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  •  The World Bank has approved 750 million dollars for the Nigeria State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER Programme for Results This is contained in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the World Bank website on Friday in Abuja The statement said the 750 million dollars International Development Association IDA credit will help Nigeria accelerate the implementation of critical actions that will improve the business enabling environment in states Nigeria has made progress in advancing reforms to eliminate constraints in the business environment especially through actions driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC However Nigeria s ability to attract domestic and foreign investment remains low compared to its peers Nigeria s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT are capable to catalyse private investment but vary significantly in their efforts and ability to do so it said It said given the importance of state level reforms the government developed a new programme called SABER to accelerate the implementation of critical actions that improve the business enabling environment in Nigeria s states The statement said the government s SABER programme builds on the successes of PEBEC It aims to strengthen the existing PEBEC National Economic Council subnational interventions by adding incentives These incentives are results based financing to the states and the delivery of wholesale technical assistance available to all states to support gaps in reform implementation It said the Programme for Results supports the most critical state level business enabling reforms of the government s SABER programme The statement said the programme is open to all states in Nigeria and FCT given their ability to take concrete steps towards addressing major business enabling environment challenges around land administration Also around regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure public private partnerships PPP and investment promotion frameworks and services and business enabling regulatory environment It said the programme was in line with Nigeria s National Development Plan NDP which sets an ambitious strategy to pursue sustained private sector led economic growth The NDP is aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 The statement said SABER would support states to improve the efficiency of land administration and the regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure SABER will also support states to improve the services provided by investment promotion agencies and PPP units and the efficiency and transparency of government to business services The statement quoted Shubham Chaudhuri World Bank Country Director for Nigeria as saying Private sector investments remain the major vehicle to create more jobs increase revenues to the states and improve social and economic outcomes for citizens The statement quoted Bertine Kamphuis Task Team Leader for SABER as saying overall the SABER program looks to consolidate and deepen business enabling environment reforms across more states The use of the Program for Results model which ensures disbursement of funds after achieving results helps the government in strengthening its programme by incentivising institutional performance at the state level through results based financing Kamphuis said states would be responsible for achieving the programme results and thus will be leading the implementation of the programme NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Bank approves 0m to boost Nigeria’s business environment
     The World Bank has approved 750 million dollars for the Nigeria State Action on Business Enabling Reforms SABER Programme for Results This is contained in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the World Bank website on Friday in Abuja The statement said the 750 million dollars International Development Association IDA credit will help Nigeria accelerate the implementation of critical actions that will improve the business enabling environment in states Nigeria has made progress in advancing reforms to eliminate constraints in the business environment especially through actions driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council PEBEC However Nigeria s ability to attract domestic and foreign investment remains low compared to its peers Nigeria s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT are capable to catalyse private investment but vary significantly in their efforts and ability to do so it said It said given the importance of state level reforms the government developed a new programme called SABER to accelerate the implementation of critical actions that improve the business enabling environment in Nigeria s states The statement said the government s SABER programme builds on the successes of PEBEC It aims to strengthen the existing PEBEC National Economic Council subnational interventions by adding incentives These incentives are results based financing to the states and the delivery of wholesale technical assistance available to all states to support gaps in reform implementation It said the Programme for Results supports the most critical state level business enabling reforms of the government s SABER programme The statement said the programme is open to all states in Nigeria and FCT given their ability to take concrete steps towards addressing major business enabling environment challenges around land administration Also around regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure public private partnerships PPP and investment promotion frameworks and services and business enabling regulatory environment It said the programme was in line with Nigeria s National Development Plan NDP which sets an ambitious strategy to pursue sustained private sector led economic growth The NDP is aimed at generating 21 million full time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025 The statement said SABER would support states to improve the efficiency of land administration and the regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure SABER will also support states to improve the services provided by investment promotion agencies and PPP units and the efficiency and transparency of government to business services The statement quoted Shubham Chaudhuri World Bank Country Director for Nigeria as saying Private sector investments remain the major vehicle to create more jobs increase revenues to the states and improve social and economic outcomes for citizens The statement quoted Bertine Kamphuis Task Team Leader for SABER as saying overall the SABER program looks to consolidate and deepen business enabling environment reforms across more states The use of the Program for Results model which ensures disbursement of funds after achieving results helps the government in strengthening its programme by incentivising institutional performance at the state level through results based financing Kamphuis said states would be responsible for achieving the programme results and thus will be leading the implementation of the programme NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Bank approves 0m to boost Nigeria’s business environment
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    World Bank approves $750m to boost Nigeria’s business environment

    The World Bank has approved 750 million dollars for the Nigeria State Action on Business Enabling Reforms (SABER) Programme-for-Results.

    This is contained in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria from the World Bank website on Friday in Abuja.

    The statement said the 750 million dollars International Development Association (IDA) credit, will help Nigeria accelerate the implementation of critical actions that will improve the business-enabling environment in states.

    “Nigeria has made progress in advancing reforms to eliminate constraints in the business environment, especially through actions driven by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).

    “However, Nigeria’s ability to attract domestic and foreign investment remains low compared to its peers.

    “Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are capable to catalyse private investment but vary significantly in their efforts and ability to do so,”it said.

    It said given the importance of state-level reforms, the government developed a new programme called SABER, to accelerate the implementation of critical actions that improve the business-enabling environment in Nigeria’s states.

    The statement said the government’s SABER programme builds on the successes of PEBEC.

    “It aims to strengthen the existing PEBEC-National Economic Council subnational interventions by adding incentives.

    “These incentives are results-based financing to the states, and the delivery of wholesale technical assistance available to all states, to support gaps in reform implementation.

    ” It said the Programme-for-Results supports the most critical state-level business enabling reforms of the government’s SABER programme.

    The  statement said, the programme is open to all states in Nigeria and FCT, given their ability to take concrete steps towards addressing major business-enabling environment challenges around land administration.

    “Also around regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure, public-private partnerships (PPP) and investment promotion frameworks and services, and business enabling regulatory environment.

    ” It said the programme was in line with Nigeria’s National Development Plan (NDP) which sets an ambitious strategy to pursue sustained private sector-led economic growth.

    “The NDP is aimed at generating 21 million full-time jobs and lifting 35 million people out of poverty by 2025. ” The statement said SABER would support states to improve the efficiency of land administration and the regulatory framework for private investment in fibre optic infrastructure.

    “SABER will also support states to improve the services provided by investment promotion agencies and PPP units, and the efficiency and transparency of government-to-business services.

    ” The statement quoted Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, as saying: “Private sector investments remain the major vehicle to create more jobs, increase revenues to the states and improve social and economic outcomes for citizens.

    ” The statement quoted Bertine Kamphuis, Task Team Leader for SABER, as saying “overall, the SABER program looks to consolidate and deepen business enabling environment reforms across more states.

    “The use of the Program-for-Results model, which ensures disbursement of funds after achieving results, helps the government in strengthening its programme by incentivising institutional performance at the state level, through results-based financing.

    Kamphuis said states would be responsible for achieving the programme results and thus will be leading the implementation of the programme.


