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VIDEO: Powering Nigeria – FAQS on power by Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing

The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN tackles some perennial questions on the country’s Power Sector

President Buhari appoints Tolu Ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) head of New Media Team

tolu-ogunlesiPresident Muhammadu Buhari Thursday appointed Mr. Tolu Ogunlesi as his Special Assistant on Digital/New Media.

Ogunlesi, who is a renowned blogger and journalist, graduated from the University of Ibadan in 2004, and obtained an MA in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia, UK, in 2011.

Before his appointment, Ogunlesi had worked as a Features Editor and Editorial Board member of NEXT Newspaper. He also worked as a West Africa Editor for The Africa Report magazine from 2014 to 2015.
Ogunlesi is a two-time winner of the CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards, and a 2015 New Media Fellow of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP).
Ogunlesi will be assisted by Bashir Ahmad, who is a Personal Assistant to the President on New Media.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
18th February, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year 2016 Message

Fellow Citizens,

Welcome to the beginning of a New Year of the continuation of CHANGE in our beloved nation.

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I am aware that Nigerians have experienced a number of significant hardships over the past months. Living in the State House has not alienated me from your daily sufferings. I am aware of the lengthy queues at fuel stations and of the difficulties businesses have faced in acquiring foreign exchange. These challenges are only temporary; we are working to make things better.

When I presented myself to you as a presidential candidate and asked you to vote for me, I wanted to be a leader who keeps his promises. I wanted to be a leader who restores the people’s hope in those elected to serve them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates positive and enduring CHANGE.

I am still totally committed to being that kind of leader. Unforeseen circumstances and other distractions notwithstanding, I shall still do my utmost best to keep every promise I made to Nigerians during my election campaign. Read more

President Buhari first Presidential Media chat tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

PRESIDENT BUHARI TO SPEAK ON CURRENT NATIONAL ISSUES ON MEDIA CHAT

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President Muhammadu Buhari will host his first Presidential Media Chat tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30, 2015.

In the course of the programme, which will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), President Buhari will answer questions from a panel of journalists on a broad range of current national issues.

The Presidential Media Chat will begin at 1900 hours. Other television and radio stations in the country may hook-up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their viewers and listeners.

 

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
December 29, 2015

Introducing Metroblue Laundromat

Delivering laundry solutions that are focused on quality, reliability and value

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In today’s ever demanding world, balancing household chores, with work and quality personal time can be quite challenging. Laundry although a chore, is as fundamental to our daily existence as shelter and feeding hence the need to offer a laundry service.

MetroBlue is a Laundromat based in the heart of Lagos with affordable laundry solutions that are focused quality and reliability. At Metroblue we are dedicated to making laundry a fun social experience. At Metroblue, we feel that laundry shouldn’t be an isolated painstaking chore, rather it should be a fun filled social experience, where we vibrant, upwardly mobile people can meet, network and interact. Read more

President Buhari to address the nation on 55th independence anniversary

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari


 

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday, October 1, 2015, make a nationwide broadcast as part of the programme of activities to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Anniversary.
The broadcast will take place  at 7am.

All electronic media stations are kindly requested to join the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) for the broadcast.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
September 30th, 2015

Easy Taxi integrates App into Microsoft Outlook Calendar

Rocket Internet-backed taxi hailing startup, Easy Taxi, has launched a new version of its mobile app that is integrated into Microsoft’s popular email solution, Outlook.
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The new mobile app,Easy Taxi for Outlook enable users to request a taxi within their Outlook email account when reminded of a calendar-saved event, thereby offering users other options of booking for a taxi.
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The new solution, which allows users to schedule a taxi by simply setting up a notification that will be sent within Outlook, is aimed at optimizing a user’s arrival time to meetings, events, lunches, and other commitments.
Dennis Wang, Global co-chief executive officer (CEO) of Easy Taxi said, “We want to offer more and more convenience and practicality to our users,”
He further said, “During office hours, Outlook already notifies the person of a meeting through a reminder, now in the same Calendar tool the person can request a taxi. It’s extremely simple!”
Easy Taxi, launched in 2012 and currently available in 30 countries and 420 cities including  Easy Taxi Nigeria in Lagos and Abuja. The App connects taxi drivers and passengers, allowing them experience a fast, convenient and safe ride at just the tap of a button.
The Easy Taxi app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices, as well as for B2B clients through Easy Taxi PRO and Easy Taxi Corporate solutions

 

