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Kogi SIP trains 199 CCT Facilitators for reenrollment of beneficiaries

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Kogi SIP trains 199 CCT Facilitators for reenrollment of beneficiaries

By John Akubo

The Kogi State Social Investment Program (SIP) Office in Lokoja has trained 199 cash Transfer Facilitators that cut across the 21 Local Government areas of the State for re-enrollment of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) beneficiaries.
The need for reenrollment of beneficiaries became expedient as the data had been cleaned by the the National social safety Net coordinating Office (NASSNCO) as some of the beneficiaries were wrongly enrolled.
The head of unit Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Falilat Yinka Rasaq said the training program is to enable the Cash Transfer officers to acquire the needed technical knowhow for reenrollment of beneficiaries.
She said it a is training on the reenrollment of the Cash Transfer beneficiaries throughout the State.
According to her, “There are Management Information System (MIS) specialist from Niger, Bayeslta State and Kogi came to train the Cash Transfer specialists based on the App they will use to do the reenrollment.
She explained that their main job is to go to the community to enroll the would be beneficiaries of the program.
“There was a need to have a reenrollment of these beneficiaries because the data we are using has been cleaned by the the National social safety Net coordinating Office (NASSNCO)
“Because some of the beneficiaries were wrongly enrolled, as they were said not to be the poorest of the poor and so NASSNCO now cleaned the data so the process is going on through out the country.”
She said the beneficiaries are being subjected to proximist test
When we started the program the beneficiaries registered as compiled and was used to pay everybody but you know we have categories of poverty so the layer, that is supposed to be paid according to the world Bank directly is captured but it is not everybody that falls within that group.
So she said the program is aiming to address those that are really poor; the poorest of the poor, adding that when that layer is addressed and the expected number is not achieved then they can move up the ladder to the second layer. It is through processes.”
She explianed that at the national level register is known as the National Social Register while at the State it is known as the State Social register.
The head of unit i dicated that the previous register was not subjected to proximist test so when it was done they were able to know who is the poorest of the poor.
“The CTS are to go to the field for enrollment to be supervised and Monitored by the MIS officers l
When it comes to payment of the N5000 stipend it would be done under watch of the MIS officers although it would be done through electronic payment and electronic device.
Communication officer for the Coditional Cash Transfer office, Henry Taina Ayede said “The aim of this reenrollment is to set the standard right, to get rid of those who were wrongly captured.
“The people we are talking about are few but we just felt we should set the standard right to enroll only people who are really of the poor and vulnerable.”
He said they were in the State for the reenrollment exercise of the beneficiaries. “Yesterday we had refresher training for all the Management Information Specialists on the App, it is something they have been used to but one or two features have been added so they need to acquaint themselves with that before they get to the field.
He said it is to avoid a situation whereby when they get to the field they would have difficulties since it is something they are already used to.
“So we are stepping down the training we had with the MIS yesterday, we are taking it down to the Cash Transfer Facilitators who represent every ward in each of the Local Government.
“So once they have the understanding of how the app works it would be easy for them to enroll beneficiaries on the program.”
According to him, “In every system there may be one or two mistakes, we are just doing the reenrollment to ensure that those who collects the money are the poor and the vulnerable those who are really poor and vulnerable.
“Before now some people were mistaking captured and we want to clean up the database.”

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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

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Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor David Umahi to speak up over a viral picture of a multi-billion Naira hotel located in Rivers state, allegedly named after Osborn Umahi.

The association expressed concern that the governor had maintained the sealed lips since the images of the said Port-Harcourt Osborn La Palm Hotel went viral on the social media.

The hotel which is almost completed is said to be worth about N40 billion.

In a statement released to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, by its President, Amb Pascal Oluchukwu, urged the anti-graft agencies to begin to gather their facts and evidences in case of any fow play.

According to AESID, the said hotel is located in the heart of the oil-rich city of Port-Harcourt, Rivers state specifically at No. 3 Olaka Street, off Abacha Road, G.R.A, Port-Harcourt has a roof-top swimming pool and a Presidential Penthouse as one of its many special features.

The statement said: “The fact that the said hotel project started just in 2016 is even more worrisome for the indigenes of a state like Ebonyi where endemic and anthropogenic poverty is the order of the day, having been accurately ranked the poorest state in the entire Southern Nigeria and the 3rd poorest among the 36 States of the Nigerian Federation.

“Our position on this revelation is that Governor Umahi must speak up on this monumental allegations within 24 hours and the anti-graft agencies should begin to gather their facts and evidences aright and await the days of reckoning, knowing that immunity protects him from being prosecuted by the Nigerian government even at this point.”

The Ebonyi governance and accountability platform said: “We believe it should be wisdom for Governor Wike to revoke the land where the said hotel is situated especially if Umahi fails to open-up on these weighty allegations against his person.”

Reacting to the spate of insecurity in the state, AESID said its deeply worried that the political actors, have continued to heat up the polity by dispensing mindless violence, killing and maiming innocent and helpless Ebony citizens particularly those in opposition parties.

“To this end therefore, AESID, again calls on the Police and indeed, all heads of intelligent security agencies to uncover and nip these killings in the bud and bring all perpetrators of these heinous attacks to book no matter how highly placed.”

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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