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  •  Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC on Friday bagged Chinese awards of excellence This was announced by Dr Eric Ni Chairman Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association during the Chinese 2022 Mid Autumn Festival and National day Ni said former President Obasanjo was given an award of excellence for his selfless sacrifices in promoting businesses between Nigeria and China He said Obasanjo s efforts in creating conducive business environment for the Chinese community was highly appreciated Ni also said that Runsewe was given a commitment award for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China According to Ni the Chinese community has enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe Chief Ikechukwu lkoh Minister of Science Technology and Innovation also got an award of honour for his selfless commitment in the promotion of businesses in science technology and innovation between Nigeria and China Brig Gen Musa Sadiq Commander 81 division Garrison also bagged a commitment award for his selfless commitment in defending and protecting lives and communities within Nigerian community Obasanjo represented by his wife Chief Bola Obasanjo appreciated the award commending the Chinese community for bringing transformation to the country in diverse fields You brought transformation to the country the Chinese community has helped our youths in providing employment opportunities we appreciate you all he said Runsewe appreciated the gesture extended to him as he assured the Chinese community of more years of seamless collaborations He urged the Chinese nationals to further visit Nigeria as tourists and investors He said the Chinese community s assistance was seriously coveted to ensure Nigeria took the rightful position in Africa to improve on local production and technological advancement We want the Chinese community to visit Nigerians more for the purpose of investing and as tourists We want to achieve a situation whereby the strength of China in Asia could be compared to that of Nigeria in Africa I want to specially appreciate the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun for encouraging his people to visit Nigeria and invest we are known as hospitable friendly and accommodating individuals he said Runsewe also commended the Chinese community for impacting Nigerian positively He said the China Industrial and Commercial Association must also be commended for their various corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at giving back to their community in form of grants scholarships and donations He stressed that the NCAC was willing to have a frontline partnership with the association towards expanding the event to Abuja According to him this will promote synergies and grassroot participation in the area of training capacity building Infrastructure development grants and exchanges I must not fail to acknowledge and commend the Chinese community for imputing arts culture and other artistic expressions as essential components in all your programmes I assure you of the commitment of NCAC to serve as catalyst for consolidating and sustaining China Nigeria bilateral business cultural and diplomatic relations for more years to come he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obasanjo, Runsewe bag Chinese excellence awards
     Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC on Friday bagged Chinese awards of excellence This was announced by Dr Eric Ni Chairman Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association during the Chinese 2022 Mid Autumn Festival and National day Ni said former President Obasanjo was given an award of excellence for his selfless sacrifices in promoting businesses between Nigeria and China He said Obasanjo s efforts in creating conducive business environment for the Chinese community was highly appreciated Ni also said that Runsewe was given a commitment award for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China According to Ni the Chinese community has enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe Chief Ikechukwu lkoh Minister of Science Technology and Innovation also got an award of honour for his selfless commitment in the promotion of businesses in science technology and innovation between Nigeria and China Brig Gen Musa Sadiq Commander 81 division Garrison also bagged a commitment award for his selfless commitment in defending and protecting lives and communities within Nigerian community Obasanjo represented by his wife Chief Bola Obasanjo appreciated the award commending the Chinese community for bringing transformation to the country in diverse fields You brought transformation to the country the Chinese community has helped our youths in providing employment opportunities we appreciate you all he said Runsewe appreciated the gesture extended to him as he assured the Chinese community of more years of seamless collaborations He urged the Chinese nationals to further visit Nigeria as tourists and investors He said the Chinese community s assistance was seriously coveted to ensure Nigeria took the rightful position in Africa to improve on local production and technological advancement We want the Chinese community to visit Nigerians more for the purpose of investing and as tourists We want to achieve a situation whereby the strength of China in Asia could be compared to that of Nigeria in Africa I want to specially appreciate the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun for encouraging his people to visit Nigeria and invest we are known as hospitable friendly and accommodating individuals he said Runsewe also commended the Chinese community for impacting Nigerian positively He said the China Industrial and Commercial Association must also be commended for their various corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at giving back to their community in form of grants scholarships and donations He stressed that the NCAC was willing to have a frontline partnership with the association towards expanding the event to Abuja According to him this will promote synergies and grassroot participation in the area of training capacity building Infrastructure development grants and exchanges I must not fail to acknowledge and commend the Chinese community for imputing arts culture and other artistic expressions as essential components in all your programmes I assure you of the commitment of NCAC to serve as catalyst for consolidating and sustaining China Nigeria bilateral business cultural and diplomatic relations for more years to come he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obasanjo, Runsewe bag Chinese excellence awards
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    Obasanjo, Runsewe bag Chinese excellence awards

    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) on Friday bagged Chinese awards of excellence.

    This was announced by Dr Eric Ni, Chairman, Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association during the Chinese 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival and National day.

    Ni said former President Obasanjo was given an award of excellence for his selfless sacrifices in promoting businesses between Nigeria and ChinaHe said Obasanjo’s efforts in creating conducive business environment for the Chinese community was highly appreciated.

    Ni also said that Runsewe was given a commitment award for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China.  

    According to Ni, the Chinese community has enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe.  

    Chief Ikechukwu lkoh, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, also got an award of honour for his selfless commitment in the promotion of businesses in science, technology and innovation between Nigeria and China.  

    Brig.-Gen. Musa Sadiq, Commander, 81 division, Garrison also bagged a commitment award for his selfless commitment in defending and protecting lives and communities within Nigerian community.

    Obasanjo, represented by his wife, Chief Bola Obasanjo, appreciated the award, commending the Chinese community for bringing transformation to the country in diverse fields.

    ” You brought transformation to the country, the Chinese community has helped our youths in providing employment opportunities, we appreciate you all,” he said.

    Runsewe appreciated the gesture extended to him as he assured the Chinese community of more years of seamless collaborations.

    He urged the Chinese nationals to further visit Nigeria as tourists and investors.

    He said the Chinese community’s assistance was seriously coveted to ensure Nigeria took the rightful position in Africa to improve on local production and technological advancement.

    ” We want the Chinese community to visit Nigerians more for the purpose of investing and as tourists.

    ” We want to achieve a situation whereby the strength of China in Asia could be compared to that of Nigeria in Africa.

    ” I want to specially appreciate the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, for encouraging his people to visit Nigeria and invest; we are known as hospitable, friendly and accommodating individuals,” he said.

    Runsewe also commended the Chinese community for impacting Nigerian positively.

    He said the China Industrial and Commercial Association must also be commended for their various corporate social responsibility initiatives aimed at giving back to their community in form of grants, scholarships and donations.

    He stressed that the NCAC was willing to have a  frontline partnership with the association towards expanding the event to Abuja.

    According to him, this will promote synergies and grassroot participation in the area of training, capacity building, Infrastructure development, grants and exchanges.

    ” I must not fail to acknowledge and commend the Chinese community for imputing arts, culture and other artistic expressions as essential components in all your programmes.

    ” I assure you of the commitment of NCAC to serve as catalyst for consolidating and sustaining China-Nigeria bilateral business, cultural and diplomatic relations for more years to come,” he said.

