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EFFORT TOWARDS REALISING SDGs IS ON COURSE – SANWO-OLU

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…Lagos Governor Receives Global Goals Ball, Vows To Tackle Poverty

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said his administration will continue to support activities and programmes aimed at raising the capacity of women to fight poverty and diseases that may limit their ability towards attaining their potential.

Sanwo-Olu said his Government remained committed to creating local and global partnerships that would boost his administration’s efforts in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) critical to improving residents’ wellbeing and human capital index.

The Governor gave the assurance in his short remark when he received the SDG ball ahead of Global Goals World Cup – a soccer fiesta for women and adolescents.

Sanwo-Olu became the first political leader in West Africa to receive the Global Goals ball, which officially kicks off the first edition of the fiesta in Lagos.

The event was witnessed by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on SDG, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Special Adviser to the Governor on SDG, Mrs. Sholape Hammond, her counterpart in Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, and Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso.

Sanwo-Olu said he had high hope on the future of women in Lagos, saying his Government had set a record of championing equality and empowerment for women in the State to attain their potential.

Mrs. Sholape Hammond said Lagos Government took women development seriously, adding that the current administration had strategically positioned women to drive its programmes initiated to achieve global development agenda.

She said: “This event is a great stride towards achieving the 17 Global Development Goals which is aimed at eradicating poverty, encourage equality and tackle environmental challenges.

“Today’s occasion is another testament to the commitment of Governor Sanwo-Olu to deliver all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as contained in Untied Nation Development Agenda.”

Hammond said the event would feature about 32 teams from different parts of Lagos, comprising 256 players and 2,000 supporters. The competition, she said, would be played for four weekends and will draw participants’ attention to 17 Goals Actions. The winning team will be representing Nigeria at the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly.

“Lagos State is making effort to achieve all the Goals and no creative engagement will not be spared. We are assuring Lagosians that the task is enormous but they are surmountable,” Hammond said.

Mrs. Orelope-Adefulire called for improved partnerships between the Government and civil society organisations to create a safe environment for humans and organisms.

She said sport remained a powerful tool to increase youth engagement in SDGs, stressing that job creation and prosperity must be the focus of the effort.

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Pondei-led NDDC IMC transparent, accountable, says Group

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As Nigerians await outcome of the 2-day investigative hearing carried out by the Senate Ad-hoc Committee last week Thursday and Friday on alleged financial recklessness by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a group has debunked the claim of N40 billion scam levelled against the Commission.

The group which projects itself as Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative (CQTI) said as a non- governmental organization, concerned with development of the Niger Delta region through close monitoring of activities of intervention bodies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) , the current Interim Management Committee ( IMC) of the commission is far more transparent in its operations, contrary to the accusation of squandering N40 billion.

President of the group, Obiaruko Christie Ndukwe,  at a media briefing in Abuja Saturday said the Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei-led IMC is not corrupt as being painted by those  who, according to her, “want the operations of the commission to be business as usual.”

“The Citizens Quest for Truth Initiative under my leadership has been monitoring the operational activities of the NDDC over the years as regards the core mandate given to the commission.

“I make bold to declare here that of all the management teams we have interacted with so far and assessed their activities on the field, the current IMC stands out in terms of accessibility to the people and communities in the area as well as transparency in contracts awards and executions.

“All the hues and cries being made by some vested groups against the current IMC are driven by nothing but fear of being cut off from their yearly loot.

“Rather than trying to pull down the incumbent management of the commission, they should by now be running from pillar to post on how to escape from shame awaiting them from reports of the ongoing forensic auditing ordered by President Muhamnadu Buhari,” she said.

She added that it was a lie from the pit of hell for anybody to allege that the Pondei-led IMC is working for the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio and not the people of Niger Delta region.

She said: “During the 2- day investigative hearing, none of the accusers and their cronies could substantiate any allegations to that effect.

“In fact, the public hearing exposed the hollow in all allegations levelled against Akpabio and the Pondei-led IMC and it is expected that they will allow peace to reign now in the commission for the desired development to start taking place in the Niger Delta region.”

 

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Lawyer raises alarm over N15 billion NDDC payments

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A legal practitioner, Mr. Godwin Ojeh, has lamented what he called corruption of self-enrichment in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Nigerian Senate , Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to stop the payment of N15 billion to contractors.

‘’The Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission has thrown caution to the winds. It is about to pay for jobs not done. The committee is processing the payment of a whooping amount of N15billion on spurious contracts in the name of ‘’Desilting of Waterways’’.

He particularly decried the misappropriation in the management of the funds of the commission.

‘Is the 2020 budget of the commission ready? Where are they spending from? ’Recently, the Senate set up an ad hoc committee to probe the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over alleged mismanagement of N40billion. The Senate also requested for 2019 budgetary performance. The commission doesn’t have power to expend public money. There is no budgetary provision’’.

In a tone suggestive of his hatred for corruption, the Benin based lawyer asked the National Assembly and the executive arm of the government to stop the commission from wasting the country’s resources.

In a statement in Benin, Ojeh described the intention of the NDDC Interim Management Committee as ‘’a move that will endanger development of the region

‘’There is no greater danger to the development of the Niger Delta region than the payments for fictitious contracts’’ the statement said.

He also harped on the need for transparency in government organizations, saying ‘’it is necessary for the National Assembly and the executive arm of government to adopt a collective position on the allegation of corruption in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)’’.

 

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HON. BURAIMOH: THE ELEGANT ORATOR…..Agunbiade

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So sudden was your death; so painful was your transition.

This is one death too many after we recently commited the prophetic Adebayo Oshinowo (Pepperito) to mother earth.
I never knew you were on your way out of this world when so unusually, my repeated messages to your phone were never responded to and calls not picked for days.

I did not know that the elegant Tunde was lying helpless somewhere against his wish.
Now, the ever bubbling and lively soul has been hooked by the angel of death and forced through the mill of no return while a lot of us, your admirers, were wondering of your whereabout.

Where is the very active and versatile brain of Tunde Buraimoh? Where is your very peaceful mien and stylish smiles of all times? The big Daddy with big, dramatic and oratory expressions has finally dropped the linguistic garb and that legislative lion has ceased to roar in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

We are going to miss your elegant dressing Tunde. Your charismatic assertions shall elude us till eternity. The beneficiaries of your regular philanthropic gestures will have to look elsewhere for succour hence forth. Dear Tunde, tread graciously to your final abode of no pains and no regrets. We shall hold forth for you where our paths have crossed with good memories.

Our prayers shall forever be for you in the lonely castle of your permanent rest.
I pray we would not have to give this kind of dirge so soon again. Tunde, sun re ooo. Adieu

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