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We Must Sustain The Ease Of Doing Business Reforms – Osinbajo

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OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT | PRESS RELEASE

The Buhari administration’s business reforms, through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), is an opportunity to significantly boost local and foreign investments in the country, according to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Osinbajo spoke today at a virtual meeting of the PEBEC to review the state of the reforms across a number of government agencies, noting that the Federal Government will continue to take the opportunity and ensure that more results are recorded.

As a result of the work of PEBEC, the World Bank has praised the economic direction of the Buhari administration and ranked the country higher in its annual Ease of Doing Business Rankings.

According to the Vice President, “This is a country with so much promise, this is a country that has so much resources and our administration has every opportunity to do something profound about investments in Nigeria.

“We must focus on how to get our business environment working.”

Earlier in his presentation, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo expressed optimism that the challenges observed in sustaining the successes recorded in the reforms will be addressed.

On his part, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Mohammed Bello, said sustaining the PEBEC reforms is a priority for Nigeria as the country would not have risen in the Ease of Doing Business rankings if not for PEBEC.

The Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, said the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) will continue to drive the mandate of PEBEC through extensive collaborations, adding that the National Action Plan 5.0 has been extended to July 29, 2020.

Attendance at the meeting, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, included Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello; Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami; Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan; Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, amongst other members of the council.

*Laolu Akande,*
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity,
Office of the Vice President.
21 July 2020

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“I’m An Igbo Man From Abia, Not Just Ijaw” – Asari Dokubo Stirs Controversy

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In a bold and controversial statement, Asari Dokubo, a prominent figure in the Niger Delta region, has declared that the Ikwerre people of Rivers State are indeed Igbos.

Dokubo, who is known for his outspoken views, made this assertion despite being identified as an Ijaw man himself.

According to Dokubo, 80% of Rivers State land is Igboland, and he questioned why some Ikwerre people deny their Igbo identity. He emphasized that the names and language of the Ikwerre people are evident proof of their Igbo heritage.

On his words; “It might not be wrong for me to say that 80% of Rivers State land is Igboland; nobody can deny it. Yes, people see me as an Ijaw man, which I identify with, but the truth is that I am an Igbo man from Abam in Abia State, like many other people in Ijaw land today.

“I don’t understand why some Ikwerre people keep denying their Igbo identity when it is clear to everyone that all Ikwerre are Igbo.

“There is nothing Benin about them. If they like, they can keep on changing their names, but they can’t remove Igbo from their names completely. Ezewuwo, not Obawuwo—Eze is an Igbo word. I don’t know how they changed the other part to wuwo, but they can’t change Eze. It is a shame for a group of grown-up people to be living in lies, deceiving themselves that they are not Igbo. But the truth is that inside, they know that they are Igbo; there’s no doubt about it.”

Dokubo’s statement has sparked a heated debate, with some agreeing with his views and others vehemently opposing them. The Ikwerre people have historically identified as a distinct ethnic group, separate from the Igbo.

This declaration is likely to ignite a fresh discussion on the complex issues of ethnicity and identity in the region.

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Media Tycoon, Robert Murdoch, Marries For The Fifth Time At Age 93

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Media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, has married for the fifth time at the age of 93.

According to Sky News, Rupert tied the knot with Elena Zhukova, a 67-year-old retired molecular biologist, at a wedding at Moraga, his vineyard and estate in California.

Ms Zhukova, from Moscow, wore a white dress while Mr Murdoch wore a dark suit and patterned yellow tie. The couple met at a family gathering last year.

Mr Murdoch, who has six children, is chairman emeritus of News Corporation, which owns The Sun, as well as American media giants such as Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. The billionairecalled off an endgame to former San Francisco police chaplain Ann Lesley Smith last year.

He divorced his fourth wife Jerry Hall in August 2022. He was previously married to entrepreneur Wendi Deng, whom he divorced in 2014 after 14 years of marriage. They have two daughters together. Mr Murdoch split from his second wife Anna Murdoch Mann, a Scottish journalist with whom he had three children, in 1999. He also had a daughter with his first wife Patricia Booker, who was a former flight attendant. They divorced in 1966.

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“I Am Single; Looking For Educated Man Who Can Cook, Do Laundry, Enjoys House Chores, Loves PDA And Can Perform” — US-based Nigerian Lady Reveals

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A US-based Nigerian woman, Ogechukwu Christine Kalu, is seeking a well educated and God fearing man for marriage.

The educational consultant, in a post on Sunday, June 2, 2024, said the man should know how to cook, do laundry, enjoy other house chores, PDA and “perform.”

“Now that my DM is clogged with “I love you” let me reinstate that I am single. Looking for a cute man, well educated, God fearing, knows how to pray and intercede for the family, can cook and enjoys laundry, is homely and can fold clothes immediately after laundry. Enjoys house chores, can take care of kids and also has a good job business and/or great career prospects. Loves PDA and can perform. Loves plants. Enjoys listening to worship. Expects loyalty, respect, faithfulness because he gives and is capable of giving them long term. Listens to understand and not to respond. Knows how to pronounce “parallelogram, Otorhinolaryngologist, and Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”

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