NTA.ng – Breaking News, Nigeria, Africa, Worldwide http://www.nta.ng Nigerian Television Authority | Africa's Largest Network Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:25:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Universal Health Coverage A Right, Says Saraki http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-universal/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-universal/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:25:27 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49501 President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a right of all Nigerians, irrespective of their stations in life. Saraki who disclosed this during the launch of the Legislative  Network for Universal Health Coverage in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement by his chief Press Secretary, Sanni

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Universal Health Coverage A Right, Says Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has described Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a right of all Nigerians, irrespective of their stations in life.
Saraki who disclosed this during the launch of the Legislative  Network for Universal Health Coverage in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement by his chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, also added that government at all levels must strive to situate the nation’s health resources to optimally service the people.
“Therefore, in addressing the issue of financing healthcare in a sustainable manner to reach all Nigerians, I believe it is possible to achieve Universal Health Coverage. It is the right of our people and we must achieve it,” he stated.
He further stated that the Legislative  Network for Universal Health Coverage’s platform is remarkable as it aims to strengthen institutional cooperation to advance legislative activities on health matters.
 
Saraki said: “As it is said, a healthy nation is a wealthy nation. In our efforts to revive the wealth of our nation, the health of our people must remain paramount. We must therefore, strive to situate our health resources to optimally serve our population. 
 
“As a nation, we have opted to adopt the Universal Health Coverage which seeks ‘to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them”, he stated.
 
According to the President of the Senate, the importance of the Universal Health Coverage cannot be overstated, “as our major role as legislators is to promote the welfare of our citizens; to ensure that effective healthcare systems are available to all Nigerians.”
 
“This informed the desire to draw in the cooperative efforts of both the National and State Assemblies targeted at developing health strategies that will work effectively for all,” Saraki said. “This for me is another rare opportunity for us to ensure that the legislative effort in both the National and State Assemblies are moving towards the same direction.”
 
He noted that the poor access to good healthcare especially in the rural areas was a challenge government at all levels must tackle through innovative thinking and dedication
 
“Going by a World Bank report, the state of the Nigerian health system is dysfunctional and grossly under-funded with a per capita expenditure of US$ 9.44,” Saraki said. “Therefore, addressing the issues in financing healthcare in a sustainable manner to reach all Nigerians call for the harmonization of legislative actions at both the National and States levels.”
 
He stated that while “the overall objective of the Summit is to launch a national Legislative Network on UHC, the specific objectives will enhance the knowledge base and understanding of strategies in the legislaturegeared towards achieving the goals of Universal Health Coverage. It is my hope that this framework will bring about the effective healthcare systems we envision for our country.”

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INEC Ends 1st Phase of Continuous Voter Registration Exercise in Kwara http://www.nta.ng/news/politics/20170724-inec-voter-exercise-kwara/ http://www.nta.ng/news/politics/20170724-inec-voter-exercise-kwara/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:43:38 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49499 voterThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded the first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Kwara and has commenced the display of the Voters’ Register, to enable voters make their claims and objections. INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Kwara, Mr Paul Atser, announced this on Monday in Ilorin, after inspecting the display

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has concluded the first phase of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in Kwara and has commenced the display of the Voters’ Register, to enable voters make their claims and objections.

INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Kwara, Mr Paul Atser, announced this on Monday in Ilorin, after inspecting the display of the register.
Atser said the display of the register would run for five days, to end on Friday, July 28.

“The display and filing of claims and objections will be carried out for five days, between Monday, July 24, and Friday, July 28, 2017,” Atser added.

He, therefore, called on the voters that had registered to strive to cross-check if their data were appropriately documented, during the display period.

Atser said the second phase of the CVR exercise would commence on July 31, 2017 and run for three months.

He appealed to all eligible voters who had yet to register, to do so during the second phase of the CVR exercise.

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Taraba Governor, Ishaku Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill into Law http://www.nta.ng/news/domestic/20170724-taraba-signs-anti-open-grazing-bill/ http://www.nta.ng/news/domestic/20170724-taraba-signs-anti-open-grazing-bill/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:35:55 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49495 anti-open grazing billGov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Monday in Jalingo, signed the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2017 into law. Speaking while appending his signature on the bill, the governor said the law became necessary to curtail incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers. He said the law would become operational on Feb. 24,

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Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Monday in Jalingo, signed the state Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Bill 2017 into law.

