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10th House: Pro-Democracy Groups Commend Speaker Abass, Rep Bichi On Monumental Achievements in one year

10th House: Pro-Democracy Groups Commend Speaker Abass, Rep Bichi On Monumental Achievements in one year

By Dansu Peter 

As the 10th National Assembly marks its first anniversary, a Coalition of Society Organisations has applauded Speaker Tajudeen Abbas and Rt. Hon. Kabiru Bichi for standing out with their performance. 

The groups said Abbas and Bichi have made significant strides in legislation, oversight, and representation, aligning with the principles of democracy and the welfare of Nigerians.

The Africa Centre for Human Rights and Justice, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) and Democracy Watch Foundation made this known at a press conference on Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of the groups, Comrade Okwa Dan hailed Abbas for the passage of key bills, successful oversight of executive agencies, and effective representation of constituents' interests, among other notable achievements. 

Dan also acknowledged Bichi’s innovative approach to budgetary process as the chairman Appropriations Committee, adding this he has reshaped public engagement by emphasizing the inclusive nature of the legislative process.

“In setting the course for progress, Tajudeen Abass, being a visionary and transformative leader, has precipitated a paradigm shift in the legislative agenda of the parliament, reinvigorating its purpose and direction. His resolute commitment to addressing the most pressing and pervasive societal issues has shaped a legislative agenda that is supremely responsive to the needs, aspirations, and expectations of the citizenry,” the statement said. 

“In the domain of oversight functions, Tajudeen Abass has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the principles of accountability and responsibility, steadfastly championing the cause of transparency and efficiency in governmental operations. 

“Through his unrelenting commitment to robust oversight, he has ensured that public agencies operate with the highest level of transparency, accountability, and prudence in the utilization of public resources, thereby bolstering public trust in the government and reinforcing the sacred principles of good governance. 

“The parliament has experienced a transformative resurgence in the art of legislative craftsmanship, as evidenced by the meticulous drafting of bills and motions. His unwavering insistence on the validity and relevance of legislative proposals has precipitated a paradigm shift in the quality of parliamentary discourse, culminating in enriching debates and deliberations that yield impactful and far-reaching legislation.

“In the realm of fiscal matters, Abass has set a new standard for transparency in handling appropriation bills. His unwavering commitment to fiscal responsibility has resulted in a meticulous and transparent process for budgetary allocation, ensuring that public funds are allocated judiciously and in alignment with the nation’s developmental priorities. 

“The House under the astute leadership of Tajudeen Abass, in collaboration with the Committee of Appropriation under Abubakar Bichi, implemented a pioneering town hall meeting to solicit public input into the 2024 Appropriation Bill. This innovative approach marked a significant departure from traditional practices and played a pivotal role in altering the perception of Nigerians about the 10th House of Representatives.

“The commendable efforts of Abubakar Bichi’s Appropriation Committee have notably reshaped public engagement, emphasizing the inclusive nature of the legislative process. Bichi’s relentless commitment to good governance within and outside the House has set him apart among his counterparts. He is undoubtedly a good right-hand man to work with. This successful step taken by the Bichi’s Appropriation Committee has changed the false narrative perception held by most Nigerians towards the House of Rep. It has rekindle the fire of confidence in them once again, giving them the real understanding of what “Government of Inclusivity” truly means.”
By Dansu Peter 

As the 10th National Assembly marks its first anniversary, a Coalition of Society Organisations has applauded Speaker Tajudeen Abbas and Rt. Hon. Kabiru Bichi for standing out with their performance. 

The groups said Abbas and Bichi have made significant strides in legislation, oversight, and representation, aligning with the principles of democracy and the welfare of Nigerians.

The Africa Centre for Human Rights and Justice, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) and Democracy Watch Foundation made this known at a press conference on Thursday.

Speaking on behalf of the groups, Comrade Okwa Dan hailed Abbas for the passage of key bills, successful oversight of executive agencies, and effective representation of constituents' interests, among other notable achievements. 

Dan also acknowledged Bichi’s innovative approach to budgetary process as the chairman Appropriations Committee, adding this he has reshaped public engagement by emphasizing the inclusive nature of the legislative process.

“In setting the course for progress, Tajudeen Abass, being a visionary and transformative leader, has precipitated a paradigm shift in the legislative agenda of the parliament, reinvigorating its purpose and direction. His resolute commitment to addressing the most pressing and pervasive societal issues has shaped a legislative agenda that is supremely responsive to the needs, aspirations, and expectations of the citizenry,” the statement said. 

“In the domain of oversight functions, Tajudeen Abass has demonstrated unwavering dedication to the principles of accountability and responsibility, steadfastly championing the cause of transparency and efficiency in governmental operations. 

“Through his unrelenting commitment to robust oversight, he has ensured that public agencies operate with the highest level of transparency, accountability, and prudence in the utilization of public resources, thereby bolstering public trust in the government and reinforcing the sacred principles of good governance. 

“The parliament has experienced a transformative resurgence in the art of legislative craftsmanship, as evidenced by the meticulous drafting of bills and motions. His unwavering insistence on the validity and relevance of legislative proposals has precipitated a paradigm shift in the quality of parliamentary discourse, culminating in enriching debates and deliberations that yield impactful and far-reaching legislation.

“In the realm of fiscal matters, Abass has set a new standard for transparency in handling appropriation bills. His unwavering commitment to fiscal responsibility has resulted in a meticulous and transparent process for budgetary allocation, ensuring that public funds are allocated judiciously and in alignment with the nation’s developmental priorities. 

“The House under the astute leadership of Tajudeen Abass, in collaboration with the Committee of Appropriation under Abubakar Bichi, implemented a pioneering town hall meeting to solicit public input into the 2024 Appropriation Bill. This innovative approach marked a significant departure from traditional practices and played a pivotal role in altering the perception of Nigerians about the 10th House of Representatives.

“The commendable efforts of Abubakar Bichi’s Appropriation Committee have notably reshaped public engagement, emphasizing the inclusive nature of the legislative process. Bichi’s relentless commitment to good governance within and outside the House has set him apart among his counterparts. He is undoubtedly a good right-hand man to work with. This successful step taken by the Bichi’s Appropriation Committee has changed the false narrative perception held by most Nigerians towards the House of Rep. It has rekindle the fire of confidence in them once again, giving them the real understanding of what “Government of Inclusivity” truly means.”

Plane Crash: APRA Commiserates with PR Society, Government and Citizens of Malawi

Plane Crash: APRA Commiserates with PR Society, Government and Citizens of Malawi

By Dansu Peter 

The African Public Relations Association (APRA) has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Public Relations Society of Malawi (PRSM, an institutional member of APRA), the government and citizens of the Republic of Malawi over the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of the Vice President of Malawi, H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, and nine others on June 10, 2024.

In a condolence letter dated June 11, 2024, and addressed to Benson Linje, the President of PRSM, the continental association described the incident as a “huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but also to the African continent.”

The letter reads: “We write to express our profound shock and sadness at the tragic plane crash that caused the death of H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, the Vice President of Malawi, and nine others on Monday, June 10, 2024. On behalf of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), we extend our heartfelt condolences to you, our colleagues in the Public Relations Society of Malawi, and the great people of Malawi".

The letter also states, “As always and especially this time of national mourning, we stand in solidarity with the people of Malawi. We share in the pain and the grief at tending this huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but to the African continent."

“The Council and all members (institutional, corporate and individual) of APRA offer heartfelt sympathies and will continue to remember the great people of Malawi in our entreaties.”

APRA, in the letter, prayed that the cherished memories of the departed would bring strength and that the support of friends, colleagues, compatriots, other pan-Africanists and lovers around the world will help to bring PRSM and the people of Malawi comfort on the tragic incident.

APRA also prayed that the families, friends, and loved ones of the deceased find strength and be comforted over this tragedy.

“Please rest assured that, as we mourn the passing of these distinguished personalities and individuals, we also celebrate their lives and contributions to the Republic of Malawi and our dear continent. May their souls rest in peace,” the letter closes.
By Dansu Peter 

The African Public Relations Association (APRA) has expressed heartfelt condolences to the Public Relations Society of Malawi (PRSM, an institutional member of APRA), the government and citizens of the Republic of Malawi over the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of the Vice President of Malawi, H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, and nine others on June 10, 2024.

In a condolence letter dated June 11, 2024, and addressed to Benson Linje, the President of PRSM, the continental association described the incident as a “huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but also to the African continent.”

The letter reads: “We write to express our profound shock and sadness at the tragic plane crash that caused the death of H.E. Dr. Saulos Chilima, the Vice President of Malawi, and nine others on Monday, June 10, 2024. On behalf of the African Public Relations Association (APRA), we extend our heartfelt condolences to you, our colleagues in the Public Relations Society of Malawi, and the great people of Malawi".

The letter also states, “As always and especially this time of national mourning, we stand in solidarity with the people of Malawi. We share in the pain and the grief at tending this huge loss, not only to the people of Malawi but to the African continent."

“The Council and all members (institutional, corporate and individual) of APRA offer heartfelt sympathies and will continue to remember the great people of Malawi in our entreaties.”

APRA, in the letter, prayed that the cherished memories of the departed would bring strength and that the support of friends, colleagues, compatriots, other pan-Africanists and lovers around the world will help to bring PRSM and the people of Malawi comfort on the tragic incident.

APRA also prayed that the families, friends, and loved ones of the deceased find strength and be comforted over this tragedy.

“Please rest assured that, as we mourn the passing of these distinguished personalities and individuals, we also celebrate their lives and contributions to the Republic of Malawi and our dear continent. May their souls rest in peace,” the letter closes.

Aunty (Mrs.) Bolajoko Adeshina; a shining star of love, kindness, and resilience @75

Aunty (Mrs.) Bolajoko Adeshina; a shining star of love, kindness, and resilience @75

BY JUMOKE OWOOLA.

Today, 12th June , 2024,  we are  celebrating the life of an extraordinary woman, a shining star who illuminates the world with her love, kindness, and generosity. Mrs. Bolajoko Adeshina, a devoted mother, grandmother , great grandmother, a selfless silent philanthropist , and a community champion, whose legacies will forever inspire and uplift us.  

