BY Ruth Tene Natsa .....the federal government beats its chest over some milestones it recorded with the modified concessioning agreement with India-owned Global Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (GINL) on Itakpe Itakpe Iron Ore Company, storm still rages among industry watchers over the new deal ccording to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria imports 20 million tons of steel and allied products per annum on the average. Based on the finding that dates back to 2011, Nigeria spends about N6 trillion on importations of steel products every year. In recent presentation by the technical assistant to the sole administrator, Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited(ASCL), Engr Suleiman Umar, “the country’s steel production, in spite of its huge capacity is placed at a negligible 100,000 mt per annum while Egypt and South Africa with similar technologies and smaller population figures are producing 5.5 and 6.4 million tons respectively.” Quoting World Steel (2015), Umar also said because...
L-R: Chairman Tofa Textiles Limited, Isyaku Umar;  President, AMMASCO International Limited Alhaji Mustapha Ado Muhammad, and Chairman BUA International Ltd, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, during the 2nd meeting of the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, with Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN   
  L-R: Emir of Minna Alhaji Umar Faruk Bahago, Etsu Agaie Mallam Yusuf Nuhu, Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Governor of Niger State Abubakar Sani Bello, Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora Alhaji Sa’idu Namaska, Minister of State for Solid Minerals Abubakar Bawa Bwari, Emir of Borgu Barr Mohammed Sani Haliru Dantoro and Etsu Lapai Engr Umar Bago Tafida, during the traditional Sallah homage to the governor in Government House, Minna.     GOVERNOR 2: L-R: Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki; Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode; Adamawa State Governor Bindow Jibrilla, and Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, during the meeting of Acting President Prof. Osinbajo with State Governor, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN  GOVERNOR 3: L-R: Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima; Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode, and Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom, during the meeting of Acting President Prof. Osinbajo with State Governor, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday....
L-R: Chairman Tofa Textiles Limited, Isyaku Umar;  President, AMMASCO International Limited Alhaji Mustapha Ado Muhammad, and Chairman BUA International Ltd, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, during the 2nd meeting of the Nigerian Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, with Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN   FEC 2: L-R: Minister of State For Foreign Affairs Hajia Khadija Bukar Ibrahim; Minister Budget and National Planning Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, and Minister of State for Health  Osagie Ehanire during the Federal Executive Council meeting, at the Presidential VILLA Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN FEC 3: L-R: Minister of Solid Minerals Kayode Fayemi; Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita; Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, and Minister State for Environment Ibrahim Jibril, during the Federal Executive Council meeting, at the Presidential VILLA Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN FEC 4: L-R: Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau; Minister...
 NORTHERN 2: R-L: Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker, House Representatives Hon. Yagubu Dogara; Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau; Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari, and Chief of  Defence Staff; General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, during the Acting President’s meeting with Northern Traditional Rulers, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN
NORTHERN 1: R-L: Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker, House Representatives Hon. Yagubu Dogara; Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau, and Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari, during the Acting President’s meeting with Northern Traditional Rulers, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN NORTHERN 2: R-L: Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Speaker, House Representatives Hon. Yagubu Dogara; Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau; Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari, and Chief of  Defence Staff; General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, during the Acting President’s meeting with Northern Traditional Rulers, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday. PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN NORTHERN 3: R-L: Sultan of Sokoto Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll; Emir of Gwandu Maj-Gen. Emir Muhammad Bashir Iliyasu; Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu; Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar; Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau, and National Security Adviser Major- Gen. Babagana Monguno, during the...
EMIR 1: L-R: Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, II; Sultan of Sokoto Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll; Emir of Gwandu Maj-Gen. Emir Muhammad Bashir Iliyasu; Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu; Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu, and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, at a Prayer during the Breaking of Ramadan Fast with Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN                                                                       EMIR 2: L-R: Sultan of Sokoto Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll; Emir of Gwandu Maj-Gen. Muhammad Bashir Iliyasu; Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, II, and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, at a Prayer during the Breaking of Ramadan Fast with Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa Abuja yesterday PHOTO BY REMI AKUNLEYAN EMIR 3: L-R: Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Sultan of Sokoto Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll; Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, II, Lamido of...
A mother feeds her malnourished child at clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontières in Maiduguri.