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  •  An NGO the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria CS SUNN has urged the three tiers of government to extend maternity leave to six months to enable mothers exclusively breastfeed their children The Secretary CS SUNN Ms Dabis Mwalike made the call while addressing newsmen in Bauchi as part activities marking the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week which holds from Aug 1 to Aug 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world Mwalike said that scaling up of breastfeeding practices to almost universal level was estimated to prevent 823 000 annual deaths of children below the age of two years in the country We are advocating for breastfeeding corners in workplaces with a flexible schedule after resumption The benefits of breastfeeding include improving survival health and cognitive development prevent maternal death from cancer and type II diabetes she said Mwalike said that statistics shows that only 7 8 per cent of children were breastfed within the first hour of birth in the state hence the need for more community engagement The secretary attributed poor knowledge cultural social health system and commercial factors as being responsible for low exclusive breastfeeding in the state While commending the state government for enabling the environment for implementation she called for collaborative efforts and synergy among stakeholders to improve on best breastfeeding practices The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the theme for 2022 for the one week is Step up for Breastfeeding Educate and Support NAN reports that the World Breastfeeding Week is a global campaign to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages Following a surge in the infant mortality rate due to a drop in the number of mothers who wanted to breastfeed the initiative became essential NAN reports that Gov Nasiru El Rufai of Kaduna State announced a new state policy of six months maternity leave for female public servants in 2019 The policy aims to facilitate breastfeeding of infants by women working within the civil service With the announcement Kaduna State becomes the second state after Lagos State to commit to extending maternity leave to six months NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO seeks 6 months maternity leave for mothers in Bauchi State
     An NGO the Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria CS SUNN has urged the three tiers of government to extend maternity leave to six months to enable mothers exclusively breastfeed their children The Secretary CS SUNN Ms Dabis Mwalike made the call while addressing newsmen in Bauchi as part activities marking the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week which holds from Aug 1 to Aug 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world Mwalike said that scaling up of breastfeeding practices to almost universal level was estimated to prevent 823 000 annual deaths of children below the age of two years in the country We are advocating for breastfeeding corners in workplaces with a flexible schedule after resumption The benefits of breastfeeding include improving survival health and cognitive development prevent maternal death from cancer and type II diabetes she said Mwalike said that statistics shows that only 7 8 per cent of children were breastfed within the first hour of birth in the state hence the need for more community engagement The secretary attributed poor knowledge cultural social health system and commercial factors as being responsible for low exclusive breastfeeding in the state While commending the state government for enabling the environment for implementation she called for collaborative efforts and synergy among stakeholders to improve on best breastfeeding practices The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the theme for 2022 for the one week is Step up for Breastfeeding Educate and Support NAN reports that the World Breastfeeding Week is a global campaign to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages Following a surge in the infant mortality rate due to a drop in the number of mothers who wanted to breastfeed the initiative became essential NAN reports that Gov Nasiru El Rufai of Kaduna State announced a new state policy of six months maternity leave for female public servants in 2019 The policy aims to facilitate breastfeeding of infants by women working within the civil service With the announcement Kaduna State becomes the second state after Lagos State to commit to extending maternity leave to six months NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO seeks 6 months maternity leave for mothers in Bauchi State
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    CSO seeks 6 months maternity leave for mothers in Bauchi State

    An NGO, the Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN), has urged the three tiers of government to extend maternity leave to six months to enable mothers exclusively breastfeed their children.

    The Secretary CS-SUNN, Ms Dabis Mwalike, made the call while addressing newsmen in Bauchi, as part activities marking the 2022 World Breastfeeding Week which holds from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

    Mwalike said that scaling up of breastfeeding practices to almost universal level was estimated to prevent 823,000 annual deaths of children below the age of two years in the country.

    ”We are advocating for breastfeeding corners in workplaces with a flexible schedule after resumption.

    “The benefits of breastfeeding include improving survival, health and cognitive development, prevent maternal death from cancer and type II diabetes,” she said.

    Mwalike said that  statistics shows that only 7.8 per cent of children were breastfed within the first hour of birth in the state, hence the need for more community engagement.

    The secretary attributed poor knowledge, cultural, social health system and commercial factors  as being responsible for low exclusive breastfeeding in the state.

    While commending the state government  for enabling the environment for implementation, she  called for collaborative efforts and synergy  among  stakeholders to improve on best breastfeeding practices.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the theme for 2022 for the one week  is “Step up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support”.

    NAN reports that the World Breastfeeding Week  is a global campaign to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages.

    Following a surge in the infant mortality rate due to a drop in the number of mothers who wanted to breastfeed, the initiative became essential.

    NAN reports that Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State announced a new state policy of six months’ maternity leave for female public servants in 2019. The policy aims to facilitate breastfeeding of infants by women working within the civil service.

    With the announcement, Kaduna State becomes the second state after Lagos State to commit to extending maternity leave to six months.

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  •  Police in Bayelsa paraded a 27 year ld suspect before newsmen in Yenagoa on Monday for allegedly killing his 25 yeqr old female friend Police spokesman SP Asmin Butswat said the suspect buried the victim in a shallow grave in his apartment in Okaka a suburb of Yenagoa He said investigation showed that money owed the victim by the suspect was behind the murder Butswat said 13 other suspects were arrested in different parts of Bayelsa for kidnapping piracy gun running armed robbery and cult activities One of the most disturbing reports received last weekend was a case of murder involving a young man and a 25 year old lady On Friday July 29 we received a disturbing report from Okaka community that a young man murdered a 25 year old whom he strangled to death and buried her in a shallow grave in his apartment Our operatives were mobilised to the scene With the help of some medical experts the corpse was exhumed and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary for autopsy We have other reports of kidnapping at Aliebiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area where ransom was collected by the kidnappers but they have been arrested Four suspects were also arrested last weekend for piracy at Korokorosei community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area where the culprits attacked passenger boats Butswat said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police in Bayelsa parade 27-year-old man for alleged murder of female friend
     Police in Bayelsa paraded a 27 year ld suspect before newsmen in Yenagoa on Monday for allegedly killing his 25 yeqr old female friend Police spokesman SP Asmin Butswat said the suspect buried the victim in a shallow grave in his apartment in Okaka a suburb of Yenagoa He said investigation showed that money owed the victim by the suspect was behind the murder Butswat said 13 other suspects were arrested in different parts of Bayelsa for kidnapping piracy gun running armed robbery and cult activities One of the most disturbing reports received last weekend was a case of murder involving a young man and a 25 year old lady On Friday July 29 we received a disturbing report from Okaka community that a young man murdered a 25 year old whom he strangled to death and buried her in a shallow grave in his apartment Our operatives were mobilised to the scene With the help of some medical experts the corpse was exhumed and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary for autopsy We have other reports of kidnapping at Aliebiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area where ransom was collected by the kidnappers but they have been arrested Four suspects were also arrested last weekend for piracy at Korokorosei community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area where the culprits attacked passenger boats Butswat said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Police in Bayelsa parade 27-year-old man for alleged murder of female friend
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    Police in Bayelsa parade 27-year-old man for alleged murder of female friend

    Police in Bayelsa paraded a 27-year-ld suspect before newsmen in Yenagoa on Monday for allegedly killing his 25-yeqr-old female friend.

