Member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly ( Akwangwa South), Mr Samuel Tsebe, has promised to empower more women and youths, if re-elected in 2023. Tsebe gave the assurance when he spoke to newsmen on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony of supervisory councillors and other political appointees of Akwanga Local Government Area of the state.
He said that he has done so much for the people of the constituency and promised to do more, if re-elected come 2023. “I have initiated different projects that have direct bearing on the lives of my people.
“By God’s grace, I will do more, if re- elected come 2023,” he said Tsebe congratulated the chairman of the council, Mr Safiyanu Isa- Andaha for running an all-inclusive administration in the area.
The lawmaker also felicitated with the supervisory councillors and other political appointees on their well deserved appointments.
“I want to urge the political appointees to be loyal to the council chairman and the government of Nasarawa State.
“I also urge them to justify their appointments by living above board while discharging their duties,” he urged.
Tsebe further called on the people of the area to rally round the council boss to succeed.
The lawmaker urged the people of the area and the state to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule’s administration to succeed beyond 2023. “I want to use this medium to call on the people of the state to live in peace and tolerate one another for development to thrive.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that those sworn in as Supervisory councillors included Jerry Ibrahim, Danbaba Sabo, Anna Muhammad and Innocent Konkyu.
The Federal Government has commenced mapping exercise on the implementation of Nigeria National Action on Youth, Peace and Security (NNAP-YPS).Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Sport and Youth Development, stated this on Friday in Ibadan at a 2-day workshop and mapping exercise on the implementation of NNAP-YPS.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised by the Ministry for Youth and Sports Development in collaboration with Nigerian Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security (NCYPS).NAN recalls that the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in December, 2015, in New York.Dare, who was represented by Mr Adedoyin Oyekan, a Director in the ministry, said that the Federal Government has engaged stakeholders to develop and launch the NNAP-YPS.He said that the NNAP-YPS (2021-2024) which was developed to reflect and build on the five pillars of the UNSCR 2250 was now in its pilot phase of implementation.The minister listed Adamawa, Delta, Kaduna, Plateau and Oyo states and Abuja as the six pilot states chosen to measure impact as well as collect data that would guide scaling full implementation to other states.“We are here today to create awareness on the NNAP-YPS document and to map the stakeholders needed to be engaged to implement the NNAP-YPS in Oyo State.“We are hopeful that the implementation of NNAP-YPS will open positive and sustainable opportunities for young people, including the space to express their talents, while contributing to lasting peace and development in Nigeria.”Dare said that the programme was aimed at giving opportunities to the youth to express their talents and creativities leading to lasting peace and development of the state and nation.Mr Seun Fakorede, the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, said that the youth of any nation were the pillars on which the greatness and economic advancement of that nation is built.Fakorede, who was represented by Alhaja Aerat Adegbola, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Agency for Youth Development, appreciated the Federal Government for selecting Oyo state as one of the pilot states.“Any nation that fails to adequately plan and nurture her youth does so at its own peril,” he said.He said that youths needed to be guided and monitored to forestall derailment, especially at this period when Nigeria is facing lots of peace and security problems.Also, Mr Theophilus Ekpon, the NCYPS Co-Chair, explained that the dissemination exercise would follow the workshop in October to reach more stakeholders, work with the media and commence domestication in the state.Ekpon said that every state was required to develop their action plan on Youth, Peace and Security, adding that it would create more opportunities for the youths.“We want to build capacity of youths, civil societies, security agencies, law enforcement agencies, judiciary, legislature, government agencies, religion and traditional leaders on YPS.“We want to build their capacity on YPS, human rights, rule of law and justice for all.“We also want to support young people with small grant.We want to support youth organisations especially those at the community level to implement their plan, activities and innovations,” he said.NAN reports that another outcome of the launch of the UNSCR 2250 in Nigeria and the subsequent 2017 National Consultative Conference on YPS was the call by stakeholders to develop a NNAP-YPS.Thereafter, the NNAP-YPS was subjected to an affirmation meeting on Aug. 27, 2021 and later launched on Nov. 1, 2021 by the Federal Government.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The European Union finance ministers on Friday endorsed providing a further 5 billion euros (5 billion dollars) in aid for Ukraine as Kiev continues to try to fight off the Russian invasion.
