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  •   Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Carbon By Chijioke Okoronkwo Abuja Sept 22 22 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says African countries account for less than one per cent of cumulative global carbon emissions Osinbajo disclosed this in his keynote address at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The OPTS is a sub group of LCCI which is the umbrella association of oil and gas companies who have come together to promote their common interests Osinbajo who spoke on the topic Nigeria Transitioning to Green Energy said that most hostile impacts of climate change on the continent were triggered by activities of wealthier nations The vice president said that most countries including Nigeria agreed that there was need to reduce global emissions to zero in Nigeria s case by 2060 We are major victims of the effects of climate change but there are a few important issues that we have flagged to our wealthier brother countries in the global north The first is that we in the developing world are faced with two not one crisis one is climate change and the other is extreme poverty the cause and consequence of which is energy poverty Or the fact that lack of access to electricity for millions is a cause of deepening poverty The second is that African countries are the least emitters of carbon today less than one per cent of cumulative CO2 emissions and even if we triple electricity consumption in African countries aside from South Africa solely through the use of natural gas this would add just 0 6 per cent to global emissions So a lot of the flooding and adverse weather events that we are experiencing here are from emissions caused by the wealthier countries The vice president said thirdly the defunding of gas projects to force gas rich countries like Nigeria to stop using gas and use renewables instead was faulty According to him the proposals to ban the funding of fossil fuel projects make no distinction between upstream oil and coal exploration and gas power plants for grid balancing He said that no economy in the world had been known to use renewables solely to industrialise as solar power simply did not have the base load capacity yet for industry Fourthly stopping the use of gas means that we cannot use Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG for clean cooking stoves to replace the use of kerosene firewood and charcoal which are dirtier fuels that are widely used for cooking and other domestic purposes particularly in the rural areas The use of firewood means cutting down trees and of course desertification and then the loss of our carbon sinks The fifth is the double standards that wealthier countries have adopted on this issue Today in the wake of the energy crisis many European nations have made recent announcements to increase or extend their use of coal fired power generation through 2023 and potentially beyond This is in violation of their climate commitments and analysis suggests that this will raise power sector emissions of the EU by 4 per cent a significant amount given the high base denominator of EU emissions Osinbajo said that the sixth and perhaps most crucial point was that Nigeria must take quick and informed actions in its national interest He said that the country must take the threat of no investments in fossil fuels including gas seriously For an example many European and other global North countries are setting aggressive targets for use of electric vehicles and the banning of combustion engine vehicles Soon there may be only a few countries using combustion engines it is also evident that while the Russia Ukrainian war has shown the hypocrisy in not allowing public funding for fossil fuel projects the wealthier nations are still of the view that this is the correct policy and that even if public funding is to be allowed financing should not go beyond 2035 So far our response has been the Energy Transition Plan a comprehensive data driven and evidence based plan designed to deal with the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty We anchored the plan on key objectives including lifting 100 million people out of poverty in a decade driving economic growth bringing modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonisation he said He said that the plan recognised the role natural gas must play in the short term to facilitate the establishment of base load energy capacity and address the nation s clean cooking deficit in the form of LPG The vice president urged the private sector to step up its participation in the transition to green energy journey Earlier in his opening remarks Dr Micheal Olawale Cole the President LCCI said The OPTS was one of the outstanding members of the LCCI Represented by LCCI s Vice President Mr Gabriel Idohosa Olawale Cole said that OPTS had grown into an elite in the industry He said that LCCI was happy to lead OPTS s for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and then for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act The LCCI boss also submitted that fuel subsidy should be removed as it was not sustainable The highlight of the event was the handing over of plaques to former chairmen of OPTS by the vice president NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo
      Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Carbon By Chijioke Okoronkwo Abuja Sept 22 22 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says African countries account for less than one per cent of cumulative global carbon emissions Osinbajo disclosed this in his keynote address at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The OPTS is a sub group of LCCI which is the umbrella association of oil and gas companies who have come together to promote their common interests Osinbajo who spoke on the topic Nigeria Transitioning to Green Energy said that most hostile impacts of climate change on the continent were triggered by activities of wealthier nations The vice president said that most countries including Nigeria agreed that there was need to reduce global emissions to zero in Nigeria s case by 2060 We are major victims of the effects of climate change but there are a few important issues that we have flagged to our wealthier brother countries in the global north The first is that we in the developing world are faced with two not one crisis one is climate change and the other is extreme poverty the cause and consequence of which is energy poverty Or the fact that lack of access to electricity for millions is a cause of deepening poverty The second is that African countries are the least emitters of carbon today less than one per cent of cumulative CO2 emissions and even if we triple electricity consumption in African countries aside from South Africa solely through the use of natural gas this would add just 0 6 per cent to global emissions So a lot of the flooding and adverse weather events that we are experiencing here are from emissions caused by the wealthier countries The vice president said thirdly the defunding of gas projects to force gas rich countries like Nigeria to stop using gas and use renewables instead was faulty According to him the proposals to ban the funding of fossil fuel projects make no distinction between upstream oil and coal exploration and gas power plants for grid balancing He said that no economy in the world had been known to use renewables solely to industrialise as solar power simply did not have the base load capacity yet for industry Fourthly stopping the use of gas means that we cannot use Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG for clean cooking stoves to replace the use of kerosene firewood and charcoal which are dirtier fuels that are widely used for cooking and other domestic purposes particularly in the rural areas The use of firewood means cutting down trees and of course desertification and then the loss of our carbon sinks The fifth is the double standards that wealthier countries have adopted on this issue Today in the wake of the energy crisis many European nations have made recent announcements to increase or extend their use of coal fired power generation through 2023 and potentially beyond This is in violation of their climate commitments and analysis suggests that this will raise power sector emissions of the EU by 4 per cent a significant amount given the high base denominator of EU emissions Osinbajo said that the sixth and perhaps most crucial point was that Nigeria must take quick and informed actions in its national interest He said that the country must take the threat of no investments in fossil fuels including gas seriously For an example many European and other global North countries are setting aggressive targets for use of electric vehicles and the banning of combustion engine vehicles Soon there may be only a few countries using combustion engines it is also evident that while the Russia Ukrainian war has shown the hypocrisy in not allowing public funding for fossil fuel projects the wealthier nations are still of the view that this is the correct policy and that even if public funding is to be allowed financing should not go beyond 2035 So far our response has been the Energy Transition Plan a comprehensive data driven and evidence based plan designed to deal with the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty We anchored the plan on key objectives including lifting 100 million people out of poverty in a decade driving economic growth bringing modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonisation he said He said that the plan recognised the role natural gas must play in the short term to facilitate the establishment of base load energy capacity and address the nation s clean cooking deficit in the form of LPG The vice president urged the private sector to step up its participation in the transition to green energy journey Earlier in his opening remarks Dr Micheal Olawale Cole the President LCCI said The OPTS was one of the outstanding members of the LCCI Represented by LCCI s Vice President Mr Gabriel Idohosa Olawale Cole said that OPTS had grown into an elite in the industry He said that LCCI was happy to lead OPTS s for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and then for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act The LCCI boss also submitted that fuel subsidy should be removed as it was not sustainable The highlight of the event was the handing over of plaques to former chairmen of OPTS by the vice president NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo
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    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo

    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo Carbon By Chijioke Okoronkwo Abuja, Sept. 22, 22 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says African countries account for less than one per cent of cumulative global carbon emissions.

    Osinbajo disclosed this in his keynote address at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Thursday in Lagos.

    The OPTS is a sub group of LCCI, which is the umbrella association of oil and gas companies who have come together to promote their common interests.

    Osinbajo, who spoke on the topic: `Nigeria Transitioning to Green Energy,’ said that most hostile impacts of climate change on the continent were triggered by activities of wealthier nations.

    The vice president said that most countries including Nigeria agreed that there was need to reduce global emissions to zero in Nigeria’s case by 2060. “ We are major victims of the effects of climate change, but there are a few important issues that we have flagged to our wealthier brother-countries in the global north.

    “The first is that we, in the developing world are faced with two, not one crisis; one is climate change and the other is extreme poverty, the cause and consequence of which is energy poverty.

    “Or the fact that lack of access to electricity for millions is a cause of deepening poverty.

    “The second is that African countries are the least emitters of carbon today – less than one per cent of cumulative CO2 emissions and even if we triple electricity consumption in African countries (aside from South Africa) solely through the use of natural gas this would add just 0.6 per cent to global emissions.

    “So, a lot of the flooding and adverse weather events that we are experiencing here are from emissions caused by the wealthier countries.

    ’’ The vice president said thirdly, the defunding of gas projects  to force gas rich countries like Nigeria to stop using gas and use renewables instead was faulty.

    According to him, the proposals to ban the funding of fossil fuel projects make no distinction between upstream oil and coal exploration and gas power plants for grid balancing.

    He said that no economy in the world had been known to use renewables solely to industrialise as solar power simply did not have the base load capacity yet for industry.

    “Fourthly, stopping the use of gas means that we cannot use Liquefied Petroleum Gas(LPG) for clean cooking stoves to replace the use of kerosene, firewood and charcoal which are dirtier fuels that are widely used for cooking and other domestic purposes, particularly in the rural areas.

    “ The use of firewood means cutting down trees and of course desertification and then the loss of our carbon sinks.

    `The fifth is the double standards that wealthier countries have adopted on this issue.

    “Today in the wake of the energy crisis, many European nations have made recent announcements to increase or extend their use of coal fired power generation through 2023, and potentially beyond.

    “ This is in violation of their climate commitments, and analysis suggests that this will raise power sector emissions of the EU by 4 per cent — a significant amount given the high base denominator of EU emissions.

    ’’ Osinbajo said that the sixth and perhaps most crucial point was that Nigeria must take quick and informed actions in its national interest.

    He said that the country must take the threat of no investments in fossil fuels including gas seriously.

    “For an example, many European and other global North countries are setting aggressive targets for use of electric vehicles and the banning of combustion engine vehicles.

    “ Soon there may be only a few countries using combustion engines; it is also evident that while the Russia- Ukrainian war has shown the hypocrisy in not allowing public funding for fossil fuel projects, the wealthier nations are still of the view that this is the correct policy and that even if public funding is to be allowed financing should not go beyond 2035. “So far our response has been the Energy Transition Plan–a comprehensive, data-driven and evidence-based plan, designed to deal with the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty.

    “ We anchored the plan on key objectives, including lifting 100 million people out of poverty in a decade, driving economic growth, bringing modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long-term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonisation,’’  he said.

    He said that the plan recognised the role  natural gas must play in the short term to facilitate the establishment of base load energy capacity and address the nation’s clean cooking deficit in the form of LPG.

    The vice president urged the private sector to step up its participation in the transition to green energy journey.

    Earlier in his opening remarks, Dr Micheal-Olawale-Cole, the President, LCCI, said The OPTS was one of the outstanding members of the LCCI.

    Represented by LCCI’s Vice President, Mr Gabriel Idohosa, Olawale-Cole said that OPTS had grown into an elite in the industry.

    He said that LCCI was happy to lead OPTS’s for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and then for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act. The LCCI boss also submitted that fuel subsidy should be removed as it was not sustainable.

    The highlight of the event was the handing over of plaques to former chairmen of OPTS by the vice president.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The minister represented by Mr Kamaru Busari Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day Sylva said the country s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market He said nevertheless the government was engaging host communities security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors confidence in the sector On his part Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPCL said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement Kyari represented by Mr Dapo Segun Deputy General Manager Treasury NNPCL however maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges He said We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL Also our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self accounting hence cash call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward Earlier in his address of welcome Mr Rick Kennedy Chairman OPTS said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years Kennedy represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor Vice Chairman OPTS said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic security environmental and funding challenges He said We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria s development As a group OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply Over the last decade OPTS member companies accounted for 40 60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes levies royalties rents and license fees to the Nigerian government Kennedy who is also the Managing Director Chevron Africa Business Unit said the OPTS companies had also created over 600 000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians Also Mr Bunmi Toyobo Executive Director OPTS thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country given the enabling environment he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva
     Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum Resources says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The minister represented by Mr Kamaru Busari Acting Permanent Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Resources said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day Sylva said the country s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market He said nevertheless the government was engaging host communities security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors confidence in the sector On his part Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd NNPCL said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement Kyari represented by Mr Dapo Segun Deputy General Manager Treasury NNPCL however maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges He said We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL Also our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self accounting hence cash call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward Earlier in his address of welcome Mr Rick Kennedy Chairman OPTS said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years Kennedy represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor Vice Chairman OPTS said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic security environmental and funding challenges He said We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria s development As a group OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply Over the last decade OPTS member companies accounted for 40 60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes levies royalties rents and license fees to the Nigerian government Kennedy who is also the Managing Director Chevron Africa Business Unit said the OPTS companies had also created over 600 000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians Also Mr Bunmi Toyobo Executive Director OPTS thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country given the enabling environment he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva
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    265 illegal refineries in SPDC corridor – Sylva

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, says there are about 265 illegal refineries in the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) corridor alone as Nigeria continues to grapple with oil theft.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sylva spoke at the 60th Anniversary of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Thursday in Lagos.

    The minister, represented by Mr Kamaru Busari, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, said vandalism and oil theft had resulted in Nigeria producing less than one million barrels of crude oil per day.

    Sylva said the country’s inability to meet its Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) quota had deprived it of the much needed oil revenue when oil prices were very high in the international market.

    He said, nevertheless, the government was engaging host communities, security agencies and deploying technology to address the issue in order to boost investors’ confidence in the sector.

    On his part, Malam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL), said the company was not unmindful of the current challenges, particularly security in the operational areas and cash call arrears settlement.

    Kyari, represented by Mr Dapo Segun, Deputy General Manager, Treasury, NNPCL, however,  maintained that the company was resilient and would work with other stakeholders to overcome the security challenges.

    He said: “We have deployed creative solutions to tackle security challenges in the operational areas.

    “Technological intervention for both monitoring and prompt intervention would also be set up.

    The tackling of the menace is a top priority for NNPCL.

    “Also, our new governance framework provides us autonomy and opportunity for self-accounting hence cash-call settlement including arrears would be settled and handled promptly going forward.

    ” Earlier in his address of welcome, Mr Rick Kennedy, Chairman OPTS, said OPTS had made significant contributions to the development of the Nigerian oil and gas industry over the past 60 years.

    Kennedy, represented by Mr Osagie Okunbor, Vice Chairman, OPTS, said OPTS members had demonstrated resilience and commitment in the face of economic, security, environmental and funding challenges.

    He said: “We have continued to make significant contributions to Nigeria’s development.

    “As a group, OPTS member companies account about 90 per cent of Nigeria oil production and contributes significantly to the domestic and export gas production and supply.

    “Over the last decade, OPTS member companies accounted for 40-60 per cent of government revenue and 85 to 95 per cent of export earnings.

    “OPTS member companies are also proud to have paid tens of billions of dollars in taxes, levies, royalties, rents, and license fees to the Nigerian government.

    ” Kennedy, who is also the Managing Director, Chevron -Africa Business Unit, said the OPTS companies had also created over 600,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.

    Also, Mr Bunmi Toyobo, Executive Director,OPTS, thanked the 29 companies who were members of the OPTS for their contributions to its achievements in the past 60 years.

    “This celebration is to demonstrate our abiding faith in Nigeria as a group and belief in the boundless growth potential of our country, given the enabling environment,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd started its week on a positive note as its corporate services unit achieved ISO certifications in Business Continuity Management System BCMS and Quality Management System QMS NNPC s corporate services unit known as National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS acquired the certifications as part of its commitment to deploy automation and set global standards for the Nigerian oil and gas industry It also launched an electronic materials management solution e MMS a platform aimed at improving synergy between operators in the upstream to save costs improve production and ensure process standardization across the industry Speaking at the event at NNPC Towers Abuja NNPC Ltd Board Chair Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo said the new NNPC was focused on strategic positioning that would enable it to compete globally He noted that NAPIMS achievement of ISO certifications in BCMS and QMS further attests to the company s commitment to the principles of the Transparency Accountability and Performance Excellence TAPE agenda He stressed that automating the system would reduce costs ensure smooth inventory sharing among industry players and encourage the revenue generating auction system In his comments NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari stated that the company s operation was experiencing massive disruption in the form of pipeline vandalism He said that the significant ISO certifications around NNPC s business and e MMS solution can respond positively by providing containment measures to address industry challenges Kyari said that with the current situations around the world there was a need for NNPC to harness today s abundant hydrocarbon resources to build tomorrow s energy He stressed that the NNPC would continue to prioritize the development and utilization of gas on its way to becoming a world class energy company Also speaking at the event Group Chief Executive Officer Upstream Mr Adokiye Tombomieye noted that NNPC Upstream identified standardization and digitization processes as key elements needed to achieve cost optimization production and national reserve aspirations Mr Adokiye TombomieyeTombomieye said that the Directorate would continue to bring automation in line with industry best practices to eliminate the impact of discretion in decision making processes He stated that NAPIMS had become the first government run organization in West Africa to receive ISO 22301 2019 certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA Italy Some of the industry stakeholders at the event included the representative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Famous Eseduwo the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Mr Cosmas Iwueze who represented the President of OPTS Mr Rick Kennedy The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote pledges his support for NNPC initiatives to move the oil and gas sector forward Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager of NAPIMS said that acquiring the certifications had become a means and not an end because the objective was to institutionalize the best processes and standards to achieve profitability and value creation for the benefit of of the Nigerians He said that the e MMS solution provides a transparent exchange platform that leverages data management to serve the material asset needs of players in the oil and gas business adding that the milestones achieved in the areas of certification and automation were the result of functional collaboration and support from all stakeholders The highlight of the event was the virtual and physical presentation of the Director of ISO certificates RINA Mr Alessandro Momei and Mr Richard Omale of the 3FM Solution respectively Still in the week under review NNPC Ltd reaffirmed its commitment to invest heavily in infrastructure development especially roads with a view to building a vibrant national economy The company stated this at the 7th edition of the Africa Road Builders Trophee Babacar Ndiaye conference held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Abuja Speaking on the theme of the conference Building Roads Building Economies President Muhammadu Buhari Representative of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola SAN emphasized the importance of road construction for the Nigerian economy He listed the efforts of the Federal Government in the development of road infrastructure throughout the country In his presentation the GMD CEO NNPC Ltd Malam Mele Kyari who was represented by the Executive Director of Downstream Mr Yemi Adetunji said that NNPC was committed to building a strong economy for Nigeria Kyari said it was doing so by intervening in the construction of critical highways across the country under the federal government s Road Infrastructure Development and Renovation Investment Tax Credit Scheme He said the intervention was in fulfillment of his main mandate to ensure energy security through the efficient distribution of petroleum products throughout the country an activity that relies heavily on road transport Stakeholders such as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission ICRC the National Association of Road Transport Owners NARTO and the Federal Highway Safety Corps FRSC made presentations on ongoing road projects The Federal Internal Revenue Services FIRS Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd NLNG Dangote Group and other partners also made presentations highlighting projects aimed at creating jobs and promoting economic activities in the country The highlight of the event was President Muhammadu Buhari s announcement as the winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize the Babacar Ndiaye Trophy during the inaugural Africa Road Builders conference held in Cairo Egypt in May 2021 The Africa Road Builders Trophy is named after Dr Babacar Ndiaye President of the African Development Bank AfDB from 1985 to 1995 who initiated the conference The conference is sponsored by AfDB to promote the development of road and transport infrastructure in Africa as well as to encourage African countries to improve roads and transport It is also organized to celebrate good examples and reward an African Head of State who achieved exemplary road and transport success in their countries each year In another development Nasarawa Keffi State University NSUK described NNPC Ltd GMD CEO Kyari as an innovative and transformational leader This commendation was presented at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Nasarawa State University Keffi where Kyari was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree Presenting the award to Kyari the university s Chancellor and Emir of Keffi His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III said the NNPC chief had shown excellent leadership in the oil and gas industry through his transformation of the company into a lucrative entity Kyari was represented by the Executive Director of Corporate Services Hajiya Aisha Farida Katagum Also on the occasion was the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who as a special guest of honor launched the N4 billion endowment fund for some projects in the university The projects include Research Centers in Chemistry and Production Fice and Business Studies Sugar ICT Agricultural Value Chain and Climate Change The Vice President reiterated the need to coordinate efforts in the advancement of science and technological research while applauding the zeal and determination of the University to venture into innovation and robotics NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariOther dignitaries who were honored with doctoral degrees alongside Kyari include Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami Immediate Past Governor of Nasarawa State Tanko Almakura Alhaji Aliko Dangote Chief Peter Eloka and Alhaji Ali Abdulrazak Balarabe The Governor of Nasarawa Abdullahi Sule who congratulated all the graduates and awardees for the well deserved recognition assured the citizens of the government s commitment to the development of education in the state Other dignitaries at the event included the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu members of the state and federal legislature and traditional rulers Present to congratulate the GMD were the Managing Director of PPMC Mr Isiyaku Abdullahi NMSL MD Dr Mohammed Zango GGM SBA to GMD Mr Abubakar Nuhu Mohammed GGM GPAD Mr Garba Deen Muhammad GM Shared Services FES Mr Ahmed Ardo and GMD Business Advisor Ahmed Ibrahim Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Kyari repositions company for robust business
      Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd started its week on a positive note as its corporate services unit achieved ISO certifications in Business Continuity Management System BCMS and Quality Management System QMS NNPC s corporate services unit known as National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS acquired the certifications as part of its commitment to deploy automation and set global standards for the Nigerian oil and gas industry It also launched an electronic materials management solution e MMS a platform aimed at improving synergy between operators in the upstream to save costs improve production and ensure process standardization across the industry Speaking at the event at NNPC Towers Abuja NNPC Ltd Board Chair Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo said the new NNPC was focused on strategic positioning that would enable it to compete globally He noted that NAPIMS achievement of ISO certifications in BCMS and QMS further attests to the company s commitment to the principles of the Transparency Accountability and Performance Excellence TAPE agenda He stressed that automating the system would reduce costs ensure smooth inventory sharing among industry players and encourage the revenue generating auction system In his comments NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari stated that the company s operation was experiencing massive disruption in the form of pipeline vandalism He said that the significant ISO certifications around NNPC s business and e MMS solution can respond positively by providing containment measures to address industry challenges Kyari said that with the current situations around the world there was a need for NNPC to harness today s abundant hydrocarbon resources to build tomorrow s energy He stressed that the NNPC would continue to prioritize the development and utilization of gas on its way to becoming a world class energy company Also speaking at the event Group Chief Executive Officer Upstream Mr Adokiye Tombomieye noted that NNPC Upstream identified standardization and digitization processes as key elements needed to achieve cost optimization production and national reserve aspirations Mr Adokiye TombomieyeTombomieye said that the Directorate would continue to bring automation in line with industry best practices to eliminate the impact of discretion in decision making processes He stated that NAPIMS had become the first government run organization in West Africa to receive ISO 22301 2019 certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA Italy Some of the industry stakeholders at the event included the representative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Famous Eseduwo the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Mr Cosmas Iwueze who represented the President of OPTS Mr Rick Kennedy The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote pledges his support for NNPC initiatives to move the oil and gas sector forward Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager of NAPIMS said that acquiring the certifications had become a means and not an end because the objective was to institutionalize the best processes and standards to achieve profitability and value creation for the benefit of of the Nigerians He said that the e MMS solution provides a transparent exchange platform that leverages data management to serve the material asset needs of players in the oil and gas business adding that the milestones achieved in the areas of certification and automation were the result of functional collaboration and support from all stakeholders The highlight of the event was the virtual and physical presentation of the Director of ISO certificates RINA Mr Alessandro Momei and Mr Richard Omale of the 3FM Solution respectively Still in the week under review NNPC Ltd reaffirmed its commitment to invest heavily in infrastructure development especially roads with a view to building a vibrant national economy The company stated this at the 7th edition of the Africa Road Builders Trophee Babacar Ndiaye conference held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Abuja Speaking on the theme of the conference Building Roads Building Economies President Muhammadu Buhari Representative of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola SAN emphasized the importance of road construction for the Nigerian economy He listed the efforts of the Federal Government in the development of road infrastructure throughout the country In his presentation the GMD CEO NNPC Ltd Malam Mele Kyari who was represented by the Executive Director of Downstream Mr Yemi Adetunji said that NNPC was committed to building a strong economy for Nigeria Kyari said it was doing so by intervening in the construction of critical highways across the country under the federal government s Road Infrastructure Development and Renovation Investment Tax Credit Scheme He said the intervention was in fulfillment of his main mandate to ensure energy security through the efficient distribution of petroleum products throughout the country an activity that relies heavily on road transport Stakeholders such as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission ICRC the National Association of Road Transport Owners NARTO and the Federal Highway Safety Corps FRSC made presentations on ongoing road projects The Federal Internal Revenue Services FIRS Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd NLNG Dangote Group and other partners also made presentations highlighting projects aimed at creating jobs and promoting economic activities in the country The highlight of the event was President Muhammadu Buhari s announcement as the winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize the Babacar Ndiaye Trophy during the inaugural Africa Road Builders conference held in Cairo Egypt in May 2021 The Africa Road Builders Trophy is named after Dr Babacar Ndiaye President of the African Development Bank AfDB from 1985 to 1995 who initiated the conference The conference is sponsored by AfDB to promote the development of road and transport infrastructure in Africa as well as to encourage African countries to improve roads and transport It is also organized to celebrate good examples and reward an African Head of State who achieved exemplary road and transport success in their countries each year In another development Nasarawa Keffi State University NSUK described NNPC Ltd GMD CEO Kyari as an innovative and transformational leader This commendation was presented at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Nasarawa State University Keffi where Kyari was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree Presenting the award to Kyari the university s Chancellor and Emir of Keffi His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III said the NNPC chief had shown excellent leadership in the oil and gas industry through his transformation of the company into a lucrative entity Kyari was represented by the Executive Director of Corporate Services Hajiya Aisha Farida Katagum Also on the occasion was the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who as a special guest of honor launched the N4 billion endowment fund for some projects in the university The projects include Research Centers in Chemistry and Production Fice and Business Studies Sugar ICT Agricultural Value Chain and Climate Change The Vice President reiterated the need to coordinate efforts in the advancement of science and technological research while applauding the zeal and determination of the University to venture into innovation and robotics NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariOther dignitaries who were honored with doctoral degrees alongside Kyari include Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami Immediate Past Governor of Nasarawa State Tanko Almakura Alhaji Aliko Dangote Chief Peter Eloka and Alhaji Ali Abdulrazak Balarabe The Governor of Nasarawa Abdullahi Sule who congratulated all the graduates and awardees for the well deserved recognition assured the citizens of the government s commitment to the development of education in the state Other dignitaries at the event included the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu members of the state and federal legislature and traditional rulers Present to congratulate the GMD were the Managing Director of PPMC Mr Isiyaku Abdullahi NMSL MD Dr Mohammed Zango GGM SBA to GMD Mr Abubakar Nuhu Mohammed GGM GPAD Mr Garba Deen Muhammad GM Shared Services FES Mr Ahmed Ardo and GMD Business Advisor Ahmed Ibrahim Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Kyari repositions company for robust business
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    NNPC Weekly: Kyari repositions company for robust business

    Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) started its week on a positive note as its corporate services unit achieved ISO certifications in Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) and Quality Management System (QMS).

    NNPC's corporate services unit known as National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), acquired the certifications as part of its commitment to deploy automation and set global standards for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

    It also launched an electronic materials management solution (e-MMS), a platform aimed at improving synergy between operators in the upstream to save costs, improve production and ensure process standardization across the industry.

    Speaking at the event at NNPC Towers, Abuja, NNPC Ltd Board Chair Senator Margery Chuba-Okadigbo said the new NNPC was focused on strategic positioning that would enable it to compete globally.

    He noted that NAPIMS' achievement of ISO certifications in BCMS and QMS further attests to the company's commitment to the principles of the Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda.

    He stressed that automating the system would reduce costs, ensure smooth inventory sharing among industry players, and encourage the revenue-generating auction system.

    In his comments, NNPC GMD/CEO Malam Mele Kyari stated that the company's operation was experiencing massive disruption in the form of pipeline vandalism.

    He said that the significant ISO certifications around NNPC's business and e-MMS solution can respond positively by providing containment measures to address industry challenges.

    Kyari said that with the current situations around the world, there was a need for NNPC to harness today's abundant hydrocarbon resources to build tomorrow's energy.

    He stressed that the NNPC would continue to prioritize the development and utilization of gas on its way to becoming a world-class energy company.

    Also speaking at the event, Group Chief Executive Officer, Upstream, Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye, noted that NNPC Upstream identified standardization and digitization processes as key elements needed to achieve cost optimization, production and national reserve aspirations. .

    Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye

    Tombomieye said that the Directorate would continue to bring automation in line with industry best practices to eliminate the impact of discretion in decision-making processes.

    He stated that NAPIMS had become the first government-run organization in West Africa to receive ISO-22301:2019 certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA, Italy.

    Some of the industry stakeholders at the event included the representative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Famous Eseduwo, the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Cosmas Iwueze, who represented the President of OPTS, Mr. Rick Kennedy.

    The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote, pledges his support for NNPC initiatives to move the oil and gas sector forward.

    Mr. Bala Wunti, Group General Manager of NAPIMS, said that acquiring the certifications had become a means and not an end because the objective was to institutionalize the best processes and standards to achieve profitability and value creation for the benefit of of the Nigerians.

    He said that the e-MMS solution provides a transparent exchange platform that leverages data management to serve the material asset needs of players in the oil and gas business, adding that the milestones achieved in the areas of certification and automation were the result of functional collaboration and support from all stakeholders.

    The highlight of the event was the virtual and physical presentation of the Director of ISO certificates, RINA, Mr. Alessandro Momei and Mr. Richard Omale of the 3FM Solution, respectively.

    Still in the week under review, NNPC Ltd. reaffirmed its commitment to invest heavily in infrastructure development, especially roads, with a view to building a vibrant national economy.

    The company stated this at the 7th edition of the Africa Road Builders Trophee Babacar Ndiaye conference held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Abuja.

    Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Building Roads, Building Economies”. President Muhammadu Buhari, Representative of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), emphasized the importance of road construction for the Nigerian economy.

    He listed the efforts of the Federal Government in the development of road infrastructure throughout the country.

    In his presentation, the GMD/CEO, NNPC Ltd. Malam Mele Kyari, who was represented by the Executive Director of Downstream, Mr. Yemi Adetunji, said that NNPC was committed to building a strong economy for Nigeria.

    Kyari said it was doing so by intervening in the construction of critical highways across the country under the federal government's Road Infrastructure Development and Renovation Investment Tax Credit Scheme.

    He said the intervention was in fulfillment of his main mandate to ensure energy security through the efficient distribution of petroleum products throughout the country, an activity that relies heavily on road transport.

    Stakeholders such as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC), the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Federal Highway Safety Corps (FRSC) made presentations on ongoing road projects.

    The Federal Internal Revenue Services (FIRS), Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (NLNG), Dangote Group and other partners also made presentations highlighting projects aimed at creating jobs and promoting economic activities in the country.

    The highlight of the event was President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement as the winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize, the Babacar Ndiaye Trophy during the inaugural Africa Road Builders conference held in Cairo, Egypt in May 2021.

    The Africa Road Builders Trophy is named after Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) from 1985 to 1995, who initiated the conference.

    The conference is sponsored by (AfDB), to promote the development of road and transport infrastructure in Africa, as well as to encourage African countries to improve roads and transport.

    It is also organized to celebrate good examples and reward an African Head of State who achieved exemplary road and transport success in their countries each year.

    In another development, Nasarawa Keffi State University (NSUK) described NNPC Ltd. GMD/CEO Kyari as an innovative and transformational leader.

    This commendation was presented at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where Kyari was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

    Presenting the award to Kyari, the university's Chancellor and Emir of Keffi, His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, said the NNPC chief had shown excellent leadership in the oil and gas industry through his transformation of the company into a lucrative entity. .

    Kyari was represented by the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Hajiya Aisha Farida Katagum.

    Also, on the occasion was the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who as a special guest of honor launched the N4 billion endowment fund for some projects in the university.

    The projects include: Research Centers in Chemistry and Production, Fice and Business Studies, Sugar, ICT, Agricultural Value Chain and Climate Change.

    The Vice President reiterated the need to coordinate efforts in the advancement of science and technological research while applauding the zeal and determination of the University to venture into innovation and robotics.

    NNPC GMD/CEO, Malam Mele Kyari

    Other dignitaries who were honored with doctoral degrees alongside Kyari include: Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Immediate Past Governor of Nasarawa State Tanko Almakura, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Peter Eloka and Alhaji Ali Abdulrazak Balarabe.

    The Governor of Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule, who congratulated all the graduates and awardees for the well-deserved recognition, assured the citizens of the government's commitment to the development of education in the state.

    Other dignitaries at the event included the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, members of the state and federal legislature and traditional rulers.

    Present to congratulate the GMD were the Managing Director of PPMC, Mr. Isiyaku Abdullahi; NMSL MD, Dr. Mohammed Zango; GGM/SBA to GMD, Mr. Abubakar Nuhu Mohammed; GGM, GPAD, Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad; GM, Shared Services, FES, Mr. Ahmed Ardo; and GMD Business Advisor Ahmed Ibrahim.

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  •   By Edith Ike Eboh The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva said he has inaugurated a three level committee to help develop a roadmap for implementing a gas powered economy in the county Sylva revealed this at the 4th Nigeria International Petroleum Summit NIPS underway in Abuja on Thursday The theme of the conference is From crisis to opportunities a new approach to the future of hydrocarbons The minister specified that the committees include a committee of sponsors a steering committee and a work team From the feedback I have received the stakeholders and the Nigerian people fully support the government s natural gas agenda and the quest to use the resources to turn the country around We cannot afford any delay and we have to strike the iron while it is hot I want to believe that the roadmap and action plan to meet the expectations of a gas fueled economy by 2030 drawn up from the previous meeting are part of the session s agenda In this regard I inaugurated on June 2 the three level structures to develop this roadmap made up of a committee of sponsors a steering committee and a work team The Sponsors Committee will be chaired by the Minister of State for Petroleum the Director General of the NNPC the President of the Oil Producting Trade OPTS the Director General of the NLNG the Director of the Petroleum Resources Department DPR and a representative of the Minister of Finance as a member he said According to him a consultant will provide program and project management services across all three levels He added that the final roadmap would be a combination of all the previous efforts and work of the ministry NNPC DPR Nigeria Standards Organization SON NIPS among others and would be coordinated by the consultant in a consolidated report I want to see a holistic roadmap and action plan that provides the appropriate leverage to move forward in achieving the decade of the gas vision The critical milestone that must be reached must be clearly indicated with short medium and long term strategies There should be defined and detailed activities actions timetables and shared responsibilities he added He assured that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was ready to play its role and carry out its shared responsibility He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had shown enough zeal to leave no doubt that his vision of using the country s vast natural gas resources to lift Nigeria into the league of major industrialized countries during the next decade is not a question of rhetoric I don t expect everything about this trip to go smoothly however with the kind of determination that I have seen so far demonstrated by his administration on natural gas issues he does there is no challenge along the way that will be too difficult to overcome he added NAN NAN
    Decade of gas: FG inaugurates committee to develop roadmap.
      By Edith Ike Eboh The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva said he has inaugurated a three level committee to help develop a roadmap for implementing a gas powered economy in the county Sylva revealed this at the 4th Nigeria International Petroleum Summit NIPS underway in Abuja on Thursday The theme of the conference is From crisis to opportunities a new approach to the future of hydrocarbons The minister specified that the committees include a committee of sponsors a steering committee and a work team From the feedback I have received the stakeholders and the Nigerian people fully support the government s natural gas agenda and the quest to use the resources to turn the country around We cannot afford any delay and we have to strike the iron while it is hot I want to believe that the roadmap and action plan to meet the expectations of a gas fueled economy by 2030 drawn up from the previous meeting are part of the session s agenda In this regard I inaugurated on June 2 the three level structures to develop this roadmap made up of a committee of sponsors a steering committee and a work team The Sponsors Committee will be chaired by the Minister of State for Petroleum the Director General of the NNPC the President of the Oil Producting Trade OPTS the Director General of the NLNG the Director of the Petroleum Resources Department DPR and a representative of the Minister of Finance as a member he said According to him a consultant will provide program and project management services across all three levels He added that the final roadmap would be a combination of all the previous efforts and work of the ministry NNPC DPR Nigeria Standards Organization SON NIPS among others and would be coordinated by the consultant in a consolidated report I want to see a holistic roadmap and action plan that provides the appropriate leverage to move forward in achieving the decade of the gas vision The critical milestone that must be reached must be clearly indicated with short medium and long term strategies There should be defined and detailed activities actions timetables and shared responsibilities he added He assured that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was ready to play its role and carry out its shared responsibility He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had shown enough zeal to leave no doubt that his vision of using the country s vast natural gas resources to lift Nigeria into the league of major industrialized countries during the next decade is not a question of rhetoric I don t expect everything about this trip to go smoothly however with the kind of determination that I have seen so far demonstrated by his administration on natural gas issues he does there is no challenge along the way that will be too difficult to overcome he added NAN NAN
    Decade of gas: FG inaugurates committee to develop roadmap.
    General news1 year ago

    Decade of gas: FG inaugurates committee to develop roadmap.

