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  •  The African Development Bank www AfDB org Africa50 and the Africa Sovereign Investors Forum ASIF have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of climate resilient and green infrastructure projects across Africa The three entities will work together to boost financing and foster the development of skills and expertise within the infrastructure sector The signing hellip
    Africa50, African Development Bank and the Newly Launched African Sovereign Investors Forum Signal Strong Desire to Jointly Mobilize Capital for Infrastructure Projects
     The African Development Bank www AfDB org Africa50 and the Africa Sovereign Investors Forum ASIF have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of climate resilient and green infrastructure projects across Africa The three entities will work together to boost financing and foster the development of skills and expertise within the infrastructure sector The signing hellip
    Africa50, African Development Bank and the Newly Launched African Sovereign Investors Forum Signal Strong Desire to Jointly Mobilize Capital for Infrastructure Projects
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Africa50, African Development Bank and the Newly Launched African Sovereign Investors Forum Signal Strong Desire to Jointly Mobilize Capital for Infrastructure Projects

    The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), Africa50 and the Africa Sovereign Investors Forum (ASIF), have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development of climate-resilient and green infrastructure projects across Africa. The three entities will work together to boost financing and foster the development of skills and expertise within the infrastructure sector.

    The signing took place on June 20, 2022 in Rabat, Morocco, during a launch event of the Africa Sovereign Investors Forum. Under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI of the Kingdom of Morocco, 10 African sovereign investors agreed to establish the Forum. The newly formed platform will accelerate coordination to mobilize patient capital for the development of the continent.

    The signatories are Agaciro Development Fund of Rwanda (www.Agaciro.rw), Fonds Souverain of Djibouti, Fonds Gabonais d'Investissements Stratégiques (FGIS) (https://FGIS-gabon.com/fr/), Fonds Souverain d'Investissements Stratégiques (FONSIS) (www.FONSIS.org/fr) of Senegal, Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) (https://bit.ly/3xR2tmb), Infrastructure Investment Fund of Ghana (https://bit.ly /3ye8x9V) (GIIF) (https://GIIF.gov.gh/), Ithmar Capital (https://bit.ly/3ndo6s0) (Morocco), Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) (https://NSIA. com.ng)/) and the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Egypt (TSFE) (https://TSFE.com/).

    Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobissé signed on for his organization. African Development Bank Vice President for the Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, Solomon Quaynor, signed on behalf of the Bank, and Ithmar Capital Chief Executive Officer, Obaid Amrane, who will serve as ASIF's inaugural President, signed on behalf of the new initiative.

    Ebobissé said: “This is an important step in building strong collaboration between the right stakeholders to meet Africa's substantial infrastructure financing needs. We must make key regional infrastructure projects attractive and bankable to both global and African private investors, and today's signing will go a long way towards addressing the continent's infrastructure deficit.

    Therefore, it is important that we take advantage of the strength of African sovereign wealth funds on the continent, which manage significant domestic savings, to boost the growth of African economies through the development and successful implementation of strategic infrastructure”.

    Quaynor said: “The African Development Bank's partnership with ASIF and Africa50 would enable stronger collaborations in project development and co-financing, mobilization of capital to finance resilient, green and sustainable infrastructure, and identification of investment opportunities to promote infrastructure. and the industrialization of Africa.

    This is a key part of the Bank's strategy to leverage the $2 trillion in assets managed by African institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and insurance companies for the infrastructure and industrialization of the continent," he said.

    Amrane said: “ASIF's main objective is to accelerate the development of investment opportunities and mobilize patient capital. As sovereign investors, we see strong complementarities with the African Development Bank and Africa50, especially that our views are aligned regarding project preparation and capital mobilization. We are pleased to formalize today the mutual desire of ASIF, AfDB and Africa50 to collaborate together, as we have a common goal of fostering investment in climate-resilient projects, among others, in accordance with our respective mandate.”

