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JAMB directs 2022 candidates to print notication slips

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all candidates who registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to start printing their 2022 UTME notification slips from Saturday.

JAMB’s Director of Information and Technology Services, Mr Fabian Okoro, made the announcement via a statement released to JAMBULLETIN ahead of this year’s exercise.

According to the statement, the 2022 UTME notification slip is available for printing by all candidates who registered for the examination scheduled to hold from May 6 to 14.

Okoro stressed that the printing of examination notification slip was compulsory for all candidates, as it enables them to know the venue, date, session and time of their examination.

“All candidates are advised to print slips on time so as to know the location of their examination centres, date of their scheduled sessions and time of the examination beforehand, especially with the adjustment in examination schedules this year,” he said.

“This would guide them in making necessary arrangements ahead of the exercise as the board frowns at lateness to its examination; no excuses would be entertained from any candidates as a stitch in time, saves nine.

“Candidates need not visit any CBT centres for the printing of the notification slip as it can be done at any available internet point, be it private or public. To print the slip, candidates are to visit then click on 2022 UTME slip printing then insert registration number to print.”

The slip contains candidates’ important details such as registration number, the centre to which they were to sit the examination within their chosen examination town, and the expected time to be at the centre.

In a related development, the board insisted that all candidates would be checked into the examination hall using the Biometric Verification Machine (BVM) – a register of attendance in line with its policy of ‘no biometric verification, no examination’.

It stressed that no examination would be rescheduled for whatever reason, saying candidates must prepare ahead and stay close to their examination venues and if possible, pay a prior visit to their centres before the date of the examination.

JAMB asked candidates to be careful not to run afoul of the law, especially at it relates to prohibited items, saying necessary sanctions would be meted out to violators of its code of conduct.

These include flash drives, smart watches, calculators, recorders, mobile phones, spy reading glasses and jewelleries, among others.

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Elon Must planning to cut cost, staff to improve Twitter’s income

Bouncing to action, the new Twitter owner Elon Musk has reportedly said he would be cutting cost and staff in order to improve the company’s total income.

During conversations with banks, Musk told bankers that he would be focused on the social-media company’s bottom line, and floated the idea of cutting both costs and jobs, according to people familiar with the matter.

According to the Washington Post, Musk addressed “efficiencies” at the microblogging platform with bankers, “which could include job cuts.”

Twitter or its CEO Parag Agrawal have not commented on the reports. Agrawal had told employees that there would be “no layoffs at this time”.

However, according to sources, Musk may reduce jobs in the company’s policy department.

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U.S. reacts as Russia talks of World War III

U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed sharp criticism, on Tuesday, of a warning from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding a pending World War III and the possible use of nuclear weapons.

“You’ve heard us say a number of times that that kind of rhetoric is very dangerous and unhelpful,” Austin said following an international conference on supplying weapons to Ukraine held at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany.

“Nobody wants to see a nuclear war happen. Dangerous rhetoric is clearly unhelpful. And something that we won’t engage in,” he added.

Speaking on Monday, Lavrov said the danger was real and should not be underestimated.

He compared the current situation to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

After the Ramstein meeting that drew in some 40 countries, Austin said that an international contact group to support Ukraine’s military would meet on a monthly basis in the future.

“The contact group will be a vehicle for nations of goodwill to intensify efforts, coordinate assistance and focus on winning today’s fight and the struggles to come,” he said.

The goal was to provide long-term military support to Ukraine beyond the current crisis.

Austin welcomed Germany’s “major decision” to support Ukraine with armoured anti-aircraft systems.

The transfer of 50 of the Cheetah vehicles, known as Gepards in German, marked a “significant” step that brings important additional capabilities to Ukraine, he said.

“We are all determined to help Ukraine win today and build strength tomorrow,” he said, describing the meeting as “an important session on long-term support for Ukraine’s defences, including what that will take from our defence industrial bases.”

The U.S. department of Defence made clear that the conference was not under NATO auspices. Non-members were among those attending.

Many representatives participated via video.

Speaking at the airbase, German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said Ukrainian soldiers were to be trained to use artillery systems on German soil.

President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine meant that Russia had “taken its leave of the circle of civilised nations,” she said.

The situation remained dire in Ukraine on Tuesday, with officials reporting multiple dead and wounded across the country due to continuing Russian attacks.

The Russian military claimed it had captured the entire southern region of Kherson and made territorial gains in eastern areas.

It also said it had destroyed four Ukrainian ammunition depots in the Slovyansk area through airstrikes.

According to the Ukrainian account on Tuesday evening, there has been little change in Russian attacks or gains in eastern Ukraine.

After Russian forces largely pulled back from Ukraine’s west and north following a stalled invasion and a failed attempt to take the Ukrainian capital Kiev, its forces are now focusing on the east, trying to establish a land corridor between the Donbass.

Much of the Donbass is held by pro-Russian separatists, and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

It is also thought that Russian forces are attempting to encircle the remaining Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. Doing so would take a large part of Ukraine’s army out of action and be a significant blow to the country’s defences.

Ukraine’s military warned of an activation of Russian troops in the self-proclaimed Republic of Transnistria in Moldova.

Transnistria, which lies on Ukraine’s western border, belongs to Moldova under international law but has been controlled by Russia since 1990.

Should Russian troops from Transnistria and paramilitary groups loyal to Moscow from the region intervene in the war, there is a potential threat of encirclement of Ukrainian forces in the south of the country, especially around the Odessa region.

“The units of the Russian armed forces have been put on full combat readiness,” a report by the Ukrainian general staff published on Facebook on Tuesday evening said.

In addition, the security forces of the Moldovan separatists had also been put on heightened readiness, it said.

This followed several explosions that took down radio towers in Transnistria.

The towers in the region along the border with Ukraine had been used to broadcast Russian radio stations.

On Monday, the Ministry for State Security in the Transnistrian capital of Tiraspol came under attack, prompting the Transnistrian security council to impose the highest terrorist alert level.

Ukraine accuses Russia of provocative acts with the aim of generating panic.

Also on Tuesday, Belarus announced an unexpected military exercise involving its air force and anti-aircraft troops alongside Russian forces.

The exercise is set to last until Friday, the Defence Ministry in Minsk announced, according to the Interfax news agency.

The leadership of the Russian air force and anti-aircraft forces from Russia’s Western Military District were due to join the manoeuvres, it said.

No further details were provided.

Russia used its close ally Belarus as a staging ground for its invasion of Ukraine and has continued to use the country for attacks on Ukraine since Feb. 24.

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Oyo PDP stakeholders faults Makinde over ‘excessive’ borrowing

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Oyo State, on Tuesday, decried what they called excessive borrowing by the Gov. Seyi Makinde-led administration.

The stakeholders stated this at a news conference in Ibadan over what they described as the precarious condition of the state.

A PDP governorship aspirant, Mr Hazeem Gbolarumi, who spoke at the news conference, on behalf of the stakeholders, said that Makinde’s excessive borrowing was contrary to the party’s reason for supporting his candidature in the 2019 election.

Gbolarumi said that the borrowing could not be measured with the current low level of development in the state, poverty and low access to economic opportunities, which, he said, had affected the wellbeing of the people of the state.

According to him, one of the major objectives of PDP is to provide good governance that ensures probity and participatory democracy which, in turn, guarantees fundamental human rights of all the citizenry.

These, he said, had not been fulfilled by the governor, despite all the interventions by PDP stakeholders.

Gbolarumi accused Makinde of not promoting political stability within the party and fostering unity and integration among members.

He also said that the governor had not safeguarded the party’s core values, in his deliberate attempts to undermine the party in the state.

“PDP stakeholders, therefore, express dissatisfaction with the way the governor has been undermining the party in the state.

“Our commitment, as concerned stakeholders in Oyo State PDP, is to ensure free and fair process.

The governor is the distributor of nomination forms to candidates in Oyo State PDP, especially those from other political parties, at the expense of the bona fide party members.

“This has been Makinde’s modus operandi since his assumption of office as governor.

“Going by the PDP principles at national level, we remain unshaken, and our pledge to ensure that we counter any action by the governor to jeopardise the emergence of credible candidates remains unshaken,” he said.

Gbolarumi urged PDP national headquarters to ensure that the party did not lose to another party in the state due to the present situation of things, stressing that grassroots support was being threatened.

He said that he had obtained his governorship nomination form to contest against Makinde during the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party in the state.