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  •  The Nigeria COVID 19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus NG CARES has expressed confidence in the commitment of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to utilise the 750 million dollars NG CARES fund before June 2023 Prof Foluso Okunmadewa Task Team Leader TTL for NG CARES stated this is an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the NG CARES Implementation Support Meeting held on Thursday in Abuja Okunmadewa said that the programme was getting to its closing level adding that all the key elements that were supposed to be in place were available as the states were committed He said All the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory are deeply committed and that give us the confidence that things will turn around and there will be close to 100 per cent performance going forward Even the performance that we have now is not a bad but we want the best the maximum because the challenges and issues are huge This is an emergency operation In fact I can tell you that the resources that are available in this programme are very small compared to the challenges that we are talking about So in no time I m sure the states with the commitment they are showing now with the eagerness to move very quickly will utilise all of the resources Okunmadewa said that the programme was designed as an emergency operation approved in 2020 with the understanding that it will close in June 2023 We have nine months from now and within the period a lot can happen when all the guns in 37 points are firing at the same time in no time these resources will be used he added On his part the National Coordinator of NG CARES Dr Abdulkarim Obaje disclosed that so far it had disbursed N35 3 billion to all the 36 states and the FCT Obaje said that the expectation was that being a programme for result states would double the amount of money that was given to them to enable them produce results He said So that when the Independent Verification Agent come or visit to the states in Oct then the states will have published and posted enough results that will enable this advance of N35 3 billion to be taken one off Then the states will have enough reimbursement to be available to continue the implementation of the programme going forward Many other states are holding on to this advance not releasing the money to the delivery platforms And in that case the delivery platforms cannot produce enough results and this has implications with the Independent Verification Agent s visit So we are really very worried with the way some states are handling this issue of advance and even funding of their delivery platforms NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, States can utilise 0m NG-CARES fund—World Bank 
     The Nigeria COVID 19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus NG CARES has expressed confidence in the commitment of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to utilise the 750 million dollars NG CARES fund before June 2023 Prof Foluso Okunmadewa Task Team Leader TTL for NG CARES stated this is an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the NG CARES Implementation Support Meeting held on Thursday in Abuja Okunmadewa said that the programme was getting to its closing level adding that all the key elements that were supposed to be in place were available as the states were committed He said All the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory are deeply committed and that give us the confidence that things will turn around and there will be close to 100 per cent performance going forward Even the performance that we have now is not a bad but we want the best the maximum because the challenges and issues are huge This is an emergency operation In fact I can tell you that the resources that are available in this programme are very small compared to the challenges that we are talking about So in no time I m sure the states with the commitment they are showing now with the eagerness to move very quickly will utilise all of the resources Okunmadewa said that the programme was designed as an emergency operation approved in 2020 with the understanding that it will close in June 2023 We have nine months from now and within the period a lot can happen when all the guns in 37 points are firing at the same time in no time these resources will be used he added On his part the National Coordinator of NG CARES Dr Abdulkarim Obaje disclosed that so far it had disbursed N35 3 billion to all the 36 states and the FCT Obaje said that the expectation was that being a programme for result states would double the amount of money that was given to them to enable them produce results He said So that when the Independent Verification Agent come or visit to the states in Oct then the states will have published and posted enough results that will enable this advance of N35 3 billion to be taken one off Then the states will have enough reimbursement to be available to continue the implementation of the programme going forward Many other states are holding on to this advance not releasing the money to the delivery platforms And in that case the delivery platforms cannot produce enough results and this has implications with the Independent Verification Agent s visit So we are really very worried with the way some states are handling this issue of advance and even funding of their delivery platforms NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG, States can utilise 0m NG-CARES fund—World Bank 
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    FG, States can utilise $750m NG-CARES fund—World Bank 

    The Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES), has expressed confidence in the commitment of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to utilise the 750 million dollars NG-CARES fund before June 2023. Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, Task Team Leader (TTL) for NG-CARES, stated this is an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the NG-CARES Implementation Support Meeting held on Thursday in Abuja.

    Okunmadewa said that the programme was getting to its closing level, adding that all the key elements that were supposed to be in place were available as the states were committed.

    He said:  ” All the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory are deeply committed and that give us the confidence that things will turn around and there will be close to 100 per cent performance going forward.

    ” Even the performance that we have now is not a bad, but we want the best, the maximum, because the challenges and issues are huge.

    This is an emergency operation.

    ” In fact, I can tell you that the resources that are available in this programme are very small compared to the challenges that we are talking about.

    ” So, in no time, I’m sure the states with the commitment they are showing now, with the eagerness to move very quickly, will utilise all of the resources.

    ” Okunmadewa said that the programme was designed as an emergency operation approved in 2020, with the understanding that it will close in June 2023. ” We have nine months from now and within the period a lot can happen when all the guns in 37 points are firing at the same time in no time these resources will be used,” he added.

    On his part, the National Coordinator of NG-CARES, Dr Abdulkarim Obaje, disclosed that so far, it had disbursed N35.3 billion to all the 36 states and the FCT.

    Obaje said that the expectation was that being a programme for result, states would double the amount of money that was given to them to enable them produce results.

    He said: ” So that when the Independent Verification Agent come or visit to the states in Oct., then the states will have published and posted enough results that will enable this advance of N35.3 billion to be taken one off.

    ” Then, the states will have enough reimbursement to be available to continue the implementation of the programme going forward.

    ” Many other states are holding on to this advance not releasing the money to the delivery platforms.

    ”And in that case the delivery platforms cannot produce enough results and this has implications with the Independent Verification Agent’s visit.

    ” So, we are really very worried with the way some states are handling this issue of advance and even funding of their delivery platforms.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation an NGO has urged the Federal Government to provide equitable access to education for children in Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Ms Ololade Ogunnubi the founder made the call at an event for children from various IDPs camps at the New Kuchingoro IDPs Camp on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event tagged The Education Convergence is aimed at bridging the educational gap created by their displacement due to insurgency The event was organised in collaboration with the former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II SDG Challenge One Million Teachers LearnXplore We are Special Foundation Others are Broken But Mendable Life Foundation and the Nigerian Flying Disc Association Ogunnubi said the event was aimed at providing a platform for the children to reach full potential in their educational pursuit She said children were the most vulnerable group and they make up a large percentage of the population of IDPs camps across the country According to her denying them their rights to education will add to the out of school children being experienced in the country We have been doing this since 2019 and the first edition was conducted for children in primary and secondary schools in Abuja In 2020 we had a community school outreach in 18 states and in 2021 we did it in Nasarawa State But we decided to bring it to children in IDPs Camps in the FCT because we saw the need for them to be educated on so many issues Aside the classroom education these children deserve to have other knowledge such as menstrual hygiene personal health management negative effects of drugs alcohol rape sexual and gender based violence she said Ogunnubi noted that though humanitarian crisis and activities of insurgents had remained the biggest challenge to development of the country neglecting the children through education would cause more harm than good She said that children in IDPs are smart and intelligent but need more encouragement and support from government and relevant stakeholders With this the country will be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 where everyone will be carried along despite the circumstances they find themselves Ogunnubi said NAN reports that the event featured quiz competition talk shows and presentation of awards books bags stationeries clothes shoes and food stuffs to the children NewsSourceCredit NAN
    GY editing-Group advocates equitable access to education for children in Abuja IDPs Camps
     Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation an NGO has urged the Federal Government to provide equitable access to education for children in Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camps in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Ms Ololade Ogunnubi the founder made the call at an event for children from various IDPs camps at the New Kuchingoro IDPs Camp on Thursday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event tagged The Education Convergence is aimed at bridging the educational gap created by their displacement due to insurgency The event was organised in collaboration with the former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II SDG Challenge One Million Teachers LearnXplore We are Special Foundation Others are Broken But Mendable Life Foundation and the Nigerian Flying Disc Association Ogunnubi said the event was aimed at providing a platform for the children to reach full potential in their educational pursuit She said children were the most vulnerable group and they make up a large percentage of the population of IDPs camps across the country According to her denying them their rights to education will add to the out of school children being experienced in the country We have been doing this since 2019 and the first edition was conducted for children in primary and secondary schools in Abuja In 2020 we had a community school outreach in 18 states and in 2021 we did it in Nasarawa State But we decided to bring it to children in IDPs Camps in the FCT because we saw the need for them to be educated on so many issues Aside the classroom education these children deserve to have other knowledge such as menstrual hygiene personal health management negative effects of drugs alcohol rape sexual and gender based violence she said Ogunnubi noted that though humanitarian crisis and activities of insurgents had remained the biggest challenge to development of the country neglecting the children through education would cause more harm than good She said that children in IDPs are smart and intelligent but need more encouragement and support from government and relevant stakeholders With this the country will be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 where everyone will be carried along despite the circumstances they find themselves Ogunnubi said NAN reports that the event featured quiz competition talk shows and presentation of awards books bags stationeries clothes shoes and food stuffs to the children NewsSourceCredit NAN
    GY editing-Group advocates equitable access to education for children in Abuja IDPs Camps
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    GY editing-Group advocates equitable access to education for children in Abuja IDPs Camps

    Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, an NGO, has urged the Federal Government to provide equitable access to education for children in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    Ms Ololade Ogunnubi, the founder, made the call at an event for children from various IDPs camps at the New Kuchingoro IDPs Camp, on Thursday, in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event tagged: “The Education Convergence”, is aimed at bridging the educational gap created by their displacement due to insurgency.

    The event was organised in collaboration with the former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, SDG Challenge, One Million Teachers, LearnXplore, We are Special Foundation.

    Others are Broken But Mendable Life Foundation and the Nigerian Flying Disc Association.

    Ogunnubi said the event was aimed at providing a platform for the children to reach full potential in their educational pursuit.

    She said children were the most vulnerable group and they make up a large percentage of the population of IDPs camps across the country.

    According to her, denying them their rights to education will add to the out-of-school children being experienced in the country.

    “We have been doing this since 2019 and the first edition was conducted for children in primary and secondary schools in Abuja.

    “In 2020, we had a community school outreach in 18 states and in 2021, we did it in Nasarawa State.

    “But we decided to bring it to children in IDPs Camps in the FCT because we saw the need for them to be educated on so many issues.

    “Aside the classroom education, these children deserve to have other knowledge such as menstrual hygiene, personal health management, negative effects of drugs, alcohol, rape, sexual and gender-based violence,” she said.

    Ogunnubi noted that though humanitarian crisis and activities of insurgents had remained the biggest challenge to development of the country, neglecting the children through education would cause more harm than good.

    She said that children in IDPs “are smart and intelligent, but need more encouragement and support from government and relevant stakeholders.

    ” “With this, the country will be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, where everyone will be carried along despite the circumstances they find themselves,” Ogunnubi said.

    NAN reports that the event featured quiz competition, talk shows and presentation of awards, books, bags, stationeries, clothes, shoes and food stuffs to the children.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has reiterated the desire to improve the capacity of its staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills in keeping pace with global best practices The Permanent Secretary of FCTA Mr Olusade Adesola gave the assurance at a 3 day workshop for the management staff of the FCT Emergency Management Agency FEMA held on Thursday in Abuja Adesola said that knowledge and skills were the working capital that personnel needed to drive home government policies and programmes He said based on this he could sacrifice any other schedule in order to be part of the capacity building initiative My expectation on the outcome of every workshop in terms of cost side by side improved quality of work remains high Therefore this workshop was organised in keeping faith with the outcomes which are capable of driving a seamless realisation of the FEMA mandate As drivers of this mandate much is expected of you at the end of this programme and going forward he said The permanent secretary commended the goodwill of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung KAS the facilitators of the programme in building the capacity of FCTA s staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills You did it some months back and today we are grateful to be here again as beneficiaries of your magnanimity In our desire for improved quality of work and especially in keeping pace with global best practices we look forward to more from you so that together we can deliver quality services to our people Let me on behalf of the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu thank Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and everyone that played a role in making this workshop possible Adesola said Earlier the Director General of FEMA Alhaji Abbas Idriss said that 50 participants were selected from top and management cadres of the agency who are decision makers in various sectors of the agency We are here to build the capacity of staffers through the resourcefulness of KAS Knowledge is key to reducing disasters while capacity building is continuous in a dynamic environment The season we had in the past is not the same today We need to update ourselves to ensure we are at par with situations to be able to respond effectively That is why we need to keep on learning and retraining to ensure that we are at the right place in line with the global world Idriss said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA reiterates desire to improve staffers’ capacity on critical areas
     The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has reiterated the desire to improve the capacity of its staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills in keeping pace with global best practices The Permanent Secretary of FCTA Mr Olusade Adesola gave the assurance at a 3 day workshop for the management staff of the FCT Emergency Management Agency FEMA held on Thursday in Abuja Adesola said that knowledge and skills were the working capital that personnel needed to drive home government policies and programmes He said based on this he could sacrifice any other schedule in order to be part of the capacity building initiative My expectation on the outcome of every workshop in terms of cost side by side improved quality of work remains high Therefore this workshop was organised in keeping faith with the outcomes which are capable of driving a seamless realisation of the FEMA mandate As drivers of this mandate much is expected of you at the end of this programme and going forward he said The permanent secretary commended the goodwill of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung KAS the facilitators of the programme in building the capacity of FCTA s staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills You did it some months back and today we are grateful to be here again as beneficiaries of your magnanimity In our desire for improved quality of work and especially in keeping pace with global best practices we look forward to more from you so that together we can deliver quality services to our people Let me on behalf of the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu thank Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and everyone that played a role in making this workshop possible Adesola said Earlier the Director General of FEMA Alhaji Abbas Idriss said that 50 participants were selected from top and management cadres of the agency who are decision makers in various sectors of the agency We are here to build the capacity of staffers through the resourcefulness of KAS Knowledge is key to reducing disasters while capacity building is continuous in a dynamic environment The season we had in the past is not the same today We need to update ourselves to ensure we are at par with situations to be able to respond effectively That is why we need to keep on learning and retraining to ensure that we are at the right place in line with the global world Idriss said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA reiterates desire to improve staffers’ capacity on critical areas
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    FCTA reiterates desire to improve staffers’ capacity on critical areas

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has reiterated the desire to improve the capacity of its staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills in keeping pace with global best practices.

    The Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, gave the assurance at a 3-day workshop for the management staff of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), held on Thursday in Abuja.

    Adesola said that knowledge and skills were the working capital that personnel needed to drive home government policies and programmes.

    He said based on this, he could sacrifice any other schedule in order to be part of the capacity building initiative.

    “My expectation on the outcome of every workshop, in terms of cost, side by side improved quality of work, remains high.

    “Therefore, this workshop was organised in keeping faith with the outcomes which are capable of driving a seamless realisation of the FEMA mandate.

    “As drivers of this mandate, much is expected of you at the end of this programme and going forward,” he said.

    The permanent secretary commended the goodwill of Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung (KAS), the facilitators of the programme in building the capacity of FCTA’s staffers on critical areas of knowledge and skills.

    “You did it some months back and today we are grateful to be here again as beneficiaries of your magnanimity.

    “In our desire for improved quality of work and especially in keeping pace with global best practices, we look forward to more from you, so that together we can deliver quality services to our people.

    “Let me on behalf of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, thank Konrad-Adenauer- Stiftung and everyone that played a role in making this workshop possible,” Adesola said.

