The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19, a humanitarian outfit, says it will engage about 10 million youths to serve as information agents to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Chairman, National Steering Committee of the group, Malam Gambo Haruna, made the pledge at official unveiling of the Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19 in Abuja.
Haruna, a NAN staff, said that the unveiling of the compact marked the beginning of a paradigm shift in youth response and engagement in mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic that had taken its tolls on the global human population in all ramifications, especially in Nigeria.
He explained that the aimed of the project was to domesticate the Global compact for youth in humanitarian action and COVID-19 to complement Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against the virus at all levels.
Haruna, therefore, said the compact was a wake-up call for all hands to be on deck in the humanitarian efforts to reduce the suffering of millions of Nigerians by addressing the humanitarian needs, risks and vulnerabilities.
According to him, the compact will form a framework for action, change and mutual accountability, against which youth can collectively assess and review progress during and beyond the pandemic.
” While recognising the fact that the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and the Federal and State Ministries of Health have the primary responsibility to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in the country.
” We are conscious of the fact that the government alone cannot win this battle. As such it needs to partner with the Civil Society Organisations to achieve the desired objectives.
” The ‘Nigerian Youth Compact’, envisaged to engage about 10 million (10,000,000) Nigerian Youths in various Humanitarian and COVID-19 Response efforts across the country.
“These youth will serve as an information hub, where stakeholders can learn more about the pandemic and many of the major initiatives on COVID-19 and other humanitarian efforts.
”This, we hope, will be achieved through reliable and up-to-date information on the effects of COVID-19 on the Youth population, and how their response efforts from the Federal to community levels, can be obtained.
” The Compact will also serve as a dynamic advocacy and implementation tool for all stakeholders to advance their response efforts to the public domain and foster new commitments and partnerships.
” In the same vein, it will also provide report and testimony to the transformation that is taking place in various communities across the country.
“This is imperative for creating opportunities for meaningful engagement of young people in the fight against the pandemic, ” he said.
Earlier, the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, expressed optimism that Nigeria would come out stronger at the end of COVID-19 pandemic.
Aliyu said that the domestication of the Global Compact for Youth in Humanitarian Action and COVID-19 by the Nigerian Youth was commendable.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Global Compact for Youth in Humanitarian Action and COVID-19 was launched recently at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America, where more than 50 International Agencies made commitments to support the Initiative at National levels, across the world.
Flood: Reptiles invade homes in Anambra community
Dangerous reptiles have began to creep into some residential houses in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra, as a result of flood.
Mr Arinze Awogu, Transition Chairman of Ogbaru Council Area who disclosed this on Sunday, said some displaced people were already moving into the holding camps prepared for them.
Awogu said the level of the River Niger had continued to rise, making streets and flood channels that emptied into the River to flow backwards.
He said no fewer than 1,000 persons have been forced out of their homes.
Ogbaru is a coastal local government with all its 16 communities on the banks of River Niger.
He reported that a big cobra which found its way into an apartment in Atani, was killed with the assistance of operatives from the Atani Divisional Police Station.
According to him, the cobra was killed in Atani, the man in whose house it was killed miraculously escaped being bitten by the snake the previous night as he went into his Boys Quarters in search of some documents.
“On sighting the snake, he quickly shut the door and invited the police from Atani police division who teargassed the room and the reptile became uncomfortable, but as it made its way out, it was killed by those around,” he said.
Awogu advised people of the area to always shut their doors at all times and spread repellants to ward off the unwanted guests as most of them had been displaced from their natural habitat.
“Snakes and other dangerous reptiles are being driven out of their habitats by the flood and people’s homes are likely to be where the deadly animals may be seeking refuge,” he said.
The council chairman said more people were being displaced from their homes by the flood and that they had started moving into the three holding camps in the council.
He regreted that flooding had become a yearly experience for the people and assured them of care while in the camps.
“People are leaving their homes and heading to the holding centres created by the Anambra government for people in flood-prone local government areas.
