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Kogi SIP Focal person charges 7, 425 N-POWER batch B beneficiaries on due diligence

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Kogi SIP Focal person charges 7, 425 N-POWER batch B beneficiaries on due diligence

By John Akubo

Special Adviser to the governor on Multilateral, Donor Agencies and Special Projects, Mr Adoga Ibrahim, has urged 7,425 successful applicants who are beneficiaries in the Batch ‘B’ N-Power Program to take good advantage of the program by being diligent and punctual.
Ibrahim spoke at the official Flagg-off ceremony and Deployment Exercise of Batch ‘B’ N-Power successful beneficiaries in Kogi at the Government House, Lokoja.
According to Ibrahim, Kogi SIP office had worked tirelessly with the relevant stakeholders to ensure the issuance of deployment letters to beneficiaries for prompt resumption at their Places of Assignments.

“The N-POWER Program is an initiative of the Federal Government in collaboration with all 36 states in Nigeria; one of the components of the social investment programme (SIP)

“The N-POWER is an initiative which has engage young unemployed graduates and will harness the skills of graduate to provide teaching Education, Agriculture extension service and Public Health.

The focal person noted that the deployment exercise had been performed at the senatorial districts of Kogi Central, West and East; in Okene, Kabba and Kogi State University Anyigba respectively.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Ronke Adeleye, N-Power Agro, commended the Federal and State Government for the initiative, saying it would go a long way to assist the young unemployed graduates.

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi urged the successful beneficiaries of the Batch ‘B’ N-Power Programme to serve their communities with commitment and dedication.

Bello who spoke while Flagged-off Deployment Exercise of Batch ‘B’ N-Power successful beneficiaries in Kogi at the Government House, Lokoja congratulated all 7,425 successful applicants.
“Today, we have beneficiaries from Lokoja/Kogi LGA representing the remaining 19 LGAs.

“You are encouraged to take this opportunity seriously by learning the skills that will brighten your future and also serve your communities with commitment and dedication.

‘Take the message back to your colleagues in the second batch of the N-power program to be good ambassadors’ of your Local Government Areas, use your skills and energy to impact others around you,” Bello said.

Bello, who was represented by the Speaker, Kogi House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole, restated the commitment of Kogi Social Investment Program office to delivering in the most outstanding way, and the New Direction vision of his administration.

Bello appreciated the efforts of the APC Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, for keeping to the promise of delivering a robust welfare program to the masses.

“The development of Kogi rest in our hands as young people. We all have the energy, potential and zeal; this is our time. The time for new Development via a New Direction,” Bello said.

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Humanitarian minister flags off special grant for rural women in Plateau

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Humanitarian minister flags off special grant for rural women in Plateau

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has launched the one off payment of a special Grant  for rural women in Plateau state.

Over one hundred and fifty thousand women will receive a one-off special grant of twenty thousand naira each in all the 774 local government councils across Nigeria.

On her maiden launch of the special funds distribution held at the Banquet hall, Government House, the minister said the grant was a one-off disbursement to rural women to mark the International Day of Rural Women. 

“Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in 2015, the Government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country.
This she said informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion.

“The Grant for Rural Women programme was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the Buhari Administration, including the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. 

“The grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security, and generally contribute towards improving their living standard”.

Farouq also thanked the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen for her contributions in ensuring a smooth take- off of the program in Plateau state.
She also used the opportunity to present assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the  restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Food items presented to the state include 71 trailer load of Maize, Sorghum and Millet  to cater to 294,199 households.

Earlier, the Governor of Plateau State Dr Simon Bako Lalong expressed immense gratitude to the minister for her visit to the state. He acknowledged the role of women in the society especially the rural women. 

“This palliative will assist vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters like conflict and flood.  
“This occasion is unique because it also features the disbursement of cash transfer to 500 rural women to mark the International Day of Rural Women.
“I am also delighted to note that 3005 pregnant and lactating women In Plateau state are currently receiving an additional five thousand naira as top-up of the Conditional Cash Transfer.
“This will go a long way in improving the lives of women and children in Plateau state particularly their health and economic empowerment”.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong in his comments 9noted that 26,004 vulnerable households in Plateau state were already receiving the Cash Transfer of N10,00 bi-monthly while 47,000 others await payment. He said the  state has 231,870 households on the State Social Register with 877,301 individual households. He appealed to the federal government to extend other social and intervention programs to capture those on the waiting list. 

The theme for this year’s International Day of Rural Women is “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”.

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Apprehension over Buhari’s misgivings on recession

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President Muhammadu Buhari left many Nigerians more confused when he admitted that the country’s economy may slip back into another recession in the third quarter of 2020, even while in the Fourth quarter.
Buhari expressed the misgivings while presenting the N13.1 trillion budget for 2021 with a deficit of N4.8 trillion that will be financed mainly by borrowing.
Many Nigerians were led to believe that the recession afterall may have since started going by his admittance while quoting the previous quarter.
This is more so as the President seem to be re-echoing what
Nigeria’s finance minister Zainab Ahmed had said in August 2020.

Ahmed had warned that unless Nigeria achieves a very strong third quarter 2020 economic performance, the country may slide into recession.
“Nigeria is exposed to spikes in risk aversion in the global capital market, which will put further pressure on the foreign exchange market as foreign portfolio investors exit the Nigerian market,” the minister  had said.
“Nigeria’s Q2 GDP growth is in all likelihood negative and unless we achieve a very strong Q3 2020 economic performance, the Nigerian economy is likely to lapse into a second recession in four years with significant adverse consequences.”
The President also said the projected GDP growth will be  negative in the third quarter of the year while the fourth quarter just started.
As such, the president said the economy may lapse into the second recession in four years, with significant adverse consequences.
However, inspite of the apprehension, Buhari assured Nigerians that his team were working assiduously to ensure rapid recovery in 2021 saying there is no cause for any alarm.
“We remain committed to implementing programmes to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years,” he added

Buhari said the country’s economy is currently facing challenges with the macroeconomic environment being significantly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Real Gross Domestic Product (‘GDP’) growth declined by 6.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2020. This ended the 3-year trend of positive, but modest, real GDP growth recorded since the second quarter of 2017,” the president said.

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Despite concerns over whooping N3.12tr for debt servicing, FG gives hope

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Not perturbed by concerns raised by stakeholders over N4trillion borrowing the Federal Government has pledged to meet up with it’s debt obligations with N3.12trillion for its servicing in the 2021 budget proposal.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the indication Thursday when he presented the 2021 budget proposal of N13.08trillion to the National Assembly in Abuja.

According to him, the amount represents an increase of N445.57 billion from N2.68 trillion in 2020.
“We remain committed to meeting our debt service obligations.

“Hence, we have provisioned N3.12 trillion for this in 2021, representing an increase of N445.57 billion from N2.68 trillion in 2020.
“A total of N2.183 trillion has been set aside to service domestic debts while N940.89 billion has been provided for foreign debt service.

“N220 billion is provided for transfers to the Sinking Fund to pay off maturing bonds issued to local contractors and creditors.’

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