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FG spends over N1bn on conditional cash transfer beneficiaries in Niger

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The Federal Government says it has spent about N1 billion on the National Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Niger in three years.

Hajiya Hadiza Shiru, Head of the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU) in Niger, disclosed this during a training session on savings and group mobilisation (SGM) in Minna on Friday.

The training was for facilitators and desk officers from six Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the National Conditional Cash Transfer (CTF) is one of the component of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme towards tackling poverty and hunger.

The programme focuses on ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable population including children, youths and women with a monthly stipends of N5,000.

Shiru disclosed that no fewer than 18,888 vulnerable persons in 802 communities had benefited from the programme in the state.

She said that the training was for facilitators selected from each ward and one desk officer from the six LGAs.

“The facilitators are 71 in number; they are being train on how to form groups and keep records. They are expected to go back and teach the people how to form groups and cooperatives in order to enable them save the monthly stipend given to them,” she said.

Shiru said that the facilitators were selected from Chanchaga, Lapai, Paikoro, Edati, Mashegu and Kontagora, adding that the facilitators were expected to go back and step down what they had learnt to the beneficiaries.

Also, Mr Kola Solomon, the National Training Officer of the Cash Transfer Programme, called on the facilitators to pay attention to the training to acquire knowledge that would enable them step down what they have learnt.

“Giving the beneficiaries money is not enough to pull them out of poverty, they also need to learn about behavioural changes by saving part of these monies.

“So, we have adopted a strategy to encourage them form groups and let them know the importance of saving; this is the only way to be able to lift them out of poverty,” he said.

One of the facilitators, Asm’u Kawu from Mashegu Local Government, said that the training had improved her capacity on how to play her role as facilitator effectively.

“We have been taught how to help the beneficiaries in our communities form groups and cooperatives to save their monies and how to resolve conflicts among them,” she said.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Anambra Commissioner sue for peace in markets

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Chief Uchenna Okafor, Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Wealth Creation in Anambra, has called on leaders  of all  markets in the state to eschew acts capable of  disrupting  peaceful market environment.

Okafor made the call in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Awka.

He said that markets leaders should at all times promote activities that would bind all traders together and create a safe and conducive market environment.

“Markets should be safe for both traders and customers who patronise their wares. Actions that portray insecurity must be stopped,” he said.

Okafor said that traders had right to pray as often as they wished in the markets and urged the market leaders not to disrupt prayer sessions of members.

He said that peace and understanding among all the affiliate trade unions in the market would promote unity.

He said that activities which bred unity should be pursued instead of seeking for acts that could lead to problems.

Okafor said that state government had put in place measures to ensure adequate security in all markets across the state both during and after the Christmas celebration.

He urged traders and customers not to exercise any fear while conducting their trading activities during the festival period and reassured people going for shopping not to entertain fear of being attacked.

Okafor said that the state government had shown committed efforts in securing lives and property of its people and assured that tight security would  be maintained all through the festivity.

The commissioner commended the traders for their support for Gov. Willie Obiano-led administration and assured the traders and affiliate trade unions in the markets of support from the government.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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Adeboye tasks Nigerians on divine faith to solve challenges

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Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, has urged Nigerians to exercise divine faith in order to attract God’s intervention in the challenges.

Adeboye gave the charge on Saturday morning during the 2019 Holy Ghost Congress holding at the Redemption Camp, LagosIbadan Expressway.

He said that Nigerians should trust God for solutions to whatever challenges they were facing.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the week-long event, which began on Monday, has the theme: “The Great Turnaround”.

The pastor further stated that God loves to spring surprises, saying, “Nigerians should tap into this character for their turnaround.”

Adeboye who took his sermon from Mark 10: 46-52, the story of blind Bartimaeus said “our turnaround and blessings begin the moment we say enough is enough.”

“The moment we say no to suffering, sickness, loneliness, fruitless efforts and barrenness in our lives, our turnaround begins.

“ As you go out today, remember the story of blind Bartimaeus; problems are not limited to poor homes, you will be amazed that many area boys are from wealthy homes.

“Let us say without any doubt that we are tired of suffering, the devil does not respect titles, sickness does not recognise that you have doctorate degrees,” he said.

Adeboye announced that 36 children had been delivered at the campground, comprising 22 boys and 14 girls.

Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Donald Ugwu

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Oyo CP urges police officers to operate with fear of God

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Mr Shina Olukolu, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, has urged police officers in the command to undertake their duties with the fear of God.

Olukolu made the call on Friday evening during a dinner and award presentation ceremony held at the state police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan.

He said that men and officers of the force should endeavour to wear human faces in their dealings with members of the public.

“We have to work with the fear of Almighty God, we must also be mindful of how we pursue material things,” he said.

