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NSCDC Commissions 13 New Command Buildings

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A civil society group, Centre for Media Rights and Advocacy (CMRA) has applauded the salient transformation of infrastructural development and the building of new edifices all over the country by the proactive management of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), under the leadership of Commandant-General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu. This, no doubt, is to cater for the security needs, good office environment of its personnel as well as increase the sense of belonging of a well-motivated workforce.

This gesture has now made it possible for the NSCDC to own their own property instead of rented apartments taking into consideration the security implications of such rented apartments.

This applause is contained in a press release signed by the civil society’s Secretary, Comrade Tomisin Ajorin and Project Director, Comrade Balarabe Ishayah. The statement commended the proactive and transparent management of NSCDC for commissioning 13 new command buildings across the country, a feat which the civil society described as “unheard of since the annals of history of the NSCDC.”

The duo also lauded the initiative of the Commandant-General for his foresight and vision of a better infrastructure where the issue of workforce and better environment for efficient services is paramount for effective welfare and productivity of its personnel.

The society’s executives emphasized that this is the first time such a milestone was achieved within the shortest possible time even with the paucity of funds and, as such, enjoined well-meaning Nigerians and security stakeholders to support the gigantic strides presently taking place at the NSCDC.

CMRA is using this medium to call on all other agencies and para-military organizations to borrow a leaf of this initiative of the Commandant-General by making sure that the wellbeing, comfort and working environment is conducive for personnel, to enable them put in their best when called upon to serve the nation. Alluding that it has become a plethora of achievements and milestones since the present CG took over the mantle of leadership, as the morale of personnel is at its peak unlike before. This has spurred the officers and men of the Civil Defence to burst and crack armed bandits, cattle rustlers and vandals across the country on daily basis. The redoubling of efforts by the officers and men has drastically reduced the mayhem of vandalism of critical national assets across the country.

In a related development, the civil society also acknowledged the recent massive endorsement of the NSCDC by the Borno State farmers. It said the farmers deeply appreciated the Agro-Rangers Initiative of the NSCDC’s Commandant-General which they said has enabled them to go to their farms daily as the rangers are always at their farms protecting them, which was not the case in the past. This is indeed a pat on the shoulders of the NSCDC, and has also drawn wide commendations from far and near especially on the daily sacrifices put up by the officers and men to make sure the Agro-Rangers Initiative, as envisioned by the current CG across the country, is receiving the needed attention and domiciled for the protection of both local and foreign agro-allied investors. This, in turn, boosts food security as most farmers can now go to their farms with the knowledge that the Agro-Rangers officers are there to protect them from attacks by hoodlums.

This, the civil society noted, is indeed a milestone as the farmers have cause to thank the Civil Defence that for one year now the Service has provided security to them in their farmlands and they can now go to their respective farms without watching their shoulders.

CMRA therefore calls on stakeholders and well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with the NSCDC to collaborate and partner on a long-term strategic initiative that will lead to the over-all betterment and service delivery of the NSCDC aimed at the protection of critical national assets, capacity and management development which will include overseas training for its officers and men for the over-all security development of the country.

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CGI Babandede Bows Out With Glorious Light, Global Acclaim

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The 11th Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, MFR, was pulled out from Service Monday in grand style, razzmatazz and pageantry, after a transparent and diligent service to his country – Nigeria.

The occasion took place at the NIS Parade Ground, Sauka, Abuja, and was graced by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was Special Guest of Honour; Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, MON, mni; Service Chiefs, Inspector-General of Police, IGP Alkali Usman Baba and other heads of sister security agencies. Also at the occasion were top traditional rulers, Captains of industry, community leaders, youth groups, women groups and members of the diplomatic corps.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Minister of Interior, Aregbesola, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, paid glowing tributes to CGI Babandede for rebranding and repositioning the Nigeria Immigration Service as a top class migration management agency globally.

Continuing, Ogbeni Aregbesola, enjoined Babandede’s successor and NIS management to effectively harness and utilize the ultra-modern technological infrastructure established by Babandede for continued policing and surveillance of Nigeria’s borders, adding that the innovation is world-class and must be properly maintained at all times.

The Minister of Interior poured encomiums on the out-going CGI, applauded the gigantic transformational milestones and legacies left behind by the outgoing CGI

In the same vein, the Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru lauded the sterling leadership qualities of CGI Babandede, patriotism and monumental achievements of the outgoing CGI, noting that he is a shining ambassador of Jigawa State, whose footprints are written on the sands of time in building a harmonious relationship with sister agencies; was unparalleled and must be exploited to the fullest for enhanced productivity and service delivery.
He enjoined other chief executive officers to borrow a leaf from the mercurial service record of CGI Babandede who has made Jigawa State proud.