    Police spokesman, SP Asmin Butswat, said the suspect buried the victim in a shallow grave in his apartment in Okaka, a suburb of Yenagoa.

    He said investigation showed that money owed the victim by the suspect was behind the murder.

    Butswat said 13 other suspects were arrested in different parts of Bayelsa for kidnapping, piracy, gun-running, armed robbery and cult activities.

    “One of the most disturbing reports received last weekend was a case of murder involving a young man and a 25-year-old lady.

    “On Friday, July 29 we received a disturbing report from Okaka community that a young man murdered a 25-year-old whom he strangled to death and buried her in a shallow grave in his apartment.

    “Our operatives were mobilised to the scene.

    With the help of some medical experts, the corpse was exhumed and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre mortuary for autopsy.

    “We have other reports of kidnapping at Aliebiri community in Ekeremor Local Government Area where ransom was collected by the kidnappers, but they have been arrested.

    “Four suspects were also arrested last weekend for piracy at Korokorosei community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, where the culprits attacked passenger boats,’’ Butswat said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
      The Minister of the Presidency for Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana Mashabane officially opened Women s Month 2022 under the slogan Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women building back better for the resilience of women women The National Women s Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government During her address to 1 000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year s theme is to advance the agenda for the socio economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030 The issue is in line with South Africa s constitutional vision and the government s political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan NDP and the Medium Term Strategic Framework MTSF 2019 2024 the minister said Nkoana Mashabane The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio economic empowerment and advancement of women girls and women with disabilities in South Africa At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing owning and controlling income generating assets within the economy We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met The recent floods in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change Now more than ever the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way We must explore the economic social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy women continue to be on the periphery of the country s development agenda The COVID 19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty rising food and fuel prices climate change unemployment and high rates of gender based violence and femicide GBVF We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve Not long ago young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal In the words of the stalwart of the struggle Mme Ida Mntwana Let us go out as a united force let us take our place in the fight for freedom If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women Let us unite let us move forward with courage and determination
    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal
    Africa2 months ago

    Government launches Women’s Month 2022 in Kwazulu-Natal

    The Minister of the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, officially opened Women's Month 2022 under the slogan: "Socioeconomic rights and empowerment of women: building back better for the resilience of women!" women!" The National Women's Month program builds on ongoing interventions in the work of government, civil society and the private sector within the context of national priorities outlined by the government.

    During her address to 1,000 guests at a Women in Waste Management Workshop, the Minister stated that the strategic focus of this year's theme is to advance the agenda for the socio-economic empowerment of women towards achieving gender equality by 2030.

    "The issue is in line with South Africa's constitutional vision and the government's political priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP) and the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2019-2024," the minister said.

    Nkoana-Mashabane.

    The Minister reiterated that there is a need for frank conversations on the socio-economic empowerment and advancement of women, girls and women with disabilities in South Africa.

    “At the core of our mandate as a department is ensuring that women, youth and people with disabilities play an effective role in representing, owning and controlling income-generating assets within the economy.” "We must consider their participation as essential to guarantee that the objectives of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan are met."

    "The recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape paint a devastating picture of the effects of choosing to ignore climate change."

    “Now, more than ever, the green economy provides the necessary sustainable frameworks in which we can rebuild our economy in an inclusive way.

    We must explore the economic, social and environmental potential of the green economy to promote gender equality.” The Minister went on to say that 28 years after democracy, women continue to be on the periphery of the country's development agenda.

    “The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened existing inequalities, leaving millions of women on the receiving end of high levels of poverty, rising food and fuel prices, climate change, unemployment, and high rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF)”.

    "We are at a time of crisis where we must act collectively to defend the democratic gains that the women of 1956 have worked so hard to achieve."

    “Not long ago, young women in Krugersdorp were raped while filming a music video.

    Unemployment is high in South Africa and hearing that these young women were accosted by a group of men who raped them and stole their belongings is despicable.” “We appreciate the interventions of the SAPS in the apprehension of suspects and we hope that there will be convictions soon.

    We are also grateful that the young women are receiving psychosocial support to get them and their families through this ordeal.” In the words of the stalwart of the struggle, Mme Ida Mntwana: “Let us go out as a united force, let us take our place in the fight for freedom.

    If we all put our shoulders behind the wheel, the time will come when we will be proud of the acts of women.

    Let us unite, let us move forward with courage and determination.”

  •  Media bigwigs will on Thursday gather in Lagos to x ray the impact of digitalisation on journalism and the entire industry and prescribe practicable responses The Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu is to declare open the two day workshop organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors NGE Digitalisation has changed the face and the practice of journalism eroding its space the NGE said in a statement in Lagos on Monday The statement signed by its President Mr Mustapha Isah and the General Secretary Mr Iyobosa Uwugiaren said that the profession needed more efficient management models to thrive in the face of this It said that this informed the theme of the workshop Journalism and Digitalisation The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance Managing Directors publishers and editors of national media outlets including print broadcast and online are expected at the workshop holding at the De Rembrandt Hotel Alausa Ikeja The NGE said that a lecturer at the School of Media and Communication Pan Atlantic University Lagos Dr Pius Onobhayedo would deliver the keynote address on the theme Also former Managing Director of Guardian Press Limited Mr Emeka Izeze will speak on the sub theme Striking the Balance among Commercialism Proprietary Right and Professionalism The NGE said that former Managing Director The Sun Publishing Limited Dr Tony Onyima would deliver a paper on Surviving the Digital Onslaught It said that former Deputy Editor in Chief of The Punch Mr Gbemiga Ogunleye would also deliver a paper on Journalism and the Law Who Watches the Watchdog The Guild said that the workshop supported by the Lagos State government would attract 50 participants spread across Lagos Ekiti Ogun Ondo Osun Oyo Edo and Delta States NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu, media chiefs set for corporate governance workshop
     Media bigwigs will on Thursday gather in Lagos to x ray the impact of digitalisation on journalism and the entire industry and prescribe practicable responses The Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu is to declare open the two day workshop organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors NGE Digitalisation has changed the face and the practice of journalism eroding its space the NGE said in a statement in Lagos on Monday The statement signed by its President Mr Mustapha Isah and the General Secretary Mr Iyobosa Uwugiaren said that the profession needed more efficient management models to thrive in the face of this It said that this informed the theme of the workshop Journalism and Digitalisation The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance Managing Directors publishers and editors of national media outlets including print broadcast and online are expected at the workshop holding at the De Rembrandt Hotel Alausa Ikeja The NGE said that a lecturer at the School of Media and Communication Pan Atlantic University Lagos Dr Pius Onobhayedo would deliver the keynote address on the theme Also former Managing Director of Guardian Press Limited Mr Emeka Izeze will speak on the sub theme Striking the Balance among Commercialism Proprietary Right and Professionalism The NGE said that former Managing Director The Sun Publishing Limited Dr Tony Onyima would deliver a paper on Surviving the Digital Onslaught It said that former Deputy Editor in Chief of The Punch Mr Gbemiga Ogunleye would also deliver a paper on Journalism and the Law Who Watches the Watchdog The Guild said that the workshop supported by the Lagos State government would attract 50 participants spread across Lagos Ekiti Ogun Ondo Osun Oyo Edo and Delta States NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sanwo-Olu, media chiefs set for corporate governance workshop
    General news2 months ago