    Earlier, the Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, said that 50 participants were selected from top and management cadres of the agency who are decision makers in various sectors of the agency.

    “We are here to build the capacity of staffers through the resourcefulness of KAS.

    “Knowledge is key to reducing disasters; while capacity building is continuous in a dynamic environment.

    “The season we had in the past is not the same today.

    We need to update ourselves to ensure we are at par with situations to be able to respond effectively.

    “That is why we need to keep on learning and retraining to ensure that we are at the right place in line with the global world,” Idriss said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Director General National Youth Service Corps NYSC Brig Gen Muhammad Fadah has urged state governments to continually upgrade orientation camp facilities He made the appeal at the 2022 Batch C Pre Orientation Course Workshop on Wednesday in Abuja The workshop brought all stakeholders together to review the conduct of previous orientation courses with a view to mapping out strategies for improved performance It has its theme as Exploring Effective Stakeholders Collaboration for Improved Orientation Programme Fadah also urged that the state governments to also make all other necessary logistic provisions He commended the Federal Government and all stakeholders of the scheme for keeping faith with the NYSC The director general also appealed for the continued support of the stakeholders to enhance the operations of the scheme At this juncture I wish to express our profound gratitude to the Federal Government for its abiding faith in the scheme as demonstrated through constant provision of funds for the smooth conduct of our operations We also thank state governments for their support the FCT Administration traditional rulers security agencies and other stakeholders in the territory for their immense support Fadah said that the scheme recognised the importance of the roles of all stakeholders in the scheme and that they were all already working together for the successful conduct of the forthcoming 2022 Batch C Orientation Course The Director Planning Research and Statistics Mr Ahmed Ikaka said that the workshop was organised to prepare for the forth coming 2022 Batch C Streams One and Two orientation courses He added that at the end of the workshop far reaching resolutions that would guide the execution of the forthcoming orientation course would be agreed upon The Minister Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA Muhammad Bello said that the modest achievements as of the territory was attributable to the cooperation and support from others including the services rendered by the corps members deployed to the territory Represented by the Acting Director Youth Department Mr Musa Lai he assured the scheme of the administration s continuos partnership with the Scheme for the successful implementation of its lofty programmes I am aware that this programme is aimed at appraising your previous orientation exercises with a view to addressing identified challenges and evolving strategies for continuous improvement This clearly attests to the fact that NYSC is not only a proactive Agency but also one which values stakeholders roles in the success of its mandate he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NYSC D-G urges state governments to upgrade orientation camp facilities
     The Director General National Youth Service Corps NYSC Brig Gen Muhammad Fadah has urged state governments to continually upgrade orientation camp facilities He made the appeal at the 2022 Batch C Pre Orientation Course Workshop on Wednesday in Abuja The workshop brought all stakeholders together to review the conduct of previous orientation courses with a view to mapping out strategies for improved performance It has its theme as Exploring Effective Stakeholders Collaboration for Improved Orientation Programme Fadah also urged that the state governments to also make all other necessary logistic provisions He commended the Federal Government and all stakeholders of the scheme for keeping faith with the NYSC The director general also appealed for the continued support of the stakeholders to enhance the operations of the scheme At this juncture I wish to express our profound gratitude to the Federal Government for its abiding faith in the scheme as demonstrated through constant provision of funds for the smooth conduct of our operations We also thank state governments for their support the FCT Administration traditional rulers security agencies and other stakeholders in the territory for their immense support Fadah said that the scheme recognised the importance of the roles of all stakeholders in the scheme and that they were all already working together for the successful conduct of the forthcoming 2022 Batch C Orientation Course The Director Planning Research and Statistics Mr Ahmed Ikaka said that the workshop was organised to prepare for the forth coming 2022 Batch C Streams One and Two orientation courses He added that at the end of the workshop far reaching resolutions that would guide the execution of the forthcoming orientation course would be agreed upon The Minister Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA Muhammad Bello said that the modest achievements as of the territory was attributable to the cooperation and support from others including the services rendered by the corps members deployed to the territory Represented by the Acting Director Youth Department Mr Musa Lai he assured the scheme of the administration s continuos partnership with the Scheme for the successful implementation of its lofty programmes I am aware that this programme is aimed at appraising your previous orientation exercises with a view to addressing identified challenges and evolving strategies for continuous improvement This clearly attests to the fact that NYSC is not only a proactive Agency but also one which values stakeholders roles in the success of its mandate he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NYSC D-G urges state governments to upgrade orientation camp facilities
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    NYSC D-G urges state governments to upgrade orientation camp facilities

    The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, has urged state governments to continually upgrade orientation camp facilities.

    He made the appeal at the 2022 Batch ‘C’ Pre-Orientation Course Workshop on Wednesday in Abuja, The workshop brought all stakeholders together to review the conduct of previous orientation courses with a view to mapping out strategies for improved performance.

    .

    It has its theme as “Exploring Effective Stakeholders Collaboration for Improved Orientation Programme.

    ” Fadah also urged that the state governments to also make all other necessary logistic provisions.

    He commended the Federal Government and all stakeholders of the scheme for keeping faith with the NYSC.

    The director-general also appealed for the continued support of the stakeholders to enhance the operations of the scheme.

    “At this juncture, I wish to express our profound gratitude to the Federal Government for its abiding faith in the scheme as demonstrated through constant provision of funds for the smooth conduct of our operations.

    “We also thank state governments for their support, the FCT Administration, traditional rulers, security agencies and other stakeholders in the territory for their immense support.

    ” Fadah said that the scheme recognised the importance of the roles of all stakeholders in the scheme and that they were all already working together for the successful conduct of the forthcoming 2022 Batch ‘C’ Orientation Course.

    The Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr Ahmed Ikaka, said that the workshop was organised to prepare for the forth-coming 2022 Batch ‘C’ Streams One and Two orientation courses.

    He added that at the end of the workshop, far-reaching resolutions that would guide the execution of the forthcoming orientation course would be agreed upon.

    The Minister, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA),  Muhammad Bello, said that the modest achievements as of the territory was attributable to the cooperation and support from others, including the services rendered by the corps members deployed to the territory.

    Represented by the Acting Director, Youth Department, Mr Musa Lai, he assured the scheme of the  administration’s continuos partnership with the Scheme for the successful implementation of its lofty programmes.

    “I am aware that this programme is aimed at appraising your previous orientation exercises with a view to addressing identified challenges and evolving strategies for continuous improvement.

    “This clearly attests to the fact that NYSC is not only a proactive Agency, but also one which values stakeholders’ roles in the success of its mandate”, he added.


