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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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Over 100 LGAs To Participate At 15th North East Trade Fair In Bauchi, BACCIMA Says Fair Not Postponed

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The President Bauchi State Chamber of Commerce, industry, mines and agriculture (BACCIMA) Alhaji. Aminu Mohammed has declared that over 100 Local government areas will participate at the 15th North East Domestic Trade Fair in Bauchi, debunking reports the trade fair has been postponed indefinitely.

Mohammed stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Bauchi, saying the trade commenced on 25 of April. with pavilions activities and services already in place.

He explained that the Vice President Kashim Shetima was supposed to officially inaugurate the fair on May 6, 2024 but because he went for official engagement outside the country.

“So therefore the report going round that the trade was postponed is just a communication gap , the fair commenced on the 25th of April.

You can see people and business owners erecting their pavilion, others displaying the products and services and all the six states of Adamawa, Bauchi Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

“Business owners and citizens should disregard the report that the 15 North East trade fair is postponed, as it is ongoing you can see activities taking place in the fair,” he said.

The President urged all interested participants and exhibitors to continue their registration process for their participation as the trade is already ongoing.

“The trade would later be inaugurated when the Vice President returned to the country, meanwhile the fair is gradually picking shape with sales and services.

“We as the Chamber cannot postpone the inauguration, but the government can do so and fix a new date for the inauguration, while we continue with trade fair exhibition and services,” he said.

He pointed out the fair would last for one month with its commencement from April 25 because the trade fair is a special fair that consists of all the North East states.

Mohammed said About 110 local government areas and over 300 domestic and international business enterprises are expected to participate in the North-East Domestic Trade Fair fair.

Also speaking, Mr Abdu Usman , Director General North East Chamber for Commerce also explains that the trade was not postponed as reported somewhere.

We are the organizers of the trade fair , the North Chamber of Commerce which comprises the six’s states and the North East Governors forum

“We have our own Vice President Kashim Shetima who the NorthEast Governors feel should super head the inauguration and other projects.

Because of the Vice President’s official engagement outside the country that caused the postponement of the inauguration of the fair ,but the trade fair activities would continue.

He said the trade fair is aimed at showcasing the untapped investment potential of the terror-troubled region.

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Foundation Advocates Empowerment Of Women, Youth For National Development

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A non-governmental organisation known as Royal Ambassadors Family Enlightenment Foundation (RAFEF) has advocated for effective empowerment of women and youth in Nigeria.

The Director General of the Foundation, Jonathan Okwudiri, made the call in Bauchi on Monday during the official inauguration ceremony of the Northeast Region Executive Working Committee of the foundation.

Okwudiri said this was necessary because women and youth are the backbone of any nation who, if economically empowered, would have a great impact on both the security and economic aspect of the nation.

“It is quite unfortunate and very alarming that the women and youth are mostly neglected in the workspace of Nigeria today.

“From our statistics, it is proven that Women and Youth of our nation are being used and dumped, and mostly not carried along for the positive impact on our Society and Governmental maximisation.

“This has made most of the women and youth lose their focus, talents, skills, potential and end up on the streets and become touts and hooligans and in the process lose their lives without fulfillment of their primary assignment on earth,” he said.

He affirmed that the foundation has come to serve humanity as a sign of hope, new beginning, transforming wealth, power, importance, faimess, impartiality, and transmitting wisdom and authority to Women and Youth in the Society.

The D:-G explained that this is because the foundation is a movement empowered with a mandate from God as a sign of covenant between Him and the citizens of Nigeria to bring an end to hardship, poverty and unemployment among the women and youth.

“The principal activity of this nobel organisation is to create business opportunities, job employment through digital trainings in ICT, entrepreneur and assisting government institutions, private and corporate organisations to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

“This would be done by ensuring that unemployed youths and women are gainfully employed in the society, hence duly registered and incorporated in Nigeria with Corporate Affairs Commission,” he said.

Earlier, Hafsat Bappa, the Foundation’s Director General, Media and Publicity, said that the organisation was determined to make positive impact on women and youth because they constituted a significant portion of the workforce, contributing to economic growth and development.

She said investing in youth and women’s education, skills development and entrepreneurship fosters economic empowerment and ensures a prosperous future for the society.

“The youths and women are not just beneficiaries of societal progress but active agents driving it forward.

“Recognizing and nurturing their potential is essential for creating a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable society. Let us empower the youths and women today to secure a brighter tomorrow for all as our anthem signifies,” she said.

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Arewa Group Urges FG To Construct Bauchi-Gombe Road, Boost Northeast Economy

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By Sani Adamu Hassan

A northern-based group Arewa Advocates for Good Governance AAGG has call on the federal government to consider construction and rehabilitation of Bauchi-Gombe road in order to save the lives of residents and boost economy of the northeast region.

The group during a press conference in Bauchi on Thursday also cast a vote of confidence to minister of works, Senator Engineer David Nweze Umahi, and the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu applauding their significant achievement with a short period of time.

Speaking during the event, the national Chairman of Arewa Advocates for Good Governance AAGG Alh Jamilu Mato said the road if constructiled will link Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, and some parts of Borno states which is been in bad shape for several years without any intervention.

According to him, the road become a living hell to residents and commuters traveling around the region considering the rate of damage and accidents the bad conditions of the road is causing.

Alhaji Jamilu Mato said the forum in it redefining effort to collective roles in a democracy deem it fit to recognize the effort of the Minister of Works Senator David Umahi and his commitment to the renewed hope agenda, saying he is transforming Nigeria’s infrastructure landscape.

According to Mato, “under Senator David Umahi’s stewardship, the Federal Ministry of Works has witnessed a paradigm shift towards excellence and inclusivity.

“His dedication to the “Renewed Hope” agenda, championed by our President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is commendable and resonates deeply with the aspirations of our people.

“As such, we proudly commend him for pioneering the construction of concrete roads across Nigeria, ” he pointed out.

He maintained that “This innovative approach not only enhances durability but also signifies a departure from traditional methods, ensuring quality infrastructure for generations to come.”

The group then counts on Umahi’s commitment and visits to corners of the country assessing road conditions, saying it demonstrates his hands-on approach and genuine concern for the well-being of all Nigerians.

“It is with great assurance that we declare our support for the minister’s leadership style and on behalf of the people of the northeast appeal for the construction of the road that links Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, and Borno states which has been in a very sorry condition.

“We firmly believe in your vision and dedication to consider this appeal, which will yield tangible results, particularly for the people of the North-East, north and the country as a whole.

“This if done, will echo your commitment to working for all, regardless of religion, or tribe, underscoring an inclusive approach to governance, which aligns perfectly with our values as a nation.”

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