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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouk has said she will adopt the model of the Kaduna state government on some of its Women Empowerment Programs.
In a statement that was issued by her special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the minister gave the indication during a courtesy visit to Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai at the weekend where she delivered Covid-19 palliatives and relief items to the state government over the flood disaster.

The statement also indicated that Farouq discussed about other Social Investment Programs of the state with the Governor.
It added that some of the programs targeted at women could be replicated by the ministry to further empower vulnerable  women all over the country.

The minister directed that the state Focal Person on Social Investment Programs meets with the state Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs to exchange ideas on how some of their empowerment programs can be actualized.

She also conveyed the sympathy of the Federal Government to the people of Kaduna State over the windstorms and floods which occurred in some Local Government Areas of the State.

“I am here to present to you, assorted grains from the National Food Reserve approved by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR as palliatives for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the movement restriction to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and also convey the sympathy of the federal government following the destruction of property by windstorms and floods.

“We in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will also brainstorm will your state to see how we can replicate some of your women empowerment programs for wider participation”.

Gov El- Rufai on his part expressed gratitude to the federal government for the intervention and support given to the state after several communities were affected by windstorms and floods.

The Governor also revealed that he has expanded the Social Register in the state to accommodate more beneficiaries in the Conditional Cash Transfer Program.
“I am grateful to the Federal government for coming to our aid at this difficult time. The palliatives and relief materials will go a long way in alleviating the hardship being experienced by the people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the windstorms.

“However, we have expanded our Social Register  so that more people who are in dire need of these funds can assess it. The Social Register covers the whole local government areas of the state, but I discovered that there are a lot of misconduct being perpetuated  in the the Conditional Cash Transfer Program. Anyone found compromising or trying to divert funds meant for the vulnerable in Kaduna  state will be dealt with accordingly,” Gov El-Rufai stated.

The Governor and the minister also agreed to collaborate on all other Social Investment Programs.

Minister Umar Farouq later presented COVID-19 palliatives including  50 trailers of maize,
53 trailers of sorghum and 6 trailers of millet for 443, 025 households.
 

730 bags of Rice, 730 bags of Maize, 730 bags of Beans, 73 kegs of Palm oil, 60 cartons of seasoning, 37 bags of iodized salt, 85 cartons of tomato paste, 1,460 Blankets, 1,460 mattresses
1,460 Nylon mats, 1,460 pieces of Mosquito nets, 630 bags of Cement, 630 bundles of Roofing sheets, 630 pieces of Ceiling boards, 105 bags of 3 inches Nails
and 210 packets of Zinc Nails were part of food items relief materials approved for the flood victims in Kaduna Metropolis and environs.  

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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

The Senator representing Kano South Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC), has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Hajiya Fatima Mohammed (Fanta).
Hajia Muhammed is the younger sister of late head of state, General Sani Abacha and the mother of Senator Basheer Mohammed (Lado), a federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Senator Gaya in his message of condolence, expressed deep sorrow and sympathies with the bereaved family and entire Kano people over the death.
The former Kano State governor described the late Fatima as a philanthropist, a mother and a community leader that touched the lives of many in different ways over times.
He said that the late Fatima has died at a time that her wisdom is most needed in the global epidemic ravaged time and other challenges in the country.
Senator Gaya enjoined Senator Basheer to take solace in the Almighty Allah at this trying times, adding that death is a garment of all mortals, explaining that all will taste it when the time is due.
The former Kano State governor explained that the late Fatima lived an exemplary life that has impacted on all that was closed to her in her life time.

The Kano South Senator further calls on the family and entire Kano people to pray for the repose of the soul of late mother, Kano State and Nigeria at large for peace and development at the unending threat of insecurity in the country. He prayed Almighty Allah to grant the late philanthropist AljanatulFirdausi.

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Kogi first lady commends husband on gender sensitivity

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By Aisha Audu

Wife of Kogi State governor, Mrs Rashida has commended her husband, Alh Yahaya Bello for being the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria.
Mrs. Bello made the statement on the occasion of conferment of an award of ” the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria and as a goodwill ambassador of Nigerian women” to Governor Yahaya Bello by the national council of women societies (NCWS) at glass house Lokoja.
According to her (NCWS) is a reputable umbrella body of notable women of integrity, from across Nigeria and the choice of my husband for this award is very well deserved.
She said she is not surprised because her husband right from the inception of his administration has demonstrated strong commitment towards active involvement and participation of women in leadership positions, governance as well as politics.
She noted that under the administration of her husband, key government positions such as SSG, Head of service, Kogi pension Board, Teaching Service Commission, Vice chairmen of the 21 Local government of the state as well as female councillors among others.
Mrs. Rashida Bello indicated that Governor Bello has maintained a clear lead in the implementation of the 35 percent women affirmative action policy of the Federal Government.
She saluted the courage of the leadership and members of National Council of Women societies while praying that their courageous efforts continue to uplift the voices and standard of women across the country.

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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