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Invest At Home, Help Reduce Unemployment – Lalong Begs Nigerians In Diaspora

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Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau and Chairman Northern Governors Forum has urged Nigerians in diaspora to invest at home and help to reduce unemployment among the youths.

Lalong made the call while delivering a keynote address at the 2019 Annual Convention of the Zumunta Association (an umbrella body of Nigerians from 19 Northern States) in Minnesota-United States of America.

Lalong’s address was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Jos by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham.

The governor also urged Nigerians abroad to use their wealth of experience and connections to support development initiatives in the Northern region and the nation.

He said that unless the sons and daughters of the region stepped up to assist in finding solutions to the region’s challenges, it would take a longer time to achieve results.

“A situation where youths constitute about 60 percent of Nigeria’s population with about 40 per cent of them unemployed does not augur well for the nation.

“This is compounding the security challenges as most of them are easy targets for criminals who take advantage of them for crimes and social instability.

“Since most of them are unemployed, such talents and energy are either wasted or being channeled into negative and unproductive engagements with significant unpalatable consequences for the country.

“This is more pronounced in the North where security crises occasioned by Boko Haram terrorists, kidnappings, cattle rustling, banditry and herdsmen/farmers clashes have come to dominate our lives,”

He said.

According to Lalong, the the northern governors have resolved to synergise and pursue policies and strategies that will tackle the challenges of insecurity faced by the region and promote peaceful coexistence.

He told the gathering that he had worked with stakeholders to restore peace and he made industrialization of the state his next priority to create wealth.

He said that his administration had also been able to train and empower thousands of youths with the support of GIZ, ITF, and the Plateau Small and Medium Enterprises

Development Agency (PLASMIDA) to make them self-reliant.

“We have revived the moribund Bokkos Fertilizer Blending Plant and is now producing at 100 percent capacity.

“The Highland Bottling Company in Barkin Ladi Local Government has been resuscitated and efforts to rebuild the burnt Jos Main Market and revive Jos International Breweries are ongoing,”

He said.

The governor urged Nigerians abroad not to lose faith in their country because of the challenges the country was going through.

According to him, efforts are being made at all levels to surmount the challenges to pave way for a better Nigeria.

 

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Buhari To Visit South Africa Over Xenophobic Attacks On Nigerians

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President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a state visit to South Africa as part of the efforts to put an end to incessant xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in that country.

 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this Wednesday in Abuja during an interaction with the media shortly after he was inaugurated.

 

The minister who refused to reveal the date the president would be embarking on the trip also stressed the need to establish a hotline between the two countries.

 

Onyeama stated: “We have to have a hotline between ministers and the minister of South Africa. We have to be on the hotline. So, if we feel that the South African government at the highest level needs to act, then we can get in touch with them.

 

“But more specifically, as regards to south Africa, our president has accepted to go on a state visit to South Africa and the South African president, the former and the present one elevated our bi-national commission with south Africa from ministerial level to presidential level.

 

So, what we are looking at is a special relationship between South Africa and Nigeria that can be also a game-changer for African the same way the Franco-German alliance has been the engine of the European Union.

 

We want to see a situation where that will be the case. South Africa and Nigeria are driving Africa economically, and socially for the next 50 or so years and in that framework, we need to address the issue of security of Nigerians in South Africa at the very highest level.

 

When the two presidents are engaged on this, I think all those below that have to do something or will be forced to do something.

 

Onyeama noted that while there was a trust deficit between the Nigerian Union in South Africa and the South African police.

 

He said it was important to get the two working together to address this issue

 

The minister explained further that Citizen diplomacy would be a major priority in the next four years, while the ministry would equally continue to engage various countries to ensure the repatriation of stolen funds.

 

According to him, “for this, I will like to see us have a 24-hour help desk so that every Nigerian anywhere in the world will have a number that they can call whenever they are having any issues of any kind and that will be managed from a central point and transferred immediately to wherever we will be able to provide that solution.

