Connect with us

Metro

Eid-el-Kabir: Prices of rams stable in FCT

Published

on

, reports.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the Dei-dei Livestock Market and Dutse Market, reports that the prices of small, average and big rams at both markets ranged between a negotiable price of N30,000 and N120,000.

This is against the price range of between N35,000 and N120,000 within the same period last year.

NAN reports that in spite of the low cost, some of the sellers complained of low patronage this year and expressed dissatisfaction with the low offers by some customers.

At Dei-dei market, a ram seller, Malam Munir Tanko, blamed the low patronage currently being witnessed in the ram market, to the state of the nation’s economy.

He explained that some of the ram sellers, particularly those from the North-East, had lost their animals to the insurgency in the zone and had been forced to import from Niger Republic and Chad, to remain in business.

He lamented that in spite of the exorbitant cost of transporting the livestock, customers had continued to offer low prices for the animals.

“Transporting these animals to Abuja and other states can be very expensive. This is exclusive of their feeding, yet their value has continued to drop with customers seeking cheap bargains after complaining of paucity of funds.

“I and some of my boys have been able to sell a few rams out of the more than 200 we brought.

“Some buyers come, price the rams and go without buying as the price may have exceeded their budget.

“It is not our fault; we did not buy them cheap too; even the ones we reared ourselves are expensive because it is not easy to feed and rear animals for two or more years; it costs money,” Tanko said.

Another seller, Mr Isah Mai-Dabino, told NAN that patronage was fair in spite of the prevailing economic situation, saying that people were offering “low but acceptable offers”.

According to him, Eid-El Kabir is a divinely-ordained festival, even though killing ram is not mandatory, particularly for those who cannot afford it.

Some of the buyers, who spoke with NAN, groaned over what they called the skyrocketing prices of the livestock.

A buyer, who identified himself as Mr Akeem Adesola, told NAN that he came to purchase a big ram but ended up with a small one because he couldn’t afford his choice due to its high price.

“The one I ended up buying cost me N35,000, while the medium size I had wanted to buy was going for a negotiable price of N60,000.

“I have visited many ram markets around town but I couldn’t buy any because of the high cost; that is why I came here, hoping it would be better,” he said.

Another prospective buyer, Mr Aminu Yunusa, pointed out that Allah did not put burden on anyone who could not afford the sacrifice.

According to him, it is obvious from all indications that the prices may be higher in the few hours remaining for the festival.

“If you can afford, buy it; if you can’t, leave it. It is not compulsory for anybody who cannot afford it; it is not a luxury; it is for sacrifice,” Yunusa said.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq and Ephraims Sheyin

Metro

Amaechi fixes September for groundbreaking of Transport University, Daura

Published

on

  The Minister of Transportation,  Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday said the  groundbreaking of the Transport University,  Daura, would take place in Septemeber.

Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting LagosIbadan rail line construction.

“We have agreed with contractors handling the university and the rail line to have the groundbreaking between September and October for the two projects.

He said the federal government was expecting contractors handling key road projects to hasten work to eliminate gridlocks, especially in Apapa area, Lagos.

He said the completion of the rail project would reduce gridlocks in Apapa and other parts of Lagos.

The  minister said the fasctory to be built at Kajola would produce wagons and coatches and later locomotives, adding this would reduce import of the equipment from China.

“So, as part of the benefits, the company will build a factory in Kajola.

On the slow pace of the rail  project,  the minister linked it to insufficient funds and the absence of a cabinet to approve the payment.

As at May,  the laying of the rail track had coverd 123 kilometers.

Edited by Angela Okisor

Continue Reading

Metro

FG to enrol Newspaper vendors into N-Power Programme

Published

on

The Federal Government has promised to enroll members of the Newspaper Vendors Association of Nigeria into the N-Power programme, to enable them acquire some skills.

Labour and employment minister Chris Ngige made the promise on Friday in Abuja when members of the Federal Secretariat branch of the association, led by its chairman, Desmond Obiagwu, paid him a courtesy visit.

Ngige commended the vendors for being good citizens by choosing to earn a decent living through newspaper vending, instead of engaging in criminal activities.

He expressed government’s desire to encourage them in their efforts, stating that government would enroll some of their members into the N-Power programme, a platform where Nigerians could access skills acquisition for development.

According to him, the vendors are also helping government through their work.

“Your association has helped the labour ministry because newspaper marketing is part of information dissemination.

“Through your activity, we get information on brewing labour unrest, and try to nip them in the bud through conciliatory meetings.”

Speaking earlier, Desmond Obiagwu, Chairman, Federal Secretariat branch of the association, had congratulated Ngige on his re-appointment, and wished him success in navigating the “tough” terrain of the labour ministry.

