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  •  The New UN General Assembly Ambassador Csaba K r si has pledged to make Solutions through Solidarity Sustainability and Science the motto for its 77th session The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Hungarian diplomat was appointed President of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly at an official ceremony in hellip
    New UNGA President to focus on sustainability, science
     The New UN General Assembly Ambassador Csaba K r si has pledged to make Solutions through Solidarity Sustainability and Science the motto for its 77th session The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Hungarian diplomat was appointed President of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly at an official ceremony in hellip
    New UNGA President to focus on sustainability, science
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    New UNGA President to focus on sustainability, science

    The New UN General Assembly Ambassador, Csaba Kőrösi, has pledged to make ‘Solutions through Solidarity, Sustainability and Science’ the motto for its 77th session.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Hungarian diplomat was appointed President of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly at an official ceremony in New York on Tuesday.

    Kőrösi, Director of Environmental Sustainability at the Office of the President of Hungary, will lead the UN’s chief deliberative and policymaking body, starting in September.

    He was elected by acclamation by the General Assembly, which comprises all 193 UN Member States.

    He highlighted the “ominous challenges” facing countries, including food and energy shortages, but also debt, the climate emergency, biodiversity loss, and urgent humanitarian and protection needs.

    He also warned that together with the war in Ukraine and other armed conflicts, they would create a “perfect storm” and unprecedented instability for the years to come.

    “By electing me, you have reconfirmed the assessment that the geopolitical risks and those stemming from the unsustainable way of our development, have started to merge and reinforce each other.

    “Therefore, we should seek integrated solutions to the systemic challenges. There is no way back to the old normal.

    “The only way out of our current predicament is through continued reforms and transformation of this Organisation and strengthening our cooperation.

    “We must do much better in delivering on our jointly agreed goals, commitments and pledges,” he said.

    Kőrösi outlined priorities to address the complex global challenges while upholding the UN’s key pillars of peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development.

    He said they included standing firm on the basic principles of the UN Charter, making significant and measurable progress in “sustainable transformation”, enhancing the role of science in decision making, and promoting greater solidarity.

    “We live in times that rock the foundation this Organisation was built upon. With multiple crises looming, nothing less than the credibility of the UN is at stake,” Kőrösi said.

    Reflecting on the founding of the UN, he recalled that 77 years ago, member states showed that lasting peace could be built on the ashes of war.

    “We need the same resolve today to stand up to the challenges that threaten international peace and security as well as our sustainable future on this planet,” he said.

    The current General Assembly President, Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives, expressed readiness to fully support his successor, adding that engagement towards a smooth transition has already begun.

    He commended Kőrösi’s nearly 40 years in diplomacy, including serving as Hungary’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York and, more recently, his tenure as Deputy State Secretary responsible for security policy, multilateral diplomacy and human rights.

    “I am certain that, with his extensive experience both here at the UN and around the world, the General Assembly will be in good hands next session,” he said.

    Shahid also spoke of the work still ahead in the General Assembly before he leaves office, including action on the follow-up process for Our Common Agenda, the UN report on the future of global collaboration.

    Countries will gather again in July for the Moment for Nature event to address structural barriers affecting the environmental agenda, sustainable development, and COVID-19 recovery. (

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  •  Dr Felix Nicholas has withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress APC presidential race Nicholas announced his withdrawal while addressing delegates at APC Special National Convention on Tuesday in Abuja He directed his supporters to vote for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the convention Former Gov Godswill Akpabio former Gov Ibikunle Amosun and former Gov Ibikunle hellip
    Felix Nicholas withdraws from APC presidential race
     Dr Felix Nicholas has withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress APC presidential race Nicholas announced his withdrawal while addressing delegates at APC Special National Convention on Tuesday in Abuja He directed his supporters to vote for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the convention Former Gov Godswill Akpabio former Gov Ibikunle Amosun and former Gov Ibikunle hellip
    Felix Nicholas withdraws from APC presidential race
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    Felix Nicholas withdraws from APC presidential race

    Dr Felix Nicholas has withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race.

