20 July 2012

Nigeria: News Summary - July 16, 2012 - July 10, 2012

Jul 14, 2012: Nigeria determined to eradicate polio - VP Sambo

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo expressed the determination of government to ensure that the dreaded poliomyelitis disease is eradicated in Nigeria.

He spoke when the World President of Rotary Club International, Mr. Sakuji Tanaka paid him a courtesy call in his office.

The Vice President who received the Rotarians on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan expressed delight with the efforts made by the Club towards ensuring the total eradication of the disease in Nigeria.

The Vice President commended the Club for this and other support services they render which includes water supply and construction of schools for the benefit of mankind.

Earlier, Mr. Tanaka expressed delight at being received by the Vice President and extended his sincere appreciation to President Jonathan for constituting a task force to deal with polio in Nigeria.

Jul 12, 2012: President Jonathan orders relief for survivors of fuel tanker explosion

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was deeply saddened by the loss of many lives caused by an explosion resulting from the leakage of fuel from a fallen tanker at Okobe, Rivers State.

He was particularly distraught by the fact that once again, so many Nigerian lives have been lost in an avoidable fuel fire disaster.

A statement by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati said the President directed federal relief and health agencies to do everything possible to ensure that all those who survived the explosion with burns and injuries receive prompt and effective medical attention.

He conveys his sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, and the government and people of Rivers State.

Jul 12, 2012: FEC approves new policies on cassava bread, PIB to be forwarded to Senate

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved new fiscal policies including the establishment of Cassava Bread Development Fund aimed at promoting the consumption of cassava bread and also the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), in its effort towards transforming the nation's oil and gas sector.

Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, made the disclosure in company of his counterparts in Finance, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, Agriculture and Rural development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, and Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani Allison-Maduekwe, at a media briefing on the outcome of the weekly FEC meeting presided by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking on the new fiscal policy on the cassava bread initiative, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala noted that the new incentives will enable cassava farmers and cassava flour-mills join master-bakers to key into government's cassava bread initiative.

In his contribution, Dr. Adesina, noted that the cassava bread is cheaper as it cost 60 per cent of the cost of wheat flour bread adding that it's better and healthier. Dr. Adesina therefore appealed to flour millers against any act that would undermine the efforts of the government to use the cassava flour bread to transform the economy.

On the new Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), which the President was expected to forward to the National Assembly for consideration and possible approval, Mrs Deziani Allison-Maduekwe, said the objective of the PIB was to make the petroleum industry more competitive adding that it would ensure accountability within the industry and revolutionary changes, which include the unbundling of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into several companies.

The six new firms that will be created with the passage of the PIB include National Oil Company, Asset Management Corporation, National Frontier Exploration Services, National Gas Company and the Petroleum Host Communities Development Fund.

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