John Gana, Technical Director of Nigeria Traditional Sports Federation (NTSF), says the Federation is hopeful that all states in the country will participate in the 2023 National Open Championship.
Gana told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja that only nine of the expected 15 states turned up for their 2022 championship which ended on Wednesday.
“We thank all the states which participated in the just-ended championship.
But we will now work hard to make the next edition more interesting and more competitive than this year’s edition.
” He however appealed to state governments to support their athletes to attend the next edition of the championship.
“The President of our Federation has plans to make the national championship an annual event, and this can only be possible by a large attendance at the next edition,” Gana said.
NAN reports that the 2022 championship featured competition in traditional sports such as “Kokowa”, “Dambe”, “Abula”, “Langa” and “Ayo”.
The Technical Director said the championship was unique as each state which participated returned home with at least four medals.
NAN reports that eight states and the FCT participated in the just-concluded National Open Traditional Sports Championship, and these are Edo, Katsina, Kano, Nasarawa, Bayelsa, Delta, Adamawa and Akwa Ibom. The championship which began on Monday was held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
The ECOWAS Early Warning Directorate (EWD) held the inaugural meeting of the Joint Analysis Response Planning (JARP) Working Group in the EWD Situation Room on August 25, 2022, with the support of Reacting to the Early Warning from the United States Agency for International Development and response data in the West Africa II program.Led by HE Madam Damtien L.Tchintchibidja, Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, the meeting deliberated on improved linkages between sub-national, national and regional early warning and response efforts and harmonization of priority and focus areas across the region.The meeting also served as the formal handover of all USAID REWARD products and processes to ECOWAS, and the official presentation of the Telly Award given for the documentary video on ECOWAS Country Risk Vulnerability Assessments which won Silver, beating out 93 % of the participants of the competition.and putting ECOWAS alongside other silver winners like ESPN, Univision, the Boston Globe and Google.In her opening remarks, the Vice President of the Commission expressed her gratitude to USAID on behalf of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, for the financial and technical support to the Commission through the USAID REWARD and REWARD II projects.“The JARP compendium, country vulnerability and risk assessment reports and manual, human security index and significant capacity development are the concrete achievements of the REWARD and REWARD II projects over the past seven years.These achievements have provided EWD and ECOWAS with excellent early warning and early response processes, tools and methodology,” said the Vice President.In her statement, Ina Pislaru, Senior Regional Governance Advisor for USAID West Africa, thanked ECOWAS management and staff for providing strong leadership during the implementation of the REWARD and REWARD II programs.“With the Early Warning/Early Response tools and collaborative processes that ECOWAS has developed and applied with the support of USAID to bridge the gap between warning and response, we are confident that the ECOWAS peace and security architecture has been strengthened.to continue setting the pace of data driven peacebuilding programming on the continent,” said Ms. Pislaru.While officially presenting the Telly Award to ECOWAS on behalf of USAID REWARD, Alimou Diallo, the REWARD II Party Leader, underlined the importance of the award by stating that “his achievement under this project was on a global scale recognized by an independent body through this Award''.ECOWAS Commission Director of Early Warning, Dr. Gueye Abdou Lat, in his remarks, reiterated the Directorate's commitment to providing relevant information on human security through data-driven early warning assessments and analysis.In line with the key objective of the JARP working group, which is to strengthen collaboration between stakeholders across the spectrum of early warning and early response, the meeting convened stakeholders within the Commission, including the Director of Political Affairs , Dr. Remi Ajibewa, the Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs, Dr. Sintiki Ugbe, the Director of Peacekeeping and Regional Security, Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, as well as representatives of the Free Movement Directorates.Other participants include representatives from WANEP, the National Centers for Coordination Response Mechanism (NCCRM), the ECOWAS Centers of Excellence, the Nigerian Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the National Space Research and Development Agency (NARSDA).
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) with funding from the Government of Japan, says it will address the worsening food insecurity and malnutrition in the region of the country.
David Tsokar, Communications Specialist for FAO, made this known on Thursday in a statement in Abuja.
