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  •   President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting where trade investment global peace and stability health as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed fair TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties In 2023 South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Forum which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade which will create much needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa s concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products which South Africa views as unfair and punitive JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition fossil fuels to clean energy Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States the United Kingdom France Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27 in November 2022 in Egypt REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year there is a consensus to support Africa s efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing which will strengthen Africa s independence to ensure the continent s food security said President Ramaphosa BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia s malign activities in Africa which is currently before the US Congress President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres can provide in leading a peace process HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics This includes continued support for PEPFAR s programs to combat HIV AIDS and tuberculosis and support during the COVID 19 pandemic President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO s TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa s representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa This includes the proposal for Africa s entry through the African Union AU into the Group of 20 countries G20 The lack of representation of Africa s 1 3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order said President Ramaphosa Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa s efforts to develop public servants especially women In this regard the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants Prior to meeting with President Biden President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence where they discussed women s empowerment health and safety partnership in technology and space exploration
    President Ramaphosa concludes positive visit to Washington DC
      President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting where trade investment global peace and stability health as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed fair TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties In 2023 South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA Forum which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade which will create much needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa s concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products which South Africa views as unfair and punitive JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition fossil fuels to clean energy Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States the United Kingdom France Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 27 in November 2022 in Egypt REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year there is a consensus to support Africa s efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing which will strengthen Africa s independence to ensure the continent s food security said President Ramaphosa BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia s malign activities in Africa which is currently before the US Congress President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres can provide in leading a peace process HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics This includes continued support for PEPFAR s programs to combat HIV AIDS and tuberculosis and support during the COVID 19 pandemic President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO s TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa s representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa This includes the proposal for Africa s entry through the African Union AU into the Group of 20 countries G20 The lack of representation of Africa s 1 3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order said President Ramaphosa Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa s efforts to develop public servants especially women In this regard the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants Prior to meeting with President Biden President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence where they discussed women s empowerment health and safety partnership in technology and space exploration
    President Ramaphosa concludes positive visit to Washington DC
    Africa1 week ago

    President Ramaphosa concludes positive visit to Washington DC

    President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden.

    The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national, regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting, where trade, investment, global peace and stability, health, as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed.

    fair.

    TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment, there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa, where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors.

    A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties.

    In 2023, South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US.

    President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade, which will create much-needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa.

    President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa's concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products, which South Africa views as unfair and punitive.

    JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition.

    fossil fuels.

    to clean energy.

    Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference ( COP 27) in November 2022 in Egypt.

    REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique.

    President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique.

    President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region.

    FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State.

    "After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year, there is a consensus to support Africa's efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing, which will strengthen Africa's independence to ensure the continent's food security," said President Ramaphosa.

    .

    BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia's malign activities in Africa, which is currently before the US Congress.

    President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law, the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth.

    President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres can provide in leading a peace process.

    HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics.

    This includes continued support for PEPFAR's programs to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO's TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing.

    UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa's representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa.

    This includes the proposal for Africa's entry through the African Union (AU) into the Group of 20 countries (G20).

    “The lack of representation of Africa's 1.3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order,” said President Ramaphosa.

    Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations.

    BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa's efforts to develop public servants, especially women.

    In this regard, the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants.

    Prior to meeting with President Biden, President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence, where they discussed women's empowerment, health and safety, partnership in technology and space exploration.

