Flooding caused by torrential rains in Sudan has killed at least 52 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, state media reported Saturday.
Heavy rains usually fall in Sudan between May and October, and the country faces severe flooding every year, wrecking properties, infrastructure, and crops.
“A total of 52 people have been killed and 25 others wounded due to torrential rains and floods since the beginning of the fall season,” SUNA reported, quoting Abdel Jalil Abdelreheem, spokesman for Sudan’s National Council for Civil Defense.
Abdelreheem said 5,345 houses had been destroyed and 2,862 damaged across Sudan.
Other public facilities, shops, and agricultural lands were also damaged.
North and South Kordofan states, River Nile state, and South Darfur was among the most affected across Sudan, he noted.
In a Monday report, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that around 38,000 people across Sudan had been affected by rains and floods since the start of the rainy season.
About 314,500 people were affected across Sudan during the rainy season of 2021, according to OCHA.
The prime minister serving in Mali’s military junta has been hospitalised after suffering an unspecified illness, one of his advisers and a doctor at the clinic treating him told AFP Saturday.
“The Prime Minister Choguel Maiga has indeed been admitted to a private clinic in Bamako,” one of his advisors, who asked to remain anonymous, told AFP.
“I can tell you that at this stage, he’s okay,” he added.
A doctor at the clinic confirmed that the prime minister had been admitted for “a serious illness”, adding: “I can tell you that he’s recovering quite well.
” Choguel Kokkola Maiga served in several ministerial positions and was three times a candidate for the presidency before junta leader Colonel Assisi Gita appointed him prime minister in June 2021.
Since then he has repeatedly condemned France for its “abandonment” of Mali in its conflict against jihadist forces in the country.
France is reconfiguring its position in the Sahel after falling out with the military junta in Mali, the epicentre of the bloody 10-year-old jihadist campaign in the region.
Maiga has himself been criticised for several months by politicians inside Mali, including some of his own former allies in the M5-RFP movement opposition alliance, of which he was one of the cofounders.
Some of his critics have called for his resignation.
The branch of the National Union of Eritrean Women in the South Region organized a management and finance training program for 37 women from the 12 sub-areas of the region.
The training covered the concept of administration, administration and its importance, the role of communication in administration, as well as material and financial management.
The objective of the training was to develop the capacity of the members who are dedicated to the administration and finance sector and enable them to provide a timely and effective service to the public.
Speaking at the closing event of the training, Ms. Senait Afwerki, head of the union section in the region, urged the participants to apply the training they received to efficiently serve the public.
Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael, President of the Eritrean National Women's Union, for her part, said that the program is an integral part of the union's mission to develop the overall capacity of members and called on the trainees to become exemplary in their areas and work.
in cooperation with the Government and public institutions.
At the event, the evaluation of the six-month activity was discussed, as well as the future program.
