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  •  Yobe Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of Usur and Gasma communities threatened by flood in Bade and Karasuwa local government areas The state Deputy Governor Alhaji Idi Gubana gave the order on Sunday in Gashua when he visited areas affected by massive flooding in the area He directed the state Emergency Management Agency SEMA to move residents of Usur and Gasma to the newly constructed housing estate in Jaji Maji The deputy governor said the visit was to sympathize with victims of the disaster and assess the level of damage for necessary support Gubana also directed SEMA to provide relief materials to the victims to cushion their suffering In his remarks the Emir of Bade Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman thanked the deputy governor for the sympathy visit He urged the citizenry to pray for the return of normalcy in the affected areas The deputy governor was accompanied by the Speaker Yobe House of Assembly Alhaji Ahmad Mirwa and the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Baba Wali among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood : Yobe Govt orders evacuation of 2 communities
     Yobe Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of Usur and Gasma communities threatened by flood in Bade and Karasuwa local government areas The state Deputy Governor Alhaji Idi Gubana gave the order on Sunday in Gashua when he visited areas affected by massive flooding in the area He directed the state Emergency Management Agency SEMA to move residents of Usur and Gasma to the newly constructed housing estate in Jaji Maji The deputy governor said the visit was to sympathize with victims of the disaster and assess the level of damage for necessary support Gubana also directed SEMA to provide relief materials to the victims to cushion their suffering In his remarks the Emir of Bade Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman thanked the deputy governor for the sympathy visit He urged the citizenry to pray for the return of normalcy in the affected areas The deputy governor was accompanied by the Speaker Yobe House of Assembly Alhaji Ahmad Mirwa and the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Baba Wali among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flood : Yobe Govt orders evacuation of 2 communities
    Environment13 hours ago

    Flood : Yobe Govt orders evacuation of 2 communities

    Yobe Government has ordered the immediate evacuation of Usur and Gasma communities threatened by flood in Bade and Karasuwa local government areas.

    The state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Idi Gubana, gave the order on Sunday in Gashua when he visited areas affected by massive flooding in the area.

    He directed the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to move residents of Usur and Gasma to the newly constructed housing estate in Jaji Maji. The deputy governor said the visit was to sympathize with victims of the disaster and assess the level of damage for necessary support.

    Gubana also directed SEMA to provide relief materials to the victims to cushion their suffering.

    In his remarks, the Emir of Bade, Alhaji Abubakar Suleiman, thanked the deputy governor for the sympathy visit.

    He urged the citizenry to pray for the return of normalcy in the affected areas.

    The deputy governor was accompanied by the Speaker,  Yobe House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmad Mirwa and the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Baba Wali, among others.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasannoye raised the alarm at a two day capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti Corruption He frowned at the diversion of public funds both in revenue receipts and expenditure while condemning illicit financial flow misapplication of funds and budget padding He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption it would further impact negatively on the country Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy According to him the CBN the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are all anti corruption gate keepers He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti corruption roles Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance stressing that funds appropriated on paper were never used for the purpose for which they were meant In his remarks Rep Shehu Garba Chairman of the House Committee on Anti Corruption noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development adding that it was heart warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks He said that the fight against corruption remained multi dimensional involving all institutions adding that there would be no success without collaboration The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption In his contribution Prof Abubakar Suleiman Director General National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity This he said had reflected in the 9th assembly especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts He noted that there had been allegations of non payment of allowances of security operatives which according to him undermines the fight against insecurity Corruption undermines security and human capacity development he stressed Marija Peran the Resident Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political foundation decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security Peran said the German foundation s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasannoye raised the alarm at a two day capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti Corruption He frowned at the diversion of public funds both in revenue receipts and expenditure while condemning illicit financial flow misapplication of funds and budget padding He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption it would further impact negatively on the country Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy According to him the CBN the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are all anti corruption gate keepers He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti corruption roles Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance stressing that funds appropriated on paper were never used for the purpose for which they were meant In his remarks Rep Shehu Garba Chairman of the House Committee on Anti Corruption noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development adding that it was heart warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks He said that the fight against corruption remained multi dimensional involving all institutions adding that there would be no success without collaboration The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption In his contribution Prof Abubakar Suleiman Director General National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity This he said had reflected in the 9th assembly especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts He noted that there had been allegations of non payment of allowances of security operatives which according to him undermines the fight against insecurity Corruption undermines security and human capacity development he stressed Marija Peran the Resident Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political foundation decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security Peran said the German foundation s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 
    General news2 weeks ago

    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds.

    ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasannoye, raised the alarm at a two-day capacity-building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption.

    He frowned at the diversion of public funds, both in revenue receipts and expenditure, while condemning illicit financial flow, misapplication of funds and budget padding.

    He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong, adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant.

    He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption, it would further impact negatively on the country.

    Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti-corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity.

    He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy.

    According to him, the CBN, the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, are all anti-corruption gate keepers.

    He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti-corruption roles.

    Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance, stressing that funds appropriated on paper, were never used for the purpose for which they were meant.

    In his remarks, Rep. Shehu Garba, Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-Corruption, noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue.

    He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented, adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences.

    Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development, adding that it was heart-warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks.

    He said that the fight against corruption remained multi-dimensional; involving all institutions, adding that there would be no success without collaboration.

    The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption.

    In his contribution, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, Director-General, National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity.

    This, he said, had reflected in the 9th assembly, especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously.

    He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down.

    Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts.

    He noted that there had been allegations of non-payment of allowances of security operatives, which according to him, undermines the fight against insecurity.

    “Corruption undermines security and human capacity development,’’ he stressed.

    Marija Peran, the Resident Representative, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German political foundation, decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector.

    She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact, both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security.

