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NSIP: Uwais’s claims, allegation spurious, scandalous – Reps

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Saturday reacted to the Special Adviser to President Muhamadu Buhari on Social Investments, Maryam Uwai’s comment against the lawmakers, saying it’s slanderous and unacceptable. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

The lower Chamber insisted that its position on the implementation of the National Social Investment Program, the National Conditional Cash Transfer Programme was a good intention for the country.

In a statement by the Spokesman of the 9th House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu which was made available to newsmen in Abuja stated that the insinuations that the 9th House of Representatives has sought to compromise the NSR and input the names of undeserving Nigerians as beneficiaries of the programs as incorrect by  Buhari’s Aide was an invective taken too far. 

It said,  that insinuation in some media organisations that the 9th House labeled the NSIPs as a “failure and a scam”  are incorrect and untrue.

The statement reads in full: 

“Our attention has been drawn to the misleading and slanderous publications of Madam Maryam Uwais MFR and Sahara Reporters both published on April 8, 2020 regarding the implementation of the National Social Investment Programs (NSIPs), the National Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, including the development of the National Social Register (NSR). 

“The insinuations in the above mentioned publications that the 9th House of Representatives labeled the NSIPs as a failure and a scam are incorrect and untrue. 

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“So also are the insinuations that the 9th House of Representatives has sought to compromise the NSR and input the names of undeserving Nigerians as beneficiaries of the programs. 

“The 9th House of Representatives under the leadership of the Speaker Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila acting upon complaints from Nigerians in 360 federal constituencies regarding the inadequate spread of the NSIPs, and also concerns that the NSR is outdated and does not reflect an accurate representation of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria, intervened through a cordial interaction with the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq with the sole aim of ensuring and enhancing the delivery of service as well as the equitable distribution of the programs to the Nigerians most in need of them during this period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Part of our concerns expressed at this meeting was the need to review and improve the outdated NSR as well as the methodology deployed in identifying the poor and vulnerable in the various communities in view of the complaints from several constituencies that they have not benefited from the programs. 

“An outcome of this meeting was an understanding per the Speaker’s proposition that a legislative framework is needed to maximize the efficiency of the NSIPs.

“We are aware that Madam Uwais has on certain occasions, including a TV interview on ChannelsTV’s Sunrise Daily programme, cited Section 14 of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act as providing an exemption by which the FG can refuse to reveal details of the NSIPs to the National Assembly. 

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“This suggests a deliberate attempt by Madam Uwais to conceal information pertaining to the financial activities of NSIP from the elected representatives of Nigerians as we especially recall that she blatantly ignored a letter of enquiry from the House Committee on Public Account addressed to her in her capacity as Special Assistant to the President on NSIP dated August 6, 2019 with reference number HR/SCO5/52/XX/400 requesting a brief of the activities (including income and expenditure profile) of her office from the year 2014 to 2018.

“While stating categorically that the operations of the NSIP do not fall under the exemptions contemplated in Section 14 of the FOI Act, it is instructive to note that Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution vests exclusive powers of oversight on the legislative arm of government which also applies to any and all forms of government intervention programs, including the NSIP which is a disbursement of the nation’s funds appropriated by the National Assembly in the first place. 

“The powers of the National Assembly to investigate or request any information from the executive are vested by the Constitution and are not subject to the stipulation of the FOI Act.

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“We must remember that the doctrine of checks and balances is an essential element of our constitutional democracy and once it is discarded our democracy becomes wobbly. 

“Therefore, the 9th House of Representatives frowns at any fake news or publication that seeks to cast aspersions on its intentions and commitment to the people of Nigeria in its exercise of constitutional duties.

“As the People’s Parliament and in the spirit and letter of Sections 14, 88 and 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (the Constitution), our priority remains to employ all legislative interventions to ensure the welfare of Nigerians in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and the economic hardship it has wrought on the poor and vulnerable among us”, the statement concluded. 

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Nigeria-born, Dr Kennedy Obohwemu Wins GBS Most Inspirational Lecturer Award In UK

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A Nigeria-born UK Lecturer, Dr. Kennedy O. Obohwemu, has won the prestigious Most Inspirational Lecturer Award at the Global Banking School (GBS) Regional Awards in Birmingham, UK.
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From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja

A Nigeria-born UK Lecturer, Dr. Kennedy O. Obohwemu, has won the prestigious Most Inspirational Lecturer Award at the Global Banking School (GBS) Regional Awards in Birmingham, UK.


GBS is a multi-award-winning higher education provider, operates several campuses across the UK and collaborates with multiple UK universities to offer vocational, undergraduate, and postgraduate programs.





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In a dazzling award ceremony held in Birmingham on June 26, Dr. Obohwemu, a multiple award-winning international author, triumphed over a competitive field of nominees from numerous academic institutions within the region.

The award ceremony celebrated the outstanding contributions of lecturers who inspire and impact students across these diverse institutions.

This prestigious accolade recognizes exceptional teaching talent across university campuses in all regions of the West Midlands

The nominations came from all partnerships of GBS, including esteemed institutions such as Oxford Brookes University (OBU), Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), Suffolk University, Leeds Trinity University (LTU), Bath Spa University (BSU), and Pearson, among others.

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Remarkably, Dr. Obohwemu, a Lecturer in Health and Social Care, joined GBS barely six months ago, making this win even more noteworthy.

His achievement demonstrates his passion and commitment to delivering high-quality teaching and inspiring others along the way.

It also highlights the profound impact he has made in a short time, earning the admiration and love of his students for his engaging teaching style and warm personality.

Dr. Obohwemu’s recognition as the Most Inspirational Lecturer underscores his dedication to educational excellence and his profound influence on the academic and personal development of his students.

