To all interested parties The Ethiopian Catholic Church, by itself and together with other religious institutes, has frequently called on all parties to make peace with regard to the war in northern Ethiopia.
We are deeply saddened to see that the war has resumed in the area.
Many lives have been lost and assets destroyed in the war so far.
Due to the scars left by the war, especially children, women and the elderly have been subjected to the crisis.
When we all await peace talks and hope to make our respective contributions, when our innocent people are starving, sick and psychologically damaged, displaced from their homes, and our entire nation is struggling under the pressure of the cost of living.
, it is absolutely unacceptable for either side to go to war again.
It is an obvious fact that the war is leading to the destruction of national wealth and economic depression.
The Church has great concern and hopes that the agony of people living in Tigray, Amhara, Afar and other areas of the country will stop.
And it claims to contribute, alone or in collaboration with other Religious Institutes, to the dialogue processes that are leading to peace.
For this reason, we make a new call to all the parties to lay down their arms and return to the peace options, to prioritize dialogue and an option that ends the suffering of our citizens.
Accepting the call to prayer from the Interreligious Council of Ethiopia, we urge all Catholics and indeed all the people of Ethiopia to join in prayers for five days in the coming month of Pagumen for the intention of peace and stability in our beloved country Ethiopia.
The Catholic Episcopal Conference of Ethiopia August 18, 2014 Addis Ababa
The Lagos Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Mr Kuforiji Williams, on Friday promised to foster a relationship with the News Agency of Nigeria , in its bid to contribute more in the country.Williams disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos office of NAN.The Lagos Commandant said the visit would go a long way in projecting the image of the Peace Corps and its focus, which is to complement the effort of other security agencies.“This visit will go a long way in making sure that all we are agitating for is expedited, as the media have a very big role to play, because nobody would know we are here without you.“No matter what goes on behind the door, if you, this agency, do not project it to the people, no one would know.“That is why we decided to come and appreciate you and also look for a way we can synergise and partner with each other.“On behalf of my National Commandant, Prof. Dickson Akoh, we appreciate all the staff of NAN and pray that this synergy will go a long way in building the image of the nation by God’s grace,” he said.Receiving Williams, Mr Ephraims Sheyin, the Head of Operations, NAN Lagos office, thanked him for the visit.He commended the PCN for its effort in getting to its present state and moving to get more recognition.“You are welcome to the News Agency of Nigeria and we will be glad to partner with you so that Nigerians will be able to see your effort towards a greater Nigeria.“It is a good thing that you have visited us; as this will also give us opportunity to interview you on the activities of your organisation, ” he said.The Head of NAN Lagos Operations said that all hands must be on deck towards enhancing security in the country.“Yes, we have the traditional Armed Forces, the Navy and then the Air Force.We also have Civil Defence, so we need to have as many security agents as possible, because we need all hands on deck towards securing the country,” he said.Sheyin said that NAN, with its wide reach, was available to carry out its mandate of keeping people informed.“When we do our report here, it goes practically everywhere.“It goes beyond what you imagine, so I want to thank you for coming to NAN and I want you to know we will always support your activities and whatever it takes to ensure people recognise you, ” he said.Mr Abdulfatah Babatunde, Mr Folorunsho Poroye, Mr Joe Idika and Mr Wole Sogunle, all Deputy Editors-in-Chief at NAN, were also present when the Head of Office received Williams.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
A Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja on Friday dismissed a suit challenging the candidature of Mrs Akpoti-Uduaghan Natasha of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Natasha had on May 25, won the party’s primary election monitored by INEC, as PDP Senatorial Candidate for Kogi Central District for the 2023 general elections.
The poll was, however, challenged by Adamu Atta before the Federal High Court.
But Presiding Judge, Justice Peter Mallong in his judgment, dismissed the suit on the ground that it was grossly incompetent, incurably defective and strongly robbed the court of jurisdiction to entertain it.
