The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has promised to do everything within its powers to kick human trafficking out of Nigeria.
The Commander in Bayelsa, Mrs Abieyuwa Ikhidero, made the pledge in Yenagoa on Saturday after a road walk to commemorate the 2022 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, annually marked on July 30 to raise awareness about the ills of trafficking in persons.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of this year’s celebration is “The Use and Abuse of Technology.
” She called on the Bayelsa government to join hands with NAPTIP to fight human trafficking as the local governments and the Bayelsa NAPTIP, had zero tolerance for human trafficking.
The Commander said it would no longer be business as usual for human traffickers in Bayelsa and Nigeria at large.
She urged young people and those molested in one form or the other to speak out, not to die in silence.
The commander warned those indulging in such acts to desist from it as the agency would surely go after them if they continued with trafficking.
She urged parents not to send their children for hawking and be watchful in taking care of them.
Ikhidero commended partners against human trafficking at the road walk, and urged them to continue with the good job of campaign to drive the scourge out of the country.
In her speech, Mrs Faith Opuene, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Gender Development, said human beings were not for sale and were not slaves, as God created all as equals.
Represented by Mr Felicia Owei, Director in the ministry, she said they were ready to partner with NAPTIP, to end human trafficking in all forms.
She said technology had been used to traffic people without knowing, promising them good jobs around, but it had affected them negatively.
She urged all to stand against all manners of child labour and trafficking of human beings.
Mr Simon Ayakpo, Commander, Federal Fire Service, said the fight against human trafficking involved everyone in the society.
He urged individuals to always speak out or pass information to NAPTIP, when they suspected trafficking of any kind or human labour.
A teacher from Bishop Dimieri Grammar School, Yenagoa, Mr Krutimi Ebiowei, who commended NAPTIP for the sensitisation, said he would work to change the narrative to young people.
He encouraged students and young people to always speak out and never to hide anything from their parents and teachers at school and mind how they used the internet.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the road walk which kicked off from Ekeki Motor Park Yenagoa through Government House, ended at Peace Park.
A Chinese booster rocket made an uncontrolled return to Earth on Saturday, leading US officials to chide Beijing for not sharing information about the potentially hazardous object’s descent.
US Space Command “can confirm the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Long March 5B (CZ-5B) re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approx 10:45 am MDT on 7/30,” the US military unit said on Twitter.
“We refer you to the #PRC for further details on the reentry’s technical aspects such as potential debris dispersal+ impact location,” it said.
In a statement posted to its official WeChat profile, the China Manned Space Agency later gave coordinates for an impact area in the Sulu Sea, about 35 miles (57 kilometers) off the east coast of the Philippines’ Palawan Island.
“Most of its devices were ablated and destroyed during re-entry,” the agency said of the booster rocket, which was used last Sunday to launch the second of three modules China needed to complete its new Tiangong space station.
Malaysia’s space agency said it detected rocket debris burning up on re-entry before falling in the Sulu Sea northeast of the island of Borneo.
“The debris of the rocket caught fire while entering the Earth’s airspace and the movement of the burning debris also crossed Malaysian airspace and could be detected in several areas including crossing the airspace around the state of Sarawak,” it said.
– NASA criticism –NASA administrator Bill Nelson criticized Beijing on Twitter, saying the failure to share details of the rocket’s descent was irresponsible and risky.
“All spacefaring nations should follow established best practices, and do their part to share this type of information in advance,” Nelson wrote, “to allow reliable predictions of potential debris impact risk, especially for heavy-lift vehicles, like the Long March 5B, which carry a significant risk of loss of life and property.
” He added: “Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth”.
The Tiangong space station is one of the crown jewels of Beijing’s ambitious space program, which has landed robotic rovers on Mars and the Moon, and made China only the third nation to put humans in orbit.
The new module, propelled by the Long March 5B, successfully docked with Tiangong’s core module on Monday and the three astronauts who had been living in the main compartment since June successfully entered the new lab.
When China launched its first Tiangong module in April 2021, there was a similar frenzy around the possibility of damage caused by an unpredictable booster reentry.
Objects generate immense amounts of heat and friction when they enter the atmosphere, which can cause them to burn up and disintegrate.
But larger ones such as the Long March-5B may not be destroyed entirely.
In 2020, debris from another Chinese rocket fell on villages in the Ivory Coast, causing structural damage but no injuries or deaths.
China has poured billions of dollars into space flight and exploration as it seeks to build a program that reflects its stature as a rising global power.
