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Buhari, Osinbajo To Get COVID-19 Vaccine On Saturday
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Get COVID-19 Vaccine On Saturday

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Saturday, be among the key national figures to receive the first jabs of Oxford Astra-Zeneca COVID- 19 vaccine scheduled to arrive Abuja Tuesday. The Executive Director National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib revealed this Monday at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing to unveil the National vaccine roll-out plan. It was gathered that the vaccine will only be administered on the President after a few vials of it are handed over to the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFCAC), for analysis over a period of two days- Wednesday and Thursday- after the ceremonies to mark the arrival of the vaccines . Shuaib said that after the vaccination ...
Nigerians To Pay N144,000 For Solar Panels, FG Plans For 5 Million Homes
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Nigerians To Pay N144,000 For Solar Panels, FG Plans For 5 Million Homes

The federal government says Nigerians will have the option to pay to own millions of solar panels it plans for 5 million homes as part of its Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). The ESP was rolled out in 2020 in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. To own a solar unit, there will be the option of paying N4,000 monthly for three years. That translates to N144, 000 a unit. This was revealed in a statement issued by the Office of the Vice President on Thursday. It was not immediately clear what the other alternatives would be. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called the programme a “game-changer” in terms of providing jobs and expanding the use of renewable energy in the country. The off-grid project is financed by UBA, Sterling Bank, First Bank a...
VP Osinbajo Speaks Against Ban On Cryptocurrency (Video)
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VP Osinbajo Speaks Against Ban On Cryptocurrency (Video)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the country instead of the ban placed on it by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Osinbajo made the call when he spoke at the Bankers Committee Vanguard in Lagos State today February 26. He shared a video of his speech via his Instagram handle, with the caption; "First is that there is no question that blockchain technology generally and cryptocurrencies in particular will in the coming years challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways that we cannot yet imagine so we need to be prepared for that seismic shift. Clearly the future of money and finance, especially for traditional banking, must be as exciting as it is frightening. But as we have seen in many other sectors disruption...
Agencies Disobeyed Osinbajo’s Directive On 24-hour Port Operation – NPA MD
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Agencies Disobeyed Osinbajo’s Directive On 24-hour Port Operation – NPA MD

The Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, said some Federal Government agencies operating at the ports disobeyed the directive and executive order signed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on ensuring 24-hour port operations and synergy among such agencies. Usman said this during an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme on Thursday which was monitored by our correspondent. The NPA boss said Osinbajo, while serving as acting President in 2017, signed an executive order on the promotion of transparency and efficiency in the business environment and directed the resumption of 24-hour operations at the Apapa port and banned touting by officials or unofficial persons at any port; be it air, land and sea ports in Nigeria. She, however, s...
Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo
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Nigeria Needs Urgent Action On Food As Population Surges – Osinbajo

The vice president says the population growth is "handsomely" ahead of the economic growth figures Nigeria has to act fast to develop a sustainable food system as it faces a population growth that is “handsomely” ahead of its economic growth figures, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Mr Osinbajo said the need to create a food system that works “has never been more urgent and more existential” as the country’s poverty levels has worsened particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. The vice president made these remarks during the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), organised by the Nigerian government in collaboration with the United Nations, which was held virtually with over 700 participants in attendance. The dialogue was orga...
I Was One of the First Governors to Reject RUGA Because it was Literally Sneaked in for Reasons We Did not Understand – Lalong
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I Was One of the First Governors to Reject RUGA Because it was Literally Sneaked in for Reasons We Did not Understand – Lalong

