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Refugee commission to empower 1m refugees, IDPs, others

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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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Kogi Govt donates food items to widows of fallen heroes

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By Aliyu Abubakar

As part of the activities to Mark the just concluded Nigeria Army Day celebration, Kogi State Security Trust Fund, has donated consumable items to families of the fallen heroes at Command Army Record, Lokoja.
Presenting the food items, the Executive Chairman Kogi State Security Trust Fund, Hon Samari Teina Abdulmalik, who was represented by the Acting Board Secretary, Mrs Ajayi Grace, said, the gesture was to put smiles on the faces of widows of the fallen heroes as their husbands colleagues celebrate the Nigeria Army Day.
Samari, urged the fallen heroes’ wives to be strong and courageous, “I want to urge you wives of our fallen heroes to be courageous and engage in positive ventures that will create better life for you and your children in future.”
” Please accept the token presentation of various items and use them judiciously as we hope to come up with more programmes of mutual benefits.” He said.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Commander, Command Army Record, Maj- Gen. O. O Sholaye, who was represented by the Personal Assistant to the Commander, Staff Sergeant, Konto Ibrahim, thanked the State Government, for the gesture.
He prayed for the Governor, the families of fallen heroes and the fallen heroes, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace and unity of our dear country Nigeria.

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

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Multi-billion naira PH hotel: Ebonyi indigenes tackle Umahi over ownership

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in Diaspora (AESID) has asked Governor David Umahi to speak up over a viral picture of a multi-billion Naira hotel located in Rivers state, allegedly named after Osborn Umahi.

The association expressed concern that the governor had maintained the sealed lips since the images of the said Port-Harcourt Osborn La Palm Hotel went viral on the social media.

The hotel which is almost completed is said to be worth about N40 billion.

In a statement released to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, by its President, Amb Pascal Oluchukwu, urged the anti-graft agencies to begin to gather their facts and evidences in case of any fow play.

According to AESID, the said hotel is located in the heart of the oil-rich city of Port-Harcourt, Rivers state specifically at No. 3 Olaka Street, off Abacha Road, G.R.A, Port-Harcourt has a roof-top swimming pool and a Presidential Penthouse as one of its many special features.

The statement said: “The fact that the said hotel project started just in 2016 is even more worrisome for the indigenes of a state like Ebonyi where endemic and anthropogenic poverty is the order of the day, having been accurately ranked the poorest state in the entire Southern Nigeria and the 3rd poorest among the 36 States of the Nigerian Federation.

“Our position on this revelation is that Governor Umahi must speak up on this monumental allegations within 24 hours and the anti-graft agencies should begin to gather their facts and evidences aright and await the days of reckoning, knowing that immunity protects him from being prosecuted by the Nigerian government even at this point.”

The Ebonyi governance and accountability platform said: “We believe it should be wisdom for Governor Wike to revoke the land where the said hotel is situated especially if Umahi fails to open-up on these weighty allegations against his person.”

Reacting to the spate of insecurity in the state, AESID said its deeply worried that the political actors, have continued to heat up the polity by dispensing mindless violence, killing and maiming innocent and helpless Ebony citizens particularly those in opposition parties.

“To this end therefore, AESID, again calls on the Police and indeed, all heads of intelligent security agencies to uncover and nip these killings in the bud and bring all perpetrators of these heinous attacks to book no matter how highly placed.”

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How two Police inspectors lost their lives in autocrash while helping to bury colleague

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Two policemen attach to the Kogi State police command, who were helping to convey the remains of their colleague to his family for burial, have also lost their lives in an autocrash.

NationalUpdate gathered that the two inspectors of police along with a civilian driver died on Thursday in a fatal auto crash on Itobe-Ojodu-Anyigba road.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Solomon Aghure, confirmed the incident.
He told newsmen in Lokoja that the victims were travelling in an ambulance van to Anyigba with emppty casket when the accident happened.

Aghure added that the two deceased policemen were only offering their helping hands to pick the corpse of a police sergeant from a mortuary in Anyigba, adding that their vehicle and a Mercedes Benz truck, coming from the opposite direction had a Headon collissio at a spot in Ojodu community.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the police command in the state, DSP William Aya, who also confirmed the incident, said the two policemen were detailed to pick the corpse of the deceased sergeant at Anyigba and accompany it to Adamawa for burial.

Aya said the family of the deceased sergeant policeman requested that his remains be brought home for burial.

The police spokesperson said that the driver of the truck and his conductor disappeared immediately the incident happened to evade beingarrested.

He said that the corpses of the two police inspectors had been deposited at a morgue in Lokoja, adding that the civilian driver of the ambulance had been released to his family.

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