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Governance Is About Developing The People – Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has re-echoed the fact that his desire in Governance was about developing the people and giving them a good standard of living.

Governor Wike stated this during a courtesy visit by a delegation from the World Bank NG-CARES Programme Support Implementation Mission for the South-South States at the Government House, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, 9th March 2022.

Speaking through his Deputy, Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry   Banigo,  Governor Wike  said,  “This is another  strategy that will help us to do more,  for our people so we are committed to it and will ensure the project succeeds,  we are ready to run with the vision looking at the three areas you have highlighted the downtrodden, the vulnerable, people who have suffered so much from the Covid-19 and also looking at food security and  looking at enhancing our small enterprises to improve our business  climate.”

The Governor disclosed that at beginning of the Covid crises he made sure Rivers communities had enough food over the Lockdown.

“A scheme was provided where food was delivered to all the LGAs and it involved the CDC, Chairmen, religious leaders, traditional rulers, the women leaders, it was not a political thing, as it was meant for the vulnerable ones who were most impacted during the pandemic”. Governor Wike quipped.

While expressing his eagerness to lift the people out of poverty and mitigate the effect of the pandemic, he also talked about food security.

“The cassava processing factory was commissioned to improve the business climate in the State and of course, under our Ease of Doing Business Framework, and Policy we support our SMEs in other for them to maximally grow and encourage more investors to the State”. He further said.

In his response, the State Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Isaac Kamalu said the whole idea of the program was to care for the vulnerable, orphans, and the low-income bracket of the society.

He said the programme would help enhance the capacity of our people, especially the business sector with respect to the micro and small-scale enterprises, adding that it was the World Bank’s response to the devastating effect of Covid 19.

Also speaking, the Special Protection Specialist, World Bank, Nnenna Oshagbemi said they were in the State for mission support for Nigeria Covid 19, Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus, (NG –CARES).

She said, “It is a program for results that we are using to support States with what they are doing to recover from the effect of Covid-19, especially as it is related to the socio-economic effect of the crisis that happened, and Rivers State is part of the States that has become eligible to be part of this program.”

Owupele Benebo

Head of Press

Office of the Deputy Governor

Wednesday, 9th March 2022.

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Middle), with the State Commissioner of Finance, Hon. Isaac Kamalu (3rd Right), the Special Protection Specialist, World Bank, Nnenna Oshagbemi (2nd Right), and others during a Courtesy Visit by World Bank NG-CARES Programme Support Implementation Mission for the South-South States at the Government House, Port Harcourt on the 9th March 2022.

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Left), exchanging pleasantries with the State Commissioner of Finance, Hon. Isaac Kamalu while the Special Protection Specialist, World Bank, Nnenna Oshagbemi (Right), and others watches on, during a Courtesy Visit by World Bank NG-CARES Programme Support Implementation Mission for the South-South States at the Government House, Port Harcourt on the 9th March 2022.

Rivers State Government House
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P.M.B 5050

Port Harcourt

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FG Urges Workers To Foster Culture Of Integrity In Government Business 

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By Mohammed Manga

.…says Directors should harness collective expertise to drive meaningful change within our institutions.

The Federal Government has called on Civil Servants in the country to uphold the highest degree of principles,  standards, transparency, accountability, and ethical values in the conduct of government business.

The Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Lydia Shehu Jafiya gave the advise in Abuja on Thursday, when she flagged off the first sensitization workshop for the year 2024, organized for the Directorate Cadre  Officers (GL 15-17) by the Ministry’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) under the Special Duties Department.

She stated that corruption, in all its forms, poses a grave threat to the foundation of our society, as it destroys trust, erodes justice, and also impedes progress.

Represented by the Director, Special Projects, Hajiya Aisha Omar, the Permanent Secretary informed that the sensitization workshop provides an opportunity to delve into the intricacies of the systems and practices, guided by the beacon of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), System Study and Evaluation  Scorecard.

*As leaders entrusted with the responsibility of safeguarding the public trust, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to integrity and excellence. We must lead by example, inspiring those around us to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability, by the ICPC Scorecard Template*, she said.

Mrs. Jafiya stated that as part of efforts to continue to raise awareness and identify existing gaps in the anti-corruption initiatives that had been put in place by the Federal Government, there was the need to sensitize officers on transparency, discipline, and accountability in the service.

The Permanent Secretary informed that the Federal Government, through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, had considered and approved the request of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the establishment of ACTU in all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that workers properly understand what constitutes corruption and how they could collectively and individually support the efforts of government in checking corrupt practices.

She emphasized the need for civil servants to key into the anti-corruption war of the government, which is one of the operational mantras of the present administration and an integral part of the crusade for national rebirth and social regeneration. 

*Corruption goes beyond financial crimes. It includes other forms of malpractices in the conduct of government businesses such as acts of omission, negligence, and asking for commission in the discharge of official responsibilities*, Mrs Jafiya said.

