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  •  The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development on Saturday trained officers of the National Orientation Agency NOA on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP2 0 digitisation and registration in Niger Hajiya Sadiya Farouq the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development announced this in Minna at the training Farouq said that the training was for Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers COMOs of NOA who serve as desks officers of GEEP in 25 local government areas of the state Farouq represented by Hajiya Amudatu Abdulsalam Supervisor of GEEP in Niger said that the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes N SIP aimed at tackling poverty and hunger across the country The GEEP 2 0 is designed to give access to credit support for the poor and vulnerable individuals including persons with disability and persons at the bottom of the economic pyramid The training exercise is to acquaint the COMOs with the new criteria of registration the new GEEP digitisation application pre loaded on the tablets to be presented to them The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration she said The minister called on the COMOs to double their efforts to ensure the success of the programme warning against extortion and intimidation of beneficiaries as anyone found guilty would be dealt with In her remarks Hajiya Amina Gu ar Focal Person of the National Social Investment Programme N SIP in Niger said that the three components of GEEP such as Tradermoni Marketmoni and Farmermoni are aimed at touching the lives of the poor and the vulnerable in the society She advised the COMOs to ensure that beneficiaries of the programme were properly captured adding that the training was to strengthen the programme and ensure its sustainability Also Malam Hamza Audu the state Director of NOA appreciated the federal government for empowering the less privileged and ensuring that poverty is reduced to the barest minimum He urged the trainees to pay attention to the training and practise the code of ethics of the job which included integrity discipline honesty and fairness among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG trains NOA officers on digitisation, registration of beneficiaries
     The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development on Saturday trained officers of the National Orientation Agency NOA on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP2 0 digitisation and registration in Niger Hajiya Sadiya Farouq the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development announced this in Minna at the training Farouq said that the training was for Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers COMOs of NOA who serve as desks officers of GEEP in 25 local government areas of the state Farouq represented by Hajiya Amudatu Abdulsalam Supervisor of GEEP in Niger said that the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes N SIP aimed at tackling poverty and hunger across the country The GEEP 2 0 is designed to give access to credit support for the poor and vulnerable individuals including persons with disability and persons at the bottom of the economic pyramid The training exercise is to acquaint the COMOs with the new criteria of registration the new GEEP digitisation application pre loaded on the tablets to be presented to them The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration she said The minister called on the COMOs to double their efforts to ensure the success of the programme warning against extortion and intimidation of beneficiaries as anyone found guilty would be dealt with In her remarks Hajiya Amina Gu ar Focal Person of the National Social Investment Programme N SIP in Niger said that the three components of GEEP such as Tradermoni Marketmoni and Farmermoni are aimed at touching the lives of the poor and the vulnerable in the society She advised the COMOs to ensure that beneficiaries of the programme were properly captured adding that the training was to strengthen the programme and ensure its sustainability Also Malam Hamza Audu the state Director of NOA appreciated the federal government for empowering the less privileged and ensuring that poverty is reduced to the barest minimum He urged the trainees to pay attention to the training and practise the code of ethics of the job which included integrity discipline honesty and fairness among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG trains NOA officers on digitisation, registration of beneficiaries
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    FG trains NOA officers on digitisation, registration of beneficiaries

    The Federal  Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Saturday trained officers of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP2.0) digitisation and registration in Niger.

    Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, announced this in Minna at the training.

    Farouq said that the training was for Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) of NOA who serve as desks officers of GEEP in 25 local government areas of the state.

    Farouq, represented by Hajiya Amudatu Abdulsalam, Supervisor of GEEP in Niger, said that the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) aimed at tackling poverty and hunger across the country.

    “The GEEP 2.0 is designed to give access to credit support for the poor and vulnerable individuals, including persons with disability and persons at the bottom of the economic pyramid.

    “The training exercise is to acquaint the COMOs with the new criteria of registration, the new GEEP digitisation application pre-loaded on the tablets to be presented to them.

    “The tablets are to  be used for digitisation aimed at seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration”, she said.

    The minister called on the COMOs to double their efforts to ensure the success of the programme, warning against extortion and intimidation of beneficiaries as anyone found guilty would be dealt with.

    In her remarks, Hajiya Amina Gu’ar, Focal Person of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in Niger, said that the three components of GEEP such as; Tradermoni, Marketmoni and Farmermoni, are aimed at touching the lives of the poor and the vulnerable in the society.

    She advised the COMOs to ensure that beneficiaries of the programme were properly captured, adding that the training was to strengthen the programme and ensure its sustainability.

    Also, Malam Hamza Audu, the state Director of NOA, appreciated the federal government for empowering the less-privileged and ensuring that poverty is reduced to the barest minimum.

