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LOCKDOWN CHUSION: ROTARY CLUB DISTRIBUTES FOOD ITEMS TO HOUSEHOLDS

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No fewer than 500 vulnerable households benefited from the food items distributed by the Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee (NNPPC) of Rotary International, Abeokuta, Ogun state, to cushion the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown in some parts of Abeokuta and its environs.

The Past Assistant Governor of the Club, Rotarian (Dr). Adelakun Hassan said that the distribution of the food items to the vulnerable persons was to complement the palliatives being done by government and other philanthropists during the lockdown.

“The activity is aimed at cushioning the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown on indigent families, widows, widowers and communities as well as creating awareness for vulnerable families and communities.

“The relief package is targeted at indigent families, widows, widowers and aged people as well as households with little or no income. These beneficiaries are selected by the community heads and members of the club”, he said

He equally charged all the beneficiaries on the need for them to take to all precautionary measures highlighted by public health specialists, which included regular washing of hands with soap and running water, use of alcoholic based hand sanitizer and maintaining of social distancing to curb the spread of the virus.

He added that five President of the Rotary Club in Abeokuta were involved in the distribution of food items, which including; Presidents Rotary Club Abeokuta, Rotary Club Abeokuta Metro, Rotary Club of Oke-Ana Egba, Rotary Club of Elega and Rotary Club of Obantoko.

According to him, “Rotary will not rest on its oars to give meaningful assistance to the needy and indigent people in the communities, and also continue to make itself available for communal efforts towards making the society more habitable for the people.”

Also, President of the club, Rotarian (Dr). Abiodun Amusan who said that the distribution of the foodstuffs was in line with Polio Eradication programme of the club, noting that the relief materials were given to the needy to support the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

He added that the club was focused on the provision of humanitarian services to the people irrespective of religion, race, education and ethnic background.

“Rotary is a philanthropic organization, and during this lockdown, we deem it fit to give succour to our people, especially the needy and the indigent. What we are doing today is on the account of End Polio Programme of the Rotary Club”, he said

The food items distributed by the Club including; beans, beverages, noodles, sugars, salt, rice and garri.

One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Monsurat Adeleke, who received the items, thanked the organization for the kind gesture on behalf of other beneficiaries, saying that it was not easy to be at home for days without foodstuffs.

She said that the gesture would go a long way  in cushioning the effects of Covid-19 pandemic and bring succour to the beneficiaries, especially during this lockdown and Ramadan period.

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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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