The All Progressives Congress (APC) Professional Women Network has decorated Dr Suleiman Argungu, a former deputy governor of Kebbi State, as its patron.
This is contained in a statement issued in Ilorin on Friday by Ms Bola Ipinlaiye, the Coordinator of the group in Kwara.
Ipinlaiye said that Argungu, who is also the National Organising Secretary of APC, was decorated at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
She explained that they unanimously chose Argungu as its new patron because of his dedication, commitment and championing of the group’s cause.
The coordinator quoted the group’s President, Dr Wuraola Agbaje-Owolabi, as saying that Argungu is an epitome of dedication and selflessness.
Ipinlaiye described Argungu as a seasoned technocrat, administrator, politician and committed democrat.
She explained that the honour will sour Argungu, who will bring to bare his wealth of experience ahead of the 2023 general elections, and in the future for the group.
The coordinator listed the national executives present at the event to include Mrs Atinuke Balogun, the National Secretary; Mrs Kori Shettima, the North East Coordinator; and a group member, Mrs Christy Adeagbo.
The market capitalisation of the Nigerian Exchange Ltd. (NGX) again dropped by N89 billion or 0.33 per cent to close at N26.444 trillion on Friday compared with N26.533 trillion on Thursday.
Similarly, the All-Share Index (ASI) dropped by 163. 72 points or 0.33 per cent to close at 49,026.62 from 49,190.34 recorded on Thursday.
The weak performance was as a result of continuous sell-offs in some large and medium stocks.
Market breadth closed negative as 22 stocks declined while 11 advanced.
Vitafoam led the gainers with 6.90 per cent to close N22.45 per share.
This was followed by RT Briscoe with 6.06 per cent to close at 35k, while Access Holding gained by 6.02 per cent to close at N8.80 per share.
Also, Conerstone Insurance appreciated by 3.70 per cent to close at 56k and Fidelity Bank rose by three per cent to close at N3.78 per share.
On the other hand, CWG suffered a decline of 10 per cent to close at 81k per share.
Berger Paint followed with 9.85 per cent to close at N5.95 per share.
Eterna fell by 9.45 per cent to close at N5.75, while Sunu Assurance declined by 8.57 per cent to close 32k per share.
Also, Chams declined by 6.9 per cent to close at N27 per shares.
Courteville Business Solutions recorded the highest volume of 27.68 million shares sold at N12.49 million.
NGX Group followed with N24.54 million shares traded at N417.39 million.
Zenith Bank transacted 20.83 million shares worth N416.75 million, while Transcorp sold 11.15 million shares valued at N11.59 million.
Jaiz Bank sold 10.85 million shares worth N8.66 million.
A total of 169.18 million shares valued at N3.19 billion were exchanged in 3,206 deals.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said four persons died while one was rescued in the building collapse at Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in Mushin, Lagos.
The NEMA South West Zonal Cordinator, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview.
He said two males and two females died, while one person was rescued in the building collapse.
Earlier, the Lagos State Government also said it would investigate the cause of the building collapse.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, made this known in a statement made available to NAN.
While visiting the site of the three storey building, which was said to be about 40 years old, he directed that the building be pulled down immediately for safety reasons and to forestall further collapse.
He directed the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory to unravel the cause of the collapse.
The Police Service Commission (PSC) has described attack on Insp. Teju Moses, a female Police Orderly attached to Prof. Zainab Abiola as barbaric and inhuman.
Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, said in a statement on Friday in Abuja, that the assault on the police officer was a direct threat to national security and calculated attempt to ridicule the Nigeria Police Force and what it stands for.
He called for immediate investigation and prosecution of all characters involved in the show of shame and urged the police authority to review the operations of the Special Protection Unit (SPU).
The PSC spokesman said the call was to ensure that only few Nigerians who genuinely deserve such protection were given the service.
“The Commission frowns at the abuse of Police Orderlies by Nigerians who now use them as status symbols or convert them to house helps who clean, cook or do menial jobs.
“With the security problems ravaging the nation, there is an urgent need to free many Police Officers loitering in private houses and following big men around,”he said.
Ani called on the police hierarchy to quickly put a stop to the practice and concentrate its efforts in the policing and protection of vulnerable Nigerians.
