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Daily Trust Newspaper Headlines (Sunday, 14 March, 2021 Edition)

WTO DG, Okonjo-Iweala Pays Working Visit To Nigeria

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WTO’s Okonjo-Iweala On 4-Day Visit To Nigeria

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General, World Trade Organisation (WTO), has arrived in Nigeria on a 4-day official visit aimed at enhancing trade and improving the Nigerian economy.

Okonjo-Iweala, who assumed duty on March 1, 2021, as the new Director-General of the WTO, is also in Nigeria to express appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and hold talks on how to stimulate economic activities.

Speaking to newsmen, Okonjo-Iweala said the objective of her visit is to see how the WTO could better assist Nigeria and its entrepreneurs in improving the economy. On Nigeria’s share of trade in Africa, she expressed optimism that Nigeria could use the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to boost trade and investment.

Telcos Stop USSD Services To Banks Over N42b Debt

Telecom operators in Nigeria on Friday announced that they will stop the use of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) by banks and other financial institutions in the country by Monday.

This is due to an unresolved dispute over a N42 billion debt allegedly owed the telcos.

The Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) the umbrella body of Licensed Telecommunications Service Providers (Network Operators, Infrastructure Companies and Value Added Services Providers) which announced the stoppage in a statement on Friday said the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami gave them the permission to withdraw their services from the banks.

NNPC: No Need For Panic Buying.. We’ve Not Increased Price Of Petrol

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has not increased the Ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the Corporation, Dr Kennie Obateru, disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday. Obateru urged Nigerians and motorists not to engage in panic buying of the products as the corporation had no plans to increase its ex-depot price.

“NNPC stands by that statement that we issued on March 1 that we are not increasing the Ex-depot price in the month of March and that is what it is. There is no need for panicking and I can tell you from our own point of view that we will not increase the pump price of petrol and we are still standing by that March 1 decision. We have sufficiency of product in the country and there is really no need for the public to panic. Like I have stated, the ex-depot price for the NNPC is still at it is, it has not increase and it will not increase in this month of March,’’ he said.

15 Soldiers Killed In Boko Haram Ambush In Borno

Islamic State-aligned jihadists ambushed a military convoy, killing 15 soldiers and four militia fighters in Borno, security sources said Saturday.

The convoy came under heavy attack from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters near Gudumbali in the Lake Chad region on Thursday.

The attack was the latest in a jihadist conflict which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in northeast Nigeria since it began more than a decade ago.

El-Rufai: How Informants Aided Bandits Attack On Kaduna College

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said informants must have alerted the bandits who invaded the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, in Igabi Local Government Area of the State.

The state government later said 16 male students and 23 females were abducted from the school.

Speaking on Channels Television on Friday, el-Rufai said the government got intelligence that bandits were planning to attack a secondary school close to the forestry college. He said security operatives were alerted immediately and they moved to the school. The governor said some informants must have alerted the bandits that the secondary school was protected by the military and that could have informed their decision to target the college.

Southeast Governors To Set Up Regional Security – Uzodinma

Governors of the five southeastern states are to meet in Owerri to consider the modalities of setting up a security outfit for the region, says Imo governor Hope Uzodinma.

The governors had been working to set up the Eastern Security Network, but the name was hijacked by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), who used the outfit to commit a lot of mayhem, he said.

He spoke at a meeting with correspondents in Owerri.

Farmer/Herder Crisis: Tinubu Asks Buhari To Convene Stakeholders’ Meeting

A former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to convene an emergency meeting of stakeholders to discuss and nip in the bud the herder/farmer crisis in the country.

The crisis between farmers and herders has claimed many innocent lives, destroyed property and livelihoods of many Nigerians and aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension in the country.

Tinubu in a statement on Saturday suggested that state governors, senior security officials, religious and traditional rulers, as well as representatives of herders and farmers should be invited to the meeting.

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