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Flooding: Centre scores NEMA high on critical interventions, effective response

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Flooding: Centre scores NEMA high on critical interventions, effective response

 

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Following the recent rampaging flooding across the country, the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-economic Rights (CALSER) says the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has lived up to expectations.

The Centre, which made this known at a world press conference in Abuja today, said its Human Rights and Disaster Management team carried out an extensive analysis of responses and interventions to the natural disaster in the country.

 

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In its assessment report, the Executive Director of the disaster management team, Dr. Mrs Cecilia Ikechukwu, said NEMA has risen to the occasion with critical relief for Nigerians in distress.

The Centre said the interventionist agency donated over 400 trailer loads of relief materials to the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory to cushion the effect of the flooding.

 

 

 

“The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) swung into action to alleviate the suffering of victims of the flood. They distributed relief materials worth millions of naira to support persons affected across the different states. The items included the president’s special intervention involving the release of assorted grains from silos,” she said.

“NEMA distributed relief materials, an equivalent of 400 trailer loads of grains to all states of the Federation and the FCT. This is a statement of fact and has been verified by our independent assessors.

 

 

“In Ondo state for example 2,100 bags of 50kg maize; 1,774 bags of 50kg sorghum; 3,948 bags of 25kg garri; 1,000 bags of 10kg rice; 1,000 bags of 10kg beans; 1,000 bags of 10kg maize; 75 bags of 20kg salt; 75 kegs of vegetable oil (20ltrs); 150 cartons of seasoning cubes and 75 cartons of tin tomato.

“The non-food items comprised 7,350 pieces of nylon mats; 1,000 pieces of treated mosquito nets; 600 cartons of bath soap; 2,500 pieces of guinea brocade (5 yards); 1,000 pieces of children’s clothing; 1,000 pieces of women’s wear and 1,000 pieces of men’s wear.

 

 

 

“This gesture was also extended to other states affected, especially in Kogi, Anambra, Benue, Delta Bayelsa, and the Rivers States. Internally Displaced Camps were put in place to settle victims who have become homeless. Items were also delivered to the various state governments to assist the most vulnerable groups. The grains were distributed directly to the deserving persons in collaboration with the state government, senators from the various states and the ministers representing the affected states. The aim is to ensure that the relief materials reach affected individuals.

“NEMA played a central role in having the government release grains from its silos. Its assessment reports were forwarded to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, after which President Muhammadu Buhari approved the release of 12,000 metric tons of assorted grains from the National Strategic Reserve Stock for distribution to all states affected and the FCT.”

 

 

 

CALSER also acknowledged the assistance of International groups such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) which provided $1 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to support the people affected by the unprecedented flooding.

The Centre, therefore, appealed to the State Emergency Management Agencies to “imbibe the spirit of transparency and accountability in the discharge of their duties towards ensuring that citizens affected by this are properly taken care of.”

 

 

 

To avert a future reoccurrence, CALSER, however, advised both the state and federal governments to:

“Build canals and dams to help in controlling the water levels. Especially in Adamawa and Benue, to contain the water released from Ladgo Dam in Cameroon.

 

 

 

“Dredging of the major rivers to allow for easy passage of water. Improved drainage of waterways to avoid obstructions.”

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THE PROPHETIC HALL OF FAME: How I ended “sit at home” in the East, Prophet Godwin Ikuru speaks

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By Collins Nkwocha

One of the major problems of the Eastern region was the “sit at home” menace which crippled business activities in the entire Eastern region; several lives have been lost in the process of enforcing this as the enforcers have always been very cruel and wicked, killing anyone who refuses to obey the order.

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Disturbed by the cruelty of the enforcers and how many lives that have been lost through this act, the prophetic Hall of Fame, prophet Godwin Ikuru of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry, Lagos,made a public declaration that “sit at home” was going to be over in the East.

People didn’t believe it when he said it, everyone believed that only the release of Nnamdi Kanu was going to end “sit at home” in the East.prophet Ikuru said that it would stop even while Kanu is still in detention.

Today,”sit at home” has ended in the East, people now go about their normal businesses on Monday.Today, the dreaded “sit at home” enforcers are nowhere to be found, you can do anything or carry out any business activity of your choice on monday because God has honoured the word of his prophet.

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Prophet Godwin Ikuru is one of the best prophets in Nigeria,he remains a major part of the ruling party in Nigeria.He is the major prophet that brought the president to power .

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Ondo Guber: APC Screening Committee Clears Female Aspirant, Funmi Ayinke

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The only female aspirant in the contest for the APC governorship ticket in Ondo state, Engr. (DR) Oluwafunmilayo Ayinke Waheed-Adekojo has been cleared by the screening committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday Friday, 12th of April, 2024.

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The screening process which normally involves validation of candidates’ credentials and eligibility to contest was without hassle for Funmi Ayinke as there were no discrepancies in her credentials especially for the fact that she has proven records in the public space confirming her credibility and eligibility for the contest.

When asked about her plans for the people of Ondo state by the committee, Funmi Ayinke expressed the need for Ondo state to evolve using technology and Artificial intelligence which she is very knowledgeable in, narrating how she generated electricity through briquette.

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She stated that Ondo state needs an engineer who is vast in the application of technology which would of course; secure a better position for the state internationally.

