Nowreporternews Sep 22, 2020 12:17 PM
1) Buhari receives Ghanaian President, Akufo-Addo
President Muhammadu Buhari and his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Akufo-Addo, met on Sunday night in Aso Rock, Abuja.
Buhari Sallau, Personal Assistant to the Nigerian president on Broadcast Media, made this known on his Twitter handle.
“President @MBuhari receives in audience Ghanian President H.E. @NAkufoAddo in State House on 20th Sep 2020,” the presidential aide said.
Though details of the meeting are still sketchy, it is believed issues around shops belonging to Nigerian residents in Ghana being shut will feature in the discussions.
Relationship between the two countries had centered around the issue recently, prompting the visit of th Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to Ghana.
2) Again, Obasanjo’s sermon on Nigeria
Well, Obasanjo may, perhaps, have made more than enough enemies – in and outside this country – for himself, it will be unwise to ignore the ‘weighty message’ bothering on nation building and survival, which he has brought up at this critical time of our national existence.
To begin with, we can’t deny the fact that Nigeria, as we speak, is bleeding, and in need of urgent and all-encompassing attention! As a matter of fact, the whole country would have been adjudged dim-witted if wise counsels like the one in discourse are discarded simply because the bearer of the counsel is a certified rogue.
Looking at the merits of his arguments, have Obasanjo’s accusers realized that those issues he raised can be supported by true empirical facts, which have nothing to do with sentiments? For example, if the former president said that Nigeria “is fast drifting to a failed state”, is she not, already?.
If she is not at the moment, is she not speedily on her way towards becoming a pariah state? If he said that the country’s political actors have raped democracy, has it not been raped? If OBJ, as he is fondly called, described dear country as “becoming a basket case and poverty capital of the world”, for God’s sake, isn’t the picture on ground looking even gloomier? Is Nigeria not currently seated, comfortably, as the 6th miserable, and the 3rd poorest nation on earth? Is she not in bottom 10 in child flourishing, of course, below Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and South Sudan? On the Global Corruption Index, is she not 146th?
3) Edo poll: Buhari has never used federal might to rig elections, says el-Rufai
Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, says President Muhammadu Buhari has never abused the concept of federal might.
El-Rufai made the statement on Monday while commenting on the Edo state governorship election which was held on Saturday.
Godwin Obaseki, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), polled 307,955 to defeat Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who secured 223,619 votes.
Speaking when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a programme on Channels Television, el-Rufai said he was optimistic that the APC would win the election.
According to him, indications pointed out that the ruling party would emerge successful until three weeks to the poll.
He said “unlike past governments”, Buhari allowed the will of the people to prevail in the election.
“We’d have loved to win. Quite frankly, I was optimistic up to three weeks ago because there was indication that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last two, three weeks of the campaign. As you know, a large number of voters make up their minds in the last two weeks of election, many voters decide no matter what happens, this is how I’m voting, ” el-Rufai said.
“Three weeks ago, the polls clearly showed that APC is going to win but the results came out differently from what we expected. There was very little violence or none at all. So, Obaseki has won, that’s it.L
4) Survival Fund: FG releases registration schedule as portal opens Monday
As the portal for the registration of prospective beneficiaries for the Survival Fund opens on Monday, the Federal Government has released the timetable for categories of businesses to register.
A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by the Project Delivery Office stated that the portal which opens at 10 PM, will have educational institutions as the first category of beneficiaries to register.
“Nigerians interested in the Payroll Support scheme are to note that the site for registration will be open from 10 pm Monday September 21, 2020.
“In order to ensure seamless registration process, the Project Delivery Office (PDO) has designed a registration schedule.
“Registration for Payroll Support will start with educational institutions on Monday and will be followed with businesses in the hospitality industry on Friday September 25 beginning from 12 A.M.
5) ‘No Development Without Peace’: Buhari Calls For Unity In Kaduna
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday asked all indigenes of Kaduna to cooperate with the government and security agencies to secure “peace and harmony in the state.”
The President made the plea during his speech at the fifth edition of the KADINVEST, the state’s annual economic and investment forum.
Buhari’s call for peace comes amid recent efforts to secure the state from incidents of violent crimes.
For example, Southern Kaduna has endured ethnic violence this year, prompting the federal government to send Special Forces to the region.
Earlier on Monday Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said he was committed to ending the Southern Kaduna issue, which he says dates back 40 years ago.
“We must live together as brothers and sisters because, without peace, development cannot take place,” Buhari said at the end of his speech, which was effusive with praise for the state government’s work in promoting job-creating investments and building infrastructure.
6) North-East elders renew call for sack of service chiefs, say level of insecurity unbearable
President Muhammadu Buhari has again been asked to listen to calls from different quarters for the sack of the nation’s service chiefs.
A coalition of North-East Elders for Peace and Development made the call on Sunday.
In a statement by its chairman, Zanna Goni the group said’ “We’ve seen that the security situation under the current service chiefs has reached an unbearable state.
“There’s no denying the fact that at this moment, the entire nation is distressed by the incessant mindless killing of our citizens and pillaging of defenceless communities by insurgents, bandits and kidnappers.
“There’s no denying the fact also that these have resulted in indescribable agony, anguish and torment to the Nigerian citizens.”
7) Niger govt sacks 80% staff in education ministry, says they forged certificates
The Niger State government has sacked 80% of staff in the state education ministry saying it discovered that they forged their certificates.
This was disclosed by a committee the government commissioned to screen all categories of civil servants in the state.
The chairman of the screening committee, Ibrahim Panti, who disclosed this at the weekend noted that the syndicate behind the printing of the fake certificates of the state College of Education, Minna, had been arrested by the police.
He also said that five members of staff of the institution had also been arrested by the police over the matter.
According to Panti, a printer arrested for his involvement in the crime, confessed to police when being interrogated that he printed and sold fake certificates to many, which they used to gain employment both in the state and outside of it.
Panti said, “The screening has been so revealing that 80 per cent staff of the state Ministry of Education are not genuinely certificated.
“During the exercise, many of them could not even write their names or speak correct English.
“Most of them are teachers and one wonders the type of knowledge they have been imparting on the students.”