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Govs to meet Buhari over insecurity, want varsities reopened



The 36 state governors have resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari on security challenges across the country, following the recent gruesome murder of about 43 rice farmers in Borno State.

The governors, who took the decision at the 22nd meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) held on Wednesday, also expressed worry in a communiqué issued on Friday about the prolonged nationwide strike by university lecturers.

The resolve to visit Buhari was after they had been briefed by the delegation they sent to commiserate with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on December 1, 2020, over the killing of 43 rice farmers in Garin Kwashebe in Jere Local Government Area of the state.

The NGF in a communiqué also elected to support the necessary reforms that would result in a police force that works for all.

“As an immediate to medium-term measure, members agreed to pay close attention to the conduct of police officers across the country in order to get them and other internal security operatives fully back to work as they have not been functioning to full capacity since the EndSARS protests with the attendant security exposure to the safety of lives and properties of the ordinary citizens,” they said.

The governors asked the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to urgently resolve their differences to allow for immediate reopening of the nation’s tertiary institutions.

They urged both sides to “hasten the implementation of the truce elements in their resolutions so as to allow schools reopen immediately.”

They faulted the practice where the Federal Government was collecting stamp duties, insisting that stamp duties “belong primarily to states and the various collection platforms are channels of payment to the states; while aligning with the guidance provided by its lawyers and experts.”

The governors endorsed the two proposals canvassing infrastructure development by both the Governor Nasir el Rufai Committee and the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele.

The el-Rufai’s Adhoc Committee Leverage Portion of Accumulated Pension Funds for Investment in Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) is proposing the creation of a National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF) such that a total sum of N2 trillion at nine per cent interest can be accessed through the NSIA.

The NGF Chairman, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, told the meeting about a similar proposal by the CBN governor to enable states to access N15 trillion naira for national infrastructure funding through INFRACREDIT at a lower interest rate of five per cent.

The governors agreed to keep active and operational the State COVID -19 Task Force Teams and Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) in addition to ensuring the prompt release of funds as outlined in the State Incidence Action Plans (IAP).

They also agreed to keep temporary treatment centres open, ensure ramping up COVID-19 testing across the country and support the planned “COVID-19 Testing Week’ to be launched by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The governors expressed their commitment to achieving the second Eligibility Criteria (EC) requirement of publishing online their approved FY21 Annual State Budget prepared under the National Chart of Accounts by January 31, 2021.

Besides, they restated their commitment to implementing reforms associated with the programme, including the deployment of a Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to support effective land administration and an efficient property tax system and resolved to inaugurate the NGF-NESG Economic Roundtable (NNER) Steering Committee, whose technical committee is to commence the implementation of the strategic plan, which includes but not limited to the national mapping of sub-national endowments, global mapping of sub-national entities for global competitiveness and development of competitiveness toolkits.


NiMet predicts 3-day sunshine, cloudiness from Monday



NiMet predicts 3-day sunshine, cloudiness from Monday

THE Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted sunshine and cloudiness from Monday to Wednesday across the country.

NiMet’s weather outlook released on Sunday in Abuja forecast cloudy atmosphere on Monday with intervals of sunshine over the northern region.

The agency anticipated prospects of thunderstorms accompanied with rains over Gombe, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Taraba and Adamawa States in the morning hours.

“Later in the day, scattered thunderstorms with moderate rains are expected over parts of Kebbi, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna States.

“The cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the North Central region with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Niger, the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Kwara States during the morning hours.

“Thunderstorms are expected over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi and Kwara States during the afternoon to evening hours,” it said.

According to NiMet, cloudy atmosphere is expected over the inland states of the South and the coastal belt of the country.


It envisaged thunderstorms over parts of Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States during the morning hours.

The agency forecast thunderstorms and moderate rains over parts of Ebonyi, Imo, Abia, Enugu, Ondo, Oyo, Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States later in the day.

According to NiMet, cloudy skies with sunshine intervals are anticipated over the Northern region on Tuesday with chances of thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa, Taraba, Sokoto, Kano, Gombe, Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and Bauchi States in the morning hours.

It predicted thunderstorms over parts of Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe and Kaduna States during the afternoon/evening hours.

“Cloudy skies are anticipated over the North Central region with prospects of thunderstorms over parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara and Niger States.

“Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau States.

