- Nigeria – ASEAN Trade Volume Rises to $7.7 Billion in 2017
The Malaysia High Commissioner to Nigeria, Gloria Tiwet, said Nigeria’s trade volume with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) rose to $7.7 billion in 2017.
“For 2017, the trade volume between ASEAN and Nigeria rose to $7.7 billion”, indicating a promising and growing business relationship.
Tiwet who led the Head of Missions of Embassies and High Commissioner of ASEAN member-states on a working visit to the ministry of foreign affairs in Abuja on Monday said ASEAN envoys were in the ministry to inform the minister Geoffrey Onyeama of the ASEAN Day and Film Festival scheduled to hold between August 8 and 10 in Abuja.
She further stated that the association is looking to improve trade relations between Asian nations and Nigeria.
COVID-19: Eid-el-Fitr Prayers To Hold Indoors
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Bello, has banned Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, Airport Road.
The prohibition, Bello said, is due to COVID-19 ravaging some part of the world.
The Minister on Monday chaired a meeting of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and a delegation from the FCT League of Imams Initiative led by its chairman, Imam (Dr) Tajudeen Adigun.
The meeting discussed measures on how to curb further spread of the pandemic and modalities of holding prayers for the upcoming Eid el-Fitr celebrations.
Based on presentations by officials of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCTA and the Implementation guidelines for phased Restriction of Movement by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on Monday May 10, 2021, the Minister further ordered all worshippers to hold Eid prayers outdoors within the premises of their neighborhood Juma’at mosques.
The Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, also affirmed in a statement realesed on Tuesday, that all Eid celebrations and activities should be confined to homes.
He said all public parks, recreation and entertainment centres are to be closed.
The statement reads in part: “There will be no Eid prayers at the National Eid prayer ground along the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road)
“Indoor worship are to be limited to less than 50% of installed capacity.
“Religious authorities are advised to regulate the flow of people entering and exiting places of worship.
“All non-pharmaceutical intervention protocols of facial coverings, physical distancing and hand washing are to be observed.”
Revamping Lagos: Fresh Ban on Okada and Keke, Government To Take Over Abandoned Bus and Uncompleted Buildings
The Lagos State Government has resolved to ban the use of motorcycles and tricycles (keke) in the state, citing security concerns.
The state advised residents to access opportunities provided in agriculture and empowerment programmes of the state.
This was contained in a communiqué issued after a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
The meeting was attended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; the Chief Judge, Kazeem Alogba; the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, traditional and religious leaders and members of the civil society, among others.
The governor said the string of lawlessness daily witnessed from the confrontation between commercial motorcyclists and law enforcement agencies required urgent action.
“Based on all that we have seen and experienced in the past couple of weeks, as well as the increasing threat posed by the activities of commercial motorcycle operators to the safety and security of lives, we will be announcing further changes to the parameters of motorcycle and tricycle operations in the state in the coming days. No society can make progress amid such a haughty display of lawlessness and criminality,” he added.
Sanwo-Olu said from next week, the state would be inaugurating the First and Last Mile buses next week, which would take the routes the motorcycles were plying.
The state Commissioner of Police, Odumosu, raised the alarm over rising security breaches from the menace of okada operations in the state.
He said between January and early this month, 320 commercial motorcycles were impounded in 218 cases of criminal incidents in which 78 suspects were detained and 480 ammunition recovered.
In the same period, the Lagos police boss said Okada accounted for 83 percent of 385 cases of avoidable fatal vehicular accidents in Lagos.
At the end of the meeting, a 12-point resolution was reached, among which was a ban on Okada “as a means of transportation in the state.”
It was also stated that stakeholders agreed that the state government should take over abandoned and uncompleted buildings in the state and take control of abandoned vehicles in every nook and cranny of Lagos.
Other decisions taken were that the government could take over houses, hotels and event centres where hoodlums hibernated or kept arms.
Eidul-Fitr: FG Declares Wednesday, Thursday Public Holiday
The federal government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as public holidays to mark this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, who made the declaration on behalf of the federal government on Monday in Abuja, congratulated the Muslim faithful on this occasion and called on all Nigerians, at home and abroad to use the period of this year’s Eidul-Fitr celebration to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the land.
Aregbesola said he believes that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere, urging all Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
He also called on all security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.
He assured Nigerians that the resolve of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria is sacrosanct.
He said: “This administration will not be deterred in its efforts until every Nigerian and resident of the country is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring the economic prosperity of our dear nation.”
The minister wishes all Muslims a happy and peaceful Eidul-Fitr celebration.
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