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FG to Disburse N300M MSMES Fund to Mark 60th Independence

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FG to Disburse N300M MSMES Survival Fund to Mark 60th Anniversary

The Federal government has concluded arrangements to disburse N300million under the National Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) Survival Funds scheme to over 330,000 skilled workers and Transporters, as part of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary celebration on October 1st.

The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, made this known in Abuja, while briefing journalists on the government’s preparation for the 60th independence anniversary.

Katagum, who is also the Chairperson, Steering Committee of the Scheme, disclosed that beneficiaries would be given a one-off payment of N30, 000 each.

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She added that the beneficiaries are to be drawn from 12 states which includes; Lagos, Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Plateau, Borno, Ekiti, Anambra, Abia, Kogi, Ondo, and the Federal Capital Territory respectively for the first phase of the scheme.

According to the Minister, about 174,574 MSME operators have so far registered for the Scheme, with five states recording the highest number of registrations.

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FG To Receive $2.5 Billion China Loan To Complete Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline

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The Federal Government, Tuesday, said it is set to receive a $2.5 billion loan from china to complete the Ajaokuta-Kaduna- Kano, gas pipeline project by 2023.

Minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, made this known while inspecting the project by one of the contractors handling section one, Oilserv Nigeria limited, which is from Ajaokuta to Abuja.

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Ahmed who noted one of the cardinal objectives of the project as creating jobs for youth, also expressed optimism that the project will be delivered by 2023.

She noted with satisfaction that the pace of the project has been good despite the economic slowdown.

“We are glad that gas is being piped to Ajaokuta, Kaduna to Kano. This project in this part of the country will create jobs, even now that work is going on locals are being employed.

The contractor is doing a quality and excellent job, and we commend NNPC for implementing this project’’, Ahmed said.

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FG Says Hike in Price of Air Ticket Inevitable as a Result of COVID-19

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The Federal government on Thursday said the over 100 per cent hike in domestic Airfares was inevitable, describing it as one of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also disclosed that 300 employees of Arik air who would have been recently sacked by the carrier had not been relieved of their jobs based on the intervention of government.

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The Director-General of the Nigerian civil aviation authority, Musa Nuhu, disclosed this in Abuja at the briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19.

Nuhu stated that because of the shutdown, airlines could not find slots to take their aircraft out, adding that the dollar rate had gone up and operators needed to raise enough money.

On the issue of 300 sacked staff employees of Arik air, the NCAA boss said the workers were not retrenched.

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World Bank Forecast: Poor Nigerians Will Reach 100 Million by 2022

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On Thursday, the World Bank forecasted that there will be increase of the number of poor Nigerian from 90 million to about 100 million by 2022 following the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Nigeria’s economy.

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It stated that about 11 million more Nigerians were expected to fall into poverty following the effect of COVID-19 crisis.

This was disclosed during the event, ‘Nigeria Development Update Virtual’ which had the theme ‘Rising to the Challenge: Nigeria’s COVID-19 response’.

The World Bank also put the financing portfolio approved by its board for Nigeria at about $11.5bn.

Marco Hernandez, an economist with the bank made his presentation at the event stating that before the COVI-19 pandemic, about two million Nigerians were expected to fall into poverty I 2020 as population growth outpaced economic growth.

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