NiMet predicts cloudy, rainy weather conditions for Sarturday
By Gabriel Agbeja
It further predicted late evening thunderstorms over the entire region with day and night temperatures of 30 to 33 degree Centigrade and 22 to 25 degree Celsius respectively.
“For Central States, intermittent rains are expected over this region in the morning hours.
“Later in the day, there are slim chance of thunderstorms over Jos, Bauchi, Abuja, Lafia, and Gombe axis with day and night temperatures of 29 to 30 degree Celsius and 21 to 23 degree respectively, except for Jos 15 to 26 degree Celsius.
According to NiMet, day and night temperature of the region are expected to be 28 to 30 degree Celsius and 20 to 23 degree Celsius respectively.
Edited by Felix Ajide
Amaechi gets highest Catholic Knight’s promotion
Former Minister of Transportation and current nominee, Rotimi Amaechi, has been promoted to the highest rank in the Catholic Church under the order of the Knights of St. John.
Mr Israel Ibeleme, his media Aide, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.
He said Amaechi was conferred with the Exemplification honour of the knights of St. John from Grand Master, Nigerian Temple Noble and Exalted Knights of the Holy Cross Knight of St. John International.
Ibeleme said the former minister was conferred with the honour for his service to the Order and humanity for over 20 years at the Pope John Paul II Catholic Centre in Abuja.
He quoted Monsignor Kenneth Enang, in charge of the Pope John II Catholic Centre, as saying that the promotion was premised on Amaechi’s support toward the growth of the Catholic church.
“We want to thank you Knights of St John’s, all the other knights, college of knights for the work you are doing for the church.
“For the support we get from the Knights in many areas not only the financial support but the moral support.
”The Knights built the seminary we have now at Kuje when cardinal Ekandem Dominic was alive and many of the Knights have built churches and handed over to the church.
“We ask God to bless you and your good works and let your labours not be in vain,” Enang was quoted as saying.
According to Ibeleme, the former minister, while accepting the honour, expressed joy for the promotion.
He said Amaechi also thanked the leaders and grandmaster of the Knight for considering him and his friends worthy of the promotion.
Daily Trust invites nomination for African of the Year Award
DAILY TRUST, an Abuja-based private media outfit, has called for nomination of exemplary personalities for its coveted African of the Year 2019 award.
The media outfit, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, said that the nominations would begin on Monday, August 19, and close on October 18, 2019.
Dan-Ali said that valid entries for the 2019 award would be for works, events or activities undertaken by the nominee between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.
According to him, nominations are to be made online at award.dailytrust.com.
“The eventual winner will be selected by a seven-member prize committee chaired by Mr Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana.
“Other members of the committee, who represent Africa’s regional blocs are Ambassador Mona Omar (North Africa), Mr Amadou Mahtar Ba (West Africa), Ms. Gwen Lister (Southern Africa), and Mr Pascal Kambale (Central Africa).
Also on the committee is Prof. Sylvia Tamale, representing East Africa, while Mr Kabir Yusuf, Chairman of the Board of Media Trust Limited, is to represent the award promoters.
Recalling that the award was in its 12th edition, Dan-Ali said that the African of the Year Award was inaugurated in 2008 by DAILY TRUST in fulfilment of the newspaper’s commitment to African unity and sustainable development across the continent.
“With this annual award, the newspaper hopes to entrench the culture of selflessness among Africans with the aim of creating a pool of role-models for others to emulate,” Dan-Ali said.
He also recalled that the maiden award was presented to a Congolese gynaecologist, Dr. Denis Mukwege, in recognition of his exemplary humanitarian offer of free reconstructive surgery to victims of rape in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.
Mukwege won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, 10 years after DAILY TRUST recognised his remarkable humanitarian gesture.
Last year’s award went to five Kenyan Girls – Stacy Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Synthia Otieno and Macrine Atieno – for developing a mobile application that is used in helping to tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FG refutes Financial Times Article on its food importation policy as untrue
The Presidency has described as untrue the Financial Times report suggesting that Nigeria has placed restrictions on importation of agricultural products into the country.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the article with the headline; ”Muhammadu Buhari sparks dismay over policy on food imports”, was published on Aug. 15, alleging that the Buhari administration had placed embargo or restrictions on food imports.
However, Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a letter addressed to the Editor of the Financial Times and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, dismissed the content of the article, describing it as incorrect.
According to the presidential aide, there is no ban or restriction placed on the importation of agricultural products into the country as being insinuated in the report.
He maintained that the Buhari administration had consistently worked towards strengthening Nigeria’s own industrial and agricultural base.
The statement read in parts: ”Sir – Your article “Muhammadu Buhari sparks dismay over policy shift on food imports” (Aug. 15) suggests the Nigerian Government is restricting the import of agricultural products into the country. This is simply incorrect.
”To be absolutely clear, there is no ban or restriction on the importation of food items whatsoever.
”President Buhari has consistently worked towards strengthening Nigeria’s own industrial and agricultural base. A recent decision sees the Central Bank maintain its reserves to put to use helping growth of domestic industry in 41 product sectors rather than provide FOREX for the import of those products from overseas.
”Should importers of these items wish to source their FOREX from non-government financial institutions (and pay customs duty on those imports – increasing tax-take, something the FT has berated Nigeria for not achieving on many occasions) they are freely able to do so.
”Diversification of FOREX provision towards the private sector and away from top-heavy government control, a diversification of Nigeria’s industrial base, and an increase in tax receipts – are all policies one might expect the Financial Times to support.
”Yet for reasons not quite clear, the author and this newspaper seem to believe the president’s administration seeks to control everything – and yet do so via policies that relinquish government control.
”We look forward to the next installment of M. Munshi’s bizarre and puzzling article series.” he said.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
NiMet predicts thundry , rainy activities for Monday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted thundery activities over Northern states with chances of rains over Central and Southern states on Monday.
NiMet’s weather outlook on Sunday in Abuja predicted thunderstorms over Northern region throughout the forecast period with high prospects over Sokoto, Gusau, Katsina, Yobe, Jigawa, Kano and Yelwa in the morning hours.
It forecast day and night temperatures of the region to be 29 to 33 degree Celsius and 20 to 24 degree Celsius, respectively.
“For Central States, thunderstorms and rains are anticipated over this region in the morning.
“Day and night temperature values are expected to be 25 to 32 degree Celsius and 17 to 25 degree Celsius, respectively, except for Jos 17 to 23 degree Celsius,” NiMet said.
NiMet further forcast likely rains over the entire region later in the day with day and night temperatures of 26 to 32 degree Celsius and 20 to 25 degree Celsius. ( NAN)
Buhari salutes former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida at 78
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday congratulated former military President, retired Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida on his 78th birthday.
President Buhari’s congratulatory message was conveyed in a statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Saturday.
President Buhari said: “On behalf of the Federal Executive Council, my family and all Nigerians, please accept my warm felicitations on your 78th birthday.
“On this special day of your life, the reminiscences of your courage and invaluable service to the army in protecting the sovereignty of the country come to the fore. Thank you for the role of statesman you are playing in the affairs the nation.
“As you age gracefully, the country will continue to look up to you for guidance and wisdom.
”May Allah continue to increase your health and grant you the strength to give your best to your family and the nation.”
edited by Sadiya Hamza