    He urged the trainees to pay attention to the training and practise the code of ethics of the job which included integrity, discipline, honesty and fairness, among others.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL with support from other partners on Thursday in Abuja unveiled a whistleblowing platform to increase citizens participation in anti corruption fight Dr Chido Onumah the Coordinator of the centre said the platform named Corruption Anonymous CORA would help to deepen accountability in governance He said that the introduction of the whistle blowing policy on Dec 22 2016 was to involve citizens in the fight against corruption Onumah said CORA was unveiled to support government and ensure that the fight against corruption made the desired impact The coordinator observed that the whistleblowing policy initially hailed as one of the most effective of all the anti corruption strategies by the government was virtually fizzling out The reason for the lack of interest in whistleblowing has been well highlighted in the report of the survey on five years of whistleblowing which AFRICMIL published in December 2021 Key findings among others are that an overwhelming 98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that corruption is the country s major problem but that they lack knowledge of what to report and channel of reporting It is against this backdrop that the CORA whistleblowing platform the civil society driven public reporting option that we are launching today serves as an invaluable tool It will fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made fighting corruption through whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens he said Onumah said that the CORA platform would complement government s whistleblowing platform managed by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA Our goal for this project is to have a citizenry that is sensitive to its role in fighting corruption As Nigerians we must be aware that the fight against corruption is not one to be left for the government alone Legally and morally we all have roles to play and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to ensure he said The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami was represented by Mr Abiodun Aikomo the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes commended AFRICMIL for the initiative at the event Malami said that a robust legislation for the protection of whistle blowers was ongoing adding that the government was not relenting in the fight against corruption The truth of the matter is corruption is a problem that we are dealing with as a people It is not a government affair it is a we all of us Nigerians affair So we need the cooperation collaboration support and the buy in of everybody Government cannot do it alone So we need everybody I want you to know that government is committed to bringing everybody on board So people are welcome to blow the whistle to make sure that we destroy and tackle corruption said the minister Prof Bolaji Owasanoye the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC represented by Mrs Anne Odey a member of the ICPC board welcomed the initiative Owasanoye who said it would greatly help in the fight against corruption advised that the platform be made easily accessible as well create secured and confidential hotlines for informants and the information received This he said was necessary to strengthen an ethical environment devoid of victimisation and reprisals He also called for a continuous public enlightenment to ensure sustainability and avoid false and mischievous complaints and reports Dr Garba Abari Director General National Orientation Agency NOA represented by the Director of Press Mr Paul Odenyi called on AFRICMIL and Yar Adua Foundation to extend the whistleblowing platform to election matters This is an opportunity for us to raise the issue of transactional politics that is denting our elections people are buying and selling votes as if it is a market place So if the platform can be used to blow whistle on those who try to corrupt our electoral system like we witnessed during the party primaries and in elections it will help Abari said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anti-corruption: Centre unveils whistleblowing platform for citizens’ action
     African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL with support from other partners on Thursday in Abuja unveiled a whistleblowing platform to increase citizens participation in anti corruption fight Dr Chido Onumah the Coordinator of the centre said the platform named Corruption Anonymous CORA would help to deepen accountability in governance He said that the introduction of the whistle blowing policy on Dec 22 2016 was to involve citizens in the fight against corruption Onumah said CORA was unveiled to support government and ensure that the fight against corruption made the desired impact The coordinator observed that the whistleblowing policy initially hailed as one of the most effective of all the anti corruption strategies by the government was virtually fizzling out The reason for the lack of interest in whistleblowing has been well highlighted in the report of the survey on five years of whistleblowing which AFRICMIL published in December 2021 Key findings among others are that an overwhelming 98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that corruption is the country s major problem but that they lack knowledge of what to report and channel of reporting It is against this backdrop that the CORA whistleblowing platform the civil society driven public reporting option that we are launching today serves as an invaluable tool It will fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made fighting corruption through whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens he said Onumah said that the CORA platform would complement government s whistleblowing platform managed by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit PICA Our goal for this project is to have a citizenry that is sensitive to its role in fighting corruption As Nigerians we must be aware that the fight against corruption is not one to be left for the government alone Legally and morally we all have roles to play and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to ensure he said The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami was represented by Mr Abiodun Aikomo the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes commended AFRICMIL for the initiative at the event Malami said that a robust legislation for the protection of whistle blowers was ongoing adding that the government was not relenting in the fight against corruption The truth of the matter is corruption is a problem that we are dealing with as a people It is not a government affair it is a we all of us Nigerians affair So we need the cooperation collaboration support and the buy in of everybody Government cannot do it alone So we need everybody I want you to know that government is committed to bringing everybody on board So people are welcome to blow the whistle to make sure that we destroy and tackle corruption said the minister Prof Bolaji Owasanoye the Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC represented by Mrs Anne Odey a member of the ICPC board welcomed the initiative Owasanoye who said it would greatly help in the fight against corruption advised that the platform be made easily accessible as well create secured and confidential hotlines for informants and the information received This he said was necessary to strengthen an ethical environment devoid of victimisation and reprisals He also called for a continuous public enlightenment to ensure sustainability and avoid false and mischievous complaints and reports Dr Garba Abari Director General National Orientation Agency NOA represented by the Director of Press Mr Paul Odenyi called on AFRICMIL and Yar Adua Foundation to extend the whistleblowing platform to election matters This is an opportunity for us to raise the issue of transactional politics that is denting our elections people are buying and selling votes as if it is a market place So if the platform can be used to blow whistle on those who try to corrupt our electoral system like we witnessed during the party primaries and in elections it will help Abari said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Anti-corruption: Centre unveils whistleblowing platform for citizens’ action
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    Anti-corruption: Centre unveils whistleblowing platform for citizens’ action

    African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL),with support from other partners  on Thursday in Abuja, unveiled a whistleblowing platform to increase citizens’ participation in anti-corruption fight.
    Dr Chido Onumah, the Coordinator of the centre said the platform, named Corruption Anonymous (CORA), would help to deepen accountability in governance.
    He said that the introduction of the whistle blowing policy on Dec. 22, 2016, was to involve citizens in the fight against corruption.
    Onumah said CORA was unveiled to support government and ensure that the fight against corruption made the desired impact.
    The coordinator observed that the whistleblowing policy, initially hailed as one of the  most effective of all the anti-corruption strategies by the government, was virtually fizzling out.
    “The reason for the lack of interest in whistleblowing has been well highlighted in the report of the survey on five years of whistleblowing which AFRICMIL published in December 2021.
    “Key findings, among others, are that an overwhelming 98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that corruption is the country’s major problem, but that they lack knowledge of what to report and channel of reporting.
    “It is against this backdrop that the CORA whistleblowing platform, the civil-society-driven public reporting option that we are launching today, serves as an invaluable tool.
    “It will fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made fighting corruption through whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens,‘’ he said.
    Onumah said that the CORA platform would complement government’s whistleblowing platform managed by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).
    “Our goal for this project is to have a citizenry that is sensitive to its role in fighting corruption.
    “As Nigerians, we must be aware that the fight against corruption is not one to be left for the government alone.
    “Legally and morally, we all have roles to play, and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to ensure,’’ he said.
    The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, was represented by Mr Abiodun Aikomo, the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes, commended AFRICMIL for the initiative at the event.
    Malami  said that  a robust legislation for the protection of whistle-blowers was ongoing, adding that the government was not relenting in the fight against corruption.
    “The  truth of the matter is, corruption is a problem that we are dealing with as a people.
    “It is not a government affair, it is a we, all of us Nigerians affair. So, we need the cooperation, collaboration, support and the buy in  of everybody.
    “Government cannot do it alone. So, we need everybody, I want  you to know that government is committed to bringing everybody on board.
    “So, people are welcome to blow the whistle, to make sure that we destroy and tackle corruption,’’ said the minister.
    Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), represented by Mrs Anne Odey, a member of the ICPC board, welcomed the initiative.
    Owasanoye, who said it would greatly help in the fight against corruption, advised that the platform be made easily accessible, as well create secured and confidential hotlines for informants and the information received.
    This, he said, was necessary to strengthen an ethical environment devoid of victimisation and reprisals.
    He also called for a continuous public enlightenment to ensure sustainability and avoid false and mischievous complaints and reports.
    Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), represented by the Director of Press, Mr Paul Odenyi, called on AFRICMIL and Yar’Adua Foundation to extend the whistleblowing platform to election matters.
    “This is an opportunity for us to raise the issue of transactional politics that is denting our elections, people are buying and selling votes as if it is a market place.
    “So if the platform can be used to blow whistle on those who try to corrupt our electoral system like we witnessed during the party primaries and in elections, it will help,’’ Abari said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development FMHADMSD on Thursday commenced an advanced training on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP2 0 digitisation and registration The training is organised for Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers COMOS of the National Orientation Agency NOA who serve as desks officers of GEEP in the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State In her keynote address Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq the Minister of FMHADMSD said the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes N SIP aimed at tackling poverty and hunger across the country The GEEP 2 0 programme was designed to give access to credit for poor and vulnerable people including persons with disability The FMHADMSD mobilsed this training exercise to acquaint the COMOs GEEPDOs with the new criteria of registration the new GEEP digitisation application pre loaded on the tablets to be presented today The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG trains NOA officers on GEEP digitisation,registration in Kaduna State
     The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development FMHADMSD on Thursday commenced an advanced training on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP2 0 digitisation and registration The training is organised for Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers COMOS of the National Orientation Agency NOA who serve as desks officers of GEEP in the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State In her keynote address Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq the Minister of FMHADMSD said the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes N SIP aimed at tackling poverty and hunger across the country The GEEP 2 0 programme was designed to give access to credit for poor and vulnerable people including persons with disability The FMHADMSD mobilsed this training exercise to acquaint the COMOs GEEPDOs with the new criteria of registration the new GEEP digitisation application pre loaded on the tablets to be presented today The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG trains NOA officers on GEEP digitisation,registration in Kaduna State
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    FG trains NOA officers on GEEP digitisation,registration in Kaduna State