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Again, police transfer Osinachi’s case, husband

The FCT Police Command has transferred the case of the late gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, to the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Recall that the ‘Ekwueme’ singer died on April 8 after allegedly enduring years of domestic violence from her husband Peter Nwachukwu.

The late singer’s husband, Peter was arrested after the family reported the matter to the police.

The case has since been at the State Criminal Investigation Department, as the police carried out autopsy on the late singer.

Giving update, the FCT Command spokesperson, Josephine Adeh said Osinachi’s case has been transferred to the Department of Public Prosecution for legal advice.

“The case is no longer with us.

“It is now with the DPP in the office of the Attorney-General,” Adeh told newsmen.

The case was reportedly transferred after the release of autopsy report on Monday.

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2023 elections: INEC to spend N239bn on poll materials

The Independent National Electoral Commission will spend at least N239.2bn on procuring voting materials and vehicles that will be used in the 2023 general election.

This is according to the 2023 General Election Project Plan that was launched by INEC in Abuja on Thursday, April 21.

The Commission stated that N239.2bn, which constitutes 78.44 per cent of its N305bn budget, would be spent on 10 critical items which included ballot papers, operational vehicles, ballot boxes, allowances of ad hoc workers, printing of result sheets, logistics and procurement of accreditation devices.

Also included in the N239.2bn budget is the N27.1bn set aside by the commission for possible run-off elections, including the one for the presidential poll.

A breakdown of the document, 2023 General Election Project Plan, shows that the highest single component will be the procurement of accreditation devices which will gulp N105.2bn. This also constitutes 34.51 per cent of the total election budget of N305bn.

The allowance for ad hoc workers, who will be more than one million people, is pegged at N23.7bn while N23bn was set aside for election logistics expenses which include the movement, deployment and retrieval of men and materials for the elections.

INEC will also spend N20.6bn on the printing of ballot papers and N12.7bn on the procurement of non-sensitive materials. The commission set aside N9.5bn for the printing of result sheets, N7.8bn for the procurement of ballot boxes and a separate N5.39bn for the same purpose. The electoral body will also spend N3.9bn for the procurement of operational vehicles.

In a diagram illustrating a comparative analysis of the 2019 and 2023 general election budgets, INEC noted that while N189bn was set aside for the previous elections, the 2023 general election would gulp N305bn.

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2023: INEC speaks on elections schedule amidst Nigerian insecurities

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, has said despite the insecurity and other challenges facing the country, the 2023 general elections would be held as scheduled.

Yakubu disclosed this at the public presentation of the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (SP) and the 2023 Election Project Plan (EPP). According to him, the documents were the third in the series of strategic election plans since deliberate planning of elections started in 2012.

”“We are also aware of the security challenges and their impact on the electoral process. We will continue to engage early and intensely with the security agencies to ensure the safety of our personnel and materials, accredited observers and the media and, above all, the voters. Clearly, these are challenging times but we are determined that the election must hold in 2023.”he said

According to him, the elections would be conducted for 1,491 constituencies nationwide made up of one presidential constituency, 109 senatorial districts, 360 federal constituencies, 28 governorship elections and 993 state constituencies.

He mentioned that the election will involve an estimated one million electoral officials (both permanent and temporary or ad hoc staff) deployed to 176,846 polling units (PUs) in 8,809 Wards and 774 Local Government Areas across the country.

The INEC boss also said that by next week, the commission will conclude the revision of the Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Elections to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022. He added that work has also commenced on the review of the manuals for the training of election duty personnel.

He said the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise will end on 30th June 2022 and all eligible voters that are yet to register are advised to do so on or before that date if they intend to vote.

He urged Nigerians who registered between June and December 2021 to collect their PVCs in person as no PVCs will be collected by proxy. The INEC boss reiterated that PVCs have no expiry date and assure all registered voters that PVCs issued by INEC remain valid for all elections.

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Buhari summons Security Chiefs, others over nation’s security challenges

President Muhammadu Buhari has summoned security meeting sequel to the recommendations by the council of State over the security challenges facing some parts of the country.

Gov. Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa had on April 14 briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the Council of State, where he announced that the president would be meeting security chiefs this week, over the current security situation in the country.

He said the meeting followed recommendations and comments by the Council of State.

He said the necessary measures would be taken to ensure that farmers across the country carry out their activities without any hindrance to boost food production in the country.

President Buhari had on Wednesday at the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) warned of tougher security measures in restive parts of the country and review of operations and strategy.

He reassured Nigerians that the efforts that resulted in relative peace in South-South, and rescuing of North-East from the hold of terrorists would be ramped up.

According to him, the major security challenges have remained in the North Central and North West, saying, “We are going to be very tough.’’

The meeting held at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, was attended by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some cabinet Ministers, Service Chiefs and heads of security establishments at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Others at the meeting included, Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno.

Also in attendance were the Inspector-General of Police, Baba Usman; the Director-General of the Department of State Service (DSS), Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai.

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Gov. Buni commiserates with Nigeria Air Force over plane crash

Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe on Wednesday in Damaturu expressed condoled with the Nigeria Air Force and the families of officers who died in its plane crash on Tuesday.

Buni expressed his condolences in a statement issued by Mamman Mohammed, Director-General Press Affairs and Media to the governor.

He described the accident as tragic, unfortunate and a huge loss to the country, the Nigeria Air Force and families of the departed officers.

“The Nigeria Air Force had unfortunately recorded a huge loss with its officers paying the supreme sacrifice in its efforts to safeguard the nation.

“On behalf of the government and the people of Yobe, I condole with the Nigeria Air Force and the families of the deceased officers,’’ Buni was quoted as saying.

He specifically condoled with the family of Flt.-Lt. Abubakar Alkali, an indigene of Yobe who died in the crash.

“The unfortunate incident consumed a young, talented and determined officer who was committed to doing the state proud in the service of his fatherland.

“May God grant the souls of Abubakar and the other victim eternal rest and their families, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,’’ the governor prayed.

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Photos of two Air Force pilots who died in aircraft crash in Kaduna

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the death of two pilots in a crash involving its trainer aircraft in Kaduna State.

NAF Director of Public Relation and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, in a statement on Wednesday, identified the officers as Flight Lieutenant Abubakar Muhammed Alkali and Flight Lieutenant Elijah Haruna Karatu.

The two officers were among the Nigerian Airforce officers who returned from Pakistan in April 2021 following six-month training in the Asian country.

Gabkwet said the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft crash occurred on Tuesday,19 April 2022 at NAF Base, Kaduna.

In the statement, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, stated that NAF will ensure it thoroughly investigate the cause of the crash.

Air Marshal Amao stated this when he visited Kaduna earlier on Wednesday, April 20, to commiserate with families, friends, and colleagues of the two pilots.

Nigerian Air Force confirms death of two pilots in aircraft crash in Kaduna, begins investigation

Nigerian Air Force confirms death of two pilots in aircraft crash in Kaduna, begins investigation

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Chrisland Schools: Tonto Dikeh speaks on taking viral sex video off the internet

The Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has started campaign to take the disturbing viral sex video of Chrisland Schools minors off the internet.

Tonto Dikeh in a post tagged the entertainment executive, Ubi Frankline for support as well as other concerned parents while making her first donation, as she was in touch with “someone” to work on the deletion.

The viral sex video involving the 10-year-old female pupil of Chrisland Schools and male pupils has earned them suspension while the girl’s mother had tagged the act as rape, but was lambasted by Nigerians for not playing her parental role well.

Recall that FELLOW PRESS reported the school has being closed down by the Lagos State Government indefinitely.

Tonto Dikeh wrote: “I have been in touch with someone who can get this video off the net for good!! The price is outrageous ,@ubifranklinofficial I will donate 500thousand naira only and we can push this to concern fans and children advocator to contribute or the parents can work it up!! Which ever way the first is trying to heal this kids. And work on how to punish the school for its involvement in the cover up and neglect”

The actress had earlier criticized the girl’s mother in the viral video, that the Chrisland pupil was not raped and that was not her first time to be involved in sexual act.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State government has warned against circulating or distributing sex video involving minor, as anyone caught with such risks 14 years imprisonment for Child Porn under the appropriate law.

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Another investor overtakes Elon Musk as Twitter’s largest shareholder

World’s richest man, Elon Musk has been displaced as the largest shareholder in Twitter by Vanguard Group, an asset manager.

On Thursday April 14, Vanguard Group increased its stake of 8.4 percent (67.2 million shares) in Twitter to 10.3 percent (82.4 million shares), according to documents sent to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 8.

