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FG’s CCT Programme Resumes In Ondo Pays 3,767 Households

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The Federal Government has resumed the payment of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to  the poor and vulnerable households in Ondo State.
Coordinator of CCT Programme in Ondo State, Mrs Tosin Olupona, stated this in an interview with The Tide source yesterday in Akure.
The programme is one of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
Olupona said 3,828 households were captured in the first phase of the programme when it started in 2019, but 3767 were on  the schedule for payment from the national office.
She noted that the current payment captured six local governments of Akure North, Owo, IleOluji/Okeigbo, Ese-Odo and Ifedore.
The coordinator said the payments were done bi-monthly, and beneficiaries had earlier been paid twice, for the month of September-October, and November-December 2019.
According to her, the payment is actually N5,000 monthly, but “we pay N10,000 once every two months, and we are doing four payment cycles covering the months of January to August 2020, making N40,000 per beneficiary”.
“This programme commenced in Ondo State in 2019 and we had two payment cycles then, so we paid twice, for the month of September and October, November and December 2019 when it commenced.
“But due to operational issues, which were not fault of ours, the programme was put on hold.
“Now we are recommencing after a lot of efforts by Special Adviser to the Governor on Inter-governmental Relations, Mrs Bunmi Ademosun, and Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
“During the first batch, we enrolled 3828 households and now, we are paying 3767 out of that, that was the payment schedule from our national office”.
“The targets  aret poorest of the poor and it is meant to meet their nutritional needs, most of them cannot even feed, not to think of sending their children to school,” she said.
Olupona explained that the Social Operation Coordinating Unit (SOCU) identified the beneficiaries, while their responsibility was to ensure that they were paid when the money was available.
Olupona noted that additional 8710 had been enrolled to cover the remaining 12 local governments that were not earlier captured in the programme.
She also appreciated the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq for her efforts on the programme to restart in the state.
One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Lydia Joel, said she was happy that the government remembered them with the payment of the money at her trying period.
Also, Madam Felicia Aderemi  appreciated government for the money and prayed for more development in the country.

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Senators, Reps To Resume Plenary In Remodelled Main Chambers

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Nineteen months after federal lawmakers movement to  temporary chambers,  the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives would finally resume sittings in  their  newly remodelled main hallowed chambers tomorrow
Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Hon. Akin Rotimi Jnr, and the Clerk to the Senate, Barrister Chinedu Akubueze confirmed the planned movement to the main chambers in separate written announcements made penultimate week on the change in resumption date by lawmakers from their ongoing recess.
Hon. Rotimi, who is the chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, in the official announcement dated April 4, 2024 to the honourable members, cited the need to resume plenary at the renovated and reconfigured main chamber, as reason for the postponement in line with the general wish of the lawmakers.
“The House of Representatives wishes to inform the public and stakeholders of the rescheduling of the resumption date from the ongoing recess, originally slated for Tuesday, April 16, 2024, to  Tuesday, April 23, 2024.
“This adjustment is necessary to accommodate the completion of renovations to the main chamber of the House of Representatives to ensure its readiness for plenary sessions, henceforth,” he stated.
Two days after, the Clerk to the Senate also issued a statement, postponing resumption of plenary by the Senate from April 16 to 23, 2024.
Akubueze ‘s statement reads in part: “Distinguished Senators are hereby invited to note that the resumption of the plenary sitting of the Senate, which was scheduled for Tuesday, 16th April, 2024, has been postponed to Tuesday 23rd April, 2024”
It would be recalled that ahead of the projects delivery, the Site Engineer of Visible Construction, Tajudeen Olanipekun, had early last month informed journalists covering the Senate, that the two main chambers, would be ready for use by both the Senate and the House of Representatives in April this year.
Olanipekun’s assurance on delivery of the fully transformed and reconfigured hallowed chambers to management of the National Assembly, coincided with call by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, to the Clerk to the National Assembly, CNA, Alhaji Sani Magaji Tambawal that both the Senate and the House of Representatives, want to move to their main chambers as soon as possible after close to two years of using temporary ones.
In carrying out the subtle marching order, the construction firm in the last five weeks has carried out the required finishings on
the upgraded and reconfigured hallowed chambers fixed with state-of-the-art chairs, parliamentary equipments,  appliances and extended sitting terraces.
Physically, the entire ambience of the space in and around the hallowed chambers have been transformed, just as barricades used to restrict movements at the foyer have been removed.
The  Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, had in March 2021 awarded a N30billion renovation contract to Visible Construction Limited to rehabilitate critical segments of the National Assembly complex.
The law makers had in September  2022 vacated the main chambers to enable the Contractors;   handle the renovation work of both chambers
Some of the critical segments are the office buildings housing the office accommodation for the senators and honourable members, watertightness of the roof of the complex, the cooling system, replacement of lifts that are inoperable in the White House as well as in the House of Representatives and in the new Senate Wing among others.

By: Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi, Abuja

 

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Police Commence Recruitment Process In Anambra, Enugu

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The Zone 13 of the Nige- rian Police Force, comprising Anambra and Enugu States, has announced the venue and time for both General Duty and Specialist Constable recruitment medical screening in the two States.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Ihunwo, yesterday in Enugu.
Ihunwo said that prospective candidates from Zone 13 should note that the exercise would take place at Police Hospital, Awka.
She said that the medical screening would commence simultaneously nationwide on Tuesday, April 16, and end on April 30, 2024.
“Candidates are advised to visit the recruitment portal: https://apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng to know their status, specific time, date and other mandatory requirements.
“So also, qualified applicants are to appear in clean white T-shirt and short with the following requirements;
“National Identity Card/Slip; Print Out of Medical Examination Slip and all necessary documents.
“The Assistant Inspector-General of Police Zone 13 Command, AIG Godwin Aghaulor, wishes all prospective candidates success as they embark on this exercise,” he said.

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Akpabio Meets South-South APC State Chairmen, Charges Them On Party Unity

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President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has charged the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the South South geo-political zone, to work harder so that the visibility of the party in the region will grow from one state to more states.
Akpabio gave the charge while receiving  APC chairmen from the South South region, yesterday in  Abuja.
Akpabio, who noted that he understood the challenges being faced by the chairmen, assured them that “in the days ahead, a meeting of critical stakeholders comprising State chairmen, National Assembly members, Ministers and other Appointees from the region would be convened to work out modalities to support the party at various state chapters, as a way of engendering unity and understanding, amongst all party members to foster social cohesion between the party and elected/ appointed officials in Government.”
He commended the APC Chairmen for their visit and used the opportunity to intimate them of the plans of the Tinubu-led Government towards the economic prosperity agenda for the nation .
The Senate President thanked President Tinubu for the Lagos/Calabar coastal road, describing  it as very visionary. He went further to inform the Chairmen that he personally inspected the on going construction of the project with the Minister of works in Lagos before returning to Abuja.
In his remarks , the leader of the team  and Chairman  Cross River State , Barrister Alphonsus Ogar, commended the harmonious working relationship between the Senate President and the only APC Governor from the zone, Senator Bassey Otu and their spouses.
Expressing solidarity with the President of the Senate, he recounted that the south south geo political zone last had the seat of Senate President in 1979, 45 years ago.
The Chairmen declared their total support for Akpabio’s commitment towards the infrastructural development of the area especially the on going Lagos – Calabar Coastal road and railway line being embarked upon by the Tinubu administration.
He said the Coastal road is a notable  reward for a region “that is contributing blood and oxygen to the economic survival of the nation”

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