Nasarawa State House of Assembly lawmaker Luka Zhekaba has promised to initiate more projects to improve the standard of living in his constituency, if re-elected in 2023. The lawmaker represents Obi II Constituency at the parliament on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform.
Zhekaba gave the assurance while hosting Migili Youth Association World Wide, at the assembly complex on Wednesday in Lafia.
Zhekaba, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Environment, appreciated Migili youths for encouraging his leadership style at the state legislature.
“I want to thank you for congratulating me over my victory at the PDP primaries.
“I also want to appreciate you for assessing my capital projects, youths and women empowerment and other programmes.
“I want to re-assure you that I will continue to improve on the standard of living of our people by initiating projects and policies that will have direct bearing on the lives of our people.
“I will initiate more projects in order to continue to change the lives of our people positively, if re-elected in 2023,” he said.
Zhekaba had pledged continued effective representation of his constituency at the state legislature.
He solicited the support of the youth and other constituents to enable him to win the assembly seat for another term.
The lawmaker called on Migili people to continue to unite and tolerate one another, irrespective of their affiliations, for development to thrive.
Earlier, Mr Agidis Jesse, the President of Migili Youth Association, said the visit was to congratulate Zhekaba over his victory at the just concluded PDP primaries.
“We are also here to thank you for the projects, employment, empowerment and other development projects that you have provided for our people.
“We appreciate you for the water projects you have completed and we appeal for the completion of the ongoing water projects in other communities in our Constituency, ” he said.
The President assured the lawmaker of their support to enable him to succeed.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) acknowledges the Government of Japan's contribution of 200,000,000 JPY (equivalent to 25 million euros) in funds from the Government of Japan to ensure the supply of nutritious meals to more than 24,000 school-age children (11,571 girls and 12,659 boys).
A press conference and signing ceremony were held today to commemorate the contribution.
The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, the Honorable Dr. Tambo Gina, in the presence of the Ambassador of Japan, the Hon. Mr. Norio Maruyama and the Head of the WFP Office in Eswatini, Deepak Shah. In 2021, during school closures as a result of COVID-19 regulations, most children were deprived of their only meal for the day.
The scourge of COVID-19 has exacerbated food insecurity through limited economic opportunities and high commodity prices, exacerbating vulnerability, especially among women and children.
The amount of E 25,000,000 (equivalent to US$ 1,641,497) will go to the Homegrown School-Feeding (HGSF) program, which seeks to provide nutritious and varied meals to schoolchildren.
The food basket consists of porridge/rice, beans, spinach, cabbage, onion, lettuce, vegetable oil, and eggs, a recent addition.
In addition to rice and vegetable oil, the food comes from more than 600 small local farmers who belong to 17 registered cooperatives.
In addition to ensuring a healthy cooked lunch for school children (for many, their only meal of the day), the funding will ensure smallholder farmers' access to guaranteed markets for their produce, facilitating sustainable food production.
Participating farmers will also receive training in "conservation" farming techniques, helping them increase yields and reduce costs.
“We are grateful to Japan for this timely contribution, which will allow us to continue our work to save and improve lives here,” said Mr. Shah. “Covid-19 caused large-scale job losses, reduced income and opportunities for families, and severely aggravated already severe food insecurity, especially among the poorest and youngest.” According to the most recent assessments, sixteen percent of Eswatini's 1.2 million people are acutely food insecure, and a similar proportion of its children are stunted due to chronic malnutrition.
HE Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to the Kingdom of Eswatini, said: “During this unprecedented time, we would like to contribute again to improving the livelihoods of vulnerable people in Eswatini.
This assistance illustrates a longstanding friendship between our two peoples.” The Government of Japan has been financing food assistance for developing countries since 1968 and is a long-time partner of WFP in Eswatini.
Wikki Tourists Football Club of Bauchi on Wednesday in Abuja defeated Kwara United FC of Ilorin to advance to the round 16 of the ongoing 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the round of 32 match was played at the FIFA Goal Project pitch of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
Wikki Tourists won 4-3 after a penalty kicks shootout which followed a 1-1 draw at full time.
