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  •  The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy murder armed robbery truck snatching and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm The Command s spokesman DSP Daniel Ndukwe said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov 1 to 27 Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms one live cartridge three mock guns a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement mobile phones ATM cards pieces of wrappers clothes and other incriminating exhibits He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him According to him on Nov 16 at about 11 00 p m police operatives serving in Isi Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh male and a native doctor aged 23 of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi Uzo Local Government Area Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client one Onunze Benedict of Eha Amufu community in the same LGA Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally fabricated single barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him The gun has been recovered while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu he said The police spokesman said that acting on credible information police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov 24 at about 3 20 p m arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka Makurdi Highway 9th Mile in Udi council area Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended he said Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded The police spokesman said that the state s Commissioner of Police Mr Ahmed Ammani urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements he added
    Police arrest 17 suspects for various offences in Enugu
     The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy murder armed robbery truck snatching and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm The Command s spokesman DSP Daniel Ndukwe said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov 1 to 27 Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms one live cartridge three mock guns a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement mobile phones ATM cards pieces of wrappers clothes and other incriminating exhibits He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him According to him on Nov 16 at about 11 00 p m police operatives serving in Isi Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh male and a native doctor aged 23 of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi Uzo Local Government Area Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client one Onunze Benedict of Eha Amufu community in the same LGA Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally fabricated single barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him The gun has been recovered while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu he said The police spokesman said that acting on credible information police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov 24 at about 3 20 p m arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka Makurdi Highway 9th Mile in Udi council area Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended he said Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded The police spokesman said that the state s Commissioner of Police Mr Ahmed Ammani urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements he added
    Police arrest 17 suspects for various offences in Enugu
    Foreign3 mins ago

    Police arrest 17 suspects for various offences in Enugu

    The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 17 criminal suspects for offences ranging from conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, truck snatching, and abduction to unlawful possession of a firearm.

    The Command’s spokesman, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, said in a statement on Tuesday in Enugu that the arrests and subsequent recovery of items were done within a month from Nov. 1 to 27.

    Ndukwe said that the command recovered two firearms, one live cartridge, three mock guns, a Sino Truck loaded with 789 bags of cement, mobile phones, ATM cards, pieces of wrappers, clothes and other incriminating exhibits.

    He noted that the high point of the arrests included a native doctor that allegedly shot and murdered his client while testing the gunshot protection charm he prepared for him.

    According to him, on Nov. 16 at about 11:00 p.

    m. police operatives serving in Isi-Uzo Police Division arrested Emmanuel Odoh (male and a native doctor) aged 23, of Umuaram Village in the Ikem community of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area. “Odoh was arrested for shooting and murdering his adult male client, one Onunze Benedict, of Eha-Amufu community in the same LGA.

    “Preliminary investigation reveals that the suspect confessed to having used a locally-fabricated single-barreled gun to shoot and murder the victim in his shrine at the location while testing the gunshot protection charm he had prepared for him.

    “The gun has been recovered, while further investigation is ongoing at the Homicide Section of the State CID Enugu,” he said.

    The police spokesman said that acting on credible information, police operatives serving in the 9th Mile Police Division on Nov. 24 at about 3.

    20 p.

    m., arrested six male suspects in a building along Nsukka/Makurdi Highway, 9th Mile in Udi council area.

    “Ongoing investigation into the case at the Anti-Robbery Section of the State CID has revealed that the criminal gang that is linked to a similar case earlier reported, were perfecting plans to commit felonious crimes before they were apprehended,” he said.

    Ndukwe said that the arraignment of all the suspects yet to be arraigned shall be done once investigations are concluded.

    The police spokesman said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Ammani, urged the personnel to remain focused on the fight to flush unrepentant criminal elements out of the state.

    “The command is soliciting the continued support and cooperation of citizens of the state to flush out all unrepentant criminal elements,” he added.

  •   Dr Balarabe Shehu Kakale Member of the House of Representatives PDP Sokoto said that he has attracted more than N1billion worth of federal projects to his constituency from 2020 to date Shehu Kakale who represents the federal Dange Shuni Bodinga Tureta constituency told the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja that he has also executed N300 million infrastructure and empowerment plans He said these included green fund projects worth more than N600 million which are currently running in the Tureta local government of the state According to him the projects aim to combat perennial flooding and drowning in Lambar Tureta Tureta Gari and Duma as well as gully erosion in Loha and Tsamiya districts The earthen dam at Lambar Tureta is also being dredged and widened to prevent it from overflowing and causing flooding he said Shehu Kakale also said the government was building the 25 km Tureta Danchadi Bodinga highway saying it will benefit more than 12 mostly agrarian communities They include Dankilo Hausawa Satiru Alu Dange Kindiru and Danchadi among others The legislator further said that the project would improve security boost access and production of food livestock and reinforce a large number of socioeconomic activities in the communities It will also shorten distances to and from various communities in Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara states among others Shehu Kakale said I must thank the Green Projects office and the Federal Ministry of Public Works for listening to our request and embarking on this project The first 3 km phase has been paved and we are working hard to obtain additional funds to complete and pave the road Meanwhile Shehu Kakale also said that it had implemented personal empowerment projects worth more than N300 million within the period under review in 11 sets of empowerment programs In this direction in one of those 11 programs carried out in the city of Dange on August 28 no less than 900 indigent voters benefited from a special empowerment plan called Sultan Muhammadu Bello Industrial Zone Development According to him 300 unemployed have benefited from the regime of each of the three local governments that make up the constituency Shehu Kakale added that the items distributed included 42 motorcycles 35 freezers 40 sewing machines fashion and beauty items and women s sewing machines among other things Others included plows for agriculture 40 water pumping machines 60 generator sets improved seeds inputs and implements Similarly other items distributed were welding machines solar light poles for schools in Almajiri the excavation of six wells as well as the execution of various water and sanitation projects These items were given as part of efforts to resurrect traditional cottage industries such as weaving blacksmithing sewing carving butchering tie dyeing and more This was done in memory of the great Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Bello who had an economic policy for the late Sokoto caliphate based on models of functional educational and craft industrial development Shehu Kakale added Shehu Kakale further listed projects to include a block of four classrooms each in Dange Shuni and Bodinga local governments and a forthcoming one in Tureta LGA as part of efforts to complement government efforts in education financing edited peanut Source Credit NAN
    Rep attracts N1bn projects to constituency, executes N300m schemes in Sokoto
      Dr Balarabe Shehu Kakale Member of the House of Representatives PDP Sokoto said that he has attracted more than N1billion worth of federal projects to his constituency from 2020 to date Shehu Kakale who represents the federal Dange Shuni Bodinga Tureta constituency told the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja that he has also executed N300 million infrastructure and empowerment plans He said these included green fund projects worth more than N600 million which are currently running in the Tureta local government of the state According to him the projects aim to combat perennial flooding and drowning in Lambar Tureta Tureta Gari and Duma as well as gully erosion in Loha and Tsamiya districts The earthen dam at Lambar Tureta is also being dredged and widened to prevent it from overflowing and causing flooding he said Shehu Kakale also said the government was building the 25 km Tureta Danchadi Bodinga highway saying it will benefit more than 12 mostly agrarian communities They include Dankilo Hausawa Satiru Alu Dange Kindiru and Danchadi among others The legislator further said that the project would improve security boost access and production of food livestock and reinforce a large number of socioeconomic activities in the communities It will also shorten distances to and from various communities in Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara states among others Shehu Kakale said I must thank the Green Projects office and the Federal Ministry of Public Works for listening to our request and embarking on this project The first 3 km phase has been paved and we are working hard to obtain additional funds to complete and pave the road Meanwhile Shehu Kakale also said that it had implemented personal empowerment projects worth more than N300 million within the period under review in 11 sets of empowerment programs In this direction in one of those 11 programs carried out in the city of Dange on August 28 no less than 900 indigent voters benefited from a special empowerment plan called Sultan Muhammadu Bello Industrial Zone Development According to him 300 unemployed have benefited from the regime of each of the three local governments that make up the constituency Shehu Kakale added that the items distributed included 42 motorcycles 35 freezers 40 sewing machines fashion and beauty items and women s sewing machines among other things Others included plows for agriculture 40 water pumping machines 60 generator sets improved seeds inputs and implements Similarly other items distributed were welding machines solar light poles for schools in Almajiri the excavation of six wells as well as the execution of various water and sanitation projects These items were given as part of efforts to resurrect traditional cottage industries such as weaving blacksmithing sewing carving butchering tie dyeing and more This was done in memory of the great Sultan of Sokoto Muhammadu Bello who had an economic policy for the late Sokoto caliphate based on models of functional educational and craft industrial development Shehu Kakale added Shehu Kakale further listed projects to include a block of four classrooms each in Dange Shuni and Bodinga local governments and a forthcoming one in Tureta LGA as part of efforts to complement government efforts in education financing edited peanut Source Credit NAN
    Rep attracts N1bn projects to constituency, executes N300m schemes in Sokoto
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    Rep attracts N1bn projects to constituency, executes N300m schemes in Sokoto

    Dr. Balarabe Shehu-Kakale, Member of the House of Representatives (PDP-Sokoto) said that he has attracted more than N1billion worth of federal projects to his constituency from 2020 to date.

