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FCTA Loses N18bn Advertisement, Signage Revenue

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By Laide Akinboade 

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, on Thursday said it lost N18 billion naira in six years to clients and business owners involved in outdoor advertisement and signage activities.

The Director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage, DOAS, Babagana Adam, revealed this in an interview with newsmen immediately after a meeting with the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Chairman on how to synergise to stop the leakages by centralising and controlling signage activities in Abuja.

According to him, “We have lost about 3 billion naira each year and when you multiply it times six years, it is18 billion naira that has been lost.
“Imagine how many schools, roads, poutry farms, live stock farms and ICT centres, that would have been built with this money. So we have lost quite alot of money.

“With this new development, I don’t want to look at what we are losing, I will rather love that we strategise and synergise to put a stop to the money leakages.”

Earlier, AMAC Chairman, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido said the collaboration is overdue by the two organs of the government, FCTA and AMAC, in order to use the available resources to provide services to the people.

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Candido said: “In the last three years , it has not been too good, because we all lost out, the reason why we must collaborate and have a new begining to cement the relationship. We must harmonise to stop double payment by the clients.”

He also noted that the constitution guarantees local governments to operate, and “if you don’t have the capacity, you contract it out so that services can be provided .

“But where Area Councils are undermined are areas that we are frowning at, that we are working together now , I believe it will be understood.”

The AMAC boss therefore reiterated the resolve of the council to support the DOAS to achieve its objective.

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Group Trains 2000 Female Students, 320 Inmates on Leadership

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Female and More (FAM) a self-esteem and leadership initiative of Young stars Development Initiative  has trained over 2000 secondary school girls across Nigeria and 320 female inmates on self-esteem and leadership.

The Project Lead of the group, Ms Divine Dominion, stated this in Abuja at the end of the 2022 Female and More Summit.

The summit was tagged: ‘Helping young women across Africa build a healthy self-esteem and develop leadership skills so they can pursue greatness and reach their full potential.

Dominion said the group was able to achieve its remarkable impact in 2022 through smart work and dedication towards empowering young females. 

“In our 2022 Social Impact Fellowship, we had 500 women registered with over 100 projects ideas and they were able to implement about 70 projects across Africa.

“Also in reviewing our smart work school outreach program going on in secondary schools across the country, we were able to mentor 2000 girls on self-esteem.

 

“We have 68 schools currently under our mentorship program, 66 in Nigeria and 2 in Rwanda and we have distributed not less than 660 mentorship handbooks across 28 states in Nigeria. 

“We have also been able to mentor about 320 young female inmates on self-esteem and how to pursue greatness after they exit prisons.

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“The mission is to empower young women to build their self-esteem, voice and leadership agency in order to reach their full potentials and actively participate in development processes,” she said.

Dominion said the organisation would continue to work to ensure that all girls and young women were self-aware, empowered, and successful in all social spaces in Africa. 

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FG Seeks More Stakeholders’ Support for PWDs

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In commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IPWDs), the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that it needs more support and collaboration of stakeholders in order to achieve its mandate of catering for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

Speaking Monday in Abuja, at a conference organized by the ministry to commemorate the day, Farouq, who was represented by the national coordinator of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Dr Umar Bindir, said that the Federal Government will continue to be disability sensitive, to enable them live a fulfilled live and make meaningful contribution to societal growth and development, in line with the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda.

She said it is only when people are empowered, involved and included that they can better be prepared to take advantage of opportunities, “they become agents of change and are more available to embrace their civic responsibilities.

She said: “Nigeria as a Member Nation of the UN joins the comity of nations to mark this day in line with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of October 14th, 1992 which proclaimed 3rd December of every year as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”.  This is to achieve the aims of awakening the consciousness of all Member States towards encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities. 

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“The annual observance of the Day aims at promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilizing supports for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities, as well as serving as a wake-up call to all stakeholders on the needs of persons with disabilities, in order to intensify efforts towards improving their situations. As a country, we have been celebrating this Day since 1994.  

“It is pertinent to note that following Mr. President’s assent to the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act, a lot has changed regarding issues of disability in the country. These have helped in no small measure in promoting the participation of Persons with Disabilities in all aspects of life and their aspiring to leadership and decision making positions. 

“It is worthy of note equally that a lot of states have equally followed suite to domesticate the Act into laws in their various states. Recently, Abia, Edo and Kano states passed their own laws. However, a lot still need to be done towards the effective implementation of the provisions of the Act, especially in the areas of accessibility, advocacy and sensitization among others.

“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development recognizes that we as Government cannot achieve these alone, hence the collaboration with various stakeholders and partners. It is on this note that we appreciate all our stakeholders and partners, for their usual cooperation and support to the Ministry. We will continue to count on you for more reliable collaboration towards achieving our common goal. 

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“The Federal Government will continue to be disability sensitive in supporting and providing a conducive environment towards promoting the participation of Persons with Disabilities and their leadership for the realization of their potentials, to enable them live a fulfilled live and make meaningful contribution to societal growth and development. This will be in line with the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda. It is only when people are empowered, involved and included that they can better be prepared to take advantage of opportunities: they become agents of change and are more available to embrace their civic responsibilities.”

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo, who was represented by the director of humanitarian affairs, Alhaji Ali Grema, said the objectives of the Conference was to provide a platform to show-case the achievements of the Ministry in the area of disability, celebrate millions of persons with disabilities in Nigeria and world over as well  as to provide an avenue for an interactive session with the media.

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Police ASP killing: We’re investigating effect of gunshot- Navy spokesperson 

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) Monday said it is still investigating the effect of gunshot and the allegation on personnel over alleged attack and killing of a police officer in Lagos.

The Navy stated this through the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Nigerian Navy, Western Naval Command, Apapa, Lagos, Commander Edward Yeibo.

He  said the incident was unfortunate as far as the Nigerian Navy is concerned.

He added that the incident reported was contrary to his findings, saying: “I gathered that two rating Navy personnel arrested and detained at Agboju Police Station over the alleged incidence, were on bike while the policemen who were also on bike blocked the road and they are about eight. In the process, the policemen on bike including the area boys attacked the Naval officer.
“One of the policemen produced a gun and shot and everybody scampered for safety.

“However, preliminary investigation is ongoing to ascertain the effect of the gunshot and the alleged personnel involved,” he said.

Recall that four Naval personnel allegedly stabbed a police officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Anion Hezikel, to death while on official duty in Lagos.

It was also learnt that the incident happened Saturday where the police anti-robbery team were performing official assignment  around Satellite town.

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