Every day, we bring you the best stories that the media is reporting about the Government of Nigeria

According to Business Day (Thursday 22 2018, page 2), “the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC is to review the progress made on the collection of outstanding Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and new modalities for a more efficient administration of the collection process. INEC is also considering the method of recruitment and training of election Adhoc Staff and reviewing the framework for voting by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS). Mahmud Yakubu, INEC Chairman stated this Wednesday while peaking at a meeting with Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs at the Commission’s Headquarters. He said the commission remains committed to monitoring the campaigns pursuant to its statutory mandate and to ensure compliance with the extant laws and regulations. According to him, INEC will also explore additional assisting measures in support of Persons with Disabilities (PWDS) in the electoral process. Yakubu explained that INEC management was examining additional ways to safeguard the sanctity of the ballot against the menace of votes buying at polling units, appraising issues relating to electoral logistics and facilities as well as preparations for the general elections.”

“In a bid to diversify its energy sources and optimize other assets for power production, Nigeria is targeting 30 per cent of its energy needs from renewables by 2030. Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, made the assertion in a keynote address at the 2018 pre-conference workshop of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) in Lagos on Monday. Fashola said that the current component of grid power consists mainly of gas-fired power (85%) and hydropower (15%), there was the need to produce an energy mix that targets a 30 per cent component of renewable energy out of the gross energy produced by 2030. “Let me be clear and unequivocal by saying upfront that our commitment as a nation and government to pursue renewable and low carbon energy at low cost is clear, firm and unshaking. But this is not all. It is a commitment driven by necessity, contract and policy,” he said. Business Day (Thursday 22 2018, page 6) reported this.

“Insurance regulator, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), has released the guidelines for State Insurance Producer licensing (SIP) and operations, with focus on exploring the different compulsory insurances. NAICOM in a guidelines issued on Monday, said, “The National Insurance Commission pursuant to the powers conferred on it by the provisions of Section 49(1) of National Insurance commission Act 1997 hereby issue the following guidelines for licensing and operations of an insurance agency to be known as State Insurance Producer. “The State Insurance Producer shall enter into a memorandum of understanding as may be approved by the commission; with approved insurance companies established in its jurisdiction for the purpose of placement and management of insurance business.” Business Day (Thursday 22 2018, page 6) reported that “according to the Commission, a SIP shall maintain a separate insurance unit or department for proper monitoring of the activities of the agency with the insurance Officer reporting directly to the CEO of the licensed agency.”

Business Day (Thursday 22 2018, page 13) reported that “the Federal Road Safety Corps said on Tuesday. The Zone 5 Commander, FRSC, Assistant Corps Marshall Kehinde Adeleye, who gave the warning in Benin, Edo State capital, added that crashed vehicles during the festive period would be impounded till January 15, 2019. Adeleye made the disclosure during the inauguration of “ember months campaign” tagged, “Responsible drinking,” in collaboration with Guinness Nigeria Plc. He said, “We had instructions from our headquarters in Abuja that any driver we arrest, whether keke or okada, car or bus or truck driver in these ember period will not be released until after January 15, 2019. In addition, we will have mobile courts in virtually all routes. If mobile courts are in session and any driver is found culpable of causing road crashes, he or she will be arrested and will remain in the prison custody till next year January.”

“Edo State Government will on Tuesday, November 27, host President Muhammadu Buhari, who will commission the Edo-Azura Power Plant and grace the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Annual Conference, which is billed to hold in Benin City, the state capital. In a statement, Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, said that preparations are in top gear to give the president a grand reception. President Buhari with other World Leaders including Russian Vladmir Puttin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, UN Secretary General Anthonio Guterres amongst others as he participates at the Opening Ceremony of Paris Peace Forum at the Grande Halle de la Villette Paris on 11th Nov 2018. According to him, “We are delighted that the President will be in the state for the Chief of Army Staff Conference, the commissioning of the Edo-Azura Power Plant and other engagements in Benin City, the Edo State capital. Preparations are in top gear to give the president a befitting welcome.” According to Vanguard reported this.

“The federal government says it is executing 337 projects in the Niger Delta region with a whopping N2.71 trillion. Government unveiled what it calls “Strategic Implementation Work Plan (SWIP)”to drive the new vision. Officials from the presidency 9office of the VP), the new vision had as focus partnership for regional development and nation building, the key being to get the communities support initiatives that would boost security and attract investment back. The Niger Delta New Vision (NNNV) group by the Senior Special Adviser (SSA), Edohor Iyamu reeled out the projects and urged civil society groups to help get the buy-in of the communities.” Business Day (Thursday 22 2018, page 31) reported that “he listed benefits so far; “Maritime University on Okerekeko in Delta State, which started in March has admitted about 380 freshmen. Teaching has started. Modular refineries, up to three so far, are to be completed by the end of March 2019. They are in Delta (Kwale ) with initial 5000 barrels to upgrade to 10,000. Niger Delta Exploration and Production Company in River State producing 1000 barrels per day of diesel, soon to be 5000bpd, to be commissioned by march 2019; Welter Smith Modular Refinery at Imo State; Okeonah in Akwa Ibom State. There is the Ogoni Clean Up which he said may actually begin end of November 2018.”

“At the instance of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC has indicated interest in conducting due diligence on any entity that shows interest in the purchase of government assets going forward. This is to prevent corrupt elements from using the privatisation process as a means of laundering illegally acquired funds, according to Ibrahim Magu, Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), who indicated the new plan. “We will be willing to support you against any threat that will discourage investors from coming into the country and in order to achieve this; I think we need to establish a common desk for a seamless synergy. Once again I seize this opportunity to thank the BPE and I am happy to tell you that the baby you nurtured has now outgrown its parents as the EFCC today can boost of a befitting Head Office complex which was made possible by our determination and support from the current administration,” Magu said.” This is according to Business Day (Thursday 22 2018, page 35).

Vanguard reports that “the N-Power employment and training scheme of the federal government provides a technology platform to boost education, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has stated. Osinbajo stated this at the University of Ibadan where represented President Muhammadu Buhari as the Visitor to the institution, on the occasion of the University’s 2018 Convocation and 70th Foundation Day Ceremony. In a statement by Laolu Akande, media aide to the vice president, Osinbajo said the scheme, being technology-driven, offers a technology platform to train teachers quickly and efficiently, aside from the traditional training institutes. He stated: “N-Power, our employment and skills training programme, now employs 500,000 young men and women who were hired using a technology platform developed by young Nigerians. We have had the collaboration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Oracle Academy, Microsoft, Cisco Academy and IBM. How do we train teachers quickly and efficiently, aside from traditional teacher training institutes which must be refitted to deal with new technology-driven pedagogy? We must use technology platforms to train. We have had a few eye openers in this regard when we launched our N-Power programme.”