News Summary 6th December 2016;Industrializing agriculture will reduce waste, fight poverty and improve value- Ogbeh

Industrialising agriculture will reduce waste, fight poverty and improve value- Ogbeh

The revolution of agriculture in Africa is set to take a new dimension as development partners on the continent harness opportunities to pursue growth and reduce poverty through industrialisation.

At a roundtable discussion on the way forward to transforming Africa’s agriculture, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture Audu Ogbeh aligned position with AFDB, ECA and UNDP on industrialising agriculture to reduce wastage; fight poverty and inequality as well improve value.

The commodity market in recent time has come under immense pressure with oil producing nations like Nigeria the worst hit.

Oil accounts for about 70% of revenue but it contributes less than 40% of the Nigeria’s GDP.Read More

Agro-Industrialization; a catalyst for sustainable Economic growth

Potentials of the agro-industry towards nation’s development cannot be over-emphasized in any country, especially developing countries like Nigeria which is rated to be among the highest producers of many crops that could be processed into value-added products (VAPs) to enhance foreign earnings.

Many advantages are observed to abound when effective policies are enacted and implemented in the agriculture sector towards realising potentials.

Nigeria, and indeed sub-Saharan African countries, could benefit immensely from the potentials inherent in the agro-food industry towards achieving food security if some perceived challenges confronting the sector are tackled headlong.

While the agro-food industry is an integral part of the economic growth of any country, various cash crops that are produced in different countries according to many could be major sources of growing the economy if properly managed. Read More

Acting CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen  Swear-in Two Justices


Acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen says if the judiciary is to successfully defend its integrity and independence, then all its judicial officers must always remain above board.

He stated this at the swearing in of two justices of the Supreme Court.

National Defence College, ECOWAS hold leadership workshop

Strategic leadership capacity has been identified as vital towards addressing the identified as vital towards addressing the capacity gap within the ECOWAS planning elements for the military, police and civilians.

This was at the senior mission leadership course by the national defence college in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African states held in Abuja.

Experts call for partnership among organisations towards achieving SDGs water quality agenda

Water quality is one of the main challenges bedevilling development in societies of the 21st century threatening human health and hindering economic growth among others.

The 2030 agenda and SDGs bring water quality issues to the forefront of international action by setting goal 6 specifically aiming to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” Read More

To produce high-quality graduates, we need to tackle corruption in tertiary institutions -stakeholders

To tackle corruption in tertiary institutions, stakeholders have been challenged to take a holistic approach in addressing it, because of its multi-dimensional nature.

Analysing  corruption  situations in Nigerian universities  on NTA’s  good morning Nigeria programme ,  guests  said there is need to prioritise academic value , ensure the  competence of appointees and  sponge plagiarism  in the system . Read More

Nigeria Air force take delivery of  Super Mushshak Trainer Aircraft

The strong relation between Nigeria and Pakistan has played out with the handing and taking over of the super Mushshak trainer aircraft in Kaduna.

Chief of Air Staff, Pakistan air force Sohail Aman who officially handed over the Super Mushshak trainer aircraft to the Nigeria air force, said co-operation is critical in meeting global security demand.

Winging ceremony for new set of NAF pilots was also performed

IGP Launcehs change campaign in Kano

Inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris says the force is rebranding itself towards ensuring efficient service delivery.

He was speaking in Kano during the launch of the “change begin with me” campaign and the rebranded public complaint rapid response unit of the police force.

Repeal and Re-enact Federal Highway Acts 1971 – Fashola urges NASS

Minister of power, works and housing Babatunde Fashola has suggested repeal and re-enactment of the federal highways act 1971.

This was at a public hearing by the senate committee on works on a bill to repeal the federal roads maintenance agency act and re-enact the federal roads authority act.

NIMR hold workshop on Providing Health Research for Sustainable Development

The national institute of medical research has assured Nigerians to come out with sustainable research work towards finding solutions to communicable diseases in Nigeria.

This was the submission of stakeholders at a retreat aimed at repositioning the research institution to providing quality health research for national development.

Participants expressed hope that the forum is another platform to cross-fertilise ideas on effective conduct of health services research on primary health care.

Professors and scholars in the field of medical sciences from universities and research institutions from Nigeria, and across the globe attended the two-day retreat.

President Buhari Mourns Kufriji

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of former minister of commerce and industry, Otunba Oyara Bola Kufriji-Olubi, who passed away at the age of 80.

The president, who recently received the former minister and first female chairman of the united bank of Africa at the state house, also extends heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Ogun state, the banking industry, Otunba Kuforiji-Otunba’s friends and professional colleagues. President Buhari recalls that during their meeting where he congratulated her on her 80th birthday, she was warm and hearty.

She served her nation and humanity with all her God-given strength and talent, nothing that the multiple professional, national awards and fellowships she received were well deserved.

President Buhari prays that almighty god will grant her eternal rest, and also comfort all her loved ones.

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