  •   Sub Saharan Africa plays a critical role in advancing global priorities for the benefit of Africans and Americans It has one of the fastest growing populations in the world the largest free trade areas the most diverse ecosystems and one of the largest regional voting groups in the United Nations UN It is impossible to meet today s defining challenges without African contributions and leadership The region will play a leading role in efforts to end the COVID 19 pandemic address the climate crisis reverse the global tide of democratic backsliding address global food insecurity promote gender equity and equality strengthen an open and stable international system shaping the world s rules on vital issues like trade cyber and emerging technologies and address the threat of terrorism conflict and transnational crime Building on the actions and commitments of the Biden Harris Administration to deepen our engagement and partnerships in Africa over the past year the strategy articulates our new vision for a 21st century US Africa Partnership It recognizes the tremendous and positive opportunities that exist to promote shared interests together with our African partners At the same time we recognize that Africa s potential will continue to be challenged as deadly conflicts divide societies corruption impedes economic progress food insecurity increases the risk of famine and malnutrition and repression stifles human rights and expression democratic As President Biden noted in his speech to the African Union last year None of this will be easy but the United States is ready now to partner with him in solidarity support and mutual respect The new US strategy toward sub Saharan Africa represents a restatement of the importance of Africa to US national security interests We will pursue four main goals in sub Saharan Africa 1 PROMOTE OPENNESS AND OPEN SOCIETIES Unidos has an abiding interest in ensuring that the region remains open and accessible to all and that governments and the public are able to make their own political decisions consistent with international obligations Open societies are generally more inclined to work in common cause with the United States attract more trade and investment from the United States pursue policies to improve conditions for their citizens and counter harmful activities by the PRC Russia and the United States other actors We will foster openness and open societies by among other things Promoting government transparency and accountability Increasing our focus on the rule of law justice and dignity Helping African countries make more transparent use of their natural resources for sustainable development 2 DELIVER DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY DIVIDENDS The region s commitment and capacity to renew its democracies as well as to anticipate prevent and address emerging and long standing conflicts can lead to more favorable outcomes for Africans and the Americans By simultaneously addressing these challenges and reaffirming that democracy brings tangible benefits the United States can offer positive choices to Africans as they determine their own futures We will help Africa deliver democratic and security dividends for example by Working with allies and regional partners to stem the recent wave of authoritarianism and military takeovers Supporting civil society empowering marginalized groups centering women s voices and youth and defending free and fair rights Enhance the ability of African partners to promote regional stability and security Reduce the threat from terrorist groups to the homeland people and U S diplomatic and military installations 3 ADVANCE PANDEMIC RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES problems the COVID 19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences These challenges have been compounded by supply chain and food insecurity issues stemming from Russia s war of aggression in Ukraine The United States is committed to working with regional governments and international partners to build more stable and inclusive African economies We will advance pandemic recovery and economic opportunity for example by Prioritizing policies and programs to end the acute phase of the COVID 19 pandemic and building capacity to increase preparedness for the next health threat Supporting initiatives manufacturing of vaccines and other medical countermeasures Promoting a higher growth trajectory and debt sustainability to support the economic recovery of the region including through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment PGII Prosper Africa Power Africa Feed the Future and a new digital transformation initiative Partner with African countries to rebuild human capital and food systems further weakened by the pandemic and Russia s war against Ukraine 4 SUPPORT CONSERVATION CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Africa s efforts to conserve and restore the ecosystems of the continent and rich natural resources while achieving energy access and energy security goals diversifying its energy mix and building sustainable supply chains are critical to addressing the global climate crisis Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita it is likely to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change We will support conservation climate adaptation and a just energy transition for example Partner with governments civil society and local communities to conserve manage and restore the continent s rich natural ecosystems Support countries in their efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate including improving community economic and supply chain resilience Work closely with countries to accelerate their just transitions to a future of clean energy energy access and energy security Pursue public private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure critical minerals that clean energy technologies will supply
    Fact Sheet: United States (US) Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa
      Sub Saharan Africa plays a critical role in advancing global priorities for the benefit of Africans and Americans It has one of the fastest growing populations in the world the largest free trade areas the most diverse ecosystems and one of the largest regional voting groups in the United Nations UN It is impossible to meet today s defining challenges without African contributions and leadership The region will play a leading role in efforts to end the COVID 19 pandemic address the climate crisis reverse the global tide of democratic backsliding address global food insecurity promote gender equity and equality strengthen an open and stable international system shaping the world s rules on vital issues like trade cyber and emerging technologies and address the threat of terrorism conflict and transnational crime Building on the actions and commitments of the Biden Harris Administration to deepen our engagement and partnerships in Africa over the past year the strategy articulates our new vision for a 21st century US Africa Partnership It recognizes the tremendous and positive opportunities that exist to promote shared interests together with our African partners At the same time we recognize that Africa s potential will continue to be challenged as deadly conflicts divide societies corruption impedes economic progress food insecurity increases the risk of famine and malnutrition and repression stifles human rights and expression democratic As President Biden noted in his speech to the African Union last year None of this will be easy but the United States is ready now to partner with him in solidarity support and mutual respect The new US strategy toward sub Saharan Africa represents a restatement of the importance of Africa to US national security interests We will pursue four main goals in sub Saharan Africa 1 PROMOTE OPENNESS AND OPEN SOCIETIES Unidos has an abiding interest in ensuring that the region remains open and accessible to all and that governments and the public are able to make their own political decisions consistent with international obligations Open societies are generally more inclined to work in common cause with the United States attract more trade and investment from the United States pursue policies to improve conditions for their citizens and counter harmful activities by the PRC Russia and the United States other actors We will foster openness and open societies by among other things Promoting government transparency and accountability Increasing our focus on the rule of law justice and dignity Helping African countries make more transparent use of their natural resources for sustainable development 2 DELIVER DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY DIVIDENDS The region s commitment and capacity to renew its democracies as well as to anticipate prevent and address emerging and long standing conflicts can lead to more favorable outcomes for Africans and the Americans By simultaneously addressing these challenges and reaffirming that democracy brings tangible benefits the United States can offer positive choices to Africans as they determine their own futures We will help Africa deliver democratic and security dividends for example by Working with allies and regional partners to stem the recent wave of authoritarianism and military takeovers Supporting civil society empowering marginalized groups centering women s voices and youth and defending free and fair rights Enhance the ability of African partners to promote regional stability and security Reduce the threat from terrorist groups to the homeland people and U S diplomatic and military installations 3 ADVANCE PANDEMIC RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES problems the COVID 19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences These challenges have been compounded by supply chain and food insecurity issues stemming from Russia s war of aggression in Ukraine The United States is committed to working with regional governments and international partners to build more stable and inclusive African economies We will advance pandemic recovery and economic opportunity for example by Prioritizing policies and programs to end the acute phase of the COVID 19 pandemic and building capacity to increase preparedness for the next health threat Supporting initiatives manufacturing of vaccines and other medical countermeasures Promoting a higher growth trajectory and debt sustainability to support the economic recovery of the region including through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment PGII Prosper Africa Power Africa Feed the Future and a new digital transformation initiative Partner with African countries to rebuild human capital and food systems further weakened by the pandemic and Russia s war against Ukraine 4 SUPPORT CONSERVATION CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Africa s efforts to conserve and restore the ecosystems of the continent and rich natural resources while achieving energy access and energy security goals diversifying its energy mix and building sustainable supply chains are critical to addressing the global climate crisis Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita it is likely to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change We will support conservation climate adaptation and a just energy transition for example Partner with governments civil society and local communities to conserve manage and restore the continent s rich natural ecosystems Support countries in their efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate including improving community economic and supply chain resilience Work closely with countries to accelerate their just transitions to a future of clean energy energy access and energy security Pursue public private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure critical minerals that clean energy technologies will supply
    Fact Sheet: United States (US) Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa
    Africa2 months ago

    Fact Sheet: United States (US) Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sub-Saharan Africa plays a critical role in advancing global priorities for the benefit of Africans and Americans.

    It has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, the largest free trade areas, the most diverse ecosystems, and one of the largest regional voting groups in the United Nations (UN).

    It is impossible to meet today's defining challenges without African contributions and leadership.

    The region will play a leading role in efforts to: end the COVID-19 pandemic; address the climate crisis; reverse the global tide of democratic backsliding; address global food insecurity; promote gender equity and equality; strengthen an open and stable international system; shaping the world's rules on vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies; and address the threat of terrorism, conflict and transnational crime.

    Building on the actions and commitments of the Biden-Harris Administration to deepen our engagement and partnerships in Africa over the past year, the strategy articulates our new vision for a 21st-century US-Africa Partnership.

    It recognizes the tremendous and positive opportunities that exist to promote shared interests together with our African partners.

    At the same time, we recognize that Africa's potential will continue to be challenged as deadly conflicts divide societies, corruption impedes economic progress, food insecurity increases the risk of famine and malnutrition, and repression stifles human rights and expression.

    democratic.

    As President Biden noted in his speech to the African Union last year, "None of this will be easy, but the United States is ready now to partner with him, in solidarity, support and mutual respect."

    The new US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa represents a restatement of the importance of Africa to US national security interests.

    We will pursue four main goals in sub-Saharan Africa: 1.

    PROMOTE OPENNESS AND OPEN SOCIETIES Unidos has an abiding interest in ensuring that the region remains open and accessible to all and that governments and the public are able to make their own political decisions.

    consistent with international obligations.

    Open societies are generally more inclined to work in common cause with the United States, attract more trade and investment from the United States, pursue policies to improve conditions for their citizens, and counter harmful activities by the PRC, Russia, and the United States.

    other actors.

    We will foster openness and open societies by, among other things: Promoting government transparency and accountability Increasing our focus on the rule of law, justice and dignity Helping African countries make more transparent use of their natural resources for sustainable development 2.

    DELIVER DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY DIVIDENDS The region's commitment and capacity to renew its democracies, as well as to anticipate, prevent and address emerging and long-standing conflicts, can lead to more favorable outcomes for Africans and the Americans.

    By simultaneously addressing these challenges and reaffirming that democracy brings tangible benefits, the United States can offer positive choices to Africans as they determine their own futures.

    We will help Africa deliver democratic and security dividends, for example by: Working with allies and regional partners to stem the recent wave of authoritarianism and military takeovers Supporting civil society, empowering marginalized groups, centering women's voices and youth, and defending free and fair rights.

    Enhance the ability of African partners to promote regional stability and security Reduce the threat from terrorist groups to the homeland, people, and U.S. diplomatic and military installations 3.

