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Floods Aftermath:Kwara Receives Relief Donations From NEMA

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday handed over foods and other items to the Kwara State Government under the Federal Government Special intervention of assorted grains and approved relief materials for distribution to persons affected by 2022 flood and other natural and human induced disaster.

Fidel Info reports that the Director General of NEMA Mustapha Ahmed, at the event held in Ilorin, announced, “I am glad to say that with assessments conducted and reports to the Ministry of

Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari approved the release of 12,000 metric tons of assorted grains from the National Strategic Reserve Stock for distribution to states of the federation and the FCT.”

“You will all agree with me that in the last couple of months some states of Nigeria including Kwara State have suffered widespread flood disaster. The unfortunate flood incidents have resulted in loss of lives, human displacement, loss of means of livelihood socio-economic dislocation.”

Represented by the Deputy Director ICT and Technical Director to NEMA DG Sani Lokoja, the DG said NEMA’s operations office in Minna has continuously worked with the Kwara State Emergency Management (KWASEMA) to conduct damage and loss assessments to guide relief intervention to persons in need of support in Kwara State.

“Part of the grains distributed to Kwara state which are expected to give succour to most

vulnerable groups of persons include: 105 metric tons of maize (2,100 bags of 50kg); 88.7 metric tons of sorghum (1,800 bags of 50kg; 98.7 metric tons of Garri (3,600 bags of 25kg),” he said.

“Furthermore, NEMA has delivered additional relief material in form of food and non-food items to further support persons affected by the flood disaster in Kwara State. The items comprise of the following:

A. Food Items: 1,000 bags of 10kg rice; 1,000 bags of 10kg beans; 1,000 bags of 10kg maize; 75 bags of salt (20kg); 75 kegs of vegetable oil (20ltrs); 150 cartons of seasoning cubes (maggi/knorr); 75 cartons of tin tomato (50 sachet).

B. Non-Food Items: 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 children’s wear (new); 1,000 pieces of women’s wear (new) and 1,000 pieces of men’s wear (new),” he disclosed.

“I want to also use this opportunity to appeal to His Excellency Governor of Kwara state to set up and strengthening the Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) in all the Local

Government Areas of Kwara state to take disaster management to the grassroots in line with global best practices. This is with the understanding that every disaster happens in particular community and in a particular Local Government. The first life-saving responders are always from the community. As we always say; disasters are always local and lifesaving first responders are always local too. In this regard, I also want to appeal to Your Excellency to set aside a predictable funding to Kwara SEMA to enable the Agency intervene timely to save lives and safeguard the livelihoods whenever disasters hit,” Ahmed added.

In attendance were Kwara State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Arc Safudeen Aliyu Muhammed; Chairman Kwara State Environmental Task Force Alhaji Razaq Jiddah; Permanent Secretary Cabinet, Political and Special Services Barrister Sabitiyu Kikelomo Grillo; Head NEMA Minna Operations Office Overseeing Niger and Kwara States Hajia Zainab Saidu; Assistant Director Human Resources Management NEMA Adebiyi Razaq and Secretary to Kwara State Emergency Management Agency Mrs Motunrayo Adaran.

In his response, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Prof Mamman Saba Jubril called on the federal government to find lasting solutions to the perennial flooding affecting communities around Rivers, Niger, and Benue.

“Compensation by giving money, foods and other items in most of the affected communities is like scratching the problem from the surface. We want the federal government to come up with permanent solutions to the problems. We know it could be very costly but they deserve it. This is beyond the state government.

“Some of the solutions to this problem include dredging of rivers to contain more volume of water and avert overflowing; construction of dyke around the rivers; planting of trees along river banks; discouraging farming around riverbanks and dredging of Baro Port in Niger State,” he suggested.

AbdulRazaq recalled that the government had earlier distributed relief materials to victims of flooding in Patigi, Edu, and Moro local government areas.

“We also gave cash compensations to the victims of fire disaster in Alanamu area of Ilorin. His Excellency Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq came to their assistance immediately the fire incident occurred. We also had similar fire disaster in Ipata Market Ilorin and he did the same thing. We had rainstorm disaster within Ilorin metropolis and they were also compensated adequately,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chairman Kwara State Environmental Task Force Razaq Jiddah appreciated NEMA for its continuous support to the state government and the people of the state.

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FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds

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Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.

Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.

Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 

“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.

“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.

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Gov Adeleke Assures Citizens Continuity Of Predecessor’s Projects

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Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, yesterday, promised not to abandon his predecessor’s ongoing projects since government is a continuum.

Fidel Info reports that A statement by the spokesperson to the Speaker, Kunle Alabi, stated that the governor was at the Osun State House of Assembly, yesterday, to seek the lawmakers’ cooperation for an Executive-Legislative relationship.

