Nigeria now Africa’s largest economy, Boko Haram kills 17 people in Yobe mosque & other important news you should know today

by Oge Okonkwo


Nigeria now largest economy in Africa, says Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa and the 26th largest economy in the World.

This information was disclosed at a press briefing where the results of the rebasing exercise of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was unveiled on Sunday in Abuja.

Speaking on the latest development, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala stated that with the recent exercise, “Nigeria’s estimated GDP in 2013 is N80.2 trillion or approximately $509.9 billion.”

As a result, Nigeria she said “has moved to be the largest economy by GDP size in Africa and has moved to be the 26th largest economy in the world, it notched 10 points up. On a per capita basis, Nigeria is number 121 in the world so we have the total GDP size of $2,688 per capita now and moved up from 135.” Read more…..
Boko Haram sect attacks Yobe mosque, kill 17
Another violent attack was recorded in Yobe state, as gunmen suspected to be of Boko Haram sect in 15 Hilux vehicles and motorcycles attacked a mosque in Buni/Gari town with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs killed 17 people and torching of several houses in the the early hours of Saturday.

Buni/Gari is 60 kilometres south of Damaturu, the state capital; and six kolimetres south of the Federal Government College, Buni/Yadi, where about 29 students were slain last month. Read more….

I will continuet to miss my late deputy -Fayemi

Gov Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Sunday said that the vacuum left by his late deputy, Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka, had remained unfilled.

Fayemi made the remark at the first year remembrance service held in memory of the former state deputy governor at the Cathedral Church of Emmanuel, Ado-Ekiti.

He said that he and the entire state would continue to miss the selfless services as well as robust contributions she used to render while alive. Read more….

INEC declares Ondo bye-election inconclusive

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared the Ilaje/Ese Odo Federal Constituency bye-election inconclusive.

Babatunde Adeyemi, Returning Officer for the election, announced this on today at Igbokoda, Ese-Odo Local Government Area.

The results, as compiled by INEC, showed Kolade Akinjo of the Labour Party polled 23, 926 votes. Read more….

Senate to pass Bill on sexual violence, harassment

Senator Helen Esuene, Chairman, Senate Committee on Women Affairs and Youths Matters, has said a bill on sexual violence and harassment against women would soon be passed by the Senate.

Esuene, representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, stated this at the Inauguration of the National Executive Council of Ibom Consolidated Assembly (ICA), in Uyo, Akwa Ibom. Read more

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