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  •   The Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative GLEMDI a civil society organization has called on community leaders to educate their communities on the need for peaceful and participatory elections GLEMDI Executive Director Habila Kayit made the call at a Community Leaders Roundtable on Participation and Violence Free Elections in 2023 with the theme Towards Participatory and Violence Free Elections held in Abuja According to Kayit the 2023 General Election is an important activity for Nigeria hence the need to start talks on how to make it free fair and credible He said the talks should focus on voter education on the caliber of leaders to choose and how not to be manipulated or misled into making the wrong decisions Kayit said Nigeria s nightmare is the lack of strong and committed leaders to bring it to the height of development it deserves People don t fully participate when it comes to elections Politicians take advantage of this opportunity and use few people and influence the political process We are very intentional about it because we hope to see a beautiful exit in 2023 where the citizens will unanimously elect someone who will fix the country The campaigns are running and the politicians are handing out promises citizens need to read between the lines to understand its message so as not to vote based on their ethnicity and religious leanings We call on community leaders who are closest understand their communities and can communicate with their people in clearer language to sensitize them to the need to be intentional about who to vote for and why they should be peaceful in their conduct said The executive director of GLEMDI said that people have the right to decide if they are used to cause violence or not According to him when people express their dissatisfaction with existing systems and are unwilling to be tools in the hands of politicians the nation will certainly do well Kayit said that the Electoral Law as amended has increased the confidence of many citizens to participate in the 2023 elections because they understand that their votes will count He stressed the need for citizens to work hard to maintain peace in the country adding There is no better time for us to have a peaceful society than now We need a country where citizens can exercise their right to vote without being intimidated Also speaking Mr Marthins Abbas co founder of the Partnership for Issue based Campaign in Nigeria said the program aimed to draw new lessons from community actors He said traditional rulers were key factors in electoral matters as custodians of traditions and customs in communities adding they revere them so you can talk to them about electoral participation Abbas urged citizens to engage politicians in issue based campaigns especially those that affect them This is because you don t get what you deserve you get what you bargained for he said One of the participants Ms Jan Okwulu blamed citizens for low voter turnout due to the belief that their votes do not count I always ask you if your votes don t count why do politicians come to you to induce or ask you to vote for them he added Okwulu advised Nigerians to come out and run in the 2023 general election and make a difference edited Source Credit NAN
    CSO tasks community leaders on peaceful, participatory elections
      The Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative GLEMDI a civil society organization has called on community leaders to educate their communities on the need for peaceful and participatory elections GLEMDI Executive Director Habila Kayit made the call at a Community Leaders Roundtable on Participation and Violence Free Elections in 2023 with the theme Towards Participatory and Violence Free Elections held in Abuja According to Kayit the 2023 General Election is an important activity for Nigeria hence the need to start talks on how to make it free fair and credible He said the talks should focus on voter education on the caliber of leaders to choose and how not to be manipulated or misled into making the wrong decisions Kayit said Nigeria s nightmare is the lack of strong and committed leaders to bring it to the height of development it deserves People don t fully participate when it comes to elections Politicians take advantage of this opportunity and use few people and influence the political process We are very intentional about it because we hope to see a beautiful exit in 2023 where the citizens will unanimously elect someone who will fix the country The campaigns are running and the politicians are handing out promises citizens need to read between the lines to understand its message so as not to vote based on their ethnicity and religious leanings We call on community leaders who are closest understand their communities and can communicate with their people in clearer language to sensitize them to the need to be intentional about who to vote for and why they should be peaceful in their conduct said The executive director of GLEMDI said that people have the right to decide if they are used to cause violence or not According to him when people express their dissatisfaction with existing systems and are unwilling to be tools in the hands of politicians the nation will certainly do well Kayit said that the Electoral Law as amended has increased the confidence of many citizens to participate in the 2023 elections because they understand that their votes will count He stressed the need for citizens to work hard to maintain peace in the country adding There is no better time for us to have a peaceful society than now We need a country where citizens can exercise their right to vote without being intimidated Also speaking Mr Marthins Abbas co founder of the Partnership for Issue based Campaign in Nigeria said the program aimed to draw new lessons from community actors He said traditional rulers were key factors in electoral matters as custodians of traditions and customs in communities adding they revere them so you can talk to them about electoral participation Abbas urged citizens to engage politicians in issue based campaigns especially those that affect them This is because you don t get what you deserve you get what you bargained for he said One of the participants Ms Jan Okwulu blamed citizens for low voter turnout due to the belief that their votes do not count I always ask you if your votes don t count why do politicians come to you to induce or ask you to vote for them he added Okwulu advised Nigerians to come out and run in the 2023 general election and make a difference edited Source Credit NAN
    CSO tasks community leaders on peaceful, participatory elections
    General news3 weeks ago

    CSO tasks community leaders on peaceful, participatory elections

    The Godspeed Leadership and Mentorship Development Initiative (GLEMDI), a civil society organization, has called on community leaders to educate their communities on the need for peaceful and participatory elections.

    GLEMDI Executive Director Habila Kayit made the call at a Community Leaders Roundtable on Participation and Violence-Free Elections in 2023 with the theme: "Towards Participatory and Violence-Free Elections" held in Abuja.

    According to Kayit, the 2023 General Election is an important activity for Nigeria, hence the need to start talks on how to make it free, fair and credible.

    He said the talks should focus on voter education on the caliber of leaders to choose and how not to be manipulated or misled into making the wrong decisions.

    Kayit said Nigeria's nightmare is the lack of strong and committed leaders to bring it to the height of development it deserves.

    “People don't fully participate when it comes to elections. Politicians take advantage of this opportunity and use few people and influence the political process.

    “We are very intentional about it, because we hope to see a beautiful exit in 2023 where the citizens will unanimously elect someone who will fix the country.

    “The campaigns are running and the politicians are handing out promises; citizens need to read between the lines to understand its message so as not to vote based on their ethnicity and religious leanings.

    “We call on community leaders who are closest, understand their communities, and can communicate with their people in clearer language to sensitize them to the need to be intentional about who to vote for and why they should be peaceful in their conduct.” , said. .

    The executive director of GLEMDI said that people have the right to decide if they are used to cause violence or not.

    According to him, when people express their dissatisfaction with existing systems and are unwilling to be tools in the hands of politicians, the nation will certainly do well.

    Kayit said that the Electoral Law, as amended, has increased the confidence of many citizens to participate in the 2023 elections, because they understand that their votes will count.

    He stressed the need for citizens to work hard to maintain peace in the country, adding: “There is no better time for us to have a peaceful society than now.

    "We need a country where citizens can exercise their right to vote without being intimidated."

    Also speaking, Mr. Marthins Abbas, co-founder of the Partnership for Issue-based Campaign in Nigeria, said the program aimed to draw new lessons from community actors.

    He said traditional rulers were key factors in electoral matters as custodians of traditions and customs in communities, adding, "they revere them, so you can talk to them about electoral participation."

    Abbas urged citizens to engage politicians in issue-based campaigns, especially those that affect them.

    “This is because you don't get what you deserve, you get what you bargained for,” he said.

    One of the participants, Ms. Jan Okwulu, blamed citizens for low voter turnout due to the belief that their votes do not count.

    "I always ask you, if your votes don't count, why do politicians come to you to induce or ask you to vote for them," he added.

    Okwulu advised Nigerians to come out and run in the 2023 general election and make a difference.

