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  •  Legal Aid Council LAC National Human Rights Commission NHRC National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC and National Orientation Agency NOA on Thursday restated commitments to protect older persons in Nigeria The organisations restated their commitments in Abuja at a meeting with Dr Claudia Mahler the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Malher s visit to Nigeria is to assess the implementation of national regional and international standards relevant to the rights of older persons Malher would also assess promotion of best practices relating to the protection of these rights in Nigeria Mr Aliyu Abubakar the Director General LAC said the council was a critical stakeholder in the project of older persons in Nigeria This is because we provide the necessary legal defence that is required by those senior citizens who cannot afford legal representation The LAC stands as legal representative for all older persons who have conflicts with the laws Our commitment is that we are willing and ready to defend the rights of older persons and be part of the system that guarantees their right when they have conflicts with the laws Abubakar pledged Similarly the Executive Secretary of NHRC Mr Anthony Ojukwu said the commission acknowledged that in fighting for human rights of Nigerians it needed to put special measures to mainstream older persons protection So first we created a department that will bring to limelight issues affecting older persons We called it the Vulnerable Group Department In that department we have the rights of older persons Persons with Disabilities Migrants Internally Displaced Persons and all the groups of people who have one form of vulnerability or the other We receive complaints like issues of dispossession of older persons property allegation of witchcraft sexual abuse against older person none payment of pension wrong calculation of pension benefits and many others Ojukwu however said that the commission was working assiduously with NSCC to create adequate awareness on the right of older persons He said that the commission was also training people including journalists to understand the issues and report effectively We are also working at the UN level to see to the adoption of an International Convention for the protection of older persons This is the only vulnerable area that does not have any International Convention Ojukwu said Meanwhile the Director General of NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro said the centre had strong partnership with government ministries agencies and departments as it relates to their mandates We also have a Technical Working Group to focus on changing the perception of aging and streaming ageism and issues of ill treatment and abuse of older persons We work with NOA NAPTIP and others that we even have a squad and a toll free number for older persons in case of redress NAPTIP has the power to prosecute offenders who abuse older persons We are everywhere in the country and when the Right and Privileges of Older Persons Bill is passed into law we will have a legal tool to fight violations of older person Omokaro said The Acting Director Violence Against Persons Prohibition Department NAPTIP Mrs Ijeoma Amugo said the Agency was collaborating with religious and traditional leaders to get feedback on abuse of older persons and other vulnerable groups Mrs Theresa Maduekwe the Deputy Director Public Enlightenment Mass Mobilisation NOA said the agency has a programme titled Fit for Life In this programme we educate the people to know that dementia in older persons is not witchcraft as believed by the unenlightened people We have such in our education materials and even organise outreach to sensitise the people on the need for the young and older people to work together Maduekwe said However Mahler observed that the definition of discrimination in the bill was not in line with the human right issue of discrimination adding that it should be looked into properly Mahler while reviewing the proposed bill commended Nigeria and made some observations that he felt should be amended However the bill is perfect I wish that it will be signed into law while am still here in Nigeria It is a great document NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Legal Aid Council, NSCC, NOA restate commitment to protect older persons
     Legal Aid Council LAC National Human Rights Commission NHRC National Senior Citizens Centre NSCC and National Orientation Agency NOA on Thursday restated commitments to protect older persons in Nigeria The organisations restated their commitments in Abuja at a meeting with Dr Claudia Mahler the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Malher s visit to Nigeria is to assess the implementation of national regional and international standards relevant to the rights of older persons Malher would also assess promotion of best practices relating to the protection of these rights in Nigeria Mr Aliyu Abubakar the Director General LAC said the council was a critical stakeholder in the project of older persons in Nigeria This is because we provide the necessary legal defence that is required by those senior citizens who cannot afford legal representation The LAC stands as legal representative for all older persons who have conflicts with the laws Our commitment is that we are willing and ready to defend the rights of older persons and be part of the system that guarantees their right when they have conflicts with the laws Abubakar pledged Similarly the Executive Secretary of NHRC Mr Anthony Ojukwu said the commission acknowledged that in fighting for human rights of Nigerians it needed to put special measures to mainstream older persons protection So first we created a department that will bring to limelight issues affecting older persons We called it the Vulnerable Group Department In that department we have the rights of older persons Persons with Disabilities Migrants Internally Displaced Persons and all the groups of people who have one form of vulnerability or the other We receive complaints like issues of dispossession of older persons property allegation of witchcraft sexual abuse against older person none payment of pension wrong calculation of pension benefits and many others Ojukwu however said that the commission was working assiduously with NSCC to create adequate awareness on the right of older persons He said that the commission was also training people including journalists to understand the issues and report effectively We are also working at the UN level to see to the adoption of an International Convention for the protection of older persons This is the only vulnerable area that does not have any International Convention Ojukwu said Meanwhile the Director General of NSCC Dr Emem Omokaro said the centre had strong partnership with government ministries agencies and departments as it relates to their mandates We also have a Technical Working Group to focus on changing the perception of aging and streaming ageism and issues of ill treatment and abuse of older persons We work with NOA NAPTIP and others that we even have a squad and a toll free number for older persons in case of redress NAPTIP has the power to prosecute offenders who abuse older persons We are everywhere in the country and when the Right and Privileges of Older Persons Bill is passed into law we will have a legal tool to fight violations of older person Omokaro said The Acting Director Violence Against Persons Prohibition Department NAPTIP Mrs Ijeoma Amugo said the Agency was collaborating with religious and traditional leaders to get feedback on abuse of older persons and other vulnerable groups Mrs Theresa Maduekwe the Deputy Director Public Enlightenment Mass Mobilisation NOA said the agency has a programme titled Fit for Life In this programme we educate the people to know that dementia in older persons is not witchcraft as believed by the unenlightened people We have such in our education materials and even organise outreach to sensitise the people on the need for the young and older people to work together Maduekwe said However Mahler observed that the definition of discrimination in the bill was not in line with the human right issue of discrimination adding that it should be looked into properly Mahler while reviewing the proposed bill commended Nigeria and made some observations that he felt should be amended However the bill is perfect I wish that it will be signed into law while am still here in Nigeria It is a great document NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Legal Aid Council, NSCC, NOA restate commitment to protect older persons
    General news3 months ago

    Legal Aid Council, NSCC, NOA restate commitment to protect older persons

    Legal Aid Council (LAC), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC) and National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Thursday restated commitments to protect older persons in Nigeria.

    The organisations restated their commitments in Abuja at a meeting with Dr Claudia Mahler, the UN Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Malher’s visit to Nigeria is to assess the implementation of national, regional and international standards relevant to the rights of older persons.

    Malher would also assess promotion of best practices relating to the protection of these rights in Nigeria.

    Mr Aliyu Abubakar, the Director-General, LAC said the council was a critical stakeholder in the project of older persons in Nigeria.

    “This is because we provide the necessary legal defence that is required by those senior citizens who cannot afford legal representation.

    “The LAC stands as legal representative for all older persons who have conflicts with the laws.

    “Our commitment is that we are willing and ready to defend the rights of older persons and be part of the system that guarantees their right when they have conflicts with the laws,” Abubakar pledged.

    Similarly, the Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mr Anthony Ojukwu said the commission acknowledged that in fighting for human rights of Nigerians, it needed to put special measures to mainstream older persons’ protection.

    “So, first we created a department that will bring to limelight issues affecting older persons.

    We called it the ‘Vulnerable Group Department’.

    “In that department, we have the rights of older persons, Persons with Disabilities, Migrants, Internally Displaced Persons and all the groups of people who have one form of vulnerability or the other.

    “We receive complaints like issues of dispossession of older persons property, allegation of witchcraft, sexual abuse against older person, none payment of pension, wrong calculation of pension benefits and many others.

    ’’ Ojukwu, however, said that the commission was working assiduously with NSCC to create adequate awareness on the right of older persons.

    He said that the commission was also training people, including journalists to understand the issues and report effectively.

    “We are also working at the UN level to see to the adoption of an International Convention for the protection of older persons.

    “This is the only vulnerable area that does not have any International Convention,” Ojukwu said.

    Meanwhile, the Director-General of NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro said the centre had strong partnership with government ministries, agencies and departments as it relates to their mandates.

    “We also have a Technical Working Group to focus on changing the perception of aging and streaming ageism and issues of ill treatment and abuse of older persons.

    “We work with NOA, NAPTIP and others that we even have a squad and a toll-free number for older persons in case of redress.

    NAPTIP has the power to prosecute offenders who abuse older persons.

    “We are everywhere in the country and when the Right and Privileges of Older Persons Bill is passed into law, we will have a legal tool to fight violations of older person,” Omokaro said.

    The Acting Director, Violence Against Persons Prohibition Department, NAPTIP, Mrs Ijeoma Amugo, said the Agency was collaborating with religious and traditional leaders to get feedback on abuse of older persons and other vulnerable groups.

    Mrs Theresa Maduekwe, the Deputy Director, Public Enlightenment, Mass Mobilisation, NOA said the agency has a programme titled: “Fit for Life”.

    “In this programme, we educate the people to know that dementia in older persons is not witchcraft as believed by the unenlightened people.

    “We have such in our education materials and even organise outreach to sensitise the people on the need for the young and older people to work together,” Maduekwe said.

    However, Mahler observed that the definition of discrimination in the bill was not in line with the human right issue of discrimination, adding that it should be looked into properly.

    Mahler, while reviewing the proposed bill, commended Nigeria and made some observations that he felt should be amended.

    “However, the bill is perfect.

    I wish that it will be signed into law while am still here in Nigeria.

    It is a great document.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA and Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMET have cautioned the public against building on water channels and dumping of wastes in drains to curtail disaster from flood The Director of NOA in Plateau Mrs Keneng Pam Hworo said this on Friday in Jos during an advocacy visit to the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN in Jos North Pam Hworo said that NiMET had predicted that flooding during the year would be high and warned against acts such as farming and building in flood prone areas that would predisposed them to flooding Similarly the Coordinator of NIMET in Plateau Mrs Raliya Umar said the advocacy visit was to intimate the association of the impending flood Umar urged the association to inform their members on the need to keep their drains clean and desist from building on water channels CAN Chairman for Jos North Rev Polycarp Gana represented by the Vice Chairman of CAN Jos North Rev Charles Duruson commended NOA for the visit Gana assured the two agencies of passing the message to their members NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood disaster: NOA, NiMET warn against disruption of water channels
     The National Orientation Agency NOA and Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMET have cautioned the public against building on water channels and dumping of wastes in drains to curtail disaster from flood The Director of NOA in Plateau Mrs Keneng Pam Hworo said this on Friday in Jos during an advocacy visit to the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN in Jos North Pam Hworo said that NiMET had predicted that flooding during the year would be high and warned against acts such as farming and building in flood prone areas that would predisposed them to flooding Similarly the Coordinator of NIMET in Plateau Mrs Raliya Umar said the advocacy visit was to intimate the association of the impending flood Umar urged the association to inform their members on the need to keep their drains clean and desist from building on water channels CAN Chairman for Jos North Rev Polycarp Gana represented by the Vice Chairman of CAN Jos North Rev Charles Duruson commended NOA for the visit Gana assured the two agencies of passing the message to their members NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood disaster: NOA, NiMET warn against disruption of water channels
    General news3 months ago

    Flood disaster: NOA, NiMET warn against disruption of water channels

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) have cautioned the public against building on water channels and dumping of wastes in drains to curtail disaster from flood.

