Bello Seeks Creation Of Rehabilitation Centre For Looters

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State wants President Muhammadu Buhari to establish a rehabilitation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The move, he stated, was to reform politicians who have siphoned the state resources over the years.

Bello made this known in Lokoja, the state capital while addressing some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state on the way forward.

While describing the action of the politicians as being worse than the menace of Boko Haram, the governor insisted that they needed to be rehabilitated.

The governor believes that the President should run for a second term as the people of the state and other states would vote massively for him.

The state Chief Executive blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the alleged misfortune they have brought to the country.

To Bello, it is only the leadership of Buhari that can salvage the nation out of poverty.

BBOG Advocates Immediate Rehabilitation Of 82 Freed Chibok Girls

A member of the BBOG campaign group, Bukky Sonibare, says it is expected that the government puts in place a system to ensure the immediate rehabilitation of the 82 Chibok school girls who were freed from Boko Haram captivity on Saturday.

She also advised the government that Nigerians need to be adequately informed on what is being done through out the entire process.

“Nigerians needs to know what is going on, the whole security concerns, security details and all of that – Yes we understand the need not to jeopardize sensitive security information but you want to do that to the extent that it doesn’t indeed cause havoc to any ongoing process.

“That does not preclude that there is need for information.”

According to her, information such as where the girls are, and what processes are currently on ground to re-integrate them, are essentially what Nigerians want to know.

“We are not asking that you tell us the address, but people want to know what is going on.

“If they are taking three months, for example, going through some security briefing, after that do they go through some healthcare and some psycho-social support? If they are doing that, what goes into that – what outcome – what result do we expect from that? After that, what next? Are we talking about schooling for them,? She questioned.

“We need to talk about their re-integration, their re socialization, their rehabilitation. Those three are now really important because it is one thing for them to come back and another thing for us to ensure that there is already a system in place that they plug into immediately and we don’t have to wait for so long.” Sonibare stressed.

Senate To Ensure States Get Paid For Infrastructure Intervention

Senate, Anambra State, Willie ObianoIt is cheery news for Governor Willie Obiano as the Senate assures him of its commitment to ensuring that he is refunded the 43 billion naira spent by Anambra State government on rehabilitation and reconstruction of federal roads in the state.

The Senate Committee on Works, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya also vowed to ensure that other state governors who have done same get their repayment, saying the funds were captured in the 2016 budget which is being executed.

The 8-man committee made the pledge on Tuesday during an inspection visit to the site of some federal infrastructure in the state in southeast Nigeria.

Senator Gaya doused Governor Obiano’s concerns on the Second Niger Bridge Project in which the chairman blamed the delay in execution on the contractors.

He also commended the Governor for the good condition of roads and the beautification of the state, giving assurance of hope for the Enugu-Onitsha expressway rehabilitation.

Gaya noted that the major priority of the present administration was to ensure good network of roads among states and zones for effective movement and socio-economic development.

In his response, Obiano commended the lawmakers for the visit, especially for raising hopes on the refund of the money owed the state.

He appealed to the committee and the Federal Government for consideration of more federal roads like the Umueze Anam- Kogi road and Nnewi-Okigwe road among others, to boost economic and social development in the state.

Governor Ayade Asks NDDC To Execute Projects In Cross River

NDDC, Ayade, Cross-riverGovernor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade, has appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), to faithfully execute all the projects it allocated to the state in the 2016 budget.

The Governor made the appeal on Tuesday, at the Government House in Calabar, when the Senate Committee on the Niger Delta and the NDDC directors led by the Acting Managing Director, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, paid him a courtesy visit.

He was represented by the Deputy Governor, Professor Ivara Esu, who said that the state deserved sympathy because it was disadvantaged among the Niger Delta states.

The governor’s plea came just as the government is considering to begin work on Calabar-Itu-Ikot Ekpene-Aba Road in Cross River State which had been in a poor state.

 

While the River State Governor is asking for more projects in the state, the 127.6 kilometer long Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, a major route to the northern, southern and eastern parts of Nigeria also craves for attention.

The contractor, Julius Berger, may have returned to site but the impact of rehabilitation said to be ongoing, is yet to be fully felt.