This is higher than the 9.1 percent (73.1 million shares) stake Musk bought on March 14, with Vanguard Group’s total investment value worth $3.71 billion, against Musk’s $3.29 billion, when their stake is pegged to Twitter’s market share value.

The investment has set the stage for an ownership battle between the institutional investor and individual investor, considering Musk had launched a bid to buy Twitter.

Musk is still the largest individual shareholder, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey is the second largest, but he said on Thursday that he is “not sure” whether his takeover bid will be successful, hours after making the offer. “I am not sure that I will actually be able to acquire it,” the billionaire said on Thursday at a TED event in Vancouver.

Vanguard Group is one of eight institutional investors in the top ten largest shareholders in Twitter, while Musk and the microblogging site founder, Jack Dorsey, are the only two individual investors in the rank.

The move by Vanguard Group is seen as a dig at Musk’s aspiration to become the sole owner of Twitter, and would cost the billionaire the support of the now largest stakeholder in his bid to exit the firm from the public market, which the billionaire says will affect the potential of the social media platform.

Musk had offered to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share, against the current price of Thursday, $45.08. He threatened to take out his $3.71 billion in the firm if his offer is rejected. His exit could tank the value of Twitter’s share, considering the influence he has in the U.S capital market.

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Lower Niger River Basin unveils dam projects, others

In a bid to fulfill its mandate, the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA) has constructed dams, drilled boreholes and other environmental projects, the Managing Director, Dr. Adeniyi Saheed Aremu has said.

According to him, about 62 projects have been completed while three are still ongoing, covering different locations.

Dr. Aremu noted that some of the dam projects carried out by the authority includes Aran-Orin Dam in Kwara South Senatorial district – Completed; Omu-Aran Dam in Kwara South Senatorial district – Completed; Yashikira Dam, Baruten LGA, Kwara State – Completed; Okuta Dam, Baruten LGA, Kwara State –  Completed; Iyah Gbede Dam, Ijumu LGA, Kogi State – Completed; Takete-Idde Dam, Yagba East LGA, Kogi State  – Completed; Moshe-Gada Dam, Baruten LGA, Kwara State – On-going; Odo-Ape Dam, Kabba-Bunu LGA, Kogi State – On-going and an ongoing project at Kpada Dam, Patigi LGA, Kwara State.

Besides dams construction, LNRBDA also carried out and completed Flood and Erosion Control Works including the Channelization and Flood Control Work At Koro Ile Ale Ileku Off Popo Giwa Ilorin, Ilorin West LGA, Kwara State; Construction and Channelization within Iyaniwura Area of Igbona Road, Kwara State; Construction and Channelization Within Oke-Andi Area, Ilorin East LGA, Kwara State; Channelization and Flood Control Work Of Abimbola Street Tanke Ilorin, Ilorin South LGA, Kwara State; Channelization and Flood Control Work At Isale Arowasi Off Ita Kudima Street Ilorin, Ilorin West LGA, Kwara State; Channelisation and Road Rehabilitation At Asa Dam Estate Behind NNPC Mega Station Ilorin, Kwara State.

Others includes the Flood And Erosion Control Along Owa Kojola street, Gaa Akanbi, Ilorin South LGA, Kwara State; Ajibesin-Oniru Air Force Channelization And Flood Control, Oloje Housing Estate, Ilorin, Kwara State; Erosion control at Upstream of Afelele Dam, Offa; Flood and Erosion Control Works Along Enji River, Offa, Kwara State; Erosion Control At Printing Road, Off Offa Road Gra, Ilorin South Lga, Kwara State; Erosion Control Works At Chiroma Patigi Road, Kwara State; Erosion Control Works At Ibrahim Dama Mawogi Road, Patigi, Kwara State; Erosion Control and Surface Dressing of Farm Access On Ikotun Road In Ojoku, Oyun LGA, Kwara State; Flood And Erosion Control Works In Otte-Etile Ballah Junction Asa LGA Kwara Central Senatorial District Completed and Flood And Erosion Control Work At Pakata Ubandawaki, Govt. Girls Day Sec. Sch. Road, Ilorin.

Meanwhile, about 40 motorised and solar boreholes were drilled across different local governments under its juisdiction, including: Owalobo Palace Obbo-Ile, Ekiti LGA Kwara State; Emi Kochita Alera, Ifelodun LGA, Kwara State; Ajuba Area, Oba’s Compound Ijagbo, Oyun LGA Kwara State amongst others.

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Russia threatens war against Finland, Sweden if they join NATO

Russia has warned NATO that if Sweden and Finland joined the military alliance then the Kremlin would have to bolster its nuclear defences in the Baltic.

‘There can be no more talk of any nuclear-free status for the Baltic – the balance must be restored,’ said Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council.

‘Naturally, we will have to reinforce these borders. Until today, Russia has not taken such measures and was not going to. If our hand is forced well… take note it wasn’t us who proposed this.’

The former president added Russia would ‘seriously reinforce its group of ground forces and air defences and deploy significant naval forces in the Gulf of Finland.’

The threat comes after Sweden and Finland edged closer to NATO membership yesterday, and their application bids could be submitted in weeks.

Sweden’s prime minister Magdalena Andersson is understood to be eager for the country to join the trans-Atlantic alliance by June, to the fury of Vladimir Putin who invaded Ukraine in part for its desire to join the pact.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked about the comments by journalists, said that ‘this has been talked about many times’ and Putin has issued an order on ‘reinforcing our western flank’ due to NATO’s growing military potential.

Asked if this reinforcement would include nuclear weapons, Peskov said: ‘I can’t say… There will be a whole list of measures, necessary steps. This will be covered at a separate meeting by the president.’

The Swedish application is expected to be submitted by the NATO meeting in Madrid on June 29-20, Swedish reports said yesterday.

Similarly, Finland is hoping to start its application process ‘within weeks, not within months’, its prime minister Sanna Marin said.

And today, Finland announced a military exercise in Western Finland with the participation of forces from Britain, the United States, Latvia and Estonia.

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Foreign airlines to start selling ticket in dollars, naira crashes

Foreign Airlines will from 19 April ask Nigerians looking to travel out of the country to buy their tickets in dollars.

The development is coming amid the worsening shortage of foreign exchange in the country.

Multinational companies operating in Nigeria have been facing difficulties repatriating their dollar profits.

In fact, at the commissioning of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) new terminal, Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had revealed that foreign airlines’ trapped fund in Nigeria was about N117 billion ($283million).

To checkmate the trapped funds on Wednesday the international airlines on APG Interline Electronic Ticketing Agreements GP code 275 announced plans to start issuing tickets in dollars, effective April 19, 2022.

“We are making this changes due to the difficulty in repatriating airlines’ funds stuck in Nigeria and other countries, coupled with foreign exchange fluctuations”, the group said.

In a travel advisory to its trade partners, titled, “APG IET: Restrictions of Sales in US Dollars”, APG said, “Dear travel partners, warm greetings from APG. This is to bring to your notice that with effect from April 19, 2022, GP would only accept issuing of tickets in US dollars and not naira.

“This is mainly due to repatriation issues and the forex situation in the country. This would most likely be a temporary measure till the forex situation improves. Our sincere apologies for any inconveniences this may cause to you and your business. Thank you for understanding”.

Notable carriers on the APG IET platforms include South African Airways, South African Airways, Fly Dubai, Kenya Airways, Middle East Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Rwanda Air, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, French Bee, Egypt Air, ASKY, Air Seychelles, Air Algerie, and Air Namibia.

Others are Air Panama, Air Burkina, Avianca, Bangkok Airways, Cabo Verde Airlines, Fiji Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, and Malaysian Air amongst others.

Some of the carriers which fly directly into Nigeria are South Africa Airways, Turkish Airlines, Asky Airlines, Egypt Air, Royal Air Maroc, Middle East Airlines, Rwanda Air and Kenya Airways.

If the airlines follow forward with their intentions, the black market exchange rate of the dollar would finally cross N600, as desperate Nigerians travelling out of the country will have to source dollars from the black market.

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Elon Musk offers to buy Twitter

Elon Musk is offering to buy Twitter, just days after the Tesla CEO said he would no longer be joining the social media company’s board of directors.

Twitter Inc. said in a regulatory filing on Thursday that Musk, who currently owns slightly more than 9% of its stock and is the company’s biggest shareholder, provided a letter to the company on Wednesday that contained a proposal to buy the remaining shares of Twitter that he doesn’t already own. Musk offered $54.20 per share of Twitter’s stock.