    Nicholas announced his withdrawal while addressing delegates at APC Special National Convention on Tuesday in Abuja.

    He directed his supporters to vote for Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the convention.

    Former Gov. Godswill Akpabio, former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun and former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun had earlier withdrawn from the race urging his supporters to vote for Tinubu.

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  •  The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to increase Nigeria s cocoa production from the present 340 000 tonnes to 500 000 tonnes by 2024 A statement by Mr Mohammed Gana Information Officer II in the Ministry said the minister made this known during a courtesy visit hellip
    Cocoa production to hit 500,000 tonnes by 2024-Minister
     The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Dr Mohammad Abubakar has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to increase Nigeria s cocoa production from the present 340 000 tonnes to 500 000 tonnes by 2024 A statement by Mr Mohammed Gana Information Officer II in the Ministry said the minister made this known during a courtesy visit hellip
    Cocoa production to hit 500,000 tonnes by 2024-Minister
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    Cocoa production to hit 500,000 tonnes by 2024-Minister

    The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to increase Nigeria’s cocoa production from the present 340,000 tonnes to 500,000 tonnes by 2024.A statement by Mr Mohammed Gana, Information Officer II, in the Ministry said the minister made this known during a courtesy visit by Mr Arrion Michel, Executive Director, International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO),  on Tuesday in Abuja.The minister said that Nigeria was ranked number four among cocoa producing countries in the world.He assured that Nigeria could achieve an increase in cocoa production based on the present drive of the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders towards utilisation of improved varieties.“Recently, Nigeria has made a remarkable move to join the Living Income Differential (LID) initiatives which was established by Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana in 2019 which aims at guaranteeing the livelihood of small holder farmers through LID of $400 of cocoa beans sold. ” The two countries are benefiting while Nigerian cocoa farmers are at disadvantage of this benefit due to unregulated and liberalised cocoa industry in the country,” he said.Abubakar said that the  interactive meeting between Nigerian delegation and Ghana cocoa board had yielded a positive result with the recent approval by ministry to establish the National Cocoa Management Committee (NCMC).“The committee  will consist of all relevant stakeholders in the Nigerian cocoa industry,  develop a framework for the regulation and monitoring of all activities in the cocoa sector in order to achieve transparency, traceability and sustainability,” he said.He said that the NCMC would be powered by legislation through the National Assembly to give the process a legal backing.The minister pledged that the ministry would implement the LID system  as the country strives to take cocoa production to a new height.Earlier, Michel thanked the minister for his hospitality and revealed that Africa produces about 80 per cent  of cocoa ” but the price is determined in Europe and  there is need to address the issues of market force”.He also pointed out that “Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Ecuador are the major producers of cocoa while Nigeria is the fourth producer of the product, saying that the product is a key to small holders farmers in many countries.”In his remarks, the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Mr Abdullahi Abubakar, represented by Mr  Bendard Ukattah, a Deputy Director in the ministry commended the minister for his commitment to ensure that country cocoa value chain strives.He also appreciated Michel and his team and the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment for their efforts and pledged the ministry’s cooperation to move the cocoa sub sector forward.

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  •  Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has charged operators of public places and worship centres to install Close Circuit Television CCTV cameras in their premises to enhance security Akeredolu gave the charge on Tuesday when he received a WHO team led by the Country Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria Dr Walter Mulombo on hellip
    Gov. Akeredolu tasks public places operators, religion centers to install CCTV
     Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has charged operators of public places and worship centres to install Close Circuit Television CCTV cameras in their premises to enhance security Akeredolu gave the charge on Tuesday when he received a WHO team led by the Country Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria Dr Walter Mulombo on hellip
    Gov. Akeredolu tasks public places operators, religion centers to install CCTV
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    Gov. Akeredolu tasks public places operators, religion centers to install CCTV

    Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has charged operators of public places and worship centres to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in their premises to enhance security.

