News Summary: Presidency Warns Against Famine Early Next Year – 15/11/2016

NTA News Summary November 15, 2016


Osinbajo Meets Saraki, Dogara In Closed Door

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had a closed-door meeting with Senate President Bukola

Saraki, House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and some State Governors led by Chairman of the Governors’ Forum Abdulazziz Yari. The Senate President spoke to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting.

Presidency Warns Against Famine Early Next Year

The Presidency has warned that Nigerian currently Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains risks famine from early next year following a huge demand in the global market that is targeting the country’s surplus production.

Giving the grim forecast in a radio interview in Kano on Monday, spokesman of the President, Garba 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.

The Presidential spokesman said the Ministry of Agriculture has advised the President on the need to draw the attention of all Nigerians to this issue which, if not addressed promptly, could lead to a shortage of grains in our country by January.

Youth Skills Key To Economic Growth During Recession

Nigerian youths have been advised to develop their entrepreneurship skills in order to contribute immensely towards the growth of the Nigerian economy, the growth of the Nigerian Economy, especially during this time of Recession.

This was the view of Speakers at the Joint initiative for Development Forum in Abuja


Church Clamours Support For Fight Against Corruption

Primate, the Church of the Lord Prayer Fellowship, Most Reverend Dr. Rufus Ositelu, has called on Nigerians to support Buhari-led administration in its fight against corruption as every move made is a step in the right direction.

This he said at the 3-day Revival programme organised by the Northern Province of the church of the Lord Prayer Fellowship of Nigeria, in Abuja.


Good Morning Nigeria: Niger Delta 16 Point Demand

Former Chairman House Committee on Defence, Chidia Maduekwe and a Representative of the Niger Delta has described the sixteen point demand of the region during a recent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari as lopsided.

Maduekwe was speaking on NTA Current Affairs programme, Good Morning Nigeria.


Good Morning Nigeria: Task Ahead Of The New CJN

With Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen on the saddle, there are high expectations on how he should run his term.

NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria joined the public discourse as Experts discussed the Task Ahead.


Police Hold Seminar On Attitudinal Change

To drive home the message of “Change begins with me,” the Nigeria Police has held a sensitization workshop for Officers on Attitudinal Change to restore eroding moral value within the force in particular and the society as a whole.

The moral re-orientation workshop was organised by the Police Training Directorate in collaboration with a non-governmental organization.


IBB Harps Professionalism Among Pharmacists

A delegation from the Pharmaceutical society of Nigeria led by the National President, Ibrahim Ahmed Yakasai visited former President Ibrahim Babangida in the cause of its 89th Annual Conference held in Minna.

The former President harped on the need for Pharmacists to uphold professional ethics in every aspect of the profession in view of the crucial link it has with human lives.


Defence Attaches Role In National Security

Nigeria’s Defence Attaches and Advisers have been challenged to develop a new outlook as the realities of the twenty-first century mandates them, play a wider overt and covert role in ensuring National security.

Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali said this at the 2016 Defence Attaches and Advisers annual Conference held in Abuja.


Edo State Governor Makes First Appointments

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has made the following appointment:

Mr. Sarodion Ogie (Esq) as secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Taiwo Francis Akerele, Chief of Staff who until now was the Project Coordinator for the World Bank Public Financial Management and youth Empowerment programme for Edo state.

Mr. Akerele previously served as Senior Policy Economist to the Governor between 2008 and 2011.

Mr. John Mayaki as Chief Press Secretary (CPS).


ECOWAS Strategies To Increase Food Security

As the World Converge on Morocco towards addressing the effect on Climate Change, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is developing more strategies that will improve agricultural productivity.

Member countries are currently reviewing the impact of the Agricultural Productivity programme initiated 2008 with the support of the World Bank.


Deputy Senate President Warns Against Unrealistic Presumptions In Decision Making

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has cautioned government at various tiers against unrealistic presumption while taking decisions on community projects.

He stated this w hen communities from his constituency paid him a courtesy call in Abuja.


Presbyterian Church Calls For The Virtue Of Gratitude

Christians have been enjoined to imbibe the virtue of gratitude and appreciation at all times no matter the situation.

As Christian brethren, at Presbyterian Church of Nigeria gather to celebrate the goodness and kindness of God, Rev. Mfon Umoren has emphasized that Nigerians must continue to support the Government with their intercession.


FG Sensitize Women On Loan Disbursement

The Federal Government has commenced sensitization on modalities for disbursement of one point six billion naira micro loan to women in eight states under the social intervention programme Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan who was in Lafia, Narsarawa State says the loan is to empower Nigerian Women.


Nasarawa Police Command Parades Suspects

Nasarawa State Police command has lost one of its officers in an ambush by a notorious criminal gang in Obi Area of the State during an operation to rid the state of all forms of crimes and criminality.

State Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Sadiq Bello says this in Lafia, while briefing Newsmen on the success recorded in some of its operations.


Osinbajo: Adherence To The Divine Instructions Way Out Of Challenges

Strict adherence to divine instruction has been identified as a sure way of overcoming present challenges.

Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo made the assertion at the 8th Annual Festival of Songs organized by the Minna Choral Society.


National Fire Safety Week: Preventive Measures Can Avert Fire Outbreaks

Taking more preventive measure to guard against fire outbreaks has been identified as the most veritable tool in minimizing fire incidences in the country.

This was the submission of participants at the Fire safety week celebration in Abuja.

Police, Shiite Clash In Kano

The Police Command in Kano have confirmed that one Policeman and eight Shiite members lost their lives at Kwanar Dawaki and Tamburawa village of Kano state this morning.


President Buhari Departs For Morocco

President Muhammadu Buhari has left Abuja for Marrakesh, Morocco ahead of the Conference of the parties to the United Nations framework convention on Climate Change.

State House correspondent, Adamu Sambo reports that the President accompanied by the Governors of Plateau and Jigawa states was seen off at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by the FCT Minister, Mohammad Musa Bello, Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Senator Philip Aduda and other senior Government officials.

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