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By Edoamaowo Udeme

The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Olumiyiwa Adejobi has read riot acts to drivers who ignore zebra crossings and knock down pedestrians.

He made this known in a released statement today in Abuja, he stated that “It is an offence for you to knock down or hit pedestrians on zebra crossing, many do not have regard for it at all”

” It is compulsory that every driver or biker stops for pedestrians on zebra crossing, whether on green or not, In fact, if you knock down a pedestrian on zebra Crossing, such may be treated as a criminal offence, not just mere a traffic offence’ He stressed.

“Always observe traffic rules to save yourself and others on the road. Be warned” he added.

Passports Will Be Ready Three Weeks After Capturing – Immigration Boss

The Nigeria Immigration Service has assured Nigerians will receive their passports three weeks from the day of application submission except in cases of unanticipated technical difficulties.

Speaking to reporters at the opening of the Igbogbo Passport Front Office in the Igbogbo-Baiyeku Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu, Lagos State, the Comptroller General, Mrs. Caroline Adepoju, said: “I can tell you, barring all technical problems, you should be able to completely apply for your passport and within three weeks, you should be able to get it.”

According to her, since national identity numbers are connected to passports, it is crucial that all applicants register using the same information as the National Identity Management Commission(NIMC).

“People who are applying for our passport must have similar details with which they are applying for the passport on their national identity numbers because the Nigerian passport has the national identity number on it.

“So, if there are no issues, within three weeks, you must get your passport, from application to the production of the passport,” Adepoju added.

She advised Nigerians whose passports were nearing expiration to apply for renewal six months before the expiration.

She appealed on Nigerians to always apply early for passport renewal, pointing out that certain nations refused visas to applicants whose passports had less than six months left on them.


… As President Rolls Out Empowerment Scheme; Event to Span 6th to 8th December 2023

By Edoamaowo Udeme

The Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA) is holding its annual conference week, slated to take place from the 6th to the 8th of December, 2023.

in a press statement released by the FPRO Olumiyiwa Adejobi, it states that “This significant gathering is poised to unveil a transformative empowerment scheme spearheaded by the POWA President, Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Egbetokun”.

This conference, spanning three days, is strategically designed to offer members a platform for engagement, collaboration, and empowerment.

“Mrs. Egbetokun’s unveiling of the empowerment scheme is expected to be a pivotal moment, marking a commitment to positive change within the community of police officers’ families”.

“Beyond its ceremonial significance, the conference will address crucial issues affecting police officers’ families, underscoring POWA’s dedication to community building and the overall welfare of its members”.

The Annual Conference Week will feature an opening ceremony at the POWA National Secretariat, Mambilla Barracks Asokoro; Empowerment and Sports at the POWA International School Area 11, Garki, Abuja; and a Dinner and Awards event at the Space and Function Event Centre, City Park, Wuse 2, Abuja.

The empowerment scheme is a multifaceted initiative aimed at uplifting and supporting POWA members. Activities include skill acquisition programs, capacity-building workshops, and economic empowerment initiatives, all geared towards fostering personal and professional development.

The POWA President assures of the commitment of her administration to community service, reiterating that the conference week serves as a focal point for strengthening community ties and fostering unity among members.

Two Policemen Fight In Public

Two policemen in uniform have been seen fighting publicly in a video.

The policemen were seen coming out of a car while dragging and throwing punches at each other until they were separated by another policeman after which they went back into the car.


President Tinubu N27.5 trillion 2024 Budget of Renewed Hope Amidst concerns over hardship in the country

By Emmanuel Uffot

On Wednesday November 28, 2023 President Bola Ahmed Tinubu presented the 2024 budget proposal to the joint session of the 10th National Assembly.
The budget is made up of N9.92 trillion for recurrent expenditure, N8.7 trillion for capital expenditure and the sum of N8.25 trillion set aside for debt servicing.
According the President, the projected amount for debt servicing represents 45 percent of the entire budget.
The 2024 budget is predicated on oil price benchmark of 77.96 dollars per barrel at estimated exchange rate of N750 Naira per US dollar.
Similarly, the Budget deficit is projected at N9.18 trillion Naira being 3.88 person of the GDP. This is lower than N13.78 trillion Naira representing 6.11 percent of GDP recorded for this year ( 2023).
The President explained that the budget deficit financing will be source from, borrowings totalling N7.83 trillion Naira, N1.05 trillion drawn down on Multi- lateral and bilateral loans secured for specific development projects.

