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  •  The All APC Registered Support Group ARAS G has appointed Mr Moses Owharo President and Chief Executive Officer of AIDEZ Small Project International ASPI as Chairman Fund Raising and Planning Committee Mr Chukwunonso Ezedinma the National Chairman ARASG4TINUBU SHETTIMA said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja He said that the group needed to diversify responsibilities to enable it function actively describing funding as key to the effective operations of the group Ezedinma listed other members of the fund raising committee to include Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Mrs Susan Kiridi Mr Sadiq Bulama Ms Esther Asouquor Ms Vera Adesola among others He said the group also had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha as the Ground Petron and Sen Tanko Al Makura as Chairman Board of Trustees Ezedinma said that the group was working to strengthen its structures at every level He said the committee was a necessary administrative organ that would help the umbrella group raise the needed fund for its activities This Ezedinma said was to actualise its mission of mobilising over 10 million votes for the presidential ticket in the 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC support group appoints Owharo, chairman fundraising committee
     The All APC Registered Support Group ARAS G has appointed Mr Moses Owharo President and Chief Executive Officer of AIDEZ Small Project International ASPI as Chairman Fund Raising and Planning Committee Mr Chukwunonso Ezedinma the National Chairman ARASG4TINUBU SHETTIMA said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja He said that the group needed to diversify responsibilities to enable it function actively describing funding as key to the effective operations of the group Ezedinma listed other members of the fund raising committee to include Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba Mrs Susan Kiridi Mr Sadiq Bulama Ms Esther Asouquor Ms Vera Adesola among others He said the group also had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha as the Ground Petron and Sen Tanko Al Makura as Chairman Board of Trustees Ezedinma said that the group was working to strengthen its structures at every level He said the committee was a necessary administrative organ that would help the umbrella group raise the needed fund for its activities This Ezedinma said was to actualise its mission of mobilising over 10 million votes for the presidential ticket in the 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    APC support group appoints Owharo, chairman fundraising committee
    General news3 weeks ago

    APC support group appoints Owharo, chairman fundraising committee

    The All APC Registered Support Group (ARAS-G) has appointed Mr Moses Owharo, President and Chief Executive Officer of AIDEZ Small Project International (ASPI), as Chairman, Fund Raising and Planning Committee.

    Mr Chukwunonso Ezedinma, the National Chairman, ARASG4TINUBU-SHETTIMA, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja He said that the group needed to diversify responsibilities to enable it function actively, describing funding  as key to the effective operations of the group.

    Ezedinma listed other members of the fund raising committee to include: Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Mrs Susan Kiridi, Mr Sadiq Bulama, Ms Esther Asouquor, Ms Vera Adesola, among others.

    He said the group also had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, as the Ground Petron and Sen. Tanko Al-Makura as Chairman, Board of Trustees Ezedinma said that the group was working to strengthen its structures at every level.

    He said the committee was a necessary administrative organ that would help the umbrella group raise the needed fund for its activities.

