Thursday, 31 May 2018

BBNaija 2018 Finalist Nina Marks Her Birthday With Lovely Pictures

Still, in the spirit of celebrating BB Naija 2018 finalist Nina’s 22nd birthday, more photos of her have been released.
This time Nina is in a purple ball gown looking like a modern-day princess with her tiara.
Nina is also rocking a nice pixie cut and goes creative with one of her photos, choosing to deal with the issue of the recent harassment people face at the hands of authorities.
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Lovely Moment As Actor Richard Mofe Damijo Attends His Son’s Graduation In The US

Veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo‘s son Tega, has just graduated from high school and RMD can’t hide how proud he is.
The actor shared a photo of himself and his family on his Instagram page at the graduation ceremony with the caption:
Today, I am again a proud and happy dad. I am giddy, not just because of your high school diploma but that you @tega_the_giant made everyone come out and I have all of you in one place at the same time, what more can a father ask for? Congratulations son. I love you. #prouddad#blessedandhighlyfavoredofGod
View his post below.
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Ex Footballer Joseph Yobo’s Sports Academy Has Been Endorsed By Gov Ambode

Yesterday Wednesday May 30th,Gov Ambode endorsed Yobo’s Football Academy!!!
Joseph Yobo shared the good news on his social media handle with hashtags ending it..
”It was an absolute pleasure to meet His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. Thank you for endorsing the Joseph Yobo sports Academy project.
#JosephYoboSportsAcademyProject#jehovaOverdo #forevergreatful”
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Comedian Julius Agwu And Wife Celebrate 10th Wedding Anniversary

Comedian, Julius Agwu and his beautiful wife, Ebiere are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today, May 31st.
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First Photos: Toke Makinwa, Bolanle Olukanni, Stephanie Coker Step Out For Mo’Cheddah’s Engagement

Toke Makinwa, Bolanle Olukanni, Stephanie Coker and the groom’s sister, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi all looked beautiful for the nuptials of Mo’Cheddah and Prince BK which is taking place today.
See photos below:

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VIDEO: Wizkid Talks New Album “Made In Lagos” & Its Features On Tim Westwood

It is a known fact that Ayo Balogun popularly known as Wizkid is one of the biggest music export out of the country today.
Wizkid had a brief conversation with Tim Westwood at backstage of his groundbreaking concert at the 02 Arena.
In this interview, the Star Boy talks about his upcoming album ‘Made In Lagos’ and his collaboration with Skepta titled “Energy”, amongst other things.
Watch the interview below and enjoy!
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Ben Murray-Bruce Welcomes Dino Melaye To His “Great Party” PDP

Senator representing Bayelsa East constituency Ben Murray-Bruce has welcomed Dino Melaye into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Melaye had arrived Wednesday’s plenary in a neck brace and sat at the opposition wing with members of the PDP.
While he is yet to make an official statement about decamping from All Progressives Congress (APC), Murray-Bruce, on his Twitter, wrote:
Great to have @dino_melaye at the @NGRSenate today and hearty welcome to our great party, @OfficialPDPNig. We will treat you good – no trauma or intimidation whatsoever.
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Former Taraba Governor Jolly Nyame sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Jolly Nyame, a former Taraba State governor, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, The Cable reports.
Nyame had been presented before the Abuja High Court where he was charged with 41 counts of fraud.
He was eventually found guilty of 27 counts, and was sentenced to 14 years in jail with no option of fine.
He had been brought before the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for diverting N1.64 billion while he served as governor between 1999 and 2007.
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Kayode Fayemi resigns as Minister

Kayode Fayemi has announced his resignation from his post as the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, The Cable reports.
Fayemi said this while speaking to journalists at a press briefing in Abuja.
The former minister has been elected as the All Progressives Congress (APC) representative at the Ekiti State gubernatorial elections later this year.
He had previously revealed that he’d resign from his post in a week.
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Russia 2018: President Buhari hosts Farewell Reception for Super Eagles

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (M) Super Eagles Coach, Mr Gernot Rohr (4th L) and Super Eagles Team for the 2018 World Cup in Russia during a Farewell reception for the Eagles President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday (30/5/18)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, hosted the Super Eagles at the presidential villa, to a farewell reception ahead of their trip to Russia to the World Cup.
The meeting came hours before the team’s scheduled flight to London for a pre-World Cup friendly against England’s Three Lions at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Super Eagles will move to Bad Tatzmannsdorf, Austria where they’ll spend eight days, and play another pre-World Cup friendly against the Czech Republic next Wednesday, before flying to Russia for the 2018 World Cup scheduled to start on June 14th.
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Hair Stylist narrates how he was Arrested by Police for looking “like gay”

Popular hairstylist Idowu Oluwatosin Olakunle has narrated, on his Instagram page – @highdtosin – how he was locked up for hours by the Nigeria Police force for looking like a gay person, too slim, and like a girl.

