The Nasarawa State Government has assured Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and indigent residents of welfare support during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Special Adviser to Gov. Abdullahi Sule on Erosion Control and Waste Management, Alhaji Hashimu Jibrin-Gurku, said this when he led his subcomittee to distribute 100 bags of 25kg of rice as palliative for the poor of Gurku/Kabusu ward.
He spoke to newsmen at the Gurku IDPs camp on Wednesday in Karu Local Government Area of the state.
Jibrin-Gurku, who is a former lawmaker representing Karu/Gitata state constituency, appreciated the state government for the gesture to the people of the area.
“My visit alongside members of the distribution committee to the IDPs camp in Gurku is to end the distribution of rice to the vulnerable and the poor ones of this ward.
“We have identified the less privileged and the vulnerable ones in all communities of Gurku/Kabusu ward.
“We shared them the rice based on the number of the vulnerable ones identified in each ward,” he said.
He thanked members of the ward distribution committee for their various contributions towards ensuring the success of the exercise.
Jibrin-Gurku also appreciated other relevant stakeholders of Gurku/Kabusu electoral ward for being considerate in identifying with the poorest of the poor to benefit from the state government COVID-19 relief intervention.
He called on the people of the area to continue to adhere strictly to preventive measures against COVID-19 in order to remain safe.
Besides, the special adviser called on the people of the area and the state at large to pray and support Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to enable him succeed.
The former lawmaker enjoined the IDPs and other people of the state to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliations for development to thrive.
Responding, the Chairman of the Gurku IDP’s Camp, Mr Yohanna Zidiko, thanked God for the presence of the state government representative in the camp.
Zidiko said the camp have more than 2,000 persons including over 50 widows with their children, saying the the palliative will go a long way in easing their lives.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)https://nnn.ng/covid-19-nasarawa-govt-distributes-rice-to-idps-indigents/
Rivers: NEMA engages stakeholders on flooding challenge
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Saturday, engaged critical stakeholders in Rivers on the level of preparedness to mitigate the effects of flooding in 2020.
Mrs Fatima Kasim, Deputy Director of NEMAwho said at the occasion in Port Harcourt that the engagement was to follow-up strategic measures the state government had put in place to mitigate the effects of flood.
Kasim stated that NEMA, had on June, 2020, sent letters to all the states on the need to put in place measures in place to forestall the effects of the predicted flooding in 2020.
“So, we came to follow-up the update and also collate update in areas that have been flooded and respond the challenges of the state if any.
“I can confirm that flood has already affected some communities in Abua/Odual, Ahoada-East, Ahoada-West, Degema and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGAs of the state.
“The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA is making arrangements for assessment visits to the affected areas,” she said.
According to Kasim, disaster has three levels of management, starting with the local government, state and the federal.
“It is when the disaster overwhelms the LGA that the state intervenes, and when it overwhelms the state, the federal comes in.
“The synergy between the federal and state governments is good as they are collaborating to achieve the desired result,”she added.
The NEMA deputy director advised stakeholders, including communities on the need to continue to prepare, saying, “it is not over until it is over” and also put in place measures to reduce its impact.
“For instance, waste should be properly disposed and not be dropped in drains and canals to avoid stopping the flow of water.
“People need to start engaging themselves on what they need to do before the flood catches up with them.
“People should begin to identify where they will move and adhere to early warning alert. They shouldn’t wait till they see the flood before leaving,” the deputy director warned.
Kasim, who is the Team Lead for the Advocacy visit to Rivers, assured the affected communities that palliatives would be made available to them as soon as possible .
The South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr Walson Brandon, stated that NEMA was always prepared for emergency management and that the foreseeable challenges of the 2020 flood would not be an exception.
“The emergency management circle starts with prevention, preparedness, response and rehabilitation, and we started sensitisation long ago.
“Today’s programme is to sensitise more people for response that the flood is here and how do we respond in case the flood overwhelms us,” he said.
Brandon said that the Rivers government had already designated primary school buildings to be used as IDP Camps should the flood overwhelm the communities.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma
Nasarawa APC pass Vote of Confidence on Gov Sule
The Nasarawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence on the administration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule.
Mr Philip Sheckwo, Chairman of the party in the state stated this at a news conference held in Lafia on Saturday.
Sheckwo said the decision was taken at an expanded party exco meeting held in Lafia on Friday, Sept. 18.
“The meeting unanimously passed a vote of confidence on his Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule,’’ he said.