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  •  Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi has pleaded with the National Population Commission NPC to provide accurate demographic and other data hat can help the state to get support it needs for development in the 2023 national census He claimed on Wednesday in Lokoja that more than one million people transit through the state monthly thereby putting pressure on its limited resources According to him accurate demographic data arising from the 2023 national census can be used to create funds to bear the pressure of using the state as a transit route During the national stakeholders summit on 2023 Population and Housing Census organised by NPC in Lokoja Bello observed that the state is strategic sharing boundaries with 10 states including the Federal Capital Territory Represented by his deputy Chief Edward Onoja he said that of recent Kogi had witnessed massive influx of new people in search of a place to live or do business in the state He claimed that people chose the state to live because it had the capacity to guarantee security of lives and property with a fast growing commercial environment The United Nations through some of its agencies has consistently and insistently declared that Lokoja is projected to be the third fastest growing African continent city between 2020 and 2025 The Wall Street Journal which expanded on the UN findings says the population of Lokoja metropolis will grow 78 per cent in the next decade quicker than every other sizable town in the world In Kogi today we are catering for no fewer than six million citizens and we have to provide for more than million citizens per month who transit through our state on their way to and fro other parts of the country This has put an inordinate amount of stress on our facilities making both maintenance and replacement excessively frequent and prohibitively expensive It is our strong expectation that the next census will not only represent this phenomenon accurately but will go a long way in granting us the special status we need to keep Kogi safe he pleaded He noted that another national census in 2023 was imperative to produce a new set of demographic and socio economic data that would provide the basis for national planning and sustainable development According to him governments at all levels rely on population data to activate and sustain development especially the provision of basic amenities such as electricity water schools housing health and educational facilities among others Mr Nasir Isa Kwarra the Chairman NPC then assured Nigerians and development partners the commission s commitment to the conduct a credible and acceptable census that would be transformational and meet international standards Represented by Kogi NPC Federal Commissioner Prof Isa Jimoh the chairman said the 2023 census will be fully digital and the commission has deployed technology to conduct the exercise and enhance data quality In the 2023 census everyone will be counted in the right way at the right place and time and for the benefits of all persons resident in Nigeria This is what informed this summit with the hope of getting the support of all stakeholders here to join hands with NPC in realising the dream of providing the needed demographic data that will facilitate and place our country on the pedestal of sustainable development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 census: Bello makes case for Kogi
     Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi has pleaded with the National Population Commission NPC to provide accurate demographic and other data hat can help the state to get support it needs for development in the 2023 national census He claimed on Wednesday in Lokoja that more than one million people transit through the state monthly thereby putting pressure on its limited resources According to him accurate demographic data arising from the 2023 national census can be used to create funds to bear the pressure of using the state as a transit route During the national stakeholders summit on 2023 Population and Housing Census organised by NPC in Lokoja Bello observed that the state is strategic sharing boundaries with 10 states including the Federal Capital Territory Represented by his deputy Chief Edward Onoja he said that of recent Kogi had witnessed massive influx of new people in search of a place to live or do business in the state He claimed that people chose the state to live because it had the capacity to guarantee security of lives and property with a fast growing commercial environment The United Nations through some of its agencies has consistently and insistently declared that Lokoja is projected to be the third fastest growing African continent city between 2020 and 2025 The Wall Street Journal which expanded on the UN findings says the population of Lokoja metropolis will grow 78 per cent in the next decade quicker than every other sizable town in the world In Kogi today we are catering for no fewer than six million citizens and we have to provide for more than million citizens per month who transit through our state on their way to and fro other parts of the country This has put an inordinate amount of stress on our facilities making both maintenance and replacement excessively frequent and prohibitively expensive It is our strong expectation that the next census will not only represent this phenomenon accurately but will go a long way in granting us the special status we need to keep Kogi safe he pleaded He noted that another national census in 2023 was imperative to produce a new set of demographic and socio economic data that would provide the basis for national planning and sustainable development According to him governments at all levels rely on population data to activate and sustain development especially the provision of basic amenities such as electricity water schools housing health and educational facilities among others Mr Nasir Isa Kwarra the Chairman NPC then assured Nigerians and development partners the commission s commitment to the conduct a credible and acceptable census that would be transformational and meet international standards Represented by Kogi NPC Federal Commissioner Prof Isa Jimoh the chairman said the 2023 census will be fully digital and the commission has deployed technology to conduct the exercise and enhance data quality In the 2023 census everyone will be counted in the right way at the right place and time and for the benefits of all persons resident in Nigeria This is what informed this summit with the hope of getting the support of all stakeholders here to join hands with NPC in realising the dream of providing the needed demographic data that will facilitate and place our country on the pedestal of sustainable development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 census: Bello makes case for Kogi
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    2023 census: Bello makes case for Kogi

    Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has pleaded with the National Population Commission (NPC) to provide accurate demographic and other data hat can help the state to get support it needs for development in the 2023 national census.

    He claimed on Wednesday in Lokoja that more than one million “people transit through the state monthly, thereby putting pressure on its limited resources.

    According to him, accurate demographic data arising from the 2023 national census can be used to create funds to bear the pressure of using the state as a transit route.

    During the national stakeholders summit on 2023 Population and Housing Census organised by NPC in Lokoja, Bello observed that the state is strategic, sharing boundaries with 10 states, including the Federal Capital Territory.

    Represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, he said that of recent Kogi had witnessed massive influx of new people in search of a place to live or do business in the state.

    He claimed that people chose the state to live because it had the capacity to guarantee security of lives and property with a fast-growing commercial environment.

    “The United Nations, through some of its agencies, has consistently and insistently declared that Lokoja is projected to be the third fastest growing African continent city between 2020 and 2025. “The Wall Street Journal which expanded on the UN findings, says the population of Lokoja metropolis will grow 78 per cent in the next decade, quicker than every other sizable town in the world.

    “In Kogi today, we are catering for no fewer than six million citizens and we have to provide for more than million citizens per month, who transit through our state on their way to and fro other parts of the country.

    “This has put an inordinate amount of stress on our facilities, making both maintenance and replacement excessively frequent and prohibitively expensive.

    “It is our strong expectation that the next census will not only represent this phenomenon accurately, but will go a long way in granting us the special status we need to keep Kogi safe,” he pleaded.

    He noted that another national census in 2023 was imperative to produce a new set of demographic and socio-economic data that would provide the basis for national planning and sustainable development.

    According to him, governments at all levels rely on population data to activate and sustain development, especially the provision of basic amenities such as electricity, water, schools, housing, health and educational facilities, among others.

    Mr Nasir Isa-Kwarra, the Chairman, NPC then assured Nigerians and development partners the commission’s commitment to the conduct a credible and acceptable census that would be transformational and meet international standards.

    Represented by Kogi NPC Federal Commissioner Prof. Isa Jimoh, the chairman said “the 2023 census will be fully digital and the commission has deployed technology to conduct the exercise and enhance data quality.

    “In the 2023 census, everyone will be counted in the right way, at the right place and time, and for the benefits of all persons resident in Nigeria.

    “This is what informed this summit with the hope of getting the support of all stakeholders here to join hands with NPC in realising the dream of providing the needed demographic data that will facilitate and place our country on the pedestal of sustainable development.


