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10th Assembly : Stakeholder Demands APC to Zone Speakership to North-Central



10th Assembly : Stakeholder Demands APC to Zone Speakership to North-Central

The North Central APC Stakeholders has demanded for the zoning of Speakership position to the region for the sake of Justice, Equity and Fairness

This Demands were made by the convener of the group, Rev.Dominic Alancha at a world Press conference on Sunday in Abuja

See text of the press conference below ……….

Being the text of a press conference by the North Central APC STAKEHOLDERS  on the 7th of May, 2023.

Gentlemen of the press, on behalf of the North Central APC  STAKEHOLDERS I welcome you all to this press conference.

As you may have known, our group, the North Central APC STAKEHOLDERS was formed in 2015, stands to defend the tenets of democracy and to uphold the rule of law by ensuring fairness and justice to all and at all times.

With these noble aims, it has been our lot  to commend acts that promote the rule of law and social justice and to speak out whenever we notice acts capable of undermining or threatening our hard earned democracy and to advocate for fairness and balance at all times.

We are again compelled to invoke our mandate to address you this morning due to an anomaly we have detected in the direction  APC leadership in the country is taking in the course of zoning key offices in the 10th Assembly which we feel may not augur well for our democracy.

We are constrained to register our disappointment and to
protest the decision of the APC Leadership to zone two Presiding  Positions Deputy Senate President and Speaker in the 10th National Assembly in favour of the Northwest to the total exclusion of the North Central and other zones in the country.

Having won the 2023 presidential elections fair and square, we had expected the Leadership of APC to be guided by the principle of justice and fairness in zoning leadership positions in the parliament and had thought that factors like commitment to the success of the party, level of contributions and the need for fairness, Equity and justice to all would guide the decision.

What we have seen emerging from the decision of the APC however, is a situation of total disregard to Justice Equity and fairness where personal interests has been put forward thereby bringing chaos and conflict in a situation that would have otherwise gone smoothly if national interest has been the guiding principle.

While the decision of the APC leaders to zone the Senate Presidency to the South South and the Deputy Senate Presidency to the North West conforms to the expectations of most Nigerians because it takes care of zones that are yet to be represented in the composition of the leadership of the next administration we cannot say the same for the zoning of other leadership positions for the 10th Assembly.

We therefore take strong exceptions to the bid to zone the
position of Speaker of the House of Representatives to the North West zone because that will imply undue favouritism, lack of fairness and the marginalisation of other zones.

Because, while the North West will go home with two key positions in the National Assembly, the North Central and the South East would be totally excluded from the leadership of the 10th  National Assembly.

This to us seems to be a deliberate act of provocation to the North Central zone which has contributed so much to the success of the APC as a party and to the victory of President-elect Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In the last elections, the North Central apart from giving the APC presidential ticket an overwhelming number of votes,  gave a greater number of parliamentary and governorship seats to the APC.

The APC won in Kwara, Niger, Benue and Kogi in the presidential elections and
in the governorship elections, the North-central with six states gave the APC the four states of Benue, Niger, Nasarawa and Kwara, while that of Kogi which is still in the hands of the APC is pending meaning it lost only one state to the opposition parties.

In the parliamentary elections the APC clinched majority seats in Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa states and Benue where it won two out of the three senatorial seats and 10 of
the 11 House of Representatives seats leaving the PDP with only one seat each in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Compare this with the North West where the  APC failed to secure the key states in the Northwest like Kaduna, Kano and Katsina, Kebbi and Sokoto in the presidential elections which usually bring the deciding votes winning only Zamfara and Jigawa of the seven states in the zone.

The picture is even worse with the parliamentary elections where the APC lost majority seats in Kano with the NNPP clearing 18 out of the 24 House of Representatives seats in the state while in Kaduna, the APC lost all the three senatorial and 11 seats out of the 16 seats for House of Representatives to the PDP.

It therefore means that the North Central zone has contributed more to the success of the APC than the other zones apart from the South west.

