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NEWMAP plan to make communities take ownership of projects

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In a bit to avoid failure of its projects the Nigerian Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has decided to involve the communities by making them take ownership for better monitoring to ensure its success and sustainability.
Kogi State Project Coordinator of NEWMAP, Bar. Ladi Jatto, in a chat with newsmen, explained that the project’s target is aimed at bringing succor to communities ravaged by erosion and land degradation in the state.
The federal government in collaboration with the World Bank and Kogi State government had commenced action to addressing the menace of erosion threatening many communities across the state.
Kogi is amongst the 7 states selected to benefit from the World Bank’s 8 years Strategic Investment Loan (SIL) of $508.59 million meant to ameliorate the effect of environmental degradation in the affected states.
The coordinator said members of the benefiting communities are being sensitized on the essence of the project and the need to buy into it through active participation so that the project would be sustainable when executed.
“If you look at previous projects why they failed is because the communities were not carried along at all. But NEWMAP project is going to involve the communities, the grass roots, not just involving them but they will be part of it, participate in it and make impute.
“We are going to form community associations of five committees they would be liaising between the project, the contractors on site and the people. The project is going to involve everyone because the project is theirs. It is not going to be business as usual.”
She explained that the sensitisazion which they were about to embark on is going to create awareness amongst people on the need to sustain the project since it is not good you start something that would not be sustained. 
“We need the community to be part of it to protect the project and also to let them know the reason why they should keep their environment clean, plant trees and construct houses with adequate drainage system.”
She said the project is of different stages of articulation and identification stage, preparation and studies and the implementation stage. 
“We are at the implementation stage and studies. Under this implementation stage we will be preparing the terms of reference, the designs and everything in preparation for the implementation of the project.
“It is a kind of project that is going to involve everyone they have to own the project, because the project is theirs”
She identified the fact that the State has so many ecological challenges given its topography and the presence of two major rivers. 
“NEWMAP has actually come to put smile on the faces of Kogi people because the target is to reduce the suffering of people that are being affected by gully erosion and other forms of land degradation”, she said.

According to her, six erosion sites cutting across six local government areas of the state have already been identified to benefit from the project in the first instance.

The erosion sites to benefit from the intervention according to her include Etahi erosion site in Okene LGA, Ankpa Erosion site, in Ankpa, Ogane-Aji erosion site in Dekina, Ozuri erosion site in Adavi, Omigbo erosion site in Kabba Bunu and Ugwolawo erosion site in Ofu.

She said the Kogi State government has been supportive of the project which she noted, would reduce the suffering of the people when fully implemented.

“We believe that the support is going to be continuous and I’m sure with the level of the governor’s commitment to the project, he will not default in paying counterpart funds”, she said.

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PLWD, CSOs call on Kogi govt to gazette state laws

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By Friday Idachaba

Kogi chapter of Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on the State Government to urgently gazette all laws passed by the state Legislative Assembly from 2016 to date.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the call was made at a Media Roundtable with PWD members organised by The Leprosy Mission Nigeria (TLMN) in collaboration with Kogi Non-Governmental Organisations Network (KONGONET) on Friday in Lokoja.

TLMN Programme Officer in the state the media roundtable Mrs Hannah Fashona, was part of a five-year strategic development plan for Kogi Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to address issues of vulnerable groups in the state.

Chairman of the State PWD Mr Aromeh Ibrahim, said the implementation or enforcement of the laws passed by the House of Assembly and assented to by Gov. Yahaya Bello over the last five years had been cumbersome due to inaccessibility to the laws.

Ibrahim regretted that since the Disability law with provisions for establishment of Disability Office or Commission was passed and assented to in 2018, no part of it has been implemented.

Against this backdrop, the chairman appealed to the state government to domesticate the law to conform with the national and gazette it to enable uniform implementation across the country.

In same vein, Mr Idris Muraina, Chairman, KONGONET, in his submission also appealed to the state government to gazette all the laws passed and assented to from 2016 to date.

“One of such laws is the “Law to Establish the Disability Office, Guarantee and Protect the Rights of Persons Living With Disabilities and for other Matters connected Therewith, 2018” passed and assented to in December, 2018.

