Religious Diversity Is A Blessing – Gov. Obaseki

Religious Diversity Is A Blessing - Gov. Obaseki
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has implored the citizens to show more respect for the religious diversity in the state, which he said adds more strength.

He stated this position when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Edo state chapter led by its chairman, Mr Yusuf Bako, in Government House, Benin City, the Edo state capital.

The Governor said,”We have to respect our diversity that is the strength of the state, as all Nigerians are represented here in Edo state, the diversity is what has made us special and unique”.

He also maintained that the inter-religious body is needed now that the peace in country is being threatened by insecurity, adding that a regular meeting between the Christian and Muslim bodies constituted in the state early 2017 will help tackle the security challenges.

Earlier in his address, Mr Bako solicited for piece of land within Government House for the building of a mosque for Muslims to worship.

He equally appealed for allocation of a wider plot of land within the state capital for Muslims in the state to worship.

Obaseki Commits To Technology-driven Governance In Edo

Obaseki Commits To Technology-driven Governance In EdoThe Edo State Government has launched the State Integrated Information Management System (SIFIMS), as part of efforts to reposition civil service in the state.

In his address at an event which took place at the banquet hall of the Government House in Benin City, Governor Godwin Obaseki said his administration is committed to a transparent governance which will be driven by technology.

The Governor who described SIFIMS as a revolution, noted that it was a bold step for Edo State to launch such system, stressing the need to reposition the civil service.

“Nigeria worked because the civil service worked; the civil service worked because there were processes and systems that made it work.

“This provided the platform for the successes recorded by the government, which were deliberately implemented and enforced,” he said.

The Accountant-General of Edo State, Mr Isaac Ehiozuwa, praised Governor Obaseki for his desire to run and ensure a transparent and effective governance through the system.

He noted that all is set to run the system in the state, saying those involved have been fully trained while all financial transactions of the state would be done through the use of the computers.

South-east Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu

South-east Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu's Release
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

The continuous detention of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been on the front runner of discussions among the Governors of the five states in Nigeria’s South-east region.

The leaders, who met for the second time in 2017 at the Government House in Enugu State, announced their resolve to engage relevant authorities at the Federal level and the region to address the issue.

The Chairman of the forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, told reporters that other issues discussed at the meeting include ecological problems facing the region and economic integration among others.

The meeting comes barely two weeks after the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, called on the Federal Government to consider the release of the self-acclaimed IPOB leader.

Governor Okorocha attributed Kanu’s actions to youthful exuberance, saying he believes that his continued detention is a distraction.

He added that some leaders in the South-east region are already coming together to make a case for his release and would caution his actions afterwards.

Mr Kanu was arrested in October 2015 and has been held in prison since then, despite various court orders that ruled for his release.

Members of the IPOB in the South-east have also held series of protests, demanding his release.

Edo Govt. To Settle Outstanding Pension Allowances

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government has restated its commitment to improving the welfare of retired workers in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, gave the assurance when he received a team from the Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Edo state chapter at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

Obaseki said the state government will ensure a long lasting solution to all the pension related disputes, adding that all outstanding allowances owed the retired workers will be cleared before the end of 2017.

“Where are those who already earn pension, we have them. What are they earning is it realistic, that is what we call harmonisation, which we have to deal with.

“But more importantly where are those who have worked and have not gotten even pension or gratuity, shouldn’t we deal with those ones first.

“2015, 2014, 2013 to 2012, I am hoping that by the end of this year I will be current”, he said.

The governor also insisted that local government pensioners are not included in the bailout package.

“I cannot run local government by bailout, money that comes from Abuja, yes we use it to pay teachers. How much is generated as revenues, government revenues can only be collected by government officials so that we can account for.

“Those revenues are what we use to pay salaries, pay pension and do the work of the local government”, he stated.

Edo Govt. To Partner With NIW Towards Welding

Governor Obaseki Flags Off NIPDS In Edo State
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

The Edo state government, has agreed to partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Welding (NIW), towards a fabrication village in the state.

The Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed this when he received a delegation from the institute on a working visit to the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

Obaseki lauded the institute for its numerous achievements in the areas of welding and fabrication, adding that the state would cash in on its technologies and vocational initiatives to create a fabrication village in the state.

He said, the fabrication village would be situated near a power generation station which would also allow for small and medium scale businesses to thrive contributing to economic growth.

“We are repositioning our state and NIW is a key plank for this revolution.

“Edo would like to go into a Memorandum of Understanding with the institute on how to accomplish a fabrication village.

“We have registered about 40,000 in our database for unemployed youths in the state”. Obaseki stated.

Obaseki further stressed that the government has plans to promote entrepreneurship among the youths.

“We will select those who are interested in welding and train them.

“We believe that when they have gone through the training and start their own welding business, it will tame the quest to travel abroad in search for greener pasture”, he stated.

The head of NIW delegation, Dr. Solomon Edeberi, said the body is seeking cooperation from the state government, in areas of a fabrication yard and overall industrialization of the state.

