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FG’s school feeding programme begins enumeration of beneficiaries in Bauchi

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The federal ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management has commenced enumeration of all primary school pupils, teachers and vendors under it’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in Bauchi state.

Speaking at the flag off of the enumeration exercise on Thursday at the Unguwar Borno primary school, Bauchi, the state Team Lead of the programme from the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Gidado Garba Abubakar, explained that the enumeration programme was aimed at authenticating the actual number of the beneficiaries of the programme in the state.

He pointed out that the enumeration exercise is being carried out in collaboration with relevant state and federal government Ministry, Department and Agencies (MDAs) that include the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), National Orientation Agency (NOA), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Bureau of statistics, state office of the National social investment program, Local government education departments and host of other stakeholders.

Garba assured that the enumeration exercise, when completed, will create a sound data base of beneficiaries which in turn will enable the federal government to further enhance it’s planning for effective and efficient implementation of the HGSFP in Bauchi state and the nation at large.

He reiterated that the programme will continue to be funded by the Ministry through out the life span of the current administration.

He called on the officials designated for the running of the programme to be proactive in whatever is expected of them for the success of the programme in the state.

“At the end of the enumeration exercise, it is expected that the actual number of the beneficiaries will be known and statistically captured, which in turn will improve the quantity and quality of the food that will be served to the pupils and the value chain associated with the programme”, said Garba.

In her remarks, the Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Social Investment, Hajiya Amina, said the enumeration exercise is targeting about 1,113,000 pupils across primary schools under the programme in Bauchi state.

Katagum also said a total of 200 Corps members serving in the state have been trained and engaged to conduct the enumeration exercise in all of the benefitting schools across the State.

The Special Adviser further explained that the enumeration became expedient in order to ascertain the number of beneficiaries and other stakeholders of the programme in the state in order to ensure adequate supply of food items.

Amina Katagum lamented that the programme had suffered a few setbacks in the past due to inadequate statistics which had made it difficult to ascertain the number of beneficiaries in all the schools, thereby making adequate supply of food items difficult.

She further said some of the contractors and the people engaged to serve the food have not been honest with their responsibilities, saying that the development has slowed down smooth implementation of the programme.

While commending the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management under Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk, for it’s foresight in carrying out the enumeration exercise , the special adviser expressed confidence that the move will mitigate all the bottlenecks militating against the success of the programme.

She called on the headmasters of the schools to cooperate with the officials for the desired result of the programme.

Earlier in a welcome address, the acting executive secretary of education department of Bauchi Local Government Area, Haruna Halilu, disclosed that the home grown school feeding programme has greatly improved enrolment and retention of pupils in schools.

Halilu commended the federal government for initiating the programme and the Bauchi state government for keying into it and creating enabling environment for the success of the programme.

“I sincerely hope that the school feeding programme will be sustained because it makes school enrolment and retention attractive to both pupils and parents. We certainly need many more of such initiatives”, said Halilu.


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Shocker! Kidnappers detain pregnant woman till child birth, keep new baby, set mother free

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A pregnant woman, has allegedly been set free and her baby taking away by kidnappers, after detaining her till the birth of her child, introducing a shocking but gory dimension to what has now become a sort of epidemic in parts of Africa.

Reports coming from Ghana, said the woman, who was identified as Josephine Panyin Mensah, was seized and taken away from her home in Takoradi, when her pregnancy was already due at nine months, but that her abductors only allowed her to go, after she gave birth and her baby taken away.

According to the source, the kidnappers who were interested in the unborn baby bolted with the baby after she had been delivered, adding that family sources indicated that the distraught woman is currently receiving treatment at the Effiankwanta Teaching Hospital.

The victim, was said to have gone missing on Thursday, September 16, after she went for a dawn walk in Takoradi, and that the police immediately swung into action leading a search party for her after a report was made to the by her husband, Michael Simmons.


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Breaking: Davido’s photographer dies

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Davido’s official photographer Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune is dead.

He died three months after the hit maker’s close friend and associate, Habeeb Ademola Uthman aka as Obama DMW passed on.

Davido had also lost his bodyguard of six years, Ogbeide Tijani Olamilekan (Teejay) in 2020.

In 2017, Davido lost two friends and team members, Tagbo and DJ Olu.

Fortune was born and bred in Bariga, Lagos but hailed from Owerri.

He has been working with Davido since 2019.

He was born on July 10, 1997 and started off as a graphics designer before he moved to photography after his aunt, Dr. Harriet, got him his first camera which forced him to move back to Lagos from Owerri.

The exceptional photographer has made portfolios for Davido, Pogba, Popcaan, Lilbaby, Cassanova, Mayorkun, Wizkid, Jidenna, Tiwa Savage, Burna boy, Patoranking, Akon, DMW and many others.

His last Instagram post was on July 10 where he made a birthday post with a caption “Rolling stone +1”


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Breaking: Ex-Kwara gov, Jega, Utomi, Duke, others form third Force ahead 2023 elections

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, prominent Nigerians have established a third force, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), to give Nigerians alternative platform to the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Founders of RNP include former governor of Kwara state, Ahmed Abdulfatai, Prof. Pat Utomi, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Governor of Cross River state, Donald Duke,

Senator Lee Maeba, Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr. Rose Idi Danladi, Dr. Sadiq Gombe among others.

Delivering his keynote address, Abdulfatai lamented the state of the nation, noting that the high level of nepotism and lack of inclusiveness have given rise to agitations by different ethnic groups.

He recalled that in 2015, Nigerians embraced change, adding that today, “that change appears to be what we didn’t expect, as insecurity has taken over the nation.”

He said, “It is based on this that we decided to set up this Rescue Nigeria Project. We want to salvage this country and see how we can fix the mess. We want to set a template and key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position.

“Despite the great opportunities of the past, Nigeria has failed to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers and the hopes of successive generations of its citizens.

“Perhaps, at no other time have these failings become more apparent than in the past decade or so.

“In 2015, Nigerians overwhelmingly embraced the promise of change. These hopes have not only been dashed, but they have arguably turned out to be the worst political statements ever to be made in this country. Nigeria today appears set to fulfill all the prophesies of doom.”

He further noted that “Unprecedented nepotism and political exclusion have left the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatists agitation that are threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.”

Also speaking, Adeniran noted that there is disaster at hand, hence the move to rescue the nation.

He said: “You only rescue when there is disaster and when you fail to rescue during disaster, it is more dangerous.

“We have a disaster in our hands and we need to rescue the country. We need to look back and see how we get here. We know where Nigeria was before now. We know the task is not going to be easy, but we have to determine how to rescue the nation.”

In his opening remarks, the RNP national coordinator, Usman Bugaje, explained that the Rescue Nigeria Project was founded on the premise that the challenges bedeviling the country were largely derived from poor leadership.


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