    Shehu-Kakale, who represents the federal Dange/Shuni-Bodinga-Tureta constituency, told the Nigerian News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja that he has also executed N300 million infrastructure and empowerment plans.

    He said these included green fund projects worth more than N600 million which are currently running in the Tureta local government of the state.

    According to him, the projects aim to combat perennial flooding and drowning in Lambar Tureta, Tureta Gari and Duma, as well as gully erosion in Loha and Tsamiya districts.

    “The earthen dam at Lambar Tureta is also being dredged and widened to prevent it from overflowing and causing flooding,” he said.

    Shehu-Kakale also said the government was building the 25 km Tureta-Danchadi Bodinga highway, saying it will benefit more than 12 mostly agrarian communities.

    They include: Dankilo, Hausawa, Satiru, Alu-Dange, Kindiru, and Danchadi, among others.

    The legislator further said that the project would improve security, boost access and production of food/livestock, and reinforce a large number of socioeconomic activities in the communities.

    “It will also shorten distances to and from various communities in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, among others.

    Shehu-Kakale said, “I must thank the Green Projects office and the Federal Ministry of Public Works for listening to our request and embarking on this project.

    “The first 3 km phase has been paved and we are working hard to obtain additional funds to complete and pave the road.

    Meanwhile, Shehu-Kakale also said that it had implemented personal empowerment projects worth more than N300 million within the period under review in 11 sets of empowerment programs.

    In this direction, in one of those 11 programs carried out in the city of Dange on August 28, no less than 900 indigent voters benefited from a special empowerment plan called: “Sultan Muhammadu Bello Industrial Zone Development”.

    According to him, 300 unemployed have benefited from the regime of each of the three local governments that make up the constituency.

    Shehu-Kakale added that the items distributed included 42 motorcycles, 35 freezers, 40 sewing machines, fashion and beauty items, and women's sewing machines, among other things.

    Others included plows for agriculture, 40 water pumping machines, 60 generator sets, improved seeds, inputs, and implements.

    Similarly, other items distributed were welding machines, solar light poles for schools in Almajiri, the excavation of six wells, as well as the execution of various water and sanitation projects.

    “These items were given as part of efforts to resurrect traditional cottage industries such as weaving, blacksmithing, sewing, carving, butchering, tie-dyeing, and more.

    “'This was done in memory of the great Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Bello, who had an economic policy for the late Sokoto caliphate based on models of functional educational and craft industrial development,” Shehu-Kakale added.

    Shehu-Kakale further listed projects to include a block of four classrooms each in Dange/Shuni and Bodinga local governments and a forthcoming one in Tureta LGA as part of efforts to complement government efforts in education financing.

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  •  Traditional Ruler of Obudi Agwa in Oguta council area of Imo State Eze Dr Ignatius Asor has been killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB The assailants who raided the Eze s palace on Monday also killed two aides of the monarch and a member of the community s vigilante group Imo Command spokesman CSP Micheal Abattam in a release confirming the incidence said the command has intensified efforts aimed at apprehending the culprits The release reads sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State on the 14 11 2022 at about 1230 hours that hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and its militia affiliate Eastern Security Network ESN are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness Eze Dr Ignatius Asor fcin the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State The Divisional Police Officer DPO joined by the Command s Tactical Teams immediately raced to the Eze s Palace where on arrival it was discovered that the hoodlums has fled the scene Preliminary investigation revealed that the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in company of a woman disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace sat down with them in the process of explaining the reason for their visit they brought out guns shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides and hurriedly fled the palace On their way they attacked the office of the Agwa vigilante group shot one person and made away with three 3 motorcycles The police operatives armed with information from eyewitness traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums Meanwhile the corpse has been removed and deposited in the mortuary and the community fortified with enough police operatives The Commissioner of Police CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc who condemned the dastardly act appealed for calm He assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general that investigation has commenced and the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law
    Imo monarch, policeman, others killed by suspected IPOB members
     Traditional Ruler of Obudi Agwa in Oguta council area of Imo State Eze Dr Ignatius Asor has been killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB The assailants who raided the Eze s palace on Monday also killed two aides of the monarch and a member of the community s vigilante group Imo Command spokesman CSP Micheal Abattam in a release confirming the incidence said the command has intensified efforts aimed at apprehending the culprits The release reads sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State on the 14 11 2022 at about 1230 hours that hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and its militia affiliate Eastern Security Network ESN are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness Eze Dr Ignatius Asor fcin the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State The Divisional Police Officer DPO joined by the Command s Tactical Teams immediately raced to the Eze s Palace where on arrival it was discovered that the hoodlums has fled the scene Preliminary investigation revealed that the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in company of a woman disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace sat down with them in the process of explaining the reason for their visit they brought out guns shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides and hurriedly fled the palace On their way they attacked the office of the Agwa vigilante group shot one person and made away with three 3 motorcycles The police operatives armed with information from eyewitness traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums Meanwhile the corpse has been removed and deposited in the mortuary and the community fortified with enough police operatives The Commissioner of Police CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc who condemned the dastardly act appealed for calm He assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general that investigation has commenced and the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law
    Imo monarch, policeman, others killed by suspected IPOB members
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Imo monarch, policeman, others killed by suspected IPOB members

    Traditional Ruler of Obudi Agwa in Oguta council area of Imo State, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor has been killed by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

    The assailants who raided the Eze’s palace on Monday also killed two aides of the monarch and a member of the community’s vigilante group.

    Imo Command spokesman, CSP Micheal Abattam, in a release confirming the incidence said, the command has intensified efforts aimed at apprehending the culprits.

    The release reads, “sequel to a distress call received by the Divisional Police Officer, Divisional Police Headquarters Agwa, in Oguta LGA of Imo State, on the 14/11/2022 at about 1230 hours, that, hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militia affiliate, Eastern Security Network (ESN) are attacking the Palace of His Royal Highness, Eze (Dr.) Ignatius Asor (fcin), the Udi 1 of Obudi Agwa in Oguta LGA of Imo State.

    “The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), joined by the Command’s Tactical Teams immediately, raced to the Eze’s Palace, where on arrival it was discovered that the hoodlums has fled the scene.

    “Preliminary investigation revealed that, the hoodlums came in four vehicles and two motorcycles in company of a woman, disguising themselves as persons in distress and have come to report an emergency situation to him.

    The unsuspecting Royal father allowed them into his palace, sat down with them, in the process of explaining the reason for their visit, they brought out guns, shot and killed the Eze and two of his aides, and hurriedly fled the palace.

    “On their way, they attacked the office of the Agwa vigilante group, shot one person and made away with three (3) motorcycles.

    The police operatives armed with information from eyewitness traced the escape route in pursuit of the hoodlums.

    Meanwhile, the corpse has been removed and deposited in the mortuary, and the community fortified with enough police operatives.

    “The Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Ahmed Barde psc(+), who condemned the dastardly act, appealed for calm.