He maintained that a fabrication village in the state will boost job creation and promote a clean environment.

Kogi Govt. Urges Residents To Take Child Vaccination Seriously

child-vaccThe Commissioner for Health in Kogi state, Dr. Saka Audu, has asked the rural community dwellers to shun all social norms that could discourage vaccination of children in the state.

He stated this during the official flag off of the National Immunization Plus Days

(NIPDs), in Lokoja, the state capital.

The commissioner noted that the vaccines were meant to prevent child killer diseases and cause no harm to the child.

The event which took place at the Government House premises, was attended by women and their children from the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr. Saka in his address, pointed out that NIPDs was set aside in the country to immunize children between the ages of one and five years old, with oral polio vaccine, along side other vaccines in accordance with the national schedule.

He therefore implored the administrators from the 21 LGAs in the state to make available adequate funds and other required logistics to the programme and ensure that the target groups were immunized.

He stressed that Kogi state has been polio free since 2009 and it was indeed a thing of joy for him that they were getting it right.

Furthermore, he noted that Nigeria was at the verge of being certified polio free by the W.H.O.

“I encourage you all to keep up the good work until we achieve total eradication of wild polio virus in Kogi state in particular and Nigeria in general.

“The health policies in this administration’s new direction blueprint, will bring great relief to all the people of Kogi, when it is finally operational,” he stated.

In his speech, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, Dr. Ahmed Attah, commended the governor for graciously approving the release of counterparts fund for all health programmes in the state.

He noted that poliomyelitis was a deadly childhood disease that could cause disability by crippling the affected children and even killing them in some cases.

“One of the ways to deal squarely with the disease is the National Immunization Plus Days that has been scheduled from March 25 to 28, 2017 and every household in the state would be covered.

“Children would be immunized against childhood preventable diseases such as polio, diphtheria, pertussis, pneumonia, whooping cough, hepatitis b, measles and yellow fever according to the national schedule”, he noted.

Representative of the World Health Organisation (W.H.O), Kennedy Adejoh, in his keynote address said Nigeria was clarified as an endemic country.

Mr. Adejoh, therefore, reaffirmed the commitment of the W.H.O including the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to eradicate polio in Kogi state and in Nigeria in general.

On the other hand, representative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mr James Folayan, hailed Governor Bello for his efforts and commitment to the progress of the programme.

“Everything has been put in place and the stage is set for full implementation.

“I urge the state and all the Local Government Areas to continue the support with proper monitoring,” he stated.

Gov. Obiano Marks Three Years In Office

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has proudly announced to the state that the three years of his administration have brought transformation in the lives of citizens and to the state as well.

He made this known during a state broadcast marking his third anniversary in office at the Government House, Awka, the state capital.

The governor happily stated that the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative blueprint have helped in achieving the vision and mission he had for the state, especially in agriculture.

Within three years, agricultural investments in the state have resulted in job creation totaling 725 (direct jobs) and 5,200 (indirect jobs).

Also in industrialization, trade and commerce, Anambra has become a first choice investment destination with well over 40 investors attracted and investment inflow of 5.5 billion U.S Dollars in three years.

Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun Immorality

Yobe Deputy Governor Asks Nigerian Youth To Shun ImmoralityThe Deputy Governor of Yobe State, Abubakar Aliyu, has cautioned Nigerian youth to desist from drugs and other social vices that are inimical to their progress and that of the country.

The Deputy Governor stated this when he received the leadership of the Arewa Students Forum who paid him a visit at the Government House in Damaturu, the state’s capital in northeast Nigeria.

He said the future of the country is in their hands, adding that any mistake on their part will affect the country negatively.

Mr Aliyu also noted that the development in the information and communication technology in recent years has placed them on the advantage to excel ahead of youths in the 90’s, 80’s and bellow.

“You should count yourself lucky as the development in communication has giving you added advantage and such advantages should be used for academic excellence.

“You have better and more conducive atmospheres to learn and let me urge you to make the best use of this opportunity,” he said.

The Deputy Governor stressed that the honour he received from the forum will spur him to do more for humanity.

“The recognition you have given me will ginger me do more for students and humanity as a whole,” said Aliyu.

The leader of the forum, Mr Yusuf Maje, appreciated the Deputy Governor for the various assistance he gave to students and urged him not to relent.

While thanking him for the word of encouragement, Maje assured him that they will do their best to be better than the founding fathers of the forum.

He further presented a plague to Mr Aliyu in recognition of his immense contributions to the development of the forum and humanity as a whole.

Gov Ahmed Makes Case For Local Herbal Medicine

Kwara, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Local Herbal Medicine, NAFDACKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has called for the incorporation of local herbal medicine into the orthodox medicine to reduce dependent on imported drugs.

Governor Ahmed made the call while receiving management of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), led by its Acting Director-General, Mrs Yetunde Oni, at the Government House in Ilorin.

