Copy of Today’s Headlines: Helpless Naira Hits record lows of 436 to $1. Reserves hit 11 year lows Buhari’s retro (old school) sense worsening matters – The Economist. Hijab (Niqab) is a Jewish Tradition – Islamic Prof We’ve not even started talks about new minimum wage – NLC. Osinbajo brings Indian Vice President to Nigeria. Indian VP to visit Hamborday, Unilag. Do more than conducting crisis-ridden primaries – APC spokesman, Timi Frank tells Oyegun. Recession – 3 days fasting & prayer ends today

 

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Helpless Naira Hits record lows of 436 to $1.
Reserves hit 11 year lows
Buhari’s retro (old school) sense worsening matters – The Economist.
Hijab (Niqab) is a Jewish Tradition – Islamic Prof
We’ve not even started talks about new minimum wage – NLC.
Osinbajo brings Indian Vice President to Nigeria.
Indian VP to visit Hamborday, Unilag.
Do more than conducting crisis-ridden primaries – APC spokesman, Timi Frank tells Oyegun
Recession – 3 days fasting & prayer ends today

 

Ansari on 5-day visit to Nigeria, Mali from Monday

As part of the government’s Africa outreach, Vice President Hamid Ansari will embark on a five-day tour of Nigeria and Mali to further strengthen India’s bilateral engagements with the two nations.
He will go to Nigeria first at the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters here.
On the second leg of his trip, Ansari will go to Mali on September 29, the first ever high-level visit to that country from India.
He will be accompanied by his wife Salma Ansari, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal, four MPs and senior officials.
In Abuja, Ansari will hold talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo, president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives and deliver an address at the National Defence College of Nigeria.
He will also meet the governor of Lagos and deliver an address at the joint business forum at the University of Lagos.
The vice president will inaugurate the High Commission of India Chancery complex at Abuja and interact with members of the Indian community both in Abuja and Lagos.
“The vice president’s visit (to Nigeria) intends to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, expand and diversify bilateral economic engagement and explore new avenues of partnerships on a wide range of issues of shared common interest,” Swarup said.
In Mali, Ansari will meet the president, the prime minister and also address the National Assembly.
The visit to Mali is aimed at boosting the relationship between the two countries and explore new areas of cooperation to expand and diversify bilateral relationship, the spokesperson said.
From the Statesman.

The First Post Has the same news with the headline:

Africa outreach: Hamid Ansari will tour of Nigeria and Mali to strengthen bilateral ties

New Delhi: As part of the government’s Africa outreach, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday will embark on a five-day tour of Nigeria and Mali to further strengthen India’s bilateral engagements with the two nations.
He will go to Nigeria first at the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters in New Delhi .
Hamid Ansari. PTIHamid Ansari. PTI
On the second leg of his trip, Ansari will go to Mali on September 29, the first ever high-level visit to that country from India.
He will be accompanied by his wife Salma Ansari, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal, four MPs and senior officials.
In Abuja, Ansari will hold talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo, president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives and deliver an address at the National Defence College of Nigeria.
He will also meet the governor of Lagos and deliver an address at the joint business forum at the University of Lagos.
The vice president will inaugurate the High Commission of India Chancery complex at Abuja and interact with members of the Indian community both in Abuja and Lagos.
“The vice president’s visit (to Nigeria) intends to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, expand and diversify bilateral economic engagement and explore new avenues of partnerships on a wide range of issues of shared common interest,” Swarup said.
In Mali, Ansari will meet the president, the prime minister and also address the National Assembly.
The visit to Mali is aimed at boosting the relationship between the two countries and explore new areas of cooperation to expand and diversify bilateral relationship, the spokesperson said.

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Egyptian MP supports ban of niqab, describing it as ‘Jewish practice’

Egyptian MP and Al-Azhar professor of Islamic philosophy Amina Nasir has said she would support a ban on the face veil as it is a Jewish tradition adopted by Arab tribes before Islam, Al-Watan reported.

Nasir expressed similar sentiments earlier this year when she said the full face veil is not a requirement in Islam and that the Qur’an calls for modesty and to cover the hair but not the face.

In March the Egyptian parliament drafted a law to ban the niqab from public places and government institutions – five months earlier Cairo University banned lecturers from wearing the niqab, which they said led to “poor communication” during lectures.