Giving an sketchy insight into the priority areas the budget aim to address, he said it will seek to achieve job – rich economic growth, macro- economic stability, better investment environment, enhanced human capital development, Poverty reduction and access to social security.
He said it was the intention of his government to explore the option of public private partnership arrangements to finance critical infrastructures.

On Poverty Alleviation, he said his government was committed to broad based shared economic prosperity, hence the decision to review and expand the National Social Safety Security Net project of cash transfers to the poor and vulnerable.
On education, President Tinubu said the laid down plan of his government is to address inherent educational issues with a sustainable model of funding tertiary education which will include the Students Loan Scheme schedule to begin by January 2024.
The President noted that defence and security will be given top most priority in the budget.
In that vein, the internal security architecture will be overhauled to enhance law enforcement capabilities, safety of human lives and properties to create a fertile ground for investment across the country..
He equally listed human capital development, increase revenue, curbing of financial leakages and putting machineries like transparency and accountability in motion to ensure the effectiveness of the budget.

President Tinubu who expressed optimism that the economy will grow, urged the National Assembly to ensure that only projects and programs that were beneficial to the people and in tandem with the mandate given to MDAs were allowed into the budget.
Incidentally this is the first full year budget to be presented by the president, but in reality the third having submitted two supplementary budgets earlier since assumption of office. One of the budgets was to source source funds to provide palliatives to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal.
Although, economists, analysts and concerned stakeholders were yet to comment on the budget as at the time of this report, but the economic policies introduced by President has created more hardship for Nigerians that that they are looking for breather.
For many Nigerians, there’s a is no cause to smile yet with the budget presentation since to them, the end will justify the means.


Budget of Renewed Hope

Delivered By:

His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
At the Joint Session of the National Assembly, Abuja
Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Ladies and Gentlemen
In furtherance of my sacred duties and obligations as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, it is my honour to be here today to present my administration’s 2024 Budget Proposal to this Joint Session of the 10th National Assembly. This moment is especially profound and significant to me because it is my first annual budgetary presentation to the National Assembly.
Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members of the National Assembly, I commend your swift consideration and passage of the 2023 Supplementary Appropriation Bills and the 2024-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper. Your prompt action underscores your devotion to economic development and to the greater welfare of our people. It also highlights your desire to work in close collaboration with the Executive branch. We do not serve ourselves. We must always strive to work together to serve and benefit the people of our beloved country.
I am confident that the National Assembly will continue to work closely with us to ensure that deliberations on the 2024 Budget are thorough but also concluded with reasonable dispatch. Our goal is for the Appropriation Act to come into effect on the 1st of January 2024.
It is, by now, a matter of recorded history that my very first fiscal intervention as President of this great nation was to end the fuel subsidy regime which had proven to be so harmful to the overall health of our national economy. The second was to negotiate and subsequently present a supplementary budget to enable my government to fund the items needed to restore macro-economic stability and mitigate the harsh impact of subsidy removal.
The third was to secure a second supplementary budget, this time to enable us to keep our promises to promote national security, invest in infrastructure and provide much needed support to the most vulnerable households in our society.
In swearing-in my cabinet and reflecting on the unique challenges facing us, I invited the Ministers to imagine that we are attempting to draw water from a dry well. Today, I stand before you to present our Budget of Renewed Hope; a budget which will go further than ever before in cementing macro-economic stability, reducing the deficit, increasing capital spending and allocation to reflect the eight priority areas of this Administration. The budget we now present constitutes the foundation upon which we shall erect the future of this great nation.

Economic conditions remain challenging both abroad and at home. Despite lingering Post-Covid supply and production bottlenecks, armed conflict in various parts of the world and restrictive monetary policies in major economies, we expect global growth to hover around 3.0 percent in 2024. This relative low rate has significant implications for our economy due to our current reliance on importation.
Distinguished Senators, Honourable Members: despite the global headwinds, the Nigerian economy has proven resilient, maintaining modest but positive growth over the past twelve months.
Inflation has trended upward due to weak global conditions. To contain the rising domestic prices, we will ensure effective coordination of fiscal and monetary policy measures, and collaborate with sub-national governments to address structural factors driving inflation in Nigeria.
The Budget proposal meets our goal of completing critical infrastructure projects which will help address structural problems in the economy by lowering the costs of doing business for companies and the cost of living for the average person, The Honourable Minister of Budget and Economic Planning will provide full details of this proposal.

Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, an aggregate revenue of 11.045 trillion naira was projected to fund the 2023 Budget of 24.82 trillion naira with a deficit of about 6.1 percent of GDP.
As of September 30, the Federal Government’s actual aggregate revenue inflow was 8.65 trillion naira, approximately 96 percent of the targeted 8.28 trillion naira.
Despite the challenges, we continue to meet our obligations.

Distinguished Senators, Honourable Members, permit me to highlight key issues relating to the budget proposals for the next fiscal year. The 2024 Appropriation has been themed the Budget of Renewed Hope. The proposed Budget seeks to achieve job-rich economic growth, macro-economic stability, a better investment environment, enhanced human capital development, as well as poverty reduction and greater access to social security.
Defence and internal security are accorded top priority. The internal security architecture will be overhauled to enhance law enforcement capabilities and safeguard lives, property and investments across the country.
Human capital is the most critical resource for national development. Accordingly, the budget prioritizes human development with particular attention to children, the foundation of our nation.
To improve the effectiveness of our budget performance, government will focus on ensuring value for money, greater transparency and accountability. In this regard, we will work more closely with development partners and the private sector.
To address long-standing issues in the education sector, a more sustainable model of funding tertiary education will be implemented, including the Student Loan Scheme scheduled to become operational by January 2024.
A stable macro-economic environment is important to catalyse private investment and accelerate economic growth. We have and shall continue to implement business and investment friendly measures for sustainable growth.
We expect the economy to grow by a minimum of 3.76 percent, above the forecasted world average. Inflation is expected to moderate to 21.4 percent in 2024.
In preparing the 2024 Budget, our primary objective has been to sustain our robust foundation for sustainable economic development. A critical focus of this budget and the medium term expenditure framework is Nigeria’s commitment to a greener future.
Emphasizing public-private partnerships, we have strategically made provisions to leverage private capital for big-ticket infrastructure projects in energy, transportation and other sectors. This marks a critical step towards diversifying our energy mix, enhancing efficiency, and fostering the development of renewable energy sources. By allocating resources to support innovative and environmentally conscious initiatives, we aim to position Nigeria as a regional leader in the global movement towards clean and sustainable energy.
As we approach COP 28 climate summit, a pivotal moment for global climate action, I have directed relevant government agencies to diligently work towards securing substantial funding commitments that will bolster Nigeria’s energy transition.
It is imperative that we seize this opportunity to attract international partnerships and investments that align with our national goals. I call upon our representatives to engage proactively to showcase the strides we have made in the quest to create an enabling environment for sustainable energy projects.
Together, we will strive for Nigeria to emerge from COP 28 with tangible commitments, reinforcing our dedication to a future where energy is not only a catalyst for development but also a driver of environmental stewardship.
Distinguished members of the National Assembly, the revised 2024-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) sets out the parameters for the 2024 Budget.
After a careful review of developments in the world oil market and domestic conditions, we have adopted a conservative oil price benchmark of 77.96 US Dollars per barrel and daily oil production estimate of 1.78 million barrels per day. We have also adopted a Naira to US Dollar exchange rate of 750 naira per US Dollar for 2024.
Accordingly, an aggregate expenditure of 27.5 trillion naira is proposed for the Federal Government in 2024, of which the non-debt recurrent expenditure is 9.92 trillion naira while debt service is projected to be 8.25 trillion naira and capital expenditure is 8.7 trillion naira.
Nigeria remains committed to meeting its debt obligations. Projected debt service is 45% of the expected total revenue.
Budget deficit is projected at 9.18 trillion naira in 2024 or 3.88 percent of GDP. This is lower than the 13.78 trillion naira deficit recorded in 2023 which represents 6.11 percent of GDP.
The deficit will be financed by new borrowings totalling 7.83 trillion naira, 298.49 billion naira from Privatization Proceeds and 1.05 trillion naira drawdown on multilateral and bilateral loans secured for specific development projects.
Our government remains committed to broad-based and shared economic prosperity. We are reviewing social investment programmes to enhance their implementation and effectiveness. In particular, the National Social Safety Net project will be expanded to provide targeted cash transfers to poor and vulnerable households. In addition, efforts will made to graduate existing beneficiaries toward productive activities and employment.
We are currently reviewing our tax and fiscal policies. Our target is to increase the ratio of revenue to GDP from less than 10 percent currently to 18 percent within the term of this Administration. Government will make efforts to further contain financial leakages through effective implementation of key public financial management reforms.
Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, in view of the limited resources available through the federal budget, we are also exploring Public Private Partnership arrangements to finance critical infrastructure.
We, therefore, invite the private sector to partner with us to ensure that our fiscal, trade and monetary policies, as well as our developmental programs and projects succeed in unlocking the latent potential of our people and other natural endowments, in line with our national aspirations.
Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members, this Budget presentation would be incomplete without commending the patriotic resolve of the 10th National Assembly to collaborate with the Executive on our mission to renew hope and deliver on our promises to the Nigerian people. I assure you of the strong commitment of the Executive to sustain and deepen the relationship with the National Assembly.
As you consider the 2024 Budget estimates, we trust that the legislative review process will be conducted with a view to sustaining our desired return to a predictable January-December fiscal year.
I have no doubt that you will be guided by the interest of all Nigerians. We must ensure that only projects and programs with equitable benefits are allowed into the 2024 Budget. Additionally, only projects and programs which are in line with the sectoral mandates of MDAs and which are capable of realizing the vision of our Government should be included in the budget.
As a Government, we are committed to improving the lot of our people and delivering on our promises to them. The 2024 Budget has the potential to boost performance, promote the development of Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, enhance security and public safety, and improve the general living conditions of our people.
In closing, I am confident that these budgetary allocations and directives will set Nigeria on a transformative path towards a sustainable and resilient energy future, fostering economic growth, job creation, and environmental preservation.
It is with great pleasure, therefore, that I lay before this distinguished Joint Session of the National Assembly, the 2024 Budget Proposals of the Federal Government of Nigeria, titled The Renewed Hope Budget.
I thank you most sincerely for your attention. May we collectively chart the course towards a brighter and cleaner future for our great nation.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