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has explained why he rejected the Rural Grazing Area Programme popularly referred to as RUGA. The Governor who appeared on a Channels Television program on Tuesday February 23, said RUGA was sneaked in for reasons they did not understand after the National Economic Council had adopted the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP). Lalong said that while the council which is headed by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo saw NLTP as a comprehensive approach to tackling the cattle herder-farmers conflict and associated challenges in Nigeria, RUGA did not have the buy-in of concerned parties and fell short of addressing the concerns of most state governors. He said; “I was one of the first governors to kick against the RUGA programme w...
School Feeding Addresses Country’s Nutrition Challenges – Osinbajo
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School Feeding Addresses Country’s Nutrition Challenges – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday that one of the reasons the Buhari administration’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme was conceived was to address problems of malnutrition, especially among primary school pupils. Osinbajo stated this while receiving a delegation of Nigerian human nutritionists led by the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to Osinbajo, the Federal Government would be ready to collaborate with States where nutrition issues are most urgent in prioritising the implementation of the school feeding programme. Already, 14 States are benefiting across the country, with almost 3 million pupils being fed daily. The Vice President stated that the government would consider inaugurating the Natio...
Governors Agree To Compensate Victims Of Herders, Farmers Clashes
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Governors Agree To Compensate Victims Of Herders, Farmers Clashes

State governors have agreed to compensate victims of herders /farmers clashes in their various states . The agreement was reached at a meeting of the National Economic Council held at the Presidential Villa , Abuja on Thursday. The meeting was presided by Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo . The council presided over by sitting Vice President has all state governors and relevant, Central Bank of Nigeria’ Governor and relevant ministers as members. The decision to pay compensation was part of the communique read by the governor of Ogun State , Dapo Abiodun, when he briefed State House Correspondents alongside his Kebbi State counterpart , Atiku Bagudu. Abiodun noted those who suffered loses in targeted attacks must be made to have a sense of compensation . He also said the council re...
Nigeria To Achieve 30% Power Supply From Renewables By 2030 – Osinbajo
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Nigeria To Achieve 30% Power Supply From Renewables By 2030 – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has disclosed that Nigeria was planning to have at least 30 per cent of its total electricity supply from renewable sources, majorly solar power in the next nine years. Prof. Osinbajo spoke yesterday at the inauguration of a 1.12MW Solar Hybrid Project at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, the vice president noted that the ongoing projects being executed by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) were critical to the achievement of that objective and reduction of Nigeria’s carbon footprints. Osinbajo who noted that at least 22,000 students in the country and several faculties in several universities were already hooked on to the programme, explained that the country was working hard to curb emissions by 20 per cent immediately and 45 per ce...
Osinbajo Didn’t Just Teach Leadership, He Lives It – RCCG Leadership Institute
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Osinbajo Didn’t Just Teach Leadership, He Lives It – RCCG Leadership Institute

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been described as a Nigerian who not only teach and advocate the virtues of leadership but whose life has been an exemplary demonstration of true leadership in practice. This view was expressed over the weekend by Redeemer’s International Leadership Academy, RILA, which honored the Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo as a Living Legend. RILA also honored a few other pastors at the event over the weekend, all of whom are Pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, under which the institute operates. While presenting the Vice President for the award, Pastor J. A Bolarinwa who spoke on behalf of the institute at an event held in Lagos noted that before Pastor Osinbajo was taken away by a “national assignment,” he served in RILA as one of the...
FG Releases ₦6.45 Billion For New Oxygen Plants In 38 Locations Nationwide
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FG Releases ₦6.45 Billion For New Oxygen Plants In 38 Locations Nationwide

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N6.45 billion for the setting up of gas plants in 38 locations nationwide in a bid to enhance the treatment of Covid-19 patients who need oxygen. This disclosure emerged at the first National Economic Council meeting of the year presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, with State Governors, Federal Capital Territory Minister, Central Bank Governor and other senior government officials in attendance. While briefing the NEC on the release of the funds, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed said the President approved the release of the funds for the production of oxygen, necessitated by the increased number of patients who need oxygen due to the surge in Covid-19 infections in the country. Similarly...
Conducive Business Environment Vital For Economic Growth – Osinbajo
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Conducive Business Environment Vital For Economic Growth – Osinbajo

