“We are grateful that we have these relief materials coming from our national Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to distribute to the persons displaced by crisis in the state.“We are happy that this gesture will go a long way in ameliorating their plight.“We,however,feel sad that our people are displaced in their own state and are made to live under such conditions.
“We call on the people to support the displaced people so that they don’t have to go through such extreme difficulties.“We have identified six camps across five local government areas in the state and on our part, we will ensure that the relief materials get to the rightful beneficiaries directly to avoid any situation where someone will say rice meant for IDPs was diverted by APC in Taraba”.
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JUST IN: Lebanon’s government resigns over Beirut blast
Lebanon’s government resigned Monday as the fallout from last week’s deadly explosion deepened a political crisis in the country’s blast-ravaged capital.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he would resign alongside all of his ministers.
“We will back down and stand with the people. We need to open the door for the people,” he said in an address to the nation.
The move comes after enraged protesters and world leaders alike demanded political reform following the Aug. 4 blast that killed almost 160 people and injured thousands more.
Protesters took to the streets of Beirut again Sunday with a video showing what appeared to be tear gas canisters being fired at demonstrators who had congregated in a street near the parliament.
Last week’s blast, which sent a mushroom-like cloud into the sky above Beirut’s port, dealt a blow to a country already on its knees.
Nearly a week since the devastating explosion, public anger shows no signs of abating.
The blast was triggered when a warehouse fire ignited hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, according to Diab.
It sent a shock wave that scarred the coastline of Beirut, destroying hundreds of buildings and leaving many homeless.
The protesters blame the ruling elite for chronic mismanagement and corruption that is believed to be behind the explosion and the country’s broader issues.
“You literally blew us up. We have nothing left to lose,” a group of protesters screamed at a demonstration on Saturday.
The scenes of public fury came as world leaders pledged millions in emergency aid to the country’s explosion-ravaged capital in a teleconference co-organized by France and the United Nations.
President Donald Trump was among the participants, as well as leaders from Gulf Arab states, China and the European Union.
“The international community, Lebanon’s closest friends and partners, will not let Lebanese people down,” the chair of the conference said in a concluding statement on Sunday, according to the French mission to the U.N.
The participants agreed to help meet the immediate needs of Beirut and the Lebanese people through emergency assistance programs and agreed it would be “directly delivered to the Lebanese population.”
They warned that any support of the economic and financial recovery of the country would be contingent on Lebanese authorities committing to economic and political reforms demanded by the Lebanese people, according to the statement.
The government’s resignation, however, is not a panacea for Lebanon’s problems.
The country is facing its worst economic crisis in its modern history and is afflicted by skyrocketing unemployment, rising prices and a plummeting Lebanese pound. Hunger is spreading throughout the country of 6.8 million people.
Ondo 2020: Akeredolu blasts Mimiko for abandoning projects
For the first time in his over three years stay in office, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Monday, came hard on his predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
Governor Akeredolu said his predecessor abandoned projects begun by late Olusegun Agagu.
Akeredolu said the Ondo seaport project envisioned by late Agagu was abandoned by Mimiko.
He said the seaport would have become a reality if Mimiko had continued with the vision.
The Ondo Governor said Mimiko also abandoned the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa as well as left six months unpaid salaries.
Governor Akeredolu said he would defeat all candidates from other political parties in the October 10 governorship election.
Akeredolu who spoke during the flag-off of distribution of palliatives donated by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) promised to complete the seaport project before the end of his second term.
He said over 200,000 households have received palliatives since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Akeredolu stated that apart from the most vulnerable that got palliatives, patients in the hospitals; the sick, pregnant, and women and nursing mothers also received palliatives.
He said the items donated by CA-COVID would get to 50,000 households.
“We have been forced by COVID-19 outbreak to review downward our budget just like every other State and the Federal Government, but nevertheless God Almighty has made it possible for us to continue to pay salaries and the implementation of our various shining across the State.
“Let us not be in doubt that a new foundation has been laid for Ondo while the sun is shinning. Port Ondo is on the way. By the grace of God, I will complete it.
“If previous government had shown concern, we would have had a seaport. Agagu started it but we had a government that abandoned it.
“That government abandoned OAUSTEC. Come on Saturday and see the wonderful work we are doing there.
“We have been in the office for about 42 months and have paid salaries and allowances for 48 months. The six months extra being the carry-over debt from the immediate past administration, despite our lean purse since we took over.”
Chairman of Ondo COVID-19 Palliatives Committee, Pastor Akin Olotu, said individuals that did not benefit from the other phases of distribution would be reached out to.
Spokesman of Mimiko, John Paul Akinduro, did not pick calls to his phone.
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