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op 5 tips to hear the voice of God.
April 21, 2018
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How to hear the voice of God?

People often ask priests how to hear from God. We sometimes want God to write us messages on the wall or speak with a loud voice from heaven. Almighty does not mix His words with the cacophony of the sounds that swarm in our heads, in our churches or in our daily affairs. Numerous messages that we accept complicate the hearing from God. His voice most often seems like a touch of quiet wind.

How you can know the will of God? There are many books, audio productions and other resources describing the voice of the Lord. He speaks into our hearts through other believers, providence, the Holy Spirit and in other ways. In this article, we will talk on how to pray effectively and hear clearly from God. How to hear the Almighty when you face a difficult decision or a hard task?

You do not need magic to hear from God, but there are certain keys that will help you to understand what he wants you to do.

1. Prepare your heart and mind

When you wait for a response from God, you need to collect knowledge and pray often. Read theological resource, listen to church radio programs, and communicate with your leader. Learn everything.

When you ask God to speak to you but do not “prepare” for it, He has no opportunity to do the work fully. Of course, God can act as He wishes. The gathering of right information provides Almighty with resources that He can use to let you understand His words more clearly.

2. Enter into God’s presence

Now, remain alone with God. Remember, He does not often mix His voice with the cacophony of sounds. Stay in a separate room, go to a quiet chapel or find a solitary place in nature. Forget about all worldly worries. You may turn on some quiet music that glorifies God. It is very important to concentrate all your thoughts on God at this moment in order to eliminate all the others.

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Silence is not the only way to hear from God, but you can distinguish His voice much better when nothing distracts your attention.

3. Tell about your thoughts and feelings

A sober look at own thoughts and feelings brings to light those that are capable of confusing you. Being honest with yourself will help you recognize the voice of God. Honesty with God contributes to further progress. It is extremely difficult to control your feelings if you have not realized them.

If it seems to you that it is not entirely normal to speak frankly about such things with God, read some of the psalms. Many saints confessed to God in their deepest fears, greatest joys and biggest problems. They talked openly, partly to get rid of them. Here’s what you need to do with “trash”: just leave it at the feet of God.

4. Put aside your thoughts and feelings

Tell about this decision and deliberately postpone your thoughts and feelings. Maybe you can’t do it fully, but your firm intention will let you feel the difference between your thoughts and what God is trying to say. Tell the Lord about what you are doing. He will respect your dedication.

Take time to let your emotional “trash” come out in the presence of God if you need it. Sometimes anger, fear, anxiety and depression overwhelm the sounds of your heart. Release them.

5. Be silent and listen

Stop talking! Stop making noise. Stop crying and screaming. Calm down. Just be in His presence. Stop responding to God or trying to tell Him what He already knows. Stop asking about something or demanding Him to speak. It would be like talking to your best friend “Tell me, tell me, tell me!” when you can’t shut up to finally hear the answer.

God can say something very special to you. Be ready to hear it. Or He can put a new thought into your mind. When you reflect or imagine what God is trying to say, a wonderful feeling of peace may come to your heart. What decision would you make after this? Circumstances may not change, but you will have knowledge from the Holy Spirit.

Finally remember that God wants to talk to you. You can hear Him now! We hope that you will spend the time and energy to learn how to hear the voice of Almighty. Good luck

