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VP SHETTIMA FLAGS OFF DIGITALIZATION OF STATE HOUSE WORKFLOW PROCESSES

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VP SHETTIMA FLAGS OFF DIGITALIZATION OF STATE HOUSE WORKFLOW PROCESSES

Says initiative a testament to President Tinubu’s adherence to principle of leading by example

By: Our Reporter

The Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima, has said the flag-off of the training on digitalization of workflow processes in the State House is a fulfilment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s promise to build an efficient workforce that is in tune with reality, leveraging technology.

The training, the Vice President added, is a compelling testament to the President’s steadfast adherence to the principle of leading by example.

Sen. Shettima was represented at the opening ceremony of the training programme for staff on the Digitalization of Workflow Processes in the State House by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President (Office of the Vice President), Sen. Ibrahim Hadejia.

According to the Vice President, the goal of leveraging opportunities in machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform the entire public service “can’t be actualized unless those tasked with executing the tasks are in tune with reality”.

He explained: “At the inception of this administration, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu articulated his promise to implement digital initiatives across seven pivotal areas: innovation, entrepreneurship, service provision, outsourcing, technology manufacturing, e-commerce, and the digitalisation of public service, underpinned by broadband and blockchain technologies.

“This can’t be actualized unless those tasked with executing the tasks are in tune with reality, and so this is a compelling testament to Mr. President’s steadfast adherence to the principle of leading by example.”

The VP further observed that the overwhelming paper-based bureaucracy within the civil service infrastructure is at odds with the demands of the present era.

He continued: “It falls upon us to serve as the conduit to a system redefined by the frontiers of machine learning and artificial intelligence, a system that calls upon us to utilise our natural intelligence to its fullest extent, and a system that challenges us to compete to build an efficient workforce that reflects the dynamic realities of our time.”

“The status quo is no longer tenable; the world as we once knew it is undergoing a profound transformation. Like us, policymakers in other parts of the world are embracing digital technology as a catalyst for restructuring operational processes and streamlining decision-making.

“We are fortunate to have a President who has declared that Nigeria will never be behind schedule in adopting disruptive technologies to improve our service standards, optimise expenditure, and accelerate responsiveness to the needs of our foremost customers—the Nigerian people. This revolution begins with us”.

Sen. Shettima assured that the training will equip staff to understand “the need for the digitalization of government processes, the procedures for handling sensitive government information, and how to respond to Nigerians seeking information from the government.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Engr. Olufunso Adebiyi, acknowledged the support of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards the training programme.

He said the Renewed Hope Agenda of the administration highlights the President’s vision for the Nigerian workforce, which is to improve productivity in public service through deliberate digitalisation of the workforce and the entire operations.

“It is in line with this commitment that this training programme was approved by the President. The significance of starting this programme from the State House cannot be overemphasised as this is where the vision of the President is operationalised and transmitted to the larger Nigerian public service for greater productivity and improved service delivery,” he added.

The goal, according to the perm sec, is to commence the process and scale it across the civil service, believing that it will improve service delivery and overall productivity in the public service.

Also speaking, the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, noted that information management is central to national security and governance.

He said, “We hope that three things will be brought under focus in this training- acquiring the necessary skills and knowledge for efficient innovation, processing, transmission, storage, preservation and retrieval of information and data.

“The objective here is simply the improvement of manual systems, a better sense of organisation, first-class delivery of service and adoption of everything information technology offers for civil servants,” he stated.

He urged participants to take the capacity building programme seriously and give it the desired attention it requires.

Also present at the event was the Director-General of the State Security Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, represented by the Director of Training and Staff Development.

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Kare-Kare Association inaugurates new executive in Nangere

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Yahaya Wakili

Karai-karai Association Mayinakara Gamataka Nangere local government chapter Yobe state has today inaugurated its executives at the Emir of Tikau place, Sabon Gari.

Speaking at the occasion, the State Chairman Mayinakara, Alhaji Shu’aibu Shansi, thanked His Royal Highness, the emir of Tikau, Alhaji Dr Muhammadu Abubakar Ibn Grema LLD, for the support and cooperation he extended to the association.

He said during the Eid-el-kabir Sallah, by the grace of God, we are going to organize a one-week culture at this place and pray to Almighty Allah (SWT) to upgrade all Karai-karai tribes in the world.

Also speaking, a chieftain in the association, Alhaji Yunusa Yuguda, Jagaba of Fika, said people should know that this occasion is not for the APC, PDP, or any political party; this is for Karai-karai only. If you are from any political party, you can attend the event.

He said our people are ignorant of something; if there is such an event, they will not come or show up because there is a fear of victimization from their political leaders. He added that this association, Mayinakara, is not a political party and is only to unite all karai-karai tribes in every part of the world.

Hon. Halilu Abubakar Mazagane, a member contesting the seat for Yobe South Senatorial District under the PDP in the 2023 general election, said that this association of Mayinakara was established because of me, because I enjoy the impact of the association; it works tirelessly on me.

