President Buhari departs for Mali; first foreign trip since the pandemic | 5 Things That Should Matter Today

President Muhammadu Buhari is to embark on a one-day visit to Bamako, the Republic of Mali on Thursday for a peace mission.

Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed that the trip came after a briefing by the ECOWAS Special Envoy to Mali, former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Buhari and other ECOWAS leaders led by the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the sub-regional organisation, President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger Republic are to meet in Mali to engender further consultations towards finding a political solution to the crisis in the country.

The visit to Mali is slated to be the first foreign trip the President will be going on since the beginning of the global pandemic.

Buhari approves establishment of Nigerian Youth Investment Fund

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, approved the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) amounting to N75 billion for three years on.

The Nigeria Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) is to geared to encourage innovative ideas, skills and talents of the Nigerian Youth between ages of 18 and 35 and to provide access to the funds, finances, business management skills necessary for a sustainable enterprise.

 “Nigeria can make one quantum leap to dramatically increase its GDP and per capita realities. This can only happen if the country begins to invest in the youth through the establishment of a specialized fund that provides accommodating pathways to accessing credit, grants and needed funds for entrepreneurship,” Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare said in a statement. 

Eyitayo Jegede emerges PDP Governorship Candidate for Ondo

Former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General in Ondo, Eyitayo Jegede, has emerged candidate of the opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the October 10 State Governorship election.

At the end of primary election which held at The Dome in the state capital, Jegede polled 888 votes to defeat his closest rivals, incumbent Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who garnered 657 votes and a former National Vice Chairman of the party, Eddy Olafeso, who came a distant third with 175 votes. Other aspirants include Bode Ayorinde, who scored 95 votes, Banji Okunomo, with 90 votes, Boluwaji Kunlere, who polled 33 votes; Olusola Ebiseni, 29 votes and Godday Erewa with 14 votes.

The PDP candidate is touted as the main challenger to incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, who emerged candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, ahead of the Governorship poll on October 10.

Governor Kayode Fayemi tests positive for coronavirus

Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor who announced the new development on Wednesday via his Twitter handle; added that he would be handing over duties to his deputy, Adebisi Egbeyemi.

“I took my third Covid-19 test yesterday, and it came back positive. I’m generally ok, and I’m already self-isolating at home and receiving the best of care from my medical team. I’m delegating critical tasks to my deputy but will continue routine duty from home,” the governor declared.

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