The statement reads: “Now that election is over, I want everyone to join me to move the state forward, the government cannot do it alone. For we do have an enviable state, everyone must be ready to play their part for the state to move forward.

“I promise that my administration would not cheat anyone, it will be an all-inclusive government where everybody will be happy and peace will reign supremely in the state.”

Earlier in his address, Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye held that the Assembly will do everything to support the government saying they may only disagree with the executive based on facts of the law and not sentiments.

The Speaker said: “You and your team have the utmost task of strengthening the Executive-Legislative relationship; it is most important considering the differences in the ideology of our political parties. We must also allow the rule of law to guide our actions, behaviour and activities during this period.

“On a personal note, I want to beseech you to surround yourself with men of valour, value and honour, who will give the best advice that will advance the lives of our people. Your activities and that of your team must at all times be in tandem with the principle of separation of powers and mutual respect for each arm of government.

“Mr Governor, I am happy that you have at some point served in this arm as a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This enormous task of acting right and staying on that path lies with the legislative arm and we as the accredited representatives of our people have sworn to continue on this path.”

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Gov AbdulRazaq Commends Labour Unions

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Monday called on the labour unions in Nigeria to always exploit dialogue and mutual understanding in pressing home their demands from governments, saying this will foster industrial harmony and hasten national development.

Fidel Info reports that the Governor specifically commended the labour unions for their contributions to national growth and policies of dialogue.

The Governor spoke in Ilorin at the Harmattan School of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) held at the Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS).

“I use this platform to call for constant engagements, dialogue and mutual understanding to resolve all issues between stakeholders in the labour industry. This will foster industrial harmony, improve productivity, and hasten national development,” the Governor said while declaring open the 18th edition of the Harmattan School of the NLC in Ilorin.

The theme for this year’s session is “Expanding Nigeria’s Democratic Space for Trade Union Organising in the World of Work”.

He expressed hope that the gathering will evaluate the inner workings of labour organisations and foster understanding between employers and employees in formal and informal sectors alike.

AbdulRazaq commended the Director General of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu and his team for sustaining the age-long initiative that he called a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour-government relations.

The Governor reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the welfare of workers in the State as part of the measures to promote industrial harmony.

“I congratulate the leadership of this great Institute and the NLC leadership for this creative initiative. It is a smart way to bridge existing gaps in labour government relations,” he said.

“Our administration is always committed to industrial harmony. We are committed to workers’ welfare and mutual respect at all times. I commend the labour unions in Kwara State for always reciprocating our good faith thus far. I believe we can do a lot more together in the coming years.”

AbdulRazaq urged participants to extend the knowledge from the event to others who were not present, noting “that was the way our society can reap the full benefits of this laudable programme”.

In attendance were the Special Adviser on Special Duties Alhaji AbdulRazhaq Jiddah; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Labour Matters Abdulmumin Onagun;

NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba; Deputy National President of NLC Alhaji Najeem Yasin; State Chairman for NLC Comrade Issa Ore, representative of the Country Director for International Labour  Organization (ILO) Mrs Inviolata Chinyangarara; and various delegates of Trade Union Congress from Ghana, Sirera-leone and Liberia; among other labour leaders.

Labour leaders who spoke at the occasion dwelled on the need for the labour movement to be more organised while handling issues affecting their members across the federation.

Director General of the Institute Comrade Issa Aremu, for his part, said the theme for this year’s Harmattan School is well thought-out, adding that the organised labour knows that democracy offers them a better platform to advance their struggle for decent work and decent living.

He said the forthcoming elections in Nigeria will largely be determined by labour issues like employment, wages, security of jobs and good governance, asking who among the presidential candidates are capable and ready to re-industrialise the Country, create jobs and pay workers a living wage.

He praised AbdulRazaq for doing so much to promote comfort and dignity of the State workforce, alluding to the government’s commitment to the implementation of the new minimum wage and regular payment of salaries, among other pro-labour programmes.

“Comrades, let us shine our face; don’t judge anybody by the claims or covers. Look at their contents (manifestos). What are their anticidents? What are they up to? And I am happy that we have a governor here (AbdulRazaq), my host Governor, who has been tested and trusted,” he said.

“I listened to Comrade Issa (State NLC Chairman) who confirmed that the Governor has paid the new minimum wage, including the consequential adjustment.”

NLC President Ayuba Wabba, in his keynote address, called on all employers of labour to prioritise the welfare of workers and recognise their pivotal roles towards achieving economic growth and national development.

He tasked the participants, who are labour leaders from across the country and beyond, to study well and make good use of what they might have learnt to better their leadership structures and struggles in their places of work.

Wabba specifically commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his well-known love for workers in the state.

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