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Mr. 25th: Alia Setting The Standard For His Successor

Mr. 25th: Alia Setting The Standard For His Successor

By Terfa Naswem

When the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), his aim was to become the governor of Benue State so that he would deliver the good people of Benue State from the dungeon of neglect of civil servants, pensioners and development.

He abhors abysmal and amorphous governance which had adverse effects on the good people of Benue State in the past. As a result, he has taken into cognizance the welfare of Benue civil servants and pensioners as one of his top priorities.

The people of Benue State call him "Mr. 25th" because of his prompt payment of salaries and pensions on the 25th of every month. When 25th falls on Saturday or Sunday, the payment is made on 24th or 23rd.

Gov. Alia with his consistent payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities has exposed the callousness of those who deliberately subject civil servants and pensioners to perpetual sufferings and excruciating pains.

With the payment of salaries and pensions on 25th of every month including numerous ongoing projects in the state, Alia is already setting the standard for his successor after he might have completed his two terms in office in 2031.

What Alia has achieved in less than one year of his administration has evinced that by the time he completes his first term, Benue state will be significantly transformed while his second term will take Benue State to unprecedented heights.

Anyone who has the intention to succeed Alia as governor in 2031 will have to maintain the 25th payment because when the payment of salaries and pensions is consistent on the 25th of every month for 8 years and civil servants including pensioners are used to it, coming on board as a governor to change it by giving excuses would lead to public resentment.
By Terfa Naswem

When the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), his aim was to become the governor of Benue State so that he would deliver the good people of Benue State from the dungeon of neglect of civil servants, pensioners and development.

He abhors abysmal and amorphous governance which had adverse effects on the good people of Benue State in the past. As a result, he has taken into cognizance the welfare of Benue civil servants and pensioners as one of his top priorities.

The people of Benue State call him "Mr. 25th" because of his prompt payment of salaries and pensions on the 25th of every month. When 25th falls on Saturday or Sunday, the payment is made on 24th or 23rd.

Gov. Alia with his consistent payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities has exposed the callousness of those who deliberately subject civil servants and pensioners to perpetual sufferings and excruciating pains.

With the payment of salaries and pensions on 25th of every month including numerous ongoing projects in the state, Alia is already setting the standard for his successor after he might have completed his two terms in office in 2031.

What Alia has achieved in less than one year of his administration has evinced that by the time he completes his first term, Benue state will be significantly transformed while his second term will take Benue State to unprecedented heights.

Anyone who has the intention to succeed Alia as governor in 2031 will have to maintain the 25th payment because when the payment of salaries and pensions is consistent on the 25th of every month for 8 years and civil servants including pensioners are used to it, coming on board as a governor to change it by giving excuses would lead to public resentment.

Afonja offers JAMB Registration Scholarship To Indigent Students in Badagry

Afonja offers JAMB Registration Scholarship To Indigent Students in Badagry

By Dansu Peter 

Hon. Saheed Akanbi Afonja, a former Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu on youth has offered Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination registration scholarship to 20 indigent students in Badagry. 

The young politician from Badagry announced the offer of free registration to the prospective candidates in a scheme he tagged Saheed Akanbi Afonja Scholarship and Educational Supports Initiative (SAASESI). A total of 20 indigent students were offered the entrance examination scholarships. 

The following are the successful beneficiaries of the scheme drawn from the three councils in Badagry, the Badagry Local Government, Olorunda and Badagry West Local Council Development Area. 

1. Lamina Abdu-Basit Segiro - Pro Code 6881634726

2. Kosobameji Misimau Sedode - Pro Code 8097564093

3. Aloya Samson Ayomide Pro Code 1271687043

4. Akilapa Felix Sewanu - Pro Code 5407363469

5. Padonu Noah Ajobiyon - Pro code 7964735885

6. Amosu Daniel Sedobiyon - Pro Code 1628600759

7. Oyediran Samod Adedeji - Pro Code 2025974117

8. Oyediran Sulaiman Adisa - Pro Code 572565469

9. Àpáta Oluwamayowa Deborah - Pro Code 9731315472

10. Fagbohun Fifame Jomiloju - Pro Code 5392271438

11. Yusuf Samod Adeyemi - Pro Code 8507271706

12. Balogun Ramota Omowunmi - Pro Code 8435419720

13. Quadri Rokibat Ashabi - Pro Code 4903099425

14. Odunbaku Yekeen Adisa - Pro Code 6024717826

15. Oseni Quadri Adebayo Pro Code 6366333915

16. Ayodele Olumide Semawon - Pro Code 6568011351

17. Joshua Daniel Ayomide - Pro Code 7024317862

18. Erinfolami Oluwadamilare Ayomikun - Pro Code 5146487076

19. Toyon Oviutu Felicia - profile code 4153450914

20. Olaitan Victoria Gbotemi jamb code 4794501897 

By Dansu Peter 

Hon. Saheed Akanbi Afonja, a former Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu on youth has offered Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination registration scholarship to 20 indigent students in Badagry. 

