NAN) The Kwara State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to continue waging war against malnutrition among the citizens, especially the women and vulnerable groups in the State.
The State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Olasumbo Oyeyemi, stated this in a statement signed by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Daibu Abubakar, on Saturday in Ilorin.
According to the statement, Oyeyemi made this known after the state committee meeting to unveil a policy document on Food and Nutrition.
She said this administration came up with the policy document and a Multi-Sectoral Plan of Actions to stem the cases of stunted growth hampering the physical and mental fitness of little children.
The commissioner said the step was borne out of Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s responsiveness to the well-being of the downtrodden in the state.
She charged members of the committee to commit themselves to the realisation of the policy document as it was targeted at eradicating malnutrition in the state.
The statement further reported the Chairman, State Committee on Food and Nutrition, Dr. Yakub Jaja, as praising Gov. AbdulRazaq for being passionate about the welfare of the less-privileged.
Dr. Jaja, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, appreciated the committee members for playing an active role towards the domestication of the National Policy on Food and Nutrition in the state.
News Flash: Plateau United advance to next round News FlashPlateau United Football Club of Jos beat ASO Stade Mandji of Gabon 1-0 in Abuja on Sunday in the second leg match of their first preliminary round fixture in the 20222023 CAF Champions League.
They have now advanced to the second preliminary round, after a 3-2 aggregate victory.
More details later.
Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, has received hundreds of defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mr Abba Tata, the state 2011 deputy governorship candidate of the party, as they joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking at the ceremony in Damaturu on Sunday, Buni said that Tata was a political asset to the APC.
He expressed joy for receiving Tata, a foundation PDP member, who left it for the first time since joining in 1998. The governor urged other members of opposition parties to join the APC, saying the party was big enough to accommodate all politicians in the state.
Buni said his call was borne out of the desire to unite the people of the state and forestall rancour among politicians.
He said that the APC would be fair and just to all the defectors.
Earlier, Alhaji Aji Bularafa, the Special Adviser to the governor on Legislative and Political Matters, said Tata was endeared to the APC due to the developmental strides of the Buni-led administration.
He listed the achievements to include construction of four ultra-modern markets, renovation and construction of 134 primary health care centres across the state.
In his remarks, Tata, also an ex- PDP governorship aspirant for 2023 election, said Buni’s goodwill and open-door policy motivated him to defect to the APC.
He thanked the party for the warm reception and pledged to be loyal as well as co-operate with its leadership.
The N11.03 trillion deficit proposed in the N19.76 trillion 2023 budget as indicated in 2023-2025 MTEF and FSP will be tackled by the National Assembly via necessary amendments of relevant provisions of the Finance Act .
Chairman, Senate Committee on General Services, Sen. Sani Musa ( APC Niger-East) made the discourse while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
The Senate had, through its Committee on Finance at an interactive session with the Minister of Finance , Budget and National Planning , Mrs Zainab Ahmed on 2023-2025 MTEF and FSP, decried the proposed deficit as proposed in the N19.76 trillion 2023 budget .
Sen. Solomon Adeola ( APC Lagos) and Chairman Senate Committee on Finance, had told heads of revenue generating agencies to evolve other sources of revenue generation to reduce borrowing and ultimately the deficit in the nation’s budget.
Musa, however, said there was an urgent need to look into other areas beyond crude oil, to generate revenue to fund the budget and ultimately reduce the deficit in the budgetary provision.
He said: “The budget of this country has been in deficit and the only thing we can do is to amend so many things in the Finance Act. He said this would enable the generation of more revenues from other sources rather than depending on oil alone and by extension, reduce the size of proposed budget deficit.
Musa said the ninth Senate had done creditably, given the laudable bills passed to improve the economy, adding that the renovation of National Assembly complex was also a steering achievement of the ninth Assembly.
He said given the renovation, a temporal chamber for plenary was being put in place for senators ahead of its resumption on Sept. 20. “By now the temporary chambers should have been ready knowing that we are resuming.
“Initially we are supposed to resume on the 20th of this month but there are some little things that need to be done before then .
” But I can assure the general public that this will be done in the shortest time and we are going to resume to receive Mr President and to present the 2023 Budget.
“You will recall that the ninth Senate has done very well, because this edifice since it was built, has never been rehabilitated; we are refurbishing it, bringing it back to standard like any other parliament you see around the world.
“The FCT that is doing this Job, has been up and doing, but we need to push, they need to do more so that we will be able to resume as quick as possible.
” Commenting further on the general renovation work going on at the National Assembly, Musa said it was an overdue project and very necessary in making the NASS, particularly the hallowed Chambers, to meet up with global standard.
“It is a great achievement for us that we are renovating the National Assembly complex that has been built over 20 years.
” What we read from the newspapers that NASS leadership has not done anything on the leaking roof, is not true.
“This edifice is supposed to be managed and taken care by the FCT, because it is their property, but now we have taken it as a responsibility on us to make sure we renovate it.
