FG’s Family Home Fund Project Set To Provide Housing For Low Income Earners

Acting President has announced Federal Government’s plan to provide housing for low income earners.

Prof. Osinbajo revealed this on Monday at the Social Investment Programme’s score card presentation organized as part of activities to mark the 2017 Democracy Day celebration.

The project, a N100 billion Family Home Fund which is an initiative of the Federal Government’s social housing project that provides inexpensive mortgages to Nigerians who can afford N30, 000 per month, has kicked off in 11 States.

According to him, “there is also an aspect of the SIP that has not been mentioned. This is N100 billion set aside for the Family Home Fund of our Social Housing Project.’’

Explaining the operationalization of the fund, Osinbajo said “the N100 billion is a yearly contribution to our N1 trillion Social Housing Fund, the largest in the history of the country.

“Both the World Bank and AFDB are contributors to the fund from which developers will borrow 80% of cost of project and counter fund with their own 20%.’’

Prof. Osinbajo added that “the same fund will enable us to provide inexpensive mortgages for hundreds of thousands across the country especially for Nigerians who can afford N30, 000 per month.’’

He said: “we expect that this Family Housing Fund will jump start and expand construction exponentially across the country.’’

For instance, some of the houses are estimated to cost as low as N2.5 million, which would be paid for through the monthly mortgages.

Earlier in his broadcast to the nation Prof. Osinbajo stated that “the 2017 budget provides for substantial investment to implement our Social Housing Programme.’’

“The Family Home Fund of our Social Housing Programme will provide inexpensive mortgages for low-income individuals and families across the country,’’ he added.

 

 

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No Short-Cuts To National Restoration, Says Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting Nigerian President, Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said that the present administration would not succumb to the temptation of taking short-cuts towards national restoration.

Speaking in his address to mark the nation’s Democracy Day on Monday stated that the most important thing for the government is to be on the right path and not deviate from it.

“As citizens you all deserve a country that works, not merely for the rich or connected, but for everyone. And our promise to you is that we will, with your support and cooperation, take every step needed to create that country of our dreams.

“We also know that this journey will of necessity take time. But we will not succumb to the temptation to take short-cuts that ultimately complicate the journey. We did not find ourselves in crises overnight, and we simply do not expect overnight solutions to our challenges.

“The most important thing is that we are on the right path, and we will not deviate from it, even in the face of strong temptation to choose temporary gain over long-term benefit. As the President has summed it up: ‘The old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing, and a new era is rising.’”

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Presidency Opens Registration For #PEBEHack

The Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) has on Tuesday opened registration for the first edition of PEBECHack, a series of Hackathons designed to solve problems at the intersection of government processes and regulations, and the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement signed by Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Cordinator, Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES).

The Council after its monthly meeting at the State House agreed to bring together various teams to compete on developing a tool that will promote accountability, performance tracking and transparency among key Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) crucial to the success of Nigeria’s Ease of Doing Business, at the first #PEBECHack.

“The competing teams would develop a service management solution that will allow citizens monitor, provide feedback, report, make complaints, and ‘blow-a-whistle’ about the quality of service received from key Federal Government Doing Business MDAs or at strategic locations such as airports, seaports and land borders,” the statement said.

Interested #PEBECHack participants can register as individuals or teams on www.ebes.gov.ng/pebec-hackathon between Tuesday May 23 and Tuesday June 6, 2017. The Hackathon itself will hold over two days on June 23 and 24, 2017 in Lagos.

It would be recalled that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is the PEBEC chair, had announced on May 1, 2017 at an event in Lagos that the PEBEC Secretariat would be bringing together techies in a Hackathon to develop a “solution for tracking reforms and getting public feedback… and enable the public to complain directly about government agencies that are making doing business difficult.”

Similarly, the PEBEC Secretariat has finalized arrangements to conduct a survey in the coming days to gather feedback from the public on challenges related to producing, trading and transporting goods within Nigeria. The survey is focused on capturing feedback for key agencies – SON, NAFDAC, NOTAP, MITI Trademarks office, Police and Customs.

PEBECHack is held in partnership with L5 Lab, Venture Garden Group, Techplus and Microsoft. Media partners are Pulse, Ynaija and Starta.

More information about the Hackathon can be found on www.ebes.gov.ng/pebec-hackathon or on Twitter: @EBESnigeria and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/EBESnigeria. The official hashtag is #PEBECHack.  For enquiries, send email toinfo@ebes.gov.ng.