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  •  Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have urged the Kaduna State Government to develop specific programmes to improve women s access and ownership of farmlands to boost agricultural production The stakeholders made the call in Kaduna at the validation of Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State facilitated by the Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women LANW The objective of the study is to highlight the differences and inequalities between women and men in relation to their tasks access to resources opportunities constraints and priorities in agricultural production The data according to LANW will be used to develop a gender policy in agriculture for the state Mrs Hannatu Soni State Coordinator Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria SWOFON said that ownership of lands had remained the greatest challenge affecting women productivity in agriculture Soni said that most of the land women cultivated were borrowed adding that the moment the land became very fertile and productive it would be taken away leaving them with nothing Similarly Mrs Aisha Usman Leader of Kafin Madani Women Cooperative Society said that most government interventions did not get to the real famers particularly women Usman called on the government to be deliberate about empowering women with land they could cultivate without limitations On his part Mr Yusuf Goje of Coalition Associations for Leadership Peace Empowerment and Development said that the state budget was not gender sensitive Goje added that the agricultural sector was also grossly underfunded stressing the need for specific intervention that addressed the needs of women particularly access to land and financial resources Dr Abubakar Bayero General Manager Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency advised the women groups to write officially to the state government requesting for allocation of land for agricultural production Bayero expressed optimism that the responsible authority would allocate available government lands across the state to women to cultivate without hindrance Mrs Rebecca Sako John Member of the Board of Trustee LANW explained that the objective of the meeting was to present to the stakeholders the findings of the gender situation analysis for validation and identification of gaps She said the gathering was also to agree on key recommendations for incorporation during the development of the draft policy This according to her will increase women inclusion and implementation of the National Gender Agricultural Policy and its domestication in the state She explained that LANW in partnership with Value Seeds Limited and Palm Valley Nigeria Limited established the Gender Consortium on the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa AGRA project The report of the gender situation analysis has revealed that the lack of ownership and control of farmlands is limiting women s productivity in agricultural production in Kaduna State The report obtained by NAN also shows that the lack of control over lands prevents women from expanding production or the choice of crops to produce It also shows that men have access to all critical resources for agricultural production more than women due to biased traditional practices The report also indicates that lack of funds was the most important factor hindering women from accessing land followed by culture religion illiteracy and insecurity The analysis further shows that women are not fully engaged in agricultural activities adding that women and men have distinct but complementary roles in agricultural enterprises It however shows that men have more control and benefits on available resources than women The report recommended massive sensitisation and awareness campaigns on the negative cultural and traditional norms against women that are detrimental to agriculture and rural development On the male dominated land ownership and control the report recommended programmes specifically designed to improve women s access to land This it said would enable women to increase their productive capacities promote involvement in agricultural activities and improve livelihood status www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders want Kaduna Govt to empower women with farmlands for agriculture
     Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have urged the Kaduna State Government to develop specific programmes to improve women s access and ownership of farmlands to boost agricultural production The stakeholders made the call in Kaduna at the validation of Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State facilitated by the Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women LANW The objective of the study is to highlight the differences and inequalities between women and men in relation to their tasks access to resources opportunities constraints and priorities in agricultural production The data according to LANW will be used to develop a gender policy in agriculture for the state Mrs Hannatu Soni State Coordinator Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria SWOFON said that ownership of lands had remained the greatest challenge affecting women productivity in agriculture Soni said that most of the land women cultivated were borrowed adding that the moment the land became very fertile and productive it would be taken away leaving them with nothing Similarly Mrs Aisha Usman Leader of Kafin Madani Women Cooperative Society said that most government interventions did not get to the real famers particularly women Usman called on the government to be deliberate about empowering women with land they could cultivate without limitations On his part Mr Yusuf Goje of Coalition Associations for Leadership Peace Empowerment and Development said that the state budget was not gender sensitive Goje added that the agricultural sector was also grossly underfunded stressing the need for specific intervention that addressed the needs of women particularly access to land and financial resources Dr Abubakar Bayero General Manager Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency advised the women groups to write officially to the state government requesting for allocation of land for agricultural production Bayero expressed optimism that the responsible authority would allocate available government lands across the state to women to cultivate without hindrance Mrs Rebecca Sako John Member of the Board of Trustee LANW explained that the objective of the meeting was to present to the stakeholders the findings of the gender situation analysis for validation and identification of gaps She said the gathering was also to agree on key recommendations for incorporation during the development of the draft policy This according to her will increase women inclusion and implementation of the National Gender Agricultural Policy and its domestication in the state She explained that LANW in partnership with Value Seeds Limited and Palm Valley Nigeria Limited established the Gender Consortium on the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa AGRA project The report of the gender situation analysis has revealed that the lack of ownership and control of farmlands is limiting women s productivity in agricultural production in Kaduna State The report obtained by NAN also shows that the lack of control over lands prevents women from expanding production or the choice of crops to produce It also shows that men have access to all critical resources for agricultural production more than women due to biased traditional practices The report also indicates that lack of funds was the most important factor hindering women from accessing land followed by culture religion illiteracy and insecurity The analysis further shows that women are not fully engaged in agricultural activities adding that women and men have distinct but complementary roles in agricultural enterprises It however shows that men have more control and benefits on available resources than women The report recommended massive sensitisation and awareness campaigns on the negative cultural and traditional norms against women that are detrimental to agriculture and rural development On the male dominated land ownership and control the report recommended programmes specifically designed to improve women s access to land This it said would enable women to increase their productive capacities promote involvement in agricultural activities and improve livelihood status www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders want Kaduna Govt to empower women with farmlands for agriculture
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    Stakeholders want Kaduna Govt to empower women with farmlands for agriculture

    Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have urged the Kaduna State Government to develop specific programmes to improve women’s access and ownership of farmlands to boost agricultural production.

    The stakeholders made the call in Kaduna at the validation of Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State, facilitated by the Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LANW).

    The objective of the study is to highlight the differences and inequalities between women and men in relation to their tasks, access to resources, opportunities, constraints and priorities in agricultural production.

    The data, according to LANW, will be used to develop a gender policy in agriculture for the state.

    Mrs Hannatu Soni, State Coordinator, Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation of Nigeria (SWOFON), said that ownership of lands had remained the greatest challenge affecting women productivity in agriculture.

    Soni said that most of the land women cultivated were borrowed, adding that the moment the land became very fertile and productive, it would be taken away, leaving them with nothing.

    Similarly, Mrs Aisha Usman, Leader of Kafin Madani Women Cooperative Society, said that most government interventions did not get to the real famers, particularly women.

    Usman called on the government to be deliberate about empowering women with land they could cultivate without limitations.

    On his part, Mr Yusuf Goje of Coalition Associations for Leadership Peace Empowerment and Development, said that the state budget was not gender sensitive.

    Goje added that the agricultural sector was also grossly underfunded, stressing the need for specific intervention that addressed the needs of women, particularly access to land and financial resources.

    Dr Abubakar Bayero, General Manager, Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency, advised the women groups to write officially to the state government requesting for allocation of land for agricultural production.

    Bayero expressed optimism that the responsible authority would allocate available government lands across the state to women to cultivate without hindrance.

    Mrs Rebecca Sako-John, Member of the Board of Trustee, LANW, explained that the objective of the meeting was to present to the stakeholders the findings of the gender situation analysis for validation and identification of gaps.

