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National Art Theatre remodeling require another $100m – Emefiele

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L-R: Minister of Sports, Youth and Development, Sunday Dare; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, during the inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation of the National Theatre Complex in Lagos on Saturday
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National Art Theatre remodeling require another $100m – Emefiele

With about $100 million already committed in the redevelopment of the National Theatre Lagos, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, has said that the project will still require another $100 million from the Bankers Committee and the CBN.

Emefiele said this in Lagos on Saturday when he led members of the Bankers’ Committee on inspection of the project. Also joined in the inspection was the Lagos State Governor State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his counterpart at the Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare.

He said the remodeled national heritage would be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in November, during which the foundation-laying ceremony of the four adjoining verticals – music, movie, information technology and fashion hubs – would be done.

Emefiele said: “What we are doing is a total rejuvenation of Lagos State by redeveloping the masterpiece right in the centre of Lagos and linking it with the rail.

“This project cost the Bankers’ Committee, by our last estimate, about $100m. So, I must say that $100m or more will be invested in the project”.

Mr Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, has said that the National Arts Theatre, under redevelopment, has started attracting foreign investors’ interest, especially from the United States.

Emefiele, assured that the investment would not go down the drain as every kobo spent in putting life into the 44-year-old complex would be recouped.

He disclosed that the remodeled national heritage, has started attracting foreign investors’ interest, especially from the United States.

“It is a business where the money would be realised. I am happy that foreign investors are already showing interest, we have received inquiries even from the United States from investors who are not only interested in the National Arts Theatre but also the creative industry that we are developing,” Emefiele said.

On his part, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu, appreciated the Bankers’ Committee for their commitment to the project and expressed confidence that the new theatre would increase Nigeria’s competitiveness in the international creative industry.

Sanwo-olu, said the Hip-hop Award being hosted in Atlanta, the United States, in July was taken outside the country “because there is no place like the National Arts Theatre.

“That will be the last time that that will happen. Subsequently, we will bring Americans back to the new National Arts Theatre.

“Now you can see that there is a lot of restoration, there are a lot of new things that are coming in and I can assure you that it will be comparable to any facility of its kind anywhere in the world,” Sanwo-olu stressed.

The Governor, further said he is is optimistic that this in itself can further help Nigeria to deepen its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and continue to de-emphasise oil as the only source of revenue.

“We can begin to export all of the talents that will be coming out of this place to the rest of Africa and the world,” Sanwo-olu stated.

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Breaking: DSS arrests Doyin Okupe at Lagos airport

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The immediate past Director-General of the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe, has reportedly been arrested by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

It was gathered that Okupe was arrested at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State, while on his way to London, the United Kingdom.

According to one of Okupe’s lawyers, Tolu Babaleye who spoke on the subject matter, on Thursday, said the DSS asked him to provide court processes where he paid the fine option following his money laundering conviction by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

When contacted on the report of Okupe’s arrest, Dr Peter Afunanya, DSS Public Relations Officer confirmed that the former Director-General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council was intercepted by the DSS at Terminal 1 of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

“Doyin Okupe was intercepted by the DSS at Terminal 1 of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos this morning at the instance of the EFCC.

“He has long been handed over to the Commisson which requested for the action. “Okupe was billed to fly to London via Virgin Atlantic” He said.

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WE ARE AWARE OF PLANS TO SMEAR THE NAME OF OUR DG AND KEY OFFICIALS OF THE SERVICE – DSS SAYS.

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The Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday said the service has uncovered plans by some politicians and disgruntled elements within and outside the government to sponsor smear campaigns against the DGSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi and his key officials over the Service’s uncompromising stance on some critical governance and policy issues.

Public Relations Officer of the service, Peter Afunanya in a statement says, those behind the plot have engaged Civil Society and Non-Governmental Organisations to not only sustain but stage further rallies, road-shows and press conferences and use the occasions to discredit Bichi.

The statement further added that sections of the media have been briefed to implement the strategy through sponsored articles, commentaries and features to malign the DG, his family and select officials of the Service.

