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  •  The United States U S says it is committed to strengthening commercial engagement with Nigeria through African Development Bank AFDB Ashley Ndir Senior Commercial Officer U S Department of Commerce s Liaison Office of the African Development Bank AFDB said this on Wednesday in Lagos She spoke at the first ever Discover AFDB Nigeria Business Spotlight which held at Microsoft Office in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the U S Commercial Service Liaison Office to the African Development Bank AfDB in collaboration with the American Business Council and the African Development Bank Nigeria Country Department She said the objective of the event was to inform US companies of the business opportunities provided by AfBD which would translate to commercial engagement with Nigeria The U S Commercial Liaison Office to the AfDB s objective is to assist U S companies in navigating public and corporate procurement opportunities at the Bank and expand understanding of the resources of the AfDB s private sector financing We want to see more American firms active in doing business with the AfDB here in Nigeria as well as across the continent Commercial engagement with Nigeria would improve the economy and social businesses so the importance of this event cannot be overemphasised she said She noted that the United States was the largest non regional shareholder at the African Development Bank which had 54 operations in their Nigeria portfolio valued at 4 5 billion Our vision is to boost economy and social businesses in the Africa especially in Nigeria where we have strong relationship This is one of the many steps we take in ensuring that the bilateral relationship between both countries are strengthened because Nigeria is a key partner for the U S she said Mr Lamin Barrow Director General Country Department AfDB Nigeria outlined the bank s strategy key initiatives and financing activities to support the country s economic and social progress He added that the bank s mandate included tackling poverty and ensuring improvement in the living conditions of its regional members He noted that Nigeria and other African countries had huge infrastructure deficits which are major constraints to development The bank s country strategy paper for Nigeria seeks to promote structural transformation and inclusive growth through two mutually reinforcing pillars Supporting Infrastructure Development and Promoting Social Inclusion through Agricbusiness and Skills Development These priority areas provide an opportunity for the bank to support infrastructure development and the creation of an enabling business environment to catalyse private sector investments in the productive sectors of the economy The Country Department of the AfDB is delighted to be part of this initiative to expand outreach and provide a platform to inform US firms about business opportunities arising from the bank s financing activities to the public and private sector in African countries he said Margaret Olele Chief Executive American Business Council said that the platform would serve as a springboard in creating business opportunities for Nigerians She added that it would help in boosting the economy of the country as employment opportunities would be created http NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. pledges to strengthen commercial engagement with Nigeria
     The United States U S says it is committed to strengthening commercial engagement with Nigeria through African Development Bank AFDB Ashley Ndir Senior Commercial Officer U S Department of Commerce s Liaison Office of the African Development Bank AFDB said this on Wednesday in Lagos She spoke at the first ever Discover AFDB Nigeria Business Spotlight which held at Microsoft Office in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the U S Commercial Service Liaison Office to the African Development Bank AfDB in collaboration with the American Business Council and the African Development Bank Nigeria Country Department She said the objective of the event was to inform US companies of the business opportunities provided by AfBD which would translate to commercial engagement with Nigeria The U S Commercial Liaison Office to the AfDB s objective is to assist U S companies in navigating public and corporate procurement opportunities at the Bank and expand understanding of the resources of the AfDB s private sector financing We want to see more American firms active in doing business with the AfDB here in Nigeria as well as across the continent Commercial engagement with Nigeria would improve the economy and social businesses so the importance of this event cannot be overemphasised she said She noted that the United States was the largest non regional shareholder at the African Development Bank which had 54 operations in their Nigeria portfolio valued at 4 5 billion Our vision is to boost economy and social businesses in the Africa especially in Nigeria where we have strong relationship This is one of the many steps we take in ensuring that the bilateral relationship between both countries are strengthened because Nigeria is a key partner for the U S she said Mr Lamin Barrow Director General Country Department AfDB Nigeria outlined the bank s strategy key initiatives and financing activities to support the country s economic and social progress He added that the bank s mandate included tackling poverty and ensuring improvement in the living conditions of its regional members He noted that Nigeria and other African countries had huge infrastructure deficits which are major constraints to development The bank s country strategy paper for Nigeria seeks to promote structural transformation and inclusive growth through two mutually reinforcing pillars Supporting Infrastructure Development and Promoting Social Inclusion through Agricbusiness and Skills Development These priority areas provide an opportunity for the bank to support infrastructure development and the creation of an enabling business environment to catalyse private sector investments in the productive sectors of the economy The Country Department of the AfDB is delighted to be part of this initiative to expand outreach and provide a platform to inform US firms about business opportunities arising from the bank s financing activities to the public and private sector in African countries he said Margaret Olele Chief Executive American Business Council said that the platform would serve as a springboard in creating business opportunities for Nigerians She added that it would help in boosting the economy of the country as employment opportunities would be created http NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. pledges to strengthen commercial engagement with Nigeria
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    U.S. pledges to strengthen commercial engagement with Nigeria

    The United States (U.

    S.) says it is committed to strengthening commercial engagement with Nigeria through African Development Bank (AFDB).

    Ashley Ndir, Senior Commercial Officer, U.

    S Department of Commerce’s Liaison Office of the African Development Bank (AFDB), said this on Wednesday in Lagos.

    She spoke at the first-ever Discover AFDB-Nigeria Business Spotlight which held at Microsoft Office in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was organised by the U.

    S. Commercial Service Liaison Office to the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the American Business Council and the African Development Bank Nigeria Country Department.

    She said the objective of the event was to inform US companies of the business opportunities provided by AfBD which would translate to commercial engagement with Nigeria.

    “ The U.

    S. Commercial Liaison Office to the AfDB’s objective is to assist U.

    S. companies in navigating public and corporate procurement opportunities at the Bank and expand understanding of the resources of the AfDB’s private sector financing.

    We want to see more American firms active in doing business with the AfDB here in Nigeria as well as across the continent.

    “Commercial engagement with Nigeria would improve the economy and social businesses, so the importance of this event cannot be overemphasised,” she said.

    She noted that the United States was the largest non-regional shareholder at the African Development Bank, which had 54 operations in their Nigeria portfolio valued at $4.5 billion.

    “ Our vision is to boost economy and social businesses in the Africa especially in Nigeria where we have strong relationship.

    “This is one of the many steps we take in ensuring that the bilateral relationship between both countries are strengthened because Nigeria is a key partner for the U.

    S.” she said.

    Mr, Lamin Barrow, Director General, Country Department, AfDB Nigeria, outlined the bank’s strategy, key initiatives and financing activities to support the country’s economic and social progress.

    He added that the bank’s mandate included tackling poverty and ensuring improvement in the living conditions of its regional members.

    He noted that Nigeria and other African countries had huge infrastructure deficits which  are major constraints to development.

    “The bank’s country strategy paper for Nigeria seeks to promote structural transformation and inclusive growth through two mutually reinforcing pillars: Supporting Infrastructure Development and Promoting Social Inclusion through Agricbusiness and Skills Development.

    “These priority areas provide an opportunity for the bank to support infrastructure development and the creation of an enabling business environment to catalyse private sector investments in the productive sectors of the economy.

    “The Country Department of the AfDB is delighted to be part of this initiative to expand outreach and provide a platform to inform US firms about business opportunities arising from the bank’s financing activities to the public and private sector in African countries,” he said.

    Margaret Olele, Chief Executive, American Business Council, said that the platform would serve as a springboard in creating business opportunities for Nigerians.

    She added that it would help in boosting the economy of the country as employment opportunities would be created.

