Delta Government has pledged to sustain support for persons with impairment, especially the deaf and dumb, by including them in her empowerment programmes.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr Festus Agas, made the pledge on Monday, while addressing members of the Association of the Deaf and Dumb who were at the Government House, Asaba, on an awareness and advocacy procession.
Agas, who was accompanied by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, lauded the group for their peaceful conduct.
He reassured that the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa administration would continue to provide for the deaf and physically challenged in all skill acquisition programmes.
“I want to welcome you to Government House, Asaba, and thank you for the orderly manner in which you have organised yourselves in carrying out your advocacy.
“I want to reassure you that as a government, we run an inclusive administration.
“We have a lot of empowerment programmes such as Job Creation, Girl-Child Empowerment as well as Rural Youth Skill Acquisition(RYSA) programme.
” In all these programmes, without any fear of contradiction, the government made provisions for the deaf and dumb and other physically challenged persons in the state,” he said.
Agas added, ” the deaf and dumb like every other persons are humans and also deserve the good things of life.
”He urged members of the group to take advantage of ongoing cycle of RYSA selection for trainees to enlist and acquire skills.
Agas promised to convey their message to the Gov. Okowa.
Ealier, the Association President, Mr Emmanuel Oyibo, had thanked the state government for giving them the opportunity to organise another Deaf and Dumb Awareness Week.He disclosed that programme would provide opportunity to enlighten the public on how to break the communication barrier between the deaf and other members of the public.
Oyibo, however, appealed to the government to continue to include members of the association in its programmes.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) will hold its second 2022 plenary from Sept. 8 to 16, at the Catholic Diocese of Orlu in Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Imo. This is contained in a statement issued by Fr Mike Umoh, Director of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja Umoh said that the Bishops would use the opportunity to deliberate on national issues.
“It will be a week-long period of prayer, sharing, deep reflections and deliberations on issues concerning the Church and the society,” he added.
He said that the Bishops would meet with the Diocesan Priests Association and also hold an interactive session with some Catholics of Owerri Province.
Umoh said the opening Mass will be presided by the CBCN President and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Lucius-Iwejuru Ugorji while the homily will be taken by the Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma.
He said that a communique would be issued at the end of the conference.
The Edo State House of Assembly has confirmed Mrs Grace Aihie as the Managing Director of Edo Geographic Information Service, EDOGIS.
Hon. Marcus Onobus, Speaker of Edo State House Assembly announced the confirmation during the sitting on Monday in Benin.
Onobun said her confirmation was made after the consideration of the report of an ad-hoc committee set up for the purpose.
Earlier, Deputy Speaker, Roland Asoro.
said the committee came up with four findings and one recommendation after rigorous inspection.
“The report of the ad-hoc committee screened the nominee sent by the state Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for the position of the Managing Director, Edo Geographic Information Service (EDOGIS),” he said.
The House at the committee of a whole considered the one point recommendation in the report, which is that the nominee be confirmed as Managing Director of EDOGIS.
The House at the committee of a whole also considered the recommendation for the title, enactment, citation and other parts of a “Bill for a law to repeal the criminal code law 1916; enact a law to provide rules on criminal conduct, regulate public order and for connected purposes “.
Marcus Onobun directed the clerk to give the bill its third reading and thereafter transmit clean copies of the resolution to appropriate authorities for action after the consideration of the bill.
He congratulated members for their hard work in considering the bill as the House winds down the first quarter of the fourth session of the seventh Assembly.
Mr James Lalu, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD), has restated the commitment of the Commission to ensure that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) participate in the 2023 general elections.
Lalu said this when he played host to the delegation from the Albino Foundation, led by the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jake Ekpelle, on Monday in Abuja.
This is contain in a statement issued by the Head Media and Publicity of NCPWD, Mr JohnMichaels Mbanefo.
The NCPWD boss described the visit as an opportunity to discuss what would promote visibility and inclusion of PWDs, especially during voting exercise.
to him, the synergy between the Commission and the Foundation will accentuate the political participation of PWDs across the country.
