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President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja assured Nigerian youths that the ongoing anti-corruption campaign would secure their future.
In an address to members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) who marched to the Presidential Villa to pledge their full support for his anti-corruption campaign, President Buhari promised that he will do his best to place Nigeria well on the way to becoming the nation of their dreams.

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 The impact of government’s efforts in the development and promotion of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the country must be clear and measureable, according to Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

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Time has come for Africans to re-think some of the time-worn economic ideas and myths that have held its people and policy makers bound to only a few options, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
Speaking in Abidjan at the investiture of the new African Development Bank President, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Prof Osinbajo called on Africans to develop "uncommon creativity, innovation and change" in charting the pathway for future growth and development of countries in the continent.

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A beautiful weekend in Amsterdam saw the opening of Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam’s second edition. Held at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam, designers, press, models and other industry professionals mingled and took in the atmosphere and surroundings that totally lent itself to show off the best of African inspired fashion.

The ever charming, International Superstar and Award-winning movie star Ramsey Nouah, welcomed the guests wearing fabulous designs from Blackpearl's Secret by Diana Tambe; all potent enough to make sure the guests were in for a sensory weekend of Inspirational African design. fashion The renown handmade dutch produced designer Omar Munie opened the event. Designers from as far afield as Zambia represented at Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam. Lia Samantha flew in from South America especially to highlight the fact that African print is becoming enormously popular in Colombia. AFWA was also about bringing awareness to sustainability, ethical material sourcing and fair trade. Mrs. Jos Huber from the Ministry of foreign affairs shared her vision on sustainability in fashion. “Workers need to get their share, go for fair trade from the start”. She also highlighted that Kenya has a good social model, a perfect example for other African countries. Albert Chapel the Dutch artist who specializes in wood & haute couture in collaboration with Diana Tambe ( the brain and inspiration behind the collection) presented their unique style by bringing high fashion drama, wearable wood designs to the final show. This blended perfectly with AFWA’s ever-evolving fashion conscious collective. At last, the renown Dutch-Cameroonian high-end fashion designer Miss Diana Tambe also showed her high glamour designs from Blackpearl Secret’s spring/summer 2016 collection sponsored by Holland Textiles NL. Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam’s hair and makeup artist brought their expertise in afro-beauty to the African fashion spectacle. We would like to express thanks to the head stylist Maureen Riley and Miss Afro Beauty C.E.O. Ruth Mukete who came all the way from London to show her support. While we appreciate the support, the real thanks goes out to Diana Tambe (founder & CEO) and Aydin Acik the fashion man & producer extraordinaire. We are looking forward to organize the third edition of the largest gathering of African fashion designers, arts, models, exhibitors, buyers, retailers, fashion influencers & business tycoons in 2016. Note for Editors: Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam 2015 was held on 28th/30th August 2015 at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. Sponsoring Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam 2015 are: Royal Tropical Institute, African Entertainment, Diana Tambe Foundation, Ramsey Films, Julian’s Luxury and Rijswijks Interieur Service B.V. For hi-res images, please follow the links below or contact info@afwamsterdam.com Photos Link| AFWA2015:
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resident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments:

Engr. Babachir David Lawal - Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Alhaji Abba Kyari - Chief of Staff to the President

Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) - Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service

Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi - Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service

Senator Ita S.J. Enang - SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)

Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu - SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)

The appointments are with effect from today, August 27, 2015.

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Engr. Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

Alhaji Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.

The new Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.

The new Comptroller- General of Immigration, Mr. Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

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Swedish celebrity photographer and author, Ingrid Mårn, will launch her new book titled: “Smiles from Around the World: The World is Beautiful and Connected”. The launch will take place at Zebrano’s of Soho in Central London, W1D 4DS on Monday 14 September 2014 from 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

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President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja urged Nigerian lawyers not to sacrifice the integrity of the country’s legal system in a bid to cover the misdeeds of their clients, no matter how lucrative the brief may be.

Speaking at the opening of the 55th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), President Buhari called on Nigerian lawyers to support his administration’s war against corruption and help the country return to the path of rectitude by making Nigerian courts functional and effective again.

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President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja assured indigenous companies operating in Nigeria's oil and gas sector of the full support and protection of his administration.

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At a meeting with members of the Independent Petroleum Producers Association in the Presidential Villa, President Buhari commended their determination to increase the participation of Nigerians in the country's oil industry and promised to do all within his powers to address the challenges which they currently face.

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Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said some of the past polices and planning including budgeting of government did not reflect the needs and the conditions of the majority of the people in Nigeria who have become disempowered in the process.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by members of the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), at the State House, Abuja, the Vice President said the important thing now is how policies could address the need of the people. “This is the main challenge”, he noted.

