By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Ilaro (Ogun State), Dec. 15, 2018(NNN) Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday at Ilaro, Ogun State, commended the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’tu Nigeria for upholding peace, unity and love amongst mankind at all times.
Osinbajo was a special guest at the 66th Jalsa Salana Nigeria 2018 held at the Ahmadiyya Conference Ground, Owode, Ilaro.
The theme of the conference is “Self Purification and Submission to Allah as Prerequisites for Reformation of Mankind.”
The vice-president said he was excited to be at Ilaro, his mother’s home town, to welcome participants at the conference.
“I am very pleased that the Ahmadiyya movement always preached peace amongst all religions, peace amongst all men.
” That has been one of the major ways the Ahmadiyya movement has become famous across the country and all over the world; we recognise that this is one of the important things of life.
” When you look at the history of countries all over the world and when you look at the history of men and women all over the world, you will found that those who prevail; those who at the end of the day, you can regard as true leaders are those who preach peace amongst all men, peace amongst all people.
“Many times in our country, people want to create division, division between Muslims and Christians, they want create division between tribes, they want to create division between religions.
“But, God sees us as one. He does not see us as tribes; He sees us all as one people.
“I want to thank you in particular because you have continued to preach that message of unity, peace and love,” he said.
Osinbajo urged the adherents to continue in their ways as Nigeria had the hope of being greater with people like them.
In his remarks, Dr Moshood Fashola, the National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’tu Nigeria, spoke glowingly of President Muhammadu Buhari and Osinbajo.
He said: “Buhari is a man of peace, honesty and integrity; Nigeria is pleased to have men like Buhari and Osinbajo.
.”We pray that Nigerians will appreciate your stewardship and not be led astray; we appreciate and support you.
“I have seen leaders committed to honesty, transparency, integrity like the duo of Osinbajo and Buhari.”
The national president also presented plaques– Awards of Excellence to Buhari and Osinbajo for their admirable leadership, integrity and statesmanship.
In a goodwill message at the event, Superintendent Evangelist, Moses Padonu, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), prayed that God would guide and protect the adherents for believing in a peaceful Nigeria.
The Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, also urged the adherents to continue on the path of peace, saying that only in the atmosphere of peace that progress could be made.
Osinbajo, afterwards, paid a courtesy visit to Olugbenle in the traditional ruler’s palace.
The vice-president also took some time out to visit some families in his mother’s hometown.(NNN)
Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos State Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu have prayed for more wisdom, strength and favour for the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, as he clocked 60.
In a congratulatory message made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, Osinbajo thanked God for Ogundipe’s life. and prayed Him to grant the vice chancellor more grace.
”Dolapo and I, congratulate you heartily on your 60th birthday anniversary.
”We bless the name of the Lord for his great favour and mercy over your life in the past years. God is truly worthy of praise.
”As we celebrate with you and your family and friends as you attain this milestone, we pray that as your days are, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God be, in Jesus name,” Osinbajo prayed.
”You were born in the same year the country emerged as an independent nation, bearing the hopes and aspirations of the African continent and the entire black race.
”By your towering and exceptional achievement as a foremost man of God, scholar, administrator and patriot, you stand tall today.
”I have followed closely your transformational strides at Unilag, which happens to be my alma mater.
‘’Under your watch, the institution entered the 2020 Times Higher Education Ranking of the best 1000 universities in the world, for the first time,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor said that the vice chancellor
had registered his footprints on the sands of time, by his achievements.
The governor prayed God to continue to grant Ogundipe grace and wisdom to take the university to greater heights.
Also in a congratulatory message, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) wished Ogundipe more years of experience and diligence.
”The association rejoices with the vice chancellor. We believe he is 20 years old, plus 40 years of experience. We look forward to another 40 years, when we will come back to celebrate him.
”We wish him the very best in office as he continues to pilot the affairs of the Great Akokites,” ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said.
Osinbajo inaugurates Clean Nigeria Steering Committee
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday performed the virtual inauguration of the Steering Committee of the “Clean Nigeria: Use the Toilet Campaign.”
