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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja after a successful conclusion of an eventful outing at 77th session high level meetings of the UN General Assembly The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events including bilateral meetings The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria s statement Still on Transforming Education Summit the President spoke to the thematic session four digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria On Tuesday the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande Others were the Chief of Staff the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq On Wednesday Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria s statement to the world leaders assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term In his farewell reflection he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders On Thursday Buhari reiterated Nigeria s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres On Friday the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development NIFF and attended a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind Same on Friday Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York where he commended Nigerians living in the U S for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high level events such as Africa s New Public Health Order Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism In addition the delegation attended UN High Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistics The delegation made up of 15 ministers seven governors and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs also attended other events Similarly the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM with the theme The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings At the event Aisha Buhari the President of AFLPM advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent The General Debates which started on Tuesday Sept 20 with the theme Watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges is expected to end on Tuesday Sept 27 No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering which is the first fully in person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193 member states have equal representation The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN the main deliberative and policy making organ of the United Nations Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN appoint the non permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary General of the UN It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of Resolutions as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs nanenws NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs New York after eventful last outing
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja after a successful conclusion of an eventful outing at 77th session high level meetings of the UN General Assembly The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events including bilateral meetings The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria s statement Still on Transforming Education Summit the President spoke to the thematic session four digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria On Tuesday the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande Others were the Chief of Staff the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq On Wednesday Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria s statement to the world leaders assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term In his farewell reflection he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free fair transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders On Thursday Buhari reiterated Nigeria s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders Closed Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres On Friday the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development NIFF and attended a High Level side event on Food Security Response Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development entitled Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind Same on Friday Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland Micheal Martin where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York where he commended Nigerians living in the U S for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high level events such as Africa s New Public Health Order Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism In addition the delegation attended UN High Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistics The delegation made up of 15 ministers seven governors and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs also attended other events Similarly the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM with the theme The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings At the event Aisha Buhari the President of AFLPM advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent The General Debates which started on Tuesday Sept 20 with the theme Watershed moment transformative solutions to interlocking challenges is expected to end on Tuesday Sept 27 No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering which is the first fully in person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193 member states have equal representation The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN the main deliberative and policy making organ of the United Nations Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN appoint the non permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary General of the UN It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of Resolutions as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs nanenws NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Buhari departs New York after eventful last outing
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    UNGA77: Buhari departs New York after eventful last outing

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja, after a successful conclusion of an eventful outing at 77th session high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly.

    The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari participated in no fewer than 12 High level events, including bilateral meetings.

    The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept. 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday, Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria’s statement.

    Still on Transforming Education Summit, the President spoke to the thematic session four: digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria.

    On Tuesday, the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.

    Others were the Chief of Staff the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq.

    On Wednesday, Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria’s statement to the world leaders, assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term.

    In his farewell reflection, he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders.

    On Thursday, Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.

    On Friday, the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development (NIFF), and attended a High-Level side event on ”Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development’ He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, entitled ”Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind.

    ” Same on Friday, Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheal Martin, where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country.

    Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday, he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York, where he commended Nigerians living in the U.

    S. for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour.

    NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high-level events such as Africa’s New Public Health Order: Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism.

    In addition, the delegation attended UN High-Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistics.

    The delegation, made up of 15 ministers, seven governors and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), also attended other events.

    Similarly, the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari,  organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM) with the theme “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    At the event, Aisha Buhari, the President of AFLPM, advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.

    The General Debates, which started on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the theme: “Watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,’’ is expected to end on Tuesday, Sept. 27. No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering, which is the first fully in-person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then.

    The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193-member states have equal representation.

    The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN, the main deliberative and policy-making organ of the United Nations.

    Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary-General of the UN.

    It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and make recommendations in the form of Resolutions, as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs.

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  •  The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
     The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation

    The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision-making at all levels.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Mrs Buhari, the President of AFLPM, led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi, Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies.

    The First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire, Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder, Ms Nadage Afoutou.

    In her remarks, Afoutou, representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel.

    The representative said that her organisation, United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace.

    “We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear.

    Our theory of change is that educated girls, trained and financial independent women have information and power.

    “This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience,’’ she said.

    She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment; the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women’s political participation.

    In her remarks, Ms Stefania Gianini, Assistant Director-General for Education (Education sector) at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act.

    Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women’s inclusion in peace-making in Africa.

    “It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single, unified coalition.

    “Be assured of UNESCO’s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture, as it’s about what we are.

    “It’s about what we are, Education, as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership, as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership,’’ she said According to her, UNESCO culture of peace and non-violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030, particularly SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063, in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security (SDS).

    NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building.

    It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, post conflict peace building and governance.

    The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda, set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently, YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable, comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs, experiences and aspirations of young women and men.


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  •  First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
     First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent Buhari made the call at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The first lady the President of AFLPM who spoke virtually said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of peace education as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo Equatorial Guinea in May 2022 I am happy to report that the initiative was well received she said The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women Peace and Security WPS agenda she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender peace and security education for all schools as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325 She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre eminent position of women and girls in peace building peace making and peace keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world Therefore it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process According to her as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace the challenge is even greater for our 12 year old institution to rise and insist that women s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls although we form more than half of the world s population In conflict situations we are pre disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms Already there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals SDGs due to limited access to healthcare welfare services economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality Besides death injury and displacement conflict destroys infrastructure undermines social ties and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa from the Sahel to the Oceans the first lady said Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored She said accepting and integrating the unique experience capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts To achieve this and other goals the social cultural and political barriers that limit women s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo Happily follow up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for measures and standards with which to monitor the implementation of the Women Peace and Security mandates among others the First Lady said The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs Adejoke Orelope Adefulire Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Amb Tijjani Muhammad Bande and his wife The wife of the Consul General of Nigeria in New York Mrs Florence Egopija wife of Edo governor Mrs Betsy Obaseki wife of Plateau governor Mrs Regina Lalong among others attended the event www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari advocates inclusion of peace education in African schools

    First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.

    Buhari made the call at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the high level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    The first lady, the President of AFLPM, who spoke virtually, said she it was necessary to include peace education in curriculum because of the peculiarity of conflicts in Africa.

    “I made a case for the mandatory inclusion of “peace education” as an essential subject in the curriculum of Basic Education of schools in Africa during the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, in May, 2022. “I am happy to report that the initiative was well received,’’ she said.