    Sanwo-Olu, media chiefs set for corporate governance workshop

    Media bigwigs will on Thursday gather in Lagos to x-ray the impact of digitalisation on journalism and the entire industry, and prescribe practicable responses.The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is to declare open the  two-day workshop, organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).“Digitalisation has changed the face and the practice of journalism, eroding its space,” the NGE said in a statement in Lagos on Monday.The statement, signed by its President, Mr. Mustapha Isah, and the General-Secretary, Mr. Iyobosa Uwugiaren, said that the profession needed more efficient management models to thrive, in the face of this.It said that this informed the theme of the workshop, “Journalism and Digitalisation: The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance”.Managing Directors, publishers and editors of national media outlets, including print, broadcast and online, are expected at the workshop, holding at the De Rembrandt Hotel, Alausa, Ikeja.The NGE said that a lecturer at the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University Lagos, Dr. Pius Onobhayedo, would deliver the keynote address on the theme.Also, former Managing Director of Guardian Press Limited, Mr. Emeka Izeze, will speak on the sub-theme: “Striking the Balance among Commercialism, Proprietary Right and Professionalism.” The NGE said that former Managing Director, The Sun Publishing Limited, Dr. Tony Onyima, would deliver a paper on “Surviving the Digital Onslaught”.It said that former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of The Punch, Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye, would also deliver a paper on “Journalism and the Law: Who Watches the Watchdog?” The Guild said that the workshop, supported by the Lagos State government, would attract 50 participants spread across Lagos, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Edo and Delta States.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   In celebration and commemoration of 28 years of bilateral economic relations the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana together with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition dtic of the Republic of South Africa convene a High Level Business Forum and Round Table on August 03 and 04 2022 in Gaborone Botswana Leading the preparations for the Business Forum on the Botswana side the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry Ms Malebogo Morakaladi says the main purpose of the engagements is to provide a forum for business executives to of the two countries engage in meaningful negotiations dialogue with high level government executives led by the two presidents to address trade and investment barriers as well as explore modalities to take advantage of trade and investment opportunities that abound between the two countries At the two day event the Botswana private sector will engage their South African counterparts in roundtable sessions and B2B meetings The main objective of the Business Forum and Business Roundtable is to foster commercial links between the two countries with a view to facilitating trade and investment as well as for potential joint venture partnerships A trade show will be held over the two days Alongside the round tables there will be a trade show that will take place over the two days From these commitments both countries anticipate the following results Identification and recommendation of measures to address trade and investment barriers between the two countries Identification of trade and investment opportunities as a basis for strengthening cooperation at the government and private sector levels to advance localization joint export promotion efforts and industrialization efforts Identification of a package of concrete actions to create an enabling environment to strengthen links between companies and cooperation to support the implementation of the regional value chains of the Southern African Customs Union SACU and the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA South Africa s Deputy Director General for Trade and Investment at the dtic Ms Lerato Mataboge says this session is critical to cementing ties between the two countries The roundtable is expected to provide the Heads of State with an opportunity to have in depth engagements on issues affecting trade and investment relations between the two countries by conversing with select and strategic business leaders from both countries The intended result is a better economic relationship anchored in strategic investments in each other s economies and collaborative solutions for regional growth she said Botswana s economy is very open to trade with imports and exports accounting for more than 80 of the country s GDP Due to its small market it has signed several trade relations with other countries for market access and industrialization Most critically Botswana s fortunes are heavily tied to South Africa through its SACU membership due to high levels of bilateral trade South Africa is Botswana s main import partner with a market share of around 56 8 in 2021 In addition Botswana benefits from regional economic integration and the facilitation of duty free movement of goods with a common external tariff on goods goods entering any of the countries from outside SACU Such benefits and positive bilateral economic relations make such commitments vital for both nations South African journalists planning to cover the event should complete the attached accreditation form and send it to Phumzile Kotane at pkotane thedtic gov za
    Botswana and South Africa celebrate 28 years of bilateral trade relations
      In celebration and commemoration of 28 years of bilateral economic relations the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana together with the Department of Trade Industry and Competition dtic of the Republic of South Africa convene a High Level Business Forum and Round Table on August 03 and 04 2022 in Gaborone Botswana Leading the preparations for the Business Forum on the Botswana side the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry Ms Malebogo Morakaladi says the main purpose of the engagements is to provide a forum for business executives to of the two countries engage in meaningful negotiations dialogue with high level government executives led by the two presidents to address trade and investment barriers as well as explore modalities to take advantage of trade and investment opportunities that abound between the two countries At the two day event the Botswana private sector will engage their South African counterparts in roundtable sessions and B2B meetings The main objective of the Business Forum and Business Roundtable is to foster commercial links between the two countries with a view to facilitating trade and investment as well as for potential joint venture partnerships A trade show will be held over the two days Alongside the round tables there will be a trade show that will take place over the two days From these commitments both countries anticipate the following results Identification and recommendation of measures to address trade and investment barriers between the two countries Identification of trade and investment opportunities as a basis for strengthening cooperation at the government and private sector levels to advance localization joint export promotion efforts and industrialization efforts Identification of a package of concrete actions to create an enabling environment to strengthen links between companies and cooperation to support the implementation of the regional value chains of the Southern African Customs Union SACU and the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA South Africa s Deputy Director General for Trade and Investment at the dtic Ms Lerato Mataboge says this session is critical to cementing ties between the two countries The roundtable is expected to provide the Heads of State with an opportunity to have in depth engagements on issues affecting trade and investment relations between the two countries by conversing with select and strategic business leaders from both countries The intended result is a better economic relationship anchored in strategic investments in each other s economies and collaborative solutions for regional growth she said Botswana s economy is very open to trade with imports and exports accounting for more than 80 of the country s GDP Due to its small market it has signed several trade relations with other countries for market access and industrialization Most critically Botswana s fortunes are heavily tied to South Africa through its SACU membership due to high levels of bilateral trade South Africa is Botswana s main import partner with a market share of around 56 8 in 2021 In addition Botswana benefits from regional economic integration and the facilitation of duty free movement of goods with a common external tariff on goods goods entering any of the countries from outside SACU Such benefits and positive bilateral economic relations make such commitments vital for both nations South African journalists planning to cover the event should complete the attached accreditation form and send it to Phumzile Kotane at pkotane thedtic gov za
    Botswana and South Africa celebrate 28 years of bilateral trade relations
    Africa2 months ago

    Botswana and South Africa celebrate 28 years of bilateral trade relations

    In celebration and commemoration of 28 years of bilateral economic relations, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Botswana together with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) of the Republic of South Africa convene a High Level Business Forum and Round Table on August 03 and 04, 2022, in Gaborone, Botswana.

