Okowa Challenges Immigration On Accurate Data Of Expatriates

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Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa

The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has challenged the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to provide accurate data of expatriates to check loss of revenue.

The governor made the call when the Comptroller Immigration Services, Delta state Command, Mr. Baba Ali Zakari led officials of the agency to pay him a courtesy visit in Asaba, the state capital.

Governor Okowa who was surprised that the Immigration Service had accurate records of expatriates in Delta state, observed that such should be made available to the state Board of Internal Revenue Service to ensure that revenue accruing to the state and the country is not lost.

“I am glad that we are monitoring and supervising the expatriates quota in the state because, sometimes we hear about expatriates coming in, they work and live here because proper records are not kept on them.

“The state and nation loses in terms of revenue that is derivable from taxes that are supposed to be paid by them; so, I am glad that the Immigration Service has given us the number of expatriates in the state at the moment and the Board of Internal Revenue will look into its records to ensure that it correlates with your records and if it does, we can take it up immediately because, we know that there are sharp practices by some of our companies that are involved in the oil sector,” Governor Okowa said.

The governor also used the occasion to state that with active Immigration Service, crime rates would be reduced, especially in Delta state where the Police has noticed that most of the crime committed in the state were by foreigners.

“We are very much aware that there is a lot of work for the Immigration Service to do and that there is greater need to continue to monitor immigrants who are within the various localities in the state.

“I am glad to hear that you have officers distributed through the local government areas because, we know that crime rate is increasing now and it is time for us to become more cautious about allowing people come into our states.

“We know that the law in Nigeria allows us to move freely but, it is important that the people who come into our state are properly documented because, recently, some criminals that were caught, some of them are foreigners as the Commissioner of Police did report to me”, he expressed.

The Governor, however, charged Immigration to step up its activities on checking human trafficking in the country.

Meanwhile, Mr Zakari said the visit was to brief the Governor and members of the State Executive council of the activities of the Immigration Service in the state.

He commended Governor Okowa’s administration for its numerous assistance to the agency, “We thank you for the construction of access roads to the Immigration Office in the state, and we also appreciate your commitment towards ensuring security of lives and property in the state, the Immigration Service will not relent in repatriating illegal immigrants in the state”.

NGO Cautions Teenagers Against Early Marriage

Teenage_GirlsA non-governmental organisation known as Kaduna State Faith Actors Dialogue Forum (FADF), has called on adolescent girls in Nigeria to make education their top priority rather than rushing into marriage at a tender age.

Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the Chairman of FADF, Rev. Joseph Hayab, said that adolescent girls should embrace education, employment and reject early marriage, adding that women should be given an opportunity to lead in all spheres of life, because from records they have always been proven to be better administrators.

He cautioned adolescent girls against all forms of social ills and advised them to concentrate more on what will guarantee their future because their destiny is in their hands, and they can use it negatively or positively.

He also said that gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, society and economy.

According to Rev. Hayab, FADF, is a group of 35 Faith Actors and Leaders of both Christian and Muslim faith working together to liberate the girl-child from any form of discrimination by empowering them to have a voice in the society.

The Chairman commended women who have shown courage and are always at the forefront contributing their quota to societal growth without barriers and urged them to continue to be bold for change in their undertakings.

“We are here to commemorate the 2017 International Women’s Day which is observed every 8 of March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

“This year’s theme, “Be Bold for Change” is apt even as we call on the masses to help forge a better working world.

“Our society must not reduce or restrict them from exercising their fundamental right. We should instead join hands in empowering women and girls which is an assured way for a secured future for our children, family and the society at large.

“We at FADF wish to call on the government at all levels and private sector, to be bold for change by giving women, especially adolescent girls the proper and required education to be able to compete with emerging trends in the society so that as they grow up, they will be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science.

“We commend the efforts put in by the Development and Peace Initiative (DPI) and Gender Awareness Trust (GAT), with support from the Christian Aid in ensuring the involvement of Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, Parents and Teachers to key into her Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI) to improve the choices of opportunities for adolescent girls which is being carried out in 12 communities of Kaduna state, four communities in Zango Kataf, Chikun and Makarfi Local Government Areas each,” he said.

