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  •  An Enugu based Non Governmental Organisation known as New Life Community Care Initiative NELCCI has decried the rate of violation of children and women rights in the state The NELCCI Director Florence Ifeanyi Aneke made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday Ifeanyi Aneke said that the group was also calling for the implementation of Child and Women Rights in the state to strengthen their protection from sexual abuse and deprivation of rights She described women and children in Enugu as vulnerable and seen as creatures without choice and voice in society According to her culture and society view women as people without choice and who should not talk when men are talking Culture and society see women as those whose place is often in the kitchen So we are working to close the inequality gap and ensure there is equity and protection of their rights Presently we are engaging traditional rulers and leaders of two communities in Udi and Nkanu East Local Government Areas to end abuses and right violation of children and women in their communities We are also soliciting for women s inclusion in the traditional rulers cabinets and state in general and full implementation of Child Rights Law in Enugu State Ifeanyi Aneke said She further said that the group would set up Community Child Right Committee to handle affairs such as child abuse rape and early marriage by ensuring the implementation of Child Right Laws in the state Any case of violation of the child s right the community will report to the committee and we are planning to set up the same committees in secondary schools in the state She urged the public to report child and women rights violation to the appropriate authorities She said that if fully implemented no child would be seen hawking in the street while others were in the classroom Ifeanyi Aneke said that the sensitisation was organised by NELCCI in partnership with Agents for Citizens driven Transformation funded by European Union and implemented by British Council NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group decries rate of children, women rights abuse in Enugu
     An Enugu based Non Governmental Organisation known as New Life Community Care Initiative NELCCI has decried the rate of violation of children and women rights in the state The NELCCI Director Florence Ifeanyi Aneke made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday Ifeanyi Aneke said that the group was also calling for the implementation of Child and Women Rights in the state to strengthen their protection from sexual abuse and deprivation of rights She described women and children in Enugu as vulnerable and seen as creatures without choice and voice in society According to her culture and society view women as people without choice and who should not talk when men are talking Culture and society see women as those whose place is often in the kitchen So we are working to close the inequality gap and ensure there is equity and protection of their rights Presently we are engaging traditional rulers and leaders of two communities in Udi and Nkanu East Local Government Areas to end abuses and right violation of children and women in their communities We are also soliciting for women s inclusion in the traditional rulers cabinets and state in general and full implementation of Child Rights Law in Enugu State Ifeanyi Aneke said She further said that the group would set up Community Child Right Committee to handle affairs such as child abuse rape and early marriage by ensuring the implementation of Child Right Laws in the state Any case of violation of the child s right the community will report to the committee and we are planning to set up the same committees in secondary schools in the state She urged the public to report child and women rights violation to the appropriate authorities She said that if fully implemented no child would be seen hawking in the street while others were in the classroom Ifeanyi Aneke said that the sensitisation was organised by NELCCI in partnership with Agents for Citizens driven Transformation funded by European Union and implemented by British Council NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group decries rate of children, women rights abuse in Enugu
    General news4 months ago

    Group decries rate of children, women rights abuse in Enugu

    An Enugu-based Non-Governmental Organisation, known as New-Life Community Care Initiative (NELCCI), has decried the rate of violation of children and women rights in the state.

    The NELCCI Director, Florence Ifeanyi-Aneke, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Wednesday.

    Ifeanyi-Aneke said that the group was also calling for the implementation of Child and Women Rights in the state to strengthen their protection from sexual abuse and deprivation of rights.

    She described women and children in Enugu as vulnerable and seen as creatures without choice and voice in society.

    According to her, culture and society view women as people without choice and who should not talk when men are talking.

    “Culture and society see women as those whose place is often in the kitchen.

    “So we are working to close the inequality gap and ensure there is equity and protection of their rights.

    “Presently, we are engaging traditional rulers and leaders of two communities in Udi and Nkanu East Local Government Areas to end abuses and right violation of children and women in their communities.

    “We are also soliciting for women’s inclusion in the traditional rulers’ cabinets and state in general and full implementation of Child Rights Law in Enugu State,” Ifeanyi-Aneke said.

    She further said that the group would set up Community Child Right Committee to handle affairs, such as child abuse, rape and early marriage by ensuring the implementation of Child Right Laws in the state.

    “Any case of violation of the child’s right, the community will report to the committee and we are planning to set up the same committees in secondary schools in the state.

    She urged the public to report child and women rights violation to the appropriate authorities.

    She said that if fully implemented, no child would be seen hawking in the street, while others were in the classroom.

    Ifeanyi-Aneke said that the sensitisation was organised by NELCCI in partnership with Agents for Citizens-driven Transformation, funded by European Union and implemented by British Council.


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  •  The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Kogi says four persons died while six persons sustained injuries on Tuesday in an accident on Kabba Lokoja Abuja road Kogi Sector Commander Stephen Dawulung confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Wednesday explaining that one person did not sustain injury Dawulung said that the accident involved bus and that it occurred at 3 10 p m on Tuesday at Km 2 Line 3 Obajana Kogi on Kabba Lokoja Abuja road He said that the injured persons were rescued by the corps personnel and were quickly rushed to a hospital in Obajana for treatment while the four bodies were deposited in the hospital s morgue He said that the accident was caused by the speed that could not be controlled when one of the tyres deflated resulting in a summersault If the driver wasn t on high speed the accident might not have occurred or it could have been mild It s unfortunate that most times you see drivers competing on the roads for no just cause but only to put their lives and those of their passengers at risk We always advise that drivers should adhere to stipulated speed limits as provided for all categories of vehicles They should always endeavour to conduct routine checks on their vehicles including tyres before embarking on any journey and avoid the use of second hand tyres he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    4 dead, 6 injured in road accident — FRSC
     The Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC in Kogi says four persons died while six persons sustained injuries on Tuesday in an accident on Kabba Lokoja Abuja road Kogi Sector Commander Stephen Dawulung confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Wednesday explaining that one person did not sustain injury Dawulung said that the accident involved bus and that it occurred at 3 10 p m on Tuesday at Km 2 Line 3 Obajana Kogi on Kabba Lokoja Abuja road He said that the injured persons were rescued by the corps personnel and were quickly rushed to a hospital in Obajana for treatment while the four bodies were deposited in the hospital s morgue He said that the accident was caused by the speed that could not be controlled when one of the tyres deflated resulting in a summersault If the driver wasn t on high speed the accident might not have occurred or it could have been mild It s unfortunate that most times you see drivers competing on the roads for no just cause but only to put their lives and those of their passengers at risk We always advise that drivers should adhere to stipulated speed limits as provided for all categories of vehicles They should always endeavour to conduct routine checks on their vehicles including tyres before embarking on any journey and avoid the use of second hand tyres he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    4 dead, 6 injured in road accident — FRSC
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    4 dead, 6 injured in road accident — FRSC

    The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi says four persons died while six persons sustained injuries on Tuesday in an accident on Kabba-Lokoja-Abuja road.

    Kogi Sector Commander Stephen Dawulung confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja on Wednesday, explaining that one person did not sustain injury.

    Dawulung said that the accident involved bus and that it occurred at 3.10 p.

    m. on Tuesday, at Km 2, Line 3, Obajana, Kogi on Kabba-Lokoja-Abuja road.

    He said that the injured persons were rescued by the corps’ personnel and were quickly rushed to a hospital in Obajana for treatment while the four bodies were deposited in the hospital’s morgue.

    He said that the accident was caused by the speed that could not be controlled when one of the tyres deflated, resulting in a  summersault.

    “If the driver wasn’t on high speed, the accident might not have occurred or it could have been mild.

    “It’s unfortunate that most times, you see drivers competing on the roads for no just cause but only to put their lives and those of their passengers at risk.

    “We always advise that drivers should adhere to stipulated speed limits as provided for all categories of vehicles.

    “They should always endeavour to conduct routine checks on their vehicles, including tyres before embarking on any journey and avoid the use of second hand tyres,” he said.


