Betsy Obaseki Partners NTA On Monthly Farmers’ Market To Serve 3000 Women

BENIN CITY – The wife of the Edo State Governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, has finalised arrangement with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) to organise monthly farmers’ market to serve at least 3000 female farmers.
The arrangement also includes the cultivation of pumpkin leaf for export, as well as engaging young women in maize farming.
Mrs. Obaseki said this during a courtesy visit by members of the Action Aid and the Ideal Development and Resource Center (IDRC), to her office, at Government House, in Benin City, Edo State capital.
She noted that the farmers’ market is being organised to facilitate market access for female farmers, who are engaged in large scale cultivation of cassava and pumpkin leaves.
“We plan to work with a set of 3000 to 5000 female farmers who are into farming of pumpkin leaf for export, and a set of more than 300 young women who grow specialised maize species,” she said.
The wife of the governor commended Action Aid and IDRC for the work in ensuring that children and youth have a voice in the state, noting that the role the groups played in ensuring the Child Rights Law was passed, was commendable.
Mrs. Obaseki assured that the Governor Godwin Obaseki led-administration will continue to demonstrate commitment to empowering youths through skills acquisition, as measures to discourage irregular migration among youths in the state.
She assured that youths, who will be trained on different skill areas, will be provided with a technological village, where they will put their skills into good use after graduation.
“You have done a lot of work for our children. What we need now is support for women to improve production, processing, packaging of farm produce in line with the governor’s reforms in agriculture,” she added.
Earlier, Country Director, Action Aid, Mrs. Ene Obi, said the organisation would continue to collaborate with the state government in providing youths with skills for wealth creation to curb irregular migration.
Ene noted that 2000 youths have been trained by Action Aid and IDRC in auto mechanics, tailoring, cobbling, among others, as a way of encouraging them to shun irregular migration and make the best out of life.

How Philip Shaibu Breathed Life Into Baby Mercy

BENIN CITY – ‘’Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’’
The above scriptures aptly describe the mood of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Odaroagbonrie Ogaimen, a revenue officer with Oredo Local Government Council, Benin City, Edo State.
When their baby girl, Mercy Osatohanmwen was born, their joy knew no bounds. However, as the days, weeks and months went by, their bundle of joy turned out to be a big source of worry and agony as little Mercy was diagnosed by doctors of a medical condition called hole in the heart disease.
Upon the discovery of this life- threatening ailment, the parents of Mercy wasted no time in seeking help-both medically and financially- to tackle the disease that afflicted their little, Innocent daughter.
After running helter-skelter and weeping all night- long for solutions to what appeared to be a devastating challenge of their life- time, the Ogiamiens experienced a positive encounter when, by divine appointment, they met face-to face with Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu.
For the records, the divine encounter by the Ogiamiens for the total restoration of their lost joy began on Sunday, 28th May, 2017. It was during a mass celebrated by the priests and parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Benin City to mark the national children’s day.
After the mass, The Deputy Governor, In his usual characteristics began to shake hands and exchange pleasantries with the catholic faithful when his attention was drawn to the sickly and fragile baby Mercy who was cuddled by her mother.
There and then, Comrade Shaibu indicated his intention to assist in his own little way to ‘save’ the life of baby Mercy.
Thereafter, a lot of activities followed with series of tests and referrals by medical experts of the Government House Clinic, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) and National Hospital, Abuja. At the end, the stage was set for a medical sojourn abroad for a corrective heart surgery for baby Mercy. And the destination was the BLK Hospital, New-Delhi, India. The rest story is now a beautiful testimony.
On arrival from the medical trip abroad, the appreciative parents came with baby Mercy to say thank you to the Deputy Governor.
According to Mr. Anthony Ogiamien, father of baby Mercy, while speaking with newsmen shortly after a thanksgiving service which held at the same St. Joseph Catholic Church on the occasion of the 2018 national children’s day, he said: ‘’My family and I feel so tremendously overwhelmed by this life-changing testimony. As you can see, my daughter is okay and she returned with her mother safely back to Nigeria after the successful surgery in India, where they spent almost two months. It is like a big burden has been lifted off our shoulders. This is unbelievable. I cannot express exactly how excited the whole family feels.’’
Continuing, a highly elated Ogaiamien said; “ it cost over N7m, covering medicals, accommodation, feeding flight tickets for my wife/baby and other incidentals for the successful surgery of my daughter and it was the Deputy Governor that paid the bills. The good Lord will continue to protect and bless him and his family.
In short, God Almighty shall remember him for good and elevate him to the next glorious level in his future endeavors. Gentlemen of the press, I’m so happy because my moment of weeping has been turned to unspeakable joy by the Deputy Governor’’.
Indeed, it was a colorful ceremony to behold as parishioners, family members, friends and well- wishers trooped out in their numbers to rejoice with the Ogiamiens.
The Deputy Governor was represented at the thanksgiving mass by a powerful delegation of principal officers from his office comprising the Deputy Chief of Staff, Barr. Kingsley Ehigiamusor, Permanent Secretary, Barr. Stephen Omorodion and Chief Press Secretary, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa.

