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OLUSADE TAKES OVER FROM OHAA AS FCTA PERMANENT SECRETARY

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Mr Adesola Olusade has assumed duties as the new Permanent Secretary of the FCTA following the receipt of Handover notes from the former Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa in a ceremony witnessed by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, and other senior staff of the FCTA. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello described the outgoing Permanent Secretary of the FCTA, Sir Chinyaaka Ohaa as a problem solver and a pillar of support.

According to the Minister, Sir Ohaa never shied away from difficult situations, a trait which he had found very useful in the running of the affairs of the FCTA adding that the job of Permanent Secretary of the nation’s capital’s bureaucracy was not an easy one. While wishing the outgoing Permanent Secretary success in his new place of posting at the Ministry of Power, Malam Bello urged him to be an ambassador of the FCTA and support the Administration when needed.

He also informed the new Permanent Secretary that he would be working with a very large bureaucracy made of very competent individuals with a tremendous amount of institutional memory. He urged the new Permanent Secretary to leverage on the experience of the FCTA workforce to deliver on the mandate of Mr. President. Earlier the Outgoing Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa had appreciated the opportunity given to him to serve alongside the FCT Minister and Minister of State as well as the staff of the FCTA.

He particularly commended the health workers led by the Health Secretary, Dr. Muhammad Kawu, who have put their lives on the line in the fight against COVID 19. He urged all staff to give the new Permanent Secretary their cooperation and support in the discharge of his duties. The new Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adesola Olusade, who was until his appointment, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Niger Delta, expressed his desire to facilitate the work of the Honourable Minister towards delivering on the mandate of Mr. President.

He commended the Minister for his passion and dedication to work while describing Sir Ohaa as his boss with whom he had worked closely in the past. Present at the event were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Niger Delta, Dr. Babayo Ardo, Chief of Staff to Minister, Malam Bashir Mai- Bornu, the Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of State, Prof. M.T Usman, and heads of the various Mandate Secretariats, Departments and Agencies of the FCTA.

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Flood displaces scores in Kano, Nasarawa, Kwara

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Heavy downpour which lasted for days has left many displaced in Kano, Kwara, and Nasarawa states forcing governors Abdulahi Ganduja, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Abdullahi Sule to seek for a speedy supply of relief materials to victims from the Federal Government.

In Nasarawa,  Governor Abdullahi Sule, yesterday, raised the alarm that scores of people, including aged men, women, and children, were displaced and rendered homeless following a flood that ravaged Nasarawa town in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

Sule, who appealed to the Federal Government to quickly intervene in tackling flood and other ecological problems facing the state, said it was the second time flood would wreak havoc in Nasarawa in less than two weeks.

He said houses were submerged, just as animals were killed, with some persons reportedly missing.

The governor stated this, yesterday when he visited the affected LGA where he ordered the evacuation of the displaced persons.

He directed the state emergency management agency to provide relief materials such as food items and mattresses without delay to the victims.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Addra, the governor “urged the people of the state to desist from building on waterways and stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.”

In the same vein, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Relief Agency (SEMA), Dr. Saleh Jilli, in an interview with Daily Sun, lamented that this year’s flood was far more devastating than it had ever been in the state. He said an assessment showed that there was no local government council in the state that was spared by the flood, adding that in some cases, over 100 houses were destroyed by the flood in a single local government council.

While imploring the National Emergency Relief Agency(NEMA), Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Presidential Task Force on Relief and Rehabilitation and National Refugees Commission to deliver and assist victims, Jilli underlined the fact that most  of the victims had been displaced and were in urgent need of support

He equally appealed to well -to –do individuals in the state to assist the displaced, saying government alone  could not shoulder all the responsibilities of ameliorating the suffering of the flood victims.

Similarly, on Saturday night, torrential rains that lasted several hours  wreaked havoc in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.  One life was said to have been lost during the heavy rains, it was gathered.

Two persons whose corpses were  yet to be recovered were equally swept away at Taiwo Isale and Oko-Erin bridges in the metropolis, a source at the state Fire Service said.

The heavy downpour also destroyed several houses and property.

The rains started around 7pm and stopped in the wee hours of Sunday.

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq commiserated with families whose houses  were affected.

The state government urged  the Federal Government to urgently consider Kwara for special support even as it is setting up a special disaster response team to collate data of areas affected and determine how the state government can offer support based on available resources.

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Nigeria records 97 new cases of COVID-19, total now 57,242

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Nigeria now has 57,145 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 97 new cases recorded on Sunday night.

According to a tweet from the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, 48,569 patients have now been discharged, with 1,098 deaths recorded.

The tweet revealed that Lagos State had the highest number of infections on Sunday night with 46 cases, with Kwara State following with 12 cases.

Other states read as follow:

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FCTA captures 300,000 households for social plan

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THE Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced the second phase of registration of vulnerable persons in Abuja for its Social Investment Programme.

FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu stated this at a 3-day training for community-based targeting team at the legislative chamber, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abuja.

Aliyu revealed that the second phase, which targets communities in AMAC, Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils, was coming after completion of the first phase which captured poor and vulnerable persons in Abaji, Kuje and Kwali Area councils.

Represented by her Special Assistant and FCT Focal Person on Social Safety Net Programmes, Chiwendu Eteyen Amba, Aliyu said that over 88,000 poor households were registered in more than 400 communities in the first phase of the programme.

”It is on record that as at August 2020, a total number of 88,464 poor and vulnerable households and 309,509 individuals from 408 communities across the three Area Councils were identified and registered into the National Social Register (NSR)”.

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