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End of the world ‘is COMING’ and ‘the apocalypse began 100 years ago IN BRITAIN’.
April 21, 2018
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THE end of the world is nearing, says a Christian sect, and, although a certain date cannot be pinpointed, we are are definitely in the “season” for Jesus’ return.
Christian conspiracy theorists insist we have been living in the ‘end times’ for the last century, and now the return of Christ is imminent and he will herald in the apocalypse.
According to website Christin Prophecy – spelt as is on the website – the beginning of the end started in 1917 when the British government issued the Balfour Declaration.
The Balfour Declaration supported the establishment of a “national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine – which at the time included Jerusalem.
Christian Prophecy states: “The leading Evangelical in England at the time was FB Meyer.
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“He immediately recognised the prophetic significance of the Declaration, for he was well aware that the Scriptures prophesy that the Jewish people will be regathered to their homeland in unbelief right before the return of the Messiah.
“Meyer sent out a letter to the Evangelical leaders of England asking them to gather in London in December to discuss the prophetic implications of the Balfour Declaration.
“In that letter, he stated: ‘The signs of the times point toward the close of the time of the Gentiles… and the return of Jesus can be expected any moment’.”
The website continues: “Since the time of the Balfour Declaration, we have witnessed throughout the 20th Century the appearance of sign after sign pointing to the Lord’s soon return.”
These signs apparently include the biggest war in human history, the establishment as Israel – the Holy Land for Christians – as a nation, and a plethora of natural disasters such as the rise of global warming, mega tsunamis including the ones of 2004 and 2011 and earthquakes.
Christin Prophecy continues: “The bottom line message of the signs is that we are living on borrowed time. And the crucial question for every human being is ‘Are you ready?’ Are you ready for the return of Jesus? Will He come as your Blessed Hope or your Holy Terror?”
However, it is impossible to pinpoint the exact date of the return of Christ.
The website points to the passage Matthew 25:13, which reads: “Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”

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Pope Francis “Is my atheist father in heaven?” —tearful boy asks Holy Father.
April 21, 2018
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Pope Francis
“Is my atheist father in heaven?” —tearful boy asks Holy Father
See Holy Father’s reply to an emotional child who wanted to know if his atheist father is in heaven.
Pope Francis meets a tearful boy who asked, “Is my atheist father in heaven?”
The head of the Roman Catholic church had an emotional moment with the kid during a visit to a parish community in Rome, Aleteia reports.
While meeting young children in catechism courses, the Pope was approached by a crying little boy named
Emanuele who wanted to ask a question but was unable to get it out.
Pope Francis encouraged him to whisper it in his ear. He did and the pope responded with a lengthy answer.
Here is a translation of their exchange:
Emanuele: I can’t do it!
Pope Francis: Come, come to me, Emanuele! Come to me and whisper it in my ear. Whisper it in my ear. Come, come, come to me.
[Emanuele goes to Pope Francis and whispers his question in his ear]
Pope Francis: If only all of us could cry like Emanuele when we feel sorrow like he does in his heart. He was crying for his dad, and he had the courage to do it before all of us because he has love for his dad in his heart. I asked Emanuel permission to repeat his question in public, and he said yes. So I’ll say it out loud: “A short time ago, my dad died. He was an atheist, but he had all four of his children baptized. He was a good man. Is Dad in heaven?” What a beautiful thing, that a son says of his father, “He was good.” That man gave a beautiful testimony to his children, for his children to be able to say, “He was a good man.” It’s a beautiful testimony on the part of the son that he has inherited his dad’s strength, and also, that he has had the courage to cry before all of us. If that man was capable of raising children like this, it’s true, he was a good man. He was a good man. That man didn’t have the gift of faith, he wasn’t a believer, but he had his children baptized. He had a good heart. And [Emanuele] is doubting whether or not his dad, not having been a believer, is in Heaven. God is the one who decides who goes to heaven. But how does God’s heart react to a Dad like that? How? What do you think? … A dad’s heart! God has the heart of a father. And faced with a dad, a non-believer, who was able to have his children baptized and to give them that courage, do you think that God would be capable of leaving him far from Him? Do you think so? … Say it loudly, with courage…
All: No!
Pope Francis: Does God abandon his children?
All: No!
Pope Francis: Does God abandon His children when they are good?
All: No!
Pope Francis: There you go, Emanuele, this is your answer. God surely was proud of your dad, because it’s easier to have your children baptized when you are a believer than to have them baptized when you are not a believer. Surely, this pleased God greatly. Talk with your father, pray to your father. Thank you, Emanuele, for your courage.
We’ve spoken about his dad, and our dad is God. Let us all pray to our dad, God.
“Our Father…”.
And now I’ll give you the blessing. May every one of you think of the people you love, the people who care about, the people who care about you, and also those we don’t like and who are a bit like enemies. Let us pray for them too, so the Lord will bless them too. May He bless all of us and enlighten our heart.