The young politician from Badagry announced the offer of free registration to the prospective candidates in a scheme he tagged Saheed Akanbi Afonja Scholarship and Educational Supports Initiative (SAASESI). A total of 20 indigent students were offered the entrance examination scholarships. 

The following are the successful beneficiaries of the scheme drawn from the three councils in Badagry, the Badagry Local Government, Olorunda and Badagry West Local Council Development Area. 

1. Lamina Abdu-Basit Segiro - Pro Code 6881634726

2. Kosobameji Misimau Sedode - Pro Code 8097564093

3. Aloya Samson Ayomide Pro Code 1271687043

4. Akilapa Felix Sewanu - Pro Code 5407363469

5. Padonu Noah Ajobiyon - Pro code 7964735885

6. Amosu Daniel Sedobiyon - Pro Code 1628600759

7. Oyediran Samod Adedeji - Pro Code 2025974117

8. Oyediran Sulaiman Adisa - Pro Code 572565469

9. Àpáta Oluwamayowa Deborah - Pro Code 9731315472

10. Fagbohun Fifame Jomiloju - Pro Code 5392271438

11. Yusuf Samod Adeyemi - Pro Code 8507271706

12. Balogun Ramota Omowunmi - Pro Code 8435419720

13. Quadri Rokibat Ashabi - Pro Code 4903099425

14. Odunbaku Yekeen Adisa - Pro Code 6024717826

15. Oseni Quadri Adebayo Pro Code 6366333915

16. Ayodele Olumide Semawon - Pro Code 6568011351

17. Joshua Daniel Ayomide - Pro Code 7024317862

18. Erinfolami Oluwadamilare Ayomikun - Pro Code 5146487076

19. Toyon Oviutu Felicia - profile code 4153450914

20. Olaitan Victoria Gbotemi jamb code 4794501897 

No Amount Of Aspersions Or Apocryphal Stories Against Alia Will Turn The Good People Of Benue State Against Him: Their Efforts Are In Futility

No Amount Of Aspersions Or Apocryphal Stories Against Alia Will Turn The Good People Of Benue State Against Him: Their Efforts Are In Futility

By Terfa Naswem

Social media have been 'saturated' with aspersions, invectives and apocryphal stories against the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from different categories of people with a common goal to discredit his government and turn the good people of Benue State against him so that his reelection in 2027 will be in jeopardy.

As an assiduous governor, Alia has the concomitant to make tremendous impact on the good people of Benue State through people-oriented governance which they are feeling today.

Those who are on the expedition of trying to discredit Alia through their political rhetorics and other diabolical schemes may have forgotten so soon how during the Benue State gubernatorial campaign in late 2023 to early 2024, the numerous rhetorics and schemes against Alia to dissuade the good people of Benue from voting him were efforts in futility, even when they were only optimistic of his leadership prowess in government and never felt it yet.

If during gubernatorial campaign when they never knew whether Alia would deliver or not if elected, but didn't allow such rhetorics and schemes to change their minds; is it now that they are benefiting from his governance like never before that they will open their hearts to be instigated to turn against him and his reelection?

Gov. Alia will not capitulate to those attacking him from all directions. He is absolutely cognizant of their intentions and will continue to silence them by consistently paying salaries, pensions and gratuities including executing various projects amongst others.

Neophytes in politics who are free thinkers should not allow themselves to be cajoled by those who are strong-willed to ensure that Alia is discredited no matter the sacrifices required.

Whatever they are writing, saying or doing to discredit Alia will only have an ephemeral impact as a result of the collective resolve by the good people of Benue State to stand by him for Benue State to become one of the best.

Those who have embarked on this expedition are on a mission in futility because no matter what is said against Alia, the good people of Benue State don't care about that and have expressed their unswerving support for him now and for his reelection in 2027.

Those on this expedition should better use their precious time and resources on other things because in the end, everything they are doing now to discredit Alia will amount to painful waste of time and resources and would have been channeled to productive activities.
By Terfa Naswem

Social media have been 'saturated' with aspersions, invectives and apocryphal stories against the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from different categories of people with a common goal to discredit his government and turn the good people of Benue State against him so that his reelection in 2027 will be in jeopardy.

As an assiduous governor, Alia has the concomitant to make tremendous impact on the good people of Benue State through people-oriented governance which they are feeling today.

Those who are on the expedition of trying to discredit Alia through their political rhetorics and other diabolical schemes may have forgotten so soon how during the Benue State gubernatorial campaign in late 2023 to early 2024, the numerous rhetorics and schemes against Alia to dissuade the good people of Benue from voting him were efforts in futility, even when they were only optimistic of his leadership prowess in government and never felt it yet.

If during gubernatorial campaign when they never knew whether Alia would deliver or not if elected, but didn't allow such rhetorics and schemes to change their minds; is it now that they are benefiting from his governance like never before that they will open their hearts to be instigated to turn against him and his reelection?

Gov. Alia will not capitulate to those attacking him from all directions. He is absolutely cognizant of their intentions and will continue to silence them by consistently paying salaries, pensions and gratuities including executing various projects amongst others.

