A non-governmental organisation — Centre For Earth Works(CFEW) — has conducted a clean-up exercise of plastic waste in Mazah community of Jos North Local Government Area. The exercise which was carried out at Mazah river, was in collaboration with the Association of Informal Waste Pickers in the state and volunteers.
Speaking at the exercise on Friday in Jos, the Team lead of CFEW, Mr Benson Dotun, said that intervention under its Project “Plastic Brand Audit”, was part of its contribution to address environmental problems.
He said the outreach was also organised to mark the World Clean- up day which is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of September.
The day with the theme tagged: “Keeping Corporate Pollutants Accountable”, is celebrated annually since 2018 to clean-up solid waste from rivers, beaches, forests and streets.
He said CFEW is a research driven organisation, which is passionate on securing the earth through empowering communities in knowledge.
“We are working towards empowering our communities, building knowledge-based and building on data to help in solving environmental problems.
“Part of our community engagement activity is the clean-up exercise which we do on a regular basis every year during the world clean up day,” he said .
He described the clean-up exercises as critical in documenting major polluters of waste, particularly corporate organisations, to hold them accountable.
“We sort the waste ito categories to know which organisation has the highest plastics disposed.
“We use this to later demand corporate social responsibility from them and also compliance to Extended Producers Responsibility,” he said.
He said that the plastic pollution in Mazah community was as result of waste from Jos metropolis, which flows through its river in to the community.
Dotun explained that plastic pollution is a threat to the aquatic life and also to those whose livehood was dependent on it.
“It is estimated that by 2050 that if nothing is done we will have more plastic in sea and water bodies than fish,” he said.
He urged Plateau people to sort their waste before disposal, saying the action would create a healthy and safety environment.
Speaking at the exercise, the chairman of Jos North Traditional Council and also the Ujah of Anaguta, Pozoh Johnson Magaji, commended the organisation for their intervention.
He thanked the volunteers for partnering with the organisation for the clean-up exercise, saying it would have positive impact in sustaining the environment .
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 35 volunteers participated in the exercise included those from the host community.
Fourteen-year-old Adejolaoluwa Osunbade of Roemichs International School, Ilorin, on Friday convened a lecture on impact of peer pressure among teenagers.
Ms Osunbade said the initiative was borne out of her desire to make the society a better place as building a society was the work of all.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lecture was titled ”The Impact of Pear Pressure Among Teenagers: The right circle, the right influence”.
”The reason behind it is that I noticed that a lot of teenagers are not independent about their decisions, they do a lot of things because their friends are doing them.
”And our society does not need leaders or people that will be easily influenced by other people’s decision.
”This programme will benefit students and other teenagers to know how to make decisions by themselves without being influenced by their friends or peers,” the SS2 student said.
Dr Ayotunde Omotosho, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), while speaking on the topic, said the lecture organised would have tremendous benefits because peer pressure has mental effects as it relates to young people.
”Research shows that young people generally are heavvily influenced by what their peers do and say and it can be positive or negative.
”It is important to emphasise the effects of peer pressure because it can affect the mental health in a number of ways because young people can be influenced in terms of their perspectives, choices and the support hat is available to them.
”The lecture will have a ripple effect on the students present here because they will take what they have learnt here to their peers and step down the knowledge,” Omotosho said.
ThenChief Counsellor, University of Ilorin, Mrs Annor Patricia, advised parents to make friends with their children to curb the influence of peer pressure.
”Peer pressure influence can be tackled from home, parents should learn to relate with their childdren.
”Some parents just throw the childdren to the school, but if they listen to their children, they will know when something is wrong.
”Parents shouldd make a move to understand their children, know their friends.
If you did not let them have a feeling of detachment, they will tell you their mind,” she said.
She added that schools should also have counsellors to help their students intervene when they have peer pressure issues”It is in the national policy of every school to have a counselor, so that the students will be able to reach the counselor and for the counsellors to be able to intervene in issues like this,” Annor said.
The Principal of the school, Mr Kevin Massey, said he was not surprised that one of the students off the school came up with the idea.
”I am not surprised that one of our students came up with this idea because this is one of the things we instill in them.
”But that does not take away from the initiative and the courage she had in coming up with such a thing,” Massey said.
The mother of the girl, Mrs Atinuke Osunbade, said she was happy her daughter’s dream was coming to pass.
”She reads a lot from when she was little, so when she came up with the idea that she wants to do an enlightenment programme on peer pressure, I thought she was joking.
”But she approached my mum (because I do not work here) that she wants to drop a letter at the government house, which she did and this is the result.
”I am very proud of her and I am happy that her dream is coming to reality,” Osunbade said.