    By Edith Ike-Eboh

    The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said he has inaugurated a three-level committee to help develop a roadmap for implementing a gas-powered economy in the county.

    Sylva revealed this at the 4th Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) underway in Abuja on Thursday. The theme of the conference is "From crisis to opportunities, a new approach to the future of hydrocarbons" The minister specified that the committees include a committee of sponsors, a steering committee and a work team. “From the feedback I have received, the stakeholders and the Nigerian people fully support the government's natural gas agenda and the quest to use the resources to turn the country around. “We cannot afford any delay and we have to strike the iron while it is hot. “I want to believe that the roadmap and action plan to meet the expectations of a gas-fueled economy by 2030 drawn up from the previous meeting are part of the session's agenda. “In this regard, I inaugurated on June 2 the three-level structures to develop this roadmap made up of a committee of sponsors, a. steering committee and a work team. . “The Sponsors Committee will be chaired by the Minister of State for Petroleum, the Director General of the NNPC, the President of the Oil Producting Trade (OPTS), the Director General of the NLNG, the Director of the Petroleum Resources Department. (DPR) and a representative of the Minister of Finance as a member, ”he said. According to him, a consultant will provide program and project management services across all three levels. He added that the final roadmap would be a combination of all the previous efforts and work of the ministry, NNPC, DPR, Nigeria Standards Organization (SON), NIPS, among others, and would be coordinated by the consultant in a consolidated report. “I want to see a holistic roadmap and action plan that provides the appropriate leverage to move forward in achieving the decade of the gas vision. “The critical milestone that must be reached must be clearly indicated with short, medium and long term strategies. There should be defined and detailed activities, actions, timetables and shared responsibilities, ”he added. He assured that the Ministry of Petroleum Resources was ready to play its role and carry out its shared responsibility. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had shown enough zeal to leave no doubt that his vision of using the country's vast natural gas resources to lift Nigeria into the league of major industrialized countries during the next decade is not a question of rhetoric. “I don't expect everything about this trip to go smoothly, however, with the kind of determination that I have seen so far demonstrated by his administration on natural gas issues, he does. there is no challenge along the way that will be too difficult to overcome, ”he added (NAN)(NAN)

  •   The Kaduna State Government on Thursday dismissed reports that motorists and travelers have stopped using the Kaduna Abuja Road The state s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan made the denial during a visit to some communities along the highway He said troops have been deployed to conduct aggressive patrol while government and security agencies have been meeting with communities along the road to solicit their support for timely information on the activities of bandits and other criminals Vehicular movement is active on the double lane road as commercial activities are also visible in local markets in Akilubu Rijana Kateri Jere Doka Sabon Gayan and other communities surrounding the main road Ground troops of the Operation Thunder Strike OPTS and Police Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder are presently carrying out aggressive fighting patrols on the route that stretches through three local government areas Aruwan added that a state government team and Coordinator of OPTS Col Ibrahim Gambari have been touring the route soliciting support from communities for the security agencies In one of such engagement on Thursday with religious traditional and community leaders at Akilubu village the commissioner urged them to provide credible information and actionable intelligence to enable security agencies deal decisively with bandits As you are all witnessing troops have been taking the battle to the bandits and this is made possible because they got credible intelligence So please cooperate with them and support them so that we will get it right and maintain security on the road Aruwan told journalists during the visit that contrary to reports that motorists and travelers have abandoned the road you can see for yourselves that motorists are plying both sides of the dual carriageway He assured that the state government would continue to work with the military police and all agencies in the battle against bandits in the state Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Troops embark on aggressive patrol along Kaduna-Abuja highway – Commissioner
      The Kaduna State Government on Thursday dismissed reports that motorists and travelers have stopped using the Kaduna Abuja Road The state s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan made the denial during a visit to some communities along the highway He said troops have been deployed to conduct aggressive patrol while government and security agencies have been meeting with communities along the road to solicit their support for timely information on the activities of bandits and other criminals Vehicular movement is active on the double lane road as commercial activities are also visible in local markets in Akilubu Rijana Kateri Jere Doka Sabon Gayan and other communities surrounding the main road Ground troops of the Operation Thunder Strike OPTS and Police Operatives of the Operation Puff Adder are presently carrying out aggressive fighting patrols on the route that stretches through three local government areas Aruwan added that a state government team and Coordinator of OPTS Col Ibrahim Gambari have been touring the route soliciting support from communities for the security agencies In one of such engagement on Thursday with religious traditional and community leaders at Akilubu village the commissioner urged them to provide credible information and actionable intelligence to enable security agencies deal decisively with bandits As you are all witnessing troops have been taking the battle to the bandits and this is made possible because they got credible intelligence So please cooperate with them and support them so that we will get it right and maintain security on the road Aruwan told journalists during the visit that contrary to reports that motorists and travelers have abandoned the road you can see for yourselves that motorists are plying both sides of the dual carriageway He assured that the state government would continue to work with the military police and all agencies in the battle against bandits in the state Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Troops embark on aggressive patrol along Kaduna-Abuja highway – Commissioner
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Troops embark on aggressive patrol along Kaduna-Abuja highway – Commissioner

    The Kaduna State Government on Thursday dismissed reports that motorists and travelers have stopped using the Kaduna-Abuja Road.

    The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan made the denial during a visit to some communities along the highway.

    He said troops have been deployed to conduct aggressive patrol, while government and security agencies have been meeting with communities along the road to solicit their support for timely information on the activities of bandits and other criminals.

    “Vehicular movement is active on the double lane road, as commercial activities are also visible in local markets in Akilubu, Rijana, Kateri, Jere, Doka, Sabon Gayan and other communities surrounding the main road.

    “Ground troops of the ‘Operation Thunder Strike’ (OPTS) and Police Operatives of the ‘Operation Puff Adder’ are presently carrying out aggressive fighting patrols on the route, that stretches through three local government areas.”

    Aruwan added that a state government team and Coordinator of OPTS, Col. Ibrahim Gambari have been touring the route soliciting support from communities for the security agencies.

    In one of such engagement on Thursday with religious, traditional and community leaders at Akilubu village, the commissioner urged them to provide credible information and actionable intelligence, to enable security agencies deal decisively with bandits.

    “As you are all witnessing, troops have been taking the battle to the bandits and this is made possible because they got credible intelligence.

    “So, please cooperate with them and support them so that we will get it right and maintain security on the road.”

    Aruwan told journalists during the visit that, “contrary to reports that motorists and travelers have abandoned the road, you can see for yourselves that motorists are plying both sides of the dual carriageway.”

    He assured that the state government would continue to work with the military, police and all agencies in the battle against bandits in the state.

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    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

  •   The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed determination to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill PIB within six months Gbajabiamila said this when he played host to a delegation of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS under the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday in Abuja Gbajabiamila said that the House would ensure that it passed a PIB that would be satisfactory to all stating that there were two things that the House would do First the House is determined to pass the bill within the next six months or probably less because the clock has already started running from the time it was presented Two the House is determined to pass a PIB that is satisfactory to all I know it is difficult to satisfy everybody but we will try our best to satisfy everybody he said Gbajabiamila also said that the House would ensure that it carried all stakeholders along in working on the draft legislation until its passage He urged members of the OPTS led by their Chairman Mr Mike Sangster to avail themselves of the opportunity to reach out to the House ad hoc committee on PIB to make their inputs He expressed concern that the PIB in its present form would not make the Nigerian oil and gas industry competitive globally He stated that the PIB had been long coming because of the various interests adding that it was difficult to pass a bill that addressed the interests of everyone as the PIB would involve local content According to him I am very concerned about what you said that the PIB as it is does not allow Nigeria to compete favourably in the global market we are not competitive yet there is the presence of oil majors here He said We need to look at it but I think it will be difficult to tell members that we should go back to the old arrangement that we had Earlier Sangster had raised concern over the present form of the PIB which he said if passed the way it is it would negatively affect Nigeria s competitiveness in the global market He noted that in the past the African continent attracted about 70 billion of investment in the oil and gas industry but that only about 3billion came to Nigeria in spite of being a major player continentally He said that the petroleum industry had the capacity to create thousands of jobs in the next 10 years He encouraged the House to reach out to other sources to have a better analysis of the PIB Edited By Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    Gbajabiamila expresses determination to pass PIB in 6 months
      The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed determination to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill PIB within six months Gbajabiamila said this when he played host to a delegation of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS under the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday in Abuja Gbajabiamila said that the House would ensure that it passed a PIB that would be satisfactory to all stating that there were two things that the House would do First the House is determined to pass the bill within the next six months or probably less because the clock has already started running from the time it was presented Two the House is determined to pass a PIB that is satisfactory to all I know it is difficult to satisfy everybody but we will try our best to satisfy everybody he said Gbajabiamila also said that the House would ensure that it carried all stakeholders along in working on the draft legislation until its passage He urged members of the OPTS led by their Chairman Mr Mike Sangster to avail themselves of the opportunity to reach out to the House ad hoc committee on PIB to make their inputs He expressed concern that the PIB in its present form would not make the Nigerian oil and gas industry competitive globally He stated that the PIB had been long coming because of the various interests adding that it was difficult to pass a bill that addressed the interests of everyone as the PIB would involve local content According to him I am very concerned about what you said that the PIB as it is does not allow Nigeria to compete favourably in the global market we are not competitive yet there is the presence of oil majors here He said We need to look at it but I think it will be difficult to tell members that we should go back to the old arrangement that we had Earlier Sangster had raised concern over the present form of the PIB which he said if passed the way it is it would negatively affect Nigeria s competitiveness in the global market He noted that in the past the African continent attracted about 70 billion of investment in the oil and gas industry but that only about 3billion came to Nigeria in spite of being a major player continentally He said that the petroleum industry had the capacity to create thousands of jobs in the next 10 years He encouraged the House to reach out to other sources to have a better analysis of the PIB Edited By Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    Gbajabiamila expresses determination to pass PIB in 6 months
    Politics2 years ago

    Gbajabiamila expresses determination to pass PIB in 6 months

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed determination to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) within six months.

    Gbajabiamila said this when he played host to a delegation of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) under the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Gbajabiamila said that the House would ensure that it passed a PIB that would be satisfactory to all, stating that there were two things that the House would do.

    “First, the House is determined to pass the bill within the next six months, or probably less, because the clock has already started running from the time it was presented.

    “Two, the House is determined to pass a PIB that is satisfactory to all, I know it is difficult to satisfy everybody, but we will try our best to satisfy everybody,” he said.

    Gbajabiamila also said that the House would ensure that it carried all stakeholders along in working on the draft legislation until its passage.

    He urged members of the OPTS led by their Chairman, Mr Mike Sangster, to avail themselves of the opportunity to reach out to the House ad hoc committee on PIB to make their inputs.

    He expressed concern that the PIB in its present form would not make the Nigerian oil and gas industry competitive globally.

    He stated that the  PIB had been long coming because of the various interests, adding that it was difficult to pass a bill that addressed the interests of everyone as the PIB would involve local content.

    According to him, I am very concerned about what you said, that the PIB as it is does not allow Nigeria to compete favourably in the global market, we are not competitive, yet there is the presence of oil majors here.

    He said “We need to look at it, but I think it will be difficult to tell members that we should go back to the old arrangement that we had.

    Earlier, Sangster had raised concern over the present form of the PIB, which he said if passed the way it is, it would negatively affect Nigeria’s competitiveness in the global market.

    He noted that in the past, the African continent attracted about $70 billion of investment in the oil and gas industry but that only about $3billion came to Nigeria in spite of being a major player continentally.

    He said that the petroleum industry had the capacity to create thousands of jobs in the next 10 years.

    He encouraged the House to reach out to other sources to have a better analysis of the PIB.


    Edited By: Donald Ugwu
    Source: NAN

  •   The Kaduna State Government has said that only five people are kidnapped during Sunday s attack on commuters along Abuja Kaduna highway The Commissioner Internal Security and Home Affairs Mr Samuel Aruwan made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna Aruwan said that the figure was disclosed to government officials by relations of the kidnapped victims He said that the government had forwarded the information to the relevant security agencies According to him only two people were killed during the attack contrary to earlier media reports that claimed that scores were killed The commissioner recalled that nine people were rescued on Sunday by troops from the kidnappers The government is appealing to the media to be conscious and circumspect and aid security efforts towards containing banditry rather than unwittingly giving more life to the criminal activities of the armed bandits As at this moment the Doka General Hospital Military Police and Federal Road Safety Corps have separately confirmed that two persons lost their lives contrary to the reports being circulated which claimed that almost a score were killed He also debunked claims that the military and other security operatives had abandoned the route To uphold such a narrative would amount to a denial of the huge sacrifices being made by security personnel with several paying the supreme price while patrolling the route There is indeed presence of troops at strategic locations on the route comprising Operation Thunder Strike OPTS a response squad of the Defence Headquarters with both ground and air components having operational headquarters with a functional helipad at Kateri town There is also a team from the Inspector General of Police Operation Puff Adder with two outfits Special Tactical Squad and Intelligence Response Team complementing operations with technical support He said in spite of Sunday s setback the state government would continue to support and encourage security operatives on the frontlines as they worked to protect citizens and their right to live and travel in peace Edited By Maharazu Ahmed Source NAN
    Five kidnapped, 2 killed in Sunday’s attack on Abuja-Kaduna highway – Commissioner
      The Kaduna State Government has said that only five people are kidnapped during Sunday s attack on commuters along Abuja Kaduna highway The Commissioner Internal Security and Home Affairs Mr Samuel Aruwan made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna Aruwan said that the figure was disclosed to government officials by relations of the kidnapped victims He said that the government had forwarded the information to the relevant security agencies According to him only two people were killed during the attack contrary to earlier media reports that claimed that scores were killed The commissioner recalled that nine people were rescued on Sunday by troops from the kidnappers The government is appealing to the media to be conscious and circumspect and aid security efforts towards containing banditry rather than unwittingly giving more life to the criminal activities of the armed bandits As at this moment the Doka General Hospital Military Police and Federal Road Safety Corps have separately confirmed that two persons lost their lives contrary to the reports being circulated which claimed that almost a score were killed He also debunked claims that the military and other security operatives had abandoned the route To uphold such a narrative would amount to a denial of the huge sacrifices being made by security personnel with several paying the supreme price while patrolling the route There is indeed presence of troops at strategic locations on the route comprising Operation Thunder Strike OPTS a response squad of the Defence Headquarters with both ground and air components having operational headquarters with a functional helipad at Kateri town There is also a team from the Inspector General of Police Operation Puff Adder with two outfits Special Tactical Squad and Intelligence Response Team complementing operations with technical support He said in spite of Sunday s setback the state government would continue to support and encourage security operatives on the frontlines as they worked to protect citizens and their right to live and travel in peace Edited By Maharazu Ahmed Source NAN
    Five kidnapped, 2 killed in Sunday’s attack on Abuja-Kaduna highway – Commissioner
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Five kidnapped, 2 killed in Sunday’s attack on Abuja-Kaduna highway – Commissioner

    The Kaduna State Government has said that only five people are kidnapped during Sunday’s attack on commuters along Abuja-Kaduna highway.

    The Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, made the disclosure in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna.

    Aruwan said that the figure was disclosed to government officials by relations of the kidnapped victims.

    He said that the government had forwarded the information to the relevant security agencies.

    According to him, only two people were killed during the attack contrary to earlier media reports that claimed that scores were killed.

    The commissioner recalled that nine people were rescued on Sunday by troops from the kidnappers.

    “The government is appealing to the media to be conscious and circumspect, and aid security efforts towards containing banditry, rather than unwittingly giving more life to the criminal activities of the armed bandits.

    “As at this moment, the Doka General Hospital, Military, Police and Federal Road Safety Corps have separately confirmed that two persons lost their lives, contrary to the reports being circulated which claimed that almost a score were killed.”

    He also debunked claims that the military and other security operatives had abandoned the route.

    “To uphold such a narrative would amount to a denial of the huge sacrifices being made by security personnel, with several paying the supreme price while patrolling the route.

    “There is indeed presence of troops at strategic locations on the route, comprising Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS), a response squad of the Defence Headquarters with both ground and air components, having operational headquarters with a functional helipad at Kateri town.

    “There is also a team from the Inspector General of Police Operation Puff Adder with two outfits, Special Tactical Squad and Intelligence Response Team, complementing operations with technical support.”

    He said in spite of Sunday’s setback, the state government would continue to support and encourage security operatives on the frontlines as they worked to protect citizens and their right to live and travel in peace.


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
    Source: NAN

  •   The Kaduna State Government says troops on internal security operations have rescued nine persons kidnapped along Kaduna Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon The state s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Mr Samuel Aruwan said this in a statement on Monday in Kaduna Aruwan said that the government received operational feedback that the victims were rescued by troops of Operation Thunder Strike OPTS He explained that the troops on routine patrol along Akilubu Gidan Busa axis of the Kaduna Abuja road received a distress call around 4p m indicating that bandits had blocked the highway The bandits opened fire on a bus forcing the driver to halt On getting to the location the realised that bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18 seater bus with registration No Kaduna MKA 151 he said According to him the troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued the nine persons Regrettably the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives The Kaduna state government wishes to send its condolence to their families and pray for God to grant them eternal rest he said He said the government will continue to work hard in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security situation on the highway Aruwan said that the government was also working in collaboration with Zamfara Katsina Niger Nasarawa Plateau Sokoto and Kano State government as well as the military the police Department of State Service and relevant stakeholders towards enhancing security in the region Edited By Maharazu Ahmed Ali Baba Inuwa Source NAN
    Troops rescue 9 kidnapped persons on Kaduna-Abuja highway 
      The Kaduna State Government says troops on internal security operations have rescued nine persons kidnapped along Kaduna Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon The state s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs Mr Samuel Aruwan said this in a statement on Monday in Kaduna Aruwan said that the government received operational feedback that the victims were rescued by troops of Operation Thunder Strike OPTS He explained that the troops on routine patrol along Akilubu Gidan Busa axis of the Kaduna Abuja road received a distress call around 4p m indicating that bandits had blocked the highway The bandits opened fire on a bus forcing the driver to halt On getting to the location the realised that bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18 seater bus with registration No Kaduna MKA 151 he said According to him the troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued the nine persons Regrettably the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives The Kaduna state government wishes to send its condolence to their families and pray for God to grant them eternal rest he said He said the government will continue to work hard in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security situation on the highway Aruwan said that the government was also working in collaboration with Zamfara Katsina Niger Nasarawa Plateau Sokoto and Kano State government as well as the military the police Department of State Service and relevant stakeholders towards enhancing security in the region Edited By Maharazu Ahmed Ali Baba Inuwa Source NAN
    Troops rescue 9 kidnapped persons on Kaduna-Abuja highway 
    Defence/Security2 years ago

    Troops rescue 9 kidnapped persons on Kaduna-Abuja highway 

    The Kaduna State Government says troops on internal security operations have rescued nine persons kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday afternoon.

    The state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan said this in a statement on Monday in Kaduna.

    Aruwan said that the government received operational feedback that the victims were rescued by troops of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS).

    He explained that the troops on routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the Kaduna-Abuja road, received a distress call around 4p.m., indicating that bandits had blocked the highway.

    “The bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to halt.

    “On getting to the location, the realised that bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18-seater bus with registration No. Kaduna: MKA-151,” he said.

    According to him, the troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a firefight and in the process rescued the nine persons.

    “Regrettably, the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives.

    “The Kaduna state government wishes to send its condolence to their families and pray for God to grant them eternal rest,” he said.

    He said the government will continue to work hard, in collaboration with the Federal Government to improve the security situation on the highway.

    Aruwan said that the government was also working in collaboration with Zamfara, Katsina, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano State government, as well as the military, the police, Department of State Service and relevant stakeholders towards enhancing security in the region.


    Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed/Ali Baba-Inuwa
    Source: NAN