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  •   On the sidelines of the 2022 edition of Africa Climate Week https bit ly 3UEJZAj a session titled Limiting Loss and Damage through Enhanced Adaptation Action in Africa featured a vibrant and timely discussion on an aspect of climate change that generally receives little attention capturing and assessing the costs and damages associated with climate change The African Development Bank and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany hosted the event which provided a forum for panelists and participants to discuss the importance of defining and assessing such loss and damage to property economies lives and livelihoods due to climatic disasters Africa is recognized as the continent most vulnerable to climate change Moderator Olufunso Somorin Senior Regional Officer African Development Bank opened the discussion He noted that it is important for African countries to measure climate change related loss and damage to enable proper quantification and well designed responses that are best suited to the country context It was also important to capture those losses that occurred even in instances where preemptive climate adaptation actions had been taken he added Fatten Agad senior adviser on climate diplomacy and geopolitics at the Africa Climate Foundation called for the production of a report to serve as a guide and baseline for assessing climate related loss and damage It has already been shown that the socio economic impact faced by African countries in dealing with the Covid 19 crisis has been very high and adding the burden of financing something like loss and damage would be unfair he said Anja Beretta Director of Energy Security and Climate Change in Africa at Konrad Adenauer urged African countries to integrate mechanisms to address loss and damage in their Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs She also called for designated institutions and operational structures to ensure the efficient and effective use of climate finance to advance the discussion on financial flows to loss and damage Stephane Bonamy Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation in Cameroon said For countries facing both conflict and climate change impacts it is imperative that preventive measures are put in place soon enough to reduce the extent of losses and damages suffered and reduce the burden on communities He pointed out that 14 of the 25 countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change worldwide also face some form of conflict Dr Olumide Abimbola Executive Director of the African Policy Research Institute in Berlin reiterated the need to incorporate more African examples of past and current loss and damage into textbooks and journals There was agreement among participants on the need for Africa to prioritize timely comprehensive and large scale adaptation actions to avoid or minimize future loss and damage There was also consensus on the urgent need to expand financial flows from public and private sources to adaptation action across Africa They cited the African Development Bank s Africa Adaptation Accelerator Program https bit ly 3xESy3Y a joint initiative with the Global Adaptation Center as a positive example The program seeks to mobilize 25 billion over five years to accelerate and scale climate adaptation actions across the continent Participants also called for new strategic alliances to drive adaptation policies plans and investments in Africa through the implementation of NDCs and leveraging synergies with initiatives such as the Africa Disaster Risk Financing programme
    Can today’s Adaptation Action minimize future loss and damage in Africa?
      On the sidelines of the 2022 edition of Africa Climate Week https bit ly 3UEJZAj a session titled Limiting Loss and Damage through Enhanced Adaptation Action in Africa featured a vibrant and timely discussion on an aspect of climate change that generally receives little attention capturing and assessing the costs and damages associated with climate change The African Development Bank and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany hosted the event which provided a forum for panelists and participants to discuss the importance of defining and assessing such loss and damage to property economies lives and livelihoods due to climatic disasters Africa is recognized as the continent most vulnerable to climate change Moderator Olufunso Somorin Senior Regional Officer African Development Bank opened the discussion He noted that it is important for African countries to measure climate change related loss and damage to enable proper quantification and well designed responses that are best suited to the country context It was also important to capture those losses that occurred even in instances where preemptive climate adaptation actions had been taken he added Fatten Agad senior adviser on climate diplomacy and geopolitics at the Africa Climate Foundation called for the production of a report to serve as a guide and baseline for assessing climate related loss and damage It has already been shown that the socio economic impact faced by African countries in dealing with the Covid 19 crisis has been very high and adding the burden of financing something like loss and damage would be unfair he said Anja Beretta Director of Energy Security and Climate Change in Africa at Konrad Adenauer urged African countries to integrate mechanisms to address loss and damage in their Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs She also called for designated institutions and operational structures to ensure the efficient and effective use of climate finance to advance the discussion on financial flows to loss and damage Stephane Bonamy Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation in Cameroon said For countries facing both conflict and climate change impacts it is imperative that preventive measures are put in place soon enough to reduce the extent of losses and damages suffered and reduce the burden on communities He pointed out that 14 of the 25 countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change worldwide also face some form of conflict Dr Olumide Abimbola Executive Director of the African Policy Research Institute in Berlin reiterated the need to incorporate more African examples of past and current loss and damage into textbooks and journals There was agreement among participants on the need for Africa to prioritize timely comprehensive and large scale adaptation actions to avoid or minimize future loss and damage There was also consensus on the urgent need to expand financial flows from public and private sources to adaptation action across Africa They cited the African Development Bank s Africa Adaptation Accelerator Program https bit ly 3xESy3Y a joint initiative with the Global Adaptation Center as a positive example The program seeks to mobilize 25 billion over five years to accelerate and scale climate adaptation actions across the continent Participants also called for new strategic alliances to drive adaptation policies plans and investments in Africa through the implementation of NDCs and leveraging synergies with initiatives such as the Africa Disaster Risk Financing programme
    Can today’s Adaptation Action minimize future loss and damage in Africa?
    Africa4 months ago

    Can today’s Adaptation Action minimize future loss and damage in Africa?

    On the sidelines of the 2022 edition of Africa Climate Week (https://bit.ly/3UEJZAj), a session titled Limiting Loss and Damage through Enhanced Adaptation Action in Africa featured a vibrant and timely discussion on an aspect of climate change that generally receives little attention: capturing and assessing the costs and damages associated with climate change.

    The African Development Bank and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation of Germany hosted the event, which provided a forum for panelists and participants to discuss the importance of defining and assessing such loss and damage to property, economies, lives and livelihoods due to climatic disasters.

    Africa is recognized as the continent most vulnerable to climate change.

    Moderator Olufunso Somorin, Senior Regional Officer, African Development Bank, opened the discussion.

    He noted that it is important for African countries to measure climate change-related loss and damage to enable proper quantification and well-designed responses that are best suited to the country context.

    It was also important to capture those losses that occurred even in instances where preemptive climate adaptation actions had been taken, he added.

    Fatten Agad, senior adviser on climate diplomacy and geopolitics at the Africa Climate Foundation, called for the production of a report to serve as a guide and baseline for assessing climate-related loss and damage.

    “It has already been shown that the socio-economic impact faced by African countries in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis has been very high, and adding the burden of financing something like loss and damage would be unfair,” he said.

    Anja Beretta, Director of Energy Security and Climate Change in Africa at Konrad Adenauer, urged African countries to integrate mechanisms to address loss and damage in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

    She also called for designated institutions and operational structures to ensure the efficient and effective use of climate finance to advance the discussion on financial flows to loss and damage.

    Stephane Bonamy, Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross Regional Delegation in Cameroon, said: “For countries facing both conflict and climate change impacts, it is imperative that preventive measures are put in place soon enough to reduce the extent of losses.

    and damages suffered and reduce the burden on communities”.

    He pointed out that 14 of the 25 countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change worldwide also face some form of conflict.

    Dr. Olumide Abimbola, Executive Director of the African Policy Research Institute in Berlin, reiterated the need to incorporate more African examples of past and current loss and damage into textbooks and journals.

    There was agreement among participants on the need for Africa to prioritize timely, comprehensive and large-scale adaptation actions to avoid or minimize future loss and damage.

    There was also consensus on the urgent need to expand financial flows from public and private sources to adaptation action across Africa.

    They cited the African Development Bank's Africa Adaptation Accelerator Program (https://bit.ly/3xESy3Y), a joint initiative with the Global Adaptation Center, as a positive example.

    The program seeks to mobilize $25 billion over five years to accelerate and scale climate adaptation actions across the continent.

    Participants also called for new strategic alliances to drive adaptation policies, plans and investments in Africa through the implementation of NDCs and leveraging synergies with initiatives such as the Africa Disaster Risk Financing programme.

  •  The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi or the Yuan weakened 68 pips to 6 9536 against the dollar on Wednesday according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System In China s spot foreign exchange market the Yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two per cent from the central parity rate each trading day The central parity rate of the Yuan against the dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chinese Yuan weakens to 6.9536 against USD Wednesday
     The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi or the Yuan weakened 68 pips to 6 9536 against the dollar on Wednesday according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System In China s spot foreign exchange market the Yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two per cent from the central parity rate each trading day The central parity rate of the Yuan against the dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Chinese Yuan weakens to 6.9536 against USD Wednesday
    Economy4 months ago

    Chinese Yuan weakens to 6.9536 against USD Wednesday

    The central parity rate of the Chinese currency renminbi, or the Yuan weakened 68 pips to 6.9536 against the dollar on Wednesday, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System.

    In China’s spot foreign exchange market, the Yuan is allowed to rise or fall by two per cent from the central parity rate each trading day.

    The central parity rate of the Yuan against the dollar is based on a weighted average of prices offered by market makers before the opening of the interbank market each business day.  


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  •   The continued arbitrary detention of opposition leader and MP Job Sikhala and MP Godfrey Sithole reveals Zimbabwe s politicized justice system Amnesty International said today 100 days after their imprisonment The ongoing arbitrary detention of Sikhala and Sithole is unjust and abusive It has caused unspeakable emotional distress for them and their families said Lucia Masuka Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe Zimbabwe authorities cannot continue to imprison Sikhala and Sithole on trumped up charges They must be released immediately and unconditionally Sikhala and Sithole were arrested on June 14 2022 after attending the funeral of political activist Moreblessing Ali who was missing for three weeks before being found murdered and her body mutilated on June 11 2022 Zimbabwean authorities have MPs accused of encouraging their supporters to cause violence in Nyatsime Chitungwiza during Ali s memorial They face charges of inciting violence and were denied bail when they appeared in magistrates court Since then several bail appeals have been rejected The continued imprisonment of Sikhala and Sithole is a travesty of justice They are victims of a government bent on silencing opposition voices said Lucia Masuka Zimbabwe authorities must stop criminalizing dissent and instead create an environment conducive for people to express themselves freely
    Zimbabwe: Authorities must release opposition MPs wrongfully detained for 100 days
      The continued arbitrary detention of opposition leader and MP Job Sikhala and MP Godfrey Sithole reveals Zimbabwe s politicized justice system Amnesty International said today 100 days after their imprisonment The ongoing arbitrary detention of Sikhala and Sithole is unjust and abusive It has caused unspeakable emotional distress for them and their families said Lucia Masuka Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe Zimbabwe authorities cannot continue to imprison Sikhala and Sithole on trumped up charges They must be released immediately and unconditionally Sikhala and Sithole were arrested on June 14 2022 after attending the funeral of political activist Moreblessing Ali who was missing for three weeks before being found murdered and her body mutilated on June 11 2022 Zimbabwean authorities have MPs accused of encouraging their supporters to cause violence in Nyatsime Chitungwiza during Ali s memorial They face charges of inciting violence and were denied bail when they appeared in magistrates court Since then several bail appeals have been rejected The continued imprisonment of Sikhala and Sithole is a travesty of justice They are victims of a government bent on silencing opposition voices said Lucia Masuka Zimbabwe authorities must stop criminalizing dissent and instead create an environment conducive for people to express themselves freely
    Zimbabwe: Authorities must release opposition MPs wrongfully detained for 100 days
    Africa4 months ago

    Zimbabwe: Authorities must release opposition MPs wrongfully detained for 100 days

    The continued arbitrary detention of opposition leader and MP Job Sikhala and MP Godfrey Sithole reveals Zimbabwe's politicized justice system, Amnesty International said today, 100 days after their imprisonment.