“The other is the ‘Law to provide for the Establishment of Youth Development Commission, Implementation of Sustainable Youth Policy and other matters connected therewith, 2018.’ duly passed and assented to by the governor”, he said.

In her contribution Director Rehabilitation, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Mrs Elizabeth Adegbola, said government was doing everything possible for People Living With Disabilities to excel.

chairman Association of persons living with leprosy Alhaji Bello Jibrin, said the level of stigmatization for people living with leprosy related disability is higher and therefore called for increased sensitization and awareness.

Also speaking Queen Christopher decried stigmatization against women with disabilities saying, “if this law is domesticated and enforced, it will go a long way in checking the trend.”

State Coordinator of “Association of Orphans and Vulnerable Children NGOs in Nigeria” Mr Nathaniel Abaniwo, said children with disabilities where more vulnerable and suffer more in school and play environments and therefore called for speedy implementation of the disability law. (NAN)

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The National Chairman  Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSTCOM), High chief Benjamin Style Tamaranebi has asked the general public to disregard any other group claiming the acronym of HOSTCOM to defraud Federal Government.
He spoke against the background of a faceless group led by one Mike Emuh, HRM Diete Spiff, Chief Jasper Jumbo and Wellington Okirika that has been claiming to represent HOSTCOM.
This was contained in a press statement he issued in Abuja and was made available to the NationalUpdate on Saturday.


According to him, the group had issued a public notice of a three days Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Portharcourt on Gas flaring scheduled for Friday 26th, November.
He cautioned the general public to disregard the notice as it was not emanating from HOSTCOM which is an umbrella body of all host communities.
According to him, “A few unpatriotic individuals have gone to the pages of the news papers to call for fictitious AGM meeting after which a conference will be held in the name of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committees of Host Communities.
“Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HostCom) is one indivisible body. An umbrella body representing all Hosts and 50km radius any Project site with registration No. 23281. “For the avoidance of doubt, There is no known organization by the name HOSTCON, therefore why impersonate and use the name of our duly recognized association for illegality and by extension, causing security concerns thereby threatening the Federal Government in disguise.
“lt is disheartening and jaw breaking that those expected to maintain sanity and decorum as elder statesmen are the ones fueling the ember of disintegration and unity all in the name of Gas flare penalty fund through conspiracy, impersonation to cause disunity amongst members of the Host Communities of Nigeria and by extension the entire Country of Nigeria.”
He therefore drew the attention of the general public and relevant government agencies the fact that there is no leadership rift in HOSTCOM as it is duly registered with CAC and has a structured National leadership tenure for its executives.


“The initial leadership tussle rift in the organization was laid to rest by the judgment of the Oba of Benin, which was followed by court judgment that confirmed the leadership and legal Board of Trustees with patent rights of High ~Chief (Dr) Benjamin Style Tamanarebi (JP). “Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HostCom) is a noble and famous grass root institution devoid of criminal tendencies.”
The chairman expressed the determination of HOSTCOM to resist any form of intimidation by few individuals adding that would not allow any group or groups of persons to use Hostcom in disguise to perpetuate criminality and militancy.
“HostCom will join forces with federal government for Host Communities sustainable development, to curb bunkering, crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism, kidnapping and anti social vises.
“Michael Emuh, King Diete Spiff, Chief Wellington Okirika, Chief Jasper Jumbo and others are not registered members of the board of Trustees of HostCom with registration No. 23281.
“Therefore they lack the jurisdiction, and the capacity to speak for, Host the e name Host Communities.
He said the group is impersonating the host communities adding that their activities are unacceptable as they have become a threat to the Federal Government with their intent to cause a breach of peace in the Niger Delta.
The chairman said as PRO of Late Chief Alfred Bubor executive committee, Michael Emuh was sacked and a disclaimer placed on him due to criminal activities of scamming people in disguise of cooperative loans, modular refinery and pipeline surveillance jobs.

“Michael Emuh and King Diete Spiff have been fraudulently misrepresenting Host Communities National executives.”

“It is repugnant and against natural justice that a faceless group would ridicule highly respected, noble and credible monarchs and elder statesmen such as the Oba of Benin who is the live Patron, His Eminence King Dr Emund M Daukoru, FIC CON, MEINGI XII Amayanabo of NEMBE as Board Chairman, Chief EK Clark as Grand Patron, HRM King Owong BASSEY Achianga TROMPCON CHAIRMAN/ BOARD of Trustees Hostcom to mention but a few.