“I want all that will happen in Nigeria; I want to include Karai-Karai inside and call on Karai-Karai those who have positions in government; if the son of Karai-Karai gets admission and he doesn’t have money to pay the school fees, please pay it for him.” Mazagane added.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Caretaker Management Committee of Nangere local government, Hon. Salisu Yarima, said we are here all on behalf of the Karai-Karai tribe; let us unite ourselves and speak with one voice.

Salisu Yarima urges all karai-karai leaders, or Mayinakara, to embrace the love of each other and call on all media houses in Nigeria and the world at large to publicize the karai-karai tribe in the world.

In his closing remarks, Nangere local government Mayinakara Patron, Alhaji Adamu Chillariye, said that everywhere karai-karai is a karai-karai, you can’t change your tribe; everybody is answering his tribe name, but to my surprise, a karai-karai man doesn’t want to answer his own.

Adding that, may be he fills shame on it; I don’t know; you can’t change your tribe; this is how God made you. He called on those involved in such an attitude to stop it. Adding to that, Mbeno is a mother and the head of organizations, but they left it behind; therefore, he urged them to revive it.

The state chairman, Alhaji Shu’aibu Shansi, further inaugurated the executives of the of the Mayinakara Gamataka Nangere local government chapter, with Dauda Muhammed Nangere as chairman, Yakubu Auta Degubi as secretary,  and Audu Ibrahim Dinda as treasurer.

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

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Women Face the Toughest Hurdles in Northeast Nigeria

By: Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi
 
Aisha and her eight children have spent the last three months hiding in the bush in northeast Nigeria. Her husband was killed last year, shot by members of Boko Haram. Aisha managed to escape. “We ran into the forest,” said Aisha, “me and my eight children. We stayed there for three months. Every day, I would look for firewood and risk taking it to town to sell, so I could feed my children.”
 
Aisha and her children were eventually taken in by a kind family who they still live with. They are amongst the one million people being helped by WFP as food insecurity in northeast Nigeria. “I really appreciate this food. If we didn’t have it, my children would go out to beg around the community,” said Aisha.
 
Tragically this crisis is not the result of a drought, but conflict that has been spreading through the region during the last decade. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people have been killed in the fighting – and Aisha’s husband is just one of them. The state of Yobe – where Aisha lives – Adamawa and Borno, have borne the brunt. The seemingly bucolic idyll – the camels grazing by the side of the road, the ox-carts ferrying goods for sale – belie the underlying atmosphere of fear.
 
Nor is Aisha alone in her plight: one in four women in northeast Nigeria are now widows as a result of the conflict, leaving many of these families to suffer from the absence of their fathers and husbands.
 
Added to this, an estimated 2.1 million people have also had to flee their homes, which in a largely agrarian community severely increases the threat of hunger. If people can’t grow food, work their land, then they risk starving.
 
Ya Kaka, 25, and her children also receive support from WFP with funding from the European Union (EU). But she is a victim of another aspect of the conflict – forced marriage. When she was 18, Ya Kaka was kidnapped by insurgents to become a ‘bride’ for a soldier – however, Ya Kaka was already married, with children. After three years – having given birth to a baby in captivity – Ya Kaka finally managed to escape and return home. 
 
“I was always scared that I might get caught. But one day, I woke up and decided to escape. I was ready to do whatever it would take,” she said. 
 
Unfortunately, when she returned, Ya Kaka’s first husband rejected her and her new baby because she’d been married – albeit as a kidnap victim – to another man.  Now Ya Kaka lives, with four children, in the village of Kukareta, near Damaturu, only able to feed them with the food she receives from WFP.  “I’m hoping and praying to God to take away all my pains, I want to forget all I’ve gone through or all that I’m always thinking about,” said Ya Kaka.
 
Almost 5 million people currently suffering acute food insecurity in need of urgent assistance in the conflict-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. WFP is supporting up to 1 million people with emergency food and nutrition assistance for children, supported by its donors including the EU.

Chi Lael and Dr. Kelechi Onyemaobi work for the United Nations World Food Programme, the
world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. They can be reached via email at Chi.Lael@wfp.org and Kelechi.Onyemaobi@wfp.org

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Eid: Tuggar tasks Muslims to remain resilient, pray for peace

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Eid: Tuggar tasks Muslims to remain resilient, pray for peace

By: Michael Mike

The Minsiter of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar has tasked the Muslim Ummah all over the world to remain resilient in the face of global challenges.

He made the call in his Eid message to Muslims.

He said amidst the Eid celebrations, adherents of the Islamic faith should reflect on the sacrifices and lessons of the concluded month of Ramadan for guidance.

He enjoined the Muslim Ummah to pray for the country and the success of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu to bequeath dividends of governance to the entirety of the Nigerian nation.

He further added that adherents should pray for lasting peace in the country and regions plagued by strife and wars across the world.

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