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NGOs, CSOs in Lokoja stage protests against bill

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NGOs, CSOs in Lokoja stage protests against bill

By John Akubo, Lokoja

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have described the recent presentation of a bill to regulate their activities as the work of an idle member lacking in ideas that can better the welfare of his own constituents at the National Assembly.
The Organisations that gathered in Lokoja at a one-day sensitisation programme yesterday said the member who has failed his people woefully dusted a bill presented in 2011 to get cheap popularity.
They described his effort at presenting a failed bill as a fraud because he copied some other persons work that did not see the light of day only for him to append his signature to pretend that he is working.
This is coming against the backdrop 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 organisations 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 Honourable Buba as unfortunate said Civil Society Organisations 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.”

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FG flags off cash grant distribution to rural women, WLWD in Katsina

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In its bid to cushion the effects of covid -19 pandemic across the country, the Federal Government has flagged off the distribution of cash grant to rural women/women with disabilities in Katsina.

The minister of Humanitarian Affairs , Disaster Managemen and Social Development SadiyaUmar-Farouk, performed the symbolic distribution of the cash along side the Executive Secretary National Commission for Persons with Disabilities Mr James David Lalu Thursday.
The minister indicated that the program which has over 6,700 beneficiaries drawn from all rural areas of the state also have over one-third of the number of women with various forms of disabilities.

“The cash grant of #20,000 each to the beneficiaries is expected to reduce the economic hardship and stabilize income base of the beneficiaries.”

The Executive Secretary while admonishing the beneficiaries in general and women with disabilities in particular, charged them to judiciously make use of the funds to improve their living standards.

Speaking further the NCPWD boss said the  kind gesture being extended to women with Disabilities by the Federal government is a welcome development.
He said it is expected that the programme will be of great benefit to over 5000 women with Disabilities across the country.
He therefore expressed  appreciation to the president and world Bank for keying into the lofty projects.

The Executive Secretary also expressed profound gratitude to the Minister for always ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are included in her scheme of things.

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Community leader advocates Joint Hunters, Community Policing synergy to check crime

By Friday Idachaba

National President, Egume-Ome Descendants Union (EODU) Alhaji Mohamed Ibrahim Lawal, has called for synergy between local hunters and community policing with security agents as plausible community security strategy.

Lawal who made the call at the Annual General Meeting of the Union held at Community Comprehensive Secondary school, Egume in Dekina local government area on Thursday said the call had become necessary to curb the rising crime wave.

He pointed out that the current trend of kidnapping and armed robbery had not only discouraged indigenes and stakeholders from the area residing in other parts of the country from coming home.

This, according to him, is adversely affecting general development and investments in rural communities in the country putting the livelihood and econony of rural and Community dwellers in jeopardy.

The National President commended the constitution of Conflict Resolution Committee on Farmers/Fulani herdsmen by the community saying that it had restored confidence and peaceful coexistence among the Herdsmen and Farmers in the area.

Lawal attributed the inability of the Executive Council of the union to implement its 2020 budget to the overwhelming security challenges and Farmers/Herdsmen crisis.

He said, “We can get it right if we embrace the right attitude, norms and skills in building the moral and social aspects of the Community”.

Mr Sunday Maji, national Vice President of the Union in his contribution, attributed the rising social vices among the youths in the community to laziness and “get rich quick syndrome” along youths.

Maji called on parents to ensure regular check on their children band wards to monitor their activities as government would not hesitate to deal with anybody caught indulging in criminal activities. (NAN)

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BOT approves 9 new Caretaker committee members for ICDA

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By Friday Idachaba

The Board of Trustees of Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA), has approved the appointment of nine more members to reposition the Caretaker Committee of the socio-cultural association for efficient service delivery.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Dr Simeon Oyiguh and Mr David Ogwu, Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lokoja.

The statement said that nomination of the nine new members was aimed at fortifying the Interim National Caretaker Committee with the right personalities and capable hands to rijig the body for the task of repositioning Igala nation for a better tomorrow.

According to the statement, among the new nominees is Comrade Goodman Akwu, a Rights Activist, Ocholi Onoja, Yunusa Ilani and comrade Kabiru Tijani.

Others are Comrade Shitu Danjuma Jibrin, Prince Enema Sani Obaje, Barrister Ahmed Salifu, Comrade Emmanuel Omattah and Comrade Umar Oyibo.

The BOT however, called on the general public especially the Igala ethnic nationality to disregard the purported inauguration of a parallel Board of Trustees by some members of the defunct Executive Council led by Sadiq Amodu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the defunct EXCO was dissolved on June 15, by the Board of Trustees with the late Attah-Igala, Dr Micheal Idakwo Ameh-Oboni ll formally ratifying the dissolution.

The Royal Father also endorsed the constitution of a 20-member Interim National Working Committee to run the affairs of the formost socio-cultural association in the kingdom, the ICDA in the interim.

NAN further reports that with the injection of the nine new members, the Committee chaired by Chief Samuel Oyibo, the interim committee now has 29 members. (NAN)

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