Niger governor calls for prayers for Nigeria in Ramadan

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has urged Muslim Ummah to pray for peace, unity and security of the country, noting that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of insecurity.

The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, advised the Ummah to get closer to Allah by engaging in activities that would fetch them more reward.

"Ramadan period brings Muslim Ummah closer to Allah to attain high spiritual values."

FG to set up cashew plants in 4 states

The Federal Government says it plans to set up cashew processing plants in four states of the country to add value to the produce and create wealth in the country.

Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the move would also reduce the waste of cashew fruits and delay in the export of raw nuts out of the country.

According to him, we are currently wasting an estimated 8 million tonnes of cashew fruits annually.

Executive-Legislature harmony vital for democracy, good governance, say Gov. Sani-Bello

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has enjoined the incoming members of the State Assembly to work towards establishing a working synergy between the Legislature and the Executive.

In a congratulatory message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, the Governor said that the necessity of building a workable and harmonious relationship between the two arms of government could not be overemphasized.

Niger becoming an ideal democratic system, Gov. Sani-Bello

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello on Wednesday said the state is gradually becoming a model of what is expected of an ideal democratic system.

The Governor stated this in Minna, the state capital when he received the certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission as the winner and the Governor-elect in the 2019 governorship elections.

The Governor also exhibited magnanimity in victory by extending olive branch to all his opponents at the election to join hands with him to take the state to the next level.

I've no prefered candidates in elections, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed rumours and insinuations that he was forcing voters to elect candidates other than those they preferred during the supplementary elections scheduled for 17 states on March 23.

The president stated this in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday.

While describing the rumours as baseless, the President said at no time did he give instructions that the electorate should vote particular candidates.

Nigerian troops kill 50 Boko Haram terrorists

Troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) neutralised 50 terrorists between Friday and Saturday and captured one.

A statement by Col. Timothy Antigha, the Chief, Military Public Information Officer of MNJTF in N’Djamena and made available to newsmen in Abuja, confirmed the story.

Antigha said troops comprising air and land components of the task force from Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Nigeria, killed the terrorists in separate encounter.

Suleja Emir calls for more sensitisation to address low voter turnout

The Emir of Suleja, Alhaji Awwal Ibrahim has cast his vote for the governorship and state house of assembly elections at Wambai Polling Unit, Emirs Palace Suleja.

The emir tasks political parties to engage more in voter education so that people would be fully sensitised on their expected roles during the voting processed.

Ibrahim, who was a former governor of Niger, made the comment in reaction to the low voters’ turnout in most polling units in Suleja.

Mohammed Bashir Abdulazeez becomes Mai Anguwa in Suleja
Mai Anguwa with well wishers

The Emir of Suleja, Malam Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim, has approved the appointment of Alhaji Mohammed Bashir Abdulazeez as the Mai Anguwa of Sauka ka Huta 11 in Kwamba, Suleja Local Government of Niger State.

The approval was conveyed by the Emir through the Hakimi of Kwamba. The official turbaning was done by the Dakaci of Kwamba, Alhaji Bala Auta at an occasion attended by the new tittle holder's family, friends and well wishers.

Akuwatch was at the event to celebrates with the new Mai Anguwa.

CBN places forex restriction on textile material

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has placed access to foreign exchange for all forms of textile materials on the FOREX restriction list, the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, announced in Abuja on Tuesday.

Emefiele made the announcement during a meeting with Textile Industry Stakeholders and added that the policy would take effect immediately.

In 2015, CBN restricted the availability of foreign exchange to the importation of 41 items which could be competitively produced within the economy and the list has increased overtime.

Ex Cross River commissioner escapes assassination attempt

Dr George Abang-Ekpungu, the former Commissioner for New Cities Development in Cross River escaped attacks by gunmen suspected to be hired killers on Sunday night.

Abang-Ekpungu said on Monday in Calabar, said the incident took place in his country home in Kakwagom community in Boki local government area.

“My house was attacked last night. The thugs came in with guns, machetes and other dangerous weapons to my house to kill me.

“There was so much gunshots inside my house. My car and other valuables were destroyed and we found over 15 pellets in the morning.