Aso Villa Reads for 8/1/2018


Every day, we bring you the best stories the media is reporting about the Government of Nigeria.

“The Federal Government yesterday received 493 Nigerians evacuated from Libya with a vow to unveil a rehabilitation plan to soothe their pains after their harrowing experience in the North African country.” ThisDay reported that “more than 5,700 Nigerians are expected to be evacuated from Libya in the next two weeks and the federal government pledged to rehabilitate and train the returnees on skills to enable them to cater for themselves and live a profitable life like other Nigerians.”

“Construction of skills- acquisition center being funded by the federal government to enable the youths to acquire the necessary skills to make them self –reliant, has begun at Ifitedunu in Dunukofia local government area of Anambra State. Minister of labor and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige stated that the project would be completed in three months, adding that funds for its execution were captured both in the 2017 and 2018 budget estimates.” So writes Vanguard.

“The Deposit Money Banks have begun the disbursement of the more than N26 billion enterprise development intervention fund under the Agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS) by the Bankers’ Committee.” According to Guardian “the disbursements, is targeted at small businesses owned by “weak and vulnerable” entrepreneurs who cannot kick off their bankable projects due to funding, include barbers, hairdressers, and small agribusiness schemes.”

According to a report by Punch, “President Muhammadu Buhari is currently carrying out background checks on Federal High Court and Court of Appeal judges nominated and forwarded to him by the National Judicial Council last year. Although the President believed that the National Judicial Council would have done due diligence before putting forward the judges for approval, there was the need for him to do some checks to ensure that no mistake was made in their nomination as the two steps were in line with the present administration’s anti-corruption stance.”

“The Technical Committee on Nigeria Yam Export Programme says it is targeting the export of about 480 tonnes of yams per month in 2018. According to the committee, the United States has already requested for the supply of five containers monthly, which amounted to 120 tonnes of yams monthly and 1,440 tonnes of yams in a year.” So writes Punch.

“Virgin Atlantic Airways has reiterated its commitments to support social and economic growth in the country, coupled with an ambitious plan for the air travel market. The airline thanked Nigerians for their support of its daily service to London over the last 16 years, saying it is left optimistic and ambitious for 2018, doing business with Nigeria. Head of Virgin Atlantic in Nigeria, Samuel Lindfield, said the airline was about to embark on a further significant programme of investment to the fleet, with the introduction of the A350–1000 from early 2019.” BizAfrica reported this.

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According to PremiumTimes, “the Nigerian military has named John Agim the new director of defense information. Mr. Agim, a brigadier general, replaces John Enenche, a major general, who is now commandant, Army War College, Nigeria. Until his appointment as the new defense spokesman, Mr. Agim was commandant of Nigerian Army School of Public Relations. He has taken over with effect from January 8.”