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  •  Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim a human resource expert has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to obey the judgment of the National Industrial Court He also urged the union not to appeal the judgment and return to the classrooms in line with democratic process and as patriotic intellectuals Ibrahim a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria made the appeal in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday He called on the Federal Government not to proceed further on the suit filed in the National Industrial Court but to withdraw the case According to him government should also direct for the immediate payment of outstanding salaries of ASUU members for them to resume academic activities Ibrahim added that alternative dispute resolution mechanism could be used to resolve the lingering crisis ASUU strike that has turned to national embarrassment is avoidable if both parties had allowed patriotism to play dominant roles in the disagreement He expressed satisfaction with the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari s that he would hold more consultations in getting the ASUU crisis out of the way According to him such a firm assurance gives a ray of hope that the crisis will soon be put behind us The human resource expert also appealed to the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS as stakeholders to avoid complicating the issue by making inflammable statements and organising protests as the matter was about being brought under control I m appealing to ASUU to call off the strike and resume classes He expressed optimism that the Federal Government would no doubt pay their outstanding salaries from March to September this year so that academic activities could resume without any inhibition He also called for resumption of negotiations immediately the strike is called off According to him Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism approach is better than litigation as litigation has its own way of slowing down actions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obey court order: Expert urges ASUU
     Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim a human resource expert has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to obey the judgment of the National Industrial Court He also urged the union not to appeal the judgment and return to the classrooms in line with democratic process and as patriotic intellectuals Ibrahim a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria made the appeal in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday He called on the Federal Government not to proceed further on the suit filed in the National Industrial Court but to withdraw the case According to him government should also direct for the immediate payment of outstanding salaries of ASUU members for them to resume academic activities Ibrahim added that alternative dispute resolution mechanism could be used to resolve the lingering crisis ASUU strike that has turned to national embarrassment is avoidable if both parties had allowed patriotism to play dominant roles in the disagreement He expressed satisfaction with the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari s that he would hold more consultations in getting the ASUU crisis out of the way According to him such a firm assurance gives a ray of hope that the crisis will soon be put behind us The human resource expert also appealed to the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS as stakeholders to avoid complicating the issue by making inflammable statements and organising protests as the matter was about being brought under control I m appealing to ASUU to call off the strike and resume classes He expressed optimism that the Federal Government would no doubt pay their outstanding salaries from March to September this year so that academic activities could resume without any inhibition He also called for resumption of negotiations immediately the strike is called off According to him Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism approach is better than litigation as litigation has its own way of slowing down actions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Obey court order: Expert urges ASUU
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    Obey court order: Expert urges ASUU

    Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim, a human resource expert, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to obey the judgment of the National Industrial Court.

    He also urged the union not to appeal the judgment and return to the classrooms in line with democratic process and as patriotic intellectuals.

    Ibrahim, a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, made the appeal in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday.

    He called on the Federal Government not to proceed further on the suit filed in the National Industrial Court but to withdraw the case.

    According to him, government should also direct for the immediate payment of outstanding salaries of ASUU members for them to resume academic activities.

    Ibrahim added that alternative dispute resolution mechanism could be used to resolve the lingering crisis.

    “ASUU strike that has turned to national embarrassment, is avoidable if both parties had allowed patriotism to play dominant roles in the disagreement.

    ”He expressed satisfaction with the promise made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s that he would hold more consultations in getting the ASUU crisis out of the way.

    According to him, such a firm assurance gives a ray of hope that the crisis will soon be put behind us.

    The human resource expert also appealed to the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) as stakeholders to avoid complicating the issue by making inflammable statements and organising protests as the matter was about being brought under control.

    “I’m appealing to ASUU to call-off the strike and resume classes.

    ”He expressed optimism that the Federal Government would no doubt pay their outstanding salaries from March to September this year so that academic activities could resume without any inhibition.

    He also called for resumption of negotiations immediately the strike is called-off.

    According to him, Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism approach is better than litigation, as litigation has its own way of slowing down actions.

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  •  First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
     First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools

    First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.

    Buhari made the call at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    The first lady, the President of AFLPM, who spoke virtually, said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa.

    “I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of “peace education” as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in May, 2022. “I am happy to report that the initiative was well received,’’ she said.

    The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender, peace and security education for all schools, as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325. She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS, and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre-eminent position of women and girls in peace-building, peace-making and peace-keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York. “We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world.

    “Therefore, it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice, and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process.

    ’’ According to her, as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace, the challenge is even greater for our 12 year-old institution to rise and insist that women’s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels.

    “It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls, although we form more than half of the world’s population.

    “In conflict situations, we are pre-disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms.

    “Already, there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to limited access to healthcare, welfare services, economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa,.

    “In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility, our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality.

    “Besides death, injury and displacement, conflict destroys infrastructure, undermines  social ties, and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate.

    “Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa – from the Sahel, to the Oceans,’’ the first lady said.

    Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills-set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored.

    She said accepting and integrating the unique experience, capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts.

    “To achieve this and other goals, the social, cultural and political barriers that limit women’s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo.

    “Happily, follow-up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for “measures and standards” with which to monitor the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security mandates”, among others,’’ the First Lady said.

    The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and his wife.

    The wife of the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mrs Florence Egopija, wife of Edo  governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, wife of Plateau governor, Mrs Regina Lalong, among others, attended the event.

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  •  The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that the first phase of the rehabilitation and upgrading of the six lane Eti Epe Expressway was 95 per cent completed The Special Adviser to Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu on Works and Infrastructure Mrs Aramide Adeyoye disclosed this during an inspection tour of projects on the axis Phase one which is a total of about 18 75km is 95 per cent completed Anybody coming from Epe Junction to Eleko would see the way the whole road is transformed Hitherto the hues and cries were much there were gullies and ditches all over the whole road This was a road done over 40 years ago without drains she said Adeyoye appealed to motorists to exercise patience and obey traffic signs around the construction zone She said this was necessary to ensure timely delivery of the second phase of the project The News Agency of Nigeria reports that phase 1 of the project is 18 75km and spans from Eleko Junction to Epe T Junction Phase 2 is 26 7km spanning from Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Junction She called for attitudinal change on the part of motorists and commuters to restore sanity to the road as construction works progress on sections of Eleko T Junction back to Abraham Adesanya She appealed to Lagos residents to support the contractors on the project for success of the second phase by obeying traffic rules imbibing lane discipline and patience around construction zones Adeyoye said the government was concerned about the hardship caused by gridlock She said the Sanwo Olu led administration was determined to replicate the success of speedy construction achieved on Phase 1 in the second phase Adeyoye promised to give residents and stakeholders the best value in terms of traffic management plans for the project She advised the contractor to adopt methods that would reduce traffic impact on phase 2 which is located on a busier terrain prone to gridlock She said the progress recorded on phase 1 was already taming perennial flooding on the axis The special adviser said that the old road constructed over 40 years ago had no drains or drainage outfalls A road is as good as its drains Adeyoye said The Chairman on Infrastructure Lekki Estates Residents Association Mr Suleman Bello pledged support of residents for timely delivery of the project He said the association had begun sensitisation of residents and other stakeholders on need for patience around the construction corridor A representative of Craneburg contractors on the project Mr Zakhia El Bashanuny said preliminary construction had begun on the second phase of the project He said it would be delivered ahead of scheduled delivery date El Bashanuny appealed for cooperation from the stakeholders and motorists He said that the gridlock around Awoyaya was not created by the construction but impatience of motorists refusing to obey traffic rules NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lekki-Epe road rehabilitation Phase 1 95% completed — LASG
     The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that the first phase of the rehabilitation and upgrading of the six lane Eti Epe Expressway was 95 per cent completed The Special Adviser to Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu on Works and Infrastructure Mrs Aramide Adeyoye disclosed this during an inspection tour of projects on the axis Phase one which is a total of about 18 75km is 95 per cent completed Anybody coming from Epe Junction to Eleko would see the way the whole road is transformed Hitherto the hues and cries were much there were gullies and ditches all over the whole road This was a road done over 40 years ago without drains she said Adeyoye appealed to motorists to exercise patience and obey traffic signs around the construction zone She said this was necessary to ensure timely delivery of the second phase of the project The News Agency of Nigeria reports that phase 1 of the project is 18 75km and spans from Eleko Junction to Epe T Junction Phase 2 is 26 7km spanning from Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Junction She called for attitudinal change on the part of motorists and commuters to restore sanity to the road as construction works progress on sections of Eleko T Junction back to Abraham Adesanya She appealed to Lagos residents to support the contractors on the project for success of the second phase by obeying traffic rules imbibing lane discipline and patience around construction zones Adeyoye said the government was concerned about the hardship caused by gridlock She said the Sanwo Olu led administration was determined to replicate the success of speedy construction achieved on Phase 1 in the second phase Adeyoye promised to give residents and stakeholders the best value in terms of traffic management plans for the project She advised the contractor to adopt methods that would reduce traffic impact on phase 2 which is located on a busier terrain prone to gridlock She said the progress recorded on phase 1 was already taming perennial flooding on the axis The special adviser said that the old road constructed over 40 years ago had no drains or drainage outfalls A road is as good as its drains Adeyoye said The Chairman on Infrastructure Lekki Estates Residents Association Mr Suleman Bello pledged support of residents for timely delivery of the project He said the association had begun sensitisation of residents and other stakeholders on need for patience around the construction corridor A representative of Craneburg contractors on the project Mr Zakhia El Bashanuny said preliminary construction had begun on the second phase of the project He said it would be delivered ahead of scheduled delivery date El Bashanuny appealed for cooperation from the stakeholders and motorists He said that the gridlock around Awoyaya was not created by the construction but impatience of motorists refusing to obey traffic rules NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lekki-Epe road rehabilitation Phase 1 95% completed — LASG
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    Lekki-Epe road rehabilitation Phase 1 95% completed — LASG

