Nigeria-Germany Cooperation

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma addressed a German delegation led by that country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Dietmar Kreusel, at the Nigeria-Germany Consultations Meeting on Development Cooperation in Abuja.

Udoma told the delegation that Nigeria will welcome the support of their home country, particularly in the area of technical support and expertise, to drive small and medium scale industries and aid manufacture of quality products within the country.

Minister Udoma said, “We are determined, as a government, to diversify the economy as a whole. When you look at the breakdown elements of the GDP of Nigeria, crude oil and the petroleum sector account for less than 10% of DGP, so it ought not account, as it currently does, for about 95% of our foreign currency earnings; and that is what we have to work upon – to diversify our sources of government revenue, and we are working hard at it”.

He said government is putting much emphasis on agriculture in the interim because it is capable of yielding quick results but long term focus is also on developing the solid minerals base, looking at light manufacturing and developing Export Processing Zones, among others. “And we will welcome German companies to come and invest. We are looking for investments, investments that will benefit both the investors and Nigeria; and create jobs.”

The Minister noted that the German government is also supporting Nigeria in the Save School Initiative and the agricultural sector, technical and youth development, the Nigeria Energy Support Programme, Sustainable Small Holder Agro-businesses among others. He also noted the Euro 24.9 million support for the Pro-poor Growth and Employment Promotion as well as the Euro 200 million credit support agreed for the Development Bank of Nigeria.

Policy source: Aso Villa Newsletter

The Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE)

A Citizens’ Guide to Policy Initiatives

1. The Presidential Initiative on North East (PINE) and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), are leading the humanitarian efforts with the distribution of 10,300 bags of assorted grains and cereals towards the feeding of the over 2 million persons displaced across the region.

2. In July 2016, PINE, domiciled in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, supplied over 10,300 bags of food items such as rice, millet, maize, guinea corn, salt, vegetable oil, beans, and noodles to Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe and Bauchi States. NEMA on its part supplied Borno State with 13,200 bags of food items.

3. In July 2016, PINE distributed 2,155 assorted shelter materials in nine (9) Local Government Areas of Borno State: Bama, Damboa, Bakacy, Dikwa, Monguno, Mafa, Jere, Banki and Gwoza.

4. The Office of the Senior Special assistant to the President will release monthly reports of Humanitarian Intervention in the region.

5. This week, #NORTHEASTDOESMATTER, the Official Communications Hub for Federal Government of Nigeria’s Interventions, Initiatives, Plans, Actions and Activities for the Rebuilding and Rehabilitation of North-East Nigeria, will be launched. Details soon.

The Discovery of Two Cases of Wild Polio Virus

A Citizens’ Guide to Policy Initiatives

Disappointing news last week, with the discovery of two cases of wild polio virus in two local governments in Borno State – Jere and Gwoza. That this is coming just weeks after Nigeria – which in 2012 accounted for half of all polio cases worldwide – celebrated two polio-free years, is even more disheartening. The uplifting news is that the Federal Ministry of Health immediately rose to the situation, activating and deploying its National Emergency Response Team. The Team will conduct a polio vaccination campaign targeting one million children in Borno State, and an additional four million children in the neighbouring states of Adamawa, Gombe and Yobe. Also, the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF to conduct a detailed risk analysis to ascertain the extent of circulation of the virus.

Also worth noting is that the Presidential Committee on North-east Interventions (PCNI), which will oversee the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Northeast, is now ready to take off. It will incorporate existing initiatives like the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE), the Safe Schools Initiative, and others, and its primary mandate will be to implement the newly developed Marshall Plan for the region. (Details on this in subsequent editions).

In related news, #NORTHEASTDOESMATTER, the Official Communications Hub for Federal Government of Nigeria’s Interventions, Initiatives, Plans, Actions and Activities for the Rebuilding and Rehabilitation of North-East Nigeria, has now been developed, and will launch this month.