Nigeria was once the world’s largest producer of palm oil.
Today, Nigeria has spent over $3.2bn on importation of Palm Oil in 10 years
In a contrasting turn of events, however, the country has spent more than $3.2bn on the importation of Palm Oil during a period of ten years.
This shows how much things have changed over the years.
A SENIOR School 3 pupil of Fakunle Unity Government High School, Osogbo, Osun State, Miss Christiana Akinlaja, has emerged the winner of National Essay Competition on COVID-19 organised by a non-governmental organisation.
The statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mr. Olaniyi Ajibola, yesterday said that Mr. Benedict Alabi hosted Miss Akinlaja alongside her mother in his office in Abere, for the outstanding performance at the national level and making the state proud.
Alabi said the government’s effort in strengthening the quality of education has started yielding laudable results by the emergence of Miss Akinlaja in the national COVID-19 essay competition.
His words: ” I congratulate you and your family on this enviable feat; you are indeed a good ambassador of our state and one of many promising youths we are nurturing through qualitative and sustainable education policy.
“The young girl, an indigene of the state, recently won a National Essay Competition on COVID-19, organised by Solomon Empire, a non-governmental organisation, with the theme: “How should government and corporate organisations prepare people towards post-COVID-19 and future pandemics.”
Alabi praised the student for being clear-headed and focus, as he lauded her mother for raising such a talented offspring.
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said Nigeria had made progress in resolving issues that led to the suspension of the issuance of the United States (U.S.) “immigrant visas” to Nigerian passport holders.
The President spoke in Abuja while receiving the report of the Committee on Citizen Data Management and Harmonisation, chaired by Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola.
In statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari expressed delight that two of the six areas of concern raised by the U.S had been fully addressed.
The committee was set up in February to address those contentious issues.
The suspension, which came into effect on February 21, 2020, does not apply to other U.S visas, such as those for official, business, tourism and student travel.
Praising the committee for doing a good job, President Buhari assured Nigerians and the international community of the timely implementation of the committee’s recommendations after due consideration.
The committee had, among other things, recommended the establishment of a National Criminal Information Management, fashioned after the INTERPOL, and a National Criminal DNA Laboratory, to aid criminal investigation, administration of criminal justice as well as sharing of relevant information.
“An effective Citizen Data Management System is critical for socio-economic planning, improved service delivery and good governance, as well as national and global security. It also has the over-arching benefit of enhancing integrity of the nation’s citizens’ identity instruments for the purpose of information sharing,” he said.
Aregbesola, who listed the reasons for setting up the committee on February 3, 2020, said: “It is our hope that the findings, strategies and implementation plans proffered, if fully implemented, will expedite the lifting of the visa restrictions while bequeathing to the nation an enduring identity management system.”
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