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Why Nigerian government is repackaging social intervention programmes – minister

The Federal Government says it will repackage its social intervention programmes to ensure it reached more people at the grassroots.
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – full text

Fellow Nigerians, It has become necessary for me to address you having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having concluded a meeting with all the Security Chiefs.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Nigerian government will use part of N2.3 trillion ESP stimulus as buyer of last...

The Federal Government will use part of the N2.3 trillion stimulus package to purchase locally produced items as buyer of last resort in line with its Economic Sustainability Plan, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Coronavirus: Retired Nigerian doctors, nurses volunteer services

Retired Doctors, Nurses and Laboratory Scientists across the country have volunteered their services to the cause of fighting the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic spreading across States in Nigeria.
A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. Shehu Koko representing Maiyama-Koko-Besse Federal Constituency of Kebbi State made the plea in a statement made available to journalists on Monday.

Reps member calls for suspension of utility bills

As part of efforts to ameliorate the socio-economic hardship being faced by Nigerians in the fight against the deadly coronavirus, the federal government has been urged to extend her palliative to include suspension of payment of electricity and water bills for the ordinary Nigerians for two months.
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the restriction of movements in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja and Lagos, which are the hardest hit by coronavirus in the country.

President Buhari’s speech on coronavirus pandemic — full text

From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

NSIO, ICPC flag-off media campaign against social investment graft

The National Social Investment Office (NSIO) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Friday formally flagged off collaboration to check corruption in the implementation of the National Social Investment Programmes.
Sadiya Umar Farouq

Over 12 million Nigerians benefiting from SIPs – minister

Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, says over 12 million Nigerians are benefitting from the social investment programmes (SIPS).
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal has upheld argument by President Muhammadu Buhari that it lacked the jurisdiction to entertain allegation of corrupt practices and voters’ inducement raised against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in the petition by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.

Official: VP Osinbajo not involved in disbursement of N-SIP funds

The National Social Investment Office (NSIO) has said that contrary to rumours, the office of Vice President was not involved in financial transactions or the disbursement of funds for the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIPs)
Uzoma Nwagba

TraderMoni: Market leaders laud town hall meeting initiative

Market leaders in Kano State have lauded the introduction of town hall meetings for TraderMoni, a scheme by the Federal Government which grants soft loans to small business owners in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari

Kano N-SIPs beneficiaries hold special prayers for President Buhari, VP Osinbajo

Beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIPs) in Kano, on Monday came out in large numbers at Murtala Mohammed Library to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over their success at the 2019 polls.

Presidency: We have released N479 billion for social intervention within three years

The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, has said N470.8 billion was released from 2016 to 2018 for the delivery of social investment programmes across the country.

Presidency: Federal government school feeding programme now in 30 states

The federal government’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is currently feeding over 9.5 million public primary schools (classes 1-3) pupils with one free, balanced and nutritious meal a day in 30 states nationwide; while it has empowered 101,913 cooks in these states, the Presidency has said.
Bank of Industry (BoI)

BoI launches TradeMoni repayment recharge card

The Bank of Industry (BoI) has begun the roll-out of its voucher-based loan repayment recharge cards for the GEEP TraderMoni, MarketMoni, and FarmerMoni loans.

Presidency: We spent N300 billion on social investment programmes in three years

The federal government says it has spent at least N300 billion on the National Social Investment Programme in the last three years.

Federal government spends N300 billion on social investment programmes

The federal government has spent about N300 billion on the National Social Investment Programmes in the last three years.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will probe the TraderMoni micro-credit scheme of the Federal Government.

Presidency: TraderMoni loans not for election

Critics of TraderMoni – a social investment programme of the Federal Government – got a reply yesterday to their claim that the scheme was introduced to buy votes during the general elections.
Contrary to speculations in some quarters, the TraderMoni scheme and other GEEP micro-credit products (MarketMoni and FarmerMoni) – a component of the Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programme, are still very much in operation, Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President (Office of the Vice President), has said.

Presidency: 30,000 traders have received Tradermoni after elections

Contrary to speculations in some quarters, the TraderMoni scheme and other GEEP micro-credit products (MarketMoni and FarmerMoni) – a component of the Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programme, are still very much in operation, Mr Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President (Office of the Vice President), has said.

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Three men arraigned for ‘theft of 48 phones’

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