    She said the gathering was also to agree on key recommendations for incorporation during the development of the draft policy.

    This, according to her, will increase women inclusion and implementation of the National Gender Agricultural Policy and its domestication in the state.

    She explained that LANW, in partnership with Value Seeds Limited and Palm Valley Nigeria Limited, established the Gender Consortium on the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) project.

    The report of the gender situation analysis has revealed that the lack of ownership and control of farmlands is limiting women’s productivity in agricultural production in Kaduna State.

    The report, obtained by NAN, also shows that the lack of control over lands prevents women from expanding production or the choice of crops to produce.

    It also shows that men have access to all critical resources for agricultural production more than women, due to biased traditional practices.

    The report also indicates that lack of funds was the most important factor hindering women from accessing land, followed by culture, religion, illiteracy, and insecurity.

    The analysis further shows that women are not fully engaged in agricultural activities, adding that women and men have distinct but complementary roles in agricultural enterprises.

    It, however, shows that men have more control and benefits on available resources than women.

    The report recommended massive sensitisation and awareness campaigns on the negative cultural and traditional norms against women that are detrimental to agriculture and rural development.

    On the male dominated-land ownership and control, the report recommended programmes specifically designed to improve women’s access to land.

    This, it said, would enable women to increase their productive capacities, promote involvement in agricultural activities and improve livelihood status.

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  •  The Bauchi state Commissioner for Education Mr Aliyu Tilde on Friday said the state government had concluded plans to separate male and female students in secondary schools in the state He stated this while addressing newsmen after the State Executive Council SEC meeting Tilde however said the move would only be executed whenever and wherever it was possible He explained that the idea was to address moral decadence which had become prevalent among the pupils of secondary schools According to him where it is possible the students including those in the private schools would be separated whereby the males would be attending their academic activities in one institution and the females in another separate institution The commissioner further explained that where they could not be separated completely their seating arrangement would be in such a manner that the males would occupy one side of a classroom and the females at the other side of the classroom He gave an example where a class teacher caught two students while being taught in a classroom and were engaging in an immoral act The most important thing is that we don t want to undo the progress that we have made in the past on girl child education by allowing this trend to continue We came up with an idea let us extend that 1978 abrogation of core education policy to cover our day secondary schools as well wherever and whenever it is possible Wherever is possible is talking about the geography and whenever is possible is talking about the distribution in time That is maybe it is possible tomorrow or not in terms of separating them completely Wherever is possible is where perhaps we have two day secondary schools within the same vicinity we ll allocate one to girls and the other to boys he said Tilde also said that parents would be extremely happy about the move adding that even those that were reluctant to allow their wards proceed to Senior Secondary School levels would be encouraged to allow them go He added that the policy has the potential to drive retention of students in schools more than before In another development the commissioner announced that the state government had also approved the establishment of a College of Education in Dass Local Government Area of the state He said the institution would be named Dass College of Education until further notice when it would be named after a patriot from the area NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi Govt. to separate male, female students in Secondary Schools – Commissioner
     The Bauchi state Commissioner for Education Mr Aliyu Tilde on Friday said the state government had concluded plans to separate male and female students in secondary schools in the state He stated this while addressing newsmen after the State Executive Council SEC meeting Tilde however said the move would only be executed whenever and wherever it was possible He explained that the idea was to address moral decadence which had become prevalent among the pupils of secondary schools According to him where it is possible the students including those in the private schools would be separated whereby the males would be attending their academic activities in one institution and the females in another separate institution The commissioner further explained that where they could not be separated completely their seating arrangement would be in such a manner that the males would occupy one side of a classroom and the females at the other side of the classroom He gave an example where a class teacher caught two students while being taught in a classroom and were engaging in an immoral act The most important thing is that we don t want to undo the progress that we have made in the past on girl child education by allowing this trend to continue We came up with an idea let us extend that 1978 abrogation of core education policy to cover our day secondary schools as well wherever and whenever it is possible Wherever is possible is talking about the geography and whenever is possible is talking about the distribution in time That is maybe it is possible tomorrow or not in terms of separating them completely Wherever is possible is where perhaps we have two day secondary schools within the same vicinity we ll allocate one to girls and the other to boys he said Tilde also said that parents would be extremely happy about the move adding that even those that were reluctant to allow their wards proceed to Senior Secondary School levels would be encouraged to allow them go He added that the policy has the potential to drive retention of students in schools more than before In another development the commissioner announced that the state government had also approved the establishment of a College of Education in Dass Local Government Area of the state He said the institution would be named Dass College of Education until further notice when it would be named after a patriot from the area NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bauchi Govt. to separate male, female students in Secondary Schools – Commissioner
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    Bauchi Govt. to separate male, female students in Secondary Schools – Commissioner

    The Bauchi state Commissioner for Education, Mr Aliyu Tilde, on Friday said the state government had concluded plans to separate male and female students in secondary schools in the state.

    He stated this while addressing newsmen after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting.

    Tilde, however, said the move would only be executed whenever and wherever it was possible.

    He explained that the idea was to address moral decadence, which had become prevalent among the pupils of secondary schools.

    According to him, where it is possible, the students, including those in the private schools would be separated whereby the males would be attending their academic activities in one institution and the females in another separate institution.

    The commissioner further explained that where they could not be separated completely, their seating arrangement would be in such a manner that the males would occupy one side of a classroom and the females at the other side of the classroom.

    He gave an example where a class teacher caught two students while being taught in a classroom and were engaging in an immoral act.

    “The most important thing is that we don’t want to undo the progress that we have made in the past on girl-child education by allowing this trend to continue.

    “We came up with an idea, let us extend that 1978 abrogation of core education policy to cover our day secondary schools as well, wherever and whenever it is possible.

    “Wherever is possible is talking about the geography and whenever is possible is talking about the distribution in time.

    That is, maybe it is possible tomorrow or not in terms of separating them completely. 

    “Wherever is possible is where perhaps we have two day secondary schools within the same vicinity, we’ll allocate one to girls and the other to boys,” he said.

    Tilde also said that parents would be extremely happy about the move, adding that even those that were reluctant to allow their wards proceed to Senior Secondary School levels, would be encouraged to allow them go.

    He added that the policy has the potential to drive retention of students in schools more than before.

    In another development, the commissioner announced that the state government had also approved the establishment of a College of Education in Dass Local Government Area of the state.

