Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Receives New UK Secretary Of State

Nigeria can benefit from the United Kingdom in its ongoing reform of the business environment by learning from how the British resolved similar challenges, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Vice President spoke today, during a meeting with the newly appointed United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development, Mr Alok Sharma, at the Presidential Villa.

According to Prof Osinbajo, “one of the critical issues with the ease of doing business is with respect to the registration of property and how the process is long drawn.”  

The Vice President noted that while States like Lagos and Kano have done well with issues around land registration, there are still some outstanding issues. He said this is an area where the UK and Nigeria can collaborate.

“I think one of the ways by which we could get some help is in the whole land registry concept”, the Vice President noted.  He recalled that Lagos State actually had such collaboration when he was serving there. According to him, the UK “gave us quite a bit of help in establishing what was used in Lagos State land registry years ago.”

“Every state has its own peculiar issues and challenges. How to document across the various states is what poses the challenge,” Osinbajo observed.

Prof Osinbajo also explained the National Livestock Transformation Plan, NLTP, stating that the Federal Government and States decided on ranching as an option for livestock breeding.

States determine the implementation methods in their respective States, while both the Federal Government and the States will share the costs.

Earlier in his remarks, Mr. Sharma commended the Vice President for his role in driving the Ease of Doing Business reforms and commended the country for moving up 24 places in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Ranking.  On the specific issue of land registry, he noted how the process was simplified in the UK using technology.

Both the Vice President and the UK Secretary, among other issues, also discussed the rehabilitation of the Northeast region and how the British could support the process going forward.

Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
Office of the Vice President

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President Buhari Applauds Appointment Of UK-Born Nigerian, Kemi Badenoch, As British Minister

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the appointment of Olukemi Olufunto Badenoch, a United Kingdom-born Nigerian as Minister of Children and Families by the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Describing her appointment as “well-deserved,” the President urged the 39-year to regard her new position as an opportunity to justify the confidence reposed in her by making lasting impact.

The Nigerian leader, who said he had no doubt that Badenoch would succeed given her academic qualifications and parliamentary experience, also enjoined the junior minister to see herself as an ambassador of her fatherland in conduct and performance.

Acknowledging that Badenoch’s appointment is a plus for Nigerians in Diaspora, President Buhari said “it further confirms my belief that with hard work and integrity, Nigerians can excel in their chosen professions and fields of endeavour anywhere in the world.”  

The President, while also applauding Prime Minister Johnson for finding Badenoch suitable, wished her success in the new challenging role.

Garba Shehu

Senior Special Assistant to the President

(Media & Publicity)

July 31, 2019

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Face Brexit, Russia Collusion, Nigeria Group Tells UK, US

A foreign relations group in Nigeria has urged the United Kingdom and the United States to face their own democratic challenges rather than focusing on Nigeria election.

The Global Relations Policy Forum (GRPF) says it is completely ridiculous for the UK and US to tell Nigeria how to run its own election when they are both the laughing stock of the world.

Sadiq Adamu, President of GRPF, said they should first remove the beam out of their own eyes, and then they can see clearly to remove the speck out of Nigeria’s eye.

“The Russia Collusion has plagued the United States democracy since its 2016 election. Globally, the world is watching daily as allegations and evidences of a collusion unravels in the ‘almighty’ United States.

“The Special Counsel Robert Meuller has shown us that there was indeed a collusion. So if the US cannot conduct a free and fair election, why should they be the model for any country across the world?”

Adamu argued that the US has no locus standi to interfere in the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. “If you followed the mid-terms election in the US, you will understand that there is a lot of work to be done on the US democracy but Nigeria or any other country did not interfere?”

“The Federal Government of Nigeria did not issue a statement when the votes were recounted in Georgia or when 3,000 votes disappeared in the votes recount in Florida. How exactly are this free and fair elections?

“I’m sure that not many Nigerians know that electorate had to use torch lights at polling booths in the US during the mid-terms election. Yes, they had to because there was no electricity. These are facts and they are there for all to see, how dare the US now tell us about electioneering processes,” he quizzed.

