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Kogi complements FG’s Marketmoni with its loan scheme

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Kogi complements FG’s Marketmoni with its loan scheme

By John Akubo

Kogi State Government has appropriated it’s State own loan scheme in the 2018 Budget to complement the Federal Government’s GEEP/Marketmoni social investment program in the State.
Focal Person on the Social Investment Programmes in Kogi, Mr Adoga Ibrahim, who disclosed this yesterday at a press conference said “For the GEEP program the concept is that we are giving out N50, 000 loan from Federal Government.
“Now we have made the State to appropriate another fund that would be State owned loan scheme for associations and cooperatives, it is in the 2018 Budget and we are hoping that it would be passed by the State House of Assembly.”
He encouraged beneficiaries of the 50, 000 loan to double their efforts in ensuring they pay back the loan as that will qualify them for the next level of N100, 000 adding that they will also qualify for N250, 000 when they pay back the N1000.
The fical person declared that the State has recorded the highest rate of loan repayment of 65 percent for the Federal Government loan, of 50000,
“In Kogi we gave 70 percent to women and 30percent to the men because we know that the women will not disappoint us.

Ibrahim announced that Kogi State would host the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who is billed to flag off the micro credit scheme component of the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes in Lokoja, the State capital on February 13.
He explained that the Vice President would also use the visit for an on the spot assessment of the progress made so far in the implementation of the various social intervention programmes in the state.
In his words, “The vice President is visiting Kogi State on the 13th of February, 2018, the federal Government is into partnership with Bank of Industry and 25 Government parastatals fr series of micro and small business clinics all around the country.”
“This is to give a boost to the micro credit program under GEEP where loans have been given to several artisans, market women and people with special needs.”
Adoga, who is also the Special Adviser to the governor on Multilateral, Donor Agencies and Special Projects, said the event which will hold at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja would also showcase small scale businesses, goods and products that beneficiaries of the Government’s Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP)/Marketmoni have been able to establish/produce in the state.
He said that additional 7,000 beneficiaries of the GEEP/Marketmoni programme will receive loan disbursements of N50,000 each on February 13 to enable them boost their existing businesses or start new ones.

Adoga said that beneficiaries of the various federal government’s social investment programmes in the state, namely N-Power, GEEP/Marketmoni and Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), have so far received close to N3 billion as at the end of 2017.

According to him, there will be training and sensitisation clinics for owners of small businesses in the state on February 12 where they would have opportunity to be linked with business-enabling-institutions such as Bank of Agriculture (BOA), Bank of Industry (BOI), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and NAFDAC, amongst others.

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PIB: South-south forum asks Buhari to hold Dickson responsible if violence breaks out in N/Delta

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The South-south Emerging Leaders’ Forum (SELF) has told President Muhammadu Buhari and all the Niger Delta leaders to hold former governor Seriaki Dickson responsible in case of any outbreak of violence in the Niger Delta.

The forum also described as irresponsible and disgraceful the accusation made against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva by the former governor of Bayelsa state over the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).

The South-south forum said “as water flows from a keg, so lies flow from a non-performing Senator.”

Dickson had accused Sylva of proposing 2.5 per cent operating surplus to Host Communities against President Muhammadu Buhari’s 5 per cent in the Petroleum Industrial Bill when he addressed the National Assembly over the contentious bill.

Dickson asked the host communities in the region to hold the minister responsible for the 3% approved for them.

Already, a militant group, Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC), has threatened to resume hostilities over the three per cent allocated to host communities in the recently passed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly, which it describes as unfavourable.

But responding to Dickson’s accusation through a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Benjamin Kolowei, and made available to newsmen Saturday in Abuja, SELF warned the former governor to stop playing politics with the PIB issue.

The forum accused the former governor of being behind the move to destabilise the South-south using the PIB as a cover.

According to the group, Dickson must explain to his constituents why he abandoned the meeting where the contentious bill was being discussed for frivolous reasons.

The statement also accused Dickson of contributing nothing to the realization of the PIB and development of host communities even as a sitting governor, saying the former governor was only interested in his village with derivation funds.

The group said: “The likes of Senator Dickson are ingratiate. Under the PDP administration, with President Goodluck Jonathan from Bayelsa, Dickson as sitting governor, Alison Madueke as Minister as Minister of Petroleum and the PDP dominated National Assembly, the PIB could not see the light of the day.