    The Federal  Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) on Thursday commenced an advanced training on Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP2.0) digitisation and registration. The training is organised for Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers (COMOS) of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), who serve as desks officers of GEEP in the 23 local government areas of Kaduna State. In her keynote address, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq , the Minister of FMHADMSD said the programme  was among the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) aimed at tackling poverty and hunger across the country. “The GEEP 2.0  programme was designed to give access to credit for poor and vulnerable people including persons with disability. “The FMHADMSD mobilsed this training exercise to acquaint the COMOs – GEEPDOs with the new criteria of registration,the new GEEP digitisation application pre-loaded on the tablets to be presented today. “The tablets are to  be used for digitisation aimed at seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration”,she said.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development says it is training community orientation and mobilisation officers in Plateau on empowerment programme According to the ministry the training involves workshop on the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 2 0 on the platform of the National Social Investment Programme NSIP It said that the training would expose the participants to accurate digitisation and registration by Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers COMOs in Plateau The minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq stated this in Jos on Thursday Represented by Mrs Abimbola Bello a staff member of the ministry she noted that the training was to ensure seamless execution and implementation of GEEP 2 0 She further explained that the training was to also acquaint the trainees with the new registration format She observed bthat the registration was different from the first phase because this is technology driven to enhance effective data collection and collation as a seamless service delivery She pointed out that GEEP being one of the four National Social Investment Programme is an initiative that is designed to give collateral and interest free credits to poor and the vulnerable identified at the bottom of the economic pyramid including persons with disability Similarly the focal person of NSIP in Plateau Dr Sumaya Hamza said that with technology introduced data collation of beneficiaries would improve tremendously She pointed out that the likelihood of errors and omission experienced in the first phase would be reduced as the officers would do the collations themselves as compared to the past where the collations were done in public business centres Hamza tasked the officers to pay attention during the training to minimise errors The state Director of the National Orientation Agency NOA Mrs Kaneng Pam Hworo said one of the roles of the NOA was to create awareness as regards the NSIP She noted that the COMO s were staff of the NOA who would be in charge of the registration and collation of beneficiaries data She called on the officers to be proactive in the discharge of their duties by ensuring correct registration the beneficiaries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSIP: Humanitarian Affairs ministry trains officers for the implementation of GEEP 2.0 digitisation programme in Plateau
     The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development says it is training community orientation and mobilisation officers in Plateau on empowerment programme According to the ministry the training involves workshop on the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP 2 0 on the platform of the National Social Investment Programme NSIP It said that the training would expose the participants to accurate digitisation and registration by Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers COMOs in Plateau The minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq stated this in Jos on Thursday Represented by Mrs Abimbola Bello a staff member of the ministry she noted that the training was to ensure seamless execution and implementation of GEEP 2 0 She further explained that the training was to also acquaint the trainees with the new registration format She observed bthat the registration was different from the first phase because this is technology driven to enhance effective data collection and collation as a seamless service delivery She pointed out that GEEP being one of the four National Social Investment Programme is an initiative that is designed to give collateral and interest free credits to poor and the vulnerable identified at the bottom of the economic pyramid including persons with disability Similarly the focal person of NSIP in Plateau Dr Sumaya Hamza said that with technology introduced data collation of beneficiaries would improve tremendously She pointed out that the likelihood of errors and omission experienced in the first phase would be reduced as the officers would do the collations themselves as compared to the past where the collations were done in public business centres Hamza tasked the officers to pay attention during the training to minimise errors The state Director of the National Orientation Agency NOA Mrs Kaneng Pam Hworo said one of the roles of the NOA was to create awareness as regards the NSIP She noted that the COMO s were staff of the NOA who would be in charge of the registration and collation of beneficiaries data She called on the officers to be proactive in the discharge of their duties by ensuring correct registration the beneficiaries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NSIP: Humanitarian Affairs ministry trains officers for the implementation of GEEP 2.0 digitisation programme in Plateau
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    NSIP: Humanitarian Affairs ministry trains officers for the implementation of GEEP 2.0 digitisation programme in Plateau