Adamu explained that the UK has been struggling with its bungled Brexit deal. He says that is a pointer that they cannot handle their own problems.

“A couple of days ago, Donald Tusk said there is a special place in hell for Brexiters without a plan, to the chagrin of the Britons,” he added.

“Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister Theresa May are at each others throats and Nigeria is yet to issue a statement urging them to find a solution to their problems.

Adamu stated that Nigeria is a sovereign country and so it the US and the UK. He noted that the EU is not exempted from the lashing because it erroneously intervened in the matter. “The EU is grappling with problems of its own and it has failed to address key issues confronting the union.

“I think they all need to assess themselves and look within before they try to set Nigeria on fire because of self-centered politics.

He claimed that the fact that corruption has been plugged is the reason why the UK, US and EU are not happy with President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria.

“We understand that the table has turned since Nigeria’s anti-corruption fight began under President Buhari. In the 16 years of PDP rule, Nigeria’s treasury was looted to these countries but since President Buhari emerged in 2015, we have been taking those monies back.

“There is no jamboree travels to the US, UK and EU. We don’t shop there anymore and Nigerians are less concerned about foreign food as well. We must understand their frustration,” he said.

He assured the world that the 2019 election in Nigeria will be free, fair and credible, stressing that, all countries across the globe are welcomed to observe.

“I think they should come and observe and then write their reports. They should not come and ignite Nigeria.”

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Breaking: UK Prime Minister Theresa May Says She Will Quit Office Before 2022 Election

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will step down before the country holds its next scheduled national election in 2022.

Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, May said “I think it is right that another party leader takes us into that general election.”

Late Wednesday May survived a no-confidence vote among her Conservative Party lawmakers, triggered by unhappiness in the party at the way she is handling Brexit.

She secured victory by 200 votes to 117 after telling lawmakers at a private meeting that she would hand over power to another Conservative leader before the next election.

But May has not said what she will do if, as many expect, Britain faces an early national election triggered by divisions over Brexit.

AP

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Laws Alone Can’t Stamp Out Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has stated that laws against the twin evils of human trafficking and modern slavery alone wouldn’t be able to cure the menace.

Speaking at the opening of a consultative with Common Wealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) United Kingdom delegation to Nigeria and other stakeholders hosted by the House of Representatives Committee on Inter-Parliamentary Relations in Abuja Monday, Hon Dogara said that justice must be seen to be done against perpetrators of the heinous crimes against humanity.
“We should not be unmindful of the fact that laws alone, no matter how well crafted cannot solve this evil. For instance, Britain is a world leader in modern slavery legislation but yet London is an international hub for modern slavery.
Research conducted by the CO-OP in 2017 suggested that four out of ten people in the UK are not sure what modern slavery was. In most countries the figures are more appalling. We are not likely to succeed in the fight against this evil with near pervasive ignorance of its existence.

“To win this war we need to up our advocacy because with increased awareness comes increased determination to act. I charge us not to forget that survivors and victims of this evil are not entitled to pity but justice. Justice is best served in this case if we help to bring perpetrators to justice and mobilize resources with which to bring sustainable comfort to the survivors….”, the Speaker stated yesterday at the opening of CPA-UK delegation, and other stakeholders  consultative meeting, organised by the House Committee on inter-parliamentary relations.

The Speaker while tasking stakeholders to ensure exhaustive discussion on how to address the challenges, noted that “We can make history if we don’t give up the fight”.

Dogara said; “The evils of the modern slavery/human trafficking/forced labour being perpetrated in Nigeria and several other countries are obvious to all of us.  They present one of the worst cases of inhuman treatment and wickedness of man to fellow human beings.  They also contribute to the high incidence of poverty, social distress and crimes generally in countries where they occur.  The global community have made efforts, particularly in the last two decades to stamp out this sore on humanity’s conscience with mixed results.

“Nigeria, as we know, occupies a central position in the West African axis as a country of origin, transit and destination for victims of human trafficking for forced labour, sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation.  Men, women and most especially children are trafficked from Nigeria to Western Europe, Middle East and some African countries.  Victims from neighbouring countries like Benin, Cameroun, Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali are also brought into Nigeria for forced and hard labour.

