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Creative Economy Ministry explore possibility of creating 2 million jobs by 2027

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he Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy is exploring a framework for financing the development of Nigeria’s creative economy to create twenty million jobs by 2027.

The Minister, Hannatu Musa Musawa made the disclosure at an interaction session with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja on Wedneday.
Special adviser on media to the minister Nnekka Ikem Anibeze quoted Musawa to have expressed the optimism to work with the NESG on fund generation and capacity building through which the ministry can contribute 100b to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product by 2030.

“With the support of NESG, the private sector and the right funding mechanism, I think we can do so much to help Nigeria out of the doldrums. The Federal Ministry of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy is the happy place of Nigeria no matter what. This is the sector that Nigerians want to hear about; the art, the films, the music … it is an expression of who we are.

“This is something that we really want to tap into especially now that the whole world is interested in the Nigerian content. With this, we can reposition Nigeria, so we came up with this brilliant initiative, Destination 2030 which is poised to change the narrative of Nigeria.

“The government will work towards producing a conducive environment that encourages growth and private investment to ensure that Nigeria’s cultural influence transcends borders as a brand, and unites Nigerians across all initiatives.

“We need to prove to the administration that the ecosystem can really bring value back. So it is not just about giving to the creatives by investing in them, but by also proving that we can get back the value, all the way down to the grassroots. So, funding for our programs is very key and I would love to share a number of these initiatives and programs with you to see where we can pull the funds from,” Musawa stated.

Earlier, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group led by the facilitator on Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, the Creative Economy, and Sports Dr. Ikenna Nwosu, said that NESG will provide technical assistance to the ministry to enable it to attract the funds.
Dr Nwosu also expressed readiness to collaborate with the ministry to update the National Policy on the Creative Industry and also train the ministry’s staff on efficient data collection.

“We discovered that the ministry does not have a National Policy on Creative Economy. It does not have an updated National Policy on Culture. The one they have is since 1988. We don’t have a National Policy to incentivize the sector. There are other sectors that were incentivized by government like the gas and telecommunication to build initiatives and train the operatives in the sector”.

Nwosu pledged support to the Ministry to enable them to carry out its mandate.

“The NESG decided that we must give the Honourable Minister the full complement of our human, technical, and development partner expertise to succeed.

“There is no limit to what she asks us to do . We are at hand to do it on a
24-hour basis and this is a commitment that we have made. We have demonstrated it and will continue to demonstrate it”.

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Budget 2024: Again Obi uncovers more insensitive, undeserving allocations

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi has again uncorvered lopsided allocations in the 2024 federal budget

Obi in his previous remarks on the budget called for a total review of the budget

He insisted that there were various misplacement of priorities tilted against poor and vulnerable Nigerians

Obi expressed dismay that the National Assembly Hospital was receiving whooping N15b for one year, the amount which he said is five times more than that allocated to the National Hospital and six other premier Teaching Hospitals in the country.
The former Anambra Goverrnor made his observation his verified X handle on Tuesday

In his words ‘I will remain persistent in my expressions of deep concern about the 2024 budget because of its critical importance to the lives of the citizens especially the poor in our midst.
“I will continue to do so until the end of the year as a matter of patriotic engagement. This is because the many negatives of the budget have far-reaching implications for the development of our dear nation and the well-being of our citizens.

“It is evident that there are items in the budget that do not align with our current circumstances, and it is imperative to call for a review and appropriate virement. Allocating our scarce resources to high-priority areas of need is essential for the well-being of the nation.

“For instance, allocating N15 billion solely for the National Assembly hospital is unacceptable, especially when it exceeds five times the budgetary allocation to the National Hospital or the combined capital vote of our six major teaching hospitals across the nation, namely; University College Hospital, Ibadan; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu; Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria; Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife; Jos University Teaching Hospital and University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
He said the disparity reflects a low level of care for the rest of society.

“Similarly, justifying a budgetary allocation of N15.3 billion for the National Assembly library project and procurement of books, including the e-Library, in a country without a National Library is very disappointing.
“The National Library has been under construction for the past 20 years, and its budgetary allocation for 2024 is less than 1B Naira, which makes the National Assembly Library budget 15 times more.

“Again the National Assembly Library budget is more than the combined budget of the top national universities’ libraries that desperately need the Libraries for research, teaching and learning purposes.

“Furthermore, allocating N10 billion for the Senate’s and House of Representatives car parks and the National Assembly Recreation Centre, while allocating less to the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, is concerning. In an era where science, technology and innovation are crucial for the nation’s future, such allocations demonstrate a lack of foresight and basic awareness of global trends and urgent national priorities.

“This level of insensitivity to the present situation and challenges faced by the people should not be tolerated by any development-minded nation.

“Every scarce resource must be directed towards productive sectors of the economy. It is time for our nation to reassess its priorities, revisit the budget, eliminate frivolous expenditures and channel our resources properly for the benefit of the people.

“No great nation is built on a foundation of waste and frivolity.”

