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  •   The Minister of State Budget and National Planning Mr Clement Agba has described the launch of the Nigeria Integrated Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development NIFF as historic Agba said this while reacting to the NIFF launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York NIFF has been developed to map out a much needed sustainable financing plan for Nigeria to deliver on its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs and national development aspirations According to the minister this is the first time in Nigeria s history that an administration is planning costing and looking at how to fund a plan In all of the plans that have been mentioned and all of the agenda this is the very first time we re doing costing and also looking at how to finance rather than just putting a plan in place without necessarily thinking about where the money will come from and how it would come in The minister said the important thing was that the frameworks had been put in place including the financing arrangement such that the next administration would have something to work with rather than starting afresh It is pertinent to state that achieving inclusive broad based and sustainable development is a cardinal objective of our administration It is for this purpose that the Federal Government of Nigeria established a number of ambitious programmes in an attempt to accelerate the achievements of the SDGs in Nigeria The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs has continued to provide technical leadership in the operations of the SDGs at all levels of governance in Nigeria He expressed delight that the process leading to the NIFF which started in 2020 finally crystalised into the memorable activity Today s event marks the end of a long process which began in 2020 when the Steering Committee and the Core Working Group on Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework were inaugurated he said nnanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria making history with NIFF strategy on SDGs   – Budget Minister
      The Minister of State Budget and National Planning Mr Clement Agba has described the launch of the Nigeria Integrated Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development NIFF as historic Agba said this while reacting to the NIFF launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York NIFF has been developed to map out a much needed sustainable financing plan for Nigeria to deliver on its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs and national development aspirations According to the minister this is the first time in Nigeria s history that an administration is planning costing and looking at how to fund a plan In all of the plans that have been mentioned and all of the agenda this is the very first time we re doing costing and also looking at how to finance rather than just putting a plan in place without necessarily thinking about where the money will come from and how it would come in The minister said the important thing was that the frameworks had been put in place including the financing arrangement such that the next administration would have something to work with rather than starting afresh It is pertinent to state that achieving inclusive broad based and sustainable development is a cardinal objective of our administration It is for this purpose that the Federal Government of Nigeria established a number of ambitious programmes in an attempt to accelerate the achievements of the SDGs in Nigeria The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs has continued to provide technical leadership in the operations of the SDGs at all levels of governance in Nigeria He expressed delight that the process leading to the NIFF which started in 2020 finally crystalised into the memorable activity Today s event marks the end of a long process which began in 2020 when the Steering Committee and the Core Working Group on Nigeria s Integrated National Financing Framework were inaugurated he said nnanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria making history with NIFF strategy on SDGs   – Budget Minister
    Foreign15 hours ago

    Nigeria making history with NIFF strategy on SDGs   – Budget Minister

     The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mr Clement Agba, has described the launch of the Nigeria Integrated Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development (NIFF) as historic.

    Agba said this while reacting to the NIFF launched by President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York. NIFF has been developed to map out a much needed sustainable financing plan for Nigeria to deliver on its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and national development aspirations.

    According to the minister, this is the first time in Nigeria’s history that an administration is planning, costing and looking at how to fund a plan.

    “In all of the plans that have been mentioned and all of the agenda, this is the very first time we’re doing costing and also looking at how to finance, rather than just putting a plan in place, without necessarily thinking about where the money will come from and how it would come in.

    The minister said the important thing was that the frameworks had been put in place, including the financing arrangement, such that the next administration would have something to work with, rather than starting afresh.

    “It is pertinent to state that achieving inclusive, broad-based and sustainable development is a cardinal objective of our administration.

    “It is for this purpose that the Federal Government of Nigeria established a number of ambitious programmes in an attempt to accelerate the achievements of the SDGs in Nigeria.

    “The Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs has continued to provide technical leadership in the operations of the SDGs at all levels of governance in Nigeria.

    ” He expressed delight that the process leading to the NIFF,  which started in 2020, finally crystalised into the memorable activity.

    “Today’s event  marks the end of a long process which began in 2020 when the Steering Committee and the Core Working Group on Nigeria’s Integrated National Financing Framework were inaugurated,’’ he said.

