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Local patronage, the escape from recession-buhari

Local patronage, the escape from recession-buhari

LOCAL PATRONAGE, THE ESCAPE FROM RECESSION-BUHARI

BY OMOKHUALE PUAH
The president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari says his greatest desire is to guide Nigeria into becoming an export based economy.

He made this remark on Monday at the 22nd Nigerian summit in Abuja, urging Nigerians to develop interest in indigenous products.

In accordance to his remark, there is no way we can achieve this without building the right economic foundation of patronizing our own products.

In the voice of the President,”My desire is that Nigeria moves from depending on imported goods to self sufficiency in local productions, becoming an export-led economy in goods and services “he said.

“Nigeria really has to diversify its economy so that we will not have to rely on another country to survive; we could produce our food, our textiles and other things we use, also creating the right environment for the young people to be able to benefit and create job through technology”.

According to President Buhari, who lauded the theme of the summit, ‘made-in-Nigeria’ “This theme continues to be a priority to the government and has been part of the many efforts made by the administration, to lay a solid foundation for the future” he clearly stated.

The minister of Budget and national planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma added that the summit would allow dialogue for both the private and public sector, since the public sector is beginning to accept the private sector as true partners in the development of Nigeria.

According to Senator Udoma, the government was already implementing policies focused at getting rid of the current economic recession.

In Udoma’s words, “Already, our focus is on agriculture which is beginning to yield fruit. This is an indication that there is a large growth upcoming in this third quarter.

“Even after we get out of recession, we would hold on to the implementation of our strategic implementation plan, which was launched by the government when the 2016 budget was signed into law.

“This plan will restructure our economy to the path of sustainable development as the SIP is anchored on the commitment of this administration to create a largely diversified, sustainable and inclusive economy that releases the latent potential of the Nigerian people, communities and natural resources endowment across the nation’s federating states”. He added.

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Fg guarantees fall in rice price

Fg guarantees fall in rice price

FG GUARANTEES FALL IN RICE PRICE

BY OMOKHUALE PUAH

The Federal government had on Monday said that the price of rice would fall in November this year.

This statement was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, during an address to the members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development at the ministry headquarters, in Abuja.

This statement was prompted by the decision of the government; the delay in the approval of the 2016 budget has made it impossible to implement the capital expenditure in the agricultural sector.

He stated that due to the rise in the price of rice, most Nigerians have returned to their various farms which make the price of rice at the next harvesting season, begin to crash.

Minister Ogbeh who stated that the government could not be involved in the importation of rice as speculated in some quarters, insisted that his ministry would not encourage rice importation because it would be preferred, to local production.

He further said that the Federal government was against the smuggling of rice, noting that the Borders of Seme has become a famous route for such contraband smugglings into the country.

In his words “We will not encourage the importation of rice, neither would the government in anyway be involved in it, because we are working really hard to be self-reliant in local production. By November, during the full scale harvest, the price of rice will fall” the minister said.

Though early last month the government warned that the price of rice could hit N40, 000 per bag as it still currently sold at N20, 000 per bag.

Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, the minister of state for Agriculture and Rural Development said that the $22bn annual food import bill had led to the sudden rise in the price of rice and other farm produce.

The state Minister of Agriculture maintained that if Nigerians failed to produce some of the items before the year ends, the price of rice would hit N40, 000 per bag.

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Fg provides free surgeries against cancer

Fg provides free surgeries against cancer

FG PROVIDES FREE SURGERIES AGAINST CANCER

BY OMOKHUALE PUAH

Federal Government of Nigeria has started a rapid response initiative programme and general health care for Nigerians, within 100 days against the fight for cancer.

This was stated by the Director of Medical Services and Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the National Hospital, Dr. Oluseyi Oniyangi, during the start of the exercise, with 10 persons.

According to him, this initiative programme was strategized to ensure a proper health care for people in the society, who lacks sufficient fund, to accessing health facilities.

Dr. Oniyangi stated that this initiative programme is structured in a manner that would provide not less than 20,000 screenings against cancer, 10,000 surgeries against cancer and a general healthcare for such people within 100 days.

He also said that this measure is aimed at preventing the adverse dangers, associated with cancer on people who financially unstable.