 

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Why Africa Is Confident Of The Future, – Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has cited energy and talent of youths as sources of optimism at the G7 Summit.

According to Osinbajo, Africa is undeterred by the failures of the past and the continent is motivated by the incredible energy and talent of its bustling youthful population.

Prof. Osinbajo who spoke at the G7 Summit special outreach forum on Africa with selected African nations and leaders including Nigeria, Guinea, Tunisia, Niger, Ethiopia and Kenya, mentioned that Africa is confident of the future because the continent is investing more in education, insisting on good governance and holding leaders to account.

“But the greatest reason for our optimism is in the incredible energy, talent and creativity of our young people, male and female who are completely undeterred by the failures of the past and are daily taking advantage of innovation and technology bringing about the Africa of our dreams,” the Acting President stated.

While assuring the G7 countries of Africa’s increasing collaboration as never before in trade, counter terrorism and strengthening democracy, Prof Osinbajo commended the seven most industrialized nations of world for their support in the fight against Boko Haram terrorism, especially the US, France and the United Kingdom as effective partners in the Lake Chad basin, citing the successes of “our joint intelligent unit which has provided useful and timely intelligence in the war against terrorism.”

On the progress made so far in the country, Prof Osinbajo highlighted that there is massive increase in rice yield over the past two years, distribution of fertilizer subsidies to farmers, who have also benefited from an e-wallet system which guaranteed that the subsidies actually gets to the farmers.

Continuing, he  said the N-Power programme which has started engaging some of the up to five hundred thousand young previously unemployed graduates instalmentally as teachers, agricultural extension workers and public health professionals “is a breakthrough in mass post-tertiary education.”

He said the participants were recruited online in all states in the nation mostly using mobile phones, adding that participants were soon to receive their electronic tablet devices and can access an N-Power portal that contain required training materials for acquisition of more skills to carry out their duties.

Other world leaders including from the African Union, Chairman of the African Union, United Nations, OECD, IMF, AfDB and World Bank were at the summit, besides leaders of the G7 countries.

On the entourage,of the Acting President were Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyema, Special Adviser to the on Economic Matters, Dr. Yemi Dipeolu, the Nigeria Charge d’ Affairs in Italy, Mrs Bisi Meshioye.

The Acting President has since returned to Nigeria.

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Felicitates With Muslims On Commencement Of Ramadan

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, felicitates with the entire Muslim community in Nigeria as they join other faithfuls across the world to commence Ramadan – the holy month of fasting and prayer.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, the acting President implores Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period by replicating the teachings of the Holy Prophet in all their engagements; private and public.

“Prof. Osinbajo appeals to all Nigerians especially Muslims to also use the period of Ramadan for reflection on our national challenges and join forces with the Buhari administration to overcome them.

“Being a period of spiritual perseverance, temperance, introspection and retrospection with the Almighty Allah, the Acting President urges Muslims to use the Ramadan to renew their commitments to the virtues of love and peace taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and also work towards achieving them.

While calling on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari, and the nation in general, Prof. Osinbajo urges Muslim faithfuls to also remember the less privileged in the society during the special period and wishes all Muslims a blessed Ramadan,” the statement reads.

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Photos: Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Receives Customs Delegation

L-R: African Union Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Fareed Arthur; Sec. Gen. World Customs Organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs, Col Hamid Ali (Rtd) during a courtesy call by the African Union Directors General of Customs at the State House in Abuja. Photo: Novo Isioro

L-R; African Union Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Fareed Arthur; Secretary General World Customs Organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo; Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Exercise; Col Hamid Ali (Rtd) and Chair of the Sub Committee and Acting Commissioner General for the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority  Mr. Happias Kuzvinzwa during a courtesy call by the African Union Directors General of Customs at the State House in Abuja.

African Union Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr Fareed Arthur; Sec. Gen. World Customs Organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs, Col Hamid Ali (Rtd) and Deputy Commissioner General of Malawi Revenue Authority, Mrs. Roza Mbilizi during a courtesy call by the African Union Directors General of Customs at the State House in Abuja.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Mrs. Roza Mbilizi during a courtesy call by the African Union Directors General of Customs at the State House in Abuja.

