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FIRST LADY FACILITATES EMPLOYMENT OF PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED EX-CORPS MEMBERS

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FIRST LADY FACILITATES EMPLOYMENT OF PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED EX-CORPS MEMBERS

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has facilitated the employment of two physically challenged ex-Corps members, Onogberie Efe Lulu and Nuruddeen Tahir in the Federal Civil Service.

 

 

This gesture came as result of the NYSC Director-General Major General Shuaibu Ibrahim’s persistent advocacy for stakeholders’ support, especially in the area of Corps welfare.

 

The duo were handed their employment letters from the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund today by the Director-General in his office.

 

Ibrahim expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her sustained interest in the success of NYSC, and the welfare of Corps members.

 

He remarked that her latest gesture would motivate the beneficiaries to render more dedicated service to the country as well as send a message to other physically challenged youths that the nation cared for them, and would give them opportunities to realize their potentials.

 

The Director-General congratulated the duo and enjoined them to reciprocate the gesture of the First Lady by being dedicated to their duties.

 

Responding, Lulu and Tahir both expressed gratitude to the First Lady for her benevolence and prayed the Almighty to reward her.

 

They also thanked the Director-General for his unwavering commitment to their welfare, noting that he had always been a source of motivation for them.

 

Both youths assured that they would utilize the opportunity given to them to render even greater services to the nation.

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Sahara Reporters To Pay N10bn For False Report Against Buratai

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Sahara Reporters To Pay N10bn For False Report Against Buratai

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

Buratai

 

 

Sahara Reporters is set to pay N10bn for lying against Former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (retired) who has filed a suit against the online newspaper over a report linking him to a N1.85 billion recovered loot.

 

In the suit with number FCT/HC/CV/252/2022 filed by his lawyer, Dr Reuben Atabo (SAN), Buratai asked the FCT High Court to declare the Sahara Reporters’ publication captioned, “Exclusive: Anti-graft agency, ICPC uncovers billions in cash meant for arms, ammunition to fight Boko Haram in Abuja home of ex-Chief of Army Staff, Buratai” of June 23, 2022 as pure defamation of character. The ex-COAS wants the court to award him the sum of N10 billion in general and aggravated damages over the use of libellous words in the publication of the online platform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He further demanded an order of the court compelling the newspaper to publish a retraction and an apology in two national dailies and its online platform “where the defamatory publication was made.”

 

Buratai, who was appointed Nigeria’s ambassador to the Benin Republic after he retired from the army, averred that the publication damaged his reputation after he diligently served Nigeria in various capacities and was awarded various meritorious honours for his distinguished service. No date has been fixed for the hearing.

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Ogun: 50,000 women now empowered through Oko’wo Dapo scheme, says Gov Abiodun

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Ogun: 50,000 women now empowered through Oko’wo Dapo scheme, says Gov Abiodun

Gov Abiodun

 

No fewer than 50,000 women in Ogun State have benefitted from the financial empowerment scheme tagged ‘Oko’wo Dapo’, introduced by the incumbent administration to lift women out poverty.

The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, who made this known at the validation exercise of ward facilitators of the scheme, held at the Oba’s Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, on Friday, equally disclosed that over N500m has been saved via contributions by the beneficiaries in three local government areas of the state.

 

Gov Abiodun

 

 

 

 

Abiodun charged the ward facilitators to advertise the benefits of the scheme to their fellow women, saying he expected that the number of the participants should have increased to over two hundred thousand across the state.

“In three local government, we have over fifty thousand women participating in this scheme, they have saved over five hundred million naira. The three local government areas are Odeda, Ijebu North East and Yewa North. We just started the one for Ikenne.

 

 

 

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“Our ward facilitators should go all out to advertise this programme, educate more women about the benefit of this programme, I am confident that in the next three to four months, we would have had over two hundred thousand women in this programme across the state,” he said.

The governor, while noting that the scheme isn’t different from a cooperative scheme, said that his administration would give loan to each participant four fold of whatever she might have contributed in four weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This is not different from your various contributions, it is a cooperative scheme. Our ward facilitators will go all out and bring together those women who will be part of the scheme, about twenty or twenty-five women in each group and start contributing.

“You will now start to contribute for four weeks, you will attend weekly meetings, after contributing for four weeks, government will now give you loan that will amount to the four fold of what you contributed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“So, if you contribute two thousand weekly and you now have eight thousand Naira in the fourth week, our government will give you thirty-two thousand naira loan. If it is five thousand naira you contribute weekly and you now have twenty thousand at the end of the four weeks, our government will now borrow you eighty thousand Naira,” he said.

Abiodun who also disclosed that all ward facilitators would be paid every month, urged them to put in extra effort to ensure the success of the programme, adding that he would personally compensate any of the facilitators who does her duty diligently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We will pay our ward women leaders who are our ward facilitators every month. Our government is not a use-and-dump government, our government holds out women in high esteem.

“Our women, I want you to put extra effort into this programme because if this programme is successful, you will benefit more. And any women leader who now does her own task very well, I as your governor will now do something to appreciate that women leader,” he stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The, governor, however, told the ward facilitators not to make the programme a party affair, but extend it to others

In her remarks, the deputy governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, while acknowledging the governor for supporting the cause of women in the society, said that the programme would continue to help women across the state to be more economically viable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wife of the governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, noted that success of women is of utmost importance to the governor, urging them to be more patient as the plan the governor has for them is huge.

The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Funmi Efuwape, while noting that the present administration in the state is passionate about women, advised women across the state to take the opportunity with both hands and get connected so as to be a beneficiary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In their respective remarks, Mrs Arigbabuwo Kubura from Ijebu North East Local Government and Sola Adedeji from Sagamu Local Government, who both thanked the present administration for presenting women in the state with an opportunity to contribute and have access to loan, said that the programme has given them more insight into how to do business, prepare their budget and also be accountable.

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Online Media practitioners in Edo float umbrella body

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Online Media practitioners in Edo float umbrella body

Online Media

 

Online Media Practitioners in Edo State have resolved to come under an umbrella known as ONLINE MEDIA PRACTITIONERS.

In a press statement issued and jointly signed by the protem chairman and Secretary of the body, Otunba Mike Ade Aladenika, and Mr. Sam Dada Ayokhai, said the umbrella body is determined to “cleanse” the online media profession of quacks who see the profession as an all-comers, vowing to strictly regulate its practice in line with accepted norms and ethics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the duo, the online version is not in any way different from the traditional media practice in the way news are gathered, processed and presented to the readers and viewers, adding that only the trained and qualified journalists conversant with the ethics and laws of the profession can adequately cope with the rigours of the job.

They lamented the “invasion” of the online media profession by quacks who think the only qualification they require to be called an “online journalist” is the possession of an android phone saying the umbrella body will set standards for practice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The umbrella body will endeavor to liaise with relevant authorities and similar bodies in sanitising the profession and promoting the welfare of practitioners,”.

Again, they stressed that “the umbrella body will also strive to ensure its members display a high sense of professionalism to earn the trust and patronage of the public.”

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