Our problem is not policy formulation, but implementation, says Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has observed that the major problem of the country is not policy formulation, but lack of will for proper implementation of such policies. Obasanjo made the observation, yesterday, in Ibadan, Oyo State, during the commissioning of an Agricultural Transformation Building and a 10.5Km ring road, at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The construction of the building commenced in 2017 with a foundation laying ceremony presided by former heads of government, General Yakubu Gowon, and Obasanjo; and the African Development Bank President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina as part of projects initiated to mark the 50th anniversary of IITA. Obasanjo said the country has made several policies in the past, which did not see the light of the day, due to what he called lack of implementation policy. He however, tasked Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, IITA and Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) to work towards ensuring that recommendations in the Policy Framework on agriculture are implemented by the incoming administration in the state. In his remark, Governor Ajimobi said the support given to IITA was in realisation of the importance of agriculture to the state, acknowledging the contributions of the institution to agricultural development in the state.”
Afolabi, Menashi, Olubusuyi, Osagumwenro: The new kids in app tech
Grab a copy of The Guardian on the newsstands for our Guardian Kid Entrepreneurs special on the four pupils of the Whitesands School, Lekki, William Afolabi, Mordi Menashi, Famobiwo Olubusuyi and Ugbo Osagumwenro who recently won the Smoke-Free World category of the competition at the Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex, Florida, US.
Ruggedman Insists He Didn’t Snitch On Naira Marley
Nigerian rapper, Ruggedman has further restated his earlier stand that he did not snitch on embattled Nigerian singer, Naira Marley who was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) some weeks ago in connection to internet fraud popularly known as yahoo yahoo. Speaking about the allegations made against him by Kemi Olunloyo who claimed that he snitched on Naira Marley, the “Ehen” crooner stated that his lawyers will act if the controversial journalist fails to stop. He also disclosed that a letter was written to Olunloyo, asking her to “retract, cease and desist from further defamation of the character of Ruggedman”. She has also been cautioned warned to take down the posts she had already made on social media or civil actions would be taken against her. Ruggedman said, “The next step has been clearly stated in my lawyers’ letter to her. They will act accordingly if she fails to stop.” On what he thinks her motives are for ‘attacking’ him, he said, “I wouldn’t know her state of mind or her motives. My interest is her not using her platform or any platform to defame my name and spread false information that could incite people into actions that threaten my peace and safety. That is against the law.” Insisting that he didn’t speak against Naira Marley, but rather cautioned him, he said, “I didn’t speak against Naira Marley. I only cautioned a young artiste from saying what I knew would not go down well with the authorities. It is who I am and I will always be me. I stand for what’s right, whether for myself or another person.” www.guardian.ng
Q3 2018 capital budget records dismal implementation
There are strong indications that the bulk of N2.079t released by the Ministry of Finance as at May 14 for the implementation of projects by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) may still be lodged at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The Minister of Finance Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, last week, said that the amount was for the implementation of projects captured under capital votes in the 2018 fiscal spending plan by the MDAs. But snippets from the Third Quarter 2018 budget implementation report exclusively obtained by The Guardian indicate that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers may have been largely indolent, as very little of actual work has been done. No thanks to their inability to draw the funds released by the Federal Government to remediate the ugly situation in the country and better the lot of the citizenry. According to the reports obtained from the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) and the Budget Office of the Federation (BOF), only one agency, that is the Public Complaints Commission, which is not among big spending MDAs was able to access its budgetary allocation during the period and deployed it. The other MDAs, including key spending Ministry of Defence; Ministry of Works, Power and Housing; Education Ministry; Health Ministry; Niger Delta Ministry and that of the Federal Capital Territory, either recorded below average of 32 per cent, or average execution at the end of the third quarter on September 30 last year. All these are happening in the face of daunting challenges, ranging from worsening insecurity, poor healthcare services and falling standard of education.
Buhari’s 2017 illness was ‘debilitating’, says Femi Adesina
A Nigerian government spokesman on Friday said the country’s president had a “debilitating illness” that required him to need medical attention for the most part of 2017 “A debilitating illness came,” said Femi Adesina, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s media adviser, in a Facebook post on Friday. “And for most of 2017, the President was receiving medical attention, both at home and abroad.”
‘I thank Oyo people for allowing me serve two terms’
Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday, expressed gratitude to the people for allowing him to serve for two terms of eight years as the state’s chief executive.
Trucks besiege Apapa despite FG’s promise to end ‘siege’
Despite public outcry and the president’s directive, trucks are yet to vacate sections of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, a move commuters described as a sign that the trucks were not going to get off the roads anytime soon.
Shiites protest continuous detention of leader as president Buhari prays at national mosque
There was mild panic yesterday at the National mosque, Abuja where President Buhari observed his Juma’at prayers as part of activities lined up for his inauguration ceremony.
FIFA names Nigeria’s Dele-Bashiru, Weah’s son among players to watch at U-20 World Cup
As Nigeria’s Flying Eagles took on Qatar yesterday on Match Day 2 of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, midfielder, Tom Dele-Bashiru (right) has been named by FIFA among the 10 stars the world should watch out for.
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles thrash Qatar in World Cup opener
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles produced a dominant performance to thrash Qatar 4-0 in their first Group D match at the FIFA U-20 World Cup holding in Poland. Two goals in each of the halves ensured that Nigeria’s return to the competition after missing out of Korea 2017 ended on a good note in Tychy.
EFCC presents the first witness against Babachir Lawal, five others
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has called its first witness in the prosecution of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and others for alleged corruption.