Aso Villa Reads for Monday, May 24th, 2021

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

The Federal Government has signed the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for the Gurara II Dam project as part of plans to raise the country’s power generation by about 360MW. Nigeria’s power generation hovers around 4,500MW and 5,000MW for a population of about 200 million people. The ministry had put the Gurara I 30MW hydropower plant on concession, which was also in a bid to increase the country’s power generation capacity and enhance water supply and irrigation.[Punch]

The Federal Government has called on the Chairmen, Caretaker Committees of the Olympic Federations to ensure they record more victories for the country during the Tokyo Olympic Games. According to Mohammed Manga, Director of Press & Public Relations in the ministry noted that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare made the call Friday in his office in Abuja when he received in audience the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Badminton Federation of Nigeria, Mr. Francis Orbih.[Sun News]

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr Babayo Ardo, has reaffirmed the Ministry’s position to channel 70 per cent of its 2021 budget to the completion of the East-West project. He said the government is working round the clock to ensure the completion of the East-West road, emphasizing that about 70 per cent of the Ministry’s budget of 2021 will be channeled to the project for the benefit of the Niger Delta region. [Tribune]

The Federal Government is set to begin payment of the second tranche of stipends of N20,000 to each of the 774,000 participants in its Special Public Works (SPW) programme. The government started a partial payment of N20,000 stipends to the 774,000 workers in April, three months after the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, kick-started the programme. [The Nation]

The Nigerian Communication Commission has confirmed the government will collect phone identification numbers from Nigerians, but said it will do so automatically without asking individuals to submit them. This was disclosed in a statement by the spokesperson of the commission, Ikechukwu Adinde. The new government policy reported widely Friday says the government will collate the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) to guard against theft and other illegal activities, has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. [Premium Times]

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