    The Director of NOA in Plateau, Mrs Keneng Pam-Hworo, said this on Friday in Jos during an advocacy visit to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Jos North.

    Pam-Hworo said that NiMET had predicted that flooding during the year would be high and warned against acts, such as farming and building in flood prone areas, that would predisposed them to flooding.

    Similarly, the Coordinator of NIMET in Plateau, Mrs Raliya Umar, said the advocacy visit was to intimate the association of the impending flood.

    Umar urged the association to inform their members on the need to keep their drains clean and desist from building on water channels.

    CAN Chairman for Jos North, Rev. Polycarp Gana, represented by the Vice Chairman of CAN Jos-North, Rev. Charles Duruson, commended NOA for the visit.

    Gana assured the two agencies of passing the message to their members.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Kabo Local Government Council in Kano State has taken measures to check the practice of open defecation and maintain clean environment in the area The Council s Information Officer Malam Labaran Garba told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kabo that the measure was taken at a meeting with some stakeholders He said the meeting was attended by the heads of security agencies head of council s Water and Sanitation Department representative of the District Head UNICEF and the National Orientation Agency NOA He said that the council Chairman Alhaji Salisu Kabiru Kabo directed all households to ensure that they have functional toilets for the use of members of their household The district head will also direct his subjects through the ward and village heads that whoever don t have a toilet should construct it and nobody should defecate in the open Because after open defecation water carries the faeces to water sources which after drinking may lead to the outbreak of diseases that we don t want to happen he said He said that the measure would also go along way in enhancing personal hygiene and clean environment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kabo LGC in Kano moves to end open defecation
     Kabo Local Government Council in Kano State has taken measures to check the practice of open defecation and maintain clean environment in the area The Council s Information Officer Malam Labaran Garba told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kabo that the measure was taken at a meeting with some stakeholders He said the meeting was attended by the heads of security agencies head of council s Water and Sanitation Department representative of the District Head UNICEF and the National Orientation Agency NOA He said that the council Chairman Alhaji Salisu Kabiru Kabo directed all households to ensure that they have functional toilets for the use of members of their household The district head will also direct his subjects through the ward and village heads that whoever don t have a toilet should construct it and nobody should defecate in the open Because after open defecation water carries the faeces to water sources which after drinking may lead to the outbreak of diseases that we don t want to happen he said He said that the measure would also go along way in enhancing personal hygiene and clean environment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kabo LGC in Kano moves to end open defecation
    Environment4 months ago

    Kabo LGC in Kano moves to end open defecation

    Kabo Local Government Council in Kano State, has taken measures to check the practice of open defecation and maintain clean environment in the area.

    The Council’s Information Officer, Malam Labaran Garba, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Kabo, that the measure was taken at a meeting with some stakeholders.

    He said the meeting was attended by the heads of security agencies, head of council’s Water and Sanitation Department, representative of the District Head, UNICEF and the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

    He said that the council Chairman, Alhaji Salisu Kabiru-Kabo, directed all households to ensure that they have functional toilets for the use of members of their household.

    “The district head will also direct his subjects, through the ward and village heads that whoever don’t have a toilet, should construct it, and nobody should defecate in the open.

    “Because, after open defecation, water carries the faeces to water sources, which after drinking, may lead to the outbreak of diseases, that we don’t want to happen,” he said.

    He said that the measure would also go along way in enhancing personal hygiene and clean environment.


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  •  A don Prof Obiora Okonkwo has urged the National Orientation Agency NOA to redouble efforts in ethical and attitudinal reorientation to push against negative public habits such as corruption Okonkwo an adjunct Professor of Business at the University of Abuja Business School said this in Enugu at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Television Authority NTA Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ South East Lecture Series and Awards The NTA NUJ Awards was themed Reawakening the Age Long Norms And Values of Our People According to him I am happy that already we have a governmental tool to help us drive this need for ethical and attitudinal reorientation countrywide I am talking of the National Orientation Agency NOA What we have in our hands is not a problem exclusive to a particular geopolitical zone It is a national problem Therefore I further recommend and strongly too that we must push for the expansion of the mandate of NOA to include ethical and attitudinal reorientation of Nigerians If need be let there be a name change for NOA and perhaps an upgrade into a commission to reflect this new mandate Let us call it the National Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission with an expanded mandate to become a very effective and functional tool towards achieving values reorientation across the country he said The don said the upgrading and name change demanded legislation adding that the National Assembly and all state houses of assembly should enact the same to give it the necessary legislative backing Dr Alex Otti a technocrat and politician noted that years of failed and unfocused leadership in various strata of the society had led to the negativities and socioeconomic crises in the country Otti also deplored the rate of dishonesty and stealing of public funds adding that it was already turning to a norm Our values have become so low and it is no longer cherished in some circles and it is alien to culture as Africans were previously known for high standards of morals and values he said He called on Nigerians in authority to start to rethink and change the negative narrative by showing exemplary leadership and lifestyle worthy of emulation The former Minister of Power Prof Chinedu Nebo urged the media to be in the vanguard of changing the narrative attitude of violent crime such as kidnapping pervading the country Nebo noted that the media had to step up the advocacy against get rich quick syndrome and other vices that diminished the value of life and good image of the country I must thank the NTA for organising such a programme and I think it is time for the media to step up the advocacy against crime and criminality in the country especially the pervading insecurity he said Earlier the Chairperson of NUJ NTA Enugu Network Centre Mina Ukaobasi said that the lecture was meant to reawaken the consciousness of Nigerians for a need for positive attitudinal change We are here to give direction to a renewed society where age long values and norms will be resuscitated and cherished to create a conducive society for all Okaobasi said She also called for support of NTA centres in the South East with technical equipment to ensure effective coverage of activities within the zone The event featured awards of excellence to Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma Archbishop of Anglican Communion in Enugu and Owelle Ejikeme Odumegwu a renowned philanthropist who received award of Excellence in Business and Humanitarian Efforts Responding on behalf of the recipients Odumegwu thanked the NTA NUJ for the award and the organization s ability to point out distinguished Nigerians Good leadership begets good followership Journalists must stand out to promote value reorientation and good governance I will urge the journalists to keep it up and ensure that positive societal values and norms are preserved for posterity Odumegwu added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don urges NOA to redouble efforts in ethical, attitudinal reorientation
     A don Prof Obiora Okonkwo has urged the National Orientation Agency NOA to redouble efforts in ethical and attitudinal reorientation to push against negative public habits such as corruption Okonkwo an adjunct Professor of Business at the University of Abuja Business School said this in Enugu at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Television Authority NTA Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ South East Lecture Series and Awards The NTA NUJ Awards was themed Reawakening the Age Long Norms And Values of Our People According to him I am happy that already we have a governmental tool to help us drive this need for ethical and attitudinal reorientation countrywide I am talking of the National Orientation Agency NOA What we have in our hands is not a problem exclusive to a particular geopolitical zone It is a national problem Therefore I further recommend and strongly too that we must push for the expansion of the mandate of NOA to include ethical and attitudinal reorientation of Nigerians If need be let there be a name change for NOA and perhaps an upgrade into a commission to reflect this new mandate Let us call it the National Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission with an expanded mandate to become a very effective and functional tool towards achieving values reorientation across the country he said The don said the upgrading and name change demanded legislation adding that the National Assembly and all state houses of assembly should enact the same to give it the necessary legislative backing Dr Alex Otti a technocrat and politician noted that years of failed and unfocused leadership in various strata of the society had led to the negativities and socioeconomic crises in the country Otti also deplored the rate of dishonesty and stealing of public funds adding that it was already turning to a norm Our values have become so low and it is no longer cherished in some circles and it is alien to culture as Africans were previously known for high standards of morals and values he said He called on Nigerians in authority to start to rethink and change the negative narrative by showing exemplary leadership and lifestyle worthy of emulation The former Minister of Power Prof Chinedu Nebo urged the media to be in the vanguard of changing the narrative attitude of violent crime such as kidnapping pervading the country Nebo noted that the media had to step up the advocacy against get rich quick syndrome and other vices that diminished the value of life and good image of the country I must thank the NTA for organising such a programme and I think it is time for the media to step up the advocacy against crime and criminality in the country especially the pervading insecurity he said Earlier the Chairperson of NUJ NTA Enugu Network Centre Mina Ukaobasi said that the lecture was meant to reawaken the consciousness of Nigerians for a need for positive attitudinal change We are here to give direction to a renewed society where age long values and norms will be resuscitated and cherished to create a conducive society for all Okaobasi said She also called for support of NTA centres in the South East with technical equipment to ensure effective coverage of activities within the zone The event featured awards of excellence to Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma Archbishop of Anglican Communion in Enugu and Owelle Ejikeme Odumegwu a renowned philanthropist who received award of Excellence in Business and Humanitarian Efforts Responding on behalf of the recipients Odumegwu thanked the NTA NUJ for the award and the organization s ability to point out distinguished Nigerians Good leadership begets good followership Journalists must stand out to promote value reorientation and good governance I will urge the journalists to keep it up and ensure that positive societal values and norms are preserved for posterity Odumegwu added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don urges NOA to redouble efforts in ethical, attitudinal reorientation
    General news4 months ago

    Don urges NOA to redouble efforts in ethical, attitudinal reorientation

    A don, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, has urged the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to redouble efforts in ethical and attitudinal reorientation, to push against negative public habits such as corruption.  

    Okonkwo, an adjunct Professor of Business at the University of Abuja Business School, said this in Enugu at the maiden edition of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) – Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) South-East Lecture Series and Awards.  

    The NTA-NUJ Awards was themed: “Reawakening the Age-Long Norms And Values of Our People”.  

    According to him, ” I am happy that already, we have a governmental tool to help us drive this need for ethical and attitudinal reorientation countrywide.

    I am talking of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

    ”   “What we have in our hands is not a problem exclusive to a particular geopolitical zone.

    It is a national problem   “Therefore, I further recommend, and strongly too, that we must push for the expansion of the mandate of NOA to include ethical and attitudinal reorientation of Nigerians.  

    “If need be, let there be a name change for NOA, and perhaps an upgrade into a commission, to reflect this new mandate.  

    “Let us call it the National Ethical and Attitudinal Reorientation Commission with an expanded mandate to become a very effective and functional tool towards achieving values reorientation across the country,” he said.  

    The don said the upgrading and name change demanded legislation, adding that the National Assembly and all state houses of assembly should enact the same to give it the necessary legislative backing.  

    Dr Alex Otti, a technocrat and politician, noted that years of failed and unfocused leadership in various strata of the society had led to the negativities and socioeconomic crises in the country.  

