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Adamawa: NGOs Train 40 Women, PLWD On Open Contracting Procedures



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From Umar Dankano, Yola

Forty(40) Women including those with special needs (PLWD) were trained on open contracting procedures with a view to improving gender equality and social inclusion in public procurement in Adamawa state.

The training (Workshop) held in Yola on Friday organised by a Non -Governmental Organisation under the aegis ‘Public and Private Development Centre'(PPDC) in conjunction with MacArthur Foundation had majorly women groups participated at the training.

In her welcome address, Program Officer of the public and private Development Centre (PPDC), Chinonye Akubuo said the Centre observed with dismay the non participatory posture of women and people living with disabilities in implementing government policies especially procurement processes in the country.

Akubuo stated that the training is a contribution of the Centre in changing the narrative solely to sensitise the participants (Women) on how to track down the cogent procedures and technicalities involved in contracting policies of the government at all levels.

Akubuo expressed optimism that with the awareness packages been disseminated by the Centre and its partners across the country,women participation in the open contracting processes will improve significantly.

While advising the participants to be visiting Bureau for Public Procurement department for informations about government contracts pinpointed that every citizen has a right to know how government spend his/her money.

Delivering his presentation christened ‘Tools used to demand Accountability ‘,Program Director of the Centre (PPDC),Onyekachi Chukwu introduced the participants to legislations guiding open contracting procurements.

Chukwu lectured on the provisions and how to use public procurement laws(PPL) and Access to Information Laws-(FOI ACT) in securing contracts legally.

Chukwu said open contracting can be beneficial to SMEs so as to ensure inclusivity reiterating that the procurement legislations if implemented provide equal opportunity for all citizens .

According to him,with the knowledge impacted on the participants,they can push for domestication of such procurement laws in the state citing in Ekiti state example,where contracts are awarded to deserving citizens without nepotism and corruption tendencies.

A participant of the training,Maryam Usman Mairiga of the Rayna Handmade Coconut oil Venture Yola expressed gratitude to the organisers of the training for the knowledge impacted on them confessing that initially she thought government contracts are purely for men.

“I am grateful for the opportunity as I understand now that contracts are not only for men but women can also be contractors.Being a contractor doesn’t mean you will carry building blocks on your head.

“We now know what procurement is and its processes,stages and laws governing it .We were exposed to contract’s bidding,planning as well as implementation stage respectively “.Mairiga recounted.

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Bauchi Speaker Empowers 3000 Women In Ningi, Urges Them To Massively Vote For PDP




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As part of his continued effort to support and enhance the lives of his constituents, Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has empowered 3000 women in Ningi Central Constituency.

Speaking during the flagg off of the Programme tagged “Women Support & Awareness Creation on Family Hygiene” which was supported by his friends and partners in Nigeria and diaspora and his wife Hajiya Hauwa Muhammad, which took place in Ningi today, the Speaker said that he has been consistent in giving women priority because of their central role in the society.

The Speaker who recounted many women empowerment programmes he initiated in the past three years, said that today’s empowerment is meant to empower women in order to ensure that maximum social benefits & equality are further extended to them.

He urged women and all people of his Constituency to come out early on 11th March to massively vote for Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad and himself so that more dividends of democracy will be witnessed in Ningi and all parts of the State

Speaker Abubakar Y Suleiman stated that Bauchi State has never gotten a progressive Governor like Senator Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad hence the serious need for people to come out en masse to reelect him, saying this is the payback that the Governor deserves from the citizens of the State.

He reemphasize on the Governor’s love and good plans for Ningi Local Government in the second term, which he said the people of Ningi will not afford to lose the great opportunities that PDP’s second term holds for them, thus they will do everything possible to ensure PDP wins without fear.

While urging people of the Constituency to embrace peace throughout the electioneering period, however warned the opposition not to take PDP’s peace loving disposition as a weakness because they won’t tolerate any provocation.

In her remarks, the team leader of the Speaker’s Friends and Partners in Nigeria and Diaspora who is also the Chief Executive Officer of O & Z Consults, a Canadian based firm, Abi Goodman explained that they decided to support the Speaker because of his passion and genuine love for women’s empowerment awareness.

She urges the beneficiaries to make good use of the empowerment kits given to them and support the Speaker’s reelection bid so that more dividends of democracy will come their way.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Ningi Local Government Alhaji Ibrahim Zubairu commended the Speaker for his zeal and commitment to enhance the living condition of his constituents especially the women folk.

The Chairman said that he cannot recall the number of empowerment programmes initiated by the Governor, the First Lady, the Speaker and various political office holders of PDP extraction in Ningi Local Government, hence the need for all people to vote for PDP candidates in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly election.

