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Refugee commission to empower 1m refugees, IDPs, others

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**enrols refugees in NHIS

The National Commission For  Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has said it will float an empowerment program known as Project Reliance in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to empower 1million Persons of Concern (PoCs) in Nigeria.
Persons of Concerns (PoCs) the commission said are population of persons identified by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as refugees, returnees, stateless people, internally displaced, and asylum-seekers.

The honorable Federal Commissioner overseeing the commission senator Bashir Garba Mohammed made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja at the Statekeholders’ meeting on implementation of the global impact of refugees  in Abuja.
Senator Mohammed who was represented by a director in the commission Yusuf Ajibunu Tai said the project will run nationwide adding that the first phase of verification of beneficiaries has been concluded in Borno State.
He said it is in the commission’s interest to foster self reliance and sustainable livelihood among PoCs, hence it started a series of projects geared towards ensuring economic empowerment of PoCs in Nigeria.
“The proposed Project Resettlement Cities is another durable solution project of the Commission aimed at resettling over 5,000 IDPs in Nigeria.
“The pilot phase will begin in Borno, Katsina, Zamfara and Edo State respectively. So far, the Commission has offered durable solution to 785
IDPs.”
On the inclusion of PoCs in the national development plan, he said the Commission began the enrolment of refugees National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2019.
“The Commission is also in talks with the management of NHIS to begin the process of enrolling IDPs into the scheme
“However, in the interim the Commission provides medical support for IDPs through collaboration with the National Hospital in Abuja. All these measures will be replicated nationwide.”
He said the two days’ Global Compact on Refugees’ Stakeholders meeting for the year 2020 provides a platform to prepare for enhanced awareness while ensuring a common understanding of core GCR elements among key actors and operationalization of the GCR tenets in Nigeria.

“It will also amongst other objectives help foster financing, planning, programming, coordination and leadership while identifying gaps that hinder GCR implementation and achievement of collective outcomes.
“In preparation for the Global Forum for Refugees, Nigeria organized series of consultative meetings with stakeholders comprising of both State and non state actors where issues peculiar to the management of refugees were discussed and pledges made towards the Global Compact for Refugees.
“A two-day workshop was organized in November 2019 which served as a culmination of all the zonal workshops held, stakeholders came up with a harmonized document of Nigeria’s pledge for her participation at the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, Geneva, Switzerland.

He said Nigeria at the workshop made four pledges which highlight core areas of interest for durable solutions for refugee, IDPs, returnees and host communities.

“These pledges centre on inclusion of Persons of Concern (PoCs) in the national development plan, strengthening protection capacity, ensuring availability and access to durable solutions and ensuring active
participation at regional and sub-regional efforts to address root causes of
displacement.

He said Nigeria also entered into two tripartite agreements on return of Nigerian refugees with UNHCR, Cameroun and Niger, respectively.
“These agreements were spearheaded through our partnership with the UNHCR and are geared towards promoting cooperation, and ensuring the safe return of Nigerian nationals.
“Today, we are gathered here to brainstorm and exchange learning, good practices and cooperation to ensure we all are advanced towards actualizing the GCR pledges at sub-national level.
“I urge you all to participate actively to enable us achieve this onerous task.

“It might interest you to know that the New Way of Working (NWOW) calls on humanitarian and development actors to work collaboratively together, based on their comparative advantages, towards ‘collective outcomes’ that reduce need, risk and vulnerability over multiple years.”

He expressed gratitude to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other stakeholders for graciously supporting the meeting and working assiduously to ensure the burden and responsibility sharing is achieved.

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Synergos Nigeria urges Kogi to implement Agric. Investment Plan, woo Investors

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By Friday Idachaba
Country Director of Synergos Nigeria, Mr Victor Adejoh, has called on Kogi government to implement its Agricultural Investment Plan to woo Investors and boost agriculture development in the state.

Synergos Nigeria is an international Non-Governmental Organisation

Adejoh who made the call in interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lokoja said Synergos worked in the state between 2016 and 2019 alongside critical stakeholders to develop the plan.

