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Buhari Approves N10 Billion Naira For Census.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N10 billion towards smoothing the processes leading to the conduct of a successful population census in the country.

The Acting Chairman, National Population Commission, NPC, Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, disclosed this in Abuja at a press briefing on the commencement of the 10th phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation, EAD, exercise

Dr Oyetunji said the 10th Phase of the exercise which will commence on October 5th and end on October 29th, 2020, inclusive of training and fieldwork will be conducted in 33 LGAs spread across 25 States and the FCT.

As you may be aware a total of 228 LGAs were successfully demarcated across the 36 States and FCT in the previous 9 phases.”

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He said, “Hitherto, the Commission had been implementing the EAD in phases due to limitations in the availability and allocation of funds.

“I am however pleased to announce, that His Excellency, Mr President has reaffirmed his commitment towards the successful completion of the EAD and indeed towards the conduct of the next census by approving the release of the total sum of ten billion Naira for the continuation of the EAD in the remaining 546 LGA of the country.

“The President has graciously followed this up by a further approval of an additional N45 billion to be included in the 2021 Budget for the completion of the exercise as part of preparations for the next census.

“No doubt, this milestone development, under-scores the President’s understanding of the role of data, especially demographic data as the bedrock for informed development planning and allocation of resources. facilities and services.

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“The President has by this giant intervention demonstrated his desire to invest in the population, especially our teeming youthful population and to thereby lead the country to harness the demographic dividend.

“We in the National Population Commission perceive this highly commendable action of His Excellency, Mr President as further indication of his dogged resolve to take this country into a post-COVID-19 era that will emerge from systematic planning and optimal utilization of available resources especially the human capital with which the country is abundantly blessed.” He said.

 

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Nigeria’s External Reserves Records Decline to $35.67bn

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Nigeria’s External Reserves Records Decline to $35.67bn

 

Nigeria’s external reserves, last week, fell for the fourth consecutive week to $35.67 billion even as the Naira depreciated to N462 per dollar in the parallel market.

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According to the central bank of Nigeria, foreign reserves are assets held on reserve by a monetary authority in foreign currencies. These reserves are used to back up liabilities and influence monetary policies. They include foreign banknotes, deposits, bonds, treasury bills, and other government securities.

Data from the central bank of Nigeria shows that the reserves fell to $35.672 billion on Thursday last week from $35.725 billion the previous week.

This translated to week-on-week decline of $53 million dollars, more than 100 percent increase from the $23 million w/w decline recorded in the previous week.

According to the CBN data the reserves have been on the downward trend for four weeks since September 17th. It fell by $139 million to $35.672 billion last week Thursday from $35.811 billion on Thursday September 17th.

Prior to the four weeks decline, the reserves rose steadily for two weeks, by $145 million to $35.811 billion on September 17th from $35.666 billion on September 2nd.

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Lagos-Ibadan Railway, Buhari to Commission January 2021

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Buhari to Commission Lagos-Ibadan Railway January 2021

 

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the Lagos-Ibadan railway in January 2021 to improve movement for cargoes and passengers in the country.

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Amaechi made the disclosure during an oversight visit from Lagos to Ibadan while inspecting the ongoing construction of the standard gauge in Ibadan.

The Minister said that the contractors had done their best with the project while attributing weather conditions as one of the challenges being faced by the contractors.

The Minister tasked the contractors on the Lagos-Ibadan railway line to ensure completion of all the stations by December including the Apapa station which started late, so it can be commissioned and the route made fully operational.

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Thugs, Allegedly Breaks Into Benin Prison

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Thugs, Allegedly Breaks Into Benin Prison

Alleged thugs on Monday,19 October 2020 broke into the Benin Prison commonly called White House, and released numerous convicts in one of the prison cells.

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The armed squad of the prison officials engaged the suspected thugs in gunfire which resulted in some people getting injured.

The thugs started gathering along Sapele Road beside the prison as early as 7 am setting bonfires and sending back road users.

They began their attack when their number increased, broke a section of the wall while others climbed the fence into the prison yard.

The Government of Edo State has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state until further notice.

The Curfew is as a result of the occurrence of destruction and attacks on individuals and by these thugs disguising as EndSars protesters. The curfew is to begin from 4 pm, October 19, 2020.

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