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CUPP scribe describes Lagos-Calabar highway contract as highway of fraud

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**Says N3000 toll fee is exorbitant

The General Secretary, Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Peter Ameh has aligned with the ascertion of Former vice president Atiku Abubakar that Lagos Calabar highway contract as high way to rob the Nigerian people.
The CUPP scribe said it is high way to fraud saying that the cloud hovering over the award of the contract have all the trappings of corruption and abuse of power
In a statement he issued in Abuja on Friday Mr. Ameh said the process lacks transparency and due process, as the contract was awarded without proper oversight and competitive bidding process.
According to him, the cost of building the road per kilometer is outrageous and unacceptable.
“We are already worried that due process was not followed in both the selection and award of the contract for the project.”
He said, the intention of Federal government that vehicles would pay an average of N3,000 per toll is not acceptable and should be rejected by all Nigerian citizens as it will further increase the burden on the Suffering masses of our country.
“Anything above 300 Naira will create a lot of hardship but worst case scenario 500 Niara will be totally intolerable. Let the people breath.

“We all know that there are institutions and bodies, agencies that are created by law to take care of matters of this nature, ranging from the Federal Executive Council, which sits to consider the economic imperative of this kind of gigantic project, the National Assembly which has been constitutionally mandated to apprropriate the funds, Bureau of Public Procurement which looks at the entities that will execute the contract without the federal government spending above and beyond what the project would ordinarily have cost, and etc.

According to him, constitutional democracy which we practice, funds are not arbitrarily expended without the authorisation of the legislative arm, which controls the purse of the nation and the president ought not to have doled out a trillion naira plus to his friends without authorisation.

“But in the event that the coastal highway is a build-operate-transfer-project, due process must also be followed with the aforementioned institutions and agencies which ought to have put in their knowhow with their input taken into consideration.
“If President Tinubu, as reported in the dailies and social media, has awarded the contract to the Chagourys who are alleged to be his bossom friends and business partners without due process and due consideration to the constitutional and statutory provisions, the National Assembly (that is if we have a functioning and responsible parliament that is not beholden to the Executive Branch) is obligated to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate and possibly call the president to order because doing what he is alleged to have done is a breach of the Constitution which he has sworn to uphold and protect.
“APC government has failed to deliver on the promises of open government and has decided to use government to reward their friends and cronies at the expense of tax payers.
All government contracts must follow open and competitive bidding process.

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Classified document claims Abure entered agreement with NLC in 2022

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It appears there is no end in sight over the dispute between the Labour Party(LP) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as the suspended National treasurer of the party Oluchi Okpara has leaked a document that confirmed that NLC had a pact with the LP against the claims of Julius Abure.

The political wing of the NLC at a stakeholders meeting had sacked Abure and its NWC declaring the recent convention in Nnewi that returned Abure and his co-travelers as kangaroo

However, Abure Claimed the NLC has no power to dismiss him and the National Working Committee, as recently announced.
The document confirmed that the Labour Party had an agreement with the NLC

The Document indicated that there was a dispute between the duo which was mediated by INEC in 2022 showing the signature of LP national chairman, Abure and that of Ayuba Waba of the NLC

The document titled, “Report of Mediated Settlement between The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Labour Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission Zambezi Crescent Maitama, Abuja reads,

“We bring you fraternal greetings from the Nigeria Labour Congress {NLC) ard the Labour Party (LP). 

“We write to Inform you that the mediation initiative brokered by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the dispute between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Labour Party has been successfully consummated on the 27” of June 2022.
“The consummation of the resolution is established in a TERNS OF SETTLEMENT which was willingly reached without any duress whatsoever between the two parties, the NLC and the Labour Partv and validated by the signatures of the President of the Nigeria Labour 
Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni. the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barr. Julius Abure, General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, and the National Secretary of the Labour Party, Alhaji Umar Farouk Ibrahim. 

The National treasurer of the Party  Mrs. Oluchi Oparah, who made the document available to the Guardian on Thursday  said, “The mark of a good and trustworthy person is in his ability to keep his word and respect agreement reached in the course of mediation settlement agreement in the Presence of Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) between the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) and Labour Party, (LP)

“It is only a morally bankrupt individual  who has no moral character that will reached, sign an agreement and then go publicly to deny such agreement. 

“The document above will prove to you what I have been saying about the existence of an agreement between the Labour Party and Nigeria Labour congress.

“Abure and his cohort can not continue on this path of lies and deception to justify their illegally convened and purportedly conducted national Convention.

“This agreement was sign consequent upon the mediation brokered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) between the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and the Labour Party which commenced on the 26th of April 2022 and at which commitments were made for an improved cordial relations between the two parties consequent on the court Judgement by Justice Gabriel Kolawole delivered on the 20th March 2018. 
This mediation settlement agreement was signed by Bar. Julius Abure and  Alhaji Umar Farouk the National Secretary of Labour Party on behalf of the Party while Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President of Nigeria Labour Congress and comrade Emmanuel Ubiaja, General Secretary of Labour Congress signed for the union

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