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Adamawa Govt Moves To Improve Its IGR Through Agribusiness

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

Amidst economic crisis in the country, the Adamawa State Government has moved to prioritize Agribusiness to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the services of a consultant, Arewa Research and Development Project.

The programme which is tagged Adamawa State Agribusiness Support Programme (ADAS) was designed to take full advantage of the agricultural opportunities within the state and will focus on three areas of Crop Value chain, Livestock and Acquaculture.

The Benefits Adamawa state stands to reap include Increase in the annual IGR from N8.3b on inception to N45b by the tenth year, return of the warehoused N5.15b credit Guarantee fund and Increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from N1.7 b to N7.8 trillion among others.

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri while commenting after the power point presentation by the consultant in the Government House, Yola urged the lead ministries to work and tidy documents as regards implementation for government to benefit maximally from the programme.

He revealed that his administration is working closely with legislators for the good of the state adding that government is formalising the markets in Adamawa to ensure it unbundles all available resources, in the quest of making the state great again.

While pointing out that the present administration has Inherited huge debt which cannot be bequeathed to the next generation, Governor Fintiri said he is committed to working with purpose driven people to make things right for the state.

In his presentation, the leader of the team, Arewa Research and Development Preject Aminu Buhari said the programme will provide Credit Guarantee Scheme of N5.15 billion that will be used to generate additional IGR of N2.4b in the first year of operations.

He added that it will also upgrade some selected grains and cattle markets in Mubi, Ganye, Song, Gombi, Ngurore, Tungo, Malabu, and Wuro bokki adding that it will drive socioeconomic benefits to the state in the areas of employment generation, poverty reduction, wealth creation and improves security.

Mr Buhari said the programme will improve economic fortunes of the state by “creating one stop program that will focus on Agribusiness over a ten year period, creating and institutionalising market and their associate infrastructure reforms and attracting investment in the key sectors of the economy.”

He said since the engagement of the firm, it met with the ministries of Livestock and aquaculture, Agriculture, Finance and Budget, Planning Commission and Economic team of the state after which it completed all submissions and awaits approval to commence full implementation.

Most of the financial problems of the state according to the presenter was incurred by previous administrations, hence the commendation on the present leadership in the state for tirelessly working to right the wrongs by engaging consultants in the field.

Buhari observed that Adamawa state is obviously an agrarian and livestock state with highly literate but highly unskilled youths in the north hence the need for government to salvage the state from shackles of underdevelopment it inherited

The consultants advocated for aggressive IGR drive through broadening the state’s revenue base,deepening the state’s revenue base,leveraging on the enormous agricultural capacity of the state, and the potential to upscale revenue generation.

The event was attended by the Deputy Governor Chief Crowther Seth, Speaker and some members of the State House of Assembly, as well as members of the State Executive Council.

High point of the presentation was question and answer session.

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Refineries Not Created To Reduce Petrol Price, Kyari Tells Senate

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Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.

The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.

Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.

He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.

The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.

According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.

The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.

Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.

They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.

The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government. Channels TV.

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Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages

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Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.

This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.

These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.

Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.

“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.

“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.

“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”

“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.

“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.

He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.

He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.

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Operatives Of NDLEA Uncover Illicit Drugs Concealed In Dolls, Local Soap, Milo Tins

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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered illicit substances bound for Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia.

Disclosing this in a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit substances intercepted included various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage.

Noting that the operation was carried out by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos, he said some of the items seized included tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE; and another set of same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE.

Others were a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong; and a shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA.

“Operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.

“He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.

“In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday 1st December recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday 1st December with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs.

“A team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos,” Babafemi said. Channels TV.

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