As a young widow, she faced unimaginable challenges, but her unwavering determination and faith enabled her to raise a family of accomplished individuals, a testament to her unrelenting support and guidance.

With an open heart and open arms, she embraced not only her own children but also countless youths, offering them a nurturing environment to grow and thrive. Her door is  always open, her listening ear always available, and her helping hand always extended.

As a philanthropist, socialite, and community advocate, she  has touched countless lives, spreading joy, hope, and empowerment. Her warmth and kindness knew no bounds, and her infectious smile could light up a room.

Her philanthropy is a silent revolution, transforming lives without seeking fanfare or recognition. With humility and compassion, she makes a lasting difference, leaving a trail of hope and gratitude in her wake. Though she may shy from the spotlight, her good deeds shine bright, illuminating the world with kindness and generousity.

 As a Fashionista , Aunty Bolajoko Adeshina is a style icon, effortlessly turning heads with her impeccable fashion sense. Her wardrobe is a masterclass in elegance, sophistication, and glamour. But beyond her stunning looks, she is a loving grandmother, wrapping her family in warmth, kindness, and devotion. Her beauty shines from the inside out, illuminating the world around her.


As an international foods   Merchant  who sits atop 
Bolajoko international LLC Delaware Newcastle, and ALOB -DESH Nigeria Limited Lagos Nigeria  , respectfully , Aunty Bolajoko Adeshina is a culinary Ambassador, bridging cultures and continents with the flavours of Africa. Through her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for traditional cuisine, she has created a global platform for African foods, fostering cross-cultural understanding, economic empowerment, and gastronomic delight. Her endeavors not only promote the rich culinary heritage of Africa but also create opportunities for economic growth, cultural exchange, and community development both at home and abroad.

We bask in the  euphoria of her strength, her grace, and her unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. We are celebrating her special day by embracing her legacy of love, compassion, and service to humanity.
 
Let's toast to the  honour of an Icon of Love and Resilience, Aunty . Bolajoko Adeshina.
Aseyi samodun Ma, anikun ohun rere o.
BY JUMOKE OWOOLA.

Today, 12th June , 2024,  we are  celebrating the life of an extraordinary woman, a shining star who illuminates the world with her love, kindness, and generosity. Mrs. Bolajoko Adeshina, a devoted mother, grandmother , great grandmother, a selfless silent philanthropist , and a community champion, whose legacies will forever inspire and uplift us.  

As a young widow, she faced unimaginable challenges, but her unwavering determination and faith enabled her to raise a family of accomplished individuals, a testament to her unrelenting support and guidance.

With an open heart and open arms, she embraced not only her own children but also countless youths, offering them a nurturing environment to grow and thrive. Her door is  always open, her listening ear always available, and her helping hand always extended.

As a philanthropist, socialite, and community advocate, she  has touched countless lives, spreading joy, hope, and empowerment. Her warmth and kindness knew no bounds, and her infectious smile could light up a room.

Her philanthropy is a silent revolution, transforming lives without seeking fanfare or recognition. With humility and compassion, she makes a lasting difference, leaving a trail of hope and gratitude in her wake. Though she may shy from the spotlight, her good deeds shine bright, illuminating the world with kindness and generousity.

 As a Fashionista , Aunty Bolajoko Adeshina is a style icon, effortlessly turning heads with her impeccable fashion sense. Her wardrobe is a masterclass in elegance, sophistication, and glamour. But beyond her stunning looks, she is a loving grandmother, wrapping her family in warmth, kindness, and devotion. Her beauty shines from the inside out, illuminating the world around her.


As an international foods   Merchant  who sits atop 
Bolajoko international LLC Delaware Newcastle, and ALOB -DESH Nigeria Limited Lagos Nigeria  , respectfully , Aunty Bolajoko Adeshina is a culinary Ambassador, bridging cultures and continents with the flavours of Africa. Through her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for traditional cuisine, she has created a global platform for African foods, fostering cross-cultural understanding, economic empowerment, and gastronomic delight. Her endeavors not only promote the rich culinary heritage of Africa but also create opportunities for economic growth, cultural exchange, and community development both at home and abroad.

We bask in the  euphoria of her strength, her grace, and her unwavering commitment to making the world a better place. We are celebrating her special day by embracing her legacy of love, compassion, and service to humanity.
 
Let's toast to the  honour of an Icon of Love and Resilience, Aunty . Bolajoko Adeshina.
Aseyi samodun Ma, anikun ohun rere o.

Mato Encourages Alia Mothers To Remain Steadfast, Says Their Sacrifices Will Surely Be Rewarded

Mato Encourages Alia Mothers To Remain Steadfast, Says Their Sacrifices Will Surely Be Rewarded

By Terfa Naswem

In 2023, former member of the House of Representatives for Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency in Benue State, Rt. Hon. Mrs. Dorathy Mato formed "Alia Mothers" in some local governments in Benue State. An association to get the campaign for the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia when he became the gubernatorial candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the grassroots.

Yesterday, Mato met with Alia Mother (AM), Katsina-Ala branch, Benue State and reaffirmed her support for the association. She appreciated them for the pivotal roles they played by making various sacrifices using their own resources and time to support and campaign for Alia not only in Katsina-Ala but Sankera by extension.

" I remain very grateful to all of you for the sacrifices you made during the campaign for Alia which he was finally elected as the Executive Governor of Benue State. I want to encourage you to remain steadfast in your faith in his administration that your sacrifices will not go in vain.

"He has embarked on various projects in Benue State for its transformation which in the short and long run will not only benefit the people of Benue State but visitors to the state as well", she said.

Torkwase of Alia Mothers, Mrs. Mercy Yar commended Mato for her dedication to the Alia project which led to the creation of the association. She said they felt neglected after Alia won his election but with the assurance given them by Mato, their faith in the Alia project has been reignited.

The secretary of the association Mrs. Comfort Uchi was extremely delighted for Mato's presence and promised her that their support for Alia will remain unswerving and will be available to push the campaign further in his reelection campaign in 2027.

Mato appreciated them and said by the time everything will be fixed appropriately, the association will be taken to greater heights to enhance democratic and community development.
By Terfa Naswem

In 2023, former member of the House of Representatives for Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency in Benue State, Rt. Hon. Mrs. Dorathy Mato formed "Alia Mothers" in some local governments in Benue State. An association to get the campaign for the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia when he became the gubernatorial candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the grassroots.

Yesterday, Mato met with Alia Mother (AM), Katsina-Ala branch, Benue State and reaffirmed her support for the association. She appreciated them for the pivotal roles they played by making various sacrifices using their own resources and time to support and campaign for Alia not only in Katsina-Ala but Sankera by extension.

" I remain very grateful to all of you for the sacrifices you made during the campaign for Alia which he was finally elected as the Executive Governor of Benue State. I want to encourage you to remain steadfast in your faith in his administration that your sacrifices will not go in vain.

"He has embarked on various projects in Benue State for its transformation which in the short and long run will not only benefit the people of Benue State but visitors to the state as well", she said.

Torkwase of Alia Mothers, Mrs. Mercy Yar commended Mato for her dedication to the Alia project which led to the creation of the association. She said they felt neglected after Alia won his election but with the assurance given them by Mato, their faith in the Alia project has been reignited.

The secretary of the association Mrs. Comfort Uchi was extremely delighted for Mato's presence and promised her that their support for Alia will remain unswerving and will be available to push the campaign further in his reelection campaign in 2027.

Mato appreciated them and said by the time everything will be fixed appropriately, the association will be taken to greater heights to enhance democratic and community development.

Court validates Rivers anti-Fubara 27 lawmakers, says seats not vacant

Court validates Rivers anti-Fubara 27 lawmakers, says seats not vacant

By Dansu Peter 

A high court in Rivers State has validated the seat of twenty-seven lawmakers loyal to the minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, stating that their seats not vacant. 

The court ruled that Wike's ally, Martin Amaewhule, 26 other Rivers Assembly Members that purportedly defected to APC as still PDP members 

Delivering judgement in Port Harcourt earlier on Monday, Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Rivers State High Court, held that the claimants failed to prove that Amaewhule and 26 other lawmakers, had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Gbasam further held that membership of a party is only proven by being listed on the party’s register, or by membership card, adding that television ceremonies and or verbal statements, were not enough to show the same.

Interestingly, the PDP had filed a motion to be joined in the case, and was added as the fourth defendant.

Justice Gbasam further held that the Rivers state government is bound to obey all laws passed by the Assembly, as they are still members of the PDP hence, their names are still in the PDP’s membership register as provided by the party.

He further posited that the state government is bound by the laws made by the Assembly, as they are still members of the PDP, and as such, haven’t lost their seats.

Credit - Channels Television
By Dansu Peter 

A high court in Rivers State has validated the seat of twenty-seven lawmakers loyal to the minister of the FCT, Nyesom Wike, stating that their seats not vacant. 

The court ruled that Wike's ally, Martin Amaewhule, 26 other Rivers Assembly Members that purportedly defected to APC as still PDP members 

Delivering judgement in Port Harcourt earlier on Monday, Justice Okogbule Gbasam of the Rivers State High Court, held that the claimants failed to prove that Amaewhule and 26 other lawmakers, had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Gbasam further held that membership of a party is only proven by being listed on the party’s register, or by membership card, adding that television ceremonies and or verbal statements, were not enough to show the same.

Interestingly, the PDP had filed a motion to be joined in the case, and was added as the fourth defendant.

Justice Gbasam further held that the Rivers state government is bound to obey all laws passed by the Assembly, as they are still members of the PDP hence, their names are still in the PDP’s membership register as provided by the party.

He further posited that the state government is bound by the laws made by the Assembly, as they are still members of the PDP, and as such, haven’t lost their seats.