    Peran said the German foundation’s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law, adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Lagos State Government LASG says there is a need for the education sector to be re engineered It says that schools need to be repositioned to deliver competent graduates fit for current and future labour market Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu spoke on these on Tuesday in his remark at the two day Education Summit 2022 in Lagos The summit with the theme Creating a Sustainable Fit for Purpose Education Model took place at Eko Convention Centre Eko Hotels amp Suites Victoria Island Sanwo Olu spoke virtually at the event noting the state s desire to deliver a bespoke education system He said that the system was projected to enhance the quality of teaching learning and ultimately the molding of tomorrow s leaders The governor said that the forum was designed to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm and collectively articulate ideas towards improving service delivery in the education sector According to him stakeholders must begin to passionately advocate giving the kind of education that not only prepares beneficiaries for academic excellence He said it must also be one that imparts life skills for socio economic relevance We are set to provide an education model that will enable the younger generation and youth to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to meet current and future global demands Our administration is passionate about education and our aim is to bring transformation that will make our children better ambassadors of the State country and preparing them with the requisite skills for tomorrow s jobs Sanwo Olu said the state s new school model was an example of the desired Fit For Purpose Education System He said the aim was to equip students with skills that would empower them to be productive before they exit secondary school We also introduced the Comprehensive Schools Program aimed at reducing the rate of school dropouts by creating a career path for students through skills acquisition he said The governor also spoke on investments his administration had made in the sector He said that through its EKOEXCEL programme initiative 15 000 teachers were upskilled through re training Sanwo Olu said they were encouraged on the use technology which supports and motivates them to succeed in classrooms Through our T H E M E S Agenda we designed a new policy development template that has enabled us to take the lead in the fusion of education and technology as veritable tools to navigate the 21st century In our quest to improve teaching and learning in Primary and Secondary Schools we have commissioned and handed over 1 449 unique projects through prompt construction renovation and rehabilitation of dilapidated Public Schools Over 96 000 composite units of furniture were supplied to schools among other infrastructure projects we also delivered iconic school projects at Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School and Vetland Junior Secondary School Let me emphasise that the Vetland school is built with containers and fully kitted with technological solutions in classrooms and laboratories This invention is a Futuristic Plan of how schools will look like in Lagos State he said Sanwo Olu assured that the policies and programmes were intended to create enabling environment for teaching and learning in public and private schools for the benefit of children and the youth He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to identify with the vision to grow the education sector expressed optimism that the policy would create positive chain reactions The governor applauded Lagos State Ministry of Education and its agencies for putting the summit together He expressed hope that its set objectives would be achieved Education for us is a must for all and a cardinal objective of the government he said Also speaking at the event Prof Enase Okonedo the guest lecturer and Vice Chancellor Pan Atlantic University commended the State government for the initiative Okonedo expressed the hope that the programme would not just be a talk shop but for everyone to take affirmative actions by thinking of how to invest in the future of the education sector if we recognise the importance of education then it is something all have to participate in she said She emhasised on value based education that would ensure that knowledge was acquired with morals and characters built Okonedo said that these were the things needed for the growth and development of the nation The Pan Athletic University VC charged decision and policy makers to begin to think of the kind of curriculum that would be fit for purpose This she said should also put into consideration the students that would be taught developing the teachers that would be using the curriculum and bridging the digital divide How does our curriculum attend to some basic skills that employers need We need to learn by doing and think of how we can use technology for learning and have people who would be globally competitive she said Cross section of the Panelists with Mrs Adefisayo Commissioner for Education Earlier Mrs Folasade Adefisayo the Lagos State Commissioner for Education said Nigeria had the largest number of out of school children in the world She said this was among other unfavourable key performance indicators of education Adefisayo said that the Lagos State Education Summit was important because some of the outcomes would contribute to the process of framing solutions to the well known problems in the sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit had plenary discussions with Mr Samuel Egube Commissioner Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget and Mrs Lucy Pearson British Council Country Director participating Others participants include Mr Iyinoluwa Aboyeji Co Founder Future Africa Mr Laoye Jaiyeola CEO Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Mr Abubakar Suleiman Executive Officer Sterling Bank NAN also reports that the panelists emphasised on solution based perspectives and the need for collaboration between the private and public sector They also recommended that coding classes be introduced and encouraged for students in primary and secondary schools with functional ICT laboratories NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Education stakeholders brainstorm at Lagos Education Summit
     The Lagos State Government LASG says there is a need for the education sector to be re engineered It says that schools need to be repositioned to deliver competent graduates fit for current and future labour market Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu spoke on these on Tuesday in his remark at the two day Education Summit 2022 in Lagos The summit with the theme Creating a Sustainable Fit for Purpose Education Model took place at Eko Convention Centre Eko Hotels amp Suites Victoria Island Sanwo Olu spoke virtually at the event noting the state s desire to deliver a bespoke education system He said that the system was projected to enhance the quality of teaching learning and ultimately the molding of tomorrow s leaders The governor said that the forum was designed to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm and collectively articulate ideas towards improving service delivery in the education sector According to him stakeholders must begin to passionately advocate giving the kind of education that not only prepares beneficiaries for academic excellence He said it must also be one that imparts life skills for socio economic relevance We are set to provide an education model that will enable the younger generation and youth to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to meet current and future global demands Our administration is passionate about education and our aim is to bring transformation that will make our children better ambassadors of the State country and preparing them with the requisite skills for tomorrow s jobs Sanwo Olu said the state s new school model was an example of the desired Fit For Purpose Education System He said the aim was to equip students with skills that would empower them to be productive before they exit secondary school We also introduced the Comprehensive Schools Program aimed at reducing the rate of school dropouts by creating a career path for students through skills acquisition he said The governor also spoke on investments his administration had made in the sector He said that through its EKOEXCEL programme initiative 15 000 teachers were upskilled through re training Sanwo Olu said they were encouraged on the use technology which supports and motivates them to succeed in classrooms Through our T H E M E S Agenda we designed a new policy development template that has enabled us to take the lead in the fusion of education and technology as veritable tools to navigate the 21st century In our quest to improve teaching and learning in Primary and Secondary Schools we have commissioned and handed over 1 449 unique projects through prompt construction renovation and rehabilitation of dilapidated Public Schools Over 96 000 composite units of furniture were supplied to schools among other infrastructure projects we also delivered iconic school projects at Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School and Vetland Junior Secondary School Let me emphasise that the Vetland school is built with containers and fully kitted with technological solutions in classrooms and laboratories This invention is a Futuristic Plan of how schools will look like in Lagos State he said Sanwo Olu assured that the policies and programmes were intended to create enabling environment for teaching and learning in public and private schools for the benefit of children and the youth He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to identify with the vision to grow the education sector expressed optimism that the policy would create positive chain reactions The governor applauded Lagos State Ministry of Education and its agencies for putting the summit together He expressed hope that its set objectives would be achieved Education for us is a must for all and a cardinal objective of the government he said Also speaking at the event Prof Enase Okonedo the guest lecturer and Vice Chancellor Pan Atlantic University commended the State government for the initiative Okonedo expressed the hope that the programme would not just be a talk shop but for everyone to take affirmative actions by thinking of how to invest in the future of the education sector if we recognise the importance of education then it is something all have to participate in she said She emhasised on value based education that would ensure that knowledge was acquired with morals and characters built Okonedo said that these were the things needed for the growth and development of the nation The Pan Athletic University VC charged decision and policy makers to begin to think of the kind of curriculum that would be fit for purpose This she said should also put into consideration the students that would be taught developing the teachers that would be using the curriculum and bridging the digital divide How does our curriculum attend to some basic skills that employers need We need to learn by doing and think of how we can use technology for learning and have people who would be globally competitive she said Cross section of the Panelists with Mrs Adefisayo Commissioner for Education Earlier Mrs Folasade Adefisayo the Lagos State Commissioner for Education said Nigeria had the largest number of out of school children in the world She said this was among other unfavourable key performance indicators of education Adefisayo said that the Lagos State Education Summit was important because some of the outcomes would contribute to the process of framing solutions to the well known problems in the sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit had plenary discussions with Mr Samuel Egube Commissioner Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget and Mrs Lucy Pearson British Council Country Director participating Others participants include Mr Iyinoluwa Aboyeji Co Founder Future Africa Mr Laoye Jaiyeola CEO Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Mr Abubakar Suleiman Executive Officer Sterling Bank NAN also reports that the panelists emphasised on solution based perspectives and the need for collaboration between the private and public sector They also recommended that coding classes be introduced and encouraged for students in primary and secondary schools with functional ICT laboratories NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Education stakeholders brainstorm at Lagos Education Summit
    Education1 month ago

    Education stakeholders brainstorm at Lagos Education Summit

    The Lagos State Government (LASG) says there is a need for the education sector to be re-engineered.

    It says that schools need to be repositioned to deliver competent graduates fit for current and future labour market.

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu spoke on these on Tuesday, in his remark at the two-day Education Summit, 2022 in Lagos.

    The summit, with the theme “Creating a Sustainable Fit-for-Purpose Education Model”, took place at Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island.

    Sanwo-Olu spoke virtually at the event, noting the state’s desire to deliver a bespoke education system.

    He said that the system was projected to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and ultimately, the molding of tomorrow’s leaders.

    The governor said that the forum was designed to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm and collectively articulate ideas towards improving service delivery in the education sector.

    According to him, stakeholders  must begin to passionately advocate giving the kind of education that not only prepares beneficiaries for academic excellence.

    He said it must also be one that imparts life skills for socio-economic relevance.

    “We are set to provide an education model that will enable the younger generation and youth to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to meet current and future global demands.

    “Our administration is passionate about education and our aim is to bring transformation that will make our children better ambassadors of the State, country and preparing them with the requisite skills for tomorrow’s jobs.

    ” Sanwo-Olu said the state’s new school model was an example of the desired Fit-For-Purpose Education System,.

    He said the aim was to equip students with skills that would empower them to be productive before they exit secondary school.

    .

    “We also introduced the Comprehensive Schools Program aimed at reducing the rate of school dropouts by creating a career path for students through skills acquisition,” he said.

    The governor also spoke on investments his administration had made in the sector.

    He said that through its EKOEXCEL programme initiative, 15,000 teachers were upskilled through re-training.

    Sanwo-Olu said they were encouraged on the use technology, which supports and motivates them to succeed in classrooms.

    “Through our T.

    H.E.M.E.S Agenda, we designed a new policy development template that has enabled us to take the lead in the fusion of education and technology as veritable tools to navigate the 21st century.

    “In our quest to improve teaching and learning in Primary and Secondary Schools, we have commissioned and handed over 1,449 unique projects through prompt construction, renovation, and rehabilitation of dilapidated Public Schools.

    “Over 96, 000 composite units of furniture were supplied to schools among other infrastructure projects, we also delivered iconic school projects at Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School, and Vetland Junior Secondary School.

    “Let me emphasise that the Vetland school is built with containers and fully kitted with technological solutions in classrooms and laboratories.

    “This invention is a Futuristic Plan of how schools will look like in Lagos State,” he said.

