BrandArena: Nigeria: FG Approves Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council

Thursday 16 March 2017

Nigeria: FG Approves Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council

Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) have oked the establishment of the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council towards boosting industrialization in the country.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, while speaking with State House correspondents yesterday after the FEC meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari said, the new council will engage the private sector to develop a viable policy for the nation's industrial sector.

Enelamah stated that the industrial council will be chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and will have two vice presidents from both the government and the private sector, while membership will be drawn from private sector and relevant ministries.

The Minister of Health Isaac Adewole also revealed that the Council approved Draft Bill to give legal backing for the establishment of the National Centre for Disease Control.

He said that a legal backing will now be given to the agency to have its own board, recruit it's personnel and a Chief Executive Officer appointed.

According to him, there was a budget line for National Center for Disease Control already that the Federal Government will not going to incur any additional expenses.

"To move the agenda of public health intervention forward, what is known internationally is that they will always be another  epidemic or another disease outbreak but what we do not know is when and where it will happen. What we need to do is to get ourselves prepared for the next epidemic.

"Our center for disease control is a frontline agency that has been recognised internationally, it has been designated as the regional center for disease control in West Africa, it has also been designated as the regional center for the African center for disease and prevention", he said. "So with this approval we can then move on working with National Assembly to put in place the necessary legislative action so that it can formally become an Act of Parliament."

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