    The Lagos State Government on Thursday said that the first phase of the rehabilitation and upgrading of the six-lane Eti--Epe Expressway was 95 per cent completed.

    The Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Works and Infrastructure, Mrs Aramide Adeyoye, disclosed this during an inspection tour of projects on the axis.

    “Phase one, which is a total of about 18.75km, is 95 per cent completed.

    Anybody coming from Epe Junction to Eleko would see the way the whole road is transformed.

    “Hitherto, the hues and cries were much, there were gullies and ditches all over the whole road.

    “This was a road done over 40 years ago without drains,” she said.

    Adeyoye appealed to motorists to exercise patience and obey traffic signs around the construction zone.

    She said this was necessary to ensure timely delivery of the second phase of the project.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that phase 1 of the project is 18.75km and spans from Eleko Junction to Epe-T-Junction,.

    Phase 2 is 26.7km, spanning from Abraham Adesanya Roundabout to Eleko Junction.

    She called for attitudinal change on the part of motorists and commuters to restore sanity to the road as construction works progress on sections of Eleko T Junction back to Abraham Adesanya.

    She appealed to Lagos residents to support the contractors on the project for success of the second phase by obeying traffic rules, imbibing lane discipline and patience around construction zones.

    Adeyoye said the government was concerned about the hardship caused by gridlock.

    She said the Sanwo-Olu-led administration was determined to replicate the success of speedy construction achieved on Phase 1 in the second phase.

    Adeyoye promised to give residents and stakeholders the best value in terms of traffic management plans for the project.

    She advised the contractor to adopt methods that would reduce traffic impact on phase 2, which is located on a busier terrain, prone to gridlock.

    She said the progress recorded on phase 1, was already taming perennial flooding on the axis.

    The special adviser said that the old road constructed over 40 years ago had no drains or drainage outfalls.

    ” A road is as good as its drains,” Adeyoye said.

    The Chairman on Infrastructure, Lekki Estates Residents Association, Mr Suleman Bello, pledged support of residents for timely delivery of the project.

    He said the association had begun sensitisation of residents and other stakeholders on need for patience around the construction corridor.

    A representative of Craneburg, contractors on the project, Mr Zakhia El Bashanuny, said preliminary construction had begun on the second phase of the project.

    He said it would be delivered ahead of scheduled delivery date.

    El Bashanuny appealed for cooperation from the stakeholders and motorists.

    He said that the gridlock around Awoyaya was not created by the construction but impatience of motorists refusing to obey traffic rules.


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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo his wife Oludolapo APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu Special Duties Minister George Akume on Thursday paid condolence visits on the FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu over her mother s death In his condolence Osinbajo said the contributions of the deceased in the lives of so many especially the less privileged would remain indelible We are here to commiserate with our dear sister the FCT Minister of State her husband and the family over the sad demise of our mother Of course when we heard we were deeply shocked because she wasn t particularly old so we were shocked that she had passed on We ought to have been here on Wednesday because the minister is very dear to me and my wife and we have a relationship over so many years This loss is very personal to us as well that is why we came to commiserate with her the family as well as the good people of the Federal Capital Territory All we can say is it is God who gives life and He is the only one who can take life None of us have any control over when we come or when we go All that we are left with is the memories especially the contributions in the lives of others that the departed had made We are very confident that in the case of our mother who made significant contributions in the lives of so many especially those who are less privileged the poor and the vulnerable will remain indelible in our minds So we just want to thank God for her life and pray for comfort for our dear sister and the rest of the family and to say a prayer that all of us will live long to mourn all of our elderly people and we ourselves will live very long Earlier the 17 Graded Chiefs in the FCT also paid condolences to the bereaved family The traditional rulers led by the FCT Chairman of Traditional Council of Chiefs and Onah of Abaji Dr Adamu Yunusa prayed that may the good Lord grant the deceased eternal rest and make the highest paradise be her abode May God grant the family the good people of Kogi State and the good people of the FCT the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss he said Other dignitaries who paid condolence visits to the minister were Sen Philip Aduda Director General NDLEA retired Gen Buba Marwa former Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau and Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai Also the wife of the APC Vice Presidential Candidate Haj Nana Kashim Shettima Minister of State for Niger Delta Mrs Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum Wife of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mrs Olufunmilayo Mustapha among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo, Adamu, others, pay condolences to Aliyu over mother’s death
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo his wife Oludolapo APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu Special Duties Minister George Akume on Thursday paid condolence visits on the FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu over her mother s death In his condolence Osinbajo said the contributions of the deceased in the lives of so many especially the less privileged would remain indelible We are here to commiserate with our dear sister the FCT Minister of State her husband and the family over the sad demise of our mother Of course when we heard we were deeply shocked because she wasn t particularly old so we were shocked that she had passed on We ought to have been here on Wednesday because the minister is very dear to me and my wife and we have a relationship over so many years This loss is very personal to us as well that is why we came to commiserate with her the family as well as the good people of the Federal Capital Territory All we can say is it is God who gives life and He is the only one who can take life None of us have any control over when we come or when we go All that we are left with is the memories especially the contributions in the lives of others that the departed had made We are very confident that in the case of our mother who made significant contributions in the lives of so many especially those who are less privileged the poor and the vulnerable will remain indelible in our minds So we just want to thank God for her life and pray for comfort for our dear sister and the rest of the family and to say a prayer that all of us will live long to mourn all of our elderly people and we ourselves will live very long Earlier the 17 Graded Chiefs in the FCT also paid condolences to the bereaved family The traditional rulers led by the FCT Chairman of Traditional Council of Chiefs and Onah of Abaji Dr Adamu Yunusa prayed that may the good Lord grant the deceased eternal rest and make the highest paradise be her abode May God grant the family the good people of Kogi State and the good people of the FCT the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss he said Other dignitaries who paid condolence visits to the minister were Sen Philip Aduda Director General NDLEA retired Gen Buba Marwa former Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Dambazau and Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai Also the wife of the APC Vice Presidential Candidate Haj Nana Kashim Shettima Minister of State for Niger Delta Mrs Sharon Ikeazor Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investment Maryam Katagum Wife of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mrs Olufunmilayo Mustapha among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo, Adamu, others, pay condolences to Aliyu over mother’s death
    General news6 days ago

    Osinbajo, Adamu, others, pay condolences to Aliyu over mother’s death

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, his wife, Oludolapo, APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, Special Duties Minister, George Akume, on Thursday paid condolence visits on the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, over her mother’s death.