    Sanwo-Olu assured that the policies and programmes were intended to create enabling environment for teaching and learning in public and private schools for the benefit of children and the youth.

    He solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to identify with the vision to grow the education sector, expressed optimism that the policy would create positive chain reactions.

    The governor applauded Lagos State Ministry of Education and its agencies for putting the summit together.

    He expressed hope that its set objectives would be achieved.

    “Education for us, is a must for all and a cardinal objective of the government,” he said.

    Also speaking at the event, Prof. Enase Okonedo, the guest lecturer and Vice Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, commended the State government for the initiative.

    Okonedo expressed the hope that the programme would not just be a talk-shop but for everyone to take affirmative actions by thinking of how to invest in the future of the education sector.

    ”if we recognise the importance of education, then it is something all have to participate in,” she said.

    She emhasised on value-based education that would ensure that knowledge was acquired with morals and characters built.

    Okonedo said that these were the things needed for the growth and development of the nation.

    The Pan Athletic University VC charged decision and policy makers to begin to think of the kind of curriculum that would be fit-for -purpose.

    This, she said, should also put into consideration the students that would be taught, developing the teachers that would be using the curriculum, and bridging the digital divide.

    “How does our curriculum attend to some basic skills that employers need?

    We need to learn by doing and think of how we can use technology for learning and have people who would be globally competitive,” she said.  

    Cross section of the Panelists with Mrs Adefisayo ( Commissioner for Education) Earlier, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, said Nigeria had the largest number of out-of-school children in the world.

    She said this was among other unfavourable key performance indicators of education.

    Adefisayo said that the Lagos State Education Summit was important, because some of the outcomes would contribute to the process of framing solutions to the well-known problems in the sector.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit had plenary discussions with Mr Samuel Egube, Commissioner, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, and Mrs Lucy Pearson, British Council, Country Director participating.

    Others participants include Mr Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-Founder, Future Africa; Mr Laoye Jaiyeola, CEO, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; and Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Executive Officer, Sterling Bank. NAN also reports that the panelists emphasised on solution-based perspectives and the need for collaboration between the private and public sector.

    They also recommended that coding classes be introduced and encouraged for students in primary and secondary schools with functional ICT laboratories.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN said it would hold its annual conference to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry The of CIBN Dr Ken Opara made the announcement at a media parley on Friday in Lagos He said that the conference to hold Sept 13 to Sept 14 would be hybrid taking place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja and through Zoom Teleconferencing with dignitaries from around the world in attendance The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference will be Repositioning the Financial Services Industry for an Evolving Glocal Context The banking industry has continued to evolve technological innovation is the thing in the industry The financial system is the only industry today that you can see the kind of innovation that is going on It is one of the few industry in the world to have an online real time payment services as much as possible But we think that the industry is dynamic changes continue to come up globally You can see what is happening in the supply chain you can also see what is happening in the Russian Ukraine space as much as possible So the idea is basically to have this conference that will provide a platform to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry and how things are coming up Also how do we build capacity how do we energise our people how do we ensure that the new generation of people continue to be relevant in the industry Opara said The event would be organised through a Consultative Committee chaired by the Managing Executive Officer Sterling Bank Plc Mr Abubakar Suleiman President Muhammadu Buhari Prof Yemi Osinbajo Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu Mrs Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance among other dignitaries are expected at the conference The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele would be the Chief Host of the Conference while Opara would be the host NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CIBN holds annual conference to address changing trends in industry
     The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria CIBN said it would hold its annual conference to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry The of CIBN Dr Ken Opara made the announcement at a media parley on Friday in Lagos He said that the conference to hold Sept 13 to Sept 14 would be hybrid taking place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja and through Zoom Teleconferencing with dignitaries from around the world in attendance The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference will be Repositioning the Financial Services Industry for an Evolving Glocal Context The banking industry has continued to evolve technological innovation is the thing in the industry The financial system is the only industry today that you can see the kind of innovation that is going on It is one of the few industry in the world to have an online real time payment services as much as possible But we think that the industry is dynamic changes continue to come up globally You can see what is happening in the supply chain you can also see what is happening in the Russian Ukraine space as much as possible So the idea is basically to have this conference that will provide a platform to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry and how things are coming up Also how do we build capacity how do we energise our people how do we ensure that the new generation of people continue to be relevant in the industry Opara said The event would be organised through a Consultative Committee chaired by the Managing Executive Officer Sterling Bank Plc Mr Abubakar Suleiman President Muhammadu Buhari Prof Yemi Osinbajo Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu Mrs Zainab Ahmed the Minister of Finance among other dignitaries are expected at the conference The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Godwin Emefiele would be the Chief Host of the Conference while Opara would be the host NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CIBN holds annual conference to address changing trends in industry
    Economy2 months ago

    CIBN holds annual conference to address changing trends in industry

    The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) said it would hold its annual conference to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry.

    The of CIBN, Dr Ken Opara, made the announcement at a media parley on Friday in Lagos.

    He said that the conference to hold Sept. 13 to Sept. 14, would be hybrid, taking place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja and through Zoom Teleconferencing, with dignitaries from around the world in attendance.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference will be: “Repositioning the Financial Services Industry for an Evolving Glocal Context”.

    “The banking industry has continued to evolve; technological innovation is the thing in the industry.

    “The financial system is the only industry today that you can see the kind of innovation that is going on.

    It is one of the few industry in the world to have an online real-time payment services as much as possible.

    “But we think that the industry is dynamic, changes continue to come up globally.

    “You can see what is happening in the supply chain, you can also see what is happening in the Russian- Ukraine space as much as possible.

    “So, the idea is basically to have this conference that will provide a platform to share ideas on how to address changing trends in the industry and how things are coming up.

    “Also, how do we build capacity, how do we energise our people, how do we ensure that the new generation of people continue to be relevant in the industry,” Opara said.

    The event would be organised through a Consultative Committee, chaired by the Managing Executive Officer, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Abubakar Suleiman.

    President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof.Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, among other dignitaries are expected at the conference.

    The Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Godwin Emefiele, would be the Chief Host of the Conference while Opara would be the host.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
     The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
    General news2 months ago

    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation

    The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACRESAL), programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country.

    The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country.

    He said that the theme of the meeting was “Pursuit of Zero Emission, A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance”.

    Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders’ ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges.

    He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies, to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges.

    According to him, Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW), and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country.

    He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the  Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term.

    “Accordingly, Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall (GGW) accelerator to fund each country’s priorities.

    “Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign.

    “The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16. “States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023. “There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now,” he said.

    Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges.

    He called for urgent collective step-up action by everyone, irrespective of social status, religion, political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem.

    The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net-zero emission.

    “Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development,” he said.

    The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission.

    Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals.

    “The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation, working towards climate-resilient and low-emission agri-food systems.

    “FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners, within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework (CPF),” he said.

    Dr Jean Bakole, Country Representative and Regional Director, United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development.

    He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues.

    “Therefore, UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net-zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy,” he said.


