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Osinbajo Heads The New Poverty Reduction Plan Committee

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With the recent World Bank’s report that about seven million Nigerians were pushed into poverty in 2020, it is commendable that President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated a committee on poverty reduction. The initiative known as the National Steering Committee of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Apparently, the new poverty reduction plan is part of President Buhari’s commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. It is expected that the plan will go a long way to alleviate poverty in the country.

While welcoming the plan, we urge members of the committee to ensure the faithful implementation of the programme. We believe that any effort to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty must be pursued with vigour and sincerity of purpose. It is good that the NPRGS had already proposed the establishment of a private equity fund that will drive and sustain the project.

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To achieve the objective of the initiative, the committee should come up with measures that will holistically address the underlying causes of poverty and develop programmes that will deal with them. It must take into due consideration the poverty level in each geo-political zone of the country and the best way to tackle them. It is also instructive that China, the world’s populous country of about 1.6 billion people, and India, until recently, the poverty capital of the world, did not achieve their feats in poverty reduction by leaving their citizens to the mercy of market forces.

Osinbajo Heads The New Poverty Reduction Plan Committee

At the moment, the nation’s economic growth has not been impressive with soaring unemployment and poverty figures. This shows that more Nigerians have grown poorer in the last two years. Therefore, the government cannot claim that it has pulled more than 10 million people out of poverty in the last two years when the unemployment rate is rising steadily and millions of Nigerians are living on less than $1.90 per day. The task before the Osinbajo-led committee is enormous but achievable. The government should muster the political will to achieve it.

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Let the committee draw inspiration from India that has reportedly lifted 271 million people out of poverty in 10 years, between 2006 and 2016, while China has the record of lifting more than 770 million out of poverty. China achieved the feat through what it described as “targeted poverty reduction.” Nigeria can equally do the same.

Interestingly, good policies are never in short supply in the country. What we lack is the political will to faithfully implement them. We urge the committee, which includes the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, six state governors from each of the six geo-political zones, to hit the ground running. They should work as a team and carry along federal ministries, extra ministerial departments and agencies, state governments and other stakeholders to achieve the desired results.

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The programme must be adequately monitored to enhance its effectiveness in achieving the goal of lifting 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years. We recall that the World Bank in its recent report stated that about 25 million adults in Nigerian households did not eat for an entire day in 2020, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown. This shows that the poverty level is indeed frightening.

There is urgent need to change the narrative. It is clear that people’s purchasing power has declined, with high cost of living making Nigerians three times more miserable than they were five years ago, according to a recent misery index report.

We believe that poverty reduction should go beyond rhetoric and official pronouncements not backed with concrete implementable actions. Let the present plan be people-centred and driven. Anything less will expand the poverty net instead of reducing it.

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Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

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After keeping journalists for almost 8 hours in the Ante Chamber of Government House in Kano to receive the briefings of appointment of a new Emir of Gaya, the Government, announced Ibrahim Aliyu as the 2nd Emir of Gaya at about 3am, Sunday Morning.

The appointment which follows tussles, misunderstandings, disagreement and alleged fight between the State Secretary to the Government, Usman Alhaji who happens to be one of the Kingmakers in Gaya, and some top persons from the area, was said to have been settled by Governor Ganduje.

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Usman Alhaji, who briefed the Media, said, “the Kano State Governor said by the power vested on him, he appointed Ibrahim Aliyu as the new Gaya Emirate, an appointment that follows the recommendation of the Gaya five Kingmakers.”

Alhaji said, until his appointment, Aliyu was the Ciroman Gaya and the eldest son of his late father, Emir Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died late last week.

“Gaya emirate was amongst the fourth emirates created by Governor Ganduje in 2020, and his appointment was based on the powers vested on Governor Ganduje on the Kano Emirates Council Laws 2020 as amended”.

Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

The Kingmakers are Alhaji Usman, the leader, Madakin Gaya Wada Aliyu, Makaman Gaya, Barr. Bashir Albasu AIG rtd, Turakin Gaya, Jafar Usman.

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He said they spent two days selecting the new Emir.

Late Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Abdulkadir who died late last week was the oldest Emir having and oldest Emirates in northern Nigeria.

Late Alhaji Abdulkadir, who had been on the throne of Sarkin Gaya since 1990 held several traditional positions to include district head of Kunchi and that of Minjibir, among others. He was one of the four emirs elevated to first class emirs by the Ganduje administration after the creation of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye emirates in 2019.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

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Zamfara state has extended the shutdown of all telecommunications sites in the state, as directed by the Nigerian Communications by two more weeks Chrysora Media reports

Chrysora Media had exclusively reported on September 4 that a leaked memo signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, which was addressed to one of the telecom operators on Friday, stated that the immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.

In the letter titled, ‘Re: Shutdown of all telecom sites in Zamfara State’, the NCC boss stated that the shutdown, which was to last from September 3 to September 17 in the first instance, was to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state.

The memo partly read, “In line with the requirement, you are hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any site(s) in neighbouring states that could provide telecommunications service in Zamfara State. The site shutdown is for two weeks (September 3 – 17, 2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required.”

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According to PUNCH report on September 5 reported the action taken by the NCC was its response to a request letter from the Office of the Governor of Zamfara State to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Sunday PUNCH had subsequently reported that over 240 base stations were shut down in Zamfara State.

Prior to the network shutdown, Zamfara State and some other states in the North-West, including Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto as well as Niger State in the North Central had come under heavy attacks from the bandits. Apart from invading schools to kidnap schoolchildren coupled with the abduction of women and men for ransoms, the bandits had also killed several residents and security agents.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

The bandits have also become more brazen as they shot down a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on July 18. Even though the pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, was able to escape, the bandits continued their attacks on him until he was able to escape.

NAF spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement, “On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.

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“Luckily, the gallant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft. Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.

“Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and manoeuvred his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.”

The activities of the bandits reached their crescendo on August 24 when the armed criminals in the early hours of the day assaulted the country’s military college, Nigerian Defence Academy, in Kaduna and killed two officers while they kidnapped one senior officer, Major Christopher Datong.

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Emefiele: What Buhari Govt Needs To Address Nigeria’s Infrastructure Deficit

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Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Saturday, disclosed what the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government needs to address the country’s infrastructural deficit.

Emefiele disclosed that the Buhari-led Federal Government needs US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit.

The CBN governor disclosed this at the 30th Anniversary Conference and Awards of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in Lagos, NAN reports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day conference has “Financing Infrastructure and SMEs for Inclusive Growth in Post-COVID-19 Economy”, as theme.

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Represented by the Director of Corporate Communications Department of CBN, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, Emefiele said: ”In Nigeria, the current level of infrastructure deficit is a major constraint to economic development and attainment of growth average rate of at least five to seven per cent required to boost productivity and sustainable growth for businesses.

”According to the World Development Indicators (2019), 56.20 per cent of Nigerians have access to electricity, while electric power consumption stood at 144.52 kWh per capita as of 2018.

”While infrastructure deficit in Nigeria is estimated to be about 1.2 per cent of GDP, it is projected that the Federal Government needs to commit about US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructural deficit.”

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