Aso Villa Reads for Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

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

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal
Government’s Team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of
the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in
Nigeria. The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team.[Vanguard]

The Independent National Electoral Commission, in its bid to resume the Continuous Voter Education next week, has introduced an online portal for registration. The INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, made this known while briefing the press on Monday in Abuja. In a statement released on Tuesday titled “Continuous Voter Registration: Media professionals, INEC agree to sensitise citizens,” the Chairman said that the online registration will help to reduce the burden of long queues during CVR. He said, “In the next one week, Monday 28th June 2021, the Commission will resume the Continuous Voter Registration nationwide. [Punch]

The Federal Government has approved the disbursement of N18 billion as take-off grant for four new universities. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Sunday Echono, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja on Monday. According to Echono, the take-off grant came after the promise made by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to establish Universities of Technology and Health Sciences in Nigeria during his campaign in 2015.[Punch]

The Federal Government has announced the development of a National Humanitarian Development Peace Framework. The soon to be launched framework is geared towards making humanitarian interventions in Nigeria timely, effective and coordinated between government, humanitarian and security agencies. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, said during a virtual briefing to United Nations Member States on the Humanitarian Situation in Nigeria, yesterday, that the National Humanitarian Coordination Technical Working Group, as directed by the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (NHCC) came up with the initiative aimed at restoring peace and stability in Nigeria. [Sun News]

The new management of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) would focus on increasing personnel productivity and ensure enrolees of its Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS) get value for their contribution. The Managing Director of the Fund, Dr. Michael Akabogu, who disclosed this while taking over the mantle of leadership of the Fund from erstwhile acting managing director, Dr. Kelly Nwagha, said his team would create pathways to reward excellent and outstanding service while maintaining an utmost commitment to staff welfare. [Guardian]

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has begun training 70 aeronautical and meteorological forecasters and observers in order to ensure aircraft safety. Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, the agency’s Director General and Chief Executive Officer, addressed the participants at the refresher course’s flag-off ceremony, saying the course is part of the agency’s activities to ensure quality in training content and service delivery in the sector by continuously subjecting the WMO review on the latest rue-confirmation with certificates of Management.[Daily Times]

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