President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recruitment of 5,000 personnel for NDLEA to boost its manpower

The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd)

Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd)

, has disclosed that President Buhari has Approves Recruitment Of 5000 NDLEA Personel.

Abdallah made the disclosure on Friday at the Public Destruction of Drug Exhibits by Taraba Command of NDLEA in Jalingo.

He said that the gesture would go a long way in improving operations of the agency on campaign against drug addiction in Nigeria.
Increased consumption of illicit drugs among the youths in Taraba was worrisome, appealing to families to brace up to their responsibilities.

According to Abdallah, effective drug prevention must involve positive engagement of children, youths and adults with their families, schools, workplace and community.

He commended Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for his support to the agency in addressing drug problems in the state.

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The Need for Increased Local Investment in Gas Sector, By Fashola

A former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called for increased local investments in the gas sector to realise its potential benefits.

Fashola (middle) at the inauguration of an indigenous gas company in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Fashola made the call at the inauguration of an indigenous gas company, GASCO Marine Limited, located at Onijanganjangan community in Abeokuta North Local Government area of Ogun State.

“We can continue to talk about gas flaring and carbon emissions and their negative impacts on the environment, but the situation will not change unless we do something about it,” Fashola said. The former minister, who commended the initiative, said such investment in gas would help government in protecting the environment for future generations. Stressing the advantages in the use of gas, Fashola said “there is about 60 per cent cost saving in the deployment of gas as an alternative to inefficient and polluting diesel.”

He also emphasised the benefit of employment generation through the value chain of gas production, processing, storage and distribution.


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Reasons We Shut Sangotedo Market, By LAWMA

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Friday said it shut down business activities at Sangotedo Market in Eti Osa due to indiscriminate dumping of refuse and poor hygiene practices by traders, resulting in a serious environmental problem in the area.

Citing the recent Executive Order on traffic and sanitation matters signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, LAWMA’s Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Folashade Kadiri, stressed the state government’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, including illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse as well as defacing of the environment.

LAWMA noted that “the government’s efforts at restoring environmental sanity in the area were being thwarted by unhygienic activities of traders, who had consistently violated environmental laws and refused to patronise assigned PSP operators.”

Kadiri said the management was working round the clock to reposition the organisation to rid the state of waste, necessitating the introduction of “Lagos at 4am” operation and other laudable initiatives aimed at restoring environmental integrity in the state.

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Nigerian government to set up 10 new rice mills across the country


According to the Bank of Agriculture (BOA), the federal government’s clear interest in agricultural sector development has indeed yielded result, in which the government has approved the setting up of 10 new rice mills across the country as one of its strategy in improving agriculture through the value chain.

In Kebbi alone, under the anchor borrower scheme, FG had injected N60bn from 2015 to date and currently, there are many newly established small rice mills with not less than N2bn capital in Kebbi. Due to the effort of the government to unlock the vast potentials of the agricultural value chain in Nigeria, the German Government, with support from the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation provided 2m Euros for implementation of the second phase of the Competitive African Rice Initiative (CARI) in the country.


The first phase of CARI ended in 2015, and CARI 2 is being implemented in Kebbi, Kaduna and Jigawa states to achieve its objective through the use of the Multi-Action Partnership (MAP).

The project would be focused on business linkages in the rice sector to ensure that the producers were well connected with the markets, processors, rice millers, aggravators and input dealers. The aim is to help smallholder farmers to increase their income and the country with high-quality rice.

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Nigeria recovers N605 billion through whistle blowers policy

On December 21 2016, Nigeria’s Federal Government launched its Whistle-Blowing Policy, which was facilitated through the Federal Ministry of Finance and a whistle-blower who provides information about any financial mismanagement or tip about any stolen funds to the ministry’s portal is rewarded or entitled to 2.5% – 5% from the recovered funds by the government.

Around the world, whistleblowing is a key tool in fighting corruption and whistleblowers have been hailed as heroes for revealing corruption and fraud in organizations and for preventing potentially harmful mistakes from leading to disasters including Nigeria.

According to the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, the whistleblower policy of Nigeria government subsists and it is still being implemented. The total amount of collection that has been made through various efforts in the whistleblower policy is about N605 billion that this is an improvement over the amount that was recovered at the end of 2018, which was over N540 billion.

The government should ensure that people who blow the whistle are well protected; not just only keeping the identity of the individual confidential because witness protection is a much more serious matter and punish those who make false and malicious reports against innocent persons in corruption and related offences.

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50% discount window for MSMEs name registration still open in Nigeria


In October 2018, the Federal Government through the Corporate Affairs Commission opens a 50% discount window for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to register their company names, which involved reducing the fee for the registration of a business name from N10,000 to N5,000 to help MSMEs formalise their operations.

The 50% discount window is still open, the Federal Government has extended the programme by three months and this would be the second time the government extended the programme by three months. If you operate a small-scale business and you haven’t registered a business name, you have the opportunity to do that with N5,000 in the next three months.

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) play a central role in any economy. They are a major source of entrepreneurial skills, innovation and employment. In Indonesia, the informal sector remained an important part of the workforce, accounting for 57.27%, 74.08 million people, of nationwide employment, though the informal sector has declined by 0.95%.

However, the CBN in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee has developed a Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI) to boost job creation for Nigerian youths, particularly in Fashion, Information Technology, Movie and Music.

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Facebook Start Accelerator 2019 registration now open

Facebook-powered FbStart Accelerator at NG_HUB is currently open for all startups and students to apply. The accelerator is a tech-focused programme for innovative startups and student teams making using of next generation technologies to solve challenges of business and build solutions for future use.

According to CCHUB website, the programme is a 6-month research and mentorship driven program for innovative and visionary teams daring to create solutions with advanced technologies. The accelerator provides these teams with the support they need to build and optimize value driven products and match them with resources from Facebook and CcHUB.

The program is designed to support teams in two categories namely:

1. Onsite Acceleration for Startup Teams: Designed for startup teams with existing products who have customers or are market-ready.

2. Virtual Acceleration for Student Teams: Designed for Nigerian and Ghanaian students (BSc, MSc or PhD) with working prototypes or the technical expertise required to build intended solutions.

FbStart Accelerator is only for solutions that leverage the following technologies;

A. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

B. Data Science

C. Internet-of-Things (IoT)

D. Augmented Reality (AR) and

E. Virtual Reality (VR).

Applications to join the 2019 Cohort closes by June 30, 2019.

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