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, in a statement, said the vice president is the chairman of the committee.
The virtual inauguration was anchored from the Presidential Villa.
The Federal Government is expanding access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities being one of Nigeria’s most effective weapons against infectious diseases as efforts are being ramped up to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
The event was attended by members of the committee drawn from the Federal Executive Council, states, local government areas, civil society ogranisations and the organised private sector.
“We are embarking upon this initiative at a most auspicious time; as our nation confronts the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognise that expanding access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities is our most effective weapon against the scourge of infectious diseases.
“Ensuring the provision of adequate WASH facilities in our communities is the cornerstone of our efforts to strengthen the resilience of our public health structures beyond the present challenge of COVID-19.
“This is the basis of our commitment to ending open defecation and more broadly to raising the standards in the WASH sector,” he said.
Osinbajo spoke on the progress made since the adoption and implementation of the national road map for WASH in 2016.
He said that more local governments across the country had so far been certified as Open Defecation Free according to the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Protocol.
“The key objectives of this effort include the implementation of a campaign to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025.
“This will involve mobilising support and resources (i) at the highest political level and (ii) within the private sector, the communities and from development partners.”
The vice president said that the campaign on sanitation and hygiene in Nigeria would create a pool of resource persons to support local actors to implement this nationwide transformational sanitation agenda.
According to him, thecampaign will mobilise various strata of the society to imbibe a new culture of safe sanitation through behavioural change communication and advocacy strategies.
He said mechanisms for tracking progress and sharing knowledge and lessons learnt would be established.
On the terms of reference for the steering committee, Osinbajo said the group would meet bi-annually to, among other things, provide strategic oversight to the implementation of the Clean Nigeria Campaign.
“The committee will oversee and advise on the implementation and strategic orientation proposed by the Clean Nigeria Secretariat to execute the campaign.
“Facilitate maximum synergy between the Clean Nigeria Secretariat and other relevant government agencies including security and law enforcement agencies and stakeholders towards meeting the campaign objectives.
“Facilitate access of the Clean Nigeria Secretariat to technical and financial resources for effective implementation of the campaign.
“Receive and review progress reports of implementation of the campaign.
“Ensure that results of the campaign monitoring outcomes are well communicated to all stakeholders.’’
The vice president commended the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and other partners.
He lauded them for their engagements towards achieving the campaign objectives as approved by the Federal Executive Council and in line with the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) for Water and Sanitisation.
Members of the committee include the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Mr Kayode Fayemi, Chairman, Senate Committee on Water Resources, Sen. Bello Mandiya and Chairman, House Committee on Water Resources, Sada Soli.
Also in the committee are the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed; Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono.
Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulen Tallen, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration, Mohammed Bello.
The Director-General, National Orientation Agency, Mr Garba Abari, SSA to the President on SDGs, Mrs Adejoke Adefulire, Representative of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) and Representative of Organised Private Sector in WASH (OPSWASH), Dr Nicholas Igwe.
Others are Representatives of Network of NGOs in Water and Sanitation, Mr Benson Attah and Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Emmanuel Awe.
The Special Assistant to the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Taoheed Amusan, is also a member of the committee.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: FEC congratulates Buhari, Osinbajo, Nigerians
Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) have congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and all Nigerians on the occasion of the Eid celebrations.
A circular signed by Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), in Abuja, noted that the FEC members prayed the Almighty Allah accept the nation’s supplication in this holy month of Ramadan.
“It is the prayer of members that the Almighty shall accept our supplication and look upon humanity with mercy, especially at a time like this when the nation and indeed the entire world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Members of the FEC also urged Nigerians to hold steadfastly to God, and continue to pray fervently for the restoration of normalcy in the country.
“Nigerians are particularly encouraged to observe personal hygiene, wear face mask/coverings and please avoid non-essential outings,” SGF advised.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Osinbajo presides over first ever virtual NEC meeting
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, presided over the first ever virtual meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Minister of Finance featured at the meeting while the governors joined the virtual NEC from their states.