He called that price his best and final offer, although the billionaire provided no details on financing. The offer is non-binding and subject to financing and other conditions.

“I invested in Twitter as I believe in its potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe, and I believe free speech is a societal imperative for a functioning democracy,” Musk says in the filing. “However, since making my investment I now realize the company will neither thrive nor serve this societal imperative in its current form. Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company.”

The buyout offer from Musk is just the latest development in his relationship with Twitter. The billionaire revealed in regulatory filings over recent weeks that he’d been buying shares in almost daily batches starting Jan. 31. Only Vanguard Group’s suite of mutual funds and ETFs controls more Twitter shares.

Musk has been a vocal critic of of Twitter in recent weeks, mostly over his belief that it falls short on free speech principles. The social media platform has angered followers of Donald Trump and other far-right political figures who’ve had their accounts suspended for violating its content standards on violence, hate or harmful misinformation. Musk also has a history of his own tweets causing legal problems.

Musk said last week that he informed Twitter he wouldn’t be joining its board of directors five days after he was invited. He didn’t explain why, but the decision coincided with a barrage of now-deleted tweets from Musk proposing major changes to the company, such as dropping ads — its chief source of revenue — and transforming its San Francisco headquarters into a homeless shelter. Musk left a few clues on Twitter about his thinking, such as by “liking” a tweet that summarized the events as Musk going from “largest shareholder for Free Speech” to being “told to play nice and not speak freely.”

After Musk announced his stake, Twitter quickly gave Musk a seat on its board on the condition that he not own more than 14.9% of the company’s outstanding stock, according to a filing. But Musk backed out of the deal.

Musk’s 81 million Twitter followers make him one of the most popular figures on the platform, rivaling pop stars like Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. But his prolific tweeting has sometimes gotten him into trouble with the SEC and others.

Musk and Tesla in 2018 agreed to pay $40 million in civil fines and for Musk to have his tweets approved by a corporate lawyer after he tweeted about having the money to take Tesla private at $420 per share. That didn’t happen but the tweet caused Tesla’s stock price to jump. Musk’s latest trouble with the SEC could be his delay in notifying regulators of his growing stake in Twitter.

Musk has described himself as a “free speech absolutist” and has said he doesn’t think Twitter is living up to free speech principles — an opinion shared by followers of Donald Trump and a number of other right-wing political figures who’ve had their accounts suspended for violating Twitter content rules.

Shares of Twitter jumped 11% before the market open. The stock is still down from its 52-week high of about $73. Shares of Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer that Musk heads, slipped about 0.9%.

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NSCDC charges new recruits on competence, selflessness

The New recruits into the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), in Edo have been charged on competence and selflessness to duty.

The state Commandant of the corps, Mr Samuel Dan, stated this while addressing the new recruits at their training ground on Wednesday in Benin.

Congratulating them on their successful recruitment, Dan admonished them to always remember that the corps was a para military security agency.

He said in view of this utmost competence, discipline, selflessness and loyalty was expected of them at all times.

He urged them to remain focus, dedicated and committed to their training, so that they would complete their three months training successfully and proceed to the NSCDC training school.

The 127 new recruits were from the ranks of Corps Assistant I to Assistant Superintendent of Corps II.

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New York subway shooting suspect, Frank James, arrested

New York City police on Wednesday arrested Frank James, the suspect in the mass shooting that occurred on a crowded subway train in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

James, 62, was taken into custody in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan without incident, police said.

New York City Police Commissioner, Keechant Sewell, at a news conference, said James was stopped on the street by two officers in response to a tip police received on its Crimestoppers hotline.

He was arrested and transported to a New York Police Department (NYPD) facility, where he will be processed.

“We used every resource at our disposal. We were able to shrink his world quickly. There was nowhere for him left to run,” Sewell said.

Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said James would be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court and charged with several crimes, including terrorism against a mass transit system, a federal offense.

He faces up to life in prison if found guilty.

James was initially identified by police as a “person of interest” and then formally as a suspect after keys from a U-Haul van that he had rented in Philadelphia were found in the subway following Tuesday’s attack.

“My fellow New Yorkers, we got him. We got him,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said via video from Gracie Mansion, where he has been isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Less than 30 hours later, we’re able to say we got him.”

NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig, said James was known to police and had an extensive arrest history that included nine prior arrests, dating from 1992 to 1998, ranging from burglary and criminal sex acts to trespassing and disorderly conduct.

But he had no prior felony convictions and was not known to the FBI.

Witnesses to Tuesday’s shooting told police that as the train was pulling into the 36th Street station, James donned what appeared to be a gas mask, took two canisters out of his bag and opened them, filling the car with smoke.

James then brandished a 9-mm handgun, firing it at least 33 times. Ten people were shot and an additional 13 people were injured in the chaos that followed with no death recorded.

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Statistician-General, Simon Harry dies seven months after appointment

Nigeria’s statistician-general, Simon Harry is dead.

Harry who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2021 to replace Yemi Kale as statistician-general of the federation to head the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), died seven months after his appointment.

Sunday Ichedi, head of communication & public relations department told TheCable that he died on Wednesday morning, April 13.

Before his appointment as the statistician-general of the federation, Harry was the director of corporate planning and technical coordination, department of the NBS, with almost three decades of statistical experience.

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Road Safety deploys 25,225 personnel to man 29 critical corridors during Easter

The Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) has deployed 25, 225 operatives to cover 29 critical road corridors during Easter celebrations.

Its spokesman, Mr Bisi Kazeem stated in Abuja on Wednesday that the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the directive for the deployment.

The operatives are Regular and Special Marshals who will patrol the designated road corridors from April 13 to April 20 to ensure free flow of traffic and possibly reduce traffic fatalities by 15 per cent.

Also deployed to the national assignment are Zonal Commanding Officers, Sector Commanders and officers of the rank of Deputy Corps Commanders at the National Headquarters as well as Corridor Commanders.

The FRSC also assigned 580 patrol vehicles, 92 ambulances, 17 tow trucks and 73 motorbikes as logistics support for the special patrol.

On hand for the exercise are 2,096 reflective jackets, 1,000 reflective cones, 73 tyre pressure gauges, extricating machines and breathalysers.

The FRSC also activated 28 road traffic crash clinics and 48 Zebra points on major routes.

The routes would be covered by 92 ambulances to be used for rescue operations and like conveying injured victims to hospitals.

The FRSC also activated 22 Help Areas to ensure prompt removal of obstructions, corpses and the injured in the event of fatalities in road crashes during the period.

This is in addition to 10 traffic control camps dedicated solely to identifying gridlock areas to be manned throughout the day and night during the celebrations.

Dr Oyeyemi also directed Commanding Officers to engage the motoring public in purposeful and impactful public education programmes during the exercise.

He charged them to strengthen surveillance to regulate unprofessional excesses, sustain effective patrol operations and to monitor the highways adequately.

The Commanding Officers were also directed to step up patrol operations and ensure strict sanctioning of critical offences like overloading, driving of rickety vehicles and excessive smoke emission.

Other offences that will be strictly sanctioned are speed limit violations, overloading, tyre pressure violation, light signs violations including malfunctioning directional lights, headlights, rear light and brake lights.

The corps also established a Situation Room at the National Headquarters to monitor activities across the country, and to collate and process information for dissemination to relevant commands and stakeholders.

Kazeem quoted Oyeyemi as saying that: “we are very conscious of the fact that FRSC alone cannot shoulder the responsibility of ensuring safe road environments.

“I have directed Commanding Officers to liaise with strategic stakeholders within their operational areas for needed moral and logistics as well as security support.

“I have confidence in the quality of personnel and logistics that have been deployed to ensure the safety of travellers.

“It is expedient to state without mincing words that the Corps will not be able to achieve desired result if the cooperation of the motoring public is not in place.’’

Oyeyemi urged road users to comply with established traffic laws to minimise road crashes.

The corps can be reached on National Emergency Number, 122, which is toll free, for swift response whenever and wherever the need arose.

It listed other emergency numbers as 08052998090, 09067000015, and 08052998012.

The three are National Traffic Radio live lines and can also be used to reach the FRSC form swift responses.

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Osun governorship: INEC publishes details of candidates for election

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday published the personal particulars and list of candidates (Form EC9) for the Osun State Governorship election.

The commission in a statement by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, in Abuja said the list was published at INEC State and Local Government offices in Osun State as required by law.