He was stopped in Ojota, he wrote on his Instagram, and was asked to introduce himself.
After he produced his ID card, he said the policemen complained he looked like a girl, acted effeminate, was gay, and eventually detained him. He wrote:
So this morning by 9am, I was on my way to style someone at Ogudu, I entered a public transport and was stopped by a guy at Ojota who asked me to introduced myself I asked why he said his police, they asked for my ID card I showed them, then he said I looked like a girl in my ID and that was how they started yelling and calling me names, then they took me and put me in their bus, took me all the way from Ojota to IWAYA POLICE POST then I asked what my offence was, they said I look like GAY, INDECENT ACT and I’m too SLIM that I’m a witch and I’m looking derain in nature . I was locked up from 9am – 4pm before they release me I was told to pay a sum of 5,000 naira. Please since when did been slim become an offence in LAGOS. I was unjustly maltreated today by the POLICE and I demand justice. 👿 👿
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President Buhari says he’ll sign “Not Too Young to Run” Bill “In few Days”

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he will be signing the “Not Too Young to Run” bill into law very soon.
The president revealed this while addressing the nation on Tuesday, Democracy Day.
He said: “In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill.”
The bill had been sent to the president after 24 states (two-thirds) in the country assented to it.
The National Assembly had also passed the bill, which will alter Sections 65, 106, 131, 177 of the Constitution to reduce the age qualification for president from 40 to 30; governor from 35 to 30; senator from 35 to 30; House of Representatives membership from 30 to 25 and State House of Assembly
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Singer Mo’Cheddah & her fiancé Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi are getting married in Lagos today

Singer Mo’Cheddah & her fiancé Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi are getting married. The couple who got engaged in 2017, will be tying the knot in Lagos today.
Top Make-up artist Banke Meshida-Lawal is aready in Oriental hotel for the bride’s glam.
See photos below.
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Churchill Responds To Lady Who Accused Him Of Dumping Her For Tonto Dikeh

Actress Tonto Dikeh’s ex husband, Olakunle Churchill, has reacted to claims by a lady, identified simply as Zainab Rufai, that he dumped her after helping him.

Zainab also claimed that Churchill could not be trusted.
While reacting to the story, Churchill stated that the allegation was just to seek attention, insisting that he never had a close relationship with Zainab.
He told Vanguard, “This is very funny to me and I must give her kudos for a well scripted write-up to drag me out. I certainly know she has join forces with the #mustbringdownchurchillgang to portray me as evil before the public.
“In truth, Zainab was known to me at her young age and we shared some closeness but no engagement or marriage proposal of any sorts.
“It’s unfortunate that public opinions have been swayed in her direction but I don’t want to give attention to her and all she had said as they were well cooked and garnished by the same source and group that have been blackmailing me.
“A wise man once said that not all relationship leads to marriage and some friends are for a reason, some for a season and some for a lifetime. Zainab, who recently contacted me for financial assistant, which I rendered to her, was one of those flying visitors in a man’s life.”
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I look good because I stay indoors – Actor Yemi Solade

Popular actor, Yemi Solade, is one of the few actors who look younger than their age.
In a chat with GoldmyneTV, the handsome man said apart from inheriting his physique from his parents, staying indoors had helped him to stay healthy.
Above 50-year-old, he explained:
“I inherited my looks, but I don’t eat everything I see and I don’t go everywhere. I am a very domesticated person; I like staying indoors, which preserves my strength. Even whenever I am on location, I stay in my room and listen to music; people only see me whenever I am driving in and out.
On music he listens to, Solade said:
“I listen to all forms of music, but I like Nigerian hip-hop a lot because it is our own. I like Wizkid, Davido, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage, Mr. Real, Slimcase and others because they have changed the game. I grew up dancing to Michael Jackson’s and other foreign songs, but we now listen to Nigerians.
“This is good for Nigeria and we have been able to replicate this too in Nollywood. We have reduced the way Nigerians depend on foreign movies.”
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CDQ Reveals Why He Fought With Armed Hoodlums That Attacked Him In Ado-Ekiti

Video surfaced earlier exposing how rapper, CDQ was given a fright at an hotel in Ado Ekiti by suspected hoodlums who tried to steal his chain.

