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Toto Concern Youth Patriots Protests Over Marginalisation In Nasarawa State.

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By Yahaya Idris, Toto.

A group, Toto Concern Youth Patriots (TOCOYOP), has expressed its disappointment by the Nasarawa state government’s failure to capture Toto local government in its 2021 budget.

A statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Prince Muhammed Bashir Onairo Umaisha and Comr. Yahaya Idris Ahmed Toto respectively, said despite the massive votes the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered from Toto local government area, the reward is not only exclusion, but total neglect and unwarranted marginalisation.

“We wish to remind the Governor of Nasarawa state, His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi Sule that Toto Local Government is still part of Nasarawa state and there should be no reason to neglect and even deny it of social amenities.”

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“We have observed the deliberate refusal to link Toto to national grid of electricity despite the efforts of the late Hon .Musa Baba Onwana of the House of Representatives, who wired electricity from Nasarawa town down to some few kilometres to Toto town. With the death of Hon. Onwana, the project seems to have gone into coma.”

“The other electricity link from Abaji in the FCT has been disconnected for over a decade now and efforts to reconnect failed. The only hope has been that Engineer Sule will complete the Nasarawa – Toto – Umaisha electricity project started by late House of Representatives member, Musa Onwana.” The group laments.

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While they commended the Governor for the swift action against bandits and kidnappers that were terrorising Toto local government area, the group also thanked the Governor for the few political appointments given to some people from the area.

They called on state government to consider Toto for a tertiary institution as the area is part of Nasarawa state, alleging that the area might have been schemed out by some inner members of ruling party, who are all out to sabotage the cordial relationship that exist between government and the people of the area.

The group therefore appealed to Governor Sule to look into the 2021 budget and consider Toto local government area for a project, as done to other 12 LGAs.

Gov Sule of Nasarawa State.

“Please consider our distance from the state capital, nearness to Abuja FCT and border local government, which the state could use to portray its developmental strides to other states of the country.

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“Neglecting Toto will not serve any purpose, we have everything agriculture, solid minerals and human resources.” They said.

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APC Primaries: FCT Minister Expresses Concern Over Court Litigation by Chairmanship Aspirants.

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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

Minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, during the APC stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday

Minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, during the APC stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday

The minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has expressed concern over court litigation by some chairmanship aspirants over the Apirl, 23, 2021 chairmanship primary elections.

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Aliyu, who was speaking at the FCT APC stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, said despite she had met with the aggrieved aspirants to shed their swords and support the chairmansship candidates, some of them still went ahead to file litigation to challenge paramount decision of the national secretariat of the APC.

Senator Usman Jibrin Wowo, exchange pleasantries with Chairman of APC in the FCT, Alhaji Abdulmalik Usman, during the party's stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday

Senator Usman Jibrin Wowo, exchange pleasantries with Chairman of APC in the FCT, Alhaji Abdulmalik Usman, during the party’s stakeholders meeting in Abuja on Wednesday

According to her, She respect the right of every individual to seek redress wherever such person felt aggrieved, but she also respect the decision of APC because the party is supreme.

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She maintained that any aggrieved aspirant has every constitutional right to take the party to court, saying the party also has its own constitutional right to invoke some certain sections of the party to either suspend or expel such aspirant for taking the party to court.

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“In fact, I went as far as offering appointments to the aggrieved chairmanship aspirants, yet they will went ahead to file a litigation before the court to challenge national secretariat of the APC,” she said.

The minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The minister, thefore, appealed to the party’s stakeholders to beg all aggrived aspirants on the need to withdraw their suits before the court for the success of APC.

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Also speaking, the chairman of APC in the FCT, Alhaji Abdulmalik Usman, said no individual can be hundred percent in terms of politics, saying the decision taken in the last primaries was based on the outcome of the committee put in place by the national secretariat of the party.

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He, therefore, appreciated the party stakeholders for coming together to sit and chat a way forward that will ensure the unity of the party across the FCT.

Global Times Nigeria learnt that the chairmanship candidates for AMAC and Abaji area councils, Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Gwagwa and Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko, has filed suits before a high court to challenge the national secretariat of APC over their unlawful substitution after they emerged winners of the April, 23 2021 chairmanship primaries.

The minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The minister of state for FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

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NSSIP: Lafia Populace Gets 4th Payment Of 5000 Monthly Stipends, To Cater For Poorest Of The Poor.

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By Yahaya Idris, Lafia.

The Nasarawa State Social Investment Programme (NSSIP) and Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) office under the leadership of Hon Imran Usman Jibrin, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Nasarawa State and Focal Person has been commended for his tireless efforts towards ensuring the program is sustained.