“The likes of Senator Dickson should berry their heads in shame and by now be answering questions on their ignominious roles instead of heaping blame on patriotic Minister of state for Petroleum.

“A witch cried last night and the a baby died this morning, who doesn’t know that the witch killed the baby. Senator Dickson should be held responsible over the latest move to threaten the peace of the Niger Delta region.

“We will henceforth hold Senator Dickson and his types responsible for any breakdown of law and order in the Niger Delta, because Dickson has openly incited, instigated and called for violence through his recent statements.”

The forum advised Senator Senator Dickson stop instigating violence in the peaceful South-south region.

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Senator Dickson warns agaisnt possible security implication if 3% PIB is not reviewed

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Senator representing Bayelsa West, Seriaki Dickson has warned of possible security implications should the 3% equity share holding for the Host Communities in the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) is not reviewed upward to the 5% that was initially proposed by the senate joint committee on Petroleum resources.

He said the Host Communities are not happy, just as they as leaders were not happy about what played out.
Speaking with the Senate press Corps on Thursday he said the Federal Government cannot afford to contend with another level of unrest and insecurity from the region going by the overwhelming insecurity pervading the northeast for the past 10 years and the North West in the last four years without any workable solution to contain them.”Of course you know the history, the Senate passed 3% and the House 5% and they went for a conference which came up with 3%.”As you know I disagree completely and most of us disagreed with the 3% that was eventually passed.

According to him, late President Musa Yaradua who was the first to present the PIB proposed 10% as equity share but the bill could not sail through unfortunately, he said the same Yaradua granted amnesty to the restive youths, he created the Niger Delta miniatry saying that it helped in no small measure to douse the many tensions.”The PIB work started from Obasanjo Time, that was when the idea was muted and during Yaradua the minister of Petroleum resources late Rilwanu Lukeman, was petroleum Minister when this bill came. “This bill proposed 10% for host communities and also proposed 10% for frontier development but it could not be passed. 
“But you see this country is not helping itself, it is not helping investors and it is not helping host communities by not creating the enailing environment that would enable investment to thrive. The argument that anything more than 3% investors will not come and so what. “If the host communities are not happy would investors come?if they don’t have a stake in exploration activities the investors they are trying to bring, once they find that the situation is not conducive they will take off and it is not a wise decision because you are not dealing g with only one community but thousands, hundreds of communities. “Don’t forget that now even the transit communities have a stake. I know that people are arguing why pipeline communities should be part of it but there is sense in that.” Because if you exclude the pipeline communities they can sabotage.the operations . So it is a question of percentage,He said as a member of the joint committee he lobbied his colleagues who all gave him their words and were ready to pass the 5% as equity for host communities however he said there was an ambush when the Group Managing director of NNPC and the minister of Petroleum came to brief the Senator which he said was unparliamentary.He said after the Executive met with them and sternly hammered on the 2.5% many of the senators changed their minds 

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Refugee Commission’s Boss Visits family of Deceased Head of Kano Office

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The Honourable Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), Hajiya Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim has visited the family of Late Hajiya Zeenat Kaltume Yahaya in Kano, Sunday.

Kaltume Yahaya, who until her demise, was the head of Kano office of the Commission, died after a very brief illness at the Malam Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, last Thursday.

Speaking during the visit, the Federal Commissioner, who was represented by the Acting Director, Human Resource Management said, the late Zeenat left an indelible footprint on the Commission as she assured the family of the support of the Commission at its time of grief.

Imaan further described the deceased as a hardworking and inclusive leader of the Kano office, adding that her sense of duty and compassionate disposition endeared her to colleagues and friends.

Also speaking during the visit, the Acting Director, Internally Displaced Persons of the Commission, Fatima Mamman Daura said, Late Zeenat was a good colleague with a kind and gentle disposition.

“She was untiring in her efforts to see to the upliftment of our refugees and IDPs in Kano and Katsina states”, Fatima added.

Responding, the brother of the deceased, Malam Baba Yahaya Musa thanked the Federal Comissioner, staff and management of the Commission for reaching out to them at their moment of grief.

“I am filled with pride hearing what Zeenat’s colleagues and associates say about her. We will continue to uphold her good name by the grace of Allah”, he added.

Also on the delegation was the Acting Deputy Director, Planning, Research and Documentation, Madame Funmilayo Bara and the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Federal Commissioner, Sadiq Abdullateef.

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