    “The ongoing arbitrary detention of Sikhala and Sithole is unjust and abusive.

    It has caused unspeakable emotional distress for them and their families,” said Lucia Masuka, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe.

    “Zimbabwe authorities cannot continue to imprison Sikhala and Sithole on trumped up charges.

    They must be released immediately and unconditionally.” Sikhala and Sithole were arrested on June 14, 2022 after attending the funeral of political activist Moreblessing Ali, who was missing for three weeks before being found murdered and her body mutilated on June 11, 2022.

    Zimbabwean authorities have MPs accused of encouraging their supporters to cause violence in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza, during Ali's memorial.

    They face charges of inciting violence and were denied bail when they appeared in magistrates' court.

    Since then, several bail appeals have been rejected.

    “The continued imprisonment of Sikhala and Sithole is a travesty of justice.

    They are victims of a government bent on silencing opposition voices,” said Lucia Masuka.

    “Zimbabwe authorities must stop criminalizing dissent and instead create an environment conducive for people to express themselves freely.”

  •  Asian stocks closed lower on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization in the country bringing geopolitical tensions to the forefront In a televised address Putin said the partial mobilisation of its 2 million strong military reserves was to defend Russian territories claiming the West wanted to destroy Russia and did not want peace in Ukraine Worries about aggressive Federal Reserve policy tightening also kept investors on their toes ahead of the U S Federal Reserve s much anticipated interest rate decision later in the day China s Shanghai Composite index slipped 0 17 per cent to 3 117 18 as the Asian Development Bank cut its economic growth forecast for China and also lowered its outlook for developing Asia He cited the Ukraine conflict Beijing s COVID Zero policy and the central bank s efforts to combat inflation Hong Kong s Hang Seng index fell 1 79 per cent to 18 444 62 on Fed jitters Japanese shares hit a two week low as caution prevailed ahead of the Fed BoJ and BoE meetings The Nikkei average closed at 1 36 per cent lower at 27 313 13 marking its lowest closing level since July 19 The broader Topix index slipped 1 36 per cent to 1 920 80 its weakest close since Sept 7 Air conditioner manufacturer Daikin Industries led losses to close down nearly 4 per cent while Japan Steel Works soared 4 1 per cent in spite of the company lowering its profit forecast for the current fiscal year Seoul stocks fell ahead of a widely expected hefty rate hike from the U S Federal Reserve The Kospi average dropped 0 87 per cent to 2 347 21 Samsung SDI Naver and Kakao all lost around 2 per cent Shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding amp Marine Engineering surged 8 9 per cent amid heightened anticipation that the company s privatization would gather steam down the road Australian markets tumbled to hit a two month low with commodity related stocks pacing the declines on fears of a global recession The benchmark S amp 200 index gave up 1 56 per cent to end at 6 700 20 marking its third session of fall in four The broader All Ordinaries index fell 1 54 per cent to 6 921 40 Across the Tasman New Zealand s benchmark S amp 50 index slipped 0 62 per cent to settle at 11 498 95 U S stocks fell sharply overnight and Treasury yields surged to multi year highs as caution gripped markets ahead of the Fed s rate hike announcement Ford s warning of big problems with supply chains and input costs also raised concerns about the earnings outlook The Dow and the tech heavy Nasdaq Composite both shed around 1 per cent while the S amp P 500 dropped 1 1 per cent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Asian shares decline as Putin announces partial military mobilisation
     Asian stocks closed lower on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization in the country bringing geopolitical tensions to the forefront In a televised address Putin said the partial mobilisation of its 2 million strong military reserves was to defend Russian territories claiming the West wanted to destroy Russia and did not want peace in Ukraine Worries about aggressive Federal Reserve policy tightening also kept investors on their toes ahead of the U S Federal Reserve s much anticipated interest rate decision later in the day China s Shanghai Composite index slipped 0 17 per cent to 3 117 18 as the Asian Development Bank cut its economic growth forecast for China and also lowered its outlook for developing Asia He cited the Ukraine conflict Beijing s COVID Zero policy and the central bank s efforts to combat inflation Hong Kong s Hang Seng index fell 1 79 per cent to 18 444 62 on Fed jitters Japanese shares hit a two week low as caution prevailed ahead of the Fed BoJ and BoE meetings The Nikkei average closed at 1 36 per cent lower at 27 313 13 marking its lowest closing level since July 19 The broader Topix index slipped 1 36 per cent to 1 920 80 its weakest close since Sept 7 Air conditioner manufacturer Daikin Industries led losses to close down nearly 4 per cent while Japan Steel Works soared 4 1 per cent in spite of the company lowering its profit forecast for the current fiscal year Seoul stocks fell ahead of a widely expected hefty rate hike from the U S Federal Reserve The Kospi average dropped 0 87 per cent to 2 347 21 Samsung SDI Naver and Kakao all lost around 2 per cent Shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding amp Marine Engineering surged 8 9 per cent amid heightened anticipation that the company s privatization would gather steam down the road Australian markets tumbled to hit a two month low with commodity related stocks pacing the declines on fears of a global recession The benchmark S amp 200 index gave up 1 56 per cent to end at 6 700 20 marking its third session of fall in four The broader All Ordinaries index fell 1 54 per cent to 6 921 40 Across the Tasman New Zealand s benchmark S amp 50 index slipped 0 62 per cent to settle at 11 498 95 U S stocks fell sharply overnight and Treasury yields surged to multi year highs as caution gripped markets ahead of the Fed s rate hike announcement Ford s warning of big problems with supply chains and input costs also raised concerns about the earnings outlook The Dow and the tech heavy Nasdaq Composite both shed around 1 per cent while the S amp P 500 dropped 1 1 per cent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Asian shares decline as Putin announces partial military mobilisation
    Foreign4 months ago

    Asian shares decline as Putin announces partial military mobilisation

    Asian stocks closed lower on Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization in the country, bringing geopolitical tensions to the forefront.

    In a televised address, Putin said the partial mobilisation of its 2-million-strong military reserves was to defend Russian territories, claiming the West wanted to destroy Russia and did not want peace in Ukraine.

    Worries about aggressive Federal Reserve policy tightening also kept investors on their toes ahead of the U.

    S. Federal Reserve’s much-anticipated interest-rate decision later in the day.

    China’s Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.17 per cent to 3,117.18 as the Asian Development Bank cut its economic growth forecast for China and also lowered its outlook for developing Asia. He cited the Ukraine conflict, Beijing’s COVID Zero policy and the central bank’s efforts to combat inflation.

    Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index fell 1.79 per cent to 18,444.62 on Fed jitters.

    Japanese shares hit a two-week low as caution prevailed ahead of the Fed, BoJ and BoE meetings.

    The Nikkei average closed at 1.36 per cent lower at 27,313.13, marking its lowest closing level since July 19. The broader Topix index slipped 1.36 per cent to 1,920.80, its weakest close since Sept. 7. Air conditioner manufacturer Daikin Industries led losses to close down nearly 4 per cent while Japan Steel Works soared 4.1 per cent in spite of the company lowering its profit forecast for the current fiscal year.

    Seoul stocks fell ahead of a widely expected hefty rate hike from the U.

    S. Federal Reserve.

    The Kospi average dropped 0.87 per cent to 2,347.21. Samsung SDI, Naver and Kakao all lost around 2 per cent.

    Shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering surged 8.9 per cent amid heightened anticipation that the company’s privatization would gather steam down the road.

    Australian markets tumbled to hit a two-month low, with commodity-related stocks pacing the declines on fears of a global recession.

    The benchmark S& 200 index gave up 1.56 per cent to end at 6,700.20, marking its third session of fall in four.

    The broader All Ordinaries index fell 1.54 per cent to 6,921.40. Across the Tasman, New Zealand’s benchmark S& 50 index slipped 0.62 per cent to settle at 11,498.95. U.

    S. stocks fell sharply overnight, and Treasury yields surged to multi-year highs as caution gripped markets ahead of the Fed’s rate hike announcement.

    Ford’s warning of big problems with supply chains and input costs also raised concerns about the earnings outlook.

