We will remove impediments to investments -Buhari assures Qatari Business Community.


 

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the business community in Qatar that Nigeria would remove any impediment that could hinder investment in the country.A statement in issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said President Buhari was speaking at a meeting with senior executives of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and some private businessmen in Doha, Qatar.

The President said that security was essential to prosperity and development.Nobody invests without first knowing how secure a country is.

That is why we have placed high premium on securing the country because you cannot effectively manage a country you have not secured.My party campaigned on three main planks: security, employment generation and anti-corruption.

We campaigned on zero corruption, promising that we would run an accountable government and we are keeping our promises,’’ he said.

President Buhari said that Nigeria was blessed with vast arable land for agriculture, and rich deposit of solid minerals, which the businessmen can invest in and reap rich returns in a short while.

Agriculture and solid minerals will mobilise youths for gainful employment.We have the capacity not to need to import food at all.But we need to also tackle infrastructure deficit in power, transportation, rail, road, and in other areas.

We will put together an articulated plan, which would be discussed with you shortly, so that you can make investment decisions.
All impediments like delayed processing of permits, multiple taxation and corrupt practices would be removed,’’ the President said.

Speaking on behalf of the Qatari businessmen, Muhammed Bin Ahmed Bin Towar Al Kuwari, the Vice Chairman of Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said they would be interested in the finance, oil and gas, telecommunications, tourism, agriculture and food processing sectors, among others.

All eyes are on Africa in the next decade. Africa is the next place for growth; the rest of the world is looking towards the continent and Nigeria is an important part of that continent,’’ he said. (NAN)

CREDIT SOURCE:  THE GUARDIAN NEWS

BREAKING NEWS: Fuel queues return to major cities


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KANO – The emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi II Monday ordered the state Sharia Commission to liaise with office of the Assistant Inspector General of police, zone 1 to commence process of returning the 14 years old teenager, Ese Oruru allegedly abducted by one Yunusa of Kura local government area of Kano state.
Ese Ese In his first official reaction, the emir of Kano distanced himself, Kano emirate council from the purported abduction of Ese Oruru by suspected lover. Sanusi II said “I have ordered the sharia commission to liaise with the office of Deputy Inspector General of police zone to repatriate and reconcile the teenager with her family immediately” Ese Oruru was allegedly abducted in Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, by one Yunusa an indigene of Kura local government area of Kano sometimes in August, 2015.
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CREDIT SOURCE: THE  VANGUARD NEWSPAPER, NIGERIA

Buhari’s u-turn on N5,000 stipend is in the best interest of Nigeria – Almakura


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By Levinus Nwabughiogu ABUJA – At a time when condemnable criticisms from many Nigerians were trailing the reversal on the payment of N5,000 stipend promised to the unemployed and the vulnerable in the country by the government of All Progressives Congress, APC, the Nassarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura has said the reversal was in order, saying no one can challenge it.Buhari It will be recalled that the APC during the presidential campaigns in 2015 made a promise to pay minimum of N5,000 to the unemployed youth and less privileged in the country. But president Mohammadu Buhari while shuttling the Middle East last weekend made a U-turn, stating that the promise was not redeemable. Instead, the president said that the money would be used to develop infrastructure, mining and agriculture to create employment. Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with the Vice President at the presidential villa on Monday, Almakura said that it was at the discretion of the president and in line with the current economic realities to review the issue. He said: “The president is the person that can tell you precisely how he is working on promises and interventions that he has created by his ingenuity. And if at any point in time the president is reviewing that issue, I think he is the only person to do that because what he is doing is in the best interest of the country. And so, it is not challengeable by anybody whatever his position.” On his mission to the villa, the governor said that he needed the intervention of the federal government in the power project to upgrade the current status of power generation in Nassarawa State. He also stated that he briefed Vice President Yemi Osinabjo on the clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers. “Basically, I spoke with the Vice President about the issues of power and energy in my state. And as you must have known, Nasarawa State is very close to the federal capital territory. I raised a lot of demands for power and energy for domestic and industrial purposes. And given the sophistication of this area in terms of different kinds of activities, and ironically, the state which was first connected to power in 1978, is still within 33KV which is not even enough for the state capital not to talk about other local government councils. “So, I have come specifically to request and plead with Mr. Vice President and the chairman of NIPP about the impending power initiative in the country to consider Nasarawa State as one of the states that will benefit from the 330KV which is the robust infrastructure for power that comes all the way from Enugu to Benue and to Plateau States. It just passed beside the Government House but Nasarawa State has not been able to benefit. “I have been on this struggle since 2012, but up till this time the state is still terribly deprived of power and he has listened to me. I believe that the people of Nasarawa State will heave a sigh of relief once the 330 Kva is done and another 132kva is connected to it for easy distribution. “Secondly, I have also discussed with Mr. Vice President about the security situation in my state and what effort we are making to bring everything to sanity. Also, I am making effort with my colleague the governor of Benue state in having a joint effort to see what we can do to ensure that these long standing communal clashes between funlanis and farmers and Agatus in Nasarawa end Agatus in Benue to see that we will find a lasting solution to it”, he said. Hinting on the response of the Vice President, the governor said “It was very fantastic and he assured us that they will see what the federal government can do to quickly ameliorate the problem and about the power, I got assurance from the Vice President that we will succeed.”