70-year-old woman delivers twins after many years of waiting

A 70-year-old Ugandan woman, Safina Namukwaya, has delivered a set of twins – a boy and a girl, after becoming pregnant through an In vitro fertilisation treatment, BBC reports Thursday.

Namukwaya went through a successful caesarean delivery on Wednesday at the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

The hospital shared the news of the delivery via its Facebook page on Wednesday, stating, “70-year-old, Safina Namukwaya, speaking just before the delivery of her beautiful babies. Yes, she delivered twins, a boy and a girl. A historic achievement indeed.

“As we honour this courageous mother and anticipate the healthy growth of her twins, we invite you to celebrate with us. This story isn’t just about medical success; it’s about the strength and resilience of the human spirit.”

According to Punch, IVF is a technique used to assist people with fertility issues in having babies

During IVF, an egg is removed from the woman’s ovaries and fertilised with sperm under controlled laboratory conditions.

Thereafter, the fertilised egg, referred to as an embryo, is then returned to the woman’s womb to grow and develop.

Namukwaya told a privately owned NTV channel that it was her second delivery in three years after she gave birth to a girl in 2020.

The 70-year-old shared that she had experienced multiple difficulties during the pregnancy, including desertion by the children’s father.

She lamented, “Men don’t like to be told that you are carrying more than one child. Ever since I was admitted here, my man has never shown up.”

Namukwaya said she did not know how she would manage to raise the children, but was happy to have them after years of enduring stigma and ridicule for being childless, the report stated.

“One time, a very young boy heckled me saying I had been cursed by my mother to die without a child,” she recalled.

According to the hospital where she had the babies. Namukwaya becomes the oldest woman in Africa to give birth.

My Wife Beats me Constantly: Husband Tells Court

“My wife bullies and blackmails me,’’ a divorce-seeking man, Kazeem Yekini told a Mapo Grade A Customary Court in Ibadan on Thursday.

He pleaded with the court to dissolve the marriage between him and his estranged wife, Opeyemi, saying the marriage had ruined his life.

