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  •  The Nigeria Bar Association NBA Ikeja Branch on Friday announced its 2022 annual law week themed 2023 looking backward to move forward The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alternate chairman of the committee Mr Ayodeji Olabiwonnu made this known at a press briefing in Ikeja Lagos State Olabiwonnu who spoke on behalf of hellip
    NBA Ikeja begins 2022 annual law week
     The Nigeria Bar Association NBA Ikeja Branch on Friday announced its 2022 annual law week themed 2023 looking backward to move forward The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alternate chairman of the committee Mr Ayodeji Olabiwonnu made this known at a press briefing in Ikeja Lagos State Olabiwonnu who spoke on behalf of hellip
    NBA Ikeja begins 2022 annual law week
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    NBA Ikeja begins 2022 annual law week

    The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch, on Friday, announced its 2022 annual law week themed: “2023, looking backward to move forward.”

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alternate chairman of the committee, Mr Ayodeji Olabiwonnu, made this known at a press briefing in Ikeja, Lagos State.

    Olabiwonnu, who spoke on behalf of the chairman of the committee, Mr Chukwudi Enebeli, told newsmen that the annual law week would begin from June 10 to 17 at  No. 122 Joel Ogunaike St., Lagos Marriott Hotel, GRA, Ikeja.

    Announcing the schedule of activities, Olabiwonnu said a jumat service would take place after the press briefing, while a thanksgiving service would take place on Sunday at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, GRA, Ikeja.

    “We have prepared various activities in celebration of the legal week. An opening cocktail which is sponsored by Pinheiro will take place at the Bar Centre on Monday at 4.00 p.m.

    “Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Ondo State, Mr Y.C. Maikyau, (SAN) and Mr Femi Falana (SAN) will be speaking on the topic ‘Democratic Nigeria: Has Our lives Really Changed’ on Tuesday  at 9. 00 a.m.

    “Mrs Funke Adekoya (SAN), Mr Tunde  Busari (SAN) and Mr Layi  Babatunde (SAN) will speak on ‘Arbitration clauses and the role of our courts: The need for judicial intervention’ at 12. 30 p.m,” said Olabiwonnu.

    He said the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, the Lagos State Attorney-General and  commissioner for Justice, Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), and others would be speaking on ‘The Bar and Bench: A relationship that should never die’ on Wednesday at 2. 30 p.m.

    He added that a variety night would take place at 6. 00 p.m. at the Bar Centre in Ikeja.

    “Justice  I.T. Muhammed, (CFR), (OFR), Mr Wole Olanipekun (SAN) (OFR) and Mr Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN) will take up Alao Aka Bashorun Memorial Lecture ‘The allegation of corruption in the legal profession: Who to blame’  on Thursday at 9.00 a.m.

    “Mr Seni Adio (SAN), Mr Bode Olanipekun (SAN), Mr Kunle Adegoke (SAN) and Mr Faruq Abass are to speak on ‘ Opportunities for young lawyers in law: bridging the gap,’ on Friday at 9. 00 a.m,” he said.

    Olabiwonnu said a dinner party would take place thereafter on Friday at 6.00 p.m. in honour of Dr. Kemi Pinheiro (SAN).

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  •  The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN says it is set to introduce the Unstructured Supplementary USSD code as part of steps to improve the Central Bank Digital Currency CBDC The Deputy Governor of the CBN Kingsley Obiora said this at the IMF African Department Speakers Series held virtually on Friday The News Agency of Nigeria hellip
    CBN to introduce USSD code to improve eNaira
     The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN says it is set to introduce the Unstructured Supplementary USSD code as part of steps to improve the Central Bank Digital Currency CBDC The Deputy Governor of the CBN Kingsley Obiora said this at the IMF African Department Speakers Series held virtually on Friday The News Agency of Nigeria hellip
    CBN to introduce USSD code to improve eNaira
    Economy4 weeks ago

    CBN to introduce USSD code to improve eNaira

    The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says it is set to introduce the Unstructured Supplementary (USSD) code as part of steps to improve the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

    The Deputy Governor of the CBN, Kingsley Obiora, said this at the IMF African Department Speakers Series held virtually on Friday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the series was focused on “CBDC and Private Digital Payments in Kenya and Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa.”

