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  •  NGOs to monitor home grown school feeding programme in Lagos
    NGOs to monitor home grown school feeding programme in Lagos
     NGOs to monitor home grown school feeding programme in Lagos
    NGOs to monitor home grown school feeding programme in Lagos
    General news2 weeks ago

    NGOs to monitor home grown school feeding programme in Lagos

    Ms Comfort Alli, State Lead, Lagos NGOs for National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, has said that Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been engaged in Lagos to monitor the success of the programme.

    Alli told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday that the NGOs had already been communicated and trained.

    She said that mobilisation to monitor the programme would begin as soon as the NGOs got the go ahead from the Federal Government.

    NAN reports that the programme was an on-going Federal Government social protection scheme.

    It was designed to support children with a hot meal per day in order to improve enrolment and encourage retention in schools.

    At the moment, the programme is targeted at children in primary one to three under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

    Alli who was also the facilitator of the step-down training, said that participants from different NGOs based in Lagos were trained on how to monitor the programme.

    She said that the NGOs were selected from all local government areas  of the state, registered and in good standing.

    She said that selection was also based on their area of focus as it related to children and education.

    She said that the programme was to target school enrolment and completion, child nutrition and health, local agricultural production, creating jobs, improving family and state economy.

    She said that the aim of the step-down was to build capacity of NGOs and CSOs to monitor the programme and ensure accountability.

    She said that designed monitoring tools would be used by selected NGOs to carry out the assignment.

    Alli is the founder of Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative NGO.

    (NAN)
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  •  Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo Papillo clocks 46
    Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo “Papillo” clocks 46
     Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo Papillo clocks 46
    Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo “Papillo” clocks 46
    General news2 weeks ago

    Ebonyi agog as Kanu Nwankwo “Papillo” clocks 46

    Fans in Ebonyi joined millions across the country and the world on Monday to celebrate football maestro and former Super Eagles skipper, Kanu Nwankwo, as he turned 46. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the FIFA U-17 world cup winner had 86 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2010, scoring 13 goals in the process.

    The two-time African Footballer of the Year winner also had illustrious football careers with defunct Iwuanyanwu Nationale Football Club of Owerri, Ajax Amsterdam of Holland and Arsenal of England.

    Fans who spoke with NAN in Abakaliki felicitated with “Papillo’’ and wished him more fruitful years ahead.

    Maxwell Anuka, Salt City FC of Abakaliki player, hailed Kanu for being inspirational to youths which had made many of them to be positively engaged.

    “I raptly listened to Kanu telling his life story as a resource person during the #EndSARS youth summit organised by the Ebonyi government in 2021. “I became instantly motivated and took a step towards my future after listening to his rags to riches story,’’ Anuka said.

    Dr Jude Mbam, an Educationist described Kanu as a legend, noting that what he could not attain academically, he made up with football successes.

    “Kanu won FIFA U-17 world cup medal, UEFA Champions League medal and an Olympic Games football gold medal.

    “He also won African Cup of Nations (AFCON) silver medal, four AFCON bronze medals and alongside Finidi George, was the first Nigerian to win the prestigious UEFA Champions League,’’ Mbam said.

    Kelechi Ekeledo, a journalist and Arsenal FC fan commended Kanu for being the symbol of support which several Nigerians have for the top English side.

    “Kanu played 197 times for the north London side, scoring 44 goals and was part of the invincible team that did not lose any match in the 2003-04 English Premier League season.

    “This birthday celebration is auspicious because it is coming at the start of the new football season with Arsenal highly impressive in its pre-season tour,’’ he said.

    Mrs Bridget Oleru, a teacher and football enthusiast described Kanu as a humanitarian who had impacted positively on peoples’ lives, especially the less-privileged.

    “The Kanu Heart Foundation assisted many patients with heart-related ailments and this is coupled with other philanthropic gestures.

    “Kanu is also a shining example of prudent celebrities who effectively managed the demands of stardom to still remain financially solvent on retirement,’’ Oleru said.


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  •  Sylva seeks deployment of technologies to make fossil fuel cleaner
    Sylva seeks deployment of technologies to make fossil fuel cleaner
     Sylva seeks deployment of technologies to make fossil fuel cleaner
    Sylva seeks deployment of technologies to make fossil fuel cleaner
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    Sylva seeks deployment of technologies to make fossil fuel cleaner

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, has called for the deployment of available technologies to make fossil fuel cleaner in the face of global energy transition.

    Sylva made the call while speaking at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) on Monday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the conference had as its theme: “Global Transition to Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa.

    ” He said the theme of the conference was very apt, coming at a time when the world was witnessing a turnaround in the global energy landscape and clamouring for transition to greener energy sources to reduce carbon emission.

    The minister, however, maintained that energy transition was better viewed as providing clean energy, and not as abandoning some energy sources.

