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  •   Asiwaju Ball Tinubu Mr Mark Tersoo Director Youth Mobilization for the North Central All Progressive Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council wants the party s youth to aggressively mobilize for the party s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Tersoo said this during the opening of the Youth Mobilization for the APC North Central Presidential Campaign Council and released the party s schedule of activities on Tuesday in Abuja He said the inauguration was to ensure that the youth crowd mobilized and ensure victory for Tinubu and his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima and other APC candidates in the 2023 general election According to Tersoo it is now necessary to establish an effective commitment and put in place structures to coordinate an aggressive mobilization of youth in the six north central states and the FCT You have to go all out to the nooks and crannies of the north central part of the country and tell the success stories of the party and how well the party has performed in the last seven years It is necessary to consolidate the achievements of the presidential candidate he said Therefore he urged young people to champion the cause of APC s victory in the area to build strong partnership unity and understanding among party stakeholders He also urged them to identify means and measures to mobilize more people especially youth and students to support and vote for the party s candidates I want to ask you to create more political awareness among citizens based on the integrity of the party s standard bearers before the elections This considering the fact that the north center is the third largest geopolitical zone in the country It is necessary to deploy any means that convince the electorate to vote for the party s presidential candidates during the elections to demonstrate their number he said He also described the APC presidential candidate as someone who cares about young people Tersoo tasked APC North Central Youth to immediately begin aggressive mobilization under the general supervision of the Tinubu National Youth Coordinators He also urged them to develop and implement Get the Votes Out GOTV strategies targeting students youth clubs the National Youth Council Movimiento Nacional de la Juventud and first time voters ages 18 25 Tersoo also urged them to work with the campaign council s Directorate of Grassroots Mobilization to implement a door to door campaign for young Nigerians Organize and identify youth leaders in each state strengthen their capacities to educate them in line with democratic rights he said edited Source Credit NAN
    APC chieftain tasks youth on aggressive mobilisation for Tinubu
      Asiwaju Ball Tinubu Mr Mark Tersoo Director Youth Mobilization for the North Central All Progressive Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council wants the party s youth to aggressively mobilize for the party s presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Tersoo said this during the opening of the Youth Mobilization for the APC North Central Presidential Campaign Council and released the party s schedule of activities on Tuesday in Abuja He said the inauguration was to ensure that the youth crowd mobilized and ensure victory for Tinubu and his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima and other APC candidates in the 2023 general election According to Tersoo it is now necessary to establish an effective commitment and put in place structures to coordinate an aggressive mobilization of youth in the six north central states and the FCT You have to go all out to the nooks and crannies of the north central part of the country and tell the success stories of the party and how well the party has performed in the last seven years It is necessary to consolidate the achievements of the presidential candidate he said Therefore he urged young people to champion the cause of APC s victory in the area to build strong partnership unity and understanding among party stakeholders He also urged them to identify means and measures to mobilize more people especially youth and students to support and vote for the party s candidates I want to ask you to create more political awareness among citizens based on the integrity of the party s standard bearers before the elections This considering the fact that the north center is the third largest geopolitical zone in the country It is necessary to deploy any means that convince the electorate to vote for the party s presidential candidates during the elections to demonstrate their number he said He also described the APC presidential candidate as someone who cares about young people Tersoo tasked APC North Central Youth to immediately begin aggressive mobilization under the general supervision of the Tinubu National Youth Coordinators He also urged them to develop and implement Get the Votes Out GOTV strategies targeting students youth clubs the National Youth Council Movimiento Nacional de la Juventud and first time voters ages 18 25 Tersoo also urged them to work with the campaign council s Directorate of Grassroots Mobilization to implement a door to door campaign for young Nigerians Organize and identify youth leaders in each state strengthen their capacities to educate them in line with democratic rights he said edited Source Credit NAN
    APC chieftain tasks youth on aggressive mobilisation for Tinubu
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    APC chieftain tasks youth on aggressive mobilisation for Tinubu

    Asiwaju Ball Tinubu

    Mr. Mark Tersoo, Director, Youth Mobilization for the North-Central All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council wants the party's youth to aggressively mobilize for the party's presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

    Tersoo said this during the opening of the Youth Mobilization for the APC North-Central Presidential Campaign Council and released the party's schedule of activities on Tuesday in Abuja.

    He said the inauguration was to ensure that the youth crowd mobilized and ensure victory for Tinubu and his running mate Senator Kashim Shettima and other APC candidates in the 2023 general election.

    According to Tersoo, it is now necessary to establish an effective commitment and put in place structures to coordinate an aggressive mobilization of youth in the six north central states and the FCT.

    “You have to go all out to the nooks and crannies of the north central part of the country and tell the success stories of the party and how well the party has performed in the last seven years.

    "It is necessary to consolidate the achievements of the presidential candidate," he said.

    Therefore, he urged young people to champion the cause of APC's victory in the area to build strong partnership, unity and understanding among party stakeholders.

    He also urged them to identify means and measures to mobilize more people, especially youth and students, to support and vote for the party's candidates.

    “I want to ask you to create more political awareness among citizens based on the integrity of the party's standard-bearers before the elections.

    “This considering the fact that the north center is the third largest geopolitical zone in the country.

    "It is necessary to deploy any means that convince the electorate to vote for the party's presidential candidates during the elections to demonstrate their number," he said.

    He also described the APC presidential candidate as someone who cares about young people.

    Tersoo tasked APC North Central Youth to immediately begin aggressive mobilization under the general supervision of the Tinubu National Youth Coordinators.

    He also urged them to develop and implement “Get the Votes Out (GOTV)” strategies targeting students, youth clubs, the National Youth Council/Movimiento Nacional de la Juventud, and first-time voters ages 18-25.

    Tersoo also urged them to work with the campaign council's Directorate of Grassroots Mobilization to implement a door-to-door campaign for young Nigerians.

    “Organize and identify youth leaders in each state, strengthen their capacities to educate them in line with democratic rights”, he said.

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  •   The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA has provided for downtime warranty and after sales support in its Service Level Agreements SLA for the authorization of IT projects for Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA from the government Mr Kashifu Inuwa Director General of NITDA speaking at a two day Consumer Protection Forum in Abuja on Tuesday said that the authorization of IT projects proved to be a big cost cut for the Federal Government The forum was also to review guidelines for the introduction of service level agreements SLAs in government IT contracts The forum is a platform through which NITDA seeks to bring together consumers and providers of IT products and services to address areas of challenges creating awareness of IT products and services for better service delivery Representing Olawunmi the Director of Framework and Standard Guidelines Inuwa stated that the agency was beginning to take a new approach to solving specific problems affecting the sector Today we are addressing a critical issue that arose from our previous consumer protection forum and subsequent complaints within the industry As a result of that NITDA has developed guidance for the introduction of Service Level Agreements SLAs in Government Information Technology Contracts We have previously identified that the lack of warranty and after sales service agreements on our IT product and service purchases have cost us dearly We agreed that IT contracts in MDAs should have an SLA from now on to make provisions for downtime warranty and after sales support he said Inuwa further said that the agency would continue to develop the culture of using and adhering to SLAs when implementing government IT contracts The CEO added that IT project approval had proven to be a great cost reducer for the Federal Government and further encouraged MDAs to continue adopting it along with the use of SLAs Inuwa said that NITDA under its mandate to regulate the IT sector in Nigeria and in support of its development regulation pillar always sought to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IT products and services Inuwa said This is due more to the significant role that IT has played in this economy in recent years and the more critical need for the digital economy to provide much needed support from the prevailing global economic downturn It is in these times that we need to ensure that there is a viable enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive This is not just about emerging technologies but about ensuring industry players thrive in a mutually cohesive environment The Director General recalled that at the recent Digital Conference in Nigeria there were recommendations to break down the barriers that stifle innovation in the Digital Economy According to him the Consumer Protection Forum is a platform to identify such barriers Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    NITDA introduces warranty, after sales support in IT project clearance procedures for MDAs
      The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA has provided for downtime warranty and after sales support in its Service Level Agreements SLA for the authorization of IT projects for Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA from the government Mr Kashifu Inuwa Director General of NITDA speaking at a two day Consumer Protection Forum in Abuja on Tuesday said that the authorization of IT projects proved to be a big cost cut for the Federal Government The forum was also to review guidelines for the introduction of service level agreements SLAs in government IT contracts The forum is a platform through which NITDA seeks to bring together consumers and providers of IT products and services to address areas of challenges creating awareness of IT products and services for better service delivery Representing Olawunmi the Director of Framework and Standard Guidelines Inuwa stated that the agency was beginning to take a new approach to solving specific problems affecting the sector Today we are addressing a critical issue that arose from our previous consumer protection forum and subsequent complaints within the industry As a result of that NITDA has developed guidance for the introduction of Service Level Agreements SLAs in Government Information Technology Contracts We have previously identified that the lack of warranty and after sales service agreements on our IT product and service purchases have cost us dearly We agreed that IT contracts in MDAs should have an SLA from now on to make provisions for downtime warranty and after sales support he said Inuwa further said that the agency would continue to develop the culture of using and adhering to SLAs when implementing government IT contracts The CEO added that IT project approval had proven to be a great cost reducer for the Federal Government and further encouraged MDAs to continue adopting it along with the use of SLAs Inuwa said that NITDA under its mandate to regulate the IT sector in Nigeria and in support of its development regulation pillar always sought to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IT products and services Inuwa said This is due more to the significant role that IT has played in this economy in recent years and the more critical need for the digital economy to provide much needed support from the prevailing global economic downturn It is in these times that we need to ensure that there is a viable enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive This is not just about emerging technologies but about ensuring industry players thrive in a mutually cohesive environment The Director General recalled that at the recent Digital Conference in Nigeria there were recommendations to break down the barriers that stifle innovation in the Digital Economy According to him the Consumer Protection Forum is a platform to identify such barriers Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    NITDA introduces warranty, after sales support in IT project clearance procedures for MDAs
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    NITDA introduces warranty, after sales support in IT project clearance procedures for MDAs

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has provided for downtime, warranty and after-sales support in its Service Level Agreements (SLA) for the authorization of IT projects for Ministries, Departments and Agencies ( MDA) from the government.

    Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, Director General of NITDA, speaking at a two-day Consumer Protection Forum in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the authorization of IT projects proved to be a big cost cut for the Federal Government.

    The forum was also to review guidelines for the introduction of service level agreements (SLAs) in government IT contracts.

    The forum is a platform through which NITDA seeks to bring together consumers and providers of IT products and services to address areas of challenges, creating awareness of IT products and services for better service delivery.

    Representing Olawunmi, the Director of Framework and Standard Guidelines, Inuwa stated that the agency was beginning to take a new approach to solving specific problems affecting the sector.

    “Today, we are addressing a critical issue that arose from our previous consumer protection forum and subsequent complaints within the industry.

    “As a result of that, NITDA has developed guidance for the introduction of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) in Government Information Technology Contracts.

    “We have previously identified that the lack of warranty and after-sales service agreements on our IT product and service purchases have cost us dearly.

    "We agreed that IT contracts in MDAs should have an SLA from now on to make provisions for downtime, warranty and after-sales support," he said.

    Inuwa further said that the agency would continue to develop the culture of using and adhering to SLAs when implementing government IT contracts.

    The CEO added that IT project approval had proven to be a great cost reducer for the Federal Government and further encouraged MDAs to continue adopting it along with the use of SLAs.

    Inuwa said that NITDA, under its mandate to regulate the IT sector in Nigeria and in support of its development regulation pillar, always sought to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of IT products and services.

    Inuwa said: “This is due more to the significant role that IT has played in this economy in recent years and the more critical need for the digital economy to provide much-needed support from the prevailing global economic downturn.

    “It is in these times that we need to ensure that there is a viable enabling environment for the digital economy to thrive.

    "This is not just about emerging technologies, but about ensuring industry players thrive in a mutually cohesive environment."

    The Director General recalled that at the recent Digital Conference in Nigeria, there were recommendations to break down the barriers that stifle innovation in the Digital Economy.

    According to him, the Consumer Protection Forum is a platform to identify such barriers.

    ============Mani edited

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  •   Archbishop Daniel Okoh President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Monday at the Presidential Villa Abuja met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Okoh who was elected president of the CAN in July told correspondents from the House of Representatives that the visit was a courtesy visit to introduce himself to the vice president Of course you know that the vice president is the number one Christian in politics and government in Nigeria And since my election as President of the CAN I have not had the opportunity to come and introduce myself and have a conversation with him So this is just a courtesy call to let you know that I am now the new president elect of the CAN And this is a prelude to the courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari so that s why I m here he said According to him the CAN is an ecumenical movement and continues to work for Christian unity He said that the association was also working to engage other sectors of Nigeria in order to build a united and virile country Edited Source Credit NAN
    CAN president meets with Osinbajo at Aso Villa
      Archbishop Daniel Okoh President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Monday at the Presidential Villa Abuja met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Okoh who was elected president of the CAN in July told correspondents from the House of Representatives that the visit was a courtesy visit to introduce himself to the vice president Of course you know that the vice president is the number one Christian in politics and government in Nigeria And since my election as President of the CAN I have not had the opportunity to come and introduce myself and have a conversation with him So this is just a courtesy call to let you know that I am now the new president elect of the CAN And this is a prelude to the courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari so that s why I m here he said According to him the CAN is an ecumenical movement and continues to work for Christian unity He said that the association was also working to engage other sectors of Nigeria in order to build a united and virile country Edited Source Credit NAN
    CAN president meets with Osinbajo at Aso Villa
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    CAN president meets with Osinbajo at Aso Villa

    Archbishop Daniel Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

    Okoh, who was elected president of the CAN in July, told correspondents from the House of Representatives that the visit was a courtesy visit to introduce himself to the vice president.

    “Of course, you know that the vice president is the number one Christian in politics and government in Nigeria.

    “And since my election as President of the CAN I have not had the opportunity to come and introduce myself and have a conversation with him.

    “So, this is just a courtesy call to let you know that I am now the new president-elect of the CAN.

    “And this is a prelude to the courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari; so that's why I'm here,” he said.

    According to him, the CAN is an ecumenical movement and continues to work for Christian unity.

    He said that the association was also working to engage other sectors of Nigeria in order to build a united and virile country.

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  •   The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Communion of All Nigeria says Nigerians must use their votes wisely and elect leaders who come together and put the interests of the country first Ndukuba made the call during the church s 2022 Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja on Tuesday The long awaited peace that we yearn for can only be obtained from our elections and participation in the next elections he added The Primate said that Nigerians must continue to pray for safety refuse to sell their votes and do the right thing in the elections He added that to achieve a new Nigeria all citizens must contribute to its growth one of which is integrity and those who respect the rights of all citizens not opportunists Congregation at Conference Know that the politicians will want to win Vote for the candidate who has the political will to stand and do the right thing for the people Our security and freedom our economy and to truly fight corruption and not use your power to hunt down your enemies and opponents Vote for leaders who don t weaponize religion tribe poverty and insecurity for their selfish political advantage he added President of the CAN Rev Daniel OkohArchbishop Daniel Okoh president of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN commended the Anglican Communion for its steadfastness and prayers for Nigeria He thanked the church for opposing immoral acts including same sex marriage and homosexuality The CAN president said that the divine purpose of knowing Christ and serving him promotes peace and unity God is aware of our predicaments and when we submit to Him in prayers and supplications there will be a change The challenges facing the nation with prayers can be overcome Nigeria will rise again to be great and in her season of plenty he added Okoh said church and religious leaders have a critical role to play in promoting tolerance brotherhood peace and unity Avoid tendencies to short hand negative acts vote for candidates who can restore our land go out en masse and vote he urged Nigerians He called on the Anglican Communion to be more visible in CAN activities as their moral spiritual and experienced hands are needed for the growth of the association Governor of Delta Ifeanyi OkowaIn his speech Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the church to earnestly pray against all negative plots against the country Okowa who is also the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP said with prayers the country cannot go wrong He urged Nigerians to pray and vote for better leadership that will redeem the nation during the upcoming general election edited Source Credit NAN
    2023: Vote wisely, elect leaders who ‘ll unite Nigeria – Ndukuba
      The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Communion of All Nigeria says Nigerians must use their votes wisely and elect leaders who come together and put the interests of the country first Ndukuba made the call during the church s 2022 Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja on Tuesday The long awaited peace that we yearn for can only be obtained from our elections and participation in the next elections he added The Primate said that Nigerians must continue to pray for safety refuse to sell their votes and do the right thing in the elections He added that to achieve a new Nigeria all citizens must contribute to its growth one of which is integrity and those who respect the rights of all citizens not opportunists Congregation at Conference Know that the politicians will want to win Vote for the candidate who has the political will to stand and do the right thing for the people Our security and freedom our economy and to truly fight corruption and not use your power to hunt down your enemies and opponents Vote for leaders who don t weaponize religion tribe poverty and insecurity for their selfish political advantage he added President of the CAN Rev Daniel OkohArchbishop Daniel Okoh president of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN commended the Anglican Communion for its steadfastness and prayers for Nigeria He thanked the church for opposing immoral acts including same sex marriage and homosexuality The CAN president said that the divine purpose of knowing Christ and serving him promotes peace and unity God is aware of our predicaments and when we submit to Him in prayers and supplications there will be a change The challenges facing the nation with prayers can be overcome Nigeria will rise again to be great and in her season of plenty he added Okoh said church and religious leaders have a critical role to play in promoting tolerance brotherhood peace and unity Avoid tendencies to short hand negative acts vote for candidates who can restore our land go out en masse and vote he urged Nigerians He called on the Anglican Communion to be more visible in CAN activities as their moral spiritual and experienced hands are needed for the growth of the association Governor of Delta Ifeanyi OkowaIn his speech Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the church to earnestly pray against all negative plots against the country Okowa who is also the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP said with prayers the country cannot go wrong He urged Nigerians to pray and vote for better leadership that will redeem the nation during the upcoming general election edited Source Credit NAN
    2023: Vote wisely, elect leaders who ‘ll unite Nigeria – Ndukuba
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    2023: Vote wisely, elect leaders who ‘ll unite Nigeria – Ndukuba

    The Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Communion of All Nigeria, says Nigerians must use their votes wisely and elect leaders who come together and put the interests of the country first.

