NTA News Summary 13th October 2016. All You need to know today; NLC Rally For Tax
PARTNERSHIP ON RETOOLING HEALTH SECTOR BUDGET
The 2017 Health budget should be open and focus on procurements of equipment, training of Skilled Personnel rather than construction of buildings and purchase of official vehicles. This forms part of submission of participants after a training on approaches and strategies towards a robust budget. Health correspondent Rashidat Mustapha Olagunju reports that, it was at the instance of the development research and projects center and partners.
ABUJA: MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT ON COASTAL AREAS.
Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed says action- oriented efforts by all will enable Nigeria sustainably manage the Nation’s Marine and Coastal eco-systems towards reducing poverty, enhance food security and the overall socio-economic growth of the Coastal Communities. She said this at the opening ceremony of National Consultative meeting on Draft additional protocols to the Abidjan convention in Abuja.
ABUJA: VP ON JOB CREATION AT NES
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Government is making frantic efforts to get teeming unemployed Youths out of the Labour Market in a bid to improve growth and enhance self sufficiency. He was speaking at a round table for job creation, Skills Acquisition and Employment at the ongoing Nigeria Economic Summit holding in Abuja.
FIRS ON TRANSFER PRICING
The first transfer pricing Regional Meeting of ECOWAS member states is holding in Abuja. Lydia Bassey reports that the meeting which is geared towards building a strong investment climate across West Africa has over sixty participants including tax administration and tax policy officials.
SPECIAL ON PHILATELY
Philately also called stamp collection is a hobby for many people in developed countries. In developing countries like Nigeria not many people know the meaning of philately let alone investing in stamps. Miriama Emeka-Amadi in this report tells us about philately and how much people know about it in the Federal Capital Territory.
The National Assembly Joint Security monitoring Task force has paraded five suspects who steal diesel from the National Assembly Diesel Tank National Assembly correspondent Ignatius Nkwoh reports that two of the suspects are staff of the National Assembly.
INAUGURATION OF NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL COMMITTEE
The Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has urged Youths across the Country to champion the cause of positive change for a greater and more prosperous Nigeria. The Governor was speaking at the Inaugurations of the Caretaker Committee of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in Abuja.
Transparency and Accountability in public procurement have been identified as the major key in economic development of every nation. This was brought to the fore at the opening of a three day workshop for procurement staff of the National Directorate of Employment NDE held in Yola.
TUESDAY LIVE EXCERPT (CURBING KIDNAPPING)
The increase rate of kidnappings in recent times, crime experts say can be tackled from all fronts, especially with intensified security and stiffer punishment for those found culpable. Talatu Ezirike reports that this was part of submissions on NTA’s Current Affairs.
BOMB BLAST IN MAIDUGURI
The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the death of Eight people and fourteen injured in a blast around Muna garage, Maiduguri Borno state. The bomb blast occurred at the early hours of today. NEMA Officials were drafted to the scene of the incident and the injured persons were evacuated to specialist and Teaching Hospital Maiduguri.
SENATE C’TTE ON ANTI-CORRUPTION ON OVERSIGHT TO EFCC
The Zonal Head, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos iliyasu Kwarabal, said, the commission has recovered, over 36 billion Naira, and uncovered over 33 properties which when put together, will be over 13 billion Naira. This was during the Committee’s visit to their Lagos office on oversight.
CUBA TO SUPPORT FIGHTING KILLER DISEASES
The Cuban Government is to assist Nigeria, particularly Nasarawa State in treatment and prevention of Malaria, Lassa Fever and other killer diseases as part of intervention to reduce their scourge. Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Slosa, said this in a conversation with Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in Lafia.
LIFTING OF SUSPENSION SIX MEMBERS
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension placed on six members for gross misconduct that lasted for over six months. This followed the presentation and adoption of the report by the adhoc committee that investigated their misconduct at the plenary.
NLC RALLY FOR TAX
The Nigeria Labour Congress has held a rally in Abuja to press for greater commitment and action on the part of both tax payers and enforcers. Kolo Mohammed reports that the Congress feels Africa Would have stayed Afloat the global financial recession if funds were not looted.
