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Let’s Fight COVID-19 and Terrorism with Continental Synergy― Jonathan and Kenyatta

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Let’s Fight COVID-19 and Terrorism with Continental Synergy― Jonathan and Kenyatta

KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta and former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan calls for closer collaboration among African leaders as a means of deepening Africa’s post-COVID-19 recovery efforts and finding answers to the continent’s growth and development challenges.

Both leaders recognised the prominent role played by Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Africa COVID-19 Fund and the joint Africa procurement platform in COVID-19 response as a demonstration of the continent’s potential to overcome its development challenges, going forward.

They spoke, weekend, during a webinar on post-COVID-19 reconstruction organised by the African chapter of the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP-Africa).

They also were joined on the programme by former the Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza and ex-President of Madagascar Henry Rajaonarim ampianina.

 ISCP-Africa which is chaired by former President Jonathan is an international network of current and former Heads of State and Government who use dialogue to address global challenges among them climate change, conflict and poverty.

President Kenyatta urged African leaders to continue working together in crafting interventions and solutions that would enhance the resilience of the continent’s vulnerable populations.

 “We should work in collaboration with our development partners to build capacity for local production of health equipment and to strengthen our local manufacturing capacity more generally,” he said.

He also observed that African leaders had for the first time, extended their cooperation and collaboration by taking joint actions with nations of the Caribbean community.

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Noting further that Africa is stronger together, President Kenyatta said:

 “Whatever it is that we want to put across shall not be owned by individual nations but by all of Africa and should be applied to save humanity. In his earlier comment as chairman of the forum, President Jonathan stressed that African leaders must come together to collectively confront the challenges facing the continent, especially social, economic and governance issues. He said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic places urgency of actions on African leaders to move from plans to implementations of the different developmental strategies. I am particularly optimistic that conversations such as this will chart a new course towards building a new world; an interdependent peaceful and just nations of Africa.

 “What changes can we bring to bear to enable us to manage governance structures and democratic processes in Africa better? How do we manage our political issues to reduce conflict and promote good governance? How can we improve our economies to withstand the negative impact due to this pandemic?”

Dr. Jonathan further charged African leaders to seriously consider the option of coming together as one body to confront insecurity and terrorism, rather than allowing different countries to fight individually.

“Terrorists do not respect national boundaries as they move from one country to another. If we continue to approach it the way we presently do with national troops fighting only to protect their territories while terrorists move freely within the continent, we may not record the required progress.

“There is a need for us to re-examine our strategy in order to make it possible for the creation of continental and regional bodies that could confront these criminals in any part of the continent.

“We have been fighting individually without the required success. We cannot continue to do the same thing all the time and expect to get different results.”

 The former Central African Republic President Dr Samba-Panzi said Africa’s response to COVID-19 should give more prominence to women, adding that they play the same role at the household level as frontline health workers.


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Domak Shelter Ltd. Partners with VIO, Offers 1000 Housing Units

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vio home welfare staff cooperative Society partner with Domak Shelter Ltd to Build 1000 Housing Units for Staff

DOMAK SHELTER LTD. PARTNERS WITH VIO, OFFERS 1000 HOUSING UNITS

A Leading real estate firm in Nigeria ‘Domak Shelter Ltd.’ is partnering with the Directorate of Road Services, Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) to offer 1,000 Housing units to its Staff at Domak Garden City, Karshi.

Few days ago, Domak Shelter Ltd. launched the Face of Domak Project- a marketing competition platform through which all Domak products will be sold while the best marketer would be rewarded handsomely.

Interestingly, the Face of Domak project kick-started with 25,000 easy House ownership scheme and the marketers have already step up their games.

In line with this innovative project, the Management Team of Domak Shelter Ltd. ably led by the Chief Executive Officer ‘Amb. Kingsley Azonobi’ signed and sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 4th August, 2020 at the VIO Headquarters, Mabushi with the Management team of the VIO Home & Welfare Staff Cooperative Society Ltd. to build 1,000 Housing Units for the staff of VIO.

 This agreement was signed in the presence of the 9 members of the Face of Domak Board of Trustees, Management team of the VIO Home &Welfare Staff Cooperative Society Ltd. and the members of the press.

Bar. Felix Nnadi who is head of Consultancy Units of the Cooperative Society commended the leadership of Domak Shelter Ltd. for this innovative project and expressed his excitement about the signing of the MoU.

In his statement, He said the initiative came along with liberal terms which will mark a legacy in the life of the VIO officials. According to him, the approval for the signing of this MoU was obtained from the Head of National body of the Organization ‘Engr. Sir Paul Bebe’ as well as the excos of the Cooperative Society Nationwide.

Speaking on the August event, Usman Yahaya who is the Director of Administrations VIO made reference on a similar project with the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) who is now the Governor of Kaduna State ‘Gov. Nasir El- rufai’ and how benefiting the project was to the civil servants at that time.

However, he urges Domak Shelter Ltd to make the Housing Scheme an affordable venture for the civil servants.

