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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has promised to assist the Gombe state government in tackling floods, poverty, unemployment, among other issues ravaging the state.

The minister in charge of the ministry, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, gave the assurance Monday in Abuja when the Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, paid her a courtesy visit.
Farouq assured that more palliatives will also be sent to the state as soon as possible in form of grains.

She recalled that Gombe was one of the states that received palliatives during the lockdown period necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister urged the Governor to sensitize more residents to register for the ongoing Batch C N-Power, which closes on July 26.
She said: “This ministry was created by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 21, 2019, to be able to provide succour to the poor in the area of disaster management, poverty alleviation, among others. It is a ministry that connects with the poorest of the poor at the grassroots anywhere in Nigeria.
“Therefore, all the issues you raised about Gombe are something I believe we can work together to resolve. More palliatives will be sent to Gombe through NEMA; in form of grains as we will make sure Gombe is included as part of the frontline states with regards to floods. We have already sent out warnings to different states as we want to mitigate disaster to the barest minimum.
“I urge you to tell your people to enroll more in the Batch C N-Power programme, which will close on July 26. I will make sure justice is done to all the states.
“I will also lay your complaint of lack of COVID-19 testing facilities to the PTF so that NCDC can intervene. We are working with the Ministry of Agriculture, so rural farmers in Gombe will be empowered.”
“More poor people in Gombe will be targeted for the NSIP. I can assure you, the ministry will pay more attention to Gombe now, more than before.”
Speaking earlier, the Gombe state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, appealed for the intervention of the federal government with regards to insecurity, floods, poverty and establishment of COVID-19 testing centre in the state.
The Gombe State Governor Lamented that
Government agencies and many development partners have come around but they don’t associate Gombe with social developments.
“We are right in the midst of the North East upheavals as a result we suffer the consequences that the neighboring States suffer.
“We share boundary with all the States of the North East. We have relationships either in the days of colonial Nigeria or in the days of a northern Nigeria or in the North east.
“We developed common relationships, social and all others, eventually whatever happens in all those States also happens here because of the relative peace and stability that is in the State.
“As a result of the Bokoharam menace that led to the insurgency and the recent happenings there a lot movements from neighbouring states into Gombe.
According to him, herders/farmers clash is another problem making people to move across the border in to Gombe State.
He said they opened the state doors to recieve all the affected victims who sought refuge in the State however, he observed that they are putting stress on all the social services, schools, Hospital and other social infrastructures.
He said the immediate past administration was not focused on social intervention programs as a result of which the State people are not fully involved.
He gave the instance of the N-POWER for which the state had only 2000 beneficiaries.
He therefore solicited the support of the ministry to extend more opportunities that will come to Gombe.

He expressed appreciation to the ministerfor sending three truck loads of rice, 3 truck loads of Tomato Paste and truck load of oil which they shared to the people at polling unit levels.
The Governor said the State is one of the poorest with very low internally generated revenue profile.
“Therefore, we need intervention in the area of insecurity, floods and even combating COVID-19, especially as we don’t have testing centres,” he said.


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VSF task force on COVID-19 insists, all of its palliatives got to targeted beneficiaries

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The Victims Support Fund (VSF) Emergency task Force has stated categorically that all its support items from its Phase 1 and 2 donations had been distributed to targeted beneficiaries by the State governments and CSOs.
This was coming against the backdrop of recent narratives that many States hoarded palliatives meant for the vulnerable groups to cushion the effect of the six months lockdown on account of the Coronavirus pandermic.
The Spokesman Victims Support Fund
Covid-19 Emergency Task Force Alkasim Abdulkadir in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday said, the attention of the Task Force was drawn to stories especially on social media on the unsettling matter of government and private warehouses being broken into across the country.

He said in the first phase of their intervention, the Task Force identified six states including the frontline states, in addition to the Federal Capital Territory. “These were Lagos and Ogun States as epicentres of the pandemic in Nigeria. Others were four North East States (Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Taraba) targeting the IDPs as the most vulnerable population needing palliative measures.
“The task force is therefore compelled by the happenings around the country to clearly state that:
The VSF Task Force on COVID was inaugurated by the Chairman of the Victims Support Fund, Gen. Theophilus Yakubu RTD Danjuma in April 2020 adding that it was set up as a vehicle to provide succour to vulnerable populations hit by the effects of Covid-19.
“The task force worked with State Governments and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to identify and distribute the palliatives to vulnerable households.
“All VSF Covid -19 Emergency Task force items are clearly branded ‘VICTIMS SUPPORT FUND COVID -19 EMERGENCY SUPPORT PROGRAMME’
He said the task force did not collaborate with any other organisation apart from the local CSOs
“The food items were identified and procured for distribution to households across the six states and the FCT.
“Each household received the following: rice, 10Kg; beans, 10Kg; garri, 10Kg (Lagos and Ogun States only); maize, 10Kg (FCT and the North East only); vegetable oil, four (4) litres, and salt two (2) Kg. “Other items that addressed hygiene like hand washing soaps, detergents, masks, Hazmat suits, goggles, boots, were also procured and distributed. All these were packaged in one 50kg bag.”
He said in the second phase, the focus of the interventions was on Edo, Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi and Ekiti States.
“Equally, the VSF also donated Video Conferencing facilities to the NCDC and ICT equipment and technical support to the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The next phase of the interventions which will commence soon, will focus on: Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Benue, Plateau and Niger states.”
He said it is worthy to note that the events were well publicised in the media and the Task Force was well received in all the States visited.

