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Dont run down your own country Gov Bello charges the media

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has charged the Nigerian media practitioners to carry out their duties as watchdogs within the ethics of the profession with patriotism as halmark.
Bello spoke at a two day symposium on Good Governance organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council in collaboration with the office of the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Governor to mark the 2016 Democracy Day.
‎The Governor who was speaking against the backdrop of the need for journslists to be patriotic to their fatherland by portrayimg the country in good light said no place can be better than home.
Governor Bello indicated that in the western world the media is used for promoting their country’s image as against what is obtainable in Nigeria where the media runs down their own country in the eye of the international community.
He said his administration has tried to show an unshifting commitment to redefining governance in the State for a new lease of life.
This he said is to make sure that leadership serves the interest of the common people of the State, not just the elite.
Bello expressed the optimism that the deliberations on Good Governance at the symposium will practically reinforce that commitment, and give it expression in forceful ways.
According to him there were myriads of problems when he came on board but gradually they are overcoming.
‎”We have identified problems of insecurity, lack of social amenities, decayed or non-existent infrastructure, generalized poverty, poor access to quality and affordable health care and education as the main problems plaguing our people.
“Our priority therefore, and the core philosophy of our New Direction Agenda, is to make sure that our Government confronts these problems for Kogites – creatively, compassionately and continuously.”
He explained further that‎ the only tangible proof that he administration has succeeded in its duty as a Government is by meeting with the needs of the populace.
He said the statistics will soon begin to show ‎that when crime, and insecurity would have been ‎reduced to the barest minimum.
Bello said he embarked on the screening exercise to rid the State workforce of ghost workers adding that the exercise has already uncovered a lot of rot.
“The discoveries included a staff taking over 40 salaries under as many fictitious names and another who earns salaries in four different offices in the state.
“The theme of this symposium is appropriate and I expect the organizers to deepen our understanding of Good Governance through the various sessions and topics.”
Continuing he said,
“I expect the issues around bribery and corruption, abuse of office, conflict of interest, accountability, teamwork, communication, work ethics, etc to be treated in detail.”
‎The National President of NUJ Waheed Odusule said the fact that the young Government of Yavapai Bello can partner with the NUJ to put up the symposium shows he has nothing to hide.
He advised the Governor to ensure information flows freely saying that no matter the assistance the journalist get from Government information ‎is the most important tool for the job.
He urged the Government to continue the collaboration it is good for the media, the people and the Government.
The National President’s admonished colleagues to collaborate with Government without compromising their mandate as watchdogs.

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A major win for Pondei-led NDDC IMC as court validates its leadership

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A major win for Pondei-led NDDC IMC as court validates its leadership

A Federal High Court in Abuja has reinstated the Prof. Daniel Pondei led interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The court had denied sacking the management of IMC as earlier reported by the Media in a suit brought before it by the Incorporated Trustees of the Forum for Accountability and Good Governance.
President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked the NDDC IMC on December 12, 2020 while he replaced it with another interim sole administrator to take over the affairs of the commission on the strength of the purported court injunction against the Podei-led IMC.

However, the Court reiterated that the NDDC IMC was never dismissed, stressing that there was no order for interim injunction (against the IMC) granted by this court”.
The court also ordered in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/617/2020 that two journalists from Channels and Sun Newspaper respectively to undo the misleading news story, and tell the world the truth of its ruling.

According to the court papers, the court was clear that the leave sought by the plaintiffs did not amount to an injunction but a permission to sue which was allowed but now stands struck out by subsequent findings of the court in January, 2021.
It is not clear whether Prof Pondei-led IMC of NDDC will be reinstated by President Buhari since the president was earlier advised by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to sack the interim managers.

However, there are indications that the Presidency might be working to act on the judgement of the court .

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Finally Biden arrives at the White House

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US President Joe Biden arrived at the White House on Wednesday, walking the last block with members of his family through streets that were eerily empty because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under tight security, military bands and an escort of police motorcycles led the presidential motorcade to the White House down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Biden was riding in a limousine with the license plate “46” — he is the 46th US president — flanked by six mask-wearing Secret Service agents before emerging to walk the final steps to the White House.

“It feels like I’m going home,” he told a reporter from NBC News along the route.

Biden’s arrival was followed shortly afterward by that of Kamala Harris, the first woman vice president of the United States.

The 78-year-old Biden was sworn in at the Capitol about four hours earlier, calling for “unity” in his inauguration speech.

Instead of going straight to the White House, Biden and Harris visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to US military war dead at a ceremony attended by former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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FG to provide Solar home systems for 5m households 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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