    Otti also deplored the rate of dishonesty and stealing of public funds, adding that it was already turning to a norm.  

    “Our values have become so low and it is no longer cherished in some circles and it is alien to culture as Africans were previously known for high standards of morals and values,” he said.  

    He called on Nigerians in authority to start to rethink and change the negative narrative by showing exemplary leadership and lifestyle worthy of emulation.  

    The former Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, urged the media to be in the vanguard of changing the narrative attitude of violent crime such as kidnapping pervading the country.  

    Nebo noted that the media had to step-up the advocacy against get-rich-quick syndrome and other vices that diminished the value of life and good image of the country.  

    “I must thank the NTA for organising such a programme and I think it is time for the media to step-up the advocacy against crime and criminality in the country, especially the pervading insecurity,” he said.  

    Earlier, the Chairperson of NUJ-NTA Enugu Network Centre, Mina Ukaobasi, said that the lecture was meant to reawaken the consciousness of Nigerians for a need for positive attitudinal change.  

    “We are here to give direction to a renewed society, where age-long values and norms will be resuscitated and cherished to create a conducive society for all,” Okaobasi said.  

    She also called for support of NTA centres in the South-East with technical equipment to ensure effective coverage of activities within the zone.  

    The event featured awards of excellence to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State; Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Archbishop of Anglican Communion in Enugu and Owelle Ejikeme Odumegwu, a renowned philanthropist, who received award of “Excellence in Business and Humanitarian Efforts”.  

    Responding on behalf of the recipients, Odumegwu thanked the NTA-NUJ for the award and the organization’s ability to point out distinguished Nigerians.  

    “Good leadership begets good followership.

    Journalists must stand out to promote value reorientation and good governance.  

    “I will urge the journalists to keep it up and ensure that positive societal values and norms are preserved for posterity,” Odumegwu added.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Contributors to the National Housing Fund NHF Scheme in Northwest have demanded the easing of conditions for securing housing loan under the Scheme News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NHF Scheme was introduced by the Federal Government to enable Contributors to the Fund mostly civil servants secure flexible loan to enable them build their own houses Speaking to NAN in Kaduna Kano Sokoto Kebbi Zamfara and Katsina states stakeholders advocated a complete review of the Scheme to serve the purpose for which it was initiated or in the alternative scrap it completely They argued that not only was the process of securing loan too cumbersome the requirements were hardly met by majority of civil servants thereby defeating the laudable objectives of the Scheme Aliyu Musa a retired Federal civil servant in Gusau said there was need for the review of the Scheme for its objectives to be achieved All the years I spent in the Federal Civil Service I could not secure a house despite all the contributions I made from my salary I think the essence of the Scheme is to mobilise long term funds to address the problem of inability of Nigerian workers to secure houses of their own but honestly the objective is not being achieved fully he observed Another Contributor to the Fund in Gusau Alhaji Abubakar Usman lamented that securing access to NHF facilities was always a herculean task and therefore called on the Federal Government to restructure the Scheme to make things easy A widow in Gusau Maryam Adeniyi also made similar call recollecting how her late husband who was a Contributor could not access the housing loan in spite of all efforts She lamented that even the process of recovering his accumulated NHF savings after his death was cumbersome adding that the money had remained stuck Malam Musa Lemu a retired Federal civil servant in Sokoto described the NHF Scheme as a laudable programme that enabled workers to own houses easily He however lamented that the process of securing loan was tedious thereby depriving the Scheme of the advantages derivable from its implementation According to him he retired two years ago but is still struggling to get his savings refunded Malam Adamu Suleiman a staff of Federal Ministry of Information Sokoto told NAN that he received alerts on deductions in respect of his NHF savings in peace meal He said when he approached Sokoto Office of Mortgage Bank for housing loan he was told that only headquarters of the bank could process same He suggested the introduction of seamless contribution and reconciliation process that would encourage more voluntary participation in the Scheme Usman Shehu of the Nigeria Television Authority NTA Birnin Kebbi lamented that administrative bottlenecks had hindered the full realization of the benefits of the Scheme Scarcity of the application forms superfluous and discouraging requirements and processes are issues that need to be addressed for the Scheme to record maximum success there is need for constant sensitisation on how the system operates he suggested In his contribution Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar of National Orientation Agency NOA Birnin Kebbi observed that civil servants benefiting from the Scheme were negligible and therefore called for its scrapping As far as I am concerned the Scheme is a failure some people are using the funds for their benefits at the expense of Nigerian workers the Scheme should be scrapped he insisted Arguing along the same line Mohammed Iliyasu of Federal Medical Centre FMC Birnin Kebbi alleged that the Scheme was bedeviled by insincerity and corruption just as he acknowledged that the motive for initiating it was laudable He suggested that it either be reviewed or scrapped Meanwhile in Katsina State some stakeholders expressed dissatisfaction saying the Scheme had not served the purpose for which it was initiated noting that conditions for securing loan were stringent Malam Yusuf Abdulkarim of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment Katsina office said the scheme was not living up to the expectations of the Contributors On her part Mrs Uwani Rabe advised Federal Government to fine tune the Scheme for it to have the desired impact just as she also noted that conditions for securing loan were stringent I tried to secure the loan but did not succeed despite my contributions to the Scheme so I gave up and since then I developed negative feelings about NHF she said Also another respondent in Katsina Malam Ibrahim Danlagos suggested that participation in the Scheme be made optional Participation should not be made compulsory for civil servants rather it should be optional the way it is now its like workers are being coerced to contribute which should not be so he said Some residents of Kaduna also decried lack of easy access to loan facilities of NHF saying the procedure involved in securing same was cumbersome Residents who spoke to a NAN correspondent in Kaduna said the conditions to be met to access the loan were difficult to satisfy Mrs Larai Usman a civil servant said she filled a housing loan form from NHF two years ago but was yet to get any positive response I am told the loan takes two to six months to process if one is lucky our names were compiled and a few forms were brought to us at the office but as we speak two years have passed with no response she said Mr Danjuma Jato a teacher in Kaduna said he once attempted to secure the loan but could not succeed Jato said the requirements for securing the the facilities were rather stringent saying his application was rejected because he was still servicing a loan from a commercial bank Some of the requirements should be reviewed to make it flexible for everyone he said Also Mrs Rose Ishaku an entrepreneur said she had been approached by a private Estate Developer but was told she would have to make payment of N500 000 as part of the requirements The Estate Developer said they collaborate with FMBN and process loans for interested individuals but the initial payment and monthly remittance is quite high she said She urged the Federal Government to review the conditions for securing the loan to enable eligible Nigerians benefit from the Scheme On his part Mr Felix Ayina a civil servant in Kaduna said although he had been contributing to the Fund his salary was to meagre to meet family needs as such securing any loan would be an additional burden on him Making the same appeal some civil servants in Kano state urged the Federal Government to restructure the Scheme in order to reduce the bureaucracy involved in accessing housing loan They also requested that the process of refund of the accumulated NHF money to retired civil servants be simplified NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NHF: Northwest Contributors demand easing of conditions for securing housing loan
     Contributors to the National Housing Fund NHF Scheme in Northwest have demanded the easing of conditions for securing housing loan under the Scheme News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NHF Scheme was introduced by the Federal Government to enable Contributors to the Fund mostly civil servants secure flexible loan to enable them build their own houses Speaking to NAN in Kaduna Kano Sokoto Kebbi Zamfara and Katsina states stakeholders advocated a complete review of the Scheme to serve the purpose for which it was initiated or in the alternative scrap it completely They argued that not only was the process of securing loan too cumbersome the requirements were hardly met by majority of civil servants thereby defeating the laudable objectives of the Scheme Aliyu Musa a retired Federal civil servant in Gusau said there was need for the review of the Scheme for its objectives to be achieved All the years I spent in the Federal Civil Service I could not secure a house despite all the contributions I made from my salary I think the essence of the Scheme is to mobilise long term funds to address the problem of inability of Nigerian workers to secure houses of their own but honestly the objective is not being achieved fully he observed Another Contributor to the Fund in Gusau Alhaji Abubakar Usman lamented that securing access to NHF facilities was always a herculean task and therefore called on the Federal Government to restructure the Scheme to make things easy A widow in Gusau Maryam Adeniyi also made similar call recollecting how her late husband who was a Contributor could not access the housing loan in spite of all efforts She lamented that even the process of recovering his accumulated NHF savings after his death was cumbersome adding that the money had remained stuck Malam Musa Lemu a retired Federal civil servant in Sokoto described the NHF Scheme as a laudable programme that enabled workers to own houses easily He however lamented that the process of securing loan was tedious thereby depriving the Scheme of the advantages derivable from its implementation According to him he retired two years ago but is still struggling to get his savings refunded Malam Adamu Suleiman a staff of Federal Ministry of Information Sokoto told NAN that he received alerts on deductions in respect of his NHF savings in peace meal He said when he approached Sokoto Office of Mortgage Bank for housing loan he was told that only headquarters of the bank could process same He suggested the introduction of seamless contribution and reconciliation process that would encourage more voluntary participation in the Scheme Usman Shehu of the Nigeria Television Authority NTA Birnin Kebbi lamented that administrative bottlenecks had hindered the full realization of the benefits of the Scheme Scarcity of the application forms superfluous and discouraging requirements and processes are issues that need to be addressed for the Scheme to record maximum success there is need for constant sensitisation on how the system operates he suggested In his contribution Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar of National Orientation Agency NOA Birnin Kebbi observed that civil servants benefiting from the Scheme were negligible and therefore called for its scrapping As far as I am concerned the Scheme is a failure some people are using the funds for their benefits at the expense of Nigerian workers the Scheme should be scrapped he insisted Arguing along the same line Mohammed Iliyasu of Federal Medical Centre FMC Birnin Kebbi alleged that the Scheme was bedeviled by insincerity and corruption just as he acknowledged that the motive for initiating it was laudable He suggested that it either be reviewed or scrapped Meanwhile in Katsina State some stakeholders expressed dissatisfaction saying the Scheme had not served the purpose for which it was initiated noting that conditions for securing loan were stringent Malam Yusuf Abdulkarim of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment Katsina office said the scheme was not living up to the expectations of the Contributors On her part Mrs Uwani Rabe advised Federal Government to fine tune the Scheme for it to have the desired impact just as she also noted that conditions for securing loan were stringent I tried to secure the loan but did not succeed despite my contributions to the Scheme so I gave up and since then I developed negative feelings about NHF she said Also another respondent in Katsina Malam Ibrahim Danlagos suggested that participation in the Scheme be made optional Participation should not be made compulsory for civil servants rather it should be optional the way it is now its like workers are being coerced to contribute which should not be so he said Some residents of Kaduna also decried lack of easy access to loan facilities of NHF saying the procedure involved in securing same was cumbersome Residents who spoke to a NAN correspondent in Kaduna said the conditions to be met to access the loan were difficult to satisfy Mrs Larai Usman a civil servant said she filled a housing loan form from NHF two years ago but was yet to get any positive response I am told the loan takes two to six months to process if one is lucky our names were compiled and a few forms were brought to us at the office but as we speak two years have passed with no response she said Mr Danjuma Jato a teacher in Kaduna said he once attempted to secure the loan but could not succeed Jato said the requirements for securing the the facilities were rather stringent saying his application was rejected because he was still servicing a loan from a commercial bank Some of the requirements should be reviewed to make it flexible for everyone he said Also Mrs Rose Ishaku an entrepreneur said she had been approached by a private Estate Developer but was told she would have to make payment of N500 000 as part of the requirements The Estate Developer said they collaborate with FMBN and process loans for interested individuals but the initial payment and monthly remittance is quite high she said She urged the Federal Government to review the conditions for securing the loan to enable eligible Nigerians benefit from the Scheme On his part Mr Felix Ayina a civil servant in Kaduna said although he had been contributing to the Fund his salary was to meagre to meet family needs as such securing any loan would be an additional burden on him Making the same appeal some civil servants in Kano state urged the Federal Government to restructure the Scheme in order to reduce the bureaucracy involved in accessing housing loan They also requested that the process of refund of the accumulated NHF money to retired civil servants be simplified NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NHF: Northwest Contributors demand easing of conditions for securing housing loan
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    NHF: Northwest Contributors demand easing of conditions for securing housing loan

    Contributors to the National Housing Fund (NHF) Scheme in Northwest have demanded the easing of conditions for securing housing loan under the Scheme.