  •  The Presidency says it has concluded arrangements to air a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on June 14 and 15 The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday Adesina stated that the documentary programme was part of activities to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Buhari administration According to the presidential aide the documentary will be aired on Channels Television on Saturday June 13 at 7p m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority NTA Sunday June 14 at 7p m He said To commemorate the Fifth Year Anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration within the period will be on Channels Television on Saturday June 13 at 7p m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority NTA Sunday June 14 at 7p m NAN reports that the Presidency also listed the achievements of the Buhari administration with pictorial evidences in the past five years as follows AGRICULTURE The Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP of the Central Bank of Nigeria launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17 2015 has made available more than 200 billion Naira in funding to more than 1 5 million smallholder farmers of 16 different commodities Rice Wheat Maize Cotton Cassava Poultry Soy Beans Groundnut Fish cultivating over 1 4 million hectares of farmland The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice doubling the production of paddy as well as milled rice between 2015 and 2019 Between 2016 and 2019 more than 10 new rice mills came on stream in Nigeria Many of the existing Mills have expanded their capacity several new ones are under construction More than a billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of Rice Wheat Sugar Poultry Animal Feed Fertilizers etc since 2015 Federal Executive Council approval 2020 for a National Agriculture Mechanization Programme the Green Imperative in partnership with the Government of Brazil and multilateral financing institutions The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative Launched in January 2017 as a Government to Government agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco More than a million metric tonnes of fertiliser produced since 2017 This translated to distribution of more than 18 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser in the first three years of the PFI 22 blending plants resuscitated combined installed capacity of more than 2 5m MT Price reduction from 9 000 11 000 per bag to 5 500 FX savings of 150m annually through the substitution of imported components with locally manufactured ones Subsidy savings of 50 billion Naira annually Making Business Work Support for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs The newDevelopment Bank of Nigeria DBN has finally taken off with initial funding of US 1 3 billion N396 5 billion to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs Since 2017 the DBN has disbursed a total of N100 billion through the bank s 27 Participating Financial Institutions PFIs impacting more than 100 000 MSMEs 52 of loans disbursed in 2019 were to youths and women owned businesses Bank of Industry has disbursed more than N400 billion in loans to large medium small and micro enterprises since 2016 It has also established a N5 Billion Fund for Artisanal Miners as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development s Programme to boost Mining activities in Nigeria as well as a 20 million Fund to support young technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria The MSME Clinics which bring relevant Government Agencies together with small businesses operating in various cities across the country to enable the Agencies provide direct support to these businesses The interactions allow the Agencies better understand the issues facing small businesses and provide a platform for speedy resolution The Ease of Doing Business Reform Programme see below The Government Enterprise and Empowerment component GEEP of the Social Intervention Programme SIP Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes The work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council inaugurated by President Buhari in August 2016 and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat EBES has resulted in Nigeria moving up 39 places on the World Bank s Ease of Doing Business rankings since 2016 In the last 3 years Nigeria has twice been adjudged one of 10 Most Improved Economies in the Rankings The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council NIPC in 2017 completed a long overdue revision of the list of activities that can benefit from Nigeria s Pioneer Status Incentive which grants beneficiary companies a 3 to 5 year tax holiday The revision done more than 10 ten years after the last one has modernized the List expanding the tax holiday incentives to qualifying companies in E commerce Software Development Animation Music Film and TV NIPC published a Compendium of all Investment incentives in Nigeria making it easier for existing and potential investors to have equal access to the information Some of the specific Ease of Doing Business Reform achievements are as follows Assent by President Buhari to the Finance Bill 2019 The Finance Act 2019 is the first time Nigeria is accompanying the passage of a Budget with complementary fiscal and business environment reforms legislation The 2020 Budget is also the first time in 12 years that a Federal Budget has been restored to the January December cycle Creation of a National Collateral Registry NCR A NCR or Movable Assets Registry was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria in May 2016 The NCR allows small businesses to get access to loans using movable assets machinery livestock inventory as collateral As of the end of June 2018 the NCR online portal had registered 630 financial institutions Between inception in 2016 and April 2020 these financial institutions had recorded a total of 65 370 moveable assets on the portal belonging to 165 456 borrowers and valued at 1 26 Trillion Naira Automation of business name reservation submission of registration documents payment of registration fees generation of Tax Identification Numbers TIN and filing of federal Taxes Implementation of functioning Visa on Arrival system for Business Visitors and AU nationals PENSIONS In January 2019 President Buhari launched Nigeria s Micro Pension Scheme which allows self employed persons and persons working in organisations with less than 3 employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation The Buhari Administration is prioritizing the payment of pension arrears owed staff of current and privatized defunct Federal agencies N54 billion released to settle outstanding 33 pension arrears the 33 pension arrears date back to 2010 when the minimum wage was increased to N18 000 Delta Steel Company liquidated in 2005 3 542 pensioners have now been placed on the payroll ending a 13 year wait for their entitlements NITEL 9 216 pensioners payrolled after more than a decade of neglect Retired Biafran Police Officers dismissed by the Federal Government in 1971 after the Civil War ended and pardoned by President Obasanjo in 2000 President Buhari approved the payment of the pensions unpaid since their pardon in 2000 N571 56 million was paid to a total of 174 beneficiaries in October 2017 Nigeria Airways President Buhari approved the release of N24 billion in September 2018 for the settlement of 50 of workers disengaged when the airline was liquidated in 2003 4 Recoveries The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD has recovered cash and non cash assets totaling N16 billion previously trapped in various insurance companies and underwriters managing the pension funds of Federal Parastatals and Universities MONETARY FISCAL TRADE IMMIGRATION CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS Tax Launch of a new Tax Identification Number TIN Registration System in 2019 For the first time Nigeria has a consolidated unified database of all taxpayers individual and corporate across all States This new System is the product of increased collaboration between FIRS and States Inland Revenue Services through improved sharing of information and an integration of databases among others The new TIN Registration system leverages on existing taxpayer data available from databases of multiple organizations like Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Banks through Bank Verification Number BVN National Identity Card Management Commission NIMC and others The improved collaboration between FIRS and the various SIRS has resulted in an increase in Nigeria s Tax Net number of paying and non paying individuals and companies in the Tax Database from 13 million as at December 2015 to 35 million at the end of 2018 and a projected 45 million by the end of 2019 Trade Establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations by the Economic Management Team EMT The NOTN has produced Nigeria s first Annual National Trade Report and is compiling for the first time in Nigeria s history a comprehensive database of Nigerian Trade Deals and Agreements The Renminbi Naira Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria On April 27 2018 the CBN signed a 3 year bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China PBoC worth Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billon equivalent to N720 00 billon or US 2 5 billion Budget Budget proposal submission which used to be done manually submissions in hard copy and flash drives has moved to an online platform the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System GIFMIS since 2018 The new Budget Submission System significantly improves the transparency and efficiency of the budgeting system Restoration of Federal Budget to January December cycle with the 2020 Budget for the first time in 12 years Immigration Installation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System MIDAS a global travel security standard in 5 Nigerian International Airports commencing in late 2019 with the support and collaboration of the International Organization for Migration IOM MIDAS is linked to Local and International Criminal Dabatases Watchlists INTERPOL etc and achieves real time synchronization of data between all of Nigeria s International Airports and the NIS Headquarters in Abuja It ultimately creates a faster and more efficient airport experience while also ensuring that persons crossing Nigeria s borders through the Airports do not pose any threats to national and international security Accompanying the installation of MIDAS is the launch of a New Visa Policy 2020 by the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS as part of a broader 5 year Border Strategy Reform 2019 2023 The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms Expansion of Visa Categories from 6 to 79 to reflect and cater to the full range of realities and scenarios for intending travelers to Nigeria Introduction of eVisas which carry biometric information of visa holders The eVisa issuance system is linked to MIDAS Automation of Visa Issuance and Payment to reduce human contact and associated corruption The Visa on Arrival Policy expanded to all holders of African Passports starting January 2020 Consumer Protection President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC Bill the first legislation in Nigeria s history focused on curbing anti competition practices and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Debt Management Between 2017 and now Nigeria has issued its first ever Diaspora Bond in the International Capital Market The Diaspora Bond was US 300 million with a tenor of 5 years The proceeds were used to part finance the 2017 Budget Sukuk Bond 1st Tranche 100 billion Naira in 2017 2nd Tranche of 100 billion Naira in 2018 and 3rd Tranche of 150 billion Naira has just gone on sale in May 2020 The Sukuk Bond proceeds are being used to fund major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria The Buhari Administration has issued Nigeria s first ever Sovereign Green Bonds Domestic Borrowing Costs Through the CBN s policies and directives Treasury Bill rates which represent domestic borrowing costs for the Government have fallen from 16 18 percent per annum in 2017 to 2 6 percent per annum in 2019 2020 FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES The Buhari Administration has extended more than N2 Trillion Naira in bailout packages to State Governments to enable them meet their salary and pension obligations especially in the face of dwindling oil revenues in the first 3 years of the Administration The support has come in the form of the following Budget Support Facility Total of N614 billion extended to the States Paris Club Refunds 5 4 billion Infrastructure Loans Loan Restructuring for Facilities with Commercial Banks In 2015 the DMO restructured Commercial Bank loans with a total value of N575 516 billion for 23 States to reduce the debt service burden on the states In exchange for their loans to State Governments the banks were issued 20 year FGN Bonds at a yield of 14 83 per annum The Restructuring Exercise benefited the States through Reduction in the monthly debt service burden of States from between 55 to 97 for various States Interest rate savings for the States ranging from 3 to 9 per annum Longer repayment period for the loans now converted into Bonds and Freeing up of needed cash to run the machinery of Government EXECUTIVE ORDERS The Buhari Administration has since 2017 issued a number of landmark Executive Orders Executive Order 001 on Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment Executive Order 002 on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies Executive Order 005 on planning and execution of projects promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science engineering and technology Executive Order 008 on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme VOARS Executive Order 007 on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme Executive Order 010 Implementing Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary INFRASTRUCTURE The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria s Transport Power and Health Infrastructure Three major rail projects inherited from previous administrations have been completed and commissioned Abuja Metro Rail and the Abuja Kaduna Rail and the 327km Itakpe Ajaokuta Warri Rail started in 1987 have been completed in 2020 A fourth Rail Project the Lagos Ibadan Rail Project kicked off in 2017 and is due to be completed in 2020 The tracklaying for the main component of the project was completed in March 2020 In May 2018 the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority The PIDF kicked off with seed funding of US 650 million and has already disbursed funds for three critical road projects Second Niger Bridge Lagos Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja Kaduna Zaria Kano Expressway Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA in March 2018 invested US 11m to establish a world class Cancer Treatment Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH which commenced operations in 2019 Work is ongoing on two US 5m Diagnostic Centers in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia Abuja s Light Rail system has been completed it connects the city center with the Airport and the Abuja Kaduna Railway Line New Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport Terminals completed in Q4 2018 New Lagos and Kano International Airport Terminals scheduled for completion in 2020 All were inherited from the previous administration at various stages of completion and in some cases required project redesign and revision The Buhari Administration successfully completed the reconstruction of the Abuja Airport runway within the scheduled six week period March April 2017 and will complete the reconstruction of the Enugu International Airport Runway in 2020 The following Water Supply Projects and Dam Irrigation Projects have been completed by the Buhari Administration Central Ogbia Regional Water Project in Bayelsa Sabke Dutsi Mashi Water Supply Project in Katsina Northern Ishan Regional Water Supply Project serving Ugboha and Uromi communities of Edo State Kashimbila Dam Taraba State Ogwashi Uku Dam Delta State Actual Dam completed and reservoir impounded in 2016 also spillway discharge channel completed Shagari Dam Irrigation Project Sokoto State Mangu Dam and Regional Water Supply Scheme in Plateau State Completion of Phase 1 of Galma Dam Kaduna Rehabilitation of Ojirami Dam Water Supply Project Edo State The 25 Road Projects being funded by the Sukuk Bonds Construction of Oju Loko Oweto bridge over River Benue to link Loko Nasarawa state and Oweto Benue state along route F2384 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road section I International Airport link road junction Sheda Village Dualisation of Suleja Minna Road in Niger State Phase II km 40 000 km101 000 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road Section IV Koton Karfe Lokoja in Kogi State Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Okene in Kogi State Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section III Azare Potiskum in Bauchi Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section IV Potiskum Damaturu road in Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section V Damaturu Maiduguri Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section I Kano Wudil Shuari in Kano Dualisation of Kano Katsina Road Phase I Kano Town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano Construction of Kano Western Bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road Section I Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha Enugu Expressway Amansea Enugu border Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section I Lokpanta Umuahia in Abia Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section II Umuahia tower Aba Township Rail Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section III Enugu Lokpanta Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section IV Aba Port Harcourt in Rivers Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction Kolo Otuoke Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section II Phase I Okene Auchi Kogi Edo states Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section III Phase I Auchi Ehor in Edo Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana junction Benin Section IV Phase I Ehor Benin City Edo state Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin Ofosu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase IV Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin Ofusu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase III Dualisation of Ibadan Ilorin Road Section II Oyo Ogbomosho Road in Oyo Power Sector The Federal Government s Energizing Economies Programme is a public private partnership led by the Rural Electrification Agency REA to deliver stable power supply to markets and economic clusters across the country The initial phase is ongoing in Ariaria Market in Aba Abia State 32 000 shops Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos 1 000 shops Shomolu Printing Community in Lagos 4 000 shops and the Sabon Gari Market in Kano 12 000 shops The Sura Shopping Complex project was completed in August 2018 and commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in October 2018 Launch of a 1 3 Trillion Naira Payment Assurance Programmedesigned to resolve the liquidity challenges in the Power Sector by guaranteeing payments to Generating Companies and Gas Suppliers Implementation of a Willing Buyer Willing Seller Policy for the power sector which has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to homes and industries The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has also recently issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos More than 90 Transmission Projects completed or ongoing since 2016 Oil and Gas NNPC is set to commence construction of the 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano AKK natural gas pipeline which will traverse Kogi Niger FCT Kaduna and Kano and feed power plants and industries along the corridor NNPC has paid the 15 percent counterpart funding for the 2 9 billion project while the Federal Executive Council FEC has approved the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the rest of the funding coming from the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation Nigeria LNG Limited concluded Final Investment Decision FID on its Train 7 project at the end of 2019 and signed an EPC contract for the project in May 2020 A financing arrangement worth 3 billion US dollars was also concluded the largest financing deal in Africa so far in 2020 NNPC owns a 49 percent stake in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian Government Controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement OPA has been cancelled and replaced with a Direct Sales and Direct Purchase DSDP scheme with reputable offshore refineries The Passage of the long overdue Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC Amendment Act 2019 which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation Negotiation of the billions of dollars in arrears of Cash Calls we inherited when we assumed office resulting in an agreement for a significant discount of 1 7 billion Since 2017 the NNPC has commenced payment of the arrears to the Oil Companies with a view to clearing the backlog As at Q4 2018 about 2 billion of the 5 5 billion arrears had been cleared Removal of the fuel subsidy regime and replacement by a market led price modulation mechanism The Modular Refinery Initiative of the Buhari Administration has delivered 3 completed private sector led projects in Rivers Imo and Delta States and several others are in progress Eminent persons like former President Olusegun Obasanjo have publicly commended the success recorded in that sector by the Buhari Administration INVESTING IN PEOPLE The SIP is the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria with 12 million direct beneficiaries so far 500 000 N Power beneficiaries currently enrolled and have been deployed and are receiving N30 000 in monthly stipends Additional 40 000 are at various stages of enrolment Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 36 9 billion so far disbursed in interest free loans ranging from N50 000 to N350 000 to more than 2 3 million market women traders artisans farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT under GEEP using locally developed and implemented technology solutions More than half of the loans have gone to women In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration GEEP has led to the opening of 2 023 145 new mobile wallets for beneficiaries In November 2017 GEEP was chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria Home Grown School Feeding Programme HGSFP 9 million Primary 1 3 pupils in 54 952 public primary schools in 35 States More than 107 000 cooks are engaged to deliver these meals The NHGSFP reduces hunger and malnutrition and improves education outcomes boosts school enrolment farmers and produce aggregators also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities and by extension improved incomes Conditional Cash Transfer CCT More than 3 million poor and vulnerable households have been registered on the National Social Register and more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme which pays N5 000 to each household monthly Education Grants and Disbursements The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT Approval for the establishment of the following Federal Maritime University in Delta State Nigerian Army University in Borno State Six new Colleges of Education one per geopolitical zone Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education for efficient administration and impact Healthcare Grants to State Governments A minimum of 2 5 million disbursed to each State of the Federation and the FCT under the Saving One Million Lives SOML initiative to improve health outcomes Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF For the first time since the National Health Act was passed in 2014 the Federal Government included the 1 minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounting to 55 billion Naira in the 2018 budget to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF The Fund is designed to deliver a guaranteed set health services to all Nigerians through the national network of Primary Health Care centers Passage of Enabling Legislation for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC for the first time since it was founded in 2011 President Buhari approved a grant of 5 billion Naira for the NCDC in March 2020 Tertiary Healthcare Upgrade Programme A number of key Federal Hospitals across the country are being upgraded to effectively manage cancer and other major health challenges Cancer Radiotherapy machines and other equipment are being provided to these hospitals The National Hospital in Abuja has already received two LINAC cancer treatment machines Sports and Creative Industry Nigeria national U 17 football team the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U 17 World Cup for the fifth time in 2015 Their first ever win was 30 years earlier in 1985 when President Buhari was military Head of State Nigeria s participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games yielded her best gold medal result since Nigeria started taking part in the Games in 1992 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team won the 2017 FIBA Africa Women s Championship the continental championship Cup for the first time in 12 years and earned qualification for its first FIBA Women s World Cup appearance since 2006 In 2018 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team earned its first ever win at the FIBA Women s World Cup and went on to advance to the quarterfinals The Team finished in 8th place the best ever performance by an African Team In 2019 D Tigress successfully defended its 2017 Afro Basketball Women Championship Title In 2020 D Tigress became the only female African Team to qualify for participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games Nigeria s Women s Football Team the Super Falcons won the African Women Cup of Nations AWCON in 2016 and 2018 In 2018 the National Sports Festival held for the first time since 2012 In 2018 Nigeria hosted a FIFA Executive Football Summit one of twelve worldwide In 2019 the Super Falcons advanced to the group stage of the Women s World Cup for the first time in 20 years In 2019 Nigeria won its first Athletics World Championship Medal in six years Creative Industry Support Establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative CIFI by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN in collaboration with the Bankers Committee to provide single digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of Fashion Film Music and Information Technology In 2019 the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for Pioneer Status Incentives which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre Lagos to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee for redevelopment into a world class Creative Park serving the theatre film fashion music and ICT sectors In 2017 Nigeria was elected Vice President of United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA The Buhari administration s New Vision for the Niger Delta brings together a robust set of promises solutions targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region s oil wealth The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16 point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF in November 2016 Tangible results of the New Vision so far include Take off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko Delta State The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission NUC to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017 18 session and commenced academic activities on April 12 2018 President Buhari approved 5 billion Naira in take off grant for the Maritime University Ogoni Clean Up Setting aside of US 170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up in an Escrow Account established for that purpose The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018 The Clean Up commenced in January 2019 with the handover of the first batch of sites to the selected remediation firms after a painstaking procurement process Approvals for the establishment of private sector led Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta the first three Refineries have now been completed while construction is ongoing on others ANTI CORRUPTION amp TRANSPARENCY FISCAL REFORMS PLUGGING LEAKAGES New Whistleblowing Policy The new Whistleblowing Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 2016 has since then yielded several billions of Naira in recoveries from tax evaders and public officials In the first two years alone it yielded 8 billion US 378million and 27 800 in recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers Development of draft Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Bill 2019 EFCC recovered 794 billion Naira between 2015 and 2019 in addition to hundreds of properties and other assets ICPC scrutiny of practices systems and procedures of MDAs personnel cost from 2017 to 2019 yielded more than 41 billion Naira in recoveries from inflated personnel budgets In 2019 alone ICPC recovered 32 billion Naira worth of Land Buildings and Vehicles ICPC s audit of Constituency Projects covering 2015 to 2018 helped recover 2 billion Naira of diverted funds and assets Increased Oversight of MDAs The Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016 JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017 The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA PICA was set up by the Buhari Administration to strengthen controls over Government finances through a continuous internal audit process across all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs particularly in respect of payroll Through the activities of PICA more than 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries have been identified and removed with payroll savings of N200 billion per annum Expansion of TSA Coverage OnAugust 7 2015 President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks DMBs and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before 15th September 2015 The TSA system was launched in 2012 but failed to gain traction until President Buhari s executive order in August 2015 As of May 2018 the TSA system has been implemented in 92 percent of all MDAs The TSA allows managers of Government s finances including but not limited to the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to have at any point in time a comprehensive overview of cash flows across the entire Government This decision to fully operationalize the Treasury Single Account TSA system a public accounting system that enables the Government to manage its finances revenues and payments using a single unified account or series of linked accounts domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria has resulted in the consolidation of more than 17 000 bank accountspreviously spread across DMBs in the country and in savings of an average of N4 billion monthly in banking charges The TSA has brought the following benefits Improves transparency and accountability in the management of all FGN receipts by providing a consolidated view of Government s cash flow Blocks the leakages and abuses which hitherto characterized Public Finance Management in Nigeria Ensures availability of funds for the execution of government policies programmes and projects Controls aggregate cash flows within fiscal and monetary limits Improves management of domestic borrowing programme Enables investments of idle funds The Ministry of Finance continues to fine tune the system to improve its efficiency and has also commenced an audit to ensure that all funds due to the TSA are remitted into it Expansion of IPPIS Coverage In spite of great opposition the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes Considering that personnel costs are the Federal Government s largest expenditure line the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the BVN for payroll and pension audits The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS platform has so far led to the detection of 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP the N Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme HGSFP Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project The Federal Ministry of Finance launched the Asset Tracking and Management Project ATM Project in 2016 By the ATM Project the Federal Government is for the first time able to locate identify assess and evaluate all its moveable and immoveable assets on a real time basis Also a Central Asset Register was created and domiciled in the Ministry for recording the actual quantity value condition and location of all the capital assets belonging to the Federal Government These initiatives are in line with the requirements of the International Public Sector Reporting Standard IPSAS which has been implemented by the Ministry of Finance Replacement of old Cash Based Accounting System with an Accruals Based System Accruals based accounting in addition to providing greater transparency in public financial management provides comprehensive information on Government s current and projected cash flows leading to better cash management For example the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting led to the discovery of unrecorded debts owed contractors oil marketers exporters electricity distribution companies and others Enlistment into Open Government Partnership OGP In May 2016 President Buhari attended and participated in the International Anti Corruption Summit organised by the UK Government At that Summit he pledged that Nigeria would join the OGP an international transparency accountability and citizen engagement initiative In July 2016 Nigeria became the 70th country to join the OGP Following this Nigeria constituted an OGP National Steering Committee NSC which went on to develop a National Action Plan 2017 2019 that aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors In 2018 Nigeria was elected to lead the OGP alongside Argentina France and Romania All four new members of the OGP Steering Committee will serve for three years starting on October 1 2018 Creation of Efficiency Unit EU to spearhead the efficient use of government resources and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure The Efficiency Unit was set up in November 2015 to reduce wastages promote efficiency ensure prudence and add value for money in all government expenditures The Unit monitors Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs of government identifying and eliminating wasteful spending duplication and other inefficiencies and identifying best practices in procurement and financial management JUSTICE REFORMS Establishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption PACAC PACAC was established by President Buhari in August 2015 to among other things promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti corruption effort and advise the present administration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria s criminal justice system It was the very first committee the President set up after he was sworn into office PACAC has empowered Judges and Prosecutors to operate effectively in carrying out their responsibilities through Workshops on the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 PACAC has Trained both Federal and States Prosecutors on proper drafting of charges Helped anti corruption agencies devise clearer strategies for obtaining forfeiture of assets suspected to have been acquired fraudulently mainly from State Coffers before prosecuting suspected culprits Part of this work has involved painstakingly reviewing existing Laws like the Money Laundering Act 2004 the EFCC Act 2004 and the ICPC Act 2000 to identify and highlight sections directly conferring powers of forfeiture on Nigeria s anticorruption agencies This advocacy has led to a significant increase in the use of Non Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture Mechanisms by anti corruption agencies Organized workshops for the Management and Protection of Assets and recommended the establishment of a Central Asset Management Committee the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery PCAR headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which superintends a dedicated Central Bank Account that receives all recovered funds for coordination and transparency of management and oversight Produced manuals protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to assist ACAs in their work These include the Corruption Case Management Manual the Plea Bargaining Manual Sentencing Guidelines in High Profile Cases the Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets Asset Recovery Strategy Document Corruption Case Management Manual Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets etc Drafted a Bill for the establishment of Special Crimes Court Initiated the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government see Whistleblower Policy for details Domestic Legislation amp International Agreements President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill an Executive Bill into law in 2019 following passage by the National Assembly The Bill facilitates the identification tracing freezing restraining recovery forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds property and other instrumentalities of crime as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be Nigeria has signed Agreements and MOUs with various countries to boost international cooperation for the investigation tracking freezing and return of stolen assets Prisons Reform The completion in 2019 of the first fundamental reform of the Nigeria Prisons Act in almost 50 years resulting in the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service to replace the Nigerian Prisons Service Launch of New Prison Information Management System The Pilot Project was completed at Kuje Prison and launched in July 2017 with the installation of a new data management system the first of its kind in any prison in Nigeria as well as Hardware equipment computers server LAN connectivity webcams etc National rollout being worked on Deployment will be in 86 Nigeria Correctional Service locations across 16 States Also as part of Criminal Justice Reforms President Buhari in 2020 granted amnesty to 2 600 prisoners nationwide representing about 3 5 percent of all inmates in a bid to decongest Nigeria s prison population The beneficiaries were those 60 years and above those suffering from ill health that might likely lead to death convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve inmates with mental health defect and inmates with a pending fine not exceeding N50 000 and with no pending cases SECURITY Nigeria s Law Enforcement Agencies have significantly scaled up their footprint across the country Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central Operation Ex Swift Response in border areas several new Forward Operating Bases Quick Response Wings Commando Training Schools and so on and deployments of Special Forces The Buhari Administration has rolled out the most significant response to Nigeria s multifaceted security challenges since 1999 Increased Investments in Arms and Weapons Government to Government military deals with the Governments of the US China Russia Pakistan and so on have helped eliminate expensive and opaque middlemen In April 2020 a first batch of 17 military vehicles VT 4 main battle tanks ST 1 wheeled tank destroyers self propelled howitzers etc arrived from China for the fight against Boko Haram Nigerian Air Force has acquired 22 brand new aircraft since President Buhari assumed office in 2015 and is expecting another 16 including the 12 Super Tucano currently on order from the United States Government and due for delivery starting 2021 The NAF is also locally re activating several previously unserviceable planes President Buhari resuscitated the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019 to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security in Nigeria President Buhari approved the recruitment of 10 000 new Police Officers annually President Buhari signed into law in 2019 the Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force Nigeria Police Force launched a new National Command and Control Center in Abuja in 2019 President Buhari has approved and implemented new Salary Packages for the Military and Police Establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke in May 2018 to curtail violence in Benue Taraba and Nasarawa States OPWS has recorded remarkable success in tackling armed herders cultists kidnappers and bandits in its sphere of operation and brought tension levels down from the escalated levels seen in 2017 2018 Northeast Revitalization of the Multi National Joint Task Force MNJTF aimed at combating trans border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency El Kanemi Warriors Football Club returned to their home base in Maiduguri in April 2016 two years after relocating to Katsina State because of the insurgency Emirs of Askira and Uba returned home in May 2016 two years after fleeing their Palaces on account of the Boko Haram insurgency Public Secondary Schools resumed in Borno State on Monday September 26 2016 after two years of closure Maiduguri Gubio and Maiduguri Monguno Roads reopened in December 2016 after being closed for three years Capture of Boko Haram s operational and spiritual headquarters Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest in December 2016 Following this the Nigerian Army conducted its Small Arms Championship from 26th to 31st March 2017 a measure aimed at enabling the Armed forces to dominate the area and avoid regrouping by the terrorists Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Borno State Chapter declared the 2017 Easter Celebrations as the best and safest since 2009 Arik Air resumed flights to Maiduguri in May 2017 three years after suspending operations to the city Nigerian Military reopened Maiduguri Bama Banki Road in March 2018 four years after it was seized by Boko Haram More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast since 2015 Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014 and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018 North Central and North West In May 2018 the Defence Headquarters kicked off Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS featuring a Joint Military Intervention Force JMIF comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army Air Force and Navy and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force Department of State Security DSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating in and around Benue Nasarawa Taraba States OPWS has been very successful in restoring calm to its area of coverage Reorganization of existing Security Operations targeting banditry kidnapping and other crimes in the North West led to establishment of Operation Hadarin Daji OPHD by Defence Headquarters in May 2019 Establishment in 2019 of Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE JTF OPTS by Defence Headquarters to tackle kidnappers bandits cattle rustlers and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna Abuja axis Establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings QRW in Benue 21 QRW Nasarawa 22 QRW Taraba 23 QRW and Katsina States and a Quick Response Group in Zamfara State QRG 207 and deployment of Special Forces to these QRWs QRG Nigerian Air Force has also established Forward Operations Bases FOB in Kaduna and Katsina States Flag off of Nigerian Army 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base FOB in Kanfanin Doka Village Birnin Gwari Kaduna State Training and deployment of hundreds of Special Forces personnel by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Re establishment of Nigeria s position and influence in the regional and global arena Fragile broken relations with the United States United Kingdom South Africa and with neighbouring countries Chad Niger Cameroon have been revived and strengthened since June 2015 Nigeria s prominent participation in the London Anti Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption in May 2016 in London Major outcomes results manifestations of Nigeria s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage The positions of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations President of the UN General Assembly UNGA President of the International Criminal Court ICC Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC African Development Bank and African Export Import Bank are all currently held by Nigerians The signing in August 2016 of an MoU with the UK Government on modalities for the return of Nigeria s stolen assets in the UK The establishment of a Global Forum for Asset Recovery GFAR hosted by the governments of the US and UK in December 2017 to focus on assisting Nigeria and three other countries to reclaim their stolen assets Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership OGP in 2016 and developed a National Action Plan which is already being implemented In 2016 Nigeria signed an Agreement on the identification and repatriation of Illicit Funds with the United Arab Emirates during President Buhari s Visit to that country The Federal Government under President Buhari has successfully engaged the governments of Switzerland Jersey Island United States United Arab Emirates and Liechtenstein among others in an effort to ensure the repatriation of Nigeria s stolen assets A total of US 622 million in looted Abacha funds repatriated to Nigeria in two tranches in December 2017 and April 2020 The first tranche 322m is being disbursed as part of the Buhari Administration s Social Investment Programme interventions while the second tranche 311m is being invested in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA Under President Buhari s watch Nigeria has been playing an active and stabilizing role in OPEC In 2017 Nigeria was able to successfully negotiate a vital exemption from production cuts agreed at the time a move that helped shore up revenues and foreign reserves The Buhari Administration has mobilized International Support for the War against Boko Haram forging strong partnerships with key countries including the United States the United Kingdom France and Germany ECOWAS the AU the UN and others After years of stalemate the United States finally agreed to sell and has sold weapons to Nigeria 12 Super Tucano Aircraft Revamp of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF comprising troops from Nigeria and Chad Niger Cameroon and Benin The designation of President Buhari as the African Union AU Anti Corruption Champion for 2018 The designation of President Buhari by ECOWAS Heads of State as West Africa s Covid 19 Champion in 2020 President Buhari s interventions have helped restore and strengthen democracy in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau He authorized the deployment of troops fighter jets and warships to The Gambia during the impasse that followed the December 2016 Presidential elections Successful evacuation and repatriation of more than 10 000 Nigerian migrants from Libya with the support and partnership of the International Organization for Migration IOM Bilateral Relations CHINA Billions of dollars in concessional infrastructure funding for critical road and rail projects President Buhari s April 2016 official visit to China has unlocked billions of dollars in infrastructure funding primarily for road and rail projects Implementation of a Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billion Currency Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria GERMANY Support for the Presidential Power Initiative PPI six year Programme to modernise Nigeria s electricity grid under a Government to Government framework between the Nigerian and German Governments to be managed and implemented by Siemens AG Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending NIRSAL and Petkus Technologie of Germany aimed at significantly reducing the incidence impact of post harvest losses in Nigeria s Agriculture Value Chain Signing of a MoU with Volkswagen of South Africa VWSA to develop a joint vision for an automotive hub in Nigeria UNITED STATES USA Renewed cooperation in Security and Anti Corruption The US Government has approved the sale of 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria as well as repatriation of recovered looted monies and assets stashed in the US Nigerian and United States militaries collaborated to host April 2018 in Abuja the 2018 African Land Forces Summit the largest gathering of African Army chiefs to discuss cooperation aimed at improving security on the continent UNITED KINGDOM UK 2018 Nigeria commenced the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information AETI protocol with the United Kingdom This Protocol will provide the Nigerian Government with data on bank accounts property and trusts held in the UK by Nigerian nationals and will support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme VAIDS by allowing Nigerian tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received regarding overseas assets and income 2018 Launch of a UK Government funded 13 million education programme that will provide training for teachers school equipment and security for schools for 100 000 children living in parts of the Northeast affected by Boko Haram SOUTH AFRICA The SA Nigeria Bi National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa s two largest economies MOROCCO The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco for the supply of phosphate as well as technical assistance has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across Nigeria As part of the PFI in 2018 Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding between OCP of Morocco and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant in the Niger Delta RUSSIA Government to Government Arms Deal involving the supply of 12 Attack Helicopters to Nigeria Resuscitation Deal for the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill agreed by Presidents Buhari and Putin during the Russia Africa Summit in 2019 The Russian Government has agreed to support the completion and full operationalization of the plant UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UAE Nigeria has signed and ratified an Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates that allows extradition of Nigerians who flee to the UAE after committing crimes in Nigeria The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA has seen inflows of around US 2 billion under the Buhari Administration These are the first government inflows since the original US 1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012 SAUDI ARABIA Relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved During the Future Investment Initiative FII in 2019 President Buhari met separately and held extensive talks with the King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman MBS as well as the leadership of ARAMCO and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund One of the outcomes of the Saudi Visit was the agreement by the two governments to set up a joint Saudi Nigeria Strategic Council made up of government officials and businessmen from both countries and which will focus on economic growth and development investments in oil and non oil sectors and security cooperation CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE In Nigeria we are taking a two step approach First to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind President Buhari The Federal Government of Nigeria is rolling out several measures and directives on healthcare border security and fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic More measures are coming The President has set up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Osinbajo to develop a comprehensive economic plan to respond to the disruptions and dislocations caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The President has also set up a Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha with Dr Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator The PTF is coordinating Nigeria s multi sectoral inter governmental approach to COVID 19 The President also set up a Committee made up of the Minister and Minister of State of Finance Budget and National Planning Minister of State Petroleum Resources Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC to assess the impact of COVID 19 on the 2020 Budget and to recommend appropriate and immediate response strategies President Buhari has also approved the following Establishment of a 500 billion Naira COVID 19 Crisis Intervention Fund for the upgrading of health facilities nationwide finance a national Special Public Works Programme as well as any other interventions that may be approved in the future Release of special intervention grants of 10 billion Naira and 5 billion Naira to the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC respectively to facilitate the Covid 19 Response Immediate Release of 70 000 Metric Tonnes of Grain for distribution to poor and vulnerable households across the country Establishment of a Joint Technical Task Team to facilitate the movement of food and agricultural inputs across Nigeria during the Coronavirus lockdown Commencement of a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans with immediate effect Commencement of a three month moratorium for all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank Presidential directive for immediate Expansion of National Social Register official database for implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by 1 million additional households Implementation of Modified version of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme to deliver dry food rations to households of pupils already benefiting from the NHGSFP Edited By Felix Ajide NAN
    5th Anniversary: Presidency lists achievements of Buhari Administration with pictures
     The Presidency says it has concluded arrangements to air a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on June 14 and 15 The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday Adesina stated that the documentary programme was part of activities to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Buhari administration According to the presidential aide the documentary will be aired on Channels Television on Saturday June 13 at 7p m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority NTA Sunday June 14 at 7p m He said To commemorate the Fifth Year Anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration within the period will be on Channels Television on Saturday June 13 at 7p m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority NTA Sunday June 14 at 7p m NAN reports that the Presidency also listed the achievements of the Buhari administration with pictorial evidences in the past five years as follows AGRICULTURE The Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP of the Central Bank of Nigeria launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17 2015 has made available more than 200 billion Naira in funding to more than 1 5 million smallholder farmers of 16 different commodities Rice Wheat Maize Cotton Cassava Poultry Soy Beans Groundnut Fish cultivating over 1 4 million hectares of farmland The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice doubling the production of paddy as well as milled rice between 2015 and 2019 Between 2016 and 2019 more than 10 new rice mills came on stream in Nigeria Many of the existing Mills have expanded their capacity several new ones are under construction More than a billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of Rice Wheat Sugar Poultry Animal Feed Fertilizers etc since 2015 Federal Executive Council approval 2020 for a National Agriculture Mechanization Programme the Green Imperative in partnership with the Government of Brazil and multilateral financing institutions The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative Launched in January 2017 as a Government to Government agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco More than a million metric tonnes of fertiliser produced since 2017 This translated to distribution of more than 18 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser in the first three years of the PFI 22 blending plants resuscitated combined installed capacity of more than 2 5m MT Price reduction from 9 000 11 000 per bag to 5 500 FX savings of 150m annually through the substitution of imported components with locally manufactured ones Subsidy savings of 50 billion Naira annually Making Business Work Support for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs The newDevelopment Bank of Nigeria DBN has finally taken off with initial funding of US 1 3 billion N396 5 billion to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs Since 2017 the DBN has disbursed a total of N100 billion through the bank s 27 Participating Financial Institutions PFIs impacting more than 100 000 MSMEs 52 of loans disbursed in 2019 were to youths and women owned businesses Bank of Industry has disbursed more than N400 billion in loans to large medium small and micro enterprises since 2016 It has also established a N5 Billion Fund for Artisanal Miners as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development s Programme to boost Mining activities in Nigeria as well as a 20 million Fund to support young technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria The MSME Clinics which bring relevant Government Agencies together with small businesses operating in various cities across the country to enable the Agencies provide direct support to these businesses The interactions allow the Agencies better understand the issues facing small businesses and provide a platform for speedy resolution The Ease of Doing Business Reform Programme see below The Government Enterprise and Empowerment component GEEP of the Social Intervention Programme SIP Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes The work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council inaugurated by President Buhari in August 2016 and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat EBES has resulted in Nigeria moving up 39 places on the World Bank s Ease of Doing Business rankings since 2016 In the last 3 years Nigeria has twice been adjudged one of 10 Most Improved Economies in the Rankings The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council NIPC in 2017 completed a long overdue revision of the list of activities that can benefit from Nigeria s Pioneer Status Incentive which grants beneficiary companies a 3 to 5 year tax holiday The revision done more than 10 ten years after the last one has modernized the List expanding the tax holiday incentives to qualifying companies in E commerce Software Development Animation Music Film and TV NIPC published a Compendium of all Investment incentives in Nigeria making it easier for existing and potential investors to have equal access to the information Some of the specific Ease of Doing Business Reform achievements are as follows Assent by President Buhari to the Finance Bill 2019 The Finance Act 2019 is the first time Nigeria is accompanying the passage of a Budget with complementary fiscal and business environment reforms legislation The 2020 Budget is also the first time in 12 years that a Federal Budget has been restored to the January December cycle Creation of a National Collateral Registry NCR A NCR or Movable Assets Registry was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria in May 2016 The NCR allows small businesses to get access to loans using movable assets machinery livestock inventory as collateral As of the end of June 2018 the NCR online portal had registered 630 financial institutions Between inception in 2016 and April 2020 these financial institutions had recorded a total of 65 370 moveable assets on the portal belonging to 165 456 borrowers and valued at 1 26 Trillion Naira Automation of business name reservation submission of registration documents payment of registration fees generation of Tax Identification Numbers TIN and filing of federal Taxes Implementation of functioning Visa on Arrival system for Business Visitors and AU nationals PENSIONS In January 2019 President Buhari launched Nigeria s Micro Pension Scheme which allows self employed persons and persons working in organisations with less than 3 employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation The Buhari Administration is prioritizing the payment of pension arrears owed staff of current and privatized defunct Federal agencies N54 billion released to settle outstanding 33 pension arrears the 33 pension arrears date back to 2010 when the minimum wage was increased to N18 000 Delta Steel Company liquidated in 2005 3 542 pensioners have now been placed on the payroll ending a 13 year wait for their entitlements NITEL 9 216 pensioners payrolled after more than a decade of neglect Retired Biafran Police Officers dismissed by the Federal Government in 1971 after the Civil War ended and pardoned by President Obasanjo in 2000 President Buhari approved the payment of the pensions unpaid since their pardon in 2000 N571 56 million was paid to a total of 174 beneficiaries in October 2017 Nigeria Airways President Buhari approved the release of N24 billion in September 2018 for the settlement of 50 of workers disengaged when the airline was liquidated in 2003 4 Recoveries The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD has recovered cash and non cash assets totaling N16 billion previously trapped in various insurance companies and underwriters managing the pension funds of Federal Parastatals and Universities MONETARY FISCAL TRADE IMMIGRATION CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS Tax Launch of a new Tax Identification Number TIN Registration System in 2019 For the first time Nigeria has a consolidated unified database of all taxpayers individual and corporate across all States This new System is the product of increased collaboration between FIRS and States Inland Revenue Services through improved sharing of information and an integration of databases among others The new TIN Registration system leverages on existing taxpayer data available from databases of multiple organizations like Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Banks through Bank Verification Number BVN National Identity Card Management Commission NIMC and others The improved collaboration between FIRS and the various SIRS has resulted in an increase in Nigeria s Tax Net number of paying and non paying individuals and companies in the Tax Database from 13 million as at December 2015 to 35 million at the end of 2018 and a projected 45 million by the end of 2019 Trade Establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations by the Economic Management Team EMT The NOTN has produced Nigeria s first Annual National Trade Report and is compiling for the first time in Nigeria s history a comprehensive database of Nigerian Trade Deals and Agreements The Renminbi Naira Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria On April 27 2018 the CBN signed a 3 year bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China PBoC worth Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billon equivalent to N720 00 billon or US 2 5 billion Budget Budget proposal submission which used to be done manually submissions in hard copy and flash drives has moved to an online platform the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System GIFMIS since 2018 The new Budget Submission System significantly improves the transparency and efficiency of the budgeting system Restoration of Federal Budget to January December cycle with the 2020 Budget for the first time in 12 years Immigration Installation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System MIDAS a global travel security standard in 5 Nigerian International Airports commencing in late 2019 with the support and collaboration of the International Organization for Migration IOM MIDAS is linked to Local and International Criminal Dabatases Watchlists INTERPOL etc and achieves real time synchronization of data between all of Nigeria s International Airports and the NIS Headquarters in Abuja It ultimately creates a faster and more efficient airport experience while also ensuring that persons crossing Nigeria s borders through the Airports do not pose any threats to national and international security Accompanying the installation of MIDAS is the launch of a New Visa Policy 2020 by the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS as part of a broader 5 year Border Strategy Reform 2019 2023 The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms Expansion of Visa Categories from 6 to 79 to reflect and cater to the full range of realities and scenarios for intending travelers to Nigeria Introduction of eVisas which carry biometric information of visa holders The eVisa issuance system is linked to MIDAS Automation of Visa Issuance and Payment to reduce human contact and associated corruption The Visa on Arrival Policy expanded to all holders of African Passports starting January 2020 Consumer Protection President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC Bill the first legislation in Nigeria s history focused on curbing anti competition practices and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Debt Management Between 2017 and now Nigeria has issued its first ever Diaspora Bond in the International Capital Market The Diaspora Bond was US 300 million with a tenor of 5 years The proceeds were used to part finance the 2017 Budget Sukuk Bond 1st Tranche 100 billion Naira in 2017 2nd Tranche of 100 billion Naira in 2018 and 3rd Tranche of 150 billion Naira has just gone on sale in May 2020 The Sukuk Bond proceeds are being used to fund major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria The Buhari Administration has issued Nigeria s first ever Sovereign Green Bonds Domestic Borrowing Costs Through the CBN s policies and directives Treasury Bill rates which represent domestic borrowing costs for the Government have fallen from 16 18 percent per annum in 2017 to 2 6 percent per annum in 2019 2020 FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES The Buhari Administration has extended more than N2 Trillion Naira in bailout packages to State Governments to enable them meet their salary and pension obligations especially in the face of dwindling oil revenues in the first 3 years of the Administration The support has come in the form of the following Budget Support Facility Total of N614 billion extended to the States Paris Club Refunds 5 4 billion Infrastructure Loans Loan Restructuring for Facilities with Commercial Banks In 2015 the DMO restructured Commercial Bank loans with a total value of N575 516 billion for 23 States to reduce the debt service burden on the states In exchange for their loans to State Governments the banks were issued 20 year FGN Bonds at a yield of 14 83 per annum The Restructuring Exercise benefited the States through Reduction in the monthly debt service burden of States from between 55 to 97 for various States Interest rate savings for the States ranging from 3 to 9 per annum Longer repayment period for the loans now converted into Bonds and Freeing up of needed cash to run the machinery of Government EXECUTIVE ORDERS The Buhari Administration has since 2017 issued a number of landmark Executive Orders Executive Order 001 on Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment Executive Order 002 on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies Executive Order 005 on planning and execution of projects promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science engineering and technology Executive Order 008 on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme VOARS Executive Order 007 on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme Executive Order 010 Implementing Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary INFRASTRUCTURE The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria s Transport Power and Health Infrastructure Three major rail projects inherited from previous administrations have been completed and commissioned Abuja Metro Rail and the Abuja Kaduna Rail and the 327km Itakpe Ajaokuta Warri Rail started in 1987 have been completed in 2020 A fourth Rail Project the Lagos Ibadan Rail Project kicked off in 2017 and is due to be completed in 2020 The tracklaying for the main component of the project was completed in March 2020 In May 2018 the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority The PIDF kicked off with seed funding of US 650 million and has already disbursed funds for three critical road projects Second Niger Bridge Lagos Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja Kaduna Zaria Kano Expressway Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA in March 2018 invested US 11m to establish a world class Cancer Treatment Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH which commenced operations in 2019 Work is ongoing on two US 5m Diagnostic Centers in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia Abuja s Light Rail system has been completed it connects the city center with the Airport and the Abuja Kaduna Railway Line New Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport Terminals completed in Q4 2018 New Lagos and Kano International Airport Terminals scheduled for completion in 2020 All were inherited from the previous administration at various stages of completion and in some cases required project redesign and revision The Buhari Administration successfully completed the reconstruction of the Abuja Airport runway within the scheduled six week period March April 2017 and will complete the reconstruction of the Enugu International Airport Runway in 2020 The following Water Supply Projects and Dam Irrigation Projects have been completed by the Buhari Administration Central Ogbia Regional Water Project in Bayelsa Sabke Dutsi Mashi Water Supply Project in Katsina Northern Ishan Regional Water Supply Project serving Ugboha and Uromi communities of Edo State Kashimbila Dam Taraba State Ogwashi Uku Dam Delta State Actual Dam completed and reservoir impounded in 2016 also spillway discharge channel completed Shagari Dam Irrigation Project Sokoto State Mangu Dam and Regional Water Supply Scheme in Plateau State Completion of Phase 1 of Galma Dam Kaduna Rehabilitation of Ojirami Dam Water Supply Project Edo State The 25 Road Projects being funded by the Sukuk Bonds Construction of Oju Loko Oweto bridge over River Benue to link Loko Nasarawa state and Oweto Benue state along route F2384 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road section I International Airport link road junction Sheda Village Dualisation of Suleja Minna Road in Niger State Phase II km 40 000 km101 000 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road Section IV Koton Karfe Lokoja in Kogi State Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Okene in Kogi State Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section III Azare Potiskum in Bauchi Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section IV Potiskum Damaturu road in Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section V Damaturu Maiduguri Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section I Kano Wudil Shuari in Kano Dualisation of Kano Katsina Road Phase I Kano Town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano Construction of Kano Western Bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road Section I Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha Enugu Expressway Amansea Enugu border Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section I Lokpanta Umuahia in Abia Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section II Umuahia tower Aba Township Rail Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section III Enugu Lokpanta Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section IV Aba Port Harcourt in Rivers Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction Kolo Otuoke Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section II Phase I Okene Auchi Kogi Edo states Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section III Phase I Auchi Ehor in Edo Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana junction Benin Section IV Phase I Ehor Benin City Edo state Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin Ofosu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase IV Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin Ofusu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase III Dualisation of Ibadan Ilorin Road Section II Oyo Ogbomosho Road in Oyo Power Sector The Federal Government s Energizing Economies Programme is a public private partnership led by the Rural Electrification Agency REA to deliver stable power supply to markets and economic clusters across the country The initial phase is ongoing in Ariaria Market in Aba Abia State 32 000 shops Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos 1 000 shops Shomolu Printing Community in Lagos 4 000 shops and the Sabon Gari Market in Kano 12 000 shops The Sura Shopping Complex project was completed in August 2018 and commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in October 2018 Launch of a 1 3 Trillion Naira Payment Assurance Programmedesigned to resolve the liquidity challenges in the Power Sector by guaranteeing payments to Generating Companies and Gas Suppliers Implementation of a Willing Buyer Willing Seller Policy for the power sector which has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to homes and industries The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has also recently issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos More than 90 Transmission Projects completed or ongoing since 2016 Oil and Gas NNPC is set to commence construction of the 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano AKK natural gas pipeline which will traverse Kogi Niger FCT Kaduna and Kano and feed power plants and industries along the corridor NNPC has paid the 15 percent counterpart funding for the 2 9 billion project while the Federal Executive Council FEC has approved the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the rest of the funding coming from the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation Nigeria LNG Limited concluded Final Investment Decision FID on its Train 7 project at the end of 2019 and signed an EPC contract for the project in May 2020 A financing arrangement worth 3 billion US dollars was also concluded the largest financing deal in Africa so far in 2020 NNPC owns a 49 percent stake in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian Government Controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement OPA has been cancelled and replaced with a Direct Sales and Direct Purchase DSDP scheme with reputable offshore refineries The Passage of the long overdue Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC Amendment Act 2019 which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation Negotiation of the billions of dollars in arrears of Cash Calls we inherited when we assumed office resulting in an agreement for a significant discount of 1 7 billion Since 2017 the NNPC has commenced payment of the arrears to the Oil Companies with a view to clearing the backlog As at Q4 2018 about 2 billion of the 5 5 billion arrears had been cleared Removal of the fuel subsidy regime and replacement by a market led price modulation mechanism The Modular Refinery Initiative of the Buhari Administration has delivered 3 completed private sector led projects in Rivers Imo and Delta States and several others are in progress Eminent persons like former President Olusegun Obasanjo have publicly commended the success recorded in that sector by the Buhari Administration INVESTING IN PEOPLE The SIP is the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria with 12 million direct beneficiaries so far 500 000 N Power beneficiaries currently enrolled and have been deployed and are receiving N30 000 in monthly stipends Additional 40 000 are at various stages of enrolment Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 36 9 billion so far disbursed in interest free loans ranging from N50 000 to N350 000 to more than 2 3 million market women traders artisans farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT under GEEP using locally developed and implemented technology solutions More than half of the loans have gone to women In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration GEEP has led to the opening of 2 023 145 new mobile wallets for beneficiaries In November 2017 GEEP was chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria Home Grown School Feeding Programme HGSFP 9 million Primary 1 3 pupils in 54 952 public primary schools in 35 States More than 107 000 cooks are engaged to deliver these meals The NHGSFP reduces hunger and malnutrition and improves education outcomes boosts school enrolment farmers and produce aggregators also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities and by extension improved incomes Conditional Cash Transfer CCT More than 3 million poor and vulnerable households have been registered on the National Social Register and more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme which pays N5 000 to each household monthly Education Grants and Disbursements The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT Approval for the establishment of the following Federal Maritime University in Delta State Nigerian Army University in Borno State Six new Colleges of Education one per geopolitical zone Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education for efficient administration and impact Healthcare Grants to State Governments A minimum of 2 5 million disbursed to each State of the Federation and the FCT under the Saving One Million Lives SOML initiative to improve health outcomes Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF For the first time since the National Health Act was passed in 2014 the Federal Government included the 1 minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounting to 55 billion Naira in the 2018 budget to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF The Fund is designed to deliver a guaranteed set health services to all Nigerians through the national network of Primary Health Care centers Passage of Enabling Legislation for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC for the first time since it was founded in 2011 President Buhari approved a grant of 5 billion Naira for the NCDC in March 2020 Tertiary Healthcare Upgrade Programme A number of key Federal Hospitals across the country are being upgraded to effectively manage cancer and other major health challenges Cancer Radiotherapy machines and other equipment are being provided to these hospitals The National Hospital in Abuja has already received two LINAC cancer treatment machines Sports and Creative Industry Nigeria national U 17 football team the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U 17 World Cup for the fifth time in 2015 Their first ever win was 30 years earlier in 1985 when President Buhari was military Head of State Nigeria s participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games yielded her best gold medal result since Nigeria started taking part in the Games in 1992 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team won the 2017 FIBA Africa Women s Championship the continental championship Cup for the first time in 12 years and earned qualification for its first FIBA Women s World Cup appearance since 2006 In 2018 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team earned its first ever win at the FIBA Women s World Cup and went on to advance to the quarterfinals The Team finished in 8th place the best ever performance by an African Team In 2019 D Tigress successfully defended its 2017 Afro Basketball Women Championship Title In 2020 D Tigress became the only female African Team to qualify for participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games Nigeria s Women s Football Team the Super Falcons won the African Women Cup of Nations AWCON in 2016 and 2018 In 2018 the National Sports Festival held for the first time since 2012 In 2018 Nigeria hosted a FIFA Executive Football Summit one of twelve worldwide In 2019 the Super Falcons advanced to the group stage of the Women s World Cup for the first time in 20 years In 2019 Nigeria won its first Athletics World Championship Medal in six years Creative Industry Support Establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative CIFI by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN in collaboration with the Bankers Committee to provide single digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of Fashion Film Music and Information Technology In 2019 the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for Pioneer Status Incentives which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre Lagos to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee for redevelopment into a world class Creative Park serving the theatre film fashion music and ICT sectors In 2017 Nigeria was elected Vice President of United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA The Buhari administration s New Vision for the Niger Delta brings together a robust set of promises solutions targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region s oil wealth The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16 point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF in November 2016 Tangible results of the New Vision so far include Take off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko Delta State The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission NUC to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017 18 session and commenced academic activities on April 12 2018 President Buhari approved 5 billion Naira in take off grant for the Maritime University Ogoni Clean Up Setting aside of US 170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up in an Escrow Account established for that purpose The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018 The Clean Up commenced in January 2019 with the handover of the first batch of sites to the selected remediation firms after a painstaking procurement process Approvals for the establishment of private sector led Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta the first three Refineries have now been completed while construction is ongoing on others ANTI CORRUPTION amp TRANSPARENCY FISCAL REFORMS PLUGGING LEAKAGES New Whistleblowing Policy The new Whistleblowing Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 2016 has since then yielded several billions of Naira in recoveries from tax evaders and public officials In the first two years alone it yielded 8 billion US 378million and 27 800 in recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers Development of draft Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Bill 2019 EFCC recovered 794 billion Naira between 2015 and 2019 in addition to hundreds of properties and other assets ICPC scrutiny of practices systems and procedures of MDAs personnel cost from 2017 to 2019 yielded more than 41 billion Naira in recoveries from inflated personnel budgets In 2019 alone ICPC recovered 32 billion Naira worth of Land Buildings and Vehicles ICPC s audit of Constituency Projects covering 2015 to 2018 helped recover 2 billion Naira of diverted funds and assets Increased Oversight of MDAs The Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016 JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017 The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA PICA was set up by the Buhari Administration to strengthen controls over Government finances through a continuous internal audit process across all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs particularly in respect of payroll Through the activities of PICA more than 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries have been identified and removed with payroll savings of N200 billion per annum Expansion of TSA Coverage OnAugust 7 2015 President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks DMBs and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before 15th September 2015 The TSA system was launched in 2012 but failed to gain traction until President Buhari s executive order in August 2015 As of May 2018 the TSA system has been implemented in 92 percent of all MDAs The TSA allows managers of Government s finances including but not limited to the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to have at any point in time a comprehensive overview of cash flows across the entire Government This decision to fully operationalize the Treasury Single Account TSA system a public accounting system that enables the Government to manage its finances revenues and payments using a single unified account or series of linked accounts domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria has resulted in the consolidation of more than 17 000 bank accountspreviously spread across DMBs in the country and in savings of an average of N4 billion monthly in banking charges The TSA has brought the following benefits Improves transparency and accountability in the management of all FGN receipts by providing a consolidated view of Government s cash flow Blocks the leakages and abuses which hitherto characterized Public Finance Management in Nigeria Ensures availability of funds for the execution of government policies programmes and projects Controls aggregate cash flows within fiscal and monetary limits Improves management of domestic borrowing programme Enables investments of idle funds The Ministry of Finance continues to fine tune the system to improve its efficiency and has also commenced an audit to ensure that all funds due to the TSA are remitted into it Expansion of IPPIS Coverage In spite of great opposition the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes Considering that personnel costs are the Federal Government s largest expenditure line the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the BVN for payroll and pension audits The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS platform has so far led to the detection of 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP the N Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme HGSFP Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project The Federal Ministry of Finance launched the Asset Tracking and Management Project ATM Project in 2016 By the ATM Project the Federal Government is for the first time able to locate identify assess and evaluate all its moveable and immoveable assets on a real time basis Also a Central Asset Register was created and domiciled in the Ministry for recording the actual quantity value condition and location of all the capital assets belonging to the Federal Government These initiatives are in line with the requirements of the International Public Sector Reporting Standard IPSAS which has been implemented by the Ministry of Finance Replacement of old Cash Based Accounting System with an Accruals Based System Accruals based accounting in addition to providing greater transparency in public financial management provides comprehensive information on Government s current and projected cash flows leading to better cash management For example the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting led to the discovery of unrecorded debts owed contractors oil marketers exporters electricity distribution companies and others Enlistment into Open Government Partnership OGP In May 2016 President Buhari attended and participated in the International Anti Corruption Summit organised by the UK Government At that Summit he pledged that Nigeria would join the OGP an international transparency accountability and citizen engagement initiative In July 2016 Nigeria became the 70th country to join the OGP Following this Nigeria constituted an OGP National Steering Committee NSC which went on to develop a National Action Plan 2017 2019 that aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors In 2018 Nigeria was elected to lead the OGP alongside Argentina France and Romania All four new members of the OGP Steering Committee will serve for three years starting on October 1 2018 Creation of Efficiency Unit EU to spearhead the efficient use of government resources and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure The Efficiency Unit was set up in November 2015 to reduce wastages promote efficiency ensure prudence and add value for money in all government expenditures The Unit monitors Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs of government identifying and eliminating wasteful spending duplication and other inefficiencies and identifying best practices in procurement and financial management JUSTICE REFORMS Establishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption PACAC PACAC was established by President Buhari in August 2015 to among other things promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti corruption effort and advise the present administration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria s criminal justice system It was the very first committee the President set up after he was sworn into office PACAC has empowered Judges and Prosecutors to operate effectively in carrying out their responsibilities through Workshops on the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 PACAC has Trained both Federal and States Prosecutors on proper drafting of charges Helped anti corruption agencies devise clearer strategies for obtaining forfeiture of assets suspected to have been acquired fraudulently mainly from State Coffers before prosecuting suspected culprits Part of this work has involved painstakingly reviewing existing Laws like the Money Laundering Act 2004 the EFCC Act 2004 and the ICPC Act 2000 to identify and highlight sections directly conferring powers of forfeiture on Nigeria s anticorruption agencies This advocacy has led to a significant increase in the use of Non Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture Mechanisms by anti corruption agencies Organized workshops for the Management and Protection of Assets and recommended the establishment of a Central Asset Management Committee the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery PCAR headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which superintends a dedicated Central Bank Account that receives all recovered funds for coordination and transparency of management and oversight Produced manuals protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to assist ACAs in their work These include the Corruption Case Management Manual the Plea Bargaining Manual Sentencing Guidelines in High Profile Cases the Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets Asset Recovery Strategy Document Corruption Case Management Manual Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets etc Drafted a Bill for the establishment of Special Crimes Court Initiated the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government see Whistleblower Policy for details Domestic Legislation amp International Agreements President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill an Executive Bill into law in 2019 following passage by the National Assembly The Bill facilitates the identification tracing freezing restraining recovery forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds property and other instrumentalities of crime as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be Nigeria has signed Agreements and MOUs with various countries to boost international cooperation for the investigation tracking freezing and return of stolen assets Prisons Reform The completion in 2019 of the first fundamental reform of the Nigeria Prisons Act in almost 50 years resulting in the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service to replace the Nigerian Prisons Service Launch of New Prison Information Management System The Pilot Project was completed at Kuje Prison and launched in July 2017 with the installation of a new data management system the first of its kind in any prison in Nigeria as well as Hardware equipment computers server LAN connectivity webcams etc National rollout being worked on Deployment will be in 86 Nigeria Correctional Service locations across 16 States Also as part of Criminal Justice Reforms President Buhari in 2020 granted amnesty to 2 600 prisoners nationwide representing about 3 5 percent of all inmates in a bid to decongest Nigeria s prison population The beneficiaries were those 60 years and above those suffering from ill health that might likely lead to death convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve inmates with mental health defect and inmates with a pending fine not exceeding N50 000 and with no pending cases SECURITY Nigeria s Law Enforcement Agencies have significantly scaled up their footprint across the country Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central Operation Ex Swift Response in border areas several new Forward Operating Bases Quick Response Wings Commando Training Schools and so on and deployments of Special Forces The Buhari Administration has rolled out the most significant response to Nigeria s multifaceted security challenges since 1999 Increased Investments in Arms and Weapons Government to Government military deals with the Governments of the US China Russia Pakistan and so on have helped eliminate expensive and opaque middlemen In April 2020 a first batch of 17 military vehicles VT 4 main battle tanks ST 1 wheeled tank destroyers self propelled howitzers etc arrived from China for the fight against Boko Haram Nigerian Air Force has acquired 22 brand new aircraft since President Buhari assumed office in 2015 and is expecting another 16 including the 12 Super Tucano currently on order from the United States Government and due for delivery starting 2021 The NAF is also locally re activating several previously unserviceable planes President Buhari resuscitated the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019 to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security in Nigeria President Buhari approved the recruitment of 10 000 new Police Officers annually President Buhari signed into law in 2019 the Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force Nigeria Police Force launched a new National Command and Control Center in Abuja in 2019 President Buhari has approved and implemented new Salary Packages for the Military and Police Establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke in May 2018 to curtail violence in Benue Taraba and Nasarawa States OPWS has recorded remarkable success in tackling armed herders cultists kidnappers and bandits in its sphere of operation and brought tension levels down from the escalated levels seen in 2017 2018 Northeast Revitalization of the Multi National Joint Task Force MNJTF aimed at combating trans border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency El Kanemi Warriors Football Club returned to their home base in Maiduguri in April 2016 two years after relocating to Katsina State because of the insurgency Emirs of Askira and Uba returned home in May 2016 two years after fleeing their Palaces on account of the Boko Haram insurgency Public Secondary Schools resumed in Borno State on Monday September 26 2016 after two years of closure Maiduguri Gubio and Maiduguri Monguno Roads reopened in December 2016 after being closed for three years Capture of Boko Haram s operational and spiritual headquarters Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest in December 2016 Following this the Nigerian Army conducted its Small Arms Championship from 26th to 31st March 2017 a measure aimed at enabling the Armed forces to dominate the area and avoid regrouping by the terrorists Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Borno State Chapter declared the 2017 Easter Celebrations as the best and safest since 2009 Arik Air resumed flights to Maiduguri in May 2017 three years after suspending operations to the city Nigerian Military reopened Maiduguri Bama Banki Road in March 2018 four years after it was seized by Boko Haram More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast since 2015 Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014 and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018 North Central and North West In May 2018 the Defence Headquarters kicked off Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS featuring a Joint Military Intervention Force JMIF comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army Air Force and Navy and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force Department of State Security DSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating in and around Benue Nasarawa Taraba States OPWS has been very successful in restoring calm to its area of coverage Reorganization of existing Security Operations targeting banditry kidnapping and other crimes in the North West led to establishment of Operation Hadarin Daji OPHD by Defence Headquarters in May 2019 Establishment in 2019 of Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE JTF OPTS by Defence Headquarters to tackle kidnappers bandits cattle rustlers and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna Abuja axis Establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings QRW in Benue 21 QRW Nasarawa 22 QRW Taraba 23 QRW and Katsina States and a Quick Response Group in Zamfara State QRG 207 and deployment of Special Forces to these QRWs QRG Nigerian Air Force has also established Forward Operations Bases FOB in Kaduna and Katsina States Flag off of Nigerian Army 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base FOB in Kanfanin Doka Village Birnin Gwari Kaduna State Training and deployment of hundreds of Special Forces personnel by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Re establishment of Nigeria s position and influence in the regional and global arena Fragile broken relations with the United States United Kingdom South Africa and with neighbouring countries Chad Niger Cameroon have been revived and strengthened since June 2015 Nigeria s prominent participation in the London Anti Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption in May 2016 in London Major outcomes results manifestations of Nigeria s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage The positions of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations President of the UN General Assembly UNGA President of the International Criminal Court ICC Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC African Development Bank and African Export Import Bank are all currently held by Nigerians The signing in August 2016 of an MoU with the UK Government on modalities for the return of Nigeria s stolen assets in the UK The establishment of a Global Forum for Asset Recovery GFAR hosted by the governments of the US and UK in December 2017 to focus on assisting Nigeria and three other countries to reclaim their stolen assets Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership OGP in 2016 and developed a National Action Plan which is already being implemented In 2016 Nigeria signed an Agreement on the identification and repatriation of Illicit Funds with the United Arab Emirates during President Buhari s Visit to that country The Federal Government under President Buhari has successfully engaged the governments of Switzerland Jersey Island United States United Arab Emirates and Liechtenstein among others in an effort to ensure the repatriation of Nigeria s stolen assets A total of US 622 million in looted Abacha funds repatriated to Nigeria in two tranches in December 2017 and April 2020 The first tranche 322m is being disbursed as part of the Buhari Administration s Social Investment Programme interventions while the second tranche 311m is being invested in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA Under President Buhari s watch Nigeria has been playing an active and stabilizing role in OPEC In 2017 Nigeria was able to successfully negotiate a vital exemption from production cuts agreed at the time a move that helped shore up revenues and foreign reserves The Buhari Administration has mobilized International Support for the War against Boko Haram forging strong partnerships with key countries including the United States the United Kingdom France and Germany ECOWAS the AU the UN and others After years of stalemate the United States finally agreed to sell and has sold weapons to Nigeria 12 Super Tucano Aircraft Revamp of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF comprising troops from Nigeria and Chad Niger Cameroon and Benin The designation of President Buhari as the African Union AU Anti Corruption Champion for 2018 The designation of President Buhari by ECOWAS Heads of State as West Africa s Covid 19 Champion in 2020 President Buhari s interventions have helped restore and strengthen democracy in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau He authorized the deployment of troops fighter jets and warships to The Gambia during the impasse that followed the December 2016 Presidential elections Successful evacuation and repatriation of more than 10 000 Nigerian migrants from Libya with the support and partnership of the International Organization for Migration IOM Bilateral Relations CHINA Billions of dollars in concessional infrastructure funding for critical road and rail projects President Buhari s April 2016 official visit to China has unlocked billions of dollars in infrastructure funding primarily for road and rail projects Implementation of a Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billion Currency Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria GERMANY Support for the Presidential Power Initiative PPI six year Programme to modernise Nigeria s electricity grid under a Government to Government framework between the Nigerian and German Governments to be managed and implemented by Siemens AG Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending NIRSAL and Petkus Technologie of Germany aimed at significantly reducing the incidence impact of post harvest losses in Nigeria s Agriculture Value Chain Signing of a MoU with Volkswagen of South Africa VWSA to develop a joint vision for an automotive hub in Nigeria UNITED STATES USA Renewed cooperation in Security and Anti Corruption The US Government has approved the sale of 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria as well as repatriation of recovered looted monies and assets stashed in the US Nigerian and United States militaries collaborated to host April 2018 in Abuja the 2018 African Land Forces Summit the largest gathering of African Army chiefs to discuss cooperation aimed at improving security on the continent UNITED KINGDOM UK 2018 Nigeria commenced the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information AETI protocol with the United Kingdom This Protocol will provide the Nigerian Government with data on bank accounts property and trusts held in the UK by Nigerian nationals and will support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme VAIDS by allowing Nigerian tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received regarding overseas assets and income 2018 Launch of a UK Government funded 13 million education programme that will provide training for teachers school equipment and security for schools for 100 000 children living in parts of the Northeast affected by Boko Haram SOUTH AFRICA The SA Nigeria Bi National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa s two largest economies MOROCCO The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco for the supply of phosphate as well as technical assistance has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across Nigeria As part of the PFI in 2018 Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding between OCP of Morocco and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant in the Niger Delta RUSSIA Government to Government Arms Deal involving the supply of 12 Attack Helicopters to Nigeria Resuscitation Deal for the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill agreed by Presidents Buhari and Putin during the Russia Africa Summit in 2019 The Russian Government has agreed to support the completion and full operationalization of the plant UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UAE Nigeria has signed and ratified an Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates that allows extradition of Nigerians who flee to the UAE after committing crimes in Nigeria The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA has seen inflows of around US 2 billion under the Buhari Administration These are the first government inflows since the original US 1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012 SAUDI ARABIA Relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved During the Future Investment Initiative FII in 2019 President Buhari met separately and held extensive talks with the King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman MBS as well as the leadership of ARAMCO and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund One of the outcomes of the Saudi Visit was the agreement by the two governments to set up a joint Saudi Nigeria Strategic Council made up of government officials and businessmen from both countries and which will focus on economic growth and development investments in oil and non oil sectors and security cooperation CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE In Nigeria we are taking a two step approach First to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind President Buhari The Federal Government of Nigeria is rolling out several measures and directives on healthcare border security and fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic More measures are coming The President has set up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Osinbajo to develop a comprehensive economic plan to respond to the disruptions and dislocations caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The President has also set up a Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha with Dr Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator The PTF is coordinating Nigeria s multi sectoral inter governmental approach to COVID 19 The President also set up a Committee made up of the Minister and Minister of State of Finance Budget and National Planning Minister of State Petroleum Resources Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC to assess the impact of COVID 19 on the 2020 Budget and to recommend appropriate and immediate response strategies President Buhari has also approved the following Establishment of a 500 billion Naira COVID 19 Crisis Intervention Fund for the upgrading of health facilities nationwide finance a national Special Public Works Programme as well as any other interventions that may be approved in the future Release of special intervention grants of 10 billion Naira and 5 billion Naira to the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC respectively to facilitate the Covid 19 Response Immediate Release of 70 000 Metric Tonnes of Grain for distribution to poor and vulnerable households across the country Establishment of a Joint Technical Task Team to facilitate the movement of food and agricultural inputs across Nigeria during the Coronavirus lockdown Commencement of a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans with immediate effect Commencement of a three month moratorium for all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank Presidential directive for immediate Expansion of National Social Register official database for implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by 1 million additional households Implementation of Modified version of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme to deliver dry food rations to households of pupils already benefiting from the NHGSFP Edited By Felix Ajide NAN
    5th Anniversary: Presidency lists achievements of Buhari Administration with pictures
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    5th Anniversary: Presidency lists achievements of Buhari Administration with pictures