The Lagos State Government says it is collaborating with the Lagos Urban Development Initiative (LUDI) to observe the first ever ‘Car Free Day’ in Lagos on Sunday.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, said this in a statement through the Deputy Director, Public Affairs Unit of the Ministry, Mrs Bolanle Ogunlola, in Lagos on Friday.
He said that the initiative was to encourage road users and motorists to set aside their cars for a day.
Oladeinde said they were, on that day, encouraged to take up active and inclusive means of transport such as cycling and walking, known as Non Motorized Transport (NMT).
“Traffic will be diverted around as cyclists will utilise Governor’s Office Road, through Mobolaji Johnson Ave, Billings Way, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Aromire, Adeniyi Jones, and Oba Akran Way for bicycle rides to mark the event.
“About 400 metres of the Governor’s Avenue will be closed for the event.
“The aim of the initiative is to create awareness about the benefits of Non Motorised Transport, including reduced environmental pollution.
“The initiative will also reduce insufficient physical activity and sedentary behaviour to promote health of the people regardless of their ages,” Oladeinde said.
He cited the significant drop in air pollution recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, when movement was curtailed and many private cars and public vehicles were off the roads.
The commissioner said that this resulted in reduction of vehicular carbon emissions into the atmosphere, thereby improving the quality of air, as well as increase in physical exercise and improved health practises.
“Vehicular emissions have now become a global issue.
In Nigeria as well as other developing countries, 25% of the air pollution problems are as a result of automobile exhaust.
“This is very evident in the number of unroadworthy, smoky vehicles plying our roads on daily basis, causing not just health issues but visibility problems and sometimes accidents,” Oladeinde said.
He also mentioned that the event provides cities and governments opportunity to do more in advancing public transport systems which could be run more efficiently through provision of viable, reliable alternative to the cars in the urban areas.
The commissioner said that this could also be done by implementing Non Motorised transport, whereby walking, cycling and inclusive mobility were given priority.
Oladeinde said that the event was coordinated by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation along with other Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Lagos Urban Development Initiative.
He said that the event was necessary to continuously enlighten the citizenry on the importance of environmental health.
Oladeinde urged motorists to prepare to join the rest of the world in observing the Car Free Day, adding that hundreds of people were expected.
He urged participants to be at the Alausa, Ikeja venue where many fun and exciting activities such as cycling, cycling training, cycling competitions, skating, stretches, music, dance would take place.
Oladeinde said that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority would work hand in hand with the Nigeria Police Force to manage vehicular movement on the diversion routes.
He pleaded with the motoring public to cooperate with the interventions put in place to minimise inconveniences.
The Federal Government has approved the introduction of a new programme- FunSTEM in public schools to enhance the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Dr Elizabeth Eterigho, President, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria(APWEN) said this when she spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria at the closing of the 2022 APWEN national conference and AGM on Friday in Abuja.
Eterigho said that the gesture would help improve the teaching and learning of STEM especially for the girl child in Nigeria.
She said that the girl child deserved access to quality education that would equip and prepare her for the challenges of the future.
She said to give the girl child opportunities to learn, achieve and excel in science, technology and in engineering solutions, there was need to incorporate fun and excitement into STEM learning Eterigho said that such education would properly equip and make her ready to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“It is observed that STEM teaching in public schools, particularly in upper primary and junior secondary school has not been effective.
“For many children, just being at school does not mean they are learning, which implies that children are not developing the skills they need to successfully transit to become fulfilled in life,” she said.
She said the fun and excitement of FunSTEM was all about teaching with practical and demonstrative gender-responsive STEM learning in order to raise the curiosity and interest of the students.
“This would lead to taking up careers in STEM, specifically in engineering, particularly in public schools.
“The aim of the FunSTEM is to harness `free hands-on activities’ model in teaching STEM to raise the inquisitiveness of the students,” she said.
She said this would also make it possible for the girls to easily understand the relevancy of STEM in infrastructure and economic development of the nation.
Eterigho said that the first edition was a two-day event held in Lagos and Port Harcourt simultaneously, that prior to the event teachers were trained on how to effectively teach STEM with excitement.
She said that the teachers were trained on how to impart this excitement to junior and secondary school students using recycle materials.
The APWEN President said that over 30 teachers and 126 students participated from five schools in Port Harcourt and seven schools in Lagos, and that science kits were donated to the schools laboratories.