    News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NHF Scheme was introduced by the Federal Government to enable Contributors to the Fund, mostly civil servants, secure flexible loan to enable them build their own houses.

    Speaking to NAN in Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states, stakeholders advocated a complete review of the Scheme to serve the purpose for which it was initiated, or in the alternative, scrap it completely.

    They argued that not only was the process of securing loan too cumbersome, the requirements were hardly met by majority of civil servants, thereby defeating the laudable objectives of the Scheme.

    Aliyu Musa, a retired Federal civil servant in Gusau, said there was need for the review of the Scheme for its objectives to be achieved.

    “All the years I spent in the Federal Civil Service, I could not secure a house despite all the contributions I made from my salary.

    “I think the essence of the Scheme is to mobilise long-term funds to address the problem of inability of Nigerian workers to secure houses of their own, but honestly, the objective is not being achieved fully”, he observed.

    Another Contributor to the Fund in Gusau, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, lamented that securing access to NHF facilities was always a herculean task, and therefore called on the Federal Government to restructure the Scheme to make things easy.

    A widow in Gusau, Maryam Adeniyi, also made similar call, recollecting how her late husband who was a Contributor could not access the housing loan in spite of all efforts.

    She lamented that even the process of recovering his accumulated NHF savings after his death, was cumbersome, adding that the money had remained stuck.

    Malam Musa Lemu, a retired Federal civil servant in Sokoto, described the NHF Scheme as a laudable programme that enabled workers to own houses easily.

    He however lamented that the process of securing loan was tedious, thereby depriving the Scheme of the advantages derivable from its implementation.

    According to him, he retired two years ago but is still struggling to get his savings refunded.

    Malam Adamu Suleiman, a staff of Federal Ministry of Information, Sokoto, told NAN that he received alerts on deductions in respect of his NHF savings in peace-meal.

    He said when he approached Sokoto Office of Mortgage Bank for housing loan, he was told that only headquarters of the bank could process same.

    He suggested the introduction of seamless contribution and reconciliation process that would encourage more voluntary participation in the Scheme.

    Usman Shehu of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Birnin Kebbi, lamented that administrative bottlenecks had hindered the full realization of the benefits of the Scheme.

    “Scarcity of the application forms, superfluous and discouraging requirements and processes are issues that need to be addressed for the Scheme to record maximum success; there is need for constant sensitisation on how the system operates,” he suggested.

    In his contribution, Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Birnin Kebbi, observed that civil servants benefiting from the Scheme were negligible, and therefore called for its scrapping.

    As far as I am concerned, the Scheme is a failure; some people are using the funds for their benefits at the expense of Nigerian workers; the Scheme should be scrapped”, he insisted.

    Arguing along the same line, Mohammed Iliyasu of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin Kebbi, alleged that the Scheme was bedeviled by insincerity and corruption, just as he acknowledged that the motive for initiating it, was laudable.

    He suggested that it either be reviewed, or scrapped.

    Meanwhile in Katsina State, some stakeholders expressed dissatisfaction, saying the Scheme had not served the purpose for which it was initiated, noting that conditions for securing loan were stringent.

    Malam Yusuf Abdulkarim of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Katsina office, said the scheme was not living up to the expectations of the Contributors.

    On her part, Mrs Uwani Rabe advised Federal Government to fine-tune the Scheme for it to have the desired impact, just as she also noted that conditions for securing loan were stringent.

    “I tried to secure the loan but did not succeed despite my contributions to the Scheme, so I gave up, and since then, I developed negative feelings about NHF”, she said.

    Also, another respondent in Katsina, Malam Ibrahim Danlagos, suggested that participation in the Scheme be made optional.

    “Participation should not be made compulsory for civil servants, rather, it should be optional; the way it is now, its like workers are being coerced to contribute, which should not be so”, he said.

    Some residents of Kaduna also decried lack of easy access to loan facilities of NHF, saying the procedure involved in securing same, was cumbersome.

    Residents who spoke to a NAN correspondent in Kaduna, said the conditions to be met to access the loan, were difficult to satisfy.

    Mrs Larai Usman, a civil servant, said she filled a housing loan form from NHF two years ago, but was yet to get any positive response.

    “I am told the loan takes two to six months to process if one is lucky; our names were compiled and a few forms were brought to us at the office but as we speak, two years have passed with no response,” she said.

    Mr Danjuma Jato, a teacher in Kaduna, said he once attempted to secure the loan but could not succeed.

    Jato said the requirements for securing the the facilities were rather stringent, saying his application was rejected because he was still servicing a loan from a commercial bank.

    “Some of the requirements should be reviewed to make it flexible for everyone,” he said.

    Also, Mrs Rose Ishaku, an entrepreneur, said she had been approached by a private Estate Developer, but was told she would have to make payment of N500,000 as part of the requirements.

    “The Estate Developer said they collaborate with FMBN and process loans for interested individuals, but the initial payment and monthly remittance is quite high”, she said.

    She urged the Federal Government to review the conditions for securing the loan to enable eligible Nigerians benefit from the Scheme.

    On his part, Mr Felix Ayina, a civil servant in Kaduna, said although he had been contributing to the Fund, his salary was to meagre to meet family needs, as such securing any loan would be an additional burden on him.

    Making the same appeal, some civil servants in Kano state urged the Federal Government to restructure the Scheme in order to reduce the bureaucracy involved in accessing housing loan.

