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  •  Gov Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has sworn in six new permanent secretaries to fill some vacancies in the leadership of the state civil service This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Jamilu Iliyasu Press Secretary to the Governor on Friday in Gusau Matawalle also swore in four newly appointed Special Advisers and State Auditor General for Local Governments Others included Chairmen and Permanent Commissioners of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission ZASIEC Speaking at the inauguration at the Government House Matawalle urged the appointees to deploy their wealth of experience and expertise in ensuring the proper implementation of government policies and programmes He reminded the Permanent Secretaries of their role in the general administration of the respective Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs they may find themselves He said the success or otherwise of the MDAs to carry out the mandate rested on the officials He therefore urged the permanent secretaries to stick to the provisions of the civil service rules and ensure zero tolerance to laxity corruption and indiscipline The governor said that his administration would not tolerate any compromise and disregard for the principles of due process and rule of law He urged the Special Advisers to see their appointments as a form of trust from the government and goodwill from the people of the state Matawalle therefore urged them to live above board in the discharge of their responsibilities so as to justify the confidence reposed in them The governor urged them to complement the state executive council in fashioning out efficient policies and programmes to accelerate the development of the state Speaking to the new chairmen and permanent commissioners of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and ZASIEC Matawalle drew their attention to the sensitivity of their commissions and urged them to discharge their duties diligently Matawalle also reminded the newly appointed Auditor General for Local Governments that Zamfara had established the Bureau for Public Procurement and was implementing the global accounting system of IPSAS He urged the Auditor General to ensure that no individual or organisation violated the guiding accounting principles and practices of the state The governor assured the people of the state of his administration s commitment to creating an enabling environment to promote development He appealed to all political appointees civil servants and people of Zamfara to pray and support the government in achieving lasting peace in the state The governor also urged the people to pray for the success of security forces as they battle across various theatres to restore law and order in the state
    Matawalle swears in six new permanent secretaries, others
     Gov Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has sworn in six new permanent secretaries to fill some vacancies in the leadership of the state civil service This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Jamilu Iliyasu Press Secretary to the Governor on Friday in Gusau Matawalle also swore in four newly appointed Special Advisers and State Auditor General for Local Governments Others included Chairmen and Permanent Commissioners of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission ZASIEC Speaking at the inauguration at the Government House Matawalle urged the appointees to deploy their wealth of experience and expertise in ensuring the proper implementation of government policies and programmes He reminded the Permanent Secretaries of their role in the general administration of the respective Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs they may find themselves He said the success or otherwise of the MDAs to carry out the mandate rested on the officials He therefore urged the permanent secretaries to stick to the provisions of the civil service rules and ensure zero tolerance to laxity corruption and indiscipline The governor said that his administration would not tolerate any compromise and disregard for the principles of due process and rule of law He urged the Special Advisers to see their appointments as a form of trust from the government and goodwill from the people of the state Matawalle therefore urged them to live above board in the discharge of their responsibilities so as to justify the confidence reposed in them The governor urged them to complement the state executive council in fashioning out efficient policies and programmes to accelerate the development of the state Speaking to the new chairmen and permanent commissioners of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and ZASIEC Matawalle drew their attention to the sensitivity of their commissions and urged them to discharge their duties diligently Matawalle also reminded the newly appointed Auditor General for Local Governments that Zamfara had established the Bureau for Public Procurement and was implementing the global accounting system of IPSAS He urged the Auditor General to ensure that no individual or organisation violated the guiding accounting principles and practices of the state The governor assured the people of the state of his administration s commitment to creating an enabling environment to promote development He appealed to all political appointees civil servants and people of Zamfara to pray and support the government in achieving lasting peace in the state The governor also urged the people to pray for the success of security forces as they battle across various theatres to restore law and order in the state
    Matawalle swears in six new permanent secretaries, others
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    Matawalle swears in six new permanent secretaries, others

    Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has sworn in six new permanent secretaries to fill some vacancies in the leadership of the state civil service.

    This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Jamilu Iliyasu, Press Secretary to the Governor, on Friday in Gusau.

    Matawalle also swore in four newly- appointed Special Advisers and State Auditor-General for Local Governments.

    Others included Chairmen and Permanent Commissioners of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and Zamfara State Independent Electoral Commission (ZASIEC).

    Speaking at the inauguration at the Government House, Matawalle urged the appointees to deploy their wealth of experience and expertise in ensuring the proper implementation of government policies and programmes.

    He reminded the Permanent Secretaries of their role in the general administration of the respective Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) they may find themselves.

    He said the success or otherwise of the MDAs to carry out the mandate rested on the officials.

    He, therefore, urged the permanent secretaries to stick to the provisions of the civil service rules and ensure zero tolerance to laxity, corruption and indiscipline.

    The governor said that his administration would not tolerate any compromise and disregard for the principles of due process and rule of law.

    He urged the Special Advisers to see their appointments as a form of trust from the government and goodwill from the people of the state.

    Matawalle, therefore, urged them to live above board in the discharge of their responsibilities so as to justify the confidence reposed in them.

    The governor urged them to complement the state executive council in fashioning out efficient policies and programmes to accelerate the development of the state.

    Speaking to the new chairmen and permanent commissioners of the State House of Assembly Service Commission and ZASIEC, Matawalle drew their attention to the sensitivity of their commissions and urged them to discharge their duties diligently.

    Matawalle also reminded the newly- appointed Auditor-General for Local Governments that Zamfara had established the Bureau for Public Procurement and was implementing the global accounting system of IPSAS.

    He urged the Auditor-General to ensure that no individual or organisation violated the guiding accounting principles and practices of the state.

    The governor assured the people of the state of his administration’s commitment to creating an enabling environment to promote development.

    He appealed to all political appointees, civil servants, and people of Zamfara to pray and support the government in achieving lasting peace in the state.

    The governor also urged the people to pray for the success of security forces as they battle across various theatres to restore law and order in the state.

