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  •   On August 30 the United States Agency for International Development USAID launched the Leveraging Educational Assistance Resources in Nigeria LEARN for Reading activity to improve reading in the early grades in the country over the next few years five years This US Mission Nigeria s 48 8 million investment in education will provide a better future for millions of Nigerian children and help create prosperous and prosperous communities across Nigeria LEARN to Read will help improve the reading outcomes of more than 3 5 million children in 5 900 schools and the ability of more than 35 000 teachers principals and school support officers to support early grade reading in some 6 000 schools The new USAID activity will ensure that school age children and youth in Nigeria can safely acquire critical skills such as literacy and numeracy while developing critical social and emotional skills to progress to higher levels of education training and employment Stephen Menard Director of the USAID Nigeria Oversight Program Office said at the launch The Federal Ministry of Education acknowledges USAID s efforts over the past 20 years to improve literacy in Nigeria through its innovative programs Minister of State for Education Goodluck Nana Opiah said at the launch LEARN to Read will build on close collaboration with the Ministry of Education the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council and language curriculum experts to support the mother tongue based medium of instruction in the early grades USAID s education program targets the most vulnerable parts of the population while supporting the Government of Nigeria to provide quality education Key areas of focus include increasing enrollment strengthening basic education building teacher capacity and raising minimum academic standards for the reading curriculum The LEARN to Read activity will build on the achievements of the recently concluded USAID funded Northern Education Initiative NEI Plus which improved reading outcomes for more than one million children in Bauchi and Sokoto states LEARN to Read will strengthen and expand reading best practices in the early grades in both states designated as legacy states Leverage more state and private resources to infuse global best practices for teaching and learning reading in the early grades in the states In addition to supporting the two legacy states LEARN to Read will also offer technical assistance to two other states designated as launch states and at least two other states designated as on demand states as part of USAID s mission to support education and reaching millions more children with lifelong skills in Nigeria These efforts will help develop a new generation of leaders equipped to help Nigeria meet the development challenges ahead
    New LEARN to Read activity from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve reading outcomes for 3.5 million Nigerian children
      On August 30 the United States Agency for International Development USAID launched the Leveraging Educational Assistance Resources in Nigeria LEARN for Reading activity to improve reading in the early grades in the country over the next few years five years This US Mission Nigeria s 48 8 million investment in education will provide a better future for millions of Nigerian children and help create prosperous and prosperous communities across Nigeria LEARN to Read will help improve the reading outcomes of more than 3 5 million children in 5 900 schools and the ability of more than 35 000 teachers principals and school support officers to support early grade reading in some 6 000 schools The new USAID activity will ensure that school age children and youth in Nigeria can safely acquire critical skills such as literacy and numeracy while developing critical social and emotional skills to progress to higher levels of education training and employment Stephen Menard Director of the USAID Nigeria Oversight Program Office said at the launch The Federal Ministry of Education acknowledges USAID s efforts over the past 20 years to improve literacy in Nigeria through its innovative programs Minister of State for Education Goodluck Nana Opiah said at the launch LEARN to Read will build on close collaboration with the Ministry of Education the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council and language curriculum experts to support the mother tongue based medium of instruction in the early grades USAID s education program targets the most vulnerable parts of the population while supporting the Government of Nigeria to provide quality education Key areas of focus include increasing enrollment strengthening basic education building teacher capacity and raising minimum academic standards for the reading curriculum The LEARN to Read activity will build on the achievements of the recently concluded USAID funded Northern Education Initiative NEI Plus which improved reading outcomes for more than one million children in Bauchi and Sokoto states LEARN to Read will strengthen and expand reading best practices in the early grades in both states designated as legacy states Leverage more state and private resources to infuse global best practices for teaching and learning reading in the early grades in the states In addition to supporting the two legacy states LEARN to Read will also offer technical assistance to two other states designated as launch states and at least two other states designated as on demand states as part of USAID s mission to support education and reaching millions more children with lifelong skills in Nigeria These efforts will help develop a new generation of leaders equipped to help Nigeria meet the development challenges ahead
    New LEARN to Read activity from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve reading outcomes for 3.5 million Nigerian children
    Africa4 weeks ago

    New LEARN to Read activity from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve reading outcomes for 3.5 million Nigerian children

    On August 30, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Leveraging Educational Assistance Resources in Nigeria (LEARN) for Reading activity to improve reading in the early grades in the country over the next few years.

    five years.

    This US Mission Nigeria's $48.8 million investment in education will provide a better future for millions of Nigerian children and help create prosperous and prosperous communities across Nigeria.

    LEARN to Read will help improve the reading outcomes of more than 3.5 million children in 5,900 schools and the ability of more than 35,000 teachers, principals and school support officers to support early grade reading in some 6,000 schools.

    “The new USAID activity will ensure that school-age children and youth in Nigeria can safely acquire critical skills, such as literacy and numeracy, while developing critical social and emotional skills to progress to higher levels of education, training and employment.

    .

    Stephen Menard, Director of the USAID/Nigeria Oversight Program Office, said at the launch.

    “The Federal Ministry of Education acknowledges USAID's efforts over the past 20 years to improve literacy in Nigeria through its innovative programs,” Minister of State for Education Goodluck Nana Opiah said at the launch.

    "LEARN to Read will build on close collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council and language/curriculum experts to support the mother tongue-based medium of instruction in the early grades."

    USAID's education program targets the most vulnerable parts of the population, while supporting the Government of Nigeria to provide quality education.

    Key areas of focus include increasing enrollment, strengthening basic education, building teacher capacity, and raising minimum academic standards for the reading curriculum.

    The LEARN to Read activity will build on the achievements of the recently concluded USAID-funded Northern Education Initiative (NEI Plus), which improved reading outcomes for more than one million children in Bauchi and Sokoto states.

    LEARN to Read will strengthen and expand reading best practices in the early grades in both states, designated as legacy states.

    Leverage more state and private resources to infuse global best practices for teaching and learning reading in the early grades in the states.

    In addition to supporting the two legacy states, LEARN to Read will also offer technical assistance to two other states (designated as launch states) and at least two other states (designated as on-demand states) as part of USAID's mission to support education and reaching millions more children with lifelong skills in Nigeria.

    These efforts will help develop a new generation of leaders equipped to help Nigeria meet the development challenges ahead.

  •  The Naira depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday exchanging at N430 The figure represents a further depreciation of 0 13 per cent when compared with N429 44 for which the dollar exchanged on Wednesday The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Thursday An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day s trading before it settled at N430 The Naira sold for as low as N417 to the dollar within the day s trading A total of 74 68 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Naira loses to dollar by 0.13%
     The Naira depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday exchanging at N430 The figure represents a further depreciation of 0 13 per cent when compared with N429 44 for which the dollar exchanged on Wednesday The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Thursday An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day s trading before it settled at N430 The Naira sold for as low as N417 to the dollar within the day s trading A total of 74 68 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Naira loses to dollar by 0.13%
    Economy4 weeks ago

    Naira loses to dollar by 0.13%

    The Naira depreciated against the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday, exchanging at N430. The figure represents a further depreciation of 0.13 per cent when compared with N429.44 for which the dollar exchanged on Wednesday.

    The open indicative rate closed at N429 to the dollar on Thursday.

    An exchange rate of N437 to the dollar was the highest rate recorded within the day’s trading before it settled at N430. The Naira sold for as low as N417 to the dollar within the day’s trading.

