From David Torough, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia has denied directing the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) or any agency of government to distribute roofing materials to flood victims in the State.
This is contained in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the governor of distributing just roofing materials to flood victims in the State.
Alia, in the statement, stated that he did not direct any agency in the State to distribute roofing materials to flood victims in the State as reported in the media.
He explained that the ongoing distribution of roofing materials to flood victims in the State was strictly an initiative of private donors and SEMA officials only supervised the exercise.
“Gov Alia did not direct SEMA or any agency of government for that matter to donate any relief materials at this time.
The whole exercise was organized and executed by private support and donor agencies which wanted to bring succour to victims of flooding.
“The exercise was carried out by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), sponsored by the United State Agency for International Development (USAID), to cushion the effect of the 2022 flooding in Makurdi.
“The construction materials in the picture are for construction of bathrooms, toilets, and other makeshift sheds. Each unit in the picture is made up of four to five Zinc Sheets, eight woods and nails for the purpose mentioned,” he said.
The statement insisted that SEMA only played a supervisory role in the distribution of the items, since the intervention was directly under its office.
“We advise the opposition that if it is not satisfied with the intervention, they should channel their desperation to IOM and USAID but not SEMA.
“And what in God’s name does the PDP stand to gain from minimizing or criticizing the efforts of private donors aimed at bringing relief to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) across the state, instead of commending and complementing them?” he asked.
Alia Appoints Acting Accountant General
Benue State Governor Hyacinth Alia yesterday approved the appointment of Mrs. Theresa Nyitse as Acting Accountant General of the state.
The appointment is contained in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula.
According to the statement, Nyitse’s appointment letter was signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Joseph Alakali.
The appointment took immediate effect, it added.
Nyitse was, prior to her appointment, an Accountant, Central Accounts, Office of the state Accountant General.
She will take over from Agwaza Iorkpiligh, who was earlier relieved of the position
Nigeria’s NGO Takes Plights of Local Communities to COP28
Connected Advocacy for Empowerment and Youth Development, a Nigeria-based NGO, has called for the involvement of local communities in decision-making on climate solutions in order to build a sense of responsibility and unity.
Mr Israel Orekha, Executive Director of the NGO, made the call on Monday in his address at a side event organised at the ongoing COP28 in Dubai.
“The event is themed “Putting Local Community First in Climate Agenda.’’
Orekha advocated policy changes that incentivised and prioritised sustainable practices at the local and national levels
According to him, empowering communities through participation will ensure that solutions align with local needs.
He also called for inclusive policies that addressed both environmental and social aspects of clean energy transitions.
The executive director particularly canvassed for the consideration of local community in the clean energy transition plan.
The local community, he said, needed clean energy transition parks and not false solutions.
“Clean energy transition parks not only combat climate change but also strengthen community resilience.
“Local involvement in these parks is key to addressing pressing environmental challenges.
“Beyond jobs, clean energy engagement enhances community knowledge about sustainable practices.
“Involving communities in clean energy decisions fosters responsibility and unity.
“Local job opportunities and skill development can result from participation in the renewable energy sector.”
Orekha also underscored the importance of transparency in decision-making processes so as to discern genuine solutions from greenwashing.
“False solutions can perpetuate environmental injustice, disproportionately affecting marginalised communities.
“False solutions, like greenwashing, hinder genuine progress.
“Thorough research and community input are essential for sustainable solutions,’’ he said.
Reports says that clean energy parks are separate areas used and planned for the purpose of clean energy development, like wind and solar generation facilities.(NAN)
Otti Promises Reconstruction of Aba – Port Harcourt Expressway Before Christmas
Gov. Alex Otti of Abia, on Tuesday assured Abia residents that the Federal Government will rehabilitate Aba – Port Harcourt stretch of the Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway before Christmas.
Otti made the promise on Tuesday during an inspection tour of the road which had failed badly forcing travelers to resort to using motorcycles to travel to Port Harcourt from Aba.