We therefore fail to see the reason behind the decision to sideline a zone that has given a greater number of votes in all the elections to the APC while a zone that has given less is being considered for two key positions in the National Assembly.

This as they say is like robbing Peter to pay Paul which should not be the case in a democracy which is about inclusiveness and the people.

The President-elect will do well to remember that when in the build up to the APC presidential primary, the party’s national Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu announced Senate President Ahmed Lawal as the party’s consensus candidate,  there was wide condemnation as all people of good will and conscience rose to oppose that unfortunate position due to its arbitrariness and illogic.

This was what paved the way for the  emergence of Asiwaju Tinubu as the presidential candidate of the APC and the later President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This happened in less than a year and is similar to what is happening now with the plot by few individuals to corner the Speaker position to their cronies hence the need for the President-elect to intervene.

We are advising the President-elect to be wary of some people close to him who are trying to hear up the polity and are hell bent on putting their stooges to succeed them at the House of Representatives.

We also call on members-elect not to be swayed by the antics of some selfish individuals but insist on doing the right on the D-day which is to vote for a credible,  Competence, Experienced, and thorough leadership for the House.


All the North Central is demanding for is the position of the  Speaker of the House of Representatives since the President and Vice President-elect are from the Southwest and Northeast respectively while the South South and North West are taking the positions of Senate President and Deputy Senate President.

The North Central for fairness and equity, should be given the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives as a just compensation for the overhelming support the zone has given the APC in the presidential, National Assembly, governorship and State Assembly elections.

The zone has experienced, tested and ranking members to occupy the position especially the current Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.

Added to these is the fact that the zone has not held the position of Speaker since the return of democracy in 1999 while the North West has had it for 12 years in the last 24 years alone.

It would be fair if the APC leaders reconsider their positions on the leadership of the 10th Assembly for justice to prevail.

Rev. Dominic Alancha

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Sadiya Umar Farouq Hands Over Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to Perm Sec



Sadiya Umar Farouq Hands Over Fed Min of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to Perm Sec

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has formally handed over the affairs of the ministry to the Permanent Secretary Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo mni. NPOM, after three and half years of meritorious service to humanity and in conclusion of her tenure as the pioneer minister.

According to Nneka Ikem Anibeze, SA Media to the minister in a press release on 26-05-2023,
Umar Farouq handed over documents contained in two booklets, of her service in the ministry, at the end of the 1st Nigerian International Humanitarian Summit hosted by the Ministry on Friday in Abuja.
In her remarks, the minister thanked the Permanent Secretary, directors , staff of the Ministry and of her office for the massive support given to her throughout her tenure.

Umar Farouq urged the staff to remain steadfast in their quest to achieve President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of lifting as many vulnerable persons as possible out of poverty.

“I hereby formally hand over these documents of my stewardship as the pioneer Minister of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in the last three and half years. Thank you very much for your support as I hand over to the Permanent Secretary, Dr Nasir Sani- Gwarzo”.

Responding, the Permanent Secretary thanked the Minister and wished her well in her future endeavors.

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President Buhari Declares Nigeria Int’l Humanitarian Summit Open, Unveils Humanitarian Hub, Commissions Smart Resettlement And Digital Academy In Four Cities



President Buhari Declares Nigeria Int’l Humanitarian Summit Open, Unveils Humanitarian Hub, Commissions Smart Resettlement And Digital Academy In Four Cities

The President, Commander- in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has declared open the maiden edition of the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit (NIHS).

According to Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, Deputy Director Information, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development while disclosing the news in a press release she signed stated that the President also unveiled the Model of the Nigeria Humanitarian Hub and Commissioned Smart Resettlement Cities and Digital Academy in four States.

President Buhari performed the functions during the opening ceremony of the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit held at the Presidential Villa, State House, Abuja, on Friday, 26th May, 2023.

The President said the Nigeria International Humanitarian Summit is the first in Nigeria and will henceforth be an Annual Event.

