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Hit and run driver kills pastor, wife, 3 years old son in Abuja

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Hit and run driver kills pastor, wife, 3 years old son in Abuja

Tragedy occurred wednesday in Abuja when a hit and run driver overran husband, wife and their 3 years old son as they attempted to cross the ever busy airport junction road by Coca Cola bridge in Abuja killing all on the spot.
The man by name Ekene who is said to be a pastor of the Living Faith Church in Karonmajiji, his wife and three years old son were returning from a church service at Galadimawa to Karomanjiji where they live.
NationalUpdate gathered that they alighted from a tricycle at the Gongola Village junction, the husband led them to cross when the unknown driver overran them killing the three on the spot.

An eyewitness by name Chizoba Okeke explained that the driver in a frantic effort to escape did not envisage that the 3 year old boy body clung to the bonnet.
She added that when the road safety officials arrived by 18.30 pm the mangled bodies of the deceased were lying on different sides of the road but their son was no where to be found.
“The officials and sympathizers searched everywhere in the nearby bushes but the body of the little boy could not be found.”
Another eyewitness Goodluck Sunday who roasts corn at Gongola village junction close to where the accident occurred said,
“The incident was gory. I cried more than when my mother died. My mother died in Abuja here while I was in the Village.

He said her death is the reason he is roasting corn to survive as he has no person to run to for help.
“I saw the dead bodies, the pastor and his wife, it was not a good thing, it was gory.’

According to him, they were coming back from Church in Galadimawa with a trycycle (keke Napep), they dropped at this junction and they wanted to cross the road, their child was disturbing them, so the wife strapped him on her back.
“They were trying to cross the road then the car overran them while on high speed.
He said unknown to the road safety officials and other sympathizers that their son’s body clung to the bonnet of the Car, they searched for his body all around on that day but could not find it.

“This morning the body was found at Airport junction close to Jabi which means the runaway driver decided to discard the dead boy where no one saw him as it was dark.”
Chioma Okeke another witness who also roasts corn by the junction said she felt so bad about the incidence.According to the First Information report released by the Federal Road Safety Public relations officer Bisi Kazeem,
‘On 16 September, 2020 an auto crash  occurred at 2000hrs at Jabi-Airport Road, under Coca Cola Bridge and they got a distress call at 20. 08hours and they arrived the scene of the crash at 2018hrs

According to him, one vehicle was involved adding that the vehicle Vehicle type, make and registration number is not known.
Number of people involved he said were four, two male, one female and a child.
He said three persons lost their lives
He said the dead victims were taken to Federal Medical Center JABI but were rejected due to space.
He said they were later deposited at Kubwa General Hospital and the team returned to the base.

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Women farmers decry low budgetary allocation to agric sector, call for review of policies

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Women farmers decry low budgetary allocations to agric sector, call for review of policies


By Friday Idachaba


The Small Scale Women Farmer Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON), Kogi chapter, has called on the state government to review existing policies and framework on agriculture to fast-track the diversification of the state economy.

The spokesperson of the organization, Ms Halima Sadiq who is also the Executive Director, Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) made the call at a press conference on Wednesday in Lokoja.

She decried the persistent low budgetary allocations and equally dismal releases of such allocations saying that there had been fluctuating budgetary provisions for the agriculture sector in the state since 2016.

Reading from the release signed by Hajia Safiya Yahaya, state Coordinator and Mrs Esther Audu, Secretary of SWOFON, Sadiq held that the development contravened the 2003 Maputo Declaration saying there was need for review of existing policies.

“Nigeria is a signatory to the declaration and it promised commitment to providing at least 10 per cent of its annual budget to agriculture under the Maputo declaration of 2003 and as such upholding the commitment in this COVID-19 era is crucial.

“It is imperative that the Ministry of Agriculture reviews existing policies and prepares a coherent policy framework that incorporates the Change Agenda of the administration which will provide a good anchor and basis for budget formulation and implementation.

“If Agriculture is to serve as a means of diversifying the economy of Kogi State as promised in the New Direction Blueprint of the government, then allocation to the sector is grossly inadequate”, she said.