“The FunSTEM is sponsored by Worley Foundation, the CSR initiative of Worley Energy, Chemicals and Resources, Australia,” she said.
She said another programme introduced in 2022 was the “Tech4Mum’’ initiative, which sought to promote development of new technologies that increasingly empower female users, especially in the rural areas for enhanced productivity.
Dr Felicia Agubata, former APWEN president and Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, said that to facilitate government efforts in energy transition, the association would act as an advocate.
“Government has a committee on energy transition, we are going to lend our voice in advocacy to explain to the people what it is and also encourage people to feel free about the transition,” she said.
She said the association would fund and also find sponsors for the research projects of young engineering students who were willing to break new grounds of achievements.
UNDP Country Representative in Lesotho, Ms. Betty Wabunoha, said that for the first time in 32 years, the Human Development Index, which measures a nation's health, education and standard of living, has dropped to world for two years in a row.
She said this when she officially launched a Human Development Report (HDR), with the theme "Technology and innovations to achieve sustainable development in Lesotho".
Ms. Betty noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many economies and institutions to adopt technology, adding that the socio-economic challenges that followed the pandemic revealed many innovations and skills of youth, women and other indigenous groups.
She further noted that the revolution in technology has created a stir and struggle among development actors to maximize perceived development benefits and opportunities.
Unfortunately, technology may not be the solution to all development challenges.
In some cases, the acquisition of technology is associated with negative development outcomes, such as job losses, exclusions and inequalities.
She therefore expressed her appreciation for the partnership and collaboration of the Government of Lesotho, through the Ministry of Development Planning in this process, saying that as the government initiates design for the new generation NSDP, UNDP anticipates that these human development reports could inform sectoral.
prioritization and expand the menu of strategic actions available to achieve inclusion and economic transformation.
She emphasized that stakeholders challenged UNDP to map the extent to which various development programs have been informed by previous human development reports.
Also speaking, the Director of the Ministry of Development Planning, Ms. Mahlape Ramoseme, said that although Lesotho's ranking has moved only slightly since 1990, the ranking and human development index have always been on the political radar.
of social development.
He noted that in collaboration with the Ministry of Development Planning and other national partners, UNDP intends to support the development of Lesotho's 4th Human Development Report to be published in 2022.
He said the technology is selected as one of the four drivers of economic growth in the National Strategic Development Plan II (NSDP II) due to the recognized potential to create employment and enhance economic competition, saying through the NSDP II, the Government of Lesotho anticipates that 'The transformative potential of technology and innovation in production systems will improve the efficiency, effectiveness and precision of production, necessary for inclusive economic growth and job creation.
The Department of Science Senior Research Officer, Ms. Matšepo Masoka, said she is pleased that Lesotho has chosen technology and innovation as the theme for the National Human Development Report when there were numerous options for priorities within our development plans.
development to choose from.
She said that it is imperative to carefully consider the definition of technology and innovation in our context as Lesotho so that some of the existing, new and emerging technologies and innovations in our strategies towards human development are not left behind.
She said that the main goal of the NHDR is to influence not only policy, but also evidence-based policy, and said that is why there is a need to have constant data collection through research and surveys to help provide such evidence.
Meanwhile, there was a stakeholder dialogue on Gender and Human Development: Implications and opportunities in a changing world.
The Human Development Report is a flagship publication of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) whose main objective is to promote human development worldwide, by "creating an enabling environment for people to enjoy a long life healthy and creative.
The first Human Development Report was published in 1990 and introduced human development as a new approach to measuring progress beyond economic growth by focusing on human well-being.
The concept of human development places people at the center of the development process.
And it equates development with the opportunity for people to lead valuable lives by expanding their capabilities, freedoms and choices.
Some women groups have called for a review of legal administrative parameters used for deployment of force personnel to Very Important Personalities (VIPs) to avert assault, sexual abuse and other inhumane treatment meted on them.
These groups made the call at a joint press conference on Friday in Abuja over the alleged recent assault and human right abuse of Inspector Teju Moses by Prof. Zainab Abiola, a legal Practitioner and human rights activist.
Prof. Joy Ezeilo, Founder, Women Aid Collective (WACOL) described the incident as barbaric and inhumane, calling for thorough investigation to establish the culpability of the suspects and prosecution.
Ezeilo decried the plights of security forces attached to VIPs, who are often abused physically, psychologically and used in manners inconsistent with their line of official duty.