    The collaboration agreement will also seek to address project identification and preparation, a critical success factor in attracting funding to any project.

  •  Enugu State Government says it has reached a collaborative agreement with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA for the upgrade of the State Medical Diagnostic Centre Enugu for the treatment of cancer This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Health Dr Emmanuel Obi made available to newsmen in Enugu According to him hellip
    Enugu Govt collaborates with NSIA on Medical Diagnostic Centre
     Enugu State Government says it has reached a collaborative agreement with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA for the upgrade of the State Medical Diagnostic Centre Enugu for the treatment of cancer This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Health Dr Emmanuel Obi made available to newsmen in Enugu According to him hellip
    Enugu Govt collaborates with NSIA on Medical Diagnostic Centre
    General news2 weeks ago

    Enugu Govt collaborates with NSIA on Medical Diagnostic Centre

    Enugu State Government says it has reached a collaborative agreement with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) for the upgrade of the State Medical Diagnostic Centre, Enugu for the treatment of cancer.

    This is contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Emmanuel Obi, made available to newsmen in Enugu.

    According to him, the agreement is based on a comprehensive Diagnostic and Oncology (Cancer) treatment Centre.

    Obi disclosed that the State Executive Council (EXCO), sequel to the agreement, approved the evacuation of the existing equipment in the centre, as requested by NSIA to enable it to take over the health facility.

    He added that the SEC also approved that the evacuated equipment would be put to good use at ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, Enugu and other hospitals in the state.

    The Health Commissioner also said that government “sees a greater opportunity for more efficient services to its citizens and beyond, through this collaboration”.

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  •  The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming hellip
    Steps to changing Nigeria by Buhari Administration at 7
     The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming hellip
    Steps to changing Nigeria by Buhari Administration at 7
    General news1 month ago