“This maiden edition with the theme: “Saving Lives, Alleviating Poverty and Maintaining Human Dignity in The Face of Rising Humanitarian Crises.” is apt and it resonate with the commitment and investment made by this Administration in ensuring the dignity of Nigerians is protected and the vulnerable groups are provided with the basic needs of life.

“This Summit is not only about celebrating the achievements recorded under the Humanitarian sector since the establishment of the Ministry but to also Unveil the proposed Nigeria Humanitarian Hub, Commission the Smart Resettlement Cities, and the Digital Academy all of which were initiated and executed under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development and its Agencies”.

According to the President, the Resettlement Cities Project were conceptualized under the Economic Sustainability Plan of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons. The Cities are designed to foster the Resettlement and reintegration of Persons of Concern in Nigeria and enhance their social and economic well-being while strengthening the host communities. It plays a central role in supporting the Commission in achieving its Strategic objective of providing durable solutions to Persons of Concern in Nigeria. Additionally, it promotes the Resettlement as a viable and sustainable solution for Persons of Concerns. It also aimed to effectively address the displacement challenges through self-reliance and long-term reintegration Programme”.

President Buhari added that ” the Resettlement Cities in four (4) States at Kondugo, Borno State, Dawakin Tofa, Kano State, Keffi, Nasarawa State, and Gusau, Zamfara State have been completed. Each city consists of 50 units of 2-bedroom blocks of flats and 20 units of studio apartments.

“The Resettlement Cities are equipped with a resource centre for skill acquisition, a police station to ensure security, a clinic for primary healthcare provision, a large expanse of land for farming, and a market for facilitating trade and industry to promoting economic growth in the local community”.

“The Nigeria Humanitarian Hub when completed will serve as the Central Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Activities in Nigeria. The Hub will accommodate all the Stakeholders in the Humanitarian Sector under one Central Coordinating Facility. It will enhance coordination, accommodate an Operation Centre for Humanitarian Interventions, a Policy, Research and Development Programme Office, State of the Art Data and Communication Facility and also serve as a multi-Sectoral liaison office for Humanitarian Actors in Nigeria”.

The President stated that since the establishment of the Ministry, the legal instruments aimed at protecting the interest of Nigeria’s vulnerable groups have been enacted.

These policies and legal frameworks are aimed at giving the necessary legal backing to the Humanitarian Sector to strengthen it and deliver on its mandate effectively and efficiently.
“As we bow out in the next few days, it is my strong believe that the Humanitarian sector is adequately prepared and equipped for better Service Delivery to Nigeria’s Vulnerable Groups.
“As our population continue to grow, I am convinced the Ministry is positioned to face the ever evolving and challenging humanitarian situation and prepared to find a durable solution for the vulnerable in the society.

It is on record that the empowerment programmes initiated and executed all over the country under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have impacted positively the lives of millions of Nigerians and had lifted millions out of poverty.

He commended the Honourable Minister, the Management and Staff of the Ministry for exhibiting a high sense of leadership and dexterity in handling the affairs of Humanitarian Sector.

He also commended all the Agencies under the Ministry, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, Development partners and donors, MDAs and the National Assembly for their contributions and support towards the improvement of the Humanitarian sector in Nigeria.

The Honourable Minister, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, in her address stated that the Ministry has effectively addressed humanitarian issues with the formulation of eight policies namely
National Policy on IDPs 2020;
National Disaster Risk Management;
Revised National Disability Policy 2020;
National Policy on Ageing 2020;
National Migration Policy 2020;
National Social Protection Policy – in Collaboration with FMBNP, almost ready for approval
Revised National Policy on Protection & assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria 2022;
National Social Investment Programme Agency, among others.
She mentioned other achievements of the Ministry through the clusters under the National Social Investment Programme.
She thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for all the support given to the Ministry to achieve its mandates of enhancing the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the society.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni, NPOM, in a welcome address said the Summit was conceived to highlight the achievements recorded in the Humanitarian Sector since the establishment of the Ministry in August, 2019 and to mobilize Resources in the form of Technical Capacity through partnership, Financial and Human support for the Humanitarian Sector.

