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  •  7 000 illegal private schools in Plateau APSON
    7, 000 illegal private schools in Plateau – APSON
     7 000 illegal private schools in Plateau APSON
    7, 000 illegal private schools in Plateau – APSON
    Education19 hours ago

    7, 000 illegal private schools in Plateau – APSON

    7, 000 illegal private schools in Plateau – APSON 7, 000 illegal private sThe Plateau state chapter of the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) has disclosed that 7,000 illegal private schools were currently operating in Plateau.

    Mr Solomon Musa,  the Chairman of the association in the state disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos.Musa, who described the situation as worrisome,  added that such development was bad for the growth of education in the state.

    ”As I speak to you, we have 7,000 illegal private schools operating in Plateau; I’m telling you this on my authority as the chairman of APSON in Plateau.

    ”These schools did not obtain any operational approval from government and yet they have been operating.

    ”Yes, we are complementing government’s efforts but this is a sad development for the education sector of the state”And because we don’t deal with anything illegal, owners of these illegal schools are not members of APSON,” he said.

    Musa described the recent withdrawal of operational licenses of all private schools in the state and the ongoing revalidation exercise, as a step in the right direction.

    He explained that such move would curtail the proliferation of private schools in the state, hence ensure quality service delivery to the people.

    ”Education as we all know is the bedrock of every society, and no reasonable government will want to jeopardise the education of its future generation.

    ”To make things right, government decided to withdraw all approvals giving to private schools owners; we are to come for revalidation after which we will be issued  with a license to operate in the state.

    ”As an association,  we are supporting government 100 per cent because anything that has to do with education has to be done rightly”In every society, it is the government that regulates all educational activities,  and so should not tolerate anyone that goes against its educational policies,” he added.

    Musa, however,  advised members of the association to key into the state government’s policy and avail themselves for the ongoing revalidation exercise.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  My passion zeal to improve Nigerians livelihood unstoppable Buhari
    My passion, zeal to improve Nigerians’ livelihood unstoppable – Buhari
     My passion zeal to improve Nigerians livelihood unstoppable Buhari
    My passion, zeal to improve Nigerians’ livelihood unstoppable – Buhari
    General news2 days ago

    My passion, zeal to improve Nigerians’ livelihood unstoppable – Buhari

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reiterated the determination of his administration to uplift the quality of life of the citizens in spite of the harsh socio-economic realities.

    He said that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians had not dwindled, calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.

    The president gave the assurance when he received former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.

    He, however, urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting interest of the country.

    The president said the self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself.

    The president, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, had also consented to the acquisition of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited by Seplat Energy Offshore Ltd., a Nigerian outfit.

    ExxonMobil, the parent company had earlier entered into a landmark Sale and Purchase Agreement with Seplat Energy to acquire the entire share capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited from Exxon Mobil Corporation of the U.

    S.A.The agreement would also enable Seplat Energy to acquire share capital from Mobil Development Nigeria Inc., and Mobil Exploration Nigeria Inc., both registered in Delaware, USA.

    Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman stated on Monday in Abuja that the president’s consent was in consonance with Nigeria’s drive for increased indigenous participation in the energy sector.

    Also on Monday, the president congratulated the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Sports Federations and Associations on the performance of Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

    Team Nigeria posted an impressive outing at the competition, finishing seventh on the medals table with 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze.

    On the same day,  Buhari forwarded the name of Muhammad Sabo Lamido to the Senate for confirmation as Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts, for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.

    Buhari, in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said Lamido was being nominated due to the death of Hassan Gambo, who occupied the position until his demise.

    The president also received the new Executive Members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.

    At the meeting with the NMA officials, Buhari disclosed that the Federal Government had disbursed N100 billion to indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare investors as loans to expand their capital base.

    He said it was also meant to boost local production of medicines and medical consumables.

    Buhari stated that the loan was extended through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s support to the private pharmaceutical sector.