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  •  The Lagos State Government on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded smart and multi purpose resident identification card for comprehensive database of residents Unveiling the smart card in Lagos Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu said that the upgrade was borne out of the need to embrace change and align with global best practices The upgrade held simultaneously at four other locations Lagos Island Badagry Ikorodu and Epe Sanwo Olu said that the initial Lagos State Residents Card was an ordinary plastic card meant only for identification purposes He said that the new smart multi purpose card combined biometric identification with other functionalities and benefits that cut across areas such as security financial services mobility and access to government services and amenities According to him the upgrade of the ID card demonstrates the administration s commitment to the Smart City vision which seeks to integrate and embed cutting edge technology into daily lives and daily interaction with government and public services As the nation s commercial nerve centre Lagos State experiences significant levels of inbound daily migration of people seeking economic opportunities and a better life As a result our population currently estimated at over 22 million residents is rising rapidly with obvious implications for social services social infrastructure and security It has therefore become imperative for the state government to re examine strategies aimed at improving the security of lives and properties of the people of Lagos state This Smart Resident Card will help address the issues surrounding the identification and traceability of Lagos residents and ultimately help inform government s planning and provision of services designed to secure lives and property he said The governor said that the new card would aid financial inclusion as it came with an electronic wallet which could hold funds and be used for daily transactions supporting the cashless agenda of the monetary authorities He further said that the smart card would enable residents have access to government services such as health insurance pension administration and school allocation based on residential addresses and many more social amenities Sanwo Olu said that residents would also access value added services such as the ability to pay for Lagos state transportation services and toll gate fees The governor said that this would be achieved through integration with the COWRY card and collaboration with LCC He urged residents to register and acquire the Lagos State Resident Card to enjoy the many benefits on offer On planning he said that registration by residents would enable government be more thoroughly and effectively plan and budget for delivery of the dividends of democracy against the backdrop of the ever growing population Already 6 5 million residents have been enrolled on the database by Lagos State Residents Registration Agency LASRRA with the state witnessing four fold increment in registration in the last three years he said With the launch of digitised card format Sanwo Olu said the state government was targeting to capture 10 million residents on the database before the end of 2022 The governor also said that new visitors in Lagos who planned to live in the state for more than two consecutive months were now required to register for the residency card The Special Adviser to the governor on Innovation and Technology Mr Olatunbosun Alake said that the unveiling of the smart residency card became another foundational layer on which the government s Smart City project would stand on Alake said the registration procedure now came with elastic and expandable biometric interfaces to allow updates of information and the card utilised industry standard security chips that prevented duplicated identities and profiles We have a cloud redundancy system that allows 24 hours operations and a highly rated machine accuracy system It has back end cloud workload protection and two factor authentication to make changes to information originally supplied such as physical address he said LASRRA General Manager Mrs Ibilola Kasunmu said that the state could not afford to lag behind in the age of global digitalisation thereby making the transition to smart residency card compelling Kasunmu said that the agency was motivated by the resolve to contribute to the overall vision of the current administration on finding innovative ways to improve on efficiency of governance and service delivery for the benefits of the people We took account of certain limitations inherent in the initiative developed an ecosystem framework with propositions to include a cost effective approach to produce the smart ID cards for residents We are glad to announce that we have been able to secure partnership of several private sector players on this laudable project as we needed to ensure the card remained free to the residents of the state Residents are not expected to pay for the card she said Endorsing the new digitised ID format the Managing Director of Sterling Bank Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that Lagos remained the cradle of transformation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Identity: Lagos unveils upgraded smart, multi-purpose card
     The Lagos State Government on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded smart and multi purpose resident identification card for comprehensive database of residents Unveiling the smart card in Lagos Gov Babajide Sanwo Olu said that the upgrade was borne out of the need to embrace change and align with global best practices The upgrade held simultaneously at four other locations Lagos Island Badagry Ikorodu and Epe Sanwo Olu said that the initial Lagos State Residents Card was an ordinary plastic card meant only for identification purposes He said that the new smart multi purpose card combined biometric identification with other functionalities and benefits that cut across areas such as security financial services mobility and access to government services and amenities According to him the upgrade of the ID card demonstrates the administration s commitment to the Smart City vision which seeks to integrate and embed cutting edge technology into daily lives and daily interaction with government and public services As the nation s commercial nerve centre Lagos State experiences significant levels of inbound daily migration of people seeking economic opportunities and a better life As a result our population currently estimated at over 22 million residents is rising rapidly with obvious implications for social services social infrastructure and security It has therefore become imperative for the state government to re examine strategies aimed at improving the security of lives and properties of the people of Lagos state This Smart Resident Card will help address the issues surrounding the identification and traceability of Lagos residents and ultimately help inform government s planning and provision of services designed to secure lives and property he said The governor said that the new card would aid financial inclusion as it came with an electronic wallet which could hold funds and be used for daily transactions supporting the cashless agenda of the monetary authorities He further said that the smart card would enable residents have access to government services such as health insurance pension administration and school allocation based on residential addresses and many more social amenities Sanwo Olu said that residents would also access value added services such as the ability to pay for Lagos state transportation services and toll gate fees The governor said that this would be achieved through integration with the COWRY card and collaboration with LCC He urged residents to register and acquire the Lagos State Resident Card to enjoy the many benefits on offer On planning he said that registration by residents would enable government be more thoroughly and effectively plan and budget for delivery of the dividends of democracy against the backdrop of the ever growing population Already 6 5 million residents have been enrolled on the database by Lagos State Residents Registration Agency LASRRA with the state witnessing four fold increment in registration in the last three years he said With the launch of digitised card format Sanwo Olu said the state government was targeting to capture 10 million residents on the database before the end of 2022 The governor also said that new visitors in Lagos who planned to live in the state for more than two consecutive months were now required to register for the residency card The Special Adviser to the governor on Innovation and Technology Mr Olatunbosun Alake said that the unveiling of the smart residency card became another foundational layer on which the government s Smart City project would stand on Alake said the registration procedure now came with elastic and expandable biometric interfaces to allow updates of information and the card utilised industry standard security chips that prevented duplicated identities and profiles We have a cloud redundancy system that allows 24 hours operations and a highly rated machine accuracy system It has back end cloud workload protection and two factor authentication to make changes to information originally supplied such as physical address he said LASRRA General Manager Mrs Ibilola Kasunmu said that the state could not afford to lag behind in the age of global digitalisation thereby making the transition to smart residency card compelling Kasunmu said that the agency was motivated by the resolve to contribute to the overall vision of the current administration on finding innovative ways to improve on efficiency of governance and service delivery for the benefits of the people We took account of certain limitations inherent in the initiative developed an ecosystem framework with propositions to include a cost effective approach to produce the smart ID cards for residents We are glad to announce that we have been able to secure partnership of several private sector players on this laudable project as we needed to ensure the card remained free to the residents of the state Residents are not expected to pay for the card she said Endorsing the new digitised ID format the Managing Director of Sterling Bank Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that Lagos remained the cradle of transformation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Identity: Lagos unveils upgraded smart, multi-purpose card
    General news2 months ago

    Identity: Lagos unveils upgraded smart, multi-purpose card

    The Lagos State Government on Wednesday unveiled an upgraded smart and multi-purpose resident identification card for comprehensive database of residents.

    Unveiling the smart card in Lagos, Gov.

    Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the upgrade was borne out of the need to embrace change and align with global best practices.

    The upgrade held simultaneously at four other locations -Lagos Island, Badagry, Ikorodu and Epe.

    Sanwo-Olu said that the initial Lagos State Residents Card was an ordinary plastic card meant only for identification purposes.

    He said that the new ”smart”, ”multi-purpose” card combined biometric identification with other functionalities and benefits that cut across areas such as security, financial services, mobility and access to government services and amenities.

    According to him, the upgrade of the ID card demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the Smart City vision, which seeks to integrate and embed cutting-edge technology into daily lives and daily interaction with government and public services.

    ”As the nation’s commercial nerve centre, Lagos State experiences significant levels of inbound daily migration of people seeking economic opportunities and a better life.

    ”As a result, our population, currently estimated at over 22 million residents, is rising rapidly, with obvious implications for social services, social infrastructure, and security.

    ”It has therefore become imperative for the state government to re-examine strategies aimed at improving the security of lives and properties of the people of Lagos state.

    ”This ‘Smart’ Resident Card will help address the issues surrounding the identification and traceability of Lagos residents, and ultimately help inform government’s planning and provision of services designed to secure lives and property,” he said.

    The governor said that the new card would aid financial inclusion, as it came with an electronic ‘wallet’, which could hold funds and be used for daily transactions, supporting the cashless agenda of the monetary authorities.

    He further said that the smart card would enable residents have access to government services such as health insurance, pension administration and school allocation based on residential addresses and many more social amenities.

    Sanwo-Olu said that residents would also access value-added services such as the ability to pay for Lagos state transportation services and toll gate fees.

    The governor said that this would be achieved through integration with the COWRY card and  collaboration with LCC.

    He urged residents to register and acquire the Lagos State Resident Card to enjoy the many benefits on offer.

    On planning, he said that registration by residents would enable government be more thoroughly and effectively plan and budget for delivery of the dividends of democracy, against the backdrop of the ever-growing population.

    ”Already, 6.5 million residents have been enrolled on the database by Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), with the state witnessing four-fold increment in registration in the last three years,” he said.

    ‘With the launch of digitised card format, Sanwo-Olu said the state government was targeting to capture 10 million residents on the database before the end of 2022.

    The governor also said that new visitors in Lagos who planned to live in the state for more than two consecutive months were now required to register for the residency card.

    The Special Adviser to the governor on Innovation and Technology, Mr Olatunbosun Alake, said that the unveiling of the smart residency card became another foundational layer on which the government’s Smart City project would stand on.

