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Buhari Approves N164.7m For Chibok Girls

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N164.7 million for the payment of second semester school fess of the freed 106 Chibok girls at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, Adamawa State.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday.
The presidential aide said that the President had expressed satisfaction over the progress so far made in the rehabilitation of the freed Chibok schoolgirls.
According to him, Buhari expressed his feelings while reviewing progress report on the affected girls.
He said that the report was submitted to the President in line with his commitment to personally monitor the rehabilitation and reintegration into society of the freed Chibok girls.
Shehu said the President also assured that the Federal Government would continue to provide full support for their education.
“The President has approved payment of the sum of N164,763,759 million for the second semester school fees of the 106 Chibok girls at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola.
“According to the progress report received by the President, the decision to pursue avenues in addition to military action to free the abducted girls is in the resolve to protect the lives of all Nigerians.
“To end the insurgency in the northeast of the country, and to fulfill one of the campaign promises of the president.
“In line with this, the Federal Government entered into negotiations with the Boko Haram terrorist group for the release of the Chibok girls who were kidnapped from their school dormitory on the night of April 14, 2014.
“So far, two batches of 21 and 82 girls have been freed as a result of those negotiations.
“Three additional girls were rescued by the gallant efforts of our armed forces, bringing the total number of freed Chibok girls so far to 106.’’
Shehu noted that as a result of their experiences while in captivity, the freed girls were severely traumatised and afflicted by various ailments and injuries.
He stated that the girls were taken to secured medical centres for attention.
“They also went through debriefing and de-radicalisation by security operatives, after which the girls were handed over to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
“The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development was assigned the main role in supervising the rehabilitation and reintegration of the girls back into society.
“Long before the girls were released, the Federal Government had established the ‘Chibok Girls Desk’ in the ministry, responsible for acting on matters relating to the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, and serving as a channel of communication between relevant agencies and the parents and relatives of the abducted girls.’’
The media aide said that the ministry of women affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), UN Women, and other donour agencies, embarked on programmes earmarked to facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of the Chibok girls with a nine-month time frame.
According to Shehu, a hostel in the National Centre for Women Development was converted into a suitable shelter, where the girls were kept for the nine-month period.
“The programme, which began in Jan., ended in Sept. 2017. During the period, the 106 girls were given lessons in English, Mathematics, Biology, Agriculture, and Civic Education. In addition, they were trained on ICT and vocational skills.
“Professionals were engaged to provide them with psychosocial therapy and one-on-one counselling to help them overcome post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).’’
Shehu revealed that the girls were also provided with religious instruction and comprehensive care by two in-house doctors and two nurses.
He said that periodic visits from the girls’ parents to stimulate family support and reunion were sponsored and organised by the ministry.
“Having successfully achieved the desired goals of the rehabilitation and reintegration programme, with recorded significant improvement in the academic performance of the girls, in September, a final send-off party was organised for the 106 Chibok girls.
“They were subsequently moved to the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola for their foundation studies and continuation of their education.’’
He disclosed that the AUN had successfully established a foundation school for 14 out of the 57 Chibok girls who earlier escaped when the rest of their classmates were taken to the Sambisa forest by Boko Haram in 2014.

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FG Seeks NGOs’ Support Against Terrorism, Banditry

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The Federal Government has called on  Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in Nigeria to support its efforts in the fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of criminality.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, made the call at the unveiling of an NGO, ‘Sure for Your Rescue and Resettlement Initiative (SURE4U’ in Abuja.
SURE4U was established by the former Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, to promote social justice, gender equality, protection and integration of vulnerable children and returnees into the society.
Agba urged NGOs to support government efforts by ensuring that they did not engage in activities that undermines Nigeria’s sovereignty and national security.
He also urged NGOs to support government in addressing the plights of the vulnerable in Nigeria.
“The problem of providing for the vulnerable people in our society is at the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
“There is the overwhelming need to accord the vulnerable a priority so as to enable them contribute meaningfully to the socio-cultural and socio-economic development of Nigeria.
“Consequently, the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 takes into consideration the plight of the Almajiri children and other vulnerable Nigerians and adequate room has been made to ensure their inclusion in the implementation of the plan.
“It is hoped that NGOs will complement the efforts of government in this regards. Some of their invited contributions includes human capital development and technical assistance.
“Development of Small Scale farmers; Research, monitoring and evaluation; Enlightenment Campaigns; Advocacy for the poor; and conflict resolution/peace building,’’ he said.
The Minister said Babandede’s experience at NAPTIP and NIS would be brought to bear in the running of the new organisation, with multi-tasked vision on the vulnerable children in the society.He added that SURE4U would be involved in Migration issues including provision of adequate and hospitable reception to Nigerians deported back home, mainly to assuage their frustrations due to forced displacement.
According to him, the menace of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) as one of the world’s most despicable human phenomenon.
“Girl-child education and inmates incarcerated because of minor offences requiring settlement of small judicial fines are also amongst the noble precepts of the NGO.
“The experience garnered by the founder while at NAPTIP and Immigration Service would certainly come in handy in meeting the organisation’s objectives.
‘SURE4U holds a huge promise for its intended objectives in Nigerian, especially the less privileged in the society,’ he said.
Agba said it was more interesting to see such an organisation founded and headed by a credible personality who had served the government and still ready to serve the country through non-governmental activities.
He added that undertaking an NGO activities in terms of funding and other logistics was never an easy task, adding that many NGOs found it difficult to garner sufficient and continuous funding for their work.
Also speaking, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, said SURE 4U has similar mandates with her agency hence the need for the support.
She added that the almajiri programme was a serious problem in the country that needed an urgent attention.
“Almajiri programme is a strong form of internal human trafficking because it has departed from it original reason why it was being initiated.
“It comes with a lot of abuse and there is no reason why we should condone it.
“While I was the Director-General of NAPTIP, on a daily basis, with the help of the security agencies, we intercepted two to three trucks of children being transported across the country.
“So, definitely, it calls for collective effort to address the issue of almajiri in the country, “ she said.
On his part, SURE4U Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Sen. Usman Kibiya commended the Federal Government in tackling issues such as the number of out of school children and child trafficking.He called on the government for more effort at educating the girl-child saying that policies on the vulnerable in the society should be redesigned to carter for their needs.
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CAC  Partners NIMC On Effective Service Delivery

