The Federal Government on Friday assured Nigerians living in Ukraine of their safe evacuation amidst the Russia multiple attacks of Ukraine.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen in Abuja.
Onyeama said the Federal Government was making arrangements for a special flight operation to evacuate her citizens from Ukraine in view of the escalating tension between that country and Russia.
He added that the Nigerian Embassy in Kiev had been contacted and told to make arrangements for those wishing to return home from other areas including Donestk and Luhensk.
The minister assured Nigerians that the ministry was following the event since it began and assured of the Federal Government’s readiness to speedily ensure the safe evacuation of Nigerians, particularly, students in Ukraine.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Russian military has started attacking military installations in multiple fronts in spite of Russian President Vladimir Putin assurance not to attack Ukrainian citizens.
While Kiev is under bombardment, her citizens are seeking shelter in metro underground stations.
Tens of thousands of people cross the border out of Ukraine, while the European Union expressed readiness to assist with the sum of 1.7 billion euros in economic aid to Ukraine.
Turkish government has also expressed readiness to send humanitarian aid to its Ukrainain counterpart.
Obi replies Soludo, Article full of falacies
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has stated he has no time to reply or pay attention to Anambra Governor Charles Soludo who clamped down on him on Monday.
Rather, he said he is preoccupied with convincing voters a new Nigeria is possible through rigorous campaigns.
He spoke on Tuesday through the spokesperson of The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ndi Kato.
Obi was reacting to a lengthy article by Soludo who declared the LP candidate cannot win the 2023 presidency.
He said the Governor is desperate for the limelight, a desire he is not willing to meet.
Kato explained that rather than dissipate energy responding to the falacies contained in Soludo’s article, Obi remains focused on galvanizing support for the task of redeeming Nigeria from the precipice.
According to her: “We read with amusement and dismay, a very lengthy and belaboured treatise of an article, written by Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Governor of Anambra State, focused on our Presidential Candidate, His Excellency Peter Obi.
“It seems obvious that Professor Soludo is itching for limelight, in this election season, perhaps fired up by possible understanding or alliance with our struggling political opponents.
“While we note the glaring fallacies, misrepresentations, personal insinuations and signs of personal vendetta in that long writeup, neither His Excellency Peter Obi, The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organisation, nor the Labour Party, for that matter, has any interest in an extended engagement with Prof Soludo this critical time when there is a bigger fish to fry.
“His Excellency Peter Obi has his work well cut-out for him, this campaign season.
“Primarily, he is accelerating his reach-out and influence to all Nigerians, rural and urban, in all areas, regions and states; and firmly engaging them, on his critical and visionary plans to take the country from consumption to production.
“In doing this, Mr. Peter Obi is firmly placing the Youths, intensive Agricultural revolution, and revamping of critical areas of the economy as part of the focal points in the drive to turn around our fortunes and take back our country.
“We, the Youths, spreading across partisan political lines, have found reason to place the highest level of trust and confidence in HE Peter Obi, and we are committed to continuing partnership with him, transparently, vigorously and creatively, to bring to fruition, the vital changes urgently required in this our country, of so much potential.
“We strongly believe that A New Nigeria is possible… and together with Peter Obi, we are working to make this a reality.
“This is our focus; this is our occupation.. and we shall not be distracted.”
NDIC bags platinum level award for outstanding performance in corporate governance
NDIC bags platinum level award for outstanding performance in corporate governance
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has been presented with the Federal Government Level Five (5) Platinum Level award for outstanding performance in corporate governance and accountability by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR).
The award is based on the Corporation’s outstanding score of Ninety-Three Percent (93%) in the BPSR Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) that was deployed to Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to assess and enhance service delivery.
Presenting the award to the Corporation, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, congratulated the Board, Management and Staff of the NDIC for the courage and commitment during the exercise.
Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Coordination, Dr. Habiba Lawal, noted that the Corporation’s exceptional achievement serves as an impetus for other government agencies to take the opportunity of the BPSR Self-Assessment Tool to assess their strengths and weaknesses, and employ the outcome of the self-evaluation to achieve the Federal Government’s objectives of effective service delivery to the citizenry.
Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, who was represented by Mr. Stephen Okon, the Director, Home Finance, commended the Corporation for the award and expressed the Ministry’s continued commitment and support to the NDIC towards the implementation of the recommendations of the BPSR SAT report.
Presenting the SAT report, the Director-General of the BPSR, Dr Dasuki Arabi, stated that the Corporation is the first and only agency under the supervision of Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning to submit itself to the SAT assessment.
He explained that the Corporation’s 93% score which represents the rating of “Far Exceeded Expectations” is a direct result of the Management’s commitment to high standards in corporate governance and staff’s diligence and hard work.
He added that the assessment, which commenced in September 2021, focused on broad areas of strategic governance including financial management, operational and service delivery process, human resource management & planning, procurement process and change management.
On his part, Mr Hello Hassan, Managing Director NDIC, said since the assessment from the BPSR, the Corporation has continued to benchmark itself with International Standards and Best Practices through a culture of continuous process improvement and service delivery to its various stakeholders.
Meanwhile, The Board Chairman, Mrs. Sokefun said the NDIC would continue to strive for excellence in delivery of its mandate while implementing recommendations of the BPSR report.
LAGOS PRODUCES NEW SET OF FILM-MAKERS
… As 119 Youths Graduate From Ebony Life Creative Academy
Lagos State Government has once again demonstrated its commitment to the growth and success of youths with the graduation of 119 young and vibrant filmmakers from the EbonyLife Creative Academy, under the Lagos Creative Initiative (LACI), to fill the skill gaps of professionals in the creative industry in the State.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony held at EbonyLife Place, Victoria Island, Lagos, the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, congratulated EbonyLife for doing Lagos proud and making good use of funds for the training of the students consistently as well as sustaining it.
Akinbile-Yussuf, represented by the Director, Admin & Human Resource Department of the Ministry, Ms. Toyin Ogunlana, assured the EbonyLife team of the State Government’s continuous support, partnership and collaboration to give hope to the youths and engage them in such a laudable skill acquisition programmes.
According to her, Lagos State, in partnership with EbonyLife, has trained six sets of intakes, who have graduated and are deploying the acquired skills to excel in their chosen areas of expertise within the film industry.
In her words: “The Lagos State Government believes in you all and looks forward to seeing your best output in the industry. You have all been endowed with unique skills that will enable you to conceive, write and shoot your own movies as you deem fit”.
Also speaking at the event the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mrs. Bukola Agbaminoja, felicitated the graduating students and commended them for participating in the training programme.
“The feedback we getting as a government is encouraging and we are happy for you all. I see your films showing in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large, but the bulk of the work lies in your hands. Please, tell the story the way you want it to be told”, she advised.
Agbaminoja also informed the gathering that the Lagos State interest-free loans are still available for interested Film Makers and can be accessed through the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, adding that State Government is also building a Film City, designed to be a one-stop-destination for all filmmakers, on several hectares of land at Ejirin in Epe.
The Head of the Academy, Mr. Theart Korsten thanked the Lagos State Government for its continuous support to the school, noting that Lagos is the only State that contributes so much to the development of the sector.
While commending the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Korsten enjoined the graduating students to focus on their career paths and acknowledged the tenacity displayed during the 12-week intensive training programme.
He also informed that the third intake for the year comprising 128 students commenced classes on the 28th of June, 2022, adding that the 22 films produced so far are available on the Youtube Channel of Ebonylife Creative Academy.
The short films ‘Canvas’,
‘Father Forgive Me’, ‘Halimah’ and ‘The Funeral’, written, performed and produced by the graduating students of the Class of June 2022, were watched by the dignitaries and guests present at the ceremony,
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