The Federal Government says that the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACreSAL) project is critical to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, the Honourable Minister for Environment, said this at the ACreSAL technical workshop on Monday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop is organised for the Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Water Resources in conjunction with the World Bank. “The ACReSAL Project is one of the central components in President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategy of ensuring environmental sustainability.
“And improving community livelihoods toward lifting 100 million people out of poverty,” Abdullahi said.
He said that his passion for the ACReSAL project exposed him to further understand the environment portfolio and its link with the broader society.
“I am also very passionate about ACReSAL.
“It is the first project that heralds my assumption of duties when Mr President redeployed me to the Federal Ministry of Environment.
“I saw the political will and desire of the three ministries in ensuring that targets are meant,” Abdullahi said.
According to him, ACReSAL is all about sustainable land management.
He said that the ministry was deliberate in inviting stakeholders from the National Parks Service and the Great Green Wall Agency to engage with the World Bank to ensure the success of the project.
The minister urged the Project Management Units (PMUs) from the different states to be ‘diplomatically independent’ in their relationship with their state governors.
He added that the ACReSAL project had the mandate to ensure land restoration, wetlands cultivation for the improvement of the land to make them fit for cultivation.
He added that the ACReSAL would strengthen Nigeria’s long-term enabling environment for an integrated climate-resilient landscape.
“I am here to motivate and energise you.
“And also to encourage you to deliberate on the Draft Annual Work plan prepared by the various PMUs and clears same for onward transmission to the steering committee for approval.
“This is the much-needed step that will kick start disbursement of funds by the World Bank for implementation activities to begin,” Abdullahi said.
He expressed gratitude to Dr Joy Agene and her team from the World Bank on their efforts toward the full implementation of the ACReSAL project.
The Lagos Cares Livelihood Support Delivery Platform DLI 1.3 has urged participants at a training to provide adequate enlightenment to vulnerable persons to cushion some of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
Toyin Salami, Head of Livelihood Support Delivery Platform DLI 1.3, who gave the charge on Monday at the programme heldat the Women Development Centre, Agege, Lagos, said the training was to prepare for tasks ahead.
Salami noted that the 44 participants who were drawn from Ajeromi, Apapa, Amuwo Odofin, Ikorodu, Ifako-Ijaiye, Agege and Ikeja took part in the “Roles of the Field Superintendents and Desk Officer in Lagos State Care Programme”.
According to her, the programme is an initiative of the World Bank in collaboration with Federal Government and Lagos state to vulnerable persons through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA)’s existing platform.
“The idea and objective of DLI 1.3 is to provide livelihood and soft skill training and a one-off grant to empower 2,145 economically and active self employed persons in Lagos State.
“It’s an economic emergency response, a state level intervention programme, as we all know that the COVID-19 affected most business and this training cut across the 36 states in Nigeria including FCT, Abuja.
“Just as we are doing here through WAPA, other states are equally expected to leverage on existing platform using it to promote, assist and mitigate on the effect of COVID-19 on the poor, needy.
“Such facilitators are needed to approach and assist these vulnerables in the state to restore them back to their business, ensure that their enterprise strive and are sustained.
“The field officers need to train and guide end beneficiaries in businesses, considering the issue progressive plans, environment, social inclusion, sustainability need to be properly drummed into the ears of beneficiaries so that it will not be business as usual.
“We want them to benefit so that they can be economically stable, boyiant and successful, while taking cognisance that all tagged ‘waste’ can be managed within the environmental guidelines of the state,” he added.
According to him, safety measures are emphasised accordingly to reduce to nearest minimum accidents or casualties that would have adverse effect on the businesses or owner as the case maybe.
Meanwhile, Okuwatosin Odushe and Oluwabusola Fatimat, participants at the training, applauded the Lagos State Government and WAPA for providing the platform and making it within their reach.
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Sen. Yisa Briamoh (PDP-Edo) has unveiled plan to award scholarships to some children at the orphanage home in Abuja as part of the activities to mark his 80th birthday.
The lawmaker, representing Edo North Senatorial District, made this known on Monday in a statement by the Chairman, Planning Committee, Mr Isa Briamoh.
Briamoh, who will turn 80 on Aug. 12, said the celebration would be followed with a visit to the Halal Children’s Orphanage Home, Lugbe in Abuja, where he would present his speech, gift items and donations, including scholarships, to students of the home.
“As a great philanthropist, Sen Briamoh had committed considerable personal funds towards the development and commissioning of an ultra-modern primary school (day & boarding) for the handicapped and disabled children at Igbe Road, in Auchi, Edo State.
“Over the years, his scholarship foundation has become a bridge through which many indigent persons within the community in Edo North Senatorial District and beyond, have also acquired education and attained great heights themselves.
“On Aug. 12, 2012 when he turned 70, Sen Briamoh, along with a host of his invited guests, friends and family members, shared fellowships with over 60 residents of the Christ Family Orphanage Home, at Otoukwe, Agenegbode in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, just as he did in 2002 when he clocked 60.“As he turns 80, he has chosen to mark the occasion at Halal Children’s Orphanage Home, Lugbe, Abuja,” it said.