The Humanitarian hub was also conceived to consolidate on Mr Presidents visionary leadership in creating the Ministry that would ensure and strengthen coordination in the affairs of the Humanitarian sector. “To succeed, Your Excellency, there is the need to have a strong coordination mechanism and the Hub is one of such mechanisms that would facilitate your vision of creating the Ministry. Also, the Smart cities projects was conceived and executed to promote the concept of durable solution in addressing the challenges of Migrants and internally displaced persons and refugees in Nigeria. While the Digital Academy will provide the ICT and full automation in addressing the challenges of IDPs, Migrants and Refugees.
“All these programmes and projects Your Excellency are aimed at actualizing your dream of protecting human dignity and lifting Nigerians out of poverty” he stated.

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Federal Government Launches National Home-grown School Feeding Programme In Bayelsa State



Federal Government Launches National Home-grown School Feeding Programme In Bayelsa State

By Emmanuel Daudu

The Federal Government has launched the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in Bayelsa State, which is aimed at increasing enrollment of pupils in primary schools in the state.

According to Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, Deputy Director Information in a press release signed on 25th May, 2023 stated that the programme was launched by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on 25th May, 2023, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The Minister who was represented by the Director Legal Services of the Ministry, Barrister Garba Haganawega, stated that the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is one of the clusters under the Federal Government National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) aimed at providing one free nutritious meal a day to pupils of primary 1-3 in public primary schools nationwide.

She said globally, School Feeding Programs are increasingly being recognized as critical social protection interventions since they benefit vulnerable groups including children, their families, and communities.
In Nigeria, the NHGSFP is a safety net for over 10 million children across thousands of communities and a lifeline for income generation for thousands of people.

The Minister disclosed that the key objectives of the NHGSFP are to increase school enrolment, attendance and retention, improve the nutritional and health status of school children, job creation by stimulating local agricultural production and local economy, provide empowerment opportunities for the cooks, thereby contributing to the promotion of food security for vulnerable households in Nigeria.

Farouq further revealed that, with the aim to strengthen, sustain and scale up the programme to 13 million beneficiaries by 2023 which is geared towards contributing to the vision of Mr. President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 having previously onboarded 35 States and FCT.

She informed that, Bayelsa State having fulfilled the conditions for onboarding unto the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, and signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is ready to onboard the programme, stating that the state is joining the programme with a total number of 59,113 Pupils in 599 schools and 1,217 cooks across the 8 LGAs.

She said the Ministry has provided 59,113 feeding utensils for the use of pupils on the program in Bayelsa State, in order to ensure that these free school meals are being provided under hygienic and favourable conditions,

The Minister appealed for the good utilisation of the items for the betterment and benefit of the children.

She announced that with the onboarding of Bayelsa state into the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme has now fully covered 36 States and the FCT.

She assured quality service delivery of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in the state.

In his remark the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency Senator Douye Diri, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Gentle E. Emelah, said the programme came at a time the current administration is transiting, but appreciated the President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the NSIP Act to be an agency for continuity of the programme.

Dr Emelah disclosed that the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme will improve the school enrollment in the state

In his votes of thanks the National Social Investment Programme’s Focal Person of the state, Honourable Emmanuel Benson, thanked the Federal government for its humanitarian interventions, and he also warmly appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for launching the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in the state.

In his goodwill message the State Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Johnson E. Heefor, appreciated the federal government for making the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme a reality in the State, stating that the programme is long overdue.

The high points of the event were presentations of letters of engagement to the cooks as well as cooking utensils to the representative of the Governor and the State Focal Person.

In attendance were representatives of the Director General National Orientation Agency, National Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCD), as well as primary 1-3 students of some schools, royal fathers and other stakeholders in the school feeding programme.

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