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NTA News Summary November 16 2016


World Bank Lauds SEPIP Projects In Bauchi

World Bank has expressed satisfaction over the utilization of funds under its State Education Programme Investment Project SEPIP in Bauchi State.

An official of the Bank in Nigeria Mr. Tunde Adekola made the remark while inspecting some benefiting schools from the scheme in the State.


Bauchi Governor  Vows To Revoke Road Construction Contracts

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has threatened to revoke one of the road construction contracts awarded early this year due to the snail speed of the project.

The Governor made the threat while on inspection visit to the three different road projects in the State capital.


Good Morning Nigeria: Standardization Of Nigerian Made Products   

The acceptance of made in Nigeria products by Nigerians still remains an issue, with the current economic reality guests on NTA’s Good Morning Nigeria Programme say Nigeria must begin to focus on its local products as a gate to intentional market.

The Guests however say to achieve this, a strong and proper quality infrastructure system must be put in place to meet the demand of a competitive global market.


CNS Inspects Naval Formations In Bayelsa 

Chief of Naval Staff Air Vice Marshal Ibok-Ette Ibas has advised the people of Bayelsa to support security agencies in the fight against crime.

It was while visiting naval formations in Yenagoa, where he inaugurated some projects.


Senate Suspends Customs ICT Contract 

Senate Committee on Customs Service and Tariff suspends payment of the Nigeria Customs Service scanner contract for Information pending outcome of its investigation.

Committee Chairman, Hope Uzodinma at an interactive session says, Minister of Finance is invited to clarify some financial issues surrounding the contract.

Anambra State Government To Investigate Death of Six In A Family

Anambra State Government is to investigate the death of six children of the same parents from Oramalu family, Ekwulumili community in Nnewi South local government area for an alleged food poisoning.

Governor Willie Obiano stated this when he received the parents of the deceased children at the Governor’s lodge.


Palliative Work Ongoing On Enugu-Onitsha Expressway

Relief is on the way for motorists plying the deplorable Enugu – Onitsha expressway.

Governor Willie Obiano stated this while inspected the ongoing palliative work on the road.


Nigerians Key To Building Bridges Of Peace – NOA

Nigerians have been enjoined to be builders of bridges of peace and love rather than fan the ambers of hate and dis-stingration.

This was the position of Speakers at the first heal the land/Bridges Builders award held in Abuja, at the instance of love to the World Initiative in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency.


COP 22 Areas Of Negotiation

The Paris agreement the first to bring all nations together to combat climate change was like the birth of a baby and now a year down the line the baby has to walk.

The first baby steps are taking place in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh.

Environment correspondent Aisha Bello Mustapha brings us up to speed with areas of negotiations.


President Speaks At COP 22    

President Muhammadu Buhari has stated the commitment of his administration towards making Nigeria one of the World’s best example of how emission reduction can be of tremendous benefit to the environment and the economy.

Addressing World leaders at the plenary session of the conference on climate change in Marrakech, Morocco, the President said already far reaching changes are being made to the nation’s economic sectors towards ensuring that environmental sustainability and inclusive growth are placed at the core of the change agenda.


Senate Committee On Information Oversights VON

In continuation with its oversight functions to agencies under the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation has met with the management of the Voice of Nigeria VON, to ascertain successes and challenges in 2016, in order to effectively plan for 2017.


Police Parade Foiled Kidnappers Otedola

Police have paraded a suspected three – man gang who attempted to kidnap an oil business magnet, Femi Otedola but was foiled by the Police on the 23rd of June this year. A statement by the Force

Public Relations Officer Don Awunah indicates that a serving officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Adeyemi Kayode and a dismissed Army Private, Ayodele Temitayo were involved.



Nigeria Domestic Tourism Worth $4 Billion

More than four billion US dollars is expected to be realized in Nigeria’s domestic tourism market if well developed.

Director General Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation NTDC Sally Mbanefo made this known while inaugurating members of the “Project Tourism” committee in Abuja.


Government Efforts In Revamping Irrigation Farming

Government is intensifying efforts in revamping Irrigation Farming, especially through Public Private Partnership for Food security and job creation.

Talatu Ezirike reports that this was part of submission of discussants on NTA’s Current Affairs Programme “Tuesday Live”.


Niger Delta Ministry holds Forum In Ondo  

The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicating  poverty  promoting human dignity and the quality of life of the people of the  Niger Delta region.

However, Government wants the people to desist from conflict, and destruction of national assets for rapid development to happen.

Minister of State Niger Delta, Prof. Claudius Daramola stated this at a stakeholders consultative forum  in  Ondo State.


 Information Minister Meets With Artifact Rescuers

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed says his Ministry will partner with Artifacts Rescuers Association of Nigeria to retrieve the country’s stolen Artifacts in a bid to preserve its cultural heritage and boost tourism.