    Alake said the registration procedure now came with elastic and expandable biometric interfaces to allow updates of information and the card utilised industry standard security chips that prevented duplicated identities and profiles.

    ”We have a cloud redundancy system that allows 24 hours operations and a highly rated machine accuracy system.

    It has back-end cloud workload protection and two-factor authentication to make changes to information originally supplied, such as physical address,” he said.

    LASRRA General Manager, Mrs Ibilola Kasunmu, said that the state could not afford to lag behind in the age of global digitalisation, thereby, making the transition to smart residency card compelling.

    Kasunmu said that the agency was motivated by the resolve to contribute to the overall vision of the current administration on finding innovative ways to improve on efficiency of governance and service delivery for the benefits of the people.

    ”We took account of certain limitations inherent in the initiative, developed an ecosystem framework with propositions to include a cost-effective approach to produce the smart ID cards for residents.

    ”We are glad to announce that we have been able to secure partnership of several private sector players on this laudable project as we needed to ensure the card remained free to the residents of the state.

    Residents are not expected to pay for the card,” she said.

    Endorsing the new digitised ID format, the Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that Lagos remained the cradle of transformation.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Partnerships Impacting Africa beyond COVID 19 pandemic to achieve SDGs News Analysis Partnerships Impacting Africa beyond COVID 19 pandemic to achieve SDGs By Fabian Ekeruche News Agency of Nigeria When the United Nations UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in 2015 it did not prefigure that a devastating COVID 19 pandemic will emerge few years later to become a clog in the wheel of global development The UN adopted 17 SDGs as a universal call to action to end poverty protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity According to the United Nations Development Programme UNDP the 17 SDGs are integrated they recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social economic and environmental sustainability UNDP says that countries have committed to prioritise progress for those who re furthest behind It believes that the SDGs if well implemented are designed to end poverty hunger AIDS and discrimination against women and girls The creativity knowhow technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context UNDP says Barely five years into the SDGs the global community is hit by the pandemic reversing the progress made globally Consequently few people who managed to be pulled out of poverty in Africa have been put back into poverty The SDG No 17 talks about partnerships urging international cooperation from countries continents regional bodies to partner to ensure that the SDGs are met by 2030 It is for this reason that Sterling One Foundation initiated the African Social Impact Summit ASIS to gather worthy partners to deliberate on how to bring back Africa on the trajectory of global development The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit which is the brain child of Sterling One Foundation will focus on Rethink Rebuild Recover Accelerating Growth for the SDGS Speaking on the summit The Chief Executive Officer CEO of Sterling One Foundation Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe says that ASIS is a timely initiative and is a global convening of big public private and the third sectors for us to discuss how we can be viewed from what the pandemic has done for us Ibekwe says that the foundation and its partners will leverage the summit to ensure growth is accelerated towards the achievement of the SDGs across the continent and especially in Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa We are going to be having not just panel discussions on critical sectors including health education climate action gender equality gender empowerment and also youth development We are also going to be having a deal room because we intend to attract impact investors actual money into excellent scalable solutions that address these critical issues from access to health care access to education quality and to drive inclusion The CEO says the foundation is not working alone on this project but its relying on SDG 17 to work with partners to ensure that the outcome of the summit is impactful and sustainable According to her one of the major partners in the project is Sterling Bank She says that a two day hybrid event holding on July 13 and 14 2022 in Abuja is being executed in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact Coca Cola Foundation Impact Investors Foundation VFD Group PLC and Sterling Bank She says that the summit is expected to bring together thousands of players working within the African development sector with a view to attracting impact investments into critical sectors across the continent Also speaking on the summit the Managing Executive Officer CEO of Sterling Bank Mr Abubakar Suleiman says one of the efficient ways of putting an end to hunger is to create rural prosperity Suleiman says that hunger is a critical part of the SDGs which demands commitment from partners if we are to put an end to it But you re not going to end hunger by supplying food to the poor Alleviating poverty is not how you end hunger You actually have to create prosperity And specifically you have to create rural prosperity so that the people who are directly involved in agriculture becomes a lot more productive Suleiman says For Chukwuebuka Emebinah a representative of Impact Investors Foundation IIF one of the partners in the summit the foundation is glad to be part of the ASIS conference Emebinah says that IEF is excited working with Sterling banks and Sterling One Foundation in achieving a goal of an African continent which is fully adapted to the SDGs So we have talked about the SDG 17 which is all about partnership for the goals and we are happy to be partners towards achieving the objective of this assistive service Emebinah says He says Africa as a continent continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic and the ravaging effect of climate challenge According to him the impact of the war in Ukraine on food and fuel prices continues to affect Africa as a continent We at the Impact Investors Foundation are happy to support entrepreneurship in all its goals We have a focus on agriculture health care and also the education sector And of course all of these will be thought through renewable energy sources and also climate friendly food processes Emebinah says Mrs Amaka Onyemelukwe Director Public Affairs Communications and Sustainability at the Coca Cola Company says that the company is delighted to be part of the summit Onyemelukwe says that the Coca Cola Company is very clear in achieving the SDGs which has to be run on collective impacts So we believe in partnerships I think our SDG 17 is portrayed as digital because for everything we do we believe in doing it as a collective action We recognise that we don t have strengths in all the areas and there is the need to come together to pull our resources together so that we can achieve the type of impacts that we need to be able to build sustainable communities Our mission as a company is very clear refresh the world make a difference And I think on the refresh the world part we are undisputed beverage company providing beverages for over 136 years now Onyemelukwe says She says that the COY also believe that for us to continue to be sustainable the communities where we live and work has to also be sustainable and that is a driving force for everywhere we operate In her contribution Soromidayo George Chairman United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria says that there is the need to take care of the communities we live and work George says that the onus is also on us to see that we work to prosper the people living in those communities According to her there is increasing rate of poverty all around us emanating from the COVID 19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine We cannot fold our hand in the face of all these That is why we must rise to the challenge of helping the communities we live and work This is why we are such a strategic partner in this summit George says She says that the UN Global Compact is the world s largest collection of private businesses that drive sustainability Across the world it is the private sector arm of the United Nations And we are driving the SDGs and trying to get companies to embed the SDGs within their businesses We have a vast array of resources and tools to build the right kind of capabilities within businesses and we ve been doing that Another partner Efeturi Doghudje Head Marketing and Corporate Communications for VFD Group PLC says the company is happy to join the summit as a partner Doghudje says that her group sometime last year made a critical decision to be part of the SDGs with focus on education and health We are also proud to be coming to the table to discuss some of these things that affect the continent and even cascade down and affect our country as well We are in the business of transforming lives So what better way to do that than to partner with an initiative that will help to change the continent of Africa and the peoples in it Doghudje says In conclusion the African Social Impact Summit makes a big statement on how African countries can leverage partnerships relying on the mandate of the SDGs to end poverty and increase prosperity in the continent NANFeatures NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Partnerships: Impacting Africa beyond COVID-19 pandemic to achieve SDGs
      Partnerships Impacting Africa beyond COVID 19 pandemic to achieve SDGs News Analysis Partnerships Impacting Africa beyond COVID 19 pandemic to achieve SDGs By Fabian Ekeruche News Agency of Nigeria When the United Nations UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in 2015 it did not prefigure that a devastating COVID 19 pandemic will emerge few years later to become a clog in the wheel of global development The UN adopted 17 SDGs as a universal call to action to end poverty protect the planet and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity According to the United Nations Development Programme UNDP the 17 SDGs are integrated they recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in others and that development must balance social economic and environmental sustainability UNDP says that countries have committed to prioritise progress for those who re furthest behind It believes that the SDGs if well implemented are designed to end poverty hunger AIDS and discrimination against women and girls The creativity knowhow technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context UNDP says Barely five years into the SDGs the global community is hit by the pandemic reversing the progress made globally Consequently few people who managed to be pulled out of poverty in Africa have been put back into poverty The SDG No 17 talks about partnerships urging international cooperation from countries continents regional bodies to partner to ensure that the SDGs are met by 2030 It is for this reason that Sterling One Foundation initiated the African Social Impact Summit ASIS to gather worthy partners to deliberate on how to bring back Africa on the trajectory of global development The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit which is the brain child of Sterling One Foundation will focus on Rethink Rebuild Recover Accelerating Growth for the SDGS Speaking on the summit The Chief Executive Officer CEO of Sterling One Foundation Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe says that ASIS is a timely initiative and is a global convening of big public private and the third sectors for us to discuss how we can be viewed from what the pandemic has done for us Ibekwe says that the foundation and its partners will leverage the summit to ensure growth is accelerated towards the achievement of the SDGs across the continent and especially in Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa We are going to be having not just panel discussions on critical sectors including health education climate action gender equality gender empowerment and also youth development We are also going to be having a deal room because we intend to attract impact investors actual money into excellent scalable solutions that address these critical issues from access to health care access to education quality and to drive inclusion The CEO says the foundation is not working alone on this project but its relying on SDG 17 to work with partners to ensure that the outcome of the summit is impactful and sustainable According to her one of the major partners in the project is Sterling Bank She says that a two day hybrid event holding on July 13 and 14 2022 in Abuja is being executed in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact Coca Cola Foundation Impact Investors Foundation VFD Group PLC and Sterling Bank She says that the summit is expected to bring together thousands of players working within the African development sector with a view to attracting impact investments into critical sectors across the continent Also speaking on the summit the Managing Executive Officer CEO of Sterling Bank Mr Abubakar Suleiman says one of the efficient ways of putting an end to hunger is to create rural prosperity Suleiman says that hunger is a critical part of the SDGs which demands commitment from partners if we are to put an end to it But you re not going to end hunger by supplying food to the poor Alleviating poverty is not how you end hunger You actually have to create prosperity And specifically you have to create rural prosperity so that the people who are directly involved in agriculture becomes a lot more productive Suleiman says For Chukwuebuka Emebinah a representative of Impact Investors Foundation IIF one of the partners in the summit the foundation is glad to be part of the ASIS conference Emebinah says that IEF is excited working with Sterling banks and Sterling One Foundation in achieving a goal of an African continent which is fully adapted to the SDGs So we have talked about the SDG 17 which is all about partnership for the goals and we are happy to be partners towards achieving the objective of this assistive service Emebinah says He says Africa as a continent continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic and the ravaging effect of climate challenge According to him the impact of the war in Ukraine on food and fuel prices continues to affect Africa as a continent We at the Impact Investors Foundation are happy to support entrepreneurship in all its goals We have a focus on agriculture health care and also the education sector And of course all of these will be thought through renewable energy sources and also climate friendly food processes Emebinah says Mrs Amaka Onyemelukwe Director Public Affairs Communications and Sustainability at the Coca Cola Company says that the company is delighted to be part of the summit Onyemelukwe says that the Coca Cola Company is very clear in achieving the SDGs which has to be run on collective impacts So we believe in partnerships I think our SDG 17 is portrayed as digital because for everything we do we believe in doing it as a collective action We recognise that we don t have strengths in all the areas and there is the need to come together to pull our resources together so that we can achieve the type of impacts that we need to be able to build sustainable communities Our mission as a company is very clear refresh the world make a difference And I think on the refresh the world part we are undisputed beverage company providing beverages for over 136 years now Onyemelukwe says She says that the COY also believe that for us to continue to be sustainable the communities where we live and work has to also be sustainable and that is a driving force for everywhere we operate In her contribution Soromidayo George Chairman United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria says that there is the need to take care of the communities we live and work George says that the onus is also on us to see that we work to prosper the people living in those communities According to her there is increasing rate of poverty all around us emanating from the COVID 19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine We cannot fold our hand in the face of all these That is why we must rise to the challenge of helping the communities we live and work This is why we are such a strategic partner in this summit George says She says that the UN Global Compact is the world s largest collection of private businesses that drive sustainability Across the world it is the private sector arm of the United Nations And we are driving the SDGs and trying to get companies to embed the SDGs within their businesses We have a vast array of resources and tools to build the right kind of capabilities within businesses and we ve been doing that Another partner Efeturi Doghudje Head Marketing and Corporate Communications for VFD Group PLC says the company is happy to join the summit as a partner Doghudje says that her group sometime last year made a critical decision to be part of the SDGs with focus on education and health We are also proud to be coming to the table to discuss some of these things that affect the continent and even cascade down and affect our country as well We are in the business of transforming lives So what better way to do that than to partner with an initiative that will help to change the continent of Africa and the peoples in it Doghudje says In conclusion the African Social Impact Summit makes a big statement on how African countries can leverage partnerships relying on the mandate of the SDGs to end poverty and increase prosperity in the continent NANFeatures NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Partnerships: Impacting Africa beyond COVID-19 pandemic to achieve SDGs
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    Partnerships: Impacting Africa beyond COVID-19 pandemic to achieve SDGs