    Ndukuba made the call during the church's 2022 Divine Commonwealth Conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

    “The long-awaited peace that we yearn for can only be obtained from our elections and participation in the next elections,” he added.

    The Primate said that Nigerians must continue to pray for safety, refuse to sell their votes and do the right thing in the elections.

    He added that to achieve "a new Nigeria" all citizens must contribute to its growth, one of which is integrity and those who respect the rights of all citizens, not opportunists.

    Congregation at Conference

    “Know that the politicians will want to win. Vote for the candidate who has the political will to stand and do the right thing for the people.

    “Our security and freedom, our economy, and to truly fight corruption and not use your power to hunt down your enemies and opponents.

    "Vote for leaders who don't weaponize religion, tribe, poverty and insecurity for their selfish political advantage," he added.

    President of the CAN, Rev. Daniel Okoh

    Archbishop Daniel Okoh, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), commended the Anglican Communion for its steadfastness and prayers for Nigeria.

    He thanked the church for opposing immoral acts, including same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

    The CAN president said that the divine purpose of knowing Christ and serving him promotes peace and unity.

    “God is aware of our predicaments and when we submit to Him in prayers and supplications, there will be a change.

    ”The challenges facing the nation, with prayers, can be overcome.

    "Nigeria will rise again to be great and in her season of plenty," he added.

    Okoh said church and religious leaders have a critical role to play in promoting tolerance, brotherhood, peace and unity.

    “Avoid tendencies to short-hand negative acts, vote for candidates who can restore our land, go out en masse and vote,” he urged Nigerians.

    He called on the Anglican Communion to be more visible in CAN activities, as their moral, spiritual and experienced hands are needed for the growth of the association.

    Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi.Okowa

    In his speech, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa urged the church to earnestly pray against all negative plots against the country.

    Okowa, who is also the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP), said with prayers, the country cannot go wrong.

    He urged Nigerians to pray and vote for better leadership that will redeem the nation during the upcoming general election.

    edited

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  •   The federal government has urged the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners NITP to shoulder its professional responsibility and engage state governments to correct construction irregularities to improve urban safety Minister for Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN made the call at the 53rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Abuja on Tuesday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the conference is Physical Planning and Urban Security in Nigeria Issues Challenges and Prospects Fashola said that no individual or organization should be allowed to act in contravention of planning regulations adding that the state cannot bypass its own planning rules and regulations otherwise it would be sowing the seeds of urban insecurity He said Nothing more than absolute professionalism should be demanded and accepted from the planner Although the ownership of the land is a matter of the State and the owner However what you put on the land and how you use it is the ultimate responsibility of the developer In discharging that responsibility even the State must comply with urban planning regulations Fashola said nothing should be considered too much within the law for developers to insist on compliance saying this should be the provision of the professional developer to improve urban safety For his part Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State who said the role of urban planners in the development of any country cannot be overstated praised the institute for organizing the conference Earlier the national president of the institute Mr Olutoyin Ayinde expressed his hope that the conference will expose urban planners to new information that will guide future decisions in favor of urban safety Ayinde described the theme of the conference as very relevant to contemporary reality and very vital for the collective survival and security of the country Security issues are the crux of the matter That is why we are looking for authorities on the matter to address the issue she said For his part the president of the institute s FCT chapter Mr Mustapha Mubdiyu said that the conference brings together urban planners allied professionals academics and policy makers He said that they would discuss new concepts emerging trends and a global agenda to find solutions to environmental and development challenges in the country Mubdiyu said that cities in Nigeria have become increasingly exposed to the direct or indirect effects of security threats and challenges According to him they range from crime social crime and forced urban migration that led to the proliferation of slums and illegal settlements urban violence and child abuse Mubdiyu said This year s theme is not only appropriate but necessary to dissect these effects and challenge with a view to offering practical recommendations for sustainable urban planning and development of our urban centers In addition the main presenter Dr Kabir Adamu Managing Director of Beacon Consulting Ltd emphasized the need for more collaboration between security institutions and urban planners to improve urban security in the country Okwori s representative security and crime management consultant Adamu said that for physical planning to be effective security agencies must be involved He said Because we realized that there are challenges that come with physical planning such as interference from political leaders which often creates room for bridges in security So the reason we re here is to talk to planners and other relevant professionals to comply with the rules and regulations and what it takes to plan a city The Director of the Department of Development Control of the FCT Mukhtar Galadima the Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council Umar Shuaibu representatives of the Governors of the states of Kaduna Borno and Ondo among others attended Edited Bashir Rabe Mani Source Credit NAN
    Fashola tasks town planner’s institute on professional responsibility
      The federal government has urged the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners NITP to shoulder its professional responsibility and engage state governments to correct construction irregularities to improve urban safety Minister for Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN made the call at the 53rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Abuja on Tuesday The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the conference is Physical Planning and Urban Security in Nigeria Issues Challenges and Prospects Fashola said that no individual or organization should be allowed to act in contravention of planning regulations adding that the state cannot bypass its own planning rules and regulations otherwise it would be sowing the seeds of urban insecurity He said Nothing more than absolute professionalism should be demanded and accepted from the planner Although the ownership of the land is a matter of the State and the owner However what you put on the land and how you use it is the ultimate responsibility of the developer In discharging that responsibility even the State must comply with urban planning regulations Fashola said nothing should be considered too much within the law for developers to insist on compliance saying this should be the provision of the professional developer to improve urban safety For his part Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State who said the role of urban planners in the development of any country cannot be overstated praised the institute for organizing the conference Earlier the national president of the institute Mr Olutoyin Ayinde expressed his hope that the conference will expose urban planners to new information that will guide future decisions in favor of urban safety Ayinde described the theme of the conference as very relevant to contemporary reality and very vital for the collective survival and security of the country Security issues are the crux of the matter That is why we are looking for authorities on the matter to address the issue she said For his part the president of the institute s FCT chapter Mr Mustapha Mubdiyu said that the conference brings together urban planners allied professionals academics and policy makers He said that they would discuss new concepts emerging trends and a global agenda to find solutions to environmental and development challenges in the country Mubdiyu said that cities in Nigeria have become increasingly exposed to the direct or indirect effects of security threats and challenges According to him they range from crime social crime and forced urban migration that led to the proliferation of slums and illegal settlements urban violence and child abuse Mubdiyu said This year s theme is not only appropriate but necessary to dissect these effects and challenge with a view to offering practical recommendations for sustainable urban planning and development of our urban centers In addition the main presenter Dr Kabir Adamu Managing Director of Beacon Consulting Ltd emphasized the need for more collaboration between security institutions and urban planners to improve urban security in the country Okwori s representative security and crime management consultant Adamu said that for physical planning to be effective security agencies must be involved He said Because we realized that there are challenges that come with physical planning such as interference from political leaders which often creates room for bridges in security So the reason we re here is to talk to planners and other relevant professionals to comply with the rules and regulations and what it takes to plan a city The Director of the Department of Development Control of the FCT Mukhtar Galadima the Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council Umar Shuaibu representatives of the Governors of the states of Kaduna Borno and Ondo among others attended Edited Bashir Rabe Mani Source Credit NAN
    Fashola tasks town planner’s institute on professional responsibility
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    Fashola tasks town planner’s institute on professional responsibility

    The federal government has urged the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) to shoulder its professional responsibility and engage state governments to correct construction irregularities to improve urban safety.

    Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, made the call at the 53rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners in Abuja on Tuesday.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the conference is: “Physical Planning and Urban Security in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Prospects”.

    Fashola said that no individual or organization should be allowed to act in contravention of planning regulations, adding that the state cannot bypass its own planning rules and regulations, otherwise it would be sowing the seeds of urban insecurity.

    He said: “Nothing more than absolute professionalism should be demanded and accepted from the planner. Although the ownership of the land is a matter of the State and the owner.

    “However, what you put on the land and how you use it is the ultimate responsibility of the developer. In discharging that responsibility, even the State must comply with urban planning regulations.”

    Fashola said nothing should be considered too much within the law for developers to insist on compliance, saying "this should be the provision of the professional developer, to improve urban safety."

    For his part, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who said the role of urban planners in the development of any country cannot be overstated, praised the institute for organizing the conference.

    Earlier, the national president of the institute, Mr. Olutoyin Ayinde, expressed his hope that the conference will expose urban planners to new information that will guide future decisions in favor of urban safety.

    Ayinde described the theme of the conference as very relevant to contemporary reality and very vital for the collective survival and security of the country.

    “Security issues are the crux of the matter. That is why we are looking for authorities on the matter to address the issue, ”she said.

    For his part, the president of the institute's FCT chapter, Mr. Mustapha Mubdiyu, said that the conference brings together urban planners, allied professionals, academics and policy makers.

    He said that they would discuss new concepts, emerging trends and a global agenda to find solutions to environmental and development challenges in the country.

    Mubdiyu said that cities in Nigeria have become increasingly exposed to the direct or indirect effects of security threats and challenges.

    According to him, they range from crime, social crime and forced urban migration that led to the proliferation of slums and illegal settlements, urban violence and child abuse.

    Mubdiyu said, "This year's theme is not only appropriate but necessary to dissect these effects and challenge with a view to offering practical recommendations for sustainable urban planning and development of our urban centers."