Obiagwu said that Ngige’s numerous achievements during his first tenure, including the approval of a new national minimum wage for workers, informed his re-appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari

Continue Reading

Metro

Buhari will not fail Nigerians – Presidency

Published

on

The Presidency has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will not disappoint them in this second and last term in delivery of his promises.

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity stated this on Friday in Abuja.

Shehu was speaking on behalf of some aides of the President, who were given a special award of recognition ‘for their contributions in projecting a solid and impressive image of the President in the discharge of their patriotic service to the Nigerian people.’

The Presidential spokesman said the president was fully aware of the expectations of Nigerians.

He said: “The President is committed to making life better for the average Nigerian.

”At the end of the tenure, Nigerians will look back and say that they have no regrets for voting him.”

Shehu, however, solicited for the support of the media, especially young publications like The Reporters, whose platform presented the awards, in carrying out their responsibilities effectively.

“We cannot achieve this alone. We count on the support of the citizens. We count on the support of the media, particularly up and coming publications like yours and we are also assuring you of our cooperation when you call on us,” he said.

The Chairman of the publication, Abdullahi Sabiu, said the awards were given to the Presidential aides after a careful assessment of their roles in the sustenance of the Buhari administration.

Other aides of the President given certificates of recognition were; Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity; Ambassador Lawal Abdullahi Kazaure, State Chief of Protocol; and Bayo Omoboriowo, Personal Photographer to the President.

SYC/AFA

Edited by Felix Ajide

 

Continue Reading

Metro

Minimum Wage: Negotiations to continue Sept 4

Published

on

The Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), and  representatives of the Federal Government will reconvene on Sept. 4 to continue negotiations on the new national minimum wage.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the negotiators adjourned to the new date to allow President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the disagreement of relativity and consequential adjustments on the new minimum wage.

The meeting, which held in Abuja on Friday, had the Permanent Secretaries of finance and labour ministries, as well as representative of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission in attendance.

Mr Lawrence Amaechi, one of the Labour leaders in the negotiations, told NAN that both parties had agreed to consider their stance and allow the President to decide on the issue.

“We have, however, adjourned till September 4, to get the outcome from the team expected to take our positions to the President,” he said.

Amaechi, who is also the National President, Nigeria Civil Service Union, said that payment of the new minimum wage was long overdue, urging government to be proactive to avoid arrears which could create another round of agitations by workers.

Mr Richard Egbule, the immediate past Chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, headed the government side.

NAN recalls that the new minimum wage bill was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in April.

In July, government proposed a 10 per cent increment for level seven to 14, and a 5.5 per cent increment for workers on level 15 to 17, a proposal Labour outrightly rejected.

Egbule has, however, insisted that the 30 per cent increase for workers on levels 7-14, and 25 per cent for levels 15-17 demanded by Labour was “unrealistic”.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin

Continue Reading

Metro

President Buhari to TICAD7 in Japan – Presidency

Published

on

TICAD7

By Ismaila Chafe

Abuja, Aug. 23, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) holding in the City of Yokohama from Aug. 28 to 30.

A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Friday, said President Buhari’s participation would be his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in Aug. 2016.

The presidential aide revealed that President Buhari would deliver Nigeria’s Statement during Plenary Session Three in which he will appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6.

He said the president would attend a State Banquet and also honour the invitation of Emperor Naruhito to a Tea Reception at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo.

“In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian President will also attend some side-events and meet chief executive officers of some Japanese companies with huge investments in Nigeria,’’ he added.

Formed in 1993, the now triennial TICAD, which has been convened alternately in Japan and Africa since TICAD6, according to the organisers, is the largest international conference held in Japan which “provides an open forum that generates innovative discussion among various stakeholders on African development.”

Participants are drawn not only from African countries, but also international organisations, private companies and civil society organisations involved in development.

TCAD7 is expected to focus on Africa’s “economic transformation and improvements in business environment and institution through private investment and innovation; promotion of resilient and sustainable African society for human security; and peace and stability in support of Africa’s domestic proactive efforts.”

Nigeria has gained tremendously since her participation in TICAD6 at the highest level, during which Japan pledged 30 billion dollars investment “for the future of Africa combined with the private sector;” 10 billion dollars infrastructure investment, and 500 million dollars for vocational training of 50,000 Africans.

Since the Nairobi Conference, Japanese government and companies have been very active in supporting Nigeria’s agriculture, healthcare, electricity and youth empowerment.

President Buhari and his delegation are expected in Yokohama to push for broader Japanese assistance in the areas of science and technology, innovation, human resource development, education, agriculture, power, health and disaster risk reduction, among others.

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Babagana Zulum, AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Borno, Kwara and Lagos States respectively; ministers and other top government officials.

The President is expected back in Nigeria on Aug. 31.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

Continue Reading

© 2019 NNN NEWS NIGERIA. All Rights Reserved.