Jonathan Urges NASS To Expedite Action On 2014 Appropriation Bill

The Federal Government has appealed to members of the National Assembly to expedite action on the 2014 Appropriation Bill currently before them to ensure that the administration delivers dividends of democracy to the people.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu,who represented President Goodluck Jonathan made the appeal  during a  forum of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He reiterated President Jonathan’s determination to continue to impact positively on the infrastructural needs of the country and that the SURE-P had since its inception in 2012 become a critical unit of his administration’s transformation agenda.

He said over 190,000 youths have so far been employed under various categories of SURE-P alongside massive intervention in railway, road construction and health among others.

The acting chairman of SURE-P, Gen. Martin-Luther Agwai (Rtd), agreed that there were obvious challenges in the implementation of its programmes.

Agwai explained that the forum was therefore meant to review past operations to assist the programme to fulfil its mandate.

FEC Approves N240 Million Worth Of Vehicles For SURE-P Officials

The Federal Executive Council has approved the procurement of 44 Innoson Motors (IVM) G5 jeeps for the 37 chairmen of the State and FCT Coordination and Implementation Committee of the Community Services, Women and Youth Employment Projects of SURE-P.

Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu made this known to journalists at the end of the council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Labour minister said the vehicle will enhance the monitoring and supervision of the community services, women and youths employment activities at the state and local government levels nationwide.

The approval which has a budgetary provision in the 2013 Appropriation is in line with the federal government’s policy to patronize locally manufactured vehicles through direct procurement method and will cost N240.2million.

Also, the FEC has approved a draft Nigerian Metallurgical Industry Bill, 2014 for passage to the National Assembly.

The Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Mr Musa Sada, said the objective of the bill amongst others, include regulating the operations of all metallurgical plants in Nigeria through ensuring that metallurgical products and raw materials being manufactured or imported into the country meet set standards.