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Group wants Bello to look into the plight of COE, Ankpa, lecturers owed 11 months salary arrears

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Group wants Bello to look into the plight of COE, Ankpa, lecturers owed 11 months salary arrears

A group Unyogba Ejilogu has sent a ‘save our souls’ message to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over the plight of some lecturers in the state College of Education Ankpa, whose salaries have not being paid in the last 11 months.

In a message to the Governor on behalf of the lecturers, Rasak Abdulsalam who spoke for the group,, said, the plight of the lecturers started soon after the commencement of the unending screening in the state.

He indicated that most of the affected lecturers have served the college for more than one decade.
He appealed to the Governor to also take into account the plight of their families whose breadwinners have been without salary in the last one year.
Abdulsalam also pleaded with the Management of the institution to do anything humanly possible to rectify the salary impasse, as the visitor of the institution and their employer.
Rasak indicated that the pathetic situation bas turned senior lecturers into beggers having been
having been without their salary and entitlements for more that one year.

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President Buhari reappoints prof Yakubu as INEC boss for another 5 years

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President Buhari reappoints prof Yakubu as INEC boss for another 5 years

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Prof. Mahmood Yakubu for reappointment as the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
His reappointment is, however, subject to senate ratification.
Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015 when he took over from Professor Attahiru Jega.
His first tenure of five years would elapae on November 9.
Yakubu superitended over the 2019 general election and aome off-cycle elections in states.
His nomination for reappointment was contained in a letter to President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan by President Buhari.
The letter reads ” In accordance with the provision of Section 154 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a second and final term”

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FG empowers 2, 800 Zamfara women with Rural Women Grant of N20, 000 each

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The Federal government has empowered 2,800 Women in Zamfara with N20,000 each being part of its Grant Project for Rural Women.

The special adviser to the minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze issued the statement on behalf of the minister.

The one-off program was launched on Tuesday in Gusau by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The Minister said that Cash distribution in Gusau was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the present administration.

She explained further that the Grant for Rural Women programme was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the Buhari Administration, with the aim of realizing the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.

“It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. A grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities. It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security, and generally contribute towards improving their living standard”.

One of the recipients of the N20,000 grant, 80 year- old Malama A’isha expressed delight in the disbursement and thanked President Buhari for remembering the vulnerable at difficult times like this.

200 women from each of the 14 local government councils in Zamfara state will receive a one-off cash grant of N20,000 each.

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Sirika raises hope for an airport in Lokoja as alternative to NAIA

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Sirika raises hope for an airport in Lokoja as alternative to NAIA

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, has reiterated the necessity for an airport in Lokoja, Kogi State as alternate to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
He spoke in the same vein with the chairman, senate committee on Aviation, Senator Smart Adeyemi who had earlier based his call for an airport in Lokoja on its proximity to FCT and its advantage of being a gateway to more than Nine States.
The minister while fielding questions from journalists after he defended the budget of the ministry and its agencies said, “Lokoja is an important northern town. It is a cosmopolitan town, it’s a mini Nigeria and it is extremely very important in growth and development of our country.” 
“We have a lot of agricultural activities around there. There is fishery, there is perishable item production and so on. So citing an airport there is quite apt.
He said for him, it is is something that Government should have done long ago based on its importance.
The minister also announced 10 new airports were being constructed across the country to boost civil aviation as aviation has become a national security asset.
These were coming even as the Senate Committee on Aviation bemoaned the state of dilapidated facilities at Minna airport, Zuru and Ajaokuta airstrips.

Sirika said both the executive arm of government and the National Assembly have done justice to the civil Aviation sector since 2015 when the current administration came on board through the development of a roadmap, which is being implemented.

The Minister added that the Aviation sector was the fastest growing sector of the economy, hence the Federal Government’s decision to build new seven airports in Anambra, Benue, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, Gombe, among other states. 
He also noted that Kebbi, Osubi, Dutse airports have been taken over by the Federal Government while the Gombe State government had also written the federal authorities, asking it to take over the Gombe Airport.

“Consequent upon that roadmap, we have seen aviation grow in 2018 to become the second fastest growing sector of the economy and by 2019, it became the fastest growing sector of the economy and increased its GDP contribution.
“During the tenure of this administration from 2015 till now, we’ve seen a lot of growth in civil aviation, number of airports is increasing. So far, about seven airports have been added to the map, some of them completed, some of them under construction.

“There are airports coming up in Benue, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Lafia, Damaturu, Anambra and so forth. All of these show that civil aviation is growing during this administration. 

“So, we have about 10 new airports coming up, that is almost half the number of airports we used to have in Nigeria. So we are adding 50 per cent of the number of airports,” Sirika said.
The Minister also hinted that the much-talked-about national carrier, Nigeria Air, was part of the Aviation sector roadmap, which will be delivered before 2023.
“We are on it. The transaction adviser has brought in the outline business case. It is being reviewed by ICRC. Soon after it finishes, it will go to FEC and it will be approved. We will not leave this government without having it in place,” Sirika said.

On the issues of dilapidated equipment at some airports across the country, Sirika said it is a work in progress as the airports are being attended to one after the other based on priorities.

“We have been improving these airports one airport after another. We don’t have the resources to take them all at once. We are attending to them, we look at an airport and find which is that safety item and which is that item of security that needs attention first before we now turn to other matters. Certainly we are making Ilorin one of the best airports because in the first place it was an alternate for Lagos,” Sirika revealed.

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