Nta News Summary: 5th October, 2017
FG Assured Nigerians of More Affordable Rice price
The federal government is assuring Nigerians that in the next few weeks, the price of rice, the most consumed commodity in the country will become reasonably affordable for the nation’s majority. the minister of agriculture and rural development Audu Ogbeh announced this while briefing newsmen after the meeting of the federal executive council presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari. state house correspondent Adamu Sambo reports that verified debt owed electricity distribution companies are also to be settled as part of the power sector recovery programme.
Policy Dialogue on Anambra Election
The conduct of the november 18 anambra governorship election is being viewed as a dress rehearsal for the independent national electoral commission in its efforts to anticipate and deal with emerging issues in the electoral process. this will serve as a build up to preparations for the 2019 general elections for which dates have been fixed.
Senate President Paid Tribute To Late Kanti Bello
Senate President at today’s plenary paid tribute to a two term senator Mahmud Kanti Bello whose demise occurred during the annual recess. National assembly correspondent dennis adegunloye reports that the late lawmaker was described as vibrant and dedicated two other motions were adopted including a resolution to set up an adhoc committee to investigate nnpc trading company for alleged corrupt practices and the urgent need to investigate the recent importation of maize. 13 bills were also up for second reading
House Of Reps Considering Assets Management Bill
The house of representative is considering a bill that seeks to establish the Nigerian assets management agency which will manage all government assets including seized ones.The bill has been passed for second reading.
National Assembly Urged Aviation Minister Of Transparency
The National Assembly joint committee on aviation has urged the minister of aviation to ensure transparency in all transaction leading to concession of some of the nation’s airports. National assembly correspondent Rabi Musa said members of committee, engaged the aviation minister on the issue of time frame, advisers contracted, in the involvement of bureau for public enterprises, legal matters and revenue expected after concession.
FCT Creates Special Courts To Hasten Criminal Trials
In the continued efforts to decongest prisons and hasten the cases of awaiting trial inmates, the judiciary of the fedral capital territory has dedicated a special division of it’s court to the speedy trail of criminal matters. chief judge of the fct high court, justice Isahaq Bello inaugrated the court during a visit to the kuje prisons.
Nigerian Receives UNHCR Refugee Award
A Nigerian Zanna Mustapha who is the founder of the future prowess school in maiduguri, borno state has received the NANSEN refugee award 2017 by the united nations high commissioner for refugees. presenting the award in Geneva Switzerland, the united nations high commissioner for refugee filippo grandi commended the uncommon humanitarian posture of Zanna Mustapha for catering to welfare of victims of Boko Haram in the north east especially women and children.
World Bank Support Crop Value Chain
The world bank through fadama three additional financing has pledged continued support to the national food production initiative of the federal government for local consumption and export Musa Baba Aliyu reports that the world bank initiative is to further enhance the capacity of farmers across all the 36 states in areas of cultivation and also link them to off takers.
NTA Partners Nicon Luxury
The management of Nicon luxury hotels Abuja is inching towards a mutually beneficial partnership with the Nigerian television authority NTA. This came to the fore when the executive director of the hotel samson davies came on business mission to the management of NTA
Trial Of Boko Haram Splinter Group Stalled
A federal high court sitting in Abuja has disqualified itself from hearing the case between the federal government and the leader of the Boko Haram, splinter group Muhammed Usman and seven other standing trials for alleged act of terrorism. The trial judge justice John Tosho in a ruling on an oral application by the counsel to the defendants accusing the court of bias ordered the cases file to be transferred to the chief judge of the court for re-assignment.
Custom Boss Tasks Officers On Curbing Smuggling
Comptroller general of Nigeria Customs Service, Hammed Ali has given a three month ultimatum to the officers and man of the service to curb smuggling especially that of rice. the customs boss gave the charge in abuja at the decoration of deputy and assistant comptrollers general who had been on acting capacity.
Finance And Budget Ministers At Nass
The federal government has asked ministries, departments and agencies to roll over between 50 and 60 per cent of their capital projects to the 2018 fiscal year. this was part of the deliverables made public by the minister of finance kemi adeosun and her counterpart in the budget and planning ministry Udoma Udo Udoma when they appeared befor the senate joint committee on finance and appropriation.