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Federal Govt. set to shut down five foreign missions

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Five foreign missions is set to be shut down by the Federal Government as part of measures to cut the cost of maintaining its 119 missions worldwide.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, said this in Abuja on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the achievements of the current administration in the past two years.

Onyeama, who did not identify the embassies to be shut down, said the process for closure was underway and was also subject to the approval of the President.

“We do not want to indicate the embassies that will be closed yet because we are in the process of submitting the proposals, the cost analysis and also the political analysis we did to the President.

“When he sees that, he may or may not want to close some, so we have not yet reached the stage of closing some,” he said.

The minister noted that closing the foreign missions was “extremely expensive.”

“The expense, costs of closing embassies is so high and prohibitive but in the long run, it will be more economical,” he stressed.

The minister added that the closure of the missions was in line with the agenda of the administration.

Meanwhile, Onyeama has expressed Nigeria’s commitment to enthroning peace and finding solution to the crisis in South Sudan.

 Onyeama stated this in Abuja when the South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Deng Kuoi, accompanied by the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Paul Akaro, visited him in Abuja.

 The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was involved in addressing the internal crisis in the country.

He commended the steps taken by the South Sudan President to reunify the country by initiating the National Peace Dialogue.

“We are so happy with the progress they are making towards unifying their country and they have  really taken positive steps to move forward. I was extremely happy about the step taken to stabilise South Sudan by President Salva Kiir when he launched the National Dialogue for peace,” Onyeama stated

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP

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Fake News Triggered #EndSARS Carnage – IGP

IGP Mohammed Adamu

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has expressed that the carnage that followed the #EndSARS protests across the country was triggered by fake news.

The IGP spoke on Thursday in Akure while addressing officers of the Ondo State Police Command as part of his tours of states affected by the #ENDSARS protest.

He maintained that those behind the protest were armed with the sinister motive to destabilize the government.

Also Read: #EndSARS: UK Parliament Does Not Speak For British Govt – FG

While urging the officers to return to work, Adamu pointed out that no nation could survive without policing even as he informed them that the Buhari administration has taken various steps to reform the Nigerian Police.

According to him, “The government has approved an extension of health scheme to retired police personnel. The police salary structure has been reviewed affecting all ranks.

“Your job is important. Without you coming out, there will be chaos and you are special.”

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Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

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Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

Nyesom Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has an opportunity to address the demands of the people or put the country “on fire.”

He gave this warning on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

This is coming at a time when there have been serious calls for the restructuring of the country.

Also Read: NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

“We must understand in this country that political leadership is very key, having the political will to implement what the people want is very serious.

“I don’t want to talk about the issue of distrust or no trust in government. People have raised such issues, that they don’t think that nothing will come out of all this dialogue. I don’t agree with that. I believe that if the president does not do, given the opportunities he has now, then, he will be putting Nigeria on fire.”

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuses FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

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Former Lawmaker, Shehu Sani Accuse FG Of Using Huge Loans To Buy Substandard Chinese Railway Locomotives

Shehu Sani

Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has accused the Federal Government of taking huge loans to acquire substandard and refurbished trains.

The former lawmaker from Kaduna made this accusation on Thursday on his Twitter page while condemning the recent breakdown of the Kaduna-Abuja railway.

Also Read: Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

The railway line was reported to have broken down between November 18 and November 20, exposing passengers on the journey to grave danger.

He expressed that for such to have happened, it means Nigeria paid for substandard or refurbished locomotives adding that the Chinese contractor in charge must be made to repair them at no cost to the government.

He wrote:

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