    According to him, the ongoing global energy is a huge challenge to the reliability and sustainability of renewable energy supplies as alternatives to fossil fuels.

    “Anticipated economic growth and rising global population, especially in Asia and Africa, will significantly push energy demand upward to a level that renewable energy sources only cannot meet by 2050. “All these imply that the global energy mix will remain with us, amidst greater dominance by hydrocarbon energy sources, at least in the foreseeable future.

    “It also indicates that energy transition will remain a gradual process, as against a rapid and radical shift as some have presented it.

    “It is, therefore, necessary that more effort should be put on the use of available technologies like the Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), to make fossil fuels cleaner.

    “This will encourage a win-win situation in terms of CO2 emission reduction and meeting global energy demand,” he said.

    According to him, many countries have already come to the realisation that the adoption and deployment of the CCUS technologies in large scale will play a critical role in supporting energy transitions globally.

    He said that investment into the CCUS technologies was a very appropriate step at this stage of addressing climate change concerns.

    The minister who noted that Africa was bedeviled with energy poverty, advised African countries to adopt adaptive strategies taking into account the different socio-economic, political and developmental peculiarities of individual nations.

    He said: “Africa’s energy poverty would have to be addressed by responsibly developing and utilising Africa’s abundant natural resource – fossil fuels, from where the renewable energy would be funded amidst a gradual energy transition.

    “Nigeria, as the oil and gas industry leader in Africa, is committed to pursuing the energy transition to promote economic growth.

    ” Sylva said the country was gradually investing in renewable energies, primarily solar, to reduce carbon emissions, whilst continuing to exploit hydrocarbon resources, especially natural gas – recognised as the energy transition fuel for Nigeria.

    On his part, Mr Kamel Ben-Naceur, 2022 SPE International President, blamed the current global energy crisis on the sharp decline in investment in the upstream petroleum sector in pursuit of energy transition.

    Ben-Naceur said with the return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing tension in Eastern Europe had driven the price of petroleum products very high leading to inflation in many countries.

    He said projections had shown that oil and gas would continue to be a significant part of the energy mix in the foreseeable future hence there was need to increase investment in the industry.


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  •  2 Yobe students get N5m for inventing farm tools
    2 Yobe students get N5m for inventing farm tools
     2 Yobe students get N5m for inventing farm tools
    2 Yobe students get N5m for inventing farm tools
    General news2 weeks ago

    2 Yobe students get N5m for inventing farm tools

    Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe Monday presented N5 million cheque to two students, Abdulhamid Maigari and Abubakar Mohammed, who fabricated locally harrowing and ploughing machines.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Maigari and Mohammed are students of Government College, Gashua.

    Presenting the cheque to them at a brief ceremony in Damaturu, Buni said the largesse was meant to motivate the young students.

    He further hoped that the gesture would help to encourage local invention among the people of the state.

    The governor said that agriculture remained the major pre-occupation of Yobe people.

    “This administration will, therefore, continue to give the sector the priority attention it deserves.

    “We shall also be in tune with the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture as one of the most important sectors of the nation’s economy,” he said.

    Responding on their behalf, Maigari thanked the governor for the donation.

    He promised that they would use the money to upgrade the machines.


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  •  President Kenyatta issues 14 000 land titles to Kiambu County residents
    President Kenyatta issues 14,000 land titles to Kiambu County residents
     President Kenyatta issues 14 000 land titles to Kiambu County residents
    President Kenyatta issues 14,000 land titles to Kiambu County residents
    Africa2 weeks ago

    President Kenyatta issues 14,000 land titles to Kiambu County residents

    President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the issuance of more than 14,000 land titles to landowners in Kiambu County on Monday.

    Speaking at Kamangu Primary School in the Kikuyu constituency, President Kenyatta emphasized the government's commitment to promoting democracy in land tenure as part of efforts to economically empower landowners in the country.

    Residents of the Kamangu, Regatta, Muslim, Ndiuni, Nderu, Makutano, Lusigetti, Nduma, Nachu-Ndacha, Nachu-Mikuyuni, Nguirubi-Ndiuni and Nguirubi-Thigio areas of Kiambu County were among the owners who received titles.

    property on Monday.

    The president said that through the National Titling program, his administration has issued more than six million land titles to Kenyans across the country.

    “My administration, through the National Titling Program, has issued over six million land titles to Kenyans.

    This is more than all the successive regimes that we have had as a country since independence,” said the President.

    He praised the Ministry of Lands and the Kiambu County Government for initiating the process in which residents, most of whom resided in colonial towns, received their land titles free of charge after waiting for land ownership documents.

    for more than 40 years.