Credit - Channels Television

MAP–IT Leads With Research Updates At HLB-SIMPLe Conference In Gaborone

MAP–IT Leads With Research Updates At HLB-SIMPLe Conference In Gaborone

As efforts to integrate human immunodeficiency virus with non-communicable diseases to enhance health outcomes continue to gain traction, leading medical researchers met at the 2024 HLB-SIMPle Annual conference in Gaborone, Botswana (28th-30th May 2024), where all the 6 study sites in the 6 different countries in Africa, namely, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana presented updates of their ongoing studies.
 
HLB-SIMPLe is an acronym derived from Heart, Lung, and Blood Co-morbiditieS IMplementation Models in People Living with HIV, and it is an alliance made up of researchers on HIV/High Blood pressure integration across the six African countries. 

 “We held the Gaborone meeting  under the theme: Integrating HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases Programmes for Scale-Up and Sustainability: Leveraging Community Engagement, with the different countries in participation,” said Dike Ojji, associate professor of Preventive Cardiology, and  lead investigator,  Cardiovascular Research Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, whose team, Managing Hypertension Among  People Living with HIV - An Integrated Model (MAP-IT), presented impressive updates on the trials.  

According to Ojji, “Part of the objectives of the meeting were for sites to share their updates, mentees to present some of the small research projects they were working on, and for people to network among themselves.” 

He affirmed that all of these objectives were achieved, as the group he led, MAP-IT team, comprising the University of Abuja, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (AKSPHCDA), and other collaborators, “had more research results, compared to that of the other sites, especially in terms of number of publications, and engagement with stakeholders and policymakers, and being able to expose trainees and young researchers to presenting on a large stage." 

The director of the University of Abuja Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training noted that the University team, for instance, presented two NIH-NHLBi Short Research Projects (SRP) from early career Investigators, one science communications project and two poster presentations on various topics of the Hypertension and HIV.  

Other groups in the team presented their studies including communications campaign to reduce HIV/hypertension stigma in Akwa Ibom State; integrating diabetes, hypertension, and HIV care in primary healthcare centres in Nigeria; perception of hypertension in rural communities of Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria, a qualitative study;  etc.  

“The conference has enabled us to start thinking more of future ideas on moving our work forward, and encouraged us to keep on working hard as diligence pays off,” the associate professor stated.
As efforts to integrate human immunodeficiency virus with non-communicable diseases to enhance health outcomes continue to gain traction, leading medical researchers met at the 2024 HLB-SIMPle Annual conference in Gaborone, Botswana (28th-30th May 2024), where all the 6 study sites in the 6 different countries in Africa, namely, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana presented updates of their ongoing studies.
 
HLB-SIMPLe is an acronym derived from Heart, Lung, and Blood Co-morbiditieS IMplementation Models in People Living with HIV, and it is an alliance made up of researchers on HIV/High Blood pressure integration across the six African countries. 

 “We held the Gaborone meeting  under the theme: Integrating HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases Programmes for Scale-Up and Sustainability: Leveraging Community Engagement, with the different countries in participation,” said Dike Ojji, associate professor of Preventive Cardiology, and  lead investigator,  Cardiovascular Research Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja, whose team, Managing Hypertension Among  People Living with HIV - An Integrated Model (MAP-IT), presented impressive updates on the trials.  

According to Ojji, “Part of the objectives of the meeting were for sites to share their updates, mentees to present some of the small research projects they were working on, and for people to network among themselves.” 

He affirmed that all of these objectives were achieved, as the group he led, MAP-IT team, comprising the University of Abuja, NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (AKSPHCDA), and other collaborators, “had more research results, compared to that of the other sites, especially in terms of number of publications, and engagement with stakeholders and policymakers, and being able to expose trainees and young researchers to presenting on a large stage." 

The director of the University of Abuja Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training noted that the University team, for instance, presented two NIH-NHLBi Short Research Projects (SRP) from early career Investigators, one science communications project and two poster presentations on various topics of the Hypertension and HIV.  

Other groups in the team presented their studies including communications campaign to reduce HIV/hypertension stigma in Akwa Ibom State; integrating diabetes, hypertension, and HIV care in primary healthcare centres in Nigeria; perception of hypertension in rural communities of Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria, a qualitative study;  etc.  

“The conference has enabled us to start thinking more of future ideas on moving our work forward, and encouraged us to keep on working hard as diligence pays off,” the associate professor stated.

Just In; Minister Of Police Affairs, State, Imaan Bags Leadership Award

Just In; Minister Of Police Affairs, State, Imaan Bags Leadership Award

By Abubakar Yusuf 

For her unique performance and adherence to the performance bond between January and June , The Minister of State , Police Affairs, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim has been recognized as the most outstanding and distinguished woman of the year.

The award confered on the Minister by a newspaper tabloid, the National Waves Newspaper was organised on Thursday in Abuja.

The tabloid single her out for recognition in view of improved internal security in the country , fall out of the rejigged and on going reforms in the Nigeria Police Force NPF.

Imaan who assumed duty last year has embarked on major reforms that had placed the internal security, security of lives and properties at high pedestal in the country.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

For her unique performance and adherence to the performance bond between January and June , The Minister of State , Police Affairs, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim has been recognized as the most outstanding and distinguished woman of the year.

The award confered on the Minister by a newspaper tabloid, the National Waves Newspaper was organised on Thursday in Abuja.

The tabloid single her out for recognition in view of improved internal security in the country , fall out of the rejigged and on going reforms in the Nigeria Police Force NPF.

Imaan who assumed duty last year has embarked on major reforms that had placed the internal security, security of lives and properties at high pedestal in the country.

Speaker Of ECOWAS Parliament Visits Senator Barau ln National Assembly

Speaker Of ECOWAS Parliament Visits Senator Barau ln National Assembly

The President of the Senate and Chairman of the NILDS Governing Council, His Excellency Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, has drawn a parallel between the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and Cambridge and Harvard Universities.

During a historic visit to the state-of-the-art Institute on Friday, the President of the Senate commended Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, the Director-General of NILDS, for the Institute's impressive facilities and its significant potential contributions to Nigerian democracy.

"With this infrastructure, Nigerians no longer need to travel overseas for legislative training. This is our own Cambridge and Harvard," Sen. Akpabio,stated.

At the event, Prof. Sulaiman unveiled NILDS' latest publication, "25 Years of Democracy and Development in Nigeria," which features a foreword by the President of the Senate.

 The publication chronicles Nigeria's democratic journey and development since 1999.

Accompanying him were Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, Sen. Osita Ngwu, Sen. Asuquo Ekpenyong, and Sen. Abiru Adetokunbo.

In a similar development, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Maimounatou Ibrahima visited NILDS to seek the institute's assistance in the capacity development of parliamentarians and their support staff. The Director-General, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman assured her of the Institute's readiness to provide its services to the ECOWAS Parliament, emphasizing their commitment to the advancement and overall well-being of the sub-region.
The President of the Senate and Chairman of the NILDS Governing Council, His Excellency Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, has drawn a parallel between the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and Cambridge and Harvard Universities.

During a historic visit to the state-of-the-art Institute on Friday, the President of the Senate commended Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, the Director-General of NILDS, for the Institute's impressive facilities and its significant potential contributions to Nigerian democracy.

"With this infrastructure, Nigerians no longer need to travel overseas for legislative training. This is our own Cambridge and Harvard," Sen. Akpabio,stated.

At the event, Prof. Sulaiman unveiled NILDS' latest publication, "25 Years of Democracy and Development in Nigeria," which features a foreword by the President of the Senate.

 The publication chronicles Nigeria's democratic journey and development since 1999.

Accompanying him were Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, Sen. Osita Ngwu, Sen. Asuquo Ekpenyong, and Sen. Abiru Adetokunbo.

In a similar development, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Maimounatou Ibrahima visited NILDS to seek the institute's assistance in the capacity development of parliamentarians and their support staff. The Director-General, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman assured her of the Institute's readiness to provide its services to the ECOWAS Parliament, emphasizing their commitment to the advancement and overall well-being of the sub-region.

NILDS: Nigeria's Cambridge And Harvard - Akpabio

NILDS: Nigeria's Cambridge And Harvard - Akpabio

The President of the Senate and Chairman of the NILDS Governing Council, His Excellency Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, has drawn a parallel between the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and Cambridge and Harvard Universities.

During a historic visit to the state-of-the-art Institute on Friday, the President of the Senate commended Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, the Director-General of NILDS, for the Institute's impressive facilities and its significant potential contributions to Nigerian democracy.

"With this infrastructure, Nigerians no longer need to travel overseas for legislative training. This is our own Cambridge and Harvard," Sen. Akpabio,stated.

At the event, Prof. Sulaiman unveiled NILDS' latest publication, "25 Years of Democracy and Development in Nigeria," which features a foreword by the President of the Senate.

 The publication chronicles Nigeria's democratic journey and development since 1999.

Accompanying him were Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, Sen. Osita Ngwu, Sen. Asuquo Ekpenyong, and Sen. Abiru Adetokunbo.

In a similar development, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Maimounatou Ibrahima visited NILDS to seek the institute's assistance in the capacity development of parliamentarians and their support staff. The Director-General, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman assured her of the Institute's readiness to provide its services to the ECOWAS Parliament, emphasizing their commitment to the advancement and overall well-being of the sub-region.
The President of the Senate and Chairman of the NILDS Governing Council, His Excellency Distinguished Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, has drawn a parallel between the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and Cambridge and Harvard Universities.

During a historic visit to the state-of-the-art Institute on Friday, the President of the Senate commended Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman, the Director-General of NILDS, for the Institute's impressive facilities and its significant potential contributions to Nigerian democracy.

"With this infrastructure, Nigerians no longer need to travel overseas for legislative training. This is our own Cambridge and Harvard," Sen. Akpabio,stated.

At the event, Prof. Sulaiman unveiled NILDS' latest publication, "25 Years of Democracy and Development in Nigeria," which features a foreword by the President of the Senate.

 The publication chronicles Nigeria's democratic journey and development since 1999.

Accompanying him were Senate Leader, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, Sen. Osita Ngwu, Sen. Asuquo Ekpenyong, and Sen. Abiru Adetokunbo.

