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NOWA will also get NSIP benefits says humanitarian minister

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In her bid to empower women, children and youths through the Social Investment Programs, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has given her word on a plan to support the Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA)
The special adviser to the Minister on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze quoted the minister Sadiya Umar Farouq to have given the indication when the Executive Members of the Association led by its National President and wife of the Chief of Naval Staff Hajiya Nana Aisha Gambo paid her a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Minister thanked NOWA for improving the lives of indigent women and children in the society while urging the association to take advantage of the social welfare initiative created by the Federal government to address poverty and help increase economic development for women, youths and children.

“Considering that the vision of both the Ministry and your Association is to improve the overall well-being of the society, particularly vulnerable groups, I believe that there are areas we can collaborate.

“Some of the clusters of the NSIP which the Naval Officers Wives Association can benefit from include the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) which provides free interest loans to small businesses and other vulnerable economic producers to improve their economic capacity and increase local production.
“There is a GEEP desk office in every local government, so you can encourage members to apply for these loans and be beneficiaries upon successful assessment.

“Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) supports the most vulnerable by providing them with cash to reduce poverty, improve nutrition and self-sustainability. Part of the CCT is the Rural Women Cash Grant which the Ministry gives, and so far, 376 NOWA women have benefitted nationally”.
 
The Minister also assured that if NOWA primary schools are assessed and proven to fall under the public primary schools category, they could benefit from the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) which focuses on increasing school enrollment of children and reducing malnutrition by providing free meals to school children, whilst engaging local cooks and farmers.

“The NOWA schools may wish to write to the Ministry to indicate their interest in benefitting from the school feeding programme so that they can be assessed and included in the proposed upscaling of the programme”.

Earlier, the National President of the Naval Officers’ Wives Association (NOWA) Hajiya Nana said that the association is involved in charitable projects in form of humanitarian assistance, skills acquisition and socio-economic empowerment activities, especially to indigent women and children in the society.
She noted that her Pet Project ’Clean Water’ which is to provide potable water to the vulnerable across the country has been extended to over 50 communities.

“This project was born at the realization that so many communities in Nigeria lack access to drinkable water. It is more distressing that some of these communities have been sharing the only available source of water with domestic animals in their midst.
Consequently, we decided to support the federal government by providing clean water to as many communities as possible. This is systematically designed to provide boreholes across the 36 states and the FCT. Over 50 borehole projects have been completed in various locations in Nigeria with beneficiaries in the FCT, Nassarawa, Kano, Rivers, Plateau,
Ekiti, Oyo, Abia, Edo, Cross River, Yobe and Gombe states.

Hajiya Nana stated that NOWA contributes to the socio- economic life and well being of Nigerians by providing quality education, vocational training as well as charitable activities and economic empowerment programs for women, orphans , youths amongst others and also sought the support of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in establishing a 200 bed hospital to take care of specialized medical problems of women and children in Nigeria.
“Women are mostly affected with breast Cancer, Fibroid, and Vesico Vaginal fistula VVF. This brought about the need to ask for a Centre to be dedicated to women and children within and outside the barracks. With the support of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs in providing medical and Humanitarian assistance to various people around the country, NOWA can partner in reaching out to the great needs of women and children nationwide. Hence, this is one of the reasons why we seek partnership with you to fulfill our mandate”.

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Use culture to tackle insecurity Actionaid urges, FG, State Govts

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By Friday Idachaba

ActionAid Nigeria, an international Non-Governmental Organisation, has called on Federal and State Governments to promote culture and use it to tackle insurgency and banditry in the country.

Resilience Prgram Coordinator with ActionAid Nigeria Mr Anicetus Atakpu
made the call while speaking with newsmen on the sideline of a cultural fiesta to mark the 2021 Global Peace Day on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Atakpu said that the theme of the fiesta, “Promoting Harmonious Cohabitation through Culture” was deliberately coined to promote culture above issues of ethnicity and religion that tend to divide Nigerians.

He regretted that the duo of religion and tribe had remained the major centrifugal forces tearing the nation apart and militating against its development and advancement.

“Tribalism has played a very strong role in promoting violence extremism and building conflicts in Nigeria.

“The most recent is the farmers, herders conflict, that has led to so much death. What we are doing today is to bring us back, to finding the solution to the problem itself.

“Culture is one good way of building harmony, and peaceful coexistence. We have been having this peaceful fiesta for the past three years, and we have come to restructure it.

“Rather than just gather youths to play, dance, we need to pass a message with it. We are trying to pass a message that will make people appreciate the oneness in us despite our cultural diversity.

