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  •   Mexico s Attorney General s Office said Tuesday that it was investigating former president Enrique Pena Nieto for suspected crimes including illicit enrichment and money laundering The announcement came nearly a month after the finance ministry s Financial Intelligence Unit revealed that Pena Nieto was facing a probe over more than a million dollars of international money transfers The ex president who was in office from 2012 2018 and now lives in Madrid has denied any wrongdoing Some of the allegations involve Spanish construction company OHL the Attorney General s Office said in a statement without giving details Progress in this investigation will allow prosecutions in the coming months it said Pablo Gomez head of the Financial Intelligence Unit told reporters in July that Pena Nieto had received around 26 million pesos 1 25 million sent by a relative in Mexico The movements had come under scrutiny because they were cash transfers and the origin of the funds was unknown he said Pena Nieto is also believed to have ties with two companies that won lucrative contracts with the Mexican state during his term Gomez added Pena Nieto tweeted in response that he was certain that I will be allowed to clarify before the competent authorities any questions about my assets and demonstrate their legality Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador a left wing populist who replaced Pena Nieto in 2018 has repeatedly denounced alleged corruption under his predecessors A referendum Lopez Obrador championed last year on whether former presidents should be prosecuted failed to draw anywhere near enough voters to the polls for the exercise to be binding
    Mexico prosecutors investigate ex-president Pena Nieto
      Mexico s Attorney General s Office said Tuesday that it was investigating former president Enrique Pena Nieto for suspected crimes including illicit enrichment and money laundering The announcement came nearly a month after the finance ministry s Financial Intelligence Unit revealed that Pena Nieto was facing a probe over more than a million dollars of international money transfers The ex president who was in office from 2012 2018 and now lives in Madrid has denied any wrongdoing Some of the allegations involve Spanish construction company OHL the Attorney General s Office said in a statement without giving details Progress in this investigation will allow prosecutions in the coming months it said Pablo Gomez head of the Financial Intelligence Unit told reporters in July that Pena Nieto had received around 26 million pesos 1 25 million sent by a relative in Mexico The movements had come under scrutiny because they were cash transfers and the origin of the funds was unknown he said Pena Nieto is also believed to have ties with two companies that won lucrative contracts with the Mexican state during his term Gomez added Pena Nieto tweeted in response that he was certain that I will be allowed to clarify before the competent authorities any questions about my assets and demonstrate their legality Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador a left wing populist who replaced Pena Nieto in 2018 has repeatedly denounced alleged corruption under his predecessors A referendum Lopez Obrador championed last year on whether former presidents should be prosecuted failed to draw anywhere near enough voters to the polls for the exercise to be binding
    Mexico prosecutors investigate ex-president Pena Nieto
    Foreign2 months ago

    Mexico prosecutors investigate ex-president Pena Nieto

    Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that it was investigating former president Enrique Pena Nieto for suspected crimes including illicit enrichment and money laundering.

    The announcement came nearly a month after the finance ministry’s Financial Intelligence Unit revealed that Pena Nieto was facing a probe over more than a million dollars of international money transfers.

    The ex-president, who was in office from 2012-2018 and now lives in Madrid, has denied any wrongdoing.

    Some of the allegations involve Spanish construction company OHL, the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement, without giving details.

    “Progress in this investigation will allow prosecutions in the coming months,” it said.

    Pablo Gomez, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit, told reporters in July that Pena Nieto had received around 26 million pesos ($1.

    25 million) sent by a relative in Mexico.

    The movements had come under scrutiny because they were cash transfers and the origin of the funds was unknown, he said.

    Pena Nieto is also believed to have ties with two companies that won lucrative contracts with the Mexican state during his term, Gomez added.

    Pena Nieto tweeted in response that he was “certain that I will be allowed to clarify before the competent authorities any questions about my assets and demonstrate their legality.

    ” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a left-wing populist who replaced Pena Nieto in 2018, has repeatedly denounced alleged corruption under his predecessors.

    A referendum Lopez Obrador championed last year on whether former presidents should be prosecuted failed to draw anywhere near enough voters to the polls for the exercise to be binding.

  •  Prof Sonnie Adagbonyin Vice Chancellor V C of the state owned Ambrose Alli University AAU Ekpoma says government has not proscribed activities of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASSU in the institution Adagbonyin told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ekpoma that government only suspended activities of staff unions on campus as they were inhibiting the smooth running of academic activities in the institution In AAU we must get it clear that government did not proscribe the unions I need to empasise that as there has to be a law that can take that out And I don t think that has happened in AAU Rather what happened in AAU is a decision taken by government to curtail the excess activities of the staff unions What we have is a suspension of the activities of staff unions within the university I need to state it clearly because in the past certain persons in their attempt at propaganda have taken the narrative beyond the frontiers of reality We are happy that academic activities at AAU are in full swing and students are writing their examinations while lecturers are going about the supervision of students Yet many others are engaged in the typical responsibility which academics are known for which is research As we speak a large number of staff have returned to work And very many more will be joining us in the days ahead I m saying this because there is the propaganda in the air that even though AAU has resumed that activities are not in full swing That is not true As you have also noticed while examinations are ongoing many faculties have concluded theirs bringing to an end the 20202021 academic session According to the V C by Aug 7 we are commencing 20212022 academic session And students are already coming to resume for the new academic session Since we have had a head start there won t be any backlog of academic calendar We have only one set of UMTE candidates which session will begin on Aug 7 Adagbonyin explained that many lecturers who quickly realised they had a duty to fulfill to their students returned to work and to salvage the university system Many lecturers have come to realise that grandstanding and holding on to values that are recklessly irrelevant at this point would not take them too far So you can see that in AAU after so many months is in full swing of academic activities and to emphasise that resumption is total The V C noted that the students had to be commended for the decision by government to announce resumption saying their resilience to go back to school to conclude their studies is commendable We also need to praise the resilience of our students whose actions showed their readiness to want to continue with their studies and the reason we are back to school That resilience paid off and now the school is in full swing and the lecturers have also realized their commitment towards their academic development and growth he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: V-C explains status of unionism in AAU, Ekpoma
     Prof Sonnie Adagbonyin Vice Chancellor V C of the state owned Ambrose Alli University AAU Ekpoma says government has not proscribed activities of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASSU in the institution Adagbonyin told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ekpoma that government only suspended activities of staff unions on campus as they were inhibiting the smooth running of academic activities in the institution In AAU we must get it clear that government did not proscribe the unions I need to empasise that as there has to be a law that can take that out And I don t think that has happened in AAU Rather what happened in AAU is a decision taken by government to curtail the excess activities of the staff unions What we have is a suspension of the activities of staff unions within the university I need to state it clearly because in the past certain persons in their attempt at propaganda have taken the narrative beyond the frontiers of reality We are happy that academic activities at AAU are in full swing and students are writing their examinations while lecturers are going about the supervision of students Yet many others are engaged in the typical responsibility which academics are known for which is research As we speak a large number of staff have returned to work And very many more will be joining us in the days ahead I m saying this because there is the propaganda in the air that even though AAU has resumed that activities are not in full swing That is not true As you have also noticed while examinations are ongoing many faculties have concluded theirs bringing to an end the 20202021 academic session According to the V C by Aug 7 we are commencing 20212022 academic session And students are already coming to resume for the new academic session Since we have had a head start there won t be any backlog of academic calendar We have only one set of UMTE candidates which session will begin on Aug 7 Adagbonyin explained that many lecturers who quickly realised they had a duty to fulfill to their students returned to work and to salvage the university system Many lecturers have come to realise that grandstanding and holding on to values that are recklessly irrelevant at this point would not take them too far So you can see that in AAU after so many months is in full swing of academic activities and to emphasise that resumption is total The V C noted that the students had to be commended for the decision by government to announce resumption saying their resilience to go back to school to conclude their studies is commendable We also need to praise the resilience of our students whose actions showed their readiness to want to continue with their studies and the reason we are back to school That resilience paid off and now the school is in full swing and the lecturers have also realized their commitment towards their academic development and growth he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: V-C explains status of unionism in AAU, Ekpoma
    General news2 months ago

    ASUU strike: V-C explains status of unionism in AAU, Ekpoma

    Prof.  Sonnie Adagbonyin, Vice Chancellor (V-C) of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, says government has not proscribed activities of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASSU) in the institution.

