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The executive director Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Miliki Abdul has berated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for taking a loan of N10B for payment of workers salary without following due process.

He was reacting to Governor Bello’s utterances in a recent Interview he granted to newsmen at the Presidential Villa where he said he took loans of N10B to pay workers in the Sate.
Abdul who made the observation in a press statement that was made available to the Guardian yesterday queried that Governments can not unilaterally take loans without the approval of the State House of Assembly adding that the issue was never a subject of debate on the floor of the assembly which the center is always conversant with.
He said, “The biggest issue here is the N10b claimed to have been borrowed to offset the salaries of Kogi Workers. Who approved the said N10b and when?
“Can a state Government obtain a loan of N10b without the Approval of the State Assembly?
According to him, as a civil society organization working in the Kogi State House of Assembly in the last 9 years, that has participated in the various public hearings, organized seminars and workshops for the Assembly, initiated bills that had been passed by the Assembly, he never witnessed when such Loan requests was read on the floor, debated and approved by the relevant committees.
He challenged the Kogi State House of Assembly to respond to the fundamental issue or it would be considered that the Assembly had approve it secretly without the knowledge of the people of Kogi State who sent them there.
Abdul also observed that the recent screening exercise which culminated in more hardship for civil servants had broyght various crisis including non-payment of salaries of civil servants and pensioners in Kogi State, Including the local government workers.
He said though the Government had been lucky to receive Billions of Naira from statutory allocation, Bailout and Paris Club refund the State has been enmesh in crises due to irregular and non payment of salary in some cases
“More worrisome and alarming, on Friday 5th January 2018, at the Presidential villa Abuja, the Governor pronounced to the whole world while briefing the media that he had paid ‘all salaries arrears” to end of December 2017. And he further stated that he went ahead to borrow 10B Naira in addition to the November/December statutory allocation from federation account as reported in the media.”
Another group ‎Kogi Democratic Group (KDG) debunked the Governor claims of stable security arrangement and up-to-date payment of workers salaries in Kogi State.

In a statement released by the group’s spokesman, Abdul Abdul, KDG said Governor Bello has perfected the art of lying by continuous misinformation.

The group, according to Abdul, found it expedient to react to the Governor’s claims that there have been no records of crimes in the state in the last 60 days.
Contrary to the Governor’s claim, he stated that Kogi people are being kidnapped and robbed on a daily basis in the state.

“Barely two months ago, the police in Kogi confirmed the killing of two police officers and the abduction of an expatriate by unknown gunmen at a construction site along Obajan-Oshokoshoko-Kabba road in the state. The abducted expatriate, Mr Jose Machada, a Portuguese civil engineer, later died while in captivity.

“On November 2, 2017, the Area Superintendent of The Apostolic Church, Lokoja, Pastor Alfred Funsho Amode narrated how he escaped being kidnapped around Osara village along Lokoja-Okene highway.
Abdul said Kogi workers and pensioners have left the governor to God’s judgment for his consistent lies and misleading utterances after refusing to pay them their entitlements but resorted to payment of half salaries from one month to four months when it was owing some of them 21 to 24 months.

He said the people of Kogi did not, at any fora, endorse ‎President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.
Abdul stated that Governor Bello made the utterances in his capacity as the chief executive of Kogi State but not reflecting the wishes of the people.

“The current administration in Kogi and Nigeria has not done anything credible to warrant people’s acceptance for re-election. The imposition of Governor Yahaya Bello on Kogi State has brought untold hardship on Kogites and by extension Nigerians.”

He urged the anti graft agency, EFCC, to look into erratic pensions and workers’ salary payment in Kogi as Governor Bello’s claim to have borrowed 10 billion Naira to pay salaries is a naked lie concocted to cover up his financial recklessness.

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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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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable in the Church

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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