Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has commended the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) for launching a book on community relations strategy.
Mohammed made the commendation at the unveiling of the book on Thursday in Bauchi.
The book entitled, “Community Relations Strategy’, a premier for public relations players of corporate organisation in developing nations, was being sponsored by the Bauchi State Chapter of the Institute.
He described the publication as well conceived and timely, adding the book would address practical and intellectual needs of public relations students and practitioners.
The governor said it would also strengthen the public affairs department of corporate organisations in developing nations.
“The production of the book is therefore, a step in the right direction and I commend the NIPR for this laudable initiative.
“I wish to inform this august gathering that the publication is in tandem with my administration’s desire to promote scholarship through the repositioning of the education sector,” he said.
He, however, tasked public relations practitioners as image makers to demonstrate high sense of professionalism and patriotism in the discharge of their duties.
The governor further urged them to eschew acts capable of causing disaffection among the people in the course of serving their clients and principals.
Earlier, Alhaji Kabir Kobi, Chairman of the institute in the state, said the publication was done in accordance with international standards.
He said it was the compilation of contributions from members of the chapter and beyond put together by its Publication Committee under the leadership of Mr Hamid Muhammad, Editor of the book.
Muhammad, who is also a staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, said the book had been subjected to rigorous review by many scholars.
He said the book also proffer solutions to problems that may arise between corporate organisations, members of staff and the host communities.
“As NNPC has sited oil exploration in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state, we felt that the issues of oil exploration and the problem of community issues that NNPC faced in the Niger Delta region shouldn’t replicate itself here.
“This is one of the key issues that pushed us to focus on this area of community relations,” he said.
The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) have released a report that analyzes the readiness of seven countries (Morocco, Tunisia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Gabon and Mozambique) to boost the green growth.
The joint report was presented on the sidelines of Africa Climate Week in Libreville, Gabon.
It assessed the status and trends of green growth, as well as the readiness of countries for the green growth transition through a series of metrics.
It also offered recommendations for the countries surveyed in the report.
Malle Fofana, Director and Head of Africa Programs at GGGI, said: "Our joint study Green Growth in the Context of NDC, LTS and SDG Implementation in Africa, which assesses the status and readiness of green growth implementation, highlights key valuable information for our member states.” The report found evidence that African countries are demonstrating a growing political commitment to green growth Governments actively uphold the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement Kenya, Morocco and Tunisia, in particular, have incorporated in their constitutions the right of citizens to a clean and safe environment and other related rights, Rwanda, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal and Mozambique have adopted national economic strategies for green growth and climate resilience.
Hamndou Dorsouma, African Development Bank Officer in Charge of Climate Change and Green Growth and co-director of the report, said: “This report is expected to stimulate valuable dialogue and debate on ways to promote climate action and green growth in Africa: For the Bank, investing in green growth requires both policy interventions as adequate financing, especially since investments in green growth require significant initial financing to take advantage of innovative environmental solutions and clean technologies.
This includes building low-carbon and resilient economies, smart and sustainable cities, green industrialization and building climate-resilient infrastructure.” There is room for improvement in all nine green growth readiness categories assessed by the report, in particular legal and regulatory, financial, research and development, and monitoring and reporting human capacity.
During the launch event, GGGI's Dr. Pranab Baruah, co-director of the report, emphasized the importance of operational readiness for green growth, including measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems for effective planning and implementation of green growth initiatives.
The session also provided an opportunity for participants to respond to the report's findings.
Experts from the African Development Bank and GGGI also outlined ways in which the report will guide their operational planning going forward.
The full report can be accessed here (https://bit.ly/3RPKJAg)
Mr Ahmed Yahaya, Nasarawa State Commissioner of Health has tasked women to access family planning services in order to reduce maternal mortality in the state.
He gave the advice at a one-day media forum on the status of Family Planning in the state, organised by the Pathfinder International, in collaboration with Community Link for Health and Family Planning Advocacy (CLHFPA), on Thursday in Lafia.
Represented by the state’s Family Planning Coordinator, Mrs Salome Aya, the commissioner said that family planning could reduce maternal mortality in the state by 30 per cent and called for collaborative efforts of all stakeholders for more uptake.
Yahaya said that the state government was doing all within its powers to bolster efforts aimed at institutionalizing family planning.
The commissioner added, ”although the uptake of family planning in the rural area was low, the sustained advocacy and support by Pathfinder International, the CLHFPA as well as other collaborators has helped in the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in the state.
”Yahaya commended the media for playing role along with other partners in driving the family planning messages, adding that, traditional and religious leaders, who were initially reluctant, were now keying into the initiative.
