The Federal Government has tasked treasury directors of finance and accounts, and directors of internal audit on treasury reform.
The Minister for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmad, gave the task on Thursday in Kano at the opening of 2020 management retreat for the directors.
The retreat, themed “Global Best Practice in 21st Century Treasury Management”, was organised by the Office of the Accountant-General of Federation.
The minister, who described the theme of the programme apt and timely, urged the participants to put the training, experiences and skills they have acquired to help the government in managing the limited resources it has and in cutting down unnecessary expenditure.
“Let’s tell ourselves the truth and really help the current administration in putting the economy on the path of growth, especially as the country is facing a very difficult situation,” she said.
She also reminded the participants of the cardinal objectives of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, saying the administration has welfare of the citizens, economic growth and fight against corruption as its cardinal objectives.
“This administration has a strong demonstrated political will to ensure accountability, probity, transparency and openess in all its dealings.
“It is also obvious to all that this administration has zero tolerance for corruption and has demonstrated this beyond rhetorics. Just recently President Buhari launched financial transparency policy guidelines as well as open treasury.
“Stringent efforts have been made by the current adminstration to reposition the public financial sector to achieve the desired effectiveness and efficiency in managing scarce resources and enhancing the overall effectiveness for an value-deriven econony,” she explained.
She also disclosed that only those who had been registered would get their salary henceforth.
The minister also commended the AGF for remaining steadfast in discharging his responsibility.
Ahmad, however, called on the drivers of the economy to be exposed to the global best practices, adding that it is apt for the routine retreat to focus on directors of finance and accounts, and directors of internal revenue.
Earlier, the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmad Idris, said the 2020 Management Retreat would enable the directors to brainstorm for public treasury reform.
Idris said that the overall objective of the retreat was to promote accountability and transparency in all facets of the nation’s public finance and management.
He urged the participants to be the change agents in positioning the treasury for greater height and improving service delivery.
“The objective of this retreat is, among others, to review the progress achieved so far in the implementation of all financial management reforms we have started with specific emphasis on challenges and examining the way forward thereby making them realise the objectives for which we set out to implement them.
“We look forward to well participatory, interactive, engaging and fruitfull discussion and constructive contribution with a view to strengthening and deepening the full implementation of the financial management reform to the overall goal of economic prosperity and financial well being of our dear country,” he said.
In his remarks, the Facilitator, Mr James Kayode Naiyeju, urged the Office of the Acxountant-General of the Federation to take stock.
“We need to take honest stock of where we are coming from, where we are, and where we are going,” he advised.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Indonesia tells Hajj pilgrims to stay home amid COVID-19 uncertainty
“The Saudi authorities have not yet given access to pilgrims from any country,’’ Indonesian Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said on Tuesday.
“Because of that, we won’t have enough time to prepare, especially in terms of the protection of the pilgrims,’’ he told an online news conference.
Indonesia has a Hajj quota of 221,000 pilgrims for this year, according to the government.
The Hajj is due in late July this year, but the kingdom has not yet announced whether it will be called it off.
On Sunday, Saudi Arabia began the gradual reopening of the prophet Mohammed’s mosque in the city of Medina, one of Islam’s two holiest sites, two months after it was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The death toll rose to 1,663, after 22 additional deaths were reported overnight.
Palestine says seeks UN resolution against Israel’s annexation plan
Speaking to the official Voice of Palestine radio, Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riyad al-Maliki said the annexation plan is “dangerous” and “rejected by the international community.”
“Our attitude is to politically isolate the Israeli government and the United States … in order to exert a huge pressure on Israel not to implement the plan,” he noted.
“The Palestinian leadership is explaining to the international community that the Israeli annexation plan will undermine the vision of the two-state solution along the 1967 borders,” Maliki added.
Police arrest suspect over threats against Israeli prime minister
“Today, to my regret, I was forced to file another complaint against a despicable person who detailed how he plans to kill me and my family,” he added, attaching a screenshot of a threat against him.
The screenshot included a suggestion to behead the Netanyahu family and hang their bodies from the balcony of the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem.
In May, police said Yair Netanyahu, the prime minister’s son, had filed complaints over threats and incitement against him.
