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Edo 2020: Foundation Endorses Ize-Iyamu, Praises His Social Welfare Plans

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Godsent Foundation, a non-profit organization that focused on eradicating poverty in Nigeria with extensive networks in Edo State and the diaspora, has endorsed the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

The endorsement was announced on Wednesday during a meeting between the candidate and the President and Founder of the Foundation, Ambassador Dion Osagie, at the Foundation’s office in Benin City.

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Ambassador Dion Osagie highlighted with pictorial evidence some of the interventions of the Foundation since inception, including medical support for surgeries and other procedures, scholarships and grants, and other humanitarian efforts.

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He lamented the lack of support and recognition from the Obaseki-led government despite the level of work done in the State and how the failure of the administration in the areas of the economy, security, and infrastructure has increased the pressure on non-profit groups focused on welfare.

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He said the Foundation, its beneficiaries, and network of friends across the State and in the diaspora will be supporting Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress at the polls on the 19th of September because his SIMPLE agenda manifesto contains well-designed plans and programs to partner with non-profit groups and ensure adequate social welfare in all 18 LGAs of the State.

While receiving the endorsement, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu commended Amb. Dion Osagie for his compassionate contributions towards providing help for the underprivileged.

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He said his involvement in politics was driven by the offer help to the majority, uplift the poor, and ensure social justice.

In his words, “Amb. Dion Osagie is a compassionate young man worthy of emulation. He has touched lives, gave hopes to many, and offered help to those without access or lifeline.

“Sadly, he has gotten no government support or recognition for his efforts, despite the obvious fact that his Foundation has received more requests and cases in Edo State in the past four years owing to government failure.

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“However, I’ve assured him of plans and programs in the #POISIMPLEAGENDA, specifically in the ‘P’ for Public-private partnership and ‘S’ for Social Welfare (and Security), to partner with non-profit organizations like his to deepen access to care and obtain crucial feedbacks required for policy success. These plans will be implemented fully if elected.”

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100 Civil Servants Die In Jigawa Within One Month

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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.

Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.

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He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.

Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.

According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.

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“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”

“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement

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“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”

The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.

He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.

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INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.

The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.

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Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.

He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.

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Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.

”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.

”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.

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”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.

”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
PVCs.

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”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.

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Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48

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The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.

Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.

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According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”

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Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.

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He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.

He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.

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