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Successful completion of Third West African Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing in Abidjan
April 20, 2018
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Successful completion of Third West African Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing in Abidjan

The third West African Forum for Climate and Clean Energy Financing (WAFCCEF-3) was held on Thursday, April 12 in the Babacar Ndiaye Auditorium at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Representatives of international organisations, private developers and energy experts, and many academics and students attended.

Organized by the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) in partnership with the ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), the forum presented projects seeking finance and an interactive session between participants and energy experts.

In his opening remarks, Wale Shonibare, the Director of the Bank’s Energy Financial Solutions, Regulation and Policy, emphasized the stakes of access to energy in Africa and then urged participants to think about the levers that might help the continent to catch up in this sector. “There is no development without access to energy. Having understood that energy is a development issue, the Bank has made the sector one of its five strategic priorities, or High 5s. The Light up and power Africa initiative aims to provide access to energy for as many Africans as possible,” he observed.

Peter Storey, the PFAN Global Coordinator, saw the forum as an excellent platform for bringing together entrepreneurs involved in the struggle for an energy transition, recognized sectorial experts, and potential investors in the climate and clean energy.

A five-member jury then judged the presentations of 10 projects seeking finance. The Masada Waste Transformers and Solar Era Holdings, two projects from Sierra Leone, won the first two prizes. The first winning project is a private enterprise that recovers and transforms household waste, and the second is a solar energy producing undertaking. The jury also selected runners-up and second runners-up.

Storey observed, “We will be working with the winners, finalists and semi-finalists to help them complete the financing needed to implement their projects. Our goal is to help them get these 5 projects completely financed so that they can be implemented. He emphasized that, “It is always good for a project to have gone through PFAN because its stamp of approval considerably increases the project’s chances of securing financing from other funders.”

In addition to project presentations, the third Forum included an important interactive session between PFAN’s professional coaches and participants. Discussions focused on strategies for developing bankable projects, on determining available finance mechanisms, and on the ways of involving universities and young people in a dialogue on renewable energy.

African Development Bank, African Institute of Mathematics and Science to transform industry-led research in Africa

African Development Bank, African Institute of Mathematics and Science to transform industry-led research in Africa

The African Development Bank and the African Institute of Mathematics and Sciences (AIMS) have initiated a landmark relationship aimed at building an industry-led research institution in the league of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, led a delegation of the High-Level Advisory Council of AIMS to a meeting with the African Development Bank in Abidjan, where a 10-year partnership proposal was made to build mathematical and scientific capacity in Africa, strengthen industry linkages, and create a competitive industrial and innovative space.

Obasanjo, the Patron of the High-Level Advisory Council for AIMS’ Next Einstein Initiative, with former Ghanaian President John Kufuor as Vice-Chair, described the visit as a huge opportunity for the Bank and AIMS to forge an extraordinary partnership to support African countries in the expansion of mathematical science education, training and research. He commended Bank President Akinwumi Adesina for championing Africa’s development and assured that the proposed partnership is critical for the continent’s future. “If we are going to make substantial progress in industrialization within the next decade, be truly visible in the rapidly unfolding fourth industrial revolution and rise effectively to the challenge of creating decent and sustainable jobs for our youths, the continent must produce well motivated and well trained young innovators.”