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  •  Nigeria and French Development Agency AFD on Wednesday signed a grant of 25 million Euro for the Northern Corridor Project to boost power supply in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Northern Corridor Project is jointly funded by the European Union and AFD while it is being implemented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN The project is meant to strengthen a low carbon economic growth in West African by improving the quality of electricity network in Nigeria and support the development of a regional electricity market under the West African Power Pool Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Abuja Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the project was is in line with the objectives of the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 Agba said that the signing of the agreement showed that Nigeria was on track in the implementation of the development plan I want to thank the EU and AFD and the French Government for this intervention in the Nigeria s power sector especially as it has to do with transmission lines and sub stations Power is very essential and what we are signing today demonstrates this he said On his part the Managing Director of TCN Mr Sule Abdulaziz thanked the Government of France and EU for their support to Nigeria According to him the Northern Corridor Project iwas critical to TCN as it will greatly improve grid stability and the company s expansion plan Abdulaziz assured all parties of a successful project implementation Our appreciation also goes to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Power for facilitating this grant from the government of France and EU he said The France Ambassador to Nigeria Emmanuelle Blatmann said that France was happy to support the project as this highlighted the strong partnership between Nigeria France and the EU Blatmann said that she was proud of what AFD had been doing in Nigeria as over the last nine years France had invested close to 3 billion dollars with 40 projects ongoing in different sectors These projects are important to us and it shows how important Nigeria is and France is happy to support this particular project we are signing This illustrates our commitment to help Nigeria achieve the sustainable Development Goals SDGs Goal 7 which aims at ensuring access to avoidable reliable sustainable and modern energy for all This project is also very important because it contributes to the regional integration of Nigeria within the West Africa and we are key partners to ECOWAS so we will support the strengthen of the West African Power Pool she said The ambassador said with this project which was interconnected grid from Kebbi State to Republic of Niger adding that this will help in the development of a regional electricity market She said that the project would further integrate economic development throughout the region According to her France was also committed to helping Nigeria achieve its commitment on climate change in line with the Paris agreement Mr Xavier Muron AFD Country Director in Nigeria said that the project was a technical enabler for the integration into the grid of expected solar farms in the North Western part of Nigeria Muron said that poor transmission network had been a significant bottleneck in many countries for the achievement of mixed diversification Speaking on behalf of EU Head of Cooperation Cecile Tassin Pelzer said that EU appreciated the Team Europe collaboration with the Government of Nigeria EU also appreciates its co funder the AFD we have been working together in the power sector since 2017 We are happy about this collaboration particular in the energy and agricultural sector under the Green Economy Team Europe Initiative The collaboration is a concrete example of how the EU Global Gateway can contribute to major investments in infrastructure development We are now looking at the implementation of the project which is very important to us she said ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria, AFD sign €25m grant to boost electricity in Northwest
     Nigeria and French Development Agency AFD on Wednesday signed a grant of 25 million Euro for the Northern Corridor Project to boost power supply in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Northern Corridor Project is jointly funded by the European Union and AFD while it is being implemented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN The project is meant to strengthen a low carbon economic growth in West African by improving the quality of electricity network in Nigeria and support the development of a regional electricity market under the West African Power Pool Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Abuja Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the project was is in line with the objectives of the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025 Agba said that the signing of the agreement showed that Nigeria was on track in the implementation of the development plan I want to thank the EU and AFD and the French Government for this intervention in the Nigeria s power sector especially as it has to do with transmission lines and sub stations Power is very essential and what we are signing today demonstrates this he said On his part the Managing Director of TCN Mr Sule Abdulaziz thanked the Government of France and EU for their support to Nigeria According to him the Northern Corridor Project iwas critical to TCN as it will greatly improve grid stability and the company s expansion plan Abdulaziz assured all parties of a successful project implementation Our appreciation also goes to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Power for facilitating this grant from the government of France and EU he said The France Ambassador to Nigeria Emmanuelle Blatmann said that France was happy to support the project as this highlighted the strong partnership between Nigeria France and the EU Blatmann said that she was proud of what AFD had been doing in Nigeria as over the last nine years France had invested close to 3 billion dollars with 40 projects ongoing in different sectors These projects are important to us and it shows how important Nigeria is and France is happy to support this particular project we are signing This illustrates our commitment to help Nigeria achieve the sustainable Development Goals SDGs Goal 7 which aims at ensuring access to avoidable reliable sustainable and modern energy for all This project is also very important because it contributes to the regional integration of Nigeria within the West Africa and we are key partners to ECOWAS so we will support the strengthen of the West African Power Pool she said The ambassador said with this project which was interconnected grid from Kebbi State to Republic of Niger adding that this will help in the development of a regional electricity market She said that the project would further integrate economic development throughout the region According to her France was also committed to helping Nigeria achieve its commitment on climate change in line with the Paris agreement Mr Xavier Muron AFD Country Director in Nigeria said that the project was a technical enabler for the integration into the grid of expected solar farms in the North Western part of Nigeria Muron said that poor transmission network had been a significant bottleneck in many countries for the achievement of mixed diversification Speaking on behalf of EU Head of Cooperation Cecile Tassin Pelzer said that EU appreciated the Team Europe collaboration with the Government of Nigeria EU also appreciates its co funder the AFD we have been working together in the power sector since 2017 We are happy about this collaboration particular in the energy and agricultural sector under the Green Economy Team Europe Initiative The collaboration is a concrete example of how the EU Global Gateway can contribute to major investments in infrastructure development We are now looking at the implementation of the project which is very important to us she said ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria, AFD sign €25m grant to boost electricity in Northwest
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Nigeria, AFD sign €25m grant to boost electricity in Northwest

    Nigeria and French Development Agency(AFD) on Wednesday signed a grant of 25 million Euro for the Northern Corridor Project  to boost power supply in the country.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Northern Corridor Project is jointly funded by the European Union and AFD, while it is being implemented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).  

    The project is meant to strengthen a low-carbon economic growth in West African by improving the quality of electricity network in Nigeria and support the development of a regional electricity market under the West African Power Pool.   Speaking at the signing of the agreement in Abuja, Mr Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the project was  is in line with the objectives of the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025.   Agba said that the signing of the agreement showed that Nigeria was on track in the implementation of the development plan.  

    “I want to thank the EU and AFD and the French Government for this intervention in the Nigeria’s power sector especially as it has to do with transmission lines and sub-stations.  

    “ Power is very essential and what we are signing today demonstrates this.

    ‘’he said.  

    On his part, the Managing Director of TCN, Mr Sule Abdulaziz, thanked the Government of France and EU for their support to Nigeria.  

    According to him, the Northern Corridor Project iwas critical to TCN as it will greatly improve grid stability and the company’s expansion plan.  

    Abdulaziz assured all parties of a successful project implementation.  

    “Our appreciation also goes to the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Power for facilitating this grant from the government of France and EU, ‘’he said.  

    The France Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann said that France was happy to support the project as this highlighted the strong partnership between Nigeria, France and the EU.  

    Blatmann said that she was proud of what AFD had been doing in Nigeria as over the last nine years, France had invested close to 3 billion dollars with 40 projects ongoing in different sectors.  

    “These projects are important to us and it shows how important Nigeria is and France is happy to support this particular project we are signing.  

    “  This illustrates our commitment to help Nigeria  achieve the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Goal 7 which aims at ensuring access to avoidable, reliable sustainable and  modern energy  for all.  

    “This project is also very important because it contributes to the regional integration of Nigeria within the West Africa and we are key partners to ECOWAS so we will support the strengthen of the West African Power Pool, ‘’she said.  

    The ambassador said with this project, which was interconnected grid from Kebbi State to Republic of Niger adding that this will help in the development of a regional electricity market.  

    She said that the project would further integrate economic development throughout the region.  

    According to her, France was also committed to helping Nigeria achieve its commitment on climate change in line with the Paris agreement.  

    Mr Xavier Muron, AFD Country Director in Nigeria said that the project was a technical enabler for the integration into the grid of expected solar farms in the North-Western part of Nigeria.  

    Muron said that poor transmission network had been a significant bottleneck in many countries for the achievement of mixed diversification.  

    Speaking on behalf of EU, Head of Cooperation, Cecile Tassin-Pelzer said that EU appreciated the Team Europe collaboration with the Government of Nigeria.  

    “ EU also appreciates its co-funder the AFD, we  have been working together in the power sector since 2017. ”We are happy about this collaboration particular in the energy and agricultural sector under the Green Economy Team Europe Initiative.  

    “ The collaboration is a concrete example of how the EU Global Gateway can contribute to major investments in infrastructure development.  

    “We are now looking at the implementation of the project which is very important to us, ‘’she said.