Cairo University also banned nurses and doctors wearing the full face veil in medical schools and teaching hospitals to “protect patients’ rights and interests”.

During the October election women were required to remove their niqabs to vote.

Nasir has said that the main reason for supporting the bill is to preserve security, drawing attention to incidents where men have donned the niqab to commit crimes and attend protests.

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Nigerian govt evading minimum wage talks — NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday dismissed as misleading, speculations that talks between it and the Federal Government on new national minimum wage had collapsed.
Ayuba Wabba, president of the NLC, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, that the talks had not even started.
According to him, the government is foot-dragging on the issue.
He said the tripartite structure that should consider the modalities for the implementation had not been inaugurated.
“Uptil now, government is still dragging its feet on talks about the minimum wage; the tripartite structure has not been put in place,” he said.
“The point we are making is that we have only agreed on the structure, but the structure has not been formed.
“We have agreed on the membership and the structure of the negotiating team which is going to be tripartite, so this is the point that we are now.
“But at the last meeting of the tripartite team which was held a day after the Sallah break, it was agreed that at the next meeting, all these issues will be sorted out.
“What happened was that government could not form a quorum at the last meeting of the palliative,” Mr. Wabba added.
According to him, apart from the Minister of Labour and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that were at the meeting, key ministries were absent.
“Legitimately, we have a demand that is still pending with them including that of minimum wage and the palliative; therefore at the next meeting, I am certain that we will give government notice.”
Asked if the government was reluctant in setting up a team for the implementation of the minimum wage, Mr. Wabba said he would not speak for the government.
“Well, I can’t speak on the side of the government, but we are committed in making our demand, it is left for them to tell Nigerians whether they are committed to it or not,” he said.
According to the NLC president, the union would pursue the issue of the minimum wage to its logical conclusion.
The composition of the tripartite committee was announced on May 26, by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
The Wabba faction of the NLC had put forward a demand of N56, 000 as a realistic minimum wage, while that of Joe Ajaero is asking for N90, 000 as minimum wage.
NAN reports that the government on its part has proposed N45, 000 as the new minimum wage.
The joint committee is meant to iron out the differences in the various submissions.
(NAN)

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Nigeria naira at record black market low as dollar reserves shrink

LAGOS, September 22 (Reuters) – Nigeria naira hit a new record low of 436 on the black market on Thursday as dollar shortages on the official market persist, funelling importers to the unofficial market, amidst declining currency reserves in Africa’s biggest economy, traders said.

Nigeria’s dollar reserves stood at $24.83 billion by Sept. 19, down 3.4 percent from a month ago, to its lowest level in more than 11-years, as the central bank sells the greenback on the interbank market to support the naira.

The naira ended at 305.50 per dollar on the official market, a level its has closed at for the past one month.

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Nigeria’s war against indiscipline
Behave or be whipped

A former dictator dredges up old social policies

NIGERIANS might be forgiven for thinking they have travelled back in time. Their president, Muhammadu Buhari, has revived some of the economic policies he favoured when he was last in power, as a military dictator in the 1980s, such as restricting imports and propping up the currency. Such retro thinking has failed to rescue Nigeria from its first recession in 20 years; indeed, it has probably made it worse. And now social policy is going back in time, too.

Under a new “national reorientation” campaign called “Change Begins with Me” Mr Buhari wants to tame Nigerians. Moral “degeneration”, he says, is the reason that drivers run red lights and militants blow up pipelines. “Our value system has been badly eroded,” the president lamented in a speech that plagiarised Barack Obama’s 2008 victory address. A presidential spokesman blamed an “overzealous” speech-writer who will face “appropriate sanction”.
Others may face the same fate. A “War Against Indiscipline” brigade, first drafted by Mr Buhari in 1984, was relaunched last month and is hunting for funds for its 150,000 volunteers, who are patriotically clad in green and white. According to the National Orientation Agency (whose Orwellian departments include one for “Behaviour Modification”), their job is to restore order and “inculcate the spirit of nationalism in all Nigerians”.

Nigeria’s public services have been hollowed out by years of corruption, and some locals remember the era of military rule as more orderly. Others remember it as brutal. During Mr Buhari’s first War Against Indiscipline soldiers used horse whips to beat those who littered or jumped queues and punished others by making them jump like frogs. “It became totally arbitrary,” says Clement Nwankwo, a human-rights campaigner. One of his friends, he recalls, was jailed for owning an unlicensed telex machine.