PICTURES: President Muhammadu Buhari on a One day friendship visit to Ghana

President Muhammadu Buhari being welcomed by his Ghanian counterpart President H.E. John Dramani Mahama at the Accra international airport Accra Ghana as he arrived on a one day friendship visit to Ghana on 7th Sept 2015

Lagos vows to impound trailers plying roads at 6am to 9pm restricted hours

The Lagos State Government has restated its determination to ensure strict enforcement of the Road Traffic Law 2012, restricting trailers and long vehicles from plying the metropolis between the hours of 6am to 9pm.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, who spoke to journalists on the backdrop of the fatal accident involving a container-laden trailer on September 2, said the trailer contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law.
To this end, Whenu said the state government will henceforth go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravenes the Law as such vehicle will be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine accordingly.

Meanwhile, leaders of various transport Unions and Associations in the State at the weekend rose from a meeting with officials of the state government with a resolve to support the new directive introduced in apprehending traffic offenders.

Whenu, at the meeting clarified the state government’s position on the new directive, saying that LASTMA officials have not been withdrawn from performing their statutory responsibilities on the road.

He said the new directive would pay more emphasis on flawless flow of traffic, while traffic offenders will now be booked and expected to pay their fines within the stipulated period in line with the state government’s covenant with Lagosians to make life easier for them.
He therefore solicited the co-operation and support of all transport operators in ensuring the success of this laudable initiative and to also warn their members not to see this act of humanness by the State Government as a sign of weakness by attacking LASTMA or any other enforcement agents, as this would be sanctioned in accordance with relevant provisions of the law.
“The State Government has also directed that all commercial passenger vehicles should obey all traffic rules and regulations by stopping only at designated bus-stops, close bus doors while in motion among other provisions of the law”, Whenu said.

Responding, the State Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Alhaji Musa Muhammed, who spoke on behalf of other Union leaders, welcomed the new initiative just as he pledged the support of their members in co-operating with the state government in maintaining law and order and sanity in the transport sector.

The meeting was attended by the leadership of the various Transport Unions including Prince Tajudeen Adetoro, State Chairman of the Taxi Cab Operators, Alhaji Musa Mohammed, State Chairman, Road Transport Employers Association (RTEAN) and Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, State Treasurer, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), amongst others.

Buhari warns Ministries, Departments and Agencies on Treasury Single Account (TSA) directive, gives 15th September deadline

President Muhammadu Buhari's resumed duty at Aso Rock 22nd June 2015
President Muhammadu Buhari has set a deadline of Tuesday, September 15, 2015 for full compliance with his directive that all revenue due to the Federal Government or any of its agencies must be paid into the Treasury Single Account (TSA) or designated accounts maintained and operated in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), except otherwise expressly approved.

A circular issued to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danladi Kifasi urged the MDAs to ensure strict compliance with the deadline to avoid sanctions.

The circular – HCSF/428/S.1/125 of September 4, 2015 noted that a number of MDAs were yet to comply with Circular Ref. No. HCSF/428/S.1/120 of August 7, 2015 which conveyed President Buhari’s original directive on the payment of all Federal Government revenue into a Treasury Single Account.

“In this regard, His Excellency, Mr. President has directed that all MDAs are to comply with the instructions on the Treasury Single Account (TSA) unfailingly by Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

“Heads of MDAs and other arms of Government are enjoined to give this Circular the widest circulation and ensure strict compliance to avoid sanctions,” Mr. Kifasi wrote.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
September 7, 2015

A new sheriff is in town by Femi Adesina @FemAdesina

Some call it the Buhari bounce. Others describe it as the Buhari effect. Yet some others say it is the Buhari aura. One thing is however crystal clear. Things have not been the same in the past 100 days in Nigeria, since Muhammadu Buhari assumed the presidency. A new sheriff has truly come to town.

Femi Adesina and Buhari
Exactly 100 days ago, he climbed the podium at Eagle Square in Abuja and got inaugurated as president, 30 years after he had been toppled from power as military head of state. He promised to belong to nobody, and to belong to everybody. It is a pledge that still resonates loudly today, and will surely echo for a long time to come.
On a day like this, you would expect a presidential spokesman to chronicle the achievements of his principal in office. He has turned stone to bread, slain the dragon, and climbed Mount Olympus in ten seconds. But that is not what I want to do. There are some intangible, almost imperceptible achievements, but which run very deep, and are quite fundamental. Those are the ones I’ll rather talk of, while we leave the tangibles till some other day.