” The fall out of the instant case calls to mind the need to review the legal and administrative parameters under which the force personnel, particularly the female gender amongst them are deployed to VIPs. ” It also underscores the need for psycho – socio assessment and validation to be carried out on these VIPs before police personnel will be attached to them.
” This is to ascertain whether the VIPs have the mental, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing to accommodate and work with these police personnel,” she said.
She also called for urgent review of the working and posting conditions of the police service personnel, especially the female police officers attached to VIPs remain paramount in the circumstances.
Also, Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria commended the Inspector General of Police for acting promptly in responding to right violations and arrest of the suspects.
” This will serve as a deterrent to all those abusing the rights of both male and female officers attached to them, that the eyes of the law are very active, and justice will be served,” she said.
Obi, however,called on the police to review the welfare and roles of the orderlies and officers assigned on special duties as well as other police officers to avert future occurrences.
She also advocated a panel to conduct a survey or assessment on how officers assigned to private citizens were treated and ensure the Nigerian Police Force support the development and implementation of workplace policy to address GBV.
“The Nigerian Security Officers are toiling day and night to protect the citizenry and it is time to protect them too,” she said.
On her part, Ms Chibuzo Nwosu, Chairperson, International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA, Abuja Branch, said the association cannot prosecute, but would monitor the prosecution and ensure justice is served.
Meanwhile, Mr Emmanuel Ikule, Network of Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), Foundation said cases of abuse meted on orderlies and special duty officers were recurring, calling for immediate action to forestall it.
“The police should not just look at this case alone, but seize the opportunity to look at other similar ones that have been reported and take action to stop such,”he said.
Mrs Moji Makanjola, Execute Director, International Society of Media and Public Health (ICSMPH) called for prosecution and justice to prevail in cases of abuses, irrespective of the highly placed position of the suspects.
Makanjola, said ” our health institutions were overburdened by such preventable cases.
” NAN reports that Abiola was alleged to have assaulted her police orderly, Insp Teju Moses on Tuesday at her residence in Abuja following refusal to carry out menial and domestic chores at her residence.
The trending and viral audio clip available all over the social media showed the police orderly bleeding profusely on her face.
It was later reported that the suspect has been arrested together with her housemaid, Rebecca Enechido, while certain domestic servant and cohorts in commission of the alleged unlawful act remain at large.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has charged Nigerians to vote and elect candidates that could sustain the country during the 2023 General Elections.
Sanwo-Olu gave the charge at a Special Prayer Service to commemorate the 62nd Independence Day Celebration, organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs at the Lagos Secretariat Community Central Mosque Alausa, Ikeja on Friday.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that APC Presidential Candidate, Sen. Bola Tinubu if elected, have the ability to sustain the economy of the country, hence the need to support him.
The governor urged Nigerians to vote wisely come 2023 general elections by choosing a good leader for a better Nigeria.
He also urged Nigerians to be astute in their voting in 2023, avoid elevating issues that are unnecessary and consider what the candidates had done in their various communities.
Sanwo-Olu urged Nigerians not to listen to bogus statistics but consider the candidates’ plans, especially in the areas of security, economic development, social and physical infrastructure provisions.
”We should look at who have access to the sources for businesses, so that they can employ, ability to sustain the economy of our country, so that we can have a bigger pie and then we can share across the states.
”Nigerians should look at who has ability to protect the integrity of our country by sustaining the military, training them well,” he said.
Speaking on the religious distractions within the country, the governor stated that the election should be based on capacity, achievement instead of religion and other inconsequential considerations.
According to him, there is no point in elevating religion instead of the virtues required of a productive leadership.
“If we can put our lives in the hands of doctors without asking for their religion before surgery, why then are we neglecting what we are supposed to do and doing otherwise in the name of religion.
“We should not play politics under the guise of religion,” he said.
The governor tasked Nigerians on fixing the country and making it better, noting that every developed nation had been lucky to have good leaders at a point in time.
He added that Nigeria would not be an exception while citing Singapore, having Lee Kuan Yew or America having Abraham Lincoln at the right time which led to rapid development of the different countries.
“It is fundamental for all to do the right thing and it is in our interest to fix the country and make it a better place for all,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu, therefore, prayed that Nigeria would not miss the opportunity of choosing a good leader.
He also prayed for a peaceful and violence free election.