    A total of 74.68 million dollars was traded in foreign exchange at the Investors and Exporters window on Thursday.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Salisu Yusuf Head Coach of the Super Eagles B team on Thursday expressed confidence in the ability of his players to secure qualification for the 2022 African Nations Championship CHAN The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ghana s Black Galaxies are in the driving seat in the 2022 CHAN final qualifying fixture after winning 2 0 in the first leg The 2 0 win was at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday The Eagles now have all to do in the second leg on Saturday in Abuja and must score at least three goals without conceding if they hope to qualify Yusuf told newsmen during a pre match press conference on Thursday in Abuja that he was confident his team could get the job done on Saturday In spite of the late preparation and having to put together a team in the space of just two weeks I think our players did their best in the first leg under the difficult circumstances But the first leg has come and gone We didn t anticipate what happened but that s football for you Anything can happen We never expected that we were going to lose by a 0 2 margin in the first leg especially with the way the game went even though our preparation for the game was inadequate But if you look at the match critically in all components of the game it was indeed a tightly contested encounter with the hosts edging possession by about 55 percent So we are disappointed that in spite of the several chances we created we were unable to take them he said Yusuf however said he was confident that the team would bounce back from the two goal deficit and qualify for the 2022 CHAN finals scheduled for January in Algeria If you look back at history of football not only in Nigeria but in the world even a four goal deficit can be upturned It all depends on our mindset and commitment to make it happen on the day We believe that we are going to fight to ensure we cancel the two goals and still win the game It is not an impossible thing but it is going to be very tough and tasking he said On the team s tactics going into the second leg the coach said the team would approach the game differently having watched and learned from the mistakes made in Ghana There are some tactical changes which we have made But I won t want to divulge that information now so that we don t give anything away to our opponents before the game However we are doing very well to see that we defend set pieces as well as create positive things when in possession of the ball he said Speaking also at the event Tope Olusesi the CHAN Eagles captain said the team was not under any pressure heading into the second leg He stated that they knew what they have to do to ensure victory and qualify We are not just here to play and qualify for CHAN but we believe our career as individuals are at stake here We are also aware of the disappointment and frustration of over 200 million Nigerians after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup following the loss to Ghana Even though we are not approaching the game with a sense of revenge on our minds but we want to assure Nigerians that we will do our best to win and qualify Also with the motivation from the Federation and the belief by the technical crew in the ability of the team I think these are enough for us to go out there and get the job done he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yusuf confident of victory for CHAN Eagles against Ghana in Abuja Saturday
     Salisu Yusuf Head Coach of the Super Eagles B team on Thursday expressed confidence in the ability of his players to secure qualification for the 2022 African Nations Championship CHAN The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ghana s Black Galaxies are in the driving seat in the 2022 CHAN final qualifying fixture after winning 2 0 in the first leg The 2 0 win was at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday The Eagles now have all to do in the second leg on Saturday in Abuja and must score at least three goals without conceding if they hope to qualify Yusuf told newsmen during a pre match press conference on Thursday in Abuja that he was confident his team could get the job done on Saturday In spite of the late preparation and having to put together a team in the space of just two weeks I think our players did their best in the first leg under the difficult circumstances But the first leg has come and gone We didn t anticipate what happened but that s football for you Anything can happen We never expected that we were going to lose by a 0 2 margin in the first leg especially with the way the game went even though our preparation for the game was inadequate But if you look at the match critically in all components of the game it was indeed a tightly contested encounter with the hosts edging possession by about 55 percent So we are disappointed that in spite of the several chances we created we were unable to take them he said Yusuf however said he was confident that the team would bounce back from the two goal deficit and qualify for the 2022 CHAN finals scheduled for January in Algeria If you look back at history of football not only in Nigeria but in the world even a four goal deficit can be upturned It all depends on our mindset and commitment to make it happen on the day We believe that we are going to fight to ensure we cancel the two goals and still win the game It is not an impossible thing but it is going to be very tough and tasking he said On the team s tactics going into the second leg the coach said the team would approach the game differently having watched and learned from the mistakes made in Ghana There are some tactical changes which we have made But I won t want to divulge that information now so that we don t give anything away to our opponents before the game However we are doing very well to see that we defend set pieces as well as create positive things when in possession of the ball he said Speaking also at the event Tope Olusesi the CHAN Eagles captain said the team was not under any pressure heading into the second leg He stated that they knew what they have to do to ensure victory and qualify We are not just here to play and qualify for CHAN but we believe our career as individuals are at stake here We are also aware of the disappointment and frustration of over 200 million Nigerians after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup following the loss to Ghana Even though we are not approaching the game with a sense of revenge on our minds but we want to assure Nigerians that we will do our best to win and qualify Also with the motivation from the Federation and the belief by the technical crew in the ability of the team I think these are enough for us to go out there and get the job done he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yusuf confident of victory for CHAN Eagles against Ghana in Abuja Saturday
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    Yusuf confident of victory for CHAN Eagles against Ghana in Abuja Saturday

    Salisu Yusuf, Head Coach of the Super Eagles B team, on Thursday expressed confidence in the ability of his players to secure qualification for the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ghana’s Black Galaxies are in the driving seat in the 2022 CHAN final qualifying fixture, after winning 2-0 in the first leg. 

    The 2-0 win was at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.

    The Eagles now have all to do in the second leg on Saturday in Abuja and must score at least three goals without conceding if they hope to qualify.

    Yusuf told newsmen during a pre-match press conference on Thursday in Abuja that he was confident his team could get the job done on Saturday.

    “In spite of the late preparation and having to put together a team in the space of just two weeks, I think our players did their best in the first leg under the difficult circumstances.

    “But the first leg has come and gone.

    We didn’t anticipate what happened, but that’s football for you.

    Anything can happen.

    “We never expected that we were going to lose by a 0-2 margin in the first leg, especially with the way the game went, even though our preparation for the game was inadequate.

    “But if you look at the match critically, in all components of the game, it was indeed a tightly contested encounter with the hosts edging possession by about 55 percent.

    “So, we are disappointed that in spite of the several chances we created we were unable to take them,” he said.

    Yusuf however said he was confident that the team would bounce back from the two-goal deficit and qualify for the 2022 CHAN finals scheduled for January in Algeria.

    “If you look back at history of football, not only in Nigeria, but in the world, even a four-goal deficit can be upturned.

    “It all depends on our mindset and commitment to make it happen on the day.

    “We believe that we are going to fight to ensure we cancel the two goals and still win the game.

    “It is not an impossible thing, but it is going to be very tough and tasking,” he said.

    On the team’s tactics going into the second leg, the coach said the team would approach the game differently having watched and learned from the mistakes made in Ghana.

    “There are some tactical changes which we have made.

    But I won’t want to divulge that information now, so that we don’t give anything away to our opponents before the game.

    “However, we are doing very well to see that we defend set-pieces as well as create positive things when in possession of the ball,” he said.

    Speaking also at the event, Tope Olusesi, the CHAN Eagles captain, said the team was not under any pressure heading into the second leg.

    He stated that they knew what they have to do to ensure victory and qualify.

    “We are not just here to play and qualify for CHAN, but we believe our career as individuals are at stake here.

    “We are also aware of the disappointment and frustration of over 200 million Nigerians after the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup following the loss to Ghana.

    “Even though we are not approaching the game with a sense of revenge on our minds, but we want to assure Nigerians that we will do our best to win and qualify.

    “Also, with the motivation from the Federation and the belief by the technical crew in the ability of the team, I think these are enough for us to go out there and get the job done,” he said. 

