Aso Villa Reads for Friday, Apr. 23, 2021

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

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, on Thursday said his ministry would soon come up with a policy that would mandate all Federal Government-owned health institutions in the country procure and use only syringes and needles manufactured in Nigeria. Ehanire said this when he appeared before a public hearing jointly organised by the Senate Committee on Health and that of Industry, Trade and Investment.[Punch]

Nigeria’s gas production has received a boost of 1.2 trillion cubic feet following the signing of a Gas Development Agreement (GDA) between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO). Group general manager, group public affairs division of the NNPC, Kennie Obateru, who disclosed this on Thursday, said the gas development and commercialisation programme of the NNPC would see the execution of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143 Gas Development Agreement (GDA), adding that the gas from the project would be processed at the Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Limited (AHL) 125million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas per day gas plant located in Kwale, Delta State. [Business Day]

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Sterling Exploration and Energy Production Company (SEEPCO) have signed an agreement for the development and commercialisation of gas from the Oil Mining Lease, OML 143. The agreement is expected to sustain the reduction of gas flaring in the country. Speaking at the signing ceremony, NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, said the deal was a great milestone, as well as testament to corporation’s commitment to facilitating the nation’s transformation into a gas-powered economy. [Orient]

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), has designated the Edo Dry Port, otherwise known as the AMES-Edo Inland Container Dry Port, as an Export Warehouse or Aggregation Centre. The Council said that it would serve as a centre where surplus products could be aggregated, stored and transported in suitable condition to any port of shipment. [Vanguard]

In commemoration of World Creativity and Innovative Day celebration, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has awarded N10 million grant to five Nigerian innovators. Muhammad Abdullahi Bature of Schoola Limited; Jeremiah Kuro of Blieu-I Automation Limited; Nwachinemere Emeka; Ajiboye Mayowa of CBTng.com and Izu Divine Freeman received the grant. [Business Day]

Premium Times reported that the 18 candidates were recommended to Mr Buhari by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment in March. The President approved the recommendations in a memo by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, and addressed to the CJN. A copy of the memo titled, ‘Re: Appointment of eighteen (18) Justices of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria’ was circulated online on Thursday.

The Nigerian government has been urged to exploit the maximum benefits of peaceful nuclear Energy to build a stable base power supply in the country. According to Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, when Nigeria peacefully maximises Nuclear energy, it would help build a stable power supply base and would also benefit many socio-economic areas such as medicine, agriculture, education, manufacturing and overall national economic growth. [VON]

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