“Cloudy atmosphere is expected over inland states of South and its coast with chances of isolated rains over parts of Ebonyi, Enugu, Abia, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States during the morning hours.”

It anticipated thunderstorms over the entire Southern region in the afternoon and evening hours.

The agency forecast cloudy skies on Wednesday with sunshine intervals over the Northern region in the morning hours.


According to it, there are prospects of thunderstorms over parts of Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa States later in the day.

It predicted cloudy morning over the North Central region during the morning hours.

“Later in the day, thunderstorms are expected over parts of Benue, Niger, Plateau, Nasarawa States and the Federal Capital Territory.

“Cloudy atmosphere is expected over the inland areas of the South and its coastal states during the morning hours. In the afternoon/evening hours, thunderstorms along with moderate rains are envisaged over the entire region.

“Moderate to heavy rainfall could lead to flash floods. The public is advised to take necessary caution, avoid driving and walking through flood waters,” it said.

According to NiMet, strong winds are likely to precede and accompany the thunderstorms, citizens are advised to take necessary safety precautions.

The agency further advised disaster risk managers, agencies and individuals to be proactive to avert loss of lives and property during the rainy season.

Besidss, the agency urged all Airline operators to avail themselves of weather reports and alerts periodically from NiMet for effective planning for their operations.

NiMet predicts 3-day sunshine, cloudiness from Monday


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Stay away from revoked lands or be prosecuted: FCTA warns former owners



Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike

Stay away from revoked lands or be prosecuted: FCTA warns former owners

THE Department of Development Control, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned former owners of 165 revoked lands in the FCT to stay clear of the properties or be prosecuted.

The Director, Mr Mukhtar Galadima, gave the warning in Abuja, when his team foiled an attempt by some of the owners of the revoked lands in Maitama, Abuja to continue development on the sites.

This, he described as “worrisome” , inspite of the revocation oder placed on the lands

Accompanied by some security personnel, the development control officials confiscated building equipment found on the sites, arrested some of the workers for profiling and chased others out of the sites.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister of the FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike, had revoked 165 plots of land in the FCT for non-development of the properties.


The revocation, according to the minister, is due to the continuous contravention of the terms of agreements as contained in section 28(5) (a) &(b) of the Land Use Act.

“The FCTA minister has revoked some plots for non – development and also gave last warning on abandoned buildings since December 2022.

“It is unfortunate that those revoked properties, some people are trying to come back and work on them, particularly on weekend.

“We got information that some owners of the revoked lands are moving to site in violation of the order.

“We are on this operation to ensure that nobody go back to all the revoked plots to work on them.

“We also want to use this opportunity to warn the public that any revoked property that somebody is trying to work on, the FCTA will not only remove such structures but will ensure prosecution of the person involve,” he assured.

When asked if any of the affected owners of the plots had gone to Court to seek redress, Galadima said, “I am not aware of anything like that.

“But if at all, someone has gone to the Court, then I will live it to the Court to decide, but for now I am not aware of such.”

Stay away from revoked lands or be prosecuted: FCTA warns former owners


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My husband is not a magician, he’ll work brick-by-brick – Remi Tinubu



My husband is not a magician, he’ll work brick-by-brick – Remi Tinubu


The First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, on Sunday said her husband, President Bola Tinubu, is not a magician.

She however said President Tinubu had accepted to fix damaged things he inherited.

She made the remarks in Abuja at the interdenominational church service to mark Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary.

The First Lady said the Tinubu administration inherited the situation on the ground but was willing to fix things without putting blame on any administration.

She said, “We just came back from UNGA; it was successful for us as a nation. The world awaits Nigeria, and investors are teeming. We came back with good news.

“All we inherited are things that happened many years ago. We are not here to put the blame on any administration, but to fix what has been damaged.

“My husband is not a magician. He is going to work brick-by-brick, and I believe and have hope that you will have faith in this administration. The best is yet to come.”

“Good governance can only be impactful if the people follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness.

“A Nigeria of abundance has begun, and to be part of the greatness that God has started in the nation, Nigerians must look beyond their current realities and embrace hope anew,” she said.

“There is no challenge, obstacle or difficulty that we cannot overcome or surmount if we imbibe the nature of Christ who said in Matthew 11:28 that ‘come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’.

“In times like these, all we do is to keep our hope alive, the lively hope which Jesus Christ has birthed in us,” she said


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