    Leading the preparations for the Business Forum on the Botswana side, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ms. Malebogo Morakaladi, says: “the main purpose of the engagements is to provide a forum for business executives to of the two countries engage in meaningful negotiations.

    dialogue with high-level government executives, led by the two presidents, to address trade and investment barriers, as well as explore modalities to take advantage of trade and investment opportunities that abound between the two countries."

    At the two-day event, the Botswana private sector will engage their South African counterparts in roundtable sessions and B2B meetings.

    The main objective of the Business Forum and Business Roundtable is to foster commercial links between the two countries with a view to facilitating trade and investment, as well as for potential joint venture partnerships.

    A trade show will be held over the two days.

    Alongside the round tables there will be a trade show that will take place over the two days.

    From these commitments, both countries anticipate the following results: • Identification and recommendation of measures to address trade and investment barriers between the two countries.

    • Identification of trade and investment opportunities as a basis for strengthening cooperation at the government and private sector levels to advance localization, joint export promotion efforts, and industrialization efforts.

    • Identification of a package of concrete actions to create an enabling environment to strengthen links between companies; and cooperation to support the implementation of the regional value chains of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

    South Africa's Deputy Director General for Trade and Investment at the dtic, Ms. Lerato Mataboge, says this session is critical to cementing ties between the two countries.

    “The roundtable is expected to provide the Heads of State with an opportunity to have in-depth engagements on issues affecting trade and investment relations between the two countries by conversing with select and strategic business leaders from both countries.

    The intended result is a better economic relationship anchored in strategic investments in each other's economies and collaborative solutions for regional growth,” she said.

    Botswana's economy is very open to trade, with imports and exports accounting for more than 80% of the country's GDP.

    Due to its small market, it has signed several trade relations with other countries for market access and industrialization.

    Most critically, Botswana's fortunes are heavily tied to South Africa through its SACU membership due to high levels of bilateral trade.

    South Africa is Botswana's main import partner with a market share of around 56.8% in 2021.

    In addition, Botswana benefits from regional economic integration and the facilitation of duty-free movement of goods with a common external tariff on goods.

    goods entering any of the countries.

    from outside SACU.

    Such benefits and positive bilateral economic relations make such commitments vital for both nations.

    South African journalists planning to cover the event should complete the attached accreditation form and send it to Phumzile Kotane at pkotane@thedtic.gov.za.

  •  Paucity of funds security challenges are some of the problems making night flights impracticable in Nigeria Capt Musa Nuhu Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA made the declaration on Tuesday in Ikeja when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria Quoting statistics provided by the African Development Bank in 2019 Nuhu said Nigeria would require more than N1 5 trillion to fix airport infrastructures gap He said poor infrastructure also contributed to the challenges faced in night flight operations in Nigeria s airports Nuhu explained that any airport planning to operate beyond dusk required large financial outlay and compliance with important conditions for safe landing and take off of aircraft He listed some of the conditions as the provision of adequate number of competent personnel adequate power supply and availability of ancillary service providers among others The NCAA also told NAN that security risks and traffic level were other challenges associated with 24 hours airport operations in the country All manners of security risks including kidnapping robbery and others are evolving rapidly in many parts of the country The evolving security challenges make night operations dangerous because many airports by reason of construction and operational requirements are located mostly on the outskirts of towns The risks are enormous and seriously impacting on airports operations airport workers and passengers and crew even in daytime Available data show that the levels of passenger and traffic activities are not financially viable or self sustaining to operate a majority of the airports beyond sunset Nuhu lamented He spoke with NAN on the side line of the just concluded 26th Annual Conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents The conference had Sunset Airports Economic and Safety Implications as its theme Nuhu also listed airport and Air Navigation Services infrastructure search and rescue and airline capacity as some of the safety implications of Sunset to Sunrise airports He said the high risk of accidents during night operations at airports due to inadequate power supply from primary and secondary sources was daunting He stressed that night operations at airports depended majorly on functional and appropriately calibrated landing aids and serviceable automatic weather stations among other infrastructure Nuhu cautioned that the absence of the essential infrastructure could lead to catastrophic consequences during night operations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Paucity of funds, deficit infrastructure, insecurity, challenges of night air travels – NCAA
     Paucity of funds security challenges are some of the problems making night flights impracticable in Nigeria Capt Musa Nuhu Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA made the declaration on Tuesday in Ikeja when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria Quoting statistics provided by the African Development Bank in 2019 Nuhu said Nigeria would require more than N1 5 trillion to fix airport infrastructures gap He said poor infrastructure also contributed to the challenges faced in night flight operations in Nigeria s airports Nuhu explained that any airport planning to operate beyond dusk required large financial outlay and compliance with important conditions for safe landing and take off of aircraft He listed some of the conditions as the provision of adequate number of competent personnel adequate power supply and availability of ancillary service providers among others The NCAA also told NAN that security risks and traffic level were other challenges associated with 24 hours airport operations in the country All manners of security risks including kidnapping robbery and others are evolving rapidly in many parts of the country The evolving security challenges make night operations dangerous because many airports by reason of construction and operational requirements are located mostly on the outskirts of towns The risks are enormous and seriously impacting on airports operations airport workers and passengers and crew even in daytime Available data show that the levels of passenger and traffic activities are not financially viable or self sustaining to operate a majority of the airports beyond sunset Nuhu lamented He spoke with NAN on the side line of the just concluded 26th Annual Conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents The conference had Sunset Airports Economic and Safety Implications as its theme Nuhu also listed airport and Air Navigation Services infrastructure search and rescue and airline capacity as some of the safety implications of Sunset to Sunrise airports He said the high risk of accidents during night operations at airports due to inadequate power supply from primary and secondary sources was daunting He stressed that night operations at airports depended majorly on functional and appropriately calibrated landing aids and serviceable automatic weather stations among other infrastructure Nuhu cautioned that the absence of the essential infrastructure could lead to catastrophic consequences during night operations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Paucity of funds, deficit infrastructure, insecurity, challenges of night air travels – NCAA
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    Paucity of funds, deficit infrastructure, insecurity, challenges of night air travels – NCAA

    Paucity of funds, security challenges are some of the problems making night flights impracticable in Nigeria.

    Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) made the declaration on Tuesday in Ikeja when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria .

    Quoting statistics provided by the African Development Bank in 2019, Nuhu said Nigeria would require more than N1.5 trillion to fix airport infrastructures gap.

    He said poor infrastructure also contributed to the challenges faced in night flight operations in Nigeria’s airports.

    Nuhu explained that any airport planning to operate beyond dusk required large financial outlay and compliance with important conditions for safe landing and take-off of aircraft.

    He listed some of the conditions as the provision of adequate number of competent personnel, adequate power supply and availability of ancillary service providers, among others.

    The NCAA also told NAN that security risks and traffic level were other challenges associated with 24 hours airport operations in the country.

    “All manners of security risks including kidnapping, robbery and others are evolving rapidly in many parts of the country.

    “The evolving security challenges make night operations dangerous because many airports, by reason of construction and operational requirements are located mostly on the outskirts of towns.

    “The risks are enormous and seriously impacting on airports’ operations, airport workers and passengers and crew even in daytime.

    “Available data show that the levels of passenger and traffic activities are not financially viable or self-sustaining to operate a majority of the airports beyond sunset,’’ Nuhu lamented.

    He spoke with NAN on the side-line of the just-concluded 26th Annual Conference of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents.

    The conference had: “Sunset Airports: Economic and Safety Implications’’ as its theme.

    Nuhu also listed airport and Air Navigation Services infrastructure, search-and-rescue and airline capacity as some of the safety implications of Sunset to Sunrise airports.

    He said the high risk of accidents during night operations at airports due to inadequate power supply from primary and secondary sources was daunting.

    He stressed that night operations at airports depended majorly on functional and appropriately calibrated landing aids and serviceable automatic weather stations among other infrastructure.

    Nuhu cautioned that the absence of the essential infrastructure could lead to catastrophic consequences during night operations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking and migration The Vice President made the call on Monday in Abuja at the grand finale of the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking Represented by Mr Ad l Ipaye Deputy Chief of Staff to the President Office of the Vice President stated that it was only by working together that the war against human trafficking could be won According to him human trafficking is a global phenomenon while encouraging everybody to rekindle their commitment so that the fight against the menace can be won He said that President Buhari administration had continue to deploy political will in the fight against human trafficking saying that the drive would continue in that direction Osinbajo congratulated NAPTIP for the progress it had made in the fight and other stakeholders for the support they had given the agency for the feat it had achieved He said that policy document would continue to set agenda and reversal of human trafficking in order to ensure safety of Nigeria in the Federal Government standard procedure All organisations offering shelters and homes to trafficked persons must ensure people are not exploited we will continue to scale our efforts in the areas of protection prosecution and others We can only win this fight by working together with common vision Osinbajo stressed Earlier the Director General of NAPTIP Dr Fatima Waziri Azi said that the agency had recently commenced a nationwide establishment of trafficking in persons and violence against persons vanguard across the one 110 Federal Government Colleges She said that the vanguard was intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and Sexual and Gender Based Violence in and outside schools She stated that the idea was to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against these crimes and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration According to her we can do a lot of prevention work just by opening their eyes to the problem Waziri Azi said that the theme for the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking Use and Abuse of Technology which featured debate for and against between Baze University Abuja and Veritas University Abuja was timely According to her traffickers are misusing technology to drive their agenda in trafficking many young Nigerians saying that there is need to change the narrative Human traffickers now operate online as much as they operate offline If the COVID 19 pandemic has taught us anything it is the re enforcement of the need for digital channel of communication Human traffickers have also caught on to this digital transformation there is an obvious shift from physical to virtual recruitment as traffickers have kept pace with technology becoming proficient at using the internet for their trafficking operations The theme Use and Abuse of Technology for the 2022 human trafficking day This theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can enable as well as impede human trafficking This theme is timely could not have come at a better time considering the fact that at NAPTIP we are seeing an increase in fake job advertorials and fake scholarships via social media Traffickers use it to recruit and cat fish unsuspecting victims she said Waziri Azi said that NAPTIP in partnership with the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children NCMEC will enhance tracing and diligent investigation of all cases relating to online child abuse human trafficking and other related crimes She said that the partnership would also help detect persons who use social media platforms to electronically distribute pornographic materials to either blackmail or exploit victims According to her the agency is currently investigating its first sextortion case adding that it has set up a cybercrime task team that is dedicated to tackle online crimes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders
      Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking and migration The Vice President made the call on Monday in Abuja at the grand finale of the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking Represented by Mr Ad l Ipaye Deputy Chief of Staff to the President Office of the Vice President stated that it was only by working together that the war against human trafficking could be won According to him human trafficking is a global phenomenon while encouraging everybody to rekindle their commitment so that the fight against the menace can be won He said that President Buhari administration had continue to deploy political will in the fight against human trafficking saying that the drive would continue in that direction Osinbajo congratulated NAPTIP for the progress it had made in the fight and other stakeholders for the support they had given the agency for the feat it had achieved He said that policy document would continue to set agenda and reversal of human trafficking in order to ensure safety of Nigeria in the Federal Government standard procedure All organisations offering shelters and homes to trafficked persons must ensure people are not exploited we will continue to scale our efforts in the areas of protection prosecution and others We can only win this fight by working together with common vision Osinbajo stressed Earlier the Director General of NAPTIP Dr Fatima Waziri Azi said that the agency had recently commenced a nationwide establishment of trafficking in persons and violence against persons vanguard across the one 110 Federal Government Colleges She said that the vanguard was intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and Sexual and Gender Based Violence in and outside schools She stated that the idea was to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against these crimes and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration According to her we can do a lot of prevention work just by opening their eyes to the problem Waziri Azi said that the theme for the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking Use and Abuse of Technology which featured debate for and against between Baze University Abuja and Veritas University Abuja was timely According to her traffickers are misusing technology to drive their agenda in trafficking many young Nigerians saying that there is need to change the narrative Human traffickers now operate online as much as they operate offline If the COVID 19 pandemic has taught us anything it is the re enforcement of the need for digital channel of communication Human traffickers have also caught on to this digital transformation there is an obvious shift from physical to virtual recruitment as traffickers have kept pace with technology becoming proficient at using the internet for their trafficking operations The theme Use and Abuse of Technology for the 2022 human trafficking day This theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can enable as well as impede human trafficking This theme is timely could not have come at a better time considering the fact that at NAPTIP we are seeing an increase in fake job advertorials and fake scholarships via social media Traffickers use it to recruit and cat fish unsuspecting victims she said Waziri Azi said that NAPTIP in partnership with the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children NCMEC will enhance tracing and diligent investigation of all cases relating to online child abuse human trafficking and other related crimes She said that the partnership would also help detect persons who use social media platforms to electronically distribute pornographic materials to either blackmail or exploit victims According to her the agency is currently investigating its first sextortion case adding that it has set up a cybercrime task team that is dedicated to tackle online crimes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Human Trafficking: Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders
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    Human Trafficking: Osinbajo calls for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders

     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders in the fight against human trafficking and migration.