    Adagbonyin told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ekpoma that government only suspended activities of staff unions on campus as they were inhibiting the smooth running of academic activities in the institution.

    “In AAU, we must get it clear that government did not proscribe the unions.

    I need to empasise that as there has to be a law that can take that out.

    “And I don’t think that has happened in AAU.

    Rather, what happened in AAU is a decision taken by government to curtail the excess activities of the staff unions.

    “What we have is a suspension of the activities of staff unions within the university.  

    I need to state it clearly because in the past, certain persons in their attempt at propaganda, have taken the narrative beyond the frontiers of reality.

    “We are happy that academic activities at AAU are in full swing and students are writing their examinations while lecturers are going about the supervision of students.

    “Yet many others are engaged in the typical responsibility which academics are known for, which is research.

    As we speak, a large number of staff have returned to work.

    And very many more will be joining us in the days ahead.

    “I’m saying this because there is the propaganda in the air that even though AAU has resumed, that activities are not in full swing.

    That is not true.

    “As you have also noticed, while examinations are ongoing, many faculties have concluded theirs, bringing to an end the 20202021 academic session.

    ’’ According to the V-C, “by Aug. 7, we are commencing 20212022 academic session.

    And students are already coming to resume for the new academic session.

    “Since we have had a head start, there won’t be any backlog of academic calendar.

    We have only one set of UMTE candidates which session will begin on Aug. 7’’.

    Adagbonyin explained that many lecturers, who quickly realised they had a duty to fulfill to their students, returned to work and to salvage the university system.

    “Many lecturers have come to realise that grandstanding and holding on to values that are recklessly irrelevant at this point would not take them too far.

    “So, you can see that in AAU, after so many months, is in full swing of academic activities and to emphasise that resumption is total.

    ’’ The V-C noted that the students had to be commended for the decision by government to announce resumption, saying their resilience to go back to school to conclude their studies is commendable.

    “We also need to praise the resilience of our students whose actions showed their readiness to want to continue with their studies and the reason we are back to school.

    “That resilience paid off and now the school is in full swing and the lecturers have also realized their commitment towards their academic development and growth,’’ he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The African cryptocurrency market is growing rapidly and has become a financial solution for many While most crypto trading is P2P few companies have the capacity to cater to high net worth individuals and companies looking to buy sell or move large amounts of USDC and USDT stablecoins Yellow Card Financial the fastest growing cryptocurrency company on the continent offers a personalized trading service through its world class Crypto Over The Counter OTC desk https bit ly 3zvpRqs for those looking to trade any volume worth more than 50 000 to millions of dollars The OTC office launched in 2021 provides access to a massive global network across the 16 African countries where the company operates including South Africa Nigeria Uganda Ghana Kenya Cameroon Botswana Tanzania Rwanda and Zambia to name a few few Yellow Card complies with global AML Sanctions FATF Travel Rules and KYC https bit ly 3QhCIDu requirements for all our customers in all jurisdictions We are also registered with GoAML and with local financial intelligence units in most of our jurisdictions to help report on AML sanctions and financial crime matters One of the largest crypto markets in Africa is undoubtedly Nigeria https bit ly 3QdJ1Yz cited in the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index among the 20 fastest growing crypto countries Munachi Ogueke CBO of Yellow Card Financial says that despite challenges related to regulation and currency availability Yellow Card has always provided customers with personalized service at competitive rates with no limits on trading volumes One of the challenges customers face is the inability to buy USD with NGN We have the solution by providing USDT as an alternative says Munachi Yellow Card has a wide range of liquidity providers helping to serve customers with the most competitive rates for large transactions at a fraction of the cost of trading on an open exchange paying fees and slippage Our biggest competitive advantage is definitely our extremely deep liquidity pools that fill orders of any size at any time adds Munachi With a full range of fiat currencies available the African blockchain leader can trade the pair that suits each client s needs We currently sell or buy USDT and USDC for these currencies US Dollar South African Rand Nigerian Naira Botswana Pula Ghana Cedi Ugandan Shilling Kenyan Shilling Zambian Kwacha Central African Franc Rwandan Franc and Tanzanian Shilling Sign up https bit ly 3vDHFOV for a Yellow Card account today and experience a fast secure personalized and secure solution from the comfort of your home or workplace
    High Net Worth Individuals, Corporations, and Institutions to Benefit from Yellow Card’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Crypto Desk
      The African cryptocurrency market is growing rapidly and has become a financial solution for many While most crypto trading is P2P few companies have the capacity to cater to high net worth individuals and companies looking to buy sell or move large amounts of USDC and USDT stablecoins Yellow Card Financial the fastest growing cryptocurrency company on the continent offers a personalized trading service through its world class Crypto Over The Counter OTC desk https bit ly 3zvpRqs for those looking to trade any volume worth more than 50 000 to millions of dollars The OTC office launched in 2021 provides access to a massive global network across the 16 African countries where the company operates including South Africa Nigeria Uganda Ghana Kenya Cameroon Botswana Tanzania Rwanda and Zambia to name a few few Yellow Card complies with global AML Sanctions FATF Travel Rules and KYC https bit ly 3QhCIDu requirements for all our customers in all jurisdictions We are also registered with GoAML and with local financial intelligence units in most of our jurisdictions to help report on AML sanctions and financial crime matters One of the largest crypto markets in Africa is undoubtedly Nigeria https bit ly 3QdJ1Yz cited in the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index among the 20 fastest growing crypto countries Munachi Ogueke CBO of Yellow Card Financial says that despite challenges related to regulation and currency availability Yellow Card has always provided customers with personalized service at competitive rates with no limits on trading volumes One of the challenges customers face is the inability to buy USD with NGN We have the solution by providing USDT as an alternative says Munachi Yellow Card has a wide range of liquidity providers helping to serve customers with the most competitive rates for large transactions at a fraction of the cost of trading on an open exchange paying fees and slippage Our biggest competitive advantage is definitely our extremely deep liquidity pools that fill orders of any size at any time adds Munachi With a full range of fiat currencies available the African blockchain leader can trade the pair that suits each client s needs We currently sell or buy USDT and USDC for these currencies US Dollar South African Rand Nigerian Naira Botswana Pula Ghana Cedi Ugandan Shilling Kenyan Shilling Zambian Kwacha Central African Franc Rwandan Franc and Tanzanian Shilling Sign up https bit ly 3vDHFOV for a Yellow Card account today and experience a fast secure personalized and secure solution from the comfort of your home or workplace
    High Net Worth Individuals, Corporations, and Institutions to Benefit from Yellow Card’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Crypto Desk
    Africa2 months ago

    High Net Worth Individuals, Corporations, and Institutions to Benefit from Yellow Card’s Over-the-Counter (OTC) Crypto Desk

    The African cryptocurrency market is growing rapidly and has become a financial solution for many.

    While most crypto trading is P2P, few companies have the capacity to cater to high net worth individuals and companies looking to buy, sell, or move large amounts of USDC and USDT stablecoins.