  •   The International Monetary Fund IMF has advised Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs in Nigeria to address the issues that lead to widespread corruption and its effects on its economy IMF team leader Mr Alin Shane gave the advice during a consultation visit to the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC in Ahuja on Wednesday Shane said that the purpose of the visit was to involve selected government institutions in the development of their activities and the country as a whole He said his focus on ICPC was due to its role mandate cases and convictions IFF status civil service reforms regarding ghost workers job descriptions and electronic wage payments The team also requested to know the efforts made to change the negative perception of corruption in Nigeria as well as the strategies adopted to address corruption and the successes of those strategies He also expressed his expectation that the consultation would address how the Commission addresses the supply and demand aspects of corruption procurement fraud and the handling of recovered assets In his response ICPC President Prof Bolaji Owasanoye stated that corruption was at the root of the nation s underdevelopment negative perception and economic problems and that past surveys and reports had focused on the retail corruption The Commission is investigating grand corruption that has a major effect on the public sector through the review of the system triggers that lead to corruption were found and have been significantly mitigated This will lead to fishing for ghost workers and generate significant profits for the government Speaking about IFFs Owasanoye informed the team that the Commission was the Secretariat of the Inter Agency Task Team to Stop IFFs He added that the team to end IFFs is focused on the investment environment in oil and gas as well as the commercial and fiscal sectors to curb transfer pricing commercial misinvoicing among others Owasanoye further explained that capacity building trainings had been conducted so officials knew what to look for to address issues that help IFFs The head of CIPC also revealed that with the Commission s mandate to inform the public and citizen participation through the National Ethics and Integrity Policy NEIP it has been able to gradually mobilize citizens and gain their commitment in the fight against corruption The Commission he said was currently undertaking a project on behavior change that was intended to discourage members of the public from tolerating and participating in corruption and corrupt practices Speaking about another initiative that focuses on the value for money component with a focal point on the budget system in which the money is spent the President explained the progress that CIPC was making through the Project Tracking Initiative Executives and Circumscription CEPTI which is in its 5th phase Shedding more light on proceeds of crime and asset management Owasanoye said the Commission was empowered to seize manage and dispose of assets The Commission recently began the process of disposing of assets seized from the Federal Government pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Act POCA 2022 enacted as the Buhari law earlier this year He asked the team to meet with the judiciary and the legislature as they were key players in ensuring that corruption in Nigeria was stopped edited Source Credit NAN
    IMF visits ICPC, seeks end to corruption
      The International Monetary Fund IMF has advised Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs in Nigeria to address the issues that lead to widespread corruption and its effects on its economy IMF team leader Mr Alin Shane gave the advice during a consultation visit to the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC in Ahuja on Wednesday Shane said that the purpose of the visit was to involve selected government institutions in the development of their activities and the country as a whole He said his focus on ICPC was due to its role mandate cases and convictions IFF status civil service reforms regarding ghost workers job descriptions and electronic wage payments The team also requested to know the efforts made to change the negative perception of corruption in Nigeria as well as the strategies adopted to address corruption and the successes of those strategies He also expressed his expectation that the consultation would address how the Commission addresses the supply and demand aspects of corruption procurement fraud and the handling of recovered assets In his response ICPC President Prof Bolaji Owasanoye stated that corruption was at the root of the nation s underdevelopment negative perception and economic problems and that past surveys and reports had focused on the retail corruption The Commission is investigating grand corruption that has a major effect on the public sector through the review of the system triggers that lead to corruption were found and have been significantly mitigated This will lead to fishing for ghost workers and generate significant profits for the government Speaking about IFFs Owasanoye informed the team that the Commission was the Secretariat of the Inter Agency Task Team to Stop IFFs He added that the team to end IFFs is focused on the investment environment in oil and gas as well as the commercial and fiscal sectors to curb transfer pricing commercial misinvoicing among others Owasanoye further explained that capacity building trainings had been conducted so officials knew what to look for to address issues that help IFFs The head of CIPC also revealed that with the Commission s mandate to inform the public and citizen participation through the National Ethics and Integrity Policy NEIP it has been able to gradually mobilize citizens and gain their commitment in the fight against corruption The Commission he said was currently undertaking a project on behavior change that was intended to discourage members of the public from tolerating and participating in corruption and corrupt practices Speaking about another initiative that focuses on the value for money component with a focal point on the budget system in which the money is spent the President explained the progress that CIPC was making through the Project Tracking Initiative Executives and Circumscription CEPTI which is in its 5th phase Shedding more light on proceeds of crime and asset management Owasanoye said the Commission was empowered to seize manage and dispose of assets The Commission recently began the process of disposing of assets seized from the Federal Government pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Act POCA 2022 enacted as the Buhari law earlier this year He asked the team to meet with the judiciary and the legislature as they were key players in ensuring that corruption in Nigeria was stopped edited Source Credit NAN
    IMF visits ICPC, seeks end to corruption
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    IMF visits ICPC, seeks end to corruption

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Nigeria to address the issues that lead to widespread corruption and its effects on its economy.

    IMF team leader Mr. Alin Shane gave the advice during a consultation visit to the Independent Commission for Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) in Ahuja on Wednesday.

    Shane said that the purpose of the visit was to involve selected government institutions in the development of their activities and the country as a whole.

    He said his focus on ICPC was due to its role, mandate, cases and convictions, IFF status, civil service reforms regarding ghost workers, job descriptions, and electronic wage payments.

    The team also requested to know the efforts made to change the negative perception of corruption in Nigeria, as well as the strategies adopted to address corruption and the successes of those strategies.

    He also expressed his expectation that the consultation would address how the Commission addresses the supply and demand aspects of corruption, procurement fraud, and the handling of recovered assets.

    In his response, ICPC President Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye stated that corruption was at the root of the nation's underdevelopment, negative perception and economic problems, and that past surveys and reports had focused on the retail corruption.

    “The Commission is investigating grand corruption that has a major effect on the public sector, through the review of the system, triggers that lead to corruption were found and have been significantly mitigated.

    “This will lead to fishing for ghost workers and generate significant profits for the government.”

    Speaking about IFFs, Owasanoye informed the team that the Commission was the Secretariat of the Inter-Agency Task Team to Stop IFFs.

    He added that the team to end IFFs is focused on the investment environment in oil and gas, as well as the commercial and fiscal sectors to curb transfer pricing, commercial misinvoicing, among others.

    Owasanoye further explained that capacity building trainings had been conducted so officials knew what to look for to address issues that help IFFs.

    The head of CIPC also revealed that with the Commission's mandate to inform the public and citizen participation, through the National Ethics and Integrity Policy (NEIP), it has been able to gradually mobilize citizens and gain their commitment in the fight against corruption.

    The Commission, he said, was currently undertaking a project on behavior change that was intended to discourage members of the public from tolerating and participating in corruption and corrupt practices.

    Speaking about another initiative that focuses on the value for money component, with a focal point on the budget system in which the money is spent, the President explained the progress that CIPC was making through the Project Tracking Initiative. Executives and Circumscription (CEPTI), which is in its 5th phase.

    Shedding more light on proceeds of crime and asset management, Owasanoye said the Commission was empowered to seize, manage and dispose of assets.

    "The Commission recently began the process of disposing of assets seized from the Federal Government, pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA) 2022, enacted as the Buhari law earlier this year."

    He asked the team to meet with the judiciary and the legislature, as they were key players in ensuring that corruption in Nigeria was stopped.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   In furtherance of his administration s commitment to the welfare of civil servants of Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi recently granted approval to the Enugu State Civil Service Commission ESCSC to conduct promotion exercises for eligible staff members across the state s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs The promotion exercise is in fulfilment of Ugwuanyi s promise to clear the backlog of promotions for civil servants in the state Over 3 000 state civil servants recently converged on Government Secondary School GSS Enugu for their 2021 2022 promotional examinations Reacting to the development the Chairman of ESCSC Robinson Odo said The agenda for the 2021 2022 promotion is to ensure that members of staff who scaled through the exercise are promoted without delay to enable them to have reasons to celebrate the yuletide as promoted officers The just concluded promotional examination was in written form and encompassed staff members on salary grade levels 07 and above whose briefs had earlier been received by the Commission ESCSC has announced that the oral interview for the promotion exercise would hold from November 22 to 29 2022 at the Commission s premises at 9 00 a m daily The Chairman disclosed that all hands have been on deck both at the Commission and the MDAs to ensure the promotion processes are successful
    Enugu government set to clear promotion backlog for civil servants
      In furtherance of his administration s commitment to the welfare of civil servants of Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi recently granted approval to the Enugu State Civil Service Commission ESCSC to conduct promotion exercises for eligible staff members across the state s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs The promotion exercise is in fulfilment of Ugwuanyi s promise to clear the backlog of promotions for civil servants in the state Over 3 000 state civil servants recently converged on Government Secondary School GSS Enugu for their 2021 2022 promotional examinations Reacting to the development the Chairman of ESCSC Robinson Odo said The agenda for the 2021 2022 promotion is to ensure that members of staff who scaled through the exercise are promoted without delay to enable them to have reasons to celebrate the yuletide as promoted officers The just concluded promotional examination was in written form and encompassed staff members on salary grade levels 07 and above whose briefs had earlier been received by the Commission ESCSC has announced that the oral interview for the promotion exercise would hold from November 22 to 29 2022 at the Commission s premises at 9 00 a m daily The Chairman disclosed that all hands have been on deck both at the Commission and the MDAs to ensure the promotion processes are successful
    Enugu government set to clear promotion backlog for civil servants
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    Enugu government set to clear promotion backlog for civil servants