    The president also announced the appointment of former Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Dr Habiba Muda-Lawal, as Special Adviser to him on Policy and Coordination. 

    Buhari also hosted the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, Simon Lalong, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

    Lalong, who is also the Governor of Plateau, said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank the president for approving the University of Jos as a national cancer centre.

    He also lauded Buahri for granting presidential pardon to the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye.

    According to him, the people of the State will remain grateful to the president for delivering a lot of democratic dividends to the State.

    Also on Wednesday, President Buhari joined members of staff and political appointees in the State House in congratulating the Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar, on his 59th birthday.

    The president congratulated Umar, his family, friends and professional colleagues on the auspicious occasion.

    Buhari appreciated Umar’s efforts, sacrifices and dedication to effective management of the State House. 

    Buhari unveiled the 2023 National Population and Housing Census Project Document, aimed at promoting robust and informed national conversation on procedures for the census.

    He unveiled the document at the National Stakeholders Summit on the 2023 census, organised by the National Population Commission (NPC), in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.

    Buhari also hosted representatives of victims of Kaduna train abduction in Abuja, on Thursday.

    According to the president, the Federal Government was doing everything within its powers to ensure the safe return of the remaining abducted passengers of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train.

    He said, ”since the terrible and cowardly attack by the criminal elements on  March 28, the nation had joined them to endure a period of difficulty and emotional pains.

    ” Buhari also explained his reason for discarding the use of lethal military force in extracting the remaining abductees.

    The president, therefore, condoled with the families of the victims and those who lost their loved ones.

    Buhari also on Thursday received the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray and his Management Team, telling them the kind of sub-regional body West African leaders desire and must have.

    Buhari, also on Friday in Abuja, received the Management of BUA Group at the State House led by the Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu.

    He also inaugurated the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD), to bridge the gap created by extensive deployment of security services through fostering collaboration among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    The NCMD, which was developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in coordination with relevant MDAs, would ensure greater successes in tackling national crisis.

    The president concluded the week with a closed-door meeting with Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo in the presidential villa, Abuja, on Friday.

    Uzodinma, who spoke to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting thanked the president for graciously granting his request that the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri be converted to Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Teaching Hospital.

    He also disclosed that he sought president’s approval for the Alvan Ikoku College of Education to become Federal University of Education, Owerri The governor spoke extensively on the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.

    HE urged the media to pay more attention to issues like the depletion of the country’s crude oil output and the unsettling security situation in the country.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Leadership failure causes poverty insurgency others Omo Agege
    Leadership failure causes poverty, insurgency, others – Omo-Agege
     Leadership failure causes poverty insurgency others Omo Agege
    Leadership failure causes poverty, insurgency, others – Omo-Agege
    General news2 days ago

    Leadership failure causes poverty, insurgency, others – Omo-Agege

    The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has attributed the prevailing poverty, political instability, insurgence and collapse of government institutions to leadership failure.

    Omo-Agege made the observation on Saturday at the 5th Annual Leadership Ceremony of the Value Rebirth-Centre-LSD Leadership School, in Delta.

    The senator, who was represented by Mr Mathew Omonade, said he believed in unity and urged people to enthrone sound ethical leadership rooted in respect, honesty, service, equity, justice and community service.

    Omo-Agege, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship flagbearer in Delta, noted that over the years, poor leadership had frustrated the achievement of the  country’s enormous economic and political potentials.

    “But all is not lost because State and nation-building all over the world have been and remain a permanent work in progress.

    “As we move towards leadership selection in 2023, the leaders we need now should posses knowledge, sound Judgment and commitment to specific causes and ideals,” he said.

    The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, said that the country needed leaders with good moral conduct and ethical responsibility to attend to demands, needs and problems of Nigerians.

    Omo-Agege, however, noted that genuine leadership also needed honest, courageous and credible followership less vulnerable to manipulation, adding that followership was an indispensible aspect of leadership.