In a similar development, the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Rt. Hon. Maimounatou Ibrahima visited NILDS to seek the institute's assistance in the capacity development of parliamentarians and their support staff. The Director-General, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman assured her of the Institute's readiness to provide its services to the ECOWAS Parliament, emphasizing their commitment to the advancement and overall well-being of the sub-region.

Mamman Ahmadu; Consolidating Reforms, Regulations And Enforcement At BPP

Mamman Ahmadu; Consolidating Reforms, Regulations And Enforcement At BPP

By Abubakar Yusuf 

In recent times, the fear of Bureau of Public Procurement BPP is the beginning of wisdom, particularly in the conduct of government businesses that has to do with procurement procedures across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDA's.

Under the leadership of an erudite surveyor, Mamman Ahmadu has deployed his wealth of experience both on the field and administrative acumen to the management and ongoing reforms in the department thqt ensured transparency and accountability.

As a department of government overseeing the activities of other departments, the onus lies on the leadership to superintend on not only reforms, but regulatory framework to instill not only sanity , but enforcement with a view to ensuring total sanity in government procurement process and procedures.

For Mamman Ahmadu, the issue of the ongoing reforms, regulations and enforcement will not be compromise on the altar of probity, effectiveness and efficiency in the public service.

In line with the act establishing the Bureau, the expected oversight mandate, annual clearance and supervision expected of BPP on government Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDA's ought to be carried out on annual basis, with evidence of status advised by the Bureau.

It is no longer business as usual since the appointment of an astute quantity surveyor to supervise the activities of the BPP in the last few years, as doing the needful and the right thing has become the other of the day.

Aside reforms and regulatory activities of the body, the routine enforcement carried on government Ministries, Departments and Agencies had become a guiding principle for government offices.

It is now a norm for government MDA's to seek not only advises, but clarification on the status of job execution, distribution and allocation to ensure sanity and probity in all ramifications backed up with approvals.

With these positive development, the business of government over the years had been redefined to sane conduct, laced with a high template of procurement process devoid of any sharp practices.

In synergy with recognized and genuine CSO's, NGO's and other organs charged with overseeing the activities of public procurement process, the BPP had provided a solid foundation  that will avoid fraud, diversion and duplication in the activities of government.

No doubt, in the last few years under the management of Mamman Ahmadu FNIQS, aside bringing the practical experience in surveying into management of BPP, the administrative, technocratic and bureaucratic experiences and exposure had brought needful changes in the Bureau.

With the current leadership, the needless agitations and connivances had little or no effect on the activities of the new BPP , geared towards delivering it's mandate across the country.

Written BY ABUBAKAR YUSUF, A Public Affairs Analyst on [email protected].
By Abubakar Yusuf 

In recent times, the fear of Bureau of Public Procurement BPP is the beginning of wisdom, particularly in the conduct of government businesses that has to do with procurement procedures across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDA's.

Under the leadership of an erudite surveyor, Mamman Ahmadu has deployed his wealth of experience both on the field and administrative acumen to the management and ongoing reforms in the department thqt ensured transparency and accountability.

As a department of government overseeing the activities of other departments, the onus lies on the leadership to superintend on not only reforms, but regulatory framework to instill not only sanity , but enforcement with a view to ensuring total sanity in government procurement process and procedures.

For Mamman Ahmadu, the issue of the ongoing reforms, regulations and enforcement will not be compromise on the altar of probity, effectiveness and efficiency in the public service.

In line with the act establishing the Bureau, the expected oversight mandate, annual clearance and supervision expected of BPP on government Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDA's ought to be carried out on annual basis, with evidence of status advised by the Bureau.

It is no longer business as usual since the appointment of an astute quantity surveyor to supervise the activities of the BPP in the last few years, as doing the needful and the right thing has become the other of the day.

Aside reforms and regulatory activities of the body, the routine enforcement carried on government Ministries, Departments and Agencies had become a guiding principle for government offices.

It is now a norm for government MDA's to seek not only advises, but clarification on the status of job execution, distribution and allocation to ensure sanity and probity in all ramifications backed up with approvals.

With these positive development, the business of government over the years had been redefined to sane conduct, laced with a high template of procurement process devoid of any sharp practices.

In synergy with recognized and genuine CSO's, NGO's and other organs charged with overseeing the activities of public procurement process, the BPP had provided a solid foundation  that will avoid fraud, diversion and duplication in the activities of government.

No doubt, in the last few years under the management of Mamman Ahmadu FNIQS, aside bringing the practical experience in surveying into management of BPP, the administrative, technocratic and bureaucratic experiences and exposure had brought needful changes in the Bureau.

With the current leadership, the needless agitations and connivances had little or no effect on the activities of the new BPP , geared towards delivering it's mandate across the country.

Written BY ABUBAKAR YUSUF, A Public Affairs Analyst on [email protected].

Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah Was Neither Summoned Nor Restrained By The "Federal High Court"

Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah Was Neither Summoned Nor Restrained By The "Federal High Court"

Rejoinder

The attention of the Management of the University of Abuja has been drawn to misleading reports in  some news media that the vice chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah has been summoned by the federal high court, Abuja to appear before it over the inauguration of the University Governing Council. The reports further indicated that the court has granted an order restraining the vice chancellor from conducting an inauguration of the newly elected internal council members of the University.

To set the record straight, the court only ordered that all the defendants including the Vice-chancellor, the President, the Attorney General of the Federation and the National Universities Commission,  be put on notice of the motion filed by the plaintiffs, to enable the Defendants to show cause why the prayers of the Plaintiffs should not be granted. 

Management clarifies that the court did not summon the Vice-chancellor, rather, the order of the court presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo was directed at the plaintiffs to put the Defendants on notice of their motion within three days of the order.

Management also notes that it is not aware of any court order restraining the University from taking any step for that matter. If such order is served on it, Management will comply appropriately.
Management states that these deliberate misrepresentations of the order of the court in the media were clearly calculated to create the impression in the public domain that the vice-chancellor had been found culpable of something for which he had been summoned and consequently embarrass him and the University. Nothing can be further from the truth.

The reports smack of irresponsible journalism and the desperate manipulations of the plaintiffs in the pursuit of their nefarious purposes.
Management therefore urge members of the University community and the general public to disregard these false and malicious publications.

Reports from Newswire and Event Magazine in its publication dated 7th June 2024 had reported that the vice-chancellor had been summoned before the federal high court while an undated video AIT News Hour reported that there has been a restraining order on the vice-chancellor.

Signed
Maryam Mohammed,
Information and University Relations.
Rejoinder

The attention of the Management of the University of Abuja has been drawn to misleading reports in  some news media that the vice chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah has been summoned by the federal high court, Abuja to appear before it over the inauguration of the University Governing Council. The reports further indicated that the court has granted an order restraining the vice chancellor from conducting an inauguration of the newly elected internal council members of the University.

To set the record straight, the court only ordered that all the defendants including the Vice-chancellor, the President, the Attorney General of the Federation and the National Universities Commission,  be put on notice of the motion filed by the plaintiffs, to enable the Defendants to show cause why the prayers of the Plaintiffs should not be granted. 

Management clarifies that the court did not summon the Vice-chancellor, rather, the order of the court presided over by Justice Inyang Ekwo was directed at the plaintiffs to put the Defendants on notice of their motion within three days of the order.

Management also notes that it is not aware of any court order restraining the University from taking any step for that matter. If such order is served on it, Management will comply appropriately.
Management states that these deliberate misrepresentations of the order of the court in the media were clearly calculated to create the impression in the public domain that the vice-chancellor had been found culpable of something for which he had been summoned and consequently embarrass him and the University. Nothing can be further from the truth.

The reports smack of irresponsible journalism and the desperate manipulations of the plaintiffs in the pursuit of their nefarious purposes.
Management therefore urge members of the University community and the general public to disregard these false and malicious publications.

Reports from Newswire and Event Magazine in its publication dated 7th June 2024 had reported that the vice-chancellor had been summoned before the federal high court while an undated video AIT News Hour reported that there has been a restraining order on the vice-chancellor.

Signed
Maryam Mohammed,
Information and University Relations.

OSSAP-SDGs Inaugurates Sickle Cell Care Centre In LASUTH To Tackle Infant Mortality

OSSAP-SDGs Inaugurates Sickle Cell Care Centre In LASUTH To Tackle Infant Mortality

 
With Sickle Cell Disease contributing to approximately 376,000 under-5 deaths annually, compared to 34,400 deaths from other causes, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) has taken a significant step to reverse this trend by delivering a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Sickle Cell Care Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
 
The Centre, commissioned by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday, is designed to cater to the needs of the numerous Sickle Cell patients who visit the hospital daily.
 
Speaking at the event, Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the centre would provide comprehensive care, including early diagnosis, advanced treatment, and continued management for children suffering from the debilitating condition. He emphasized that the centre will serve as a hub for research and education, fostering greater awareness and understanding of sickle cell disease.
 
“This will not only transform our total healthcare landscape but will also add to the number of childcare facilities that already exist in our state health institutions. It will raise the capacity of the state’s medical services and, very importantly, contribute to improving the state’s infant and maternal mortality index,” he said.
 
The governor commended OSSAP-SDGs, noting that the centre would provide an environment where children could receive holistic care tailored to their needs, from medical treatment to psychological support.
 
“We believe that this will ensure that every child that has an opportunity to come to this facility will come out healthier, better, and be able to fulfill their life,” he added.
 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, described the project as part of the efforts to deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration. She stated that the centre would enhance the quality of care for children with Sickle Cell Disease, aiming to reduce under-5 mortality and support the attainment of the SDGs in Nigeria. She highlighted the World Health Organization's declaration of sickle cell disease as a global public health concern and encouraged countries with high disease burdens to establish newborn screening programs for early detection and evidence-based interventions.
 
Princess Orelope-Adefulire noted, “In August 2023, a Lancet Haematology publication revealed that globally, between 2000 and 2021, the rate of children born with sickle cell disease increased by 13.7 percent, reaching an average of up to 515,000 babies per annum. The study also found that sickle cell-specific under-5 mortality was 11 times higher than deaths due to other causes, amounting to approximately 376,000 deaths from sickle cell disease annually compared to 34,400 deaths from other causes.”
 