    Partnerships: Impacting Africa beyond COVID-19 pandemic to achieve SDGs

     

    News Analysis— Partnerships : Impacting Africa beyond COVID-19 pandemic to achieve SDGs

    By Fabian Ekeruche,News Agency of Nigeria

    When the United Nations (UN) adopted the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in 2015, it did not prefigure that a devastating COVID-19 pandemic will emerge few years later to become a clog in the wheel of global development.

    The UN adopted 17 SDGs as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

    According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognise that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

    UNDP says that countries have committed to prioritise progress for those who’re furthest behind.

    It believes that the SDGs, if well implemented, are designed to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls.

    “The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from all of society is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context,” UNDP says.

    Barely five years into the SDGs, the global community is hit by the pandemic, reversing the progress made globally.

    Consequently, few people who managed to be pulled out of poverty in Africa have been put back into poverty.

    The SDG No. 17 talks about partnerships, urging international cooperation from countries, continents, regional bodies to partner to ensure that the SDGs are met by 2030

    It is for this reason that Sterling One Foundation initiated the African Social Impact Summit (ASIS) to gather worthy partners to deliberate on how to bring back Africa on the trajectory of global development.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the summit, which is the brain child of Sterling One Foundation, will focus on ”Rethink, Rebuild, Recover: Accelerating Growth for the SDGS.”

    Speaking on the summit, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling One Foundation, Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe, says that ASIS is a timely initiative and is a global convening of big public, private, and the third sectors for us to discuss how we can be viewed from what the pandemic has done for us.

    Ibekwe says that the foundation and its partners will leverage the summit to ensure growth is accelerated towards the achievement of the SDGs across the continent and especially in Nigeria, as the largest economy in Africa.

    “We are going to be having not just panel discussions on critical sectors including health, education, climate action, gender equality, gender empowerment, and also youth development.

    “We are also going to be having a deal room because we intend to attract impact, investors’ actual money into excellent scalable solutions that address these critical issues from access to health care, access to education quality and to drive inclusion.

    The CEO says the foundation is not working alone on this project, but its relying on SDG 17 to work with partners to ensure that the outcome of the summit is impactful and sustainable.

    According to her, one of the major partners in the project is Sterling Bank.

    She says that a two-day hybrid event, holding on July 13 and 14, 2022 in Abuja, is being executed in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact, Coca Cola Foundation, Impact Investors Foundation, VFD Group PLC and Sterling Bank.

    She says that the summit is expected to bring together thousands of players working within the African development sector with a view to attracting impact investments into critical sectors across the continent.

    Also speaking on the summit, the Managing Executive Officer (CEO) of Sterling Bank, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, says one of the efficient ways of putting an end to hunger is to create rural prosperity.

    Suleiman says that hunger is a critical part of the SDGs, which demands commitment from partners if we are to put an end to it.

    “But you’re not going to end hunger by supplying food to the poor.

    “Alleviating poverty is not how you end hunger.

    “You actually have to create prosperity. And specifically, you have to create rural prosperity, so that the people who are directly involved in agriculture becomes a lot more productive,” Suleiman says.

    For Chukwuebuka Emebinah, a representative of Impact Investors Foundation (IIF), one of the partners in the summit, the foundation is glad to be part of the ASIS conference.

    Emebinah says that IEF is excited working with Sterling banks and Sterling One Foundation in achieving a goal of an African continent which is fully adapted to the SDGs.

    “So, we have talked about the SDG 17, which is all about partnership for the goals, and we are happy to be partners towards achieving the objective of this assistive service,” Emebinah says.

    He says Africa as a continent continues to grapple with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ravaging effect of climate challenge.

    According to him, the impact of the war in Ukraine on food and fuel prices continues to affect Africa as a continent.

    “We at the Impact Investors Foundation are happy to support entrepreneurship in all its goals.

    “We have a focus on agriculture, health care and also the education sector. And of course, all of these will be thought through renewable energy sources and also climate friendly food processes,” Emebinah says

    Mrs Amaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at the Coca Cola Company, says that the company is delighted to be part of the summit.