    He assured the good people of Agwa in particular and Imo State in general, that investigation has commenced and the Command will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

  •   The coordinator and leader of the Labor Party LP in Kogi s Olamaboro Local Government Area Mr David Apeh and dozens of supporters defected to the APC in the state on Monday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the deputy governor of Kogi State Chief Edward Onoja enthusiastically welcomed the defectors at Okpo Olamaboro Onoja praised the LP leader his supporters and other defectors from the PDP PRP and NNPP for heeding the voice of reason The lieutenant governor explained that the APC worked tirelessly to defeat the PDP in 2015 repeating the same in 2019 expressing confidence that 2O23 would be a free pass He stressed that the ruling party had done well on social economic and infrastructure development in the councils and in the state in general under the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello The lieutenant governor assured that with the increase in the number of registered voters the LGA would double its winning streak Furthermore he called for massive support for APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima saying that Kogi would greatly benefit from Tinubu s administration if he were to be elected President of Nigeria Earlier the coordinator of the defectors and leader of the LP said that he had been a political archenemy of the lieutenant governor with several clashes in many forums But after sitting down and doing a thorough analysis of political trends in the country I realized that the Labor Party would not make a significant breakthrough in the 2023 election Therefore I decided to pitch my tents together with my more than 2 000 ruling party supporters he said Apeh urged all Olamaboro sons and daughters in opposition parties to join APC stressing that the party had made unprecedented development strides in the areas Other dignitaries at the events included Olamaboro Omala Ankpa Federal Constituency Member of the House of Representatives Mr Abdullahi Halims Trade and Industry Commissioner Mr Gabriel Olofu Others included President Olamaboro Mr Friday Adejoh member of the House of Assembly Anthony Ujah Alewo and many others edited Source Credit NAN
    Labour Party leaders, supporters defect to APC in Kogi
      The coordinator and leader of the Labor Party LP in Kogi s Olamaboro Local Government Area Mr David Apeh and dozens of supporters defected to the APC in the state on Monday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the deputy governor of Kogi State Chief Edward Onoja enthusiastically welcomed the defectors at Okpo Olamaboro Onoja praised the LP leader his supporters and other defectors from the PDP PRP and NNPP for heeding the voice of reason The lieutenant governor explained that the APC worked tirelessly to defeat the PDP in 2015 repeating the same in 2019 expressing confidence that 2O23 would be a free pass He stressed that the ruling party had done well on social economic and infrastructure development in the councils and in the state in general under the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello The lieutenant governor assured that with the increase in the number of registered voters the LGA would double its winning streak Furthermore he called for massive support for APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima saying that Kogi would greatly benefit from Tinubu s administration if he were to be elected President of Nigeria Earlier the coordinator of the defectors and leader of the LP said that he had been a political archenemy of the lieutenant governor with several clashes in many forums But after sitting down and doing a thorough analysis of political trends in the country I realized that the Labor Party would not make a significant breakthrough in the 2023 election Therefore I decided to pitch my tents together with my more than 2 000 ruling party supporters he said Apeh urged all Olamaboro sons and daughters in opposition parties to join APC stressing that the party had made unprecedented development strides in the areas Other dignitaries at the events included Olamaboro Omala Ankpa Federal Constituency Member of the House of Representatives Mr Abdullahi Halims Trade and Industry Commissioner Mr Gabriel Olofu Others included President Olamaboro Mr Friday Adejoh member of the House of Assembly Anthony Ujah Alewo and many others edited Source Credit NAN
    Labour Party leaders, supporters defect to APC in Kogi
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    Labour Party leaders, supporters defect to APC in Kogi

    The coordinator and leader of the Labor Party (LP) in Kogi's Olamaboro Local Government Area, Mr. David Apeh, and dozens of supporters defected to the APC in the state on Monday.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the deputy governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward Onoja, enthusiastically welcomed the defectors at Okpo Olamaboro.

    Onoja praised the LP leader, his supporters and other defectors from the PDP, PRP and NNPP for heeding the voice of reason.

    The lieutenant governor explained that the APC worked tirelessly to defeat the PDP in 2015, repeating the same in 2019, expressing confidence that 2O23 would be a free pass.

    He stressed that the ruling party had done well on social, economic and infrastructure development in the councils and in the state in general under the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.

    The lieutenant governor assured that with the increase in the number of registered voters, the LGA would double its winning streak.

    Furthermore, he called for massive support for APC presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his running mate Kashim Shettima, saying that Kogi would greatly benefit from Tinubu's administration if he were to be elected President of Nigeria.

    Earlier, the coordinator of the defectors and leader of the LP, said that he had been a political "archenemy" of the lieutenant governor with several clashes in many forums.

    “But after sitting down and doing a thorough analysis of political trends in the country, I realized that the Labor Party would not make a significant breakthrough in the 2023 election.

    "Therefore, I decided to pitch my tents together with my more than 2,000 ruling party supporters," he said.

    Apeh urged all Olamaboro sons and daughters in opposition parties to join APC, stressing that the party had made unprecedented development strides in the areas.

    Other dignitaries at the events included Olamaboro/Omala/Ankpa Federal Constituency Member of the House of Representatives Mr. Abdullahi Halims, Trade and Industry Commissioner Mr. Gabriel Olofu.

    Others included President Olamaboro, Mr. Friday Adejoh; member of the House of Assembly, Anthony Ujah Alewo and many others.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   The Enugu state government says it will support and sustain the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Value Chain Development Program VCDP and others to promote agriculture Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi revealed this during the IFAD VCDP Commodity Fair for Value Chain Operators in Enugu on Sunday The Nigerian News Agency reports that IFAD is an official international institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations working to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries Program beneficiaries from the five LGAs of Aninri Enugu East Nkanu East Isi Uzo and Udenu exhibited their cassava rice and potato farm products developed in various food chains Speaking at the event Governor Ugwuanyi said that the state government would maintain the IFAD VCDP program and others when completed with its own policies and replicate it in other areas According to him the state government will continue to support international donors to improve agriculture in the state It is necessary to learn what they taught us about the new farming system and continue when the project ends If they are making 30 percent we increase it annually until we are satisfied that we have farmers who can produce and ensure food security in Enugu I think Enugu State will do it having seen how agriculture contributes to the Gross Domestic Product GDP of the state he said Ugwuanyi representative of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Matthew Idu praised the VCDP FIDA for what they were doing in Enugu State He said that with this kind of exhibition in two years of existence the program has come of age The governor also revealed that the government would organize the largest agricultural expo where farmers in the state with the help of agencies could display their agricultural products He indicated that what FIDA VCDP had shown was a mini expo compared to what the state would have in December What we intend to have is a macro exhibition that offers farmers the opportunity to exhibit their products he said Earlier IFAD s Coordinator of State Programs Dr Edward Isiwu said the fair was intended to show what they produced from the inputs they received in 2021 In 2021 we gave the farmers of the 5 LGAs some agricultural products such as the Faro 44 species of rice seeds and the TME 419 species of cassava stalks to plant We told them that after a year they will come and show us what they have produced This is an Agric Show report and I m happy they didn t let us down but I m proud of what they produced Many of them received rice seeds but they came here with a lot of processed rice some with cassava but they multiplied it into various value chains like chinchin and other sweets Isiwu said The coordinator noted that IFAD had committed millions of naira to support farmers in the state through the provision of basic services and market infrastructure He explained that IFAD had built solar energy wells rice processing mills sewers bridges market stalls market shops has developed hectares of land for farmers in the 5 LGAs benefited and water pumping machines and others for million naira I am proud of the Enugu farmers because they did not waste or sell what we gave them and we are eagerly awaiting when the state government calls us for the exhibition he said One beneficiary Ms Felicia Aneke from Udenu LGA expressed her gratitude to IFAD for the training and agricultural inputs provided Now we can grow what we eat and sell they even taught us the nutritional values of the plants he said Edited Idris Abdulrahman Source Credit NAN
    Enugu Govt. pledges to sustain IFAD, international programmes on agriculture
      The Enugu state government says it will support and sustain the International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD Value Chain Development Program VCDP and others to promote agriculture Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi revealed this during the IFAD VCDP Commodity Fair for Value Chain Operators in Enugu on Sunday The Nigerian News Agency reports that IFAD is an official international institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations working to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries Program beneficiaries from the five LGAs of Aninri Enugu East Nkanu East Isi Uzo and Udenu exhibited their cassava rice and potato farm products developed in various food chains Speaking at the event Governor Ugwuanyi said that the state government would maintain the IFAD VCDP program and others when completed with its own policies and replicate it in other areas According to him the state government will continue to support international donors to improve agriculture in the state It is necessary to learn what they taught us about the new farming system and continue when the project ends If they are making 30 percent we increase it annually until we are satisfied that we have farmers who can produce and ensure food security in Enugu I think Enugu State will do it having seen how agriculture contributes to the Gross Domestic Product GDP of the state he said Ugwuanyi representative of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dr Matthew Idu praised the VCDP FIDA for what they were doing in Enugu State He said that with this kind of exhibition in two years of existence the program has come of age The governor also revealed that the government would organize the largest agricultural expo where farmers in the state with the help of agencies could display their agricultural products He indicated that what FIDA VCDP had shown was a mini expo compared to what the state would have in December What we intend to have is a macro exhibition that offers farmers the opportunity to exhibit their products he said Earlier IFAD s Coordinator of State Programs Dr Edward Isiwu said the fair was intended to show what they produced from the inputs they received in 2021 In 2021 we gave the farmers of the 5 LGAs some agricultural products such as the Faro 44 species of rice seeds and the TME 419 species of cassava stalks to plant We told them that after a year they will come and show us what they have produced This is an Agric Show report and I m happy they didn t let us down but I m proud of what they produced Many of them received rice seeds but they came here with a lot of processed rice some with cassava but they multiplied it into various value chains like chinchin and other sweets Isiwu said The coordinator noted that IFAD had committed millions of naira to support farmers in the state through the provision of basic services and market infrastructure He explained that IFAD had built solar energy wells rice processing mills sewers bridges market stalls market shops has developed hectares of land for farmers in the 5 LGAs benefited and water pumping machines and others for million naira I am proud of the Enugu farmers because they did not waste or sell what we gave them and we are eagerly awaiting when the state government calls us for the exhibition he said One beneficiary Ms Felicia Aneke from Udenu LGA expressed her gratitude to IFAD for the training and agricultural inputs provided Now we can grow what we eat and sell they even taught us the nutritional values of the plants he said Edited Idris Abdulrahman Source Credit NAN
    Enugu Govt. pledges to sustain IFAD, international programmes on agriculture
    General news2 weeks ago

    Enugu Govt. pledges to sustain IFAD, international programmes on agriculture

    The Enugu state government says it will support and sustain the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) and others to promote agriculture.

    Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi revealed this during the IFAD-VCDP Commodity Fair for Value Chain Operators in Enugu on Sunday.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that IFAD is an official international institution and a specialized agency of the United Nations working to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.

    Program beneficiaries from the five LGAs of Aninri, Enugu East, Nkanu East, Isi Uzo and Udenu exhibited their cassava, rice and potato farm products developed in various food chains.

    Speaking at the event, Governor Ugwuanyi said that the state government would maintain the IFAD-VCDP program and others when completed with its own policies and replicate it in other areas.

    According to him, the state government will continue to support international donors to improve agriculture in the state.

    “It is necessary to learn what they taught us about the new farming system and continue when the project ends.

    “If they are making 30 percent, we increase it annually until we are satisfied that we have farmers who can produce and ensure food security in Enugu.

    “I think Enugu State will do it, having seen how agriculture contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state,” he said.

    Ugwuanyi, representative of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Matthew Idu, praised the VCDP-FIDA for what they were doing in Enugu State.

    He said that "with this kind of exhibition in two years of existence, the program has come of age."

    The governor also revealed that the government would organize the largest agricultural expo where farmers in the state, with the help of agencies, could display their agricultural products.

    He indicated that what FIDA-VCDP had shown was a mini expo, compared to what the state would have in December.

    “What we intend to have is a macro exhibition that offers farmers the opportunity to exhibit their products,” he said.

    Earlier, IFAD's Coordinator of State Programs, Dr. Edward Isiwu, said the fair was intended to show what they produced from the inputs they received in 2021.

    “In 2021, we gave the farmers of the 5 LGAs some agricultural products such as the Faro 44 species of rice seeds and the TME 419 species of cassava stalks to plant. We told them that after a year, they will come and show us what they have produced.

    “This is an Agric Show report and I'm happy they didn't let us down, but I'm proud of what they produced.

    “Many of them received rice seeds, but they came here with a lot of processed rice, some with cassava, but they multiplied it into various value chains like chinchin and other sweets,” Isiwu said.

    The coordinator noted that IFAD had committed millions of naira to support farmers in the state through the provision of basic services and market infrastructure.

    He explained that IFAD had built solar energy wells, rice processing mills, sewers, bridges, market stalls, market shops, has developed hectares of land for farmers in the 5 LGAs benefited and water pumping machines and others for million naira.

    “I am proud of the Enugu farmers because they did not waste or sell what we gave them and we are eagerly awaiting when the state government calls us for the exhibition,” he said.

    One beneficiary, Ms. Felicia Aneke from Udenu LGA, expressed her gratitude to IFAD for the training and agricultural inputs provided.

    “Now we can grow what we eat and sell, they even taught us the nutritional values ​​of the plants,” he said.

    ================Edited /Idris Abdulrahman

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Defense Headquarters on Monday declared 19 wanted terrorists and placed a N5 million bounty on each of them Details of the 19 terrorists are contained in a published poster Defense Information Maj Gen Jimmy Akpor on Monday in Abuja Information on the poster revealed that the N5 million cash reward is for anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of a wanted terrorist The wanted people are notorious bandits terrorists who have been terrorizing Katsina Sokoto and Zamfara states he said The wanted terrorists are the following Sani Dangote a native of Dumbarum Village in Zurmi Local Government Area LGA of Zamfara Bello Turji Gudda of Fakai in Zamfara Leko of Mozoj Village in Mutazu LGA of Katsina State Dogo Nahali Yar Tsamiyar Village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State Halilu Sububu from Sububu Village in Maradun LGA from Zamfara Nagona from Angwan Galadima in Isa LGA in Sokoto State Nasanda from Kwashabawa Village in Zurmi LGA from Zamara Isiya Kwashen Garwa from Kamfanin Daudawa Village from Faskari in Katsina State Ali Kachalla also known as Ali Kawaje from Kuyambara Village in Dansadau Maru from Zamfara Abu Radde from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA from Katsina State Dan Da from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA in Katsina Sani Gurgu also from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA from Katsina Umaru Dan Nigeria from RAFI Village in Mada District from Gusau Alhaji Ado Aliero from Yankuzo Village in Tsafe LGA from Zamfara Monore from Yantumaki Village in Dan LGA Katsina Gwaska Estate Dankarami from Shamushele Village in Zuri LGA of Zamfara Baleri of Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara Mamudu Taige of Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina Nagala state of Maru LGA of Zamfara DHQ urged anyone with information on the wanted terrorists to call 09135904467 edited Source Credit NAN
    DHQ declares 19 terrorists wanted, places N5m bounty on each
      Defense Headquarters on Monday declared 19 wanted terrorists and placed a N5 million bounty on each of them Details of the 19 terrorists are contained in a published poster Defense Information Maj Gen Jimmy Akpor on Monday in Abuja Information on the poster revealed that the N5 million cash reward is for anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of a wanted terrorist The wanted people are notorious bandits terrorists who have been terrorizing Katsina Sokoto and Zamfara states he said The wanted terrorists are the following Sani Dangote a native of Dumbarum Village in Zurmi Local Government Area LGA of Zamfara Bello Turji Gudda of Fakai in Zamfara Leko of Mozoj Village in Mutazu LGA of Katsina State Dogo Nahali Yar Tsamiyar Village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State Halilu Sububu from Sububu Village in Maradun LGA from Zamfara Nagona from Angwan Galadima in Isa LGA in Sokoto State Nasanda from Kwashabawa Village in Zurmi LGA from Zamara Isiya Kwashen Garwa from Kamfanin Daudawa Village from Faskari in Katsina State Ali Kachalla also known as Ali Kawaje from Kuyambara Village in Dansadau Maru from Zamfara Abu Radde from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA from Katsina State Dan Da from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA in Katsina Sani Gurgu also from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA from Katsina Umaru Dan Nigeria from RAFI Village in Mada District from Gusau Alhaji Ado Aliero from Yankuzo Village in Tsafe LGA from Zamfara Monore from Yantumaki Village in Dan LGA Katsina Gwaska Estate Dankarami from Shamushele Village in Zuri LGA of Zamfara Baleri of Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara Mamudu Taige of Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina Nagala state of Maru LGA of Zamfara DHQ urged anyone with information on the wanted terrorists to call 09135904467 edited Source Credit NAN
    DHQ declares 19 terrorists wanted, places N5m bounty on each
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    DHQ declares 19 terrorists wanted, places N5m bounty on each

    Defense Headquarters on Monday declared 19 wanted terrorists and placed a N5 million bounty on each of them.

    Details of the 19 terrorists are contained in a published poster, Defense Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, on Monday in Abuja.

    Information on the poster revealed that the N5 million cash reward is for anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of a wanted terrorist.

    The wanted people are notorious bandits/terrorists who have been terrorizing Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states, he said.

    The wanted terrorists are the following:

    Sani Dangote, a native of Dumbarum Village in Zurmi Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara Bello Turji Gudda of Fakai in Zamfara Leko of Mozoj Village in Mutazu LGA of Katsina State Dogo Nahali – Yar Tsamiyar Village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State Halilu Sububu from Sububu Village in Maradun LGA from Zamfara Nagona – from Angwan Galadima in Isa LGA in Sokoto State Nasanda from Kwashabawa Village in Zurmi LGA from Zamara Isiya Kwashen Garwa from Kamfanin Daudawa Village from Faskari in Katsina State Ali Kachalla, also known as Ali Kawaje from Kuyambara Village in Dansadau Maru from Zamfara Abu Radde from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA from Katsina State Dan-Da from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA in Katsina; Sani Gurgu also from Varanda Village in Batsari LGA from Katsina Umaru Dan Nigeria – from RAFI Village in Mada District from Gusau Alhaji Ado Aliero from Yankuzo Village in Tsafe LGA from Zamfara Monore from Yantumaki Village in Dan LGA, Katsina Gwaska Estate Dankarami from Shamushele Village in Zuri LGA of Zamfara Baleri: of Shinkafi LGA of Zamfara Mamudu Taige of Varanda Village in Batsari LGA of Katsina Nagala state of Maru LGA of Zamfara.