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  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC has commenced saftey stakeholders meetings in the Federal Capital Territory FCT and Niger as part of new strategies to reduce Road Traffic Crashes RTCs during the Ember Months The Zonal Commanding Officer ZCO Zone RS7 FRSC in charge of FCT and Niger Assistant Corps Marshal ACM Shehu Mohammed said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja e Mohammed said the strategies included robust synergy with sister agencies and other security agencies deployment of additional operational vehicles among others He said the objective of the new strategies was to focus on how to make the roads safer for all road users and ensure reduction in road crashes Mohammed said the FCT and Niger were situated at the centre of the country adding that there was an influx and high density of traffic coming to Abuja as the seat of government This he said sometimes spilled over to Niger one of the closest states to the FCT So you can imagine the kind of traffic coming into a Abuja and so also into Niger he said Mohammed said zone RS7 was the first to adopt a safety stakeholders meeting on a quarterly basis He added that safety stakeholders were the agencies involved in road safety and other safety management which came together to resolve issues regarding safety According to him the agencies meet on quarterly basis to discuss the issues at stake There was a training on health and also training on the importance of Strict Compliance to Traffic Regulations Then just last week we had another one which dwelt on insurance as it relates to road safety So the commands are doing a lot in terms of collaboration and then the commanding officers are directed also to laise with and partner with all the sisters and security agencies This is neccessary for initiative for knowledge and also to support us in terms of any security challenge and in general as a backup he said Mohammed said the zone had 39 unit commands nine outpost and eight zebra points which were ambulance points for post crash care With this kind of formation that we have and the home growth strategy we are adopting we are always able to control the traffic We are also able to provide an enabling environment and motoring environment that is safe and secure for travellers to be able to travel safe to their destination he said The FRSC boss said the motoring public needed to know that road crashes were avoidable and preventable adding and road safety agenda was a shared and collective responsibility We at FRSC shall continue to demonstrate our resolve our capacity and our commitment to reduce and minimise road crashes This is by creating safe motoring environment and also including the improvement of good road safety culture he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ember months: FRSC engages stakeholders to reduce road crashes
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC has commenced saftey stakeholders meetings in the Federal Capital Territory FCT and Niger as part of new strategies to reduce Road Traffic Crashes RTCs during the Ember Months The Zonal Commanding Officer ZCO Zone RS7 FRSC in charge of FCT and Niger Assistant Corps Marshal ACM Shehu Mohammed said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja e Mohammed said the strategies included robust synergy with sister agencies and other security agencies deployment of additional operational vehicles among others He said the objective of the new strategies was to focus on how to make the roads safer for all road users and ensure reduction in road crashes Mohammed said the FCT and Niger were situated at the centre of the country adding that there was an influx and high density of traffic coming to Abuja as the seat of government This he said sometimes spilled over to Niger one of the closest states to the FCT So you can imagine the kind of traffic coming into a Abuja and so also into Niger he said Mohammed said zone RS7 was the first to adopt a safety stakeholders meeting on a quarterly basis He added that safety stakeholders were the agencies involved in road safety and other safety management which came together to resolve issues regarding safety According to him the agencies meet on quarterly basis to discuss the issues at stake There was a training on health and also training on the importance of Strict Compliance to Traffic Regulations Then just last week we had another one which dwelt on insurance as it relates to road safety So the commands are doing a lot in terms of collaboration and then the commanding officers are directed also to laise with and partner with all the sisters and security agencies This is neccessary for initiative for knowledge and also to support us in terms of any security challenge and in general as a backup he said Mohammed said the zone had 39 unit commands nine outpost and eight zebra points which were ambulance points for post crash care With this kind of formation that we have and the home growth strategy we are adopting we are always able to control the traffic We are also able to provide an enabling environment and motoring environment that is safe and secure for travellers to be able to travel safe to their destination he said The FRSC boss said the motoring public needed to know that road crashes were avoidable and preventable adding and road safety agenda was a shared and collective responsibility We at FRSC shall continue to demonstrate our resolve our capacity and our commitment to reduce and minimise road crashes This is by creating safe motoring environment and also including the improvement of good road safety culture he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ember months: FRSC engages stakeholders to reduce road crashes
    Defence/Security2 days ago

    Ember months: FRSC engages stakeholders to reduce road crashes

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has commenced saftey stakeholders meetings in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger as part of new strategies to reduce Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) during the Ember Months.

    The Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO) Zone RS7, FRSC, in charge of FCT and Niger, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Shehu Mohammed, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

    e Mohammed said the strategies included robust synergy with sister agencies and other security agencies, deployment of additional operational vehicles among others.

    He said the objective of the new strategies was to focus on how to make the roads safer for all road users and ensure reduction in road crashes.

    Mohammed said the FCT and Niger were situated at the centre of the country, adding that there was an influx and high density of traffic coming to Abuja as the seat of government.

    This, he said, sometimes spilled over to Niger, one of the closest states to the FCT.

    “So you can imagine the kind of traffic coming into a Abuja and so also into Niger,” he said.

    Mohammed said zone RS7 was the first to adopt a safety stakeholders meeting on a quarterly basis.

    He added that safety stakeholders were the agencies involved in road safety and other safety management, which came together to resolve issues regarding safety.

    According to him, the agencies meet on quarterly basis to discuss the issues at stake.

    “There was a training on health and also training on the importance of Strict Compliance to Traffic Regulations.

    “Then just last week, we had another one which dwelt on insurance as it relates to road safety.

    “So, the commands are doing a lot in terms of collaboration and then the commanding officers are directed also to laise with and partner with all the sisters and security agencies.

    “This is neccessary for initiative, for knowledge and also to support us in terms of any security challenge and in general as a backup,” he said.

    Mohammed said the zone had 39 unit commands, nine outpost and eight zebra points, which were ambulance points for post-crash care.

    “With this kind of formation that we have and the home growth strategy we are adopting, we are always able to control the traffic.

    “We are also able to provide an enabling environment and motoring environment that is safe and secure for travellers to be able to travel safe to their destination,” he said.

    The FRSC boss said the motoring public needed to know that road crashes were avoidable and preventable, adding and road safety agenda was a shared and collective responsibility.

    “We at FRSC shall continue to demonstrate our resolve, our capacity and our commitment to reduce and minimise road crashes.

    “This is by creating safe motoring environment and also including the improvement of good road safety culture,” he said.


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  •  The Roost Foundation an NGO says it is building the capacity of relevant stakeholders to enlist others in the fight against drug trafficking abuse and human trafficking The Founder and Executive Chairperson of the foundation Dame Julie Okah Donli said this at a two day workshop on Outreach on Drug and Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Abuja She recalled that the foundation carried out a survey and discovered that Mpape Community was an endemic area in the Federal Capital Territory where outreach awareness campaign team would visit tomorrow Wednesday Okah Donli is also the Chairman Board of Trustees United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons This training programme is timely and is not meant to only enlist you into this movement against drug trafficking and abuse but it is an invitation to enlarge your capacity to enlist others into this fight Please do not hoard the knowledge and experiences you garner from here but spread it as a trainer to others Seek and seize every opportunity to spread the information about this act of man s inhumanity to man He expressed the hope that the workshop would enable the foundation to mobilise and sustain partnership for effective combat on drug and other related crimes like human trafficking in every part of Nigeria and beyond she said Dr Ngozi Maduekwe the Director Drug Demand Reduction National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said that the agency was working to cut off the availability of drugs in the country Maduekwe said that this had been achieved through intelligence by ensuring that drug traffickers were arrested and prosecuted And then we seize their drugs and get them destroyed That is cutting off the availability of drugs Maduekwe said alsothe agency also carried out awareness campaigns on drug abuse educated youths and children who had not involved in any drug against the menace For those who are involved we counsel them on the need to go for treatment We always offer them counselling and give them care support to get out of drug addiction she said In her remarks Ebelechukwu Enedah the Country Coordinator AGA Africa an NGO said drug trafficking thrived by deploying defenceless human beings being forced or lured into becoming drug mules According to her typically young people from unstable backgrounds and those in dire straits become easy prey for drug traffickers Indeed a good number of them are also forced into the dehumanising work of prostitution The tragedy is many who face arrest are in fact victims who are also battling addiction Nigeria like many other African countries serves as a major transit point for drugs like cannabis cocaine Amphetamines and tramadol Compounding the problem is that cannabis is widely cultivated in Nigeria making it available in large quantities Enedah said She expressed optimism that the workshop would equip drug law enforcement agents officers and human rights activists to combat the menace of drug trafficking and abuse in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the office of the Attorney General NDLEA NAFDAC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime participated in the workshop Others are from the Nigeria Police Nigeria Immigration Service Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC Nigeria Customs Service and NGOs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation builds capacity on fight against drug trafficking, abuse
     The Roost Foundation an NGO says it is building the capacity of relevant stakeholders to enlist others in the fight against drug trafficking abuse and human trafficking The Founder and Executive Chairperson of the foundation Dame Julie Okah Donli said this at a two day workshop on Outreach on Drug and Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Abuja She recalled that the foundation carried out a survey and discovered that Mpape Community was an endemic area in the Federal Capital Territory where outreach awareness campaign team would visit tomorrow Wednesday Okah Donli is also the Chairman Board of Trustees United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons This training programme is timely and is not meant to only enlist you into this movement against drug trafficking and abuse but it is an invitation to enlarge your capacity to enlist others into this fight Please do not hoard the knowledge and experiences you garner from here but spread it as a trainer to others Seek and seize every opportunity to spread the information about this act of man s inhumanity to man He expressed the hope that the workshop would enable the foundation to mobilise and sustain partnership for effective combat on drug and other related crimes like human trafficking in every part of Nigeria and beyond she said Dr Ngozi Maduekwe the Director Drug Demand Reduction National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said that the agency was working to cut off the availability of drugs in the country Maduekwe said that this had been achieved through intelligence by ensuring that drug traffickers were arrested and prosecuted And then we seize their drugs and get them destroyed That is cutting off the availability of drugs Maduekwe said alsothe agency also carried out awareness campaigns on drug abuse educated youths and children who had not involved in any drug against the menace For those who are involved we counsel them on the need to go for treatment We always offer them counselling and give them care support to get out of drug addiction she said In her remarks Ebelechukwu Enedah the Country Coordinator AGA Africa an NGO said drug trafficking thrived by deploying defenceless human beings being forced or lured into becoming drug mules According to her typically young people from unstable backgrounds and those in dire straits become easy prey for drug traffickers Indeed a good number of them are also forced into the dehumanising work of prostitution The tragedy is many who face arrest are in fact victims who are also battling addiction Nigeria like many other African countries serves as a major transit point for drugs like cannabis cocaine Amphetamines and tramadol Compounding the problem is that cannabis is widely cultivated in Nigeria making it available in large quantities Enedah said She expressed optimism that the workshop would equip drug law enforcement agents officers and human rights activists to combat the menace of drug trafficking and abuse in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the office of the Attorney General NDLEA NAFDAC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime participated in the workshop Others are from the Nigeria Police Nigeria Immigration Service Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps NSCDC Nigeria Customs Service and NGOs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Foundation builds capacity on fight against drug trafficking, abuse
    Defence/Security2 days ago

