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Former Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Joy Nunieh, has claimed that she slapped the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, for sexually assaulting her.

She disclosed this during an interview with Arise TV where she said she is the only Nigerian woman who has slapped the minister. The incident, she said, happened at his guest house in Abuja.

“Why did he not tell Nigerians that I slapped him in his guest house at Apo? I am the only Ogoni woman, the only Nigerian woman that has slapped him. I slapped him because of his plan B. Since he couldn’t get me to take that money, he thought that he could come up on me.

“He didn’t know that I’m a Port Harcourt girl. Port Harcourt girls are not moved by money…by somebody telling me that he will make me the substantive MD. Akpabio’s meetings with me were either at Apo or Meridien…Yes, I am accusing him of sexual harassment.”

There have been accusations and counter-accusations between the minister and the ex-NDDC boss.

Her recent comment comes days after she accused the minister of fraud. She said during her brief tenure at the commission, Mr Akpabio repeatedly pressured her to take “an oath of secrecy” that was meant to keep her from exposing fraud at the commission.

Mrs Nunieh did not provide any evidence to support her claims against the minister. She added that she would have been jailed if she had succumbed to Mr Akpabio’s ‘oath of secrecy’.

Mr Akpabio, in turn, said Ms Nunieh has temperament issues. This is even as he suggested she sees a doctor.

The minister said Ms Nunieh was not relieved of her appointment because of corruption but because of insubordination.

“…No matter the allegation, I wish that she will go to the hospital, see a doctor, take some injections and relax. I’m not saying there is something wrong with her, I’m saying there is something wrong with her temperament.

“You don’t need to ask me, you can ask about four other husbands that she married…”

Mr Akpabio did not respond to phone calls and a text message on Monday seeking his response to the latest allegation.

Ms Nunieh assumed office as the acting MD of NDDC after the removal of Akwagaga Enyia in October 2019, but she was sacked four months later as the crisis rocking the commission over abuse of funds kept mounting.

President Muhammadu Buhari named Kemebradikumo Pondei, a professor of medicine, as her replacement in February.
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Women farmers decry low budgetary allocation to agric sector, call for review of policies

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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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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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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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