Gov. Charles Soludo of Anambra, has called for a strategic partnership with the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) toward the delivery of intervention projects in higher institutions in the state.
Soludo made the call during a visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Sonny Echono, in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said such collaboration would bring about a more robust impact with regard to TETFund intervention projects in the state.
“We have a big dream, a big agenda to partner with you and other critical stakeholders to ensure we achieve desired results when it comes to TETFUND project.
“The Federal Government is a very critical player in this field of education; as we know, education is on the concurrent list.
The federal and states work together.
“The only way we can make it work for ourselves is to work together through collaboration, coordination and cooperation.
“I will like us to work together in a whole lot of areas we are interested in and in some years to come, we will be able to say with partnership with TETFund, we were able to deliver A,B,C, D,” Soludo said.
The governor commended TETFund for its various intervention projects across the country.
He said that the three state-owned tertiary institutions in the state, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University; Anambra Polytechnic, Mgbakwu; and College of Education, Nsugbe; were eager to welcome more intervention projects from TETFund. He, however, expressed concern over the growing number of tertiary institutions in the country, saying government might find it difficult to adequately fund them in the future.
“With the tertiary institutions going the way they are now, there are still questions and issues we are not asking.
“At some point, we are going to ask whether or how the government will be able to fund or adequately fund the number or the plethora of institutions.
“But in the interim, before we get there, TETFund has been filling the gap in terms of infrastructure in our tertiary institutions,’’ the governor said.
Soludo said that TETFund had done a lot in view of the limited resources available to it compared to the massive needs of the higher education sector.
He said, “Even if the Federal Government is to spend its entire capital budget on education, it will not be enough to address all the issues.
’’ Responding, Echono said the fund had continued to do a lot both in terms of infrastructure and academic content development.
He said that TETFund projects were everywhere in tertiary institutions in Anambra, especially at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, adding that the fund would do more in the state-owned institutions.
“In Anambra, you will see a lot of our presence but I admit at the level of state institutions, we need to do more.
“TETFund has put in place mechanisms through specialised training to ensure Nigerian graduates are easily employable.
“The fund has trained over 35,000 academic staff with the Centre of Excellence churning out cutting-edge research to meet Nigeria’s developmental needs,” he said.
Echono said that in the last 11 years, 35,000 academic staff had been trained in Masters and PhDs, saying that a lot had been done in the research component of its intervention.
He said that the fund was also working on the employability of graduates by linking the institutions with industries.
Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has called for a systemic approach to eliminate Child Labour in the country.
Buhari made the call on Tuesday at the National Children Conference in Abuja, to commemorate the 2022 World Day against Child Labour (WDACL).
The theme of the celebration is: “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour.
’’ Buhari, who was represented by the Kwara Governor’s wife, Mrs Olufolake Abudlrazak, said child labour remained a major threat to child development in Nigeria, in spite of legislative measures taken by the government at various levels to curb it.
According to her, the government is implementing vigorously, the National Children School Feeding Programme as a major plank of the battle to fight Child Labour, increasing children school enrollment and preventing children dropping out of schools.
“Worthy of note too is the adoption of the child rights law and other protective laws by governments at the state level as also playing a critical role in militating against child labour.
“I have to admit that there are lots of activities in this sector which have led to considerable difference in the area of awareness creation among parents, children and even schools.
“My Future Assured as you know has done very much in this regard, especially through advocacy.
“I call on us all to do more because we are getting more victims and also the circumstances leading to child labour still subsists, ’’ she said.
Buhari also said that the eradication of child labour, however, required effective policies to strengthen social protection systems, education, and decent work opportunities for parents and caregivers to address the conditions that prompted child labour.
She added that today’s event stood primarily to celebrate these children; it also provides the avenue to call for increased investment in social protection systems and schemes.
According to her, this would establish solid social protection floors and protect children from child labour.
She further expressed belief that a multi sectoral approach will help in eradicating child Labour in Nigeria.
“It is in this regard that the government has put in place social security programmes to dissuade all shades of child labour.
“This is in addition to diversifying the economy through agricultural revolution and strengthening the social security system to reverse poverty as a predisposing factor in this light, ‘’ she said.
She said that effective policies would strengthen social protection systems, education, and decent work opportunities for parents and caregivers to address the conditions driving child labour.
Also, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour And Employment, Kachollom Daju, expressed hopes that the programme would stimulate and drive passion and collective action towards improving the future of Nigerian children through enhanced Social Protection.
“This, no doubt is a clarion call to us all to support the child in the best way possible.
“A society that neglects the child has not only traded off its future but more importantly its values and glory.
“Such a society would, in just a matter of time, lose its identity.
“It is about the future of these children and the future of the country,” she said.