    The Vice President made the call on Monday in Abuja at the grand finale of the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking.

    Represented by Mr Adéọlá Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Office of the Vice President, stated that it was only by working together that the war against human trafficking could be won.

    According to him, human trafficking is a global phenomenon, while encouraging everybody to rekindle their commitment so that the fight against the menace can be won.

    He said that President Buhari administration had continue to deploy political will in the fight against human trafficking, saying that the drive would continue in that direction.

    Osinbajo congratulated NAPTIP for the progress it had made in the fight and other stakeholders for the support they had given the agency for the feat it had achieved.

    He said that policy document would continue to set agenda and reversal of human trafficking in order to ensure safety of Nigeria in the Federal Government standard procedure.

    “All organisations offering shelters and homes to trafficked persons must ensure people are not exploited, we will continue to scale our efforts in the areas of protection, prosecution and others.

    “We can only win this fight by working together with common vision,” Osinbajo stressed.

    Earlier, the Director General of NAPTIP, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said that the agency had recently commenced a nationwide establishment of trafficking in persons and violence against persons vanguard across the one 110 Federal Government Colleges.

    She said that the vanguard was intended to increase the capacity of students to identify and report incidents of human trafficking and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, in and outside schools.

    She stated that the idea was to raise a generation of young people empowered to advocate against these crimes and promote safe migration as an option rather than irregular migration.

    According to her, we can do a lot of prevention work just by opening their eyes to the problem.

    Waziri-Azi  said that the theme for the 2022 UN Day Against Human Trafficking “Use and Abuse of Technology” which featured debate for and against between Baze University, Abuja and Veritas University, Abuja, was timely.

    According to her, traffickers are misusing technology to drive their agenda in trafficking many young Nigerians, saying that, there is need to change the narrative.

    “Human traffickers now operate online as much as they operate offline.

    If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is the re-enforcement of the need for digital channel of communication.

    “Human traffickers have also caught on to this digital transformation, there is an obvious shift from physical to virtual recruitment as traffickers have kept pace with technology, becoming proficient at using the internet for their trafficking operations.

    “The theme: “Use and Abuse of Technology” for the 2022 human trafficking day.

    This theme focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can enable, as well as impede human trafficking.

    “This theme is timely, could not have come at a better time considering the fact that at NAPTIP, we are seeing an increase in fake job advertorials and fake scholarships via social media.

    “Traffickers use it to recruit and cat fish unsuspecting victims,” she said.

    Waziri-Azi  said that NAPTIP in partnership with the US- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) will enhance tracing and diligent investigation of all cases relating to online child abuse, human trafficking and other related crimes.

    She said that the partnership would also help detect persons who use social media platforms to electronically distribute pornographic materials to either blackmail or exploit victims.

    According to her, the agency is currently investigating its first “sextortion“ case, adding that it has set up a cybercrime task team that is dedicated to tackle online crimes.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Dr Samuel Eziokwu the Executive Director Human Rights Awareness Initiative HURAI has lauded efforts being made to ensure free and credible elections in the country This is contained in a statement on Monday ahead of the launch of the a book titled Credible Elections in the U S and Ghana Lessons for Nigeria written by Eziokwu to be released on Thursday Eziokwe said that a free and credible election promotes peace stability and national development He also said transparency of election guarantees that each step is open to scrutiny and stakeholders can interrogate the process Eziokwu said inclusiveness ensures that elections must provide equal opportunity for all participants as voters and candidates He said accountability of elections warrants that every process must be held accountable adding that there must be remedies in place and executed for violation of electoral laws especially election related rights Competitive election guarantees reasonable and equitable opportunities to compete to be elected into government office to be reflected in the electoral cycle devoid of violence intimidation etc The book outlined other conceptual underpinning principles for credible elections like international law concept of credible election which sees periodic and genuine elections as rights of citizens Passing electoral test for selection which every candidate must go through based on specified values of competence character capacity he said Justice Ibrahim Auta a retired Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in his forward described the book as a challenge to nascent democracies to make and execute laws regulating elections intentionally appoint credible election management body truly independent give close attention to credible voters registration voting vote counting transmission and collation of results Also former Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe insisted that since politics is the arena within which our fate as a nation will be decided the book is a must read for both practitioners and citizens who as a duty must engage in politics It explores a wide range of issues in elections and compares our processes with that of other climes within our sub region and others outside our hemisphere NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO initiator lauds efforts to ensure free, credible 2023 elections
     Dr Samuel Eziokwu the Executive Director Human Rights Awareness Initiative HURAI has lauded efforts being made to ensure free and credible elections in the country This is contained in a statement on Monday ahead of the launch of the a book titled Credible Elections in the U S and Ghana Lessons for Nigeria written by Eziokwu to be released on Thursday Eziokwe said that a free and credible election promotes peace stability and national development He also said transparency of election guarantees that each step is open to scrutiny and stakeholders can interrogate the process Eziokwu said inclusiveness ensures that elections must provide equal opportunity for all participants as voters and candidates He said accountability of elections warrants that every process must be held accountable adding that there must be remedies in place and executed for violation of electoral laws especially election related rights Competitive election guarantees reasonable and equitable opportunities to compete to be elected into government office to be reflected in the electoral cycle devoid of violence intimidation etc The book outlined other conceptual underpinning principles for credible elections like international law concept of credible election which sees periodic and genuine elections as rights of citizens Passing electoral test for selection which every candidate must go through based on specified values of competence character capacity he said Justice Ibrahim Auta a retired Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in his forward described the book as a challenge to nascent democracies to make and execute laws regulating elections intentionally appoint credible election management body truly independent give close attention to credible voters registration voting vote counting transmission and collation of results Also former Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe insisted that since politics is the arena within which our fate as a nation will be decided the book is a must read for both practitioners and citizens who as a duty must engage in politics It explores a wide range of issues in elections and compares our processes with that of other climes within our sub region and others outside our hemisphere NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO initiator lauds efforts to ensure free, credible 2023 elections
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    NGO initiator lauds efforts to ensure free, credible 2023 elections

    Dr Samuel Eziokwu, the Executive Director, Human Rights Awareness Initiative (HURAI) has lauded efforts being made to ensure free and credible elections in the country.