    This,  Ezedinma said was to actualise its mission of mobilising over 10 million votes for the presidential ticket in the 2023 general elections.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Aidez Small Project International ASPI a Non Governmental Organisation has identified low coverage of testing and treatment as gaps that must be addressed to achieve the Hepatitis Global Elimination Goal by 2030 The President and Chief Executive Officer of ASPI Mr Moses Owharo made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja during a outreach on Hepatitis diseases in Jikoko community Mpape Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the medical outreach was organised to commemorate the 2022 United Nations World Hepatitis Day usually celebrated on July 28 Owharo said that Nigeria Government developed the National Health Promotion Policy NHPP in 2006 and that with this policy we must strengthen the health promotion capacity to make the country healthy He said the government must strengthen the health promotion capacity of the national health system to deliver healthcare that is promotive protective preventive restorative and rehabilitative to every citizen of the country The CEO disclosed that the National Health Policy NHP recognised that Nigeria was saddled with an unbearable burden of communicable and non communicable diseases NCDs According to him there is no attention to key social determinants of health coupled with issues such as low levels of health poor sanitation and inadequate health facilities to care for the masses World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis encourage actions and engagement by individuals partners and the public There is need to highlight a greater global response as outlined in the World Health Organisation WHO global hepatitis report of 2017 Owharo stressed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hepatitis: Address low coverage of testing to achieve global elimination –NGO advises
     Aidez Small Project International ASPI a Non Governmental Organisation has identified low coverage of testing and treatment as gaps that must be addressed to achieve the Hepatitis Global Elimination Goal by 2030 The President and Chief Executive Officer of ASPI Mr Moses Owharo made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja during a outreach on Hepatitis diseases in Jikoko community Mpape Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the medical outreach was organised to commemorate the 2022 United Nations World Hepatitis Day usually celebrated on July 28 Owharo said that Nigeria Government developed the National Health Promotion Policy NHPP in 2006 and that with this policy we must strengthen the health promotion capacity to make the country healthy He said the government must strengthen the health promotion capacity of the national health system to deliver healthcare that is promotive protective preventive restorative and rehabilitative to every citizen of the country The CEO disclosed that the National Health Policy NHP recognised that Nigeria was saddled with an unbearable burden of communicable and non communicable diseases NCDs According to him there is no attention to key social determinants of health coupled with issues such as low levels of health poor sanitation and inadequate health facilities to care for the masses World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis encourage actions and engagement by individuals partners and the public There is need to highlight a greater global response as outlined in the World Health Organisation WHO global hepatitis report of 2017 Owharo stressed NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hepatitis: Address low coverage of testing to achieve global elimination –NGO advises
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    Hepatitis: Address low coverage of testing to achieve global elimination –NGO advises

    Aidez Small Project International (ASPI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has identified low coverage of testing and treatment as gaps that must be addressed to achieve the Hepatitis Global Elimination Goal by 2030.

    The President and Chief Executive Officer of ASPI, Mr Moses Owharo, made the assertion on Wednesday in Abuja during a outreach on Hepatitis diseases in Jikoko community, Mpape, Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the medical outreach was organised to commemorate the 2022 United Nations World Hepatitis Day usually celebrated on July 28.

    Owharo said that Nigeria Government developed the National Health Promotion Policy (NHPP) in 2006, and that with this policy we must strengthen the health promotion capacity to make the country healthy.

    He said  the government must strengthen the health promotion capacity of the national health system to deliver healthcare that is promotive, protective, preventive, restorative and rehabilitative to every citizen of the country.

    The CEO disclosed that the National Health  Policy (NHP) recognised that Nigeria was saddled with an unbearable burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  

    According to him, there is no attention to key social determinants of health, coupled with issues such as low levels of health, poor sanitation and inadequate health facilities to care for the masses.  

    “World Hepatitis Day is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public.  