Senate Invasion Investigation Could Last 10 Yrs – Police

ABUJA – Police yesterday, stunned National Assembly joint investigative panel on the April 18, 2018 invassion of the Senate by suspected thugs, when he declared that the police investigation of the matter could last ten years or more.
In an interface with the NASS panel, Commissioner of Police in charge of the Monitoring Unit in Office of Inspector-General of Police, Abu Sani, disclosed that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command was yet handling the matter.
The CP’s submission triggered the committee members’ expression of disatisfaction with the slow pace the police was doing their investigation.
Co- Chairman of the Committee, Hon Betty Apiafi noted that the Police was foot dragging on the investigation.
” Police investigation on the national embarrassment as far as we are concerned is very slow and how long would it take?” to which, the CP responded, ” it could take 10 years ”
Angered by the response , the co- chairman of the committee angrily fired back by saying ” why not 30years?” and Compol Sani retorted, “it could be 30 years; that is your opinion”.
According to her, the investigation being carried out by the Police on an nvasion where people involved were captured by Close Circuit Television ( CCTV) and arrested by National Assembly division of the Police was not impressive because those involved aught to have since been charged to court by now .
The CP however interjected: “that is your personal opinion , as far as the Police is concerned, investigation into criminal matters has no time line, more so, when the invader who actually carried the mace is still at large .
“Our focus for now is to get to the root of the matter by getting the real snatcher of the mace and not just the other accomplice who have all denied the act in their statenents ”
The CP was further taken to task by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (Kebbi South) , who said Police was not pushful enough in the investigation, which according to him, clearly shows that something was wrong .
“It may not be wrong for one to believe the theory of internal conspiracy on the matter that the Police and other security agencies allowed the April 18, 2018 invasion of the senate to happen, just to embarrass the Senate and by extension, the National Assembly.
“Your slow space of investigation on the invasion is not in tandem with provisions of Section 4 of the Police Act and section 7 of the Investigative Act and we are not impressed at all” , he noted.
The committee therefore ordered the CP to bring before it today , the officer handling the investigation of suspects in the custody of FCT Police Command .
Earlier in his appearance before the Committee, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege , believed to have facilitated the invasion , told the committee that he was already in court over the matter and it would amount to subjudice for him to entertain any question on it .
Omo- Agege in the suit filed on Monday in the Federal High Court of Nigeria , Abuja division , sued the Senate , Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Bala Ibn Na’ Allah and other members of the committee, the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector General of Police and Director of State Security Service .
The Senator in the suit sought for three separate interlocutory injunctions restraining the the 7 defendants from investigating him on the matter pending the determination of the suit.
The first of such orders is the one seeking interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th Defendants, their servants, agents, officers or privies or otherwise howsoever from further inquiring into investigating, hearing or determining any issue whatsoever arising from or pertaining to or in consequence of the invasion of the Senate and the theft of its Mace by unknown persons or recommending the imposition of any sanction or penalty on the plaintiff in connection with or arising from or pertaining to the invasion of the Senate and the theft of its Mace by unknown persons, pending the hearing and determination of the Suit.
The second is the one restraining the 1st 4th Defendants, their servants, officers, agents, Sergeant at Arms or otherwise howsoever from stopping or interfering with the payment of the plaintiffs salaries, allowances or any monies due to the Plaintiff as a Senator or preventing or obstructing the Plaintiff from gaining access into and out of his office or the precinct or Chambers of the Senate or the National Assembly or from taking his seat in the Senate Chambers and participating fully without let or hindrance in all the activities of the Senate and the National Assembly pending the hearing and determination of the Suit.
The third is the one directing directing the 5th, 6th and 7th Defendants their officers, servants and agents or otherwise howsoever to enforce and ensure the enforcement of full compliance with the orders made in this case, particularly, the orders relating to the Plaintiffs unfettered access into his office, the precinct and the Chambers of the Senate and the National Assembly and taking his seat in the Senate Chambers and participating fully Without let or hindrance in all the activities of the Senate and the National Assembly pending the hearing and determination of the Suit.
However Senator Ali Ndume who was alleged to have instructed sergeant at arms not to protect the Senate Mace on that day had no problem with the committee by submitting that he never gave such instruction since he was not in a position to do so.

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