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The programme which aimed at values addition, enhancement of economic viability of the poorest of the poor with total commitment was a cardinal objectives of Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi A Sule.

Hon Imran Usman Jibrin, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Humanitarian Services and Focal Person on Social Investment Programme, Hon Imran Usman Jibrin announce this at a monthly take off of the scheme in Lafia, the State capital

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He said the scheme was part of ongoing efforts made by Governor Abdullahi A Sule at improving the living conditions of the poor and the vulnerable people in the state.

The programme held on Tuesday, 3rd August, 2021 with commencement of Fourth payment cycle of the 5000 naira monthly stipend also known as “Kudin A A Sule”.

The fund was disbursed to beneficiaries of the State registered Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (NASCCTP) in Lafia local government area of the State.

Hon. Imran Usman Jibrin, Senior Special Assistant to the Nasarawa State Governor on Humanitarian Service administering the monthly stipend to beneficiaries

Hon. Imran Usman Jibrin, Senior Special Assistant to the Nasarawa State Governor on Humanitarian Service administering the monthly stipend to beneficiaries

Reacting to the peaceful, transparent and sincere conduct of the organization during the disbursement, Hon Imran Usman Jibrin said the state government put so much commitment in ensuring the success of the exercise which is targeted at assisting the most vulnerable in the society.

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He equally advised all the beneficiaries to make judiciously use of the stipend to improve their lives.

The beneficiaries while expressing their open appreciation to the State government under the leadership of His Excellency, Abdullahi A. Sule and office of the Social Investment Program for gesture.

They prayed God to grant Governor Abdullahi A Sule sound health, more wisdom and understanding for improving their leaving standard and assured of their support, solidarity and loyalty.

Beneficiaries of Nasarawa Social Investment Programme receiving their monthly stipend in Lafia, the State capital

Beneficiaries of Nasarawa Social Investment Programme receiving their monthly stipend in Lafia, the State capital

Recalled the NASCCTP is a programme initiated by the Nasarawa government under the stewardship of Governor Abdullahi A. Sule with aimed at minimize poverty through regular payment of N5,000 to registered poor of the poorest and vulnerable beneficiary.

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FCTA Takes Steps To Tackle Climate Change, Institute Best Environmentally Friendly Area Council

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As part of measures to support the actualization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge that Nigeria will within a 10 year period plant 25 million trees to mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance the country’s carbon sink, the FCT Administration has announced the institution of an annual award to select the best environmentally friendly area council in the territory.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, made this known on the occasion of the 2021 tree planting campaign and flag off of the distribution of tree seedlings to area councils, communities and schools in the FCT held in Kuje Junior Secondary School, Abuja.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu

The minister also added that the administration has sustained the tree planting campaign with the planting of over 12,000 trees across the six area councils annually as part of efforts by the FCT Administration to reclaim lost trees and forests as well as keep the existing forest landscapes intact, stressing that this campaign also helps in raising the level of public awareness on the importance of engaging individual and collective actions to boost tree planting activities in the nation’s capital.

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Aliyu, who described the theme: “Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-being” as apt, however, stressed that the theme sets an agenda for countries to demonstrate practical commitments to the safety of the environment by engaging in actions that would address issues of land degradation, desertification and effective management of the ecosystem towards the restoration of forest resources and mitigating the effect of climate change.

While calling on developers to make adequate provisions to accommodate trees, she used the occasion to remind residents that it is against the law to cut down trees without recourse to the relevant extant environmental laws or to agencies of the FCT Administration.

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The minister said: “you will recall that in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Climate Action Summit organized by the United Nations, pledged that Nigeria will within a 10 years period plant 25 million trees to mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance the country’s carbon sink.

” To support the actualization of this pledge, I would like to announce the institution of an annual award to select the best environmentally friendly area council in the FCT. The seedlings that will be distributed today on this occasion is symbolic. It is expected that the area councils will play their part by organising tree planting exercises in their various domains towards meeting this target”.

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The minister revealed that as part of steps to protect the forests, the administration has begun the process of training and empowering the FCT Forest Guards to enable them effectively carry out surveillance activities to prevent further damage to the environment in the territory.

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Earlier in his remarks, the Ag. Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Ibe Prospect, noted that the global community is facing growing challenges of climate change, while adding that harmful agricultural practices and developmental activities are known to have largely contributed to the destruction of billions of trees around the globe.

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Ibe said that the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat has intensified public enlightenment campaign in all the area councils, ensuring that relevant stakeholders such as the area council authorities, traditional institutions, estate developers and students are carried along to engage in practical activities towards tree planting and forest restoration.

The highpoint of the event was the distribution of tree seedlings to stakeholders and planting of trees by the FCT Minister of State, area council chairmen, traditional rulers, and notable actors in the entertainment industry.

 

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