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NGOs, CSOs in Lokoja kick against draconian bill at the National Assembly

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Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have kicked against a bill presented to regulate their activities describing it as the work of an idle member lacking in ideas that can better the welfare of his own constituents at the National Assembly.
The Organizations that gathered in Lokoja at a one-day sensitisation program yesterday said the member who has failed his people woefully dusted a bill presented in 2011 to get cheap popularity.
They described his labour at presenting a failed bill as a fraud because he photocopied some other persons work that did not see the light of day only for him to append his signature to claim some.cresit.
This is coming against the background that the Member representing Lokoja/Kotokarfe Federal constituency, Honourable Umar Buba Jubril had recently sponsored a bill seeking among other things, a regulatory body for proper supervision, monitoring and coordination of the CSOs and NGOs in the country.
Buba who lamented the high influx of CSOs and NGOs in the country argued that they lack legal framework that supervises their mode of operations and funding.
They unanimously called on the member to immediately discontinue the sponsorship of the bill for the interest of his constituents, that of Kogi and Nigeria at large.
The Executive Secretary of the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria(CiSHAN), Mr Walter Ugwuocha indicated that the action of Honourable Buba is a direct attempt to stifle the growing democracy and its tenets which among them, permits freedom of association.
Ugwuocha noted that the bill if allowed to see the light of the day, will have adverse effects on the common man as genuine developmental projects previously undertaken by them will be stifled due to excessive control of their budget by the government.
”Every NGOs goes through external auditing from the big four once in a year.Whereas for the past sixteen years, the Federal Ministry of Health for instance, does not have audited account. Why are we not asking questions in this regard? 
”When donors funds are missing, it is always traced back to Federal Government’s coffers and not the CSOs and NGOs. It is therefore an infringement of our Fundamental Human Rights on the part of the lawmaker to seek government’s regulations of our activities when there are other burning national issues”, he stated.
Chairman Kogi network of NGOs Adejoh Mathew Victor said they are very concerned about the bill because it does not in any way add value to the work they are doing as NGOs or as NGOs and as civil society. 
“We are raising our voices in condemnation of this bill because what the bill wants to achieve is uncalled for at this point our development in the country and so we will want to advise the member to drop the bill.
“When you setup a regulatory committee it would regulate people’s ability to voluntarily serve their own country. You are now wanting to acquire access to organizations whose income depend on the of generosity of other individuals.”
He indicated that though the bill is seeking to fight mismanagement, for accountability and transparency.
The chairman said they are transparent enough, with their work plans as they are registered with CAC and also operate accounts based on EFCC regulations.
‘So what other regulations is he asking after?’
The Kogi state coordinator of the Network Against Child Trafficking and Labour, Mr John Amabi who described the action of Honorable Buba as unfortunate said Civil Society Organizations is bedrock of democracy of in any civil nation and attempt to regulate them is an open invitation of draconian rules.
“Civil society is the reason for democracy, without CSOs there is no democracy because when the Military was holding the country at the jugular the United Nations used the instruments of civil Society to knockout the military. 
“Now the beneficiaries of that struggle; politicians are now trying to cage the CSOs and indirectly they are inviting the military to stage a come back.”
Amabi who urged Honourable Buba to sponsor bills that have direct positive effects on his Lokoja/Koton-Karfe constituency and Nigeria at large said Kogi state needs more Federal government presence in terms of facilities as against the bill which he described as “anti-democratic”.
“The only reason Nigeria is enjoying the new found democracy is because the military is afraid of the strength of CSOs and their network in the country and I am saying the Bill is against democracy and not just against the civil society as it appears.”
He appealed to the legislator to withdraw the bill for his good name because when he was having it rough with his party it was the CSOs that rallied round him to get the mandate not for him to go there to sponsor a bill against his benefactors. 

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RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria

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RCCG throne Room Parish observes Prayer walk in Abuja to heal Nigeria

By John Danjuma

The Reedemed Christain Church of God (RCCG) Throne Room Parish,  Transcorp Hilton Abuja yesterday joined its counterparts in over 190 countries to mark the global prayer work in Abuja.
Members of the church led by the pastor in charge of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Transcorp Hilton Congress Hall, Tunde Benjamin’s-Laniyi marched from the hotel to the Federal secretariat while supplicating for Nigeria in he perilous times the country found itself.
The members who were holding different bill boards with inscriptions such as ‘God heal Nigeria’ were all in prayer mood as they trudged in the procession.
Pastor Benjamin’s-Laniyi who is also the pastor in charge of youth Province 11 that cover this Abuja, Nassarawa, Kogi, Kwara and Niger and Benue State said the country needs divine intervention.