    The Dow and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite both shed around 1 per cent while the S&P 500 dropped 1.1 per cent.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The number of people facing acute food insecurity around the world is expected to continue to skyrocket as the food crisis tightens its grip on 19 hunger hotspots fueled by rising conflict weather extremes and the economic instability aggravated by the pandemic and the domino effect of the crisis in Ukraine according to a joint UN report published today The report Hunger Hotspots FAO and WFP Early Warnings on Acute Food Insecurity published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO and the World Food Program WFP of the United Nations calls for urgent humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods and prevent famine in hotspot countries where acute food insecurity is expected to worsen between October 2022 and January 2023 The report sets out country specific recommendations on priorities for anticipatory action short term protective measures that are implemented before new humanitarian needs materialize and emergency response actions to address existing humanitarian needs The severe drought in the Horn of Africa has brought people to the brink of starvation destroying crops and killing the livestock on which their survival depends Acute food insecurity is increasing rapidly and spreading throughout the world In particular people in the poorest countries that have not yet recovered from the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic are suffering from the effects of ongoing conflicts in terms of prices food and fertilizer supplies as well as the emergency climate Without a massively scaled up humanitarian response with urgent and vital agricultural assistance at its core the situation is likely to worsen in many countries in the coming months said FAO Director General QU Dongyu This is the third time in 10 years that Somalia has been threatened by a devastating famine The 2011 famine was caused by two consecutive failed rainy seasons as well as the conflict We are facing a perfect storm today a likely fifth consecutive failed rainy season that will lead to a drought that will last well into 2023 But people in the thick of the current crisis are also facing rising food prices and severely limited opportunities to earn a living following the pandemic We urgently need to help those who are at grave risk of starvation in Somalia and in other hunger hotspots around the world said David Beasley WFP Executive Director The report highlights the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa where the longest drought in over 40 years is forecast to continue with a failed fifth consecutive rainy season on the horizon adding to the cumulative and devastating effects of successive rainfall deficits Economic crises and conflicts have had on vulnerable households since 2020 Water scarcity has led to below average harvests livestock deaths and has forced hundreds of thousands of people off their land in search of livelihood while increasing the risk of resource based and inter community conflict Up to 26 million people are expected to face crisis levels or worse IPC Phase 3 and above of food insecurity in Somalia southern and eastern Ethiopia and northern and eastern Kenya With humanitarian assistance at risk of being cut due to funding shortages the specter of large scale starvation looms over Somalia with famine likely to grip Baidoa and Burhakaba districts in the region of Bay from October Without an adequate humanitarian response analysts expect that by December as many as four children or two adults per 10 000 people will die each day Hundreds of thousands are already facing hunger today and staggering levels of malnutrition are expected among children under the age of 5 Globally an all time high of 970 000 people are expected to face catastrophic hunger IPC Phase 5 and are starving or projected to starve or at risk of deterioration to catastrophic conditions in Afghanistan Ethiopia South Sudan Somalia and Yemen if no action is taken ten times higher than six years ago when only two countries had Phase 5 populations Key Findings According to the report Afghanistan Ethiopia Nigeria South Sudan Somalia The US and Yemen remain on high alert as hotspots alone accounting for nearly a million people facing catastrophic levels of hunger IPC Phase 5 Catastrophe with hunger and death a daily reality and where Extreme levels of mortality and malnutrition can develop without immediate action The Democratic Republic of the Congo Haiti Kenya the Sahel Sudan and Syria continue to be very worrying due to deteriorating conditions as in the June edition of the quarterly report but the alert extends to the Central African Republic and Pakistan Meanwhile Guatemala Honduras and Malawi have been added to the list of countries joining Sri Lanka Zimbabwe and Madagascar that remain hotspots of hunger Violent conflict remains the main driver of acute hunger and analysis indicates a continuation of this trend in 2022 with particular concern for Ethiopia where escalating conflict and inter ethnic violence in several regions is expected to further escalate increasing humanitarian needs Extreme weather events such as floods tropical storms and droughts remain critical factors in many parts of the world and a new normal of back to back extreme weather events is becoming apparent especially in hotspots Devastating floods have affected 33 million people this year alone in Pakistan and South Sudan is facing a fourth consecutive year of extreme flooding Meanwhile a third consecutive below average rainy season is projected in Syria For the first time in 20 years the La Ni a weather event has continued for three consecutive years affecting agriculture and causing crop and livestock losses in many parts of the world including Afghanistan West and East Africa and Syria On the economic front persistently high global prices for food fuel and fertilizer continue to drive high domestic prices and economic instability Rising inflation rates have forced governments to enact monetary tightening measures in advanced economies that have also increased the cost of credit for low income countries This is restricting the ability of highly indebted countries the number of countries has increased significantly in recent years to finance the import of essential items Faced with these macroeconomic challenges many governments are forced to introduce austerity measures that affect income and purchasing power particularly among the most vulnerable families These trends are expected to increase in the coming months the report notes with rising poverty and acute food insecurity as well as risks of civil unrest caused by rising socio economic grievances Humanitarian assistance is crucial to saving lives and preventing starvation death and the total collapse of livelihoods says the report which highlights that insecurity administrative and bureaucratic impediments movement restrictions and physical barriers limit The access of humanitarian responders to people facing acute hunger in eleven of the hotspot countries including the six countries where populations face or are projected to face hunger IPC Phase 5 or are at risk of severe hunger deteriorate to catastrophic conditions Humanitarian action is critical to prevent hunger and death The report calls for targeted humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods in the 19 famine hotspots noting that in Afghanistan Ethiopia Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen humanitarian action will be essential to prevent further hunger and death
    Food crisis tightens its grip on 19 ‘hunger hotspots’ as famine looms in Horn of Africa – New report
      The number of people facing acute food insecurity around the world is expected to continue to skyrocket as the food crisis tightens its grip on 19 hunger hotspots fueled by rising conflict weather extremes and the economic instability aggravated by the pandemic and the domino effect of the crisis in Ukraine according to a joint UN report published today The report Hunger Hotspots FAO and WFP Early Warnings on Acute Food Insecurity published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO and the World Food Program WFP of the United Nations calls for urgent humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods and prevent famine in hotspot countries where acute food insecurity is expected to worsen between October 2022 and January 2023 The report sets out country specific recommendations on priorities for anticipatory action short term protective measures that are implemented before new humanitarian needs materialize and emergency response actions to address existing humanitarian needs The severe drought in the Horn of Africa has brought people to the brink of starvation destroying crops and killing the livestock on which their survival depends Acute food insecurity is increasing rapidly and spreading throughout the world In particular people in the poorest countries that have not yet recovered from the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic are suffering from the effects of ongoing conflicts in terms of prices food and fertilizer supplies as well as the emergency climate Without a massively scaled up humanitarian response with urgent and vital agricultural assistance at its core the situation is likely to worsen in many countries in the coming months said FAO Director General QU Dongyu This is the third time in 10 years that Somalia has been threatened by a devastating famine The 2011 famine was caused by two consecutive failed rainy seasons as well as the conflict We are facing a perfect storm today a likely fifth consecutive failed rainy season that will lead to a drought that will last well into 2023 But people in the thick of the current crisis are also facing rising food prices and severely limited opportunities to earn a living following the pandemic We urgently need to help those who are at grave risk of starvation in Somalia and in other hunger hotspots around the world said David Beasley WFP Executive Director The report highlights the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa where the longest drought in over 40 years is forecast to continue with a failed fifth consecutive rainy season on the horizon adding to the cumulative and devastating effects of successive rainfall deficits Economic crises and conflicts have had on vulnerable households since 2020 Water scarcity has led to below average harvests livestock deaths and has forced hundreds of thousands of people off their land in search of livelihood while increasing the risk of resource based and inter community conflict Up to 26 million people are expected to face crisis levels or worse IPC Phase 3 and above of food insecurity in Somalia southern and eastern Ethiopia and northern and eastern Kenya With humanitarian assistance at risk of being cut due to funding shortages the specter of large scale starvation looms over Somalia with famine likely to grip Baidoa and Burhakaba districts in the region of Bay from October Without an adequate humanitarian response analysts expect that by December as many as four children or two adults per 10 000 people will die each day Hundreds of thousands are already facing hunger today and staggering levels of malnutrition are expected among children under the age of 5 Globally an all time high of 970 000 people are expected to face catastrophic hunger IPC Phase 5 and are starving or projected to starve or at risk of deterioration to catastrophic conditions in Afghanistan Ethiopia South Sudan Somalia and Yemen if no action is taken ten times higher than six years ago when only two countries had Phase 5 populations Key Findings According to the report Afghanistan Ethiopia Nigeria South Sudan Somalia The US and Yemen remain on high alert as hotspots alone accounting for nearly a million people facing catastrophic levels of hunger IPC Phase 5 Catastrophe with hunger and death a daily reality and where Extreme levels of mortality and malnutrition can develop without immediate action The Democratic Republic of the Congo Haiti Kenya the Sahel Sudan and Syria continue to be very worrying due to deteriorating conditions as in the June edition of the quarterly report but the alert extends to the Central African Republic and Pakistan Meanwhile Guatemala Honduras and Malawi have been added to the list of countries joining Sri Lanka Zimbabwe and Madagascar that remain hotspots of hunger Violent conflict remains the main driver of acute hunger and analysis indicates a continuation of this trend in 2022 with particular concern for Ethiopia where escalating conflict and inter ethnic violence in several regions is expected to further escalate increasing humanitarian needs Extreme weather events such as floods tropical storms and droughts remain critical factors in many parts of the world and a new normal of back to back extreme weather events is becoming apparent especially in hotspots Devastating floods have affected 33 million people this year alone in Pakistan and South Sudan is facing a fourth consecutive year of extreme flooding Meanwhile a third consecutive below average rainy season is projected in Syria For the first time in 20 years the La Ni a weather event has continued for three consecutive years affecting agriculture and causing crop and livestock losses in many parts of the world including Afghanistan West and East Africa and Syria On the economic front persistently high global prices for food fuel and fertilizer continue to drive high domestic prices and economic instability Rising inflation rates have forced governments to enact monetary tightening measures in advanced economies that have also increased the cost of credit for low income countries This is restricting the ability of highly indebted countries the number of countries has increased significantly in recent years to finance the import of essential items Faced with these macroeconomic challenges many governments are forced to introduce austerity measures that affect income and purchasing power particularly among the most vulnerable families These trends are expected to increase in the coming months the report notes with rising poverty and acute food insecurity as well as risks of civil unrest caused by rising socio economic grievances Humanitarian assistance is crucial to saving lives and preventing starvation death and the total collapse of livelihoods says the report which highlights that insecurity administrative and bureaucratic impediments movement restrictions and physical barriers limit The access of humanitarian responders to people facing acute hunger in eleven of the hotspot countries including the six countries where populations face or are projected to face hunger IPC Phase 5 or are at risk of severe hunger deteriorate to catastrophic conditions Humanitarian action is critical to prevent hunger and death The report calls for targeted humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods in the 19 famine hotspots noting that in Afghanistan Ethiopia Nigeria Somalia South Sudan and Yemen humanitarian action will be essential to prevent further hunger and death
    Food crisis tightens its grip on 19 ‘hunger hotspots’ as famine looms in Horn of Africa – New report
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    Food crisis tightens its grip on 19 ‘hunger hotspots’ as famine looms in Horn of Africa – New report

    The number of people facing acute food insecurity around the world is expected to continue to skyrocket, as the food crisis tightens its grip on 19 'hunger hotspots', fueled by rising conflict, weather extremes and the economic instability aggravated by the pandemic and the domino effect.

    of the crisis in Ukraine, according to a joint UN report published today.

