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World Bank to support 54,000 women in Kebbi



Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, has said that 54,000 women in the state will be supported by the World Bank under the Nigeria for Women Project (NFWP), to enhance their livelihood.

Bagudu who made the disclosure while inaugurating the State Steering and Technical Committee for the project on Monday in Birnin Kebbi, said 18,000 women from each of the three local government areas selected for the project, would benefit.

He charged the committee to be transparent, accountable and involve all stakeholders for better results.

“This is a very important project for all of us. It is a project that is available to support women at various local government areas,” the governor said.

He added: “This is a World Bank programme that Kebbi state is competing with other states as the World Bank has a programme they call ‘performance results’.

“They make allocation of money like $100 million US dollars for the six states. The more you work harder,  the more money you will get.”

Bagudu appealed to the committee to be accountable and comply with the World Bank procedures, saying that their compliance and success would be a model for other states to emulate.

“The money is distributed equally among the states. So, meeting the deadline is important. Organising and keeping record is important, as well as complying with the World Bank project procedures,” he said.

The governor directed the state Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development to seek for more opportunities for women and involve them in all ongoing government projects and programmes for the betterment of the society.

“It is the responsibility of women affairs ministry to reach out to most of the ministries; be it Ministry of Education, Agriculture, and ask how women will gain from their programmes.

“You are supposed to ensure that in any government programme, women adequately have provision for that, as it will enhance their participation, their benefits and welfare.”

The Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Samaila Yombe, who is also the state Deputy Governor, assured that the committee would discharge its duties deligently and would not let the government down.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee comprised of representatives of Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Justice, Agriculture, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Budget and Economic Planning, Finance, and Adviser to the governor on Women Affairs, Hajiya Zara’u Wali as member.

The NFWP is a World Bank project designed to directly impact 324,000 women nationwide through investments in comprehensive skills training, the leverage of financial and technical resources, and support to policy dialogue on women economic empowerment.

Edited By: Philip Dzeremo/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN


Flooding: Kebbi Gov’t assures farmers on dry season farming



Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has assured farmers in the state of necessary support to engage in dry season cultivation, taking cognisance of areas affected by flooding.

The governor gave this assurance at the palace of the Emir of Yauri, Dr Muhammadu Zayyanu-Abdullahi, during a condolence visit to flood-hit communities in the Emirate.

Bagudu commiserated with the people on the losses they suffered, a statement made available to newsmen by his Chief Press Secretary, Abubakar Dakingari, on Saturday said.

He sympathised with them on the recent fatal boat mishap in the area, praying Allah to grant mercies to those who perished.

The governor also conveyed the sympathy of President Muhammadu Buhari, which he sent through the Ministers of Agriculture and that of Humanitarian Affairs, Muhammadu Sabo Nanono and Sadiya Umar Faruk, respectively.

The duo had led a separate delegation to Kebbi to reassure the flood-hit communities of the Federal Government’s commitment to bringing succour to the people.

Bagudu told the Emir that he used the opportunity of the visit to inspect facilities at the Gafara GB Food Factory and areas affected by the flood.

“I have approved the release of between N15 million and N20 million to the local governments affected by the disaster, according to the level of devastation.

“I commend the Emir for his continued support and loyalty to the incumbent administration and assure him that the government will continue to uphold respect to traditional institutions,’’ Bagudu said.

In response, the Emir thanked the governor for the visit and the provision of relief materials to affected persons, which he said, would help to cushion the effect of the flood.

The monarch also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his benevolence to the people of Yauri, especially with the establishment of an electricity sub-station in the town and ongoing roads construction.

“The electricity sub-station has improved economic activities in this area, and I know that the road will no doubt ease the transportation of goods and services.

“I, however, urge the Federal Government to fulfil its pledge of dredging River Niger from Baro to Yauri, to enhance operations of the inland waterways in the area,’’ Zayyanu-Abdullahi said.

He advised all relevant authorities to ensure that dams, rivers and lakes in the country are dredged annually, to remove obstacles hindering free flow of water that could result to flooding.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Idonije Obakhedo
Source: NAN





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Flooding: Sultan visits Kebbi, seeks FG’s urgent assistance for victims



The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday sympathised with the Kebbi Government and its people over the recent flood disaster in the state.

The Sultan, who paid a sympathy visit to Gov. Atiku Bagudu in Birnin Kebbi, called on the Federal Government to assist all states ravaged by flood, as well as the victims.

“We came to visit the cemetery of Sheikh Abdullahi Gwandu and pray for the deceased, as well as showcase the importance of visiting the cemetery of pious people, to observe lessons and be a reminder to us that death is certain.

“Hence, we should correct our mistakes and do good deeds for ourselves and humanity.”

Abubakar also sympathised with the state government and the people of the state over the recent flood that wreaked havoc on farmlands, houses and resulted in the deaths of many people in the state.

“We are also here to sympathise with the government, our brothers and sisters, who have been affected by the recent floods in the state.

“We should know that the flood is an act from Allah, but measures should be taken as we are calling on the Federal, State Governments and well- to- do individuals, to assist farmers in all the affected states of the federation.

“Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara and Niger are all states with similar socio- cultural and economic backgrounds; the boundary delineation and politics should not divide us, as we are one.

“We should pray for our leaders in those states and country at large for peace to reign, and for economic prosperity to our people,” the royal father said.

The Sultan commended the four emirs in the state and the state government for their untiring efforts to ensure the maintenance of peace in Kebbi.

In his remarks, Gov. Bagudu informed the Sultan that the flood was unprecedented in the history of the state, adding that over 500,000 hectares of farmlands were affected by the flood.

“We are assuring the victims that the Federal Government  will not leave us alone, as the state has started receiving assistance from philanthropists; we are sure that more will come.

“We are also committed to the dry season farming, and we are determined to replace what we have lost to flood, as soon as the water recedes,” he said.

The governor thanked the Sultan for the visit and also condoled him over the death of the District Head of Aliero, Alhaji Salihu Muhammad II, who died today.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Sultan was accompanied on the visit by the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Bashir Muhammad and Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN
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Flood: Kebbi governor lauds President Buhari for ministerial delegations



Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sending two delegations, each headed by a Minister, to Kebbi following the recent flood that affected parts of the state.

Malam Yahaya Sarki, Special Adviser to the governor on Media, made this known in a statement in Birnin Kebbi on Friday.

Addressing a cross section of the victims in Ngaski and Yauri Local Government Areas of the state, Bagudu restated the commitment of the government to assisting them.

The governor said Buhari and the state government were deeply concerned with the unfortunate tragedy.

Bagudu said: “The President is once again extending his heartfelt condolences and sympathy to the victims.

“That was why he recently dispatched two Ministers; that of Agriculture and that of  Humanitarian Affairs and Disasters Management.

“He sent them to the state to assess the extent of the damage caused by the flood, with a view to urgently assist the victims.”

Bagudu pledged to leave no stone unturned until the victims were rehabilitated, empowered and helped to rebuild their houses and get back to their farms.

He described the disaster as divinely ordained and prayed God Almighty to prevent recurrence of similar incident.

“If we can recall, some months ago, prayers for rain were offered and now the rains have come and wrecked havoc.

“Everything comes from Almighty Allah, just like flood and drought. In every situation, we should be thankful to Him.

“The Federal and Kebbi State Governments will assist the victims, including those who lost their farmlands, houses, livestock and others,” he assured.

He also pledged that the state government would do everything possible to reinvigorate the farmers for the forthcoming dry season farming.

This, Bagudu noted, was for the state to maintain its lead as the hub of food production, especially rice, fisheries and mining.

The governor also commended the people of the state for being their brothers’ keepers, saying that the efforts of government needed to be well complemented by the people of the state.

He said that government would look into deferring the payment of agriculture loan by farmers in view of their lost arising from the flood.

The Chairman, Ngaski local government, Abdullahi Buhari-Warra told the governor that the two communities largely affected in Gafara area were Gungun Bidiri and Tungar Baguru.

According to him, the local government had since assisted the victims with zinc, cement and cash.

He thanked the governor for assisting the council to reach out to victims and urged for more assistance from State and Federal Government.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz
Source: NAN
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ICPC intensifies anti-corruption campaigns in Sokoto, others  



The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has intensified anti-corruption awareness campaigns in schools and other institutions across Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.

Mr Ibrahim Alkali, the ICPC Commissioner in charge of the three states, disclosed this when the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) visited the commission on Friday in Sokoto.

Alkali said that the commission worked with established anti-corruption committees in institutions, anti-corruption groups in schools, and with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) community development groups on its campaigns.

He said the commission’s officials ensured periodic awareness meetings with groups, aimed at changing people’s mindset by inculcating moral discipline among students and educating people on rudiments and dangers of corruption.

Alkali said that the commission conducted interactive sessions with officials of Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital (UDUTH) this month.

According to him, such exercises are continuing in other institutions across the three states.

The ICPC boss said that much had been achieved by the commission in line with its mandate on sensitising, investigating and prosecuting offenders to curb corruption in all ramifications.

He said that media practitioners were best tools in the fight against corruption, and urged the Correspondents Chapel to cooperate with the commission on its struggle.

ICPC secured many convictions and numerous cases are at investigation stages across the three states.

“We welcome petitions; including anomalous petitioners when facts are adequately presented so that officials can takeover and verify according to lawful provisions.

“I encourage journalists to work toward publicising any anomaly suspected in terms of financial fraud, flouting procurement regulations and other criminalities,’’ Alkali said.

He urged journalists and the general public to make judicious use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act in the struggle against corruption and other societal ills, which were affecting the nation’s progress.

Responding, the Chairman, Sokoto State Correspondents Chapel, Malam Habibu Harisu, said the visit was to familiarise with the commission’s activities in Sokoto State.

Harisu said the fight against corruption should be the collective responsibility of all Nigerians, and assured journalists of support in all strata across the state.

He assured the commission that the chapel would use journalistic opportunities on investigative journalism to assist its different activities.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Oluwole Sogunle
Source: NAN
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