In a recent development that has garnered attention across the country, we would like to express our gratitude to the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, for her decision to appoint Mr. Jamaludden Kabir as the National Communication Manager of the National Social Investment Program (NSIP). This appointment is a testament to Dr. Edu’s commitment to fostering effective communication and improving the lives of the Nigerian people through the NSIP.
Mr. Jamaludden Kabir brings with him a wealth of experience in communication management, and his passion for social development is evident in his previous contributions. As the Deputy National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he has shown exceptional leadership and dedication towards the empowerment of Nigerian youths.
The appointment of Mr. Kabir as the National Communication Manager of NSIP is a strategic move that highlights the government’s recognition of the vital role communication plays in ensuring the success and impact of social investment programs. Effective communication allows for clear dissemination of information, fosters transparency and accountability, and ensures that the intended beneficiaries are reached.
Under Mr. Kabir’s leadership, we believe that the NSIP will experience improved efficiency, increased public awareness, and enhanced engagement. His experience in coordinating youth affairs will undoubtedly bring fresh perspectives and innovation to the communication strategies employed by NSIP.
We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Betta Edu for her unwavering dedication to addressing poverty and uplifting the lives of Nigerians through her work at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation. Her vision and commitment have undoubtedly played a pivotal role in transforming the NSIP into a powerful tool for positive change.
As we congratulate Mr. Jamaludden Kabir on his prestigious appointment, we look forward to witnessing the continued growth and impact of the National Social Investment Program under his guidance. We are confident that his expertise and passion will contribute significantly to achieving the program’s objectives and reaching even more deserving individuals across the nation.
Convener/National Coordinator of Betta Edu New Media Centre.
Residents in Enugu Lament Soaring Transportation Costs, Urge Government Intervention
Enugu residents are grappling with the escalating transportation expenses within the metropolis, leading to widespread hardship and a surge in pedestrian commuters. The removal of fuel subsidies and the absence of palliative measures in the past five months have compounded the challenges faced by the people.
A recent observation by a correspondent from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that many residents are now resorting to daily treks covering considerable distances due to the prohibitive cost of transportation. The removal of fuel subsidies and a recent slight increase in petrol prices have exacerbated the already burdensome situation.
Commuters voiced their concerns about the hardship brought about by the surging transportation costs. They noted that the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) commonly known as petrol has risen from the official price of N650 per litre to N665 and N670 in most fuel stations across Enugu. In the Nsukka and Oji River areas, petrol prices range from N670 to N680 per litre.
Transporters like Mr. Obinna Ezinwa, who plies the Gariki–Holy Ghost axis of Enugu, expressed sympathy for the people but cited the high cost of fuel and daily government levies, which have reached N400 per day, as reasons for the elevated transport charges. He emphasized the inability of transporters to influence the situation due to the prevailing high fuel costs.
Tricycle operators, including Mr. Jude Okoli, highlighted that the cost of transportation had surged by over 100 percent, leading to a shift in fare rates. Commercial tricycles, which previously charged N50 for even short distances, now demand a minimum of N100 per passenger.
The dire situation extends to school children, with pupils trekking several kilometers to and from school due to the inability to afford transportation costs. Residents criticized the lack of government intervention, especially considering the removal of fuel subsidies five months ago. They called for transport palliatives, especially for civil servants, who are among the least paid in the country.
Despite the approval of palliatives by the federal government for all states, Enugu residents claim they are yet to experience the positive impact of these measures. The prevailing difficulties underscore the urgency for the state government to address the transportation challenges and explore avenues for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to alleviate the burden on its citizens.
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The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, continues to grapple with a major issue that has long contributed to public skepticism – a profound lack of trust in elected officials. This sentiment has persisted over time, further eroding public confidence.
When people are asked to pinpoint the most significant problem with the government today, the House of Assembly, Executives, Judiciary, politics, corruption, and undue external influence frequently top the list. A prevailing perception among the public is that elected officials are out of touch, self-serving, dishonest, and driven by personal interests, casting doubt on their commitment to prioritize the city’s well-being over their own agendas. While some officials do prioritize their Area Councils’ interests, many others do not.
These negative traits are not unfounded, particularly in the context of FCT-Abuja. Area Council Chairmen are often seen as “Emperors,” unattainable to the very constituents who put them in office. It is indeed baffling to consider an Area Council Chairman who scarcely visits their office as a guest and rarely spends more than two hours in their elected capacity. It’s a matter of great shame.
The most glaring issue with elected officials in Abuja, in the eyes of many residents, pertains to their integrity, ego, and honesty, as well as concerns about how they truly represent their constituents. The influence of special interest money and the self-aggrandizing attitudes of these officials rank at the top of the list of named problems. Some perceive them as dishonest or untruthful. These concerns are echoed by a significant portion of the public.
The public’s consensus is that most elected officials in Abuja are out of touch with the population and are primarily concerned with their political careers. They carry themselves with an air of superiority, only seeming to humble themselves during campaign seasons. While they may be seen as ‘intelligent,’ the public opinion is that they lack ‘honesty.’
In the eyes of the general public, elected officials in Abuja aren’t significantly different from the average person when it comes to intelligence or work ethic. However, they are viewed as considerably less honest, egotistical, somewhat less patriotic, and somewhat more selfish. Assessments of their honesty, in particular, are significantly more negative.
The unapproachable demeanor of these “dictators” in chairman’s clothing cannot be overstated. Even prominent figures like President Bola Ahmed Tinubu have not created such an inaccessible space for themselves. The welfare of the masses is often low on their list of priorities. They show little interest in addressing pressing issues affecting their localities, choosing instead to sit comfortably and allocate contracts to themselves and their associates. Even when presented with the pressing concerns of their communities, they often dismiss them as unimportant if they do not align with their personal interests.
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