    The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development says it is training community orientation and mobilisation officers in Plateau on empowerment programme. According to the ministry, the training involves workshop on the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) 2.0  on the platform of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP). It said that the training would expose the participants to accurate  digitisation and registration by Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) in Plateau. The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, stated this in Jos on Thursday. Represented by Mrs Abimbola Bello, a staff member of the ministry, she noted that the training was to ensure seamless execution and implementation of GEEP 2.0. She further explained that the training was to also acquaint the trainees with the new registration format. She observed bthat the registration was different from the first phase because “this is technology driven to enhance effective data collection and collation as a seamless service delivery”. She pointed out that GEEP,  being one of the four National Social Investment Programme, “is an initiative that is designed to give collateral and interest free credits to poor and the vulnerable identified at the bottom of the economic pyramid, including persons with disability”. Similarly the focal person of NSIP in Plateau, Dr Sumaya Hamza, said that with technology introduced, data collation of beneficiaries would improve tremendously. She pointed out that the likelihood of errors and omission experienced in the first phase would be reduced as the officers would do the collations themselves as compared to the past where the collations were done in public business centres. Hamza tasked the officers to pay attention during the training to minimise errors. The state Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs Kaneng Pam-Hworo, said one of the roles of the NOA was to create awareness as regards the NSIP. She noted that the COMO’s were staff of the NOA, who would be in charge of the registration and collation of beneficiaries’ data. She called on the officers to be proactive in the discharge of their duties by ensuring correct registration the beneficiaries. NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA has called on Muslims to offer special prayers during the Eid el Kabir period for the peace prosperity and stability of the nation in the face of its current challenges The Director General of NOA Dr Garba Abari made the appeal in an Eid el Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria on Friday Abari urged the faithful to maintain the virtues of peace love and sacrifice espoused by Prophet Muhammad PBUH This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the agency s Assistant Director Press Mr Paul Odenyi He also enjoined Muslims to use the Eid el Kabir to seek divine intervention for a quick end to the security challenges bedeviling the country It is only with ardent faith in God and love for humanity that the citizens of any nation can peacefully navigate the challenges of nationhood and emerge a stronger united more resilient and prosperous people he said Abari also urged Nigerians to observe necessary safety precautions for their own security and that of their immediate environment as they go about the Sallah celebration stressing the importance of maintaining constant alertness at all times NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Eid-el-Kabir: NOA urges Muslims to pray for peace, prosperity, stability
     The National Orientation Agency NOA has called on Muslims to offer special prayers during the Eid el Kabir period for the peace prosperity and stability of the nation in the face of its current challenges The Director General of NOA Dr Garba Abari made the appeal in an Eid el Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria on Friday Abari urged the faithful to maintain the virtues of peace love and sacrifice espoused by Prophet Muhammad PBUH This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the agency s Assistant Director Press Mr Paul Odenyi He also enjoined Muslims to use the Eid el Kabir to seek divine intervention for a quick end to the security challenges bedeviling the country It is only with ardent faith in God and love for humanity that the citizens of any nation can peacefully navigate the challenges of nationhood and emerge a stronger united more resilient and prosperous people he said Abari also urged Nigerians to observe necessary safety precautions for their own security and that of their immediate environment as they go about the Sallah celebration stressing the importance of maintaining constant alertness at all times NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Eid-el-Kabir: NOA urges Muslims to pray for peace, prosperity, stability
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    Eid-el-Kabir: NOA urges Muslims to pray for peace, prosperity, stability

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Muslims to offer special prayers during the Eid-el-Kabir period for the peace, prosperity and stability of the nation in the face of its current challenges. The Director-General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, made the appeal in an Eid-el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria on Friday. Abari urged the faithful to maintain the virtues of peace, love and sacrifice espoused by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the agency’s Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi. He also enjoined Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir to seek divine intervention for a quick end to the security challenges bedeviling the country. “It is only with ardent faith in God and love for humanity that the citizens of any nation can peacefully navigate the challenges of nationhood and emerge a stronger, united, more resilient and prosperous people,” he said. Abari also urged Nigerians to observe necessary safety precautions for their own security and that of their immediate environment as they go about the Sallah celebration, stressing the importance of maintaining constant alertness at all times.

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  •  National Orientation Agency NOA has urged Muslim faithful in Plateau to celebrate this year s Eid el Kabir in a peaceful manner and in accordance with Islamic injunctions Director of NOA in the state Mrs Kaneng Pam Hworo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Jos While felicitating Muslim faithful on the festival Pam Hworo urged them to continue to demonstrate love and the virtue of sacrifice the symbol of Eid el Kabir even beyond the season We send our best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Plateau and beyond We urge them to continue to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice in their daily endeavours she said The NOA boss also implored Nigerians to make deliberate efforts to ensure harmonious living irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences saying that this would further enhance development in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA urges peaceful conduct during Eid-el Kabir
     National Orientation Agency NOA has urged Muslim faithful in Plateau to celebrate this year s Eid el Kabir in a peaceful manner and in accordance with Islamic injunctions Director of NOA in the state Mrs Kaneng Pam Hworo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Jos While felicitating Muslim faithful on the festival Pam Hworo urged them to continue to demonstrate love and the virtue of sacrifice the symbol of Eid el Kabir even beyond the season We send our best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Plateau and beyond We urge them to continue to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice in their daily endeavours she said The NOA boss also implored Nigerians to make deliberate efforts to ensure harmonious living irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences saying that this would further enhance development in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA urges peaceful conduct during Eid-el Kabir
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    NOA urges peaceful conduct during Eid-el Kabir

    National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged Muslim faithful in Plateau to celebrate this year’s Eid-el Kabir in a peaceful manner and in accordance with Islamic injunctions.

    Director of NOA in the state, Mrs Kaneng Pam-Hworo, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Jos.

    While felicitating Muslim faithful on the festival, Pam-Hworo urged them to continue to demonstrate love and the virtue of sacrifice, the symbol of Eid-el Kabir, even beyond the season.

    “We send our best wishes to our Muslim brothers and sisters in Plateau and beyond.

    “We urge them to continue to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice in their daily endeavours,” she said.

    The NOA boss also implored Nigerians to make deliberate efforts to ensure harmonious living, irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences, saying that this would further enhance development in the country.