    In his condolence, Osinbajo said the contributions of the deceased in the lives of so many, especially the less privileged would remain indelible.

    “We are here to commiserate with our dear sister, the FCT Minister of State, her husband and the family over the sad demise of our mother.

    “Of course, when we heard, we were deeply shocked because she wasn’t particularly old, so we were shocked that she had passed on.

    ” We ought to have been here on Wednesday because the minister is very dear to me and my wife, and we have a relationship over so many years.

    “This loss is very personal to us as well, that is why we came to commiserate with her, the family as well as the good people of the Federal Capital Territory.

    “All we can say is, it is God who gives life and He is the only one who can take life.

    None of us have any control over when we come or when we go.

    ” All that we are left with is the memories, especially the contributions in the lives of others that the departed had made.

    “We are very confident that in the case of our mother who made significant contributions in the lives of so many, especially those who are less privileged, the poor and the vulnerable, will remain indelible in our minds.

    “So, we just want to thank God for her life and pray for comfort for our dear sister and the rest of the family and to say a prayer that all of us will live long to mourn all of our elderly people and we ourselves will live very long.

    ” Earlier, the 17 Graded Chiefs in the FCT also paid condolences to the bereaved family.

    The traditional rulers, led by the FCT Chairman of Traditional Council of Chiefs, and Onah of Abaji, Dr Adamu Yunusa, prayed that may the good Lord grant the deceased eternal rest and make the highest paradise be her abode.

    “May God grant the family, the good people of Kogi State and the good people of the FCT, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” he said.

    Other dignitaries who paid condolence visits to the minister were, Sen. Philip Aduda, Director General NDLEA, retired Gen. Buba Marwa, former Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, and Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

    Also, the wife of the APC Vice Presidential Candidate, Haj. Nana Kashim Shettima, Minister of State for Niger Delta, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum, Wife of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mrs Olufunmilayo Mustapha, among others.


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  •   Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Carbon By Chijioke Okoronkwo Abuja Sept 22 22 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says African countries account for less than one per cent of cumulative global carbon emissions Osinbajo disclosed this in his keynote address at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The OPTS is a sub group of LCCI which is the umbrella association of oil and gas companies who have come together to promote their common interests Osinbajo who spoke on the topic Nigeria Transitioning to Green Energy said that most hostile impacts of climate change on the continent were triggered by activities of wealthier nations The vice president said that most countries including Nigeria agreed that there was need to reduce global emissions to zero in Nigeria s case by 2060 We are major victims of the effects of climate change but there are a few important issues that we have flagged to our wealthier brother countries in the global north The first is that we in the developing world are faced with two not one crisis one is climate change and the other is extreme poverty the cause and consequence of which is energy poverty Or the fact that lack of access to electricity for millions is a cause of deepening poverty The second is that African countries are the least emitters of carbon today less than one per cent of cumulative CO2 emissions and even if we triple electricity consumption in African countries aside from South Africa solely through the use of natural gas this would add just 0 6 per cent to global emissions So a lot of the flooding and adverse weather events that we are experiencing here are from emissions caused by the wealthier countries The vice president said thirdly the defunding of gas projects to force gas rich countries like Nigeria to stop using gas and use renewables instead was faulty According to him the proposals to ban the funding of fossil fuel projects make no distinction between upstream oil and coal exploration and gas power plants for grid balancing He said that no economy in the world had been known to use renewables solely to industrialise as solar power simply did not have the base load capacity yet for industry Fourthly stopping the use of gas means that we cannot use Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG for clean cooking stoves to replace the use of kerosene firewood and charcoal which are dirtier fuels that are widely used for cooking and other domestic purposes particularly in the rural areas The use of firewood means cutting down trees and of course desertification and then the loss of our carbon sinks The fifth is the double standards that wealthier countries have adopted on this issue Today in the wake of the energy crisis many European nations have made recent announcements to increase or extend their use of coal fired power generation through 2023 and potentially beyond This is in violation of their climate commitments and analysis suggests that this will raise power sector emissions of the EU by 4 per cent a significant amount given the high base denominator of EU emissions Osinbajo said that the sixth and perhaps most crucial point was that Nigeria must take quick and informed actions in its national interest He said that the country must take the threat of no investments in fossil fuels including gas seriously For an example many European and other global North countries are setting aggressive targets for use of electric vehicles and the banning of combustion engine vehicles Soon there may be only a few countries using combustion engines it is also evident that while the Russia Ukrainian war has shown the hypocrisy in not allowing public funding for fossil fuel projects the wealthier nations are still of the view that this is the correct policy and that even if public funding is to be allowed financing should not go beyond 2035 So far our response has been the Energy Transition Plan a comprehensive data driven and evidence based plan designed to deal with the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty We anchored the plan on key objectives including lifting 100 million people out of poverty in a decade driving economic growth bringing modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonisation he said He said that the plan recognised the role natural gas must play in the short term to facilitate the establishment of base load energy capacity and address the nation s clean cooking deficit in the form of LPG The vice president urged the private sector to step up its participation in the transition to green energy journey Earlier in his opening remarks Dr Micheal Olawale Cole the President LCCI said The OPTS was one of the outstanding members of the LCCI Represented by LCCI s Vice President Mr Gabriel Idohosa Olawale Cole said that OPTS had grown into an elite in the industry He said that LCCI was happy to lead OPTS s for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and then for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act The LCCI boss also submitted that fuel subsidy should be removed as it was not sustainable The highlight of the event was the handing over of plaques to former chairmen of OPTS by the vice president NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo
      Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Africa emits less than 1 of global carbon Osinbajo Carbon By Chijioke Okoronkwo Abuja Sept 22 22 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says African countries account for less than one per cent of cumulative global carbon emissions Osinbajo disclosed this in his keynote address at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Oil Producers Trade Section OPTS of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry LCCI on Thursday in Lagos The OPTS is a sub group of LCCI which is the umbrella association of oil and gas companies who have come together to promote their common interests Osinbajo who spoke on the topic Nigeria Transitioning to Green Energy said that most hostile impacts of climate change on the continent were triggered by activities of wealthier nations The vice president said that most countries including Nigeria agreed that there was need to reduce global emissions to zero in Nigeria s case by 2060 We are major victims of the effects of climate change but there are a few important issues that we have flagged to our wealthier brother countries in the global north The first is that we in the developing world are faced with two not one crisis one is climate change and the other is extreme poverty the cause and consequence of which is energy poverty Or the fact that lack of access to electricity for millions is a cause of deepening poverty The second is that African countries are the least emitters of carbon today less than one per cent of cumulative CO2 emissions and even if we triple electricity consumption in African countries aside from South Africa solely through the use of natural gas this would add just 0 6 per cent to global emissions So a lot of the flooding and adverse weather events that we are experiencing here are from emissions caused by the wealthier countries The vice president said thirdly the defunding of gas projects to force gas rich countries like Nigeria to stop using gas and use renewables instead was faulty According to him the proposals to ban the funding of fossil fuel projects make no distinction between upstream oil and coal exploration and gas power plants for grid balancing He said that no economy in the world had been known to use renewables solely to industrialise as solar power simply did not have the base load capacity yet for industry Fourthly stopping the use of gas means that we cannot use Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG for clean cooking stoves to replace the use of kerosene firewood and charcoal which are dirtier fuels that are widely used for cooking and other domestic purposes particularly in the rural areas The use of firewood means cutting down trees and of course desertification and then the loss of our carbon sinks The fifth is the double standards that wealthier countries have adopted on this issue Today in the wake of the energy crisis many European nations have made recent announcements to increase or extend their use of coal fired power generation through 2023 and potentially beyond This is in violation of their climate commitments and analysis suggests that this will raise power sector emissions of the EU by 4 per cent a significant amount given the high base denominator of EU emissions Osinbajo said that the sixth and perhaps most crucial point was that Nigeria must take quick and informed actions in its national interest He said that the country must take the threat of no investments in fossil fuels including gas seriously For an example many European and other global North countries are setting aggressive targets for use of electric vehicles and the banning of combustion engine vehicles Soon there may be only a few countries using combustion engines it is also evident that while the Russia Ukrainian war has shown the hypocrisy in not allowing public funding for fossil fuel projects the wealthier nations are still of the view that this is the correct policy and that even if public funding is to be allowed financing should not go beyond 2035 So far our response has been the Energy Transition Plan a comprehensive data driven and evidence based plan designed to deal with the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty We anchored the plan on key objectives including lifting 100 million people out of poverty in a decade driving economic growth bringing modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonisation he said He said that the plan recognised the role natural gas must play in the short term to facilitate the establishment of base load energy capacity and address the nation s clean cooking deficit in the form of LPG The vice president urged the private sector to step up its participation in the transition to green energy journey Earlier in his opening remarks Dr Micheal Olawale Cole the President LCCI said The OPTS was one of the outstanding members of the LCCI Represented by LCCI s Vice President Mr Gabriel Idohosa Olawale Cole said that OPTS had grown into an elite in the industry He said that LCCI was happy to lead OPTS s for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and then for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act The LCCI boss also submitted that fuel subsidy should be removed as it was not sustainable The highlight of the event was the handing over of plaques to former chairmen of OPTS by the vice president NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo
    Environment6 days ago

