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Lai Mohammed explains how Nigeria survived Recession

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that taking Nigeria out of recession did not happen by accident but it was all about hard work and fidelity to well-articulated economic policies.

The minister spoke in Kano on Wednesday at the Fourth Annual Conference of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria.

The conference, hosted by the Faculty of Communication, Bayero University, Kano, had the theme, “Communication, Governance and Development”.

The minister said the commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to strategic implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, launched on April 5, contributed a great deal in bringing the economy out of recession.

Mr. Mohammed congratulated Nigerians over the good news from National Bureau of Statistics but noted that the naysayers and purveyors of fake news would not be happy about the development.

He said, “While this is good news for the good people of Nigeria, it will be very sad news for the purveyors of fake news, disinformation and hate speech.
“Why? Because part of the reasons they have devoted their energies to spreading lies about the administration is to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians and give the impression that the administration is not working,” he said

He stressed that contrary to the disinformation being spread by naysayers, the administration was working and the results were showing.

The minister recalled that the country had been on the path toward recession since mid-2014 but officially slipped into recession in the second quarter of 2016.

He attributed the recession to a combination of factors, including total dependence on a mono product – oil – and the failure to save during the boom years.

Mr. Mohammed said that some right steps that had culminated in the good news being celebrated included deliberate government policies to grow the oil and non-oil sectors and economic diversification programmes.

“The non-oil sector was driven principally by strong growth in agriculture and solid minerals sector, and reversal in the previous contraction of the manufacturing and construction sector,” he said.

He said inflation rate that rose astronomically in 2016 from 9.03 per cent in January to over 18 per cent by December had consistently declined every month since January 2017.

The minister also identified positive foreign trade with rise in export and decrease in import, as well as increased foreign investment and capital inflows as reasons for the country exiting recession.

He said the massive road and railway construction work across the country were bringing back many jobs that had been lost in the sector.

“For three years before this government came in, contractors were not paid. That’s now history,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said that the food prices that were still high were being addressed with appropriate monetary and fiscal policies.

He said although the current data on the country’s unemployment rate was still being awaited but as the economy recovered and private economic activities firming up, prices were expected to fall.

The minister commended the association for organising the conference.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said the conference came at a time that there was increase in hate speech and fake news in the country.

The governor, represented by Mohammed Garba, the state Commissioner for Information, urged participants to give recommendations that would check hate speech and fake news.

The conference was attended by a former senator, Jubril Aminu, former Director General of NTA, Tony Iredia, and the Vice- Chancellor of Bayero University, Mohammed Bello, a professor.

Source: (NAN)

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End SARS: Masari Charges Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of Police Brutality

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#EndSARS: Masari Charge Judicial Panel To Fish Out Perpetrators Of SARS Brutality

Aminu Masari

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged the 11 men committee Judicial Panel to give recommendations going forward to end police brutality in the state.

He gave the charge during the inauguration at Government House Katsina on Saturday.

He also tasked them to come forward with general recommendations that will promote an endearing relationship between the Nigerian Police Force and the general public.

Read Also: #EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

The panel of inquiry will be headed by Justice Abbas Abdullahi Bawale of the Katsina State High Court of Justice.

Other members of the Commission include Retired AIG Danlami Yar’adua, Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim Zango, Alhaji Bello Musa Dankano, Professor Usman Dhun-nurain, Hajiya Rabi Mohammed, and Ibrahim Ahmad Katsina.

 

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#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

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#EndSARS: TVC Back On Air — Four Days After Mob Attack

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Television Continental popularly known as TVC News is back on air after it was attacked by suspected hoodlums on Wednesday morning.

Recall that the host of popular ladies show ‘Your View’, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, had confirmed during the show on Wednesday that hoodlums had entered the premises of TVC.

The hoodlums had attacked the TV station a few hours after #EndSARS protesters were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers on Tuesday night.

Also Read: End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

There were speculations that the TV station was attacked because of its link to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.

Workers of the TV station were rescued by Men of the Police Rapid Response Squad who were in the compound to offer protection.

 

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End SARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

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#EndSARS Protest: Abia Govt Relaxes Curfew

Okezie Ikpeazu

Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has lifted the 24-hour curfew on two major cities in the state following the outbreak of violence when the #EndSARS protest was hijacked by hoodlums.

Recall that on Tuesday night,  Aba and Umuahia went under curfew in a statement by the Governor.

However, following the return of calm to the affected areas, Ikpeazu directed that the curfew in the State be relaxed to now take effect from 6 pm to 6 am from Sunday, 25th October 2020.

Also Read: Edo govt extends ultimatum for escaped inmates by one week

This was made known by the State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu.

The Governor also directed all markets in the State to be reopened during the day, while Market committees should mobilize adequate security teams to watch over the markets at night and during the day.

Governor Ikpeazu further directed all commercial tricycle operators to henceforth vacate the roads during the curfew time of 6 pm-6 am daily.

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