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  •  Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning has restated the Federal Government s commitment to the promotion of women and girls rights Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the Promote My Sister campaign by UN Population Fund UNFPA in Abuja The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations Agba said that Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country Mr Mathias Schmale UN Resident Coordinator said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest According to him women need to occupy prime positions across the globe He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala On her part Ms Ulla Mueller Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other Mueller who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights Meanwhile Mrs Pauline Tallen Minister of Women Affairs commended UNFPA for the launch saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender based violence Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir Director General National Centre for Women Development The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights
     Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning has restated the Federal Government s commitment to the promotion of women and girls rights Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the Promote My Sister campaign by UN Population Fund UNFPA in Abuja The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations Agba said that Nigeria in partnership with relevant stakeholders would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country Mr Mathias Schmale UN Resident Coordinator said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest According to him women need to occupy prime positions across the globe He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo Iweala On her part Ms Ulla Mueller Country Representative UN Population Fund UNFPA said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other Mueller who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights Meanwhile Mrs Pauline Tallen Minister of Women Affairs commended UNFPA for the launch saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender based violence Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir Director General National Centre for Women Development The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights
    General news2 months ago

    FG restates commitment to promoting women’s, girls’ rights

    Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, has restated the Federal Government’s commitment to the promotion of women and girls’ rights.

    Agba made the pledge on Tuesday at the official launch of the  “Promote My Sister” campaign by UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Abuja.

    The campaign is a call to action by the UNFPA aimed at protecting girls and women while supporting them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.

    Agba said that Nigeria, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, would not relent in addressing the menace of Gender-Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation in the country.

    Mr Mathias Schmale, UN Resident Coordinator, said that the UN was working to improve the lives of women and girls while aiming at empowering them.

    Schmale called for commitment to a future where women and girls would be safe and live their lives to the fullest.

    According to him, women need to occupy prime positions across the globe.

    He commended Nigerian women whom he said were exceling around the world, citing the likes of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

    On her part, Ms Ulla Mueller, Country Representative, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said that the essence of the campaign was for girls and women to protect each other.

    Mueller, who expressed hope for brighter and better future for women and girls, said that women should be supported to make choices about their reproductive rights.

    Meanwhile, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, commended UNFPA for the launch, saying that it was apt and timely in view of the rising wave of Gender-based violence.

    Tallen was represented by Dr Asabe Bashir, Director General National Centre for Women Development.

    The minister called for an end to male preference in families and situations where girls were not encouraged to go to school.


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  •  Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new unusual achieveable and effective These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend Demographic Dividend according to the UN Population Fund UNFPA is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population Understandably it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong Singapore South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis The recovery according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission NPC is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009 To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund UNFPA says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding He says education especially that of the girl child as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation According to him it is only when a girl child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning Consequently Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist World Bank identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country s achievement of demographic dividend According to Okunola global policies as Universal Basic Education UBE and Universal Health Coverage UHC must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri Country Director World Bank at different fora Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit PMS by Nigeria saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health He opines that government s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring Also government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation Therefore it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity Nevertheless Nigeria has a favourable demography says Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning at the UN Population Fund s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document CPD for the span of 2023 to 2027 Agba asserts that the country with her youthful bulge has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend On his part Dr Ejike Oji Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria AAFP identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography Oji says that until Nigeria s fertility rate of 5 3 per woman is brought down minimally achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate According to him many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare Understandably government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend Certainly an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country s quest to address high fertility rate as President Muhammadu Buhari s demonstrates the government s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb 3 2022 Dr Okai Aku Executive Director Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN expresses worry over Nigeria s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Also Ms Margaret Edison Director Population Management National Population Commission NPC reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria s sustained high fertility rate through expanding access to modern family planning counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing Edison who scores Rwanda high urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control improve the health of women adolescents new born and children and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls human capital development advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours He highlights the imperatives of Rights and Choices as embedded in UNFPA s concept Bodily Autonomy which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population According to him it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population As such focusing on numbers underplay the importance of Rights and Choices he says Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning affirms Nigeria s favourable demography He explains that the country s age structure favours young people those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria s population On the other hand Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents Furthermore transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic Therefore introspectively the federal government in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend Dr Natalia Kanem Executive Director UN Population Fund UNFPA has argued that Societies that invest in their people in their Rights and Choices have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves In line with this postulation Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations This miracle like the Asian Tigers will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5 3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women Essentially economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend In conclusion reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend In addition importantly girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend
     Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new unusual achieveable and effective These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend Demographic Dividend according to the UN Population Fund UNFPA is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population Understandably it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong Singapore South Korea and Taiwan whereby the Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis The recovery according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission NPC is highly attributable to government stimulus programmes in each region Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009 To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund UNFPA says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country Describing education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy Dashe says it is unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding He says education especially that of the girl child as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation According to him it is only when a girl child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning Consequently Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development Dr Olumide Okunola Senior Health Specialist World Bank identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country s achievement of demographic dividend According to Okunola global policies as Universal Basic Education UBE and Universal Health Coverage UHC must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri Country Director World Bank at different fora Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit PMS by Nigeria saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health He opines that government s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring Also government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers Nigeria as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation Therefore it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity Nevertheless Nigeria has a favourable demography says Mr Clement Agba Minister of Budget and National Planning at the UN Population Fund s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document CPD for the span of 2023 to 2027 Agba asserts that the country with her youthful bulge has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend On his part Dr Ejike Oji Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria AAFP identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography Oji says that until Nigeria s fertility rate of 5 3 per woman is brought down minimally achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate According to him many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare Understandably government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend Certainly an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country s quest to address high fertility rate as President Muhammadu Buhari s demonstrates the government s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb 3 2022 Dr Okai Aku Executive Director Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria PPFN expresses worry over Nigeria s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate Also Ms Margaret Edison Director Population Management National Population Commission NPC reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria s sustained high fertility rate through expanding access to modern family planning counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing Edison who scores Rwanda high urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control improve the health of women adolescents new born and children and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls human capital development advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition The Chairman National Population Commission NPC Nasir Kwarra urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours He highlights the imperatives of Rights and Choices as embedded in UNFPA s concept Bodily Autonomy which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population According to him it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population As such focusing on numbers underplay the importance of Rights and Choices he says Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning affirms Nigeria s favourable demography He explains that the country s age structure favours young people those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria s population On the other hand Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents Furthermore transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic Therefore introspectively the federal government in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend Dr Natalia Kanem Executive Director UN Population Fund UNFPA has argued that Societies that invest in their people in their Rights and Choices have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves In line with this postulation Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations This miracle like the Asian Tigers will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5 3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women Essentially economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend In conclusion reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend In addition importantly girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend
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    Imperatives of paradigm shift in policies to achieve Demographic Dividend