    The first lady said as core partners and implementers of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, she extended a similar call on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) She said the call to UNESCO in consultation with other entities and partners was to consider the development of a universal curriculum on gender, peace and security education for all schools, as a way of giving concrete expression to Resolution 1325. She said the event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS, and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    She said it was also important to note that these landmark resolutions about the pre-eminent position of women and girls in peace-building, peace-making and peace-keeping processes were adopted in this great city of New York. “We are meeting at a time of heightened tension and conflict in all regions of the world.

    “Therefore, it is time for women and their organisations to step up their contributions to the cause of peace and justice, and for the international community to attach greater value to the special voices of women in the peace process.

    ’’ According to her, as a guardian and partner in the struggle for African Peace, the challenge is even greater for our 12 year-old institution to rise and insist that women’s priorities are central to peace and security policy at all levels.

    “It is evident that violent conflicits are greatest toll on women and girls, although we form more than half of the world’s population.

    “In conflict situations, we are pre-disposed to the double jeopardy of horror and gender injustice in various forms.

    “Already, there is a wide deficit in the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to limited access to healthcare, welfare services, economic opportunities and political participation by women and girls in Africa,.

    “In a continent plagued by widespread disorder and state fragility, our individual countries are more than ever before faced with alarming ratios of maternal and child mortality.

    “Besides death, injury and displacement, conflict destroys infrastructure, undermines  social ties, and reduces the capacity of states to deliver on the development agenda promised the African electorate.

    “Our vital resources are increasingly being diverted to put out the fire at various battle across Africa – from the Sahel, to the Oceans,’’ the first lady said.

    Buhari said it was in the face of these difficulties that women had proved their peculiar skills-set as peace agents in conflict situations although this role has largely been ignored.

    She said accepting and integrating the unique experience, capability and particularity of women into all aspects of the peace and security sector was therefore essential for the success of each of the component of the peace efforts.

    “To achieve this and other goals, the social, cultural and political barriers that limit women’s full participation in achieving sustainable peace should therefore be addressed with renewed tempo.

    “Happily, follow-up UN Security Council Resolutions 2242 have provided for “measures and standards” with which to monitor the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security mandates”, among others,’’ the First Lady said.

    The Minister of Women Affairs Mrs Pauline Tallen; the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and his wife.

    The wife of the Consul-General of Nigeria in New York, Mrs Florence Egopija, wife of Edo  governor, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, wife of Plateau governor, Mrs Regina Lalong, among others, attended the event.

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  •   Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens News analysis Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering Due to the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic the UN had adopted virtual and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease However delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person this year which will run from Sept 13 through Sept 27 Similarly Heads of State and Governments ministers and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High Level Week of the gathering from Sept 20 to 27 As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID 19 the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria s statement on Sept 21 Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am around 2pm Nigerian time to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77 A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels In addition he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs objectives Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate attend the High Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation According to him President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers state governors and heads of agencies to the debate We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria s participation in all the side line events which are five mandated events from the UN He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security education insecurity and climate change among others The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate High Level Summit on Education High level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Movement Also High level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities He said that with the relaxation of COVID 19 protocols UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak where debates and meeting were done in person The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs will attend They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria s outing is successful and impactful the official said Similarly he confirmed that Nigeria s First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Speaking on the event Mr Suleiman Haruna Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept 22 Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja Early this year she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea the director said Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception the High Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members he said Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country NANFeatures If published please credit the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens  
      Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens News analysis Bracing up for Buhari s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering Due to the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic the UN had adopted virtual and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease However delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person this year which will run from Sept 13 through Sept 27 Similarly Heads of State and Governments ministers and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High Level Week of the gathering from Sept 20 to 27 As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID 19 the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria s statement on Sept 21 Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am around 2pm Nigerian time to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77 A watershed moment Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels In addition he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs objectives Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate attend the High Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation According to him President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers state governors and heads of agencies to the debate We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria s participation in all the side line events which are five mandated events from the UN He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security education insecurity and climate change among others The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate High Level Summit on Education High level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Movement Also High level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic Religious and Linguistic Minorities He said that with the relaxation of COVID 19 protocols UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak where debates and meeting were done in person The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs will attend They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria s outing is successful and impactful the official said Similarly he confirmed that Nigeria s First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Speaking on the event Mr Suleiman Haruna Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept 22 Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja Early this year she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea the director said Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception the High Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members he said Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country NANFeatures If published please credit the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens  
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    Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens  

    Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens   News analysis: Bracing up for Buhari’s last outing as UNGA 77 opens By Cecilia Ologunagba, News Agency of Nigeria The 77th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has opened with excitement as the UN Headquarters in New York is now a beehive of activity after three years of virtual gathering.

    Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the UN had adopted virtual, and hybrid means since 2020 for its General Assembly to guarantee business continuity and mitigate the spread of the disease.

    However, delegates from 193 member states of the UN are expected to attend the session in person, this year which will run from Sept. 13 through Sept. 27. Similarly, Heads of State and Governments, ministers, and delegates from the member states are expected to deliver statements in person at the High-Level Week of the gathering from Sept. 20 to 27. As precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the side events have been reduced to less than 20 within the UN headquarters, while delegates are encouraged to hold their events outside the premises.

    According to a revised provisional list of speakers released from the Office of the General Assembly President, the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s  statement on Sept. 21. Buhari will be the first speaker on that day to address world leaders.

    The Nigerian leader will deliver his address around 9am (around 2pm Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session while leaders from four African countries will also speak at the session.

    Buhari will be speaking in tandem with the theme of UNGA 77, “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges”, highlighting some measures taken to address the impact of climate change.

    He is also expected to inform the global community on the efforts the Nigerian Government has made towards reviving the shrinking of Lake Chad and the drying up of many rivers as well as rising sea levels.

    In addition, he will highlight some measures taken by the Nigerian Government, from mitigation to resilience and will reaffirm the country’s commitment to building a climate resilient economy that will align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) objectives.

    Buhari is expected to be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande; the Head of Chancery at the Nigeria Permanent Mission to the UN, Mr Benjamin Olafaju to deliver his statement to the world leaders.

    Speaking on the level of preparedness to participate, Olafaju said that the Mission was ready to participate at the global debate, attend the High-Level meeting and host Nigerian delegation.

    According to him, President Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation with some ministers, state governors, and heads of agencies to the debate.

    “We are prepared to receive the Nigerian delegation and give the best support to Nigeria’s participation in all the side-line events, which are five mandated events from the UN.