“In Nigeria, approximately one in four, or 25 percent of Nigerians, carries a sickle cell gene, meaning about 50 million people can transmit the gene to their children. We must act now to reverse this trend,” she stated.
 
Princess Orelope-Adefulire expressed confidence that the Sickle Cell Centre and other related interventions will contribute to achieving SDG-3.2 on “reducing under-five mortality to 25 per 1,000 live births or less by 2030” as well as other cross-cutting SDGs. This aligns with the cardinal pillars on healthcare and empowerment in the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration.
 
Earlier, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to combating non-communicable diseases and improving healthcare outcomes for Nigerians. He noted that sickle cell disease, alongside malaria, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases, represents a substantial health burden for the country, worsening morbidity and mortality rates.
 
“At the federal level, we recognize the urgent need to address these challenges and are committed to building robust infrastructure to manage and mitigate the impact in collaboration with our subnational government. The establishment of this state-of-the-art Sickle Cell Centre is a testament to the dedication of the SDG office to provide quality healthcare and infrastructure to our people. This centre is not merely a building, it is a beacon of hope for many and a cornerstone of our strategy to enhance healthcare services nationwide,” he said.
 
In the same vein, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Adetokunbo Fabamwo, noted that Nigeria has one of the highest rates of sickle cell disease globally, with up to three million people living with the condition. He emphasized that the condition contributes significantly to childhood morbidity and mortality.
 
“It is, therefore, apt to have a centre like this to offer preventive and therapeutic care to child sufferers. The establishment of this centre takes a huge chunk of load off the usually crowded therapeutic clinics and wards,” he said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With Sickle Cell Disease contributing to approximately 376,000 under-5 deaths annually, compared to 34,400 deaths from other causes, the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (OSSAP-SDGs) has taken a significant step to reverse this trend by delivering a fully equipped, state-of-the-art Sickle Cell Care Centre at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
 
The Centre, commissioned by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday, is designed to cater to the needs of the numerous Sickle Cell patients who visit the hospital daily.
 
Speaking at the event, Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the centre would provide comprehensive care, including early diagnosis, advanced treatment, and continued management for children suffering from the debilitating condition. He emphasized that the centre will serve as a hub for research and education, fostering greater awareness and understanding of sickle cell disease.
 
“This will not only transform our total healthcare landscape but will also add to the number of childcare facilities that already exist in our state health institutions. It will raise the capacity of the state’s medical services and, very importantly, contribute to improving the state’s infant and maternal mortality index,” he said.
 
The governor commended OSSAP-SDGs, noting that the centre would provide an environment where children could receive holistic care tailored to their needs, from medical treatment to psychological support.
 
“We believe that this will ensure that every child that has an opportunity to come to this facility will come out healthier, better, and be able to fulfill their life,” he added.
 
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, described the project as part of the efforts to deliver on the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration. She stated that the centre would enhance the quality of care for children with Sickle Cell Disease, aiming to reduce under-5 mortality and support the attainment of the SDGs in Nigeria. She highlighted the World Health Organization's declaration of sickle cell disease as a global public health concern and encouraged countries with high disease burdens to establish newborn screening programs for early detection and evidence-based interventions.
 
Princess Orelope-Adefulire noted, “In August 2023, a Lancet Haematology publication revealed that globally, between 2000 and 2021, the rate of children born with sickle cell disease increased by 13.7 percent, reaching an average of up to 515,000 babies per annum. The study also found that sickle cell-specific under-5 mortality was 11 times higher than deaths due to other causes, amounting to approximately 376,000 deaths from sickle cell disease annually compared to 34,400 deaths from other causes.”
 
“In Nigeria, approximately one in four, or 25 percent of Nigerians, carries a sickle cell gene, meaning about 50 million people can transmit the gene to their children. We must act now to reverse this trend,” she stated.
 
Princess Orelope-Adefulire expressed confidence that the Sickle Cell Centre and other related interventions will contribute to achieving SDG-3.2 on “reducing under-five mortality to 25 per 1,000 live births or less by 2030” as well as other cross-cutting SDGs. This aligns with the cardinal pillars on healthcare and empowerment in the Renewed Hope Agenda of the current administration.
 
Earlier, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to combating non-communicable diseases and improving healthcare outcomes for Nigerians. He noted that sickle cell disease, alongside malaria, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases, represents a substantial health burden for the country, worsening morbidity and mortality rates.
 
“At the federal level, we recognize the urgent need to address these challenges and are committed to building robust infrastructure to manage and mitigate the impact in collaboration with our subnational government. The establishment of this state-of-the-art Sickle Cell Centre is a testament to the dedication of the SDG office to provide quality healthcare and infrastructure to our people. This centre is not merely a building, it is a beacon of hope for many and a cornerstone of our strategy to enhance healthcare services nationwide,” he said.
 
In the same vein, the Chief Medical Director of LASUTH, Adetokunbo Fabamwo, noted that Nigeria has one of the highest rates of sickle cell disease globally, with up to three million people living with the condition. He emphasized that the condition contributes significantly to childhood morbidity and mortality.
 
“It is, therefore, apt to have a centre like this to offer preventive and therapeutic care to child sufferers. The establishment of this centre takes a huge chunk of load off the usually crowded therapeutic clinics and wards,” he said.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enumerating The Catalogue Achievements Of Hon Damkor With Tiev Representative Mandate In One Year

Enumerating The Catalogue Achievements Of Hon Damkor With Tiev Representative Mandate In One Year

The basic tripartite functions of the Legislative arm Government is to make law, oversight and to ensure checks and balances are maintained by the Executive arm of Government with the aim of ensuring that, the real participatory democracy is fully in practice.

The quadragenarian young Law Maker, Hon Matthew Damkor, was sworn in as a Member Of the 10th Benue State House of Assembly Representing Tiev Constituency of Vandeikya, on the 5th June, 2023 after his landslide victory at the 2023 general elections.

The Pundit Legislator upon his assumption in office perfumed creditably, both in deliberations cum passage of sensitive bills that are targeted at complementing the execution of the Seven points agendas of the Fr Alia led administration.

In complementing the revolutionary efforts of the Fr Alia led administration devoid of Kleptocracy in Vandeikya Local Government precisely Tiev Constituency, the Chairman House Committee on Finance, Hon Matthew Damkor initiated and executed the following Projects: He drilled a Motorized borehole at St Thomas Catholic Rectory Tur, to cushion the problem of water scarcity around the area of Vandeikya Township, construction and refilling of a bridge in Mbayongo Council Ward, sponsored the registration of over 22 Women Cooperatives to give the Tiev Constituency women all the necessary requirements to access the huge cooperative empowerment of the Fr Alia led administration, employment of 15 Teachers at Mbakaange High school with the target to regained the academic lost glories of the Institution.

The Economic cum Agricultural expert, Damkor also make a history to the first Benue State House of Assembly Member to registered 32 students for Joint Admission and Matriculation Exams(Jamb,) he moved a motion at the floor of the Benue State House for the Benue State Government to visit and Compensate the victims of natural disasters of thunder storm in Mbayongo, through the Benue State Emergency Management Agency(B-SEMA.) Hon Damkor also facilitated the employment of over 10 Youths at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

With his commitment to queue into Rev Fr Dr Hyacinth Iormem Alia's administrative empowerment, Hon Matthew Damkor also Facilitated the empowerment of over 250 people of Tiev Constituency in the "Benue Care" empowerment programme initiated by the Rev. Gentleman's administration.

He Purchased high quality digital gadgets to 6 Youths across the six Council Wards in Tiev Constituency as well as facilitated the Federal government Nano grant for over 45 people in his Constituency. Hon Damkor also engaged 8 liaison officers across the 6 council wards in the constituency and is paying them handsomely well and other silent achievements.

There's no doubt that, Hon Matthew Damkor has performed creditably and is effectively managing the mandate bestowed on him by the reputable good people of Tiev Constituency.

We called on the Tiev Constituency people to continue to give their enormous support to the Youth parliamentarian to succeed on his Mandate and beyond.

Damkor Media Team.
The basic tripartite functions of the Legislative arm Government is to make law, oversight and to ensure checks and balances are maintained by the Executive arm of Government with the aim of ensuring that, the real participatory democracy is fully in practice.

The quadragenarian young Law Maker, Hon Matthew Damkor, was sworn in as a Member Of the 10th Benue State House of Assembly Representing Tiev Constituency of Vandeikya, on the 5th June, 2023 after his landslide victory at the 2023 general elections.

The Pundit Legislator upon his assumption in office perfumed creditably, both in deliberations cum passage of sensitive bills that are targeted at complementing the execution of the Seven points agendas of the Fr Alia led administration.

In complementing the revolutionary efforts of the Fr Alia led administration devoid of Kleptocracy in Vandeikya Local Government precisely Tiev Constituency, the Chairman House Committee on Finance, Hon Matthew Damkor initiated and executed the following Projects: He drilled a Motorized borehole at St Thomas Catholic Rectory Tur, to cushion the problem of water scarcity around the area of Vandeikya Township, construction and refilling of a bridge in Mbayongo Council Ward, sponsored the registration of over 22 Women Cooperatives to give the Tiev Constituency women all the necessary requirements to access the huge cooperative empowerment of the Fr Alia led administration, employment of 15 Teachers at Mbakaange High school with the target to regained the academic lost glories of the Institution.

The Economic cum Agricultural expert, Damkor also make a history to the first Benue State House of Assembly Member to registered 32 students for Joint Admission and Matriculation Exams(Jamb,) he moved a motion at the floor of the Benue State House for the Benue State Government to visit and Compensate the victims of natural disasters of thunder storm in Mbayongo, through the Benue State Emergency Management Agency(B-SEMA.) Hon Damkor also facilitated the employment of over 10 Youths at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

With his commitment to queue into Rev Fr Dr Hyacinth Iormem Alia's administrative empowerment, Hon Matthew Damkor also Facilitated the empowerment of over 250 people of Tiev Constituency in the "Benue Care" empowerment programme initiated by the Rev. Gentleman's administration.

