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An NGO, Chikids Foundation, says it is awarding scholarships to 25 indigent children and distributed stationary to pupils across 20 primary schools in Kogi as part of activities to mark the 2018 Children’s Day celebration.

The programme, tagged: “A Day To Remember”, was organised by Chikids Foundation in partnership with Kogi Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, and the Office of the SSA to Governor on Women & Children Development.

Mr. Chika Isiokwu, the Founder of the NGO, told newsmen at the occasion venue at Saint Mary Primary school in Lokoja, that the gesture was to make impact in the lives of the school children and put smiles on their faces.

“The program is designed to put something back to the schools, to make the children understand that they have to come to school because there is more to life through education.

“The children stand to benefits from the scholarships we are giving out to 25 pupils in Lokoja from Primary four to six, including souvenirs such as stationary, bags and lots of goodies.

“Twenty schools will be involved in debate quiz, dancing, games and other competition; and 20 chosen winners will be awarded full tuition scholarship”, Isiokwu said.

In her remarks, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology, commended the foundation for the initiative, saying, “oftentimes the government is saddled with the responsibility of handling some of these things alone, but government alone cannot do it”.

“So, we are excited that individuals are gradually taking over in education sector. Everyday we have a reason to do better than what we have done.

“Today, we are commemorating the Children’s Day, but again we are grateful to Chikids Foundation because celebrating the day should not be left for the high class alone.

“It shows that we can make a difference in our community if we inconvenient ourselves just a little for the sake of the indigent child. No children No future; If you train a child you train a nation,” Osikoya said.

The commissioner, therefore appealed to individuals, groups, communities and private organizations to partner with the ministry, saying government would take the responsibility of creating enabling environment.

Mrs Sandra Musa, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Women and Children Development, told journalists that the program was mind blowing and was happening at the right time.

“We want to ensure that the children have fun and be celebrated because it is their day, they are our future. We want to inculcate that value into them from this moment as they grow up,” she said.

Lokongoma LGEA Primary School won the debate quiz competition, while Isaac Egbunu of Holy Trinity Primary came first in the dancing competition. Saint Luke Adankolo gave a playlet on “Importance of Education”.

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Barwa community applauds humanitarian minister over borehole, health Center

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Barwa community applauds humanitarian minister over borehole, health Center

The people of Barwa community located on the Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have lauded the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for building a Health Center and sinking a borehole to provide potable water for the people.

The head of the community Chief Monday Kogi gave  the commendation when the Minister and staff of the ministry visited Barwa community on Saturday to mark the 2020 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Chief Kogi who expressed gratitude to the Federal government recalled that the community had no potable water and Health Centre until the ministry’s first visit last year.

“Since your first visit on October on October 17, 2019, we witnessed the construction of a bore hole in Barwa community and the building of a Health Centre. On behalf of the people of Barwa community, we say thank you”.

The community head also appealed to the federal government to help fence the Health Centre and construct an access road from the airport road to the community.

In her remarks, Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq who was represented by the the Director, Humanitarian Affairs Mr Ali Grema said she was delighted  to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with the community.
She said that the ministry will continue to work with relevant stakeholders and Agencies under its supervision to ensure the realization of President Muhammadu Buhari”s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty in 10years.  

“This special day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggle of people living in poverty and a chance for them to make their concerns heard.

“The fight against poverty has been ongoing for years while forty percent of the total population in Nigeria live in poverty,  according to the National Bureau of Statistics. One of Government’s primary responsibility is to assist and protect all persons in an equal manner as Poverty eradication is of significant concern to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

“This  administration remains dedicated to the principles of International protection of vulnerable persons and shall align the National frameworks with the provisions of the United Nations”. 

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs had adopted Barwa Community as a pilot Community at last year’s celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and supported the community with the construction of a Medical facility and provision of potable water by drilling of a borehole  through the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).

This year,  the Ministry donated three hand washing points with washing kits including soaps, face masks and hand sanitizers to  families and a community pot to mark the day while a symbolic hand washing by the Hon. Minister and other dignitaries was demonstrated. 

The theme for this years’ Commemoration of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is “Acting Together to Achieve Social and Environmental Justice for All”.

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Nomination of Chukwu as INEC REC gets Senate’s confirmation

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Nomination of Chukwu as INEC REC gets Senate’s confirmation

The nomination of Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu as Resident Electoral Commissioner representing Abia State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhamadu Buhari has has confirmed by the senate.

The confirmation of the nominee followed consideration of a report during plenary on the screening exercise conducted by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC – Kano South) in his presentation recalled that the request by President Muhammadu Buhari seeking Chukwu’s confirmation was made pursuant to the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

According to the lawmaker, the Committee found the nominee suitable for the position of REC having made findings that no petition or incriminating reports was received against the nominee; the nominee is not affiliated to any political party or participated in any political rally or campaign; and the nominee is a person of integrity who displayed a high level of intelligence and appeared to have the temerity to hold the office of REC.

“Having studied the nominee’s curriculum vitae and other relevant documents in addition to exhaustive interaction and deliberations, the Committee members were unanimously satisfied with the nominee considering his wealth of experiences, exposure, performances, qualifications, competence and integrity as required by the Constitution, and found him suitable for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),” Gaya said.

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INEC Commissioner: Melaye asks Buhari to reverse Lauretta Onochie’s nomination

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INEC Commissioner: Melaye asks Buhari to reverse Lauretta Onochie’s nomination

The immediate past senator who represented Kogi West Dino Melaye, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reverse the nomination of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement personally signed by the senator, he described the nomination as unconstitutional, affront on the patience of Nigerians and an insult to the institution of INEC.

“She is biased as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), hence this is an affront on the patience of Nigerians and insult to the electoral umpire as an institution.

“I hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately rescind her nomination forwarded to the Senate today otherwise I will mobilise Nigerians to challenge this decision, which is unconstitutional,” Melaye said.

Melaye said by nominating Onochie as INEC National Commissioner, President Buhari has violated the 1999 Constitution, which he swore to uphold at all times.

“It’s a known fact of law that Item F, Paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) clearly forbids a card carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC,” Melaye noted.

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