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FG approves payment of stipends for exiting N-POWER beneficiaries

The federal Government has approved the payment of stipends to the exiting N-Power beneficiaries under one of its National Social Investment Programmes.
 
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq had indicated that the approval was given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries.

That approval she said covers for payments for up to the month of June, 2020 for the two (2) Batches.
She explained that it has already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGFs) for final checks and payments.
However, she indicated that the only, outstanding approval that is yet to be forwarded to Accountant-General’s Office is that for the payment of July Stipends for batch B beneficiaries.
 
The Minister noted that about 14000 beneficiaries that were omitted by the AGF’s Office during the payment from March to June 2020 could be among those rejected by the GIPMIS payment platform due to discrepancies identified with their accounts as conveyed to the ministry by the AGF’s office. “According to the report from the AGF’s office,  any beneficiary receiving payment from other government payment platforms will be rejected by the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIPMIS).  
Hence she said their payment will be withheld.
 
The FMHADMSD had requested for details of those affected and the reasons for their rejection from AGF’s Office and has promised to communicate that to the affected beneficiaries.
However, she said if the rejection was done in error,  those affected should be rest assured that they will be paid all that is due to them as soon as the error is rectified by the AGF’s office.
 
The Minister also explained that the Batches A & B N-Power beneficiaries knew from the beginning as they were informed that the programme is for 24 months.
“Furthermore, the non dis-engagement of Batch A beneficiaries after 24 months was done out of exigencies of the time. “Therefore, exiting  Batches, A & B after 40 and 24 months respectively is in line with the conditions stipulated at the time of their enrolment.
“This is corroborated by the fact that when the N-Power programme was transferred to the ministry late last year, there was no  plan for either automatic employment into public service or private sector or for transition to entrepreneurship put in place for them before the take over by the Ministry.”
 
Despite this, she sai, the exited beneficiaries are advised to exercise more patience and await the result of the efforts being made by the Honorable Minister who is currently engaging various MDAs including the CBN and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure that the eligible exited beneficiaries are transited to government progammes or even employment where available.
 
In this regard, “we have directed Focal Persons of NSIPs in all the states to submit an updated list and details of the exited N-Power beneficiaries that are interested in participating in the transition plans of the ministry” the Honourable Minister stated.
 
While continuing, Farouk added that the incoming Batch C beneficiaries will clearly know the details of their terms of enrollment and exit at the time of entry into the programme to avoid what happened in the case of Batches A & B.
Furthermore, adequate plan will  be made well ahead of their time of exiting the program to avoid what happened presently.
 
The Minister concluded that the candidates seeking enrollment into batch C will be scrutinized and selected on merit.
“The ministry will follow a transparent process for selecting the qualified beneficiaries out of the 5,000,000 (five million) who applied”.
 
“The N-power programme is designed to assist young Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 35 to acquire and develop life-long skills for becoming change makers in their communities and players in the domestic and global markets and given a stipend of N30,000 monthly.”

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Senate President commissions Mother, Child Hospital named after Buhari in Yobe

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***Skills Acquisition Center named after Ahmad Lawan

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan at the weekend innaugurated a 120-bed capacity Mother and Child Hospital named after President Muhammadu Buhari.
The special adviser on media to the senate President Ola Awoniyi in a statement issued on Sunday said the health facility which was facilitated by the Senate President was constructed by the Federal government through the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals(OSSAP-SDGs) located in Gashua, Yobe North Senatorial District of Yobe State.

A Skills Acquisition Center constructed by OSSAP-SDGs and donated to Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua was also commissioned at the weekend by the Senate President.

The College Authourities named the center as Senator Ahmad Lawan Center for Entrepreneurship.
Speaking at the Commissioning of the Mother and Child Hospital on Saturday, the Senate President described the event as epoch making.

“Today marks another very important epoch making event, a very positive historical development for us in this part of Nigeria.

“Today as we are all gather here, we have come to officially commission the Mother and Child Hospital and it is my privilege to name this very important Mother and Child Hospital in Gashua as Muhammadu Buhari Mother and Child Hospital, Gashua because President Muhammadu Buhari has made very positive difference in the lives of people of this particular Senatorial District and Yobe State in general.

“We have never had a very good attention from the Federal government like this time around and therefore this is the least we can do to remember President Muhammadu Buhari and we are trying to do more and more to keep him, his name and legacies in our mind for as long as we live.

“This hospital is one of many that the SDG and indeed the Federal government of Nigeria is building across the country. This is because of the belief of this administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari for providing special facilities like this on health particularly for the welfare and wellbeing of our people.

“This is Mother and Child Hospital and therefore the focus is to reduce the mortality rate in child birth and other things that are related.

“So this hospital, from the moment it will start operation hopefully from today, will be one hospital that we hope will provide all the opportunities for all the facilities here, state of the earth facilities, to take care of our mothers and children in this part of Nigeria.

“It is located in Gashua of course, but the services that it will provide will be available to people across the state particularly and I believe even up to Jigawa State our neighbour here.

“This is in keeping with our belief that when we represent our people, we must always remember to represent there needs and health facility is one of the needs of our people.

“Let me at this point say that what we do here is just to complement what Yobe State government has been doing. We have had legacy projects from past administration led by Governor Ibrahim Geidam. He did quite well. Our Hospitals were rehabilitated and now completed by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

“Therefore what we do is to provide some kind of support to what our state Governor has been doing and I am sure that this partnership is very essential, that all levels of government should be aiming at providing succor and reliefs to lives of the people it governs.