    The Presidency says it has concluded arrangements to air a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on June 14 and 15.

    The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

    Adesina stated that the documentary programme was part of activities to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Buhari administration.

    According to the presidential aide, the documentary will be aired on Channels Television on Saturday, June 13 at 7p.m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Sunday, June 14 at 7p.m.

    He said : ”To commemorate the Fifth Year Anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration within the period will be on Channels Television on Saturday, June 13 at 7p.m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Sunday, June 14 at 7p.m.”

    NAN reports that the Presidency also listed the achievements of the Buhari administration with pictorial evidences in the past five years as follows:

    AGRICULTURE

    • The Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17, 2015, has made available more than 200 billion Naira in funding to more than 1.5 million smallholder farmers of 16 different commodities (Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, Cassava, Poultry, Soy Beans, Groundnut, Fish), cultivating over 1.4 million hectares of farmland.
    • The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice, doubling the production of paddy as well as milled rice between 2015 and 2019.
    • Between 2016 and 2019, more than 10 new rice mills came on-stream in Nigeria. Many of the existing Mills have expanded their capacity; several new ones are under construction.
    • More than a billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of Rice, Wheat, Sugar, Poultry, Animal Feed, Fertilizers, etc, since 2015.
    • Federal Executive Council approval (2020) for a National Agriculture Mechanization Programme, “the Green Imperative”, in partnership with the Government of Brazil and multilateral financing institutions.

     

    The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative:

    • Launched in January 2017, as a Government-to-Government agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco
    • More than a million metric tonnes of fertiliser produced since 2017. This translated to distribution of more than 18 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser in the first three years of the PFI)
    • 22 blending plants resuscitated (combined installed capacity of more than 2.5m MT)
    • Price reduction from 9,000-11,000 per bag, to 5,500
    • FX savings of $150m annually through the substitution of imported components with locally manufactured ones
    • Subsidy savings of 50 billion Naira annually

    Making Business Work

    Support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises: The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs:

    • The newDevelopment Bank of Nigeria (DBN) has finally taken off, with initial funding of US$1.3 billion (N396.5 billion); to provide medium and long-term loans to MSMEs.
    • Since 2017, the DBN has disbursed a total of N100 billion through the bank’s 27 Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) impacting more than 100,000 MSMEs.
    • 52% of loans disbursed in 2019 were to youths and women owned businesses.
    • Bank of Industry has disbursed more than N400 billion in loans to large, medium, small and micro enterprises since 2016.
    • It has also established a N5 Billion Fund for Artisanal Miners, as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development’s Programme to boost Mining activities in Nigeria; as well as a $20 million Fund to support young technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria
    • The MSME Clinics, which bring relevant Government Agencies together with small businesses operating in various cities across the country, to enable the Agencies provide direct support to these businesses. The interactions allow the Agencies better understand the issues facing small businesses, and provide a platform for speedy resolution.
    • The Ease of Doing Business Reform Programme (see below)
    • The Government Enterprise and Empowerment component (GEEP) of the Social Intervention Programme (SIP)

     

    Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes:

    • The work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (inaugurated by President Buhari in August 2016) and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) has resulted in Nigeria moving up 39 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings since 2016. In the last 3 years Nigeria has twice been adjudged one of 10 Most Improved Economies in the Rankings.
    • The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) in 2017 completed a long-overdue revision of the list of activities that can benefit from Nigeria’s Pioneer Status Incentive, which grants beneficiary companies a 3 to 5-year tax holiday. The revision, done more than 10 ten years after the last one, has modernized the List, expanding the tax holiday incentives to qualifying companies in E-commerce, Software Development, Animation, Music, Film and TV.
    • NIPC published a Compendium of all Investment incentives in Nigeria, making it easier for existing and potential investors to have equal access to the information.
    • Some of the specific Ease of Doing Business Reform achievements are as follows:
      • Assent by President Buhari to the Finance Bill, 2019. The Finance Act, 2019 is the first time Nigeria is accompanying the passage of a Budget with complementary fiscal and business environment reforms legislation. The 2020 Budget is also the first time in 12 years that a Federal Budget has been restored to the January-December cycle.
      • Creation of a National Collateral Registry (NCR). A NCR or Movable Assets Registry was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria, in May 2016. The NCR allows small businesses to get access to loans using movable assets – machinery, livestock, inventory – as collateral. As of the end of June 2018, the NCR online portal had registered 630 financial institutions. Between inception in 2016 and April 2020, these financial institutions had recorded a total of 65,370 moveable assets on the portal, belonging to 165,456 borrowers, and valued at 1.26 Trillion Naira
      • Automation of business name reservation, submission of registration documents, payment of registration fees, generation of Tax Identification Numbers (TIN), and filing of federal Taxes.
      • Implementation of functioning Visa-on-Arrival system for Business Visitors and AU nationals.

     

    PENSIONS

    • In January 2019, President Buhari launched Nigeria’s Micro Pension Scheme – which allows self-employed persons and persons working in organisations with less than 3 employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation.
    • The Buhari Administration is prioritizing the payment of pension arrears owed staff of current and privatized/defunct Federal agencies:
    • N54 billion released to settle outstanding 33% pension arrears (the 33% pension arrears date back to 2010 when the minimum wage was increased to N18,000).
    • Delta Steel Company (liquidated in 2005): 3,542 pensioners have now been placed on the payroll, ending a 13-year wait for their entitlements.
    • NITEL: 9,216 pensioners payrolled, after more than a decade of neglect
    • Retired Biafran Police Officers (dismissed by the Federal Government in 1971, after the Civil War ended, and pardoned by President Obasanjo in 2000): President Buhari approved the payment of the pensions, unpaid since their pardon in 2000. N571.56 million was paid to a total of 174 beneficiaries in October 2017
    • Nigeria Airways: President Buhari approved the release of N24 billion in September 2018, for the settlement of 50% of workers disengaged when the airline was liquidated in 2003/4.
    • Recoveries: The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has recovered cash and non-cash assets totaling N16 billion previously trapped in various insurance companies and underwriters managing the pension funds of Federal Parastatals and Universities.

     

    MONETARY, FISCAL, TRADE, IMMIGRATION, CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS

    Tax

    • Launch of a new Tax Identification Number (TIN) Registration System in 2019. For the first time Nigeria has a consolidated, unified database of all taxpayers (individual and corporate), across all States.
    • This new System is the product of increased collaboration between FIRS and States’ Inland Revenue Services (through improved sharing of information, and an integration of databases, among others)
    • The new TIN Registration system leverages on existing taxpayer data available from databases of multiple organizations like Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Banks through Bank Verification Number (BVN), National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) and others.
    • The improved collaboration between FIRS and the various SIRS’ has resulted in an increase in Nigeria’s “Tax Net” (number of paying and non-paying individuals and companies in the Tax Database) from 13 million as at December 2015 to 35 million at the end of 2018, and a projected 45 million by the end of 2019.

     

    Trade

    • Establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations by the Economic Management Team (EMT). The NOTN has produced Nigeria’s first Annual National Trade Report, and is compiling, for the first time in Nigeria’s history, a comprehensive database of Nigerian Trade Deals and Agreements.
    • The Renminbi-Naira Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria: On April 27, 2018, the CBN signed a 3-year bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), worth Chinese Yuan (CNY) 15 billon – equivalent to N720.00 billon or US$2.5 billion.

     

    Budget:

    • Budget proposal submission, which used to be done manually (submissions in hard copy and flash drives) has moved to an online platform, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), since 2018. The new Budget Submission System significantly improves the transparency and efficiency of the budgeting system.
    • Restoration of Federal Budget to January-December cycle, with the 2020 Budget, for the first time in 12 years.

     

    Immigration:

    • Installation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) – a global travel security standard – in 5 Nigerian International Airports, commencing in late 2019, with the support and collaboration of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
    • MIDAS is linked to Local and International Criminal Dabatases / Watchlists (INTERPOL etc), and achieves real-time synchronization of data between all of Nigeria’s International Airports and the NIS Headquarters in Abuja. It ultimately creates a faster and more efficient airport experience, while also ensuring that persons crossing Nigeria’s borders through the Airports do not pose any threats to national and international security.
    • Accompanying the installation of MIDAS, is the launch of a New Visa Policy, 2020 by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), as part of a broader 5-year Border Strategy Reform (2019 – 2023).

    The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms:

    • Expansion of Visa Categories from 6 to 79, to reflect and cater to the full range of realities and scenarios for intending travelers to Nigeria.
    • Introduction of eVisas, which carry biometric information of visa holders. The eVisa issuance system is linked to MIDAS.
    • Automation of Visa Issuance and Payment to reduce human contact and associated corruption.
    • The Visa on Arrival Policy expanded to all holders of African Passports starting January 2020.

    Consumer Protection:

    President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation in Nigeria’s history focused on curbing anti-competition practices; and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

     

    Debt Management:

    Between 2017 and now, Nigeria has issued its first ever:

    • Diaspora Bond, in the International Capital Market. The Diaspora Bond was US$300 million with a tenor of 5-years. The proceeds were used to part–finance the 2017 Budget.
    • Sukuk Bond (1st Tranche – 100 billion Naira in 2017; 2nd Tranche of 100 billion Naira in 2018 and 3rd Tranche of 150 billion Naira has just gone on sale in May 2020). The Sukuk Bond proceeds are being used to fund major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
    • The Buhari Administration has issued Nigeria’s first ever Sovereign Green Bonds.

     

    Domestic Borrowing Costs:

    • Through the CBN’s policies and directives, Treasury Bill rates – which represent domestic borrowing costs for the Government – have fallen from 16-18 percent per annum in 2017 to 2-6 percent per annum in 2019/2020.

     

    FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES

    • The Buhari Administration has extended more than N2 Trillion Naira in bailout packages to State Governments, to enable them meet their salary and pension obligations, especially in the face of dwindling oil revenues in the first 3 years of the Administration. The support has come in the form of the following:
      • Budget Support Facility (Total of N614 billion extended to the States.
      • Paris Club Refunds ($5.4 billion)
      • Infrastructure Loans
      • Loan Restructuring for Facilities with Commercial Banks: In 2015, the DMO restructured Commercial Bank loans with a total value of N575.516 billion for 23 States to reduce the debt service burden on the states. In exchange for their loans to State Governments, the banks were issued 20-year FGN Bonds at a yield of 14.83% per annum. The Restructuring Exercise benefited the States through:
        • Reduction in the monthly debt service burden of States from between 55% to 97% for various States;
        • Interest rate savings for the States ranging from 3% to 9% per annum;
        • Longer repayment period for the loans now converted into Bonds; and,
        • Freeing up of needed cash to run the machinery of Government.

     

    EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    • The Buhari Administration has, since 2017, issued a number of landmark Executive Orders:
      • Executive Order (001) on Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment
      • Executive Order (002) on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies
      • Executive Order (005) on planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science, engineering and technology
      • Executive Order (008) on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme (VOARS)
      • Executive Order (007) on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme
      • Executive Order (010) Implementing Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary

     

    INFRASTRUCTURE

    • The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single-minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria’s Transport, Power and Health Infrastructure.
    • Three major rail projects inherited from previous administrations have been completed and commissioned: Abuja Metro Rail and the Abuja-Kaduna Rail, and the 327km Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail, started in 1987, have been completed in 2020.
    • A fourth Rail Project, the Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project, kicked off in 2017, and is due to be completed in 2020. The tracklaying for the main component of the project was completed in March 2020.
    • In May 2018, the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. The PIDF kicked off with seed funding of US$650 million, and has already disbursed funds for three critical road projects: Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.
    • Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) in March 2018 invested US$11m to establish a world-class Cancer Treatment Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), which commenced operations in 2019.
    • Work is ongoing on two US$5m Diagnostic Centers in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
    • Abuja’s Light Rail system has been completed; it connects the city center with the Airport, and the Abuja-Kaduna Railway Line.
    • New Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport Terminals completed, in Q4 2018. New Lagos and Kano International Airport Terminals scheduled for completion in 2020. All were inherited from the previous administration at various stages of completion, and in some cases required project redesign and revision.
    • The Buhari Administration successfully completed the reconstruction of the Abuja Airport runway within the scheduled six-week period (March – April 2017), and will complete the reconstruction of the Enugu International Airport Runway in 2020.
    • The following Water Supply Projects and Dam/Irrigation Projects have been completed by the Buhari Administration:
      • Central Ogbia Regional Water Project, in Bayelsa
      • Sabke/Dutsi/Mashi Water Supply Project, in Katsina
      • Northern Ishan Regional Water Supply Project, serving Ugboha and Uromi communities of Edo State.
      • Kashimbila Dam, Taraba State
      • Ogwashi-Uku Dam, Delta State (Actual Dam completed and reservoir “impounded” in 2016; also spillway discharge channel completed).
      • Shagari Dam Irrigation Project, Sokoto State
      • Mangu Dam and Regional Water Supply Scheme in Plateau State
      • Completion of Phase 1 of Galma Dam, Kaduna
      • Rehabilitation of Ojirami Dam Water Supply Project, Edo State

     

    • The 25 Road Projects being funded by the Sukuk Bonds:
      • Construction of Oju/Loko–Oweto bridge over​ ​River Benue to link Loko (Nasarawa state) and Oweto (Benue state) along route F2384
      • Dualisation of Abuja–Abaji–Lokoja Road section I (International Airport link road junction​–Sheda Village)
      • Dualisation of Suleja–Minna Road in Niger State Phase II (km 40+000-km101+000)
      • Dualisation of Abuja–Abaji–Lokoja Road: Section IV Koton Karfe–Lokoja in Kogi State
      • Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road: Obajana–Okene in Kogi State
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section III (Azare–Potiskum) in Bauchi
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section IV (Potiskum–Damaturu road) in Yobe
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section V (Damaturu–Maiduguri)
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section I (Kano–Wudil–Shuari) in Kano
      • Dualisation of Kano–Katsina Road Phase I, Kano Town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano
      • Construction of Kano Western Bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road Section I
      • Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass
      • Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha–Enugu Expressway: Amansea–Enugu border
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt dual-carriage Section I: Lokpanta–Umuahia in Abia
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt dual-carriage Section II Umuahia tower–Aba Township Rail
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt Road Section III: Enugu–Lokpanta
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt Road Section IV: Aba–Port Harcourt in Rivers
      • Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction–Kolo–Otuoke–Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa
      • Dualisation of Lokoja–Benin Road: Obajana Junction–Benin Section II Phase I: Okene–Auchi, Kogi/Edo states
      • Dualisation of Lokoja–Benin Road: Obajana Junction–Benin Section III Phase I: Auchi–Ehor in Edo
      • Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road: Obajana junction–Benin Section IV Phase I: Ehor–Benin City, Edo state
      • Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin–Ofosu–Ore–Ajebandele–Shagamu dual-carriage Phase IV
      • Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin–Ofusu–Ore–Ajebandele–Shagamu dual-carriage Phase III
      • Dualisation of Ibadan–Ilorin Road. Section II: Oyo–Ogbomosho Road in Oyo

    Power Sector:

    • The Federal Government’s Energizing Economies Programme is a public-private partnership led by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), to deliver stable power supply to markets and economic clusters across the country. The initial phase is ongoing in Ariaria Market in Aba, Abia State (32,000 shops), Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos (1,000 shops), Shomolu Printing Community in Lagos (4,000 shops) and the Sabon Gari Market in Kano (12,000 shops). The Sura Shopping Complex project was completed in August 2018, and commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in October 2018.
    • Launch of a 1.3 Trillion Naira Payment Assurance Programmedesigned to resolve the liquidity challenges in the Power Sector by guaranteeing payments to Generating Companies and Gas Suppliers.
    • Implementation of a Willing Buyer, Willing Seller Policy for the power sector, which has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to homes and industries. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has also recently issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos.
    • More than 90 Transmission Projects completed or ongoing since 2016.