    Speaking at the event, Kiambu Governor James Nyoro thanked President Kenyatta for fulfilling his promise to the people of Ndeiya and Kikuyu sub-county by handing over vital documents, among other projects.

    “Your Excellency him, let me thank you for delivering the title deeds as promised, as well as the various water and road projects, especially the link roads that have made moving around the county easy.

    I would also like to extend my gratitude for the Last Mile Electricity program which saw many residents benefit from it,” the Governor said.

    For her part, the Secretary of the Land Cabinet, Faridah Karoney, thanked the President for implementing measures to ensure that land problems in the country are resolved.

    “…I would like to thank you for your transformative agenda in the land sector, especially the National Titling Program.

    His administration has issued more than six million land titles to Kenyans since 2013, more than issued since independence,” CS Karoney said.

    Later, President Kenyatta, who was on a working tour of Kiambu County, commissioned the Karimenu II dam in Gatundu North, which will supply an additional 70 million liters of water to more than 850,000 residents of Juja, Ruiru, Gatundu and some parts of Nairobi City County.

    Addressing the residents, President Kenyatta assured them that the compensation issue has been reset and those whose land was used for the dam will start receiving their compensation.

    He also urged residents to make use of the water from the multi-million dollar dam to farm and improve their lives.

  •  Sudan reports its first monkeypox case
    Sudan reports its first monkeypox case
     Sudan reports its first monkeypox case
    Sudan reports its first monkeypox case
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Sudan reports its first monkeypox case

    Sudan has detected its first monkeypox case, health authorities said Monday, after the World Health Organization last month declared the disease a public health emergency of international concern.

    The health ministry announced “registering the first confirmed case of monkeypox in a 16-year-old student in West Darfur state in Sudan”.

    Montaser Othman, who is director of epidemic control, said there had been around 38 other “suspected cases” but all had tested negative for the virus.

    An investigation was underway by the federal and state health ministries to determine the source of the infection, he added.

    The impoverished northeast African nation is especially vulnerable given its poor public health services.

    According to UN children’s agency UNICEF, only 70 percent of the 45-million-strong population have “access to a health facility within 30 minutes travel of their home” in Sudan, where 13 of 18 states suffered outbreaks of vector-borne diseases in 2021.

    Last month the WHO declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, the highest alarm it can sound.

  •  Buni fixes N13 000 official price for NPK fertilizer in Yobe
    Buni fixes N13,000 official price for NPK fertilizer in Yobe
     Buni fixes N13 000 official price for NPK fertilizer in Yobe
    Buni fixes N13,000 official price for NPK fertilizer in Yobe
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    Buni fixes N13,000 official price for NPK fertilizer in Yobe

    Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has approved N13,000 as the official price for NPK fertilizer for the 2022 cropping season.

    In a speech at the launch of the commodity on Monday in Damaturu, Buni warned that the commodity should be sold to farmers only.

    “Let me sound a warning that government would not condone any act of diversion or sabotage.

    “Government officials entrusted with the sale and distribution of the commodity must ensure equitable sales and distribution to the 17 Local Government Areas,” he said.

    The governor urged farmers not to sell the commodity, which they purchased at subsidised rate.

    He advised them to use the input to cultivate crops and earn a living.

    He said that a partnership was being perfected between the state and development partners for the implementation of Innovative Strengthening of the Small-holder Farmer Capabilities Programme.

    Buni thanked the World Bank, Federal Government and African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for African Development for supporting the growth of  agriculture in the state.

    In a remark, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Mairo Amshi, commended Buni for prioritising agriculture by assisting farmers with subsidised fertilizer, agrochemicals and farm machineries.


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  •  Plateau attack Be more vigilant Rep tells constituents
    Plateau attack: Be more vigilant, Rep tells constituents
     Plateau attack Be more vigilant Rep tells constituents
    Plateau attack: Be more vigilant, Rep tells constituents
    General news2 weeks ago

    Plateau attack: Be more vigilant, Rep tells constituents

    Member House of Representatives Musa Bagos (PDP, Jos East Federal Constituency) has called on his constituents to be more vigilant about criminal activities in their areas.

    Bagos spoke in Jos on Monday when he attended the mass burial of his constituents killed in Sunday night attack.

    Danda Chugwi village of Jos South Local Government of Plateau was attacked on Sunday night in which seven persons died and two persons were injured.

    He condoled with the families of the deceased, expressing sadness on the continuous killing of his constituents by criminals.

    “Intelligence reports has it that the attackers threatened to attack the community before carrying out the dastardly act,” he observed.

    Bagos visited Vom Christian Hospital where two of the injured persons were receiving treatment.

    The two injured are 40-year old woman who sustained gun shot wound and a five months old baby boy whose right hand was amputated by the attackers.

    The lawmaker paid the medical bills of those that were injured.