    In addition, the main presenter, Dr. Kabir Adamu, Managing Director of Beacon Consulting Ltd, emphasized the need for more collaboration between security institutions and urban planners to improve urban security in the country.

    Okwori's representative, security and crime management consultant, Adamu, said that for physical planning to be effective, security agencies must be involved.

    He said: “Because we realized that there are challenges that come with physical planning, such as interference from political leaders, which often creates room for bridges in security.

    "So the reason we're here is to talk to planners and other relevant professionals to comply with the rules and regulations and what it takes to plan a city."

    The Director of the Department of Development Control of the FCT, Mukhtar Galadima, the Coordinator of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Umar Shuaibu, representatives of the Governors of the states of Kaduna, Borno and Ondo, among others, attended.

    Edited / Bashir Rabe Mani

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  •   The Minister of Defense Major General Retired Bashir Magashi M inaugurating a student hostel block at the Defense Intelligence College Abuja on Tuesday The Minister of Defense retired Major General Bashir Magashi inaugurated on Tuesday some projects carried out at the Defense Intelligence College Abuja The projects carried out by the Intelligence Agency included a 30 seat student hostel a kitchen a sports center fire fighting equipment and a 300 seat auditorium The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Chief of Defense Intelligence CDI Maj Gen Samuel Adebayo thanked the minister for his support He said that the projects were implemented to increase the capacity of the school and enable it to carry out its responsibilities effectively Adebayo said that over the years the school had not been able to have an auditorium where it could house some lighting and educational programs adding that it was in light of this that the idea for the 300 seat auditorium was born He also said that the construction of the student accommodation was born from the desire to hold some youth courses at the same time and hold joint conferences According to him now that there will be an increase in the number of students there will be a need to expand the kitchen He thanked the Minister of Defense Retired Major General Bashir Magashi for approving and supporting intervention projects for the school In his remarks the university s Commandant Commodore Ebiobowei Zipele said training was vital for any military organisation adding that the Nigerian Armed Forces recognized the fact that intelligence drives operations Zipele said it was with this understanding that the Chief of Defense Intelligence saw the need to upgrade the university s facilities This he said had required the inauguration of the defense infrastructure The projects that are inaugurated include the auditorium the new student accommodation as well as the sports center and the fire truck Currently the university trains between 60 and 80 students coming from the armed forces ministries departments and agencies as well as paramilitary organizations The need to increase the number of students in training required the construction of a 300 seat auditorium as well as the accommodation of 30 rooms With this infrastructure we will now be able to train a larger number of students to meet the operational needs of the armed forces said Zipele Edited and Wale Sadeeq Source Credit NAN
    Defence minister inaugurates projects at intelligence college
      The Minister of Defense Major General Retired Bashir Magashi M inaugurating a student hostel block at the Defense Intelligence College Abuja on Tuesday The Minister of Defense retired Major General Bashir Magashi inaugurated on Tuesday some projects carried out at the Defense Intelligence College Abuja The projects carried out by the Intelligence Agency included a 30 seat student hostel a kitchen a sports center fire fighting equipment and a 300 seat auditorium The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Chief of Defense Intelligence CDI Maj Gen Samuel Adebayo thanked the minister for his support He said that the projects were implemented to increase the capacity of the school and enable it to carry out its responsibilities effectively Adebayo said that over the years the school had not been able to have an auditorium where it could house some lighting and educational programs adding that it was in light of this that the idea for the 300 seat auditorium was born He also said that the construction of the student accommodation was born from the desire to hold some youth courses at the same time and hold joint conferences According to him now that there will be an increase in the number of students there will be a need to expand the kitchen He thanked the Minister of Defense Retired Major General Bashir Magashi for approving and supporting intervention projects for the school In his remarks the university s Commandant Commodore Ebiobowei Zipele said training was vital for any military organisation adding that the Nigerian Armed Forces recognized the fact that intelligence drives operations Zipele said it was with this understanding that the Chief of Defense Intelligence saw the need to upgrade the university s facilities This he said had required the inauguration of the defense infrastructure The projects that are inaugurated include the auditorium the new student accommodation as well as the sports center and the fire truck Currently the university trains between 60 and 80 students coming from the armed forces ministries departments and agencies as well as paramilitary organizations The need to increase the number of students in training required the construction of a 300 seat auditorium as well as the accommodation of 30 rooms With this infrastructure we will now be able to train a larger number of students to meet the operational needs of the armed forces said Zipele Edited and Wale Sadeeq Source Credit NAN
    Defence minister inaugurates projects at intelligence college
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Defence minister inaugurates projects at intelligence college

    The Minister of Defense, Major General Retired. Bashir Magashi (M) inaugurating a student hostel block at the Defense Intelligence College, Abuja on Tuesday

    The Minister of Defense, retired Major General. Bashir Magashi inaugurated on Tuesday some projects carried out at the Defense Intelligence College, Abuja.

    The projects, carried out by the Intelligence Agency, included a 30-seat student hostel, a kitchen, a sports center, fire-fighting equipment and a 300-seat auditorium.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI), Maj.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo thanked the minister for his support.

    He said that the projects were implemented to increase the capacity of the school and enable it to carry out its responsibilities effectively.

    Adebayo said that, over the years, the school had not been able to have an auditorium where it could house some lighting and educational programs, adding that it was in light of this that the idea for the 300-seat auditorium was born.

    He also said that the construction of the student accommodation was born from the desire to hold some youth courses at the same time and hold joint conferences.

    According to him, now that there will be an increase in the number of students, there will be a need to expand the kitchen.

    He thanked the Minister of Defense, Retired Major General. Bashir Magashi, for approving and supporting intervention projects for the school.

    In his remarks, the university's Commandant, Commodore Ebiobowei Zipele, said training was vital for any military organisation, adding that the Nigerian Armed Forces recognized the fact that intelligence drives operations.

    Zipele said it was with this understanding that the Chief of Defense Intelligence saw the need to upgrade the university's facilities.

    This, he said, had required the inauguration of the defense infrastructure.

    “The projects that are inaugurated include the auditorium, the new student accommodation, as well as the sports center and the fire truck.

    “Currently, the university trains between 60 and 80 students, coming from the armed forces, ministries, departments and agencies, as well as paramilitary organizations.

    “The need to increase the number of students in training required the construction of a 300-seat auditorium, as well as the accommodation of 30 rooms.

    “With this infrastructure, we will now be able to train a larger number of students to meet the operational needs of the armed forces,” said Zipele.

    Edited and 'Wale Sadeeq

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  •   The National Teachers Institute NTI is collaborating with the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC in training Nigerian teachers in the Learning Recovery Program The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Train the Trainer workshop that started in Kaduna on Monday will end on November 25 Speaking at the event the Director General of the Institute Prof Musa Maitafsir said that the workshop was to train teachers to know how to deliver knowledge in case of eventualities It is a remote learning system for teachers in the country to operate in accordance with existing global trends This is part of our sustained effort to improve the quality of teachers in the country with a view to empowering them to be diligent in their duties he said Dr Zainab Shuaibu Supervisor Strengthening Math and Science EducationAlso speaking Dr Zainab Shuaibu Supervisor Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education SMASHE said Since a learning gap was created due to COVID 19 the learning recovery program becomes mandatory for close The learning recovery program seeks to ensure that student learning progresses even in a pandemic disaster or insecurity situation The training was designed to maintain continuity of academic delivery even at the onset of severe disruption or decreased access to essential school resources or facilities She said the goal was to devise strategies to help teachers and students smoothly embrace the culture of using simple communication tools like smartphones Shuaibu said Technology is here to stay so everyone needs to face reality and be relevant in the 21st century school operation The workshop is now training selected teachers from the northwestern and southeastern states The general objectives of the training are to train teachers in the use of audio and multimedia tools in order to develop micro learning lessons as open educational resources to broadcast by radio and mobile phones It is also to help teachers use the podcasts developed to achieve learning objectives in different subject areas as well as encourage teachers to use the podcasts This is to supplement their face to face classroom practice to close instructional gaps created by school closures as a result of the pandemic among others Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    NTI, UBEC train teachers on learning recovery programme
      The National Teachers Institute NTI is collaborating with the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC in training Nigerian teachers in the Learning Recovery Program The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Train the Trainer workshop that started in Kaduna on Monday will end on November 25 Speaking at the event the Director General of the Institute Prof Musa Maitafsir said that the workshop was to train teachers to know how to deliver knowledge in case of eventualities It is a remote learning system for teachers in the country to operate in accordance with existing global trends This is part of our sustained effort to improve the quality of teachers in the country with a view to empowering them to be diligent in their duties he said Dr Zainab Shuaibu Supervisor Strengthening Math and Science EducationAlso speaking Dr Zainab Shuaibu Supervisor Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education SMASHE said Since a learning gap was created due to COVID 19 the learning recovery program becomes mandatory for close The learning recovery program seeks to ensure that student learning progresses even in a pandemic disaster or insecurity situation The training was designed to maintain continuity of academic delivery even at the onset of severe disruption or decreased access to essential school resources or facilities She said the goal was to devise strategies to help teachers and students smoothly embrace the culture of using simple communication tools like smartphones Shuaibu said Technology is here to stay so everyone needs to face reality and be relevant in the 21st century school operation The workshop is now training selected teachers from the northwestern and southeastern states The general objectives of the training are to train teachers in the use of audio and multimedia tools in order to develop micro learning lessons as open educational resources to broadcast by radio and mobile phones It is also to help teachers use the podcasts developed to achieve learning objectives in different subject areas as well as encourage teachers to use the podcasts This is to supplement their face to face classroom practice to close instructional gaps created by school closures as a result of the pandemic among others Mani edited Source Credit NAN
    NTI, UBEC train teachers on learning recovery programme
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    NTI, UBEC train teachers on learning recovery programme

    The National Teachers Institute (NTI) is collaborating with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in training Nigerian teachers in the Learning Recovery Program.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Train-the-Trainer workshop that started in Kaduna on Monday will end on November 25.

