Niger Govt Receives MICS Report To Raise Sectional Interventions

Mr Ahmed Matane, Secretary to the Niger State government.

 

Niger state government has urged Ministries, Department and Agencies MDAs to proffer options for prompt interventions through policy and programs indicated in the 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) reports.

Governor Abubakar Bello gave the directive during the presentation of the MICS report at the Sensitization and Dissemination of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) by the State Ministry of Planning Commission in partnership with the UNICEF Kaduna Field Office held in Minna.

Represented by the Secretary to the State Government SSG Ahmed Matane who expressed concern over areas the state was not doing well like open defecation, water and sanitation, maternal and mortality and out of school children.


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Matane noted that data is a reflection of who or where you are which must be adopted to ensure interventions hence the need for embarking on sensitization and dissemination, described MICS as the only global reliable data collector.

He assured that government will make use of 2021 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) report as a guide to take crucial decisions to safe lives of under age, open defecation among others.

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), has revealed that over 60% of children in Niger State were multi-dimensionally poor and 10% of mothers practice exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

The Chief of UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Donald Norris represented by a medical expert, Dr Idris Baba stated that MICS data indicated that the learning achievement situation in the state has improved while urging the state government to tackle the situation.

The Commissioner and Deputy Chairman Ministry of Planning Commission, Zakari Abubakar said that the children, women and household data is key for planning and policy development.

He assured that the ministry will not relent in its mandate in regards to the provision of data in perspective of what to be done through availability of data as routine to show areas of focus as well as areas to improve upon in terms of development.

Niger State Govt Lauds FG For Distributing Gas Cylinders To Vulnerable Women

A file photo of a 25kg cooking gas jar

 

The Niger State Government has commended the Federal Government for the provision of 3774 six Kg cooking gas cylinders to be distributed amongst the most vulnerable women across the state.

Commissioner for Women Affairs, Tasala Ibrahim, made the commendation while distributing the items to the beneficiaries in Minna on Friday.

Tasala said that the cooking gas cylinders provided will go a long way to support the vulnerable women across the 25 local government areas of the state.

She added that the provision of the cylinders will also reduce the indiscriminate felling of trees and avoid desert encroachment.

The commissioner appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari through the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs for their kind gesture. She said the cylinders would be distributed to all the 25 LGAs.

The Permanent Secretary, Women Affairs, Kaltum Dauda, said that the gas cylinders were not for sale and urged the women to make judicious use of the product as they were monitored to avoid being blacklisted if they are found wanting.

Some of the beneficiaries of the product appreciated the government and assured them that they will make the best use of the product.

IBB Bags Fellowship Of Chartered Institute Of Stockbrokers

IBB Calls For Resilience, Determination Among Leaders
A file photo of the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.

 

The Nigeria Institute of Stockbrokers has invested former President Ibrahim Babangida as an honorary fellow of the institute as part of its 30 years anniversary celebration as a chartered institute.

The investiture which took place at his hilltop residence in Minna, Niger State on Monday, was conducted by members of the governing council of the institute.

They said IBB’s vision to charter the institute in its early days of formation strengthened its ability to contribute to the Nigerian stock market.

The former president while commending the leadership of the institute for upholding integrity in the conduct of their affairs affirmed that successful countries are built by strong institutions and that was his inspiration to grant the institute a charter in 1992. His faith in Nigeria coupled with the resilience of its people has further strengthened the desire.

President and chairman of the Council, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers Oluwole Adeosun said the capital market at the time was an emerging concept in the Nigerian financial space which is dominated by the money market banking system.

They said Babangida’s vision to charter the institute in its early days of formation strengthened its ability to contribute to its ability to guide the steer the operations of the Nigerian stock market.

The institute was established in 1990 and chartered in 1992. After 30 years of operations, the institute has over 3,000 members, and the former president is the 6th investee.

