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Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Needs Diaspora Investment, Says Dabiri-Erewa – Lifestyle Nigeria

Nigeria’s economic recovery may require a dose of galvanization of Diaspora investment, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa has reiterated.

She noted that Nigeria’s economy presently needed a breath of life, and the galvanization from a structured Diaspora investment might lead to economic boom.

The NIDCOM boss said this at a strategic meeting with an investment group, Optiva Capital in Abuja on Thursday.

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She added that collaboration between Optiva Capital Partners and NiDCOM signals a pivotal step towards harnessing the potential of Nigeria’s Diaspora community, fostering sustainable economic growth, and strengthening ties between the Diaspora and their homeland.

Dabiri-Erewa also said that NiDCOM is willing to partner with Optival Capital Partners in advancing Diaspora investment and leveraging the capabilities of Nigerians living abroad.

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She expressed satisfaction with the parley, stating that the meeting aligns with the Commission’s core objectives,
highlighting the significance of fostering a structured and symbiotic relationship with the Diaspora, and showing the importance of trust building.

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Kano APC Suspends National Chairman Ganduje Over Corruption Allegations

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, has been suspended from the party.

Ganduje was suspended by members of his ward, the Ganduje Ward in the Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area of Kano State on Monday.

His suspension followed alleged corruption charges levelled against him by the state government.

Recall that the Kano High Court had said Ganduje will, on April 17, 2024, be arraigned on charges bothering on allegations of bribery, diversion, and misappropriation of funds, including the purported acceptance of $413,000 and N1.38bn in bribes.

The Kano State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Haruna Dederi, who confirmed the development, said Ganduje would be arraigned alongside his wife and six others.

The accused individuals, as listed in the writ of summon, include Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Hafsat Umar, Abubakar Bawuro, Umar Abdullahi Umar, Jibrilla Muhammad, Lamash Properties Ltd, Safari Textiles Ltd, and Lesage General Enterprises.

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Tinubu Congratulates Tunde Onakoya On New World Chess Record

President Bola Tinubu has congratulated Tunde Onakoya on setting a new world chess record and sounding the gong of Nigeria’s resilience, self-belief, and ingenuity at the square of global acclaim.

Lifestyle Nigeria reports 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.

A statement made available by the President’s Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, said: “President Tinubu celebrates the Nigerian Chess Champion and founder of Chess in Slums Africa for the rare feat, but especially for 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 enterprise, education, science, and technology, that great exploits can truly come from small quarters.

“President Tinubu commends the inclination of Nigerians – across artificial partitions – for unity, once again exemplified through their undiluted support for this epoch-making endeavour.

“The President assures all citizens that his administration remains strongly committed to creating and expanding opportunities for the youth to explore and exercise their abilities and become the symbols of greatness our nation represents into the future.”

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APC Group Felicitates Okotete At 40 – Lifestyle Nigeria

A leading support group of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC Alliance Network for Democracy has congratulated Hon Stella Okotete on the occasion of her 40th birthday anniversary.

In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday by the national coordinator of the group, Dr. Ozurumba Ekwesiocha, the group said Hon. Okotete is a young amazon who has distinguished herself in several fields of human endeavors.

At the local government level, Hon. Okotete was once elected Councillor in Ughelli-North Local Government Area of Delta State between 2008  and 2011.

At the state level, she was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Governor of Delta State on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) now known as (SDG) between 2011 and 2015.

At the Federal level, she was once the National Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC).

She was also nominated into the 2023 Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Transition/Inauguration Committee to head the Secretariat, Planning and Monitoring Committee.

As the Executive Director in charge of Business Development at the Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM-Bank) before her ministerial nomination in 2023 by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Hon. Okotete has promoted the application of local contents in ways and manners which have turned many manufacturers into exporters.

In all the positions she has held so far, Hon. Okotete has never been found wanting in the discharge of her official duties as she had always maintained decorum, self-respect, transparency and accountability both in her private and public conducts.

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