The ex students of the United Faith Tabernacle College, Jarawan Kogi, Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau, have rehabilitated the dining hall, Library and some other buildings at the school.Mr Steve Omali, the Acting National President of the United Faith Old Students Association (UFOSA), disclosed this at the 40th anniversary of the college on Saturday.The event coincided with the 2022 Speech and Prize Giving Day celebration of the school.Omali, who decried the deteriorating state of infrastructure and other facilities in the school, noted that UFOSA had plans to rehabilitate more structures in the college.”As ex-students, we were able to rehabilitate the dining hall, Library, which were solely done by our Lagos chapter, donated tables, chairs, writing materials, among others”This is in a bid to give back to the school that has made us,” he added.The acting president explained that the event had provided them the opportunity to reunite with their school mates and garner support towards reviving the lost glory of the school.”Today’s event is very significant in the history of this school and special to all who have graduated here.”This institution has made us and many other notable Nigerians out there and it is only logical that we return to pay back and support the growth of an institution that made us.”We are here today to celebrate with the students, teachers and all those who are working to see that this school is still standing,” he said.Speaking with nostalgia, Mustapha Raji, the chairman of the Lagos chapter of UFOSA, said that the school was a ”Collage” of students from different parts of the country.”I used to come from Zaria to school here; we had many students from Taraba, Gombe, Kaduna, Benue and many other parts of this country who studied here.”Peace Lar, my classmate used to come all the way from London to school here, so, this school has made many people,” he said.Raji, who commended the management of the school for maintaining academic standard it was known for, however, decried the mannner in which insecurity in Plateau affected the enrolment of students in the college.He called on goverment to address the spate of insecurity in the school vicinity, the state and country in general.On his part, Pastor Longshik Binat, the Acting Principal of the college, said poor funding has been a bane of the smooth running of the institution.He said the school, which is not a grant aided institution, had never received any support from government, hence depended on the benevolence of groups and spirited individuals to thrive.”Our major problems are lack funds and decaying infrastructure; sometimes we hardly pay the salaries of teachers.”And the insecurity that has bedevilled the state for the past years has affected school enrolment; parents no longer feel safe to bring their children here to study.”The number of our students have dropped from over 1,000 to 157 and this is not good for us,” he said.Binat thanked members of UFOSA for their efforts and support towards the growth and development of the institution.The principal said that 32 students succesfully graduated from the institution in the 20212022 academic session.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlights of the event was the presentation of gifts to some deserving students and graduands of the school by UFOSA.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), a police advocacy group, has congratulated Chikelue Iloenyosi over his emergence as Chairman of Anambra State Football Association.
The National Coordinator of POCACOV, CSP Ebere Amaraizu, congratulated him while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Enugu.
NAN recalls that Iloenyosi’s emergence as Chairman of the Association followed ratification of his position by Nigeria Football Federation Electoral Committee of Oct. 30, 2020, which recently recognised him as a winner.
Amaraizu urged him, as a POCACOV ambassador, to deepen youth and children football and sports development programmes in the state.
According to him, POCACOV stakeholders and ambassadors have joined to congratulate “our exemplary ambassador on this feat attained”.
“Going by his football pedigree as an Ex-International and Super Eagles player and having participated in community sports, there is no doubt that he will bring his experience to bear in making ‘Our Children to Thrive’.
“As a product of community sports (Ogbe Sports) and a community organiser, it is expected that Iloenyosi will deploy his wealth of experience to transmit the core values of sports in our various communities.
“This will lead to safe, peaceful and secure communities within the state,” he said.
Amaraizu called on the new chairman to use the instrumentality of community sports in line with the Community Policing Framework of the Nigeria Police under Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, for a functional community.
The national coordinator also wished him a successful and impactful tenure.
“I will remind our ambassador that the battle to ‘Save Our Children from the Claws of Cultism and Other Vices’ is not yet won but needs more collaborative efforts to achieve the desired goal,” he added.
In bankrupt Lebanon, Khalil Mansour has to queue for hours every day just to buy bread for his family, and some days he can’t afford any.
In a country that once boasted the nickname “Switzerland of the Middle East” for its thriving banking sector before the financial crisis hit in 2019, the chronic shortage of the staple of the Lebanese diet has been hard to take.
Lebanon defaulted on its national debt in 2020 and its currency has lost around 90 percent of its black market value.
The World Bank has branded the financial crisis one of the worst since the 19th century while the United Nations now considers four out of five Lebanese to be living under the poverty line.
Faced with demands from international creditors for painful reforms in return for the release of new aid, the embattled government has been forced to end subsidies on most essential goods — although not so far on wheat.
The price of subsidised bread has gone up, although by less than if there were no subsidy, but bakeries have started rationing the staple.
A bag of flat Arabic pitta-like bread now officially sells for 13,000 Lebanese pounds (43 US cents).
On the black market, it costs more than 30,000.
