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Humanitarian minister flags off distribution of relief materials to 2020 flood victim



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From: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The ministry of Hummanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social development, has flagged off the distribution of relief materials to victims of the 2020 flood in 12 states of the federation.
The minister in charge, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk while flagging off the distribution of relief materials in Miga Local government area of Jigawa state said the “relief materials were provided by ECOWAS to complement the effort of the federal Government of Nigeria towards reducing the hardship faced by the flood victims”.

Umar Faruq who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Bashir Umar explained that “The relief materials which are in cash and in-kind, are to be distributed to the 12 states worst affected by flood disaster in 2020
“ECOWAS has engaged Red –Cross International for management of the distribution exercise”.

According to her, 1,600 households of over 9,600 people will get shelter Kitts, 65 boreholes have been drilled for 896 households and 65 hand-washing point.

“The beneficiaries of cash transfer were selected from 4 states, while food items and other relief materials were distributed to the flood victims across the affected states”

“The materials are not aimed at compensating the victims but to help them to stabilize and continue with their normal life”.

She explained that, the socio-economic impact of 2020 flood was devastating and it resulted in loss of lives and livelihoods in communities across six geopolitical zones with additional impact of covid-19 pandemic and it’s containment measures exacerbated the situation in the country.

According to her, this made the Federal Government to take various actions through various programmes and projects including National Social Investment Program to ameliorate the situation.

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Passengers stranded as explosion rocks Abuja – Kaduna train at midnight




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***Commotion as security operatives order all to take cover in pitch darkness

The Abuja-Kaduna train which developed ‘fault’ about 40 kilometres to Kaduna, left passengers in a state of panic for over six hours after taking off from Idu terminal in Abuja, around 6pm Wednesday.

Regional Editor of News Express Garba Muhammad and other passengers in the train said the train developed fault around 8pm after a loud sound from the engine which forced the train to stop.

“We heard a loud sound from the locomotive engine, then the train gradually came to abrupt halt,” Muhammad said.

There was pandemonium from passengers when the security men in the VIP coaches shouted for all to take cover after the loud sound.

Lights and the air conditioning systems immediately went off, leaving passengers in the heat and darkness.

“Policemen in the VIP coaches shouted to us to get down when we heard the loud bang. We all fell over each other, while some ran to other coaches, thinking that the train was under attack,” Lawal Isah, one of the passenger, said.

The panic-stricken passengers were thereafter left in the middle of the bush in the middle of the night, afraid of possible attack by bandits.

Another engine came around 12:15am and pushed the immobilised train to Rigasa, Kaduna – a short distance that took additional two hours with frequent stops and slow movements.

“There were no comments from officials in the train as to what caused the problem and why it took over four hours for another engine to come to the rescue,” one disappointed passenger lamented.

Culled from Newsexpress

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Oil producing State Status: HOSTCON lauds Bello over FG’s declaration




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By Stephen Adeleye

The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCON), Kogi chapter, on Saturday commended Governor Yahaya Bello over the declaration of Kogi as an oil producing state by the Federal Government.

The HOSTCON’s Chairman, His Eminence, Bishop Gabriel Ojoka, made the commendation at the Inauguration and Certification of Traditional Council Wing of the association in Lokoja.

Ojoka, who doubles as Chairman, Northern States’ Area of HOSTCON, appreciated the governor for his commitment and effort which had led to the realisation of the prolonged agitation.

”To our leader and dogged State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, we say thank you, we have passed a vote of confidence on you.

”We believe that in this your time before 2023, Kogi will become another London in Nigeria,” he said.

Ojoka also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for taking a good position, saying the pronouncement of Kogi as oil producing state has given them a relief.

He noted that inauguration of the traditional council was to establish the executive members for the work and service delivery to Kogi people in line with the programme, structure and organ of the organisation.

He charged the state traditional council to wake up to its responsibility of hard work, having in mind that bringing anything good to Kogi amounts to a lot of contention.

According to him, since 2016, we have been on this struggle, advocating for the declaration of Kogi as oil producing State because we are very sure that there is oil in Ibaji Local Government Area (LGA).

”We can now look up for development, diversification from oil to gas and agriculture. God is on our side, and we are saying big congratulations to Kogi people.”

”Now that oil has come we believe with the power and input of our governor, job is coming for the youths; very soon we will go into pipeline security surveillance recruitment,” he said.

The HOSTCON traditional council members include: His Royal Highnesses; Alhaji Khalid Ali, the Ohiogba of Mozum of Igalal/Bassa Kingdom; Alhaji Ahmed Ogido, Ohi of Ihima and Chairman Okehi LG Traditional Council:

Others are Williams Ayeni, the Olujumu of Ijumu, and Vice Chairman, Okun Traditional Council; Dr Jacob Odiba, the Odumata Igala; and Alhaji Tijani Zuberu, Etsu Nupe, Warri.

The Ohiogba of Mozum, Alhaji Khalid Ali, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, said it was a day long expected to be achieved, and thanked the Governor and His Eminence for making it a reality.

”It is a relief to us in Kogi State. We thank God that Gov. Yahaya Bello has the luck of always making Kogi to succeed.

”Our Governor is a very lucky governor and I pray that such luck would continue to follow him and the people of Kogi State”.

‘We pray that God will prosper and strengthen him, and all other stakeholders in the struggle,” he said.

The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of letters and certificates of membership to the traditional council wing of HOSTCON

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Almajirai System: Jigawa readies to domesticate Child Right Act




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From Ahmed Rufai, Dutse

The Jigawa state Government has set up a comnittee for the domestication of the Child Right Act that will work to ensure the law is passed in to law to give a legal guide and action on children right violation and purnishement against voilators.
The Jigawa State commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Lawal Yunusu Danzomo made the disclosure during a meeting with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC)

He said the Government carefully selected the members of the committee to look in to all issues and matters of the religion and culture of the people of the state.

Danzomo explained that when the committee completes its assignment the executive will not hasitate to send the report to the state assembly for action.

The commissioner expressed the state government’s commitment to collaborating with any development partner that will remodel the Almajirai system of education to ensure total rights and previllages of the children under the system.

He said “The system needs to be remodeled so that Islamic education seekers will be exposed to all necessary children care by their parents, community and government.”

Danzomo explained that to improve the system there is need for all stakeholders, parents in particular to give their wards proper parenting care rather than throwing them in to the streets to beg at younger age.

According to him in remodeling the system there is need for every stakeholder’s contribution, provision of adequate funds and sustainability of the funds to manage the system.

The commissioner expressed concern over the way and manner some parents neglect their underage children, turn them to street beggars all in the name seeking education.

He maintained that neglecting children in the name of seeking education is totally unislamic.
The commissioner therefore urged all stakeholders to share their responsibilities for a better future of the state.

Speaking earlier the state coordinator Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, (CISLAC), Comrade Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said the organization visited the commissioner to submitted a report on identified challenges, observation and recommendation gathered during a stakeholders meeting organized by CISLAC in the state.

Comrade Rafsanjani told the commissioner that “CISLAC organised a multi stakeholders meeting with relevant agencies in the state where it identified the challenges, made observation and recommendation on the way forward on the Almajirai system.

He urged the state Government to go through the report and make good use of it as he charged all stakeholders to embark on massive awareness campaign for parents to understand their responsibilities towards improving the lives of their children.

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