New Nigerian Newspaper NNN Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:05:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 100775232 Ease Of Doing Business: Presidential C’tee Ranks Gombe Number 1 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 14:05:12 +0000
*Governor Yahaya Welcomes Development,  Says Gombe’s number 1 spot a manifestation of good governance in the state                                                           

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON                                                                         

Gombe State has been ranked first among states that have provided attractive environments that promote business growth in Nigeria.
A statement signed by the Director-General  (Press Affairs)Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli  said that this was contained in a result of the State Ease of Doing Business Survey undertaken by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as a status report on the current attractiveness of states business climates for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Gombe is followed by Sokoto, Jigawa and Akwa Ibom States who ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
The subnational survey methodology framework was developed by the PEBEC-NEC Technical Working Group comprising representation from six states embodying the six geopolitical zones, the NEC (National Economic Council) Secretariat, Nigerian Governors Forum, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the Nigerian Summit Group and other private sector representatives.
The PEBEC and NEC are chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The homegrown indicators used in the survey are infrastructure and security, transparency and access to information, regulatory environment and skills and workforce readiness.
Each state was rated on a ten-point scale across the indicators, which provided the basis for calculating the overall performance of the state.
The field survey was conducted by KPMG Professional Services between November 2020 and January, 2021.
The survey captured the reforms baseline enabling each state’s ease of doing business council to craft their own reform agenda and implementation roadmap based on empirical data and feedback from a cross section of 998 SMEs across the 36 states and the FCT.
A breakdown of the result showed that out of an average of  in Infrastructure and Security, Gombe scored 5.86 in Electricity, 5.86 in Transportation, Primary Healthcare 7.50 and Security, 7.99, with an average score of 6.80.
In Transparency and Access to Information, the state scored 9.35 in Investment Promotion and 8.69 in State Information Structures, with an average score of 9.02.
In regulatory environment, it scored 5.75 in paying taxes, 8.21 in Starting a Business, 6.44 in Enforcing Contracts and 7.64 in Land, Property Acquisition and Development. Its average was 7.01.
Lastly, in Skill and Labour, Gombe scored 7.94 in Technical and Professional Skills.
The cumulative average of the state was 7.69, shooting it to the top of the list of states with the best enabling environment for doing business in the country.
Reacting to the development, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said the attainment of this feat is a clear demonstration  of his administration’s commitment to Good Governance which has culminated in comprehensive reforms in land administration, financial management, revenue administration and the massive infrastructural development that are critical to doing business.
“Noteworthy is the drastic reduction in transaction time for processing land title and ease of payment of taxes as captured in the harmonised revenue law. In addition, the clear and purposeful drive in vocational and technical education, as well as support to SMEs, have ensured the upgrading of the skills of the youthful population of Gombe State”. 
The Governor assured of his determination to sustain the tempo, while acknowledging the hard work by the public service in making this happen. He expressed belief that the success recorded is also part of the dividend of his administration’s comprehensive reforms in the civil service.

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Kaduna Investors In Gods Agenda Cooperative Organization Want Monies Retrieved Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:56:40 +0000 By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna

Contributors to a cooperative organization known as God’s Agenda Ladies and Men Cooperative Society International (GALMCSI) are calling on the government to help them retrieve their money from their Kaduna branch.

The contributors told the New Nigerian that efforts to reach the Kaduna coordinator, Mrs. Ele Samuel Helen had proved abortive as she doesn’t take her calls and the Barnawa office has remained shut for over a month.

One of the contributions, Mrs. Ovie Sylvester said that millions of Naira belonging to them have been trapped in the cooperative organization.

“The initiative was a good one in the first place but Kaduna coordinator is making life difficult for us. She doesn’t take her calls and the place has been locked up for over a month,” she said.

Attempts by journalists to reach Mrs. Helen have proved abortive.

It was also said that the founder/CEO of the cooperative organization, Mrs. (Lolo) Chinelo Nnajieze is also worried over the development.

Another contributor, Mrs. Evelyn Timothy wants government to help in the recovery of their money and arrest of the woman.

“Government should come to our aid, because some of us are using the money to do our business, but now we cannot even eat,” she appealed.

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Comercio Partners Marks 5th Anniversary Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:50:47 +0000 L-R: Co-Managing Partner/Head Financial Advisory, Comercio Partners Ltd, Mr. Steve Osho; Co- Managing Partner/Head Investment, Mr. Tosin Osunkoya; and Co-Managing Partner/ Head Trading, Mr. Nnamdi Nwizu, at the media presentation to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Comercio Partners Ltd in Lagos. 

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Access Bank Launches New South Africa Branch Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:47:48 +0000 Group Managing Director/CEO, Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe and Managing Director, Access Bank South Africa, Bennie van Rooy exchange pleasantries at the formal launch and unveiling of the new Access Bank SA recrntly in South Africa

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Investigate Threats Against Life Of EFCC Chairman, Arewa Youth Tasks FG Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:44:58 +0000 By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna

Arewa Youth Assembly has condemned the threats issued out against the Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Control, (EFCC), Abdulraseed Bawa.

Arewa Youth Assembly at a World Press Conference held at Arewa House, Kaduna, while condemning the act of threat to life are asking the federal government to investigate the matter in order to safegaurd his life.

Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Mohammed Salihu Danlami, added that while many Nigerians have enriched themselves through dubious means, they are afraid of being arrested by the young and vibrant anti corruption czar.

“Money meant for infrastructure, health, education, roads and other amenities have been embezzled by a few, who use political office to steal the masses’ wealth.”

According to him, “today we are proud of President Muhammadu Buharif for appointing Bawa, a youth and one of the best EFCC boss the country has ever produced,” he emphasized.

Honourable added that any harm or attack on the EFCC boss will amount to a threat on the youth of the nation and that will be resisted by all means available.

“This intelligent, workaholic and focussed youth  has achieved very much in a short period, and should be allowed to do his assignment.”

It would be recalled that the Chairman of EFCC, Abdulraseed Bawa, had on Tuesday complained that some government officials were after his life owning to ongoing investigations into their financial misdemeanors.

He had appealed to security operatives to look into the matter in order to safeguard his life.

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Perpetrators Of Iwo Road Mayhem Will Be Fished Out, Face Prosecution, Oyo Govt Vows Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:36:55 +0000 *warns against politicising security issues

By; BAYO AKAMO,  Ibadan

Oyo State Government on Thursday declared that those behind the Wednesday mayhem at Iwo Road area of Ibadan which claimed two lives will soon be fished out and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun dropped this hint while featuring on a Radio interview programme in Ibadan.
Dr Olatunbosun stressed that towards this end, security agencies in the state have commenced  investigation into the cause of the crisis, adding that the State government was on top of the situation and those that perpetuated the crisis would not go unpunished.
“I am not going to say this is the person that caused the mayhem or that person started it, it is not in my purview, the security agents are working on unraveling the cause and who are those behind the attack”, he said.
Dr Olatunbosun, added, “this is a government that has been going to the extent of expending so much in making security of lives and properties seamless, we shall not allow this to go without getting those behind it accountable.”
The Commissioner however cautioned that politics should not be allowed to affect the security of the people and that those playing politics with security should be seen as not ready to join hands with the present administration, led by Governor Seyi Makinde to move the State forward.

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Amotekun Arrests Two Suspected Bandits With AK47, Pump Action, Dane Gun Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:34:04 +0000 *recovers  82  rounds 7.62 ammunition,  7 cartridges,  other harmful weapons

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Two suspected bandits were on Tuesday apprehended with AK 47 rifle, pump action gun and a dane gun  in Lanlate Ibarapa East area of Oyo State by Operattives of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun corps.
New Nigerian gathered that the arrested suspected bandits  identified as Mumini Saliu 45yrs and Ibrahim Suleiman 25yrs ( all Fulani) were apprehended at Alapa village in Lanlate by Amotekun Operatives of Ibarapa East Local Government command .
The Amotekun operatives were reported to have during the operation recovered, 82  rounds 7.62 ammunition and 7 cartridges  amongst  other harmful weapons.
According to a statement from Amotekun operatives unit  the suspected bandits have been handed over to the Director of State Security Services, Oyo State Command  for further investigation.

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Kaduna Speaker Boosts Sports, 400 Participants Storm Workshop Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:34:17 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

No fewer than 400 participants are receiving training at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, courtesy of the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in collaboration with the office of the Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly on Youth and Sports 3-day Workshop on Coaching, Management and Psychology.

The opening ceremony of the workshop on Thursday June 17, attracted several dignitaries, including the Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, who declared it open.

Also at the opening ceremony, were the Deputy Speaker Kaduna Assembly, Rt. Honourable Isaac Auta, Commissioner of Sports Development, Professor Kabiru Mato, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Yamusa and Director of Sports, Alhaji Yakubu Ibrahim.

Top rated resource persons that lectured the coaches and administrators are; Dr. Alex Manna, Coach Austine Eguavoen, Dr. Jimmy Adeniyi, Barrister Musa Ahmadu and Mainasara Illo.

In an interview with newsmen, the SSA Youth, Sports and Culture to Kaduna Speaker, Yusuf Zailani, Honourable Ekene Abubakar Adams, expressed the success so far recorded.

He said at the end of the workshop, Kaduna will be blessed with more knowledgeable sports coaches and administrators that will transform the sector in the state.

Sponsors of the 3-day workshop include, Valuejet Aviation, Mariana Management Centre, Yelash NIgeria Limited and Zailani Absolute Care Foundation.

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Sports Can End Banditry, Insecurity – Kaduna Speaker Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:25:50 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has said that sports is a veritable tool NIgeria can explore in bringing an end to insurgency, banditry and other forms of insecurity bedeviling the country.

According to a statement signed by his SA Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, he expressed this in his speech while declaring open a 3-day Workshop On Coaching Management, organised by his SSA Youth, Sports and Culture at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Thursday.

“To end the growing army of willing tools in the hands of bandits and insurgents, we need to.put on our thinking caps.

“All available options must be explored, including the economic angle, which will put food on more tables of our citizens and youth,” Zailani said.

He said the workshop is another milestone achievement of the Malam Nasir el-Rufai-led present Kaduna State administration administration in job creation and empowerment of youth.

“I am highly delighted to be part of yet another historic moment.

“This is because sports besides ensuring that we remain healthy, is a huge income earner and has potentials of employing several youth,” he added.

Zailani said that when his SSA, Ekene Abubakar Adams came to him about the programme, he immediately approved it and gave him the go ahead in view of the impact it would have on the immediate society and NIgeria at large.

“This three-day workshop is one veritable tool that will not only train, but will serve as an avenue of training the trainer,” he said.

The Speaker therefore, urged all the participants to concentrate and learn all that the resource persons will be giving to them.

“I have full confidence on the resource persons, knowing that they are coming all the way from the National Institute of Sports (NIS) and the certificates the participants will be issued will be accepted anywhere in the world,” he added.

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MURIC Hails 9th NASS On Second Anniversary Thu, 17 Jun 2021 06:41:53 +0000 By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Nigerian National Assembly (NASS) which comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives marked two years of inauguration on Friday, 11th June, 2021.

Meanwhile a member of the Nigerian civil society, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has given kudos to the 9th NASS.

In a congratulatory message sent to the 9th NASS by the director of the organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Thursday, 17th June, 2021, the human rights organisation described the 9th NASS as forthright, progressive and people-oriented.

The statement reads:

“The Nigerian National Assembly (NASS) marked two years of inauguration on Friday, 11th June, 2021.

“MURIC congratulates the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila and the entire members of the NASS on the auspicious occasion of the second anniversary of their inauguration.

“We note with immense pleasure the absence of any rigmarole, tension or conflict between the NASS and the executive arm of government since 11th June 2019 when the 9th NASS was inaugurated. This has engendered the smooth running of government as well as uninterrupted lawmaking process.

“The 9th NASS has distinguished itself as a body of patriotic and hardworking lawmakers. For while its predecessor was known for footdragging courtesy of sarakisation from the Red House, the 9th NASS has become synonymous with swiftness, business consciousness and concern for the plight of the Nigerian masses.

“For example, whereas the 8th NASS introduced 2,166 bills and passed only 515 in its four years, the 9th NASS has already introduced 2,002 bills in just two years and still counting. This can be attributed to the confrontational stance of the 8th NASS in its relationship with the presidency and the divided interest of its members who took undue interest in shuttling between the courts and the NASS which is the place of their primary assignment.

“As a result of the confrontation with the executive, the 8th NASS became a clog in the wheel of progress, blocking requests and rejecting the executive’s nominees. In the end, it was the Nigerian masses who suffered the consequences. Or what else could we have expected when budgets were delayed for months on end by the reactionary elements in the 8th NASS?

“For instance, the 2016 budget of N6.06 trillion was not approved until 23rd March, 2016. In 2017, the Federal Government’s budget of N7.441 trillion was delayed till 11th May, 2017. The N8.612 trillion budget of 2018 suffered a similar fate in the hands of the Stone Age lawmakers of the 8th NASS as it was approved on 16th May, 2018. The N8.916 trillion budget of 2019 was approved two weeks earlier on 30th April, 2019 perhaps because the presidency eventually allowed the lawmakers to add N86 billion to the original figure.

“The delay tactics and arm-twisting gimmicks of the 8th NASS stands in contra-distinction to the businesslike approach of the present NASS. Nigerians could hardly believe it when the 2020 budget of N10.59 trillion was passed by the Lawan-Gbajabiamila progressive group of lawmakers on 6th December, 2019. To cement the new trend, this dynamic assembly repeated the feat again as the 2021 budget of N13.588 trillion was given the green light on 21st December, 2021.

“MURIC gives kudos to the 9th NASS as a whole. We celebrate the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan for this remarkable feat. We commend Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila. These are exemplary leaders and true patriots of our land. These distinguished men and women have been sacrificing their time and resources to ensure that good governance and dividends of democracy are delivered to Nigerians at without tears.     

“It is therefore saddening to hear political chalartans, legislative shenanigans and conservative demagogues accusing the 9th NASS of being a ‘rubber stamp’ institution. We reject such accusation in its entirety. It is false, malicious and untenable. The 9th NASS is the people’s NASS. It deserves accolades, not knocks. It is cerebral.

“Before dropping the anchor, we appeal to the 9th NASS to take a kind look at the plight of Nigerian Muslims. Islam has been in Nigeria before the 11th century. The British colonial masters who were essentially Christians came in the 19th century (1842) and subjected the Muslims to an environment which is totally alien to their faith. This situation should have been corrected immediately after Nigeria attained independence in 1960.

“We call on the 9th NASS to set Nigerian Muslims free from neo-colonialism. The British designed army, police, paramilitary and school uniforms which suited adherents of the Christian faith and forced it on the Muslim population. Ditto for the nation’s common law which, of course, is Christian law.

“We appeal to the 9th NASS to use its good office and seize the opportunity of the constitution amendment period to address the injustice done to Nigerian Muslims. The present uniforms used by the army, police and other paramilitary bodies do not allow the use of hijab. They are therefore an exclusive preserve of Christian women with its economic disadvantage to Muslims.

“This has resulted in a Christian-only female soldiers, policemen, customs, traffic wardens, etc. It rendered female Muslims jobless. All military and paramilitary uniforms should be made inclusive to accommodate female Muslim recruits, nurses, students, etc, by permitting the use of specially designed hijab with them. Other submissions and requests are contained in the memorandum submitted by MURIC to the Constitution Review Panel. It is our hope that the 9th NASS will peruse and treat it alongside others.”

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