    In furtherance of his administration’s commitment to the welfare of civil servants of Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi recently granted approval to the Enugu State Civil Service Commission (ESCSC) to conduct promotion exercises for eligible staff members across the state’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    The promotion exercise is in fulfilment of Ugwuanyi’s promise to clear the backlog of promotions for civil servants in the state.

    Over 3,000 state civil servants recently converged on Government Secondary School (GSS), Enugu, for their 2021/2022 promotional examinations.

    Reacting to the development, the Chairman of ESCSC, Robinson Odo, said: “The agenda for the 2021/2022 promotion is to ensure that members of staff, who scaled through the exercise, are promoted without delay to enable them to have reasons to celebrate the yuletide as promoted officers.

    “The just concluded promotional examination was in written form, and encompassed staff members on salary grade levels 07 and above, whose briefs had earlier been received by the Commission.

    ” “ESCSC has announced that the oral interview for the promotion exercise would hold from November 22 to 29, 2022, at the Commission’s premises at 9:00 a.

    m. daily.

    ” The Chairman disclosed that all hands have been on deck both at the Commission and the MDAs to ensure the promotion processes are successful.

  •   Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
      Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
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    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption

    Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country's public and private sectors.

    They made the commitment during a special session on "Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption" organized by the Innovation Center (PIC), an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

    Ms. Olubukola Balogun, board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption .

    “Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order.

    “There are sanctions, system studies, but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions, you have your system, it is society that is going to make the tools work.

    “That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners. The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy,” she said.

    According to her, the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values, which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption.

    “We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders, youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states.

    “We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society.

    “All behaviors that are illegal let them out. It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right,” he said.

    L-R: Waziri Adio, Founder/CEO, Agora Policy; Olubukola Balogun, Honorary Board Member, Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices (ICPC); Philip Mshelbila, Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria LNG Limited; Kole Shettima, country director, MacArthur Foundation; Osasuyi Dirisu, Deputy Director, Policy Innovation Center (PIC); Akinwumi Akinola, Senior Analyst, PIC; Friday Odeh, Country Director, Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on 'Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption' held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

    Also speaking, Dr. Osasiyi Dirisu, Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices. corrupt.

    Dirisu said the three-year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria.

    “We meet with government CSOs, NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency.

    “We came together to co-create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four-sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs.

    “We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do.

    “The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re-implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions.

    “We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria,” he said.

    reports that Nigeria's National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2021) recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption.

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    Source Credit: NAN

  •   L R Sadiq Usman Director Nigeria Flour Mill Rushman Murtaza Deputy Representative United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Sola Afolayan National Coordinator Multidimensional Poverty Index Semiu Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation Yosola Akinbi National Coordinator Core Task Force on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on Multidimensional Poverty hosted by the SDG Forum on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in Abuja Stakeholders have advised incoming governments after the 2023 general elections to align and sustain national development plans and interventions to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs They made the call during the special session of the High Level Forum on the SDGs at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit NES 28 on the theme Multidimensional Poverty organized by the Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja Mr Adeyemi Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation and Executive Director of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS said that discussions are taking place with political parties to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the programmes Adeniran added that the National Poverty Index NPI will guide national planning to align with projects and programs The government is making plans through the national assembly legislative arms in sync with Nigeria s action plan 2021 2025 The legacies that the current regime will leave for the incoming government in this medium term National Development Plan as well as in the 2050 National Action Plan There are discussions between the government and all the political parties that whoever enters assumes the priority of the government s National Development Plan he said He added that the NPI will also help the government unify MDAs to work to address the rate of gender inequality unemployment and underemployment improve access to healthcare and education There are so many programs aimed at addressing the issue of multidimensional poverty The government is looking at both the federal and state levels in terms of health nutrition productivity young Nigerians in general Putting them together and looking at the Nigerian National Development Programmes 2021 2025 where the government has indicated passion to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025 All of these are aimed at eradicating multidimensional poverty by the government he said He added that the NBS would release the 2022 NPI results and poverty situation room lab with full details and data on poverty on Thursday In addition Rush Murtaza UNICEF Deputy Representative said that the evidence and data would help rethink and make investment plans to address the challenges affecting children in Nigeria Martaza emphasized the need to use the available data to plan and invest in policies and interventions that address the challenges that affect children especially in regards to health education and nutrition UINCEF is an integral part of generating this data we have invested heavily and have been looking at overlapping multidimensional child poverty That we use another methodology but now with the NPI we have introduced and invested in a chapter to see what happens to a child within the home Children whether they have access to education health care and other deprivations they face It s a critical path but it will give us an understanding of what s happening in the states of children s situation then we can make the investment accordingly he said According to her the NPI will also allow interested parties to know specific areas to channel resources and interventions towards poverty alleviation For his part Mr Sadiq Usman Director of Flour Mills Nigeria linked multidimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia Ukraine war which he said affected the global market and commodities and resulted in food insecurity He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through creating economic resources for people through skills and taking a private center approach to creating job opportunities Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders task incoming governments to sustain interventions on poverty alleviation
      L R Sadiq Usman Director Nigeria Flour Mill Rushman Murtaza Deputy Representative United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF Sola Afolayan National Coordinator Multidimensional Poverty Index Semiu Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation Yosola Akinbi National Coordinator Core Task Force on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on Multidimensional Poverty hosted by the SDG Forum on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in Abuja Stakeholders have advised incoming governments after the 2023 general elections to align and sustain national development plans and interventions to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs They made the call during the special session of the High Level Forum on the SDGs at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit NES 28 on the theme Multidimensional Poverty organized by the Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja Mr Adeyemi Adeniran General Statistician of the Federation and Executive Director of the National Bureau of Statistics NBS said that discussions are taking place with political parties to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the programmes Adeniran added that the National Poverty Index NPI will guide national planning to align with projects and programs The government is making plans through the national assembly legislative arms in sync with Nigeria s action plan 2021 2025 The legacies that the current regime will leave for the incoming government in this medium term National Development Plan as well as in the 2050 National Action Plan There are discussions between the government and all the political parties that whoever enters assumes the priority of the government s National Development Plan he said He added that the NPI will also help the government unify MDAs to work to address the rate of gender inequality unemployment and underemployment improve access to healthcare and education There are so many programs aimed at addressing the issue of multidimensional poverty The government is looking at both the federal and state levels in terms of health nutrition productivity young Nigerians in general Putting them together and looking at the Nigerian National Development Programmes 2021 2025 where the government has indicated passion to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025 All of these are aimed at eradicating multidimensional poverty by the government he said He added that the NBS would release the 2022 NPI results and poverty situation room lab with full details and data on poverty on Thursday In addition Rush Murtaza UNICEF Deputy Representative said that the evidence and data would help rethink and make investment plans to address the challenges affecting children in Nigeria Martaza emphasized the need to use the available data to plan and invest in policies and interventions that address the challenges that affect children especially in regards to health education and nutrition UINCEF is an integral part of generating this data we have invested heavily and have been looking at overlapping multidimensional child poverty That we use another methodology but now with the NPI we have introduced and invested in a chapter to see what happens to a child within the home Children whether they have access to education health care and other deprivations they face It s a critical path but it will give us an understanding of what s happening in the states of children s situation then we can make the investment accordingly he said According to her the NPI will also allow interested parties to know specific areas to channel resources and interventions towards poverty alleviation For his part Mr Sadiq Usman Director of Flour Mills Nigeria linked multidimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia Ukraine war which he said affected the global market and commodities and resulted in food insecurity He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through creating economic resources for people through skills and taking a private center approach to creating job opportunities Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders task incoming governments to sustain interventions on poverty alleviation
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    Stakeholders task incoming governments to sustain interventions on poverty alleviation

