Tinubu assures of more policies for nation’s industrialisation

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has given  the assurance that his administration would continue to put in place policies for the industrialisation of the country. A statement by the  presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale,  said Tinubu disclosed this when he received a delegation of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers and the Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association. The President, represented by his Chief of State, Femi Gbajabiamila, met the members led by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ms Doris Uzoka-Anite, on Friday in Abuja. He urged the delegation to ensure that locally manufactured vehicles are of the highest standard that would stand the test of time, and complement government’s efforts in revitalising the automotive industry. Tinubu  urged the association to look into producing vehicles that would be affordable for all categories of Nigerians,  as government roll out  consumer credit for millions of Nigerians to purchase vehicles and other important goods and services. The delegation had earlier notified the President of their efforts to start manufacturing vehicle and spare parts in Nigeria. He said that a legislative bill to drive the automotive …

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Tinubu salutes workers as they await new minimum wage

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has congratulated the Nigerian workers on the occasion of annual May Day celebration by workers globally. This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday in Abuja. The President saluted Nigerian workers for their fidelity to the peace, progress, and development of the nation evident in their tireless efforts and patriotic zeal to keep the national engine running. He stated that his administration remains committed to improving the welfare of all workers, citing the various relief programmes, including the wage award and the imminent minimum wage review. “President Tinubu celebrates Nigerian workers across all spheres – from the clerical officer who ensures the proper documentation and distribution of correspondence and the security officer who remains ever dutiful through all seasons. “The teacher who secures the future of our nation by imparting knowledge to the next generation; the doctor who works relentlessly to save precious lives, and to all Nigerian workers who keep the candle aflame.” Tinubu said that the custodians of the nation’s machinery …

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Chess: Tinubu celebrates Tunde’s new world record

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has congratulated Tunde Onakoya on setting a new world chess record and putting up Nigeria’s resilience, self-belief, and ingenuity for global acclaim. This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Saturday in Abuja. Ngelale said that Onakoya broke the Guinness World Record for the longest chess marathon on Saturday, after playing for over 58 hours and winning every match in tow. He said that the President celebrated the Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in Slums Africa for the rare feat. He said Tinubu also lauded the reason driving this compelling demonstration of character, which is raising funds for African children to learn and find opportunity through chess. “The President states Mr Onakoya has shown a streak customary among Nigeria’s youth population, the audacity to make good change happen; to baffle impossibility, and propel innovations and solutions to the nation’s challenges, even from corners of disadvantage. “The President affirms that Nigeria’s youths have demonstrated in all fields, including Afrobeats, Nollywood, the pulsating skit-making …

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Northern forces working to destabilise Nigeria under Tinubu- Presidency

ABUJA- The Presidency has blamed the latest kidnappings in the North on political forces in the northern region plotting to destabilise the country under President Bola Tinubu’s watch.  Presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale disclosed this in an interview with TVC on Sunday night.  Asked how soon Mr Tinubu’s government will curtail the resurgence of mass schoolchildren abductions witnessed in Kaduna and Sokoto last week, Mr Ngelale said much work had gone into securing the country, resulting in relative stability in the South-East. “Where we still have some challenges is in the North-Central, North-West and to a large extent in the North-East. There is still a lot of work to be done,” Mr Ngelale said.  He added, “I will say this: across the North, we understand that some of the sub-regional geopolitical forces that are currently at play are actively conspiring against the stability of the Nigerian nation.” The presidential media aide did not state specifically who the “sub-regional geopolitical forces” are. However, Mr Ngelale revealed that the U.S. government was collaborating with Nigerian authorities to secure the rescue of over 280 …

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Tinubu reduces entourage for self, Shettima, other principal officers

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has directed a massive cut in the number of officials on the entourage of government functionaries travelling within or outside the country. For trips within the country, the president shall have an entourage of at most 25 officials. On foreign trips, the number of accompanying officials shall not exceed 20 persons. Also, the vice president will not have more than five officials accompanying him on foreign trips. On trips within the country, the vice president shall have an entourage of not more than 15 officials. The first lady and the vice president’s wife shall also not have more than five officials in their entourage when travelling outside the country. The two wives shall have a maximum of 10 accompanying officials each when they travel within the country. Ministers shall have only four accompanying officials when travelling, while heads of agencies shall have two. The president’s media aide, Ajuri Ngelale, told reporters on Tuesday in Abuja that the decision was to reduce massive bills accruing from official trips of principal officers of government. He added that security …