CREDIT SOURCE: THE  VANGUARD NEWSPAPER, NIGERIA

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Candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME who are experts in guessing answers to questions during examinations, should better study hard to have a mastery of their subjects, as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has acquired a software that reduces the tendency for students to guess accurately during examination. Candidates writing the JAMB UTME. Candidates writing the JAMB UTME. Speaking exclusively with Vanguard on phone, JAMB’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Fabian Benjamin said JAMB has invested heavily in training and acquisition of some softwares that are specifically designed for examinations. Benjamin’s words; ‘’Technically, what we were using before to test students was what we called Classical Test Theory, but now we have adopted what we call Item Response Theory. The difference is that the Item Response Theory reduces the percentage of guessing.The tendency for students to guess and guess right is minimal with this software.” With the introduction of CBT and the software in place, Fabian maintained that it will be difficult for candidates to engage in examination malpractice. Besides, for proper efficiency in service delivery by staff of JAMB, Fabian disclosed that over one hundred staff were sent abroad for local and international training on computer based test. ‘’This year, we have sent over 100 staff for training abroad for international and local training to make them grounded in the art of computer based test,’’ he said. Computer based test Dr. Fabian, who disclosed that over 500 centres across the country have been fully equipped with state-of -the -art facilities, pointed out that it is an improvement on the 400 centres of 2015 UTME. According to him, each of the 400 centres used in 2015 UTME had a carrying capacity of 150 candidates, while those for this year have a carrying capacity of 300 candidates. The protest: Dr. Benjamin, however lamented the situation where some students, who were supposed to have registered and adequately prepared for the examination slated for Monday, were busy protesting for an extension of registration. ‘’Where were they when the portal for registration opened seven months ago? Why are they calling for an extension of registration date when registration has been closed?” He urged stakeholders not to allow students put pressure on JAMB to extend the time of registration, adding that if JAMB bends to their demands, it will never have a standard in this country. Meanwhile, over 1.5million UTME candidates, according to Fabian have registered for the examination slated to commence on Monday. Unlike last year when many candidates complained of difficulties in registration, transfer of candidates from one state to another, this year, candidates have little or no complain. Some of the candidates interviewed by Vanguard could not point out any area of difficulty that emanated from JAMB. One of the candidates who claimed JAMB transferred her to Warri instead of Lagos for examination, when properly interrogated, confessed that she picked Warri during registration when it was apparent that Lagos centres were full. Our findings from candidates further revealed that many of them who were posted to other states other than states of their choice, either caused it by mistakenly clicking on the state during registration or when they discovered that their state of choice was full due to late registration, they had no option than to chose any available state. Tertiary institutions The examination which will run for 10 days, will leave candidates to jostle for the 800,000 admission slots in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. CBT: While encouraging students to come to the reality of computer-based testing as the most effective way of conducting examination in the 21st century, JAMB registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde said: “The idea of the CBT is that after 30 minutes of the examination and the candidate leaves the exam hall, a graphical result of the test will be sent to the candidate’s mobile phone number, while the specific scores will be released within the period of four days.” Comparing the statistics of early years of UTME candidates’ registration, we discovered a steady decline since 2013 when the CBT was introduced. In 2013, about 1.7 million people registered for UTME, in 2014, the number fell to 1.6 million, while about 1.4 million registered in 2015 examination. However, this year the numbers of candidates who registered has increased to over 1.5 million.