“In addition to these, there are prevalent incidences of rural to urban trafficking within Nigeria, in which women and children are trafficked for domestic, agricultural and industrial labour, as well as sexual exploitation and street begging.  Researches have also confirmed that parents, particularly from the northern parts of Nigeria, force their children to engage in sustained begging for economic survival or daily sustenance.

“The establishment of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) through the NAPTIP Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003, was one of the first decisive steps taken by the Nigerian government to curb the illicit human trafficking enterprise.  In 2015, the Parliament passed an Act to amend the Law, which increased the penalties for trafficking offenses to a minimum of five years imprisonment, among others.  However, in spite of the various improvements in the Law, the envisaged effective apprehension and conviction of offenders have not been achieved.

“This explains the need for the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition, Enforcement and Administration (Amendment) Bill, 2018.  The Bill, which seeks to amend the 2015 Act, will establish Special Trafficking Court, expand the composition of the Governing Board of NAPTIP by including members from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), increase penalties and criminalise certain offences, among other provisions.  It is hoped that this Bill, when passed into law, will help to tame the hydra-headed monster of human trafficking, sexual exploitation and related offences.

“I believe that the outcome of this Consultative Meeting will help to enrich the Bill and facilitate our victory in the war against trafficking in persons and other associated crimes.  I urge the stakeholders to be exhaustive in their submissions and deliberations so that together, we can fashion a statute that will meet our expectations and the desired end”.

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Vice President Osinbajo To Highlight Nigeria’s Investment In Human Capital At Oxford Today

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), will on Friday (today) deliver a special lecture on Nigeria’s investments in human capital development at the Oxford University, United Kingdom.

A statement by the Office of the Vice President said Professor Osinbajo was invited by the Oxford University to deliver the lecture “highlighting ongoing investments, efforts and plans of the Nigerian government on human development at the globally recognised institution.”

The statement further reads:“At the event, Professor Osinbajo will also be inaugurating the International Advisory Board (IAB) of Oxford University’s African Studies Centre, under the School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA).

“Members of the board are eminent leaders from across the world including several African countries like Nigeria and South Africa.”

The members of the board to be inaugurated include; An international advisor of Goldman Sachs, Mr Tito Mboweni and former Chairman of the South African Reserve Bank, who will chair the board; First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Geingos; Lawyer and entrepreneur, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, former UN Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, one-time Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and former Nigeria’s External Affairs Minister and Dr Charlotte Scott, former First Lady of Zambia and development specialist.

“Others are the Chairman of Pick’n’Pay, South Africa, Mr Gareth Ackerman; Mr. Alex Duncan, Director and Consultant Economist, The Policy Practice, Brighton, United Kingdom; Economist and author, Accra, Ghana, Mr Ivor Agyeman-Duah; Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria and Ms. Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, founder and Managing Director, DLO Energy Group (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

The statement said the vice President would depart Nigeria on Thursday for London and would be received by Oxford’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Warden, St. Antony’s College, Professor Roger Goodman; Head, Oxford School of Global & Area Studies, Tim Powers and the Director of the African Studies Center, Professor Wale Adebanwi.

“During the lecture, Professor Osinbajo would highlight the progress made by the Buhari administration in improving Nigeria’s Human Capital development indices and investment climate, as well as the widespread impact of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).

“The N-Power Volunteer Corps, which is a part of the N-SIP, and has so far provided employment for 500,000 young Nigerian graduates, demonstrates the commitment of the Federal Government to invest in the human capital development of Nigerian citizens, particularly the young people. Also, the N-SIP includes schemes such as the Conditional Cash Transfer, which has helped lift thousands of the poorest Nigerians out of poverty, through the provision of N5,000 monthly stipends; the TraderMoni, which provides collateral & interest-free loans from N10,000 to petty traders nationwide, among other initiatives of the Buhari administration,”the statement reads.

Besides, there is also the Homegrown School Feeding programme which provides one free meal a day to over 9 million primary school pupils, thereby boosting school enrichment and also addressing stunting concerns among young Nigerians of school age.