    Speaking at the event, the Director General of the Institute, Prof. Musa Maitafsir said that the workshop was to train teachers to know how to deliver knowledge in case of eventualities.

    ”It is a remote learning system for teachers in the country to operate in accordance with existing global trends.

    "This is part of our sustained effort to improve the quality of teachers in the country, with a view to empowering them to be diligent in their duties," he said.

    Dr. Zainab Shuaibu, Supervisor, Strengthening Math and Science Education

    Also speaking, Dr. Zainab Shuaibu, Supervisor, Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education (SMASHE), said, “Since a learning gap was created due to COVID-19, the learning recovery program becomes mandatory for close.

    ”The learning recovery program seeks to ensure that student learning progresses even in a pandemic, disaster or insecurity situation.

    "The training was designed to maintain continuity of academic delivery even at the onset of severe disruption or decreased access to essential school resources or facilities."

    She said the goal was to devise strategies to help teachers and students smoothly embrace the culture of using simple communication tools like smartphones.

    Shuaibu said, “Technology is here to stay, so everyone needs to face reality and be relevant in the 21st century school operation.

    ”The workshop is now training selected teachers from the northwestern and southeastern states.

    ”The general objectives of the training are to train teachers in the use of audio and multimedia tools, in order to develop micro-learning lessons as open educational resources to broadcast by radio and mobile phones.

    ”It is also to help teachers use the podcasts developed to achieve learning objectives in different subject areas, as well as encourage teachers to use the podcasts.

    "This is to supplement their face-to-face classroom practice to close instructional gaps created by school closures as a result of the pandemic, among others."

    Mani edited

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  •   The Petroleum Products and Deposits Traders Association of Nigeria DAPPMAN says accessing foreign exchange at the official rate is a serious challenge for traders Ms Winifred Akpani President of DAPPMAN said this at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday Akpani urged the federal government to provide oil traders with access to foreign exchange at the official rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to improve the supply and distribution of Premium Motor Spirit PMS also known as gasoline throughout the world country She said that accessing foreign exchange at the official rate would boost fuel supply across the country He added that the burden of obtaining foreign exchange through the parallel market for transactions domiciled in Nigeria had left oil traders in dire straits Accessing dollars for our operations has been an insurmountable obstacle for oil traders The difference between the CBN exchange rate and the parallel market exchange rate continues to widen he said Akpani pointed out that in addition to basic operating expenses denominated in dollars oil traders were also faced with obtaining funds from the parallel market to pay tariffs and levies some unauthorized also charged in dollars For example to rent a ship to transport 20 000 metric tons of gasoline within Nigeria for 10 days the shipping costs are denominated in dollars which is equivalent to about 220 million naira at the official exchange rate of 440 naira And a whopping N440 million for oil traders who have to get foreign exchange from the parallel market at N880 This implies an additional cost of N11 per liter for this transaction due to the official and parallel forex market spread he said According to her for the same transaction the pier fees also charged in dollars amount to 15 4 million naira at the official exchange rate and 30 8 million naira for oil traders who are supplied in the parallel market In addition Jetty Berth is charged in dollars and amounts to N2 2 million at the official exchange rate and N4 4 million at the parallel market exchange rate While port fees collected in dollars by the Port Authority NPA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency NIMASA come to N71 51 million at the official exchange rate and N142 796 million for sellers that obtain foreign currency from the parallel market DAPPMAN here the government to establish a level playing field in the access of traders in the sector to foreign exchange at the CBN exchange rate for their operations he said Akpani said that accessing foreign exchange through the CBN window would improve capacity and facilitate the continuous supply of gasoline and bring forth a regime of sustainability in terms of storage distribution and supply throughout the country The Nigerian National Oil Company NNPC Ltd which historically acted as a provider of last resort is now the leading oil company in Nigeria with the acquisition of OVH and has full access to dollars at official CBN rates The NNPC also has access to products through exchange agreements he said Akpani denounced the absence of a level playing field that guarantees access to dollars for all marketers at official rates and that having the NNPC as the sole importer of gasoline was not sustainable considering the enormous consumption of the product According to her strategic decisions must be made in the industry to ensure that Nigeria takes full advantage of the expected growth in demand for oil products in Africa For us in Nigeria this will include full deregulation of the sector and a deliberate strategy to create an enabling environment for all oil traders to add value together with the NNPC he said Akpani said DAPPMAN viewed the government s plan to remove the subsidy by 2023 as the right decision that would reposition the sector for sustainable growth and development He said removing the subsidy would free up funds to bolster the capacity needed to transform the health education defense and transportation sectors among others As we approach Christmas and transition to the 2023 election year the nation needs the full engagement of all carriers to bolster capacity and ensure product availability with excellent service levels While there may be fears about potential gasoline shortages DAPPMAN assures Nigerians of its ability and willingness to work assiduously to increase supply as the government addresses foreign exchange availability challenges in the sector he said The DAPPMAN chief praised the Federal Government and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority for emerging gains in the sector especially after the introduction of the Petroleum Industry Act There have been important meetings aimed at outlining a sustainable future for the sector These must continue as the success of the sector in the face of the looming global energy crisis depends on collaboration and consideration of how operators can shore up capacity based on market friendly policies and a level playing field Akpani pointed out edited Source Credit NAN
    Access to forex major challenge to marketers – DAPPMAN
      The Petroleum Products and Deposits Traders Association of Nigeria DAPPMAN says accessing foreign exchange at the official rate is a serious challenge for traders Ms Winifred Akpani President of DAPPMAN said this at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday Akpani urged the federal government to provide oil traders with access to foreign exchange at the official rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN to improve the supply and distribution of Premium Motor Spirit PMS also known as gasoline throughout the world country She said that accessing foreign exchange at the official rate would boost fuel supply across the country He added that the burden of obtaining foreign exchange through the parallel market for transactions domiciled in Nigeria had left oil traders in dire straits Accessing dollars for our operations has been an insurmountable obstacle for oil traders The difference between the CBN exchange rate and the parallel market exchange rate continues to widen he said Akpani pointed out that in addition to basic operating expenses denominated in dollars oil traders were also faced with obtaining funds from the parallel market to pay tariffs and levies some unauthorized also charged in dollars For example to rent a ship to transport 20 000 metric tons of gasoline within Nigeria for 10 days the shipping costs are denominated in dollars which is equivalent to about 220 million naira at the official exchange rate of 440 naira And a whopping N440 million for oil traders who have to get foreign exchange from the parallel market at N880 This implies an additional cost of N11 per liter for this transaction due to the official and parallel forex market spread he said According to her for the same transaction the pier fees also charged in dollars amount to 15 4 million naira at the official exchange rate and 30 8 million naira for oil traders who are supplied in the parallel market In addition Jetty Berth is charged in dollars and amounts to N2 2 million at the official exchange rate and N4 4 million at the parallel market exchange rate While port fees collected in dollars by the Port Authority NPA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency NIMASA come to N71 51 million at the official exchange rate and N142 796 million for sellers that obtain foreign currency from the parallel market DAPPMAN here the government to establish a level playing field in the access of traders in the sector to foreign exchange at the CBN exchange rate for their operations he said Akpani said that accessing foreign exchange through the CBN window would improve capacity and facilitate the continuous supply of gasoline and bring forth a regime of sustainability in terms of storage distribution and supply throughout the country The Nigerian National Oil Company NNPC Ltd which historically acted as a provider of last resort is now the leading oil company in Nigeria with the acquisition of OVH and has full access to dollars at official CBN rates The NNPC also has access to products through exchange agreements he said Akpani denounced the absence of a level playing field that guarantees access to dollars for all marketers at official rates and that having the NNPC as the sole importer of gasoline was not sustainable considering the enormous consumption of the product According to her strategic decisions must be made in the industry to ensure that Nigeria takes full advantage of the expected growth in demand for oil products in Africa For us in Nigeria this will include full deregulation of the sector and a deliberate strategy to create an enabling environment for all oil traders to add value together with the NNPC he said Akpani said DAPPMAN viewed the government s plan to remove the subsidy by 2023 as the right decision that would reposition the sector for sustainable growth and development He said removing the subsidy would free up funds to bolster the capacity needed to transform the health education defense and transportation sectors among others As we approach Christmas and transition to the 2023 election year the nation needs the full engagement of all carriers to bolster capacity and ensure product availability with excellent service levels While there may be fears about potential gasoline shortages DAPPMAN assures Nigerians of its ability and willingness to work assiduously to increase supply as the government addresses foreign exchange availability challenges in the sector he said The DAPPMAN chief praised the Federal Government and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority for emerging gains in the sector especially after the introduction of the Petroleum Industry Act There have been important meetings aimed at outlining a sustainable future for the sector These must continue as the success of the sector in the face of the looming global energy crisis depends on collaboration and consideration of how operators can shore up capacity based on market friendly policies and a level playing field Akpani pointed out edited Source Credit NAN
    Access to forex major challenge to marketers – DAPPMAN
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    Access to forex major challenge to marketers – DAPPMAN

    The Petroleum Products and Deposits Traders Association of Nigeria (DAPPMAN) says accessing foreign exchange at the official rate is a serious challenge for traders.