    Yellow Card Financial, the fastest growing cryptocurrency company on the continent, offers a personalized trading service through its world-class Crypto Over-The-Counter (OTC) desk (https://bit.ly/3zvpRqs) for those looking to trade any volume worth more than $50,000 to millions of dollars.

    The OTC office, launched in 2021, provides access to a massive global network across the 16 African countries where the company operates, including South Africa, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Botswana, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Zambia, to name a few.

    few.

    Yellow Card complies with global AML, Sanctions, FATF Travel Rules and KYC (https://bit.ly/3QhCIDu) requirements for all our customers in all jurisdictions.

    We are also registered with GoAML and with local financial intelligence units in most of our jurisdictions to help report on AML, sanctions and financial crime matters.

    One of the largest crypto markets in Africa is undoubtedly Nigeria (https://bit.ly/3QdJ1Yz), cited in the 2021 Global Crypto Adoption Index among the 20 fastest growing crypto countries.

    Munachi Ogueke, CBO of Yellow Card Financial, says that despite challenges related to regulation and currency availability, Yellow Card has always provided customers with personalized service at competitive rates with no limits on trading volumes.

    “One of the challenges customers face is the inability to buy USD with NGN.

    We have the solution by providing USDT as an alternative,” says Munachi.

    Yellow Card has a wide range of liquidity providers, helping to serve customers with the most competitive rates for large transactions at a fraction of the cost of trading on an open exchange, paying fees and slippage.

    “Our biggest competitive advantage is definitely our extremely deep liquidity pools that fill orders of any size at any time,” adds Munachi.

    With a full range of fiat currencies available, the African blockchain leader can trade the pair that suits each client's needs.

    We currently sell or buy USDT and USDC for these currencies: US Dollar, South African Rand, Nigerian Naira, Botswana Pula, Ghana Cedi, Ugandan Shilling, Kenyan Shilling, Zambian Kwacha, Central African Franc, Rwandan Franc and Tanzanian Shilling.

    Sign up (https://bit.ly/3vDHFOV) for a Yellow Card account today and experience a fast, secure, personalized and secure solution from the comfort of your home or workplace.

  •  The Inter Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa GIABA began the training of some journalists in investigative Economic and Financial reportage in Cote d Ivoire on Tuesday GIABA is a specialised institution of the ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of Anti Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism in West Africa Speaking at the opening of the three day training in Assinie Cote d Ivoire GIABA s Director General Mr Edward Haris said it would review techniques of investigative journalism in financial and economic crimes He said GIABA had been an important pillar in the fight against money laundering in West Africa as it had been conducting sensitisation programmes for media practitioners since 2009 Haris added that GIABA was strengthening its cooperation with stakeholders in the media to adopt collective measures against crimes that threatened ECOWAS member states The ECOWAS sub region is going through a difficult period with regard to health and security issues C te d Ivoire like the other countries of ECOWAS and the world at large is suffering from acts of organised and cross border crimes This is particularly in drugs arms proliferation and illegal wildlife trafficking which fuel violence and terrorism Haris said Thirty journalists from television radio print and online media who have shown interest in the fight against financial crimes in the sub region are participating at the training In his remarks Mr Idrissa Toure President C te d Ivoire Financial Intelligence Unit and president National Correspondents of Cote d Ivoire appreciated GIABA for training journalists in investigating financial and economic crimes He noted that the training would assist journalists to acquire knowledge in the fight against money laundry and combating financing crimes in West African countries Toure emphasised that journalists have responsibility to ensure good governance and promotion of transparency in ECOWAS member countries Also speaking at the ceremony C te d Ivoire s Communication Minister Mr Amadou Coulibaly said government was putting mechanisms in place to fight against financial crime and money laundering Government is working with stakeholders to stop the challenges of money laundering and financing terrorism and insecurity he said He urged journalists to report issues that would support government s accountability and transparency campaigns Mr Coulibaly described GIABA as a pillar in establishing an environment devoid of money laundering and favourable to peace building NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ECOWAS agency trains journalists in investigative reportage 
     The Inter Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa GIABA began the training of some journalists in investigative Economic and Financial reportage in Cote d Ivoire on Tuesday GIABA is a specialised institution of the ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of Anti Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism in West Africa Speaking at the opening of the three day training in Assinie Cote d Ivoire GIABA s Director General Mr Edward Haris said it would review techniques of investigative journalism in financial and economic crimes He said GIABA had been an important pillar in the fight against money laundering in West Africa as it had been conducting sensitisation programmes for media practitioners since 2009 Haris added that GIABA was strengthening its cooperation with stakeholders in the media to adopt collective measures against crimes that threatened ECOWAS member states The ECOWAS sub region is going through a difficult period with regard to health and security issues C te d Ivoire like the other countries of ECOWAS and the world at large is suffering from acts of organised and cross border crimes This is particularly in drugs arms proliferation and illegal wildlife trafficking which fuel violence and terrorism Haris said Thirty journalists from television radio print and online media who have shown interest in the fight against financial crimes in the sub region are participating at the training In his remarks Mr Idrissa Toure President C te d Ivoire Financial Intelligence Unit and president National Correspondents of Cote d Ivoire appreciated GIABA for training journalists in investigating financial and economic crimes He noted that the training would assist journalists to acquire knowledge in the fight against money laundry and combating financing crimes in West African countries Toure emphasised that journalists have responsibility to ensure good governance and promotion of transparency in ECOWAS member countries Also speaking at the ceremony C te d Ivoire s Communication Minister Mr Amadou Coulibaly said government was putting mechanisms in place to fight against financial crime and money laundering Government is working with stakeholders to stop the challenges of money laundering and financing terrorism and insecurity he said He urged journalists to report issues that would support government s accountability and transparency campaigns Mr Coulibaly described GIABA as a pillar in establishing an environment devoid of money laundering and favourable to peace building NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ECOWAS agency trains journalists in investigative reportage 
    Foreign2 months ago

    ECOWAS agency trains journalists in investigative reportage 

    The Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) began the training of some journalists in investigative Economic and Financial reportage in Cote d’Ivoire on Tuesday.

    GIABA is a specialised institution of the ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism in West Africa.

    Speaking at the opening of the three-day training in Assinie, Cote d’Ivoire, GIABA’s Director-General, Mr Edward Haris, said it would review techniques of investigative journalism in financial and economic crimes.

    He said GIABA had been an important pillar in the fight against money laundering in West Africa as it had been conducting sensitisation programmes for media practitioners since 2009. Haris added that GIABA was strengthening its cooperation with stakeholders in the media to adopt collective measures against crimes that threatened ECOWAS member states.

    “The ECOWAS sub-region is going through a difficult period with regard to health and security issues.

    “Côte d’Ivoire, like the other countries of ECOWAS and the world at large, is suffering from acts of organised and cross-border crimes.

    “This is particularly in drugs, arms proliferation and illegal wildlife trafficking which fuel violence and terrorism,’’ Haris said.

    Thirty journalists from television, radio, print and online media who have shown interest in the fight against financial crimes in the sub-region are participating at the training.

    In his remarks, Mr Idrissa Toure, President, Côte d Ivoire Financial Intelligence Unit and president National Correspondents of Cote d’Ivoire appreciated GIABA for training journalists in investigating financial and economic crimes.

    He noted that the training would assist journalists to acquire knowledge in the fight against money laundry and combating financing crimes in West African countries.

    Toure emphasised that journalists have responsibility to ensure good governance and promotion of transparency in ECOWAS member countries.

    Also speaking at the ceremony, Côte d’Ivoire’s Communication Minister, Mr Amadou Coulibaly said government was putting mechanisms in place to fight against financial crime and money laundering.

