The Kaduna State Government has commenced the process of capturing Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHH) into the social register in 14 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.
Mrs Nina Dawong, Coordinator, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Planning and Budget Commission, made this known in Zaria on Wednesday on the sideline of a three-day workshop on social protection.
Dawong told the News Agency of Nigeria that each LGA has three teams and each team was expected to carry out pre-sensitisation in 10 communities in the first phase.
She explained that the pre-sensitisation would be followed by community sensitisation, mobilisation and engagement, as well as enumeration.
Dawong said that a total of 420 communities would be covered in the first phase in the next three weeks, after which another set of 420 communities would be mapped out and covered.
“This will go on until all communities are covered.
“We, therefore, expect that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) will monitor the processes to ensure that all processes are duly followed for quality generation of data.
“We equally want the CSOs to sensitise and mobilise community members to ensure success of the exercise,” she said.
The coordinator explained that the mandate of SOCU was to generate, populate and maintain a credible social register for the state and for the nation.
Dawong said that the register would be sourced through a transparent process that gives communities the power to define what poor and vulnerability means and identify PVHH that meet the criteria to be captured.
“The process is called community-based targeting and carried out by LGAs staff called Community-Based Targeting Teams (CBTT).
“We have been working since 2016 in nine LGAs and currently captured more than 130,000 poor and vulnerable households and recently sponsored a training of CBTTs in the remaining 14 LGAs.
“We are excited to be collaborating with CSOs to ensure wider acceptance of the register to help the government in planning and stakeholders for some form of interventions.
“Our principal aim is to have a credible, error free data that will be acceptable by all,” the coordinator said.
NAN reports that the workshop was organised by Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC), supported by Save the Children International.
It was meant to empower members to engage in evidence-based and result-driven activities for inclusive, transparent, and accountable delivery of social protection interventions.
The Chairperson of the coalition, Ms Jessica Bartholomew said that the training was necessary to equip members with relevant advocacy skills needed to achieve set objectives.
Also, the Focal Person on Social Investment Programme in the state, Mrs Saude Atoyebi, commended KADSPAC for partnering with the state government to improve the quality of social protection services in the state.
Atoyebi, who was represented by Ms Rebecca Padonu, Special Assistant to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai on Social Investment Programme, said that the state government was open to partnership to strengthen service delivery.
“KADSPAC had promised to work with the government to strengthen delivery of social protection systems and we are seeing you fulfilling your promises.
“We are glad to partner with you and we are confident that the partnership will ensure quality service delivery to the poor and vulnerable in the state,” she said.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Buhari greets retired AVM Shekari at 80
President Muhammadu Bihari has congratulated a prominent citizen of Kaduna State and one-time Military Administrator of the old Kano State, retired Air Vice Marshal Ishaya Shekari, on his attainment of 80th birthday.
The President’s congratulatory message was conveyed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
Buhari described Shekari as “a remarkable citizen and statesman’’ and thanked him for his many years of service to the nation.
The president prayed for his good health and increased support to his community and the nation.
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
NDA screening test to hold Aug. 15 – Registrar
The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) says the screening test for all its candidates will hold on Aug. 15 at designated centres across the country, starting from 7:00 am.
The NDA Registrar, Brig.-Gen. Ayoola Aboaba, announced this in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday.
“This is to bring to the attention of candidates that the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) screening test will now hold on Aug. 15 at designated centres by 7:00 am. prompt.
“All candidates are expected to come with their acknowledgment card, NDA screening test admission card, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration slip and two postcard size (3.5 x 5 inches) photographs.
According to him, each candidate is to write his/her JAMB registration number, full names, state of origin, chosen course, name of test centre and signature at the back of the photograph.
“All candidates are to wear their facemasks and face shields, as any candidate without these protective equipment will not be allowed to write the test.
“Please note for strict compliance,” Aboaba said in the statement.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
WAEC: KDSG directs schools to open Aug. 10
The state Commissioner for Education, Dr Shehu Makarfi, said in a statement in Kaduna on Monday, that the directive was in compliance with the Federal Ministry of Education resolution for schools to open on Aug. 4.