    They also requested that the process of refund of the accumulated NHF money to retired civil servants, be simplified.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some civil servants in the South East have called for the reform of the National Housing Fund NHF to make the agency meet up its mandate of housing provision They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews while reacting to the impact of the NHF since its inception In Enugu a retired civil servant Mr Vincent Okwor said that the fund was meant to provide houses or loans for housing acquisition and other related issues Okwor a former Assistant Editor in Chief of NAN said that in recent times the fund had not met the requirements of civil servants and low income Nigerians it should be catering for According to him previously it only takes three months to collect your NHF contribution and its interest after retirement but today there is delay in this process and at times contributors are short paid The purpose of the fund is not being fulfilled and it needs some reforms for it to function exceptionally I collected my contributed money and its interest in three months about five years ago after retirement but recently a newly retired colleague went to the fund but was delayed and was about to be short paid It took him accosting the managers of NHF in Abuja and intervention of a friend working in the fund for his over N100 000 short payment to be restored he said A serving civil servant who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the fund had not lived up to its expectation as even civil servants getting simple housing related loans below N1 million was still challenging The fund mandate should be looked into again and see how to make it more functional and realistic Myself and some colleagues applied for a Home Renovation Loan in the fund for N1 million and we even paid N9 000 for the facilitation of the loan But till date close to a year we have not heard from the agency office in the South East whether the application is accepted or not So the purpose of providing little loan let alone a shelter for civil servants is not visible any longer he said Other federal and state civil servants expressed dissatisfaction over non affordability and accessibility of houses built by governments They said that the cost of accessing and acquiring the buildings were beyond their salaries urging government to do something to alleviate their plight from becoming house owners According to them it is disheartening and painful that after working for 35 years a civil servant cannot boast of personal house or land In Abia a federal civil servant and contributor to the scheme Mrs Grace Okonkwo said that the institution fell short of the expectations of its subscribers nationwide in spite of the monthly deductions from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Okonkwo said that she and her colleagues who also subscribed had not got the houses they were paying for She said I m not satisfied with NHF because deductions are made from my salary every month but I have nothing to show for it For those of us in the Abia office of the institution it is only one person out of the lot that got a parcel of land in Abuja I think one of the challenges for us here in Abia is that there is no Federal Secretariat where we can easily take our complaints to or make inquiries For Mr Patrick Ufomba another contributor to the scheme the purpose of establishing NHF is defeated Ufomba said that to the best of his knowledge not many civil servants have been able to access the fund to execute housing project He said that he had spent over two decades in the federal civil service but cannot boast of having his own building It pains especially when money deducted monthly from my salary for that purpose At times I feel defrauded because I cannot enjoy the benefit of the contribution The Federal Government is expected to build low cost houses for civil servants after which they deduct the money from their salaries Unfortunately such projects are not seen especially in states Ufomba said A federal health worker Mr Julius Eze said that he applied for a Home Renovation Loan since two years ago but had yet to get any positive response I m just disappointed that l have not been able to access the N1 million that I applied for since two years ago I met the necessary requirements from FMBN but no official response from the institution on the issue to date I wish that the relevant authorities would intervene so that civil servants can access the houses or get loans as and when due Eze said A Deputy Director in the federal civil service described the scheme as a scam that should be investigated urgently I appeal to the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to beam their searchlight on NHF and tell Nigerian workers what is happening with their monthly contributions It is painful that a civil servant at my level would work for decades and not own a house of my own This is unacceptable Something is fishing and management of the institution has explanations to make the lady said on the condition of anonymity An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Enugu who pleaded anonymity urged the Federal Government to replicate same housing they built for workers at the Federal Capital Territory to states to enable workers at the state level to benefit He said We only see from television of government workers who have benefited from the FG housing plans in Abuja It is sad that after retirement one will be struggling to pay house rent school fees for children and feeding The highest thing any government can do for its working force is to provide them with personal accommodation adding that many retired civil servants die because they cannot afford house rent A staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity who also pleaded anonymity described Contributory National Housing Fund as a fraud explaining that in spite of the contributions many civil servants found it difficult to access housing loans I see it as a scam because the purpose of contributing is to enable workers own house but the house is not available for them while few ones built was beyond our reach This is a big challenge to civil servants that earn little government should come to our aid he appealed An Enugu State teacher who simply gave her name as Sabina also appealed to governments and developers to reduce the price at which they sold houses to low income earners She expressed dismay that civil servants in the state did not have houses of their own as well as accessing loans from the mortgage banks and other financial institutions How can a civil servant that earn N40 000 to N50 000 buy the lowest house they sell N5 5m N10m and N15m she lamented In Anambra Mrs Chinwe Orizu the state Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress said that workers were yet to benefit from national housing fund they contributed over years due to non completion of the housing estate scheme in the state Orizu said that the process of the scheme should be made open to the public for easy accessment of information to avoid a situation where contributors would miss the opportunity to own a house or get reimbursed Mr Christian Beluchukwu a retired civil servant said that he never had a house nor being reimbursed the contribution he made while in service because of the tight process involved since no estate had been built by the government for her workers Mrs Ada Okafor a Chief pharmacist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi said that years back she filled a form regarding the process to claim a house based on their contribution but surprisingly till date nothing had been done to actualise the goal Mrs Pamela Igwe a contributor with Purity FM said that government should make the process to be transparent and easy to access for contributors Igwe said that the idea was laudable as the condition of many civil servants were pitiable in housing area and appealed to controller in charge of Anambra national housing scheme to ensure that the projects were realizable This national housing scheme is doable Lagos and Delta states have achieved it so Anambra can do better We need houses to be called our own so at retirement we can rest from rent age she said Meanwhile Mr Iwuchukwu Okafor Federal Controller Federal Housing Sector said that national housing scheme projects were ongoing in Anambra and that efforts were being made to complete them for commissioning Okafor said that the national housing projects started since 2016 in the state at Isiagu Community Layout in Awka South Local Government Area of the state He disclosed that the projects were done in three stages which involved site location clearing and erecting of the building meant for all grades of workers He explained that the stages entailed building of condominium which implies building a detachable structures that contains three bedroom flats two bedroom and one bedroom flat for all grades of workers Primarily the process starts from interested worker picking up a form from the ministry and presenting proof of contribution amongst others which at the end of the verification exercise flats would be allocated based on the contributory value of each worker Mr Chijioke Onyi a supervisor with the federal ministry collaborated the claim of the controller and said that they were working hard to ensure the problem of housing in the state for civil servants were solved Onyi said that some of the challenges they encountered include access road to the estate and expressed hope that attention would be given to that as soon as possible However some stakeholders in Ebonyi have decried the lack of awareness from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN on the possible steps to access the housing fund in the country The Stakeholders in a separate interviews with NAN said they did not know how to access the fund or have knowledge of where deductions from their salaries were being stacked Mrs Chika Oko a subscriber said she had been seeing deductions from her salary but not fully aware of how or where to access the fund I am a contributor and I don t know how to access the fund for the purpose of house ownership I am sure some people are just enriching themselves with people s contribution because I have not seen a contributor who have benefited before On houses built by the current administration I have no idea and I do not think there is anything like that in the state because I have not heard Oko added Mr Mike Chukwuka a civil servant in the state also blamed FMBN for lack of information on the Federal Housing Fund scheme It is unfair that many civil servants do not know anything on how to access the fund even when their salaries are being deducted We should blame FMBN that is managing the fund Yes I am a contributor and I have not had any need to access the fund But I have a friend who have benefited but that was when the person retired FMBN should come out to educate people especially on how to benefit to clear the negative impression by workers Chukwuka advised Another subscriber and teacher Mr Kennedy Okechukwu told NAN that he had not seen any house built for contributors in Ebonyi by the current administration in the past seven years Okechukwu said that some of the challenges plaguing the scheme remained lack of information about the fund Many people are ignorant of the scheme and how to access it he added A Retired Civil Servant Mr Wilson Okereke Former Deputy Director National Orientation Agency NOA said he was able to access the fund after his retirement On challenge Okereke said that he did not encounter any and added that the process was fast He urged the people to stop the impatient conclusion about the housing fund scheme Yes I benefited when I retired in 2020 I have no idea of anybody who have benefited while in service he stated In Imo beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund NHF said the process of accessing the fund was seamless and devoid of unnecessary stress A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Mr Michael Erondu said the fund was a reasonable arrangement by the Federal Government but decried the bureaucratic process involved in accessing it According to him the stress associated with bureaucracy of procuring the loan from commercial banks is a far cry from what the Federal Government intended it to serve Also contributing a senior staff of the state ministry of Information who pleaded anonymity said that the state s housing fund had gone moribund The source who hinted that the fund used to be operative before the start of the current administration expressed confidence that it would be reinstated It noted that the fund was seamlessly assessed when it was still available to workers adding that it provided a viable platform for civil servants in the state to own a house A retiree Mrs Kate Ubochioma said that she could not enjoy the Fund due to its unavailability throughout the period she worked Ubochioma called on the state government to revive the fund for the benefit of civil servants especially low income earners However a secondary school teacher Mrs Chinwendu Ohaya commended the Federal Government for the fund adding that she had begun the construction of her own house I accessed the fund from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and it was helpful I am currently building my own house Ohaya said Another beneficiary Mrs Ngozika Hyacinth said that the long duration for repayment of the loan negatively impacted her salary amounting to almost infinitesimal amount Hyacinth who works as a nurse called for a review of the initiative to guarantee a more citizen friendly process and repayment system On the other hand Mr Anthony Uwa who pleaded that the establishment should not be mentioned called for an increase in government support to the fund to enable it serve its purpose It will help restore belief in the system and attract more potential benefits he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Civil servants call for reform of National Housing Fund
     Some civil servants in the South East have called for the reform of the National Housing Fund NHF to make the agency meet up its mandate of housing provision They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews while reacting to the impact of the NHF since its inception In Enugu a retired civil servant Mr Vincent Okwor said that the fund was meant to provide houses or loans for housing acquisition and other related issues Okwor a former Assistant Editor in Chief of NAN said that in recent times the fund had not met the requirements of civil servants and low income Nigerians it should be catering for According to him previously it only takes three months to collect your NHF contribution and its interest after retirement but today there is delay in this process and at times contributors are short paid The purpose of the fund is not being fulfilled and it needs some reforms for it to function exceptionally I collected my contributed money and its interest in three months about five years ago after retirement but recently a newly retired colleague went to the fund but was delayed and was about to be short paid It took him accosting the managers of NHF in Abuja and intervention of a friend working in the fund for his over N100 000 short payment to be restored he said A serving civil servant who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the fund had not lived up to its expectation as even civil servants getting simple housing related loans below N1 million was still challenging The fund mandate should be looked into again and see how to make it more functional and realistic Myself and some colleagues applied for a Home Renovation Loan in the fund for N1 million and we even paid N9 000 for the facilitation of the loan But till date close to a year we have not heard from the agency office in the South East whether the application is accepted or not So the purpose of providing little loan let alone a shelter for civil servants is not visible any longer he said Other federal and state civil servants expressed dissatisfaction over non affordability and accessibility of houses built by governments They said that the cost of accessing and acquiring the buildings were beyond their salaries urging government to do something to alleviate their plight from becoming house owners According to them it is disheartening and painful that after working for 35 years a civil servant cannot boast of personal house or land In Abia a federal civil servant and contributor to the scheme Mrs Grace Okonkwo said that the institution fell short of the expectations of its subscribers nationwide in spite of the monthly deductions from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN Okonkwo said that she and her colleagues who also subscribed had not got the houses they were paying for She said I m not satisfied with NHF because deductions are made from my salary every month but I have nothing to show for it For those of us in the Abia office of the institution it is only one person out of the lot that got a parcel of land in Abuja I think one of the challenges for us here in Abia is that there is no Federal Secretariat where we can easily take our complaints to or make inquiries For Mr Patrick Ufomba another contributor to the scheme the purpose of establishing NHF is defeated Ufomba said that to the best of his knowledge not many civil servants have been able to access the fund to execute housing project He said that he had spent over two decades in the federal civil service but cannot boast of having his own building It pains especially when money deducted monthly from my salary for that purpose At times I feel defrauded because I cannot enjoy the benefit of the contribution The Federal Government is expected to build low cost houses for civil servants after which they deduct the money from their salaries Unfortunately such projects are not seen especially in states Ufomba said A federal health worker Mr Julius Eze said that he applied for a Home Renovation Loan since two years ago but had yet to get any positive response I m just disappointed that l have not been able to access the N1 million that I applied for since two years ago I met the necessary requirements from FMBN but no official response from the institution on the issue to date I wish that the relevant authorities would intervene so that civil servants can access the houses or get loans as and when due Eze said A Deputy Director in the federal civil service described the scheme as a scam that should be investigated urgently I appeal to the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to beam their searchlight on NHF and tell Nigerian workers what is happening with their monthly contributions It is painful that a civil servant at my level would work for decades and not own a house of my own This is unacceptable Something is fishing and management of the institution has explanations to make the lady said on the condition of anonymity An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Enugu who pleaded anonymity urged the Federal Government to replicate same housing they built for workers at the Federal Capital Territory to states to enable workers at the state level to benefit He said We only see from television of government workers who have benefited from the FG housing plans in Abuja It is sad that after retirement one will be struggling to pay house rent school fees for children and feeding The highest thing any government can do for its working force is to provide them with personal accommodation adding that many retired civil servants die because they cannot afford house rent A staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity who also pleaded anonymity described Contributory National Housing Fund as a fraud explaining that in spite of the contributions many civil servants found it difficult to access housing loans I see it as a scam because the purpose of contributing is to enable workers own house but the house is not available for them while few ones built was beyond our reach This is a big challenge to civil servants that earn little government should come to our aid he appealed An Enugu State teacher who simply gave her name as Sabina also appealed to governments and developers to reduce the price at which they sold houses to low income earners She expressed dismay that civil servants in the state did not have houses of their own as well as accessing loans from the mortgage banks and other financial institutions How can a civil servant that earn N40 000 to N50 000 buy the lowest house they sell N5 5m N10m and N15m she lamented In Anambra Mrs Chinwe Orizu the state Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress said that workers were yet to benefit from national housing fund they contributed over years due to non completion of the housing estate scheme in the state Orizu said that the process of the scheme should be made open to the public for easy accessment of information to avoid a situation where contributors would miss the opportunity to own a house or get reimbursed Mr Christian Beluchukwu a retired civil servant said that he never had a house nor being reimbursed the contribution he made while in service because of the tight process involved since no estate had been built by the government for her workers Mrs Ada Okafor a Chief pharmacist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi said that years back she filled a form regarding the process to claim a house based on their contribution but surprisingly till date nothing had been done to actualise the goal Mrs Pamela Igwe a contributor with Purity FM said that government should make the process to be transparent and easy to access for contributors Igwe said that the idea was laudable as the condition of many civil servants were pitiable in housing area and appealed to controller in charge of Anambra national housing scheme to ensure that the projects were realizable This national housing scheme is doable Lagos and Delta states have achieved it so Anambra can do better We need houses to be called our own so at retirement we can rest from rent age she said Meanwhile Mr Iwuchukwu Okafor Federal Controller Federal Housing Sector said that national housing scheme projects were ongoing in Anambra and that efforts were being made to complete them for commissioning Okafor said that the national housing projects started since 2016 in the state at Isiagu Community Layout in Awka South Local Government Area of the state He disclosed that the projects were done in three stages which involved site location clearing and erecting of the building meant for all grades of workers He explained that the stages entailed building of condominium which implies building a detachable structures that contains three bedroom flats two bedroom and one bedroom flat for all grades of workers Primarily the process starts from interested worker picking up a form from the ministry and presenting proof of contribution amongst others which at the end of the verification exercise flats would be allocated based on the contributory value of each worker Mr Chijioke Onyi a supervisor with the federal ministry collaborated the claim of the controller and said that they were working hard to ensure the problem of housing in the state for civil servants were solved Onyi said that some of the challenges they encountered include access road to the estate and expressed hope that attention would be given to that as soon as possible However some stakeholders in Ebonyi have decried the lack of awareness from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria FMBN on the possible steps to access the housing fund in the country The Stakeholders in a separate interviews with NAN said they did not know how to access the fund or have knowledge of where deductions from their salaries were being stacked Mrs Chika Oko a subscriber said she had been seeing deductions from her salary but not fully aware of how or where to access the fund I am a contributor and I don t know how to access the fund for the purpose of house ownership I am sure some people are just enriching themselves with people s contribution because I have not seen a contributor who have benefited before On houses built by the current administration I have no idea and I do not think there is anything like that in the state because I have not heard Oko added Mr Mike Chukwuka a civil servant in the state also blamed FMBN for lack of information on the Federal Housing Fund scheme It is unfair that many civil servants do not know anything on how to access the fund even when their salaries are being deducted We should blame FMBN that is managing the fund Yes I am a contributor and I have not had any need to access the fund But I have a friend who have benefited but that was when the person retired FMBN should come out to educate people especially on how to benefit to clear the negative impression by workers Chukwuka advised Another subscriber and teacher Mr Kennedy Okechukwu told NAN that he had not seen any house built for contributors in Ebonyi by the current administration in the past seven years Okechukwu said that some of the challenges plaguing the scheme remained lack of information about the fund Many people are ignorant of the scheme and how to access it he added A Retired Civil Servant Mr Wilson Okereke Former Deputy Director National Orientation Agency NOA said he was able to access the fund after his retirement On challenge Okereke said that he did not encounter any and added that the process was fast He urged the people to stop the impatient conclusion about the housing fund scheme Yes I benefited when I retired in 2020 I have no idea of anybody who have benefited while in service he stated In Imo beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund NHF said the process of accessing the fund was seamless and devoid of unnecessary stress A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Mr Michael Erondu said the fund was a reasonable arrangement by the Federal Government but decried the bureaucratic process involved in accessing it According to him the stress associated with bureaucracy of procuring the loan from commercial banks is a far cry from what the Federal Government intended it to serve Also contributing a senior staff of the state ministry of Information who pleaded anonymity said that the state s housing fund had gone moribund The source who hinted that the fund used to be operative before the start of the current administration expressed confidence that it would be reinstated It noted that the fund was seamlessly assessed when it was still available to workers adding that it provided a viable platform for civil servants in the state to own a house A retiree Mrs Kate Ubochioma said that she could not enjoy the Fund due to its unavailability throughout the period she worked Ubochioma called on the state government to revive the fund for the benefit of civil servants especially low income earners However a secondary school teacher Mrs Chinwendu Ohaya commended the Federal Government for the fund adding that she had begun the construction of her own house I accessed the fund from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and it was helpful I am currently building my own house Ohaya said Another beneficiary Mrs Ngozika Hyacinth said that the long duration for repayment of the loan negatively impacted her salary amounting to almost infinitesimal amount Hyacinth who works as a nurse called for a review of the initiative to guarantee a more citizen friendly process and repayment system On the other hand Mr Anthony Uwa who pleaded that the establishment should not be mentioned called for an increase in government support to the fund to enable it serve its purpose It will help restore belief in the system and attract more potential benefits he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Civil servants call for reform of National Housing Fund
    Economy4 months ago