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Buhari, Osinbajo disclose assets

Assets Declaration Form Confirms Buhari Austere Lifestyle

Documents submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), show that the retired General has indeed been living an austere and Spartan lifestyle, contrary to what many might expect of a former Head of State of Nigeria and one who has held a number of top government positions, such as governor, Minister of petroleum and the head of the Petroleum Development Trust Fund (PTDF).

Official portrait of Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo

The documents submitted to the CCB, which officials say are still being vetted and will soon be made public, show that prior to being sworn in on May 29, President Buhari had less than N30 million to his name. He also had only one bank account, with the Union Bank. President Buhari had no foreign account, no factory and no enterprises. He also had no registered company and no oil wells.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) who had been a successful lawyer before his foray into politics declared a bank balance of about N94 million and 900,000 United States Dollars in his bank accounts. Read more

IGP Bans Commercial Vehicles for Police Operational Duties

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon E Arase has directed that all police commands and formations should immediately stop the use of commercial vehicles/vehicles painted in known states’ commercial colours for police operations and patrol duties.
This directive was contained in a circular issued to all police formations and commands nationwide today, the circular states that directives are due to enormous negative consequences associated with such practices as complained by members of the public.
The IGP further warned that abuse of this order by any police unit will attract severe sanctions.
Ag. ACP OLABISI KOLAWOLE
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS,
ABUJA.

Emirates touches down in Mashhad, Iran

DUBAI, U.A.E., 1 September 2015 – Emirates today extended its reach into Iran by linking Dubai with Mashhad, adding a second passenger gateway into the country after Tehran.

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Left to right – Mr Mohamad Hosein Moghadam Taghizadeh, General Manager of the Iranian Hospital; Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Centre for Emirates Airline; Khalid Al Hinai – Vice President Cargo Commercial for the Middle East, GCC and Iran; Dr Mohammad Reza Fayyaz, Iranian Ambassador to the UAE ; and Naser Hamidi Khah, Managing Director of the Iranian Club

 

 

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Centre for Emirates commented on today’s launch: “The new service to Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and one if its most economically vibrant centres will not only enhance trade ties with the UAE, but will also introduce travellers to Emirates’ vast route network, opening up new opportunities to connect efficiently  with destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and West Asia through our world-class Dubai hub. By boosting air transport links from Mashhad to the increasingly connected world economy, we are contributing to the growth of international trade, tourism and investment.”

 

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On board the inaugural flight were Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Centre for Emirates Airline; Khalid Al Hinai – Vice President Cargo Commercial for the Middle East, GCC and Iran; HE Dr Mohammad Reza Fayyaz, Iranian Ambassador to the UAE ; Mr Mohamad Hosein Moghadam Taghizadeh, General Manager of the Iranian Hospital; and Naser Hamidi Khah, Managing Director of the Iranian Club . They were accompanied by a group of UAE media.

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Upon arrival at Mashhad International Airport, the aircraft was met by a senior delegation from the airport, headed by Eng. Ali Gasem Zedeh, CEO of Mashhad Airport. The inaugural event was followed by a welcome reception and gift exchange ceremony.

 

Emirates’ five weekly flights, operated by a combination of a three class and two class configured A330-200, will help further stimulate the vital trade ties between the UAE and Iran. The UAE is Iran’s biggest non-oil trading partner. It is also Iran’s biggest source of imported goods, worth more than AED 93.5 billion in 2014. In turn, Iran exports goods to the UAE valued at AED 3.8 billion, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy.

 

Emirates’ services to Mashhad will depart on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from Dubai as EK967 at 0410hrs arriving at Mashhad International Airport at 0700hrs*. The return flight, EK968 will depart Mashhad International Airport at 0845hrs* arriving in Dubai at 1045hrs.

 

In addition to passenger operations, Emirates SkyCargo will offer up to 150 tonnes of cargo capacity per week between Dubai and Mashhad on the A330-200. Popular commodities to be exported out of Mashhad are fruits, vegetables, handmade carpets, saffron and nuts. Imports such as meat, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, machinery and automobile parts will also be vital to the trade exchange.

 

Emirates commenced services to Iran in 1990 with two flights a week to Tehran.  It now operates four daily flights to the capital city. Since then, Emirates has carried 7 million passengers in and out of Iran.

 

*Flight times are as per summer scheduling. Due to the end of Daylight Savings Time in Iran, the arrival and departure times in Mashhad will be one hour earlier from 22 September.

 

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