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Minister lauds FCTA press corps over accurate reportage, professional conduct

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The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has commended members of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Press Corps for conducting themselves professionally in the discharge of their duties.


The minister made the commendation in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday in Abuja.

Bello noted that members of the FCT press corps had proven to be worthy partners with the FCTA in the development of Abuja.

The minister on behalf of the FCT administration, congratulated members of the press corps on the successful election of new Executive Committee.

Similarly, Bello also congratulated members of the new executive committee on their victory at the polls and wished them all a successful tenure.

” Members of the press corps have over the years,  conducted themselves professionally in the discharge of their responsibilities and have proven to be worthy partners with the FCTA in the development of the FCT,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the press corps on Wednesday elected new executive committee.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

 

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FEMA alerts Abuja residents of severe flood

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The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has once again issued a high alert on prospect of severe flood within the FCT, especially the riverine parts of the city.


The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, issued the alert in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Idriss said the red alert became necessary following rainfall and repeated floods being witnessed in different parts of the country and around the FCT,

Idriss said  though FCT was not on the red alert, but could be at the risk of heavier flooding because of its closeness to neighboring red line States.

He assured that the agency was prepared to handle any eventuality that may arise.

“As we speak, about nine rivers in nine countries are discharging their contents from their rivers which will eventually flows into River Niger and settles at Lokoja,” he said.

Idriss, who described  flooding in the FCT  as human-induced, appealed to FCT residents to desist from activities that could lead to flooding during the peak season.

The FEMA boss stressed that the FCT administration cannot  afford to lose more lives resulting from the reckless behaviour of those who refuse to adhere to early warnings from relevant authorities.

He called on residents living around the riverine and flood-prone areas of the FCT to move to higher grounds, clear their water channels and drainages.

Idriss also enjoined the residents to avoid dumping refuse on water ways and avoid walking or driving through flooded water to keep safe.

“What we are about to witness from now on is ‘river flooding’ and this is going to be heavier and more forceful than the flash flood we experienced  earlier,” he warned.

The FEMA boss emphasised that the FCT administration had been on its toes doing the needful to ensure safety in and around the FCT.

Idriss, therefore, stressed the need for residents to take personal responsibility of the safety of their environment, saying ” disaster management is an all-inclusive effort from both the government and the governed.”

He assured residents of the agency’s efforts to work with all the relevant stakeholders to mitigate any possible effect of flooding in the FCT.

The DG said that the agency had strengthened its Ambassadors (FEMA volunteers/Vanguards) in all the area councils to be able to sensitise their people using town criers and other indigenous means of communication.

” This will enable them to drive the message home, in the bid to minimise loss of lives and properties.”

He added that FEMA had also mounted reflective billboards at various flood prone points warning off and cautioning residents from these danger areas.

Idriss challenged religious leaders, community heads and well- meaning Nigerians in authority to take responsibility of the public education and sensitisation of people around them.

” Especially those living close to flood prone areas to move to higher grounds for safety and to always call the national toll-free emergency number 112 for prompt response of any emergency.”,he said.

He said flood could catch up with anybody, anywhere, citing the   example of the victim of Trademoore Estate ,Lugbe, a visitor in the Estate that was swept off by flood water.

Idriss said FEMA had been unrelenting in sensitising FCT residents on appropriate safety measures following earlier NIMET and NIHSA prediction of torrential rain fall this season.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza
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Osinbajo inaugurates fashion cluster shared facility for MSMEs in Lagos

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday performed the virtual inauguration of the Fashion Cluster Shared Facility for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises(MSMEs), the Eko Fashion Hub 1, in Lagos State.


Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.

Osinbajo said that the Federal Government remained deeply committed to creating a more business friendly environment for MSMEs to thrive, as they were the engine room of the Nigerian economy.

According to the Vice President, the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), has in it, a Survival Fund for MSMEs.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the implementation of the MSMEs Survival Fund as part of the ESP was to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.

“Under the Survival Fund is a Payroll Support Scheme, which will provide up to N50,000 in monthly salaries for up to 10 staff of a qualifying business, for a period of three months.

“There is also a N50,000 grant for 100,000 small and medium-scale businesses, while 333,000 self-employed persons working as artisans and transporters will benefit from a one-off grant of N30,000.

“The President has also approved that the Federal Government bear the full cost of business name registration for 250,000 new businesses nationwide.

“We are doing all these to support MSMEs across the country to maintain their staffing levels and keep their businesses afloat through these very challenging times.”

The Vice President said the Buhari administration’s commitment to the success of small businesses was evident in its MSMEs Clinics initiative.

Osinbajo said that the clinics extended business support services to small businesses across the country, of which the MSMEs Shared Facility Scheme was a core component.