    Onyemelukwe says that the Coca Cola Company is very clear in achieving the SDGs, which has to be run on collective impacts.

    “So we believe in partnerships, I think our SDG 17 is portrayed as digital because for everything we do, we believe in doing it as a collective action.

    “We recognise that we don’t have strengths in all the areas, and there is the need to come together to pull our resources together so that we can achieve the type of impacts that we need to be able to build sustainable communities.

    “Our mission as a company is very clear; refresh the world, make a difference.

    “And I think on the refresh the world part, we are undisputed beverage company, providing beverages  for over 136 years now,”Onyemelukwe says.

    She says that the COY also believe that for us to continue to be sustainable, the communities where we live and work has to also be sustainable; and that is a driving force for everywhere we operate.

    In her contribution, Soromidayo George, Chairman, United Nations Global Compact Network, Nigeria, says that there is the need to take care of the communities we live and work.

    George says that the onus is also on us to see that we work to prosper the people living in those communities.

    According to her, there is increasing rate of poverty all around us emanating from the COVID –19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

    “We cannot fold our hand in the face of all these. That is why we must rise to the challenge of helping the communities we live and work.

    “”This is why we are such a strategic partner in this summit,” George says.

    She says that the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest collection of private businesses that drive sustainability.

    “Across the world, it is the private sector arm of the United Nations. And we are driving the SDGs and trying to get companies to embed the SDGs within their businesses.

    “We have a vast array of resources and tools to build the right kind of capabilities within businesses and we’ve been doing that.

    Another partner, Efeturi Doghudje, Head Marketing and Corporate Communications for VFD Group PLC says the company is happy to join the summit as a partner.

    Doghudje says that her group, sometime last year, made a critical decision to be part of the SDGs with focus on education and health.

    “We are also proud to be coming to the table to discuss some of these things that affect the continent and even cascade down and affect our country as well.

    “We are in the business of transforming lives.

    “So what better way to do that than to partner with an initiative that will help to change the continent of Africa and the peoples in it,” Doghudje says.

    In conclusion, the African Social Impact Summit, makes a big statement on how African countries can leverage partnerships, relying on the mandate of the SDGs to end poverty and increase prosperity in the continent.(NANFeatures) (

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  •  Dr Victor Adoji a senatorial candidate for Kogi East has appealed to the National leadership of Peoples Democratic Party PDP to be united toward achieving landslide victory in 2023 elections Adoji who made the appeal in a statement issued in Lokoja on Wednesday called for caution over the prevailing crisis over the choice of the party s presidential running mate The 2023 general elections is around the corner and we cannot afford to go into it in crisis but to quickly too overcome this misunderstanding and be focused to ensure all round victory As a stakeholder I passionately call on our party leadership members and supporters to unite and be focused on winning the contest staring us in the face The joy is that the first leg and one of the most important phases of the electoral calendar for the 2023 general elections the primary elections has been attained Therefore to continue the journey towards the secondary elections there is need for key players and the people to move away from internal wrangling that arose from the party primaries I beckon on you to a progressive communion where everyone is involved valued and assured a role and a place in the drive to our redemption as a party and a nation he advised The Kogi senatorial candidate who was the former Head Corporate Communications Zenith Bank said We must shun mundane or temporal considerations we must eschew pride on all sides we must bond together to avoid zero forms of disposition According to him there is need for true and genuine forgiveness to open opportunity for dialogue and common convergence toward go to the contest and win convincingly He noted that togetherness remains the right word for PDP at this crucial period and therefore it is only a fool that will ever dream of doing it alone in this political dispensation Adoji an economist entrepreneurship strategist and oeople management consultant used the opportunity to thank the party for the mandate bequeathed him to fly the party s flag He said that the responsibility bestowed on him would not be lost and expressed gratitude to Sen Isaac Alfa Dr Obolo Okpanachi and Mr Abubakar Suleiman his co contenders who relinquished the fight for him NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Senatorial candidate appeals for calm, unity in PDP
     Dr Victor Adoji a senatorial candidate for Kogi East has appealed to the National leadership of Peoples Democratic Party PDP to be united toward achieving landslide victory in 2023 elections Adoji who made the appeal in a statement issued in Lokoja on Wednesday called for caution over the prevailing crisis over the choice of the party s presidential running mate The 2023 general elections is around the corner and we cannot afford to go into it in crisis but to quickly too overcome this misunderstanding and be focused to ensure all round victory As a stakeholder I passionately call on our party leadership members and supporters to unite and be focused on winning the contest staring us in the face The joy is that the first leg and one of the most important phases of the electoral calendar for the 2023 general elections the primary elections has been attained Therefore to continue the journey towards the secondary elections there is need for key players and the people to move away from internal wrangling that arose from the party primaries I beckon on you to a progressive communion where everyone is involved valued and assured a role and a place in the drive to our redemption as a party and a nation he advised The Kogi senatorial candidate who was the former Head Corporate Communications Zenith Bank said We must shun mundane or temporal considerations we must eschew pride on all sides we must bond together to avoid zero forms of disposition According to him there is need for true and genuine forgiveness to open opportunity for dialogue and common convergence toward go to the contest and win convincingly He noted that togetherness remains the right word for PDP at this crucial period and therefore it is only a fool that will ever dream of doing it alone in this political dispensation Adoji an economist entrepreneurship strategist and oeople management consultant used the opportunity to thank the party for the mandate bequeathed him to fly the party s flag He said that the responsibility bestowed on him would not be lost and expressed gratitude to Sen Isaac Alfa Dr Obolo Okpanachi and Mr Abubakar Suleiman his co contenders who relinquished the fight for him NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Senatorial candidate appeals for calm, unity in PDP
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    2023: Senatorial candidate appeals for calm, unity in PDP

    Dr Victor Adoji, a senatorial candidate for Kogi East, has appealed to the National leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be united toward achieving landslide victory in 2023 elections.

    Adoji, who made the appeal in a statement issued in Lokoja on Wednesday, called for caution over the prevailing crisis over the choice of the party’s presidential running mate.

    “The 2023 general elections is around the corner and we cannot afford to go into it in crisis but to quickly too overcome this misunderstanding and be focused to ensure all round victory.

    “As a stakeholder, I passionately call on our party leadership, members and supporters, to unite and be focused on winning the contest staring us in the face.

    “The joy is that the first leg and one of the most important phases of the electoral calendar for the 2023 general elections, the primary elections has been attained.

    “Therefore, to continue the journey towards the secondary elections, there is need for key players and the people to move away from internal wrangling that arose from the party primaries.

    “I beckon on you to a progressive communion where everyone is involved, valued and assured a role and a place in the drive to our redemption as a party and a nation,” he advised.

    The Kogi senatorial candidate, who was the former Head, Corporate Communications, Zenith Bank said, “We must shun mundane or temporal considerations, we must eschew pride on all sides, we must bond together to avoid zero forms of disposition.”

    According to him, there is need for true and genuine forgiveness to open opportunity for dialogue and common convergence toward go to the contest and win convincingly.

    He noted that togetherness remains the right word for PDP at this crucial period and therefore “it is only a fool that will ever dream of doing it alone in this political dispensation,”

    Adoji, an economist, entrepreneurship strategist and oeople-management consultant, used the opportunity to thank the party for the mandate bequeathed him to fly the party’s flag.