Neophytes in politics who are free thinkers should not allow themselves to be cajoled by those who are strong-willed to ensure that Alia is discredited no matter the sacrifices required.

Whatever they are writing, saying or doing to discredit Alia will only have an ephemeral impact as a result of the collective resolve by the good people of Benue State to stand by him for Benue State to become one of the best.

Those who have embarked on this expedition are on a mission in futility because no matter what is said against Alia, the good people of Benue State don't care about that and have expressed their unswerving support for him now and for his reelection in 2027.

Those on this expedition should better use their precious time and resources on other things because in the end, everything they are doing now to discredit Alia will amount to painful waste of time and resources and would have been channeled to productive activities.

NBC, Ebuebu Attends Cross Boarder Workshop On Access To Information In Cotonou

NBC, Ebuebu Attends Cross Boarder Workshop On Access To Information In Cotonou

By Abubakar Yusuf 

In a bid to resolve cross border population access to information, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Mr Charles Ebuebu is attending a two day workshop in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

The cross border collaboration which begin on Monday , February  19 attracted heads of organisations charged with information dissemination across the African continent.

With the sole aim of charting a new course that will leverage on access to information, challenges and opportunities, cross border populations access to information exposed to multi dimensional conflicts, especially security concerns and multiple consequences of citizens living together. 

With the local media expected to play a crucial role in the maintainance of peace and social cohesion, and can also facilitate mutual understanding of development issues and dialogue within communities across the sub region.

The program sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation in Benin, through it's regional portfolio and supports for cross border development, initiated the process aimed at rejigging the local media as vehicles for the dissemination of sound , quality information in this fragile regional  context.

Discussions and analysis at the workshop will be determined on the realities of Benin and it's borders with Burkina Faso , Togo, Niger, and Nigeria.

The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Dr Charles Ebuebu is expected to present a paper at the program as part of it's contributions and regional collaborations that will ensure the success of the program.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

In a bid to resolve cross border population access to information, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Mr Charles Ebuebu is attending a two day workshop in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

The cross border collaboration which begin on Monday , February  19 attracted heads of organisations charged with information dissemination across the African continent.

With the sole aim of charting a new course that will leverage on access to information, challenges and opportunities, cross border populations access to information exposed to multi dimensional conflicts, especially security concerns and multiple consequences of citizens living together. 

With the local media expected to play a crucial role in the maintainance of peace and social cohesion, and can also facilitate mutual understanding of development issues and dialogue within communities across the sub region.

The program sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation in Benin, through it's regional portfolio and supports for cross border development, initiated the process aimed at rejigging the local media as vehicles for the dissemination of sound , quality information in this fragile regional  context.

Discussions and analysis at the workshop will be determined on the realities of Benin and it's borders with Burkina Faso , Togo, Niger, and Nigeria.

The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Dr Charles Ebuebu is expected to present a paper at the program as part of it's contributions and regional collaborations that will ensure the success of the program.

Na'Allah Congratulates Emir Ibrahim Sulu Gambari As The 5th Chancellor Of Bayero University Kano

Na'Allah Congratulates Emir Ibrahim Sulu Gambari As The 5th Chancellor Of Bayero University Kano

As Bayero University Kano prepares  to install the  Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji  Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari as its 5th Chancellor  on Saturday 2nd March 2024, the vice-chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, has congratulated him describing the appointment as well deserved. 

Na'Allah, in a press release by the acting director, Information and University Relations of the University, Dr Habib Yakoob, stated that  he was confident that the Emir's appointment by the University was  a testament to his  exceptional leadership quality. 

He said, "On behalf the entire University of Abuja Community, I  wish  to congratulate you on your appointment as the 5th Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK) and your forthcoming investiture on Saturday 2nd March 2024. 

"This appointment and investiture are, no doubt, a testament to your exceptional leadership quality, unwavering dedication to education, and esteemed contributions to the academic community."

According to Na'Allah, the Emir's  distinguished service and commitment to the advancement of knowledge, proven track record of leadership abilities and capabilities had  "undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping the educational landscape of your immediate community, in particular, and the nation, at large." 

The vice-chancellor noted that Gambari 's  appointment to this esteemed position, not only reflected his your personal accomplishments but also served as an inspiration to aspiring academics and leaders across the country.

"As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, I am confident that your tenure at Bayero University Kano will be marked by continued excellence, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and research, which we have seen you consistently demonstrate when  carrying out related  responsibilities," said Na'Allah, who hails from Ilorin and has served as vice chancellor for almost 15 years running.

 Since his installation  as the 11th Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari had served as the chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,  Awka, Anambra State and the University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State before his recent redeployment to BUK.

He said he  looked  forward to witnessing the positive impact of the emir's leadership on the academic community and beyond.
As Bayero University Kano prepares  to install the  Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji  Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari as its 5th Chancellor  on Saturday 2nd March 2024, the vice-chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, has congratulated him describing the appointment as well deserved. 

