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  •  Libyan President Muhammad Al Manfi has assured world leaders that the country was moving towards building institutions and establishing principles of democracy Al Manfi gave the assurance while addressing the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York He reaffirmed his commitment to the Libyan Political Agreement declaring that he would lead efforts to prepare for a peaceful and democratic transfer of power through presidential and parliamentary elections The Libyan official thanked the African Union for its cooperation in launching a national reconciliation project which represented the most important track towards reaching its desired goal of peace and stability He stressed the need for time limits during dialogues between the House of Representatives and the State Supreme Council offering his willingness to intervene to get the political process out of its impasse whenever necessary Al Minfi noted positively the UN s involvement in Libya and envisioned an active role through the country s new leadership He urged the organisation to seriously work to support comprehensive national solutions to the political impasse noting that it had almost undermined the political achievements gained through the UN sponsored Libyan dialogue The President also called for the restoration of economic momentum and the reduction of the power of corruption The Libyan leader stated that proxy wars and conflicting visions for a solution in his country were preventing a national option from being formed He said that negative international interventions were still charting paths of contradictory solutions that could push Libya into armed confrontations and lead to rigid political positions which could hurt approaches to bridging gaps and building partnerships Turning to the economy Al Manafi maintained that the Libyan Presidential Council supports every effort to resume oil and gas production throughout all regions of the country He underscored the Libyan Presidential Council s keenness for transparent and fair oil revenue management to neutralise public money from the political conflict and ensure without political or geographical discrimination that it benefitted all Libyans This may alleviate the severity of the economic situation and the ongoing struggle over executive authority while also providing a more stable environment for a democratic transformation he said nanenws NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA 77: Libyan President says nation working towards democratic transformation
     Libyan President Muhammad Al Manfi has assured world leaders that the country was moving towards building institutions and establishing principles of democracy Al Manfi gave the assurance while addressing the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York He reaffirmed his commitment to the Libyan Political Agreement declaring that he would lead efforts to prepare for a peaceful and democratic transfer of power through presidential and parliamentary elections The Libyan official thanked the African Union for its cooperation in launching a national reconciliation project which represented the most important track towards reaching its desired goal of peace and stability He stressed the need for time limits during dialogues between the House of Representatives and the State Supreme Council offering his willingness to intervene to get the political process out of its impasse whenever necessary Al Minfi noted positively the UN s involvement in Libya and envisioned an active role through the country s new leadership He urged the organisation to seriously work to support comprehensive national solutions to the political impasse noting that it had almost undermined the political achievements gained through the UN sponsored Libyan dialogue The President also called for the restoration of economic momentum and the reduction of the power of corruption The Libyan leader stated that proxy wars and conflicting visions for a solution in his country were preventing a national option from being formed He said that negative international interventions were still charting paths of contradictory solutions that could push Libya into armed confrontations and lead to rigid political positions which could hurt approaches to bridging gaps and building partnerships Turning to the economy Al Manafi maintained that the Libyan Presidential Council supports every effort to resume oil and gas production throughout all regions of the country He underscored the Libyan Presidential Council s keenness for transparent and fair oil revenue management to neutralise public money from the political conflict and ensure without political or geographical discrimination that it benefitted all Libyans This may alleviate the severity of the economic situation and the ongoing struggle over executive authority while also providing a more stable environment for a democratic transformation he said nanenws NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA 77: Libyan President says nation working towards democratic transformation
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    UNGA 77: Libyan President says nation working towards democratic transformation

    Libyan President Muhammad Al-Manfi has assured world leaders that the country was moving towards building institutions and establishing principles of democracy.

    Al-Manfi gave the assurance while addressing the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York. He reaffirmed his commitment to the Libyan Political Agreement, declaring that he would lead efforts to prepare for a peaceful and democratic transfer of power through presidential and parliamentary elections.

    The Libyan official thanked the African Union for its cooperation in launching a national reconciliation project which represented the most important track towards reaching its desired goal of peace and stability.

    He stressed the need for time limits during dialogues between the House of Representatives and the State Supreme Council, offering his willingness to intervene “to get the political process out of its impasse whenever necessary”.

    Al-Minfi noted positively the UN’s involvement in Libya, and envisioned an active role through the country’s new leadership.

    He urged the organisation to seriously work to support comprehensive national solutions to the political impasse, noting that it had almost undermined the political achievements gained through the UN-sponsored Libyan dialogue.

    The President also called for the restoration of economic momentum and the reduction of the “power of corruption”.

    The Libyan leader stated that proxy wars and conflicting visions for a solution in his country were preventing a national option from being formed.

    He said that negative international interventions were still charting paths of “contradictory solutions” that could push Libya into armed confrontations and lead to rigid political positions which could hurt approaches to bridging gaps and building partnerships Turning to the economy, Al-Manafi maintained that the Libyan Presidential Council supports every effort to resume oil and gas production throughout all regions of the country.

    He underscored the Libyan Presidential Council’s keenness for transparent and fair oil revenue management to neutralise public money from the political conflict and ensure, without political or geographical discrimination, that it benefitted all Libyans.

    “This may alleviate the severity of the economic situation and the ongoing struggle over executive authority while also providing a more stable environment for a democratic transformation,” he said.

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  •  Former Plateau governor Joshua Dariye has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for granting him a state pardon The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that Dariye was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment over corruption charges in 2018 He was however granted a pardon by the Council of State led by President Buhari in April 2022 The former governor was eventually released from Kuje Correctional Centre in August four months after he was granted a pardon Dariye who arrived in Jos on Wednesday said I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for being magnanimous and granting us state pardon I also thank Plateau people for their prayers and solidarity during my travail If not for your prayers and support this day would not have been possible he said The former lawmaker expressed happiness and thanked God for uniting him with his people He assured the people that he alongside his supporters would consolidate on whatever gain they had made over the years and unite the people toward building a greater Plateau The former governor urged Plateau residents to obtain their permanent voter s cards so as to elect credible leaders in 2023 nbsp
    Dariye thanks President Buhari for state pardon 
     Former Plateau governor Joshua Dariye has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for granting him a state pardon The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that Dariye was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment over corruption charges in 2018 He was however granted a pardon by the Council of State led by President Buhari in April 2022 The former governor was eventually released from Kuje Correctional Centre in August four months after he was granted a pardon Dariye who arrived in Jos on Wednesday said I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for being magnanimous and granting us state pardon I also thank Plateau people for their prayers and solidarity during my travail If not for your prayers and support this day would not have been possible he said The former lawmaker expressed happiness and thanked God for uniting him with his people He assured the people that he alongside his supporters would consolidate on whatever gain they had made over the years and unite the people toward building a greater Plateau The former governor urged Plateau residents to obtain their permanent voter s cards so as to elect credible leaders in 2023 nbsp
    Dariye thanks President Buhari for state pardon 
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    Dariye thanks President Buhari for state pardon 