    “There is need to highlight a greater global response as outlined in the World Health Organisation (WHO) global hepatitis report of 2017,” Owharo stressed.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Aides Small Project International ASPI an international non governmental organization NGO has committed to supporting Nigeria in boosting healthcare services and addressing challenges in the post COVID 19 era Mr Moses Owharo President and CEO of Ghana based ASPI had this to say on Friday in a presentation to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja Owharo while explaining that ASPI had carried out various health intervention programs in the past said he is partnering with the ministry to do more in Nigeria According to him in 2021 ASPI carried out tuberculosis prevention and treatment projects malaria prevention and treatment projects HIV AIDS prevention and treatment projects with GAC and Global fund Project of nutrition PMA and microfibers of agriculture ASPI has achieved a milestone in the malaria program in Ketu district valued at 1 082 million dollars with 52 000 beneficiaries including farmers He said this also included 293 communities three townships and three districts in five regions of Ghana Given the volume impact and complexity of these offerings ASPI has decided to partner with relevant stakeholders to address the hospital infrastructure deficit in Nigeria Today there is a presentation to partner with the ministry ASPI s preparedness and response objective is to work with and support the ministry and the nine states in the Niger Delta region It added that measures would be put in place to work closely with other relevant stakeholders to ensure the availability of test kits supply of ventilators and consumable medical supplies Others he said include technical training of health workers in the short term and major health infrastructure development needed in the area of rehabilitation of health facilities re equipment with medical equipment in the long term It revealed that ASPI had empowered people with the knowledge and resources to not only seek and receive better health care but also influence better health service quality leading to higher levels of self sufficiency He also said that ASPI operates in two areas of the social services sector micro fixed health education agricultural and humanitarian support through its integrated ficia and health services In response Dr Noah Andrew Head of the Department of Hospital Services at the ministry praised ASPI for the partnership initiative while stressing synergy and collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Andrew also chairman of the event promised to recommend to ministry management that another presentation be made to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency about ASPI s partnership with the ministry The COVID 19 pandemic has shone a particular light on the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure especially in healthcare that is already in demand and challenging future funding scenarios This has accelerated the need to explore new models for infrastructure planning investment design operation and delivery said Andrew ASPI seeks to improve the health livelihoods and economic opportunities for women and their families as well as reduce the rate of preventable infant and maternal morbidity and mortality
    Int’l NGO pledges to support Nigeria boost healthcare services
      Aides Small Project International ASPI an international non governmental organization NGO has committed to supporting Nigeria in boosting healthcare services and addressing challenges in the post COVID 19 era Mr Moses Owharo President and CEO of Ghana based ASPI had this to say on Friday in a presentation to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja Owharo while explaining that ASPI had carried out various health intervention programs in the past said he is partnering with the ministry to do more in Nigeria According to him in 2021 ASPI carried out tuberculosis prevention and treatment projects malaria prevention and treatment projects HIV AIDS prevention and treatment projects with GAC and Global fund Project of nutrition PMA and microfibers of agriculture ASPI has achieved a milestone in the malaria program in Ketu district valued at 1 082 million dollars with 52 000 beneficiaries including farmers He said this also included 293 communities three townships and three districts in five regions of Ghana Given the volume impact and complexity of these offerings ASPI has decided to partner with relevant stakeholders to address the hospital infrastructure deficit in Nigeria Today there is a presentation to partner with the ministry ASPI s preparedness and response objective is to work with and support the ministry and the nine states in the Niger Delta region It added that measures would be put in place to work closely with other relevant stakeholders to ensure the availability of test kits supply of ventilators and consumable medical supplies Others he said include technical training of health workers in the short term and major health infrastructure development needed in the area of rehabilitation of health facilities re equipment with medical equipment in the long term It revealed that ASPI had empowered people with the knowledge and resources to not only seek and receive better health care but also influence better health service quality leading to higher levels of self sufficiency He also said that ASPI operates in two areas of the social services sector micro fixed health education agricultural and humanitarian support through its integrated ficia and health services In response Dr Noah Andrew Head of the Department of Hospital Services at the ministry praised ASPI for the partnership initiative while stressing synergy and collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency Andrew also chairman of the event promised to recommend to ministry management that another presentation be made to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency about ASPI s partnership with the ministry The COVID 19 pandemic has shone a particular light on the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure especially in healthcare that is already in demand and challenging future funding scenarios This has accelerated the need to explore new models for infrastructure planning investment design operation and delivery said Andrew ASPI seeks to improve the health livelihoods and economic opportunities for women and their families as well as reduce the rate of preventable infant and maternal morbidity and mortality
    Int’l NGO pledges to support Nigeria boost healthcare services
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    Int’l NGO pledges to support Nigeria boost healthcare services

    Aides Small Project International (ASPI), an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has committed to supporting Nigeria in boosting healthcare services and addressing challenges in the post-COVID-19 era.

    Mr. Moses Owharo, President and CEO of Ghana-based ASPI, had this to say on Friday in a presentation to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja.

    Owharo, while explaining that ASPI had carried out various health intervention programs in the past, said he is partnering with the ministry to do more in Nigeria.

    According to him, in 2021, ASPI carried out tuberculosis prevention and treatment projects, malaria prevention and treatment projects, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment projects with GAC and Global fund.