    NAN recalls that the CBN inaugurated the CBDC, also known as the eNaira, on Oct. 25, 2021, aimed at making financial transactions easier and seamless for every strata of the society.

    Obiora said the introduction of the USSD code became necessary to improve financial inclusion in the country and to ensure people without smartphones could still transact on the eNaira platform.

    “We have made serious progress in the last seven to eight years because when the current governor resumed in 2014, one of the pillars of his vision was to significantly improve financial inclusion.

    “So at the time, we were at 48 per cent of our population within the financial system and given several policies that he conceived and implemented, we are almost at 70 per cent.

    “That still leaves us with about 30 per cent of our population out of the financial system and we believe the CBDC can help reduce that number even more.

    “A lot of people might not have smartphones but that is essentially the next step of our improvement in the CBDC, to introduce the USSD code, so those that do not have smartphones can still transact,” Obiora said.

    The CBN deputy governor said that the barrier to entry on the CBDC platform was low, which made it possible for everyone with a Bank Verification Number (BVN) to be onboarded into the eNaira platform in a few minutes.

    Obiora said the value of the country’s digital payments grew from 324 billion dollars in 2008 to about 2.4 trillion dollars presently, adding that Nigerians were now used to digital payments.

    ”As you know, within the continent we have one of the largest Fintech companies, Futterwave, Paystack, etc, “ the apex bank boss added.

    He said that the CBDC had significant benefits for Nigeria, which was why the CBN decided to introduce it.

    Obiora listed the benefits to include rapid financial inclusion, reducing the cost of processing cash, enabling direct welfare payments to citizens, and reducing the informal economy.

    Others are improving tax collection, boosting cross-border trade and remittances, reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of payments and just endearing economic growth in general.

    He, however, listed some of the key risks to introducing the  CBDC to include banking sector disintermediation, operational risks of knowing that there is non-stop service, cyber security risks, internet disruptions and financial literacy.

    Obiora said that Nigeria was doing well based on a PwC report, which showed that Nigeria was number one in terms of adoption, adding that the CBN would keep growing and improving on the system.

    Speaking on adopting cryptocurrency in Nigeria, the deputy governor said for now it would not become part of the country’s financial system because of the volatility that it could create for the system.

    Commenting on the high cost of food and fuel in Nigeria caused by the war in Ukraine, he said that the problem was more political than economic.

    According to him, we hope that world leaders will sort this out as quickly as possible because ordinary people who have no egos and did not cause this problem are the ones that are suffering the most.

    “Within Nigeria what we are seeing is that farm gate food prices have either stabilised or reduced, whereas in the market it actually has increased.”

    Obiora said a lot of the problems with rising food inflation were due to logistic problems and the issue of higher prices of fuel and transportation.

    “We are trying to deal with that by investing a bit in a commodity exchange so that they can stabilise prices.

    He said, “within the monetary policy committee, rates will be raised at least to signal that we will continue to keep an eye on inflation and stand ready to do whatever it takes to turn it around.”

    According to the moderator, Mr Abebe Selassie, Director, African Department, IMF, the series is a platform where Africa’s pressing economic policy issues are discussed and organised by the IMF’s African Department.

    Selassie said the series provided an opportunity for policymakers, academics, and analysts to offer their perspectives on economic and policy issues relevant to the IMF’S African constituency.


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  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has deployed additional 209 voter enrolment machines to five South Eastern States Lagos and Kano to ease the congestion at the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR centres The commission disclosed this in a statementy its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Friday Okoye hellip
    CVR: INEC deploys additional 209 voter enrolment machines to 7 states
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has deployed additional 209 voter enrolment machines to five South Eastern States Lagos and Kano to ease the congestion at the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration CVR centres The commission disclosed this in a statementy its National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Friday Okoye hellip
    CVR: INEC deploys additional 209 voter enrolment machines to 7 states
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    CVR: INEC deploys additional 209 voter enrolment machines to 7 states

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has deployed additional 209 voter enrolment machines to five South Eastern States, Lagos and Kano to ease the congestion at the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) centres.

    The commission disclosed this in  a statementy its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee in Abuja on Friday.

    Okoye said that the commission received reports from states indicating an unprecedented surge in the number of citizens that wished to register as voters and the challenges they faced across the country.

    Okoye said that the reports indicated that in some states, sudden turnout of prospective registrants was overwhelming.

    “Consequently, the Commission convened an urgent meeting with all the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) on Thursday, to review the situation so that eligible Nigerians who wish to register are able to do so.

    “The necessity to urgently deploy more voter enrolment machines to ease the congestion at the registration centres was identified as a priority.

    “In response, the Commission has immediately released additional 209 machines deployed mainly to the five South Eastern States, Lagos and Kano where the pressure is most acute.

    “The Commission will monitor the situation over the next few days. Thereafter, it will meet to review the progress of the exercise,” he said.

    Okoye said that every step would be taken and all options would be explored to ensure that eligible Nigerians were given the opportunity to register as voters.

    “The Commission appeals for patience and understanding of all citizens.

    “Every Nigerian who is 18 years of age and above has the constitutional right to register and vote in any part of the country resides without let or hindrance,” he said.

    Okoye said that the sudden surge was an affirmation of the increasing confidence Nigerians have in INEC electoral process.

    He said that the Commission would continue to ensure that the confidence was sustained.

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  •  Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the fifth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 5 2022 in GH Uno Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m on Monday on June 6 The rest of the 15 episodes will be broadcast on GH hellip
    Merck Foundation on GH One TV, Ghana with their TV Program “Our Africa” 5th Episode that Focuses on Breaking Infertility Stigma
     Merck Foundation https Merck Foundation com the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the fifth episode of its TV show Our Africa by Merck Foundation at 2 pm on Sunday June 5 2022 in GH Uno Ghana repeated at 1 30 p m on Monday on June 6 The rest of the 15 episodes will be broadcast on GH hellip
    Merck Foundation on GH One TV, Ghana with their TV Program “Our Africa” 5th Episode that Focuses on Breaking Infertility Stigma
    Africa4 weeks ago

    Merck Foundation on GH One TV, Ghana with their TV Program “Our Africa” 5th Episode that Focuses on Breaking Infertility Stigma

    Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, launched the fifth episode of its TV show: 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' at 2 pm on Sunday, June 5, 2022 in GH Uno, Ghana, repeated at 1:30 p.m. on Monday; on June 6. The rest of the 15 episodes will be broadcast on GH One every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and will be repeated every Monday at 1:30 p.m.

    Download document: https://bit.ly/3mCeC9A

    The TV show is also broadcast on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda, and is also published on all of the Merck Foundation's social media channels and on KTN, NTV, and GH One TV.

    The fifth episode of the TV show tackles a very sensitive issue for African communities: breaking the stigma of infertility. Previous episodes of the show have addressed diabetes prevention and early detection, breaking down the stigma of infertility, supporting girls' education, and the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle, respectively. The TV show has received rave reviews from viewers in all three countries and from social media followers in Africa and beyond.

    Watch the fifth episode promo here: https://bit.ly/3zvpTjuWatch the fifth episode here: https://bit.ly/3O4GbUH

    'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' is a pan-African television show conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of the Merck Foundation, featuring African fashion designers, singers and prominent guests from various domains with the goal of raising awareness and creating cultural change in Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation said: “I am very excited to bring you the fifth episode of 'Our Merck Foundation Africa', which aims to break the stigma of infertility and empower women. and infertile and childless couples.

    Although male factors contribute to around 50% of the causes of infertility, women are largely perceived as solely responsible for a couple's infertility and, consequently, the social suffering and stigma associated with infertility tend to be greater for them than for their husbands. This is a critical issue that must be addressed. This has also been the main focus of our 'More than a mother' signature move. I am very happy that our viewers and social media followers liked and appreciated the episode. I received many messages saying that they were unaware that infertility can also be due to the male factor. During the episode, we discussed that almost 50% of infertility cases are due to the male factor and also that fertility is a shared responsibility, since it takes a man and a woman to have a child. Men should be tested together with their wives and support them through the treatment process. Women are more than mothers. And men are more than just fathers. We have communicated these important messages throughout our Fashion and Art with Purpose community, through fashion designs, songs, movies and children's stories."

    The show airs on:

    - Every Saturday at 5:30 pm (EAT) on KTN, Kenya; repeats Wednesdays at 6:30am (EAT) - Every Sunday at 6:30pm (EAT) on NTV Uganda; repeats Thursday at 4:00 pm (EAT) - Every Sunday at 2 pm on (GMT) GH One TV, Ghana; runs again on Monday at 1:30 pm (GMT)

    Watch the Merck Foundation's 'Our Africa' promo here: https://bit.ly/3NIiYrx

    The fifth episode of the TV show 'Our Africa by Merck Foundation' features a video about Jackline Mwende, a victim of the stigma of infertility. This shows how childless women in some cultures experience discrimination, violence, stigma and ostracism. The video shows how the Merck Foundation supported Jackline by providing her with a house and a supermarket so that she can be independent and have a stable income. The Merck Foundation has also supported many other childless women who suffered from the stigma of infertility in Africa through the "Empowering Bern" program, which is part of "More Than a Mother" together with its ambassadors, the African First Ladies.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej further explains: “We support women like Jackline through our 'More Than a Mother' campaign. Our efforts are to initiate cultural change to empower women living with infertility stigma at all levels by raising awareness; support girls' education; train local fertility specialists, embryologists, sexual and reproductive care specialists and media representatives with the goal of transforming women's health in Africa and developing countries and importing access to information and change of mindset. We have also partnered with African First Ladies who are Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassadors.”

    The episode also sheds light on some serious data presented by the WHO: in developing countries, one in four couples suffers from primary or secondary infertility. About 85% of infertility in Africa is due to untreated infections, these infections are the result of unsafe abortions, unsafe childbirth, sexually transmitted diseases, female genital mutilation, child marriage and many other reasons. Prevention is therefore essential and this was also emphasized during the TV show.

    This episode featured fashion designers David Kusi Boye-Doye from Ghana and Claire Asiimwe from Uganda, who showcased their designs that featured strong messages about women being more than mothers, men being more than fathers, #NoToInfertilityStigma, #FertilityIsASASharedResponsibility and advice for the prevention of infertility; and Santa Anzo, a renowned fashion designer from Uganda.

    The episode also featured a theme song from More Than a Mother by Sunita Daffeh, a singer from Gambia. This song communicates that women are more than mothers and men are more than fathers. Listen and watch the song here: https://bit.ly/3xkGG6r

    The Merck Foundation's iconic "More Than a Mother" campaign, led by Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, is a mobilization movement to break the stigma of infertility around women across the African continent.

    Within the framework of the 'More than a mother' campaign, the Merck Foundation has awarded more than 390 scholarships to doctors from 38 countries, with the aim of promoting women's health and reproductive, sexual and fertility care, awarding scholarships to one-year medical diploma and two-year master's degree in reproductive and sexual care and fertility and embryology training programs. In addition, the Merck Foundation has trained more than 2,200 media representatives from more than 30 countries to raise community awareness, create cultural change, and break the stigma around infertility and infertile and childless women.

    The Merck Foundation has also been empowering childless and infertile women through its "Empowering Bern" initiative under the Merck Foundation's "More Than a Mother" movement. This initiative helps women who can no longer be treated for infertility by helping them train to set up small businesses so they can become independent and rebuild their lives. Through 'Empowering Bern', the lives of many infertile women have been transformed in many African countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Niger, Malawi and many more.

    The Merck Foundation, in association with African First Ladies, also launched David's Story, a children's storybook that emphasizes strong family values ​​of love and respect from an early age that will reflect the removal of the stigma of infertility and resulting domestic violence in the future. Storybooks have been localized for each country to better connect with young readers. Read David's story here: https://bit.ly/3mCeC9A

    The Merck Foundation has also released more than 25 songs, many of these songs created with the goal of breaking the stigma of infertility, as part of its "More Than a Mother" campaign. Listen to some of the songs here:

    Watch, share and subscribe to the 'Plus qu'une MERE' composed and sung by Mrs. Lucky-Lou, the daughter of the president and first lady of Burundi: https://bit.ly/39jg3Xi Watch, share and subscribe to the song "More than a mother" by Cwesi Oteng and Adina from Ghana: https://bit.ly/3xBPrKu Watch, share and subscribe to the song "More than a mother" by HE George Weah, the president of the Republic of Liberia created to support the Merck Foundation's "More Than a Mother" movement: https://bit.ly/3NSHyWE