“”This is an opportunity to continue to negotiate our inclusion and also determine who occupies positions of authority in the interests of PWDs. “Voter-Ability is an important platform for PWDs to demonstrate their strength in the democratic process in the country,”Lalu said.
He commended the projects intended by the Foundation with support from European Union, adding that, it is in line with the Commission’s mandate and vision.
He, therefore, promised to give maximum support to the programme while ensuring its total success.
On Sign Language, Lalu said it had come to stay and would be given express attention.
“It is interesting to note that there are diverse sign languages in Nigeria and this had compelled the Commission to produce the sign language dictionary as a guide for seamless interpretation for the deaf community.
“We have equally gone a step further to facilitate the National Policy on Sign Language, “Lalu explainedHe further reiterated the Commission’s commitment to fighting skin cancer through various intervention programmes.
Speaking earlier, Ekpelle acknowledged the resilience and passion demonstrated by Lalu over the years in addressing disability-related matters.
Ekpelle reeled out the projects outlined by the Foundation and seized the occasion to solicit the cooperation of the Commission.
He said that part of the project intended include: voter-ability, Elect-ability, Elect- Hub which is tech-based targeting about 100-150 PWDs to be elected during 2023 voting exercise.
Ekpelle also proposed the establishment of a Data Centre for PWDs to get an on the spot capacity to report the events during electioneering processes.
The high point of the visit was the presentation of the 5-year Strategic Plan of the Commission to Ekpelle.
The Governorship flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth-Iormem Alia has assured of better and brighter future for the people, if elected governor in 2023. Alia gave the assurance during the Igede Agba New Yam Festival in Oju Local Government Area of the state.
Alia in a statement by his media aide, Isaac Uzaan, issued on Monday in Abuja, particularly told people of Benue South Senatorial district to live in the sure hope of a better and brighter future.
He expressed gratitude for the privilege to witness the event, which he described as the reawakening of the Igede culture.
The APC governorship candidate said that the event would strengthen the bond of unity and peace among the people, which have kept them together over the years as one indivisible people.
Alia, however, expressed shock at the lack of development in spite of the huge revenue being generated by government in the area.
While describing himself as a crop for the new planting season, Alia called on Igede people and the entire people of Benue to allow the seed germinate, so as to reap dividends of democracy.
He congratulated the Igede traditional council and entire Igede people for promoting their rich cultural heritage.
Alia also applauded their sense of unity, patriotism and determination, and called on other cultures in Benue to emulate them.
Earlier during the Igede Agba Thanksgiving Mass, Alia was conferred with the chieftaincy title of Odochu I of Igede, in acknowledgment of his solidarity and goodwill to the community.
In his homily, Rev. Fr. Sylvester Omoke advised politicians and all Benue people to put God first in all things, including the 2023 elections, so as to get the new Benue they aspire for.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says its members remained resolute to get what public universities need from the Federal Government to survive and compete globally.
Prof. Ayo Akinwole, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, made the assertions on Monday in Ibadan.
Akinwole said that lecturers in public universities in Nigeria have been using their bloods to run public universities and sustaining it.
“Lecturers retain Nigerian public universities with their blood, but is it right for Nigerians to say they should die on the job?
I am saying they are owing us over eight years verified earned academic allowances.
“Is it only ASUU that is on strike?
Some sectors (research institutes) of the nation have been on strike for 13 months and the government has been paying their salaries.
“Is it an offence to become lecturers in Nigerian universities?
What led to the strike?
It is the non-responsiveness of the government that led to the strike,” he said.
According to him, the union will not sacrifice its members’ welfare.
It will resist any effort to turn intellectuals to slaves.
He said that the union had given 14-month strike notice to the Federal Government before commencing the strike in 2022. Akinwole said, even the effort of the Nigerian Inter-religious council in 2021 yielded no results before the union was forced to declare the strike on Feb. 14. “We waited for 14 months from December 2020 to February 2022 before declaring this strike.
