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Jonathan Reiterates Commitment To Diversification Of Economy

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PRESIDENT GOOLUCK JONATHAN (R), BIDDING FAREWELL TO THE OUTGOING AMBASSADOR OF CZECH REPUBLIC TO NIGERIA, MR JAROSLAV SIRO, DURING HIS VISIT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY

PRESIDENT GOOLUCK JONATHAN (R), BIDDING FAREWELL TO THE OUTGOING AMBASSADOR OF CZECH REPUBLIC TO NIGERIA, MR JAROSLAV SIRO, DURING HIS VISIT TO THE PRESIDENTIAL VILLA IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY

President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Thursday reaffirmed his administration’s determination to do all within its powers to facilitate and encourage the rapid diversification of Nigeria’s economy.

The president stated this at an audience with the outgoing Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Nigeria, Mr. Jaroslav Siro.

Jonathan declared that his administration was fully committed to moving the Nigerian economy away from dependence on crude oil exports by promoting the development of the country’s non-oil sectors.

He said that in keeping with the commitment, the Federal Government was actively exploring all avenues of boosting trade and economic relations with other countries in areas not related to the oil and gas sector.

“With current developments in the world, we are more interested in diversifying our economy, not in over-emphasising oil and gas exports.

“Our intention is to move our country away from being a mono-product economy that depends primarily on oil exports.

“We are fully committed, therefore, to boosting non-oil trade relations with other nations,” he said.

Jonathan commended Siro, who served in Nigeria for over five years, for his efforts to enhance bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Czech Republic.

He said the efforts had resulted in the tripling of the volume of trade between the two countries.

Although, the Czech Republic does not import crude oil from Nigeria, the annual volume of non-oil trade between the two countries currently stands at 100 million dollars.

Siro informed the president that a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at the further strengthening of trade and economic cooperation between the Czech Republic and Nigeria was currently being finalised.

He said that his country’s minister of Trade would visit Nigeria soon to sign the Memorandum of Understanding and attend a meeting of the Nigeria-Czech Republic Bi-National Commission. (NAN)

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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