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FEC approves Management Concession for Gurara II, Kashimbila power plants-ICRC



FEC approves Management Concession for Gurara II, Kashimbila power plants-ICC

…Targets 400MW power, N647.7bn revenue – ICRC

…As NCC’s System to fight terrorism, insecurity gets approval
…Secure E-ticketing for Warri-Itakpe, Lagos – Ibadan also get executive nod

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved an Operation and Management concession for the 360 Mega Watts Gurara II Multipurpose Dam & Hydro Power Plant and the 40 Mega Watts Kashimbilla Hydro Power Plant under a Public Private Partnership model.

According to Ifeanyi Nwoko, Ag. Head, Media and Publicity, in a press release he signed, disclosed that the move by FEC which followed the regulatory guidance of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), also saw the approval for the concession of a Secure E-ticketing Solutions for the Lagos Ibadan Rail Service and the Warri-Itakpe Rail Service as well as the Device Management System, a project by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Ifeanyi said, the approvals by FEC will bring about the generation of 400 mega watts of electricity, infusion of private sector funds into the nation’s economic/infrastructure development and a total revenue generation of N647.7 billion.

“It will also help in the fight against crime, terrorism and insecurity while improving the effectiveness of the rail services in the specified routes”.

The 360MW Gurara II HPP is a greenfield project that will adopt a Build, Operation, Maintenance and Transfer PPP model that will be executed by Messrs. CGCOC Group Co. Limited under an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for a concession period of 30 years.

The dam, hydropower plant, and other complementary infrastructure will be executed within a concession period of 30 years and an expected total revenue generation of $875million USD within the period.

Both the Gurara and the Kashimbilla HPP projects will bring about Improved living conditions and employment, Promotion of agriculture through irrigation, reduction of Greenhouse Gases as well as foreign exchange preservation.

For the Kashimbilla 40MW HPP the executive council’s approval is for the operations and maintenance of the Hydropower Plant.

Recall that one of the primary objectives of the dam is to mitigate the environmental disaster associated with overflow of flood water in various downstream states of Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Delta, Cross River and Bayelsa, and potentially affecting more than 6 million people.

The hydropower component of the Dam will also aid in ecological flood control, water supply for a population of about 400,000 people, irrigation potentials for about 3,000 hectares of arable land for farming as well as fishing to support food security.

Project cost is put at ₦ 7.68 billion approved for a concession period of 15 years. It will yield a total revenue of ₦ 85 billion.

The Device Management System which has the NCC as grantor, seeks to provide a single control point for comprehensive device management for mobile communication devices in Nigeria.

Specifically, the proposed DMS will support capabilities for tracking of mobile communication devices to eliminate fake and substandard devices, provide detailed statistical information for stakeholders use, and support the fight against cybercrime and insecurity.

It adopts a Design, Build, Finance, Operate, Maintain and Manage PPP model for a concession period of 10 years at a cost of $26 million. A total revenue generation of ₦86.6 billion.

For the Lagos-Ibadan E-ticketing and the Warri-Itakpe concessions, they adopt a Design, Finance, Build, Operate and Manage a Secure Ticketing Solution (Hardware and Software) for the Passengers’ Stations.

The solution seeks to ensure the provision of electronic tickets (e-tickets) and manual tickets, provision of adequate infrastructural security, deployment of adequate maintenance regime, provision of adequate training regime and provision of value-for-money throughout the life of the solution.

The Lagos-Ibadan concession was approved at a cost of N1,100,000,000 (N1.1 billion), granted to Messers Global Software Digital Solutions Ltd (GSDS) and Datamataic Global Services Ltd (DGS) as technical partner, for a period of 10 years.
A total of ₦112.8 billion will be generated from this project.

The Warri-Itakpe counterpart will be executed at the cost of is N860,806,423, granted to Fane International Consult Limited and Artificial Intelligence Technologies Limited (AITL) as technical partner, also for a 10-year term.
Revenue generation is estimated at ₦63.3 billion.

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Sadiya Umar Farouq Hands Over Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to Perm Sec



Sadiya Umar Farouq Hands Over Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to Perm Sec

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has formally handed over the affairs of the ministry to the Permanent Secretary Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo mni. NPOM, after three and half years of meritorious service to humanity and in conclusion of her tenure as the pioneer minister.