“I am saying 14 months’ notice, 14 months engagements and Nigeria Inter-religious council intervened in 2021 when we would have declared the strike.
“We gave them one month with no result.
Heroes are gone before they are appreciated, but our union will not die.
We will not die.
We are going to be alive to see this struggle through,” he said.
Akinwole said that the N1.1 trillion for revitalisation of universities was not for lecturers in the public universities.
He explained that the amount was arrived at by the Federal Government through its NEEDS Assessment report on the level of decay in Nigerian public universities.
Akinwole, however, thanked ASUU members for sacrificing and remaining resolute to reposition the nation’s public university education.
He said that only strikes have forced the government to spend money on its universities in the last 25 years.
“If ASUU does not go on this struggle, there will be no university for new people to attend.
“In the last 25 years, the Federal Government would not have spent money on its universities, if ASUU had not gone on strike.
“I am also a parent and my children are at home with me.
Most lecturers have to spend their money on their students’ projects for some students to graduate.
“I could give you numbers of some of my students who can tell you how much I have had to support their projects,” the chairman said.
The Oniru Chieftaincy Family in Lagos on Monday commiserated with families of the yet-to-be-identified victims of the collapsed building on Oba Idowu Oniru Road, Oniru Estate.Prince Olarenwaju Ajasa, Head of Oniru Chieftaincy Family Estate Office stated on Monday that the incident was unfortunate.Ajasa stated also that the Oniru family would continue to partner with the Lagos State government to forestall a recurrence.“It is with utmost regret that we at the Oniru Chieftaincy Family Estate Office express our deepest sympathy with the families of the yet-to-be-identified victims of the collapsed building on Oba Idowu Oniru Road. “This unfortunate incident is one too many and the attendant loss of lives and valuables is quite avoidable.“We commend the prompt and diligent emergency rescue services provided by emergency first responders.“We note in particular and appreciate the concerted efforts of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency,’’ he stated.Ajasa also commended the Nigeria Police, the Lagos State Fire Service, and the Lagos State Emergency Ambulance Services, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Nigerian Red Cross and on-site paramedics.“With a mutual view to eliminating a recurrence of building collapse in Lagos State, Oniru Chieftaincy Family Estate Office will continue to partner with all relevant statutory agencies.“We pray to God to grant repose to the souls of the deceased, and succour to their families,’’ Ajasa stated.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Naira on Monday depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window, exchanging at N434.75. The figure represents a decrease of 0.75 per cent, compared with N431.50 to the dollar at the close of business Sept. 2. The open indicative rate closed at N431.30 to the dollar on Monday.
An exchange rate of N437.50 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N434.75. The Naira sold for as low as N425 to the dollar within the day’s trading.
A total of 99.68 million dollars was traded at the official Investors and Exporters window on Monday.
The All Progressives (APC) Presidential Campaign Council for Sen. Bola Tinubu has assured that it will focus on issue-based campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Mr Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity of the council, gave the assurance in a statement on Monday in Abuja, while reacting to Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) negative propaganda against the APC.
He described the PDP as a party still battling with leadership crisis and without a legacy of visionary planning, saying it has no place in Nigeria’s future.
Onanuga listed some completed projects abandoned by the PDP administration to include the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna railway and the Second Niger Bridge.
He added that the PDP left undone railroads, roads, power and ports that signalled a prostrate economy and a socially disoriented country.
He recalled that Tinubu had contrasted the PDP era with seven years of the APC-led government and its plans for the future.
“They spent 16 years and forgot that there is a railway infrastructure that can do haulage, human carriage, animal and food carriage across the length and breadth of the country.
“These are people still fighting for leadership of their party, looking for the direction of the compass, we are not equal at all; we are smarter.
We know the road; let them follow.
“We are not just the ones to hurl abuses and insults at our rivals’ party, we don’t need it.
