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Floods Aftermath: NEMA Presents Relief Materials To Bayelsa Government

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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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Kwara’s AbdulRazaq Clinches Vanguard Newspapers’ Governor Of The Year 2022

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday night received the Vanguard Newspapers’ Governor of the Year 2022 Award.

Fidel Info reports that the award was presented in Lagos at Eko Hotel and Suites Victoria Island.

Commended for his institutional reforms in education and healthcare reforms, safety net programmes, infrastructural development, as well as his “purposeful leadership” that has seen people of the state benefit from dividends of democracy, the Governor won the honour alongside his colleague-Governors from Oyo, Delta, Borno, and Akwa Ibom States.

The award was presented to the Governor by former Governors Olusegun Osoba (Ogun) and Obong Victor Attah (Akwa Ibom).

The award also had other categories, which honored great Nigerians from across all walks of life.

Businessman Aliko Dangote won the Vanguard’s Personality of the Year Award.

On the Governor’s entourage were prominent Kwarans and leading members of the ruling APC, including Senators Lola Ashiru and Suleiman Sadiq Umar; House of Representatives members Raheem Olawuyi and Tijani Ismail; senatorial candidate for Kwara Central Turaki Salihu Mustapha; Mohammed Dele Belgore SAN; LUBCON Chairman Alhaji Jani Ibrahim; and Chief Femi Sani.

Equally on his entourage are APC House of Representatives candidates Ahmed Yinka Aluko, Mukhtar Shagaya, Ahmed Saba; and Alhaji Raheem Adedoyin, Otunba Ademola Adeoyin, among others.

The Governor has received several awards and recognitions for his outstanding performance since taking over in 2019.

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Gov AbdulRazaq Pledges Support For Kwara Young Talent Who Built Drone

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, on Tuesday met with a Kwara young talent, Aliyu Musa, who built an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as drone.


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reports that the meeting held at the Government House, Ilorin, in the presence of the Governor’s Special Assistant on Creative Industries, Abdulgafar Ahmed (Cute Abiola).

Musa, a secondary school graduate, used his skillset and resources at his disposal to build drones.

He had earlier met with the governor’s aide at Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin, where he flew two drones he built by himself to the amazement and cheering of observers.

In the meeting with the Governor, Musa was commended for his efforts and putting his talent to good use.

“What you have done is very commendable. Our administration recognises young people like you who make good use of their skills. That is why we continue to invest heavily in supporting youths in the state.

“Most of our projects and policies are targeted at the youths. We want to add value to their lives so that they can contribute to state and national development. We are building the Innovation Hub, Visual Arts Centre, Sugar Film Studio. All these are investments for the young people. We will continue to provide the enabling environment and right incentives for our youths to thrive in technology, entrepreneurship, education, and others,” the Governor said.

AbdulRazaq also committed to funding Musa’s education in order to hone his skills.

He would also be supported to secure the licence that will aid his talent.

The Governor had in the past similarly supported some young Kwarans who built and designed a plane.

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Again, LG Workers, SUBEB To Receive 1 Billion Salary Arrears From #2.5Billion Sure-P Refund

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The Kwara State Government is again set to  offset another part of the outstanding debt inherited from the past administration from another  refund of Sure-P on behalf of the 16 Local Government Councils in the State.

Fidel Info reports thatThe Honourable Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hon Lafia Aliyu Kora-Sabi disclosed that on the receipt of the refund, meeting was held with relevant Stakeholders  for appropriation and as well disbursements.

The Honourable Commissioner further disclosed that the Sum of One Billion was set aside for the payment  of outstanding arrears as done during the last tranche,Ex-Council Political Office holders (1999-2016) as well as pension and gratuity were considered.

Also some amount was set aside for Projects execution for all the 16 Local Government Councils.

It would be recalled that a similar meeting was also held among the Stakeholders when the first tranche of 3.5Billion was received.

According to the Honourable Commissioner, this gesture is a further demonstration of the transparency of the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, The Executive Governor of Kwara State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq non-interference with funds meant for Local Government Administration in the State.

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