Dr Adeleke Mamora, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), has said the Energy Transition Plan of the Federal Government presents a unique opportunity for professional women to be at the forefront.
The Minister said this at the opening ceremony of the four-day 2022 National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the minister, energy transition is a unique opportunity for professional women to be at the forefront of decisions and development of low carbon energy sources toward zero emission.
Mamora said it was also an opportunity for women to identify opportunities and businesses across the energy sector in Africa.
He, however, noted that for the transition to be successful, reports had shown that over 18 million jobs needed to be created in order to ensure sustainability and inclusion.
The minister added that more women were needed to work in the renewable energy sector space.
He said when considering the future of the economy, solar energy, green hydrogen and other renewable forms of energy were identified as the fuel of the future towards securing economic stability.
While pledging collaboration with the APWEN to achieve the energy transition plan, Mamora called on stakeholders to take advantage of the policies of government on energy transition to drive sustainable development in the country.
“The interesting thing is that this energy transition cannot take place without STI and government cannot and does not have the capacity to do it alone, which is why partnership is key,’’ the minister said.
Tasiu Gidari-Wudil, President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), defined energy transition as the global energy’s sector shift from fossil-based systems of energy production and consumption to renewable energy.
Wudil said fossil fuel based energy consists of oil, natural gas and coal while renewable energy are derived from sources such as wind and solar, as well as lithium-ion batteries.
Represented by Mrs Margaret Oguntala, Deputy President of the NSE, Wudil pointed out that energy transition is a crucial enabler of sustainable development as well as climate resilience.
“In return, it will create new jobs, stimulate growth and harvest social and health benefits.
“More so, the increasing penetration of renewable energy into the energy supply mix and the onset of electrification and improvements in energy storage are all key drivers of the energy transition,’’ he said.
The NSE president further said that the transition would come with its challenges arising from new technologies while also improving on existing ones.
Dr Elizabeth Eterigho, President of APWEN, said that the association, in its 39 years of existence, had inspired young girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by sponsoring competitions and giving awards.
“This year 2022, we introduced a program tagged FunSTEM.
It is observed that STEM teaching in public schools, particularly in upper primary and junior secondary school has not been effective.
“For many children, just being in school does not mean that they are learning, which implies that these children are not developing the skills they need to successfully transit to become fulfilled in life.
“Girls deserve to access education that prepares them for the jobs of the future and to be ready and equipped to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,’’ she said.
She also spoke about the aims, objectives, mission, vision, plans and various accomplishments of the association.
The APWEN president said the theme of the conference: “JUST Energy Transition: An Enabler for Sustainable Development in Nigeria” was apt; however, the transition of the energy sector would require significant investments.
A guest speaker, Simbi Wabote, Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board(NCDMB), gave a presentation on: “JUST Energy Transition Strategy in Africa: An Enabler of Sustainable Development in Nigeria.
” Represented by Silas Ajimijaye, NCDMB’s Research and Statistics Manager, Wabote said in transition fuel, Nigeria is among the top 10 economies in hydrocarbon resources with 37 billion barrels reserves and 206 standard cubic foot gas.
He said with 145 Kilowatt hour energy consumption, Nigeria ranks 132 in global per capita energy consumption ranking.
“Before we transition, sufficiency is the platform.
We need the infrastructure, the frame work, the technology to generate enough energy for Nigeria,’’ Wabote said.
High point of the event was the conferment of “Unmatched Dedication Award” to the minister for his commitment and support for the APWEN.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ekiti Sector Command, has announced the temporary closure of Iwaraja-Ado Road to allow for its rehabilitation.
The Ekiti Sector Commander, Mr Olusola Joseph, announced this in a statement issued by the Sector Public Education Officer, Mr Taiwo Ojo, in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
According to him, there will be total blockage for heavy duty trucks at Iwaraja junction, while smaller vehicles will be allowed to pass through route.
The sector commander said the temporary closure, which would last for two weeks would allow for rehabilitation of the road stretching between Igede-Ekiti and Efon-Alaaye portion of the road.
He said the blockage would commence from Tuesday, Sept. 20. “Vehicles coming from Ado-Ekiti to Ibadan or Lagos should divert at Igede-Ekiti and follow Igede-Igbara Odo-Igbara Oke-Akure, while those coming to Ado should take Efon-Okemesi-Ijero-Ido-Ado-Ekiti.
“Vehicles coming through Ifaki-Ekiti should divert at Ifaki-Ekiti junction and follow Ifaki-Ido-Ijero-Ikoro-Okemesi-Efon Alaaye.
“This is only for smaller vehicles as reported by the contractor handling the rehabilitation of the road,” Joseph said.
