PRESIDENT BUHARI: President Muhammadu Buhari is in the city of Amman Jordan, to participate in the Annual Middle East and North Africa Conference.
According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari is at the World Economic Forum on an invitation by King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.
President Buhari will depart Amman Sunday for Dubai, United Arab Emirates UAE to participate in the ninth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting, April 8-10, 2019.
Adesina had quoted the organizers of the event as saying the meeting is the largest gathering of corporate leaders, policymakers, businessmen, regional and international investors.
TIME FOR GOVERNANCE
With the declaration of the Rivers State Election result by INEC on Wednesday, the 2019 general elections have come to a close.
Every attention is now focused on governance and bringing the dividends of democracy to the people.
This is why some Nigerians are calling on elected leaders at all levels to immediately get down to work, so that the people would begin to feel the impact of government in their lives.
CUE: ELECTIONS OVER SENATE
The Senate committee on Communications has frowned at the management of the Ministry of Communications over the abandonment of about 104 capital projects approved for in the 2018 fiscal year.
This was discovered when the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu appeared before the committee for the 2019 budget defense.
Submissions made by the Ministry indicated that out of the 121 capital projects approved and appropriated for in 2018, only about 17 projects have reached varying degrees of completion.
Committee chairman , Senator Gilbert Nnaji questioned the rationale for proposing new projects when a huge number of the old projects were left unexecuted .
The Minister in his response, said they were asked to rollover projects which made them to introduced 52 new ones.
The 18.1billion proposal for 2019 is 1.6 billion less than 91.7 billion approved in 2018.
Nigerians have said the launch of the Constituency Projects Tracking Group, CPTG, by the federal government is a step in the right direction.
The CPTG will ensure that every fund released for Constituency Projects are utilized accordingly.
CUE: CONSTITUENCY PROJECTS
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC had noted that if constituency projects are properly carried out, Nigerians in the rural areas will immensely benefit from development.
Reports say No fewer than 50 persons, including members of the Civilian Joint Task Force CJTF have been killed in a fresh raid by bandits in Zamfara State.
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji, said the members of Civilian JTF had mobilized people and confronted the bandits in the forest which led to the killing of over 50 persons including their members.
Rikiji described the act of the CJTF as unprofessional, saying confronting the bandits is not the duty of their members.
He urged traditional rulers in the state to caution CJTF members in their respective domain to avoid taking laws into their hands.
Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen has tendered his resignation as CJN.
Onnoghen resigned after the National Judicial Council recommended his compulsory retirement in a report sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on the investigation of the petitions against him.
By virtue of section 306 of the 1999 constitution, his resignation takes immediate effect.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in January suspended Onnoghen following an order received from the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The order directed the suspension of the CJN from office pending final determination of the cases against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal and others relating to his alleged breach of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
The Anti-Torture Act 2017 was passed by the 8th National Assembly and signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 29, 2017.
The act criminalizes torture and also protects victims and witnesses of torture.
But despite the law some people have said the use of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by law enforcement officers is widespread in Nigeria.
As the nation gets set to commence another four year tenure for elected leaders Nigerians are calling on security agencies to respect the dignity of the human life.
CUE: TORTURE IN NIGERIA
Dayo Akpata of the Federal Ministry of Justice speaks more on the anti torture act
CUE: FMOJ ON TORTURE NIGERIAN/SAUDI
Reports say another Nigerian, Saheed Sobade, is facing the prospect of death in Saudi Arabia after being caught with 1,183 grams of cocaine powder in Jeddah.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, made the revelation on Friday.
On April 1, Saudi authorities executed Kudirat Afolabi, a Nigerian for drug-related offences. Kudirat Afolabi was a widow and a mother of two.
Noting that the Saudi government does not spare drug convicts, Dabiri-Erewa warned Nigerians resident in the Asian country to be of good conduct. He said the Saudi Authorities will not bend their roles for Nigerians hence the need to be law abiding.
In another development the Federal Government has reacted to the execution of a Nigerian widow, Kudirat Adesola Afolabi for drug related offences by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A statement signed by Ambassador Mustapha Lawal Sulaiman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accused the Saudi authorities of keeping the Nigerian missions in Saudi Arabia in the dark of the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the deceased.
The Federal Government said it would no longer condone inhuman treatment of its nationals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia said all legal and judicial proceedings before the execution of Kudirat Afolabi were observed.
The statement also mentioned that death sentences are only carried out after all proof and legal evidence have been exhausted, and all allegations against the accused have been proven without reasonable doubt.
Reports say, Rescue operations are under way across Iran as the death toll from severe flooding has reached more than 60.
There are new warnings that dams in some areas could overflow, causing more devastation.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and many are in urgent need of food, water, tents and blankets.
The Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE market indicators reversed negative trend on Friday with a marginal growth of 0.21 per cent.
The market capitalization which opened at 11.100 trillion naira appreciated by 24 billion to close at 11.124 trillion naira.
Cement Company of Northern Nigeria led the gainers’ table, increasing by 80k to close at 17 naira per share.
On the other hand, GlaxosmithKline dominated the losers’ chart , dropping by 65kobo to close at 9.50 naira while Fidson trailed with a loss of 45k to close at 4.50 naira per share.
And to our COMMODITIES NEWS
A small basket of Irish potatoes now go for between 500 to 700 naira.
A 5 litre gallon of palm oil goes for between 2,200 to 2,500 naira.
A 5 litre gallon of vegetable oil goes for between 2300 to 2500 naira.
A paint bucket of rice goes for 1,800 naira.
A mudu of beans goes for between 500 to 550naira.
50 kilogram of garri goes for between 6,500 to 7,500 naira.
A small basket of tomato goes for between 600 to 800 naira.
A large size tuber of yam goes for between 700 and 800 naira.
Reports say Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr is hoping for a favorable draw for the three-time African champions at the draw ceremony for the 2019 AFCON.
The draw is scheduled to hold next Friday, April 12 in Cairo, Egypt.
All the 24 teams that qualified for continental football showpiece are going to be placed in six groups of four teams each for the tournament scheduled to hold between June and July in Egypt.
Rohr said his team is ready to go up against the best nations on the continent.
He also believes that the tournament would be a very tough one but noted that his boys are fully aware of the task ahead.
Abuja will be partly sunny and has a maximum temperature of 38 degree Celsius.
Lagos will experience a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
Portharcourt on the other hand will experience a stray of thunderstorm with a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius.
And looking quickly at some weather reports across some cities of the world.
Accra will experience a maximum temperature of 33 degrees, with an increasing amount of sun.
Johannesburg will experience a sunny temperature of 19 degrees
Washington DC has a partly sunny temperature of 12 degree Celsius
Tokyo will experience a sunny temperature of 9 degree.
While Abu Dhabi will experience some sun and will be breezy with a maximum temperature of 33 degrees.
President Muhammadu Buhari arrives in Jordan for World Economic Forum.
Senate Frowns At 104 Projects Abandoned By Ministry Of Communication.
Suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Onnoghen Resigns
On the Foreign scene, Homes and people swept away in Iran’s floods
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