NCFRMI Flags Off Humanitarian Support Programme For IDP’s

NCFRMI Flags Off Humanitarian Support Programme For IDP'sThe National Commission For Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), has flagged off a humanitarian support Programme to the IDP’s in Yobe state, north east Nigeria.

The Federal Commissioner for the NCFRMI, Mrs Sadiya Umar-Farouck, while flagging off the programme in Damaturu the state capital, said the first phase would include supply of both food and non-food items to the IDP’s in the affected area.

The commission according to her, would in the second phase take on durable solutions that would make the return of the IDP’s a memorable one.

“We are here to flag off the first phase humanitarian support program for the Internally Displaced Persons and subsequently we are going to focus on the durable solutions to those displaced persons, who are ready to go home because their communities have been declared safe by security agents.

“We are going to do that with your support and partnership, considering the fact that you have done so much to bring succor to these our brothers and sisters and we commend you very much for the good work you are doing to ensure normalcy returns to our trouble areas.

“We look forward to a very fruitful working relationship” the commissioner told the state government.

The state Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, represented by his Deputy and chairman of the rehabilitation, reconstruction and relocation of IDPs in the state, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, called for more assistance to the remaining IDP’s still taking refuge at the Pompomari camp in Damaturu the state capital.

NCFRMI Flags Off Humanitarian Support Programme For IDP's

He revealed that at the moment, 2,500 IDP’s are taking refuge at the Damaturu official camp, as many more have returned to their ancestral homes, sequel to the return of peace in some affected areas.

According to him, the need for more assistance to the IDP’s has become necessary as all those at the camp as well as returnees, have not engaged themselves in meaningful means of livelihood for several years.

Mr Aliyu, however said that the Yobe state Government had carried out lots of reconstruction and rehabilitation works to improve the lives of the IDP’s.

He expressed appreciation to some
philanthropists, NGO’s and other spirited individuals for the untiring support to the displaced.

“While expressing our appreciation for the support received from the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, the flagging off of the distribution of the relief materials to the IDP’s by the commission should therefore be viewed as part of another giant stride in our multi-dimensional approach to providing succor to the teaming IDP’s.

“I wish to inform the federal commissioner that though various forms of assistance was received in favour of the IDPs in the state, considering the seriousness of the humanitarian crisis which is the second most hit after Borno state, we still need intervention in the form of additional food and essential non-food items, provision of building materials and cash support, to enable our traumatized people reconstruct and rehabilitate their house.

“The state government will also require support in the great and monumental task of reconstructing the destroyed public and private structures” the governor said.

Kwara State Gives Reasons It Wants A Share Of 13% Derivation Money

Abdulfatah-AhmedThe Kwara State government is seeking immediate inclusion on the list of beneficiaries of the 13 per cent Derivation Fund from the solid minerals, as a solid minerals producing state.

The State Commissioner for Industry and Solid Minerals Development, Funmilayo Oniwa, made the demand on behalf of the state government in Ilorin at the stakeholders’ forum organised by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAC).

Mrs Oniwa pointed out that the state had about 17 mineral resources and queried the exclusion of the state among investment destinations for solid minerals development listed in the brochure of the Nigerian Mining and Metal Sector Investment Promotion released in August.

She explained that the state had contributed immensely to the development of the solid minerals’ sector, as a veritable source of revenue generation into the Federation Account.

The Commissioner further highlighted that such a document ought to be sensitive to the mineral and investment potentials of each state in view of the Federal Government’s economic diversification campaign.

In his remarks, the Federal Commissioner, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Ajibola Fagboyegun, agreed that the state was endowed with mineral resources based on the facts presented and promised that the team would visit some mining sites across the state.

Mr Fagboyegun called on the state governments to maximise opportunities in the mineral sector for the success of the Federal Government’s campaign on diversification of the economy, particularly during the economic recession.

The drive for the diversification of the economy had increased after the nation’s economy officially slipped into recession, as indicated in a report of the National Bureau of Statistics.

According to the report, the Gross Domestic Product of the nation contracted by 2.06%, evident in increasing inflation and weakened Naira.

Buhari Appoints New Heads For 13 FG Agencies

Muhammadu-Buhari-UNGeneral-AssemblyPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday approved the appointments of Chief Executives for 13 Federal Government agencies.

A list of the new Chief Executives was contained in a statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Bolaji Adebiyi.

The appointments are:

Joseph Ari, Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Monitoring Board.

Aboloma Anthony, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

Mamman Amadu, Director-General, Bureau of Public Procurement.

Sharon Ikeazor, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate.

Princess Akodundo Gloria, National Coordinator, New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

Mr Ahmed Bobboi, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Equalisation Fund.

Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority.

Sa’adiya Faruq, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.

Usman Abubakar, Chairman, Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC).

Dr. Bello Gusau, Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF).

Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

Nigerian Laws Are Business Friendly – Commissioner

A Federal Commissioner with the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, Mr. Kefas Magaji, has declared that Nigerian laws are “business friendly.”

In this edition of Question Time, Mr. Magaji reveals that the major problem of the commission is the implementation of laws. He also talks about other challenges and prospects of the agency.