He said the Country holds the respected personalities in high esteem and therefire cannot be found to associate with groups or fraudulent persons with criminal background and activities.

“The usage and publication of unapproved names of some of the highly respected and noble monarchs, kings and elder statesmen for nefarious, self centered interest and activities in the region due to the Gas flare penalty fund is despicable in all ramification.

“The Vanguard publication on pages 26 of the 26th of November 2020 by the conveners is fraudulent, impersonating and ridiculous, provoking the anger of the nobles, elders and statesmen as it does not represent the Executive members and Board of Trustees of  HostCom.”
However, he condemn the recent attack on the major crude lines describing it as senseless as the facilities belongs to all.
He therefore decried the consequences of environmental degradation to the environment and desecration to the eco-system which he said is a taboo.
‘You don’t destroy what belongs to you. To put the records straight any federal assets and facilities belongs to you and I, so why vandalize or attack it causing more damage to our soil and environment.”
He said it’s better to jaw-jaw than war, war!

He called on all and sundry toJoin hands with the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HostCom) and continue to highlight the developmental, environmental, livelihood, security, resource control and governance challenges in the region.

“Gas flare penalty fund is a chip off the iceberg compared to our statutory rights and sustainable development.

“HostCom doors are wide open for all patriotic respected sons and daughters of the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oi and Gas (HostCom) you are all welcome with open hands to support and make your contributions to move the region to greater heights.
“Be a voice of reasoning and moderation in the midst of all the anger, despair and war mongering by the different stakeholders and Actors.”

“We notify the general public, the federal authorities and all relevant agencies to intensify efforts to ensure that the looming danger posed by this publication and conference is curbed in the bud to avoid a breakdown of law and order and blood bath. “The publication is faning the embers of discord as it has become a threat to the national unity.
“We believe the Federal Government recognizes the need for peace, socioeconomic and infrastructural development, alternative livelihood solutions, diversification of the economy of the region and the urgent need for a coherent Niger Delta Developmental Action Plan.”
He also called on the Federal Government to ensure that Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HostCom) are engaged in the decision making process of the regulatory Boards and authorities of the Oil and Gas industries and investment.

“No Niger Delta Patriotic citizen in any pressure group or those in elective positions should play politics with the socio-economic and infrastructural development, alternative livelihood to disenfranchise HOSTCOM as a result of the gas flare penalty funds.’


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Humanitarian minister flags off Rural Women cash grant in Gombe

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Humanitarian minister flags off Rural Women cash grant in Gombe

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and  Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has flagged off the Rural women’s Cash Grant of N20, 000 each in Gombe state
The Minister stated that the grant is expected to increase their access to financial capital required for economic activities since rural women contribute to the national economy through small scale businesses. 

She urged rural women in Gombe state to use the one-off cash grant given to them by the federal government to improve the lives of their families. 

“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. We believe that  with the complementary effort of His Excellency, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the Executive Governor of Gombe State, the target beneficiaries will be on their way out of poverty to prosperity”.

In his remarks, the Governor  Inuwa Yahaya described the flag-off of the Rural women’s Grant Project in  Gombe state as timely.
He  said that the grant which means a lot to Gombe state government will assist the rural women to take care of their families and their petty businesses.

“I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention during the pandemic and for steering this one-off grant for rural women in the country. The federal government’s directive to disburse immediate cash to rural women in Gombe state  is highly appreciated and  apt.

“Rural women are the backbone of our economy as eighty percent of women are peasant farmers, toiling day and night to sustain their families. This grant of twenty thousand naira to about 20O women in this state means a lot to our women and the state government and it will help them to cater to their families, farms and their small scale businesses. 

“Other Federal government interventions like Trader Moni, Market moni and Farmer Moni are also needed and like Oliver Twist, we will keep asking for more,” Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated.

The Minister later performed the symbolic Cash Transfer of N20,000 to some women in the state. 
The Rural Women’s Cash Grant is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. A 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 for Rural Women programme was introduced in 2020 as part of President Mohammadu Buhari’s social inclusion and poverty reduction agenda, including the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. 

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