    Akeredolu gave the charge on Tuesday when he received a WHO team led by the Country Representative and Head of Mission in Nigeria, Dr Walter Mulombo, on a condolence visit.

    The team was in the state to commiserate with the governor and the state over Sunday’s terror attack at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo in which many were either killed or wounded.

    Akeredolu described the terror attack as a bad experience which had never happened in the Southwest geopolitical zone before Sunday.

    The governor noted that contrary to rumours making the round, no one was kidnapped during the incident, saying “the terrorists came to maim and to kill.

    “As part of measures being put in place to forestall future occurrence, public and religion centres need to install CCTV cameras in strategic places to enhance security.

    “Also people should be more vigilant and report strange faces in their vicinities.’’

    The governor appreciated the WHO team for identifying with the state and the support given so far, adding that he was surprised that such a dastardly act could be carried out even in a sanctuary.

    “Where else is safe if that sanctuary is not safe. In war situation, even soldiers could run into church for safety. These are mad people, I’m not too sure they are human beings.

    “They have lost their own humanity and there is no way you can regard them as human beings. I think they are animals in human skin.

    “Initially it was rumoured that the parish priest was kidnapped, but when we got there the priest showed up and said nobody was kidnapped.

    “They did not go for the Sunday collection and nothing was taken. Clearly they were there to maim and kill.” Akeredolu stressed.

    While commending the WHO team for their quick response and support, the governor further solicited for more supports in several areas including social support as the situation demands.

    The governor also appreciated Students of the College of Health Technology, Akure, Medical and Health Officers at the Ministry of health, Mother and Child Hospital, University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH).

    He also appreciated churches, Community Pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, individuals and everyone who donated blood or contributed kits for survivors in hospitals.

    Earlier, Mulombo applauded Gov. Akeredolu for his prompt response to the situation in spite of the fact that he was outside the state when the attack happened.

    The governor had arrived in Abuja for the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) when the assailants struck, but had to return to Owo immediately the news broke.

    Mulombo described the attack on the worshippers including little children as unspeakable, saying the WHO would offer relevant supports during the difficult situation.

    “I have been engaged in many emergency responses and I can count on my fingers the number of times I saw a governor in the field going round, making sure things are right. I’m very encouraged and impressed.

    “The WHO is committed to support your state to respond to all hazards and emergencies including following up on such unfortunate incident.

    “I have come with my colleagues and also those working in emergency departments and specialists who can help in dealing with the situation. Also in the team are our colleagues who will give social support.

    “We also came with some emergency trauma kits and some other support materials. This is just a contribution and solidarity.

    “We will remain available for any additional support that Ondo State might require to deal with this difficult situation.

    “We are also trying to engage other UN agencies to come together and see how we can support Ondo State to recover from this unfortunate incident,’’ he said.

    Mulombo promised to continue to work with the government to make sure the state comes out stronger from the incident.

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  •  Sen Ajayi Boroffice APC Ondo and Gov Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa have withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress APC presidential race They announced their withdrawal while addressing delegates at APC Special National Convention on Tuesday in Abuja They directed his supporters to vote for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the convention Former Gov Godswill Akpabio former Gov hellip
    Boroffice, Badaru, withdraw from APC presidential race
     Sen Ajayi Boroffice APC Ondo and Gov Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa have withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress APC presidential race They announced their withdrawal while addressing delegates at APC Special National Convention on Tuesday in Abuja They directed his supporters to vote for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the convention Former Gov Godswill Akpabio former Gov hellip
    Boroffice, Badaru, withdraw from APC presidential race
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    Boroffice, Badaru, withdraw from APC presidential race

    Sen. Ajayi Boroffice (APC-Ondo) and Gov. Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa have withdrawn from the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential race.

    They announced their withdrawal while addressing delegates at APC Special National Convention on Tuesday in Abuja.
    They directed his supporters to vote for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the convention.

    Former Gov. Godswill Akpabio, former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun and former Gov. Ibikunle Amosun had earlier withdrawn from the race urging his supporters to vote for Tinubu.

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