His achievement highlights the remarkable quality of teaching at GBS and its partner universities, setting a benchmark for educational inspiration and leadership in the region.

In his remarks, Prof. Ray Lloyd, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GBS, said the award was not just the celebration of remarkable achievements of the educators, but also the profound impact they have on students and the broader academic community.

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“Our award winners have shown extraordinary dedication, passion, and innovative teaching methods.

“Dr. Obohwemu, winner of the Most Inspirational Lecturer Award, has already made an indelible mark on our institution.

“His ability to connect with students and inspire them to reach their full potential is truly exceptional.

“We are incredibly proud to have him as part of the GBS family and look forward to seeing his continued positive influence on our academic community,” Lloyd said.

Reacting to the award, Obohwemu, said he was deeply honored and humbled to receive the Most Inspirational Lecturer Award.

Dr Obohwemu, who is also the Founder/CEO of PENKUP International, said the recognition was a testament to the incredible support he received from colleagues and the unwavering enthusiasm of his students.

He added: “Joining GBS just six months ago, I have been inspired by the commitment to excellence and the vibrant learning environment here.

“This award reinforces my belief in the transformative power of education and motivates me to continue striving for excellence in teaching.

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“I dedicate this award to all my students whose curiosity and passion for learning drive me every day”.


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Budget Implementation: CSO Makes Recommendations for Kogi OGP Impact

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Mr. Hamza Aliu Ibrahim, Executive Director of Initiative for Grassroot Advancement in Nigeria (INGRA) has advocated for capacity building within relevant government agencies to enhance their ability to effectively plan, implement, and monitor activities as contain in the Kogi State Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan.








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The Executive Director noted that the Open Government Partnership as a global initiative is aimed at ensuring accountability, transparency, fight against corruption, inclusiveness and empowerment of citizens

Hamza Ibrahim while speaking at a One-day Dissemination Meeting of The Kogi State 2024 Budget Analysis To The Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Lokoja on Thursday, also affirmed that OGP’s role in ensuring effective implementation of Kogi budget cannot be overemphasized.

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He recommended for training programmes on the concept of OGP and its importance to usher-in people-oriented governance in Kogi State.

According to him “The Steering Committee on OGP should be fully committed to ensuring follow up with the thematic Technical Working Groups towards achieving specific commitments as contained in the Kogi OGP action plan such as advocating for resource releases for relevant MDAs to achieve set out commitments

“We also recommend a continued and expanded advocacy engagement with relevant authorities and stakeholders, emphasizing the importance of 100% OGP commitment implementation and the need to collaborate more with civil society organisations, private sector, women’s groups, and other stakeholders to communicate and amplify the impact of OGP activities in the state

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“In all, the Kogi State 2024 Approved Revised Budget indicates a positive step towards increased transparency and citizen participation. However, continued efforts towards implementing these initiatives through fund releases and ensuring public access to information will be crucial for Kogi State to fully realize the benefits of OGP membership” the Executive Director maintained.

Participants for the One-day Dissemination Meeting were drawn from government, civil society organisations, religious bodies, private sector and the Media.


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Groups task Kogi Govt. to increase resources for OGP commitments

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The Initiative for Grassroot Advancement, (INGRA) Nigeria and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has called on the Kogi State Government to allocate more resources on the commitments for Open Government Partnership, (OGP).








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The groups made the call at a one day dissemination meeting of the Kogi State 2024 budget analysis to the Open Government Partnership, (OGP) organized by the Initiative for Grassroot Advancement in Nigeria, (INGRA) in partnership with Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room in Lokoja.

The Executive Director of INGRA Hamza Aliyu decried the poor resources allocated for the commitments of OGP in Kogi State stressing that, there is need for improvement which is in line with the initiative of OGP aimed at
promoting transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Explaining reasons why the Kogi State Government should allocate more resources for OGP commitments, Aliyu said ” The main objective of this one day activities is to analyze the 2024 Kogi State revised budget and extract the component that has to do with OGP.

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“We feel that we need to extract that aspect of it to bring out this commitments and see if this commitments aligns with that of the OGP and see how much of that money was budgeted for and how we can be able to track them subsequently using the Kogi State House of Assembly in knowing the expenditures in this commitments areas.

“The OGP has four thematic areas which are fiscal transparency, access to Information, service delivery and extractive Sector Transparency. The five commitments under this thematic areas are enhance citizens participation in the State budget cycle, strengthen public procurement processes in Kogi State, Improve Citizens Access to Government Held Information and Records.

“Other commitments are: Improve Service Delivery in Kogi State through the introduction of service compact and Work together with relevant stakeholders towards enhancing healthy well-being of mining host communities.

“Now, we are looking at the quantum of resources that was allocated to the OGP commitments and we observed that it is a little bit small in terms of size. But of course, this is the first time the State is doing this so we can appreciate the State Government but we are saying we need to improve the amount of resources we are putting.

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“Again looking at the comparison between the amount of money that was spent on OGP which has to do with Citizens and their engagement, we are also comparing it with the amount of money that has been spent by the state as a whole and we are saying it is really small again.

“Going forward, we need to increase this percentage between the resources given to commitment and OGP which is what Citizens are expecting and then the expenditure Government itself in other areas of recurrent and over head expenses. We are saying they need to increase this resources going forward.

“One commitment that stands out is that of extractive industry transparency. There is a commitment that they need to work with communities in the extractive industry which is the coal mine, Obajana community to be able to discuss issues around environment pollution and how it affects the Citizens and the amount allocated to Ministries, Department and Agencies, (MDA’s) by the Government. So we are very happy about that one.


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