    Former Plateau governor Joshua Dariye has thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for granting him a state pardon. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dariye was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment over corruption charges in 2018.He was, however, granted a pardon by the Council of State led by President Buhari in April 2022.The former governor was eventually released from Kuje Correctional Centre in August, four months after he was granted a pardon.Dariye, who arrived in Jos on Wednesday, said “I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for being magnanimous and granting us state pardon.“I also thank Plateau people for their prayers and solidarity during my travail.“If not for your prayers and support, this day would not have been possible,” he said.The former lawmaker expressed happiness and thanked God for uniting him with his people.He assured the people that he, alongside his supporters, would consolidate on whatever gain they had made over the years and unite the people toward building a greater Plateau.The former governor urged Plateau residents to obtain their permanent voter's cards so as to elect credible leaders in 2023. 

  •  The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC F lix Antoine Tshilombo has called on UN to support Africa led mediation noting that the DRC has faced decades of aggression at the hands of a neighbouring country Tshilombo made the call while addressing world leaders at the ongoing 77th session of UN General in New York Peace and security for all controlling climate change relaunching the global economy post COVID economic recovery combatting poverty and promoting collective well being are today s most pressing challenges he said According to him overcoming them will require working in greater concert with more cooperation and solidarity between States and nations Stressing that international peace and security remains the UN s primary objective he said that neither indifference nor impetus on its part are acceptable in the face of any threats to international peace and security At present this question is crystallising around the fight against terrorism as well as calming hotbeds of tension in Europe and in Africa he said Terrorism has spared no continent Tshilombo said adding that having metastasised in Africa the continent is paying a heavy price He noted that in the name of religious fundamentalism terrorists are barbarically killing innocent people in the East West Centre and South of the continent And while remarkable progress has been made in the Middle East to combat the scourge it is far from being eliminated As a DRC is victim of terrorism despite its membership in the Global Coalition against the Islamic State the President called upon the UN to become actively involved in implementing the recommendations of Coalition and the Aqaba process Statements of intention and proclamations of faith without any vigorous collective action on the ground will never be enough to eradicate terrorism he said The president argued that the DRC had been a victim of a security crisis that has lasted more than 20 years aggression Despite tireless international efforts a massive UN military presence in the DRC and diplomatic support for 23 years this security problem continues to aggrieve my country he said To eradicate insecurity once and for all and restore lasting peace and stability in the country s east several agreements were signed with armed groups and neighbouring countries along with the creation of national and international mechanisms but he lamented that the settlement lasted only a few months Very quickly the architecture of those prospects cracked and the building collapsed he said The Head of State drew attention to attacks from neighbouring Rwanda along with what he saw as that country s support of armed terrorist groups that are ravaging the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo In defiance of international law the UN Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union he said that Rwanda on March 23 not only launched a direct military incursion in North Kivu but had also provided massive support to the M23 armed terrorist group in occupying localities there The M23 with the support of the Rwandan army even shot down a MONUSCO helicopter and killed eight blue helmets committing a war crime he said referring to the UN peace and stabilisation mission in the country Tshilombo said that he would continue to tirelessly denounced the aggression He went on to call for increasing pressure on Rwanda and the M23 so that they respect the positions taken by international organisations Furthermore he said there must be broad support for the continuation of the Nairobi peace process the Luanda DRC Rwanda talks and the deployment of the East African regional force He told the Assembly that that Rwanda s responsibility along with that of its allies the M23 have been documented in reports by UN mandated experts and the expanded joint verification mission of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region international humanitarian non governmental organisations and human rights organisations But to dispel any doubts and put an end to the denials of Rwandan authorities on the subject the DRC s most senior official asked the Security Council President to officially distribute to its members the latest UN report on the subject It is a question of the very image and credibility of our organisation he said To proceed otherwise would encourage Rwanda to continue its aggression war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC he warned He added that it would also further fuel the Congolese people s legitimate suspicion surrounding the UN s impartiality as well as the complicity of some of its members in these crimes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA 77: DR Congo President calls on UN to support African-led mediation
     The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC F lix Antoine Tshilombo has called on UN to support Africa led mediation noting that the DRC has faced decades of aggression at the hands of a neighbouring country Tshilombo made the call while addressing world leaders at the ongoing 77th session of UN General in New York Peace and security for all controlling climate change relaunching the global economy post COVID economic recovery combatting poverty and promoting collective well being are today s most pressing challenges he said According to him overcoming them will require working in greater concert with more cooperation and solidarity between States and nations Stressing that international peace and security remains the UN s primary objective he said that neither indifference nor impetus on its part are acceptable in the face of any threats to international peace and security At present this question is crystallising around the fight against terrorism as well as calming hotbeds of tension in Europe and in Africa he said Terrorism has spared no continent Tshilombo said adding that having metastasised in Africa the continent is paying a heavy price He noted that in the name of religious fundamentalism terrorists are barbarically killing innocent people in the East West Centre and South of the continent And while remarkable progress has been made in the Middle East to combat the scourge it is far from being eliminated As a DRC is victim of terrorism despite its membership in the Global Coalition against the Islamic State the President called upon the UN to become actively involved in implementing the recommendations of Coalition and the Aqaba process Statements of intention and proclamations of faith without any vigorous collective action on the ground will never be enough to eradicate terrorism he said The president argued that the DRC had been a victim of a security crisis that has lasted more than 20 years aggression Despite tireless international efforts a massive UN military presence in the DRC and diplomatic support for 23 years this security problem continues to aggrieve my country he said To eradicate insecurity once and for all and restore lasting peace and stability in the country s east several agreements were signed with armed groups and neighbouring countries along with the creation of national and international mechanisms but he lamented that the settlement lasted only a few months Very quickly the architecture of those prospects cracked and the building collapsed he said The Head of State drew attention to attacks from neighbouring Rwanda along with what he saw as that country s support of armed terrorist groups that are ravaging the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo In defiance of international law the UN Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union he said that Rwanda on March 23 not only launched a direct military incursion in North Kivu but had also provided massive support to the M23 armed terrorist group in occupying localities there The M23 with the support of the Rwandan army even shot down a MONUSCO helicopter and killed eight blue helmets committing a war crime he said referring to the UN peace and stabilisation mission in the country Tshilombo said that he would continue to tirelessly denounced the aggression He went on to call for increasing pressure on Rwanda and the M23 so that they respect the positions taken by international organisations Furthermore he said there must be broad support for the continuation of the Nairobi peace process the Luanda DRC Rwanda talks and the deployment of the East African regional force He told the Assembly that that Rwanda s responsibility along with that of its allies the M23 have been documented in reports by UN mandated experts and the expanded joint verification mission of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region international humanitarian non governmental organisations and human rights organisations But to dispel any doubts and put an end to the denials of Rwandan authorities on the subject the DRC s most senior official asked the Security Council President to officially distribute to its members the latest UN report on the subject It is a question of the very image and credibility of our organisation he said To proceed otherwise would encourage Rwanda to continue its aggression war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC he warned He added that it would also further fuel the Congolese people s legitimate suspicion surrounding the UN s impartiality as well as the complicity of some of its members in these crimes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA 77: DR Congo President calls on UN to support African-led mediation
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    UNGA 77: DR Congo President calls on UN to support African-led mediation

