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NewsDirect 12th Award Ceremony: Benue Revenue Boss to bag recognition honour



By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

As the 2022 Nigerian NewsDirect 12th Anniversary Lecture and Award ceremony is counting days from now, the Award Committee has confirmed the resolution to bestow a recognition award on the Executive Chairman, Benue State Internal Revenue Service’s (BIRS), Chief (Mrs.), Mimi Adzape Orubibi, a development she has confirmed with her participation at the event.

Chief Mimi Orubibi was nominated for the 2022 NewsDirect Award of Excellence as Revenue Administrator of the Year by the 12th Award Committee of Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper, the most authoritative daily national newspaper providing accurate news from source.

This  followed its findings which revealed the depth and volume of innovative contributions capped with strategic procedures adopted by her leadership as the Chairman of Benue State Internal Revenue Services to sustain and maintain a very vibrant and result oriented revenue system in the State.

An acceptance letter addressed to the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian NewsDirect titled  RE: NOTICE OF NOMINATION FOR THE 2022 NEWSDIRECT AWARD written  and signed by the Media Assistant to the Executive Chairman, Jacob Suswam, said, “I write to convey to you the esteemed acceptance of the Executive Chairman’s nomination for an award by your organisation at the 12th anniversary lecture and award ceremony.”

The letter further stated, “I also wish to confirm to you the Chairman’s  acceptance to the award as scheduled.”

The letter concluded, “Please accept the Chairman’s appreciation for the recognition and nomination and assurances of her warmest regards.”

Chief (Mrs) Mimi Adzape-Orubibi was born to the Royal family of Late Chief James Ityowua Adzape and Mrs Patricia Nyion Adzape of Kumakwagh, Turan in present day Kwande Local Government of Benue state.

With parents who were passionate about education, Mrs. Orubibi attended some of the best schools around at the time, beginning with Robert F Kennedy Nursery and Primary school Gboko for her primary education, after which she proceeded to Divine Love Catholic Girls Secondary School, Katsina-Ala where she passed out with flying colours.

She began her career as a tax expert with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in 2001 after graduating from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria with a degree in economics, and a Masters Degree from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

Through dint of hard work and dedication, she rose to the position of Manager Tax, and in 2011 and 2012, Mrs Orubibi capped her distinguished career with FIRS by winning the award of The Best Staff in the whole of the South-South Geopolitical Zone owing to her outstanding performances in assigned tasks and responsibilities.

The confident and competent tax expert was appointed as the Executive Chairman Benue State Internal Revenue Service (BIRS) in 2015, by Governor Samuel Ortom, and is credited with introducing technological innovations among other achievements, that brought transparency and accountability in revenue collections in Benue State, thereby increasing the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

This earned her an award in 2017 by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) IGR Desk as the best in transparency and accountability.

Her sterling acumen in the business of Taxation equally earned her national recognition as she was made a member of the Presidential Committee on the Review of the National Tax Policy, 2016.

In 2018, Chief Orubibi ventured into active politics and contested the senatorial position of Benue North-East Zone as the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) where she garnered over 80,000 votes to come second as a first timer and defeated the then incumbent Senator Barnabas Gemade with a wide margin of over 50,000 votes in third position.

And in November 2021, Mrs. Orubibi was again appointed by Governor Samuel Ortom to head the revenue agency of the State as the Executive Chairman owing to her outstanding previous performance, and within the time on the saddle, the tax expert has stepped up monitoring of revenue collection activities that have led to incredible improvement in the revenue profile of the state.

She has also within the period initiated the digitalisation and automation of tax processes, procedures, administration and enforcement by adopting digital technology to enhance collection and enforcement in line with the Joint Tax Board, JTB’s directive for the automation of all tax processes by 2025.

These improvements recently earned Benue State a standing ovation at the recently concluded 4th Technical meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum for IGR Desk officers in Abuja, and also has the State ranked second in North-Central and 23 in the Country in the JTB Sub-National data performance on Internally generated revenue, which is a significant improvement from previous rankings.