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  •  South East stakeholders in the manufacturing consumption service and allied businesses have urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON to extend its services to the grassroots The South East stakeholders made the call during a one day Stakeholders Sensitisation Forum organised by SON in Enugu on Thursday with the theme Standardisation Panacea for Economic Growth They were of the view that once the message of standardisation is achieved even at the local communities it would in turn have a positive socio economic effect on the country in general The Permanent Secretary Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Dr Godwin Anigbo urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by creation of more awareness on standardisation of products and services We need robust engagement with the people at the grassroots in the local areas to enable them know how they can attain and maintain international acceptable standard for any endeavour they engage in Once majority of our local people start doing the right things and getting it right our products and services will be the best internationally and the country will be better for it Anigbo said Mr Felix Odoh Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency NOA in Enugu State said that SON could leverage on the spread of NOA officials scattered in the 774 council areas to reach Nigerians even in their localities This sensitisation and enlightenment should go beyond here and get more Nigerians especially the people at the grassroots to know the standard for all they produce at their localities Odoh said A consumer Mrs Vivian Offor said that the sensitisation would make more meaning if those at the local areas whose extract raw materials add value to them could achieve quality standardisation Something as simple as palm oil should be produced to standard with good packing to ensure better value and more gain for the ordinary Nigerians that engage in such endeavours Offor said Earlier the Managing Director of Enugu State Investment Development Authority Dr Sam Ogbu Nwobodo lauded SON for being constant on its engagement of Nigerians to do the right thing and reposition the country s economy The issue of standardisation is important and it will be helpful to everybody and we must key into it This is the only way to ensure we grow our economy and ensure conformity of our products and services Ogbu Nwobodo said An Enugu based manufacturer Sir Eric Chime noted that manufacturers and SON were both partners in progress adding that SON had continued to ensure Nigerian products met international standard and acceptability Apart from meeting international conformity and acceptability standardisation also help the consumer not to be short changed and quality guaranteed at all time Standardisation also leads to better profit and international market opening for the manufactured products Chime who is the Chief Executive Officer of RICO Group of Companies manufacturers of petro chemical products said In an address the Director General of SON Mr Farouk Salim said that standardisation of products and services would assist the country s economic growth and lead to general and international acceptance of all products and services Salim who was represented by the Director South East Operations of SON Mr Fred Akingbesote noted that when all products and services conform to standardisation the country and her people would benefit tremendously from it He revealed that there was standard for every product or service adding that upholding standardisation even in service industry of hospitality tourism and hotel would create international market and patronage for such services The director general said that standardisation led to cost reduction less effort on production strengthening of brands and making it convenient and easy for customers to recognise and pick quality products and services If you see any product with SONCAP certification logo rest assured that you have got a product with quality and satisfaction guaranteed he said Mrs Ijeoma Ezeazor representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN in Anambra Ebonyi and Enugu States made a presentation on Expanding Products Market Share via Standards SON officials made presentations on MANCAP and Certification SONCAP and Registration as well as Import and Export Requirements and Driving Industrialisation with Quality Products The sensitisation also witnessed question and answer sessions as well as goodwill messages from the Nigerian Immigration Service Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders urge SON to extend awareness services to grassroots
     South East stakeholders in the manufacturing consumption service and allied businesses have urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON to extend its services to the grassroots The South East stakeholders made the call during a one day Stakeholders Sensitisation Forum organised by SON in Enugu on Thursday with the theme Standardisation Panacea for Economic Growth They were of the view that once the message of standardisation is achieved even at the local communities it would in turn have a positive socio economic effect on the country in general The Permanent Secretary Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry Dr Godwin Anigbo urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by creation of more awareness on standardisation of products and services We need robust engagement with the people at the grassroots in the local areas to enable them know how they can attain and maintain international acceptable standard for any endeavour they engage in Once majority of our local people start doing the right things and getting it right our products and services will be the best internationally and the country will be better for it Anigbo said Mr Felix Odoh Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency NOA in Enugu State said that SON could leverage on the spread of NOA officials scattered in the 774 council areas to reach Nigerians even in their localities This sensitisation and enlightenment should go beyond here and get more Nigerians especially the people at the grassroots to know the standard for all they produce at their localities Odoh said A consumer Mrs Vivian Offor said that the sensitisation would make more meaning if those at the local areas whose extract raw materials add value to them could achieve quality standardisation Something as simple as palm oil should be produced to standard with good packing to ensure better value and more gain for the ordinary Nigerians that engage in such endeavours Offor said Earlier the Managing Director of Enugu State Investment Development Authority Dr Sam Ogbu Nwobodo lauded SON for being constant on its engagement of Nigerians to do the right thing and reposition the country s economy The issue of standardisation is important and it will be helpful to everybody and we must key into it This is the only way to ensure we grow our economy and ensure conformity of our products and services Ogbu Nwobodo said An Enugu based manufacturer Sir Eric Chime noted that manufacturers and SON were both partners in progress adding that SON had continued to ensure Nigerian products met international standard and acceptability Apart from meeting international conformity and acceptability standardisation also help the consumer not to be short changed and quality guaranteed at all time Standardisation also leads to better profit and international market opening for the manufactured products Chime who is the Chief Executive Officer of RICO Group of Companies manufacturers of petro chemical products said In an address the Director General of SON Mr Farouk Salim said that standardisation of products and services would assist the country s economic growth and lead to general and international acceptance of all products and services Salim who was represented by the Director South East Operations of SON Mr Fred Akingbesote noted that when all products and services conform to standardisation the country and her people would benefit tremendously from it He revealed that there was standard for every product or service adding that upholding standardisation even in service industry of hospitality tourism and hotel would create international market and patronage for such services The director general said that standardisation led to cost reduction less effort on production strengthening of brands and making it convenient and easy for customers to recognise and pick quality products and services If you see any product with SONCAP certification logo rest assured that you have got a product with quality and satisfaction guaranteed he said Mrs Ijeoma Ezeazor representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria MAN in Anambra Ebonyi and Enugu States made a presentation on Expanding Products Market Share via Standards SON officials made presentations on MANCAP and Certification SONCAP and Registration as well as Import and Export Requirements and Driving Industrialisation with Quality Products The sensitisation also witnessed question and answer sessions as well as goodwill messages from the Nigerian Immigration Service Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders urge SON to extend awareness services to grassroots
    Economy7 months ago

    Stakeholders urge SON to extend awareness services to grassroots

    South-East stakeholders in the manufacturing, consumption, service and allied businesses have urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to extend its services to the grassroots.

    The South-East stakeholders made the call during a one-day Stakeholders’ Sensitisation Forum organised by SON in Enugu on Thursday with the theme: “Standardisation Panacea for Economic Growth”.

    They were of the view that once the message of standardisation is achieved even at the local communities, it would in turn have a positive socio-economic effect on the country in general.

    The Permanent Secretary, Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Dr Godwin Anigbo, urged SON to extend its services to the grassroots by creation of more awareness on standardisation of products and services.

    “We need robust engagement with the people at the grassroots in the local areas to enable them know how they can attain and maintain international acceptable standard for any endeavour they engage in.

    “Once majority of our local people start doing the right things and getting it right; our products and services will be the best internationally and the country will be better  for it,” Anigbo said.

    Mr Felix Odoh, Deputy Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Enugu State, said that SON could leverage on the spread of NOA officials scattered in the 774 council areas to reach Nigerians even in their localities.