    ADVANCE PANDEMIC RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES problems: the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences.

    These challenges have been compounded by supply chain and food insecurity issues stemming from Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine.

    The United States is committed to working with regional governments and international partners to build more stable and inclusive African economies.

    We will advance pandemic recovery and economic opportunity, for example by: Prioritizing policies and programs to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and building capacity to increase preparedness for the next health threat Supporting initiatives manufacturing of vaccines and other medical countermeasures Promoting a higher growth trajectory and debt sustainability to support the economic recovery of the region, including through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), Prosper Africa, Power Africa , Feed the Future and a new digital transformation initiative Partner with African countries to rebuild human capital and food systems further weakened by the pandemic and Russia's war against Ukraine 4.

    SUPPORT CONSERVATION, CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Africa's efforts to conserve and restore the ecosystems of the continent and rich natural resources, while achieving energy access and energy security goals, diversifying its energy mix and building sustainable supply chains are critical to addressing the global climate crisis.

    Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita, it is likely to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change.

    We will support conservation, climate adaptation and a just energy transition, for example: Partner with governments, civil society and local communities to conserve, manage and restore the continent's rich natural ecosystems Support countries in their efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, including improving community, economic, and supply chain resilience Work closely with countries to accelerate their just transitions to a future of clean energy, energy access, and energy security Pursue public-private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure critical minerals that clean energy technologies will supply

  •  We the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub region which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa RECOWA have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Durumi Abuja Nigeria May 2 9 2022 We thank God for the success of our meeting We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Vatican City Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM Cardinal John Onayekan Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi Archbishops Bishops priests religious the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We the Bishops of RECOWA are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo who attended the ceremony accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government In gratitude His Excellency the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth justice and peace in good times and bad FRATELLI TUTTI THEME OF THE ASSEMBLY The deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme Fratelli Tutti a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope s call actually emphasized the pontiff s concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals Evangelii Gaudium Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si Praise Be my Sir Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence the fraternal dimension of spirituality the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone THE CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND SECURITY Our assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking It is justice peace and joy in the Holy Spirit He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification Rom 14 17 19 Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions civil society organizations and governments at all levels The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society The Pope s encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue It flows from faith in Jesus Christ Complacency doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful He regrets that the status quo in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace which is merely synonymous with the absence of war is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa are found today It clearly indicates that the Church other religious organizations governments political and traditional leaders civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man made calamities SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS In our deliberations it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world We all bishops priests consecrated persons and lay faithful are reminded that we are as Jesus underlined the salt of the earth Mtt 5 13 et seq Since so many of our own are suffering we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation Therefore we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by indifferent to his needs One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others Therefore the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values Our people are hungry dehumanized and suffering our youth exposed to life threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries We are called to give hope to this people WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACY As a Church we call on politicians other leaders and indeed our people to come to order in their never ending quest for self aggrandizement and wealth acquisition We urge Christian politicians traditional rulers technocrats professionals especially those in the media businessmen and women and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption ethnocentrism sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children Tragically some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIES Therefore we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable However we need to work together with like minded ideas in politics religion economics social life the media in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIP At the end of our deliberations we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU Diocese of Agboville Cote D ivoire President Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH AGYEKUM Bishop of Koforidua First Vice President and Most Reverend Jos Lampra CA Bissau Second Vice President Also chosen to lead the meeting s secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi Secretary General of Nigeria Father Vincent de Paul BORO Deputy Secretary General and Father Celestine Sagna Second Deputy Secretary APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSION We wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN and indeed the entire Catholic Community the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception We pray that the Almighty God who is never outdone in generosity will richly reward Nigerians May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all Rev Father Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President nbsp
    Communique Issued at the End of 4th General Assembly of RECOWA
     We the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub region which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa RECOWA have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Durumi Abuja Nigeria May 2 9 2022 We thank God for the success of our meeting We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples Vatican City Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar SECAM Cardinal John Onayekan Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi Archbishops Bishops priests religious the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We the Bishops of RECOWA are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo who attended the ceremony accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government In gratitude His Excellency the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth justice and peace in good times and bad FRATELLI TUTTI THEME OF THE ASSEMBLY The deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme Fratelli Tutti a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope s call actually emphasized the pontiff s concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals Evangelii Gaudium Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si Praise Be my Sir Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence the fraternal dimension of spirituality the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone THE CALL FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND SECURITY Our assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking It is justice peace and joy in the Holy Spirit He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification Rom 14 17 19 Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions civil society organizations and governments at all levels The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society The Pope s encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue It flows from faith in Jesus Christ Complacency doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful He regrets that the status quo in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace which is merely synonymous with the absence of war is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa are found today It clearly indicates that the Church other religious organizations governments political and traditional leaders civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man made calamities SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONS In our deliberations it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world We all bishops priests consecrated persons and lay faithful are reminded that we are as Jesus underlined the salt of the earth Mtt 5 13 et seq Since so many of our own are suffering we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation Therefore we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by indifferent to his needs One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others Therefore the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values Our people are hungry dehumanized and suffering our youth exposed to life threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries We are called to give hope to this people WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACY As a Church we call on politicians other leaders and indeed our people to come to order in their never ending quest for self aggrandizement and wealth acquisition We urge Christian politicians traditional rulers technocrats professionals especially those in the media businessmen and women and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption ethnocentrism sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children Tragically some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIES Therefore we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable However we need to work together with like minded ideas in politics religion economics social life the media in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIP At the end of our deliberations we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU Diocese of Agboville Cote D ivoire President Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH AGYEKUM Bishop of Koforidua First Vice President and Most Reverend Jos Lampra CA Bissau Second Vice President Also chosen to lead the meeting s secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi Secretary General of Nigeria Father Vincent de Paul BORO Deputy Secretary General and Father Celestine Sagna Second Deputy Secretary APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSION We wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN and indeed the entire Catholic Community the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception We pray that the Almighty God who is never outdone in generosity will richly reward Nigerians May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all Rev Father Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President nbsp
    Communique Issued at the End of 4th General Assembly of RECOWA
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    Communique Issued at the End of 4th General Assembly of RECOWA