As expected, CDQ has explained better on what led to the robbery and how he protested before he finally got away.
Reacting to the matter after the incident, he wrote:
“I don’t know who’s behind dis blog but whoever d person be… he/she na baby goat 🐐 with ur caption “Street Credibility Lost like say ur papa dey dia when e happen 😀 if na u and ur papa or some other people dey dis situation e sure me die say u go don take-off for ur life 💀 FYI: If u look tru d video very well, I never panicked despite d fact they’re armed…
I stood/fought to get my chain back right there… Anybody can get jumped anytime… just pray u don’t get unexpected occurrences at unexpected places…
I do not have anything against the crowd as a matter of fact but the management of the hotel cos they told us that’s one of the most prestigious hotel in Ado-Ekiti… You don’t expect Artistes to always walk around hotels for example strolling @ Intercontinental Hotel Lagos premises with armed Securities… These are people that saw me walking to my hotel room and all came for pictures…
How would I have known that hoodlums that’ll be attracted to stealing my chains would be among them… Anyways thanks to the ones wey collect one or two that same night 💪🏾 I got my chains back 👍 asé lon panic 🤗 “
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Sister of lady accusing Kizz Daniel of impregnating her speaks on her behalf

There is now a twist to reports that Kizz Daniel impregnated a strange lady.
According to earlier reports, it was said that Daniel got a girl pregnant. But the same source that broke the news had confirmed it was false as the Instagram account of the said lady was reportedly hacked.
The sister of the alleged pregnant lady reportedly revealed it via Instagram direct message.
See below:
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Singer Dice Ailes Buys House In Lagos And A New Car

The singer who has got the music industry hot right now seems to have paid his dues right.
He recently acquired a house in Lagos and a brand new Mercedes Benz for himself.
Chocolate city lead artiste, MI Abaga, took to Instagram to share the good news on his Insta Story as he praised him for his hard work.
In the video which has since faded off the temporal media platform, Dice, who is also a Chocolate City signee, is seen clearly excited about his achievements.
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Tiwa Savage And Her Female Dancers Slay In Matching Outfit (Photos)

Tiwa Savage and her sexy dancers did not only get our full attention with their outfit but they got us crushing on them uncontrollably.
Tiwa Savage has continuously supplied her fans with impressive musical performances on stage and as well with her body.
She wore this attire which looks like a traditional outfit in a recent performance.
“Forget…I’m crushing on myself,” she captioned the photos.
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Kiss Daniel Accused Of Impregnating A Woman (See Photos)

Rumours have it that Kizz Daniel might be a single step away from having a baby-mama as a lady has recently called him out.
One Chinny Ubak claims Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe popularly known as Kizz Daniel has put her in the family way without taking responsibility.
The light-skinned young man took to Instragam to publicize the news through a gossip micro-blogger, Chinny.
According to her, Ogun State-born Kizz Daniel, 24, who is locked in a legal tussle with his record label, G-Worldwide has been shying away from taking responsibilities as her baby bump continues to grow.
“Hi Chinny I’m Chinny, please help me share this post. I’m pregnant for a Nigerian singer Kiss Daniel but he has been avoiding me and ignoring his calls and emails” she revealed to the blogger through a private chat made public.
The news has been welcomed with mixed feelings on social media amid the silence of Kizz Daniel as at press time. Top commenters have urged Chinny Ubak to provide a valid evidence to confirm her romance with Kizz Daniel.
Kiss Daniel now “Kizz Daniel”, is a recording artist, performer and entertainer best known for his chart-topping single “Woju” and his critically acclaimed song, Yeba.
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Tiwa Savage Rocks Coalnterryvintage Bum Shorts In New Photo

Tiwa savage has been in the headlines for two trending reasons, her romance with Wizkid and her skimpy shorts!
Once again, the Mavin star has served us a real hot one. She took to her Instagram Ig to post a photo of her with caption “coalnterryvintage”.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Rapper CDQ Caught On Camera Fighting With Thugs After His Chain Was Snatched | Video