Na'Allah, in a press release by the acting director, Information and University Relations of the University, Dr Habib Yakoob, stated that  he was confident that the Emir's appointment by the University was  a testament to his  exceptional leadership quality. 

He said, "On behalf the entire University of Abuja Community, I  wish  to congratulate you on your appointment as the 5th Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK) and your forthcoming investiture on Saturday 2nd March 2024. 

"This appointment and investiture are, no doubt, a testament to your exceptional leadership quality, unwavering dedication to education, and esteemed contributions to the academic community."

According to Na'Allah, the Emir's  distinguished service and commitment to the advancement of knowledge, proven track record of leadership abilities and capabilities had  "undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping the educational landscape of your immediate community, in particular, and the nation, at large." 

The vice-chancellor noted that Gambari 's  appointment to this esteemed position, not only reflected his your personal accomplishments but also served as an inspiration to aspiring academics and leaders across the country.

"As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, I am confident that your tenure at Bayero University Kano will be marked by continued excellence, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and research, which we have seen you consistently demonstrate when  carrying out related  responsibilities," said Na'Allah, who hails from Ilorin and has served as vice chancellor for almost 15 years running.

 Since his installation  as the 11th Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari had served as the chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,  Awka, Anambra State and the University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State before his recent redeployment to BUK.

He said he  looked  forward to witnessing the positive impact of the emir's leadership on the academic community and beyond.

NILDS Trains Taraba Local Government Officials Feb 20-22

NILDS Trains Taraba Local Government Officials Feb 20-22

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS is embarking on training of Local Government workers from Taraba State.

The training which begins on Tuesday, February 20 to Thursday, February, 22nd is to dwell on legislative process, practices and procedures in the current dispensation.

The three day program will acquaint the local government participants from Taraba State on  skills and knowledge enhancement at the cutting edge training program.

It will also dwell on good governance which included inclusive growth, poverty reduction, peace and rule of law as well as integrity on environment.

This is in sustaining the determination of advancing legislative and democratic institution in the country at NILDS, were standards meet in the area of capacity building..
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS is embarking on training of Local Government workers from Taraba State.

The training which begins on Tuesday, February 20 to Thursday, February, 22nd is to dwell on legislative process, practices and procedures in the current dispensation.

The three day program will acquaint the local government participants from Taraba State on  skills and knowledge enhancement at the cutting edge training program.

It will also dwell on good governance which included inclusive growth, poverty reduction, peace and rule of law as well as integrity on environment.

This is in sustaining the determination of advancing legislative and democratic institution in the country at NILDS, were standards meet in the area of capacity building..

FHA: We Will Not Encourage Needless Bureacracy: Ojo

FHA: We Will Not Encourage Needless Bureacracy: Ojo

The new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority FHA, Oladimeji Oyetunde Ojo has promised to provide not only affordable houses to Nigerians , but discourage bureaucractic bottlenecks in carrying out it's new assignment in the agency .

Oladimeji Ojo who bare his mind during a courtesy visit by the management of Shelter Afrique Development Bank who paid the new management a visit to familiariase with the Nigerian housing agency on Thursday at the headquarters.

Ojo who promised to provide quality and affordable houses to all parts of the country said the new FHA will be determined to provide houses across the states of Nigeria, in line with Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

"We are no going to concentrate provision of affordable houses in Nigeria only in Lagos and Abuja, but in all parts of the country."

The Managing Director said the Federal Housing Authority FHA will kick the ground running,  so as to provide houses for ordinary Nigerians in the category of one bedroom, two bedroom and even studio bedroom for low income earners, as been done in developing countries.

With the mandate to provide affordable housing, the new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority stressed that the agency will work both in the rain and the sun to satisfy ordinary Nigerians on affordable houses.

"I have come to terms that working in the rain to provide affordable housing to Nigerians will be the new norm, saying the new FHA will drive the agenda of Mr President to the fullest."

Earlier the Managing Director, Shelter Afrique Development Bank, Mr Thierna Habib Hann said the collaborations with the authority to provide houses spanned since 1988, stating that the body had extended similar cooperation to many African countries.

He assured the Federal Housing Authority management of the Bank's intention to invest hugely in all sectors of Nigeria housing.   

Mr Hann stated that provision of all categories of houses which included rent to own among many others will be the focus of the Bank this year and going forward.

The Managing Director congratulated the new management of Federal Housing Authority FHA, promising to work with the new leadership to achieve mass housing in Nigeria.

Hann promised to invest $25B in 2024 and going forward, stating the collaborations with African Development Bank AFDB, Nigeria and Kenya has been the bane of housing development in the country.
The new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority FHA, Oladimeji Oyetunde Ojo has promised to provide not only affordable houses to Nigerians , but discourage bureaucractic bottlenecks in carrying out it's new assignment in the agency .

Oladimeji Ojo who bare his mind during a courtesy visit by the management of Shelter Afrique Development Bank who paid the new management a visit to familiariase with the Nigerian housing agency on Thursday at the headquarters.