    Evolving health cum economic emergencies clearly highlight the urgent need for countries like Nigeria to adopt economic policies that are new, unusual, achieveable and effective.These will be aimed at accelerating improved human capital development, productivity and optimal harnessing of Demographic Dividend.Demographic Dividend, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), is the accelerated economic growth that may result from decline in a country’s birth and death rates and the subsequent change in the age structure of the population.Understandably, it is an economic boom achieved when there is increase in productivity with increase in the working age of the population structure and lesser dependency ratio.The trajectory of demographic dividend stems from economic boom of the four Asian Tigers namely Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan whereby the  Asian Tigers economies recovered strongly as the world revived from financial crisis.The recovery, according to Dr Eyitayo Oyetunji, Federal Commissioner representing Oyo on National Population Commission (NPC), is highly attributable  to government stimulus programmes in each region.Oyetunji explains that the programmes resulted in greater than four per cent growth in the GDP of each country in 2009. To mitigate the socioeconomic among other challenges, Nigeria is expected to rejig her economy.A league of health and economic experts hence call on Nigeria to invest rightly on education and health.Dr Dasogot Dashe of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says that for Nigeria to achieve demographic dividend, sufficient investment must be made in education and health sectors of the country.Describing  education and health as the rallying point of most sectors of the economy, Dashe says it is  unfortunate that the two sectors are being neglected in terms of adequate funding.He says education, especially that of the girl-child, as well as health remain key in economic advancement of every nation.According to him, it is only when a girl-child is educated that she can be knowledgeable about fertility reduction through family planning.Consequently, Dashe emphasises the need for government at all levels and all times to ensure the availability and accessibility of quality healthcare for her populace for human capital development.Dr Olumide Okunola, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank, identifies poor implementation and monitoring of policies as the major challenges impeding the country’s achievement of demographic dividend.According to Okunola, global policies as Universal Basic Education (UBE) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) must be domesticated practically and strictly in Nigeria to transit the country to enjoy demographic dividend.The World Bank health specialist enthuses that the usual complacency on out of school children especially girls must be jettisoned and a policy of mandatory education for all especially girls adopted.He expresses optimism on the impactful outcome of mandatory education for girls as having the potential to not just increase the country’s productivity level but reduce fertility rate of Nigeria.“Making sure a girl stays longer in school at least from primary to secondary school will prevent child marriage.“It will also reduce fertility rate as well as reduce maternal mortality by educating the girl on her sexual and reproductive health rights.” Advocacies for right investment are also made by Mr Shubham Chaudhuri, Country Director World Bank at different fora.Chaudhuri faults the subsidy investment on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by Nigeria, saying such huge amount of money should be invested in education and health.He opines that government’s policies are critical in either achieving demographic dividend or disaster, hence Nigeria should embrace emphasis on beneficial economic roadmaps to attain sustainable development.These policies should be vehemently and indeed practically pursued with uncompromising implementation and monitoring.Also, government should begin to interrogate the efficiency of global goals as UBE and UHC to ascertain its impact.“Nigeria as a matter of urgency should rise above arm chair policy formulation but strict implementation like the Asian Tigers.“Nigeria, as the most populous country in Africa like the Asian Tigers, should strive to achieve economic growth through exports and rapid industrialisation.“Therefore, it is paramount for Nigeria to take advantage of its youthful bulge to drive productivity.” Nevertheless, Nigeria has a favourable demography, says Mr Clement Agba, Minister of Budget and National Planning, at the UN Population Fund’s Validation of 9th Country Programme Document (CPD) for the span of 2023 to 2027. Agba asserts that the country, with her youthful bulge, has an active and productive population structure that is highly productive for attendant demographic dividend.On his part, Dr Ejike Oji, Chairman Technical Management Committee Association for the Advancement of Family Planning in Nigeria (AAFP), identifies family planning as key to achieving sustainable development through harnessing of favourable demography.Oji says that until Nigeria’s fertility rate of 5.3 per woman is brought down minimally, achieving demographic dividend would remain a mirage.He explains that that access to quality healthcare is inevitable in achieving reduction in fertility rate.According to him, many women tend to have many children as a result of fear of infant mortality which points to the gap in quality healthcare.Understandably, government should take aggressive steps in closing the gap in maternal and infant mortality through vaccinations and antenatal care.This supports that girl and women education is fundamental to attaining human capital development or demographic dividend.Certainly, an educated girl or woman must know when to be pregnant and how many children to have and the facilities for infant vaccination to avert morbidities and mortalities.Indicators at the recent launch of the revised National Population Policy bring to fore the country’s quest to address high fertility rate, as President Muhammadu Buhari’s demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing fertility rate of the country by launching the Revised National Population Policy on Feb. 3, 2022 .Dr Okai Aku, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), expresses worry over Nigeria’s low Contraceptive Prevalence Rate which is 12 per cent.Aku advocates intensive expansion of access to modern contraceptive methods across the country to increase the Contraceptive Prevalence Rate. Also, Ms Margaret Edison, Director, Population Management, National Population Commission (NPC),  reiterates the urgency to address Nigeria’s sustained high fertility rate, through expanding access to modern family planning, counselling and commodities as well as promote births spacing.Edison, who scores Rwanda high, urges Nigeria to achieve rapid fertility control, improve the health of women, adolescents, new born and children, and other population groups to achieve demographic dividend.She expresses the importance of investing in quality education of young people especially girls, human capital development, advancing holistic effort to achieve significant demographic transition.The Chairman, National Population Commission (NPC), Nasir Kwarra, urges Nigerians to embrace the noble ideals of Planned Parenthood and healthy reproductive behaviours.He highlights the imperatives of “Rights and Choices” as embedded in UNFPA’s concept  “Bodily Autonomy”  which necessitates the urgency to shift the conversation from quantitative population to qualitative population.According to him, it is high time for Nigeria to harness her teeming 216 population from liability to asset by transforming the development landscape of the country.