    Ms. Winifred Akpani, President of DAPPMAN, said this at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday.

    Akpani urged the federal government to provide oil traders with access to foreign exchange at the official rate of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to improve the supply and distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as gasoline, throughout the world. country.

    She said that accessing foreign exchange at the official rate would boost fuel supply across the country.

    He added that the burden of obtaining foreign exchange through the parallel market for transactions domiciled in Nigeria had left oil traders in dire straits.

    “Accessing dollars for our operations has been an insurmountable obstacle for oil traders.

    “The difference between the CBN exchange rate and the parallel market exchange rate continues to widen,” he said.

    Akpani pointed out that, in addition to basic operating expenses denominated in dollars, oil traders were also faced with obtaining funds from the parallel market to pay tariffs and levies, some unauthorized, also charged in dollars.

    “For example, to rent a ship to transport 20,000 metric tons of gasoline within Nigeria for 10 days, the shipping costs are denominated in dollars, which is equivalent to about 220 million naira at the official exchange rate of 440 naira.

    “And a whopping N440 million for oil traders who have to get foreign exchange from the parallel market at N880.

    “This implies an additional cost of N11 per liter for this transaction due to the official and parallel forex market spread,” he said.

    According to her, for the same transaction, the pier fees, also charged in dollars, amount to 15.4 million naira at the official exchange rate and 30.8 million naira for oil traders who are supplied in the parallel market. .

    “In addition, Jetty Berth is charged in dollars and amounts to N2.2 million at the official exchange rate and N4.4 million at the parallel market exchange rate.

    “While port fees, collected in dollars by the Port Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA), come to N71.51 million at the official exchange rate and N142.796 million for sellers that obtain foreign currency from the parallel market.

    "DAPPMAN here the government to establish a level playing field in the access of traders in the sector to foreign exchange at the CBN exchange rate for their operations," he said.

    Akpani said that accessing foreign exchange through the CBN window would improve capacity and facilitate the continuous supply of gasoline and bring forth a regime of sustainability in terms of storage, distribution and supply throughout the country.

    “The Nigerian National Oil Company (NNPC) Ltd., which historically acted as a provider of last resort, is now the leading oil company in Nigeria with the acquisition of OVH and has full access to dollars at official CBN rates.

    "The NNPC also has access to products through exchange agreements," he said.

    Akpani denounced the absence of a level playing field that guarantees access to dollars for all marketers at official rates, and that having the NNPC as the sole importer of gasoline was not sustainable, considering the enormous consumption of the product.

    According to her, strategic decisions must be made in the industry to ensure that Nigeria takes full advantage of the expected growth in demand for oil products in Africa.

    “For us in Nigeria, this will include full deregulation of the sector and a deliberate strategy to create an enabling environment for all oil traders to add value, together with the NNPC,” he said.

    Akpani said DAPPMAN viewed the government's plan to remove the subsidy by 2023 as the right decision that would reposition the sector for sustainable growth and development.

    He said removing the subsidy would free up funds to bolster the capacity needed to transform the health, education, defense and transportation sectors, among others.

    “As we approach Christmas and transition to the 2023 election year, the nation needs the full engagement of all carriers to bolster capacity and ensure product availability with excellent service levels.

    “While there may be fears about potential gasoline shortages, DAPPMAN assures Nigerians of its ability and willingness to work assiduously to increase supply as the government addresses foreign exchange availability challenges in the sector,” he said.

    The DAPPMAN chief praised the Federal Government and the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Regulatory Authority for emerging gains in the sector, especially after the introduction of the Petroleum Industry Act.

    “There have been important meetings aimed at outlining a sustainable future for the sector.

    "These must continue, as the success of the sector in the face of the looming global energy crisis depends on collaboration and consideration of how operators can shore up capacity based on market-friendly policies and a level playing field." Akpani pointed out.

    edited

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  •   Ahmadu said this in Lagos on Tuesday in a speech at a stakeholder workshop on revising the draft standard bidding and contract documents used for the procurement of goods works and services He said that the documents currently in use were developed in 2009 and were last updated in 2011 The experiences in the use of these documents have shown their insufficiency to deal with large complex and dynamic acquisitions of goods and services and the administration of contracts derived from their use It is in this light that the BPP as regulator of public purchases decided to respond to the identified challenges The goal is to bring them up to date with current international best practices while ensuring that national interests are well served with the goal of national development he said Ahmadu who was represented by Kuye Director of Energy Infrastructure BPP said the ultimate goal was to ensure transparency and promote competition He said that other objectives included profitability and professionalism in the public sector procurement system and the disposition of public assets in accordance with world practices The BPP chief noted that a lot had happened in the procurement space both locally and internationally since the development of the existing tender documents hence the urgent need for a review He said the process of reviewing existing procurement documents and developing new ones was activated by the hiring of a consultant with global experience to help drive the process forward Draft procurement documents have been produced and shared with relevant stakeholders The goal is to create an opportunity to obtain valuable information from all stakeholders in public procurement We look forward to key interest clauses being discussed by stakeholders synergizing various perspectives and incorporating them into the documents being reviewed and developed He urged stakeholders to seize the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing procurement reform to ensure national development driven Earlier in his opening remarks Alhaji Ishaq Yahaya Director of Supervision and Compliance had said that reviewing the nation s procurement documents had become necessary in light of emerging challenges He said that the workshop would showcase what had been developed with a view to stimulating discussions among stakeholders We expect stakeholders to point out the areas we haven t covered and the areas we shouldn t have inserted he said He stressed the need for Nigeria to address recruitment issues in the country to promote transparency and national growth The Nigerian News Agency reports that a similar workshop for stakeholders is expected to be held in three other centres Kano Port Harcourt and Abuja edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria must revise procurement documents to address inadequacies
      Ahmadu said this in Lagos on Tuesday in a speech at a stakeholder workshop on revising the draft standard bidding and contract documents used for the procurement of goods works and services He said that the documents currently in use were developed in 2009 and were last updated in 2011 The experiences in the use of these documents have shown their insufficiency to deal with large complex and dynamic acquisitions of goods and services and the administration of contracts derived from their use It is in this light that the BPP as regulator of public purchases decided to respond to the identified challenges The goal is to bring them up to date with current international best practices while ensuring that national interests are well served with the goal of national development he said Ahmadu who was represented by Kuye Director of Energy Infrastructure BPP said the ultimate goal was to ensure transparency and promote competition He said that other objectives included profitability and professionalism in the public sector procurement system and the disposition of public assets in accordance with world practices The BPP chief noted that a lot had happened in the procurement space both locally and internationally since the development of the existing tender documents hence the urgent need for a review He said the process of reviewing existing procurement documents and developing new ones was activated by the hiring of a consultant with global experience to help drive the process forward Draft procurement documents have been produced and shared with relevant stakeholders The goal is to create an opportunity to obtain valuable information from all stakeholders in public procurement We look forward to key interest clauses being discussed by stakeholders synergizing various perspectives and incorporating them into the documents being reviewed and developed He urged stakeholders to seize the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing procurement reform to ensure national development driven Earlier in his opening remarks Alhaji Ishaq Yahaya Director of Supervision and Compliance had said that reviewing the nation s procurement documents had become necessary in light of emerging challenges He said that the workshop would showcase what had been developed with a view to stimulating discussions among stakeholders We expect stakeholders to point out the areas we haven t covered and the areas we shouldn t have inserted he said He stressed the need for Nigeria to address recruitment issues in the country to promote transparency and national growth The Nigerian News Agency reports that a similar workshop for stakeholders is expected to be held in three other centres Kano Port Harcourt and Abuja edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria must revise procurement documents to address inadequacies
    Economy3 weeks ago

    Nigeria must revise procurement documents to address inadequacies

    Ahmadu said this in Lagos on Tuesday in a speech at a stakeholder workshop on revising the draft standard bidding and contract documents used for the procurement of goods, works and services.

    He said that the documents currently in use were developed in 2009 and were last updated in 2011.

    “The experiences in the use of these documents have shown their insufficiency to deal with large, complex and dynamic acquisitions of goods and services and the administration of contracts derived from their use.

    “It is in this light that the BPP, as regulator of public purchases, decided to respond to the identified challenges.

    “The goal is to bring them up to date with current international best practices while ensuring that national interests are well served, with the goal of national development,” he said.

    Ahmadu, who was represented by Kuye, Director of Energy Infrastructure, BPP, said the ultimate goal was to ensure transparency and promote competition.

    He said that other objectives included profitability and professionalism in the public sector procurement system and the disposition of public assets in accordance with world practices.

    The BPP chief noted that a lot had happened in the procurement space, both locally and internationally, since the development of the existing tender documents, hence the urgent need for a review.

