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COVID-19: Chinese embassy donates medical supplies worth N5m to FCT schools

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The Chinese Embassy, Abuja, has donated five million naira worth of medical supplies to 100 schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, said that the donation was part of his country’s support to Nigerian government’s fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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According to Zhou, the intervention is to strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and China at a such critical moment.

Zhou, who was represented by Mr Li Xuda, Cultural Counsellor of the embassy, said that the medical supplies would be distributed among 100 schools in the FCT.

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He said that the supplies would give the schools the capacity to carry out tests on students and to identify those who would need to be quarantined without delay. push({});

He said that the face masks and gloves donated would help to protect teachers and students alike.

I really feel very honoured to do something for FCT schools since the Chinese embassy enjoys a long-time good relationship with FCT in social, cultural, educational and commercial as well as other fields.

“And the collaboration between our two countries is more fruitful than ever.

“On this beautiful day, with the fresh air in Nigeria’s rainy season, there are two words I want to focus on; these are friendship and solidarity.

“It is friendship and solidarity that bring China and Nigeria together to become all-weather friends and support each other at any time in all fields.

“It is friendship and solidarity that make the Chinese government to try its best to do something for Nigerian schools.

“It is also friendship and solidarity that always remind the Chinese embassy to take the development to Nigerian schools and their students’ health into consideration.

“Especially in this harsh period when the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths are increasing.

“The Chinese embassy took prompt action to collect high-quality medical materials and overcame unbelievable difficulties to bring them here,” Zhou said.

The ambassador said that the donation was part of several other interventions, from the Chinese embassy to FCT schools since 2017, including construction of classrooms.

He said that the world was at a critical moment requiring cooperation internationally to fight the common enemy, stressing that no country could fight the war against COVID-19 alone.

Mr Christian Ohaa, Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) expressed  appreciation to the Chinese embassy for its long-time support to and partnership with FCTA.

Ohaaa, who was represented by Mr Samuel Atang, Director, Operations and Strategy, FCTA, said that the medical supplies would be used judiciously when schools reopened.

“I want to thank the Chinese government for this kind gesture in our battle to contain the effect of this pandemic in the FCT.

“As you are all aware, all hands have been on deck from day one, with the able leadership of our minister, to tackle the menace of the pandemic headlong.

“And we have put in all that is required in terms of structures, materials and funds to contain this pandemic.

“We want to thank you for the support that you have been giving to us and we want to assure you that we are not resting on our oars.

“And this battle, like you rightly pointed out, will be won by the FCT administration and, by extension, the Nigerian government.

“Because of the commitment, the zeal, the resilience and, above all, the leadership quality of our government, everybody is committed to this war.

“We assure you that the children, when the schools eventually reopen, will make the best use of these facilities.

“We also want to express the deep appreciation of FCT to your government and to seek collaboration in other key areas to advance the growth of both countries,” Ohaa said.

The medical supplies include 100 forehead thermometers, 200 electro thermometers, 200 goggles and 4,000 pieces of disposable medical face masks.

Others are 5,000 pairs of disposable medical gloves, 8 packs of health wet tissue and 16 packs of medicated soap.

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Senate Committee Passes Vote of No Confidence on Abdullahi Attah Led FCT-IRS

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  • …Says in decent socitey he should resign for being incompetent
  • … Improper management of FCT IRS will lead to collapse of infrastructure, social amenities in FCT – Senator Abubakar Kyari
The Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT on Thursday (today) passed a vote of no confidence on Alhaji Abdullahi Attah led FCT Internal Revenue Service over poor performance.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari had on Tuesday 30th March announced the adjournment of the deliberation on 2021 budget proposal of FCT IRS till Thursday 1st April over discrepancies found in documents presented before the committee.
However, on Thursday the committee expressed its dissatisfaction over the performance of FCT IRS under the leadership of Attah.
Senator Kyari said the National Assembly approved N3.5 billon for the agency in order to run its affairs and recruit about 400 staff but unfortunately, despite the availability of the fund, only about N700 million was utulized without recruitment.
He said the committee had instructed the leadership of FCT IRS not to rely on Federal Inland Revenue Service for collection of revenue for the agency but to their surprise, the agency still proposed N1 billon for FIRS as 2 percent cost of collection.
The committee members also wondered why FCT internally generated revenue will be lower than some states like Ogun State instead of competing with a state like Lagos.
Kyari said improper management of FCT IRS will have negative impact on FCT which without doubt will result in collapse of infrastructure and social amenities in Abuja, the nation capital.
Kyari while addressing journalists after the budget deliberation and a closed door session with members of his committee said the resolution of the committee will be formally forwarded to the FCT IRS Board, FCT Minister and Minister of State for FCT.
Earlier, in his welcome address today, Kayari reiterated that the Senate Committee on FCT under his leadership shall be transparent, courageous, fair and will always be guided by the constitution, rules and parliamentary convention.
Attah while appearing before the Senate Committee on FCT today presented N2.715,200,305 as personnel costs, N4,627,637,914 as overhead costs, N1,610,000,000 as capital expenditure for 2021 fiscal year. The agency is also proposing about N74 billon as IGR of FCT for 2021, the target the lawmakers said is below their expectation.

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There would be Improved Budgetary Provisions For Physical Planning – Aliyu

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Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ranatu Tijjani Aliyu, has assured members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, that efforts would be made for improved budgetary provisions in 2021 budget in view of the critical roles town planners play through review and implementation of physical plans for satellite towns, urban renewal, and other levels of planning interventions.