In a renewed attempt at further deepening the reforms of the nation’s business environment, the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, PEBEC, has resolved that CEOs and Heads of some Federal Government regulatory agencies be presented with the outcome of a recent survey that exposes major pitfalls in the operations of the agencies. The Cost of Compliance Report which was presented to the Council at its first virtual meeting of the year on Tuesday revealed persistent corruption, the duplicity of functions, poor service orientation, and several anti-business disposition in some of the regulatory agencies. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, who presided over the meeting directed that CEOs and heads of such government regulatory agencies involved should be presented with...
Lifting 20 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 2 Years Within Reach – Osinbajo
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Lifting 20 Million Nigerians Out Of Poverty In 2 Years Within Reach – Osinbajo

STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT ESP CASH TRANSFER SCHEME: LIFTING 20 MILLION NIGERIANS OUT OF POVERTY IN NEXT 2 YEARS NOW WITHIN REACH, SAYS OSINBAJO *VP adds: Nigeria deserves social security scheme not just for poverty alleviation, but wealth creation also *Nigeria first country in Africa to develop & test wholly technology-based approach to social protection Following the successful activation of the Economic Sustainability Plan’s (ESP) Cash Transfer scheme aimed at delivering financial support to at least 1 million urban-based households using technology, the Buhari administration’s vision of reducing extreme poverty by lifting at least 20 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next two years is now within reach, according to Vice Preside...
They Want To Use COVID-19 Vaccine To Kill Us – Yahaya Bello
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They Want To Use COVID-19 Vaccine To Kill Us – Yahaya Bello

While global authorities are shuffling plans to land the COVID-19 vaccine to save their populations from the rapidly spreading coronavirus, a Nigerian governor is discouraging people from taking the vaccines. The Nigerian government said it is expecting at least 100,000 doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of January through the COVAX co-financing public-private facility. But several global health experts and bodies told PREMIUM TIMES it is “almost impossible” for Nigeria to start receiving vaccines this January. Aso Rock officials said both President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will take the COVID-19 vaccines live on TV to allay the growing vaccine hesitancy among Nigerians. Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, who addres...
Buhari, Osinbajo To Spend ₦3.4 Billion On Feeding, Travels in 2021
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Spend ₦3.4 Billion On Feeding, Travels in 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will spend N3.4 billion on feeding and travel expenses. While Mr Buhari approved about N2.6 billion of the amount for his office, about N873 million was earmarked for Mr Osinbajo’s office. As in the last five years, travel expenses will take the largest chunk of these expenses, details of the approved budget for the year reviewed by PREMIUM TIMES show. The same amount was approved for the offices of the first two citizens of the country in 2020. Both offices received less but still significantly high allocations in the four preceding years. Travels and feeding gulped N1.5 billion in 2019; N1.52 billion in 2018; in 2017, N1.45 billion; and N1.43 billion in 2016. Presidential travels will gulp N2.4 billion: N775.6...
Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Buhari Cautions Against Divisive Comments
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Armed Forces Remembrance Day: Buhari Cautions Against Divisive Comments

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to desist from actions and comments that could jeopardise the unity and progress of the nation. The president, who said this in Abuja yesterday on the occasion of this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day, reminded Nigerians of the need to guard the unity of the nation which he said was “won at great cost”. He said “Nigeria’s strength lies in her diversity”. President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the occasion laid wreaths in commemoration of the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Arcade Eagle Square in Abuja to honour fallen heroes. Dignitaries who also laid wreaths at the ceremony include Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila of the House of Representatives, and Chief Justice of Ni...
Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Lay Wreaths To Mark Armed Forces Remembrance Day
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Buhari, Osinbajo, Others Lay Wreaths To Mark Armed Forces Remembrance Day

President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other top government officials on Friday laid wreaths at the National Arcade, Abuja as part of activities to mark this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day. Buhari, who arrived the Arcade at about 10.05am had earlier inspected a guard of honour mounted by combined Army, Navy and Air Force personnel before laying the wreath at 10.28am. Vice President Osinbajo was next to lay the wreath after Buhari followed jointly by President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Tanko Mohammed. The President later signed the Remembrance Anniversary in the company of Osinbajo, the leadership of the National Assembly and the service chiefs....
We Need To Produce Largest Oil Volumes Possible At Cheaper Costs – Osinbajo
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We Need To Produce Largest Oil Volumes Possible At Cheaper Costs – Osinbajo

