Saved, created over 2 million jobs, while FY releases N288bn for ESP / COVID-19 implementation

We will not allow the vast majority of our people to suffer, says Osinbayo

New ICUs, molecular laboratories, and isolation centers are underway at 52 federal tertiary health facilities

The pharmaceutical industry received N1bn grants for unused raw materials

A laboratory for bio-vaccines is expected soon

Federal Rural Road projects of 4,000 km are constantly advancing

5.8 million farmers enumerated under the Mass Agric scheme

The release of about N288 billion of the N500 billion, earmarked for the COVID-19 intervention programs under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), saved at least 2.1 million jobs, including new ones, while over 4,000 km of federal and rural roads are at least 30 percent completed since the start of the ESP a few months ago.

These were some of the highlights of today’s meeting of the Economic Sustainability Committee chaired at the presidential villa by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

Noting the significant progress made, prof. Osinbayo reaffirmed the president’s determination to always watch over the Nigerian people and called on committee members “to keep in mind that the vast majority of our people must not suffer.”

Ministers and heads of agencies implementing the Buhari administration’s Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) reported significant improvements in the implementation of the plan as the federal government increased funding for projects from various sectors to influence more Nigerians. More than 50% of the approved amount for ESP has already been released.

According to the Survival Fund scheme, 1.3 million jobs were saved, and another 774,000 jobs were created from the Public Works Program. This is in addition to the total of 26,021 jobs created in construction and rehabilitation works.

Other highlights include the release of 100% (i.e. N5 billion) of COVID-19 aviation intervention funds; 50% of funding (N26 billion) for a public works program that employs 774,000 people nationwide, among other things.

Commenting on the reports presented by the ESC members at the meeting, prof. Osinbayo said: “I think it would be fair to say that because of the very good work that you all did, we managed to get out of the recession much faster. than anyone could imagine, though only slightly. “

Calling on ministers and heads of agencies that implement key government programs not to rest on their oars, the vice president noted that “it is important to keep in mind that we are really obliged to ensure that the vast majority of our people are not allowed to suffer.” So I think we should think more about the next thing we need to do. ”

In support of young people and women in digital skills, anchored by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, State Minister for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba reported that 1.5 billion N, which is 50% of the amount allocated for the scheme, which is primarily targeted. to create new jobs was released to the ministry.

He added that the priority program of the intervention is the training of 600 young people (100 from each of the 6 geo-political zones) on VSAT technologies, which will also be supported by laptops and scholarships.

The Minister noted that the Federal Ministry of Women received NR 625 million (representing 50% of the approved funds) for the implementation of the women’s empowerment scheme through capacity building in innovation and vocational training.

For the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the minister said that N2.6 billion, which represents 50% of the funds, was released for the implementation of the scheme for improving the employability of young people;

* Capacity building in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies
* Positioning Nigerian youth for digital remote jobs
* Equipping youth centers for digital / robot training in 6 geo-political zones.

The next key highlight of the progress report is the release of N1.25 billion (50%) to the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons to implement programs for vulnerable and displaced persons, in particular:

* Construction of 400 housing units for persons of interest in the states of Zamfara, Yobe, Katsina and Edo; 8 PHC and others
* Empower 900 stakeholders with skills, start-up packages and start-up capital.

The minister also reported that the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development received N2.45 billion, representing 7.5 percent of N32.45 billion for cash transfers to the poor and vulnerable, while the balance of N30 billion is being processed.

In strengthening the health system, the minister said that 52 federal tertiary health institutions (FTH) received 23.57 billion NZ (each N853 million) for the establishment of ICUs, molecular laboratories and isolation centers.

The progress report presented by the Minister showed that in 38 FTHs the implementation ends on average with 47 per cent, while the procurement process is completed and the delivery of equipment is ongoing.

Expected results of interventions in the sector include 520 fully equipped ICU beds available in FTHs; 52 isolation wards with a total of 1040 beds and associated patient monitoring equipment and 52 molecular laboratories with the capacity to conduct at least 150 PCR tests per day.

According to the minister, other editions for the health sector include N10 billion for the establishment of a bio-vaccine laboratory; N5.02 billion, representing 50 percent to the Federal Ministry of Health for the implementation of the following projects:

* Surveillance and epidemiology
* Establishment of a laboratory
* Entry point;
* Prevention and control of infections
* Case management
* Health communication
* Research and development

In his speech, the Minister of Agriculture of Alhaji, Mohammed Nanono, said that 17 billion NI were released for the project of rural roads within the ESP, while about 5.8 million farmers were listed, of which the data of 3.6 million were confirmed.

In the labor sector, the Minister of Labor and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said that a total of 4,350 direct jobs had been withdrawn and 18,321 indirect jobs had been created by hiring suppliers and suppliers performing various works across the country.

The members of the ESC, most of whom attended the meeting, were the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ms. Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Nanono; Minister of Labor and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum; Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr. Clem Agba; The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Haji Sadi Umar Faruk, and the Director General of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group, Mr. Mele Kyari.

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