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Spearheading this year s high level panel discussions at MSGBC Oil Gas Power 2022 https bit ly 3a4fuRb the ministerial panel on Developing a National Natural Gas Economy in the MSGBC Region and Beyond revealed the future of natural gas in West Africa and the role it will play in the region s energy future NJ Ayuk Executive Chairman of the African Chamber of Energy https bit ly 3Q34QcU moderated the session with panelists including HE Sophie Gladima https bit ly 3cMclXU Minister of Petroleum and Energy the Republic of Senegal HE Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Salah Minister of Oil Mines and Energy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Honorable Abdoulie Jobe Minister of Petroleum and Energy of the Republic of The Gambia HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea HE Bruno Jean Richard Itoua President of OPEC and Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo Honorable Tom Alweendo Minister of Mines and Energy Republic of Namibia HE Didier Budimbu Ntubuanga Minister of Hydrocarbons Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC and Bro Foday Mansaray Director General Petroleum Directorate Office of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Starting the discussions Hon Jobe stated that We all know that the basin is very rich in oil and gas resources What we need to do is provide access to affordable clean and sustainable energy Gas is integral to transformative change The advantages of gas for national economies were highlighted and speakers emphasized the need to address energy poverty in Africa using gas On this note HE Salah stated that The real problem is how we bring energy to each African citizen Some Africans have been producing oil and gas for decades but we still have the highest energy poverty because we are exporting oil and gas We need to prioritize access for all African citizens to energy and security In addition to this existing global geopolitics was raised with specific reference to Europe s current yearning for West African gas in light of the EU s green label fuel source It is important to be able to look not only in the short term but also in the long term HE Lima stated adding that the safest market for African producers is Africa We have to be able to create a market If we can export LNG to South Africa Egypt and others it will be long term To secure our future and reduce energy poverty we need to create energy security In addition to this HE Itoua emphasized the role that gas will play in meeting future energy demand and the minister stated that Over the next 25 years we will see growth in energy demand We cannot meet this demand without gas We need at least 40 of energy from fossil fuels during these 25 years The question is not to stop producing oil or gas that is the worst thing that can be done The European commission in 2022 decided that gas is a green transition energy There need be no more debates about gas We need to stop wasting time arguing why gas is the solution We have to start producing as much as we can On the exploration front HE Ntubuanga emphasized the potential of the DRC stating that The DRC has natural wealth in the basin it shares with Congo Brazzaville and Gabon Fortunately the technology that we now have in Africa and around the world allows us to take advantage of the rich oil reserves that these areas have without touching the biodiversity Representing another border market the Hon Alweendo added that We have been fortunate to make two substantial discoveries This was after more than 30 years of exploration What helped us was that we never gave up Our licensing systems are attractive to people Our response time to evaluate license requests has been really efficient We persevered and the exploration companies were with us during this time Finally Bro Mansaray provided information on Sierra Leone s exploration progress and stated that we are currently in the middle of a licensing round that will continue until the end of September Our responsibility is to provide electricity to the people of Sierra Leone Discoveries in the MSGBC region give people more confidence in the region We know that COIs succeed each other What I hope is that projects like GTA open up the market and explore other markets like ours and neighboring countries Concluding the panel discussion HE Gladima stated that Africa is the first to be affected by climate change but our explorers can help us understand the impacts of climate change as they exploit these gas riches we must encourage our youth to Start your own companies that will become big companies and take over the field We should work with all those actors who have experience and at COP27 we will push to develop Africa s resources for Africa itself
    West African energy ministers stress ‘gas is good for Africa’
      Spearheading this year s high level panel discussions at MSGBC Oil Gas Power 2022 https bit ly 3a4fuRb the ministerial panel on Developing a National Natural Gas Economy in the MSGBC Region and Beyond revealed the future of natural gas in West Africa and the role it will play in the region s energy future NJ Ayuk Executive Chairman of the African Chamber of Energy https bit ly 3Q34QcU moderated the session with panelists including HE Sophie Gladima https bit ly 3cMclXU Minister of Petroleum and Energy the Republic of Senegal HE Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Salah Minister of Oil Mines and Energy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania Honorable Abdoulie Jobe Minister of Petroleum and Energy of the Republic of The Gambia HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea HE Bruno Jean Richard Itoua President of OPEC and Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo Honorable Tom Alweendo Minister of Mines and Energy Republic of Namibia HE Didier Budimbu Ntubuanga Minister of Hydrocarbons Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC and Bro Foday Mansaray Director General Petroleum Directorate Office of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Starting the discussions Hon Jobe stated that We all know that the basin is very rich in oil and gas resources What we need to do is provide access to affordable clean and sustainable energy Gas is integral to transformative change The advantages of gas for national economies were highlighted and speakers emphasized the need to address energy poverty in Africa using gas On this note HE Salah stated that The real problem is how we bring energy to each African citizen Some Africans have been producing oil and gas for decades but we still have the highest energy poverty because we are exporting oil and gas We need to prioritize access for all African citizens to energy and security In addition to this existing global geopolitics was raised with specific reference to Europe s current yearning for West African gas in light of the EU s green label fuel source It is important to be able to look not only in the short term but also in the long term HE Lima stated adding that the safest market for African producers is Africa We have to be able to create a market If we can export LNG to South Africa Egypt and others it will be long term To secure our future and reduce energy poverty we need to create energy security In addition to this HE Itoua emphasized the role that gas will play in meeting future energy demand and the minister stated that Over the next 25 years we will see growth in energy demand We cannot meet this demand without gas We need at least 40 of energy from fossil fuels during these 25 years The question is not to stop producing oil or gas that is the worst thing that can be done The European commission in 2022 decided that gas is a green transition energy There need be no more debates about gas We need to stop wasting time arguing why gas is the solution We have to start producing as much as we can On the exploration front HE Ntubuanga emphasized the potential of the DRC stating that The DRC has natural wealth in the basin it shares with Congo Brazzaville and Gabon Fortunately the technology that we now have in Africa and around the world allows us to take advantage of the rich oil reserves that these areas have without touching the biodiversity Representing another border market the Hon Alweendo added that We have been fortunate to make two substantial discoveries This was after more than 30 years of exploration What helped us was that we never gave up Our licensing systems are attractive to people Our response time to evaluate license requests has been really efficient We persevered and the exploration companies were with us during this time Finally Bro Mansaray provided information on Sierra Leone s exploration progress and stated that we are currently in the middle of a licensing round that will continue until the end of September Our responsibility is to provide electricity to the people of Sierra Leone Discoveries in the MSGBC region give people more confidence in the region We know that COIs succeed each other What I hope is that projects like GTA open up the market and explore other markets like ours and neighboring countries Concluding the panel discussion HE Gladima stated that Africa is the first to be affected by climate change but our explorers can help us understand the impacts of climate change as they exploit these gas riches we must encourage our youth to Start your own companies that will become big companies and take over the field We should work with all those actors who have experience and at COP27 we will push to develop Africa s resources for Africa itself
    West African energy ministers stress ‘gas is good for Africa’
    Africa4 weeks ago

    West African energy ministers stress ‘gas is good for Africa’

    Spearheading this year's high-level panel discussions at MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2022 (https://bit.ly/3a4fuRb), the ministerial panel on "Developing a National Natural Gas Economy in the MSGBC Region and Beyond" revealed the future of natural gas in West Africa and the role it will play in the region's energy future.

    NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Chamber of Energy (https://bit.ly/3Q34QcU), moderated the session, with panelists including HE Sophie Gladima (https://bit.ly/3cMclXU), Minister of Petroleum and Energy , the Republic of Senegal; HE Abdessalam Ould Mohamed Salah, Minister of Oil, Mines and Energy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania; Honorable Abdoulie Jobe, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of the Republic of The Gambia; HE Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea; HE Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, President of OPEC and Minister of Hydrocarbons of the Republic of the Congo; Honorable Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, Republic of Namibia; HE Didier Budimbu Ntubuanga, Minister of Hydrocarbons, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and Bro. Foday Mansaray, Director General, Petroleum Directorate, Office of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

    Starting the discussions, Hon. Jobe stated that, “We all know that the basin is very rich in oil and gas resources.

    What we need to do is provide access to affordable, clean and sustainable energy.

    Gas is integral to transformative change.” The advantages of gas for national economies were highlighted, and speakers emphasized the need to address energy poverty in Africa using gas.

    On this note, HE Salah stated that, “The real problem is how we bring energy to each African citizen.

    Some Africans have been producing oil and gas for decades, but we still have the highest energy poverty because we are exporting oil and gas.

    We need to prioritize access for all African citizens to energy and security.” In addition to this, existing global geopolitics was raised with specific reference to Europe's current yearning for West African gas in light of the EU's green label fuel source.

    “It is important to be able to look not only in the short term, but also in the long term”, HE Lima stated, adding that “the safest market for African producers is Africa.

    We have to be able to create a market.

    If we can export LNG to South Africa, Egypt and others, it will be long term.

    To secure our future and reduce energy poverty, we need to create energy security.” In addition to this, HE Itoua emphasized the role that gas will play in meeting future energy demand, and the minister stated that, “Over the next 25 years we will see growth in energy demand.

    We cannot meet this demand without gas.

    We need at least 40% of energy from fossil fuels during these 25 years.

    The question is not to stop producing oil or gas, that is the worst thing that can be done.

    The European commission, in 2022, decided that gas is a green transition energy.

    There need be no more debates about gas.

    We need to stop wasting time arguing why gas is the solution.

    We have to start producing as much as we can."

    On the exploration front, HE Ntubuanga emphasized the potential of the DRC, stating that, “The DRC has natural wealth in the basin it shares with Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon.

    Fortunately, the technology that we now have in Africa and around the world allows us to take advantage of the rich oil reserves that these areas have without touching the biodiversity.” Representing another border market, the Hon. Alweendo added that, “We have been fortunate to make two substantial discoveries.

    This was after more than 30 years of exploration.

    What helped us was that we never gave up.

    Our licensing systems are attractive to people.

    Our response time to evaluate license requests has been really efficient.

    We persevered and the exploration companies were with us during this time.” Finally, Bro. Mansaray provided information on Sierra Leone's exploration progress and stated that “we are currently in the middle of a licensing round that will continue until the end of September.

    Our responsibility is to provide electricity to the people of Sierra Leone.

    Discoveries in the MSGBC region give people more confidence in the region.

    We know that COIs succeed each other.

    What I hope is that projects like GTA open up the market and explore other markets like ours and neighboring countries."

    Concluding the panel discussion, HE Gladima stated that, “Africa is the first to be affected by climate change, but our explorers can help us understand the impacts of climate change as they exploit these gas riches… we must encourage our youth to Start your own companies that will become big companies and take over the field.

    We should work with all those actors who have experience and at COP27, we will push to develop Africa's resources for Africa itself”.

  •  The Acting Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State Mrs Forosola Oloyede has appealed for patience toward planned replacement of three expansion joints on Lagos Ibadan Expressway to prevent accidents and damage to vehicles Oloyede in a statement in Lagos on Thursday said the contractors on the project Julius Berger Nigeria Plc would on Saturday commence urgent repairs on three expansion joints on the Ibadan bound lane of Kara Bridge section of the highway She said this was in furtherance of the ongoing reconstruction works along the Berger OPIC axis of the highway The planned repair works would commence on Saturday 3rd September 2022 and the general public is by this notice advised to drive with caution along this route during the period of the repair works she said Oloyede said the Federal Ministry of Works was collaborating with relevant state and federal agencies toward creating adequate diversion points and effectively manage traffic during period of repairs While delays are expected on the outbound lane during this period effective and efficient traffic management would be deployed to minimise delays and ensure steady flow of traffic during this period she said She appealed to motorists to obey traffic rules avoid driving against traffic and maintain lane discipline around the construction zone to avert gridlock NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG to replace expansion joints, urges caution
     The Acting Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State Mrs Forosola Oloyede has appealed for patience toward planned replacement of three expansion joints on Lagos Ibadan Expressway to prevent accidents and damage to vehicles Oloyede in a statement in Lagos on Thursday said the contractors on the project Julius Berger Nigeria Plc would on Saturday commence urgent repairs on three expansion joints on the Ibadan bound lane of Kara Bridge section of the highway She said this was in furtherance of the ongoing reconstruction works along the Berger OPIC axis of the highway The planned repair works would commence on Saturday 3rd September 2022 and the general public is by this notice advised to drive with caution along this route during the period of the repair works she said Oloyede said the Federal Ministry of Works was collaborating with relevant state and federal agencies toward creating adequate diversion points and effectively manage traffic during period of repairs While delays are expected on the outbound lane during this period effective and efficient traffic management would be deployed to minimise delays and ensure steady flow of traffic during this period she said She appealed to motorists to obey traffic rules avoid driving against traffic and maintain lane discipline around the construction zone to avert gridlock NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG to replace expansion joints, urges caution
    General news4 weeks ago

    Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG to replace expansion joints, urges caution

    The Acting Federal Controller of Works in Lagos State, Mrs Forosola Oloyede, has appealed for patience toward planned replacement of three expansion joints on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to prevent accidents and damage to vehicles.

    Oloyede in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, said the contractors on the project, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc would on Saturday commence urgent repairs on three expansion joints on the Ibadan-bound lane of Kara Bridge section of the highway.

    She said this was in furtherance of the ongoing reconstruction works along the Berger-OPIC axis of the highway.

    “The planned repair works would commence on Saturday, 3rd September, 2022 and the general public is by this notice advised to drive with caution along this route during the period of the repair works,” she said.

    Oloyede said the Federal Ministry of Works was collaborating with relevant state and federal agencies toward creating adequate diversion points and effectively manage traffic during period of repairs.

    “While delays are expected on the outbound lane during this period, effective and efficient traffic management would be deployed to minimise delays and ensure steady flow of traffic during this period,” she said.

    She appealed to motorists to obey traffic rules, avoid driving against traffic and maintain lane discipline around the construction zone to avert gridlock.


