SADIYA DIRECTS IMMEDIATE VERIFICATION COMMENCEMENT OF NPOWER BENEFICIARIES OMITTED FROM PAYMENT

PRESS STATEMENT

VERIFICATION NOTICE FOR N-POWER BENEFICIARIES OMITTED FROM PAYMENTS

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has directed Batches A and B Beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme who were earlier omitted from Payment of their stipends to report to their various State Focal Persons for verification and re-validation.


The directive was given by Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq as efforts to resolve unpaid stipends withheld due to discrepancies in records of the beneficiaries are almost being concluded.


Investigations conducted by the Office of the AGF following the omission of some N-Power beneficiaries from payment of stipends indicated that some beneficiaries were also drawing salaries from other Federal Government MDAs.


However, the minister has directed that opportunity be given to the affected beneficiaries to verify and re-validate their eligibility so that qualified beneficiaries can be paid for their participation in the N-Power Programme.


Beneficiaries are thereby directed to report to their State Focal Persons immediately with their bank account details including bank statements from March 2020 to date, NYSC Discharge Certificates, birth certificates and other related screening documents.


The deadline for verification is October 13, 2020. Beneficiaries who fail to attend the verification exercise will forfeit their stipends.

NNEKA IKEM ANIBEZE
SA MEDIA
06-10-2020

Remember the severe humanitarian needs in some parts of Nigeria- Sadiya

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary.

Farouq thanked the President for the creation of the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Ministry and his commitment to the poor in the society.

“Mr President has restated his administration’s determination to lift one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty over the next ten years through its Social Investment Programmes. He may not be in office for another ten years but he has set in motion a solid foundation that will ensure that this set target is achieved.

“As we celebrate our 60th Independence anniversary, let us remember the severe humanitarian needs in some parts of Nigeria created by conflict and resolve to live in peace and unity”.

Earlier in his Independence Day celebration address, President Buhari recalled his administration’s efforts to support the small business owners who are the major contributors to the nation’s economy. This, he said is still in place despite the harsh realities the country’s economy is facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our government is grappling with the dual challenge of saving lives and livelihoods in the face of drastically reduced resources. In the last three years, we have introduced unprecedented measures in support of the economy and to the weakest members of our society in the shape of Tradermoni, Farmermoni, School Feeding Programme, Job creation efforts, Agricultural and intervention programmes.
“No government in the past did what we are doing with such scarce resources,” the President stated.

On the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, the Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq urged Nigerians to live in peace and unity as conflicts and crisis only create more humanitarian emergencies.

NNEKA IKEM ANIBEZE
SA MEDIA
01-10-2020

SADIYA UMAR FAROUQ DISTANCES SELF FROM DIVERTED SCHOOL FEEDING FUNDS

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has dissociated itself from a trending report in the media titled “N2.72b for School Feeding During Lockdown Diverted To Private Accounts”.

The Ministry dissociated itself in a Press release signed by Nneka Ikem Anibeze the special adviser to the Ministry on Media

The report emanated after a presentation by the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye at the 2nd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption and was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.

The report states thus
“preliminary investigation had indicated that part of the N2.67billion was diverted to private accounts. It also revealed that over N2.5 billion was misappropriated by a senior civil servant (name withheld) in the ministry of agriculture and now deceased, for himself and cronies”.

The statement by ICPC was twisted and misinterpreted by mischief makers and directed at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development hereby informs the public that the Federal Government Colleges school feeding in question is different from the Home Grown School Feeding which is one of its Social Investment Programmes.

That the School Feeding under scrutiny is feeding of students in Federal Government Colleges across the country and is not under the Federal ministry of Humanitarian Affairs which only oversees Home Grown School Feeding for children in Primaries 1-3 in select public schools across the country.

That the over N2.5 billion which was reportedly misappropriated by a senior civil servant (name withheld) took place in a different ministry and not the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

That the ICPC recovered
N16 billion worth of assets from the said ministry which was paid into an individual account for non-official purposes and not the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs , Disaster Management and Social Development describes those casting aspersions on the Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq as malicious and unfair and calls on The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC to publish the names of persons, federal colleges and school heads whose names have been found to be associated with the missing funds and also freeze the accounts where the said funds were diverted.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs therefore calls on the general public to disregard the false reports being linked to the ministry as it is not in anyway involved in the Federal Government Colleges School Feeding.

Phone Users, 6 ilegal App to Uninstall before your bank account go empty

According Mirror, a UK-based online newspaper, a group of researchers from Pradeoa mobile device security, data and application company based in the US, just discovered about six apps are on Google Play Store which are extremely capable of putting your bank accounts at the mercy of hackers and cyber theives.

These apps are laced with fleecewares that can easily stimulate clicks, intercept SMS and subscribe to unwanted services totally unknown to users.. “By using as little code as possible,” the report said“and thoroughly hiding it, Joker (the malware) generates a very discreet footprint that can be tricky to detect.”

Unfortunately, according to the researchers, these six apps have already been downloaded 200,000 times on Google Play Store, and the figure is rising everyday. Google has already been notified, and two of the six apps have been taken down, but four are still hanging there waiting for potential victims.

Android smartphone users are therefore advised to delete the following apps immediately from their devices to avoid being defrauded by these coldhearted hackers. And those who are yet to download them should be properly guided by this piece.

