The Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Orji Kalu has congratulated Sen. Oluremi Tinubu on her 62nd birthday anniversary.
Kalu, in a goodwill message issued on Wednesday in Abuja, described the senator as a strong advocate of gender equality and democracy.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oluremi who is the wife of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, is representing Lagos Central Senatorial district.
While urging the celebrant to sustain her humanitarian gestures, the former governor of Abia said that Oluremi should be celebrated for he remarkable and robust accomplishments.
According to Kalu, she deserves to be celebrated for her contributions to humanity through various platforms.
He prayed to God to strengthen Tinubu in her pursuits.
Kalu said, “On behalf of my family and good people of Abia North Senatorial district, I felicitate with Senator Oluremi Tinubu on her 62nd birthday anniversary.
“Senator Tinubu is a source of inspiration and role model to the womenfolk, many of whom have continually benefitted from her benevolence.
“She is a woman of virtue, who is passionate about an ideal society.
“I applaud her giant strides in all facets of life.
Kalu wished the senator a memorable birthday celebration.
The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, says the Nigerian recycling industry is worth N18 billion with inherent job creation potential.
Odumboni said this at the inauguration of the Lagos Recyclers Association (LAGRA) at the Muson Centre on Wednesday in Lagos.
Commending the efforts of the association on the recycling sector and job creation, Odumboni urged Nigerians to tap into the lucrativeness of the industry.
“I enjoin all stakeholders in the sector to join hands to support LAGRA so that it can be bigger, better and stronger.
So, it can be an example for other states as well.
“With the inauguration of LAGRA, we can begin to enforce the circular economy policies of LASG; we can begin to see the circularity in sight.
“There are lots of opportunities to be tapped from the circular economy in Lagos alone.
As at last year, we recorded about N18 billion in value of the recycling economy in Lagos.
“Recycling is an opportunity for every Nigerian youth out there; they can be entrepreneurs from recycling activities.
Recycling and waste generally has a lot to do with job creation,’’ he said.
According to him, the Lagos Government is proud to be associated with LAGRA.
adding that its birth was closely linked to LAWMA’s influence based on the need to have a working relationship with recyclers.
“There are enormous opportunities in recycling but it is time for Nigerians to grab the opportunities therein.
In the nearest future plastic pollution will be a thing of the past,” Odumboni said.
In his welcome address, Dr Femi Idowu-Adegoke, President of LAGRA, said it was time to nurture the recycling in order to unleash its potential to boost the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Recycling in Nigeria has been in existence for decades but most people have been engaging in it informally, hence the need to formalise the sector with the inauguration of LAGRA.
“We have come together to make a formidable force because if we do continue doing it individually, the industry will not experience the kind of growth that is expected.
“Recycling has environmental, social and economic benefits.
Recycling is a huge industry and it is worth over a billion dollar in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Idowu-Adegoke urged the association to continue to nurture the recycling industry in the country.
“In the next five years, the industry will be amazing what recycling will be able to do to our GDP as it will be a major employer of labour.
“Within one year, from five registered recycling companies, we now have about 104 recycling companies and over 6,000 informal recyclers.
So, you can imagine the employment they create.
“Recycling is an export driven activity and recently we have began to see a lot of young people export products from recyclables,” Idowu-Adegoke said.
Mr Olalekan Fatodu, Senior Special Assistant to Lago State Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said the pursuance of a circular economy was one of the policy goals of Lagos State Government.
“Creating a circular economy is one of the most important development collaboration that we have in Lagos state and we are grateful to LAGRA for putting this together.
“We cannot overemphasis the need for resource management and responsible consumption and production.
“I believe some of the efforts and actions of LAGRA will lead to ways to beat plastic pollution in Nigeria with Lagos serving as a pilot copy.
“If we do not come together to take a more decisive action on the issue of waste management, resource preservation and management, we will be faced with another danger that will be difficult to control,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that LAGRA was formed in April 2021 to further propagate the Municipal Solid Waste Recycling Programme of Lagos state.
It is dedicated to promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, salvaging and composting.
LAGRA inaugural conference with the theme: “Highlighting the Lagos Circular Economy,’’ was attended by various environment stakeholders from the government and private sectors.
The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in collaboration with Ocean Ambassadors Foundation (OAF) sensitised some Lagos Island primary school pupils on career in the maritime industry on Wednesday in Lagos.