    He said the institution would be named Dass College of Education until further notice when it would be named after a patriot from the area.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The World Health Organisation WHO says more than 700 000 people commit suicide globally every year with 77 per cent of all global suicides occurring in low and middle income countries Dr Walter Mulombo WHO Country Representative to Nigeria said this in a message to commemorate the 2022 World Suicide Prevention Day Mulombo said that the day which was being celebrated on Sept 10 yearly was aimed at raising the much needed awareness that suicide was preventable For every suicide there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide Suicide is the fourth leading cause of deaths among 15 to 29 year old people he said According to him the 2022 theme is Creating hope through action which serves as a reminder that there was an alternative to suicide He said the theme also aspires to inspire confidence and light in all of us aimed to empower individuals to be in charge of their lives and value the one life they have Mulombo said that creating hope through action highlights the importance of setting suicide prevention as a priority public health agenda by countries He said that this is particularly so where access to mental health services and availability of evidence based interventions were already low Every suicide is a tragedy that has an impact on the people left behind families communities and the entire nation I will begin by commending the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and his team for their commitment to suicide prevention in Nigeria Suicides are preventable with timely evidence based and often low cost interventions For national responses to be effective a comprehensive multisectoral suicide prevention strategy is needed Mulombo said He said in 2013 the World Health Assembly adopted the Mental Health Action Plan 2013 to 2020 Mulombo said the plan identified suicide prevention as an important priority for achieving the global target of reducing the rate of suicide in countries by 10 per cent by 2020 He said that Nigeria has shown commitment to the target by first establishing the new National Mental Health Programme in ministry of health According to him the ministry provided strategic leadership on mental health activities and also worked closely with the National Assembly to develop a new mental health bill which aligned with international standards We are all eagerly awaiting the assent of this bill by President Muhammadu Buhari As WHO we pledge to continue supporting the country to implement priority activities towards mental health including suicide prevention and control In the coming weeks we will be supporting the review and update of the 2013 National Mental Health Policy the development of a national framework for suicide prevention and the commemoration of the day In conclusion together by raising awareness reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well informed action we can reduce instances of suicide in our country and inadvertently around the world he said Mulombo said the organization would play a role in supporting people experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide whether as a member of society We can all create hope through action and be the light he said According to him suicide remains a serious public health concern with a profound impact on all NewsSourceCredit NAN
    More than 700,000 people commit suicide annually–WHO
     The World Health Organisation WHO says more than 700 000 people commit suicide globally every year with 77 per cent of all global suicides occurring in low and middle income countries Dr Walter Mulombo WHO Country Representative to Nigeria said this in a message to commemorate the 2022 World Suicide Prevention Day Mulombo said that the day which was being celebrated on Sept 10 yearly was aimed at raising the much needed awareness that suicide was preventable For every suicide there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide Suicide is the fourth leading cause of deaths among 15 to 29 year old people he said According to him the 2022 theme is Creating hope through action which serves as a reminder that there was an alternative to suicide He said the theme also aspires to inspire confidence and light in all of us aimed to empower individuals to be in charge of their lives and value the one life they have Mulombo said that creating hope through action highlights the importance of setting suicide prevention as a priority public health agenda by countries He said that this is particularly so where access to mental health services and availability of evidence based interventions were already low Every suicide is a tragedy that has an impact on the people left behind families communities and the entire nation I will begin by commending the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire and his team for their commitment to suicide prevention in Nigeria Suicides are preventable with timely evidence based and often low cost interventions For national responses to be effective a comprehensive multisectoral suicide prevention strategy is needed Mulombo said He said in 2013 the World Health Assembly adopted the Mental Health Action Plan 2013 to 2020 Mulombo said the plan identified suicide prevention as an important priority for achieving the global target of reducing the rate of suicide in countries by 10 per cent by 2020 He said that Nigeria has shown commitment to the target by first establishing the new National Mental Health Programme in ministry of health According to him the ministry provided strategic leadership on mental health activities and also worked closely with the National Assembly to develop a new mental health bill which aligned with international standards We are all eagerly awaiting the assent of this bill by President Muhammadu Buhari As WHO we pledge to continue supporting the country to implement priority activities towards mental health including suicide prevention and control In the coming weeks we will be supporting the review and update of the 2013 National Mental Health Policy the development of a national framework for suicide prevention and the commemoration of the day In conclusion together by raising awareness reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well informed action we can reduce instances of suicide in our country and inadvertently around the world he said Mulombo said the organization would play a role in supporting people experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide whether as a member of society We can all create hope through action and be the light he said According to him suicide remains a serious public health concern with a profound impact on all NewsSourceCredit NAN
    More than 700,000 people commit suicide annually–WHO
    General news3 weeks ago

    More than 700,000 people commit suicide annually–WHO

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) says more than 700,000 people commit suicide globally every year with 77 per cent of all global suicides occurring in low and middle-income countries.

    Dr Walter Mulombo, WHO Country Representative to Nigeria, said this in a message to commemorate the 2022 World Suicide Prevention Day. Mulombo said that the day which was being celebrated on Sept. 10 yearly was aimed at raising the much-needed awareness that suicide was preventable.

    “For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide.

    ”Suicide is the fourth leading cause of deaths among 15 to 29 year old people,’’ he said.

    According to him, the 2022 theme is “Creating hope through action” which serves as a reminder that there was an alternative to suicide.

    He said, ”the theme also aspires to inspire confidence and light in all of us, aimed to empower individuals to be in charge of their lives and value the one life they have.

    ” Mulombo said that creating hope through action highlights the importance of setting suicide prevention as a priority public health agenda by countries.

    He said that this is particularly so where access to mental health services and availability of evidence-based interventions were already low.

    “Every suicide is a tragedy that has an impact on the people left behind, families, communities, and the entire nation.

    “I will begin by commending the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and his team for their commitment to suicide prevention in Nigeria.

    “Suicides are preventable with timely, evidence-based and often low-cost interventions.

    ”For national responses to be effective, a comprehensive multisectoral suicide prevention strategy is needed,” Mulombo said.

    He said in 2013, the World Health Assembly adopted the Mental Health Action Plan 2013 to 2020. Mulombo said the plan identified suicide prevention as an important priority for achieving the global target of reducing the rate of suicide in countries by 10 per cent by 2020. He said that Nigeria has shown commitment to the target by first establishing the new National Mental Health Programme in ministry of health.

    According to him, the ministry provided strategic leadership on mental health activities and also worked closely with the National Assembly to develop a new mental health bill which aligned with international standards.

    “We are all eagerly awaiting the assent of this bill by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    “As WHO, we pledge to continue supporting the country to implement priority activities towards mental health including suicide prevention and control.

    “In the coming weeks, we will be supporting the review and update of the 2013 National Mental Health Policy, the development of a national framework for suicide prevention and the commemoration of the day.

    “In conclusion, together, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide, and encouraging well-informed action, we can reduce instances of suicide in our country and inadvertently around the world,’’ he said.

    Mulombo said the organization would play a role in supporting people experiencing a suicidal crisis or those bereaved by suicide whether as a member of society.

    “We can all create hope through action and be the light,’’ he said.

    According to him, suicide remains a serious public health concern with a profound impact on all.


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  •  No fewer than 20 passengers were burnt to death on Friday in an accident that occured at Junction in Ibarapa East Local Government area of Oyo State The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the incident involved a commercial bus and a Sienna car NAN also gathered that the two vehicles were travelling in opposite direction when they had head on collusion following which the vehicles caught fire immediately A witness said that 20 passengers involved in the incident were burnt beyond recognition Confirming the incident Mr Gbenga Obalowo the Chairman Ibarapa East Local Government said that he led a rescue team to the scene of the accident Obalowo described the incident as pathetic and unfortunate He sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident However the FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State Joshua Adekanye could not be reached for comments on the incident as several calls put to him were not responded to NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Auto crash claims 20 lives in Oyo
     No fewer than 20 passengers were burnt to death on Friday in an accident that occured at Junction in Ibarapa East Local Government area of Oyo State The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the incident involved a commercial bus and a Sienna car NAN also gathered that the two vehicles were travelling in opposite direction when they had head on collusion following which the vehicles caught fire immediately A witness said that 20 passengers involved in the incident were burnt beyond recognition Confirming the incident Mr Gbenga Obalowo the Chairman Ibarapa East Local Government said that he led a rescue team to the scene of the accident Obalowo described the incident as pathetic and unfortunate He sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident However the FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State Joshua Adekanye could not be reached for comments on the incident as several calls put to him were not responded to NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Auto crash claims 20 lives in Oyo
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Auto crash claims 20 lives in Oyo

    No fewer than 20 passengers were burnt to death on Friday in an accident that occured at Junction in Ibarapa East Local Government area of Oyo State.

