Aso Villa Reads for Monday, Mar. 29, 2021

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

Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed has said that the Federal Government has concluded plans to place Nasarawa State on the global tourism map. The Minister who made the position of the federal government known while on a fact finding and sightseeing with officials of the ministry at the Farin Ruwa waterfalls in Wamba local government council, described the Farin Ruwa waterfalls as enthralling and one of the wonders of the world.[Vanguard]

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum at the weekend in Abuja disclosed that over 45 percent provision have been made for women owned businesses in the N75 billion Micro, Small and Medium (MSMEs) survival fund made available for businesses in Nigeria by the Federal government to cushion the impact of COVID-19 in the country. Katagum said the intervention fund were targeted at giving support to businesses that have suffered due to the pandemic.[Tribune]

Ahead of deadline expiration for linkage of Subscribers Identity Module (SIM) cards with National Identity Numbers (NIN) on April 9, the National Identity Management Commission has launched a new Mobile Web Service (MWS) Application and improved National Identity Number (NIN) slips for public use. The launch was performed by Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, through the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, Engr. Aliyu A. Aziz.[The Nation]

The Federal Government has today issued the notice for the Highway Development and Management Initiative (HDMI) to commence the procurement for the twelve federal highway roads it intends to concession under its novel Highway Management Development Initiative (HMDI) conceived last year. Accordingly, the ministry has launched an e-portal commencing the procurement process for the twelve pilot federal highway roads for concession.[The Nation]

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has promised that it will continue to introduce new reforms and initiatives in line with international best practices that will strengthen insurance institutions in the country. Sunday Thomas, Commissioner for Insurance, who made the remark said, the commission is open to ideas.[Business Day]

The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has assured Nigerian Women in ICT organizations of the agency’s support in ensuring a cyber-secure environment in Nigeria. This was based on the notion by the organisation that 95 per cent of cybercrime victims are women, even as they underscored the exigent need to partner with NITDA to curtail the menace. [Leadership]

The Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Patami has said that broadband technology which is a contributor to economic growth at several levels support the development of the digital economy and consequently improves the nation’s traditional economy by enhancing financial inclusion, security, education. It is also a key enabler for all the sectors of the economy. [Business Day Pg 27]

The N5bn budgeted to help Nigeria’s small businesses participate in the export market has been released. The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) which announced this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said it is going round the zones of Nigeria to sensitise SMEs and potential exporters to access the fund.[Business Day]

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a Joint Project Preparation Fund for Nigeria’s export trade. The MOU targets $50 million which will provide early project preparation financing and technical support services to public and private sector entities and trading in Nigeria. [Business Day Pg 6. Fri. 26th Mar.]

Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume, on Wednesday, said that micro-enterprises will be established in the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the country.[Business Day]

The embassy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abuja has conceded to the demands of Nigeria to remove the requirement for a Rapid Antigen test at the airports in Nigeria for passengers travelling to UAE. This is as the UAE government demand that the number of passengers on inbound flights to the UAE must not exceed 200 for two weeks.[Business Day]

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