In recent weeks, Netanyahu has been the subject of protests both for and against him, as his corruption trial began last week, making him the first sitting prime minister in the country’s history to stand trial.
Israel’s longest-serving prime minister was officially indicted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust in January.
Following three general elections in less than a year, Netanyahu was sworn in last month as the head of an emergency unity government including his Likud party and the centrist Blue and White Alliance of his former main rival Benny Gantz.
Accelerating increase of COVID-19 cases seen in South Asian countries as Bangladesh records biggest daily jump
Asia-Pacific countries are still facing a growing outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday as Bangladesh recorded its highest daily increase, while India became the seventh country in the world in terms of infections.
A total of 37 more people including 33 men and four women died in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 709.
Bangladesh had earlier recorded highest 2,545 cases in a 24-hour period on Sunday.
India’s federal health ministry on Tuesday morning reported 204 new deaths and 8,171 positive cases during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 5,598 and total cases to 198,706.
The number of recoveries further climbed to 4,063 after 84 more patients have recovered, and the death toll also increased to 966 after 6 more deaths were reported.
Of the new cases, 15 are imported cases while the five local transmissions were made up of 3 foreign nationals and two locals.
No new death is reported with the total standing at 115.
South Korea recorded 38 more infections compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Tuesday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,541.
The daily caseload stayed above 30 for two straight days due to small cluster infections from religious gatherings in the metropolitan area.
Gov. Makinde’s first year achievements impressive, says Oyo CAN
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, has said that Gov. Seyi Makinde’s achievements in the last one year was impressive.
“Makinde deserves our praise if we put into consideration how his administration has positively affected lives of the masses in the state.
“To us, his report card is impressive and we congratulate the governor and his team for moving to the second year with enviable report card,” Akanmu said.
He said that the perspective for which they rated the governor’s performance defer from that of politicians, contractors or some other groups, saying they were not likely to be on the same page with him.
He said that the basis for which they rated the governor’s achievement as very impressive was the administration’s
direct impact on the masses and by extension, standard of living in general.
The CAN chairman said that the governor would always have the backing of the masses and civil servants, having being able to commit their regular remuneration to the welfare of their children and other associated bills.
According to him, pensioners and civil servants are able to settle outstanding bills, the purchasing power of the common man has been lifted because civil servants and retirees can afford to meet up with their needs.
“And that’s the only thing that has the power to set people free from the boundage of poverty and live better.
”Also, death rate among the pensioners and public servants has reduced drastically because they can afford necessities,” he said.
Akanmu noted that over 75 per cent of the population source for means of livelihood on daily basis, appreciated the governor’s decision not to lockdown the state during the rainy season considering its comparative advantage in agriculture.
“Let me tell you this, our position on his one year in office is also premised on the laid down principles of our Lord Jesus Christ, which mandates us to care more for the survival of people around us, especially the poor,” the cleric said.
The cleric advised the governor to embrace everyone, see criticism as motivating ladder and not to relent on his past achievements.
The CAN chairman further urged him to spread out his tentacles to touch other sectors and improve on those he had already started work on.
“We all know he cannot satisfy everyone, but larger percentage of the population should be able to speak well of his administration. He shall work harder than before, give checks and balances priority in his administration.
“Never embark on anti-people’s policies. Secure at least 75 per cent of their support for every policies to be introduced. There must be regular interaction between the governor and the people,” he said.
Akanmu urged the governor to be more vigilant and conscious of his environment while dissociating himself from sycophants.
He called on him to evolve a system that would ensure his lieutenants who failed to live up to expectations in the last twelve months are re-examined and their stories rewritten.
Nursery schools reopen in Belgium
The majority of the nursery classes will reopen during this week, mainly on Wednesday and Thursday. According to the decision of the Consultation Committee on May 27, the nursery classes could resume starting from June 2, and primary schools could reopen from June 8.
The National Security Council (NSC) will meet on Wednesday to confirm the third phase of the deconfinement set for June 8, with the reopening of cafes and restaurants and permission to take holidays in Belgium, or to organize religious ceremonies.
Belgium has recorded 19 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 9,505 since the start of the pandemic, according to figures published Tuesday by the public health institute Sciensano.