    Listen to all the songs from "More than a Mother" here: https://bit.ly/3zrrpmL

    “To address this important issue of breaking the stigma of infertility and also a wide range of other social issues, we launch the Merck Foundation's 'More Than a Mother' Awards annually in association with the African First Ladies. I would also like to invite the African Media, Fashion, Film and Musician Community, students and potential talents in these fields to apply for the awards this year, in order to create cultural change and break the silence on one or more of the following themes: Ending the Stigma of Infertility, Supporting Girls' Education, Empowering Women, Ending Child Marriage, Ending Female Genital Mutilation, and/or Ending Gender-Based Violence at All Levels. I look forward to receiving your creative work at submit@merck-foundation.com,” added Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

    “I am very excited to bring you all the upcoming episodes of the television show 'OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation.' So stay connected and get ready to be informed, stay healthy and be entertained!” concluded Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej.

  •  Sen Bola Tinubu the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC on Friday commended Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi for mobilising the consciousness of youths during his campaign Tinubu stated this when he visited Gov Bello in Abuja barely 72 hours after his emergence as the flag bearer of APC ahead of the 2023 hellip
    Tinubu visits Gov. Bello, commends him for mobilising youths consciousness
     Sen Bola Tinubu the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC on Friday commended Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi for mobilising the consciousness of youths during his campaign Tinubu stated this when he visited Gov Bello in Abuja barely 72 hours after his emergence as the flag bearer of APC ahead of the 2023 hellip
    Tinubu visits Gov. Bello, commends him for mobilising youths consciousness
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    Tinubu visits Gov. Bello, commends him for mobilising youths consciousness

    Sen. Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday commended Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, for mobilising the consciousness of youths during his campaign.Tinubu stated this when he visited Gov Bello in Abuja, barely 72 hours after his emergence  as the flag bearer of APC ahead of the 2023 presidential election.Tinubu described Bello as his son, adding that the governor was reminded  of “what the nation wants to be.”Tinubu was accompanied on the visit by three governors  —Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Bello Matawalle (Zamfara); and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano).A former Governor of Edo and ex-APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was also at the meeting.The presidential hopeful also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing a level-playing ground for all the contestants during the special convention and primary. Tinubu said, “The man of the convention, the man of democracy for that day was Muhammadu Buhari. “If you want to run, run; you want to crawl, crawl; you want to dance, dance.“Yahaya Bello is my son; you mobilised the consciousness of the youth in the county. You remind us of what the nation wants to be.Tinubu described his victory as a very good step for the APC stakeholders to work for one united country that is concened about prosperity.He also thanked all members of  the Yahaya Bello Campaign Organisation, adding that, “ You all made a mark, you were resolute.”The APC presidential flagbearer also thanked the party’s leadership for ensuring that the convention ended peacefully.“The (opposition) thought there would be chaos and crisis. But we saw peace. Emi lokan. It’s my turn,” he said.Tinubu said that  he was very proud of the Director-General of the Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, Hafsat Abiola-Costello.He noted that the peace and joy being enjoyed  in the country was owed to her late father, “MKO Abiola, the reason June 12 became a public holiday.”He also revealed that it was in the house of Kudirat Abiola (Hafsat’s mother) that he found the cap with which he disguised and fled Nigeria. “I’m happy to be back to save Nigeria,” he added.Tinubu also saluted the courage of Gov  Matawalle who, he said, faced the worst form of opposition, including banditry.“I thought the termites would eat him up. He listened to the words of elders, brought reconciliation and peace to Zamfara State,” Tinubu said.Responding, Gov Bello announced that he had collapsed his Presidential Campaign Council and would donate the building to Tinubu’s campaign organisation.The governor promised that he would  be on the streets to campaign for Tinubu and take APC to victory,“Today, I have collapsed my Presidential Campaign Organisation.” I am donating my campaign organisation secretariat to you. I have  learnt a lot from the little lecture you gave to us.“What elders see when they are  in the valley, the younger ones won’t see it,” Bello said.The  governor noted that the convention and election  had come and gone and promised to lead the youth to campaign for Tinubu to ensure that APC would win convincingly.“Never again will PDP lead this country. Thank you all my colleague governors for giving me the opportunity to learn from you.“Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC national chairman) has never lost election and we will win the 2023 election. Our convention went well and peacefully,” he added.

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