    He said the stability and progress of the country required the deployment of deliberate commitment by citizens and those entrusted with leadership to advance the national agenda, regardless of challenges.

    Also, Mr Monday Osasah, Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (CENTRE LSD), said the leadership school was a flagship programme of the Leadership Institute, adding that it started in 2009.He said the idea was borne out of the realisation that leadership was a major challenge, especially in Africa.

    Osasah said the Centre LSD Leadership School was designed for people who wanted to become leaders and be equipped with leadership skills for the transformation of organisation and society.

    “Aside the Leadership School in Abuja, the Centre is running similar school in Warri, Benin-City, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki and Jos in Plateau State.

    “This Delta annex of the school is run in collaboration with Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative (VREI),” he said.

    Earlier, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe, Executive Director, VREI, said the centre was graduating 101 students.

    He said it had now graduated 359 students since inception in 2017, adding that 200 students had been admitted for it’s 20222023 Leadership Academic Session.

    Speaking on the theme of the lecture, the guest lecturer, Mr Johnson Ikube said that Nigerians must acknowledge that there were challenges confronting the nation.

    Ikube urged people to vote for competency and not popularity in the 2023 general elections.

    He advocated for the decentralisation of government, noting that the system would function better under a decentrised arrangement.

    “Leaders should move from the government of business to the government of governance.

    There is poverty in the land.

    Mankind must put an end to the war or war will put an end to mankind.

    “We have gotten to a level where human life has become meaningless, not only in Nigeria but in the entire world,” he said.

    Ikube expressed worries over the wrong use of social media, saying that it had heightened insecurity in the society.

    He said that Nigerians must unite and restore the glory of the country, stressing that, “this is our country, we must keep hope alive and join hands together to bring it back to the good old days.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  I remain LP s gov ship candidate in Plateau won t step for anyone Margif
    I remain LP’s gov’ship candidate in Plateau, won’t step for anyone – Margif
     I remain LP s gov ship candidate in Plateau won t step for anyone Margif
    I remain LP’s gov’ship candidate in Plateau, won’t step for anyone – Margif
    General news3 days ago

    I remain LP’s gov’ship candidate in Plateau, won’t step for anyone – Margif

    Mr Yohanna Margif, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party(LP) in Plateau, has dismissed claims that he had withdrawn from the race.

    Margif affirmed his candidature in a letter by his counsel, Munir Abdullahi, addressed to the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

    The letter made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Jos, described as “a sham and illegal”, a recent primary election allegedly held in Jos where his purported replacement emerged.

    He maintained that he was the authentic candidate of the party ahead of the 2023 polls and distant himself from a primary election that produced Dr Patrick Dakum as his replacement.

    NAN reports that on June 9, the party conducted a primary election at Retnan Hotel and Event Centre, Bukuru, Jos, where Margif emerged as its candidate.

    But with the electoral law requiring him to withdraw his candidature before a replacement is sought, Margif declared that he had not written any letter to that effect.

    According to him, he has not withdrawn from the race and has not authorised any person or group of persons to do that on his behalf.

    He explained that after the primaries that produced him, a certificate of return was issued to him by the national chairman of the party which confirmed him as the authentic LP standard bearer in Plateau.

    ”We are, by this letter, notifying your commission that our client has not written any withdrawal letter or authorised any person to withdraw or substitute his name as candidate of the LP for Plateau 2023 governorship election in line with section 33 of the electoral Act 2022.”We, therefore, wish to state that, having published the name of our client as the governorship candidate of the LP in Plateau for the 2023 general election, there is need for the party to strictly comply with provision of the Electoral Act 2022.”In the event the party fails or neglect to comply with the provision of the Electoral Act 2022, we will have no option than to seek legal redress with its attendant cost,” the letter said.

    NAN reports that Margif, in a recent press conference, declared that his emergence as the candidate had endeared many people into the LP, adding that a lot of people had defected to the party from other political parties.