Earlier in his sermon, Sheik Saheed Aro enjoined leaders to always go about their responsibilities toward the nation and the people with the fear of God. Aro said they should always be reminded that they would give account of whatever they did on earth before their maker, God Almighty, after death.
The Sheik also urged Nigerians to commit the 2023 elections into the hands of God almighty for a peaceful, free and fair election, devoid of bloodshed and rancour.
“Nigerians are also advised to do the right thing at all times wherever they find themselves.
They are also enjoined to always pray for their leaders to do well rather than condemn or curse them.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, reaffirmed, on September 23, 2022 in New York, Morocco's commitment to an African Atlantic partnership that will be at the active service of stability and co-development.
Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States, Mr. Bourita stressed that the reactivation of this geostrategic alliance expresses the vision and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to make the African Atlantic space a framework for cooperation pragmatic and timely interstate.
"Our meeting last June and the Rabat Declaration that came out of it have materialized this vision, establishing the Atlantic area of Africa as a space of peace, stability and shared prosperity," he noted.
In this regard, he stressed that through the Rabat Declaration, the Atlantic African States have demonstrated the strong ambition of placing joint action within the framework of a broader association and deepening integration ties, in order to more fully address effectively the challenges of the region.
and to identify the great potential for cooperation, Mr. Bourita also noted that these States have agreed that joint actions be guided by the principles of consultation, solidarity, and dynamic and enterprising South-South cooperation, noting that the international context, which has rarely been as complex as the current one, reinforces the relevance of this initiative.
“It also commits us to respond to the imperative of consolidating our partnership.
Especially since we face the same challenges and share the same concerns, including security, stability and sustainable development,” he explained.
Highlighting the complex, interconnected and multidimensional threats facing the region, the Minister warned of terrorist threats that are spreading in various parts of Africa with "very negative" repercussions on the stability of the region.
"An effective fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach aimed at actions both in terms of security, promoting the ideals of tolerance and achieving sustainable development," he said, adding that the situation of transnational organized crime in the region is also very worrying.
"The illicit trafficking of weapons, drugs or human beings is developing very rapidly and threatens peace and development in the African Atlantic space," he warned.
Mr. Bourita also warned of the threats posed by piracy, which "damage the prospects for economic and commercial development of the countries of the region", saying that the direct and indirect cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea would approach to two billion dollars a year and this figure does not include all the costs assumed by African countries and their partners.
The Minister also noted that the intertwining of terrorism, separatism and transnational organized crime multiplies the threat by creating an "alliance of evil forces."
"No country can face these challenges by itself," he stressed, and called for joining efforts, through cooperation and coordination, as necessary.
Referring to the prospects for cooperation, Bourita highlighted the immense opportunities for association in the region in the areas of blue economy, maritime cooperation and energy.
“The blue economy is projected to contribute $3,000 trillion in annual value added to the global economy by 2030, and our region has enormous potential in this area,” he said, indicating that maritime cooperation is also an asset, “which would allow strengthening our economic and trade integration and improve our competitiveness in the global economy.
Regarding the environmental challenges facing the region, Bourita said that efforts to address these challenges are part of the dynamics of economic cooperation in this area, recalling that the African continent , which contributes 7% of greenhouse gas emissions, is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change".
The initiatives of the African Action Summit, held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech in 2016, on the emergence from Africa through climate action, are among the appropriate actions for our collective fight against climate change,” he argued, and he added that the search and promotion of international alliances is desirable.
e support efforts and build capacity to meet challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation.
In this context, he said that a draft Program of Action of this Initiative aims to identify common strategic priorities for the realization of the vision of an effective and inclusive African Atlantic partnership, noting that this project is a unifying element to "join us in around goals, and guide us in our collective actions The Agenda for Action also serves as a basis for the preparation of the action plans of the three thematic groups created by the Rabat Declaration, which deal with political dialogue and issues of security: the blue economy, connectivity and energy, as well as sustainable development and the environment, the Minister continued, adding that today's meeting will be sanctioned by a declaration, reaffirming the common will to "consolidate our partnership and give impetus and guidance to our future collective actions, including the Program of Action and the work of the three Thematic Groups.
The Minister strongly encouraged the Member States of this alliance to designate the Focal Points of this Draft Program of Action, to begin to forge the common agenda and harmonize actions.
This meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.