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Minister Seeks Establishment of Agric Data Centre

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Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Minister of State of Agriculture and Food Security, has advocated the creation of National Agriculture Data Centre to attract investors to enhance Food and Nutrition Security in Nigeria.

Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Minister of State of Agriculture and Food Security

The Minister gave this indication during the meeting with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) delegation led by the Director, Office of Emergency & Resilience, Mr. Rein Paulsen in Abuja, recently.

He stated that the data governing system would attract and encourage investors, noting that such data would help to define farm types and enable the Ministry know where farms exist.

The Minister harped on the need to actualize the National Agricultural Data in Nigeria in the next two years and pointed out that the present Administration was fully committed to making sure that Nigeria was Food Secured which was the reason for bringing Food Security to the front burner.

He pointed out that Nigeria has 70% of arable land and yet some number of people are not food secured, noting that it is worrisome.

The Minister emphasized that, the Ministry had already started taking action to create the enabling environment to make investors entry easier with the focus to ease their businesses, pointing out that by the time investors come in, it would enhance self-sufficiency, create job opportunities, inclusiveness of youths and women amongst others.

Sen. Abdullahi commended FAO for their long standing partnership with the Ministry in the area of technical capacity, wide network amongst others, adding that Countries had drawn from FAO’s global experiences.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe reiterated FAO’s support in achieving the Ministry’s mandate.

He called on FAO to revisit the quarterly meetings usually held in the Ministry to bring the issues again to the front burner.

Speaking earlier, the Director, Office of Emergency & Resilience, FAO, Headquarters, Rome, Mr. Rein Paulsen revealed that their aim was to follow up on what FAO was doing in Nigeria, with a view to determining what they can do more, to support the FAO Nigeria office to address it in the right way, focusing on enhancing resilience around it, rather than systematic approach.

FAO of the United Nations is a specialized agency that leads international efforts to defeat hunger and improve nutrition and food security.

 


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UK Appoints Mark Smithson New Country Director to Lead UK-Nigeria Trade and Investment Relations

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UK has appointed Mr. Mark Smithson the Country Director for the UK’s Department for Business and Trade (DBT) in Nigeria. He takes over from Chim Chalemera who recently concluded a 3-year posting in that role.

Mark Smithson, UK’s Country Director, Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

Mark is an experienced civil servant having undertaken a wide variety of roles both in the UK and overseas. In this new role, he will lead on the UK-Nigeria’s trade and investment relations to deliver an increased high value inward investment and greater exports into the UK and Nigeria as well as support market access and trade policy priorities.

To mark his arrival to Nigeria, Mark said: “Nigeria is a country of huge importance to the UK and the world. Our historical, cultural, people to people and business ties are deep and ever growing.

“I am delighted to take up this new role as the DBT’s country director and I look forward to forging partnerships with the Nigerian government, the private sector and the UK supply chain and to seize the opportunities this great country and our unique partnership offer to deliver a more prosperous future to both our countries.”

Prior to Mark’s arrival to Nigeria, he was based in London (2021-2024) where he led the DBT’s Capital Investment agenda first covering European and US large corporates and since September 2022 as His Majesties Government’s global account manager for large institutional investors from Southeast Asia with a focus on Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Mark headed up the Consular Section at the British Consulate General in Barcelona, Spain, between 2007 and 2013. During his time in Spain, Mark dealt with many high-profile consular cases and sporting events.

In 2013 he transferred to the US to head up of Consular services covering Florida, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico from the British Consulate General in Miami where Mark oversaw an extensive outreach programme with US government agencies and dealt with several crisis including deployments as Rapid Deployment Team leader.

He transferred to Atlanta, USA in 2017, to lead on the UK’s Tech & creative Trade and Investment agenda covering the southeast of the USA before transferring to Bangkok in 2018 where he served till 2021 to lead the team in Thailand to drive forward an increase in exports and investment and lay the ground for the UK-Thailand Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO).

Mark is married to Patima who is Thai, and they have a 3-year-old toddler.


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President Tinubu asks National Assembly to increase 2024 budget by N6.2trn

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President Bola Tinubu has requested the National Assembly to consider a N6.2 trillion increase in the 2024 appropriation act.

The President expressed his request in a letter that was read aloud by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during its plenary session on Wednesday, July 17.

This adjustment raises the 2024 budget to N34.9 trillion, up from the original N28.7 trillion budget that Tinubu approved on January 1st.

Tinubu is advocating for a budget revision that allocates N3.2 trillion for infrastructure initiatives and N3 trillion for ongoing expenses.

The president said; “Pursuant to section 58 (2) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended, I forward herewith the above named bills for consideration and passage by the senate,

“The appropriation act amendment bill seeks to amend the principal act to provide the sum of N3,200,000,000,000 for Renewed Hope Infrastructure Projects and other critical infrastructure projects to be undertaken across the country and the sum of N3,000,000,000,000 to meet further recurrent expenditure requirements necessary for the prosper operation of the federal government.

“They shall be funded by accruing to the federal government of Nigeria.

“Furthermore, the proposed amendments to the Finance Acts 2023 are required to a one-time windfall tax on the foreign exchange gains realised by banks in their 2023 financial statements to fund capital infrastructure development, education, and healthcare as well as welfare initiatives all which are components of the Renewed Hope Agenda,”


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President Tinubu appoints Walson-Jack as new Head of Service

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Didi Esther Walson-Jack as Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

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The appointment was disclosed in a statement released by Presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale on Wednesday July 17, and will take effect from August 14, 2024.

“Mrs. Walson-Jack was appointed Federal Permanent Secretary in 2017 and has served in several Ministries.

“The new appointee will take over from the incumbent Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, who is due to retire on August 13, 2024,” Ngelale said in a statement.

President Tinubu, who thanked the outgoing Head of Service for her stewardship, tasked the incoming Head of Service to discharge her duties with innovative flair, integrity, and stringent adherence to the extant rules and regulations of the Civil Service of the Federation.


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