Speaking while appending his signature on the bill, the governor said the law became necessary to curtail incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

He said the law would become operational on Feb. 24, 2018 to enable the government sensitize all parties about its provisions.

Ishaku said: “Today is a historic day for the state as the law will usher in permanent solution to killings by herdsmen.

“Strange herdsmen with sophisticated weapons had terrorized farmers and the indigenous herdsmen over the years, destroying their crops and rustling their cows on daily basis.

“I believe that enacting a law is the best way out of the persistent crisis in the state for the benefit of all.”

The governor commended the state Legislature for passing the bill in spite of the pressure and media propaganda against it.

He said that opponents of the bill could not provide an alternative measure to bring peace to the farming communities.

He announced that government would establish pilot ranches, one in each of the three senatorial zones where herdsmen could graze their cattle.

He said that government would mobilise farmers to cultivate grasses for the cattle when the law becomes operational.

The state House of Assembly passed the bill on July 19. (NAN)

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Naira Rebounds Against Dollar At Parallel Market http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-parallel/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-parallel/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:31:02 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49493 The Naira on Monday regained strength against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The Nigerian currency gained one point to exchange at N365 to the dollar at the parallel market, stronger than N366 posted on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N475 and N420,

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Naira Rebounds Against Dollar At Parallel Market

The Naira on Monday regained strength against the dollar at the parallel market, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The Nigerian currency gained one point to exchange at N365 to the dollar at the parallel market, stronger than N366 posted on Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N475 and N420, respectively.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira traded at N362 to the dollar, while the pound sterling and the Euro closed at N417 and N419.

The Naira, however, depreciated at the investors’ window as it closed at N367.3 to the dollar.

Trading at the interbank market saw the Naira close at N305.8 to the dollar.

Traders said that activities at the market were at low key as stakeholders awaited the outcome of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

NAN reports that the Naira has remained stable for about two months due to the sustained interventions by the CBN at the foreign exchange market.

Traders urged the apex bank to continue to boost liquidity at the market

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Educating Girl-Child, Veritable Tool to Tackle Gender-Based Violence – NGO http://www.nta.ng/news/women/20170724-educating-girl-child/ http://www.nta.ng/news/women/20170724-educating-girl-child/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:23:13 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49492 educating girl-childA Benue-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), House of Hilkiah Foundation, says educating the girl-child is a veritable tool that can help to minimize gender-based violence in the country. The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Miss Dorothy Akende, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Makurdi. He, therefore,

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A Benue-based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), House of Hilkiah Foundation, says educating the girl-child is a veritable tool that can help to minimize gender-based violence in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Miss Dorothy Akende, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Makurdi.

He, therefore, urged the three tiers of government to focus more on girl-child education.

Akende said that the group had been involved in advocacy, encouraging communities to educate the girl child through its humanitarian services and education initiatives.

The founder of the NGO added that aside supporting education initiatives, the group had continued to fight retrogressive cultural practices on the girl child in the country.

She further said that giving quality education to the girl child would go a long way to empower her economically to be responsible for herself and family.

She advised against early marriage, saying that such practice exposed the girl child to more dangers.

Akende urged all communities in Benue and in the country at large to continue to speak against gender inequality and violence against the girl child, widows and women in general. (NAN)

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Anambra Govt. to Give Post-Training Assistance to 250 FADAMA III Trainees http://www.nta.ng/agriculture/20170724-anambra-train-fadama/ http://www.nta.ng/agriculture/20170724-anambra-train-fadama/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:13:07 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49488 Fadama IIIThe Anambra Government says it will provide support for the 250 beneficiaries of the FADAMA III Programme’s youths and women empowerment scheme in the state. The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Afam Mbanefo, said this on Monday at the opening of the training at Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, Awka North Local Government Area. News Agency of

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The Anambra Government says it will provide support for the 250 beneficiaries of the FADAMA III Programme’s youths and women empowerment scheme in the state.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Afam Mbanefo, said this on Monday at the opening of the training at Anambra State Polytechnic, Mgbakwu, Awka North Local Government Area.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the beneficiaries are currently receiving training in various aspects of agricultural production in three centres across the state.

Mbanefo, who expressed concern over the ageing farming population, said that the assistance in the areas of capacity building and business development would be given to the beneficiaries to ensure that they stayed in the business.