    Steps to changing Nigeria by Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and sea ports, housing, and many others.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.
    President Buhari had in May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.
    The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country, and its people.
    Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.
    A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.
    Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria’s Independence.
    Under the administration’s Energizing Education, Economies and Agriculture Programmes, the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy (Solar and Gas) to Federal Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Markets and Rural Areas across the country.
    The four Universities completed and commissioned already are, Bayero University Kano ( BUK ), Kano, FUNAI (Ebonyi), ATBU (Bauchi) and FUPRE (Delta), Sabon-Gari Market in Kano, Ariaria Market in Aba, and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos.
    On National Mass Metering Programme, the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this, and so far, more than one million meters have been rolled out, in the first phase.
    This first phase generated more than 10,000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on-grid consumers, launched in August 2020.
    The Solar Power Naija (SPN), Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off-grid solar connections, would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians, and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans, as well as through partnerships with NDPHC, NNPC and the NSIA.
    The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and $10 million in annual import substitution.
    ”Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC’s partnership, ASolar is rolling out 100,000 Solar Home Systems across the country, while the NSIA (partnering under SPN) has announced a N10 billion fund for developers, targeting more than 250,000 solar connections.”
    In May 2021, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) announced the planned deployment of solar-powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres (PHC) and 104 Unity Schools nationwide.
    Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) is a $550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank. NEP is a combination of subsidies, direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria.
    NEP has so far deployed more than 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS), as well as Solar Hybrid Mini-grids in more than 250 locations across the country.
    The Rural Electrification Fund (REF), created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016.
    Since 2016, the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects, with more than N5 billions of Off-Grid (mainly Solar) projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022.
    On the special grid interventions, the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125.2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN, and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank, AFDB, AFD, JICA and others of up to $1.7 billion.
    The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding $250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery.
    Additionally, through the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), aka Siemens Power Program, an additional $2.0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid.
    PPI is a Government-to-Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany, and Siemens AG of Germany, to upgrade and modernize Nigeria’s electricity grid.
    The Contract for the pre-engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) was signed in Feb. 2021, following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN’s counterpart funding for that phase, while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec. 2021, comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations.
    In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects (Brownfield and Greenfield).
    Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha, Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line (respectively).
    The $200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project, financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high-voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations, benefiting several communities in the two States.
    Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces, contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1,570MVA transformer capacity upgrades, with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced.
    On a Policy level, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff-Capping Regulation for un-metered customers, to the Eligible Customer Regulations, to the introduction of a Service-based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts (which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos).
    The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
    The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria, under the National Housing Programme, with the support of the State Governments, who provided the land.
    So far more than 5,000 houses are at various stages of completion, and thousands more are planned.
    The Family Homes Fund Limited (FHFL), incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept. 2016, is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration’s National Social Housing scheme.
    The Fund has now completed more than 13,000 homes across nine States, with another 20,000 commencing building works in 2022. In the process these housing developments have created more than 64,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) ‘Pioneer Status’ to e-Commerce and software development companies.
    ”Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way (RoW) for fibre optic cabling, to incentivize investment in rollout.
    ”Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021, and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally. Nigeria’s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022.
    ”Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau, which is expected to develop “primary legislation for data protection and privacy.”
    ”Launch of new “National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy”, by President Buhari in 2019.
    ‘ ‘Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB), and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
    – Establishment, in 2021, of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).
    ”Ongoing implementation, starting 2021, of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 (NICTIB-2) Project.
    ”The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network.
    ”Ongoing construction of a Tier-4 Data Center in Kano, to join existing infrastructure in Abuja (Tier-3 Data Center) and Enugu (A Disaster Recovery Site). The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022.”
    The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug, 16, 2021.
    This, broke a two-decades-old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
    Under the new Act, the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022.
    The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed, with the establishment of:
    (a) the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and
    (b) the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), which merged the hitherto-existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board(PEFMB), and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
    The historic Signing Ceremony, in May 2021, of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners: Shell, Exxon Mobil, TOTAL and NAOC.
    These Agreements settled long-standing disputes that stalled development, and will unlock more than $10 billion of new deep-water investment in Nigeria.
    The Buhari administration has declared this decade the “Decade of Gas.”
    The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Project, the largest domestic gas project in the country.
    Already, the government has secured US$45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank, for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Study for the Nigeria–Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.
    The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari’s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018.
    When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world, and the second longest pipeline in the world, running across 13 countries, 11 of them in West Africa.
    It’s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria’s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years, is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars, and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas.
    ”Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme (including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG)
    ”Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7, which will grow Nigeria’s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent.
    ”Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US$1.4 billion multipurpose industrial platform (Ammonia and Di-Ammonium Phosphate production plants) that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750,000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025.
    ”It will be located in Ikot-Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State.”
    The nation also witnessed the inauguration, in Dec. 2020, of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo, the largest onshore LPG plant in the country, with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily, producing 330 tonnes of LPG, 345 tonnes of propane and 2,600 barrels of condensate, daily.
    The government also established a $350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, to finance manufacturing, contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry.
    ”The NNPC Limited’s National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) became, in 2022, the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301:2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA.”
    On the financing and investment in the oil and gas, Afreximbank announced in Jan. 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise $5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria’s upstream industry, and facilitate expanded energy supply.
    Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite $1 billion of the total planned debt.
    ”Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10,000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), in partnership with the private sector.
    ”The plant is now under construction in Odeama, Brass, Bayelsa State.
    On Policy, Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta, the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta.
    In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery, in Imo State, and broke ground on Phase 2, which will add 20,000bpd processing capacity.
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Dec. 21, 2021, handed over a symbolic cheque of N621.24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads (totalling 1,800km) across the country, through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019.
    ”Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads; instead it is financing the construction of roads, through its tax liabilities.”
    It’s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme (NUCOP), would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a $10 or less per barrel production cost.