    “Project of nutrition, PMA and microfibers of agriculture; ASPI has achieved a milestone in the malaria program in Ketu district valued at 1,082 million dollars with 52,000 beneficiaries, including farmers”.

    He said this also included 293 communities, three townships and three districts in five regions of Ghana.

    “Given the volume, impact and complexity of these offerings, ASPI has decided to partner with relevant stakeholders to address the hospital infrastructure deficit in Nigeria.

    “Today there is a presentation to partner with the ministry; ASPI's preparedness and response objective is to work with and support the ministry and the nine states in the Niger Delta region.”

    It added that measures would be put in place to work closely with other relevant stakeholders to ensure the availability of test kits, supply of ventilators and consumable medical supplies.

    Others, he said, include technical training of health workers in the short term and major health infrastructure development needed in the area of ​​rehabilitation of health facilities, re-equipment with medical equipment in the long term.

    It revealed that ASPI had empowered people with the knowledge and resources to not only seek and receive better health care, but also influence better health service quality, leading to higher levels of self-sufficiency.

    He also said that ASPI operates in two areas of the social services sector, micro-fixed, health education, agricultural and humanitarian support through its integrated ficia and health services,

    In response, Dr. Noah Andrew, Head of the Department of Hospital Services at the ministry, praised ASPI for the partnership initiative, while stressing synergy and collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. .

    Andrew, also chairman of the event, promised to recommend to ministry management that another presentation be made to the National Primary Health Care Development Agency about ASPI's partnership with the ministry.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a particular light on the vulnerabilities of our infrastructure, especially in healthcare that is already in demand and challenging future funding scenarios.

    “This has accelerated the need to explore new models for infrastructure, planning, investment design, operation and delivery,” said Andrew.

    ASPI seeks to improve the health, livelihoods, and economic opportunities for women and their families, as well as reduce the rate of preventable infant and maternal morbidity and mortality.