    The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Félix-Antoine Tshilombo, has called on UN to support Africa-led mediation, noting that the DRC has faced decades of ‘aggression’ at the hands of a neighbouring country.

    Tshilombo made the call while addressing world leaders at the ongoing 77th session of UN General in New York. “Peace and security for all, controlling climate change, relaunching the global economy post-COVID economic recovery; combatting poverty and promoting collective well-being are today’s most pressing challenges,’’ he said.

    According to him, overcoming them will require working in greater concert, with more cooperation and solidarity between States and nations.

    Stressing that international peace and security remains the UN’s primary objective, he said that “neither indifference nor impetus on its part” are acceptable “in the face of any threats to international peace and security”.

    At present, this question is “crystallising around the fight against terrorism as well as calming hotbeds of tension” in Europe and in Africa, he said.

    “Terrorism has spared no continent,” Tshilombo said, adding that having metastasised in Africa, the continent is paying a heavy price.

    He noted that in the name of religious fundamentalism terrorists are barbarically killing innocent people in the East, West, Centre and South of the continent.

    And while remarkable progress has been made in the Middle East to combat the scourge, it is far from being eliminated.

    As a DRC is victim of terrorism, despite its membership in the Global Coalition against the Islamic State, the President called upon the UN to become actively involved in implementing the recommendations of Coalition and the Aqaba process.

    “Statements of intention and proclamations of faith without any vigorous collective action on the ground will never be enough to eradicate terrorism,” he said.

    The president argued that the DRC had been a victim of a security crisis that has lasted more than 20 years aggression.

    “Despite tireless international efforts a massive UN military presence in the DRC and diplomatic support for 23 years, this security problem continues to aggrieve my country,” he said.

    To eradicate insecurity once and for all and restore lasting peace, and stability in the country’s east, several agreements were signed with armed groups and neighbouring countries along with the creation of national and international mechanisms, but he lamented that the settlement lasted only a few months.

    “Very quickly the architecture of those prospects cracked, and the building collapsed,” he said.

    The Head of State drew attention to attacks from neighbouring Rwanda along with what he saw as that country’s support of armed terrorist groups that are ravaging the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    In defiance of international law, the UN Charter and the Constitutive Act of the African Union, he said that Rwanda, on March 23, not only launched a direct military incursion in North Kivu but had also provided ”massive” support to the M23 armed terrorist group in occupying localities there.

    “The M23 with the support of the Rwandan army even shot down a MONUSCO helicopter and killed eight blue helmets…committing a war crime,” he said, referring to the UN peace and stabilisation mission in the country.

    Tshilombo said that he would continue to “tirelessly denounced” the aggression.

    He went on to call for increasing pressure on Rwanda and the M23 so that they respect the positions taken by international organisations.

    Furthermore, he said there must be broad support for the continuation of the Nairobi peace process, the Luanda DRC-Rwanda talks and the deployment of the East African regional force.

    He told the Assembly that that Rwanda’s responsibility along with that of its allies, the M23, have been documented in reports by UN-mandated experts and the expanded joint verification mission of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, international humanitarian non-governmental organisations and human rights organisations.

    But, to dispel any doubts and put an end to the denials of Rwandan authorities on the subject, the DRC’s most senior official asked the Security Council President to officially distribute to its members, the latest UN report on the subject.

    “It is a question of the very image and credibility of our organisation,” he said.

    To proceed otherwise would encourage Rwanda to continue its aggression, war crimes and crimes against humanity in the DRC, he warned.

    He added that it would also further fuel the Congolese people’s legitimate suspicion surrounding the UN’s impartiality as well as the complicity of some of its members in these crimes.


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  •  The Vice Chancellor University of Abuja UniAbuja Prof Abdul Rasheed Na Allah has called on youths especially students to be hardworking shun all forms of indiscipline and not allowing distractions take over their future Na Allah made the call on Wednesday while declaring open the 2022 First Awards Winners Lecture titled Informal Art Education Lessons From The Harmattan Workshop The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was organised by the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award NNMA in conjunction with UniAbuja According to him the primary responsibility of NNMA is to identify and assess candidates for their merits based on their outstanding contributions to national development in the areas of Science Medicine Engineering including Arts and Culture He urged students to focus on their studies and desist from vices such as cultism examination malpractice drug abuse indecent dressing and other unruly behaviour which he described as destructive The vice chancellor further advised youths to make maximum use of their skills to be self employed and not to allow themselves to be used for social vices in the society However Mr Bruce Onobrakpeya who delivered the lecture said Art education via informal art workshop was important in the sustainable development of the art as a viable socio economic subsector in any country Onobrakpeya said informal workshops touches the grassroots develop the environment culture economic well being and opportunities for self employment for the development of the society He said they also create meeting points for people of divers socio cultural backgrounds where ideas special knowledge and wealth of unique experiences were exchanged Onobrakpeya who is also a world renowned master print maker painter sculpture poet and pioneer in modern African arts said a lot had been written on Informal Art Education Informal Art Education is the training that occurs in a relaxed and free atmosphere of instructor students interaction with no syllable permanent structure or teaching faculty Notable examples of informal art institutions in Africa and South of the Sahara include the cyrene mission centre in Zimbabwe and Poly Street Art centre in South Africa he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UniAbuja VC tasks youths on hardwork, discipline
     The Vice Chancellor University of Abuja UniAbuja Prof Abdul Rasheed Na Allah has called on youths especially students to be hardworking shun all forms of indiscipline and not allowing distractions take over their future Na Allah made the call on Wednesday while declaring open the 2022 First Awards Winners Lecture titled Informal Art Education Lessons From The Harmattan Workshop The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was organised by the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award NNMA in conjunction with UniAbuja According to him the primary responsibility of NNMA is to identify and assess candidates for their merits based on their outstanding contributions to national development in the areas of Science Medicine Engineering including Arts and Culture He urged students to focus on their studies and desist from vices such as cultism examination malpractice drug abuse indecent dressing and other unruly behaviour which he described as destructive The vice chancellor further advised youths to make maximum use of their skills to be self employed and not to allow themselves to be used for social vices in the society However Mr Bruce Onobrakpeya who delivered the lecture said Art education via informal art workshop was important in the sustainable development of the art as a viable socio economic subsector in any country Onobrakpeya said informal workshops touches the grassroots develop the environment culture economic well being and opportunities for self employment for the development of the society He said they also create meeting points for people of divers socio cultural backgrounds where ideas special knowledge and wealth of unique experiences were exchanged Onobrakpeya who is also a world renowned master print maker painter sculpture poet and pioneer in modern African arts said a lot had been written on Informal Art Education Informal Art Education is the training that occurs in a relaxed and free atmosphere of instructor students interaction with no syllable permanent structure or teaching faculty Notable examples of informal art institutions in Africa and South of the Sahara include the cyrene mission centre in Zimbabwe and Poly Street Art centre in South Africa he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UniAbuja VC tasks youths on hardwork, discipline
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    UniAbuja VC tasks youths on hardwork, discipline