    “Government is working with stakeholders to stop the challenges of money laundering and financing terrorism and insecurity,’’ he said.

    He urged journalists to report issues that would support government’s accountability and transparency campaigns.

    Mr Coulibaly described GIABA as a pillar in establishing an environment devoid of money laundering and favourable to peace building.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   While the Premier Robinah Nabbanja was in Mbale town over the weekend in response to flooding that has displaced dozens and killed 24 people Spokesperson Anita Among has ordered the Premier to return to closely monitor the situation Flooding wreaked havoc in Mbale and Kapchorwa districts on Saturday August 30 2022 During the plenary session on Tuesday August 2 2022 Among called on the prime minister to return to Mbale city with all members of parliament and disaster ministers in the area to ensure adequate preparation is made government intervention What we want is a team on the ground We need action the regrets here are only for your own good Among said She also called on the government to expand climate change adaptation and mitigation intervention for sustainable development I also urge the Executive to establish reliable disaster early warning systems to save lives she said The Member of Parliament for the Industrial Division in Mbale City H E Karim Masaba said the prime minister s visit did not meet the expectations of the flood victims We are grateful but people were disappointed because we had high expectations when the Prime Minister arrived I know you might be planning to do something for us but time is not our best relief Our people are dying and starving Masaba said He called for the expedited repair of roads and bridges that were washed away by floods saying the city s budget cannot facilitate the repairs So far we have counted 1 200 people who are displaced and we hope that these numbers will increase because we have not yet reached some areas Many houses churches schools and mosques have been destroyed Our people have nowhere to turn for help he said He said the government should speed up the resettlement program for those in flood prone areas in the Elgon sub region This program was implemented five years ago The plan was to build around 900 houses but as we speak now there are only 100 houses and with this rain we expect more danger in case the Prime Minister does not act fast Masaba said Hon Miriam Mukhaye Indep Mbale District said the disaster has left the people of Mbale in a state of uncertainty as they have lost property and lives In the Elgon sub region we were lucky to have some rain and people soon started harvesting their crops and all of that was washed away Responses to such a disaster must be done quickly Mukhaye said The parliamentarian also blamed the National Metrological Authority for the poor dissemination of information and said that grassroots people rarely receive early warnings about disasters Every time a disaster happens it s like we re waking up to something we didn t know I don t know how many people need to die before the government steps in she wondered Deputy Budadiri Este Hon Isaias Ssasaga advised the government to implement the recommendations made by the Presidential Affairs Committee following a monitoring visit to disaster prone areas across the country The commission s report has very good recommendations and they were adopted by this House If we could analyze the implementation of this report we would avoid such disasters he said He also advised that the Elgon sub region be declared a disaster prone area to allow for more interventions Head of the Whip Opposition Hon John Baptist Nambeshe criticized rescue teams on land saying they lack the skills to rescue flood victims Even if there are UPDF and police rescue teams they were sleeping on the job Even when they were called to help they couldn t The recovered bodies were courtesy of the locals he said The Prime Minister informed lawmakers that the government will urgently undertake the restoration of damaged infrastructure in the affected areas The government through the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness under the office of the Prime Minister has provided relief food to the tune of 90 metric tons to Mbale town Kapchorwa and Mbale district Nabbanja said He added that the government has stepped up early warning mechanisms using information from the National Metrological Authority and using various media channels such as radio and television to alert people of impending disasters The police will set up barricades to prevent people from crossing dangerous bridges and other places in case of imminent danger he said The prime minister also said that people who settled in wetlands or settled near riverbanks and forests will be evicted The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness Hon Esther Anyakun said that the government has developed a 10 year sustainability plan for disaster management It has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to Parliament for approval she Anyakun said
    Uganda: Spokesman orders PM to monitor Mbale’s situation
      While the Premier Robinah Nabbanja was in Mbale town over the weekend in response to flooding that has displaced dozens and killed 24 people Spokesperson Anita Among has ordered the Premier to return to closely monitor the situation Flooding wreaked havoc in Mbale and Kapchorwa districts on Saturday August 30 2022 During the plenary session on Tuesday August 2 2022 Among called on the prime minister to return to Mbale city with all members of parliament and disaster ministers in the area to ensure adequate preparation is made government intervention What we want is a team on the ground We need action the regrets here are only for your own good Among said She also called on the government to expand climate change adaptation and mitigation intervention for sustainable development I also urge the Executive to establish reliable disaster early warning systems to save lives she said The Member of Parliament for the Industrial Division in Mbale City H E Karim Masaba said the prime minister s visit did not meet the expectations of the flood victims We are grateful but people were disappointed because we had high expectations when the Prime Minister arrived I know you might be planning to do something for us but time is not our best relief Our people are dying and starving Masaba said He called for the expedited repair of roads and bridges that were washed away by floods saying the city s budget cannot facilitate the repairs So far we have counted 1 200 people who are displaced and we hope that these numbers will increase because we have not yet reached some areas Many houses churches schools and mosques have been destroyed Our people have nowhere to turn for help he said He said the government should speed up the resettlement program for those in flood prone areas in the Elgon sub region This program was implemented five years ago The plan was to build around 900 houses but as we speak now there are only 100 houses and with this rain we expect more danger in case the Prime Minister does not act fast Masaba said Hon Miriam Mukhaye Indep Mbale District said the disaster has left the people of Mbale in a state of uncertainty as they have lost property and lives In the Elgon sub region we were lucky to have some rain and people soon started harvesting their crops and all of that was washed away Responses to such a disaster must be done quickly Mukhaye said The parliamentarian also blamed the National Metrological Authority for the poor dissemination of information and said that grassroots people rarely receive early warnings about disasters Every time a disaster happens it s like we re waking up to something we didn t know I don t know how many people need to die before the government steps in she wondered Deputy Budadiri Este Hon Isaias Ssasaga advised the government to implement the recommendations made by the Presidential Affairs Committee following a monitoring visit to disaster prone areas across the country The commission s report has very good recommendations and they were adopted by this House If we could analyze the implementation of this report we would avoid such disasters he said He also advised that the Elgon sub region be declared a disaster prone area to allow for more interventions Head of the Whip Opposition Hon John Baptist Nambeshe criticized rescue teams on land saying they lack the skills to rescue flood victims Even if there are UPDF and police rescue teams they were sleeping on the job Even when they were called to help they couldn t The recovered bodies were courtesy of the locals he said The Prime Minister informed lawmakers that the government will urgently undertake the restoration of damaged infrastructure in the affected areas The government through the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness under the office of the Prime Minister has provided relief food to the tune of 90 metric tons to Mbale town Kapchorwa and Mbale district Nabbanja said He added that the government has stepped up early warning mechanisms using information from the National Metrological Authority and using various media channels such as radio and television to alert people of impending disasters The police will set up barricades to prevent people from crossing dangerous bridges and other places in case of imminent danger he said The prime minister also said that people who settled in wetlands or settled near riverbanks and forests will be evicted The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness Hon Esther Anyakun said that the government has developed a 10 year sustainability plan for disaster management It has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to Parliament for approval she Anyakun said
    Uganda: Spokesman orders PM to monitor Mbale’s situation
    Africa2 months ago

    Uganda: Spokesman orders PM to monitor Mbale’s situation

    While the Premier, Robinah Nabbanja, was in Mbale town over the weekend in response to flooding that has displaced dozens and killed 24 people, Spokesperson Anita Among has ordered the Premier to return to closely monitor the situation.

    Flooding wreaked havoc in Mbale and Kapchorwa districts on Saturday, August 30, 2022.

    During the plenary session on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, Among called on the prime minister to return to Mbale city with all members of parliament and disaster ministers in the area to ensure adequate preparation is made government intervention.