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   The Federal Government has launched a youth driven tree planting project called Project 250k to combat the impacts of climate change in the country The Minister for Youth Development and Sport Sunday Dare revealed this on Thursday in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt on the sidelines of the ongoing 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 Dare at the side event labeled Youth and Climate Change said the project will involve engaging 250 000 youth to plant 250 000 trees across the country in the first phase of the project He told the Nigerian News Agency after the event that the ministry was doing a lot to empower and engage vibrant young Nigerians in fighting and campaigning for climate change awareness The 250K project is the attempt of the Ministry of Youth Sports Development to ensure that we incorporate the youth of our country in the action plan against climate change This means that we will involve 250 000 young people across the country to plant 250 000 trees then we will be able to plant 50 000 The goal is to make sure that we re not just planting trees but raising awareness they re planting the trees and they re also becoming ambassadors for climate change Dare said He said the ministry is working closely with the environment ministry and other strategic implementation partners in a public private partnership to ensure the project is privately financed The minister explained that the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria FRIN is also on board to advise on the best trees to plant in different parts of the country He assured that the details of the project will be made public as soon as the strategic commitments are completed reports that the event labeled Nigeria Youth and Climate Change Harmonizing Nigerian Youth Climate Change Efforts and Policy Development featured officials from the Ministry of Environment relevant agencies and youth groups The side event also provided a platform for the ministry to create synergy with the various youth groups that have been working in silos as the ministry seeks a comprehensive youth policy on climate change The COP 27 that began on November 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30 000 delegates will end on November 18 www news ng edited Source Credit NAN
    FG unveils ‘250k’ tree planting project against climate change
      The Federal Government has launched a youth driven tree planting project called Project 250k to combat the impacts of climate change in the country The Minister for Youth Development and Sport Sunday Dare revealed this on Thursday in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt on the sidelines of the ongoing 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 Dare at the side event labeled Youth and Climate Change said the project will involve engaging 250 000 youth to plant 250 000 trees across the country in the first phase of the project He told the Nigerian News Agency after the event that the ministry was doing a lot to empower and engage vibrant young Nigerians in fighting and campaigning for climate change awareness The 250K project is the attempt of the Ministry of Youth Sports Development to ensure that we incorporate the youth of our country in the action plan against climate change This means that we will involve 250 000 young people across the country to plant 250 000 trees then we will be able to plant 50 000 The goal is to make sure that we re not just planting trees but raising awareness they re planting the trees and they re also becoming ambassadors for climate change Dare said He said the ministry is working closely with the environment ministry and other strategic implementation partners in a public private partnership to ensure the project is privately financed The minister explained that the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria FRIN is also on board to advise on the best trees to plant in different parts of the country He assured that the details of the project will be made public as soon as the strategic commitments are completed reports that the event labeled Nigeria Youth and Climate Change Harmonizing Nigerian Youth Climate Change Efforts and Policy Development featured officials from the Ministry of Environment relevant agencies and youth groups The side event also provided a platform for the ministry to create synergy with the various youth groups that have been working in silos as the ministry seeks a comprehensive youth policy on climate change The COP 27 that began on November 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30 000 delegates will end on November 18 www news ng edited Source Credit NAN
    FG unveils ‘250k’ tree planting project against climate change
    Environment3 weeks ago

    FG unveils ‘250k’ tree planting project against climate change

    The Federal Government has launched a youth-driven tree planting project called 'Project 250k' to combat the impacts of climate change in the country.

    The Minister for Youth Development and Sport, Sunday Dare, revealed this on Thursday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on the sidelines of the ongoing 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27).

    Dare at the side event labeled "Youth and Climate Change" said the project will involve engaging 250,000 youth to plant 250,000 trees across the country in the first phase of the project.

    He told the Nigerian News Agency after the event that the ministry was doing a lot to empower and engage vibrant young Nigerians in fighting and campaigning for climate change awareness.

    ” The 250K project is the attempt of the Ministry of Youth Sports Development to ensure that we incorporate the youth of our country in the action plan against climate change.

    “This means that we will involve 250,000 young people across the country to plant 250,000 trees, then we will be able to plant 50,000.

    "The goal is to make sure that we're not just planting trees, but raising awareness, they're planting the trees, and they're also becoming ambassadors for climate change," Dare said.

    He said the ministry is working closely with the environment ministry and other strategic implementation partners in a public-private partnership to ensure the project is privately financed.

    The minister explained that the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) is also on board to advise on the best trees to plant in different parts of the country.

    He assured that the details of the project will be made public as soon as the strategic commitments are completed.

    reports that the event labeled 'Nigeria Youth and Climate Change: Harmonizing Nigerian Youth Climate Change Efforts and Policy Development' featured officials from the Ministry of Environment, relevant agencies and youth groups.

    The side event also provided a platform for the ministry to create synergy with the various youth groups that have been working in silos as the ministry seeks a comprehensive youth policy on climate change.

    The COP 27 that began on November 6 with world leaders and representatives from 198 countries and more than 30,000 delegates will end on November 18. (www.news..ng)

    edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Chief of the Defense Staff CDS General Lucky Irabor says the Nigerian Armed Forces will maintain a state of alert and an aggressive posture in all ongoing operations across the country Irabor provided security at the closing of the 2022 Defense Attach s and Advisers Conference organized by the Intelligence Agency DIA on Friday in Abuja The Nigerian News Agency reports that the conference which began on Monday was themed Sustaining Nigeria s Defense and Security Role of the Defense Attach System He also reiterated the military s commitment to work with other security agencies and constituted authorities to ensure the safety of lives and property of all citizens Irabor pledged to support the civil authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment for the 2023 general elections He urged the officers and men of the armed forces to bear in mind that democracy is essential for Nigeria if the nation is to aspire to further development and progress According to him this translated into the security environment implies that their loyalty to the constituted authorities must be pure Therefore I urge you to respect the rule of law and remain loyal to the constituted authorities and avoid partisan politics and acts that are detrimental to the interest of the nation As I speak to you I would also like to take this opportunity to extend this directive to the rest of the armed forces who must remain loyal to the constituted authorities and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria And let them also know that in the upcoming elections there are high expectations from Nigerians and also higher expectations from the rest of the world Irabor said He assured that the Armed Forces will do their part as required not only as it is provided but also to the extent that the INEC wants them to provide support in that regard I have always emphasized that we remain ready to provide support to the police who are in fact the lead agency in providing security so we are prepared to provide further support and continue to play our role in that regard For operations in the various theaters we will also maintain the state of alert and aggressive posture that we have continued to display to ensure that the lives of citizens and of course the property of all Nigerians are protected he said The CDS also urged defense attach s to use their positions in the various countries of assignment to correct the incorrect security narratives given to embassies in Nigeria He said that the conference generated very useful discussions and resolutions as well as a review of the operational activities of the defense sector during the current year with a view to projecting for 2023 The CDS also expressed confidence that the attach s were better positioned to contribute more effectively to the efficient performance of its different sections around the world Irabor assured them that the government would do everything possible within available resources to improve the challenges faced by the defense sections to enable them to carry out their assigned responsibilities and tasks with the minimum of obstacles However he urged them to guarantee the prudent and judicious use of the resources assigned to them for the achievement of the established goals and objectives Previously the Chief of Defense Intelligence CDI Maj Gen Samuel Adebayo said that the critical resolutions reached and captured in the conference communiqu will be sent to the appropriate places for implementation to enhance national security Adebayo said the outcome of the conference attested to the relevance of the Defense Advisors Attachments system in advancing Nigeria s national defense and security objectives He promised that the agency would continue to leverage the defense attach system in support of ongoing military engagements especially in the contemporary security context According to him the conference highlighted the need for synergy and collaboration between intelligence and security agencies as well as ministries departments and agencies to ensure that no effort is spared in dealing with threats to Nigeria s corporate existence as a nation Therefore I believe this year s conference will be a milestone in our efforts to refocus on the challenges of redesigning the Defense Attach system to advance our national security interests through effective collaboration In this context I believe that all of you have learned new and better ways to carry out the assigned tasks to improve our national security Without sounding trite it would be necessary for me to emphasize that you must strive to use your vantage points to make valuable contributions to the Federal Government s efforts to protect our beloved nation This would go a long way toward justifying the enormous investment by the Federal Government in the operations of the Defense Sections he added The CDI thanked all the interested parties for their support for the successful realization of the conference He also thanked President Mohammadu Buhari the Ministry of Defense the Office of the National Security Advisor and the Defense and Services Headquarters for their assistance Edited Buhari Bolaji Source Credit NAN
    Military ‘ll sustain aggressive posture against criminals – CDS
      Chief of the Defense Staff CDS General Lucky Irabor says the Nigerian Armed Forces will maintain a state of alert and an aggressive posture in all ongoing operations across the country Irabor provided security at the closing of the 2022 Defense Attach s and Advisers Conference organized by the Intelligence Agency DIA on Friday in Abuja The Nigerian News Agency reports that the conference which began on Monday was themed Sustaining Nigeria s Defense and Security Role of the Defense Attach System He also reiterated the military s commitment to work with other security agencies and constituted authorities to ensure the safety of lives and property of all citizens Irabor pledged to support the civil authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment for the 2023 general elections He urged the officers and men of the armed forces to bear in mind that democracy is essential for Nigeria if the nation is to aspire to further development and progress According to him this translated into the security environment implies that their loyalty to the constituted authorities must be pure Therefore I urge you to respect the rule of law and remain loyal to the constituted authorities and avoid partisan politics and acts that are detrimental to the interest of the nation As I speak to you I would also like to take this opportunity to extend this directive to the rest of the armed forces who must remain loyal to the constituted authorities and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria And let them also know that in the upcoming elections there are high expectations from Nigerians and also higher expectations from the rest of the world Irabor said He assured that the Armed Forces will do their part as required not only as it is provided but also to the extent that the INEC wants them to provide support in that regard I have always emphasized that we remain ready to provide support to the police who are in fact the lead agency in providing security so we are prepared to provide further support and continue to play our role in that regard For operations in the various theaters we will also maintain the state of alert and aggressive posture that we have continued to display to ensure that the lives of citizens and of course the property of all Nigerians are protected he said The CDS also urged defense attach s to use their positions in the various countries of assignment to correct the incorrect security narratives given to embassies in Nigeria He said that the conference generated very useful discussions and resolutions as well as a review of the operational activities of the defense sector during the current year with a view to projecting for 2023 The CDS also expressed confidence that the attach s were better positioned to contribute more effectively to the efficient performance of its different sections around the world Irabor assured them that the government would do everything possible within available resources to improve the challenges faced by the defense sections to enable them to carry out their assigned responsibilities and tasks with the minimum of obstacles However he urged them to guarantee the prudent and judicious use of the resources assigned to them for the achievement of the established goals and objectives Previously the Chief of Defense Intelligence CDI Maj Gen Samuel Adebayo said that the critical resolutions reached and captured in the conference communiqu will be sent to the appropriate places for implementation to enhance national security Adebayo said the outcome of the conference attested to the relevance of the Defense Advisors Attachments system in advancing Nigeria s national defense and security objectives He promised that the agency would continue to leverage the defense attach system in support of ongoing military engagements especially in the contemporary security context According to him the conference highlighted the need for synergy and collaboration between intelligence and security agencies as well as ministries departments and agencies to ensure that no effort is spared in dealing with threats to Nigeria s corporate existence as a nation Therefore I believe this year s conference will be a milestone in our efforts to refocus on the challenges of redesigning the Defense Attach system to advance our national security interests through effective collaboration In this context I believe that all of you have learned new and better ways to carry out the assigned tasks to improve our national security Without sounding trite it would be necessary for me to emphasize that you must strive to use your vantage points to make valuable contributions to the Federal Government s efforts to protect our beloved nation This would go a long way toward justifying the enormous investment by the Federal Government in the operations of the Defense Sections he added The CDI thanked all the interested parties for their support for the successful realization of the conference He also thanked President Mohammadu Buhari the Ministry of Defense the Office of the National Security Advisor and the Defense and Services Headquarters for their assistance Edited Buhari Bolaji Source Credit NAN
    Military ‘ll sustain aggressive posture against criminals – CDS
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    Military ‘ll sustain aggressive posture against criminals – CDS

    Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, says the Nigerian Armed Forces will maintain a state of alert and an aggressive posture in all ongoing operations across the country.

    Irabor provided security at the closing of the 2022 Defense Attachés and Advisers Conference organized by the Intelligence Agency (DIA) on Friday in Abuja.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the conference, which began on Monday, was themed "Sustaining Nigeria's Defense and Security: Role of the Defense Attaché System."

    He also reiterated the military's commitment to work with other security agencies and constituted authorities to ensure the safety of lives and property of all citizens.

    Irabor pledged to support the civil authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment for the 2023 general elections.

    He urged the officers and men of the armed forces to bear in mind that democracy is essential for Nigeria if the nation is to aspire to further development and progress.

    According to him, this, translated into the security environment, implies that their loyalty to the constituted authorities must be pure.

    “Therefore, I urge you to respect the rule of law and remain loyal to the constituted authorities and avoid partisan politics and acts that are detrimental to the interest of the nation.

    “As I speak to you, I would also like to take this opportunity to extend this directive to the rest of the armed forces, who must remain loyal to the constituted authorities and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

    "And let them also know that in the upcoming elections there are high expectations from Nigerians and also higher expectations from the rest of the world," Irabor said.

    He assured that the Armed Forces will do their part as required, not only as it is provided, but also to the extent that the INEC wants them to provide support in that regard.

    “I have always emphasized that we remain ready to provide support to the police, who are in fact the lead agency in providing security, so we are prepared to provide further support and continue to play our role in that regard.

    “For operations in the various theaters, we will also maintain the state of alert and aggressive posture that we have continued to display to ensure that the lives of citizens and of course the property of all Nigerians are protected,” he said.

    The CDS also urged defense attachés to use their positions in the various countries of assignment to correct the incorrect security narratives given to embassies in Nigeria.

    He said that the conference generated very useful discussions and resolutions, as well as a review of the operational activities of the defense sector during the current year, with a view to projecting for 2023.

    The CDS also expressed confidence that the attachés were better positioned to contribute more effectively to the efficient performance of its different sections around the world.

    Irabor assured them that the government would do everything possible within available resources to improve the challenges faced by the defense sections, to enable them to carry out their assigned responsibilities and tasks with the minimum of obstacles.

    However, he urged them to guarantee the prudent and judicious use of the resources assigned to them for the achievement of the established goals and objectives.

    Previously, the Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI), Maj.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo said that the critical resolutions reached and captured in the conference communiqué will be sent to the appropriate places for implementation to enhance national security.

    Adebayo said the outcome of the conference attested to the relevance of the Defense Advisors/Attachments system in advancing Nigeria's national defense and security objectives.

    He promised that the agency would continue to leverage the defense attaché system in support of ongoing military engagements, especially in the contemporary security context.

    According to him, the conference highlighted the need for synergy and collaboration between intelligence and security agencies, as well as ministries, departments and agencies, to ensure that no effort is spared in dealing with threats to Nigeria's corporate existence as a nation.

    “Therefore, I believe this year's conference will be a milestone in our efforts to refocus on the challenges of redesigning the Defense Attaché system to advance our national security interests through effective collaboration.

    “In this context, I believe that all of you have learned new and better ways to carry out the assigned tasks to improve our national security.

    “Without sounding trite, it would be necessary for me to emphasize that you must strive to use your vantage points to make valuable contributions to the Federal Government's efforts to protect our beloved nation.

    “This would go a long way toward justifying the enormous investment by the Federal Government in the operations of the Defense Sections,” he added.

    The CDI thanked all the interested parties for their support for the successful realization of the conference.

    He also thanked President Mohammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Defense, the Office of the National Security Advisor and the Defense and Services Headquarters for their assistance.

    Edited /Buhari Bolaji

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Mr Abubakar Aliyu The Minister of Energy Mr Abubakar Aliyu says that the Federal Government plans to increase the transmission capacity in megawatts of the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN to boost electricity supply Aliyu said this while inspecting the Abuja Ring Project which was running in Abuja on Friday He said that the projects which are six are made up of lines and substations adding that when they are finished they will increase TCN s available capacity by more than 1 000 Megawatts MW The project is about six and they are over 90 percent complete and expect to be completed in November December the contractor is chasing the completion date and when it is completed it will increase the power supply in and around Abuja This project is funded with 170 million from the Agence Fran aise de D veloppement AFD and started by the Buhari Administration in 2018 in pursuit of increasing the capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry NESI he said The minister said that the projects consist of a new substation in Dawaki Gwarinpa New Apo substation existing Old Apo substation among others According to him there has been an existing 132 kilovolt KV line from Suleja to Katampe which was initially in Kubwa He said the new substation would give Dawaki and the environment more electricity as they have been depending on Kubwa He said that a platform had been built at the Vieja Apo Substation to receive a 60 Mega Volt Ampere transformer from the Siemens Electrical Project and that it will be installed in a couple of days The new Apo substation is new and is receiving a 330 KVA line from Nassarawa to increase supply in and around Abuja he said Speaking about the Siemens Power Project the minister said that some engineers would go to France before the end of the month to do a factory test on some transformers Aliyu said some of the transformers were already in the country and some offshore According to him the mobile substation with so many components will start to arrive in January 2023 as they are being tested together with other transformers The minister called on Nigerians to be patient as the government is doing a lot to improve energy supply The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Managing Director of TCN Mr Sule Abdulaziz the administrative staff of the Ministry of Energy and TCN inspected the project with the minister edited Source Credit NAN
    FG to increase TCN wheeling capacity -Minister
      Mr Abubakar Aliyu The Minister of Energy Mr Abubakar Aliyu says that the Federal Government plans to increase the transmission capacity in megawatts of the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN to boost electricity supply Aliyu said this while inspecting the Abuja Ring Project which was running in Abuja on Friday He said that the projects which are six are made up of lines and substations adding that when they are finished they will increase TCN s available capacity by more than 1 000 Megawatts MW The project is about six and they are over 90 percent complete and expect to be completed in November December the contractor is chasing the completion date and when it is completed it will increase the power supply in and around Abuja This project is funded with 170 million from the Agence Fran aise de D veloppement AFD and started by the Buhari Administration in 2018 in pursuit of increasing the capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry NESI he said The minister said that the projects consist of a new substation in Dawaki Gwarinpa New Apo substation existing Old Apo substation among others According to him there has been an existing 132 kilovolt KV line from Suleja to Katampe which was initially in Kubwa He said the new substation would give Dawaki and the environment more electricity as they have been depending on Kubwa He said that a platform had been built at the Vieja Apo Substation to receive a 60 Mega Volt Ampere transformer from the Siemens Electrical Project and that it will be installed in a couple of days The new Apo substation is new and is receiving a 330 KVA line from Nassarawa to increase supply in and around Abuja he said Speaking about the Siemens Power Project the minister said that some engineers would go to France before the end of the month to do a factory test on some transformers Aliyu said some of the transformers were already in the country and some offshore According to him the mobile substation with so many components will start to arrive in January 2023 as they are being tested together with other transformers The minister called on Nigerians to be patient as the government is doing a lot to improve energy supply The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Managing Director of TCN Mr Sule Abdulaziz the administrative staff of the Ministry of Energy and TCN inspected the project with the minister edited Source Credit NAN
    FG to increase TCN wheeling capacity -Minister
    General news3 weeks ago

    FG to increase TCN wheeling capacity -Minister

    Mr. Abubakar Aliyu

    The Minister of Energy, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, says that the Federal Government plans to increase the transmission capacity in megawatts of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to boost electricity supply.

