FG approves Life Group Assurance for workers


* Says student loan will kickoff as planned

By Mathew Dadiya

The Federal Government has approved the payment of renewal fees for the Group Life Assurance for federal government workers.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris disclosed this at the end of the first 2024 meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided over by President Bola Tinubu in Abuja.

The minister told State House Correspondents that the approval is sequel to a memo brought to the council by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan.

Idris said the President approved about N9.6 billion for 12 local insurance firms to cover the Federal workers in case of unforeseen eventualities in the course of their duties.

“There are about 12 insurance companies involved. It’s a normal annual cover that insurance companies give workers. So, in the event of death or severe injury, they can resort to and so that their families would not have to suffer,’’ he said.

Idris said that the approval was part of the administration’s determination to accord all its workers the needed reward that would improve efficiency, productivity and service delivery to Nigerians.

Also, the Minister of State for Education, Yusuf Sununu said that the January date for the take-off of the student loan was still in place, adding that a website had already been working for interested students with requisite criteria.

Sununu pointed out that the government had made funding provision for it in the 2024 budget.

The Federal Government has approved a new policy on transnational education in Nigeria.

Minister of State for Education, Yusuf Sununu, also disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the FEC meeting.

He stated that criteria for implementing transnational education across boundaries have been accepted by the council.

He said this will allow Nigerian institutions to collaborate with foreign institutions to offer education services within Nigeria.

Sununu explained that as a member of the World Trade Organization, Nigeria is signatory to the General Agreement on Trade.