A total of 166 patients are in intensive care, an increase of two patients in the last 24 hours.
Floyd’s death to inspire change in America: Ghanaian president
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed his hope here late Monday that the death of George Floyd would inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on the problems of hate and racism.
Describing Floyd‘s death as “unfortunate and tragic” on social media, Akufo-Addo said black people over the world are shocked and distraught by the killing of the unarmed black man by a white police officer in the United States.
African American Floyd died on May 25 shortly after a white police officer in Minneapolis held him down with a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes despite pleas by Floyd he was struggling to breathe, which ignited violent protests in dozens of U.S. cities.
“It can’t be right that in the 21st century, the U.S., this great bastion of democracy, continues to grapple with the problem of systemic racism,” he said.
“It carried with it an all too painful familiarity and un ugly reminder,” said the president, adding that Ghanaians stand with their kith and kin in America in these difficult and trying times.
COVID-19: Bauchi State begins testing in new molecular laboratory – Official
Bauchi State Government says that formal testing and reporting of COVID-19 samples will henceforth be conducted in its Reference Molecular Laboratory as directed by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
The state Commissioner of Health, Dr Aliyu Maigoro, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Bauchi.
“I have received an email letter from NCDC directing Bauchi Reference Molecular Laboratory to start formal testing and reporting from Bauchi.
“We are going to do all our testing and reporting from the reference laboratory here in Bauchi as from June 2, 2020.
“Further delay will raise questions regarding the status of the laboratory because it was posted in the NCDC websites as the number 29th of the reference molecular laboratories in the country.
“Henceforth, no sample should be taken to Jos, Plateau State, until otherwise; the laboratory has come to stay.
“As such we must work as a team for the benefit of mankind and the good people of Bauchi state.
“I have forwarded to the Chairman of the state COVID-19 response team, request for payment of weekly allowances of all workers concerned with the laboratory from the professors down to the security men,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state would continue solving minor problems as well as proper maintenance of the laboratory.
Philippine gov’t says Hong Kong affairs “purely a Chinese matter”
Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday said Hong Kong affairs are “purely a Chinese matter,” adding that the Philippine government hopes Hong Kong‘s stability and prosperity will continue.
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voiced hope that Hong Kong‘s prosperity and stability will remain as hundreds of thousands of Filipinos are living and working there.
“The continued prosperity of Hong Kong will mean continued employment for Filipinos and because of our proximity, we hope that prosperity will continue … so that there will be more opportunities for Filipinos to work and make a livelihood in Hong Kong,” he said.
- Indonesia tells Hajj pilgrims to stay home amid COVID-19 uncertainty
- Palestine says seeks UN resolution against Israel’s annexation plan
- Police arrest suspect over threats against Israeli prime minister
- Accelerating increase of COVID-19 cases seen in South Asian countries as Bangladesh records biggest daily jump
- Gov. Makinde’s first year achievements impressive, says Oyo CAN
- Nursery schools reopen in Belgium
- Floyd’s death to inspire change in America: Ghanaian president
- COVID-19: Bauchi State begins testing in new molecular laboratory – Official
- Philippine gov’t says Hong Kong affairs “purely a Chinese matter”
- Negative interest rate likely in Australia despite central bank’s insistence otherwise: economists
- Vietnam records no new COVID-19 cases, 5 more patients cured
- COVID-19: BUA Foundation donates N200m, 5 ambulances to Lagos govt
- Sri Lanka reports second leopard death within a week
- Police seek information on kidnapped poultry farmers in Oyo
- Bosnian interior minister quits amid fights on migration, corruption
- Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatics team fly over Rome on occasion of Republic Day
- Kuwait records 28,649 COVID-19 cases, 226 deaths
- Spanish gov’t assures State of Alarm extension after pact with Ciudadanos party
- Australian government launches national domestic abuse inquiry
- Turkey vows to continue drilling activities in Eastern Mediterranean
- China to further boost financing for small businesses
