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54,000 women to benefit from FG/World Bank’s women empowerment project in Edo




At least 54,000 Edo women are to benefit from the Federal Government World Bank-supported Nigeria for Women Project (NWP), Gov. Godwin Obaseki has said.

A statement by Obaseki’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Crusoe Osagie on Thursday, quoted the governor as saying that the would-be beneficiaries of the pilot phase would be drawn from the three senatorial districts in the state.

Obaseki, who was speaking at the inauguration of the State Steering Committee and State Technical Committee of NWP in Benin, said that the project was being supported by the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government.

In the pilot phase, the project is expected to empower women in Edo, Ogun, Niger, Taraba, Abia, and Kebbi states.

The governor commended the programme, saying that his administration was committed to bridging the economic and social gaps existing between the male and female genders in the state.

“We are addressing all forms of gender gaps, which have promoted extreme poverty in the state.

“So much is being done to ensure that women are empowered with relevant skills, which will make them more useful and self reliant in a highly competitive world,” he said.

According to Obaseki, empowering women will have a multiplier effect on the nation’s economy and poverty reduction.

The governor, who said that the project needed to be data-based, called on the steering and technical committees for the project to come up with the best possible modalities that would guarantee successful execution of the project.

“We need to come up with specific action plans and monitoring mechanism so we can measure outcomes,” he added.

He said that Ward Development Committees should be part of the screening process for the beneficiaries of the project to allow for fair representation.

In her remark, Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen, the state’s Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, said that the ministry was passionate about the project.

Ohenhen, therefore, assured the governor and other stakeholders of a successful implementation of the project.

She said that the governor’s resolve and commitment to mainstreaming women into governance in the state made it possible for Edo to be part of the Nigeria for women project.

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See your appointment as sacrifice to serve Nasarawa, Gov. Sule urges Commissioners



Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has urged the newly- inaugurated members of the State Executive Council to regard their appointment as a sacrifice to serve the state.

Sule made the call during the inaugural meeting of the council at Government House, Lafia, on Wednesday.

He also urged them to key into the development programmes of his administration.

He used the opportunity to update the council on the activities of his administration aimed at taking Nasarawa to the next level of development.

The governor, however, warned the commissioners to avoid making policy statements without the permission to do so.

“ Before your appointments, you could afford to say anything, but must be careful now, because whatever you say will be taken as the position of the government.

“If you go out from this meeting today, everybody would want to know what happened from you, so you have to be careful on what you say.

“If you are not careful, you can either make commitment on things the government did not plan or embarrass the government,” he said.

Sule also said already, he had been able to achieve most of the promises made to the people of the state during his inauguration.

“We installed solar powered streetlights in all Local Government Areas, launched construction of rural roads, commenced construction of schools with toilets and offices for staff.

“We carried out free healthcare services in the three Senatorial Districts, enrolled empowerment programmes for youths and women.

“Other things we have been able to achieve include restructuring of the civil service, restoration of full payments of pension,” he said.

The governor expressed gratitude to the Speaker and members of the House of the State Assembly for screening and approving the 15 commissioner-list sent to the house.

He said that the approval showed that the Commissioners were highly competent and would bring their wealth of experience to bear in delivering good governance to the people .

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Aliyu Tijjani, presented the newly- inaugurated council to the governor.

Edited by Jane (NAN)-Frances Oraka and Abdullahi Yusuf

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Groups commend NAHCON for injecting accountability in Hajj operation



Three goups, on Wednesday in Kaduna commended the management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for ensuring accountability in the running of Hajj operations in the country.

The groups, Youth Reformation and Leadership Skill Development Foundation, Salvage Nigeria Forum, and Good Governance And Anti Corruption Advocacy, made the commendation at a joint press conference in Kaduna.

Dr Auwwal Aliyu, who spoke on behalf  of the groups noted that the progressive innovations brought into Hajj operation have enhanced the image of Nigeria and its people.

They particularly appreciated the leadership role being played by NAHCON Chairman, Abdullahi Muktar since 2015, which ensured good governance and the protection of the rights of pilgrims.

According to them, the Commission had since keyed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption crusade by ensuring due diligence and adhering to due process in its operations.

They urged the Federal Government to renew the mandate of the NAHCON management team including its chairman, in order to consolidate on the gains recorded so far.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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LG Chairman, youths collaborate to promote peaceful co-existence in Nasarawa



Alhaji Abubakar Abbas, the Chairman of Wamba Local Government council of Nasarawa State, has expressed his readiness to collaborate with the youths in the council area to promote unity and peaceful co-existence among the residents.

Abbas stated this on Wednesday in Wamba, while playing host to members of the Wamba/ Farin-Ruwa Youths Movement residing in Lafia.

He said that his administration had given topmost priority to the protection of lives and property of the people of the area, hence the need for collaboration to promote peaceful co-existence.