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  •  Education stakeholders have called on all tiers of government to prioritise education by ensuring that policies are backed up constitutionally The stakeholders were speaking at the 14th Total School Support in Lagos on Thursday The event was put together by EDUMARK Consult an Education Marketing Non Governmental Organisation NGO The theme of this year s seminar is Building a Sustainable Education Ecosystem in Africa The Keynote Speaker at the event Mrs Adeola Azeez noted that aside backing such policies constitutionally implementation was also key Azeez is currently the West Africa Partner at Sigma Risk an international financial organisation She said that there was an urgent need for the country to explore high quality education that was inbuilt with the ability to be sustained in a long time to come By this it simply means to build a system that will self regulate self maintain and built to last A system with effective quality control built in regardless of the personality opinion or political affiliation of those at the helm of affairs In all we are charging ourselves to institutionalise expertise at every level within the education space to change the fortune of the country A nation that flourishes often has education ecosystem that flourishes When done correctly education can be the greatest spring board that takes the disadvantaged challenged and displaced in our society to unfathomable heights A sustainable education ecosystem is truly the greatest she said According to her though the various governments had been doing their best to tackle issues concerning education in the country a lot still need to be done She said that there was the need for all education stakeholders to strive to also influence policy makers both at the national and regional levels and ensure they hold them accountable for their policies on the sector Azeez noted that education was for the citizens saying that key stakeholders were not doing enough to put it where it rightfully belonged Education remains a tool for social justice equity national development and preservation of human civilisation and a foundation for building Nigeria of our dream Azeez said The Lagos State Commissioner for Education Mrs Folashade Adefisayo said that the various challenges facing the country could be attributed to lack of education We have got a huge task ahead of us and we must not play with it at all I want to seize this opportunity to commend the private education providers in their efforts to collaborate with governments to keep the nation going We have to face the reality that the provision of education will have to be done by private schools We need to create education access We will continue to work on our part to ensure that the poorest of the poor will also have access to education It is not about us but about the country about how we will collectively move our great country forward In the face of the 21st century technology there is also the need for collaboration the commissioner said Adefisayo commended the organisers of the yearly event for their foresight and tenacity in a bid to proffer solutions to various challenges facing the education sector in the country The Executive Director EDUMARK organisers of the event Mrs Yinka Ogunde noted that her key value was a relentless decision to always add value to stakeholders She noted that it was important for the stakeholders too to keep beating their own records in that regard saying that this should be built on a foundation of crystal clear school vision Every business cycle or every school year as is our case within the education ecosystem there are usually new goals to attain New road blocks and bottlenecks to manoeuvre new strengths and opportunities and of course new weaknesses and threats It is by successfully navigating this terrain of the business world building capacity along the way that businesses survive thrive and become sustainable Ogunde said According to her the yearly seminar and exhibition has continued to make its mark in the education space not only in Nigeria but globally Ogunde expressed satisfaction at the turnout out of participants who came from across the world for the event I want to say this is another big one after the COVID 19 and we feel very excited Today we have participants from all over We have those from U S Spain Switzerland Ireland Zimbabwe and Benin Republic From within our country we have participants from Kano Enugu Imo and of course all the states in the Southwest and others It has been quite impressive I cannot wish for more It has been quite a journey and we are grateful that we have been able to continue and have people who have been with us since we started she said According to her this year we are firmly on ground and we are trusting that by March 2023 we will be carrying the event to Ghana We have actually been planning this since 2020 We have discovered that through collaboration we can achieve a lot as a country and continent at large So we hope to bring some measures of cooperation between countries across Africa Nigeria has great companies that need to be showcased outside the shores in a bid to promote the country Ogunde said She urged participants to remain creative in a bid to flow with the trend and remain relevant in the face of the 21st century technology The high point of the event was the display of various school materials by both local and international exhibitors NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders urge three tiers of govt to prioritise education
     Education stakeholders have called on all tiers of government to prioritise education by ensuring that policies are backed up constitutionally The stakeholders were speaking at the 14th Total School Support in Lagos on Thursday The event was put together by EDUMARK Consult an Education Marketing Non Governmental Organisation NGO The theme of this year s seminar is Building a Sustainable Education Ecosystem in Africa The Keynote Speaker at the event Mrs Adeola Azeez noted that aside backing such policies constitutionally implementation was also key Azeez is currently the West Africa Partner at Sigma Risk an international financial organisation She said that there was an urgent need for the country to explore high quality education that was inbuilt with the ability to be sustained in a long time to come By this it simply means to build a system that will self regulate self maintain and built to last A system with effective quality control built in regardless of the personality opinion or political affiliation of those at the helm of affairs In all we are charging ourselves to institutionalise expertise at every level within the education space to change the fortune of the country A nation that flourishes often has education ecosystem that flourishes When done correctly education can be the greatest spring board that takes the disadvantaged challenged and displaced in our society to unfathomable heights A sustainable education ecosystem is truly the greatest she said According to her though the various governments had been doing their best to tackle issues concerning education in the country a lot still need to be done She said that there was the need for all education stakeholders to strive to also influence policy makers both at the national and regional levels and ensure they hold them accountable for their policies on the sector Azeez noted that education was for the citizens saying that key stakeholders were not doing enough to put it where it rightfully belonged Education remains a tool for social justice equity national development and preservation of human civilisation and a foundation for building Nigeria of our dream Azeez said The Lagos State Commissioner for Education Mrs Folashade Adefisayo said that the various challenges facing the country could be attributed to lack of education We have got a huge task ahead of us and we must not play with it at all I want to seize this opportunity to commend the private education providers in their efforts to collaborate with governments to keep the nation going We have to face the reality that the provision of education will have to be done by private schools We need to create education access We will continue to work on our part to ensure that the poorest of the poor will also have access to education It is not about us but about the country about how we will collectively move our great country forward In the face of the 21st century technology there is also the need for collaboration the commissioner said Adefisayo commended the organisers of the yearly event for their foresight and tenacity in a bid to proffer solutions to various challenges facing the education sector in the country The Executive Director EDUMARK organisers of the event Mrs Yinka Ogunde noted that her key value was a relentless decision to always add value to stakeholders She noted that it was important for the stakeholders too to keep beating their own records in that regard saying that this should be built on a foundation of crystal clear school vision Every business cycle or every school year as is our case within the education ecosystem there are usually new goals to attain New road blocks and bottlenecks to manoeuvre new strengths and opportunities and of course new weaknesses and threats It is by successfully navigating this terrain of the business world building capacity along the way that businesses survive thrive and become sustainable Ogunde said According to her the yearly seminar and exhibition has continued to make its mark in the education space not only in Nigeria but globally Ogunde expressed satisfaction at the turnout out of participants who came from across the world for the event I want to say this is another big one after the COVID 19 and we feel very excited Today we have participants from all over We have those from U S Spain Switzerland Ireland Zimbabwe and Benin Republic From within our country we have participants from Kano Enugu Imo and of course all the states in the Southwest and others It has been quite impressive I cannot wish for more It has been quite a journey and we are grateful that we have been able to continue and have people who have been with us since we started she said According to her this year we are firmly on ground and we are trusting that by March 2023 we will be carrying the event to Ghana We have actually been planning this since 2020 We have discovered that through collaboration we can achieve a lot as a country and continent at large So we hope to bring some measures of cooperation between countries across Africa Nigeria has great companies that need to be showcased outside the shores in a bid to promote the country Ogunde said She urged participants to remain creative in a bid to flow with the trend and remain relevant in the face of the 21st century technology The high point of the event was the display of various school materials by both local and international exhibitors NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders urge three tiers of govt to prioritise education
    General news4 weeks ago

    Stakeholders urge three tiers of govt to prioritise education

    Education stakeholders have called on all tiers of government to prioritise education by ensuring that policies are backed up constitutionally.

    The stakeholders were speaking at the 14th Total School Support in Lagos on Thursday.

    The event was put together by EDUMARK Consult, an Education Marketing Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

    The theme of this year’s seminar is: “Building a Sustainable Education Ecosystem in Africa’’.

    The Keynote Speaker at the event, Mrs Adeola Azeez, noted that aside backing such policies constitutionally, implementation was also key.

    Azeez is currently the West Africa Partner at Sigma Risk, an international financial organisation.