Ojo who promised to provide quality and affordable houses to all parts of the country said the new FHA will be determined to provide houses across the states of Nigeria, in line with Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

"We are no going to concentrate provision of affordable houses in Nigeria only in Lagos and Abuja, but in all parts of the country."

The Managing Director said the Federal Housing Authority FHA will kick the ground running,  so as to provide houses for ordinary Nigerians in the category of one bedroom, two bedroom and even studio bedroom for low income earners, as been done in developing countries.

With the mandate to provide affordable housing, the new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority stressed that the agency will work both in the rain and the sun to satisfy ordinary Nigerians on affordable houses.

"I have come to terms that working in the rain to provide affordable housing to Nigerians will be the new norm, saying the new FHA will drive the agenda of Mr President to the fullest."

Earlier the Managing Director, Shelter Afrique Development Bank, Mr Thierna Habib Hann said the collaborations with the authority to provide houses spanned since 1988, stating that the body had extended similar cooperation to many African countries.

He assured the Federal Housing Authority management of the Bank's intention to invest hugely in all sectors of Nigeria housing.   

Mr Hann stated that provision of all categories of houses which included rent to own among many others will be the focus of the Bank this year and going forward.

The Managing Director congratulated the new management of Federal Housing Authority FHA, promising to work with the new leadership to achieve mass housing in Nigeria.

Hann promised to invest $25B in 2024 and going forward, stating the collaborations with African Development Bank AFDB, Nigeria and Kenya has been the bane of housing development in the country.

A New Sherif Is In Town: Hon Oyetunde Ojo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Federal Housing Authority

A New Sherif Is In Town: Hon Oyetunde Ojo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Federal Housing Authority

The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Federal Housing Authority, Hon Oyetunde Ojo, has reiterated the readiness of the Authority’s new Executive Management Team to turn around the agency's fortune in line with the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

Hon Ojo revealed this at the inaugural meeting on Thursday, 22nd February  2024, between the Hon. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa with the agencies under his ministry. 

The MD, who said he has noted the lapses on the side of the Authority as was contained in the Hon Minister's address, stated  that  his team would do everything to return FHA to the path of glory.and success. 

According to him," a new sherif is in town. Our mission is to help Mr. President realize the Renewed Hope agenda of his government ".

Earlier in.his address, the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development had expressed his dissatisfaction with  the performances of both Federal Housing Authority and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the two key agencies under his ministry.

 He charged the new Executive Management Teams of the agencies to work assiduously in order to live up to their respective mandates, which are to make housing available to all the strata of Nigerians, including the low and no income earners as well as making/ creating Housing mortgages to the citizens.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Federal Housing Authority, Hon Oyetunde Ojo, has reiterated the readiness of the Authority’s new Executive Management Team to turn around the agency's fortune in line with the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

Hon Ojo revealed this at the inaugural meeting on Thursday, 22nd February  2024, between the Hon. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa with the agencies under his ministry. 

The MD, who said he has noted the lapses on the side of the Authority as was contained in the Hon Minister's address, stated  that  his team would do everything to return FHA to the path of glory.and success. 

According to him," a new sherif is in town. Our mission is to help Mr. President realize the Renewed Hope agenda of his government ".

Earlier in.his address, the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development had expressed his dissatisfaction with  the performances of both Federal Housing Authority and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the two key agencies under his ministry.

 He charged the new Executive Management Teams of the agencies to work assiduously in order to live up to their respective mandates, which are to make housing available to all the strata of Nigerians, including the low and no income earners as well as making/ creating Housing mortgages to the citizens.

Executive Secretary UBEC Honored

Executive Secretary UBEC Honored

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi has been honored.

The investiture took place at the headquarters of the commission and observed by the Executive Chairman, Benue State , Dr Grace Adaba.

Adaba who commended the giant strides of UBEC management under Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the turnaround in the sector was the handiwork of the current leadership.

Responding, Dr Hamid Bobboyi thanked the Benue State Chairman, Schools and Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman for her recognition, promising to continue to do more in all areas for the betterment of Basic Education in Nigeria.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi has been honored.

The investiture took place at the headquarters of the commission and observed by the Executive Chairman, Benue State , Dr Grace Adaba.

Adaba who commended the giant strides of UBEC management under Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the turnaround in the sector was the handiwork of the current leadership.

Responding, Dr Hamid Bobboyi thanked the Benue State Chairman, Schools and Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman for her recognition, promising to continue to do more in all areas for the betterment of Basic Education in Nigeria.

World Bank Regional Director Visits UBEC

World Bank Regional Director Visits UBEC

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Regional Director, Human Resources, World Bank, Mr Trina Haque paid a working visit to the Universal Basic Education Commission headquarters, Abuja.

While on the visit, Mr Haque met with the Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi including his management team.

During the courtesy call , alot of issues that bordered on the continuous development and intervention in the Basic Education was discussed. 

Dr Bobboyi who introduced the management team of UBEC to the visitors commended the World Bank on the overall intervention that had lend more supports to basic education management in Nigeria.

