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Floods Aftermath: NEMA Presents Relief Materials To Bayelsa Government



The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has presented food items and non-food items and relief materials to the Bayelsa State government to help cushion the effects of the flood on the victims.

Fidel Info reports that the food items presented include 1,000 bags of 10kg rice, 1,000 bags of 10kg beans, 1,000 bags of 10kg maize, 75 bags of salt (20kg, and 75 kegs of vegetable oil (201trs). Other food items include 150 cartons of seasoning cubes (Maggi/knorr) and 75 cartons of tin tomato (50 sachets).

The non-food Items include 8,000 pieces of nylon mats, 1,000 pieces of mosquito nets (treated, 600 cartons of bath soap, 2,500 pieces of guinea brocade (5 yards), 1,000 pieces of new children’s wear, 1,000 pieces of new women’s wear and 1,000 pieces of new men’s wear.

Speaking at the formal presentation ceremony, in Yenagoa, yesterday, the Director General of  NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, described the exercise as a significant milestone towards consolidating the mutual support and collaboration between NEMA, and the government of Bayelsa State on disaster management and humanitarian service delivery. 

Represented by the Director of Search and Rescue, NEMA, Air Commodore Edward Kolawole Adedokun, said several states of Nigeria including Bayelsa State have suffered widespread flood disasters in the last couple of months, which needs the government’s attention. 

He called on the Bayelsa State government to set aside predictable funding for Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to enable the Agency to intervene timely to save lives and safeguard livelihoods whenever disasters hit.

He said, “The unfortunate flood incidents have resulted in the loss of lives, human displacement, loss of means of livelihood, and socio-economic dislocation. Furthermore, banditry and economic downturn and pre-harvest food shortage have increased the vulnerability of a segment of the populace in the recent past.”

He further stated that “In this regard, the Zonal Office of NEMA has continuously worked with the Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to conduct damage and loss assessments to guide relief intervention to persons in need of support in Bayelsa state.”

“In line with assessments conducted and reports to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR approved the release of 12,000 metric tons of assorted grains from the National Strategic Reserve Stock for distribution to all states of the federation and the FCT.

Kolawole further stated that “Let me say that the Federal government through NEMA cannot compensate persons impacted by disasters. We cannot compensate people for the traumatic experience that have caused set backs. Yet we have to help people to get back on their feet and restart normal life with this type of intervention.”

“The relief intervention is a testimony that the federal Government through NEMA is always concerned about the welfare of the people of Bayelsa State. People or about the wellarnt it wellbeing of the good want to also use this opportunity to appeal to the Governor of Bayelsa state to set up and strengthen Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) in all the Local Government Areas of Bayelsa state to take disaster risk management to the grassroots in line with global best practices.”

“As we always say; disasters are always local, the lifesaving first responders are always local too. In this regard, I also want to appeal to the governor to set aside a predictable funding to Bayelsa SEMA to enable the Agency intervene timely to save lives and safeguard livelihoods whenever disasters hit.”

Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr David Alagoa, appreciated the federal government agency for identifying with the state during the disaster.

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Lai Mohammed bags international advocacy job



Ballard Partners, an international governmental affairs firm has appointed Alhaji Lai Mohammed, immediate past Minister of Information and Culture, as Managing Partner of its first office in Africa.

In a statement issued by the firm and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, Mohammed is to serve as Managing Partner of its newly opened Abuja office and its satellite office in Lagos.

With its headquarters in Washington, Ballard Partners specialises in all aspects of governmental and public affairs, including legislative and executive agency advocacy.

In the statement, Brian Ballard, the firm’s President and founder said they were opening their first African office in Nigeria to expand the firm’s international footprint to three continents.

He said the opening of the office, would also help in building upon the important work they had done on behalf of African nations and companies in Africa and the U.S.

On the choice of the former minister, Ballard said that Mohammed “has a long record of public service and is one of the most respected officials in the country.

Adding that “his outstanding reputation and exceptional experience will be invaluable to our firm”.