     

    Oil and Gas:

    • NNPC is set to commence construction of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) natural gas pipeline, which will traverse Kogi, Niger, FCT, Kaduna and Kano, and feed power plants and industries along the corridor. NNPC has paid the 15 percent counterpart funding for the $2.9 billion project, while the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the rest of the funding, coming from the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation.
    • Nigeria LNG Limited concluded Final Investment Decision (FID) on its Train 7 project at the end of 2019, and signed an EPC contract for the project in May 2020. A financing arrangement worth 3 billion US dollars was also concluded, the largest financing deal in Africa so far in 2020. NNPC owns a 49 percent stake in NLNG, on behalf of the Nigerian Government.
    • Controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement (OPA) has been cancelled and replaced with a ‘Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP)’ scheme with reputable offshore refineries.
    • The Passage of the long overdue Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC (Amendment) Act, 2019, which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation.
    • Negotiation of the billions of dollars in arrears of Cash Calls we inherited when we assumed office, resulting in an agreement for a significant discount of $1.7 billion. Since 2017 the NNPC has commenced payment of the arrears to the Oil Companies, with a view to clearing the backlog. As at Q4 2018, about $2 billion of the $5.5 billion arrears had been cleared.
    • Removal of the fuel subsidy regime and replacement by a market-led price modulation mechanism.
    • The Modular Refinery Initiative of the Buhari Administration has delivered 3 completed private sector-led projects, in Rivers, Imo and Delta States, and several others are in progress. Eminent persons like former President Olusegun Obasanjo have publicly commended the success recorded in that sector by the Buhari Administration.

     INVESTING IN PEOPLE

     

    • The SIP is the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria, with 12 million direct beneficiaries so far:
    •   500,000 N-Power beneficiaries currently enrolled and have been deployed and are receiving N30,000 in monthly stipends. Additional 40,000 are at various stages of enrolment.

     

    Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP):

    • ₦36.9 billion so far disbursed in interest-free loans ranging from N50,000 to N350,000 to more than 2.3 million market women, traders, artisans, farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT, under GEEP, using locally developed and implemented technology solutions (More than half of the loans have gone to women).
    • In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration, GEEP has led to the opening of 2,023,145 new mobile wallets for beneficiaries.
    • In November 2017, GEEP was chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria.

     

    Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP):

    • 9 million Primary 1 – 3 pupils in 54,952 public primary schools in 35 States. More than 107,000 cooks are engaged to deliver these meals.
    • The NHGSFP reduces hunger and malnutrition, and improves education outcomes (boosts school enrolment); farmers and produce ‘aggregators’ also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities, and by extension improved incomes.

     

    Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT):

    • More than 3 million poor and vulnerable households have been registered on the National Social Register, and more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme, which pays N5,000 to each household monthly.

     

    Education

    Grants and Disbursements: The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015, 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education, and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT.

    Approval for the establishment of the following:

    • Federal Maritime University, in Delta State
    • Nigerian Army University, in Borno State
    • Six new Colleges of Education (one per geopolitical zone)

    Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education, for efficient administration and impact.

     

    Healthcare

    • Grants to State Governments: A minimum of $2.5 million disbursed to each State of the Federation and the FCT, under the Saving One Million Lives (SOML) initiative, to improve health outcomes.
    • Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF): For the first time since the National Health Act was passed in 2014, the Federal Government included the 1% minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund – amounting to 55 billion Naira – in the 2018 budget, to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). The Fund is designed to deliver a guaranteed set health services to all Nigerians, through the national network of Primary Health Care centers.
    • Passage of Enabling Legislation for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), for the first time since it was founded in 2011. President Buhari approved a grant of 5 billion Naira for the NCDC in March 2020.
    • Tertiary Healthcare Upgrade Programme: A number of key Federal Hospitals across the country are being upgraded to effectively manage cancer and other major health challenges. Cancer Radiotherapy machines and other equipment are being provided to these hospitals. The National Hospital in Abuja has already received two LINAC (cancer treatment) machines.

     

    Sports and Creative Industry

    • Nigeria national U-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets, won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the fifth time, in 2015. Their first ever win was 30 years earlier, in 1985, when President Buhari was military Head of State.
    • Nigeria’s participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games yielded her best gold medal result since Nigeria started taking part in the Games in 1992.
    • D’ Tigress, Nigeria’s Female National Basketball Team won the 2017 FIBA Africa Women’s Championship, the continental championship Cup, for the first time in 12 years, and earned qualification for its first FIBA Women’s World Cup appearance since 2006.
    • In 2018, D’ Tigress, Nigeria’s Female National Basketball Team earned its first-ever win at the FIBA Women’s World Cup, and went on to advance to the quarterfinals. The Team finished in 8th place – the best ever performance by an African Team.
    • In 2019, D’ Tigress successfully defended its 2017 Afro Basketball Women Championship Title.
    • In 2020, D’ Tigress became the only female African Team to qualify for participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
    • Nigeria’s Women’s Football Team, the Super Falcons, won the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in 2016 and 2018.
    • In 2018, the National Sports Festival held for the first time since 2012.
    • In 2018, Nigeria hosted a FIFA Executive Football Summit, one of twelve worldwide.
    • In 2019, the Super Falcons advanced to the group stage of the Women’s World Cup, for the first time in 20 years.
    • In 2019, Nigeria won its first Athletics World Championship Medal in six years.

     

    Creative Industry Support

    • Establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, to provide single-digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of Fashion, Film, Music and Information Technology.
    • In 2019, the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for ‘Pioneer Status’ Incentives – which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time.
    • Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre, Lagos, to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee, for redevelopment into a world-class Creative Park serving the theatre, film, fashion, music, and ICT sectors.
    • In 2017, Nigeria was elected Vice-President of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

     

    NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA

    The Buhari administration’s ‘New Vision for the Niger Delta’ brings together a robust set of promises, solutions, targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region’s oil wealth.

    The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16-point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in November 2016.

    Tangible results of the New Vision so far include:

    • Take-off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State. The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017/18 session, and commenced academic activities on April 12, 2018.
    • President Buhari approved 5 billion Naira in take-off grant for the Maritime University.
    • Ogoni Clean-Up: Setting aside of US$170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up, in an Escrow Account established for that purpose. The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018. The Clean-Up commenced in January 2019, with the handover of the first batch of sites to the selected remediation firms, after a painstaking procurement process.
    • Approvals for the establishment of private-sector-led Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta – the first three Refineries have now been completed, while construction is ongoing on others.

     

    ANTI-CORRUPTION & TRANSPARENCY

     

    FISCAL REFORMS; PLUGGING LEAKAGES

     

    New Whistleblowing Policy:

    • The new Whistleblowing Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 2016 has since then yielded several billions of Naira in recoveries from tax evaders and public officials. (In the first two years alone it yielded 8 billion, US$378million, and £27,800 in recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers).
    • Development of draft Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Bill 2019
    • EFCC recovered 794 billion Naira between 2015 and 2019, in addition to hundreds of properties and other assets.
    • ICPC scrutiny of practices, systems and procedures of MDAs’ personnel cost from 2017 to 2019, yielded more than 41 billion Naira in recoveries from inflated personnel budgets.
    • In 2019 alone, ICPC recovered 32 billion Naira worth of Land, Buildings and Vehicles.
    • ICPC’s audit of Constituency Projects covering 2015 to 2018 helped recover 2 billion Naira of diverted funds and assets.

     

    Increased Oversight of MDAs

    The Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs. From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016, JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017.

     

    The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA):

    • PICA was set up by the Buhari Administration to strengthen controls over Government finances through a continuous internal audit process across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), particularly in respect of payroll. Through the activities of PICA, more than 54,000 fraudulent payroll entries have been identified and removed, with payroll savings of N200 billion per annum.

     

    Expansion of TSA Coverage:

    • OnAugust 7, 2015, President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before 15th September 2015.
    • The TSA system was launched in 2012, but failed to gain traction until President Buhari’s executive order in August 2015.As of May 2018, the TSA system has been implemented in 92 percent of all MDAs.
    • The TSA allows managers of Government’s finances, including but not limited to the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, to have, at any point in time, a comprehensive overview of cash flows across the entire Government.
    • This decision to fully operationalize the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system—a public accounting system that enables the Government to manage its finances (revenues and payments) using a single/unified account, or series of linked accounts domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria — has resulted in the consolidation of more than 17,000 bank accountspreviously spread across DMBs in the country, and in savings of an average of N4 billion monthly in banking charges.
    • The TSA has brought the following benefits:
      • Improves transparency and accountability in the management of all FGN receipts by providing a consolidated view of Government’s cash flow.
      • Blocks the leakages and abuses which hitherto characterized Public Finance Management in Nigeria.
      • Ensures availability of funds for the execution of government policies, programmes and projects
      • Controls aggregate cash flows within fiscal and monetary limits
      • Improves management of domestic borrowing programme
      • Enables investments of idle funds
    • The Ministry of Finance continues to fine-tune the system to improve its efficiency, and has also commenced an audit to ensure that all funds due to the TSA are remitted into it.

     

    Expansion of IPPIS Coverage

    In spite of great opposition, the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces, as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions.

     

    Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes:

    • Considering that personnel costs are the Federal Government’s largest expenditure line, the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the BVN for payroll and pension audits. The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform has so far led to the detection of 54,000 fraudulent payroll entries.
    • The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), the N-Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP)

     

    Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project

    • The Federal Ministry of Finance launched the Asset Tracking and Management Project (ATM Project) in 2016. By the ATM Project, the Federal Government is, for the first time, able to locate, identify, assess and evaluate all its moveable and immoveable assets on a real time basis.
    • Also, a Central Asset Register was created and domiciled in the Ministry for recording the actual quantity, value, condition and location of all the capital assets belonging to the Federal Government. These initiatives are in line with the requirements of the International Public-Sector Reporting Standard (IPSAS), which has been implemented by the Ministry of Finance.

     

    Replacement of old Cash-Based Accounting System with an Accruals-Based System:

    • Accruals-based accounting, in addition to providing greater transparency in public financial management, provides comprehensive information on Government’s current and projected cash flows, leading to better cash management. For example, the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting led to the discovery of unrecorded debts owed contractors, oil marketers, exporters, electricity distribution companies and others.

     

    Enlistment into Open Government Partnership (OGP):

    • In May 2016, President Buhari attended and participated in the International Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the UK Government. At that Summit he pledged that Nigeria would join the OGP, an international transparency, accountability and citizen engagement initiative.
    • In July 2016, Nigeria became the 70th country to join the OGP. Following this, Nigeria constituted an OGP National Steering Committee (NSC), which went on to develop a National Action Plan (2017–2019) that aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens’ engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors.
    • In 2018, Nigeria was elected to lead the OGP, alongside Argentina, France, and Romania. All four new members of the OGP Steering Committee will serve for three years starting on October 1, 2018.

     

    Creation of Efficiency Unit (EU) to spearhead the efficient use of government resources, and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure:

    • The Efficiency Unit was set up in November 2015, to reduce wastages, promote efficiency, ensure prudence and add value for money in all government expenditures.
    • The Unit monitors Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, identifying and eliminating wasteful spending, duplication and other inefficiencies, and identifying best practices in procurement and financial management

     

    JUSTICE REFORMS

    Establishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC)

    • PACAC was established by President Buhari in August 2015 to, among other things; promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti-corruption effort, and advise the present administration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system. It was the very first committee the President set up after he was sworn into office.
    • PACAC has empowered Judges and Prosecutors to operate effectively in carrying out their responsibilities through Workshops on the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
    • PACAC has:
      • Trained both Federal and States Prosecutors on proper drafting of charges.
      • Helped anti-corruption agencies devise clearer strategies for obtaining forfeiture of assets suspected to have been acquired fraudulently, mainly from State Coffers, before prosecuting suspected culprits. Part of this work has involved painstakingly reviewing existing Laws (like the Money Laundering Act, 2004, the EFCC Act, 2004 and the ICPC Act, 2000), to identify and highlight sections directly conferring powers of forfeiture on Nigeria’s anticorruption agencies. This advocacy has led to a significant increase in the use of Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture Mechanisms by anti-corruption agencies;
      • Organized workshops for the Management and Protection of Assets, and recommended the establishment of a Central Asset Management Committee – the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery (PCAR), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, which superintends a dedicated Central Bank Account that receives all recovered funds, for coordination and transparency of management and oversight.
      • Produced manuals, protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to assist ACAs in their work. These include the Corruption Case Management Manual; the Plea Bargaining Manual; Sentencing Guidelines in High Profile Cases; the Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets, Asset Recovery Strategy Document, Corruption Case Management Manual; Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets; etc.
      • Drafted a Bill for the establishment of Special Crimes Court
      • Initiated the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government (see Whistleblower Policy for details)

     

    Domestic Legislation & International Agreements

    • President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, an Executive Bill, into law in 2019, following passage by the National Assembly. The Bill facilitates the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds, property and other instrumentalities of crime, as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be.
    • Nigeria has signed Agreements and MOUs with various countries to boost international cooperation for the investigation, tracking, freezing and return of stolen assets.

     

    Prisons Reform:

    • The completion, in 2019, of the first fundamental reform of the Nigeria Prisons Act in almost 50 years, resulting in the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service to replace the Nigerian Prisons Service.
    • Launch of New Prison Information Management System: The Pilot Project was completed at Kuje Prison, and launched in July 2017 with the installation of a new data management system (the first of its kind in any prison in Nigeria), as well as Hardware equipment (computers, server, LAN connectivity, webcams, etc). National rollout being worked on. Deployment will be in 86 Nigeria Correctional Service locations across 16 States.
    • Also as part of Criminal Justice Reforms, President Buhari in 2020 granted amnesty to 2,600 prisoners nationwide, representing about 3.5 percent of all inmates, in a bid to decongest Nigeria’s prison population. The beneficiaries were those 60 years and above; those suffering from ill-health that might likely lead to death; convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve; inmates with mental health defect; and inmates with a pending fine not exceeding N50,000 and with no pending cases.

     

    SECURITY

     

    • Nigeria’s Law Enforcement Agencies have significantly scaled up their footprint across the country – Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central, Operation Ex-Swift Response in border areas, several new Forward Operating Bases, Quick Response Wings, Commando Training Schools, and so on, and deployments of Special Forces. The Buhari Administration has rolled out the most significant response to Nigeria’s multifaceted security challenges, since 1999.
    • Increased Investments in Arms and Weapons: Government to Government military deals with the Governments of the US, China, Russia, Pakistan, and so on have helped eliminate expensive and opaque middlemen. In April 2020, a first batch of 17 military vehicles (VT-4 main battle tanks, ST-1 wheeled tank destroyers, self-propelled howitzers etc) arrived from China, for the fight against Boko Haram.
    • Nigerian Air Force has acquired 22 brand new aircraft since President Buhari assumed office in 2015, and is expecting another 16 (including the 12 Super Tucano currently on order from the United States Government, and due for delivery starting 2021). The NAF is also locally re-activating several previously unserviceable planes.
    • President Buhari resuscitated the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019, to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security in Nigeria
    • President Buhari approved the recruitment of 10,000 new Police Officers annually.
    • President Buhari signed into law, in 2019, the Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund, which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force.
    • Nigeria Police Force launched a new National Command and Control Center in Abuja in 2019
    • President Buhari has approved and implemented new Salary Packages for the Military and Police.
    • Establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke in May 2018, to curtail violence in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States. OPWS has recorded remarkable success in tackling armed herders, cultists, kidnappers and bandits in its sphere of operation, and brought tension levels down from the escalated levels seen in 2017/2018.

     

    Northeast

    • Revitalization of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), aimed at combating trans-border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency.
    • El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club returned to their home base in Maiduguri in April 2016, two years after relocating to Katsina State because of the insurgency
    • Emirs of Askira and Uba returned home in May 2016, two years after fleeing their Palaces on account of the Boko Haram insurgency
    • Public Secondary Schools resumed in Borno State on Monday September 26, 2016, after two years of closure
    • Maiduguri-Gubio and Maiduguri-Monguno Roads reopened in December 2016, after being closed for three years.
    • Capture of Boko Haram’s operational and spiritual headquarters, “Camp Zero”, in Sambisa Forest, in December 2016. Following this the Nigerian Army conducted its Small Arms Championship from 26th to 31st March 2017, a measure aimed at enabling the Armed forces to dominate the area, and avoid regrouping by the terrorists.
    • Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno State Chapter declared the 2017 Easter Celebrations as the best and safest since 2009.
    • Arik Air resumed flights to Maiduguri in May 2017, three years after suspending operations to the city.
    • Nigerian Military reopened Maiduguri-Bama-Banki Road in March 2018, four years after it was seized by Boko Haram.
    • More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast, since 2015.
    • Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity, including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014, and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018.

     

    North Central and North West

    • In May 2018 the Defence Headquarters kicked off ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ (OPWS) – featuring a Joint Military Intervention Force (JMIF), comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) – to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating in and around Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba States. OPWS has been very successful in restoring calm to its area of coverage.
    • Reorganization of existing Security Operations targeting banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the North West led to establishment of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) by Defence Headquarters in May 2019.
    • Establishment in 2019 of Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE (JTF OPTS) by Defence Headquarters to tackle kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers, and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna-Abuja axis.
    • Establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings (QRW) in Benue (21 QRW), Nasarawa (22 QRW), Taraba (23 QRW) and Katsina States, and a Quick Response Group in Zamfara State (QRG 207), and deployment of Special Forces to these QRWs/QRG.
    • Nigerian Air Force has also established Forward Operations Bases (FOB) in Kaduna and Katsina States
    • Flag-off of Nigerian Army 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Kanfanin Doka Village, Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State.
    • Training and deployment of hundreds of Special Forces personnel by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force

     DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

    Re-establishment of Nigeria’s position and influence in the regional and global arena. Fragile/broken relations with the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, and with neighbouring countries (Chad, Niger, Cameroon) have been revived and strengthened since June 2015.

    Nigeria’s prominent participation in the London Anti-Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption, in May, 2016 in London.

    Major outcomes/results/manifestations of Nigeria’s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage:

    • The positions of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), African Development Bank, and African Export–Import Bank are all currently held by Nigerians.
    • The signing, in August 2016, of an MoU with the UK Government on modalities for the return of Nigeria’s stolen assets in the UK.
    • The establishment of a Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR), hosted by the governments of the US and UK in December 2017, to focus on assisting Nigeria and three other countries to reclaim their stolen assets.
    • Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016 and developed a National Action Plan, which is already being implemented.
    • In 2016 Nigeria signed an Agreement on the identification and repatriation of Illicit Funds with the United Arab Emirates during President Buhari’s Visit to that country.
    • The Federal Government under President Buhari has successfully engaged the governments of Switzerland, Jersey Island, United States, United Arab Emirates, and Liechtenstein among others, in an effort to ensure the repatriation of Nigeria’s stolen assets.
    • A total of US$622 million in looted Abacha funds repatriated to Nigeria in two tranches in December 2017 and April 2020. The first tranche ($322m) is being disbursed as part of the Buhari Administration’s Social Investment Programme interventions, while the second tranche ($311m) is being invested in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
    • Under President Buhari’s watch, Nigeria has been playing an active and stabilizing role in OPEC. In 2017 Nigeria was able to successfully negotiate a vital exemption from production cuts agreed at the time, a move that helped shore up revenues and foreign reserves.
    • The Buhari Administration has mobilized International Support for the War against Boko Haram, forging strong partnerships with key countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, ECOWAS, the AU, the UN, and others. After years of stalemate, the United States finally agreed to sell – and has sold – weapons to Nigeria, (12 Super Tucano Aircraft)
    • Revamp of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising troops from Nigeria and Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin.
    • The designation of President Buhari as the African Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Champion for 2018
    • The designation of President Buhari by ECOWAS Heads of State as West Africa’s Covid-19 Champion in 2020.
    • President Buhari’s interventions have helped restore and strengthen democracy in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. He authorized the deployment of troops, fighter jets and warships to The Gambia during the impasse that followed the December 2016 Presidential elections.
    • Successful evacuation and repatriation of more than 10,000 Nigerian migrants from Libya, with the support and partnership of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

     

    Bilateral Relations:

     

    CHINA:

    • Billions of dollars in concessional infrastructure funding for critical road and rail projects. President Buhari’s April 2016 official visit to China has unlocked billions of dollars in infrastructure funding, primarily for road and rail projects;
    • Implementation of a Chinese Yuan (CNY) 15 billion Currency Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

     

    GERMANY

    • Support for the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), six-year Programme to modernise Nigeria’s electricity grid, under a Government-to-Government framework between the Nigerian and German Governments; to be managed and implemented by Siemens AG.
    • Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) and Petkus Technologie of Germany, aimed at significantly reducing the incidence/impact of post-harvest losses in Nigeria’s Agriculture Value Chain.
    • Signing of a MoU with Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) to develop a joint vision for an automotive hub in Nigeria.

     

    UNITED STATES (USA)

    • Renewed cooperation in Security and Anti-Corruption. The US Government has approved the sale of 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria, as well as repatriation of recovered looted monies and assets stashed in the US.
    • Nigerian and United States militaries collaborated to host, April 2018 in Abuja, the 2018 African Land Forces Summit, the largest gathering of African Army chiefs, to discuss cooperation aimed at improving security on the continent.

     

    UNITED KINGDOM (UK)

    • 2018: Nigeria commenced the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information (AETI) protocol with the United Kingdom. This Protocol will provide the Nigerian Government with data on bank accounts, property and trusts held in the UK by Nigerian nationals, and will support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) by allowing Nigerian tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received regarding overseas assets and income.
    • 2018: Launch of a UK-Government funded £13 million education programme that will provide training for teachers, school equipment, and security for schools, for 100,000 children living in parts of the Northeast affected by Boko Haram.

     

    SOUTH AFRICA:

    The SA-Nigeria Bi-National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level, as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa’s two largest economies.

     

    MOROCCO:

    • The Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, PFI(which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco, for the supply of phosphate, as well as technical assistance), has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across Nigeria.
    • As part of the PFI, in 2018 Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (between OCP of Morocco and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority) on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform, specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant in the Niger Delta.

     

    RUSSIA:

    • Government-to-Government Arms Deal involving the supply of 12 Attack Helicopters to Nigeria
    • Resuscitation Deal for the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill, agreed by Presidents Buhari and Putin, during the Russia Africa Summit in 2019. The Russian Government has agreed to support the completion and full operationalization of the plant.

     

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE):

    • Nigeria has signed and ratified an Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates that allows extradition of Nigerians who flee to the UAE after committing crimes in Nigeria.
    • The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has seen inflows of around US$2 billion under the Buhari Administration. These are the first government inflows since the original US$1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012.

     

    SAUDI ARABIA:

    • Relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved. During the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in 2019, President Buhari met separately and held extensive talks with the King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, MBS; as well as the leadership of ARAMCO and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund.
    • One of the outcomes of the Saudi Visit was the agreement by the two governments to set up a joint Saudi-Nigeria Strategic Council, made up of government officials and businessmen from both countries, and which will focus on economic growth and development, investments in oil and non-oil sectors, and security cooperation.

    CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

    “In Nigeria, we are taking a two-step approach. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.” – President Buhari

     

    • The Federal Government of Nigeria is rolling out several measures and directives on healthcare, border security, and fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic. More measures are coming.
    • The President has set up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Osinbajo, to develop a comprehensive economic plan to respond to the disruptions and dislocations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The President has also set up a Presidential Task Force on #COVID-19, chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, with Dr. Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator. The PTF is coordinating Nigeria’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach to COVID-19.
    • The President also set up a Committee made up of the Minister and Minister of State of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 Budget and to recommend appropriate and immediate response strategies.

    President Buhari has also approved the following:

    • Establishment of a 500 billion Naira COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund, for the upgrading of health facilities nationwide, finance a national Special Public Works Programme, as well as any other interventions that may be approved in the future.
    • Release of special intervention grants of 10 billion Naira and 5 billion Naira to the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) respectively, to facilitate the Covid-19 Response.
    • Immediate Release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of Grain for distribution to poor and vulnerable households across the country.
    • Establishment of a Joint Technical Task Team to facilitate the movement of food and agricultural inputs across Nigeria, during the Coronavirus lockdown.
    • Commencement of a three-month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans, with immediate effect.
    • Commencement of a three-month moratorium for all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.
    • Presidential directive for immediate Expansion of National Social Register (official database for implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme) by 1 million additional households.
    • Implementation of Modified version of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, to deliver dry food rations to households of pupils already benefiting from the NHGSFP.



    • Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

  •  The Presidency has listed the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last five years saying where the lofty goals are yet to be attained it is work in progress and eyes are firmly fixed on the ball no distraction A factsheet released by Mr Femi Adesina the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Thursday maintained that the government swept into office on the wings of Change and that change has been wrought in nearly all phases of national life According to the presidential aide the three umbrella areas on which government based its interventionist agenda are security reviving the economy with particular emphasis on job creation especially for youths and fighting corruption In these three areas where we are today cannot be compared with where we used to be By May 2015 insecurity had badly fractured the fabric of the nation No one could wager that the country would survive the next month not to talk of another year Bombs went off like firecrackers insurgents ran riot round the country other forms of crime and criminality held sway Life was nasty brutish and short he added Adesina also narrated how over five years the battle had been taken to insurgents and criminals across the country saying they are being extinguished by the day and very close to complete extirpation He said The economy long dependent on a mono product petroleum is being retooled refocused with diversification as a task that must be accomplished Agriculture has been given a fillip manufacturing has got a shot in the arm and solid minerals are contributing a large chunk to the Gross Domestic Product GDP According to Adesina the country is very close to food security with rice beans maize millet and all sorts of grain no longer imported adding that we now eat what we grow On the war against corruption the presidential aide said No quarter is asked and none is given Commit the crime do the term No retreat no surrender Adesina further maintained that Facts speak for themselves And that is what we present at this auspicious season of the fifth anniversary of the Buhari administration Facts are stubborn things no matter how anybody tries to deny distort or deride them Attached below is the five year Fact Sheet of the Muhammadu Buhari administration AGRICULTURE The Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP of the Central Bank of Nigeria launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17 2015 has made available more than 200 billion Naira in funding to more than 1 5 million smallholder farmers of 16 different commodities Rice Wheat Maize Cotton Cassava Poultry Soy Beans Groundnut Fish cultivating over 1 4 million hectares of farmland The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice doubling the production of paddy as well as milled rice between 2015 and 2019 Between 2016 and 2019 more than 10 new rice mills came on stream in Nigeria Many of the existing Mills have expanded their capacity several new ones are under construction More than a billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of Rice Wheat Sugar Poultry Animal Feed Fertilisers etc since 2015 Federal Executive Council approval 2020 for a National Agriculture Mechanisation Programme the Green Imperative in partnership with the Government of Brazil and multilateral financing institutions The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative Launched in January 2017 as a Government to Government agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco More than a million metric tonnes of fertiliser produced since 2017 This translated to distribution of more than 18 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser in the first three years of the PFI 22 blending plants resuscitated combined installed capacity of more than 2 5m MT Price reduction from N9 000 N11 000 per bag to N5 500 FX savings of 150m annually through the substitution of imported components with locally manufactured ones Subsidy savings of N50 billion annually Making Business Work Support for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs The new Development Bank of Nigeria DBN has finally taken off with initial funding of US 1 3 billion N396 5 billion to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs Since 2017 the DBN has disbursed a total of N100 billion through the bank s 27 Participating Financial Institutions PFIs impacting more than 100 000 MSMEs 52 of loans disbursed in 2019 were to youths and women owned businesses Bank of Industry has disbursed more than N400 billion in loans to large medium small and micro enterprises since 2016 It has also established a N5 Billion Fund for Artisanal Miners as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development s Programme to boost Mining activities in Nigeria as well as a 20 million Fund to support young technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria The MSME Clinics which bring relevant Government Agencies together with small businesses operating in various cities across the country to enable the Agencies provide direct support to these businesses The interactions allow the Agencies better understand the issues facing small businesses and provide a platform for speedy resolution The Ease of Doing Business Reform Programme see below The Government Enterprise and Empowerment component GEEP of the Social Intervention Programme SIP Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes The work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council inaugurated by President Buhari in August 2016 and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat EBES has resulted in Nigeria moving up 39 places on the World Bank s Ease of Doing Business rankings since 2016 In the last three years Nigeria has twice been adjudged one of 10 Most Improved Economies in the Rankings The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council NIPC in 2017 completed a long overdue revision of the list of activities that can benefit from Nigeria s Pioneer Status Incentive which grants beneficiary companies a 3 to 5 year tax holiday The revision done more than 10 ten years after the last one has modernised the List expanding the tax holiday incentives to qualifying companies in E commerce Software Development Animation Music Film and TV NIPC published a Compendium of all Investment incentives in Nigeria making it easier for existing and potential investors to have equal access to the information Some of the specific Ease of Doing Business Reform achievements are as follows Assent by President Buhari to the Finance Bill 2019 The Finance Act 2019 is the first time Nigeria is accompanying the passage of a Budget with complementary fiscal and business environment reforms legislation The 2020 Budget is also the first time in 12 years that a Federal Budget has been restored to the January December cycle Creation of a National Collateral Registry NCR A NCR or Movable Assets Registry was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria in May 2016 The NCR allows small businesses to get access to loans using movable assets machinery livestock inventory as collateral As of the end of June 2018 the NCR online portal had registered 630 financial institutions Between inception in 2016 and April 2020 these financial institutions had recorded a total of 65 370 moveable assets on the portal belonging to 165 456 borrowers and valued at N1 26 trillion Automation of business name reservation submission of registration documents payment of registration fees generation of Tax Identification Numbers TIN and filing of federal Taxes Implementation of functioning Visa on Arrival system for Business Visitors and AU nationals PENSIONS In January 2019 President Buhari launched Nigeria s Micro Pension Scheme which allows self employed persons and persons working in organisations with less than three employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation The Buhari Administration is prioritising the payment of pension arrears owed staff of current and privatized defunct Federal agencies N54 billion released to settle outstanding 33 per cent pension arrears the 33 per cent pension arrears date back to 2010 when the minimum wage was increased to N18 000 Delta Steel Company liquidated in 2005 3 542 pensioners have now been placed on the payroll ending a 13 year wait for their entitlements NITEL 9 216 pensioners payrolled after more than a decade of neglect Retired Biafran Police Officers dismissed by the Federal Government in 1971 after the Civil War ended and pardoned by President Obasanjo in 2000 President Buhari approved the payment of the pensions unpaid since their pardon in 2000 N571 56 million was paid to a total of 174 beneficiaries in October 2017 Nigeria Airways President Buhari approved the release of N24 billion in September 2018 for the settlement of 50 per cent of workers disengaged when the airline was liquidated in 2003 4 Recoveries The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD has recovered cash and non cash assets totaling N16 billion previously trapped in various insurance companies and underwriters managing the pension funds of Federal Parastatals and Universities MONETARY FISCAL TRADE IMMIGRATION CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS Tax Launch of a new Tax Identification Number TIN Registration System in 2019 For the first time Nigeria has a consolidated unified database of all taxpayers individual and corporate across all States This new System is the product of increased collaboration between FIRS and States Inland Revenue Services through improved sharing of information and an integration of databases among others The new TIN Registration system leverages on existing taxpayer data available from databases of multiple organizations like Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Banks through Bank Verification Number BVN National Identity Card Management Commission NIMC and others The improved collaboration between FIRS and the various SIRS has resulted in an increase in Nigeria s Tax Net number of paying and non paying individuals and companies in the Tax Database from 13 million as at December 2015 to 35 million at the end of 2018 and a projected 45 million by the end of 2019 Trade Establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations by the Economic Management Team EMT The NOTN has produced Nigeria s first Annual National Trade Report and is compiling for the first time in Nigeria s history a comprehensive database of Nigerian Trade Deals and Agreements The Renminbi Naira Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria On April 27 2018 the CBN signed a 3 year bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China PBoC worth Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billon equivalent to N720 00 billon or US 2 5 billion Budget Budget proposal submission which used to be done manually submissions in hard copy and flash drives has moved to an online platform the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System GIFMIS since 2018 The new Budget Submission System significantly improves the transparency and efficiency of the budgeting system Restoration of Federal Budget to January December cycle with the 2020 Budget for the first time in 12 years Immigration Installation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System MIDAS a global travel security standard in 5 Nigerian International Airports commencing in late 2019 with the support and collaboration of the International Organisation for Migration IOM MIDAS is linked to Local and International Criminal Dabatases Watchlists INTERPOL etc and achieves real time synchronization of data between all of Nigeria s International Airports and the NIS Headquarters in Abuja It ultimately creates a faster and more efficient airport experience while also ensuring that persons crossing Nigeria s borders through the Airports do not pose any threats to national and international security Accompanying the installation of MIDAS is the launch of a New Visa Policy 2020 by the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS as part of a broader 5 year Border Strategy Reform 2019 2023 The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms Expansion of Visa Categories from 6 to 79 to reflect and cater to the full range of realities and scenarios for intending travelers to Nigeria Introduction of eVisas which carry biometric information of visa holders The eVisa issuance system is linked to MIDAS Automation of Visa Issuance and Payment to reduce human contact and associated corruption The Visa on Arrival Policy expanded to all holders of African Passports starting January 2020 Consumer Protection President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC Bill the first legislation in Nigeria s history focused on curbing anti competition practices and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Debt Management Between 2017 and now Nigeria has issued its first ever Diaspora Bond in the International Capital Market The Diaspora Bond was US 300 million with a tenor of 5 years The proceeds were used to part finance the 2017 Budget Sukuk Bond 1stTranche 100 billion Naira in 2017 2ndTranche of 100 billion Naira in 2018 and 3rdTranche of 150 billion Naira has just gone on sale in May 2020 The Sukuk Bond proceeds are being used to fund major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria The Buhari Administration has issued Nigeria s first ever Sovereign Green Bonds Domestic Borrowing Costs Through the CBN s policies and directives Treasury Bill rates which represent domestic borrowing costs for the Government have fallen from 16 18 per cent per annum in 2017 to 2 6 per cent per annum in 2019 2020 FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES The Buhari Administration has extended more than N2 Trillion in bailout packages to State Governments to enable them meet their salary and pension obligations especially in the face of dwindling oil revenues in the first 3 years of the Administration The support has come in the form of the following Budget Support Facility Total of N614 billion extended to the States Paris Club Refunds 5 4 billion Infrastructure Loans Loan Restructuring for Facilities with Commercial Banks In 2015 the DMO restructured Commercial Bank loans with a total value of N575 516 billion for 23 States to reduce the debt service burden on the states In exchange for their loans to State Governments the banks were issued 20 year FGN Bonds at a yield of 14 83 per cent per annum The Restructuring Exercise benefited the States through Reduction in the monthly debt service burden of States from between 55 per cent to 97 per cent for various States Interest rate savings for the States ranging from 3 per cent to 9 per cent per annum Longer repayment period for the loans now converted into Bonds and Freeing up of needed cash to run the machinery of Government EXECUTIVE ORDERS The Buhari Administration has since 2017 issued a number of landmark Executive Orders Executive Order 001 on Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment Executive Order 002 on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies Executive Order 005 on planning and execution of projects promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science engineering and technology Executive Order 008 on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme VOARS Executive Order 007 on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme Executive Order 010 Implementing Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary INFRASTRUCTURE The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria s Transport Power and Health Infrastructure Three major rail projects inherited from previous administrations have been completed and commissioned Abuja Metro Rail and the Abuja Kaduna Rail and the 327km Itakpe Ajaokuta Warri Rail started in 1987 have been completed in 2020 A fourth Rail Project the Lagos Ibadan Rail Project kicked off in 2017 and is due to be completed in 2020 The tracklaying for the main component of the project was completed in March 2020 In May 2018 the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority The PIDF kicked off with seed funding of US 650 million and has already disbursed funds for three critical road projects Second Niger Bridge Lagos Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja Kaduna Zaria Kano Expressway Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA in March 2018 invested US 11m to establish a world class Cancer Treatment Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH which commenced operations in 2019 Work is ongoing on two US 5m Diagnostic Centres in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia Abuja s Light Rail system has been completed it connects the city center with the Airport and the Abuja Kaduna Railway Line New Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport Terminals completed in Q4 2018 New Lagos and Kano International Airport Terminals scheduled for completion in 2020 All were inherited from the previous administration at various stages of completion and in some cases required project redesign and revision The Buhari Administration successfully completed the reconstruction of the Abuja Airport runway within the scheduled six week period March April 2017 and will complete the reconstruction of the Enugu International Airport Runway in 2020 The following Water Supply Projects and Dam Irrigation Projects have been completed by the Buhari Administration Central Ogbia Regional Water Project in Bayelsa Sabke Dutsi Mashi Water Supply Project in Katsina Northern Ishan Regional Water Supply Project serving Ugboha and Uromi communities of Edo State Kashimbila Dam Taraba State Ogwashi Uku Dam Delta State Actual Dam completed and reservoir impounded in 2016 also spillway discharge channel completed Shagari Dam Irrigation Project Sokoto State Mangu Dam and Regional Water Supply Scheme in Plateau State Completion of Phase 1 of Galma Dam Kaduna Rehabilitation of Ojirami Dam Water Supply Project Edo State The 25 Road Projects being funded by the Sukuk Bonds Construction of Oju Loko Oweto bridge over River Benue to link Loko Nasarawa state and Oweto Benue state along route F2384 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road section I International Airport link road junction Sheda Village Dualisation of Suleja Minna Road in Niger State Phase II km 40 000 km101 000 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road Section IV Koton Karfe Lokoja in Kogi State Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Okene in Kogi State Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section III Azare Potiskum in Bauchi Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section IV Potiskum Damaturu road in Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section V Damaturu Maiduguri Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section I Kano Wudil Shuari in Kano Dualisation of Kano Katsina Road Phase I Kano Town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano Construction of Kano Western Bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road Section I Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha Enugu Expressway Amansea Enugu border Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section I Lokpanta Umuahia in Abia Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section II Umuahia tower Aba Township Rail Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section III Enugu Lokpanta Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section IV Aba Port Harcourt in Rivers Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction Kolo Otuoke Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section II Phase I Okene Auchi Kogi Edo states Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section III Phase I Auchi Ehor in Edo Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana junction Benin Section IV Phase I Ehor Benin City Edo state Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin Ofosu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase IV Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin Ofusu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase III Dualisation of Ibadan Ilorin Road Section II Oyo Ogbomosho Road in Oyo Power Sector The Federal Government s Energising Economies Programme is a public private partnership led by the Rural Electrification Agency REA to deliver stable power supply to markets and economic clusters across the country The initial phase is ongoing in Ariaria Market in Aba Abia State 32 000 shops Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos 1 000 shops Shomolu Printing Community in Lagos 4 000 shops and the Sabon Gari Market in Kano 12 000 shops The Sura Shopping Complex project was completed in August 2018 and commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in October 2018 Launch of a N1 3 trillion Payment Assurance Programmedesigned to resolve the liquidity challenges in the Power Sector by guaranteeing payments to Generating Companies and Gas Suppliers Implementation of a Willing Buyer Willing Seller Policy for the power sector which has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to homes and industries The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has also recently issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos More than 90 Transmission Projects completed or ongoing since 2016 Oil and Gas NNPC is set to commence construction of the 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano AKK natural gas pipeline which will traverse Kogi Niger FCT Kaduna and Kano and feed power plants and industries along the corridor NNPC has paid the 15 percent counterpart funding for the 2 9 billion project while the Federal Executive Council FEC has approved the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the rest of the funding coming from the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation Nigeria LNG Limited concluded Final Investment Decision FID on its Train 7 project at the end of 2019 and signed an EPC contract for the project in May 2020 A financing arrangement worth 3 billion US dollars was also concluded the largest financing deal in Africa so far in 2020 NNPC owns a 49 percent stake in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian Government Controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement OPA has been cancelled and replaced with a Direct Sales and Direct Purchase DSDP scheme with reputable offshore refineries The Passage of the long overdue Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC Amendment Act 2019 which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation Negotiation of the billions of dollars in arrears of Cash Calls we inherited when we assumed office resulting in an agreement for a significant discount of 1 7 billion Since 2017 the NNPC has commenced payment of the arrears to the Oil Companies with a view to clearing the backlog As at Q4 2018 about 2 billion of the 5 5 billion arrears had been cleared Removal of the fuel subsidy regime and replacement by a market led price modulation mechanism The Modular Refinery Initiative of the Buhari Administration has delivered three completed private sector led projects in Rivers Imo and Delta States and several others are in progress Eminent persons like former President Olusegun Obasanjo have publicly commended the success recorded in that sector by the Buhari Administration INVESTING IN PEOPLE The SIP is the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria with 12 million direct beneficiaries so far 500 000 N Power beneficiaries currently enrolled and have been deployed and are receiving N30 000 in monthly stipends Additional 40 000 are at various stages of enrolment Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 36 9 billion so far disbursed in interest free loans ranging from N50 000 to N350 000 to more than 2 3 million market women traders artisans farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT under GEEP using locally developed and implemented technology solutions More than half of the loans have gone to women In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration GEEP has led to the opening of 2 023 145 new mobile wallets for beneficiaries In November 2017 GEEP was chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria Home Grown School Feeding Programme HGSFP 9 million Primary 1 3 pupils in 54 952 public primary schools in 35 States More than 107 000 cooks are engaged to deliver these meals The NHGSFP reduces hunger and malnutrition and improves education outcomes boosts school enrolment farmers and produce aggregators also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities and by extension improved incomes Conditional Cash Transfer CCT More than 3 million poor and vulnerable households have been registered on the National Social Register and more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme which pays N5 000 to each household monthly Education Grants and Disbursements The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT Approval for the establishment of the following Federal Maritime University in Delta State Nigerian Army University in Borno State Six new Colleges of Education one per geopolitical zone Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education for efficient administration and impact Healthcare Grants to State Governments A minimum of 2 5 million disbursed to each State of the Federation and the FCT under the Saving One Million Lives SOML initiative to improve health outcomes Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF For the first time since the National Health Act was passed in 2014 the Federal Government included the 1 minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounting to 55 billion Naira in the 2018 budget to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF The Fund is designed to deliver a guaranteed set health services to all Nigerians through the national network of Primary Health Care centers Passage of Enabling Legislation for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC for the first time since it was founded in 2011 President Buhari approved a grant of 5 billion Naira for the NCDC in March 2020 Tertiary Healthcare Upgrade Programme A number of key Federal Hospitals across the country are being upgraded to effectively manage cancer and other major health challenges Cancer Radiotherapy machines and other equipment are being provided to these hospitals The National Hospital in Abuja has already received two LINAC cancer treatment machines Sports and Creative Industry Nigeria national U 17 football team the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U 17 World Cup for the fifth time in 2015 Their first ever win was 30 years earlier in 1985 when President Buhari was military Head of State Nigeria s participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games yielded her best gold medal result since Nigeria started taking part in the Games in 1992 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team won the 2017 FIBA Africa Women s Championship the continental championship Cup for the first time in 12 years and earned qualification for its first FIBA Women s World Cup appearance since 2006 In 2018 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team earned its first ever win at the FIBA Women s World Cup and went on to advance to the quarterfinals The Team finished in 8th place the best ever performance by an African Team In 2019 D Tigress successfully defended its 2017 Afro Basketball Women Championship Title In 2020 D Tigress became the only female African Team to qualify for participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games Nigeria s Women s Football Team the Super Falcons won the African Women Cup of Nations AWCON in 2016 and 2018 In 2018 the National Sports Festival held for the first time since 2012 In 2018 Nigeria hosted a FIFA Executive Football Summit one of twelve worldwide In 2019 the Super Falcons advanced to the group stage of the Women s World Cup for the first time in 20 years In 2019 Nigeria won its first Athletics World Championship Medal in six years Creative Industry Support Establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative CIFI by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN in collaboration with the Bankers Committee to provide single digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of Fashion Film Music and Information Technology In 2019 the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for Pioneer Status Incentives which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre Lagos to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee for redevelopment into a world class Creative Park serving the theatre film fashion music and ICT sectors In 2017 Nigeria was elected Vice President of United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA The Buhari administration s New Vision for the Niger Delta brings together a robust set of promises solutions targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region s oil wealth The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16 point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF in November 2016 Tangible results of the New Vision so far include Take off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko Delta State The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission NUC to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017 18 session and commenced academic activities on April 12 2018 President Buhari approved 5 billion Naira in take off grant for the Maritime University Ogoni Clean Up Setting aside of US 170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up in an Escrow Account established for that purpose The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018 The Clean Up commenced in January 2019 with the handover of the first batch of sites to the selected remediation firms after a painstaking procurement process Approvals for the establishment of private sector led Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta the first three Refineries have now been completed while construction is ongoing on others ANTI CORRUPTION amp TRANSPARENCY FISCAL REFORMS PLUGGING LEAKAGES New Whistleblowing Policy The new Whistleblowing Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 2016 has since then yielded several billions of Naira in recoveries from tax evaders and public officials In the first two years alone it yielded 8 billion US 378million and 27 800 in recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers Development of draft Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Bill 2019 EFCC recovered 794 billion Naira between 2015 and 2019 in addition to hundreds of properties and other assets ICPC scrutiny of practices systems and procedures of MDAs personnel cost from 2017 to 2019 yielded more than 41 billion Naira in recoveries from inflated personnel budgets In 2019 alone ICPC recovered 32 billion Naira worth of Land Buildings and Vehicles ICPC s audit of Constituency Projects covering 2015 to 2018 helped recover 2 billion Naira of diverted funds and assets Increased Oversight of MDAs The Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016 JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017 The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA PICA was set up by the Buhari Administration to strengthen controls over Government finances through a continuous internal audit process across all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs particularly in respect of payroll Through the activities of PICA more than 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries have been identified and removed with payroll savings of N200 billion per annum Expansion of TSA Coverage On August 7 2015 President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks DMBs and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before 15th September 2015 The TSA system was launched in 2012 but failed to gain traction until President Buhari s executive order in August 2015 As of May 2018 the TSA system has been implemented in 92 percent of all MDAs The TSA allows managers of Government s finances including but not limited to the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to have at any point in time a comprehensive overview of cash flows across the entire Government This decision to fully operationalize the Treasury Single Account TSA system a public accounting system that enables the Government to manage its finances revenues and payments using a single unified account or series of linked accounts domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria has resulted in the consolidation of more than 17 000 bank accountspreviously spread across DMBs in the country and in savings of an average of N4 billion monthly in banking charges The TSA has brought the following benefits Improves transparency and accountability in the management of all FGN receipts by providing a consolidated view of Government s cash flow Blocks the leakages and abuses which hitherto characterized Public Finance Management in Nigeria Ensures availability of funds for the execution of government policies programmes and projects Controls aggregate cash flows within fiscal and monetary limits Improves management of domestic borrowing programme Enables investments of idle funds The Ministry of Finance continues to fine tune the system to improve its efficiency and has also commenced an audit to ensure that all funds due to the TSA are remitted into it Expansion of IPPIS Coverage In spite of great opposition the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes Considering that personnel costs are the Federal Government s largest expenditure line the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the BVN for payroll and pension audits The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS platform has so far led to the detection of 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP the N Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme HGSFP Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project The Federal Ministry of Finance launched the Asset Tracking and Management Project ATM Project in 2016 By the ATM Project the Federal Government is for the first time able to locate identify assess and evaluate all its moveable and immoveable assets on a real time basis Also a Central Asset Register was created and domiciled in the Ministry for recording the actual quantity value condition and location of all the capital assets belonging to the Federal Government These initiatives are in line with the requirements of the International Public Sector Reporting Standard IPSAS which has been implemented by the Ministry of Finance Replacement of old Cash Based Accounting System with an Accruals Based System Accruals based accounting in addition to providing greater transparency in public financial management provides comprehensive information on Government s current and projected cash flows leading to better cash management For example the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting led to the discovery of unrecorded debts owed contractors oil marketers exporters electricity distribution companies and others Enlistment into Open Government Partnership OGP In May 2016 President Buhari attended and participated in the International Anti Corruption Summit organised by the UK Government At that Summit he pledged that Nigeria would join the OGP an international transparency accountability and citizen engagement initiative In July 2016 Nigeria became the 70th country to join the OGP Following this Nigeria constituted an OGP National Steering Committee NSC which went on to develop a National Action Plan 2017 2019 that aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors In 2018 Nigeria was elected to lead the OGP alongside Argentina France and Romania All four new members of the OGP Steering Committee will serve for three years starting on October 1 2018 Creation of Efficiency Unit EU to spearhead the efficient use of government resources and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure The Efficiency Unit was set up in November 2015 to reduce wastages promote efficiency ensure prudence and add value for money in all government expenditures The Unit monitors Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs of government identifying and eliminating wasteful spending duplication and other inefficiencies and identifying best practices in procurement and financial management JUSTICE REFORMS Establishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption PACAC PACAC was established by President Buhari in August 2015 to among other things promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti corruption effort and advise the present administration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria s criminal justice system It was the very first committee the President set up after he was sworn into office PACAC has empowered Judges and Prosecutors to operate effectively in carrying out their responsibilities through Workshops on the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 PACAC has Trained both Federal and States Prosecutors on proper drafting of charges Helped anti corruption agencies devise clearer strategies for obtaining forfeiture of assets suspected to have been acquired fraudulently mainly from State Coffers before prosecuting suspected culprits Part of this work has involved painstakingly reviewing existing Laws like the Money Laundering Act 2004 the EFCC Act 2004 and the ICPC Act 2000 to identify and highlight sections directly conferring powers of forfeiture on Nigeria s anticorruption agencies This advocacy has led to a significant increase in the use of Non Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture Mechanisms by anti corruption agencies Organised workshops for the Management and Protection of Assets and recommended the establishment of a Central Asset Management Committee the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery PCAR headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which superintends a dedicated Central Bank Account that receives all recovered funds for coordination and transparency of management and oversight Produced manuals protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to assist ACAs in their work These include the Corruption Case Management Manual the Plea Bargaining Manual Sentencing Guidelines in High Profile Cases the Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets Asset Recovery Strategy Document Corruption Case Management Manual Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets etc Drafted a Bill for the establishment of Special Crimes Court Initiated the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government see Whistleblower Policy for details Domestic Legislation amp International Agreements President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill an Executive Bill into law in 2019 following passage by the National Assembly The Bill facilitates the identification tracing freezing restraining recovery forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds property and other instrumentalities of crime as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be Nigeria has signed Agreements and MOUs with various countries to boost international cooperation for the investigation tracking freezing and return of stolen assets Prisons Reform The completion in 2019 of the first fundamental reform of the Nigeria Prisons Act in almost 50 years resulting in the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service to replace the Nigerian Prisons Service Launch of New Prison Information Management System The Pilot Project was completed at Kuje Prison and launched in July 2017 with the installation of a new data management system the first of its kind in any prison in Nigeria as well as Hardware equipment computers server LAN connectivity webcams etc National rollout being worked on Deployment will be in 86 Nigeria Correctional Service locations across 16 States Also as part of Criminal Justice Reforms President Buhari in 2020 granted amnesty to 2 600 prisoners nationwide representing about 3 5 percent of all inmates in a bid to decongest Nigeria s prison population The beneficiaries were those 60 years and above those suffering from ill health that might likely lead to death convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve inmates with mental health defect and inmates with a pending fine not exceeding N50 000 and with no pending cases SECURITY Nigeria s Law Enforcement Agencies have significantly scaled up their footprint across the country Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central Operation Ex Swift Response in border areas several new Forward Operating Bases Quick Response Wings Commando Training Schools and so on and deployments of Special Forces The Buhari Administration has rolled out the most significant response to Nigeria s multifaceted security challenges since 1999 Increased Investments in Arms and Weapons Government to Government military deals with the Governments of the US China Russia Pakistan and so on have helped eliminate expensive and opaque middlemen In April 2020 a first batch of 17 military vehicles VT 4 main battle tanks ST 1 wheeled tank destroyers self propelled howitzers etc arrived from China for the fight against Boko Haram Nigerian Air Force has acquired 22 brand new aircraft since President Buhari assumed office in 2015 and is expecting another 16 including the 12 Super Tucano currently on order from the United States Government and due for delivery starting 2021 The NAF is also locally re activating several previously unserviceable planes President Buhari resuscitated the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019 to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security in Nigeria President Buhari approved the recruitment of 10 000 new Police Officers annually President Buhari signed into law in 2019 the Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force Nigeria Police Force launched a new National Command and Control Center in Abuja in 2019 President Buhari has approved and implemented new Salary Packages for the Military and Police Establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke in May 2018 to curtail violence in Benue Taraba and Nasarawa States OPWS has recorded remarkable success in tackling armed herders cultists kidnappers and bandits in its sphere of operation and brought tension levels down from the escalated levels seen in 2017 2018 Northeast Revitalization of the Multi National Joint Task Force MNJTF aimed at combating trans border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency El Kanemi Warriors Football Club returned to their home base in Maiduguri in April 2016 two years after relocating to Katsina State because of the insurgency Emirs of Askira and Uba returned home in May 2016 two years after fleeing their Palaces on account of the Boko Haram insurgency Public Secondary Schools resumed in Borno State on Monday September 26 2016 after two years of closure Maiduguri Gubio and Maiduguri Monguno Roads reopened in December 2016 after being closed for three years Capture of Boko Haram s operational and spiritual headquarters Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest in December 2016 Following this the Nigerian Army conducted its Small Arms Championship from 26th to 31st March 2017 a measure aimed at enabling the Armed forces to dominate the area and avoid regrouping by the terrorists Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Borno State Chapter declared the 2017 Easter Celebrations as the best and safest since 2009 Arik Air resumed flights to Maiduguri in May 2017 three years after suspending operations to the city Nigerian Military reopened Maiduguri Bama Banki Road in March 2018 four years after it was seized by Boko Haram More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast since 2015 Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014 and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018 North Central and North West In May 2018 the Defence Headquarters kicked off Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS featuring a Joint Military Intervention Force JMIF comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army Air Force and Navy and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force Department of State Security DSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating in and around Benue Nasarawa Taraba States OPWS has been very successful in restoring calm to its area of coverage Reorganisation of existing Security Operations targeting banditry kidnapping and other crimes in the North West led to establishment of Operation Hadarin Daji OPHD by Defence Headquarters in May 2019 Establishment in 2019 of Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE JTF OPTS by Defence Headquarters to tackle kidnappers bandits cattle rustlers and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna Abuja axis Establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings QRW in Benue 21 QRW Nasarawa 22 QRW Taraba 23 QRW and Katsina States and a Quick Response Group in Zamfara State QRG 207 and deployment of Special Forces to these QRWs QRG Nigerian Air Force has also established Forward Operations Bases FOB in Kaduna and Katsina States Flag off of Nigerian Army 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base FOB in Kanfanin Doka Village Birnin Gwari Kaduna State Training and deployment of hundreds of Special Forces personnel by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Re establishment of Nigeria s position and influence in the regional and global arena Fragile broken relations with the United States United Kingdom South Africa and with neighbouring countries Chad Niger Cameroon have been revived and strengthened since June 2015 Nigeria s prominent participation in the London Anti Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption in May 2016 in London Major outcomes results manifestations of Nigeria s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage The positions of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations President of the UN General Assembly UNGA President of the International Criminal Court ICC Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC African Development Bank and African Export Import Bank are all currently held by Nigerians The signing in August 2016 of an MoU with the UK Government on modalities for the return of Nigeria s stolen assets in the UK The establishment of a Global Forum for Asset Recovery GFAR hosted by the governments of the US and UK in December 2017 to focus on assisting Nigeria and three other countries to reclaim their stolen assets Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership OGP in 2016 and developed a National Action Plan which is already being implemented In 2016 Nigeria signed an Agreement on the identification and repatriation of Illicit Funds with the United Arab Emirates during President Buhari s Visit to that country The Federal Government under President Buhari has successfully engaged the governments of Switzerland Jersey Island United States United Arab Emirates and Liechtenstein among others in an effort to ensure the repatriation of Nigeria s stolen assets A total of US 622 million in looted Abacha funds repatriated to Nigeria in two tranches in December 2017 and April 2020 The first tranche 322m is being disbursed as part of the Buhari Administration s Social Investment Programme interventions while the second tranche 311m is being invested in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA Under President Buhari s watch Nigeria has been playing an active and stabilising role in OPEC In 2017 Nigeria was able to successfully negotiate a vital exemption from production cuts agreed at the time a move that helped shore up revenues and foreign reserves The Buhari Administration has mobilized International Support for the War against Boko Haram forging strong partnerships with key countries including the United States the United Kingdom France and Germany ECOWAS the AU the UN and others After years of stalemate the United States finally agreed to sell and has sold weapons to Nigeria 12 Super Tucano Aircraft Revamp of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF comprising troops from Nigeria and Chad Niger Cameroon and Benin The designation of President Buhari as the African Union AU Anti Corruption Champion for 2018 The designation of President Buhari by ECOWAS Heads of State as West Africa s Covid 19 Champion in 2020 President Buhari s interventions have helped restore and strengthen democracy in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau He authorized the deployment of troops fighter jets and warships to The Gambia during the impasse that followed the December 2016 Presidential elections Successful evacuation and repatriation of more than 10 000 Nigerian migrants from Libya with the support and partnership of the International Organization for Migration IOM Bilateral Relations CHINA Billions of dollars in concessional infrastructure funding for critical road and rail projects President Buhari s April 2016 official visit to China has unlocked billions of dollars in infrastructure funding primarily for road and rail projects Implementation of a Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billion Currency Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria GERMANY Support for the Presidential Power Initiative PPI six year Programme to modernise Nigeria s electricity grid under a Government to Government framework between the Nigerian and German Governments to be managed and implemented by Siemens AG Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending NIRSAL and Petkus Technologie of Germany aimed at significantly reducing the incidence impact of post harvest losses in Nigeria s Agriculture Value Chain Signing of a MoU with Volkswagen of South Africa VWSA to develop a joint vision for an automotive hub in Nigeria UNITED STATES USA Renewed cooperation in Security and Anti Corruption The US Government has approved the sale of 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria as well as repatriation of recovered looted monies and assets stashed in the US Nigerian and U S militaries collaborated to host April 2018 in Abuja the 2018 African Land Forces Summit the largest gathering of African Army chiefs to discuss cooperation aimed at improving security on the continent UNITED KINGDOM UK 2018 Nigeria commenced the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information AETI protocol with the United Kingdom This Protocol will provide the Nigerian Government with data on bank accounts property and trusts held in the UK by Nigerian nationals and will support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme VAIDS by allowing Nigerian tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received regarding overseas assets and income 2018 Launch of a UK Government funded 13 million education programme that will provide training for teachers school equipment and security for schools for 100 000 children living in parts of the Northeast affected by Boko Haram SOUTH AFRICA The SA Nigeria Bi National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa s two largest economies MOROCCO The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative PFI which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco for the supply of phosphate as well as technical assistance has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across Nigeria As part of the PFI in 2018 Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding between OCP of Morocco and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant in the Niger Delta RUSSIA Government to Government Arms Deal involving the supply of 12 Attack Helicopters to Nigeria Resuscitation Deal for the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill agreed by Presidents Buhari and Putin during the Russia Africa Summit in 2019 The Russian Government has agreed to support the completion and full operationalization of the plant UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UAE Nigeria has signed and ratified an Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates that allows extradition of Nigerians who flee to the UAE after committing crimes in Nigeria The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA has seen inflows of around US 2 billion under the Buhari Administration These are the first government inflows since the original US 1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012 SAUDI ARABIA Relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved During the Future Investment Initiative FII in 2019 President Buhari met separately and held extensive talks with the King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman MBS as well as the leadership of ARAMCO and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund One of the outcomes of the Saudi Visit was the agreement by the two governments to set up a joint Saudi Nigeria Strategic Council made up of government officials and businessmen from both countries and which will focus on economic growth and development investments in oil and non oil sectors and security cooperation CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE In Nigeria we are taking a two step approach First to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind President Buhari The Federal Government of Nigeria is rolling out several measures and directives on healthcare border security and fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic More measures are coming The President has set up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Osinbajo to develop a comprehensive economic plan to respond to the disruptions and dislocations caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The President has also set up a Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha with Dr Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator The PTF is coordinating Nigeria s multi sectoral inter governmental approach to COVID 19 The President also set up a Committee made up of the Minister and Minister of State of Finance Budget and National Planning Minister of State Petroleum Resources Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC to assess the impact of COVID 19 on the 2020 Budget and to recommend appropriate and immediate response strategies President Buhari has also approved the following Establishment of a N500 billion COVID 19 Crisis Intervention Fund for the upgrading of health facilities nationwide finance a national Special Public Works Programme as well as any other interventions that may be approved in the future Release of special intervention grants of N10 billion and N5 billion to the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC respectively to facilitate the COVID 19 Response Immediate Release of 70 000 Metric Tonnes of Grain for distribution to poor and vulnerable households across the country Establishment of a Joint Technical Task Team to facilitate the movement of food and agricultural inputs across Nigeria during the Coronavirus lockdown Commencement of a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans with immediate effect Commencement of a three month moratorium for all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank Presidential directive for immediate Expansion of National Social Register official database for implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by 1 million additional households Implementation of Modified version of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme to deliver dry food rations to households of pupils already benefiting from the NHGSFP Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    5th Anniversary: Work in progress, no distraction, Presidency tells Nigerians
     The Presidency has listed the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last five years saying where the lofty goals are yet to be attained it is work in progress and eyes are firmly fixed on the ball no distraction A factsheet released by Mr Femi Adesina the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity in Abuja on Thursday maintained that the government swept into office on the wings of Change and that change has been wrought in nearly all phases of national life According to the presidential aide the three umbrella areas on which government based its interventionist agenda are security reviving the economy with particular emphasis on job creation especially for youths and fighting corruption In these three areas where we are today cannot be compared with where we used to be By May 2015 insecurity had badly fractured the fabric of the nation No one could wager that the country would survive the next month not to talk of another year Bombs went off like firecrackers insurgents ran riot round the country other forms of crime and criminality held sway Life was nasty brutish and short he added Adesina also narrated how over five years the battle had been taken to insurgents and criminals across the country saying they are being extinguished by the day and very close to complete extirpation He said The economy long dependent on a mono product petroleum is being retooled refocused with diversification as a task that must be accomplished Agriculture has been given a fillip manufacturing has got a shot in the arm and solid minerals are contributing a large chunk to the Gross Domestic Product GDP According to Adesina the country is very close to food security with rice beans maize millet and all sorts of grain no longer imported adding that we now eat what we grow On the war against corruption the presidential aide said No quarter is asked and none is given Commit the crime do the term No retreat no surrender Adesina further maintained that Facts speak for themselves And that is what we present at this auspicious season of the fifth anniversary of the Buhari administration Facts are stubborn things no matter how anybody tries to deny distort or deride them Attached below is the five year Fact Sheet of the Muhammadu Buhari administration AGRICULTURE The Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP of the Central Bank of Nigeria launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17 2015 has made available more than 200 billion Naira in funding to more than 1 5 million smallholder farmers of 16 different commodities Rice Wheat Maize Cotton Cassava Poultry Soy Beans Groundnut Fish cultivating over 1 4 million hectares of farmland The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice doubling the production of paddy as well as milled rice between 2015 and 2019 Between 2016 and 2019 more than 10 new rice mills came on stream in Nigeria Many of the existing Mills have expanded their capacity several new ones are under construction More than a billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of Rice Wheat Sugar Poultry Animal Feed Fertilisers etc since 2015 Federal Executive Council approval 2020 for a National Agriculture Mechanisation Programme the Green Imperative in partnership with the Government of Brazil and multilateral financing institutions The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative Launched in January 2017 as a Government to Government agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco More than a million metric tonnes of fertiliser produced since 2017 This translated to distribution of more than 18 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser in the first three years of the PFI 22 blending plants resuscitated combined installed capacity of more than 2 5m MT Price reduction from N9 000 N11 000 per bag to N5 500 FX savings of 150m annually through the substitution of imported components with locally manufactured ones Subsidy savings of N50 billion annually Making Business Work Support for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs The new Development Bank of Nigeria DBN has finally taken off with initial funding of US 1 3 billion N396 5 billion to provide medium and long term loans to MSMEs Since 2017 the DBN has disbursed a total of N100 billion through the bank s 27 Participating Financial Institutions PFIs impacting more than 100 000 MSMEs 52 of loans disbursed in 2019 were to youths and women owned businesses Bank of Industry has disbursed more than N400 billion in loans to large medium small and micro enterprises since 2016 It has also established a N5 Billion Fund for Artisanal Miners as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development s Programme to boost Mining activities in Nigeria as well as a 20 million Fund to support young technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria The MSME Clinics which bring relevant Government Agencies together with small businesses operating in various cities across the country to enable the Agencies provide direct support to these businesses The interactions allow the Agencies better understand the issues facing small businesses and provide a platform for speedy resolution The Ease of Doing Business Reform Programme see below The Government Enterprise and Empowerment component GEEP of the Social Intervention Programme SIP Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes The work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council inaugurated by President Buhari in August 2016 and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat EBES has resulted in Nigeria moving up 39 places on the World Bank s Ease of Doing Business rankings since 2016 In the last three years Nigeria has twice been adjudged one of 10 Most Improved Economies in the Rankings The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council NIPC in 2017 completed a long overdue revision of the list of activities that can benefit from Nigeria s Pioneer Status Incentive which grants beneficiary companies a 3 to 5 year tax holiday The revision done more than 10 ten years after the last one has modernised the List expanding the tax holiday incentives to qualifying companies in E commerce Software Development Animation Music Film and TV NIPC published a Compendium of all Investment incentives in Nigeria making it easier for existing and potential investors to have equal access to the information Some of the specific Ease of Doing Business Reform achievements are as follows Assent by President Buhari to the Finance Bill 2019 The Finance Act 2019 is the first time Nigeria is accompanying the passage of a Budget with complementary fiscal and business environment reforms legislation The 2020 Budget is also the first time in 12 years that a Federal Budget has been restored to the January December cycle Creation of a National Collateral Registry NCR A NCR or Movable Assets Registry was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria in May 2016 The NCR allows small businesses to get access to loans using movable assets machinery livestock inventory as collateral As of the end of June 2018 the NCR online portal had registered 630 financial institutions Between inception in 2016 and April 2020 these financial institutions had recorded a total of 65 370 moveable assets on the portal belonging to 165 456 borrowers and valued at N1 26 trillion Automation of business name reservation submission of registration documents payment of registration fees generation of Tax Identification Numbers TIN and filing of federal Taxes Implementation of functioning Visa on Arrival system for Business Visitors and AU nationals PENSIONS In January 2019 President Buhari launched Nigeria s Micro Pension Scheme which allows self employed persons and persons working in organisations with less than three employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation The Buhari Administration is prioritising the payment of pension arrears owed staff of current and privatized defunct Federal agencies N54 billion released to settle outstanding 33 per cent pension arrears the 33 per cent pension arrears date back to 2010 when the minimum wage was increased to N18 000 Delta Steel Company liquidated in 2005 3 542 pensioners have now been placed on the payroll ending a 13 year wait for their entitlements NITEL 9 216 pensioners payrolled after more than a decade of neglect Retired Biafran Police Officers dismissed by the Federal Government in 1971 after the Civil War ended and pardoned by President Obasanjo in 2000 President Buhari approved the payment of the pensions unpaid since their pardon in 2000 N571 56 million was paid to a total of 174 beneficiaries in October 2017 Nigeria Airways President Buhari approved the release of N24 billion in September 2018 for the settlement of 50 per cent of workers disengaged when the airline was liquidated in 2003 4 Recoveries The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD has recovered cash and non cash assets totaling N16 billion previously trapped in various insurance companies and underwriters managing the pension funds of Federal Parastatals and Universities MONETARY FISCAL TRADE IMMIGRATION CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS Tax Launch of a new Tax Identification Number TIN Registration System in 2019 For the first time Nigeria has a consolidated unified database of all taxpayers individual and corporate across all States This new System is the product of increased collaboration between FIRS and States Inland Revenue Services through improved sharing of information and an integration of databases among others The new TIN Registration system leverages on existing taxpayer data available from databases of multiple organizations like Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Banks through Bank Verification Number BVN National Identity Card Management Commission NIMC and others The improved collaboration between FIRS and the various SIRS has resulted in an increase in Nigeria s Tax Net number of paying and non paying individuals and companies in the Tax Database from 13 million as at December 2015 to 35 million at the end of 2018 and a projected 45 million by the end of 2019 Trade Establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations by the Economic Management Team EMT The NOTN has produced Nigeria s first Annual National Trade Report and is compiling for the first time in Nigeria s history a comprehensive database of Nigerian Trade Deals and Agreements The Renminbi Naira Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria On April 27 2018 the CBN signed a 3 year bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China PBoC worth Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billon equivalent to N720 00 billon or US 2 5 billion Budget Budget proposal submission which used to be done manually submissions in hard copy and flash drives has moved to an online platform the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System GIFMIS since 2018 The new Budget Submission System significantly improves the transparency and efficiency of the budgeting system Restoration of Federal Budget to January December cycle with the 2020 Budget for the first time in 12 years Immigration Installation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System MIDAS a global travel security standard in 5 Nigerian International Airports commencing in late 2019 with the support and collaboration of the International Organisation for Migration IOM MIDAS is linked to Local and International Criminal Dabatases Watchlists INTERPOL etc and achieves real time synchronization of data between all of Nigeria s International Airports and the NIS Headquarters in Abuja It ultimately creates a faster and more efficient airport experience while also ensuring that persons crossing Nigeria s borders through the Airports do not pose any threats to national and international security Accompanying the installation of MIDAS is the launch of a New Visa Policy 2020 by the Nigeria Immigration Service NIS as part of a broader 5 year Border Strategy Reform 2019 2023 The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms Expansion of Visa Categories from 6 to 79 to reflect and cater to the full range of realities and scenarios for intending travelers to Nigeria Introduction of eVisas which carry biometric information of visa holders The eVisa issuance system is linked to MIDAS Automation of Visa Issuance and Payment to reduce human contact and associated corruption The Visa on Arrival Policy expanded to all holders of African Passports starting January 2020 Consumer Protection President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC Bill the first legislation in Nigeria s history focused on curbing anti competition practices and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Debt Management Between 2017 and now Nigeria has issued its first ever Diaspora Bond in the International Capital Market The Diaspora Bond was US 300 million with a tenor of 5 years The proceeds were used to part finance the 2017 Budget Sukuk Bond 1stTranche 100 billion Naira in 2017 2ndTranche of 100 billion Naira in 2018 and 3rdTranche of 150 billion Naira has just gone on sale in May 2020 The Sukuk Bond proceeds are being used to fund major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria The Buhari Administration has issued Nigeria s first ever Sovereign Green Bonds Domestic Borrowing Costs Through the CBN s policies and directives Treasury Bill rates which represent domestic borrowing costs for the Government have fallen from 16 18 per cent per annum in 2017 to 2 6 per cent per annum in 2019 2020 FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES The Buhari Administration has extended more than N2 Trillion in bailout packages to State Governments to enable them meet their salary and pension obligations especially in the face of dwindling oil revenues in the first 3 years of the Administration The support has come in the form of the following Budget Support Facility Total of N614 billion extended to the States Paris Club Refunds 5 4 billion Infrastructure Loans Loan Restructuring for Facilities with Commercial Banks In 2015 the DMO restructured Commercial Bank loans with a total value of N575 516 billion for 23 States to reduce the debt service burden on the states In exchange for their loans to State Governments the banks were issued 20 year FGN Bonds at a yield of 14 83 per cent per annum The Restructuring Exercise benefited the States through Reduction in the monthly debt service burden of States from between 55 per cent to 97 per cent for various States Interest rate savings for the States ranging from 3 per cent to 9 per cent per annum Longer repayment period for the loans now converted into Bonds and Freeing up of needed cash to run the machinery of Government EXECUTIVE ORDERS The Buhari Administration has since 2017 issued a number of landmark Executive Orders Executive Order 001 on Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment Executive Order 002 on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies Executive Order 005 on planning and execution of projects promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science engineering and technology Executive Order 008 on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme VOARS Executive Order 007 on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme Executive Order 010 Implementing Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary INFRASTRUCTURE The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria s Transport Power and Health Infrastructure Three major rail projects inherited from previous administrations have been completed and commissioned Abuja Metro Rail and the Abuja Kaduna Rail and the 327km Itakpe Ajaokuta Warri Rail started in 1987 have been completed in 2020 A fourth Rail Project the Lagos Ibadan Rail Project kicked off in 2017 and is due to be completed in 2020 The tracklaying for the main component of the project was completed in March 2020 In May 2018 the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority The PIDF kicked off with seed funding of US 650 million and has already disbursed funds for three critical road projects Second Niger Bridge Lagos Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja Kaduna Zaria Kano Expressway Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA in March 2018 invested US 11m to establish a world class Cancer Treatment Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital LUTH which commenced operations in 2019 Work is ongoing on two US 5m Diagnostic Centres in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia Abuja s Light Rail system has been completed it connects the city center with the Airport and the Abuja Kaduna Railway Line New Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport Terminals completed in Q4 2018 New Lagos and Kano International Airport Terminals scheduled for completion in 2020 All were inherited from the previous administration at various stages of completion and in some cases required project redesign and revision The Buhari Administration successfully completed the reconstruction of the Abuja Airport runway within the scheduled six week period March April 2017 and will complete the reconstruction of the Enugu International Airport Runway in 2020 The following Water Supply Projects and Dam Irrigation Projects have been completed by the Buhari Administration Central Ogbia Regional Water Project in Bayelsa Sabke Dutsi Mashi Water Supply Project in Katsina Northern Ishan Regional Water Supply Project serving Ugboha and Uromi communities of Edo State Kashimbila Dam Taraba State Ogwashi Uku Dam Delta State Actual Dam completed and reservoir impounded in 2016 also spillway discharge channel completed Shagari Dam Irrigation Project Sokoto State Mangu Dam and Regional Water Supply Scheme in Plateau State Completion of Phase 1 of Galma Dam Kaduna Rehabilitation of Ojirami Dam Water Supply Project Edo State The 25 Road Projects being funded by the Sukuk Bonds Construction of Oju Loko Oweto bridge over River Benue to link Loko Nasarawa state and Oweto Benue state along route F2384 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road section I International Airport link road junction Sheda Village Dualisation of Suleja Minna Road in Niger State Phase II km 40 000 km101 000 Dualisation of Abuja Abaji Lokoja Road Section IV Koton Karfe Lokoja in Kogi State Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Okene in Kogi State Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section III Azare Potiskum in Bauchi Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section IV Potiskum Damaturu road in Yobe Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section V Damaturu Maiduguri Dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road linking Kano Jigawa Bauchi Yobe Borno States Section I Kano Wudil Shuari in Kano Dualisation of Kano Katsina Road Phase I Kano Town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano Construction of Kano Western Bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano Maiduguri Road Section I Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha Enugu Expressway Amansea Enugu border Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section I Lokpanta Umuahia in Abia Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt dual carriage Section II Umuahia tower Aba Township Rail Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section III Enugu Lokpanta Rehabilitation of Enugu Port Harcourt Road Section IV Aba Port Harcourt in Rivers Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction Kolo Otuoke Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section II Phase I Okene Auchi Kogi Edo states Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana Junction Benin Section III Phase I Auchi Ehor in Edo Dualisation of Lokoja Benin Road Obajana junction Benin Section IV Phase I Ehor Benin City Edo state Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin Ofosu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase IV Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin Ofusu Ore Ajebandele Shagamu dual carriage Phase III Dualisation of Ibadan Ilorin Road Section II Oyo Ogbomosho Road in Oyo Power Sector The Federal Government s Energising Economies Programme is a public private partnership led by the Rural Electrification Agency REA to deliver stable power supply to markets and economic clusters across the country The initial phase is ongoing in Ariaria Market in Aba Abia State 32 000 shops Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos 1 000 shops Shomolu Printing Community in Lagos 4 000 shops and the Sabon Gari Market in Kano 12 000 shops The Sura Shopping Complex project was completed in August 2018 and commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in October 2018 Launch of a N1 3 trillion Payment Assurance Programmedesigned to resolve the liquidity challenges in the Power Sector by guaranteeing payments to Generating Companies and Gas Suppliers Implementation of a Willing Buyer Willing Seller Policy for the power sector which has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to homes and industries The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC has also recently issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos More than 90 Transmission Projects completed or ongoing since 2016 Oil and Gas NNPC is set to commence construction of the 614km Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano AKK natural gas pipeline which will traverse Kogi Niger FCT Kaduna and Kano and feed power plants and industries along the corridor NNPC has paid the 15 percent counterpart funding for the 2 9 billion project while the Federal Executive Council FEC has approved the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the rest of the funding coming from the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation Nigeria LNG Limited concluded Final Investment Decision FID on its Train 7 project at the end of 2019 and signed an EPC contract for the project in May 2020 A financing arrangement worth 3 billion US dollars was also concluded the largest financing deal in Africa so far in 2020 NNPC owns a 49 percent stake in NLNG on behalf of the Nigerian Government Controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement OPA has been cancelled and replaced with a Direct Sales and Direct Purchase DSDP scheme with reputable offshore refineries The Passage of the long overdue Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC Amendment Act 2019 which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation Negotiation of the billions of dollars in arrears of Cash Calls we inherited when we assumed office resulting in an agreement for a significant discount of 1 7 billion Since 2017 the NNPC has commenced payment of the arrears to the Oil Companies with a view to clearing the backlog As at Q4 2018 about 2 billion of the 5 5 billion arrears had been cleared Removal of the fuel subsidy regime and replacement by a market led price modulation mechanism The Modular Refinery Initiative of the Buhari Administration has delivered three completed private sector led projects in Rivers Imo and Delta States and several others are in progress Eminent persons like former President Olusegun Obasanjo have publicly commended the success recorded in that sector by the Buhari Administration INVESTING IN PEOPLE The SIP is the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria with 12 million direct beneficiaries so far 500 000 N Power beneficiaries currently enrolled and have been deployed and are receiving N30 000 in monthly stipends Additional 40 000 are at various stages of enrolment Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 36 9 billion so far disbursed in interest free loans ranging from N50 000 to N350 000 to more than 2 3 million market women traders artisans farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT under GEEP using locally developed and implemented technology solutions More than half of the loans have gone to women In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration GEEP has led to the opening of 2 023 145 new mobile wallets for beneficiaries In November 2017 GEEP was chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill amp Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria Home Grown School Feeding Programme HGSFP 9 million Primary 1 3 pupils in 54 952 public primary schools in 35 States More than 107 000 cooks are engaged to deliver these meals The NHGSFP reduces hunger and malnutrition and improves education outcomes boosts school enrolment farmers and produce aggregators also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities and by extension improved incomes Conditional Cash Transfer CCT More than 3 million poor and vulnerable households have been registered on the National Social Register and more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme which pays N5 000 to each household monthly Education Grants and Disbursements The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT Approval for the establishment of the following Federal Maritime University in Delta State Nigerian Army University in Borno State Six new Colleges of Education one per geopolitical zone Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education for efficient administration and impact Healthcare Grants to State Governments A minimum of 2 5 million disbursed to each State of the Federation and the FCT under the Saving One Million Lives SOML initiative to improve health outcomes Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF For the first time since the National Health Act was passed in 2014 the Federal Government included the 1 minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund amounting to 55 billion Naira in the 2018 budget to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund BHCPF The Fund is designed to deliver a guaranteed set health services to all Nigerians through the national network of Primary Health Care centers Passage of Enabling Legislation for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC for the first time since it was founded in 2011 President Buhari approved a grant of 5 billion Naira for the NCDC in March 2020 Tertiary Healthcare Upgrade Programme A number of key Federal Hospitals across the country are being upgraded to effectively manage cancer and other major health challenges Cancer Radiotherapy machines and other equipment are being provided to these hospitals The National Hospital in Abuja has already received two LINAC cancer treatment machines Sports and Creative Industry Nigeria national U 17 football team the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U 17 World Cup for the fifth time in 2015 Their first ever win was 30 years earlier in 1985 when President Buhari was military Head of State Nigeria s participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games yielded her best gold medal result since Nigeria started taking part in the Games in 1992 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team won the 2017 FIBA Africa Women s Championship the continental championship Cup for the first time in 12 years and earned qualification for its first FIBA Women s World Cup appearance since 2006 In 2018 D Tigress Nigeria s Female National Basketball Team earned its first ever win at the FIBA Women s World Cup and went on to advance to the quarterfinals The Team finished in 8th place the best ever performance by an African Team In 2019 D Tigress successfully defended its 2017 Afro Basketball Women Championship Title In 2020 D Tigress became the only female African Team to qualify for participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games Nigeria s Women s Football Team the Super Falcons won the African Women Cup of Nations AWCON in 2016 and 2018 In 2018 the National Sports Festival held for the first time since 2012 In 2018 Nigeria hosted a FIFA Executive Football Summit one of twelve worldwide In 2019 the Super Falcons advanced to the group stage of the Women s World Cup for the first time in 20 years In 2019 Nigeria won its first Athletics World Championship Medal in six years Creative Industry Support Establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative CIFI by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN in collaboration with the Bankers Committee to provide single digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of Fashion Film Music and Information Technology In 2019 the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for Pioneer Status Incentives which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre Lagos to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee for redevelopment into a world class Creative Park serving the theatre film fashion music and ICT sectors In 2017 Nigeria was elected Vice President of United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA The Buhari administration s New Vision for the Niger Delta brings together a robust set of promises solutions targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region s oil wealth The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16 point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum PANDEF in November 2016 Tangible results of the New Vision so far include Take off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko Delta State The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission NUC to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017 18 session and commenced academic activities on April 12 2018 President Buhari approved 5 billion Naira in take off grant for the Maritime University Ogoni Clean Up Setting aside of US 170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up in an Escrow Account established for that purpose The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018 The Clean Up commenced in January 2019 with the handover of the first batch of sites to the selected remediation firms after a painstaking procurement process Approvals for the establishment of private sector led Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta the first three Refineries have now been completed while construction is ongoing on others ANTI CORRUPTION amp TRANSPARENCY FISCAL REFORMS PLUGGING LEAKAGES New Whistleblowing Policy The new Whistleblowing Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 2016 has since then yielded several billions of Naira in recoveries from tax evaders and public officials In the first two years alone it yielded 8 billion US 378million and 27 800 in recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers Development of draft Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Bill 2019 EFCC recovered 794 billion Naira between 2015 and 2019 in addition to hundreds of properties and other assets ICPC scrutiny of practices systems and procedures of MDAs personnel cost from 2017 to 2019 yielded more than 41 billion Naira in recoveries from inflated personnel budgets In 2019 alone ICPC recovered 32 billion Naira worth of Land Buildings and Vehicles ICPC s audit of Constituency Projects covering 2015 to 2018 helped recover 2 billion Naira of diverted funds and assets Increased Oversight of MDAs The Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016 JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017 The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA PICA was set up by the Buhari Administration to strengthen controls over Government finances through a continuous internal audit process across all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs particularly in respect of payroll Through the activities of PICA more than 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries have been identified and removed with payroll savings of N200 billion per annum Expansion of TSA Coverage On August 7 2015 President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks DMBs and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before 15th September 2015 The TSA system was launched in 2012 but failed to gain traction until President Buhari s executive order in August 2015 As of May 2018 the TSA system has been implemented in 92 percent of all MDAs The TSA allows managers of Government s finances including but not limited to the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to have at any point in time a comprehensive overview of cash flows across the entire Government This decision to fully operationalize the Treasury Single Account TSA system a public accounting system that enables the Government to manage its finances revenues and payments using a single unified account or series of linked accounts domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria has resulted in the consolidation of more than 17 000 bank accountspreviously spread across DMBs in the country and in savings of an average of N4 billion monthly in banking charges The TSA has brought the following benefits Improves transparency and accountability in the management of all FGN receipts by providing a consolidated view of Government s cash flow Blocks the leakages and abuses which hitherto characterized Public Finance Management in Nigeria Ensures availability of funds for the execution of government policies programmes and projects Controls aggregate cash flows within fiscal and monetary limits Improves management of domestic borrowing programme Enables investments of idle funds The Ministry of Finance continues to fine tune the system to improve its efficiency and has also commenced an audit to ensure that all funds due to the TSA are remitted into it Expansion of IPPIS Coverage In spite of great opposition the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes Considering that personnel costs are the Federal Government s largest expenditure line the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the BVN for payroll and pension audits The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System IPPIS platform has so far led to the detection of 54 000 fraudulent payroll entries The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme ABP the N Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme HGSFP Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project The Federal Ministry of Finance launched the Asset Tracking and Management Project ATM Project in 2016 By the ATM Project the Federal Government is for the first time able to locate identify assess and evaluate all its moveable and immoveable assets on a real time basis Also a Central Asset Register was created and domiciled in the Ministry for recording the actual quantity value condition and location of all the capital assets belonging to the Federal Government These initiatives are in line with the requirements of the International Public Sector Reporting Standard IPSAS which has been implemented by the Ministry of Finance Replacement of old Cash Based Accounting System with an Accruals Based System Accruals based accounting in addition to providing greater transparency in public financial management provides comprehensive information on Government s current and projected cash flows leading to better cash management For example the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting led to the discovery of unrecorded debts owed contractors oil marketers exporters electricity distribution companies and others Enlistment into Open Government Partnership OGP In May 2016 President Buhari attended and participated in the International Anti Corruption Summit organised by the UK Government At that Summit he pledged that Nigeria would join the OGP an international transparency accountability and citizen engagement initiative In July 2016 Nigeria became the 70th country to join the OGP Following this Nigeria constituted an OGP National Steering Committee NSC which went on to develop a National Action Plan 2017 2019 that aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors In 2018 Nigeria was elected to lead the OGP alongside Argentina France and Romania All four new members of the OGP Steering Committee will serve for three years starting on October 1 2018 Creation of Efficiency Unit EU to spearhead the efficient use of government resources and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure The Efficiency Unit was set up in November 2015 to reduce wastages promote efficiency ensure prudence and add value for money in all government expenditures The Unit monitors Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs of government identifying and eliminating wasteful spending duplication and other inefficiencies and identifying best practices in procurement and financial management JUSTICE REFORMS Establishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption PACAC PACAC was established by President Buhari in August 2015 to among other things promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti corruption effort and advise the present administration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria s criminal justice system It was the very first committee the President set up after he was sworn into office PACAC has empowered Judges and Prosecutors to operate effectively in carrying out their responsibilities through Workshops on the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 PACAC has Trained both Federal and States Prosecutors on proper drafting of charges Helped anti corruption agencies devise clearer strategies for obtaining forfeiture of assets suspected to have been acquired fraudulently mainly from State Coffers before prosecuting suspected culprits Part of this work has involved painstakingly reviewing existing Laws like the Money Laundering Act 2004 the EFCC Act 2004 and the ICPC Act 2000 to identify and highlight sections directly conferring powers of forfeiture on Nigeria s anticorruption agencies This advocacy has led to a significant increase in the use of Non Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture Mechanisms by anti corruption agencies Organised workshops for the Management and Protection of Assets and recommended the establishment of a Central Asset Management Committee the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery PCAR headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo which superintends a dedicated Central Bank Account that receives all recovered funds for coordination and transparency of management and oversight Produced manuals protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to assist ACAs in their work These include the Corruption Case Management Manual the Plea Bargaining Manual Sentencing Guidelines in High Profile Cases the Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets Asset Recovery Strategy Document Corruption Case Management Manual Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets etc Drafted a Bill for the establishment of Special Crimes Court Initiated the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government see Whistleblower Policy for details Domestic Legislation amp International Agreements President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill an Executive Bill into law in 2019 following passage by the National Assembly The Bill facilitates the identification tracing freezing restraining recovery forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds property and other instrumentalities of crime as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be Nigeria has signed Agreements and MOUs with various countries to boost international cooperation for the investigation tracking freezing and return of stolen assets Prisons Reform The completion in 2019 of the first fundamental reform of the Nigeria Prisons Act in almost 50 years resulting in the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service to replace the Nigerian Prisons Service Launch of New Prison Information Management System The Pilot Project was completed at Kuje Prison and launched in July 2017 with the installation of a new data management system the first of its kind in any prison in Nigeria as well as Hardware equipment computers server LAN connectivity webcams etc National rollout being worked on Deployment will be in 86 Nigeria Correctional Service locations across 16 States Also as part of Criminal Justice Reforms President Buhari in 2020 granted amnesty to 2 600 prisoners nationwide representing about 3 5 percent of all inmates in a bid to decongest Nigeria s prison population The beneficiaries were those 60 years and above those suffering from ill health that might likely lead to death convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve inmates with mental health defect and inmates with a pending fine not exceeding N50 000 and with no pending cases SECURITY Nigeria s Law Enforcement Agencies have significantly scaled up their footprint across the country Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central Operation Ex Swift Response in border areas several new Forward Operating Bases Quick Response Wings Commando Training Schools and so on and deployments of Special Forces The Buhari Administration has rolled out the most significant response to Nigeria s multifaceted security challenges since 1999 Increased Investments in Arms and Weapons Government to Government military deals with the Governments of the US China Russia Pakistan and so on have helped eliminate expensive and opaque middlemen In April 2020 a first batch of 17 military vehicles VT 4 main battle tanks ST 1 wheeled tank destroyers self propelled howitzers etc arrived from China for the fight against Boko Haram Nigerian Air Force has acquired 22 brand new aircraft since President Buhari assumed office in 2015 and is expecting another 16 including the 12 Super Tucano currently on order from the United States Government and due for delivery starting 2021 The NAF is also locally re activating several previously unserviceable planes President Buhari resuscitated the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019 to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security in Nigeria President Buhari approved the recruitment of 10 000 new Police Officers annually President Buhari signed into law in 2019 the Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force Nigeria Police Force launched a new National Command and Control Center in Abuja in 2019 President Buhari has approved and implemented new Salary Packages for the Military and Police Establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke in May 2018 to curtail violence in Benue Taraba and Nasarawa States OPWS has recorded remarkable success in tackling armed herders cultists kidnappers and bandits in its sphere of operation and brought tension levels down from the escalated levels seen in 2017 2018 Northeast Revitalization of the Multi National Joint Task Force MNJTF aimed at combating trans border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency El Kanemi Warriors Football Club returned to their home base in Maiduguri in April 2016 two years after relocating to Katsina State because of the insurgency Emirs of Askira and Uba returned home in May 2016 two years after fleeing their Palaces on account of the Boko Haram insurgency Public Secondary Schools resumed in Borno State on Monday September 26 2016 after two years of closure Maiduguri Gubio and Maiduguri Monguno Roads reopened in December 2016 after being closed for three years Capture of Boko Haram s operational and spiritual headquarters Camp Zero in Sambisa Forest in December 2016 Following this the Nigerian Army conducted its Small Arms Championship from 26th to 31st March 2017 a measure aimed at enabling the Armed forces to dominate the area and avoid regrouping by the terrorists Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Borno State Chapter declared the 2017 Easter Celebrations as the best and safest since 2009 Arik Air resumed flights to Maiduguri in May 2017 three years after suspending operations to the city Nigerian Military reopened Maiduguri Bama Banki Road in March 2018 four years after it was seized by Boko Haram More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast since 2015 Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014 and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018 North Central and North West In May 2018 the Defence Headquarters kicked off Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS featuring a Joint Military Intervention Force JMIF comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army Air Force and Navy and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force Department of State Security DSS and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating in and around Benue Nasarawa Taraba States OPWS has been very successful in restoring calm to its area of coverage Reorganisation of existing Security Operations targeting banditry kidnapping and other crimes in the North West led to establishment of Operation Hadarin Daji OPHD by Defence Headquarters in May 2019 Establishment in 2019 of Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE JTF OPTS by Defence Headquarters to tackle kidnappers bandits cattle rustlers and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna Abuja axis Establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings QRW in Benue 21 QRW Nasarawa 22 QRW Taraba 23 QRW and Katsina States and a Quick Response Group in Zamfara State QRG 207 and deployment of Special Forces to these QRWs QRG Nigerian Air Force has also established Forward Operations Bases FOB in Kaduna and Katsina States Flag off of Nigerian Army 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base FOB in Kanfanin Doka Village Birnin Gwari Kaduna State Training and deployment of hundreds of Special Forces personnel by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Re establishment of Nigeria s position and influence in the regional and global arena Fragile broken relations with the United States United Kingdom South Africa and with neighbouring countries Chad Niger Cameroon have been revived and strengthened since June 2015 Nigeria s prominent participation in the London Anti Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption in May 2016 in London Major outcomes results manifestations of Nigeria s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage The positions of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations President of the UN General Assembly UNGA President of the International Criminal Court ICC Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC African Development Bank and African Export Import Bank are all currently held by Nigerians The signing in August 2016 of an MoU with the UK Government on modalities for the return of Nigeria s stolen assets in the UK The establishment of a Global Forum for Asset Recovery GFAR hosted by the governments of the US and UK in December 2017 to focus on assisting Nigeria and three other countries to reclaim their stolen assets Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership OGP in 2016 and developed a National Action Plan which is already being implemented In 2016 Nigeria signed an Agreement on the identification and repatriation of Illicit Funds with the United Arab Emirates during President Buhari s Visit to that country The Federal Government under President Buhari has successfully engaged the governments of Switzerland Jersey Island United States United Arab Emirates and Liechtenstein among others in an effort to ensure the repatriation of Nigeria s stolen assets A total of US 622 million in looted Abacha funds repatriated to Nigeria in two tranches in December 2017 and April 2020 The first tranche 322m is being disbursed as part of the Buhari Administration s Social Investment Programme interventions while the second tranche 311m is being invested in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund PIDF managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA Under President Buhari s watch Nigeria has been playing an active and stabilising role in OPEC In 2017 Nigeria was able to successfully negotiate a vital exemption from production cuts agreed at the time a move that helped shore up revenues and foreign reserves The Buhari Administration has mobilized International Support for the War against Boko Haram forging strong partnerships with key countries including the United States the United Kingdom France and Germany ECOWAS the AU the UN and others After years of stalemate the United States finally agreed to sell and has sold weapons to Nigeria 12 Super Tucano Aircraft Revamp of the Multinational Joint Task Force MNJTF comprising troops from Nigeria and Chad Niger Cameroon and Benin The designation of President Buhari as the African Union AU Anti Corruption Champion for 2018 The designation of President Buhari by ECOWAS Heads of State as West Africa s Covid 19 Champion in 2020 President Buhari s interventions have helped restore and strengthen democracy in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau He authorized the deployment of troops fighter jets and warships to The Gambia during the impasse that followed the December 2016 Presidential elections Successful evacuation and repatriation of more than 10 000 Nigerian migrants from Libya with the support and partnership of the International Organization for Migration IOM Bilateral Relations CHINA Billions of dollars in concessional infrastructure funding for critical road and rail projects President Buhari s April 2016 official visit to China has unlocked billions of dollars in infrastructure funding primarily for road and rail projects Implementation of a Chinese Yuan CNY 15 billion Currency Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria GERMANY Support for the Presidential Power Initiative PPI six year Programme to modernise Nigeria s electricity grid under a Government to Government framework between the Nigerian and German Governments to be managed and implemented by Siemens AG Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending NIRSAL and Petkus Technologie of Germany aimed at significantly reducing the incidence impact of post harvest losses in Nigeria s Agriculture Value Chain Signing of a MoU with Volkswagen of South Africa VWSA to develop a joint vision for an automotive hub in Nigeria UNITED STATES USA Renewed cooperation in Security and Anti Corruption The US Government has approved the sale of 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria as well as repatriation of recovered looted monies and assets stashed in the US Nigerian and U S militaries collaborated to host April 2018 in Abuja the 2018 African Land Forces Summit the largest gathering of African Army chiefs to discuss cooperation aimed at improving security on the continent UNITED KINGDOM UK 2018 Nigeria commenced the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information AETI protocol with the United Kingdom This Protocol will provide the Nigerian Government with data on bank accounts property and trusts held in the UK by Nigerian nationals and will support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme VAIDS by allowing Nigerian tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received regarding overseas assets and income 2018 Launch of a UK Government funded 13 million education programme that will provide training for teachers school equipment and security for schools for 100 000 children living in parts of the Northeast affected by Boko Haram SOUTH AFRICA The SA Nigeria Bi National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa s two largest economies MOROCCO The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative PFI which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco for the supply of phosphate as well as technical assistance has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across Nigeria As part of the PFI in 2018 Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding between OCP of Morocco and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant in the Niger Delta RUSSIA Government to Government Arms Deal involving the supply of 12 Attack Helicopters to Nigeria Resuscitation Deal for the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill agreed by Presidents Buhari and Putin during the Russia Africa Summit in 2019 The Russian Government has agreed to support the completion and full operationalization of the plant UNITED ARAB EMIRATES UAE Nigeria has signed and ratified an Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates that allows extradition of Nigerians who flee to the UAE after committing crimes in Nigeria The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA has seen inflows of around US 2 billion under the Buhari Administration These are the first government inflows since the original US 1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012 SAUDI ARABIA Relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved During the Future Investment Initiative FII in 2019 President Buhari met separately and held extensive talks with the King Salman bin Abdulaziz and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman MBS as well as the leadership of ARAMCO and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund One of the outcomes of the Saudi Visit was the agreement by the two governments to set up a joint Saudi Nigeria Strategic Council made up of government officials and businessmen from both countries and which will focus on economic growth and development investments in oil and non oil sectors and security cooperation CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE In Nigeria we are taking a two step approach First to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind President Buhari The Federal Government of Nigeria is rolling out several measures and directives on healthcare border security and fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic More measures are coming The President has set up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Osinbajo to develop a comprehensive economic plan to respond to the disruptions and dislocations caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The President has also set up a Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha with Dr Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator The PTF is coordinating Nigeria s multi sectoral inter governmental approach to COVID 19 The President also set up a Committee made up of the Minister and Minister of State of Finance Budget and National Planning Minister of State Petroleum Resources Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC to assess the impact of COVID 19 on the 2020 Budget and to recommend appropriate and immediate response strategies President Buhari has also approved the following Establishment of a N500 billion COVID 19 Crisis Intervention Fund for the upgrading of health facilities nationwide finance a national Special Public Works Programme as well as any other interventions that may be approved in the future Release of special intervention grants of N10 billion and N5 billion to the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC respectively to facilitate the COVID 19 Response Immediate Release of 70 000 Metric Tonnes of Grain for distribution to poor and vulnerable households across the country Establishment of a Joint Technical Task Team to facilitate the movement of food and agricultural inputs across Nigeria during the Coronavirus lockdown Commencement of a three month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans with immediate effect Commencement of a three month moratorium for all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank Presidential directive for immediate Expansion of National Social Register official database for implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme by 1 million additional households Implementation of Modified version of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme to deliver dry food rations to households of pupils already benefiting from the NHGSFP Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    5th Anniversary: Work in progress, no distraction, Presidency tells Nigerians
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    5th Anniversary: Work in progress, no distraction, Presidency tells Nigerians