    DHQ urged anyone with information on the wanted terrorists to call 09135904467.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Supporters of the New Nigerian People s Party NNPP described Rabiu Kwankwaso s visit to Cross River on Saturday as symbolic and incomparable The Nigerian News Agency reports that Kwankwoso launched five campaign offices in Cross River amid fanfare Campaign offices opened include Dr Sam Eno Ugep Senate Campaign Office Yakuur Local Government and Wilfred Bonse Campaign Organisation Cross River Central Senate Area Headquarters Ikom Others include Dr Yakubu Shandam s campaign headquarters Boki Ikom Ikom federal constituency Caroline Williams senatorial campaign headquarters Ogoja the North Cross River senatorial area and the campaign office of Yakubu Shandam Okondi Boki Local Government BenClay Campaign Office Okondi Boki State Constituency 1 A cross section of party members and candidates who spoke after the inauguration noted that their love of grassroots development has further enhanced the party s acceptance in the state Mr Buba Galadima Secretary of the party s Board of Trustees said the visit was unique and a home for him adding that the presidential team was very warmly received by the people of Cross River This is indeed a reunion The last time I set foot in places like Ikom Ogoja and the rest was in 1972 when I was a student at the university Cross River has changed tremendously because the last time I visited when you drive every 10 km you see treetops and you can t even see the sun But today the environment has been bastardized and what you find now are open fields that didn t exist until now But I m happy to report that people are still as friendly as they always have been Thirdly I want to put on record that even in the south Cross River State is considered Northern Nigeria because we have a long standing relationship That s why you find a lot of Arewa people at least in this part of the country Ugep Ikom Ogoja and several other places including Calabar itself So every time I m here I feel at home I consider Cross River my second home she said Galadima noting that the state also had a strong political link to northern Nigeria added that NNPP was widely accepted in Cross River Politically we have always been united and it seems that this link has not been broken So whatever is happening in Northern Nigeria is also happening across the entire Cross River State In a nutshell this is what informed the kind of reception we ve received That s why our party is widely accepted and is being welcomed in this state as its own political party I assure you that with the kind of reception we have received in various areas since we got here this morning we are confident that Cross River State will be taken by NNPP he said Also speaking Amb Wilfred Bonse the NNPP gubernatorial candidate in the state said Kwankwaso s visit was the start of better things for the state adding that NNPP was the fastest growing political party in the country I will say we are off to a very good start Fortunately he has been with us since morning and now it is almost midnight but everyone is still abuzz with constructive activity That is the vibe that has been missing in politics The dormant kind of dream of youth about the belief that politics was immutable has suddenly taken a U turn as new hope is infused into the consciousness of choice of the people we provide and you can see for yourself same So I m ecstatic and I feel like this is a good start and just the start he said Bonse further added that the visit which was simply meant to open party campaign offices in the state s central and northern senatorial districts turned into rallies which is an unplanned bonus NNPP has been opening their campaign offices in chapters districts etc One would think that a favorite presidential candidate like Senator Kwankwaso would not bother to visit local and zonal government headquarters like Ugep Ikom and Ogoja But he did not only do that he broke all electoral history records in an Okondi village in Boki LGA to commission a party secretariat This is unprecedented and if you recall correctly the Ugep Obolopon pointed out that the last time a person of that pedigree visited Ugep was when Shehu Shagari came to visit So this is the real grassroots development strategy to sensitize people meet them right where they are Also understanding their pain and connecting with them in a way that you can t just connect with them on social media or just talk to them from any distant platform he said Mr Tony Odeh President of the Cross River NNPP said he felt very fulfilled after the Kwankwaso visit emphasizing that the visit was both strategic and impactful When you look at my face you will know that I am a very happy and fulfilled person because this is an opportunity that I have been longing for I have been thinking about how I will bring our leader to this community As I told him in Abuja and will continue to say I don t follow him and I don t work for him but I work for myself I represent myself in everything I do because he wins everyone around me my community and the state will feel comfortable because I have an idea of what Kwankwoso stands for I am someone who believes in hard work and I believe in people who work hard So today I am a happy person because I managed to bring Kwankwoso to Ogoja he said Odeh said that the people of the state longed for a change in leadership adding that the change had to flow from the national level to the grassroots I wanted before now to come see how people feel because we are very disappointed with everything that has been happening in the country Cross River is a state that has what it takes to grow but the kind of leadership we ve had from the national level to the grassroots has never allowed us to move forward So I feel very happy and fulfilled he said Mr Augustine Bisong the NNPP s candidate for the Boki II State House of Assembly noted that the NNPP s presidential candidate was very well received by the people of the state as well as the party s supporters at the grassroots It is a beautiful thing First of all I want to thank Kwankwaso who has brought a new dimension to our politics For the first time you see a presidential hopeful going down to the grassroots Today he is in Boki LGA he also visited Ugep Ogoja LGA and went to areas that I think even if they say other presidential candidates should come to those areas they will refuse to come So I want to sincerely thank you for being the kind of person you are and that s what grassroots politics is all about The reception he received was just fantastic I was not in Ugep but when I made a phone call I could hear the thunderous voices in the background So that meant the crowd was huge His visit to Ikom was also splendid and for Boki and Ogoja where I am I can confidently say that he is ready to go he said also reports that part of Kwankwaso s program was a visit to the Ugep Palace of Obolopon Yakuur and the Palace of Sarkin Hausawa of Ogoja Kwankansiya Community Igoli Ogoja as well as a town hall meeting that lasted until the early hours of the morning Edited Source Credit NAN
    Party faithful describe Kwankwaso’s visit to C/River as symbolic, unequalled
      Supporters of the New Nigerian People s Party NNPP described Rabiu Kwankwaso s visit to Cross River on Saturday as symbolic and incomparable The Nigerian News Agency reports that Kwankwoso launched five campaign offices in Cross River amid fanfare Campaign offices opened include Dr Sam Eno Ugep Senate Campaign Office Yakuur Local Government and Wilfred Bonse Campaign Organisation Cross River Central Senate Area Headquarters Ikom Others include Dr Yakubu Shandam s campaign headquarters Boki Ikom Ikom federal constituency Caroline Williams senatorial campaign headquarters Ogoja the North Cross River senatorial area and the campaign office of Yakubu Shandam Okondi Boki Local Government BenClay Campaign Office Okondi Boki State Constituency 1 A cross section of party members and candidates who spoke after the inauguration noted that their love of grassroots development has further enhanced the party s acceptance in the state Mr Buba Galadima Secretary of the party s Board of Trustees said the visit was unique and a home for him adding that the presidential team was very warmly received by the people of Cross River This is indeed a reunion The last time I set foot in places like Ikom Ogoja and the rest was in 1972 when I was a student at the university Cross River has changed tremendously because the last time I visited when you drive every 10 km you see treetops and you can t even see the sun But today the environment has been bastardized and what you find now are open fields that didn t exist until now But I m happy to report that people are still as friendly as they always have been Thirdly I want to put on record that even in the south Cross River State is considered Northern Nigeria because we have a long standing relationship That s why you find a lot of Arewa people at least in this part of the country Ugep Ikom Ogoja and several other places including Calabar itself So every time I m here I feel at home I consider Cross River my second home she said Galadima noting that the state also had a strong political link to northern Nigeria added that NNPP was widely accepted in Cross River Politically we have always been united and it seems that this link has not been broken So whatever is happening in Northern Nigeria is also happening across the entire Cross River State In a nutshell this is what informed the kind of reception we ve received That s why our party is widely accepted and is being welcomed in this state as its own political party I assure you that with the kind of reception we have received in various areas since we got here this morning we are confident that Cross River State will be taken by NNPP he said Also speaking Amb Wilfred Bonse the NNPP gubernatorial candidate in the state said Kwankwaso s visit was the start of better things for the state adding that NNPP was the fastest growing political party in the country I will say we are off to a very good start Fortunately he has been with us since morning and now it is almost midnight but everyone is still abuzz with constructive activity That is the vibe that has been missing in politics The dormant kind of dream of youth about the belief that politics was immutable has suddenly taken a U turn as new hope is infused into the consciousness of choice of the people we provide and you can see for yourself same So I m ecstatic and I feel like this is a good start and just the start he said Bonse further added that the visit which was simply meant to open party campaign offices in the state s central and northern senatorial districts turned into rallies which is an unplanned bonus NNPP has been opening their campaign offices in chapters districts etc One would think that a favorite presidential candidate like Senator Kwankwaso would not bother to visit local and zonal government headquarters like Ugep Ikom and Ogoja But he did not only do that he broke all electoral history records in an Okondi village in Boki LGA to commission a party secretariat This is unprecedented and if you recall correctly the Ugep Obolopon pointed out that the last time a person of that pedigree visited Ugep was when Shehu Shagari came to visit So this is the real grassroots development strategy to sensitize people meet them right where they are Also understanding their pain and connecting with them in a way that you can t just connect with them on social media or just talk to them from any distant platform he said Mr Tony Odeh President of the Cross River NNPP said he felt very fulfilled after the Kwankwaso visit emphasizing that the visit was both strategic and impactful When you look at my face you will know that I am a very happy and fulfilled person because this is an opportunity that I have been longing for I have been thinking about how I will bring our leader to this community As I told him in Abuja and will continue to say I don t follow him and I don t work for him but I work for myself I represent myself in everything I do because he wins everyone around me my community and the state will feel comfortable because I have an idea of what Kwankwoso stands for I am someone who believes in hard work and I believe in people who work hard So today I am a happy person because I managed to bring Kwankwoso to Ogoja he said Odeh said that the people of the state longed for a change in leadership adding that the change had to flow from the national level to the grassroots I wanted before now to come see how people feel because we are very disappointed with everything that has been happening in the country Cross River is a state that has what it takes to grow but the kind of leadership we ve had from the national level to the grassroots has never allowed us to move forward So I feel very happy and fulfilled he said Mr Augustine Bisong the NNPP s candidate for the Boki II State House of Assembly noted that the NNPP s presidential candidate was very well received by the people of the state as well as the party s supporters at the grassroots It is a beautiful thing First of all I want to thank Kwankwaso who has brought a new dimension to our politics For the first time you see a presidential hopeful going down to the grassroots Today he is in Boki LGA he also visited Ugep Ogoja LGA and went to areas that I think even if they say other presidential candidates should come to those areas they will refuse to come So I want to sincerely thank you for being the kind of person you are and that s what grassroots politics is all about The reception he received was just fantastic I was not in Ugep but when I made a phone call I could hear the thunderous voices in the background So that meant the crowd was huge His visit to Ikom was also splendid and for Boki and Ogoja where I am I can confidently say that he is ready to go he said also reports that part of Kwankwaso s program was a visit to the Ugep Palace of Obolopon Yakuur and the Palace of Sarkin Hausawa of Ogoja Kwankansiya Community Igoli Ogoja as well as a town hall meeting that lasted until the early hours of the morning Edited Source Credit NAN
    Party faithful describe Kwankwaso’s visit to C/River as symbolic, unequalled
    General news2 weeks ago

