Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday resumed work after three weeks’ vacation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Makinde embarked on his annual vacation on Aug.11, after transfer of power to his deputy, Chief Adebayo Lawal, who acted as the governor throughout the period.
NAN reports that many political functionaries and Makinde’s supporters led by the deputy governor, received the governor at the entrance of his office in Agodi, Ibadan, at exactly 2:00 p.
m. While addressing the people, the governor said he would continue to serve the people of the state, provide good governance that would have positive impact and enhance the economic growth of the state.
He observed that no vacuum was created during his vacation because he left behind a competent, committed, loyal and a man with a high level of responsibility, acting in his capacity.
Makinde commended his deputy and other top government functionaries for their loyalty and dedication to duties while he was on vacation.
Lawal had earlier welcomed the governor and thanked him for the confidence reposed in him by allowing him to act as governor.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Segun Ogunwuyi; and the Deputy Speaker, State House of Assembly, Mr Mohammed Fadeyi; were among top government functionaries that welcomed the governor.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has congratulated the new United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, 47 -year-old Liz Truss who replaced Mr Boris Johnson.
Johnson resigned in early July.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Truss was on Monday, announced as the new leader of UK Conservative Party.
She defeated her rival, Rishi Sunak in a Tory vote where she polled 81,326 votes to beat Sunak who polled 60,399 votes.
As the leader of the ruling Conservative Party, Truss is now British prime minister, replacing Boris Johnson who resigned early July after a scandal-hit government.
Truss, would be the third UK female prime minister following Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategies and Security, Mr Setonji David told NAN that her emergence was a good development because it was a reflection of the will of the people, adding that the UK experience was worthy of emulation.
“Her emergence is a reflection of the will of the people which should be emulated.
“Her emergence was also a good example for African countries, especially for those who have been paying lip service to true democracy,” he said.
The lawmaker noted that Britain had been one of the country’s most reliable allies, especially in her efforts to support President Muhammdu Buhari’s administration to stamp out insecurity.
The spokesperson said the country looked forward to the continuation of the good relationship that bound the two countries together for many years.
NAN recalls that before her emergence as Tory leader and British PM, Truss was UK’s Secretary of State for foreign, commonwealth and development affairs since 2021 and minister for women and equalities since 2019.
Nigeria and Qatar are set to strengthen their diplomatic ties by promoting Nigerian culture in the Middle-East country.
A statement on Monday by the Nigerian Embassy in Qatar’s capital Doha, said Nigeria’s Ambassador to Qatar, Yakubu Ahmed, disclosed this while calling for the strengthening of cultural partnership between the two countries through the Katara Cultural Foundation.
It said Ahmed made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the office of the General , Kiahf Committee of Katara Cultural Foundation, Prof. Khalid Sulaiti, in Doha. The statement said the envoy explained to his Qatari host that the purpose of his visit was to share with him, the rich cultural diversity of Nigeria, stressing that such partnership would promote Nigerian culture in Qatar.
Ahmed said Nigeria had over 250 distinct ethnic groups with different linguistic and cultural orientations, whose rich cultures were expressed through several annual traditional festivals, featuring various carnivals, boat rides, fishing, dances, songs, horse riding and masquerades.
He, therefore, expressed the willingness of the Nigerian Embassy to partner with the Katara Foundation in promoting Nigerian culture in Qatar.
Ahmed also stressed that the Nigerian Embassy would explore the possibilities of inviting interested public and private artists and art galleries in Nigeria to bring their talents and wares to Doha for some cultural events and exhibitions in the Katara Cultural Village.
Responding, Prof. Sulait welcomed the idea, and suggested that the Nigerian Embassy should utilise Katara facilities at regular intervals to showcase Nigeria’s cultural heritage via series of exhibitions, especially after the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022. He also pledged support for any of such events that the embassy would be willing to organise.
The General Manager explained that the major buildings in the Cultural Village included Katara Amphitheatre, art halls and galleries, drama theatre, masjids, opera house, hotels, restaurants and gardens.