Anambra Town Unions Declare Support For Obiano

obianoAnambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), has given the nod to Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, to go on and contest in the forthcoming November 18 Governorship election. 

This was the resolution reached at the Grand General Meeting of the Association at Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, where the National President, Dr. Jude Okolo and members from the entire 177 communities in the state supported.

Women and youth groups also commended the governor for his giant strides in the development of Anambra state within three years in office and urged him not to relent.

The programme was tagged “Maka Odimma Ndi Anambra”, meaning, “For the well being of the people of Anambra”, and Governor Willie Obiano was invited to be part of the meeting.

Critical issues were deliberated on which the entire members resolved among other issues that the government of Willie Obiano had performed excellently well and should be allowed to continue.

Governor Obiano inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the association and also expressed delight at the confidence reposed in him by the people, to continue in office.

He assured that he would live up to expectation adding that community projects embarked by his administration must continue to the second stage.

“I am very delighted to be so honored by the whole of Anambra Town Union members both in Anambra and in neighboring states by their resolutions, urging me to go for a second term.

“I am also very delighted when I listened carefully to the items you stated I did, it shows you are paying attention to this administration and I thank you immensely.

“I want to promise you, I am not going to fail you”, the governor expressed.


Kaduna Govt. To Train Midwives On Obstetric Scanning

kaduna_749193780The Kaduna state government is set to train midwives to operate obstetric scanning, in order to increase access to quality healthcare services to women and children.

The state Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Paul Dogo, made the announcement at the 14th Biennial Nursing Leaders Conference held in Kaduna.

He said the government is in strong partnership with development partners towards tackling the major causes of maternal and under five mortality, reduction of disease burden in the population and improving health status of all residents.

One of such programmes, according to the Commissioner is the revitalization of the Primary Healthcare system.

While calling on the leaders of the Nursing profession to peruse excellence, professionalism and development of nursing education and practice that will place them at par with their counterparts in the rest of the world; he cautioned them to ensure that they do not fail the next generation; saying “Pass on the Barton to them well”

“We have adopted the Primary Healthcare (PHC) per political ward strategy, and have therefore identified 255 PHCs that are currently undergoing expansion and renovation.

“Contracts have been awarded to GE Health to equip the 255 PHCs with equipment such as the V-Scan.

“Midwives will be trained to do obstetric scanning in order to increase access to quality healthcare services to our women and children.

“To consolidate the gains of our polio free status since November 2012, we are strengthening routine immunization across the State.

“The cold chain gap is being addressed, more cold stores have been built and other cold chain equipment such as the Solar direct driven refrigerators have been bought waiting to be deployed to all the 255 PHCs once the upgrade is completed.

“The Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital Kaduna has been given approval to recruit 160 Nurses and Ministry of Health to recruit 1000 Nurses and Midwives to ensure effective provision of health care in the State.

“To further reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the state, the government has given approval for the re-introduction of community Midwifery and is working hard towards raising the accreditation status of our Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery, to increase skilled birth attendants in our clinics and hospitals,” the commissioner stated.

Osun Assembly Describes Tinubu As A Man of Strong Legacy

Tinubu, Maryam Abacha To Commission Major Projects In BornoThe Osun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Najeem Salam, has felicitated with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the Celebration of his 65th birthday.

In a statement signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly described Tinubu as a quintessential, larger than life politician, with a passion for democratic ideals and commitment to national development.

“The former governor of Lagos state is a man of many parts, a bridge builder, philanthropist, master strategist and patriot who in many ways has raised the standard of civilization and human dignity.

“Nigeria owes Tinubu a huge gratitude for his determination, consistency, doggedness, vision and fearless disposition in the strengthening and enthronement of good governance in the country”.

The parliament noted that Tinubu, who is acknowledged by friends and foe, far and near, as a rounded politician, pathfinder, investor, generous and people person, said, through his extra ordinarily large heart and unusual magnanimity of character, he had raised countless men from miry clay, produced several remarkable politicians and business leaders.

The Assembly then advised him to remain focused in the days and years ahead in ensuring that democracy which he bravely fought for is not left to drift or suffer any form of setback.

While wishing him many more years in radiant health, the Assembly added that his many legacies and contributions to nation building, party politics and wealth creation are eloquent testimonies of his great personality as a distinguished Nigerian.