“We need divine intervention, it is a mandate that God gave to us and God Says everywhere RCCG is in over 190 nations of the earth.
“What we are doing right here now is being done everywhere that on the 21st of this month our pastor declared that we walk round and pray.
“We pray these powerful prayer points, firstly we are praying for revival in the land that will usher in a great harvest to the Kingdom.
“We are praying for our nation that God almighty will help Nigeria, that God will help the President, the ministers,  Governors and all our leaders and even the populace so that Nigeria will be great again, we are trusting that God almighy will back them up we are crying out saying Almighty have mercy upon the country. “Lord do something, we are asking for divine intervention, we are asking for divine interuption to the benefit of the country. We asking saying Lord, it is high time that Nigeria should be mentioned in the comity of nations not a country that is in glorious but a country that carries the Glory of God.
“We are saying that Nigeria is a good Land, Nigeria is good, we are saying in the precious name of Jesus God intervene in our country and Lord Syrenghten our leaders, enable them, empower to bring this nation to a place of your glorious expression of your power because Nigeria is a country that is destined to be great.” “”We are saying God, Lord over our nation, let theatre fly again that is what we are praying for and we are trusting God that in the name of Jesus the supernatural, we are praying that the father of Jesus Christ, the God of all creation, the one who made the stars, the moon, the cloud, he is the God of all ages, the Alfa and Omega, the ancient of days, he is known as the God of all creation and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. “We are saying Lord God of humanity, you are the one that has the power, you can still do things that you do most. So we are coming here and involving God in our nation
When asked about whether God has turned his back on Nigeria after so much prayers the problems are still there, he said, “Faith without work is dead we thank God for what we have seen, if it was not for God the situation would have been worse but we are also prayering but it is not only prayer  we must couple our prayers with the right action that delivers the work, faith is justified by the works. “Faith without works is dead, it is not just praying. What about he governing principles behind our action all these things will have to be addressed and that is why we are saying Lord we are declaring this, we are advocating for this, we are standing for this, that all of us as a people will begin to agree with God we begin to cooperate with God in bringing  his will to come to pass in our lives because it takes two to tango.”


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HOSTCOM insists on a definite commitment to ending gas flaring by operating companies

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HOSTCOM insists on a definite commitment to ending gas flaring by operating companies

The Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas in Nigeria (HOSTCOM) have brought to the front burner once again the consequential effect and impacts of gas flaring on the environment, ecosystem, climate change, agriculture, cultural heritage, livelihood and health of the Oil and Gas producing States and Communities.
The National President of HOSTCOM HOSTCOM
High Chief (Dr) Benjamin Style Tamanarebi enumerated the consequences of gas flaring raised the issues when he appeared before the House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee on ending gas flaring.
This was contained in a press statement he signed personally and was issued in Abuja on Sunday.
He said there was need for being proactive in ensuring that an early date for ending gas flaring is not jeopardised by the the Operating Companies who evade the effective compliance of regulatory laws and policies towards ending gas flaring without recourse to the Host Communities.
“More worrisome is
the inconsistency in the dates to end gas flaring, which has just been
shifted to 2025.
“This is despicable and unacceptable in the way and manner Host Communities are given little on no regard in the petroleum investment
without recourse to their livelihood and Sustainable Development.
This he said is expedient in the light of Ending Gas flaring, Environmental degradation, Climate
Change, Gas Recovery & Utilization, Gas Resources, Regulatory Compliance
and the Host Communities Producing Oil and Gas Sustainable Development
and Development Sustainability.
HOSTCOM recommended,
“That a Special Technical regulatory compliance monitoring unit be
set-up and shall be made-up of the Representatives of the
Ministry of Petroleum, DPR, Federal Ministry of Environment
NOSDRA, Representative of the House Committee on Environment/Habitat and the Host Communities of Nigeria
Producing Oil and Gas. “The terms of reference amongst others according him
should include, That the local regulatory laws and policies be reviewed in line with the UNFCCC CDM criteria and other international laws and
regulations to enhance the sustainable development of HostCom.
“That the penalty funds be remitted to the Host Communities and gas utilization nodes be provided for the Host Communities
Producing Oil and Gas to enhance their livelihood and social
advancement.
He also pointed out that a cryogenic plant model be installed on all the fields to end
gas flare and recover/optimize flared and natural gas.
However, he expressed satisfaction with the acknowledgement of the Ad -hoc Committee Chairman, Rt. Hon. Nicholas Mutu, the Minister of State Petroleum, Minister of Environment, NNPC GMD, Director DPR on the Operating Companies remarks l on the consequential effect and impacts of gas flaring on the environment, ecosystem, climate change, agriculture, cultural heritage, livelihood and health of the Oil and Gas producing States and Communities.