“The task now is to ensure they have the necessities of existence like food, healthcare and other facilities, while waiting for the flood to recede.
“In addition to what the state government is doing, we are calling on the Federal Government through NEMA to come to our aid,” he said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Idonije Obakhedo
NIRSAL, Coy unveil insurance product for crop indemnity
The Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL Plc), has developed a Hybrid Multi-Peril Crop Indemnity-Index Insurance (HM-II).
NAN reports that the HM-ll , is designed to protect farmers from losses during a planting season caused by bad weather (low & high rainfall, early & late season dry spells.
It also covers lightning, hailstorms and thunderstorms), pest outbreak, disease outbreak, fire outbreak and permanent disability or death of the farmer.
He said that the new product was another step towards the development of the NIRSAL Comprehensive Index Insurance (NCII) conceptualised in 2018 with the ultimate goal of Agric insurance product development by factoring in commodity pricing parameter in the cover to be issued.
” Towards achieving the NCII, the launch of the HM-II marks an improvement to the NIRSAL Area Yield Index Insurance (AYII) which the corporation developed in 2017 and piloted in the wet season farming of the same year to significant effect, covering17,000 farmers and 10,000 hectares with a harvest value of N3Billion.
“This latest development is a testament to the progress NIRSAL Plc is making in the Agricultural insurance space, prior to NIRSAL Plc’s intervention, private underwriters were not insuring agriculture.
” We have brought about the inclusion of underwriters other than NAIC in underwriting Agricultural transactions and stimulated the development of new and innovative agricultural insurance products.”
Abdulhameed reiterated NIRSAL Plc’s commitment to not only protect farmers but to also help Nigeria diversify its economy, attain self-sufficiency in food production and entrench inclusive economic growth in alignment with the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).
Also speaking, Yusuf Yila, Director of CBN’s Development Finance Department revealed that the CBN has already adopted NIRSAL Plc’s Area Yield insurance (AYII) products and looks forward to deploying the HM-II.
He commended NIRSAL Plc for always being at the forefront of agribusiness innovation and encouraged the company to continue on its upward trajectory.
Also, Mr Benjamin Agili, Managing Director REGIC, described the product HM-ll as a that product seeks to protect the small-holder farmers from farming loss during a particular farming season.
This, he said, guarantees sustainability and continuity, “ensuring the farmer is able to remain in business, no matter the loss or situation.”
On his part, Mr Sunday Thomas, NAICOM’s Commissioner for Insurance who was represented by Mr Leonard Akah, NAICOM’s Director of Policy & Regulation, said that in line with the Federal Government’s Financial Inclusion Strategy, NAICOM was eager to lend its support to the development of a product such as HM-II.
NAN reports that a key advantage of the HM-II is that in cases where such risks happen, benefits paid out to the farmer would be up to the maximum loan or the insured amount after confirmation by advanced satellite technology, an assessment by an agriculture expert, or both.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Commandant urges NAFRC trainees, retirees to be mindful of swindlers
The Commandant made this known at the thanksgiving service held for officers who graduated from the Senior/Mid-Level Officers’ Entrepreneurship and Management Course 01/2020 and NAFRC Trainees Course 02/2020.
The thanksgiving service held at the Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC.
Lar said that it was typical of some criminally-minded people to want to dupe the retirees of their hard earned money, thereby urging to also be wary of quick money making schemes.
“Typically, we live in a society where there are many criminally-minded people who don’t care what labour you went through to be able to acquire the small resources you have.
“So, sometimes these people pick on gullible people in the society and sometimes innocent people who are looking for an investment to put their resources, they get duped and lose their hard earned income.
“So, our trainees, particularly those that are retiring after this course who have served 35 years and some less, courtesy of the current administration of government, retirement benefits have been enhanced substantially,” he said.
The Commandant urged the retirees on careful appraisal of business opportunities in order to ensure that they spend their benefits wisely.
“So, my advice to them is that they should be careful how they handle the resources that would be given to them when they finally disengage, they should shine their eyes.