    Civil servants call for reform of National Housing Fund

    Some civil servants in the South East have called for the reform of the National Housing Fund (NHF) to make the agency meet up its mandate of housing provision.They disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews while reacting to the impact of the NHF since its inception.In Enugu, a retired civil servant, Mr Vincent Okwor, said that the fund was meant to provide houses or loans for housing acquisition and other related issues.Okwor, a former Assistant Editor-in-Chief of NAN, said that in recent times, the fund had not met the requirements of civil servants and low income Nigerians it should be catering for.According to him, previously, it only takes three months to collect your NHF contribution and its interest after retirement; but today there is delay in this process and at times contributors are short paid.“The purpose of the fund is not being fulfilled and it needs some reforms for it to function exceptionally.“I collected my contributed money and its interest in three months about five years ago after retirement; but recently, a newly retired colleague went to the fund but was delayed and was about to be short paid.“It took him accosting the managers of NHF in Abuja and intervention of a friend working in the fund for his over N100,000 short payment to be restored,” he said.A serving civil servant, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the fund had not lived up to its expectation as even civil servants getting simple housing related loans below N1 million was still challenging.“The fund mandate should be looked into again and see how to make it more functional and realistic.“Myself and some colleagues applied for a Home Renovation Loan in the fund for N1 million and we even paid N9,000 for the facilitation of the loan.“But till date close to a year, we have not heard from the agency office in the South-East whether the application is accepted or not.“So, the purpose of providing little loan, let alone a shelter for civil servants is not visible any longer,” he said.Other federal and state civil servants expressed dissatisfaction over non affordability and accessibility of houses built by governments.They said that the cost of accessing and acquiring the buildings were beyond their salaries, urging government to do something to alleviate their plight from becoming house owners.According to them, it is disheartening and painful that after working for 35 years, a civil servant cannot boast of personal house or land.In Abia, a federal civil servant and contributor to the scheme, Mrs Grace Okonkwo, said that the institution fell short of the expectations of its subscribers nationwide in spite of the monthly deductions from their salaries by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN).Okonkwo said that she and her colleagues, who also subscribed, had not got the houses they were paying for.She said: “I’m not satisfied with NHF because deductions are made from my salary every month but I have nothing to show for it.“For those of us in the Abia office of the institution, it is only one person out of the lot that got a parcel of land in Abuja.“I think one of the challenges for us here in Abia is that there is no Federal Secretariat, where we can easily take our complaints to or make inquiries.” For Mr Patrick Ufomba, another contributor to the scheme, the purpose of establishing NHF is defeated.Ufomba said that to the best of his knowledge, not many civil servants have been able to access the fund to execute housing project.He said that he had spent over two decades in the federal civil service but cannot boast of having his own building.“It pains, especially when money deducted monthly from my salary for that purpose.At times, I feel defrauded because I cannot enjoy the benefit of the contribution.“The Federal Government is expected to build low-cost houses for civil servants, after which they deduct the money from their salaries.“Unfortunately, such projects are not seen, especially in states,” Ufomba said.A federal health worker, Mr Julius Eze, said that he applied for a Home Renovation Loan since two years ago but had yet to get any positive response.“I’m just disappointed that l have not been able to access the N1 million that I applied for since two years ago.“I met the necessary requirements from FMBN but no official response from the institution on the issue to date.“I wish that the relevant authorities would intervene so that civil servants can access the houses or get loans as and when due,” Eze said.A Deputy Director in the federal civil service described the scheme as a scam that should be investigated urgently.“I appeal to the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau to beam their searchlight on NHF and tell Nigerian workers what is happening with their monthly contributions.“It is painful that a civil servant at my level would work for decades and not own a house of my own.“This is unacceptable.Something is fishing and management of the institution has explanations to make,” the lady said on the condition of anonymity.An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in Enugu who pleaded anonymity, urged the Federal Government to replicate same housing they built for workers at the Federal Capital Territory to states to enable workers at the state level to benefit.He said, “We only see from television of government workers who have benefited from the FG housing plans in Abuja.“It is sad that after retirement, one will be struggling to pay house rent, school fees for children and feeding.“The highest thing any government can do for its working force is to provide them with personal accommodation, adding that many retired civil servants die because they cannot afford house rent.A staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, who also pleaded anonymity, described Contributory National Housing Fund as a “fraud” explaining that in spite of the contributions, many civil servants found it difficult to access housing loans “I see it as a scam because the purpose of contributing is to enable workers own house but the house is not available for them while few ones built was beyond our reach.“This is a big challenge to civil servants that earn little; government should come to our aid,” he appealed.An Enugu State teacher who simply gave her name as Sabina, also appealed to governments and developers to reduce the price at which they sold houses to low income earners.She expressed dismay that civil servants in the state did not have houses of their own as well as accessing loans from the mortgage banks and other financial institutions.“How can a civil servant that earn N40,000 to N50,000 buy the lowest house they sell N5.5m, N10m and N15m,” she lamented.In Anambra, Mrs Chinwe Orizu, the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, said that workers were yet to benefit from national housing fund they contributed over years due to non completion of the housing estate scheme in the state.Orizu said that the process of the scheme should be made open to the public for easy accessment of information to avoid a situation where contributors would miss the opportunity to own a house or get reimbursed.Mr Christian Beluchukwu, a retired civil servant, said that he never had a house nor being reimbursed the contribution he made while in service  because of the tight process involved since no estate had been built by the government for her workers.Mrs Ada Okafor, a Chief pharmacist with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching  Hospital, Nnewi, said that years back, she filled a form regarding the process  to claim a house based on their contribution but surprisingly, till date nothing had been done to actualise the goal.Mrs Pamela Igwe, a contributor with Purity FM, said that government should make the process to be transparent and easy to access for contributors.Igwe said that the idea was laudable as the condition of many civil servants were pitiable in housing area and appealed to controller in charge of Anambra national housing scheme to ensure that the projects were realizable.“This national housing scheme is doable, Lagos and Delta states have achieved it so Anambra can do better.“We need houses to be called our own so at retirement, we can rest from rent age,” she said.Meanwhile, Mr Iwuchukwu Okafor, Federal Controller, Federal Housing Sector, said that national housing scheme projects were ongoing in Anambra  and that efforts were being made to complete them for commissioning.Okafor said that the national housing projects started since 2016 in the state at Isiagu Community Layout in Awka South Local Government Area of the state.He disclosed that the projects were done in three stages which involved site location, clearing and erecting of the building meant for all grades of workers.He explained that the stages entailed building of condominium  which implies building  a detachable structures that contains three bedroom flats , two bedroom and one bedroom flat  for all grades of workers.“Primarily  the process starts from interested worker picking up a  form from the ministry and presenting proof of contribution amongst others which at the end of the verification exercise flats would be allocated based on the contributory value of each worker.Mr Chijioke Onyi, a supervisor with the federal ministry collaborated the claim of the controller and said that they were working hard to ensure the problem of housing in the state for civil servants were solved.Onyi said that some of the challenges they encountered include access  road to the estate and expressed hope that attention would be given to that as soon as possible.However, some stakeholders in Ebonyi, have decried the lack of awareness from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) on the possible steps to access the housing fund in the country.The Stakeholders, in a separate interviews with NAN, said they did not know how to access the fund or have knowledge of where deductions from their salaries were being stacked.Mrs Chika Oko, a subscriber, said she had been seeing deductions from her salary but not fully aware of how or where to access the fund.“I am a contributor and I don’t know how to access the fund for the purpose of house ownership.“I am sure some people are just enriching themselves with people’s contribution, because I have not seen a contributor who have benefited before.“On houses built by the current administration, I have no idea and I do not think there is anything like that in the state because I have not heard,” Oko added.Mr Mike Chukwuka, a civil servant in the state, also blamed FMBN for lack of information on the Federal Housing Fund scheme.‘‘It is unfair that many civil servants do not know anything on how to access the fund even when their salaries are being deducted.We should blame FMBN that is managing the fund.“Yes, I am a contributor, and I have not had any need to access the fund.But I have a friend, who have benefited, but that was when the person retired.“FMBN should come out to educate people, especially on how to benefit to clear the negative impression by workers,” Chukwuka advised.Another subscriber and teacher, Mr Kennedy Okechukwu told NAN that he had not seen any house built for contributors in Ebonyi by the current administration in the past seven years.Okechukwu said that some of the challenges plaguing the scheme remained lack of information about the fund.“Many people are ignorant of the scheme and how to access it,” he added.A Retired Civil Servant, Mr Wilson Okereke, Former Deputy Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) said he was able to access the fund after his retirement.On challenge, Okereke said that he did not encounter any and added that the process was fast.He urged the people to stop the impatient conclusion about the housing fund scheme.“Yes, I benefited when I retired in 2020. I have no idea of anybody, who have benefited while in service,” he stated.In Imo, beneficiaries of the National Housing Fund (NHF) said the process of accessing the fund was seamless and devoid of unnecessary stress.A staff of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Michael Erondu, said the fund was a reasonable arrangement by the Federal Government but decried the bureaucratic process involved in accessing it.According to him, the stress associated with bureaucracy of procuring the loan from commercial banks is a far cry from what the Federal Government intended it to serve.Also contributing, a senior staff of the state ministry of Information, who pleaded anonymity, said that the state’s housing fund had gone moribund.The source, who hinted that the fund used to be operative before the start of the current administration, expressed confidence that it would be reinstated.It noted that the fund was seamlessly assessed when it was still available to workers, adding that it provided a viable platform for civil servants in the state to own a house.A retiree, Mrs Kate Ubochioma, said that she could not enjoy the Fund due to its unavailability throughout the period she worked.Ubochioma called on the state government to revive the fund for the benefit of civil servants, especially low income earners.However, a secondary school teacher, Mrs Chinwendu Ohaya, commended the Federal Government for the fund, adding that she had begun the construction of her own house.‘I accessed the fund from the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria and it was helpful.I am currently building my own house,” Ohaya said.Another beneficiary, Mrs Ngozika Hyacinth, said that the long duration for repayment of the loan negatively impacted her salary, amounting to almost infinitesimal amount.Hyacinth, who works as a nurse, called for a review of the initiative to guarantee a more citizen-friendly process and repayment system.On the other hand, Mr Anthony Uwa, who pleaded that the establishment should not be mentioned, called for an increase in government support to the fund to enable it serve its purpose.“It will help restore belief in the system and attract more potential benefits,” he added.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Armed forces neutralThe Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast Northwest and North Central geo political zones The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on Communicating government policies programme and activities He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet Director Public Relations and Information Nigeria Air Force The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency NOA We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt yielded tremendous results Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast Northwest and North central he said He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian military relations with the host communities About 400 000 people benefitted he said Also speaking at the event NOA s Director General Dr Garba Abari urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian military relations to ensure a safe secure and peaceful Nigeria Abari recalled that in December 2021 NOA in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two day national summit on Non kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity Today we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria he said According to him the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit In his remarks Mr Chris Ngwodo the Director General Centre for Early Warning said non kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Armed forces neutralise terrorist kingpins in 3 geo-political zones – NAF chief
      Armed forces neutralThe Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast Northwest and North Central geo political zones The Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on Communicating government policies programme and activities He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet Director Public Relations and Information Nigeria Air Force The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency NOA We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt yielded tremendous results Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast Northwest and North central he said He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian military relations with the host communities About 400 000 people benefitted he said Also speaking at the event NOA s Director General Dr Garba Abari urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian military relations to ensure a safe secure and peaceful Nigeria Abari recalled that in December 2021 NOA in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two day national summit on Non kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity Today we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria he said According to him the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit In his remarks Mr Chris Ngwodo the Director General Centre for Early Warning said non kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Armed forces neutralise terrorist kingpins in 3 geo-political zones – NAF chief
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Armed forces neutralise terrorist kingpins in 3 geo-political zones – NAF chief

