President Buhari is in Berlin for his three-day official visit to Germany. While in Berlin, President Buhari, will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including further cooperation on security, the humanitarian situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rehabilitation of the North-East, as well as trade and economic relations between both countries.
President Buhari is accompanied by Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo respectively and representatives of the National Assembly, they will meet with Federal President Joachim Gauck.
In furtherance of the administration’s objective to attract more foreign investment and create economic opportunities in the country, President Buhari will participate in a Business Forum in Berlin with leading German companies already active in Nigeria and other prospective investors. Before returning to Abuja, President Buhari is expected to meet with representatives of the Nigerian community in Germany.
Kwara govt shuts 88 illegal schools
The state’s Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Alhaji Musa Yeketi, disclosed this yesterday while delivering a speech at the 2016 Day of the National Association of Proprietors of Private School, NAPPS, in Ilorin.
Yeketi, who acknowledged the impact of private schools in complementing the state government’s efforts, appealed to owners of the illegal schools to regularise their operation and those with sub-standard facilities to upgrade or risk sanctions.
Also, Dr. Sally Adukwu-Bolujoko, NAPPS National President, who was represented by the association’s Financial Secretary, Temitope Ajibola, in his speech, asked government to eradicate the multiple taxations private schools were burdened with.
Aisha Buhari grants BBC a controversial Interview
Mrs Buhari had in the interview stated that many of the people who are working for her husband now were not there when he started the journey and that most of those who had put in efforts for him to emerge president have been abandoned.
DailyTrust reports that a source within the Abuja Bureau of the BBC revealed that a letter from the Presidency has been sent to it asking for the interview not to be aired.
The source also stated that the Speaker of the Hause of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, has also tried to informally persuade the BBC from airing the interview.
The source told Daily Trust that the network wouldn’t backdown on its promise to air the interview as an independent media organisation. The source stressed that the only condition that can make the service not air the interview is for the interviewee, Aisha Buhari, to decide against it. Even in that case her voice recanting what she had said in the interview would be aired. Therefore, a part of the interview will be aired in the service’s morning broadcast tomorrow. It will be aired in full on its programme, ‘Gane Mini Hanya’, on Saturday.
Thailand longest serving king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies at 88
King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave up the ghost today after his family highlighted on Sunday that he had been placed on a ventilator after his medical team had performed kidney dialysis and replaced a tube used to drain fluid from his lung when his blood pressure dropped.
Thailand, a kingdom of 67 million people, with most not knowing any other ruler apart from Bhumibol, will now be ruled by Thailand’s 63 year old Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn.
Jigawa House of Assemby passes into law bill making it compulsory for every intending couple to go for HIV/AIDS test
Jigawa State House of Assembly has passed into law making it compulsory for every intending couple to go for free HIV/AIDS test before their wedding.
The passage of the bill was sequel to the adoption of the report of the house committee on control of HIV/AIDS earlier mandated to examine and make recommendations to the house.
Speaker, Alhaji Idris Garba Jahun who presided the plenary session, said the bill was sponsored by member representing Birnin Kudu constituency Alhaji Surajo Mohammad on the first of march this year and the bill was referred to the relevant house committee after scaling through first and second reading..
“I am a Muslim and I love Jesus” – Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II
“Many people are unaware of the fact that one cannot be a Muslim without loving Jesus (Peace be upon him) known in as Arabic Isa (Alayhis Salam).”
Buhari orders EFCC to return N10bn to NBC
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the return of N10bn seized from the National Broadcasting Commission by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
The Director-General of NBC, Mallam Is’haq Kawu, said this in Abuja on Thursday at a press conference to announce the 20th edition of Africa Broadcasting Conference and Exhibition coming up in Abuja next week.
The money is part of the funds realised by the NBC from the controversial sale of frequency to MTN Nigeria Communications Limited.
The funds had been a subject of probe by the EFCC following allegation that the broadcast regulatory agency failed to remit it to the Treasury Single Account at the time prescribed by the Federal Government.
The NBC had claimed that the funds were meant for projects being executed for the country’s migration to digital broadcasting.
Kawu said the funds would be channelled towards projects and programmes aimed at achieving the transition to digital broadcasting for which a deadline of June 2017 had been set.
He added that the NBC was planning to establish a content development for the broadcast industry as the era of digitisation was expected to create immense need for content development as a result of multiple channels to be witnessed in the new era.
The NBC boss said, “We are going to assist a lot of young people to get finances for the production of their contents. We are thinking in terms of content development fund within the NBC and the NBC also provides opportunity for young content providers.”
According to Kawu, a 10 per cent increase in the digitisation of the broadcast industry is predicted to create one million new jobs.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has given assurance that the digital switchover from analogue television would be achieved in the Federal Capital Territory before the end of the year.
Mohammed gave the assurance after a guided facility tour of Pinnacle Communication Limited – the licensed signal distributor of the DSO in the FCT and Trefonics, a manufacturer of Set-Top-Boxes.
He said it was imperative to ascertain the level of preparation of all the stakeholders in order to ensure a successful roll-out in Abuja.
The minister said, “We are very much on track but I think it’s important to understand what the Digital Switch Over entails. It entails that all the component actors be ready.”
He expressed satisfaction with the signal distributor as well as the Set-Top-Box manufacturer, adding that they were on track to meeting the switch over date.
Goodie Ibru not on the run, says family
The family of a Nigerian businessman, Goodie Ibru, on Thursday described as misleading and scandalous the public notice by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, declaring the businessman wanted.
The EFCC had reportedly declared Ibru wanted in relation to a case of alleged conspiracy, capital market fraud, diversion of billions of funds and assets belonging to the Ikeja Hotels Plc.
But the Ibru family, in a statement on Thursday, signed by Akpofure Ibru, said the manhunt launched for Ibru was uncalled for as he was not on the run from the EFCC.
The family explained that Ibru had on July 19, 2016 received an invite from the EFCC to come to the commission’s office for an interview on July 25.
He was, however, said to have replied through his lawyers, Babalakin & Co, that he would not be able to honour the interview until the first week of November when he would have returned from a scheduled trip to the United Kingdom for medical treatment.
According to the family, Ibru’s lawyers had assured the EFCC that their client would appear before the EFCC as soon as he recovered from his illness and returned to Nigeria, stating that Ibru was a law-abiding citizen, who had no interest in standing in the way of justice administration.