Mrs Asabe Bashir, the Director-General, National Council for Women Development (NCWD) on Saturday extolled the virtues of Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs Ene Obi as she turns 60 years.
She spoke at an event held in Abuja, which was organised by Obi’s colleagues and friends as well as gender activists.
In her goodwill message, Bashir described the celebrant as a defender of the rights of the less privileged who should be emulated by all.
While wishing her long life and prosperity, Bashir said “Nigerian women celebrate her because she has touched lives across Nigeria and even outside Nigeria”.
“This is a woman that the whole women of the world should celebrate.
“She is celebrated globally as a pillar to womenfolk and I am so proud of her.
” Speaking on the role of NCWD, the director-general said that the centre was a rallying point for Nigerian women.
“The centre is a rallying point for women and we are at the forefront of advocating efforts at tackling violence against women.
“We tell such women to always speak up, report cases of violence.
If they do not report, we will not know what is happening to them.
“We are there to help Nigerian women that have been violated and we urge them to always speak up and come to the centre,” she said.
Mr Otive Igbuzor, the Chief of Staff to Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege described Obi as a wonderful personality.
“She is a very compassionate person who gives a lot of support to people, especially the weak and the vulnerable and she is so commited to a better society.
“That is why she found a good home in ActionAid, an organisation dedicated to eradicating poverty and injustice.
“Her proficiency in fighting for justice, equity and for the poor is exemplary.
” Igbuzor, who is also a former Country Director of ActionAid and Executive Director African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development decried marginalisation of women in Nigeria.
“Historically, women have been marginalised not only in Nigeria but across the world.
“We will continue to struggle for a better society, for better condition for women and for better condition for the poor,” he said.
One of the friends of the celebrant, Mrs Moji Makanjuola, the Chief Executive of International Society of Media and Public Health, wished her many more years of active service.
She said, “Mrs Ene Obi resonates with the aspiration of women across board.
” “I wish her more strength, good health and more wisdom as she continues to navigate this space that we are yet to cover.
” On rising cases of violence against women, Makanjuola said, “it breaks my heart each time one gets to know that a woman is abused.
“Even these days, boys are being violated.
I think the media has a big role to play in this.
“Often times we focus on the victims, survivors, it is about time we focus on the perpetrators,” she said.
“If you find the perpetrator or you see something happening, say something.
“This is because it goes beyond the physical.
It often affects victims or survivors for life.
“So, we need to start speaking loudly to the perpetrators and thank God we have the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP).
” She called for the implementation of the VAPP Act so that perpetrators do not get away with any crime against women.
On the forthcoming 2023 general elections, Makanjuola said with the happening so far, it was obvious that women were undermined.
“Let’s support the man who will support us.
Support the party that supports women as an integral part of development.
“Support the presidential candidate that supports women as partners in progress.
“Until we do that deliberately, until we have rules and regulations things will not change because, the 35 per cent affirmative action for elective position is not being honoured.
” In her remarks, the celebrant, Mrs Ene Obi, expressed joy for the encomiums showered on her, saying she was challenged to do more.
She appealed to Nigerians to stand for the country, adding that with the right mindset, the country would take its pride of place.
She said, “this country is one of the greatest countries in the world and I believe it will be great again.
On the gender bills that were rejected by the National Assembly, Obi said that ActionAid was re-strategising.
“We want the politicians to look at the bills again and make it right.
“This is because women represent about 50 per cent of the population and they cannot be pushed aside as if they do not matter.
“It is so disturbing to know that there are some houses of assembly where there is no woman,” she said.
Obi further called for people with disability to be included in the helm in the country.
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says the aggregate Value Added Tax (VAT) was reported at N600.15 billion for Q2 2022. This is according to the VAT Q2 2022 Report released in Abuja on Saturday.
According to the report, this shows a growth rate of 1.96 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter basis from N588.59 billion in Q1 2022. The report said the local payments recorded were N359.12 billion, while foreign VAT payments contributed N111.13 billion in Q2 2022. It said on a quarter-on-quarter basis, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply recorded the highest growth rate with 116.47 per cent, followed by accommodation and food service activities with 42.44 per cent “On the other hand, activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies had the lowest growth rate with 42.39 per cent.
“This was followed by activities of households as employers, undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use with 36.57 per cent.
” In terms of sectoral contributions, the report showed the top three largest shares in Q2 2022 were Manufacturing with 33.08 per cent, information and communication with 18.98 per cent, and mining and quarrying with 10.60 per cent.
“On the other hand, activities of households as employers, undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use recorded the least share with 0.03 per cent.
“This was followed by activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies with 0.05 per cent; and water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities with 0.13 per cent.
” The report, however, said, on a year-on-year basis, VAT collections in Q2 2022 increased by 17.16 per cent from Q2 2021.
Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has inaugurated the Board of the 70-year-old Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre.
This followed the approval for the reconstitution of the board by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A statement by Mohammed Manga, Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry issued on Saturday in Abuja, said Dare charged the board to enhance patriotism, nationalism and ethical orientation among Nigerians.
He said that their task was also to use the centre in imparting national consciousness and understanding among Nigerians.
Dare advised them to learn from the history of recent happenings that led to the dissolution of the last board, as it would guide them in the smooth running of the centre.
According to him, the centre which has been in existence since the past 70 years has provided leadership training to Nigerians from all walks of life.
“The centre is the only non-formal educational institution in Nigeria that executes experiential and outward bound education.
”It provides training, utilising natural, physical and man-made environment in an atmosphere in which self-discovery and self-actualisation are based on competence and ability,” he said.
The minister said the centre was strategically positioned to provide training and promote quality leadership and citizenship traits in the youth, with focus on patriotism, nationalism and ethical orientation.
He, therefore, called on the board members to bring their wealth of experience and exposure to bear in the running of the centre.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar, commended President Buhari for approving the timely reconstitution of the board.
Abubakar assured that the ministry would continue to provide an enabling environment to enable the board discharge its mandate of repositioning the centre for the benefit of NigeriansResponding on behalf of the newly inaugurated board, Alhaji AbdulGaniyu Oniyangi, thanked President Buhari for the opportunity given them to serve the nation.
He assured that members of the board would bring in their wealth of experience to reposition the centre for maximum performance and efficient service delivery to Nigerians.
The new board has Bello Usman-Muhammed as Chairman, and AbdulGaniyu Oniyangi, Audu Sabo-Dantamas, Suleiman Dawudu, Anthony Otega-Osiwe and Hezekiah Oladipo-Adedeji, as members.
Other members are: DCP Rashid Afegbua, Brig.- Gen. E.
L. Etuk, Commodore Aliu Pindar, Hajiya Lami Adamu, Lami Bature, representating the ministry and Soji Eniade, Director General of the centre.
Super Eagles B team Coach Salisu Yusuf on Saturday failed to show up for the usual post-match news conference at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
This followed the Eagles’ loss to Ghana’s Black Galaxies in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) second leg qualifier in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria’s Super Eagles B team were on Saturday knocked out of the 2022 CHAN qualifying race after losing 4-5 to Ghana via penalty shootout.
The CHAN qualifier second leg match, played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja, saw the hard-fighting Eagles score two unreplied goals to level goal aggregate at 2-2. Ghana had won the first leg in Cape Coast 2-0 on Sunday, and opted for a contain-and-counter strategy in Abuja.
However, two well-taken second half goals by Muhammed Zulkifilu and Chijioke Akuneto drew the fixture level and meant the lottery of penalties would decide the winner.
Unfortunately, substitute Morice Chukwu saw his penalty kick (Nigera’s third) hit the crossbar in the shootout to hand Ghana the ticket to next year’s 7th CHAN finals.
Immediately after match, the newsmen present headed for the Media Centre for the post-match conference and spoke to the Ghanaian coach and the team’s captain who were the first to show up.
Afterwards, it was the turn of Coach Yusuf and his team captain but unfortunately, they refused to show up as stakeholders waited endlessly at the center to no avail.
It was later announced that coach Yusuf had stormed out of the stadium in anger immediately after the match.
The Federal Government has begun the electronic Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Anambra with grants to 500 beneficiaries.
The event, attended by some community leaders, government officials and 500 beneficiaries drawn from the 21 Local Government Areas of the state, held at the Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka on Saturday.
The programme is in collaboration with the Anambra Government and executed by the National Social Investment Programme and the State Cash Transfer Unit.Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, inaugurated the programme.
She said the initiative was part of Federal Government’s policy to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty within 10 years.
Represented by Mr Kingsley Ngene, Special Adviser Administration in the Ministry, Umar-Farouq explained that 7, 000 households in Nigeria would benefit from the scheme.
She advised Anambra people to always get involved in numerous social intervention programmes of the Federal Government, to benefit like other Nigerians.
The minister explained that the programme was a support grant of N500, 000 to the vulnerable households affected by banditry and the internally displaced persons.
“The grant is designed to empower the beneficiaries to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and increase their commercial activities which is aimed at lifting them out of poverty,” Umar-Farouq said.
Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra, represented by the state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Mrs Ify Obinabo, noted that the state was working round the clock to make Anambra people comfortable.
She said that the present administration would continue to partner the Federal Government and other groups to open more windows of opportunities to the people.
Mr Raphael Enukorah, Head Anambra State Cash Transfer Unit, advised the beneficiaries to judiciously use the money on ventures that would improve their living conditions.
He appreciated the state and federal governments for their various efforts in ensuring the success of the interventions, saying that his office would ensure that the right persons benefitted from the programmes.
The State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mrs Chiamaka Nnakie, expressed dissatisfaction over the poor interest on the part of Anambra people in social intervention programmes of the Federal Government.
Nnakie encouraged the people to always apply, to benefit like other Nigerians, noting that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari was doing a lot to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that most of the enrollees confirmed that they received alerts of N50, 000 grant during the event.
Some of them, Mr Albert Emene from Orumba South, Mrs Nkiruka Okeke from Anaocha, Mr Ejike Chukwuebuka from Ayamelum Local Government Area, expressed happiness over the intervention.
“I initially felt the programme was a scam the first time I was told about it, but with this alert I must sincerely thank Mr President and assured that I will use the money judiciously,” Okeke said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says his team has the foresight to identify Nigeria’s problems and solve them headlong.
Tinubu stated this at the inauguration of campaign logo and vehicles of the “APC Northern Door-to-Door for 2023’’ by the Northern APC Speakers Forum in Abuja on Saturday.
He said his team is also capable of creating prosperity for Nigeria and her citizens.
“We are the party of progressive ideas.
We want good education for our children, good development for Nigeria, prosperity for this country and for agriculture and agro-allied projects to be embarked upon.
“We have the confidence; we have what it takes.
We have the courage.
We have the determination.
We have the perseverance,’’ he said.
The presidential candidate added that the APC had no worries about the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or engaging it in war of words.
He said that the APC, a party of thinkers and doers needed no such engagement with the opposition still struggling with its leadership.
“We shall not be hauling abuses at rival political parties.
We are smarter.
We are brilliant.
We are courageous.
We are not like them.
“They spent 16 years and forgot that railway infrastructure does haulage goods and humans across Nigeria,’’ he noted.
He advised the PDP wait for Election Day in 2023 to see the defeat awaiting it.
He appreciated the forum for its gesture.
“You make life easier for us no `sisi’ is demanded from us.
Vehicles are provided, logo is unveiled, confidence boosting measure established; forward looking and hope rekindled; good for the prosperity of our country,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the party’s vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Kashim Shettima, expressed confidence that Tinubu’s leadership would build a new Nigeria.
“We are on the threshold of making history.
The global economy is tinkering towards recession; the world has moved from the agricultural age to the industrial age.
’’ he noted.
“We have moved from mere industrial age to knowledge-driven industrial age,’’ he noted.
“Who among the presidential candidates today has greater skills sets, the intellect and the capacity to move this nation forward other than Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,?
” he queried.
Shettima believed that 2023 presidential election would be a payback time for Tinubu who had sacrificed so much for the democracy of Nigeria but was humiliated politically.
He said that Tinubu had also contributed to economic and human development across the country through the demonstration of his capacity at different level.
The Chairman, Northern APC Speakers Forum and Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, spoke on behalf of the Forum.
He said members were prepared to work for overwhelming victory for Tinubu.
“I can guarantee 70 per cent victory.
“So far, we have about 205 elected members of the States Houses of Assembly across the north of Nigeria.
We are good to go,’’ he said.
“We’re not going to collect a penny from the presidential campaign council.
We are not going to collect money from any governor.
“We are going to join hands together and sponsor ourselves to do this project,’’ Zailani assured.
Secretary of the Forum and Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole, said the APC was lucky to have a joint ticket of Tinubu and Shettima for the 2023 presidential election.
“Your Excellency, your transformation of Lagos State from a struggling state to the third largest economy in Africa is indeed commendable.
“Our nation needs a detribalised president with deep understanding of Nigerian politics and economy, “The country also needs a leader known for religious tolerance and capacity to achieve positive results against daunting odds,’’ Matthew told Tinubu.
He described the APC Northern Speakers Door-to-Door Campaign for as an initiative that would ensure massive grassroots mobilisation for overwhelming victory for APC at the 2023 general election.
Kolawole said the forum already had plans to organise town hall meetings with APC stakeholders, former and present legislators to fully commence work.
APC National Women Leader, Dr Betta Edu, said that history would judge Nigeria right if Tinubu and Shettima are voted into power in 2023.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles team B were on Saturday knocked out of the 2022 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifying race after losing 4-5 to Ghana via penalty shootout.
The CHAN qualifier second leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja saw the hard-fighting Eagles score two unreplied goals to level goal aggregate at 2-2. Ghana won the first leg in Cape Coast 2-0 on Sunday, and opted for a contain-and-counter strategy in Abuja.
The plan worked for large period of time in an encounter dominated by the Eagles B, especially in the first half as well as in the early period of the second half.
However, two well-taken second half goals by Muhammed Zulkifilu and Chijioke Akuneto drew the fixture level and meant the lottery of penalties would decide the winner.
Substitute Morice Chukwu saw his penalty kick (Nigera’s third) hit the crossbar in the shootout to hand Ghana the ticket to next year’s 7th CHAN finals.
He was the only one who failed to score from the spot as Ghana won 5-4. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria created a handful of chances in a ferocious first half.
But Babatunde Bello’s long-range shots in the 8th, 16th and 42nd minutes respectively either failed to find target or were punched away by goalkeeper Ibrahim Danladi.
Also free headers presented to Valentine Odoh and Zulkifilu were wasted.
The introduction of Akuneto in the second half brought more urgency to Nigeria’s game, and the Eagles shot ahead in the 77th minute.
This was after Zulkifilu connected home gloriously from a pull-out.
With just few seconds left in the fourth minute of time-added-on, Akuneto powered home after a corner kick was flicked into his path by Samuel Amadi.
NAN also reports that the defeat is the second in a row for Nigeria against the West African rivals in a qualifier for a major competition.
This was after Ghana’s Black Stars denied Super Eagles of Nigeria a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Rep. Zakaria Nyampa, (PDP-Adamawa) has called on the Federal Government to provide relief materials to over 200 households displaced recently by flood in Adamawa.
Nyampa, representing Federal Constituency, said this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.
He expressed concern over the new distress experienced by hundreds of families, including women and children who had suffered loss during the havoc wrecked by insurgents in the areas.
According to him, no fewer than 200 houses collapsed due to flood in the state and few lost their lives during the incident.
He added that some of the people affected had relocated to schools while some to neighbouring towns to squat with relatives and friends.
“But at the moment, we have many displaced families which is not good, especially during the rainy season where there are lots of mosquitoes in the areas.
“And if you look at the cold weather, especially around Shuak, Kirchinga and Kamale areas, there are flat land where flood has taken over,” he said.
The lawmaker said that a formal letter had been sent to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to assist where necessary.
”I have approached the National Emergency Management Agency, the Ecological Office, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as well as the North East Development Commission.
“Unfortunately my people at the moment are so displaced, they have taken over the primary schools across the villages,” he said.
Nyampa said it was regrettable that lives were lost to the floods.
The 34 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Obinze in Owerri, says it will begin its annual range classification exercise from Sept. 5-9, and advises residents to keep off the area.
This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday by Capt. Joseph Akubo, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations.
Akubo said that the exercise would involve the use of arms and live ammunition, thus the need for civilians to stay away from areas around Small Arms Shooting Range, Obinze Barracks.
He explained that the range classification was to test the effectiveness of personnel in weapon handling and firing efficiency, adding that it would be conducted from 6am – 6pm daily.
“In view of the above, the people of Obinze town and surrounding communities are strongly advised to keep away from the Range Area throughout the mentioned period”, he said.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has restated that the commitment of Igbo people to the unity of Nigeria remained sacrosanct.
The governor made the remark at a maiden lecture series organised in honour of elderstatesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Imo Council, in Owerri.
Uzodimma described Iwuanyanwu as a detribalised strong, lucid and articulate national figure who, even at 80, had continued to demand a united, peaceful Nigeria.
He further described the Igbo as a peace loving people whose commitment to nationhood was without a doubt, hence their ability to thrive in all parts of the country where they were resident.
The governor advised Nigerians to embrace peace and eschew all activities capable of jeopardising the country’s unity.
“Iwuanyanwu has stayed strong, lucid and articulate at 80 because most of his life has been dedicated to service of God and humanity, a reflection of the Igbo quest for Nigeria’s unity, which we, in spite of obvious misrepresentations, continued to uphold.
“Ndigbo believes in live and let live, there is no better way to assert our unity.
We must therefore, not resort to war in a bid to fight marginalisation.
We must eschew violence, embrace peace and unity.
“We may have our flaws as a race but a man cannot live in a land he loathes and remain progressive in his business and other endeavours.
We love Nigeria dearly and this, is without a doubt,” he said.
The Guest Lecturer and former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nnia Nwodo, described the celebrator as a quintessential model for today’s youths.
He called for devolution of power for a better Nigeria, adding that a restructured Nigeria would give each geo-political zone the sovereignty over their production and a sense of belonging.
“No attempt should be made to force Igbos out of political relevance; we are as qualified as other Nigerians and Nigeria needs all of us now.
“We must stop brooding over what has happened to us in the past, we can still make a country.
Our industry and acceptability are evidence of our preparedness to serve and our quest for Nigeria’s unity is unswerving,” he said.
Responding, Chief Iwuanyanwu commended the dignitaries and the organisers for honouring him.
He, however, expressed worry over the treatment of the Igbo people in the country and called for a restructured Nigeria to correct the perceived injustices meted on them, such as creation of more council areas and state police.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Chapel, Mr Chris Njoku, thanked Iwuanyanwu for coming to the aid of journalists in the state, irrespective of the “tasking nature of the profession”.