Niger Security: No Curfew Imposed In Kagara, Rafi LGA – Police

 

The Niger State Police Command has responded to what it terms a piece of fake news circulating within the some social media sphere, suggesting that bandits attacked a military check point at Zuma Rock and that there is a massive influx of bandits into Niger State via Birnin-Gwari Area.

According to a statement by the Commissioner of Police Niger State Command, CP Ogundele J. Ayodeji, the fake report further stated that DPO/DSS Rafi LGA affirmed such massive movement of bandits into the State.

The command unequivocally stated that the report is false and untrue, adding that it is only a figment of the imagination of mischief makers whose intention is to cause panic in the public domain by originating such a report.


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The statement also noted that further indices which indicate that such report is fake, “is the part that stated that 24hrs curfew have been placed in Kagara. It is pertinent to state that no curfew of any kind is imposed in Kagara, there was no report of such emanating from DPO/DSS in Rafi LGA and there was equally no report of bandits attack at Zuma Rock, Suleja”.

The commissioner enjoined members of the public to disregard such fabricated report and continue to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation, molestation or any form of attack, as the police and other security agencies in the state “are working assiduously towards ensuring a guaranteed secured environment”.

Furthermore, the command said it is privy to the modus operandi of bandits as regards reprisals, due to some successes recorded against the hoodlums during their recent escapades in the State, adding that strategies have been put in place to curtail such move, while urging ‘Nigerlites’ to equally continue to support the Police and other security agencies with accurate information for prompt intervention.

Nigeria Needs To Spend $410bn Above Normal To Deliver Transition Plan – FG

File photo of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

 

Federal government has said that the country requires $410 billion with $10 billion per annum to address the nation’s energy constraint and policy flexibility as well as achieve Nigeria’s transition plan by 2060. 

Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva made the disclosure on Thursday at the 7th Meeting of the National Council on Hydrocarbons, themed: “Roadmap and Strategic Option Towards Achieving Energy Transition in Nigeria”.

At the meeting which held in Minna the Niger State Capital, Mr Sylva said the gathering which brings together experts and policy makers in the energy sector, was designed to discuss and review energy related issues, identify opportunities and proffers solutions to inherent problems in line with global best practices.


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Represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Gebriel Tanimu Aduda, the minister noted that Nigeria is committed to achieving carbon neutrality, end energy poverty by lifting 100 million people out of poverty and drive economic growth.

He further stated that Nigeria will be one of the 50 countries to have launched its guidelines for the management of fugitive methane and greenhouse gases emissions in the upstream oil and gas sector latest this year.

According to him, the country through the Solid Minerals Development Fund is on the verge of unveiling it cutting edge technology in gold mining to eliminate harmful reagents, use of cyanide for a human and environmentally friendly practices.

Mr Sylva revealed that 34 memorandums have been received, 7 were merged while 11 were stepped down. He added that the memos were presented to the council for consideration with the knowledge that Niger State has large quantity of solid mineral resources and hydrocarbons deposit in commercial quantity.

In his remark, the Niger State Governor, Abubaekar Bello reaffirmed that the state has commercial deposits of hydrocarbons in Bida Basin, noting that this is further verified by the progressive reports and findings of the consultants from IBBU Lapai and FUT Minna.

The governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, urged the government to show more political will, he also  appealed to the relevant agencies to expedite actions on the exploration in the Bida Basin for optimal benefits.

He explained that the Niger State will provide lands for infrastructural investments, ease of doing business and adequate security in the LPG industry, adding that state tax holidays and other fiscal incentives will be provided for private sector participation, as well as developing a comprehensive Niger State energy policy among other things.

Banditry: Police Kill Seven Gunmen In Niger Attack

Suspected terrorists abducted an unspecified number of traders travelling along the Kaduna- Birnin Gwari Road
A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Residents of Kumbashi, Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State, on Thursday, experienced some respite from bandit attacks when operatives of the state police command successfully engaged gunmen in the area.

Sources in the village told Channels Television that the police took several corpses away after hours of shootout.