    The Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, has called on youths, especially students, to be hardworking, shun all forms of indiscipline and not allowing distractions take over their future.

    Na’Allah made the call on Wednesday while declaring open the 2022 First Awards Winners Lecture titled: ‘Informal Art Education, Lessons From The Harmattan Workshop’.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was organised by the Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) in conjunction with UniAbuja.

    According to him, the primary responsibility of NNMA is to identify and assess candidates for their merits based on their outstanding contributions to national development in the areas of Science, Medicine, Engineering, including Arts and Culture.

    He urged students to focus on their studies and desist from vices such as cultism, examination malpractice, drug abuse, indecent dressing and other unruly behaviour, which he described as destructive.

    The vice-chancellor further advised youths to make maximum use of their skills to be self employed and not to allow themselves to be used for social vices in the society.

    However, Mr Bruce Onobrakpeya, who delivered the lecture, said Art education via informal art workshop was important in the sustainable development of the art as a viable socio-economic subsector in any country.

    Onobrakpeya said informal workshops touches the grassroots, develop the environment, culture, economic well-being and opportunities for self employment for the development of the society.

    He said they also create meeting points for people of divers socio-cultural backgrounds where ideas, special knowledge and wealth of unique experiences were exchanged.

    Onobrakpeya, who is also a world renowned master print maker, painter, sculpture, poet and pioneer in modern African arts, said a lot had been written on Informal Art Education.

    “Informal Art Education is the training that occurs in a relaxed and free atmosphere of instructor-students interaction with no syllable, permanent structure or teaching faculty.

    “Notable examples of informal art institutions in Africa and South of the Sahara include the cyrene mission centre in Zimbabwe and Poly Street Art centre in South Africa,” he said.


