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Plateau Govt. to domesticate National Social Protection Policy

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The Plateau Government on Tuesday pledged to domesticate the National Social Protection Policy to stimulate growth and development in the state.

Prof. Danladi Atu, Secretary to the State Government, made the pledge in a remark after receiving briefing by Dr Sumaye Hamza, the Focal Person, Social Investment Programme (SIP) in  the state.

Atu described the policy as “very unique” and “impactful” on the lives of citizens and the infrastructure development of the nation.

“It is in view of this that this administration under the leadership of Gov. Simon Lalong is keen in domesticating the National Social Protection Policy.

“We have seen its impact on our teeming youths and vulnerable poor in the state which has given room for the peace being enjoyed.

“This government is passionate about it knowing quite well that it will boost the social well being of our youths and infrastructure development of the state,” he said.

He said Gov. Lalong was running an inclusive government and urged the youth to take advantage of the social investment programme to boost their well being and become employers of labour.

Earlier in her briefing, Dr Hamza said that it had become necessary to let the citizens of the state and beyond to know the impact of the programme in the last four years for their desired commitment to it.

She said that the intervention which was launched in 2016 by President, Muhammadu Buhari had touched and turned around the lives of almost a million citizens of the state.

She said this was realised through the components of SIP which include: Job Creation -NPower, National Home Grown School Feeding- NHGSF, Conditional Cash Transfer – CCT and Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme- GEEP.

“Government is committed to ensuring that citizens of Nigeria are supported to boost their economic status and subsequently get out of poverty.

“SIP objectives include: Boosting productivity, especially amongst the marginalised and the vulnerable, including women, stimulating economic activities in unreached areas, helping to create sustainable jobs, improving livelihood, enhancing financial inclusion and ultimately reducing poverty.

She stated that under the Conditional Cash Transfer, over 11,000 poor and vulnerable House-Holds in six local government areas – Jos East, Bassa, Bokkos, Kanke, Langtang North and Wase, are receiving N5,000 monthly.

“Over N2 billion has so far been injected into the economy of the state through these Poor and Vulnerable House-Holds in the six local government areas. The selection of the local governments and beneficiaries was done using a globally accepted methodology of high integrity.

“Again, under the CCT called Co-Responsibility where almost 4000 lactating mothers, pregnant women and households with zero to five years children who attend antenatal and receive immunisation with evidence are receiving additional N5, 000.00 monthly.

“This has tremendously improved the well being of members of the House-Hold. It will enhance the number of pregnant women who attend antenatal clinics and subsequently deliver in Health Care facilities, thus reducing maternal and infant mortality/complications.

“We are currently working in the remaining eleven local government areas where over 80,000 poor and vulnerable House-Holds have been enumerated and enrollment has commenced. Once they are enrolled and data synchronised, they will begin to receive the monthly stipends of N5, 000, ” Hamza said.

She said the Social Investment Programme had tremendously improved the economic status of citizens, provided jobs, improved agricultural activities, made our young graduates “to think outside the box” and enhanced financial inclusion.

According to her, “to enhance expansion and sustainability, it is important to domesticate the National Social Protection Policy in the state.”

The SIP Focal Person urged the media to collaborate with the SIP office to “publicise the available interventions at the appropriate time and also publicise success stories for citizens to know”.

‘We need to collaborate with all and sundry in the area of monitoring to ensure effective service delivery to beneficiaries. Monitoring is a collective responsibility,” she said. (NAN)


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Gov. AbdulRazaq reiterates commitment to Kwara’s socio-economic growth

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has reiterated his administration’s commitment to the socioeconomic growth of the state in a peaceful environment.

The governor made this known on Saturday at Ojoku, Oyun local government of the state, during the 10th coronation anniversary of the Olojoku of Ojoku, Oba AbdulRasaq Afolabi.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the governor was represented at the occasion by the by state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hajia Aisha Pategi.

“The drive for collective prosperity through enterprise and inclusive socioeconomic and infrastructural development is at the heart of our agenda as an administration.

“For this reason, this administration will continue to strengthen the frontiers of peace that Kwara State is known for, because development cannot take place in an atmosphere of chaos or where there is threat to peace,” AbdulRazaq added.

