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UNDP trains SPF Implementation Officers for Kogi

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has has trained implementation officers of the Social Protection Framework (SPF) for Kogi State to address poverty, inequality, under development and unemployment.
The blueprint for the implementation of the welfare programs and policies was handed over to the State Government after Successful Development and production of The SPF through the coordinating ministry-Women Affairs and Social Development
UNDP consultant John Alabi who gave the indication in Lokoja explained that the document was part of a protection aimed at supporting the State Government in realizing over arching development strategy in developing a State Social Protection Strategy.
“The framework is targeted at addressing gaps identified in the State poverty policy in terms of social assistance provision for the vulnerable groups namely; Orphans, and vulnerable children (OVC) and children under the age of five, as well as for the disabled, the elderly and those without access to social protection support. He added.
“Consequent upon the approval of the management of the UNDP Office, that Messrs LOGAY INVESTMENTS LTD (Management and Human Resource Development Consultant) was engaged for the organization of a 3-day training program for key Implementation Officers on the Kogi State Social Protection Schemes (SPS). ”
He said the training was held at Golden Prestige Hotels, Kabba, Kogi State, from 25th – 27th July, 2016.
The objective of the training according to him include: – To reposition the target participants technically for the challenges of administering the social supports schemes for the common/targeted people. 
Alabi indicated that the participants were drilled on the critical issues of government/public welfare services schemes to inculcate in them best target setting and performance management skills required for implementing the various schemes in the social protection framework.
“The training drew about 45 participants from across the Kogi State Ministries, the 21 Local Government Community Development Officers (CDOs) and relevant Non-governmental Organizations, with fair male and female representations. 
“A total of seven (7) technical papers were presented and syndicate session with three (3) interactive exercises/questions engaged the participants and the coordinating consultants.”
He explained that many social support programs had been carried out in the State despite the absence of a coherent social protection policy and implementation framework.
Dr. Alabi indicated that there was need for visits to orphanages, empowerment, bursary allowances to students among others.
He noted that the scope of coverage, financing, governance structure as well as political will were some of the challenges faced by social protection framework in Nigeria and Kogi State in particular.
The consultant pointed out that the document has proffered solutions to the challenges.
One of the policy recommendations proposed to the State Government include the need to establish a strong monitoring and evaluation system to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the program across the State.
Tagged Kogi StateSocial Protection frame work, the document was presented to the State commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development Mrs.Bolanle Amupitan by the coordinating Consultant of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Dr.  John Alabi.
Amupitan expressed optimism that the blue print when fully implemented would go a long way in addressing the hydra headed menance of poverty and under-development in the State.
Amupitan who described the event as historic commended UNDP and other development partners as well as stake holders for their cooperation and support towards the production of the document which she described as the first in the North Central.
She indicated that the ministry would carefully study the document with a view to presenting it to the State Government for endorsement, launching and implementation.

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom


It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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FG Partners Private Firms for mass delivery of Housing for all- REDAN

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FG Partners Private Firms for mass delivery of Housing for all- REDAN 


The Federal Government  of Nigeria is partnering with private firms in its bit to actualise its policy of mass Housing.

Making the disclosure to journalists in Abuja Friday, the Treasurer of the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria ( REDAN) , FCT Chapter, Dr Gbadewole Amos, said required counterpart funding  is being provided by the Federal Government for the actualisation of the policy.

Dr Amos who is also the Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) of the Crown Allied Global Realty and Homes,  said Nigerians will begin to see results of such partnership across the federation from 2022. Accordimg to him, REDAN is working with many other agencies in Nigeria to ensure that the Real Estate industry is well regulated in the country to enable Nigerians get quality and affordable housing units in all parts of the country.
In his words: “All our activities in the Association is tailored towards ensuring that our clients are put in the center of attraction and that they have value for their money.

“We provide affordable housing in various parts of Nigeria and the unique part of our business is that we have various facilities that are designed to meet your needs and requirements. 
” Our payment process is not a back breaking one as we have options where you can pay as low as 50% in the first installment and you are allowed to spread the remaining over the space of 6months to 1 year 

“We also have some estates that are cheaper whereby you can acquire a plot for the rate of five hundred thousand naira, two bedroom bungalow in Lagos which you can get for 8 million naira, there bedroom for 10 million naira.

“All our houses, no matter how little the price is had been tailored to be technological conscious as they are constructed with state of the art technological tools and gadgets to give their occupants a great living experience.

“ The houses we sell for 45million in Abuja are sold for 60million by other firms , we have reasonably cut out prices and we are also opened to negotiation”.

Discussing his recent election as the treasurer of the Real Estate Developer Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Abuja Chapter  and how he has been able to manage this with his business firm.

 He explained that the new office is an added feather for him and has in no way hindered his business enterprise

 “ No developer in Nigeria can secure loan from any Federal Mortgage bank in Nigeria without being a member of the Association.

“The Association over the years has proven effective in dealing with illegal developers who are out there to create insanity in the industry.

“REDAN  is working with many other agencies in Nigeria to ensure that the Real Estate industry is well regulated in Nigeria. 
“All our activities in the Association is tailored towards ensuring that our clients are put in the center of attraction and that they have value for their money”, he said .

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