Pastor Ndidi Osakwe, Wife of the Senior Pastor of the Summit Bible Church, Abuja, has advised parents to give quality time in nurturing their teenagers.She gave the advice on Saturday at the end of the 2022 Summit Summer Teens Camp organised by the Teens’ Wing of the Church.She said that parenthood was a God-given gift, as such parents must not neglect that role and responsibility of nurturing children especially the teenagers.“Children are gifts from God. And as the Bible says in Proverbs Chapter 22 verse six, we must ‘Train up a child in the way he should go.’ ”By teaching him to seek God’s wisdom, will for his abilities and talents, even when he is old he will not depart from it.“As parents, it is one thing to say you are a parent and its another thing to fulfill the role and responsibility bestowed on us.“We can buy them things but we need to spend that quality time with them,” the cleric added.She described the teenage level as a very sensitive and crucial period in the lives of the youths, adding ”everything happens at that teenage level for future development and leadership.“They are a special group of God’s children, because they are very delicate.As teenagers, they go through different stages and emotions as they develop.“There is so much bombardment and peer pressure that they have to deal with and sometimes they are not able to speak up.” Osakwe further urged parents to give them the teens ”listening ears.“We have to make out time for these children.It is very important, because if you don’t, there is no vacuum.”There is an enemy there that is ready to take up the 24 hours,” she cautioned.Earlier, the Teens’ Pastor, Kingsley Bangwell said that the camp was borne out of the desire of the church to see a better generation.“The senior pastor is passionate about seeing ‘the next generation’ get engaged in political activities.“The camp was aimed at transmitting leadership skills and helping the children discover themselves so that they can reach their fullest potential.”They can grow up with the right character, attitude and excel in their academics and begin to see themselves as people who can contribute to nation building.“As part of the activities during the event, we had leadership, communication and skills building sessions and sports.” He said that as the 2023 General Elections are approaching, the participants were trained on what politics entails.“This is election year.Let our children understand what is politics.”Let them begin to understand that political parties are vehicles through which people can get political power through which they can promote social good,”he said.Also, one of the instructors, Pastor Irene Bangwell urged parents to encourage their children to build their self confidence.“Parents should be able to explain to children what the difference between self confidence and disrespect is so that we can have a better society,” she added.She equally called on parents to make out time with their children to guard against peer pressure.“These are times when parents need to make some adjustments in their schedules in order to always be around for their children,” the Pastor, urged.One of the participants Amarachi Osondu, who appreciated the church for organising the camp said, ” it was very impactful.” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the six-day camp had 130 teens as participants.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Umar El-yakub, has said that Kano-Gwarzo – Dayi road will be completed before the end of this year.
El-Yakub disclosed this on Saturday, while inspecting the construction of Kano -Dawakim-Tofa-Gwarzo- Dayi and Kano western bypass road project in Kano He said that the roads when completed would go a long way towards boosting commercial activities in the areas in addition to creating jobs.
“It is our policy not just to stay in Abuja and wait for updates from our staff and contractors.
From time to time, the ministry do personally travel on the roads and assess them first hand.
” I have inspected the road projects first hand and with the level of completion, I can say when the projects may likely be completed,” he said.
He said that the projects is an interstate road that needs to be reconstructed and renewed from a single carriageway to a dual carriageway.
“Kano – Gwarzo – Dayi road is a 83.42 kilometres that include three bridges and is a major route in the northern part of Nigeria that link Kano with many states in the northwest and north central geopolitical zones,“he said.
He said that when completed, traffic will also be reduced and travel time would be fast while employment would be provided for the people around the area.
“It will also boost socio-economic activities between Kano and Katsina states,”he said.
He said that similar inspection was ongoing in Katsina state to ensure that residents enjoy free access to their work and business places.
The minister who also inspected the Federal Housing project expresses joy that subscribers have already occupied the houses.
He said that the national housing projects ware in phases one and two and started across the country in 2016 as part of the President Muhammadu Buhari housing policy.
He said that the housing projects are expected to be in three phases, while two have been delivered successfully”,he said.
No fewer than 616 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Dukku Local Government Area of Gombe State on Saturday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
An ex-chieftain of PDP, Alhaji Kwairanga Dukku, led the new entrants, including women and youths leaders from different wards within the local government area into the APC.
Dukku attributed their decision to good and purpose-driven leadership style of Gov. Inuwa Yahaya.
Also speaking, Alhaji Bappah Maru, a former member of the PDP Elders’ Forum said the efforts of the present administration in the state in the provision of potable water in the area convinced him to join the APC.
Umaru said their decision to join the APC was to appreciate the governor’s people-oriented policies towards improving the well being of the people.
Welcoming the new members, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya said the APC-led state government had entrenched good governance.
Represented by the Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Alhaji Muhammad Magaji, Yahaya said the large number of people joining APC showed there was no hope for the opposition parties in the state in 2023. ”With the calibre of defectors received in Dukku LGA, the APC in Gombe had been further fortified and this means that our chances in 2023 are getting brighter,” the governor added.
The Vice Chairman of APC in Dukku LGA, Alhaji Yahya Kole, lauded Yahaya for delivering on his mandate to transform the state.