“I’m sure that by the time the renovation of the National Assembly chambers is completed, other African countries will come to see and make Nigeria as a case study and see how we have improved on parliamentary infrastructure.
The Federal Government says the planned lifting of 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 is attainable, if stakeholders play their expected roles effectively.
Ms Kachollum Daju, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, said this when she addressed newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had unveiled government’s plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030. Daju said the role of key players in the private sector, including development partners remained indispensable and that government would not rest on its oars until the goal was achieved.
She said that government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) were working hard to actualise the mandate of lifting the 100 million people out of the circle of poverty.
She said that the Ministry of Labour and Employment has inaugurated a data bank, known as Labour Market Information System(LMIS) to guide those who have been employed and those wishing to secure employment.
According to her, with the new National Development Plan 2021 to 2025, I’m sure you are aware that there are many thematic areas.
“It is not just the Ministry of Labour and Employment or the federal Ggvernment as it were, it is multi sectoral and different sectors will come together to ensure that this is achieved.
“The private sector is supposed to play a huge role because we cannot all be dependent on government.
“So we will work together and for Ministry of Labour, we have different agencies and departments that have to do with employment skills.
“Alongside the LMIS, we are also going to improve on job matching, known as the National Electronic Labour Exchange (NELEX),” she said.
“It is where you match jobseekers with the job.
It has been going on but apparently many Nigerians are not aware of it.
“The ministry is upgrading that and we also trying to construct more job centers across the nation.
” Daju also said that the Ministry of Labour has created about 16 job centres across the country, saying that the goal was to establish a centre in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT.
She said that there were plans to enhance the number of job centers in the nation in order to serve all 774 local government areas.
She added that the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) was actually brought to ensure that the informal sector was well taken care of and that was a problem for the government.
“A large per cent of people are in the informal sector, such as artisans are not insure but with the National Health Insurance Act which was just passed, the insurance would cover the informal sector too, ’’she said.
Daju added that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has different schemes that cut across board to ensure that unemployment was reduced through empowerment, vocation skills, among others.
“Yes, I will say that the government policy to reduce poverty by 2030 is real, the plans to cut down youth unemployment is real,’ ’she added.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has been appointed as the National Youth Co-ordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.
The appointment was conveyed in a letter addressed to Bello, signed by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu, in the letter dated Aug. 8, stressed that Bello who was an aspirant in the party’s presidential primaries held in June, deserved the appointment owing to his impressive political achievements and the exemplary leadership he had demonstrated as governor of his state and as a party member.
The former governor of Lagos state added that he was confident that the Kogi governor would do his best in the new responsibility given him so that the party could run an effective, message-driven campaign, which would lead to victory in the 2023 presidential election.
Recall that multitudes of youths and women across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, had, during the build-up to the APC presidential primary election, demonstrated their strong support for the Kogi governor, owing to his youth- and women-friendly policies.
Party members and analysts described the appointment as a big boost for the campaign, considering the important place of youths in the 2023 elections and the impressive youth-targeted campaigns Bello conducted before the primary election.
The letter, titled, “Appointment as National Youth Coordinator for Presidential Campaign Council”, read in part: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as National Youth Coordinator of the Presidential Campaign Council.
“This appointment is fitting and appropriate, given your impressive political achievements and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.
“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team.
We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility so we conduct an effective, message -driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.
“Together, not only can we ensure victory for our party in the February 2023 election but we shall also move Nigeria along the path of national greatness,” Tinubu said.
This, he added, would be achieved by building on the achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari -APC administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.
He congratulated Bello and wished him God’s speed and guidance.
Please, accept the assurances of our highest respect and regards always,” Tinubu added.
In his acceptance letter, Bello pledged to deploy all in his capacity, working alongside the presidential candidate, to ensure victory for the APC in the 2023 general elections.
“Tinubu is one great Nigerian , who not only exemplifies but abundantly demonstrates through transformational leadership and good governance, my own aspirations for a Nigeria that is secure, united and prosperous,” he stated.
Rt. Rev. Sosthenes Eze, Anglican Bishop of Enugu North Diocese, says the Church established its College of Education to remould and regain lost morals and character.
Eze said this on Sunday in Enugu while declaring the name of the college as Christian Chukwuma Onoh College of Education, named after the deceased former Gov. Christian Onoh of defunct Anambra State.
He said that the vision for the college was borne out of the conviction to address societal decay, negligence and bankruptcy in character.
The vices, he noted, crept into the education sphere with the takeover of schools by governments and the consequent production of students lacking character.
He stressed that graduates of the college would be a crop educated people that would form the rebirth of a new Nigerian society that upholds and builds ethical and moral standards, character and integrity.
“This project is a formable way of kick-starting the education mission of the Church where teachers, well-trained in character and learning will be produced.
“The graduates will deal with the moral decadence and lack of character in the society.
“We value education in this part of the country, and have several institutions.
“There is a need to groom teachers and lecturers for these institutions and schools for them to further groom the students and pupils in the fear of God and good character,’’ Eze said.