Constitutionally, the vice president is the chairman of NEC which meets monthly to deliberate on the coordination of economic planning and programmes of various levels of government.
NEC comprises the 36 state governors, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Minister of Finance, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and other relevant government officials whose duties hinged on the economy.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Healthcare tops agenda as Osinbajo chairs virtual NCP meeting
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday, presided over a virtual meeting of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), anchored from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Vice President is the Chairman of NCP.
NCP is a Federal Government’s think tank, tasked with determining the political, economic and social objectives of the privatisation and commercialisation of Nigeria’s public enterprises.
Mr Alex Okoh, the Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), who is also the Secretary of the Council, spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting, which was NCP’s second for the year.
“Council also took a major decision to adopt the report with the regards to the reform of the healthcare delivery system in the country.
“The report of the consultant was deliberated upon by council and council took a decision that we should continue with the stakeholder engagement in various sectors, with specific regards to the health sector reform.
According to him, the council took a decision that the stakeholder engagement should continue since the reform would impact positively on Nigerians.
The director-general said the reform promised a major universal coverage of healthcare delivery to the generality of Nigerians.
“What we are looking at essentially is a situation where the citizens of this country do not have to pay to receive quality healthcare because ailments and health issues are not what anybody will wish upon himself.
“So, we should not leave people to their own fate once they have a health challenge.
“It is far-reaching and radical reform and we hope that with the continued engagements with all the stakeholders, we should be able to deliver this as a legacy reform programme of this current administration.’’
Also, Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a tweet, said that the NCP approved the preparation and presentation, to the President and Federal Executive Council (FEC), a draft legislative instrument to enact the Health Sector Reform Bill and associated legislation.
“The critical point here is that the President Buhari administration’s proposed reforms will ensure that several millions of Nigerians who can’t afford to pay for it, would begin to receive efficient healthcare services once the new system takes off,’’ Akande twitted.
NCP membership also comprises federal ministers and the Central Bank Governor.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
COVID-19 fallout: Osinbajo highlights FG’s palliative for MSMEs
The vice president said that the palliatives reflected the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s determination to support MSMEs and the priority the Federal Government placed on small businesses.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said the vice president performed the virtual launch of palliatives for MSMEs by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Friday in Abuja.
Osinbajo listed the Federal Government’s palliatives as, “E-Registration of MSMEs/products at 80 percent discounted rate over a period of six months.
“Zero tariff for the first 200 micro and small businesses to register on the E-platform.
“Waiver on administrative charges for overdue late renewal of expired licenses of micro/small businesses products for a period of 90 days.’’
He said that the Federal Government would continue to adopt and implement practical measures to ensure that the projected growth in the MSMEs sector was not seriously affected by the development.
“Of importance to the government’s response was to find ways of not just giving succour and assistance to existing MSMEs but also ensuring that there is practical and active fillip to new MSMEs.
”So that the growth of this sector is not discouraged by the current economic trauma.
“This is our moment and the government of Nigeria and its regulatory agencies are prepared to back MSMEs and other businesses that are prepared for the innovative and interesting times that lie ahead of us.”
Osinbajo also spoke on some of the steps taken by the Federal Government to protect private investments especially small businesses in the country.
He said that President Buhari had, from the onset of the health cum economic crisis, taken strategic decisions aimed at insulating businesses from imminent collapse.
“Just after the first index case of the disease was discovered in Nigeria and before the lockdowns began, the President put together strategic teams to immediately determine the impact of the disruptions likely to be caused to the economy.
”What our immediate and medium to long term approach should be. The vulnerability of MSMEs to the severe shocks that were to follow was priority at every consideration of the issues.
“ But perhaps even our best projections could hardly have predicted the massive economic disruptions, the unprecedented number of business failures, job losses of what began as a health challenge and the ensuing lockdowns would cause especially to MSMEs, who, of course as you know, are the backbone of our entire economy.