    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo

    Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo Africa emits less than 1% of global carbon—Osinbajo Carbon By Chijioke Okoronkwo Abuja, Sept. 22, 22 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says African countries account for less than one per cent of cumulative global carbon emissions.

    Osinbajo disclosed this in his keynote address at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Thursday in Lagos.

    The OPTS is a sub group of LCCI, which is the umbrella association of oil and gas companies who have come together to promote their common interests.

    Osinbajo, who spoke on the topic: `Nigeria Transitioning to Green Energy,’ said that most hostile impacts of climate change on the continent were triggered by activities of wealthier nations.

    The vice president said that most countries including Nigeria agreed that there was need to reduce global emissions to zero in Nigeria’s case by 2060. “ We are major victims of the effects of climate change, but there are a few important issues that we have flagged to our wealthier brother-countries in the global north.

    “The first is that we, in the developing world are faced with two, not one crisis; one is climate change and the other is extreme poverty, the cause and consequence of which is energy poverty.

    “Or the fact that lack of access to electricity for millions is a cause of deepening poverty.

    “The second is that African countries are the least emitters of carbon today – less than one per cent of cumulative CO2 emissions and even if we triple electricity consumption in African countries (aside from South Africa) solely through the use of natural gas this would add just 0.6 per cent to global emissions.

    “So, a lot of the flooding and adverse weather events that we are experiencing here are from emissions caused by the wealthier countries.

    ’’ The vice president said thirdly, the defunding of gas projects  to force gas rich countries like Nigeria to stop using gas and use renewables instead was faulty.

    According to him, the proposals to ban the funding of fossil fuel projects make no distinction between upstream oil and coal exploration and gas power plants for grid balancing.

    He said that no economy in the world had been known to use renewables solely to industrialise as solar power simply did not have the base load capacity yet for industry.

    “Fourthly, stopping the use of gas means that we cannot use Liquefied Petroleum Gas(LPG) for clean cooking stoves to replace the use of kerosene, firewood and charcoal which are dirtier fuels that are widely used for cooking and other domestic purposes, particularly in the rural areas.

    “ The use of firewood means cutting down trees and of course desertification and then the loss of our carbon sinks.

    `The fifth is the double standards that wealthier countries have adopted on this issue.

    “Today in the wake of the energy crisis, many European nations have made recent announcements to increase or extend their use of coal fired power generation through 2023, and potentially beyond.

    “ This is in violation of their climate commitments, and analysis suggests that this will raise power sector emissions of the EU by 4 per cent — a significant amount given the high base denominator of EU emissions.

    ’’ Osinbajo said that the sixth and perhaps most crucial point was that Nigeria must take quick and informed actions in its national interest.

    He said that the country must take the threat of no investments in fossil fuels including gas seriously.

    “For an example, many European and other global North countries are setting aggressive targets for use of electric vehicles and the banning of combustion engine vehicles.

    “ Soon there may be only a few countries using combustion engines; it is also evident that while the Russia- Ukrainian war has shown the hypocrisy in not allowing public funding for fossil fuel projects, the wealthier nations are still of the view that this is the correct policy and that even if public funding is to be allowed financing should not go beyond 2035. “So far our response has been the Energy Transition Plan–a comprehensive, data-driven and evidence-based plan, designed to deal with the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty.

    “ We anchored the plan on key objectives, including lifting 100 million people out of poverty in a decade, driving economic growth, bringing modern energy services to the full population and managing the expected long-term job loss in the oil sector due to global decarbonisation,’’  he said.

    He said that the plan recognised the role  natural gas must play in the short term to facilitate the establishment of base load energy capacity and address the nation’s clean cooking deficit in the form of LPG.

    The vice president urged the private sector to step up its participation in the transition to green energy journey.

    Earlier in his opening remarks, Dr Micheal-Olawale-Cole, the President, LCCI, said The OPTS was one of the outstanding members of the LCCI.

    Represented by LCCI’s Vice President, Mr Gabriel Idohosa, Olawale-Cole said that OPTS had grown into an elite in the industry.

    He said that LCCI was happy to lead OPTS’s for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and then for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act. The LCCI boss also submitted that fuel subsidy should be removed as it was not sustainable.

    The highlight of the event was the handing over of plaques to former chairmen of OPTS by the vice president.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN The National President of the association Mr Haruna Danjuma said that the award was based on Aregbesola s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister especially in the area of education Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist who had devoted his time to the service to humanity We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award as well as appreciate him and his work as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country This award we believe will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour he said Danjuma however said that the minister s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun was worthy of commendation He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see hence our resolve to honour him with an award the PTA Danjuma added that as a minister Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS Today the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term they can be useful to themselves parents the society and the country As parents some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better he added Earlier the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation Aregbesola however promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large especially in the area of education NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aregbesola bags lifetime achievement award
     The Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN The National President of the association Mr Haruna Danjuma said that the award was based on Aregbesola s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister especially in the area of education Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist who had devoted his time to the service to humanity We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award as well as appreciate him and his work as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country This award we believe will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour he said Danjuma however said that the minister s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun was worthy of commendation He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see hence our resolve to honour him with an award the PTA Danjuma added that as a minister Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service NCoS Today the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term they can be useful to themselves parents the society and the country As parents some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better he added Earlier the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation Aregbesola however promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large especially in the area of education NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aregbesola bags lifetime achievement award
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    Aregbesola bags lifetime achievement award

    The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola was on Thursday in Abuja conferred with a lifetime achievement award by the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN).

    The National President of the association, Mr Haruna Danjuma, said that the award was based on Aregbesola’s outstanding performances as a former governor of Osun and as minister, especially, in the area of education.

    Danjuma was represented by the Deputy National President of the association, Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo.

    The national president described Aregbesola as an astute administrator and a humanist, who had devoted his time to the service to humanity.