“Looking at the origin of this suit, it was first of all, improperly filed as noticed by the defence counsel, and therefore this Honourable Court lacks jurisdiction to entertain it.
“Consequently, the suit is defective and is hereby subsequently dismissed in its entirety, ” the Judge declared.
Atta, who also contested the PDP primary, had in his Originating Summons, alleged that Akpoti-Uduaghan did not win the primary election for Kogi Central Senatorial District and therefore her victory should be nullified.
He had prayed the court to nullify Uduagha’s emergence as PDP Candidate in the May 25 primary election, claiming it was flawed and not validly conducted as required by law.
But Natasha, in her Preliminary Objection, through her Counsel, MrJohnson Usman (SAN), objected to the hearing of the suit on the ground that it was wrongly filed through Originating Summons.
“Filing such a suit through originating summon is not endorsed as required by law and so this Honourable Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain it.
“According to section 97 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act, the originating summon is incurably defective and incompetent, having not been endorsed in line with provisions of the law.
“Besides the incompetence of the originating summons, the primary election conducted on May 25, was monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and she validly won.
“My Lord, It’s based on these facts that we urge your Lordship to dismiss this suit for lack of competence, having improperly commenced and denied this Court the jurisdiction to entertain it, ” she prayed.
In his judgment, Justice Mallong agreed with the submission of the defendant that the suit was improperly filed and that the Court lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
He dismissed the suit in its entirety.
Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Friday presented 32 new Suzuki Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) to 22 Permanent Secretaries in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other beneficiaries of the cars were the judicial officers with six cars as well as the Bauchi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) which received four of the vehicles.
Speaking during the presentation, the governor said that the vehicles were meant to assist the beneficiaries in the discharge of their official responsibilities and also to serve as a catalyst for improved productivity for the benefits of the citizens of the state.
Mohammed, who lauded the judiciary for effective service delivery, also applauded the organised labour for its cordial relationship with the state government as well as making sure that neither the government nor the labour force was shortchanged.
He added that the civil service had come to a level where the state government was including it in whatever it was doing.
“A strong civil service is required for the implementation of the policies and programmes of government for the social economic development of the state.
“It is for this reason that government used merit in the appointment of permanent secretaries.
“This initiative has brought about remarkable improvement in the service delivery in the state,” he said.
Mohammed urged the permanent secretaries to continue to do their best in the discharge of their responsibilities by being upright and dedicated to duties.
“So far, I want to confess that I have seen improved productivity in the service because of the calibre of the permanent secretaries we have,” Mohammed said.
In his vote of thanks, Alhaji Yahuza Haruna, the state Head of Civil Service, appreciated the state governor for the ‘kind gesture’ and bringing the much-needed intervention into the civil service.
He assured that the civil service would put in its best to help the administration achieve more in the state.
He however, reminded all the beneficiaries of the vehicles that to whom much is given, much is expected.
Speaking on the second day of the MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power 2022 conference (https://bit.ly/3a4fuRb), Paul Sullivan, senior vice president of Sangomar field development for Australian oil exploration and production company Woodside Energy, provided a detailed overview of the latest developments on the project, which, with first oil production expected in 2023, will become Senegal's first offshore oil development.
“At Woodside, we understand the importance of supporting strong local content and sustainable local supply chains that provide benefits to local communities,” said Sullivan, adding that “for the Government of Senegal, the development of its high-risk hydrocarbon resources mar supports its aspiration to become an emerging market economy by 2035”.
Construction of Sangomar's floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility is underway, with modules being progressively completed and installed on top of the vessel.
Manpower and training of local Senegalese operators has begun, while all structures of the complex's subsea system have been built and transported to Dakar, leveraging existing supply and logistics services provided by local companies along with established contractors.
“Critical to this success, it will be critical for the local industry and workforce to actively participate in and benefit from the oil and gas exploration and production industry.
The Sangomar joint venture has always been committed to bringing economic benefits to Senegal.