    Aliyu said this while inspecting the "Abuja Ring Project" which was running in Abuja on Friday.

    He said that the projects, which are six, are made up of lines and substations, adding that when they are finished they will increase TCN's available capacity by more than 1,000 Megawatts (MW).

    ”The project is about six and they are over 90 percent complete and expect to be completed in November, December, the contractor is chasing the completion date and when it is completed it will increase the power supply in and around Abuja.

    "This project is funded with $170 million from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and started by the Buhari Administration in 2018 in pursuit of increasing the capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI)," he said.

    The minister said that the projects consist of a new substation in Dawaki, Gwarinpa, New Apo substation, existing Old Apo substation, among others.

    According to him, there has been an existing 132 kilovolt (KV) line from Suleja to Katampe, which was initially in Kubwa.

    He said the new substation would give Dawaki and the environment more electricity, as they have been depending on Kubwa.

    He said that a platform had been built at the Vieja Apo Substation to receive a 60 Mega Volt Ampere transformer from the Siemens Electrical Project and that it will be installed in a couple of days.

    "The new Apo substation is new and is receiving a 330 KVA line from Nassarawa to increase supply in and around Abuja," he said.

    Speaking about the Siemens Power Project, the minister said that some engineers would go to France before the end of the month to do a factory test on some transformers.

    Aliyu said some of the transformers were already in the country and some offshore.

    According to him, the mobile substation with so many components will start to arrive in January 2023, as they are being tested together with other transformers.

    The minister called on Nigerians to be patient as the government is doing a lot to improve energy supply.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Sule Abdulaziz, the administrative staff of the Ministry of Energy and TCN inspected the project with the minister.

    edited

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  •   A Pan Nigerian group The Compatriots says that Nigeria has the human and material resources to develop as a famous black nation The group s coordinator and former Governor Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom said this at the group s inaugural press conference in Abuja on Friday Attah said however that Nigeria requires some fundamental social and economic reforms to realize its full potential A starting point for rebuilding our state economy and society will certainly require a new mode of political engagement as well Nigeria clearly needs new modes of political practices a new type of politics that has people at its center Its main purpose being the material and spiritual well being of its citizens with an emphasis on wealth creation popular participation social justice and equity among others he said The former governor said that the members of the group came from groups from all over the country that they were not partisan History has shown that multinational multiethnic or even multiracial and religious makeup can become a source of strength The members of this group have decided that although tribes and languages may differ we don t have to sing discordant tunes Therefore we have decided in the spirit of our National Anthem to Rise to dedicate the remaining days of our lives in service to Nigeria with a vision to re invent a new and better Nigeria for every Nigerian he said He listed some of the group s focuses to include a strong and united Nigeria fairness justice and fairness for all citizens Others are realizing the full potential of every Niger ian and protecting the rights of every Nigerian wherever they choose to reside he said Attah said the group was prepared to ensure the primacy of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians We are also committed to ensuring the proper sense of nationhood and common nationality Attah added Our job as a group is to keep Nigeria as one united working Nigeria When the nation needs someone to stand up for it we ll be there The members of this group are men of integrity who want to hide under a Nigeria and not a part or section of the country Nigeria needs to have an orderly transition from President Muhammadu Buhari and there will be elections which will compound the country s problems We want Nigeria to be a great nation and the group has various activities to carry out free fair peaceful and transparent elections in 2023 he said edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria has human, material resources for greatness: Group
      A Pan Nigerian group The Compatriots says that Nigeria has the human and material resources to develop as a famous black nation The group s coordinator and former Governor Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom said this at the group s inaugural press conference in Abuja on Friday Attah said however that Nigeria requires some fundamental social and economic reforms to realize its full potential A starting point for rebuilding our state economy and society will certainly require a new mode of political engagement as well Nigeria clearly needs new modes of political practices a new type of politics that has people at its center Its main purpose being the material and spiritual well being of its citizens with an emphasis on wealth creation popular participation social justice and equity among others he said The former governor said that the members of the group came from groups from all over the country that they were not partisan History has shown that multinational multiethnic or even multiracial and religious makeup can become a source of strength The members of this group have decided that although tribes and languages may differ we don t have to sing discordant tunes Therefore we have decided in the spirit of our National Anthem to Rise to dedicate the remaining days of our lives in service to Nigeria with a vision to re invent a new and better Nigeria for every Nigerian he said He listed some of the group s focuses to include a strong and united Nigeria fairness justice and fairness for all citizens Others are realizing the full potential of every Niger ian and protecting the rights of every Nigerian wherever they choose to reside he said Attah said the group was prepared to ensure the primacy of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians We are also committed to ensuring the proper sense of nationhood and common nationality Attah added Our job as a group is to keep Nigeria as one united working Nigeria When the nation needs someone to stand up for it we ll be there The members of this group are men of integrity who want to hide under a Nigeria and not a part or section of the country Nigeria needs to have an orderly transition from President Muhammadu Buhari and there will be elections which will compound the country s problems We want Nigeria to be a great nation and the group has various activities to carry out free fair peaceful and transparent elections in 2023 he said edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria has human, material resources for greatness: Group
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    Nigeria has human, material resources for greatness: Group

    A Pan-Nigerian group, The Compatriots, says that Nigeria has the human and material resources to develop as a famous black nation.

    The group's coordinator and former Governor Victor Attah of Akwa Ibom said this at the group's inaugural press conference in Abuja on Friday.

    Attah said, however, that Nigeria requires some fundamental social and economic reforms to realize its full potential.

    “'A starting point for rebuilding our state, economy and society will certainly require a new mode of political engagement as well.

    “Nigeria clearly needs new modes of political practices, a new type of politics that has people at its center.

    “Its main purpose being the material and spiritual well-being of its citizens with an emphasis on wealth creation, popular participation, social justice and equity, among others,” he said. The former governor said that the members of the group came from groups from all over the country, that they were not partisan.” History has shown that multinational, multiethnic, or even multiracial and religious makeup can become a source of strength. "The members of this group have decided that although tribes and languages ​​may differ, we don't have to sing discordant tunes." Therefore, we have decided, in the spirit of our National Anthem, to “Rise” to dedicate the remaining days of our lives in service to Nigeria with a vision to re-invent a new and better Nigeria for every Nigerian,” he said. . He listed some of the group's focuses to include a strong and united Nigeria, fairness, justice and fairness for all citizens. “Others are realizing the full potential of every Niger ian and protecting the rights of every Nigerian wherever they choose to reside,” he said.

    Attah said the group was prepared to ensure the primacy of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

    "We are also committed to ensuring the proper sense of nationhood and common nationality," Attah added. “Our job as a group is to keep Nigeria as one united working Nigeria. When the nation needs someone to stand up for it, we'll be there." The members of this group are men of integrity who want to hide under a Nigeria and not a part or section of the country.” Nigeria needs to have an orderly transition from President Muhammadu Buhari and there will be elections which will compound the country's problems. "We want Nigeria to be a great nation and the group has various activities to carry out free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections in 2023," he said.

