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‘No More Loyal People After Leaving Power’ – Jonathan

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'No More Loyal People After Leaving Power' - Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said it was difficult to find an ally after leaving the seat of power.

Jonathan made this known in Bauchi while inaugurating the 6.25Km Sabon Kaura-Jos by-pass road constructed by the Bauchi state government.

”There are people who act like they can’t eat without you when you’re in a position of power. But once you’re no longer in that position, they move on and act like you no longer exist.

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”It is a very big day for me and you know why? Because it’s not easy for somebody to work with you in Nigeria then after leaving office, that person still continues with that kind of strong fraternal relationship with you.

”I have been in government for a reasonable time and I’ve served at quite a number of levels starting from deputy governor.

“Most of my experience is that after leaving office, some people just forget that you even exist.

”However, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi is a good brother and I’m quite pleased that he invited me to commission the first major project that he has completed, that’s a big honor,” he said.

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He appreciated the people of Bauchi state for voting Mohammed as their governor and commended his good strides and total commitment in changing the face of the state.

Earlier, Mohammed said that the project was among the first set of legacy projects embarked upon within his first 100 days in office.

He said that the project was awarded to an indigenous company, Habib Engineering Limited at the cost of N2.2billion and was completed within six months.

”We embraced good governance as a deliberate policy for the development of the state and in order to create the desired positive impact on the lives of the people of Bauchi state.

“Your excellency, you know very well, I did not know this culture, you taught me how to do this in your cabinet,” he said.

Mohammed, who revealed that the state government had constructed over 100kms of both urban and district roads across the Geo-political spread of the state, named the commissioned road after the former President Jonathan.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the road we are about to commission today is an example of a road in need and a road indeed and I’m glad that no one else but you, your excellency, would perform the first commissioning ceremony since I assumed office as a governor.

“Furthermore sir, I humbly seek your kind consent to recognize your indelible contribution to the progress and development of our dear nation, Bauchi state and indeed myself, to name this very road after your good name as Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan drive,” he said.

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Nigeria Has What it Takes to be Bio-Safe – FG

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Nigeria Has What it Takes to be Bio-Safe - FG

Sharon Ikeazor, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment says Nigeria has what it takes to be safe and prosper in terms of biosafety.

Ikeazor said this at a one-day Stakeholders Conference on the State of Biosafety in Nigeria, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The minister was represented by Dr Rufus Ebegba, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA).

The event was organised by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an NGO, to examine food system, biosafety and emerging technologies with a view to defining systems that worked.

Ikeazor expressed disappointment at the notion by some Nigerians that government was always making bad policies, saying no government would want to do anything against the interest of its citizens.

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“We have enough scientific knowledge and evidence to decide whether this is bio-safe or it is not before they are released.

“If Genetically Modified Products are going to come out, I can tell you it is only the ones that are safe, no product will just go to your backyard and come out.

“It takes 13 years to come out with any product that is safe; any product we have approved for free trial, food or feed, we have confirmed them safe.

“The safety of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), that will ever be released in this country cannot be in doubt and to consume them will make us healthy after we have confirmed them.

“The Federal Government has what it takes for Nigeria to be safe and prosper, Nigerians must trust its government,” she said.

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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

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Prof. Ekele Re-appointed By President Buhari as Medical Director, UATH

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reappointment of Prof. Bissallah Ahmed Ekele, as the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.

This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, which revealed that the appointment of Prof. Ekele would be valid for another term of four years after a selfless service in his first tenure in office.

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While congratulating him on his reappointment, Buhari urged Ekele to use the responsibility given to him to continue with the development of the hospital and health sector in the country.

“Prof. Ekele officially took over from the Acting CMD, Dr. A.S. Haruna, on July 3, 2017, and has performed creditably well in infrastructural development, research, clinical services, and industrial relations, among others,” the statement said.

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Lagos, Nigeria’s Highest IGR, 7th Fastest Growing City Worldwide – NIPC

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Lagos, Nigeria's Highest IGR, 7th Fastest Growing City Worldwide - NIPC

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) says Lagos state is the seventh fastest-growing city in the world, with the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in Nigeria.

The commission also noted that out of the 36 states and FCT, Lagos state had N398.7 billion IGR as of 2018, N1.2 trillion budget in 2020, and N5 trillion household consumption in 2019.

Ms. Yewande Sadiku, NIPC’s Executive Secretary, disclosed this on Monday in Abuja at the formal launch of its ‘Book of States’ by Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo.

According to reports, the ‘Book of States ‘ is a compendium of competitive advantages and key investment opportunities in each state, to enable investors to appreciate the investment potentials in Nigeria.

READ ALSO: NIPC Boss Explains Nigeria’s State Of Investment

Sadiku, while presenting the document highlighted various investment opportunities and comparative advantages across the 36 states and FCT to attract potential investors as captured in the document.

According to her, Lagos has the largest concentration of young, skilled, and educated workforce including the largest tourism and entertainment industry in Africa as well as the best city for start-ups in Africa.

Sadiku stated that the project produced by NIPC in conjunction with the Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) as a means to sell Nigeria by highlighting the uniqueness of each of the 36 states and the FCT.

The NIPC boss equally highlighted the competitive advantages of some states including Bauchi, Ekiti, Enugu, Kano, Sokoto, and Taraba.

She stated that Bauchi State had N11.7 billion IGR in 2019 with over 4.2m ha of arable land with 2.4m ha untapped adding that it spanned two ecological zones (Sudan and Sahel Savannah).

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According to the NIPC boss, Bauchi has a high deposit of solid minerals such as gold, titanium, limestone, kaolin, and zinc with tourism potentials.

She described Ekiti which has N8.5 billion IGR as the knowledge capital of Nigeria due to the history of producing a disproportionately high number of professors and academics.

“It has a knowledge-focused Special Economic Zone and special agricultural processing zone with arable land and irrigation facilities. It produces cocoa, kola nut, timber, granite among others.

“Sokoto State has rich fertile soil for the cultivation of many crops, the largest limestone reserves in Africa, largest phosphate deposits in Nigeria, and is endowed with gold, nickel, copper, and zinc.

“It ranks second in livestock production in Nigeria and is also a major producer of rice, onions, garlic, and sesame, and possesses hydro (Goronyo), solar, wind, biomass, and gas potentials.

“Enugu State houses the only international airport in the South East of Nigeria, presence of multiple Free Trade Zones in the state, large aggregation of technology, innovation, and start-up hubs.

“It has over 16 universities and tertiary institutions, abundant coal, iron ore, limestone, etc, deposits, and a strategic gateway between the agricultural belt of the North and the manufacturing hubs of the South,” she noted.

Sadiku further stated that Kano State had N40.6 billion IGR, the largest labor force in Nigeria, a major commercial and manufacturing center in the West African Sub-Region, and rich cultural and heritage values.

She also said that Taraba which had the largest tea farm in Nigeria was endowed with mineral resources while its IGR was N6.5 billion in 2019.

She noted that the ‘Book of States’ was just one, out of many efforts to promote investment opportunities in the country, adding that the commission was working on other plans.

“The investment passport is another document that will identify and will be useful in promoting the investment opportunities in the states.

“This is the next thing we are working on along with profiling of specific investment opportunities of each state,” she said.

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