Tsokar quoted Mr. Fred Kafeero, the FAO Representative in Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as saying the result of the latest Cadre Harmonise Analysis led by Nigerian government indicates worrisome food consumption deficiencies and malnutrition.
He said that the development risks severe food and nutrition insecurity, if immediate actions are not taken.
Kafeero said intervention programmes would enhance availability and access to fresh and nutritious foods and energy for cooking to improve food security, nutrition situation and protect target vulnerable households.
This initiative, he said would align itself with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on food security and nutrition which are also in line with the second pillar of the Yokohoma Declaration of 2019 of deepening sustainable and resilient society.
He said the aim would also boost local production of nutritious foods among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), host communities and returnees, and also support the production and distribution of energy saving stoves.
He added that the step would reduce frequency of fetching firewood in bushes which is associated risk to women and to the environment in general.
He said the decade-long insurgency plus the lingering impacts of COVID-19 had intensively reduced the access of farmers to agricultural livelihood opportunities.
He said that these opportunities accounted for more than 80 per cent of the population’s primary source of foods and household incomes.
To this extent, he said about 49,000 people are to be reached by the project with a combination of interventions to meet the immediate food and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable beneficiaries.
He added that the fund from Japan would contribute to FAO’s overall plan and funding requirements as contained in the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which cuts across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. The initiative, according to him, targets to support the anticipated beneficiaries at the peak of the lean seasons to enable them to engage in their farm activities without disruptions.
He said FAO’s sustained interventions in the remain critical in restoring the livelihoods of the conflict-affected populations and hinged on the objective of improving food security.
He said the programme would also improve nutritional status among vulnerable and pandemic-affected households such as IDPs, returnees, women and girls in the region.
Recently evicted Big Brother Naija housemate, Chiamaka Mbah, popularly known as “Amaka”, on Thursday said the reality show taught her to be more focused.
Amaka during a zoom interview session with newsmen in Lagos said that aside being more focused, the show also taught her a few morals.
“The Big Brother Naija show has been a springboard to sell my brand, I met different people and the show has taught me to be more focused in life.
“l learnt a lot on the show, it has made me realise that I am me and I am in the best position to modify myself, I need to stand up for myself at all time and I learnt that women are strong beings.
“My eviction was also a sad one for me but I am trying to live on the energy I am getting from my fans.
I had pure love for the housemates but it is what it is.
“I already knew I was going to be nominated but didn’t see the eviction coming,” she said.
She noted that going forward, she remained open to every sector of the entertainment industry and would be as focused and hardworking as much as she can.
According to her, the most challenging of all the tasks in the house was the “Supa Komando” challenge which she never participated in.
She said it was such a painful one for her when Biggie disqualified her from participating due to her refusal to engage in a mini task ahead of the “Supa Komando” challenge.
“I enjoyed every bit of my stay in the Big Brother Naija house, I found all the arena challenges interesting,” she said.
Amaka, who was at a point in the house sanctioned by Biggie for leaving the microwave oven on until it got burnt, said she was heartbroken due to the incident.
“Leaving the microwave oven burnt was not intentional, the sight of the burnt remnants of the microwave oven left me heartbroken.
Amaka predicted that either Hermes or Phyna would finally win the grand prize of N100 million as they had good fan base and were also doing well on the show.
She described Hermes as an intelligent individual.
“For me, I feel either Hermes or Phyna will win the grand prize because they have good number of fans and I can see Hermes as an intelligent fellow.
“Hermes is one person I will love to roll with after the show; he is real; he gives good counsel; he is one person I can have as my friend after the show,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Amaka was evicted on Aug. 29 after Biggie introduced a twist in the game.
The housemates were made to nominate their fellow housemates for immediate eviction.
Amaka was nominated for possible eviction by Chomzy, Gidifia, Adekunle, Bryan, Eloswag and Dotun.
The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has urged the Federal Government to allocate more fund to the health sector to improve health indices in the country.
The National President of the association, Dr Uche Ojinmah made the call on the sideline of the National Executive Meeting (NEC), in Gombe on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is: “Healthcare Delivery in the face of Insecurity.