    We, the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub-region, which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA), have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, Nigeria, May 2-9, 2022.We thank God for the success of our meeting. We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican City, Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, SECAM , Cardinal John Onayekan, Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi, Archbishops, Bishops, priests, religious, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi-BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We, the Bishops of RECOWA, are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who attended the ceremony, accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government. In gratitude, His Excellency, the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth, justice and peace in good times and bad.FRATELLI TUTTI: THEME OF THE ASSEMBLYThe deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme: "Fratelli Tutti: a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa" ​​Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis' latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship. The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope's call actually emphasized the pontiff's concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals, Evangelii Gaudium, (Joy of the Gospel) and Laudato Si, (Praise Be my Sir). Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence, the fraternal dimension of spirituality, the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone.THE CALL FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND SECURITYOur assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking. It is justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification, Rom. 14,17-19. Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions, civil society organizations and governments at all levels. The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society.The Pope's encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue. It flows from faith in Jesus Christ. Complacency, doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters, and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful. He regrets that the status quo, in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace, which is merely synonymous with the absence of war, is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa. are found today. It clearly indicates that the Church, other religious organizations, governments, political and traditional leaders, civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man-made calamities.SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONSIn our deliberations, it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world. We all, bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful, are reminded that we are, as Jesus underlined, the salt of the earth Mtt. 5, 13 et seq. Since so many of our own are suffering, we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living.The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family. It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation. Therefore, we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism. We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good. The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother. We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by, indifferent to his needs. One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan. It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others. Therefore, the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need. We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values.Our people are hungry, dehumanized and suffering; our youth exposed to life-threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries. We are called to give hope to this people.WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACYAs a Church, we call on politicians, other leaders, and indeed our people to come to order in their never-ending quest for self-aggrandizement and wealth acquisition. We urge Christian politicians, traditional rulers, technocrats, professionals, especially those in the media, businessmen and women, and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption. , ethnocentrism, sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society. We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children. Tragically, some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion. We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us.HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIESTherefore, we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society. We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres. We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable. However, we need to work together, with like-minded ideas in politics, religion, economics, social life, the media, in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man.*ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIPAt the end of our deliberations, we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years; Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU, Diocese of Agboville Cote D'ivoire, President, Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH-AGYEKUM, Bishop of Koforidua, First Vice President, and Most Reverend José Lampra CA, Bissau, Second Vice President. Also chosen to lead the meeting's secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi, Secretary General of Nigeria, Father Vincent de Paul BORO, Deputy Secretary General, and Father Celestine Sagna, Second Deputy Secretary.APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSIONWe wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and indeed the entire Catholic Community, the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception. We pray that the Almighty God, who is never outdone in generosity, will richly reward Nigerians. May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all.Rev. Father. Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa+Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President 

  •   Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday in Lokoja handed over two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort Insp Aminu Salisu calling on the relevant authorities to provide continued support to the families of the deceased security officers Bello gave the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for the remembrance of the armed forces at the start of activities to commemorate Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022 Bello said that the presentation of the houses to the widows of the late Salisu demonstrated the State Government s commitments to support the families of the hero of the deceased state The governor noted that the government will also ensure that the families of the late Salisu and other deceased security officials never suffer Bello lamented the sad state in which some families of the deceased security officers remain and emphasized the need for the fallen heroes to continue to be remembered The governor said that the event of the launch of the emblem is symbolic since it signifies the gratitude of the government and the people of the state for the sacrifices of the armed forces He noted that it is also a time to reflect on the desired unity and security of the country and reflect on the challenges faced by the nation s security agencies Kogi is the safest in the country and this feat is the product of the patriotism commitment and sacrifice of the security agencies in the state It is sad to see that security personnel after giving everything to serve the country retreat to a life of poverty advocating for better well being for members of the security forces At Kogi we appreciate the efforts of these fallen heroes and are committed to ensuring that their families are not left alone to suffer said Bello The Governor s State Security Advisor retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara said the prevailing peace and security in the state was a direct product of the sacrifices and diligent service of law enforcement agencies Omodara said the Bello led administration was doing a lot to improve the living standards of the families of retired and deceased officers In addition to the empowerment of three widows each in the 21 local governments of the state and the payment of the medical bills of their sick members through the support of the state government The legion now has a functional secretariat in Lokoja the state capital Omodara said Petty Officer David Salawu a civil war veteran and Legion president in the state praised Governor Bello for caring for the Legion members Source NAN
    Yahaya Bello presents 2 houses to wives of late police escort
      Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday in Lokoja handed over two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort Insp Aminu Salisu calling on the relevant authorities to provide continued support to the families of the deceased security officers Bello gave the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for the remembrance of the armed forces at the start of activities to commemorate Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022 Bello said that the presentation of the houses to the widows of the late Salisu demonstrated the State Government s commitments to support the families of the hero of the deceased state The governor noted that the government will also ensure that the families of the late Salisu and other deceased security officials never suffer Bello lamented the sad state in which some families of the deceased security officers remain and emphasized the need for the fallen heroes to continue to be remembered The governor said that the event of the launch of the emblem is symbolic since it signifies the gratitude of the government and the people of the state for the sacrifices of the armed forces He noted that it is also a time to reflect on the desired unity and security of the country and reflect on the challenges faced by the nation s security agencies Kogi is the safest in the country and this feat is the product of the patriotism commitment and sacrifice of the security agencies in the state It is sad to see that security personnel after giving everything to serve the country retreat to a life of poverty advocating for better well being for members of the security forces At Kogi we appreciate the efforts of these fallen heroes and are committed to ensuring that their families are not left alone to suffer said Bello The Governor s State Security Advisor retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara said the prevailing peace and security in the state was a direct product of the sacrifices and diligent service of law enforcement agencies Omodara said the Bello led administration was doing a lot to improve the living standards of the families of retired and deceased officers In addition to the empowerment of three widows each in the 21 local governments of the state and the payment of the medical bills of their sick members through the support of the state government The legion now has a functional secretariat in Lokoja the state capital Omodara said Petty Officer David Salawu a civil war veteran and Legion president in the state praised Governor Bello for caring for the Legion members Source NAN
    Yahaya Bello presents 2 houses to wives of late police escort
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    Yahaya Bello presents 2 houses to wives of late police escort

    Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday in Lokoja handed over two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort, Insp. Aminu Salisu, calling on the relevant authorities to provide continued support to the families of the deceased security officers.

    Bello gave the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for the remembrance of the armed forces, at the start of activities to commemorate Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022.

    Bello said that the presentation of the houses to the widows of the late Salisu demonstrated the State Government's commitments to support the families of the hero of the deceased state.

    The governor noted that the government will also ensure that the families of the late Salisu and other deceased security officials never suffer.

    Bello lamented the sad state in which some families of the deceased security officers remain, and emphasized the need for the fallen heroes to continue to be remembered.

    The governor said that the event of the launch of the emblem is symbolic, since it signifies the gratitude of the government and the people of the state for the sacrifices of the armed forces.

    He noted that it is also a time to reflect on the desired unity and security of the country and reflect on the challenges faced by the nation's security agencies.

    “Kogi is the safest in the country and this feat is the product of the patriotism, commitment and sacrifice of the security agencies in the state.

    “It is sad to see that security personnel, after giving everything to serve the country, retreat to a life of poverty, advocating for better well-being for members of the security forces.

    "At Kogi, we appreciate the efforts of these fallen heroes and are committed to ensuring that their families are not left alone to suffer," said Bello.

    The Governor's State Security Advisor, retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, said the prevailing peace and security in the state was a direct product of the sacrifices and diligent service of law enforcement agencies.

    Omodara said the Bello-led administration was doing a lot to improve the living standards of the families of retired and deceased officers.