    The report 'Hunger Hotspots: FAO and WFP Early Warnings on Acute Food Insecurity', published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations, calls for urgent humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods.

    and prevent famine in hotspot countries where acute food insecurity is expected to worsen between October 2022 and January 2023.

    The report sets out country-specific recommendations on priorities for anticipatory action: short-term protective measures that are implemented before new humanitarian needs materialize.

    ; and emergency response: actions to address existing humanitarian needs.

    “The severe drought in the Horn of Africa has brought people to the brink of starvation, destroying crops and killing the livestock on which their survival depends.

    Acute food insecurity is increasing rapidly and spreading throughout the world.

    In particular, people in the poorest countries that have not yet recovered from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are suffering from the effects of ongoing conflicts, in terms of prices, food and fertilizer supplies, as well as the emergency climate.

    Without a massively scaled-up humanitarian response with urgent and vital agricultural assistance at its core, the situation is likely to worsen in many countries in the coming months,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.

    “This is the third time in 10 years that Somalia has been threatened by a devastating famine.

    The 2011 famine was caused by two consecutive failed rainy seasons, as well as the conflict.

    We are facing a perfect storm today: a likely fifth consecutive failed rainy season that will lead to a drought that will last well into 2023.

    But people in the thick of the current crisis are also facing rising food prices and severely limited opportunities to earn a living.

    following the pandemic.

    We urgently need to help those who are at grave risk of starvation in Somalia and in other hunger hotspots around the world,” said David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.

    The report highlights the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, where the longest drought in over 40 years is forecast to continue, with a failed fifth consecutive rainy season on the horizon, adding to the cumulative and devastating effects of successive rainfall deficits, Economic crises and conflicts have had on vulnerable households since 2020.

    Water scarcity has led to below-average harvests, livestock deaths and has forced hundreds of thousands of people off their land in search of livelihood, while increasing the risk of resource-based and inter-community conflict.

    .

    Up to 26 million people are expected to face crisis levels or worse (IPC Phase 3 and above) of food insecurity in Somalia, southern and eastern Ethiopia, and northern and eastern Kenya.

    With humanitarian assistance at risk of being cut due to funding shortages, the specter of large-scale starvation looms over Somalia, with famine likely to grip Baidoa and Burhakaba districts in the region.

    of Bay from October.

    Without an adequate humanitarian response, analysts expect that by December, as many as four children or two adults per 10,000 people will die each day.

    Hundreds of thousands are already facing hunger today and staggering levels of malnutrition are expected among children under the age of 5.

    Globally, an all-time high of 970,000 people are expected to face catastrophic hunger (IPC Phase 5) and are starving or projected to starve or at risk of deterioration to catastrophic conditions in Afghanistan, Ethiopia , South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, if no action is taken, ten times higher than six years ago when only two countries had Phase 5 populations.

    Key Findings According to the report, Afghanistan , Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia The US and Yemen remain on 'high alert' as hotspots, alone accounting for nearly a million people facing catastrophic levels of hunger (IPC Phase 5 'Catastrophe') with hunger and death a daily reality and where Extreme levels of mortality and malnutrition can develop without immediate action.

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Kenya, the Sahel, Sudan and Syria continue to be "very worrying" due to deteriorating conditions, as in the June edition of the quarterly report, but the alert extends to the Central African Republic and Pakistan .

    Meanwhile, Guatemala, Honduras and Malawi have been added to the list of countries, joining Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Madagascar that remain hotspots of hunger.

    Violent conflict remains the main driver of acute hunger and analysis indicates a continuation of this trend in 2022, with particular concern for Ethiopia, where escalating conflict and inter-ethnic violence in several regions is expected to further escalate, increasing humanitarian needs.

    Extreme weather events such as floods, tropical storms and droughts remain critical factors in many parts of the world, and a "new normal" of back-to-back extreme weather events is becoming apparent, especially in hotspots.

    Devastating floods have affected 33 million people this year alone in Pakistan and South Sudan is facing a fourth consecutive year of extreme flooding.

    Meanwhile, a third consecutive below-average rainy season is projected in Syria.

    For the first time in 20 years, the La Niña weather event has continued for three consecutive years, affecting agriculture and causing crop and livestock losses in many parts of the world, including Afghanistan, West and East Africa, and Syria.

    On the economic front, persistently high global prices for food, fuel, and fertilizer continue to drive high domestic prices and economic instability.

    Rising inflation rates have forced governments to enact monetary tightening measures in advanced economies that have also increased the cost of credit for low-income countries.

    This is restricting the ability of highly indebted countries (the number of countries has increased significantly in recent years) to finance the import of essential items.

    Faced with these macroeconomic challenges, many governments are forced to introduce austerity measures that affect income and purchasing power, particularly among the most vulnerable families.

    These trends are expected to increase in the coming months, the report notes, with rising poverty and acute food insecurity, as well as risks of civil unrest caused by rising socio-economic grievances.

    Humanitarian assistance is crucial to saving lives and preventing starvation, death and the total collapse of livelihoods, says the report, which highlights that insecurity, administrative and bureaucratic impediments, movement restrictions and physical barriers limit The access of humanitarian responders to people facing acute hunger in eleven of the hotspot countries, including the six countries where populations face or are projected to face hunger (IPC Phase 5), or are at risk of severe hunger.

    deteriorate to catastrophic conditions.

    Humanitarian action is critical to prevent hunger and death The report calls for targeted humanitarian action to save lives and livelihoods in the 19 famine hotspots, noting that in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, humanitarian action will be essential to prevent further hunger and death.

  •  The National Human Rights Commission NHRC says most disputes across Nigeria gradually snowball into armed conflicts and human rights violations due to the absence of peaceful justice and equitable resolution in the early stages The Executive Secretary of the Commission Chief Tony Ojukwu SAN made this known in commemoration of the 2022 International Peace Day observed Sept 21 Ojukwu advised stakeholders and Non Nigerians to observe early warning signals and to always adopt a peaceful approach to issues rather than engaging in conflict with disagreeing parties Such conflicts and consequent insecurity generate unfavorable development climate as well as drain resources for any meaningful development in the country he added The day is also an opportunity to take stock and support peace efforts so as to minimize conflicts which remain a huge challenge to human rights protection all over the world and NIgeria in particular Disputes and injustices across the country is gradually snowballing into armed conflicts and human rights violations because there was absence of peaceful and genuine efforts at just and equitable resolution at the early stages Such conflicts and consequent insecurity generate unfavorable development climate as well as drain resources for any meaningful development in the country he added Ojukwu said the commission has continually embarked on monitoring of human rights and humanitarian situations of the Internally Displaced Persons with a view to addressing such critical concerns usually occasioned by violent conflicts and extremism He advised security personnel involved in internal security operations to mainstream human rights into both their rules of engagement and operations to mitigate human rights violations He therefore called for peaceful human rights based approach to internal security management in order to restore peace in the affected parts of the country In line with the above strategy the NHRC is collaborating with Borno Adamawa and Yobe state governments supported by the European Union and UNDP on a Reconciliation Reintegration and Transitional Justice project to address large scale atrocities and human rights violations suffered by communities and victims of insurgency in the area This is intended to facilitate peaceful development of the affected communities and to a large extent help in rebuilding damaged communities and bringing lasting peace to the country We call on those who indulge in acts activities and statements that disparage or dehumanize other persons to desist from such he said He added that hate statements discriminatory practices such as tribalism nepotism chauvinism preferentialism and ethnicity all fan the embers of hatred and conflicts in the country These he said should be discouraged by all well meaning Individuals for peace to reign The theme of this year s day is End Racism Build Peace NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unresolved disputes lead to armed conflicts – NHRC
     The National Human Rights Commission NHRC says most disputes across Nigeria gradually snowball into armed conflicts and human rights violations due to the absence of peaceful justice and equitable resolution in the early stages The Executive Secretary of the Commission Chief Tony Ojukwu SAN made this known in commemoration of the 2022 International Peace Day observed Sept 21 Ojukwu advised stakeholders and Non Nigerians to observe early warning signals and to always adopt a peaceful approach to issues rather than engaging in conflict with disagreeing parties Such conflicts and consequent insecurity generate unfavorable development climate as well as drain resources for any meaningful development in the country he added The day is also an opportunity to take stock and support peace efforts so as to minimize conflicts which remain a huge challenge to human rights protection all over the world and NIgeria in particular Disputes and injustices across the country is gradually snowballing into armed conflicts and human rights violations because there was absence of peaceful and genuine efforts at just and equitable resolution at the early stages Such conflicts and consequent insecurity generate unfavorable development climate as well as drain resources for any meaningful development in the country he added Ojukwu said the commission has continually embarked on monitoring of human rights and humanitarian situations of the Internally Displaced Persons with a view to addressing such critical concerns usually occasioned by violent conflicts and extremism He advised security personnel involved in internal security operations to mainstream human rights into both their rules of engagement and operations to mitigate human rights violations He therefore called for peaceful human rights based approach to internal security management in order to restore peace in the affected parts of the country In line with the above strategy the NHRC is collaborating with Borno Adamawa and Yobe state governments supported by the European Union and UNDP on a Reconciliation Reintegration and Transitional Justice project to address large scale atrocities and human rights violations suffered by communities and victims of insurgency in the area This is intended to facilitate peaceful development of the affected communities and to a large extent help in rebuilding damaged communities and bringing lasting peace to the country We call on those who indulge in acts activities and statements that disparage or dehumanize other persons to desist from such he said He added that hate statements discriminatory practices such as tribalism nepotism chauvinism preferentialism and ethnicity all fan the embers of hatred and conflicts in the country These he said should be discouraged by all well meaning Individuals for peace to reign The theme of this year s day is End Racism Build Peace NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Unresolved disputes lead to armed conflicts – NHRC
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    Unresolved disputes lead to armed conflicts – NHRC

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) says most disputes across Nigeria gradually snowball into armed conflicts and human rights violations due to the absence of peaceful, justice, and equitable resolution in the early stages.