“As the president has repeatedly urged, we have no excuse not to be one of the most productive and prolific economies in the world; our hope is to achieve this aim in the incredible numbers of MSMEs that we have.”
Osinbajo said that the e-registration assistance for MSMEs through the Automated Product Administration and Monitoring System (NAPAMS) was timely.
“These are all indicators of the new spirit of NAFDAC and foretaste of the support MSMEs stand to enjoy in wading through these trying times. But this is not a new undertaking for us.
“It is merely an extension or intensification of the Federal Government’s long-standing commitment to MSMEs.”
“We expect to see from them in terms of innovation, adaptability in the next few months and through the challenges that we will be seeing in business environment.”
“I am sure that NAFDAC, SMEDAN, BOI and all of our MDAs concerned with the MSMEs see this period as one when we must work with the MSMEs, identify with them, and must be quick on the job to ensure we are able to resolve all of the problems that they have,” he said.
Prof. Moji Adeyeye, the Director General of NAFDAC, alongside representatives of federal regulatory agencies in the MSMEs sector also participated in the virtual event.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)
COVID-19 pandemic opportunity to reset Nigeria’s critical sectors—Osinbajo
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the vice president featured, from his office, in a virtual launch of the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF).
Osinbajo said that the pandemic had affected lives and livelihoods of Nigerians in different ways.
“The deep plunge in oil earnings, the disruptions to business and commerce on account of lock-downs, has meant that we must develop a comprehensive economic response.
“There are several initiatives in place now to attempt an effective response to the COVID-19 disaster.”
He spoke on the efforts being made by the Federal Government to ensure that Nigeria is properly positioned to deal with the fallouts of the pandemic.
Osinbajo added that the government was spearheading the drive to re-engineer and rethink the healthcare delivery systems in the country.
He said he was excited to hear that Global Citizen already had in mind a project to build healthcare centres across every local government in Nigeria.
“In the past few years, I am sure those of you familiar with the activities of government probably note there’s been quite a bit of effort around creating a Social Investment Programme.
“The precise purpose of that is not just to provide safety nets for several of the vulnerable and poor in our midst, but more importantly to provide jobs.
“To provide credit to several informal traders, smallholder farmers, several others in our economic value chain who are usually ignored or untouched by several other credit facilities and other economic initiatives of government.
“This fund will support that and I have noticed that this is one of the objectives – to support the Social Investment efforts of the government, especially the protection of the vulnerable and provision of assistance to many in that huge informal sector that we have,” he said.
Other participants at the online event included Hajia Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NSIA, Mr Jide Zeitlin and the Managing Director, NSIA, Mr Uche Orji.
Also featured were the Chairman of Global Citizen Nigeria, Mr Babatunde Folawiyo and the Vice Chairman Global Citizen Nigeria, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Aide dismisses claims on Osinbajo’s whereabouts
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, has urged Nigerians to ignore fake claims regarding the whereabouts of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Akande in a reaction on Saturday in Abuja, said he made an Instagram post in which he gave an insight on the vice president’s activities in the past few weeks.
Akande said that Osinbajo has been attending to official matters on how to improve Nigeria’s economy.
He said that the Vice President on Thursday met with the Governor of Central Bank(CBN), Kaduna State Governor, and some ministers via video conferencing.
Akande Instagram posts reads: “with my boss, the Vice President last night in his office, reviewing some of the events of the week.
“The critical mass of our people sees both the President and the Vice President regularly on television, hear about them regularly on radio, read from them in the press and observe their activities regularly on the social media.
“For instance, on Thursday the Vice President held a videoconferencing meeting that included the Governor of Kaduna, Power and Finance Ministers, the CBN governor and other government officials on how to expand electricity in the country.
“The work goes on, and Nigeria will surely prevail. We will do it together.”
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had recently explained that Osinbajo had been busy working with the Economic Sustainability Committee(ESC).
The ESC was constituted by President Buhari on March 30 to develop a clear economic sustainability plan until 2023.