NAN reports that representatives from GDSS Agbabiaka, GDSS Tanke, GDSS Fate, GDSS Gaa-Akanbi, Senior Secondary School Danialu, Premium High School, Royal Bolt College, Waziri Secondary School and Chaste Intellect International School attended the event.
Police in Ogun says a police Inspector and two others kidnapped on Wednesday at Waasinmi on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway have regained their freedom.
Police spokesman in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated in Abeokuta on Friday that kidnappers operating in military camouflage abducted the victims at Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.
“The victims regained their freedom at about 9:45 p.
m. on Thursday and have since been reunited with their families.
“The kidnappers came under intensive pressure and aggressive trailing by the police and were left with no choice other than to release the captives,’’ he stated.
Oyeyemi added that Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Mr Lanre Bankole had directed that no stone should be left unturned in ensuring that the kidnappers were all arrested and brought to book.
A political support group, Tinubu Project Beyond 2023, says Nigeria will benefit immensely if the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is given the opportunity to lead Nigeria in 2023. The Director General of the group, Mr Realwan Okpanachi stated this in Abuja during a news conference and inauguration of FCT Chapter of group and the unveiling of its agenda for 2023 election.
Okpanachi said that in Tinubu, the APC has given Nigerians the opportunity to taste good governance, national governance, unity of purpose in governance from 2023. He described Tinubu as a thorough breed politician with vision, capacity, bridge builder who has the capacity to manage Nigeria diversity for the benefit of all.
“For the first time, we are going to have a thorough breed politician as president in this country.
“Also for the first time we are going to have somebody that is coming with a very refined knowledge and robust background in the private sector to govern Nigeria.
“You can imagine the marriage between a celebrated refined politician of Asiwaju status with his background in the private sector.
“You can imagine what Nigeria will benefit in terms of explosive good governance and better life for Nigerians.
Tunubu has done it before and he will do it again in 2023 and beyond,’’ Realwan said.
He said that if elected, Tinubu would once again demonstrate his capacity to manage Nigeria’s diversity like he did as governor of Lagos state, where he appointed competent hands across board without fear or favour.
“Our diversity is the great strength any nation can wish for.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to take advantage of the diversity.
If we take advantage of the diversity the country will be better for it.
’’ Realwan said that Tinubu’s ticket was not just for APC, as it was a pan Nigerian ticket, describing him as a politician connected to Nigerians from all parts of the country, down to the grassroots.
“It only the likes of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Late Saudan of Sokoto, Late Nnamdi Azikwe that you can find the quality, the acceptance Asiwaju enjoy.
“In this era, there is no politician that can compete with Asiwaju in terms of political good will.
’’ Okpanachi said that for over 30 years ago, Tinubu has been investing in Nigerians across board without asking anybody for something in return.
The National Chairman, Coalition of APC Support Groups, Mr Adewale Adeogun, said that Nigeria needed Tinubu in 2023 because of his experience and capacity He urged all APC support groups to return to the polling units and canvass for votes for Tinubu as the election campaign commence on Sept. 28. Adeogun, who commended the group for strategising to moblise for Tinubu, said that the group stated in 2010 when nobody even thought Tinubu would be contesting for presidency.
“The good thing about this group is that they are taking of beyond 2023 when others are talking about 2023. That means that they are sure of Tinubu’s victory,’’ Adeogun said.
The APC Legal Adviser, FCT Chapter, Mr Haruna Yakubu, gave an assurance that when elected Tinubu would be committed to implementing his promise of allocating a ministerial slot to FCT like other states.
Yakubu, an indigene of FCT gave an assurance that the territory would be delivered for APC in 2023.
A Wuse Zone Six Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja on Friday remanded Prof. Zainab Abiola and her house help, Rebecca Enechido, in a correctional facility until Oct.5.Abiola and Enechido, who live in Garki, Abuja are charged with criminal conspiracy, attempt to commit culpable homicide, causing grievous hurt without provocation, criminal intimidation and intentional insult with intent to cause breach of peace.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty.
Magistrate Elizabeth Wonu, therefore ordered that they should be remanded in the Suleja Correctional Centre and adjourned the matter until Oct. 5, for hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, ASP Stanley Nwafoaku told the court that the complainant, Insp Teju Moses of Special Protection Unit Force Headquarters, reported the matter at the Garki Police Station on Sept. 20.The counsel further alleged that on Sept.19, Abiola ordered the complainant to pick her bag and keep same in her car, ordered her to open the gate while it was raining and she said she could not do so in her uniform.
The counsel in addition said on Sept.20, Abiola also ordered the complainant to wash her car carpet and she told her that she could not do so as she was already in her police uniform.
The prosecutor also alleged that Abiola started raining insults on the complainant and instructed the second defendant, Enechido to do same.