According to Nneka Ikem Anibeze, SA Media to the minister in a press release on 26-05-2023,
Umar Farouq handed over documents contained in two booklets, of her service in the ministry, at the end of the 1st Nigerian International Humanitarian Summit hosted by the Ministry on Friday in Abuja.
In her remarks, the minister thanked the Permanent Secretary, directors , staff of the Ministry and of her office for the massive support given to her throughout her tenure.

Umar Farouq urged the staff to remain steadfast in their quest to achieve President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of lifting as many vulnerable persons as possible out of poverty.

“I hereby formally hand over these documents of my stewardship as the pioneer Minister of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the last three and half years. Thank you very much for your support as I hand over to the Permanent Secretary, Dr Nasir Sani- Gwarzo”.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary thanked the Minister and wished her well in her future endeavors.

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President Buhari Declares Nigeria Int’l Humanitarian Summit Open, Unveils Humanitarian Hub, Commissions Smart Resettlement And Digital Academy In Four Cities



President Buhari Declares Nigeria Int’l Humanitarian Summit Open, Unveils Humanitarian Hub, Commissions Smart Resettlement And Digital Academy In Four Cities

The President, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has declared open the maiden edition of the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit (NIHS).

According to Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, Deputy Director Information, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development while disclosing the news in a press release she signed stated that the President also unveiled the Model of the Nigeria Humanitarian Hub and Commissioned Smart Resettlement Cities and Digital Academy in four States.

President Buhari performed the functions during the opening ceremony of the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit held at the Presidential Villa, State House, Abuja, on Friday, 26th May, 2023.

The President said the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit is the first in Nigeria and will henceforth be an Annual Event.

“This maiden edition with the theme: “Saving Lives, Alleviating Poverty and Maintaining Human Dignity in The Face of Rising Humanitarian Crises.” is apt and it resonate with the commitment and investment made by this Administration in ensuring the dignity of Nigerians is protected and the vulnerable groups are provided with the basic needs of life.

“This Summit is not only about celebrating the achievements recorded under the Humanitarian sector since the establishment of the Ministry but to also Unveil the proposed Nigeria Humanitarian Hub, Commission the Smart Resettlement Cities, and the Digital Academy all of which were initiated and executed under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development and its Agencies”.

According to the President, the Resettlement Cities Project were conceptualized under the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons. The Cities are designed to foster the Resettlement and reintegration of Persons of Concern in Nigeria and enhance their social and economic well-being while strengthening the host communities. It plays a central role in supporting the Commission in achieving its Strategic objective of providing durable solutions to Persons of Concern in Nigeria. Additionally, it promotes the Resettlement as a viable and sustainable solution for Persons of Concerns. It also aimed to effectively address the displacement challenges through self-reliance and long-term reintegration Programme”.

President Buhari added that ” the Resettlement Cities in four (4) States at Kondugo, Borno State, Dawakin Tofa, Kano State, Keffi, Nasarawa State, and Gusau, Zamfara State have been completed. Each city consists of 50 units of 2-bedroom blocks of flats and 20 units of studio apartments.

“The Resettlement Cities are equipped with a resource centre for skill acquisition, a police station to ensure security, a clinic for primary healthcare provision, a large expanse of land for farming, and a market for facilitating trade and industry to promoting economic growth in the local community”.

“The Nigeria Humanitarian Hub when completed will serve as the Central Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Activities in Nigeria. The Hub will accommodate all the Stakeholders in the Humanitarian Sector under one Central Coordinating Facility. It will enhance coordination, accommodate an Operation Centre for Humanitarian Interventions, a Policy, Research and Development Programme Office, State of the Art Data and Communication Facility and also serve as a multi-Sectoral liaison office for Humanitarian Actors in Nigeria”.

The President stated that since the establishment of the Ministry, the legal instruments aimed at protecting the interest of Nigeria’s vulnerable groups have been enacted.