Okoye said that the list was published in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, following the close of nominations by political parties.

FELLOW PRESS reports that according to the published particular of the 15 candidates, while none of the governorship candidates was female, six of the deputy governorship candidates were female.

The published candidates include Adegboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress, Adeleke Nurudeen of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Omigbodun Akinrinola of Social Democratic Party.

He remind political parties that under Section 32(2) of the Electoral Act 2022, any party that observes that the name of its candidate is missing from the list “shall notify the Commission in writing.

He said that such letter must be signed by such party national chairman and secretary, supported with an affidavit not later than 90 days to the election.

“Furthermore, the attention of parties is drawn to Section 32(3) of the Electoral Act 2022, which provides that failure to notify the Commission “shall not be ground to invalidate the election”.

“The final list is published in our State and Local Government offices in Osun State as well as our website and social media platforms for public information as required by law.

“Political parties are enjoined to note the provision of the law for compliance,” he said.

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Delta Govt. to construct over 30km roads in agrarian communities – Commissioner

The Delta Government has approved the construction and rehabilitation of over 30 kilometers of roads to link rural agrarian communities across the state.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this in Asaba, while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.

Aniagwu said the approvals were part of measures designed to urbanise some communities in the three senatorial districts of the state.

He listed some of the roads to include 2.05 kilometres Kokodiagbene Road in Warri South West, 10.85km Ute-Okpu/Ute-Enugu Road in Ika North East and 1.5km Ovie Palace Road in Mosogar, Ethiope West.

Others were the Etua-Oliogo and Etua Etiti Roads in Ndokwa West, 4.9km Aviara-Bethel Road in Isoko South and 1.2km Abi-Ezionum Road.

He said that “there will also be 12km internal roads in Uwheru, Ughelli North, which will cut across eight agrarian communities.

“We are still continuing with approval of projects, not just to enable us finish strong, but also reach several rural communities and urbanise them.

The commissioner said the 10.85km Ute-Okpu/Ute-Enugu Road was awarded in 2010 but “abandoned over time and later repudiated”.

He further said that the council also approved the construction of a landing jetty at Kolofiagbene in Bomadi.

He said it further approved the construction of a new office accommodation for the state Civil Service Commission.

He said that approval was also given for the appointment of a financial adviser on a proposal for the state government to partner with a nail production firm.

According to Aniagwu, the financial adviser will advise the government on the viability of the firm at Isele-Azagba and how it can take advantage of the Free Trade Zone in Kwale.

He said the council also approved the upgrade of some sports facilities, including hostels to accommodate the athletes for the National Sports Festival billed to hold in the state in November.

“We have tried to situate some of the sports facilities in schools in order for them to still be useful after the festival.

“The council also approved the upgrade of a hockey pitch in Okpanam,” the commissioner said.

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Police investigate Indian hemp-smoking officer

Police in Lagos have begun investigation into the case of one ASP Babatunde Adebayo, caught in a video while smoking Indian hemp.

Police spokesman in Lagos State, SP Benjamin Hundyin, said in a statement issued on Tuesday that Adebayo, is serving at the Sogunle Police Division of the Lagos State Command.

The video was recorded at Ijora area of Lagos, he stated.

The video went viral and caught the attention of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Usman Baba, who ordered the identification of the police officer, his arrest and investigation.

Hundyin stated that the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Alabi, has directed the immediate commencement of appropriate disciplinary measures commensurate with Adebayo’s rank.

“CP Alabi has equally warned officers and men of the Command to steer clear of unprofessional and unethical conducts as any officer found guilty would be severely sanctioned,’’ he stated.

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Osinachi left marriage but pastors begged her to return – Mother

The gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu’s mother has made some revelations about the singer’s marriage.

Osinachi’s mother, speaking with BBC Igbo, said that Peter Nwachukwu, the deceased’s husband, allegedly threatened that his late wife would only leave the marriage in death.

She revealed that Osinachi left her marriage for over a year, and only returned after her husband came with pastors to beg.

She also mentioned that she could not see her grandchildren for eight years and was never allowed to come for Omugwo (traditional Igbo custom for postpartum care by the woman’s mother) when they were born.

According to her, Osinachi’s husband never allowed her family into their house until some pastors intervened.

The deceased mother added that she told Osinachi severally to leave the marriage but she insisted on staying, insisting that the Bible frowns at divorce.

She denied claims by Peter about the singer’s health, adding that before her daughter died, she and her husband went for medical checkup and were told by experts that nothing was wrong with her.

Meanwhile, Osinachi’s husband has since been arrested by the FCT Police Command

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Our staff under watch for any misconduct – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has stated that its staff are being watched for any misconduct.

The commission this Tuesday on its social media page, “Are you aware that EFCC Staff are being watched for any form of misconduct?  Well, the Commission has a Department of Internal Affairs that deals with any form of misconduct by staff, and you can conveniently report such issues from the comfort of your home via- 09158993541or E-mail; Note! You can only call or send an email when you are 100% sure, and have supporting evidence to back your claims.”

Meanwhile, the commission on Monday arraigned a fake Army General identified as Bolarinwa Abiodun in court on a 13-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, forgery of documents and possession of documents containing false pretence to the tune of N266, 500,000.

The statement reads in part, “The defendant, who posed as a General in the Nigerian Army allegedly, made false representations to the complainant, Kodef Clearing Resources, that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had short-listed him and one other to be appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, and that he needed a short grant to “press and process the appointment.”

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FG declares Friday, April 15; Monday April 18 public holidays to mark Easter celebration

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola

The Federal Government on Tuesday declared Friday, April 15 and Monday, April 18, as public holidays to mark the Easter celebration.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Shuaib Belgore, stated this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government.

The minister urged Christians to emulate the attributes of sacrifice, togetherness, forgiveness, kindness, love, peace and patience, which were the attributes and practices of Jesus Christ, as exemplified by his ministry on earth.

Aregbesola therefore, called on Christians and all Nigerians alike to use the occasion to pray for an end to all security challenges bedevilling every part of the country.

He assured them that the Federal Government would leave no stone unturned to ensure that the recent attacks by undesirable elements on the highways, airport and the railway were timely brought to an end.

“Security is everybody’s business. I therefore, urge Nigerians and foreigners resident in our country to display a high sense of citizenship and public spiritedness at this critical time in the history of our country by supporting the efforts of all security agencies in bringing about peace and protecting the lives and property of the citizenry,” he said.

While wishing Christians at home and in the Diaspora a happy and peaceful celebration, he called on Nigerians to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his determination to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity for all.

Aregbesola also assured Nigerians that the nation was inexorably on the path to greatness, in spite of the present challenges confronting her.

” There will surely be light at the end of the tunnel,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

He wished all Christians a most blissful Easter celebration.

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Sunday Igboho vows to return to Nigeria, be paid N29B by FG

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Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeniyi Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho, has assured his followers that he is coming home.

Speaking with the leader of the Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye and his Deputy, Prof Wale Adeniran, Igboho said he will return home soon and will ensure that the Nigerian Government pays him N20 billion as compensation.

He dismissed insinuations that he was sick.

He also hinted on continuing the struggle for the Yoruba Nation.

Igboho said: “Yoruba struggle will remain, and it will be stronger. Yorubas are suffering and smiling. They are killing, kidnapping and doing all sorts in Yorubaland and we are not talking.

“I’m coming back home soon. I’m a true son of the soil. One cannot be scared of his father’s home. Nothing will happen and no one will be scared of anyone.

“All that I’ve asked the Federal Government they are yet to answer, and the court has ruled in my favour. Asides from the judgement in Benin Republic, I’m coming to follow up with my judgement in Nigeria. Federal Government must pay my money. It is 20bn.

“When I get back to my base in Ibadan, I will thank everyone specially again. You will see me well. Dear Yorubas, don’t be scared, Igboho is back.”

Igboho was locked up in jail in Benin Republic after he was arrested at a Cotonou airport while travelling to Germany, after he was declared wanted by the Department of State Services, DSS.

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Kumuyi explains why Deeper Life made U-turn to embrace use of television

Pastor William Kumuyi, the General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, has explained that his ministry embraced the use of television, radio, social media and other technological inventions for the propagation of the Gospel.

The octogenarian preacher lamented that ‘wicked people’ are using the provisions of technology to advance their agenda, hence, the church cannot continue ‘sleeping’ but must ‘wake up’ and use the same technology for Gospel’s sake.