He said that under the the aegis of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) collaboration produced the document which now resides in the state Agriculture Ministry to woo private investments in the Agriculture sector to the state.

The Country Director said it would be great to see the current administration in the state display the political will to work on the foundations laid in the past to revamp the state agriculture sector.

“When Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under a platform called the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG).

That platform helped build collaboration in the state in a way that the efforts and investments of government in that sector saw people working together to address a common issue which was how to increase farmers income and improve their livelihood.

He said that the organisation also supported government to set up a Core Delivery Team (CDT) which was able to organise all those critical to policy development and implementation.

Adejoh therefore, advised the state to revitalise the Core Delivery Team (CDT) and strengthen the Agricultural Vision Group (AVG) which was made up of government and non-government actors including the Civil Society, financial institutions, private sector investors and input providers.

The Country Director said that by reactivating and revitalising the initiatives, government stood to benefit a lot from the revenue that would accrue from their engagements and bridging of gaps.

“At a point in time in the history of Nigeria and in the history of the world, Kogi State ranked the highest producer of cassava and sometime between 2015 and 2019, Kogi State also accounted for the highest production of cashew nuts in the country.

“If you understand Kogi State very well, stakeholders both state and non-state actors had been working in different directions until 2016.

“So, when Synergos got into the state, one thing we did was to identify the strategic leaders from the non-state actors and the state actors and we brought them under the AVG platform.

He urged Kogi government to return the state back to its place of recognition especially with crops of comparative advantage especially, Cassava and Cashew. (NAN)

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Death visits Aso Villa, claims Buhari’s official driver

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Death visits Aso Villa, claims Buhari’s official driver 

The presidency has announced the demise of the official driver to President Muhammadu Buhari, Master Warrant Officer, Sa’idu Afaka.
The sad incidence happened on Tuesday at the State House Clinic in Aso Rock, the nation’s seat of power after a prolonged illness.
A Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu confirmed his death in a statement.
The statement indicated that President Buhari has extended his condolences to the family of Afaka over his demise.
The President, in the statement also condoled with the government and people of Kaduna State.
Buhari described the late Afaka as an honest, capable and reliable person who handled his job with utmost care and responsibility.
He recalled that in 2016 the soldier, while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, picked up a bag containing a large amount of foreign currencies and turned it over to the National Hajj Commission.
The action earned Afaka praises from the Saudi and Nigerian authorities.
Buhari prayed the Almighty Allah to ‘”bless the soul of the departed with an elevated place in heavens,”.
The Nigerian leader also wished the family and friends divine comfort.

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Anti Buhari protesters invade Kogi, intercepted by police

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The Kogi State Commissioner of Police Ayuba Edeh, has confirmed the arrest of two Persons caught early hours of monday morning attempting to roll out campaign against President Mohammadu Buhari in Lokoja.

The Police Commissioner who spoke to newsmen in Lokoja said at about 2:30am in the early hours of Monday, men of the command arrested two young men who were painting buildings and carrying posters with the inscription “Buhari Must Go”

The Commissioner disclosed that while people have the right to protest, it must be done lawfully without inciting the public.

He added that the young men could not have been protesting at the wee hours of the night as is being insinuated, saying that painting walls, buildings and pasting anti Buhari posters can not be termed as peaceful protest.

He said his command is working round the clock to ensure the protection of lives and property, warning mischief makers to stay clear of the State, “my command will fish and arrest pepetrators.

The NationalUpdate checks indicated that some youths invaded lokoja with the sole aim of rolling out a campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari, they were alleged to have painted buildings and pasted posters with Buhari Must Go inscription.

Our correspondent who went out round Lokoja however did not see any painted build or sight any posters, as the CP said his men had removed the posters.

Reacting to the development, the Kogi State Government however commended the gallant and ever vigilant youths of the state for rising to the occasion to crush what it described as the ungodly campaign by some imported and sponsored youths who it said came to the State to campaign against President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement by Kingsley Fanwo,
Commissioner for Information and Communications, said the sponsored youths congregated at Benue State from where they moved to Kogi State and began to paint walls as well as display anti-Buhari posters that were printed in a South South State.

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