Nigerians Have No Alternative Than Go To The Farms

images (4)The hue and cry concerning the rise in persistent prices of basket of foodstuff in Nigeria has a limit. The best for Nigerians is to go back to the farms.

Many people have abandoned going to the farms and decided to make a living in the towns and cities. The few people living in the villages, or producing the quantity of foodstuff needed in the country have found the cost of fertilizers skyrocketing.

The federal government must, as a matter of utmost urgency, provide the most needed  fertilizer to enable them carry on with farming before the farming season began. Asking farmers to buy fertilizer at the midddle or end of the season is like telling them to leave the farming.

Those residing in the cities and towns who do not regard farming compulsory were the ones crying for government assistance to bring down the prices of foodstuff.

Even if you cannot afford going to and from the farmland, one should engage the services of other people to assist them,

NNDC KADUNA, A PRIDE TO NIGERIA

AMADU BELLO

The New Nigeria Development Company Limited (NNDC) has been in existence for more than 40 years now. It is a Company owned and managed by the 19 northern state governments.

 

NNDC is the development of manpower and capacity building of the people of northern extraction in order to enable them contributes meaningfully to national development.

 

NNDC has successfully done this over the last decades. Many of those people that worked in the organization later left and took up various positions of responsibilities in both private and public sectors where they served meritoriously.

 

In continuation with this noble objective and apart from grooming workforce from within, NNDC has established schemes where young graduates are trained to become professionals in strategic careers.

 

One of such Schemes is the Students Special Project (SSP) which is being run in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

 

NNDC has established SSP Study Centres in Kaduna, Kano, Ilorin and Gombe towns/cities respectively. Those study centres has so far, produced more than 573 Chartered Accountants within a short period of time. There are more than 2, 500 students who have passed ICAN exams from one level to another within the ICAN examination boundary.

 

These study centres were the first to be established in the northern Nigeria from 2007 to date. NNDC, therefore, has been a great success to the young professionals and entrepreneurs in the North.

 

Despite the economic challenges and downturn of the country’s economy, the NNDC is glaringly performing better in view of the technological outlook and development.

 

NNDC being the only surviving government institution in the North, it is sister company, the Bank of the North could not meet the target of the Survival of the Fittest. The Bank has since closed its doors and forgotten within the financial business circles in the country.

 

A lot of bad and doubtful debts, coupled with bad leadership and mismanagement have all contributed to the downfall of the Bank. The Bank could not recapitalize to the N20billion then requested to remain afloat or above the required minimum deposit level.

 

It is clear and manifest that NNDC has become a pride and a success, not only to the people of the North but contributed immensely to the economic well-being of the Nigerian economy.

PREACH AND BE DAMNED IN KADUNA STATE?

NASIR EL-RUFAI

I think Kaduna State people should consider themselves “lucky” for having a young, indefatigable and dynamic leader like Governor Nasir el-rufai.

 

The Governor is not enacting new legislation on Religious Preaching. The Law has been in the State for more than 30 years now.

 

I believe, what Gov. El-rufai has done was to amend, adjust or renew some portions of the Law in order to suit or meet the present circumstance of ways and manners some religious preachers propagate their religion has been unhealthy, unacceptable and most notorious way capable in bringing chaos and confusion in the State.

 

None of us is praying for the worst of religious conflicts to happen but they happened in most of the northern states. The worst conflict is still, going on in the north-east of the country, all in the name of Religion.

 

The likely solution to this problem is for the Kaduna State Government as well as the State House of Assembly to offer dialogue, fruitful discussion and open hearings on the law amendments which, must be fully attended by all the stakeholders in the State.

 

The stakeholders should know that Nigeria is sick and tired of religious conflicts leading to maiming and killing of innocent people, destruction of lives and property.

 

They should find solutions to these problems which must be in line with the provisions of the Law. The Law is the yardstick used to measure maximum level of compliance.