The 80-year-old church leader spoke in a video uploaded on Sunday via Facebook by the Ekiti State chapter of the church.

In the five-minute and 16-second video, Kumuyi regrated that the church was a latecomer in taking advantage of technological tools.

“Why are you the latecomer, why are you the one to be the last to use all these things that the people are using to make the world worse, we are going to rise up.

“Anything at the disposal of the people that are doing evil, we are going to take it away from them and use it for the propagation of the gospel. Let your NO be changed to YES,” he declared.

Earlier, Kumuyi, whose church members were known to detest television, and other gadgets, said, “People are getting new methods and they are doing evil. These are the last days and evil is growing worse because people go beyond using their natural strengths, natural technology, they use telephones, they use the media, they use all these connections, the Zoom and all these things to expand the evil they are doing.

“If those messengers of Satan are using the present-day technology and they are expanding, how about you? You will use those things available; they are not only available for messengers who do evil, they are available for the people that are doing good. You will use them.

“The church has been asleep. When radio began some years ago, people didn’t understand how voices would be coming out of a radio, and so the church at that time said, ‘No, we cannot use radio, there is something there that is magical, that is demonic, voice coming out from just a gadget?’ The church said no. Then, the people of the world began to use the radio. Then the church woke up.

“When television came, somebody somewhere performing drama, they see him on the screen and then the church said, ‘This is evil, these are the last days, look at them, bringing pictures on the screen and whatever they are doing somewhere’. And the church said, ‘No, we are not going to use that’ but later they woke up and they are now using the television.

“But now the church is waking up and we are seeing that that thing (technology) is to spread the gospel, for the word of God gets everywhere. We will be wiser than the people of the world. The Lord will wake us up.”

Kumuyi, who had been criticised last September for using a private jet and limousine to a crusade in Abuja, said, “Some people, when the aeroplane came, some people said, ‘We are not doing to use aeroplane’ and they were riding on horses. The bicycle came and they said. ‘God has given us legs and if He has given us legs, why are we going to use bicycles?’

“Motorcycles came, car came and when the aeroplane came, they said, ‘God has given us the land; He has not given us the space and so all those people who are using aeroplane are worldly, are going to go to hell’. I am telling you what they said in those days but now, all those people, aeroplane has silenced them and now they can go anywhere.”

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Osinbajo speech baseless– Reno Omokri slams VP after declaring for 2023 presidency

Social commentator and former aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, has criticized the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo after declaring intention to run for 2023 presidency.

Omokri in his post tagged “My Take on Osinbajo’s Declaration”, he dragged Osinbajo for not only failing alongside his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari but has lure Nigeria back into huge debt to the tune of N50m.

The former presidential aide listed 7 points to counter Osinbajo. Read below:

  1. Osinbajo’s declaration speech was watery and baseless. First of all, how could he say he is running to “complete the task” that Buhari started? Buhari stated extreme poverty and overwhelming security for Nigeria. Under Buhari, our country’s debt has grown from ₦12 trillion in 2015, to almost ₦50 trillion this year (if the new ₦6 trillion loan requests are granted. If Osinbajo is running to “complete” that, then he is running to completely destroy what is left of Nigeria!

  2. Osinbajo said he is running to “provide jobs for millions”. Those were his exact words. The fellow has been in charge of Nigeria’s economy for the last seven years, according to Buhari, who boasted that Osinbajo heads his economic management team . Yet, Nigerians have lost jobs created by other administrations. His job record is FAILURE! Nigeria has less jobs now, than in 2015, and our unemployment rate has increased from 12% in 2015, to 33% according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

  3. Osinbajo said he wants to “birth the expectations of greatness” for Nigeria. Under his leadership of Buhari’s economic management team, Nigeria became the world headquarters for extreme poverty. We do not need Osinbajo’s type of ‘expectation’!

  4. Osinbajo in his declaration speech said he “remained focused on securing the country”. That is an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians. Under Osinbajo and Buhari, Nigeria became the 3rd most insecure nation on Earth. Only Iraq and Afghanistan are worse than us. We just witnessed a train bombing and the abduction of over a hundred Nigerians who are still with terrorists. Over 700 of our soldiers have been killed in the last 18 months. If that is what Osinbajo’s focus produces, then we don’t need it!

  5. For years, Osinbajo has been posing as an intellectual. So, at the very least, we expected his declaration speech to be filled with his achievements in office. But it was instead filled with promises. Empty promises. Because he and Buhari have no achievements to show for their wasted seven years!

  6. Osinbajo fooled us with his empty promises in 2015. Now, he is making new promises. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Don’t forget how he was doing Trader Moni during the last elections. Did he not abandon it after he and Buhari rigged themselves to a second term?

  7. In summary, Osinbajo’s declaration speech was as short as him, because he has no achievements, no plans, no priorities. The only thing he has are promises. And let us not forget that this was the same man who promised to create 3 million jobs annually. The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. And Osinbajo’s past betrays him as an echo of Buhari’s cluelessness!

FELLOW PRESS reports that others who have declared for 2023 presidency include the All Progressives Congress national leader, Ahmed Tinubu; former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; David Umahi, the Governor of Ebonyi State; Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State Governor; former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi.

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Emefiele remains focused on delivering CBN mandate – Group

A support group, Emefiele Mobilization Team (EMT) says the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Godwin Emefiele remain focused on delivering on his mandate as governor of the apex bank.

The group stated this in statement by its spokesperson, Bashir Mohammed, in Abuja while reacting to claims by certain Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that the CBN governor was involved in politics.

He said that contrary to the claims of the CSOs, Emefiele has not been involved in any political activity of any kind, talk less of compromising the apex bank through purported “political activities”.

Mohammed said that Emefiele had not stated or indicated in any way that he was interested in vying for the position of the president.

He said that rather Emefiele remained solely focused on ensuring monetary and price stability, maintaining external reserves, providing economic and financial advice to the Federal Government and promoting a sound financial system in Nigeria.

“Recently, Emefiele launched the 100 for 100 Policy for Production and Productivity (PPP), a CBN intervention designed to stimulate investments in Nigeria’s priority sectors with the core objective of boosting production and productivity.

“He also unveiled the Mega Rice and Maize Pyramids in the FCT and Kaduna recently, both being results of the massively successful Emefiele-led Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).

“The programme has financed over four million farmers, improved their productivity, increased rice output, reduced Agriculture imports and saved the country scarce forex.”

Mohammed said that Emefiele’s numerous past feats needed not be mentioned as they were well-documented and known even to his distractors.

He said that in spite of the attempts by some people to create confusion and distract Emefiele and the CBN, Nigeria’s GDP was on the rise following its 3.4 per cent growth in 2021, the fastest growth rate in seven years.

“This is contrary to the claim by the CSOs that Mr Emefiele’s “subterranean interest” in the presidency has become a massive distraction to the CBN and the financial sector of the country,” he said.

Mohammed also described the CSOs’ allegation that the CBN’s money was being “wasted to fund different groups as “reckless and dangerous“.

Asking what evidence the CSOs have to back up their claims, Mohammed said that it was dangerous to make statement in such sensitive socio-political times.

Mohammed added that the CSOs claim that “Nigerians have lost confidence” in Emefiele’s leadership was in complete contrast to the opinion of the majority of Nigerians, especially those in rural areas outside of the FCT where the CSOs restricted themselves to.

“Nigerians nationwide who have directly been impacted, directly and indirectly by Emefiele’s good works continue to express their gratitude, confidence and belief that he continues to deliver on his mandate.

“Being the honourable, exemplary and law-abiding citizen that Emefiele is, if indeed he were interested in contesting for the post of president, he would do so in accordance with constitutional provisions,” he said.

Mohammed said that Emefiele would without a doubt be the capable, competent, seasoned, intelligent leader Nigeria requires in such challenging times.

In another separate statement also signed by Mohammed, the group decried what it termed as misleading a report published about the CBN’s 2020 currency operations claiming the bank “spent the sum of N58.618 billion to print N2.518 billion notes”.

He said that the CBN’s Currency Operations 2020 Annual Report clearly stated that CBN spent N58.6bn to print naira notes valued at N1.063 trillion.

“In other words, the cost of printing one naira note was N18, a cost consistent with global currency printing averages.

“Specifically, in line with the Emefiele-led CBN’s objective of ensuring that the banknotes needs of the economy are promptly and satisfactorily met, the apex bank approved N2.5 billion pieces of banknotes of various denominations in 2020.