    “This sensitisation and enlightenment should go beyond here and get more Nigerians especially the people at the grassroots to know the standard for all they produce at their localities,” Odoh said.

    A consumer, Mrs Vivian Offor, said that the sensitisation would make more meaning if those at the local areas, whose extract raw materials add value to them could achieve quality standardisation.

    “Something as simple as palm oil should be produced to standard with good packing to ensure better value and more gain for the ordinary Nigerians that engage in such endeavours,” Offor said.

    Earlier, the Managing Director of Enugu State Investment Development Authority, Dr Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo, lauded SON for being constant on its engagement of Nigerians to do the right thing and reposition the country’s economy.

    “The issue of standardisation is important and it will be helpful to everybody and we must key into it.

    ”This is the only way to ensure we grow our economy and ensure conformity of our products and services,” Ogbu-Nwobodo said.

    An Enugu-based manufacturer, Sir Eric Chime, noted that manufacturers and SON were both partners in progress, adding that SON had continued to ensure Nigerian products met international standard and acceptability.

    “Apart from meeting international conformity and acceptability, standardisation also help the consumer not to be short-changed and quality guaranteed at all time.

    “Standardisation also leads to better profit and international market opening for the manufactured products,” Chime, who is the Chief Executive Officer of RICO Group of Companies manufacturers of petro-chemical products, said.

    In an address, the Director General of SON, Mr Farouk Salim, said that standardisation of products and services would assist the country’s economic growth and lead to general and international acceptance of all products and services.

    Salim, who was represented by the Director South-East Operations of SON, Mr Fred Akingbesote, noted that when all products and services conform to standardisation, the country and her people would benefit tremendously from it.

    He revealed that there was standard for every product or service, adding that upholding standardisation even in service industry of hospitality, tourism and hotel would create international market and patronage for such services.

    The director general said that standardisation led to cost reduction, less effort on production, strengthening of brands and making it convenient and easy for customers to recognise and pick quality products and services.

    “If you see any product with SONCAP certification logo, rest assured that you have got a product with quality and satisfaction guaranteed,” he said.

    Mrs Ijeoma Ezeazor, representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) in Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States, made a presentation on “Expanding Products Market Share via Standards”.

    SON officials made presentations on MANCAP and Certification; SONCAP and Registration as well as Import and Export Requirements and “Driving Industrialisation with Quality Products”.

    The sensitisation also witnessed question and answer sessions as well as goodwill messages from the Nigerian Immigration Service; Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps among others. (

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  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA has expressed willingness to partner with Civil Society Organisations CSOs and other stakeholders toward curbing vote buying in Nigeria ahead of 2023 poll The Director Deneral NOA Dr Garba Abari said this when he declared open a capacity building training for members of staff in Abuja This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by NOA s Assistant Director Press Mr Paul Odenyi Odenyi said that Abari was represented by the Director Special Duties and State Operations Mrs Mette Edekobi at the event He quoted Abari as saying that the agency would leverage on its existing relationship with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to keep Nigerians well informed on the 2023 general elections According to him NOA in line with its mandate is poised to lead the charge of voter education sensitisation and mobilisation ahead of the elections The director general tasked members of staff to be ready at all times to communicate essential electoral information to Nigerians using various conventional and unconventional channels According to him NOA will also be at the forefront of combating fake news and hate speech which are bound to be on the rise during the electioneering period We will discourage electoral violence and ensure free fair and credible elections come 2023 Abari said He said that the training would be cascaded to the State Directorates and Local Government Offices of the agency to ensure uniformity of preparedness He expressed optimism that with massive deployment of members of staff on voter sensitisation duties across the country Nigerians would have a better informed electoral outing that would help deepen the nation s democracy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA expresses readiness to partner with CSOs, others on vote-buying 
     The National Orientation Agency NOA has expressed willingness to partner with Civil Society Organisations CSOs and other stakeholders toward curbing vote buying in Nigeria ahead of 2023 poll The Director Deneral NOA Dr Garba Abari said this when he declared open a capacity building training for members of staff in Abuja This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by NOA s Assistant Director Press Mr Paul Odenyi Odenyi said that Abari was represented by the Director Special Duties and State Operations Mrs Mette Edekobi at the event He quoted Abari as saying that the agency would leverage on its existing relationship with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to keep Nigerians well informed on the 2023 general elections According to him NOA in line with its mandate is poised to lead the charge of voter education sensitisation and mobilisation ahead of the elections The director general tasked members of staff to be ready at all times to communicate essential electoral information to Nigerians using various conventional and unconventional channels According to him NOA will also be at the forefront of combating fake news and hate speech which are bound to be on the rise during the electioneering period We will discourage electoral violence and ensure free fair and credible elections come 2023 Abari said He said that the training would be cascaded to the State Directorates and Local Government Offices of the agency to ensure uniformity of preparedness He expressed optimism that with massive deployment of members of staff on voter sensitisation duties across the country Nigerians would have a better informed electoral outing that would help deepen the nation s democracy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA expresses readiness to partner with CSOs, others on vote-buying 
    General news7 months ago

    NOA expresses readiness to partner with CSOs, others on vote-buying 

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has expressed willingness to partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders toward curbing vote-buying in Nigeria, ahead of 2023 poll.

    The Director-Deneral, NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said this when he  declared open a capacity building training for members of staff in Abuja.

    This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by NOA’s Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi.

    Odenyi said that Abari was represented by the Director, Special Duties and State Operations, Mrs Mette Edekobi at the  event.

    He quoted Abari as saying that the agency would leverage on its existing relationship with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to keep Nigerians well informed on the 2023 general elections.

    According to him, NOA, in line with its mandate, is poised to lead the charge of voter education, sensitisation and mobilisation ahead of the elections.

    The director-general tasked members of staff to be ready at all times to communicate essential electoral information to Nigerians using various conventional and unconventional channels.

    According to him, NOA will also be at the forefront of combating fake news and hate speech which are bound to be on the rise during the electioneering period.

    “We will discourage electoral violence and ensure free, fair and credible elections, come 2023,’’ Abari said.

    He said that the training would be cascaded to the State Directorates and Local Government Offices of the agency to ensure uniformity of preparedness.

