Aso Villa Reads for 7/10/2021

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Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), has said the Federal Government would not relent to keep its promise on the welfare of troops on the frontline. According to him, the troops need adequate welfare for high morale. This was contained in a statement by his Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadri, on Wednesday. [Punch]

The federal government has reassured Nigerians of its commitment to make the country self-sufficient in food production, employment and wealth creation.The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu gave the assurance. He said that, the move will be achievable through promotion of all-season farming via irrigation. Adamu added that, “We have also taken a giant stride towards attaining food sufficiency and security.[This Day]

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the 2022 Appropriation Bill for an aggregate expenditure of N16.39 trillion. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, made this disclosure while briefing State House Correspondents.[Sun News]

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo will on Thursday 7th of October inaugurate the Board and Management of the newly constituted executive of the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN). A statement signed by the National Secretary of (NISCN), Momoh Ogubere said that part of the agenda for the inauguration include the NEC meeting of the organization after inauguration. Some members of the new executive of the council include Dr Festus Daniel, the National President, Momoh James Ogubere, National Secretary, CSP Ebere Amaraizu, police representative in the council, Godfrey Otoaye, CEO Agrichainx, Global Blockchain Innovative, member and Joe Oduah, CEO RCL Safety Center member, among others.[Sun News]

Federal Government has provided research funding opportunities to four of its agencies to champion the effort for local production of pharmaceuticals. The research funds which are provided by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) will assist the agencies to carry out in-depth research that would boost local production of pharmaceuticals. TetFund Executive Secretary Prof Suleiman Bogoro, who disclosed the information on Tuesday during a virtual meeting on Institutionalisation of Research and Development in Nigeria’s pharmaceutical sub-sector thematic group, added that the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) will lead in the research exercise. [Sun News]

President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the 2022 budget to the National Assembly for approval. Buhari arrived at the National Assembly Complex in the company of governors, ministers, and heads of Federal Government agencies. He noted that the 2022 Appropriation bill is tagged a “Budget of Economic Growth and Sustainability.” It is estimated at ₦16.39trillion. The president stated that the budget was designed “to build on the achievements of previous budgets and to deliver on our goals and aspirations as will be reflected in our soon-to-be-launched National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025.”[Guardian]

To meet the nation’s cooking-energy need, the Federal Government has concluded plans to commence the procurement and distribution of 774,000 cooking gas cylinders with burners to women in rural areas. The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen disclosed this at the Clean Cooking Forum in Abuja, explaining that each local government area would get 1000 gas cylinders as part of plans to promote clean cooking. Tallen also added that the overall objective of the project is to advocate, sensitise and create awareness on the use and benefits of alternate fuel wood/clean cookstoves for women to improve the health and livelihoods of women.[Guardian]

The Bank of Industry (BOI) has become an official signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking — a single framework for a sustainable banking industry developed through a partnership between banks worldwide and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The Principles are the leading framework for ensuring that banks’ strategy and practice align with the vision society has set out for its future in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. [Guardian]