The dangers of unleashing the moral police are manifest. One man has been arrested for naming his dog after the president. In Kano, a mostly Muslim northern state, an Islamic unit called the Hisbah has long terrorised people accused of committing adultery.

Mr Buhari’s critics gripe that, if he wants to make Nigeria a more moral country, he should start by cleaning up the government. Police officers regularly extort bribes with menaces. The army is accused of killing and torturing civilians. In Lagos the state government’s “Kick Against Indiscipline” enforcement team demands weekly bribes from long-suffering roadside vendors.

Matthew Kukah, a bishop in the northern city of Sokoto, doubts that Mr Buhari’s campaign will work. “Chaos is a function of scarcity,” he argues. “You cannot expect hungry people to line up for a few bags of rice.”
The Economist

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Recession: APC spokesman tells party leaders to stop giving Nigerians unrealistic hope

Recession: APC spokesman tells party leaders to stop giving Nigerians unrealistic hope

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has requested the national leadership of the party to stop giving unrealistic hope to Nigerians when nothing is being done by them to address the issue affecting the citizenry.
He reminded the leadership of the ruling party that its duty is not just about conducting party primaries, but extends to serving as a think-tank in proffering solutions to national issues like the current economic recession.

Frank consequently tasked the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to immediately convene an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the APC to discuss the issue and articulate the party’s position by way of an advisory to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday, Frank said, “the role of the party leadership is not only to conduct primary elections but to add value to governance, adding that such meeting will give members of the party the opportunity to air their views and provide expert suggestions.”

He regretted a situation where the only apparent agenda of the current leadership of the party is to conduct primaries which he said are often fraught with irregularities with all the attendant crisis.

Frank had recently advised the National Assembly not to shy away from telling the Executive arm of government the truth about the state of the nation’s economy even if it will cost some Ministers their job. He observed that Nigerians expect more from the APC-led Federal Government in the face of the current economic situation.

During the last Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Oyegun had urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of the nation’s economy, adding that they support the current government in its efforts salvaging the country from the present economic downturn.

But Frank insisted that, “I expect the leadership of my party to be worried because the country is in recession, though the problems were inherited from the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan but we are here to solve the problems. That is why I am demanding an emergency NEC meeting where all the leaders of our party will sit face to face and tell themselves the truth or invite experts to advise them on what quickly should be done.”

He stated that the APC NEC meeting was long overdue and a violation of the party’s constitution which states in article 25 b( i) that, “the National Executive Committee shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the national chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-third of the members of the National Executive Committee provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.”

The APC deputy spokesman also listed pending issues which arose from the last NEC meeting but yet to be addressed.

According to him, “It was agreed at the last meeting that there should be a mini- convention to fill some vacant positions of the National Working Committee (NWC) but nothing has been done almost six months after. The issue of Board of Trustees (BOT) is still pending and some other issues, including crisis all over the states, but the only thing our national chairman can do is to conduct primaries. As a governing party I believe Nigerians expect more than this from us.

“Though, President Muhammadu Buhari is doing his best to deliver on our change mantra but all hands must be on deck to support the president to achieve this because we owe Nigerians explanations at all time and the role of party leadership must also be felt in this government.”

Frank, therefore, commended the leadership of the National Assembly for taking steps to support the president in his effort to rescue the nation from the economic woes.

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Economic Recession: CAN declares 3 days fasting, prayers for Nigeria

Bothered by the biting economic recession cycle in the country, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has de­clared a three-day fast­ing and prayers for the country.

The fasting and prayer is being held between September 21 and 23, 2016.

A statement by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant on Media to the CAN Pres­ident, Rev. Samson Ola­supo Ayokunle enjoined all Christians to key into the programme to seek the face of God in the recession being experi­enced by the nation.

“As we are getting ready for the 56th Inde­pendence Anniversary, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has de­clared September 21-23, 2016 as days of fasting and prayers for the na­tion and His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari with his team.

“We call on all chris­tians nationwide to seek the face of God for divine intervention as our political leaders are seeking for panacea to the economic recession and the attendant prob­lems.”

The statement stated that the programme is anchored on the Holy Bible pas­sage which says, “If my peo-ple, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV).”

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