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  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU says it is waiting for its lawyers for professional advice following the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN order restraining it from continuing with strike The President of the Union Mr Emmanuel Osodeke disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday The union had embarked on the industrial action to press home improved academic environment and welfare of members Some of the lecturers demands are funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System The strike has entered its seventh month the Federal Government instituted a suit before the court to halt it to enable students resume This followed the failure of government and the union to reach workable agreements However students through the National Association of Nigeria Students NANS have embarked on protests by blocking entrance to the International Airport Lagos and have threatened to block other major roads if the demands were not met by government The NICN granted the order pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment pursuant to his powers as provided in Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria Ruling on the application brought by the Federal Government the Justice Polycarp Hamman held that since the issues in dispute have been referred to the court ordered ASUU the defendants not to take part in any further strike pending the determination of the substantive suit According to Hamman the argument of Femi Falana SAN the counsel to the defendants that the act of the applicants had been concluded is of no moment and flies in the face of Exhibit 2 dated Aug 29 2022 Attached to the affidavit in support of the application where the defendants communicated to the Minister of Labour and Employment their decision to rollover the strike to a comprehensive indefinite and total strike beginning from 12 01 am on Aug 29 2022 Hamman noted that as the time of reading his ruling on Wednesday Sept 21 2022 the strike action embarked upon by the defendants on Feb 14 2022 had not ended He maintained that workers cannot go on strike when relevant sections of the TDA have been complied with by the Minister of Labour in conciliating a labour dispute He praised the minister for acting in national interest by referring the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria While noting that the balance of convenience is crucial to determining an application for interlocutory injunction Hamman stated that the balance of convenience tilts in favour of the claimants who own the universities and taken into consideration the interest of the students whose parents cannot afford private universities in Nigeria or abroad He insisted that the strike inflicted irreparable damage to public university education in the country lamenting that university students have been out of school for eight months in a country where age is considered for employment and enrollment into the National Youth Service Corps NYSC Nigerian Army Air Force Navy and and paramilitary organisations Justice Hamman dismissed the claim by the defendants counsel that the strike was prompted by serial breach of agreement by the Federal Government saying since the matter has been referred to the Industrial Court by the Minister of Labour and Employment the defendants are mandated by the law not to engage in any further strike pending the determination of the substantive matter He said Section 18 Subsection 1 of the TDA 2004 connotes an obligation which is mandatory and leaves no room for discretion Section 18 2 criminalises any contravention of 18 1 and imposes the fine of N100 or imprisonment for six months for an individual and N1000 for a corporate body In this circumstance and on the strength of Section 254 6 1 b of the constitution Section 18 1 e of the TDA Section 7 1 e 16 and 19 b of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria Act 2006 I hold that this application is meritorious and same is hereby granted Justice Hamman further held that the rephrase by Falana that the court should grant accelerated hearing of the application in place of injunctive relief is of no moment going by the rules of the court He maintained that the applicants met the requirements for granting of an injunction contrary fo the averments of Falana SAN Reacting inside the courtroom lead counsel to the Federal Government James U K Igwe SAN said I thank his Lordship for the ruling rendered with unparalleled erudition scholarly analysis and research and which took into cognisance of education as being basic to education in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Resumption Order: We are waiting for our lawyers advice – ASUU
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU says it is waiting for its lawyers for professional advice following the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN order restraining it from continuing with strike The President of the Union Mr Emmanuel Osodeke disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday The union had embarked on the industrial action to press home improved academic environment and welfare of members Some of the lecturers demands are funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System The strike has entered its seventh month the Federal Government instituted a suit before the court to halt it to enable students resume This followed the failure of government and the union to reach workable agreements However students through the National Association of Nigeria Students NANS have embarked on protests by blocking entrance to the International Airport Lagos and have threatened to block other major roads if the demands were not met by government The NICN granted the order pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment pursuant to his powers as provided in Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria Ruling on the application brought by the Federal Government the Justice Polycarp Hamman held that since the issues in dispute have been referred to the court ordered ASUU the defendants not to take part in any further strike pending the determination of the substantive suit According to Hamman the argument of Femi Falana SAN the counsel to the defendants that the act of the applicants had been concluded is of no moment and flies in the face of Exhibit 2 dated Aug 29 2022 Attached to the affidavit in support of the application where the defendants communicated to the Minister of Labour and Employment their decision to rollover the strike to a comprehensive indefinite and total strike beginning from 12 01 am on Aug 29 2022 Hamman noted that as the time of reading his ruling on Wednesday Sept 21 2022 the strike action embarked upon by the defendants on Feb 14 2022 had not ended He maintained that workers cannot go on strike when relevant sections of the TDA have been complied with by the Minister of Labour in conciliating a labour dispute He praised the minister for acting in national interest by referring the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria While noting that the balance of convenience is crucial to determining an application for interlocutory injunction Hamman stated that the balance of convenience tilts in favour of the claimants who own the universities and taken into consideration the interest of the students whose parents cannot afford private universities in Nigeria or abroad He insisted that the strike inflicted irreparable damage to public university education in the country lamenting that university students have been out of school for eight months in a country where age is considered for employment and enrollment into the National Youth Service Corps NYSC Nigerian Army Air Force Navy and and paramilitary organisations Justice Hamman dismissed the claim by the defendants counsel that the strike was prompted by serial breach of agreement by the Federal Government saying since the matter has been referred to the Industrial Court by the Minister of Labour and Employment the defendants are mandated by the law not to engage in any further strike pending the determination of the substantive matter He said Section 18 Subsection 1 of the TDA 2004 connotes an obligation which is mandatory and leaves no room for discretion Section 18 2 criminalises any contravention of 18 1 and imposes the fine of N100 or imprisonment for six months for an individual and N1000 for a corporate body In this circumstance and on the strength of Section 254 6 1 b of the constitution Section 18 1 e of the TDA Section 7 1 e 16 and 19 b of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria Act 2006 I hold that this application is meritorious and same is hereby granted Justice Hamman further held that the rephrase by Falana that the court should grant accelerated hearing of the application in place of injunctive relief is of no moment going by the rules of the court He maintained that the applicants met the requirements for granting of an injunction contrary fo the averments of Falana SAN Reacting inside the courtroom lead counsel to the Federal Government James U K Igwe SAN said I thank his Lordship for the ruling rendered with unparalleled erudition scholarly analysis and research and which took into cognisance of education as being basic to education in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Resumption Order: We are waiting for our lawyers advice – ASUU
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    Resumption Order: We are waiting for our lawyers advice – ASUU

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is waiting for its lawyers for professional advice, following the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) order restraining it from continuing with strike.

    The President of the Union, Mr Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.

    The union had embarked on the industrial action to press home improved academic environment and welfare of members.

    Some of the lecturers demands are funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

    Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

    The strike has entered its seventh month the Federal  Government instituted a suit before the court to halt it to enable students resume.

    This followed the failure of government and the union to reach workable agreements.

    However, students through the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) have embarked on protests by blocking entrance to the International Airport Lagos and have threatened to block other major roads, if the demands were not met by government.

    The NICN granted the order pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court, at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, pursuant to his powers, as provided in Section 17 of the Trade Dispute Act, 2004, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

    Ruling on the application brought by the Federal Government, the , Justice Polycarp Hamman held that since the issues in dispute have been referred to the court, ordered ASUU (the defendants) not to take part in any further strike, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

    According to Hamman, the argument of Femi Falana SAN, the counsel to the defendants that the act of the applicants had been concluded is of no moment and flies in the face of Exhibit 2 dated Aug. 29, 2022. Attached to the affidavit in support of the application where the defendants communicated to the Minister of Labour and Employment, their decision to rollover the strike to a comprehensive indefinite and total strike, beginning from 12.01 am on Aug. 29, 2022. Hamman noted that as the time of reading his ruling on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, the strike action embarked upon by the defendants on Feb. 14, 2022, had not ended.

    He maintained that workers cannot go on strike when relevant sections of the TDA have been complied with by the Minister of Labour in conciliating a labour dispute.

    He praised the minister for acting in national interest by referring the matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.

    While noting that the balance of convenience is crucial to determining an application for interlocutory injunction, Hamman stated that the balance of convenience tilts in favour of the claimants who own the universities and taken into consideration the interest of the students, whose parents cannot afford private universities in Nigeria or abroad.

    He insisted that the strike inflicted irreparable damage to public university education in the country, lamenting that university students have been out of school for eight months in a country where age is considered for employment and enrollment into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Nigerian Army, Air Force, Navy and and paramilitary organisations.

    Justice Hamman dismissed the claim by the defendants counsel that the strike was prompted by serial breach of agreement by the Federal Government, saying since the matter has been referred to the Industrial Court by the Minister of Labour and Employment, the defendants are mandated by the law not to engage in any further strike, pending the determination of the substantive matter.

    He said: “Section 18 Subsection 1 of the TDA, 2004, connotes an obligation, which is mandatory and leaves no room for discretion.

    “Section 18 (2) criminalises any contravention of 18(1) and imposes the fine of N100 or imprisonment for six months for an individual and N1000 for a corporate body.

    “In this circumstance and on the strength of Section 254.6.(1) b of the constitution, Section 18(1) e of the TDA, Section 7(1) e, 16 and 19 b of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria Act 2006, I hold that this application is meritorious and same is hereby granted.

    ” Justice Hamman further held that the rephrase by Falana that the court should grant accelerated hearing of the application in place of injunctive relief “is of no moment”, going by the rules of the court.

    He maintained that the applicants met the requirements for granting of an injunction, contrary fo the averments of Falana SAN.

