NTA News Summary:17th October 2017
Twenty Six People Killed In Bassa Attack
Twenty-six people have been killed in an attack on Nkyie Donghwro village of Bassa local government area of Plateau state leaving several others wounded. Ben Mtu who visited the gun ravaged community says the operating officer, Colonel Mayirenso Zarasi who confirmed the figure, said the investigation is ongoing.
Buhari Meets Kogi Government on security
President Muhammed Buhari yesterday engaged the governor of Kogi state Yahaya Bello on issues relating peace and security for sustainable growth and development of the state. State house correspondent Adamu Sambo reports that the president’s meeting with the governor lasted about 30 minutes behind closed doors. their discussions centered on efforts at sustaining the peace enterprise, political stability, and good governance .president Muhammed Buhari also granted audience to the Senate leader Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan but details of their discussions were not made public.
2017 World Food Day
The price of food items as they affect farmers and consumers is the major issue at the national agriculture show in Keffi Nasarawa. Musa Baba Aliyu reports that the agriculture show organized by the national agricultural foundation of Nigeria collaboration with federal government and the food and agriculture organization is to mark this year’s world food day.
House Of Reps Meet Bank Of Agriculture
When the bank of Agriculture was incorporated in 1972, it was expected to provide soft loans to Nigerian farmers, but ironically farmers are still battling with high-interest rate loans. In response to this, the management of the bank at an interactive session with the house of representatives committee on agricultural production services explained that poor funding and high rate of non-performing loans are major impediments to achieving the mandate of the bank.
UNFPA Targets Zero Maternal Death
The United Nations Population Fund UNFPA says it is prepared to work with Nigeria in achieving its zero maternal death agenda by 2030. The newly appointed executive director of the fund, Natalia Kanem, who took over from late Babatunde Oshetimehin says UNFPA identifies with challenges before Nigeria especially with the situation in the North East and promised assistance in the areas of access to education and reproductive services for young girls.
FG Confirms 3 Monkey Pox cases
The Federal Government has confirmed three cases of monkeypox in Nigeria. At a media briefing in Abuja, Minister of health Professor Isaac Adewole says that the three confirmed cases are from the seventeen suspected cases from Bayelsa state and others sent to the world health organization reference laboratory in Dakar Senegal.
FCT PHCP On Vaccination Rejection
In a reaction to rumors making the rounds in some parts of the country, alleging harmful effects of polio vaccines on children, the FCT primary health care board has met with community leaders to allay their fears.
Buhari Receives Young Admirers
Mr. President also granted audience to three young admirers who demonstrated genuine faith in his change agenda for greater Nigeria. State house correspondent, Adamu Sambo reports that among the visitors include a three-year-old Maya Jammal whose video recording in support of the Nigerian leader went viral.
Nigeria Army Flags- off Operation In Delta And Edo
The Nigeria army has again assured the public that its operation across the country is for national security and not targeted at any group or persons. General Officer commanding two division army, major general Chukunedun Abraham reiterated this while flag-off operation crocodile smile two in Sapele, Delta state.
National Conference On Dyslexia
A conversation has started at the national level to raise awareness of dyslexia; a learning disability that educationists say is responsible for poor performance of students and high school dropouts. Chidimma Ndubisi reports that an estimated seventeen million people are said to be living the disorder in Nigeria.
Business: Nigeria To Diversify Its Economy
Nigeria’s drive to diversify her economy should be all inclusive as experts highlight huge untapped potentials in the blue economy. Plus world bank says it has over $8.5bn investments spread across Nigeria.
Conference On Islamic Finance
With the over subscription of 100 billion naira, federal government sukuk bond, the stage is now set for Nigeria to rapidly develop infrastructure and galvanize economic growth through the concept of Islamic banking. Abdullahi Sulayman Iyaji reports that this was part of the submissions at the 3rd African International conference on Islamic finance in Abuja.
Judges Workshop On Electricity Theft
The need for the judiciary to collaborate with relevant key players in the nations power sector for quick dispensation of justice on matters affecting the sector is an advocacy at the opening of a 2-day workshop in Abuja for judges and magistrates. The workshop is to keep judicial officers abreast of matters affecting electricity theft and other related issues in Nigeria.
Federal Character Commission On Equity And Fairness
Sanction awaits any ministry, department or agency that fails to comply with the equitable distribution of resources in line with the federal character principle. Executive chairman of the commission, Shettima Bukar Abba said this at a sensitization workshop and training for desk officers in Abuja.
US-Nigeria Leadership Forum For Youth`s Empowerment
The ability to create an enabling environment for economic growth is one of the fundamental benefits of human development and sustainability of any nation. This prompted an interactive forum in Abuja to fashion out strategies to tackle youth restiveness and attract foreign investment to Nigeria.
Senate President Meets Iranian Speaker
Senate President Bukola Saraki has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to fighting terrorism. Speaking during a bilateral meeting with the speaker of the parliament of Iran, Ali Larijan at the ongoing 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union IPU assembly in St Petersburg, Russia, the Senate president described terrorism as the greatest enemy of the time.
Thabo Mbeki Restates The Need To Protect African Heritage
Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki has stressed the need for the protection and preservation of African heritage. President Mbeki stated this during his visit to Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. He called on other African leaders, former, and serving to leave behind legacies that will outlive them.