President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed former deputy governor of the Central Bank, Sarah Omotunde Alade, as Special Adviser on Finance and the Economy.
She will, however, be based in the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, according to a statement by Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman.
Alade, who holds BSc (Economics) and PhD in Management Science (Operations Research), retired from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Deputy Governor in 2017 after spending 23 years in the apex bank.
She had also acted briefly in 2014 as the CBN Governor.
With the appointment, the presidency now has two economic advisers, with one domiciled in the Vice President’s office. He is Dr Adeyemi Dipeolu, who was appointed in 2015 and tenure renewed in 2019.
There is also the economic advisory group, headed by Dr Doyin Salami.
However, No fewer than 120, 000 rice farmers in Kano State would benefit from the Federal Government’s Anchor Borrower programme for this year’s dry season farming.
The state Chairman of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu disclosed this in an interview in Kano on Tuesday.
He said already the list of the registered farmers had been forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for verification and processing of the loan facility.
He disclosed that each farmer would receive a loan package of not less than N220,000 comprising inputs and certain amount of money for payment of labour.
“About 150, 000 rice farmers registered for the programme but the number had to be reduced to 120,000 due issue of BVN.
“The list of the successful farmers have been forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria for immediate processing as the dry season farming activities for the commodity will soon commence, “ he said.