He also reiterated his administration’s respect for traditional institutions, calling them the custodians of the people’s culture and tradition.

According to him, traditional rulers are very crucial to his administration’s agenda of rebuilding a state that works for all.

“In no distant time, this administration will roll out the anti-poverty social investment programme and our community leaders will be key in making it a huge success.

“The next four years will, God willing, record very impactful infrastructural development in our state, as part of our strategy to open up Kwara for growth and competitiveness.

“We have received bids for the construction and/or rehabilitation of 26 roads in the first phase of what promises to be a steady upgrade of our community and urban road network,” he said.

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Akeredolu condoles with Mimiko over mother’s death

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Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commiserated with his predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, over the demise of his mother, Alhaja Muyinat Mimiko.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Alhaja Mimiko died in the early hours on Saturday in her hometown, Ondo at the age of 88.

Akeredolu, in a statement made available to newsmen by Mr Donald Ojogo, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, on Saturday in Akure, described her death as “a personal loss.”

“With a deep sense of loss, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on behalf of the government and the good people of Ondo State, shares this moment of loss with his school mate, friend of decades and immediate predecessor in office. Mr Governor considers mama’s exit a personal loss.

“Undoubtedly, her exit has created an irreplaceable vacuum in the family and her immediate environment.

“Nonetheless, our collective sense of fulfilment lies in the comfort of mama’s hard work, high moral standards, discipline as well as prayers for her children.

“The government of Ondo State is particularly enthralled by the exploits of one of her sons, Olusegun, the former governor, whose shrewd intervention in the critical health sector is now a reference point.

“While appreciating God’s benevolence and grace of age on mama, our prayers are with the children and the entire family during this period of grief and personal loss of their beloved mother,” the statement said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mimiko’s mother died in her sleep at the residence of her son where she lived till her demise.

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Ogun lawmaker donates equipment to health facilities in constituency

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Abeokuta,  Dec. 14,  2019 Mr Adegoke Adeyanju, Chairman, Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Health, has donated medical equipment to health facilities in Yewa North Local Government area.

Adeyanju told newsmen on Saturday that the essence of donating the items was to support the state government’s efforts towards improved healthcare delivery.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the items were distributed to Ayetoro General Hospital and nine primary health centres across the local government area.

The items donated to the health facilities included oxygen gas, mattresses, hospital beds, adults and baby scales, and generators.

Others were filled oxygen cylinders and gauge, oxygen masks, plastic chairs and kerosene stoves.

Adeyanju, representing Yewa North I in the Assembly under the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC), described good public health as crucial for national productivity.

He further said that the gesture was part of efforts to fulfil the promises made to the people during electioneering.

“I visited some hospitals during the campaigns and what I saw was pathetic. So I decided to show concern, if God should give me victory.

“This is my token of support to the people. I want my people to support me with prayers so that I can do more, ” he said.

The lawmaker commended the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s health development policies, saying “our effort today is to key into the health agenda.”

In his response, Dr Maku Olawale, Head, Ayetoro General Hospital, commended the legislator for the gesture, describing it as timely and hugely supportive.

He urged other well-placed public officers and corporate organisations to emulate Adeyanju’s gesture in supporting the society.

“Government cannot be everywhere at the same time; other stakeholders need to support government’s efforts in serving humanity,” he said.

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Osinbajo in Ikenne, celebrates Otunba Adesina at 80

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday at Ikenne, Ogun State, attended the 80th birthday and Communion Service in honour of Otunba Festus Adesina.

Adesina is a Chartered Builder and Construction Project Management expert, who has put in over 40 years in the building industry across the UK, US and Nigeria.

The service was held at Our Saviour’s Anglican Church, Ikenne-Remo, the vice president’s hometown.

Former Gov. Gbenga Daniel, Oba Adewale Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remo Land, traditional rulers, religious and political leaders were also at the service.

In a remark, Osinbajo thanked God for granting the celebrator 80 years.

He lauded Adesina for impacting positively on the life of his people over the years.

He said: “God has done wonderful things. I want to join my uncle, Adesina and his dear wife, Kemi, in celebrating this very special day.

“I am very grateful to God that he enabled me to see this day.

