Address To World Leaders At UNGA 72

By Muhammadu Buhari Mr. President, Fellow Heads of State and Government, Mr. Secretary-General, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General.  I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation.  You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to   the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement. Mr. President, The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis. Mr. President, I must also commend the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In...

Buhari Inaugurates Olam Farm In Kaduna

By Ade Adefeko Global agri-business Olam International Limited (“Olam’’) today welcomed His Excellency President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, to inaugurate Olam’s poultry feed mill and day-old-chick (“DOC”) facilities in Kaduna State. The company also concurrently started production at an integrated poultry and fish feed mill at Ilorin in Kwara State. Together the two state-of-the-art animal feed mills, poultry breeding farms and hatchery have an investment of around $150 million. Addressing the poultry supply gap With a combined capacity of 720,000 metric tonnes of poultry feed annually, Olam’s facilities directly address a significant supply gap for poultry meat in Nigeria, giving farmers and distributors access to high-quality feed and DOC at competitive prices. In addition, Olam’s team of field veterinarians will train up to 10,000 farmers a year in best poultry farming practices. Given around 75 per cent of poultry farming is managed by smallholders, Olam’s poultry initiatives have the...

On The Brink

BY Barrister Hannatu Musawa Tensions between the United States of America, Russia, China and North Korea have continued to escalate in recent times. The tension between these nuclear powers - largely over the continuing crisis in the Korean peninsula - has many fearing the outbreak of a global military conflict. With Kim Jong-un continuing his and North Korea’s sabre-rattling with a series of missile launches, nuclear tests and ever-increasing threats to the US - are these indications of a looming World War? Hostility between the US and North Korea has been building up for months now. In a blatant show of strength recently, two US Air Force fighter jets took off from the US base alongside bombers from Japan and South Korea. These “military drills” came before North Korea announced it is “carefully examining” a plan to target the West Pacific outpost. North Korea made this terrifying revelation just hours after Donald...

A Way Forward For The Railway…II

Barrister Hannatu Musawa Thus, the railway system can take its rightful place in the transportation sector in the country if only it is given top priority by the government and possibly also, via introduction of genuine private initiatives. Problems of poor management, underfunding, inconsistent policy, political interference and instability, and inflexible bureaucracy that have plagued the sector for decades must become things of the past. A couple of days ago, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while inspecting the Abuja-Kaduna rail stations, dismissed several officials of the Railway Corporation. Among those dismissed were station managers, porters, and ticket officials at both the Idu and Rigasa rail stations in Abuja and Kaduna respectively, over ticket racketeering. It saddens me that they were dismissed since I alluded to ticket racketeering of VIP tickets at the stations in one of my recent articles. Nonetheless, the Minister rightly stated that sacking of the culpable officials would...