The committee was tasked with identifying fiscal and monetary measures to enhance oil and non-oil revenues in order to fund the plan; develop a stimulus package and come up with measures to create more jobs while keeping existing ones.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Osinbajo’s aide preaches peace in C/River
Mr Philip Obin, the Technical Assistant to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on New Media, has urged warring communities in Erei, Biase Local Government Area of Cross River, to sheathe their sword and embrace peace.
Obin said this in a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Wednesday.
He appealed to people in the area to bury their differences and chart a new course that would ensure peaceful co-existence among them.
According to him, unity is what the world needs now to confront the Coronavirus that has become a common enemy to humanity.
Obin said that efforts were being made to return the soldiers who had earlier left Erei with a view to foster peace and maintain law and order in the area.
“I want to appeal to the good people of Erei to remain calm and stop carrying rumours of attacks and war.
“Let us also challenge ourselves to forgive one another, practice good neighbourliness and live peacefully again, as we did for over 200 years without presence of soldiers.
“Which is one of the greatest pandemic in the history of mankind.
“It should be a time for sober reflection, even as I challenge every Erei leader to rise to the occasion once again, and put their respective communities in order.
“Let us take our destinies in our own hands and be willing and ready to hand over anyone who ferments any kind of trouble in Erei, moving forward, without fear or favour,” the statement urged.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
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- Uganda to evacuate over 2,400 nationals abroad amid pandemic
- United States anger spreads to Australia as thousands protest police brutality
- Dollar changes hands around 108.81 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
- Tokyo stocks open sharply higher on hopes for United States economic recovery
- Customers keep social distancing whilst queuing up as Ikea reopens in London
- France further unwinds anti-coronavirus lockdown from June 2
- Schools in Singapore reopen
- Egypt starts gradual reopening of services and offices
- Nostalgic tram services in central Istanbul resume operations
- helicopter with 3 on board crashes in Northern California
- New York City extends curfew till Sunday to curb violence, looting amid protests
- Chile’s COVID-19 cases top 108,000, with 1,188 deaths
- Feature: Balcony concert in Cuba signals solidarity amid lockdown
- Peaceful rally, march held in United States Houston for George Floyd
- United States initiates trade probe into digital services taxes considered by 10 trading partners
- Lagos records 17 COVID-19 related deaths in 2 days
- Roundup: Europe-based airlines start to resume services as countries try to revive tourism
- COVID-19: Lagos discharges 30 Nigerians, 3 Indians
- Lagos rehabilitates 1,983 destitute persons in 1 year
- British study suggests minorities more likely to die from coronavirus
- V4 PMs discuss with European Council president about EU funds
- Trudeau silent for 20 seconds after being asked about Trump
- UN rights chief highlights disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on racial, ethnic minorities
- France reports 107 new single-day deaths from COVID-19
- British parliament resumes physical voting amid COVID-19 fears
- Majek Fashek was an epitome of love — Adewale Ayuba
- Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge construction begins early 2021
- Black Lives Matter comes to Paris as thousands join banned protest
- COVID 19: Abia to begin massive testing of residents
- NDDC says late finance director died of COVID-19
- Gambari’s wealth of experience will move Nigeria to next level-Political scientists
- Buhari condemns killing of UNIBEN student, Omozuwa
- United States cities brace for more unrest as Trump threatens greater force
- NGO provides trauma healing for IDPs in Gombe
- Lagos to build more general hospitals — Hamzat
- COVID-19: Oyo yet to relax ban on religious activities, curfew — Taskforce
- Minnesota governor announces civil rights probe into Minneapolis Police Department
- COVID-19: PTF charges states to drive prevention processes
- Oman requests employees aged 60 in gov’t companies to retire
- Security forces launch major anti-IS offensive in Iraq
- Senate approves revised 2020-2022 MTEF, FSP
- Turkey’s pandemic slowdown continues, while Iran sees record daily rebound in COVID-19 cases
- Police Command in Niger “in talks” with top APC official over party funds
- COVID-19 patient escapes from facility in Delta – Commissioner
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