FG Ratifies Nigeria’s Membership Of Africa Free-Trade

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The Federal Executive Council ratified Nigerias membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement Friday in Abuja.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known at the end of the weekly meeting of the Council chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

According him, with the ratification, Nigeria has beaten the December 5th deadline set for all countries to ratify their membership of the African Free Trade Area.

He said that the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment presented a memo on Wednesday asking the Federal Executive Council to ratify Nigerias membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

Mohammed also said that the Council approved N470 million for the procurement, installation, and commissioning of a fully dimensional aerodrome and approach simulator at Lagos Airport.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, who also briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said the Council approved the opening of a Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre in Abuja.

Pantami said the centre would help to address the problem of unemployment among Nigerian youths.

The minister also said that the Council approved the registration of Internally Displaced Persons so as to give them digital identity.

According to Pantami, the digital ID will support the government in establishing the total number of IDPs, make budgetary provisions for them, and assist in national planning with regards to their education, health and many more.

He expressed the hope that the digital identification policy would enable the government to reach out to IDPs across the country.

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