According to the statement, in his very little way, he has equally contributed in the building of mosques, schools and public-spirited works that enhanced the society.
Some of the dignitaries expected at the occasion include Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu; High Chief Raymond Dokpesi; Sen. Victor Oyofo; Sen. Adolphus Wabara, among othersAccording to the statement, highlights of the ceremony at the orphanage home also includes the cutting of cake by the celebrant, Islamic recitation and games by children of the home.
Trial of a 23-year-old man, Sedeliu Iziomo, charged with stealing N11.3 million from a new generation bank was on Monday stalled due to absence of his counsel.
Then News Agency of Nigeria reports that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had, on July 26, arraigned Iziomo on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo had remanded the defendant at the Ikoyi Correctional Centre pending determination of his bail application.
On Monday, the EFCC counsel, Mr Nnemeka Omewa, prayed the court for a date for commencement of the trial, following the absence of defence counsel, Mrs Mercy Akabue.
“My lord, the defendant was arraigned at the last date of adjournment and I doubt if the defense had filed bail application before the court.
“In view of no application filed, we shall be asking for a date for the commencement of trial,” Omewa said.
The EFCC had alleged that the defendant conspired with one Jude Alpheous (already charged) on July 12, 2019, to steal the money from the bank.
It also submitted that the defendant had, between July 12, 2019 and July 15, 2019, converted the N11.27 million to his personal use.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
NAN reports that the alleged offences contravene Sections 287 and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011. Taiwo adjourned the case until Sept. 20 for hearing of bail application.
The Commander, Naval Base BEECROFT, Apapa, Commodore Malami Haruna has reiterated the need for seafarers to always emplace all safety measures including the use of life jackets within the maritime domain.
Haruna said this in a statement signed by the Western Naval Command’s, spokesperson, Commander Edward Yeibo on Monday night I.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that on Aug. 2, 2022, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) PROSPERITY, rescued two Ghanaian fishermen floating in the water while patrolling 10 nautical miles North East of Dangote Quays, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
Further investigation revealed that the men were four in number but sadly, two of them had drowned before the arrival of NNS PROSPERITY to the scene.
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), has paid a condolence visit to the bereaved family of Mr Chibueze Momah.
Momah and Tosin Amos-Arowoshegbe were killed at a club in Canada on July 23,2022. This is contained in a statement by NiDCOM’s Media, Public Relations and Protocols Officer, Mr Gabriel Odu on Monday in Abuja.
Dabiri-Erewa paid the visit at the deceased residence in Lagos, to convey her deepest sympathy and support for the family.
She prayed to the Almighty God to give the family the strength to bear the irreparable loss of their son who recently graduated in Computer programming few months before his untimely death.
The father, Mr Ikechukwu Momah, on behalf of the family thanked the NiDCOM boss and her team for the visit and pleaded for a thorough investigation into the matter.
Both victims worked at the ATL lounge in Vaughn, Ontario as security guards.
The killers were said to have fled the scene of the incident after shooting them before the police arrived.
The Labour Party (LP) Governorship Substitution Primary Election for Lagos State has been postponed to Wednesday.
This followed controversies on the delegates list raised by one of the aspirants, Mr Moshood Salvador.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the process had started at Excel-Oriental Hotel, in Oshodi on Monday, when Salvador complained that 26 of his delegates were omitted from the list.
Salvador is contesting for the LP ticket with Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour at the party’s substitution primaries.
Salvador, who alleged that the delegates list for the substitution had been doctored, told newsmen before vacating the venue, that his camp could no longer trust the process.
“Yesterday, we agreed that he (Rhodes-Daviva) should bring 100 delegates, while I also bring100 delegates and the state executives will join the delegates to make 217 delegates for the substitution primaries.
“When I checked the list about 30 minutes to the primaries, we realised that 26 delegates out of mine have been removed and added to his.
“They (electoral officers) told me it was a mistake: that can never be taken as mistake.
” We have done all our best to ensure free and fair primaries.
Therefore, I cannot have confidence in this electoral body again.
“The party will need to reorganise itself.
The delegates list has been doctored, therefore we cannot have confidence in this electoral body again, “Salvador said.
Calling for the postponement of the primaries, Salvador urged the leadership of the party to be genuine, sincere, honest and fair.
Reacting to Salvador’s allegations, Mr Sam Okpala, the Lagos state Secretary of LP and Chairman of the LP Substitution Primary Election Planning Committee in the state, explained that the issue raised by Salvador bordering on omission of some names in his delegates list could be typographical error.
Okpala, who noted that the party was known for internal democracy, promised all aspirants a free, transparent and credible primary election.
“Whatever issue on ground, we will sought it out.
We urge them to exercise patience to see where the problem is coming from, rectify it and hold our primary election.
“As far as we are concerned, there was no omission.
We have not observed any omission in the list,” he said.
When all efforts to resolve the disagreement proved abortive and delegates left after waiting endlessly, Okpala told newsmen that the exercise had been postponed.