“This year we have launched the cultural peace fiesta demonstrating our cultural diversity and making our youths and our teaming population understand that yes, we have diversity in culture, and our looks but we are still one.

“We can see ourselves as one, before we start thinking that we are Igala, Ebira Okun and Bassa or many more. Culture will play more role in making us one than dividing us,” he said.

Atakpu said that culture had been relegated to the background in the country in spite of the need to promote security, harmony and peaceful cohabitation through it.

“If the government can come up with a new model towards promoting our culture, the issue of kidnapping, insurgency, armed robbery will be a thing is the past,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the the Cultural Peace Fiesta was organised by ActionAid in collaboration with its implementing partners in Kogi, Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID).

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2023 Presidency: IPN Disowns Baba Ahmed

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*Says he can’t speak for the North

A group Indigenous People of Nigeria (IPN) has disowned the Spokesman of Northern Elders Forum, (NEF) Alhaji Hakeem Baba-Ahmed on the claim that the North has exclusivity of the seat of President of Nigeria.
Addressing the press on Wednesday, Convener of IPN, Mazi Nnamdi Iroegbu, said Baba Ahmed, a Mauritania, couldn’t have been speaking the minds of the Indigenous Nigerians of Northern extraction on the subject.
“It is an undisputed fact that at no time did Alhaji Baba Ahmed sought nor received mandate of Northern Nigerians to speak for them on the 2023 Presidential race.
“In fact, the Fulani ethnic community, which Baba Ahmed is using to disguise as North, is actually a minority ethnic group in Nigeria, hence, cannot solely determine which ethnic nationalists what, when and in Nigeria.
“For the sake of emphasis, the Hausa ethnic nationality is the predominant group in Northern Nigeria. Moreover, the North, which Baba-Ahmed seeks to misrepresent, is no longer homogeneous nor conquered enclaves of the minority Fulani ethnic nationality in Nigeria.
“It is sad that Baba-Ahmed, a man from faraway Mauritania, will be allowed by respected leaders in the Northern Elders Forum to use their platform to push for ethnic bigotry that is capable of making other ethnic nationalities of Nigeria become antagonist of Indigenous Nigerian Fulanis”, he said.
IPN, therefore called on all Nigerians, especially people of Fulani stock, to reject Baba-Ahmed and his bigotry, and embrace the call for power shift to Southern Nigeria after the presidential tenure of the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.
It further cautioned Baba-Ahmed against making unguarded utterances and stocking ethnic tension that will consume innocent Indigenous Nigerians in pursuit of his selfish political agenda.
“We cannot tolerate hate speech from Alhaji Hakeem Baba-Ahmed because while he has Mauritania to run to in time of crisis, we the Indigenous Nigerians have no other country to run to.
“We therefore note that ignoble elites like Alhaji Hakeem Baba-Ahmed and his cotravellers may be responsible for the spate of terrorism, banditry, insurgency and other security challenges bedevilling the Northern part of the country”.
IPN further stated that in the interest of peace, equity, fairness and justice, the southern part of the country should be supported to produce Nigeria’s president come 2023, particularly from the southeast.
While commending patriotic Nigerians working for prosperity of the country, IPN urged all Nigerians to continue to put every mechanism in place to ensure that the country is salvaged from its present state.

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Humanitarian minister flags off distribution of relief materials to 2020 flood victim

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From: Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

The ministry of Hummanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social development, has flagged off the distribution of relief materials to victims of the 2020 flood in 12 states of the federation.
The minister in charge, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk while flagging off the distribution of relief materials in Miga Local government area of Jigawa state said the “relief materials were provided by ECOWAS to complement the effort of the federal Government of Nigeria towards reducing the hardship faced by the flood victims”.

Umar Faruq who was represented by the permanent secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Bashir Umar explained that “The relief materials which are in cash and in-kind, are to be distributed to the 12 states worst affected by flood disaster in 2020
“ECOWAS has engaged Red –Cross International for management of the distribution exercise”.

According to her, 1,600 households of over 9,600 people will get shelter Kitts, 65 boreholes have been drilled for 896 households and 65 hand-washing point.

“The beneficiaries of cash transfer were selected from 4 states, while food items and other relief materials were distributed to the flood victims across the affected states”

“The materials are not aimed at compensating the victims but to help them to stabilize and continue with their normal life”.

She explained that, the socio-economic impact of 2020 flood was devastating and it resulted in loss of lives and livelihoods in communities across six geopolitical zones with additional impact of covid-19 pandemic and it’s containment measures exacerbated the situation in the country.

According to her, this made the Federal Government to take various actions through various programmes and projects including National Social Investment Program to ameliorate the situation.

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