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FCT REPORT 2 traffic wardens dismissed for killing NSCDC officer

Helpline rolls out free interest loan scheme for widows

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elpline Foundation for the Needy, a not-forprofit organization, has disclosed that it has concluded plans to roll-out free interest revolving loan scheme for widows in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT. Speaking at an event in Abuja, the president and founder of Helpline Foundation, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, said that the aim of the reach-out scheme was to assist vulnerable widows who were facing extreme poverty in the society. Ahmadu explained that the revolving free interest loan scheme is part of effort by the foundation to empower widows to be self-reliance and selfsustaining in a male dominated economy. The president also used the occasion to call on the widows to form a cluster of 20 out of which 10 would be empowered with soft loans. She also disclosed that the foundation had also embarked on training of widows and some vulnerable youths in fish farming and other skills acquisitions that will enable them become employers of labour. The foundation also used the occasion to dole out assorted food items to over 100 widows to assist them feed their families. The food items include rice, bean, yam, groundnut oil among others. She revealed that beneficiaries of the assorted food items were drawn from the six Area Councils of the FCT, irrespective of tribe or religious background. According to Ahmadu, “today’s event is part of our social corporate responsibility to reach-out to the needy in the society and to commemorate this year’s Easter celebration. We have over 1,500 registered widows, and any widow interested can come to our office at Efab Mall, Abuja for free registration. “From our experience in dealing with these women; we discovered that what they need is support in the area of capacity building and available start off packages for them to contribute to the local economy and be self-reliant.

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Members of Advocate for Good Governance Protesting against secret voting for the election of the 9th Assembly leadership at the National Assembly, Abuja. Photo

FCDA expresses determination to deliver world class buildings By Austine ELEMUE

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he Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, has said that it would continue to ensure the delivery of world class public and private buildings with exquisite interior and exterior ambiance expected for healthy living. Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Jibrin, gave this assurance while declaring open a seminar organised in conjunction with Creative House at the authority’s conference hall, last week in Abuja. He said: “This exhibition is the authority’s modest contribution towards the promotion of optimum standards and international best practices in all aspects of the building industry. Much more, it serves as a forum where participants can offer innovative solutions and options to knotty interior challenges being faced in various building types. “The theme will provide a suitable platform for one-on-one interactive between and among stakeholders in the building and also sensitize on the need and benefits of defining interior spaces with accent pieces and treatment through p r a c t i c a l demonstrations.” Explaining what space definition meant, the FCDA boss said: “Space definition is all about taking responsibility for the

spaces we occupy by expressing ourselves with the things that mean most to us personally, professionally and socioculturally. This is natural instinct. “This exhibition is apt and timely as we all live, work and play in spaces. When we take responsibility for these spaces, we derive a psychological settlement and calmness that is subtle yet profound enough to affect our wellbeing and productivity.” The ES, who was represented by the director, Mass Housing Department, Engr. Emmanuel Oluwadamisi, while defining the word ‘accent’ explained that the word “does not stop with phonetics and languages. Within the built environment, accents are

found and used both in the exterior and interior spaces. “Externally, they could be colours, columns and fixtures like doors or other forms that embellish and give character to both the structure and cityscape, silently speaking volumes about the individual, establishment or community.” Jibrin therefore called on all relevant departments and agencies to also carry out similar trainings so as to add value, richness, little colour, painting and artwork, noting that it will deepen the knowledge of space definition and aesthetics of Abuja beauty. Director, Department of Public Buildings, Anthony Odigie, while speaking earlier said that the seminar was the 30th

in the series, adding that it transformed into an exhibition in 2016 and has continued to make improvements and innovations. He underscored the importance of space definition in designing and called on the stakeholders to always come together and work for the progress of all. On his part, chairman of the Capacity Building Committee, Adebowale Ademo, in his welcome address said that the objective of the programme is to bequeath a capital city comparable to the best in the world in line with the dreams of its founding fathers. Ademo pledged they would remain open to new relevant technologies to achieve the best for the FCT and the country.

Bello charges FCT residents to pray for smooth transition

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inister of the Federal Capital Te r r i t o r y, Malam Muhammad Bello has called on the Christian faithful and other residents of the territory to use the occasion of Easter celebrations to pray for peace and smooth transition. The minister said the need to pray for unity is especially significant for the FCT which is the center and symbol of Nigeria’s unity, just as he reminded residents that they have an obligation to demonstrate that unity especially during the Easter

celebrations. He therefore called on them to use the joyous occasion to exhibit harmony amongst Nigerians by embracing and promoting all those virtues that bring Nigerians together. Bello also used the occasion to remind residents of the upcoming inauguration of Mr President on May 29, 2019. He urged them to pray for a smooth transition into the next political dispensation and informed them that as residents of the host city,

they were obliged to play their roles for the successful hosting of what will be a major international event. He therefore called on them to be hospitable to guests who will be visiting Abuja, keep the environment clean and obey all extant rules and regulations especially traffic laws. The minister emphasized that there is a need to promote Abuja as a hospitable and tourism friendly destination. This, he said will further boost the economy of the FCT and generate employment.

he Nigeria Police has dismissed Idoko Sunday and Katdel Dabit, for allegedly involved in the death of an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, ASC Ogar Jumbo Ochigbo, on March 20, 2019. In a statement by Force Public Relations Officers, DCP Frank Mba, said the former traffic wardens had earlier been subjected to the internal disciplinary procedures of the Force, tried in an Orderly Room, and dismissed before the arraignment. Mba added that the arraignment of the traffic wardens was born out of the outcome of the investigation into the case of alleged misconduct and unlawful exercise of authority reported against them on March 29, 2019. Police investigations revealed and indicted them for assault and excessive use of force on the deceased after his arrest. “Forensic analysis by a pathologist, as seen in the autopsy report, clearly traced the cause of death to injuries inflicted on the deceased during his encounter with the traffic wardens. The two erstwhile traffic wardens have been remanded in Kuje prisons pending the next adjournment of the case,” the statement revealed. According to Mba, “in keeping with the assurances by the Inspector General of Police to ensure a transparent, accountable, comprehensive and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of the late ASC Ogar Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, the Nigeria Police have today arraigned in court the two Traffic Wardens for complicity in the unfortunate death of the NSCDC Officer.

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