He further explained that the amphitheatre was completed in 2008 and was officially opened on December 11, 2001, adding that it covered 3,275 sqm and could accommodate 5,000 spectators.
Prof Sulait added that Katara used numerous halls and galleries to host various conferences, seminars, symposiums and exhibitions.
He said it was also a place to experience the cultures of other countries through such events as the exhibitions of cultural arts and artifacts.
Established on one million square metres of land distributed into about 50 buildings constructed for various cultural expressions and ceremonies, the Cultural Village has about 2 kilometers of coastal line for outdoor sea front cultural events and leisure.
The statement added that the Nigerian envoy was taken on a guided tour of the iconic Katara Cultural Village, regarded as the cultural melting point of Qatar that attracts millions of visitors to the country.
Hermes, one of the housemates for the ongoing television reality show, Big Brother Naija has emerged Head Of House (HOH) for the seventh week.
The Coordinator of the show, Biggie, announced this upon completion of the HOH challenge on Monday.
Biggie said Hermes had become immune from the week’s nomination process, and would stay in the luxury lounge, as well, rewarded to have a movie date with friends, courtesy of Showmax.
Hermes who had emerged HOH in the second week of the show, picked Allyson as his partner to stay in the head of house lounge for the week.
For the first phase of the HoH games, All housemates except Dotun and Sheggz had a makeshift fishing pole to catch as many fishes as possible from the imaginary stream of water.
The top two male and female housemates who won automatically qualified for the second phase of the challenge, those who won the first phase were: Chichi, Daniella, Hermes and Eloswag.
After the second phase of the HOH games, Hermes emerged the winner.
Earlier, Biggie commended Allyson for haven served her punishment for being the tail of house in the previous week but expressed dissatisfaction with Sheggs as he declared him ineligible to participate in the HOH challenge.
Sheggs was, however, further punished as Biggie ordered all the housemates to always send him on errands and failure to do so, the housemates would be punished.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 16 housemates are currently on the show, bidding for the grand prize of N100 million.
The Federal Government has taken the campaign on use of clean toilet to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Bakassi, Bakassi Local Government Area of Cross River.
Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs who led the team, distributed various sanitary items and disinfectants worth millions of naira to the IDPs. Represented by Mr Taiwo Bashorun, Director of Social Development in the ministry, Farouk urged the IDPS and other Nigerians, to imbibe the culture of using clean toilet to avoid being infected with toilet related diseases.
Speaking on the topic,: “Clean Nigeria-Use The Toilet Campaign”, the minister stated that with clean toilet, most diseases transmitted through the toilet could be curtailed.
According to her, as you may be aware, the practice of open defecation has become common in many communities due to lack of sanitary facilities.
“Nigeria still tops the global league of countries in which open defecation is prevalent with an estimated 47 million of our people indulging in the practice.
“It has been abundantly established that open defecation has negative impact on the health, educational outcomes and socio-economic life of the populace, especially women and children.
“Women girls and younger children with no access to improve toilet facilities at home or in school are especially vulnerable.
“Beyond direct health risks, shame and potential violence bare constant reality for them when when seeking a place to defecate,” she said.
Farouk stressed that the economic impact of unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene depleted the Nigeria economy by almost equivalent of 1.3 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product GDP.
She also noted that about 124,000 children under the age of five were lost annually as a result of diarrhoea.
Farouk said the essence of the campaign for use of clean toilet was to sensitise the populace on the need for a new culture that could put an end to open defecation before the end of 2025. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items distributed include sanitary pads, Izals and Dettol among others.
The National Directorate of Employment(NDE) on Monday in Port Harcourt commenced training of 50 persons on sustainable agricultural development to enhance food production in Rivers.
Mr Edem Duke, the Head of Department Rural Employment Programmes (REP), NDE headquarters, Abuja, flagged off the programme, tagged Post Sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme(SADTS).
Duke, represented by, Mr Joshua Fagbemi, Senior Officer, REP Department, said that the training being organised in the state would increase food production.