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  •   Retired Major General Babagana Monguno the President s National Security Advisor NSA says that Nigeria recorded 52 acts of political violence in 22 states from October 8 to November 9 Monguno said this at an emergency meeting of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security ICCES hosted the National Electoral Commission INEC in Abuja on Friday He described the situation as bad and said it required urgent attention Monguno said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to all security agencies to deal decisively with individuals or groups trying to prevent the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election The president has also given his directive through me to all law enforcement and operational intelligence agencies to ensure that the 2023 election is held in an atmosphere free of rancor The president is extremely pleased with the outcome of the elections in Anambra Ekiti and Osun states and he wants to see such a performance repeated A manifestation of the will of the people will triumphant over any obstacle that might dismantle the democracy we seek to protect I want to assure you that the security agencies have received clear instructions to prevent and deal with any situation in which any group organization or institution decides to act embark on what we consider to be a fundamentally criminal enterprise to be undertaken he said Monguno added Whether it is isolated incidents collected group activities It s not important The important thing is that all Nigerians can cast their votes And those votes must count He said that individuals or groups who attempt to commit illegal acts in connection with their political affiliation will receive a significant penalty To those people who are pulling the strings who control these groups that have a propensity to unleash violence those people who have mobsters working for them I want to send a very very clear warning A categorical and unequivocal warning to everyone regardless of party including the president s party As long as you decide to scupper the electoral process law enforcement agencies will be equally uninhibited and will react to whatever action you have taken you will be visited with an appropriate or proportionate response I want to assure you and me I am saying this in all sincerity she said The NSA urges those who organized elements that caused chaos during the election to call their supporters to order Mongono said security and intelligence agencies have already been tracking down some of the masterminds Speaking Police Inspector General Mr Usman Baba warned those planning to undermine the 2023 general election to reconsider or be put on the book Baba said that the police were committed to ensuring that the 2023 general election was peaceful and credible him urging political actors to play games to allow security agencies to protect them He said that since the beginning of the election campaign there have been incidences of party rallies and campaigns being disrupted through violence Baba said that the police have made some arrests while investigations are being carried out and some suspects prosecuted He called for the speedy administration of justice and proper punishment for those who had been arrested for election offenses to deter members of the public Punishment and rewards are necessary tools in any environment It is our hope and prayer that now that we do not have an Electoral Court to prosecute electoral crimes we are urging our courts that have handled our cases thus far to hurry up This is important so that those who have been found guilty or who we have established have a case to answer are punished he said INEC President Prof Mahmood Yakubu called for urgent action to address attacks on commission facilities before the 2023 general election The two simultaneous attacks on our Abeokuta South Local Government Area offices in Ogun and the Ede South Local Government office in Osun on Thursday necessitated this meeting Secondly the series of attacks during election campaigns is increasing instead of decreasing in the attack in Ede Sur it was minimal that in Abeokuta Sur was extensive The destroyed materials include 904 ballot boxes 29 voting booths 8 electric power generators 57 electoral bags 30 megaphones 65 699 uncollected Permanent Voter Credentials PVC and a series of other miscellaneous items such as stamps and tampons he said Yakubu said INEC was taking urgent steps to repair the damaged building and replace facilities in Ede South Local Government Area to get the office back up and running immediately For the Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area office the destruction was total Accordingly the Commission is relocating our staff to the former state office also known as the INEC office annex in the Oke Ilewo area of Abeokuta All activities related to the 15 registration areas wards and 445 voting units in the Abeokuta South local government area will henceforth be coordinated from the new location in Oke Ilewo Similarly the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC was ordered to compile the Voter Identification Numbers VINs of all 65 699 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs lost in the attack from our database and send the record for immediate reprint he said Yakubu assured that no registered voter would be disenfranchised in the affected area as a result of the cowardly act Regarding the avalanche of physical attacks during the ongoing political campaigns and rallies Yakubu said that so far the INEC has tracked 50 incidents in 21 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory The commission is concerned that if urgent and decisive action is not taken the attacks will intensify as we get closer to the election date As we all know a peaceful campaign heralds peaceful elections We need to take decisive action to stop the ugly trend As a body ICCES brings together the security and other agencies responsible for securing the process and ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria Nigerians understandably expect decisive action from ICCES It is important that we move quickly to apprehend the perpetrators prosecute them as necessary tighten security around election officials and election infrastructure across the country As we have said on several occasions the election is a multi stakeholder activity that involves not only INEC and security agencies he said Yakubu assured that the election in 2023 is credible despite the challenges The attempt to sabotage or weaken our determination will not prevent us from conducting transparent elections in which only the votes cast on election day will determine the winners of the elections edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria records 52 political violence in 1 month
      Retired Major General Babagana Monguno the President s National Security Advisor NSA says that Nigeria recorded 52 acts of political violence in 22 states from October 8 to November 9 Monguno said this at an emergency meeting of the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security ICCES hosted the National Electoral Commission INEC in Abuja on Friday He described the situation as bad and said it required urgent attention Monguno said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to all security agencies to deal decisively with individuals or groups trying to prevent the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election The president has also given his directive through me to all law enforcement and operational intelligence agencies to ensure that the 2023 election is held in an atmosphere free of rancor The president is extremely pleased with the outcome of the elections in Anambra Ekiti and Osun states and he wants to see such a performance repeated A manifestation of the will of the people will triumphant over any obstacle that might dismantle the democracy we seek to protect I want to assure you that the security agencies have received clear instructions to prevent and deal with any situation in which any group organization or institution decides to act embark on what we consider to be a fundamentally criminal enterprise to be undertaken he said Monguno added Whether it is isolated incidents collected group activities It s not important The important thing is that all Nigerians can cast their votes And those votes must count He said that individuals or groups who attempt to commit illegal acts in connection with their political affiliation will receive a significant penalty To those people who are pulling the strings who control these groups that have a propensity to unleash violence those people who have mobsters working for them I want to send a very very clear warning A categorical and unequivocal warning to everyone regardless of party including the president s party As long as you decide to scupper the electoral process law enforcement agencies will be equally uninhibited and will react to whatever action you have taken you will be visited with an appropriate or proportionate response I want to assure you and me I am saying this in all sincerity she said The NSA urges those who organized elements that caused chaos during the election to call their supporters to order Mongono said security and intelligence agencies have already been tracking down some of the masterminds Speaking Police Inspector General Mr Usman Baba warned those planning to undermine the 2023 general election to reconsider or be put on the book Baba said that the police were committed to ensuring that the 2023 general election was peaceful and credible him urging political actors to play games to allow security agencies to protect them He said that since the beginning of the election campaign there have been incidences of party rallies and campaigns being disrupted through violence Baba said that the police have made some arrests while investigations are being carried out and some suspects prosecuted He called for the speedy administration of justice and proper punishment for those who had been arrested for election offenses to deter members of the public Punishment and rewards are necessary tools in any environment It is our hope and prayer that now that we do not have an Electoral Court to prosecute electoral crimes we are urging our courts that have handled our cases thus far to hurry up This is important so that those who have been found guilty or who we have established have a case to answer are punished he said INEC President Prof Mahmood Yakubu called for urgent action to address attacks on commission facilities before the 2023 general election The two simultaneous attacks on our Abeokuta South Local Government Area offices in Ogun and the Ede South Local Government office in Osun on Thursday necessitated this meeting Secondly the series of attacks during election campaigns is increasing instead of decreasing in the attack in Ede Sur it was minimal that in Abeokuta Sur was extensive The destroyed materials include 904 ballot boxes 29 voting booths 8 electric power generators 57 electoral bags 30 megaphones 65 699 uncollected Permanent Voter Credentials PVC and a series of other miscellaneous items such as stamps and tampons he said Yakubu said INEC was taking urgent steps to repair the damaged building and replace facilities in Ede South Local Government Area to get the office back up and running immediately For the Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area office the destruction was total Accordingly the Commission is relocating our staff to the former state office also known as the INEC office annex in the Oke Ilewo area of Abeokuta All activities related to the 15 registration areas wards and 445 voting units in the Abeokuta South local government area will henceforth be coordinated from the new location in Oke Ilewo Similarly the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner REC was ordered to compile the Voter Identification Numbers VINs of all 65 699 Permanent Voter Cards PVCs lost in the attack from our database and send the record for immediate reprint he said Yakubu assured that no registered voter would be disenfranchised in the affected area as a result of the cowardly act Regarding the avalanche of physical attacks during the ongoing political campaigns and rallies Yakubu said that so far the INEC has tracked 50 incidents in 21 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory The commission is concerned that if urgent and decisive action is not taken the attacks will intensify as we get closer to the election date As we all know a peaceful campaign heralds peaceful elections We need to take decisive action to stop the ugly trend As a body ICCES brings together the security and other agencies responsible for securing the process and ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria Nigerians understandably expect decisive action from ICCES It is important that we move quickly to apprehend the perpetrators prosecute them as necessary tighten security around election officials and election infrastructure across the country As we have said on several occasions the election is a multi stakeholder activity that involves not only INEC and security agencies he said Yakubu assured that the election in 2023 is credible despite the challenges The attempt to sabotage or weaken our determination will not prevent us from conducting transparent elections in which only the votes cast on election day will determine the winners of the elections edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigeria records 52 political violence in 1 month
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    Nigeria records 52 political violence in 1 month

    Retired Major General. Babagana Monguno, the President's National Security Advisor (NSA), says that Nigeria recorded 52 acts of political violence in 22 states from October 8 to November 9. Monguno said this at an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Electoral Security. (ICCES) hosted the National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Friday. He described the situation as bad and said it required urgent attention. Monguno said that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the green light to all security agencies to deal decisively with individuals or groups. trying to prevent the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election. “The president has also given his directive through me to all law enforcement and operational intelligence agencies to ensure that the 2023 election is held in an atmosphere free of rancor “The president is extremely pleased with the outcome of the elections in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states and he wants to see such a performance repeated. “A manifestation of the will of the people will triumphant over any obstacle that might dismantle the democracy we seek to protect. “I want to assure you that the security agencies have received clear instructions to prevent and deal with any situation in which any group, organization or institution decides to act. embark on what we consider to be a fundamentally criminal enterprise to be undertaken,” he said. Monguno added: “Whether it is isolated incidents, collected group activities.” It's not important. The important thing is that all Nigerians can cast their votes. And those votes must count.” He said that individuals or groups who attempt to commit illegal acts in connection with their political affiliation will receive a significant penalty.