  •  The Presidential Support Committee South South zone has called for tenure elongation of the Interim Management Committee IMC of the Nigeria Delta Development Commission NDDC The South South Zonal Coordinator of the committee Dr Alice Okpokpor who said this in Abuja while briefing journalists on the outcome of an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Directors of PSC in the zone observed that the extension of the the management committee s tenure would enable it to achieve its mandate Okpokpor expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving so much attention to the development of the Niger Delta region She praised the President Buhari for the directive he gave to the Minister of Niger Delta Sen Godswill Akpabio to inaugurate the interim management committee According to her the presidential support committee is confident that the interim management committee of the NDDC will work closely with the forensic auditors to achieve the desired goal The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in February the Federal Executive Council FEC approved the appointment of a lead consultant for the forensic audit of the NDDC The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Sen Godswill Akpabio who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the lead consultant would coordinate the appointment of other forensic auditors that would take part in the exercise The amount is about N318 million and Messrs Olumuyiwa Bashiru and co were appointed the lead consultant that will handle forensic audit of NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari after a request by the nine governors of the Niger Delta region The nine governors met with the President in Oct 2019 and requested a forensic audit of the NDDC of course as a result of the fact that we have not had value for the money expended in that commission since inception And so the forensic audit will cover from 2001 all the way down to 2019 and we are going to have other forensic auditors joining the lead We are treating each of the states as a lot So likely we are going to have a consortier of about nine other forensic auditors one of which will be in the head office to handle programmes and financial audit personnel and all others And that must have an international flavour in case there are monies that may be denominated in dollar to be recovered after a forensic exercise he said Okpokpor said The minister will be able to reposition the commission for effective service delivery after 19 years of stunted delivery in their operations We urge the President to ignore divergent views against the set up and operations of the committee which may have disrupted and affected the timely delivery of the forensic auditors work We appeal for extension of the IMC tenure to enable them deliver on the onerous task of unearthing the rot that we thank the minister for this feat of moving the commission forward We are grateful to Mr President for releasing the sum of N722 300 000 for the auditors and now they are moving to various states She said funds had been released for the reconstruction of the East West road dualisation of the Calabar Itu road the Benin Sapele Warri highway the Sagbama Ekeremor express road and the Bayelsa West roads Also speaking Mr Udeme Udofia the PSC Director of ocial said that the IMC was originally set up to fight against corruption and unearth rot in the commission Udofia described the release of funds as a step in the right direction saying It will open the region for investment for farmers and for people in the hinterland to be able to take farm produce to other parts of the country to market Part of what we are doing here is to appeal to Mr President that more has to be done in the Niger Delta The youth restiveness we have been experiencing in the past is a result of youths not being empowered in terms of capacity building to further develop their talents Udofia said Meanwhile Mr Moses Owharo PSC Coordinator in charge of Africa Diaspora has said that the directive by the President for the conduct of a forensic audit to be carried out in the commission marked a deviation from the past He appealed to President Buhari to wade into the issues surrounding the crisis between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders in Ghana saying that addressing the salient issues would promote sustainable trade cooperation between the two countries I think it is time for the government to ensure Ghana upholds the rule of law in the ECOWAS protocol and international law Other Africans are here and other citizens Fellow Nigerians cannot be maltreated because they are in another country Owharo said FEA Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    NDDC: Presidential Support Committee seeks elongation of IMC’s tenure
     The Presidential Support Committee South South zone has called for tenure elongation of the Interim Management Committee IMC of the Nigeria Delta Development Commission NDDC The South South Zonal Coordinator of the committee Dr Alice Okpokpor who said this in Abuja while briefing journalists on the outcome of an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Directors of PSC in the zone observed that the extension of the the management committee s tenure would enable it to achieve its mandate Okpokpor expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving so much attention to the development of the Niger Delta region She praised the President Buhari for the directive he gave to the Minister of Niger Delta Sen Godswill Akpabio to inaugurate the interim management committee According to her the presidential support committee is confident that the interim management committee of the NDDC will work closely with the forensic auditors to achieve the desired goal The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in February the Federal Executive Council FEC approved the appointment of a lead consultant for the forensic audit of the NDDC The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Sen Godswill Akpabio who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the lead consultant would coordinate the appointment of other forensic auditors that would take part in the exercise The amount is about N318 million and Messrs Olumuyiwa Bashiru and co were appointed the lead consultant that will handle forensic audit of NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari after a request by the nine governors of the Niger Delta region The nine governors met with the President in Oct 2019 and requested a forensic audit of the NDDC of course as a result of the fact that we have not had value for the money expended in that commission since inception And so the forensic audit will cover from 2001 all the way down to 2019 and we are going to have other forensic auditors joining the lead We are treating each of the states as a lot So likely we are going to have a consortier of about nine other forensic auditors one of which will be in the head office to handle programmes and financial audit personnel and all others And that must have an international flavour in case there are monies that may be denominated in dollar to be recovered after a forensic exercise he said Okpokpor said The minister will be able to reposition the commission for effective service delivery after 19 years of stunted delivery in their operations We urge the President to ignore divergent views against the set up and operations of the committee which may have disrupted and affected the timely delivery of the forensic auditors work We appeal for extension of the IMC tenure to enable them deliver on the onerous task of unearthing the rot that we thank the minister for this feat of moving the commission forward We are grateful to Mr President for releasing the sum of N722 300 000 for the auditors and now they are moving to various states She said funds had been released for the reconstruction of the East West road dualisation of the Calabar Itu road the Benin Sapele Warri highway the Sagbama Ekeremor express road and the Bayelsa West roads Also speaking Mr Udeme Udofia the PSC Director of ocial said that the IMC was originally set up to fight against corruption and unearth rot in the commission Udofia described the release of funds as a step in the right direction saying It will open the region for investment for farmers and for people in the hinterland to be able to take farm produce to other parts of the country to market Part of what we are doing here is to appeal to Mr President that more has to be done in the Niger Delta The youth restiveness we have been experiencing in the past is a result of youths not being empowered in terms of capacity building to further develop their talents Udofia said Meanwhile Mr Moses Owharo PSC Coordinator in charge of Africa Diaspora has said that the directive by the President for the conduct of a forensic audit to be carried out in the commission marked a deviation from the past He appealed to President Buhari to wade into the issues surrounding the crisis between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders in Ghana saying that addressing the salient issues would promote sustainable trade cooperation between the two countries I think it is time for the government to ensure Ghana upholds the rule of law in the ECOWAS protocol and international law Other Africans are here and other citizens Fellow Nigerians cannot be maltreated because they are in another country Owharo said FEA Edited By Emmanuel Yashim NAN
    NDDC: Presidential Support Committee seeks elongation of IMC’s tenure
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    NDDC: Presidential Support Committee seeks elongation of IMC’s tenure

