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APC State congress; Bello emerges chairman in Kogi peaceful congress

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APC State congress; Bello emerges chairman in Kogi peaceful congress

The  State Congress of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in, Kogi state held yesterday with Abdullahi Bello emerging chairman  while Josiah Onoja was returned as the Secretary of the party all through voice vote.
This was happening just as the Audu/Faleke  faction claimed that it’s immediate past chairman Ametuo was returned as chairman through affirmation as ordered by the National body of the party.
The congress which took place at the Confluence Stadium Lokoja in the presence of Governor Yahaya Bello was supervised by the Resident Commissioner of INEC Professor James Apam.
The exercise produced  elected officials into 37 positions where Abdullahi Bello from Adavi LGA emerged as chairman while Josiah Onoja from Olamaboro became the state Secretary. 
The resident electoral commissioner noted that his presence at the Confluence stadium venue of the congress has foreclosed any insinuation that a parallel congress took place.
The Chairman National Committee for the state congress who conducted the election Alhaji Maman Alih indicated that delegates had arrived at concensus for all the 37 positions zeroing down on one candidate each.
He conducte the election through voice vote as the delegates affirmed with a yes vote for the 37 executive members.
He commended the delegates for their peaceful conduct adding that the state has proved political pundits who never believed that free , fair and credible congress could take place in the state.
The newly elected chairman,Bello described his emergence as an affirmation that democracy was at work saying that APC has walk its talk of ensuring internal party democracy prevails.
He pointed out that his EXCO would immediately hit the ground running with membership drive as he urged aggrieved members to join hands so as to move the party forward.
The Ametuo group claimed to have held their own congress at the St Peter’s Primary, school Felele, Lokoja.
Reacting to an alleged parallel congresses in the State, the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo described the Audu/Faleke Group in the state as “
acking in morals and discipline”.
According to Fanwo, the Group is a “shameless fraud that have no regard for the constitution of the APC”.
“The National Headquarters of our great party delegated a State Congress Committee to the State. The Committee called for a Stakeholders Meeting yesterday which held at the party secretariat in Lokoja. “The Committee announced the elected delegates to the Congress and the venue which is the Ultra-Modern Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
“We are all here at the Stadium for the Congress and proceedings are going on fine. For a group of fraudsters to be announcing another Congress apart from the one sanctioned by the Headquarters and leadership of our party is the height of disrespect for the constitution of the party. It is a political treason that must be treated as such.

“Our national leadership must come down on those jesters and politically ineffectual persons who are the real enemies of our party” Fanwo reiterated.

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

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

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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