These policies and legal frameworks are aimed at giving the necessary legal backing to the Humanitarian Sector to strengthen it and deliver on its mandate effectively and efficiently.
“As we bow out in the next few days, it is my strong believe that the Humanitarian sector is adequately prepared and equipped for better Service Delivery to Nigeria’s Vulnerable Groups.
“As our population continue to grow, I am convinced the Ministry is positioned to face the ever evolving and challenging humanitarian situation and prepared to find a durable solution for the vulnerable in the society.

It is on record that the empowerment programmes initiated and executed all over the country under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have impacted positively the lives of millions of Nigerians and had lifted millions out of poverty.

He commended the Honourable Minister, the Management and Staff of the Ministry for exhibiting a high sense of leadership and dexterity in handling the affairs of Humanitarian Sector.

He also commended all the Agencies under the Ministry, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, Development partners and donors, MDAs and the National Assembly for their contributions and support towards the improvement of the Humanitarian sector in Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, in her address stated that the Ministry has effectively addressed humanitarian issues with the formulation of eight policies namely
National Policy on IDPs 2020;
National Disaster Risk Management;
Revised National Disability Policy 2020;
National Policy on Ageing 2020;
National Migration Policy 2020;
National Social Protection Policy – in Collaboration with FMBNP, almost ready for approval
Revised National Policy on Protection & assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria 2022;
National Social Investment Programme Agency, among others.
She mentioned other achievements of the Ministry through the clusters under the National Social Investment Programme.
She thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for all the support given to the Ministry to achieve its mandates of enhancing the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the society.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni, NPOM, in a welcome address said the Summit was conceived to highlight the achievements recorded in the Humanitarian Sector since the establishment of the Ministry in August, 2019 and to mobilize Resources in the form of Technical Capacity through partnership, Financial and Human support for the Humanitarian Sector.

The Humanitarian hub was also conceived to consolidate on Mr Presidents visionary leadership in creating the Ministry that would ensure and strengthen coordination in the affairs of the Humanitarian sector. “To succeed, Your Excellency, there is the need to have a strong coordination mechanism and the Hub is one of such mechanisms that would facilitate your vision of creating the Ministry. Also, the Smart cities projects was conceived and executed to promote the concept of durable solution in addressing the challenges of Migrants and internally displaced persons and refugees in Nigeria. While the Digital Academy will provide the ICT and full automation in addressing the challenges of IDPs, Migrants and Refugees.
“All these programmes and projects Your Excellency are aimed at actualizing your dream of protecting human dignity and lifting Nigerians out of poverty” he stated.

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Kabir Mohammed Officially Takes Over As MD FAAN



Kabir Mohammed Officially Takes Over As MD FAAN

Mr. Kabir Yusuf Mohammed has officially taken over as the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.

According to Faithful A. Hope-Ivbaze (Mrs.), Ag General Manager, Corporate Affairs in a press release she signed stated that the appointment by the Federal Government of Nigeria was done after the expiration of the tenure of the immediate past MD/CE, Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu on the 19th May, 2023.

At a brief handover ceremony held at the Authority’s headquarters in Abuja today, Tuesday, May 23, 2023, the new MD/CE commended Captain Yadudu for his immense innovative contributions and leadership to the aviation industry in Nigeria and beyond.

The MD/CE, until the new appointment was the Regional General Manager, North Central Airports, as well as the Chairman, Aviation Roadmap Implementation Committee.

Mr. Kabir Yusuf Muhammed, a seasoned administrator and an astute aviator with stints in both the public and private sectors brings to board his wealth of experience in aviation safety and security. He is expected to consolidate on the lofty achievements of the immediate past Managing Director/CE, Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu.

Mr. Kabir Mohammed is an alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Program of the United States Government, and he holds a diploma in Airport Executive Leadership from ACI/Concordia University. He is an International Airport Professional (IAP).

Prior to his appointment as the MD/CE, FAAN, he had served the organization in various capacities including; Special Assistant to the Managing Director, Head of Servicom, MAKIA, Kano, Chief Liaison Officer, FAAN Liaison Office, Abuja, Chief of Staff to the MD/CE, General Manager, Special Duties, and Regional General Manager, North Central/Airport Manager, Abuja Airport.

While congratulating the newly appointed MD/CE and welcoming him as he takes the mantle of leadership, we thank Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu for his innovativeness and hard work while his tenure lasted. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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