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KDSG promises robust engagement with citizens



KDSG promises robust engagement with citizens

The Kaduna State Government has promised a robust engagement with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state for the benefit of the citizens.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Ina Sani on NGOs, Sakina Garba, said this in Kaduna at a one day engagement to review the submission of citizens groups to transition committee and tracking its implementation.

Garba noted that because of the importance the governor attached to the citizens, he created the Office of the Special Adviser on NGOs at his office and that of his Deputy, to critically look into concerns of citizens in every sphere of his administration.

She therefore urged NGOs and CSOs in Kaduna to take advantage of the opportunity to build more synergy with the state government.

Similarly, her counterpart in the office of the Deputy Governor, Mr Zubairu Mukthar, said CSOs and NGOs were partners with the government, adding that they all had a common goal to achieve in making life of citizens better in all spheres.

He assured participants at the review meeting that it would be a new dawn for NGOs and CSOs in Kaduna State.

He also assured transparency and accountability as key words in their engagements.

Earlier, the State Lead of Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), Mr Abel Adejor, said electioneering period was over and it was now time for governance and holding those elected into public offices accountable.

He said prior to the elections, engagements were held with the Partnership for Issues-based Campaign in Nigeria (PICaN), where gubernatorial candidates were present and the citizens demand charter was presented to them.

“Now that we are going to look at government direction, we will look at areas in all sectors that require intervention.

“Through dialogue we will see how we can hold the government accountable,” he said.

Adejor, therefore, noted that the objectives of the review meeting were to reflect on the agenda-setting activities during the 2023 gubernatorial elections with focus on influence of citizens’ demand charter.

He said it was also to facilitate dialogue with strategic political appointees to generate strategies to support and track the implementation of the Sen. Uba Sani’s “Sustain blueprint” and jointly agree on next steps to strengthen partnership.

Also, Mr Yusuf Goje, representative of PICaN, disclosed that it was engagement and demand charter, developed through its programmes, that influenced some content of Gov. Uba Sani’s “Sustain Agenda”.

Presenting a paper titled “Agenda setting, journey so far”, Goje said in the health sector, PICaN submitted 14 needs – four reflected in the blueprint (Sustain Agenda) of Gov. Uba Sani.

He also said that on social protection, they submitted seven demands where five were included in the state government’s “Sustain agenda”.

According to Goje, the demands they presented in the charter for education were nine, out of which three were reflected in the ‘Agenda.

Speaking further, he predicted that the 2027 election in the state would feature more engagements with candidates.

“We believe by the next election, the engagement will be more robust, even the politicians are seeing that we are moving towards governance and the electorate are becoming more aware,” he said.

He, therefore, said in view of the successes recorded, what they would do next was to track the “sustain blueprint”.

“Our next step is tracking the ‘Sustain Blueprint’ and citizens demand influence. After four years, that is what we will use as his result sheet for the Kaduna State Government.

“We will continue to track because we have the state government development plan. The SUSTAIN blueprint has seven areas of focus which we will track.

“State Development Plan 2021 to 2025, which will be looking at impact of services if they are changing and improving lives of the people. We will use it as a baseline to see if the government is making progress or not,” Goje said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that CSOs at the review meeting presented their submissions of the inclusivity of government’s Agenda, and the progress/challenges they encountered in the course of their activities.

The CSOs included the Kaduna Tax Justice Network, Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), Kaduna Local Government Accountability Mechanism (KAD-LGAM), and Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC).

Other participants cut across Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state.


LUTH denies late doctor worked 72-hour call duty



The management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, has denied allegations that one of its house officers, Dr Michael Umoh, died after a 72-hour call.

This is contained in a statement issued by LUTH management team in Lagos on Thursday.

“LUTH management understands the fact that the family of Dr Umoh is presently mourning the death of their beloved son and requested the foreclosure of any media engagement regarding the death of their son. It is important for us as a management to make clarifications regarding the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Dr Umoh died on Sept 17 while in church with his parents. The management was informed, and the death was later confirmed by one of the Consultants in his unit (Neurosurgery).

“The death of Dr Umoh is unfortunate but the narrative of a 72 hours non-stop shift is false.

“The record from Neurosurgery unit shows that the last time he was on call was 13th and 14th September, 2023.

“He was not on call on the 15th, 16th and 17th (the day he died), contrary to the insinuations on social media. He was at home with his parents on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17,” the management said.

Prior to this time, the management said, he was on call on the Sept. 7 and Sept. 8.

”This shows that Dr Umoh was on call for a total number of four days in September, 2023.

“A delegation from LUTH visited the family on Wednesday to commiserate with the family and to get more details of the circumstances surrounding his death.

“The parents gave the details of what they thought must have contributed to his death but pleaded that the wish of the family be respected and that the narrative is not for public consumption,” it said.

The management described Dr Umoh as a hardworking and diligent house-officer, and a very promising young man.

It said he will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues.

“May his soul rest in peace, and may the Almighty give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss” LUTH said.

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Gov Sule charges real sector conference to proffer practical solutions to economy



Abdullahi Sule

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has charged participants at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) 1st International Real Sector Conference to proffer practical solutions to rejuvenate the economy.

He gave the charge on the first day of the two days conference on real sector productivity held at the University in Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

The theme of the conference is “Rejuvenating the sector productivity in Nigeria”.

Sule challenged participants to get real and proffer workable and practical solutions that would rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria for optimal productivity which in turn would impact on the economy of the country positively.

“The question we should be asking ourselves here is that why are we not getting it right in the real sector in Nigeria?

“So let us proffer practical solutions so that we don’t just end up having an event and having all the communique and all that and then they end up in our offices. Let us ask ourselves what is that is possible and how do we contribute,” he said.

He said their recommendations should also be useful in shaping a better future for the real sector in Nigeria so that future Nigerians could build on that.

“So we must sit down and deliberate on what exactly is our problems in this sector. Are we ready to make sacrifices? And we must make sacrifices because that is the only way we can move forward.

“I want to assure you that in Nigeria we can change the narratives but it will take all of you here to convince the rest,” he said.

Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed, Vice Chancellor, NSUK, commended the university’s Department of Business Administration for organizing the conference and urged the department to sustain it as it would be a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas and wider conversations on local and international issues.

He also urged participants to brainstorm and come up with policy recommendations on how to rejuvenate the real sector in Nigeria.

Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Education, however, told NAN that he expected the outcome of the conference would change the narratives because the real sector, according to him, is the driver of the economy.

“The manufacturing, construction, engineering and others are the real movers of the economy. Once we get it right from the drivers of the economy, other sectors will also be impacted positively,” he said.

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