 

Failure to follow the Law will lead to chaos, making governance difficult, resulting in total disintegration.

 

A clear example is the current investigation going on and carried out in the name of religion, which is to advise or recommend measures to be adopted by the Government with a view to guiding against future occurrence.

Therefore, the Law must be there to serve as a deterrent to others who wanted to commit same offences.

 

 

 

CURRENCY SWAP IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

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China has been a business partner with Nigeria since our independence from the British colonial masters. Nigeria, not only being a business partner with China but the bilateral relations goes beyond social, economic and educationally.

 

When we were in Primary school in the 1960s, we used to request Chinese magazines on the Communist revolution headed by its outright leader and revolutionist, Moe Tsetung. Later, the magazines failed to show up towards the end of our school tenure in view of the fact that future leaders may become revolutionaries too! Though, the ideas have been impacted on us since then and what we have now in Nigeria is the kind of Change people have been clamoring.

 

So, I believe, those who have been too critical about President Buhari’s overseas trips as well as the current misled and unguided Governor of Ekiti State have no business doing in Nigeria.

 

Those are the characters militating against the economic development of the country. No country shall develop within its own hemisphere of economic policies without foreign intervention, assistance or investments.

 

In fact, I am yet to hear the critics blowing grammar on the Nigeria’s currency swap with China. Is it too early to criticize?

 

For those who want criticize the recent development on the currency swap, let them hear well that the following countries have since entered currency swap with China. The countries are: – Indonesia, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, South Africa, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, and the European Union have currency swap deals running in several hundreds of billions.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) that has been using a basket of 4 currencies in the world namely, Dollar (US); Euro (European Union); Pound Sterling (United Kingdom), and Yen (Japan) has now considered Yuan (China) into the basket.

 

The IMF has added Yuan to its basket of reserve currencies, an international stamp of approval of the strides China has made integrating into a global economic system dominated for decades by the United States, Europe and Japan.

 

The addition of China’s currency (Yuan) makes it becoming 5 major currencies in the world and it will take effect October 1st 2016.

 

The Yuan is having 10.92 per cent weighting in the basket and the rest are 41.73 per cent for the Dollar; 30.93 per cent for the Euro; 8.33 per cent for the Yen and 8.09 per cent for the British pound sterling.

 

Nigeria has signed a number of deals with China. President Buhari’s trip to China has yielded over $6 billion additional investments for Nigeria. This move is geared towards making positive impact on key sectors of the Nigerian economy including Power, Solid Minerals, Gas, Agriculture, Housing, Road and Rail transportation.

 

Nigerian critics have failed to understand the Change Iniative associated with President Muhammadu Buhari. Once a person or group of people is self-centered, arrogant and corrupt cannot be in line with this administration.

 

Those policies are meant to serve the future generations of this country. If previous leaderships we witnessed were not corrupt and inept to the flights of Nigerians, we would not have been in the situation we found ourselves.

 

Inequality, greed and avaricious made us insensitive to build more refineries to curtail present long over lasting queues at the filling stations; unable to curb smuggling to save local industries collapsing. Insecurity to prevent lost of lives and property; uncontrollable crimes resulting in armed robbery, kidnappings, maiming and killing of innocent lives, setting ablaze of towns and villages without fear or mercy.

 

Are we really human beings inflicting injury on our brothers and sisters, young and old, women and children?

 

I believe, President Muhammadu Buhari, who was tested and trusted can lead this country to a greater heights and he has already made historical impact on our currency swap.

PRESIDENT BUHARI’S CRITICS! CAN THEY SUCCEED?

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Just some few weeks ago after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as the President of the Nigeria, the social critics started business as usual. How about Ministers? Are they ready? President Buhari had to keep their mouth shut when he asked them to review his predecessor’s period of time before such appointments were made.

 

They went ahead to talk about the budget of the federal government that the time was getting late to submit the budget to the national assembly. They did not hold their breath until the budget was returned to Presidency without details from the national assembly.