Adesina stressed the need for Africa to develop with pride and pledged the Bank’s commitment to build a partnership with AIMS that would allow the continent to compete with the rest of the world. “We must recognize that the world is moving fast. Consequently, how can Africa position itself in a rapidly changing world so that it doesn’t become disadvantaged? We are a knowledge-driven Bank and think our partnership will help us build quantum knowledge for growth. We are excited about the focus on young people. We also like the regional integration dimension of the work that AIMS does.”

The Bank President promised to convene a meeting of donors to discuss AIMS’ funding request, but stressed the need for greater participation by the private sector, particularly key industries that benefit from the institution’s research and work in science, technology and innovation.

He described the involvement of industry-led research as the driving force of the Silicon Valley. He also made a case for venture capital and private equity funds to support research outputs from the continent.

Neil Turok, the Founder of AIMS, described the Bank as a leading institution in Africa and said the Institute is excited about the prospect of a partnership. “I was trained to believe in Africa. I can tell you AIMS is the most exciting and dynamic science and educational institution in the world. What has driven the institution are the young students from Africa.”

Turok said AIMS’ research and industry-led capacity development aligns with the Bank’s High 5s, including its regional integration targets. “What we are doing at AIMS is to transform Africa is by giving opportunities to the youth. AIMS is African-owned, African-run, African-operated, but it hosts the best scientists in the world to give African young scientists the stuff they need.”

He went on to say, “Our goal is to be the MIT for Africa. We know the impact MIT has on U.S. industry. We want to create the same for Africa, but we struggle with sustainable funding. We want to work with the African Development Bank to develop sustainable funding.”

The aim of the partnership program is to ensure that each of the 54 African countries has an additional 100-250 world-class specialists in mathematical sciences by 2020 to lead research and innovation in various fields. The total cost of the partnership program is projected at US $54.685 million.

AIMS is seeking bridging finance of $5 million to build mathematical capacity in Africa and called for the Bank’s support to establish the African Presidential Resource Center. AIMS’ President, Thierry Zomahoun, explained, “Bridging finance is needed to build upon and sustain the momentum in AIMS’ ongoing expansion of mathematical sciences education, training, research and industry initiative on the continent.

“With the generous support of donors since 2003, AIMS has been able to mobilize and commit more than $60 million in support of fully funded scholarships for the brightest young African scholars to obtain master’s and PhD education and training in the mathematical sciences and to implement an industry initiative.”

Adesina commended Obasanjo for establishing the Nigerian Trust Fund, hosted by the African Development Bank in 1976, when he was the Nigerian Head of State. “We want to ensure that Africa is not left behind in the 4th industrial revolution. That is why we, as a Bank, are very happy that you are leading the AIMS delegation to push for the strengthening of mathematical sciences.”

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FG To Modernise Agric Through Mechanisation, ICT
April 20, 2018
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Farm mechanisation: The Federal Government has affirmed that efforts are been made to modernise the agricultural sector through farm mechanisation and use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to target and encourage youth participation in agriculture.

Bukar Hassan, the Permanent Secretary, FMARD who was represented by Karima Babangida, the Director-Federal Department of Extension, made this known during a courtesy visit by Students of United States of America War College to the ministry.

He reiterated the commitment of the ministry in developing agriculture with a view to attaining national food security and provision of gainful employment for its teeming youth population.Farm mechanisation

He said the ministry in its effort to boost export is working with organisations such as the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council to ensure safety standard of food, maintenance of international quality standards and safety requirements.

Aisha Mohammed, Head Projects Coordinating unit, during an interactive session, explained to the group that government is committed to changing the narrative of being a major importer of agricultural produce, especially rice to becoming a major exporter of rice, cassava, cocoa, and other produce.

She noted that importation of rice has dropped tremendously as Nigeria is now engaged in local production of the product.

Osagie Aimiuwu, USAID Nigeria, said his organisation has developed a programme on integrated agriculture that will focus on the North East, saying his agency will collaborate with officials of the ministry to implement the programme.