She added that there was need for rationalisation and streamlining of mandates of the Ministry of Agriculture to achieve greater value for money so that resources would be channeled to capital expenditure alongside salary payment and overheads.

Sadiq therefore called for at least 80 per cent releases across budget line items in the approved agricultural sector budget for 2021 and specifically, 100 per cent release of Women In Agriculture budget to its members across the 21 LGAs in the State.

SWOFON among others, called for enhanced legislative oversight to the sector, inclusion of climate change mitigation in the budgetary provisions, concerted participatory Youth and Women In Agricultural policies and increased funding for agricultural Finance/Credit as well as funding for extension Services.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that SWOFON is coalition of women farmers from a across Nigeria working together to promote women-friendly agricultural policies and increasing women’s access to land, farm inputs and funding aimed at improving agricultural productivity. (NAN)

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Gender inclusiveness: Kogi to empower, train 30,000 women on political participation

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By Friday Idachaba


Kogi State Government has concluded plans to train and empower 30,000 women across the 239 wards of the State to actively participate in politics and drive gender inclusive governance.

The programme to be executed under the System Resilience Building Approach to Women Leadership of the state Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is expected to increase the number of women in elective and appointive political offices.

Mal. Nasir Ohiani, Special Adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on SDGs disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja at a two-day training workshop for women in elective and appointive positions in the 21 Local Government Councils in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training workshop organised by the state SDG in collaboration with Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI) had 21 Vice Chairpersons and 21 Council Leaders from the 21 Local Government Councils.

Ohiani who was represented by Mr Henry Chinweuba, his Technical Assistant, said the training was part of the SDGs’ office initiative to build women leadership in the state and foster it under the “System Resilience-Building Approach to Women Leadership.

“We have broken down the Kogi State structure into 1,000 communities and we are planning to empower 30 women in each of the communities to give us 30,000 women.

“If we have 30,000 new women active in Kogi State politics, that is a huge number. That is our destination and today is the beginning of that journey”, he said.

Executive Director, Centre for Women Studies and Intervention (CWSI) Rev. Sister Ngozi Francis Uti, in her welcome address, urged the 42 local councils duty bearers to ensure that they use their positions to place women in their rightful places.

“In Nigeria, the people of Kogi State have demonstrated their zeal to promote women participation in political leadership by electing 21 women as vice chairpersons and 21 Council leaders of the local councils in the 21 local government areas of the state.

“The governor, His Excellency, Yahaya Adoza Bello, during the swearing-in ceremony emphasized his desire to uphold the 35 per cent Affirmative Action for women in elective and appointive positions as envisioned by the National Gender Policy”, she said.

Dr Ifeyinwa Okolo of the Dept of English, Federal University, Lokoja with Specialty in Gender and Sexuality in African Literature, called for not just awareness but sensitization on gender equality and uniformity in decision making space.

Okolo who spoke on “Gender Equality in Leadership”, said it was expected that at the end of the capacity training, they would be able to function effectively in their new positions, understand the imbalance better and take steps to bridge the gaps.

Mr Hamza Aliyu, Executive Director, Initiative for Grassroot Advancement (INGRA) in his paper, “Constitutional Functionalities in Local Government Administration” charged the women to function excellently, be efficient and effective.

In her contribution, Ms Eunice Agbogun Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Initiative (CPI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, urged the women to have healthy self-image and use the office to bring positive changes to the state and the country. (NAN)

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Photonews: 53 NSTA abducted passengers also regain freedom

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Cross section of abducted 53 NSTA passengers release on Sunday by their abductors at the government house in Minna.

Recall that passengers on board a bus belonging to the Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) were all kidnapped along Minna-Tegina road in Rafi local government area.

The incident occurred at about 3:00pm in the afternoon at Kundu village, about 200 meters to the famous Zungeru bridge when the passengers who were said to be returning from a wedding at Rijau, Rijau local government area of the state were stopped and taken into the bush by the bandits numbering about 40.

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