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Kogi LG Administrator Restates Commitment To Partner NGOs, Assured Of 100% Support

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By Yahaya Idris, Koton-Karfe

The Administrator of Kogi Local Government Area, Hon. Alhaji (Barr.) Muhammed Tanko Musa has been described as a man of positive results oriented impact following his developmental milestones in areas of peace, unity and development since he came on board.

Especially the way he was running up and down to see how the situation of Tawari incidents can fall under security control as the Chief Administrator he has always been advocate of peace, severally initiated a security committee to ensure that all the nooks and crannies of this LG is under the security control and inview of all that he has swung into action to avert future occurrence.

Barr. Tanko, has on Monday restated his council administration’s commitment to partner Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and any others organizations with positive ideas to consolidate on the dividends and peaceful coexistence through the application of technology and innovation.

 

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Tanko said his Administration was making the right investments in sustaining and maintain peace because it believes that the LG has a future only when there is peace then progress will always follow.

The Chief Administrator made the remarks in his office when some NGOs paid him a courtesy call, he was supported by his council Secretary, Hon. Babaji Ndako, Council Image Maker, Comrade Mohammed Yakubu, Hajia Zainab Ibrahim, HOD Health, Hon. Ibrahim Salihu, SSA to the Administrator on Disaster Management, said that the Mental Health And Wellness initiative programs and policy is yielding positive results and that the changes are happening within the existing system and are spearheaded by the professional indigenous facilitators.

He said rather than asking the government to bring, the NGO is skilling them and rather adding value to the society, he assured that the council under his watch is encouraging any meaningful organisations out there to come in partnership with his administration towards promoting peace, religion tolerance and development, adding that the results have been so excellently. Barr. Tanko added.

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Earlier, the facilitator and leader of the group, Mental Health And Wellness Initiative (MHWI), Hajia Salihat Badamasuiy, supported by PRO, Mr. Ismail M. Kabir and Secretary shortly after the introduction of other members told the Chief Executive Administrator that they were in Kogi LG particularly his office to formally intimate him of their mission to Kogi LG.

Hajia Badamasuiy said they are group NGO with aimed providing humanitarian assistance to people with problem as well to report back to government and corporate organization for onward actions.

According to them, the organization is also saddle with responsibility of curtailing societal problems, providing succour to those community and group of persons affected as result of disasters and the objective is to improve the psychological standards in both human behavior and society which are their hosts.

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Hajia Salihat Badamasuiy later presented a T-shirt with Face-cap to the Administrator with an inscription boldly written “Our thought is with Tawari community”

The group also visited Ohimegye Kovictimsfe palace, for his royal blessing before taken the relief materials to Tawari community for possible distribution to the affected victims.

The event was anchor by the council PRO and who doubles as NULGE Chairman Kogi LG, Comrade Mohammed Yakubu.

In the same vein the Administrator had earlier played host to another NGO whose mission is on empowerment, advocating for peace and development.

 

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Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi  

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Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.

In a statement signed and issue on Friday,  by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.

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Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.

In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.

“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.

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The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.

 

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FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems

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As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).

Barr. Babatunde Irukera

The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.

The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.

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The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.

Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.

Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.

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FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.

This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.

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Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack

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A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.

Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.

the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.

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Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.

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