WE NEED TO PRODUCE LARGEST OIL VOLUMES POSSIBLE AT CHEAPER COSTS, OSINBAJO TELLS OIL & GAS STAKEHOLDERS *VP adds: “Gas should be an enabler for quick development” Stakeholders in the oil industry need to find and agree on cheaper means of producing oil while also ensuring a more competitive environment that meets the needs and purposes of the Nigerian nation including the largest production volumes possible. This was the view of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, at a virtual meeting on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) with stakeholders in the industry under the auspices of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) in Nigeria, and Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG). According to Prof. Osinbajo “we need to agree on terms that will give us a more competitive envir...
Osinbajo Hailed On Promotion Of Tech Opportunities For Youths
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Osinbajo Hailed On Promotion Of Tech Opportunities For Youths

Nigerians have commended Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his contributions to the promotion of tech opportunities for the Nigerian youth. The global technology giants – Google Inc., HUAWEI, and top social networking companies, Facebook, Microsoft Corporation, had disclosed plans to partner with the Federal Government for the benefit of the Nigerian people, especially young people. Vice President Osinbajo, who embraced the initiative had noted in a virtual meeting with Microsoft Corporation team led by its President, Brad Smith that the company’s interest in supporting the efforts of the Federal Government is a welcome development and could be leveraged to address issues affecting the youths especially in engaging them productively. Earlier before their latest meeting, VP Osinbajo,...
Small Businesses Are Engines Of Growth Of Any Economy – Osinbajo
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Small Businesses Are Engines Of Growth Of Any Economy – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that small businesses are the engines of growth of any economy, especially in the areas of wealth creation and employment opportunities. Prof. Osinbajo also said that in partnership with the private sector, the Federal Government would continue to support innovation and interventions to boost the growth of small businesses across the country. This he said would improve the economy and create more employment opportunities for Nigerians. Speaking on Monday in Abuja at the first meeting of MSMEs stakeholders for the year 2021, Osinbajo urged stakeholders in the public and private sectors at the virtual meeting to be innovative in the interventions planned for small businesses across the country, to consolidate on the gains recorded in the MSM...
Armed Forces Day: Nigeria Is Stronger Together – Osinbajo
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Armed Forces Day: Nigeria Is Stronger Together – Osinbajo

OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT *VP pays tribute to Nigeria’s military heroes and heroines Despite differences in religion, ethnicity, political affiliations, or other diversities, Nigerians of all generations and from all walks of life must endeavour to commit to ensuring Nigeria’s unity, because the nation is stronger together than apart, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Vice President spoke today at the Interdenominational Church Service for the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, which held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Sunday. According to Prof. Osinbajo, who was represented at the Church Service by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Nigerians “must at every opportunity insist that every great ...
Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani
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Why Buhari, Osinbajo Don’t Need To Televise COVID-19 Vaccination – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani says President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha do not need to receive COVID-19 vaccine on live telecast. Tweeting on Friday, Sani said Nigeria’s leaders should only ensure they are vaccinated with the same brand as would be given to ordinary citizens. “No need to Vaccinate d VIPs on live TV. Just do the right thing, when you vaccinate the leaders with Pfizer, make sure the people are also vaccinated with Pfizer,” the former Kaduna lawmaker wrote. “When you vaccinate the People with Russian or Chinese vaccine, make sure the leaders are also vaccinated with same brand.” Nigeria is expecting the US-manufactured Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at the end of January. The governm...
Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft’s Offer To support Nigeria’s ESP
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Osinbajo Welcomes Microsoft’s Offer To support Nigeria’s ESP

