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Humanitarian minister adopts Kaduna model on women empowerment

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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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Reps Committee says it will not hesitate to summon Buhari as Minister of Petroleum over alleged irregularities in NNPC

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The House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum has said it will not hesitate to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to appear before it it as the Minister of Petroleum, should the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
(NNPC) fail to turn up to explain on some alleged irregularities

The committee gave the  NNPC two weeks ultimatum to appear and explain alleged on the alleged irregularities in the corporation

The ultimatum was issued by the chairman of the committee, Rep. Sarki Ada (APC-Sokoto) at a public hearing on Thursday, following the refusal of NNPC to honour invitations or reply to letters.
The committee chairman indicated that they have invited some oil companies; namely the NNPC, Addax Petroleum Company Ltd and Santex Nig Ltd, to appear before them and they have failed to show up

“We are giving them two weeks from today. We will reschedule this meeting for two weeks calendar days, to appear before the committee so we continue our business.
He said the committee will not hesitate to invite President Buhari to appear before it as the Minister of Petroleum, if they fail to turn up.
“Buhari is the minister, he appointed himself as approved by the parliament and he is doing his job; we will invite him, and I know as a law-abiding president, he will come.
“When he comes, Nigeria should know that it is because of the failure of the NNPC to appear that made him to appear before us,”he said.
Ada said that the committee had asked for relevant documents to investigate the activities of the NNPC, and the corporation had refused to oblige the committee.

“We have written three letters to them at an interval of three months each requesting for their budget performance and list of assets they are holding and managing on behalf of Nigerians.
“We asked for a list of their liabilities, what are the contracts they are executing, who are the contractors, the companies and what is the progress made.
“We have asked for details of how much they generate from the sales of crude oil produce, how much they are managing on behalf of Nigeria through other joint ventures, until today, there is no response.
“Time has come that we must speak, this country belongs to all of us, we are here as statutory Nigerians,” he said.
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Sylva, promised to deliver the message of the committee to the NNPC.

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IGP redeploys CP Abutu Yaro to Imo Command, 5 other CPs affected

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IGP redeploys CP Abutu Yaro to Imo Command, 5 other CPs affected

The Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has appointec CP Abutu Yaro, as the Imo State new Commissioner of Police (CP).
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja by the Force Public Reations officer CP Frank Mba, he indicated that the posting of the new CP is in furtherance of efforts by the Police leadership towards strengthening security, tackling violent crimes and enhancing optimal coordination of policing operations within the State.
He said, CP Abutu Yaro, a fellow of the National Defence College and the immediate-past Commissioner of Police, Zamfara State Command, is an operationally-minded Cop.
“By this new development, Abutu Yaro takes over from CP Nasiru Mohammed who has been redeployed to Western Port Authority, Lagos.

He pointed out that the Zamfara State Police Command also has a new Commissioner of Police, CP Hussaini Rabiu.
Other Commissioners of Police affected by the new posting and redeployment he listed to include CP John Amadi, mni who has been posted from Western Port Authority, Lagos to Airport Police Command, Ikeja, Lagos; CP Anderson Bankole who is now in charge of the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos; and CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, posted to the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA), Force Headquarters, Abuja as the Commissioner of Police, DFA.  
 
The IGP, while charging the newly posted officers to bring to bear their professional experience in improving policing and restoring public confidence in their new places of assignment, assured citizens of the determination of the Force under his leadership to upscale its operations, improve public safety and tackle all forms of crimes in the country.

 

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Ramadan: Zamfara gov donates food items to inmates

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Ramadan: Zamfara gov donates food items to inmates

Zamfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matewalke has donated food items to inmates at the Gusau Correctional facility.

Represented by his Commissioner of Special Duties, Hon. Lawal Abubakar Zannan Badarawa the Governor gave the inmates 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of maize, 100 bags of millet and 100 bags of sugar.
The items were all handed over to the Deputy Comptroller Mr. Yunusa Ibrahim Ada.

Matawalle, according to a statement by his Director General, Media, Public Enlightment and Communications, Yusuf Idris Gusau, called on the inmates to consider their being in the facility as part of their destiny in life and for them to use their stay for sober reflection so that they will be good citizens that will contribute positively to societal growth.

He urged them to continue to pray for the peace and development of both the state and the nation, noting that people who are incacerated and consider their punishment as corrective, get their prayers answered easily by Allah.

He assured that his administration will continue to make the state better and conducive for more investors and economic growth which will bring more employment opportunities and eliminate criminalities.

Earlier in the day, the governor donated 170 bags each of sugar and assorted grains to the state’s Council of Chiefs as well as 300 bags of assorted grains to the Peoples Democratic Party state Working Committee all in the spirit of the Ramadan fast.

While at the Correctional facility, the Deputy Comptroller, DCC Yunusa Ibrahim Ada thanked the governor for the donation as he promised that the items will be judiciously utilized.
Ada who told the governor that both the wardens and the inmates have been praying for the governor especially in his drive to rid the state of criminal activities also said they will not relent in that direction.

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