Last week Wednesday, Professor Osinbajo presided over a meeting of the National Economic Council’s Human Capital Development Core Working Group at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where reiterated Buhari administration’s commitment to accelerate human capital development.

Professor Osinbajo said; ”lifting our people out of poverty is a crucial agenda towards attaining intended developmental outcomes.”

He is expected back in Abuja on Sunday.

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MURIC Rejects UK Stand On Looted Funds

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has reacted to the United Kingdom’s position on return of Nigeria’s looted fund, describing it as “escapist, ridiculous and unjust.”

Recall that a Queen’s Counsel, Mr. Philip Hackett, had said the country is reluctant to return Nigeria’s looted funds because it cannot trust the country with such funds if returned.

Hackett revealewd this while speaking on the theme: ‘Institutionalising the War against Corruption – New Approaches to Assets Tracing and Recovery’, at the Annual General Conference of the NBA in Abuja on Wednesday, 29th August, 2018.

However, in a press statement by Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC, he condemned UK’s claim stressing there was no basis whatsoever for Britain to make such a claim.

The statement reads:

“The main question is: who owns the money? Once it is established that the funds belong to the Federal Government of Nigeria, UK has no excuse holding on to it, talk less of pronouncing conditionalities. Britain cannot be keeping Nigeria’s money. Nigeria is not a land of morons. On the contrary, we are among the most intelligent people in the world.

“Britain is asking us for more transparency. That question might have been relevant in the days of corrupt leadership. Anyone who is serious about refunding money should do so now that we have a transparent and credible leader.

“That excuse is anachronistic and irrelevant in Buhari’s Nigeria. Buhari has made a huge difference and Western countries which have no hidden agenda should reciprocate. Any country that still holds on to stolen funds should be seen as either a thieving nation itself or an accomplice. Why ask for more transparency when we already have a world acclaimed anti-corruption leader as president? It is simply escapist. UK’s reservation is an afterthought, mischievous and irresponsible. Britain has its own agenda. Its economy is benefiting from Nigeria’s looted funds and it wants this to continue.

“It is on record that returned money has been used wisely by the Buhari administration. An example is the Abacha loot which was recently returned by Switzerland and shared among poor Nigerians. The $322 million Abacha loot was disbursed through Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) to 302,000 poor households in 19 states of Nigeria in July 2008. It shows that the present administration can be trusted to use returned money wisely and transparently.

“Now we understand the logic. Western nations have been using the endemic corruption in some African countries as an excuse for keeping money stolen from those countries in their own vaults. Also, it is becoming clear now that the repeated allegation by Western countries that there is still widespread corruption in Nigeria under Buhari is aimed at the same objective. They are using it as an excuse to keep our looted funds in foreign vaults ad infinitum. Nigeria’s money has only moved from one individual and unpatriotic thief to a corporate thief and a rogue nation.

“Yes, we affirm clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that Western nations who refuse to repatriate money looted from developing countries are rogue nations. They are living on the sweat of weaker countries. They have a heavy moral burden to carry”.

MURIC knocked Britain for its attitude on funds looted from Nigeria. “Britain’s attitude to looted funds from Nigeria exposes the underbelly of capitalism. It implies that capitalism is blind to morality. It does not matter where money comes from. Capitalists must grab it from left, right and centre. It does not matter if they step on the dead bodies of millions of poor people of the oppressed nations of the world to get the money. Capitalism is devoid of all human feelings. Capitalism has no veins, no vessels, no blood. Capitalism is like dry wood.

“Britain’s attitude to Nigeria’s looted funds also makes a mockery of democracy. Is this what the West calls democracy? Is it about freedom to sit on looted funds hiding under ludicrous excuses? Is democracy about the freedom to move illegal money from poor nations to powerful countries? If that is true, then democracy is the most pernicious and most inhuman ideology in the world. The decision to continue sitting on our money is impunity of the highest order. Where is Britain’s morality?

