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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Nigeria Seeks US Partnership In Agriculture

The Nigerian government has solicited partnership with the United States of America to improve food production and sufficiency in the West African country. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES, said the partnership through the United States Agency and International Development…

A Maize farm [Photo: HapaKenya]

How Nigeria’s agric sector fared in 2019

Nigeria's agricultural sector seems to be taking a turn for the better with the various policies introduced by the current government, some of which were vigorously implemented last year. The government argues that the activities in the sector last year were channeled at improving the lives of average Nigerians. PREMIUM…

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Nigerians used 18 billion litres of petrol in 2019 – PPPRA

About 18 billion litres of petrol (PMS) was supplied in Nigeria for 2019, a report by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has said. The Executive Secretary of the agency, Abdulkadir Saidu, in the report, emphasised the need for enhanced private participation in the refining business, as well as…

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Nigerian Govt Silent As States Hike Telcos’ Right Of Way Charges

The Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy has kept mute over the hike in the Right of way for Telecom operators. About 14 states across the federation have increased charges on telecom operators, despite the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami's directive issued late last year. In his…

Minister of Communication, Dr Isa Pantami

Minister sets 10-year ‘digital economy’ goal for Nigeria

Nigeria's Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, on Friday, said he wants Nigeria to achieve digital literacy in 10 years. Mr Pantami said this in Abuja on Friday. Digital economy refers to an economy that is based on digital computing technologies. "In the next 10 years, we want…

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: © Presidency]

Buhari pledges to leave office in 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that he will leave office in 2023. He gave the assurance in a New Year letter to Nigerians sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the presidency. “I will be standing down in 2023 and will not be available in any future elections," the president wrote.…

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Nigeria’s agric agencies failed to account for N350 million – Audit Report

The National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services and the Nigeria Institute for Oil Palm Research failed to provide evidence of how they spent about N350 million, an audit report has said. They have also not been able to meet their financial targets over the years, the report revealed. The…

NITDA

NITDA commends Lagos revenue agency on action over breach of data protection

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commended the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), for disabling a website that breached the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR). In a statement to PREMIUM TIMES sent by NITDA's spokesperson, Hadizar Umar, on Friday, it said the illegal access of tax-payers information…

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Christmas: Prices of major food items remain high since border closure

As the Christmas and New Year celebration fast approaches, Nigerian consumers and traders anticipate a general rise in the prices of selected food items. Rice, vegetable oil, frozen and live chickens, tomato paste, pepper and condiments are essential for Christmas and New Year parties and because of the high demands…

National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA)

NITDA partners DFID on smart agriculture projects

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced a plan to create six million jobs in the Agricultural sector under a partnership with the Department For International Development (DFID). The agency disclosed this through a statement by its spokesperson, Hadizar Umar, on Friday. NITDA said the jobs will be…

Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration, Muhammad Babandede. [Photo credit: Channels TV & YouTube.com]

Nigeria immigration officers to undergo drug test

Officers of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) would undergo a drug test, the Comptroller General of the Service, Muhammad Babandede, has said. According to a statement by the service's spokesperson, Sunday James, on Sunday, Mr Babandede made the announcement at the third Conversion/Upgrading Course held at the Premier Immigration Training…

FIDA opines that rehabilitation is a credible alternative to conviction of drug abusers and would help cub prison population

Nigeria re-opens 32 correctional centres shut down by Boko Haram – Official

The Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), has re-opened 32 custodial centres earlier shut down by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east region of the country. This was stated by the agency's spokesperson, Francis Enobore, on Wednesday in Abuja. According to a report by Daily Trust, Mr Enobore disclosed this during…

NIPOST Lekki Post Office [Photo: The Guardian NG]

Nigeria earns N45.8 billion naira from stamp duties – NIPOST head

Nigeria has so far earned N45.8 billion naira from stamp duties following recently introduced reforms, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), Bisi Adegbuyi, has said. Mr Adegbuyi disclosed this during a meeting with journalists in his Abuja office on Tuesday. The NIPOST boss revealed that the federal…

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria, Sabo Nanono

Nigerian govt unveils fresh anti-poverty programme, to commence in Niger Delta

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, on Monday, said the federal government will deploy N46.83 billion in the Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises (LIFE-ND) across the nine Niger Delta states. Mr Nanono announced the project while inaugurating the Project Steering Committee, in Abuja. The ministry's website revealed that…

Bags of rice

Nigeria mulls banning importation of more items – Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says the federal government is considering banning the importation of more items being produced or with the potential of being produced in Nigeria. “Any commodity Nigeria has the potential of producing or we are currently producing will be banned from being…

Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

APC Senator criticises Central Bank of Nigeria’s operations

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is overreaching its mandate by administering loans directly to farmers through the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), a senator has said. The situation is made worse by the failure of the CBN to play its constitutional role of recapitalising the bank of agriculture which is…

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Federal University of Agriculture Kebbi takes off September 2020- FG

The Federal University of Agriculture in Kebbi State will take off next September, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, has said. He said this at the inauguration of the Interim Management Committee for the university, on Monday, in Abuja. According to a statement sent to Premium Times,…

ICPC Chairman, Bolaji Owasanoye, speaking with State House correspondents

Universities, Health institutions ‘worst culprits’ in salary budget padding — ICPC

A system study review by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission has identified health and tertiary education institutions as the worst culprits in the padding of salary budgets. The spokesperson of ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa, stated this on Tuesday on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily morning programme. She said the agency launched its…

Finance minister, Zainab Ahmed. [PHOTO CREDIT: Daily Trust]

Nigerian govt opening beneficial register to enhance fight against corruption – Minister

The Nigerian government says an open beneficial ownership register in the extractive industries will move the country one step closer to a credible and reliable data against corruption. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said this on Thursday in Abuja. As part of the efforts to…

Chinyere Egwuonwu and Peter Sissons at the signing of the MoU

UK signs MoU with Nigeria’s standards agency

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to improve Nigeria's trading capabilities. The two agencies signed the agreement on Wednesday at a training workshop in Abuja. The agreement intends to share good practice between the two organisations, promote…

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UPDATED: NLTP: Nigerian government turning grazing reserves into ranches

The federal government will soon begin remodelling grazing reserves into ranches in seven states in Nigeria as it moves towards implementing its controversial National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP). The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Bashir Usman, disclosed this on Tuesday, at a training workshop on…

National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA)

NITDA: 125 MDAs violate Buhari’s directive on ICT projects

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on Tuesday, said about 125 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) violated President Muhammadu Buhari's directive on the proper procedure for carrying out ICT related projects. It also said it had begun the enforcement of punitive actions against such organisations. The directive specifically mandates…

Women are cultivating water leaves in Esin Ufot, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, on May 12th, 2014.

Nigerian government trains women farmers in financial literacy

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday in Abuja began a training programme for 80 women picked from across the six geo-political zones. The focus of the training is financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The ministry’s Director of Extension, Karima Babangida, said the initiative is meant to give financial…

Dr Isa Ali Pantami

Pantami directs NCC to implement executive orders in awarding telecommunications contracts

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Executive Orders in awarding contracts in the sector. According to a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES by the minister's spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman, on Monday, the executive…

Herdsmen

FAO partners Nigerian govt to fight antibiotic resistance in animals

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is collaborating with the Nigerian government to curtail the growing risk of antibiotic resistance in animals. The global agency announced this on Tuesday in Abuja. FAO representative in Nigeria, Sufyan Koroma, said this collaboration is through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development…