He said Ms Opeyemi was in the habit of blackmailing him everywhere and causing untold damage to his reputation.

Mr Yekini alleged that his wife cast a spell on him causing him untold hardship while at the same time promising to continue to blackmail him all around Ibadan.

“As if these were not enough, she locks me up in a room, thus preventing me from going to my daily business.

“She also seized my car keys and invited the `Amotekun’ corps (the security network in the Southwest) to deal with me for no reason,’’ Mr Yekini alleged.

He told the court that neighbours and family members never attempted to intervene “because they are afraid of her’’.

Mr Opeyemi did not deny any of the allegations levelled against her under cross-examination.

Instead, she prayed the court to help her to resolve the matter amicably.

“It is true that I have been fighting my husband without justification.

“Before he decided to come to court, however, I tried all I could to pacify him, but he refused to listen to my pleas for mercy.

“If he maintains his stand, I pray the court to grant me custody of the only child between us,’’ Opeyemi pleaded.

In her judgment, the court’s president, S.M. Akintayo noted that the marriage between the duo was not duly consummated and hence, illegal.

She pointed out that there was no evidence before the court that Yekini paid Opeyemi’s bride price in their course of living together.

She explained further that other essential things necessary for a valid marriage as stipulated in the Customary Law were not presented before Yekini and Opeyemi started to live as husband and wife.

She concluded that there was no marriage to be dissolved in the first place.

Mrs Akintayo awarded custody of the only child produced by the union to Opeyemi and ordered Yekini to pay a monthly allowance of N10,000 for the child’s upkeep.

Drama As Nigerian Lady Disrupts Ongoing Wedding, Says The Groom Was Her Boyfriend


Yesterday there was a drama in Port Harcourt, the Capital of Rivers State; during a wedding ceremony at Methodist Church, D-line.

A young lady walked into the wedding venue to stop the ongoing wedding.

The lady alleged that the groom was her boyfriend and had gotten her pregnant; before she came in with some thugs, the joining had already taken place.

She decided to disrupt everything, tore the wedding suit of the groom.

Below is the video.

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By Edoamaowo Udeme

With fundings from The Federal Republic of Germany, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Security-Sector-Reform Foundation (GS-Foundation) has donated printed training manuals, curriculum, office furniture, fittings, and equipment for three Police Colleges and one Training School in Nigeria

According a released statement by the FPRO, Olumiyiwa Adejobi, this gesture is a step towards enhancing the capabilities of the Nigeria Police Force.

The statement added that This initiative is part of the ongoing police reform project of the Federal Government of Nigeria

The donation which was received by the Inspector General of Police who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development, DIG Frank Emeka Mba, addresses the needs of Police colleges in Oji River, Maiduguri, Kaduna, and Ilorin, ensuring they receive vital support for optimal training environments.

Ambassador Annett Günter of the Federal Republic of Germany, Matthias Seeger, Project Manager, and Team Lead of the GS-Foundation in Nigeria, and Simon Ridley, UNDP’s Chief Technical Advisor on Rule of Law and Human Rights were on ground to facilitate the process.

They commended the dedication and professionalism of the Nigerian Police, stating that the provision of modern items and advanced IT equipment enhances their work and contributes significantly to community security and efficiency.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun, underscored the importance of well-equipped police colleges in driving the reform agenda. He expressed appreciation for the collaboration, stating that the donation would boost optimal training platforms in Oji River, Maiduguri, Kaduna, and Ilorin, and in all other training facilities of the NPF, and many others that had already been donated by the GS-Foundation and German Government.

Ex- NIRSAL MD Arrested For Alleged N5.6bn Wheat Project Scam

Almost a year after he was sacked as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Aliyu Abdlhameed, has been arrested for allegedly N5.6bn Wheat Project Scam.

NIRSAL, a $500m non-bank financial institution, is a creation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) mandated to manage agribusiness-related credit risks in Nigeria.

Abdulhameed was kicked out of office following allegations of corruption, including a 2018 N5.6 billion wheat project meant for farmers in Kano and Jigawa States.

His sack was endorsed by the Board of the CBN following approval from the Presidency in December last year.

He was apprehended last week on the premises of a federal government’s revenue-generating agency in Abuja where he had gone to lobby for a reappointment.

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