    This is contained in a statement on Monday ahead of the launch of the a book titled: ‘’Credible Elections in the U.

    S. and Ghana: Lessons for Nigeria’’ written by Eziokwu to be released on Thursday.

    Eziokwe said that a free and credible election promotes peace, stability, and national development.

    He also said transparency of election guarantees that each step is open to scrutiny and stakeholders can interrogate the process.

    Eziokwu said inclusiveness ensures that elections must provide equal opportunity for all participants as voters and candidates.

    He said accountability of elections warrants that every process must be held accountable, adding that there must be remedies in place and executed for violation of electoral laws, especially election related rights.

    ‘’Competitive election guarantees reasonable and equitable opportunities to compete to be elected into government office to be reflected in the electoral cycle devoid of violence, intimidation, etc.

    ‘’The book outlined other conceptual underpinning principles for credible elections like international law concept of credible election which sees periodic and genuine elections as rights of citizens; Passing electoral test for selection which every candidate must go through based on specified values of competence, character, capacity,’’ he said.

    Justice Ibrahim Auta, a retired Chief Judge of the Federal High Court in his forward, described the book as a “challenge to nascent democracies to make and execute laws regulating elections, intentionally appoint credible election management body truly independent, give close attention to credible voters registration, voting, vote counting, transmission and collation of results.

    ’’ Also, former Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, insisted that “since politics is the arena within which our fate as a nation will be decided, the book is a must read for both practitioners and citizens who as a duty must engage in politics.

    ”It explores a wide range of issues in elections and compares our processes with that of other climes within our sub-region and others outside our hemisphere.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Members of Parliament from the Bugisu region have called on the government to provide residents affected by the floods in the Elgon region with cash compensation to facilitate their relocation This call follows the rains and floods that have killed more than 20 people in Mbale town and Kapchorwa district Addressing a press conference on Monday August 1 2022 MPs said the government has been slow to respond to the crisis They also want the government to set up temporary evacuation camps where cracks and signs of flooding are apparent as well as compensate residents rather than relocate them Hon John Musila Member of Parliament for Bubulo East said the government should give people 50 million Shs to help them relocate and build houses instead of waiting for what he describes as the slow process of relocation The government should set up evacuation camps in dangerous and disaster prone areas but we also want compensation for the people If a house in Bunambutye costs 50 million shs let someone go out of their own free will and get a plot instead of pushing them somewhere else he said AUDIO Musila Hon Karim Masaba NUP Mbale Industrial Division said that there are still more missing people and called on the government to act fast and provide the necessary support Our people do not have food or safe drinking water They also don t have homes where they can stay right now Masaba said He added that the resettlement camp that was set up in the Bulambuli district has been slow and unhelpful as the government has set up only 100 houses out of the 800 it planned to build in five years The rainy season is just beginning there are many people still living in dangerous places on the slopes of Mount Elgon who need to be moved Many of our roads have been cut off and bridges have been damaged Masaba added AUDIO Masaba Hon Isaac Modoi a Lutseshe county deputy said that when the rain started people were happy to embark on farming but instead the floods hit Wanale Namatala Busamaga and the industrial park areas among others He said this is an effect of environmental mismanagement and called for the relocation of affected people from the slopes of Mount Elgon
    Uganda: Compensating Flood Victims Instead of Relocating Them- MPs Bugisu
     Members of Parliament from the Bugisu region have called on the government to provide residents affected by the floods in the Elgon region with cash compensation to facilitate their relocation This call follows the rains and floods that have killed more than 20 people in Mbale town and Kapchorwa district Addressing a press conference on Monday August 1 2022 MPs said the government has been slow to respond to the crisis They also want the government to set up temporary evacuation camps where cracks and signs of flooding are apparent as well as compensate residents rather than relocate them Hon John Musila Member of Parliament for Bubulo East said the government should give people 50 million Shs to help them relocate and build houses instead of waiting for what he describes as the slow process of relocation The government should set up evacuation camps in dangerous and disaster prone areas but we also want compensation for the people If a house in Bunambutye costs 50 million shs let someone go out of their own free will and get a plot instead of pushing them somewhere else he said AUDIO Musila Hon Karim Masaba NUP Mbale Industrial Division said that there are still more missing people and called on the government to act fast and provide the necessary support Our people do not have food or safe drinking water They also don t have homes where they can stay right now Masaba said He added that the resettlement camp that was set up in the Bulambuli district has been slow and unhelpful as the government has set up only 100 houses out of the 800 it planned to build in five years The rainy season is just beginning there are many people still living in dangerous places on the slopes of Mount Elgon who need to be moved Many of our roads have been cut off and bridges have been damaged Masaba added AUDIO Masaba Hon Isaac Modoi a Lutseshe county deputy said that when the rain started people were happy to embark on farming but instead the floods hit Wanale Namatala Busamaga and the industrial park areas among others He said this is an effect of environmental mismanagement and called for the relocation of affected people from the slopes of Mount Elgon
    Uganda: Compensating Flood Victims Instead of Relocating Them- MPs Bugisu
    Africa2 months ago

    Uganda: Compensating Flood Victims Instead of Relocating Them- MPs Bugisu

    Members of Parliament from the Bugisu region have called on the government to provide residents affected by the floods in the Elgon region with cash compensation to facilitate their relocation.This call follows the rains and floods that have killed more than 20 people in Mbale town and Kapchorwa district.Addressing a press conference on Monday, August 1, 2022, MPs said the government has been slow to respond to the crisis.They also want the government to set up temporary evacuation camps where cracks and signs of flooding are apparent, as well as compensate residents rather than relocate them.Hon. John Musila, Member of Parliament for Bubulo East, said the government should give people 50 million Shs to help them relocate and build houses instead of waiting for what he describes as the slow process of relocation.“The government should set up evacuation camps in dangerous and disaster-prone areas, but we also want compensation for the people.If a house in Bunambutye costs 50 million shs, let someone go out of their own free will and get a plot instead of pushing them somewhere else,” he said.AUDIO Musila Hon. Karim Masaba (NUP, Mbale Industrial Division) said that there are still more missing people and called on the government to act fast and provide the necessary support.“Our people do not have food or safe drinking water.They also don't have homes where they can stay right now," Masaba said.He added that the resettlement camp that was set up in the Bulambuli district has been slow and unhelpful, as the government has set up only 100 houses out of the 800 it planned to build in five years.“The rainy season is just beginning; there are many people still living in dangerous places on the slopes of Mount Elgon who need to be moved.Many of our roads have been cut off and bridges have been damaged,” Masaba added.AUDIO Masaba Hon. Isaac Modoi, a Lutseshe county deputy, said that when the rain started, people were happy to embark on farming, but instead, the floods hit Wanale, Namatala, Busamaga, and the industrial park areas, among others.He said this is an effect of environmental mismanagement and called for the relocation of affected people from the slopes of Mount Elgon.