He urged the trainees to make the best use of the opportunity provided for them by FADAMA and the state government, while viewing it as a way of overcoming the current economic hardships.

“We are very logical with what we are doing and the government is working towards making you imbibe the ethics that will make our people begin to see the need to embrace agriculture.

“Facts available at our e-agriculture centre show that only 25 per cent of our farmers fall within the under-40 age bracket, while the ages of about 75 per cent of the farmers range between 40 and 80 years.

“What that means is that in 20 years time, our farming population would be tired.

“This is an opportunity for us to take over; you have not come to grab money but to feed our people and make money.

“The FADAMA project has a strong structure and we shall follow it up.

“The moment you are getting to this programme, we will hold your hands and make sure that we provide you with extension services, back you up by providing provide linkages, off-takers and all that you need to succeed.

“The trainers will go beyond the curriculum and give you the best,” he said.

He urged the participants to take the training seriously, assuring them that it would enhance their wellbeing.

The State FADAMA Project Coordinator, Mr Chucks Egbue, said that the beneficiaries were selected after a rigorous screening of over 450 applications.

Egbue said that other centres in the state included Nwafor Orizu College of Education and Federal College of Education, Technical (FCET), Umunze, with 75 trainees each, while 100 persons were receiving training at Mgbakwu.

He said that the trainees would receive training in animal husbandry, crop production, business development and public relations, among others, to boost their capacity to engage in agricultural ventures. (NAN)

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Obasanjo Advocates Africa Without Hunger http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-hunger/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-hunger/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:03:30 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49485 Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, called for a world without hunger in Africa through deliberate investment in infrastructure, research and development. Obasanjo made the call in his keynote address during the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan. According to the former president, the current population growth has

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Obasanjo advocates Africa without hunger

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday, called for a world without hunger in Africa through deliberate investment in infrastructure, research and development.

Obasanjo made the call in his keynote address during the 50th anniversary celebration of the
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan.

According to the former president, the current population growth has made it imperative to put the context of food security on the front burner, to avoid impending famine.

“From time immemorial, man’s history has been dotted with bouts of hunger and famine; attempts have been made to explain the nexus between famine and population.

“Current prognosis suggests that if current trends continue, the world’s population in 2050 will be in the neighborhood of 9.7 billion.

“It is in this context that food security of the world for present and future generations need to be discussed,” he said.

He said that Africa needed to embark on a path of agricultural transformation that makes agriculture the real engine for growth in economics of African countries.

“The food import bill of Africa has remained ridiculously high, hovering around 35 billion dollars per annum.

“This to say the least is not only unacceptable, but also unpardonable.

“Food demand is projected to rise by at least 20 per cent globally over the next 15 years, with the largest increases anticipated in Sub-Sahara Africa and East Asia.

“If nothing is done, the food import bill for Africa will continue to shoot even higher.”

Obasanjo said that zero hunger was possible if the leadership in Africa would leverage on the gains made through technology, innovation and research.

“It cannot be achieved on business as usual terms. It can only be achieved if all relevant institutions and actors will give agriculture the attention it deserves.

“Africa must increase its investment in agriculture, most countries are far from reaching the set target to allocate 10 per cent of all public expenditure to agriculture.”

He further called for increased support for research and development for the attainment of food security, wealth creation and employment generation.

Obasanjo also called for strategies to encourage women farmers in a more significant way, including access to land, resources and inputs.

In his remarks, Dr Kanayo Nwanze, a President of International Fund for Agriculture and Development (IFAD), said that Africa should take proactive steps to invest in infrastructure for agricultural development of the continent.

“Spending 35 billion dollars on food import annually is unacceptable; it means we are losing money that could be invested to strengthen our institutions.

“Now is the time for us to act and stop talking, 80 per cent of poor people are from the developing world.

“We must commit to developing our infrastructure and markets to grow and produce our own food,” he said.

Nwanze called for private sector investment in agriculture for sustainable transformation of the agricultural sector of the continent.

Mr Tony Elumelu, the Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation, said that to attain zero hunger, poverty and food security, in line with Sustainable Development Goals, youth unemployment must be addressed.

“For Africa to be in a position to feed the world and succeed as a continent, the issue of youth unemployment must be tackled.

“Agripreneur is a major instrument of wealth generation and employment opportunities for the teeming population of African youths,” he said.

