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Kogi Workers say it is ungodly and inhuman for Bello to tag them political civil servants

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Kogi Workers say it is ungodly and inhuman for Bello to tag them political civil servants

The organised labour in Kogi state has again challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to send a team on a fact-finding mission to Kogi state in order to ascertain their deplorable situation.

The call which was coming against the background of the statement allegedly made by Governor Yahaya Bello while addressing state house correspondents insinuating that the striking workers in the state are political civil servants.

The statement jointly signed by the secretaries of the Kogi state chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Olakunle Faniyi; Trade Union Congress, Comrade James Kolawole and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Isa Abubakar described the statement as very unfortunate and ungodly.

They said Governor Bello is fully aware that there are workers and pensioners that are being owed their entitlements up to 21 months.

“To describe this set of people who are daily dying of starvation and treatable ailments as political civil servants is the greatest inhumanity to mankind,” the statement reads.

The statement described President Buhari as a father figure for all Nigerians and urged him to put up machinery to hear the other side of the story in order to salvage the already traumatised people of Kogi state.

According to the organised labour, the support of Kogi workers to the present APC-led government is enormous as the successes recorded by the party in 2015 general elections had the input of the workforce.

They said it is an irony of life for Governor Yahaya Bello to describe workers who contributed immensely to his success at the polls as political civil servants when their entitlements are not being paid for over 20 months.

The workers called on the Presidency to show interest in Kogi workers affairs as no worker in the state can feed well, pay school fees of their children and pay medical bills when necessary.

They said that the organised labour is currently taking census of civil servants that died as a result of the ill-fated and timeless screening exercise of Governor Yahaya Bello and the refusal of his government to pay even those it claimed to have adjudged authentic civil servants.

They urged Nigerians to disregard the falsehood being peddled by the government that the striking workers are political civil servants

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Women farmers decry low budgetary allocation to agric sector, call for review of policies

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Women farmers decry low budgetary allocations to agric sector, call for review of policies


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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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

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The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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Gender inclusiveness: Kogi to empower, train 30,000 women on political participation

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Gender inclusiveness: Kogi to empower, train 30,000 women on political participation


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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