The programme, a maritime quiz for primary 5 and 6 pupils, with the theme: “New Technologies for Greener Shipping,” was also to commemorate the 2022 World Maritime Day celebration scheduled for Sept. 29. Mrs Sarat Braimah, Area Manager, NIWA, noted that the quiz was a means of catching them young for the maritime industry and to impart knowledge that would yield the needed change.
“This is part of the event to commemorate the 2022 World Maritime Day celebration.
NIWA is in charge of primary schools, the Nigerian Ports Authority is for secondary schools and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is for tertiary institutions.
“On the theme, we are encouraging the young children to know and write about the new technologies for shipping and they have written a lot of essays and the most brilliant ones will emerge.
“NIWA wants people to know and key into the theme of this year’s world maritime day because the new technologies will bring about greener shipping,” she said.
According to her, greener shipping is about doing things that are safer, like new engines, technology, ways of operation to have an eco friendly environment and secured inland waterways.
The NIWA boss said the winner of the competition would be presented on the world maritime day and given a special gift by the Internation Maritime Organisation (IMO).
On the the topic, new technologies, she said it had to do with addressing climate change, means of operation, ships and boat emission, locomotive ways, adding that with new technology, these would be reduced.
“This is a new thing and everyone will have to key into it for a greener waterways, and the children should know about it at early ages,” she said.
Also, Mrs Violet Williams, convener OAF, noted that the catching them young initiative would enable the children at early age know about greener shipping and the technology involved.
“Presently with the catch them young programme that I do, I have two girls studying marine engineering and two boys studying nautical sciences in Ghana, also today’s examiner is studying engineering at University of Lagos.
“Yes, it’s not easy but the resilience and the passion of the children are driving me, because they want to learn more.
“That is why we decided to continue with the OAF nationwide maritime quiz, especially for the girl child,” she said.
She pointed out that maritime was male dominated, so NIWA intentionally encouraged the girl child to come onboard, dedicating 80 per cent to girls and 20 per cent to boys.
Williams said for the selection process, 20 schools were invited, ten public and ten private schools on Lagos Island for proximity and they brought their 250 wards.
“They were streamlined by the examiners and ten schools qualified for the semi-final, and in a short while we will have the winners who will be compensated by NIWA,” she said.
Williams said NIWA had challenged other parastatals on the need for a succession plan, as getting the young ones early would ensure that when one echelon of the maritime system disengaged, the gap would be filled.
Mr Abiodun Oladunjoye, Director of , Eko Akete Senior Grammar School, commended NIWA and OAF for tapping children from the grassroots, and arousing their interest in the maritime world.
He said this would expose them to various options of career outside the conventional line, and other professions in the maritime industry.
“Most of them have not seen the potential and prospect of Lagos Island even though most of them are born there.
“With this programme, they have been exposed to dreaming of a career of being a maritime lawyer, doctor in the industry.
“I see the zeal in them and we should put our hands together to see that it continues,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event witnessed the unveiling of a maritime career chart that was presented to each school that participated.
Parliament's Director of Communications and Public Affairs (CPA), Chris Obore, has asked the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee to take an interest in the House of Commons code of conduct.
He said the House of Commons' comprehensive ethical code of conduct would help strengthen members' conduct in detail, as it looks beyond the language MPs use, how MPs transact business, their role in their other jobs and if they pay taxes, among others.
"It would inform where we want to go as deputies, outside and inside the House, what you do as a member, if you have a school, how you behave, how you treat people, so that you are a complete leader?" the director.
Obore, alongside Ag. Hansard Deputy Editor Moses Bwalatum and Ag. Chief Information Officer Charles Bukuwa appeared before the committee on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
The committee is investigating allegations of misconduct against the Minister of State of Land, Housing and Urban Development, HE Persis Namuganza Namuganza is alleged to have undermined the role of the Parliamentary ad hoc committee set up to investigate the Naguru-Nakawa land saga The ad hoc committee accused Namuganza of allegedly illegally manipulating the allocation of plots on Nakawa-Naguru land Namuganza reportedly went to the 11th official Parliament WhatsApp group made up of MPs and key staff, where he made the remarks.
team led by Obore, took it upon himself to appear before the committee as administrators of the group.
They presented printed versions of the WhatsApp messages whose authenticity the committee managed to verify.
While before the committee, Obore was asked by deputies to explain the purpose of the formation of the WhatsApp group, the membership.