He Purchased high quality digital gadgets to 6 Youths across the six Council Wards in Tiev Constituency as well as facilitated the Federal government Nano grant for over 45 people in his Constituency. Hon Damkor also engaged 8 liaison officers across the 6 council wards in the constituency and is paying them handsomely well and other silent achievements.

There's no doubt that, Hon Matthew Damkor has performed creditably and is effectively managing the mandate bestowed on him by the reputable good people of Tiev Constituency.

We called on the Tiev Constituency people to continue to give their enormous support to the Youth parliamentarian to succeed on his Mandate and beyond.

Damkor Media Team.

NASS, Stakeholders, Endorse Reps.Agbese's Bill For Establishment of Federal College of Agric, Agila

NASS, Stakeholders, Endorse Reps.Agbese's Bill For Establishment of Federal College of Agric, Agila

By Dansu Peter 

In a significant milestone, the bill seeking to establish a Federal College of Agriculture in Agila, Benue State has received overwhelming acceptance during a public hearing at the National Assembly.

The public hearing, which drew stakeholders from various sectors, including education, agriculture, and government, saw widespread support for the bill. Speakers praised the initiative, highlighting the potential of the college to address the nation's agricultural challenges.

The bill's sponsor, Hon. Philip Agbese who represents Ado/ Okpokwu/ Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, said the proposed institution is critical to the country's food production and research. 

He noted that this is a significant step towards transforming Nigeria's agricultural sector and unlocking its full potential. 

The Deputy Spokesman of the House of Representatives said: "Benue State is indeed the food basket of the nation but what many don't know is that my federal constituency produces a bulk of that food.

"Most of the research institutes have travelled to Agila, in particular for their fieldwork. With this institution, I believe the Federal Government would sustain what we have been doing for this nation. We will continue to feed the nation and in turn, my people will benefit. 

"My constituency remains the least developed in the nation despite all its contributions. Hence, I believe this bill is the most critical for this committee."

The Chairman of the Technical Committee for the institution, Professor Hyacinth Aboh, assured that the community is peaceful and welcoming, blessed with fertile land.

"Agila is well endowed, about 90 per cent of people there are farmers," he added. "They engage in agriculture because the land is very fertile. The location of Agila is in the southern part of Benue State and shares a boundary with Ebonyi State. 

"Agila won't have any problem with take off as it already has a very big skill acquisition centre. The people of Agila are very peaceful with vast land".

The Federal College of Agriculture Agila is expected to serve as a hub for agricultural innovation, research, and training. The proposed institution will provide specialised training for farmers, extension workers, and agricultural educators, enhancing the sector's human capacity. This will lead to improved agricultural productivity, sustainability, and innovation, driving economic growth and development in the region.

The college will also contribute to Nigeria's food security, self-sufficiency, and economic diversification. It will enhance the nation's global competitiveness in agriculture, attracting foreign investment and promoting export-led growth.

For Benue State, the college will offer a significant boost to the local economy, creating jobs, stimulating agricultural development, and enhancing the state's reputation as a hub for agricultural excellence. The state will also benefit from the college's research and innovation, addressing specific agricultural challenges facing the region.

The community will profit from the college's outreach programs, which will provide training and support for local farmers, improving their yields and incomes.

The college will also serve as a resource center for agricultural innovation, providing solutions to local agricultural challenges. This will lead to improved livelihoods, reduced poverty, and enhanced well-being for the local population.

The establishment of the Federal College of Agriculture in Benue State is expected to have a ripple effect on the nation's agricultural sector, driving growth, innovation, and sustainability. The bill's passage into law is eagerly anticipated, paving the way for the college's establishment and the realization of its numerous benefits.

Among dignitaries in attendance were former House of Reps member, Hon. Bernard Ochepa, former executive council chairman of Ado, Hon. Chief Otse Otokpa, Elder Ogba Ogorry, Chief Otse Otokpa, Arch Tony Obekpa, Hon (Mrs) Kate Ojogi, and Prince Onwi Obande among others.
By Dansu Peter 

In a significant milestone, the bill seeking to establish a Federal College of Agriculture in Agila, Benue State has received overwhelming acceptance during a public hearing at the National Assembly.

The public hearing, which drew stakeholders from various sectors, including education, agriculture, and government, saw widespread support for the bill. Speakers praised the initiative, highlighting the potential of the college to address the nation's agricultural challenges.

The bill's sponsor, Hon. Philip Agbese who represents Ado/ Okpokwu/ Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, said the proposed institution is critical to the country's food production and research. 

He noted that this is a significant step towards transforming Nigeria's agricultural sector and unlocking its full potential. 

The Deputy Spokesman of the House of Representatives said: "Benue State is indeed the food basket of the nation but what many don't know is that my federal constituency produces a bulk of that food.

"Most of the research institutes have travelled to Agila, in particular for their fieldwork. With this institution, I believe the Federal Government would sustain what we have been doing for this nation. We will continue to feed the nation and in turn, my people will benefit. 

"My constituency remains the least developed in the nation despite all its contributions. Hence, I believe this bill is the most critical for this committee."

The Chairman of the Technical Committee for the institution, Professor Hyacinth Aboh, assured that the community is peaceful and welcoming, blessed with fertile land.

"Agila is well endowed, about 90 per cent of people there are farmers," he added. "They engage in agriculture because the land is very fertile. The location of Agila is in the southern part of Benue State and shares a boundary with Ebonyi State. 

"Agila won't have any problem with take off as it already has a very big skill acquisition centre. The people of Agila are very peaceful with vast land".

The Federal College of Agriculture Agila is expected to serve as a hub for agricultural innovation, research, and training. The proposed institution will provide specialised training for farmers, extension workers, and agricultural educators, enhancing the sector's human capacity. This will lead to improved agricultural productivity, sustainability, and innovation, driving economic growth and development in the region.

The college will also contribute to Nigeria's food security, self-sufficiency, and economic diversification. It will enhance the nation's global competitiveness in agriculture, attracting foreign investment and promoting export-led growth.

For Benue State, the college will offer a significant boost to the local economy, creating jobs, stimulating agricultural development, and enhancing the state's reputation as a hub for agricultural excellence. The state will also benefit from the college's research and innovation, addressing specific agricultural challenges facing the region.

The community will profit from the college's outreach programs, which will provide training and support for local farmers, improving their yields and incomes.

The college will also serve as a resource center for agricultural innovation, providing solutions to local agricultural challenges. This will lead to improved livelihoods, reduced poverty, and enhanced well-being for the local population.

The establishment of the Federal College of Agriculture in Benue State is expected to have a ripple effect on the nation's agricultural sector, driving growth, innovation, and sustainability. The bill's passage into law is eagerly anticipated, paving the way for the college's establishment and the realization of its numerous benefits.

Among dignitaries in attendance were former House of Reps member, Hon. Bernard Ochepa, former executive council chairman of Ado, Hon. Chief Otse Otokpa, Elder Ogba Ogorry, Chief Otse Otokpa, Arch Tony Obekpa, Hon (Mrs) Kate Ojogi, and Prince Onwi Obande among others.

Minimum Wage: Finance Minister proposes $220 (₦105,000) to Tinubu - report

Minimum Wage: Finance Minister proposes $220 (₦105,000) to Tinubu - report

By Dansu Peter 

An emerging report suggests that the Minister of Finance, Mr. Wale Edun, has proposed a new minimum wage of $220 (approximately ₦105,000 per month) for Nigerian workers to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, meeting the 48-hour deadline, according to credible sources reported by Western Post.

It is understood that President Tinubu is currently reviewing the proposal, with an official announcement expected soon.

This development follows a strike by Labour Unions on Monday, after unsatisfactory results from their meeting with the National Assembly leadership. President Tinubu then gave the Finance Minister a 48-hour ultimatum to present a new minimum wage plan for Nigerian workers.

Source: WP
By Dansu Peter 

An emerging report suggests that the Minister of Finance, Mr. Wale Edun, has proposed a new minimum wage of $220 (approximately ₦105,000 per month) for Nigerian workers to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, meeting the 48-hour deadline, according to credible sources reported by Western Post.

It is understood that President Tinubu is currently reviewing the proposal, with an official announcement expected soon.

This development follows a strike by Labour Unions on Monday, after unsatisfactory results from their meeting with the National Assembly leadership. President Tinubu then gave the Finance Minister a 48-hour ultimatum to present a new minimum wage plan for Nigerian workers.

Source: WP

Former Permanent Secretary, Kogi Government House Administration, Reverend Pastor Ilemona John Passes On

Former Permanent Secretary, Kogi Government House Administration, Reverend Pastor Ilemona John Passes On

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The immediate past Director General, Government House Administration, Lokoja , Reverend Pastor Ilemona John Omagu is dead.

Ilemona John started his early civil service career from Radio Benue Makurdi, before the creation of Kogi state were he moved to Radio Kogi , Lokoja.

He was appointed as Director General, Protocol to former Kogi Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris in 2004, and rose to the position of Permanent Secretary, Protocol of the Government House, Lokoja in Kogi state.

Ilemona John who was later redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Government House Administration by Capt Idris Wada's administration retired from the services of the state government in 2013.

He was the Proprietor and founder of Nation light Rossil Academy (NALRA), Agala-Ogane Road Anyigba, in kogi state.

The former technocrat died after a brief illness.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The immediate past Director General, Government House Administration, Lokoja , Reverend Pastor Ilemona John Omagu is dead.

Ilemona John started his early civil service career from Radio Benue Makurdi, before the creation of Kogi state were he moved to Radio Kogi , Lokoja.

He was appointed as Director General, Protocol to former Kogi Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris in 2004, and rose to the position of Permanent Secretary, Protocol of the Government House, Lokoja in Kogi state.

Ilemona John who was later redeployed as Permanent Secretary, Government House Administration by Capt Idris Wada's administration retired from the services of the state government in 2013.

He was the Proprietor and founder of Nation light Rossil Academy (NALRA), Agala-Ogane Road Anyigba, in kogi state.

The former technocrat died after a brief illness.