“How many looters take their money to communist or Islamic states? How much of Nigeria’s money is in Russia? How much is in China? How many looters have taken their money to Saudi Arabia or Iran? Shame on capitalism and democracy.

“It is an insult to say that Nigeria cannot be trusted with looted funds if returned. The UK government should answer this question: If Mr. A’s house is burgled and the stolen items are traced to Mr. B’s house, has Mr. B any moral or legal right to ask Mr. A that he must first guarantee that he would not allow his house to be burgled again before releasing his stolen items to him? What do you call Mr. B after all said and done?

“Isn’t there some law against receiving stolen item in Britain? We love to remind the UK that we have such a law here in Nigeria in case Britain forgets. The paradox lies in the fact that the law on receivers of stolen items is a legacy from Britain. So who did this to UK? Do we call it colonial amnesia? How did morality go haywire in the Queen’s own land?

“UK is using money looted from Nigeria to finance its economy at the expense of Nigeria. In short, all the noise about the UK supporting the fight against corruption in Nigeria is meaningless as long as the same UK refuses to reprtriate stolen funds. It also means UK is encouraging graft”.

MURIC also taunted Britain over its reluctance to vomit Nigeria’s money. “By the way, what is Britain arguing about? Switzerland coughed out $322 million in July this year. The United States has pledged to return $500 million very soon. What is Britain ready to give? Is the UK holier than the US and Switzerland put together?

“If UK cannot trust us to use repartriated funds wisely, we also cannot trust Britain with our money. It is our money and our money is our money, not Britain’s. This is the same colonialist who exploited Nigeria for more than a hundred years. What did we gain at the end? Britain asked us to close our eyes and pray. By the time we opened our eyes, our land was gone. Our culture was in tatters. How can we trust such people again particularly with our money?

“For the avoidance of doubts, Africans did not have to wait for the common law to be imported from Britain before demonizing and criminalizing the concept of received stolen goods. A popular Yoruba adage says ‘Eni ti o gbe epo laja nikan ko ni ole, eni ti to gba lowo re gan, ole ni’, i.e. the man who steals palm oil from the ceiling is not the only thief, his accomplice who stood below and helped him to collect it from the ceiling is also a thief because without him the thief who climbed the ceiling would have failed in his devilish mission.

“Used in the context of this argument, Britain as well as other Western nations who receive looted funds from Nigeria and other poor nations are as guilty as those who stole the money from their countries. Nigerian looters were in the ceiling siphoning their country’s wealth into big bags, Britain and other receivers of looted money were on the ground below them giving the stolen funds the much needed soft landing.

“As we draw the curtain, we aver that Nigeria may have to approach the International Court of Justice on this matter. Diplomacy is sometimes a potent agent of procrastination. Let us explore the legal angle parri passu.  We charge our leading lawyers, renowned human rights activists and the Nigerian civil society to take up the struggle. Britain and other countries who are yet to repatriate Nigeria’s looted funds should be taken to international courts for arbitration. Let the world adjudicate.

“We invite Britain and other countries still keeping Nigeria’s looted funds to expedite action on its repatriation. Nigerians are not imbeciles whose money must be managed for them by ‘clever’ foreigners. We demand unconditional respect for our country. Nigerians are among the best of the best in the world.

 

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Human Trafficking: UK Pledges Support For Nigeria

The United Kingdom has pledged support to Nigeria in its efforts to tackle human trafficking and illegal migration challenges.

UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, made the pledge after he visited Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja on Monday.

He said the UK would collaborate with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to rehabilitate the hundreds of Libyan returnees.

Arkwright said UK was ready to assist in the area of vocational training and skill development for all the repatriated migrants.

“UK is interested in how it can stop illegal migration to ensure that victims of trafficking do not find their ways back to Libya in future but stay in Nigeria with good jobs.

“We promised to assist NAPTIP in the rehabilitation of the returnees,” he said.

He said there was the need to step up anti trafficking awareness campaign as well as creating employment opportunities for the youth.

“We need to create employment opportunity in Nigeria and I know that the government is also working in that direction.

“We are working with the NAPTIP to provide expertise to screen and stabilise the returnees who have just been repatriated.

