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Next Level Agenda : FG tasks on appointing honest individuals as heads of RGAs



Next Level Agenda: FG tasks on appointing honest individuals as heads of RGAs

By Baba Yakubu Yola

As Federal Government strive to meet its Next Level Agenda promises to the electorates, stakeholders have called for the appointment of meritocratic, pragmatic and honest persons as heads of Revenue Generating Agencies (RGAs).

The advise was part of over 50 recommendations made by the stakeholders during the maiden Monthly Policy Dialogue on funding the next level agenda organized in Abuja by the office of the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel.

Other recommendations include encouraging concession and creation of department to act an institutional monitor and evaluator of RGAs, Anti  Corruption Agencies (ACAs) etc to gauge their performances.

The stakeholders made up of economic experts, representatives of NLC, MAN, TUC and academicians, advised that borrowing should be for income generating infrastructure, while recoveries made by ACAs should be properly utilized in infrastructure.

They also suggested the formulation of strategic goals and their implementation to build citizens’ confidence and tasked APC states to developed performance indicators.

While calling for reduction in high cost of governance, the stakeholders tasked government to ensure that service delivery was consistent with taxes.

They cautioned government against removing fuel subsidy so as not to increase the sufferings of Nigerians and called for the repairs or construction of new refineries to contain unnecessary importation of fuel.

Earlier speaking at the opening of the maiden monthly policy dialogue, chairman of the session, Prof. Sadeeue Abubakar, urged participants to proffer solutions and index for funding next level agenda.

Welcoming participants at the dialogue, the SSA to the President on Policy Development and Analysis, Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel, said the policy dialogue was part of measures to obtain ideas and policy suggestions that would assist the APC led government of President Muhammadu Buhari to impact positively on Nigerians.

In his remarks, the Technical Assistant to the SSA, Dr Abdulrahman Abu Hamisu, spoke on funding challenges and the dynamics of how to generate fund to actualize the next level agenda.

Hamisu identified prudent management, infrastructure delivery and anti corruption as some of the fundamental agenda of the Buhari administration as contained in the economic recovery and growth plan.

Highlight of the dialogue is the presentation of papers titled “Funding the Next Level Agenda: Challenges and Prospects” and “Funding Next Level Agenda: Overcoming the Challenges of Corruption and Abuse of Public Office in Nigeria”  by Prof. Jide Oladipo and Dr Elvis Oglafa respectively.

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Service Chiefs Arrived Maiduguri in Preparation to President Buhari Visit to Borno



Service chiefs arrived Maiduguri in preparation to President Buhar’ visit to Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS),General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Arny Staff ( COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya,, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Isiaka Anao Chief of Naval , (CNS), Auwal Gambo Staff, Rear Admiral and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali were in Maiduguri to discuss security situation in the Northeast. in preparation to the President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Borno

On arrrival of the service Chiefs they proceeded straight to the headquarters Joint Tasks force Operation Hadin Kai where they went into closed door meeting that lasted for over 2 hours.

The President during the visit is expected to address the troops of Northeast Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor said assured Nigerians that the military is determined to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The reason why we are here to re-strategize and address the problems facing the troops

Chief of Defence Staff led Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to headquarters Theatre Command ahead of President Buhari’s visit.

The CDS said their visit to the Theatre is to strategize and address the security problems facing the people of the Northeast and the entire country, adding that ,the greatest challenge before the military and other security agencies is how to restore peace in the entire region, and stressed the need for collaborative effort to end the crisis.

In welcome address, before the close door session,, the acting Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai Major General Felix Omoigui said that the Theatre had recorded numerous success which led to economic activities to thrive in many liberated areas of the northeast.

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied on the visit by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Service Headquarters.

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Just in: Former Special Adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak Assassinated



Just in: Former special adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak assassinated

By Daily Hint News

Former special adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Ali Gulak has reportedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Owerri, the capital of IMO State.

Confirming the sad incident to our reporter, a former classmate of the slain politician who is also a PDP stalwart in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo said, “I just confirmed the sad and gruesome murder of my friend and classmate, the former special adviser political to president Goodluck Jonathan.”

According to Ardo, Gulak was assassinated in the night by yet to be identified gunmen in Owerri.

Gulak was a one time speaker of Adamawa State house of assembly and former special assistant to the vice president.

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Army Confirms Death of COAS, General Attahiru in Kaduna Plane Crash



Army confirms death of COAS, General Attaihiru in Kaduna plane crash

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Fruday confirmed the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Atahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna .

The Army in a statement signed by its Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said.

Army Confirms death of COAS, Lt. Gen Attahiru in Plane Crash,he said ” the Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru . The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew”

The statement said “the COAS was en-route Kaduna from Abuja on Friday, 21 May, 2021 when the unfortunate incident happened.”

“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon”, General yerima added.

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