    (NAN)

  •  The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming hellip
    2: One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
     The Presidency has again reeled out 28 page of President Muhammadu Buhari s strides in Oil and gas reforms Digital economy Mines and steel development Agriculture Education Health Creative Industry Sports and infrastructural development roads bridges rail air and sea ports housing and many others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president s scorecard is coming hellip
    2: One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7
    General news1 month ago

    2: One-stop shop of achievements of Buhari Administration at 7

    The Presidency has again, reeled out 28-page of President Muhammadu Buhari’s strides in Oil and gas reforms, Digital economy, Mines and steel development, Agriculture, Education, Health, Creative Industry, Sports and infrastructural development; roads, bridges, rail, air and sea ports, housing, and many others.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the president’s scorecard is coming ahead of the seven year anniversary of the Buhari-led administration on May 29, 2022.
    President Buhari had in May 29, 2015, took the oath of office as President, promising to serve Nigeria faithfully in all spheres of national life.
    The seven years milestone, according to the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, presents a major landmark and opportunity to review the service of the president to the country, and its people.
    Adesina noted that the Buhari administration has so far delivered in its promises to Nigerians although revisionists would want to look at security challenges, which are being robustly tackled by the government.
    A one-stop shop of the achievements of the Buhari administration at seven indicated that a lot has been done, and a lot more will still be done in the 12 months ahead.
    Nigeria, under Buhari’s watch, has continued to witness the biggest and most ambitious federal infrastructure programme since Nigeria’s Independence.
    Under the administration’s Energizing Education, Economies and Agriculture Programmes, the government had so far taken clean and reliable energy (Solar and Gas) to Federal Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Markets and Rural Areas across the country.
    The four Universities completed and commissioned already are, Bayero University Kano ( BUK ), Kano, FUNAI (Ebonyi), ATBU (Bauchi) and FUPRE (Delta), Sabon-Gari Market in Kano, Ariaria Market in Aba, and Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos.
    On National Mass Metering Programme, the Central Bank of Nigeria is providing N200 billion for this, and so far, more than one million meters have been rolled out, in the first phase.
    This first phase generated more than 10,000 new jobs in meter installation and assembly as the nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on-grid consumers, launched in August 2020.
    The Solar Power Naija (SPN), Launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off-grid solar connections, would be impacting more than 20 million Nigerians, and financed through Central Bank of Nigeria loans, as well as through partnerships with NDPHC, NNPC and the NSIA.
    The programme is expected to generate an additional N7 billion increase in tax revenues per annum and $10 million in annual import substitution.
    ”Under Solar Power Naija and NDPHC’s partnership, ASolar is rolling out 100,000 Solar Home Systems across the country, while the NSIA (partnering under SPN) has announced a N10 billion fund for developers, targeting more than 250,000 solar connections.”
    In May 2021, the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) announced the planned deployment of solar-powered grids to 200 Primary Health Centres (PHC) and 104 Unity Schools nationwide.
    Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) is a $550 million programme being implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria in partnership with the World Bank and African Development Bank. NEP is a combination of subsidies, direct contracts and technical assistance to support Electrification across Nigeria.
    NEP has so far deployed more than 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS), as well as Solar Hybrid Mini-grids in more than 250 locations across the country.
    The Rural Electrification Fund (REF), created by the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, was operationalized by the Buhari Administration in 2016.
    Since 2016, the REF under REA has executed more than N4 billion in projects, with more than N5 billions of Off-Grid (mainly Solar) projects slated to be executed across Nigeria in 2022.
    On the special grid interventions, the Federal Government has many key grid initiatives with more than N125.2 billion budgeted between 2015 to 2021 for TCN, and Development Finance Funding through the likes of World Bank, AFDB, AFD, JICA and others of up to $1.7 billion.