Elumelu commended IITA for helping to promote research and development for agricultural revolution. (NAN)

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Edo Trains 2,100 Youths on Digital Marketing, Skills Development http://www.nta.ng/news/youth/20170724-edo-youths-digital-marketing/ http://www.nta.ng/news/youth/20170724-edo-youths-digital-marketing/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:59:32 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49481 digital marketingGov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo said that his administration in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goal in the Presidency would train 2,100 youths in the state. Obaseki said this in Benin on Monday at the commencement of a two-day training of the youths. He said that the youths

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Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo said that his administration in conjunction with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goal in the Presidency would train 2,100 youths in the state.

Obaseki said this in Benin on Monday at the commencement of a two-day training of the youths.

He said that the youths would be trained on digital marketing and entrepreneurial skills to boost employment opportunities for youths in the state.

The governor said that unemployed youths needed the right skills to make them employable and employers of labour.

Obaseki, who was represented by Mr Emmanuel Usoh, the state Commissioner of Wealth Creation, Cooperative and Employment, said the trainees were drawn from the Edo Job Creation Initiative, a platform established to generate statistics of unemployed youths in the state.

He said that those outstanding at the end of the training/workshop would be empowered to start their own businesses.

“The state government is ready to sharpen the entrepreneur skills of youths and also expose them to the vast opportunism inherent in the internet to advance their businesses.

“After the training, those who distinguished themselves would be empowered; we have partnership with the Bank of Industry, Central Bank of Nigeria on grants and loans to boost businesses in the state,’’ he said.

He tasked the trainees to develop good business ideas as well as good leadership skills so as to sell their ideas to the public.

Mr Tunde Oyasanya, the Press Secretary to the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said job creation was one of the SDGs and the Federal Government was determined to actualise it.

Oyasanya said that about 250,000 youths across the nation were expected to benefit from digit marketing training as it was cheaper and easier to promote businesses via the internet.

He said that empowerment of Nigerian youths would translate to poverty reduction, food sufficiency and sustainable development.

Mr Elijah Otor, a certified Google Trainer, said the day one of the training/workshop would to introduce participants to ways to grow their on-line presence and host their business Website

He said: “we are starting with an orientation course; we want to expose the participants to digital processes so that they will leverage on it to boost their businesses.” (NAN)

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Insurgency : FCT Police Arrest Fleeing Suspected Boko Haram Member http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-fleeing-2/ http://www.nta.ng/news/20170724-fleeing-2/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:46:47 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49483 The FCT Police Command said it had arrested a fleeing suspected Boko Haram member, Seth Yakubu, 20, in Gwako area of Gwagwalada Area Council. The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Kimo, who made the disclosure at a news conference, said the suspect was arrested on Sunday after a tip-off on his suspicious behaviour in

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Insurgency : FCT Police arrest fleeing suspected Boko Haram member

The FCT Police Command said it had arrested a fleeing suspected Boko Haram member, Seth Yakubu, 20, in Gwako area of Gwagwalada Area Council.

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Kimo, who made the disclosure at a news conference, said the suspect was arrested on Sunday after a tip-off on his suspicious behaviour in the village.

He said the suspect was arrested after he was found in a suspicious manner in the village by the villagers who alerted the police.

“This young man seth Yakubu from Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, yesterday at 1130 hrs at Gwako Village in Gwagawalada was found in a suspicious manner, the police was alerted and he was arrested,“he said.

Kimo said the suspect who confessed to his membership of the boko haram group, escaped to the village from the Sambisa forest after being dislodged by the military.

“He further stated that he left Maiduguri on Friday and arrived Gwako village on Saturday at about 10:00 p.m. to conceal his identity and seek refuge,“he said.

The commissioner said that aside from being the second-in-command in his unit, the suspect confessed to have actively participated in several deadly attacks by the group.

Kimo said the suspect said he was lured to join the group in October 2016 with a promise of an automatic enlistment into the Nigerian Army.

He advised community leaders to guard against harbouring strangers, especially those without clear mission.

Kimo also enjoined residents and its environs to be vigilant and always report any strange and suspicious persons to the police.

“Upon the identification of any strange face in a community, the nearest police formation can be alerted or the FCT police command emergency help-lines,“he said.

The commissioner described the arrest as a renaissance of community policing, being canvassed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

He said that the suspect would be arraigned in court after completion of investigation.

Yakubu who spoke to newsmen, said that he was given a form to fill for enlistment into the Nigerian Army.

