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Below are the headlines found on The Tribune Online Newspaper for today, Friday,  9th February, 2017.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Kogi state government on Thursday said it was determined to employ pragmatic approach to make the state a hub of commercial activities and achieve economic breakthrough for the state.

The deputy governor of the state, Rt Hon Simon Achuba, who is also the chairman of the state economic and investment summit committee, stated this while speaking with newsmen on the summit scheduled for February 13 and 14 in Lokoja, the state capital.

He said the summit, the first since the creation of the state, was designed to showcase the potentials of the state to the local and international investors that had signalled their readiness to be part of the programme.

According to him, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibajo, ministers, captains of industry and other major stakeholders would gather to brainstorm during the summit.

He said: “The conceptualisation of the economic and investment summit derived essentially from the five thematic areas of the present administration’s New Direction agenda. It is the thinking of government that for the economic growth and opportunity which is the cornerstone of the New Direction blueprint to be achieved must be premised on the generation of viable economic and business ideas midwifed by a joint enterprise between the state government and private investors and business partners across the nation and the world at large.

“To achieve this objective, a clear line of thinking reflecting new approaches to development initiatives must be employed to steer clear of the shifty approaches in the past that dwelled much on sloganeering. This is the time for action and it requires pragmatic approach and this is what we have set out to do using this economic and investment summit.”

He explained that government wanted to leverage on the abundant human and mineral resources of the state to build a strong economy that the people of the state could be proud of.

The deputy governor said, “Kogi State is a haven of investment opportunities. We have enough natural endowments to place us on same footing with high profile economies of the federation and in fact, the world.

“From the high density alluvial soil deposit to gemstone and mineral saturated crust, the land of Kogi State can sustain clusters of industries that can answer to the economic well being of the people and also make the state the nation’s hub of agriculture and industrialisation. This has given us an identity with which we wish to market our products.

“These products and produce require modernisation to exploit and also some sophistication to find the market, hence the need for an assemblage of investors, industrialists, NGOs, business partners and organisations as well as experts from across the world to cross-fertilise ideas on how best to tap these resources for the benefit of the people of Kogi State.”

Corroborating the deputy governor, the state commissioner for agriculture, Kehinde Oloruntoba, a member of the committee, said government would use the event to showcase its potentials in agriculture with a view to tapping them for development.

He said the 350, 000 hectares earmarked for crop processing zone would be used for the agricultural and economic development of the state.

The commissioner added that government had packaged a post summit programme that would involve interfacing with end users of agricultural products.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has explained that the policy proposed by Federal Government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country is not meant to colonise any part of the country.

Speaking on Thursday while receiving Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) led by Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, at the president villa, Abuja, he said the intention of government to was to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, which has now been misconstrued as another form of colonisation.

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According to a statement issued by Special Adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari regretted that the well-thought out policy of the Federal Government, which was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders, had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.

He, however, assured the Catholic Bishops that the Federal Government will continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas.

Condemning recent spate of killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states, the President said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas.

The statement quoted the president as saying: ‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest.

‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.

‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert.”

The President told the Catholic Bishops that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption.

The president added: ‘‘We have done very well on security in the North East, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now.

‘‘On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for bountiful harvest.

‘‘People have taken advantage of Federal Government policies and programmes to return to the farm and they have not regretted.”

On the fight against corruption, the President reiterated that government would be guided by the law in the investigation and prosecution of all graft-related cases.

He added: ‘‘People are being prosecuted systematically with evidence.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for African countries to properly manage their political transitions to prevent them from slipping into crises that slow down economic growth and throw citizens into avoidable hardships.

He gave the advice on Thursday in a ceremony to receive Letters of Credence at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He told the Ambassador of the Republic of Togo, Mr. Lene Dimban, that peaceful transitions on the African continent were no longer negotiable, considering the heavy toll of political crises on the economy and ordinary citizens.

“At this stage in ECOWAS, we are working on consolidating our relationships to ensure that we bequeath a safe and secure region to the next generation by ensuring peace transitions,’’ he said.

The President said the political challenges faced in some African countries, like South Sudan, usually spiralled into neighbouring countries, leaving the entire continent more vulnerable and forcing governments to channel meagre resources into fighting the internal crisis.

President Buhari said his administration will work hard with other ECOWAS Heads of State to prevent political transitions from snowballing into crisis so that citizens in the region can focus their energies and resources on developmental issues, rather than trying to survive political upheavals.

The President, who also received Letters of Credence from the Ambassadors of the Republic of Vietnam, Mr. Pham Anh Tuan and the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Emmanuel Mpfayokurera, assured the countries that Nigeria will keep working hard to improve on its diplomatic relationships and build more progressive partnerships.

He congratulated the ambassadors on their posting to Nigeria.

In his remark, the Ambassador of Togo said Nigeria and Togo played a major role in the formation of ECOWAS, adding that both countries must remain central in promoting peace and stability in the region. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has advised the Federal Government to stop ruling the country with double standards.

Governor Fayose stated this, on Thursday, when he visited the Governor Samuel Ortom, in Benue, to commiserate with him and the people of the State over the New Year attacks.

The Ekiti State governor said a situation where a particular group who are unleashing mayhem on others are treated as sacred cows while others who perpetrate lesser offences are made to face the wrath of the law is a double standard and should not be allowed to continue.

While describing the situation in Benue as nothing other than ethnic cleansing by the herdsmen, the Ekiti State governor who also announced a donation of N10 million to the state, urged Governor Ortom to be steadfast and stand firmly by the Anti-Open Grazing law.

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
AARE Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, on Thursday vowed that Yorubaland would resist any conspiracy aimed at killing its people at will, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently mandate security agents to arrest [...]The post Herdsmen: Well resist attempt to turn Yorubaland to killing field 'Gani Adams appeared first on Tribune. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for AFRICAN countries to properly manage their political transitions to prevent them from slipping into crises that slow down economic growth and throw citizens into avoidable hardships. He [...]The post Buhari counsels African countries on managing crises appeared first on Tribune. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, re-arraigned embattled Joseph Nwobike, aSenior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), on an amended charge of offering gratification to judges. Nwobike, who was re-arraigned before Justice Raliat Adebiyi of [...]The post EFCC re-arraigns embattled SAN on amended charges of bribing judges appeared first on Tribune. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
A Nigerian firm, Thor Exploration Limited (also known as Segilola), a gold mining company operating in Osun State, Nigeria has emerged winner of the 2018 Investment Battlefield for their gold exploration project in the South [...]The post Nigerian firm emerges Investment Battlefield winner appeared first on Tribune. 

Fri, 09 Feb 2018
The Federal Government may have pegged its annual capital spending at around N1.3 trillion according to Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun. This is despite provisioning much higher in the three budgets that President Muhammadu [...]The post FG pegs infrastructure spending to N1.3 trn annually- Adeosun appeared first on Tribune. 

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