“The call to place emphasis on the people requires looking beyond the numbers to according attention to the profile and characteristics of the population..” Kwarra opines that such would be better explained by the age structure which shows the ratio of various age groups as a determining factor for the current and prospective fertility or reproductive status of the population.As such, focusing on numbers underplay the importance of “Rights and Choices”, he says.Kwarra like Mr Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, affirms Nigeria’s favourable demography.He explains that the country’s age structure favours young people, those below the ages 30 years who make up over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population On the other hand, Kwara says the current youthful age structure has the capacity to hold the momentum that would drive and sustain increase of the population growth into the future without immediate interventions.Interventions through provision of quality and sustained investments in healthcare particularly in family planning for women and Adolescents.Furthermore, transformative and relevant education for growing numbers of children and young people that fit in into the present and future jobs requirements, housing and decent employments across successive administrations and governance.That good governance through ingenious and people oriented policies are critical elements in achieving Demographic Dividend is axiomatic.Therefore, introspectively, the federal government, in fact the three tiers of government in Nigeria should vehemently address the emerging population challenges with germane and productive policies to achieve Demographic Dividend.Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has argued that “Societies that invest in their people, in their Rights and Choices, have the proven that such investments create the road to enduring peace and prosperity everyone desires and deserves.” In line with this postulation, Nigeria needs to harness her favourable demography and use as a catalyst for economic growth.Nigeria is expected as matter of urgency to key into the scores of global Development plans to actually achieve their domestic desirable aspirations.This “miracle”, like the Asian Tigers, will be tenable when millions who are of working age are engaged productively Therefore, Nigeria at this juncture should vigorously pursue her National Development Plan of 2021 to 2025 to avert demographic disaster.Efforts must be in top gear to achieve reduction in Total Fertility rate of current 5.3 per woman especially Adolescent fertility of 104 children per 1000 women.Essentially, economic and health analysts therefore are urging Nigeria to match their words with action by harnessing the youthful bulge to achieve Demographic Dividend.In conclusion, reduction in high mortality and morbidity rates for children and adolescent mothers with heavy investment in the health and reproductive education remain non negotiable in achieving Demographic Dividend.In addition, importantly, girl child education should be considered national agenda both the at state and community levels in line with the UNFPA’s transformative results of ending preventable maternal mortality.Including unmet need for family planning as well as Gender Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices for desirable healthy lives cum productive and healthy economy.Nigerian political gladiators both at national and sub-national levels should rise to the occasion by way of policy formulation, implementation and monitoring to transition her youthful bulge from liability to asset.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Chief Sam Ekwueme candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in Uwani Federal Constituency in Enugu State says he is contesting to end 23 years of neglect of his constituency He expressed worries that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP had short changed his constituency since Nigeria became a democracy in 1999 Ekwueme was speaking with newsmen on Monday at Ogbade headquarters of Igboetiti Local Government Area of the state after traditional rulers in the area had prayed for his victory at the 2023 general elections He said it was disheartening that his constituency had nothing to show in terms of democracy dividends since the PDP had been representing the constituency at the federal legislature I am here today at the Igboetiti Local Government headquarters to seek the blessing of traditional rulers from the area My ambition to represent the good people of Uwani at the House of Representative is to provide effective representation The constituents are tired of PDP as in the past 24 years the party has failed the people without any dividends of democracy to show he said Ekwueme said he was also in the race to reignite and restore the people s belief in quality representation and good governance The candidate who was aide to Mr Clement Agba former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that he facilitated the construction and asphalting of Nsukka Lejja Aku 11 5km link road He added that he sank a solar powered borehole in his Aku community that reticulates water to many residents among other achievements Ekwueme promised that if elected his representation would be based on effective feedback through periodic town hall meetings I will maintain a functional constituency office that will enhance youth and women empowerment and capacity building and the execution of community projects My people know many things I did as an aide to the minister and will want me to represent them at the House of Representatives because they know I will do more The constituents have assured me of their total support as payback for many infrastructures I attracted to the constituency when I was an aide to a minister Ekwueme stressed In his remarks Chairman of Igboetiti Traditional Rulers Igwe Michael Odoh commended Ekwueme for his courage to contest for the elective position and wished him success at the 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    My constituency suffered neglect under PDP in the past 23 yrs – APC Rep candidate
     Chief Sam Ekwueme candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC in Uwani Federal Constituency in Enugu State says he is contesting to end 23 years of neglect of his constituency He expressed worries that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP had short changed his constituency since Nigeria became a democracy in 1999 Ekwueme was speaking with newsmen on Monday at Ogbade headquarters of Igboetiti Local Government Area of the state after traditional rulers in the area had prayed for his victory at the 2023 general elections He said it was disheartening that his constituency had nothing to show in terms of democracy dividends since the PDP had been representing the constituency at the federal legislature I am here today at the Igboetiti Local Government headquarters to seek the blessing of traditional rulers from the area My ambition to represent the good people of Uwani at the House of Representative is to provide effective representation The constituents are tired of PDP as in the past 24 years the party has failed the people without any dividends of democracy to show he said Ekwueme said he was also in the race to reignite and restore the people s belief in quality representation and good governance The candidate who was aide to Mr Clement Agba former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that he facilitated the construction and asphalting of Nsukka Lejja Aku 11 5km link road He added that he sank a solar powered borehole in his Aku community that reticulates water to many residents among other achievements Ekwueme promised that if elected his representation would be based on effective feedback through periodic town hall meetings I will maintain a functional constituency office that will enhance youth and women empowerment and capacity building and the execution of community projects My people know many things I did as an aide to the minister and will want me to represent them at the House of Representatives because they know I will do more The constituents have assured me of their total support as payback for many infrastructures I attracted to the constituency when I was an aide to a minister Ekwueme stressed In his remarks Chairman of Igboetiti Traditional Rulers Igwe Michael Odoh commended Ekwueme for his courage to contest for the elective position and wished him success at the 2023 general elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    My constituency suffered neglect under PDP in the past 23 yrs – APC Rep candidate
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    My constituency suffered neglect under PDP in the past 23 yrs – APC Rep candidate