The police commissioner stated that only the grace of God could uplift humans in their careers, saying, “we must shun dubious acts.

“If humans do not see the things we do, God watches and sees us; He also knows how to reward us.

“When we shout at you, our whole intention is to show good mentoring in your interest and that of the society which we serve,” he said.

Olukolu used the occasion to commend the police management team and officers in the state for a cordial working relationship.

In his remark, Rev. Moses Aransiola, President, Gethsemane Prayer Ministries International, said that the ministry and the police had been partnering on the annual event in the past 22 years.

Aransiola said that the partnership was in the area of law enforcement and the enthronement of peace and security.

“The commitment to national service gave birth to the annual police dinner and award presentation 22 years ago.

“It is our way of encouraging and empowering Nigeria Police officers who are doing their best in the discharge of their duties in spite of obvious challenges,’’ he said.

He urged corporate organisations and good spirited individuals to evolve ways of supporting the police to perform more effectively.

Speaking on behalf of the recipients, ASP Ogunlade Kehinde, Area Commander, Ogbomoso thanked the police management team and the Gethsemane ministries for the wards.

Kehinde said the award would serve as motivation for them to perform better in future.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the award ceremony was organised by Gethsemane Prayer Ministries International, Ibadan, in collaboration with the Nigeria Police, Oyo state Command.

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APGA Chairmanship Tussle: Njoku urges members to remain calm

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Chief Edozie Njoku has advised members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and its supporters to remain calm and exercise restraint following the party’s leadership tussle.

Nigeria News Agency reports that hearing in the leadership tussle of the party before an FCT High Court, Jabi, was stalled on Friday due to the absence of the trial judge in the court.

The matter, which was slated for hearing before Justice Charles Agbaza, could not go on as the judge was away to attend to an emergency.

NAN reports that the case was instituted by Dr. Victor Oye as the plaintiff with APGA and Chief Edozie Njoku as defendants.

Njoku, who spoke with NAN on the status of the case, said that he was optimistic to reclaim his seat as the Chairman of APGA.

“There’s a court order which somehow, an order behind our back was instituted.

“That is, an interlocutory injunction that has stopped me from parading myself as the National Chairman of the party.

“And also an order from someone, whose tenure has expired, went forward to bring an order stopping the party APGA from recognising me as the National Chairman.

“There’s a lot of misrepresentation in the APGA crises; people come up from one area or the other and say that they are acting National Chairman or they are this.

“It is clear that there’s supposed to have been two conventions that took place, one was an illegal convention in Awka, which has been made clear in the court; I can’t talk much about it.

“And the convention originally which was slated by APGA which was held in Owerri, where I emerged as National Chairman.

“I would have loved to have said more but there’s a court order on me that I should not parade myself as the National Chairman.

“But I know that by what we have in court, that in the next few months the coast will be clear and I will come back into my office as National Chairman of APGA,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the party which had two factions conducted parallel congresses on May 31, 2019, with Chief Edozie Njoku emerging as its national chairman in Owerri, Imo State and Victor Oye emerging as chairman in the Awka, Anambra State faction.

This development led to Oye dragging the defendants before the court, praying for some declarations, orders and reliefs.

According to the 2nd defendant, Chief Edozie Njoku, “though the case is meant to be for hearing, we have filed a motion for the court to squash the order of interlocutory injunction which was placed on me and the party because of lack of service or fraudulent service,” he said.

The court registrar, who informed the counsel in the matter about the judge’s absence, also assured them that they will send out hearing notice of a new date for hearing.

For his part, the National Legal Adviser of APGA, Hamman Ghide, also advised members of the party and all supporters present to be patient and to exercise restraint saying that, no matter how long it takes they will have their time in court.

“We were in court for this particular case, unfortunately the court could not seat, so I expect our members to exercise restraint and not be annoyed; it is one of the processes in hearing.

“So we just have to be patient, time will come whether we like it or not; for every beginning there must be an end,” he said.

Edited by: Lydia Beshel/Felix Ajide

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Strikes in France over planned pension reform to continue for second weekend

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Strikes over a planned pension reform in France look set to continue for a second weekend and Parisians can expect serious delays on Saturday, according to a statement by RATP which runs Paris’ public transport network.

Nine metro lines will be closed completely on Saturday, the state-run company said.

However, 60 per cent of bus services will be running and trams will run as normal.

Long-distance rail services will also be delayed, with only one in four long-distance TGV trains running on Saturday, SNCF said Friday.

The state-run rail firm said it would publish a timetable this weekend of train services this week should strikes run over the Christmas period.

People from a range of professions have taken part in industrial action opposing plans by the government to reform pensions for more than a week.

Demonstrations are expected to take place in Paris and other cities on Saturday.

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Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim

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