    Reacting inside the courtroom, lead counsel to the Federal Government, James U.

    K. Igwe SAN, said: “I thank his Lordship for the ruling, rendered with unparalleled erudition, scholarly analysis and research and which took into cognisance of education as being basic to education in Nigeria.


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  •  The Kwara Government on Wednesday commenced the disbursement of N600 million grant to empower 30 000 women and petty traders across the 16 local government areas of the state The Acting General Manager Kwara State Social Investment Programme KWASSIP Mr Abdulqowiyu Olododo disclosed this during the disbursement exercise at Asa Ilorin West and Ilorin South Local Government Sreas of the state He said that the disbursement of the fund in other local governments of the state have been scheduled for the coming days According to him the support which is being coordinated under the state government is a replica of the World Bank programme Nigeria for Women Project with each of the beneficiaries receiving N20 000 to support their trades We are paying N20 000 each to 30 000 petty traders across the state As I speak enumeration is still ongoing to accommodate more people But we needed to kick start the payment From now till Saturday we will be paying the first batch of the beneficiaries And subsequently like a week or so disbursement for the new entrants will continue We are doing Ilorin West South and Asa today We should be able to cover about 3 000 beneficiaries of them under the first tranche Olododo said He dismissed speculations that the selection process of the beneficiaries was political saying that the list is a product of consultations with relevant stakeholders including trade groups in the affected locations In his remarks the TIC Chairman of Asa Local Government Council Alhaji Abdulganiyu Saadu said the concept was people focused one that will go a long way in reviving several businesses and hailed the gesture of the state government Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with newsmen expressed their joy for the financial support and applauded the process leading them to be beneficiaries Mrs Kabira Nasirdeen a foodstuff trader said the money would help strengthening her business and thanked Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the business friendly initiative Mrs Ishola Memuna a gari seller prayed for AbdulRazaq for coming to their rescue through such empowerment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt disburses N600m grants to 30,000 traders
     The Kwara Government on Wednesday commenced the disbursement of N600 million grant to empower 30 000 women and petty traders across the 16 local government areas of the state The Acting General Manager Kwara State Social Investment Programme KWASSIP Mr Abdulqowiyu Olododo disclosed this during the disbursement exercise at Asa Ilorin West and Ilorin South Local Government Sreas of the state He said that the disbursement of the fund in other local governments of the state have been scheduled for the coming days According to him the support which is being coordinated under the state government is a replica of the World Bank programme Nigeria for Women Project with each of the beneficiaries receiving N20 000 to support their trades We are paying N20 000 each to 30 000 petty traders across the state As I speak enumeration is still ongoing to accommodate more people But we needed to kick start the payment From now till Saturday we will be paying the first batch of the beneficiaries And subsequently like a week or so disbursement for the new entrants will continue We are doing Ilorin West South and Asa today We should be able to cover about 3 000 beneficiaries of them under the first tranche Olododo said He dismissed speculations that the selection process of the beneficiaries was political saying that the list is a product of consultations with relevant stakeholders including trade groups in the affected locations In his remarks the TIC Chairman of Asa Local Government Council Alhaji Abdulganiyu Saadu said the concept was people focused one that will go a long way in reviving several businesses and hailed the gesture of the state government Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with newsmen expressed their joy for the financial support and applauded the process leading them to be beneficiaries Mrs Kabira Nasirdeen a foodstuff trader said the money would help strengthening her business and thanked Gov AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the business friendly initiative Mrs Ishola Memuna a gari seller prayed for AbdulRazaq for coming to their rescue through such empowerment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kwara Govt disburses N600m grants to 30,000 traders
    Economy1 week ago

    Kwara Govt disburses N600m grants to 30,000 traders

    The Kwara Government on Wednesday commenced the disbursement of N600 million grant to empower 30,000 women and petty traders across the 16 local government areas of the state.

    The Acting General Manager, Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWASSIP), Mr Abdulqowiyu Olododo, disclosed this during the disbursement exercise at Asa, Ilorin West and Ilorin South Local Government Sreas of the state.

    He said that the disbursement of the fund in other local governments of the state have been scheduled for the coming days.

    According to him, the support which is being coordinated under the state government, is a replica of the World Bank programme, Nigeria for Women Project, with each of the beneficiaries receiving N20,000 to support their trades.

    “We are paying N20,000 each to 30,000 petty traders across the state.

    “As I speak, enumeration is still ongoing to accommodate more people.

    But we needed to kick-start the payment.

    “From now till Saturday, we will be paying the first batch of the beneficiaries.

    “And subsequently like a week or so, disbursement for the new entrants will continue.

    We are doing Ilorin West, South and Asa today.

    “We should be able to cover about 3,000 beneficiaries of them under the first tranche,” Olododo said.

    He dismissed speculations that the selection process of the beneficiaries was political, saying that the list is a product of consultations with relevant stakeholders, including trade groups in the affected locations.

    In his remarks, the TIC Chairman of Asa Local Government Council, Alhaji Abdulganiyu Saadu, said the concept was people-focused, one that will go a long way in reviving several businesses and hailed the gesture of the state government.

    Some of the beneficiaries who spoke with newsmen expressed their joy for the financial support and applauded the process leading them to be beneficiaries.

    Mrs Kabira Nasirdeen, a foodstuff trader, said the money would help strengthening her business and thanked Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the business-friendly initiative.

    Mrs Ishola Memuna, a gari seller, prayed for AbdulRazaq for coming to their rescue through such empowerment. 