    He said that the responsibility bestowed on him would not be lost and expressed gratitude to Sen. Isaac Alfa, Dr Obolo Okpanachi and Mr Abubakar Suleiman, his co-contenders, who relinquished the fight for him. (

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  •  Hoodlums on Monday attacked Bauchi State lawmakers at their guest house damage cars and windows during an overside function in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House was embroiled in leadership crisis with last Thursday with 22 members passing vote of confidence on the Speaker Mr Abubakar Suleiman and principal officers of the assembly Mr Babale Abubakar the Majority Leader of the House told newsmen on Monday in Bauchi that the latest attack which happened at about 4 p m as the lawmakers were having a meeting left six of them injured At least six vehicles were destroyed by the invaders who also smashed window glasses They were over 100 and were carrying guns sticks and matchetes he said It was terrifying Some of us ran towards the exit door and were badly hurt the majority leader added Abubakar said no sooner than the Special Adviser on State and National Assembly Laison to the state governor Mr Sani Mohammed Burra left them that the hoodlums unleadhed their mayhem According to him one of them held me by the neck and asked if l was still a leader in the house He said they were ready to kill me Six members were injured in the process Some were taken to the hospital and l believe they would be fine It was a scary situation It is sad he said He however said the matter had been reported to the Commissioner of Police in the state Reacting to the development Burra dissociated himself and the executive arm from the attack He described it as uncalled for and unnecessary at a time efforts were being made to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the legislature The governor s aide also called on security agencies to investigate the incident arrest and prosecute those involved in the bastadly act to serve as a deterrent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hoodlums attack lawmakers, injured 6, damage cars in Bauchi 
     Hoodlums on Monday attacked Bauchi State lawmakers at their guest house damage cars and windows during an overside function in the state The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House was embroiled in leadership crisis with last Thursday with 22 members passing vote of confidence on the Speaker Mr Abubakar Suleiman and principal officers of the assembly Mr Babale Abubakar the Majority Leader of the House told newsmen on Monday in Bauchi that the latest attack which happened at about 4 p m as the lawmakers were having a meeting left six of them injured At least six vehicles were destroyed by the invaders who also smashed window glasses They were over 100 and were carrying guns sticks and matchetes he said It was terrifying Some of us ran towards the exit door and were badly hurt the majority leader added Abubakar said no sooner than the Special Adviser on State and National Assembly Laison to the state governor Mr Sani Mohammed Burra left them that the hoodlums unleadhed their mayhem According to him one of them held me by the neck and asked if l was still a leader in the house He said they were ready to kill me Six members were injured in the process Some were taken to the hospital and l believe they would be fine It was a scary situation It is sad he said He however said the matter had been reported to the Commissioner of Police in the state Reacting to the development Burra dissociated himself and the executive arm from the attack He described it as uncalled for and unnecessary at a time efforts were being made to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the legislature The governor s aide also called on security agencies to investigate the incident arrest and prosecute those involved in the bastadly act to serve as a deterrent NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Hoodlums attack lawmakers, injured 6, damage cars in Bauchi 
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    Hoodlums attack lawmakers, injured 6, damage cars in Bauchi 

    Hoodlums on Monday attacked Bauchi State lawmakers at their guest house, damage cars and windows during an overside function in the state. 

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House was embroiled in leadership crisis with last Thursday with  22 members  passing vote of confidence on the Speaker, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, and principal officers of the assembly.

    Mr Babale Abubakar, the Majority Leader of the House, told newsmen on Monday in Bauchi that the latest attack which happened at about 4 p.m as the lawmakers were having a meeting, left six of them injured.

    “At least six vehicles were destroyed by the invaders who also smashed window glasses.

    “They were over 100 and were carrying guns, sticks and matchetes,” he said.

    “It was terrifying. Some of us ran towards the exit door and were badly hurt,” the majority leader added.

    Abubakar said no sooner than the Special Adviser on State and National Assembly Laison to the state governor, Mr Sani Mohammed Burra, left them that the hoodlums unleadhed their mayhem.

    According to him, one of them held me by the neck and asked if l was still a leader in the house. 

    “He said they were ready to kill me. Six members were injured in the process. Some were taken to the hospital and l believe they would be fine.

    “It was a scary situation. It is sad,” he said.

    He however said the matter had been reported to the Commissioner of Police in the state.

    Reacting to the development, Burra dissociated himself and the executive arm from the attack. 

    He described it as uncalled for and unnecessary at a time efforts were being made to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the legislature.

    The governor’s aide also called on security agencies to investigate the incident, arrest and prosecute those involved in the bastadly act to serve as a deterrent.

     

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  •  Some financial experts have called for the engagement of vast agent banking and e currency to improve financial inclusion and the grassroot They made the call durinh a panel discussion at the year s Digital Pay Expo on Thursday in Lagos The year s theme is Decentralise finance Africa beyond the hype understanding use cases for the continent They told the panel that decentralised finance system with less emphasis on consumers due diligence would strengthened financial inclusion Mr Abubakar Suleiman Managing Sterling Bank Nigeria said that economic inclusion of people at the grassroots would lead to rapid financial inclusion in Nigeria He said when people were empowered economically they would be encouraged to save kalifat Araoye Managing Director Lotus Bank said a simplified documentary procedure would encourage virtual and remote account opening without any additional documentation requirements The Managing Director 9 Payment Service Bank 9PSB Branka Mracajac said that Nigeria had 65 per cent estimated informal sector size Mracajac said that Small and Medium Enterprise SME contributed majorly to job creation and economic development in Nigeria and Africa at large She said that improving financial ecosystem digitalisation of financial services and good financial literacy among grassroots dwellers would bring rapid financial inclusion in Nigeria Mr Akinwale Goodluck Deputy Chief Executive Officer AfricaNenda Kenya said that interoperability among digital platforms remained backbone of digital financial services He explained that the interoperability allowed two or more financial platforms to interact seamlessly It will enable the easy exchange of payment transactions between service providers and the users wherever the location either rural or urban area he said He urged the regulators to come up with operational model that would safely and reliably connect the stakeholders at reduced charges for the benefits of people at rural and remote areas NAN
    Experts call for vast agent banking, others to boost financial inclusion at grassroots
     Some financial experts have called for the engagement of vast agent banking and e currency to improve financial inclusion and the grassroot They made the call durinh a panel discussion at the year s Digital Pay Expo on Thursday in Lagos The year s theme is Decentralise finance Africa beyond the hype understanding use cases for the continent They told the panel that decentralised finance system with less emphasis on consumers due diligence would strengthened financial inclusion Mr Abubakar Suleiman Managing Sterling Bank Nigeria said that economic inclusion of people at the grassroots would lead to rapid financial inclusion in Nigeria He said when people were empowered economically they would be encouraged to save kalifat Araoye Managing Director Lotus Bank said a simplified documentary procedure would encourage virtual and remote account opening without any additional documentation requirements The Managing Director 9 Payment Service Bank 9PSB Branka Mracajac said that Nigeria had 65 per cent estimated informal sector size Mracajac said that Small and Medium Enterprise SME contributed majorly to job creation and economic development in Nigeria and Africa at large She said that improving financial ecosystem digitalisation of financial services and good financial literacy among grassroots dwellers would bring rapid financial inclusion in Nigeria Mr Akinwale Goodluck Deputy Chief Executive Officer AfricaNenda Kenya said that interoperability among digital platforms remained backbone of digital financial services He explained that the interoperability allowed two or more financial platforms to interact seamlessly It will enable the easy exchange of payment transactions between service providers and the users wherever the location either rural or urban area he said He urged the regulators to come up with operational model that would safely and reliably connect the stakeholders at reduced charges for the benefits of people at rural and remote areas NAN
    Experts call for vast agent banking, others to boost financial inclusion at grassroots
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    Experts call for vast agent banking, others to boost financial inclusion at grassroots

    Some financial experts have called for the engagement of vast agent banking and e-currency to improve financial inclusion and the grassroot.

    They made the call durinh a panel discussion at the year’s Digital Pay Expo on Thursday in Lagos.

    The year’s theme is: “Decentralise finance Africa, beyond the hype, understanding use cases for the continent”.

    They told the panel that decentralised finance system with less emphasis on consumers due diligence would strengthened financial inclusion.

    Mr Abubakar Suleiman, Managing Sterling Bank Nigeria, said that economic inclusion of people at the grassroots would lead to rapid financial inclusion in Nigeria.

    He said when people were empowered economically, they would be encouraged to save.

    kalifat Araoye, Managing Director, Lotus Bank, said a simplified documentary procedure would encourage virtual and remote account opening without any additional documentation requirements.

    The Managing Director, 9 Payment Service Bank(9PSB), Branka Mracajac, said that Nigeria had 65 per cent estimated informal sector size.

    Mracajac said that Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) contributed majorly to job creation and economic development in Nigeria and Africa at large.

    She said that improving financial ecosystem, digitalisation of financial services and good financial literacy among grassroots dwellers would bring rapid financial inclusion in Nigeria.

    Mr Akinwale Goodluck, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, AfricaNenda, Kenya, said that interoperability among digital platforms remained backbone of digital financial services.

    He explained that the interoperability allowed two or more financial platforms to interact seamlessly.

    “It will enable the easy exchange of payment transactions between service providers and the users wherever the location either rural or urban area,”he said.

    He urged the regulators to come up with operational model that would safely and reliably connect the stakeholders at reduced charges for the benefits of people at rural and remote areas.

    (NAN)