    The Central Bank of Nigeria is also funding $250 million for the rehabilitation of critical interfaces between Transmission and Distribution to increase and stabilize power delivery.
    Additionally, through the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), aka Siemens Power Program, an additional $2.0 billion or more will be invested in the Transmission Grid.
    PPI is a Government-to-Government initiative involving the Governments of Nigeria and Germany, and Siemens AG of Germany, to upgrade and modernize Nigeria’s electricity grid.
    The Contract for the pre-engineering phase of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) was signed in Feb. 2021, following the 2020 approval for the payment of FGN’s counterpart funding for that phase, while the first set of equipment contract awards were made in Dec. 2021, comprising 10 Mobitra Transformers and 10 Substations.
    In all the PPI will encompass as many as 127 individual Transmission and Distribution projects (Brownfield and Greenfield).
    Other ongoing interventions include 330kV Quad Lines in Alaoji to Onitsha, Delta Power Station to Benin as well as the Kano to Katsina 330kV line (respectively).
    The $200 million Transmission Infrastructure Project, financed by JICA entails the construction of about 200 km of high-voltage transmission lines and a number of high voltage substations, benefiting several communities in the two States.
    Also through a special CBN intervention for Transmission Distribution interfaces, contracts have been awarded for more than 30 Substation Rehabilitations and 1,570MVA transformer capacity upgrades, with 34 critical transformers to be installed or replaced.
    On a Policy level, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has rolled out various policies ranging from a Tariff-Capping Regulation for un-metered customers, to the Eligible Customer Regulations, to the introduction of a Service-based Tariff Regime and CBN oversight of Disco Bank accounts (which has helped improve payment discipline by Discos).
    The Buhari administration has equally recorded tremendous success in the housing sector through the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
    The ministry has completed or is completing housing projects in 34 States of Nigeria, under the National Housing Programme, with the support of the State Governments, who provided the land.
    So far more than 5,000 houses are at various stages of completion, and thousands more are planned.
    The Family Homes Fund Limited (FHFL), incorporated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in Sept. 2016, is the implementing agency for the Buhari Administration’s National Social Housing scheme.
    The Fund has now completed more than 13,000 homes across nine States, with another 20,000 commencing building works in 2022. In the process these housing developments have created more than 64,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    The administration has also achieved a lot in the area of digital economy and these include the extension of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) ‘Pioneer Status’ to e-Commerce and software development companies.
    ”Stipulation of N145 per linear meter cap on Highway Right of Way (RoW) for fibre optic cabling, to incentivize investment in rollout.
    ”Launch of new national 5G policy in 2021, and successful licensing of two private companies to rollout 5G nationally. Nigeria’s 5G rollout will commence in August 2022.
    ”Establishment of new National Data Protection Bureau, which is expected to develop “primary legislation for data protection and privacy.”
    ”Launch of new “National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy”, by President Buhari in 2019.
    ‘ ‘Drafting of the Nigeria Startup Bill (NSB), and submission of the draft Bill to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
    – Establishment, in 2021, of a National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR).
    ”Ongoing implementation, starting 2021, of the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 2 (NICTIB-2) Project.
    ”The goal of NICTIB is to rollout a nationwide fibre infrastructure network.
    ”Ongoing construction of a Tier-4 Data Center in Kano, to join existing infrastructure in Abuja (Tier-3 Data Center) and Enugu (A Disaster Recovery Site). The Kano Data Center is expected to be completed in 2022.”
    The major achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of oil and gas include Buhari’s assent to the Petroleum Industry Act on Aug, 16, 2021.
    This, broke a two-decades-old jinx and is setting the stage for the unprecedented transformation of Nigeria’s oil and gas sector.
    Under the new Act, the NNPC has transformed into a Limited Liability Company which will be formally unveiled by the President in July 2022.
    The regulatory framework for the sector has also changed, with the establishment of:
    (a) the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and
    (b) the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), which merged the hitherto-existing Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), Petroleum Equalization Fund (Management) Board(PEFMB), and the Midstream and Downstream Divisions of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
    The historic Signing Ceremony, in May 2021, of the Execution of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 118 Agreements between NNPC Limited and its Contractor Partners: Shell, Exxon Mobil, TOTAL and NAOC.
    These Agreements settled long-standing disputes that stalled development, and will unlock more than $10 billion of new deep-water investment in Nigeria.
    The Buhari administration has declared this decade the “Decade of Gas.”
    The Federal Government has embarked on the construction of 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Project, the largest domestic gas project in the country.
    Already, the government has secured US$45 million financing from the Islamic Development Bank, for the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Study for the Nigeria–Morocco Gas Pipeline (NMGP) project.
    The Agreement for the Pipeline project was signed by the two countries during President Buhari’s State Visit to Morocco in June 2018.
    When completed it will be the longest offshore pipeline in the world, and the second longest pipeline in the world, running across 13 countries, 11 of them in West Africa.
    It’s believed that the successful completion of Nigeria’s first Marginal Field Bid Round in almost 20 years, is expected to raise in excess of half a billion dollars, and open up a new vista of investment in oil and gas.
    ”Launch of National LPG Expansion Programme (including Removal of VAT from the domestic pricing of LPG)
    ”Financial close and signing of contract for NLNG Train 7, which will grow Nigeria’s LNG production capacity by 35 per cent.
    ”Nigeria and Morocco in 2021 signed an agreement to develop a US$1.4 billion multipurpose industrial platform (Ammonia and Di-Ammonium Phosphate production plants) that will utilize Nigerian gas and Moroccan phosphate to produce 750,000 tons of ammonia and 1 million tons of phosphate fertilizers annually by 2025.
    ”It will be located in Ikot-Abasi, Akwa-Ibom State.”
    The nation also witnessed the inauguration, in Dec. 2020, of the new NPDC Integrated Gas Handling Facility in Edo, the largest onshore LPG plant in the country, with a processing capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet of gas daily, producing 330 tonnes of LPG, 345 tonnes of propane and 2,600 barrels of condensate, daily.
    The government also established a $350m Nigerian Content Intervention Fund, to finance manufacturing, contracts and assets in the oil and gas industry.
    ”The NNPC Limited’s National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) became, in 2022, the first Government organization in West and North Africa to receive the ISO 22301:2019 Certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA.”
    On the financing and investment in the oil and gas, Afreximbank announced in Jan. 2022 that it will assist NNPC Limited to raise $5 billion financing to support investments in Nigeria’s upstream industry, and facilitate expanded energy supply.
    Afrexim also disclosed plans to underwrite $1 billion of the total planned debt.
    ”Final Investment Decision in January 2021 on a 10,000 tonnes per day methanol plant and a 500 million standard cubic feet per day gas processing plant, being promoted by the NNPC Limited and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), in partnership with the private sector.
    ”The plant is now under construction in Odeama, Brass, Bayelsa State.
    On Policy, Regulatory and Funding Support for the establishment of Modular Refineries across the Niger Delta, the Buhari administration has issued licences for six additional brownfield and greenfield Modular Refinery Projects across the Niger Delta.
    In 2020 President Buhari inaugurated the first phase of the Waltersmith Modular Refinery, in Imo State, and broke ground on Phase 2, which will add 20,000bpd processing capacity.
    The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Dec. 21, 2021, handed over a symbolic cheque of N621.24 Billion for the rehabilitation of 21 critical roads (totalling 1,800km) across the country, through the Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme under the Executive Order 7 signed by President Buhari in 2019.
    ”Note that this does not mean that NNPC has gone into the business of constructing roads; instead it is financing the construction of roads, through its tax liabilities.”
    It’s also hoped that the launch of the Nigerian Upstream Cost Optimization Programme (NUCOP), would reduce operating expenses through process enhancement and industry collaboration as the overall target is to achieve a $10 or less per barrel production cost.

