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Nigerians Are Losing For Not Using FOI Act – NOA Boss

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Mr Nuru Kobi, Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Bauchi State, has said that all Nigerian citizens should understand the provisions of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and what they tend to lose for not using the law as expected.

He said this is because the law is totally made for them.

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Kobi made this known in Bauchi on Thursday during a ‘Stakeholders’ Engagement on ‘Evaluating the application of the Freedom of Information Act and its Impact on National Development’ organized by the agency.

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“We all should know that a law remains dormant until we allow the provisions to take effect.

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“Nigerian citizens should understand the provisions of the FOI Act because the law is meant for them, they should also be educated on what the laws are and the rationale for such laws.

“They should also understand the ultimate objective and the benefits they will derive for using it or what they lose for not using the law as expected,” Kobi said.

He said that it was against this backdrop that the agency organized the Stakeholders’ engagement to evaluate the application of the FOI Act and its Impact on National Development in Bauchi State.

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He stressed that the agency believed there is dire need to embark on a robust and sustained public communication of the provisions of the FOI Act and that the agency had translated it into 22 Nigeria languages.

A gesture, he believed would improve citizens’ awareness and understanding of the provisions

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In her speech, Mrs Yahcij Dala, Bauchi State Coordinator, National Human Right Commission (NHRC), said the Freedom of Information Act has a great impact on National Development, especially, when there is easy and timely access to information.

She said it enhanced citizens’ involvement in government affairs.

Dala, however, said that the advocate for Freedom of Information Act has been overburdened with various challenges that has impeded its progress.

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Some of the challenges she highlighted as poor record keeping by government agencies, culture of secrecy in doing government work, public officials not willing to give out public information and poor demand for information by the public among others.

(PHOTO: File)

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FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption

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The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service

Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.

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However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.

But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.

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He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.

Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.

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Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians

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Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.

A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.

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Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.

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Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.

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He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”

The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.

Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.

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The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.

Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.

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The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.

In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.

Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.

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Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons

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Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.

It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.

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This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.

The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”

The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.

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According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.

“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”

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“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”

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