    “What we want is a team on the ground.

    We need action; the regrets here are only for your own good,” Among said.

    She also called on the government to expand climate change adaptation and mitigation intervention for sustainable development.

    "I also urge the Executive to establish reliable disaster early warning systems to save lives," she said.

    The Member of Parliament for the Industrial Division in Mbale City, H.E. Karim Masaba said the prime minister's visit did not meet the expectations of the flood victims.

    “We are grateful, but people were disappointed because we had high expectations when the Prime Minister arrived.

    I know you might be planning to do something for us, but time is not our best relief.

    Our people are dying and starving,” Masaba said.

    He called for the expedited repair of roads and bridges that were washed away by floods, saying the city's budget cannot facilitate the repairs.

    “So far we have counted 1,200 people who are displaced and we hope that these numbers will increase because we have not yet reached some areas.

    Many houses, churches, schools and mosques have been destroyed.

    Our people have nowhere to turn for help,” he said.

    He said the government should speed up the resettlement program for those in flood-prone areas in the Elgon sub-region.

    “This program was implemented five years ago.

    The plan was to build around 900 houses, but as we speak now there are only 100 houses and with this rain, we expect more danger in case the Prime Minister does not act fast,” Masaba said.

    Hon. Miriam Mukhaye (Indep., Mbale District) said the disaster has left the people of Mbale in a state of uncertainty as they have lost property and lives.

    “In the Elgon sub-region, we were lucky to have some rain and people soon started harvesting their crops and all of that was washed away.

    Responses to such a disaster must be done quickly,” Mukhaye said.

    The parliamentarian also blamed the National Metrological Authority for the poor dissemination of information and said that grassroots people rarely receive early warnings about disasters.

    “Every time a disaster happens, it's like we're waking up to something we didn't know.

    I don't know how many people need to die before the government steps in,” she wondered.

    Deputy Budadiri Este, Hon. Isaias Ssasaga advised the government to implement the recommendations made by the Presidential Affairs Committee following a monitoring visit to disaster-prone areas across the country.

    “The commission's report has very good recommendations and they were adopted by this House.

    If we could analyze the implementation of this report, we would avoid such disasters,” he said.

    He also advised that the Elgon sub-region be declared a disaster-prone area to allow for more interventions.

    Head of the Whip Opposition, Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe criticized rescue teams on land saying they lack the skills to rescue flood victims.

    “Even if there are UPDF and police rescue teams, they were sleeping on the job.

    Even when they were called to help, they couldn't.

    The recovered bodies were courtesy of the locals,” he said.

    The Prime Minister informed lawmakers that the government will urgently undertake the restoration of damaged infrastructure in the affected areas.

    “The government through the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness, under the office of the Prime Minister, has provided relief food to the tune of 90 metric tons to Mbale town, Kapchorwa and Mbale district,” Nabbanja said.

    He added that the government has stepped up early warning mechanisms using information from the National Metrological Authority and using various media channels such as radio and television to alert people of impending disasters.

    "The police will set up barricades to prevent people from crossing dangerous bridges and other places in case of imminent danger," he said.

    The prime minister also said that people who settled in wetlands or settled near riverbanks and forests will be evicted.

    The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Hon. Esther Anyakun said that the government has developed a 10-year sustainability plan for disaster management.

    “It has been approved by the Cabinet and will be taken to Parliament for approval,” she Anyakun said.

  •  Ukraine has accused Germany and other EU states of blocking funds the bloc previously approved for Kiev as it faces a financial crisis caused by Russia s invasion We are expecting eight billion euros 8 2 billion dollars but unfortunately certain EU states including Germany are blocking verification of this issue Ihor Zhovkva deputy chief of staff in the presidential office said Zhovkva said Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was conducting active talks on the matter The deputy chief of staff said Kiev had received one billion euros of the nine billion euros in financial aid pledged by the EU in May The European Commission said guarantees from member states might be needed for the remaining funds as securing them through the EU budget was not possible due to a lack of resources A spokesman for Germany s Ministry of Finance rejected Zhovkva s account saying Berlin was not obstructing any aid to Ukraine After the G7 meeting at Petersberg Germany disbursed one billion euros to Ukraine he said Germany will also participate in further aid The German government is engaged in dialogue with its European partners and the European Commission on this he said Several international ratings agencies downgraded Ukraine s credit rating in July And the largest state owned company Naftogaz failed to service outstanding foreign debts a week ago It said it will default on servicing several Eurobonds as the Ukrainian government prioritises financing the military pensions and other key needs Ukraine s need for additional financing has been estimated by the presidential office at almost 50 billion euros for 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine accuses EU countries, including Germany, of blocking funds
     Ukraine has accused Germany and other EU states of blocking funds the bloc previously approved for Kiev as it faces a financial crisis caused by Russia s invasion We are expecting eight billion euros 8 2 billion dollars but unfortunately certain EU states including Germany are blocking verification of this issue Ihor Zhovkva deputy chief of staff in the presidential office said Zhovkva said Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was conducting active talks on the matter The deputy chief of staff said Kiev had received one billion euros of the nine billion euros in financial aid pledged by the EU in May The European Commission said guarantees from member states might be needed for the remaining funds as securing them through the EU budget was not possible due to a lack of resources A spokesman for Germany s Ministry of Finance rejected Zhovkva s account saying Berlin was not obstructing any aid to Ukraine After the G7 meeting at Petersberg Germany disbursed one billion euros to Ukraine he said Germany will also participate in further aid The German government is engaged in dialogue with its European partners and the European Commission on this he said Several international ratings agencies downgraded Ukraine s credit rating in July And the largest state owned company Naftogaz failed to service outstanding foreign debts a week ago It said it will default on servicing several Eurobonds as the Ukrainian government prioritises financing the military pensions and other key needs Ukraine s need for additional financing has been estimated by the presidential office at almost 50 billion euros for 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine accuses EU countries, including Germany, of blocking funds
    Foreign2 months ago

    Ukraine accuses EU countries, including Germany, of blocking funds

    Ukraine  has accused Germany and other EU states of blocking funds the bloc previously approved for Kiev as it faces a financial crisis caused by Russia’s invasion.

    “We are expecting eight billion euros (8.2 billion dollars), but unfortunately certain EU states, including Germany, are blocking verification of this issue,” Ihor Zhovkva, deputy chief of staff in the presidential office said.

    Zhovkva said Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky was conducting “active talks” on the matter.

    The deputy chief of staff said Kiev had received one billion euros of the nine billion euros in financial aid pledged by the EU in May.The European Commission said  guarantees from member states might  be needed for the remaining funds, as securing them through the EU budget was  not possible due to a lack of resources.

    A spokesman for Germany’s Ministry of Finance rejected Zhovkva’s account, saying Berlin was not obstructing any aid to Ukraine.

    “After the G7 meeting at Petersberg, Germany disbursed one billion euros to Ukraine,” he said. 

    “Germany will also participate in further aid.

    The German government is engaged in dialogue with its European partners and the European Commission on this,” he said.

    “Several international ratings agencies downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating in July. “And the largest state-owned company, Naftogaz, failed to service outstanding foreign debts a week ago.

    “It said it will default on servicing several Eurobonds as the Ukrainian government prioritises financing the military, pensions and other key needs.