    He said Nigeria would cover all areas of interest from food security, education, insecurity, and climate change, among others.

    The official listed the five mandated events as the General Debate; High Level Summit on Education; High-level plenary meeting to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and Annual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Movement Also, High-level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.

    He said that with the relaxation of COVID-19 protocols, UNGA 77 is going to be the reflection of the previous ones before the outbreak, where debates and meeting were done in person.

    “The last in person UNGA we had was in 2019 so we are expecting a sizeable delegation from Nigeria with UN reverting to the old tradition of attending in person.

    “It is going be a unique UNGA for Nigeria because this is the last General Assembly that President Buhari and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) will attend.

    “They are going to put in their best to ensure Nigeria’s outing is successful and impactful,’’ the official said.

    Similarly, he confirmed that Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari will be attending an event organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Speaking on the event, Mr Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the First Lady of Nigeria, said Mrs Buhari would be speaking as President of AFLPM on Sept. 22. Haruna said Mrs Buhari was elected President of AFLPM in November 2021 during the 9th Assembly of the Mission in Abuja.

    “Early this year, she presented her mandate before the African Union and to members on the margins of AU Summit at Malabo Equatorial Guinea,”’ the director said.

    Haruna further said that Aisha Buhari would speak at the event on peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

    “It is anticipated that 25 years from its inception, the High-Level Side event on the margins of the 77th Session will provide a platform to share experiences.

    “It is also expected that it will proffer solutions that will lead to unified call for action among members,’’ he said.

    Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama is expected to arrive in New York to finalise arrangement to prepare the President for his last outing.

    The expectation is that the team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nigerian mission in New York will put in their best to ensure that Buhari, and Nigeria records an outing that will be of immense benefit to not only the government and people of Nigeria but for the business community in the country.

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  •  The President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission and Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari on Monday inspected the on going construction of the new permanent secretariat of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja to assess the progress of work at the site Mrs Buhari who expressed happiness with the level of work at the site charged the contractors to speed up the work to meet the deadline While shedding more light on the significance of the visit the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy Mr Sani Zorro expressed optimism that the project when completed will contribute significantly to the development mission Now we are very happy the first lady has come and is seeing the progress of work and we are very happy with the progress of work done so far it means that all the activities of AFLPM will be held in Nigeria and this is the significance of this project being cited here As you can see the Nigeria Institute of Legislative Studies is around the location the base University you can see the Nigeria Army Training Centre here These particular area is reserved for research institute and for the AFLPM to be sited here it is now rated in the category of a resourceful institutions that are in the categories of Universities and tertiary institutions of learning Zorro explained that the new permanent site of the AFLPM which is located along the Airport route when completed will provide a befitting office accommodation for the smooth running of the activities of the mission So the location is appropriate and deserving of a kind of activities that the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission will perform The contractor have assured us that the delivery time and the inaugural period will still be January 2023 and we look forward to making Nigeria a proud nation that will host the secretariat of AFLPM he said On his part the Operations Manager of the company Engr Chadi Jawish assured the first lady of their determination to meet with the January 2023 deadline We are doing our best to meet up with the January 2023 dateline As you know building has a critical duration period and we are on target to deliver the project by the end of January 2023 We are following the programme of design to reach the dateline now we reached around 20 per cent of the work so far Also speaking the representative of the federal Ministry of Works and Housing Arch Abimbola Assein said the ministry was monitoring every aspect of the project to ensure that standard procedure of building is maintained We are checking every step of the work to ensure that the contractor complied with the extant rules of building regulations So the planning approvals the soul test the concrete test and other things that the contractor ought to be doing is doing it well and we are monitoring the work on daily basis to ensure that no rules is flouted she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new AFLPM Secretariat which foundation was laid on November 2021 is expected to be completed in January 2023 NAN also recalled that the building which has been under construction on about 2 7 hectares of land along the Airport Road will be made up of five floors 13 meeting rooms a recreational park and a section for African Village which will provide the opportunity for the exhibition of African cultural artefacts among others The facility is also expected to benefit pupils during the celebration of the day for the African child NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aisha Buhari inspects on-going Construction of New AFLPM Permanent Secretariat site
     The President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission and Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari on Monday inspected the on going construction of the new permanent secretariat of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja to assess the progress of work at the site Mrs Buhari who expressed happiness with the level of work at the site charged the contractors to speed up the work to meet the deadline While shedding more light on the significance of the visit the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy Mr Sani Zorro expressed optimism that the project when completed will contribute significantly to the development mission Now we are very happy the first lady has come and is seeing the progress of work and we are very happy with the progress of work done so far it means that all the activities of AFLPM will be held in Nigeria and this is the significance of this project being cited here As you can see the Nigeria Institute of Legislative Studies is around the location the base University you can see the Nigeria Army Training Centre here These particular area is reserved for research institute and for the AFLPM to be sited here it is now rated in the category of a resourceful institutions that are in the categories of Universities and tertiary institutions of learning Zorro explained that the new permanent site of the AFLPM which is located along the Airport route when completed will provide a befitting office accommodation for the smooth running of the activities of the mission So the location is appropriate and deserving of a kind of activities that the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission will perform The contractor have assured us that the delivery time and the inaugural period will still be January 2023 and we look forward to making Nigeria a proud nation that will host the secretariat of AFLPM he said On his part the Operations Manager of the company Engr Chadi Jawish assured the first lady of their determination to meet with the January 2023 deadline We are doing our best to meet up with the January 2023 dateline As you know building has a critical duration period and we are on target to deliver the project by the end of January 2023 We are following the programme of design to reach the dateline now we reached around 20 per cent of the work so far Also speaking the representative of the federal Ministry of Works and Housing Arch Abimbola Assein said the ministry was monitoring every aspect of the project to ensure that standard procedure of building is maintained We are checking every step of the work to ensure that the contractor complied with the extant rules of building regulations So the planning approvals the soul test the concrete test and other things that the contractor ought to be doing is doing it well and we are monitoring the work on daily basis to ensure that no rules is flouted she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new AFLPM Secretariat which foundation was laid on November 2021 is expected to be completed in January 2023 NAN also recalled that the building which has been under construction on about 2 7 hectares of land along the Airport Road will be made up of five floors 13 meeting rooms a recreational park and a section for African Village which will provide the opportunity for the exhibition of African cultural artefacts among others The facility is also expected to benefit pupils during the celebration of the day for the African child NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Aisha Buhari inspects on-going Construction of New AFLPM Permanent Secretariat site
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    Aisha Buhari inspects on-going Construction of New AFLPM Permanent Secretariat site

    The President, Africa First Ladies Peace Mission and Nigeria`s First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Monday inspected the on-going construction of the new permanent secretariat of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, to assess the progress of work at the site.

