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ActionAid Secures $2.5m for community engagement against radicalism

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ActionAid Secures $2.5m for community engagement against radicalism

By John Akubo

ActionAid Nigeria has secured the approval of 2.5million US Dollars for another three-year community engagements in Kogi and Nassarawa States from the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria has disclosed.

Obi spoke through Mrs Tasalla Chibok, Director Programmes in Lokoja at the End of Project Dissemination of the System and Structure Strengthening Approach Against Radicalisation to Violent Extremism (SARVE) Project in Kogi State.

She indicated that the approval from GCERF would enable the extension of the project in Kogi after its 30 months engagement in six communities of the State.

According to her, the “ambitious” project aimed to address the intrisic issues of extreme violence spilling across communities in Kogi making the state an unsafe corridor for about 11 states as a result of the spill over effect on adjoining states.

“It was against this backdrop that the SARVE project tagged, ‘Building Bridges; Creating Alternatives’ was launched in Kogi State”, she said.

Obi added that the project was aimed at supporting communities to build resilience against violent extremism.

It also aimed to establish and enhance structures to utilise available resources in preventing radicalisation and as well, respond to, withstand and overcome impact of adverse violent extremism should it occur.

Obi said that the SARVE project had contributed greatly in reducing violent extremism and youth restiveness and as well, improved the economic status of women and youths in the project communities through through its Livelihood Support Programmes.

She held that the project had evidently impacted over 20,000 youths, women and men across Okpakpata, Osaragada/Aku, Osara, Ofuloko and Fulani communities in Adavi and Igalamela-Odolu Local Government Areas of the state.

The project, she said, within the last 30 months, had sensitised about one-third of the 1.8 million youths in the state through its radio jingles, peace walks and capacity development programmes.

Obi said it was in recognition of the success of the project that that GCERF approved 2.5 million Dollars for continuation of the project from February, 2019.

She urlsed the occasion to thank women, youths and members if the various communities for their cooperation and the willingness to make changes in the economies ofbtueir families, the communities, the state and the nation.a0

The state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Edward Onoja, commended ActionAid for the interventions especially the livelihood support programmes.

He said that the security situation in the state had greatly improved with government proactive and quick response to the situation making it possible for the state to be secured for the project to succeed.

Bello thanked ActionAid for adding value to the rural women and support for young people who had become good citizens rather than miscreants and urged ActionAid to scale up its support for the people.

The occasion also featured the presentation of awards to the state governor, the Chief of Staff, stakeholding ministries, communities and its local rights partner in the state, Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) among others.

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

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The minister of Humanitathas denied having any link with hoarded palliatives meant for distribution to the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic by many states as she restated that all palliatives donated to the ministry were distributed accordingly.
The minister made the disclosure on Monday during a national Press conference in Abuja on the activities of the ministry since inception.
She said, “Recently, the world witnessed the unfortunate incidence of looting of palliatives and relief materials stashed away in warehouses in some states of the country during the #EndSars protest.

“As the Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs, I want to categorically state that the Palliatives
donated to the Ministry by the Nigerian Customs Services, National
Strategic Grain Reserve, and many good willing donors were handed to
State officials for onward distribution to the poor and vulnerable in thier
states.

“The Ministry identifies its strategic role and impact in the everyday lives of the Nigerian. We want to assure the public that we are on ground working every day for Nigerians.”

She expressed satisfaction with the success story of one of the Federal Government’s Investment programs, the N-POWER as 109, 823 benefitiaries have successfully started their own businesses

According to her, “After the two-year period, facts and reports show that some of the
beneficiaries of Batch A and Batch B of the programme have established
businesses in their communities, with no fewer than 109,823
beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme who have identified themselves
as business owners.

According to her, “Current Enrolment Status of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C closed in July 2020 and we have received over 5 Million applications since the portal opened.
“The application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.
“At this juncture, I want to officially announce that the Central Bank of
Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry has developed a portal to
enable the exited N-Power beneficiaries to log on and apply for the
various economic empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the Central Bank such as the AGSMEIS loan and the AnchorBorrowers Program (ABP). “Interested N-Power exited beneficiaries
should log on to the CBN portal for more information.
The website portal is nexit-fmhds.cbn.gov.ng as displayed on the screen.

Farouq also refuted the claim that her ministry has been feeding the Internally Displaced persons with poor nutritious food saying the Ministry has been making different grains available and also allow other bodies who make donations of their choice which the Ministry cannot restrict or limit.

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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