Aso Villa Reads for 08/12/2021

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The President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that Nigeria will collaborate with the Republic of Belarus for the mutual benefit of both countries, especially in Agriculture. Buhari was speaking on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience Gen. Victor Sheiman, Special Envoy of President Alexandar Lukashenko of Belarus. After listening to the presentation of the visitor, the President said, “I’m impressed with the progress you have made as a country. We can benefit a lot from your experiences.[Punch]

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Maryam Katagum, has insisted that the Nigerian economy had now been fully diversified from oil and gas with remarkable advances into sectors including ICT, creative industry, services and agriculture under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister also commended the “highly successful Arise Fashion Show 2021,” as part of Dubai Expo’s Nigeria National Day events, which took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. [This Day]

Bank of Industry (BoI) has disbursed N19.7 billion to over 3,000 enterprises in the South West region in the past three years from its own funds. Also, the managing director of BoI who was represented by the executive director, Corporate Services, Jonathan Tobin said, through the bank’s matching fund partnership with Ekiti state, which was signed in March 2010 with a total fund size of N200 million, it has been able to create loans worth N167 million with thousands of direct and indirect jobs created in the process. [Leadership]

The Federal Government says the implementation of the National livestock transformation Plan (NLTP), will close the dairy importation gaps and address other challenges to livestock development in Nigeria. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, said this at a virtual meeting on Tuesday, with Commissioners of Agriculture across the 36 states of the federation. The minister, represented by Mrs. Winnie Lai-Solarin, the Director, Animal Husbandry Services Department in the Ministry, said that the L-PRES program,was a project to support the actualization of the NLTP.[Sun News]

The Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board (NCMDB) and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), have spent over N1.2 billion in intervention projects at the Maritime University of Nigeria (MUN) at Okerenkoko in Delta State. Speaking with newsmen at the ongoing Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria, (CIOTA) Conference in Abuja, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Engr. Emmanuel Adigio said the infrastructure and other relevant projects in the university are improving through intervention. [Sun News]

Acting Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, has said that deliberate measures and investments are being undertaken by the Authority to create a fully digital ecosystem in all the country’s port locations by 2025. Giving a presentation on his organisation’s “Digitalisation Roadmap and Current Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Implementation Status” at the 41st Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) Annual Council Meeting and 16th Round-table Conference of Managing Directors of PMAWCA, in Douala — Cameroon, Bello-Koko, informed the delegates that a lot of work has gone into the smart port transformation agenda of the Authority, aimed at the enthronement of paperless, time saving and cost efficient port operations. [Sun News]

THE Federal Government has opened fresh talks with leading businessmen and women in Greece on Direct Foreign Investment (DFI) in the transport and allied sectors of the economy. Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, stated this while on a visit with a team of chief executives of parastatals under his Ministry to the 2021 Greek-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce & Technology (GNCCT) and Investment Summit, held in Athens. Amaechi said that the meeting called for increased collaboration between Greece and Nigerian businesses, including relaxation of travel and trade restrictions. [Vanguard]

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Afreximbank for the construction of $30million of 500-bed African Medical Center of Excellence (AMCE) in Abuja. Buhari said a stronger partnership with the private sector will help in improving health facilities and access in the country as the nation needs a healthy population to prosper. Speaking at the virtual groundbreaking ceremony of the African Medical Centre of Excellence, a landmark hospital project that will significantly transform the healthcare sector in the West African sub-region, the president said the challenges faced in the health sector require collective will, partnership and more resources, especially in tackling brain drain.[Tribune]