 

Again, they resorted to the purported removal of Lagos – Calabar railway line track funds from the budget. Is this an issue? How many votes did the people of Cross River gave General Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as the President at the general election? Let us call a spade, a spade!

 

The general improvement observed in the security situation in the country with due process undertaken on the trial of corrupt persons as well as the champion on war on corruption have pushed President Buhari away from his critics. Even those in the opposition camp are blaming their former leaders for being indolent, negligent and avaricious.

 

The fuel scarcity and lack of electricity in the country made the Critics to shout louder without respect. The country’s fuel scarcity has been a historical event which engulfed the country since in the early 1980s.

 

It was in the 1990s that General Sani Abacha made a desperate attempt and landmark improvement to restore normalcy in the fuel crisis. He purchased brand new 5,000 trucks with “NNPC” inscribed on them in view of the insistence of commercial tanker drivers going on strike with flimsy excuses.

 

NNPC mega filling stations were built to reduce the fuel hardship. The filling stations are no longer serving the people they were meant to serve. They are used for “special” personalities including family and friends and those who are ready to do the real bargaining.

 

For years, Nigeria has no solution to fuel crisis. Those who spent 16years in office without building a SINGLE refinery for the country are out to condemn, criticize and apportioned blame Buhari’s administration which is less than one year in office.  What a shame?

 

Is it not an embarrassing for Nigerians to be talking of inadequate electricity supply from Hydro or Gas supply when the rest of the world are busy discussing on the way forward on the efficiency and effectiveness of Solar Energy?

 

Allow President Muhammadu Buhari to fix the economy among other things and see the difference. Nigeria shall be great among the comity of nations in the nearest future.

 

The inheritance of bad policies and mal-administration contributed to the present predicament we are facing presently. Most of the state governments in the country cannot pay backlog of staff salary and pensions due to naked stealing, financial recklessness and over-invoicing of contracts by the previous leaders in some of the States in the country.

 

To add salt to injury, the global oil market has been at the lowest price mark in recent years. The take home pay for most of the State Governments restricts them to neither implement new projects nor employ new workers despite the persistent unemployment currently bedeviling the economy of the country.

 

How the critics could advise President Buhari to stop visiting countries when our wealth has been stolen and stashed away in those countries? How can he run the Government with an empty treasury when we have billions of dollars in other countries waiting to be repatriated to our country? Would it be a good idea to watch your house burning in fire when there was no tool to extinguish the fire?

 

A lot of diplomatic initiative and process is needed to convince them return our looted funds from those countries.

 

President Buhari’s idea to touch the global community in search of our stolen funds has been in order and commendable indeed. He should leave no stone unturned in bringing back our money untouched including the recent revelations on Panama Papers.

 

 

 

 

RE: TRUMP IS A BIGOT BUT HE NEVER SAID ANYTHING AGAINST NIGERIA

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Thanks, Professor Farooq Kperogi, for the highlights, information and clarification on the person of Donald Trump, a leading presidential candidate for the Republican Party.

 

It is equally good to note that utterances and proclamation made by Donald Trump as a Politician wanting to win the minds of the majority in the US is most unfortunate and unwelcome.

 

The ways and manners, he touched the followers of Islam was not the best approach to win the electorates. I think the number of Muslims the United States has is more than the number of Muslims in many Muslim countries.

 

Muslims all over the world are peace lovers in which the religion derives its name “Islam”. Just like any other religion in the world, Islam is not different from having “Bad” eggs or those who wanted to destroy the name of the religion.

 

I assure you that no Good Muslim had the intention to commit murder, assassins, destroy or maimed and killed innocent lives. Such people are not Muslims. They are “Terrorists” who can belong to any religion in the world. They aligned with Islam in order to damage the good reputation of the religion.

 

Therefore, Donald Trump should take note of this and consider using “Terrorists” instead of “Muslims” whenever he is referring to acts of mischievousness being carried out by a bunch of merciless people around the world.