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Stakeholders want Kogi Government to prioritize on provision of basic amenities for rural dwellers.

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Stakeholders want Kogi Government to prioritize on provision of basic amenities for rural dwellers.

By John Akubo

Contributors at a Participatory Review and Reflection Process (PRRP) stakeholders and community feedback meeting in Lokoja yesterday asked the Kogi State Government not to abdicate its responsibility in provision of basic amenities to development partners.
The participants who were drawn from Adavi and Igalamela/Adolu Local Government areas spoke at a one day interactive session organised by ActionAid Nigeria in collaboration with Participatory Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID).
They expressed disappointment with the State and Local Governments that could not provide their communities with portable water, primary health care facilities, primary school education for their wards until the intervention by ActiinAid/PIBCID.
Nasiru Abubakar from Osara 1 community of Advi Local Government area of the State said the politicians once elected abandon the electorates as all their promises remain lips service.
He advised them to copy from ActionAid
whose intervention has ensured that everybody is inclusive in their activity by impacting knowledge in the rural people.
“People that are privilege, like the politicians if they should emulate what these people are doing poverty will reduce drastically if not standed.
He said they gave 10 women in the community seed money of N100, 000; which is N10, 000 empowerment for each woman.
Abubakar said the money has been revolving adding that when the first ten women utilize it for about two months for establishing their business, it would be transfered to other women for another two months thereby removing many from poverty.
He said their capacities have been enhanced. ‘ActionAid came and taught our youth, women and men on how to mix flour with cassava flour in the ratio of 30:70.
“They equally taught us some ways of making confectioneries like cake, chinchin, doughnuts and we have some women practicing it in our community and this is how they are fending for their families.
“I believe if Government and politicians can replicate this in each ward and local Government it will have a multiplier effect in reducing poverty and youth restiveness.
Community development chairman Ofuloko, in Igalamela/Adolu local Government area Egbunu Muhammed said since Ofuloko community was completely abandoned it was the advent of ActionAid intervention that has changed their story.
He said a block of three classrooms was provided by them.
Sule Alfa Abdulrahaman from Ajaka ward 1 said ActionAid enlightened his community for them to know their rights adding that they have promised to build a clinic for the community.
He appealed to Kogi State Government to turn their attention to the community to liberate the people from poverty just like ActionAid/PIBCID have been doing.
Gift Owonikpa executive director of Participation Initiative for Behavioral Change (PIBCID) in Development and program manager ActionAid Nigeria’s Local Right Program Kogi State said the participatory and review process is yearly issue so that at the end or every year they reflect on what they have done and meet with all our stakeholders.
She indicated that the stakeholders are the duty bearers and the people from the various communities that they work with. “We meet with them to assess our relationship with them over the years, the areas we have done very well and the areas we need to put in more efforts.
“We also look at the various communities and then develop action plans that can be solved in order for the people to enjoy their rights in the various areas where their rights are being denied.”
Stakeholders also came from ministry of education, ministry of Agriculture, ADP, ministry of women affairs, the sample communities among others.

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

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Nigeria that fared well in the 60s, is now a shadow of its glorious past- Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Monday, said Nigeria that was a shinning star in the 60s is now a shadow of its glorious past, now pushed further into a deep mess with ethnicity as as the supreme order.

Speaking at his official presentation of his autobiography “Made in Aba” in Abuja, the Abia Senator said Nigeria has continually regressed and the citizens were now reclining into their ethnic enclaves.

Abaribe noted that the country has regressed to the level that it would be difficult for any citizen to survive “if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave.”

He said: “I try to say a few things (in the book) that we might have forgotten. Why is it that we had a better life – we had pipe borne water, we had electricity 24 hours – in the 1960s?

“Now it is 50-60 years later, every person has to have borehole in his house. So he becomes his own NEPA generating power for himself; he becomes his own water board. Then I asked, why would life be like this? I tried to caption the reason why we are where we are today.

“I also tried to capture that there was a Nigeria, where it is said, in our former anthem, that though tribe and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand.”

He said in his early career life, he secured jobs and got promotions in places outside his southeast region only based on merit without anyone asking where he came from.

“Now, what we have done is that we have a big Nigeria that has continually regressed and now all of us are into our ethnic enclaves.

“And if you don’t go to your ethnic enclave, you won’t be able to survive in Nigeria today.

“In the book, I also look at the possibility of Nigeria that we may have assuming if each and everyone of us is committed to the country.”

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

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Bauchi/Benue Govs’ feud: Gov Diri to the rescue

By Princess Rose Yusuf

The Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri has waded in to the war of words between the Governors of Bauchi and Benue State as the recent altercations between the Governors have become very disturbing.
He called on the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wade in and ensure that the matter is resolved.
He was speaking during a courtesy visit to Governor Bala Muhammed in Bauchi State Government’s House Thursday.
Diri said,
“The raging current issue between two brother Governors of the same party is not good, I seize this opportunity to advise and call on both of you who are members of our great party to please cease further actions and reactions on the burning national security issues.
“May I also use the opportunity to call on our party to immediately intervene and resolve whatever issues that are still yet unresolved amicably as a party and as brothers.”

In his response, Governor Muhammed promised to cooperate and reduce the tension and he gave the assurance that no words would be heard on the matter again. He also seized the opportunity to  apologise to all Governors, the national assembly, his constituents and all Nigerians.
He said, “There is no disharmony between me and my brother and my friend in Benue, we are just having the courage to discourse a burning National issue and I am happy that Nigerians have the opportunity, to discourse the issue and we are going to do everything on my own part to make sure we disedcalate the issue that it will not bring injury to our party and to national unity. I was not doing anything in anyway to insult, or to cause any injury to my brother whom I have worked together with at the cabinet and now as Governors.
“I want to use this opportunity to apologise to my various contituencies; especially the national assembly even though I said the truth but it has injured their sensibilities or it has touched on their privileged as we used to say in parliamentary parlance.
“I was doing it out of nationalism and patriotism. At the same time the Governors if what I said was also injurious to them, I apologise to them and say sorry to them and indeed all Nigerians.
“But certainly as I said, my brother, I have no apology for saying the truth, but certainly sometimes you say the truth and it would be injurious.

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Senate confirms Bawa as EFCC Chairman

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Abdulrasheed Bawa as the substantive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He was confirmed after being grilled during Senate plenary.

For more than six years the commission was headed by persons in acting capacity.

For the first time a staff of the commission who is not a police officer is being appointed as chairman.
He rose through the ranks from the academy before being nominated to head the commission.

The Anti graft agency’s chairmanship designate reacted to a plethora of questions posed by Senators on his preparedness for the job, given his age and working in a complex society like Nigeria, at planary

Bawa, addressed most of the concerns of lawmakers, while assuring that he would bring his experience to bear having joined the agency in 2004.

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