Alao Dabani of Kwara United had opened scoring in the 10th minute of the game, while Victor Dawa drew Wikki Tourists level in the 35th minute.
Speaking after the match, the coach of Wikki Tourists, Kabiru Dogo, said he was happy his team have now moved to the next round of the competition.
“The two teams played a good match, and that is why we needed a penalty shootout to determine the winners.
“My players did well, and I thank them because they fought hard to excel during the penalty shootout and they also worked very well during regulation time.
“But we thank God that we are the better side, and victory is ours,” he said.
Dogo however said they would go back and prepare for the next level of the competition.
“We will go back home and prepare for the next game which must also be a win on our favour,” he said.
Prof. Mansur Matazu, the Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), on Wednesday in Abuja called for stakeholders’ collaboration to prevent disasters caused by flooding across the country.
Matazu made the call during his remarks at the stakeholders meeting organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) with the theme: “ Urgent need for effective response to the current flood disaster in the country“.
According to him, such partnership among Ministries, Department Agencies (MDAs) and other relevant organisations in terms of skills, materials and finance will go a long way to preventing hazards of flooding in the country.
Matazu said the collaboration of stakeholders ought to be in the interest of places that were currently suffering from the effects of past flooding all over the country.
NiMet boss appealed to people to regularly clear their drainages within the communities and gutters along streets.
“Also, let us ensure we follow guidelines with the Region and Urban Planning Authority.
We should not violate the rules.
We should not be guilty in any area.
“ We should always follow the guidelines, especially as it is enshrined in Nigerian building code which was updated and integrated with the element of climate into building design.
“For other agencies, enforcement and sensitisation is very critical.
NOA and Ministry of Information and Culture also are doing a lot.
But also, we need to integrate local governments in the community levels.
” He said what ought to be done right now was to employ the integrated flood management strategy across the nation.
Matazu, who said more than 90 per cent of NiMet’s predictions had come to pass, added that lots of flash floods had taken place in the riverine including coaster floods.
He further urged the citizens to follow up NiMet’s updates and listen to daily weather forecast which were available on the social media platform.
Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said the problem of flooding had become so perennial that it had led to the tragic loss of lives and property.
According to him, many villages have been over run by erosion, buildings have collapsed, people have been rendered homeless and farmlands have been washed way.
Abari said such sad tales emanating from the communities and cities in the country were serious concern to NOA, leading to organising the stakeholders’ meeting.
“It could be recalled that in July, 2021, there was extreme flooding in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba, which resulted in severe damage of over 300 homes.
“Also in Lagos and Ogun states, several houses and vehicles were submerged on the July 16, 2021 among others.
So there is urgent need for effective response to this year`s annual flood prediction.
“NiMet with Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) rolled out its Annual Flood Outlook prediction, that there would be coastal flooding in the country due to tidal surge and rise in sea level, “ he said.
He said NOA with other relevant stakeholders, had in the past carried out sensitisation campaigns on flooding and flood-related issues.
He said the ongoing meeting would provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders to brainstorm and dialogue towards preventing a critical humanitarian crisis that could be occasioned by flooding in some parts of the country.
He pointed out that NOA was charged with the responsibility of providing enlightenment on government programmes and policies and mobilising the citizens to adopt desirable costal behaviours.
According to him, NOA considers itself an important stakeholder in the business of creating awareness and sensitisation on flooding and its implication.
The Lagos State Government is collaborating with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP) to engage stakeholders towards adopting technical committees for domestication of the National Building Code (NBC).
The state Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development is championing the process.
Dr Idris Salako, Commissioner in the ministry, during a meeting on Tuesday, took a roll call of the various professional associations and ministries.
The meeting had in attendance all the seven built environment professional bodies and their affiliates.
Ministries of works and infrastructure, environment and other relevant agencies of the Lagos State Government were also presented.
Some professional bodies and ministries, whose important affiliates were not captured, raised objections.
