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19 Months to Go, Buhari Urges Ministers to Pace Up on Goals Directs SGF to convene quarterly meetings to review govt's priority areas Okonjo-Iweala: Cost of Nigeria’s trade too high to attract investments

Deji Elumoye in Abuja With just 19 months and two weeks to finishing his two terms

of eight years tenure, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, directed ministers and permanent secretaries to redouble their efforts

and work in synergy towards total delivery of his administration’s set target to improve the livelihood of all Nigerians.

The president, who gave the charge at Abuja, during his closing remarks at the end of a two-day Mid-term Ministerial performance

review retreat, also instructed the ministers to, “ramp up implementation” of their mandates along the nine priority areas of his

administration. This is just as the DirectorContinued on page 48

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Mohammed: Nigeria in Dire Need of National Unity Government

Declares no single party or winning candidate can rule the old way Seeks dialogue, canvasses politics of accommodation Says insecurity bleeding Nigeria to death Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja Taking a rather long and hard look

at the current state of play as the nation journeys through the 2023 general election, the Bauchi State

Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, yesterday, said it was time for a government of national unity in

the country. Mohammed, who declared that no single party or winning

candidate could rule the old way again, however, said to make this happen, the nation needed

to dialogue as well as embrace the politics of accommodation as Continued on page 48

With e-Transmission, Direct Primaries, Senate Gives Power Back to the People Excitement over electronic transmission, many hail direct primaries as PDP kicks Deji Elumoye, Chuks Okocha, Juliet Akoje in Abuja and Blessing Ibunge in Port Harcourt The Senate, yesterday, yielded to intense public pressure to reverse its earlier decision to subject electronic transfer of results to the discretion of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the sole right to the innovation. There was palpable excitement as many celebrated the Senate action as reassuring. Also, despite appeals from different quarters, the upper chamber of the National Assembly, approved direct primaries for aspirants seeking election in all the registered political parties in the country. By these decisions, however, the INEC has not only been empowered to electronically transmit election Continued on page 48

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