    He said the process of reviewing existing procurement documents and developing new ones was activated by the hiring of a consultant with global experience to help drive the process forward.

    “Draft procurement documents have been produced and shared with relevant stakeholders.

    “The goal is to create an opportunity to obtain valuable information from all stakeholders in public procurement.

    "We look forward to key interest clauses being discussed by stakeholders, synergizing various perspectives and incorporating them into the documents being reviewed and developed."

    He urged stakeholders to seize the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing procurement reform to ensure national development driven.

    Earlier in his opening remarks, Alhaji Ishaq Yahaya, Director of Supervision and Compliance, had said that reviewing the nation's procurement documents had become necessary in light of emerging challenges.

    He said that the workshop would showcase what had been developed with a view to stimulating discussions among stakeholders.

    "We expect stakeholders to point out the areas we haven't covered and the areas we shouldn't have inserted," he said.

    He stressed the need for Nigeria to address recruitment issues in the country to promote transparency and national growth.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that a similar workshop for stakeholders is expected to be held in three other centres: Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja.

    edited

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  •   Employing a clean up intervention to dispose of plastic waste an NGO initiative in Plateau Nigerian News Agency Mrs Ladi Anthony a dry season farmer in the Mazah community located in Jos North Local Government has been experiencing poor yields on her tomato farm over the years She noted that waste dumped into the community s river from the city of Jos has polluted her water and infecting crops with disease She says her tomato is rotting and worm infested as a result of the situation while irrigation farmers are also experiencing blockages in pumping water to their crops as debris particularly in the form of plastics blocks irrigation channels Water The mother of five further explained that residents living near the river are battling malaria disease as a result of the river s stagnant water a breeding ground for mosquitoes With so many problems associated with the river Anthony is happy that one organization Center For Earth Works CFEW recently held a cleanup exercise to help address the challenges She says The cleanup exercise has recently cleaned up the river water and we are happy about that We hope to harvest more tomatoes and other crops as the water will flow unobstructed Similarly Mr Filibus Arin a member of the Mazah community who volunteered with CFEW to carry out the intervention said the fishermen are excited that their livelihood will experience a jump because before that the The water gets very dirty and the fish struggle to survive there Mazah an agrarian community located about five kilometers from the city of Jos is known for its famous Mazah River which runs into Lake Chad Community members who are mostly farmers practice dry season agriculture using the river as a source of water supply for irrigation They also engage in fishing as a source of livelihood because the river has given birth to many natural ponds for fishing activities In recent years however the river has become a metropolis waste dump that threatens aquatic life dry season agriculture and those whose livelihoods depend on it cleaning intervention Following the importance of the Mazah River in the community and CFEW s efforts to eradicate plastic waste in the Plateau a community clean up intervention was carried out for the first time with 33 participants in partnership with host community volunteers Better Earth Foundation and the Yan Kwalabe informal waste collectors association in the state maza river The intervention was carried out to evacuate waste from the river and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the community Reports indicate that it takes more than four centuries for plastic to fully break down from the environment According to a study 2 5 million tons of plastic waste are generated annually in Nigeria of which 88 is not recycled and ends up in bodies of water While stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to address the threat through proper waste management the House of Representatives in 2019 considered a bill banning the manufacture and use of plastic bags to address waste management waste and protect the environment Unfortunately the bill is still pending and plastic waste is still being disposed of indiscriminately CFEW Team Leader Mr Benson Fasanya said the organization focuses on tackling issues affecting the environment by giving it more attention to drive concerted efforts for appropriate action We had few or no organizations talking about environmental issues during the period that CFEW was established in 2017 Usually it was about HIV women and children and empowerment she said He explained that plastic pollution is harmful to health and the environment as there are toxins in the plastic that can be consumed by fish through which they can reach the human body He said the intervention was also carried out to provide relief to community members by destroying breeding sites for mosquitoes and other disease causing vectors while also addressing blockage of drains which is one of the main causes of the floods If we reduce plastic pollution we can also stem the tide of malaria and other vector borne diseases We should encourage recycling and say no to the use of plastic containers because of the danger to health and to our climate he said He said they intend to keep the cleanup intervention in the state which is very crucial and also a strategy for data collection to hold corporate polluters accountable for plastic waste through their plastic branding audit This is because the organization is also research driven and passionate about protecting the earth by empowering communities in knowledge At the end of the Plastic Brands Audit in Mazah 28 000 plastic wastes were collected and audited The team leader said the organization had conducted similar clean up exercises in 2019 at Jos Wild Life Park where a total of 4 952 waste items and 420 plastic debris were collected from the Old Nitel building located on Old Airport Road in their exercise cleaning in 2022 shortly before the intervention in the Mazah community It has also partnered with some agencies to carry out clean up exercises in the Angwan Rukuba and Kabong communities Part of our community engagement activity is the cleanup exercise that we do regularly every year and also on global cleanup day The key message is the need for people to sort their waste and stem the tide or reduce the impact of plastic pollution because it takes more than four centuries for it to completely break down from the environment he said Result of waste collected in the Mazah River Source CFEW 2022 The cleanup intervention is encouraging Mazah community leaders to begin mobilizing their members to advocate for designated waste collection centers in the city center or else face the threat of becoming a landfill continuous waste Result of the waste collected in the community of Mazah Source CFEW 2022 Volunteers during clean up exercise in Mazah The president of the Anaguta Development Association in Mazah Mr Yakubu Kaiwa said that the city s waste has been a burden on the community and called for more collaboration with NGOs and the government to educate residents of Jos about the evils of indiscriminate dumping of waste and at the same time providing them with alternative outlets For Arin she was inspired while volunteering during the exercise to engage her fellow youth in the community in mapping out ways to sustain the intervention through collaboration with CFEW and other NGOs He also urged the government to organize stakeholder meetings to raise awareness against indiscriminate waste disposal CFEW with the supreme ruler of Anaguta third from right the Ujah of Anaguta Pozoh Johnson Jauro Magaji II CFEW says it is hopeful that its partnerships with informal recyclers and engagement with youth on social media through its Youth for Earth Campaign will produce a positive result in advocating for nature s sustainability and restoration of degraded land as a result of improper waste management Through our school projects we have been able to reach 1 200 high school students and our online campaigns have been able to reach 10 000 young people online in various countries says the team leader Although the organization involves volunteers and garbage collectors in the state its activities are limited due to labor and funding shortages The organization hopes to carry out more awareness programs on proper waste disposal influence environmental policies and has a long term plan to establish a materials recovery facility for the organizations where informal recyclers would be hired to earn life and debris would be classified according to the projection of being composted edited If used please credit the writer and Nigerian News Agency Source Credit NAN
    Clean-up intervention to evacuate plastic waste in Palteau
      Employing a clean up intervention to dispose of plastic waste an NGO initiative in Plateau Nigerian News Agency Mrs Ladi Anthony a dry season farmer in the Mazah community located in Jos North Local Government has been experiencing poor yields on her tomato farm over the years She noted that waste dumped into the community s river from the city of Jos has polluted her water and infecting crops with disease She says her tomato is rotting and worm infested as a result of the situation while irrigation farmers are also experiencing blockages in pumping water to their crops as debris particularly in the form of plastics blocks irrigation channels Water The mother of five further explained that residents living near the river are battling malaria disease as a result of the river s stagnant water a breeding ground for mosquitoes With so many problems associated with the river Anthony is happy that one organization Center For Earth Works CFEW recently held a cleanup exercise to help address the challenges She says The cleanup exercise has recently cleaned up the river water and we are happy about that We hope to harvest more tomatoes and other crops as the water will flow unobstructed Similarly Mr Filibus Arin a member of the Mazah community who volunteered with CFEW to carry out the intervention said the fishermen are excited that their livelihood will experience a jump because before that the The water gets very dirty and the fish struggle to survive there Mazah an agrarian community located about five kilometers from the city of Jos is known for its famous Mazah River which runs into Lake Chad Community members who are mostly farmers practice dry season agriculture using the river as a source of water supply for irrigation They also engage in fishing as a source of livelihood because the river has given birth to many natural ponds for fishing activities In recent years however the river has become a metropolis waste dump that threatens aquatic life dry season agriculture and those whose livelihoods depend on it cleaning intervention Following the importance of the Mazah River in the community and CFEW s efforts to eradicate plastic waste in the Plateau a community clean up intervention was carried out for the first time with 33 participants in partnership with host community volunteers Better Earth Foundation and the Yan Kwalabe informal waste collectors association in the state maza river The intervention was carried out to evacuate waste from the river and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the community Reports indicate that it takes more than four centuries for plastic to fully break down from the environment According to a study 2 5 million tons of plastic waste are generated annually in Nigeria of which 88 is not recycled and ends up in bodies of water While stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to address the threat through proper waste management the House of Representatives in 2019 considered a bill banning the manufacture and use of plastic bags to address waste management waste and protect the environment Unfortunately the bill is still pending and plastic waste is still being disposed of indiscriminately CFEW Team Leader Mr Benson Fasanya said the organization focuses on tackling issues affecting the environment by giving it more attention to drive concerted efforts for appropriate action We had few or no organizations talking about environmental issues during the period that CFEW was established in 2017 Usually it was about HIV women and children and empowerment she said He explained that plastic pollution is harmful to health and the environment as there are toxins in the plastic that can be consumed by fish through which they can reach the human body He said the intervention was also carried out to provide relief to community members by destroying breeding sites for mosquitoes and other disease causing vectors while also addressing blockage of drains which is one of the main causes of the floods If we reduce plastic pollution we can also stem the tide of malaria and other vector borne diseases We should encourage recycling and say no to the use of plastic containers because of the danger to health and to our climate he said He said they intend to keep the cleanup intervention in the state which is very crucial and also a strategy for data collection to hold corporate polluters accountable for plastic waste through their plastic branding audit This is because the organization is also research driven and passionate about protecting the earth by empowering communities in knowledge At the end of the Plastic Brands Audit in Mazah 28 000 plastic wastes were collected and audited The team leader said the organization had conducted similar clean up exercises in 2019 at Jos Wild Life Park where a total of 4 952 waste items and 420 plastic debris were collected from the Old Nitel building located on Old Airport Road in their exercise cleaning in 2022 shortly before the intervention in the Mazah community It has also partnered with some agencies to carry out clean up exercises in the Angwan Rukuba and Kabong communities Part of our community engagement activity is the cleanup exercise that we do regularly every year and also on global cleanup day The key message is the need for people to sort their waste and stem the tide or reduce the impact of plastic pollution because it takes more than four centuries for it to completely break down from the environment he said Result of waste collected in the Mazah River Source CFEW 2022 The cleanup intervention is encouraging Mazah community leaders to begin mobilizing their members to advocate for designated waste collection centers in the city center or else face the threat of becoming a landfill continuous waste Result of the waste collected in the community of Mazah Source CFEW 2022 Volunteers during clean up exercise in Mazah The president of the Anaguta Development Association in Mazah Mr Yakubu Kaiwa said that the city s waste has been a burden on the community and called for more collaboration with NGOs and the government to educate residents of Jos about the evils of indiscriminate dumping of waste and at the same time providing them with alternative outlets For Arin she was inspired while volunteering during the exercise to engage her fellow youth in the community in mapping out ways to sustain the intervention through collaboration with CFEW and other NGOs He also urged the government to organize stakeholder meetings to raise awareness against indiscriminate waste disposal CFEW with the supreme ruler of Anaguta third from right the Ujah of Anaguta Pozoh Johnson Jauro Magaji II CFEW says it is hopeful that its partnerships with informal recyclers and engagement with youth on social media through its Youth for Earth Campaign will produce a positive result in advocating for nature s sustainability and restoration of degraded land as a result of improper waste management Through our school projects we have been able to reach 1 200 high school students and our online campaigns have been able to reach 10 000 young people online in various countries says the team leader Although the organization involves volunteers and garbage collectors in the state its activities are limited due to labor and funding shortages The organization hopes to carry out more awareness programs on proper waste disposal influence environmental policies and has a long term plan to establish a materials recovery facility for the organizations where informal recyclers would be hired to earn life and debris would be classified according to the projection of being composted edited If used please credit the writer and Nigerian News Agency Source Credit NAN
    Clean-up intervention to evacuate plastic waste in Palteau
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    Clean-up intervention to evacuate plastic waste in Palteau