Meanwhile, other stakeholders are also unanimous that CGI Babandede will continue to be a reference point, in the annals of efficient service delivery, transparency and patriotism in Nigeria, alluding that he has changed the narrative and paradigm shift of the NIS in compliance with best international practices.

Also, a prominent civil society group, Guild of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Equity, Justice & Transparency (GOCMEJ), was full of praises for CGI Babandede for redefining service delivery, accountability, transparency and patriotism in Nigeria’s public service. The organization, which is an amalgamation of over 350 CSOs, NGOs and media executives, recommended the outgoing CGI for higher national office, stating that his invaluable service record must not be sacrificed on the altar of officialdom. Emphasizing that CGI Babandede is brimming with resourcefulness, youthful energy and zeal for service to humanity and his fatherland.

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NDDC: GPMI Hails Sen. Akpabio , Says Detractors Should Leave Him Alone

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The Global Peace Movement International UK has described the Niger Delta Minister, Sen. Godswill Akpabio as a man who claimed fifteen story building without a steer case.

The group also said Senator Godswill Akpabio is a proven performer. Since he became the Minister of Niger Delta, he has been working diligently to develop the region. It is on record that massive work is going on in the region in different sectors.

In a press statement signed by the media officer, Augustine Aminu (KSM) on behalf the President General of Global Peace Movement International UK, Dr. Mike Uyi who currently lost his sister, Pastor Rose Uyi.

He said, prior to the minister’s assumption of office at the Niger Delta Affairs ministry, activities at the ministry were in dire need for reformation. Therefore, it took the frugality in his resource management and political determination to turn around the entire gamut of the Niger Delta community for the better within his short stay in office.

According to Uyi, the mandate of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is to formulate and execute plans, programmes, and other initiatives as well as coordinate the intervention activities of agencies, communities, donors, and other relevant stakeholders involved in the development of the region. Akpabio has promised never to deviate from the mandate.

“NDDC was meant to address the development challenges in the Niger Delta region but the commission has only enriched a few people in the past leaving the mission and vision not actualized. Faceless contractors have pocketed funds for projects and were never executed”.

“Akpabio is tested and trusted. As commissioner, senator and governor, he performed excellently. Unarguably, Akpabio is among the ministers that would perform very well in this administration and should be allowed to concentrate on transforming NDDC. GPMI believes that he will do greater things if given a higher national assignments”.

Under the supervision of Senator Akpabio, a forensic audit was carried out to unravel corruption and bad corporate governance in the commission.

“The Minister as we know him has been a detribalised and generous individual. His personal aides and workers hail from different states in the Niger Delta region and the country. Besides, the minister is known for presenting opportunities to people based only on their competencies”.

“He has carried all stakeholders in the Niger Delta along and that is why the region has remained peaceful since his emergence as a minister”.

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Less Than 3 Percent Of Kaduna Residents Have Health Insurance – KADCHMA

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Less than 3 percent of people out of about 9 million are covered by medical insurance under the Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Agency (KADCHMA) it has been revealed.

The revelation was made during a stakeholders meeting organized by the Kaduna Maternal Accountability Mechanism (KADMAM) with Partnership to Engage and Learn (PERL-EC) and Lafiya Programme.

Speaking on the matter, the representative of KADCHMA and Director of Operations, Dr Juliana Bungon said that apart from the state government employees only about 2000 individuals from the informal sector are registered with the scheme.

She added that  getting the informal sector to participate in the scheme had been difficult because they are not organized as the organized informal sector who are part and parcel of the trade unions.

She however added that the state government is making arrangement with farmers in the rural area to batter harvested food items with relevant agency so that they can be captured in the scheme.

” we are also going to vigorously involve cooperatives, desk officers in local governments as well as embark on massive sensitization with media to drive home the matter, ” she said.

Speaking earlier,  Mal Mustapha Juma’are  said that people must be part and parcel of the scheme so that the issue of out of pocket expenditure which hitherto had been a stumbling block to Nigerians resident in Kaduna state can be minimized.

Mal Juma’are who frowned at the paltry percentage of residents who have embraced the scheme called on participants to help in galvanizing the populace so that they can embrace it and make it their own.

Also speaking, the Co-Chair of Open Government Partnership (OGP) Hadiza Umar said that action in the area of sensitizing and enrolling the people of Kaduna state is necessary in order to curb or reduce the number of people dying daily from treatable diseases.

She said that Kaduna State will remain open in all its activities as she urged participants and stakeholders to share the information especially in the informal sector.

Mr Abel Adejor, on behalf of PERL-EC and Lafiya programme said that the aim of the meeting is for associations and organizations that are in the informal sector to be properly mobilized with adequate information for them to key into the scheme.

He further said that the civil societies and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) will continue to give support to program for it to succeed in the state.

The meeting was made possible by the KADMAM in collaboration with KADCHMA and support from PERL-EC and Lafiya programme in partnership with UKAID.

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