    Mrs Buhari who expressed happiness with the level of work at the site, charged the contractors to speed-up the work to meet the deadline.

    While shedding more light on the significance of the visit, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Mr Sani Zorro, expressed optimism that the project, when completed, will contribute significantly to the development mission.

    “Now, we are very happy, the first lady has come and is seeing the progress of work, and we are very happy with the progress of work done so far, it means that all the activities of AFLPM will be held in Nigeria and this is the significance of this project being cited here.

    “As you can see, the Nigeria Institute of Legislative Studies is around the location, the base University; you can see the Nigeria Army Training Centre here.

    “These particular area is reserved for research institute and for the AFLPM to be sited here; it is now rated in the category of a resourceful institutions that are in the categories of Universities and tertiary institutions of learning.

    Zorro explained that, the new permanent site of the AFLPM, which is located along the Airport route, when completed, will provide a befitting office accommodation for the smooth running of the activities of the mission.

    “So, the location is appropriate and deserving of a kind of activities that the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission will perform.

    “The contractor have assured us that the delivery time and the inaugural period will still be January 2023 and we look forward to making Nigeria a proud nation that will host the secretariat of AFLPM,” he said.

    On his part, the Operations Manager of the company, Engr. Chadi Jawish, assured the first lady of their determination to meet with the January 2023 deadline.

    “We are doing our best to meet-up with the January 2023 dateline.

    “As you know, building has a critical duration period and we are on target to deliver the project by the end of January 2023.

    “We are following the programme of design to reach the dateline, now; we reached around 20 per cent of the work so far.

    Also speaking, the representative of the federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Arch. Abimbola Assein, said, the ministry was monitoring every aspect of the project to ensure that standard procedure of building is maintained.

    “We are checking every step of the work to ensure that the contractor complied with the extant rules of building regulations.

    “So, the planning approvals, the soul test, the concrete test and other things that the contractor ought to be doing is doing it well and we are monitoring the work on daily basis to ensure that no rules is flouted,” she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new AFLPM Secretariat which foundation was laid on November 2021 is expected to be completed in January 2023.

    NAN also recalled that the building which has been under construction on about 2.7 hectares of land along the Airport Road will be made up of five floors, 13 meeting rooms, a recreational park and a section for African Village which will provide the opportunity for the exhibition of African cultural artefacts among others.