1. Safety AppLock

2. Convenient Scanner 2

3. Push Message-Texting&SMS

4. Emoji Wallpaper

5. Separate Doc Scanner

6. Fingertip GameBox

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WhatsApp limits message forwarding

With billions of people unable to see their friends and family due to COVID-19, people are relying on WhatsApp more than ever to communicate. People are talking to doctors, teachers, and isolated loved ones via WhatsApp during this crisis.

Last year the social platform introduced users to the concept of messages that have been forwarded many times. These messages were labeled with double arrows to indicate they did not originate from a close contact. In effect, these messages are less personal compared to typical messages sent on WhatsApp.

“We are now introducing a limit so that these messages can only be forwarded to one chat at a time.

“As a private messaging service, we’ve taken several steps over the years to help keep conversations intimate. For example, we previously set limits on forwarded messages to constrain virality. At the time, we saw a 25 per cent decrease in total message forwards globally,” the social platform said.

It said not all messages forwarded are bad because many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful. “In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organise public moments of support for frontline health workers.

However, we’ve recently seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for personal conversation.

“In addition to this change, we are working directly with NGOs and governments, including the World Health Organisation and over 20 national health ministries, to help connect people with accurate information.

Together these trusted authorities have sent hundreds of millions of messages directly to people requesting information and advice.

You can learn more about these efforts, as well as how to submit potential myths, hoaxes and rumors to fact checking organisations, on our Coronavirus Information Hub,” it added.

It said it believes that now more than ever people need to be able to connect privately. “Our teams are hard at work to keep WhatsApp running reliably during this unprecedented global crisis. We’ll continue to listen to your feedback and improve ways for people to share with each other on WhatsApp,” it added.

Culled: The Nation

‘We paid N20m ransom for kidnapped woman’

Wife of the slain immigration officer in Nasarawa State, Salisu Usman Maku, Mrs. Asma’u Salisu Maku has been released by her abductors but it was after N20 million ransom was paid, a family member has said.

Mrs Maku was kidnapped on July 14 in her residence in Gudi town, Akwanga council alongside her husband who was later killed by the kidnappers.

The kidnappers also killed Usman’s younger sister, Sa’adatu.

Commissioner of Police, Bola Lange, said the officers who were at a nearby checkpoint have been arrested and detained for failing to stop the criminals.

BUHARI DRAGGED TO COURT

President Buhari has been sued by a lawyer Lawrence Nnoli, over an alleged delay in appointing Supreme Court Justices.

Nnoli who noted that the number of justices has decreased to 12 as against the constitutionally required number of 21 in his lawsuit filed at the federal high court in Lagos, affirmed that the president’s failure to appoint more justices of the supreme court was “a serious breach of Section 231(2) of the 1999 Constitution and poses a grave danger to the course of justice in Nigeria”.

He added that even with the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommendation of elevation of some court of appeal justices to the apex court, the Nigerian President is yet to forward their names to the national assembly for screening and confirmation.

The lawyer asked the court to compel President Buhari to perform his duties as it “poses a grave risk to the peace and progress of Nigeria as citizens’ confidence in the supreme court towards dispensing justice in a timely manner may be eroded owing to the insufficient number of Justices of the supreme court available.”

Mention NASS members who got NDDC contracts, Reps tell Akpabio

The House of Representatives has asked Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to publish, within 48 hours, members of the 9th National Assembly who got sixty percent of contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Ruling on a matter of privileges brought by Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said the Minister, who alleged 60 percent of contracts from the NDDC were given to members of the National Assembly, should publish the benefiting lawmakers, especially members of the 9th Assembly.

He further said the names of their companies and the contracts they got should be published or face the wrath of the House.

Although he said his initial reaction was to have a good laugh when the Minister made the allegations, he realised it infringes on the integrity of the House.

He said the Minister owes it a duty to himself, the House Committee on Niger Delta, the people of Niger Delta and Nigerians to publish the names of lawmakers who got contracts from the NDDC.

SPEAKER FEMI GBAJABIAMILA APOLOGISE TO NDDC MD

ACTING Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Kemebradikumo Pondei will no longer appear before the House of Representatives panel probing him the agency’s Interim Management Committee (IMC), Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, said on Monday.

Speaking after Prof Pondei was taken to a hospital after he fainted at the probe venue, Gbajabiamila directed the panel to use documents he already tendered to the panel to reach its conclusion.

Prof Pondei, who is the managing director of the agency’s Interim Management Committee (IMC), collapsed while he was being grilled by the panel over allegations bordering on the mismanagement of funds.

Wishing Pondei a quick recovery, the Speaker apologised over the poor condition of the hearing room which was stuffy.

He said: “We wish him well. I have been here barely five minutes and I am already sweating profusely. So, I do understand and apologise to everybody here for the poorly conducive atmosphere. I want to say at this point and make it clear, that it is not an adversarial hearing. It is not even inquisitorial.

“It is a fact-finding mission for the people of Nigeria. Just to make things better and we should handle this as such. No one is under inquisition. The fact must come out and that is why the committee is doing what it is doing.

“Because of these conditions in this hall, we don’t need to hear further from the acting MD because he has already submitted his written report. I think you can use the documents to do the work that needs to be done.

“Starting from the minister, Dr. Cairo Ojougbo and all the executive directors – we are sorry under the conditions which you have been invited and my members are under the same conditions. We wish Mr Pondei all the best.”

Gbajabiamila commended Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, chairman of the probe panel, for recusing himself from the investigation.

“I want to commend the chairman of the committee who this morning recused himself from being part of the proceedings. It shows the level of integrity of himself and by extension his committee and further extension to the House of Representatives. I believe he has set the stage for a fair hearing,” the speaker said.