    Chief Sam Ekwueme, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in -Uwani Federal Constituency in Enugu State says he is contesting to end 23 years of neglect of his constituency.

    He expressed worries that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had short-changed his constituency since Nigeria became a democracy in 1999. Ekwueme was speaking with newsmen on Monday at Ogbade, headquarters of Igboetiti Local Government Area of the state after traditional rulers in the area had prayed for his victory at the 2023 general elections.

    He said it was disheartening that his constituency had nothing to show in terms of democracy dividends since the PDP had been representing the constituency at the federal legislature.

    “I am here today at the Igboetiti Local Government headquarters to seek the blessing of traditional rulers from the area.

    “My ambition to represent the good people of -Uwani at the House of Representative is to provide effective representation.

    “The constituents are tired of PDP, as in the past 24 years the party has failed the people without any dividends of democracy to show,’’ he said.

    Ekwueme said he was also in the race to reignite and restore the people’s belief in quality representation and good governance.

    The candidate who was aide to Mr Clement Agba, former Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that he facilitated the construction and asphalting of Nsukka-Lejja-Aku 11.5km link road.

    He added that he sank a solar-powered borehole in his Aku community that reticulates water to many residents, among other achievements.

    Ekwueme promised that if elected, his representation would be based on effective feedback through periodic town hall meetings.

    “I will maintain a functional constituency office that will enhance youth and women empowerment and capacity building and the execution of community projects.

    “My people know many things I did as an aide to the minister and will want me to represent them at the House of Representatives because they know I will do more.

    “The constituents have assured me of their total support as payback for many infrastructures I attracted to the constituency when I was an aide to a minister,’’ Ekwueme stressed.

    In his remarks, Chairman of Igboetiti Traditional Rulers, Igwe Michael Odoh, commended Ekwueme for his courage to contest for the elective position and wished him success at the 2023 general elections
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government has expressed confidence in UN Population Fund s UNFPA 9th Country Programme CP spanning 2023 2027 to accelerate the country s development aspirations Mr Clement Agba the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning expressed the government s confidence during validation of the UNFPA Nigeria Country Programme Document CPD in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA had been developing and implementing programmes to suit the needs aspirations and development of countries across the globe The programmes are aligned to national priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF 2020 2025 contributing to its five strategic areas of Economic Development Social Development Strengthened Institutions Peace Security and Justice and Environment In Nigeria and other countries of the world the Fund s 8th CP which focused on tackling Gender Based Violence GBV Maternal Mortality Family Planning among others will lapse on Dec 31 2022 hence the need for a 9th CP so as to build on lessons learnt from the current cycle The 9th CP will also enable the Fund to work toward achieving the three transformative goals of zero unmet need for contraception zero preventable maternal deaths and zero GBV and harmful practices by the year 2030 The budget and national planning minister therefore said that the 9th CP points toward achieving specifically goals three and five of agenda 2030 which are to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages He said it will also achieve gender equality and empower women and girls NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG confident of UNFPA’s 9th CP to accelerate Nigeria’s devt. aspirations
     The Federal Government has expressed confidence in UN Population Fund s UNFPA 9th Country Programme CP spanning 2023 2027 to accelerate the country s development aspirations Mr Clement Agba the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning expressed the government s confidence during validation of the UNFPA Nigeria Country Programme Document CPD in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA had been developing and implementing programmes to suit the needs aspirations and development of countries across the globe The programmes are aligned to national priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UNSDCF 2020 2025 contributing to its five strategic areas of Economic Development Social Development Strengthened Institutions Peace Security and Justice and Environment In Nigeria and other countries of the world the Fund s 8th CP which focused on tackling Gender Based Violence GBV Maternal Mortality Family Planning among others will lapse on Dec 31 2022 hence the need for a 9th CP so as to build on lessons learnt from the current cycle The 9th CP will also enable the Fund to work toward achieving the three transformative goals of zero unmet need for contraception zero preventable maternal deaths and zero GBV and harmful practices by the year 2030 The budget and national planning minister therefore said that the 9th CP points toward achieving specifically goals three and five of agenda 2030 which are to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages He said it will also achieve gender equality and empower women and girls NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG confident of UNFPA’s 9th CP to accelerate Nigeria’s devt. aspirations
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    FG confident of UNFPA’s 9th CP to accelerate Nigeria’s devt. aspirations

    The Federal Government has expressed confidence in UN Population Fund’s (UNFPA) 9th Country Programme (CP), spanning 2023-2027 to accelerate the country’s development aspirations.

    Mr Clement Agba, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, expressed the government’s confidence during validation of the UNFPA Nigeria Country Programme Document (CPD) in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that UNFPA had been developing and implementing programmes to suit the needs, aspirations and development of countries across the globe The programmes are aligned to national priorities and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2025, contributing to its five strategic areas of Economic Development, Social Development, Strengthened Institutions; Peace, Security and Justice, and Environment.

    In Nigeria and other countries of the world, the Fund’s 8th CP which focused on tackling Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Maternal Mortality, Family Planning, among others, will lapse on Dec. 31, 2022, hence the need for a 9th CP so as to build on lessons learnt from the current cycle.

    The 9th CP will also enable the Fund to work toward achieving the three transformative goals of zero unmet need for contraception; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero GBV and harmful practices by the year 2030.

    The budget and national planning minister, therefore, said that the 9th CP “points toward achieving specifically goals three and five of agenda 2030, which are to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.

