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2024 IWD: FCTA Distributes Palliatives to 400 Widows Across Abuja

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Tuesday, distributed palliatives for about 400 widows across Abuja.

The items distributed to widows included, foodstuffs, detergents, wrappers, cooking oil etc, were given to the widows, who were fully of joy for the gesture.

The Mandate Secretary, FCT Women Affairs Secretariat, Dr.

Adedayo Benjamins-Laniyi, who distributed the items on behalf of FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to commemorate the 2024 International Widows’ Day, in Abuja, reiterated the commitment of the administration alleviating the suffering of widows in Abuja.

According to her, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome all our distinguished guests to this occasion, especially, our fellow women, who have experienced widowhood, due to circumstances of life.

We are here for the annual observance of the International Widows Day, organized by the FCT Women Affairs Secretariat, with the Theme, “Accelerating the Achievement of Gender Equality”.

“Since 2011, the United Nation declared June 23 as the International Widows Day, in order to help the Global Community take a look at some of the issues affecting widows around the world, and what must be done to safeguard and advance their rights. This day is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows. This includes providing them with information and access to a fair share of their inheritance.It should be noted that empowering widows to support themselves and their families also means addressing social stigmas that create exclusion, discrimination or harmful practices.

“Permit me to say emphatically, that the FCT Administration under the watch of H.E. Barr. NyesomWike, is poised to identify with people in the vulnerable space of our society, in order to alleviate their suffering.

“We therefore gather here today, to identify with widows in the Federal Capital Territory, in line with the Renewed Hope Initiative of the First Lady Of Nigeria, Distinguished Senator Oluremi Tinubu, whose official trajectory is bent on giving hope to the hopeless, and putting smiles on the faces of the vulnerable.

“Losing a dear husband is a traumatic experience that no sane woman would want to have. Widowhood is caused by so many factors including disease, poverty, war, accident, negligence and sometimes hatred, which always culminates in the death of a dear husband.

“For many women around the world, the devastating loss of a husband is always characterized by negligence and long-term fight for their basic rights and dignity. Despite the fact that there are more than 258 million widows around the world, widows have historically been left unsupported in the various spectrums of our society.

“Experience from our different cultural backgrounds shows that widows are often denied inheritance rights, have their property grabbed after the death of a husband, and usually face extreme stigma and discrimination.

“Today, we rise with one voice to say “NO” to negligence, torture and stigmatization of widows in the Federal Capital Territory and Nigeria at large, and we assure that the current Administration is committed to ending violence against widows and their children, and promoting poverty alleviation, education and other support to widows.

“The Women Affairs Secretariat is a deliberate and strategic hub to take care of all vulnerable people including the widows….and that is the singular reason why we are here”.

The Permanent Secretary of the Secretariat Kolawole Rabiu, in his welcome speech said one of the main reasons why the secretariat was created was to alleviate the plights of widows and vulnerable in FCT.

He said,”The palliatives are symbol of respect the administration has for widows in FCT . This palliatives would bring relief for those of you that are benefiting from it. We recognise that to secure rights and properties for widows, for economic empowerment.

The President Bola Ahmed Tinubuwnd his administration are deeply committed in addressing the plight of widows in the country. And the Minister of FCT Nyesom Wike and Minister of state of FCT Mariya Mahmoud, are both committed in empowering the widows in FCT”.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs Precious Mark, lamented the cost of living and so thanked the government for alleviating their sufferings, that life have generally not been easy but with what they given them, it has put smiles on their faces.

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Boundary Commission to Provide Infrastructure Along Disputed Boundary Areas

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The National Boundary Commission (NBC), says it has concluded plans to provide infrastructure in flash locations along interstate boundaries to encourage integration and cooperation.

The Director-General of the commission, Mr Adamu Adaji, stated this in an interview in Abuja on Wednesday.

Adaji said that the commission would look at flash point areas and provide infrastructures that would encourage cooperation and integration among border communities.