He added that later that day when the complainant came to pick her belonging, the defendants attacked her with one Ugo, that is currently at large.
He added that the first defendant hit her with with a metal object on her head thereby inflicting an injury on her head before a passerby rescued her.
He said the offence contravenes the provisions of sections 97, 229,247,397 and 399 of the Penal Code Law.The defendants’ counsel, Mr Hassan Yusuf made an oral application for bail and prayed the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms citing section 36 ( 5) of Constitution of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
The counsel also cited sectionb162 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA), 2015.The court in its ruling however denied the bail and ordered the defendants to be remanded until Oct.5.Abiola pleaded to the court to allow her remain at the Garki Police Station where she had been in custody since Sept. 20.The remand warrant that was signed by the magistrate was for Suleja Correctional Centre.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that before the First Information Report ( FIR) was read to enable the defendants take their plea, the magistrate stated that the court did not have jurisdiction because of the charge of attempt to commit culpable homicide and she was not going to entertain the matter.
However, the prosecutor drew the attention of the court to the provision of section 227 of Penal Code which allows the High Court and Grade I Native Court to entertain charges under section 229 and the Magistrate Court share concurrent jurisdiction with Grade 1 Native Court.
NAN also report that the first defendant , an activist lawyer and wife to late M.
K.O Abiola and her domestic help, Enechido were arrested on Sept.20 following an allegation of causing grievous hurt to the complainant, Moses, who was attached to her as her orderly.
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Sen. Sahabi Ya’u (APC-Zamfara North) has distributed N62 million, 84 tricycles and 168 motorcycles to party executives in the 42 wards and four local government areas in the senatorial district.
APC’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Malam Yusuf Idris, stated in Gusau on Friday that the senator gave the money and other items under his empowerment programme.
“Party executives from each ward are to receive two tricycles, four motorcycles and N1 million each, while those at the local government level got N5 million,’’ he stated.
Idris added that the distribution was performed on behalf of the senator by APC Chairman in Zamfara, Alhaji Tukur Danfulani, in Kaura Namoda.
Danfulani said at the distribution that the senator gave the items to support the party’s wards and local government executives in Kaura Namoda, Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi and Zurmi Local Government Areas.
“This is a welcome development; the gesture will make a lot of impact in promoting the economic status of beneficiaries and the entire state in general.
“The party is proud of the laudable programmes of Sen. Ya’u, especially at the grassroots where they have direct bearing on the electorate.
“I am giving assurance that the party’s leadership will continue to support and cooperate on the empowerment programme of the lawmaker,’’ Idris quoted Danfulani to have said.
The party chairman expressed confidence that with the senator’s laudable empowerment programmes, the party would emerge victorious at the 2023 general elections in the state.
Danfulani advised beneficiaries to use the empowerment to address their immediate economic and social needs.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, has congratulated Rev. Benjami Kwashi, the Anglican Bishop of Jos on the occasion of his 67th birthday.
Lalong’s goodwill message is contained in statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham, on Friday in Jos. He acknowledged the immense contributions of the archbishop to the progress of Plateau and his administration.
“I rejoice with the highly revered clergyman on the special occasion of his 67th birthday.
“It is indeed a moment to give glory to God for sustaining him over the years.
“I commend the resilience, faith and passion of Archbishop Kwashi in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing God’s love to people.
“Especially to those of diverse backgrounds including the less privileged and the downtrodden.
“I thank God for giving Archbishop Kwashi the heart to respond to the needs of others through philanthropic activities.
“As well as mentoring the youths by constant engagements, counselling and other special activities” he said.
Lalong also thanked the Archbishop for constantly praying for the government of Plateau as well as offering words of wisdom, which he said has helped in enabling the administration fulfil its mandate to the people.
The governor, therefore, wished him long life, good health, God’s protection and happiness in the years ahead.
The new Rwanda Economic Update, released today, reveals that, after a strong economic recovery last year, Rwanda's GDP growth is expected to be moderate in 2022 due, in part, to the effects of the war in Ukraine and the persistent risk of COVID-19.
19 pandemic in major economies.
According to the 19th edition of the Rwanda Economic Update (REU19), entitled Boosting exports through technology, innovation and trade in services, GDP growth is projected at 6% by 2022, after reaching 11% in 2021.
Inflation continues to rise as international commodity prices rise and disruptions to global supply chains have led to substantial increases in energy, transportation and food prices.
“Rising inflation in Rwanda, coming at a time when employment has yet to recover to pre-pandemic levels, has the potential to undo hard-won gains in terms of poverty reduction and development of the economy.
Government interventions to protect the most vulnerable, building on the country's social safety nets, continue to be critical,” said Rolande Pryce, World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda.
