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We Will Revive The Cotton And Textile Industry In Nigeria , Buhari Promises

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President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged the commitment of his administration to revive the ‘good old days’ when the cotton and textile industry employed hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.

Naija News Understands that the president made the promise earlier today  when he received the CEO of Vlisco Group, Mr David Suddens, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The President, who welcomed the proposed investment of $200 million by the company in the country, was optimistic that it would, in turn, create about 700,000 jobs for the people.

“I am very much aware of your company’s effort, especially your investments in the textile industry and, it is one area that we are trying to develop because it will create employment and boost agriculture,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

He added, “To get cotton to grow again in the country is like going back to the good old days when the textile industry used to employ more than hundreds of thousands of people.

“I am very excited about the prospects of reviving the industry because it will keep farmers busy, create employment which brings more security, help the economy, transfer of technology and, of course, we have a large market to absorb the products.”

President Buhari further reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to forging a stronger economic partnership with the Netherlands.He also assuring the Dutch investor that the Nigerian authorities would continue to do the utmost to keep smugglers at bay at borders.

In his remarks, Suddens informed the President that the 172-year-old company plans to use cotton grown in Nigeria for production.

He said, “I want a new strategy that brings Vlisco manufacturing to Nigeria. I want to change the supply chain from Asia to Nigeria.”

“For the total supply chain for cotton, textile and garment industry from weaving, spinning, printing to retail, we want to use Nigeria cotton and we have already started to encourage the creative industries in the country to find a voice and give them a platform across the world,” the Dutch investor added.

“I am convinced that it is time for the textile industry to move from Asia to Africa.”

On his part, the Dutch Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Robert Petri, told President Buhari that the company’s visit was a follow-up to his successful visit to the Netherlands in July, during which he met with Chief Executive Officers of Dutch companies.

“Also during that visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between our two countries seeking more intensified cooperation.

“After that visit, there were more successive visits by top Dutch officials to Nigeria. This shows that we are seriously committed to furthering our collaboration,” Petri said.



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Police Locked Me Up In The Toilet When Falana Visited – Evans

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Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, the suspected billionaire kidnapper, has maintained that he was tortured by police to make his confessional statement.

He countered the claim by the police that his statement was obtained under a fair atmosphere and that the statement could have been taken in the presence of a lawyer, if Evans had hired one.

Evans made this known before Justice Adedayo Akintoye, during the Friday proceedings in his trial at the Lagos High Court.

He further alleged that the Police locked him up in the toilet to prevent him from been seen by human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN)

Evans said immediately after he was arrested by the police in 2017, his wife, Uchenna, contacted the human rights lawyer, but upon the lawyer’s visit to the police station, he was told that he (Evans) had been taken out for investigation.

Falana warned, however that the police should not come up with claims that the suspect had been shot while trying to escape.

Led in evidence by his lawyer, Mr Olanrewaju Ajanaku, Evans insisted that he was threatened to put his signature to an already prepared confessional statement by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad who he accused of murdering several suspects in his presence “in Saddam Hussein style.”

He said, “Immediately after my arrest, my wife called Mr Femi Falana and he came to SARS. But CSP Phillip told two armed policemen to hide me inside the office toilet and to tell the lawyer that I was not around.

“I heard Phillip greet him, and Mr Falana said he wanted to see me. CSP Phillip told him that I had been taken out for investigation.

“Mr Falana warned him that he did not want to hear that I was trying to escape and then I was shot dead. He told them that if I had committed any offence, I should be charged to court.”

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I Married Atiku For His Integrity, I Know Him – Titi Abubakar

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The wife of the Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, Hajiya Titi Atiku Abubakar, has revealed that her marriage to Abubakar was instigated by his integrity and patriotism.

Mrs Abubakar made this known went she received a campaign group, Women for Atiku, that no one knew Atiku better than she does, having been married to him for 47 years.

According to her, contrary to the vague allegation of corruption by political detractors, Atiku was actually a man whose integrity, honesty and sincerity earned him her love.

Titi Abubakar with the Women For Atiku says her husband a man of integrity

I usually got confuse Whenever i read the false allegations of corruption being spread by mischief makers against my husband in the media.

“Most times i ask myself if they were referring to my husband whom I have been married to for 47 years or a different person.

“Their descriptions only befits the opposite of Atiku Abubakar, because he is not corrupt as alleged,” Titi Said.

She insisted that the Presidential hopeful have not been found wanting in the area of honesty, sincerity, integrity and patriotism to his fatherland since she got married to him 47 years ago.

She asserted that her encounter and eventual marriage to her husband was initiated by God.

I was on my way back to Nigeria from Benin Republic wher I went to visit my aunt at the idioroko boarder and was accosted by ofifcers of the Customs Service.

They had demanded that I pay duty for a pair of brocade material which was a gift from my aunt, an argument ensued between us and i told them to have the brocade material for a keep because i couldn’t comprehend why i should pay duty for a pair of brocade.

“Suddenly an officer by name Atiku Abubakar who heard our argument summoned the officers to come along with me to his office.

“He was the head of the command at the time. After listening to both sides, Atiku demanded for the duty charge, dipped his hand into his pocket and paid the duty and handed me the receipt smiling and saying that ‘I will pay him back’.

“As the head of the command he could have simply commanded them to let me go if he chose to, but his patriotism to fatherland would never allow him do so, and that singular act swept me off my feet and i eventually fell in love,” she said.

The National Coordinator of Women for Atiku Mrs Blessing Egbara thanked Mrs Titi Abubakar for the warm reception accorded to her group.

Egbara assured Mrs. Abubakar that the group will continue to mobilize support for the candidature of her husband.

Egbara said that the group would embark on voters mobilisation and education adding that the group would also mobilise all registered voters to collect their Permanent Voters Cards PVCs

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ASUU Strike Continues As Meeting With FG Ends In Deadlock

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The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) meeting with the federal government on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

The national president of ASUU, Abiodun Ogunyemi, made this known to reporters after the meeting.

He said the strike was still ongoing and would not be called off as ASUU’s demands had not been met.

He said the federal government and ASUU teams agreed that the negotiation will resume next week

“We have just started the discussions; we have not really gone far. So, what we have done today is just to open up the issues. So, the strike still continues,” he said

“We have not fixed a date for the next meeting but by tomorrow, we should know.”

He noted that universities in Nigeria had been subjected to 20 years of continued “re-colonisation under alleged democracy”.

He stated that the problems with university education have affected the country inversely.

He said the strike is total, comprehensive and indefinite as members have withdrawn their services until government fully implements all outstanding issues.

“This strike is total, comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements,”

“We have been subjected to 20 years of continued re-colonisation under alleged democracy in which all that the ruling circle have been regrouping among themselves in their various faction they called political parties.” he said.

ASUU, on August 13, embarked on an indefinite strike following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached in November 2016.

 

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