“I was here yesterday at the funeral of my uncle, Prof. Emmanuel Sofowora, but I had to come back today because no matter what, this is a very special day for me as well, because  the man is my uncle.

“He is a person, who over the years, has been for many of us young professionals, someone to look up to.

“A solemn professional throughout his life, who just ensured that he did the right thing.

“Every one us, who has followed his life trajectory, will know that at all times, he has always set an example of excellence in his job, an example of excellence in his dealings with other people.

“For those who are familiar with the work of the interstate architects, we are so proud that it is an Ikenne son who is the head of that international practice and he has done it so well.

“But not just that, we are all familiar with his charitable works, so many have benefitted – scholarships, school buildings, all sorts of charitable things.

“But above all, what I admire most about him is his fear of God. The scripture says that it is the beginning of wisdom.”

Osinbajo further extolled the octogenarian for demonstrating that it was possible to do business in Nigeria and be successful and yet have the fear of God.

He said: “You are just 80 years. It was when Abraham turned 90 that God gave him a fresh mandate.

“So, you still have 10 years to go before you get another mandate.

“So, the  mandate for now is the work you have been doing, espcially the work of touching the lives of so many of our people.

“So many still needs to draw from your fountain of wisdom, generosity and kindness.”

Earlier in a sermon, Dr Michael Fape, the Bishop of the Diocese of Remo and the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos, said that Adesina had reasons to be grateful to God.

He said that going by the lifespan of Nigerians, attaining the age of 80 was by the grace of God.

Fape therefore urged Adesina to commit his times for the remaining part of his sojourn on earth into God’s hands.

(Edited by: Sam Oditah)

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Enugu hospital turns to pilgrimage ground as residents catch glimpse of quadruplets

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The Mother of Christ Specialist Hospital, Enugu, has been turned to a pilgrimage ground as residents of Enugu throng to the hospital to catch a glimpse of newly delivered set of quadruplets.

Most of the residents of the metropolis that visited came to witness the testimony and tap from the uncommon miracle and natural delivery of the quadruplets.

Speaking to newsmen that visited the hospital on Saturday, the father of the babies, Mr Cajetan Adiele, said that the conception and delivery of the bouncing set was a “miracle’’.

Adiele, who is aide to the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi, said that they were conceived and delivered naturally without any artificial pregnancy or delivery treatment or process attached to it.

“It is a thing of great joy that my wife just delivered a set of quadruplets and we got wedded on Oct. 20, 2018.

“To the grace of God on Nov. 6, my wife delivered the set of quadruplets and they are three girls and a boy.

“Actually the pregnancy was a miracle from God; when she initially got pregnant after few days she started having abdominal pains and when we carried out pregnancy test it was positive.

“But when we went for scan, the scan could not read pregnancy.

“After two days, the doctors through scan confirmed a growth in her abdomen that needed to be removed through a major operation. The major surgery was done.

“After the surgery, two weeks we were discharged from the hospital and after two days, she started having symptoms of vomiting (pregnancy).

“We were asked to go for pregnancy test again and we went and it was still positive for pregnancy.

“The doctors could not even believe that the pregnancy stayed after the major abdominal surgery and they asked us to go for pregnancy scan.

“This time, the scan read it that she was actually pregnant and she was carrying a set of quadruplets,’’ he said.

Adiele said that for almost nine months his wife and he had been visiting the hospital as their second home until Nov. 6, when God in His grace made his wife to deliver without hitch.

He noted that he was overwhelmed with joy as the “Good Lord that brought them to live after their strenuous journey to earth will definitely provide what will sustain them’’.

“However, the family will welcome any assistance from any individual, group and corporate organisation that wants to share in our testimony and joy,’’ he said.

The mother of the quadruplets, Mr Blessing Adiele, said that they are miracles babies in that they passed through a lot of discomfort in their journey to earth especially surviving a major surgery and multiple scan.

“I am grateful to God and so happy for this rare blessing to me and my family which many people are looking for seriously.

“I pray for other women looking for the fruit of the womb that God Almighty will grant them their heart desires,’’ she said.

A doctor on duty, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the babies had been under close supervision for a month now and they are “very healthy and acclimatising to the weather condition’’.

“They are bouncing, healthy and well-feed and soon they will be discharged from the hospital,’’ he said.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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