    The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu, SAN, made this known in commemoration of the 2022 International Peace Day, observed Sept. 21. Ojukwu advised stakeholders and Non-Nigerians to observe early warning signals and to always adopt a peaceful approach to issues rather than engaging in conflict with disagreeing parties.

    “Such conflicts and consequent insecurity, generate unfavorable development climate as well as drain resources for any meaningful development in the country” he added.

    The day is also an opportunity to take stock and support peace efforts so as to minimize conflicts which remain a huge challenge to human rights protection all over the world and NIgeria in particular.

    ” Disputes and injustices across the country is gradually snowballing into armed conflicts and human rights violations because there was absence of peaceful and genuine efforts at just and equitable resolution at the early stages.

    ”Such conflicts and consequent insecurity, generate unfavorable development climate as well as drain resources for any meaningful development in the country” he added.

    Ojukwu said the commission has continually embarked on monitoring of human rights and humanitarian situations of the Internally Displaced Persons , with a view to addressing such critical concerns usually occasioned by violent conflicts and extremism.

    He advised security personnel involved in internal security operations to mainstream human rights into both their rules of engagement and operations to mitigate human rights violations.

    He therefore called for peaceful human rights based approach to internal security management in order to restore peace in the affected parts of the country.

    ” In line with the above strategy, the NHRC is collaborating with Borno, Adamawa and Yobe state governments supported by the European Union and UNDP on a Reconciliation, Reintegration and Transitional Justice project to address large scale atrocities and human rights violations suffered by communities and victims of insurgency in the area.

    “This is intended to facilitate peaceful development of the affected communities and to a large extent help in rebuilding damaged communities and bringing lasting peace to the country.

    ” We call on those who indulge in acts, activities and statements that disparage or dehumanize other persons to desist from such” he said.

    He added that hate statements, discriminatory practices such as tribalism, nepotism, chauvinism, preferentialism and ethnicity all fan the embers of hatred and conflicts in the country.

    These he said should be discouraged by all well meaning Individuals for peace to reign.

    The theme of this year’s day is “End Racism: Build Peace”.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has expressed displeasure over the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU members in the Nasarawa State University Keffi to stick to the ongoing strike in spite of government s intervention Sule made his feelings known when he hosted members of the state university s Joint Action Committee in Government House Lafia on Wednesday He said after sticking out its government neck to accommodate some of the demands of ASUU members in the state university the union refused to honour their part of the agreement by returning to classes The state government accommodates some of the demands of the ubion in the university especially by not invoking the no work no pay rule The government also grees to takeover the payment of salaries of staff of the university and the approval of N200 million as part payment of staff accumulated earned allowances He wondered why his administration would fulfil part of the union s demands as conditions for calling off the seven month strike but the ASUU members in the university would renege and come out with further conditions We took one fifth of the outstanding N1 billion outstanding earned allowances and we will pay N200 million on the condition you will go back but if you don t go back I can t be throwing money into unproductive ventures I came from the private sector where people are productive I can t be throwing money into an unproductive environment It just doesn t make sense Sule said Sule said it was not the fault of government that NSUK staff were being owed two months He explained that his administration had continued to remit its monthly subvention to the university but the university had failed to augment by generating internal revenue as a result of the ongoing strike For us as a state we have continued to give you the normal amount that we have been giving you but the university could not generate any internal revenue to complement That is why you are two months behind If the strike continues it may stretch to three four or even six months he stated The governor therefore called on the Joint Action Committee of the university to appeal to ASUU to see reason and call off the ongoing strike Sule said that his administration would continue to take steps towards ensuring that the state university remained among the best universities in the country Earlier Chairman Joint Action Committee of the Nasarawa State University Keffi Simon Yakubu said they were at the Government House to appreciate the governor for what he has been doing for the university He thanked the governor for his initiatives in the educational sector of the state especially the ongoing employment across all the tertiary institutions in the state Yakubu also appreciated the governor for approving N200 million as part payment of their earned allowances He also stated some of their pressing demands for the attention of the state government including the payment of the members two months salary arrears Pay the two months outstanding salaries implement consequential adjustment for minimum wage and develop infrastructure among others he told the governor The state university s Joint Action Committee comprises the Non Academic Staff Union NASU Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and the National Association of Academic Technologists NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU members’ action in Nasarawa State worries gov
     Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has expressed displeasure over the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU members in the Nasarawa State University Keffi to stick to the ongoing strike in spite of government s intervention Sule made his feelings known when he hosted members of the state university s Joint Action Committee in Government House Lafia on Wednesday He said after sticking out its government neck to accommodate some of the demands of ASUU members in the state university the union refused to honour their part of the agreement by returning to classes The state government accommodates some of the demands of the ubion in the university especially by not invoking the no work no pay rule The government also grees to takeover the payment of salaries of staff of the university and the approval of N200 million as part payment of staff accumulated earned allowances He wondered why his administration would fulfil part of the union s demands as conditions for calling off the seven month strike but the ASUU members in the university would renege and come out with further conditions We took one fifth of the outstanding N1 billion outstanding earned allowances and we will pay N200 million on the condition you will go back but if you don t go back I can t be throwing money into unproductive ventures I came from the private sector where people are productive I can t be throwing money into an unproductive environment It just doesn t make sense Sule said Sule said it was not the fault of government that NSUK staff were being owed two months He explained that his administration had continued to remit its monthly subvention to the university but the university had failed to augment by generating internal revenue as a result of the ongoing strike For us as a state we have continued to give you the normal amount that we have been giving you but the university could not generate any internal revenue to complement That is why you are two months behind If the strike continues it may stretch to three four or even six months he stated The governor therefore called on the Joint Action Committee of the university to appeal to ASUU to see reason and call off the ongoing strike Sule said that his administration would continue to take steps towards ensuring that the state university remained among the best universities in the country Earlier Chairman Joint Action Committee of the Nasarawa State University Keffi Simon Yakubu said they were at the Government House to appreciate the governor for what he has been doing for the university He thanked the governor for his initiatives in the educational sector of the state especially the ongoing employment across all the tertiary institutions in the state Yakubu also appreciated the governor for approving N200 million as part payment of their earned allowances He also stated some of their pressing demands for the attention of the state government including the payment of the members two months salary arrears Pay the two months outstanding salaries implement consequential adjustment for minimum wage and develop infrastructure among others he told the governor The state university s Joint Action Committee comprises the Non Academic Staff Union NASU Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and the National Association of Academic Technologists NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU members’ action in Nasarawa State worries gov
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    ASUU members’ action in Nasarawa State worries gov

    Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has expressed displeasure over the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members in the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, to stick to the ongoing strike in spite of government’s intervention.

    Sule made his feelings known when he hosted members of the state university’s Joint Action Committee in Government House, Lafia, on Wednesday.

    He said “after sticking out its (government) neck to accommodate some of the demands of ASUU members in the state university, the union refused to honour their part of the agreement by returning to classes.

    “The state government accommodates some of the demands of the ubion in the university, especially by not invoking the no-work-no-pay rule.

    “The government also grees to takeover the payment of salaries of staff of the university and the approval of N200 million as part payment of staff accumulated earned allowances”.

    He wondered why his administration would fulfil part of the union’s demands as conditions for calling off the seven-month strike but the ASUU members in the university would renege and come out with further conditions.

    “We took one-fifth of the outstanding N1 billion outstanding earned allowances and we will pay N200 million on the condition you will go back but if you don’t go back, I can’t be throwing money into unproductive ventures.

    “I came from the private sector where people are productive.

    I can’t be throwing money into an unproductive environment.

    It just doesn’t make sense,” Sule said.

    Sule said it was not the fault of government that NSUK staff were being owed two months.

    He explained that his administration had continued to remit its monthly subvention to the university but the university had failed to augment by generating internal revenue as a result of the ongoing strike.

    “For us, as a state, we have continued to give you the normal amount that we have been giving you but the university could not generate any internal revenue to complement.

    “That is why you are two months behind.

    If the strike continues, it may stretch to three, four or even six months,” he stated.

    The governor, therefore, called on the Joint Action Committee of the university to appeal to ASUU to see reason and call off the ongoing strike.

    Sule said that his administration would continue to take steps towards ensuring that the state university remained among the best universities in the country.

    Earlier, Chairman, Joint Action Committee of the Nasarawa State University Keffi Simon Yakubu said they were at the Government House to appreciate the governor for what he has been doing for the university.

    He thanked the governor for his initiatives in the educational sector of the state, especially the ongoing employment across all the tertiary institutions in the state.