Abbas expressed appreciation to the youth for the visit, while assuring them of his support to enable the association succeed.

“Since assumption in office, I have been executing projects that had direct bearing on the lives of our people, apart from the protection of their lives and property.

“This is because the importance of peace to societal development could not be overemphasised.

“I am ready to collaborate with you and other organisations in promoting peaceful co-existence among our people.

“Since no country can achieve any meaningful development without peace, there is, therefore, the need for us to act in that direction,” he said.

Abbas solicited for the support of the youth and other people of the area to enable him succeed in the task ahead of him.

Responding, Mr Solomon Mundung, the President of the association, said that the visit was to intimate the chairman on their activities, which were aimed at bringing the people of the area together.

He commended the developmental strides of the council boss and called for its sustenance.

Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Kaduna Assembly set up adhoc committees to scrutinise LGAs performance



The Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Aminu Shagali has constituted three adhoc committees to scrutinise activities of the 23 Local Government Councils in the state.

The speaker said during plenary on Wednesday in Kaduna that the committees will be deployed to each of the three senatorial districts.

According to him, the committees will investigate the local councils’ compliance to laws and other statutory operational guidelines and legislations in terms of their finances.

The committees will also determine if they have right signatories to their accounts, are complying with

spending limits, holding statutory council and security meetings.

Other issues include the revenue position and other financial aspects of the local councils, relationship with councillors, and whether they seek for clearance and approvals from the state government.

The adhoc committee for Zone 1 is headed by Mr Emmanuel Kantiok; Zone 2, Alhaji Idris Abdullahi, and Zone 3, Alhaji Muktar Hazo.

Each of the committees has nine members and secretary and will submit the report back to the assembly in three weeks.

Mr Tanimu Musa, the Chairman House Committee on Information, later told newsmen that the committees were not set up to witchhunt anybody, but ensure that the councils operate in compliance with laid down regulations in the handling of funds allocated to them.

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Gov. Ihedioha inaugurates new HoS



Gov. Emeka Ihedioha, on Wednesday in Owerri, inaugurated Dr Camillus Iwuagwu, as the new Head of Service (HoS).

Ihedioha, on the occasion, charged Iwuagwu to introduce innovations that would move the service forward and create conditions for high performance by civil servants.

He tasked the new HoS to re-enact the commitment, devotion and teamwork that would drive excellence in the state civil service as well as enhance the success of government policies and programmes.

The governor, however, appreciated the immediate past HoS, Mr Ama Eluwa for her contributions to the state civil service.

“The task ahead of us is enormous and we need all hands on deck because we cannnot afford to disappoint the people, who have vested so much trust in us.

“As we continue to rebuild Imo, I charge you to be proactive and steer the ship of our civil service for improved performance”.

In his response, Iwuagwu assured the governor that he would do his best to justify the confidence reposed in him.

He expressed optimism that the state public service would improve on its tradition of speedy, efficient and effective implementation of government policies and initiatives.


Edited by Ejike Obeta/Yemi Idris (NAN)-Aduloju

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Court refuses to grant order against Edo APC faction



The Federal High Court sitting in Benin, has declined to grant an order restraining Col. David Imuse (rtd) from parading himself as chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Edo Chapter.

In her ruling Justice A.A. Deemi-Ajayi, refused the order pending the determination of a suit brought before it.

Deemi-Ajayi, also said all motions relating to the matter should be presented together on Dec. 10, and thereafter a ruling could be made.

In suit number FHC/B/CS/133/2019, the plaintiffs/Applicants; Anselm Ojezua and two others through their counsel Ken Mozia (SAN), prayed the court to issue an order restraining Imuse and Lawrence Okah, from parading themselves as chairman and secretary of the party respectively.

Mozia had argued that Ojezua remained APC chairman in the state, while Okah had been suspended as secretary.

“That the status quo as at 10/11/2019, with regard to chairmanship of the APC should be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the case.

“And for such further or other orders as this honourable court may deem it fit to make in the circumstances of this case,” Mozia stated.

However, in a motion of preliminary objection, imuse, Okah and others, through their lawyer Douglas Ogbankwa, argued that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

Ogbangwa argued that; “it is a domestic affair of the APC and therefore, the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

“The subject matter of this dispute purely revolves around the suspension/removal of the 1st plaintiff as chairman of APC Edo State.”

The court subsequently fixed Dec. 10, to hear all motions and necessary documents on the matter and thereafter rule on them.

It would be recalled that eleven members of the 16-member State Working Committee, had signed a removal notice on Ojezua as state chairman of the party.

Two of the signatories later said they were forced to sign at gun point; while a leadership meeting of the party also purportedly removed Okah as state secretary of the APC in Edo state.

Edited by Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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