    She said that there was an urgent need for the country to explore high quality education that was inbuilt, with the ability to be sustained in a long time to come.

    “By this, it simply means to build a system that will self-regulate, self-maintain and built to last.

    “A system with effective quality control built in, regardless of the personality, opinion or political affiliation of those at the helm of affairs.

    “In all, we are charging ourselves to institutionalise expertise at every level within the education space, to change the fortune of the country.

    “A nation that flourishes often has education ecosystem that flourishes.

    When done correctly, education can be the greatest spring board that takes the disadvantaged, challenged and displaced in our society to unfathomable heights.

    “A sustainable education ecosystem is truly the greatest,” she said.

    According to her, though the various governments had been doing their best to tackle issues concerning education in the country, a lot still need to be done.

    She said that there was the need for all education stakeholders to strive to also influence policy makers, both at the national and regional levels and ensure they hold them accountable for their policies on the sector.

    Azeez noted that education was for the citizens, saying that key stakeholders were not doing enough to put it where it rightfully belonged.

    “Education remains a tool for social justice, equity, national development and preservation of human civilisation and a foundation for building Nigeria of our dream,” Azeez said.

    The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, said that the various challenges facing the country could be attributed to lack of education.

    “We have got a huge task ahead of us and we must not play with it at all.

    “I want to seize this opportunity to commend the private education providers in their efforts to collaborate with governments to keep the nation going.

    “We have to face the reality that the provision of education will have to be done by private schools.

    We need to create education access.

    “We will continue to work on our part to ensure that the poorest of the poor will also have access to education.

    “It is not about us, but about the country, about how we will collectively move our great country forward. 

    In the face of the 21st century technology, there is also the need for collaboration,” the commissioner said.

    Adefisayo commended the organisers of the yearly event for their foresight and tenacity in a bid to proffer solutions to various challenges facing the education sector in the country.

    The Executive Director, EDUMARK, organisers of the event, Mrs Yinka Ogunde, noted that her key value was a relentless decision to always add value to stakeholders.

    She noted that it was important for the stakeholders too to keep beating their own records in that regard, saying that this should be built on a foundation of crystal-clear school vision.

    “Every business cycle or every school year, as is our case within the education ecosystem, there are usually new goals to attain.

    “New road blocks and bottlenecks to manoeuvre, new strengths and opportunities and of course, new weaknesses and threats.

    “It is by successfully navigating this terrain of the business world, building capacity along the way, that businesses survive, thrive and become sustainable,” Ogunde said.

    According to her, the yearly seminar and exhibition has continued to make its mark in the education space, not only in Nigeria but globally.

    Ogunde expressed satisfaction at the turnout out of participants, who came from across the world for the event.

    ”I want to say this is another big one after the COVID-19 and we feel very excited.

    Today, we have participants from all over.

    “We have those from U.

    S., Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Benin Republic.

    “From within our country, we have participants from Kano, Enugu, Imo, and of course all the states in the Southwest and others.

    It has been quite impressive; I cannot wish for more.

    “It has been quite a journey and we are grateful that we have been able to continue and have people who have been with us since we started,’’ she said.

    According to her, this year, we are firmly on ground and we are trusting that by March 2023, we will be carrying the event to Ghana.

    “We have actually been planning this since 2020. We have discovered that through collaboration we can achieve a lot as a country and continent at large.

    “So we hope to bring some measures of cooperation between countries across Africa.

    “Nigeria has great companies that need to be showcased outside the shores, in a bid to promote the country,’’ Ogunde said.

    She urged participants to remain creative in a bid to flow with the trend and remain relevant in the face of the 21st century technology.

    The high point of the event was the display of various school materials by both local and international exhibitors.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi inaugurated a legal framework committee for police training institutions on Thursday in Abuja Members of the committee were drawn from the Presidency the Nigeria Police the Nigerian Law Reform Commission the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Ministry of Justice Head Press and Public Relations unit in the ministry Mr Bolaji Kazeem stated that the committee would legalise the existence of the training institutions to make them relevant active and functional By the time you have a legal framework for the institutions they will have governing boards and budgets they will be self accounting and will be able to get additional funding This is one of the ways of reforming the Nigeria Police Force Kazeem quoted the minister as saying Dingyadi reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force and urged committee members to identify with its aspirations to ensure attainment of the commitment He assured the committee of government s commitment to cooperate and support it to enable it to discharge its functions The minister charged the committee to pay special attention to the checklist of the Ministry of Justice to enable it to evolve a good framework to guide the running of police institutions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minister inaugurates legal framework committee for police training institutions
     Minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi inaugurated a legal framework committee for police training institutions on Thursday in Abuja Members of the committee were drawn from the Presidency the Nigeria Police the Nigerian Law Reform Commission the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Ministry of Justice Head Press and Public Relations unit in the ministry Mr Bolaji Kazeem stated that the committee would legalise the existence of the training institutions to make them relevant active and functional By the time you have a legal framework for the institutions they will have governing boards and budgets they will be self accounting and will be able to get additional funding This is one of the ways of reforming the Nigeria Police Force Kazeem quoted the minister as saying Dingyadi reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force and urged committee members to identify with its aspirations to ensure attainment of the commitment He assured the committee of government s commitment to cooperate and support it to enable it to discharge its functions The minister charged the committee to pay special attention to the checklist of the Ministry of Justice to enable it to evolve a good framework to guide the running of police institutions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Minister inaugurates legal framework committee for police training institutions
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    Minister inaugurates legal framework committee for police training institutions

    Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, inaugurated a legal framework committee for police training institutions on Thursday in Abuja.

    Members of the committee were drawn from the Presidency; the Nigeria Police; the Nigerian Law Reform Commission; the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.

    Head, Press and Public Relations unit in the ministry, Mr Bolaji Kazeem, stated that the committee would legalise the existence of the training institutions to make them relevant, active and functional.

    “By the time you have a legal framework for the institutions, they will have governing boards and budgets; they will be self-accounting and will be able to get additional funding.

    “This is one of the ways of reforming the Nigeria Police Force,’’ Kazeem quoted the minister as saying.

    Dingyadi reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to reform the Nigeria Police Force and urged committee members to identify with its aspirations to ensure attainment of the commitment.

    He assured the committee of government’s commitment to cooperate and support it to enable it to discharge its functions.

    The minister charged the committee to pay special attention to the checklist of the Ministry of Justice to enable it to evolve a good framework to guide the running of police institutions.


