Pay salary now: Buhari orders CBN, finance ministry to release Paris Club refunds to states immediately

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to act appropriately and with dispatch in releasing the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to the states in order to ease their financial hardships.

The President, who addressed the meeting of the National Economic Council made up of state governors and chaired by the vice-president on Thursday in Abuja, however, made a strong case for settlement of unpaid salaries and pension liabilities of their workers.

“I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,”he said.

President Buhari, who went round the Council Chambers to greet the governors one after another, praised the unity of the Forum of State Governors. He thanked them profusely for their display of “love and respect” to him.

The President said he was overwhelmed by his recent experience in which states, irrespective of political differences charged their citizens to pray in mosques and churches for his well-being and apologized to Governors for barring them from visits to him while he rested in London.

“I didn’t want government to move to London. I wanted it to remain here and I am glad it did,”He said.

After narrating what he went through while on that vacation, President Buhari noted the suggestion by the Governors for him to add more rest, but insisted that he would remain relentless in the pursuit of the interest of the Nigerian people at all times.

This, according to him, was the only way to show his gratitude to the people who, he said, “had given so much to me. I was overwhelmed by the celebration of my return all across the country.”

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara State assured the President, on behalf of his colleagues, that they will continue to support his policies and actions which they had adjudged as being in the nation’s best interest.

The President, who addressed the meeting of the National Economic Council made up of state governors and chaired by the vice-president on Thursday in Abuja, however, made a strong case for settlement of unpaid salaries and pension liabilities of their workers.

“I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,” he said.

President Buhari, who went round the Council Chambers to greet the governors one after another, praised the unity of the Forum of State Governors. He thanked them profusely for their display of “love and respect” to him.

The President said he was overwhelmed by his recent experience in which states, irrespective of political differences charged their citizens to pray in mosques and churches for his well-being and apologized to Governors for barring them from visits to him while he rested in London.

“I didn’t want government to move to London. I wanted it to remain here and I am glad it did,” he said.

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President Buhari who was presented with a ‘get well soon’ card has directed CBN and finance ministry to release Paris Club refunds to states immediately

After narrating what he went through while on that vacation, President Buhari noted the suggestion by the Governors for him to add more rest, but insisted that he would remain relentless in the pursuit of the interest of the Nigerian people at all times.

This, according to him, was the only way to show his gratitude to the people who, he said, “had given so much to me. I was overwhelmed by the celebration of my return all across the country.”

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara State assured the President, on behalf of his colleagues, that they will continue to support his policies and actions which they had adjudged as being in the nation’s best interest.

OKRA/OKRO – BENEFITS

What Is Okra? 1Highlights

  1. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seedpods of the plant.
  2. Okra contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content.
  3. Popular forms of okra for medicinal purposes include okra water, okra peels, and powdered seeds.

Okra, also known as “lady’s fingers” and “gumbo,” is a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. The term “okra” most commonly refers to the edible seedpods of the plant.

Okra has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious. It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content. Recently, a new benefit of including okra in your diet is being considered. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

Incidences of diabetes diagnoses are only increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The verdict is out on whether okra can be used successfully as a direct diabetes treatment. However, the okra plant does have many proven health benefits. Read on to see if okra could be a viable part of your diabetes treatment plan.

PRESIDENT BUHARI CALLS GOWON, CONDOLES HIM ON DEATH OF SISTER

President Muhammadu Buhari Sunday commiserated with former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), over the passing away of his younger sister, Kande Martha Audu.

The President, who called from London, extended his deepest condolences to General Gowon and his family, urging them to take solace in the fact that Mrs. Audu lived a worthy and exemplary life.

“Death is an inevitable end that must come to all mortals, and we must keep praying and working to ensure that we live a life that pleases our Creator and benefits humanity,” President Buhari said.

He also prayed that God will comfort the grieving family and grant rest to the soul of Mrs. Audu.

General Gowon, who thanked President Buhari for the commiserations, assured him that he will not relent in praying for the unity and progress of the country, adding that Nigerians are also praying for the President’s quick recovery.
FEMI ADESINA
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
March 6, 2017.

Kaduna Security Council orders enforcement of law against begging, street hawking and Okadas

Kaduna Security Council orders enforcement of law against begging, street hawking and Okadas

The Kaduna State Security Council has announced the commencement of enforcement of subsisting restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state.

Credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, and safeguard lives and property.

A Kaduna State Security Council statement said that the Security Council has given sufficient notice to persons that may be affected by the implementation of these decisions.

Samuel Aruwan, spokesman to the Governor, said that “law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and ‘okadas/achabas’ in Kaduna town and other cities in the state. The directive is with immediate effect and is based oncogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.

“Citizens are urged to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws.Thedirective is clear. No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger.Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please.”

Meanwhile, the Security Council has commended the vast majority of residents of the state for maintaining peace and harmony.

Signed

Samuel Aruwan
Spokesman to the Governor
7th March, 2017

PRESS RELEASE – Aisha Buhari Commissions Mobile Clinic for Medical Outreach.

Aisha Buhari Commissions Mobile Clinic for Medical Outreach.

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has commissioned a mobile clinic programme to provide basic and essential health care services to people, especially those living in hard to reach areas of the country. The event took place on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017 at the State House.

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Buhari said that the programme is part of the humanitarian services that Future Assured provides to underprivileged Nigerians especially those that reside in the remotest parts of this country.

The mobile medical outreach, as stated by the National Coordinator of Future Assured, Dr. Kamal Mohammed, is about improving health and providing services in remote areas. He said the clinic is equipped with consultation, dispensing, and observation areas as well as a mini-lab and a nursing station.

“With the commissioning of this vehicle, organizing the medical outreach done frequently by Future Assured to remote areas is now easier.” Said Mrs. Buhari.

So far, medical screening has held at Cross River, Enugu, Oyo, Ogun, Kogi, Nasarawa, Adamawa and Katsina states in order to create a sense of health consciousness among citizens, with thousands of beneficiaries checked for blood pressure, malaria, blood sugar and sickle cell. The activities will continue in other states.

Mrs. Buhari said the clinic will provide for routine screening of chronic ailments including Vitamin A supplementation and deworming of children, as well as treatment of minor medical conditions and identified client operations that require referral to Primary Health Care and other health centers for further management or continuity of care.

So far, two of these mobile clinics are available to service FCT and its catchment areas, with additional units envisaged in the near future to service remote communities in all geographical zones.

These humanitarian services of Future Assured are aimed at complementing government’s efforts in health care delivery.

Suleiman Haruna
Director of Information
Office of the Wife of the President
State House, Abuja

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