    Employing a clean-up intervention to dispose of plastic waste: an NGO initiative in Plateau

    Nigerian News Agency

    Mrs Ladi Anthony, a dry season farmer in the Mazah community located in Jos North Local Government, has been experiencing poor yields on her tomato farm over the years. She noted that waste dumped into the community's river from the city of Jos has polluted her water and infecting crops with disease.

    She says her tomato is rotting and worm infested as a result of the situation, while irrigation farmers are also experiencing blockages in pumping water to their crops, as debris, particularly in the form of plastics, blocks irrigation channels. Water.

    The mother of five further explained that residents living near the river are battling malaria disease as a result of the river's stagnant water, a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

    With so many problems associated with the river, Anthony is happy that one organization, Center For Earth Works (CFEW), recently held a cleanup exercise to help address the challenges.

    She says: “The cleanup exercise has recently cleaned up the river water and we are happy about that. We hope to harvest more tomatoes and other crops as the water will flow unobstructed.”

    Similarly, Mr. Filibus Arin, a member of the Mazah community who volunteered with CFEW to carry out the intervention, said the fishermen are excited that their livelihood will experience a jump, because before that, the The water gets very dirty and the fish struggle to survive there.

    Mazah, an agrarian community located about five kilometers from the city of Jos, is known for its famous Mazah River, which runs into Lake Chad.

    Community members, who are mostly farmers, practice dry season agriculture using the river as a source of water supply for irrigation. They also engage in fishing as a source of livelihood because the river has given birth to many natural ponds for fishing activities.

    In recent years, however, the river has become a metropolis' waste dump that threatens aquatic life, dry-season agriculture, and those whose livelihoods depend on it.

    cleaning intervention

    Following the importance of the Mazah River in the community and CFEW's efforts to eradicate plastic waste in the Plateau, a community clean-up intervention was carried out for the first time with 33 participants in partnership with host community volunteers, Better Earth Foundation. and the `Yan Kwalabe` (informal waste collectors) association in the state.

    maza river

    The intervention was carried out to evacuate waste from the river and reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the community. Reports indicate that it takes more than four centuries for plastic to fully break down from the environment.

    According to a study, 2.5 million tons of plastic waste are generated annually in Nigeria, of which 88% is not recycled and ends up in bodies of water.

    While stakeholders have called for concerted efforts to address the threat through proper waste management, the House of Representatives in 2019 considered a bill banning the manufacture and use of plastic bags to address waste management. waste and protect the environment. Unfortunately, the bill is still pending and plastic waste is still being disposed of indiscriminately.

    CFEW Team Leader Mr. Benson Fasanya said the organization focuses on tackling issues affecting the environment by giving it more attention to drive concerted efforts for appropriate action.

    “We had few or no organizations talking about environmental issues during the period that CFEW was established in 2017. Usually it was about HIV, women and children and empowerment,” she said.

    He explained that plastic pollution is harmful to health and the environment, as there are toxins in the plastic that can be consumed by fish, through which they can reach the human body.

    He said the intervention was also carried out to provide relief to community members by destroying breeding sites for mosquitoes and other disease-causing vectors, while also addressing blockage of drains, which is one of the main causes. of the floods.

    “If we reduce plastic pollution, we can also stem the tide of malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

    "We should encourage recycling and say no to the use of plastic containers because of the danger to health and to our climate," he said.

    He said they intend to keep the cleanup intervention in the state which is very crucial and also a strategy for data collection to hold corporate polluters accountable for plastic waste through their plastic branding audit. This is because the organization is also research-driven and passionate about protecting the earth by empowering communities in knowledge.

    At the end of the Plastic Brands Audit in Mazah, 28,000 plastic wastes were collected and audited.

    The team leader said the organization had conducted similar clean-up exercises in 2019 at Jos Wild Life Park, where a total of 4,952 waste items and 420 plastic debris were collected from the Old Nitel building located on Old Airport Road in their exercise. cleaning. in 2022 shortly before the intervention in the Mazah community. It has also partnered with some agencies to carry out clean-up exercises in the Angwan Rukuba and Kabong communities.

    “Part of our community engagement activity is the cleanup exercise that we do regularly every year and also on global cleanup day.

    "The key message is the need for people to sort their waste and stem the tide or reduce the impact of plastic pollution because it takes more than four centuries for it to completely break down from the environment," he said.

    Result of waste collected in the Mazah River

    Source: CFEW 2022

    The cleanup intervention is encouraging Mazah community leaders to begin mobilizing their members to advocate for designated waste collection centers in the city center or else face the threat of becoming a landfill. continuous waste.

    Result of the waste collected in the community of Mazah

    Source: CFEW 2022

    Volunteers during clean-up exercise in Mazah

    The president of the Anaguta Development Association in Mazah, Mr. Yakubu Kaiwa, said that the city's waste has been a burden on the community and called for more collaboration with NGOs and the government to educate residents of Jos about the evils of indiscriminate dumping of waste and at the same time providing them with alternative outlets.

    For Arin, she was inspired while volunteering during the exercise to engage her fellow youth in the community in mapping out ways to sustain the intervention through collaboration with CFEW and other NGOs.

    He also urged the government to organize stakeholder meetings to raise awareness against indiscriminate waste disposal.

    CFEW with the supreme ruler of Anaguta (third from right), the Ujah of Anaguta, Pozoh Johnson Jauro Magaji II

    CFEW says it is hopeful that its partnerships with informal recyclers and engagement with youth on social media through its "Youth for Earth Campaign" will produce a positive result in advocating for nature's sustainability and restoration. of degraded land as a result of improper waste management.

    “Through our school projects, we have been able to reach 1,200 high school students and our online campaigns have been able to reach 10,000 young people online in various countries,” says the team leader.

    Although the organization involves volunteers and garbage collectors in the state, its activities are limited due to labor and funding shortages.

    The organization hopes to carry out more awareness programs on proper waste disposal, influence environmental policies and has a long-term plan to establish a materials recovery facility for the organizations, where informal recyclers would be hired to earn life and debris would be classified according to the projection of being composted.

    edited

    **If used, please credit the writer and Nigerian News Agency

    Source Credit: NAN

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