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Manchester Attack: A Dastardly Act, Says Ag. President Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has on Tuesday condemned the attack in Manchester, United Kingdom, that killed 22 people.

 

Osinbajo described the attack as a dastardly act and heinous crime.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo assured Prime Minister Theresa May that the prayers and thoughts of Nigerians are with the British people as they mourn the victims.

“On behalf of the people and Government of Nigeria, Prof Osinbajo expressed heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the government and people of the United Kingdom in the period of grief.

“He prayed that God Almighty will comfort the bereaved families and also wished a speedy recovery for the injured,” the statement added.

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo, Save Kaiama Local Govt From Unending Deceit Of Kwara State Govt By Idris Abdulmumin

Your excellency sir, With honour, I write to call on the quintessential Ag President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to come to the rescue of the good people of kaiama local government of Kwara state. This call has become imperative owing to the endless lies the Kwara State government has been dishing out on the construction of Kaiama-Kishi road.

Sir, without going too deep down Memory Lane, on the  25th of November, 2014,The Governor of Kwara state organised a fiesta he tagged as “flagg off” of Kaiama -Kishi road and opined that the project will gulp up to N8Billion.Just three construction machines were displayed at the event and the name of the construction company is still largely anonymous. This was just some few months before the 2015 General elections. I hope you can connect the dots Sir. Till today the machines are still lying fallow at the venue of the so called “flagg off “ceremony. No motion!

I don’t want to bore you with past ‘rhetorics’ by the State government on the road but will like to bring to your Knowledge the recent claim by the State government that it has spent 500million and the Federal govt has taken over the funding of the construction of the road.

Sir, I don’t want to sound rude, but, it’s a big-fat-lie. The project as it is today is nothing but a charade.How will the Federal govt take over the funding of a road that in the first place not under construction? The fraudulent claim of expending 500m don’t even bother me much, what’s disturbing is the deliberate, vicious circle of over politicisation of the road project. It has for long been turned into an electioneering bait to hoodwink people into supporting a suffocating oligarchic political system in the state.

This ugly trend must end and the right time to give it a halt is now, under your astute leadership. We crave your indulgence to please unravel all the mysteries behind this road project.

Sir, the Kaiama -Kishi road is a federal road which is just about 64 km in distance. All we want is the Federal govt to take back full possession of the construction of the road.Award the contract to a Construction firm of impeccable track record to ensure a quality job and speedy completion.

Sir, the name of your humble self and of course our highly revered President Muhammadu Buhari will be written on the positive side of history of kaiama if this road and other deplorable roads (Kaiama-Kosubosu and Kaiama-Kainji roads) linking kaiama are well constructed to put an end to the age long suffering of our people. May God be your Guide as you take charge of the onerous task of repositioning Nigeria. And may the Almighty God give President Muhammadu Buhari sound health and safe return to continue the cleansing of Nigeria.

Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria
Long live Kwara state,
Long live Kaiama local government.
Abdulmumin Kilishi Na’TaAllah

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo, Obasanjo To Speak At Biafra Anniversary

As part of activities to mark the 50 years anniversary of the declaration of the defunct Republic of Biafra, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, former president Olusegun Obasanjo, and seven other leaders are to speak at the one-day conference.

The event, organized by The Yar’adua Foundation, is scheduled for Thursday, May 25 at the Yar’adua Centre, Abuja with the theme, ‘Memory and Nation Building – Biafra: 50 Years After’.

A statement by the Foundation listed other speakers as a former Permanent Secretary Information, Education & Industry, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, and Professor John Stremlau of the University of Witwatersrand.

The statement said, “The 50th anniversary of the declaration of the Republic of Biafra in 1967, offers an opportunity for sober reflection on a number of issues including lessons learned that may be useful in dealing with contemporary challenges confronting Nigeria.”

A Cultural Night would feature performance poetry and a screening of Afia Attack – the untold “survival stories of women during the civil war.

“The Yar’Adua Foundation was established to honour the legacy of one of Nigeria’s foremost leaders.

“The Foundation’s mission is to promote national unity, good governance and social justice by creating platforms to engage citizens, policy makers and stakeholders in national conversations that foster an inclusive and prosperous Nigeria.”

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Babachir Lawal, Oke Remain Suspended, Says Ag. President Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and the Director General of the NIA, Oke, remain suspended from office.