Confirming the incident, the command spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun said the battle between the police, alongside local vigilantes, and the gunmen resulted in the death of seven bandits.

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Abiodun explained that upon sighting the gunmen, members of the community promptly alerted security personnel in the area, leading to seven fatalities, though others were said to have escaped with various degrees of injury.

He however noted that two vigilantes who sustained bullet wounds “had been taken to Kontagora General Hospital for treatment.”

He said, “Based on credible intelligence received that armed bandits who terrorize farmers within Kumbashi were sighted marauding at Kumbashi town, the security personnel engaged them in a fight and conquered them.

“Consequently, in continuation of the clearance operations in Niger State towards fighting banditry and other criminality, police tactical teams and local vigilantes/hunters stationed at Kumbashi town engaged the bandits in a shootout, and seven of the hoodlums were neutralised, while others escaped into the forest with gunshot injuries.”

Court Dismisses Kutigi’s Suit Against Niger PDP Guber Candidate 

Kantigi and Kutigi
A photo combination of Kantigi and Kutigi

 

A Federal High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has dismissed a suit filed by Hon. Sani Idris Kutigi seeking the disqualification of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Niger State Isah Liman Kantigi. 

Kutigi lost the poll but his suit was on Thursday dismissed for lacking in cause of action.

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The Presiding Judge Hon. Justice Zaynab Mohammed held that Kutigi has no cause of action and therefore dismissed the case against the plaintiff  Kantigi who remains the PDP candidate for the 2023 general elections in Niger State.

It could be recalled that after the party’s primary election in the state, the complainant headed to court seeking the disqualification of the winner.

Gbagyi Elders Lament Insecurity, Marginalisation In Niger

Gbagyi elders address the press in Minna, Niger state.
Gbagyi elders address the press in Minna, Niger state.

 

The Gbagyi Elders Forum has decried the high rate of insecurity and deliberate marginalization of their people and community in Niger state.

Justice Garba Tumaka (rtd) made this known at a press briefing after the inauguration of its maiden election of the Forum’s executives mandated to pilot the affairs of the group in Minna.

Tumaka reiterated the commitment of the forum to reverse the trends of the Gbagyi challenges through youth empowerment and provision of logistics support to tackle insecurity.

He maintained that they can no longer condone the marginalization of the Gbagyi.

He called for Gbagyi people to unite and advised youths to desist from being used as political thugs before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.

Similarly, the forum’s secretary, former Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Joseph Doma, explained that the forum is a non-political organization aimed at promoting unity and progress of the Gbagyi tribe globally.

Gunmen Abduct 13, Shoot One In Niger Community

A graphical illustration of gunmen.

 

Armed men suspected to be bandits have attacked Maijaki village in Birnin Maza/ Tashibo ward of Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State, abducting 13 persons and shooting one in the process.

The incident occurred at early hours of Friday around 1 am when the villagers who were still asleep were woken by sporadic shootings.

A community source told Channels Television that the community is in high tension following the attack and called for urgent need for security presence to forestall calm and stability in the area.

It was reliably gathered that the criminals are currently occupying Kpashimi Forest where they hide to perpetuate their evil act at any targeted community especially of recent, with AK-47 riffles.

Reports revealed that over 500 security operatives of Operation Sharan Daji including vigilantes have stormed the area for a manhunt to apprehend the criminals.

Efforts to speak with the Police Public Relations Officer of the Niger State Police Command and also Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Services for confirmation proved abortive.

Niger PDP Youths Stage ‘One Million-Man March’ For Atiku 

A file photo of the PDP emblem.

 

The presidential ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for 2023 received a major boost on Monday as the People Democratic Party (PDP) youths in Niger State staged a one million-man solidarity walk in Minna, the state capital to drum support for him and the party’s governorship candidate in the state Isah Kantigi.

No fewer than 52 youth groups from the 25 local government areas of the state under the auspices of “Isah Kantigi Youths movement for 2023”, converged at the popular City Gate in Minna as early as 7:00 am where they began the solidarity walk. They marched through the ever-busy Tunga-Bosso Road, terminating at the Ahmadu Bahago Roundabout.