Yahaya,however, said a lot needed to be done in getting women and men in rural communities to embrace the use of contraceptives and other preventive methods.
He mentioned health facilities were women could access professional family planning services across the state to include the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital Lafia and the Federal Medical Centre Keffi.
Such services can also be accessed in all the 18 General hospitals, 539 Primary Healthcare Centres as well as 70 private hospitals.
Also speaking at the forum, Mrs Mary Asheneye and Mr Kalu Idika, chairman and secretary of CLHFPA, respectively, said the group aims to influence improved budgetary allocation for family planning in the state.
They commended the state government for reviewing the Family Planning budget from a paltry N5 million in 2017 to N30 million in the 2022 budget.
They also noted the prompt release of the money would hasten the implementation of the programme.
Representatives of Pathfinder International, Bayo Ewuola and Kosi Izundu, said the advocacy was intended to strengthen the capacity of the media to effectively report Family Planning and other sexual reproductive health issues in the state.
Kaduna State Ministry of Justice on Thursday held training for District Prosecutors to enhance their capacity in the Administration of Criminal Justice System.
Aisha Dikko, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice said in Kaduna that proper grasp of the criminal justice system will help the prosecutors in the efficient handling of cases.
This, she said, would fast track the dispensation of justice, thereby, decongesting cases in lower and superior courts.
Dikko added that the training would give the prosecutors the required knowledge to efficiently and effectively handle their responsibilities.
“There is going to be subsequent engagement between police prosecutors and ministry of justice.
“It is a continuous training after every three month to make the training scheme better and to also meet up with the dynamic evolving nature of the scheme.
“I want us to embrace the scheme passionately and utilise the knowledge gained,” the commissioner said.
In his goodwill message, the state Chief Judge, Justice Muazu Aliyu said the importance of prosecutors in the society cannot be overlooked.
Aliyu noted that the rate of crime in the society has escalated, which makes it important for the training and retraining of prosecutors to keep them abreast with the law and good practice of the profession.
According to him, regular training for the prosecutors will impact positively on their ability and confidence in performing the functions of their offices effectively and efficiently.
“If there is no good prosecutors there is the tendency that prosecution will fail and there will be no conviction,” he added.
The Chief Judge commended the ministry for organising the training and said it should be done continuously.
Alhaji Mohammed Alkali, member representing Lafia North constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has renewed his commitment to provide quality representation.
Alkali gave the assurance on Thursday while speaking with newsmen in Lafia.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, urged his constituents to support the good policies of Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to succeed beyond 2023.“This is to enable my constituents and other people of the state enjoy more dividends of democracy.
“First, I want to thank my supporters for always standing by me by supporting me to succeed“This shows they are very happy with my leadership.
I will continue to provide them with good leadership.
“I also want to assure them of more purposeful leadership at the state legislature,” he said.
Alkali also promised an inclusive leadership in order to give everybody in the constituency a sense of belonging.
“I will always carry everybody along irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliations,” he said.
The lawmaker urged his people and other Nigerians to continue to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities and live in peace for development to thrive.
Prof. Omoniyi Akinola of the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun, has expressed worry over the incursion of quacks into law profession in the country.
Akinola, a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the university, said this while presenting the 9th inaugural lecture of the institution on Thursday in Ede, Osun.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture has as its theme: ” Confluence of Professional Ethics, Corporate Governance, And The Training of Lawyers In the 21st Century.
”Akinola said that due to the lucrative nature of law as a profession, there had been in recent times, the incursion of quacks by way of impersonation of legal practitioners.
The don said there was urgent need for the amendment of Section 22 of the Legal Practitioners Act, which prescribed the punishment to be metted to offenders.
He said the act, which recommended punishment of N200 and N100 or an option of imprisonment not exceeding two years was obsolete.
” It is our view that this provision for impersonation and the negative effect of impersonation on unsuspecting clients and the Nigerian economy calls for holistic review of the entire law.
“It should be noted that previous attempts to amend the law have been unsuccessful at the level of the National Assembly.
“To this end, there is need to revisit rule 39 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners, which deals with advertising by lawyers in Nigeria,” he said.
Besides, Akinola also called on law lecturers to desist from the practice of giving law students areas of concentration.
Akinola said that since clients would not give areas of concentration when bringing legal problems, such idea should be condemned by all.
He said that a law lecture should be richer in terms of students’ engagement to stimulate their minds to be analytical and proffer on-the-spot solutions to legal problems.
The don also said that effective checks and balances must be carried out on law teachers to ensure that students were trained in the art and practice of law without the laxity of the abuse of academic freedom.
Akinola, however, said that inadequate teacher-student ratio, use of old teaching techniques, inadequate funding, among others were some of the challenges facing legal education in Nigeria.
He said that funding institutions such as Tertiary Education Trust Fund and other regulators should relax administrative bottlenecks and contribute their quotas towards building modern facilities.
Akinola also said that in order to improve the quality of training of law students, the Federal Government should as a matter of urgency, approve the minimum benchmark for the various programmes in Nigeria.
He also said that parents should only guide the students in decision making with respect to their careers and not be compelled to read law to please their parents.
The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says its primary role is to advise Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.
The commission made the clarification on Thursday in a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, its Head of Media, Public Relations, and Protocol.
The commission was reacting to a letter purportedly written to the commission by Mr Hidayet Bayraktar, the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye on the welfare of Nigerians living in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
It stated that firstly, no official letter was received till date “in our office except the unsigned one being circulated in the media.
” “However, we thank the Ambassador and are glad that our recent media briefing has elicited his response pertaining to the unfortunate incidents in TRNC.
“It will be recalled that Hon. Dabiri-Erewa and a team from NiDCOM had been to the Turkish Embassy twice to discuss issues related to Nigerians’ welfare in TRNC, but got no response from the Ambassador.
“It is on record that we received petitions on regular basis from Nigerians, especially parents whose children had been victims in one way or the other in TRNC.
Some of the deaths recorded in TRNC without any resolution from 2016 till date include: “Mr Ibrahim Khaleel Bello (25), son of Justice Amina Ahmad Bello of Kaduna State High Court (2020); Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede, 28, student of Eastern Mediterranean University who was killed on Feb. 1, 2018. “Walshak Augustine Ngok, a student of Marine Engineering at Near East University, murdered on April 19, 2019. Gabriel Soriwei, a first year student of Electrical Electronics of Cyprus International University, Nicosia.
“Others are, Osabanjo Adeola Owoyale, 33, who went missing and was found dead on July 1, 2019; Augustine Wallies killed on April 19, 2019; Stanley Eteimo, ( 28); Hassan Babatunde, (28); Temitayo Adigun; Kubiat Abasi Abraham Okon; Oziegbe Gospower Airekugose; and Olasubomi Ope,” the commission indicated.
It appealed to the Turkish embassy to do all it could to protect Nigerians in TRNC, particularly students, and “we are optimistic that the reaction to our recent statement would elicit a positive and pro- active reaction from the Embassy.
“While we pray for the repose of the souls of many students who have died in mysterious circumstances in TRNC, we also pray and hope that only good stories would henceforth emanate from Northern Cyprus.
“Above all, what we have given is advisory in line with our citizens diplomacy.
One has option to either key into it or ignore .
“It should not be misconstrued as exaggeration or an attempt to scare away potential travellers to TRNC.
“Whether it is Nigerians killing Nigerians or drug-related crimes, there is some form of danger emanating from Northern Cyprus as alluded to in the ambassador’s letter.
“I do not dispute that some unfortunate criminal incidents took place in the TRNC, as it happens in any part of the world.
“However, the occurrence of such incidents is certainly not a daily routine and all these cases are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly by the TRNC authorities.
“Moreover, since in many cases, Nigerian citizens are not only victims, but also perpetrators of crimes committed in the TRNC, necessary measures will be taken by the relevant agencies in order to prevent young Nigerians and every other student from falling victim.
“This is our concern as responsible Commission whose mandate is to oversee the welfare and well being of Nigerians even if it is only one person, it is enough to exaggerate about on their protection, and we are glad that the Ambassador has promised to take necessary measures.
“In as much as we do advise our citizens to always be law abiding wherever they find themselves and be good ambassadors of the country, Nigeria will not fold its arms and allow her citizens to be molested or killed in any unjustifiable manner while seeking for knowledge in a foreign land.
“May we continue to witness peace, love, and mutual respect across the land,” the statement quoted Mrs A bike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the commission as saying.
However, the Turkish Ambassador in an open letter to the NiDCOM chief, said he had read the recent statement of the commission’s chairman warning Nigerian citizens against travelling to the TRNC.
He said he was compelled to express “our reservations about the manner in which the allegations are framed, as they are offhandedly publicised without any official lines of communication.
“There are currently 50,561 international students from 145 countries and various teaching staff from 65 different countries, in the TRNC.
“Until now, I have come across no other official statement, aside from Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa’s, criticising the TRNC on such grounds,” he said.
He added that though he would not dispute that some unfortunate criminal incidents took place in the TRNC, as it happens in any part of the world.
He said that his home government had taken necessary precautions recently making a new cooperation proposal to the United Nations (UN) to address the illegal migration issue, by establishing a joint committee between the authorities of the two sides on the Island, with the inclusion of the UN.
The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Industry,Trade and Investment has sensitised stakeholders in the North-East region, to mobilise support for the review of Weights and Measures Act. Mrs Comfort Emenbu, Director, Weights and Measures Department in the ministry, stated this at the inauguration of the exercise on Thursday in Bauchi.
She said the exercise was designed to generate inputs from the stakeholders on the review of Weights and Measures Act and subsidiary legislations, adding the Act, if reviewed, would build trust within the country and business allies around the globe.
According to her, the exercise will create awareness to fast track implementation of the Nigeria National Quality Policy (NNQP), to promote patronage for Made-in-Nigeria goods and services.
Emenbu, represented by Mr Okechukwu Ejiofor, Head, National Metrology Infrastructure and Special Duties in the ministry, said that weights and measures department is saddled with the responsibilities of ensuring measurements of trades are accurate, fair, transparent, uniform and legal.
“The department is also responsible for implementing legal metrology in Nigeria.
“The implementation of the NNQP will meet internationally accepted quality standards and guarantee unlimited access, keen competition and customer patronage for Nigeria’s manufacturers in all regional and international markets.
“The NNQP would also boost the Nigerian private sector competitiveness and promote consumer protection, and contribute towards achieving the objectives of the National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP),” she said.
Mr Salim Mohammed, Deputy Director, Department of Metrology, said citizen concerns has been the bedrock of its processes, hence the need to adopt global best practices in weights and measures.
He sought for media support in its campaign to enlighten the citizenry on trending issues of the department.
Also, Mr Okerhe Oghenerueme, Head of Training, Weights and Measures Department, said the objectives of Legal Metrology Act and Regulations was to set, implement, and enforce the use of standard of weights and measurement.
He said it also aimed at providing specifications of measuring instrument used in commercial transactions, industrial productions and measurement involved in public health, safety and environmental protection, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the participants advocated for downward review of the verification certificate fees in view of the harsh economic realities across the globe.
They said the call was imperative to encourage specialisation and competition in manufucturing, and ensure that people get value for their money.
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has approved the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria (MCSN) to operate as the only Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in the nation’s music and sound recordings industry.
The Director-General of NCC, Dr John Asein, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Vincent Oyefeso.
Asein said, “The attention of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has been drawn to recent news reports contesting the statement made by Mr Matthew Ojo, Director and Head of the Commission’s Lagos Office, concerning the approved CMO in the music sector.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the only CMO with approval to operate as a CMO in music and sound recordings in Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act (Cap C28, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) is the MCSN.
” The director-general stated that the approval earlier granted to the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) lapsed on May 19, 2019 and had not been renewed.
“This position was upheld by the Federal High Court, Lagos, in Suit No. 4252020 when the court ruled on Dec.1, 2021 that COSON was not entitled to the relief of an injunction to restrain the Commission from revoking its operating licence because the licence that it sought to preserve had lapsed.
“Although in line with the provisions of the Copyright Act and the Copyright (Collective Management Organisations) Regulations, 2007, COSON applied in 2019 for the renewal of its licence, it refused to comply with the terms stipulated by the Commission as the regulatory agency, including submission to an independent forensic audit of its accounts.
“It is an offence under sections 39(4) and (5) of the Copyright Act for any group of persons (including a corporate body) to purport to perform the duties of a CMO (also “Collecting Society”) without the approval of the Nigerian Copyright Commission.
“It follows therefore that COSON cannot lawfully perform the functions of a collecting society including negotiating, granting licences, collecting and distributing royalties,” he said.
According to him, the commission is at this point not concerned with other issues bordering on internal governance or the corporate identity of COSON.
“But it is aware of the order of the Federal High Court in Suit No. 2742010 restraining COSON from using or continuing to use the name “Copyright Society of Nigeria ”, and that its appeal for a stay of execution of that judgment was denied by the same court on June 24, 2020. “However, this serves as notice to owners, users, corporate bodies and the public on the status of COSON and that certain principal officials of the company (by whatever name called) are being investigated for criminal infractions under the Copyright Act. “Therefore, anyone dealing with them as a CMO will be doing so at their own risk,” Asein said.
According to him, anyone that receives a demand for royalties from COSON or has any other information that may help the ongoing criminal investigation should report to the nearest office of the commission.
He expressed the commission’s commitment to reform the copyright system by ensuring that creators and owners of copyright benefit from their intellectual investments in the creative sector.
According to him, those entrusted with the administration of their rights are held accountable to acceptable standards of accountability and good governance.