“We are smarter; we are brilliant; we are courageous; we are not like them,” he quotes Tinubu as saying.
Onanuga noted that instead of the PDP to respond to issues raised by Tinubu recently, the party abandoned all decorum and hurled personal abuses at him.
He described this as the trademark of a party that has nothing to offer the people, adding that no decent person expects PDP to do better.
According to him, the PDP and its leaders were clueless as a ruling party and still rudderless in opposition.
He reassured that the APC and its presidential candidate would focus on issues important to improving the quality of life of Nigerians during the coming campaigns.
He said PDP only wanted to keep its floundering campaign alive by engaging in groundless muckraking, adding that the APC still remains the party to beat.
Onanuga added that in spite of PDP’s negative propaganda that the APC government had achieved nothing, the administration’s achievements were there for even the blind to see.
“Let us make it clear to the PDP: the current APC government has many achievements to be proud of unlike the PDP.
“It squandered and plundered Nigeria’s resources and could not even deliver a simple Second Niger bridge to the people of South-East, that have always delivered votes for it since 1999.“To the shame of PDP and eternal credit to APC, President Muhammadu Buhari will commission the bridge this year.
and will complete the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, abandoned for 16 years by the PDP,” Onanuga said.
He added that among its many laudable achievements, the current APC-led government had to its credit Lagos-Ibadan, Warri-Itakpe rail network and over 13, 000 kilometres of roads.
He also listed bridges at different stages of completion across the country which contrast with the PDP years, which according to him spent N633 billion on roads no one could see in its first 10 years.
He added that the Buhari administration had completed no fewer than five airports.
He said the administration would take the credit for ensuring that the 17 billion U.
S. dollars Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical Complex and the 3 billion U.
S dollars Lekki Deep Sea Port were accomplished.
Onanuga said Buhari could point to unprecedented investments in agriculture through the Anchor Borrowers scheme for rice, maize, cotton and others.
He added that under the APC-led administration, Nigeria became the biggest producer of rice in Africa cutting down rice and food import bill significantly.
He also said Nigeria remained net producer of maize, sesame, yam, millet, cashew and sorghum on the back of the life-changing investments in agriculture by the Buhari administration.
“The APC government completed over 200 dams and irrigation projects to help farmers plant throughout the year.
In 2021, Nigeria produced 23 million tonnes of maize according to Maize Farmers Association.
“The Buhari government will be eternally remembered for its unprecedented social investment programme that has reduced poverty in the land and given hope to millions of vulnerable homes.
“Doubtless, our party and candidates acknowledge the new challenges of insecurity and the economy, these are being confronted squarely by the Buhari administration,” Onanuga said.
He, however, said the incoming APC government under Tinubu is already strategising on how to deal with the problems, saying governing was a continuum————————-
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) says its upward adjustment of 0.1 million barrel per day to the overall oil production level is only intended for September 2022. OPEC made this known at its report on the 32nd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting held via video conference on Monday obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria , Abuja.
NAN recalls that the 19th and 29th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meetings approved upward adjustment of overall production for August 2022 by 0.648 .
According to the meeting, the required production level of August and October, 2022 for OPEC and non-OPEC Participating Countries remains the same.
Required production level for Nigeria was 1,830 in September while 1,826 was required in October and August.
The meeting decried adverse impact of volatility and the decline in liquidity on the current oil market and the need to support the market’s stability and its efficient functioning.
It said that higher volatility and increased uncertainties required the continuous assessment of market conditions and a readiness to make immediate adjustments to production in different forms, if needed.
It also added that OPEC+ had the commitment, the flexibility, and the means within the existing mechanisms of the Declaration of Cooperation to deal with these challenges and provide guidance to the market.
It reiterated the critical importance of adhering to full conformity and to the compensation mechanism.
“Compensation plans should be submitted in accordance with the statement of the 15th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting while 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting holds on Oct. 5.