    Armed forces neutralThe Nigerian armed forces have neutralised scores of terrorist kingpins in the Northeast, Northwest and North-Central geo-political zones.

    The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, made the claim on Tuesday in Abuja at a stakeholders meeting on “Communicating government policies, programme and activities.

    He said operations executed in recent weeks through various airstrikes and ground attacks, yielded results because of effective synergy and collaboration between security agencies.

    Amao was represented at the meeting by Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director, Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force.

    The meeting was organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

    “We believe that effective synergy and collaborative efforts with sister services and other security agencies will go a long way in addressing the security threats bedevilling our nation.

    “These collaborative efforts between security agencies have no doubt, yielded tremendous results.

    “Scores of terrorist kingpins have been neutralised in various airstrikes and ground attacks in the last few weeks in the Northeast, Northwest and North central,’’ he said.

    He added that NAF also conducted medical outreaches across the country to strengthen civilian-military relations with the host communities.

    About 400,000 people benefitted, he said.

    Also speaking at the event, NOA’s Director-General, Dr Garba Abari, urged stakeholders in the security sector to explore civilian-military relations to ensure a safe, secure and peaceful Nigeria.

    Abari recalled that in December 2021, NOA, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders held a two-day national summit on “Non-kinetic response to insecurity to complement kinetic efforts to stave insecurity.

    ’’ “Today, we are here to explore areas of synergy aimed at deploying effective non-kinetic strategies to stave insecurity in Nigeria,’’ he said.

    According to him, the aim is to instigate conversation that will produce ideas that will add value to the recommendations produced at the national summit.

    In his remarks, Mr Chris Ngwodo, the Director-General, Centre for Early Warning, said non-kinetic response to insecurity played a critical role in complementing security operations.

    He said that the centre would support the design and implementation of the strategies to achieve the desired results.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA Nasarawa State directorate on Friday organised sensitisation to create awareness on the new trend of the insecurity child soldiers recruitment by terrorists in the north eastern and other parts of the country Speaking at a sensitisation organised for stakeholders in Lafia Dr Priscilla Gondoaluor Director NOA Nasarawa State said that the agency had the mandate to sensitise people so that they could engage in activities that would hurt the trend According to her the sensitisation of the stakeholders in the state became necessary to enable them to monitor the movement and the company they children keep so as to secure their future Gondoaluor said that the terrorists had taken advantage of the economy situation in the country to lure and recruit young boys who were mostly uninformed and naive into their gang at tender age and raised them as terrorists These young ones are brain washed and made to accept the ways of life of the terrorists and bandits grow up to enlarge that group it shows that they future is in jeopardy and it poses a great dangers to the society To support the activities of the state government under the leadership of Gov Abdullahi Sule who is doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity in Nasarawa state we are sensitising stakeholders traditional rulers religious leaders parents and youths leader We are speaking with them and also hear from them to get commitment on how this incidence of child soldiers can be stemmed she said Speaking at the event the Emir of Lafia retired Justice Sidi Bage represented by Aliyu Sanda Gayam Lafia commended the Agency for the sensitisation He noted that the traditional rulers would work relevant authorities to ensure that the unfortunate did not get to state As parents we should keep eyes on our children be observant as well as monitoring their companies we cannot afford to jeopardise the relative peace we are enjoying in the state he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sensitisation had in attendance the traditional rulers religious leaders Department of State Service Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Road Safety Corps National Union of Road and Transport Workers National Youths Council of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Terrorism: NOA holds sensitisation against child -soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa
     The National Orientation Agency NOA Nasarawa State directorate on Friday organised sensitisation to create awareness on the new trend of the insecurity child soldiers recruitment by terrorists in the north eastern and other parts of the country Speaking at a sensitisation organised for stakeholders in Lafia Dr Priscilla Gondoaluor Director NOA Nasarawa State said that the agency had the mandate to sensitise people so that they could engage in activities that would hurt the trend According to her the sensitisation of the stakeholders in the state became necessary to enable them to monitor the movement and the company they children keep so as to secure their future Gondoaluor said that the terrorists had taken advantage of the economy situation in the country to lure and recruit young boys who were mostly uninformed and naive into their gang at tender age and raised them as terrorists These young ones are brain washed and made to accept the ways of life of the terrorists and bandits grow up to enlarge that group it shows that they future is in jeopardy and it poses a great dangers to the society To support the activities of the state government under the leadership of Gov Abdullahi Sule who is doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity in Nasarawa state we are sensitising stakeholders traditional rulers religious leaders parents and youths leader We are speaking with them and also hear from them to get commitment on how this incidence of child soldiers can be stemmed she said Speaking at the event the Emir of Lafia retired Justice Sidi Bage represented by Aliyu Sanda Gayam Lafia commended the Agency for the sensitisation He noted that the traditional rulers would work relevant authorities to ensure that the unfortunate did not get to state As parents we should keep eyes on our children be observant as well as monitoring their companies we cannot afford to jeopardise the relative peace we are enjoying in the state he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sensitisation had in attendance the traditional rulers religious leaders Department of State Service Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Road Safety Corps National Union of Road and Transport Workers National Youths Council of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Terrorism: NOA holds sensitisation against child -soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa
    General news4 months ago

    Terrorism: NOA holds sensitisation against child -soldiers recruitment in Nasarawa

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nasarawa State directorate on Friday, organised sensitisation to create awareness on the new trend of the insecurity; child soldiers’ recruitment by terrorists in the north eastern and other parts of the country.

    Speaking at a sensitisation organised for stakeholders in Lafia, Dr Priscilla Gondoaluor, Director, NOA, Nasarawa State, said that the agency had the mandate to sensitise people, so that they could engage in activities that would hurt the trend.

    According to her, the sensitisation of the stakeholders in the state became necessary to enable them to monitor the movement and the company they children keep so as to secure their future.

    Gondoaluor said that the terrorists had taken advantage of the economy situation in the country to lure and recruit young boys who were mostly uninformed and naive into their gang at tender age and raised them as terrorists.

    “These young ones are brain-washed and made to accept the ways of life of the terrorists and bandits, grow up to enlarge that group, it shows that they future is in jeopardy and it poses a great dangers to the society.

    “To support the activities of the state government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Sule who is doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity in Nasarawa state, we are sensitising stakeholders: traditional rulers, religious leaders, parents and youths leader.