Just as global technology giants including Google Inc., HUAWEI, and top social networking company, Facebook, another international tech heavyweight, Microsoft Corporation, has disclosed plans to partner with the Federal Government for the benefit of the Nigerian people, especially young people. Specifically, Microsoft is now offering support for the Digital Transformation pillar of the Federal Government's Economic Sustainability Plan. This will be a continuation of the technology company's investment in Nigeria after the establishment of an African Technology Development Centre in 2020, all in affirmation of the efforts of the Buhari administration in the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in Nigeria. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Thursday noted in a virtual meeting ...
Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television
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Buhari, Osinbajo To Take COVID-19 Vaccine On Live Television

Faisal Shuaib, executive director and chief executive officer, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), says provisions would be made for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on live television. Around 100,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine are expected in the country at the end of January. Speaking at the media briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, held in Abuja on Thursday, Shuaib said administering the vaccine on live TV is part of efforts to promote awareness. He added that frontline health workers would also be given priority on receiving the vaccine when the doses arrive Nigeria. “We will like to see a situation where Mr. president, the vice-president, the SGF, critical ...
Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP
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Many Nigerians Have Received Grants – Osinbajo Updates Buhari On ESP

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, received Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who updated him on the progress so far in the implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said it was the duo’s first official meeting for the year. Buhari had in 2020 mandated Osinbajo, as chair of the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC), to coordinate the implementation of the ESP aimed at cushioning the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Osinbajo said that three months into the implementation of different components of the ESP: MSMEs Survival Fund; Solar Home System, Social Housing Scheme, among others, Nigerians across different sectors had been impacted. He explained that under MSME...
We Will Do All It Takes To Secure Nigeria, Osinbajo Says
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We Will Do All It Takes To Secure Nigeria, Osinbajo Says

The Buhari administration will not relent but will do all it takes, including putting news ideas on the table in order to secure the country according to Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Vice President is on a one-day official visit to Nasarawa State today and was accosted by reporters on his arrival in Lafia after he was received by Governor Abdullahi A. Sule. Below is the verbatim report of the Vice President's response to the media: As the President said, these group of people have acted insanely in such a dastardly manner, killing innocent people, people who had gone to their farms to work. I spoke to the Governor, Governor Babagana Zulum and the former Governor, Senator Kashim Shettima to express my condolence, but more importantly, to try and think through ways...
Government Is Open To New, Creative Ideas In Growing Nigeria’s Economy – Osinbajo
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Government Is Open To New, Creative Ideas In Growing Nigeria’s Economy – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a major feature of Nigeria’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic as indicated in the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) currently being implemented, has been an openness to new and creative ideas. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja said the vice president spoke at a webinar with some French business leaders under the aegis of the Franco-Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The vice president said that the approach was in a bid to save jobs, protect businesses, and attract new investments He said that part of what the Federal Government had done in its response to the pandemic was to build a business environment that would be supportive of domestic and foreign investors. “It is important to recognise th...
Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax
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Inflation: FG Exempts Minimum Wage Earners From Tax

In order to reduce the impact of inflation on Nigerians, the Buhari administration, is, through the 2020 Finance Bill, proposing the exemption of minimum wage earners from Personal Income Tax. This is even as the President Muhammadu Buhari administration tried to justify the reduction of import duties on cars, saying the government will buy locally assembled vehicles. Buhari made these disclosures in his speech delivered virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed: "Building Partnerships for Resilience". And when coupled with other items in the proposed Finance Bill, and various economic policies of the Federal Government, these incentives would ensure the resilience of the Nigerian ec...
FG Plans To Buy Locally Assembled Cars – Osinbajo
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FG Plans To Buy Locally Assembled Cars – Osinbajo