Rail transportation has also been a major craving as it would serve as an alternative in reducing the current pressure on Nigerian roads.

In June, the Minister for Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi disclosed that the proposed Lagos-Ibadan segment of Lagos-Kano rail line and the Port Harcourt- Calabar project, would be ready and operational within the next two and half years when the administration would be rounding up its four-year term.

So far, the government through the Minister Of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, claims it has released 420 billion Naira into the system, with plans to add another 350 billion Naira.

That, according to the Minister, makes 770 million Naira already channeled into capital projects, especially in the works, defense, transportation, interior, power and agriculture sectors.

She also disclosed that the administration was working on raising $1 billion Eurobond and the proceeds for this, would be used only for capital projects.

Aftermath Of Insurgency: 12bn Naira Required To Rebuild Yobe – Geidam

Yobe Governor Gaidam on InsurgencyThe Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, says the state will require 12 billion Naira to rebuild structures destroyed by insurgent group, Boko Haram.

The Governor gave the figure on Saturday, when he received the Minister Of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, who was on an advocacy visit to the state.

With the return of peace in the state, the Governor said majority of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have returned to their ancestral homes while 3,000 were still being catered for at the official camp in the state.

The Minister of Women Affairs said she was in the state to ensure the well-being of the IDPs, as well as fact finding on the social protection programme of the Buhari administration.

She also highlighted that in the course of her visit, she would interact with the IDPs, with a view to discovering if there were issues of violation against women and children in the camps.

On the funds required for the rehabilitation, Governor Gaidam told the Minister that the process had gone beyond the financial capacity of the state.

He called on the Federal Government to assist the state in actualising the rehabilitation of the insurgency ravaged areas.

The Governor, however, praised the macro finance scheme policy of the Buhari administration; saying it would go a long way in benefiting the women folk and the less privileged.

Senator Aisha further stated that it was one of the priorities under the administration, to provide a macro finance scheme to the tune of 1.6 billion Naira.

This according to her, would be shared among benefiting women in the state while benefiting states would receive 200 million Naira.

 

Reps Advocate Proper Rehabilitation Of Insurgency Victims

SpeakerThe House of Representatives in Nigeria says there is an urgent need for proper rehabilitation and integration of women and children rescued by Nigerian Armed Forces from the Sambisa Forest.

After deliberations on a motion by Honourable Friday Itulah on Wednesday, the House resolved to have its Committee on Disaster Preparedness ascertain the steps so far taken to ensure the speedy rehabilitation of victims of the insurgency in the north-east.

Some of the lawmakers who gave their opinions on the matter said everything should be done for the proper rehabilitation of these victims.

In the last two weeks, women and children in their hundreds have been rescued by the Nigerian Armed Forces from Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorists.

Some of the rescued persons have been handed over to the National Emergency Management Agency by the military, with the agency promising to take care of them.

But the lawmakers are calling for clear help and proper care for the traumatised victims.

The House Committee on Disaster Preparedness mandated to liaise with the National Emergency Management Agency are expected to ascertain the true number of the victims and steps.

The members are to report back to the House in one week.

BBOG Campaigners Seek Chibok Girls’ Release, Rehabilitation By March 2016

chibok girlsAs Nigeria joins the world to celebrate Mother’s Day, the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Campaigners (BBOGC) have asked the Federal Government to ensure that the abducted Chibok girls are rescued and rehabilitated before March 2016.

As they continue their daily sit-out in Abuja, the nation’s capital, convener of the group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, said that the government should not pay lip service over the fate of the Chibok girls, as the world has joined in calling for their safe return.

Dr. Ezekwesili noted that the mothers of the Chibok girls, having borne huge agony for almost a year, are asking questions on whether or not the government is close to winning the fight to free the girls from their abductors.

The Bring Back Our Girls Campaigners (BBOGC) had, on February 14, launched a formal six weeks count-down for the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls who have been in captivity since April 2014.

According to the group, the countdown would help them monitor the activities of the multinational forces towards the eradication of the insurgents and the rescue of the Chibok girls from their captors.

The group have since continued to express confidence in government’s ability to restore security in the north east and rescue the schoolgirls.