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FG Authorized Quarantine Agency To Resume Ports Export Certification Duties

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FG Authorized Quarantine Agency To Resume Ports Export Certification Duties

 

Resume ports export certification duties at all ports immediately, Federal Government authorized the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service.

Ministries, departments, and Agencies as well as state governments to cooperate with the quarantine service agency to resume. This was said by Vincent Isegbe, the Director-General, NAQS, and the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He said that it would enable a well-choreographed restoration of export traffic for the advantages of all citizens of Nigeria.

The Head, Media, Communications and Strategies, NAQS, Gozie Nwodo, disclosed in a statement issued on Abuja on Friday.

The export of agriculture produce would pick up and gather pace, the agencies boss noted that based on these directives.

The recent lockdown by the Federal Government that was announced as part of the strategy to contain the spread of coronavirus occasioned a hiatus in the agricultural value chain.

It made almost all states in Nigeria to implement one form of curfew or the other, coupled with the ban on interstate transportation, as well as institutional and logistical barricades that blocked human and vehicular movements.

This situation made the passage of agricultural commodities from the remote production hotspots to the ports difficult.

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To address the situation, Isegbe noted that the Federal Government had to grant the NAQS authorization to allow agro-exports to begin again so as to free all functions related to agricultural export from any encumbrance.

He said the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, Skyway Aviation Handling Company, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Commission, the Vehicle Inspection Office, the Nigerian Police Force, and other security agencies were now under obligation to work with NAQS to restart agricultural export.

Isegbe said producer and transit state governments were expected to grant the right to free passage to the consignments along corridors that had been mapped by NAQS under the best logistics-support arrangement.

He called on all relevant entities in the agricultural export environment to play their respective parts to foster the return of business to normal.

He pointed out that agricultural export accounts for the lion’s share of Nigeria’s non-oil export performance.

The DG stated that: “Given the nosedive of crude prices, the spike of job losses in all continents and the slump of the global economy, it has never been more critical for Nigerian agricultural export to stand to its full height as one of the twin pillars of the Nigerian economy.”

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No Petrol Price Hike in June, Says FG

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The Federal Government on Friday said it would not increase petrol price in June despite the recommendation by the Nigeria Governors Forum that the cost of the commodity is increased.

A committee set up by the Nigeria Governor’s Forum had on Wednesday recommended a petrol price of between N408.5/litre and N380/litre, and also called for immediate removal of petrol subsidy.

However, in a statement issued and signed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, in Abuja on Friday, the government ruled out the possibility of a hike in petrol price any time soon.

The minister guaranteed Nigerians that the cost of the commodity would remain the same at between N162/litre and N165/litre.

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Sylva said, “Once again it has become necessary to assure Nigerians that despite the huge burden of under-recovery, the Federal Government is not in a hurry to increase the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to reflect current market realities.

“The current price of petrol will be retained in the month of June until the ongoing engagement with organised labour is concluded.”

“This clarification becomes necessary in the light of recent reports regarding the resolution of the Nigeria Governors Forum to increase the pump price of petrol.” He added.

The minister stated that he would like to strongly urge petroleum products marketers, not to engage in any activity that could jeopardise the supply and distribution system in place.

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NIMC Calls for Reduced Public Panic

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Thursday said that there is no cause for panic regarding the two weeks deadline for deactivation of subscribers identity module (sim) cards that are not linked with users’ national identity number (NIN).

The Commission explained that adequate arrangements have been made to capture the data of 200 million Nigerians within the next five years.

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It added that the steps taken so far to ensure that all subscribers have NIN in their sim cards are meant to address the security challenges facing the country.

The Commission also said the telecommunications operators would be involved in the exercise.

The Spokesman of NIMC,  Kayode Adegoke said that government has approved licensing of over 200 institutions to carry out “enrolment of Nigerians and legal residents into the national identity database on behalf of the national identity management commission.”

Adegoke said the initiative was aimed at addressing the bottlenecks associated with the capturing of citizens data by NIMC.

He added that the method would increase the enrolment centres from the current 1,000 to 10,000 across the country.

He said the NIMC is desirous of scaling up its assignment to regulatory functions after the completion of the exercise.

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FCTA Set to Implement Minimum Wage for FCT Workers

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The Federal capital territory administration, says it will implement the national minimum wage for workers in the territory to avert another strike.

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Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, FCT minister of state, disclosed this in a statement issued by her special assistant on media, Austin Elemue, on Tuesday in Abuja.

She noted that immediately after the two unions threatened to embark on the strike, the administration engaged all stakeholders with a view to finding a solution to the problem.

According to her, this led to the constitution of a multi-stakeholder ministerial committee on the implementation of the new national minimum wage in area councils and local education authorities of the six area councils.

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