He said: ”This is why APC has become a party that everyone wants to join and we will keep receiving new members.
The Rule of Law Advocacy and Accountability Centre (RULAAC), a Civil Society Organisation(CSO), has commended the Inspector-General of Police, (I-GP) Usman Baba and the Nigeria Police Force for punishing some of its officers for misconduct.
The Executive Director of RULAAC, Mr Okechukwu Nwanguma, gave the commendation on Saturday in a statement in Lagos.
Nwanguma noted that the I-GP’s tough position on some police officers engaged in acts that had brought the image of the Force in to disrepute, and deepened the negative perception of the police was commendable.
He pointed out that the NPF’s prioritising discipline and accountability was a reassurance to the members of the public that it would not condone wrongdoings by its men and officers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 12 policemen had been dismissed in the last five months for various misconducts such as: assault, extortion, viewing people’s mobile phone, and plotting police strike.
NAN reports that on Aug. 12, the Force spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, announced the dismissal of Cpl Opeyemi Kadiri for searching a commuter’s phone by the roadside contrary to the directives of I-GP Usman Baba. Adejobi said that Kadiri, with Force No. 509745, attached to the Dolphin Divisional Headquarters of the Lagos Police Command was captured on Aug.3, following a video on his activity that went viral.
The police image maker also announced the dismissal of another officer who was caught in a video assaulting a man with a machete in the Ekori Community area of Cross River.
Adejobi said that the officer, Cpl Liyomo Okoi, a Police Constable, with NPF No. 524503, was dismissed after facing an Orderly Room Trial in which he was said to have been found guilty of the offence.
He said that his dismissal had taken effect since Aug. 8, 2022. NAN also reports that in April, following the aborted strike action planned by some policemen in the country over poor salary structure, nine police officers were dismissed on the orders of the I-GP.
According to a signal issued by the CP in charge of Police Provost, the officers involved are two inspectors, five sergeants and two constables.
Nwanguma, however, said that the group would continue to point out the shortcomings of the police in terms of conduct and performance, stressing that they would equally acknowledge and commend them when they do good things as they witnessed in recent times He said that the annual budgetary allocations to the NPF were not enough to meet the needs of one zonal command, hence, the poor performance being recorded by the force in some cases.
He also added that funds appropriated or donated to the Police Trust Fund to augment poor budgetary allocations, provide equipment, training and retraining and boost the welfare and morale of officers were not being released to them as expected.
Nwanguma called for the continuous support for the NPF, while charging them to be alive to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties of the citizenry.
The head coach of Nigeria U-21 Men’s Volleyball Team, Sani Mohammed said that his team would secure the world cup ticket at the 2022 African U-21 Nations Championship in Tunisia.
Mohammed told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja that the Nigeria Volleyball Federation had given the team all the necessary support.
“The team participated in the African U-19 Championship and won, they are the current champions in the continent.
“They have graduated to the U-21 Men’s category and they are set to replicate their performance in this championship,“he said.
He said the team do not see any team as a threat, adding that they would give a good account of themselves in all their games.
“We will take the teams as they come , we have our strategy we have been following every team and they also follow our development.
” Every team have their own strategies and when we meet the result will show our level of preparedness,” he said.
NAN reports that the Egyptian won the last edition of the championship as the host country in Cairo.
Cameroon finished as the runners up while Morocco finished in third position and DR Congo placed fourth.
The African volleyball U-21 Men’s Nations Championship started on Saturday and will end on Aug.23 in Tunis, Tunisia.
An NGO, Life After Abuse Foundation (LAAF) has called for sensitisation and reorientation of men and boys’ mindset on the protection of equal rights for women and girls.
The foundation’s Founder, Ms Halima Layeni, made the call at a lecture organised by LAAF in collaboration with Lagos State University Medical Students Association (LASUMSA), to mark the ‘International Youth Day’ on Saturday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the lecture is: “Youth action to promote healthy masculinity, as a tool for systematic change.