    “We are speaking with them; and also hear from them to get commitment on how this incidence of child-soldiers can be stemmed,” she said.

    Speaking at the event, the Emir of Lafia, retired Justice Sidi Bage, represented by Aliyu Sanda, Gayam Lafia, commended the Agency for the sensitisation.

    He noted that the traditional rulers would work relevant authorities to ensure that the unfortunate did not get to state.

    “As parents, we should keep eyes on our children, be observant as well as monitoring their companies, we cannot afford to jeopardise the relative peace we are enjoying in the state,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the sensitisation had in attendance the traditional rulers, religious leaders, Department of State Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Road Safety Corps, National Union of Road and Transport Workers, National Youths Council of Nigeria and Independent National Electoral Commission.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has pledged continuous collaboration with the Niger government to protect promote and support breastfeeding Mrs Chinwe Ezeife Nutrition Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office said this at a symposium to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week entitled Step Up Breastfeeding Educate and Support in Minna on Thursday She explained that UNICEF had supported the state on maternal infant and young child feeding practices at communities and exclusive breastfeeding for six months After six months of exclusive breastfeeding the mother will introduce appropriate complementary food for the child and still breastfeed the child for 24 months and beyond This support is ongoing in 14 local government areas and we have trained community volunteers who have been going house to house to explain these practices to them she said Ezeife noted that UNICEF in collaboration with National Orientation Agency NOA and the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency would embark on community dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on their roles to support women to breastfeed She added that the organisation would partner the state primary healthcare development agency to improve capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding Earlier in her presentation on importance of breastfeeding Dr Aisha Musa a paediatrician at the Minna General Hospital urged nursing mothers not to deny their babies from sucking the first breast milk immediately after childbirth Musa explained that the first breast milk known as colostrum yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it had nutrient concentration a child needed She advised it should not be thrown away as it was being practised in some communities Musa added that mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child to access foremilk and hind milk Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman s breast immediately after childbirth This colostrum contains antibodies a child needs as nutrient at that time it is the first immunisation a child gets in life Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to any outbreak of disease therefore the habit of throwing away the first breast milk should be stopped in communities she said She also emphasised the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child s survival and development She said that exclusive breastfeeding protected the child from falling sick as well improved mothers and child s bonding In her remarks Asmau Abubakar Nutrition Officer Niger said the state government had partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF sustains partnership on breastfeeding
     The United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF has pledged continuous collaboration with the Niger government to protect promote and support breastfeeding Mrs Chinwe Ezeife Nutrition Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office said this at a symposium to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week entitled Step Up Breastfeeding Educate and Support in Minna on Thursday She explained that UNICEF had supported the state on maternal infant and young child feeding practices at communities and exclusive breastfeeding for six months After six months of exclusive breastfeeding the mother will introduce appropriate complementary food for the child and still breastfeed the child for 24 months and beyond This support is ongoing in 14 local government areas and we have trained community volunteers who have been going house to house to explain these practices to them she said Ezeife noted that UNICEF in collaboration with National Orientation Agency NOA and the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency would embark on community dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on their roles to support women to breastfeed She added that the organisation would partner the state primary healthcare development agency to improve capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding Earlier in her presentation on importance of breastfeeding Dr Aisha Musa a paediatrician at the Minna General Hospital urged nursing mothers not to deny their babies from sucking the first breast milk immediately after childbirth Musa explained that the first breast milk known as colostrum yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it had nutrient concentration a child needed She advised it should not be thrown away as it was being practised in some communities Musa added that mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child to access foremilk and hind milk Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman s breast immediately after childbirth This colostrum contains antibodies a child needs as nutrient at that time it is the first immunisation a child gets in life Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to any outbreak of disease therefore the habit of throwing away the first breast milk should be stopped in communities she said She also emphasised the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child s survival and development She said that exclusive breastfeeding protected the child from falling sick as well improved mothers and child s bonding In her remarks Asmau Abubakar Nutrition Officer Niger said the state government had partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNICEF sustains partnership on breastfeeding
    General news4 months ago

    UNICEF sustains partnership on breastfeeding

    The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged continuous collaboration with the Niger government to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

    Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, said this at a symposium to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week, entitled: “Step Up Breastfeeding Educate and Support’’ in Minna on Thursday.

    She explained that UNICEF had supported the state on maternal infant and young child feeding practices at communities and exclusive breastfeeding for six months.

    “After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, the mother will introduce appropriate complementary food for the child and still breastfeed the child for 24 months and beyond.

    “This support is ongoing in 14 local government areas and we have trained community volunteers who have been going house-to-house to explain these practices to them,” she said.

    Ezeife noted that UNICEF in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the state Primary HealthCare Development Agency would embark on community dialogue with traditional and religious leaders on their roles to support women to breastfeed.

    She added that the organisation would partner the state primary healthcare development agency to improve capacity of health workers on how they could support mothers to embrace breastfeeding.

    Earlier in her presentation on importance of breastfeeding, Dr Aisha Musa, a paediatrician at the Minna General Hospital, urged nursing mothers not to deny their babies from sucking the first breast milk immediately after childbirth.

    Musa explained that the first breast milk known as colostrum, yellowish in colour should be fed to a baby as it had nutrient concentration a child needed.

    She advised it should not be thrown away as it was being practised in some communities.

    Musa added that mothers should also breastfeed their babies after the first breast milk to enable the child to access foremilk and hind milk.

    “Colostrum is the first yellow milk that comes out from a woman’s breast immediately after childbirth.

    “This colostrum contains antibodies a child needs as nutrient at that time; it is the first immunisation a child gets in life.

    “Any child that is not given the colostrum is easily exposed to any outbreak of disease, therefore, the habit of throwing away the first breast milk should be stopped in communities,” she said.

    She also emphasised the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the child’s survival and development.

    She said that exclusive breastfeeding protected the child from falling sick as well improved mothers and child’s bonding.

    In her remarks, Asmau Abubakar, Nutrition Officer, Niger, said the state government had partnered various organisations such as Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria project to improve nutrition among women.

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  •  The Justice Development and Peace Commission JDPC of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos has launched a project to promote religious and cultural pluralism in Nigeria Speaking at the event on Thursday in Jos the Project Manager Rev Fr Basil Kassam said that the project was in partnership with Observatoire Pharos a French organisation Kassam explained that the project tagged Incubator of Pluralism Actors in Nigeria would be implemented in 12 communities of six Local Government Areas of Plateau and Bauchi states He added that Observatoire Pharos was currently supporting similar projects in Niger Burkinafaso and Mali The manager explained the project would target largely young people within the ages 18 and 30 with the aim of de escalating conflicts in the communities This project is to provide tangible support towards building peaceful coexistence in communities affected by conflicts The project will have a deeper look at aspects of religious and cultural dimensions of conflicts in order to intensify social cohesion It is designed to provide solutions to the religious and cultural conflicts that we are currently going through he said Kassam explained that 20 organisations would form a network that would collectively implement the project in the benefitting communities In a goodwill message Mr Jacob Pwakim the Chairman of Plateau Peace Practioners Network PPPN thanked JDPC and Observatoire Pharos for the initiative adding that making young people the fulcrum of the project would yield positive results in the peace building process Similarly Alhaji Sani Tanko the Director of Finance of the Jama atu Nasril Islam JNI in Plateau called for tolerance among Nigerians and advised the people to love one another irrespective of their cultural and religious backgrounds Also Mrs Kanneng Pam the Director of the National Orientation Agency NOA advised goverment to incorporate pluralism in the curriculum of secondary schools saying such would further deepen peaceful coexistence in our society There were goodwill messages from the Plateau Peace Building Agency PPBA and other organisations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO launches project to promote religious, cultural pluralism 
     The Justice Development and Peace Commission JDPC of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos has launched a project to promote religious and cultural pluralism in Nigeria Speaking at the event on Thursday in Jos the Project Manager Rev Fr Basil Kassam said that the project was in partnership with Observatoire Pharos a French organisation Kassam explained that the project tagged Incubator of Pluralism Actors in Nigeria would be implemented in 12 communities of six Local Government Areas of Plateau and Bauchi states He added that Observatoire Pharos was currently supporting similar projects in Niger Burkinafaso and Mali The manager explained the project would target largely young people within the ages 18 and 30 with the aim of de escalating conflicts in the communities This project is to provide tangible support towards building peaceful coexistence in communities affected by conflicts The project will have a deeper look at aspects of religious and cultural dimensions of conflicts in order to intensify social cohesion It is designed to provide solutions to the religious and cultural conflicts that we are currently going through he said Kassam explained that 20 organisations would form a network that would collectively implement the project in the benefitting communities In a goodwill message Mr Jacob Pwakim the Chairman of Plateau Peace Practioners Network PPPN thanked JDPC and Observatoire Pharos for the initiative adding that making young people the fulcrum of the project would yield positive results in the peace building process Similarly Alhaji Sani Tanko the Director of Finance of the Jama atu Nasril Islam JNI in Plateau called for tolerance among Nigerians and advised the people to love one another irrespective of their cultural and religious backgrounds Also Mrs Kanneng Pam the Director of the National Orientation Agency NOA advised goverment to incorporate pluralism in the curriculum of secondary schools saying such would further deepen peaceful coexistence in our society There were goodwill messages from the Plateau Peace Building Agency PPBA and other organisations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO launches project to promote religious, cultural pluralism 
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    NGO launches project to promote religious, cultural pluralism 

    The Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has launched a project to promote religious and cultural pluralism in NigeriaSpeaking at the event on Thursday in Jos,  the Project Manager, Rev. Fr. Basil Kassam,  said that the project was in partnership with Observatoire Pharos, a French organisation.

    Kassam explained that the project, tagged ”Incubator of Pluralism Actors in Nigeria”, would be implemented in 12 communities of six Local Government Areas of Plateau and Bauchi states.

    He added that Observatoire Pharos was currently supporting similar projects in Niger, Burkinafaso and Mali.The manager explained the project would target largely young people,  within the ages 18 and 30, with the aim of de-escalating conflicts in the communities ”This project is to provide tangible support towards building peaceful coexistence in communities affected by conflicts”The project will have a deeper look at aspects of religious and cultural dimensions of conflicts in order to intensify social cohesion,”It is designed to provide solutions to the religious and cultural conflicts that we are currently going through,” he said.

    Kassam explained that 20 organisations would form a network that would collectively implement the project in the benefitting communities.

    In a goodwill message, Mr Jacob Pwakim, the Chairman of  Plateau Peace Practioners Network (PPPN), thanked JDPC and Observatoire Pharos for the initiative, adding that making young people the fulcrum of the project would yield positive results in the peace building process.

    Similarly, Alhaji Sani Tanko,  the Director of Finance of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) in Plateau, called for tolerance among Nigerians and advised the people to love one another, irrespective of their cultural and religious backgroundsAlso, Mrs Kanneng Pam, the Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), advised goverment to incorporate pluralism in the curriculum of secondary schools, saying such would further deepen peaceful coexistence in our society.

    There were goodwill messages from the Plateau Peace Building Agency (PPBA) and other organisations.


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