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NNPCL board: I’ll not tolerate non-performance– Tinubu

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has urged the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to immediately get to work, warning that non-performance would not be tolerated. Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement, said Tinubu said this while inaugurating the Board of the NNPCL at the State House, on Monday in Abuja. Tinubu also said that conducts suggesting a sense of entitlement would not be tolerated, warning that the Board could be dissolved without prior notice to members over non-performance. “The challenge is corporate governance. Yes, we will improve the security situation. We are working very hard. Sincerely, the Chief Executive Officer, Kyari, is doing very well, and doing all that I know. “But you could be suddenly dissolved if there is no sustained excellence in performance. It is my honour to inaugurate this Board, which has people of great integrity. I am honoured that we are doing this. I recognize all of you,’’ he said. Tinubu said corporate social responsibility for the Niger Delta must be taken seriously, considering …

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2024: NNPCL pledges to produce 2m barrels of crude oil daily

ABUJA- The newly appointed Board and Management team for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPCL) on Monday pledged to produce two million barrels of crude oil on a daily basis from 2024. Chief Pius Akinyelure, Non-Executive Board Chairman of NNPCL, stated this while briefing State House Correspondents shortly after the inauguration of the board by President Bola Tinubu. Akinyelure also promised that the board would overhaul the security architecture of the NNPCL with a view to curb incidents of stealing and vandalisation of pipelines. “We have just concluded our inauguration ceremony by Mr President and we have assured him of our collective efforts to turn around the fortune of the Oil and Gas. “And to make it a company that we will all be proud of and a company that will help sustain the economy and make sure we create some element of prosperity for Nigerians.” He revealed that the President had assured the new board of his support to enable them discharge their mandate diligently and effectively. “He (President) has assured us of his support and on our …

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Tinubu celebrates Buhari at 81

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has celebrated his friend and ally, former President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he described as an icon of truth, justice, and patriotism on his 81st birthday. This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Saturday in Abuja. Tinubu extolled the peerless leadership credentials and feats of the former President, recalling his meritorious service to the nation at various times as Head of State and as President. The president recalled Buhari’s unparalleled record of infrastructural provision, comprising several new international airports, multiple standard-gauge railway lines, new seaport development, dozens of new dams, power stations, oil and gas infrastructure, expressways and mega-bridges. He added that Buhari also had to his credit establishment of Nigeria’s first ever national social investment and protection programme, amongst many other feats. The President fondly recalled the former President’s aggressive push to modernize Nigeria’s defence architecture while working towards import substitution with the empowerment of millions of Nigerian farmers in his progressive initiative to enhance food security. Tinubu described Buhari as the finest …

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Tinubu mourns veteran broadcaster, Aisha Bello

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has, with immense grief, received the news of the passing of NTA Broadcaster, Aisha Bello-Mustapha. He described Aisha as one of the great icons of the Nigerian broadcast media. Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja. He said that the president extended his deepest condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues, including the management and staff of the Nigerian Television Authority as well as the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria. Ngelale said the president joined them in paying solemn respects to the highly professional news anchor and presenter, who spent 35 years at NTA until her retirement in 2022. “During her time as the presenter of the flagship ‘NTA Network News at 9’, Nigerians and viewers around the world looked forward to seeing her smile, warmth, and wisdom as she delivered news that can be trusted objectively. “She mentored many young women who took to broadcasting, mainly by watching and listening to her eloquence, passion, and integrity on the screen, in the newsroom, and off the screen. “Her legacy in broadcast …

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Tinubu mourns Saudi Prince Talal Abdulaziz

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu commiserates with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, and the Royal House of Saud on the passing of Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The President acknowledged the departed Prince’s excellent and dedicated service to his country throughout his outstanding career in the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Saudi Intelligence Agency. This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Saturday in Abuja. ”As his memory is forever etched in the annals of the Kingdom he loved dearly, the President prays God Almighty to grant repose to the soul of the departed, and comfort for the Royal House of Saud, the Kingdom, and all who mourn this irreparable loss,” he said. Prince Talal was the son of Prince Bandar and the grandson of the first Saudi monarch, King Abdulaziz. Born in 1961, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Saudi Air Force and served as assistant intelligence chief at the GIP, the Saudi intelligence agency, from 2004 …

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