    The Presidential Support Committee, South-South zone, has called for tenure elongation of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

    The South-South Zonal Coordinator of the committee, Dr Alice Okpokpor, who said this in Abuja while briefing journalists on the outcome of an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Directors of PSC in the zone, observed that the extension of the the management committee’s tenure would enable it to achieve its mandate.

    Okpokpor expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for giving so much attention to the development of the Niger Delta region.

    She praised the President Buhari for the directive he gave to the Minister of Niger Delta, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, to inaugurate the interim management committee.

    According to her, the presidential support committee is confident that the interim management committee of the NDDC will work closely with the forensic auditors to achieve the desired goal.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in February the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the appointment of a lead consultant for the forensic audit of the NDDC.

    The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, who disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the lead consultant would coordinate the appointment of other forensic auditors that would take part in the exercise.

    “The amount is about N318 million and Messrs Olumuyiwa Bashiru and co were appointed the lead consultant that will handle forensic audit of NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari after a request by the nine governors of the Niger Delta region.

    “The nine governors  met with the President in Oct., 2019 and requested a forensic audit of the NDDC – of course, as a result of the fact that we have not had value for the money expended in that commission since inception.

    “And so, the forensic audit will cover from 2001 all the way down to 2019 and we are going to have other forensic auditors joining the lead. We are treating each of the states as a lot.

    “So, likely we are going to have a consortier of about nine other forensic auditors; one of which will be in the head office to handle programmes and financial audit, personnel and all others.

    “And that must have an international flavour in case there are monies that may be denominated in dollar to be recovered after a forensic exercise,’’ he said.

    Okpokpor said, “The minister will be able to reposition the commission for effective service delivery after 19 years of stunted delivery in their operations.

    “We urge the President to ignore divergent views against the set-up and operations of the committee, which may have disrupted and affected the timely delivery of the forensic auditors work.

    “We appeal for extension of the IMC tenure to enable them deliver on the onerous task of unearthing the rot that we thank the minister for this feat of moving the commission forward.

    “We are grateful to Mr President for releasing the sum of N722, 300, 000 for the auditors and now they are moving to various states.”

    She said funds had been released for the reconstruction of the East-West road, dualisation of the Calabar-Itu road, the Benin-Sapele-Warri highway, the Sagbama Ekeremor express road, and the Bayelsa West roads.

    Also speaking, Mr Udeme Udofia, the PSC Director of ocial, said that the IMC was originally set up to fight against corruption and unearth rot in the commission.

    Udofia described the release of funds as a step in the right direction, saying: “It will open the region for investment, for farmers, and for people in the hinterland to be able to take farm produce to other parts of the country to market.

    “Part of what we are doing here is to appeal to Mr President that more has to be done in the Niger Delta.

    “The youth restiveness we have been experiencing in the past is a result of youths not being empowered in terms of capacity building to further develop their talents,” Udofia said.

    Meanwhile, Mr Moses Owharo, PSC Coordinator in-charge of Africa-Diaspora has said that the directive by the President for the conduct of a forensic audit to be carried out in the commission marked a deviation from the past.

    He appealed to President Buhari to wade into the issues surrounding the crisis between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders in Ghana, saying that addressing the salient issues would promote sustainable trade cooperation between the two countries.

    “I think it is time for the government to ensure Ghana upholds the rule of law in the ECOWAS protocol and international law.

    “Other Africans are here and other citizens. Fellow Nigerians cannot be maltreated because they are in another country,” Owharo said.