He said much money had been spent on the programme to train Nigerians to improve their livelihoods and reduce unemployment He said the training was to prepare the beneficiaries on advanced level of agriculture to enable them to meet the standard needed to enhance their farming when they received agriculture loan from government.
“We believe that the training will help them to be skillful enough to be able to sustain what will be given to them as loan to enhance their agricultural businesses,” he said.
The head of REP department urged the beneficiaries to take the training programme as a treasure given to them, to enable to them to come out of unemployment.
He stated that the participants who proved themselves qualified after the training would get loan, and encouraged them not to be distracted but pay attention to their instructors.
The State Coordinator of NDE in Rivers, Mrs Maureen Okeji, also said that one of the agency’s mandates was to design and implement job creation programmes towards combating unemployment, reducing poverty and creating wealth.
Okeji said the directorate few months ago, trained 100 persons on SADT programme in Oyibo Local Government Area of the state where 50 were selected to be empowered.
The coordinator encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity given to them by NDE to improve their livelihoods.
The Head of Department Rural Employment Promotion NDE, Rivers, Mrs Owanaba Omofaye, said that the 50 beneficiaries of the SADT programme would be trained for five days on fifteen modules on advanced level agriculture.
She said that agriculture was the next hub of the economy which society needed to enhance food production in the state and the nation at large.
Omofaye said that the beneficiaries would be trained on how to write business plans and other policies of agro business farming.
“We are expecting the beneficiaries to train at least more 100 persons after their own training to reduce unemployment in the country,” Omofaye said.
Also, the Director of Cooperative, Rivers Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mrs Elizabeth Chidi-Wike, said the post training of the beneficiaries was to help them understand what they needed in agriculture to boost their production.
Chidi-wike said that the training would also help them to channel the loan appropriately without mismanagement.
“The training is to educate the beneficiaries on how to enrol into cooperate groups where they put their money together and start businesses that will benefit their families and society at large,” she said.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says it has earmarked N2 billion for the purchase of computers and related accessories in 2023. Mr Sanusi Garba, the Chairman, NERC, said this at a hearing on the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) in Abuja on Monday.
Garba said that in utility regulation, information technology was very important as it was not proper to rely on information given by licensees alone.
“So we are investing heavily in technology so we have credible information about quality of service.
Without technology, we can not know that a feeder in an area is out for 48 hours and people are in darkness.
“So over the next few years, we will be investing heavily on technology for data aggregation in 2021, the budget for computers, not just hardware but the software that drives the machine is N1.5 billion.
“And we are spending N2.5 billion in 2023 and N1 billion in 2025 and we will be done; we want to see what is happening in all the feeders directly from the commission and not relying on licensees.
“So investing N5 billion on technology today is nothing,’’ he said.
Garba said that the commission had engaged auditors to audit its account for the 2021 financial year and should be completed in October.
He said that the operating surplus of the commission in 2019 upon reconciliation, amounted to N3.5 billion in addition to a surplus balance of N900 million, the commission remitted N4.65 billion.
For 2020, he said that the auditor’s report revealed that the commission’s operating surplus was N3.8 billion and that reconciliation was ongoing with the Office of the Account General of the Federation after which remittances would be made.
Earlier, Rep. Stanley Olajide (APC-Oyo) observed that the projection of NERC for 2023, that N2 billion had been earmarked for computer equipment and over N1 billion for training.
He said that the committee was interested in knowing what was spent in previous years on computers to justify the amount budgeted for 2023 and earn value for money.
He said that the country was going to borrow to fund the 2023 budget and it was important that Nigerians get value for any amount spent by government agencies.
The Chairman, Rep. Abdullahi Saidu (APC-Niger) directed the Office of the Accountant General (OAGF) and Fiscal Regulatory Commission (FRC) to sit with NERC and reconcile the 2021 account.
He said that the country was in need of funds frowning at the delay in reconciliation which was impeding funds from going into the federation account.
“We want a comprehensive report on NERC, and that must involve OAGF, FRC and NERC, we will give you between now and next Monday to do the reconciliation.