Good Governance: I need your prayers, Buhari tells religious leaders


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ABUJA- PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with religious leaders across the country to pray for him to administer the country effectively. President Buhari also charged religious leaders in the country to do more in supporting the Federal Government’s efforts to transform the nation by enshrining what he termed, the culture of good governance and overcoming the security challenges facing the country. Speaking Sunday in Abuja while speaking at the Eagle Square Abuja, venue of this year’s Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah WaIkamatis Sunnah, JIBWIS Annual Convention, President Buhari stressed that religious leaders have a duty to support the government in sustaining the current peace and tranquility being enjoined across the country. President Buhari President Buhari The President who spoke through the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello commended the Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah WaIkamatis Sunnah for uniting the Muslim community through the preaching of Islamic tenets which stress the importance of obedience to constituted authority, good morals and the need for harmonious co-existence, adding that their efforts have greatly enhanced the unity and socio-economic development of the nation. He said, “I urge you to continue to support this administration through prayers so that we can continue to have peace and security and above all pray for Allah’s blessings so that we can have prosperity and good governance. “There is no doubt that what we are witnessing today is something that is very important to us as Muslims and indeed to the community and society at large. We all have a duty to continue to support the leader of this group so that he can continue to do the good things that he has been doing for over thirty years”. The occasion which featured the official launching of the appeal fund for the building of an Islamic Centre by the group in the Guzape District of Abuja, had prominent personalities including former Governors and Ministers in attendance. The President commended the past and present administrations of the FCT for giving priority attention to religious organizations in land allocations for the establishment of worship centres and schools for the proper grooming of the future leaders of this great country. Buhari acknowledged that the establishment of the proposed Islamic centre by the Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah WaIkamatis Sunnah in Abuja was an important milestone which requires the support of all, adding that efforts should be made to ensure the completion of the project in order to enhance the educational development of the nation. Earlier in his remark, the National Chairman of the Ulama Council of JIBWIS Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir said the proposed Islamic Community Centre will include a Mosque, Islamic School, Conference hall and guest quarters. He called for prayers for the success of the President Muhammdu Buhari led administration and charged Muslim’s all over the country to support the on-going reforms aimed at making life better for the entire citizens of this country. 1k Shares 2521

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ABUJA — President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in Doha, Qatar, told member states of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, and non-OPEC members that the continued crashing of oil prices was no longer acceptable. opecHe, as a matter of of urgency, called on all other stakeholders in the sector, especially the oil producing nations to articulate ways of rising up to the challenges as the development had seriously affected the economy of many nations. Nigeria is a member of OPEC and currently running a mono-economy based on oil exports. But its economy is at its ebb due to the oil price. President Buhari’s charge was made during a bilateral meeting with the Sheikh Tamim Bin Hammad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar. He said: “As members of OPEC and Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), our relations in the areas of oil and gas, which our two nations heavily rely on, need to be enhanced and coordinated for the benefit of our people. “The current market situation in the oil industry is unsustainable and totally unacceptable. We must cooperate both within and outside our respective organisations to find a common ground to stabilize the market, which will be beneficial to our nations.” The President, who extolled the existing cordial bilateral relations between both countries, also extended an invitation to prospective Qatari investors, urging them to take advantage of the abundant opportunities in Nigeria and invest in the key areas of energy, agriculture, real estate development, banking and finance. He assured prospective investors of government protection of their persons and investments. This was as he noted that both countries hoped to formalize at least two bilateral agreements to boost economic cooperation between them. Also speaking on the crisis in the Middle East, the President commended Qatar for her role in resolving the present Syrian crisis, the Palestinian cause and efforts in reconstructing Gaza. He said: “The conflicts in Yemen and Syria with their attendant humanitarian crisis need genuine international effort to solve. Nigeria, as a peace-loving country, identifies with the State of Qatar in all her peace efforts in the world to end terrorist activities. “Nigeria is a victim of terrorism. It is with heavy heart that I stand before you and say that the activities of Boko Haram have led to loss of many lives and displacement of innocent people in our dear nation. “We, however, take pride to inform you that since our coming to power, Boko Haram has been systematically decimated and are in no position to cause serious threat to our development programmes. “I wish to reiterate that Nigeria rejects violence and extremism in all ramifications, and assure your Highness that we are with the State of Qatar in your efforts to fight terrorism and injustice in your region and in the world at large.”

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I don’t even know what to say, that this can happen in Nigeria is surprising. Is the fourteen years penalty in force in Nigeria? Because these fellows no send.

Work Mode : Want More than 24 Hours? Here Are Some Things Stealing Your Time


dreamstime_l_60374708We all have got time. If you don’t use yours, something else or someone else will.
Research has proven that one of the major factors that draw the line between highly successful career persons or entrepreneurs and chronic under Achievers is their attitude towards time management. Successful people are completely in charge of their time and they have mastered the art of maximizing every minute of their time.
Don’t let the calendar deceive you. We do not really have the luxury of 12 months to achieve our set goals for the year. Our year is only as productive as the number of seconds, minutes, days, weeks and months we succeed in utilizing. That is why some exclusive few get 8 months value out of one year and the rest of us barely manage to get 2 months value of a supposed 12-month calendar year.
The next time you go through one month or one year and you come out with that feeling, like you needed more time to accomplish the things that really matters to you, you may have to sit back and reflect on how you appropriated your time to frivolities.