    He expressed optimism that with massive deployment of members of staff on voter sensitisation duties across the country, Nigerians would have a better informed electoral outing that would help deepen the nation’s democracy. (

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  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has called for proactive synergy among stakeholders on public awareness preventions and response as measure to impending flood forecast in Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara Mr Aliyu Kafindangi NEMA Head Sokoto Operation Office made call at a Comprehensive Disaster Management and Flood Prevention interactive session for critical stakeholders organised by NEMA on Wednesday in Sokoto Kafindangi said the event was to ensure effective efficient and prompt intervention following the recent 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction by NIMET and the Annual Flood Outlook by NIHSA He said that the awareness would show the implication of the predictions for states and communities that might be affected The workshop is designed to present a forum to create awareness amongst stakeholders with a view to enlightening communities on NIMET 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction SCP It includes NIHSA Flood outlook and the impact it will have on different communities in Sokoto State It is expected to also initiate methods toward flood mitigation and preparedness through developing systems and strategies that will help communities that may be affected to cope Kafindangi said He noted that flood posed disaster risk not only to prone areas but the nation s economic development and advised the public to desist from indiscriminate disposal of waste in or around water channels According to him such habit hinders the free passage of rain water hence causing the overflow of rain water beyond boundaries to damaging proportions NEMA has always been concerned on the effects of floods in recent past years which resulted in quantum loss of lives and property with adverse socio economic consequences The agency has make it mandatory to sensitise major stakeholders policy makers and other humanitarian workers to the need to be proactive in preventing mitigating and or responding to any disaster incidence he added Speaking also Mr Mustapha Umar the Director Relief and Rehabilitation of Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency SEMA expressed concern at the negative impact of flood on the society Umar said if not properly managed flood effect could cause shortage of food ecological disaster and even loss of lives and property He said heavy rainfall and windstorm occasioned this year had wreaked havocs in some communities in Tambuwal and Kebbe local government areas and assessment team had inspected the affected areas He urged farmers to heed to professional advice on variety of crops to be planted as farmers were seen embarking on their traditional mode of crops planting not recognising the suitable early yielding varieties The State Director National Orientation Agency NOA Alhaji Maude Danchadi lauded NEMA for its readiness toward disaster management coordination and integration of all stakeholders on activities Danchadi said early preparation was necessary to build sustain and improve the capacity to prepare for maximum protection and response to disasters The News Agency of Nigeria reports that deliberations and commitments were made by various stakeholders that comprised representatives of security agencies traditional and religious groups civil societies federal state and local government officials NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: NEMA task stakeholders on awareness, prevention in Northwest
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has called for proactive synergy among stakeholders on public awareness preventions and response as measure to impending flood forecast in Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara Mr Aliyu Kafindangi NEMA Head Sokoto Operation Office made call at a Comprehensive Disaster Management and Flood Prevention interactive session for critical stakeholders organised by NEMA on Wednesday in Sokoto Kafindangi said the event was to ensure effective efficient and prompt intervention following the recent 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction by NIMET and the Annual Flood Outlook by NIHSA He said that the awareness would show the implication of the predictions for states and communities that might be affected The workshop is designed to present a forum to create awareness amongst stakeholders with a view to enlightening communities on NIMET 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction SCP It includes NIHSA Flood outlook and the impact it will have on different communities in Sokoto State It is expected to also initiate methods toward flood mitigation and preparedness through developing systems and strategies that will help communities that may be affected to cope Kafindangi said He noted that flood posed disaster risk not only to prone areas but the nation s economic development and advised the public to desist from indiscriminate disposal of waste in or around water channels According to him such habit hinders the free passage of rain water hence causing the overflow of rain water beyond boundaries to damaging proportions NEMA has always been concerned on the effects of floods in recent past years which resulted in quantum loss of lives and property with adverse socio economic consequences The agency has make it mandatory to sensitise major stakeholders policy makers and other humanitarian workers to the need to be proactive in preventing mitigating and or responding to any disaster incidence he added Speaking also Mr Mustapha Umar the Director Relief and Rehabilitation of Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency SEMA expressed concern at the negative impact of flood on the society Umar said if not properly managed flood effect could cause shortage of food ecological disaster and even loss of lives and property He said heavy rainfall and windstorm occasioned this year had wreaked havocs in some communities in Tambuwal and Kebbe local government areas and assessment team had inspected the affected areas He urged farmers to heed to professional advice on variety of crops to be planted as farmers were seen embarking on their traditional mode of crops planting not recognising the suitable early yielding varieties The State Director National Orientation Agency NOA Alhaji Maude Danchadi lauded NEMA for its readiness toward disaster management coordination and integration of all stakeholders on activities Danchadi said early preparation was necessary to build sustain and improve the capacity to prepare for maximum protection and response to disasters The News Agency of Nigeria reports that deliberations and commitments were made by various stakeholders that comprised representatives of security agencies traditional and religious groups civil societies federal state and local government officials NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood: NEMA task stakeholders on awareness, prevention in Northwest
    Environment7 months ago

