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Government At Work
 
Welcome to the 5th edition of 'Government At Work', the Aso Villa Newsletter. It appears once a week, providing updates on the activities of the Presidency and the Ministries, as well as information on forthcoming events and programmes. To keep us informed of what you're doing, and events you're organising or planning to attend, email us at digicomms@statehouse.gov.ng and pode.nigeria@gmail.com

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Last Week In Review
President Buhari spent the week of the first anniversary of his administration meeting with key stakeholders and groups. Groups he hosted at the presidential Villa included media editors, newspaper proprietors, the State House Press Corps, leaders of the ruling party, and members of the National Assembly. 
Ministers At Work
WEDNESDAY 25 MAY: The Federal Government appointed the Chief Executives of six information-related parastatals under the Ministry of Information and Culture. The appointments were announced in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The new Chief Executives are:
1. Mr. Ishaq Modibbo Kawu - Director-General, Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) 
2. Mr. Mansur Liman - Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)
3. Mr. Yakubu Ibn Mohammed - Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
4. Dr. Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA)
5. Mr. Bayo Onanuga - Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
6. Mr. Osita Okechukwu - Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON)
The new appointees replaced the Chief Executives of the parastatals who were disengaged on Feb. 15th 2016. The appointments were with immediate effect.


 
THURSDAY 26 MAY: FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello approved the immediate removal of the Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Baba Shehu Lawan, and his replacement by Mrs. Oluwatoyin Omolola Olanipekun.
The Minister also approved the immediate removal of all heads of Department as well as Heads of Unit under the Board, and directed their deputies to immediately take charge.
 

 
THURSDAY 26 MAY: Minister of Water Resources and Chairman of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) Council of Ministers, Engineer Suleiman H. Adamu, hosted an Expert Meeting of the Extraordinary Session of the Council in Abuja. The mandate of the NBA is to "promote cooperation between member countries sharing the active water shed of the River Niger, in the areas of energy, water, agriculture, livestock development and fish farming."

Minister Adamu also chaired the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committeee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) on the Partial Commercialisation of the River Basin Development Authorities (RBDA). The Committee has as its members the Honourable Ministers of Environment, Power, Works and Housing, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Director General Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Managing Directors of the 12 RBDAs, among others. 
WED 25 - FRI 27 MAY: Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, led Nigeria's delegation to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. She held bilateral meetings on behalf of Nigeria, met with Nigerian CSOs participating in the event. During the Assembly she was appointed one of the Vice Presidents of the Assembly Bureau.
A Citizens' Guide to Policy Initiatives

Here are some of the things you should be paying attention to:

1. The commencement of the clean-up of Ogoniland and implementation of the 2011 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland Report, in line with President Buhari's campaign promise. Details of the flag-off of the clean-up below.

2. The Inauguration and operationalization of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) and the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES), approved recently by President Buhari to oversee and champion Nigeria's Ease of Doing Business (EODB) Reforms. The EBES (to be private-sector driven) will develop and monitor the implementation and communication of Ease of Doing Business reforms, while the PEBEC (to be chaired by the Vice President, with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment as Vice Chairman, and the Ministers of Budget and National Planning, Finance, Interior, Transport, Justice, Power, Works and Housing, and the Givernor of the Central Bank as members) will oversee the activities of EBES and ensure cross-ministerial coordination and support.

3. The 22-Point Fiscal Action Plan that the 36 state governments have agreed to, and which ties future financial support from the Federal Government to the attainment of specific targets and milestones, all of which are aimed at improving accountability and transparency, increasing public revenue, rationalizing public expenditure, improving public financial management, and achieving sustainable debt management.

4. The two Law Enforcement Committees set up at the end of May (details on www.facebook.com/TheAsoVilla):
  • 19 May: The Presidential Inter-Agency Committee, inaugurated by Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, to ensure the recovery of loans granted by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to commercial banks and corporate organizations. 
  • 27 May: The National Prosecution Coordination Committee (NPCC), inaugurated by Vice President Osinbajo to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of high-profile criminal cases in Nigeria.
5. This month the various schemes of the 500 billion Naira Social Investment Programme in the 2016 Budget will be launched. They include the following: 
  • A Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Scheme that will see 1 million of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians receive 5,000 monthly stipends this year.  The CCT will target the poorest 30 percent of Local Government Areas in all 36 states of the country. Each State will, with support from the World Bank, compile a Register of its poorest and most vulnerable people on the basis of existing poverty indices. Eight (8) States have already completed the compilation of their registers - Bauchi, Cross River, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Osun, Oyo, Niger. Another three (Anambra, Zamfara and Borno have made substantial progress in compiling their own Registers). The Federal Government will sign individual MoUs with State Governments on the implementation of the CCT. To ensure transparency and prevent fraud the CCT will be supported by a robust Biometric Data Capture effort. 
  • A School Feeding Programme that will cater to 5.5 million school children across in 2016. This Programme is being done in partnership with state governments; 18 states have already signed up for it. 
  • A Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) that will provide micro-credit to 1.6 million beneficiaries across all 774 local government areas of Nigeria in 2016. Women will constitute a major target of the Programme; other beneficiaries will include artisans and unemployed youth. The Bank of Industry will oversee the disbursement of the loans, through a network of commercial banks, micro finance banks and individual agents.  
  • A Job Creation Scheme targeted at unemployed youth. One strand of it will be a Teacher Corps Scheme for 500,000 graduates (who will get jobs as school teachers, Agric Extension workers, Public Health workers, etc). Another strand will deliver to 200,000 non-graduates training opportunities as artisans and knowledge-workers (software developers, coders, animators, hardware technicians, etc)
Video Highlights
(Click on the Images to watch the videos)
President Buhari's Democracy Day Address, broadcast on May 29, 2016, to mark the first anniversary of his assumption of office. 
Vice President met with 15 young Nigerians at his official residence in Abuja on Friday May 27, 2016, to talk about the government's plans and policies for the economy, security, job creation, poverty alleviation, and youth empowerment. 
Lilian Douglas is the young job-seeker whose placard-carrying photograph ("Please help!!! I need a job") went viral on social media two weeks ago. Lilian was one of 15 young Nigerians invited to meet the Vice President at his official residence in Abuja on Friday May 27, 2016, to talk about the government's plans and policies for the economy, security, job creation, poverty alleviation, and youth empowerment. In this video she shares why she carried the placard, and what she told the Vice President when she met him.
The Week Ahead
MON MAY 30 - WED JUN 1, 2016: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is in Papua New Guinea to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the 8th Summit of the Heads of States of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. 

TUE MAY 31 - THUR JUNE 2, 2016: National Council on Water Resources holds in Abuja, with the theme: Focusing Water and Sanitation for Achieving Sustainable Development in Nigeria


THUR JUNE 2, 2016: President Buhari visits the town of Bori in Ogoniland to flag off the clean-up of the Niger Delta and implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland, published in 2011. Follow the Twitter handle @NDCleanUp for details of the launch event and the clean-up 

FRI JUNE 3 - SAT JUNE 4, 2016:  President Buhari will attend the 49th Extra-Ordinary Summit of ECOWAS in Dakar, Senegal

 
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