    “In addition to the empowerment of three widows each in the 21 local governments of the state and the payment of the medical bills of their sick members, through the support of the state government.

    "The legion now has a functional secretariat in Lokoja, the state capital," Omodara said.

    Petty Officer David Salawu, a civil war veteran and Legion president in the state, praised Governor Bello for caring for the Legion members.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Emmanuel MogbedeThe Nigerian Institute of Public Relations NIPR says it has concluded plans to organise a Citizens Summit on National Integration Peace and Security in November The President of the institute Malam Mukhtar Sirajo said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria NAN Mr Buki Ponle The NIPR has decided to convene a citizens summit on national integration peace and security and we are seeking NAN s support knowing the role it can play in this regards The summit will bring all segments of the Nigerian society together to discuss any issue that will take us to the root of our problems and get them dealt with Much as we will want to do it it is such a big task that the institute alone cannot do it it requires the support and buying in of Nigerians across board We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that we can do it alone before we came this far we had been consulting with all segments of the Nigerian society Sirajo said Those consulted he said included trade unions professional associations socio cultural groups religious associations government as well as civil society organisations among others He said the greatest take way from the interractions with some members of the various social cultural groups was that in spite of their frustration they all love the country and believe in its unity The NIPR president said the institute had received the support of 47 associations including some in the Diaspora He also said the summit would provide a neutral platform for Nigerians to come together and talk adding that it would adopt a bottom to top approach We are starting from the state level with a little talk show to have a perspective of what they think the issues of the country are and how they could be addressed From there we will get to the zonal dialogue and then the national summit which we hope will hold before the end of November this year he said Sirajo hinged the countrys current situation on intolerance lack of trust and breakdown of effective communication at some points in its history At a time in this country once you have the same chemistry with someone where you come from does not really matter Those things actually made us tick but along the line something snapped and we now look at one another with suspicion and mistrust This was probably because we didn t think it was anything serious when it started we allowed it to fester and now the trust gap has widened because no serious effort was made to nip it in the bud Now the component units in the country do not trust one another as we ask questions that were not asked in the past he said He however maintained that addressing the country s challenges is not impossible All we need to do is to have some elements of retrospection and retrace our steps asking the necessary and difficult questions to know where we missed it We believe we missed it because we allowed effective and positive communication to break down along the line As communicators and relationship minders we believe that there is no problem that communication cannot resolve We believe that if we get it right from communication as a starting point we would have gone a long way in trying to bring the country back to the path of sanity he said Ponle in his response commended the leadership of the institute and assured it of the agencys support He said NAN remains committed to positive reportage development communication and solutions journalism We present the story as it is all in the bid to promote the growth and development of our country and our continent at large Since we started in 1978 we have never deviated from that principle of responsible journalism everything is about relationships not just from your end but all over the country he said He said it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to contribute to the country s development through positive relationships stressing that the institute should always portray the country in good light NAN Source NAN
    NIPR plans national integration summit
      By Emmanuel MogbedeThe Nigerian Institute of Public Relations NIPR says it has concluded plans to organise a Citizens Summit on National Integration Peace and Security in November The President of the institute Malam Mukhtar Sirajo said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria NAN Mr Buki Ponle The NIPR has decided to convene a citizens summit on national integration peace and security and we are seeking NAN s support knowing the role it can play in this regards The summit will bring all segments of the Nigerian society together to discuss any issue that will take us to the root of our problems and get them dealt with Much as we will want to do it it is such a big task that the institute alone cannot do it it requires the support and buying in of Nigerians across board We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that we can do it alone before we came this far we had been consulting with all segments of the Nigerian society Sirajo said Those consulted he said included trade unions professional associations socio cultural groups religious associations government as well as civil society organisations among others He said the greatest take way from the interractions with some members of the various social cultural groups was that in spite of their frustration they all love the country and believe in its unity The NIPR president said the institute had received the support of 47 associations including some in the Diaspora He also said the summit would provide a neutral platform for Nigerians to come together and talk adding that it would adopt a bottom to top approach We are starting from the state level with a little talk show to have a perspective of what they think the issues of the country are and how they could be addressed From there we will get to the zonal dialogue and then the national summit which we hope will hold before the end of November this year he said Sirajo hinged the countrys current situation on intolerance lack of trust and breakdown of effective communication at some points in its history At a time in this country once you have the same chemistry with someone where you come from does not really matter Those things actually made us tick but along the line something snapped and we now look at one another with suspicion and mistrust This was probably because we didn t think it was anything serious when it started we allowed it to fester and now the trust gap has widened because no serious effort was made to nip it in the bud Now the component units in the country do not trust one another as we ask questions that were not asked in the past he said He however maintained that addressing the country s challenges is not impossible All we need to do is to have some elements of retrospection and retrace our steps asking the necessary and difficult questions to know where we missed it We believe we missed it because we allowed effective and positive communication to break down along the line As communicators and relationship minders we believe that there is no problem that communication cannot resolve We believe that if we get it right from communication as a starting point we would have gone a long way in trying to bring the country back to the path of sanity he said Ponle in his response commended the leadership of the institute and assured it of the agencys support He said NAN remains committed to positive reportage development communication and solutions journalism We present the story as it is all in the bid to promote the growth and development of our country and our continent at large Since we started in 1978 we have never deviated from that principle of responsible journalism everything is about relationships not just from your end but all over the country he said He said it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to contribute to the country s development through positive relationships stressing that the institute should always portray the country in good light NAN Source NAN
    NIPR plans national integration summit
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    NIPR plans national integration summit

    By Emmanuel MogbedeThe Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) says it has concluded plans to organise a Citizens Summit on National Integration, Peace and Security in November.

    The President of the institute, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle.

    “The NIPR has decided to convene a citizens summit on national integration, peace and security and we are seeking NAN’s support knowing the role it can play in this regards.

    “The summit will bring all segments of the Nigerian society together to discuss any issue that will take us to the root of our problems and get them dealt with.

    “Much as we will want to do it, it is such a big task that the institute alone cannot do it, it requires the support and buying in of Nigerians across board.