Cornell Charlett Woodaid, leader of the delegation disclosed that the mission to the Ministry of Agric is to interact with USAID desk officers, deepen exchange of knowledge that are sector specific and have first-hand knowledge of projects being implemented by the ministry.

Workers In Food, Beverage Sector Suspend Strike As Labour Ministry Wades In

Striking workers in the Food and Beverage sector of the nation’s economy, yesterday suspended their three day old nationwide strike following intervention by the Lagos office of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The workers on the aegis of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Senior Staff Association, FOBTOB, had on Monday, December 11, began a nationwide strike over a breakdown of negotiation between FOBTOB and the employers’ federation; Asssociation of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employers, AFBTE, on a new collective agreement to among others review upward their salaries and other fringe benefits.

But a statement by the General Secretary of FOBTOB, Solomon Iji, announcing the suspension of the strike, said: “This is to inform you that our indefinite strike which commenced on Monday 11th December, 2017 at 12:00 am is with immediate effect suspended. This is to allow both FOBTOB and AFBTE to go back and negotiate in good faith after the conciliatory meeting held under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

It was agreed between FOBTOB and AFBTE that no employee shall be victimised for participating in the strike action. FG Raises Alarm Over Smuggling Of Unwholesome Food Items

The principle of “no work no pay” will not be applied against the employees. That negotiations should conclude between 14th – 17th December, 2017. Failure to agree would result in POBTOB and AFBTE returning to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment by Monday December 18, 2017.”

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FEC approves N33bn for Bida-Lapai-Lambata road
April 19, 2018
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FEC approves N33bn for Bida-Lapai-Lambata road

The Federal Executive Council yesterday approved N33 billion for the rehabilitation of the Bida-Lapai-Lambata road in Niger State.

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, disclosed this to State House reporters after the cabinet meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The minister described the road as important as it links the Southwest to the northern part of the country.

“The road is about 123.9 kilometres. It costs N33 billion. It is the second road that connects southwest to the North,” he said.

Shehuri said the council also approved N224 million for extension of consultancy service for 215 megawatts power plant in Kudendan in Kaduna State.

The council also approved N6 billion for aviation equipment.

N/Assembly dumps election sequence bill

N/Assembly dumps election sequence bill

The National Assembly yesterday backtracked on the reordered election sequence rejected by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday stepped down consideration of the new bill introduced following the rejection of the amendment made to the Electoral Act 2010.

President Buhari had rejected the amendment, citing constitutional issues.

At the Senate, the lawmakers resolved to step down consideration of the new bill tagged, “A bill for an Act to amend the provisions of the Electoral Act to make provisions for sequence of elections, sponsored by Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi).

Immediately after Senator Nazif led debate on the bill, the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), senators Kabiru Marafa, Olusola Adeyeye and Tayo Alasoadura opposed the bill.

Lawan said: “Let me state clearly that I’m totally against this bill. I said it before that I voted against the bill. Mr. President let us be practical in addition to unnecessary cost; the National Assembly should be on ground to legislate for the good governance of the country.”

Adeyeye said: “Please let us leave it the way it is. INEC must be given the right to fix dates and election sequence. Anything more is legislative rascality.”

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary said the three areas objected to by President Buhari should be removed. He said a new bill reflecting the observation of the president should be sponsored.

When the prayer that consideration of the bill be suspended was put, majority of senators voted in affirmative.

Similarly, in the House of Representatives, the bill to amend the Electoral Act to make provision for election sequence was stepped down after pressures mounted on its sponsor, Edward Pwajok (APC, Plateau).

The bill was listed for second reading, but when Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun, who presided over the plenary, called on Pwajok to move for its second reading, the Plateau lawmakers sought for it to be stepped down.

Pwajok said he decided to step down the bill after “wide consultations” with his colleagues.

Passage of the bill by both chambers of the National Assembly had led to controversy, with many including several lawmakers claiming it was targeted at President Buhari’s second term bid.