    L-R: Sadiq Usman, Director, Nigeria Flour Mill; Rushman Murtaza, Deputy Representative, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); Sola Afolayan, National Coordinator, Multidimensional Poverty Index; Semiu Adeniran, General Statistician of the Federation; Yosola Akinbi, National Coordinator, Core Task Force on Human Capital Development at an interactive panel on 'Multidimensional Poverty' hosted by the SDG Forum on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

    Stakeholders have advised incoming governments after the 2023 general elections to align and sustain national development plans and interventions to end poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    They made the call during the special session of the High Level Forum on the SDGs at the 28th Nigerian Economic Summit (NES 28) on the theme "Multidimensional Poverty", organized by the Economic Summit Group (NESG) in Abuja.

    Mr. Adeyemi Adeniran, General Statistician of the Federation and Executive Director of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), said that discussions are taking place with political parties to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the programmes.

    Adeniran added that the National Poverty Index (NPI) will guide national planning to align with projects and programs.

    “The government is making plans through the national assembly, legislative arms in sync with Nigeria's action plan 2021-2025.

    “The legacies that the current regime will leave for the incoming government in this medium-term National Development Plan, as well as in the 2050 National Action Plan.

    "There are discussions between the government and all the political parties that whoever enters assumes the priority of the government's National Development Plan," he said.

    He added that the NPI will also help the government unify MDAs to work to address the rate of gender inequality, unemployment and underemployment, improve access to healthcare and education.

    “There are so many programs aimed at addressing the issue of multidimensional poverty.

    “The government is looking at both the federal and state levels in terms of health, nutrition, productivity, young Nigerians in general.

    “Putting them together and looking at the Nigerian National Development Programmes, 2021-2025, where the government has indicated passion to lift 34 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2025.

    “All of these are aimed at eradicating multidimensional poverty by the government,” he said.

    He added that the NBS would release the 2022 NPI results and poverty situation room/lab with full details and data on poverty on Thursday.

    In addition, Rush Murtaza, UNICEF Deputy Representative, said that the evidence and data would help rethink and make investment plans to address the challenges affecting children in Nigeria.

    Martaza emphasized the need to use the available data to plan and invest in policies and interventions that address the challenges that affect children, especially in regards to health, education, and nutrition.

    “UINCEF is an integral part of generating this data, we have invested heavily and have been looking at overlapping multidimensional child poverty.

    “That we use another methodology but now with the NPI, we have introduced and invested in a chapter to see what happens to a child within the home.

    “Children, whether they have access to education, health care and other deprivations they face.

    “It's a critical path, but it will give us an understanding of what's happening in the states of children's situation, then we can make the investment accordingly,” he said.

    According to her, the NPI will also allow interested parties to know specific areas to channel resources and interventions towards poverty alleviation.

    For his part, Mr. Sadiq Usman, Director of Flour Mills, Nigeria, linked multidimensional poverty in Nigeria to global forces such as the Russia-Ukraine war, which he said affected the global market and commodities and resulted in food insecurity. .

    He said the only way to tackle poverty in Nigeria is through creating economic resources for people through skills and taking a private center approach to creating job opportunities.

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  •   The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA has provided for downtime warranty and after sales support in its Service Level Agreements SLA for the authorization of IT projects for Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA from the government Mr Kashifu Inuwa Director General of NITDA speaking at a two day Consumer Protection Forum in Abuja on Tuesday said that the authorization of IT projects proved to be a big cost cut for the Federal Government The forum was also to review guidelines for the introduction of service level agreements SLAs in government IT contracts The forum is a platform through which NITDA seeks to bring together consumers and providers of IT products and services to address areas of challenges creating awareness of IT products and services for better service delivery Representing Olawunmi the Director of Framework and Standard Guidelines Inuwa stated that the agency was beginning to take a new approach to solving specific problems affecting the sector Today we are addressing a critical issue that arose from our previous consumer protection forum and subsequent complaints within the industry As a result of that NITDA has developed guidance for the introduction of Service Level Agreements SLAs in Government Information Technology Contracts We have previously identified that the lack of warranty and after sales service agreements on our IT product and service purchases have cost us dearly We agreed that IT contracts in MDAs should have an SLA from now on to make provisions for downtime warranty and after sales support he said Inuwa further said that the agency would continue to develop the culture of using and adhering to SLAs when implementing government IT contracts The CEO added that IT project approval had proven to be a great cost reducer for the Federal Government and further encouraged MDAs to continue adopting it along with the use of SLAs Inuwa said that NITDA under its mandate to regulate the IT sector in Nigeria and in support of its development regulation pillar always sought to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IT products and services Inuwa said This is due more to the significant role that IT has played in this economy in recent years and the more critical need for the digital economy to provide much needed support from the prevailing global economic downturn It is in these times that we need to ensure that there is a viable enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive This is not just about emerging technologies but about ensuring industry players thrive in a mutually cohesive environment The Director General recalled that at the recent Digital Conference in Nigeria there were recommendations to break down the barriers that stifle innovation in the Digital Economy According to him the Consumer Protection Forum is a platform to identify such barriers Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    NITDA introduces warranty, after sales support in IT project clearance procedures for MDAs
      The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA has provided for downtime warranty and after sales support in its Service Level Agreements SLA for the authorization of IT projects for Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA from the government Mr Kashifu Inuwa Director General of NITDA speaking at a two day Consumer Protection Forum in Abuja on Tuesday said that the authorization of IT projects proved to be a big cost cut for the Federal Government The forum was also to review guidelines for the introduction of service level agreements SLAs in government IT contracts The forum is a platform through which NITDA seeks to bring together consumers and providers of IT products and services to address areas of challenges creating awareness of IT products and services for better service delivery Representing Olawunmi the Director of Framework and Standard Guidelines Inuwa stated that the agency was beginning to take a new approach to solving specific problems affecting the sector Today we are addressing a critical issue that arose from our previous consumer protection forum and subsequent complaints within the industry As a result of that NITDA has developed guidance for the introduction of Service Level Agreements SLAs in Government Information Technology Contracts We have previously identified that the lack of warranty and after sales service agreements on our IT product and service purchases have cost us dearly We agreed that IT contracts in MDAs should have an SLA from now on to make provisions for downtime warranty and after sales support he said Inuwa further said that the agency would continue to develop the culture of using and adhering to SLAs when implementing government IT contracts The CEO added that IT project approval had proven to be a great cost reducer for the Federal Government and further encouraged MDAs to continue adopting it along with the use of SLAs Inuwa said that NITDA under its mandate to regulate the IT sector in Nigeria and in support of its development regulation pillar always sought to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IT products and services Inuwa said This is due more to the significant role that IT has played in this economy in recent years and the more critical need for the digital economy to provide much needed support from the prevailing global economic downturn It is in these times that we need to ensure that there is a viable enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive This is not just about emerging technologies but about ensuring industry players thrive in a mutually cohesive environment The Director General recalled that at the recent Digital Conference in Nigeria there were recommendations to break down the barriers that stifle innovation in the Digital Economy According to him the Consumer Protection Forum is a platform to identify such barriers Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    NITDA introduces warranty, after sales support in IT project clearance procedures for MDAs
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    NITDA introduces warranty, after sales support in IT project clearance procedures for MDAs