    “We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that we can do it alone, before we came this far, we had been consulting with all segments of the Nigerian society,’’ Sirajo said.Those consulted, he said, included trade unions, professional associations, socio-cultural groups, religious associations, government as well as civil society organisations among others.He said the greatest take way from the interractions with some members of the various social-cultural groups was that in spite of their frustration, they all love the country and believe in its unity.The NIPR president said the institute had received the support of 47 associations, including some in the Diaspora.He also said the summit would provide a neutral platform for Nigerians to come together and talk, adding that it would adopt a bottom to top approach.“We are starting from the state level with a little talk show to have a perspective of what they think the issues of the country are and how they could be addressed.“From there, we will get to the zonal dialogue and then the national summit which we hope will hold before the end of November this year,’’ he said.Sirajo hinged the countrys current situation on intolerance, lack of trust and breakdown of effective communication at some points in its history.“At a time in this country, once you have the same chemistry with someone, where you come from does not really matter.“Those things actually made us tick, but along the line, something snapped and we now look at one another with suspicion and mistrust.“ This was probably because we didn’t think it was anything serious when it started, we allowed it to fester, and now the trust gap has widened because no serious effort was made to nip it in the bud.“Now the component units in the country do not trust one another as we ask questions that were not asked in the past,’’ he said.He, however, maintained that addressing the country’s challenges is not impossible.“All we need to do is to have some elements of retrospection and retrace our steps, asking the necessary and difficult questions to know where we missed it.“We believe we missed it because we allowed effective and positive communication to break down along the line.“As communicators and relationship minders, we believe that there is no problem that communication cannot resolve.“We believe that if we get it right from communication as a starting point, we would have gone a long way in trying to bring the country back to the path of sanity,’’ he said.Ponle, in his response, commended the leadership of the institute and assured it of the agencys support.He said NAN remains committed to positive reportage, development communication and solutions journalism.“We present the story as it is all in the bid to promote the growth and development of our country and our continent at large.“Since we started in 1978, we have never deviated from that principle of responsible journalism; everything is about relationships, not just from your end but all over the country,’’ he said.He said it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to contribute to the country`s development through positive relationships, stressing that the institute should always portray the country in good light. (NAN)

    Source: NAN

  •  Commercial and public safety companies are faced with increasing volumes of data to manage more complex operations and increased demand to do more with less all while still handling the pressures of the global pandemic At IDEX 2021 www IDEXuae ae in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center February 21 25 Motorola Solutions www MotorolaSolutions com will present its unique mission critical technologies combining voice data video and analytics to enable people to collaborate in more powerful ways Technology solutions are specially designed for business and public safety customers to deliver unmatched safety efficiency and productivity Motorola Solutions will have special exhibits at IDEX 2021 that include the latest mission critical broadband Push To Talk PTT services new video and analytics solutions and the new MXP600 TETRA device We see a growing demand from public safety organizations and companies around the world to increase their efficiency and security by utilizing cutting edge innovations in mission critical technology said Patrick Fitting vice president of Middle East sales for Motorola Solutions The Middle East is an important market for us We are introducing solutions that help increase security in the region such as our easy to use and reliable PTT services for connecting equipment using different technologies and devices and our video and analytics suite We also continue to invest in our mission critical radio communications portfolio which continues to be a lifeline for the front line At IDEX we will show the MXP600 TETRA radio for the first time in the Middle East MISSION CRITICAL BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS One of the innovations featured at IDEX is the next generation 3GPP compliant and future proof PTT PTT solution from Motorola Solutions https bit ly 3qzFJlQ that can help businesses and organizations public safety to streamline operations improve efficiency accelerate business productivity and improve customer service The new group push to talk PTT communication solution offers instant 1 to many and 1 to 1 communications cost effectively over LTE and Wi Fi networks to keep teams connected Motorola Solutions broadband PTT platforms also provide interconnectivity with two way radio systems so organizations can maximize coverage and connectivity over any network on any device including radio smartphone or PC With three major telecom operators in Europe Telia in Sweden SFR in France and KPN in the Netherlands Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of network integrated mission critical broadband PTT platforms that deliver best in class performance in terms of profitability reliability scalability voice quality and a wide range of advanced features SECURITY AND VIDEO ANALYSIS With increased complex pressures on security during the pandemic video security solutions provide unique ways to address these challenges At IDEX COVID 19 response technologies will be presented including AI enabled analytics that can detect people with elevated body temperatures or those who do not wear face masks In addition to COVID 19 response solutions Motorola Solutions will showcase its video and analytics portfolio which includes fixed cameras infrastructure and software that provide an integrated monitoring detection and analysis solution to enhance security NEW TWO WAY RADIO SOLUTION At IDEX 2021 Motorola Solutions introduces for the first time the new MXP600 TETRA radio https bit ly 2M1OiHc a next generation lightweight and highly rugged radio that carries the proven capabilities of mission critical voice communication to new levels Smart radio will help agencies flexibly develop their mission critical solutions while taking full advantage of the benefits of secure radio voice communications The innovative device provides excellent audio quality through smart microphone technology Over the air programming OTAP enables radios to update on the fly in minutes and flexible collaboration provided by a smartphone app so users can work with their smartphone in conjunction with the MXP600
    Motorola Solutions Introduces New Mission Critical Solutions at IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi
     Commercial and public safety companies are faced with increasing volumes of data to manage more complex operations and increased demand to do more with less all while still handling the pressures of the global pandemic At IDEX 2021 www IDEXuae ae in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center February 21 25 Motorola Solutions www MotorolaSolutions com will present its unique mission critical technologies combining voice data video and analytics to enable people to collaborate in more powerful ways Technology solutions are specially designed for business and public safety customers to deliver unmatched safety efficiency and productivity Motorola Solutions will have special exhibits at IDEX 2021 that include the latest mission critical broadband Push To Talk PTT services new video and analytics solutions and the new MXP600 TETRA device We see a growing demand from public safety organizations and companies around the world to increase their efficiency and security by utilizing cutting edge innovations in mission critical technology said Patrick Fitting vice president of Middle East sales for Motorola Solutions The Middle East is an important market for us We are introducing solutions that help increase security in the region such as our easy to use and reliable PTT services for connecting equipment using different technologies and devices and our video and analytics suite We also continue to invest in our mission critical radio communications portfolio which continues to be a lifeline for the front line At IDEX we will show the MXP600 TETRA radio for the first time in the Middle East MISSION CRITICAL BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS One of the innovations featured at IDEX is the next generation 3GPP compliant and future proof PTT PTT solution from Motorola Solutions https bit ly 3qzFJlQ that can help businesses and organizations public safety to streamline operations improve efficiency accelerate business productivity and improve customer service The new group push to talk PTT communication solution offers instant 1 to many and 1 to 1 communications cost effectively over LTE and Wi Fi networks to keep teams connected Motorola Solutions broadband PTT platforms also provide interconnectivity with two way radio systems so organizations can maximize coverage and connectivity over any network on any device including radio smartphone or PC With three major telecom operators in Europe Telia in Sweden SFR in France and KPN in the Netherlands Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of network integrated mission critical broadband PTT platforms that deliver best in class performance in terms of profitability reliability scalability voice quality and a wide range of advanced features SECURITY AND VIDEO ANALYSIS With increased complex pressures on security during the pandemic video security solutions provide unique ways to address these challenges At IDEX COVID 19 response technologies will be presented including AI enabled analytics that can detect people with elevated body temperatures or those who do not wear face masks In addition to COVID 19 response solutions Motorola Solutions will showcase its video and analytics portfolio which includes fixed cameras infrastructure and software that provide an integrated monitoring detection and analysis solution to enhance security NEW TWO WAY RADIO SOLUTION At IDEX 2021 Motorola Solutions introduces for the first time the new MXP600 TETRA radio https bit ly 2M1OiHc a next generation lightweight and highly rugged radio that carries the proven capabilities of mission critical voice communication to new levels Smart radio will help agencies flexibly develop their mission critical solutions while taking full advantage of the benefits of secure radio voice communications The innovative device provides excellent audio quality through smart microphone technology Over the air programming OTAP enables radios to update on the fly in minutes and flexible collaboration provided by a smartphone app so users can work with their smartphone in conjunction with the MXP600
    Motorola Solutions Introduces New Mission Critical Solutions at IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi
    Africa2 years ago