    The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that the incident involved a commercial bus and a Sienna car.

    NAN also gathered that the two vehicles were travelling in opposite direction when they had head on collusion following which the vehicles caught fire immediately.

    A witness said that 20 passengers involved in the incident were burnt beyond recognition.

    Confirming the incident, Mr Gbenga Obalowo, the Chairman, Ibarapa East Local Government, said that he led a rescue team to the scene of the accident.

    Obalowo described the incident as pathetic and unfortunate.

    He sympathised with the families of those who lost their lives in the accident.

    However, the FRSC Sector Commander in Oyo State, Joshua Adekanye, could not be reached for comments on the incident as several calls put to him were not responded to.


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  • Washington calls for immediate release of Alexei Navalny
    Washington calls for immediate release of Alexei Navalny
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Washington calls for immediate release of Alexei Navalny

  •  PA Members of the British Cabinet will have their first meeting with King Charles III on Saturday just days after the country s Prime Minister Liz Truss formed her new government Senior ministers will attend the Accession Council at St James s Palace in London where Charles will be formally proclaimed sovereign Later they will travel to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the monarch Truss who was invited to form a government by the late Queen on Tuesday had her initial audience with the King on Friday The prime minister curtsied as she was ushered in by a Palace aide for the first of what will be their regular weekly encounters As she offered her condolences the king shook her hand and thanked her saying You are very kind for coming I know how busy you are He added But it s been so touching this afternoon when we arrived here all those people come to give their condolences Truss again repeated Your Majesty my very greatest sympathies He replied You are very kind It was the moment I have been dreading as I know a lot of people have We ll try to keep everything going Come come have a seat Earlier the prime minister had led tributes to the Queen in the House of Commons as she urged the country to support its new monarch nannies YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    British Cabinet ministers to have audience with King Charles III
     PA Members of the British Cabinet will have their first meeting with King Charles III on Saturday just days after the country s Prime Minister Liz Truss formed her new government Senior ministers will attend the Accession Council at St James s Palace in London where Charles will be formally proclaimed sovereign Later they will travel to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the monarch Truss who was invited to form a government by the late Queen on Tuesday had her initial audience with the King on Friday The prime minister curtsied as she was ushered in by a Palace aide for the first of what will be their regular weekly encounters As she offered her condolences the king shook her hand and thanked her saying You are very kind for coming I know how busy you are He added But it s been so touching this afternoon when we arrived here all those people come to give their condolences Truss again repeated Your Majesty my very greatest sympathies He replied You are very kind It was the moment I have been dreading as I know a lot of people have We ll try to keep everything going Come come have a seat Earlier the prime minister had led tributes to the Queen in the House of Commons as she urged the country to support its new monarch nannies YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    British Cabinet ministers to have audience with King Charles III
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    British Cabinet ministers to have audience with King Charles III

    PA ) Members of the British Cabinet will have their first meeting with King Charles III on Saturday, just days after the country’s Prime Minister Liz Truss formed her new government.

    Senior ministers will attend the Accession Council at St James’s Palace in London where Charles will be formally proclaimed sovereign.

    Later they will travel to Buckingham Palace for an audience with the monarch.

    Truss, who was invited to form a government by the late Queen on Tuesday, had her initial audience with the King on Friday.

    The prime minister curtsied as she was ushered in by a Palace aide for the first of what will be their regular weekly encounters.

    As she offered her condolences, the king shook her hand and thanked her, saying: “You are very kind for coming – I know how busy you are.

    ” He added: “But it’s been so touching this afternoon when we arrived here, all those people come to give their condolences.

    ” Truss again repeated: “Your Majesty, my very greatest sympathies.

    ” He replied: “You are very kind.

    It was the moment I have been dreading, as I know a lot of people have.

    “We’ll try to keep everything going.

    Come, come have a seat.

    ” Earlier, the prime minister had led tributes to the Queen in the House of Commons as she urged the country to support its new monarch.