The state chairman added that the party at the meeting also lauded the leadership of the Governor for involving the party in his administration.
He said the party also expressed satisfaction with the tremendous strides the administration had achieved so far.
“In less than two years, he has made a lot of impact on the administration of the state. On the overall development of the state, he has also made a lot of impact.
“He has made a lot of impact in all sectors. We express our gratitude and encourage him to continue in that direction,’’ he said.
Sheckwo said the achievements and healthy relationship with the party convinced party members in the state to pass a vote of confidence on the admi9nistration.
He also explained that the party discussed vital issues that touched on the progress of the party in the state and also made an appraisal of the gains of the party so far.
“The meeting, in line with the constitution of the party, encouraged stakeholders at the state and local government levels to shun any individual interest that may seem to override that of the unity of the party.
“Stakeholders are encouraged to synergize with the party at various levels both at the ward, local government and state levels, in order to witness more progress for the party in the state,’’ he said.
According to Sheckwo, party stalwarts also acknowledged with gratitude the cordial relationship between Gov. Abdullahi Sule and his predecessor, Sen. Umaru Al-Makura, who currently represents Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the Senate.
He added that Gov. Abdullahi Sule, all State Executive Committee members, local government chairmen and their secretaries, were in attendance at the meeting.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Nasarawa Govt inaugurates 18-man committee on education sector
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has inaugurated an 18-member committee in the education sector to underscore issues as well as proffer solutions to them.
Speaking during the inauguration on Friday in Lafia, Sule said the committee was as put in place as a measure towards revamping the education sector in the state.
“Composition and inauguration of an education sector development plan is aimed at providing impetus for the actualization of the vision of this administration for the sector and by extension the state at large.
“It is worthy to state that both the outcome of the baseline survey carried out by the renowned expert and the recommendations of the summit will be made available to this committee for its guidance.
“Perhaps, I should stress that the government was very meticulous in the selection of members of this committee out of a broad spectrum of the professionals within and outside the state in order for us to benefit from your own experiences,” he said.
He explained that the committee is to be guided by the terms of reference that involves a holistic look at the entire education system, school structures, and human capital in education as well as make appropriate recommendations.
“To appraise the implementation of the free education, school feeding, adult education, special education as well as family life special education in terms of relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability in line with the objective of Nasarawa state Economic Development Strategy and to make appropriate recommendations.
“To examine the level of infrastructural decay in the post primary institutions, particularly in science designated schools, vocational and relevant technology centres, technical schools and information and communication technology centres in the state.
“You are to recommend measures for their transformation and upgrading in line with the current needs and realities of the state,” he said.
The governor, who expressed confidence on the members of the committee announced that the committee has 12 weeks within which to submit its report.
Hajiya Fati Sabo, Chairman of the committee and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology pledged to be resolute towards carrying out the herculean task.
“Your excellency, I want to assure you that we will bring our professionalism and experience to bear for the benefit of Nasarawa state,” she said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide
Facebook announces opening of new office in Lagos
Facebook on Friday said it would be opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria, as part of its continued commitment and ongoing investment in Africa.
Facebook, in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos, said this would be its second office on the African continent.
It said the opening of the new office was aimed at supporting the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region.
The office, it said, was expected to become operational in 2021.
According to Facebook, it will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.
It said the office would be home to various teams servicing the continent from across the business, including Sales, Partnerships, Policy, Communications as well as Engineers.
Commenting, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation, said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world.
“All across Africa, we are seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem and I am proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we will build products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm.
“We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.
“The investment of the new Facebook office follows the 2018 opening of NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa.
“The hub was opened in partnership with CcHub, and the 2019 opening of a Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos, in partnership with Teleperformance, “Archibong said.
Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy, Africa said that the new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces the company’s ongoing commitment to the region.
“Our mission in Africa is no different from other parts of the world, which is to build community and bring the world closer together.
“I am excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa,” Boakye said.
The policy director said since the opening of its first office in 2015, Facebook had made a number of investments across the continent, aimed at supporting and growing the tech ecosystem.
Boakye noted that the support includes the recent rollout of its SMB Grants programme in Nigeria and South Africa.
He said thia was aimed at supporting over 900 businesses by providing a combination of cash and ad credits to help small businesses as they rebuild from COVID.
Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa, said: “We are delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria.
” Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we will continue to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.
“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent,” Ntshingila said.
Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle