The Country Director, Global Peace Foundation of Nigerian, Rev John Hayab has described the death of Queen Elizabeth II as departure of a mother of Peace.
Hayab stated this in a condolence message on Thursday in Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Queen Elizabeth II was born at the Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, in Mayfair, London, on April 21, 1926.The late Queen Elizabeth, who ascended to the throne in 1952, died on Thursday following health challenges at the age of 96 after 70 years on the throne.
According to him, Queen Elizabeth II worked tirelessly for the peace and unity of the global community.
“She encouraged the Commonwealth of Nations to learn from each other and support one another, by so, reducing conflicts.
Hayab said that in one of the late Queen’s speech at the United Nations, celebrated the contributions of science and technology and ascribed the progress as a collective human progress not from people of one continent or colour, but a collective human achievement.
“A message that the Global Peace Foundation is spreading and wishes to see that the world achieve through her One Family Under God campaign, a value based peace building message that promotes human dignity, equality and our intrinsic connection.
“Remarkably, many of these sweeping advances in science and technology have come about not because of governments, committee resolutions, or central directives.
“Although, all these have played a part but instead, because millions of people around the world have wanted them.
“The world will surely miss her motherly love, counsel, and contributions in many areas of human development.
“But her legacy of peace, dialogue and respect for human dignity will continue to help in shaping the world toward unity and peaceful coexistence,”Hayab said.
The Minister for Police Affairs, Dr Muhammad Dingyadi has assured Nigerians of the Federal Government commitment to tackle violent crimes in the country.
Dingyadi stated this during the North-East zonal sensitisation campaign on Police Public Complaint Committee (PPCC), on Thursday in Bauchi.
He said goverment is mindful of the urgency to return the primacy of the Nigeria Police through the promotion of issues relating to welfare of its personnel.
“Strict adherence to professionalism, and moderniation of critical policing enablers to sustain ongoing fight against violent crimes in Nigeria.
“The PPCC which has since become operational, is thus serving as additional layers for citizens to seek redress,” he said.
Represented by Audu Madaki, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG ) in charge of Zone 12, Bauchi, Dingyadi said the federal government had adopted proactive measures to bridge the gaps between the populace and the police, to elicit confidence and mutual cooperation.
According to him, the sensitisation exercise on PPCC has enormous benefits of deepening realisation of systematic shift from state centered security to collective security approach.
This, he said, could be achieve through enhance welfare, police reforms, rebuilding of critical policing infrastructure to meet current security concerns, adding that it underscore the need for collective support for the policing system.
Earlier The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Usman Baba, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the police reform programme in line with international standards and global best practices.
Baba, represented by Umar Sanda, Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State, said the exercise promote accountability towards enhancing policing system in the country.
He charge the police personnel to be discipline and professional in the discharge of their duties.
Bullish sentiment returned to the Nigerian stock market on Thursday following investors’ interest in Union Bank and United Bank for Africa (UBA) as the first gain of the week.
Specifically, the market capitalisation rose by N29 billion or 0.11 per cent to close at N26.782 trillion from N26.753 trillion on Wednesday.
Also, the All-Share Index advanced by 52.52 points or 0.11 per cent to close at 49,652.25 against 49,644.92 achieved on Wednesday.
Accordingly, year-to-date return increased to 16.24 per cent.
The upturn was impacted by gains recorded in large and medium capitalised stocks, amongst which are: Ardiva, Chams, and Etranzact.
Overall, the market was positive with 19 gainers relative to nine losers.
Etranzact drove the gainers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.81per cent to close at N2.91 per share.
Ardova followed with a gain of 8.94 per cent to close at N13.40, while Chams rose by 7.41per cent to close at 29k per share.
Union Bank and FTNCocoa went up by 7.14 per cent each to close at N6 and 30k, respectively.
On the other hand, Vitafoam led the losers’ chart in percentage terms by 9.96 per cent to close at N21.25 per share.
Multiverse Mining & Exploration followed with 9.92 per cent to close at N2.36 per share.
Champion Breweries shed 4.16 per cent to close at N3.69, while African Prudential Assurance lost 3.51 per cent each to close at N5.50 per share.
Honeywell Flour Mills fell by 2.77 per cent to close at N2.50 per share.
Also, the total volume traded rose by 2.5 per cent to 161.88 million units valued at N1.63 billion and exchanged in 3,541 deals.
Transactions in the shares of Transcorp topped the activity chart with 30.97 million shares valued at N34.45 million.
Fidelity Bank followed with 28.71 million shares worth N101.72 million, while Sterling Bank traded 19.82 million shares valued at N29.12 million.