Reports says that the failed portion of the road had made it almost impossible for vehicles to move on it while creating a brisk business for motorcyclists.
The motorcyclists now navigate bush paths and parts of the Expressway to access the boundary town between Abia and Rivers where they dispatch passengers and return to Aba.
The governor said that the federal government had sent him a team with whom he inspected the highway and expressed happiness that the trouble of Abia people would soon be over.
“I went to inspect the Aba – Port Harcourt Expressway from here all the way to the border town of Obigbo.
“The promise the federal government made to me was that this road must be rehabilitated and made ready for Christmas.
“As a result, anyone wishing to go to Port Harcourt when that is done, will no longer travel through bush paths which leads to Etche in Imo state.
“From Christmas, you will be able to access Port Harcourt straight from Aba without using bush paths,” the governor said.
He urged the people of the state to work hard to be better at what they did stressing that Abia had become good.
Some residents of Aba who have suffered the hardship levied them by the excessive failure of the road for more than five years, expressed gratitude to the federal government for remembering them.
They however, urged the government to ensure it fulfilled its promise of rehabilitating the raod and not to give them assurances that would amount to nothing. (NAN)
Tinubu Inaugurates Rural Water Projects in Benue
President Bola Tinubu on Thursday inaugurated 15 motorised boreholes in Benue to address the problem of portable drinking water in the state. .
President Tinubu while inaugurating the projects at Wannue, Tarka Local Government Area, said the boreholes were funded by the National Lottery Trust Fund.
He was represented by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr Zaphaniah Jisalo.
He said that a total of 19 motorised boreholes were constructed by the Trust Fund, adding that 15 of them were located in Tarka and Gboko Local Government Areas of Benue.
“Let me commend the management of the Trust Fund for successfully delivering 19 motorized boreholes across the nation within the shortest possible time.
“These noble projects in water and sanitation will no doubt bring access to clean portable water closer to the beneficiaries, curb the spread of diseases, and improve the health of the benefiting communities,“he said.
He said the lottery has huge potential both as a wealth generator and its impact on the growth of the economy, therefore the Government will strengthen the lottery legislation.
“Over the years across jurisdictions, wealth generated from lottery has been used to transform societies through the provision of infrastructural, and socio-economic development across the world.
“Given the potential of the lottery/gaming business, one can easily appreciate the enormous prospect that it holds for a country like Nigeria, with a population of over 200 million people.
“Accordingly, the government will do everything humanly possible to revitalise this industry that holds great promise for Nigeria in raising enormous revenues.
“Therefore, the government is committed to putting policies meant to automate revenue collections, repealing the National Lottery Act (NLA), 2005 with the National Gaming Act, in order to accommodate the growing dynamism of lottery business in the country.
“This will help to steer the industry to international best practices for improved returns to good causes and interventions across the country.” he said
The President appealed to the benefiting communities to own the projects and protect the same for improved sanitation and hygiene.
Earlier, Dr Bello Maigari, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Lottery Trust Fund, said they have constructed a total of 15 motorized boreholes in 15 selected communities in Benue.
Dr Maigari said all the 15 motorised boreholes were completed and will be commissioned and handed over for public use.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the government to continue the programme, until every community in dire need of portable water across the six geo-political zones of the country was reached.
“The World Bank estimates that 70 million Nigerians lack access to safe drinking water. Nigeria has abundant water resources, but poor water management practices and inadequate infrastructure.
“This knowledge has further consolidated the agency’s initiative to provide the basic infrastructure needed to strengthen access to clean portable water.
“This will in turn curb the spread of diseases and improve good health and wellbeing of the benefiting communities,”he said.
Also speaking, a representative of the late JS Tarka family, Mr Moses Tarka, said water remained their greatest challenge within the area.
Tarka said that before the construction of the motorised borehole, they usually trek for about two to three kilometres to access water that was not even clean.
He said with the construction of the borehole the whole area now have access to clean water, and commended the Federal Government for remembering them.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the motorised borehole situated at Wannue was sited at the ancestral home of late JS Tarka.(NAN)
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