“It’s excellent news that ministers have endorsed the next part of our exceptional macro-financial assistance program,” said EU Commission Vice-President, Valdis Dombrovskis at a meeting of EU finance ministers in Prague.
The European Commission proposed raising the sum on the capital markets, with interest and fees to be paid from the EU budget.
“EU ministers are ready to provide national guarantees to make 5 billion euros available in loans,” Dombrovskis wrote on Twitter.
However, the sum proposed is part of an aid package worth 9 billion euros, which was announced in May. Meanwhile, the latest installment still requires the approval of the European Parliament, although this is seen as a formality, of that sum, 1 billion euros was disbursed in early August.
The commission borrows on capital markets on the EU’s behalf in order to finance the macro-financial assistance (MFA), as it is formally known.
According to the commission, in a statement, the MFA operations are an EU crisis response instrument available to countries neighbouring the EU that were experiencing severe balance-of-payments problems.
Alongside the MFA, the EU provides other forms of support to Ukraine including humanitarian aid, budget support and technical assistance.
“Obviously, we need to think how we further support Ukraine,” said Dombrovskis.
Ukrainian Justice Minister, Denys Maliuska, said his country was seeking over 300 billion dollars in war reparations from Russia.
Damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure caused by the Russian invasion is estimated to be far higher than the amount cited by Maliuska.
The sombre mood of grief among crowds of mourners paying tribute to the Queen as “the grandmother of the nation” outside Buckingham Palace lifted as the “very emotional” King was welcomed with cheers.
News of the Queen’s death broke at 6.30 p.
m. on Thursday, throwing thousands of people from across the country and the globe into mourning.
Meanwhile, many have visited the royal residence in central London to feel part of a moment in history.
Many were crying, praying and laying colorful flowers at the wrought iron gates on Friday.
However, nearby florists had sold out due to rocketing demand, and charity staff were selling white flowers in Green Park for those streaming down the pathways that lead to the Palace.
Mr Mathias Schmale, the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, says the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on availability of fundamental data on population size and growth.
The information is in a statement issued by the Media Associate of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria, Hajiya Kori Habib in Abuja on Friday.
Habib stated that Schmale made the remark during Partners Meeting on the 2023 Population and Housing Census and official launch of the Census Development Partners Forum in Abuja.
The media associate added that the resident coordinator was represented at the meeting by Ms Ulla Mueller, the Resident Representative of UNFPA Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nigeria is getting ready for a housing and population census in April 2023 being coordinated by National Population Commission (NPC), the UNFPA in Nigeria and partners, 17 years after the last census held in 2006.She quoted the UN official as saying “the fact that this census is the first digital census in Nigeria, a census that uses various innovative approaches, technologies and software, makes the theme of today’s meeting — Supporting a Transformational Census Process in Nigeria — very appropriate.
“This is indeed a census that will be transformative for Nigeria.
”Schmale said that the ongoing 2023 census process undertaken by the Federal Government would play a vital role in producing official statistics and fundamental information for measuring progress toward the SDGs indicators in Nigeria and beyond.
He added that the attainment of the UN SDGs also depends on the country’s data of population distribution and their characteristics.
He, therefore, called for technical and financial support from partners “to sustain the country’s efforts toward conducting a much-needed and asked for census.
“A census that will make data available for evidence-based programming and policy making, improve the understanding of population dynamics and inform socio-economic development initiatives.
“The information will be useful for present and future governments of Nigeria and for the international community and for tracking progress towards the SDGs.”He reiterated the commitment of the UN to support development efforts and building a Nigeria where no one is left behind.
The Abia Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested four persons suspected to be illegally dealing in petroleum products.
The State Commandant of the corps, Muhammad Sanyinna, disclosed this on Friday, while parading the suspects before newsmen in Umuahia.
Sanyinna said the arrest came on the heels of the command’s intensive operations geared toward ending pipeline vandalism and oil bunkering in the area.
He said that three of the suspects were arrested at Ubakala Junction on the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway.
According to him, they were conveying 33,000 litres of bitumen in a truck, with Reg. No. KWL984XB (Kaduna), when they were arrested.