He said that he was taken to Zaria for a military training after which he was given a substance that would change his mind.

“After giving us that thing they told us that we are not members of the Nigerian Army but we are going to help the Boko Haram to fight the Nigerian Army to convert Nigeria into an Islamic country,“he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Police Command in Kano State had on July 23 arrested five suspected Boko Haram members at Gayawa village of Ungogo Local Government Area of the state.

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Lagos 3000MW Power Generation Initiative On Course – Ambode http://www.nta.ng/news/infrastructure/20170724-initiative/ http://www.nta.ng/news/infrastructure/20170724-initiative/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:35:33 +0000 http://www.nta.ng/?p=49478 Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State  on Monday said his administration had embarked on reforms aimed at generating 3000 MW of power within the next few years. Ambode said this while declaring open the 7th Annual Public Lecture of the Lagos State Public Service Chapter (LSPSC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

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Lagos 3000MW Power Generation Initiative On Course – Ambode

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State  on Monday said his administration had embarked on reforms aimed at generating 3000 MW of power within the next few years.

Ambode said this while declaring open the 7th Annual Public Lecture of the Lagos State Public Service Chapter (LSPSC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

The theme of the lecture was  “Lagos at 50: Unlocking Its Economic Potentials for Sustainable Development.’’

He said that the power initiative would go a long way in scaling up the state’s economy and making  life more comfortable for the people.

Ambode said that adequate power supply was a key factor needed to unlock the economic potentials of the state, adding that the sector remained strategic in reducing the cost of doing business.

He described the theme of the lecture as apt and in sync with the resolve of his administration to identify, explore and exploit the untapped potentials of the Lagos economy.

Ambode also said  that was one of the reasons why the state government was adopting the approach of strategic, innovative and long term thinking and planning.

The governor added that the most effective and efficient way to unlock the economic potentials of Lagos was to open up the economy for private enterprises  to thrive.

Ambode explained that it was for this reason that his administration had been delivering first class infrastructure and putting in place right policies to ensure a business-friendly environment.

The governor attributed the ongoing projects at the Eastern and Western axis of the state as well as Lagos Marina and Onikan to the resolve of his administration to unlock the tourism, entertainment and arts potentials of the state.

“Our smart city initiative will help to ensure that the state is cleaner, safer, productive and then more resilient thereby making the state more attractive for Foreign Direct Investment.

“Upon assumption of office in 2015, our administration created the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment and subsequently launched the N25 billion Employment Trust Fund and as at today, over 3000 entrepreneurs have benefited from the fund through access to low cost credit for their business.

“Lagos State is also actively involved in the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), a body comprising of  all the South-Western States.

“Through DAWN and other platforms, we are working on a collaborative development plan, a regional economic integration which will help to minimise some of our current challenges such as high immigration, infrastructure deficit and traffic congestion.

“Government is committed to diversifying the Lagos economy and opening  it up to the world.

“With the office of Transformation and Innovation, we are continually improving on the ease of doing business in the state.

“Consequently, we are continually open to welcoming and partnering with international investors and development partners toward  achieving sustainable economic and social development,” he said.

Ambode, who  said government alone could not implement all the reforms,  urged  accountants in the state’s  public service to see themselves as key stakeholders in bringing about the desired outcome.

He charged them to be the best in their endeavours and help to strengthen the financial base of the state to facilitate execution of infrastructural projects vital to economic growth and development.

Earlier, ICAN President, Mallam Isma’ila Zakari, described Lagos State as a typical example of sustainable development in Nigeria.

He said that it was important for other states in the country to learn from the experience of the state and apply same to address their challenges.

Zakari, who was represented by Dr Innocent Okwuosa, an accounting lecturer with University of Reading, UK, said: “Lagos is a shining example in Nigeria.

“If every other state in Nigeria followed what Lagos is doing, perhaps all the issues confronting us as a nation would have been resolved.

“Lagos has gotten human capital and good leadership exemplified by the accountant at the helm of affairs in the state.

“Sustainable development is inclusive development and that is what Lagos is doing,”

In his  address of welcome, the Chairman, Lagos State Public Service Chapter of ICAN, Mr Hakeem Tairu, said the lecture was significant coming at a time when the state was witnessing tremendous development.

Tairu said that  development in the state was cutting  across all sections and sectors of its economy. (NAN)

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