    He added that the alleged primary election held to produce another candidate was a waste of time and called on residents of Plateau to disregard it.

    ”I wish to state clearly that I have not, in any way, contemplated withdrawing from the 2023 governorship election and I will not withdraw from the race.

    ”I am in the contest to win and give Plateau people good governance that will enthrone development.

    ”I am not in the contest to withdraw, and the ticket of LP is not for sale.

    Those clamouring for it merely want to mislead gullible Plateau people and Nigerians because the slot is not vacant.

    ”The candidate alleged that there were threats to his life, saying that people desperate for the ticket had been after him.

    Margif urged his supporters to disregard moves to substitute him, and disclosed that he would soon announce his campaign structures.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Lalong visits Dariye says Plateau rejoices over his release
    Lalong visits Dariye, says Plateau rejoices over his release
     Lalong visits Dariye says Plateau rejoices over his release
    Lalong visits Dariye, says Plateau rejoices over his release
    General news4 days ago

    Lalong visits Dariye, says Plateau rejoices over his release

    Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has expressed joy on the release of the state former governor Chief Joshua Dariye, saying Plateau people also rejoice on the development.

    The governor stated this when he led a delegation from the state along with his wife’s, Mrs Regina Lalong to visit Dariye at his residence in Abuja.

    The visit was disclosed by his Spokesperson, Dr Makut Macham in a press release on Friday in Jos .

    He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his magnanimity in granting pardon to Dariye and former governor of Taraba, Rev. Jolly Nyame on April 14, saying massive prayers and appeal was made to facilitate it.

    He said the visit was to encourage him as his release was another opportunity for him to reflect on his experience.

    Lalong urged him to continue to contibute to the advancement of Plateau through his knowledge, while praying to God to grant him good health in all his duties.

    In his response, Dariye thanked God for his release and using people such as Lalong and President Buhari to make it a reality.

    He debunked rumours that he was running for senate and advised politicians in Plateau to unite and support the governor in promoting the interest of the state and its people.

    He described governance as an opportunity for those in charge to do their best and leave posterity to judge their efforts, saying no one could not finish the business of government in a day.

    The delegation which included National Assembly members as well as members of the State Executive Council, also visited Rev. Jolly Nyame at his residence in Abuja.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
     COVID 19 Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases
    General news4 days ago

    COVID-19: Akwa Ibom leads as NCDC confirms 517 new cases

    Akwa Ibom is driving Nigeria’s latest COVID-19 surge as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirms 517 additional infections between Aug. 6 and Aug.11, 2022. The NCDC made this known via its official website on Thursday.

    It said that out of the 517 additional infections recorded, Akwa Ibom reported 293 cases, while Lagos state recorded 101. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that this is the highest case count in the month of August.

    It overturned the previous record of 496 infections reported between July 28 and Aug. 1; and 412 infections reported between Aug. 2 and Aug. 5. The NCDC said that the 517 cases, which were recorded in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory, have raised the total number of infections to 262,402. According to it, the FCT has 13 cases of the virus, Ekiti has 11, Delta and Kano reports nine each, Bayelsa has seven and Kaduna records six cases.

    Others include Oyo- five, Abia- three, Kwara- two, Nasarawa -two and Plateau- two while five states – Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto reported zero cases.

    The agency, however, said that 525 persons had been discharged in the last five days after recovering from the virus, thus bringing the total number of discharged persons to 256,006. It said that the death toll from the COVID-19 disease in the country stayed at 3,147 with no additional deaths reported on Thursday.

    The NCDC stated that the report included a backlog of 258 cases in Akwa Ibom from July 3. It added that the states of  Cross River, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, and Sokoto recorded zeros case.

    It urged Nigerians to take practical steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Let us all take responsibility to prevent the spread of the disease and limit the risk of infection among all ages.

    “Get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, coughb or sneeze into your elbow and report when sick,” it said.