    Motorola Solutions Introduces New Mission Critical Solutions at IDEX 2021 in Abu Dhabi


    Commercial and public safety companies are faced with increasing volumes of data to manage, more complex operations, and increased demand to do more with less, all while still handling the pressures of the global pandemic. At IDEX 2021 (www.IDEXuae.ae) in Abu Dhabi (National Exhibition Center, February 21-25), Motorola Solutions (www.MotorolaSolutions.com) will present its unique mission-critical technologies combining voice, data, video and analytics to enable people to collaborate in more powerful ways. Technology solutions are specially designed for business and public safety customers to deliver unmatched safety, efficiency and productivity.

    Motorola Solutions will have special exhibits at IDEX 2021 that include the latest mission-critical broadband Push-To-Talk (PTT) services, new video and analytics solutions, and the new MXP600 TETRA device.

    "We see a growing demand from public safety organizations and companies around the world to increase their efficiency and security by utilizing cutting-edge innovations in mission-critical technology," said Patrick Fitting, vice president of Middle East sales for Motorola Solutions. “The Middle East is an important market for us; We are introducing solutions that help increase security in the region, such as our easy-to-use and reliable PTT services for connecting equipment using different technologies and devices, and our video and analytics suite. We also continue to invest in our mission critical radio communications portfolio, which continues to be a lifeline for the front line. At IDEX we will show the MXP600 TETRA radio for the first time in the Middle East. "

    MISSION CRITICAL BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS

    One of the innovations featured at IDEX is the next generation 3GPP compliant and future-proof PTT (PTT) solution from Motorola Solutions (https://bit.ly/3qzFJlQ) that can help businesses and organizations public safety to streamline operations, improve efficiency, accelerate business productivity, and improve customer service. The new group push-to-talk (PTT) communication solution offers instant 1-to-many and 1-to-1 communications cost-effectively over LTE and Wi-Fi networks, to keep teams connected. Motorola Solutions broadband PTT platforms also provide interconnectivity with two-way radio systems so organizations can maximize coverage and connectivity over any network on any device, including radio, smartphone or PC.

    With three major telecom operators in Europe: Telia in Sweden, SFR in France and KPN in the Netherlands, Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of network-integrated, mission-critical broadband PTT platforms that deliver best-in-class performance. in terms of profitability. , reliability, scalability, voice quality and a wide range of advanced features.

    SECURITY AND VIDEO ANALYSIS

    With increased complex pressures on security during the pandemic, video security solutions provide unique ways to address these challenges. At IDEX, COVID-19 response technologies will be presented, including AI-enabled analytics that can detect people with elevated body temperatures or those who do not wear face masks. In addition to COVID-19 response solutions, Motorola Solutions will showcase its video and analytics portfolio, which includes fixed cameras, infrastructure and software that provide an integrated monitoring, detection and analysis solution to enhance security.

    NEW TWO-WAY RADIO SOLUTION

    At IDEX 2021, Motorola Solutions introduces for the first time the new MXP600 TETRA radio (https://bit.ly/2M1OiHc), a next-generation, lightweight and highly rugged radio that carries the proven capabilities of mission-critical voice communication. to new levels. . Smart radio will help agencies flexibly develop their mission-critical solutions while taking full advantage of the benefits of secure radio voice communications. The innovative device provides excellent audio quality through smart microphone technology. Over-the-air programming (OTAP) enables radios to update on the fly in minutes and flexible collaboration provided by a smartphone app so users can work with their smartphone in conjunction with the MXP600.

  •  The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday s attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali said the council in a press statement The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law They stressed that involvement in planning directing sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali XINHUA
    UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali
     The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday s attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali said the council in a press statement The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law They stressed that involvement in planning directing sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali XINHUA
    UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali
    Foreign2 years ago

    UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali

    The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday's attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), said the council in a press statement.

    The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions.

    The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay.

    They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers.

    They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The Presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore a statement issued by Prof Ango Abdullahi on behalf of The Northern Elders Forum NEF insinuating that security challenges in northern states have overwhelmed both federal and northern state governments The Northern Elders Forum NEF in a statement on Sunday signed by Abdullahi alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people which is a constitutional duty However Adesina in a statement in Abuja on Sunday frowned at the statement saying Abdullahi was only speaking for himself as he continues to constitute a mere irritant and featherweight He said We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof Abdullahi and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged a mere irritant and featherweight The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum NEF Hearing that title you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi and Ango Abdullahi is NEF According to the presidential aide NEF is a quasi organisation that boasts of no credible membership and its leader is akin to a General without troops Before the 2019 presidential election the one man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari and its preference for another candidate They all got beaten together NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half mast President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation They don t need a paper tiger to tell them anything he further maintained Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Security challenges: Presidency replies Ango Abdullahi
     The Presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore a statement issued by Prof Ango Abdullahi on behalf of The Northern Elders Forum NEF insinuating that security challenges in northern states have overwhelmed both federal and northern state governments The Northern Elders Forum NEF in a statement on Sunday signed by Abdullahi alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people which is a constitutional duty However Adesina in a statement in Abuja on Sunday frowned at the statement saying Abdullahi was only speaking for himself as he continues to constitute a mere irritant and featherweight He said We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof Abdullahi and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged a mere irritant and featherweight The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum NEF Hearing that title you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi and Ango Abdullahi is NEF According to the presidential aide NEF is a quasi organisation that boasts of no credible membership and its leader is akin to a General without troops Before the 2019 presidential election the one man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari and its preference for another candidate They all got beaten together NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half mast President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation They don t need a paper tiger to tell them anything he further maintained Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Security challenges: Presidency replies Ango Abdullahi
    General news2 years ago

    Security challenges: Presidency replies Ango Abdullahi

    The Presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore a statement issued by Prof. Ango Abdullahi on behalf of The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), insinuating that security challenges in northern states have overwhelmed both federal and northern state governments.

    The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) in a statement on Sunday signed by Abdullahi, alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people, which is a constitutional duty.

    However, Adesina, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday frowned at the statement, saying Abdullahi was only speaking for himself as he continues to constitute ”a mere irritant and featherweight.”

    He said: ”We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof. Abdullahi, and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged: a mere irritant and featherweight.

    ”The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF).

    ”Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF.”

    According to the presidential aide, NEF is a quasi-organisation that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.

    ”Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.

    ”NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast. President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria, and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation.

    ”They don’t need a paper tiger to tell them anything,” he further maintained.