“Let us endeavour to quickly close out on their reconciliation, we need the funds, the country needs the fund; we want to see the funds remitted latest by month end.
“We are going to heavily carry out oversight on NERC, all we are interested in is to ensure efficiency in your operations and cost management, it is something we can do together to better the lot of our people,’’ he said.
As many as 1.5 million children in Somalia, or one in five, could face deadly forms of malnutrition by October if immediate action is not taken, Save the Children said today as the international community issued a final warning about the country on the brink of the famine A new UN statement released on Monday said farming communities and displaced people in three areas of the Bay region of southwestern Somalia, including Baidoa and Burhakaba districts, could face a famine between October and December.
without significant humanitarian assistance reaching those most in need as Somalia grapples with its worst drought in 40 years.
The UN projected that up to 1.5 million children could be facing severe acute malnutrition by October.
Save the Children, along with other NGOs and UN agencies, have been alerting donors and governments to the worsening crisis in the Horn of Africa for more than a year, with Somalia crippled by four consecutive failed rainy seasons and Poor forecasts for rains from October to December.
A failed fifth rainy season would be unprecedented.
The projection of the famine in the Bay region, where thousands of lives were lost in the last famine in Somalia in 2011 that claimed 260,000 lives, half of them under 5 years of age, is largely based on currently available information that minimal assistance will be distributed in those areas in November and December due to funding limitations.
For months, Save the Children has warned that hospitals are being overwhelmed by a surge in severely malnourished children with full beds and wards on the brink of bursting, as East Africa's drought decimates people's ability to raise livestock or farming, and the war in Ukraine drives up food prices.
, making staple foods unaffordable for many who rely on imported grain.
Early warning alerts were initially largely overlooked, although a rapid scale-up of humanitarian assistance from early 2022 has undoubtedly saved many lives.
But these activities have not reached anywhere near the scale needed, and $1.5 billion is needed to provide vulnerable children and their families with the food, health care, education and water they need to survive.
Save the Children Country Director for Somalia, Mohamud Mohamed Hassan, said: “We are too late for the children and adults who have already starved to death – tragic, preventable and appalling deaths.
Their deaths not only represent a catastrophe for their families, but demonstrate in the most brutal way the growing global apathy for the victims of the climate crisis.
We mourn them and we are angry for them.
*“In recent months, international donors have stepped up critical funding for this crisis.
This is exactly what Save the Children and other agencies have been asking for, and of course it is very welcome.
But today's analysis shows that even this generosity may have come too late and we not only need immediate funding, but also rapid long-term planning and system change to prevent this from happening to people who have done absolutely nothing to contribute to hunger or the climate.
* “In addition to significant funding for immediate life-saving services, donors must continue to invest in early warning and early action to better manage the risk of hunger crises and mitigate their impacts before it is too late.
Reactive humanitarian funding alone is too slow, unreliable, expensive and ultimately ineffective to tackle today's complex crises."
A declaration of famine is based on technical decisions around three thresholds: that at least 20% of the population is affected, approximately one in three children suffer from acute malnutrition and two people in 10,000 die daily, as well as an agreement political.
The last official famine to be declared was in parts of South Sudan in 2017.
The latest analysis found that since the beginning of 2021, drought has forced around 260,000 people in the Bay Region to abandon their farms and move to places displacement in search of food and help.
By July, levels of acute malnutrition among children under the age of five had reached 24.9% among rural populations and 28.6% among newly displaced children.
This highlighted again that children in the hardest-hit parts of Somalia are now dying, from hunger, malnutrition or diseases caused by hunger and malnutrition.
Malnutrition makes children, especially infants, much more susceptible to diseases such as dysentery, diarrhoea, cholera, malaria and pneumonia.
Without enough nutritious food to eat or the ability to absorb the correct nutrients due to illness, children under the age of five are at high risk of acute malnutrition which can lead to death or, if a child survives, can cause delayed development.
growth and impede mental and physical development.
in the longer term.