FRSC advised the general public of the risk associated with Efon-Ikogosi route, saying it was hilly with slopes, bends and encroachment of thick vegetation into the road, making it dangerous and prone to road traffic crashes.
It explained that the possible and safe route for now is Efon-Okemesi, Ifaki-Ijero-Okemesi-.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Ekiti House of Assembly at its plenary on Thursday, Sept. 15, decried the deplorable state of all linking roads to Ekiti, calling for government’s attention.
The Rufus Ebegba Centre for Leadership and Environmental Sustainability (REC) has called on the general public and political candidates contesting in the 2023 general elections to ensure a peaceful, free and fair election.
The founder of REC, Dr Rufus Ebegba said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ebegba said there is need for the candidates and the electorates to ensure that the electoral process is peaceful and violence free to ensure a proper democratic transition.
“Civic space, public participation, fundamental freedoms and a violence-free environment are critical to foster inclusive engagement in the electoral process and the exercise of political rights.
”The use of abusive language and disrespect for opponents’ views should be avoided,” he said.
Ebegba said it is important for Nigerians to reject violence and political tension during the campaign.
He added that hate speech by candidates and their supporters, have a dangerous potential to ignite flames of violence.
Ebegba urged all parties to uphold the rights to political participation, freedoms of assembly, opinion and expression, and to respect the role of an independent electoral body.
”All those involved in the electoral process must commit themselves to peaceful conduct prior, during and after elections.
“Candidates and political parties must refrain from using inflammatory languages which may lead to violence and human rights abuses.
“Successful elections are key to mitigating the security challenges and other economic malaise bedeviling the country,” he said.
The founder urged all leaders and candidates to make it clear to their supporters that violence has no place in democratic elections.
”They should not incite, support or engage in any kind of violence before, during, or after the votes are counted,” Ebegba said.
He called on Nigerians to peacefully express their views and to reject the voices of those calling for violence.
Ebegba assured that when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace, no matter who wins.
The Oyo State Government on Tuesday approved N12.5 billion for the construction of Ibadan-Odo Oba road.
The 35.6 kilometers road starts from Iwo Road interchange through Olodo to Lalupon and terminates at Odo Oba, the Oyo State boundary with Osun. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, announced this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the weekly State Executive Council meeting.
Sangodoyin said the contract was awarded to Peculiar Ultimate Company, saying that the project would be completed within 18 months.
The commissioner noted that the flag off ceremony of the project would be held soon.
The council also approved N247 million for restoration of traffic lights at 10 strategic junctions in the state.
According to the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Seun Asamu, the approval is to restore, modernise and maintain street lights at some specified junctions in some towns across the state.
“The specified junctions are, the State Secretariat Agodi; Awolowo-Bodija; Mokola; Elewure-Sango; NTA and Salvation Army-Adamasingba, all in Ibadan.
“Others are, Isale Taba in Saki and Owode junction in Oyo town,” Asamu said.
The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has said that the reported oil spill from its flow station at Diebu was from residual spill traced to old sabotaged facility.
The Peremabiri Community had on Aug. 24 reported that the leakhead polluted the environment, causing untold hardship to the fishing settlements.
The Media Relations Manager of SPDC, Mrs Bola Essien-Nelson, however, said on Tuesday that the reported leak was from an old incident.
According to Essien-Nelson, SPDC on May 4 received a report of a theft on a section of its Diebu Creek Oil Well 6 flow line, resulting in an oil leak.
“The well and Diebu Creek flow station (facility) has not been in operation since February 26, when the facility was shut due to the unavailability of the Trans Niger Pipeline.
“A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the site revealed that the incident was caused by third party interference and theft of SPDCJV property.
“A cleanup of the free phase oil was immedistely carried out, while assessment of the residual impact is scheduled to happen in November, when water levels are expected to be low enough to allow for the impact assessment.
“This will be followed by remediation of the site after due approval of the Remediation Action Plan by The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.
“On August 26, SPDC received a report of an oil sheen sighted at the same site of the May 4 incident.
“The community believes that this oil sheen is the result of a new spill.
This is not the case.
“A follow up JIV conducted on Sept. 6 revealed that the sheen was the residual impact from the same of May 4,” Essien-Nelson said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , however, learnt that an operational mishap from the flow station discharged crude into the company’s right of way.
A field report of the JIV by National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency sighted by NAN indicated that the leak was due to operational mishap, which discharged crude oil within SPDC’s operational area with no impact on third party area.
JIV is a statutory step that follows every oil spill by oil firms, host community and regulators to ascertain the cause, volume and area impacted by the spill.
Mr Return Koma, who represented the Peremabiri community in the JIV, told NAN that SPDC officials and the regulators, were unanimous that the incident being investigated was as a result of equipment failure.