    Party faithful describe Kwankwaso’s visit to C/River as symbolic, unequalled

    Supporters of the New Nigerian People's Party (NNPP) described Rabiu Kwankwaso's visit to Cross River on Saturday as symbolic and incomparable.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that Kwankwoso launched five campaign offices in Cross River amid fanfare.

    Campaign offices opened include Dr Sam Eno Ugep Senate Campaign Office, Yakuur Local Government and Wilfred Bonse Campaign Organisation, Cross River Central Senate Area Headquarters, Ikom.

    Others include Dr. Yakubu Shandam's campaign headquarters, Boki Ikom Ikom federal constituency, Caroline Williams' senatorial campaign headquarters, Ogoja, the North Cross River senatorial area, and the campaign office of Yakubu Shandam Okondi, Boki Local Government/BenClay Campaign Office, Okondi Boki State Constituency 1.

    A cross-section of party members and candidates who spoke after the inauguration noted that their love of grassroots development has further enhanced the party's acceptance in the state.

    Mr. Buba Galadima, Secretary of the party's Board of Trustees, said the visit was unique and a home for him, adding that the presidential team was very warmly received by the people of Cross River.

    “This is indeed a reunion. The last time I set foot in places like Ikom, Ogoja and the rest was in 1972 when I was a student at the university.

    “Cross River has changed tremendously because the last time I visited, when you drive every 10 km, you see treetops and you can't even see the sun.

    “But today, the environment has been bastardized and what you find now are open fields that didn't exist until now.

    “But I'm happy to report that people are still as friendly as they always have been.

    “Thirdly, I want to put on record that even in the south, Cross River State is considered Northern Nigeria because we have a long-standing relationship.

    “That's why you find a lot of Arewa people at least in this part of the country. Ugep, Ikom, Ogoja, and several other places, including Calabar itself.

    “So every time I'm here, I feel at home. I consider Cross River my second home,” she said.

    Galadima, noting that the state also had a strong political link to northern Nigeria, added that NNPP was widely accepted in Cross River.

    “Politically we have always been united and it seems that this link has not been broken.

    “So whatever is happening in Northern Nigeria is also happening across the entire Cross River State.

    “In a nutshell, this is what informed the kind of reception we've received.

    “That's why our party is widely accepted and is being welcomed in this state as its own political party.

    “I assure you that with the kind of reception we have received in various areas since we got here this morning, we are confident that Cross River State will be taken by NNPP,” he said.

    Also speaking, Amb. Wilfred Bonse, the NNPP gubernatorial candidate in the state, said Kwankwaso's visit was the start of better things for the state, adding that NNPP was the fastest growing political party in the country.

    “I will say we are off to a very good start.

    “Fortunately, he has been with us since morning and now it is almost midnight, but everyone is still abuzz with constructive activity.

    “That is the vibe that has been missing in politics. The dormant kind of dream of youth about the belief that politics was immutable has suddenly taken a U-turn as new hope is infused into the consciousness of choice of the people we provide and you can see for yourself. same.

    "So, I'm ecstatic and I feel like this is a good start and just the start," he said.

    Bonse further added that the visit, which was simply meant to open party campaign offices in the state's central and northern senatorial districts, turned into rallies, which is an unplanned bonus.

    “NNPP has been opening their campaign offices in chapters, districts, etc.

    “One would think that a favorite presidential candidate like Senator Kwankwaso would not bother to visit local and zonal government headquarters like Ugep, Ikom and Ogoja.

    “But he did not only do that, he broke all electoral history records in an “Okondi” village in Boki LGA to commission a party secretariat.

    “This is unprecedented and if you recall correctly, the Ugep Obolopon pointed out that the last time a person of that pedigree visited Ugep was when Shehu Shagari came to visit.

    “So this is the real grassroots development strategy to sensitize people, meet them right where they are.

    “Also understanding their pain and connecting with them in a way that you can't just connect with them on social media or just talk to them from any distant platform,” he said.

    Mr. Tony Odeh, President of the Cross River NNPP, said he felt very fulfilled after the Kwankwaso visit, emphasizing that the visit was both strategic and impactful.

    “When you look at my face, you will know that I am a very happy and fulfilled person because this is an opportunity that I have been longing for.

    “I have been thinking about how I will bring our leader to this community. As I told him in Abuja and will continue to say, I don't follow him and I don't work for him, but I work for myself.

    “I represent myself in everything I do because he wins, everyone around me, my community and the state will feel comfortable because I have an idea of ​​what Kwankwoso stands for.

    “I am someone who believes in hard work and I believe in people who work hard.

    “So today I am a happy person because I managed to bring Kwankwoso to Ogoja,” he said.

    Odeh said that the people of the state longed for a change in leadership, adding that the change had to flow from the national level to the grassroots.

    “I wanted before now to come see how people feel because we are very disappointed with everything that has been happening in the country.

    “Cross River is a state that has what it takes to grow, but the kind of leadership we've had from the national level to the grassroots has never allowed us to move forward.

    “So, I feel very happy and fulfilled,” he said.

    Mr. Augustine Bisong, the NNPP's candidate for the Boki II State House of Assembly, noted that the NNPP's presidential candidate was very well received by the people of the state as well as the party's supporters at the grassroots.

    “It is a beautiful thing. First of all, I want to thank Kwankwaso who has brought a new dimension to our politics. For the first time you see a presidential hopeful going down to the grassroots.

    “Today he is in Boki LGA, he also visited Ugep, Ogoja LGA and went to areas that I think even if they say other presidential candidates should come to those areas, they will refuse to come.

    “So, I want to sincerely thank you for being the kind of person you are and that's what grassroots politics is all about.

    “The reception he received was just fantastic. I was not in Ugep, but when I made a phone call I could hear the thunderous voices in the background.

    “So that meant the crowd was huge. His visit to Ikom was also splendid and for Boki and Ogoja where I am, I can confidently say that he is ready to go,” he said.

    also reports that part of Kwankwaso's program was a visit to the Ugep Palace of Obolopon, Yakuur and the Palace of Sarkin Hausawa of Ogoja/Kwankansiya Community Igoli, Ogoja, as well as a town hall meeting that lasted until the early hours of the morning. .