    Similarly, the National President of the Berom Youth Moulders Association, Mr Solomon Dalyop, urged all youths to be on alert and report any suspicious movement to security agencies.

    Meanwhile, Plateau Police Command spokesperson, DSP Alfred Alabo, confirmed to the News Agency of Nigeria   that seven people were killed and two persons were injured  in the attack.

    “The DPO in charge told me that seven people were killed while two person were receiving medical attention in health facility.

    “Since morning we have been in Wase Local Government to inaugurate a police division approved by the Inspector-General of Police,” he said.


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  •  Authority begins review of petroleum regulations
    Authority begins review of petroleum regulations
     Authority begins review of petroleum regulations
    Authority begins review of petroleum regulations
    General news2 weeks ago

    Authority begins review of petroleum regulations

    The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has bega n to review the midstream and downstream petroleum regulations to bequeath the industry with laws and policies to enable investment in the sector.

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources at the NMDPRA stakeholders’ consultation forum on regulations on Monday in Abuja said the regulations had been shared with stakeholders for review and input.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 10 regulations to be considered are: Petroleum (Transportation and Shipment) Regulations and Assignment and Transfer of Licence and Permit Regulations.

    The regulations include Midstream and Downstream Petroleum(Operations) Regulations; Petroleum Pipeline Regulations; Gas Pricing Domestic Demand and Delivery Regulations; and Natural Gas Pipeline Tariff Regulations.

    Others are Midstream and Downstream Decommissioning and Abandonment Regulations; Environmental Regulations for Midstream and Downstream Operations; Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund Regulations and Environmental Remediation Funds Regulations.

    “We are now at the point of engagement and interaction with a view to issuing regulations that would benefit all stakeholders,” the minister said.

    The minister said that with creation of the Petroleum Industry Act of 2021, the authority was saddled with the responsibility of technically and commercially regulating both the mid- and down-stream operations in the sector.

    He said the review was in fulfillment of the provisions of Sections 33 and 216 of the PIA 2021. This, he said mandated NMDPRA to consult with relevant stakeholders prior to finalising regulations concerning the processing, refining, transmission, distribution, supply, sale and storage of petroleum products, or any other matters deemed expedient.

    “This administration understands the need to have an all-encompassing, well thought-out, and unambiguous regulatory instruments that are painstakingly developed to meet the present and future aspirations of the government.

    “The regulations are required to attract much needed investments and create opportunities in the sector; hence the need for stakeholders participation and engagement in developing regulations, processes and procedures.

    “Prior to this event, the authority has initiated and proposed ten different regulations which span operations, pricing and environmental management, in line with its statutory mandate.

    “Whilst noting that the current state of our local energy landscape is dire and is in need of ingenious solutions, we have an opportunity to ameliorate the situation through these sets of regulatory instruments,” he said.

    He said that the regulations would provide clarity and certainty for investors, promote and build investor confidence, increase and improve foreign and indigenous participation in these sectors, and optimise value for all stakeholders.

    These, he said would cumulate into enablement of businesses, growth of the industry and creation of myriads of opportunities for Nigerians.

    Mr Farouk Ahmed, Authority Chief Executive, NMDPRA in an address said this innovation, amongst others in the PIA, aligned with the vision and commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari and the minister of state.

    Ahmed, while extending appreciation to the ninth National Assembly who ensured the passage of the PIA, said Section 216 of the PIA mandated the authority to ‘consult with stakeholders prior to finalising amendments to regulations.

    However, he said it did not consider this an obligation or box-ticking exercise as continuous engagement with its stakeholders to enable their business was at the core of its regulatory philosophy.

    “Accordingly, our priority will be to ensure these regulations are primary enablers of the Federal Government’s Decade of Gas initiative and will help catalyse investment and enhance the attractiveness of the domestic gas value chain,” the NMDPRA boss said.

    In a remark, Chairman Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Sen. Sabo Mohammed, said the passage into law of the PIA was a watershed in the legislative history of the nation.

    Mohammed, represented by its Vice Chairman, Sen. Philip Aduda, said it was expected that, as secondary legislation, the regulations would complement the PIA in unlocking the vast potential of the midstream and downstream sector.


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  •  Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
    Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
     Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
    Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games
    General news2 weeks ago

    Yusuf wins 4th medal for Nigeria at 2022 Commonwealth Games

    Islamiyat Yusuf has won Nigeria’s  fourth medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Monday.

    Yusuf clinched Bronze medal in women’s weightlifting 64kg event, with 93kg in snatch and 119 in clean and jerk.

    Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Edwin Peter competed in the Men’s -66kg elimination Round of 16 Judo event.

    Peter did not advance to the quarterfinals, losing by 10-0 to Northern Ireland’s Nathon Burns.

    Nigeria will take part in the semi finals of the Men’s table tennis team event against India.


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