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday said the Federal Government proposed in the 2020 Finance Bill to exempt minimum wage earners. He said the move was to reduce the impact of inflation on Nigerians, adding that the initiative would exempt minimum wage earners from the Personal Income Tax. Buhari disclosed this in his speech delivered virtually by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Monday, at the opening session of the 26th Nigerian Economic Summit Group Conference themed ‘Building partnerships for resilience’. Osinbajo also explained that the Federal Government would buy locally assembled cars rather than imported foreign ones. He said, “We are proposing in the new Finance Act that those who earn minimum wage should be exempted from paying income ...
Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo
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Acquiring COVID-19 Vaccine For Citizens Our Priority – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has emphasised that one of Nigeria’s most pressing priorities is obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine for the citizens. He stated this yesterday at the opening session of the virtual edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which featured presentations by some Heads of State & Governments alongside international organisations, on a collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, Osinbajo also said the government is preoccupied with improving healthcare and the economy post-COVID-19. “The priorities of Nigeria in the post-COVID-19 era include improved healthcare and the economy. First, we need to keep the vi...
Osinbajo Calls Taye Olubayo Who Addressed A Letter To Him – EndSARS
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Osinbajo Calls Taye Olubayo Who Addressed A Letter To Him – EndSARS

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo placed a phone call to a Twitter user, Taye Paul Olubayo, who addressed a four-page open letter to the number two citizen on October 6. Unlike many Twitter users who do not meaningfully engage the government, Mr Olubayo tweeted a handwritten letter to the Vice President proffering solutions to how to solve the demands of EndSARS protesters. In the letter, Mr Olubayo detailed how many youths worked actively to elect the Muhammadu Buhari administration in 2015 and again in 2019. The letter he addressed to the VP reads in part, “Over the past few days, and tracing back to few years ago, the period during which you stood in for your principal as acting President, I'm very sure you remember our cries with respect to the dreaded SARS. “Don't get me wron...
EndSARS: Osinbajo, Six Governors To Engage Youths, CSOs, Others
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EndSARS: Osinbajo, Six Governors To Engage Youths, CSOs, Others

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will be heading a committee that has six state governors as members to engage youths, representatives of Civil Society Organisations, religious and traditional leaders on the fallout of the recent #EndSARS protests. Members of the committee will be engaging the stakeholders on employment, social safety net programmes, and national unity among other key issues of concern. The decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council chaired by Osinbajo on Monday. The council, which is chaired by the sitting Vice President, has also state governors, relevant ministers, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria as members. Members of the committee are six state governors representing the six geopolitical zones of the country. ...
Lekki Shootings: Top US Officials Storm Aso Rock
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Lekki Shootings: Top US Officials Storm Aso Rock

AMIDST national crisis over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos on Tuesday, a delegation from the United States government has arrived in Nigeria. The team was at Aso Rock on Thursday to discuss with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors. The team, according to the US Mission in Nigeria “discussed ongoing violence, the importance of allowing citizens to peacefully demonstrate, and accountability and justice for victims.” The team comprises of US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Bob Destro; US Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Conflict Stabilisation Operations, Denise Natali; the Counselor of the US Department of State, Thomas Ulrich Brechbuhl; and the Charge d’Affairs, US Embassy, Kathleen FitzGibbon. ...
Soldiers Who Shot Protesters Must Face The Law, US Officials Tell Osinbajo
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Soldiers Who Shot Protesters Must Face The Law, US Officials Tell Osinbajo

Senior officials of the United States Government on Thursday met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and expressed displeasure over the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday. The US also demanded that the soldiers behind the shootings must be brought to book. The Spokesperson for the State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said in a statement that the officials were led by Counselor of the US State Department, Ulrich Brechbühl. Others at the meeting include: Assistant Secretary Robert Destro and Assistant Secretary Denise Natali. The officials, according to the statement, raised concerns over the ongoing violence in Nigeria as well as human rights violations and human trafficking. The statement read in part, “Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbühl met with Nig...
Lekki Shootings: Osinbajo’s Comments Disappointing – Frank Edoho
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Lekki Shootings: Osinbajo’s Comments Disappointing – Frank Edoho