“Last week I went without bread for three days because I cannot afford to pay 30,000,” said Mansour, 48.
For Mansour and most Lebanese, buying bread means standing for hours in long queues outside bakeries, and sometimes, when their turn comes, the bakeries have run out of bread.
“Today I queued for three hours, yesterday two-and-a-half.
” Mansour said on Friday outside a Beirut bakery.
“I have to feed my family.
What else can I do?
” asked Mansour, who earns the equivalent of $50 a month working in a pastry shop.
– ‘Wild West’ –Most bakeries limit the sale of bread to one or two bags per customer, and each bag contains six flatbreads.
Subsidised bread is often bought in large quantities and sold again on the black market by unscrupulous dealers.
“The queues have become worse over the past two weeks,” said bakery owner Mohammed Mehdi.
“We are facing huge shortages.
” The 49-year-old said the bakery business had become like the “Wild West”.
“Some customers come armed with guns and knives,” he complained.
Lebanese media carry frequent reports of fights breaking out at bakeries, and even shots fired by customers demanding more bread.
In Taalbaya, in eastern Lebanon, a customer stormed a bakery on Tuesday furious he could not buy more bread, one report said.
The client shoved an employee and then ransacked the bakery, forcing the army to intervene, it added.
“What is happening is an insult… and it is even more difficult than the petrol shortage” that gripped Lebanon last year, Mehdi said.
– ‘Incitement’ –Lebanon imports 80 percent of its wheat from war-torn Ukraine, according to industry figures.
But the country’s capacity to store wheat took a heavy blow when a deadly blast at Beirut port in August 2020 severely damaged the country’s main grain silos.
The government and bakeries have traded blame for the bread shortage.
Bakeries accuse cash-strapped authorities of failing to provide enough subsidised flour.
The economy ministry denies the claim and has accused bakeries of hoarding subsidised flour to use in unsubsidised products such as sweets.
Authorities also claim that the presence in Lebanon of more than one million refugees from war-torn Syria is partly to blame for Lebanon’s economic collapse.
Some Lebanese have even gone as far as accusing Syrian refugees of buying subsidised bread to sell on the black market, fuelling resentment against the refugees and demands for them to go home.
There have been reports of some bakeries imposing separate queues for Lebanese and Syrians.
This has prompted the UN refugee agency to voice its concern.
“Lebanon is witnessing an increase in tensions and incitement between different communities, leading to localised violence in the streets, including against refugees,” the UNHCR warned on Friday.
Israeli Tourism Minister, Yoel Razvozov said that plans were on to commence direct flights from Israel to Nigeria on regular basis.
This information is contained in a statement by Mr Celestine Toruka, Head, Media and Public Relations, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission and was made availably to the News Agency of Nigeria in Asaba, Delta.
Razvozov disclosed this recently in Jerusalem during a meeting with the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission(NCPC), Dr Yakubu Pam.The Tourism Minister, who had visited Pam twice recently in Israel, explained that the initial plan was to operate only charter flights between both countries.
He, however, said that the major focus now was to operationalise regular direct flights between the countries.
He noted that the plan would have mutual benefit for both countries on how to operate regular flights by a Nigerian airline.
Razvozor said that the direct regular flights by a Nigerian airline to Israel would certainly galvanise intending pilgrims from Nigeria to fly often to the Holy sites in Israel and even boost their financial strength.
According to Razvozov, Nigeria’s current population of no fewer than 200 million stands the country at advantage position as the most populous black nation on the African continent.
He added that Christians constituting about 50 percent of the population of Nigeria, it can boast of a reasonable number of intending pilgrims.
The minister assured that as the plans unfolded, it would be decided whether the flight would operate from Lagos to Israel of Abuja to Israel.
He lauded the bold efforts of the NCPC boss at repositioning the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and Israel through pilgrimage.
Razvozov said that Pam would be making history when the regular direct flights began, being the current Executive Secretary of NCPC who played key role in its actualisation.
The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) has matriculated 1,641students for the 20212022 academic year,.
Addressing the students in Kaduna, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, stressed the need for innovational drive towards achieving meaningful development in Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the nation at large.
Amao said by being innovative and focused, the students and staff would be value added agents to NAF facilities and engagements, translating to more development to Nigeria at large.
He said that NAF had partnered with Osun Government to build Africa’s first and largest aviation city in Ido-Osun. He added that AFIT staff and students’ innovation would add value to the planned aviation city.
Amao urged the staff and students to remain focused and hardworking, to reap the benefits in the future.
He congratulated the students and the Commandant whom he commended for giant strides on his leadership of the Institute.
“The Institute wears a new look as the buildings are renovated and many wear a facelift, I encourage you with the maxim that says the reward for hard work is more work,” Amao said.