    The facility is also expected to benefit pupils during the celebration of the day for the African child.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example By Ahmed Ubandom News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably women cannot be ignored in the quest to ensure food security especially in sub Saharan Africa According to the United Nations women represent 50 per cent of agricultural labour force in Sub Saharan Africa It was as a result of this undeniable fact that the Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari and President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM has sustained her commitment to support women in agriculture Recently Aisha Buhari sent a delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to participation in a high level forum on Food Security organised by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University Participants were drawn from different member states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries OIC including ministers opinion leaders and experts in agro industrial sector The Nigeria s delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy Office of First Lady Mr Sani Zorro In his presentation Zorro enumerated the achievements of the Aisha Buhari Foundation ABF in supporting women and children especially in the areas of health education and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria Zorro also listed ABF s interventions in addressing cases associated with gender based violence promotion of adolescence health and nutrition needs girl child education among others He explained that the interventions were executed through strategic collaboration between the ABF and other development partners While in Kazakhstan the Nigerian delegation held strategic meetings with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS Ombudsman for Children s Rights in Kazakhstan Institute of World Economics and Politics IWEP Nur Sultan Foundation Other were Hassad Food Qatar Attyab International Services Arab Authority as well as GIS Space Services among others The organisers of the high level forum the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS had earlier indicated interest to partner the first lady s foundation to provide technical support for women in Agriculture especially rural women The IOFS Director General Prof Yerlan Baidaulet said that the partnership would require building technical capacities of rural women for a more productive engagement in agriculture The D G said that the IOFS had a lot in common with the ABF in terms of operational convergence for rural farming The two organisations have a lot in common especially in the areas of developing technical capacity for female farmers and rural farming I am sure there are big opportunities in this kind of project especially in the rural areas for developing technical capacity for rural farmers especially female farmers so I think we have a lot of things to do by cooperating with the first lady s foundation We have to work because today we are witnessing a lot of inequalities a lot of social problems I think those who are giving this kind of opportunity to partner the first lady s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people he said Baidaulet commended the ABF for its commitment to tackle social problems support humanity and make the society a better place On his part the representative of the first lady Mr Zorro expressed optimism that the partnership would be mutually beneficial He said that the ABF had been visibly proactive in providing healthcare education and economic empowerment services to the vulnerable in the society The foundation is willing to collaborate with reputable organisations around the world to deepen its support for humanity he said During one of the sessions the first lady advocated for increased stakeholders engagements in promoting peace building among farming communities to ensure sustainable food security in the Afreican continent The first lady emphasised the need to join forces to address the devastating impact of climate change especially as it affects women and children as well as food production She said concerted effort must be made by relevant authorities to stem the conflicts between farming communities and herdsmen According to her the situation threatens food production in most farming communities She said government of Nigeria had invested huge resources to curtail the situation and to guarantee safety to the farming communities Efforts are being made to address the situation in most affected areas of Africa especially from humanitarian organisation Efforts from my office and my foundation the Aisha Buhari Foundation have continued to support women youths and children who are mostly affected by the challenges affecting our environment I am excited by the efforts aimed at partnering the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to achieving food security especially through food security and nutrition As President of AFLPM sometime last month I have the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a reliable partner in promoting peace in the continent We are committed to using the network of AFLPM to influence the teachings of peace and security education in primary secondary and territory schools in the continent she said Aisha Buhari also informed the gathering that her foundation had partnered the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs through the utilisation of genetic plants This is a segment of our agriculture which large number of our local population depend on for the treatment of their ailments food supplements and cosmetics According to her out of 10 000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria only 20 per cent are utilised In addition my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine TCAM Council Bill into law She reiterated her determination to support women and children especially women in agriculture for sustainable food security in the continent Undoubtedly the high level forum which had representatives from over 20 member countries of IOC formed a dynamic stand for multi stakeholders dialogue to explore ways of ensuring food security boost innovations and sharing of challenges associated with food security and nutrition across the globe NANFeatures If used pleased credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example
      Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women Aisha Buhari example By Ahmed Ubandom News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably women cannot be ignored in the quest to ensure food security especially in sub Saharan Africa According to the United Nations women represent 50 per cent of agricultural labour force in Sub Saharan Africa It was as a result of this undeniable fact that the Nigeria s First Lady Aisha Buhari and President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM has sustained her commitment to support women in agriculture Recently Aisha Buhari sent a delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to participation in a high level forum on Food Security organised by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University Participants were drawn from different member states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries OIC including ministers opinion leaders and experts in agro industrial sector The Nigeria s delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy Office of First Lady Mr Sani Zorro In his presentation Zorro enumerated the achievements of the Aisha Buhari Foundation ABF in supporting women and children especially in the areas of health education and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria Zorro also listed ABF s interventions in addressing cases associated with gender based violence promotion of adolescence health and nutrition needs girl child education among others He explained that the interventions were executed through strategic collaboration between the ABF and other development partners While in Kazakhstan the Nigerian delegation held strategic meetings with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS Ombudsman for Children s Rights in Kazakhstan Institute of World Economics and Politics IWEP Nur Sultan Foundation Other were Hassad Food Qatar Attyab International Services Arab Authority as well as GIS Space Services among others The organisers of the high level forum the Islamic Organisation for Food Security IOFS had earlier indicated interest to partner the first lady s foundation to provide technical support for women in Agriculture especially rural women The IOFS Director General Prof Yerlan Baidaulet said that the partnership would require building technical capacities of rural women for a more productive engagement in agriculture The D G said that the IOFS had a lot in common with the ABF in terms of operational convergence for rural farming The two organisations have a lot in common especially in the areas of developing technical capacity for female farmers and rural farming I am sure there are big opportunities in this kind of project especially in the rural areas for developing technical capacity for rural farmers especially female farmers so I think we have a lot of things to do by cooperating with the first lady s foundation We have to work because today we are witnessing a lot of inequalities a lot of social problems I think those who are giving this kind of opportunity to partner the first lady s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people he said Baidaulet commended the ABF for its commitment to tackle social problems support humanity and make the society a better place On his part the representative of the first lady Mr Zorro expressed optimism that the partnership would be mutually beneficial He said that the ABF had been visibly proactive in providing healthcare education and economic empowerment services to the vulnerable in the society The foundation is willing to collaborate with reputable organisations around the world to deepen its support for humanity he said During one of the sessions the first lady advocated for increased stakeholders engagements in promoting peace building among farming communities to ensure sustainable food security in the Afreican continent The first lady emphasised the need to join forces to address the devastating impact of climate change especially as it affects women and children as well as food production She said concerted effort must be made by relevant authorities to stem the conflicts between farming communities and herdsmen According to her the situation threatens food production in most farming communities She said government of Nigeria had invested huge resources to curtail the situation and to guarantee safety to the farming communities Efforts are being made to address the situation in most affected areas of Africa especially from humanitarian organisation Efforts from my office and my foundation the Aisha Buhari Foundation have continued to support women youths and children who are mostly affected by the challenges affecting our environment I am excited by the efforts aimed at partnering the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to achieving food security especially through food security and nutrition As President of AFLPM sometime last month I have the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a reliable partner in promoting peace in the continent We are committed to using the network of AFLPM to influence the teachings of peace and security education in primary secondary and territory schools in the continent she said Aisha Buhari also informed the gathering that her foundation had partnered the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs through the utilisation of genetic plants This is a segment of our agriculture which large number of our local population depend on for the treatment of their ailments food supplements and cosmetics According to her out of 10 000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria only 20 per cent are utilised In addition my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional Complementary and Alternative Medicine TCAM Council Bill into law She reiterated her determination to support women and children especially women in agriculture for sustainable food security in the continent Undoubtedly the high level forum which had representatives from over 20 member countries of IOC formed a dynamic stand for multi stakeholders dialogue to explore ways of ensuring food security boost innovations and sharing of challenges associated with food security and nutrition across the globe NANFeatures If used pleased credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example
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    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example

    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example

    Achieving food security through strategic partnership with women: Aisha Buhari example

    By Ahmed Ubandom, News Agency of Nigeria

    Unarguably, women cannot be ignored in the quest to ensure food security, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the United Nations, women represent 50 per cent of agricultural labour force in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    It was as a result of this undeniable fact, that the Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari and President Africa First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM), has sustained her commitment to support women in agriculture.

    Recently, Aisha Buhari sent a delegation to the Republic of Kazakhstan to participation in a high-level forum on Food Security, organised by the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) and Kazakhstan National Agrarian Research University.

    Participants were drawn from different member-states of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC), including ministers, opinion leaders and experts in agro-industrial sector.

    The Nigeria`s delegation was led by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs and Strategy, Office of First Lady, Mr Sani Zorro.

    In his presentation, Zorro enumerated the achievements of the Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF), in supporting women and children, especially in the areas of health, education and nutritional needs of malnourished communities in Nigeria.

    Zorro also listed ABF`s interventions in addressing cases associated with gender-based violence, promotion of adolescence health and nutrition needs, girl-child education, among others.

    He explained that the interventions were executed through strategic collaboration between the ABF and other development partners.

    While in Kazakhstan, the Nigerian delegation held  strategic meetings with the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS), Ombudsman for Children`s Rights in Kazakhstan, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Nur-Sultan Foundation.

    Other were Hassad Food Qatar, Attyab International Services, Arab Authority as well as GIS Space Services, among others.

    The organisers of the high-level forum, the Islamic Organisation for Food Security (IOFS) had earlier, indicated interest to partner the first lady`s foundation to provide technical support for women in Agriculture, especially rural women.

    The IOFS Director-General, Prof. Yerlan Baidaulet, said that the partnership would require building technical capacities of rural women for a more productive engagement in agriculture.

    The D-G said that the IOFS had a lot in common with the ABF in terms of operational convergence for rural farming.

    “The two organisations have a lot in common, especially in the areas of developing technical capacity for female farmers and rural farming.

    “ I am sure there are big opportunities in this kind of project, especially in the rural areas for developing technical capacity for rural farmers, especially female farmers, so, I think we have a lot of things to do by cooperating with the first lady`s foundation.

    “ We have to work because today, we are witnessing a lot of inequalities, a lot of social problems, I think those who are giving this kind of opportunity to partner the first lady`s foundation will join efforts and do something tangible for the good of the people,” he said.