“VSF has set the pace in ensuring that the donations reached the beneficiaries in a timely manner.”

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FG expends N16.4b for 87 fire trucks to boost fire service operation

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The Federal Governmemt has expended N16.4b for the purchase of 87 fire fighting trucks to boost the operations of the Federal Fire Service across the country.The Assistant Comptroller general of Fire, Federal Operations Karibo Samson stated this over the weekend after conducting a fire exit drill at the Federal Secretariat, Phase 1, Abuja, in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.It was part of the activities to in commemoration of the the 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development.He countered insinuations that the approach to fire fighting has been lackadaisical saying the narrative is coming from 30 years hang over.”I went back 30 years because I have that much experience. We are enjoying a new lease of life in the fire service, it has never been like this before.”We have a spread of about 12 zones now. Federal Fire servicewise the federation is split into 12 zones.”So we have a reach into virtually every state in the country at the moment. This kind of trucks valued at cost of N189m and we have taken delivery of about 87 trucks of this nature so you now understand where I am coming from.”He said President Buhari has been very good to the fire service adding that the comptroller general has very good vision for the system that is why they have spread into all the zones in the country.”There is no fire officer that will take his fire vehicle into fire scene and will tell you there is no water whether at the federal or at the State level that will take a truck from the fire Station knowing there is no water in that vehicle and get to the fire scene and will begin to lament there is no water or fuel.”That narrative is in the last 30 years not now. If you go to any fire Station you will see this modern vehicle in every fire station that belongs to the Federal fire service.”On the Synergy with the State Fire service, he said they are in all the States of the Federation, sayjng they are not there to take over their jobs.”The Federal fire service is in nearly every State of the country now. Meanwhile we have the State fire service. Like in Abuja we have the FCT fire service responsible to the metropolis. Federal fire service is in all the States to compliment the efforts of the various State fire services, we are not there to take over their job.”He cautioned Nigerians the Harmattan is around the corner sayin being the peak period for fire occurrences he wants everybody to be safety conscious.He said there is no need to burn bushes which can not controled.”Always make sure you have fire extinguishers that are workable around you, in your houses, in your vehicles.”There are places you might call us of which there may be no network to get across to us. You must be fire safety conscious by getting fire extinguishers, fire blankets to assist you in the kitchen and then make sure you have our contact number.”You can also reach the fire service on 112, if you call 112 from anywhere in the country we will turn out the nearest fire station to that scene. “Those of you in Abuja you can reach us on our control.room phone number. Immediately you call that number somebody is going to respond to you.”Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said more than 20 public and private buildings witnessed varying degrees of fire incidents this year

Farouq said the purpose of the fire exit/evacuation drill was to ensure effective and efficient use of the exit facilities available in the case of emergency.She noted that such drills would ensure orderly exit under control and prevention of panic that had been responsible for much of the loss of lives in major fire disasters.The minister said, “What we have just done is remarkable, considering the series of incidences of fire disasters in public and private buildings in Nigeria.“In 2020 alone, we have witnessed more than 20 fire incidents in both public and private buildings.“Experience and research have shown that panic, stampede and smoke inhalation rather than burns from fire have been responsible for loss of lives in the major fire disaster history.”Farouq noted that the 13th of October every year had been set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness, educate the public and to mobilise political will and resources in ensuring disaster risk reduction globally.

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

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#ENDSARS: Buhari’s Daughter carpets State Govts over hoarded palliatives

That most State Governments hoarded COVID-19 palliatives meant to be distributed to vulnerable Nigerians to cushion the effect of months of lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandermic inducares that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the problem of Nigeria.
This was the position of one of the daughters of President Mrs. Zahra Buhari-Indimi.
She said that the discovery of food items and other COVID-19 palliatives in several warehouses across different States of the country has revealed that her father is not the problem of Nigeria afterall.
Zahra on her Instagram page said; “Now that people confirmed that Buhari distributed enough palliatives nationwide, it is clear Buhari is not our problem,” Zahra opined.

Thousands of Nigerians in different States particularly Lagos, Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Kwara, Plateau, Osun, Ekiti, Taraba, Adamawa, FCT amongst others, plundered warehouses where tons of COVID-19 palliatives donated by the private sector-led Coalition Against COVID-19 were stored.

Some of the items for the palliatives that included bags of rice, maize, cartons of noodles, bags of garri and salt, vegetable oil were also found in private homes of some notable politicians.

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