Well, for some folks who may not have the ‘time’ to reflect on their activities in the last one month or year to see what took a chunk of your time, I am here to offer my unsolicited help. *winks*
Below are a list of some of the activities that eat deep into our time. Go through them sincerely and see if you might have to redefine your priorities in the coming days.

Sleep
Top on my list of the activities that eat deep into your time is sleep. Hey! Think about it. You could be sleeping way too much. From my calculations, if you get 7 Hours of sleep daily for one year, it means you allocated a whopping 3 months of your year to sleep. Did you see that? One-fourth of the year is gone and you just have 9 months left to produce.
You may consider cutting down on the time you allocate to sleeping. A wise man said “a little sleep, a little slumber, poverty will descend on you like a vagabond.”
Look at these names; David Oyedepo, Paul Adefarasin, Uche Pedro, Linda Ikeji, Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Shola David, Seun Agbaje, Kelechi Amadi Obi, TY Bello, Obi Emelonye, Kunle Afolayan, Olisa Dibua, Freeze, Philip Emegwali, Chimammanda Adichie, Adebola Williams, and even President Muhammadu Buhari (the so-called old and feeble ‘dullard’).
I don’t know how many of these names you are familiar with, but one thing they all have in common is that, they don’t have the luxury of 7 hours to allocate to sleeping. Great men are awake, while others sleep.

If you are reading this piece and you still sleep more than your boss at work, it means you are not yet ready to get to that level in your career. If you go to bed before your boss and he still wakes up before you, it is a very bad sign. It means he will always be ahead of you. Personally, I am not an advocate of staying up till late at night. No. I belong to the school of thought that says “early to bed, early to rise”, probably because I function best at the wee hours of the morning.

TV
Have you tried keeping track of how much time you spend watching African Magic, Telemundo, and Zee World etc. Some of us don’t even know when we sit in front of the TV for over four hours doing nothing.

A particular TV soap airs from 4pm to 6pm daily. Can you imagine that and some of us follow this soap religiously? Let’s use our head. If we don’t know what to do with our time, someone else will. What about some ladies that spend a better part of their time ‘keeping up with the Kardashian’. The more time you allocate to watching the television, the farther away you are from making it to the TV yourself.

Spend 4 hours daily in front of your TV and that will be another 2 months of your time gone. Add that to the 3 months allocated to sleep, that will make it 5 months. That means, the year has almost gone half and yet, we have not utilized the time we have.

There is nothing wrong with watching TV. Personally, I won’t lie to you, I love watching good TV contents, but you need to answer this questions.

What do you watch on TV? What exactly do you do with what you watch? When do you watch TV? What else can you do while you are watching the TV? And finally, how much of your time is allocated to watching television? If it helps your career, that is great. If it doesn’t, then you need to get your priorities right.

Social Media
Every career person should be active on a maximum of four social media namely: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and of course WhatsApp or BBM. Depending on your career path or line of business, you might consider swapping LinkedIn with Instagram.

It is time consuming trying to be active and catching up on more than four social media channels, except you are majorly in the business of social media marketing or blogging. If not, it does not make any business sense spending as much as 3 hours on the internet looking at people’s selfies, keeping up with gossip and trends that do not add value to your career or business. It is a sheer waste of government time and data.

Some people feel like they are missing out on a whole lot any day they don’t spend over one hour on Facebook scrolling through people’s affairs. Even on your birthday, if you try to keep up with all your social media channels to see all the goodwill messages flowing in, you might end up not having a happy birthday. What time do you have for all that? Allow your phone or tablets some time. Don’t let them be in control. You bought them, they didn’t buy you.

A wise man said, “you know you have low self-esteem if you are in the habit of running out of the bathroom just to answer a phone call”.

Let me stop here for today. You know yourself. So, you are in a better position to tell yourself the truth and cut down on the things that eat into your time if you must produce. Time is money. It is ticking. You can’t recover any lost time, neither would you save time by stopping your clock.

Remember, your year is only as productive as the number of seconds you succeed in utilizing.
Have a great day

WhatsApp is dropping support for the BlackBerry platform


 

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If you’re a Blackberry user, you might need to find to a new device if you want to keep using Whatsapp in 2017.

The messaging service, in a statement celebrating their 7th anniversary, announced that in 2017, they’d be ending support for the service on all Blackberry devices, including Blackberry 10.

Blackberry wasn’t the only platform affected, with Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 also facing the cancellation.

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Whatsapp’s statement said: “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”

“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”

“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”

This new development marks a new low for Blackberry, having gone from being the dominant smartphone brand to the bottom of the food chain