One Year Anniversary: How Adefulire Is Streamlining SDGs And COP28 To Achieve Renewed Hope Agenda

One Year Anniversary: How Adefulire Is Streamlining SDGs And COP28 To Achieve Renewed Hope Agenda

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals SDGs under the leadership of Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire had garnered both local and international supports as a global  intervention agency, that affected the economic, social and political development of developing nations, with Nigeria not left out.

The leadership of the global outfit domesticated it's 17 Goals agenda in the country with the former deputy governor of Lagos state, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire reappointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President in September, 2023.

Having occupied the position in the previous dispensation, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire hitted the ground running by consolidating on the previous success story with the attendance of the 78th session United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in the United States in New York in September , 2023 with its theme tagged “Accelerating SDGs Progress Through National Financing Strategies and Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs)" at a high level event in 2023.

Worried by the negative effects of climate change across the globe and the need to achieve accelerated program of SDGs taken cognizance of decade of action of 2020-2030.

The decision of Nigeria's SDGs to convene INFF in 2022 77th UNGA session held in New York was to increase investments, align resources from both public and private sector ,as well as domesticate the resources to attain the ambitious 2020 -2030 agenda that is near and heading towards half way.

Hence , the high level discussion of the last 78th session of UNGA concentrated on the viability of INFF, international and domestic budgets of countries including Nigeria , particularly the new administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu under his Renewed Hope Agenda, through partnership to achieve it's immediate goals.

Deploying financing strategies through the INFF to ensuring accelerated progress of SDGs in cahoot with the UN , Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), economic sustainability plan, growth, and National poverty reduction , as well as attaining National Development plan as we approach second half time.

The launching of INFF at 2022 UNGA was a vital tool to leveraging on its framework towards sustainability in view of global fiscal challenges in both domestic and international spheres, so as to achieve SDGs.


It was also meant to prioritize investments with multiple effects , with  collaborative reactions on the whole society approach to implementing INFF Roadmap.

With the envisaged alignment of National and Sub -National budgets, SDGs will be attainable in all spheres of our national life, that will be all encompassing. 

Similar advocate debuted in COP28 in 2023 with a clamour for accelerated climate action plan using INFF and national financing.

With highlights of the critical roles of climate change and climate action financing during the side event in Dubai, the combination of EU, UN, UNDP at the pivotal climate change side event, emphasising climate change and SDGs at the global fora and by extension it's domestication at the home front.

The obvious need to mobilize funds through INFF using financial strategies critical for climate action, capable of addressing climate challenges towards attaining climate agenda for the country between now and 2030 was desiring.

With climate action pledged at COP26 in 2021, and the establishment of National climate change, the ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions by 2060 is achievable.

The Integrated approach deployed by SDGs through harnessing both medium and short term measures since 2016 , the national development, Adisababa action agenda, for financing development/2030 agenda was gradually working out.

With the key initiatives and reforms of SDGs and COP28 outlined in INFF road map particularly funding , in collaboration with both private and public sector, non state actors, fora to holistic approach of the implementation of the International National Financing Framework (INFF), to attain seamless and accelerated development.

The giant strides of the leadership of SDGs under Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire to harness climate action development spanned from the launching of INFF in 2022, to advocating accelerated action in 2023 78th session of UNGA, and COP28 in December, 2023, with a pledge from COP26 in 2021, to achieve SDGs ambitious and accelerated development in line with the decade of action in 2030 and 2060 target of net zero emission by 2060.

The positive development earlier in the life of Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not only improve domestication, but harness international attention towards national development in all spheres.

Written BY ABUBAKAR YUSUF on [email protected].
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals SDGs under the leadership of Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire had garnered both local and international supports as a global  intervention agency, that affected the economic, social and political development of developing nations, with Nigeria not left out.

The leadership of the global outfit domesticated it's 17 Goals agenda in the country with the former deputy governor of Lagos state, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire reappointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President in September, 2023.

Having occupied the position in the previous dispensation, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire hitted the ground running by consolidating on the previous success story with the attendance of the 78th session United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in the United States in New York in September , 2023 with its theme tagged “Accelerating SDGs Progress Through National Financing Strategies and Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs)" at a high level event in 2023.

Worried by the negative effects of climate change across the globe and the need to achieve accelerated program of SDGs taken cognizance of decade of action of 2020-2030.

The decision of Nigeria's SDGs to convene INFF in 2022 77th UNGA session held in New York was to increase investments, align resources from both public and private sector ,as well as domesticate the resources to attain the ambitious 2020 -2030 agenda that is near and heading towards half way.

Hence , the high level discussion of the last 78th session of UNGA concentrated on the viability of INFF, international and domestic budgets of countries including Nigeria , particularly the new administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu under his Renewed Hope Agenda, through partnership to achieve it's immediate goals.

Deploying financing strategies through the INFF to ensuring accelerated progress of SDGs in cahoot with the UN , Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), economic sustainability plan, growth, and National poverty reduction , as well as attaining National Development plan as we approach second half time.

The launching of INFF at 2022 UNGA was a vital tool to leveraging on its framework towards sustainability in view of global fiscal challenges in both domestic and international spheres, so as to achieve SDGs.


It was also meant to prioritize investments with multiple effects , with  collaborative reactions on the whole society approach to implementing INFF Roadmap.

With the envisaged alignment of National and Sub -National budgets, SDGs will be attainable in all spheres of our national life, that will be all encompassing. 

Similar advocate debuted in COP28 in 2023 with a clamour for accelerated climate action plan using INFF and national financing.

With highlights of the critical roles of climate change and climate action financing during the side event in Dubai, the combination of EU, UN, UNDP at the pivotal climate change side event, emphasising climate change and SDGs at the global fora and by extension it's domestication at the home front.

The obvious need to mobilize funds through INFF using financial strategies critical for climate action, capable of addressing climate challenges towards attaining climate agenda for the country between now and 2030 was desiring.

With climate action pledged at COP26 in 2021, and the establishment of National climate change, the ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions by 2060 is achievable.

The Integrated approach deployed by SDGs through harnessing both medium and short term measures since 2016 , the national development, Adisababa action agenda, for financing development/2030 agenda was gradually working out.

With the key initiatives and reforms of SDGs and COP28 outlined in INFF road map particularly funding , in collaboration with both private and public sector, non state actors, fora to holistic approach of the implementation of the International National Financing Framework (INFF), to attain seamless and accelerated development.

The giant strides of the leadership of SDGs under Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire to harness climate action development spanned from the launching of INFF in 2022, to advocating accelerated action in 2023 78th session of UNGA, and COP28 in December, 2023, with a pledge from COP26 in 2021, to achieve SDGs ambitious and accelerated development in line with the decade of action in 2030 and 2060 target of net zero emission by 2060.

The positive development earlier in the life of Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not only improve domestication, but harness international attention towards national development in all spheres.

Written BY ABUBAKAR YUSUF on [email protected].

Wike's Beatification in FCT

Wike's Beatification in FCT

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The on going and sustained beatification of public space and utilities by the FCT administration under the leadership of the Minister of Federal Capital Territory FCT in the last one year could've regarded as monumental and the best thing that has happened to the seat of government, but abandoned by the previous handlers.

The hitherto dilapidated state of public structures including the unkept roads corridors both within the city centre and the ones linking the satellite towns have undergone daily cleaning and rehabilitation in the last one year of the present administration.

It will be an irony on the part of the whole system that was rumoured to be returning to the national coffers unspent yearly budget funds , had reverted to been excluded from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to enable it meet it's financial obligations.

The current beatification saw the least infrastructure in the nation's city which included concrete kebs abandoned without commensurate attention for many years and decades, now giving a face lift to the largest nation's in Africa wearing a new look.

Nyesom Wike on assumption of duty in the FCT expressed disappointment on the state of public utilities in the FCT and the six area councils that turned public properties into private hands and in some instances hoodlums.

He immediately set in motion machineries to recover and secured public utilities by immediately erecting perimeter fencing in many strategic areas around the city centre and the area councils.

The FCT administration rejigged the mandate of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) among other organs of government under it's agencies to ensure the issue of clean environment was no longer compromised and abandoned.

Apart from securing the public utilities, Wike immediately ensured the structures are put to immediate use towards generating and improving revenue generation for the FCT.

The flyovers existing in the nation's city that was hitherto occupied by hoodlums and under the bridges that harbored criminals across the FCT, threatening the lives of innocent Nigerians going about their legitimate and lawful activities, have been sanitized and renewed through paintings and remodeling.

With Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and renewed determination of FCT administration under Nyesom Wike, the activities of solar pole lights thieves, replacement of stolen ones and repairs of abandoned street lights across the nations city was effected.

The entrance into the FCT from the Airport end, Kubuwa interchange and Nyanya axis linking the city centre from Kogi , Nassarawa, Niger, and Kaduna States is now wearing a new look with better environment and sanitation.

This was corroborated with the security of lives and properties through provision of equipment and gadgets to assist the Police and security agencies including motorbikes to address kidnappings, banditry and herders, farmers clashes across the FCT.

For Wike's FCT beatification reminds us of the Catholic beatification of late Reverend Father Iwene Tansi in the east some few years ago .

The word "beatification" was used interchangeably with the success story of the late Catholic pontiff now refered to after so many decades and giant strides of Nzenwo Nyesom Wike in the FCT.

ABUBAKAR YUSUF Writes from Abuja on [email protected].
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The on going and sustained beatification of public space and utilities by the FCT administration under the leadership of the Minister of Federal Capital Territory FCT in the last one year could've regarded as monumental and the best thing that has happened to the seat of government, but abandoned by the previous handlers.

The hitherto dilapidated state of public structures including the unkept roads corridors both within the city centre and the ones linking the satellite towns have undergone daily cleaning and rehabilitation in the last one year of the present administration.

It will be an irony on the part of the whole system that was rumoured to be returning to the national coffers unspent yearly budget funds , had reverted to been excluded from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) to enable it meet it's financial obligations.

The current beatification saw the least infrastructure in the nation's city which included concrete kebs abandoned without commensurate attention for many years and decades, now giving a face lift to the largest nation's in Africa wearing a new look.