The Minister was speaking when he opened talks with members of the Association in Abuja.


IDPs In Gombe Receives More Support  

Internally Displaced Persons in Gombe State received another consignment of food and other relief materials from the Federal Government.

The Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Jummai Alhassan delivered the items.


HOS says Full Implementation of FOI Achievable

Full implementation of the Freedom of Information Act is achievable and the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is committed to that.

This is the message of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Winifred Oyo-Ita at a two day roundtable with FOI officers of Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies holding in Abuja.


NAF Developing An Effective Air Power Response To Crime

Developing effective Air power response to National Security is crucial to consolidating gains made in combating violent crimes.

This was the thrust of the Nigerian Air Force Operations seminar in Abuja.


FEC Approves Bilateral Air Service Agreement

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the signing of the bilateral air service agreement between Nigeria and Qatar.

FEC also approved an agreement on avoidance of double taxation between Nigeria and Singapore.


 Wike Bans Vigilante Groups In Rivers State

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has placed a ban on vigilante groups across the state as part of the State amnesty committee that submitted it’s report to the governor in Port Harcourt. The Committee was set up in September to rid the state of cultism.

NPHCDA Inaugurates Immunization Financing Task Team

In a bid to achieve the sustainable development goal three of good health and well being, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has inaugurated a National Immunization Financing Task Team in Abuja.


Geographical Information System Day 2016

Effective Management of the Nation’s Land and Waterways for sustainable development comes to the fore yet again as Nigeria joins the rest of the World to celebrate this year’s Geographic Information System Day.

The Conference was held at the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, Abuja  to mark the Day.


Nigeria Bumper Harvest Storage Challenge

Nigeria has attained what can be described as a great record in its farming activities considering the bumper harvest by farmers nationwide during the just concluded 2016 wet season farming.

The challenge before the farmers and the government is how to store the excess produce before another harvest year.

This reports takes a look at grains storage capacity of the country and the way forward.


National Assembly Under Lock

A coalition of Civil Society Organisations with the identity “Occupy Nigeria Unlimited” is barricading the entrance of the National Assembly to protest what it alleges as anti-democratic practices of the Legislators.

House To Investigate Budget Office Of The Federation

The House of Representatives is to investigate the alleged directive by the director of Budget in the Federal Ministry of Finance, to Heads of Government Agencies to remit capital finds already released to them.

This follows a motion moved by Representative Fredrick Agbedi from Bayelsa State.


Senate On Virement Fund

The Senate has at Wednesday’s Plenary considered a request by President Buhari for virement of funds for special recurrent and capital intervention.


Offa Descendants Keep Alive Indigenous Ijakadi Festival

In another development, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed has applauded the Offa Descendants Union of Kwara State for keeping alive the annual Socio-Cultural Festival of the indigenes known as Ijakadi Festival.

The Minister was speaking when leaders of the Union visited to update him on the forthcoming Festival slated for the twenty sixth to the thirtieth of December.


Tribute To Late Sultan Dasuki

As the remains of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto Ibrahim Dasuki was laid to rest in Sokoto his birth place, come of his close associates have reflected on the life he lived with a common position  that it was

worthy of emulation by the present generation.


Gregory University holds First Convocation

Gregory University Uturu Abia State has held it’s first convocation with award of various degrees to 72 students of the University.


NNPC, Niger Dock Pledge To Boost Nigeria’s Economy

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC and Niger Dock PLC have agreed to work together in the areas of engineering, procurement and construction to boost the nation’s  economy.

In a statement from the office of Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs NNPC Ndu Ughamadu, the agreement  was reached at a meeting between Chairman of Niger Dock Company Mr. Anwar Jarmakani and Group Managing Director of the NNPC Dr. Maikanti Baru during his working visit of the Niger Dock facility  at the snake Island integrated free Trade Zone in Lagos.



Dead In Tanker Accident Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Three persons have been confirmed dead and several vehicles burnt by fire following an accident involving a tanker laden with Petrol.

The Tanker collided with a truck causing explosion along Lagos-Ibadan express way.

Eye-witnesses say the incident occurred at about three O’clock in the morning.


ASL Unveils Shrimp Farm

One of Nigeria’s largest fish companies, Atlantic Shrimpers Limited has unveiled a shrimp farm in Badagry, Lagos state to increase supply of sea products for local consumption and export.

The company says the investment is also aimed at supporting the Federal government’s drive to boost non-oil export through agriculture.


FRSC Corps Marshal Urges Motorists To Be More Cautious  

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps Boboye Oyeyemi has warned motorists to be extra cautious on the highways and obey all traffic rule and regulations at all times.

He was reacting to the multiple crashes that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on the bridge before Kara market involving six vehicles and the loss of lives in the early hours of Wednesday.

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