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has provided for downtime, warranty and after-sales support in its Service Level Agreements (SLA) for the authorization of IT projects for Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDA) from the government.

    Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, Director General of NITDA, speaking at a two-day Consumer Protection Forum in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the authorization of IT projects proved to be a big cost cut for the Federal Government.

    The forum was also to review guidelines for the introduction of service level agreements (SLAs) in government IT contracts.

    The forum is a platform through which NITDA seeks to bring together consumers and providers of IT products and services to address areas of challenges, creating awareness of IT products and services for better service delivery.

    Representing Olawunmi, the Director of Framework and Standard Guidelines, Inuwa stated that the agency was beginning to take a new approach to solving specific problems affecting the sector.

    “Today, we are addressing a critical issue that arose from our previous consumer protection forum and subsequent complaints within the industry.

    “As a result of that, NITDA has developed guidance for the introduction of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in Government Information Technology Contracts.

    “We have previously identified that the lack of warranty and after-sales service agreements on our IT product and service purchases have cost us dearly.

    "We agreed that IT contracts in MDAs should have an SLA from now on to make provisions for downtime, warranty and after-sales support," he said.

    Inuwa further said that the agency would continue to develop the culture of using and adhering to SLAs when implementing government IT contracts.

    The CEO added that IT project approval had proven to be a great cost reducer for the Federal Government and further encouraged MDAs to continue adopting it along with the use of SLAs.

    Inuwa said that NITDA, under its mandate to regulate the IT sector in Nigeria and in support of its development regulation pillar, always sought to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IT products and services.

    Inuwa said: “This is due more to the significant role that IT has played in this economy in recent years and the more critical need for the digital economy to provide much-needed support from the prevailing global economic downturn.

    “It is in these times that we need to ensure that there is a viable enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive.

    "This is not just about emerging technologies, but about ensuring industry players thrive in a mutually cohesive environment."

    The Director General recalled that at the recent Digital Conference in Nigeria, there were recommendations to break down the barriers that stifle innovation in the Digital Economy.

    According to him, the Consumer Protection Forum is a platform to identify such barriers.

    ============Mani edited

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  •  The Zamfara State House of Assembly said it would focus on realistic and people oriented budget in 2023 The Speaker Nasiru Magarya said this in a statement in Gusau on Friday by the Director General Press Affairs to the house Nasiru Biyabiki Magarya stated this at a two day meeting on understanding and utilisation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP The meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation in collaboration with the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning The participants at the meeting included 24 members of the house house Committee s secretaries Commissioner fot Budget and Economic Planning Accountant General of the state staff from the state ministries of budget and finance and Board of Internal Revenues Magarya said the meeting was aimed at engaging members of the house and their committees secretaries on basic terms and rudiments of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP He said the assembly would work at ensuring citizens participation and more realistic budget to meet the societal need of socio economic challenges and other emerging issues This shall serve as a guide for deliberations and review of the future annual budgets and other financial regulations for the betterment of the entire society The Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and state Office of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs with the support of UNICEF and UNDP are currently developing a 25 year State Development Plan SDP It is our hope that the team will engage all the relevant stakeholders and give priority to the emerging issues for the document to be people oriented and speak to the realities of time Magarya added He called on the participants to pay serious attention to all deliberations throughout the session Magarya described the challenges associated with internal revenue generation in the state as worrisome The speaker called on all authorities concerned to work out modalities towards addressing them He added that the state legislature would engage all the revenue generating MDAs in the state to address the programme Thehe Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation Shamsudeen Hassan said the event was organised because of the urgent need of the state to have a participatory budget for more inclusive governance Hassan said that the event was in conformity with Abuja Declaration and other international and national considerations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara assembly to focus on realistic budget in 2023—-Speaker
     The Zamfara State House of Assembly said it would focus on realistic and people oriented budget in 2023 The Speaker Nasiru Magarya said this in a statement in Gusau on Friday by the Director General Press Affairs to the house Nasiru Biyabiki Magarya stated this at a two day meeting on understanding and utilisation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP The meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation in collaboration with the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning The participants at the meeting included 24 members of the house house Committee s secretaries Commissioner fot Budget and Economic Planning Accountant General of the state staff from the state ministries of budget and finance and Board of Internal Revenues Magarya said the meeting was aimed at engaging members of the house and their committees secretaries on basic terms and rudiments of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP He said the assembly would work at ensuring citizens participation and more realistic budget to meet the societal need of socio economic challenges and other emerging issues This shall serve as a guide for deliberations and review of the future annual budgets and other financial regulations for the betterment of the entire society The Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and state Office of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs with the support of UNICEF and UNDP are currently developing a 25 year State Development Plan SDP It is our hope that the team will engage all the relevant stakeholders and give priority to the emerging issues for the document to be people oriented and speak to the realities of time Magarya added He called on the participants to pay serious attention to all deliberations throughout the session Magarya described the challenges associated with internal revenue generation in the state as worrisome The speaker called on all authorities concerned to work out modalities towards addressing them He added that the state legislature would engage all the revenue generating MDAs in the state to address the programme Thehe Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation Shamsudeen Hassan said the event was organised because of the urgent need of the state to have a participatory budget for more inclusive governance Hassan said that the event was in conformity with Abuja Declaration and other international and national considerations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara assembly to focus on realistic budget in 2023—-Speaker
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    Zamfara assembly to focus on realistic budget in 2023—-Speaker

    The Zamfara State  House of Assembly said it would focus on realistic and people-oriented budget in 2023.The Speaker, Nasiru Magarya, said this in a statement in Gusau on Friday by the Director General, Press Affairs to the house, Nasiru Biyabiki.