Aliyu, who gave this commitment when members of the topmost management of the planning profession paid her a courtesy visit, recently,  also stressed that recent flooding in most parts of the territory could have been avoided if town planners were actively engaged in the physical planning of satellite towns and settlements.

The minister who is also a town planner by profession frowned at the conflicts of roles between physical planners and engineers and other allied professionals, saying “this is an era to redefine the essence of town planning in Nigeria”.  

According to her,  “How can town planning not be given prominence and engineering takes precedence? And this what we faced as a professional body. The flooding which is unexpected is as a result of neglecting town planners. Perhaps, it is an opportunity for town planners to also sit together and see how they can salvage the situation. 

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“However, in the FCT and with the approval of the FCT Minister, we set up an adhoc committee of town planners to go round the city to see what has been done and what is left undone. This is because if we continue to do the same thing again and again, we should not expect different result. I can tell you proudly that in the past, powers were usurped and realities are now telling on us. This is an era to redefine the essence of town planning in Nigeria”.

She, therefore, appealed to members of the National Assembly to assist the profession for improved budgetary provisions for the implementation of physical plans for satellite towns and urban management.

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Earlier in his remarks, the leader of delegation and National President of  Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Tpl. Lekwa Ezutah, commended the minister for what he described as “demonstrated passion and commitment to the course of physical planning” in Nigeria particularly in the Federal Capital Territory since assumption of office as FCT Minister of State.

While appreciating the efforts at creating the Directorate of Physical Planning in FCT Satellite Towns Development Department  (STDD), he implored the Directorate of Physical Planning be given the full latitude to exercise its functions instead of being subsumed under the Directorate of Engineering Services of the STDD, noting that such step would promote effective delivery of services by the Directorate.

“We have observed that the FCT is in dire need for planners at all levels to facilitate organised development and achievement of the intents of the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and the provisions of the Nigerian Urban and Regional Planning Law.

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“We recommend an aggressive manpower hunt for professional planners into the services of FCTA, provide adequate equipment for enforcement and improve the capacity of planners through training and retraining programmes either locally or international programmed,” he stressed.  
Ezutah, however, pledged the Institute readiness to be part of providing affordable housing for rural dwellers in the Federal Capital Territory.  

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Aliyu donates Salary To Secure Release Of 5 Inmates In Kuje

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Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has forfeited her May salary to secure the immediate release of five inmates who could not pay for their fines at the Kuje Correctional Service.  

In a statement issued by the minister and signed by Austine Elemue, S.A Media To FCT Minister of State, in.Abuja, said the minister who made the donation while felicitating with the inmates as part of activities to celebrate this year’s Sallah day said the donation would further go a long way to decongest the Correctional Service already overcrowded with inmates in view of COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Aliyu who assured the inmates that the FCT Administration would take further legal steps to see to the decongestion of the Kuje Correctional Service, however, described the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, as a God fearing man and a man with the heart of gold who believes in good governance. adsbygoogle || []).push({});  

In her words: “I will not only support the reduction, but I will also lend my voice in the reduction of prison inmates by picking up some bills. I will carry out the campaign and speak to well meaning Nigerians because you cannot leave the burden of good governance to government alone.  

“We know that some of you are awaiting trial, we know that some have not been tried at all, but provided there is law, we will not be lawless. We will go by the law and get in well meaning Nigerians and pay up the fines. This will also go a long way to reduce the number besides government pronouncements.  

“Government pronouncement as we all know does not come easily in every nation. If government pronouncement comes very easily, then definitely, the name correctional centre will be misplaced. We know Mr. President recently spoke our minds when he spoke about the need to decongest our prisons.  

“And I know my Minister, a God fearing man, and a man with a heart of gold, he will certainly sent message across. God willing, FCT Administration will make moves to decongest our prison based on merit. I in my own capacity, I stand here personally on this Sallah day, I want to donate my salary for the release of 5 inmates”.  

Aliyu affirmed that the Correctional Service has been positioned to refine the inmates in the rebuilding of a better society, noting that they could make the best out of the experiences gained at the service.  

“There are times in our life that we erred, but to err is human, and to forgive is divine. There are times in our life that we are put to test, sometimes, we passed the test, sometimes we failed the test. For various reasons, we might have found ourselves at the correctional centre. But you know what, you can make the best out of it.  

“As we appreciate you, we pray for you to come out to be a better citizens that will give us a Nigeria of our dreams. Somebody else cannot give us Nigeria of our dreams and you cannot give us Nigeria of our dreams from outside, you can only give us Nigeria of our dream from within and I know you are already at the preparatory stage. When you leave here either by amnesty or whatever pronouncements, you can only become better citizens,” Aliyu stated.  

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Comtroller of Correctional Service, FCT Command, Mustapha Illiyasu Atta, while commending the minister for her visit, however, expressed displeasure over the number of inmates awaiting trial, revealing that 70 percent of the inmates are awaiting trial list.  

Atta, also used the occasion to reveal that the Kuje Correctional Service with a capacity of 560 inmates, now accommodates no fewer than 866 inmates, while appealing to relevant authorities to work towards the decongestion of Correctional Service.    

Items donated include 250 packs of cooked jollof rice, 500 bottles of soft drinks, 500 bottles of table water, 1000 face masks, 50 bags of rice, 50 cartons of spaghetti and 100 cartons of indoomie noodles.  

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