    “To those people who are pulling the strings, who control these groups that have a propensity to unleash violence, those people who have mobsters working for them, I want to send a very, very clear warning.

    “A categorical and unequivocal warning to everyone regardless of party, including the president's party.

    “As long as you decide to scupper the electoral process, law enforcement agencies will be equally uninhibited and will react to whatever action you have taken, you will be visited with an appropriate or proportionate response. "I want to assure you and me." I am saying this in all sincerity,” she said.

    The NSA urges those who organized elements that caused chaos during the election to call their supporters to order. Mongono said security and intelligence agencies have already been tracking down some of the masterminds. Speaking, Police Inspector General Mr. Usman Baba warned those planning to undermine the 2023 general election to reconsider or be put on the book. Baba said that the police were committed to ensuring that the 2023 general election was peaceful and credible. him urging political actors to play games to allow security agencies to protect them. He said that since the beginning of the election campaign there have been incidences of party rallies and campaigns being disrupted through violence. Baba said that the police have made some arrests, while investigations are being carried out and some suspects prosecuted.

    He called for the speedy administration of justice and proper punishment for those who had been arrested for election offenses to deter members of the public.

    “Punishment and rewards are necessary tools in any environment. “It is our hope and prayer that now that we do not have an Electoral Court to prosecute electoral crimes, we are urging our courts that have handled our cases thus far to hurry up.

    "This is important, so that those who have been found guilty or who we have established have a case to answer are punished," he said. INEC President Prof. Mahmood Yakubu called for urgent action to address attacks on commission facilities before the 2023 general election.

    “The two simultaneous attacks on our Abeokuta South Local Government Area offices in Ogun and the Ede South Local Government office in Osun on Thursday necessitated this meeting. “Secondly, the series of attacks during election campaigns is increasing instead of decreasing. in the attack in Ede Sur it was minimal, that in Abeokuta Sur was extensive.

    "The destroyed materials include 904 ballot boxes, 29 voting booths, 8 electric power generators, 57 electoral bags, 30 megaphones, 65,699 uncollected Permanent Voter Credentials (PVC) and a series of other miscellaneous items such as stamps and tampons," he said. . .

    Yakubu said INEC was taking urgent steps to repair the damaged building and replace facilities in Ede South Local Government Area to get the office back up and running immediately.

    “For the Abeokuta Southern Local Government Area office, the destruction was total. Accordingly, the Commission is relocating our staff to the former state office (also known as the INEC office annex) in the Oke-Ilewo area of ​​Abeokuta.

    “All activities related to the 15 registration areas (wards) and 445 voting units in the Abeokuta South local government area will henceforth be coordinated from the new location in Oke-Ilewo.

    “Similarly, the Ogun State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was ordered to compile the Voter Identification Numbers (VINs) of all 65,699 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) lost in the attack from our database and send the record for immediate reprint. " he said.

    Yakubu assured that no registered voter would be disenfranchised in the affected area as a result of the cowardly act.

    Regarding the avalanche of physical attacks during the ongoing political campaigns and rallies, Yakubu said that so far the INEC has tracked 50 incidents in 21 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

    “The commission is concerned that if urgent and decisive action is not taken, the attacks will intensify as we get closer to the election date. As we all know, a peaceful campaign heralds peaceful elections. We need to take decisive action to stop the ugly trend.

    “As a body, ICCES brings together the security and other agencies responsible for securing the process and ensuring peaceful elections in Nigeria. Nigerians understandably expect decisive action from ICCES.

    “It is important that we move quickly to apprehend the perpetrators, prosecute them as necessary, tighten security around election officials and election infrastructure across the country.

    “As we have said on several occasions, the election is a multi-stakeholder activity that involves not only INEC and security agencies,” he said. Yakubu assured that the election in 2023 is credible despite the challenges.

    “The attempt to sabotage or weaken our determination will not prevent us from conducting transparent elections in which only the votes cast on election day will determine the winners of the elections.”

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  •   The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls AEIG in collaboration with The Girls Pride Foundation has called on stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory FCT to take cases of sexual and gender based violence SGBV seriously to help address teen abuse The group made the appeal at a town hall meeting with women traditional rulers and some key stakeholders in the Kuje Area Council in Abuja They described the cases of SGBV in the country as alarming and worrying Ms Abiodun Essiet Executive Director of AEIG said the town hall meeting was aimed at educating rural communities in FCT about gender based violence and the need to speak up when faced with such issues According to her SGBV has become a current pandemic in society proper awareness is paramount to help address the challenges Essiet said the goal of the awareness was to help eliminate teen gender based violence in FCT schools through education The organization feels there is a need to speak up This project will be carried out in the six Area Councils of the FCT to talk to people especially girls with a short video We will continue to have the conversation with the community and with their traditional rulers so that when there are cases they know the proper authorities to report to In addition we will sensitize them to help them understand the narrative of the various forms of sexual and gender based violence ranging from rape spousal abuse and domestic violence We will do this with NAPTIP the police the NSCDC human rights representatives the Department of Social Welfare among others to support the community in addressing SGBV issues he said For her part the CEO of The Girls Pride Foundation Ms Akinwole Ishaya said that cases of SGBV needed to be quickly reported to the proper authorities so that victims could obtain justice Ishaya said the organization focuses on the disadvantaged who have little or no access to education and empowerment and also advocates for greater economic opportunities for women According to her the organization also aims to address the structural and systemic barriers that prevent women from taking advantage of an opportunity of equal economic outcome He said the meeting which focused on the scorecard for community response to sexual and gender issues revealed areas where the community needs improvement and help NAPTIP Director General Dr Fatima Waziri Azi in her presentation said that SGBV refers to any act perpetrated against a person s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relations Waziri Azi said that NAPTIP has trained and dispatched 12 protection officers to the six area councils in FCT adding that Kuje council currently has two NAPTIP officers who have been inundated with many cases since taking up duty in June According to her most of the cases required the execution of the arrest of the suspects and were referred to the NAPTIP headquarters to facilitate the cases It said violence includes threats of violence and coercion sexual and gender based violence inflicting on women and girls men and boys and serious violation of various human rights adding that sexual and gender based violence can be perpetrated by anyone Causes of violence include mental health problems poverty and unemployment education young parents relationship keeping behavior historical factors cultural factors and self defense The preventions are find out about the root causes of violence interrupt sexist and discriminatory language be critical and question interrupt abuse stop sexual harassment Stop blaming the victims stop rape culture awareness and sensitization campaigns workshops meetings and if you see something say so he said The head of the gender and social protection section of the Kuje area council Mr Emmanuel Magaji thanked the group for the initiative and for raising awareness among community members about sexual and gender based violence Magaji added that the knowledge gained from the town hall meeting would be shared with other traditional rulers within the community to effectively mitigate the threat However the head of the office maintained that the program had given the area council more knowledge on how to handle and report SGBV cases Edited Muhammad Suleiman Tola Source Credit NAN
    Group tasks stakeholders on addressing SGBV
      The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls AEIG in collaboration with The Girls Pride Foundation has called on stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory FCT to take cases of sexual and gender based violence SGBV seriously to help address teen abuse The group made the appeal at a town hall meeting with women traditional rulers and some key stakeholders in the Kuje Area Council in Abuja They described the cases of SGBV in the country as alarming and worrying Ms Abiodun Essiet Executive Director of AEIG said the town hall meeting was aimed at educating rural communities in FCT about gender based violence and the need to speak up when faced with such issues According to her SGBV has become a current pandemic in society proper awareness is paramount to help address the challenges Essiet said the goal of the awareness was to help eliminate teen gender based violence in FCT schools through education The organization feels there is a need to speak up This project will be carried out in the six Area Councils of the FCT to talk to people especially girls with a short video We will continue to have the conversation with the community and with their traditional rulers so that when there are cases they know the proper authorities to report to In addition we will sensitize them to help them understand the narrative of the various forms of sexual and gender based violence ranging from rape spousal abuse and domestic violence We will do this with NAPTIP the police the NSCDC human rights representatives the Department of Social Welfare among others to support the community in addressing SGBV issues he said For her part the CEO of The Girls Pride Foundation Ms Akinwole Ishaya said that cases of SGBV needed to be quickly reported to the proper authorities so that victims could obtain justice Ishaya said the organization focuses on the disadvantaged who have little or no access to education and empowerment and also advocates for greater economic opportunities for women According to her the organization also aims to address the structural and systemic barriers that prevent women from taking advantage of an opportunity of equal economic outcome He said the meeting which focused on the scorecard for community response to sexual and gender issues revealed areas where the community needs improvement and help NAPTIP Director General Dr Fatima Waziri Azi in her presentation said that SGBV refers to any act perpetrated against a person s will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relations Waziri Azi said that NAPTIP has trained and dispatched 12 protection officers to the six area councils in FCT adding that Kuje council currently has two NAPTIP officers who have been inundated with many cases since taking up duty in June According to her most of the cases required the execution of the arrest of the suspects and were referred to the NAPTIP headquarters to facilitate the cases It said violence includes threats of violence and coercion sexual and gender based violence inflicting on women and girls men and boys and serious violation of various human rights adding that sexual and gender based violence can be perpetrated by anyone Causes of violence include mental health problems poverty and unemployment education young parents relationship keeping behavior historical factors cultural factors and self defense The preventions are find out about the root causes of violence interrupt sexist and discriminatory language be critical and question interrupt abuse stop sexual harassment Stop blaming the victims stop rape culture awareness and sensitization campaigns workshops meetings and if you see something say so he said The head of the gender and social protection section of the Kuje area council Mr Emmanuel Magaji thanked the group for the initiative and for raising awareness among community members about sexual and gender based violence Magaji added that the knowledge gained from the town hall meeting would be shared with other traditional rulers within the community to effectively mitigate the threat However the head of the office maintained that the program had given the area council more knowledge on how to handle and report SGBV cases Edited Muhammad Suleiman Tola Source Credit NAN
    Group tasks stakeholders on addressing SGBV
    General news3 weeks ago

    Group tasks stakeholders on addressing SGBV

    The Abiodun Essiet Initiative for Girls (AEIG), in collaboration with The Girls Pride Foundation, has called on stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to take cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) seriously, to help address teen abuse.

    The group made the appeal at a town hall meeting with women, traditional rulers and some key stakeholders in the Kuje Area Council in Abuja.

    They described the cases of SGBV in the country as alarming and worrying.

    Ms Abiodun Essiet, Executive Director of AEIG, said the town hall meeting was aimed at educating rural communities in FCT about gender-based violence and the need to speak up when faced with such issues.

    According to her, SGBV has become a current pandemic in society, proper awareness is paramount to help address the challenges.

    Essiet said the goal of the awareness was to help eliminate teen gender-based violence in FCT schools through education.

    “The organization feels there is a need to speak up; This project will be carried out in the six Area Councils of the FCT, to talk to people, especially girls, with a short video.

    “We will continue to have the conversation with the community and with their traditional rulers, so that when there are cases, they know the proper authorities to report to.

    “In addition, we will sensitize them to help them understand the narrative of the various forms of sexual and gender-based violence, ranging from rape, spousal abuse and domestic violence.

    “We will do this with NAPTIP, the police, the NSCDC, human rights representatives, the Department of Social Welfare, among others, to support the community in addressing SGBV issues,” he said.

    For her part, the CEO of The Girls Pride Foundation, Ms. Akinwole Ishaya, said that cases of SGBV needed to be quickly reported to the proper authorities so that victims could obtain justice.

    Ishaya said the organization focuses on the disadvantaged who have little or no access to education and empowerment, and also advocates for greater economic opportunities for women.

    According to her, the organization also aims to address the structural and systemic barriers that prevent women from taking advantage of an opportunity of equal economic outcome.

    He said the meeting, which focused on the scorecard for community response to sexual and gender issues, revealed areas where the community needs improvement and help.

    NAPTIP Director General, Dr. Fatima Waziri-Azi, in her presentation said that SGBV refers to any act perpetrated against a person's will and is based on gender norms and unequal power relations.

    Waziri-Azi said that NAPTIP has trained and dispatched 12 protection officers to the six area councils in FCT, adding that Kuje council currently has two NAPTIP officers who have been inundated with many cases since taking up duty. in June.

    According to her, most of the cases required the execution of the arrest of the suspects and were referred to the NAPTIP headquarters to facilitate the cases.

    It said violence includes threats of violence and coercion, sexual and gender-based violence inflicting on women and girls, men and boys, and serious violation of various human rights, adding that sexual and gender-based violence can be perpetrated by anyone.

    “Causes of violence include mental health problems, poverty and unemployment, education, young parents, relationship-keeping behavior, historical factors, cultural factors, and self-defense.

    “The preventions are: find out about the root causes of violence, interrupt sexist and discriminatory language, be critical and question, interrupt abuse, stop sexual harassment.

    “Stop blaming the victims, stop rape culture, awareness and sensitization, campaigns, workshops, meetings and if you see something, say so,” he said.

    The head of the gender and social protection section of the Kuje area council, Mr. Emmanuel Magaji, thanked the group for the initiative and for raising awareness among community members about sexual and gender-based violence.

    Magaji added that the knowledge gained from the town hall meeting would be shared with other traditional rulers within the community, to effectively mitigate the threat.

    However, the head of the office maintained that the program had given the area council more knowledge on how to handle and report SGBV cases.

    Edited /Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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  •   Representative Sam Onuigbo Representative Sam Onuigbo APC Abia called for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on people Onuigbo made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday The legislator said that one of the critical ways to mitigate the effects of climate change is the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs He said that the issue of poverty food security and energy would go a long way in cushioning the effect of climate change while calling on the Federal Government to channel its energy towards this Onuigbo who is also the Head of the Global Organization of Legislators for a Balanced Environment GLOBE International in Africa said the world should explore ways to integrate actions to combat the effect of climate change Onuigbo who represents the Ikwuano Umuahia North Umuahia South Federal Constituency of Abia State sought support from other critical stakeholders Climate change requires the use of clean kitchens that do not generate many emissions However due to poverty and the fact that people cannot afford to buy this poverty drives them to cut down trees and use charcoal So from the felling of trees they dedicate themselves to deforestation that degrades the land and returns them to problems of poverty he said Speaking of food security he said the country could produce food in a true climate smart agriculture environment Onuigbo said that in addressing climate change there is a need to explore the obvious ways that climate action could solve pressing problems in Africa He said the world must wake up to find a way to take aggregate action to address these problems and take the pulse of the interconnectedness between them He further said that a conscious effort must also be made to provide adequate financing for climate problems Edited Source Credit NAN
    Lawmaker calls for urgent action on climate change impacts
      Representative Sam Onuigbo Representative Sam Onuigbo APC Abia called for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on people Onuigbo made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday The legislator said that one of the critical ways to mitigate the effects of climate change is the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs He said that the issue of poverty food security and energy would go a long way in cushioning the effect of climate change while calling on the Federal Government to channel its energy towards this Onuigbo who is also the Head of the Global Organization of Legislators for a Balanced Environment GLOBE International in Africa said the world should explore ways to integrate actions to combat the effect of climate change Onuigbo who represents the Ikwuano Umuahia North Umuahia South Federal Constituency of Abia State sought support from other critical stakeholders Climate change requires the use of clean kitchens that do not generate many emissions However due to poverty and the fact that people cannot afford to buy this poverty drives them to cut down trees and use charcoal So from the felling of trees they dedicate themselves to deforestation that degrades the land and returns them to problems of poverty he said Speaking of food security he said the country could produce food in a true climate smart agriculture environment Onuigbo said that in addressing climate change there is a need to explore the obvious ways that climate action could solve pressing problems in Africa He said the world must wake up to find a way to take aggregate action to address these problems and take the pulse of the interconnectedness between them He further said that a conscious effort must also be made to provide adequate financing for climate problems Edited Source Credit NAN
    Lawmaker calls for urgent action on climate change impacts
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    Lawmaker calls for urgent action on climate change impacts

    Representative Sam Onuigbo

    Representative Sam Onuigbo (APC-Abia) called for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on people. Onuigbo made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday.

    The legislator said that one of the critical ways to mitigate the effects of climate change is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    He said that the issue of poverty, food security and energy would go a long way in cushioning the effect of climate change, while calling on the Federal Government to channel its energy towards this.

    Onuigbo, who is also the Head of the Global Organization of Legislators for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE International) in Africa, said the world should explore ways to integrate actions to combat the effect of climate change.

    Onuigbo, who represents the Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency of Abia State, sought support from other critical stakeholders. “Climate change requires the use of clean kitchens that do not generate many emissions.

    “However, due to poverty and the fact that people cannot afford to buy this, poverty drives them to cut down trees and use charcoal.

    "So from the felling of trees they dedicate themselves to deforestation that degrades the land and returns them to problems of poverty," he said.

    Speaking of food security, he said, the country could produce food in a true climate-smart agriculture environment.

    Onuigbo said that in addressing climate change, there is a need to explore the obvious ways that climate action could solve pressing problems in Africa.

    He said the world must wake up to find "a way to take aggregate action to address these problems and take the pulse of the interconnectedness between them."

    He further said that a conscious effort must also be made to provide adequate financing for climate problems.