“It also engaged the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Plc for production which delivered 100 per cent of the approved indent.”

Mohammed added that the CBN’s Currency Operations 2020 Annual Report also reveals that in line with the CBN’s cashless policy, the volume of notes produced decreased in comparison with the preceding year.

According to him, this is evidenced by the 33.40 per cent decrease in the boxes of banknotes processed.

“Furthermore, based on the CBN governor’s commitment to minimising the operating costs of the CBN, the total cost incurred on printing banknotes in 2020 reduced by 28.84per cent while more broadly, the bank’s expenses on currency operations decreased by 21.08 per cent,” Mohammed said.

He said that upon an unbiased examination of the facts and figures, it was now evident for all Nigerians to see, that contrary to the newspaper’s story, CBN had an efficient and prudent year of currency operations.

Mohammed added that in the same year the CBN under the guidance of Emefiele was able to record critical achievements despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The achievements, according to him, include conclusion of the upgrade of the Cash Activity Reporting Portal (CARP) for transmission of currency management data from the financial industry to the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS).

It also includes completion of a mint tracking system application and the commencement of the establishment of a currency laboratory for banknote quality assessment authentication, the registration of an additional Cash-in-Transit (CIT) company, bringing the total to nine CIT companies.

“To consolidate on the progress it made in 2020, the CBN is overseeing the transition to an automated currency operations system in its branches and is commencing the recycling of banknote waste,“ Mohammed said.

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Palm Sunday: Kaigama enjoins Christians to renew their commitment to serve God

The Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama, has advised Christians not to judge and condemn but to renew their commitment to stay with Christ Jesus.

He said that Christians` victory lay in their endurance of hardship, suffering and pains.

Kaigama made this known on Sunday during a pastoral visit to St. Michael’s Parish, Jikwoyi, for the Feast of Palm Sunday where he also administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 121 candidates.

Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem where palm branches were placed in his path, before his arrest on Holy Thursday and his crucifixion on Good Friday.

It thus marks the beginning of Holy Week, the final week of Lent.

According to Kaigama, the highest demonstration of the love of God for humanity is captured in John 3:16 where it is stated that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten so that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”.

He also said that the undefiled and unconditional love Jesus showed us was the same love we are to show to the poor, the lowly, the marginalised and the less privileged in the society.

“From the story of the suffering and death of Jesus, we understand that suffering is part of our human existence.

“Sometimes in the midst of what we suffer we tend to
think that God has forsaken us but God does not neglect us.

“The suffering we sometimes undergo is meant to help us get to where God wants us to be.

“Whenever we see ourselves going through some forms of suffering, let us remember that our Lord Jesus Christ had the same experience, but emerged victorious.

He urged Christians to unite their sufferings with His in order to also share in His glory.

“Jesus teaches us humility today. We are told that Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, a symbol of peace.

“Jesus`s humility contrasted with the majesty of worldly leaders, who would ride on horses and sometimes over the prostrated bodies of their foes.

“By this, Jesus is teaching leaders to live simply and to give up a lot of their excesses for the good of their people,” he said.

The archbishop said the poor and needy, largely the victims of bad and corrupt governance, were often made to suffer and sacrifice for the comfort of their

He further said they were victims of social, economic, political exploitation and manipulation.

Kaigama said the corrupt leaders sought their personal interests instead of what brought progress, national growth and sustainable development.

He advised leaders to show their followers, especially the youth, the example that wishing and dreaming big alone were not enough to make them who they wished to be.

He advised leaders to let the youth understand that they could only achieve this through hard work and honesty.

“The victims of kidnapping, banditry and Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria are crying and asking: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken us?”

He said that it was the same cry in the hearts of many Nigerian youths and students who were forced to stay at home due to no fault of theirs.

Kaigama, however, said that in spite of the pains and fears, Nigerians were hopeful of triumph someday, somehow, by God’s grace.

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Robbers attack Yinka Ayefele’s Fresh FM radio station on live broadcast

Fresh FM, a radio station owned by popular musician Yinka Ayefele in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, was robbed on Sunday morning, April 10, by a three man gang.

The Nation reported that the robbers stormed the station during a live broadcast and dispossessed staff on duty of laptops, phones and other personal effects.

The incident occurred around 6:30am and it was also learnt that no one was hurt. One of the radio station’s staff, Kenny Ogunmiloro tweeted;

“Nowhere is safe again, not even radio stations are spared again in d porous level of insecurity in the country My radio station was robbed by 3 armed men this morning around 6.15 am. Phones, laptops, ATM cards, and gadgets were taken away but no one was hurt This is sad.”

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Community praises Soludo for appointing member commissioner

The people of Amanuke Community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra have praised Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for appointing one of them into his cabinet.

At a civic reception on Saturday, Mr Obinna Nwachukwu, Leader of Amanuke Youths, thanked Soludo for appointing Chief Chikodi Anara as a commissioner.

The people, however, called on the governor to bring development to the area and look into the kingship tussle in the community.

They pointed out Amanuke was a stronghold of the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and had supported the party in all elections, including the Nov. 6 election which brought Soludo to power.

The youth leader said beyond the appointment, Amanuke had communal and development challenges which they were calling on the governor to address.

“We want our dear governor to come to Amanuke to see the level of underdevelopment. We are suffering, no good roads, no potable water and no electricity. We hope we will be better under his government,” he said.

Also speaking, Chief Zephaniah Oyemezie, an octogenarian, said the refusal of some people to allow the person chosen as traditional ruler to be recognised by the government had torn the 10 villages that made Amanuke apart.

Oyemezie said the community had an age-long procedure for selecting its traditional ruler and that in the interest of peace and progress of the town Soludo should take keen interest in the issue which started in 2014.

“We have an elected Igwe in Amanuke since 2014 in the person of Chief Dennis Ezebuilo but he has not been issued a certificate of recognition.

“I am among those that crowned him along with the representatives of the 10 other villages,” he said.

On her part, Mrs Abigail Nkemdilim, who spoke on behalf of the women, said they were happy that Soludo was victorious at the poll and was already working to transform Anambra.

Nkemdilim said that Amanuke people were asking him to bring back peace to the community and personally ensure that good governance got to the people.

A cleric, Mr Hycinth Okafor, said Amanuke had never worked against any government in power and urged Soludo to reciprocate by addressing some of the challenges confronting the community.

Okafor said he would not say government was not working but the problem was that a few individuals in the community hijacked projects that were due to the community.

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Poly Ibadan SUG urges students to return to campus

The Students’ Union Government (SUG) of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has urged students to return to the campus and assured of the provision of maximum security by the school management.

Recall that The Polytechnic Ibadan had recently witnessed several shooting incidents on the campus which led to the ‘stay away from campus’ order by the SUG.

A statement issued by SUG President, Adedeji Abdulazeez, implored students to resume to class from Monday, April 11, 2022.

“In lieu with the meeting held with the school management on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the students leaders of the institution requested for a lasting solution to the insecurity issues on campus which led to the stay at home advice to our students.

“The Union is very glad to inform the student populace that the management have granted our request on the insecurity issues on campus by providing an external security unit which includes: State CID, DSS, Amotekun and Operation Burst.

“We say a very big thanks and kudos to the management for taking the welfare of our students as a priority,” he said.

Abdulazeez admonished the student populace to resume for their academic activities with immediate effect as lectures would commence fully on Monday.

He, however, highlighted some requirements that students were expected to adhere to while on campus.

” Over-speeding within the institution isn’t allowed. Indecent dressing won’t be allowed within the institution.

“Cars with tinted glass won’t be allowed; except if all glasses are wound down. There will always be scrutiny before entering the institution for bikes, cars, bus, and those trekking.

“All students must come with their ID cards or any means of identification. All students should get their faculty neck mesh and make use of it always.

“If you are been harassed, intimidated, extorted or bullied, report immediately, call or text 08154309162 or 08053619094,” the president said.

Abdulazeez also stated that the SUG had promised to always take the welfare of the students as its primary prerogative.

Meanwhile, Mr Soladoye Adewole, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, applauded additional measures by the SUG to beef up security on the campus.

He noted that similar measures in the past from the management were usually were resisted by the students.

“If we had gone ahead without their input they would say we are making life difficult for them. But I am glad that they have seen the impetus for such positions from the management now,” Adewole said.

NAN recalls that The Polytechnic Ibadan had recently witnessed several shooting incidents within the campus which led to the ‘stay away from campus’ order by the SUG, which did not emanate from the school management.