    NAN reports that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) says no fewer than  28,120,290 of total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination in the country are fully vaccinated.

    The NPHCDA said that about 11,848,002 of the total eligible persons targeted for COVID-19 vaccination, were partially vaccinated.

    Meanwhile, In the last five days, Yobe state moved up the ladder from 20th position to 18th and currently at 14 percent coverage of full vaccination.

    The NPHCDA said that Enugu state was the best performing state in the South-East Zone based on fully vaccinated performance, having reached 17 per cent coverage. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Insecurity Nigerian Army conducts training for 106 Cadet officers
    Insecurity: Nigerian Army conducts training for 106 Cadet officers
     Insecurity Nigerian Army conducts training for 106 Cadet officers
    Insecurity: Nigerian Army conducts training for 106 Cadet officers
    Defence/Security4 days ago

    Insecurity: Nigerian Army conducts training for 106 Cadet officers

    The Nigerian Army has trained 106 Cadet Officers of the 69 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in mechanised operations to address the country’s security challenges.

    The Commandant, NDA, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, said this during the closing ceremony of the training at Victor Kure Armoured Range in Bauchi on Thursday.

    Yusuf said the week-long training tagged: “Exercise Battle Crime,” was to expose them to various mechanised operations in tackling insecurity.

    “This exercise here today is the final phase of mechanised operations which is the phase four of the cadets.

    “The objective of the exercise is to expose the cadets to mechanised operations in order to prepare them in dealing with the current security threats,” he said.

    Yusuf said that the cadets would be graduating from the Academy in October, adding that there were seven female officers among them.

    He said that the training was in collaboration with the Armoured Corps, the Corps of Artillery and the Special Operations Command of the Nigerian Air Force.

    Yusuf said before the training, the Cadets were at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, Makurdi, where they participated in an assault river crossing operations across River Benue.

    He added that they moved from there to the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre, Jos, Plateau State, where they went through the adventure phase of their training.

    He commended the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for his resolve in making the training possible.

    “All these couldn’t have been possible without the overwhelming support from the Chief of Army Staff.

    All the tanks, the Artillery guns that took part in this operation were courtesy of the CAOS.

    “We appreciate the Army Headquarters for this outstanding support and I also want to appreciate the Chief of Air Staff that has authorised the Air Force to provide close air support during this phase of the operation,” he said.

    Also speaking, the Commander, Armoured Corps, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Idris, disclosed that it was the first time the NDA Cadets would be coming to Bauchi State for this kind of training.

    Idris noted that the training was apt due to the security challenge in the country.

    “This is because when you are giving training to Cadets that are going to become officers who will be leading men to war, it is ideal to expose them to this kind of exercise,” he said.

    Also, one of the trainees, Officer Cadet Maryam Wawu, described the training as an eye opener.

    Wawu said it had broadened their knowledge on how effective the Nigerian Army could be in tackling insecurity.

    She also said the training had strengthened synergy between the combat arms, Combat Service Support Arms and sister services, especially the Nigerian Air Force.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NGO launches project to promote religious cultural pluralism
    NGO launches project to promote religious, cultural pluralism 
     NGO launches project to promote religious cultural pluralism
    NGO launches project to promote religious, cultural pluralism 
    General news5 days ago

    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.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  UN Women establishes HeForShe Network to promote gender equality in Kaduna
    UN Women establishes ‘HeForShe’ Network to promote gender equality in Kaduna
     UN Women establishes HeForShe Network to promote gender equality in Kaduna
    UN Women establishes ‘HeForShe’ Network to promote gender equality in Kaduna
    General news5 days ago

    UN Women establishes ‘HeForShe’ Network to promote gender equality in Kaduna

    The United Nations Women (UN Women) has established a ‘HeForShe’ Network, a campaign platform for men and boys to promote gender equality and women empowerment in Kaduna State.