    “Ukraine’s need for additional financing has been estimated by the presidential office at almost 50 billion euros for 2023.”(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government has called on Non governmental Organisations NGOs operating in Nigeria to support its efforts in the fight against terrorism banditry and all forms of criminality The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Mr Clem Agba made the call at the unveiling of an NGO Sure for you Rescue and Resettlement Initiative SURE4U in Abuja SURE4U was established by the former Comptroller General of Immigration Service Mr Muhammad Babandede to promote social justice gender equality protection and integration of vulnerable children and returnees into the society Agba urged NGOs to support government efforts by ensuring that they did not engage in activities that undermines Nigeria s sovereignty and national security He also urged NGOs to support government in addressing the plights of the vulnerable in Nigeria The problem of providing for the vulnerable people in our society is at the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari administration s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years There is the overwhelming need to accord the vulnerable a priority so as to enable them contribute meaningfully to the socio cultural and socio economic development of Nigeria Consequently the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 takes into consideration the plight of the Almajiri children and other vulnerable Nigerians and adequate room has been made to ensure their inclusion in the implementation of the plan It is hoped that NGOs will complement the efforts of government in this regards Some of their invited contributions includes human capital development and technical assistance Development of Small Scale farmers Research monitoring and evaluation Enlightenment Campaigns Advocacy for the poor and conflict building he said The minister said that Babandede s experience at NAPTIP and NIS would be brought to bear in the running of the new organisation with multi tasked vision on the vulnerable children in the society He added that SURE4U would be involved in Migration issues including provision of adequate and hospitable reception to Nigerians deported back home mainly to assuage their frustrations due to forced displacement According to him the menace of Trafficking in Persons TIP as one of the world s most despicable human phenomenon Girl child education and inmates incarcerated because of minor offences requiring settlement of small judicial fines are also amongst the noble precepts of the NGO The experience garnered by the founder while at NAPTIP and Immigration Service would certainly come in handy in meeting the organisation s objectives SURE4U holds a huge promise for its intended objectives in Nigerian especially the less privileged in the society Agba said it was more interesting to see such an organisation founded and headed by a credible personality who had served the government and still ready to serve the country through non governmental activities He added that undertaking an NGO activities in terms of funding and other logistics was never an easy task adding that many NGOs found it difficult to garner sufficient and continuous funding for their work Also speaking Mrs Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim the Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs said that SURE 4U has similar mandates with her agency hence the need for the support She added that the almajiri programme was a serious problem in the country that needed an urgent attention Almajiri programme is a strong form of internal human trafficking because it has departed from it original reason why it was being initiated It comes with a lot of abuse and there is no reason why we should condone it While I was the Director General of NAPTIP on a daily basis with the help of the security agencies we intercepted two to three trucks of children being transported across the country So definitely it calls for collective effort to address the issue of almajiri in the country she said On his part SURE4U Board of Trustees BOT Chairman Sen Usman Kibiya commended the Federal Government in tackling issues such as the number of out of school children and child trafficking He called on the government for more effort at educating the girl child saying that policies on the vulnerable in the society should be redesigned to carter for their needs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG seeks NGOs’ strong support in fight against terrorism, banditry
     The Federal Government has called on Non governmental Organisations NGOs operating in Nigeria to support its efforts in the fight against terrorism banditry and all forms of criminality The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Mr Clem Agba made the call at the unveiling of an NGO Sure for you Rescue and Resettlement Initiative SURE4U in Abuja SURE4U was established by the former Comptroller General of Immigration Service Mr Muhammad Babandede to promote social justice gender equality protection and integration of vulnerable children and returnees into the society Agba urged NGOs to support government efforts by ensuring that they did not engage in activities that undermines Nigeria s sovereignty and national security He also urged NGOs to support government in addressing the plights of the vulnerable in Nigeria The problem of providing for the vulnerable people in our society is at the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari administration s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years There is the overwhelming need to accord the vulnerable a priority so as to enable them contribute meaningfully to the socio cultural and socio economic development of Nigeria Consequently the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 takes into consideration the plight of the Almajiri children and other vulnerable Nigerians and adequate room has been made to ensure their inclusion in the implementation of the plan It is hoped that NGOs will complement the efforts of government in this regards Some of their invited contributions includes human capital development and technical assistance Development of Small Scale farmers Research monitoring and evaluation Enlightenment Campaigns Advocacy for the poor and conflict building he said The minister said that Babandede s experience at NAPTIP and NIS would be brought to bear in the running of the new organisation with multi tasked vision on the vulnerable children in the society He added that SURE4U would be involved in Migration issues including provision of adequate and hospitable reception to Nigerians deported back home mainly to assuage their frustrations due to forced displacement According to him the menace of Trafficking in Persons TIP as one of the world s most despicable human phenomenon Girl child education and inmates incarcerated because of minor offences requiring settlement of small judicial fines are also amongst the noble precepts of the NGO The experience garnered by the founder while at NAPTIP and Immigration Service would certainly come in handy in meeting the organisation s objectives SURE4U holds a huge promise for its intended objectives in Nigerian especially the less privileged in the society Agba said it was more interesting to see such an organisation founded and headed by a credible personality who had served the government and still ready to serve the country through non governmental activities He added that undertaking an NGO activities in terms of funding and other logistics was never an easy task adding that many NGOs found it difficult to garner sufficient and continuous funding for their work Also speaking Mrs Imaan Sulaiman Ibrahim the Federal Commissioner National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons IDPs said that SURE 4U has similar mandates with her agency hence the need for the support She added that the almajiri programme was a serious problem in the country that needed an urgent attention Almajiri programme is a strong form of internal human trafficking because it has departed from it original reason why it was being initiated It comes with a lot of abuse and there is no reason why we should condone it While I was the Director General of NAPTIP on a daily basis with the help of the security agencies we intercepted two to three trucks of children being transported across the country So definitely it calls for collective effort to address the issue of almajiri in the country she said On his part SURE4U Board of Trustees BOT Chairman Sen Usman Kibiya commended the Federal Government in tackling issues such as the number of out of school children and child trafficking He called on the government for more effort at educating the girl child saying that policies on the vulnerable in the society should be redesigned to carter for their needs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG seeks NGOs’ strong support in fight against terrorism, banditry
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    FG seeks NGOs’ strong support in fight against terrorism, banditry

    The Federal Government has called on  Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in Nigeria to support its efforts in the fight against terrorism, banditry and all forms of criminality.

    The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba, made the call at the unveiling of an NGO, ‘Sure for you Rescue and Resettlement Initiative (SURE4U” in Abuja.

    SURE4U was established by the former Comptroller-General of Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede to promote social justice, gender equality, protection and integration of vulnerable children and returnees into the society.

    Agba urged NGOs to support government efforts by ensuring that they did not engage in activities that undermines Nigeria’s sovereignty and national security.

    He also urged NGOs to support government in addressing the plights of the vulnerable in Nigeria.

    “The problem of providing for the vulnerable people in our society is at the heart of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.

    “There is the overwhelming need to accord the vulnerable a priority so as to enable them contribute meaningfully to the socio-cultural and socio-economic development of Nigeria.

    “Consequently, the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 takes into consideration the plight of the Almajiri children and other vulnerable Nigerians and adequate room has been made to ensure their inclusion in the implementation of the plan.

    “It is hoped that NGOs will complement the efforts of government in this regards.

    Some of their invited contributions includes human capital development and technical assistance; “Development of Small Scale farmers; Research, monitoring and evaluation; Enlightenment Campaigns; Advocacy for the poor; and conflict building,’’ he said.

    The minister said that Babandede’s experience at NAPTIP and NIS would be brought to bear in the running of the new organisation, with multi-tasked vision on the vulnerable children in the society.

    He added that SURE4U would be involved in Migration issues including provision of adequate and hospitable reception to Nigerians deported back home, mainly to assuage their frustrations due to forced displacement.

    According to him, the menace of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) as one of the world’s most despicable human phenomenon.