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  •  Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa AGRA project Gender Consortium says it has empowered more than 20 000 women famers with inputs capacity building and financial literacy in Kaduna and Niger states The consortium made up of Legal Awareness for Nigeria Women LANW Value Seeds Ltd and Palm Valley Nigeria Ltd was also mobilising support for women active participation in agricultural production Officials of the consortium stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna They told NAN on the side line of a validation of Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State that the support was under a three year project designed to empower women farmers Mr Idoko Samson Project Lead Value Seed Ltd told NAN that Value Seed provides farm inputs while Palm Valley provides training services on group formation access to finance and business management Samson added that LANW would among other things push for gender mainstreaming in agriculture He said that Value Seed had so far reached 12 344 women farmers in Kaduna and Niger states with input packs for agricultural production Samson explained that for a quarter hectare of land a beneficiary received a full input package to cultivate maize rice soyabeans and cowpea The beneficiaries are expected to give the organisation three bags after harvest For half a hectare the beneficiary will give six bags and 12 bags for a hectare of land and we will equally link them up with up takers who will purchase the produce at premium price Our target in the first year is to reach 15 000 women and youth farmers and so far we have reached 12 344 of them The second year target is 20 000 smallholder women farmers and hope to reach another 10 000 women farmers in the third year amounting to 45 000 women farmers in the two states he said Also speaking Ms Mercy Dawa Administration and Finance Officer Palm Valley Nig Ltd said the organisation had so far trained more than 8 000 of the targeted 15 000 women Dawa added that the women were being trained on group dynamics business management cooperatives financial literacy and linking them to financial institutions to access financial resources She said that after the training the farmers would be grouped into Village Savings and Loan Association VSLA and registered with the state government to operate as cooperative societies She said so far a total of 400 VSLA had been formed in the two states adding that the target was to set up 2 000 functional VSLAs in the two states by the end of the project We will also establish point of sales in benefitting communities where we will collect output from the famers process package and sell within the community she said Mrs Rebecca Sako John member of the Board of Trustee of LANW told NAN that the project was designed to enhance resilience and upscaling of gender inclusive rural economy for increased productivity livelihood and food security Sako John said the objective was to increase productivity for women smallholder farmers and strengthen young women s access to output markets at scale in Nigeria and Kaduna state The board member added that the project would also increase the capacity of smallholder farming households and value chain actors to better prepare and adapt to shocks and stresses She explained that other roles assigned to LANW was the conduct of gender sensitisation to encourage smallholder women farmers to participate in agricultural practices and strengthening the capacity of women s agricultural groups on advocacy and networking as well as facilitating the creation of 20 advocacy groups LANW is also responsible for the collation of stakeholders inputs on existing gaps in the existing agricultural policy in Kaduna state and advocate for the gender sensitive agricultural policy So far we have commissioned a Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development which is being validated and findings will be used in the development of gender agricultural policy in Kaduna state We will equally facilitate the alignment of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture with the gender component of the State Agricultural Policy she said Sako John added that LANW would equally advocate the allocation of two per cent threshold of the social protection budget to support access to finance for smallholder women farmers She also said that the NGO would equally advocate for three per cent of the state agricultural budget allocated to financing women led Small and Medium Enterprises focused on input supply www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gender Consortium empowers 20,000 women farmers in Kaduna, Niger
     Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa AGRA project Gender Consortium says it has empowered more than 20 000 women famers with inputs capacity building and financial literacy in Kaduna and Niger states The consortium made up of Legal Awareness for Nigeria Women LANW Value Seeds Ltd and Palm Valley Nigeria Ltd was also mobilising support for women active participation in agricultural production Officials of the consortium stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna They told NAN on the side line of a validation of Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State that the support was under a three year project designed to empower women farmers Mr Idoko Samson Project Lead Value Seed Ltd told NAN that Value Seed provides farm inputs while Palm Valley provides training services on group formation access to finance and business management Samson added that LANW would among other things push for gender mainstreaming in agriculture He said that Value Seed had so far reached 12 344 women farmers in Kaduna and Niger states with input packs for agricultural production Samson explained that for a quarter hectare of land a beneficiary received a full input package to cultivate maize rice soyabeans and cowpea The beneficiaries are expected to give the organisation three bags after harvest For half a hectare the beneficiary will give six bags and 12 bags for a hectare of land and we will equally link them up with up takers who will purchase the produce at premium price Our target in the first year is to reach 15 000 women and youth farmers and so far we have reached 12 344 of them The second year target is 20 000 smallholder women farmers and hope to reach another 10 000 women farmers in the third year amounting to 45 000 women farmers in the two states he said Also speaking Ms Mercy Dawa Administration and Finance Officer Palm Valley Nig Ltd said the organisation had so far trained more than 8 000 of the targeted 15 000 women Dawa added that the women were being trained on group dynamics business management cooperatives financial literacy and linking them to financial institutions to access financial resources She said that after the training the farmers would be grouped into Village Savings and Loan Association VSLA and registered with the state government to operate as cooperative societies She said so far a total of 400 VSLA had been formed in the two states adding that the target was to set up 2 000 functional VSLAs in the two states by the end of the project We will also establish point of sales in benefitting communities where we will collect output from the famers process package and sell within the community she said Mrs Rebecca Sako John member of the Board of Trustee of LANW told NAN that the project was designed to enhance resilience and upscaling of gender inclusive rural economy for increased productivity livelihood and food security Sako John said the objective was to increase productivity for women smallholder farmers and strengthen young women s access to output markets at scale in Nigeria and Kaduna state The board member added that the project would also increase the capacity of smallholder farming households and value chain actors to better prepare and adapt to shocks and stresses She explained that other roles assigned to LANW was the conduct of gender sensitisation to encourage smallholder women farmers to participate in agricultural practices and strengthening the capacity of women s agricultural groups on advocacy and networking as well as facilitating the creation of 20 advocacy groups LANW is also responsible for the collation of stakeholders inputs on existing gaps in the existing agricultural policy in Kaduna state and advocate for the gender sensitive agricultural policy So far we have commissioned a Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development which is being validated and findings will be used in the development of gender agricultural policy in Kaduna state We will equally facilitate the alignment of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture with the gender component of the State Agricultural Policy she said Sako John added that LANW would equally advocate the allocation of two per cent threshold of the social protection budget to support access to finance for smallholder women farmers She also said that the NGO would equally advocate for three per cent of the state agricultural budget allocated to financing women led Small and Medium Enterprises focused on input supply www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Gender Consortium empowers 20,000 women farmers in Kaduna, Niger
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    Gender Consortium empowers 20,000 women farmers in Kaduna, Niger

    Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) project Gender Consortium says it has empowered more than 20,000 women famers with inputs, capacity building, and financial literacy in Kaduna and Niger states.

    The consortium, made up of Legal Awareness for Nigeria Women (LANW), Value Seeds Ltd and Palm Valley Nigeria Ltd, was also mobilising support for women active participation in agricultural production.

    Officials of the consortium stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna.

    They told NAN on the side-line of a validation of Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State, that the support was under a three-year project designed to empower women farmers.

    Mr Idoko Samson, Project Lead, Value Seed Ltd., told NAN that Value Seed provides farm inputs while Palm Valley provides training services on group formation, access to finance and business management.

    Samson added that LANW would, among other things, push for gender mainstreaming in agriculture.

    He said that Value Seed had so far reached 12,344 women farmers in Kaduna and Niger states with input packs for agricultural production.

    Samson explained that for a quarter hectare of land, a beneficiary received a full input package to cultivate maize, rice, soyabeans, and cowpea.

    The beneficiaries are expected to give the organisation three bags after harvest.

    “For half a hectare the beneficiary will give six bags and 12 bags for a hectare of land, and we will equally link them up with up takers who will purchase the produce at premium price.

    “Our target in the first year is to reach 15,000 women and youth farmers, and so far, we have reached 12,344 of them.

    “The second year target is 20,000 smallholder women farmers and hope to reach another 10,000 women farmers in the third year, amounting to 45,000 women farmers in the two states,” he said.

    Also speaking, Ms Mercy Dawa, Administration and Finance Officer, Palm Valley Nig. Ltd, said the organisation had so far trained more than 8,000 of the targeted 15,000 women.

    Dawa added that the women were being trained on group dynamics, business management, cooperatives, financial literacy and linking them to financial institutions to access financial resources.

    She said that after the training, the farmers would be grouped into Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) and registered with the state government to operate as cooperative societies.

    She said so far a total of 400 VSLA had been formed in the two states, adding that the target was to set up 2,000 functional VSLAs in the two states by the end of the project.

    “We will also establish point of sales in benefitting communities where we will collect output from the famers, process, package and sell within the community,” she said.

    Mrs Rebecca Sako-John, member of the Board of Trustee of LANW told NAN that the project was designed to enhance resilience and upscaling of gender inclusive rural economy for increased productivity, livelihood, and food security.

    Sako-John said the objective was to increase productivity for women smallholder farmers and strengthen young women’s access to output markets at scale in Nigeria and Kaduna state.

    The board member added that the project would also increase the capacity of smallholder farming households and value chain actors to better prepare and adapt to shocks and stresses.

    She explained  that other roles assigned to LANW was the conduct of gender sensitisation to encourage smallholder women farmers to participate in agricultural practices and strengthening the capacity of women’s agricultural groups on advocacy and networking as well as facilitating the creation of 20 advocacy groups.

    “LANW is also responsible for the collation of stakeholders’ inputs on existing gaps in the existing agricultural policy in Kaduna state and advocate for the gender sensitive agricultural policy.

    “So far, we have commissioned a Gender Situation Analysis of Agriculture and Rural Development which is being validated and findings will be used in the development of gender agricultural policy in Kaduna state.

    “We will equally facilitate the alignment of the National Gender Policy in Agriculture with the gender component of the State Agricultural Policy,” she said.