He said that the fourth suspect was also arrested at the same junction, while conveying 50,000 litres of Kerosene in a Mark truck, with Registration No. KTU 109XZ.
He said that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 6 by the command’s operatives, following a tip off.
Sanyinna said that the command also impounded a Toyota Camry car, with Reg. No. AH265PBR (Rivers), loaded with 800 litres of product, suspected to be adulterated diesel.
He said that the vehicle was intercepted at Owaza in Ukwa West Local Government Area after the driver abandoned it on sighting the corps operatives on a routine patrol.
He listed the names of the suspects as Adamu Mustapha (36), Isah Adamu (32), Anas Muhammed (22) and Chinedu Owen (44).
The state NSCDC boss said the suspects had no operational licence to deal in petroleum products.
He also said that their trucks had no haulage permit, while the products had no receipts covering them.
He said that investigation into the matter was ongoing to also arrest the owners of the products.
He said that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the investigations.
Sanyinna thanked the Corps Commnadant-General, Ahmed Audi, for providing the enabling environment and logistics support for the command to succeed.
He said that the morale and spirit of the corps operatives had been on an upward trajectory, following the recent promotion of at least 5,000 personnel nationwide.
He appealed to residents of the oil-bearing communities to assist the command with useful and timely information to enable it to succeed in its fight against oil theft and pipeline vandalism.
Two suspects, who spoke on behalf of others, said they were hired by the owners of the products to convey them to different destinations.
In an interview with newsmen, Owen said that the product was transloaded into his truck in Aba for onward movement to Ohafia.
He said that the owner, known as Oga Don, paid N30,000 (N20,000 for him and N10,000 for his conductor) to transport the kerosene to Ohafia.
Also, Mohammed said they were conveying the bitumen from Port Harcourt to Kaduna before they were arrested.
They said that they had provided necessary information about the owners of the products to the command and urged it to go after them.
The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce the lineup of artists for its Just Energy Transition Concert, taking place this year on October 17 at the Cabo Beach Club in Cape Town. The concert will be officially headlined by Teni; Ruger; focalist; chike; DJ dollar; Kings of the weekend; showacula; and DJ Waves, representing one of the most exciting Afrobeats and Amapiano festivals in Cape Town this year.
Serving as a prelude to the continent's premier energy sector event, African Energy Week (AEW) 2022, taking place at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from October 18-21, the Just Energy Transition Concert focuses on the integration of music and culture with energetic dialogue, with the concert's exciting lineup of artists generating new interest in the already exciting event.
Building on the AEW 2022 narrative to make energy poverty history by 2030, the concert represents a unique platform where energy stakeholders and music lovers can connect and engage on energy-related issues.
By integrating one of the fastest growing industries on the continent, music and culture, with a sector considered the backbone of the economy, energy, the Just Energy Transition Concert represents the first of its kind.
With more than 600 million people currently without access to electricity in Africa and more than 900 million people without access to clean cooking solutions, the need to drive dialogue to make energy poverty history has never been greater.
For AEW 2022, driving the need for a just energy transition in Africa represents a key theme, with the ACS firmly committed to promoting an Africa-centric approach to the transition, an approach that includes all resources and all concerned parties.
Building on this narrative, the Just Energy Transition Concert, which took place on the eve of the event, further cemented this narrative while driving investment, development and broader participation across the energy industry.
“Representing some of the best artists and performers within the Afrobeats and Amapiano genres, the Just Energy Transition Concert lineup speaks to the caliber of both the concert and AEW 2022 as the premier forums where interested parties can network, engage in a dialogue related to energy, while enjoying good music and entertainment.
The time to take action to make energy poverty history is now and forums like AEW 2022, and even the Just Energy Transition Concert, will be key.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to the concert and to AEW 2022, where we will push the narrative of a just energy transition in Africa,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of AEC.
The Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed “Amotekun” says it has arrested no fewer than 243 suspects over various offences in its two years of operations in Ekiti.
Retired Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe, the Commandant of WNSC in Ekiti disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti on Friday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the security network since it’s establishment in the state.
Komolafe said the offences for which the suspects were arrested ranged from alleged kidnapping, robbery, burglary, cultism, rape, human trafficking, drug related offences, clashes among others.