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Vice President of Nigeria: Prof. Osinbajo

 

According to him, "governments have not been accountable to the people, otherwise policies should have roots in the real conditions of the people."

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Young African artists make some fantastic work, many talented people however do not get the exposure or possibilities they need to be able to exhibit and sell their work to an audience that is willing and able to buy and invest in their art. UAAF, a non-profit organization, aims at linking these artists in Africa and buyers in the Netherlands to offer these young artists a better chance for using and keeping their talents.

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There have been terror attacks here and there which are still ongoing. Is there any country on earth that has never experienced any terror-linked attack? I doubt! These attacks have always resulted in a monumental loss of human lives and property. Governments the world over are increasingly becoming helpless and frustrated as to the mechanism to employ that would stand toe to toe with these vermin whose only language the world understands is destruction to advance or propagate their retrogressive ideologies. Be that as it may we must first identify the root causes of terrorism to enable us know how to effectively tackle the menace.

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Iyoha John Darlington

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Last year, from the 29th to the 31st of August we saw a new type of fashion event in the Netherlands.
This weekend was home to the first ever Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam (AFWA), which consisted of
a 3-day interactive celebration of fashion, culture, music and talent within the World Fashion Centre in
Amsterdam. The event was hailed in the media as a great success, which saw thousands of visitors
watch dozens of models glide down the runway in hundreds of African inspired or designed outfits to the
delight and excitement of its audiences.

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For Nigeria to become part of the modern civilisation in the 21st century, Nigerians need to approach their challenges with a common front and a common purpose, and ready to correct the maladies that plague the political system from the bottom up. This is a clarion call for all citizens – irrespective of party affiliations, ethnicity, race, religion or gender – to come together and steer the nation away from an impending danger. Today, Nigeria is not only frightening, but fundamentally tarnished.

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By Ekenenyie Ukpong
Research Fellow on African Affairs
University of Leeds, England

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President Muhammadu Buhari has terminated the appointment of the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero who was appointed two weeks before handing over by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The termination of Alhaji Bayero's appointment is with immediate effect.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has received with sadness news of the transition of one of Nigeria's foremost traditional rulers, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.

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President Muhammadu Buhari charged government agencies to harmonize the collection and usage of biometric data in the country, instead of replicating their efforts in this regard.

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President Muhammadu Buhari said that his administration will give the fullest possible attention to boosting power supply in Nigeria because it was convinced that steady electricity will launch the country into faster socio-economic development.

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Speaking after being briefed by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Ambassador Godknows Igali, President Buhari said that his administration  had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria's power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.

The President said  that his administration had also prioritized certain measures in its action plan to  boost electricity supply in Nigeria.

"The problems besetting our power sector are not difficult to identify. Therefore, priorities can be easily set in order to tackle them.

"The problems are more with transmission than generation, and we equally need to secure the power infrastructure round the country.

"We will address all these issues," the President assured.

Ambassador Igali told the President that power generation in Nigeria which  was 1,750 MW in 1999,  had now peaked at 4,600 MW.
He added that gas was available to take generation to 5,500 MW in a short time, but that the country needed to expand its electricity  infrastructure to accommodate additional power generation.

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Special Adviser to the President

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President Muhammadu Buhari extends hearty congratulations to Nigeria's team at the just concluded Special Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.

President Buhari commends the team for their diligence, dedication and wonderful performance at the games in which they won a total of 71 medals, including 34 gold medals.

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The victorious atheletes 

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The President applauds the special athletes' inspiring victories in Los Angeles which, he believes, epitomize the true Nigerian spirit and his personal conviction that whatever challenges we face as a nation, we can overcome them dedication, hard work and perseverance,  and rise to the highest possible levels of accomplishment.

President Buhari assures the athletes that the Federal Government and  all Nigerians are very proud of their exhilarating and dominant performance at the Special Olympics in which they won medals in  all featured  events.


The President looks forward to receiving members of the team at the Presidential Villa to celebrate their brilliant victories in Los Angeles.

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SSA to the President

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President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun as he marks his 76th birthday anniversary on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

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Chief John Oyegun at 76

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President Buhari congratulates Chief Oyegun

On the happy occasion of Chief Oyegun's 76th birthday, President Buhari joins members of the APC National Chairman's family, his friends and political associates across the country in celebrating his very remarkable  life of  service to his people and country.

The President commends the exemplary patriotism, selflessness and  dedication to the progress and well-being of Nigeria which Chief Oyegun has demonstrated throughout his long and very successful career as a top civil servant and political leader.

President Buhari also salutes  Chief Oyegun's integrity, wisdom, hard-work and visionary leadership which, contributed in no small measure, to the successful formation of the APC and the party's historic victory in the last general elections.

The President prays that Almighty God will grant the APC National Chairman continued good health and many more years of worthy contributions to national development.

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SSA to the President

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