“My advice is that they should be careful what they invest in and be careful who they relate with because alot of fair-weather friends will want to come around them to try to take the little that they have,” he said.
Lar said that the trainees/retirees have been provided with the skills they need in case of additional income asides their benefits.
“We have provided them with entrepreneurship skill, management skills ,some vocational training to be able to cope, if they want additional income.
“Because, like I said the benefits are actually enough for them to live well after retirement. But to be engaged in doing other things, some of them might want to invest,” he said.
Reacting to other para-military, government agencies joining the scheme, the commandant said that he was elated that other sister agencies joined the course.
“I am delighted because when I came in I discovered that this Centre is a national asset where we can train not just the Armed Forces but every Nigerian that is qualified.
“So, I am happy to announce that both the senior officers entrepreneurship course, mid level and the trainees course, all of them have people from the para-military and from strategic ministries, department and agencies of government.
“We have from Customs, Defence Intelligence Agency, National Intelligence Agency ,Department of State Services and also from Resettlement Centre ,we selected some of our senior civilian staffs and officers to participate in the three courses.
“For me it is a thing of joy to see that they have made friends, establish linkages that will be useful to them,” he said.
He also thanked the Defence Headquarters for approving for other sister agencies to join the training scheme.
“The Centre is already known to be a Centre of excellence for vocational training ,what is different is that we now have people who didn’t know about it joining.
“The centre of what we are doing here is agriculture. So, we expect them to go back and feed the nation, feed their communities and make money in the process and also improve their feeding,” he said.
Navy Lt. (Rev. Fr.) Maurice Vandu, the Chaplain of Roman Catholic Church, NAFRC, also enjoined the trainees/retirees to continue to be good ambassadors of the Armed Forces.
He urged them to utilise their benefits judiciously and also put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired.
Maj. Isah Yakubu, the Imam, NAFRC Mosque on Sept. 18 who preached on repentance and forgiveness, urged the retirees to forgive anyone who may have offended them during their service years and training.
The various courses conducted in the centre include Agriculture which comprise of Rabbitry, Fisheries etc, Engineering, Technical, Management, Security etc.
NAN reports that the institution plays a crucial role in preparing military personnel for economically useful life after service.
The Passing Out Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 25.
Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway
Land dispute stalls Aviation College plan to expand runway
Zaria (Kaduna State) Capt. AbdulSalam Mohammed, Rector, Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Zaria, says encroachment of the college’s land has interrupted its plan to expand its runway from 1.6 kilometers to 2.4 kilometers to accommodate commercial aircraft.
The rector, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Zaria, said the expansion for the runway was necessary to enhance the college training capacity and accommodate modern aircraft on commercial purposes.
Mohammed noted that the 1.6 Kilometer runway was originally designed for the type of aircraft used for training, but over the years the college had acquired a lot of bigger aircraft.
“Recently, the Vice-President visited Zaria to condole with the family of a youth corps member that was killed, his aircraft could not land in Zaria because it was very big, so he landed in Kaduna and came down to Zaria by a helicopter,’’ Mohammed said.
He said said the college was forced to suspend its expansion plans, as part of the land for such extension was still in dispute.
“Only when we upgrade the runway, the college airport as it is now cannot accommodate commercial operation,” he added.
According to him, the land in dispute was issued in 1964, with official documents clearly showing the demarcation of the college land.
He added that there was also documentary evidence that farmers who owned the land at that time were paid full compensation about 55 years ago.
“Most of the people that are laying claim to the land now either bought it from third party or are probably the grand children of the original owners.
“As far as we are concerned, they are not entitled to any compensation since the original owners were paid compensation.
“As you know, the case was before the law court that is what stopped us from going further. We have to allow the court to determine the cases,’’ he said.
The rector said once the legal issues were resolved, the college would execute the expansion plans.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed https://nnn.ng/land-dispute-stalls-aviation-college-plan-to-expand-runway/