Spokesman to Osinbajo, Mr. Laolu Akande in his address to press men on Sunday, caled for patience about the report of the panel set up to investigate the two top officials.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Babachir Lawal and Oke over allegations of contract fraud and bribery levelled against Mr. Lawal by the Senate as well as the about N13 billion found in an Ikoyi apartment by the anti-graft EFCC and claimed by the NIA.

A panel headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was to investigate the allegations.

The panel was yet to submit its report to Mr. Buhari before he went for medical treatment in the UK.

 

 

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Has The Power To Assent To Budget Says Enang

The Senior Special Assistant to President Mohammed Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang has said that the Acting President has the powers to assent to the 2017 budget.

Speaking with State House correspondents on Friday, Enang stated that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has the constitutional power to assent to the bill once he is satisfied with the content, shortly after he presented the budget to Osinbajo.

“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.

“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to seven or eight bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.

“He has the power of the President to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process. The bill has 30 days to which it will be assented to but the process can be completed within two or three days.

“So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days. It is upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the President and the President here now is the Acting President.”

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Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo Signs Three Executive Orders To Ease Business

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday  signed three executive orders that will pave way to ease of conducting business in Nigeria.

The executive orders were issued “in exercise of the presidential authorities vested in the Executive arm of government”.

In a statement signed by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, he listed the highlights of the three orders as follows: every Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) of the Federal Government shall publish a complete list of all requirements or conditions for obtaining products and services within the MDA’s scope of responsibility, including permits, licences, waivers, tax related processes, filings and approvals.

The list shall include all fees and timelines required for the processing of applications for the products and services; and: be conspicuously pasted on the premises of the relevant MDA and published on its website within 21 days from the date of issuance of this Order.

It will henceforth “be the responsibility of the head of the relevant MDA to ensure that the list is verified and kept up-to-date at all times. If there is any conflict between a published and an unpublished list of requirements, the published list shall prevail.”

Where the relevant agency or official fails to communicate approval or rejection of an application within the time stipulated in the published list, all applications for business registration, certification, waivers, licences or permits not concluded within the stipulated timeline shall be deemed approved and granted and the mode of communication of official decisions to applicants shall be stated in the published requirements.

Where applications are rejected within the stipulated timeline, all rejections shall be given with reasons. Rejections of applications shall be tracked and accurate records kept at all times for each MDA and shall be submitted to the head of the MDA on a weekly basis.

There shall be at least two (2) modes of communication of acceptance or rejection of applications to the applicants by the relevant MDAs before the expiration of the stipulated time, including letters, emails and publications on MDA websites.

The applicant’s acknowledgement copy of the application, including electronic submission acknowledgements, shall serve as proof of the date of submission of the application for purposes of determination of the commencement of the application timeline.

An Applicant whose application is deemed granted under this Directive may apply to the Minister for the time being in charge of the application for the issuance of any document or certificate in evidence of the grant within 14 days of lapse of the MDA’s stipulated timeline for the application.

Failure of the appropriate officer to act on any application within the timeline stipulated, without lawful excuse, shall amount to misconduct and be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the law and regulations applicable to the civil or public service.

An MDA that requires input documentation, requirements or conditions from another MDA in order to deliver products and services on applications within the originating MDA’s remit or mandate, including permits, licenses, waivers, tax documentation, filings and approvals shall only request a photocopy or other prima facie proof from the applicant. It shall be the responsibility of the originating MDA to seek verification or certification directly from the issuing MDA.

Service Level Agreements shall be binding on MDAs and shall be relied upon by MDAs in the issuance of published stipulated timelines for processing of applications for the products and service.It shall be the responsibility of the head of the relevant MDA to ensure that the agreed terms of the Service Level Agreements are adhered to.

Failure of the appropriate officer to act within the timeline stipulated in the Service Level Agreement, without lawful excuse, shall amount to misconduct and be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the law and regulations applicable to the civil or public service.

Ordinary tourist and business entry visas to Nigeria shall henceforth be issued or rejected with reason by the Consular Office of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions within 48 hours of receipt of valid application. The timeline shall be notified to the public by pasting a notice conspicuously at every Consular Office and by publication on every website of Nigerian Embassies and High Commissions.

A comprehensive and up to date list of requirements, conditions and procedures for obtaining visa on arrival, including estimated timeframe, shall be published on all immigration-related websites in Nigeria and abroad, including Embassies and High Commissions, and all ports of entry into Nigeria.

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