    Magarya stated this at a two-day meeting on understanding and utilisation of Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).

    The meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, in collaboration with the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.

    The participants at the meeting included 24 members of the house, house Committee’s secretaries, Commissioner fot Budget and Economic Planning, Accountant General of the state, staff from the state ministries of budget and finance and Board of Internal Revenues.

    Magarya said the meeting was aimed at engaging members of the house and their committees’ secretaries on basic terms and rudiments of Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).

    He said the assembly would work at ensuring citizens’ participation and more realistic budget, to meet the societal need of socio-economic challenges and other emerging issues.

    “This shall serve as a guide for deliberations and review of the future annual budgets and other financial regulations for the betterment of the entire society.

    “The Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and state Office of the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs), with the support of UNICEF and UNDP, are currently developing a 25-year State Development Plan (SDP). 

    “It is our hope that the team will engage all the relevant stakeholders and give priority to the emerging issues for the document to be people-oriented and speak to the realities of time,” Magarya added.

    He called on the participants to pay  serious attention to all deliberations throughout the session.

    Magarya described the challenges associated with internal revenue generation in the state as worrisome.

    The speaker called on all authorities concerned to work out modalities towards addressing them.

    He added that the state legislature would engage all the revenue generating MDAs in the state to address the programme.

    Thehe Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Shamsudeen Hassan, said the event was organised because of the urgent need of the state to have a participatory budget for more inclusive governance.

    Hassan said that the event was in conformity with Abuja Declaration and other international and national considerations.


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  •  Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has presented a budget of N245 billion for 2023 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for approval Presenting the proposal tagged Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity II on Friday in Kano Ganduje said it was aimed at consolidating and improving the wellbeing of the people of the state He said that the budget consisted of N144 billion for capital expenditure representing 59 per cent and N100 billion for recurrent expenditure representing 41 per cent The health sector was allocated N39 1 billion water resources N15 billion transport sector N8 6 billion agriculture sector N19 9 billion while works and infrastructure got N35billion he said The governor said that education sector got the Lion share of the budget with N62 billion representing 27 per cent more than the UNESCO and UN recommendation He said that the money would be channeled into executing policies and programmes aimed at ensuring quality education at all levels Ganduje said that part of the money would also be used to enhance the state free and compulsory education programme He urged the lawmakers to ensure speedy passage of the budget to enable the government to continue to provide dividends of democracy to people The governor also urged youths to shun all forms of violence especially as the 2023 general elections got nearer The Speaker Alhaji Hamisu Chidari assured the governor of speedy passage of the budget to create time for January to December budget circle He urged government Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to be ready for budget defence at the House The speaker also commended the governor for his stride in Infrastructure development security health and education sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ganduje presents 2023 budget of N245bn to Kano Assembly
     Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has presented a budget of N245 billion for 2023 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for approval Presenting the proposal tagged Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity II on Friday in Kano Ganduje said it was aimed at consolidating and improving the wellbeing of the people of the state He said that the budget consisted of N144 billion for capital expenditure representing 59 per cent and N100 billion for recurrent expenditure representing 41 per cent The health sector was allocated N39 1 billion water resources N15 billion transport sector N8 6 billion agriculture sector N19 9 billion while works and infrastructure got N35billion he said The governor said that education sector got the Lion share of the budget with N62 billion representing 27 per cent more than the UNESCO and UN recommendation He said that the money would be channeled into executing policies and programmes aimed at ensuring quality education at all levels Ganduje said that part of the money would also be used to enhance the state free and compulsory education programme He urged the lawmakers to ensure speedy passage of the budget to enable the government to continue to provide dividends of democracy to people The governor also urged youths to shun all forms of violence especially as the 2023 general elections got nearer The Speaker Alhaji Hamisu Chidari assured the governor of speedy passage of the budget to create time for January to December budget circle He urged government Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to be ready for budget defence at the House The speaker also commended the governor for his stride in Infrastructure development security health and education sector NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ganduje presents 2023 budget of N245bn to Kano Assembly
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    Ganduje presents 2023 budget of N245bn to Kano Assembly

    Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has presented a budget of N245 billion for 2023 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for approval.

    Presenting the proposal tagged “Budget of Consolidation and Prosperity II” on Friday in Kano, Ganduje said it was aimed at consolidating and improving the wellbeing of the people of the state.

    He said that the budget consisted of N144 billion for capital expenditure, representing 59 per cent and N100 billion for recurrent expenditure, representing 41 per cent.

    “The health sector was allocated N39.1 billion; water resources N15 billion; transport sector N8.6 billion; agriculture sector N19.9 billion while works and infrastructure got N35billion,” he said.

    The governor said that education sector got the Lion share of the budget with N62 billion, representing 27 per cent more than the UNESCO and UN recommendation.

    He said that the money would be channeled into executing policies and programmes aimed at ensuring quality education at all levels.

    Ganduje said that part of the money would also be used to enhance the state free and compulsory education programme.

    He urged the lawmakers to ensure speedy passage of the budget, to enable the government to continue to provide dividends of democracy to people.

    The governor also urged youths to shun all forms of violence, especially as the 2023 general elections got nearer.

    The Speaker, Alhaji Hamisu Chidari, assured the governor of speedy passage of the budget to create time for January to December budget circle.

    He urged government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to be ready for budget defence at the House.

    The speaker also commended the governor for his stride in Infrastructure development, security, health and education sector.