    Baidaulet, commended the ABF for its commitment to tackle social problems, support humanity and make the society a better place.

    On his part, the representative of the first lady, Mr Zorro, expressed optimism that the partnership would be mutually beneficial.

    He said that the ABF had been visibly proactive in providing healthcare, education and economic empowerment services to the vulnerable in the society.

    ”The foundation is willing to collaborate with reputable organisations around the world to deepen its support for humanity,” he said.

    During one of the sessions, the first lady, advocated for increased stakeholders engagements in promoting peace-building among farming communities to ensure sustainable food security in the Afreican continent.

    The first lady emphasised the need to join forces to address the devastating impact of climate change, especially as it affects women and children as well as food production.

    She said concerted effort must be made by relevant authorities to stem the conflicts between farming communities and herdsmen.

    According to her, the situation threatens food production in most farming communities.  She said government of Nigeria had invested huge resources to curtail the situation and to guarantee safety to the farming communities.

    “Efforts are being made to address the situation in most affected areas of Africa, especially from humanitarian organisation.

    “Efforts from my office and my foundation, the Aisha Buhari Foundation have continued to support women, youths and children who are mostly affected by the challenges affecting our environment.

    “ I am excited by the efforts aimed at partnering the Islamic Organisation for Food Security in our commitment to achieving food security, especially through food security and nutrition.

    “ As President of AFLPM, sometime last month, I have the opportunity to address the General Assembly Summit of African Union Heads of States and Government as a reliable partner in promoting peace in the continent.

    “ We are committed to using the network of AFLPM to influence the teachings of peace and security education in primary, secondary and territory schools in the continent, ” she said.

    Aisha Buhari also informed the gathering that her foundation had partnered the Federal Ministry of Health to promote traditional medicinal herbs through the utilisation of genetic plants.

    “ This is a segment of our agriculture which large number of our local population depend on for the treatment of their ailments, food supplements and cosmetics.

    According to her, out of 10,000 species of medicinal plants in Nigeria, only 20 per cent are utilised.

    In addition, my office has resolved to work with the Nigerian parliament to accelerate the passage of the Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Council Bill into law.

    She reiterated her determination to support women and children, especially women in agriculture for sustainable food security in the continent.

    Undoubtedly, the high-level forum which had representatives from over 20-member countries of IOC, formed a dynamic stand for multi-stakeholders’ dialogue to explore ways of ensuring food security, boost innovations and sharing of challenges associated with food security and nutrition across the globe. (NANFeatures).

    ** If used, pleased credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The first lady Aisha Buhari has expressed gratitude to members of the diplomatic community for their support towards the actualisation of her dreams of supporting children women and youths of Nigeria through her Aisha Buhari Foundation ABF Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday when she hosted Female Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Wives of Ambassadors to Nigeria to an eid el fitr dinner at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa Abuja The first lady used the opportunity to appreciate the support rendered to her foundation in bridging the gap in health and economic well being of women and youths especially the education of the girl child I must say with your support we have recorded a tremendous success through our strategic intervention in areas of health education and economic empowerment of our women and youths she said She also used the opportunity as the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM to remind the gathering of their resolve to renew their commitment towards Peace building in Africa In my capacity as President of AFLPM I want to use this medium to appeal for more support towards building bridges to help in promoting peace in conflict areas in our regions She also urged the female heads of diplomatic Missions and spouses of foreign Ambassadors to Nigeria to use their influence and promote women participation in politics I believe that women participation and empowerment is directly proportional to national development and we must all take responsibility for it she appealed She therefore expressed her determination to collaborate with development partners toward providing succour to the less privileged persons in the society Members of the diplomatic community took time to express their views on their experiences in Nigeria and the contribution of the Aisha Buhari Foundation in the lives of women and children The Country Representative of Women to Nigeria Beatrice Ayong assured the first lady that the UN agencies would continue to support her initiatives toward the advancement of women especially in addressing gender barriers Ayong expressed the need for more women participation in governance On her part the British Ambassador to Nigeria Caterina Lain said the diplomatic communities have a greater role to play in strengthening cordial working relationship with Nigerians As diplomats we have a role to play in this terrible time to strengthen the ties and promote peace she said Lain however used the opportunity to appreciate the government and people of Nigeria for a cordial working relationship In his welcome address the Senior Special Assistant to President Public Affairs and Strategy in the office of the first lady Sani Zorro stressed the need for diplomats to always promote peace in their host countries According to him diplomats are challenged to always promote peace building as well as strengthen mechanism aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence across the world NAN
    Aisha Buhari appreciates diplomatic Community for Support
     The first lady Aisha Buhari has expressed gratitude to members of the diplomatic community for their support towards the actualisation of her dreams of supporting children women and youths of Nigeria through her Aisha Buhari Foundation ABF Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday when she hosted Female Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Wives of Ambassadors to Nigeria to an eid el fitr dinner at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa Abuja The first lady used the opportunity to appreciate the support rendered to her foundation in bridging the gap in health and economic well being of women and youths especially the education of the girl child I must say with your support we have recorded a tremendous success through our strategic intervention in areas of health education and economic empowerment of our women and youths she said She also used the opportunity as the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM to remind the gathering of their resolve to renew their commitment towards Peace building in Africa In my capacity as President of AFLPM I want to use this medium to appeal for more support towards building bridges to help in promoting peace in conflict areas in our regions She also urged the female heads of diplomatic Missions and spouses of foreign Ambassadors to Nigeria to use their influence and promote women participation in politics I believe that women participation and empowerment is directly proportional to national development and we must all take responsibility for it she appealed She therefore expressed her determination to collaborate with development partners toward providing succour to the less privileged persons in the society Members of the diplomatic community took time to express their views on their experiences in Nigeria and the contribution of the Aisha Buhari Foundation in the lives of women and children The Country Representative of Women to Nigeria Beatrice Ayong assured the first lady that the UN agencies would continue to support her initiatives toward the advancement of women especially in addressing gender barriers Ayong expressed the need for more women participation in governance On her part the British Ambassador to Nigeria Caterina Lain said the diplomatic communities have a greater role to play in strengthening cordial working relationship with Nigerians As diplomats we have a role to play in this terrible time to strengthen the ties and promote peace she said Lain however used the opportunity to appreciate the government and people of Nigeria for a cordial working relationship In his welcome address the Senior Special Assistant to President Public Affairs and Strategy in the office of the first lady Sani Zorro stressed the need for diplomats to always promote peace in their host countries According to him diplomats are challenged to always promote peace building as well as strengthen mechanism aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence across the world NAN
    Aisha Buhari appreciates diplomatic Community for Support
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    Aisha Buhari appreciates diplomatic Community for Support

    The first lady, Aisha Buhari, has expressed gratitude to members of the diplomatic community for their support towards the actualisation of her dreams of supporting children, women and youths of Nigeria through her Aisha Buhari Foundation (ABF).

    Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday when she hosted Female Heads of Diplomatic Missions and Wives of Ambassadors to Nigeria to an eid-el-fitr dinner at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

    The first lady used the opportunity to appreciate the support rendered to her foundation in bridging the gap in health and economic well-being of women and youths, especially the education of the girl-child.

    ” I must say, with your support, we have recorded a tremendous success through our strategic intervention in areas of health, education and economic empowerment of our women and youths,” she said.

    She also used the opportunity as the President of African First Ladies Peace Mission(AFLPM)to remind the gathering of their resolve to renew their commitment towards Peace building in Africa.

    ”’ In my capacity as President of AFLPM, I want to use this medium to appeal for  more support towards building bridges to help in promoting peace in conflict areas in our regions.”

    She also urged the female heads of diplomatic Missions and spouses of foreign Ambassadors to Nigeria to use their influence and promote women participation in politics.

    ” I believe that, women participation and empowerment is directly proportional to national development and we must all take responsibility for it” she appealed.

    She therefore expressed her determination to collaborate with development partners toward providing succour to the less privileged persons in the society.

    Members of the diplomatic community took time to express their views on their experiences in Nigeria and the contribution of the Aisha Buhari Foundation in the lives of women and children.

    The Country Representative of Women to Nigeria, Beatrice Ayong, assured the first lady that, the UN agencies would continue to support her initiatives toward the advancement of women, especially in addressing gender barriers.

    Ayong expressed the need for more women participation in governance.

    On her part, the British Ambassador to Nigeria, Caterina Lain, said the diplomatic communities have a greater role to play in strengthening cordial working relationship with Nigerians.

    ”As diplomats, we have a role to play in this terrible time to strengthen the ties and promote peace” she said.

    Lain however, used the opportunity to appreciate the government and people of Nigeria for a cordial working relationship.

    In his welcome address, the Senior Special Assistant to President Public Affairs and Strategy in the office of the first lady, Sani Zorro, stressed the need for diplomats to always promote peace in their host countries.

    According to him, diplomats are challenged to always promote peace building as well as strengthen mechanism aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence across the world.

    (NAN)

  •   The wife of the President of Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio has reaffirmed her commitment to the campaign against rape and early marriage of girls to stop the abuse of the girl child Ms Maada Bio currently in Nigeria for the 9th African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit AFLPM made this known while briefing journalists ahead of Monday s meeting in Abuja She expressed her commitment to fighting for the rights of the girl child as a cause that she had championed even before becoming First Lady of Sierra Leone According to her the speed at which girls have become sexual predators and most of the time they have taken advantage of their selfish gains raises great concern for the achievement of a quality education It just happens that when you become First Lady you have a platform and then you create your own platform and that had been the Hands of Our Girls Campaign A campaign to find a way to stop the abuse of our girl It is a campaign that focuses on rape on ending early marriages which I think is legalizing the way of raping girls Because if you force a child at the age of 11 12 13 even up to 17 years old to marry that is abuse It is just an African tradition to legalize rape When I started the campaign I started with seven other First Ladies who came and have returned They have put their own projects and we have all put our project in Hands of Our Girls they have changed the name and we have continued to campaign against the same He stressed the need to end rape and early marriage of girls in order to promote the education of girls across the African continent She added that while other First Ladies could not be compelled to champion the cause the problems bordering on the abuse of girls were an African problem Unless we start to accept that the issue is a big problem in Africa we will not be able to tackle it and that has been my campaign from day one In becoming First Lady I refused to focus on the normal things that other First Ladies do campaigning on HIV AIDS which are campaigns that have been in existence for over 20 years Which God has known for how many years and I don t think that is the problem in our country The problem in our country is rape and early marriage That s why I chose to do that and focus on that it has allowed girls to know their rights and has empowered her to say no Knowing when to say it is not the right thing to do has enlightened our men to know that there is a time not to touch a girl she said The First Lady said such a drastic measure had helped mark the departure from the previous practice system and put the rapist on reserve in the country She said Before when you were raped you got away with it today they take you to court if they find you guilty they imprison you for 15 years The justice system has changed so that we have a special court this is the first time this has happened We now have a special court that deals with rape problems So it accelerated that it has allowed the government to see things differently and focus on the girls agenda We have the president who sits as chairman of the committee that deals with that he has also helped various institutions to campaign on the issue before I became First Lady However it revealed that the campaign against rape and early marriage had become holistic and that the coalition of doctors security personnel and traditional rulers had been fighting to end such abuses The Nigerian News Agency reports that the AFLPM Ninth Summit aims to promote peace and conflict resolution in Africa Source NAN
    Sierra Leonean President’s wife reaffirms commitment to campaign against rape
      The wife of the President of Sierra Leone Fatima Maada Bio has reaffirmed her commitment to the campaign against rape and early marriage of girls to stop the abuse of the girl child Ms Maada Bio currently in Nigeria for the 9th African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit AFLPM made this known while briefing journalists ahead of Monday s meeting in Abuja She expressed her commitment to fighting for the rights of the girl child as a cause that she had championed even before becoming First Lady of Sierra Leone According to her the speed at which girls have become sexual predators and most of the time they have taken advantage of their selfish gains raises great concern for the achievement of a quality education It just happens that when you become First Lady you have a platform and then you create your own platform and that had been the Hands of Our Girls Campaign A campaign to find a way to stop the abuse of our girl It is a campaign that focuses on rape on ending early marriages which I think is legalizing the way of raping girls Because if you force a child at the age of 11 12 13 even up to 17 years old to marry that is abuse It is just an African tradition to legalize rape When I started the campaign I started with seven other First Ladies who came and have returned They have put their own projects and we have all put our project in Hands of Our Girls they have changed the name and we have continued to campaign against the same He stressed the need to end rape and early marriage of girls in order to promote the education of girls across the African continent She added that while other First Ladies could not be compelled to champion the cause the problems bordering on the abuse of girls were an African problem Unless we start to accept that the issue is a big problem in Africa we will not be able to tackle it and that has been my campaign from day one In becoming First Lady I refused to focus on the normal things that other First Ladies do campaigning on HIV AIDS which are campaigns that have been in existence for over 20 years Which God has known for how many years and I don t think that is the problem in our country The problem in our country is rape and early marriage That s why I chose to do that and focus on that it has allowed girls to know their rights and has empowered her to say no Knowing when to say it is not the right thing to do has enlightened our men to know that there is a time not to touch a girl she said The First Lady said such a drastic measure had helped mark the departure from the previous practice system and put the rapist on reserve in the country She said Before when you were raped you got away with it today they take you to court if they find you guilty they imprison you for 15 years The justice system has changed so that we have a special court this is the first time this has happened We now have a special court that deals with rape problems So it accelerated that it has allowed the government to see things differently and focus on the girls agenda We have the president who sits as chairman of the committee that deals with that he has also helped various institutions to campaign on the issue before I became First Lady However it revealed that the campaign against rape and early marriage had become holistic and that the coalition of doctors security personnel and traditional rulers had been fighting to end such abuses The Nigerian News Agency reports that the AFLPM Ninth Summit aims to promote peace and conflict resolution in Africa Source NAN
    Sierra Leonean President’s wife reaffirms commitment to campaign against rape
    Foreign11 months ago

