Aso Villa Reads for 15/11/2021

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The Federal Government has completed 11,000 housing units across the country, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said on Sunday. Fashola disclosed this in an interview televised on Arise TV, which was monitored in Abuja. He said, “We have pilot housing projects in 34 states. We are now in some phases. Phases two and three have a total of over 5,000 housing units.[Punch]

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said the federal government will engage venture capitalists, stakeholders and entrepreneurs to boost innovations in the country. This is contained in a statement by Josephine Ademu, Head, Press and Public Relations of the ministry. “As a nation, we must change our orientation and pay more attention to science for rapid development of our country. Onu said this at the commemoration of the 2021 World Science Day for Peace and Development in Lagos on Saturday.[Punch]

At Risk Children Programme, on Saturday graduated 500 facilitators in Gombe to help reduce the increasing rate of out school children. The ARC-P is an initiative of the Federal Government, geared towards improving the living conditions of street hawkers, orphans, people living with disability, survivors of child marriage, drug or substance abuse and internally displaced persons. Speaking during the ceremony, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Maryam Uwais, urged the facilitators to help the children beyond acquisition of knowledge, adding that they were expected to provide mentorship.[Punch]

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has disclosed that the country has recorded massive reduction of piracy attacks in the Nigerian waters. Special Assistant to the NIMASA boss on Communication Strategies, Ubong Essien, who revealed this, and explained that the low piracy attacks was achieved following the unveiling of the Deep Blue Project, a security architecture in the waters. [This Day]

The Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, has said that the federal government is committed to assisting entrepreneurs from the Aba business cluster to further develop and standardise their products to meet national and international markets requirements. Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on the 2021 Made-in-Aba Trade Fair, Radda said the exhibition had become an important annual feature in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) business promotion calendar in the country. [This Day]

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has unveiled two key documents to strengthen the telecommunications sector and enhance the nation’s drive to boost its digital economy in 2022. According to a statement issued by the NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, this development emerged at the weekend during a three-day 2021 Board and Management Retreat (BMR) organised by the commission.[Leadership]

The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has initiated an entrepreneurship and empowerment programme for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to carry out their national service with AMCON. The scheme, which is tagged the “Managing Director’s annual NYSC entrepreneurship competition”, is a scheme introduced by AMCON to encourage the corps members to come up with business plans as entrepreneurs and contest among themselves.[Tribune]