NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [21 MARCH, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Wednesday, 21 March, 2017.


Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The federal and state governments have budgeted less than two percent of their total vote of N44 trillion for agriculture in the last three years, according to an investigation by Daily Trust using official data.
Only N810.4 billion (1.86 percent) of the total expenditure was voted for agriculture despite the governments trumpeted commitment to the sector.

 
More than half of these figures will be expended running the bureaucracies of the agric ministries and their related agencies.      
Official data analysed by this newspaper revealed that the central and state governments have budgeted N360.1 billion for agriculture, representing just 2 percent of their N17.5 trillion cumulative spending in 2018.
This figure is slightly higher than the N254 billion they budgeted for the sector in 2017, which was 1.8 percent of their total budget of N13.5 trillion.   
In 2016, the two tiers spent N196.3 billion on agriculture, representing 1.6 percent of their N12.5 trillion total spending.
This is coming at a time of governments’ avowed determination to move away from oil to agriculture as the mainstay of the economy. 
Over the past years, oil prices have continued to fall, plunging the country into recession with states unable to pay salaries or execute capital projects.
Far away from Maputo 
These figures are far cry from the 2003 AU-Maputo Declaration’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) that requires African countries to allocate at least 10 percent of their annual budgets to agriculture and achieve six percent annual growth in agricultural GDP. 
CAADP is Africa’s policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth and prosperity for all, which Nigeria is a signatory.  
In Maputo, Mozambique, in 2003, the African Union (AU) Summit made the first declaration on CAADP as an integral part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).  
Some of the signatories to the Maputo declaration have since started the implementation of the agreement. They include Burkina Faso (18 percent), Niger and Mali (15 percent), Malawi (13.8 percent), Ethiopia (11.9 percent), Senegal (10.8 percent), Zambia (11.5 percent).
Poor federal funding 
In 2018, the federal government is spending N172.8 billion on agriculture, representing 2 percent of its total budget of N8.6 trillion for the year. N53.8 billion is for recurrent, while N118.9 billion is for capital votes.
In 2017, of the N7.3 trillion budgets for the year, the federal government voted only N123 billion (1.6 percent) for agriculture. Salaries and overheads got N31.7 billion while the remaining N91.6 billion was for capital projects. 
The central government spent N75.8 billion (1.26 percent) on agriculture in 2016 out of its total budget of N6 trillion. N29.6 billion of the amount was for bureaucratic expenses, leaving N46.17 billion for agric service. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, says corruption no longer poses a threat to the national economy because of the war being waged against it by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun said this yesterday in Abuja at the party’s national secretariat, when he received the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi and the management team on a courtesy visit and official notification of his nomination for a fellowship award and invitation to the 15th combined convocation ceremony of the institution scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

 
“On corruption, we all know that corruption is fighting back. But it is not a problem, you fight with a flick of a switch, because corruption is very rich, corruption is very wealthy, corruption is very elitist; they are bound to fight back and they are fighting back. But thank God we have a president who is single-minded about taming that scourge and tame it with will. We know now that corruption is not as brazen as it was. 
“We don’t just now take money from the public till and distribute to politicians and the rest of it, that no longer happens... nobody is saying corruption has been wiped out, there is no country in the world where corruption has been wiped out; but it is being tackled in Nigeria to the point where it can no longer be a threat to the national economy, where it does not become an acceptable way of life, of doing business,” He said. 
Odigie-Oyegun said the President Buhari APC-led administration was delivering on its election promises despite difficulties and challenges.
 “I am particularly pleased by your recognition that in spite of difficulties, government of the APC is delivering on its promises to the Nigerian people. That is important for me and I really see this award as coming to me on behalf of the government and the party. 
The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Dr Dzukogi, who spoke during the visit, said Odigie-Oyegun’s choice was informed by many successes recorded by the APC-led administration.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has called on all leaders of the PDP to support the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to deliver on its mandate.  
Governor Dickson said that was the only way the PDP could be stronger and effectively lead a coalition to challenge the APC in the 2019 general elections.  

 
In a press statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo, Dickson promised to intensify consultations with party leaders across board, including those who defected from the party, with a view to bringing them back.
Governor Dickson who is also the Chairman of the PDP Standing Committee on Reconciliation, said now that a new leadership had been put in place, what PDP stakeholders and leaders owed the NWC was their unflinching support “because without it the party cannot regain its lost glory.”

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Mr Oladipupo Olorunrinu, the only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Tuesday urged leaders of the party to move quickly to settle differences within the state chapter. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto has struck out an earlier judgement delivered by a Federal High Court in Gusau affirming Senator Hassan Muhammad Nasiha as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman in Zamfara State. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has said corruption can no longer pose a threat to the national economy. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Bruce Senator representing Bayelsa East, Ben Murray-Bruce has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for ordering the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, to withdraw personnel attached to Very Important Persons in Nigeria. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has built a N354 million Technology Orientation Centre that will serve as a research and development (R and D) hub to boost locally made science and engineering products in the country. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Herbert Macaulay House on Saturday emerged winners of the British Spring College Awka 6th annual inter-house sports competition sponsored by Chikki Instant Noodles. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Chi Limited, through its range of innovative, high quality, refreshing Chivita Juices, recently co-sponsored this years edition of the World Speech day Lagos. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The management of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) Plc, has disclosed that it is targeting about one million customers in Benue, Bauchi, Gombe and Plateau states by the end of 2018 from the current over 472,000 customers. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said four oil and gas wells were being planned for drilling on the Gongola Basin to further test the prospects identified around the Kolmani River-1, Nasara-1 and Kuzari-1 in 2018. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
The Federal Government has commenced certification of the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) with a view to improving safety and efficiency of operations. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Small businesses have appealed for more funding through the Bank of Industry (BoI) to encourage local patronage of Nigerian meals and clothing.

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Although they have been eliminated from the CAF Champions League, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has urged Plateau United and MFM not to cry over spilled milk as they prepare for life in the lower competition. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Dillian Whyte says he owes Anthony Joshua one - and he is not just talking about having a rematch. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, yesterday declared that Torino midfielder Joel Obi was fit to play for the senior national football team. 

Wed, 21 Mar 2018
A junior tennis masters targeted at the next generation of players to take over from the likes of Mumuni Babalola and Clifford Enosorogbe who are dominating tennis at the senior level, will debut Tuesday April 24 at the National Stadium Tennis Centre, Lagos.
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