    The Presidency has listed the achievements of the Buhari administration in the last five years, saying “where the lofty goals are yet to be attained, it is work in progress, and eyes are firmly fixed on the ball, no distraction’’.A factsheet released by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja on Thursday, maintained that the government swept into office on the wings of Change, and that change has been wrought in nearly all phases of national life.According to the presidential aide, the three umbrella areas on which government based its interventionist agenda are: security, reviving the economy (with particular emphasis on job creation, especially for youths), and fighting corruption.“In these three areas, where we are today cannot be compared with where we used to be.“By May 2015, insecurity had badly fractured the fabric of the nation. No one could wager that the country would survive the next month, not to talk of another year.“Bombs went off like firecrackers, insurgents ran riot round the country, other forms of crime and criminality held sway. Life was nasty, brutish and short,’’ he added.Adesina also narrated how over five years, the battle had been taken to insurgents and criminals across the country, saying “they are being extinguished by the day, and very close to complete extirpation’’.He said: “The economy, long dependent on a mono product – petroleum, is being retooled, refocused, with diversification as a task that must be accomplished.“Agriculture has been given a fillip, manufacturing has got a shot in the arm, and solid minerals are contributing a large chunk to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).’’According to Adesina, the country is very close to food security, with rice, beans, maize, millet, and all sorts of grain no longer imported, adding that “we now eat what we grow’’.On the war against corruption, the presidential aide said: “No quarter is asked, and none is given. Commit the crime, do the term. No retreat, no surrender.’’Adesina further maintained that: “Facts speak for themselves. And that is what we present at this auspicious season of the fifth anniversary of the Buhari administration.“Facts are stubborn things, no matter how anybody tries to deny, distort or deride them.’’Attached below is the five-year Fact Sheet of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.AGRICULTURE