    FEA/


    Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

  •  The African Union AU Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC on Thursday underscored the need for African leaders to work closely together to ensure economic growth of the continent ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organisations a voice within AU institutions and decision making processes Dr Tunji Asaolu 1st Nigerian Representative of the 3rd Permanent General Assembly of AU ECOSOCC said this in his address at the inauguration of Africa Economic Re engineering Strategy Business Integration and Investment in Abuja The event had the theme Re engineering the Africa Economic Strategy for an effective Post COVID 19 improved trade investment climate and industralistaion come back Asaolu said This event is strategic in the sense that it is timely and there cannot be a better time than this All of us are coming together to see if we can find a way to be alert of what COVID 19 brought to us For us in African Union we are not left behind we are working tirelessly to see how we can help recover economies especially at this time that COVID 19 has thrown us off balance We cannot talk about developing Africa without robust economic strategic Agenda 2063 which is a 50 years framework that will take Africa from looking up to Western nations before taking decision in Africa Therefore need for our leaders in Africa to come together and to build economies of our continent He said that the AU had put measures in place to ensure a continent where there is free protocol common market single currency right of business and occupancy without discrimination Speaking at the event the FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu stressed the need for all countries to offer social economic and financial stimulus packages to alleviate effect of the pandemic Aliyu represented by Mrs Chiwendu Amba Special Assistant to the Minister on Social Investment Programme spoke on fighting the COVID 19 pandemic and the impact on Local Small Businesses in the FCT Since the outbreak of the pandemic the FCT has taken proactive measures to curtail its spread and cushion the impact of the sit at home presidential directives by the Presidential Task Force Besides embarking on a door to door community case search the administration has intensified its sensitisation programmes leveraging on all the media platforms to convey messages to rural people in different languages The sensitisation was anchored on our firm conviction that government approach should not be a top bottom instead a bottom top to get buy in of all stakeholders government programmes are meant for It is by so doing that community ownership can evolve which will ultimately lead to a better result Aliyu said In an overview Mr Moses Owharo Chairman of the event planning committee said that the event marked the beginning of economic development across Africa and the intertional community The launch of the Africa Infrastructure Energy Mining and Investment Summit AMIETIS 2021 in Nigeria Nigeria Lithuania trade forum and Canada International Trade Fair and exhibition are various trade investment promotion platforms This is to complement and support Africa governments development especially Nigeria our great country which host the third exhibition of the summit Owharo said The News Agency of Nigeria reports high point of the event was the unveiling of the programme logo conferment of leadership award of excellence to the Minister and virtual panel discussion Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: AU urges African leaders to partner, liberate continent
     The African Union AU Economic Social and Cultural Council ECOSOCC on Thursday underscored the need for African leaders to work closely together to ensure economic growth of the continent ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organisations a voice within AU institutions and decision making processes Dr Tunji Asaolu 1st Nigerian Representative of the 3rd Permanent General Assembly of AU ECOSOCC said this in his address at the inauguration of Africa Economic Re engineering Strategy Business Integration and Investment in Abuja The event had the theme Re engineering the Africa Economic Strategy for an effective Post COVID 19 improved trade investment climate and industralistaion come back Asaolu said This event is strategic in the sense that it is timely and there cannot be a better time than this All of us are coming together to see if we can find a way to be alert of what COVID 19 brought to us For us in African Union we are not left behind we are working tirelessly to see how we can help recover economies especially at this time that COVID 19 has thrown us off balance We cannot talk about developing Africa without robust economic strategic Agenda 2063 which is a 50 years framework that will take Africa from looking up to Western nations before taking decision in Africa Therefore need for our leaders in Africa to come together and to build economies of our continent He said that the AU had put measures in place to ensure a continent where there is free protocol common market single currency right of business and occupancy without discrimination Speaking at the event the FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu stressed the need for all countries to offer social economic and financial stimulus packages to alleviate effect of the pandemic Aliyu represented by Mrs Chiwendu Amba Special Assistant to the Minister on Social Investment Programme spoke on fighting the COVID 19 pandemic and the impact on Local Small Businesses in the FCT Since the outbreak of the pandemic the FCT has taken proactive measures to curtail its spread and cushion the impact of the sit at home presidential directives by the Presidential Task Force Besides embarking on a door to door community case search the administration has intensified its sensitisation programmes leveraging on all the media platforms to convey messages to rural people in different languages The sensitisation was anchored on our firm conviction that government approach should not be a top bottom instead a bottom top to get buy in of all stakeholders government programmes are meant for It is by so doing that community ownership can evolve which will ultimately lead to a better result Aliyu said In an overview Mr Moses Owharo Chairman of the event planning committee said that the event marked the beginning of economic development across Africa and the intertional community The launch of the Africa Infrastructure Energy Mining and Investment Summit AMIETIS 2021 in Nigeria Nigeria Lithuania trade forum and Canada International Trade Fair and exhibition are various trade investment promotion platforms This is to complement and support Africa governments development especially Nigeria our great country which host the third exhibition of the summit Owharo said The News Agency of Nigeria reports high point of the event was the unveiling of the programme logo conferment of leadership award of excellence to the Minister and virtual panel discussion Edited By Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    COVID-19: AU urges African leaders to partner, liberate continent
    Foreign2 years ago