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  •  The Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee MIREMCO have commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for tackling illegal mining activities and non payment of royalties to the Federal Government The Chairman of the group who doubles as the chairman Nigeria Mining and Geo science Society MGS Ilorin Chapter Mr Abdulraman Ottan made the commendation during a solidarity visit to the commission s zonal command in Ilorin on Wednesday Ottan declared support for the intervention of the EFCC in regulating the mining sector which he described as a bold step He expressed readiness of the committee to collaborate and partner with the commission while urging every sector of the economy to work with the anti graft agency in order to rid the country of corruption Our committee is very happy and pleased with your recent actions on the mining transactions within the state specifically the illegal mining of lithium ore within Pategi Local Government Area and wish to pledge our total support in ensuring the success of this very necessary but long overdue exercise This action is quite laudable and has projected Kwara State as a mineral producing state with high socio economic consequences which serves as a signal that the Nigeria mining space must be sanitised to achieve the desired economic benefits Illegal mining is the worst thing that can happen to any economy it is not only economic sabotage but one that causes a lot of socio economic destruction insecurity banditry and a host of other vices he said Respinding the Zonal Commander Mr Michael Nzekwe expressed delight with the visit saying there is still hope for Nigeria Nzekwe said that the action of the commission to clamp down on suspected illegal miners in the state was not to witch hunt but to regulate the sector and ensure that the right thing was done in line with the mandate of the commission He appealed to the public to support the EFCC in its efforts to fight corruption and make Nigeria a better place The EFCC has seen that there are enormous mineral deposits in Kwara and if rightfully put to use the state can become a small London he said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the EFCC recently moved against illegal mining business in Kwara resulting in the arrest of no fewer than 45 suspected illegal miners The operation also led to the seizure of 14 trucks loaded with assorted crude minerals being smuggled out of the state for sale outside the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Illegal mining: Group drums support for EFCC
     The Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee MIREMCO have commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC for tackling illegal mining activities and non payment of royalties to the Federal Government The Chairman of the group who doubles as the chairman Nigeria Mining and Geo science Society MGS Ilorin Chapter Mr Abdulraman Ottan made the commendation during a solidarity visit to the commission s zonal command in Ilorin on Wednesday Ottan declared support for the intervention of the EFCC in regulating the mining sector which he described as a bold step He expressed readiness of the committee to collaborate and partner with the commission while urging every sector of the economy to work with the anti graft agency in order to rid the country of corruption Our committee is very happy and pleased with your recent actions on the mining transactions within the state specifically the illegal mining of lithium ore within Pategi Local Government Area and wish to pledge our total support in ensuring the success of this very necessary but long overdue exercise This action is quite laudable and has projected Kwara State as a mineral producing state with high socio economic consequences which serves as a signal that the Nigeria mining space must be sanitised to achieve the desired economic benefits Illegal mining is the worst thing that can happen to any economy it is not only economic sabotage but one that causes a lot of socio economic destruction insecurity banditry and a host of other vices he said Respinding the Zonal Commander Mr Michael Nzekwe expressed delight with the visit saying there is still hope for Nigeria Nzekwe said that the action of the commission to clamp down on suspected illegal miners in the state was not to witch hunt but to regulate the sector and ensure that the right thing was done in line with the mandate of the commission He appealed to the public to support the EFCC in its efforts to fight corruption and make Nigeria a better place The EFCC has seen that there are enormous mineral deposits in Kwara and if rightfully put to use the state can become a small London he said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the EFCC recently moved against illegal mining business in Kwara resulting in the arrest of no fewer than 45 suspected illegal miners The operation also led to the seizure of 14 trucks loaded with assorted crude minerals being smuggled out of the state for sale outside the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Illegal mining: Group drums support for EFCC
    Defence/Security1 week ago

    Illegal mining: Group drums support for EFCC

    The Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) have commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for tackling illegal mining activities and non-payment of royalties to the Federal Government.

    The Chairman of the group who doubles as the chairman, Nigeria Mining and Geo-science Society (MGS), Ilorin Chapter, Mr Abdulraman Ottan, made the commendation during a solidarity visit to the commission’s zonal command in Ilorin on Wednesday.

    Ottan declared support for the intervention of the EFCC in regulating the mining sector, which he described as a “bold step”.

    He expressed readiness of the committee to collaborate and partner with the commission, while urging every sector of the economy to work with the anti-graft agency in order to rid the country of corruption.

    “Our committee is very happy and pleased with your recent actions on the mining transactions within the state, specifically, the illegal mining of lithium ore within Pategi Local Government Area, and wish to pledge our total support in ensuring the success of this very necessary but long overdue exercise.

    “This action is quite laudable and has projected Kwara State as a mineral producing state, with high socio-economic consequences, which serves as a signal that the Nigeria mining space must be sanitised to achieve the desired economic benefits.

    “Illegal mining is the worst thing that can happen to any economy, it is not only economic sabotage, but one that causes a lot of socio-economic destruction, insecurity, banditry and a host of other vices,” he said.

    Respinding, the Zonal Commander, Mr Michael Nzekwe, expressed delight with the visit, saying there is still hope for Nigeria.

    Nzekwe said that the action of the commission to clamp down on suspected illegal miners in the state was not to witch-hunt but to regulate the sector and ensure that the right thing was done in line with the mandate of the commission.

    He appealed to the public to support the EFCC in its efforts to fight corruption and make Nigeria a better place.

    “The EFCC has seen that there are enormous mineral deposits in Kwara and if rightfully put to use, the  state can become a small London,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the EFCC recently moved against illegal mining business in Kwara, resulting in the arrest of no fewer than 45 suspected illegal miners.

    The operation also led to the seizure of 14 trucks loaded with assorted crude minerals being smuggled out of the state for sale outside the country.


