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Use NOA Machinery to Propagate Edo Govt’s Democracy Dividends, says Shaibu

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Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Honourable Comrade Philip Shaibu has called on the state’s Directorate of National Orientation Agency, NOA, to propagate the programme and policies of the Obaseki administration. He said the administration has done so much providing dividends of democracy. According to the Deputy Governor, ” we need a powerful information organ like NOA to tell the outside world what we are doing here in Edo so that other states government in the country can emulate the good governance being propagated by the Obaseki administration.”

Shaibu stated this when the leadership of the Edo State Directorate of NOA led by the new Director, Mr Austin Odile, paid him a courtesy and familiarisation visit, Tuesday

The Deputy Governor noted that as an agency responsible for advocacy and enlightenment of government policies and programs in all the tiers of government, it was imperative it explains Edo Government’s impressive score cards so far provided in the areas of Employment, Security, Health , infrastructure and Basic education, such that the basic foundation for elementary education laid by the state has been successfull to the extend that the children at that level can read and write

According to the Deputy Governor, so much has been done by the state which are impactful on the people , like the basic health delivery , the primary healthcare which now caters for more rural people, security, resetting the economy, dealing with unemployment and most importantly, educating the people on their political rights, which NOA, must begin to engage and do alot of public enlightenment on proper campaign discipline as we approach another election year

” You have more work to do as Director.As Director, you need to do alot of public campaign to bring in discipline during campaigns. We want to do programs that are impactful, to deal with bad things, reset the economy and secure lives and property.”

“The implications is that you need to exercise and be mentally stable. For you, you have a major work to ensure things are done properly. Study what we are doing here, to reduce unemployment, transform basic education. Our Children can read and write at elementary stage. We are building an informed society to make governance and society easy” Comrade Shaibu also explained

The Deputy Governor further noted that the state government was non discriminatory in dealing with agencies of the other tiers of government, assuring that it would assist NOA to deliver on its statutory mandate

For instance, he listed support so far given to health institutions,like the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and Irrua Specialist Hospitals ,where it provided medical equipment and built isolation centres during the COVID 19 pandemic which earned the state an enviable scorecard as a reference point for other states to emulate.

According to Hon. Shaibu, its resolve to collaborate with other government agencies, wether federal or otherwise, was for the reason that the those agencies are in the service of Edo people which is sancrosanct to the service delivery aspiration of the current administration under their leadership.

Earlier in his introductory remarks , the Edo NOA boss, Mr Odile requested for collaboration from the state to be able to effectively carry out its mandate

Odile noted that funding for the agency to carry out its advocacy, enlightenment roles for both the states, federal and local governments ought to be a tripartite arrangement , but lamented that it was not so presently.

He called on the state to support NOA and include it in its protocol lists , so that it can effectively propagate the policies, plans, programmes and actions of the Edo state.

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets

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THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt

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The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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