Real mission, Location of 15 Chinese Who Came to Nigeria Revealed
The federal government has revealed what the 15 Chinese experts who recently came into Nigeria are doing.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed that the doctors are in
the country to help in building and equipping COVID-19 isolation
Aregbesola stated that the experts are in Nigeria on the bill of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC.
He made the disclosure during the Presidential Task Force, PTF, daily briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Aregbesola said the Chinese experts worked at the Idu COVID-19 isolation centre and the Dome project both in Abuja.
According to Aregbesola: “Indeed 15 Chinese nationals came into Nigeria
on April 8. They are here on the bill of the CCECC, a Chinese company
doing some works for us in Nigeria in conjunction with some Nigerian
companies they agreed to support us in the effort to respond to the
“At Idu isolation centre in Abuja, they participated in retrofitting and
equipping the isolation centre. They equally worked on the Dome
project, that was handled by the NNPC Construction in conjunction with
“So, those are the locations in which they came to work. Both in
retrofitting the Iju facility and installing critical essential medical
Lately, some Nigerians have raised an alarm over the whereabouts of
Chinese nationals said to be medical doctors who came into the country
to help fight COVID-19.
Tola Johnson, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Micro Small and Medium and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), says 100,000 small businesses will get N50,000 each.
NAN reports that the gesture is part of COVID-19 economic stimulus.
The presidential aide made the announcement at the inauguration of the Implementation of Survival Fund and Guaranteed Off-Take Stimulus Schemes for MSMEs on Thursday in Abuja.
Johnson, the Project Coordinator, said that the schemes were part of the Economic Sustainability Plan drafted by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Payroll Support targets 100,000 businesses. However, the number of individuals who will benefit from this is 500,000. What the government has done is to say that there a lot of MSMEs that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Afterward, there is a CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) free registration; it is free for the MSMEs but the government is paying the CAC for this. What the government has done is to say to the CAC, you do this regularly to the MSMEs at about N12,000 or thereabout; give it to us at half price, we will give it to the MSMEs free.’’
Johnson added that under the National MSMEs Clinic, Osinbajo and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment went to no fewer than 26 states.
He said it was discovered that very creative businesses were not registered.
“They will tell you they don’t have N10,000 to N12,000 to register their businesses. The government had promised that at some point, we will do and I think the opportunity has come now; the opportunity cannot be better than now.’’
The official also announced that under the Survival Fund, the last strap would be the Transport and Artisans Support.
At least 333,000 beneficiaries will get a one-off N30,000 grant, Johnson said.
He added that the government will work with associations, individuals and the Ministry of Transportation to implement the scheme.