  •  The Old Mutual Limited OML Nigeria a pan African investment savings insurance and banking group has unveiled an Education Protection Plan EPP EduSure to assist parent guardians to secure uninterrupted scholarship for their children or wards This contained in a statement made available by the guaranteeing firm on Monday in Lagos The insurer said with EduSure parents or guardians can save towards an educational goal of their children or wards The group also stated that the Old Mutual limited would provide an assurance of meeting the goal in the event of death of a policyholder For instance a policyholder can select to save a specific amount of money for ten years towards a child s university education EduSure ensures that the target sum is paid to the beneficiary should the policyholder unfortunately passes away within the policy tenure The policy also is expected to provide a refund of premium delivering 40 per cent of the premium to the policyholder should the beneficiary die before attaining the age of 25 It is also expected that a cash back option to the policyholder for continuous payment over a 36 month period be achieved it said In his remark Managing Director Old Mutual Life Assurance Limited Mr Olusegun Omosehin said investing in an education plan is an intelligent way of ensuring a child gets the best education possible without the exigencies of life interrupting their learning process Omosehin explained that with the Education Protection Plan parents or guardians are guaranteed that their children or wards can achieve the future they desire by simply setting aside a target amount for their future educational goals It is smart because if nothing happens with the policy term the parent would have saved up a substantial amount to meet the financial demands for providing the kind of education they dreamt for their children Under the Education Protection Plan policyholders can choose between N500 000 to N500 000 00 cover target paying the premiums monthly quarterly semi annually or annually he said The Executive Head Marketing and Customer Experience Old Mutual Nigeria Miss Alero Ladipo also said that the product is targeted at helping more Nigerian parents or guardians achieve the desired future for their children or wards amidst future uncertainties Ladipo noted that the launch of the Old Mutual EPP is significant at a time when the World Bank estimated that Nigeria has 11 million children out of school Research has also shown that a very considerable portion of this population is children who were constrained to drop out of school due to the reversal of economic realities following the death of a breadwinning parent We know that death is a reality for any living being but we now have the financial tools that insulate the children from the impact of death on their future education she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group unveils plan for parents to secure scholarships for wards
     The Old Mutual Limited OML Nigeria a pan African investment savings insurance and banking group has unveiled an Education Protection Plan EPP EduSure to assist parent guardians to secure uninterrupted scholarship for their children or wards This contained in a statement made available by the guaranteeing firm on Monday in Lagos The insurer said with EduSure parents or guardians can save towards an educational goal of their children or wards The group also stated that the Old Mutual limited would provide an assurance of meeting the goal in the event of death of a policyholder For instance a policyholder can select to save a specific amount of money for ten years towards a child s university education EduSure ensures that the target sum is paid to the beneficiary should the policyholder unfortunately passes away within the policy tenure The policy also is expected to provide a refund of premium delivering 40 per cent of the premium to the policyholder should the beneficiary die before attaining the age of 25 It is also expected that a cash back option to the policyholder for continuous payment over a 36 month period be achieved it said In his remark Managing Director Old Mutual Life Assurance Limited Mr Olusegun Omosehin said investing in an education plan is an intelligent way of ensuring a child gets the best education possible without the exigencies of life interrupting their learning process Omosehin explained that with the Education Protection Plan parents or guardians are guaranteed that their children or wards can achieve the future they desire by simply setting aside a target amount for their future educational goals It is smart because if nothing happens with the policy term the parent would have saved up a substantial amount to meet the financial demands for providing the kind of education they dreamt for their children Under the Education Protection Plan policyholders can choose between N500 000 to N500 000 00 cover target paying the premiums monthly quarterly semi annually or annually he said The Executive Head Marketing and Customer Experience Old Mutual Nigeria Miss Alero Ladipo also said that the product is targeted at helping more Nigerian parents or guardians achieve the desired future for their children or wards amidst future uncertainties Ladipo noted that the launch of the Old Mutual EPP is significant at a time when the World Bank estimated that Nigeria has 11 million children out of school Research has also shown that a very considerable portion of this population is children who were constrained to drop out of school due to the reversal of economic realities following the death of a breadwinning parent We know that death is a reality for any living being but we now have the financial tools that insulate the children from the impact of death on their future education she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group unveils plan for parents to secure scholarships for wards
    Economy2 months ago

    Group unveils plan for parents to secure scholarships for wards

    The Old Mutual Limited (OML) Nigeria, a pan-African investment, savings, insurance and banking group has unveiled an Education Protection Plan (EPP), ‘ EduSure’  to assist parent , guardians to secure uninterrupted scholarship for their children or wards.

    This contained in a statement made available by the guaranteeing firm on Monday in Lagos.

    The insurer said with EduSure, parents or guardians can save towards an educational goal of their children or wards.

    The group also stated that the Old Mutual limited would provide  an assurance of meeting the goal in the event of death of a policyholder.

    ” For instance, a policyholder can select to save a specific amount of money for ten years towards a child’s university education.

    ” EduSure ensures that the target sum is paid to the beneficiary should the policyholder, unfortunately, passes away within the policy tenure.

    ” The policy also is expected to provide a refund of premium, delivering 40 per cent of the premium to the policyholder should the beneficiary die before attaining the age of 25. “It is also expected that a cash back option to the policyholder for continuous payment over a 36-month period be achieved,” it said.

    In his remark, Managing Director, Old Mutual Life Assurance Limited, Mr Olusegun Omosehin said, investing in an education plan is an intelligent way of ensuring a child gets the best education possible without the exigencies of life interrupting their learning process.

    Omosehin explained that with the Education Protection Plan, parents or guardians are guaranteed that their children or wards can achieve the future they desire by simply setting aside a target amount for their future educational goals.

    “It is smart because if nothing happens with the policy term, the parent would have saved up a substantial amount to meet the financial demands for providing the kind of education they dreamt for their children.

    .

    “Under the Education Protection Plan, policyholders can choose between N500,000 to N500,000.00 cover target, paying the premiums monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually,” he said.

    The Executive Head, Marketing and Customer Experience, Old Mutual Nigeria, Miss Alero Ladipo, also said that the product is targeted at helping more Nigerian parents or guardians achieve the desired future for their children or wards amidst future uncertainties.

    Ladipo noted that the launch of the Old Mutual EPP is significant at a time when the World Bank estimated that Nigeria has 11 million children out of school.

    ” Research has also shown that a very considerable portion of this population is children who were constrained to drop out of school due to the reversal of economic realities following the death of a breadwinning parent.

    “We know that death is a reality for any living being, but we now have the financial tools that insulate the children from the impact of death on their future education”, she said.


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