    Foundation builds capacity on fight against drug trafficking, abuse

    The Roost Foundation, an NGO, says it is building the capacity of relevant stakeholders to enlist others in the fight against drug trafficking, abuse and human trafficking.

    The Founder and Executive Chairperson of the foundation, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said this at a two-day workshop on Outreach on Drug and Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign in Abuja.

    She recalled that the foundation carried out a survey and discovered that Mpape Community was an endemic area in the Federal Capital Territory where outreach awareness campaign team would visit tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Okah-Donli is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees, United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.

    “This training programme is timely and is not meant to only enlist you into this movement against drug trafficking and abuse but it is an invitation to enlarge your capacity to enlist others into this fight.

    “Please, do not hoard the knowledge and experiences you garner from here, but spread it as a trainer to others.

    “Seek and seize every opportunity to spread the information about this act of man’s inhumanity to man.

    He expressed the hope that the workshop would enable the foundation to mobilise and sustain partnership for effective combat on drug and other related crimes like human trafficking in every part of Nigeria and beyond,” she said.

    Dr Ngozi Maduekwe, the Director, Drug Demand Reduction, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said that the agency was working to cut off the availability of drugs in the country.

    Maduekwe said that this had been achieved through intelligence by ensuring that drug traffickers were arrested and prosecuted.

    “And then we seize their drugs and get them destroyed.

    That is cutting off the availability of drugs.

    Maduekwe said alsothe agency also carried  out awareness campaigns on drug abuse,  educated youths and children who had not involved in any drug, against the menace.

    “For those who are involved, we counsel them on the need to go for treatment.

    We always offer them counselling and give them care support to get out of drug addiction,” she said.

    In her remarks, Ebelechukwu Enedah, the Country Coordinator, AGA-Africa, an NGO, said drug trafficking thrived by deploying defenceless human beings being forced or lured into becoming drug mules.

    According to her, typically, young people from unstable backgrounds and those in dire straits become easy prey for drug traffickers.

    “Indeed, a good number of them are alsoforced into the dehumanising work of prostitution.

    “The tragedy is many who face arrest are, in fact, victims who are also battling addiction.

    “Nigeria, like many other African countries, serves as a major transit point for drugs like cannabis, cocaine, Amphetamines, and tramadol.

    “Compounding the problem is that cannabis is widely cultivated in Nigeria, making it available in large quantities,” Enedah said.

    She expressed optimism that the workshop would equip drug law enforcement agents, officers and human rights activists to combat the menace of drug trafficking and abuse in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives from the office of the Attorney General, NDLEA, NAFDAC, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, participated in the workshop.

    Others are from the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Immigration Service , Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Customs Service and NGOs.
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  •  The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA Social Development Secretariat SDS on Monday endorsed the newly elected executives of the FCT Chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN The Mandate Secretary of SDS Mrs Hazida Kabir made the endorsement in a statement by Mr Shaka Sunday Head Media and Public Relations Unit of the secretariat on Monday in Abuja Mrs Kabir urged the Chairman of NYCN Suleiman Ango who was elected for a second tenure to ensure transparency in running the affairs of the council The Secretary also enjoined the chairman to reposition the organisation for it to live up to its mandate which include the provision of a working instrument that would ensure peace love harmony progress and understanding among members Similarly she advised the executives to unite as an indivisible and indissoluble youth council dedicated to the promotion and education of the youths resident in the FCT Kabir emphasised the need of the leadership of the council to work vigorously towards inculcating in the youth a sense of patriotism and nationalism and coordinate the various programmes of all affiliate members This according to her will ensure active mobilisation of FCT youths for development purposes and enable them to contribute comment and give recommendation on important issues raffecting the resident youths The Federal Capital Territory Administration through the Social Development Secretariat has congratulated the State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria after its successful elections held on Friday Sept 23 2022 at Gwagwalada Area Council The Youth Department of the secretariat which is responsible for the supervision of the Youth body in the FCT briefed me through a Deputy Director who represented the secretariat alongside representatives from the DSS the Nigerian Police and the NSCDC They witnessed and monitored the elections confirmed that diligence and due process in line with the extant rules and relevant provisions of the NYCN constitution were painstakingly adopted thereby leading to a free fair and credible elections The Administration will continue to give support to the council s Programme as much as possible and ensure strict supervision of its activities through the Youth Department of the Social Development Secretariat according to the extant rules guiding its establishment She explained that the results of the election as announced by Amb Abdulrazak Shaibu Chairman of the 8 Man Electoral Committee declared Suleiman Ango who was unopposed Other members of the executives include Deputy Chairman Irimiya Salome Secretary General Dadanla Kazeem Assistant Secretary General Indatsu Ibrahim Treasurer Yahaya Maikas Financial Secretary Isah Usman Programme Secretary Yahaya Baba and others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA endorses new executives of NYCN, calls for transparency
     The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA Social Development Secretariat SDS on Monday endorsed the newly elected executives of the FCT Chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria NYCN The Mandate Secretary of SDS Mrs Hazida Kabir made the endorsement in a statement by Mr Shaka Sunday Head Media and Public Relations Unit of the secretariat on Monday in Abuja Mrs Kabir urged the Chairman of NYCN Suleiman Ango who was elected for a second tenure to ensure transparency in running the affairs of the council The Secretary also enjoined the chairman to reposition the organisation for it to live up to its mandate which include the provision of a working instrument that would ensure peace love harmony progress and understanding among members Similarly she advised the executives to unite as an indivisible and indissoluble youth council dedicated to the promotion and education of the youths resident in the FCT Kabir emphasised the need of the leadership of the council to work vigorously towards inculcating in the youth a sense of patriotism and nationalism and coordinate the various programmes of all affiliate members This according to her will ensure active mobilisation of FCT youths for development purposes and enable them to contribute comment and give recommendation on important issues raffecting the resident youths The Federal Capital Territory Administration through the Social Development Secretariat has congratulated the State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria after its successful elections held on Friday Sept 23 2022 at Gwagwalada Area Council The Youth Department of the secretariat which is responsible for the supervision of the Youth body in the FCT briefed me through a Deputy Director who represented the secretariat alongside representatives from the DSS the Nigerian Police and the NSCDC They witnessed and monitored the elections confirmed that diligence and due process in line with the extant rules and relevant provisions of the NYCN constitution were painstakingly adopted thereby leading to a free fair and credible elections The Administration will continue to give support to the council s Programme as much as possible and ensure strict supervision of its activities through the Youth Department of the Social Development Secretariat according to the extant rules guiding its establishment She explained that the results of the election as announced by Amb Abdulrazak Shaibu Chairman of the 8 Man Electoral Committee declared Suleiman Ango who was unopposed Other members of the executives include Deputy Chairman Irimiya Salome Secretary General Dadanla Kazeem Assistant Secretary General Indatsu Ibrahim Treasurer Yahaya Maikas Financial Secretary Isah Usman Programme Secretary Yahaya Baba and others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA endorses new executives of NYCN, calls for transparency
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    FCTA endorses new executives of NYCN, calls for transparency

