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FG Cash Transfer Programs, Empowers Poor, Vulnerable In Over 61 Communities, Kogi LG Through Monthly Disbursement – Kogi LG Desk Officer Says

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By Yahaya Idris

Mr Mahmud Saidu, an official with the Kogi LG Unit of the Cash Transfer Office, said the monthly money was paid to poor and vulnerable persons across 10 out of 11 ward in the council.

The Federal Government has so far paid millions to support the poor in Kogi LG under its Social Re-investment Programme.

Mr. Saidu, said every poor beneficiary capture in the data stand a chance to received N10,000 every months.

With the training which has its theme, “Enrollment of Cash Transfer Beneficiaries empowering poor, vulnerable Nigerians. “better don come”,

He said that the programme which covered 10 ward in the council, began 2017 with the first 9 LGAs began in 2016.

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He said the beneficiaries had been encouraged to form “financially active groups where so many have benefited from the contribution scheme.”

On the training, Saidu said it was to acquaint the facilitators on the use of relevant technologies to enrol new beneficiaries into the scheme.

“The LGC Cash Transfer Unit has received a list of 40602 making Kogi LG top in the list as large beneficiary of the exercise after Idah LG.

The programs were part of the social intervention program of President Muhammadu Buhari to alleviate poverty in the country by targeting the poorest of the poor.

“It is in the forefront of the scheme of President Buhari’s efforts in tackling poverty across the state by uplifting the most vulnerable out of the poverty bracket within a time frame, ” he added.

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The Desk Officer said identification of vulnerable poor in communities across the LG was ongoing, adding that “ the only ward remaining has been discovered, more beneficiaries will be captured few days from now”.

He also said beneficiary we’re usually communicated with specific date on the day of disbursement. He said.

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Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.

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Yahaya Idris, Jos.

Governor Simon Lalang of Plateau State.

Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.

He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.

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He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .

Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.

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The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.

The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.

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Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja

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Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.

According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.

All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.

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The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.

The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.

It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.

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BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike

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The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.

According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

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The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.

The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

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