This led to the inclusion of the affiliates, while others were recommended to be subsumed by their parent bodies.
The professional bodies were classified into four groups – pre-design, design, construction, and post-construction categories.
Salako said the roll call was important because of the importance of the inputs of all the experts.
The inputs are owards having an effective template for domestication of the National Building Code (NBC) in Lagos State.
“An effective document for practice will curb building collapse and construction failures in the state.
“Two more review meetings will hold before the inauguration of the technical committees before the end of August,” Salako said.
Earlier, while delivering his speech, the commissioner said the NBC was important as it represented his ministry’s commitment to the THEMES Agenda of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.
“For certain, the domestication of the National Building Code will afford us the opportunity to strengthen efforts to bequeath an organised, livable and sustainable built environment as contained.
“In this connection, we have started an inclusive process in which all relevant professionals in the built environment are able to work with us to develop and own a Lagos Building Code that we can rely upon for the regulation of the physical environment,” he said.
Salako urged all participants to consider standards of material, energy efficiency, and environment-friendly measures in the sector in line with the peculiarities of Lagos State.
He said that they should not neglect challenges militating against sustainable environment.
The commissioner thanked the Nigerian Energy Support Programme and their principals for the “worthy partnership”.
He said that evolving an acceptable building code for Lagos had enormous advantages to the environment, the state and the people.
This, according to him, is particularly in the areas of Health and Safety, Security and Environment as well as combating building collapse.
Mrs Abiola Kosegbe, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, urged all the experts to ensure credible representation throughout the processes.
Represented by a director, Mr Saheed Animashaun, she said the right representation would remove any vacuum in required inputs for various fields.
She said that it would help to ensure a document to serve as guide for other states who may also want to domesticate the NBC.
Mrs Edima Okodi-Iyah, NESP Advisor on Energy Efficiency in Building, said it was a “national burden” on the built environment professionals and other experts to scrutinise the NBC and adopt options suitable for Lagos.
Okodi-Iyah announced the venue for subsequent meetings before the final adoption of groups, towards inauguration of the sub-committees for the domestication of the Code. Mr David Majekodunmi, Lagos Chapter Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Architecture, urged all experts to study the NBC code to be able to make informed decisions.
Majekodunmi scheduled a zoom meeting for participants and all the seven built environment professionals.
These are Architects, Builders, Surveyors, Engineers, Town Planners, Quantity Surveyors, Estate Surveyors and Valuers.
He said the zoom meeting would help the experts dissect the document before the next meeting for further review of the NBC, so as to achieve excellence.
The National Population Commission (NPC) says it has conducted a successful trial census in nine local government areas of Sokoto State.
Alhaji Chiso Dattijo, the Federal Commissioner representing Sokoto state, made this known to newsmen in Sokoto on Wednesday.
Dattijo said that the exercise was conducted in three selected LGAs in each of the three senatorial districts of the state.
“We have been able to conduct a successful exercise in nine selected District Areas across nine LGAs between July 27 and July 30. “The result of the exercise is highly confidential and will give comparative analysis of the trend being proceeded.
“However, it is expedient enough not only to start planning for the forthcoming population and housing census which is scheduled to take place in April 2023, but to review the activities carried out.
“Therefore, it is our hope that the trial census message will be taken to the lower levels most especially by the district and village heads, as well as other opinion leaders in the state.
“This is in order to ensure that everyone is reached.
Indeed our tasks demand nothing less,” he said.
The commissioner lauded the Sokoto State Government, Sultanate Council and the people of the state for their support and cooperation throughout the exercise.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NPC conducted the exercise in Shagari, Tureta, Tambuwal, Silame, Wamakko, Sokoto South, Rabah, Wurno and Gwadabawa local government areas.
Heartland Football Club of Owerri on Wednesday in Benin bundled Rangers International FC of Enugu out of the 2022 Aiteo Federation Cup competition.
They beat the Flying Antelopes 8-7 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw at full time to qualify for the round of 16 stage of the competition.