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  •  Wife of the Ekiti Governor Mrs Bisi Fayemi has decried the various forms of violence and dimensions against women in Nigeria politics saying it called for concern Fayemi spoke during a live Radio programme on Thursday organised by the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics Stop VAWIP and Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development BIGIF monitored in Ado Ekiti BIGIF is an NGO committed to empowering women youths and children to ensure equal access to sustainable livelihood through the provision of care and support services education referral resource mobilisation human rights promotion social inclusion youths development and women empowerment The governor s wife promised to enhance women s active participation in politics and the electoral processes by mitigating effect of violence against women in politics in all its forms in the state According to her some of them are but not limited to physical economic emotional sexual and other forms of violence She said that the violence negatively impacted women s health and the general wellbeing adding it also has negative effects on the country s political and socioeconomic development The objectives of Stop VAWIP campaign are to raise awareness about the harmful effects of violence against women in politics and engage relevant stakeholders to mitigate it It is also to encourage women to actively participate in the electoral processes and to track and respond to cases of violence against women in politics during election period she said Fayemi at the Town Hall meeting took the listeners down the memory lane sharing how the GBV response programmes and law started in Ekiti and grew to the point where it was institutionalised She said the Prohibition Law is now established as a comprehensive legal framework that protects women and promotes a culture where women could live freely and safely As of June 32 states in Nigeria have domesticated the VAPP Law mainly because of the marching order given by the Governors Forum It became a matter of concern because one out of three women is faced with or have suffered from GBV This is to promote a culture whereby women can live their lives in dignity Some of the lessons we learnt and applied along the way were the linkages between Education and GBV prevention Consequently we developed a GBV Policy for educational institutions and also embarked on community engagement working with the traditional and religious institutions We saw the need to establish an effective GBV Management Committee as MDAs and development partner contributed to the process of mitigating GBV in Ekiti It is evident that one cannot address GBV without paying attention to the economic state of women because poverty fuels women and children s vulnerability leading to poor life choices and outcomes she further explained The Town Hall meeting also provided the opportunity for participants to make recommendations for strategic actions in implementing the Prohibition Law in Ekiti State The Town Hall also hosted Dr Olayemi Oyebanji the incoming Governor s wife who shared her intentions to continue to give women agenda priority attention after the tenure of Gov Kayode Fayemi administration s in the state Oyebanji gave her commitment to continue to advocate for the implementation of the Ekiti Women Policy Agenda 2022 GBV Prevention Strategic Plan Political Office Genderp Composition Bill 2022 when signed into law and other programmes and plans as she is passionate about the issues To make Ekiti a model state for implementing a GBV law both women advocate for funding of different Ministry Department and Agencies MDAs training more gender specialists and social workers to decentralize the access to GBV services in the state She assured the people that the incoming administration would include gender updates as part of the state Executive Council briefing This is to ensure that GBV and other related issues are addressed at the highest level of the state BIGIF through the programme got an instant justice for a 16 year old teenage pregnancy survivor who is kept in her abuser house in Ado Ekiti as wife of the governor gave a marching order to the concerned ministry to get the girl supported and bring her abuser to book within 24 hours The convener of the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics Stop VAWIP commended the efforts of the Fayemi s wife toward ensuring the eradication of GBV in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stop-VAWIP: Fayemi, Oyebanji’s wives call for more women participation in politics
     Wife of the Ekiti Governor Mrs Bisi Fayemi has decried the various forms of violence and dimensions against women in Nigeria politics saying it called for concern Fayemi spoke during a live Radio programme on Thursday organised by the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics Stop VAWIP and Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development BIGIF monitored in Ado Ekiti BIGIF is an NGO committed to empowering women youths and children to ensure equal access to sustainable livelihood through the provision of care and support services education referral resource mobilisation human rights promotion social inclusion youths development and women empowerment The governor s wife promised to enhance women s active participation in politics and the electoral processes by mitigating effect of violence against women in politics in all its forms in the state According to her some of them are but not limited to physical economic emotional sexual and other forms of violence She said that the violence negatively impacted women s health and the general wellbeing adding it also has negative effects on the country s political and socioeconomic development The objectives of Stop VAWIP campaign are to raise awareness about the harmful effects of violence against women in politics and engage relevant stakeholders to mitigate it It is also to encourage women to actively participate in the electoral processes and to track and respond to cases of violence against women in politics during election period she said Fayemi at the Town Hall meeting took the listeners down the memory lane sharing how the GBV response programmes and law started in Ekiti and grew to the point where it was institutionalised She said the Prohibition Law is now established as a comprehensive legal framework that protects women and promotes a culture where women could live freely and safely As of June 32 states in Nigeria have domesticated the VAPP Law mainly because of the marching order given by the Governors Forum It became a matter of concern because one out of three women is faced with or have suffered from GBV This is to promote a culture whereby women can live their lives in dignity Some of the lessons we learnt and applied along the way were the linkages between Education and GBV prevention Consequently we developed a GBV Policy for educational institutions and also embarked on community engagement working with the traditional and religious institutions We saw the need to establish an effective GBV Management Committee as MDAs and development partner contributed to the process of mitigating GBV in Ekiti It is evident that one cannot address GBV without paying attention to the economic state of women because poverty fuels women and children s vulnerability leading to poor life choices and outcomes she further explained The Town Hall meeting also provided the opportunity for participants to make recommendations for strategic actions in implementing the Prohibition Law in Ekiti State The Town Hall also hosted Dr Olayemi Oyebanji the incoming Governor s wife who shared her intentions to continue to give women agenda priority attention after the tenure of Gov Kayode Fayemi administration s in the state Oyebanji gave her commitment to continue to advocate for the implementation of the Ekiti Women Policy Agenda 2022 GBV Prevention Strategic Plan Political Office Genderp Composition Bill 2022 when signed into law and other programmes and plans as she is passionate about the issues To make Ekiti a model state for implementing a GBV law both women advocate for funding of different Ministry Department and Agencies MDAs training more gender specialists and social workers to decentralize the access to GBV services in the state She assured the people that the incoming administration would include gender updates as part of the state Executive Council briefing This is to ensure that GBV and other related issues are addressed at the highest level of the state BIGIF through the programme got an instant justice for a 16 year old teenage pregnancy survivor who is kept in her abuser house in Ado Ekiti as wife of the governor gave a marching order to the concerned ministry to get the girl supported and bring her abuser to book within 24 hours The convener of the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics Stop VAWIP commended the efforts of the Fayemi s wife toward ensuring the eradication of GBV in the state NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stop-VAWIP: Fayemi, Oyebanji’s wives call for more women participation in politics
    General news4 weeks ago

    Stop-VAWIP: Fayemi, Oyebanji’s wives call for more women participation in politics

    Wife of the Ekiti Governor, Mrs Bisi Fayemi, has decried the various forms of violence and dimensions against women in Nigeria politics, saying it called for concern.

    Fayemi spoke during a live Radio programme on Thursday, organised by the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics (Stop-VAWIP) and Balm in Gilead Foundation for Sustainable Development (BIGIF) monitored in Ado-Ekiti.

    BIGIF is an NGO, committed to empowering women, youths and children to ensure equal access to sustainable livelihood through the provision of care and support services, education, referral, resource mobilisation, human rights promotion, social inclusion, youths development and women empowerment.

    The governor’s wife promised to enhance women’s active participation in politics and the electoral processes by mitigating effect of violence against women in politics in all its forms in the state.

    According to her, some of them are, but not limited to physical, economic, emotional, sexual, and other forms of violence.

    She said that the violence negatively impacted women’s health and the general wellbeing, adding it also has negative effects on the country’s political and socioeconomic development.

    “The objectives of Stop-VAWIP campaign are to raise awareness about the harmful effects of violence against women in politics and engage relevant stakeholders to mitigate it.

    “It is also to encourage women to actively participate in the electoral processes and to track and respond to cases of violence against women in politics during election period,” she said.

    Fayemi, at the Town Hall meeting, took the listeners down the memory lane, sharing how the GBV response programmes and law started in Ekiti and grew to the point where it was institutionalised.

    She said the Prohibition Law is now established as a comprehensive legal framework that protects women and promotes a culture where women could live freely and safely.

    “As of June, 32 states in Nigeria have domesticated the VAPP Law, mainly because of the marching order given by the Governors’ Forum.

    “It became a matter of concern because one out of three women is faced with or have suffered from GBV.

    This is to promote a culture whereby women can live their lives in dignity.