Vehicular and human traffic was brought to a standstill for hours as the state PDP Chairman Barrister Tanko Beji; the party deputy governorship candidate Hon. Samuel Gomna and the party’s youth leader Mohammed Vatsa led the youths in a peaceful walk.

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Others who participated in the “carnival-like rally” were the party’s National Assembly candidates from the state, the state House of Assembly candidates, local government, chairmen of the party, and local government chairmanship aspirants.

Earlier before the take-off of the peaceful rally, the party chairman Barrister Tanko Beji had enjoyed the youths to adhere strictly to the campaign principles of the party which is issue-based, and therefore appealed to them not to temper with either campaign poster or campaign billboards of other political parties.

Beji, while thanking the youths for the peaceful walk devoid of any violence, urged them to remain law-abiding.

While addressing the crowd, the deputy governorship candidate Samuel Gomna who spoke on behalf of the governorship candidate Mallam Isah Liman Kantigi told the youths that the PDP administration in the state come 2023 will continue the free education at both primary and secondary schools introduced before it was stopped by the present APC administration.

He also assured the youths that the payment of NECO and WAEC examination fees which the present administration could not sustain, leading to the withholding of results of both indigent and non-indigent candidates would be restored if voted into power.

Niger State Assembly Orders Suspension Of 15 LGA Chairmen

 

The committee set up by the Niger state House of Assembly to investigate contract financing loans of twenty-five local government councils has recommended the suspension of fifteen local government councils chairmen.

This is to pave way for smooth and unhindered access by members of the committee to enable them to discharge their duties diligently.

Presenting the report during plenary, the Chairman of the committee, Abdulmalik Madaki Bosso, explained that the fifteen local government councils chairmen are that of Mokwa, Gbako, Suleja, Gurara, Tafa Paikoro, Bosso, Agwara, Borgu, Kontagora, Wushishi, Magama, Mariga, Mashegu, and Rijau.

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This he said was in line with the provision of sections 128 and 129 of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended as well as the provision of section 90 Subsection one A B and C of local government 2001 as amended.

He alleged that most of the suspended local government chairmen have collected the loan without following due process which he said is unacceptable by the Niger State House of Assembly.

According to him, the problem had added an extra burden to the smooth running of local government administration in the state.

Abdulmalik Madaki Bosso, however, added that the deduction of N8m each from local government councils for loan repayment be suspended for the failure of the ministry to obtain house resolution as provided in Section 97 Subsection One of the Local Government Councils 2001 as amended.

HYPPADEC Flags Off 5,000 Youths Transformation Programme In Niger

 

In a bid to curb unemployment and insecurity in the country, Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) has flaged-off the Youths Transformation Programme (YTP) training for over 5,000 unemployed youths and women.

The Commission’s Managing Director, Abubakar Yelwa made this known at the opening ceremony in Minna, stating that in the desire to improve the living standard of teaming youths, the programme would hold across the 6 HYPPADEC states.

Yelwa explained that HYPPADEC’s partnering with the NDE and Minna Institute of Technology and Innovation (MITI) in line with the federal government policy to use life changing skill acquisition exercises to take the youths off the streets.


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He maintained that the beneficiaries cut across the six states with Niger State having about 1,400 participants that are entitled to a stipends of N15,000 for graduates and N10,000 for non graduates while starter packs await them after the training for three and six months respectively.

Earlier, the Rector of MITI, Dr Nana Ibrahim who applauded the commission for the foresight, and assured that the programme will live up to its expectations, as yield youths with good character and worthy skills to better fit into the society.

He urged participants to be good ambassadors by taking the exercise with all seriousness.

The Niger State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mamman Musa represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Jonathan Wasa commended the efforts of HYPPADEC, urging the participants to leverage on the opportunity knowing that the white collar jobs are not readily available for the teaming graduates across the country.