    Sako-John added that LANW would equally advocate the allocation of two per cent threshold of the social protection budget to support access to finance for smallholder women farmers.

    She also said that the NGO would equally advocate for three per cent of the state agricultural budget allocated to financing women-led Small and Medium Enterprises focused on input supply.

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  •  Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins a former Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations on Friday resumed office as the new Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi spokesman of the ministry said Bamgbose Martins was warmly received by the ministry s management staff Sanusi said the staff were led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on e GIS and Planning Matters Dr Olajide Babatunde and the Permanent Secretary Mrs Abiola Kosegbe Bamgbose Martins in his remarks explained that his redeployment was another call to duty and opportunity to work with like minds to surmount challenges confronting the built environment He urged members of staff to cooperate and be ready to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state The Commissioner promised a transparent and engaging administration and emphasised the need for dedication and team work to enhance service delivery and maximise stakeholders satisfaction Earlier Babatunde said that the commissioner was a square peg in a square hole bringing his wealth of experience and expertise needed to solve the challenges of the time Kosegbe while giving a brief on the mandate of the ministry said the commissioner who he described as a reputable engineer also distinguished himself while in the Civil Service Also pouring encomiums on Bamgbose Martins were Permanent Secretaries who had worked with him in the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations The Commissioner was also briefed by heads of agencies under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New Lagos Physical Planning Commissioner promises transparency
     Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins a former Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations on Friday resumed office as the new Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi spokesman of the ministry said Bamgbose Martins was warmly received by the ministry s management staff Sanusi said the staff were led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on e GIS and Planning Matters Dr Olajide Babatunde and the Permanent Secretary Mrs Abiola Kosegbe Bamgbose Martins in his remarks explained that his redeployment was another call to duty and opportunity to work with like minds to surmount challenges confronting the built environment He urged members of staff to cooperate and be ready to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state The Commissioner promised a transparent and engaging administration and emphasised the need for dedication and team work to enhance service delivery and maximise stakeholders satisfaction Earlier Babatunde said that the commissioner was a square peg in a square hole bringing his wealth of experience and expertise needed to solve the challenges of the time Kosegbe while giving a brief on the mandate of the ministry said the commissioner who he described as a reputable engineer also distinguished himself while in the Civil Service Also pouring encomiums on Bamgbose Martins were Permanent Secretaries who had worked with him in the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations The Commissioner was also briefed by heads of agencies under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    New Lagos Physical Planning Commissioner promises transparency
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    New Lagos Physical Planning Commissioner promises transparency

    Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, a former Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations on Friday resumed office as the new Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development.

    A statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman of the ministry, said Bamgbose-Martins was warmly received by the ministry’s management staff.

    Sanusi said the staff were led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on e-GIS and Planning Matters, Dr Olajide Babatunde, and the Permanent Secretary, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe.

    Bamgbose-Martins, in his remarks, explained that his redeployment was another call to duty and opportunity to work with like minds to surmount challenges confronting the built environment.

    He urged members of staff “to cooperate and be ready to contribute meaningfully to the development of the state.

    The Commissioner promised a transparent and engaging administration and emphasised the need for dedication and team work to enhance service delivery and maximise stakeholders’ satisfaction.

    Earlier, Babatunde said that the commissioner was “a square peg in a square hole” bringing his wealth of experience and expertise needed to solve the challenges of the time.

    Kosegbe, while giving a brief on the mandate of the ministry, said the commissioner, who he described as  a reputable engineer, also distinguished himself while in the Civil Service.

    Also, pouring encomiums on Bamgbose-Martins were Permanent Secretaries who had worked with him in the Ministry of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations.

    The Commissioner was also briefed by heads of agencies under the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.


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  •  The Lagos State Government on Friday vowed to strengthen its enforcement mechanism and collaboration with experts to check collapse of buildings in the state The newly appointed Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins said this during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders in Ikeja on ending building collapse The gathering looked at The role of profesionals in effective monitoring and stage inspection a solution to building collapse He said that the government was determined to confront all issues boldly towards taming the menace which had become an embarrassment Bamgbose Martins said the kind of prayers offered by notable stakeholders for him upon assumption of office revealed the enormity of complications in regulation of the Lagos built environment This deployment is an assignment for me the commissioner said vowing to tackle the problem headlong He said that building collapse and the attendant loss of lives adversely affected the global reputation of the ministry and the state The commissioner said he was beginning immediate implementation of reforms in partnership with construction experts He urged staff of the ministry to turn a new leaf and shun bad practises during implementation of regulations This he said was necessary towards achieving the state government s zero tolerance for building collapse We have to clean our house and we will clean our house he said He assured that he would not sack staff but ensure they change their attitude while improving their capacities and competencies through retraining The commissioner reassured Lagos residents that they would see changes in reforms to end building collapse and safeguard lives and investments He called on developers individuals and built environment professionals to join hands in tackling the problem There has to be attitudinal change in order to stop collapse of buildings he said He said he would adopt partnerships and collaboration with the built environment experts strengthen and enforce regulations and ensure indemnity of constructions The commissioner gave an assurance that the governor would engage with built environment professionals and regulate developers He said that quality control through the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory was important and would be sustained Bamgbose Martins vowed that drastic actions would be taken against changing of building designs from the originally approved ones While taking questions from journalists Bamgbose Martins said the governor had given approval for a team of 60 policemen to back up the building control enforcement officials during visits to construction sites Earlier General Manager Lagos State Building Control Agency LASBCA Mr Gbolahan Oki aligned with construction experts noting that an existing committee working on domestication of the National Building Code was expected to submit its report within two weeks Oki said the agency would embark on mass enlightenment campaign across the state towards curbing the menace of building collapse We all must come together to form consortiums Oki said The General Manager Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory LSMTL Mr Olufunsho Elulade said from inception of any project testing should be seen as key He said that sanctions were being made stiffer for deterrence Elulade said the state was updating its tests urging residents and developers to always engage the right professionals The Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mrs Abiola Kosegbe said government had been engaging experts on codes and regulations She said that collaboration would ensure proactive steps were taken against infractions and building collapse Kosegbe said stakeholders engagements started over two months ago and would continue until permanent solutions were achieved On his part the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu on E GIS Dr Babatunde Olabode urged the built environment professionals to profer solutions and not resort to blame game Olabode said this was important to prevent further calamities and deaths He said the office of E GIS and planning had several programmes and cited a technology tagged capture Lagos which would use an app to monitor building development across the state The special adviser said another scheme targeted 6 000 smart phones for effective monitoring of construction sites while there was a technology to digitise all planning approvals as well as use of satellite imagery All planning process will soon become transparent when we use technology he said The seven built environment profesional associations their affiliates and regulatory bodies took turns to offer technical advice Associations in attendance inlcuded Nigerian Institute of Architects Nigerian Institute of Building Nigerian Institute of Town Planners Nigerian Society of Engineers Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria and Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences A former commissioner of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Toyin Ayinde as well as the first Commissioner of the ministry Mr Kayode Anibaba alongside other top officials offered valid suggestions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG partners experts to check building collapse, reads riot act
     The Lagos State Government on Friday vowed to strengthen its enforcement mechanism and collaboration with experts to check collapse of buildings in the state The newly appointed Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Omotayo Bamgbose Martins said this during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders in Ikeja on ending building collapse The gathering looked at The role of profesionals in effective monitoring and stage inspection a solution to building collapse He said that the government was determined to confront all issues boldly towards taming the menace which had become an embarrassment Bamgbose Martins said the kind of prayers offered by notable stakeholders for him upon assumption of office revealed the enormity of complications in regulation of the Lagos built environment This deployment is an assignment for me the commissioner said vowing to tackle the problem headlong He said that building collapse and the attendant loss of lives adversely affected the global reputation of the ministry and the state The commissioner said he was beginning immediate implementation of reforms in partnership with construction experts He urged staff of the ministry to turn a new leaf and shun bad practises during implementation of regulations This he said was necessary towards achieving the state government s zero tolerance for building collapse We have to clean our house and we will clean our house he said He assured that he would not sack staff but ensure they change their attitude while improving their capacities and competencies through retraining The commissioner reassured Lagos residents that they would see changes in reforms to end building collapse and safeguard lives and investments He called on developers individuals and built environment professionals to join hands in tackling the problem There has to be attitudinal change in order to stop collapse of buildings he said He said he would adopt partnerships and collaboration with the built environment experts strengthen and enforce regulations and ensure indemnity of constructions The commissioner gave an assurance that the governor would engage with built environment professionals and regulate developers He said that quality control through the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory was important and would be sustained Bamgbose Martins vowed that drastic actions would be taken against changing of building designs from the originally approved ones While taking questions from journalists Bamgbose Martins said the governor had given approval for a team of 60 policemen to back up the building control enforcement officials during visits to construction sites Earlier General Manager Lagos State Building Control Agency LASBCA Mr Gbolahan Oki aligned with construction experts noting that an existing committee working on domestication of the National Building Code was expected to submit its report within two weeks Oki said the agency would embark on mass enlightenment campaign across the state towards curbing the menace of building collapse We all must come together to form consortiums Oki said The General Manager Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory LSMTL Mr Olufunsho Elulade said from inception of any project testing should be seen as key He said that sanctions were being made stiffer for deterrence Elulade said the state was updating its tests urging residents and developers to always engage the right professionals The Permanent Secretary Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mrs Abiola Kosegbe said government had been engaging experts on codes and regulations She said that collaboration would ensure proactive steps were taken against infractions and building collapse Kosegbe said stakeholders engagements started over two months ago and would continue until permanent solutions were achieved On his part the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu on E GIS Dr Babatunde Olabode urged the built environment professionals to profer solutions and not resort to blame game Olabode said this was important to prevent further calamities and deaths He said the office of E GIS and planning had several programmes and cited a technology tagged capture Lagos which would use an app to monitor building development across the state The special adviser said another scheme targeted 6 000 smart phones for effective monitoring of construction sites while there was a technology to digitise all planning approvals as well as use of satellite imagery All planning process will soon become transparent when we use technology he said The seven built environment profesional associations their affiliates and regulatory bodies took turns to offer technical advice Associations in attendance inlcuded Nigerian Institute of Architects Nigerian Institute of Building Nigerian Institute of Town Planners Nigerian Society of Engineers Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria and Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences A former commissioner of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Toyin Ayinde as well as the first Commissioner of the ministry Mr Kayode Anibaba alongside other top officials offered valid suggestions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    LASG partners experts to check building collapse, reads riot act
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    LASG partners experts to check building collapse, reads riot act