Popular TV host, Frank Edoho , has described Vice- President Yemi Osinbajo as one of the biggest disappointments of the year . Edoho , who was the host of the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire show for over 10 years, said this in a tweet on Thursday while reacting to a statement by Osinbajo on Thursday . Osinbajo had in reaction to the shootings at the Lekki toll plaza said , “My heart goes out to all the victims of the Lekki shootings , and also the policemen and all other men and women who lost their lives in the past few days in different parts of Lagos and other states . ” Responding, however, Edoho said it was unfortunate that Osinbajo had failed to say more on the matter. “ With your impeccable speaking talent you have managed to be quiet throughout the tragedies ...
Man vows never to step foot into any Redeem Christian Church of God Until Pastor Yemi Osinbajo is suspended
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Man vows never to step foot into any Redeem Christian Church of God Until Pastor Yemi Osinbajo is suspended

A Nigerian accountant, Obinna Nwosu, has vowed never to enter any parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG,  if Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is not suspended from the church.   He said this following the shooting of Lekki #EndSARS protesters today October 20. Osinbajo is a pastor of the RCCG.   Obinna wrote ''Until Pastor Yemi Osinbajo is suspended, I am never stepping foot into any Redeem Christian Church of God. He has lost the grace to serve as cover of the life of saints''  
EndSARS: Mr. President Has Spoken And He Means Every Word – Laolu Akande
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EndSARS: Mr. President Has Spoken And He Means Every Word – Laolu Akande

The SSA On Media And Publicity to the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande reteirated the commitments of President Muhammadu Buhari towards bringing an end to brutality by the Nigerian Police and the ongoing efforts on all the related issues including matters of compensation for victims of #EndSARs. In a tweet that seems to be an engagement, Mr. Laolu also said that in line with the directive by the Vice President, Prof, Yemi Osinbajo to the governors during the NEC meeting, some states have already setup judicial panels with a span of six (6) months to complete their tasks. In a closing remark, he said "Let's work together to move country forward. There is indeed a global economic downturn but its actually an opportunity to fix things and deliver better results".
Police Violations Of Young People’s Rights Unacceptable, Annoying – Osinbajo
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Police Violations Of Young People’s Rights Unacceptable, Annoying – Osinbajo

"I am very concerned, in fact, very angry about what I see, happening to young men and women who are arrested, in some cases maimed or killed by men of the police force."_ Those were the words of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, when State House Correspondents approached him at the Presidential Villa on his way going out of the residence this afternoon. Prof Osinbajo was asked mainly about the economic challenges facing the country and Nigerians, and also the reported recent upsurge in the activities of FSARS regarding harassment of people alongside different violations of the rights of especially young Nigerians by some police officers. In his response, the VP who had earlier held a meeting with the Inspector General of Police today at his residence said the President and h...
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BBNaija’s Erica Parties With Kiki Osinbajo In Abuja

Kiki, daughter of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has been a huge fan of Erica and Kiddwaya during their stay in the house and even appointed herself a major stakeholder in the famous #Kiddrica romance. She stood with Erica all through her turbulent period in the Big Brother Naija house, and remained a supporter after the actress got kicked off the show. Yesterday, the women finally met and attended the Joeboy drive-in show with friends. And fans are so glad. https://youtu.be/iOXr8xSkz7U  
Osinbajo Commends IGP’s Decision On SARS, Criticises Actions Of Officers
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Osinbajo Commends IGP’s Decision On SARS, Criticises Actions Of Officers

