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SACA Tasks LGs On HIV Funds

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Dr. John Osuyali, Project Manager, State Action Committee on AIDS (SACA) in Delta, has called on local government councils to be transparent in the use of funds raised for HIV projects.

Osuyali made the call on Saturday in Asaba while speaking to newsmen.

He said some civil society groups alleged that 25 councils in Delta planned to pay N7.5 million each to a Benin based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) for HIV projects.

This, he said, was in spite of the existence of the more than 70 NGOs in the state.

“We have not captured, at least in our database, any local government council’s financial involvement in HIV activity in the state.

“But luckily for us, they have agreed to participate and now that they want to participate. I think they want to enter it wrongly”, he said.

He said it was wrong for any government agency to engage the services of an external NGO to carry out HIV activity in Delta.

“Our financial guideline is that we disburse money to NGOs to carry out activities and we monitor and make sure that they carry those activities to specification and account for the monies.

“We do not collect money from anybody, just as we are monitors at the state level, at the local government level, we have the Local Action Committee on AIDS (LACA)”, he said.

He said each LACA in the 25 councils had a financial guideline which was separate from the council’s account.

“All expenditure concerning HIV and AIDS fall within the purview of the LACAs at the local government level.

“Any fund from which ever source must be routed through the existing LACA accounts under the supervision of the respective council chairmen.

“Any expenditure on HIV and AIDS must be in strict compliance with the State Strategic Plan (SSP) for HIV and AIDS which must be in line with World Bank guidelines.

“There is an existing guideline that NGOs working on HIV and AIDS must be registered with Delta Civil Society for HIV and AIDS (CISHAN)”, Osuyali said.

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NSCDC Deploys 504 Personnel For Hitch-Free National Sports Festival

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has promised a hitch-free sports festival set to commence at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba, in Delta State.
The NSCDC Public Relations officer, Mr Emeka Peters, disclosed this in a press statement made available to The Tide source,last Friday, in Asaba.
According to the statement, the State NSCDC Commandant, Akinsanya Iskilu, gave the assurance when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Stephen Keshi International Stadium to ascertain the level of preparedness in terms of security amongst others before, during and after the event.
He said plain clothed officers have been strategically deployed within and outside the perimeter of the venue to gather first hand security and intelligent information that could lead to the arrest of would-be trouble makers who attempt to break the law and order before, during and after the sports festival.
He urged road users to obey all traffic rules, road signs and obey all instructions from security officials and make good use of alternative routes provided for the free flow of traffic.
He stated that there won’t be any issues with traffic if road users are obedient, patient and are ready to comply with traffic rules, road signs and instructions.
Other security agencies, he disclosed, are on standby, working tirelessly in synergy to ensure a hitch-free, traffic-free, and successful event.
He advised members of the public to cooperate with the security agencies and assured residents of the State tight security before, during and after the event.

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Indigenous Firm Donates N170m Relief Materials To Bayelsa Flood Victims

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An indigenous oil firm, First E & P which operates the Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) 83 and 85 in Joint Venture with NNPC has donated relief materials worth N170 million to some communities affected by the recent floods in Bayelsa State.
The relief materials were officially presented on behalf of the oil firm by Ayebatonye Basuo, Head of Social Performance, First E&P., at Danielle Jetty, Oxbow area in Yenagoa on Friday.
The materials were received on behalf of the beneficiary communities by leaders of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps from across the State.
The Tide’s source reports that representatives of the Bayelsa State Government led by the Commissioner for Mineral Resources, Mr Ibiere Jones, witnessed the ceremony.
It was gathered that over 24,000 internally displaced persons whose homes and farms were submerged by floods are expected to receive the relief materials.
Items presented as part of the donation included foodstuff, water and other hygiene products.
Speaking at the handover event, Basuo said, “Our thoughts and prayers have continued to be with all who have been affected by the flooding experienced across the nation in the last few weeks.
“We understand how difficult it must have been for people to be displaced from their homes and to see their sources of livelihood adversely impacted.
“At FIRST E&P, we seek to always ensure that through our social performance strategy, our stakeholder communities benefit from our presence on a sustainable basis.
“We drive this through flagship community development programs which cover interventions in the areas of educational, health, infrastructural and human capital development.
“However, when unprecedented disasters like the recent flood occur, we also seek ways in which we can intervene to make a positive impact.”
According to him, the donations will help alleviate hardship from the flood disaster across 48 IDP camps
In his remarks, the State Governor, Douye Diri, lauded the JV for showing concern and empathy to people of Bayelsa beyond their immediate host communities, describing the approach as impactful.
Represented by Jones, the Governor said the approach adopted by the NNPC/FIRST E&P Joint Venture was novel, as they thought outside the box by using the IDP camps as points of contact.
He also commended the firm for carrying the state government along in the exercise, noting that such shows that they were indeed a partner.
“From what I can see, the value of this intervention is huge, and being a wholly indigenous company owned by Nigerians, it is very pleasant,” he said.
On hand to receive the relief items were representatives of over 40 identified internally displaced persons camps.
Reacting to the donation, one of the representatives, Mrs Charity Godwin, recalled the ordeals of the floods and expressed gratitude to the JV for identifying with the people of Bayelsa.
DSP Konyeifa Austin, from Mechanic Road camp Yenagoa recalled that most displaced people were also victims as criminals made away with valuables they left behind.
He said that the materials would ameliorate the sufferings faced by the people as the flood recedes.

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Police Arrest Two Female Students Over Teacher Assault

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The Edo State Police Command has arrested two female students of Adesuwa Secondary School, Benin, for allegedly assaulting a teacher.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Friday in Benin
Nwabuzor said preliminary investigation revealed that the students were the prime suspects of unrest caused by some students at the all-girls school on Thursday.
“The students were dissatisfied with disciplinary measures taken by a female teacher in the school against some students during an English Language class”, he said.
Nwabuzor said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Dankwara, had assured the public, particularly parents and guardians of students at the school, that there was no cause for alarm as normalcy had been restored to the school .
He advised parents and guardians of those students to submit their children/wards who were involved in the agitation.
The police spokesman also said the CP had directed the Divisional Police Officer Aduwawa Division, to transfer the case file to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Benin, on conclusion of preliminary investigation for further Investigation.

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