“Therefore, the Ministry of Education is directing all school principals to arrange to receive SSS 3 boarding students on Aug. 9 and day students on Aug. 10.
“All administrators of public and private schools are to note that the one-week period commencing from today is to allow for necessary preparations and arrangements to meet COVID-19 guidelines for the opening of schools.
“Principals are to ensure compliance to agreed guidelines, which include reduced hours of work/revision to four hours per shift, social distancing in classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels,’’ he said.
He warned that no school should open before Aug. 10, except for boarding schools, where students are expected to arrive on Aug. 9.
The commissioner further directed private secondary schools in the state to report their readiness to open to the schools’ Quality Assurance Authority.
He said that private schools should report, using the appropriate checklist and obtain a written ‘no objection to open’, on clean bill of health.
He also asked that head of higher institutions and principals of secondary schools should report to the relevant department in the ministry.
He called on parents to ensure proper arrangement for safe transportation of their children to and from schools.
“To make the environment safe and conducive for academic activity, the government is doing everything possible to decontaminate and disinfect public schools, including higher institutions and provide hand washing facilities.
“We will also arrange for temperature monitoring of both staff and students, provision of face masks to staff and students, as well as hand sanitisers.
“However, parents are advised to equip their children with extra face masks and small 100ml hand sanitisers for use during their transportation to and from schools,’’ he added.
Makarfi said that appropriate dates for other examinations would be announced in due course, including school opening for the rest of the classes including SSS1, SSS2, JSS 1 to 3 and primary schools.
He encouraged schools to continue the e-learning programme using Google class, Zoom, radio and television and other online platforms until normalcy returned.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Taxi drivers withdraw services in Calabar, protest illegal taxation
Commercial taxi drivers in Calabar on Monday withdrew their services to protest alleged illegal taxation by some thugs and local government officials in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that due to the protest a lot of commuters were stranded at bus stops in Calabar while many trekked to their different destinations.
The protesters who carried placards with inscriptions such as “stop harassing us”, “illegal taxation is a crime in Cross River” among others.
The protesters alleged that some people were often harassing drivers in the metropolis to pay some taxes and levies against the tax exemption law of the state.
Gov. Ben Ayade had constituted the Cross River Anti-Tax Agency to ensure that all low income earners in the state including taxi and tricycles operators were exempted from paying all forms of taxes and levies.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, the representative of the protesting drivers, Mr Edem Asuquo, said drivers were caught on a daily basis for dropping and picking passengers at different spots in the city.
“They take you to their Centres and collect N25,000 or N15,000 from you, which is the least.
“So we decided to march to the governor’s office to protest and hear from him directly and know if he is the one sending these people to harass us or not.
“This is why we withdrew our services today,” he said.
In his response, Bishop Emmah Isong, Chairman, State Anti-Tax Agency, said the protest was good and a welcome development.
“The governor exempted these classes of people from taxation and, then, some politicians and local government officials kept taxing them.
“We, the Anti-Tax Agency have tried everything to tell the local government authorities not to tax them.
“So the people should take their destinies in their hand by protesting for their right, it is good for the state, so long as they are peaceful and do not destroy any property.
“They have been using security agencies to harass the drivers, security agencies that refused to cooperate with the Anti-Tax Agency are cooperating with politicians to harass and exploit the poor,” he said.
He advised residents of the state to know their tax exemption rights and pursue them vigorously adding that it must not be the job of the Ant-Tax Agency alone.
NAN reports that due to the protest, a lot of commuters were stranded at bus stops in Calabar while many trekked to their different destinations.
When contacted on telephone, Nkese Emeyo, the media officer, Calabar South Local Government Area, said that the LGA had nothing to do with the extortion.
“My Chairman placed a revocation notice to all contractors collecting taxes for the LGA. So, there is nothing like tax from our Council.
“We are not getting anything from anybody and we have not sent anybody to get tax from drivers.’’ She said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)