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Neymar gives condition for Real Madrid transfer
April 19, 2018
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Neymar gives condition for Real Madrid transfer

Neymar has told Real Madrid to raid Manchester United and Liverpool before a potential move to the Bernabeu, reports say.

Neymar is on Real Madrid’s radar with the PSG star disillusioned with life at the Parc des Princes.

But Spanish outlet Don Balon report that any move to Real Madrid hinges on who else they promise to bring in.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is reportedly one of the players Neymar would like to see sign.

And Don Balon say he also wants Real to sign Manchester United’s David De Gea.

Arsenal to bid €40m for Real Madrid’s Benzema

Arsenal to bid €40m for Real Madrid's Benzema

Arsenal are prepared to offer €40 million for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, claims Diario Gol.

The 30-year-old Frenchman has endured a difficult season in Madrid, and the report states that Sergio Ramos has told club president Florentino Perez to sell the forward.

However, Perez is holding out for €80m in exchange for the striker, which could put the brakes on any potential deal.

Arsenal have been an admirer of the forward for many years and they could finally get their man this time.

New York City coach to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

New York City coach to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

 

Patrick Vieira is a serious contender to return to Arsenal as manager.

The London club are looking for candidates to replace Arsene Wenger, who has endured a difficult season.

A Premier League top-four place is out of reach and victory in the Europa League, where Arsenal face favourites Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals, is the only path into the Champions League.

There is growing disaffection among fans and the indications are that Wenger will step down after 22 years at the club.

Legendary former midfielder Vieira, 41, is currently boss at New York City and could potentially have a long-term future with the City Football Group, who also own Manchester City.

His appointment would thrill many Arsenal fans. He won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups before moving to Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City where he won the FA Cup again in 2011.

He went into management and worked for two years at City in charge of the development squad, before taking the step into senior management in 2016 when he took over at New York City in the MLS.

There would be no need for mass changes to the Arsenal coaching staff if he returned to the club. Vieira already knows assistant manager Steve Bould and coaches Gerry Peyton, Neil Banfield and Jens Lehmann.

Wenger, though, will not be sacked even if Arsenal were to lose in the Europa League.

The 68-year-old signed a two-year contract to stay on at the Emirates after last season’s FA Cup win over Chelsea and any decision to leave will be his.

He has an excellent relationship with the club’s majority shareholder, American billionaire Stan Kroenke, and dismissal is out of the question.

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Reps summon Adeosun, Emefiele, others over metrology breach
April 19, 2018
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Reps summon Adeosun, Emefiele, others over metrology breach

A House of Representatives panel has summoned the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, over the non-implementation of the Federal Government policy on legal metrology services in the upstream sector.

The Committee on Petroleum Resources (upstream), chaired by Rep Victor Nwokolo (PDP, Delta) also summoned the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Mordecai Ladan.

The trio are to provide explanations to the controversies surrounding the collection of weight and measures charges from International Oil Companies (IOCs). They have been given April 24 to appear.

The lawmakers were angry that DPR director, Mordecai, did not deem it fit to appear before the panel, despite the fact that his agency is in the centre of the issues raised.

Thus, the panel turned down two representatives of the DPR from its hearing convened to investigate the matter.

Representative of Speaker Yakubu Dogara at the hearing, Chukwuka Onyeama, who is House Deputy Minority Leader, said: “I want to suggest that the committee shouldn’t take DPR. We always want people in the director’s level so that people won’t come and say they can’t answer certain questions.”

Also, Nwokolo said: “Ladan must be here in person to defend whatever it is. From the documents we have here, it’s not possible for us to conclude this hearing today without Ladan.”

Udoma tells London investors to invest in Nigeria

Udoma tells London investors to invest in Nigeria

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma has told investors that the best time to invest in Nigeria is now, given that the economic policy initiatives adopted by the Federal government is yielding positive results.