“The exercise has been postponed to Wednesday, same venue.
” On the call for cancellation of the primaries, Okpala said that no aspirant had the power to do so, describing it as personal opinion.
He said that all the relevant authorities were duly notified for the substitution primaries including INEC and security agents.
Okpala, who expressed surprise at the way an aspirant took just a minor error in the delegates list, said that party had made efforts to correct all observed errors to give a level playing ground for all aspirants.
“It is not new, you can be printing documents and make an error.
“We have only printed just a copy and we asked them to go through it.
We owned up that we will carry out the corrections.
If we have started using it, then he can complain,” he said.
According to him, the party leadership agreed on having 100 list each from Salvador and Rhodes-Vivours, with another 17 state officers.
He said the party leadership had on Sunday, invited both candidates to a meeting to tell them the process in order to ensure fairness to all.
“I am surprised to see what is happening today.
If the candidates are ready, we will go ahead, if they are not ready we will go back to Abuja,” Okpala said.
On the need for the substitution primaries, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa, the LP Deputy National Chairman, told newsmen that Prince Ifagbami Awamaridi, the LP gubernatorial candidate, whose name was published by INEC, was just a ‘placeholder’.
He stated that Awamaridi had written formerly that he had withdrawn from that office, adding that when he took the form, he was just a placeholder and that meant that he could be removed.
“That means his name can be changed for another candidate,” he said.
An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a middle aged man, Yusuf Olawale, to six months imprisonment for possession of fraudulent documents.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, in sentencing the convict, however, gave him an option to pay N150,000 fine.
Delivering the judgment, Taiwo held thus: “I have considered the plea of the defence counsel and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment or a fine of N150,000. “The defendant is to restitute the sum of N200,000 and forfeit iPhoneX and iPhone 6plus to the Federal Government,” the judge ruled.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC), counsel, Mr Nnaemeka Omewa, had on July 22, arraigned Olawale over possession of fraudulent chats in pretext to defrauding his victims.
The Defence Counsel, Mr Korede Oyedele, in his plea, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
Oyedele said that the defendant was a first-time offender, was remorseful and had exhibited good conduct since his arrest on April 29. Oyedele argued that his client had a whole life ahead of him and pleaded for mercy from the court.
Olawale was arraigned on a charge bordering on possession of documents containing false pretence contrary to section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
A non-for-profit organisation, CVG-AFrica, has urged the three tiers of government and other stakeholders in the education sector to place more value on children through qualitative education, infrastructure and development of teachers’ capacity.
Its Coordinator, Mr Moses Solanke, made the plea on Monday at a seminar organised for teachers of St. Leo’s Primary School, Ibadan with the theme: “Sustaining a Valuable Primary Education: The Teachers’ role”.
Solanke said the group’s aim is to reach out to those in the primary schools in order to encourage them because of the challenges inhibiting teaching in schools.
“We see that many teachers are no longer committed and dedicated to their works and this rubs off on the children.
“CVG-Africa is an outreach focussing on children’s education, but that cannot be without focussing on the teachers.
“So, the seminar is to help them to rediscover their roles and boost their commitments in a hostile environment.
“Schools are not funded, the structures are bad; you expected so much from the teachers, but once in a while we need to encourage and charge them to revive their commitment to work,” he said.
The group coordinator said that there was a need to value children to develop African continent.
“You can only place value on the children through qualitative education.
“CVG-Africa is asking the government, schools and other stakeholders in the education sector to place more commitment and value on children for a better society and continent,” he said.
In a lecture on the theme of the event, Mr Elijah Olatunji, the Coordinator, Students and Youths Discipleship Outreach (SAYDO), said, “No nation can be greater than her teachers; and there is no generation that can be different from what its teachers are.
” Olatunji enjoined teachers to see their roles as a calling and pour themselves into it with dedication and commitment to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.
According to him, it is hard to imagine what the world would look like without teachers.
“Teachers at all levels are indispensable in the society; from the nursery and primary school level to tertiary level; even in the vocational apprenticeship area,” he said.
Olatunji described teachers as the most powerful influencers, saying that teachers’ roles are crucial to bring about a change and development in any society.
“Teaching profession is not just a job; it is a calling and also a passion; a calling to affect lives; a passion to mould lives, to bend and straighten lives at the prime of their years.
It is a calling as a foundation layer and builder,” he said.
The outreach coordinator advocated teaching methodology that would address the peculiarities of every child and the one that discovers and enhances their potential, saying, “no child is a dullard” .
Also, Mr Pretty Omoike, the Education Officer, CVG-Africa, said: “What our children become is the level of our dedication and commitment to their lives.
“As teachers and headmistresses, God has placed us here for the children.
The 1.8 million Out-Of-School Children, what would become of them in the future?
“If we don’t do something, the problem will keep compounding.
“CVG-Africa, in our own little space, wants to put some things in place and impact stakeholders in the education sector with knowledge and vision that would help them to sustain the sector and make a positive impact on students,” Omoike said.