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The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Dr Boss Mustapha, has said the nation’s public service is not meant to be a dumping ground for all comers as it is expected to be the engine room that drives its growth/development.

He spoke at at a book launch, entitled “On Merit”, at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja.
According to him
“In Singapore, for example civil servants are subjected to examinations at the point of entry, besides other requirements aside work experience.
“Public servants and public institutions are reflections of what the country becomes,” he said
He described the book as eloquent testimony of a hard working public servant, adding that Ehuria was the brain behind the codification/documentation of the policies, programmes and projects of the present administration.

The Minister of Interior, Mr AbdulRauf Aregbeshola, in his speech urged public servants to emulate the virtues of the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mrs Georgina Ehuria, in the discharge of their responsibilities to the nation.
He noted that Ehuriah had served the country meritoriously for 35 years, the best and the most productive period of her life.
“She then decided very rightly to chronicle her experience in the printed pages, the public presentation of which we are gathered here to witness.
“Oscar Auliq-Ice after all tells us: “Anyone who has lived a full life has something fascinating to share with the world.
“I met her in an interesting manner on Aug. 21 in 2019. That was the day I was sworn in as a minister.
“A lady walked up to me and said, you are my minister. I said what, she said you are the Minister of Interior and I am the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Interior.

“We then drove to the ministry. She met me with her charm and grace and we hit it off from that moment,” he said.
The minister, who recalled that he had the privilege of 16 years of public service before his appointment as minister, and that in the course of his service as commissioner in Lagos, he said it was compulsory that he interacted with civil servants.
“Even when I was the governor of Osun state, I inteerracted with so many cicil Civil servants.
“Civil service is the heart or operating engine of government. The success or otherwise of any political leader depends largely on how he or she operates this machine, he added.”
The minister said that he was fascinated with the methodical and organised way civil servants used to do things; sticking to rules and minding their language, among others.
“Ehuriah, however, is in a class of her own. She is the quintessential civil servant, loyal, diligent, firm, efficient, effective, knowledgeable and hhard working.
“She has proven to be an excellent civil servant. Her capacity for work and diligence are extra-ordinary. Having worked across several Federal establishments, she capped her career with the appointment as Permanent Secretary.

“Because she distinguished herself, she was at the Presidency, the pinnacle of government, where nothing but the best is good enough. I therefore, consider it a privilege to have worked with her.
“One of the best the service ever produced.She is also a good person. A humanbeing to the core. She is courteous, reserved, graceful and dignified.”
Her book therefore, is 35 years compressed into a few pages. No wonder Ralph Emerson wrote that ‘There is properly no history, only biography.’
“If you avail yourself of reading the biographies of the great people of history, you already have history in your hands.
“Her book is, therefore, a treasure trove of the
experience and wisdom of her meritorious service. It should be a compulsory read for students and teachers of public administration and civil servants.
“Beyond that, as I have always advocated, someone with her experience should have a place as a faculty in any top university and civil service training academy, teaching public administration.
“And shaping the intellect of those who will mind public service at all levels in the country.
Once again.”

The author of the book, Ehuria, however, thanked everybody that graced the ocassion, especially her minister, the SGF and others.
“I thank you all for honouring me. I pray that the almighty God honours you all.
“I will continue to be greatful and continue to contribute my quota to the development of the country, especially the public service,” she said.

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Barwa community applauds humanitarian minister over borehole, health Center

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Barwa community applauds humanitarian minister over borehole, health Center

The people of Barwa community located on the Airport Road in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have lauded the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for building a Health Center and sinking a borehole to provide potable water for the people.

The head of the community Chief Monday Kogi gave  the commendation when the Minister and staff of the ministry visited Barwa community on Saturday to mark the 2020 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Chief Kogi who expressed gratitude to the Federal government recalled that the community had no potable water and Health Centre until the ministry’s first visit last year.

“Since your first visit on October on October 17, 2019, we witnessed the construction of a bore hole in Barwa community and the building of a Health Centre. On behalf of the people of Barwa community, we say thank you”.

The community head also appealed to the federal government to help fence the Health Centre and construct an access road from the airport road to the community.

In her remarks, Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq who was represented by the the Director, Humanitarian Affairs Mr Ali Grema said she was delighted  to commemorate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty with the community.
She said that the ministry will continue to work with relevant stakeholders and Agencies under its supervision to ensure the realization of President Muhammadu Buhari”s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty in 10years.  

“This special day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggle of people living in poverty and a chance for them to make their concerns heard.

“The fight against poverty has been ongoing for years while forty percent of the total population in Nigeria live in poverty,  according to the National Bureau of Statistics. One of Government’s primary responsibility is to assist and protect all persons in an equal manner as Poverty eradication is of significant concern to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. 

“This  administration remains dedicated to the principles of International protection of vulnerable persons and shall align the National frameworks with the provisions of the United Nations”. 

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs had adopted Barwa Community as a pilot Community at last year’s celebration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and supported the community with the construction of a Medical facility and provision of potable water by drilling of a borehole  through the Community and Social Development Project (CSDP).

This year,  the Ministry donated three hand washing points with washing kits including soaps, face masks and hand sanitizers to  families and a community pot to mark the day while a symbolic hand washing by the Hon. Minister and other dignitaries was demonstrated. 

The theme for this years’ Commemoration of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is “Acting Together to Achieve Social and Environmental Justice for All”.

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Nomination of Chukwu as INEC REC gets Senate’s confirmation

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Nomination of Chukwu as INEC REC gets Senate’s confirmation

The nomination of Dr. Chukwuemeka Chukwu as Resident Electoral Commissioner representing Abia State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by President Muhamadu Buhari has has confirmed by the senate.

The confirmation of the nominee followed consideration of a report during plenary on the screening exercise conducted by the Senate Committee on INEC.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC – Kano South) in his presentation recalled that the request by President Muhammadu Buhari seeking Chukwu’s confirmation was made pursuant to the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

According to the lawmaker, the Committee found the nominee suitable for the position of REC having made findings that no petition or incriminating reports was received against the nominee; the nominee is not affiliated to any political party or participated in any political rally or campaign; and the nominee is a person of integrity who displayed a high level of intelligence and appeared to have the temerity to hold the office of REC.

“Having studied the nominee’s curriculum vitae and other relevant documents in addition to exhaustive interaction and deliberations, the Committee members were unanimously satisfied with the nominee considering his wealth of experiences, exposure, performances, qualifications, competence and integrity as required by the Constitution, and found him suitable for appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC),” Gaya said.

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INEC Commissioner: Melaye asks Buhari to reverse Lauretta Onochie’s nomination

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INEC Commissioner: Melaye asks Buhari to reverse Lauretta Onochie’s nomination

The immediate past senator who represented Kogi West Dino Melaye, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reverse the nomination of his Special Assistant on Social Media, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, as a National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a statement personally signed by the senator, he described the nomination as unconstitutional, affront on the patience of Nigerians and an insult to the institution of INEC.

“She is biased as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), hence this is an affront on the patience of Nigerians and insult to the electoral umpire as an institution.

“I hereby call on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately rescind her nomination forwarded to the Senate today otherwise I will mobilise Nigerians to challenge this decision, which is unconstitutional,” Melaye said.

Melaye said by nominating Onochie as INEC National Commissioner, President Buhari has violated the 1999 Constitution, which he swore to uphold at all times.

“It’s a known fact of law that Item F, Paragraph 14 of the Third Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) clearly forbids a card carrying member of a political party to be a member of INEC,” Melaye noted.

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