Senator Udoma stated this at the UK-Nigeria Trade and Investment Forum in London, a statement by the special adviser on media to the minister, Akpandem James said.

The minister who was speaking at the plenary session of the Forum said Nigeria’s outlook for 2018, and over the medium term, is positive as the country had since exited recession and the economy is steadily growing again.

He explained that as part of government efforts to transform the economy and deliver sustained, diversified and inclusive growth, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) was put together and several initiatives in the Plan are being implemented to remove constraints to investments. Some of the initiatives include the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) and the Focus Labs.

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Nestlé Nigeria introduces Golden Morn Puffs breakfast cereal
April 19, 2018
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Nestlé Nigeria introduces Golden Morn Puffs breakfast cereal

Nestlé Nigeria has introduced into the country’s consumer market its new breakfast cereal, the Golden Morn Puffs.

Made from grains and cereals, Golden Morn Puffs provides families with more choices of tastier, healthier food.

A statement from the Corporate Communications department of Nestle Nigeria explained that Golden Morn Puffs was fortified with vitamins and iron to contribute to efforts to address micronutrient deficiency in Nigeria.

Micronutrient deficiency is the lack of essential vitamins and minerals required in small amounts by the body for proper growth and development.

The statement referred to figures by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that two billion people in the world were affected by iron deficiency, which was described as the most common micronutrient disorder in sub-Saharan Africa.

Nigeria, the statement also mentioned, had been losing over $1.5 billion in gross domestic product directly and indirectly, to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

The Category Manager (Dairy) for Nestle Nigeria, Mr Aboubacar Coulibaly, disclosed that the Nestle Golden Morn Puffs breakfast cereal, made from maize, millet, oats and soya, was fortified with grainsmart, which was described as a unique combination of vitamins and iron.

 “Food fortification is a strategy that Nestlé has adopted to help address the burden of micro-nutrient deficiency. With 50 per cent of our portfolio already fortified with micronutrients, the introduction of Golden Morn Puffs breakfast cereal today is another step towards the fulfilment of our commitment to provide healthier, delicious food choices for all age groups, a journey we have been on for the past 57 years in Nigeria,” Coulibaly said.

He added that 94 percent of the grains and cereals used in the production of Golden Morn Puffs was sourced locally, supplied by Nigerian farmers.

79% of N’East residents are food insecure – Report

Borno, Yobe and some states in the North East of Nigeria have recorded over 100 per cent increase in prices of food in the last two years.

79% of N’East residents are food insecure – ReportData from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that between January, 2016 and January, 2018, and even up to last month, food prices have been skyrocketing, not just because of inflation, but partly due to conflicts in the region.

A report conducted jointly by the World Bank and the NBS reveals that 79 per cent of households in the North East are food insecure largely due to high food inflation rate.

A Damaturu-based businessman, Mr. Bilar Lukar, confirmed to Daily Trust that prices of food items are high in Yobe and Borno and that the situation was even worst in remote or restricted areas where conflicts had made trading difficult.

Mr. Bilar said while prices of vegetables, beef and goats remain relatively stable, prices of imported food items and from other parts of the country had been on the rise in the past three years.

A resident of Maiduguri, Yusuf Tijjani, told Daily Trust that prices of food had been fluctuating in Maiduguri as a reflection of the country’s economy and not just because of conflicts.

“Prices of cash crops like beans, groundnuts and rice are always on the high side due to demand and consumption,” Tijjani said.

Nationwide food inflation rate of 19.29 per cent at April is higher than the headline inflation rate of 15.60 per cent in March, an indication that food prices have remained high despite decline in overall prices of goods across the country.

Data from NBS reveal that the price of 1kg of frozen chicken in Yobe State rose from N1,100 as at January, 2016, to N2, 600 as at January, 2018, and further up to N2, 725 as at March, 2018, translating to 248 per cent increase in two years three months.

Similarly, in Borno, the price of 1kg of frozen fish rose by 165 per cent in two years three months from N930 in January, 2016, to N1, 567 in January, 2018, and further up to N1,538 as at the end March.

In Yobe, the price of a dozen of a medium sized eggs rose from N250 in January, 2016, to N435 by the end of January, 2018, and further climbed to N520 by the end of March; an increase of N270 in exactly two years three months.

The situation is not different from the one in Borno where a dozen of eggs was sold for N248 in January, 2016, but rose to N442 in January, 2018, and further up to N485 in March.

In Borno, the price of 1 kilogram of broken rice (ofada rice) skyrocketed from N168 in January, 2016 to N370 by January, 2018 and N372 by March, 2018 while in Yobe, the price rose from N186 in January, 2016, to N355, and declined to N330 in March, 2018.

A recent report on conflict and food security in conflict areas in Nigeria conducted by the NBS in collaboration with the World Bank shows that 88 per cent of households in the North East, rely on the market as the main source of food amid high food inflation rate.

While 97 per cent of households in the North East consider there is “plenty of food available in the market”, 63 per cent of households in the region reported that price increases were the largest challenge in getting food from the market.

Twenty two per cent of households in the region blame lower agricultural production for the problem as they reported less production than last season as inputs’ prices remained high.

Giving more insight on the looming food insecurity in Borno and Yobe due to high prices, Mr. Bilar said high food price rise had been recorded in food items like rice, beans, maize, millet and yam.

“Their prices have either doubled or are getting to double in the last three years. More price increases have been recorded on imported products unlike the locally sourced food items,” he said.

He said hard hit places were restricted areas like Pulka, Gwoza, Banki, Mongono, Baga, Kala Balge, Damboa and other areas that traders found difficult to access, and that the impact of conflicts on food prices in urban cities like Damaturu, Potiskum and Maiduguri were minimal unlike restricted zones.

The report from World Bank and NBS notes that the future concern in the North East “is seeing an influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) moving back from refugee camps and this will increase demand for food.”

The report called on government to focus on understanding the sources of high food prices in the local markets and then use appropriate policies to tackle the problems.

 

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Reps uphold Gwarzo suspension as SEC DG
April 19, 2018
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Reps uphold Gwarzo suspension as SEC DG

The House of Representatives yesterday said the suspension of the former Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mounir Gwarzo stands.

The House, while adopting the report of its Committee on Capital Market and Institutions headed by Rep Tajuddeen Ayo Yusuf (PDP, Kogi) said Gwarzo indeed has a case to answer and that the Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun was right to have suspended him.

Based on petitions by various stakeholders, the House said, the committee has been mandated to conduct an investigation into Oando Plc.

Also, the lawmakers said the two staff of SEC, Mrs Anastacia Braimoh and Naif Abdulsalam should be recalled from suspension and should report to their duty posts immediately.

Their recall, the House said, is based on the Public Service Rules and the SEC Staff Manual.

However, the House said the case of the two staff should be referred to the SEC management for disciplinary action in accordance with the commission’s staff manual.

The chairman of the committee, Yusuf, while briefing his colleagues on the panel’s findings, said there were allegations that Gwarzo was a director in a private company despite his being the head of SEC.

He said although Gwarzo said he had resigned his position in the said company long ago, documents the panel obtained from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) showed that he remained a director of the company. He said there were other discoveries that the panel made in the course of its investigation into the matter.

Gwarzo was suspended by the minister in November last year, citing petitions of corrupt practices and breaches of the public service rules. Suspended alongside the DG were two staff of the commission, Braimo and Abdulsalam.

There had been disagreements between Adeosun and Gwarzo, who accused the minister of interfering in the commission’s functions by directing him to stop a planned forensic audit of Oando Nigeria Plc, following allegations of malfeasance against the oil company.

The minister had in January told the House panel that she recommended Gwarzo’s sack to President Muhammadu Buhari over conflicts of interests and breach of the public service rules.

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