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has applauded the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for banning the routine patrol of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other Tactical Squads of the Nigeria Police Force. Speaking to State House reporters at his residence in Abuja on Sunday, Professor Osinbajo described the routine attacks on young people as infuriating. While condemning the actions of some officers he called bad “eggs of the Force”, the Vice President asked the police to stick to their mandates. He also commended Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) for speaking up against injustices meted out by some security operatives on young Nigerians. Osinbajo’s remarks come shortly after IGP Adamu warned FSARS and other Tactical Squads of the Force against carryi...
Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment – Osinbajo
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Merit, Not Federal Character, Should Determine Government Appointment – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has said for the country to attain economic growth and development, the dominant principle when appointing people into public offices should be merit rather than federal character. He stated this amid grievances in some quarters over the lopsided appointment of persons into national offices by the current regime led by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd). Osinbajo spoke at a webinar on Saturday organised by the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, led by a former Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga. The Vice-President, who was the keynote speaker at the webinar monitored by our correspondent, spoke on the theme, ‘Rebuilding our national value system.’ He said the country’s value system must be established in such a way th...
Buhari Presides Over Weekly FEC Virtual Meeting In Abuja (Photos)
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Buhari Presides Over Weekly FEC Virtual Meeting In Abuja (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, the nation's capital. The meeting is taking place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, State House, Abuja. Those in attendance physically include President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha. The Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari; Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Mejabi Yemi-Esan, Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed were also sighted. Other ministers and members of the FEC are attending virtually from their respective offices, due to existing COVID-19 protocols.
Osinbajo Welcomes First Granchild As His Daughter, Oludamilola Gives Birth
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Osinbajo Welcomes First Granchild As His Daughter, Oludamilola Gives Birth

  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, are now grandparents as their daughter, Oluwadamilola and her husband, Oluseun Bakare, have welcomed their first child, a baby boy. Oluwadamilola and Oluseun welcomed their baby boy today September 21. Yemi Osinbajo announced the news on Twitter. He wrote: ''All glory to GOD! I am now a grand dad! My daughter, Oludamilola and her husband Oluseun became parents to a wonderful baby boy this morning!"
How FG Delegation To Silicon Valley Benefited Nigerian Startups – Osinbajo
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How FG Delegation To Silicon Valley Benefited Nigerian Startups – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has outlined how is trip to the Silicon Valley in the United States has benefitted Nigerian start-ups, some of whom have gotten funds to grow their business. Osinbajo disclosed this milestone when he spoke on the Fire Side Chat with Nick Clegg, Facebook VP of Policy and Communication, a former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He explained that there have been active partnerships between Nigerian start-ups and some US tech firms, assuring Nigerians that more investment is expected to pour in. “Both tours were extremely successful. At the Silicon Valley, Nigerian start-ups got a chance to pitch their products to tech sector investors, that was very good, in fact before we left Silicon Valley, one of our venture platforms was able to sign ...
There’s Need To Take Another Look At Amended NBC Code – Osinbajo
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There’s Need To Take Another Look At Amended NBC Code – Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government needs to revisit the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) amendment of the broadcasting code. Osinbajo said this on Friday during a session with Nick Clegg, vice-president of Facebook’s policy and communication. The code, which has stirred a lot of controversy, seeks to regulate content exclusivity, enforce content sharing and empower the NBC to determine prices at which content is sold to sub-licensees by rights holders. Also, the fine for hate speech has been increased from N500,000 to N5 million. Osinbajo said there is need to take a second look at the code so as not to “stifle the work of hardworking, creative people”. “The NBC code is one where the is now activity around trying to take a second look at it. Those...
FG Will Ensure Nigerian Traders In Ghana Get Justice, Osinbajo Assures
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FG Will Ensure Nigerian Traders In Ghana Get Justice, Osinbajo Assures

Despite the seeming delay in resolving the concerns of Nigerian traders regarding some stiff business regulation imposed by Ghanaian authorities, the Federal Government will ensure that affected Nigerians get justice, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. The Vice President gave the assurance on Tuesday evening during a meeting with representatives of the Nigerian community in Ghana. The meeting which held at the official residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana was focused on the challenges facing Nigerians living in the West African nation including the locking of hundreds of Nigerian owned shops. Responding to the issues raised by leaders of the Nigerian community at the meeting, especially the maltreatment of Nigerians by Ghanaian authorities, Prof Osinb...
Mali: Osinbajo In Accra For ECOWAS Summit (Photos)
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Mali: Osinbajo In Accra For ECOWAS Summit (Photos)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Tuesday arrived Accra, Ghana where he is currently attending the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit on the situation in Mali on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting is part of the several efforts of the leaders in the sub-region to find solution to the Mali political crisis. Here are images of the summit. On behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, I am at the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit in Accra, Ghana today. The summit is considering how to resolve the political situation in Mali.