” He said the call was imperative to improve the health indices through increased funding, provision of equipment and adequate manpower in health facilities across the country.
He also advocated better remuneration for medical personnel and provision of conducive working environment to check brain drain in the medical profession.
The president frowned at the spate of quacks among medical professionals, adding that the association was collaborating with Directorate of Medical Services to get rid of quackery in the sector.
Also speaking, President-Elect, World Medical Association, Dr Osahon Enabulele expressed concern over the negative impact of insecurity on healthcare service delivery in the country.
He said the trend resulted to migration of healthcare personnel and depletion of human resources in the sector.
Earlier, Dr Khalifa Abdulsalam, Chairman, NMA Gombe State chapter, commended members of the association for their sacrifices and service to humanity.
“As we work in challenging situations and conditions, we should also strive to give our best to the society we serve.
“As the issues when carefully addressed will improve the current indices of health statistics in our dear country, both infrastructure and human resources as well as quality service delivery,” he said Gov. Inuwa Yahaya said his administration had accorded priority to health sector through rehabilitation of 114 primary health facilities to enhance quality healthcare service delivery at the grassroots.
Yahaya, represented by his deputy, Manassah Jatau, said the state government had constructed referral hospitals in each of the three senatorial districts, and established the state Contributory Healthcare Management Agency.
This, he said would enable the citizens to access quality and affordable healthcare services towards achieving the Universal Health Coverage.
NAN reports that the association also conducted a two-day medical outreach in Bayo, Ashaka, Funakaye and Gombe metropolis.
The Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun, Prof Jeremiah Ojediran, has urged the Federal Government to fund the education system adequately.
He said this was necessary in order to reduce recurring strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Ojediran spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ota, Ogun.He was reacting to the ASUU ‘s declaration on Monday that its nationwide strike, which it started on Feb. 14, and extended for various periods, had become indefinite.
ASUU’s action is to press home demands it is making on the Federal Government, which it believes have not been properly addressed.
“The Federal Government needs to ensure that it funds education system properly so as to attain quality education.
“There is the need to adequately fund education system because there is no country across the world where education is free,” he said.
The Vice-Chancellor urged both the Federal Government and ASUU to dialogue so as to end the current impasse.
Ojediran called on ASUU to consider the situation of the country and adjust some of its demands for the sake of the students, parents and education system at large.
He, however, noted the need for ASUU to seek to preserve a quality education system that could be rated high in the world.
Ojediran also stressed the need for the Federal Government to be more committed to the education system.
He said that most of the public universities across the country had become a shadow of what they were in the past.
The Vice-Chancellor advised the Federal Government to always honour and keep to its agreements with ASUU.
He said that this would make the union to have confidence in the government.
Mr Rafiu Lawal, the Executive Director, Building Blocks for Peace Foundation, has decried the situations under which the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) were operating in Nigeria.
Lawal made the assertions on Thursday at one-day Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue on Civil-military Relations in the South-West, in Ibadan.
He said that the CSOs were operating under intense pressure and working under “a shrinking civil space”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the roundtable, with the theme: “Improving Civil Military Relations in the South-West”, was organised by the Building Blocks for Peace Foundation.
It was organised in collaboration with the Action Group on Free Civic Space, a coalition of civil society organisations in the South-West and it was funded by Fund Global Human Rights.
Lawal said that the Federal Government should provide a healthy environment for CSOs to operate, where there would be liberty and unviolated human rights.
He said that with this, there would be improved collaboration and trust between state actors and civil society organisations in the South-West. Earlier, Dr Tola Winjobi, the National Co-ordinator, Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development, said the civil space in the South-West was shrinking and under significant pressure.
Winjobi said that more fundamental factors that were responsible for this ranged from those caused by state actors and others caused by non-state actors.
“There is high restriction on foreign funding, barriers to registrations, interventions in CSOs internal affairs and other forms of harassment have proliferated.
“Restrictions on freedom of association and assembly rights, including the tide of restrictive legislation have engendered a climate of fear in the civic space globally.