In his words, “This rapid initiative programme, contains 20,000 cancer screening, 10,000 surgeries and a screening for other infectious diseases; Hepatitis B, which would run for 100 days”, he said.


He said, “The rapid response initiative programme is a programme of the Federal Ministry of Health which aims to provide better health for all. This programme targets 10,000 surgeries, about 20,000 cancer screenings as well as screening for other infectious diseases like hepatitis B and this programme is to be run for 100 days.”

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FG IMPROVES 2017 BUDGET

FG IMPROVES 2017 BUDGET

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMPROVES 2017 BUDGET

BY: OMOKHUALE PUAH

 

Due to the inconsistency associated the 2016 budget, the Federal Government had on Monday, commenced a training section for the planning and budget officers in 800 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Nigeria.

 

This was incorporated in the statement made by the Director of Information in the ministry, Mr. Charles Dafe, during an address to the news agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. It was also reviewed by the Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Haija Zainab Ahmed, during a visitation made by the Association of National of Accountants (ANAN).

 

It was also revealed that the 4,254 officers selected across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria would be trained on Zero Based Budgeting (ZBB), which will ensure a more improved and realistic 2017 budget.

 

According to Sen. Udoma Udoma, “In a bid to implement the federal government’s ZBB strategy, we need to equip the planning and budget officers in our MDAs, with the skills and technicalities  required for the ZBB, using the budget preparation platform”.

 

In an account given by Udoma, it was discovered that 1,830 people were drawn from Abuja and people from the North central are being trained in Abuja, 384 officers from the North East are trained in Gombe: 504 officers from the North West are trained in Kaduna, 408 are trained in Lagos, while 486 from the south west are trained in Ibadan, 330 from south-South are holding their training in Uyo, while 318 officers from South East are trained in Enugu.

 

 

She pleaded with the association to help in this administration by fighting corruption. She also urged the accountants to block illegal release, by making themselves always accountable. “Since the organizations slogan is change, we would in our best capacity bring accountability and transparency to Nigerians”.

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federal government slashes food importation

federal government slashes food importation

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SLASHES NIGERIAS FOOD IMPORTATION BILL

 

As part of his project, the minister of state for agriculture and rural development Heineken Lokpobiri has stated that the recent $22 billion food import bill no longer sustains Nigeria. 

This was stated yesterday during an inspection of the National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC), in Sheda, Abuja.

He insisted on the fact that NASC has better roles to play and that the council could serve as a much better route for the Federal government to attain its agricultural development. 

 

Lokpobiri explained that the country which is a very critical period of nation building has its cardinal objective at feeding Nigerians in the easiest and most affordable way of the time, because “we can no longer afford the import bill of $22 billion on staple foods”.

 

As stated by the Managing Director, “A lot of food we produce should be used as export to earn dollars. The foundation of these goals is the availability of quality seeds. The mandate of the seed council is so fundamental that the objectives of feeding the masses can never be achieved unless the council is supported in any way possible to supply seeds needed for Nigeria’s development. It is also very important to note that Nigeria provides 70 percent used in the sub-region”.

 

He further stressed that the federal government ought to empower, strengthen and further equip the farmers with good and enough seeds, so as to realize the food security target of the government.

He pointed at the fact that NASC was already heading the committee of food agency in the entire Western Sub- regions and has supported immensely some West African nations of which are Cameroon and Zambia.

 

In addition, the Managing Director advised the seed council to create a commercial unit and accredit other seed companies, in order to derive alternative sources for funding needs and creating revenue.

 

Once at a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Rasmussen, on the 26th of May, 2016 in Washington DC, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the federal government is determined to significantly reduce the very high bill for importation of food products to Nigeria. 

 

He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to the rapid diversification of Nigeria’s economy. In his affirmation, “We developed a mono-product economy and lost opportunities to diversify in the past. We have great potentials for agriculture and solid minerals. We are now determined to exploit them to the fullest. Addressing the past neglect of these two sectors will help to reduce unemployment and make us a more productive country.

 

“We will welcome more investment in our agriculture and solid minerals sectors from countries with expertise in the two sectors. We abandoned them for petroleum. Now, we have to go back. “Our bill for the importation of food and dairy products is very high. We want to cut it as much as possible by developing our local potentials,” the president told Mr. Rasmussen.

 

 

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