While calling on the Directors to harness the collective expertise and wisdom to drive meaningful change and foster a culture of integrity within our institutions, the Permanent Secretary said, *we are expected to engage wholeheartedly and share insights with our wealth of experience and collaborate in charting a course towards a corruption-free future for Federal Ministry of Finance in line with the policy objectives of government. We should stand united in our resolve to achieve this,* she emphasized. 

The sensitization workshop according to her was put together to conscientize and sensitize the Directors on the need to continue to exercise their supervisory roles of educating staff of the Ministry to imbibe the culture of integrity and shun corrupt practices while discharging their statutory functions as civil servants, to promote transparency, discipline, and accountability at the workplace.

*We must all join hands together with the Honourable Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun in his quest to ensure sound work ethics that would position the Ministry, not only as a leading, responsive, and responsible Ministry as the MDAs with zero tolerance for graft but also in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration*.

Earlier in an address, the Director, Special of Duties, Mrs. Egundebi Yemisi stated that the workshop aims at providing the opportunity to deepen staff understanding of the systematic evaluation of processes and procedures of systems study and review. 

*As Directors, it is imperative that we ensure our systems are not only efficient but also seen to be transparent through examination and collaborative discussion, we aim to identify areas for improvement and enhance organizational effectiveness*.

She said that it has become imperative to recognize the importance of the ICPC Scorecard Template in gauging performance and progress toward our goals, stating further that, the scorecard serves as a compass, guiding us toward excellence by providing a comprehensive overview of performance indicators and the benchmarks of Anti-Corruption measures.

*By leveraging this tool effectively, we can measure our success, identify areas of excellence, and address issues requiring attention with precision and clarity*, Mrs. Egundebi said.

She commended the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr. Wale Edun, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Lydia Shehu Jafiya, and the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr. Okokon Ekanem Udo, for their avowed determination to ensuring the entrenchment of the Anti-Corruption crusade through the creation of an enabling environment to ensure the successful flag-off of the sensitization workshop for the Directorate Cadre Officers in the Ministry.

She expressed optimism that the aftermath of the workshop will spur the Directors to put more effort into combating corruption and anti-ethical behavior of staff in the conduct of government business.

During a paper presentation entitled *Integrity Scorecard and System Study*, the Deputy Director, *System Study and Review* ICPC, Mr Obaniyi Adebayo said corruption is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabric of the society and has portrayed Nigeria in a bad light over the years.

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Gen Faransa, Jalo, Isma’il, Patrick Makes List Of Board Chairmen, Special Advisers To Gov Kefas 

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By Sani Yarima

An official statement was released by the Secretary to the Government of Taraba State, Chief Timothy Kataps, on Friday, announcing the appointment of various individuals by Governor Dr. Agbu Kefas. 

Notably, General Aliyu Jeremiah Faransa (Rtd) has been named Chairman of the Taraba State Board of Internal Revenue, while Alhaji Kabiru Jalo has been designated as Chairman of the Taraba State Promotion Agency. 

Additionally, Hon. Charles Maijankai has been appointed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Homeland Security Matters.

Rev. Fr. Sunday Muke Patrick is now the Special Adviser to the Governor on Christian Religion Matters, and Zanau Hassan Maikasuwa as Special Adviser on Agriculture and Food Security.

Furthermore, Mallam Husseini Isma’il, who also serves as the Taraba State Chairman of the Forum of Islamic Preachers, has been appointed as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Muslim Religious Matters. 

Governor Kefas has also appointed some permanent secretaries among others to serve as board members. 

It is worth noting that the appointments are aimed at enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of the Taraba State government in delivering its services to the people.

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JUST IN: Gov Kefas Directs Immediate Payments Of Gratuity, Approves N1b

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Dr. Agbu Kefas, the Governor of Taraba State, has authorized the allocation of one billion naira to offset the payment backlog of gratuities. 

Emmanuel Bello, the Special Adviser on Media and Digital Communications to the Governor, released a statement on Sunday indicating that no payments have been made since 2011.

Governor Kefas signed the approval, directing the Ministry of Finance to ensure that the overdue entitlements are paid immediately. 

He expressed regret for the delay and promised workers that his administration would not abandon those who had served their state diligently.

In addition to the initial one billion naira, the governor also approved a monthly sum of N200 million to continue the payments and offset the backlog. 

During his campaign, Dr. Agbu Kefas had promised to offset pensions and gratuity despite the significant backlog and reaffirmed his commitment to this promise.

The Permanent Secretary of Pensions, Mrs. Rose Garba Ajiya, expressed her appreciation for this gesture, stating that it would effectively end years of anguish and frustration for aged pensioners. 

She assured the public that she and her team were well prepared to begin payments as all records were available and accurately kept.

In reaction to the gesture, the Chairman of the Forum of Islamic Preachers, Taraba State chapter, Malam Husseini Isma’il, commended Governor Kefas for his outstanding leadership and described him as a God-fearing person.

He prayed for God’s continued guidance, protection, and wisdom in the Governor’s governance of the state. 

He also urged the people of the State to maintain peace with one another to allow the present administration to fulfill its Moving Forward Agenda.

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