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  •   Representative Sam Onuigbo APC Abia called for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on people Onuigbo made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday The legislator said that one of the critical ways to mitigate the effects of climate change is the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs He said that the issue of poverty food security and energy would go a long way in cushioning the effect of climate change while calling on the Federal Government to channel its energy towards this Onuigbo who is also the Head of the Global Organization of Legislators for a Balanced Environment GLOBE International in Africa said the world should explore ways to integrate actions to combat the effect of climate change Onuigbo who represents the Ikwuano Umuahia North Umuahia South Federal Constituency of Abia State sought support from other critical stakeholders Climate change requires the use of clean kitchens that do not generate many emissions However due to poverty and the fact that people cannot afford to buy this poverty drives them to cut down trees and use charcoal So from the felling of trees they dedicate themselves to deforestation that degrades the land and returns them to problems of poverty he said Speaking of food security he said the country could produce food in a true climate smart agriculture environment Onuigbo said that in addressing climate change there is a need to explore the obvious ways that climate action could solve pressing problems in Africa He said the world must wake up to find a way to take aggregate action to address these problems and take the pulse of the interconnectedness between them He further said that a conscious effort must also be made to provide adequate financing for climate problems edited Source Credit NAN
    Lawmaker calls for urgent action to combat climate change impacts
      Representative Sam Onuigbo APC Abia called for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on people Onuigbo made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday The legislator said that one of the critical ways to mitigate the effects of climate change is the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs He said that the issue of poverty food security and energy would go a long way in cushioning the effect of climate change while calling on the Federal Government to channel its energy towards this Onuigbo who is also the Head of the Global Organization of Legislators for a Balanced Environment GLOBE International in Africa said the world should explore ways to integrate actions to combat the effect of climate change Onuigbo who represents the Ikwuano Umuahia North Umuahia South Federal Constituency of Abia State sought support from other critical stakeholders Climate change requires the use of clean kitchens that do not generate many emissions However due to poverty and the fact that people cannot afford to buy this poverty drives them to cut down trees and use charcoal So from the felling of trees they dedicate themselves to deforestation that degrades the land and returns them to problems of poverty he said Speaking of food security he said the country could produce food in a true climate smart agriculture environment Onuigbo said that in addressing climate change there is a need to explore the obvious ways that climate action could solve pressing problems in Africa He said the world must wake up to find a way to take aggregate action to address these problems and take the pulse of the interconnectedness between them He further said that a conscious effort must also be made to provide adequate financing for climate problems edited Source Credit NAN
    Lawmaker calls for urgent action to combat climate change impacts
    Environment3 weeks ago

    Lawmaker calls for urgent action to combat climate change impacts

    Representative Sam Onuigbo (APC-Abia) called for urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts on people. Onuigbo made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja on Friday.

    The legislator said that one of the critical ways to mitigate the effects of climate change is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    He said that the issue of poverty, food security and energy would go a long way in cushioning the effect of climate change, while calling on the Federal Government to channel its energy towards this.

    Onuigbo, who is also the Head of the Global Organization of Legislators for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE International) in Africa, said the world should explore ways to integrate actions to combat the effect of climate change.

    Onuigbo, who represents the Ikwuano/Umuahia North/Umuahia South Federal Constituency of Abia State, sought support from other critical stakeholders. “Climate change requires the use of clean kitchens that do not generate many emissions.

    “However, due to poverty and the fact that people cannot afford to buy this, poverty drives them to cut down trees and use charcoal.

    "So from the felling of trees they dedicate themselves to deforestation that degrades the land and returns them to problems of poverty," he said.

    Speaking of food security, he said, the country could produce food in a true climate-smart agriculture environment.

    Onuigbo said that in addressing climate change, there is a need to explore the obvious ways that climate action could solve pressing problems in Africa.

    He said the world must wake up to find "a way to take aggregate action to address these problems and take the pulse of the interconnectedness between them."

    He further said that a conscious effort must also be made to provide adequate financing for climate problems.

    edited

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  •   The 35th National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST continues to thrill Nigerians as the display of Nigerian creativity in indigenous fabric designs left many in awe costumes The indigenous weaving and fashion competition segment of the festival held at the National Stadium Lagos had the states of Bayelsa Delta Ogun Kogi Ekiti and Kwara showcasing their wealth of creativity Delta known as the state of Big Heart took creativity to another level as they showcased local fabrics used to create security men s uniforms chef s uniforms and some corporate attire Local fabrics used included aso oke ankara adire and isiagu Behind while showing the essence of beauty in simplicity the fact that fashion was not just an outfit but a statement was reinforced The state known for its mass production of custom fabrics displays different uniforms made from the fabric in colorful and beautiful designs Lagos State the Land of Excellence rich in raffia and many other resources exhibited shoes made from the combination of raffia and aso oke the Nation affirmed this with the unique display of carefully designed uniforms for various purposes For Kwara the State of Harmony he manipulated local fabrics peculiar to the state to produce different styles The state known with local fabrics such as asho etu and sanyan used In ancient times beautiful outfits were created for wedding ceremonies to the amazement of revelers Etu combined with Adire cloth was also used to make their shoes The State of Honor and Integrity the state of Ekiti in a dramatic display presented the Wing Confluence City exhibited locally handwoven material called Ashi kind used in the society in the old days The state strategically designed Ashi in multiple colours carefully collected from states across the federation to sensitize Nigerians to the need to remain one as a nation The glory of all lands Bayelsa had embellished Etipiri abada aso oke as well as tying and dyeing cloth on display Indigenous Cloth and Fashion The exhibition will be an eye opener for Nigerians and it is up to Nigerian leaders to seize the enormous opportunities in the textile industry This is another industry capable of addressing the nation s employment challenge edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigerians creativity in indigenous fabric designs on colourful display at 35th NAFEST
      The 35th National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST continues to thrill Nigerians as the display of Nigerian creativity in indigenous fabric designs left many in awe costumes The indigenous weaving and fashion competition segment of the festival held at the National Stadium Lagos had the states of Bayelsa Delta Ogun Kogi Ekiti and Kwara showcasing their wealth of creativity Delta known as the state of Big Heart took creativity to another level as they showcased local fabrics used to create security men s uniforms chef s uniforms and some corporate attire Local fabrics used included aso oke ankara adire and isiagu Behind while showing the essence of beauty in simplicity the fact that fashion was not just an outfit but a statement was reinforced The state known for its mass production of custom fabrics displays different uniforms made from the fabric in colorful and beautiful designs Lagos State the Land of Excellence rich in raffia and many other resources exhibited shoes made from the combination of raffia and aso oke the Nation affirmed this with the unique display of carefully designed uniforms for various purposes For Kwara the State of Harmony he manipulated local fabrics peculiar to the state to produce different styles The state known with local fabrics such as asho etu and sanyan used In ancient times beautiful outfits were created for wedding ceremonies to the amazement of revelers Etu combined with Adire cloth was also used to make their shoes The State of Honor and Integrity the state of Ekiti in a dramatic display presented the Wing Confluence City exhibited locally handwoven material called Ashi kind used in the society in the old days The state strategically designed Ashi in multiple colours carefully collected from states across the federation to sensitize Nigerians to the need to remain one as a nation The glory of all lands Bayelsa had embellished Etipiri abada aso oke as well as tying and dyeing cloth on display Indigenous Cloth and Fashion The exhibition will be an eye opener for Nigerians and it is up to Nigerian leaders to seize the enormous opportunities in the textile industry This is another industry capable of addressing the nation s employment challenge edited Source Credit NAN
    Nigerians creativity in indigenous fabric designs on colourful display at 35th NAFEST
    General news3 weeks ago

    Nigerians creativity in indigenous fabric designs on colourful display at 35th NAFEST

    The 35th National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) continues to thrill Nigerians as the display of Nigerian creativity in indigenous fabric designs left many in awe. costumes.The indigenous weaving and fashion competition segment of the festival held at the National Stadium, Lagos, had the states of Bayelsa, Delta, Ogun, Kogi, Ekiti and Kwara showcasing their wealth of creativity.Delta, known as the state of Big Heart took creativity to another level as they showcased local fabrics used to create security men's uniforms, chef's uniforms and some corporate attire. Local fabrics used included aso-oke, ankara, adire, and isiagu. Behind, while showing the essence of beauty in simplicity, the fact that fashion was not just an outfit but a statement was reinforced. The state known for its mass production of custom fabrics displays different uniforms made from the fabric in colorful and beautiful designs. Lagos State, the Land of Excellence, rich in raffia and many other resources exhibited shoes made from the combination of raffia and aso-oke. the Nation affirmed this with the unique display of carefully designed uniforms for various purposes. For Kwara, the State of Harmony, he manipulated local fabrics peculiar to the state to produce different styles. The state known with local fabrics such as asho-etu and sanyan used In ancient times, beautiful outfits were created for wedding ceremonies to the amazement of revelers. Etu combined with Adire cloth was also used to make their shoes. The State of Honor and Integrity, the state of Ekiti in a dramatic display presented the Wing. Confluence City, exhibited locally handwoven material called Ashi, kind used in the society in the old days. The state strategically designed Ashi in multiple colours, carefully collected from states across the federation, to sensitize Nigerians to the need to remain one as a nation. The glory of all lands, Bayelsa had embellished Etipiri, abada, aso-oke, as well as tying and dyeing cloth on display. Indigenous Cloth and Fashion The exhibition will be an eye-opener for Nigerians and it is up to Nigerian leaders to seize the enormous opportunities in the textile industry. This is another industry capable of addressing the nation's employment challenge.

    edited

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