    “We have no choice than to celebrate him and give him an award, as well as appreciate him and his work ,as a major stakeholder in education sector in the country.

    “This award, we believe, will go a long way to spur him up to continue to do more and for our children to emulate him and take over from him in all strata of human endeaviour,” he said.

    Danjuma, however, said that the minister’s giant strides while he was the governor of Osun, was worthy of commendation.

    He added that the minister succeeded in standardising the educational system of Osun by building about 3, 685 classrooms among others for the benefit of the people of the state.

    “This is the area he stands tall among his contemporaries and the statistics are there for everyone to see, hence our resolve to honour him with an award,” the PTA  Danjuma added that as a minister, Aregbesola had succeeded in changing the nomenclature of the nation’s Prison Service which culminated in rebranding the service as the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS).

    “Today, the inmates in our correctional centres can now enroll in education, even up to higher institutions and the surprising thing is that most of them come out in flying colours.

    “The inmates are also encouraged in all the correctional centres to enroll in studies so that at the end of their jail term, they can be useful to themselves, parents, the society and the country.

    “As parents, some of us have lost hope in some of them serving jail terms, but he succeeded in changing the narratives for the better,” he added.

    Earlier, the minister thanked the association for finding him worthy of the award, adding that he would continue to partner with them in their quest to build the nation.

    Aregbesola, however, promised to continue to do his best for the state and the country at large, especially, in the area of education.  


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  •  The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation CYMS has urged a greater participation involvement and engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections The Director General CYMS Mr Obinna Nwaka said this during the stakeholders conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja Nwaka said the organisation was indeed elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration CVR exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers religious leaders entertainment industry among others were laudable He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process He added that peaceful coexistence religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country According to him elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged rather there should be participation from them to make the process work They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy he said Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission This he said was to monitor vote buying campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Why we want more youths to participate – CYMS
     The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation CYMS has urged a greater participation involvement and engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections The Director General CYMS Mr Obinna Nwaka said this during the stakeholders conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja Nwaka said the organisation was indeed elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration CVR exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers religious leaders entertainment industry among others were laudable He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process He added that peaceful coexistence religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country According to him elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged rather there should be participation from them to make the process work They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy he said Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission This he said was to monitor vote buying campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Why we want more youths to participate – CYMS
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    2023 elections: Why we want more youths to participate – CYMS

    The Committee of Youth Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has urged a greater participation, involvement and  engagement of youths in the 2023 general elections.

    The Director General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said this during the stakeholders’ conference organised ahead of the 2023 general election on Thursday in Abuja.

    Nwaka said the organisation was, indeed, elated with the overall turnout of Nigerians, especially the youth during the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise recently concluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

    He said the peaceful and secured environment during the exercise, with the support of security agencies and the awareness by stakeholders like traditional rulers, religious leaders, entertainment industry, among others, were laudable.

    He said the CVR exercise recorded the highest participation and acceptability since the democratic dispensation began despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.

    He said it was important to note that youths were indispensable in the electoral process.

    He added that peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and integration during elections should be imbibed by the youth across the country.

    According to him, elections in the country are improving and key players must continue to support the process.

    “The youth are expected to indulge in acts of patriotism that will project the image of our country.

    “The act of using the social media to disparage the processes of government should be discouraged, rather there should be participation from them to make the process work.

    “They should equally be law abiding and not take laws into their hands at as it will always result to anarchy,” he said.

    Nwaka said the organisation was collaborating with the Nigerian Police Force to address issues such as destruction of national assets, reawakening the consciousness of the public to be law abiding and patriotic citizens.

    He said the organisation had also established a good working relationship with the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission.

    This, he said, was to monitor vote buying, campaign against corruption and other social vices battering the image of the nation.


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  •  The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition The three services Nigerian Army Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball Cross Country Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football The army teams won gold medals in basket ball female cross country male and female volley ball male and female and taekwondo male and female as well as silver medals in basket ball male and football male Also the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball male and football male with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals Speaking at the closing ceremony the Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes Represented by the Director Army Affairs Ministry of Defence Mr Sunday Attach the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes I therefore commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services Specifically I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for Additionally the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented I therefore urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation Nigeria he said The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit According to him the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general It is my belief therefore that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future Accordingly as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won I will therefore encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja Portugal he said RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian Army shines at Inter-Service Sports Competition
     The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition The three services Nigerian Army Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball Cross Country Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football The army teams won gold medals in basket ball female cross country male and female volley ball male and female and taekwondo male and female as well as silver medals in basket ball male and football male Also the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball male and football male with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals Speaking at the closing ceremony the Minister of Defence retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes Represented by the Director Army Affairs Ministry of Defence Mr Sunday Attach the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes I therefore commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services Specifically I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for Additionally the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented I therefore urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation Nigeria he said The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Oladayo Amao Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit According to him the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general It is my belief therefore that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future Accordingly as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter Service Sports Competition I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won I will therefore encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja Portugal he said RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerian Army shines at Inter-Service Sports Competition
    Defence/Security6 days ago

    Nigerian Army shines at Inter-Service Sports Competition

    The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition.

    The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition.

    The three services, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball, Cross-Country, Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football.

    The army teams won gold medals in basket ball (female), cross-country (male and female), volley ball (male and female) and taekwondo (male and female) as well as silver medals in basket ball (male) and football (male).

    Also; the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball (male) and football (male) with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals.

    Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes.

    Represented by the Director, Army Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr Sunday Attach, the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel.

    He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes.

    “I, therefore, commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services.

    “Specifically, I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition.

    “Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for.

    “Additionally, the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented.

    “I, therefore, urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal, patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation, Nigeria,” he said.

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness, mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives.

    Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit.

    According to him, the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel.

    He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general.

    “It is my belief therefore, that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition, coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future.

    “Accordingly, as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition, I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous.

    “It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals.

    “It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won.

    “I will, therefore, encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja, Portugal,” he said.