In its special focus on trade, the report provides insight into Rwanda's export performance.
The REU19 notes that Rwandan companies have increased their participation in international trade (particularly in services) over the last decade, to levels that exceed those of their regional and continental peers.
Analyzing the main drivers of trade performance, the report highlights that obtaining certification to an international quality standard, such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certificate, is a critical factor in facilitating companies' participation in trade.
ISO certified companies are 36% more likely to be exporters.
However, this remains a significant challenge for Rwanda, as only 3% of Rwandan companies had achieved ISO certification in 2019.
REU19 also shows a significant correlation between e-commerce adoption in Rwanda and participation in the international trade and noted its limited use.
by Rwandan companies.
“The strong link between e-commerce and exporting, and the lack of information on foreign markets regularly cited by companies in Rwanda, suggests that investment in Internet infrastructure can provide isolated companies, such as those in rural and urban underdeveloped areas, low-cost connectivity.
to markets and customers, and increase the participation of local companies in international trade,” said Calvin Djiofack, Country Economist at the World Bank. According to REU19, Rwanda has placed great emphasis on developing services to increase employment, income and export earnings.
However, the country faces a skills deficit that, if not addressed, will limit the potential growth of highly specialized services exports.
One of the measures the report recommends to boost opening up to trade in services is for Rwanda to address its short-term skills shortage by recognizing the qualifications of regional professionals and abolishing work permit regimes for them.
The Lagos State Government says it has directed prompt investigations to unravel the cause of the building collapse at 24 Oye Sonuga Str., Palmgroove, Mushin Local Government on Friday.
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins, said this at the site.
He said the incident, which occurred at midday, was “the partial collapse of a four-floor building that is over forty years old”.
Bamgbose-Martins, according to a statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman of the ministry, said that while investigations were on, he had directed that the adjoining building be demolished for safety reasons to avert danger.
The Commissioner said that the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory had been instructed to begin work to unravel the cause of the collapse.
He said the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency had since begun rescue operations and efforts were on to save anyone trapped in the rubbles.
Lagos has recorded recurring cases of building collapse, with Friday’s incident coming on the heels of that of a seven-storey building on Oba Idowu Oniru Street, Lekki, on Sept. 4. The building, which was under construction, caved in, leading to the death of no fewer than five persons.
The former Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, resigned his appointment a day after the incident.
Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Commissioner for Information and Strategy who announced Salako’s resignation in Ikeja, did not state the reason for his resignation.
He stated, however, that the commissioner’s resignation was a prelude to the restructuring of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and its agencies.
He added that Gov. Sanwo-Olu accepted the commissioner’s resignation, thanked him for his services to the state and wished him success in his future endeavours.
“The governor warns all players in the sector to respect the law or face the consequences of any indiscretion, no matter who the perpetrators are,’’ Omotoso had stressed.
On Sept. 17, his successor, Bamgbose-Martins, was quoted as telling staff members of agencies under the ministry that it could no longer be business as usual.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Mukaila Sanusi, spokesman of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
Sanusi quoted the commissioner as speaking during his maiden meeting with staff of agencies under his ministry in Alausa.
The meeting, according to the statement, was held with staff of the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) District Officers.
It said that the state government was adopting rewards and sanctions for efficiency of its agencies monitoring the construction sector and urged the staff to brace up for change.
The commissioner is quoted as saying that the ministry was confronted with several challenges it could not ignore He said they could not be ignored if the ministry must meet the aspirations of the state government for sustainable built environment and 21st century economy.
The Oyo State Chief Judge (CJ), Justice Munta Abimbola, has urged the new leadership of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Ibadan branch, to collaborate with the bench for effective justice delivery in the state.
Abimbola, while recieving the new executive led by the chairman, Mrs Folasade Aladeniyi on a courtesy visit on Friday in Ibadan, congratulated them for emerging victorious.
The CJ noted that in the Judiciary, the bar and the bench were like identical twins performing different functions aimed to achieving same goal.
He, therefore, encouraged great partnership and cooperation between the bar and the bench, while stressing the duties of keeping the dignity of the court.
Abimbola prayed for a successful tenure of office for the new NBA executive.
Speaking earlier, Aladeniyi appreciated the CJ for making out time to receive them.
She lauded the CJ for the various projects in the High Court, especially the road construction.
The Ibadan NBA chairman informed the CJ that the bar had set up an Advocacy Committee to help in the Administration of Justice System in the state.
She further explained that the committee would offer free legal services to suspects who do not have legal representation in court.
Aladeniyi appealed to the CJ for the digitalisation of the courts and renovation of the court rooms, especially the Magistrate Courts.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aladeniyi is the first female Chairman of Ibadan NBA in the last 68 years.