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The Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) says it is partnering with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as part of its reform initiatives for effective service delivery.
The Registrar-General of CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubakar, said this in a statement issued by CAC’s Head of Media Unit, Mr Rasheed Mahe, in Abuja.
The Registrar-General spoke at the just-concluded management retreat held in Kano with the theme: “Corporate Affairs Commission: Consolidating on the Gains of Digital Transformation”.
According to him, the commission’s partnership with NIMC has reached an advanced stage.
Abubakar said when implemented, the CAC might only require NIN enrolment numbers and not signatures to process registration applications as were obtainable in other jurisdictions.
He said that the commission was blessed with highly talented, committed and skilled personnel who worked outside office hours to approve applications from customers.
Abubakar further said training and re-training of its members of staff in all sectors of its operations would continue to receive priority attention in a bid to achieve its mandates.
He continued that the commission would train 700 members of staff by the end of the year as against the 583 trained in 2021.
Abubakar stated that more staff of the Commission would be empowered with working tools, adding that some of the tools would be provided by the World Bank.
He said the work tools would enable them grant registration approvals even outside of working hours.
Abubakar enjoined staff to re-dedicate themselves to duty, especially those handling approvals to exercise caution in order to guard against avoidable errors.
Speaking on the new insolvency framework in pursuant to CAMA, 2020, the CAC boss enjoined legal practitioners to explore the enormous potential provided by the new legal arrangement.
In her vote of thanks, the Director, Customer Service, Mrs Ifeoma Isaac, lauded the reform initiatives being championed by the Registrar-General.
The statement quoted Chairman of the Retreat Planning Committee, Duke Ukaga, as making a presentation on “Update on the Implementation of the 2021 Management Retreat’’.
The Tide’s source reports that the two-day event featured presentations of diverse topics.
They include the Current Innovations on the Companies Registration Portal (CRP), Ease of Doing Business: The Rwandan Experience, the Revised Operations Checklist and an Introduction to the Insolvency Regulations, among others.
The source reports that a 31-point Communiqué was issued at the end of the two-day retreat.

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FCTA Sponsors Cancer Patient’s Treatment, Hands Case To Family

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Social Development Secretariat (SDS) has handed over 23-year old Miss Beatrice Adah, a cancer patient, to her family after sponsoring her surgery at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Its Acting-Director, Social Welfare Services Department, Alhaji Sani Amar, disclosed this to The Tide’s source in Abuja.
Amar said before the intervention of FCTA Department, the cancer patient was being used by some men to make money on the streets of Abuja.
He said when the department apprehended them, they claimed that they had earlier taken the patient to the National Hospital but couldn’t afford the medical bill, adding that, that was why they resorted to begging.
Amar said they took the patient to the National Hospital to verify the  claim and the Surgeon asked them to make a deposit of N500,000.
He said the young men had already realised millions of naira through begging on behalf of the patient.
“In fact, we discovered that one of the young men had bought a plot of land in one of the local communities from Abuja natives, out of the money they realised through begging.
“The second one had also purchased a land and even built a structure, all with the money they gathered through begging in the name of looking for money to pay her medical bill.
“In fact, our investigation revealed that the patient was in their custody from July 2020 until when we intercepted them about two months ago.
“And by the grace of Almighty Allah, the surgery was carried out successfully,” he said.
Amar revealed that when the department took Beatrice to the hospital, a good Samaritan appeared and contributed N350,000, while FCTA completed the money and made the deposit for the treatment.
“As time goes by, from the money the two young men realised through begging, we made them to vomit N500,000, which we added to the initial deposit of N500,000 for the treatment.
“Subsequently, FCT Administration through the SDS, also added N300,000. In fact from the beginning to the end of the treatment we spent about N1.6 million put together.
“Like I said earlier, the donor contributed N350,000, the FCTA contributed N600,000 and we collected N550,000 from the young men,” he said.
Amar said that based on the investigation conducted by the department, the young men, who claimed to be doing “a Godly job” were fond of exploiting patients with such condition (abnormal growth).

 

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