In their separate remarks, former executive Chairman of Ningi Local Government Area Alhaji Mamuda Hassan Tabla, member of Bauchi State House Assembly Hon. Abba Saleh Balma and PDP Women Leader Hajiya Adama expressed their appreciation to the Speaker, his wife and partners for the great gesture to women folk in the Local Government.

They boasted that no political party can match up with PDP’s record in Ningi Local Government and the State in general, as such, PDP will defeat all political parties on Saturday.

Some of the items distributed include foodstuff and clothes kits.

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Bauchi Set To Implement World Bank’s ACReSAL Project- Coordinator




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The Bauchi State Coordinator of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), a World Bank supported project, Dr Kabir Ibrahim, Tuesday said the state government has made adequate arrangements for the full implementation of the project in the state.

Dr Kabir Ibrahim made this known at a meeting with steering, technical committees members of the project held at the State Project Management Unit in Bauchi.

The Coordinator who is the Director-General of the State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) expressed gratitude to Governor Bala Mohammed for his outstanding support to the implementation unit which made it possible for the state to be in the forefront of benefiting from the project.

He recalled that, the ACReSAL project which is a 6-year strategic project prioritising actions within four components including Dryland Management, Community Climate Resilience, Institutional Strengthening and Project Management and Contingent Emergency Response, it implementation would address environmental challenges and improve the livelihoods of the benefitting communities.

“I am highly delighted to brief this meeting that we have made significant achievements in developing our action plans for the implementation of the World Bank supported project in partnership with the World Bank to be implemented in 19 northern states.

“At the implementation unit, we will ensure effective and judicious utilization of all the funds for the benefit of the state and its people.”

On his part, the State Commissioner for Environment who is the chairman of the steering committee, Hamisu Mu’azu Shira said the project is a welcome development to the state, hence the need for the steering committee to engaged all the critical stakeholders to achieve the desired objectives.

Shira assured of the continued support to the state government to the implementation unit and therefore urged the committees to do their best to ensure the state government succeeded in the implementation of the project.

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Dangote Creating Investment Opportunities In Africa




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…Bags KADCCIMA award

Pan-African conglomerate, the Dangote Group, is not relenting in buoying investment opportunities across Africa through numerous businesses and philanthropic forays.

This is the consensus of economists and stakeholders who participated in the just concluded 44th Kaduna International Trade Fair.

Dangote Group also bagged the First Runner-Up award at the annual event.

Speaking to newsmen on the sideline of the company’s Special Day, Professor of Economics, Umar Dantsoho, said Dangote Industries Limited has been creating investment and job opportunities for Africans through its cement establishments in Nigeria and in Africa.

He said the key to developing the African economy is through the growth of the manufacturing sector, which is a major preoccupation of the company.

Only recently, Dangote Industries Limited sealed a fresh deal of six million tons per annum with China Sinoma International Engineering which will strengthen local and African production to 57.6 million tons per annum.

Aside government, Dangote Group is adjudged the biggest employer of labor in Nigeria.

Speaking also Second Vice President of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture(KADCCIMA). Alhaji Faruk Suleiman, commended the company for creating opportunities across Africa, adding that the upcoming Dangote petrochemical refinery will change the face of the African economy.

General Manager, Sales, Dangote Sugar Refinery (DSR) North-West, Alhaji Abdulsalam Waya said the conglomerate would continue to provide opportunities for all willing Nigeria to invest as distributors or as investors in the stock market.

He added that the theme for this year’s Trade Fare: Value Addition for Sustainable Growth and Development is apt, as Dangote Cement exports its product to several African countries, thereby creating jobs and opportunities across the value chain.

The company is the major sponsor of the 44th annual event.

Speaking, President of KADCCIMA Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu described the partnership with Dangote as very important for deepening commercial activities in the country.

He said the support of the Dangote Group towards the success of the Fair cannot be quantified.

Speaking to newsmen, the Director General of the Chamber Mr. Usman Saulawa said the Dangote Group is a major sponsor of this year’s Trade Fair and has been sponsoring the annual event.

He said: “Dangote Group has been playing the role of supporter and partner for many years. It participation has been adding value to the Chamber.”

The DG described this year’s fair as unique as there would be a Business Roundtable session that will further help deepens business opportunities for participants.

The companies that participated under Dangote Industries Limited are Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, NASCON, Dangote Fertiliser, and Dangote Sinotruk West Africa Limited.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the Dangote Group said participants who seek to do business with any of the company’s subsidiaries can avail themselves of such opportunity through a special help desk at the pavilion.

It described Kaduna State as one of the biggest markets in the country, given its historical position as the political capital of Northern Nigeria.

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