    Flood: NEMA task stakeholders on awareness, prevention in Northwest

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for proactive synergy among stakeholders on public awareness, preventions and response as measure to impending flood forecast in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.
    Mr Aliyu Kafindangi, NEMA Head, Sokoto Operation Office, made call at a
    Comprehensive Disaster Management and Flood Prevention interactive session for critical stakeholders organised by NEMA on Wednesday in Sokoto.
    Kafindangi said the event was to ensure effective, efficient and prompt intervention following the recent 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction by NIMET and the Annual Flood Outlook by NIHSA.
    He said that the awareness would show the implication of the predictions for states and communities that might be affected.
    ”The workshop is designed to present a forum to create awareness amongst stakeholders with a view to enlightening communities on NIMET 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP).
    ”(It includes) NIHSA Flood outlook and the impact it will have on different communities in Sokoto State.
    “It is expected to also initiate methods toward flood mitigation and preparedness through developing systems and strategies that will help communities that may be affected to cope,” Kafindangi said.
    He noted that flood posed disaster risk not only to prone areas but the nation’s economic development and advised the public to desist from indiscriminate disposal of waste in or around water channels.
    According to him, such habit hinders the free passage of rain water, hence causing the overflow of rain water beyond boundaries to damaging proportions
    ” NEMA has always been concerned on the effects of floods in recent past years which resulted in quantum loss of lives and property with adverse socio-economic consequences.
    ”The agency has make it mandatory to sensitise major stakeholders, policy makers and other humanitarian workers to the need to be proactive in preventing, mitigating and or responding to any disaster incidence,” he added.
    Speaking also, Mr Mustapha Umar, the Director, Relief and Rehabilitation of Sokoto State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), expressed concern at the negative impact of flood on the society.
    Umar said if not properly managed, flood effect could cause shortage of food, ecological disaster and even loss of lives and property.
    He said heavy rainfall and windstorm occasioned this year had wreaked havocs in some communities in Tambuwal and Kebbe local government areas and assessment team had inspected the affected areas.
    He urged farmers to heed to professional advice on variety of crops to be planted as farmers were seen embarking on their traditional mode of crops planting not recognising the suitable early yielding varieties.
    The State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji Maude Danchadi, lauded NEMA for its readiness toward disaster management, coordination and integration of all stakeholders on activities.
    Danchadi said early preparation was necessary to build, sustain and improve the capacity to prepare for maximum protection and response to disasters.
    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that deliberations and commitments were made by various stakeholders that comprised representatives of security agencies, traditional and religious groups, civil societies, federal, state and local government officials.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Cleen Foundation a Non Governmental Organisation NGO has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to sustain the noticeable improvement in the Ekiti governorship election ahead of 2023 poll Mrs Ruth Olofin Acting Executive Director Cleen foundation said this in a post election statement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election in Abuja on Thursday Olofin urged INEC to also sustain its awareness creation and voter education campaigns especially at community levels Cleen foundation observed INEC s ad hoc staff compliance with the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS which was widely used across all polling units The foundation also observed that the INEC result portal received all the 2445 polling unit results which were accessible by the general public And this reduced the tension and violence usually experienced at the collation centers in previous elections So we commend INEC for the noticeable improvement in the conduct of the Ekiti election especially the near absence of logistics challenges that was a major issue in the conduct of other elections she said Olofin said that INEC staff and ad hoc officials were professional as they went about their duties with high sense of professionalism and responsibility which was laudable She said that they gave priorities to the elderly pregnant women and Persons with Disabilities PWDs during voting This she said was a step in the right direction toward meeting the needs of PWDs and complying with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 She advised INEC to ensure sustained improvement in the distribution of election materials in polling units in subsequent elections as this would contribute to instilling confidence in the process among voters There is a need to sustain awareness creation and voters education especially in communities INEC should ensure training and retraining of electoral officers to enable them meet up with the challenging needs of the electorate in Nigeria Especially in understanding the provisions of the newly amended electoral act and other INEC legal frameworks and guidelines she said She called for the investigation and prosecution of all electoral offenders Olofin urged the National Orientation Agency NOA to ensure general awareness on the importance of civic participation by eligible citizens and the need to eschew vote trading by all actors involved She also called on INEC to maintain the level of synergy partnership and professionalism shown in the Ekiti election in the preparation of the 2023 General Elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cleen foundation urges INEC to consolidate on Ekiti poll successes
     Cleen Foundation a Non Governmental Organisation NGO has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to sustain the noticeable improvement in the Ekiti governorship election ahead of 2023 poll Mrs Ruth Olofin Acting Executive Director Cleen foundation said this in a post election statement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election in Abuja on Thursday Olofin urged INEC to also sustain its awareness creation and voter education campaigns especially at community levels Cleen foundation observed INEC s ad hoc staff compliance with the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS which was widely used across all polling units The foundation also observed that the INEC result portal received all the 2445 polling unit results which were accessible by the general public And this reduced the tension and violence usually experienced at the collation centers in previous elections So we commend INEC for the noticeable improvement in the conduct of the Ekiti election especially the near absence of logistics challenges that was a major issue in the conduct of other elections she said Olofin said that INEC staff and ad hoc officials were professional as they went about their duties with high sense of professionalism and responsibility which was laudable She said that they gave priorities to the elderly pregnant women and Persons with Disabilities PWDs during voting This she said was a step in the right direction toward meeting the needs of PWDs and complying with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018 She advised INEC to ensure sustained improvement in the distribution of election materials in polling units in subsequent elections as this would contribute to instilling confidence in the process among voters There is a need to sustain awareness creation and voters education especially in communities INEC should ensure training and retraining of electoral officers to enable them meet up with the challenging needs of the electorate in Nigeria Especially in understanding the provisions of the newly amended electoral act and other INEC legal frameworks and guidelines she said She called for the investigation and prosecution of all electoral offenders Olofin urged the National Orientation Agency NOA to ensure general awareness on the importance of civic participation by eligible citizens and the need to eschew vote trading by all actors involved She also called on INEC to maintain the level of synergy partnership and professionalism shown in the Ekiti election in the preparation of the 2023 General Elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Cleen foundation urges INEC to consolidate on Ekiti poll successes
    General news7 months ago

    Cleen foundation urges INEC to consolidate on Ekiti poll successes

    Cleen Foundation a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to sustain the noticeable improvement in the Ekiti governorship election, ahead of 2023 poll.

    Mrs Ruth Olofin, Acting Executive Director,  Cleen foundation said this in a post-election statement on the June 18 Ekiti governorship election in Abuja on Thursday.

    Olofin urged INEC to also sustain its awareness creation and voter education campaigns, especially at community levels.

    “Cleen foundation observed INEC’s ad hoc staff compliance with the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) which was widely used across all polling units.

    “The foundation also observed that the INEC result portal received all the 2445 polling unit results which were accessible by the general public.

    “And this reduced the tension and violence usually experienced at the collation centers in previous elections.

    “So, we commend INEC for the noticeable improvement in the conduct of the Ekiti election, especially the near absence of logistics challenges that was a major issue in the conduct of other elections,” she said.

    Olofin said that INEC staff and ad hoc officials were professional as they went about their duties with high sense of professionalism and responsibility which was laudable.

    She said that they gave priorities to the elderly, pregnant women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) during voting.

    This, she said was a step in the right direction toward meeting the needs of PWDs and complying with the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Discrimination Against Persons With Disabilities Prohibition Act 2018.

    She advised INEC to ensure sustained improvement in the distribution of election materials in polling units in subsequent elections as this would contribute to instilling confidence in the process among voters.

    “There is a need to sustain awareness creation and voters’ education especially in communities.

    “INEC should ensure training and retraining of electoral officers to enable them meet up with the challenging needs of the electorate in Nigeria.

    “Especially in understanding the provisions of the newly amended electoral act and other INEC legal frameworks and guidelines,” she said.

    She called for the investigation and prosecution of all electoral offenders.

    Olofin urged the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to ensure general awareness on the importance of civic participation by eligible citizens and the need to eschew vote trading by all actors involved.

    She also called on INEC to maintain the level of synergy, partnership and professionalism shown in the Ekiti election, in the preparation of the 2023 General Elections.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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