    Yakubu also appreciated the governor for approving N200 million as part-payment of their earned allowances.

    He also stated some of their pressing demands for the attention of the state government, including the payment of the members’ two months salary arrears.

    “Pay the two months outstanding salaries, implement consequential adjustment for minimum wage and develop infrastructure, among others,” he told the governor.

    The state university’s Joint Action Committee comprises the Non- Academic Staff Union (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists.


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  •   Africa s conservation heroes were honored at the prestigious 2022 African Conservation Awards at the African Rangers Congress in Botswana on Saturday 17 September The Awards are an annual celebration to honor the brave men and women who are committed to protecting Africa s wilderness and in doing so raise awareness of the critical and diverse work they do to ensure that our wildlife and places wild are protected for generations to come Now in its 11th year the awards were held once again after a 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic at an in person event as part of the African Ranger Congress The event was organized by the Game Rangers Association of Africa in Kasane Botswana where game rangers from across Africa came together to share experiences His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who is the sponsor of the Africa Conservation Awards reminded us of the threats and dangers facing this selfless group of individuals when referring to the assassination of Best Ranger Award finalist Anton Mzimba in a video message He reminds us of the importance of his profession the risks he faces on a day to day basis but also the determination and dangerous nature of those he faces and often faces alone I applaud the fact that you are now honoring all the heroes of biodiversity beyond the rhino You are the fighting vanguard of a global movement that we must all promote encourage support and prolong Every organization and individual that has been shortlisted has shown a remarkable determination to succeed when the odds have often been stacked against them and the African Conservation Awards provide the platform to ensure they get the recognition they deserve The winners The winners selected by evaluating the work done over the past 12 months beginning in July 2021 were announced as follows BEST FIELD RANGER Winner NDOUROU Boris Harding Manovo Gounda St Floris National Park Central African Republic As Head of Sector Boris leads a team of 80 rangers and ensures tactical advice on operational deployments where he leads anti poaching and biomonitoring activities Until 2019 this park was subject to poachers illegal wildlife traders and armed groups but Boris took the initiative to relaunch operational activities in the park resulting in an increase in wildlife To date Boris anti poaching operations have deterred 147 poaching violators and seized 41 hunting weapons He has also reached 258 transhumance herders through outreach activities and helped divert 23 000 head of cattle from the national park Boris has been committed to the conservation mission since 2008 and works alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society team 1st Runner up KITITCHA Jacques Pendjari National Park Benin 2nd Runner up KILOLO MAKWAYA Eric Salonga National Park Democratic Republic of the Congo BEST GAMING RANGER Winner Anton Mzimba posthumous Chief of Ranger Services Timbavati Private Nature Reserve South Africa Anton began his career at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as a general laborer in the mid 1990s where he patched roads built gabions maintained fences and completed the daily tasks required of a general laborer He always strove to be a ranger and over the next 25 years Anton rose through the ranks going from ranger to corporal sergeant and eventually chief of ranger services Apart from the many accolades and press Anton s greatest gift was his ability to lead and inspire the people of the local communities bordering the Kruger National Park Anton led by example working to change the stigma that conservation was a privilege of a wealthy minority and instead the birthright of all humanity from all backgrounds races and cultures He believed in developing his team and wanted both local men and women to have the opportunity to rise through the ranks into leadership positions On July 26 2022 Anton was killed outside his home by three gunmen allegedly linked to poaching syndicates paying the ultimate sacrifice for being a ranger and a leader on the front lines of the rhino poaching war 1st Runner up tied Colin Rowles Warden Klaserie Private Nature Reserve South Africa 1st Runner up tied Leonardo Gungalo Field Ranger Support Manager Oceans Without Borders Mozambique BEST CONSERVATION TEAM Winner Simba Community Wildlife Scouts Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust Kenya Simba Scouts is a conservation team working within the Kuku Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya They include a dedicated team of 18 Maasai warriors Moran who day in and day out monitor GPS collared lions and other wildlife which is a very important measure to mitigate human wildlife conflict within the local communities of Maasai Another impact of Simba Scouts has been the influence of the community on the adoption of conservation Before becoming Simba Scouts some members of the team were renowned warriors who led lion hunts However they have become the guardian lions of the ecosystem which is a testament to their good work 1st Runner up Mount Kenya Trust Kenya 2nd Runner up Nigeria National Park Service Management Team Nigeria BEST CONSERVATION SUPPORT Winner Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association Kenya Over the past four decades Kenya has lost more than 68 of its wildlife The Kenya Wildlife Conservation Association KWCA was established to address this problem KWCA has mobilized a membership of 174 primarily community based conservancies to take a holistic approach to addressing the biodiversity crisis and addressing the complex problem of habitat loss Today the network of more than 215 conservancies in the country is a celebrated success as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary The network of conservation areas has more than doubled the area under conservation from 8 of the country s land mass to 20 adding 7 2 million hectares of conserved land today mainly due to the enabling policy environment and incentives negotiated through the KWCA 1st Runner Up Britius Munkombwe Community Outreach Manager Game Rangers International Zambia 2nd Runner Up BirdLife South Africa Landscape Conservation Programme South Africa In these dark times of unchecked human overpopulation causing climate degeneration and the destruction of life around the world our conservation heroes are the last hope The murder of Anton Mzimba and the deaths of hundreds of his fellow conservation heroes around the world underscore the crisis Please join me in congratulating all the winners and finalists of the African Conservation Awards 2022 We are incredibly grateful to you Dr Larry Hansen Founder of the African Conservation Awards Each Field Ranger and Game Ranger finalist will receive Jim Green African Ranger boots and membership in the GRAA which includes medical evacuation accidental death and disability insurance coverage Zeiss also supported the selected winners with binoculars Uniting to Support Africa s Rangers On the morning of the awards wildlife ranger teams came together for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge a half marathon taking place around the world with one goal raise money to support the men and women on the front lines of Africa protected areas 94 ranger teams have registered for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge from 21 different countries Attendees at the Rangers Congress in Kasane attempted the fastest known time in Kasane over 21 km with 22 kg As well as raising money for frontline conservation efforts this pan African sporting event aims to raise awareness of the increasingly diverse role of wildlife rangers at a time when resources are scarcer than ever The African Conservation Awards are organized annually by the Game Rangers Association of Africa GRAA and are made possible through the generous support of sponsors Chinese New Enterprise Investment CNEI and backed by the Department of Environmental Affairs DEA His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who is committed to the protection of endangered species through the support of his Foundation is the Patron of the African Conservation Awards
    African Conservation Awards announces winners at African Ranger Congress
      Africa s conservation heroes were honored at the prestigious 2022 African Conservation Awards at the African Rangers Congress in Botswana on Saturday 17 September The Awards are an annual celebration to honor the brave men and women who are committed to protecting Africa s wilderness and in doing so raise awareness of the critical and diverse work they do to ensure that our wildlife and places wild are protected for generations to come Now in its 11th year the awards were held once again after a 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic at an in person event as part of the African Ranger Congress The event was organized by the Game Rangers Association of Africa in Kasane Botswana where game rangers from across Africa came together to share experiences His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who is the sponsor of the Africa Conservation Awards reminded us of the threats and dangers facing this selfless group of individuals when referring to the assassination of Best Ranger Award finalist Anton Mzimba in a video message He reminds us of the importance of his profession the risks he faces on a day to day basis but also the determination and dangerous nature of those he faces and often faces alone I applaud the fact that you are now honoring all the heroes of biodiversity beyond the rhino You are the fighting vanguard of a global movement that we must all promote encourage support and prolong Every organization and individual that has been shortlisted has shown a remarkable determination to succeed when the odds have often been stacked against them and the African Conservation Awards provide the platform to ensure they get the recognition they deserve The winners The winners selected by evaluating the work done over the past 12 months beginning in July 2021 were announced as follows BEST FIELD RANGER Winner NDOUROU Boris Harding Manovo Gounda St Floris National Park Central African Republic As Head of Sector Boris leads a team of 80 rangers and ensures tactical advice on operational deployments where he leads anti poaching and biomonitoring activities Until 2019 this park was subject to poachers illegal wildlife traders and armed groups but Boris took the initiative to relaunch operational activities in the park resulting in an increase in wildlife To date Boris anti poaching operations have deterred 147 poaching violators and seized 41 hunting weapons He has also reached 258 transhumance herders through outreach activities and helped divert 23 000 head of cattle from the national park Boris has been committed to the conservation mission since 2008 and works alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society team 1st Runner up KITITCHA Jacques Pendjari National Park Benin 2nd Runner up KILOLO MAKWAYA Eric Salonga National Park Democratic Republic of the Congo BEST GAMING RANGER Winner Anton Mzimba posthumous Chief of Ranger Services Timbavati Private Nature Reserve South Africa Anton began his career at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as a general laborer in the mid 1990s where he patched roads built gabions maintained fences and completed the daily tasks required of a general laborer He always strove to be a ranger and over the next 25 years Anton rose through the ranks going from ranger to corporal sergeant and eventually chief of ranger services Apart from the many accolades and press Anton s greatest gift was his ability to lead and inspire the people of the local communities bordering the Kruger National Park Anton led by example working to change the stigma that conservation was a privilege of a wealthy minority and instead the birthright of all humanity from all backgrounds races and cultures He believed in developing his team and wanted both local men and women to have the opportunity to rise through the ranks into leadership positions On July 26 2022 Anton was killed outside his home by three gunmen allegedly linked to poaching syndicates paying the ultimate sacrifice for being a ranger and a leader on the front lines of the rhino poaching war 1st Runner up tied Colin Rowles Warden Klaserie Private Nature Reserve South Africa 1st Runner up tied Leonardo Gungalo Field Ranger Support Manager Oceans Without Borders Mozambique BEST CONSERVATION TEAM Winner Simba Community Wildlife Scouts Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust Kenya Simba Scouts is a conservation team working within the Kuku Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya They include a dedicated team of 18 Maasai warriors Moran who day in and day out monitor GPS collared lions and other wildlife which is a very important measure to mitigate human wildlife conflict within the local communities of Maasai Another impact of Simba Scouts has been the influence of the community on the adoption of conservation Before becoming Simba Scouts some members of the team were renowned warriors who led lion hunts However they have become the guardian lions of the ecosystem which is a testament to their good work 1st Runner up Mount Kenya Trust Kenya 2nd Runner up Nigeria National Park Service Management Team Nigeria BEST CONSERVATION SUPPORT Winner Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association Kenya Over the past four decades Kenya has lost more than 68 of its wildlife The Kenya Wildlife Conservation Association KWCA was established to address this problem KWCA has mobilized a membership of 174 primarily community based conservancies to take a holistic approach to addressing the biodiversity crisis and addressing the complex problem of habitat loss Today the network of more than 215 conservancies in the country is a celebrated success as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary The network of conservation areas has more than doubled the area under conservation from 8 of the country s land mass to 20 adding 7 2 million hectares of conserved land today mainly due to the enabling policy environment and incentives negotiated through the KWCA 1st Runner Up Britius Munkombwe Community Outreach Manager Game Rangers International Zambia 2nd Runner Up BirdLife South Africa Landscape Conservation Programme South Africa In these dark times of unchecked human overpopulation causing climate degeneration and the destruction of life around the world our conservation heroes are the last hope The murder of Anton Mzimba and the deaths of hundreds of his fellow conservation heroes around the world underscore the crisis Please join me in congratulating all the winners and finalists of the African Conservation Awards 2022 We are incredibly grateful to you Dr Larry Hansen Founder of the African Conservation Awards Each Field Ranger and Game Ranger finalist will receive Jim Green African Ranger boots and membership in the GRAA which includes medical evacuation accidental death and disability insurance coverage Zeiss also supported the selected winners with binoculars Uniting to Support Africa s Rangers On the morning of the awards wildlife ranger teams came together for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge a half marathon taking place around the world with one goal raise money to support the men and women on the front lines of Africa protected areas 94 ranger teams have registered for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge from 21 different countries Attendees at the Rangers Congress in Kasane attempted the fastest known time in Kasane over 21 km with 22 kg As well as raising money for frontline conservation efforts this pan African sporting event aims to raise awareness of the increasingly diverse role of wildlife rangers at a time when resources are scarcer than ever The African Conservation Awards are organized annually by the Game Rangers Association of Africa GRAA and are made possible through the generous support of sponsors Chinese New Enterprise Investment CNEI and backed by the Department of Environmental Affairs DEA His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco who is committed to the protection of endangered species through the support of his Foundation is the Patron of the African Conservation Awards
    African Conservation Awards announces winners at African Ranger Congress
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    African Conservation Awards announces winners at African Ranger Congress