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JAMB delists 1 centre as 175,000 sit for mock exam

The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said one centre was delisted from participating in the 2022 UTME examination for system failure, just as 175,000 candidates sat for its mock examination.

Oloyede told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday that the conduct of the examination was impressive and satisfactory.

The registrar identified the centre as Brain Point Computer Based Centre (CBT) at Oko-Oba in Lagos for allegedly violating the requirement for the conduct of an effective examination.

“I have done sample inspection in Lagos and Ogun. The turn-out was impressive and we are satisfied with the level of performance.

“In the process, a centre, Brain Point CBT centre in Oko-Oba, Lagos State which could not sustain their generator set is automatically delisted.

“I have given an instruction that the candidates in this should be refunded their full money,” he said.

Oloyede, who said that the CBT centres were allowed to collect up to N1,000 from candidates instead of the earlier N700, added that they needed to give their best in the conduct of the examination.

He called on some tertiary institutions on the need to maintain their facilities, saying of some their facilities were substandard, hence needed upgrading.

He however expressed satisfaction with the examinations in all the states of the federation, saying he had gotten reports from officials on the field across the country of a well-conducted examination.

“We are happy with the general performance of the examination and we urge all students to make sure that they learn from the lessons of the mock examination which is to test their ability.

“This is because, it does not follow that when you pass the mock examination; then you automatically pass the main examination.

”The mock examination is just a testing so the students should read so that they will have all it takes to pass their examination,” he added.

Oloyede also said that the 175,000 candidates who wrote the mock examination were limited to allow for only one session which started between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

He assured that the board and all the CBT centres were ready for the conduct of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) coming up from May 6 to May 16.

Speaking to some of the candidates who sat for the mock examination, Favour Izuegbulam told NAN that there were no hitches at Domivine CBT centre Abuja, as the examination went smoothly.

Also, Hosanna Sowande, who sat for the mock examinations at the Rosa-Mystica Academy, Kubwa- FCT said it was
hitch-free for her.

“The Jamb official engaged us first in biometrics as they cross checked our finger prints with the one they had.

“At exactly 8a.m., we were filed into the hall and the computer timed us for two hours which was the period we engaged in writing the exams.

“I didn’t experience any technical challenge and the mock exam has boosted my confidence to sit for the main exam,” she said.

A total of 1.8 million candidates were registered for this year’s exercise for the main UTME.

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Soludo swears in 20 commissioners in Anambra

Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra on Saturday swore in 20 commissioners with a charge for them to get ready for service.

FELLOW PRESS reports that those sworn into office were cleared earlier by the State House of Assembly.

Soludo, who performed the function at the state Executive Council Chamber, Government House Awka, charged them to deliver optimal services to the people of Anambra.

He said that his administration would declare a state of emergency in all the sectors starting with security.

“All sectors will be given due attention beginning with security which we have already started doing something,” he said.

Soludo said that the assignment of portfolio to each of the new commissioners before the swearing-in was a clear departure to known tradition.

He said that the commissioners were selected based on their areas of specialisation.

“More than 22, 000 persons applied to serve, out of which more than 1, 000 indicated interest to serve as commissioners.

“It is from this list that we picked the 20 commissioners and another commissioner nominee yet to be cleared by the lawmakers because I submitted his name after the initial list was sent,” Soludo said.

He said each of the commissioner would be given his election manifesto, Anambra vision 2070, document and the report submitted by a transition committee before his handover.

“Each of you must study the three documents because the documents constitute the template best tagged social contract with more than 15 million residents of Anambra and our people in the Diaspora,” he said.

He appealed to the people of the state, especially the families and close relatives of the commissioners, to ensure that they did not place much demands on them as their services were more to the state.

Responding on behalf of her colleagues, Mrs Sylvia Ifemeje, the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, thanked God and Soludo for their appointments, adding that they would not disappoint the state.

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Gospel singer and Ekwueme crooner, Osinachi Nwachukwu, dies at 42

Popular gospel singer, Sister Osinachi Nwachukwu, has died after battling an undisclosed ailment.

The Ekwueme singer who has been on life support for the past two months died in an Abuja-based hospital on Friday April 8.

Sister Sinach who is known for her angelic voice is popular for the track, Ekwueme.

She was 42 years old. She is survived by her husband and four children.

May her soul rest in peace, Amen.

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Ayoku assumes duty as 40th commissioner of police in Kaduna state

Mr Yekini Ayoku on Friday took over as the 40th Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, made the disclosure in a statement he issued late Friday in Kaduna.

Jalige said the move is sequel to the directive of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Alkali Usman, and the subsequent posting of new Commissioners of Police to some Commands in the federation.

“The new Commissioner of Police, Ayoku, today, April 8, 2022, assumed responsibility as the 40th Commissioner of Police to serve in Kaduna Command in this capacity.

“Having taken over the mantle of leadership from the immediate past Commissioner of Police, Mudassiru Abdullahi, the hard-working CP Ayoku, knowing the gravity of the task ahead of him, immediately took his first official tour to Kaduna-Abuja road with a view to restoring public confidence and assuring them of their safety throughout the State.

He also visited the scene of the infamous incident of the attack on Abuja-Kaduna bound train to appreciate the “sacrifices of some of our gallant officers, and sympathized with the victims and suggested the areas of improvement to forestall future occurrence.”

According to Jalige, the CP equally tasked Officers and men of the command to get themselves ready for the task ahead as there is no room for laxity under his watch.

He said that criminals must not be allowed a free operating space wherever they may be.

The CP beckoned on the good people of the state to extend their good hands of fellowship to his administration as the task is not a one-man’s show.

“With the collective efforts of all stakeholders, the task though enormous, is absolutely surmountable,” Ayoku said.

Jalige said the new CP called for synergy amongst all the security architectures in the state as his doors remain always open to all and sundry in his quest to reduce violent crime to the bearest minimum .

Jalige disclosed that the new CP hails from Ilorin East Local Government Area of Kwara.

He is also an alumnus of the University of Ilorin.

According to Jalige, CP Ayoku was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in March 1990 and had his Cadet Officers’ training at the Police Academy Annex, Kaduna.

He has held several operational, investigative and administrative positions in the force since he graduated from the Academy and commissioned as an officer in October 1991.

He disclosed that in 1999, he was mobilized into the Police Mobile Force (PMF) and deployed to the State House Villa, Abuja, as Second in Command (2i/c) 24 PMF squadron, Presidential Guard and Escort and later the Commanding Officer of the said squadron.

“Other appointments held included member of the Nigeria Police Contingent to the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK); 2i/c Inspector General of Police (IGP) Monitoring Unit, Force Headquarters (FHQ), Abuja.

Jalige said the new CP is a distinguished member of the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru-Jos.

He said Mr Ayoku had attended many other professional and capacity building courses and workshops.

“The CP is privileged to have been a recipient of several awards and commendations for outstanding performance, notable among them, Inspector General of Police sword of honor as the all-round best Cadet Officer of ASP Course 16/1990 at Police Academy Annex, Kaduna.

He said he was also privileged to be decorated with United Nations Medal for Service in Kosovo and finally a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).

He said the CP has zero tolerance for dereliction of duty and warned his entire subordinates to desist from any form of malfeasance as stiffer sanction awaits whoever is found wanting, and a handsome reward for outstanding performances, professionalism and honesty in the discharge of one’s statutory responsibility.

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Buhari seeks Reps approval for new borrowing as projected deficit hits N7.35trn

President Muhammadu Buhari has written to the House of Representatives seeking an increase in the 2022 budget deficit to be financed through borrowing from the domestic market.

In a letter sent to the House of Representatives and read by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Thursday, April 7, President Buhari said the total budget deficit is projected to increase by N965.42 billion to N7.35 trillion, representing 3.99% of GDP.

He said the incremental deficit will be financed by new borrowings from the domestic market. The President also requested the review of the 2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF), upon which the budget was hinged.

“As you are aware, Mr Speaker, the new development both in the global economy as well as the domestic economy has necessitated the revision of the 2022 fiscal framework on which the 2022 budget was based. The total budget deficit is projected to increase from N965.42 billion to N7.35 trillion, representing 3.99 percent of the GDP.

The increment of the deficit will be financed by new borrowings from the domestic market.

Given the urgency of the request for revision of the 2022 fiscal framework and 2022 budget amendment, I seek the corporation of the National Assembly for expeditious action on this request” the letter read in part

The President’s request has been sent to the house committee on finance for further legislative action.