They also sought to know if said statement was actually published by the Hon. Namuganza and what they did about it.
The vice-president of the commission, fr.
Charles Onen, asked Obore to explain if they tried to warn or warn the errant members, let alone remove them from the group.
“If negative comments are being made, you can advise as an administrator and if you can also remove that person, or warn them that if they continue to do this, we will remove them,” Onen asked.
However, Br. Catherine Mavenjina, representing the older people of northern Uganda, questioned whether this is possible as parliamentarians are superior to staff.
Obore agreed with the Hon. Mavenjina.
“By hierarchy, you are our superiors, you can't see that we are supervising or monitoring what our bosses are doing, but when this issue came up, we double-checked and found the information there,” Obore said.
Hon. Cecilia Ogwal, MP for Dokolo, said that although MPs are chief staff, Parliament staff are technical and there is no contradiction in advising MPs. “I see no contradiction in a member of staff writing to the person concerned or to the Secretary of Parliament, to say that I have observed this type of behavior and that some action may need to be taken.” Ogwall said.
Obore added: “We believe that as a national leader, you have a conviction of what good government is, you can relate to your peers, disagree, debate with them without getting excited or vulgarized,” she said.
To close, Fr. Onen acknowledged Obore's recommendation and said the committee would be interested.
Alhaji Bello Goronyo, the Chairman of the Sokoto chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has lauded the achievements of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, saying he has performed beyond expectations.
Goronyo said this on Wednesday in Sokoto when he interacted with newsmen.
He said that Tambuwal’s performances in governance and execution of projects were visible across the state.
Goronyo said that that administration had ensured timely payments of workers salaries as well as pension for retirees even with the COVID-19 lockdown which forced many states to slash workers salaries.
According to him, the transparency installed in utilising government resources has attracted national and international awards as well as global recognitions to the state.
The party chairman said that the construction of modern hospitals, state owned teaching hospital, schools, roads, flyovers and bridges by the government was commendable.
”Another interesting area is workers recruitment, in spite of economic challenges, the governor recruited teachers and healthcare workers.
”Gratuity payments were not left behind, as the administration ensured transparent method of first to retire, where frauds and favouratism experienced in the past was checkmated.
”As I am talking to you, I am a retired Permanent Secretary that completed my legitimate carrier in civil service and still waiting for my turn of gratuity payment,” Goronyo said.
He also said that the government also implemented some agricultural transformation policies, which resulted in growth and development.
Goronyo tasked journalists on ensuring adequate publicity for government’s projects, which according to him, has been under-reported.
He said that the PDP plans to collaborate with journalists toward showcasing the achievements of the government to the people.
The ECOWAS Commission joined the rest of the global community in commemorating World Peace Day (WPD), while pledging greater commitment to regional peace and security at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on 21 September 2022.
The occasion was also used by the Commission to symbolically launch the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) special documentary highlighting the peacebuilding progress of the regional bloc at the right time in which ECOWAS takes stock and makes projections about its conflict prevention efforts: past, present and future.
Addressing the audience that also included online participants, ECOWAS Commission President Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, who was represented by his special adviser Ambassador Mambury Njie, emphasized that “achieving true peace involves much more to lay down their arms.
It requires building societies where all members feel they can prosper.
It is about creating a world where people are treated equally regardless of their ethnicity, religion and race.” President Touray further argued that the ideals of the WPD are on a par with the ECOWAS Vision 2050, which envisions a fully integrated community of peoples, living in a peaceful and prosperous region, with strong institutions and respect for fundamental rights and freedom, fighting for inclusion and sustainable development.
Also speaking on the occasion, the President of the ECOWAS Community Court, the Honorable Justice Edward Asante, who was represented by the institution's Chief Registrar, Mr. Tony Anene-Maidoh, noted that for a region whose recent history is dominated by Due to wars and political upheavals, citizens of the community, “now have a greater appreciation of the imperative of peace as a critical foundation for building our edifice of integration” In his message of goodwill, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, who was represented by Mr. Ronald Kayanja, spoke on the theme of this year's celebration: End Racism.
He emphasized the need for a united front against all ills in societies and communities, “instead of fighting each other, let us unite to fight our common enemy; racism, poverty, climate change…” he added.