- Buhari approves ministry’s request for security of telecoms infrastructure
- Olowo assures Nigerian Army of more support
- News Analysis: Most expect Italy’s economy to rebound later this year, but few agree on how much
- French economy likely to contract 11 pct in 2020 due to coronavirus: minister
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- Sri Lanka begins PCR tests for COVID-19 at int’l airport
- COVID-19: Bayelsa records second death
- Iran close to containing forest wildfire in southwestern region
- IPMAN urges members to comply with new petrol price
- Osun court remands man over alleged threat to life
- ICAO adopts new COVID-19 aviation recovery ‘Take Off’ guidelines to reconnect the world
- Pandemic expands investment opportunities in Africa’s health sector: report
- Turkey, Russia hold 14th joint patrol in Syria
- Russian guards detain drunk Ukrainian serviceman for illegal border crossing
- Africa’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 150,000 mark: Africa CDC
- BACCIMA appoints 4 directors
- Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 157,562 with 3,117 new cases recorded
- Court remands 3 over alleged robbery, arson in Osun
- Rapper M.I lends voice to Violence against women in society
- Landslides claim 20 human lives in India’s Assam state
- Post-COVID-19: Expert tasks parents on discipline
- Kwara records 23 new cases of COVID-19
- Roadside bomb kills 3 civilians, wounds 4 in Afghanistan’s Sari Pul province
- Britain, EU start fourth round of trade talks for post-Brexit era
- Namibia cancels 2020 Mining Expo due to COVID-19 outbreak
- FIFA asks leagues to use ‘common sense’ over Floyd protests
- FBN Holdings completes sale of Insurance to Sanlam
- Bayelsa records 2nd COVID-19-related death
- Rorh must win trophies, not just qualifying for tournaments – Akanni
- 10 killed, 28 injured in strong winds across Myanmar in 2 months
- People have fun at Pacifica beach in San Mateo County, United States
- ADB expands trade finance program to support Bangladesh private sector
- Principals, essential partners in reviving education standard – Ogun govt.
- Indian PM says India to get growth back despite COVID-19 impact
- Wait times for elective surgeries “through the roof” in Australian hospitals due to COVID-19
- Chinese workers, engineers building Belt and Road projects amid COVID-19
- Four South Sudan soldiers shot dead by Ugandan military in contested border area
- Germany adds 213 new COVID-19 cases, total at 182,028
- Istanbul’s nostalgic tram resumes services as COVID-19 pandemic eases
- Four St. Louis police officers hit by gunfire in violent protests — police
- Uganda reports 32 new cases of COVID-19
- Nigerian celebrities mourn late Majek Fashek
- Nigeria to resume film production under coronavirus guidelines
- Over 2,800 Myanmar nationals arrive home by relief flights
- Zimbabwe records 26 new COVID-19 cases, raising total number in country to 203
- Interview: Floyd’s death highlights racial discrimination in United States — expert
- Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60
- Nigeria yet to reach peak of contagion as COVID-19 cases cross 10,000: official
- Indian 2-wheeler sales decline by 70-83 pct in May as COVID-19 bites
- Philippines’ overall BOP position post 448 million United States dollars surplus in March
- Indonesia reports 609 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 22 new deaths
- National Museum and National Gallery of Australia reopen after COVID-19 closure
- Plateau Speaker salutes Rep Wase at 56
- Minister, Buhari’s Aide, others react as Majek Fashek dies in New York
- Nigerian newspaper decries African American glass ceiling
- Africa’s COVID-19 cases hit 150,000 – WHO
- COVID-19: Islamic forum urges scholars to live by example
- 13 killed in landslides in India
- Bangladesh reports highest daily rise of 2,911 COVID-19 cases, death toll tops 700
- Activist says Buhari’s achievements excites opposition
- COVID-19 cases in Philippines climb to 18,997 with 359 new infections
- Zimbabwe’s leading hospitality group re-opens hotels as lockdown eases
- S. African ruling party deplores racial discrimination in United States
- Russia’s COVID-19 cases top 420,000, deaths over 5,000
- Medical Council validates 4 COVID-19 test kits – Registrar
- Over 10 die in landslides in India’s Assam state
- Alert sounded in India’s western coastal areas ahead of Cyclone Nisarga
- Council issues guidelines for private laboratories to conduct COVID-19 test
- Spotlight: Unrest over Floyd’s death continues across United States as protests go global
- Parliamentary election campaign begins in Mongolia
- 5 dead, 1 missing in landslides at illegal gold mining site in Indonesia’s Kalimantan
- Moscow city to ease COVID-19 restrictions
- Record crowds protest peacefully in Colorado’s capital
- GUM department store reopens in Moscow, Russia
- Protesters rally in Washington D.C.