“The issue of Housing is very important in any civil servant life. When you come to look at it critically, after you must have served for 35-36 years then you retire and the pension is not forth coming. (Even the Housing, where to put your head is no longer there). Therefore, this forms a very important aspect of any civil servant life.”  He said

“Coming up with this very exercise is a very nice one for the VIO. This will go along way to help the staff of VIO plan their retirement life” He added.

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Mr. Mberi Yaro, the Vice chairman of the Directorate, Conference of Directors VIO stated his willingness for every VIO officers to participate in this opportunity. He therefore advised the both parties involved in the MoU to ensure commitment to this laudable project.

Responding, Amb. Kingsley Azonobi expressed his gratitude and commended the VIO management team for the partnership deed. In his statement, he assured them his commitment towards delivering affordable 1,000 housing units to their staff as well as real time monitoring technology ‘Project Watch’ which will enable all subscribers get the actual coordinates to their land.

Worthy of note, the legal adviser to the VIO ‘Bar. Udah’ a 33 years legal practitioner commended the efforts put together in the preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). He therefore advised the both parties to honor the terms and conditions of the MoU.

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House of Reps Probes North East Development Commission Over the Misappropriation of ‘₦100 Billion in 1 year

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House of Representatives Probes North East Development Commission Over the Misappropriation of  ‘₦100 Billion in 1 year

The house of representatives probes the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) over the alleged mismanagement of N100 billion.

The happened as a result of the motion moved by Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the house, on Thursday.

The commission was established in 2017 to reconstruct states affected by insurgency in the North-east.

According to Elumelu, the N100 billion given to the commission by the federal government “vanished” with nothing to show for it.

The Delta lawmaker accused Mohammed Goni Alkali, commission’s managing director, of awarding non-existent contracts.

“The N100 billion so far disbursed to the commission by the federal government is said to have vanished under a year without any visible impact on the refugees nor any infrastructural development credited to the name of the commission in the whole of the north-east,” Alkali said.

 

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“The corrupt practices include high handedness by the managing director, Mohammed Goni Alkali, over inflation of contracts, awards of non-existent contracts, massive contract splitting and flagrant disregard for the procurement laws in the award of contracts.

“There are allegations of how the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk, was said to have entered into an unholy deal with the managing director of the commission to illegally withdraw money for the purchase military vehicles without any recourse to the board.

“The act, which completely disregards the country’s procurement laws, must be seriously frowned at.”

The house adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.

The motion was referred to the house committees on finance, procurement and NEDC. The report on the probe is expected to be turned in after eight weeks.

The development is coming days after the house  has concluded its investigation on the alleged mismanagement of N81.5 billion by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

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NYCC-19: CORRUPTION & ECONOMIC WOES AMIDST COVID-19; THE ROLE OF NIGERIA YOUTHS

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NYCC-19: CORRUPTION & ECONOMIC WOES AMIDST COVID-19; THE ROLE OF NIGERIA YOUTHS

NYCC-19: CORRUPTION & ECONOMIC WOES AMIDST COVID-19; THE ROLE OF NIGERIA YOUTHS

The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19, NYCC-19 today held her 8th edition of the ‘One Stop Youth Talk’, a webinar program which is streamed live on Facebook.

Moderating the segment, Bonaventure Nwankama, Head of ICT, NYCC-19 stated that corruption is a form of dishonesty undertaken by a person or an organization entrusted with a position of authority. According to him, it is an act of acquiring illicit benefit or abuse of power for one’s private gain.

He stated that the best way youths can help curb corruption in Nigeria is by Blacklisting the corrupt leaders.

He also advised the youths to get involved in governance and National issues by equipping themselves with the right information.

Speaking on the topic: Corruption & Economic Woes Amidst Covid-19, the Role of Nigeria Youths, Vice Chairman and Head of States affairs, NYCC-19, Comrade Prince Chibuike emphasized on the need for youths to make their voices heard most especially as it concern recent happenings in the country, he noted that youths should be ready to come together to follow up with the the trend and most especially the Federal Government approved funds for youth’s investment program.

He noted that the reason most youths do not make their voices heard is as a result of personal gains from corrupt individuals,

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Comrade Chibuike further advised youths to wake up to this clarion call and stop allowing themselves to be used as agents to perpetuate crime.

Edo state command Information Officer, Peace Corp of Nigeria, Aigbedion Garnet said the fight for corruption should start with the sensitization of the young ones most especially students in secondary schools as it is better to catch the young. Putting into consideration the actions of the current leaders of the nation, Aigbedion urged the youths to equip themselves with trainings that would build their capacity as well as acquire skills that will make them relevant in the society rather than allowing themselves being used as thugs.

On his part, Waniko Rapheal a youth leader from Kogi State stated that Corruption starts with an individual, therefore it requires self determination to fight it.

In the same light, Shina Gudu, while speaking from Lagos State, said, most Leaders of the country are corrupt, he therefore emphasized the need for Nigerian leaders to lead by example so the youths can emulate them in the positive light.

“What the youths need is proper re-orientation. The Nigeria Youths are resilient but the circumstances surrounding them is neck-breaking” Gudu added.

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