    COVID-19: AU urges African leaders to partner, liberate continent

    The African Union (AU) Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) on Thursday underscored the need for African leaders to work closely together to ensure economic growth of the continent.

    ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the African Union designed to give civil society organisations a voice within AU institutions and decision-making processes.

    Dr Tunji Asaolu, 1st-Nigerian Representative of the 3rd Permanent General Assembly of AU-ECOSOCC, said this in his address at the inauguration of Africa Economic Re-engineering Strategy Business Integration and Investment in Abuja.

    The event had the theme: “Re-engineering the Africa Economic Strategy for an effective Post-COVID-19 improved trade, investment climate and industralistaion come back.

    Asaolu said: “This event is strategic in the sense that it is timely and there cannot be a better time than this.

    “All of us are coming together to see if we can find a way to be alert of what COVID-19 brought to us.

    “For us in African Union we are not left behind, we are working tirelessly to see how we can help recover economies; especially at this time that COVID-19 has thrown us off-balance.

    “We cannot talk about developing Africa without robust economic strategic Agenda 2063, which is a 50 years framework that will take Africa from looking-up to Western nations before taking decision in Africa.

    “Therefore need for our leaders in Africa to come together and to build economies of our continent.”

    He said that the AU had put measures in place to ensure a continent where there is free protocol, common market, single currency, right of business and occupancy without discrimination.

    Speaking at the event, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, stressed the need for all countries to offer social, economic and financial stimulus packages to alleviate effect of the pandemic.

    Aliyu, represented by Mrs Chiwendu Amba, Special Assistant to the Minister on Social Investment Programme, spoke on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on Local Small Businesses in the FCT.

    “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the FCT has taken proactive measures to curtail its spread and cushion the impact of the sit-at-home presidential directives by the Presidential Task Force.

    “Besides embarking on a door-to-door community case search, the administration has intensified its sensitisation programmes, leveraging on all the media platforms to convey messages to rural people in different languages.

    “The sensitisation was anchored on our firm conviction that government approach should not be a top-bottom, instead a bottom-top to get buy-in of all stakeholders government programmes are meant for.

    “It is by so doing that community ownership can evolve, which will ultimately lead to a better result,” Aliyu said.

    In an overview, Mr Moses Owharo, Chairman of the event planning committee, said that the event marked the beginning of economic development across Africa and the intertional community.

    “The launch of the Africa Infrastructure, Energy, Mining and Investment Summit (AMIETIS) 2021 in Nigeria; Nigeria-Lithuania trade forum and Canada International Trade Fair and exhibition, are various trade investment promotion platforms.

    “This is to complement and support Africa governments’ development, especially Nigeria our great country, which host the third exhibition of the summit,” Owharo said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports high point of the event was the unveiling of the programme logo, conferment of leadership award of excellence to the Minister and virtual panel discussion.


    Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)