NTA News Summary: 19TH October, 2016
Obasanjo Agriculture Path Way Out Of Recession
Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo says agriculture is the way to go in getting the country out of recession, hence the need for the present government to keep faith with its promise of diversifying the economy through agriculture.
He made this submission at the 20th Annual Development Forum Organized by the Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) in Abuja.
Public Lecture On Leadership
“Democracy is a self-redefining process where the onus is on individuals to know the function of those placed in positions to head different posts especially in polities so as the be able to hold them accountable and ensure an effective collective involvement in leadership”.
This was the view point of speakers at the Reachout Nigeria Public Lecture titled “Leadership: A collective responsibility held at NAF International Conference Centre, Kado – Abuja.
The Need For Free Education For All – UNICEF
The need for every child particularly the female child to have access to free education from primary to secondary levels has been reechoed, this was at a National consciousness and advocacy meeting organised by UNICEF as part of the 2016 International Day of the Girl child in Abuja.
US Envoy Promises Continues Support To North-East
Visiting United States Deputy Secretary, African Affairs Bureau Peter Barlerin says the US will continue to provide food and psychosocial support to victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Mr. Barlerin interacted with the press at the United states Embassy, Abuja.
Reps To Investigate FERMA Fund Utilization
The House of Representatives is to investigate the Utilization of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency FERMA from 2015 to date.
Also at Wednesday’s Plenary members urged the Federal Government to intensify security in Southern Kaduna so as to put a stop to the incessant attacks on the communities by unknown gun men.
National Assembly correspondent Ignatius Nkwoh has more.
President Buhari Meets Released Chibok Girls
President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his administration will spare no efforts until all the remaining Chibok School Girls and others in captivity are freed safely and integrated back to the society.
Receiving 21 girls recently released by the Boko Haram Insurgents, the President announced.
Government’s formal takeover of their personal, Educational and Professional ambitions in life.
WRPC Commission’s Road In Ifi-Ekporo
The people of Ifi-ekporo Community in Warri South local Government Area of Delta State now have 200 metre asphalted road courtesy of the Warri refining and Petrochemical Company WRPC.Tessy Coker reports that it is another milestone recorded by the host Community.
Technologists Fabricate Machine For Rice Farming
Technologists at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, Lagos have fabricated a machine that has the capacity to separate stones from tones of rice in a matter of hours.
This is expected to boost the quality of local rice in Nigeria and stimulate consumption. Abdullahi Mohammed reports.
NUJ Calls for Re-investigation Into Dele Giwa’s Death
Thirty years after the brutal murder of Nigerian Journalist, Editor and founder of Newswatch Magazine, Dele Giwa, men of the pen Profession are calling for a revisit of the investigation into his death.
This was at a colloquium in honour of the slain Journalist organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Lagos.
Executive, Legislative Collaborate To Tackle Recession
The Executive and Legislative arms of government will soon come up with a strategic collaboration to tackle the current economic recession. Senate Deputy minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha gave the assurance while on a three day tour of his constituency in Taraba State.
Reviving Oil Industries
The increasing number of oiling industries in Gombe State has been attributed partially to insurgency and economic difficulties in the Country.
Northern governors In Symposium On Insurgency
Some Northern Governors are in Washington DC, United States to participate in A-3 day Symposium that will examine the policies to counter their Region’s Crises including the Boko Haram Insurgency.
The Governors will meet with Nigerian Civil Society leaders, Conflict Resolution, Experts, Senior U.S officials and Business Executives.
Buhari Mourns Saro-Wiwa Junior
President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the Saro-Wiwa family, Rivers
State government and Ogoni Kingdom over the passage of their illustrious son, author, environmental activist and ardent believer in the unity, progress and stability of his Community Ken Saro-Wiwa Junior.
29th Oba of Benin: The Man Eheneden
Benin Kingdom in Edo State is experiencing what could best be described as a new dawn as the new Oba of Benin prepares to ascend the throne, who is this man? Ogochukwuka Onah attempts to find out.
IMF Projects Nigerian Economy As Biggest In Africa
A report in the media has quoted the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as projecting Nigeria as Africa’s biggest economy, in spite of its current challenges.
The IMF report places Nigeria ahead of South Africa and Egypt which are second and third.
In August, Nigeria was reported to have lost its position as Africa’s biggest economy to South Africa, following the recalculation of the Country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Monarchs Appeal To Labour On Strike
The Traditional Council in Ogun State has appealed to organized labour to shelve its planned strike in the interest of the state.
At a press conference, the Chairman of the state Traditional Council, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle urged the workers not to be influenced by forces.
Iraqi Troops Attempt Retake of Mosul
As Iraqi troops attempt to retake the City of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State, fleeing civilians are said to be passing through dire conditions.
EU Probe On Mars landing
There is growing despair that a European probe which attempted to land on Mars on Wednesday has been lost.
President of DRC Found Guilty
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean –Pierre Bemba found guilty of bribing witnesses at the International criminal court.