Nyesom Wike on assumption of duty in the FCT expressed disappointment on the state of public utilities in the FCT and the six area councils that turned public properties into private hands and in some instances hoodlums.

He immediately set in motion machineries to recover and secured public utilities by immediately erecting perimeter fencing in many strategic areas around the city centre and the area councils.

The FCT administration rejigged the mandate of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) among other organs of government under it's agencies to ensure the issue of clean environment was no longer compromised and abandoned.

Apart from securing the public utilities, Wike immediately ensured the structures are put to immediate use towards generating and improving revenue generation for the FCT.

The flyovers existing in the nation's city that was hitherto occupied by hoodlums and under the bridges that harbored criminals across the FCT, threatening the lives of innocent Nigerians going about their legitimate and lawful activities, have been sanitized and renewed through paintings and remodeling.

With Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and renewed determination of FCT administration under Nyesom Wike, the activities of solar pole lights thieves, replacement of stolen ones and repairs of abandoned street lights across the nations city was effected.

The entrance into the FCT from the Airport end, Kubuwa interchange and Nyanya axis linking the city centre from Kogi , Nassarawa, Niger, and Kaduna States is now wearing a new look with better environment and sanitation.

This was corroborated with the security of lives and properties through provision of equipment and gadgets to assist the Police and security agencies including motorbikes to address kidnappings, banditry and herders, farmers clashes across the FCT.

For Wike's FCT beatification reminds us of the Catholic beatification of late Reverend Father Iwene Tansi in the east some few years ago .

The word "beatification" was used interchangeably with the success story of the late Catholic pontiff now refered to after so many decades and giant strides of Nzenwo Nyesom Wike in the FCT.

ABUBAKAR YUSUF Writes from Abuja on [email protected].

The End Of Suffering Is Near As Governor Ododo's Agricultural Transformation Debuts : Chairman Forum Of SLG's

The End Of Suffering Is Near As Governor Ododo's Agricultural Transformation Debuts : Chairman Forum Of SLG's

The Secretary, Idah local government and Chairman , Forum of Local Government Secretaries, Alhaji Alhaji has said Kogi Governor , Alhaji Usman Ododo has again reiterated his love for the people of Kogi state with provision of over 100 tractors across the state for farmers.

He made this assertion on Monday during the launch of the season farming to boost food production and list the state among the food basket of the nation .

"Our amiable, indefatigable and peace - loving governor, Alhaji Usman Ododo has again reiterated his love for the people of the state through provision of over 100 tractors to cultivate about 7, 324 hectares of land by kogi state farmers across the 21 local government areas in the 2024 farming season. "

He commended the state government for his proactiveness in all areas of the states development in the last few months of his administration as agriculture is the mainstay of any thriving economy.

"This gesture is worth commendable as agriculture has been the mainstay of the economy prior to the discovery of oil in Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1953 that has become a curse rather than a blessing."

He said the new area discovered by the governor was an added advantage to its current status as oil producing state , stating agriculture has been the life wire of any country .

"The governor having realised the importance of agriculture despite federal government declaring Kogi State as an oil producing state is not leaving any stone unturned till food sufficiency is not only guaranteed in the state, but will serve as the food market for the north central geopolitical zone."

"I have personally never doubted the capacity of the governor neither have I doubted his sincerity of purpose in ensuring the poorest of the poor eats three square meals within the first four years of his administration. "

While lauding the governor further for his people oriented leadership in the last few months , he appealed to the farmers across the state to justify government huge investment and intervention.

"As a critical stakeholder in the advancement of the people's cause and the primus inter pares of the forum of Secretaries to the local government councils, I will ensure all my members key - into the agricultural programmes of the governor with the view to making the local farmers at the local government levels get their dues in terms of land and tractors so as to get maximum output. "

"My special thanks to the governor for giving priority to the youth and women by allocating 75% of the land to them. This gesture will make farming very attractive to the youths who prior to now are disinterested in farming." 

"Provision of enabling environment by the government is sine qua non to making farming attractive to the youths and that is what our indefatigable and the People's general have identified and solving. "
The Secretary, Idah local government and Chairman , Forum of Local Government Secretaries, Alhaji Alhaji has said Kogi Governor , Alhaji Usman Ododo has again reiterated his love for the people of Kogi state with provision of over 100 tractors across the state for farmers.

He made this assertion on Monday during the launch of the season farming to boost food production and list the state among the food basket of the nation .

"Our amiable, indefatigable and peace - loving governor, Alhaji Usman Ododo has again reiterated his love for the people of the state through provision of over 100 tractors to cultivate about 7, 324 hectares of land by kogi state farmers across the 21 local government areas in the 2024 farming season. "

He commended the state government for his proactiveness in all areas of the states development in the last few months of his administration as agriculture is the mainstay of any thriving economy.

"This gesture is worth commendable as agriculture has been the mainstay of the economy prior to the discovery of oil in Oloibiri in Bayelsa State in 1953 that has become a curse rather than a blessing."

He said the new area discovered by the governor was an added advantage to its current status as oil producing state , stating agriculture has been the life wire of any country .

"The governor having realised the importance of agriculture despite federal government declaring Kogi State as an oil producing state is not leaving any stone unturned till food sufficiency is not only guaranteed in the state, but will serve as the food market for the north central geopolitical zone."

"I have personally never doubted the capacity of the governor neither have I doubted his sincerity of purpose in ensuring the poorest of the poor eats three square meals within the first four years of his administration. "

While lauding the governor further for his people oriented leadership in the last few months , he appealed to the farmers across the state to justify government huge investment and intervention.

"As a critical stakeholder in the advancement of the people's cause and the primus inter pares of the forum of Secretaries to the local government councils, I will ensure all my members key - into the agricultural programmes of the governor with the view to making the local farmers at the local government levels get their dues in terms of land and tractors so as to get maximum output. "

"My special thanks to the governor for giving priority to the youth and women by allocating 75% of the land to them. This gesture will make farming very attractive to the youths who prior to now are disinterested in farming." 

"Provision of enabling environment by the government is sine qua non to making farming attractive to the youths and that is what our indefatigable and the People's general have identified and solving. "

Federal Grant; National President Igala In Focus Alhaji Alhaji Eulogises Steel Development Minister

Federal Grant; National President Igala In Focus Alhaji Alhaji Eulogises Steel Development Minister

The National President, "Igala In Focus", Alhaji Alhaji has commended the Minister of Steel Development, Shaibu Abubakar on the selfless and magnanimous pursuit in human development with the nomination and approval of federal government grants to kogites .

While expressing his unreserved gratitude to the Minister on the unique achievements through rare leadership disposition in a presa statement released on Tuesday, lauded his transparency and recognition through the inclusion of members of the organisation along other organizations across the state.

The National President who also doubled as Chairman, Forum of local government Secretaries and Secretary,  Idah local government assured the Minister of the unalloyed support of members of the organization.

He described the benevolence of the Minister of Steel as not only alluring, but an attribute that is worth celebrating and recognizing.

The National President Igala In Focus on behalf of the members of the organization congratulated the Minister for achieving this great feat,  just few months at the mantle of leadership at the steel Ministry, saying this will bring poverty that hitherto ravaged  Communities in the state to its knees.

"I sincerely wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to Alhaji Shaibu Abubakar, Hon Minister of Steel Development for his magnanimity, selflessness and pursuit of human development in the nomination and subsequent approval and allocation of federal government grants to our members, which in no small way has positively impacted their lives and  the lives of other beneficiaries across the state. "

"My joy and the happiness of members of Igala in Focus knows - no- bound in view of the fact that the Hon Minister did not just submit the names of the beneficiaries of the organisation and other organisations across the 21 local government areas, but the way and manner he religiously and doggedly followed it to the latter to the benefit of the beneficiaries was overwhelming to say the least. "

"The Hon. Minister sir, your benevolence and sacrifice to humanity is alluring. It is needless to restate the obvious that it is these good attributes of yours that has endeared you to the people of the state who are constantly yearning for the best of the best for you."

"On behalf of Igala in Focus, I say a very big thank you for all you have done and still doing for us and others within and outside the state , with the view to alleviating poverty and promoting human development which is the greatest service to humanity.
The National President, "Igala In Focus", Alhaji Alhaji has commended the Minister of Steel Development, Shaibu Abubakar on the selfless and magnanimous pursuit in human development with the nomination and approval of federal government grants to kogites .

While expressing his unreserved gratitude to the Minister on the unique achievements through rare leadership disposition in a presa statement released on Tuesday, lauded his transparency and recognition through the inclusion of members of the organisation along other organizations across the state.

The National President who also doubled as Chairman, Forum of local government Secretaries and Secretary,  Idah local government assured the Minister of the unalloyed support of members of the organization.

He described the benevolence of the Minister of Steel as not only alluring, but an attribute that is worth celebrating and recognizing.

The National President Igala In Focus on behalf of the members of the organization congratulated the Minister for achieving this great feat,  just few months at the mantle of leadership at the steel Ministry, saying this will bring poverty that hitherto ravaged  Communities in the state to its knees.

"I sincerely wish to express my appreciation and gratitude to Alhaji Shaibu Abubakar, Hon Minister of Steel Development for his magnanimity, selflessness and pursuit of human development in the nomination and subsequent approval and allocation of federal government grants to our members, which in no small way has positively impacted their lives and  the lives of other beneficiaries across the state. "

"My joy and the happiness of members of Igala in Focus knows - no- bound in view of the fact that the Hon Minister did not just submit the names of the beneficiaries of the organisation and other organisations across the 21 local government areas, but the way and manner he religiously and doggedly followed it to the latter to the benefit of the beneficiaries was overwhelming to say the least. "

"The Hon. Minister sir, your benevolence and sacrifice to humanity is alluring. It is needless to restate the obvious that it is these good attributes of yours that has endeared you to the people of the state who are constantly yearning for the best of the best for you."

"On behalf of Igala in Focus, I say a very big thank you for all you have done and still doing for us and others within and outside the state , with the view to alleviating poverty and promoting human development which is the greatest service to humanity.

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