- Afghanistan’s COVID-19 positive cases rise to 16,509
- Commentary: Cold-War-style visa restriction detrimental to United States interests
- Aftermath of fire at residential area in Manila
- Frequent testing, less contact recommended to get Hollywood cameras rolling
- People board up storefront windows in Washington D.C.
- COVID-19: CLO urges state govts to provide soft loan to teachers to engage in farming
- Over 200 arrested in NYC before curfew starts
- Kyrgyzstan reports 28 new COVID-19 cases
- Spotlight: Americas tormented by COVID-19, “still a killer virus”
- Recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India increases to 48.07 pct
- French Finance Minister: Renault loan not signed yet, but should be soon
- S. Korea’s consumer price falls 0.3 pct in May
- Sri Lanka friendship organizations support China’s decision on national security legislation for HK
- FRSC spokesman, others decorated with new rank
- Sri Lanka voices continuous support for China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka prepares anti-dengue measures
- Fighters of UN-backed government seen in southern Tripoli
- 1st Ld, Writethru: Roadside bomb kills 7 laborers, wounds 6 others in N. Afghanistan
- Libya reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 168 in total
- Singapore ends two-month virus lockdown, though some curbs remain
- Indonesia’s inflation edges down to lowest in 20 years as pandemic falters demands
- United States high unemployment largely due to poor management of COVID-19 pandemic: economist
- UK PM unveils “limited” easing of coronavirus lockdown measures
- Portugal quadruples funds to companies fighting COVID-19 pandemic
- S.Korea reports 38 more COVID-19 cases, 11,541 in total
- Philippine airline companies to resume limited domestic flights starting June 3
- Restaurants reopen in Turkey’s Istanbul amid easing COVID-19 restrictions
- People protest over death of George Floyd in New York
- Vietnam’s new enterprises decrease 10.5 pct year-on-year in 5 months
- Roundup: Lao students return to schools as gov’t further eases COVID-19 restrictions
- Confiscated weapons shown in military base in Damascus
- Nepal faces shortage of vital medical supplies over surging COVID-19 cases
- Canadian protesters, officials denounce racial discrimination, police brutality
- India COVID-19 death toll rises to 5,598 as total cases reach 198,706
- Protests: Trump threatens to deploy troops in states
- Vietnam reports more food poisoning deaths in 5 months
- United States Los Angeles County extends curfew amid civil unrest
- Trump threatens use of military to quell nationwide unrest over Floyd’s death
- Indian state Maharashtra crosses mark of 70,000 COVID-19 cases, financial capital Mumbai crosses 40,000 mark
- New Zealand export meat prices fall back from recent highs
- New Zealand confirms no new case of COVID-19 for 11 consecutive days
- Mexico’s COVID-19 death toll surpasses 10,000
- Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll nears 30,000
- Crash of Canadian aerobatics plane might be caused by bird strike
- National security laws in Egypt help reduce terrorism: Egyptian legislator
- False positive COVID-19 test sparks confusion in remote Aussie town
- Separate autopsies indicate Floyd’s death is homicide
- Portugal quadruples funds to companies fighting COVID-19 pandemic
- Washington using pandemic to pursue unilateralism, play blame games — experts
- Toronto Pearson International Airport implements new health and safety measures
- Peru’s COVID-19 cases top 170,000, deaths reach 4,634
- South African healthcare company cross-lists on Rwanda Stock Exchange
- Libya reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 168 in total
- Dollar changes hands around 107.55 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
- Tokyo stocks open higher on solid lead from Wall Street overnight
- Pakistani charity organization distributes food to people impacted by COVID-19
- Romania further relaxes COVID-19 restrictions
- Vasco da Gama reports 16 positive COVID-19 cases
- NCDC records 416 new cases of COVID-19, total infections hit 10,578
- United States protests: UN urges restraint, social cohesion
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