” International Youth Day is celebrated annually on Aug. 12 to mark the contribution of youths to the development of the society and raise awareness about the problems faced by young people around the globe.
Layeni said there was need to engage boys and men in progressive conversations on protection of equal right for women and girls, as well as to raise awareness on the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.
She said that a lot of boys and men were ignorant of women’s rights, adding that lack of knowledge and education were some reasons most men engaged in sexual assault on the female counterparts.
According to her, there is need to sensitise and reorient the mindset of men and boys to understand the issue of gender-equality and the need for healthy masculinity.
Layeni emphasised the need for creation of safe spaces, systems and structures for men, where they could go to speak out and seek help when faced with traumas or sexual violence.
“We have come to realise that most of the social vices faced in the country like sexual abuse, kidnapping, gun violence, terrorism, cultism and gender-based violence can easily be eradicated if we pay attention to men’s mental health.
”We find out that most of these vices are being perpetrators mostly by men,” she said.
She also stressed the need to create more safe spaces, systems and structures that attended to emotional and psychological needs of boys and men.
”There are many psychosocial support centres for women and girls where they can go to speak out and seek help.
”So, there is need to ensure that these same systems and structures are put in place for men and boys as well, because I believed that the future is for both male and female,” Layeni said.
She also decried the belief and mentality of most men that sex was their entitlement and as a result, women’s bodies belonged to them.
”There is this privilege that men grew up with – a lot of them have this mentality that sex is their entitlement.
“But, I believe that by the time we begin to reorient and sensitise them to women and girls’ rights, we will begin to see changes.
”And this can happen at the grassroots level, on every level – even on the cultural, religious and political level,” Layeni said.
Also, a mental health advocate, Mr Seun Dosunmu, urged the government to make policies and lagal frameworks that would help to effectively address sexual violence in the society.
Dosunmu, Founder, Across All Initiative For Mental Health and Stigma Eradication, an NGO, said a lot of men suffered cases of sexual abuse, which had been neglected in the society.
”If a man comes out to complain about being sexually abused by a girl or a woman, the society should pay attention to him and take it up.
”So, going forward, there’s need to put policies, raise advocacies and create structural programmes that will privatise men inclusion so that any that sexually abuses a man will equally be punished.
”We need to drive education campaigns to the schools, churches and homes that see to the enlightenment, because if we don’t enlighten people on what is wrong, then it becomes a lifestyle.
”In fact, some people are still not knowledgeable enough to know that men can equally be raped,” he said.
The President of LASUMSA, Mr Habeeb Moshood, called for creation of more rehabilitation programmes and centres that could help rehabilitate sexually abused victims.
Moshood urged the Federal Government to intensify efforts to ensure eradication of all forms of drug in the country, adding that most perpetrators of the social vices were under the influence of drug abuse.
Edited by Dianabasi Abdulrahman
The Management of Kwara Agricultural Development Project (KWADP) has commended the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mallam Abdullateef Gidado-Alakawa, for resuscitating the moribund Low-Bed Trucks in the ministry for enhancing commercial agricultural practice.
The Managing Director, KWADP, Dr. Khadijat Ahmed, made the commendation during a test running of the vehicle at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Ilorin on Friday.
The Managing Director explained that the vehicle was abandoned due to lack of proper maintenance and appreciated the commissioner for his assistance in fixing it for optimal use.
Ahmed said the vehicle would further enhance revenue drive of the ministry and also ameliorate the sufferings of grassroots farmers in terms of land clearing and preparation in the state.
Earlier, the Commissioner had appreciated Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for providing the platform to contribute his quota to the development of the state.
The Commissioner also lauded the governor for providing an enabling environment for agricultural activities through the provision of bulldozers and tractors with other sundry implements for commercial purposes.
He noted that the vehicle would assist the ministry in mobilising heavy equipment and agricultural machinery to various farm locations within and outside the state.
According to him, the resuscitation of the vehicle will facilitate the present government’s policy trust on all season farming with a view to making the state food hub of Nigeria.