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Bauchi: Foundation Trains 50 Rural Women On VSLA

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By Sani Adamu Hassan

A non governmental organisation (NGO) Attah Sisters Helping Hand Foundation (ASHHF) trained 50 Rural women and Survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence SGBV on Village Savings Loan Association (VSLA) to promote financial inclusion in Gamawa and Dambam local government areas of Bauchi State.

The programme officer of the Foundation Mr Kingsley Yalling said at the training session in Dambam on Saturday that the training was for the women to improve rural enterprise in the two LGAs.

He said the 50 women would be trained on VSLA methodology in Dambam and Gamawa local Government areas of Bauchi State.

“25 women from Dambam LGA and 25 From Gamawa LGA would also be trained on the methods of operations and management of group activities.

“The training features sessions such as group Constitution, where they were taught to develop for themselves what is best suitable for group discipline and members conduct during meetings,

“Leadership, the type of leaders to elect and their functions, including the process of the election, VSLA Box and key holders, the responsibilities of key holders and election process and contents of the box and its use, cards and share purchase amongst others,” he said.

Meanwhile Women Association which formed 9 months ago has shared among their groups the sum of N879,980 of the Village Saving loan (VSL) scheme in Gamawa LGA.

The women commended Attah Sisters Helping Hands Foundations (ASHHF ) and ActionAid Nigeria for initiating them in the scheme in their Community Gamawa on Saturday.

Some of the beneficiaries of the loan said the impact of savings groups was very effective on the lives of the poor in the rural areas.

Mrs Saratu Aliyu said contrary to reports of negative impact of village savings and loans schemes (VSLs), women in Gamawa have testified that their lives have been transformed through the initiative.

According to her, some of the women used the gains from group activities to buy rams, some Goats, some Sewing machines, and some fridges among other things for business activities.

Aliyu said the VSL scheme has enhanced their living conditions and that they are financially empowered.

“Among the groups some collected N15,000, some collected N31,000 some more from the contribution to start a business.

Malama Fadimatu Bello said since she joined the VSL group 9 months ago she has bought goats and is financially independent.

“I have also managed to buy furniture in my room on top of having chickens that I rear at home,” she stated.

Mrs Aishatu Abdullahi, a beneficiary in the share-out, said during the meeting days, she took a loan of 15,000 naira and used it to buy a goat.

She noted that it was one of her dreams for a long time but there was no hope since the money was not available.

She explained that the group shared N487,500 amongst themselves, saying I just collected N31,050 naira as my contribution.

Hajiya Lami Gamawa and Hannatu Gidado in the same area, are also full of praise for the VSL groups.

They pointed out that VSL scheme
play a critical role in bringing financial services to rural areas where access to formal financial services is typically very limited.

“The scheme promotes the groups that led to an improvement in financial inclusion, household business outcomes, and women’s empowerment,” they said.

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements

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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria

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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair

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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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