Top News Update 02/05/2017
1. Only 24% of Nigerians Have Access to Internet, Says Minister
2. Governors Accuse Jonathan’s Govt of Importing Substandard Rice during Electioneering
3. Armyworm Infection will Reduce 2017 Maize Yields, FG Warns
4. Australia pledges to help Nigeria diversify economy
5. NNPC, Bayelsa govt to build power plant
6. US Govt to Partner Lagos on Ports Administration
7. Eagles beat Togo’s Hawks, maintain unbeaten streak
Only 24% Of Nigerians Have Access To Internet, Says Minister
The Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, has said the size of the country’s population with full access to internet connectivity is just about 20 per cent. Speaking on a national television Thursday, Shittu explained that internet connectivity in the country at present is restricted to only areas that has mobile telephone network service.
Governors Accuse Jonathan’s Govt Of Importing Substandard Rice during Electioneering
The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Thursday expressed concern over the substandard rice imported into the country during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, lamenting that the rice is sometimes harmful to the human system. They said huge consignment of rice still finding its way into the market was imported into Nigeria since 2014 when the Jonathan administration issued a very liberal import license regime to its election financiers who were able to bring a substantial quantity of rice into the country using a waiver from the presidency at the time.
Armyworm Infection Will Reduce 2017 Maize Yields, FG Warns
The federal government Thursday painted a negative outlook in the form of armyworm scourge ravaging many states in the country and likely to reduce maize production outputs. The red flag was raised at a meeting between the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and the 36 states commissioners and FCT on issues of mutual concern.
Australia Pledges To help Nigeria Diversify Economy
Mr Dario Morosini, the Special Envoy for Human Rights of the Australian Prime Minster, has expressed his country’s commitment to support Nigeria’s quest to tackle insecurity and fight against corruption. A statement by the Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Dr Clement Aduku, on Thursday in Abuja quoted Morosini as saying this when he visited the ministry. He said that he was in Nigeria as part of his country’s efforts to galvanise support for a strong global commitment toward sustaining the human rights of all citizens.
NNPC, Bayelsa Govt To Build Power Plant
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, yesterday, said that it has entered into a partnership with the Bayelsa State Government to build a power plant in the state. This came as Bayelsa State government expressed its readiness to acquire an Oil Prospecting Licence, whenever another oil licence bid round is conducted. NNPC, in a statement in Abuja, said that the decision to partner Bayelsa in building a power plant was part of efforts to resolve the nation’s electric power challenge.
US Govt To Partner Lagos On Ports Administration
The United States of America Government Thursday indicated its readiness to facilitate and develop trade, investment, commercial ties and technical exchange with the Lagos State Government. Ms. Audrey Edmonson, the Commissioner, Miami-Dade County of Florida, made this known in Lagos. The delegation comprised of American Economic Development Agencies, Multi-Sectoral Business Technocrats and Port Miami officials. Edmonson said the two governments had in November 2016 signed an agreement to assist each other in trade development, especially in ports administration and infrastructure development.
Eagles Beat Togo’s Hawks, Maintain Unbeaten Streak
Three goals in under half an hour, including a brace by Leicester of England’s Ahmed Musa steered the Super Eagles past the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly in Paris on Thursday. Musa slotted past goalkeeper Fatao Alhassani as early as the third minute, after a marvelous job by English FA Cup champion Arsenal FC’s Alex Iwobi. Iwobi also provided the assist for the second goal by Musa 15 minutes later.