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Leaked secret documents: TheCable exposes how Kogi Government borrowed billions of Naira from Banks

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Leaked secret documents: TheCable exposes how Kogi Government borrowed billions of Naira from Banks

TheCable can report an online publication has reported that the Kogi state government obtained loans of at least N16 billion between May 2017 and January 2018, .

This is despite over N20 billion which accrued to the state from the Paris Club refund.

Paris Club refund is a partial settlement of long-standing claims by state governments relating to over-deductions from their federation account allocation committee (FAAC) disbursement for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.

In the first tranche of the refund, the state got N11.21bn, while it got N6.02bn and over N6 billion in the second and third tranches respectively.

Kogi also benefitted from the bailout which the federal government gave to states.

However, documents seen by TheCable showed that the state house of assembly approved loans of N12 billion and another 1.2 billion on December 5, 2017.

Still in December, the government borrowed a separate N1.2 billion from Fidelity Bank Plc.

The state’s ministry of finance had entered an agreement with the bank that 123,250,244 million should be deducted from from its revenue over a 12-month period.

When he met with reporters in January, Yahaya Bello, governor of the state, said his government borrowed N10 billion, a figure short of N4.4 billion that his government had collected as loan.

Documents show that Kogi got another loan of N3.5 billion on January 31, 2018.

On March 20, 2018, the state treasury quarters issued an irrevocable standing payment order (ISPO) to Zenith Bank to make monthly deductions of N236,892,000 from its Lokoja bank account over a period of 18 months, as repayment of the N3.5vbillion loan which was said to be used for budget implementation.

Critics have accused the current administration in the state of mismanaging resources, an allegation the governor and his aides have consistently denied.

Although part of the obtained loans were said to be for payment of salaries, Kogi is still owing workers till date.

On Thursday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) wrote to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to protest the alleged non-payment of over seven months salary by the state.

Kingsley Fanwo, Bello’s spokesman, was not available for comments when this report was filed as as his telephone line was switched off.

Credits: TheCable

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

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Agency donates reflective jackets to Traffic Police, motorcyclists in Kogi

By Friday Idachaba

Kogi Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), has donated reflective jackets to the Nigeria Police traffic officers, wardens and commercial motorcyclists to enhance their visibility and safety on roads.

Malam Momoh Dauda, the General Manager of the agency, presented bundles of the jackets to the police and leadership of the commercial motorcycle operators on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Dauda said that the lives of traffic policemen and wardens were constantly in danger as they discharged their duties on roads, especially the highways.

“We don’t need to convince anyone that these traffic officers are vulnerable and exposed to risks and hazards.

“In our own little way, we want to ensure their safety as they carry out this important assignment of directing traffic,” he said.

“At least with these reflective jackets, their visibility will be enhanced from afar and the risk of being knocked down will reduce.

He said that the objective of the CSDP was to reduce poverty by sustainably increasing the access of the poor and vulnerable to services for human development.

“The CSDA through the Community Driven Development (CDD) strategy supports communities and vulnerable groups to fund micro infrastructural facilities.

“This explains the decision of our agency to identify with the safety needs of the traffic police officers, wardens and commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders,” he said

Mr Ede Ayuba, the Commissioner of Police in the state, thanked the state government for its unflinchingly support to the police command in the state.

Ayuba, represented by CSP Comfort Omole, the State Traffic Officer, commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his support to the command in handling the #EndSARS protests in the state.

“He stood his ground and made us to be successful and we did not record any casualty,” he said.

The commissioner also thanked the management of CSDA for the donation.

“We assure you that within our powers, we will continue to do everything humanly possible to serve the state and its citizens to ensure peace,” he said. (NAN)

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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Humanitarian ministry insists States hoarded palliatives

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The minister of Humanitathas denied having any link with hoarded palliatives meant for distribution to the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic by many states as she restated that all palliatives donated to the ministry were distributed accordingly.
The minister made the disclosure on Monday during a national Press conference in Abuja on the activities of the ministry since inception.
She said, “Recently, the world witnessed the unfortunate incidence of looting of palliatives and relief materials stashed away in warehouses in some states of the country during the #EndSars protest.

“As the Minister of
Humanitarian Affairs, I want to categorically state that the Palliatives
donated to the Ministry by the Nigerian Customs Services, National
Strategic Grain Reserve, and many good willing donors were handed to
State officials for onward distribution to the poor and vulnerable in thier
states.

“The Ministry identifies its strategic role and impact in the everyday lives of the Nigerian. We want to assure the public that we are on ground working every day for Nigerians.”

She expressed satisfaction with the success story of one of the Federal Government’s Investment programs, the N-POWER as 109, 823 benefitiaries have successfully started their own businesses

According to her, “After the two-year period, facts and reports show that some of the
beneficiaries of Batch A and Batch B of the programme have established
businesses in their communities, with no fewer than 109,823
beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme who have identified themselves
as business owners.

According to her, “Current Enrolment Status of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C closed in July 2020 and we have received over 5 Million applications since the portal opened.
“The application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.
“At this juncture, I want to officially announce that the Central Bank of
Nigeria in collaboration with the Ministry has developed a portal to
enable the exited N-Power beneficiaries to log on and apply for the
various economic empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the Central Bank such as the AGSMEIS loan and the AnchorBorrowers Program (ABP). “Interested N-Power exited beneficiaries
should log on to the CBN portal for more information.
The website portal is nexit-fmhds.cbn.gov.ng as displayed on the screen.

Farouq also refuted the claim that her ministry has been feeding the Internally Displaced persons with poor nutritious food saying the Ministry has been making different grains available and also allow other bodies who make donations of their choice which the Ministry cannot restrict or limit.

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