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Magistrate dies in Kogi over nonpayment of salary

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The Kogi State Judiciary has lost a Magistrate and Deputy Chief Registrar (Litigation), Mr. Zekery Aguye, who died last Tuesday over inability to pay hospital bills for non payment of salary to Judicial staff in the last nine months.
He was forced to discontinue his treatment due to his inability to offset his medical bills
Aguye died at the National Hospital, Abuja, where he was initially being treated of prostrate cancer.

Confirming the incident to newsmen in Lokoja on Tuesday, the Chief Registrar of Kogi State High Court, Barrister Yahaya Adamu, said the battle over Mr. Aguye’s illness started since two years ago when he was diagnosed of the disease.

He added that with quick and appropriate intervention of the family and the judiciary, the deceased received the right and necessary medical treatment.

According to him “The late Aguye was taken to the National Hospital where he was treated to the extent that he even started driving his car by himself having survived the critical stage of the illness that also affected his spine.

“You see, when it all started, we thought it was one of those usual ailments. But when it became obvious that he needed to be handled by specialists we headed for the National Hospital.

“He was subsequently placed on drugs and periodic examinations by the hospital which we consistently complied with and running between 400,000 and 500,000 naira monthly, depending on the result of the tests.”
He indicated that with the cooperation of the family and others they were coping with the management of the illness. However, he said problem started with his treatment as from the middle of last year when Kogi State Judiciary started facing funding crises.

“At this point, his salary, allowances and even the little assistance the judiciary was giving him ceased to come anymore. His care suddenly became the exclusive responsibility of the wife and the family alone.”

He said the burden became so much for the wife coupled with the children’s demands.

“As a matter of fact, before he finally gave up the ghost, he was withdrawn from the National Hospital for lack of fund! It’s at the critical point of his death that he was rushed back to the hospital by which time it was already too late.

“I am very sorry to say that even as we subscribe to the will of Almighty Allah, who gives and takes life, you and I know certainly that sometimes there are deaths that are avoidable.
“In this particular one, we feel it may have been further delayed if we had continued to manage his ailment as we were doing in the past before the judiciary was financially grounded.”

The Chief Registrar however appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to plead with Governor Yahaya Bello, to save Kogi judiciary and the state from similar calamities by releasing the judiciary funds to enable it pay the nine months owed the workers.
He confirmed that many others are hospitalized, their children withdrawn from schools and some even homeless resulting from tenancy problems with their respective landlords” the Chief Registrar added.

Chairman , Kogi State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Comrade Emmanuel Waniko while commenting on the death said “We have buried the deceased and we are still mourning, we plead that if truly, “monies amounting to several months salaries due to Kogi State Civil Servants working in the Judiciary are sitting in the banks” Governor Bello should kindly order the payment of judiciary subventions to avoid further agonies”
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Humanitarian ministry moves to ensure transparency in its activities

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has recently organised a Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop and Orientation on its Interventions, Inventory and Logistics Dashboard for its Agencies and Partners.This was contained in a statement that was issued by media adviser to the minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze.It indicated that the workshop which took place at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre was designed to ensure that systems are in place for accountability and transparency in all activities of the Ministry, its Agencies, Programmes, and Partners. 
According to the Director Planning Research and Statistics Mr Raphael Oraeluno, the workshop is to ensure transparency in the activities of the agencies, programmes and partners of the ministry which requires reliable data in the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation system.
“The importance of reliable data cannot be overemphasized, and this is a step in ensuring that adequate processes are put in place for effective monitoring and reporting”.
In attendance at the workshop were all Agencies of the Ministry  including  the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI); North East Development Commission (NEDC); National Agency for Prohibition and Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP); National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPwD); Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Development Partners and Non-Governmental Organizations.

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Disability commission challenges ministers on mainstreaming of disability in development

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The Executive secretary of the National Commission for Persons with Disabilities James David Lalu has expressed concern that ministers and heads of agencies of Government do not understand the importance of mainstreaming of disability in development.

Speaking yesterday at the International Day of Persons Living With Disability, he said ministers and other heads of Government agencies should not just make promises on mainstreaming but should approach the ministry of Humanitarian affairs to properly grasp what mainstreaming of disability in development actualy entails.
He said such ministries and agencies that have something to do with the Humanitarian ministry should approach the ministry to learn about mainstreaming of disability in development
“Talking about mainstreaming of disability in development, inclusion of disability in development one very important things.
“I want to say that our ministers that are here should volunteer to come to the humanitarian affairs ministry one day to learn about mainstreaming of disability in development.
“Today is one of the most important day in the disable community in Nigeria. It is a day we stand together with all people to recognize the value and importance of the contribution of the disability community in Nigeria.”Sincerely speaking I like to state here that since independence the disability community had never had it so good as it is happening in this Government.”President Muhammadu Buhari remained the only Presdent that has treated disability in Nigeria more positively.”He came and put in place the national disability act to protect the rights of people with disability in Nigeria. “Again he moved on to provide the establishment of the National Commission for persons with disability, which gave me the opportunity to stand here before you and speak as the executive secretary of the commission.” He described the humanitarian minister Sadiya Umar Farouq as mother of persons with disability in Nigeria.”I think what she has done is something that will be indelible on the minds of persons with disabilities for ever.”When she assumed office as the minister the first thing she took as priority is the establishment of the commission for persons with disabilities.”I remember when I was watching her on Television from Jos last international day for persons with disability her commitment was the establishment of a commission for PLWD and she lived up to it and today I am here standing here from Jos to Abuja.” He said from now henceforth in the next few years the disability community may have no more excuses again because “we have been given the act, we have been given the commission, now is the time for us to make the necessary impact in the disability community.”

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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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