Save the Children has worked in Somalia since 1951 and is a national and international leader in development and humanitarian programming in health, nutrition, education, child protection and child rights governance.
This year, Save the Children has reached more than 24,000 people through cash programs and has treated more than 50,000 children for malnutrition.
Currently, we are providing water trucks to more than 25,000 households and unconditional cash supplies to almost 11,000 households in the most affected areas.
The House of Representatives has promised to unravel the circumstances that led to the July 5 Kuje jail break by suspected Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP).
Rep. Sha’aban Sharada, the Chairman House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, said this on Monday at the resumed investigative hearing of the terrorists’ attack on Nigerian correctional Centre, Kuje in AbujaThe Reps had on July 22, set up a joint committee on National Security and Intelligence and security related committees to investigate the causes and effects of Kuje attack.
Other members of the committee include Rep. Anayo Edwin, Chairman, House Committee on Reformatory Institution and Rep. Abdulrasaq Namdas, Chairman, House Committee on Army.Sharada, who is the lead Chairman of the joint committee, assured the public that members would not spare anyone in the security breach.
He said the House would trace the circumstances that led to the incident, adding that deliberate efforts would be made to ascertain the security situation within and around the facility.
He said measures would be put in place to safeguard the reoccurrence around the facility and others around the country.
He said that the House would also ensure the monitoring of measures put in place to protect lives and property of residents in the FCT and those of all Nigerians.
He reassured Nigerians that the joint committee would be thorough, firm and objective in carrying out its assigned responsibility.
He said that insightful briefs had been received from the Directors General of the Department of State Services, the National Intelligence Agency and the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
The committee, however, re-invited the security chiefs and other heads of security agencies including some ministers who failed to honour it’s earlier invitation.
A mild drama, however, ensued when Rep. Osai Osai (PDP-Delta) raised a constitutional order for the security chiefs who failed to honour it’s invitation to be summoned.
He said that the next action would be to issue a warrant of arrest if they failed to honour the House summons.
A quick intervention by Rep. Namdas, saved the day when he pleaded with the House to re-invite the affected officers, adding that some of them could be on duty, considering the security challenges in the country.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, while appearing before the committee said that a good number of terrorists came to attack the Kuje correctional facilities.
He said that the security challenges currently ravaging the country were inherited by this administration.
He said, “We have kidnaping for ransome, Boko Haram, separatists agitation, among others.
Former Gov. Lucky Igbenedion of Edo has called for the Federal Government’s urgent intervention on the dilapidated Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi Road. Igbenedion made the call on Monday during the inauguration of the Intercontinental Paint Plc and Exhibition Fare in Benin.
He expressed concern over the deplorable condition of the road and appealed to the Federal Government to take urgent steps to rehabilitate it.
He said: “For long, we have continued to hear about the experience of motorists on the Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi Road. “We hear that people now spend days on the road from Ekpoma to Auchi and beyond.
“A lot of man-hour and economic activities are lost because of the poor state of the road infrastructure.
“In most cases, goods are damaged in transit because vehicles cannot reach their destinations on time.
” Igbenedion opined that fixing the road would help to ease the movement of goods and services in the area.
He commended the company for siting the factory in Benin.
The former governor also advised government at all levels to provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
He said that government alone could not develop the state, hence the need for public private partnership.
Earlier, the company’s Managing Executive Officer, Aigbe Omoregie, also spoke of the need for the government to create an enabling environment for the youths to participate in growing the economy.
Omoregie said, “Government should also patronise local manufacturers because they have the potential for quality products and ability to grow the nation’s economy.
“I started the company in 2006 with just N18,000 and today, we have our factories in Lagos, Uganda and now Benin City. “The factory in Benin will serve the South-South region.
“Today, the company is worth over one million dollars and our vision is to ensure that it becomes the number one paint in Africa,” Omoregie said.
Highlights of the event included the conferment of the “Mentor-of-the-Year Award” on Igbenedion, while Chief Osamede Adun, aka Bob Izua, also received “the Father that encourages younger ones to grow award”.