Ballard recalled that since the advent of Nigeria’s fourth republic in 1999, Mohammed played key roles in the political life of his country as Chief of Staff to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of Lagos.

He added that Mohammed was also the National Spokesperson for the Opposition for over a decade (2005-2015) and a candidate for the Governorship of Kwara State in the 2003 General Elections.

The statement also reflected the former Minister’s happiness in accepting the international job.

“I am very pleased to join Ballard Partners and to open the firm’s first office in Africa,”

“Ballard Partners has an impeccable reputation internationally and is well known for its success representing African countries and American firms in Africa.

The opportunities in Nigeria are substantial and I look forward to helping the firm’s clients achieve their objectives,” Mohammed was quoted as saying.

Born in Oro, Kwara state, Mohammed graduated with second class upper honors with dual degrees in modern European languages (majoring in French) and law.

He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1986.

The former Minister has also been awarded several diplomas in different parts of the world including Diplomes d’Etudes Francaise 3ieme Degree in both Dakar, Senegal and Vichy France

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I Owe My Success To God, President Tinubu, President Buhari – Aregbesolaa



Immediate past Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has attributed the success of his political career to President Bola Tinubu and Former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Aregbesola, while paying a homage to the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, to mark his homecoming reception in Osun, noted that the support of the two leaders of the country, enabled his success in the roles.

He expressed gratitude to family, friends, colleagues, and associates for standing by him throughout his sojourn as Commissioner, Governor, and Minister praising them for their support.

He used the occasion to enumerate some of the interventions and projects he attracted to Ijesaland during his tenure as Minister.

His words: “We thank God for how far he has brought me.

“Again, I must thank President Muhammadu Buhari for counting me worthy to be made a minister and also President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for counting me worthy to be a commissioner in Lagos. Because from there, God continued to uplift me to where I’m today.

“If you recall, when I left government in November 2018, I came here to pay homage and thanked God for a successful tenure.

“After my tour of duty as Minister in Abuja, I felt it was proper for me again to come and pay homage as a worthy son of Ijesaland.”

“Some of the projects God used us to achieve and facilitate to Ijesaland are the Fire Service Zonal Training School, 3,000 capacity custodial centre under construction, Passport front office, Regional passport production centre, Covid-19 crisis intervention fund Hospital, Ilesa and the National Institute of Domestic Security.

“The institute is a research and training centre for all paramilitary agencies in Nigeria and all over Africa,” the former Governor of the State of Osun stressed further.

In his remarks, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr.) Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran praised the Minister for being a worthy son of the Ijesas.

The monarch recalled with nostalgia the myriads of projects and achievements recorded while the former Minister governed Osun, and his imprints, which stands him out as a worthy ambassador of the state.

He prayed for higher responsibility and God’s continued benevolence on Ogbeni Aregbesola

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Details: Amosun’s Men Latch On To Something New as They visit President



Loyalists of Senator Ibikunle Amosun appeared to have regained their voices in the political circle of Ogun state.

They are latching on to a recent happening happenstance to claim renewed relevance.

Former Governor Ibikunle Amosun was a recent guest of President Bola Tinubu.

Amosun’s are leveraging the development to make claims of a deal that will return them to reckoning the Ogun state political circle.

Amosun lost out to Abiodun in a protracted battle for the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state.

The winner takes all approach of Abiodu saw Amosun and his men completely sidelined ahead of the 2023 general election.

Attempts by Amosun to remain relevant by planting his loyalists in a rival political party, Action Democratic Congress (ADC) for the election did not amount to much.

Along with his preferred ADC Gubernatorial candidate, Otegbeye, all other candidates didn’t were beaten at the polls

Amosun’s men went low profile since then until his recent visit to President Tinubu.

They are leveraging on the Senator’s throwing backing Tinubu to become President – during APC Primary and Presidential election – to claim the visit was to fine-tune arrangements that would return his men to relevance in Ogun politicis

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