The Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Bill Medlinda Gates Foundation on Thursday in Abuja, announced a new partnership, which they said was aimed at strengthening cross-state policies in Nigeria.The policies, it was stated, would also strengthen financial resources that they said would benefit the poorest people in the country.Chief Strategy Officer at the Gates Foundation, Mr. Mark Suzman, made the announcement at a press briefing.He said the three-year $2m partnership will focus on domestic revenue challenge, with the aim of strengthening public financing for social programmes that Suzman said would benefit the poor.The fund, he added, would also afford the NGF and the Gates Foundation to develop a road map for future collaboration in strengthening Primary Health Care in Nigeria that would unlock funding dedicated to the work.
The Bank of Industry (BOI) in partnership with African Community Bridge Foundation (ACBF) on yesterday commenced training of 131 youth from Taraba and Adamawa in various entrepreneurial skills for job creation and self reliance.
Alhaji Dahiru Bala, the BOI branch manager in charge of Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe declared the one week training programme open in Jalingo.
Bala told the trainees that the move was the Federal Government deliberate policy aimed at equipping them with entrepreneurial skills and providing them with loans to undertake profitable businesses in order to boost the nation’s economy.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will hand over a new modular polio laboratory to Nigeria’s premier polio laboratory in the Department of Virology, University of Ibadan, Oyo state Friday.
A statement from the organization said the laboratory which was purchased with a grant from United States Agency for International Aid (USAID), will support polio eradication activities in Nigeria.The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole who incidentally gave the consent for the donation of the Modular Laboratory when he was the Vice Chancellor of the University, is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the event.
The Presidency has warned that Nigeria may face famine in January, if drastic steps are not taken.Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains, risks food shortage from early next year as huge demands in the global market are targeting the country’s surplus production.A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, quoted him as making the grim forecast in a radio interview in Kano yesterday.Shehu told Pyramid Radio that the “huge demand for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian grains across our borders”.“And unless this is curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of food by January next year,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari is to consult governors and All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders in making appointments, it was learnt yesterday.
In line with his new policy, the President yesterday mandated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to meet with critical stakeholders on the appointment of members into boards of government agencies.Osinbajo held what was described as “ a frank input session” with Senate President Bukola Saraki, House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Chairman Abdulaziz Yari, APC Governors Forum Chairman Rochas Okorocha and representatives of the governors in each of the six geopolitical zones.
KADUNA, Nigeria - Nigeria's northern Kaduna state is close to agreeing a $625 million deal with an Indian consortium to build a light railway and also plans two new power plants, its governor said.
Development in Africa's biggest economy has been held back for decades by a mismanagement, graft and lack of investment in its road, rail and power network.
Northern states, many of which have suffered a seven-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, have lagged behind the oil-producing south in terms of development, which has helped radicals recruit poor youths.
By Midat Joseph
Apparently concerned by the spate of unemployment in the State, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Wednesday engaged about 6000 youths in dry season wheat farming.
The governor said it plans to get seeds for 50,000 hectres in 2017 for wheat farming just as the state will start with 5, 000 hectres this year.
Speaking at the training workshop on wheat production, processing and utilisation organized by Lake Chad Research Institute in collaboration with Kaduna State government, Governor El-Rufai, who declared war on high rate of unemployment said youths and women would be trained to revamp the agricultural sector.
While calling on the youths to embrace agriculture, El-Rufai said his administration will provide the trainees land adding that the state has the capacity to excel in agriculture.
The governor noted that Kaduna had engaged 25,000 unemployed on tree planting as well as thousands were also engaged in the state free feeding programme as one of the steps to reduce unemployment which he described as dehumanizing.