He urged the body to sustain their interventions, so as to continue to promote the needed programs that will stabilise Basic Education in the country.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Regional Director, Human Resources, World Bank, Mr Trina Haque paid a working visit to the Universal Basic Education Commission headquarters, Abuja.

While on the visit, Mr Haque met with the Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi including his management team.

During the courtesy call , alot of issues that bordered on the continuous development and intervention in the Basic Education was discussed. 

Dr Bobboyi who introduced the management team of UBEC to the visitors commended the World Bank on the overall intervention that had lend more supports to basic education management in Nigeria.

He urged the body to sustain their interventions, so as to continue to promote the needed programs that will stabilise Basic Education in the country.

Gov. Alia: A Man After The Hearts Of Benue People

Gov. Alia: A Man After The Hearts Of Benue People

By Terfa Naswem

The Bible says that David served God's purpose in his generation (Acts. 13:36). One of the important reasons why God called David a man after His own heart is that he was always willing to do His will and fulfil his desires (Acts. 13:22). David devoted his life to fulfilling God's purposes on earth.

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia is the 'David' of the good people of Benue State. Alia is a man after the hearts of Benue people for bringing hope to their despair and working towards repositioning Benue State for the common good. They are happy with him because he is fulfilling their desires. He has devoted his life to put smiles on the faces of the good people of Benue State against all odds.

Their penchant for Alia has been rekindled by his tenacity to reposition Benue State and his relentlessness in the payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities including his numerous ongoing projects and those to come in the near future.

Most of them affirmed that if not for Alia, they won't have known that it is possible for a governor to pay salaries and pensions even when federal allocation hasn't been received. They said the former governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom egregious denial of the rights of Benue civil servants and pensioners made him to ignore them under the pretence that there was no money to meet up with such payments even after he borrowed so much money and couldn't execute projects or perform activities that were commensurate to the money borrowed including the ones from other sources.

The euphoria of the good people of Benue State for the momentous impact Alia has made so far is on a very high 'frequency' and are not ready to allow any force to cut it short through any propaganda.

Gov. Alia has the leadership acumen and the alacrity required to pull Benue State out of the dungeon of negligence of the people and underdevelopment. His enthusiasm for Benue State to become one of the best states in Nigeria can never be waned but will continue to rise through the realm of unending ideas for development and progressiveness.
By Terfa Naswem

The Bible says that David served God's purpose in his generation (Acts. 13:36). One of the important reasons why God called David a man after His own heart is that he was always willing to do His will and fulfil his desires (Acts. 13:22). David devoted his life to fulfilling God's purposes on earth.

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia is the 'David' of the good people of Benue State. Alia is a man after the hearts of Benue people for bringing hope to their despair and working towards repositioning Benue State for the common good. They are happy with him because he is fulfilling their desires. He has devoted his life to put smiles on the faces of the good people of Benue State against all odds.

Their penchant for Alia has been rekindled by his tenacity to reposition Benue State and his relentlessness in the payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities including his numerous ongoing projects and those to come in the near future.

Most of them affirmed that if not for Alia, they won't have known that it is possible for a governor to pay salaries and pensions even when federal allocation hasn't been received. They said the former governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom egregious denial of the rights of Benue civil servants and pensioners made him to ignore them under the pretence that there was no money to meet up with such payments even after he borrowed so much money and couldn't execute projects or perform activities that were commensurate to the money borrowed including the ones from other sources.

The euphoria of the good people of Benue State for the momentous impact Alia has made so far is on a very high 'frequency' and are not ready to allow any force to cut it short through any propaganda.

Gov. Alia has the leadership acumen and the alacrity required to pull Benue State out of the dungeon of negligence of the people and underdevelopment. His enthusiasm for Benue State to become one of the best states in Nigeria can never be waned but will continue to rise through the realm of unending ideas for development and progressiveness.

Economic Instability: Prominent Reps Member, Philip Agbese cancels birthday celebration

Economic Instability: Prominent Reps Member, Philip Agbese cancels birthday celebration

By Dansu Peter 

Bothered by the unstable state of the economy leading to hunger and massive poverty in theo country,   the Honourable member representing Ado,  Okpokwu and Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue state, Chief Philip Agbese has cancelled his forthcoming birthday celebration scheduled for 25th February.

Agbese in a statement he personally signed said in as much as it is a special day for him, this year celebration comes with some exceptions.

He said, "February 25th is a very special day for me as it marks my birth anniversary. Every year, it affords me the opportunity for introspection and to express gratitude to God for the gift of life.

"In as much as this is a thing of joy and many want it marked with pomp and pageantry, however, this year's celebration comes with an exception because of the inevitability of hardship, suffering and anguish in the country.

"Of what use is a lavish celebration when Nigerians can barely feed? What is the essence of merriment with the elites when those who voted for me at the grassroots live in fear, hunger and toil? 

"I have never been one to indulge in such luxuries or extravagance. My political foray won't change that. Life is enjoyed more comfortably on the fringes of a community or social circle where social pressure is under wraps.

