Aso Villa Reads for Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

Government of Nigeria
2 min readFeb 17, 2021

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

The Federal Government has been subsidising electricity supply across the country to the tune of over N50bn monthly, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, has said. He said the subsidy spendings were because the government was worried by the incessant complaints by ordinary Nigerians over the unavoidable and periodic increase in the cost of electricity. He, however, noted that following a minor increase in the tariff regime, the subsidy had now decreased by half, but still constituted a serious drain on the nation’s economy. [Punch]

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that the Federal Government now has a common database for the identification of poor Nigerians. Speaking Tuesday in Abuja during a ministerial dialogue on the National Social Register (NSR), Farouq said the creation of the database was a landmark achievement in the history of Nigeria as Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs), as well as national and international organisations can utilise it while mapping out programs for empowering poor Nigerians. [Blueprint]

The federal government has named the Idu railway complex and the light rail station both in the federal capital territory (FCT) after Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the United Nations. Mohammed is a former minister of environment in Nigeria. The announcement was made on Tuesday She becomes the first living Nigerian woman to have a railway station named after her. [Cable]

Director-general of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Salim Farouk, has assured stakeholders that the agency will in the coming weeks undergo major restructuring to meet its 2024 Strategic Plan and to make positive impact on the average Nigerian. According to the director general, the agency will go through some restructuring to enable it align its services to better serve its stakeholders and meet the objectives of its 2021–2024 Strategic Plan. [Business Day]

The executive director, National Primary Health Care Development (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib, on Monday announced that registration of Nigerians for COVID-19 vaccination will begin this week. Shuaib said a URL link will be deployed this week for the online registration of health workers and other eligible Nigerians aged 18 years and above to appropriately schedule them for COVID-19 vaccination. [Business Day]

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