“These restrictions have affected the activities of civil society organisations, the media and individual activists,“ he said.
NAN reports that the roundtable agreed on creation of community sensitisation and community awareness, among other recommendations to improve on the shrinking civil-military relations in Nigeria.
“Nigerian citizens should dress and behave decently to avoid embarrassment or being picked-up during chaos due to their appearance.
“Security agencies are supposed to protect the populace during protests and therefore avoid situations where civilians are mistakenly shot.
“There should be collaborations and coalition between security state actors and civil society organisations on how to improve the civil–military relations in the South-West. “The shrinking civil space is an opportunity for government to give room for more engagement with civil societies,” NAN reports that 50 participants from the para-military organisations like EFCC, NSCDC, ICPC, religious leaders, community leaders, the media, legal profession, the academia and NGOs attended the dialogue.
Mr Ahmad Magaji-Kontagora, Commissioner of Police in Kebbi State, on Thursday advocated for public support through community policing, to curb the lingering security challenges bedeviling the country.
He stated this during a courtesy visit on the Emir of Yauri, Dr Mahammad Zayyanu, in his palace in Yauri.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the newly-posted CP was on a familiarisation tour to Divisional Police Headquarters, traditional rulers and Local Government Councils across the state.
Magaji-Kontagora described community policing as a major tool in bridging the gap between the police and their host communities.
According to him, community policing was key to intelligence gathering, while intelligence gathering was key to curtailing insecurity in every society.
“Credible intelligence can only be gathered through collaboration between the police and their host communities,” he said.
The commissioner, therefore, solicited the support and collaboration of traditional rulers in tackling security challenges in Yauri Emirate, Kebbi and Nigeria, in general.
Responding, the Emir appreciated the new CP for finding traditional rulers worthy of the visit and urged him to sustain the good relationship.
He assured the commissioner of total support and the commitment of his subjects in providing credible intelligence reports to the police, adding, “security is everybody’s business.
”NAN reports that the police commissioner had earlier visited Police Divisional Headquarters and Local Government Chairmen of Shanga and Yauri.
Mrs Betsy Obaseki, Wife of Edo Governor, has called on Federal Government to give priority to healthcare delivery in order to stem brain drain syndrome in the nation’s health sector.
Obaseki made the call on Thursday at the inauguration of Eye Clinic and Health Assessment Clinic held at the Benin Medical Care Hospital, a subsidiary of the Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) Group, in Benin.
The governor’s wife regretted that medical personnel were emigrating from the country due to poor working environment in the health sector.
She said that having more facilities like the Benin Medical Care, with state-of-the art facilities, would help meet the health needs of Nigerians and as well reduce medical tourism.
Obaseki said, “With good governance, we can have more health facilities in the country and reduce the huge brain drain going out in the health sector.
” She however, commended Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe, the Chairman, Board of Directors, Benin Medical Care and Chief Executive Secretary of LAPO, for investing massively in the healthcare of Nigerians.
“People like you are rare; who exhibit the heart and mind of a true leader.
You are a man, who in his small space, thinks about how to meet the needs of people.
“People should learn to be patriotic like you; we want to see more Nigerians like you; uplifting the poor and providing heath care,” the governor wife said.
She said that the Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration was working to revamp the heath sector in Edo through investment in primary healthcare, Telemedicine and improved healthcare service delivery.
In his remarks, Ehigiamusoe, said the hospital, to a large extent, had realised the aim of its establishment.
According to him, this is centred around best medical personnel and services, cutting edge facilities and affordability.
He said d that eye care was a critical aspect of healthcare, hence the investment in a one- stop shop eye clinic, as well as an assessment clinic.
the Chairman said that the next phase of the hospital’s activities was to address the health needs in the rural communities through outreaches and referrals.
Commenting, Dr Oluwagbemiga Durojaiye, the Chief Medical Officer, Benin Medical Care, urged the people to embrace preventive healthcare as a lifestyle.
Durojaiye said the hospital had offered over 60,000 consultations, 800 surgeries and more than 500 deliveries wth no single maternal mortality since inception in 2019.