    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  A leading fertiliser producer OCP Africa is selling NPK 20 10 10 fertiliser at a subsidised rate to 7 500 smallholder farmers in Niger as part of COVID 19 palliatives OCP Africa is one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate based fertilisers Mr Isaac Odey Business Development Officer OCP Africa Nigeria gave the figure while distributing the fertilisers in Lambata Gurara LGA of the state Odey said that the gesture was to support the federal and Niger governments efforts in ensuring food security in the country OCP Africa is supporting each farmer to access two bags of the PFI blended NPK 20 10 10 at N4 500 per bag in stead of N5 000 per bag In Niger 7 500 farmers will be reached through three fertiliser distribution outlets within agricultural producing zones creating employment and empowerment for 71 people in stock management training extension service and produce offtake Odey said He said that the palliative was aimed at supporting smallholder farmers This will help to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID 19 pandemic on the current farming season through distribution and access to subsidised fertiliser and other farm inputs the officer said He added that OCP Africa was also supporting farmers through training and extension services access to markets and digital technology in a bid to increase crop yield and ensure food security as the farming season commence Odey said that the outlets include Lambata Zungeru and Bida which cut across the three senatorial districts of the state adding that each outlet was entitled to 250 tonnes of NPK 20 10 10 fertiliser In his remarks Alhaji Zakari Jikantoro the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development lauded OCP Africa s efforts to support farmers to boost their production Jikantoro represented by Alhaji Suleiman Almustapha Managing Director of the Niger State Agricultural Mechanisation Development Authority NAMDA said the state government would continue to collaborate with agro dealers to build capacity of extension staff and provide inputs for farmers OCP Africa s intervention is a commendable effort as a government we will continue to collaborate with any company ready to assist our farmers to increase production of crops he said A beneficiary Malam Hashimu Usman also commended OCP Africa for the gesture We are happy with OCP because before now we buy fertiliser for between N7 000 and N8 000 per bag but today we are buying at N4 500 This will help boost our food production he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OCP Africa is working with the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI of the Federal Government and blending plants under the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria FEPSAN The idea is to contribute to the PFI objective of providing access to locally produced NPK 20 10 10 fertiliser for smallholder farmers Edited By Chinyere Bassey Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Food Security: OCP Africa reduces fertiliser price for 7,500 farmers in Niger
     A leading fertiliser producer OCP Africa is selling NPK 20 10 10 fertiliser at a subsidised rate to 7 500 smallholder farmers in Niger as part of COVID 19 palliatives OCP Africa is one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate based fertilisers Mr Isaac Odey Business Development Officer OCP Africa Nigeria gave the figure while distributing the fertilisers in Lambata Gurara LGA of the state Odey said that the gesture was to support the federal and Niger governments efforts in ensuring food security in the country OCP Africa is supporting each farmer to access two bags of the PFI blended NPK 20 10 10 at N4 500 per bag in stead of N5 000 per bag In Niger 7 500 farmers will be reached through three fertiliser distribution outlets within agricultural producing zones creating employment and empowerment for 71 people in stock management training extension service and produce offtake Odey said He said that the palliative was aimed at supporting smallholder farmers This will help to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID 19 pandemic on the current farming season through distribution and access to subsidised fertiliser and other farm inputs the officer said He added that OCP Africa was also supporting farmers through training and extension services access to markets and digital technology in a bid to increase crop yield and ensure food security as the farming season commence Odey said that the outlets include Lambata Zungeru and Bida which cut across the three senatorial districts of the state adding that each outlet was entitled to 250 tonnes of NPK 20 10 10 fertiliser In his remarks Alhaji Zakari Jikantoro the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development lauded OCP Africa s efforts to support farmers to boost their production Jikantoro represented by Alhaji Suleiman Almustapha Managing Director of the Niger State Agricultural Mechanisation Development Authority NAMDA said the state government would continue to collaborate with agro dealers to build capacity of extension staff and provide inputs for farmers OCP Africa s intervention is a commendable effort as a government we will continue to collaborate with any company ready to assist our farmers to increase production of crops he said A beneficiary Malam Hashimu Usman also commended OCP Africa for the gesture We are happy with OCP because before now we buy fertiliser for between N7 000 and N8 000 per bag but today we are buying at N4 500 This will help boost our food production he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OCP Africa is working with the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI of the Federal Government and blending plants under the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria FEPSAN The idea is to contribute to the PFI objective of providing access to locally produced NPK 20 10 10 fertiliser for smallholder farmers Edited By Chinyere Bassey Ijeoma Popoola NAN
    Food Security: OCP Africa reduces fertiliser price for 7,500 farmers in Niger
    Agriculture2 years ago

    Food Security: OCP Africa reduces fertiliser price for 7,500 farmers in Niger

    A leading fertiliser producer, OCP Africa, is selling NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser at a subsidised rate  to 7,500 smallholder farmers in Niger as part of COVID-19 palliatives.

    OCP Africa is one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate-based fertilisers.

    Mr Isaac Odey, Business Development Officer, OCP Africa,  Nigeria, gave the figure while distributing the fertilisers  in Lambata, Gurara LGA of the state.

    Odey said that the gesture  was to support the federal and Niger governments’ efforts in ensuring food security in the country.

    “OCP Africa is supporting each farmer to access two bags of the PFI blended NPK 20:10:10 at N4,500 per bag in stead of N5,000 per bag.

    ”In Niger, 7,500 farmers will be reached through three fertiliser distribution outlets within agricultural producing zones, creating employment and empowerment for 71 people in stock management, training, extension service and produce offtake,” Odey said.

    He said that the palliative was aimed at supporting smallholder farmers.

    ”This will help to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the current farming season through distribution and access to subsidised fertiliser and other farm inputs,” the officer said.

    He added that OCP Africa was also supporting farmers through training and extension services, access to markets and  digital technology, in a bid to increase crop yield and ensure food security as the farming season commence.

     

    Odey said that the outlets include Lambata, Zungeru and Bida which cut across the three senatorial districts of the state, adding that each outlet was entitled to 250 tonnes of NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser.

    In his remarks, Alhaji Zakari Jikantoro, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, lauded OCP Africa’s efforts to support farmers to boost their production.

    Jikantoro, represented by Alhaji Suleiman Almustapha, Managing Director of the Niger State Agricultural Mechanisation Development Authority (NAMDA), said the state government would continue to collaborate with agro dealers to build capacity of extension staff and provide inputs for farmers.

    “OCP Africa’s intervention is a commendable effort; as a government, we will continue to collaborate with any company ready to assist our farmers to increase production of crops, ” he said.

    A beneficiary, Malam Hashimu Usman, also commended OCP Africa for the gesture.

    “We are happy with OCP because, before now, we buy fertiliser for between N7,000 and N8,000 per bag, but today we are buying at N4,500.

    “This will help boost our food production,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OCP Africa is working with the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) of the Federal Government and  blending plants under the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria (FEPSAN).

    The idea is to contribute to the PFI objective of providing access to locally-produced NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser for smallholder farmers.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola (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)