President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday said his administration needs support from Nigerians be able to deliver on job creation and fight against hunger and corruption.
Tinubu stated this in Abuja at the opening of the 2023 National Conference, Exhibition, and Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
The president who was represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the event noted with pride that Nigerian Engineers are committed to excellence and are respected globally.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Re-engineering the manufacturing sector for competitiveness and enhanced economic growth”.
He said the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration was defined by commitment to unleashing the country’s full economic potential.
He said that the agenda focused on job creation, access to capital for small and large businesses, inclusiveness, the rule of law, and the fight against hunger, poverty and corruption.
“Let me also say that I eagerly await the communique and resolutions from this conference which I expect to receive within the next one week.
“Over the next four days that you will be here, I encourage you to engage in firm deliberations and emerge with a comprehensive roadmap.
“Outlining how, as a nation, we can leverage manufacturing, technology and innovation as driving forces behind achieving the Eight Renewed Hope Agenda of this administration.”
The president enjoined NSE to provide his administration with a tangible and practical metric for the evaluation of success.
“You are aware of the premium that our administration is placing on monitoring and evaluation which was demonstrated at the inaugural cabinet retreat a few weeks ago.
“What we cannot measure, we cannot manage, the popular saying goes; so let us endeavour to focus also on measurements as private sector leaders and stakeholders.
“Let us measure our achievements not only by the profits we generate for owners and shared holders but also by the number of Nigerians lifted out of poverty.
“The number of jobs created and impact our actions have on the fight against corruption.
“Since assuming office as the President and Commander in-Chief of the Armed Forces of our great country Nigeria, this is my first request and challenge to the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
“Judging by the caliber of people seated here today, I am confident that you will rise to the occasion and not disappoint.
“I look forward to future engagements while we review our collective successes and rededicate ourselves to the all-important tasks of building a Nigeria that works for all,” President Tinubu said.
Tinubu tasked the NSE to work closely with government and other stakeholders to jointly chart a path to true and lasting prosperity for Nigeria”.
”Our administration requires your support to harness the immense opportunities in front of us, and to turn the promise of Renewed Hope into reality for the generality of our people.
“I once again offer you my solemn promise that I am committed to providing the enabling environment for every policy, legislation and action required for this to happen.”
In attendance were the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu; Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa; Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Usman and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Abubakar Momoh.
Others are the Elder statesman, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; former gov. James Ibori; President of NSE, Tasiu Wudil and President of the World Federation of Engineers, Mustapha Shehu, among others.Highpoint of the ocassion saw, the representative of the president and a few other dignitaries decorated with various honours of the NSE
Fire Guts Minister’s Private Residence
By Laide Akinboade, Abuja
The private residence of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Mariya Mahmoud was completely razed down by fire on Sunday afternoon.
Reports suggest that nothing was salvaged from 9 Justice Roseline Ukeji Close, Asokoro, Abuja as fighters were said to have arrived late.
Media Aide to the minister Mr.Austine Elemue said the cause of the fire was being investigated.
The Ag. Director, FCT Fire Service, Mr Amiola Adebayo confirmed the fire outbreak.
The Acting Director in a text message to our correspondent said the fire started around 10:40am on 7 Roseline Ukeji close, Mark Okoye Street, Asokoro, involving a 7-bedroom duplex.
He said household items on the upper floor including: beds, clothes, documents, credentials, jewelries and others like air-conditioners, roof were consumed.
The fire service boss suspected electrical fault in the children room as the cause of the fire.
The fire was brought under control around 2:51pm. No life was lost.
This is the major fire incident in Abuja this year.
On Nov. 7, 2023, a section of the Canadian High Commission caught fire.
The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said a diesel tank explosion was responsible for the incident.
Two persons died in the incident while one other person was critically injured.
At the same time, one of the Samsung electronic retail stores in Abuja was gutted by fire.
The fire was said to have been caused by careless welding activities near a pile of empty combustible cartons.
Northern Senators Jubilant as ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions on Niger Republic
By Eze Okechukwu, Abuja
Northern Senators Forum has commended the leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on July 26th, 2023.
Recall that the regional block had a fortnight ago, lifted the sanctions it imposed on the trio of Niger Republic, Mali and Burkina Faso following military insurrections in their respective countries.
Reacting to the development, the northern senators forum yesterday in Abuja said that they were pleased to see that ECOWAS responded to the progressive requests “made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues”.
The spokesman of Northern Senators Forum, Senator Suleiman Kawu Sumaila (NNPP, Kano South) noted that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic was a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights, stressing that the action would go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in the region.
According to him, “We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic.
“These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation.
“We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.
“As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation.
“The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS in restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries.
“And we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.
“We urge the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination.
“Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.
“Finally, we would like to reiterate our deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic.
“We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.”
Edo 2024: Ighodalo Wins PDP Guber Ticket with 577 votes
By Dasvid Torough, Abuja
All efforts to make the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in Edo State came to naught as two aspirants lay claim to victory on Thursday.
Dr Asue Ighodalo was announced the governorship candidate of the PDP for the Sept.
The Chief Returning Officer and chairman of the Edo Governorship Primary election Committee, Gov.Dada Lawal of Zamfara State, declared Ighodalo as winner after he garnered 577 votes to defeat six other aspirants.
The primary was co-chaired by Gov.
The governorship primary was held at the Lawn Tennis Court of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
The Edo Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr Anugbum Onuoha, led officials of INEC to monitor the process.
Ighodalo scored 577 votes to defeat other aspirants, including Deputy Gov. Philip Shaibu, who scored one vote.
In his acceptance speech, Ighodalo who thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him, promised prosperity for all Edo people.
He added that he would make deliberate efforts to tackle poverty and deliver good governance to the people.
Two former House of Representatives members, Mr Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama and Omosede Igbinedion, stepped down minutes before the primary.
The other aspirants Anslem Ojezua, Felix Akhabue, Martin Uhomoibhi, Hafia Hadizat Umoru, Osaro Onaiwu and Arthur Esene, all scored zero vote.
Earlier, the State Chairman of PDP, Tony Aziegbemi who welcomed the Edo Governorship Primary Election Committee to the state, said the PDP was ready for the Sept. governorship election.
Aziegbemi said a total of 594 adhoc delegates were elected by party members.
Similarly, the Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu emerged factional candidate for the same election.
It was reported that Shaibu scored 3000 votes in a parallel primary election held at his residence on Commercial Avenue, Benin City.
The Returning Officer, Bartholomew Moses declared that Shaibu won with an overwhelming majority of votes.
It was said that some delegates who went to Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium were denied entry.
These delegates returned to the deputy governor’s lodge for the primary election.
Shaibu reportedly addressed the delegates and advised them to remain peaceful, promising to speak with the primary electoral committee chairman.
It was later resolved that a parallel exercise should hold and Shaibu emerged candidate of the election.
Delegates from 12 local government areas reportedly elected Shaibu as the candidate.
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