economy and the integrity of our democratic governance. To be blunt, Nigeria could never become the society it was intended to be as long as such small, powerful yet unelected groups hold enormous influence over our political economy and the institutions that govern it.

5. The whims of the few should never hold dominant sway over the hopes and aspirations of the many. If we are to be a democracy, the people and not the power of money must be sovereign.

6. The preceding administration saw this looming danger as well. Indeed, it made no provision in the 2023 Appropriations for subsidy after June this year. Removal of this once helpful device that had transformed into a millstone around the country’s neck had become inevitable.

7. Also, the multiple exchange rate system that had been established became nothing but a highway of currency speculation. It diverted money that should have been used to create jobs, build factories and businesses for millions of people. Our national wealth was doled on favourable terms to a handful of people who have been made filthy rich simply by moving money from one hand to another. This too was extremely unfair.

8. It also compounded the threat that the illicit and mass accumulation of money posed to the future of our democratic system and its economy.

9. I had promised to reform the economy for the long-term good by fighting the major imbalances that had plagued our economy. Ending the subsidy and the preferential exchange rate system were key to this fight. This fight is to define the fate and future of our nation. Much is in the balance.

10. Thus, the defects in our economy immensely profited a tiny elite, the elite of the elite you might call them. As we moved to fight the flaws in the economy, the people who grow rich from them, predictably, will fight back through every means necessary.

11. Our economy is going through a tough patch and you are being hurt by it. The cost of fuel has gone up. Food and other prices have followed it. Households and businesses struggle. Things seem anxious and uncertain. I understand the hardship you face. I wish there were other ways. But there is not. If there were, I would have taken that route as I came here to help not hurt the people and nation that I love.

12. What I can offer in the immediate is to reduce the burden our current economic situation has imposed on all of us, most especially on businesses, the working class and the most vulnerable among us.

13. Already, the Federal Government is working closely with states and local governments to implement interventions that will cushion the pains of our people across socio-economic brackets.

14. Earlier this month, I signed four (4) Executive Orders in keeping with my electoral promise to address unfriendly fiscal policies and multiple taxes that are stifling the business environment. These Executive Orders on suspension and deferred commencement of some taxes will provide the necessary buffers and headroom to businesses in the manufacturing sector to continue to thrive and expand.

15. To strengthen the manufacturing sector, increase its capacity to expand and create good paying jobs, we are going to spend N75 billion between July 2023 and March 2024. Our objective is to fund 75 enterprises with great potential to kick-start a sustainable economic growth, accelerate structural transformation and improve productivity. Each of the 75 manufacturing enterprises will be able to access N1 Billion credit at 9% per annum with maximum of 60 months repayment for long term loans and 12 months for working capital.

16. Our administration recognises the importance of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the informal sector as drivers of growth. We are going to energise this very important sector with N125 billion.

17. Out of the sum, we will spend N50 billion on Conditional Grant to 1 million nano businesses between now and March 2024. Our target is to give N50,000 each to 1,300 nano business owners in each of the 774 local governments across the country.

18. Ultimately, this programme will further drive financial inclusion by onboarding beneficiaries into the formal banking system. In like manner, we will fund 100,000 MSMEs and start-ups with N75 billion. Under this scheme, each enterprise promoter will be able to get between N500,000 to N1million at 9% interest per annum and a repayment period of 36 months.

19. To further ensure that prices of food items remain affordable, we have had a multi-stakeholder engagement with various farmers’ associations and operators within the agricultural value chain.

20. In the short and immediate terms, we will ensure staple foods are available and affordable. To this end, I have ordered the release of 200,000 Metric Tonnes of grains from strategic reserves to households across the 36 states and FCT to moderate prices. We are also providing 225,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer, seedlings and other inputs to farmers who are committed to our food security agenda.

21. Our plan to support cultivation of 500,000 hectares of farmland and all-year-round farming practice remains on course. To be specific, N200 billion out of the N500 billion approved by the National Assembly will be disbursed as follows:

-Our administration will invest N50 billion each to cultivate 150,000 hectares of rice and maize.

-N50 billion each will also be earmarked to cultivate 100,000 hectares of wheat and cassava.

22. This expansive agricultural programme will be implemented targeting small-holder farmers and leveraging large-scale private sector players in the agric business with strong performance record.

23. In this regard, the expertise of Development Finance Institutions, commercial banks and microfinance banks will be tapped into to develop a viable and an appropriate transaction structure for all stakeholders.

24. Fellow Nigerians, I made a solemn pledge to work for you. How to improve your welfare and living condition is of paramount importance to me and it’s the only thing that keeps me up day and night.

25. It is in the light of this that I approved the Infrastructure Support Fund for the States. This new Infrastructure Fund will enable States to intervene and invest in critical areas and bring relief to many of the pain points as well as revamp our decaying healthcare and educational Infrastructure.

26. The fund will also bring improvements to rural access roads to ease evacuation of farm produce to markets. With the fund, our states will become more competitive and on a stronger financial footing to deliver economic prosperity to Nigerians.

27. Part of our programme is to roll out buses across the states and local governments for mass transit at a much more affordable rate. We have made provision to invest N100 billion between now and March 2024 to acquire 3000 units of 20-seater CNG-fuelled buses.

28. These buses will be shared to major transportation companies in the states, using the intensity of travel per capital. Participating transport companies will be able to access credit under this facility at 9% per annum with 60 months repayment period.

29. In the same vein, we are also working in collaboration with the Labour unions to introduce a new national minimum wage for workers. I want to tell our workers this: your salary review is coming.

30. Once we agree on the new minimum wage and general upward review, we will make budget provision for it for immediate implementation.

31. I want to use this opportunity to salute many private employers in the Organised Private Sector who have already implemented general salary review for employees.

32. Fellow Nigerians, this period may be hard on us and there is no doubt about it that it is tough on us. But I urge you all to look beyond the present temporary pains and aim at the larger picture. All of our good and helpful plans are in the works. More importantly, I know that they will work.

33. Sadly, there was an unavoidable lag between subsidy removal and these plans coming fully online. However, we are swiftly closing the time gap. I plead with you to please have faith in our ability to deliver and in our concern for your well-being.

34. We will get out of this turbulence. And, due to the measures we have taken, Nigeria will be better equipped and able to take advantage of the future that awaits her.

35. In a little over two months, we have saved over a trillion Naira that would have been squandered on the unproductive fuel subsidy which only benefitted smugglers and fraudsters. That money will now be used more directly and more beneficially for you and your families.

36. For example, we shall fulfill our promise to make education more affordable to all and provide loans to higher education students who may need them. No Nigerian student will have to abandon his or her education because of lack of money.

37. Our commitment is to promote the greatest good for the greatest number of our people. On this principle, we shall never falter.

38. We are also monitoring the effects of the exchange rate and inflation on gasoline prices. If and when necessary, we will intervene.

39. I assure you my fellow country men and women that we are exiting the darkness to enter a new and glorious dawn.

40. Now, I must get back to work in order to make this vision come true.

41. Thank you all for listening and may God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.