    “Some of the lessons we learnt and applied along the way were the linkages between Education and GBV prevention.

    “Consequently, we developed a GBV Policy for educational institutions and also embarked on community engagement working with the traditional and religious institutions.

    “We saw the need to establish an effective GBV Management Committee, as MDAs and development partner contributed to the process of mitigating GBV in Ekiti.

    “It is evident that one cannot address GBV without paying attention to the economic state of women, because poverty fuels women and children’s vulnerability leading to poor life choices and outcomes,” she further explained.

    “The Town Hall meeting also provided the opportunity for participants to make recommendations for strategic actions in implementing the Prohibition Law in Ekiti State.

    The Town Hall also hosted Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, the incoming Governor’s wife, who shared her intentions to continue to give women agenda priority attention after the tenure of Gov. Kayode Fayemi’ administration’s in the state.

    Oyebanji gave her commitment to continue to advocate for the implementation of the Ekiti Women Policy Agenda, 2022, GBV Prevention Strategic Plan, Political Office (Genderp Composition) Bill, 2022 when signed into law and other programmes and plans, as she is passionate about the issues.

    To make Ekiti a model state for implementing a GBV law, both women advocate for funding of different Ministry Department and Agencies (MDAs), training more gender specialists and social workers, to decentralize the access to GBV services in the state.

    She assured the people that the incoming administration would include “gender updates” as part of the state Executive Council briefing.

    “This is to ensure that GBV and other related issues are addressed at the highest level of the state.

    BIGIF, through the programme, got an “instant justice” for a 16-year-old teenage pregnancy survivor, who is kept in her abuser house in Ado-Ekiti, as wife of the governor gave a marching order to the concerned ministry to get the girl supported and bring her abuser to book within 24 hours.

    The convener of the Stop Violence Against Women in Politics (Stop-VAWIP), commended the efforts of the Fayemi’s wife toward ensuring the eradication of GBV in the state.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Presidential candidates are to pay N10 million to erect billboards and posters in Kogi This follows the passage of the State s Signage Agency Establishment Law by House of Assembly on Thursday in Lokoja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the legislators who considered the bill clause by clause at plenary said the law would regulate outdoor display of signage and advertisement in the state The law also aims at curbing the indiscriminate pasting of posters on side walks walls bridges and public buildings in the state By the new law all governorship candidates are to pay N5 million Senatorial candidates N2 million and House of Representatives N1 million The law also stipulates that House of Assembly and Council Chairmanship candidates are to pay N500 000 each Consequently the law provides for the establishment of a signage agency saddled with regulatory functions This means that until permits are issued no politician political party or organisation can erect any billboard or paste a poster at any designated place in the state Also at plenary the house passed a second bill regulating pool betting in the state By the new law if assented all operators of pool centres in the state must register with the state government before operating such a business in Kogi The speaker of the House Mr Matthew Kolawale explained that with the passage of the two bills defaulters would face the wrath of the law NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Presidential candidates to pay N10m for billboards, posters in Kogi
     Presidential candidates are to pay N10 million to erect billboards and posters in Kogi This follows the passage of the State s Signage Agency Establishment Law by House of Assembly on Thursday in Lokoja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the legislators who considered the bill clause by clause at plenary said the law would regulate outdoor display of signage and advertisement in the state The law also aims at curbing the indiscriminate pasting of posters on side walks walls bridges and public buildings in the state By the new law all governorship candidates are to pay N5 million Senatorial candidates N2 million and House of Representatives N1 million The law also stipulates that House of Assembly and Council Chairmanship candidates are to pay N500 000 each Consequently the law provides for the establishment of a signage agency saddled with regulatory functions This means that until permits are issued no politician political party or organisation can erect any billboard or paste a poster at any designated place in the state Also at plenary the house passed a second bill regulating pool betting in the state By the new law if assented all operators of pool centres in the state must register with the state government before operating such a business in Kogi The speaker of the House Mr Matthew Kolawale explained that with the passage of the two bills defaulters would face the wrath of the law NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Presidential candidates to pay N10m for billboards, posters in Kogi
    General news4 weeks ago

    2023: Presidential candidates to pay N10m for billboards, posters in Kogi

    Presidential candidates are to pay N10 million to erect billboards and posters in Kogi. This follows the passage of the State’s  Signage Agency Establishment Law by House of Assembly on Thursday in Lokoja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the legislators, who considered the bill clause by clause at plenary, said the law would regulate outdoor display of signage and advertisement in the state.

    The law also aims at curbing the indiscriminate pasting of posters on side walks, walls, bridges and public buildings in the state.

    By the new law all governorship candidates are to pay N5 million, Senatorial candidates, N2 million and House of Representatives, N1 million.

    The law also stipulates that House of Assembly and Council Chairmanship candidates are to pay N500, 000 each.

    Consequently, the law provides for the establishment of a signage agency saddled with regulatory functions.

    This means that until permits are issued no politician, political party or organisation can erect any billboard or paste a poster at any designated place in the state.

    Also at plenary, the house passed a second bill regulating pool betting in the state.

    By the new law, if assented, all operators of pool centres in the state must register with the state government before operating such a business in Kogi. The speaker of the House, Mr Matthew Kolawale, explained that with the passage of the two bills, defaulters would face the wrath of the law.


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  •  A former Editor in Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria and Acting Managing Director Alhaji Ibrahim Kawu Mammaga is dead Mammaga aged 62 died on Thursday at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after a brief illness His elder brother Malam Zubairu Abdullahi confirmed the development to NAN on Thursday in Kano He said the deceased felt sick in the afternoon and admitted at the hospital where he gave up the ghost The remains of the former EiC has since been buried at Tarauni cemetery in Kano metropolis in accordance with Islamic rites He left behind a wife and six children Mammaga retired from service on April 1 2020 after attaining 60 years of age He served as Zonal Manager NAN Kaduna Editor in Chief and acting Managing Director of the agency RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-NAN Editor-in-Chief, Ibrahim Mammaga dies at 62
     A former Editor in Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria and Acting Managing Director Alhaji Ibrahim Kawu Mammaga is dead Mammaga aged 62 died on Thursday at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after a brief illness His elder brother Malam Zubairu Abdullahi confirmed the development to NAN on Thursday in Kano He said the deceased felt sick in the afternoon and admitted at the hospital where he gave up the ghost The remains of the former EiC has since been buried at Tarauni cemetery in Kano metropolis in accordance with Islamic rites He left behind a wife and six children Mammaga retired from service on April 1 2020 after attaining 60 years of age He served as Zonal Manager NAN Kaduna Editor in Chief and acting Managing Director of the agency RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-NAN Editor-in-Chief, Ibrahim Mammaga dies at 62
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    Ex-NAN Editor-in-Chief, Ibrahim Mammaga dies at 62

    A former Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria and Acting Managing Director, Alhaji Ibrahim Kawu Mammaga, is dead.

    Mammaga, aged 62, died on Thursday at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital after a brief illness.

    His elder brother, Malam Zubairu Abdullahi, confirmed the development to NAN on Thursday in Kano.He said the deceased felt sick in the afternoon and admitted at the hospital where he gave up the ghost.

    The remains of the former EiC has since been buried at Tarauni cemetery in Kano metropolis, in accordance with Islamic rites.

    He left behind a wife and six children.

    Mammaga retired from service on April 1, 2020, after attaining 60 years of age.

    He served as Zonal Manager, NAN Kaduna, Editor-in-Chief and acting Managing Director of the agency.

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