    Sierra Leonean President’s wife reaffirms commitment to campaign against rape

    The wife of the President of Sierra Leone, Fatima Maada-Bio, has reaffirmed her commitment to the campaign against rape and early marriage of girls, to stop the abuse of the girl child.

    Ms Maada-Bio, currently in Nigeria for the 9th African First Ladies Peace Mission Summit (AFLPM), made this known while briefing journalists ahead of Monday's meeting in Abuja.

    She expressed her commitment to fighting for the rights of the girl child as a cause that she had championed, even before becoming First Lady of Sierra Leone.

    According to her, the speed at which girls have become sexual predators and most of the time they have taken advantage of their selfish gains raises great concern for the achievement of a quality education.

    “It just happens that when you become First Lady you have a platform and then you create your own platform and that had been the Hands of Our Girls Campaign.

    “A campaign to find a way to stop the abuse of our girl; It is a campaign that focuses on rape, on ending early marriages, which I think is legalizing the way of raping girls.

    “Because, if you force a child at the age of 11, 12, 13, even up to 17 years old to marry, that is abuse.

    “It is just an African tradition to legalize rape; When I started the campaign, I started with seven other First Ladies, who came and have returned.

    “They have put their own projects and we have all put our project in Hands of Our Girls; they have changed the name and we have continued to campaign against the same ”.

    He stressed the need to end rape and early marriage of girls in order to promote the education of girls across the African continent.

    She added that while other First Ladies could not be compelled to champion the cause, the problems bordering on the abuse of girls were an African problem.

    “Unless we start to accept that the issue is a big problem in Africa, we will not be able to tackle it and that has been my campaign from day one.

    “In becoming First Lady, I refused to focus on the normal things that other First Ladies do, campaigning on HIV / AIDS, which are campaigns that have been in existence for over 20 years.

    "Which God has known for how many years and I don't think that is the problem in our country. The problem in our country is rape and early marriage.

    “That's why I chose to do that and focus on that; it has allowed girls to know their rights and has empowered her to say no.

    "Knowing when to say it is not the right thing to do has enlightened our men to know that there is a time not to touch a girl." she said.

    The First Lady said such a drastic measure had helped mark the departure from the previous practice system and put the rapist on reserve in the country.

    She said: “Before, when you were raped you got away with it, today they take you to court if they find you guilty, they imprison you for 15 years.

    “The justice system has changed so that we have a special court; this is the first time this has happened. We now have a special court that deals with rape problems.

    “So, it accelerated that, it has allowed the government to see things differently and focus on the girls' agenda.

    "We have the president, who sits as chairman of the committee that deals with that, he has also helped various institutions to campaign on the issue, before I became First Lady."

    However, it revealed that the campaign against rape and early marriage had become holistic and that the coalition of doctors, security personnel and traditional rulers had been fighting to end such abuses.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the AFLPM Ninth Summit aims to promote peace and conflict resolution in Africa.

    Source: NAN

  •   First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of First AFLPM Summit
      First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of First AFLPM Summit
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    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of First AFLPM Summit

    First Lady Aisha Buhari, on Saturday received the Burundian first lady, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Mrs Buhari, who received the visiting first lady at the State House, said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence.

    “ As you are aware, AFLPM has not been active for some time now, so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent,“ she said.

    On her part, the visiting first lady of Burundi, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi.

    Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union, regional organisations, and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent.

    also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Cote D`voire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Sao Tome and Pricipe, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Namibia.

    Source: NAN

  •   First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of AFLPM Summit
      First Lady Aisha Buhari on Saturday received the Burundian first lady Madam Angeline Ndayubaha ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM in Abuja Nigeria Mrs Buhari who received the visiting first lady at the State House said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence As you are aware AFLPM has not been active for some time now so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent she said On her part the visiting first lady of Burundi Madam Angeline Ndayubaha said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union regional organisations and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana Burundi Congo Brazzaville Cote D voire Democratic Republic of Congo Liberia Niger Sao Tome and Pricipe Mauritania Sierra Leone and Namibia Source NAN
    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of AFLPM Summit
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    Aisha Buhari receives Burundian first lady ahead of AFLPM Summit

    First Lady Aisha Buhari, on Saturday received the Burundian first lady, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, ahead of the 9th General Assembly of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Mrs Buhari, who received the visiting first lady at the State House, said the spouses of African heads of state and government are keen to reactivating the African First Ladies Peace Mission after long years of silence.

    “ As you are aware, AFLPM has not been active for some time now, so we decided to revive it to give our contribution as mothers towards the development and peaceful coexistence in our continent,“ she said.

    On her part, the visiting first lady of Burundi, Madam Angeline Ndayubaha, said she was at the state house to extend the warm greetings of people and government of Burundi.

    Ndayubaha informed the gathering that she was in Nigeria to participate in the 9th session of the General Assembly of African First Ladies Peace Mission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AFLPM was established in 1997 as an umbrella body of wives of African Heads of State and Government to play a supportive role to the African Union, regional organisations, and national governments in fostering peace and reducing conflicts and their effects on the African continent.

    also reports that the event is expected to be attended ladies of Ghana, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Cote D`voire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Niger, Sao Tome and Pricipe, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Namibia.

    Source: NAN