    =========Edited

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  •   The Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency BYSEMA says the floods have affected no fewer than 1 3 million people This is according to data released Monday by Yenogoa and obtained by the Nigeria Agency The agency said as many as 1 2 million were displaced and forced to seek refuge in temporary camps As of November 4 96 deaths were reported and the Yenagoa local government area was the most affected said Mr Walamam Igrubia president of BYSEMA Ibnubia said data collection from the field was still ongoing The flood affected several farmlands school buildings health structures and other facilities The flooding also affected some 300 communities in the state s eight LGAs Preliminary reports and data available to SEMA and other agencies indicate that Bayelsa continued to be the most affected by the floods among the states in the country he said reports that the agency said that among the most affected areas in the state are Biseni Tombia Ekpetiama Tombia Amassoma Road Akenfa Akenpai Igbogene and Swali all in the Yenagoa local government area as well as Kaiama Odi Otuoke and Ogbia communities Others include Agbere Odoni Bulu Oria Agoro and Sagbama reports that floods have affected parts of Nigeria in the last two months Some of the other affected states are Kogi Benue Ebonyi Anambra Bauchi Gombe Kano Jigawa Zamfara Kebbi Sokoto Imo Abia Edo Delta Kogi Plateau and parts of Abuja The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has said that around 2 5 million people are affected and more than 603 people have died in the country edited Source Credit NAN
    Bayelsa flood impacted 1.3m persons, 96 deaths — emergency agency
      The Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency BYSEMA says the floods have affected no fewer than 1 3 million people This is according to data released Monday by Yenogoa and obtained by the Nigeria Agency The agency said as many as 1 2 million were displaced and forced to seek refuge in temporary camps As of November 4 96 deaths were reported and the Yenagoa local government area was the most affected said Mr Walamam Igrubia president of BYSEMA Ibnubia said data collection from the field was still ongoing The flood affected several farmlands school buildings health structures and other facilities The flooding also affected some 300 communities in the state s eight LGAs Preliminary reports and data available to SEMA and other agencies indicate that Bayelsa continued to be the most affected by the floods among the states in the country he said reports that the agency said that among the most affected areas in the state are Biseni Tombia Ekpetiama Tombia Amassoma Road Akenfa Akenpai Igbogene and Swali all in the Yenagoa local government area as well as Kaiama Odi Otuoke and Ogbia communities Others include Agbere Odoni Bulu Oria Agoro and Sagbama reports that floods have affected parts of Nigeria in the last two months Some of the other affected states are Kogi Benue Ebonyi Anambra Bauchi Gombe Kano Jigawa Zamfara Kebbi Sokoto Imo Abia Edo Delta Kogi Plateau and parts of Abuja The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has said that around 2 5 million people are affected and more than 603 people have died in the country edited Source Credit NAN
    Bayelsa flood impacted 1.3m persons, 96 deaths — emergency agency
    Environment3 weeks ago

    Bayelsa flood impacted 1.3m persons, 96 deaths — emergency agency

    The Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (BYSEMA), says the floods have affected no fewer than 1.3 million people.

    This is according to data released Monday by Yenogoa and obtained by the Nigeria Agency .

    The agency said as many as 1.2 million were displaced and forced to seek refuge in temporary camps.

    "As of November 4, 96 deaths were reported and the Yenagoa local government area was the most affected," said Mr. Walamam Igrubia, president of BYSEMA.

    Ibnubia said data collection from the field was still ongoing.

    ”The flood affected several farmlands, school buildings, health structures and other facilities.

    ”The flooding also affected some 300 communities in the state's eight LGAs.

    “Preliminary reports and data available to SEMA and other agencies indicate that Bayelsa continued to be the most affected by the floods among the states in the country,” he said.

    reports that the agency said that among the most affected areas in the state are: Biseni, Tombia-Ekpetiama, Tombia-Amassoma Road, Akenfa, Akenpai, Igbogene and Swali, all in the Yenagoa local government area, as well as Kaiama, Odi, Otuoke, and Ogbia communities.

    Others include: Agbere, Odoni, Bulu-Oria, Agoro, and Sagbama.

    reports that floods have affected parts of Nigeria in the last two months.

    Some of the other affected states are: Kogi, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia, Edo, Delta, Kogi Plateau and parts of Abuja.

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that around 2.5 million people are affected and more than 603 people have died in the country.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   The Federal Government in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development s Value Chain Development Programme has distributed over N25 million worth of rice agricultural inputs to farmers in Enugu The supplies were distributed on Saturday during the beginning of the Agency s 2022 2023 dry season Distribution of agricultural inputs at the IFAD VCDP office in Enugu The Nigerian News Agency reports that the items include Rice Seed Bags NPK Fertilizer Bags Indorama Urea Fertilizer Bags Selective and Non selective Herbicides Others are rice seeders and harvesters destoning machines water pumps rice milling machines cassava processing machines Addressing farmers the Program s National Coordinator Dr Fatima Aliyu said that the program focused on poor farmers in rural areas Aliyu who was represented by the Agricultural Production Advisor of the Chain Development Program Dr Chyka Unamma thanked the farmers for their enthusiasm in the program We support farmers in groups and not individually and according to our research rice grows well in the dry season he said Therefore he encouraged VCDP IFAD farmers in Enugu to do more and noted that everything related to VCDP IFAD in Enugu State was answered to their prayers What refers to rice and cassava is our responsibility and that is why it is called a value chain this is because VCDP supports farmers in production processing and marketing Of the nine states that the VCDP intervenes in Enugu is still one of the best and needs to do more to attract more support IFAD VCDP State Program Coordinator Dr Edward Isiwu said the state was initially planning 59 hectares to grow rice in this dry season He said that Enugu received an additional 43 hectares from the national making it 96 hectares for this dry season rice cultivation Today is one of those days where we have been doing this kind of thing and this is the fourth time we have done this in two years that we suspended IFAD VCDP activities in Enugu The first was in January 2021 due to the dry season and we have two seasons Wet and dry seasons she said We are starting dry season agriculture and farmers have prepared their land for the season We tried this dry season farming last year and there was a bumper crop I think this year will be better Previous distributions gave good results so farmers should go to their collection centers and claim their supplies advised Isiwu On the same note Dr Mathew Idu Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources said that stomach infrastructure replaces other infrastructure He thanked coordinators at all levels for the program and urged farmers to take advantage of it and get out of poverty The Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture Southeast Zone Dr Benjamin Puja praised the coordinator for a wonderful scorecard He said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture was proud to identify with what FGN FIDA VCDP was doing in the state With this project supporting farmers especially women who make up the majority of the farming population in Nigeria I am proud of you he said A traditional ruler Igwe Abel Nwobodo the great patron of the traditional rulers of the state prayed for God s favor on the State Coordinator and his staff One of the beneficiaries Mr Lawrence Chijioke president of the Providence Multi Purpose Cooperative Society said that IFAD VCDP had changed its narrative Chijioke whose group benefited from a large number of farm teams said VCDP will not only support them but will properly follow up on the supports provided to them Therefore I am very proud to be among the beneficiaries of the program and I urged the donor agency FIDA to extend its interventions to other LGAs in the State edited Source Credit NAN
    FGN, IFAD, distribute tools worth N25m to farmers in Enugu
      The Federal Government in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development s Value Chain Development Programme has distributed over N25 million worth of rice agricultural inputs to farmers in Enugu The supplies were distributed on Saturday during the beginning of the Agency s 2022 2023 dry season Distribution of agricultural inputs at the IFAD VCDP office in Enugu The Nigerian News Agency reports that the items include Rice Seed Bags NPK Fertilizer Bags Indorama Urea Fertilizer Bags Selective and Non selective Herbicides Others are rice seeders and harvesters destoning machines water pumps rice milling machines cassava processing machines Addressing farmers the Program s National Coordinator Dr Fatima Aliyu said that the program focused on poor farmers in rural areas Aliyu who was represented by the Agricultural Production Advisor of the Chain Development Program Dr Chyka Unamma thanked the farmers for their enthusiasm in the program We support farmers in groups and not individually and according to our research rice grows well in the dry season he said Therefore he encouraged VCDP IFAD farmers in Enugu to do more and noted that everything related to VCDP IFAD in Enugu State was answered to their prayers What refers to rice and cassava is our responsibility and that is why it is called a value chain this is because VCDP supports farmers in production processing and marketing Of the nine states that the VCDP intervenes in Enugu is still one of the best and needs to do more to attract more support IFAD VCDP State Program Coordinator Dr Edward Isiwu said the state was initially planning 59 hectares to grow rice in this dry season He said that Enugu received an additional 43 hectares from the national making it 96 hectares for this dry season rice cultivation Today is one of those days where we have been doing this kind of thing and this is the fourth time we have done this in two years that we suspended IFAD VCDP activities in Enugu The first was in January 2021 due to the dry season and we have two seasons Wet and dry seasons she said We are starting dry season agriculture and farmers have prepared their land for the season We tried this dry season farming last year and there was a bumper crop I think this year will be better Previous distributions gave good results so farmers should go to their collection centers and claim their supplies advised Isiwu On the same note Dr Mathew Idu Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources said that stomach infrastructure replaces other infrastructure He thanked coordinators at all levels for the program and urged farmers to take advantage of it and get out of poverty The Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture Southeast Zone Dr Benjamin Puja praised the coordinator for a wonderful scorecard He said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture was proud to identify with what FGN FIDA VCDP was doing in the state With this project supporting farmers especially women who make up the majority of the farming population in Nigeria I am proud of you he said A traditional ruler Igwe Abel Nwobodo the great patron of the traditional rulers of the state prayed for God s favor on the State Coordinator and his staff One of the beneficiaries Mr Lawrence Chijioke president of the Providence Multi Purpose Cooperative Society said that IFAD VCDP had changed its narrative Chijioke whose group benefited from a large number of farm teams said VCDP will not only support them but will properly follow up on the supports provided to them Therefore I am very proud to be among the beneficiaries of the program and I urged the donor agency FIDA to extend its interventions to other LGAs in the State edited Source Credit NAN
    FGN, IFAD, distribute tools worth N25m to farmers in Enugu
    General news3 weeks ago