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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been honoured with the award of National Nutrition Vanguard by the Nutrition Society of Nigeria NSN in a brief ceremony held at the Presidential Villa Abuja Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President disclosed this in a statement on Thursday The award was in recognition of the vice president s outstanding and immense contribution to national development and particularly nutrition development in Nigeria Prof Hafiz Abubakar former Kano State Deputy Governor and a member of the NSN Board of Trustees who read the citation said Osinbajo had contributed immensely in Nigeria s nutrition space Your Excellency under your leadership as the Chairman of the National Nutrition Council NCS the council has provided the purposeful direction in the nutrition landscape in the country as well as increase the visibility of the council in national development Abubakar listed major achievements recorded in the food systems space under the vice president s leadership Approval of the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition NMPFAN in Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council High level support for the Nigeria Food System Dialogue leading to the development of a food system transformation pathways The approval for the establishment of nutrition departments in all relevant MDAs High level engagement of the Nigeria Governors Forum for increase in funding for nutrition at State level Creation of the Technical Advisory Group for the support and guided implementation of NCN decisions Improvement in the funding for nutrition activities both at Federal and State levels among others he said The President of NSN Prof Wasiu Afolabi gave an update on the society s activities over the years and presently under his leadership Afolabi said the society was currently supporting the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry with the implementation of the school feeding programme especially by enhancing the quality of meals served under the scheme Accepting the award Osinbajo spoke on Federal Government s commitment to improving nutrition and security We decided as a government to do a lot more work in the area of nutrition and one of the major issues for us was the consideration that the most important task for government was the security of lives and property of the citizens Security of course in terms of physical security but perhaps more in terms of lives and livelihoods because really what is the point of providing any physical security for somebody who dies of hunger or who is about to die of hunger So I think for us this was so important that we should dedicate time and attention to food security and of course nutrition Our work on Human Capital Development which we have done through the National Economic Council and our work in the area of nutrition through the National Council on Nutrition is one that we think we have developed synergy and it is very important that we maintain that synergy It speaks to our responsibility to the country and our responsibility to the people He thanked NSN for the honour and dedicated the award to all stakeholders in the nutrition and food systems space Osinbajo said that the award was not expected because a lot of what he had achieved was in the course of doing the work for which he was elected He commended the NSN for its steadfastness and contributions to the advancement of the food systems space in Nigeria over the years But I deeply appreciate this award and I also dedicate the award to all of us including yourself all of us who worked diligently but silently in the nutrition and food systems space who are hardly ever acknowledged or hardly ever noticed If we did not have the NSN we would not have made the advancement or achievements that we have made It is your advocacy over the years that has led to the point where government could not ignore the nutrition space at all The vice president urged the society to expand its scope of collaboration with government to cover more areas citing ongoing partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development through the Homegrown School Feeding Programme as an example nannews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo bags ‘National Nutrition Vanguard’ award
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been honoured with the award of National Nutrition Vanguard by the Nutrition Society of Nigeria NSN in a brief ceremony held at the Presidential Villa Abuja Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President disclosed this in a statement on Thursday The award was in recognition of the vice president s outstanding and immense contribution to national development and particularly nutrition development in Nigeria Prof Hafiz Abubakar former Kano State Deputy Governor and a member of the NSN Board of Trustees who read the citation said Osinbajo had contributed immensely in Nigeria s nutrition space Your Excellency under your leadership as the Chairman of the National Nutrition Council NCS the council has provided the purposeful direction in the nutrition landscape in the country as well as increase the visibility of the council in national development Abubakar listed major achievements recorded in the food systems space under the vice president s leadership Approval of the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition NMPFAN in Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council High level support for the Nigeria Food System Dialogue leading to the development of a food system transformation pathways The approval for the establishment of nutrition departments in all relevant MDAs High level engagement of the Nigeria Governors Forum for increase in funding for nutrition at State level Creation of the Technical Advisory Group for the support and guided implementation of NCN decisions Improvement in the funding for nutrition activities both at Federal and State levels among others he said The President of NSN Prof Wasiu Afolabi gave an update on the society s activities over the years and presently under his leadership Afolabi said the society was currently supporting the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry with the implementation of the school feeding programme especially by enhancing the quality of meals served under the scheme Accepting the award Osinbajo spoke on Federal Government s commitment to improving nutrition and security We decided as a government to do a lot more work in the area of nutrition and one of the major issues for us was the consideration that the most important task for government was the security of lives and property of the citizens Security of course in terms of physical security but perhaps more in terms of lives and livelihoods because really what is the point of providing any physical security for somebody who dies of hunger or who is about to die of hunger So I think for us this was so important that we should dedicate time and attention to food security and of course nutrition Our work on Human Capital Development which we have done through the National Economic Council and our work in the area of nutrition through the National Council on Nutrition is one that we think we have developed synergy and it is very important that we maintain that synergy It speaks to our responsibility to the country and our responsibility to the people He thanked NSN for the honour and dedicated the award to all stakeholders in the nutrition and food systems space Osinbajo said that the award was not expected because a lot of what he had achieved was in the course of doing the work for which he was elected He commended the NSN for its steadfastness and contributions to the advancement of the food systems space in Nigeria over the years But I deeply appreciate this award and I also dedicate the award to all of us including yourself all of us who worked diligently but silently in the nutrition and food systems space who are hardly ever acknowledged or hardly ever noticed If we did not have the NSN we would not have made the advancement or achievements that we have made It is your advocacy over the years that has led to the point where government could not ignore the nutrition space at all The vice president urged the society to expand its scope of collaboration with government to cover more areas citing ongoing partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development through the Homegrown School Feeding Programme as an example nannews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo bags ‘National Nutrition Vanguard’ award
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    Osinbajo bags ‘National Nutrition Vanguard’ award

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been honoured with the award of ‘National Nutrition Vanguard’ by the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN) in a brief ceremony held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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

    The award was in recognition of the vice president’s  outstanding and immense “contribution to national development and particularly nutrition development in Nigeria.

    Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, former Kano State Deputy Governor and a member of the NSN Board of Trustees, who read the citation, said Osinbajo had contributed immensely in Nigeria’s nutrition space.

    “Your Excellency, under your leadership as the Chairman of the National Nutrition Council(NCS), the council has provided the purposeful direction in the nutrition landscape in the country as well as increase the visibility of the council in national development.

    ”Abubakar listed major achievements recorded in the food systems space under the vice president’s leadership. 

    “Approval of the National Multisectoral Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition (NMPFAN) in Nigeria by the Federal Executive Council“High level support for the Nigeria Food System Dialogue leading to the development of a food system transformation pathways“The approval for the establishment of nutrition departments in all relevant MDAs“High level engagement of the Nigeria Governors Forum for increase in funding for nutrition at State levelCreation of the Technical Advisory Group for the support and guided implementation of NCN decisions.

    “Improvement in the funding for nutrition activities both at Federal and State levels, among others,” he said.

    The President of NSN, Prof. Wasiu  Afolabi, gave an update on the society’s activities over the years and presently under his leadership. 

    Afolabi said the society was currently supporting the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry with the implementation of the school feeding programme especially by enhancing the quality of meals served under the scheme.

    Accepting the award, Osinbajo spoke on Federal Government’s commitment to improving nutrition and security.

    “We decided as a government to do a lot more work in the area of nutrition and one of the major issues for us was the consideration that, the most important task for government was the security of lives and property of the citizens.

    ” Security, of course, in terms of physical security but perhaps more, in terms of lives and livelihoods, because really what is the point of providing any physical security for somebody who dies of hunger or who is about to die of hunger.

    “So, I think, for us this was so important that we should dedicate time and attention to food security and of course, nutrition.

    “Our work on Human Capital Development which we have done through the National Economic Council and our work in the area of nutrition, through the National Council on Nutrition, is one that we think, we have developed synergy and it is very important that we maintain that synergy.

    “It speaks to our responsibility to the country and our responsibility to the people.

    ” He thanked NSN  for the honour and dedicated the award to all stakeholders in the nutrition and food systems space.

    Osinbajo said that the award was not expected because a lot of what he had achieved was in the course of doing the work for which he was elected.

    He commended the NSN for its steadfastness and contributions to the advancement of the food systems space in Nigeria over the years“But I deeply appreciate this award and I also dedicate the award to all of us including yourself, all of us who worked diligently but silently in the nutrition and food systems space, who are hardly ever acknowledged or hardly ever noticed. 

    “If we did not have the NSN, we would not have made the advancement or achievements that we have made.

    It is your advocacy over the years that has led to the point where government could not ignore the nutrition space at all.

    ”The vice president  urged the society to expand its scope of collaboration with government to cover more areas, citing ongoing partnership with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, through the Homegrown School Feeding Programme, as an example.