    The UN Women’s Programme Specialist, Mr Peter Mancha, who disclosed this at a one-day workshop for members of the network in Kaduna on Thursday, said that men need to work with women to achieve gender equality.

    Mancha said that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign in collaboration with the Ministry for Human Services and Social Development (MHSSD) was designed to mobilise men and boys to support gender equality in the state.

    Mancha explained that the ‘HeForShe’ was a solidarity movement that would provide a systematic approach and platform on which men and boys serve as change agents toward the achievement of gender equality.

    According to him, the ‘HeForShe’ campaign, initiated by the United Nations in 2014, is key to the realisation of gender equality in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

    “The ‘HeForShe’ campaign was officially launched in Nigeria on May 23, 2017, by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from UN Women.

    “The campaign was subsequently inaugurated in 12 States across the country and will be inaugurated in Kaduna state very soon as the 13th state.

    ” He said that the ‘HeForShe’ campaign was under the Women Peace and Security in Nigeria, Phase II project, 2022 to 2024 in six states, with Kaduna and Plateau as primary benefiting states.

    Mancha identified the secondary states as Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi and Benue.

    He explained that the workshop was for the participants to understand gender equality and how they can contribute to peace and security He added that members of the network would develop a workplan and establish a coordinating structure to guide implementation of the work plan and activities of the network.

    The programme commended Kaduna State Government for including a reasonable number of women in decision making positions in the state civil service and political offices.

    Hajiya Hafsat Baba, the state Commissioner, MHSSD, said that  women currently constitute 60 per cent of the State Executive Council.

    Baba pointed out that achieving gender equality requires an inclusive approach that both recognises men and boys as partners for the push for women’s rights.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the network were drawn from government agencies, traditional and religious leaders, security agencies, civil society organisations and gender advocates.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Plateau set to clear backlog of N18bn gratuities of retired civil servants
    Plateau set to clear backlog of N18bn gratuities of retired civil servants
     Plateau set to clear backlog of N18bn gratuities of retired civil servants
    Plateau set to clear backlog of N18bn gratuities of retired civil servants
    General news5 days ago

    Plateau set to clear backlog of N18bn gratuities of retired civil servants

     The Plateau Government says it will partner with a private finance firm, United Capital, to clear the backlog of about N18 billion of gratuities, death benefits and arrears of pension of its erstwhile civil servants.

    The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manja, disclosed this at a media briefing at the end of the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Jos. “United Capital has agreed to take up the back log of gratuity, death benefits and arrears of pension of civil servants, totaling about 18 billion.

    “However, the civil servants have a choice because it is going to be discounted at a rate, so it is subject to negotiation with the civil servants, “ he said.

    Manja said the council approved the downward review of prices of properties at the Government Reserve Area in Shendam Local Government Area for its occupants who are retired workers, following appeal from them on difficulty in paying for the houses and the land allocated to them several years ago.

    He said council was informed that Gov Simon Lalong had approved and released N114 million as payment for the operational licence fees of the Plateau Radio and Television, noting that the corporation was currently up to date in the payment of the fees.

    Manja said that more than N1billion was approved for new projects and variations for previously awarded ones projects.

    He said the projects included the Cemetery Road in Dadin Kowa in Jos South LGA and the construction of access road to the Area Command Office of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

    Other projects approved included the supply and installation of solar-powered street lights within the new Government House and works at the General Hospitals in Kwal, Mabudi and Riyom.

    The commissioner said that the council applauded Lalong for his appointment as the Director-General of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign saying, it has “positioned Plateau on the national map of national politics“.

    He said council also commended Lalong for his efforts in facilitating the reopening of Karl Kuum University which was suspended in 2021 by the National Universities Commission following a disagreement with its host community.

    The council also rejoiced on the release of the state`s former governor, Chief Joshua Dariya, and the former governor of Taraba, Rev. Jolly Nyame, in the aftermath of their pardon by President Muhammadu Buhari on April 14.  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN