Aso Villa Reads for 19/11/18

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Peoples Daily reports that “the N-Power programme of the Buhari-led administration will be expanded to accommodate 1 million beneficiaries in the next phase, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says. Mr. Osinbajo was quoted as saying this in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Office of the Vice-President, Laolu Akande, in Abuja on Tuesday. Mr Akande quoted Mr Osinbajo as having made the disclosure when he responded to questions at a town hall meeting in Abuja. The vice-president said that N-Power was borne out of the growing need for government direct intervention in job creation. “At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase, we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000. In all, we will be employing up to a million; and that will be the largest post-tertiary job programme in entire Africa. The reason why we have done this is because of the employment problems that we have, we may not be able to engage everybody but at least, the government must give some direct provision of jobs, “Mr Osinbajo said. He further explained that the government could not pay more than the N30, 000 currently to beneficiaries and also fix all the unemployment issues.”

Leadership reports that “the partial commercialization of four River Basin Development Authorities (RBDAs) in the country namely; Niger-Delta, Sokoto-Rima, Ogun-Osun and Upper Niger has begun, Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex Okoh has disclosed. Speaking at the kick-off meeting for the commencement of Transaction Advisory services by Agri-Africa Consultant A&E Law and Partnership Consortium for the Partial commercialization of the four RBDAs, the Director General expressed delight at the takeoff of the project. In a statement that was issued by the Bureau on Friday, Okoh said the main objective of the advisory service is to restructure and reposition the RBDAs for partial commercialisation for optimum performance. He said that the kick-off meeting was to formally introduce the advisers to the Minister and other key stakeholders.”

“Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisaton (UNIDO), Li Young, will embark on a historic signing of the $60 million UNIDO Nigeria new Country programme (CP) for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (2018–2022) with the Federal Government on Monday. The Official signing of the new Country programme by the UNIDO’s director general is part of historic visit to Nigeria, which commences on Monday and ends on Tuesday. The new country programme is the second in the series of UNIDO’s support to the government of Nigeria. The focus of the programme is enhancing Nigeria’s drive toward Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) and is aligned to the priorities of the Federal Government as outlined in the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 (NV 20:2020), Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) and the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP)”. Business Day (Monday, November 19, 2018 page 44) reported this.

Business Day (Monday, November 19, 2018 page 6) reported that “the Nigeria Communications commission (NCC) has reaffirmed commitment of ensuring consumers’ empowerment through provision of necessary information and education. It says, through empowerment and education, telecoms consumers will be fortified with necessary tools to be protected from market exploitation and make rational and informed decision when making choices of services. Sunday Dare, exercise commission (Stakeholders Management) of NCC stated this at the 100th edition of consumer Outreach Programme (COP), held at Ogbomosho, Oyo state.”

Daily Trust reports that “the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has launched four sets of standards to improve the workforce in Nigeria. Speaking at the launch last weekend at the annual national conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) in Abuja, the Director General of SON, Osita Anthony Aboloma, said the new sets of standards being introduced in Nigeria for the first time would aid in the standardisation of skills being used in Nigeria and the ones exported.” According to the SON boss, “Nigeria needed to standardise its human resources for competiveness in the global community. He said the standards would ensure only quality workers were recruited in organisations and that the recruitment process must be handled by only professionals to avoid sad incidents like the botched Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment where some people died. The standards launched included Vocabulary in Human Resource Management (ISO 30400:2016), Guidelines on Recruitment in Human Resource Management (ISO 30405:2016), Guidelines in Governance in Resource Management (ISO 30408:2016) and Workforce Planning in Human Resource Management (ISO 30409:2016).”

“The Federal Government has approved N60 billion in support of its rice subsidy programme aimed at bringing down the price of the commodity across the country. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh stated this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of the National Food Security Council.” According to Daily Trust, “the meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday. He disclosed that a committee would be constituted by the ministry of agriculture in collaboration with ministry of finance for smooth implementation of the rice subsidy programme. “There is a subsidy programme coming up. Government has approved some money, N60 billion to support the rice industry to bring down prices. But we are going to handle it differently. “We don’t want to get into petroleum subsidy problem, so a committee is looking at it with the ministry of finance. “We think that it is better for us to loan money to the millers, farmers and distributors at a very low interest rate, so that the capital doesn’t disappear, and if they have cheaper credit to do their business that should impact on the price of rice in the market. “Every country does it for food, we will use a different method to do it and it will be cheap credit to the farmers, millers and the marketers, not outright cash subsidy for their product,’’ he said.”



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