The Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Edak Iwuchukwu has expressed dissatisfaction with the low level of project implementation for women and children in Local Government Areas across the State.
Mrs. Edak Iwuchukwu expressed the displeasure while monitoring and evaluating activities in Women Development Centre, Abi, one of the three centres established last year by Japanese International Development Agency (JICA), and the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja in collaboration with the State Government and the three affected Councils in the State, as well as a step-down training for Local Government Children Parliamentarians, on the origin of child rights law, roles of children parliament, functions of principal officers, parliamentary procedures leadership and skills etiquette in Abi and Yakurr Local Government Areas.
At the Women Development Center Abi, the Commissioner and her team observed with dismay, that only the fashion designing unit is operational while the other units were yet to take off and urged the Women Development Officer to liaise effectively with the Council Chairmen, to ensure the take-off of other skills in the centre, so as to enable more women benefit from the initiative and also for the smooth operation of the children parliament in these areas.
Mrs. Iwuchukwu encouraged those learning fashion to be steadfast in their training so as to add value to their lives and that of their families.
In Yakurr Local Government Area, Mrs. Edak Iwuchukwu decried the total lack of commitment of the council for children activities and urged the women development officers to initiate a process for step-down training to enable children parliament operate effectively in order to keep pace with their colleagues in other Local Government Areas of the state.
Earlier, the Women Development Officer, Abi, Mrs. Enya, told the Commissioner and her team that there are challenges of funding, which have slowed the take-off of other skills, adding that plans are at advanced stage for commencement of other units following the deployment of instructors from adults literacy unit of the council to the centre and application for funds to step down children parliament training.
In Yakurr, the Women Development Officer, Mrs. Pauline Ibor intimated the Commissioner that no process has been put in place to step down the children parliament training.
It could be recalled that in December last year, the Ministry trained principal officers of Local Government Children Parliament and Women Development Officers and mandated them to step down the training to other members of the parliament so as to facilitate the operation of parliament in line with the outlined principles, and ginger the participation of more children at that level, in matters that affect them.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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