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Kogi Central Hoteliers Association asks FG to declare state of emergency on the power sector

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Kogi Central Hotelier Operators Association has called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the power sector, as it appealed to Kogi state government to look inward in solving the problem of electricity in some parts of the state.

The Chairman of the association, Chief Haruna Ahmed Osike who made the appeal in Lokoja while addressing newsmen on the incessant epileptic power supply in central senatorial district of the state recently, appealed to the federal government and Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to rescue the association from total collapse.

The chairman also berated the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for not keeping to their promises of distributing prepaid metres to customers after years of promises.

He said virtually all the hotels in the area are at the verge of collapse due to lack of electricity to boost their operations.

According to him “We can no longer pay salaries of our staff, On several occasions we have to run generators more than twelve hours to keep our customers comfortable, we buy diesel and maintained our generators and this activities consume what we suppose to enjoy as profit.

“Also on monthly basis we pay taxes to the local government and the state internal revenue service , all these are challenges we often encounter but yet no electricity to enhance our operations”

Osike lamented the inability of AEDC to supply prepaid meters to customers in the district as promised.
He noted that the company jettisoned most of the agreement it reached with the federal government.

“The management of AEDC in their last meeting with stakeholders in Okene told us unequivocally that within two weeks the company would supply over 50,000 prepaid metres to the district, but up till today the promise was never fulfilled, instead they brought analogue metres which they charged customers N10,000 before it can be mounted and this was not the prepaid meters they promised.

“It is evidently clear now that AEDC do not want to provide us prepaid metres so that the company can continue with estimated billing the way and manner they have been doing since the company took over power distribution in the area”

The Chairman urged the federal government to be proactive on the issue of power generation and distribution in the country, pointing out that many youths have lost their sources of livelihood to epileptic power supply in the district.

“Imagine if you are a welder and you don’t have the financial muscle to buy generator, you will be thrown out of business. If government can not create jobs for the youths and they (youths) are losing the one they manage, then government will continue to fight insecurity”

“I think it is high time the Kogi state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello should look inward on the possibility of generating its electricity or link Itakpe step down to Okene so that the problem can be solved permanently” he suggested.

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Jamb conducts tests for interior ministry’s recruitments

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Jamb conducts tests for interior ministry’s recruitments

To ensure transparency in the conduct of Computer-Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) the Ministry of Interior has said it will sustain the partnership with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
The ministry indicated that the collaboration is aimed at providing all eligible and qualified Nigerians who applied for various positions in the Services under the Ministry’s purview equal opportunity to be employed into the Services.
This was contained in a statement issued Tuesday by Director (Press & Public Relations)
Mohammed Manga.
The state explained that the partnership
is also in line with the present administration’s policy thrust of ensuring transparency in the conduct of government business.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Interior and Chairman,  Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board (CDCFIB), Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recently assured Nigerians that the Ministry will ensure transparency in the recruitment processes in to the services.
To this end, the Ministry has concluded arrangements with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to conduct the aptitude test for eligible candidates into the Nigeria Immigration Service on the 7th of December 2020 while that of the NSCDC is expected to hold 8th December, 2020 in the 36 States of the  Federation  and the federal capital territory.
“The Ministry has also worked out modalities to enable qualified candidates access the notification for the aptitude tests for CBAT from 6pm on 1st December, 2020 through their e-mail addresses and phone numbers.
“Accordingly, all candidates who applied for NIS  are expected to visit the Website of the Service at https://immigrationrecruitment.org.ng while those who applied for NSCDC and subsequently updated their educational records are to visit https://cdfipb.careers to print individual letters of invitation.

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

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2020 IDPWD: Humanitarian Ministry Presents Palliative to the Vulnerable in the Mosque

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday made a symbolic presentation of gifts to the vulnerable at the FCDA Central Mosque Abuja to commemorate the 2020 International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

Representative of the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Umar Farouk, Deputy Director of Humanitarian Affairs Department, Dr. Abubakar Suleiman said” the presentation is on behalf of the Honourable Minister and the Permanent Secretary.

The Imam of the FCDA Central Mosque, Mallam Abdallah Ahmad Karshi, appreciated the gesture of the Ministry as he lauded the ministry for the good reports on its activities.

He said, “when somebody meets the needs of others, God will also meet theirs.

He promised to ensure the distribution of the items is done transparently to reach the targeted persons within the Mosque as he prayed for the Progress of the Ministry.

The items include 5 bags of Rice,5 Cartons of milk, 20 wrappers, bail of clothes and cash donation.

The Jumat Prayers will be followed by a Church Service on Sunday, 29th November, 2020 at St. Matthews Anglican Church Gwarinpa and other activities lined up for the commemoration.

The annual global commemoration of the International Day for PWDS is aimed at promoting the rights and well being of the Persons With Disabilities in all aspects of society and development.

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APC lacks authentic membership register says Buni

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The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party has said it lacked authentic membership registration of its members nationwide.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus wednesday the party’s caretaker committee chairman Maimala Buni said since the membership registration exercise of 2013, the party has no authentic register in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Buni said some members who left the party in 2018 and joined the opposition party still have their names on the party’s register. 

He added that many others who joined the party from 2014 to date do not have their names in the register.

Buni said the revalidation of the party’s membership register has become imperative to expunge names of those who had left the party and include those who have joined the party from 2014 to date in compliance with Article 9:4 of the Party Constitution. 

He also disclosed that the caretaker committee has set up a high powered committee made up of eminent party leaders, legal practitioners and experts to study the reviewed Constitution and to make recommendations to the effect of the necessary amendments.

Tthe Chairman, APC caretaker committee, Governor Maimala Buni said the party’s reconciliation effort to settle aggrieved persons and factions has paid off, noting that the conflicts in most of the state chapters of the party have been settled.

Speaking at a meeting of APC Senate Caucus, Buni said the party now proudly paraded political heavy weights in various states who have either returned back to the party or freshly joined the party. 

He said the defection of Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and several legislators of the state assembly was great milestones in the party’s restoration process.

“Many others have indicated interests to either return or join the party. In fact, I want to assure you all that APC will soon shock Nigeria’s political space with massive and unprecedented defections ever witnessed in the political history of our great country, and by the grace of God, APC will undoubtedly remain Nigeria’s leading political party,” he added. 

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