He said the concerted efforts of his men and government support had helped reduced criminal activities in the state.
Komolafe, who attributed the success story to the efforts put in place by Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti as well as other sister security networks in the state, said “the crime rate has reduced to the barest minimum.
” The commandant, who admitted that no society globally was completely free of crimes and criminals, urged Ekiti residents not to shield criminal elements in their area.
Komolafe listed some of the challenges facing the security network to include absence of sophisticated weapons to combat the criminals, lack of adequate, correct and timely information and the failure of the people to make themselves available as witnesses in the trial of suspects.
He charged well-meaning Ekiti sons and daughters, home and in the Diaspora to invest more in the security network of the state, saying that “security is everybody’s business,”.
While appreciating some individuals and communities, that have reached out to the organisation, he also appealed for more financial assistance to ease the burden of security on government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Western Nigeria Security Network, Ekiti Command was inaugurated on Oct. 19, 2020 as a domesticated agency to fight insecurity.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has begun training of 50 persons in Ebonyi on vocational and technical skills to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed Nigerians.
The Director General of NDE, Mallam Abubakar Nuhu-Fikpo flagged off the Youth Transformation Training Scheme (YTTS) in Abakaliki on Friday.
Nuhu-Fikpo, represented by Mr Don Anaba, Coordinator of NDE in the state, said the beneficiaries drawn from the 13 local government areas of Ebonyi would undergo six months training on 15 trendy vocational skills.
He identified some of the skills as computer operation, mobile phone repairs, fashion design, hair dressing, generator maintenance, barbing and electrical installation.
“The training scheme duration will vary, ranging from six to 18 months and depending on the skill choices of the trainees.
“We intend to use the three NDE skills acquisition centers in Ebonyi,” he said.
Nuhu-Fikpo said that the training scheme was designed to meet the growing demand for a modern specialised technical skills.
“We are using it to sharpen and broaden the youths’ capability in high income generating vocational economics engagement.
“It is equally to fill the existing skills gap in some sectors of the nation’s economy.
“This is to keep the youths abreast with technological advancement in the increased competitive international market,” The NDE boss said.
Mr Isa Abdul, Director, Vocational Skills Development (VSD), NDE headquarters, Abuja, represented by Mrs Agnes Ogbaga, said the agency was committed to job creation and youth empowerment.
Abdul urged the participants to take the training seriously and support the Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against unemployment.
“NDE has you at heart in terms of creating jobs and making your future better.
“Be focused in the training and most importantly, be obedient to the teachers,” he said.
The Head of VSD, NDE, Ebonyi Office, Mr Obioha Ananaba, commended the participants for their zeal in skills acquisition.
Ananaba said that skills were important to economic development and urged the participants to be serious with the training to be self-reliant.
A participant, Mr Testimony Okereke, thanked the federal government and NDE in particular, for putting up the programme and pledged to utilise effectively what would be learnt.
The Police Command in Kano State, has arrested no fewer than 331 suspected criminals in one month.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abubakar Lawal, disclosed this on Friday at a press briefing on the achievements recorded by the command.
The suspects, he said, were arrested for alleged armed robbery, kidnapping, car theft, thuggery and drug abuse, among others.
” 51 suspects were arrested for armed robbery, 69 for kidnapping, 12, fraudsters, 18 vehicles and tricycles thieves, seven human traffickers, six drug dealers and 168 suspected thugs,” he said.
Lawal said that most of the suspects were already been charged to courts for prosecution.
The commissioner said that the police were able to rescue 11 kidnapped victims and 17 victims of human trafficking.
According to him, the police recovered 27 rifles, two locally made revolver pistols, 24 cars, 12 tricycles, two motorcycles, 94 knives, 306 parcels of Indian hemp, two cartons of suspected tramadol and 1,213 pieces of exol tablets.
Others, he said, were 48 pieces of rubber solutions, 40 motor vehicles batteries, nine ceiling fans, one plasma TV, one grinding machine, as well as 75 cell phones, among others.
Lawal said that the achievements were recorded through synergy with sister security agencies, visibility policing, use of technology in tackling crimes and community policing with stakeholders.
The CP commended all stakeholders for their continuous support and cooperation toward ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state.