In the round of 32 played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Shedrack Asiegbu put Rangers in the driving seat in the 29th minute.
First half substitute Nonso Nzediegwu drew both sides level in the 65th minute, with the Owerri side largely dominating the second half.
But, after both sides stayed level after the first five kicks each, they went into the shootout’s sudden death stage where goalkeeper Godwin Paul saved Rangers’ eighth kick.
Vice President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairman of the Interministerial Committee on Agrarian Reform and Agriculture, will deliver a keynote address at the launch of the Women Farmers Dialogue to be held in Thaba Nchu, Free State Province, on Thursday 4 August 2022.
The event is in line with the theme of this year's Women's Month; “Generation Equality; Realizing the Rights of Women for an Egalitarian Future”, as it brings together subsistence businesswomen, smallholders and those who have reached a commercial level from the different districts of the province.
The event will be preceded by a visit to De Plante Flowers, a project specializing in vegetables and cut flowers.
The Vice President will then pay a courtesy visit to the Royal Palace of Barolong boo Seleka (Ga Kgosi).
The government has prioritized women-owned projects for fiscal year 2022/2023 and will deliver letters of support to 31 women-owned projects in the province.
The project is an initiative of the Prime Minister of the Free State, Ms. Sisi Ntombela, and the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Thembeni Nxangisa, in collaboration with the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA).
Members of the media are invited to cover the launch as follows: Date: Thursday, August 04, 2022 Time: 10:00 Place: Milton Farm, Thaba Nchu, Free-State fspremier.gov.za.
The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved N2.7 billion contracts for the purchase of operational vehicles and equipment to support security agencies to protect lives and property in the FCT.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the assertion in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, in Abuja.
Bello explained that the approval involved two contracts totalling N2,682, 248,378.52K.
The minister explained that the first contract for N1.8 billion was awarded to Messrs Coscharis Motors Ltd. It is for the supply of 60 units of Ford Ranger vehicles with security communication accessories and three years of post-sales service.
The second contract was awarded to Messrs E&S Technology Ltd. at the cost of N847.1 million.
It is for the purchase of various security gadgets and accessories to support the security agencies.
The minister assured that with the massive support given to security agencies, efforts to curtail security challenges in the FCT would be further enhanced.
Bello appealed to FCT residents to support Administration and the security agencies in the fight against crime and criminality.
He also enjoined residents to be security conscious and to provide useful information to relevant authorities anytime the need arose.
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Education said on Wednesday that it would support all efforts at ensuring a robust and sound education system in the state.
Mr Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the committee, said this in Lafia when Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic (IMAP), Lafia, and the Ministries of Education as well as Science, Technology and Innovation appeared before the committee to defend their 2022 budget performances.
Ogazi said that the committee was determined to do every thing humanly possible to ensure quality education in the state.
“We will ensure that we have a robust, standard and sound education in Nasarawa state.
“We have concern for the education sector because no society would achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education.
“We will do all what its take to ensure quality education in the state,” he saidOgazi assured of their readiness to work with the management of tertiary institutions, MDAs and other stakeholders to address the challenges of the education sector.
“We will work together to address the challenges of education sector in the state,” he stressed.
Earlier, Dr Justina Kotso, the Rector of IMAP, appreciated the committee for supporting its activities to succeed.
“We are appreciative of your support and guidance as well as Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s support to the institution.
“We have done well in our budget performance in terms of revenue performance and expenditure,” he said.
The rector also thanked the committee for giving them support to ensure a successful recruitment process.
Hajiya Fatu Sabo, the state Commissioner for Education, commended the committee and the governor for being up and doing in boosting the standard of education.
Sabo said that the ministry has provided teaching materials and textbooks for improved standard of education in the stateThe commissioner said that the ministry is working with association of private school owners and other critical stakeholders to ensure quality education in the state.
Prof. Mukaila Gurku, the Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, also appreciated Sule and the committee for supporting its activities to succeed.
He said that the ministry would continue to be innovative and creative for the benefit of the people of the state.