    Africa's conservation heroes were honored at the prestigious 2022 African Conservation Awards at the African Rangers Congress in Botswana on Saturday 17 September.

    The Awards are an annual celebration to honor the brave men and women who are committed to protecting Africa's wilderness and, in doing so, raise awareness of the critical and diverse work they do to ensure that our wildlife and places wild are protected for generations to come.

    Now in its 11th year, the awards were held once again after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, at an in-person event as part of the African Ranger Congress.

    The event was organized by the Game Rangers Association of Africa in Kasane, Botswana, where game rangers from across Africa came together to share experiences.

    His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is the sponsor of the Africa Conservation Awards, reminded us of the "threats and dangers facing this selfless group of individuals" when referring to the assassination of Best Ranger Award finalist Anton Mzimba, in a video.

    message; “He reminds us of the importance of his profession, the risks he faces on a day-to-day basis, but also the determination and dangerous nature of those he faces and often faces alone.

    .

    I applaud the fact that you are now honoring all the heroes of biodiversity beyond the rhino.

    You are the fighting vanguard of a global movement that we must all promote, encourage, support and prolong."

    Every organization and individual that has been shortlisted has shown a remarkable determination to succeed when the odds have often been stacked against them and the African Conservation Awards provide the platform to ensure they get the recognition they deserve.

    The winners The winners, selected by evaluating the work done over the past 12 months, beginning in July 2021, were announced as follows: BEST FIELD RANGER Winner: NDOUROU Boris Harding, Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park , Central African Republic - As Head of Sector, Boris leads a team of 80 rangers and ensures tactical advice on operational deployments where he leads anti-poaching and biomonitoring activities.

    Until 2019, this park was subject to poachers, illegal wildlife traders, and armed groups, but Boris took the initiative to relaunch operational activities in the park, resulting in an increase in wildlife.

    To date, Boris' anti-poaching operations have deterred 147 poaching violators and seized 41 hunting weapons.

    He has also reached 258 transhumance herders through outreach activities and helped divert 23,000 head of cattle from the national park.

    Boris has been committed to the conservation mission since 2008 and works alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society team.

    1st Runner-up: KITITCHA Jacques, Pendjari National Park, Benin 2nd Runner-up: KILOLO MAKWAYA Eric, Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo BEST GAMING RANGER Winner: Anton Mzimba (posthumous), Chief of Ranger Services, Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa: Anton began his career at Timbavati Private Nature Reserve as a general laborer in the mid-1990s, where he patched roads, built gabions, maintained fences and completed the daily tasks required of a general laborer.

    He always strove to be a ranger, and over the next 25 years, Anton rose through the ranks, going from ranger to corporal, sergeant, and eventually chief of ranger services.

    Apart from the many accolades and press, Anton's greatest gift was his ability to lead and inspire the people of the local communities bordering the Kruger National Park. Anton led by example, working to change the stigma that conservation was a privilege of a wealthy minority and instead the birthright of all humanity, from all backgrounds, races and cultures.

    He believed in developing his team and wanted both local men and women to have the opportunity to rise through the ranks into leadership positions.

    On July 26, 2022, Anton was killed outside his home by three gunmen allegedly linked to poaching syndicates, paying the ultimate sacrifice for being a ranger and a leader on the front lines of the rhino poaching war.

    1st Runner-up (tied): Colin Rowles, Warden, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa 1st Runner-up (tied): Leonardo Gungalo, Field Ranger Support Manager, Oceans Without Borders, Mozambique BEST CONSERVATION TEAM Winner: Simba Community Wildlife Scouts, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Kenya: Simba Scouts is a conservation team working within the Kuku Group Ranch in southeastern Kenya.

    They include a dedicated team of 18 Maasai warriors (Moran), who day in and day out monitor GPS-collared lions and other wildlife, which is a very important measure to mitigate human-wildlife conflict within the local communities of Maasai.

    Another impact of Simba Scouts has been the influence of the community on the adoption of conservation.

    Before becoming Simba Scouts, some members of the team were renowned warriors who led lion hunts.

    However, they have become the guardian lions of the ecosystem, which is a testament to their good work.

    1st Runner-up: Mount Kenya Trust, Kenya 2nd Runner-up: Nigeria National Park Service Management Team, Nigeria BEST CONSERVATION SUPPORT Winner: Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, Kenya - Over the past four decades, Kenya has lost more than 68% of its wildlife .

    The Kenya Wildlife Conservation Association (KWCA) was established to address this problem.

    KWCA has mobilized a membership of 174 primarily community-based conservancies to take a holistic approach to addressing the biodiversity crisis and addressing the complex problem of habitat loss.

    Today, the network of more than 215 conservancies in the country is a celebrated success as the organization celebrates its 10th anniversary.

    The network of conservation areas has more than doubled the area under conservation from 8% of the country's land mass to 20% (adding 7.2 million hectares of conserved land) today, mainly due to the enabling policy environment and incentives negotiated through the KWCA.

    1st Runner Up: Britius Munkombwe, Community Outreach Manager, Game Rangers International, Zambia 2nd Runner Up: BirdLife South Africa Landscape Conservation Programme, South Africa "In these dark times of unchecked human overpopulation, causing climate degeneration and the destruction of life around the world, our conservation heroes are the last hope!

    The murder of Anton Mzimba and the deaths of hundreds of his fellow conservation heroes around the world underscore the crisis.

    Please join me in congratulating all the winners and finalists of the African Conservation Awards 2022!

    We are incredibly grateful to you" - Dr. Larry Hansen, Founder of the African Conservation Awards.

    Each Field Ranger and Game Ranger finalist will receive Jim Green African Ranger boots and membership in the GRAA, which includes medical evacuation, accidental death and disability insurance coverage.

    Zeiss also supported the selected winners with binoculars.

    Uniting to Support Africa's Rangers On the morning of the awards, wildlife ranger teams came together for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge, a half marathon taking place around the world with one goal: raise money to support the men and women on the front lines of Africa.

    protected areas.

    94 ranger teams have registered for the 2022 Wildlife Ranger Challenge from 21 different countries!

    Attendees at the Rangers Congress in Kasane attempted the "fastest known time" in Kasane over 21 km with 22 kg.

    As well as raising money for frontline conservation efforts, this pan-African sporting event aims to raise awareness of the increasingly diverse role of wildlife rangers at a time when resources are scarcer than ever.

    The African Conservation Awards are organized annually by the Game Rangers' Association of Africa (GRAA) and are made possible through the generous support of sponsors Chinese New Enterprise Investment (CNEI) and backed by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).

    His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is committed to the protection of endangered species through the support of his Foundation, is the Patron of the African Conservation Awards.

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