As this is the first offshore development and a new industry for Senegal, a focused effort to identify opportunities within the project timeline has resulted in substantial local content achievements throughout the project value chain,” Sullivan continued.
Woodside currently has two rigs in the Sangomar field, Ocean Blackhawk and Ocean Blackrhino, that are working in sequence to complete the batch drilling program, with the first program now complete.
Targeting approximately 230 million barrels of crude oil, the first phase of the Sangomar field development will comprise a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, 23 subsea wells and supporting infrastructure, with the FPSO vessel moored to a water depth of 780 meters.
, with the capacity to process 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 130 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and will have a minimum capacity of 1,300,000 barrels of crude oil.
Located approximately 100 km south of Dakar in the deep Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar blocks, supported by a number of experienced international drilling service contractors within the Dakar area, the Sangomar field development contains oil and gas in a combined area of 7,490 km2 within the Senegalese portion of the MSGBC basin.
Woodside, responsible for the development of the Sangomar field, acts as operator of the joint venture, with an 82% stake, while the remaining 18% stake is owned by Senegal's state oil company, Petrosen.
"We are proud of this achievement at Woodside," added Sullivan, concluding that "we look forward to building on these successes, as well as the future 20 years of operations in which we expect local involvement to continue to grow."
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, on Friday said that the state had exited the fifth COVID-19 wave, noting that severe complications from the disease had ended.
Abayomi said this during the launch of a Lithotripsy Machine donated to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Lagos on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control had on July 8, in a public health advisory, warned of the onset of fifth COVID-19 wave arising from increasing daily infections.
According to the commissioner, though COVID-19 infection is still present, many residents have developed immunity against the disease from natural infection or vaccination.
“Now that we’ve weaned ourselves out of the fifth COVID-19 wave, it’s still rumbling around, but most residents have enough immunity either from natural infection or vaccination.
“We are not seeing the severe complications of COVID-19 infection any more,” Abayomi said.
He said that the Lithotripsy Machine, donated by Mr Idowu Obasa, would assist many patients who would have otherwise gone through painful and dangerous medical procedures.
He said that the donation made LASUTH the first recipient of Lithotripsy Machine in public health facilities in Nigeria.
According to him, Lithotripsy is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure that uses shock waves or lasers to break down stones in the kidneys, bladder or ureters.
He explained that kidney stones occur when minerals and other substances in the urine crystallise in one’s kidneys, forming solid masses or stones that are too large to pass through the urinary tract.
He commended the donor, noting that the machine would further assist LASUTH in raising the standard of healthcare in the state and also the country.
Commenting, Obasa said he was inspired to purchase the machine when he heard about the equipment gap.
“In 2009, I used this machine in India for a procedure in just a normal hospital, not private, not expensive and honestly it’s shameful that we have to go to India to get things that we ought to get here.
“I’m a chronic Kidney disease patient, among other things.
I’m one of the people that medical practitioners call, ‘with many underlying conditions’.
“I’m like a chemist when I start using my drugs.
“I have been privileged to be attended to in so many hospitals all over the world and I want to say that our doctors are better qualified than most of the people we meet.
“My experience in India inspired me and I said, why should India have these machines scattered all over the place and we don’t have any here?
” Obasa said.
The lawmaker noted that adequate equipment was critical to quality healthcare service delivery and commended the state government for maintaining excellence in the health sector.
Also, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, disclosed that the Lithotripsy Machine cost between N40 million and N50 million.
Fabamwo commended Obasa for the generous donation, saying that the machine that the hospital usually rented for procedure, got spoilt and that created gaps.
He pledged to ensure proper and judicious use of the machine to promote citizen’s health.
President Muhammadu Buhari joined the government and people of Adamawa to rejoice with the state’s chief judge, Justice Nathan Musa on his 65th birthday on Friday.
In a congratulatory message issued by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, the president noted the chief judge’s exemplary service to Adamawa.
The president acknowledged the sacrifices, selflessness and diligence of the chief judge in upholding the rule of law.
He particularly lauded Justice Musa for keeping to the ethics of his profession by ensuring fairness and justice at all times.
The president said he shared the auspicious occasion with family, friends and professional associates of Justice Musa as he retired after a distinguished and meritorious service, He said he believed that Musa’s years of experience in the judiciary would serve for the good of the country and for humanity.
Leading French daily Le Monde on Friday faced accusations of censorship after it deleted an opinion piece that critically analysed President Emmanuel Macron’s stance on Algeria, although the newspaper insisted it had contained an error of interpretation.
Le Monde issued a hugely unusual personal apology to Macron over the article, written by the researcher Paul Max Morin after the president made a hugely sensitive visit to the former French colony late last month.
In his article, Morin argued that a comment made by Macron in Algeria about a “love story that has its tragic element” glorified the colonial past and represented a step back from his previous attempts for a more modern attitude towards the history of France in the North African country.
“Reducing colonisation in Algeria to a ‘love story is the culmination of Macron’s shift to the right on the memory question,” Morin argued in the piece.
But Le Monde said that it had later deleted the piece as Morin had misinterpreted the quote.
“While it could be subject to different interpretations, the phrase ‘a love story that has its tragic element’ used by Mr Macron did not specifically refer to colonisation — as was written in the piece — but the long history of relations between France and Algeria,” it said.
“Le Monde apologises to its readers as well as the president of the Republic,” it added.
– ‘Inexplicable and inexcusable‘ –But the move was followed by a torrent of criticism, especially from figures on the left.
“An op-ed was pulled for a quote Macron made which he did not like,” tweeted far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon.
“It is a new low in the collapse of a newspaper that was once a point of reference.
”“Staggering censorship,” added Edwy Plenel, a former editor-in-chief of Le Monde who went on to found the investigative website Mediapart.
Morin himself told the Liberation daily that “pulling a piece is an abnormal practice and incomprehensible.
” “Inexplicable and inexcusable censorship by Le Monde,” tweeted the leading French economist Thomas Piketty.
“We can disagree with the piece, but not delete it because it displeases the Elysee.
” There was no immediate comment from Macron’s office.
The controversy is doubly sensitive given it was Le Monde which in October 2021 quoted closed-door comments by Macron describing Algeria’s system as “politico-military” that prompted a new crisis in relations with Algiers.
“When we make mistakes that are our fault, it’s normal to apologise to people who may have been offended, starting with our readers,” the director of Le Monde, Jerome Fenoglio, told AFP.
Macron in his speeches portrays himself as a champion of the free press but there have been episodes in the past that, according to critics, reveal a more thin-skinned attitude.
In November 2020, the Financial Times pulled a piece that was bitterly critical of France’s policy in the fight against Islamist extremism.
Macron followed up with a letter to the paper bitterly attacking the article.
Oyo State Government says there is no more hidden place for land grabbers operating in the state, as they will henceforth face prosecution.
The Deputy Governor, Chief Adebayo Lawal, made this known on Friday while inaugurating members of the state Task Force Unit for the enforcement of the Real Property Protection Law, 2016. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inauguration was held at the Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s Office, State Secretariat, Agodi in Ibadan.
Lawal said the Law was enacted in 2016 to curb the activities of land grabbers by frontally tackling their menace.
He said that the Law has not taken effect ever since, because the task force has not been inaugurated.
The deputy governor said that inauguration of the task force further underscores the recognition of the administration that its primary business is economic growth and maintenance of law and order.
According to him, the administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde places priority on the peace and security of citizens.
“So, we will not condone any act that will constitute a menace to the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
“Any violator of the Law, including those who indulge in aiding and abetting land grabbing, caught will be prosecuted and jailed.
“In setting up this task force, we took into consideration several public and private stakeholders in land management and security service.
“The task force will be headed by a retired judge of the Oyo State High Court, His Lordship, Retired Justice O.
I. Aiki, a jurist of high repute.
“Members of both the public and private bar of the Nigerian Bar Association are included, while officials of relevant Ministries, Departments and parastatal Agencies, as well as the Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, are all included.
“I, therefore, entertain no doubt whatsoever that with the inauguration of this Task Force Unit, property owners in the state will have a new breath of life.
” In her remarks, Aiki appreciated the state government for finding her and members of the Task Force Unit, worthy of their appointments.
She, therefore, sought the supports and cooperation of residents of the state in the discharge of their duties.
NAN reports that the 17-member task force included representatives of the Nigeria Police and Amotekun Corps.
YouthHubAfrica in collaboration with Christian Aid on Friday enrolled 200 vulnerable persons in Gwagwalada, Bwari and Waru communities into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Health Insurance Scheme.
Mr Rotimi Olawale ,Executive Director ,YouthHubAfrica, made this known at the handing-over ceremony of cards to beneficiaries in Waru ,Abuja .
Olawale said that the project was implemented to promote Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in FCT to enable them access quality health care for a period of 12 months for free.
“Health insurance coverage is low in Nigeria and people who are covered are mostly covered by the organisations they work for .
” However , people who work in the informal sector do not have such privilege, many of them do not believe that health can be free or could have their insurance covered.
“Most of them pay out of pocket and when they cannot pay they simply do not go to the hospitals and that is where the marginalisation comes to play ,” he said.
Olawale said the idea was to partner with the FCT Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to assist indigent people access quality health care.
” Our team went to the field with a pre-designed survey, the idea was to identify people who are below a certain level of earnings or marginalised persons would benefit the most from this health insurance scheme .
” We paid on their behalf and register them under the FCT Health Insurance Scheme .
“So today’s event is to present the registration card to the beneficiaries we hope that when they get registered in this service, they will be able to access services at the different hospitals, “he said.
Prof. Mohammed Sambo, Chief Executive Officer, FCT National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) , represented by Mr Greg Azubuke ,NHIA, FCT Coordinator ,commended YouthHubAfrica for the initiative.
Sambo said that the agency attached great importance to the gesture .
He said, “Health insurance is a situation whereby you can just walk into a facility of your choice and access the best possible medical attention without paying a dime .
“That is what we are here to do by the good will of YouthHubAfrica, they have been able to register 200 people from three communities in the FCT .
“By virtue of this registration, these 200 lucky people can easily walk into a hospital of their choice and be treated for whatever ailments ailments they may and walk out without paying a kobo.
”Sambo called on other citizens of goodwill to emulate the example set by YouthHubAfrica by visiting communities and picking certain numbers of people and make them access quality and affordable healthcare in hospital of their choice.
He said the burden should not be left to government alone because it takes collaborative efforts to tackle issues and urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity.
Mr Temitope Fashola, Country Director ,Christian Aid ,represented by Dorcas Asaolu, Health and Human Development Intern, said achieving universal health coverage meant that everybody has access to needed good quality healthcare without suffering financial hardship .
Fashola said that the LGA UHC Initiative project was born in 2020 to achieve healthcare coverage for all .
“Christian Aid Nigeria has over the course of two years taken the initiative from Nasarawa to Benue and the FCT .
” This handing over of the FCT Health Insurance Scheme cards to participants is in line with the UHC goal and built on adoption model to stimulate trust.
“This is a strong affirmation that with our joint efforts, we can push our cooperation in improving access to quality ,timely and affordable health care for all.
”The District Head of Waru ,Ibrahim Sarki ,thanked YouthHubAfrica for the gesture.
He said he had been a beneficiary of health insurance scheme in the past so he understood how much the organisation would have spent to grant his community members health insurance.
” I want to show my appreciation to YouthHubAfrica that on behalf of my people we are happy ,”he said