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Social Development Secretariat (SDS) on Monday endorsed the newly elected executives of the FCT Chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).

    The Mandate Secretary of SDS, Mrs Hazida Kabir, made the endorsement in a statement by Mr Shaka Sunday, Head, Media and Public Relations Unit of the secretariat, on Monday in Abuja.

    Mrs Kabir urged the Chairman of NYCN, Suleiman Ango, who was elected for a second tenure, to ensure transparency in running the affairs of the council.

    The Secretary also enjoined the chairman to reposition the organisation for it to live up to its mandate which include the provision of a working instrument that would ensure peace, love, harmony, progress and understanding among members, Similarly, she advised the executives to unite as an indivisible and indissoluble youth council dedicated to the promotion and education of the youths resident in the FCT.

    Kabir emphasised the need of the leadership of the council to work vigorously towards inculcating in the youth, a sense of patriotism and nationalism and coordinate the various programmes of all affiliate members.

    This, according to her, will ensure active mobilisation of FCT youths for development purposes and enable them to contribute, comment and give recommendation on important issues raffecting the resident youths.

    ” The Federal Capital Territory Administration, through the Social Development Secretariat, has congratulated the State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria after its successful elections held on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 at Gwagwalada Area Council.

    ” The Youth Department of the secretariat which is responsible for the supervision of the Youth body in the FCT, briefed me through a Deputy Director who represented the secretariat alongside representatives from the DSS, the Nigerian Police and the NSCDC.

    ” They witnessed and monitored the elections, confirmed that diligence and due process in line with the extant rules and relevant provisions of the NYCN constitution were painstakingly adopted, thereby leading to a free, fair and credible elections.

    ” The Administration will continue to give support to the council’s Programme as much as possible and ensure strict supervision of its activities through the Youth Department of the Social Development Secretariat according to the extant rules guiding its establishment.

    ” She explained that the results of the election as announced by Amb. Abdulrazak Shaibu, Chairman of the 8-Man Electoral Committee declared Suleiman Ango, who was unopposed.

    ” Other members of the executives include Deputy Chairman, Irimiya Salome; Secretary General, Dadanla Kazeem; Assistant Secretary General, Indatsu Ibrahim; Treasurer, Yahaya Maikas; Financial Secretary, Isah Usman; Programme Secretary, Yahaya Baba and others.


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  •  The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Monday demolished worship centres and warehouses built on illegal plots in Zauda village of Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC Mr Ikharo Attah Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement who led the exercise explained that it was aimed at clearing encroachment on the land swap infrastructure model He said We want to appeal to people to understand that illegality remains illegality we are not disobedient to the creator When we came here today we discovered that a worship centre was built on an illegal plot and we are bound to remove them Owners of the affected structures will not be compensated There is no compensation earmarked for this area at all The village chiefs are all here even though the people alleged that they sold the lands to them Speaking the Director Department of Development Control Muktar Galadima revealed that over 500 houses warehouses and worship centers were removed from the area This is the continuation of what we started a couple of days ago clearing illegal structures along the infrastructure corridor we have come to conclude it today So far from Friday Sept 23 till today over 500 structures have been removed We allowed them to remove their valuables he said He further said that compensation could be assessed and paid to only indigenous people but no compensation for non indigenes Galadima explained that this was because such a policy has been in place adding that non indigenes had been warned not to buy land from locals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA demolishes worship centres built on illegal plots
     The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA on Monday demolished worship centres and warehouses built on illegal plots in Zauda village of Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC Mr Ikharo Attah Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring Inspection and Enforcement who led the exercise explained that it was aimed at clearing encroachment on the land swap infrastructure model He said We want to appeal to people to understand that illegality remains illegality we are not disobedient to the creator When we came here today we discovered that a worship centre was built on an illegal plot and we are bound to remove them Owners of the affected structures will not be compensated There is no compensation earmarked for this area at all The village chiefs are all here even though the people alleged that they sold the lands to them Speaking the Director Department of Development Control Muktar Galadima revealed that over 500 houses warehouses and worship centers were removed from the area This is the continuation of what we started a couple of days ago clearing illegal structures along the infrastructure corridor we have come to conclude it today So far from Friday Sept 23 till today over 500 structures have been removed We allowed them to remove their valuables he said He further said that compensation could be assessed and paid to only indigenous people but no compensation for non indigenes Galadima explained that this was because such a policy has been in place adding that non indigenes had been warned not to buy land from locals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA demolishes worship centres built on illegal plots
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    FCTA demolishes worship centres built on illegal plots

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) on Monday demolished worship centres and warehouses built on illegal plots in Zauda village of Jiwa community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC).

    Mr Ikharo Attah, Senior Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, who led the exercise, explained that it was aimed at clearing encroachment on the land swap infrastructure model.

    He said, “We want to appeal to people to understand that ‘illegality remains illegality’, we are not disobedient to the creator.

    “When we came here today, we discovered that a worship centre was built on an illegal plot, and we are bound to remove them.

    ” “Owners of the affected structures will not be compensated.

    There is no compensation earmarked for this area at all.

    The village chiefs are all here even though the people alleged that they sold the lands to them.

    ” Speaking, the Director, Department of Development Control, Muktar Galadima, revealed that over 500 houses, warehouses, and worship centers were removed from the area.

    “This is the continuation of what we started a couple of days ago, clearing illegal structures along the infrastructure corridor, we have come to conclude it today.

    “So far, from Friday, Sept. 23, till today, over 500 structures have been removed.

    We allowed them to remove their valuables,” he said.

    He further said that compensation could be assessed and paid to only indigenous people but no compensation for non-indigenes.

    Galadima explained that this was because such a policy has been in place, adding that non-indigenes had been warned not to buy land from locals.

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