” The Service is monitoring developments and will allow the plotters to either exhaust themselves or rescind the plan of action. Otherwise, no amount of intimidation, harassment and blackmail will deter it from discharging its duties. However, it would not idly watch a group of dissatisfied gang to undermine the Service and its highly dedicated Leadership and Management.” Afunanya stated.

The DSS, therefore, wishes to inform the public to be wary of these tendencies and ignore the antics of dark forces out to impugn the character of the DG. It restates its unalloyed support to the President on his resolve to continue to confront head-on, threats to national security as well as create the enabling environment necessary for the 2023 general elections to hold.

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INSECURITY: Those Fighting Me in Imo State Knows We Have Done Well – Hope Uzodinma

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Imo state governor Hope Uzodinma says those fighting him in his home state knows he has done well but only llookin for whom to blame as a way of de-marketing him.

Briefing State House Correspondents After a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja,
The former senator said no one has accused him or his administration of corruption

In his words, ” Those who are fighting me in my state are not saying we’re not working, they are not saying we are not developing the place, they are not accusing us of corruption. All they are saying is that they are contriving, instigating insecurity out of desperation, and then blaming the security on my government.”

“I’ve seen at the sub national that critical security measures are managed and controlled by the federal government. So I cannot be blamed for insecurity, because you cannot single out imo state. National security is about the 36 states of the Federation and FCT inclusive.

“So, I think we’ve done so well. And I’m happy by the grace of God, as soon as we’re able to bring the security to naught, we’ll have an environment that we will all celebrate and be happy with.

“During this season, we had relative peace in imo state, and Christmas is a very critical period for us and the new year is also very critical. And apart from a few scratches in the hinterland we are on top of the security situation now in Imo state.”

Speaking on his mission to the seat of Power, Uzodinma said he had come to see President Buhari in order to appeal to him to approve technology deployment to enable the region deal effectively with the rising cases of insecurity and other violent Crimes which the President has agreed to.

According to him, ” with the president’s approval, advanced surveillance equipment will soon be delivered to the region that will enhance the fight against insecurity without collateral damage.”

He said he was also at the Presidential Villa to thanked the president for what he has done for the region including the recent conversion of the Federal Medical Center Owerri to a university teaching hospital for the Federal University of Technology, and the approval that converted Alvan Ikoku College of Education to a federal college of education.

“The approval to convert Federal Medical Center Owerri to a university teaching hospital for the Federal University of Technology, the approval that converted Alvan Ikoku College of Education to a federal college of education amongst other things is something to be proud of in the region.

” Only two weeks ago, Igbos that came home from Lagos and outside South East enjoyed the benefit of the second Niger Bridge something that is worthy of of commendation.

“I also appealed to him for further support, to support us with some technological deployments, we have planned to be able to do an advanced kind of security control in the South East. And he has also given his approval to that.

“And any moment from now, we’ll be getting some surveillance equipment and some modern technologies that will help us manage security so that we can fight crime with little or no collateral damage to the environment.”

On assurance for Imo State in the New Year, he stated: “Well, my people are enthusiastic and committed Nigerians and we believe in the unity of the country. And we believe that for us to grow as a people, we need the support and cooperation of federal government, and that I’ve always stood for. So, going forward, I know 2023 will be better than 2022. And the level of development, we witnessed from 2020 to 2022 will be improved upon.

“ my people have seen a lot of thing. If you go to South East, in imo State for instance, we got approval of Mr. President, that has now enabling the government imo partnering with the Nigerian navy to dredge oguta river to orashi River to the sea, that is opening up that maritime route, then if there is a naval base, that we will now manage and control, pipelines vandalism, crude oil theft, and all forms of criminality that besieged that area for a very long time. And the crime is has gone down tremendously, since the Navel base was established.

“So I think we have hope for a better Nigeria. The road that we just completed that was commissioned by Mr president, the Owerri to orlu, dualised expressway, Mr President has approved that imo state government be refunded.

“The good news is every day I come to Mr president, one positive approval or the other. So our people are happy, we’re committed, we’re happy, we have never had it so good. that is why I continue to tell you, that the party to beat in my state is APC” He concluded .

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