He said that an operational mishap on Aug. 24 at Diebu Creek Flow Station, operated by SPDC, discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude into the environment.
Koma, who is the Peremabiri Community Development Committee Chairman, however, said that the JIV could not arrive at the quantity of spilled crude and so did not sign the JIV report.
“We have conducted the JIV, they accepted responsibility for the leak at the flow station and another one at nearby Well 6, both were due to equipment failure.
“We were unable to agree on the volume of spilled crude and so did not sign the report,” Koma said.
President Muhammadu Buhari and some Nigerian political leaders were among world leaders that attended the opening of the General Debate of the 77th session of the General Assembly at the UN headquarters on Tuesday in New York. The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.
Others are Chief of Staff of the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.
No fewer than 150 world leaders are attending the largest diplomatic gathering after two years of virtual and hybrid summits.
On Wednesday, Buhari will be the first speaker to address the General Assembly, which is the second day of the General Debate.
He will deliver Nigeria’s statement around 9 a.
m. (around 2 p.
m. Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session.
Also, he will be attending the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change meeting and Africa’s New Public Health Order: Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda.
Similarly, Buhari will attend a reception by the U.
S. President Joe Biden at American Museum of Natural History.
On Thursday, the President is expected to attend a bilateral meeting on Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum and High-Level meetings on the Sahel.
Also, Buhari will attend the Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
On Friday, the Nigerian President will attend High Level Breakfast Meeting on Reinvigorating Multilateralism and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council Commemoration of 15 years of L.
69. Similarly, he will attend the official Launch of Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework that same day nananews.
NAN) The Ondo Government says it has carried out a mass burial of 496 unclaimed corpses at the Akure and Ondo morgues of the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital (UNIMEDTH).
The Special Adviser (SA) to the State Governor on Health, Prof. Dayo Faduyile, said this on Tuesday in Akure while briefing journalists on the development.
Faduyile said the move was a follow-up on an assessment tour of the morgues towards decongesting them.
He said that government officials recently embarked on an assessment tour of the morgues in the two health facilities.
He said that he observed with dismay the gory state of the morgues, being jam-packed with unclaimed bodies spanning a year and above.
Faduyile said the development prompted his putting up a strong memo to the state governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on the urgent need to decongest and rehabilitate the morgues, which he said had turned to an eye-sore.
He added that the governor did not hesitate to approve the memo for the mass burial, to avoid imminent outbreak of epidemic diseases in the state.
The SA, who is a pathologist said his office followed all due processes by putting necessary machineries in place for a hitch-free mass burial activity.
He identified part of the activities to include obtaining a mass burial permit from the Magistrate Court, Oke-Eda, Akure, and securing a parcel of land at Odigbo Local Government Area from the State Ministry of Lands and Housing for the mass burial.
“There was also an advertisement on the plan for the mass burial on the print and electronic media and giving a 21-day period to reclaim the unclaimed bodies, in compliance with the extent laws of the land.
“There was auditing of the unclaimed bodies in the morgues of Akure and Ondo UNIMEDTH complexes for record purposes and the certification of the unclaimed bodies to ascertain their individual causes of death.
“In all, 87 bodies were identified and known with their name tags while 409 were unknown and a total of 496 bodies underwent mass burial.
“The 21-day ultimatum as publicised on print and electronic media commenced on Aug. 1 and lapsed on Aug. 21, with commencement of preparations for the mass burial,” he said.
Faduyile said that the mass burial was carried out on Sept. 2, in the presence of security operatives.
“The bodies were buried in a deep grave of 10 by 10 feet wide, and 18 feet depth at the allocated land by the state government,” he said.
The 30th anniversary of the Fred Hollows Foundation was celebrated today, September 20, at the Hall of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers, in the presence of senior government officials, representatives from the Fred Hollows plant, United Nations offices and the Ministry of Health, as well as religious leaders.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Andebrhan Tesfatsion, Acting Director General for Public Health at the Ministry of Health, said that Professor Fred was one of the eminent friends and supporters of the EPLF's eye health program from 1987.
Dr. Andebrhan went on to say that Prof. Fred Hollows was very excited when he visited the liberated areas and saw the installation of health services, including underground hospitals and pharmaceutical plants, and went on to say that his vision of the "right to sight" will have success in Eritrea and he was right.
Prof. Fred's contribution in the introduction of modern equipment and human resource development attests to his true friend from Eritrea and his people, Dr. Andebrhan added.
At the event, papers were presented and a panel discussion focused on comparative eye care in Eritrea, Berhan Ayni Hospital's experiences in eye health services and partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation, progress towards elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in Eritrea, as well as Human resources for eye health and future direction.
A video showing the contribution of Prof. Fred Hollows in Eritrea was also presented.