He said that the goal was to see how the commission could bring people in border communities together to share from a common facility.

This, according to him, will douse tension and bring some kind of understanding among border communities.

“The bounder communities will share the facilities, which in the long run will bring the people together and eventually reduce tension and boundary conflicts.

“This is a way of encouraging integration and cooperation by encouraging people to come together, relate with one another and engage in beneficial commercial activities.”

Adaji said that a similar initiative was test runed with a borehole, constructed boundary corridor in Ado Local Government Area of Benue state, where it shared boundary with Ebonyi.

“We have also been able to construct some market stalls in the Ebonyi sector of the boundary between Ebonyi and Cross River,” he added.

“So, our appeal is for people to appreciate, cooperate and understand that boundaries are not barriers.

“The boundary line will not stop somebody from owning properties across and that is what we want to partner with the states to educate people along by the boundary corridors. (NAN)

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 Recertification: NCAA Suspends 10 Private Jet Operations

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended ten private jet operations over failure to begin recertification process.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Michael Achimugu, Director, Public Affairs and Consumer Protection on Friday in Abuja.

The agency said the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations 2023 Part 18.

3.
4 forbids holders of Permit for Non Commercial  Flights (PNCF) from using their aircraft for carriage of passengers, gargo or mail for hire or rewards  (commercial operation or charter services)

“As a result of flagrant disregard of this rule, the NCAA had earlier directed all holders of PNCF to undergo re-evaluation which should have been concluded by the April 19,  2024.

“To this end, the  NCAA has suspended the PNCF

 of Azikel Dredging Nigeria Ltd, Bli-Aviation Safety Services, Ferry Aviation Developments Ltd and Matrix Energy Ltd.

” Also Marrietta Management Services Ltd, Worldwide Skypaths Services, Mattini Airline Services Ltd, Aero Lead Ltd, Sky Bird Air Ltd and Ezuma Jets Ltd.

 “The public is hereby notified that it is illegal to engage PNCF holders for commercial purposes. The NCAA will not hesitate to initiate enforcement actions against any PNCF holder found guilty of illegal operations,” the agency said.

The agency said that its officials had been deployed to General Aviation Terminals (GAT) and private wings of the airports to monitor activities of the PNCF holders. (NAN)

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Wike Approves the Relocation of Mechanic Workshops on Road Corridor to Wasa

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By Laide Akinboade, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Tuesday said it has concluded arrangements to move all the mechanic workshops and spares parts sellers, on road corridors to Wasa. The FCT Coordinator, Abu Metropolitan Management Council, (AMMC), Mr. Felix Amechi Obuah, stated this when he had a meeting with all the mechanic associations in Apo, in his office in Abuja.

He met with 17 recognised unions and 16 others, Obuah announced to the mechanics and traders in the affected areas that the Minister, Nyesom Wike has approved a land in Wassa community of Abuja for all the affected people to be relocated there.
Felix who represent the FCT Minister Nyesom Wike, at the meeting said, the Minister has already approved the land According to the AMMC boss, “We have been able to get close to where we are going, this is a reoccurring incidents.
This issue of Apo Mechanic has lingered for over 15 years, I just came on board few months ago and by the grace of God, we have almost resolved it, I have assured them and I have also listened to all of them. At the end of this meeting today everyone is going back happy and over 50 associations have been quarrelling among themselves, but I have been able to bring everyone together today and all the noise have died down today. “We have decided to relocate all the traders on the road corridor and blocking the right of way to Wasa any moment from now. “We will ensure we do it to the satisfaction of everyone, FCT Minister has already given approval and the executive team for the relocation would also be setup any moment from now. “I am happy with the achievement we have been able to record today. The area we are allocating to them is very large and am not giving any land to anyone that is not properly screened.”Where we are moving them to is a place that was initially designated for them and it is not a road corridor.and it is a place they will go to and do their businesses. “If we can work as team, it would be of benefits to everyone”.

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