After an exultation on the virtues of Peace by the main host and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (CPAPS) of ECOWAS, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musa, represented by the Director of Peacekeeping and Security Director, Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, there were also messages of goodwill from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Permanent Representatives and Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria, Mr. Joao Butiam, party chief, USAID-REWARD Mr. Alimou Dialllo, Director Research and Policy Analysis, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, and ECOWAS Staff Representative Dr. Tony Elemelu, among others.
The highlight of the event was the symbolic launch of the special ECPF documentary which was made on behalf of CPAPS by the Division Chief, Mediation and Coordination of Regional Political Affairs (MCRPA), Dr. Onyinye Onwuka.
The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and represents a symbolic date shared worldwide for humanity to commit to Peace above differences and contribute to building a Culture of Peace.
Participants in the ECOWAS WTD commemoration also included members of the Diplomatic Corps, key regional peace and security actors, as well as development partners.
The University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) on Wednesday commended Mallam Yusuf Olaolu-Ali (SAN) for establishing the Yusuf Ali Trauma Care Centre in the hospital.
Prof. Abdullahi Dasilva, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of UITH, made the commendation in Ilorin during the 10th Year Anniversary of the trauma centre.
He stated that the establishment of the centre has ensured that about 70 percent of trauma victims that visit the unit receive treatment and get well.
Dasilva, who was represented by Prof Louis Odeiga, the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) of UITH, explained that the centre provide specialised medical services and resources to patients suffering from traumatic injuries.
According to him, the centre offers appropriate treatment by the trained staff and nurses has helped to reduce the likelihood of death or permanent disability.
The CMD extols Olaolu as a philanthropist, adding that the donor understands the plight of the society and their needs.
He urged the personnel working in the centre to save lives of patients and enjoined them to continue with the seflesss humanitarian acts.
Dasilva appreciated the maintenance culture of the unit, noting that equipment are still functioning, and that the hospital had taken complete ownership of the donation.
“We appeal to other well meaning Nigerians to add more to the centre.
We know that government alone cannot do everything, we must support and give back to the society.
This will ensure progress for the country, ” he said.
The donor of the trauma centre explained that it is a thing of joy to give back to the society.
He asserted that the purpose for which the centre was established has been achieved as it is saving countless lives of people.
Olaolu, who was represented by Mrs Susan Akangbe, a Seniour Associate, Yusuf Ali and Co., expressed happiness that the facility and equipment are in top functioning order and well maintained.
The philanthropist also commended the personnel who work tirelessly to serve people.
Retirees in Niger on Wednesday stormed the Government House, Minna to protest the non-payment of their gratuity for the past eight years.
One of the retirees, Alhaji Idris Ndalati, who retired as Chief Driver from Government House, told Newsmen that he had not been paid his gratuity for seven years.
According to him, many retirees in Niger have died while some were bedevilled by high blood pressure and strike due to problems associated with non payment of their benefits.
Ndalati further explained that “Our children have stopped going to school because we could not pay their school fees and many of us cannot shoulder the responsibility of feeding our family.
The protesters also accused the Niger Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners of not protecting the interest of its members.
Addressing the protesters, the state Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso, said that the state government would look into the complaint forwarded by the retirees.
He therefore fixed tomorrow for an interface with the retirees, to look into grey areas with a view to addressing some of them.
The Kano state government has acquired the residence of late Dr Yusuf Maitama-Sule, former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Nations, for the establishment of a Democratic Centre and Museum.
A statement by the commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, on Wednesday in Kano said the action was to promote democracy and good governance in Nigeria.
He said that the construction work had already commenced at the residence and old British Council Library along Emir’s Palace in the ancient city of Kano. Garba said the project worth over N621million would be in two phases, consisting of a Museum and Main center.
According to him, the state government has embarked on the project in view of the importance of preservation of treasured culture and history of the people of Kano for future generations, research works and tourism.
Garba, however, said that the center would also provide training, documentation and digitization of the cultural heritage of Kano people.
The commissioner also said that the project would pave way for possible partnership with educational institutions and other organisations within and outside the country for research works.
Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor, will deliver South Africa's statement at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77) today, September 21, 2022.
UNGA77 will be held in the United Nations headquarters from September 20 to 27.
2022 under the theme: “A Watershed Moment: Unlocking Transformative Solutions for Interlocking Challenges.” Minister Pandor is scheduled to speak at approximately 6:00 p.m. New York time (or later, depending on the show's run).
The address will be available live on the UN webcast: https://media.un.org/en/webtv.