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Nigeria does not have money to import foods – Buhari

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The President, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari [retd], has said the country does not have money to import food and has encouraged farmers to grow what Nigerians need.

Buhari made the comments on Sunday after performing Eid prayers with his family members at his official residence in the Presidential Villa.

Buhari, who challenged Nigerian farmers on the need to embark on massive productive agricultural activities this farming season, said:

“I hope the raining season would be bountiful so that we get a lot of food.

“I wish the farmers will go to farms and save our lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quantity so that we don’t have to import food.

“In any case, we don’t have any money to import food. So we must produce what we are going to eat.”

On the COVID-19 pandemic, the President reiterated his advice to Nigerians to strictly adhere to guidelines and measures put in place against the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

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He noted that the pandemic had reduced both developed and developing nations to the same level, and advised Nigerians to always be careful so as to avoid infections.

He said:

“Nigerians can see that the COVID-19 has reduced us, both the developing and developed countries, to the same level. In fact, we have the least casualties than they have.

“So, it’s a very frightening development and I advise Nigerians to be very careful and take the advice of the Ministry of Health. Minister of Health has been doing very well, speaking and educating the citizens on the deadly virus.

“So Nigeria, we should be very careful.”

 

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JUST IN: NDDC acting MD walks out on Reps

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Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee(IMC) the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei and his team on Thursday walked out on the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC.

He said he and the team were not prepared to make any presentation before the committee.

Pondei had abjected to Chairman of the Committee, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, presiding over the investigative hearing, insisting he cannot preside over a matter in which he is an accused.

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Members of the Committee, including Benjamin Kali, Ben Ibakpa and Shehu Koko, told the Acting MD that since there was no document before them, he is constitutionally bound to answer their queries.

While members were still making contribution on the issue, the Acting MD sought permission to leave and walked out before the committee could grant or reject his request.

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Furious members of the Committee accused the Interim Management Committee of trying to frustrate legislative functions and ordered a warrant of arrest be issued against him.

The Committee also unanimously passed a vote of confidence on its Chairman.

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Wike comes to Nunieh’s rescue, relocates her to government house as police invade her residence

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The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has moved the former Managing Director of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Joy Nunieh out of her residence to Government House Port Harcourt, a report by Daily Post states.

Officers had stormed the home of the former Interim Chairman of NDDC, Joy Nunieh at 3, Owuru Creek view, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt.

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Governor Wike’s visit was predicated by the invasion of the residence of Nunieh by officers of the Nigerian police force early Thursday.

The reason for the Governor’s interference is yet unknown, as the development is said to be coming ahead of Nunieh’s appearance before a Senate panel in Abuja investigating the activities of the NDDC today.

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But sources say Nunieh is being invited for questioning by the Police, an information yet to be confirmed by the Spokesman of the Rivers State police command, SP Omoni Nnamdi.

President Buhari’s minister, Godswill Akpabio and Nunieh have been embroiled in war of words over allegations of corruption in the NDDC.

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The former MD of NDDC accused Akpabio of sexual harassment, budget padding, fraud, among others, which the Minister has denied.

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JUST IN: Yahaya Bello heads Ondo APC guber primary election committee

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Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ondo State Governorship Primary Election, the party has appointed Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello to head a 9-man Primary Election Committee slated for Monday, July 20.

The Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the party also approved Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe to head a 9-man Primary Election Appeal Committee.

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In a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena on Thursday in Abuja said the National Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni has approved the constitution of the committees.

The Governorship Primary Election Committee has Olorogun O’tega Emerhor as Secretary while Alwan Hassan, Chief Samuel Sambo, Hajiya Binta Salihu, Mr Emma Andy, Dr Adebayo Adelabu, Abdullahi Aliyu and Mrs Margret Ngozi Igwe are to serve as members of the committee.

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Arch. Abdulmimuni Okara is to serve as Secretary to the Governorship Primary Election Appeal Committee, while Mr Festus Fientes, Mr Okon Owoefiak, Mr Abba Isah, Alh. Umar Duhu, Hon. Sani El-katuzu, Mrs Osuere Eunice and Emeka Agaba are appointed as members

Nabena further said both Committees will be inaugurated by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extra-ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, H.E. Mai Mala Buni at the party National Secretariat on Friday 17th July 2020.

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