He noted that researches from institutes and universities could be exploited and developed as alternative to western medicines.

The governor tasked NAFDAC to check the inflow of sub-standard and unwholesome foods and drugs, to ensure that only safe consumables are available for Nigerians.

He promised continuous support to the agency in Kwara State to enable it perform its statutory duties.

In an earlier remark, Mrs Oni assured Governor Ahmed that the agency would sustain efforts in ensuring that foods, drugs and chemicals billed for importation, exportation and advertisement were safe for human consumption.

She added that the agency was ready to work assiduously in Kwara State to check unwholesome and counterfeit drugs.

The NAFDAC boss solicited for support of the State Government in securing offices in Baruten and Irepodun local government areas of the state.

Kwara Government Denies Sacking 700 Teachers

Kwara, Teachers, TESCOMThe Kwara State government has debunked a report by an online medium that 700 teachers recruited into the state’s Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) in 2014 without approval have been laid off.

The state government, through a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Communications, Dr. Muideen Akorede, described the report as false, misleading and lacking any basis in fact.

The governor’s media aide insists there has never been any intention to terminate their services of the teachers in question.

He clarified that the State Governor, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, had directed TESCOM to regularise the employment of the affected staff based on qualification and needs.

He stated that the State Executive Council had approved sanctions for the officials, including serving and retired personnel that facilitated the unauthorised recruitment of the workers.

According to the statement, TESCOM would conduct relevant process for the normalisation of employment of the affected staff with emphasis on those with appropriate qualifications in Mathematics, English and the core science subjects.

Dr. Akorede also referred to a Government House statement which noted that Governor Ahmed ruled out sacking the affected workers, in order not to worsen the unemployment situation in the Kwara State.

He, therefore, urged the public to disregard the false publication.

Dickson Suggests Motorcycle Patrol To Police In Bayelsa

Dickson Recommends Police Motorcycle Patrol Unit In BayelsaBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the Nigeria Police to set up a motorcycle patrol unit in a bid to extend its dragnet to all nooks and crannies of the state.

Dickson suggested the new move in the fight against crime and criminality in the state, while receiving the new Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, and his entourage in Government House, Yenagoa.

While assuring Amba of his administration’s total support in his efforts to make Bayelsa state crime-free, the Governor called on the Police to “flush out criminals, kidnappers, pipeline vandals, cultists and their sponsors”.

“It is necessary to make Bayelsa State the safest state in the country,” he said.

He also cautioned against the politicisation of security-related issues in the state, stressing that the matters of security should be treated strictly without any political undertone.

The Governor urged the State Command of the Police to collaborate with other security agencies in the state towards sustaining the existing peace, as a peaceful and stable atmosphere is paramount to attracting investments and development.

“You have a crop of dedicated and well-meaning officers and men in this command and we are proud of the work they do, so you have our support.

“The only thing I always say when Police Commissioners come is that, in Bayelsa we don’t condone politicisation of crime.

“Crime is crime, crime has no colour, no creed and crime has no political affiliation and that is the golden rule we want to see observed,” he said.

The new CP in his response pointed out that the Bayelsa government’s policy of zero tolerance for crime and violence was in sync with the Inspector General of Police directive to all the commands in the country.

While expressing preparedness to intensify policing in the state, the CP highlighted some of his achievements within two weeks of his posting to Bayelsa.

“The Police had apprehended a syndicate comprising two ex-soldiers specialised in stealing parked vehicles, using master keys and five persons suspected of vandalising the state-owned gas turbine,” Amba said.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of a suspected kidnapper, and the recovery of 10 vehicles so far from the syndicate.

He added that investigations were ongoing in all the cases.

Post-insurgency: Women Hold Peace Summit In Yola

Women, Adamawa, Yola, Post-insurgency, Peace SummitSome women in Adamawa State have organised a peace summit to brainstorm on the way forward after the defeat of Boko Haram terrorists by the military.

The one-day summit was also convened to set the stage for the rebuilding of not only destroyed infrastructure but their lives.

The women, drawn from the 21 local government areas of the state, converge on the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Yola, the Adamawa State capital in northeast Nigeria.

In her address, the wife of the Adamawa State Governor, Mrs Marian Jibrilla, highlighted the significance of the summit.

A member of the state’s House of Assembly, Sodom Daniel, and another speaker at the event, Mrs Mai Ahmed, also gave an insight on the meeting.

It is the first time the women are coming together to chart a new course in a post-insurgency period, as they bear the brunt of the devastating effect of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Many are said to be widows, and their children either killed or abducted.

They have gathered to discuss issues ranging from security challenges, women empowerment, as well as their roles in the development of communities and sustaining peaceful coexistence.

The agitation for the global affirmative action on gender equality and the need for self-reliance was also discussed.

At the end of the peace summit, the women commended the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari in defeating the terrorists.

They also lauded the State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, for his concern for their welfare.