According to him, it is expedient and instructive that a field to field basis gas recovery plant model such as the
cryogenic plant be installed and nodes for the creation of gas hub
centers be established in the Producing States and Communities.
“Establishment of the Gas trains should not be in Bonny alone, but be established in other major producing Oil and Gas States.
He pointed out that the upcoming trains 1-7 is concentrated in
Bonny alone; whereas the gas is gathered from various major
Producing Oil and Gas States.
He recommended that the bonny delivery point and nodes be modified to create a gas hub center to the Producing States and Communities.
The president also wish that the extant regulations on environment, the DPR
regulations and Local Content Act needed to be urgently reviewed to enhance the inherent sustainable development of Host States and Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas
to contain all the local and global indices for sustainable
development.
He also expressed the desire that every draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
copy by the Operating Companies be sent to the Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas for their inputs
and evaluation to ensure that the draft demonstrates the
adequate compliance to all the indices of sustainable development
and evidence to end Gas flaring.
“The review should be done with the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Operating Company,
DPR, and the HOST Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gasas the major stakeholders and mouth piece of the grassroots in line with the UNFCCC CDM criteria.
He indicated that HOSTCOM position on 10% equity shareholding is not negotiable.
He demanded that the Gas Master Plant be reviewed to accommodate Gas hub
centers to stimulate industrialization of the Producing States and Communities.
“Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas be included in the regulatory Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Agencies to ensure effective implementation of the laws and policies.
“As direct recipients of Gas Flare negative effect, HostCom deserve to be a beneficiary in the investment of domestic gas utilization obligation therefore, recommend that the principle of the Rights to First Refusal be applied to Gas allocation and be made available to HostCom as part of their Sustainable Development.”
Tamanarebi at the beginning of his presentation rendered an unreserved apologies to the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on ending gas flaring regarding the incident that took place on the floor of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee public hearing on the PIB when he was attacked by a faceless person claiming to be HOSTCOM parallel leader.
He stated that the attack was a sponsored assault against the voice of the voiceless in the Producing Oil and Gas Communities regarding HostCom’s position of 10% equity shareholding; whereas the initial PIB presentation at the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the PIB public hearing was peaceful evidenced in this recent presentation on ending gas flaring.

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Dangote Cement donates 10 tricycles to host communities

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By Friday Idachaba

Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant in Kogi, has donated 10 tricycles, popularly known as Keke NAPEP, to host communities as part of its corporate social responsibility and enhance peaceful and harmonious relationship.

The Plant Director of the company, Mr J. V. Gungune, while presenting the items to the four plant and mining communities on Sunday, said the gesture was part of efforts to engender harmonious relationships between the company and the host communities.

Gungune, who was represented by Haruna Adinoyi, General Manager, Human Resources and Administration of the company, said that the firm was appreciative of the host communities’ supports for its operations.

He said that the donation was meant to provide livelihood support for some members of the benefitting plant and mining communities, including Obajana, Akpata, Iwaa and Oyo, all represented by their respective traditional rulers.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Bajana of Obajana, Oba Idowu Isenibi, described the donation as timely, saying that it would support business and transportation in the communities.

The Oba of Iwaa community, Francis Migbole, also expressed the appreciation of his community to the company, while commending the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, for his efforts at transforming the economies of the host communities.

In his remarks, the Deputy General Manager, Community Relations and Special Duties, Mr Ademola Adeyemi, said that the tricycles would aid movement of members of the affected communities.

Adeyemi said that the effort was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to enhance harmonious relationship, adding that while Obajana was a plant community, Akpata, Iwaa and Oyo were mining communities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that only recently, the company funded cooperative societies in the communities, while it had just completed a multi-billion naira Obajana-Kabba concrete road, adjudged to be the longest concrete road in the country. (NAN)
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