 

As a help-desk for every Nigerian anywhere in the world – if they have complaints, that it is going to be addressed at the highest possible level.

 

Onyeama stated that the ministry would provide oversight over all Nigerian agencies around the world to ensure that they are providing the best services they can for Nigerians.

 

In that context too, we have to look in particular the security of Nigerians in all the countries around the world.

 

We are going to be a lot more aggressive and robust in engaging with countries to ensure that the human rights and security of Nigerians anywhere in the world is respected,” Onyeama assured.

 

On the economy, he said that the federal government would develop what he called Nigeria Economy Development Initiative, adding that the ministry would play a key role in promoting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Nigeria, while also leveraging on the physical presence of the country in about 100 countries around to promote export for Nigerian businesses.

 

 

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BUSTED!! See The 3 Yahoo Boys EFCC Arrested In Benin (Photo)

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A suspect of cyber fraud, Oseghale Collins, was on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 arrested by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office at his hideout in Benin City, Edo State.

 

Collins who specialises in Business Email Compromise, BEC, was arrested alongside two brothers, Stephen and Fred Emefiele, who are also alleged to be involved in internet fraud.

 

In his confessional statement, Collins stated that he specialises in BEC and that his modus operandi was to search for email addresses especially official business email addresses, create a phishing link and compromise the process in order to defraud unsuspecting victims. .

 

When operatives arrived their apartment in the Government Reservation Area, GRA, in Benin City, they met what appears to be a workstation of laptops, printer, internet modem, flash drive, with which they operate. AMercedes Benz ML 350 was also recoveredfrom the suspect.

 

They will soon be arraigned in court.

 

 

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Do You Agree?? Anambra’ll Soon Overtake Lagos As Top Investment Destination, Obiano Boasts

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has said only Lagos stood ahead of the state in terms of investment drive and opportunity to net big investors from outside the country to Nigeria.

 

Obiano, who spoke during the opening ceremony of the sales outlet of a soon-to-be developed estate in the state, Awka Millennium City (AMC), said the state has been positioned as one of the top states in the country.

 

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, Obiano, in his address, said: “We are happy to say that things have moved quickly since after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in June, between M-P Infrastructure and the Anambra State Government.”

 

“This shows that M-P Infrastructure people are prepared for business. I encourage you to continue and I look forward to the ground-breaking ceremony for this tastily estate, in the next four months, whose kind can only be found in Abuja, Lagos, London and America.

 

“This administration is business-friendly, and we have been calling on sons and daughter of Anambra from all over the world to bring a part of their investment home.

 

“We are building a world-class state, and our people are speedily heeding our calls and bringing home their investments. With this speed, we are sure that no state in Nigeria can compete with Anambra in terms of attracting investments from outside.

 

“Our major competitor now is Lagos State, and we are sure that at this pace, we are going to take major investment opportunities from Lagos very soon,” the governor said.

 

Obiano added that with security in the state, and massive investments, Anambra sons and daughters from all over the world have no reason to remain outside as good infrastructure from residential areas to amenities and business-friendly environment have been made possible.

 

Earlier, Group CEO, M-P Infrastructure Ltd, Dr. Clem Nwogbo, stated that his company was poised to give Anambra an exquisite residential area for top class citizens, promising that the yet-to-be developed city would habour all top amenities found in top cities of the world.

 

“In developing the master plan for AMC, we have had to engage some of the best consultants in the world, to ensure we have the best infrastructure designed, using best in-breed specialist in road and drainage, power, water, sewage, environmental, access control and security solutions design.

 

“In the next four months, we hope to have completed the access road into the Awka Millennium Estate, fence wall, monument gate and have a fully operational concrete fabrication yard.

 

“Your Excellency, we did promise you at the conception of this project that we will move fast on this project and today’s opening of the sales and marketing suite and handover of some of the key assets for delivering Awka Millennium City is part of that commitment,” he said.

 

 

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