    The Lagos State Government on Friday vowed to strengthen its enforcement mechanism and collaboration with experts to check collapse of buildings in the state.

    The newly appointed Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, said this during a roundtable discussion with stakeholders, in Ikeja, on ending building collapse.

    The gathering looked at “The role of profesionals in effective monitoring and stage inspection- a solution to building collapse”.

    He said that the government was determined to confront all issues boldly, towards taming the menace, which had become an embarrassment.

    Bamgbose-Martins said the kind of prayers offered by notable stakeholders for him upon assumption of office revealed the enormity of complications in regulation of the Lagos built environment.

    “This deployment is an assignment for me,” the  commissioner said, vowing to tackle the problem headlong.

    He said that building collapse and the attendant loss of lives adversely affected the global reputation of the ministry and the state.

    The commissioner said he was beginning immediate implementation of reforms in partnership with construction experts.

    He urged staff of the ministry to turn a new leaf and shun bad practises during implementation of regulations.

    This, he said, was necessary, towards achieving the state government’s zero tolerance for building collapse.

    “We have to clean our house, and we will clean our house,” he said.

    He assured that he would not sack staff but  ensure they change their attitude, while improving their capacities and competencies through retraining.

    The commissioner reassured Lagos residents that they would see changes in reforms to end building collapse and safeguard lives and investments.

    He called on developers, individuals and built environment professionals to join hands in  tackling the problem.

    “There has to be attitudinal change in order to stop collapse of buildings,” he said.

    He said he would adopt partnerships and collaboration with the built environment experts, strengthen and enforce regulations, and ensure indemnity of constructions.

    The commissioner gave an assurance that the governor would engage with built environment professionals and regulate developers.

    He said that quality control through the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory was important and would be sustained.

    Bamgbose-Martins vowed that drastic actions would be taken against changing of building designs from the originally approved ones.

    While taking questions from journalists, Bamgbose-Martins said the governor had given approval for a team of 60 policemen to back up the building control enforcement officials during visits to construction sites.

    Earlier, General Manager, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Mr Gbolahan Oki, aligned with construction experts, noting that an existing committee working on domestication of the National Building Code was expected to submit its report within two weeks.

    Oki said the agency would embark on mass enlightenment campaign across the state towards curbing the menace of building collapse.

    “We all must come together to form consortiums,” Oki said.

    The General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), Mr Olufunsho Elulade, said from inception of any project, testing should be seen as key.

    He said that sanctions were being made stiffer, for deterrence.

    Elulade said the state was updating its tests, urging residents and developers to always engage the right professionals.

    The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mrs Abiola Kosegbe, said government had been engaging experts on codes and regulations.

    She said that collaboration would ensure proactive steps were taken against infractions and building collapse.

    Kosegbe said stakeholders’ engagements started over two months ago and would continue until permanent solutions were achieved.

    On his part, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on E-GIS, Dr Babatunde Olabode, urged the built environment professionals to profer solutions and not resort to blame game.

    Olabode said this was important to prevent further calamities and deaths.

    He said the office of E-GIS and planning had several programmes and cited a technology tagged “capture Lagos” which would use an app to monitor building development across the state.

    The special adviser said another scheme targeted 6,000 smart phones for effective monitoring of construction sites while there was a technology to digitise all planning approvals, as well as use of satellite imagery.

    “All planning process will soon become transparent when we use technology,” he said.

    The seven built environment profesional associations, their affiliates and regulatory bodies took turns to offer technical advice.

    Associations in attendance inlcuded Nigerian Institute of Architects, Nigerian Institute of Building, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, and Nigerian Institute of Mining and Geosciences.

    A former commissioner of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Toyin Ayinde, as well as the first Commissioner of the ministry, Mr Kayode Anibaba, alongside other top officials offered valid suggestions.


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