First City Monument Bank (FCMB) traded 11.51 million shares valued at N37.95 million, while UBA transacted 9.4 million shares worth N67.84 million.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers says the resignation of the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Sen. Walid Jubrin is a distraction.
Wike who made the remark at Ahoada on Thursday described it as charade.
Jubrin who resigned his position earlier in the day said that his resignation was to ensure the victory of the party at the 2023 general election.
However, the Rivers governor said the current hierarchy of the PDP leadership was against the constitution of the party.
He said that a situation where the North held the presidential ticket and the national chairman position at the same time was a gross injustice to the South.
According to him, the current hierarchy of the PDP does not give room for the interest of the south, particularly when decisions were to be taken.
Wike said PDP national chairman, Sen. Iyachu Ayu had earlier promised that if its presidential candidate came from the north, he would resign after the party convention to give way for a chairman from the south.
He claimed that Ayu made the pledge both in the house of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and at the PDP Senate Caucus meeting.
Wike added that the the party’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar also told him after the convention that Ayu would resign.
He then challenged Atiku to implement what he said, adding, ‘’it is nothing to do with Wike; it has to do with integrity.
‘’This is what he told me; I challenge the presidential candidate to deny this.
‘’If he denies it, I will go further to say so many things to Nigerians because enough is enough; we can’t continue this way.
” He described as erroneous, the belief in some quarters that he was bent on destroying the party and stated that he was only calling for justice and equity.
According to him, we have finished the presidential primaries; it is over.
So, when people say you want to destroy the party because you didn’t win primary, I think they’re sick.
‘’Wike is not causing problem, Wike is bringing peace to this country, Wike is advocating for justice, Wike is advocating for equity, Wike is advocating for development,’’ the governor added.
He, however, said he would sustain the fight for a return to healthy party structure to allow for an even representation of the interest of the north and south in the national leadership of the party.
The Elegushi of Ikate kingdom in Lagos State, Oba Saheed Elegushi, has described the passing of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, as end of an era.
The traditional ruler commiserated with the British people as well as the UK Mission in Nigeria and everyone connected to the late Queen in a statement signed by the palace spokesman, Temitope Oyefeso, on Thursday.
The Oba added that late Queen Elizabeth would be fondly remembered for her service to her people and the entire human race.
“We are all saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth, despite her longevity.
It is indeed the end of an era,” he said.
Oba Elegushi prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed Queen.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Elizabeth II of England died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland following health challenges on Thursday.
Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral Castle.
Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.
Elizabeth ruled over the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms, and became one of the most recognisable women ever to have lived.
Her son, Charles, immediately becomes King upon her death.
Charles, as the queen’s eldest son, inherits the sovereign title and job as head of the Commonwealth, along with other assets such as land and property.
The Queen was born in Mayfair, London, on April 21, 1926. She visited Nigeria to take part in the country’s independence celebration from Great Britain on Oct. 1, 1960.
Former President of the Nigerian Senate, David Mark has described the late Queen of England Queen Elizabeth 11 as one of the respected monarchs that ever lived on earth.
This is contained in a statement issued by Paul Mumeh, Special Adviser on Media to former president of the senate, Mark on Thursday in Minna.
The British monarch passed on Thursday after an illness.
Mark said on the passing of British monarch: “She was royalty personified.
She gave dignity and meaning to monarchy.
“She represented all that is good in humanity.
She was a role model to the world.
“Her passage is arguably an end of an era.
“The world stood still for an uncommon woman of great virtue.
“She left indelible footprint in the sand of time.
The world will miss her.
“She was the quintessential monarch who spread goodwill to all nooks and crannies of the world .
Indeed, the world was her constituency.
”The former Senate president prayed God to grant her eternal rest and give the world, especially the United Kingdom the fortitude to bear the loss.
He urged the people of England and indeed other nations of the world to immortalise the great monarch for her steadfastness and contributions to the world.
Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, has held talks with United Nations Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, and called for the resumption of Western Sahara negotiations .
This is contained in a statement issued by the Algerian Embassy in Abuja and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday.
It said the meeting held in Algiers, the Algerian capital on Monday, and was also attended by Amar Belani, the Special Envoy in charge of Western Sahara issues and the Maghreb countries.
The statement further said that the two sides at the meeting reviewed the latest developments regarding the Western Sahara conflict and the UN’s efforts to resume negotiations towards finding a lasting solution.
“This is towards the resumption of the negotiations between the two conflicting parties – the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front.
“This is in order to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.
“A solution that would provide the Sahraoui people with their inalienable and imprescriptible right to self-determination according to the UN’s pertinent resolutions and doctrines on decolonization,” the embassy said.
Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony that the United Nations considers a “non-self-governing region.
For decades, there has been a lingering dispute over this disputed region which is located between Morocco and the Algerian-backed self-determination group, the Polisario Front.
Morocco controls nearly 80 per cent of this region, and proposes a self-governing plan under its sovereignty.
The Polisario Front on the other hand, insists on holding a referendum for self-determination under the auspices of the United Nations.
NAN recalls that in August 2021, Algeria and Morocco severed diplomatic relations between them due to the profound differences over the Western Sahara(
Police in Kwara have arrested one Hassan Ibrahim for allegedly killing his 90-year-old father, Sabi Ibrahim, to dispossess him of his ATM card.
Police spokesman in the state, SP Ajayi Okasanmi stated on Thursday in Ilorin that one Aishat Ibrahim reported to the police on Aug. 5 that the older Ibrahim missing.
He added that the sudden disappearance of the 90-year-old retired army corporal raised suspicions.
“Investigation into the matter led to the arrest of Hassan, a biological son of the missing old man.
“During investigation, the suspect confessed to have administered pain killer injection mixed with other substances on his father, who became weak and dizzy immediately after.
“This he did after returning from the bank where he took his father to renew his ATM card.
“He took the father on a motorcycle which he borrowed to an isolated uncompleted building and strangulated him to death after the father had collected the new ATM card.
“He thereafter dug a shallow grave where he buried his father after dispossessing him of the ATM card,’’ Okasanmi stated.
The police spokesman added that Hassan thereafter escaped to Kaduna State and started withdrawing from his late father’s account.
He already withdrew N59,000 before he was arrested.
Okasanmi stated also that Hassan sold the borrowed motorcycle before he escaped to Kaduna where he was arrested.
“’The ATM card and the stolen motorcycle have been recovered,’’ he stated.
Hassan will be arraigned after thorough investigation, the police spokesman assured.
ECOWAS launched the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI 2022) during a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria.
The theme of the forum is "Science, Technology and Innovation for a More Competitive ECOWAS", which was adopted to reflect the many challenges in the world economy as ECOWAS member states look inward for a better and more sustainable sub-region.
The African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI) will take place from 17 to 21 October 2022 in Abuja.
In his welcome speech, ECOWAS President Dr. Alieu Omar Touray, whose speech was delivered by the Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked the presidents from Nigeria and Guinea Bissau for their commitment to regional integration.
He explained that “Innovation is at the heart of knowledge economies.
It is the basis of competitiveness and one of the main engines of economic growth, social welfare and adaptation to the environment.
It is a factor in the modernization of agricultural production systems, the predictability of seasons, the recognition of harmful and destructive pests, and ultimately a potential source of job creation, especially for youth by increasing the attractiveness of agriculture.
industry and fishing.
The crucial role, both in the transformation of national economies and in responding to global and regional challenges, is increasingly visible and makes technologies and innovations key points on the agenda of various organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union with the 2063 vision and ECOWAS with its new 2050 vision.” He stated that “FARI is the ECOWAS forum dedicated to the promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) created by decision (A / DEC / .1 / 6/21) of the sixtieth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government.
The FARI is the result of the implementation of the ECOWAS Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Action Plan (ECOPOST) adopted in 2012.
It is part of the ECOWAS 2050 vision through Pillar 4 on inclusive and sustainable transformation and development, a transformation that can only be achieved through science and technology, as well as the structuring of investments in promising sectors.
The role of Science and Technology is proving to be an important pillar in the development of innovation and the resilience of the region in the face of climate change and exogenous shocks”.
He explained that the theme of the first edition of FARI or FARI-2022 is "Science, Technology and Innovation for a competitive ECOWAS" and that the theme was chosen to develop a common vision that can promote the relevance of a common agenda in the field.
of Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) and improve the effective application of the results of research and innovation for the benefit of sustainable socioeconomic development and the competitiveness of our region.
He noted that all the exchanges at FARI 2022 will be grouped under three sub-themes, namely "STI achievements and progress in Africa and its sharing", "Regional cooperation and coherent cooperation frameworks between governments, scientists, universities, decision-makers , the private sector and TFP and civil society, and “New visions of STI for a more inclusive development of African countries” The Honorable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, in In his speech, he thanked the ECOWAS leadership for their commitment to ensuring regional integration in the areas of science and innovation.
He said that this forum should have been held in 2021 but was not possible due to technical problems and the arrival of COVID.