Nigerian rapper “CDQ” lost his cool while trying to prevent cameras after his chain was snatched, on Friday, at Splendor Hotel, Ado Ekiti.
More details later…
Watch video below;
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Tonto Dikeh Shades Falz’s “This Is Nigeria” Says He Is One Of Nigeria’s Problems

Falz’s “This is Nigeria” single has been the most talked about Single and music video since its release on sunday. It has brought about argumemts on social media. Today being the country’s democracy day, Tonto Dikeh has also dropped hwr 2 cents about the music on her instagram. Davido also passed a sarcastic comment, saying Tonto is shaking a table that has someone on it.
See her post and caption below:

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#BBNaija’s Nina Defends Tonto Dikeh Over Fake Fendi T-shirt

News broke out yesterday about Tonto Dikeh’s fake fendi T-shirt, people compared Tonto’s Tees with that of other celebs amd the sample on fendi’s official website and saw that it was quite different.
BBNaija’s Nina this morning took to her IG page to defend Tonto. Recall that Tonto Gifted Nina an iPhone X via Bobrisky.
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Stella Damasus & husband Daniel Ademinokan celebrate Wedding Anniversary

Nollywood actress Stella Damasus and her husband Daniel Ademinokan only have love for each other as they celebrate their wedding anniversary.
The two shared posts on Instagram, each wishing the other a happy anniversary.
Stella wrote:
Happy anniversary @dabishop007 my lover, my friend, my brother, my father, business partner and boss. Words cannot express how much you mean to me boo. I just want to appreciate you and also thank God for blessing me with an amazing husband. You have been there for me through thick and thin. You held my hand in my time of need and you prayed with me in my lowest moments. You brought me closer to God and taught our kids the word of God. You gave me the support I needed to do the things I love to do and gave me the FREEDOM to be me. You have given me much more than I asked for. It’s truly my pleasure to share your company and I am honored to breathe the air that you breathe. I love the way you make me feel. Everyday you go out of your way to treat me like a queen and I hope that in some way I can even measure up to that. Thank you for allowing yourself to be used by God to change not just our lives but the lives of all who have experienced you. I love you so much and I am excited to share many more years with you my love. I pray that God gives me the wisdom to continue to be the best wife any man could ever ask for. Together we make magic and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. #happyanniversary #celebration#stelladamasus #dabishop007 #actor#filmmaker #couplegoals
Daniel promised not to file for a divorce until they are both 122 years old. He wrote:
Happy Wedding Anniversary to my favourite couple in the world – US. @stelladamasus I’ve told you I’m not doing an epistle today. I just want to say that I love you and having you by my side as my wife is a great honor and blessing. Thank you for jumping through hoops with me, loving me, weathering the storm and being a part of every success story. When I think of the things we have achieved together as a team, I can’t help but marvel at your awesomeness. You are God’s answer to my prayers. Babe, I love you and I promise I won’t file for divorce till we are 122 years old. Yeah. I’ve extended it by 2 years. Till then, continue to enjoy every inch of me. Hahaha!! Love you always boo. #HappyWeddingAnniversary #StellaDamasus#DanielAdeminokan
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Read President Buhari’s full Democracy Day Address