    FGN, IFAD, distribute tools worth N25m to farmers in Enugu

    The Federal Government, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development's Value Chain Development Programme, has distributed over N25 million worth of rice agricultural inputs to farmers in Enugu.

    The supplies were distributed on Saturday during the beginning of the Agency's 2022/2023 dry season. Distribution of agricultural inputs at the IFAD/VCDP office in Enugu.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the items include Rice Seed Bags, NPK Fertilizer Bags, Indorama Urea Fertilizer Bags, Selective and Non-selective Herbicides.

    Others are, rice seeders and harvesters, destoning machines, water pumps, rice milling machines, cassava processing machines

    Addressing farmers, the Program's National Coordinator, Dr. Fatima Aliyu, said that the program focused on poor farmers in rural areas.

    Aliyu, who was represented by the Agricultural Production Advisor of the Chain Development Program, Dr. Chyka Unamma, thanked the farmers for their enthusiasm in the program.

    "We support farmers in groups and not individually, and according to our research, rice grows well in the dry season," he said.

    Therefore, he encouraged VCDP-IFAD farmers in Enugu to do more and noted that everything related to VCDP-IFAD in Enugu State was answered to their prayers.

    “What refers to rice and cassava is our responsibility and that is why it is called a value chain; this is because VCDP supports farmers in production, processing and marketing.

    “Of the nine states that the VCDP intervenes in, Enugu is still one of the best and needs to do more to attract more support.”

    IFAD/VCDP State Program Coordinator Dr. Edward Isiwu said the state was initially planning 59 hectares to grow rice in this dry season.

    He said that Enugu received an additional 43 hectares from the national, making it 96 hectares for this dry season rice cultivation.

    “Today is one of those days where we have been doing this kind of thing and this is the fourth time we have done this in two years that we suspended IFAD-VCDP activities in Enugu.

    “The first was in January 2021 due to the dry season and we have two seasons; Wet and dry seasons,” she said.

    “We are starting dry season agriculture and farmers have prepared their land for the season.

    “We tried this dry season farming last year and there was a bumper crop, I think this year will be better.

    "Previous distributions gave good results, so farmers should go to their collection centers and claim their supplies," advised Isiwu.

    On the same note, Dr. Mathew Idu, Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said that "stomach infrastructure" replaces other infrastructure.

    He thanked coordinators at all levels for the program and urged farmers to take advantage of it and get out of poverty.

    The Director of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Southeast Zone, Dr. Benjamin Puja, praised the coordinator for a wonderful scorecard.

    He said that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture was proud to identify with what FGN/FIDA-VCDP was doing in the state.

    “With this project supporting farmers, especially women who make up the majority of the farming population in Nigeria, I am proud of you,” he said.

    A traditional ruler, Igwe Abel Nwobodo, the great patron of the traditional rulers of the state, prayed for God's favor on the State Coordinator and his staff.

    One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Lawrence Chijioke, president of the Providence Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, said that IFAD-VCDP had changed its narrative.

    Chijioke, whose group benefited from a large number of farm teams, said: VCDP will not only support them, but will properly follow up on the supports provided to them.

    Therefore, I am very proud to be among the beneficiaries of the program and I urged the donor agency, FIDA, to extend its interventions to other LGAs in the State.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
     The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency Kaduna RUWASSA has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH programmes The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene P WASH programme in the state The National Programme Coordinator P WASH Mrs Jummai Wakaso stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project Wakaso who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar Chief Water Engineer of the programme explained that P WASH was a 15 year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene She explained that the national multi sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6 1 and 6 2 She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation upgrade and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas After the pilot the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme According to her the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders inputs Also speaking the P WASH Communication Consultant Mr Umar Bari said that improved relationships among RUWASSA CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub sector to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme he said Mr Haliru Birninyero Deputy Director Sanitation Kaduna RUWASSA said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs On his part Rev Kuzasuwat Peter State Coordinator Society for Water and Sanitation NEWSAN welcomed the development describing partnership with stakeholders as key to the success of the programme Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved Also Mr Emmanuel Bonet Executive Director AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme
    Environment4 weeks ago

    Kaduna rural agency, CSOs, media partner for effective implementation of P-WASH programme

    The Kaduna State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Kaduna RUWASSA) has taken steps to strengthen partnership with Civil Society Organisations and media in the implementation of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programmes.

    The partnership is to also ensure effective implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (P-WASH) programme in the state.

    The National Programme Coordinator, P-WASH, Mrs Jummai Wakaso, stated this in Kaduna on Thursday during a meeting with CSOs and journalists to strengthen partnership and collaboration for the project.

    Wakaso, who was represented by Mr Magaji Abubakar, Chief Water Engineer of the programme, explained that P-WASH was a 15-year programme designed to improve rural water supply sanitation and hygiene.

    She explained that the national multi-sectoral collaborative programme inaugurated in 2016 was being driven by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources toward achieving SDGs 6.1 and 6.2. She said that the main objective was to prioritize the achievement of 100 per cent access to water supply and improved sanitation by 2030 in rural areas.

    The coordinator said that the expected outcome was for all rural inhabitants to have access to safe and sustainable water and improved sanitation and hand washing facilities.

    “The programme is based on a counterpart machine grant between the Federal and States government, where the federal government provides the same amount a state government provides for the programme.

    “The pilot programme has been successfully completed in Kano and Ogun states with the rehabilitation, upgrade, and construction of 738 water supply facilities in eight local government areas.

    “After the pilot, the programme was scaled up to the remaining states and 34 states have indicated interest out of which 19 states were currently implementing the programme.

    According to her, the ability of Nigeria to increase access to water supply and sanitation depends largely on a systematic and holistic approach that coordinates all stakeholders’ inputs.

    Also speaking, the P-WASH Communication Consultant, Mr Umar Bari, said that improved relationships among RUWASSA, CSOs and media would improve rural WASH coverage and services in the state.

    Bari explained that the objective of the meeting was to explore how best to strengthen partnership among various stakeholders to improve WASH services in rural communities.

    “This is in line with the objective of the programme which is to strengthen partnership across rural WASH sub-sector, to ensure federal government work with the state government towards achieving SDGs. “We strongly feel that RUWASSA should not be left alone to deliver the programme; there is the need for CSOs to help strengthen policy advocacy and accountability in the WASH sector.

    “There is also the need for the media to help create the needed awareness and community mobilization to ensure a robust community participation in the programme,” he said.

    Mr Haliru Birninyero, Deputy Director Sanitation, Kaduna RUWASSA), said that the programme began with two LGAs namely Giwa and Kachia, adding that plans have been concluded to scale up to additional three LGAs. On his part, Rev. Kuzasuwat Peter, State Coordinator, Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) welcomed the development, describing partnership with stakeholders as “key” to the success of the programme.

    Peter said that the organisation was ready to partner with Kaduna RUWASSA in ensuring the goal of the programme was achieved.

    Also, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, Executive Director, AID Foundation suggested the establishment of an accountability mechanism to strengthen transparency and accountability in the WASH sector.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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