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  •  Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development says the Federal Government will partner the World Bank to conduct a post disaster rapid impact assessment Farouq who stated this at a Ministerial briefing said that the assessment would use the Global Rapid post disaster Damage Estimation GRADE This is contained in a statement signed by Farouq s Special Assistant on Media Mrs Nneka Anibeze on Thursday in Abuja This exercise is intended to give an immediate understanding and estimation of the extent of damage and loss caused by the flood This rapid estimation is needed because the physical Post Disaster Needs Assessment PDNA will take between 6 to 8 months So while we wait for the PDNA to be conducted we can use the GRADE for planning and financial purposes As GRADE has been found to be fairly accurate the findings will guide programs of recovery and flood prevention We are keenly waiting for the result of the GRADE assessment on or before Dec 2 Farouq said The minister also called on all stakeholders and partners to work towards early recovery and stabilisation of affected communities She explained that the ministry had to also seek for durable solutions towards the return and resettlement of affected communities continue to provide lifesaving emergency assistance prevent the spread of diseases and ensure food security She highlighted the importance of coordination and partnership in national emergencies adding that it was the core objective and scope of the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan The Flood plan was a directive issued by President Buhari giving his concerns of the experiences of floods in 2018 and 2020 The plan was developed by multiple stakeholders and all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and it finally received approval of the Federal Executive Council in September The Flood Plan is currently guiding our field operations and addressing any gap in coordination that we have faced at the Federal and Sub National levels Farouq stated Meanwhile the Minister condoled with victims of the recent flood disaster in the country which ravaged through many states and left hundreds dead Farouq described the loss of lives property and farmlands caused by the flood as colossal and unfortunate We sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives those who have lost their livelihoods and property This is very unfortunate We are trying our best to engage specialists and the Air Force to support us in air dropping of relief items in areas that are not accessible We have also established 44 shelters in 24 states and most of the victims affected have been evacuated onto higher planes We have taken interventions to the most hit states including Bayelsa and Jigawa Delta Anambra and other affected by the floods and it is still ongoing These are natural disasters and we pray that we don t see this again However the government is up and doing in this regard Farouq stressed The minister said she was currently overseeing efforts in the response phase including the activation of a national emergency operation centre and situation room She further said that the situation room collated data provided risk communication and coordinated the complementary efforts of sister MDAs Officials of our operational agency the NEMA are in all states affected by the flood she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: FG to partner World Bank on  post disaster rapid impact assessment
     Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development says the Federal Government will partner the World Bank to conduct a post disaster rapid impact assessment Farouq who stated this at a Ministerial briefing said that the assessment would use the Global Rapid post disaster Damage Estimation GRADE This is contained in a statement signed by Farouq s Special Assistant on Media Mrs Nneka Anibeze on Thursday in Abuja This exercise is intended to give an immediate understanding and estimation of the extent of damage and loss caused by the flood This rapid estimation is needed because the physical Post Disaster Needs Assessment PDNA will take between 6 to 8 months So while we wait for the PDNA to be conducted we can use the GRADE for planning and financial purposes As GRADE has been found to be fairly accurate the findings will guide programs of recovery and flood prevention We are keenly waiting for the result of the GRADE assessment on or before Dec 2 Farouq said The minister also called on all stakeholders and partners to work towards early recovery and stabilisation of affected communities She explained that the ministry had to also seek for durable solutions towards the return and resettlement of affected communities continue to provide lifesaving emergency assistance prevent the spread of diseases and ensure food security She highlighted the importance of coordination and partnership in national emergencies adding that it was the core objective and scope of the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan The Flood plan was a directive issued by President Buhari giving his concerns of the experiences of floods in 2018 and 2020 The plan was developed by multiple stakeholders and all Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and it finally received approval of the Federal Executive Council in September The Flood Plan is currently guiding our field operations and addressing any gap in coordination that we have faced at the Federal and Sub National levels Farouq stated Meanwhile the Minister condoled with victims of the recent flood disaster in the country which ravaged through many states and left hundreds dead Farouq described the loss of lives property and farmlands caused by the flood as colossal and unfortunate We sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives those who have lost their livelihoods and property This is very unfortunate We are trying our best to engage specialists and the Air Force to support us in air dropping of relief items in areas that are not accessible We have also established 44 shelters in 24 states and most of the victims affected have been evacuated onto higher planes We have taken interventions to the most hit states including Bayelsa and Jigawa Delta Anambra and other affected by the floods and it is still ongoing These are natural disasters and we pray that we don t see this again However the government is up and doing in this regard Farouq stressed The minister said she was currently overseeing efforts in the response phase including the activation of a national emergency operation centre and situation room She further said that the situation room collated data provided risk communication and coordinated the complementary efforts of sister MDAs Officials of our operational agency the NEMA are in all states affected by the flood she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: FG to partner World Bank on  post disaster rapid impact assessment
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    Flood: FG to partner World Bank on  post disaster rapid impact assessment

    Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, says the Federal Government will partner the World Bank to conduct a post disaster rapid impact assessment.

    Farouq, who stated this at a Ministerial briefing, said that the assessment would use the Global Rapid post-disaster Damage Estimation (GRADE).

    This is contained in a statement signed by Farouq’s Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Nneka Anibeze, on Thursday in Abuja.

    “This exercise is intended to give an immediate understanding and estimation of the extent of damage and loss caused by the flood.

    “This rapid estimation is needed, because the physical Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) will take between 6 to 8 months.

    “So, while we wait for the PDNA to be conducted, we can use the GRADE for planning and financial purposes.

    “As GRADE has been found to be fairly accurate, the findings will guide programs of recovery and flood prevention.

    We are keenly waiting for the result of the GRADE assessment on or before Dec. 2,” Farouq said.

    The minister also called on all stakeholders and partners to work towards early recovery and stabilisation of affected communities.

    She explained that the ministry had to also seek for durable solutions towards the return and resettlement of affected communities, continue to provide lifesaving emergency assistance, prevent the spread of diseases and ensure food security.

    She  highlighted the importance of coordination and partnership in national emergencies, adding that it was the core objective and scope of the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.“The Flood plan was a directive issued by President Buhari, giving his concerns of the experiences of floods in 2018 and 2020.“The plan was developed by multiple stakeholders and all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and it finally received approval of the Federal Executive Council in September.

    “The Flood Plan is currently guiding our field operations and addressing any gap in coordination that we have faced at the Federal and Sub-National levels,” Farouq stated.

    Meanwhile, the Minister condoled with victims of the recent flood disaster in the country which ravaged through many states and left hundreds dead.

    Farouq described the loss of lives, property and farmlands caused by the flood as colossal and unfortunate.

    “We sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives, those who have lost their livelihoods and property.

    This is very unfortunate.

    “We are trying our best to engage specialists and the Air Force to support us in air dropping of relief items in areas that are not accessible.

    “We have also established 44 shelters in 24 states and most of the victims affected have been evacuated onto higher planes.

    “We have taken interventions to the most hit states, including Bayelsa and Jigawa, Delta, Anambra and other affected by the floods and it is still ongoing.

    “These are natural disasters and we pray that we don’t see this again. 

    However, the government is up and doing in this regard,” Farouq stressed.

    The minister said she was currently overseeing efforts in the response phase, including the activation of a national emergency operation centre and situation room.

    She further said that the situation room collated data, provided risk communication and coordinated the complementary efforts of sister MDAs.“Officials of our operational agency, the NEMA, are in all states affected by the flood,” she said.


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