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, May 29, addressed the nation as part of the activities to commemorate the year’s Democracy Day.
The president, in his address, tackled the issue of insecurity and the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in their communities, and the 2019 elections.
See the full speech below:
TfoUESDAY, 29TH MAY, 2018
My Dear Nigerians!
Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration. I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far. This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed Change, the Change we promised and the Change we continue to deliver. We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely; Security, Corruption and the Economy.
2. The commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day is a celebration of freedom, a salute to the resilience and determination of Nigerians and a recommitment by Government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity.
3. Public safety and security remains the primary duty of this Government. Before this Administration came into being 3 years ago, Boko Haram held large areas of land spanning several Local Governments in the North East.
4. Today, the capacity of the insurgents has been degraded leading to the re-establishment of authority of government and the release of captives including, happily, 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, and over 16,000 other persons held by the Boko Haram.
5. In order to minimize the impact of the insurgency on Internally Displaced Persons, Government has established secure IDP Camps and has improved the mechanism for the distribution of basic aid, foods and essential commodities using various strategies in collaboration with local and international Organizations.
6. Efforts are in process for resettlement of IDPs in their home communities by providing schools, hospitals, clinics, water and sanitation to facilitate a quick return to economic activities. Government is similarly implementing de-radicalization and rehabilitation programmes to facilitate sustainable peace and development.
7. The unfortunate incidences of kidnappings, herdsmen and farmers clashes in several communities which have led to high number of fatalities and loss of properties across the country is being addressed and the identified culprits and their sponsors shall be made to face the full wrath of the law. All the three tiers of Government are presently engaged with communities and religious organizations to restore peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
8. I want to commend members of the Multinational Joint Task Force drawn from Niger, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and our own country in collaboration with the International Community who are assisting in the fight against insurgency in the North East. I also commend the gallantry of members of our Armed Forces and other security agencies that have continued to provide security for lives and properties across the country. State and Local traditional authorities are helping with much needed intelligence in this fight against insurgency.
9. This administration is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties occasioned by the carnage of insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country. I wish to assure Nigerians that we will not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors are brought to justice. Government is boosting the capacity of our security agencies through recruitment of more personnel, training and procurement of modern equipment, enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges.
10. The Niger Delta Region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the Elders and the and the good people of the region. Government is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace, security and development plan for the region. The environmental clean-up of the region which commenced with the launch in Bodo, Ogoni in June, 2016 is progressing satisfactorily. Furthermore farming assets are being revived and investors in cocoa and palm oil plantations are showing serious interest.
11. The second primary object of this Administration is to fight corruption headlong. Like I have always said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will destroy the country. Three years into this Administration, Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption. We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is. I therefore appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight.
12. Various policy measures already put in place to stem the tide of corrupt practices are yielding remarkable results. Some of these key reform policies include:
The Treasury Single Account (TSA) has realized Billions of Naira being saved from maintenance fee payable to banks. N200 Billion has also been saved from elimination of ghost workers in public service.
The Whistle-Blowing Policy has helped to recover over N500 Billion;
The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit set up with a mandate to validate controls, assess risks, prune personnel costs, ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms has helped to identify and remove over 52,000 ghost workers from the Federal Government MDAs Payroll;
The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) aimed at expanding tax education and awareness has offered the opportunity for tax defaulters to regularise their status in order to enjoy the amnesty of forgiveness on overdue interest, penalties and the assurance of non-prosecution or subject to tax investigations.
The Sovereign Wealth Fund project portfolio has been expanded with an injection of US$650 million so as to strengthen its investment in local infrastructure, power, health, re-construction of Abuja-Kano road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East West Road (Section V) and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Power project as well as the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
13. The fight against corruption through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has resulted in recoveries of Billions of Naira, as well as forfeiture of various forms of assets. This alongside other efforts has improved Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation.
14. We have retained the services of one of the world’s leading assets tracing firms to investigate and trace assets globally. This is in addition to the exploitation of provisions of existing Treaties, Conventions as well as Bilateral Agreements with Multilateral bodies and Nations. Nigeria has also signed Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements to ensure that there is no hiding place for fugitives.
15. This Administration has therefore focused on revamping the ailing economy it inherited in 2015. In 2016, Government executed an expansionary budget and developed the Strategic Implementation Plan. For the first time, 30% of the budget was earmarked for capital expenditure which represents an upward review when compared with the 2015 budget. The SIP was followed by the development of a comprehensive medium term plan – the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.
16. The broad strategic objectives of the ERGP were to; Restore and sustain economic growth; Build a globally competitive economy; and Invest in our people. The implementation of the ERGP has started yielding results. The National Bureau of Statistics reports that the economy grew by 1.95% in 1st quarter 2018, which is a good performance when viewed against -0.91 in 1st quarter 2017 and -0.67% in 1st quarter 2016 respectively.