“The Eko facility, which was developed through collaboration between the Federal Government, the Lagos State Government, and the Organised Private Sector, is an end-to-end fashion production centre equipped with needed machinery and will be made available to the public under a shared facility style structure.

“When MSMEs thrive the economy thrives, when they struggle, the economy struggles.

“MSMEs’ Shared Facility Scheme being implemented by the Federal Government under the National MSMEs Clinics seeks to provide high-quality operating equipment, which small businesses can access at a reasonable cost, within a conducive space,’’ he said.

According to the Vice President, the facilities will help to reduce operating costs for users, allowing them to invest the savings in expanding their businesses and hiring more staff.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was physically present at the event in Ikeja, commended the President and Vice President for supporting the scheme.

He said that there were plans to replicate the same in other parts of the state.

There are 161 machines at the EKO facility, including 74 industrial straight sewing machines, 10 industrial steam pressing irons, four monogramming machines, eight industrial button-hole and five industrial button tacking machines.

It also has Tinko and Coil machines, heming and industrial weaving machines, among others.

The Facility has a 100kva standby generator and a 2kva solar power system.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum, Managing Director, Access Bank, Herbert Wigwe and the Special Assistant to the President on MSMEs, Tola Johnson joined the event.

Others were the CEO, Bank of Industry, Mr Olukayode Pitan, Director-General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), Dr Dikko Umaru Radda, Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Alhaji Garba Abubakar and Managing Director, NEXIM Bank, Abba Bello.

Dr Lola Akande, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives among other government functionaries also attended the event.

Osinbajo had in June, virtually inaugurated and handed over the 200,000-capacity Yam Storage Facility at the Zaki Biam International Yam Market in Benue State.

He had said there were also plans to establish similar facilities in other parts of the country, including in Kaduna, Anambra and the FCT.

Edited By: Felix Ajide
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Businessman in court over alleged N1m job scam

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A 32-year-old businessman, Usman Rilwan,who allegedly defrauded a job seeker of N1 million, on Friday appeared in  a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court.


The police charged Rilwan, who lives in City Centre Plaza Gimbiya, street Area 11, Garki, with  criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Police Prosecutor,  ASP Peter Ejike of the FCT Command Abuja, told the court that the complainant, Adamu Idris of Karu FCT, Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station, on August 16.

He alleged that early in the year, the defendant told the complainant that he can get a job for him at the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) if he can pay N4 million.

Ejike alleged that both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), stating that the payment would be done in two installments of N2million through bank transfers.

He alleged that the MoU also states that the defendant would refund the money to the complainant if he breaches the agreement.

The prosecutor alleged that on March 24, the complainant transferred N2 million as the first installment from his First Bank account 2027809509 to Access Bank account 0107549258 belonging to the defendant.

Ejike told the court that in May, the defendant told the complainant that the appointment letter would be ready on June 20, buy he failed to delver.

He said that the defendant  refunded N1million and all efforts to recover the balance of N1million, failed,

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of section 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail and ordered that he provides two sureties.

Nwecheonwu ordered the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court; they should deposit their recent passport photograph and a valid means of identification to the court.

The magistrate adjourned the matter until Nov.18, for hearing.

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NAF distributes medical oxygen cylinders to FCT isolation centres

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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has distributed medical oxygen cylinders to isolation centres in the FCT.


The Chief of Medical Services, NAF, Air Commodore Gideon Bako, while distrbuting the items to the beneficiaries at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Thursday in Abuja, said it was in continuation of national efforts to fight COVID-19.

He explained that NAF had been supplying medical oxygen to the beneficiaries in the FCT and even in other parts of the country.

“All the beneficiaries need do is to bring their empty cylinder to the airport for onward transportation to Yola, fill them, and bring the cylinders back to them.

“All these are at no cost to them, being one of the ways of giving back to the society, and in efforts to fight the scourge.

“We have over 156 cylinders that we took to Yola, filled, returned and distribute to the beneficiaries,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the beneficiaries include: DSS Medical Centre, CACOVID Isolation Centre, as well as the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH).

NAN also reports that UATH has 128 of the cylinders, while DSS has 16.

According to him, NAF has its own cylinders too, which it normally supply to the beneficiary isolation centres.

“We also have facilities in Yola like the Federal Medical Centre and the state Specialist Hospital that the service has been supplying medical oxygen to,” he said.

Bako, however, said that all the efforts were geared toward letting Nigerians know that whereever they were, they were not forgotten.

“Just bring your empty cylinder to the airport. We will transport them to Yola, fill them and bring them back to you wherever you are free of charge.

“The only thing we do is that we monitor to ensure that the cylinders are taken to the right place and for the purpose they are meant for,” Bako said..

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
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