He added that Nigeria has created a conducive environment for startups and entrepreneurs to succeed through grant support and mentoring program He listed Nigeria's achievements in the science and technology space such as the development of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, the establishment of the 2017-2030 Roadmap and the implementation plans for the development of the scientific sector, as well as the commercialization efforts of R&D results from national research institutions.
In her speech, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr, whose speech was read by the ECOWAS Division Chief of Education and Science, Dr. Roland Kouakou, said: “The The issue that brings us together this morning is of paramount importance to our developing countries.
Indeed, the standard of living of a nation depends to a great extent on its scientific and technological development, which implies above all the development of research and innovation.
This requires a political and financial commitment from all African nations and at all levels.
The convening of the African Research and Innovation Forum marks an important turning point in the promotion of science and technology at the regional level.
It is a framework to strengthen regional cooperation in the science and technology sector.
FARI will help bring together researchers from the region, on the one hand, and their counterparts from the rest of the world, on the other”.
She thanked the leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Member States for their support of FARI 2022 and stated that the outcome of the resolutions that will emerge from the regional forum will provide a quantum leap towards the realization of ECOWAS STI's 2050 vision.
A Coalition of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) has called on the Federal Government to create a special fund that will help to take care of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
The NGOs at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday called on the Federal Government to use part of the revenue accrued from the Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) tax to prevent and control NCDs. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the NCDs listed are heart diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes; they are described as the leading causes of death worldwide.
The news conference was to herald the 2022 Global Week of Action on NCDs, which will feature a workshop on cancer disease and it will attract stakeholders from the health sector.
Mrs Gloria Okwu, the Programme Coordinator, Project Pink Blue (PPB) said that NCDs kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to over seven out of 10 deaths worldwide.
She said that changing social, economic and structural factors such as more people moving to cities and the spread of unhealthy lifestyles had fueled NCDs crisis, and had killed 15 million people prematurely before the age of 70, annually.
According to her, 85 per cent of these premature deaths occur in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) including Nigeria.
“Nigeria is the world’s fourth highest consumer of SSBs commonly known as soft drinks.
An estimated 38.6 million litres of soft drinks are sold in Nigeria annually “Of particular concern is overconsumption among adolescents as indicated in a study where 97 per cent of the 1000 respondents consumed at least 35cl of soft drink daily.
“A 35cl bottle may contain as much as nine cubes of sugar, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that individuals should take less than 10 cubes per day.
People who consume one or two bottles of SSB per day have 26 per cent more chances of developing Type 2 diabetes than people who rarely drink them.
“The consumption of SSB like soft drinks has been implicated in eleven cancers and there is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of 10 cancers: bowel (colorectal); gallbladder; kidney; liver; oesophagus; ovary, pancrease; prostate (advance); post-menopausal breast and womb (endometrial),’’ she said.
Mrs Omei Bongos-Ikwue, Health Communication Specialist, noted that several studies had linked the consumption of SSB to diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, dental caries and certain types of cancer.
According to her, evidence shows a strong association between being overweight and diabetes mellitus with excess sugar intake being a strong causal factor.
She said that consumption of SSBs had been associated with inadequate intake of several important nutrients, and higher risk of bone fractures among girls.
Bongos-Ikwue said that the WHO had made it clear that one of the effective tools for reducing obesity rates and other related NCDs “is through implementation of taxes to increase the prices of SSBs by at least 20 per cent.
” She called on the government to imbibe the Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of NCDs, which the SSB tax was included in its menu of policy options to regulate SSB consumption.
She said this had been adopted by several countries.
Mr Elijah Elijah, the Vice President, Nigeria Cancer Society, called on the government to collect more tax from the SSBs to the health sector, especially for the prevention of NCDs, treatment and support.
He also called on the government to mandate the producers and sellers of the SSBs to ensure that every of their product came out with packaging label policies.
According to Elijah, nutrition tables on SSB packaging are confusing the average consumer.
He said that a simple warning label would help to guide consumer’s choices of any product he or she wished to take, and it would encourage healthy behaviours.
Mr Godwin Ugbor, Grants and Sustainability Manager, PPB, said the annual Global Week for Action on NCDs sought to ensure NCD prevention and management as well as to get the attention and action the diseases deserve.
He said that financing for NCDs had stagnated at a pitiful one to two per cent of development assistance for health for two decades, causing many millions of deaths and pushing millions more into extreme poverty due to healthcare costs and disability.
He said that investment was needed to turn the tide on NCDs, adding that the “Global Week of Action is a call to the government in this direction.
” Ugbor also called on the media, civil societies, donors, international agencies, private sectors and all other stakeholders to get involved by identifying and suggesting sustainable solutions for effective investment in the health sector.