17. Our foforeign reserve has improved significantly to 47.5 billion USD as of May, 2018 as against 29.6 billion USD in 2015. The inflationary rate has consistently declined every month since January, 2017.
18. Recently, Government conducted Focus Labs in three key sectors of the Economy namely, Agriculture & Transport, Manufacturing and Processing as well as Power and Gas. These have yielded significant prospects for investments and Job creation to the tune of US$ 22.5 billion with a potential for creating more than 500,000 jobs by 2020. These investment generation initiatives are expected to increase capital inflows in the form of foreign direct investment. There is a high prospect that the cumulative investments from this first phase of the Labs will hit US$39.2 billion by 2025.
19. Under agriculture, Nigeria continues to pursue a strategic food security programme built around self-sufficiency and minimization of import dependency. As a result, rice importation from other countries has been cut down by 90% which has a direct impact on foreign reserves.
20. The Social Investment Programmes (SIP) has been created as a means to graduating our citizens from poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support. The major strategic objective is to restore livelihood, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor across the country. The SIP programmes and projects include:
Home Grown School Feeding Programme – About 8.2 million pupils are currently being fed from 24 States of the Federation with over 75,000 Catering Staff engaged under the programme.
The Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 297,000 caregivers and being trained by 2,495 Community Facilitators in 21 states. Less privileged Nigerians are now being paid N5,000 monthly stipend in 9 pilot States of Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo. Eventually the scheme will cover all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
Under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme – About 264,269 loans had been disbursed to 4,822 societies in the 36 States and FCT, while another 370,635 are awaiting release of funds.
N-Power Job creation Scheme – is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates and has so far recruited 200,000 youths while the next batch of 300,000 have been selected, verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT. Furthermore, 20,000 non-graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N-Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.
21. In the area of power generation, Nigerians from all parts of the country continue to report better power supply and less use of generators. This underscores the effectiveness of the methodical plan to deliver incremental and uninterrupted power supply to our homes, markets, offices and factories.
22. The country achieved 5, 222.3 MW representing the highest peak of power generated onto the national grid and delivered to customers in December, 2017. With new facilities, repairs and rehabilitations by Government and private investors, generation capability now exceeds 7,500 MW.
23. This Administration is committed to lawful interventions to ensure the operators of the distribution business live up to expectations especially in the areas of distribution capacity, service delivery, collection efficiency, and metering to eliminate contentious estimated billing.
24. The Transportation Sector continues to undergo a series of reforms in order to sustain the international best practices and ensure safety and security. The nation’s major airports have witnessed reconstruction of runways, installation of navigational equipment and new international terminals due for commissioning in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu. Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Nigeria and the Governments of other countries will significantly open up new flight routes.
25. As a result of strict regulatory and compliance policies, Nigeria retained her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 status, after a routine international audit. Recently, a new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility with capacity for aircraft C-checks and other comprehensive levels of maintenance was established in Lagos. This would save the country an estimated $90m annually.
26. Giant strides have been recorded over the past three years to improve road transport infrastructure in all geopolitical zones of the country.
27. The Railway Sector has also received tremendous attention as this Administration is committed to the goal of linking all State capitals in the Federation by rail network to ease the movement of goods and passengers.
28. The Education Sector especially at tertiary level has continued to witness expansion in order to improve access to higher education by millions of youths in Nigeria. Over the last three years, Government has approved the establishment of 1 new Federal Polytechnic, granted licenses for the establishment of 4 State and 14 private-owned Universities as well as 12 private Polytechnics.
29. Government has also continued to support the implementation of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education delivery. Thus, it has ensured proper funding at the Basic Education level with the disbursement of N42.2 billion UBE Matching Grant to 26 States and the FCT, N851.5 million Special Education Grant disbursed to 23 States and private providers of Special Education and N2.2 billion Teachers Professional Development Fund to 33 States and the FCT.
30. The Federal Government has continued to support fiscal sustainability at the sub-national governments through the implementation of the Budget Support Facility which was accompanied by the 22- point Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Thus, bailouts funds were made available to States to ease their fiscal challenges and other obligations including payment of salaries.
31. In addition, a total of 73 Ecological Fund projects for the control of gully erosion in different communities across all geopolitical zones have been completed in the last three years and are undergoing commissioning while 53 other projects are ongoing. The execution of these projects has generated 357 skilled jobs and 1,350 unskilled jobs during this period.
32. It is pertinent to also make mention of the immeasurable contributions of the Nigerian woman to national development and advancement of democracy, over the last three years. The government and people appreciate you all as mothers of our great country.
33. My dear country men and women, as we all celebrate our democratic experience, let us resolve to avoid hatred and intolerance; we can only achieve our objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.
34. Finally, the up-coming months will usher us into another season of general elections. Let me use this opportunity to urge us all to conduct ourselves, our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence such that we will have not only hitch free elections but also a credible and violence free process.
35. In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill
36. I thank you for your attention.
37. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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