    ’’ He said “it will also achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The United Nations through its organizations UNICEF UNDP ILO and WFP in partnership with the Federal Government committed to fighting poverty and improving health through social development in the country The Nigerian News Agency reports that stakeholders made this known on Friday during a joint program themed Expanding and sustaining the social protection system in Nigeria in Abuja NAN reports that the program started in Sokoto state with 6 000 beneficiaries and was funded by the SDG Joint Fund According to Mr Matthias Schmale UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria the joint program is contributing to poverty reduction good health well being and the reduction of inequalities in Nigeria This initiative is addressing 3 SDGs zero poverty zero hunger and well being if we want to have a social impact then social protection is essential We may not be able to fix the economy quickly but we could arguably eliminate poverty and this is what the initiative aims to achieve He also added that social protection must be done with dignity which results in the transfer of cash to the beneficiaries Cash transfer is an important mechanism because it gives people options on how to spend their money I was pleased to hear from government officials who recognize the value of supporting vulnerable people with cash This support has transformed people and the key support measures I have outlined are cash transfers to some 6 000 vulnerable people including 600 pregnant women Although it is a small scale intervention it is potentially transformative and we can all learn from it and scale it up Schmale said He also urged the government to prioritize social protection work by investing money in it and noted that the UN would try to replicate support in other states Dr Faizate Busari social protection specialist at UNICEF said the key area of the project was advancing policies around social protection It is important to integrate different disciplines to access to health education and social services in general and ensure that the state level where social protection is crucial has the correct policy Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the funds had a positive impact on the country s social sector especially in the revision of the national social protection policy He thanked the United Nations organization for the efforts made to ensure that the funds were used properly to achieve the programme Agba added that FG is committed to ending poverty and establishing a social protection policy in Nigeria Mr Mukhtar Sani Secretary of the National Joint Association for People Living with Disabilities PWD in Sokoto State who is also a beneficiary said the intervention had touched their lives Now we have access to free health services through the registration of PWD in various clinics so that they can access health services We also have access to quality education in the state unlike before where children with disabilities are not in school now they are enrolled in school to study Sani said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN and FG address poverty through social protection initiative
     The United Nations through its organizations UNICEF UNDP ILO and WFP in partnership with the Federal Government committed to fighting poverty and improving health through social development in the country The Nigerian News Agency reports that stakeholders made this known on Friday during a joint program themed Expanding and sustaining the social protection system in Nigeria in Abuja NAN reports that the program started in Sokoto state with 6 000 beneficiaries and was funded by the SDG Joint Fund According to Mr Matthias Schmale UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria the joint program is contributing to poverty reduction good health well being and the reduction of inequalities in Nigeria This initiative is addressing 3 SDGs zero poverty zero hunger and well being if we want to have a social impact then social protection is essential We may not be able to fix the economy quickly but we could arguably eliminate poverty and this is what the initiative aims to achieve He also added that social protection must be done with dignity which results in the transfer of cash to the beneficiaries Cash transfer is an important mechanism because it gives people options on how to spend their money I was pleased to hear from government officials who recognize the value of supporting vulnerable people with cash This support has transformed people and the key support measures I have outlined are cash transfers to some 6 000 vulnerable people including 600 pregnant women Although it is a small scale intervention it is potentially transformative and we can all learn from it and scale it up Schmale said He also urged the government to prioritize social protection work by investing money in it and noted that the UN would try to replicate support in other states Dr Faizate Busari social protection specialist at UNICEF said the key area of the project was advancing policies around social protection It is important to integrate different disciplines to access to health education and social services in general and ensure that the state level where social protection is crucial has the correct policy Mr Clement Agba Minister of State for Budget and National Planning said that the funds had a positive impact on the country s social sector especially in the revision of the national social protection policy He thanked the United Nations organization for the efforts made to ensure that the funds were used properly to achieve the programme Agba added that FG is committed to ending poverty and establishing a social protection policy in Nigeria Mr Mukhtar Sani Secretary of the National Joint Association for People Living with Disabilities PWD in Sokoto State who is also a beneficiary said the intervention had touched their lives Now we have access to free health services through the registration of PWD in various clinics so that they can access health services We also have access to quality education in the state unlike before where children with disabilities are not in school now they are enrolled in school to study Sani said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN and FG address poverty through social protection initiative
    Foreign2 months ago

    UN and FG address poverty through social protection initiative

    The United Nations, through its organizations, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and WFP, in partnership with the Federal Government, committed to fighting poverty and improving health through social development in the country.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that stakeholders made this known on Friday during a joint program themed “Expanding and sustaining the social protection system in Nigeria” in Abuja.

    NAN reports that the program started in Sokoto state with 6,000 beneficiaries and was funded by the SDG Joint Fund.

    According to Mr. Matthias Schmale, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, the joint program is contributing to poverty reduction, good health, well-being and the reduction of inequalities in Nigeria.

    "This initiative is addressing 3 SDGs: zero poverty, zero hunger and well-being, if we want to have a social impact, then social protection is essential."

    “We may not be able to fix the economy quickly, but we could arguably eliminate poverty and this is what the initiative aims to achieve.

    He also added that social protection must be done with dignity, which results in the transfer of cash to the beneficiaries.

    “Cash transfer is an important mechanism because it gives people options on how to spend their money,

    “I was pleased to hear from government officials who recognize the value of supporting vulnerable people with cash.”

    “This support has transformed people and the key support measures I have outlined are cash transfers to some 6,000 vulnerable people, including 600 pregnant women.

    "Although it is a small-scale intervention, it is potentially transformative and we can all learn from it and scale it up." Schmale said.

    He also urged the government to prioritize social protection work by investing money in it and noted that the UN would try to replicate support in other states.

    Dr. Faizate Busari, social protection specialist at UNICEF, said the key area of ​​the project was advancing policies around social protection.

    “It is important to integrate different disciplines to access to health, education and social services in general and ensure that the state level, where social protection is crucial, has the correct policy,

    Mr. Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, said that the funds had a positive impact on the country's social sector, especially in the revision of the national social protection policy.

    He thanked the United Nations organization for the efforts made to ensure that the funds were used properly to achieve the programme,

    Agba added that FG is committed to ending poverty and establishing a social protection policy in Nigeria.

    Mr. Mukhtar Sani, Secretary of the National Joint Association for People Living with Disabilities (PWD) in Sokoto State, who is also a beneficiary, said the intervention had touched their lives.

    "Now we have access to free health services through the registration of PWD in various clinics so that they can access health services,"

    "We also have access to quality education in the state, unlike before where children with disabilities are not in school, now they are enrolled in school to study." Sani said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in Benin Edo state for a one day official visit on Saturday morning The presidential plane registration number 5N FGV carrying the nation s number two man landed at the Nigerian military base airport at exactly 11 07 a m Osinbajo was received by Governor Philip Shaibu and other high ranking government officials and leaders of the People s Democratic Party PDP in the state The Vice President is expected to join other top politicians at the palace of Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III the Otaru of Auchi for the award of the Holy Kingdom of Oduma of Auchi a chieftainship title to Mr Clement Agba Minister of State Budget and National Planning The colorfully dressed members of the state cultural troupe were also at the airport to welcome the vice president to the ancient city Keep reading Source NAN
    Osinbajo in Benin on a 1- day visit
      Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in Benin Edo state for a one day official visit on Saturday morning The presidential plane registration number 5N FGV carrying the nation s number two man landed at the Nigerian military base airport at exactly 11 07 a m Osinbajo was received by Governor Philip Shaibu and other high ranking government officials and leaders of the People s Democratic Party PDP in the state The Vice President is expected to join other top politicians at the palace of Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III the Otaru of Auchi for the award of the Holy Kingdom of Oduma of Auchi a chieftainship title to Mr Clement Agba Minister of State Budget and National Planning The colorfully dressed members of the state cultural troupe were also at the airport to welcome the vice president to the ancient city Keep reading Source NAN
    Osinbajo in Benin on a 1- day visit
    General news8 months ago

    Osinbajo in Benin on a 1- day visit

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo arrived in Benin, Edo state, for a one-day official visit on Saturday morning.

    The presidential plane, registration number 5N-FGV, carrying the nation's number two man, landed at the Nigerian military base airport at exactly 11:07 a.m.