Also, the service under her watch has deployed the following automation processes; an electronic accounting procedure comprising accounting for non-current assets, accounting for expenditures, accounting for human resources; a Tax Manager for online revenue collection processes and taxpayer data warehouse; monitoring and investigation of field staff using body cams; e-filing system to warehouse all documents and avoid file perforation.

Also, within the said period, she lobbied the Benue State House of Assembly and got amendments to the Benue State Revenue Administration Law 2015 to reflect present realities. The amended law now captures new revenue items that were hitherto neglected, and most importantly streamlined revenue administration in the State in conformity with the Federal laws.

Chief (Mrs) Mimi Adzape-Orubibi is a crusader for justice and a well  known philanthropist who has contributed immensely in the development of several communities, and empowered several youths and women.

She has carried out several medical outreaches, and funded the education of so many youths particularly the girl-child through scholarships.

With her track record in public and service to humanity, she was awarded a traditional title as the Iwanger I Kwande (meaning, the light of the Kwande people), and Adadiromma 1 of Eha Etiti kingdom in Enugu State all in recognition of her great contributions to the society.

The Tax Amazon who is a devoted Christian and a great mother of four children, is a member of several professional bodies like, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), Institute of Management (NIM) among others.

Chief Adzape-Orubibi has also received several reputable awards, with the most recent from the Nigerian Bar Association, Makurdi branch, as an Amazon of Taxation during her law week celebration, 2022 and an award of Excellence by the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Political Science Department. She has attended several workshops, trainings and seminars within and outside Nigeria.

She speaks English and Tiv languages fluently, and has travelled to several countries around the world.

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Renewed Hope Initiative: Women in Agriculture, persons with disabilities benefit in Kebbi



By Laiatu Bamaiyi

Wife of the president, Oluremi Tinubu, has disbursed N70 million to 140 women farmers in the North West

The gesture saw 20 women in agriculture from each of the seven states going home with N500,000 each, disbursed under Renewed Hope Initiative Women Agricultural Support Programme (RHI-WASP).

She also disbursed N100,000 each to 100 persons living with disabilities in the region.

The First Lady, while presenting the cheques to the beneficiaries said the Federal Government would continue to empower women to contribute to sustainable development while also helping to achieve food security.

Speaking at the disbursement ceremony in Birnin Kebbi, she said the maiden edition of the scheme was launched in February in Imo State to encourage women farmers to grow more food in line with the agricultural agenda of the Tinubu administration.

The first lady, who was represented by the wife of the speaker, House of Representatives, Fatima Tajuddeen Abbas, in Birnin Kebbi, affirmed commitment to energise women in agriculture to improve production, including animal husbandry.

“Agriculture plays a pivotal role in achieving sustainable development and food security. Consequently, we are introducing ‘Every Home a Garden’ competition to encourage each Nigerian woman to cultivate a garden at home to feed the family and share with neighbours, we want to see food on every table,” she said.

She disclosed the winner of the competition would pocket N20 million star prize.

The ceremony was attended by wives of the governors of Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa and Kano states who also gave goodwill messages.

“Today, we are supporting 20 women farmers per state in the North Central zone with N500,000 each. To this end, a draft of N10,000,000 per state for the North Central zone  Coordinators for onward disbursement to all beneficiaries in their respective states.”

She said the Renewed Hope Initiative will be collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to empower more potential farmers, adding that in this phase, 75 percent of the beneficiaries will be young female farmers while 25 percent will be for young male farmers who will all be specially identified, trained and empowered.

Tinubu stressed that the pre-identified 80 women farmers in each state for the agricultural support programme will be carried along and implored  women farmers receiving support to seize this opportunity to expand their agricultural ventures, contribute to local national food production, and serve as role models for others aspiring to join the agricultural sector.