MINISTERS ON DAMS MANAGEMENT
The need to fully utilize the about 260 Dams in the Country for aquaculture, farming and Livestock for food sufficiency was part of the resolutions reached at the 2-day workshop organized by the Nigerian Society of Engineers in Abuja.
TACKLING CORRUPTION IN THE JUDICIARY.
The need for reforms and a holistic approach to judicial system have been identified as the ingredient for an Independent and Corruption free Judiciary in Nigeria. These were some of the views of guests on NTA’s Current Affairs Programme Good Morning Nigeria.
NIGERIA STUDENTS IN TURKEY GET SUCCOR
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign affairs and Diaspora Abike Dabiri- Erewa has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the welfare safety and education of its citizens studying abroad. She spoke when a delegation of the Nigeria/Turkish International Colleges foundation, NTIC visited her office in Abuja to pledge financial and other forms of support for Nigeria students in Turkey.
SENATE C’TTEE ON EDUCATION ON OVERSIGHT
Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and secondary Education, Aliyu Wammako, say the National Assembly will reenact laws to ensure that education is given its rightful place. He stated this during the committee’s oversight visit to the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria, and National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Nonformal Education in Abuja.
SENATE ON PDP PARTIES DEBATE COMMISSION
Two politics related bills passed through second reading on the floor of the Senate Wednesday. Waziri Zanyanu reports that the first was that for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigeria Political Parties Debate Commission. The second is a bill for an Act for the regulation and registration of lobbyists in Nigeria and for other matter connected therewith. Details will come in our subsequent bulletin.
NYSC FREE MEDICAL CARE IN NASARAWA
The National Youth Service Corps NYSC in Nasarawa State has flagged off free medical services for rural communities in the state. Victoria Kasuwa Ojito reports that the services are part of the Corps members community social services.
SENATE ON POLITICAL PARTIES DEBATE COMMISSION
A bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Nigerian Political parties Debates Commission has scaled second reading at Senate plenary on Wednesday. If concluded and passed the bill will give legislative backing to the commission to organized and conduct debates for all candidates cleared by the Nigerian Electoral Body.
JAMB REGISTRAR BRIEFS SENATE
The Registrar, Joint Admission and Marticulation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, suggested that chairman, committee of Vice Chancellor also serves as chairman of the board of JAMB among other measures towards addressing challenges of higher education. He was speaking at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund.
YOBE IDPs RECEIVE FOOD INTERVENTION.
The Federal Government has released another batch of food items to supp[ort IDPs in Yobe state as more of them return to their communities. The Minister of state, foreign affairs Hadiza Bukar Ibrahim who lead the Federal Government delegation assured the internally displaced person of government regular release of items pending their final settlement.
HEALTH CARE DELIVERY IN NIGERIA
Nigeria has been urged to increase investments in its health care delivery system. This is with the view to providing world class health care services to its citizens. Members of the Nigeria Medical Association in the Diaspora stated this at a forum in Munster Germany.
BASIC EDUCATION MANAGERs MEET
The Plateau state government has paid the sum of one billion naira as counterpart funding to UBEC to revamp the state’s educational sector Governor Simon Lalong said this while declaring open the sixteenth quarterly Management meeting of the Universal Basic Education Commission with Executive chairmen of the state Universal Basic Education Boards.
ETV EXPO FINAL
The 2016 NTA ETV Arts and Science Expo FCT Zone has been held, with government Day Secondary School Gwarimpa and Junior Secondary School Pasali emerging winners for the senior and Junior categories. Ifeoma Orjinta reports that LEA Primary School phase three emerge as winner in the Primary category.
Minna-Suleja road in Niger state which is a major link between the Western part of the country to the FCT and the North may soon be rendered impassable due to its deplorable condition. Momso Damien Dati who monitored the dark sports on the route, reports that commuters are not only experiencing difficulties on the road but also made susceptible to accident
WORKSHOP ON SHARIA LAW
Towards reducing radicalization of Nigerians through misinterpretation of the Sharia law, the Da’awa institution of Nigeria and Islamic trust collaboration with Gombe state university have organized a train the trainer workshop.