    Osinbajo was received by Governor Philip Shaibu and other high-ranking government officials and leaders of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

    The Vice President is expected to join other top politicians at the palace of Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, the Otaru of Auchi, for the award of the "Holy Kingdom of Oduma of Auchi", a chieftainship title, to Mr. Clement Agba , Minister of State, Budget and National Planning.

    The colorfully dressed members of the state cultural troupe were also at the airport to welcome the vice president to the ancient city.

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    Source: NAN

  •  Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed on Saturday said the Federal Government has developed strategies to create employment opportunities for youth in the country The Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister made the disclosure in Kaduna in a chat with newsmen after a reception held in her honour According to her the government is fully aware that one of the challenges facing Nigeria s economy is unemployment The challenge have been unemployment this is why all the sectors of the economy have to focus on creating jobs in different ways Sourcing funds for medium enterprises will be a major progress because as medium businesses grow there will be more employment We have a clear policy which we have been implementing in the first term The President has directed a plan through the implementation and we are in the process of devising the plan so that we can grow the economy in a more robust manner she said We will very soon start another development plan that will guide all the ministers in the cabinet on what they are supposed to do in their ministries Ahmed added The minister appreciated those who played vital role in her reappointment including Gov Nasir El Rufai for recommending her It came to me as a shock for Mr President to have given me the triple tier ministry this came to me as a complete shock she said She explained that wherever she finds herself she always look for experts to assist her Because I believe I do not know everything and in every place an expert can be anyone I do not differentiate but learn from everyone I have also learnt something from my father which is to respect everyone especially the ones who support you such as the drivers securities and even your cook because these are the people who will support you when you treat them right Ahmed urged Nigerians to support them with advice and constructive criticisms when we do something wrong because we are humans and can only do the best we can within our limitations The minister pledged to be honest and transparent in the discharge of her responsibilities In his remarks El Rufai appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing two ministers from the state In the first tenure of President Buhari we felt we were shortchanged but God knew why it was so then but we have been rewarded by the president by giving us two ministerial positions in his cabinet He urged people of Kaduna state to continue to support President Buhari by praying for his good health wisdom and long life to take the country forward reports that the event was attended Mr Clement Agba Minster of State Finance Budget and National Planning Deputy Speaker House of Representative Ahmad Wase Minister of Environment Mohammed Mahmud members of Kaduna State House of Assembly among others Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
    FG has strategies to create employment opportunities for youth – Minister
     Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed on Saturday said the Federal Government has developed strategies to create employment opportunities for youth in the country The Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister made the disclosure in Kaduna in a chat with newsmen after a reception held in her honour According to her the government is fully aware that one of the challenges facing Nigeria s economy is unemployment The challenge have been unemployment this is why all the sectors of the economy have to focus on creating jobs in different ways Sourcing funds for medium enterprises will be a major progress because as medium businesses grow there will be more employment We have a clear policy which we have been implementing in the first term The President has directed a plan through the implementation and we are in the process of devising the plan so that we can grow the economy in a more robust manner she said We will very soon start another development plan that will guide all the ministers in the cabinet on what they are supposed to do in their ministries Ahmed added The minister appreciated those who played vital role in her reappointment including Gov Nasir El Rufai for recommending her It came to me as a shock for Mr President to have given me the triple tier ministry this came to me as a complete shock she said She explained that wherever she finds herself she always look for experts to assist her Because I believe I do not know everything and in every place an expert can be anyone I do not differentiate but learn from everyone I have also learnt something from my father which is to respect everyone especially the ones who support you such as the drivers securities and even your cook because these are the people who will support you when you treat them right Ahmed urged Nigerians to support them with advice and constructive criticisms when we do something wrong because we are humans and can only do the best we can within our limitations The minister pledged to be honest and transparent in the discharge of her responsibilities In his remarks El Rufai appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing two ministers from the state In the first tenure of President Buhari we felt we were shortchanged but God knew why it was so then but we have been rewarded by the president by giving us two ministerial positions in his cabinet He urged people of Kaduna state to continue to support President Buhari by praying for his good health wisdom and long life to take the country forward reports that the event was attended Mr Clement Agba Minster of State Finance Budget and National Planning Deputy Speaker House of Representative Ahmad Wase Minister of Environment Mohammed Mahmud members of Kaduna State House of Assembly among others Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
    FG has strategies to create employment opportunities for youth – Minister
    General news3 years ago

    FG has strategies to create employment opportunities for youth – Minister

    Minister of Finance, Budget  and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Saturday said the Federal Government has developed strategies to create employment opportunities for youth in the country.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister made the disclosure in Kaduna in a chat with newsmen after a reception held in her honour.

    According to her, the government is fully aware that one of the challenges facing Nigeria’s economy is unemployment.

    “The challenge have been unemployment; this is why all the sectors of the economy have to focus on creating jobs in different ways.

    “Sourcing funds for medium enterprises will be a major progress, because as medium businesses grow, there will be more employment.

    “We have a clear policy which we have been implementing in the first term.

    “The President has directed a plan through the implementation and we are in the process of devising the plan so that we can grow the economy in a more robust manner,” she said.

    “We will very soon start another development plan that will guide all the ministers in the cabinet on what they are supposed to do in their ministries,” Ahmed added.

    The minister appreciated those who played vital role in her reappointment including Gov. Nasir El-Rufai for recommending her.

    “It came to me as a shock for Mr President to have given me the triple tier ministry, this came to me as a complete shock,” she said.

    She explained that wherever she finds herself, she always look for experts to assist her.

    “Because I believe I do not know everything and in every place, an expert can be anyone, I do not differentiate, but learn from everyone.

    “I have also learnt something from my father which is to respect everyone especially the ones who support you such as the drivers, securities and even your cook, because these are the people who will support you when you treat them right.”

    Ahmed urged Nigerians to support them with advice, and constructive criticisms “when we do something wrong, because we are humans and can only do the best we can within our limitations.”

    The minister pledged to be honest and transparent in the discharge of her responsibilities.

    In his remarks, El-Rufai appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing two ministers from the state.

    “In the first tenure of President Buhari, we felt we were shortchanged, but God knew why it was so then, but we have been rewarded by the president by giving us two ministerial positions in his cabinet.”

    He urged people of Kaduna state to continue to support  President Buhari by praying for his good health, wisdom and long life, to take the country forward.

    reports that the event was attended Mr Clement Agba, Minster of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Deputy Speaker House of Representative, Ahmad Wase, Minister of Environment Mohammed Mahmud, members of Kaduna State House of Assembly among others.

    Edited by Maharazu Ahmed