‘’I am vast in the knowledge of technology and Artificial intelligence, the world is changing and we can’t continue to remain as we are. We need an engineer who is vast and knowledgeable in all of these. I developed the generation of electricity through briquette so when we have this kind of grace in Ondo state, we should not waste it.’’

Continuing, Funmi Ayinke expressed confidence in securing the party’s ticket because all women in the state have thrown their weight behind her. She noted that many women decided to support her ambition because she has been a source of hope for them before she thought of a governorship ambition.

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Speaking further on the support she has received so far, Funmi Ayinke recounted the massive crowd that besieged her rally ground in Akure without paying a dime.

‘’Women come to me that they want to pay me back with their support because I have been a source of hope for them. Women vote more in Ondo state and I have that confidence that this is my time, I have sown the seed, it’s time for harvest.’’

‘’In the last rally we did, I didn’t pay any women to attend, It was just an open invitation and we shut down the whole of Akure, this means people know what they want and they appreciate the fact that we have the courage to come out. Without woman, there is no vote, no nation.’’

The screening process ended with cheers from the committee, congratulatory messages from officials at the party’s secretariat and prayers of victory from women in the secretariat premises.

 

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Tsokundi killings: Tivs in Taraba Are Taking The Generosity of Gov. Agbu Kefas For Granted – Chief Benjamin Bako

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One Month In Office: A Reconnoitre Of Dr. Agbu Kefas’ Giant Strides In Taraba State

 

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The president of the Jukun Apex Socio- Cultural and Political Organisation of the Jukun people , the Jukun Development Association of Nigeria (JDAN) Chief Benjamin Bako has warned the suspected Tiv Militia group who were alleged to have killed three ( 3) people and many others injured  to take advantage of the generosity and the inclusiveness of the present administration of Dr agbu kafas to live in peace with their host Community or the Jukun people  will be prepared to defend their land.

 

Chief Bako stated this in an exclusive interview with Taraba News while reacting to the news of the killings of 3 people, including a woman  along Wukari Tsokudi Road in Wukari Local Government of Taraba State. He expressed surprise that a Tiv group will audaciously step forward to claim responsibility for slaughtering Jukun people on their own land .

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Chief Bako said Gov Agbu Kefas’ efforts to operate an all-inclusive government of State unity by taking the political risk to ignore many interest groups and brought on board even the opposition is being viewed by some Tiv renegades as a sign of weakness. Can you  imagine that for the first time after a long time a Tiv man is appointed into the state executive council with hope for more opportunities, then the Tiv people stroke with the intention of blackmailing the government.

 

The magnanimity of the current government needs to be commended, to say the least. Tiv people in Taraba dividend their votes between Professor Yahaya of the NNPP and Senator Emmanuel Bwacha of the APC, yet Dr Agbu Kefas rewarded them and many others for opposing him.

 

 

 

Chief Bako Condemns in strong terms the attack against the Jukun people and warn that Jukun will no longer  tolerate, he said this attack has been going on for some time now, he said this attack is not only happening on Wukari- Tsokundi but also on, Chanchanji-Takum road where Tiv criminality has been elevated to a community enterprise.

 

“As I speak to you many have died, Yoruba people, Igbo Business people  by the same Tiv people along Chanchanji, robbery and kidnapping taking place on this road on a daily basis, some of this incident are even under reported”

 

According to Chief Bako, the Jukun people in Benue state are being ridiculed and maltreated daily but yet they follow a civic approach by seeking redress in court, he condemned the recent attack on Jukun people in North Bank Makurdi Benue state.

” Our people in Benue are suffering under a terrible inhuman condition witness only in appartite SouthAfrica, they don’t even have a government primary school, clinics, not even get a councilor in over  100 years of existence. Yet our people obediently wrote to complain about their plight, and even went to court, without taking law Into their hands”

 

According to him ,Tiv criminality in Southern Taraba has destroyed the economy of the entire region is becoming very worrisome and the Jukun people will defend themselves and defend their land, he warned that the continuous killing of the Jukun people will no longer be tolerated.

 

“We  own land from Kente  to Makurdi in Benue state but has been subjugated completely and yet the Jukun people did not take laws into their  hands in Benue State, rather went to court, we need to go back to drawing board with this open declaration of war by the Tiv people, it is going to be fire for fire, enough is enough, we will defend ourself and our land no body has monopoly for violence” He called on security agencies to identify the Tiv Taraba group officials and arrest them promptly before they kill more people as they openly promised.

 

He condemned the declaration by the TIV Taraba group online,  where the group claimed responsibility for  the attack and also threatened further attack on the Jukun people.

 

“The acceptance by the TIV Taraba that they kill the Jukun people  is the high of it, this can only happen in Afghanistan, we need to go back to the drawing board and defend ourselves because they have told us what to expect ”

 

He disagreed with the claim that some land in Jukun land belonged to the Tiv people.

 

“The problem has been there for years, those places they are claiming that they are their grand fathers’ land now, these where farm labourers that were brought into Jukunland, to come and farm, you know the culture of farm labourers in Jukun land is not new, our people go and hire people surplus supply of farm labourers across Benue to come and  farm for them, when you farm for them they will say, let me compensate you with a small piece of the land to farm your choice of crop for the season, ; these Jukun people with time now died and their children not interested in farming left for the city, this community Tivs stay their and continued to multiple and stay in the farm and now they are claiming it is their land” They should produce the receipt of payment where the land was sold to them by Jukun people. Is Tsukundi a Jukun name or Tiv language? Answer me!

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