"Ahead of this auspiciously personal day of mine, let me throw a quick disclaimer. In my characteristic modesty, I wish to mark this birthday in a restrained fashion without fanfare. This is a time of sober reflection. 

"On this note, therefore, I want to urge my friends, colleagues and associates to kindly channel their resources to their families, communities, constituents and the most vulnerable among us. Share my love with them. 

"Finally, the book of Ecclesiastes 7:3 says "Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart." I will be taking this time to pray for our dear nation, myself and other leaders. I urge you all to do likewise" he said
By Dansu Peter 

Bothered by the unstable state of the economy leading to hunger and massive poverty in theo country,   the Honourable member representing Ado,  Okpokwu and Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue state, Chief Philip Agbese has cancelled his forthcoming birthday celebration scheduled for 25th February.

Agbese in a statement he personally signed said in as much as it is a special day for him, this year celebration comes with some exceptions.

He said, "February 25th is a very special day for me as it marks my birth anniversary. Every year, it affords me the opportunity for introspection and to express gratitude to God for the gift of life.

"In as much as this is a thing of joy and many want it marked with pomp and pageantry, however, this year's celebration comes with an exception because of the inevitability of hardship, suffering and anguish in the country.

"Of what use is a lavish celebration when Nigerians can barely feed? What is the essence of merriment with the elites when those who voted for me at the grassroots live in fear, hunger and toil? 

"I have never been one to indulge in such luxuries or extravagance. My political foray won't change that. Life is enjoyed more comfortably on the fringes of a community or social circle where social pressure is under wraps.

"Ahead of this auspiciously personal day of mine, let me throw a quick disclaimer. In my characteristic modesty, I wish to mark this birthday in a restrained fashion without fanfare. This is a time of sober reflection. 

"On this note, therefore, I want to urge my friends, colleagues and associates to kindly channel their resources to their families, communities, constituents and the most vulnerable among us. Share my love with them. 

"Finally, the book of Ecclesiastes 7:3 says "Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart." I will be taking this time to pray for our dear nation, myself and other leaders. I urge you all to do likewise" he said

UBA Takes Centre Stage at 2024 ECOWAS Mining Forum in Cotonou, Benin Republic

UBA Takes Centre Stage at 2024 ECOWAS Mining Forum in Cotonou, Benin Republic

By JUMOKE OWOOLA

Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.

The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). As the financial institution of choice, with a presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment not only to the growth of the mining and petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole African economic development.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, will give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event. 

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group with extensive interests in energy and power will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: What Pooling Strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”.

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy—will also actively participate in the forum.

Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from the mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organisations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.
By JUMOKE OWOOLA

Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.

The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). As the financial institution of choice, with a presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment not only to the growth of the mining and petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole African economic development.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, will give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event. 

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group with extensive interests in energy and power will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: What Pooling Strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”.

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy—will also actively participate in the forum.

Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from the mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organisations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.

Promise Kept As Rep. Halims Distributes Palliatives

Promise Kept As Rep. Halims Distributes Palliatives

...Inaugurate Solar Powered Street Lights In Ankpa

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency of Kogi, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali Halims on Friday, distributed the Federal Government palliative to about 10,000 constituents drawn from the three Local Government Areas of his jurisdiction.

The ceremony of the events which were organised in partnership with the Nigeria Home Rice LTD, Onyido Nigeria LTD as well as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security was held at the facilitators country home, Ankpa as the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Aliyu Yusuf performed the Flagg off for rice distribution and Inauguration of solar powered street lights respectively.

Speaking in his opening remark at the event, Rep. Halims said the Federal Government is concerned with the hardship currently affecting people across the country and as a Principal officer of the National Assembly, he will continue to work out modalities with the executives to make life better for everyone.

He added that “no member of the House of Representatives has been given money as against speculations in the media stressing that the rice and other grains were facilitated through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

On his part, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, ably represented by His Deputy, Comrade Joel Salifu Oyibo described the palliative distribution as a noble act. He commended Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims for not hoarding the palliatives adding that serving the people is a collective effort and must not be left to only one arm of the government.”

On the honour of the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly while inaugurating the solar powered lights urged the people of Ankpa Federal Constituency to guard Hon. Halims' mandate with all jealousy. He enlightened his audience about the affluence of the office of the Deputy Majority Leader. He described the office as a rare privilege for Kogi State and expressed optimism that the people will feel it in no distant time.

A mammoth crowd of Constituents, majority of whom were aged men and women gathered as the template was read to capture over 10,000 constituents in the distribution of different grains and food items which includes rice, beans and garri.

One of the beneficiaries who is a retired civil servant, Paul Achimugu, said, “I am happy to have benefited from this. It is unexpected. I was at home yesterday (Thursday) when they told me about it and I only came as an on-looker. I appreciate it and pray this will not be the last.”

Earlier, the All Progressives Congress' Kogi East Zonal Chairman, Hon. Mohammed Nasiru Alfa appreciated the lawmaker for not hiding the palliatives from the constituents. He encouraged the people to rally round the party at all times and particularly called on the people of Ankpa to re-embrace the APC in a view to attract more dividends of democracy.