    RSA
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  •  The Center for Research on Development of African Media Governance and Society CEREDEMS Africa and Positive Agenda Nigeria PAN have formally launched a project to discourage promotion of toxic electoral campaigns The centre said this was necessary especially as the 2023 general elections in the country were fast approaching Prof Lai Oso immediate past President Association of Communication Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria ACSPN was joined by the duo of Dr Sadia Jamil and Dr Greg Simons to unveil the project at an online event on Thursday in Lagos Jamil is Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section International Association of Media and Communication Research IAMCR Simons is an associate professor at Uppsala University Sweden Oso expressed optimism that the project would advance scholarship and deepen democratic process not only in Nigeria but Africa at large He spoke on the theme of the programme Reconstructing Nigeria s Election Campaign Atmosphere in a Time of Conflicting National Unity and Information Pollution Oso counseled political actors to purge themselves of the divisive characteristics inherited from colonial rule Some of the features that we now see were really established by colonialism during those periods and those features are still there They form the context with which election campaigns are conducted in Nigeria right from the colonial period These features were inherent in the country s social structure multicultural make up and uneven development Some of these features include ethno religious and regional trying to amplify differences between the various ethnic groups the region and even religion These are some of the weapons that were used he said He said that there was also the issue of violence and do or die nature of political competition as there was the high level of contestation and lack of consensus on basic issues Oso said that some of these contestations could be very bitter among the various political actors From what we see now there are no ideological differences among the major contending political parties unlike in the first republic where you see ideological orientation among the parties This has led to cross carpeting or what the media called political nomadism hegemony and supremacy struggle among the different political elites They want to really be in charge of the resources of the country which makes politics and elections to be very bitter and an acrimonious affair he said Oso a former Dean Lagos State University School of Communication said the young ones driving political messages on social media were basing it on ethnicity and religion He noted that rather than ideology some of them are driven by anger and frustration of the county s current challenges security economic poor leadership among others Oso added that with their campaigns so far mainly confined to the cyber space there was a lot of hate speech and fake news intolerance of opposing views and ideas and an attempt to impose a spiral of silence on others You find that all the ethnic groups are looking toward one candidate or the other as representing them or one religion People are not looking at competence they are not looking at party platforms and programmes They are looking at the ethnic and religious affiliations of those who are there he said The former dean said that already a lot of venom hateful and dangerous speeches among others were being circulated in the public sphere especially on the social media and newspaper commentaries These according to him will divert attention from real issues of public concerns In order to counter this there is the need to identify those things events values practices and others that we as a people have in common the challenges we face and the opportunities available to all of us Through the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines determining what are campaign materials conduct of political rallies and political campaigns efforts have to be made to sanitise the campaign atmosphere by stipulating some measures to have cleaner more acceptable and wholesome campaign messages In this context all the stakeholders in the electoral process must be familiar and be guided by the provisions in sections 91 to 97 of the Electoral Act 2022 prescribing certain measures We should find a way of enforcing those provisions on political parties individual political actors and civil society organisations to obey the rules and those who fail to obey the rules should be punished I also note that certain bodies like NUJ NBC APCON and some other media supported guilds have been able to establish some codes of conducts for reporting politics for creating political advertisements he noted Oso said that the media in their coverage of campaigns and other electoral activities must be fair and balanced He said they must allow for diversity and plurality of voices and representation and put issues in proper context and perspective Media organisations that are involved in producing political journalism must take their gatekeeping functions more seriously Not everything that comes out that has to be published he said According to him professionals must try to communicate in a very clean wholesome manner in a bid to ensure that citizens get informed and not become propagandists for political actors We need to really check fake news hate speech There is a need for all newsrooms to establish fact checking desks in their newsrooms We need people who can easily and quickly respond to any item of suspicion fake news hate speech and debunk them as quickly as possible he stated Dr Simons on his part spoke on Contextualising and localising foreign lessons learned from election campaigns in times of crises Also Dr Sadia delivered a speech on Choosing the right candidates from a toxic election campaign environment How voters should navigate the terrain In his own address the Executive Director of Media Career Development Mr Lekan Otufodunrin identified the solutions to toxic political campaigns and information pollution Otunfodunrin said there was a need for the detoxication of the elections in Nigeria by insulating the political process of its corrosive effect He asked politicians electoral body media institution the government and other stakeholders to play their roles in this regard In her lecture Dr Ganiyat Tijani Adenle a lecturer at the Lagos State University School of Communication spoke on Making Political Campaign free of Information Pollution Critical Questions Tijani Adenle asked political stakeholders to cultivate a good sense of history think beyond elections ethnicity religion and primordial sentiments to put Nigeria on the right track Earlier the Executive Director of CEREDEMS Africa Dr Mustapha Muhammad Jamiu she d light on the project He said it is tagged Improving Credible General Elections in Nigeria through Real Time Monitoring of Campaigns in Physical and Virtual Platforms during the 2023 General Elections Mustapha said the project was initiated realising that while elections played a vital role in the process of democracy campaigns for the elections and information management of the campaigns are also important We are here today to witness a kick start of a developmental journey through a developed media governance and a better society for Africa We are also here to learn reflect and digest the possible ways to achieve a free fair and credible election in 2023 he said Mustapha explained that CEREDEMS Africa is a Non Governmental Organisation NGO and research institute established in 2020 According to him it focuses on using cutting edge multi disciplinary research methods to generate insights that improve policy initiative and implementation This is with regards to improving media ecosystem as well as governmental and societal institutions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Groups partner, launch project to discourage toxic political campaign
     The Center for Research on Development of African Media Governance and Society CEREDEMS Africa and Positive Agenda Nigeria PAN have formally launched a project to discourage promotion of toxic electoral campaigns The centre said this was necessary especially as the 2023 general elections in the country were fast approaching Prof Lai Oso immediate past President Association of Communication Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria ACSPN was joined by the duo of Dr Sadia Jamil and Dr Greg Simons to unveil the project at an online event on Thursday in Lagos Jamil is Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section International Association of Media and Communication Research IAMCR Simons is an associate professor at Uppsala University Sweden Oso expressed optimism that the project would advance scholarship and deepen democratic process not only in Nigeria but Africa at large He spoke on the theme of the programme Reconstructing Nigeria s Election Campaign Atmosphere in a Time of Conflicting National Unity and Information Pollution Oso counseled political actors to purge themselves of the divisive characteristics inherited from colonial rule Some of the features that we now see were really established by colonialism during those periods and those features are still there They form the context with which election campaigns are conducted in Nigeria right from the colonial period These features were inherent in the country s social structure multicultural make up and uneven development Some of these features include ethno religious and regional trying to amplify differences between the various ethnic groups the region and even religion These are some of the weapons that were used he said He said that there was also the issue of violence and do or die nature of political competition as there was the high level of contestation and lack of consensus on basic issues Oso said that some of these contestations could be very bitter among the various political actors From what we see now there are no ideological differences among the major contending political parties unlike in the first republic where you see ideological orientation among the parties This has led to cross carpeting or what the media called political nomadism hegemony and supremacy struggle among the different political elites They want to really be in charge of the resources of the country which makes politics and elections to be very bitter and an acrimonious affair he said Oso a former Dean Lagos State University School of Communication said the young ones driving political messages on social media were basing it on ethnicity and religion He noted that rather than ideology some of them are driven by anger and frustration of the county s current challenges security economic poor leadership among others Oso added that with their campaigns so far mainly confined to the cyber space there was a lot of hate speech and fake news intolerance of opposing views and ideas and an attempt to impose a spiral of silence on others You find that all the ethnic groups are looking toward one candidate or the other as representing them or one religion People are not looking at competence they are not looking at party platforms and programmes They are looking at the ethnic and religious affiliations of those who are there he said The former dean said that already a lot of venom hateful and dangerous speeches among others were being circulated in the public sphere especially on the social media and newspaper commentaries These according to him will divert attention from real issues of public concerns In order to counter this there is the need to identify those things events values practices and others that we as a people have in common the challenges we face and the opportunities available to all of us Through the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines determining what are campaign materials conduct of political rallies and political campaigns efforts have to be made to sanitise the campaign atmosphere by stipulating some measures to have cleaner more acceptable and wholesome campaign messages In this context all the stakeholders in the electoral process must be familiar and be guided by the provisions in sections 91 to 97 of the Electoral Act 2022 prescribing certain measures We should find a way of enforcing those provisions on political parties individual political actors and civil society organisations to obey the rules and those who fail to obey the rules should be punished I also note that certain bodies like NUJ NBC APCON and some other media supported guilds have been able to establish some codes of conducts for reporting politics for creating political advertisements he noted Oso said that the media in their coverage of campaigns and other electoral activities must be fair and balanced He said they must allow for diversity and plurality of voices and representation and put issues in proper context and perspective Media organisations that are involved in producing political journalism must take their gatekeeping functions more seriously Not everything that comes out that has to be published he said According to him professionals must try to communicate in a very clean wholesome manner in a bid to ensure that citizens get informed and not become propagandists for political actors We need to really check fake news hate speech There is a need for all newsrooms to establish fact checking desks in their newsrooms We need people who can easily and quickly respond to any item of suspicion fake news hate speech and debunk them as quickly as possible he stated Dr Simons on his part spoke on Contextualising and localising foreign lessons learned from election campaigns in times of crises Also Dr Sadia delivered a speech on Choosing the right candidates from a toxic election campaign environment How voters should navigate the terrain In his own address the Executive Director of Media Career Development Mr Lekan Otufodunrin identified the solutions to toxic political campaigns and information pollution Otunfodunrin said there was a need for the detoxication of the elections in Nigeria by insulating the political process of its corrosive effect He asked politicians electoral body media institution the government and other stakeholders to play their roles in this regard In her lecture Dr Ganiyat Tijani Adenle a lecturer at the Lagos State University School of Communication spoke on Making Political Campaign free of Information Pollution Critical Questions Tijani Adenle asked political stakeholders to cultivate a good sense of history think beyond elections ethnicity religion and primordial sentiments to put Nigeria on the right track Earlier the Executive Director of CEREDEMS Africa Dr Mustapha Muhammad Jamiu she d light on the project He said it is tagged Improving Credible General Elections in Nigeria through Real Time Monitoring of Campaigns in Physical and Virtual Platforms during the 2023 General Elections Mustapha said the project was initiated realising that while elections played a vital role in the process of democracy campaigns for the elections and information management of the campaigns are also important We are here today to witness a kick start of a developmental journey through a developed media governance and a better society for Africa We are also here to learn reflect and digest the possible ways to achieve a free fair and credible election in 2023 he said Mustapha explained that CEREDEMS Africa is a Non Governmental Organisation NGO and research institute established in 2020 According to him it focuses on using cutting edge multi disciplinary research methods to generate insights that improve policy initiative and implementation This is with regards to improving media ecosystem as well as governmental and societal institutions NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Groups partner, launch project to discourage toxic political campaign
    General news6 days ago