    “Girl-child education and inmates incarcerated because of minor offences requiring settlement of small judicial fines are also amongst the noble precepts of the NGO.

    “The experience garnered by the founder while at NAPTIP and Immigration Service would certainly come in handy in meeting the organisation’s objectives.

    ” “SURE4U holds a huge promise for its intended objectives in Nigerian, especially the less privileged in the society, Agba said it was more interesting to see such an organisation founded and headed by a credible personality who had served the government and still ready to serve the country through non-governmental activities.

    He added that undertaking an NGO activities in terms of funding and other logistics was never an easy task, adding that many NGOs found it difficult to garner sufficient and continuous funding for their work.

    Also speaking, Mrs Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), said that SURE 4U has similar mandates with her agency hence the need for the support.

    She added that the almajiri programme was a serious problem in the country that needed an urgent attention.

    “Almajiri programme is a strong form of internal human trafficking because it has departed from it original reason why it was being initiated.

    “It comes with a lot of abuse and there is no reason why we should condone it.

    “While I was the Director-General of NAPTIP, on a daily basis, with the help of the security agencies, we intercepted two to three trucks of children being transported across the country.

    “So, definitely, it calls for collective effort to address the issue of almajiri in the country, ” she said.

    On his part, SURE4U Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Sen. Usman Kibiya commended the Federal Government in tackling issues such as the number of out of school children and child trafficking.

    He called on the government for more effort at educating the girl-child saying that policies on the vulnerable in the society should be redesigned to carter for their needs.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some factional members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Osun known as The Osun Progressive TOP on Tuesday held a protest in Osogbo calling for restructuring of the party The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the placard carrying party members called for the restructuring of APC in the state following the party s defeat in the July 16 governorship election The party members carried various placards with inscriptions like Osun APC Needs Restructuring Famodun Must Go Save Osun APC from Total Collapse Aregbesola is the Soul of Politics in Osun among others The protesting APC members also called for the sacking of the state party chairman Gboyega Famodun The members who marched through Odi Olowo Olaiya Ogo Oluwa protected by armed security operatives finally made their way to the Osun House of Assembly where they delivered a letter to the Speaker Timothy Owoeye Addressing newsmen the factional youth leader Abosede Oluwaseun said the party needed to be restructured from unit ward local government and state levels for it to be united and formidable ahead of the coming general elections With conscious sincere and objective analysis of the outcome of the governorship election we discovered that the electoral loss is not only self induced by the party s administrators it also reflects party issues which had been raised by concerned minds in the recent past The issues to summarise them boil down on glaring mismanagement of the party by Gov Gboyega Oyetola and the party chairman Gboyega Famodun The chairman has totally demonstrated lack of capacity to manage the party and this reflects in the result of the July 16 governorship election As a chairman of a ruling party going for election Famodun didn t consider it essential to resolve disputes and crises that dotted all the local governments in the state Before the governorship election and till now there is no understanding cooperation unity and cohesion in the party she said Oluwaseun said that their demand included dissolution of the party executive at all levels in the state and setting up of an independent caretaker committee to oversee the restructuring of the party among others Mr Timothy Owoeye Osun Speaker who addressed the protesters assured them that necessary steps would be taken to make sure the party is united and formidable In his own reaction to the protest the APC Chairman in Osun Gboyega Famodun condemned the protest describing it as shameful callous and wicked A statement by his Media Adviser Kola Olabisi said that the protest was misplaced and inconsiderate Famodun alleged that the APC factional members had worked against the success of Gov Oyetola at the polls Assuming but not conceding that there are challenges within the party the protesters should be told that they lack moral right to either suggest or effect any likely solution as it is on record that they massively and collectively worked against Gov Oyetola the APC governorship candidate in the just concluded election in line with the series of their threat One would have thought that the appropriate place for them to canvass for the restructuring of any party is Senator Ademola Adeleke s Ede country home whom they voted for with flaunted pride he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun election: APC factional members protest, call for restructuring
     Some factional members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Osun known as The Osun Progressive TOP on Tuesday held a protest in Osogbo calling for restructuring of the party The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the placard carrying party members called for the restructuring of APC in the state following the party s defeat in the July 16 governorship election The party members carried various placards with inscriptions like Osun APC Needs Restructuring Famodun Must Go Save Osun APC from Total Collapse Aregbesola is the Soul of Politics in Osun among others The protesting APC members also called for the sacking of the state party chairman Gboyega Famodun The members who marched through Odi Olowo Olaiya Ogo Oluwa protected by armed security operatives finally made their way to the Osun House of Assembly where they delivered a letter to the Speaker Timothy Owoeye Addressing newsmen the factional youth leader Abosede Oluwaseun said the party needed to be restructured from unit ward local government and state levels for it to be united and formidable ahead of the coming general elections With conscious sincere and objective analysis of the outcome of the governorship election we discovered that the electoral loss is not only self induced by the party s administrators it also reflects party issues which had been raised by concerned minds in the recent past The issues to summarise them boil down on glaring mismanagement of the party by Gov Gboyega Oyetola and the party chairman Gboyega Famodun The chairman has totally demonstrated lack of capacity to manage the party and this reflects in the result of the July 16 governorship election As a chairman of a ruling party going for election Famodun didn t consider it essential to resolve disputes and crises that dotted all the local governments in the state Before the governorship election and till now there is no understanding cooperation unity and cohesion in the party she said Oluwaseun said that their demand included dissolution of the party executive at all levels in the state and setting up of an independent caretaker committee to oversee the restructuring of the party among others Mr Timothy Owoeye Osun Speaker who addressed the protesters assured them that necessary steps would be taken to make sure the party is united and formidable In his own reaction to the protest the APC Chairman in Osun Gboyega Famodun condemned the protest describing it as shameful callous and wicked A statement by his Media Adviser Kola Olabisi said that the protest was misplaced and inconsiderate Famodun alleged that the APC factional members had worked against the success of Gov Oyetola at the polls Assuming but not conceding that there are challenges within the party the protesters should be told that they lack moral right to either suggest or effect any likely solution as it is on record that they massively and collectively worked against Gov Oyetola the APC governorship candidate in the just concluded election in line with the series of their threat One would have thought that the appropriate place for them to canvass for the restructuring of any party is Senator Ademola Adeleke s Ede country home whom they voted for with flaunted pride he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osun election: APC factional members protest, call for restructuring
    General news2 months ago

    Osun election: APC factional members protest, call for restructuring

    Some factional members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun, known as ‘The Osun Progressive’ (TOP), on Tuesday, held a protest in Osogbo, calling for restructuring of the party.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the placard-carrying party members called for the restructuring of APC in the state following the party’s defeat in the July 16 governorship election.

    The party members carried various placards with inscriptions like: “Osun APC Needs Restructuring, Famodun Must Go; Save Osun APC from Total Collapse, Aregbesola is the Soul of Politics in Osun, among others.

    The protesting APC members also called for the sacking of the state party chairman, Gboyega Famodun.

    The members, who marched through Odi-Olowo, Olaiya, Ogo-Oluwa protected by armed security operatives, finally made their way to the Osun House of Assembly where they delivered a letter to the Speaker, Timothy Owoeye.

    Addressing newsmen, the factional youth leader, Abosede Oluwaseun, said the party needed to be restructured from unit, ward, local government and state levels for it to be united and formidable ahead of the coming general elections.

    “With conscious, sincere and objective analysis of the outcome of the governorship election, we discovered that the electoral loss is not only self-induced by the party’s administrators, it also reflects party issues which had been raised by concerned minds in the recent past.

    “The issues, to summarise them, boil down on glaring mismanagement of the party by Gov. Gboyega Oyetola and the party chairman, Gboyega Famodun.