“We are looking at how to create support in the safe house in Benin. We are looking at how to provide support for people in the same category,” he said.

He said the returnees needed support because they should not be brought back and be sent to their communities without providing means of livelihood for them.

According to him, they need care, they need protection and they must be protected.

“We are looking at how we can create job opportunities so that these people will not feel that they need to go elsewhere for work or for jobs,” he said.

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Russia Fires Back At UK, Announces Plan To Expel 23 British Diplomats

The Russian foreign ministry announced Saturday it will expel 23 British diplomats within a week in a tit-for-tat response to London’s measures over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter.

“Twenty three diplomatic staff at the British embassy in Moscow are declared persona non grata and to be expelled within a week,” the foreign ministry said in a statement after summoning the British ambassador Laurie Bristow.

Details soon…

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UK To Expel 23 Russian Diplomats Over Spy Poisoning

The United Kingdom will expel 23 Russian diplomats from the country after concluding that the Russian state is responsible for the attempted murder of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury.

This will be the single biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats in over 30 years, Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday. They will have only one week to leave.
“For those who seek to do us harm, my message is simple. You are not welcome here,” she said in a statement to the House of Commons following a meeting of Britain’s National Security Council.
The Skripals are critically ill in hospital after being exposed to the nerve agent, known as Novichok and developed in Russia, on March 4. Thirty-eight other people in Salisbury were seen by medics after the exposure. One, a police officer, remains hospitalized.
May said Monday it was highly likely that Moscow was behind the poisoning. The Russian ambassador to the UK was summoned to the UK Foreign Office to explain whether the attack was directed by Russian authorities, or whether
Moscow had lost control of the nerve agent.
Russia denies any involvement in the attack.
CNN
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FG Seeks Private Sector Investment From UK

The federal government has said it would work with government of the United Kingdom to stimulate more direct private sector investments into Nigeria.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma said this in Abuja during a meeting with a delegation from the British government led by the Secretary of State for International Development, Mrs Priti Patel.

He told the delegation that the Nigerian Government was intensifying efforts at ensuring the ease of doing business in the country and would welcome more foreign investments.

Patel and her team are in Nigeria to have an on-the-spot appraisal of the situation in the North East of the country to enable the British Government to decide on how to assist the Nigerian government in addressing the situation in the region, as well as other development initiatives.

Acknowledging the various interventions by the British Government in aid of the country’s developmental challenges, the minister said although Nigeria would appreciate more foreign aid from the British Government, it would be looking more in the area of investments from companies in that country coming into Nigeria.

He explained government’s efforts toward ensuring the ease of doing business and particularly mentioned the creation of industrial hubs in the six geo-political zones of the country that would have the basic facilities required for manufacturing to thrive smoothly.

The British government, he said, could help in encouraging manufacturers in the United Kingdom to outsource some of their productions to Nigeria and take advantage of the special economic zones.

The minister said that the Federal Government was committed to creating a successful economy, pointing out that the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan launched early this year was meant to serve as vehicle to drive government’s diversification policy.

Udoma said Federal Government had constituted an Inter-ministerial Task Force under the chairmanship of the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning to properly handle and coordinate humanitarian assistance efforts to the North East.

This, he noted, was to ensure proper delivery and effective utilisation of funds and materials.

In her comments, Patel assured that the British Government would continue to assist Nigeria in addressing its humanitarian and developmental challenges.

She said her team would discuss further with the Federal Government to look at more proactive ways of dealing with the fallouts of the North East crisis.

She added that more work would be done in the areas of investment in education, international partnerships, capacity building, scaling up of farming in local communities among, other development issues.

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APC UK Chieftain Responds To President Buhari’s TV Broadcast

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the United Kingdom, Ade Omole, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s national broadcast.
The broadcast was aired live on radio and television stations on Monday.
Ade Omole, in his words, said: “Hate speeches have no place in our country and I am glad Mr President has stamped his authority on this in his address to the nation.”
He stated further that: “Determination to deal with all forms of terrorism and congratulated him on taking such bold move.”
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