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  •  The World Bank has supported no fewer than 1 097 048 women and children with nutrition and adolescent health packages in Kaduna State The intervention was recorded during the first year of implementing the bank s Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria ANRIN Mr Murtala Ibrahim the Project Coordinator Society for Family Health SFH Kaduna State and ANRIN project implementing partner disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau Malam Ahmed Bamalli on Wednesday in Zaria Ibrahim said in May 2021 the emir graciously granted its request to lead the advocacy and that the visit was to update the first class traditional ruler as the ANRIN ambassador with achievements of the project He said SFH was implementing the ANRIN project on behalf of Kaduna state because of its expertise and SFH has achieved good results on the implementation The project coordinator said in the first year of the project implementation it provided nine different interventions to women and children around nutrition and adolescent health SFH provides counseling on exclusive breastfeeding to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to enable them support their babies 150 000 women were reached in that category Iron folic acid and Malaria prevention drugs was also provided to over 80 000 pregnant women for healthy pregnancy and additional 40 000 women were reached with child spacing commodities to enable them offer good care for their babies We have also de wormed over 200 000 children and provided vitamin supplement to over 240 000 children aged five years and below he said He added that they provided ORS and Zinc to prevent diarrhoea among children and over 100 000 households were reached with such services adding that additional over 86 000 infants received micronutrients powder to prevent malnutrition In all over 1 097 048 women and children were reached in the first year of the implementation of the programme this also shows that the project had reached 115 per cent of its target he said Ibrahim said the project attributed its success to the immense support from the emirate council and urged the royal father to sustain the advocacy of more adolescents to be in school He also appealed to the emir for more support in the area of funding to scale up the nutrition and adolescent health component of the project Earlier Hajia Mairo Tahir the Communications Officer ANRIN said the project s objectives were aimed at increasing quality and cost effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women adolescent girls and children under five years in the state She added that the project was also aimed at reducing chronic malnutrition and maternal mortality rate which was also high in the state and the project has recorded tremendous success in reversing the ugly indices since its commencement According to her the World Bank supported ANRIN Project and the Kaduna state Project Implementing Unit PIU has secured 2 7 million dollars about N1 9bn for treatment of malnourished children in the state The fund was used for the purchase of Ready to use Thereauphatic Food RUTF and food had provided significant improvement in the life of these children affected by malnutrition in the state She therefore appealed to the emir to assist in tracking implementation of the supply of commodities in the emirate Responding Bamalli commended the programme for the outstanding performance and encouraged people coming with new projects meant for the community to pass through the emirate council for optimal results He reiterated the commitment of the emirate council to sustain the support for the project NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Healthcare: World Bank supports 1.09m in Kaduna
     The World Bank has supported no fewer than 1 097 048 women and children with nutrition and adolescent health packages in Kaduna State The intervention was recorded during the first year of implementing the bank s Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria ANRIN Mr Murtala Ibrahim the Project Coordinator Society for Family Health SFH Kaduna State and ANRIN project implementing partner disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau Malam Ahmed Bamalli on Wednesday in Zaria Ibrahim said in May 2021 the emir graciously granted its request to lead the advocacy and that the visit was to update the first class traditional ruler as the ANRIN ambassador with achievements of the project He said SFH was implementing the ANRIN project on behalf of Kaduna state because of its expertise and SFH has achieved good results on the implementation The project coordinator said in the first year of the project implementation it provided nine different interventions to women and children around nutrition and adolescent health SFH provides counseling on exclusive breastfeeding to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to enable them support their babies 150 000 women were reached in that category Iron folic acid and Malaria prevention drugs was also provided to over 80 000 pregnant women for healthy pregnancy and additional 40 000 women were reached with child spacing commodities to enable them offer good care for their babies We have also de wormed over 200 000 children and provided vitamin supplement to over 240 000 children aged five years and below he said He added that they provided ORS and Zinc to prevent diarrhoea among children and over 100 000 households were reached with such services adding that additional over 86 000 infants received micronutrients powder to prevent malnutrition In all over 1 097 048 women and children were reached in the first year of the implementation of the programme this also shows that the project had reached 115 per cent of its target he said Ibrahim said the project attributed its success to the immense support from the emirate council and urged the royal father to sustain the advocacy of more adolescents to be in school He also appealed to the emir for more support in the area of funding to scale up the nutrition and adolescent health component of the project Earlier Hajia Mairo Tahir the Communications Officer ANRIN said the project s objectives were aimed at increasing quality and cost effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women adolescent girls and children under five years in the state She added that the project was also aimed at reducing chronic malnutrition and maternal mortality rate which was also high in the state and the project has recorded tremendous success in reversing the ugly indices since its commencement According to her the World Bank supported ANRIN Project and the Kaduna state Project Implementing Unit PIU has secured 2 7 million dollars about N1 9bn for treatment of malnourished children in the state The fund was used for the purchase of Ready to use Thereauphatic Food RUTF and food had provided significant improvement in the life of these children affected by malnutrition in the state She therefore appealed to the emir to assist in tracking implementation of the supply of commodities in the emirate Responding Bamalli commended the programme for the outstanding performance and encouraged people coming with new projects meant for the community to pass through the emirate council for optimal results He reiterated the commitment of the emirate council to sustain the support for the project NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Healthcare: World Bank supports 1.09m in Kaduna
    General news1 week ago

    Healthcare: World Bank supports 1.09m in Kaduna

    The World Bank has supported no fewer than 1,097,048 women and children with nutrition and adolescent health packages in Kaduna State.

    The intervention was recorded during the first year of implementing the bank’s Accelerating Nutrition Result in Nigeria (ANRIN).

    Mr Murtala Ibrahim, the Project Coordinator, Society for Family Health (SFH), Kaduna State, and ANRIN project implementing partner, disclosed this during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Malam Ahmed Bamalli, on Wednesday in Zaria.

    Ibrahim said in May 2021 the emir graciously granted its request to lead the advocacy and that the visit was to update the first class traditional ruler as the ANRIN ambassador with achievements of the project.

    He said SFH was implementing the ANRIN project on behalf of Kaduna state because of its expertise and SFH has achieved good results on the implementation.

    The project coordinator said in the first year of the project implementation, it provided nine different interventions to women and children around nutrition and adolescent health.

    “SFH provides counseling on exclusive breastfeeding to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to enable them support their babies, 150,000 women were reached in that category.

    “Iron, folic acid and Malaria prevention drugs was also provided to over 80,000 pregnant women for healthy pregnancy and additional 40,000 women were reached with child spacing commodities to enable them offer good care for their babies.

    “We have also de-wormed over 200,000 children and provided vitamin supplement to over 240,000 children aged five years and below,’’ he said.

    He added that they provided ORS and Zinc to prevent diarrhoea among children and over 100,000 households were reached with such services, adding that additional over 86,000 infants received micronutrients powder to prevent malnutrition.

    “ In all, over 1,097,048 women and children were reached in the first year of the implementation of the programme; this also shows that the project had reached 115 per cent of its target,’’ he said.

    Ibrahim said the project attributed its success to the immense support from the emirate council and urged the royal father to sustain the advocacy of more adolescents to be in school.

    He also appealed to the emir for more support in the area of funding to scale up the nutrition and adolescent health component of the project.

    Earlier, Hajia Mairo Tahir, the Communications Officer, ANRIN,  said the project’s objectives were aimed at increasing quality and cost effective nutrition services for pregnant and lactating women, adolescent girls and children under five years in the state.

    She added that the project was also aimed at reducing chronic malnutrition and maternal mortality rate which was also high in the state and the project has recorded tremendous success in reversing the ugly indices since its commencement.

    According to her, the World Bank supported ANRIN Project and the Kaduna state Project Implementing Unit (PIU) has secured 2.7 million dollars (about N1.9bn) for treatment of malnourished children in the state.

    The fund was used for the purchase of Ready to use Thereauphatic Food (RUTF) and food had provided significant improvement in the life of these children affected by malnutrition in the state.

    She, therefore, appealed to the emir to assist in tracking implementation of the supply of commodities in the emirate.

    Responding, Bamalli commended the programme for the outstanding performance and encouraged people coming with new projects meant for the community to pass through the emirate council for optimal results.

    He reiterated the commitment of the emirate council to sustain the support for the project.


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