    • The Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on November 17, 2015, has made available more than 200 billion Naira in funding to more than 1.5 million smallholder farmers of 16 different commodities (Rice, Wheat, Maize, Cotton, Cassava, Poultry, Soy Beans, Groundnut, Fish), cultivating over 1.4 million hectares of farmland.
    • The ABP has substantially raised local production of rice, doubling the production of paddy as well as milled rice between 2015 and 2019.
    • Between 2016 and 2019, more than 10 new rice mills came on-stream in Nigeria. Many of the existing Mills have expanded their capacity; several new ones are under construction.
    • More than a billion dollars of private sector investments in the production of Rice, Wheat, Sugar, Poultry, Animal Feed, Fertilisers, etc, since 2015.
    • Federal Executive Council approval (2020) for a National Agriculture Mechanisation Programme, “the Green Imperative”, in partnership with the Government of Brazil and multilateral financing institutions.
    The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative:
    • Launched in January 2017, as a Government-to-Government agreement with the Kingdom of Morocco
    • More than a million metric tonnes of fertiliser produced since 2017. This translated to distribution of more than 18 million 50kg bags of NPK fertiliser in the first three years of the PFI)
    • 22 blending plants resuscitated (combined installed capacity of more than 2.5m MT)
    • Price reduction from N9,000-N11,000 per bag, to N5,500
    • FX savings of $150m annually through the substitution of imported components with locally manufactured ones
    • Subsidy savings of N50 billion annually
    Making Business WorkSupport for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises: The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs:
    • The new Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN)has finally taken off, with initial funding of US$1.3 billion (N396.5 billion); to provide medium and long-term loans to MSMEs.
    • Since 2017, the DBN has disbursed a total of N100 billion through the bank’s 27 Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) impacting more than 100,000 MSMEs.
    • 52% of loans disbursed in 2019 were to youths and women owned businesses.
    • Bank of Industry has disbursed more than N400 billion in loans to large, medium, small and micro enterprises since 2016.
    • It has also established a N5 Billion Fund for Artisanal Miners, as part of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Solid Minerals Development’s Programme to boost Mining activities in Nigeria; as well as a $20 million Fund to support young technology entrepreneurs in Nigeria
    • The MSME Clinics, which bring relevant Government Agencies together with small businesses operating in various cities across the country, to enable the Agencies provide direct support to these businesses. The interactions allow the Agencies better understand the issues facing small businesses, and provide a platform for speedy resolution.
    • The Ease of Doing Business Reform Programme (see below)
    • The Government Enterprise and Empowerment component (GEEP) of the Social Intervention Programme (SIP)
    Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes:
    • The work of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (inaugurated by President Buhari in August 2016) and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) has resulted in Nigeria moving up 39 places on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings since 2016. In the last three years Nigeria has twice been adjudged one of 10 Most Improved Economies in the Rankings.
    • The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) in 2017 completed a long-overdue revision of the list of activities that can benefit from Nigeria’s Pioneer Status Incentive, which grants beneficiary companies a 3 to 5-year tax holiday. The revision, done more than 10 ten years after the last one, has modernised the List, expanding the tax holiday incentives to qualifying companies in E-commerce, Software Development, Animation, Music, Film and TV.
    • NIPC published a Compendium of all Investment incentives in Nigeria, making it easier for existing and potential investors to have equal access to the information.
    • Some of the specific Ease of Doing Business Reform achievements are as follows:
      • Assent by President Buhari to the Finance Bill, 2019. The Finance Act, 2019, is the first time Nigeria is accompanying the passage of a Budget with complementary fiscal and business environment reforms legislation. The 2020 Budget is also the first time in 12 years that a Federal Budget has been restored to the January-December cycle.
      • Creation of a National Collateral Registry (NCR). A NCR or Movable Assets Registry was established by the Central Bank of Nigeria, in May 2016. The NCR allows small businesses to get access to loans using movable assets – machinery, livestock, inventory – as collateral. As of the end of June 2018, the NCR online portal had registered 630 financial institutions. Between inception in 2016 and April 2020, these financial institutions had recorded a total of 65,370 moveable assets on the portal, belonging to 165,456 borrowers, and valued at N1.26 trillion
      • Automation of business name reservation, submission of registration documents, payment of registration fees, generation of Tax Identification Numbers (TIN), and filing of federal Taxes.
      • Implementation of functioning Visa-on-Arrival system for Business Visitors and AU nationals.
    PENSIONS
    • In January 2019, President Buhari launched Nigeria’s Micro Pension Scheme – which allows self-employed persons and persons working in organisations with less than three employees to save for the provision of pension at retirement or incapacitation.
    • The Buhari Administration is prioritising the payment of pension arrears owed staff of current and privatized/defunct Federal agencies:
    • N54 billion released to settle outstanding 33 per cent pension arrears (the 33 per cent pension arrears date back to 2010 when the minimum wage was increased to N18,000).
    • Delta Steel Company (liquidated in 2005): 3,542 pensioners have now been placed on the payroll, ending a 13-year wait for their entitlements.
    • NITEL: 9,216 pensioners payrolled, after more than a decade of neglect
    • Retired Biafran Police Officers (dismissed by the Federal Government in 1971, after the Civil War ended, and pardoned by President Obasanjo in 2000): President Buhari approved the payment of the pensions, unpaid since their pardon in 2000. N571.56 million was paid to a total of 174 beneficiaries in October 2017
    • Nigeria Airways: President Buhari approved the release of N24 billion in September 2018, for the settlement of 50 per cent of workers disengaged when the airline was liquidated in 2003/4.
    • Recoveries: The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has recovered cash and non-cash assets totaling N16 billion previously trapped in various insurance companies and underwriters managing the pension funds of Federal Parastatals and Universities.
     MONETARY, FISCAL, TRADE, IMMIGRATION, CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMSTax
    • Launch of a new Tax Identification Number (TIN) Registration System in 2019. For the first time Nigeria has a consolidated, unified database of all taxpayers (individual and corporate), across all States.
    • This new System is the product of increased collaboration between FIRS and States’ Inland Revenue Services (through improved sharing of information, and an integration of databases, among others)
    • The new TIN Registration system leverages on existing taxpayer data available from databases of multiple organizations like Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Banks through Bank Verification Number (BVN), National Identity Card Management Commission (NIMC) and others.
    • The improved collaboration between FIRS and the various SIRS’ has resulted in an increase in Nigeria’s “Tax Net” (number of paying and non-paying individuals and companies in the Tax Database) from 13 million as at December 2015 to 35 million at the end of 2018, and a projected 45 million by the end of 2019.
     Trade
    • Establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations by the Economic Management Team (EMT). The NOTN has produced Nigeria’s first Annual National Trade Report, and is compiling, for the first time in Nigeria’s history, a comprehensive database of Nigerian Trade Deals and Agreements.
    • The Renminbi-Naira Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria: On April 27, 2018, the CBN signed a 3-year bilateral currency swap agreement with the Peoples Bank of China (PBoC), worth Chinese Yuan (CNY) 15 billon – equivalent to N720.00 billon or US$2.5 billion.
     Budget:
    • Budget proposal submission, which used to be done manually (submissions in hard copy and flash drives) has moved to an online platform, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), since 2018. The new Budget Submission System significantly improves the transparency and efficiency of the budgeting system.
    • Restoration of Federal Budget to January-December cycle, with the 2020 Budget, for the first time in 12 years.
    Immigration:
    • Installation of the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) – a global travel security standard – in 5 Nigerian International Airports, commencing in late 2019, with the support and collaboration of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
    • MIDAS is linked to Local and International Criminal Dabatases / Watchlists (INTERPOL etc), and achieves real-time synchronization of data between all of Nigeria’s International Airports and the NIS Headquarters in Abuja. It ultimately creates a faster and more efficient airport experience, while also ensuring that persons crossing Nigeria’s borders through the Airports do not pose any threats to national and international security.
    • Accompanying the installation of MIDAS, is the launch of a New Visa Policy, 2020 by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), as part of a broader 5-year Border Strategy Reform (2019 – 2023).
    The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms:
    • Expansion of Visa Categories from 6 to 79, to reflect and cater to the full range of realities and scenarios for intending travelers to Nigeria.
    • Introduction of eVisas, which carry biometric information of visa holders. The eVisa issuance system is linked to MIDAS.
    • Automation of Visa Issuance and Payment to reduce human contact and associated corruption.
    • The Visa on Arrival Policy expanded to all holders of African Passports starting January 2020.
    Consumer Protection:President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation in Nigeria’s history focused on curbing anti-competition practices; and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.Debt Management:Between 2017 and now, Nigeria has issued its first ever:
    • Diaspora Bond, in the International Capital Market. The Diaspora Bond was US$300 million with a tenor of 5-years. The proceeds were used to part–finance the 2017 Budget.
    • Sukuk Bond (1stTranche – 100 billion Naira in 2017; 2ndTranche of 100 billion Naira in 2018 and 3rdTranche of 150 billion Naira has just gone on sale in May 2020). The Sukuk Bond proceeds are being used to fund major road projects across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
    • The Buhari Administration has issued Nigeria’s first ever Sovereign Green Bonds.
    Domestic Borrowing Costs:
    • Through the CBN’s policies and directives, Treasury Bill rates – which represent domestic borrowing costs for the Government – have fallen from 16-18 per cent per annum in 2017 to 2-6 per cent per annum in 2019/2020.
     FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES
    • The Buhari Administration has extended more than N2 Trillion in bailout packages to State Governments, to enable them meet their salary and pension obligations, especially in the face of dwindling oil revenues in the first 3 years of the Administration. The support has come in the form of the following:
      • Budget Support Facility (Total of N614 billion extended to the States.
      • Paris Club Refunds ($5.4 billion)
      • Infrastructure Loans
      • Loan Restructuring for Facilities with Commercial Banks: In 2015, the DMO restructured Commercial Bank loans with a total value of N575.516 billion for 23 States to reduce the debt service burden on the states. In exchange for their loans to State Governments, the banks were issued 20-year FGN Bonds at a yield of 14.83 per cent per annum. The Restructuring Exercise benefited the States through:
        • Reduction in the monthly debt service burden of States from between 55 per cent to 97 per cent for various States;
        • Interest rate savings for the States ranging from 3 per cent to 9 per cent per annum;
        • Longer repayment period for the loans now converted into Bonds; and,
        • Freeing up of needed cash to run the machinery of Government.
     EXECUTIVE ORDERS
    • The Buhari Administration has, since 2017, issued a number of landmark Executive Orders:
      • Executive Order (001) on Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment
      • Executive Order (002) on Promoting Local Procurement by Government Agencies
      • Executive Order (005) on planning and execution of projects, promotion of Nigerian content in contracts and science, engineering and technology
      • Executive Order (008) on the Voluntary Offshore Assets Regularization Scheme (VOARS)
      • Executive Order (007) on Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme
      • Executive Order (010) Implementing Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary
     INFRASTRUCTURE
    • The Buhari Administration has demonstrated a single-minded commitment to upgrading and developing Nigeria’s Transport, Power and Health Infrastructure.
    • Three major rail projects inherited from previous administrations have been completed and commissioned: Abuja Metro Rail and the Abuja-Kaduna Rail, and the 327km Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri Rail, started in 1987, have been completed in 2020.
    • A fourth Rail Project, the Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project, kicked off in 2017, and is due to be completed in 2020. The tracklaying for the main component of the project was completed in March 2020.
    • In May 2018, the Federal Government launched the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), under the management of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. The PIDF kicked off with seed funding of US$650 million, and has already disbursed funds for three critical road projects: Second Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.
    • Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) in March 2018 invested US$11m to establish a world-class Cancer Treatment Center at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), which commenced operations in 2019.
    • Work is ongoing on two US$5m Diagnostic Centres in the Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
    • Abuja’s Light Rail system has been completed; it connects the city center with the Airport, and the Abuja-Kaduna Railway Line.
    • New Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport Terminals completed, in Q4 2018. New Lagos and Kano International Airport Terminals scheduled for completion in 2020. All were inherited from the previous administration at various stages of completion, and in some cases required project redesign and revision.
    • The Buhari Administration successfully completed the reconstruction of the Abuja Airport runway within the scheduled six-week period (March – April 2017), and will complete the reconstruction of the Enugu International Airport Runway in 2020.
    • The following Water Supply Projects and Dam/Irrigation Projects have been completed by the Buhari Administration:
      • Central Ogbia Regional Water Project, in Bayelsa
      • Sabke/Dutsi/Mashi Water Supply Project, in Katsina
      • Northern Ishan Regional Water Supply Project, serving Ugboha and Uromi communities of Edo State.
      • Kashimbila Dam, Taraba State
      • Ogwashi-Uku Dam, Delta State (Actual Dam completed and reservoir “impounded” in 2016; also spillway discharge channel completed).
      • Shagari Dam Irrigation Project, Sokoto State
      • Mangu Dam and Regional Water Supply Scheme in Plateau State
      • Completion of Phase 1 of Galma Dam, Kaduna
      • Rehabilitation of Ojirami Dam Water Supply Project, Edo State
    • The 25 Road Projects being funded by the Sukuk Bonds:
      • Construction of Oju/Loko–Oweto bridge over​ ​River Benue to link Loko (Nasarawa state) and Oweto (Benue state) along route F2384
      • Dualisation of Abuja–Abaji–Lokoja Road section I (International Airport link road junction​–Sheda Village)
      • Dualisation of Suleja–Minna Road in Niger State Phase II (km 40+000-km101+000)
      • Dualisation of Abuja–Abaji–Lokoja Road: Section IV Koton Karfe–Lokoja in Kogi State
      • Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road: Obajana–Okene in Kogi State
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section III (Azare–Potiskum) in Bauchi
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section IV (Potiskum–Damaturu road) in Yobe
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section V (Damaturu–Maiduguri)
      • Dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road linking Kano–Jigawa–Bauchi–Yobe–Borno States. Section I (Kano–Wudil–Shuari) in Kano
      • Dualisation of Kano–Katsina Road Phase I, Kano Town at Dawanau roundabout to Katsina border in Kano
      • Construction of Kano Western Bypass as an extension of dualisation of Kano–Maiduguri Road Section I
      • Construction of Kaduna Eastern Bypass
      • Rehabilitation of outstanding section of Onitsha–Enugu Expressway: Amansea–Enugu border
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt dual-carriage Section I: Lokpanta–Umuahia in Abia
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt dual-carriage Section II Umuahia tower–Aba Township Rail
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt Road Section III: Enugu–Lokpanta
      • Rehabilitation of Enugu–Port Harcourt Road Section IV: Aba–Port Harcourt in Rivers
      • Dualisation of Yenegwe Road Junction–Kolo–Otuoke–Bayelsa Palm in Bayelsa
      • Dualisation of Lokoja–Benin Road: Obajana Junction–Benin Section II Phase I: Okene–Auchi, Kogi/Edo states
      • Dualisation of Lokoja–Benin Road: Obajana Junction–Benin Section III Phase I: Auchi–Ehor in Edo
      • Dualisation of Lokoja-Benin Road: Obajana junction–Benin Section IV Phase I: Ehor–Benin City, Edo state
      • Reconstruction and asphalt overlay of Benin–Ofosu–Ore–Ajebandele–Shagamu dual-carriage Phase IV
      • Reconstruction of outstanding section of sections of Benin–Ofusu–Ore–Ajebandele–Shagamu dual-carriage Phase III
      • Dualisation of Ibadan–Ilorin Road. Section II: Oyo–Ogbomosho Road in Oyo
    Power Sector:
    • The Federal Government’s Energising Economies Programme is a public-private partnership led by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), to deliver stable power supply to markets and economic clusters across the country. The initial phase is ongoing in Ariaria Market in Aba, Abia State (32,000 shops), Sura Shopping Complex in Lagos (1,000 shops), Shomolu Printing Community in Lagos (4,000 shops) and the Sabon Gari Market in Kano (12,000 shops). The Sura Shopping Complex project was completed in August 2018, and commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in October 2018.
    • Launch of a N1.3 trillion Payment Assurance Programmedesigned to resolve the liquidity challenges in the Power Sector by guaranteeing payments to Generating Companies and Gas Suppliers.
    • Implementation of a Willing Buyer, Willing Seller Policy for the power sector, which has opened up opportunities for increased delivery of electricity to homes and industries. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has also recently issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos.
    • More than 90 Transmission Projects completed or ongoing since 2016.
     Oil and Gas:
    • NNPC is set to commence construction of the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) natural gas pipeline, which will traverse Kogi, Niger, FCT, Kaduna and Kano, and feed power plants and industries along the corridor. NNPC has paid the 15 percent counterpart funding for the $2.9 billion project, while the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the issuance of a sovereign guarantee to cover the rest of the funding, coming from the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation.
    • Nigeria LNG Limited concluded Final Investment Decision (FID) on its Train 7 project at the end of 2019, and signed an EPC contract for the project in May 2020. A financing arrangement worth 3 billion US dollars was also concluded, the largest financing deal in Africa so far in 2020. NNPC owns a 49 percent stake in NLNG, on behalf of the Nigerian Government.
    • Controversial Offshore Processing Arrangement (OPA) has been cancelled and replaced with a ‘Direct Sales and Direct Purchase (DSDP)’ scheme with reputable offshore refineries.
    • The Passage of the long overdue Deep Offshore and Inland Basin PSC (Amendment) Act, 2019, which will deliver increased revenues to the Federation.
    • Negotiation of the billions of dollars in arrears of Cash Calls we inherited when we assumed office, resulting in an agreement for a significant discount of $1.7 billion. Since 2017 the NNPC has commenced payment of the arrears to the Oil Companies, with a view to clearing the backlog. As at Q4 2018, about $2 billion of the $5.5 billion arrears had been cleared.
    • Removal of the fuel subsidy regime and replacement by a market-led price modulation mechanism.
    • The Modular Refinery Initiative of the Buhari Administration has delivered three completed private sector-led projects, in Rivers, Imo and Delta States, and several others are in progress. Eminent persons like former President Olusegun Obasanjo have publicly commended the success recorded in that sector by the Buhari Administration.
     INVESTING IN PEOPLE
    • The SIP is the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria, with 12 million direct beneficiaries so far:
    • 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries currently enrolled and have been deployed and are receiving N30,000 in monthly stipends. Additional 40,000 are at various stages of enrolment.
     Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP):
    • 36.9 billion so far disbursed in interest-free loans ranging from N50,000 to N350,000 to more than 2.3 million market women, traders, artisans, farmers across all 36 States of the country and the FCT, under GEEP, using locally developed and implemented technology solutions (More than half of the loans have gone to women).
    • In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration, GEEP has led to the opening of 2,023,145 new mobile wallets for beneficiaries.
    • In November 2017, GEEP was chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria.
    Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP):
    • 9 million Primary 1 – 3 pupils in 54,952 public primary schools in 35 States. More than 107,000 cooks are engaged to deliver these meals.
    • The NHGSFP reduces hunger and malnutrition, and improves education outcomes (boosts school enrolment); farmers and produce ‘aggregators’ also benefit from improved access to school feeding markets and communities, and by extension improved incomes.
    Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT):
    • More than 3 million poor and vulnerable households have been registered on the National Social Register, and more than one million of these families are currently benefiting from the CCT Scheme, which pays N5,000 to each household monthly.
    EducationGrants and Disbursements: The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015, 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education, and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT.Approval for the establishment of the following:
    • Federal Maritime University, in Delta State
    • Nigerian Army University, in Borno State
    • Six new Colleges of Education (one per geopolitical zone)
    Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education, for efficient administration and impact. Healthcare
    • Grants to State Governments: A minimum of $2.5 million disbursed to each State of the Federation and the FCT, under the Saving One Million Lives (SOML) initiative, to improve health outcomes.
    • Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF): For the first time since the National Health Act was passed in 2014, the Federal Government included the 1% minimum portion of the Consolidated Revenue Fund – amounting to 55 billion Naira – in the 2018 budget, to fund the Basic Health Care Provision Fund (BHCPF). The Fund is designed to deliver a guaranteed set health services to all Nigerians, through the national network of Primary Health Care centers.
    • Passage of Enabling Legislation for the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), for the first time since it was founded in 2011. President Buhari approved a grant of 5 billion Naira for the NCDC in March 2020.
    • Tertiary Healthcare Upgrade Programme: A number of key Federal Hospitals across the country are being upgraded to effectively manage cancer and other major health challenges. Cancer Radiotherapy machines and other equipment are being provided to these hospitals. The National Hospital in Abuja has already received two LINAC (cancer treatment) machines.
     Sports and Creative Industry
    • Nigeria national U-17 football team, the Golden Eaglets, won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the fifth time, in 2015. Their first ever win was 30 years earlier, in 1985, when President Buhari was military Head of State.
    • Nigeria’s participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games yielded her best gold medal result since Nigeria started taking part in the Games in 1992.
    • D’ Tigress, Nigeria’s Female National Basketball Team won the 2017 FIBA Africa Women’s Championship, the continental championship Cup, for the first time in 12 years, and earned qualification for its first FIBA Women’s World Cup appearance since 2006.
    • In 2018, D’ Tigress, Nigeria’s Female National Basketball Team earned its first-ever win at the FIBA Women’s World Cup, and went on to advance to the quarterfinals. The Team finished in 8th place – the best ever performance by an African Team.
    • In 2019, D’ Tigress successfully defended its 2017 Afro Basketball Women Championship Title.
    • In 2020, D’ Tigress became the only female African Team to qualify for participation in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.
    • Nigeria’s Women’s Football Team, the Super Falcons, won the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in 2016 and 2018.
    • In 2018, the National Sports Festival held for the first time since 2012.
    • In 2018, Nigeria hosted a FIFA Executive Football Summit, one of twelve worldwide.
    • In 2019, the Super Falcons advanced to the group stage of the Women’s World Cup, for the first time in 20 years.
    • In 2019, Nigeria won its first Athletics World Championship Medal in six years.
    Creative Industry Support
    • Establishment of the Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI), by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Bankers’ Committee, to provide single-digit financing to young Nigerians in the fields of Fashion, Film, Music and Information Technology.
    • In 2019, the Federal Government added Creative Industries to the list of qualifying sectors for ‘Pioneer Status’ Incentives – which grants relief from Corporate Income Tax for a specified period of time.
    • Presidential Approval for the handover of the National Theatre, Lagos, to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bankers Committee, for redevelopment into a world-class Creative Park serving the theatre, film, fashion, music, and ICT sectors.
    • In 2017, Nigeria was elected Vice-President of United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
    NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTAThe Buhari administration’s ‘New Vision for the Niger Delta’ brings together a robust set of promises, solutions, targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region’s oil wealth.The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16-point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in November 2016.Tangible results of the New Vision so far include:
    • Take-off of the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State. The University was granted approval in January 2018 by the National Universities Commission (NUC) to commence undergraduate degree programmes effective 2017/18 session, and commenced academic activities on April 12, 2018.
    • President Buhari approved 5 billion Naira in take-off grant for the Maritime University.
    • Ogoni Clean-Up: Setting aside of US$170m seed funding for the Ogoni Clean Up, in an Escrow Account established for that purpose. The Escrow Agreement Signing Ceremony took place in April 2018. The Clean-Up commenced in January 2019, with the handover of the first batch of sites to the selected remediation firms, after a painstaking procurement process.
    • Approvals for the establishment of private-sector-led Modular Refineries across the nine States of the Niger Delta – the first three Refineries have now been completed, while construction is ongoing on others.
     ANTI-CORRUPTION & TRANSPARENCY FISCAL REFORMS; PLUGGING LEAKAGESNew Whistleblowing Policy:
    • The new Whistleblowing Policy introduced by the Federal Ministry of Finance in December 2016 has since then yielded several billions of Naira in recoveries from tax evaders and public officials. (In the first two years alone it yielded 8 billion, US$378million, and £27,800 in recoveries from public officials targeted by whistleblowers).
    • Development of draft Whistleblowing and Witness Protection Bill 2019
    • EFCC recovered 794 billion Naira between 2015 and 2019, in addition to hundreds of properties and other assets.
    • ICPC scrutiny of practices, systems and procedures of MDAs’ personnel cost from 2017 to 2019, yielded more than 41 billion Naira in recoveries from inflated personnel budgets.
    • In 2019 alone, ICPC recovered 32 billion Naira worth of Land, Buildings and Vehicles.
    • ICPC’s audit of Constituency Projects covering 2015 to 2018 helped recover 2 billion Naira of diverted funds and assets.
     Increased Oversight of MDAsThe Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs. From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016, JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017.The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA):
    • PICA was set up by the Buhari Administration to strengthen controls over Government finances through a continuous internal audit process across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), particularly in respect of payroll. Through the activities of PICA, more than 54,000 fraudulent payroll entries have been identified and removed, with payroll savings of N200 billion per annum.
    Expansion of TSA Coverage:
    • On August 7, 2015, President Buhari issued a directive to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to close their accounts with Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and transfer their balances to the Central Bank of Nigeria on or before 15th September 2015.
    • The TSA system was launched in 2012, but failed to gain traction until President Buhari’s executive order in August 2015.As of May 2018, the TSA system has been implemented in 92 percent of all MDAs.
    • The TSA allows managers of Government’s finances, including but not limited to the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, to have, at any point in time, a comprehensive overview of cash flows across the entire Government.
    • This decision to fully operationalize the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system—a public accounting system that enables the Government to manage its finances (revenues and payments) using a single/unified account, or series of linked accounts domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria — has resulted in the consolidation of more than 17,000 bank accountspreviously spread across DMBs in the country, and in savings of an average of N4 billion monthly in banking charges.
    • The TSA has brought the following benefits:
      • Improves transparency and accountability in the management of all FGN receipts by providing a consolidated view of Government’s cash flow.
      • Blocks the leakages and abuses which hitherto characterized Public Finance Management in Nigeria.
      • Ensures availability of funds for the execution of government policies, programmes and projects
      • Controls aggregate cash flows within fiscal and monetary limits
      • Improves management of domestic borrowing programme
      • Enables investments of idle funds
    • The Ministry of Finance continues to fine-tune the system to improve its efficiency, and has also commenced an audit to ensure that all funds due to the TSA are remitted into it.
     Expansion of IPPIS CoverageIn spite of great opposition, the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces, as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions.Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes:
    • Considering that personnel costs are the Federal Government’s largest expenditure line, the Federal Government has given priority to the deployment of the BVN for payroll and pension audits. The use of BVN to verify payroll entries on the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform has so far led to the detection of 54,000 fraudulent payroll entries.
    • The Federal Government has also ensured the deployment of BVN system to serve as the verification basis for payments to beneficiaries and vendors in the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), the N-Power Scheme and the Homegrown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP)
    Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project
    • The Federal Ministry of Finance launched the Asset Tracking and Management Project (ATM Project) in 2016. By the ATM Project, the Federal Government is, for the first time, able to locate, identify, assess and evaluate all its moveable and immoveable assets on a real time basis.
    • Also, a Central Asset Register was created and domiciled in the Ministry for recording the actual quantity, value, condition and location of all the capital assets belonging to the Federal Government. These initiatives are in line with the requirements of the International Public-Sector Reporting Standard (IPSAS), which has been implemented by the Ministry of Finance.
    Replacement of old Cash-Based Accounting System with an Accruals-Based System:
    • Accruals-based accounting, in addition to providing greater transparency in public financial management, provides comprehensive information on Government’s current and projected cash flows, leading to better cash management. For example, the conversion from cash accounting to accrual accounting led to the discovery of unrecorded debts owed contractors, oil marketers, exporters, electricity distribution companies and others.
    Enlistment into Open Government Partnership (OGP):
    • In May 2016, President Buhari attended and participated in the International Anti-Corruption Summit organised by the UK Government. At that Summit he pledged that Nigeria would join the OGP, an international transparency, accountability and citizen engagement initiative.
    • In July 2016, Nigeria became the 70th country to join the OGP. Following this, Nigeria constituted an OGP National Steering Committee (NSC), which went on to develop a National Action Plan (2017–2019) that aims to deepen and mainstream transparency mechanisms and citizens’ engagement in the management of public resources across all sectors.
    • In 2018, Nigeria was elected to lead the OGP, alongside Argentina, France, and Romania. All four new members of the OGP Steering Committee will serve for three years starting on October 1, 2018.
    Creation of Efficiency Unit (EU) to spearhead the efficient use of government resources, and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure:
    • The Efficiency Unit was set up in November 2015, to reduce wastages, promote efficiency, ensure prudence and add value for money in all government expenditures.
    • The Unit monitors Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, identifying and eliminating wasteful spending, duplication and other inefficiencies, and identifying best practices in procurement and financial management
     JUSTICE REFORMSEstablishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC)
    • PACAC was established by President Buhari in August 2015 to, among other things; promote the reform agenda of the government on the anti-corruption effort, and advise the present administration in the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system. It was the very first committee the President set up after he was sworn into office.
    • PACAC has empowered Judges and Prosecutors to operate effectively in carrying out their responsibilities through Workshops on the new Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.
    • PACAC has:
      • Trained both Federal and States Prosecutors on proper drafting of charges.
      • Helped anti-corruption agencies devise clearer strategies for obtaining forfeiture of assets suspected to have been acquired fraudulently, mainly from State Coffers, before prosecuting suspected culprits. Part of this work has involved painstakingly reviewing existing Laws (like the Money Laundering Act, 2004, the EFCC Act, 2004 and the ICPC Act, 2000), to identify and highlight sections directly conferring powers of forfeiture on Nigeria’s anticorruption agencies. This advocacy has led to a significant increase in the use of Non-Conviction Based Asset Forfeiture Mechanisms by anti-corruption agencies;
      • Organised workshops for the Management and Protection of Assets, and recommended the establishment of a Central Asset Management Committee – the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery (PCAR), headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, which superintends a dedicated Central Bank Account that receives all recovered funds, for coordination and transparency of management and oversight.
      • Produced manuals, protocols and Standard Operating Procedures to assist ACAs in their work. These include the Corruption Case Management Manual; the Plea Bargaining Manual; Sentencing Guidelines in High Profile Cases; the Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets, Asset Recovery Strategy Document, Corruption Case Management Manual; Framework for the Management of Recovered Stolen Assets; etc.
      • Drafted a Bill for the establishment of Special Crimes Court
      • Initiated the whistle blower policy of the Federal Government (see Whistleblower Policy for details)
     Domestic Legislation & International Agreements
    • President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, an Executive Bill, into law in 2019, following passage by the National Assembly. The Bill facilitates the identification, tracing, freezing, restraining, recovery, forfeiture and confiscation of proceeds, property and other instrumentalities of crime, as well as the prosecution of offenders in criminal cases regardless of where in the world they might be.
    • Nigeria has signed Agreements and MOUs with various countries to boost international cooperation for the investigation, tracking, freezing and return of stolen assets.
    Prisons Reform:
    • The completion, in 2019, of the first fundamental reform of the Nigeria Prisons Act in almost 50 years, resulting in the establishment of the Nigerian Correctional Service to replace the Nigerian Prisons Service.
    • Launch of New Prison Information Management System: The Pilot Project was completed at Kuje Prison, and launched in July 2017 with the installation of a new data management system (the first of its kind in any prison in Nigeria), as well as Hardware equipment (computers, server, LAN connectivity, webcams, etc). National rollout being worked on. Deployment will be in 86 Nigeria Correctional Service locations across 16 States.
    • Also as part of Criminal Justice Reforms, President Buhari in 2020 granted amnesty to 2,600 prisoners nationwide, representing about 3.5 percent of all inmates, in a bid to decongest Nigeria’s prison population. The beneficiaries were those 60 years and above; those suffering from ill-health that might likely lead to death; convicts serving three years and above and have less than six months to serve; inmates with mental health defect; and inmates with a pending fine not exceeding N50,000 and with no pending cases.
     SECURITY 
    • Nigeria’s Law Enforcement Agencies have significantly scaled up their footprint across the country – Operation Whirl Stroke in the North Central, Operation Ex-Swift Response in border areas, several new Forward Operating Bases, Quick Response Wings, Commando Training Schools, and so on, and deployments of Special Forces. The Buhari Administration has rolled out the most significant response to Nigeria’s multifaceted security challenges, since 1999.
    • Increased Investments in Arms and Weapons: Government to Government military deals with the Governments of the US, China, Russia, Pakistan, and so on have helped eliminate expensive and opaque middlemen. In April 2020, a first batch of 17 military vehicles (VT-4 main battle tanks, ST-1 wheeled tank destroyers, self-propelled howitzers etc) arrived from China, for the fight against Boko Haram.
    • Nigerian Air Force has acquired 22 brand new aircraft since President Buhari assumed office in 2015, and is expecting another 16 (including the 12 Super Tucano currently on order from the United States Government, and due for delivery starting 2021). The NAF is also locally re-activating several previously unserviceable planes.
    • President Buhari resuscitated the Ministry of Police Affairs in 2019, to oversee the development and implementation of strategies to enhance internal security in Nigeria
    • President Buhari approved the recruitment of 10,000 new Police Officers annually.
    • President Buhari signed into law, in 2019, the Bill establishing the Police Trust Fund, which will significantly improve funding for the Nigeria Police Force.
    • Nigeria Police Force launched a new National Command and Control Center in Abuja in 2019
    • President Buhari has approved and implemented new Salary Packages for the Military and Police.
    • Establishment of Operation Whirl Stroke in May 2018, to curtail violence in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa States. OPWS has recorded remarkable success in tackling armed herders, cultists, kidnappers and bandits in its sphere of operation, and brought tension levels down from the escalated levels seen in 2017/2018.
     Northeast
    • Revitalization of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), aimed at combating trans-border crime and the Boko Haram insurgency.
    • El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club returned to their home base in Maiduguri in April 2016, two years after relocating to Katsina State because of the insurgency
    • Emirs of Askira and Uba returned home in May 2016, two years after fleeing their Palaces on account of the Boko Haram insurgency
    • Public Secondary Schools resumed in Borno State on Monday September 26, 2016, after two years of closure
    • Maiduguri-Gubio and Maiduguri-Monguno Roads reopened in December 2016, after being closed for three years.
    • Capture of Boko Haram’s operational and spiritual headquarters, “Camp Zero”, in Sambisa Forest, in December 2016. Following this the Nigerian Army conducted its Small Arms Championship from 26th to 31st March 2017, a measure aimed at enabling the Armed forces to dominate the area, and avoid regrouping by the terrorists.
    • Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Borno State Chapter declared the 2017 Easter Celebrations as the best and safest since 2009.
    • Arik Air resumed flights to Maiduguri in May 2017, three years after suspending operations to the city.
    • Nigerian Military reopened Maiduguri-Bama-Banki Road in March 2018, four years after it was seized by Boko Haram.
    • More than a million displaced persons have returned to their homes and communities across the Northeast, since 2015.
    • Thousands of hostages have been freed from Boko Haram captivity, including 106 of the Chibok Girls abducted in April 2014, and 105 of the Dapchi Girls abducted in February 2018.
     North Central and North West
    • In May 2018 the Defence Headquarters kicked off ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ (OPWS) – featuring a Joint Military Intervention Force (JMIF), comprising Regular and Special Forces personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy, and working in collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, Department of State Security (DSS), and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) – to counter armed herdsmen and militia groups operating in and around Benue, Nasarawa, Taraba States. OPWS has been very successful in restoring calm to its area of coverage.
    • Reorganisation of existing Security Operations targeting banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the North West led to establishment of Operation Hadarin Daji (OPHD) by Defence Headquarters in May 2019.
    • Establishment in 2019 of Joint Task Force Operation THUNDER STRIKE (JTF OPTS) by Defence Headquarters to tackle kidnappers, bandits, cattle rustlers, and other criminal activities along major highways and adjoining villages around Kaduna-Abuja axis.
    • Establishment by Nigerian Air Force of Quick Response Wings (QRW) in Benue (21 QRW), Nasarawa (22 QRW), Taraba (23 QRW) and Katsina States, and a Quick Response Group in Zamfara State (QRG 207), and deployment of Special Forces to these QRWs/QRG.
    • Nigerian Air Force has also established Forward Operations Bases (FOB) in Kaduna and Katsina States
    • Flag-off of Nigerian Army 2 Battalion Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Kanfanin Doka Village, Birnin-Gwari, Kaduna State.
    • Training and deployment of hundreds of Special Forces personnel by the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force
    DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSRe-establishment of Nigeria’s position and influence in the regional and global arena. Fragile/broken relations with the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, and with neighbouring countries (Chad, Niger, Cameroon) have been revived and strengthened since June 2015.Nigeria’s prominent participation in the London Anti-Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption, in May, 2016 in London.Major outcomes/results/manifestations of Nigeria’s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage:
    • The positions of Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), African Development Bank, and African Export–Import Bank are all currently held by Nigerians.
    • The signing, in August 2016, of an MoU with the UK Government on modalities for the return of Nigeria’s stolen assets in the UK.
    • The establishment of a Global Forum for Asset Recovery (GFAR), hosted by the governments of the US and UK in December 2017, to focus on assisting Nigeria and three other countries to reclaim their stolen assets.
    • Nigeria joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016 and developed a National Action Plan, which is already being implemented.
    • In 2016 Nigeria signed an Agreement on the identification and repatriation of Illicit Funds with the United Arab Emirates during President Buhari’s Visit to that country.
    • The Federal Government under President Buhari has successfully engaged the governments of Switzerland, Jersey Island, United States, United Arab Emirates, and Liechtenstein among others, in an effort to ensure the repatriation of Nigeria’s stolen assets.
    • A total of US$622 million in looted Abacha funds repatriated to Nigeria in two tranches in December 2017 and April 2020. The first tranche ($322m) is being disbursed as part of the Buhari Administration’s Social Investment Programme interventions, while the second tranche ($311m) is being invested in the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF), managed by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
    • Under President Buhari’s watch, Nigeria has been playing an active and stabilising role in OPEC. In 2017 Nigeria was able to successfully negotiate a vital exemption from production cuts agreed at the time, a move that helped shore up revenues and foreign reserves.
    • The Buhari Administration has mobilized International Support for the War against Boko Haram, forging strong partnerships with key countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, ECOWAS, the AU, the UN, and others. After years of stalemate, the United States finally agreed to sell – and has sold – weapons to Nigeria, (12 Super Tucano Aircraft)
    • Revamp of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising troops from Nigeria and Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin.
    • The designation of President Buhari as the African Union (AU) Anti-Corruption Champion for 2018
    • The designation of President Buhari by ECOWAS Heads of State as West Africa’s Covid-19 Champion in 2020.
    • President Buhari’s interventions have helped restore and strengthen democracy in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau. He authorized the deployment of troops, fighter jets and warships to The Gambia during the impasse that followed the December 2016 Presidential elections.
    • Successful evacuation and repatriation of more than 10,000 Nigerian migrants from Libya, with the support and partnership of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
    Bilateral Relations:CHINA:
    • Billions of dollars in concessional infrastructure funding for critical road and rail projects. President Buhari’s April 2016 official visit to China has unlocked billions of dollars in infrastructure funding, primarily for road and rail projects;
    • Implementation of a Chinese Yuan (CNY) 15 billion Currency Swap Agreement between the Peoples Bank of China and the Central Bank of Nigeria.
    GERMANY
    • Support for the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), six-year Programme to modernise Nigeria’s electricity grid, under a Government-to-Government framework between the Nigerian and German Governments; to be managed and implemented by Siemens AG.
    • Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) and Petkus Technologie of Germany, aimed at significantly reducing the incidence/impact of post-harvest losses in Nigeria’s Agriculture Value Chain.
    • Signing of a MoU with Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA) to develop a joint vision for an automotive hub in Nigeria.
    UNITED STATES (USA)
    • Renewed cooperation in Security and Anti-Corruption. The US Government has approved the sale of 12 Super Tucano Aircraft to Nigeria, as well as repatriation of recovered looted monies and assets stashed in the US.
    • Nigerian and U.S. militaries collaborated to host, April 2018 in Abuja, the 2018 African Land Forces Summit, the largest gathering of African Army chiefs, to discuss cooperation aimed at improving security on the continent. 
    UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
    • 2018: Nigeria commenced the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Tax Information (AETI) protocol with the United Kingdom. This Protocol will provide the Nigerian Government with data on bank accounts, property and trusts held in the UK by Nigerian nationals, and will support the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) by allowing Nigerian tax authorities to check the accuracy of declarations received regarding overseas assets and income.
    • 2018: Launch of a UK-Government funded £13 million education programme that will provide training for teachers, school equipment, and security for schools, for 100,000 children living in parts of the Northeast affected by Boko Haram. 
    SOUTH AFRICA:The SA-Nigeria Bi-National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level, as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa’s two largest economies.MOROCCO:
    • The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, PFI (which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco, for the supply of phosphate, as well as technical assistance), has resulted in the revitalization of 14 blending plants across Nigeria.
    • As part of the PFI, in 2018 Nigeria and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (between OCP of Morocco and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority) on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform, specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant in the Niger Delta.
    RUSSIA:
    • Government-to-Government Arms Deal involving the supply of 12 Attack Helicopters to Nigeria
    • Resuscitation Deal for the Ajaokuta Steel Rolling Mill, agreed by Presidents Buhari and Putin, during the Russia Africa Summit in 2019. The Russian Government has agreed to support the completion and full operationalization of the plant.
    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE):
    • Nigeria has signed and ratified an Extradition Treaty with the United Arab Emirates that allows extradition of Nigerians who flee to the UAE after committing crimes in Nigeria.
    • The Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) has seen inflows of around US$2 billion under the Buhari Administration. These are the first government inflows since the original US$1 billion which the Fund kicked off with in 2012.
    SAUDI ARABIA:
    • Relations with Saudi Arabia have greatly improved. During the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in 2019, President Buhari met separately and held extensive talks with the King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, MBS; as well as the leadership of ARAMCO and the Saudi Sovereign Wealth Fund.
    • One of the outcomes of the Saudi Visit was the agreement by the two governments to set up a joint Saudi-Nigeria Strategic Council, made up of government officials and businessmen from both countries, and which will focus on economic growth and development, investments in oil and non-oil sectors, and security cooperation.
    CORONAVIRUS RESPONSEIn Nigeria, we are taking a two-step approach. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.” – President Buhari
    • The Federal Government of Nigeria is rolling out several measures and directives on healthcare, border security, and fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic. More measures are coming.
    • The President has set up an Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by Vice President Osinbajo, to develop a comprehensive economic plan to respond to the disruptions and dislocations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The President has also set up a Presidential Task Force on #COVID-19, chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, with Dr. Sani Aliyu as the National Coordinator. The PTF is coordinating Nigeria’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental approach to COVID-19.
    • The President also set up a Committee made up of the Minister and Minister of State of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 Budget and to recommend appropriate and immediate response strategies.
    President Buhari has also approved the following:
    • Establishment of a N500 billion COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund, for the upgrading of health facilities nationwide, finance a national Special Public Works Programme, as well as any other interventions that may be approved in the future.
    • Release of special intervention grants of N10 billion and N5 billion to the Lagos State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) respectively, to facilitate the COVID-19 Response.
    • Immediate Release of 70,000 Metric Tonnes of Grain for distribution to poor and vulnerable households across the country.
    • Establishment of a Joint Technical Task Team to facilitate the movement of food and agricultural inputs across Nigeria, during the Coronavirus lockdown.
    • Commencement of a three-month repayment moratorium for all TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni loans, with immediate effect.
    • Commencement of a three-month moratorium for all Federal Government funded loans issued by the Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture and the Nigeria Export Import Bank.
    • Presidential directive for immediate Expansion of National Social Register (official database for implementation of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme) by 1 million additional households.
    • Implementation of Modified version of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, to deliver dry food rations to households of pupils already benefiting from the NHGSFP.
    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)