The event also featured the empowerment of 100 Persons with Disabilities.

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Gombe, UNICEF launch N11bn four-year action plan on food, nutrition



…Spend N100m on child nutrition fund

By Rauf Oyewole, Gombe

The Gombe State Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a four-year Multi-Sectoral Strategic Plan of Action on Food and Nutrition (GMSPAFN), spanning through 2023-2027 projected to cost N11bn.

According to the UN Agency, over 50 percent of children and women in Gombe are anemic, contributing to the high rate of malnutrition, stunting and wasting.

While speaking at the official launch of the action plan in Gombe on Tuesday, the Chief Field Officer of Bauchi, Tushar Rane urged the state to strive to eradicate malnutrition in the state.

Tushar said that the Food and Nutrition Policy would guide the State in addressing the problem of food and nutrition security from individuals, households, communities, local governments to state levels.

“The Costed Multi-sectoral Strategic Plan will promote diets, services and practices that support optimal nutrition, growth and development for all children, adolescents, and women.

“The strategic plan estimates that the interventions across the state would require a public investment of N11,169,423,741.16 with an average annual public investment cost estimated of N2,035,892,400.00 over the next four years (2023-2027),” he said.

Tushar, who was represented by the Field’s Nutrition Specialist, Philomena Irene, said that Gombe state has contributed N50 million as counterpart contribution for the Child Nutrition Fund (CNF) to address all forms of malnutrition particularly wasting, anaemia and stunting.

He said, “Today, millions of young children are not reaching their full potential because of inadequate nutrition.

“It is our hope that the new policy will provide an overarching framework, covering the multiple dimensions of food and nutrition improvement, with the special focus on nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.”

The UNICEF Chief added that children in the state “are experiencing chronic food poverty. About 30.7 percent of newborns are exclusively breastfed; only 22.5 percent of children aged 6 to 23 months in Gombe receive a minimum acceptable diet and only 8.4 percent receive minimum dietary diversity.

“More than 50 percent of women and children are anemic. These statistics are available in the 2021 MICS. We envisage that the effective implementation of this policy can contribute to alleviating these nutrition gaps in the state. Hence, at UNICEF, we delightfully supported the development of this policy from the scratch. UNICEF mobilised financial and technical support in terms of providing data on nutrition indices and supporting the costing of the policy,” he said.

Also speaking, the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, said that the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Policy and Multisectoral Plan of Action is a task that must be carried out effectively for the optimal nutritional status of residents of Gombe State, within the time frame of 2023-2027.

He admitted that 2023 is gone and that all hands must be on deck “to avoid a situation where set dates and targets by concerned authorities are not met, for example Health for all by year 2000, Shelter for all by year 2000. My contribution to attaining this Policy is that we must encourage an improvement in the production of protein and vitamin sources from our local, indigenous farm produce, such as sorghum, groundnuts, soya beans, etc.”

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Sokoto inferno: Sen. Wamako sympathises with marketers



Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto), has sympathised with the victims of inferno at the motorcycle and tricycle section of Sokoto central market.

The fire outbreak, which occurred in the early hours of Monday, destroyed many shops and stalls.

Valuable items consumed included; motorcycles, bicycles, and herbal medicine worth millions of Naira.

Special Adviser on Media to Wamakko, Bashar Abubakar, made this known in a statement issued to Newsmen in Sokoto on Monday.

Wamako, who is also the leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, described the incident as a tragic event, while advising the affected marketers to accept the will of God Almighty in good faith.

“I urge the affected traders to remain resilient in the face of adversity. Let me also appeal to the victims to view the incident as part of Allah’s divine plan,” he advised.

He, however, appreciated God that there were no reported casualties in the inferno and prayed to Almighty Allah to replace what was lost in multiple folds.

“I pray for divine intervention, may He replace the immense losses in multiple folds and prevent recurrence of such incidence in future,” he prayed.


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