On the naming of the college after the deceased former Gov. Onoh, he said that Onoh used his life and time to promote the Church and education in the entire Enugu State.
“It was Onoh that first got the vision that missionaries were excellent in education; he built this Colliery Comprehensive Technical College, Ngwo, and handed it over to the Church.
“This college serves as the take-off point of the new College of Education.
“The naming of the college after him is to honour him and ensure that this place produces exceptional teachers and lecturers that will impact sound character and learning in students and pupils,’’ Eze said.
In a lecture entitled: “The C.
C. Onoh I know and imperative of higher education”, Emeritus Bishop Emmanuel Ugwu, said that Onoh was an enigma that touched a lot of lives in many different ways.
Ugwu, former Bishop of Anglican Diocese, said: “Onoh did a lot in the educational advancement of many Enugu State residents and awarded scholarships as a private individual and as a governor.
“I am one of the beneficiaries of his scholarship awards,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Diocesan Higher Education Committee, Prof. Gab Agu, said that the resumption of academic activities in the institution was on course.
Agu, a renowned legal luminary, said the institution would kick-off its academic session soon with an anticipated 500 students.
“The academic work of this institution will kick-start this last quarter of the year.
“We have already secured approval for the institution and are about to conclude on the accreditation of courses to be offered here,’’ he said.
President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed deep sadness at the death of 19 students and two adults in a collision between a bakkie and a truck near Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday, September 16, 2022.
The students were reportedly transported in a bakkie when his vehicle collided with a truck.
The President offers his condolences to all the families who lost their loved ones in this incident and wishes the survivors a speedy and full recovery.
The President said: “This is another sad moment for our country, following the substantial loss of young lives in an Eastern Cape tavern recently.
“We cannot afford to lose such precious lives under any conditions.
I hope that the investigation of the Pongola incident sheds light on the cause of this tragedy and helps us take better care of our children in the future.”
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo, has lauded the people of the state for the warm reception accorded to President Muhammadu Buhari, during his Sept. 23 official visit to the state.
Uzodimma said this when he spoke after a Church Service at the Government House Chapel in Owerri on Sunday.
He commended the people for their show of commitment by identifying with the President in spite of the sit-at-home order by the proscribed Indigenious People of Biafra.
The governor attributed the success of the visit to the prayers of the people.
“By the grace of God, Imo has been restored to peace and order,” he said.
He urged the people to jointly support the government for the overall good of the state.
” I call on all sons and daughters of our dear state to come out and be part of the government, the vanguard which is ready to change the old style of doing things, and embrace the new style of doing things, ” he said.
He commended the day’s homily that harped on sacrificial service for eternal gains, saying it was in tandem with the vision and mission of his “Shared Prosperity Government” , which was to put the interest of the people first before individual interests.
He urged the congregation to deeply reflect on the message while praying to God for the accomplishment of his administration’s goals and objectives.
The governor’s wife, Mrs Chioma Uzodimma and top officials led by the deputy governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, attended the Service.
Fifteen-year-old Ethan Nwaneri on Sunday became the youngest player in English Premier League (EPL) history.
This was when he came on as a substitute for Arsenal as they returned to the top of the EPL with a comfortable 3-0 win at Brentford.
Goals from William Saliba and Gabriel Jesus gave Mikel Arteta’s side a 2-0 lead at the break before Fabio Vieira completed the win in the 54th minute.
Nwaneri, who is 15 years and 181 days old, came on as a substitute for Vieira in the second minute of stoppage time, the first player under 16 to play in the competition.
The previous youngest player to feature in the league was Harvey Elliott, now of Liverpool, who was 16 years and 38 days old when he made his top-flight debut for Fulham.
Arsenal had suffered their first defeat of the season in their last outing, at Manchester United, but never looked in danger, controlling the game from the outset.
Saliba got things underway, heading the visitors in front in the 17th minute, rising to angle a corner from Bukayo Saka in off the far post.
Another header, 11 minutes later, doubled Arsenal’s advantage with Granit Xhaka picking out Gabriel Jesus with a perfectly floated cross from the left which the Brazilian met powerfully.
The game was put beyond Brentford in the fourth minute after the break thanks to a wonderful strike from outside the box by Portuguese midfielder Vieira, which rattled in off the post.
“We have a different mentality this season.
We kept going and are training like we play and have class with the players that can make a difference,” said Arsenal midfielder Xhaka.
“More than happy we are in a good way but a long way to go,” he added.
Arsenal are on 18 points from the opening seven matches of the season, with defending champions Manchester City a point behind and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur also on 17 points.
The defeat leaves Brentford in ninth place on nine points but manager Thomas Frank said they had lost to genuine title contenders.
“We lost 3-0, to the number one in the EPL.
I said before they are a top side.
“I think we performed quite well, not 10 out of 10 but if you want to win or get something out of a team (that are) flying, you cannot concede the first from a set piece and then the second one,” he said.
“We lost the game, I hate losing (but) they are top of the table so you cannot argue with that, they have done brilliant.
“Looking at the quality, they must be title contenders.