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FG receives N51 billion remittance from NCC in 3 months

@NgComCommission has announced that it remitted the sum of N51.3 billion to the Federal Government as part of the revenue generated in the first quarter of 2019.

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) remitted the sum of N51.3 billion to the Federal Government as part of the revenue generated in the first quarter of 2019. The disclosure is contained in a press release obtained from the commissions’ website.

According to the NCC, remittances are paid to the Federal Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) annually after the preparation of audited accounts. This is in accordance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2007. However, it was disclosed that the commission had taken initiative to make payments on accounts as revenue is generated.

Further Details: The commission further disclosed that the payment remitted to the FG signifies “Payment on Account” in respect to N44 billion operating surplus and N7.3 billion spectrum assignment fees, which were collected and due to the Federal Government as at April 30, 2019.

[READ: Nigeria’s broadband penetration rises, yet internet remains slowest in the world]

Investment in the Sector: The Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, disclosed that investment in the sector has hit $70 billion from $500 million. Explaining further, the NCC boss stated that through effective regulatory oversight by the commission, the telecoms sector has witnessed extraordinary growth since 2001. Thus, making the regulator an enabler of economic growth and development. Prof Danbatta reiterated;

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“From 2001 to date, telecoms investment has increased tremendously from $500 million to over $70 billion, just as the Commission intensifies measures aimed to further facilitate investment growth in telecoms infrastructure to drive the economy, especially through the licensed Infrastructure Companies (InfraCos). We are also working with necessary stakeholders across all levels of government to address identified impediments to investment drive in the sector.”

 

The Executive Vice President of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta

Growth Prospect: The NCC boss further stressed that growth in the telecoms industry has positively impacted all the sectors of the economy.

“For instance, the latest data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed that the telecoms industry contributed 10.11% to Nigeria’s GDP in the first quarter of 2019.”

To date, the telecoms industry has positively impacted all the sectors of the economy including banking, healthcare, commerce, transportation, agriculture, education and so on, with increased quarter-on-quarter contribution to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”

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Similarly, the NCC stated that emphasis has been placed on broadband development as the next frontier for economic growth by driving efficiency and innovations in Nigeria.

“The Commission has since placed greater emphasis on broadband development as the next frontier for economic growth by driving efficiency and innovations in Nigeria. Consequently, through the painstaking implementation of our 8-Point Agenda with the need to facilitate broadband development topping the agenda, we have been able to increase broadband penetration to 33.13% as at end of May 2019.”

[READ FURTHER: The Federal Government is battling four oil companies in court]

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WHO gives condition for approving Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine as the vaccine gets a name

Russia has named its first approved COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V for the foreign markets.

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Vaccine, COVID-19: Russia to roll out vaccine in September ahead of the West 

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that any form of approval of prequalification of the Russian vaccine will require rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data.

This disclosure was made by the spokesman of the WHO, Tarik Jasarevic, during a United Nations briefing in Geneva about clinical trials.

He said that the UN health agency and the Russian health authorities are currently discussing the process for possible WHO prequalification for its newly approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Tarik Jasarevic, during the UN briefing in Geneva said, “We are in close contact with Russian health authorities and discussions are ongoing with respect to possible WHO prequalification of the vaccine, but again prequalification of any vaccine includes the rigorous review and assessment of all required safety and efficacy data.”

Meanwhile, in a related development, Russia has named its first approved COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V and it is available for foreign markets. The name references the world’s first satellite, which marked a symbolic accomplishment for the USSR during the cold war and space race era. Now, the Russian Government basks in its success at becoming the first country to approve a vaccine for COVID-19.

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The head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) pointed out that Russia had already received requests from more than 20 countries for 1 billion doses of its newly registered COVID-19 vaccine.

Nairametrics had earlier reported today the announcement of the registration of the first COVID-19 vaccine in what could be described as a step ahead of other vaccine developments. The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who made the disclosure during a televised government meeting, said that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than 2 months of human testing.

However, the speed at which Russia is moving to roll out the vaccine has prompted some western countries and international scientists to question whether the Russian government is putting national prestige ahead of solid science and safety.

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Nigeria signs African Trade Insurance Agency agreement

The African Trade Insurance Agency was launched to provide risk solutions for investors.

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Nigeria signs African Trade Insurance Agency agreement, Xenophobia, FG returns tollgates sixteen years after Obasanjo scrapped it from federal roads

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the instrument of accession agreement for Nigeria for the establishment of the African Trade Insurance Agency. This was announced by the Federal Government on Monday night.

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The agreement is coming after the Federal Executive Council ordered that an instrument be prepared and forwarded for execution.

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The African Trade Insurance Agency was launched in 2001, to provide risk solutions for investors, after the East African economic Union (COMESA) executed a World bank funded study to discover why Africa does not attract more Foreign Direct Investments.

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The organization said it added credit insurance to its portfolio in 2006 after its members identified global trade as a major pillar of growth in the continent which has seen it grow as a market leader for risk mitigation in Africa.  The ATI also attracts funding from the African Development Bank and World Bank

Nigeria joining the agreement would provide Nigeria with the necessary insurance financing to increase investment inflows into the country and improve economic productivity.

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Russia announces the registration of the first COVID-19 vaccine

Russian President made the announcement in a televised government meeting.

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COVID-19 vaccine, In Sochi, Vladimir Putin has proposed a “unique” economic assistance to Africa 

Russia has announced the registration of its first COVID-19 vaccine in what can be described as a step ahead of other vaccine development.

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who made the disclosure, called it effective protection against the deadly pathogen and revealed that one of his own daughters had already received it.

Putin in a televised government meeting said, “As far as I know, this morning the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus infection in the world was registered,”

READ MORE: Reasons why a record number of people are giving up their US citizenship

The announcement is seen as a propaganda coup for the Russian government against the west amid a global race to develop vaccines against the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 750,000 people, infected more than 20 million and crippled major global economies.

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Pharmaceutical firms like AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc. are still conducting final-stage trials of their vaccines in studies that are expected to soon yield results.

READ ALSO: WHO admits huge funding gap in pandemic fight, reveals amount needed for vaccine

Nairametrics had about 2 weeks ago reported that Russia had concluded plans to register a coronavirus vaccine between August 10 and August 12 in what would be regarded as the world’s first official approval of a vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic.

It also announced plans for a mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus disease from October after disclosing that it had completed trials for the vaccine.

READ MORE: Chelsea Football Club owner sells gold mining stake for $1.4 billion

This vaccine which is being developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute in collaboration with the Russian Direct Investment Fund started phase 3 trials last week. The Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Tatyana Golikova, who was at the meeting, disclosed that medics could start receiving the vaccine by the end of the month.

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Russia, which is reported to be the fourth most affected country globally, has recorded almost 900,000 COVID-19 cases with over 27,000 coronavirus-related deaths

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