    2023 elections: Groups partner, launch project to discourage toxic political campaign

    The Center for Research on Development of African Media, Governance and Society (CEREDEMS-Africa) and Positive Agenda Nigeria (PAN) have  formally launched a project to discourage promotion of toxic electoral campaigns.

    The centre said this was necessary, especially as the  2023 general elections in the country were fast approaching.

    Prof. Lai Oso, immediate past President, Association of Communication Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria (ACSPN) was joined by the duo of Dr Sadia Jamil and Dr Greg Simons to unveil the project at an online event on Thursday in Lagos.

    Jamil is Chair of the Journalism Research and Education Section, International Association of Media and Communication Research (IAMCR).

    Simons, is an associate professor at Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Oso expressed optimism that the project would  advance scholarship and deepen democratic process not only in Nigeria, but Africa at large.

    He spoke on the theme of the programme: “Reconstructing Nigeria’s Election Campaign Atmosphere in a Time of Conflicting National Unity and Information Pollution”.

    Oso counseled political actors to purge themselves of the divisive characteristics inherited from colonial rule.

    .

    “Some of the features that we now see, were really established by colonialism during those periods and those features are still there.

    “They form the context with which election campaigns are conducted in Nigeria, right from the colonial period.

    “These features were inherent in the country’s social structure, multicultural make-up and uneven development.

    “Some of these features include: ethno-religious and regional , trying to amplify differences between the various ethnic groups, the region and even religion.

    “These are some of the weapons that were used,” he said.

    He said that there was also the issue of violence and ‘do-or-die’ nature of political competition, as there was the high-level of contestation and lack of consensus on basic issues.

    Oso said that  some of these contestations could be very bitter, among the various political actors.

    “From what we see now, there are no ideological differences among the major contending political parties, unlike in the first republic,  where you see ideological orientation among the parties.

    “This has led to  cross carpeting, or what the media called political nomadism, hegemony and supremacy struggle among the different political elites.

    “ They want to really be in charge of the resources of the country, which makes politics and elections to be very bitter and an acrimonious affair,” he said.

    Oso, a former Dean, Lagos State University School of Communication, said the young ones driving political messages, on social media were basing it on ethnicity and religion.

    He noted that rather than ideology, some of them are driven by anger and frustration of the county’s current  challenges, security, economic, poor leadership among others.

    Oso added that with  their campaigns so far, mainly confined to the cyber-space, there was a lot of hate speech and fake news, intolerance of opposing views and ideas and an attempt to impose a spiral of silence on others.

    “You find that all the ethnic groups are looking toward one candidate or the other, as representing them or one religion.

    “People are not looking at competence, they are not looking at party platforms and programmes.

    They are looking at the ethnic and religious affiliations of those who are there,” he said.

    The former dean said that already,  a lot of venom, hateful and dangerous speeches, among others, were being circulated in the public sphere, especially on the social media and newspaper commentaries.

    These according to him, will divert  attention from real issues of public concerns.

    “In order to counter this, there is the need to identify those things; events, values, practices and others,  that we, as a people, have in common, the challenges we face and the opportunities available to all of us.

    “Through the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines, determining what are campaign materials, conduct of political rallies and political campaigns, efforts have to be made to sanitise the campaign atmosphere, by stipulating some measures to have cleaner, more acceptable and wholesome campaign messages.

    “In this context, all the stakeholders in the electoral process,  must be familiar and be guided by the provisions in sections 91 to 97 of the Electoral Act, 2022, prescribing certain measures.

    “ We should find a way of enforcing those provisions on political parties, individual political actors and civil society  organisations to obey the rules, and those who fail to obey the rules should be punished.

    “I also note that certain bodies like NUJ, NBC, APCON and some other media supported guilds, have been able to establish some codes of conducts for reporting politics, for creating political advertisements,” he noted.

    Oso said that the media, in their coverage of campaigns and other electoral activities, must be fair and balanced.

    He said they must allow for diversity and plurality of voices and representation, and put issues in proper context and perspective.

    “Media organisations that are involved in producing political journalism must take their gatekeeping functions more seriously.

    “Not everything that comes out that has to be published,” he said.

    .

    According to him, professionals must try to communicate in a very clean wholesome manner, in a bid to ensure that citizens  get informed and  not become  propagandists for political actors.

    “We need to really check fake news, hate speech.

    “There is a need for all newsrooms to establish fact-checking desks in their newsrooms.

    “We need people who can easily and quickly respond to any item of suspicion, fake news, hate speech and debunk them as quickly as possible,” he stated.

    Dr Simons, on his part, spoke on “Contextualising and localising foreign lessons learned from election campaigns in times of crises”.

    Also, Dr Sadia delivered a speech on “Choosing the right candidates from a toxic election campaign environment;  How voters should navigate the terrain.

    In his own address, the Executive Director of Media Career Development, Mr Lekan Otufodunrin identified the solutions to toxic political campaigns and information pollution.

    Otunfodunrin  said there was a need for the detoxication of the elections in Nigeria by insulating the political process of its corrosive effect.

    He asked politicians, electoral body, media institution, the government and other stakeholders to play their roles  in this regard.

    In her lecture, Dr Ganiyat Tijani-Adenle, a lecturer at the Lagos State University School of Communication, spoke on: “Making Political Campaign free of Information Pollution; Critical Questions.

    Tijani-Adenle asked political stakeholders to cultivate a good sense of history, think beyond elections, ethnicity, religion and primordial sentiments to put Nigeria on the right track.

    Earlier, the Executive Director of CEREDEMS-Africa, Dr Mustapha Muhammad Jamiu, she’d light on the project.

    He said it is tagged: “Improving Credible General Elections in Nigeria through Real-Time Monitoring of Campaigns in Physical and Virtual Platforms during the 2023 General Elections”.

    Mustapha said the project was initiated realising that while elections played a vital role in the process of democracy, campaigns for the elections and information management of the campaigns are also important.

    “We are here today to witness a kick start of a developmental journey through a developed media, governance and a better society for Africa.

    “We are also here to learn, reflect, and digest the possible ways to achieve a free, fair and credible election in 2023,” he said.

    Mustapha explained that CEREDEMS-Africa, is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and research institute established in 2020. According to him, it  focuses on using cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research methods to generate insights that improve policy initiative and implementation.

    This is with regards to improving media ecosystem, as well as governmental and societal institutions.


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