It can be recalled that to cushion the harsh effects of the country's current economic condition, despite a series of ongoing policy reforms by the Nation's Economic council, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had ordered the distribution of palliative items worth two hundred million naira to senators and palliative items worth one hundred million naira to House of Representatives members for onward distribution to their constituencies.
...Inaugurate Solar Powered Street Lights In Ankpa

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency of Kogi, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali Halims on Friday, distributed the Federal Government palliative to about 10,000 constituents drawn from the three Local Government Areas of his jurisdiction.

The ceremony of the events which were organised in partnership with the Nigeria Home Rice LTD, Onyido Nigeria LTD as well as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security was held at the facilitators country home, Ankpa as the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Aliyu Yusuf performed the Flagg off for rice distribution and Inauguration of solar powered street lights respectively.

Speaking in his opening remark at the event, Rep. Halims said the Federal Government is concerned with the hardship currently affecting people across the country and as a Principal officer of the National Assembly, he will continue to work out modalities with the executives to make life better for everyone.

He added that “no member of the House of Representatives has been given money as against speculations in the media stressing that the rice and other grains were facilitated through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

On his part, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, ably represented by His Deputy, Comrade Joel Salifu Oyibo described the palliative distribution as a noble act. He commended Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims for not hoarding the palliatives adding that serving the people is a collective effort and must not be left to only one arm of the government.”

On the honour of the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly while inaugurating the solar powered lights urged the people of Ankpa Federal Constituency to guard Hon. Halims' mandate with all jealousy. He enlightened his audience about the affluence of the office of the Deputy Majority Leader. He described the office as a rare privilege for Kogi State and expressed optimism that the people will feel it in no distant time.

A mammoth crowd of Constituents, majority of whom were aged men and women gathered as the template was read to capture over 10,000 constituents in the distribution of different grains and food items which includes rice, beans and garri.

One of the beneficiaries who is a retired civil servant, Paul Achimugu, said, “I am happy to have benefited from this. It is unexpected. I was at home yesterday (Thursday) when they told me about it and I only came as an on-looker. I appreciate it and pray this will not be the last.”

Earlier, the All Progressives Congress' Kogi East Zonal Chairman, Hon. Mohammed Nasiru Alfa appreciated the lawmaker for not hiding the palliatives from the constituents. He encouraged the people to rally round the party at all times and particularly called on the people of Ankpa to re-embrace the APC in a view to attract more dividends of democracy.

It can be recalled that to cushion the harsh effects of the country's current economic condition, despite a series of ongoing policy reforms by the Nation's Economic council, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had ordered the distribution of palliative items worth two hundred million naira to senators and palliative items worth one hundred million naira to House of Representatives members for onward distribution to their constituencies.

Osun APC leaders, loyalists celebrate Omowaiye's appointment in Ilesa, Modakeke, others

Osun APC leaders, loyalists celebrate Omowaiye's appointment in Ilesa, Modakeke, others

By Dansu Peter 

With pageantry, encomiums and jubilations as leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilesa and Modakeke celebrated the newly appointed Executive Director, Project Implementation, Federal Housing Authority, Engr. Oluremi Omowaiye on Friday. 

Recall that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday evening approved the appointment of Omowaiye, the former Osun Commissioner of works and transport, alongside with others to head various agencies of government.

The party's faithful who assembled at  campaign office, Oke-Omiru area, Ilesa and Ileri-Oluwa campaign office, Itasin, Modakeke, described the appointment as a great blessing to the people of the state.

They averred that the appointment was a testament to unwavering commitment and loyalty of the appointee who they described as an 'ardent party man'.

According to them, the choice of Omowaiye as the new DE of one of the best agencies in the country was an attestation to his dedication to the cause of progressivism in the state and beyond.

They extolled President Tinubu and the immediate past Osun Governor now Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola on the "well-deserved" appointment saying "Omowaiye's appointment is a round peg in the round hole"

In their separate goodwill messages, Hon. Kola Obeta, Hon. Awoniyi, Hon. Olaniyi Ojo, Olori Agbada-Oje among others, described Omowaye's appointment as a welcome development and a blessing not only to Ijesas, Osun people but  the country at large.

"We were all excited immediately we heard the announcement of Omowaiye's appointment not because of any other thing but because of the kind of person he is. He is a child in million, a politician of repute and indeed, a professional with difference. 

"One thing you can not take away from him is his humility. He is a man who will never for any reason snub anyone even if you don't see him, he will park and call you. He can use anything at his disposal for the progress of the party. We have attested to his loyalty, commitment, dedication and unwavering determination to the cause of progressivism and progressive family. 

"So, this appointment is not coming by surprise because we believe strongly that he merit it as we are all living witnesses to his tremendous contributions to the growth and development of our party not only in Ijesaland also at the state level. 

"We pray God to continue to guide him and bestow him His divine wisdom, knowledge and understanding as he embarks on a new national task", Obeta said.

Photos from the celebrations
By Dansu Peter