“I congratulate Yobe State Government for doing so much in the areas of health and I want to assure Yobe State Government that those of us who represent you at the national level, National Assembly particularly, we are going to remain focused in ensuring that we also attract facilities like this to make what our State Government is doing to have maximum and total impact in a very positive way in the lives of our people,” Lawan said.

The Senate President charged his people to take ownership of the facility by providing adequate watch and monitoring of the health facility and keep eyes on those manning the place to ensure that the right things are being done there.

“I want to assure the community and that on my part, I will continue to play the role of monitor even when I leave office.

“Like Oliver Twist, I want to thank the OSSAP-SDGs for giving us this and for what you are doing in Damaturu. But we wouldn’t mind to get more after Damaturu. Maybe in Potiskum and the other part of the state like Geidam. If we can get more budget, we will appreciate but on the whole and I want to say that what you have done will have very positive impact in the lives of our people here in Yobe North and in Yobe State generally and indeed the country,” Lawan said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Susteanable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire said the health facility was just one of the many that had been been built or were being constructed across the country.

At the Skills Acquisition Center, Lawan said it was a testimony to the Buhari government to provide opportunity for the youth to be self reliant and live a decent life.

“As an administration, President Muhammadu Buhari believes that our teaming youth particularly should be self reliant, they should be given the required skills to ensure that they live a very decent life and this Skills Acquisition Center is a testimony to that fact.

“This is now donated to Umar Suleiman College of Education and their Department of Entrepreneurship Development will be in charge. We expect that students of this Institution who will like to acquire some practical skills will benefit from training they will get here.

“We also believe that students from elsewhere outside of this Institution will also be beneficiaries but we expect that this Institution, this centre should be able to provide certificate courses to our youths who may not necessarily be students in the college or indeed in anywhere and I have already approved that the SAIL Foundation, which is my foundation, will work with this Centre and the college authourities to ensure that we get some of our youths to be trained and be given some kind of start-up for them to earn a very decent living.

“So I believe that this is going to make a very positive and progressive impact in the lives of the people of this part of this country,” Lawan said.

The Senate President expressed his gratitude and that of his people in  gratitude of the people in Yobe North to “our very hard working, patriotic President who believes that Nigeria must be better and I want to also commend the office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) particularly the Senior Special Assistant herself for ensuring that the completion of this Centre was done in a very good time and today it is a very good day for us and indeed the people of Yobe North are very grateful.”

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Association congratulates Professor Gambari @77

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Nurses Across the Borders Worldwide has, felicitated with Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as he turns 77.

The association in a statement by its Executive President, Pastor Peters Omoragbon, in Abuja, commended Gambari for impacting lives.

Omoragbon said that Gambari had demonstrated the virtue of service and dedication in patriotism and humility.

“For you to have lived this long, still waxing strong and impacting humanity in service is a testimonial of what God is yet to do with you.
“Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, neither has it come into the imagination of the hearts of men what God will still do with you.

“You were created for greater achievements, which is why your life has been a life of service.

“As our grand patron, we cannot be prouder than today, you serve as the Chief of Staff, to the leader of the greatest African Nation, Nigeria.

“From the pinnacle of the United Nations to Motherland, you have demonstrated the virtue of service and dedication in patriotism and humility.

“To this end, the Lord will keep you and uphold you in health and longer life to fulfil destiny and help with building our nation to that enviable height worthy of emulation within the comity of nations,” he said.

Omoragbon wished Gambari well, prayed God’s protection and guidance as he celebrates another “developmental milestone- birthday.”

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Secret Employment is ongoing in Civil Service Senate alleges

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***as Senator La’ah challenges FG on circular on job embargo

The Senate has decried the high rate of secret employment in the civil service despite claims that the Federal Government placed embargo on job placement.

Worried about the high rate of unemployment in the country, the legislature regretted that bandits, kidnappers and insurgents found army of unemployed youths as readily available recruitment tools.

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter- Governmental Affairs said government should as a matter of urgency ensure recruitment of eligible Nigerians into public service.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah made this known on Wednesday while submitting the report of the committee to the Senate Appropriation Committee compiling submission on the 2022 budget.

Senator La’ah challenged the Federal Government to come out with evidence on job embargo while maintaining that top civil servants engaged in secret job placement.

The committee chairman said “many people are being secretly employed but those in charge are claiming that there is embargo on employment.
“I don’t know where they got that from. We have been asking them. The President has not opened his mouth to say that there is embargo on employment.

“There is no embargo anywhere but some of the officials of government are so myopic that they decide to take advantage of the situation”.

“I have been challenging those who are engaging in secret recruitments claiming there is embargo to show us where they got the information from. This is the time for them to increase their personnel cost and make provision for employment.

“People are retiring voluntarily but we don’t know how they are being replaced. We must know the particular number of people they want to employ”.

“We discovered that young Nigerians who graduated from higher institutions some 15 years ago had yet to gain employment. The development had aggravated insecurity all over the places including insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities”.

The Senate Committee demanded that Federal Government should step up process of employment to engage millions of Nigerians.

“Some people are taking advantage of the situation (embargo on employment) but our committee is desirous of doing the right thing. We are determined that there should be jobs for the graduates that we have in this country, no matter what it takes.

“Our committee has been going to ministries, departments and agencies of government that they must start recruitment instead of doing secret replacements. We had even asked them to increase their personnel cost in their budgets so that they could employ people”, he said.

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