News Summary 13/02/2017; Senate Committee On Ecological Other Budget Defense

News Summary

Senate Committee On Ecological Other Budget Defense

Chairman Senate committee on ecological and climate change Abba Bukar Ibrahim has urged the ministry of environment and its Parastatals to upscale their records in revenue generation and management of funds to accommodate their policies and Programs.

This was when some agencies under the ministry defended their 2017 budget.

Special Update on Abuja Kaduna Highway

Ahead of the proposed closure of the Nnamdi Azikwe international airport, Abuja and relocation of flights to the Kaduna airport, emergency repair work on the Kaduna Abuja dual carriageway is nearing completion.

The minister of state for power, works and housing was at the project site to monitor the quality and pace of work towards meeting the February 26th deadline.

Deputy Senate President Refutes Allegations

Deputy senate president Ike Ekweremadu has refuted allegations of diverting funds meant for development of the south east into buying thirty two personal properties.

A statement issued by his special adviser on media Uche Anichukwu described the allegations as false and an orchestrated campaign in concert with some political forces to malign the person of Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Yobe LG Election

With peace effectively taking root in communities liberated from the Activists of insurgents in Yobe state, local council election was conducted in Gujba local government area with an impressive turn-out.

Before now such elections were in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

Presidential Change of Guard Parade

The Nigerian army guard’s brigade says it is not affected by the recent directive to withdraw the army from providing security to the president.

To this end, it has carried out its weekly ceremonial change of guard’s parade at the cenotaph, Abuja.

FG On Tractor Hiring Scheme

The federal government is to adopt a system that allows farmers access to heavy duty equipment to boost food production targeting one million tractors in the next five years.

Minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh says Nigeria will sign an agreement with the Brazilian government on production and supply of tractors.

Minister Charges River Basin MDS

There have been attempts to revive Nigeria’s 12 water river basin development authorities over time.

A retreat organized by the ministry of water resources is aimed at evolving ways and means of repositioning the ailing authorities to live up to their mandate of boosting agricultural activities.

Focus On High Cost of Food Items

With the bumper harvest recorded during the 2016 wet season, it is expected that the prices of food items will drop going by the law of demand and supply.

But the reverse is the case as Nigerians especially those in the urban centers are faced with high cost of food items while farmers on the other hand are happy with the development.

In this report, agriculture correspondent Musa Baba Aliyu takes a look at factors responsible for the development and the steps being taken by government to change the trend.

Special on Housing Fish

Over the years successive governments in Nigeria have made efforts to address the housing needs of Nigerians, especially civil servants so as to enhance their productivity for national development but without much success.

With the establishment of the federal integrated staff housing programme, fish by the present administration, key players in the sector are optimistic that the programme will help address the housing deficit.

Adebola Brooksyln Sunday in this report x-rays the programme specifically designed to alleviate the challenges faced by federal civil servants.

Nigeria Good Governance Inaugurates State Chairman

In line with the present administration’s drive for transparency and accountability, the Nigeria good Governance group has inaugurated its first state chairmen who are tasked to carry out work that will sustain this vision of President Muhammadu Buhari.

National Quranic Competition Closing

Senate president Abubakar Bukola Saraki says as leaders, they are aware of the burden of leadership as contained in the Quran.

He stated this during the closing ceremony of the 2017 national Quranic recitation competition held in Ilorin, Kwara state.

Mrs. Buhari Back from Lesser Hajj

The wife of the president, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari is back from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia after performing the lesser-hajj.

The wife of the president arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport Abuja Saturday afternoon.

Bolt Leads All Stars to Win

Usain bolt led his all-stars team to the inaugural nitro athletics trophy with two winning runs on the final day.

The eight-time Olympic champion easily won the 150m at Melbourne’s lakeside stadium and contested the second leg of the mixed 4x100m relay.

The 30 year-old Jamaican ran a time of 15.28 seconds in the 150m, slower than the world record of 14.35 he set over the distance in Manchester in 2009.

Nitro athletics involves a mixture of traditional and modified events, including mixed-gender relays and an elimination mile, designed to provide non-stop action over a two-hour period.

Bolt’s all-stars – including athletes from Jamaica, and Kenya – competed against teams representing Australia, England, New Zealand, japan and china.

E! Top News

In the world of entertainment, it is a roller coaster of the good and the bad. So today we bring you the big win for Wizkid and Nigerian American artiste, Jidenna.

Governor Yari Inspects Projects

Zamfara state government says it will maintain its policy of patronizing local contractors if they continue to execute projects in accordance with contractual agreement.

The state Governor Abdulaziz Yari stated this while inspecting some school projects recently awarded by the state government.

House Clarifies Status of Peace Corps Bill

Following uncertainty surrounding the recently passed Nigerian Peace Corps bill by the national assembly, the chairman house committee on media and public affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas has set the record straight while addressing the media.

Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Defends Budget

Minister of Niger delta affairs Usani Uguru  has explained the ministry’s 2017 Budget Proposal of 35.5 billion Naira to the house committee on Niger delta affairs.

The bulk of the budget is to go towards urgent capital projects, particularly roads

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