    “The chairman has totally demonstrated lack of capacity to manage the party and this reflects in the result of the July 16 governorship election.

    “As a chairman of a ruling party going for election, Famodun didn’t consider it essential to resolve disputes and crises that dotted all the local governments in the state.

    “Before the governorship election and till now, there is no understanding, cooperation, unity and cohesion in the party,” she said.

    Oluwaseun said that their demand included dissolution of the party executive at all levels in the state and setting up of an independent caretaker committee to oversee the restructuring of the party among others.

    Mr Timothy Owoeye, Osun Speaker, who addressed the protesters, assured them that necessary steps would be taken to make sure the party is united and formidable.

    In his own reaction to the protest, the APC Chairman in Osun, Gboyega Famodun, condemned the protest, describing it as shameful, callous and wicked.

    A statement by his Media Adviser, Kola Olabisi, said that the protest was misplaced and inconsiderate.

    Famodun alleged that the APC factional members had worked against the success of Gov. Oyetola at the polls.

    “Assuming but not conceding that there are challenges within the party, the protesters should be told that they lack moral right to either suggest or effect any likely solution as it is on record that they massively and collectively worked against Gov. Oyetola, the APC governorship candidate, in the just-concluded election in line with the series of their threat.

    “One would have thought that the appropriate place for them to canvass for the restructuring of any party is Senator Ademola Adeleke’s Ede country home, whom they voted for with flaunted pride,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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    At-risk Australians younger than 5 years to get COVID-19 vaccine 

  •   The Department of Water and Sanitation continues its appeal to Gauteng residents to continue to use water sparingly as dam levels in the Integrated Vaal River System IVRS remain in a strong position this week According to the Department s weekly report on the status of reservoirs IVRS water storage has decreased slightly from 99 7 last week to 99 5 this week However the system is stronger compared to last year at the same time when the system IVRS was at 85 6 Posting a slight decrease the Vaal Dam went from 102 1 last week to 101 4 this week In the comparative period of last year it stood at 91 4 The Grootdraai Dam which has been rising week after week has seen a decline this week It fell from 100 2 last week to 99 9 this week Last year s levels of 83 1 indicate that the dam was lower compared to current levels We attribute the declines to the dry winter season However we expect the system to see an improvement as we bid farewell to this season and look forward to the summer season the Sputnik Ratau spokesman said For the second week in a row the Sterkfontein Dam which is a reserve dam for the IVRS is above 100 Currently it stands at 100 4 while last year in the same week it was less than 99 6 The Sterkfontein Dam is one of the critical dams in the system that has held its own over the months Ratau reiterated that the notable decline should not prompt residents to worry too much as most SVI dams are still above average even amid declines in overall water storage capacity but there is no time to be complacent The need for less demand for water continues to exist This week the Bloemhof dam maintains the level of last week at 106 8 This is slightly higher compared to levels of 106 2 during the same week last year The Mohale Dam continues to rise as it remains above the 90 neutral mark Mohale Dam levels saw a slight improvement from 98 2 last week to 99 2 this week During the same period last year the dam stood at 31 9 which shows that the dam has been on a steady downward trend The Katse Dam remains on the impressive side However this week it slightly decreased from 90 5 last week to 90 0 this week This is higher compared to the 67 9 it recorded in the same period last year The Department of Water and Sanitation is pleased that the IVRS the largest system in the country has been able to remain positive while all South Africans must remember that the country continues to be short of water
    South Africa: Water and Sanitation at the Integrated System Levels of the Vaal River
      The Department of Water and Sanitation continues its appeal to Gauteng residents to continue to use water sparingly as dam levels in the Integrated Vaal River System IVRS remain in a strong position this week According to the Department s weekly report on the status of reservoirs IVRS water storage has decreased slightly from 99 7 last week to 99 5 this week However the system is stronger compared to last year at the same time when the system IVRS was at 85 6 Posting a slight decrease the Vaal Dam went from 102 1 last week to 101 4 this week In the comparative period of last year it stood at 91 4 The Grootdraai Dam which has been rising week after week has seen a decline this week It fell from 100 2 last week to 99 9 this week Last year s levels of 83 1 indicate that the dam was lower compared to current levels We attribute the declines to the dry winter season However we expect the system to see an improvement as we bid farewell to this season and look forward to the summer season the Sputnik Ratau spokesman said For the second week in a row the Sterkfontein Dam which is a reserve dam for the IVRS is above 100 Currently it stands at 100 4 while last year in the same week it was less than 99 6 The Sterkfontein Dam is one of the critical dams in the system that has held its own over the months Ratau reiterated that the notable decline should not prompt residents to worry too much as most SVI dams are still above average even amid declines in overall water storage capacity but there is no time to be complacent The need for less demand for water continues to exist This week the Bloemhof dam maintains the level of last week at 106 8 This is slightly higher compared to levels of 106 2 during the same week last year The Mohale Dam continues to rise as it remains above the 90 neutral mark Mohale Dam levels saw a slight improvement from 98 2 last week to 99 2 this week During the same period last year the dam stood at 31 9 which shows that the dam has been on a steady downward trend The Katse Dam remains on the impressive side However this week it slightly decreased from 90 5 last week to 90 0 this week This is higher compared to the 67 9 it recorded in the same period last year The Department of Water and Sanitation is pleased that the IVRS the largest system in the country has been able to remain positive while all South Africans must remember that the country continues to be short of water
    South Africa: Water and Sanitation at the Integrated System Levels of the Vaal River
    Africa2 months ago

    South Africa: Water and Sanitation at the Integrated System Levels of the Vaal River

    The Department of Water and Sanitation continues its appeal to Gauteng residents to continue to use water sparingly as dam levels in the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) remain in a strong position this week.

    According to the Department's weekly report on the status of reservoirs, IVRS water storage has decreased slightly from 99.7% last week to 99.5% this week.

    However, the system is stronger compared to last year at the same time when the system (IVRS) was at 85.6%.

    Posting a slight decrease, the Vaal Dam went from 102.1% last week to 101.4% this week.

    In the comparative period of last year it stood at 91.4%.

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    The Grootdraai Dam, which has been rising week after week, has seen a decline this week.

    It fell from 100.2% last week to 99.9% this week.

    Last year's levels of 83.1% indicate that the dam was lower compared to current levels.

    “We attribute the declines to the dry winter season.

    However, we expect the system to see an improvement as we bid farewell to this season and look forward to the summer season," the Sputnik Ratau spokesman said.

    For the second week in a row, the Sterkfontein Dam, which is a reserve dam for the IVRS, is above 100%.

    Currently it stands at 100.4% while last year in the same week it was less than 99.6%.

    The Sterkfontein Dam is one of the critical dams in the system that has held its own over the months.

    Ratau reiterated that the notable decline should not prompt residents to worry too much, as most SVI dams are still above average, even amid declines in overall water storage capacity, but there is no time to be complacent.

    The need for less demand for water continues to exist.

    This week, the Bloemhof dam maintains the level of last week at 106.8%.

    This is slightly higher, compared to levels of 106.2% during the same week last year.

    The Mohale Dam continues to rise as it remains above the 90% neutral mark.

    Mohale Dam levels saw a slight improvement from 98.2% last week to 99.2% this week.

    During the same period last year, the dam stood at 31.9%, which shows that the dam has been on a steady downward trend.

    The Katse Dam remains on the impressive side.

    However, this week it slightly decreased from 90.5% last week to 90.0% this week.

    This is higher compared to the 67.9% it recorded in the same period last year.

    The Department of Water and Sanitation is pleased that the IVRS, the largest system in the country, has been able to remain positive, while all South Africans must remember that the country continues to be short of water.