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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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Disability Commission demands streamlining of PLWDS in Governance

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Disability Commission demands streamlining of PLWDS in Governance

The Executive Secretary of the federal commission for persons with disabilities (FCPWD), James Lalu has called on Governments at all levels to streamline the inclusion of persons with disability in governance.
He made  the call while speaking at the occasion to mark this year’s International day for persons with disability with a theme titled ”Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19.Lalu said the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed  Nigerians living with disabilities to more tasking challenges.
He listed some of the challenges to include difficulty in accessing public facilities like schools, train stations, airports and the neglect of persons with disabilities.
Lalu also observed that people with disabilities can contribute to the growth of the economy if given the audience and included in the governance of the nation.He urged Nigerians to stop the discrimination against the people living with disablilities as they equally have a say in the society.

Earlier at the occasion,  the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk represented by the director, special needs in the ministry, Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe expressed confidence in the ability of the Executive secretary of the Commission to successfully manage the affairs of the new organization which is under the ministry of humanitarian affairs.
She said the creation of the disability commission will ensure that issues affecting persons living with disabilities will now be included in every policy of government.In a related issue, the Instructor and Trainer in Armed Forces Electrical Mechanical Engineering  (AFEME) Mechatronics School, Mr Adamu Alexander has described as discrimination, anti social and intimidation for building and establisilning separate schools for People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) in Nigeria.
Alexander who spoke at the event said it is high time for the federal government and individuals to established inclusive Technical Vocational Education Training Schools (TVETS) across Nigeria for PWDs and non PWDs to co-exists as provided in the disability law.Quoting from the disability law and policy, that says any public or private school that have no environmental plan or reject PWDs would be sued, faced  imprisonment or an option of fine.
He noted that PWDs constitutes 15% population of Nigeria citizenry which he said is at the high alert.He added that the PLWDs are no longer people to be pited or feel sorry for but are capable to work, to be educated and to learn other vocations to help the country and society at large if the leaders provide inclusiveness in every aspect of their development.

Also speaking at the celebration,  the Project Manager of Sight Saver, Mr. Rasak Adekoya requested that the Executive Secretary of the newly created National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, Mr James Lalu ensure that 30% of all inclusive procurement will go to PWDs entrepreneur like Kenya is committed.

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SMA to Chair Investiture ceremony of New ICAN District Society Chairman

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SMA to Chair Investiture ceremony of New ICAN District Society Chairman

Member Representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Niger State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi (SMA) is billed to chair the Investiture ceremony of Mallam Yahaya Zakari as the new Chairman of Minna and District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).

This was communicated through a letter to Hon Abdul requesting him to Chair the ocasion that will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2020 by 11:00am prompt at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State.

Mallam Zakari, who is the immediate past Director of Bida Campus of the Niger State Polytechnic, was recently elected as the Chairman of Minna and District Society of ICAN, Niger State.

When it was more rewarding to work with Federal Government, the Lavun born Chartered Accountant, Mallam Zakari Yahaya resigned his service as a Lecturer from the Federal Polytechnic, Bida and joined Niger State Polytechnic in order to champion the accreditation of its Accountancy Department by National Board for Technical Education(NBTE).

Hon Abdullahi who is a graduate of Economist from the prestigious Sir Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, holds a Masters of Science in Development Studies.
The reps member is the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and a strong Member of House Committees on Public Petition; Banking & Currency; Insurance & Acturial Matters; FCT; Agric Colleges & Institutions; and Interpaliamentary Affairs of the ninth Assembly. The Lawmaker had worked in three critical sectors of Nigerian economy i.e. Oil & Gas; Banking and Construction before venturung into politics fully.

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC chair on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reappointed after his first tenure  came to an end in October this year.
His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Senator Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
Opposition PDPsenators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.
He’s moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support, said Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

Prof Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the electoral act to ensure seamless 2023 election.
According to him, the ammended electoral framework was germane to the conduct of 2023 general elections.
“We would like to see a situation where the electoral ammendment is expeditiously considered and passed and I am confident that this is going to be done.”
He said elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalized before 2023 elections would be conducted.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to please expedite work on the Electoral Act so that we can conduct elections in an atmosphere of certainty,” he said.
He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, the had extensive interaction where they submitted 78 areas of electoral ammendments adding that he also forwarded additional 13 areas of ammendment to the two committees.
“The earlier that is done the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully without uncertainty unless the electoral legal framework id finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election.
“We have to develop the regulations and guidelines for the election for us to produce manuals for the training of adhoc staff, So it is critical.”
When asked what INEC would do differently he said

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