    (NAN)

  •  The Federal Government says with the coming up of affordable world class health facilities Nigeria will soon put an end to the over N500 billion being spent on medical tourism annually The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Tuesday in Lagos at a media tour of Duchess International Hospital a hellip
    Nigeria to end N500bn annual medical tourism — FG
     The Federal Government says with the coming up of affordable world class health facilities Nigeria will soon put an end to the over N500 billion being spent on medical tourism annually The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Tuesday in Lagos at a media tour of Duchess International Hospital a hellip
    Nigeria to end N500bn annual medical tourism — FG
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    Nigeria to end N500bn annual medical tourism — FG

    The Federal Government says with the coming up of affordable world class health facilities, Nigeria will soon put an end to the over N500 billion being spent on medical tourism annually.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said this on Tuesday in Lagos at a media tour of Duchess International Hospital, a 100-bed state-of-the-art multi-specialist healthcare facility.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the private sector-owned purpose-built hospital was constructed through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), with financial support from the Bank of Industry (BoI).

    Speaking after a tour of the hospital, the minister said with more world class healthcare facilities like Duchess Hospital coming on stream, Nigeria is set become a destination for medical tourists.

    He said the country would soon welcome foreign patients and medical personnel on its shores rather than having its citizens travel yearly and spending more than N500 billion for medical tourism.

    “We as a country will also conserve our foreign reserves while earning foreign exchange, we will begin to reverse the brain drain in the health sector; create jobs and provide affordable and standard healthcare for our people.

    “Of course, facilities like Duchess International are veritable tools for job creation, in addition to attracting medical tourists from across the world.

    “Its a new dawn for the health sector and we are proud of what Duchess and other healthcare facilities are doing in bringing about this new dawn,’’ he said

    Mohammed noted that although, the facility was private-sector driven, the Federal Government provided the enabling environment and funding for its realisation.

    He recalled that in the wake of COVID-19, the CBN set up the N100 billion Healthcare Sector Intervention Fund, which was later expanded to N200 billion.

    He said the intervention fund was to provide credit support for the healthcare sector through long-term, low-cost financing.

    “You are also aware of the Federal Government’s Intervention in the Healthcare Sector through the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

    “The NSIA has invested a total of 22.5 million dollars in two diagnostic centres in Kano and Umuahia (5.5 million dollars each) and the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre in Lagos (11.5 million dollars). The NSIA is also committed to building a new quaternary hospital in Abuja.

    “The essence of these financial interventions and projects in the critical healthcare sector is to fast-track the evolvement of world class healthcare facilities like this Duchess International Hospital.

    “With what we have seen here today, Nigerians can now get access to affordable and world class treatment in whatever is ailing them in many areas.

    “This includes emergency medicine, women’s health, paediatric care, cardiovascular medicine, kidney dialysis, dental treatment, and eye care among others, ’’ he said.

    While conducting the minister and his team of journalists round the hospital facilities, Dr Tokunbo Shitta-bey, the Chief Executive Officer, said the hospital was aimed at delivering the highest standard of healthcare to Nigerians.

    He said the hospital would use the most advanced technology, personnel and treatments to provide Nigerians with the best medical expertise available anywhere in the world.

    Shitta-bey emphasised that the guiding philosophy of the health facility was to cut down medical tourism in affordable manner with the same equipment and personnel found in the most advanced parts of the world.

    According to him, the facility is available for community service, patients in all strata of the society, offering wide range of specialised services and treatment.

    Justifying how affordable the hospital is, Shitta-bey said they charge only N5,000 for registration and consultation respectively.

    NAN reports that the six-storey hospital complex comprises of 16 Departments including the Cardiology Centre, physiotherapy room, ENT, Surgical and Gynecology Ward, Medical laboratories and Intensive and Critical care unit which are fully automated and equipped with modern equipment.

    It also has the Endoscopy unit, Women and Children ward, Dialysis Centre, Dental Unit, Surgical Theatre (Modular and automated) and Pharmacy

    Others are Emergency wards, Radiology Department, Play area for children and Learning and development Centre.

    (NAN)