Earlier, Commandant of AFIT, AVM Muhammed Yakubu, said the Institute ran a tripartite system, offering National Board for Teaching Education and National Universities Commission’s accr
Some residents of Ungwan Dallatu in Gusau, Zamfara, on Saturday protested against the relocation of artisans and auto mechanics to a piece of land earmarked for a community school.
The residents, who blocked the major road leading to the community and location, an abandoned Gusau Local Government secretariat project, carried placards with various inscriptions in Hausa language.
Some of the placards read: “We will not allow mechanics and iron benders to an area we asked for a primary school for our children”;“We shall not harbour nuisance, motor mechanics, auto paint sellers and dealers of used iron materials to this area”.
The Secretary of the community, Malam Bashiru Mohammed, told newsmen that relocating these category of businessmen to their community will increase crime rate.
The state government relocated the artisans (mechanics, auto paint dealers and dealers of second hand iron materials) from an area that 8s opposite the Government House in Gusau.
According to them, the land has been designated for the construction of Gusau local government secretariat during the administration of former Gov. Mahmuda Shinkafi.
The secretary recalled that the project was later abandoned midway and the building later became a hideout for hoodlums.
He said three communities; Ungwan Dallatu, Ungwan Yerima and Barakallahu, do not have primary and secondary schools within their neighbourhood.
He said this was the reason they requested the state government to establish schools for their children on the said portion of land.
“While we were waiting for the state government to respond to our request letters, we suddenly saw staff of the Zamfara State Urban and Regional Planning Board, ZUREP, who came and handed over the land to mechanics, paint sellers and dealers in second hand iron materials,” Mohammed lamented.
Reacting to the development, the Special Adviser to the Gov. Bello Mutawalle, on Urban and Regional Planning, Mr Anas Abdullahi, said ZUREP relocated the artisans temporarily pending when it would allocate a permanent place for them.
Abdullahi appealed to the community to be calm and law abiding, promising that the state government will provide school for them.
He assured the community that the artisans would not harbour hoodlums or become a nuisance in the area.
As the world mark the beginning of Islamic New Year, 1444 AH, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has urged Muslims to recommit themselves to Almighty Allah and the country.
Yahaya gave the task in a statement issued by Mr Ismail Misili, Director General, Press Affairs, Government House, on Saturday in Gombe.
“As Muslims in Gombe State join other faithful across the world to mark the beginning of the Islamic New Year 1444 AH today, “I urge them to use the period to reflect on their past deeds and recommit themselves to the Almighty Allah and the country,” he charged.
He described the Islamic New Year as significant in the life of Muslims, calling on them to use the occasion to offer special prayers for the peace, unity, growth and prosperity of the state and Nigeria.
“This is a period for sober reflection.
It is a period for us to look back with retrospection and satisfaction, look forward with hope and optimism, look up with confidence and appreciate what Allah has done for us as a people, state and nation.
“We, therefore, must use the opportunity, especially in this sacred month of Al-Muharram and beyond, to pray fervently for our dear state and the nation.
”Also for those in authority at all levels as we collectively fight to tackle the threat of insecurity and other socio-economic challenges,” he admonished.
A Philanthropist, Mr Boniface lfeanyi-Okoli, has cautioned Nigerians against illegal acquisition of wealth.
Ifeanyi-Okoli, who is the Executive Officer of lfy Bosco International Limited, llorin, gave the advice in a statement felicitating with Muslims on the commencement of new lslamic calendar, known as Hijrah 1444. He advised those in positions of authority to shun acquisition of wealth and prioritise the well-being of the masses in their minds in order to achieve an egalitarian society.
According to him, Nigeria is blessed with various natural resources that can make her rank in the forefront among the comity of nations.
He attributed the country’s problems to the acquisition of the nation’s wealth by few Nigerians at the detriment of millions of other citizens.
“The acquisition of wealth in this country by some few Nigerians has reached an alarming proportion that needs to be curtailed to boost the nation’s economy,” the philanthropist said.
“None of us will carry wealth away after death which implies that acquiring it is an effort in futility which will not be rewarded by God,” he stressed.
While congratulating muslims for the commencement of the 1444AH lslamic calendar, Ifeanyi-Okoli urged Christians and Muslims to shun all negative tendencies that can retard the economic growth and development of the country.
He further advised wealthy Nigerians to always assist the less privileged in the society to reduce, what he described, as high rate of poverty and soaring unemployment.
Besides, the philanthropist congratulated the Emir of llorin, Alhaji lbrahim Sulu-Gambari, eminent lslamic clerics in the state and the entire people of the state on the commencement of new lslamic calendar.